6 Amazing Christmas Pins

Friday, 19 December 2014

6 sleeps to go! Today's post is going to put my late night hours on Pinterest to good use. Here are 6 amazing pins from my Christmas board:





Images via Pinterest

1. A to die for Christmas tree alternative
2. Some cookies that make me wish I had the patience to decorate baked goods
3. A DIY beauty gift (or a fun treat for yourself)
4. The worlds cutest gingerbread houses
5. A recipe to make your house smell Christmassy and delicious
6. 25 edible gifts - because who wouldn't like to receive homemade treats!

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7 Must See Christmas Movies

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Seeing as it is exactly one week till Christmas I am going to count down with a little Christmas themed post every day until Christmas Eve! With seven sleeps to go it is only fitting that I share seven of my all time favourite Christmas movies:

1. The Santa Clause - My number 1 movie that must be watched at least once a Christmas. The second and third Santa Clause films also rank highly with me.
2. Deck The Halls - A laugh out loud funny easy watch - Danny DeVito I love your work!
3. Home Alone - A classic that I still find hilarious and heart warming every time I watch it.
4. The Holiday - I would happily watch this film at any time of year but it's just that much nicer at Christmas time.
5. Four Holidays - Romantic comedy + Christmas movie = everything. And I love Vince Vaughn.
6. Elf - I know everyone and their dog loves this movie but I had hesitations before I watched it for the first time. I was worried it was going to be a disappointment after all of the hype. But no, it's just that good.
7. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Another classic and family favourite as are all of the National Lampoon's films.

Christmas themed viewing has already taken over my TV screen and I am taking suggestions for some new Christmassy things to watch!

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5 Instagram Accounts To Follow

Wednesday, 17 December 2014




Image: We Heart It

So many gorgeous Instagram snaps so little time... Instagram is my social media of choice and I spend an embarrassing amount of time trawling through pretty pictures so today I'm going to share five of my current Insta favourites.

1. The 3000 Chapter
Sheetal's account has it all, amazing fashion and beauty, gorgeous flat lays, yummy food snaps and best of all she is from Melbourne! Her photos showcase her great sense of style so well.

2. Megan Hess
Megan's fashion illustrations are stunning and one of my latest obsessions is her book The Dress so it's only natural that her Instagram is a current favourite for a daily dose of pretty. I am so keen to get my hands on one of her Glasshouse Christmas collaboration packs.

3. Steph Kramer
Steph's is a Swedish girl living in Sydney. Her feed is filled with bright summery shots that make you want to spend your days at the beach and she is absolutely gorgeous. 

4. The Sunday Chapter
Angela's blog is one of my favourite reads and her Instagram account is just as amazing. The girl just has great taste. The best thing about Angela's photos definitely her styling skills.

5. Miss Yana Cherie
This one is a long time favourite of mine, I have been following Yana on Tumblr for years. Her shoe and handbag collection combined with her photos of delicious food around NYC have me drooling.

Leave your Instagram handle in the comments to help sustain my scrolling addiction!

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Morning Skin Care Routine + GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, 16 December 2014







I'm going to get real here and admit that up until a couple of months ago I didn't really have a morning skin care routine. I would literally wake up and slap my makeup on and maybe do some SPF if it was a particularly hot day - poor form I know!! But I thought I'd better get my act together and start looking after my skin properly. And it has made a huge difference. I feel much fresher and awake first thing in the morning, my makeup sits better throughout the day and the dryness under my eyes are no more! Definitely worth the extra effort and now that I have the habit going I feel strange if I don't do it. Here's what I use every day:

QV face gentle cleanser*
I mentioned this guy in my Breakout Battling Essentials post and when I am having skin troubles this is my go to morning and night. But even when everything is great skin wise, I use it every morning. Because it's soap free it isn't going to strip moisture from the skin and it is a gentle way to start the day. I don't particularly fancy putting anything harsh on my face first thing in the morning!

People for Plants mist toner
I'm a fan of anything with a rosy scent and in the morning a spray is much more uplifting than the usual toner on a cotton pad. It's also much quicker and easier! This toner is designed to work for all skin types and contains vitamin B, C, E and K. The bottle sprays a fine mist of evenly dispersed product that provides hydration without any wetness.

QV face revitalising eye cream*
This is my second tube of this eye cream and I am still loving it. I use this for both morning and night. It works perfectly under makeup while still being nourishing. I don't have any specific under eye concerns so this works very well in keeping my under eye area moisturised and plump.

Clinique dramatically different moisturising gel
I have gone through countless bottles of this over the past few years and it is generally something that I use at night but if I am at home and plan on having a no makeup day this is my go to last step to keep my skin feeling soft all day.

OR

Sun Sense moisturising face SPF 50+* 
Yet another product that I have gone through a couple of bottles of! I first bought this over a year ago on an impulse before an island holiday. As I mentioned earlier I can be a bit slack on the SPF, mostly because of a fear of breaking out. The words "moisturising" and "SPF" on the same bottle were a bit worrying to a previously oily skinned girl but I figured I would try it out rather than getting burnt to a crisp on holiday and I became obsessed. It sunk in easily, gave great sun protection and most importantly NO breakouts.

I would love for some of you to have the chance to try one of my favourite products so thanks to Ego Pharmaceuticals I will be giving away five Sun Sense moisturising face SPF 50 + moisturisers. All you have to do is be following me on Twitter and Instagram and leave a comment below with a morning skin care recommendation for me!

This giveaway is only open to people living in Australia but I do hope to run an international giveaway in the new year. It will close on Sunday 22nd of December. Good luck!

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Christmas Gifts The Easy Way

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Now that Christmas is less than a month away I feel like it's okay for me to start going on and on about all things festive and merry! Gift giving can be the best and worst part of the festive season but it can be made much easier with one of my favourite gift ideas...gift packs! Gift packs are made up of a selection of products so the lucky person that receives it gets to test out a few new things and the variety ups the likelihood of them loving it. This year quite a few brands have stepped up to the mark and there are some amazing options out there that cover off all price points and perfectly fit any beauty lovers needs. Here are my top picks:




1. Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set - $99
2. Korres - Best of Korres Set - $40
3. Soap and Glory Clean Getaway - $20
4. Too Faced Melted Kisses Set - $34
5. Too Faced La Belle Carousel - (my fave!) $65
6. Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker - $60
7. Kit Cosmetics Fairy Floss Nails - $17.95
8. GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy - $92

What are your go to gifts for those difficult to buy for people in your life?

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Biore Steam Activated Cleanser

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Biore Steam Activated Cleaner has been a staple in my routine for a few months now. I picked it up at the time when Priceline was having their huge gift with purchase on skin care. It's not something that I would normally choose but I got caught up in the skin care sale frenzy and thought it looked interesting. It's quite a thick gel cleanser with microbeads but when mixed with water it becomes creamy. The thicker consistency doesn't wash away as easily as a regular cleanser but the fresh feeling is well worth it - and you get a nice face massage at the same time.

As you massage it into your skin it has a surprising cooling sensation making it the perfect post work out cleanser and a great product for the warmer weather when you really want your skin to feel refreshed and a little tingly. Using this cleanser gives that nice deeply cleansed feeling you get after doing a face mask without the sitting around with a face mask part (I'm not a fan of waiting for face masks to do their thing). Because its a bottle that sits upside down the product is always ready to come out which is great as the product starts to empty but can be a pain when it is full. A little goes a long way so at $10.99 it's an affordable pick and if you head to Priceline right now its on sale for $7.99!

This isn't a cleanser I use every day but it has its place in my skin care routine and is already on the repurchase list.



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If The Shoe Fits...

Thursday, 28 August 2014

I haven't really talked too much about my love (read: obsession) for shoes with you yet and for the last few ridiculously cold months I have had my trusty Converse sneakers and my two favourite pairs of boots on rotation. My need for some retail therapy and the urge to get out of my shoe rut had me online scrolling through pages of cute flats and gorgeous strappy heels so I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite finds! I have put together this post in an effort to distract myself from purchasing them all but who knows how long I will be able to hold out...


I know I can't really buy 9 pairs of shoes but they are all so nice. And even thought I should be narrowing the search, if you've seen any nice spring/summer shoes around lately let me know where to go!

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