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  • InLifestyle

    Links I Love

    I’ve lost count which edition of Links I Love this is, but enjoy nonetheless.

    Rachel’s dress still gives me life…

    1. 25 Rachel Green Fashion Moments You Were Obsessed With: https://www.bustle.com/articles/174137-25-rachel-green-fashion-moments-you-were-obsessed-with-photos
    2. Why You Should Own A Jade Roller: https://www.topshelfbeaute.com/skincare/whyyoushouldownajaderoller/
    3. This Sydney PR Leader Shares Her Bedtime Skincare Routine: https://www.byrdie.com.au/montarna-mcdonald-nighttime-skincare-routine
    4. This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake: https://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2017/11/this-is-what-self-care-really-means-because-its-not-all-salt-baths-and-chocolate-cake/
    5. Highlighter queen Nam Vo’s guide to having a #glowgasm: https://roseinc.com/highlighter-queen-nam-vos-guide-to-having-a-glowgasm/
    6. People & Places: Tina Leung, New York City: https://yoyokulala.com/travel/tina-leung-new-york-city-travel-guide/
    7. What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About Natural Beauty: http://coveteur.com/2018/08/10/natural-safe-skin-care-products-new-wave/
    8. An Oslo Home With A Peach Pink Palette: https://www.thecut.com/2018/08/an-oslo-home-with-a-peach-pink-palette.html

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  • InBeauty

    New Obsessions | Cream Eyeshadow Sticks

    I am such an obsessive person and go through fads with products all the time. Once I find a product I love, I will literally wear it everyday until I get bored and then find something new to focus my energy on. So it’s now happened again, and my newest love is cream eyeshadows. I know, they are certainly not a new thing at all but I feel they’ve had a bit of a resurgence lately, and current love is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks – thanks to the uber-gorgeous Allana Davison ….

    I find I really love how buildable cream eyeshadows are, for turning day makeup into night, and above all, I enjoy the texture and sheen they give to the eye area. Right now I’m wearing the shade Heather Steel for the deep purpley/brown colour payoff and the fact it effortlessly glides over my eyes without tugging. Other sticks can often slough along the eye causing uneven pigmentation, but not this little guy – he’s easily blended out with a shadow brush. This one is also water-resistant without feeling sticky and tacky, it’s a rave review all round. 

    With a total of 19 shades available in the range, I’ve got a new mission to swatch ’em all – I might need more than 2 hands!

    Enjoy the week ahead,

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  • InLifestyle

    Enjoy Quiet Self Care Time with New Moon Blends

    While Why Hello Beauty is primarily a beauty blog, I see having a beautiful space and atmosphere an extension of beauty. With that said, I like to keep my home filled with beautiful products and packaging, gorgeous scents and aromas, and the odd crystal or two for an eye-catching piece. Recently New Moon Blends came onto my radar, and I wanted to share some of their beautiful products with you.

    New Moon Blends is a natural and organic quality chemical-free range of skin, body and spirit products, with items including bath salts, skincare and spirit mixes and spritzes for an all over feeling of contentment. Alana Kaye, the founder and creator of New Moon Blends says “I created New Moon Blends because I was frustrated at my inability to find reasonably-priced beauty products free of chemicals but with medicinal qualities. This spurred me to develop my own range of natural, organic products made with no additives or preservatives. I wanted to go back to the basics – so my products use plants for their healing properties, nourishing and feeding the skin. Being vegan, I also wanted them to be cruelty free – so they are only tested on humans! I use mostly Australian oils, herbs and flowers, and source all my packaging locally. All my products are crafted in small batches by me personally and sold in recyclable or refillable glass containers.”

    Here’s what I’m currently coveting…

    FULL MOON BATH SOAK

    This luxurious blend of Himalayan salts, epsom salts and botanicals is made for the intention of cleansing yourself during the full moon cycle. This blend is perfect for meditation uses or for general cleansing the mind, body & soul. The addition of jasmine essential oil and rose essential oil blend is very relaxing and uplifting.

    I’M IN LOVE WITH THE COCO HYDRATING MIST

    This is an all-natural face mist with coconut water, rose, aloe vera and witch hazel to refresh and hydrate the skin.

    SACRED SMUDGING SMOKE

    Loose incense is the most ancient form there is. This handmade incense blend is all about creating a nice, peaceful and calming environment for your space and home.  This blend is made for the purpose of protecting, purifying and clearing the space of negative energy.

    PALO SANTO

    Palo Santo or otherwise known as “holy wood” is native to South America and is traditionally used during ceremony or for healing rituals. The smoke from the wood is said to clear negative energy in your body or environment whilst alleviating stress and calming the nervous system. Palo Santo has a beautiful woodsy yet sweet aroma when burnt. It is believed to have many healing and spirtual properties.  The Palo Santo is harvested from fallen branches which have aged naturally in Ecuador. All Palo Santo comes with a crystal for further enlightenment and protection. Palo Santo is also great for cleansing the crystals.

    FEELING QUARTZY CRYSTAL MIST

    Harvested over the full moon, these sprays are made to calm your body, mind & spirit. Aquamarine is a stone of eternal youth, strength & courage. Rose quartz helps with protection. Contains jasmine essential oil for a delightful scent and to aid with soothing and improving mood. Each blend is created with intention.

     

    Alana encourages customers to reuse the empty bottles, and offer 20% off your next order when you return your bottle.  Please keep in mind that all products are handmade and there could be slight variations in colour from batch to batch and as all products are natural and without preservatives, she suggests using the products within 6-12 months.

    Wishing you a smooth run to the weekend,

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  • InBeauty

    Dermatonics Review | Part Two

    A beauty elixir sounds magical doesn’t it, like something you just have to have. And have I do, as this little guy and his friend made an appearance at Why Hello Beauty HQ a few weeks back, and I’m so happy I can now share what I think. While the technical description for the Dermatonics’ Beauty Elixir is ‘an advanced, age defying, wrinkle refining and collagen boosting moisturiser that’s infused with native medicinal plant extracts to help promote cellular repair mechanisms’; I simply say it’s just a damn good moisturizer that feels like heaven on the skin.

    The ingredients in Beauty Elixir are scientifically proven to help assist in boosting collagen and elasticity while protecting cellular components, to help skin look younger, and the consistency almost has a pearl-esque shine to it which I’m sure adds an extra little something to the face once applied. It’s has a pump dispenser which is my favourite kind of packaging, as it just makes it easier to control how much you’re using and feels much more hygienic than pots. It glides over damp or dry skin effortlessly, and I actually prefer using it of an evening as it’s a teeny bit thicker than a normal day cream, and when I mix in a touch of rosehip oil, it’s even better.

    RELATED: My Dermatonics Skincare Review

    It’s only been a few weeks but I can see my fine lines around my eye area are diminished when I use this product, and I’m hoping this will only continue over extended use – and maybe a few extra glasses of water!

    Now on to the other product, Dermatonics Hand & Body Nutrition. I’ve been using this on my hands as they’re as dry as the Sahara Desert in this weather, and while it packs a punch of hydration – it’s completely non greasy which I love. The cream is formulated with specially chosen ingredients to assist in the management of dry skin, and to help improve the appearance of ageing skin – which I’ll take all I can with my 30th birthday fast approaching in October …

    I have noticed that my rosecea doesn’t seem to flare up when I use Dermatonics products and not one product has ever given me a reaction or irritation, just the glow of good skin. As I’ve mentioned previously, Dermatonics is completely vegan friendly and proudly Australia made and owned clinical-grade skincare that I recommend you try in 2018.

    *This is a sponsored article, yet all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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  • InBeauty

    An Update

    Because I really quite enjoyed writing the last chatty post (A Bit of a Ramble) and it was very well received, I’m back with another one today. Here’s what’s new;

    While I’ve long wanted to experience an Aveda hair salon – and I am just really slack to be honest, as there are plenty of spots around in Australia – I’ve not yet tried any Aveda products but thankfully, everything changed recently. I was gifted a sample set of the damage remedy shampoo and conditioner, and if only you could smell these little guys. The scent of these two are next level, and rather than have me try and explain it – Aveda say  ‘our own pure-fume aroma consists of certified organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences.’ YUM. Oh, and of course my hair is left scrumptiously soft but that’s no surprise right?

    Next up is a new product I’ve been enjoying, which is Dr Roebucks Byron is a 2-In-1 cleansing mask and exfoliating scrub that is filled to the brim with extremely gentle biodegradable eco beads to target clogged pores, lift away impurities and remove dead skin cells, which in turns leaves my face feeling like velvet. I also have ordered REN Clean Skincare’s Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic after seeing it all over Instagram (Emma Hoareau I’m looking at you, you #skincareguru) and the rave reviews of smoother and brighter skin so stayed tuned!

    Speaking ordering, I’m also looking forward to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Contour Wand in Fair/Medium to arrive, and am excited for what I hope is carving the best cheekbones of my life – time will tell but the hype is real. I also grabbed a fresh beautyblender as I think my usual is on it’s way out, it’s almost 10 months old or so, definitely time to upgrade…

    Lastly, a new lipstick has arrived at my desk from Bobbi Brown, in a gorgeous berry shade from the Crushed Lip Colour range, which will be just perfect for the chilly winter days with a scarf and muted makeup at a aesthetically pleasing cafe … *swoon*

    Other than beauty, it’s now Friday and I wish you all a great weekend, wherever in the world you are!

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  • InLifestyle

    Links I Love

    Put simply, a handful of links to the pieces I’ve enjoyed recently.

     

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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    From the Bathroom to Poolside

    The bathroom is my favourite room of the house, other than the bedroom thanks to our amazing king bed, and now that renovations have finally finished, I can finally enjoy this special space. I haven’t had a bath in years, so this really is a treat. And speaking of treats, the Louvelle showerwear range is just that.

    I’ve been using my Louvelle shower turban for a few years now, whenever I apply a face mask or don’t want to wash my hair in the shower, but I’m so excited to now be able to slip into in the bath leisurely feeling like an absolute vintage goddess. Louvelle’s luxurious turbans are made from a stretchy quick dry fabric with waterproof lining, that works perfectly for applying facemasks as it does to preserve blowdries, and would not look out of place at an exclusive resort or deserted beach. It was also named one of Oprah’s favourite things just last year – which is quite a coup!

    For a further touch of glamour each and every day, Louvelle are releasing the Riva Hair Towel Wrap on July 18th, which differs from the shower turban in the fact that it actually dries hair gently but quickly, but is as gorgeous as any of the other products available; including eye masks, robes, headbands and hairscarves. The Towel Wrap is made from a lightweight material with button closure that reduces blow dry time and subsequent heat damage. Available in exclusive designer prints inspired by a tropical vacation at Louvelle and MYER stores for $35, I guarantee you need this in your life! #notsponsored #justgood

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  • InBeauty

    Trinny London | Cute and Practical

    While many may remember Trinny Woodall as one part of Trinny and Susannah from the hit ’00 show What Not to Wear, you may not be aware that she has recently branched out into makeup, creating her own line of cream-based products. But this time it’s a little different, as this range is completely portal and travel friendly, with products clicking together to create the most practical makeup kit ever.

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  • InBeauty

    Decoding Beauty Masks

    With a multitude of beauty masks available right now, you’ve only got to jump on Instagram to see that everyone is on the masking train. I mean, it’s almost as if you’re not sharing the experience on Instagram, are you really masking? But between sheet masks to hair masks, and peel off masks to mud masks; exactly what do each actaually do, how do we actually use them and how often? Time to break it down..

    Facial Sheet Masks

    • Seals in water, therefore leaving skin intensely hydrated.
    • Practical for everyday use, with fantastic results in 15 mins or less!
    • Apply after cleansing and toning and before moisturiser / night cream.

    TRY: Skinvitals Masks – Select 4 masks and receive 20% off!

    Face Peel Masks

    • Goes deep into the skin to to attract and bind dirt that is clogged deep within your pores.
    • Absorbs impurities and toxins and lightly exfoliates the skin.
    • Apply to dry skin after cleansing, and moisturize after removal of mask. 

    TRY: Formula 10.0.6

    Face Mud Masks

    • Deeply cleansing and helps to decongest pores, while helping control oillness.
    • Exfoliates for a brightener complexion.
    • Apply to dry skin after cleansing, and moisturize after removal of mask.

    TRY:  Formula 10.0.6

    Hair Masks

    • Provides detangling and protective benefits while leaving locks smooth and shiny.
    • Cream hair masks to be used in the shower, while oils to be used of an evening and shampooed out the next day!

    TRY: For an intensive treatment, try Lux Aestiva Aphrodite Hair Oil

    My pick of the bunch is a sheet mask, they’re just so quick and really pack quite a punch. As Lynne Meaney, Skinvitals founder says, “sheet masks are particularly beneficial because they can saturate the skin to increase water content. The masks push ingredients into the skin for maximum absorption and then act like a seal to prevent evaporation. Sheet masks don’t dry out the skin like some other types of masks and depending on which one you buy – some are now quite technologically advanced providing some really excellent results. They are extremely practical and easy to use, as they can leave your skin fresh and glowing after just 15 mins and you don’t need to wash your face after using!”

    Yours in masking glory,

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  • InBeauty

    A Beauty Chat

    Wow, thank goodness EOFY is over – such a crazy time – but I guess that also means the year is half over, we’re in July already! There have been lots of new things arriving on the beauty front lately, and products to share so let’s get into it. First up, I need to mention the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand as it’s the most incredible contouring product I’ve ever used, and I’ve used a looottttt over the years. It’s so creamy and blendable, yet easily buildable, and gives the most natural flawless contour ever, period. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it – it’s worth the splurge. *Cult Beauty gives Australians free shipping on on all orders over £40, which is about $70odd AUD dollars roughly. 

    After recently falling in love with Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, I was reminded how much my skin loves it when I double cleanse of an evening, especially with an oil based product. This little guy dissolves makeup almost instantly upon contact without leaving a sticky residue, and is working an absolute treat alongside my current cleanser in Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. Actually this cleanser also deserves a mention, as it’s so light and milky yet really gives the skin a good cleanse – so if you’re slightly sensitive or prone to redness, investigate this one. Ooo, I also want to mention Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Serum + Activator that works to brighten, even and retexturize skin when 2 drops are mixed in with moisturiser morning and night, which I’ve used in the past and also rediscovered its power recently.

    After speaking of my love for Aveda in a recent post, I wanted to give a shoutout to the damage remedy daily hair repair for the protection of my locks it gives from heat styling but also its ability to detangle, therefore reducing further damage to my mop. I’ll ramble on about the Aveda scent all day long, but seriously, try the travel sets and you’ll know what I’m on about.

    Just last night I gave in to all the hype and placed an order at Sephora for the It Cosmetics CC Cream in the shade Light, which I hope matches my skin tone, so do stay tuned for my first impressions and review of that once it arrives. And just because I’m excited, I want to share that Bobbi Brown Australia recently reposted my image of their Hydrating Face Cream, which must mean I’m doing something right – not bad for an iPhone 8!

     

    Do comment below or on Instagram and lemme know what you’re using this week, or what’s new in your makeup bag!

     

     

     

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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  • InHair

    Review | EVO Haircare

    One of the most comprehensive Australian beauty retailers is RY.com.au, with over 250 brands available at the online store. evo is just one of these brands, and I’m excited to share my review on the two brands products recently trialled, the Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner.

    Bursting with personality, evo are a luxury salon quality hair care products that are also sulphate, paraben and propylene glycol free. In the Ritual Salvation range, the treatment shampoo and and rich conditioner work to strengthen hair while protecting the fading of hair colour, i.e great for weak and brittle locks. A huge tick for me is the fact the shampoo has a low foaming action, which gives a gentler cleanse and of course much better for the environment. Even though I am definately a gal who loves the sensation of a great shampoo lather, these two products together leave me with the shinest and softest locks that I don’t even mind this minor detail.

    Both the shampoo and conditioner smell just like a hair salon – think luxuriously expensive – and the packaging is both stylishly minimalist yet witty enough to re-read each time the products are reached for. I really enjoy the especially yummy feeling once I’ve rinsed the conditioner out, and once my hair is dry I could literally play with my hair ALL day, it just feels like velvet. I’ve noticed enhanced shine using these two little guys, and I’m always reminded how important salon quality haircare is when I drop back to supermarkets brands – I’ll admit it!

    I am a daily hair washer and these products have had 10+ applications and I’m yet to feel a dent has been made inside, the containers still feel as heavy as the first day – the products are very concentrated that only a little bit is required each time.

    With many brands available on RY.com.au, including Alpha H, Bareminerals, Bioderma, BECCA, Christophe Robin, Deciem, ghd, Lanolips, La Roche-Posay, NUXE and Olaplex – this is your first stop for beauty in Australia.

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  • InLifestyle

    REVIEW | HiSmile

    Whiter teeth in just six easy 10 minute sessions at home, sounds too good to be true, right? Well not really, as I’ve just finished my HiSmile teeth whitening treatment with pretty awesome results to share with you. While I concede the majority of my teeth are quite white already, I do have a lot of discoloration around my gums at the top or bottom of my teeth – thanks to the odd crooked tooth…

    Over the course of one week, I was able to lighten these areas considerably by simply applying some gel into the silicone mouth tray and popping a blue LED light in for 10 quick minutes. The Hi Smile was different to other treatments I’ve tried in the past thanks to the usage of the LED Light, which HiSmile states works to breaks down the gel formula at a fast rate to deliver optimal results in a short time – other treatments can take up to 1 hr per session.

    Surprisingly I felt zero sensitivity at all times, even when I applied extra gel around the darker bits of teeth, i.e gum area which is prone to a lot of sensitivity for me, but still nada. I did find my jaw got a little sore of holding the same position for 60 minutes over the course of the week, but that’s a small side effect for a brighter smile in my book. Sometimes while I had the mouth piece in, I felt a little saliva building up my mouth, but by tipping my head a bit further back I was able to alleviate this. I also found doing this treatment of an evening worked best for me, as I was able to lay down and keep my head flat.

    I do wish there had been more treatments in the box, but overall I am still very happy with the results seen. HiSmile is available at https://hismileteeth.com/ for $79.99, with teeth whitening pens available for maintenance, as well as a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash.

    What do you use for whiter brighter teeth?

     

     

     

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  • InBeauty

    Surviving Winter With Skincare

    While I didn’t think we were quite in the midst of Winter in Tasmania yet, the fact that it was 1C degree last week may confirm otherwise. I’ve since pulled out from the cabinet my super rich and creamy hydrating lotions and potions, and thought I’d share what I use to starve off as much dry winter skin that I can!

    SKINCARE

    I have quite dry skin, especially this time of the year, so I always begin with introducing hydration-heavy products into the current mix. During these cooler times, I always stick to creamy or milky cleansers (I like Aqua de Vida’s Milky Shea Cleanser) and hydrating toners or serums (Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is gorgeous and complete #bathroomgoals). I’ll also consider using an oil cleanser, either on it’s own or as a pre-cleanser, for the extraordinary dry days. Currently I’m using Ella Bache’s Eternal+ Very Rich Cream as a night cream (with a facial oil mixed in), and a few nights a week I’ll pop on a sheet mask while I’m scrolling through my phone. Again, if it’s a very dry day, I have been known to apply a moisturising mask as a night cream, shhhh! I find my lips appear to get extra chapped in Winter, so I’ll scrub with Frank Body’s lipscrub every few nights and then apply a thick balm – I especially like Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask and Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant.

    *Slightly off topic but I’ve been using the Base. Lip Solve Bullet for the last few months, which claims to assist with a reduced frequency, intensity and duration of cold sores, and I’ve not had one coldsore in this time. I get coldsores from the sun, stress and being rundown, and in the last months I’ve been crazed at work with a week in Bali – i.e lots of sun – and still nada. Nothing.

    BODY

    This time is where it gets quite serious and the game is upped. I use Frank Body’s Peppermint coffee scrub a few times a week in the shower but mix it up scent-wise with MOR Pomegranate Sugar Crystal Body Scrub, which both also have an extra benefit of scenting up the bathroom perfectly and for moistursing, I use either Frank’s Body Balm or Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil. I TRY to religiously use hand cream (right now it’s Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose Hand Cream) and cuticle oil (CND Rescue RXxeach night, as my hands are always the first place I notice visible dryness, and if I’m feeling a little extra – I’ll apply a hand mask before bed and goop even more handcream over the top.

    HAIR

    I have fairly normal hair so I tend to generally use ‘normal’ products, nothing too heavy as I wash my hair daily, but if I notice I need a little something extra, I’ll always go back to Redken All Soft which may just my holygrail haircare prods. Lately, I’ve noticed my hair is benefiting from a hair mist or oil applied daily, before styling products, and right now I’m using Olje Argan Oil Light Treatment Spray. Air-drying my hair is a godsend for me, all year round, but in Winter it’s that much harder – even though my hair is only chin length and dries in an hour or so – so I am known to wash my hair of an evening to work around this dilemma 💁

    Phew – that was a long one, hope I didn’t miss anything out. Lemme know what you’re currently using, and if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere – how I envy you!

     

     

     

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

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  • InLifestyle

    Fresh Cosmetic Bags for Your Next Getaway

    Whether you’re heading away for the night, or an overseas trip somewhere exciting, you’ll need a functional yet aesthetically makeup / toilery bag to store everything you need – no one wants to forget a toothbrush or concealer, right? Here’s what I’m coveting right now for my next getaway ….

    Beat Bag – Holographic lovers rejoice – all the shimmer and fun you could ask for!

    Neo The Label -Made from the high quality flexible and water resistant Neoprene, this bag is machine washable – for a leaky foundation, this is a godsend! I have this in pink and recently took this to Bali with me – no muss, no fuss!

    Jet Set Vanity Bag – Minimalist yet still chic, and large enough to fit your entire stash in.

    MECCA MAX Makeup Bag – For a little touch of something else, right Elle Woods? Pink and fun, and cute enough to show off!

     

    Also this reminds me, keep an eye out for department stores that offer Gifts with Purchases as they often come with a free makeup or toiletry bag. Last year Estee Lauder had an epic GWP and I scored a French-inspired makeup bag!

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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    The Science of Scent

    As we are all well aware, a simple scent can evoke a special memory or feeling within you within seconds, from a teenage love to maybe an overseas holiday. For me, the one scent that can take me back to Hawaii 2012 in an split second is Victoria Secret’s Eau So Sexy that I purchased on the day of that Hawaiian getaway, and even though I don’t wear the scent anymore, I keep it in my cupboard for sentimental reasons.

    I’ve since got to wonder why a scent can remind you a memory, and how this actually happens? Lysn psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada explains, “there has been numerous amount of research into the science behind scent and it is only now that we are just beginning to understand the influence that scent can have on our lives. However, our sense of smell could still be considered one of the most mysterious of our senses and possibly the most underrated due to the fact that there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding it. There is still so much that we don’t know about scent, however past research has shown some breakthroughs in how smells are interpreted in the brain.”

     

    Let’s break it down and get a little technical, Breanna explains ‘by simply breathing in air begins the process by which the air rushes across the membranes of our nasal cavities and then deposits small molecules (which are the things that make up scents). For molecules to be detected, they find a corresponding olfactory receptor neuron to neurally encode the chemical composition of odours (each receptor only detects one type of smell however humans are thought to have 500-1000 different types of olfactory receptors which are all sensitive to different odour molecules). Simply breathing in air will draw scents over the surfaces inside our noses to which then is interpreted by our brains by capturing the signals sent to it and then synthesising them into an experience”.

    Says Breanna, ”there is a lot of research now that shows that smell is linked to memory which is triggered by odours which can also have an emotional cue for us. Humans can associate scents with memories and then have an emotional attachment to that smell which then can then trigger certain feelings. Linking back to this, various scents have been shown to have a powerful effect on our moods – from the smell of lemons improving efficiency of those performing tasks, through to orange and vanilla scents reducing anxiety and the list goes on!

    And there you have, it actually makes total sense right? And while we’re on the subject, why not take advantage of the wonderful wellbeing properties of Melissa Allen Mood Essentials unisex fragrances, which are designed to influence your mood, by working with experts on the perfect ingredients to make an impact on behaviours and your feelings associated with the scents. With names including I Have Calm, I Have Confidence and I Have Joy – there really is something for everyone.

    What is your favourite or most special scent, please share with me in the comments!

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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    My Experience with Jade Face Rolling

    After mentioning a few weeks back that I had been introduced to jade rolling with Lux Aestiva, it’s time to share my thoughts on this relaxing daily ritual. If you’re new to face rolling, take a peek at my earlier blog post for the brief and a list of the benefits.

    Now while it hasn’t changed my life, rolling my face with a jade roller most certainly has added a little extra ‘me time’ into each day and definitely helps to aid skincare penetration thanks to the rolling motions over the face. I’ve find that I much prefer the roller ice cold from the fridge, as generally advised, to help with moving any excess fluid around the face – and the cooling sensation just feels delicious on the skin.

    You definitely need a face oil when face rolling for the slip required to glide effortlessly over the skin, and the Pricky Pear Oil also from Lux Aestiva pairs lovely with the roller, and with my drier skin type, I’ll take any extra hydration I can get. I do find I still need to apply a light layer of night cream after rolling, but if you have a more normal skin type, you may be able to skip this step. I also think it’s of benefit to learn the correct way to face roll, which can be found here, just to ensure the art is executed correctly.

    For complete clarity, I have only tried this one roller from Lux Aestiva, which is quite large and does require a bit of maneuvering around the eye area, which means I cannot compare to other rollers available BUT I also know it’s a genuine jade stone – which may not be the case with el cheapos from Amazon and the like…

    If you are looking for a new beauty ritual to incorporate into each day, similar to maybe dry body brushing – this is for you!

    P.S: Try using this roller over a wet sheet mask applied to the face – heaven!

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  • InBeauty

    The Benefits of Sleeping with Silk

    For me, sleeping with silk is the ultimate indulgence, and something I crave sliding into each night. But as much as I love the feeling of silk against my skin, sleeping on silk also has many beauty benefits I enjoy; like being naturally hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types, reducing friction between your hair and pillowcases which in turn prevents split ends and breakage, and ensures blow outs last longer. Plus unlike cotton, which draws moisture from your skin leaving unwanted bed creases on your face, a silk pillowcase naturally hydrates your skin whilst you sleep.

    Recommend by Vogue and Allure and loved by Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen, Australian’s luxury sleepwear brand Shhh Silk obviously do silk oh-so well, and offer not only silk pillowcases, but silk eye masks, silk pillows, silk sleep caps and silk pyjamas – the whole kit and kaboodle really! Various styles, colours and monogramming is available, so now not only can you sleep on silk, you can also sleep IN silk…. #bliss

    I’ve slept on silk pillowcases for a few years now, and can vouch for everything stated above. I’m an awfully rough sleeper and would always wake up with Beetlejuice-esque hair but with silk, I wake up with the same hair I fell asleep with, with maybe a few strays sitting up – nothing like before though. I also found my face would often ‘stick’ to my old pilllowcases, so I’d have to pry my face off and then I’d lose half my skincare I had just applied – not good for dry flaky winter skin – but sleeping on silk allows my skin to glide effortlessly across the pillow as I lay, toss and turn. Eye masks are the perfect travel essential too, and allow you to wake up just that bit fresher. Plus – I’m now one step closer to being Chrissy Teigen right?!

    Sleeping with silk is a no brainer, if only for the most luxurious sleep of your life – the beauty benefits are just a bonus!

     

     

     

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    Links I Love

    When you’ve got a few minutes to spare, grab a coffee and have a scroll below. If you find anything interesting and cool on the web, lemme know below!

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    Where I Find Inspiration

    As much as I love sharing snippets of my life and my beauty stash, I do suffer from lack of inspiration at times. Whether it be a photograph I just cannot nail, or simply trying to decide on an outfit for a special occasion, inspiration comes and goes from time to time, but luckily I know exactly where to go if I lose it – so let me break it down for you.

    BLOG / PHOTOGRAPHY

    • When I have a product to shoot for my blog or my social media platforms that I just cannot make work – for me it’s often shampoo and conditioner bottles, the curves edges can be tricky – I simply go to the brands Instagram’s page and see what photos the brand has been tagged in. From there, I can see how others have photographed the product and begin to brainstorm how I can take these ideas and make it mine. Oh, and sometimes bluetack can be your BFF when creating flatlays!
    • Additionally, magazines are great to flip through and look at new ways to photograph or display something, and it’s great excuse for a little #selfcare moment too.
    • When it’s time to revamp my blog’s aesthetic with a new logo or template, I’ll scroll through Etsy and Creative Market to see what’s popular right now and either create something in Canva myself or hire someone through these platforms to create something custom. The majority of graphic designers on Etsy or Creative Market are very affordable, and offer great packages if you require multiple digital assets.
    • When I have no idea what to write about here on the blog, that’s the time I walk inside my beauty room and trawl through my stash. Is there a product that’s just launched, or a favourite I’ve never had the chance to write about, or even a product I do not like whatsoever? I then take these ideas and begin to draft up blog posts, and from there you’ll realise there are many angles to take and you’ll probably even brainstorm more ideas once you begin!
    • Also consider what you are currently really enjoying in your life right now, and use this as a basis for upcoming content. For example I’m right into jade rolling after recently discovering the Lux Aestiva Jade Face Roller, and plan to do a follow up review from the original introduction written in this post.

    SKINCARE / MAKEUP

    • For the above, I simply look to the ever-growing beauty community on Instagram. Once you find someone you enjoy following and find value in their reviews, you will be sure to find many more like-minded individuals from their followers list. For newbies to skincare and makeup, the instagram account @topshelfbeaute is a great place to start, with endless accounts to explore here.

    FASHION / ACCESSORIES

    • When I feel flat or completely unmotivated with my current wardrobe, I love scrolling through photos where luxury jewellery brands Mejuri or Missoma are tagged within. Often I’ll find by simply adding a simple piece of jewellery that I hadn’t even considered will tie an entire look together, and I’ll always find inspiration for an evening out or special event by trawling through these photos and daydreaming.

    LIFE 

    • Emma Hoareau is one blogger/influencer who consistently gets it right every single time, and she is someone I consider as having the perfect Instagram feed. Complete #lifegoals.
    • Kate La Vie is another gal who I look to for complete life inspiration, from styling my hair to bedroom inspiration. She’s ah-mazing.
    • Podcasts are a great way find inspiration if you’re a little bit stuck on how to move forward with your brand, blog or business, and/or are a one-woman show trying to do it all. I especially enjoy The Lifestyle Edit Podcast, Second Life, The One Girl Band Podcast, Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso and The High Low, so have a listen and see what you think.

    That’s just a start, but if you’d like me to expand on this in different areas – please just sing out.

    Much love,

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    A Bit of a Ramble

    I’ve realised lately that while I blog fairly often, I don’t tend to just talk. I always talk with intention, which isn’t necessary a bad thing, but today I felt the impulse to just talk here on this platform. Of course, it’s going to be beauty based for the most part but who knows, if you really enjoy this – maybe it could become a more regular thing? Anyway, here’s my ramble.

    I’ve recently begun incorporating a new cleanser into my routine, in the Embalm Skincare Uplifting Cleanser, and it’s different, in the fact that it’s jet black in colour. This is thanks to the ingredient of activated charcoal, which is known for its ability to attract and absorb impurities, but once massaged in, the colour dissipates and turns clearer. I use this cleanser of an evening for both removing makeup in the first cleanse, and then deep cleansing the second time around. This routine leaves me feeling completely fresh and clean, without any tightness whatsoever. It feels extraordinarily expensive, but it’s completely affordable, and the founder of Embalm Skincare is a fellow Tasmanian – which is another bonus! #tassierepresent *fistbump*

    The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum has been a bathroom staple of mine for the last few months, after reading many a rave review online, and with the continued reading I’ve done on the subject, I think it will be a life long staple. Using niacinamide, aka Vitamin B3, has many benefits; including reducing the visible appearance of pores, uneven skin tone and fine lines, but most importantly, it’s strengthens the skin surface, and stronger skin equals a greater resiliency to environmental stresses. It’s also great for rosacea I’ve found, as it minimizes the bumpiness along my cheeks and leaves me softer to the touch and eye.

    Just today the LUX AESTIVA Jade Face Roller landed on my desk and I cannot wait to try this out tonight, in conjuction with the Prickly Pear Oil for a smooth luxurious experience. The jade rolling craze is going nowhere, and with benefits such as boosting skins circulation, improving elasticity and promoting cell turnover for a brighter appearance, and the most importantly, lymphatic drainage by sweeping away toxins and excess fluid, it’s no surprise. LUX AESTIVA’s rollers are hand made from real slabs of jade, and for an extra cooling effect, they advise to keep your roller in the fridge. They also suggest using a gentle pressure when rolling over the face, and clean only as necessary. I plan to keep you all posted on my experience with face rolling, so watch this space.

    No doubt you’ve heard of Biologique Recherche and their magical product P50, thanks to Emily Weiss’s blog Into the Gloss naming Rescue Spa as The Best Facial in NYC. Rescue Spa use and carry Biologique Recherche, and with devotees including The Olsen twins, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nicole Ritchie and Mandy Moore, I had to know more about Biologique Recherche’s hero product. P50 works to exfoliate, clarify and balance PH levels of the skin, and is available in various formulas for the more sensitive of skins, and I gotta say – I love it. My skin looks more refined and even, with less redness and dryness so I plan to keep trying my sample and probably purchase another one to experience the results of continued use. It is on the more expensive side, but what can you do?

    Currently on my beauty wish list, I have the following:

    Lastly, I’ve become real life pen pals with a gorgeous Australian girl I e-met on Instagram, which is the coolest thing ever. After chatting for months, we’ve started sending each other little beauty gifts back and forth, and it’s such fun. Beautiful Jennifer recently sent me the Lady Burgundy lipstick in Imaari, a gorgeous deep berry shade, and in return I sent her a bright red Charlotte Tilbury lipstick but I’ve forgotten which shade it was, sorry. If anyone else wants to be beauty-buddies with me, please holla – maybe we could something international?

    A little of topic but I had to mention how in love with my Kate & Kole signet ring, which is part of acollaboration with Nikki Cruz. I always wanted a signet ring when I was younger, and it’s totally making the little Emily in me very happy, but with a fresh 2018 touch. I just discovered Mejuri jewellery along with Missoma, so expect to see a LOT of jewellery on my social feeds coming up.

    Hope you enjoyed the read, and felt inspired to pamper yourself today / tonight, and chat again soon! 

     

     

     

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