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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

     

     

     

    *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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    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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    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! 

     

     

     

    *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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  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    How to manipulate your mood and wellbeing through fragrance

    As humans we’re capable of distinguishing between thousands of different smells and these smells are deeply connected to our emotional state. Scent is the first sense that is activated when we’re born and with our memory and sense of smell intertwined, smell can be the thing that is associated to many memories and life events. Smell can also have a huge influence on our behaviour, it can affect our moods, stress levels, self confidence and even our cognitive performance. The scientific terminology for our sense of smell is called olfaction and research has uncovered that humans can have specific psychological reactions to certain scents. Psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada from Lysn explains: “scents can effect everything from people’s moods through to their work performance, even down to the way we view brands and the purchasing decisions we make. Our feelings that are evoked from smells are usually developed from past associations which stems from our experiences with them – that is, in order for a scent to elicit any sort of response, we have to first learn to associate it with an event or situation. This is known as associative learning and is the way our brains tie things together like when an item or event is linked to another because of past experience. For example, the smell of apples might make you feel happy because it reminds you of your grandmother’s apple pie and the great times you had with your grandmother.”

    Various scents can trigger different responses, especially when used with other associations. For example, scents such as lavender, coffee or orange can give people a longer attention span if it is presented with information. So if you’re studying or trying to remember certain things, keep these types of scents around you. Or for long term memory, consider cooking with rosemary which makes our long term memory perform at its best. See below how other fragrances can affect your mood and wellbeing:

    • Jasmine helps improves the quality of sleep and can also help with depressive thoughts by uplifting moods.
    • Frankincense reduces feelings of depression and anxiety, promotes calmness and relation.
    • Lemon and Jasmine enhances cognitive performance.
    • Cinnamon and Vanilla smells have been linked to creativity and cinnamon alone can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration.
    • Chamomile has a calming and relaxing effect so is great for before sleep.
    • Peppermint has been linked to invigoration, more energy and boosting concentration.
    • Lavender is linked to calming and tranquility.

    Consider trying these products from Lux Aestiva containing key scents to have a positive impact on your mood:

    LUX AESTIVA WILDFLOWER OIL FOR THE BODY 

    Lux Aestiva’s Wildflower Oil for the Body contains key scent Frankincense which can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, whilst having a calming effect on your mood. Lux Aestiva’s Wildflower Oil for the Body contains precious oils which work in harmony to promote a youthful, radiant glow from head to toe. Nutrient dense, yet lightweight, Lux Aestiva’s Wildflower Oil for the Body promotes healing whilst nourishing the deepest layers of the skin. A powerful combination of oils create the ultimate skincare must-have that works to balance and regulate your mood.

    LUX AESTIVA CLEANSE COLLECTION ORANGE AND GREEK YOGHURT SOAP

    The Cleanse Collection, a gentle, yet powerful cleansing soap, signalling that the old fashioned bar soap might be making a come back. Here to change the way you’ve ever thought about soap, Lux Aestiva’s Cleanse Collection is made from a divine range of natural ingredients, specifically the Orange and Greek Yoghurt option that is free of any nasty ingredients and like perfume in a soap, its aromas of calendula & chamomile infused with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and an essential oil blend of greek yoghurt, red oxide, orange mica and pink sea salt make it evoke feelings of calm and relaxation.

    LUX AESTIVA GYPSY OIL

    Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil™ is a fast absorbing dry oil that boosts overall skin tone and texture, leaving it feeling smooth and revitalised. Combining delicate, infused oils of Neroli, Prickly pear, Meadowfoam, Camellia, Apricot Seed and non-phototoxic Bergamot, Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil™ is the ultimate skincare saviour for all over body use. With a delicate fragrance that lightly scents the skin and has a calming effect, Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil™is perfect for daily use.

    LUX AESTIVA CLEANSE COLLECTION LEMON MYRTLE & COCONUT SOAP

    The Cleanse Collection, a gentle, yet powerful cleansing soap, signalling that the old fashioned bar soap might be making a come back. Here to change the way you’ve ever thought about soap, Lux Aestiva’s Cleanse Collection is made from a divine range of natural ingredients, specifically the Lemon Myrtle and Coconut option that is free of any nasty ingredients and like perfume in a soap, its aromas of Calendula and chamomile have a relaxing and calming effect whilst its lemon myrtle essential oil is perfect for calming your mood when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Enriched with shea butter and coconut oil, this soup will not only moisturise, but act as an antibacterial, antiviral and calming addition to your cleansing routine.

    LUX AESTIVA WILD AT HEART SCRUB

    Lux Aestiva’s Wild at Heart Scrub is here to change the way you scrub for ever… A gentle, yet powerful exfoliant, Lux Aestiva’s Wild at Heart Scrub will boost the skins appearance, leaving you with soft, supple and glowing skin. Using nature’s own ‘Botox plant’ – the Hibiscus Flower, and combining it with nature’s most effective, yet gentlest exfoliant, natural sugar crystals, Lux Aestiva’s Wild at Heart Scrub will leave your skin silky smooth and ready to set hearts racing. The essential oils of patchouli and mandarin intertwined with oils of grapeseed, pomegranate and meadowfoam can help to calm your mood and relieve anxiety and depression.

    LUX AESTIVA INCENSE STICKS

     

    Awaken your senses with Lux Aestiva’s luxury scents, featuring a beautiful range of incense sticks hand rolled at the base of The Himalayas. Lux Aestiva’s Incense Sticks are perfect for creating a luxurious fragrance throughout the home, just by burning the end and letting it flow.

    LUX AESTIVA SACRED INCENSE: PALO SANTO

    Lux Aestiva’s Sacred Palo Santo is an ancient style of incense, created following traditional methods of adopting yogic formulas that have been used since ancient times. Palo Santo is one of the oldest tools for spiritual cleansing, used by burning the wood to create a fragrance and ward off negativity energy. Lux Aestiva’s Sacred Palo Santo are perfect for creating a luxurious fragrance throughout the home, just by burning the end and letting it flow.

    What’s your favourite scent, does it evoke a memory for you also?

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    The Magic of Charlotte Tilbury

     

    Also worthy of mentions are a few skincare goodies; in the WonderGlow Face Primer, which technically is a light reflecting primer for use before foundation, but I like to mix it in with my foundation for a little extra glow. I started doing this little trick after watching a video on Youtube, and I’m hooked now. That said, if I’m extra oily during the warmer months, I’ll skip this step but just swipe the primer on the high points of my face – no point adding shine instead of glow! I’d have to say the Dry Sheet Mask is such a practical invention (it doesn’t slip at all!) and gives the skin a huge boost of glow – perfect before events or evenings out. I do like to apply the Magic Cream prior to makeup application, but this little guy is expensive so ensure you apply sparingly, which is easier said than done.

    What is your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product, have I mentioned it above? Lemme know in the comments!

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    Radiance and Renewal with Jurlique

    *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.

    After all the fun and frivolity that is Christmas and New Year, I was thrilled in late January when the lovely team at Jurlique Australia offered up their newest treatment for review. The Radiance and Renewal 28 Day Programme is designed to work with your skins natural renewal cycle to deeply replenish and restore radiance and glow, and I’m sure I’m not on my own when I say I may have a few extra glasses of rosé and one too many late nights lately but haven’t we all?

    The programme is simple, simply apply one of two serums morning and night – aptly named Step 1 and Step 2 – which first work to exfoliate and renew the skin tones and texture, and then to smooth, protect and deeply replenish the skin for optimum vitality. After cleansing but before moisturiser, I applied Step 1 both morning and night to my face and neck, alternating after 14 days to Step 2. I must admit I did notice a slightly tingling from the first few days of Step 1, which quickly dissipated thank goodness with no lasting effects.

    I have now just completed the 28 days, and can vouch for visibly less redness all over, with a much clearer skin tone to boot. I already use a serum daily so it wasn’t an extra step for me to add in to my regime, skincare is my jam. I quite enjoyed the pleasant scent of the serums, which were definitely not overpowering, especially in the early mornings and each tube had ample amount of product for the 14 day periods. It actually seems that Jurlique is taking over my beauty cabinet at the moment, with my face benefiting from this duo and a quick spritz at 3pm of the Rosewater Balancing Mist, and my hands from the Limited Edition Rose Hand Cream, which is the yummiest of rose scented creams. #notsponsoredjustgood #promise

    Coinciding with this piece going live is Jurlique’s exciting Gift with Purchase, just spend $120 or more to receive your complimentary Radiance and Renewal 28 Day Programme (valued at $99), available from 26th February 2018 until stocks last. Saving $99 and receiving a free gift – well that’s almost priceless!

    Yours in fresh skin,

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    Makeup or Skincare?

    Generally, we can separate cosmetics in two categories – makeup or skincare, but jane iredale has blurred that line considerably by combining antioxidants, vitamins and non-comedogenic minerals into their luxurious line of pure mineral makeup, without compromising performance, coverage, application or texture. With chemical-free UVA & UVB protection, the soothing and healing benefits are perfect for those with sensitivities, and is recommended by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and skin care professionals worldwide. In short, the jane iredale makeup range is a true extension of skincare.

    jane iredale is a certified cruelty-free cosmetics brand, recognized by both Leaping Bunny and PETA for their voluntary commitment to no animal testing at every stage of product development and manufacturing.
    Seven jane iredale products have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. To earn this seal, a manufacturer must provide scientific data showing that its products sufficiently and safely aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.

    The nature of high quality minerals is to interact with light, which is what gives them their celebrated soft-focus effect. These minerals bind together upon application so they resist running, creasing and smearing and can be removed swiftly and easily. All products are safety, allergy, clinically and dermatologist tested to ensure avoidance of any ingredients that may be skin sensitizers, and jane iredale make a conscious effort to include anti-irritant ingredients in our products because they believe that this can measurably contribute to skin health. Parabens are excluded in all products, as are nano-size minerals – a big plus in my eyes in the area of transparency with ingredients. With a range of shades for all skin types, I believe this is the makeup range you need to try in 2018.

    I’m a huge fan of the a handful of jane iredale products, namely the D20 Hydration Spray, Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara and the GreatShape™ Contour Kit. The D20 Hydration Spray is a facial spritz based on Ylang Ylang that helps to hydrate and plump skin cells, sets minerals for a long last smooth finish, and contains ingredients to soothe and protect the skin.  This is a complete staple of this warmer weather we’re having, and I’m using on the daily.

    The Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara has a dual-edged brush as you can see in the image above, which allows you to control the product applied, while the formula conditions and strengthens lashes. I find this mascara is easily buildable for lashes that are natural to gorgeous and voluminous. This mascara is available in jet black, brown black and navy. The GreatShape™ Contour Kit is a newest addition to my makeup stash, providing three matte shades (for contouring, blush and highlighting) to sculpt and enhance features, and is available in two shades, Warm or Cool. I have to mention the stunning packaging too of course, it’s a sleek mirrored rose gold compact – beyond words. Oh, the PureMoist®Lipsticks are beautiful also, try the shade Gwen!

    Next I want to try the foundation, as each product contains four important functions in one: foundation, concealer, sunscreen and active skin care benefits – enough said really, right?

    Have you tried jane iredale makeup, do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments!

     

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    Kovrd Disposable Pillowslips

    Is there a better feeling than slipping into fresh bedding, completely blissful right? But after doing some research, I discovered that while 73% of us change our bedding weekly, our pillowcases can have up to 17,000 times more bacteria than the average toilet seats. As well as sounding nasty, it can also wreak havoc on our skin and irritate any allergies we may have. Near fear, let me introduce you to KOVRD.

    KOVRD pillowslips are the luxurious alternative to constant bedding washing, by developing super soft disposable pillow slips that go on top of your regular pillow case to used for up to 4 nights, with the option of adding yummy essential oils to the slip for a dreamy nights sleep if desired. Oils include delicious eucalyptus and tea tree to target skin concerns like acne and blemishes, chamomile and ylang ylang to soothe plus lemon and peppermint to clarify. By using motion-release technology, the natural essential oils slowly releases on your pillow slip through the night as you move, easing you into a restful sleep and helping to enhance your skin’s condition. Um, added bonus – it smells amazing!

    KOVRD came to be as one of the co-founder Greer was having skin problems (think redness, blemishes etc), and her dermatologist recommended that she change her pillow slip every day to help reduce the amount of bacteria that her face was being exposed to – voila KOVRD was born! As we are in the midst of summer, it has been very refreshing to swap pillowcases every few nights, which I’m positive has assisted with reducing blemishes and breakouts, and also feels nicer on the skin. I found that my skin didn’t ‘stick’ to my pillowcase as it often can with some pillowcases, as these one felt like my skin was able to breathe properly due to fabric – if that makes sense? I also enjoyed the scent of the pillowslips as I was drifting off to sleep and waking up nice and fresh.

    As KOVRD are redefining beauty sleep, I can completely vouch how practical these slips are, even my husband commented that he ‘quite likes the scented pillowslips!’ – bonus!

    Check out KOVRD via their website or socials at Facebook or Instagram, and sleep easy babe!

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    Peek in Beauty Entrepreneur Kate Fissenden’s Beauty Cabinet

    Founder and Creative Director of Stevie K Cosmetics Co-Founder and Charles + Lee, Kate Fissenden knows beauty and knows it well. 
    Designed and made in Melbourne, Australia, Stevie K Cosmetics was launched in 2015 with punchy colours and eye-catching designs, taking inspiration from the street art and culture of this amazing city. Beginning with lipsticks and branching out into eyeshadows and accessories, all products are highly pigmented and long lasting. All lipsticks are available in both matte and creme formulations, and with names such as ‘Here Comes Trouble’, ‘Burning Bridges’ and ‘Betty Bandit’ – they’re as fun as they are gorgeous! Kate shared with me just today that 65 new products dropping in May, with ‘Jam Jar’ and ‘Cross The Line’ launching this weekend – WOW! Excitingly, mens skincare range Charles & Lee has just secured ranging in MYER throughout Australia and is launching in South Africa and Korea next month, so this is a range to keep your eyes on! Now, Let’s delve into Kate’s beauty cupboard okay?

    Kate says, “I used to be SO bad with my nightly skincare routine. After working super long days, standing in front of the bathroom mirror for 20 minutes before bed was the last thing on my mind. To save time, I’ve started using Korean skincare products as I find they are more potent and multi-purpose than what is normally available – plus their packaging is always super fun! Being in the beauty industry, I am really spoilt for choice when it comes to products of choice. Because I don’t wear foundation, I apply a light layer of gradual tan in with my moisturiser every second night to even out my skin tone. My go-to day look is always a pop of colour on the eyes and fresh, flushed lips and cheeks. At the moment I am loving reds and bright pink eyeshadows, softly blended on the lid followed by lashings of mascara.”

    AM Routine

    PM Routine

     

    Weekend treats 

    To see all the Stevie K products as they launch, visit Steviekcosmetics.com/ and you might even see Charles & Lee in your local MYER store – Kate is definitely one to watch!

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    Nikki Cruz’s Makeup & Skincare Routines

    Nikki Cruz is a gorgeously talented creative hailing from Perth, Western Australia who has recently turned her hand from art to creating skincare. Launching in 2017, Soel Walker is handmade in small batches and joining the luxurious Rose Witch Hydrating Face Mist and Face and Body Oil, is the Chocolate Brulee Bronzing Oil, releasing early March 2018. Excitingly, Nikki has also just announced a collaboration with Kate & Kole jewellery, releasing a signet ring and pendant collaboration. If you love Nikki’s prints, you’ll love the accessory collection! Let’s look in her beauty cabinet, okay?

     Nikki’s AM Routine

    Nikki’s PM Routine

    Says Nikki, “The Soel Walker Face and Body oil has helped so much with my eczema, love using it on my arms and shoulders where I get it most, although it’s almost non existent now – other than a few patches every now and then! Sometimes if I don’t want to use the oil on my face, I’ll use The Ordinary Retinol 1%, Lactic Acid 10% +HA, or Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. For those random pimples, I use Benzac AC 10% or Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. On weekends I mask with any of the WINKWINK masks, depending on what I’m needing; from Papaya + Pineapple Enzyme, Activated Charcoal + Lemongrass or the Matcha Green Tea + Peppermint. I also love the Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment or Instant Glow Mask.”

    Learn more about Soel Walker and Nikki’s prints at nikkicruz.com, and follow her on Instagram – you won’t regret it!

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