Sunday, 21 December 2014

5 captivating novels to read

The year is coming to an end and for many it signals the time of the year where one actually has time to pick up a book. These five books will captivate you and, trust me, you won't be able to put them
down!


Ice station by Matthew Reilly

From Matthew Reilly, an Australian action thriller writer, 'Ice Station' is the first novel of a series. Following the discovery of a secret object hidden deep in the ice of Antarctica a team of Marines are deployed. This novel has so many twists and turns and really plays with your emotions. In my mind I liken it to a blockbuster action movie.


Looking for Alaska by John Green

I picked this novel up two days ago and finished it today. I couldn't put it down! Sometimes I read "trashy" novels but this is a real "proper" novel - a great piece of literature. I don't want to spoil anything for you but I will say that it focuses on a group of teenagers at boarding school. Despite tragic events there is a bit of comedy and lots of heart strings being pulled too!


The Cuckoo's Calling & The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling)

Anyone who has read Harry Potter knows that J.K Rowling is a brilliant writer BUT to me what makes her even more admirable is her ability to move on from Harry Potter and begin writing another series, that in itself is gripping, and so different from out beloved Harry Potter. These two novels are right up my alley - being a crime fiction fan! They follow an ex-cop investigating crimes in London.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

'Gone Girl' has received so much attention in the media this year, in addition to the movie that was released a couple of months ago, so I am not going to spend too much time on it. Chances are you have already heard quite a bit about it. If you still haven't read it, and you enjoy thrillers that centre around relationships, romance and a good old mystery, you should read the book! Talk about leaving a trail of breadcrumbs...oh boy! This book is filled with so many twists and turns that you still don't know what is really happening until the very last page of the book - or do you? I'm still not sure!!! Enough said...read the book!!! :)


Maybe I should have said this earlier but they were in no particular order. As a massive bookworm and an indecisive person it was tricky enough to select only five books...
I would love to know what books you haven't been able to put down, let me know in the comments below :) Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop Review - Pink Shock

Maybelline Baby Lips have cemented themselves into the lip balm market and now they have a new offering for us - the electro pop collection. Here in Australia this collection consists of three balms: Berry Bomb (purple), Oh Orange (orange) and Pink Shock (pink).



I will be reviewing 'Pink Shock' which is a super bright warm-toned neon pink. It is also very shiny! For a lip balm the colour is overwhelmingly strong. This can definitely be worn instead of a lipstick or lipgloss. Alternatively, you can glide the balm across your lips lightly and get a less intense wash of colour. I find the colour stays around for around an hour before it starts to fade. After the hour mark you begin to loose the feeling that you are wearing a balm and the shine diminishes however there is still some colour on your lips.



Like the original Baby Lips the electro pops also claim to give eight hours of hydration. The original baby lips don't stay on your lips for this long and I feel like the electro pop baby lips don't give me as much hydration as the original formula. So no, not eight hours. But having said that, I do believe they hydrate, moisturise and soften your lips.



Overall, this product far surpassed my expectations. You get intense colour, hydration and decent lasting power (considering it is just a lip balm), and all for the tiny price of $3.95. This could easily replace a lipstick and be a great choice for summer parties!

Thanks for reading :)



Sunday, 14 December 2014

New products in Australia

Hi guys, today I wanted to tell you about some new products that have been hitting the shelves lately. A new skincare range from Skin Theory has launched in Amcal and Guardian pharmacies, Burt's Bees have released lip crayons and Nyx has increased the amount of products they stock here in Australia, we now receive their entire product line. 

Skin Theory is a range of skincare stocked in Amcal and Guardian pharmacies. With prices starting from $3 the range is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. Below is a list of some the products in the range and how much they cost. 
  • Skin Theory Cosmetics Wipes 25 Pack $3
  • Skin Theory Exfoliating Polish 80ml $10


  • Skin Theory Eye Cream with CoQ10 - 15ml $12


  • Skin Theory Gentle Foaming Skin Cleanser 100ml $10
  • Skin Theory Gentle Cream Cleanser 100ml $10
  • Skin Theory Day Cream SPF15 with CoQ10 50ml $12 (Made In Australia)
  • Skin Theory Night Cream with CoQ10 50ml $12


  • Skin Theory Total Care Anti-Ageing Cream with CoQ10 50ml $12

  • Skin Theory Daily Moisturising Lotion with CoQ10 100ml $10.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you will probably already know this, I LOVE LIP CRAYONS! So I am very excited that one of my favourite lip balm brands, Burt's Bees, has now released a range of lip crayons. With 100% natural ingredients, they contain shea butter to hydrate and moisturise your dry lips and  Kendi and Jojoba oils to leave your lips feeling soft and smooth. There is no need to sharpen these lip crayons as you can just twist them up - yay!!! The formula is creamy, matte and provides full coverage colour for your lips. They come in six different shades: Sedona Sands, Redwood Forest, Niagara Overlook, Carolina Coast, Hawaiian Smoulder and Napa Vineyard. 



Carolina Coast, Hawaiian Smoulder, Napa Vineyard


Niagara Overlook, Redwood Forest, Sedona Sands

You can find these at selected Myer stores for $16.95. 

Target is now stocking the complete Nyx product line. This means that not only do we get some of the classic Nyx products that our friends over in America adore but we also get some of the new products. I am particularly excited about the Butter Lipsticks! 




What are you the most excited to see? 

Thanks for reading,
cheers :)









Thursday, 11 December 2014

Gift Inspiration

14 sleeps until Christmas!!! Here is a little gift guide. I hope it provides some inspiration and perhaps steers you towards crossing off another gift from your list :)
Gift Ideas


Here are the links for all of products mentioned above:

Cutlery
myer.com.au




Kitchen gadgets tool
myer.com.au




Vase
freedom.com.au


Wallet
myer.com.au


Wallet
72 AUD - kikki-k.com










boston neck pillow
18 AUD - cottonon.com


CUP QUOTE LIVE BRIGHT
18 AUD - kikki-k.com


Fragrance
glasshousefragrances.com


Arrow
polyvore.com


Arrow
polyvore.com


Arrow
polyvore.com


Scratch Map
australiangeographic.com.au



Festive Cheer Gift
lush.com.au



I have hurt my hip so unfortunately I am stuck at home. I have no idea when I'm going to get my christmas gifts. I might have to do it all using "click and collect".I must confess that I usually spend a lot of time at the shops around this time of the year...and I quite enjoy it. Especially the coffee I always shout myself...hahaha
Cheers and thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Products worthy of repurchasing

In my mind there are two types of beloved products. Products that you enjoy using and have nothing bad to say about and products that you repurchase immediately after running out of them (or perhaps even before you have ran out of the said product). Today I will be talking all about the products in my arsenal that I have repurchased.



Sally Hansen Diamond Strengthener - This is a reliable, albeit basic, strengthening base coat. Whilst strengthening your nails it also performs well as a base coat, preventing your nails from staining and making your polish last longer. It is also 3 free which Is something I value highly. I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased this.

Simple eye make up remover- I am currently on my second of this make up remover. This takes my mascara off easily no need to rub or scrub. I'm not going to spend much time talking about this product as I reviewed this product yesterday in a post.

Yes to cucumber gentle gel cleanser - this is my new favourite cleanser. I discovered it this winter and already I am on my second tube! This is a VERY gentle gel cleanser that lathers up really nicely and never dries my skin out. Since starting to use this I actually have difficulty remembering to moisturise my face. If you

Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturiser - In combination with their enzyme gel cleanser this moisturiser rescued me from a face full of pimples. I went from having really bad skin to getting compliments and people actually noticing how much better my skin was looking. I used these products everyday for over six years.

St Ives Green Tea Scrub - I feel like a broken record because I am forever raving about his scrub! But it really is THAT good. Not too harsh but not too gentle, this is a very good exfoliating cleaner. I use this approximately 2 times a week and find it works well at keeping dry skin and pimples away.

Maybelline Baby Lips - these lip balms received a lot of hype from bloggers when they were first launched. I initially didn't love them but a couple of years ago later and I am hooked. These are my go-to basic lip balm. I'm currently on my third tube of these. So far, my favourite "flavour" is energising orange.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation - Another product I have raved about many timex before on the blog. This is the foundation I wear every day.With good lasting power, foolproof applicability, buildable coverage and the ability to blend over dry and oily skin makes it my favourite foundation.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey - providing long pasting colour in a "my lips but better" shade, this is a product I continually reach for!

There are also some products that I have repeatedly repurchased in the past. The products are:
- Nivea essential care lip balm
- Yes to Carrots melon lip balm
- Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel

I wanted to give these a shoutout too but I still really love them and will definitely be repurchasing them in the future.

I would love to know what products you love and repurchase!
Thanks for reading, cheers :)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Simple kind to eyes make up remover - review

The kind to eyes make up remover from Simple claims to remove waterproof mascara without the need to rub at your eyes, while being suitable for sensitive skin. 


With the same consistency as water I drizzle some of this on a cotton pad and wipe this over my eyes. It removes my eyeshadow and mascara well. I don't find myself rubbing my eyes when I use this. I also find this really useful when I make a mistake and need to quickly fix it. I just grab a q-tip However, I do have to confess that I am lazy and often go to bed without removing my mascara. Using a q-tip, this is perfect for wiping away mascara that settles underneath the eye, quickly in the morning. 

I don't experience any stinging or uncomfortableness so would expect that this would be fine for those with sensitive eyes. However everybody is different! 


Finally, the packaging! Not much to say here...it comes in a bottle with a flip top. Nothing here to dislike. Overall I really enjoy this product and have already been through 1.5 bottles of it :) thanks for reading! Cheers 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

How do I store the make-up I use every day?

The title of this post says it all doesn't it?! Being the beauty blogger and shopaholic that I am, on top of my extreme indecisiveness, I can't just go to my make-up draw and pick out the make-up I want to wear for the day. Plus, I am always running late. Enter in my little container where I store my "go to" make-up. The products that live in this little box change as I add in new products and take out products I am not planning on wearing for a couple of days. The container itself came from Daiso for $2.80. If you need some containers Daiso is always a good place to look at.


SO what is hiding in this little container?


The foundation I pretty much wear all the time is the Colorstay Whipped Cream foundation from Revlon. I have also been reaching for Maybelline's Dream Pure BB cream recently when I feel lazy.

For the eyes I have been switching between the Maybelline Color Tattoo in 'Inked in Pink' and the limited edition Summer Fiesta shadows from Kit. Also in the container is a Nyx Jumbo Eye Crayon in 'Yoghurt'. This is the best product for when you are short on time - one swipe across your eyelid and you're done. I don't wear eyeliner very often but somehow I have 2 floating around. The Too Faced Perfect Eyes waterproof eye liner is the eye liner I have used the most. It is a very black eyeliner and while I do like it, I have found that it has become a bit mushy? I honestly do not know why the Rimmel London Scandaleyes waterproof kohl is in the picture. I have not used it much and so far I don't love it. I typically only have one mascara open at once. At the moment I have been really loving Rimmel London's Lash Accelerator Endless mascara.

Now onto blush! I love blush and feel "naked" without it. The three that I have been loving recently are Melon-Drama from Revlon, the match perfection blush from Rimmel London and 'Mocha' from Nyx (all powder blushes).

I also always keep a moisturiser with my make-up. I try and moisturise before doing my make-up but sometimes I forget so it is always useful to have one close by. The Optiva Comforting Day Cream is great if you have dry skin.