Tonic Skincare Review

A while ago I was sent a range of skincare products to try out, if you’ve read some of my previous beauty posts, you’ll know how I have struggled with my skin and the up’s and down’s (mostly downs) I’ve gone through with trying to make it better. When I was asked if I would like to try these products I said I would be happy to try them out because I am open to trying anything (well mostly anything).

I’ve been using these products for a couple of months now and I think it’s fair to say that I have been enjoying them and the results they have given my skin. So the products I am talking about are called Tonic, the range includes facial cleansers, exfoliants, moisturisers, night creams, eye creams, serums and more. With a name like Tonic, they are bound to be filled with some ‘good for you’ ingredients right? Yes! They sure are, some of their ingredients include avocado oil, bentonite, macadamia nut oil, witch hazel extract, rosehip oil, lactic acid, ribose and more. Also, all of their ingredients are certified organic and all products are made in Australia.

Since I’ve been using these products I have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of breakouts I get, they have honestly reduced to next to nothing, which is so amazing to me, I actually can’t believe it! In terms of using them on a daily basis, they are easy to use and apply, I use the facial cleanser and moisturiser every day and the exfoliant every couple days, I find the exfoliator quite rough so I mix a little in with the cleanser and then it feels comfortable on my skin. The only downfall for me is that the pump on my moisturiser feel apart, but it’s still useable and if the only problems with a product is the packaging, then it’s still a winner.

I highly recommend that you check out some products from Tonic, if you want to try them out first before buying, Essential Beauty offer facials where they use the Tonic products, so it’s a great opportunity to try the products plus have a nice pamper sesh!

Tonic Skincare

Essential Beauty

Conscious Luxury Beauty Box

I was recently sent this beautiful box filled with some amazing treats, which I just have to share with you all, and I get to literally share them with you because they have given me one to give-away 

(See @thegraciouslife in Instrgram for details).

So firstly what is the box about, well it’s according to Sin-Care “an exclusive, limited edition, Beauty Box. This box brings you only the best of our favourite brands, delivering not only on luxury but also ticking the boxes for being body, mind and soul conscious. Beautifully packaged and in a gorgeous box delivered right to your front door. What makes this box so unique is that it features only full sized products, not a mini or a sample in sight! Hallelujah!

We have selected brands such as, Vegan Luxury a brand for not just our Bunny loving friends, their makeup brushes are absolutely divine and in this box you get 5 of them! They also give you 4 full sized nail polishes and a top coat. The Nail polishes are a 5 free* product, effective and better for us!

One of the most exciting parts of this box is brought to you by Sin-Care. Now the lovely people at Sin-Care’s Headquarters are giving you a personal choice of 1 out of 8 Sin-Care Serums. These gorgeous serums come in an Italian glass bottle that can be recycled when you’re finished. What is unique about the serum is it is targeted at treating our lifestyle aging factors, such as sun, sleep deprivation (try not and yawn at just the thought of all the missed sleep over the years .. eek) smoking, pollution. Have a look at the full selection. Added to this they are also adding in a gorgeous white waffle spa robe with a matching set of waffle slippers (Sin-Care and Conscious Luxury).”

If you like the sound of that feel free to enter the giveaway I’m running on The Gracious Life Instagram and Facebook, otherwise I have a discount code for you so you can get 10% off! Just enter in the code ‘ConsciousBeauty’ when checking out. 

How to order:

1. Visit www.sincare.com.au and select SHOP

2. select you Sin-Care Serum

3. Select your Sin-Care Spa Waffle Robe size (M or XL)

4. Checkout using discount code ‘ConsciousBeauty’

Sin-Care

Inside the Media Preview of Adelaide’s Newest Lush Store

I recently got to live the Lush life for one evening at the relaunch of the new Lush store in Rundle Mall…which I must mention is the biggest Lush store in Australia!

So, what do you ask is ‘the Lush life’? Well just imagine walking into a world filled with delicious scents, luxurious balms, scrubs, bars and bombs, smoothie making push-bikes and Lushy cocktails. Yes this was all apart of the Lush world at the media preview and grand opening.
I spent sometime walking around the store taking in the sights, smells, and textures and it made me think about how we experience the moment that we are in at any one time. Within my work as a counsellor I do a lot around mindfulness and being aware of thoughts, actions and your surroundings. Creating this sense of awareness can start from having a strong awareness of your body and the sensations we feel according to the different emotions we feel.
So how does Lush fit in with this concept,  well have you ever tried to be mindful? It’s not that easy to stay completely focused in any given moment but having something to motivate us to practice could help, so why not pick up a Lush massage bar or bath bomb and experience your moment for what it is while using this product. How much easier would it be to pay attention to your moment if you have the smells and lushness of any Lush product flooding through your mind….I don’t know about you but I feel relaxed just thinking about it!
Here are some pics and video of the Lush life…

Fresh Hair and Body: Blow Dry Station Launch

I think we all love a good blow dry….Am I right or Am I right?

Well I’ve got some news for you! Fresh Hair and Body…the ever growing chain of salons here in Adelaide, now have a service that allows us to get our hair washed and blow dried in 30 mins. So just think about it, if you have an event on after work and you don’t have the time to go home wash/style your hair and then get to the event on time, all you have to do is book in to get your hair done at the Fresh blow dry station and you’re good to go, plus with 8 salons around Adelaide, there’s bound to be one near you.

I highly reccomend checking out Fresh Hair and Body next time you need your hair done. Why not treat yourself once in a while, and lets face it, styling hair is such an effort…it is for me anyways, so any reason to let someone do it for me is reason enough!

Here are some photos from the recent launch of the Fresh Blow Dry Station, I got some curls put through my hair…

 Fresh Hair and Body

Essential beauty: asap Antioxidant Facial

Do you want to know where to go, to get a great facial that actually helps the overall health of your skin?

Well the place to go is Essential Beauty

Essential Beauty recently invited me to try out one or their beauty treatments, when I first received the invitation I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to accept it, because when I think of Essential Beauty, the only thing that came to mind were the pictures of scary piercings I see when walking past their stores. Before accepting, I went on their website and had a look at their menu of treatments available and saw that they offer a range of facials….so I thought I’d try one of them out.

I went for the asap Antioxidant Facial, when you go on their website and click on the facials available  they provide an outline of the steps that go into the facial, so you can go in knowing exactly what to expect….which is great, because its important to know what’s going on your skin. The asap Antioxidant Facial follows the following steps:

  1. Remove any eye make-up with asap gentle eye make-up remover
  2. Cleanse with asap daily facial cleanser
  3. Apply asap AHA / BHA exfoliating treatment mask and leave for up to 20 minutes
  4. Remove your mask using asap daily exfoliating facial scrub
  5. Lather on asap gentle cleansing gel and rinse it off
  6. Apply and infuse asap super C serum then massage it in
  7. Apply and infuse asap super A serum then massage it in
  8. Apply and infuse asap soothing gel then massage it in
  9. Apply a thick layer of asap advanced hydrating moisturiser
  10. After 5 minutes, massage your face with damp hands
  11. Apply asap advanced eye repair + and lightly massage

(Taken from: http://www.essentialbeauty.com.au/service/facials/#collapse2)

I have included some photos from my experience below but I didn’t take any before and after photos because usually after facials, you can’t really see a difference in the skin, it’s more about how it feels. In saying that I didn’t notice a difference in my skin straight after the facial, but I did notice a difference a couple days after. 
 
When the beauty therapist applied the mask she spoke about how it works by taking of all dry skin and removes pretty much the outer most layer of skin. I think this was what helped the overall texture of my skin. You know the feeling when your having a bad time with your skin and you just feel like peeling the top layer your skin of and cleaning out the underneath, getting rid of all the black heads, white heads and any others gross things under the skin, I have this feeling quite often, and I think the mask worked extremely well in doing this, without me having to conduct any surgery on my skin…thank goodness!
 
Overall I was really happy with my Essential Beauty experience, the beauty therapist was lovely, the products are great quality and my skin feels a lot cleaner and in my eyes looks smoother.

Essential Beauty

Lush Blogger Event at Westfield Marion

It’s no secret that Lush is a favourite amongst many. It’s the perfect place to go when it’s time to pamper yourself because there are so many luxurious treats which are also affordable.

Until a couple of weeks ago, we only had one Adelaide store in Rundle Mall, but I’m so excited to announce that we now have another; located at Westfield Marion. I recently attended a blogger event to check out the store and all the beautiful things inside, they did not disappoint!

We were treated to hand massages using Lush massage bars, product making demonstrations (we were shown the making of the Lush cleanser ‘Angels on bare skin’ and much more.

I love that Lush are completely ethical, all ingredients are sourced ethically, they make sure that no animal testing occurs at any time in the process of making a product and all products are made fresh in Australia. Not only are the products amazing but the staff in store are all very helpful and knowledgeable about the products, so you can walk in there, tell them a bit about what you’re looking for and they will make sure that you leave with the right products for you.

What more could you ask for!

At the event I was treated to a hand massage using one of the very cool massage bars. They come in all different shapes and scents. They would make such a cute gift as well. I was also looking for a face mask so I had two tried on the backs of my hands and after hearing all about them and getting everyone to feel the difference the two had on my hands, I went with ‘Love Lettuce’, which I’m so happy with, and for only $13.95, it’s so affordable for a product that actually works.

Here are some photos from the event, let me know what you end up choosing after your next visit to Lush.

Lush

Coconut Culture: Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Now it’s no surprise that coconut oil is known to be good for the skin, but what I do feel is worth sharing is what brands may be better. I can’t say that I’ve tried many but I have tried 2 different forms; liquid and cold pressed. I’ve mentioned in an earlier post about the liquid coconut oil I was using from The Body Shop, and how I really like the way it left my skin feeling, but I have to say I prefer using the cold pressed form now.

The lovely people at Coconut Culture recently sent me a jar of Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil to try out, I have been using it for a little while now and I have been loving the way my skin has been feeling the morning after. I keep the jar at my bedside and apply a small amount of the oil to my face before going to bed. I find that on cooler nights the oil is quite firm and I have to warm it up in my fingers to make it easier to apply, but if it’s been warmed up from the heater being on (all the time these days!) the consistency is perfect to apply. I really don’t like the feeling of oily skin but if you use a small amount it seeps into the skin in no time, which is a huge plus. What I also like about the cold pressed oil over the liquid is that there is no wastage through accidental spilling!

I don’t use this every night, as I’ve noticed with other products that if I use it all the time it stops working. After using this coconut oil, my skin feels so soft and so much more even. I think my skin also slightly glows in a more health way….if that makes any sense, it does in my head. The last thing I love about this coconut oil is that it is ethically produced in Sri Lanka. For those of you who don’t know, my background is Sri Lankan, so it’s always nice to see brands ethically supporting those in underprivileged countries!

Coconut Culture

Current Beauty Favourites

I wouldn’t call myself a beauty expert at all, but I do have real issues with my skin and what products work for me, so when I find a product that I think works for me, I want to share it with you all because it could work for you as well!

1. Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum

As you can see this is a Chanel product, and you’re probably thinking…oh gosh it’s probably really expensive…well I’m sad to say that it is around AU$140. But the reason why I got it was, the Chanel counters in Myer and David Jones offer Chanel facials where you pay $70 which is fully redeemable on products. So that is what I did, I booked myself in for a facial and then purchased this product. The facial is also really great, they take you to a fancy room that is decked out in chanel towels and products, they use all chanel products and not only do you get a facial but you also get a hand massage, which I loved!

So this product is supposed to bring back moisture into dehydrated skin, which inturn reduces your pore size and makes your skin look plump and healthy. I have noticed a big change in my skin after using this product, I apparently had really dehydrated skin, so I think this really has brought back the moisture into my skin because my pore size has reduced and my skin actually feels healthy. I’ve also been told that my skin looks so much better than what it was by family.

The only negative of this product is that it has to be used morning and night and because it is so expensive I do feel abit stingy with it. So what I did is, I started of using it morning and night, and after using it for a few weeks, I now using it once daily.

2. Face of Australia Eye Liner (Black)

My daily make-up routine only consists of black eyeliner on my waterline, I’m not one to wear a full face of make-up unless there’s an occasion. So findng a good eyeliner is really important to me. I bought this eyeliner to try as it was really inexpensive. I was so pleased by it, it is soft, easy to apply, very dark and pigmented. It is a really great day eyeliner option.

It does last till the evening but I do notice slight smudging as it gets towards the end of the day.

3. Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo was sent to me to try out, and once I did, I realised that it is the first dry shampoo I have used that is actually great for dark hair. It doesn’t leave me looking like I have white powder all over my head…..which is amazing! It is also very light on the hair, so it feels fine during the day and I’m not worries about it drying and flaking away throughout the day.

I’ve actually run out so I will definitely be purchasing a new one!

4. Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Now it’s no surprise that this product is a favourite amongst many, but I had no idea how good it actually is. Benefit kindly sent it to me to try out and I’m so glad that they did because now I know myself that it actually works to define the features of your face. I also love that the colour suits my skin tone and that it actually shows on my skin. Also it can be subtle or built up to really showcase the features.

PS. How cute is the little brush it comes with?!

5. Australia Velourlips Matte Lip Cream (Doo-Bai)

I love the look of matte lips but I’m not a fan of the dry feel, especially having naturally dry lips allready, I need all the help I can get with lip products to make my lips look nice and moist. I really anjoy everything about this lip cream; the colour, consistency and even smell are really nice. And what I love most about this product, is the price, they are only AU$10!

Below you will see a photo of myself wearing this product at a recent event.

A Night of Pampering at Fresh Hair & Body

I was recently invited to Fresh Hair & Body on The  Parade for a fabulous night of pampering. They were celebrating the launch of their fourth Adelaide salon, based in St Clair.

Fresh Hair & Body is owned by Leah Brunoli, who I had the pleasure of meeting on the evening, she is a true inspiration, starting her own business at the very young age of 19 years old, she has created a successful brand, where not only she gets to do what she loves, but she also provides other young women finding their way in the hair and beauty industry, the opportunity to live out their passion.

The four salons are located in Mawson Lakes, Norwood, North Adelaide and now St Clair. With so many services on offer, including cuts, colours, brow-dries, waxing, makeup and nails, all you need to do is book yourself in and let the team do the rest.  On the night of pampering that’s exactly what I did, we were treated to hair, makeup and nails. You’ll see below the amazing job they did. I loved how one of the girls did my hair, not only did it turn out beautifully, but she did it so quickly and she didn’t spray it with so much hair spray, so I didn’t leave with stiff, crunchy hair!

The girls were so lovely, I definitely recommend going in for your next pamper session, also if you’re looking for wedding or special occasion hair and makeup, why not try them!

Fresh Hair & Body

Lush Liquid Lipstick: Marsala

‘Marsala’ is the 2015 Pantone colour of the year.

This beautiful rich, wine colour with a purple tinge is the perfect colour in my opinion and Lush have made it even better by creating a marsala coloured liquid lipstick.

Lush sent me this little bottle of perfection to try out, as you will see below, it has a small applicator which allows you to fill in the lips without getting it all over the place. Also even though it is called a liquid lipstick, it’s not ‘annoyingly liquidy’ (my made up words!) so it doesn’t get everywhere. The texture feels really nice on the lips and it is so easy to apply. It is amazingly moisturising and I am not one to love the feeling of lipstick on my lips but I had no problem keeping this on my lips for quite a while. I found it long lasting, I think I had it on for about 6 hours and it would have lasted even longer but I had to take it off before having a shower. It also lasted through me eating waffles which really surprised me, no re-applying necessary!

As for the actual colour I can’t tell you how much I love it and trying this liquid lipstick from Lush has inspired me to try out some other colours in this range, let me know if you have tried any other colours, I would love to hear your opinions!

 

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