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.

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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!

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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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Before Bed Products

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My nightime skincare routine in the past involved washing my face with either a cleanser or a scrub, I had never thought about nor tried using extra products such as oils or serums. During my school years I suffered heavily with acne, my skin was really bad, and I couldn’t help but break the pimples and squeeze my skin until it went numb (literally). Everyone would always tell me “don’t break your pimples, you’ll get scars”, but I just didn’t listen, and now I’m dealing with the consequences! For a long time I thought that the scars would go away in time, and I would just have to be patient and let them fade away but as of recent (from the beginning of this year) I decided to start using one extra product before bed to see if my skin would become smoother and the scars would go away. I must mention that each of these products were either sent to me to try out, in a gift bag or gifted from a friend, so I have been lucky to be able to try these out without having to break the bank, however they have got me hooked so I would definitely re-purchase some of them.

Starting with the oils, Kosmea’s organic rose hip oil and Body Shop’s coconut oil. The first before bed product I tried was the rose hip oil, I was so impressed by it at the beginning, when applying it, it just absorbs into the skin instantly and in the morning my skin felt so much softer. I found myself lathering it on before bed every night, however after a while, when I was getting near to the end of the bottle, I was noticing that it wasn’t as effective as it was when I first started using it. I’m not sure if this was because my skin was getting used to it so the effect wasn’t as great or maybe I was just used to seeing the improvement and was unable to notice anything beyond. I then started using Body Shop’s coconut oil. Again after applying the coconut oil I found that my skin felt softer, however this oil absorbs into the skin a lot slower than the rose hip oil, so I found that if there’s any pet fur on my bed/pillow it would get stuck to my face. After a while it is fine though, it absorbs and in the morning the skin feels softer. I found that these oils are good for making the skin feel soft, but they didn’t really help with removing scars or dark spots. Out of the two, I would choose the rose hip oil to re-purchase.

The cucumber and guava firming eye balm  from the Jojoba company is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness around the eyes. After applying this balm under my eyes I found that I couldn’t really see any difference, however I also applied this to my forehead where I have have fine frown lines, and I actually noticed a difference, nothing too drastic, but I do feel like there was a slight reduction in the fine lines.

The Clinique dark spot corrector is a little sample a friend gave me (Thanks Ava!). I didn’t start using this one till very recently but I’ve found it to be really good, now this is good for reducing dark spots and acne scarring! It has a very light consistency, glides on the easily and absorbs pretty much instantly. If I keep using it, hopefully my scars will disappear.

Last but not least the serums, Jurlique’s Nutri-define Superior Retexturising Serum and Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. These products I have found to be helpful in making the skin feel and look smoother. Again because I used the break my pimples and squeeze my skin, the texture of my skin became quite rough and uneven. I have found that the morning after applying either one of these products, my skin seems so much more smoother. Out of the two I can’t choose which one I would re-purchase just because they both have a very similar effect, if you are looking to buy one I would say just go for the one you find more reasonable in price.

Just on a side-note, I have found that changing the routine helps, because as I mentioned earlier, when I was just using the rose-hip oil, after a while I didn’t really notice a difference, so use one product for a couple of days and then use a different one, and so on.

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

So these are all the beauty products I carry around with me in my handbag. For those of you who know me well, you would know that I do not wear makeup everyday, I only wear makeup if I am going somewhere special. You’re probable thinking, “then why do you carry around makeup?!” Well I often have events to go to in the evening, so if I’m at work or out of the house during day, I keep my makeup with me so I can put it on after. I also have items which are not necessarily makeup but come in handy, such as hair ties.

As you can see in the photo my makeup bag is a small black Revlon pouch, which I received as part of a birthday present. The size is great for me because I don’t have a very big handbag so it fits in really well, and it fits all my stuff which is the main thing.

The makeup items in my pouch include a sample size of Benefit’s porfessional (which everyone knows about and loves), a mini Hello Flawless foundation from Benefit in hazelnut (I love this foundation, you only need the tiniest amount and it gives amazing coverage), another Benefit product; Gimme Brow (another cult favourite), a Rimmel black eyeliner (eyeliner is the only product I where on a daily basis, so this is a must have for me), the Australis neons and neutrals palette (I mentioned this one in a favourites post, it is the most perfect travel palette), a Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in grapefruit (this is great to keep in your handbag because not only is it moisturising but it also has a little bit of colouring in it) and the final makeup item is a Rimmel lip balm from the Rita Ora collection (I love how easy these are to apply!).

The ‘other’ items I have in my makeup pouch include cleansing wipes by Murine (these are special wipe for the eyes, I always get itchy eyes, especially around hay fever time, so these are perfect to have with me at all times), a Revlon role-on perfume called Splendid (this also came with the makeup pouch, it’s a great size to carry around, and because it’s role-on there’s no spillage), the Kosmea hydrating Rose Mist (because I tend to do my makeup at the end of the day, I like to spray this on my face before, it makes my skin feel so much cleaner), two hair ties and a clip (there’s always a day when I will need a hair tie and/or a clip!) and finally two makeup brushes in two different sizes (one for the face and one for the eyes).

So that’s everything I carry around with me, let me know if you have any of the same things, or if you have any suggestions of things I should add to my makeup bag.