Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Killer Sunshine

Hey all,

As most of my readers would know, I have a strong view on the importance of sun protection (especially within scorching Australia). I know that we all love the sunshine; but it is also important to remember that the sun can definitely be a killer. 

I was approached by one of the creators of the below graphic, and asked whether I wanted to share it with my readers. I do. 

I think that it points out some very important facts to remember, and would love if you would all have a read.

Sun Cancer Infographic

Source: Http://

For more on my sun protection views read here. 

And most importunely, share the information you have read here today! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

*This post is not sponsored, I just wanted to share. 

Jurlique Co-Branded Promotion Sweepstakes

Hey all, 

Personally, I adore Jurlique products. This being said, I am very excited to bring this sweepstakes opportunity to all of you! 

The lovely people at Jurlique have been kind enough to create this competition, personalised especially for my readers! 

What Can You Win? 
20 lucky winners will receive the complete Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Collection valued at $114 AUD. 

This includes the: 
Rose Moisture Plus Moisture Cream 
Rosewater Balancing Mist 
and the Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cleanser 

A review of all these products is set to be posted this week! 

How to Enter
You enter through the widget on the sidebar of the blog, all in 3 easy steps! 
1. Log in.
2. Click to 'Like' Jurlique on Facebook.
3. Click to 'Follow' Jurlique on Twitter (optional).

The promotion ends on July 27, 2012. No purchase is required for entry. 

- This competition is only open to Australian residents aged 18 and over. 
- Only 1 entry is allowed per person.
(You can also view official rules by clicking on the link at the bottom of the widget)

Prize winners will be selected by random and the winner will be announced August 1, 2012. 

Good luck to all of you! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

*Neither this, nor the competition is sponsored. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Sunset Strip

Hey all, 

Although I have dark skin, I tend to start looking a little 'dead' in winter. My skin tone gets quite a bit lighter and my natural glow dulls a little as well. In summer I usually don't find the need to use a bronzer at all, but it is a completely different story in winter - bronzer becomes a daily staple in my face routine. 

This bronzer is one that I continue to love, and most of you have probably heard of it. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips are famous amongst the beauty savvy and often compared to Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. I do love my BB Shimmer Bricks, but I may like these just a little more. 

What I Love
- Enough shimmer to create a healthy glow, but not enough to turn you into a disco ball. 
- Shimmer doesn't clump together and applies evenly. 
- Highly pigmented (to the level you want for a bronzer). 
- Multi-purpose - can be used as a bronzer, highlighter (lighter shades), and even as eyeshadow. 
- Clean cut packaging. 
- Reasonably priced! 

What I Don't
- Hard to source in Australia. 
- Packaging is tight and I have broken a nail or two trying to open it! 

Where to Buy: I grab my Shimmer Strips off eBay. 

Price: $10-$15


Without Flash 

Across top, shades mixed together. Bottom, individual shades from top to bottom. 
With Flash 

So, why do I like them a little bit more than BB Shimmer Bricks? 

I find that the shimmer isn't as overpowering, and that they create a much more natural/healthy look. These don't make you look like an overpowered disco ball at the end of the day! And of course, they are SO much cheaper. 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Monday, 9 July 2012

Abbey Medieval Tournament

Hey all,

A few of you realised that I was oddly absent from social media this past weekend. The reason? I had stepped back in time! I put on my best medieval attire and headed to the Abbey Medieval Tournament in Caboolture. 

It was a wonderful day full of jousting, food, dresses and mead. I am definitely going to go back next year!

Here are some of my favourite pictures. 

My gown for the day! 
Medieval lunch.
A good old sword fight.
Practising my run writing. 

Tough knight. 
Naww :) 
Medieval fencing.
Getting ready for the joust. 
A northern medieval family.

I had such a lovely day, and definitely recommend that everyone in the Brisbane region checks it out next year! 

You can find more information on the Abbey Medieval Festival website

What did you get up to this weekend? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Friday, 6 July 2012

On My Cheeks: Essence Marble Mania Blush in Swirlpool

Hey all, 

Another new, everyday favourite blush from me! It is from the new Marble Mania range from Essence; a range with a multitude of baked, marble effect shades. 

This blush caught my eye from across the Target beauty section, so I just had to pick it up. I love baked blushes, especially when they have a swirled effect to them (I am a sucker for pretty things) - so this blush was a welcome addition to my collection! 

A gorgeous range of pinks - from deep to champagne, all swirled together. 
Slight shimmer. 

What I Love
- I adore the shade, it is the perfect shade to create a healthy glow on my skin. 
- Highly pigmented. 
- Not overloaded with shimmer. 
- Blends seamlessly into my skin. 
- Very reasonably priced! 

What I Don't 
- I wish that they had more shades. 
- Hard to find, and always sold out! 

Where to Buy: Target

Price: $5.95


Without Flash 

With Flash 

Essence is a well priced brand that continues to impress me. Their products always exceed my expectations, and yet, they manage to keep their prices very low. It makes me wonder whether other brands can justify their mark-ups...but that is a post for another day!

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Covergirl Eye Enhancers Quad in Dream Eyes

Hey all,

This quad is a beauty guru and blogger favourite, and I have heard it spoken about time after time. So naturally, I had to try it for myself. I haven't tried very many Covergirl products before, as the brand has never really caught my attention. But saying that, I am glad that curiosity got the better of me and I picked this one up! 

What I Love 
- Highly pigmented - I was pleasantly surprised with the colour packed into this quad! 
- Well put together - all the shades compliment each other. 
- Creamy, smooth and easy to blend. 
- Long lasting with a primer. 
- Reasonably priced! 

What I Don't 
- I am not a fan of the packaging. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't do anything for me.

Where to Buy: Priceline, Target, Big W 

Price: $13.95


It is the perfect little quad for a simple smoky eye, is very versatile, and is a treat to take travelling! 

Have you tried any Covergirl eyeshadow quads? Which one is your favourite? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Monday, 2 July 2012

June Empties and Project 50 Pan Update

Hey all, 

I went through a lot of products this month, and I mean A LOT! Being on Project 50 Pan, I was very determined to get rid of all the products clogging up my shelves. I had a lot of products that were nearly  empty, but just didn't seem to make it over the line.

Well, they are gone now. 

I used a total of 28 products this month, bringing my Project 50 Pan total so far to 48. 2 months later and 2 more products to go? Well, this went a lot quicker than expected! I have been surprised at my willpower over the past couple of months, and have not bought anything at all (except replacements). I do have a wish list from here to the moon though! 

Here are the empties from this month! 


1. Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Acne Wash 
2. Models Prefer Mattyfying Primer
3. Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Gel 
4. Swisspers Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes


5. Lush Flying Fox Shower Gel 
6. Redwin Sorbolene Hand Wash 
7. Aldi White Lily + Lotus Flower Body Wash 
8. Billie Goat Soap Lavender Hand & Body Wash
9. Avon Foot Works Mojito Foot Scrub

10. Palmers Cocoa Butter SPF15
11. Vaseline Aloe Vera Moisturiser 
12. Redwin Organics Orange & Bergamot Moisturiser 
13. The Aromatherapy Company - My Little Tea Party Hand Cream in Strawberry Shortcake
14. Nivea Soft Intensive Moisturising Creme
15. Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
16. Lush Helping Hands 


17. Schwarzkopf Extra Care Deep Nutrition Conditioner
18. Loreal Elvive Total Repair Conditioner 
19. Lush Big Shampoo


20. Kit Lip Gloss in Big Night Out 
21. Blistex Lip Conditioner SPF20
22. Lacura Volumising Mascara 
23. Australis Mega Lash Mascara 


24. enVme Make-Up Remover Pads 
25. Priceline Round Cotton Pads 
26. Sensodyne Rapid Relief 
27. Brazillian Beauty Exfoliating Mitt
28. Dove Beauty Cream Bar 

Did you enjoy the many glimpses of my ever so exciting text books?

I think this shows that Project 50 Pan is a killer way to make room on your shelves, and to save a little money on the way. I will do a proper round up when I officially finish! 

Now that you realise it can be done in just over two months, who wants to give it a try?!

Hope you all have a great night! xx