NEW IN BEAUTY || Karen Murrell Christmas Gift Set

I love this time of year, as all of the exciting Christmas gift sets and Holiday releases become available…. and this gift set includes two of my favourite products…. lipstick and jewellery!

The Karen Murrell Christmas Gift Set comes boxed in a beautiful white gift box, with a pretty illustration printed on the front in gold. The pretty packaging makes it easy to gift, with or without gift wrap, and it makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
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LIFE || House Hunting For My First Home

I’ve made it no secret that I am currently looking to buy a house. I’ve been on and off looking now for the past three-ish years, and in the last two years I’ve started looking seriously. I’ve been trawling the real estate websites and papers for potential houses, and I’ve spent a lot of time looking at open homes. I though finding a house would be relatively easy…. I mean, I wasn’t expecting to just walk into the first house and BAM it be “the one”, but I did think that after attending well over 30 open homes I might have at least seen something I like. The problem is, is that every house I’ve seen has something that’s just slightly wrong with it – be it wrong location, no sun, too old, not brick. I’ll admit that I’m extremely picky, as my list of “must haves” is rather long, but I figure that this is a serious investment. I’m going to be spending most of my savings on this house, and I’m also going to be spending the next 25 years of my life paying off the mortgage, so I’m entitled to buy the perfect house. It’s going to be my home, so I want it to be as perfect as I can get it.

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MOTD: The Bronze Glow

One of my favourite looks for summer is the glowy bronze-y look. It’s so easy to create, and works well with a number of outfits. One thing that always worries me a little about the bronzey look, is that because I’m so pale, it’s important that any products don’t show up muddy or orange against my skin. Luckily I’ve found an amazing bronzer that adds colour without leaving me looking like an Oompa Loompa….

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REVIEW || Fifth Avenue Makeup Products

I love Kmart. As in, if I could only shop in one store for the rest of my life ….. it’d be Kmart. It’s a very rare occurrence when I leave that shop without buying something! As well as their awesome selection of on-trend clothes and homewares, they also have a very well-stocked beauty section. Stocking brands like Maybelline, elf, Covergirl and Batiste (dry shampoo for $10? Yes please), it’s pretty hard for me to walk by the beauty section without at least having a little peek at what’s new.

The newest brand to hit Kmart is Fifth Avenue. I haven’t actually heard of this brand until a couple of products turned up for me to try. At first I thought it must be fairly expensive due to the luxurious looking packaging, and I was amazed to see that this brands prices range from only $7 to $11! They have a huge range of products including eyeshadows, lipsticks and lipsgloss, eyeliners, face products and more. I was sent a few of these to try, including the Tinted Moisturiser, the Redness Corrector, and a Gel Eyeliner Pencil.

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NEW IN BEAUTY || Trilogy 2015 Christmas Collection

It’s that time of the year where the Christmas products and gift sets are starting to hit the shops. I absolutely LOVE Christmas time, and I’m like a little kid when it comes to anything Christmassy or holiday themed! Trilogy have four limited edition Christmas Gift Sets hitting the stores on the 1st October, and with one at each price point, there is a gift there for everyone!

Xmas15_AgeproofBeautyCollection_Sleeve_HR Trilogy Age-Proof Beauty Collection RRP $57.90

  • CoQ10 Booster Oil (full size)
  • Line Smoothing Day Cream (deluxe mini)
  • Replenishing Night Cream (deluxe mini)

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LIFE || Drinking Smoothies and Being Healthy

Over the past year or so I have been working really hard to improve my health and fitness. I’ve been doing it gradually and in a number of ways, by watching what I eat and how I improve my fitness. I’m not doing it for weight loss reasons or anything like that, I just simply feel better when I am more particular about what I eat and I find my energy levels are more consistent throughout the day. I’ve already talked here about how I started to reduce my sugar intake, and since I wrote that post, I’ve cut back my sugar even more. I’m planning on doing a blog post about this in the future, but today I wanted to talk smoothies.

When it comes to eating breakfast, I am shocking. I remember being a young child and taking about half an hour to eat a piece of toast, and I never liked cereal much either. As I’ve gotten older, I still really don’t like eating breakfast and for the past couple of years or so the closest I’ve got to eating breakfast was drinking an Up & Go. While these are great, they do have a fair bit of sugar in them, so I’ve been trying out smoothies for breakfast instead.

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MOTD: Spring Inspired

I love everything about Spring; the baby lambs, the daffodils, the warmer weather…. and that fact that’s it’s not too much longer to Xmas! When Luxola contacted me about using their products to create a Spring themed makeup look I was definitely excited. While I had heard of Luxola, I hadn’t really spent a lot of time on their website. I was amazed to see how many brands they actually stock; from more common brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal, and Sleek to harder to get hold of brands like Make Up Store, Zoeva, and 3CE.

I picked a few products from their website, and I was incredibly inspired by the stunning “Love is a Story” palette from Zoeva. I always play it fairly safe when it comes to eyeshadow – opting for golds, bronzes, browns, and greys. I knew I wanted to do something a bit more colourful, but that was still a look that I would actually wear. I was inspired by the sunset on a warm Spring night, and came up with this gorgeous pink, purple, and gold eyeshadow look. This whole makeup look is right on trend for Spring, with minimal face makeup and the focus on the eyes and lips.

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