Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Etsy Home Accessories

There's not much I love more than having a good online shop, Etsy being one of my websites for little things around the home that I never thought I'd need. It can be a bit of a pain trying to navigate the store, but once you get a hang of it, you'll wonder how you never did before. Here's some things I'm currently loving, and would buy in a heartbeat.



1. Small Lime Concrete Planter, $19.95

2. Gem Salt Bowls, $15.53

3. Tiny Concrete Gold Dish, $19.42

4. Shelf with mirror, $127.49

5. Geometric Concrete Planters, $39.95

6. Brass Wall Hook, $20

7. Marble iPhone Stand, $170.87

8. Gold Triangle Coaster, $44

9. White and Gold Dot Dish, $36.25

Does anyone else here share an Etsy addiction?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bedside Beauty


I've decided to do a little post on what I keep at my bedside table, beauty wise. These are just the products on rotation that I tend to use first thing in the morning, or last thing at night.

Burts Bees Almond Milk Hand Creme - I like to use this hand cream before bed, because it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave you with greasy mitts. The scent of this cream is reminiscent of almond biscuits which I find really lovely . I also love the little glass jar which I can't wait to wash out & use once it's finished.

MOR Marshmallow Hand & Body Lotion -  This lotion is always a staple on my bedside table, and not just because of the pretty packaging. It contains Shea Butter and Macadamia Oil for instant hydration, and smells absolutely divine.

In Essence Relaxation Oil - I'm not sure that this falls directly into the beauty category, but nevertheless I've been using this oil as a vaporizer to help me fall asleep. You can also mix it with water and spritz it around the room. It contains lavender, citrus and cedarwood. 

Pure Tan Coconut Body Creme - If my skin is feeling extra dry, and is in need of something more nourishing this is my go to product. It feels luxurious on the skin, containing coconut oil, and always leaves me feeling silky smooth. It has a warm coconut fragrance, which smells absolutely incredible. 

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream - This is probably one of my favourite eye creams. It feels light and refreshing on the skin, so it's perfect for the mornings, and absorbs straight away. If you want to read more about it, I reviewed it in the beginning days of my blog. 

Avene Eluage Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate - I use this at night and apply only a small amount to troubled areas, to plump up skin. The reason I love it is because of its non-greasy formula, however I think it is suited to more mature skin, so I probably wouldn't go splurging out on it.

Lanolips 101 Ointment - A new obsession of mine, this has quickly become my favourite lip balm at the moment. Since using this at night, I've noticed I haven't been suffering with chapped lips whatsoever. I use the peach flavour & cannot praise it enough.

Makeup Wipes - I usually use the simple skincare brand, but it changes too often. I like to keep a packet near my bed, or to remove any mascara I may have missed that I find lurking underneath my eye area. They're a nice little pick me up (especially in the Summer) and refreshing on the skin.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What You'll Need To Workout


So you want to workout? Here's some essentials that you'll need.

Equipment:

A mat: Majority of my at-home workouts are on my mat. This comes in so handy when you're wanting to follow Pilates or yoga videos. There was a time I attempted to workout on our floorboards, without a mat, and it did not end well.

Dumbbells: These are good when you're beginning to tone up and need more resistance in your workouts. You can also carry them whilst walking or doing some cardio. Pretty much all my resistance training now involves my trusty 2.5 kg light weights.

Water bottle: I find the sports bottles are best, because they have a pump up lid which is really convenient whilst your mid-workout. I used to bring my Voss bottle but soon realised that bringing a glass bottle to the gym wasn't really ideal.

Phone armband: One thing I am lacking from my workout essentials, because usually I run at the gym and have a place for my phone. However, I would consider this a necessity if I was running outside, because it's a lot better running with free hands.

Clothing:

Trainers: I chose to invest in 'proper running shoes' over a year ago, and opted for these Asics, which I cannot recommend enough if you're looking for something to support you through a lot of miles. I think my next purchase will be free runs though, as a more 'everyday wear' kind of running shoe.

Sports Bra: My favourite training bras are either from Lorna Jane or Nike. If I can share any piece of advice, it is to invest in a good sports bra. They can be rather expensive, but you only need a couple at first, especially if you're not working out everyday. You'll thank me in the long run.

Leggings: And no, I'm not talking about cotton leggings that you lounge around the house in. I urge you to invest in a pair of real thermo sports leggings. Mine are from Nike and I love them so much, I've been wearing them outside the house when I'm not even going to the gym. No judging.

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Lipstick Purchases


Heather Shimmer - 077 Asia - Kate 03

It's been a while since I've posted any type of lipstick related post, hasn't it? I recently picked up 3 lipsticks from my current favourite drugstore range, Rimmel Kate Long Lasting Finish. Heather Shimmer is a hard colour to describe, and I could imagine it looking different on everyone but I'd call it a mixture of brown, pink and mauve - possibly even a hint of red. As the name suggests, it does have shimmer in it, but only slightly, making it more of a shiny finish. It also applies a bit more sheer than the rest of the Rimmel lipsticks. I only tend to wear this when I tan, as I think it suits darker skin tones. Asia is a really gorgeous nude/brown shade, with pink undertones. It's been really convenient to have in my bag, when I'm feeling something more than a nude, but less than a red. I'd say it suits most fair to medium skin tones. Kate 03 has quickly risen to become my favourite everyday nude. It looks more soft pink when applied, and is a perfect mix between brown and peach. It is no by no means a concealer nude, so you wont have to worry about being washed out.

All of these lipsticks, being from the same range, all have quite similar staying power. They last me up to 3 hours if I'm careful, which isn't fantastic, but they all do leave a stain and I love the formulation. They don't dry out your lips one bit, and if anything, keep them quite moisturised. For only $6.96 each on sale, I'm not complaining.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The 10 Most Underrated Places in Europe


If there's one thing I could spend all day researching and talking about, it's traveling. I would much prefer to travel and be rich in memories rather than money and materials. Growing up, and pretty much all through high school, all I wanted to do was go to America. After graduating, I guess I changed and all I could think about was Europe. Don't get me wrong, I think if I could live anywhere in the world it might possibly be NYC, however, there's something about Europe that is so intriguing. Maybe it's the fact it is so different to where I live, here in Melbourne. The culture, architecture and environment is completely unalike anything I've experienced.

Luckily enough, this year in June, I'm traveling to Europe for the first time. There are countless places that I want to visit, but unfortunately I wont be able to visit them all on this trip.

For those of you wanting to travel, I've put together a list of the places I soon hope to visit, whether it be in my trip this year or future years. Besides the well known cities such as Paris, Rome and Berlin, Europe is also filled with many other beautiful cities that fly under the radar. Here's 10 of my favourites (in no particular order, it was hard enough to narrow them down!)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

4-Ingredient Raw Coconut Chocolate Slice

Since my latest health kick, I've had to find some alternatives to curb my sugar cravings. I've been testing out different ingredients, to find out what works, and this has actually become one of my favourite (and easiest!) desserts to whip up.

This is seriously the easiest recipe ever, containing all vegan products & no cooking involved!

INGREDIENTS: 
Coconut Oil
Finely Desiccated Coconut
Brown Rice Syrup (or sweetener of choice - agave, maple, etc)
Raw Cocoa Powder

INSTRUCTIONS:
Coconut layer:
Mix together 1 part melted coconut oil with 2 parts desiccated coconut in a small bowl. Add in 1 tsp of Brown rice syrup.  Mix until it starts to stick together. Put it on a flat plate or tray, and flatten into a square piece(s). Put in freezer for about 10-15 minutes.

Chocolate layer:
Mix together 2 parts cocoa powder and 1 part coconut oil. Add in 1-2 tsp of Brown rice syrup. Test taste it as you go. If it's not sweet enough, add some more syrup, and if it's too sweet, add some more coconut oil or cocoa.

Take out the coconut from the freezer and then pour the chocolate on top. Put back in freezer for at least 15 minutes.. and that's it! Serve and enjoy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day and Night Fragrances

If you couldn't tell already, I'm a complete fragrance girl. I love my perfumes, and this is only a small portion of my collection (I have a serious problem). I've linked the majority of these perfumes back to Perfume Clearance Centre, because I think they offer the best prices, and I do love a bargain. Keep on the lookout for their sales, which are amazing might I add, and you might score your favourite fragrance for a fraction less of the price. Keep reading to find out my picks for the perfect day & night fragrances.

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