Lush Inspired DIY Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Saturday, November 1, 2014

This is a post I've been so excited to share with you guys, especially because I know like myself, a lot of you are fans of the store Lush. I recently did a bit of haul and came across their Bubblegum Lip Scrub which smells AMAZING. Seriously. The bad thing is, it didn't last that long for me & I don't have a local Lush store, so I thought I'd look into the ingredients & make one for myself!

According to their website, the Lip scrub consists of Castor Sugar, Jojoba Oil, Methyl Ionone (which is what gives it the bubblegum flavour) & food colouring to turn it pink. I'm sure you're all very happy to know that with just a few of the ingredients tweaked, the lip scrub turned out pretty much identical to the Lush one! It was incredibly easy to make and will save you money!

Here's what you'll need (makes 5):
- 3 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Jojoba or Olive Oil
- 2 Drops of Bubblegum Extract (can be found online or craft stores)
- 3 Drops of Pink Food Colouring
- Empty Lip Balm containers (either from craft stores, $2 stores or online)

Place all your ingredients into a bowl and mix. Pop them into the empty lip balm containers and you're DONE! Easy as that. :)

October Favourites

Thursday, October 30, 2014

First off is a hidden gem that I recently rediscovered in my makeup stash, the Roll On Shimmer ($4) by NYX in the shade 'Salmon'. If any of you know me, I'm a huge fan of glitter/shimmer anything so this is right up my alley. You just roll it onto your eyelids, I suggest using a primer underneath and MAC Fix+ on top though as it does budge quite quickly, but that doesn't phase me as I'm in love with the colour!

Most of you guys already know my love for Subtle Energies' Facial Blend ($85) if you read the blog, as I reviewed it here. It's now a definite staple in my skincare routine and I serum I absolutely swear by.

A new obsession has evolved with Lanolips. Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but these do an amazing job at actually moisturising and repairing your lips (plus, they smell delicious too!). I got my 101 Ointment in Peach ($13.95) with the October issue of Elle magazine, but I can definitely see me picking up the rest of the collection. Another lip product I've been loving is from Chaptick's Limited Edition sweet range, their 'Cake Batter' Lip Balm. Yes. Cake Batter. And yes, it's the most amazing thing ever. (Note: refrain from eating).

I don't think I've ever ventured into Dove hair care until now, after I saw their Pure Care Dry Oil ($19.99) making the rounds in the blogger world. It's contains African Macadamia Oil & I've been applying it to damp hair after every time I wash it. I've noticed it's been a lot less dry than it usually is, also making it easier to style after. Thumbs up from me!

Currently Reading
Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - Lauren Conrad
5 Pumpkin Beauty DIYs - Elle Sees 
10 Happy Moments In A Bad Week - Little Miss Katy
Make Up Products For A Natural Summer Glow - Georgia Jade
Lush Christmas Haul - Emily Grace

How To: Make Your Lips Appear Bigger

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fuller, bigger lips are right on trend at the moment (props to Kylie Jenner), and I'm here to show you a step-by-step guide with some tricks to making your lips appear bigger!

10 DIY Natural Beauty Tips

Monday, October 27, 2014

After my latest health kick, it's lead me to putting a bit of research into the ingredients that I put on my skin as well. Although these might be a bit unconventional to some, I've always loved the idea of creating skincare products with ingredients you may have in your kitchen rather than splashing out on a product that promises the same thing. I've compiled a list of some of my favourite natural DIY beauty tips for you guys to try. I've certainly noticed a difference in my skin after using some of these and they're so much fun to do - especially for a pamper night!

Rose & Raspberry Infused Lemonade

Saturday, October 25, 2014

 It wouldn't be Spring without whipping up some Infused Lemonades, now would it? Perfect for a picnic or days spent lounging around the garden with friends. I love making these every so often and trying different flavours. I made mine with rose and/or raspberry but you can literally make them with anything! Lavender or strawberries are also really lovely to infuse it with. This is a recipe that I recreated from Lauren Conrads Rose Infused Lemonade. As you can see from my photos, I've made some tweaks to the recipe and added raspberries. They're a really nice touch & add a hint of sweetness!

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • Raspberries
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • pink food colouring (optional)
  • rose petals
  • ice cube tray

  1. Boil enough water to fill an ice cube tray, let cool, then fill tray half way. Freeze. Once frozen, place rose petals and raspberries in each cube and fill to the top with water. Freeze until all cubes are completely frozen.

  2. Heat sugar and water on stove to dissolve sugar. Put sugar syrup mixture in the fridge and let cool for 2-3 hours.

  3. Juice lemons. Place lemon juice in a pitcher with sugar syrup, water, and rose water.

  4. Stir mixture and pour into glasses. Serve with rose petal & raspberry ice cubes. You can also add extra raspberries and lemon slices on top for decoration, as well as a couple drops of pink food colouring.
  5. Enjoy!

Tips For Growing Your Blogs Audience

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Sunday Chapter opened in June 2014, and one thing I am often asked, is how did I gain almost 1,000 followers in that time. These are a few tips that I follow that have helped grow my audience and blog into what it is today. Hopefully they help you too!

One of the things that really grew my blogs audience was when I created and connected all my social media platforms together. That includes Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. Make sure your blog link is placed somewhere on all of them to make it easy for people to find you. Follow the brands, companies and PRs you want to connect with, like photos, comment and be active. You can also download apps such as Buffer to schedule tweets with your posts to accommodate for different time zones.

When I first started, my posts were all over the place. Now, I don't have a schedule where I post on specific days, but I do post at the same time every 2-3 days to keep it as consistent as I can. When people know the time or days you post, it will attract them back to your blog.

This applies mostly to Instagram and Twitter. When you post a photo, such as one linking to a new post, make sure to link/tag any brands in it. This will help your blog get noticed and those brands may repost your tweet or photo. I always make sure to tweet brands if I have posted a review of their products. Remember, you want to get the name of your blog out there as much as possible, but in a tasteful way. This will also help PRs and other companies notice your blog, follow back and possibly keep an eye on it.

I'm not one to check stats or focus on them too much, but they can be really helpful to have. All blogging hosts already have statistics built in, such as Blogger and Wordpress, but if you're more serious about blogging I highly suggest creating a Google Analytics account. It has far more reliable and accurate statistics and you'll need them if you're in contact with PRs to create a media kit. I tend to take a look at my statistics to check which of my posts have been the most read and viewed, so I know to write more on that topic.

Creativity and individuality are two very important things you'll need in blogging. Try to differentiate your posts and writing from other blogs. If your blog is full of beauty reviews why not break it up and do a different type of beauty post. For example, if you're going to do a review on a pink lipstick, instead maybe add it to a 'Favourite Pink Lips' post or a 'Brand Focus' post.

This may not apply to some of you, but when I read a blog, I love to know the face and personality behind the blog. I'm a lot more likely to give it a follow. Putting a face to your blog helps establish relationships and readers will identify with you more. You might want to do a more personal post, include photos from your life, yourself or just give people a bit of insight into who you are!

Don't get discouraged if you don't gain a follow in a day or even in a week. Blogging takes so much time and patience but you also need to remember it's not all about the followers, it's about doing something you enjoy. Blogging is hard work and most bloggers who we all look up to have been at it for years to get to where they are, so don't give up. It's definitely not something that happens overnight!

My Morning Routine

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This has been quite a highly requested post and one I'm really excited to share with you all. I don't know about you guys, but I love reading morning & evening routines so I thought it was time to share mine. Enjoy! (P.s. it's a bit of a picture heavy post!)

The Bedroom Guide

Monday, October 20, 2014

Your bedroom is one of, if not, the most important room of the house. It's a place where you should feel most comfortable and it should be a getaway within our homes. This guide isn't just designed for people wanting to start designing a bedroom from scratch - but for those wanting to change your bedrooms around a bit or even just add a few things that make you happy.

Napoleon Perdis Pro Lips

Thursday, October 16, 2014

These black and white lipsticks are designed to lighten, brighten, tint, and add dimension and depth to your pout. Create a bespoke hue by mixing, blending, and layering Pro Lips Lipstick with any lipstick for a shade that’s uniquely yours. 

What's this? ANOTHER lipstick review? Yes, yes it is. If you've not noticed I'm going through a bit of a lipstick/gloss/stain/cream/etc phase at the moment. Today, I'm here to share with you my love for these beautiful Napoleon Perdis Pro Lipsticks ($25) in Blanc and Noir. These lipsticks are not just your regular kind of lipstick - they're made for you to mix in with other lipsticks & create other colour options.

These are some of the newest releases from Napoleon Perdis and as usual, the packaging is so gorgeous! They're are a bit smaller than your average lipstick and come in a glass, square shape. However, I can assure you all they are very sturdy (yes, I've already dropped them multiple times). As with all Napoleon Perdis lipsticks, these are enriched with Vitamin E so they are super moisturising. The formula is amazing, they pretty much glide on your lips & feel sooo smooth.

Out of the two, I found the Blanc (white) my favourite. You can lighten your lipstick by adding two parts Blanc Lipstick & one part of your selected lip shade. I mostly like using Blanc as a prep product. Just use your fingers to stipple the product over your lips before applying lipstick and this will give you a more true version of the colour. I find it really handy if you're doing lipstick swatches for blog photos, the colours come out so much brighter. I love using this shade to create 'ombre' lips by applying a lipstick colour and then dabbing this in the centre with a lip brush. I found it so much easier to apply lipstick with Blanc underneath as I often struggle staying in the lines and it kind of concealed any dry bits. Not only that, but it smooths out all my lines & thought it made my lips a lot more full!

When you use the Noir (the black) shade, you can apply it over or under a lipstick of your choice to deepen the shade. My personal favourite is applying it over reds. You can create a 3D lip by shading the outer edges of the lips with Noir, apply your chosen lipstick all over the lip, then blend & fuse the two pigments together. Noir can also be used to make your lips appear more full by blending a fine line of it along the inner edge of your lower lip. In the photo below, I dabbed a bit of Noir over my Kate Rimmel 107 lipstick to darken the shade.

*This post contains items sent to me for review. Click here for more information.

Food For Your Skin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One of the most important and often neglected things when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, is keeping your diet healthy. We spend countless hours adding and changing our skincare routine, but what about our diet? These foods will help making your skin healthy and glowing!