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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Mother’s Day is coming up soon! Have you thought about what you might be doing or giving to your Mums on the 10th of May? I’ll be unfortunately interstate on that date but am thinking of taking Mum out to lunch when I’m back from South America. Some hand creams will also go down a treat.

Here are some new skin, hair, fragrance things that might be useful gifting ideas for 2015 Mother’s day.


Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set, Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum,Paula's Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser,Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream

(for dry, sensitive, skinned Mums this winter)

Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum (rrp $42.95) is a light hydrating formula that I find works well as an extra layer of moisture underneath my night cream, as well as a light day time moisturiser for the eye area. It is aloe vera based and includes extracts of plants used by Navajo Indians and Chinese medicine practitioners for their anti-inflammatory properties (I haven’t heard of these so I can’t comment on their properties).

Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser (rrp $30)– combines rich shea butter, coconut oil, mango seed butter, squalene, and other botanicals to help keep dry skin hydrated. It’s a fairly rich formula, with a balm consistency – feels quite similar to Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – and like the Trilogy product, it absorbs quite well without leaving an oily finish.

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream (RRP: $36.95) Another range that targets mature, dry skin. The Night Cream By the way, there is a Mother’s Day promotion on the Wild Rose range- 20% off the range from the 11th April to the 10th May.

Sukin Hand and Nail Cream ($9.95) : I’ve been loving this hand cream for it’s hydrating and fast absorbing qualities- as well as it’s low irritant ingredients. I’ve purchased about 3 bottles of this already. Sukin is so good at making decent skincare affordable and accessible. I think it would be a nice budget friendly option that would go well in Mum’s handbag.

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set ($45): released for Mother’s Day this year, the Beautiful Hands gift set contains 3 hand creams, each formulated with white truffle. There’s Orange and Bergamot, Gingerlily, Rhubarb and Rose. I was given the chance to try two of the three (pictured above), and they both feel hydrating and easily absorbed.

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Posted by on Apr 23rd, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

Photo diary: Stormy afternoon at Lake Burley-Griffen, Canberra

During my 5 week stay in Canberra, my main jogging route was around Lake Burley Griffen near the city. I was lucky to be staying 10 minutes walk from the lake, so about 3 times a week I would put on my runners, strap my knees, turn on a podcast, and start my run.

It’s a really a beautiful view on a sunny day- with families of black swans, pelicans about, major art institutions around the lake, and 360 degree mountain views in the distance. One day I decided to take my camera out on a walk around the lake.

Of course I was caught in a storm and had to take refuge in a tin shed a few kilometers from the lake. After the rain stopped I decided to persist with my walk. All the swans and pelicans were nowhere to be seen, and the view was dreary- but I did like the dramatic sky so I kept the photos.

Photo diary: Stormy afternoon at Lake Burley-Griffen, Canberra


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Posted by on Dec 29th, 2013 in Miscellaneous, Photo Diary | 2comments

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Giving Thanks For 2013

Romance, Love, and Thanksgiving

I know I’m late to add to the wave of  Thanksgiving themed blog posts. I only decided to write one  today after reading this Thanksgiving post by Paris.

1. Love:

I’m thankful that I have an amazing man in my life. I could go on and on about this, but  I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to just leave it there. The kissy picture has already sent the cheese-meter over the limit.

2. Health:

2013 has been a good year. My overall fitness has improved significantly with the introduction of more weight training and high intensity circuit type workouts, and I’m currently training for my very first half marathon. It’s empowering.

3. Family:

Living away from Sydney makes me realise how much I miss my (batshit crazy) family. I’m thankful for loving parents and the fact that my siblings have grown to be intelligent, well balanced individuals, despite early signs to the contrary.

4. Friends:

In the last 12 months in Melbourne, I met quite a large number of great people (sometimes in the most random places) who have become close friends.

5. Work:

As some of you know, I’ve been doing a bit of locum optometry block work in different Australian towns/cities. I feel very fortunately that the practices I’ve worked at have been great examples of *real* optometry- full scope primary eye care, with advanced ocular health management and co-management with ophthalmology and general medicine, as well as in depth assessment of visual function (more than just prescribing spectacles for “20/20” vision) in normal and abnormal eyes. Practices where the highest standards of patient care was expected, and supported.

I’m one of those people that fortunately or unfortunately am very dependant on my work as a source of happiness. I have worked (locum days) in large chain “Shop-tometry” practices where I never really needed to go to university to practice the brand of optometry required for the job. Those days KILLED my soul.

6. Beauty:

My skin has been pretty awesome this year. Just thought I would put it out there.

 What are you thankful for this year?

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2013 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

Minimalist Makeup Bag: Road Trip Weekend




Hi everyone,

If you haven’t already guessed from my instagram pics spamming up your feeds the past few days- I’ve just been on a weekend away to the beautiful town on Warrnambool- on the end of the Great Ocean Road. I faced my fears and did the trip on the back of Phil’s motorbike. It was exhilarating.

I had to pack everything I needed for the weekend in a small backpack, and since most of the backpack space was taken up by my bulky camera in it’s bulky bag- I had to be very minimalistic with everything else. These are the makeup items and toiletries I brought with me for the weekend. No brushes required!

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Posted by on Oct 14th, 2013 in Illamasqua, Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

MyHaircare giveaway winner announcement

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The winner of the MyHaircare blog giveaway is #24, Charlotte! Congratulations, and I will email you with the good news 🙂

Keep your eyes peeled for another blog giveaway here in the coming few days!

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