Straight No Chaser Sundays

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Like so many Sunday mornings, we woke up late and dehydrated. At about 10:30am we hauled our hungry selves to Lonsdale St, Braddon where we make a last minute decision to eat at Elk and Pea. The place is packed, as always. We always make the mistake of going to Elk and Pea starved and without a booking – inevitably there is a 30minute wait to get seated and another 30 minute wait for food and coffee to arrive after ordering.

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Posted by on Sep 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.


Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, Eye Cream, and Radiance Toner

Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, Eye Cream, and Radiance Toner

Royal Jelly is made by worker bees to nourish queen bees. It is rich in nutrients and has been used for centuries for skin care as well as various ailments- check out Sarah’s post on The Science Of Beauty for an excellent background review of royal jelly in skin care.

Burt’s Bees Radiance line is focussed on harnessing the anti-aging and skin nourishing benefits of royal jelly. The Radiance line got a bit of a packaging makeover recently so I was contacted about trying the line out for myself.

 

Radiance Night Cream

Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream is a medium weight moisturiser well suited for dry skin all year round or oilier skin types in winter. It features royal jelly as it’s star ingredient and various plant oils (primarily sweet almond oil)  and botanical extracts (horsetail extract, rosemary leaf. Ingredient wise- it’s a lovely formulation, with no petrochemical fillers, glycols, parabens, and other nasties, but it does have an artificial fragrance. The scent is quite strong and irks my nose a little (although I’ve gotten use to it after several weeks of use), so if you’re sensitive to fragrance check this out in person first.

I do find that it needs a bit of massaging to get this to fully absorb into the skin. A toner helps this product sink in considerably easier- which is where the Radiance Toner with Royal Jelly comes in!

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, stearic acid, glycerin, tapioca starch, cholesterol, lecithin, parfum (fragrance), royal jelly, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon bioflavonoids) peel extract, equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, pinus strobus (pine tree) cone extract, beta-carotene, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), xanthan gum, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool

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Posted by on Sep 9th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 1 comment


Face of Australia Dark Side Nail Polish Collection

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Face of Australia’s Dark Side Nail Polish collection was released for winter 2014 (it’s almost spring here now- I am so ashamed at how late I am with my posts lately). The edgy, villain-inspired collection features a mix of creme finishes, glitters, and a holographic metallic shades.

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Posted by on Sep 1st, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Citron Pop with MAC Bitter + Neutral Face FOTD

Citron Pop with MAC Bitter + Neutral Face FOTD

Mac bitter eyeshadow, Illamaqua Naked Rose blush, Chanel Impertinence extrait de gloss

I was reading this post on one of my favourite beauty blogs ‘Anatomy of Beauty’ last week, and  I loved the bright zesty pop of green that Blanka used, made so wearable by the neutral taupe in the crease. I realised that I had not yet touched my MAC Bitter eyeshadow that I had purchased quite some time ago, and decided to take Bitter for a spin on Friday.

Bitter is a velvet finish citron-chartreuse, with sheer to medium pigmentation. I find that I need a matte white base for Bitter to show up properly on the lids- which surprised me after seeing so many  super pigmented swatches of Bitter around the internetz. It’s a gorgeous colour, though, and if you’re looking for a delicate chartreuse for Spring- Bitter works wonderfully.

 

 

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Light green and taupe eyeshadow + neutral face FOTD

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