Monday, 29 December 2014

SEVEN WONDERS MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL DRY SHAMPOO



Dry shampoos have been flooding the market the last few years and have become hugely popular for keeping your hair fresh in between washes and to give the hair a refreshed look for us time poor souls.

So when a new product hits the market, I want to be one of the first to try as I am a dry shampoo die hard fan, I use it regularly like I use deodorant. I'm extremely time poor with working full-time, blogging part-time and raising a family, washing my hair seems more like a chore than relaxing therapy. Don't get me wrong I don't walk around showerless and stinky, the only time I seem to have for a shower is at night when my son is in bed, school lunch made, and the house looking in some kind of normal order. So going to bed with damp hair will result in extreme frizz fright in the morning!

So dry shampoo has been my best friend for a few years now. Some brands are hit and miss.

Seven Wonders recently released the Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo, which I was excited to try because this one is a little different to all the other dry shampoos I have tried. It is aluminium free and paraben free which is great to be able to use a product with a natural alternative. 

Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo is used simply by spraying your roots, leave to do its magic and then brush out.

The result is great. My feels soft and shiny due to the Argan Oil. The scent is pleasant and subtle. My hair does not go flat and was easy to style.

The difference between this dry shampoo and the others on the market is that it will not leave your hair powdery white and dry.  It moisturises and nourishes your hair as well as absorbing excess oil.

Normally I try to get away with using dry shampoo two days in a row before washing my hair. With Seven Wonders I attempted this and my hair didn't look great on the second day. I think it may be due to the conditioning properties of the Argan Oil, but I do have oily roots so that also plays a role.

Good news is Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo is available at leading pharmacies such as Terry White, Chemist Warehouse, and online at the Seven Wonders website.

It retail price for $12.95 for 150ml. 

Do you have a favourite Dry Shampoo? I would like to know what you think of this product.

This product was kindly provide for a review

Thursday, 11 December 2014

OMO ULTIMATE & JIF EASY LIFT GIVEAWAY

Long, long ago, in a far away planet, I used to love cleaning. I never liked cooking though. I found cleaning therapeutic and got great satisfaction when my house was sparkling clean and my clothes smelt amazing. Ironing. I even loved that! Then I moved to earth and had a child and all the things I loved I now loathed.

The constant soaking and cleaning, argghh. Food and crayons off the wall and floor, stains on the clothes that just would not come off. I then had to review what I had in my cleaning cupboard and realised I did not have have the right products that I needed for my family home.

I have come to realise that if you have the right cleaning products, cleaning is so much easier.

A while ago I attended a Bloggers Brunch and I was given some goodies from the good people at OMO/Jif.  You can read about my day at the Bloggers Brunch here.

As I am already an OMO user, so I was excited to receive some of their products to trial. OMO Ultimate actively treats stains up to 48 hours old! Yeah that's what I'm talking about baby. As a parent you would understand how horrible quality school polo shirts fabric are with stains, if you don't wash immediately the stain make its home permanently in the fibres. I found with OMO Ultimate, I can confidently wash clothes every other day. So I can honestly say, this is the best product on the market at the moment.

Another great product that makes my life easier, giving me more time for the important things in life, Jif Easy Lift for Bathrooms removes all soap scum from shower screens and tiles in a jiffy, no elbow grease needed!

As Christmas is approaching super fast, Omo/Jif would like to give you the opportunity to win some products.

One reader will win the following:

• 1 x Jif EasyLift Bathroom 750ml Spray - $6.46
• 1 x Omo Ultimate 1L - $12.99 (choice top or front loader)

Total= $19.48

To win this prize all you have to do is follow these easy steps;
1. You must follow or subscribe to my blog by clicking  one of the options on the right of my page.
2. Leave a comment below and tell me your worst cleaning story, be creative!
3. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner, if you prefer to email me your details instead, click here.

Competition closes 30 December 2014 at 11.59pm. Winner will be announced on this page

Conditions of Entry
Entry is open Australia wide only. Answer to question must be provided in the comment below with email address provided. If you do not want your email address public, please send me an email with your contact details so I can contact you if you are a winner. You must be subscribed to my blog. Otherwise you forfeit the prize. A winner will be chosen based on their answer. You will have 7 days to respond to my email to claim prize otherwise I will redraw another winner.



Jif and OMO cleaning products lighten the load for mums dealing with the toughest dirt. With its amazing stain removal first time, OMO helps to remove hassle by taking care of the laundry so that you can get back your precious quality time. Thanks to its advanced Lift-Action formula of the Jif EasyLift Spray range, it quickly softens and detaches dirt requiring less wiping, making it easier to get a streak free shine! Click here for more information.

To find out more about Omo visit their website www.omo.com.au or www.facebook.com/OMOAustralia

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

SO...? SUPERSTAR & KISS ME BODY FRAGRANCE SPRAYS

This UK based company is rated number one for teen fragrance around the world. It was the No.1 must haves in our school bags back in the day and it still is.

Recently, I was reacquainted with So...? Body Fragrances, so long ago since my school years and it was great to know that the only thing had change was the range of fragrances. It brought back memories.

I was quite surprised how nice So...? Superstar and So...? Kiss Me smelt.  Every few years my preferences change in what I look for in a fragrance, whether it be eau de parfum, eau de toilette or a body spray.  

I carried around So...? Kiss Me for several weeks in my handbag and used it on a daily basis.  I even used it when a smelly person hopped on a train and left, spraying and encasing myself in a more sweet smelling aroma and mask out the urine infested undies smell. The best thing is I'm saving money on my more expensive fragrances, using them more when I go out, not at work.

I like how the body sprays out in a fine even mist. No wet spots are left on the body or clothing.  I've even spray it over my head so the fragrance subtly settles on my hair.  As with all body sprays, top-ups are required as it doesn't last all day like perfumes do.

So....? Kiss Me contains sugary notes of blackcurrant and citrusy real layers of kissably sweet vanilla with a floral heart rounded by musk. The vanilla notes definitely dominates the scent but it's not overpowering or sickly. 

So...? Superstar contains wondrous mix of pomegranate, fresh oranges and passion fruit, certainly fruit and perfect for summer!

I'm no longer a teenager, far from it but body sprays are definitely suitable for all ages. There are currently available in six delicious scents - Kiss Me, SuperStar, Eternal, Sinful, Sexy and Sensual.

I would love to know what's your favourite body spray?


So...? What are you waiting for?  Check out which tickles your fancy. To find out more about So...? body sprays and fragrances visit www.uk.sowithattitude.com.


ARDELL MAGIC LASH GROWTH ENHANCER & INDIVIDUAL LASH HOW-TO VIDEO

Ardell Magic Lash Growth Enhancer features multi-proteins that stimulate new growth, repair weak thinning lashes, help prevent lash loss and give lashes a healthier, fuller appearance. The multi-proteins immediately work to repair weak, thinning lashes and stimulate new growth so that they appear healthier and fuller. while preventing future loss. Conditioners are also added to nourish lashes to protect against future damage. The pen-style delivery system allows for precise application on the lash line where it is needed most; at the root. When used daily, results can be seen in as little as 3-5 weeks.

When I was younger my lashes were super long, thick and black and were annoying. I used to get asked whether they were false because they were so long. In my 20s I started to wear glasses and my lashes used to hit the lenses and feel uncomfortable, so my glasses used to sit further down on my nose. Several years later I decided to swap the glasses for contacts because of how uncomfortable glasses were for me. I was surprised and shocked at how short my lashes had become after only 5 years of wearing glasses, the damage they had done to my luscious lashes. 

At the time I was sort of glad and for the first time I was able to use mascara. They never grew back like they once were, if anything my lashes have thinned out and shortened even more, maybe because I never cleaned the mascara off them as well as I should of or it's an age thing.

As I have gotten older I noticed when I'm not using mascara, I don't look as fresh and young as I do with thicker looking and dark lashes. Eyebrows and lashes do frame the face.  Mascara has become my daily ritual and I always use Ardell's individual lashes when I go out for that extra impact.
I applied this product on clean dry lashes every night for two weeks. What I have noticed in two weeks is that fewer lashes are falling out and that there is some new growth (shorter hairs are seen). I am still waiting to see the long-term results and it's looking promising!  Unfortunately I did not take before photos when I started the trial but wish that did so you could see the difference.






Here is a photo of my favourite lash pack. I find these are easier to apply than a full set.



As you can see you can barely tell I have the individual lashes on.





I had added an easy how-to video on how to apply Ardell's individual lashes.  Its simple, for further how-to videos visit Ardell's website.




Video taken from Ardell's website

Monday, 8 December 2014

INDEED LABORATORIES & TRANSFORMULAS - PRICE OF BEAUTY LUSCIOUS LIPS AND TAUT SKIN ARE WE HAPPY IN THE SKIN WE'RE IN?

We are so spoilt for choice today with so many amazing products on the market.  Rewind five years ago and we only had 1/5 of what is on the market today.  With some brands being around for decades, whilst some disappear and others entering the beauty market with a bang.

Do we take more pride in our well being and appearance than we did years ago?  Or is it because it has become easier and cheaper to look effortlessly glam thanks to a number of brands that release non-invasive easy-to-use in your own home products to assist us in areas we want to improve.

Take Indeed Laboratories for example.  A company that believes in pushing the boundaries of science and challenging the status quo of current beauty standards. They have a range of products under their belt that you may have either heard of or currently use like exfoliator™ , hydraluron, nanoblur, eysilix, snoxin just to name a few and are affordable.

I'm currently trialling exfoliator™ and snoxin™. In previous posts I've mentioned that I'm not a fan of invasive procedures to assist in ageing so any new products that hit the market to assist, I'm first in line.


Exfoliator™ is a granuled powder, a highly concentrated powder exfoliant activated by simply adding water and safe to use daily.

Designed to immediately brighten skin and restore its natural radiance, this enzyme micro-powder creates a creamy foam when mixed with water, gently exfoliating to deliver superior skin resurfacing of the face, neck and chest to reveal a softer, smoother and more polished skin texture without the use of harsh abrasives. 

The innovative micro-powder is packed with 5 key actives, including bamboo extract, rice bran powder, okinawa red algae, hyaluronic acid and bromelain. 

Exfoliator™ is suitable for all skin types.  After cleansing, dispense two shakes and mix with as much or as little water as desired to create a foamy consistency. Massage onto wet face using circular motions for one minute, avoiding the eye area. then rinse thoroughly. 

The result? My skin had a glow, feeling and looking refreshed with my skin feeling like it was breathing. 

As with every product I try, I get nervous as I never know what products my skin likes or dislikes. Fortunately I did not experience any reactions or skin irritations which is fab as some products do irritate my skin due to certain active ingredient.


Snoxin™ is a concentrated multi-peptide facial serum designed to help combat the appearance of skin ageing. an unconventional name that does not relate to the product but it does roll of the tongue Snoxin Serum! 

While most skin care serums contain just one main ingredient to target signs of ageing, snoxin™ incorporates multiple peptides to help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. snoxin™ is clinically proven to provide visible results in just 14 days.

I used snoxin™ twice daily after cleansing, followed by my moisturiser. snoxin™ has a cloudy white gel with a thicker than normal consistency fo a serum.  There is a faint scent which is pleasant.

After using Snoxin for around three weeks, I noticed subtle changes to lines on my forehead and sleep lines around my mouth.  I sleep on my belly and squish my face on the pillow, waking up with creases on my face, over the years that have become more prominent so I have changed my sleeping ways and sleep on my side.  It took a lot of convincing and adjusting to get a good nights sleep. I know my skin will thank me for it!

I didn't notice huge changes but maybe with long term I will see the benefit. The brand does state that results are seen as early as 10 days. As results always vary person to person, it can take longer for some.  Personally, I would pick this treatment over botox any day!



Transformulas is another innovative brand that gives you an alternative to invasive fillers and botox. 

Transformulas is an award-winning brand specialising in premium yet affordable anti-ageing and lifestyle treatments for the face and body.











I trialled two products from their range EyeLifting Gel and LipVolume. The first thing I noticed are the words 'Beauty WITHOUT Surgery'.  I find it encouraging to read these words as I believe we can achieve same results as surgery, the only difference, with non-invasive products its a constant maintenance as were surgery is permanent.

The products come in a discreet lipgloss style tube.  The products are clear and watery gel consistency similar to a lipgloss except for the stickiness.

The EyeLifting Gel has a neutral scent.  Best way to apply is to dab under the eye area and then pat it in with your finger to blend; rather than smearing under the eye like a lipgloss.

It has a slight cooling affect when first applied making it pleasant to use. At first it is a bit sticky but this eventually dries.

The top ingredients this gel contains are Beech Tree Bud (this gives the skin more elasticity to help reduces lines), Kigelia Africana Extract (offers antibacterial properties for healing, firming and hydrating the skin) and 25% Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin. 

After two applications I found that that the effects were instantly seen and felt. My under eye area was instantly tight, firm and smooth.  I applied concealer and foundation and found that it went on smoother leaving a nicer surface to apply makeup on. 

EyeLifting Gel is compact and discreet and can be carried around in your handbag.  I highly recommend this product I love it!

LipVolume increases the appearance of your lip size.  No, you will not get fish lips like Courtney Love, instead you will have lips that look luscious and juicy without the injectables all natural!
How does it work? LipVolume locks in moisture stimulating lips and boosting the natural collagen for bigger more beautiful lips. With a unique formulation that works quickly to plump up and rehydrate your lips. 
When I first applied the product on my lips, my lips began to tingle slightly.  The texture is thin and slippery not at all like lipgloss.  It has a peppermint smell.
Transformulas LipVolume claims to increase lip size by up to 40% The active lipopeptides stimulates the regeneration of tissue and works as a lip plumper helping to increase the collagen in your lips! This cosmeseutical gel, with its biotechnological formulation, delivers a kind, refreshingly cool, tingling sensation to the lips instead of the painful,aggressive, burning and stinging sensation more normally associated with traditional lip plumpers.

Friday, 5 December 2014

BRAND FOCUS: PURETOPIA HAIRCARE + SKINCARE - A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

Puretopia have been around for three and half years and have an impressive range of products, all created, designed & manufactured in Australia under stringent quality standards.  As well as being an Australian brand it is also made from natural ingredients with no nasties.

I like to think I take really good care of my skin, hair and body so it is important to be selective on products that you use regularly.  As I love to swim a lot, the chlorine affects the condition of my hair and dries out my skin.  In my swim bag the products pictured below are used on myself and my son.

HAIRCARE RANGE




At home I have my own regime for skin, hair and body but at the pools I use a range of different products to help take out the nasties that the chlorine puts in. I like using sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner and finish off with hair mask.  By the time I get home my hair has dried naturally and feels amazing.  The only thing I need to do is straighten it and style.


BODY RANGE



I love using the body polish, it rids of chlorine on the skin without drying the skin. Its gentle yet effective.

The mist contains Aloe, Witch Hazel, Vitamin C, Mandarin, Orange & Lime which smells divine and is so good for the skin. It can be used everyday especially in an air conditioned office without it affecting your makeup or like me on crowded public transport when your feeling hot and bothered.

The face mist is perfect to sooth any irritations and dryness caused by the chlorine. It refreshes my skin and tones it. I do not moisture until I get home though.


SKINCARE




I love the Purify & Revive Deep Cleansing Clay Mask. It is of medium consistency and feels moisturising, not like your typical clay mask.

Clay mask is best used in the evening as it stimulates the skin and can make you look a little flush. This is what I experienced when using the clay mask. By the morning my skin is soft, supple and feels really clean without the dry feeling. I use this twice a week to rid of any impurities on the skin. 

It contains Rosehip, Shea and Niacinamide to help smooth, firm and clear out congestion from the skin. Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties which combined with the moisturising nature of Rosehip Oil and Shea Butter helps leave skin feeling fresh. There is a subtle scent of Geranium, Rose and Lavender which smells divine.

I like the Whisk Away Creamy Face Cleanser. it has a thick white cream consistency. It lathers nicely without being foamy. I find this product perfect in winter when my skin is a little more drier than normal but found it not as effective as a gel or foaming cleanser. I like my skin to feel squeaky clean. This product is suitable for all skin types especially if you are more on the drier side.

The Smooth & Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub is a cloudy clear gel like with super-fine granules. The scent is light, citrusy and quite subtle.

While my skin felt very smooth after using this scrub, it did feel just a little bit dry.

I wouldn’t use this daily, except perhaps when my t-zone is extremely oily, but 2-4 times a week is just right for my skin. If you have oilier skin you can probably get away with using this more often, but if you have drier skin I’d recommend using it twice a week at most.

All these products are perfect for any hair and skin type and can be used whenever you want.



Andrea and Puretopia are widely available at all major pharmacies like Priceline and Chemist warehouse.  Check out Andrea and Puretopia's website for stockists in your area.

REVIEW: ANDREA HAIR REMOVAL FOR THE FACE

For over 30 years, Andrea has created effective hair removal products using professional formula's to suit every need, allowing you to remove unwanted hair in the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Back in my day, Andrea's range of bleaches and depilatory creams was extremely popular amongst school kids for many reasons. The bleaches were used on our arm hairs to make them blonde and almost invisible and on our fringe, to dye it blonde, well sort of blonde but a yellower kind, which back then it was the in thing, and finally the depilatory creams, which we used on our legs instead of shaving.



Fast forward to today, Andrea has come a long way as a brand, improving formula's and adding to their expanding range. With products now available in gentler formula's for the face and body plus higher strength for extra stubborn hair areas such as the bikini area. The product range includes Waxes, Bleaches and Depilatories designed especially for various face and body areas. Making hair removal safe, smooth, simple and affordable.


Bleach for the face is also ideal for upper lip, side burns and chin.  All these areas are hormonal and affect people differently.  


Why not laser you ask.?  
Lasering hair in hormonal areas may not always be effective.  Even though laser can reduce the facial hair, but the heat from the laser can stimulate hair growth on other parts of your face.  It is a risk a lot of women take or are unaware of, giving you further hairy problems you didn't expect to get.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

BURTS BEES RADIANCE RANGE

Burt's Bee is a household name. I'm sure everyone has at least one item in their possession.

A while back, Burt's Bees had two pop-up shops at Westfield Sydney and Westfield Miranda. To find out more about those events click on the Westfield location above.

The pop-up store was to give customers a test, play and a chance to purchase products from their ever expanding range and especially to promote their Radiance Range.

The featured ingredient in all the Radiance range is Royal Jelly - Very nourishing, royal jelly is made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, bee hormones and other natural ingredients.



Night cream
This light-weight natural moisturiser is specially formulated with royal jelly, one of nature's most nutritious substances, and botanical oils and extracts to help enhance skin's natural radiance. With lemon, rosemary and pine tree extracts for deep overnight treatment, you’ll get naturally radiant, younger-looking skin.

I have heard lots about the health benefit of Royal Jelly. Royal Jelly is loaded with amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins B5 & B6. 

The texture was very light, and slightly sticky. The sticky feeling disappeared pretty quickly. The cream absorbed right in and did not feel greasy or heavy at all.  My skin felt nourished and hydrated.

I found the scent subtle and very pleasant.  I like my face creams to be subtle as it is close to the nose so this is perfect.  In the morning I find my skin to be soft, supple and hydrated without the feeling of it being oily.

It claims to improve your complexion, reduce/prevent fine lines, and make the skin radiant. With Royal Jelly, it nourishes the skin and firms it, delaying the ageing process. 

Eye cream
Helps soften skin, increase radiance, and restore essential moisture to the delicate skin around the eyes.  It has a medium creamy consistency.  It feels a little sticky at first but after a few minutes it's absorbed nicely. 

Body lotion
This natural body lotion is specially created to enhance your skin's natural glow. Packed with 134 nutrients, including 17 amino acids, and vitamins A, C, D and K, as well as multiple B-vitamins. Sunflower oil moisturises and mica, a light reflecting mineral, enhances your skin's natural glow. The result is soft, shimmering skin you'll love.

The body lotion smells divine and glides on like a dream. Very moisturising without feeling greasy. The shimmer is a nice touch without it looking over sparkly.

I would love to know what's your favourite Burt's Bees products.


For stockists visit www.burtsbees.com.au.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

SEPHORA IS COMING TO TOWN! WOOHOO!


I have been counting down the days for Sephora to reach Australia and the time has almost come, opening their doors on the 5th December 2014.

I've been very good this year with my beauty spending, Cutting down to more than half so I can spend huge at Sephora in NY. But then I found out the Sephora was coming to town and I stalled my spending in the US, only buying a few necessary products.

My excitement and nerves has been building so much that the last time I remember feeling like this was when New Kids on the Block came to tour!

With my Christmas wish list so long that I needed two rolls of loo paper to write it all on I think I would have to remortgage my home! (A smidge of an exaggeration!) 



On the 5th December, I will be having the day off as are many beautiholics alike. The buzz will be out of this world and it's definitely worth coming to Sydney for.  As an added bonus Sephora are gifting visitors who fly interstate to their grand opening as a grand gesture to say thank you.  So make sure you bring your boarding passes with you!




I've been reading snippets of info on the net that Sephora won't be stocking all the same brands as the US, like Chanel, Yves St Laurent, Lancome and a few other luxe brands which will be a disappointment but they have promised to price match US prices on some of the brands they  are stocking.  The good news is that this has set healthy competition between rivalling department stores,

Sephora has released a list of  brands that will be stocked exclusively in their Australian store. There are 34 brands in total.
Alterna
Andrea Fulerton
Antonym
Arcona
Aspar
BECCA
BITE
Clean
Cover FX
Crème Simon
Dr.Jart
Elizabeth and James
Estelle & Thild
Etat Libre d’Orange
For Beloved One
Formula X
Givenchy Colour
Hello Kitty
IT Cosmetics
Kat Von D
Leif
LQD
MAKE UP FOREVER
Marc Jacobs Beauty
Nee’mah
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Ole Henriksen
Patricks
Percy & Reed
Perfekt
Sephora Collection
Shiffa
Skin Inc.
Tarte

I haven't heard of some of these brands but hey, that makes it more exciting doesn't it!  More discoveries, more makeup play and more purchases!

I'll let you in on a little secret, if you come into town on Friday the 28th November, Sephora are surprising city shoppers with gifts.  So if you can 't make it on the 5th you can still get some Sephora fever tomorrow.

So who attending the opening?  Will you be flying in?  I would love to know what you think.




images taken from Sephora Australia Facebook page.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

THE LEGO® TREE AT WESTFIELD SYDNEY




Sydney is gearing up for the city’s biggest ever festive season, with the exciting addition of the magical LEGO® Christmas Tree which was launched last Thursday night at Westfield Sydney. 

The LEGO® Christmas Tree is built entirely out of LEGO bricks. This amazing tree was built for us Aussie fans by Australia’s very own LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught.

The breathtaking tree stands close to 10m tall and has been built with close to half a million LEGO bricks making it the biggest LEGO Christmas Tree ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

As well as the tree there is a life-sized Santa and sleigh. To add a touch of sparkle, the LEGO Christmas Tree comes to life every night with a light show set to your favourite Christmas carols.













So, what are you waiting for, check out the LEGO Christmas Tree and be part of this one-in-a-lifetime experience.

The LEGO Christmas Tree will be up from from 27 November to 27 December 2014 at Westfield Sydney. 

The City of Sydney will also be hosting an elaborate range of Christmas celebrations, including amazing decorations, free concerts, fireworks and a special visit from Santa himself.



Did you know?


Friday, 21 November 2014

BURT'S BEES POP-UP STORE @ MIRANDA WESTFIELDS SHOPPING CENTRE SYDNEY

Make a Bee Queue down at Miranda Westfield this weekend till Sunday 23rd of November and get ready to be pampered, as Burt's Bees are doing it again with their pop-up store.  Come down for a play and learn more about the Radiance collection, get FREE Radiance Skin Consultations, FREE Royal Hand Massages PLUS daily giveaways. Visitors can also take a selfie at the photo booth to upload their ‘Queen Bee’ moment!

Watch the giant Pop-Up Store come alive and help Burt's Bees celebrate all things natural and beautiful, with a focus on the Radiance Skincare Collection.



So head down to Miranda Westfield  for some BEEautiful fun! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

KIDS BUSINESS BLOGGERS BRUNCH 2014


The time has come around again for the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch which was held at the beautiful location of Centennial Park.

As usual nerves hit when the day comes around, meeting new bloggers, products and potential new contacts with brands to work with in the future.

There were many amazing brands exhibiting on the day.  Dyson, OMO, Jif, Infasecure, Only Organic Baby, Breville, AVG, Arnott's, Hans and Brumbys Bakery.

Dyson were promoting their ever so fab AM07 Dyson Cool Fan, already a huge fan (no pun intended!). Happy to see such a large company always supporting mummy bloggers.  The truth is, us mums are the ones who put in all the hard work to research products to buy for our home and family so it only seems fit to target mums.

If you are interested in the Dyson Cool and are deciding on one, you can read about it in my review here and if you have any questions about it, please comment or message me and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.


Brumbys showcased their Christmas range.  No more slaving for hours in the kitchen baking and spending more time where it matters. Here are some tasty treats that are available at a store near you. 



Oricom displayed a range of products from Baby Monitors, fun Animal Night Lights and thermometers.

Night Light
Thermometer
Oricom stand

Breville demonstrated ‘the Boss™' superblender.  It definitely rivalled the Vitamix.  Breville blended green smoothies that were delish and even madeyummy sorbet!



Infasecure exhibited ‘the Evolve’- the first child restraint in Australia to allow the use of a six-point harness from approximately six months through a large eight year old, offering superior protection to a wider range of children for longer.



Only Organic had a wide selection of their products from rice crackers to pureed fruit and custard, perfect from the age of 6 months and up. Only Organic uses only the best produce and ingredients to produce nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for the little ones.   Only Organic is available at all major supermarkets and well as their online store.  We were all given a generous pack full of products to take home and try. 



Omo and Jif  had a very cute display and a fun and dirty game.  They displayed all their products and we were able to take home a very nice goodie bag with lots of products to try. 

Lovely ladies from Omo

We had 15 seconds to dig and find as many worms as possible!

Worm challenge

AVG is an online security brand that is available free from their website.  Depending on what type of security you were after whether it be safety for children, spamming or virus protector, they cover the lot.  Check out AVG on their website for more info.


Oliving by Hans had an array of tasty deli meats for sampling.  Oliving offers a uniquely delicious combination of the finest meat and olive oil.



Shapes Light and Crispy had sample tasting of their range and they were addictive especially the salt 'n' vinegar.  A tastier and healthier alternative to chips, Arnott's have released a great product to curb those munchies.  There are 4 flavours to choose from Salt'n'Vinegar, Honey BBQ Chicken, Tasty Chedder & Chives, Sweet Chili and Sour Cream.


Yum, my favourite flavour

Yummy sweet chili and cream flavour

The lovely ladies from Arnott's

Before I end my post, I wanted to give a special mention to a fantastic cause that Kids Business supports. 

The Nappy Collective collects leftover unused disposable nappies and redistributes them to organisations that support families in crisis or in need.  So when you donate your spare nappies, you help these families to focus more of their time and energy on getting their lives back on track.

Many mummy bloggers that attended kindly supported the cause and donated unwanted nappies.  It is still not too late to help The Nappy Collective, they are always in need of help.  If you have any nappy's that you want to donate visit The Nappy Collective's website.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

BLINC BLACK LASH PRIMER REVIEW - ehancing your lashes

I've been a blinc mascara fan for over a year now and even though I have dozens of mascaras in my makeup drawer I pull this one out more often. I love blinc mascara because of it's different formulation from any other mascara on the market.

I'm an eye rubber, especially in Spring, I suffer from severe hay fever allergies and I need my eyes to look neat and clean and not have panda eyes in the middle of the day. 

Blinc products are the easiest by far to remove from my lashes without losing lashes in the process.

Earlier in the year I wrote a post about the Beauty and Spa Expo and I mentioned Blinc's amazing product, you can read about it here

Since then, it has finally been released. I've been trialling the primer for a good couple of weeks now and I've been excited and extremely happy with this new addition to my mascara collection.

I've never used a lash primer before, actually I'm not a fan of any type of primer whether it is for skin or lashes but I have been converted to lash primers. 

Here I have before primer, with primer and end result with mascara pics.

Without primer or mascara

With blinc black primer

End result with blinc black amplified mascara
End result of length and thickness

What's great about this primer is that it is black. This means you won't have your mascara colour getting diluted from the primer and for chics like me, no white spots left on the lashes on areas that you missed, giving you a cleaner and more true black lashtastic finish!

Blinc black lash primer doesn’t just enhance your lashes, it also treats your lashes, encouraging new lash growth for thicker, longer lashes over time, while enriching vitamins and nourishing ingredients condition and protect lashes from damage and environmental stresses.

Made without Carbon Black (which can be harmful) and fragrance free, the new blinc black lash primer is another blinc product that doesn’t irritate my sensitive contact-wearing eyes.

Blinc black lash primer was easy to apply using the silicone wand applicator that separates and coats lashes. Immediately apply your mascara of choice. There are no clumps.  The lashes are coated all equally giving you even and clean finish.

What's great about this primer, you can use it with any other brand that is on the market but for optimum results it is recommended to use with blinc products.

The primer and mascara are easy to remove with any type of makeup remover. I personally get lazy some evenings and just wash my face with cleanser and warm water and the mascara falls off in strands leaving no residue on the skin or lashes.

blinc products are available at David Jones and so in Sephora!  If you want to know more about blinc, visit their website at www.blinccosmetics.com.au.