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5.3.17

How to maintain smooth, clear skin in two steps

It seems like we spend our entire lives hunting for clear, smooth skin. That awkward moment when; we're told we'll only have pimples during our teenage years, only to find out later that our faces break out pretty much ALL THE DAMN TIME throughout our adult lives too.
Our quest goes as follows: face masks, a million types of different cleansers, moisturisers, toners, serums, pimple creams. The list is endless. Endless! 

Most of us have all fallen into the trap of using multiple products to try and keep out skin clear. Lord knows, the bloggers and vloggers we look up to have ridiculously extensive skincare routines. That has influenced our own, at one point or another.
We've scrubbed, we've tried organic, we've alternated different kinds of products and layered on face masks. 

True, everyone's skin is different, and we all react to certain products differently. Some skin might benefit from crazy routines and a billion products. Others, not so much.

But, what about us lazy girls (me) who want clear skin in, like, two steps?

There's a way. And I think I may have found two options and types of products that will do something lovely. I assure you.

       How to;  

Use a cream cleanser

Daily cleansers that scrub or foam can be drying, stripping and even harmful when used regularly. 
Cream cleansers are free from soaps and foaming agents that could strip the face of its natural oils and aggravate it to the point of regular breakouts. They're also gentle and moisturising, leaving the skin clean and baby-soft, adding back the moisture you're taking away during your daily cleansing. 

If it's free from harsh chemicals and made with natural oils, you've got a winner. 
Goodness Everyday Cream Cleanser is a fantastic candidate for step one. It's gentle, silky soft and moisturising, while also effectively removing makeup and dirt, leaving your natural oils intact. It feels lovely. Just lovely. Honestly.

I've never used anything from Goodness before. But I shall continue to because it does what it says straight-up on the bottle. It gives you a little bit of goodness. I'm impressed.

A creamy moisturiser that's a bit heavy+

+Heavy, meaning it doesn't sink right into the skin straight away, and even stays on the surface till you wake up in the morning. A moisturiser that is creamy and soft. That isn't too thin or watery so that it sticks to your skin, slowly replenishing it with moisture. 

It might feel better for your skin to have a moisturiser that does the opposite to what I've just recommended, but it doesn't do your skin any favours in the long-run. To keep your skin smooth and clear, it needs to be well hydrated. Using a moisturiser that is a little thicker, and doesn't sink into the skin, keeps skin hydrated. If you wake up with a thin residue left behind, then you've just been protected against the harsh fibres of your pillow. And the air. Congratulations! 
All amazing things for your skin.
Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser* is exactly that. My skin hasn't looked and felt this good in, well, forever? One of the active ingredients is, you guessed it, Kale. Which helps to nourish and strengthen the skin, protecting and softening in one. This moisturiser sticks to the skin and leaves it baby soft, even after you wash the residue away. It isn't oily and doesn't feel heavy. It's smooth to apply and, with the help of a few vitamins and cucumber extract, freshens the skin up and soothes it.
Although, it doesn't need to do much soothing if you're using a cream cleanser too.
It's silky smooth and promotes equally silky skin. I haven't been this impressed with my own skincare routine in ages.


Kindly tip: a cream cleanser helps enhance the benefits of a cream moisturiser like this one. 

The best practice

When using a moisturiser like this one, it's best to cleanse and moisturise before you head to bed for the night. The moisturiser will sit on your skin and continue to soften and replenish throughout the entire night. As it leaves a light residue behind, you can wash it off with water the next morning to reveal soft, beautiful clear skin. 

The key is to match your cleanser with your moisturiser. You want them to be gentle, soft creams that keep your skin hydrated rather than stripped-down. 

Also, I never intended for my skincare routine to be all green (note; the colour of both these bottles) but hey, it works doesn't it? Maybe the key is to inject a little more green? 
(I don't actually, know as much as I think I do. But it's pretty to have matching coloured bottles. So there's that. )



*Product sent by RY.com.au but opinions are completely my own after using it for at least three months now. 

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4.2.17

How to reduce your cellulite. If you want to.

Hands up if you have cellulite. 

*49.6% of the world raises their hands, including me.* That is how many women there are on this planet. And as women, we wear badges of honour such as cellulite and stretch marks just by being women.
Yes, I have cellulite. Cool. Okay. Moving on. 
If you ask society, they'll tell you only a "certain body-shape" has cellulite. But if you tell your mother your frustrations she'll sigh and respond, "Yes, I know, don't worry too much, we all have it." Because, mother knows that no matter your size or how much exercise you do, you are going to end up with cellulite at some point.

So, what can you do about it? 


Well, you could just do nothing about it.

Because hey, it's a normal thing our body does. Maybe you like to wear your badge of womanhood proudly. Maybe you don't even notice it's a thing.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 


However, some of us just want to minimise it as much as we can, because we want to. If you'd like to reduce the appearance and even have them almost disappear, then you can do things.


What things?

These things.

Dry Brush

Dry brushing is this awfully painful thing you do to yourself to help smooth and buff the fat pockets out from underneath your skin. 
It has bristles that scratch and poke your delicate skin like tiny little needles. Some brushes will also have little rubber nodes that can help massage the area out and reduce how painful the act can be. While, you know, massaging the fat pockets out from underneath your skin. 

Dry brushes are designed to exfoliate, buff and work the area out naturally, to help burst the pockets and push everything around to make it smooth again. Much more effective than using your hands, it really does help to minimise the appearance of your little butt-dimples.

Use a cellulite gel

Dry brushing alone is painful. Dry brushing with some body wash can help soften the feeling. 
But dry brushing with a cellulite gel can give you effects that are immediate and noticeable. Almost making it disappear.  
Cellulite products are designed to help firm the skin and burst the fat pockets with active ingredients including a warming agent. Combined with a dry brush, the results are magical. 

Nip + Fab's Cellulite Fix is a perfect product for this very thing. The gel itself is soft and silky and applies smoothly to the skin. After a few minutes, it has a gentle warming sensation that feels like it's softening the fat below the skin and prepping it to be massaged into place. Keep reading to see if it works, though.
Cellulite fix can be found on RY.com.au, the official online Australia stockist for many fabulous beauty brands both international and national. Making it that much easier for us Aussie girls to acquire beauty from across the seven seas easily, quickly, and without the hefty conversion prices. It's basically a better, bigger online version of Priceline. 
We must have died and gone to heaven. 

The method

1. Apply your cellulite fix gel to the areas in question and massage gently with your hands, focusing on moving the fat and skin in an upwards direction.
2. Then, with your (wet, how ironic) dry brush, brush over the areas in both circular and upwards motions. Don't be afraid to push into the skin a little bit so the rubber nodes can buff everything out. 
3. After as many minutes as your patience can stand, simply rinse the product away. 
4. Repeat each time you shower. 

The madness

Results are impressive, and I mean impressive! With just the dry brush, the appearance is minimised by half, leaving you with smoother looking thighs and butts. Not to mention very soft skin thanks to the exfoliating power of those rough bristles.

However, paired with Cellulite Fix.

Cellulite vanished to a subtle tease in just a few uses, reducing the appearance to almost invisible. I was shocked. I got further with using the "fix" than I ever did with just dry brushing and body wash. 

It definitely helps to use a gel or product for cellulite for quick, lasting results. I was more than impressed with the "fix."
However, just massaging and dry brushing regularly works like a charm to help reduce the appearance, soften the skin and exfoliate the area. 

If all else fails, there is also the DIY option of using coffee to help burst those bubbles.

Sometimes, we need to add an extra step to our shower routine for the sake of self-confidence. I wanted to get rid of my cellulite to help with my own lack of self-confidence, so I set out to try and fix it. It's not a shameful thing, it's not embarrassing. Plus, it worked.

We have cellulite.
So what? 
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*Post in collaboration with RY.com.au. All words and opinions completely my own. Including this: definitely, check out this BRILL site if you're a fellow Aussie lady. One for the bookmarks tab*
A lovely thank you to RY for sending me this FAB product that worked like a charm and gave me the motivation to sit here for a good hour at least and write my first post for 2017.

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23.12.16

How to pack an "essentials" handbag, perfect for the Holidays

A girl can't just have one handbag. I mean, you can try. But if there's one thing I've learned since discovering my handbag addiction, is that one handbag doesn't fit all occasions. She needs an "everyday" bag that can fit the essentials plus, a planner, a book for the train and any other bits and bobs. On the weekend, however, she just needs an "essentials" bag to fit only the things she needs, and nothing more. 

The essentials bag is smaller, lighter, and won't make your shoulder ache while it hangs from you during your shopping trip. It's the perfect size for the Holidays, only needing the essentials while you're out on Christmas or New Years. It feels like you're not wearing anything, and won't become annoying to lug around with you.
Plus, it's the perfect excuse for another handbag. Go on, girl. Buy yourself something nice.

What to carry in an essentials handbag.  



Only the things you need for the few hours you'd be out.

- Purse
- Keys
- Phone
- Sunglasses or umbrella - depending on the weather
- Headphones - in case you're on transport or need a little music
- A mini-toiletries bag for panadol, hand sanitizer and other things you may need. 
And, that's it. 

The point of an essentials bag (aside from the excuse of having another handbag) is to carry only the things you need without the excess stuff. So you can go to the shops, that bar, to dinner with limited baggage. (lol) Without having to lug around an unnecessarily heavy bag of things you won't use, or need, on your adventure in question.


Girl, it'll change your life.



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4.12.16

How to buy glasses online & where to buy them from

Because most of us need to wear glasses, these days.

When I got my first pair of prescription glasses at age, well, young, I was one of a few in primary school. Now, pretty much, everyone wears them or needs them. 

Most of us wear glasses now so glasses frames (and how much they are) is an issue.
Needing new frames when our glasses wear-out. New frames with a new prescription because why not? You gotta pay for new lenses anyway (just me?) New frames because you're kind of bored with the ones you have now, and you'd like another pair to jazz things up a little. 

Can I get an amen? 

While frames tend to be quite the pricey expense, if it comes to having a second pair to swap when you get bored, there are affordable options out there. Options that will do the trick without falling apart, or breaking easily.
Much like handbags, sometimes you need one expensive one and one cheap one to keep you satisfied.  

How & where to buy glasses online.

Know your preferred shape, size and colour.

The issue (or exciting mystery?) of buying glasses frames online is the inability to try them on before you make the purchase.
Know what will flatter your face or just the shape/colour you prefer beforehand, so you'll know that your new frames will look good when you get them. Saving you buyers remorse and making the shop quicker and easier. 

*on a similar note, have your prescription handy from your optometrist.*

Read the description and measurements of the product.

This is important to make sure you get the right frame for you. The product details will specifically, tell you the material, style and size of the frames. So you won't be surprised with what you receive.
The more specific the description is, the better it will be for you. 

Kindly tip: visit the website I'm about to recommend because you'll have access to that very thing. 

Go Budget. 

Buying frames online can be risky if you receive them and they're not right for whatever reason. And if you'd just paid a fortune for them the blow can be even more painful. However, if you go budget and spend a little less for your second backup pair, the risk of buyers remorse is significantly lower if not non-existent. 
There's no shame in buying glasses that cost downwards of $100, especially if you get a pair that doesn't look as cheap as they are.

Pick out frames that look a little more expensive. Ones that use metal in the frame or are two-toned. Something with too much plastic or just a flat black frame can look cheap. Just because they were affordable, doesn't mean they need to look like it.


Where to buy glasses online, that give you all of the above. 

Glassesshop.com are affordable and allow you to buy prescription lenses of every kind. And they give you options of every shape, size, and style imaginable. You can shop by material, shape or style. Or you can purchase prescription sunglasses here too. You can see a description of the frame, dimensions, material, and if they're eligible for your prescription. 

GIRL, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?
The quality of the frames is pretty darn decent for their price too. The plastic frames can feel a little "plastic-y," but they're still quite sturdy for such a budget price. 

The Novia Cat Eye in Tortoise are the ones I chose to trial, and although they were intended to be a second pair for fashion reasons, they've now become my everyday pair. 
They fit wonderfully on the head, are comfortable, and the lenses themselves are so clear seeing things is so much easier. They don't look too cheap, and I think they suit me wonderfully. They're quite sturdy and are snug around the ears without being too tight. I don't feel like they're going to snap easily unless I used too much unnecessary force. 
They're comfortable in all areas. 
I could wear them all day (probably what I'm supposed to do.) 

Depending on the kind of frame you get, some don't have a spring behind the arms, so they don't have wiggle room. You need to be careful you don't snap the arms off if you pull them back too far.

If they come a little too tight, you may need to go to the optometrist to get them widened a little, but that's a given with any new pair and is completely doable. If there isn't any wire inside the arms of your plastic frames, they won't widen up too much, but you can still play with them a little to make them less tight.

I did this with my frames which were much too tight on my head. With a little heating and wiggling from my optometrist, they were perfect. 

I ADORE my pair. They're so cute, and I'm impressed with the quality considering the price-point. 

Kindly Tip:

If you'd like your own secondary pair of glasses frames or sunglasses, you can get them even cheaper with your discount code: GSHOT50.


*Post in collaboration with GlassesShop.com. The frames with prescription lenses were provided by Glasses Shop, however, all words and options are completely my own. 


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6.11.16

How to have a forest adventure... without a forest

What?? I know, crazy right?

Almost a year ago now (woah, right?) I advised you all on how to have a forest adventure with an actual rainforest. It was fun we had some fun times. 
And while girl loves her rainforests, it's unrealistic to say forests are easy to come by. But what if you want to have a forest adventure and there isn't one close by? 

Well, I'm glad you asked! 

It started when I was in NSW recently and had a little time after work to explore with a solo adventure. As it was a Saturday night, and most things were shut when my shift ended, my only option was the Botanical Gardens. A happy option, mind you because I already had my camera with me, and I can think of nothing better than a solo adventure to a garden. 
It was there I realised just how forest-like this magical place was. Full of wildlife, flora and enchanting pathways. It was basically like being in a forest, without actually being in a forest.

And hence, my next how-to was born!

How to have a solo forest adventure, without a forest.

Go to a Botanical Garden.

There's a botanical garden almost everywhere you go, much like there are museums and zoos. It's the perfect educational display of plant life and a few native birds and animals that live there too. 
They're free and sometimes, like the one in Sydney, you can find a garden that has divided sections carved to look like you're walking through a jungle. 

Lakes and flowing rivers give off a rainforest vibe and the squeaks, honks and flutters of birds complete the whole experience.
And if you take photos in select places, no one is the wiser ;)

Don't be afraid to go a little "touristy."

Even if you live there, don't be afraid to hit up the tourist spots such as parks and ranges. In areas close to, or on mountain ranges, you'll find yourself a paradise of natural growing and man-planted trees and shrubbery. For Melbournians, you've got the Yarra & Dandenong ranges; mountainsides made up of tall trees and a variety of native flowers and birds. These places are maintained for the sake of being tourist attractions. 

"Oh hey, we're in this new country, let's go see it's natural landscapes and habitats!" 

Therefore, these parks and ranges come complete with maps, staircases and concreted pathways so you can take a comfortable walk through a beautiful natural forest-like landscape. 

Win, win.

Make sure you've got on walking shoes, and bring any camera you've got. 

That way you'll look like a man with a plan when you're exploring by yourself.One of my goals this year was to do more things alone. Correction, do things alone and not be afraid of it.
My faux forest adventure was a solo one by circumstance. I was flown to Sydney for work and therefore, was alone. So my adventures were completed solo.
And it was exhilarating. Adulting points: 100.

While going on an adventure alone is nothing to be scared of, you'll definitely, enjoy it more if you're going with a plan. Bring along a camera of any kind to document your adventure, so you'll have something to do and focus on while you're there.

Walking around aimlessly just looking at the trees is nice, but keeping your eyes peeled for ultimate photo-worthy scenery is much more fun. You also won't look quite so strange and lonely to others.

And wear comfy shoes so your feet won't want to murder you. 
Seriously. That's the only piece of advice you need here really.

Don't forget to have fun on your little adventure and soak up the scenery. 

Rule number one is to have fun. Let yourself whisper "Oh wow, so pretty!" when you see something beautiful. Take photos and even Snapchat-it, but put all cameras down for a few minutes to just relax and soak up your environment. 
If you're solo, linger around in a favourite spot for longer than you would if you had someone else with you. 

Because let's face it, if you had someone with you, they'd be all "I'm bored, let's move on" after 2 seconds of "looking at a pond."

In other words, go out and have an adventure! 



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