Wednesday, 30 May 2012

You Know It's Winter When...

You have to put a little winter jumper (and by "put" I mean wrestle the bloody thing on while the dog tries to bite my hand off) on your 14 year old toy poodle because she's shivering with cold in the mornings...

And literally has to be prised out of my bed with a crowbar because she's so comfy snuggled into all of the blankets and doona.

Yup, it must be winter time again! 

Stay toasty everyone! (Although those lovely people in the Northern Hemisphere have nothing to worry about!)


Monday, 28 May 2012

Makeup Monday: Limited Edition Lovelies

There's a lot to love about limited edition cosmetics- the knowledge you own one of only a few exclusive products created by a particular brand, plus the fun colours and innovative packaging that often comes with limited edition goodies.

Then there's the downside- the realisation that you will never be able to get another lipstick/gloss/eyeshadow in that same limited edition shade you love, or the buyer's remorse that comes with spending $100 on a beautiful looking compact only to get it home and realise you have no idea how to actually work with the colours inside the damn thing.

So in that vein, I thought I'd present to you some limited edition lovelies that won't leave you feeling guilty for that little impulse purchase. In fact, you'll feel positively, um, positive about adding these products to your personal cosmetics collection. Promise!*

In order to celebrate Earth Day Kiehl's collaborated with Florence Welch, Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson and Spike Lee to design four limited edition versions of their Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque. 100% of the proceeds from sales go to Recycle Across America, a non-profit organisation aiming to make recycling easier and more effective. So while you're chilling out with this mask made from Amazonian White Clay purifying your skin and tightening your pores, you can chill guilt free!

Barbados nail polishes in Lets Go Scuba Diving and Another Daiquiri Please. 
Face of Australia have created a limited edition nail polish collection inspired by the colours and beaches of Barbados. What makes these polishes limited edition lovelies is that they're only $4.95 and Face of Australia is a registered Choose Cruelty Free company. So while you show off your gorgeous tropical hued nails you can be that extra bit smug over the fact no animals were harmed in order for your nails to look so bloody good.

I have to mention Face of Australia again for their limited edition Mineral Therapy Illuminators, as they come in four colours that cover all skin tones, unlike the one-colour-for-all illuminators so many cosmetic companies come up with. I also have to mention the awesome fact that they actually use women of colour and ethnicity in their advertisements (the pics at the top of the post are from FOA as well). Why is this still so rare these days?! It's so great to see a cosmetics company showing the wonderful diversity of our lovely little country. So yay for Face of Australia! (Ooh and did I mention the illuminators are only $14.95? Steal!)

I couldn't resist slipping this last lovely in even though it isn't technically a limited edition product! But The Body Shop's Born Lippy Stick ($10.95) does contain moisturising fair trade Marula Oil from Namibia, which supports the 5,000 women who are part of the Eudafano Women's Co-operative to earn a fair income. Hello feel good lip indulgence!

Another actual limited edition lovely is The Body Shop's Chocomania Body Care Collection in which every product in it smells like chocolate. Sold! I'm loving the lightweight Chocomania Body Lotion ($22.95) which contains deliciously moisturising fair trade Cocoa Butter from Ghana. I wonder if it's actually edible...

Does anyone else have a favourite guilt free beauty indulgence? Or perhaps you've spent a small fortune on a limited edition product? Please do tell!

Have a beautiful week!


*Promise not actually valid in real life.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Loving Right Now: Kikki K Cuteness

Invitation Set $14.95. Seriously need these even though my birthday isn't until December...

I love stationery. Seriously. Really, really love stationery. I think in fact it may actually be a problem and one day I'll end up on that dodgy TV show Hoarding: Buried Alive, except that my house won't be crammed with old newspapers and random crap, but filled to the ceiling with insanely cute Swedish and Japanese stationery. (I am not alone in this addiction either *cough* Sarah *cough*).
Stationery Case $29.95

Kikki K and her Scandi aesthetic have been feeding my addiction recently by releasing a new range called Forest Friends (for God's sake even the name is cute- how could I possibly resist that?!) When Sarah -who could also be called my enabler- told me I had to see the awesomely cute new range I ventured to my nearest store and let's just say I wasn't disappointed. Check out some of the lovely forest friends above and below:

Wooden Stamp Set $16.95
Photo Album $29.95
Pencil Case $24.95

Sticker Notepad $19.95

Birthday Card $5.95. I want one even though it isn't my birthday.

Just in case you were interested, I did indeed go a bit crazy and buy many items from the range. I justify this act of impulsiveness by telling myself that I'm supporting the lacklustre Aussie economy- by single handedly hoarding cute animal themed stationery. Hey, if an excuse works, I say use it!

Is anyone else a stationery fanatic? Please tell me that I'm not the only one! Or do you have another drug of choice? Fabric hoarding, collecting skeins of yarn...I won't judge!


Monday, 21 May 2012

Makeup Monday: Loving 3D Nails

Just when I thought nail foils were the cutting edge of nail art awesomeness, along comes a brand new mega-trend in the making to knock them off their perch: the three dimensional nail.

The 3D nail is already huge in Japan (actually I think all super cool beauty trends originate from there) where they are available as a good ol' temporary stick on nail set or the more permanent gel manicure. Check out this seriously amazing set below- how cute is that?! Although it would make those everyday activities like typing, writing, getting dressed, cleaning and, well, basically everything a tad more complicated. Not to mention having to live in constant fear of accidentally stabbing out your own eyeball with one of those babies. But it would be a very cute way to lose an eye, no?

Lady Gaga also rocked some serious 3D velvet talons in her music video for her song Judas. Unfortunately they aren't too wearable for us normal folk, but they're seriously fun to look at. Although they would make a great self defence weapon...

A far less scary way to get into the 3D trend is by using Ciate's Caviar Manicure. The manicure duo was invented so women could recreate the inventive (yet complicated and impractical) nail designs from fashion magazines easily for themselves.

Each Caviar Manicure comes with a base colour, coloured Caviar pearls plus a tray and funnel as sprinkling the pearls onto nails is apparently a bit of a messy enterprise! To get the 3D look, you apply the coloured nail polish, sprinkle the pearls over your nail and gently press them into the wet polish. You have to work on one nail at a time and wait about 20 minutes for them to dry, so personally I don't think I'd have the patience to do all ten of my fingers. Plus, as it chips away I reckon your nails would end up getting snagged on everything so I think one statement nail on each hand would look awesome enough!

The Caviar Manicure sets have been a complete sell out in the UK, so it's only a matter of time before the trend explodes everywhere else- hopefully here in Australia because I'm dying to try it out! Has anyone else given the 3D nail trend a go? Or are you a fan of more subtle nail art?

Have a beautiful week!


Monday, 14 May 2012

Makeup Monday: A Hair and Blog Makeover

As you may have noticed our little blog has undergone a makeover! The awesome Katrina from The Media Maid designed the pretty new layout for us and also created the logo for our upcoming shop.

The other thing that received a makeover this past week was my hair. After many months of slowly blonding it up, my hairdresser Kim and I thought it was time to just totally go for it and go kinda crazy. 

Here Is The Hair Inspiration Equation:

Katy Perry

Charlotte Free

Nicki Minaj

Rainbow Brite

My new hair colour!

*Please excuse the dodgy pics taken from my iPhone!
I've wanted to go pink for ages so after seven hours, two rounds of bleaching and a tonne of pink and purple hair dye we finally got there! It is rather neon at the moment but it will gradually fade to a fairy-flossy pink shade. Mmm...fairy floss...

Where was I? Oh yeah- thankfully Mum and Dad didn't suffer any spontaneous heart attacks upon first seeing my newly dyed hair, which is always a good thing. Then again I think they've become somewhat used to my spontaneous "surprises" over the years- like the time I got the extra ear piercings... that tattoo on my upper back... the nose piercing...oh and the belly button ring... The poor things have had enough surprises from me to last them a lifetime I think! (Although I did end up taking the nose and belly button rings out after a while so that kinda squares things up, right?)

Has anyone else ever done something spontaneous that has left them with a crazy new hair colour or  piercing (which subsequently scared the hell out of their parents?)  I'd love to hear about it!

Have a beautiful week!


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Yesterday I was supposed to write my weekly Makeup Monday post and as you may have seen, I didn't actually get around to writing it. In fact, I've only been posting on the blog around once per week, which is not really great at all. Do you ever get so fixated on doing something that everything else seems to fall by the wayside, or seem too hard to get done along with everything else? I guess that's how I've been for the past month or so. I'm currently in the (exciting, scary) process of creating an online shop and I have been so preoccupied with sorting out all of the business-y, government taxation office-y, business plan-y stuff (which takes three times as long to get done than what I originally thought) that everything else seems to have been neglected. Which is kind of sad. I go to my dashboard and I see how many posts I've missed from fellow bloggers and it feels like I've been away for ages! And missed out on other people's cool, fun goings-on!

Anyways (I swear this post does have an actual point) after reading Wendy's awesome post from last week about happiness being a choice -which is so true, but so easily forgotten sometimes- I thought I'd share a few things that have helped me through some of those negative, feeling-sorry-for-yourself times where nothing seems to be quite working out right. And funnily enough these words of wisdom come from a children's book! Sarah actually has to take total credit for this post because she was the one who pointed out just how amazing and true the messages in Dr Seuss's Oh, The Places You'll Go! are for both kids and adults alike. It really is the best motivational book ever- instead of the typical "everything in life will be perfect" message, this one gives the honest truth: that life has its ups and downs but you'll be able to face them head-on (and to quote the great Doctor):

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)

I hope these quotes and pictures brighten up your day!

Such a wonderful message!

This is one of my favourite parts of the book- it's the best motivation for doing anything potentially scary in life, I think:

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a gal or guy!

I think this book should be required reading for all ages! Do you love this book too, or do you have another favourite that always makes you feel better when you read it?

xoxo Lauren
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