Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sample Sized Winners!

Rockin' Samples.

As a beauty blogger I receive (and buy) my fair share of sample sized products. I thought I would write a post dedicated to those pots, sachets and tins of rockin' samples that I have tested.

The most recent product I have tried is a face moisturiser called Olive Oil Face Moisturiser from Vasse Virgin Margaret River. To me this has quiet a thick and creamy consistency and on first impression I thought it would be too heavy for my skin. However I was proven wrong when on contact with my skin it seemed to change character completely and morphed into this lovely light and delicate lotion that my skin lapped up with relish. This cream has essential oils of Rose geranium extract and organic pomegranate extract for hydrating the skin. I absolutely loved the rose scent, anything with a natural rose scent and I am hooked! I am still using this sample as a little goes a long way.

This little pot that I wiped clean had the Anerah Organic Recovery Eye Cream which I used up pretty quickly. I really enjoyed using this incredibly thick eye cream for a change as I usually use lighter lotions. I felt the skin around my eyes was hydrated and firmer. I would recommend this to people with normal to dry skin types because I think the richness of the cream may not agree with sensitive and oily skin.

Top swatch: Zuii Organics Lip Tint. Bottom Swatch: Zuii Organics Liquid Foundation in Rose.

Isn't this the cutest? Zuii Organics gave me this sample a while ago and I am loving it! Zuii Organics use organic ingredients and essential oils in their cosmetics minus synthetic fillers. This little lip tint didn't have a name so I don't know what colour it is but it matches my lips perfectly. It doesn't make my lips a different colour it just gives it a nice gloss and shimmer.

I turn to this sample of Zuii Organics Liquid Foundation in Rose when I'm having a 'no-makeup' makeup day. What I mean is when I feel like wearing makeup but I don't feel like putting any effort into applying it. Zuii Foundation takes very little effort to get it looking perfect. This incredibly light foundation gives a light - medium coverage and a very natural finish. I particularly love how the sample has a doe foot applicator making it so easy to apply. This is the second sample of Zuii foundation I have bought. This will be a continuous purchase for me.

 This handy little sachet of Emma organics facial fluid came with me for four days when I went to visit my parents, and there is still some left in it. This extremely light textured lotion contains no sulphates or parabens and is cruelty free. I loved how such a handy travel sized product can make me feel fresh and hydrated, even when away from home and with limited room in my suitcase.

The Lush Fair Trade Foot Lotion has two qualities I admire. It's fresh minty scent and it's pink! I received this sample at a Lush event I attended a few months ago and I am dreading finishing this pot. My feet feel cool and refreshed after rubbing this in and its the perfect remedy for tired feet at the end of the day.

I cracked open the ABC Arbonne Baby Care open in desperation because we had run out of soap for Miss E. I found this product mildly scented and gentle on her skin. Its was a great relief to find little samples of baby care around the house!

What samples have you been loving?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 18 May 2015

*Native Box Unboxing* Autumn 2015

Let the Leaves Fall

I have recently received the new Native Box in the post, and now I am going to enjoy some lovely products this Autumn.

The first thing I see is a full size Absolutely Gorgeous Hand and Body Lotion, it comes in the scent Lavender and Mandarin. This beautiful, fresh scent reminds me of early spring when the weather starts to warm up, but will do very well on a bleak autumn day when you need a little sunshine in your skincare routine. I am stoked to find a full size Absolutely Gorgeous product in this box because I have loved the smaller samples I have tried.

I Found two little sachets of the Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner. As always with sachets I put these straight into my suitcase for when we go on mini-breaks. They are just the best! This shampoo and conditioner combo is particularly wonderful at adding shine and bounce to my hair. I always look forward to using these sachets because I know my hair will feel smooth, silky and most importantly, manageable when I'm on holidays.

Zk'in? Yes Please! These four little sachets are the Zk'in skincare Line Smoothing Serum. I'm in a bit of denial when it comes to lines and wrinkles. I don't have any yet but at 27 years old it's probably a good time to incorporate a preventative, right? If I was going to start a line smoothing serum, Zk'in skincare would be my first stop, they are cruelty free, certified organic and the serum is 100% synthetic free. Nice.

I have written a rave review on the Sealicious Hand & Nail Cream and Sealicious Hand & Foot Scrub so I know I am going to love these little sample pots. I have been neglecting my hands of late so I will make sure to use these. It's great to see Sealicious in Native Box this season.

I think I had about three rosewater sprays laying around the house at the beginning of the year and they have all been used up! I am happy to see Anerah RoseWater Hydrating Face Mist in the box. It smells amazing and it's so cooling on the skin. Rosewater is brilliant at hydrating the skin and is a lovely refresher during the day.

Have I mentioned that I love minty lip balms? Well I do. The Anerah Organic Mint Lipbalm has everything I want in a lipcare. Certified Organic ingredients. A fresh minty taste. Free from harsh chemicals and mineral oils. Check, check and check.

Ah, a makeup item. I have mentioned in previous reviews that it would be nice for a makeup item to be included and Native Box has delivered! This beautiful loose eyeshadow has no synthetic ingredients or artificial dyes. Fancy packaging is not Figure Essences' main aim, they pride themselves on quality product. I received the colour Summer Plum and it is an ideal Autumn shade with rich plum hues and a gorgeous shimmer that changes colour in the light. It can be used as a light base or for a bolder colour it can be applied wet. I'm looking forward to having a play around with this eyeshadow on the weekend.

Swatch of Figure Essence Eyeshadow in Summer Plum

I really loved this seasons Native Box, there was a beauty item for hair, body, face, lips, hands and makeup. There was heaps of variety. I think Native Box did a great job this time and I can't wait for Winters Box. I'm hooked!

What did you think of the Autumn Native Box?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 11 May 2015

*Review* Dr. Hauschka Foundation

Natural and Organic Ingredients.

A brand new and very exciting foundation has been launched by Dr Hauschka and I am so happy to be able to show it to you. The Dr Hauschka Foundation* is a new and improved formula to the Dr Hauschka Translucent Make up. The formula has a new fragrance and improved shades with medium coverage. 
I found this foundation was easily blended to give that perfect 'I'm not wearing any makeup I just look this flawless naturally' look. Even after a full day of wearing this I found that it did not become shiny or start to slide of my face. The new concealing properties blur out redness and dark circles, with just a tad more building of the foundation required, but still leaving it looking natural.
The natural finish of this foundation comes from the unique formula that has mineral pigments giving a radiant appearance as well as Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Jojoba Oils and Coconut to nourish skin. All of these ingredients have been carefully included to really moisturise, protect and nourish skin.
This is one of those makeup items that I really enjoy wearing, It's not often I find  base that wont make me feel oily by the end of the day. The shade I wear is 01 Light Macadamia which is the perfect match for my skin tone. The new foundation comes in Five colours and retails at $58 for 30ml.

01- Light Macadamia Neutral for fair skin tones or used as a primer
02 - Bitter Almond Warm for light to  medium skin tones
03 - Fresh Chestnut Cool, medium Skin tones
04 - Sweet Hazelnut Warm fro medium to light dark skin tones
05 - Intensive Nutmeg neutral for medium to light dark skin tones.

For more information on Dr Hauschka Foundation:

Have Fun!

Renee x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Blogging Slump

But Why?

I don't think that I have slowed my blogging down to a halt and I certainly haven't run out of content, but there are circumstances in life when blogging just has to slow down for a bit.
Some things are in my control, such as recently I have preferred to watch TV after Miss E has gone to bed. TV is something I watch when I don't want to use my mind (which is a regular thing when I'm drained after a day of running around with a two year old).

But, most things have not been under my control, such as the colds that we have had one after the other for weeks and they don't seem to stop! Again, it makes me feel drained.
Miss E. is feeling ill too, so she wants me to stay with her until she falls asleep, this is fine. However its kind of hard to fall asleep with a snotty nose isn't it? This makes it a little late in the evening to start writing a review, even though I really want to.
And there is the big one, my camera is missing. We suspect a sneaky toddler has hidden it only where a toddler would know or she has popped it in the bin without me noticing. Oh yes, I am serious. It could very well be in land fill as we speak. Along with my prescription sunglasses?
But that's life. Things are things and can be replaced. Blogging is a nice hobby and a great way to chat about something I love with like minded people but I suppose a camera is an essential tool for beauty blogging.

Blogging slumps happen whether they are caused by factors with or without our control. I suppose I just want to say that I am still here. I still have a heap of skincare to write about and take photos of and things are always running through my mind. Ill always have something to talk about (whether there will be great photos I cannot tell).

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Mum Tag

20 Questions.

 It feels like a long time since I posted anything, even though it's only been a week. I have a cold and I'm in a bit of a blogging slump, but I wanted to do something fun. This is actually a tag found on youtube but I thought it would be fun to do this myself.  Obviously it's American because they spelt mum wrong. Haha.

1. Are you a SAHM or working mom? 
I'm a stay-at-home mum looking after my two-year old daughter,  I don't like the workplace.

2. Would you have it any other way? 
No being a mummy at home is great. I get to look after my house and husband and child without working an extra job, I like that.

3. Do you co-sleep? 
Yes, the three of us share a queen size bed.

4. One must have gear for baby? 
An electric breast pump is an absolute necessity for first time mums/breast-feeders. Also a car seat that also clips into a pram is handy so you don't have to keep swapping baby around.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
3-4 Kids would be a nice number 

6. Date night? How many nights (or day) per month? 
Wet dressed up and go out probably once every two months. But we have a movie night at home once a week.

7. Your child's favourite show? 
She loves The Wiggles

8. Name 1 thing you bought before you had your baby and you never ended up using? 
A manual breast pump, it was too time consuming so I ended up borrowing an electric one from a friend

9. Your child's favourite food? 
Home-made vegetarian nachos, I also made yummy chips from scratch.

10. How many cars does your family have? 

11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during and after, and now? 
I think at most I put about four kilos on in my second trimester but lost it in my third trimester. Miss E. was growing so fast that I couldn't keep my weight on. I weighed less after giving birth than I did before giving birth.

12. Dream vacation with your kiddos?
Perhaps New Zealand 

13. Dream vacation without the kiddos? 
I would love to go on a cruise.

14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?
Everything! I realise what's important in my life and how priorities can change so quickly.
15. Finish the sentence: "It makes my heart melt to see......" 
My daughter following her daddy around and cuddling him.

16. Where do you shop for your kids? 
My mother shops for her : ) Thanks mum!

17. Favourite make-up and skin care products?
Im a beauty blogger so I'm constantly trying new products. I love Lush, Toby and Rosie and Dr Hauschka.

18. Huggies diaper jeans: yay or nay? 
What even are they? 

19. Have you always wanted kids? 

20. Best part about being a mom?
How hard work can be rewarded with just a cuddle from a sticky toddler. 

Let me know if you decide to do this tag, I would love to read your answers!

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Tea With Alice

For Lovers Of Tea.

 Are your tired of the whole Beauty Box subscription? Or are you looking for a new subscription to try?
A tea subscription from Tea With Alice may just be what your looking for. The last few years my interest in tea have doubled when I received a lovely teapot for our engagement, we promptly bought two matching cup and saucer sets and my love of tea soared.
Tea With Alice is a monthly tea subscription service delivered straight to your door. So how does it work? First choose the types of tea you like whether it be Black, green and /or Herbal, choose between a monthly, 3 monthly or yearly subscription and wait for your tea adventures to begin!
The teas come in an airtight zip-lock sachet, to help keep your tea fresh, and each pack contains 8-10 cups of tea. 
All these teas have been lovingly blended for great taste and with pure imagination.

 I recieved four teas this month.

 No Dress Code

'Orange Pekoe has had a long posh marriage to the service of High Tea. But this bright, delicate blend of Sri Lankan perfection requires no dress code: sip it in your PJ's or at the office, this golden brew is perfect for any time.'

 Sundance Kid

'Whilst your average day might nor require a gunslinger, you might, however, need some help putting out little fires all day long. If so, this gunpowder green is for you. Gunpowder green is traditionally rolled into shiny pellets to show off the essential oils within the tea. So if your day requires you to be Butch Cassidy, let this tea be your Sundance Kid.'

 Purely Peppermint

'The original and the best! Powerfully fresh, cleansing, light and invigorating the benefits of this tea are endless; tummy trimming, antibacterial, calming, the list goes on and on and on. But mostly it is just delicious. Purely peppermint: purely life.'

 Breakfast In Bed

'Waking up to the perfect cuppa will set you up for the day- this breaky tea is a triple treat; with a base of chocolatey Assum, the delicate twang of orange pekoe in the middle and the sweet high notes of malty Yunnan Red. This wake-up-cup will dare you to take on the day.'

Also included was this cute little tea diffuser shaped as a strawberry.

Choose between
Monthly: $19.95 month
3 Month Subscription: $18.95 month
12 month Subscription: $16.95 month
+ free delivery

If you want to learn more about Tea For Alice click here:

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 30 March 2015

*Review* Zk'in Skincare

Honest Skincare

Recently I have had the pleasure of trying the Zk'in Organic Skincare range. This was a new discovery for me so I had very little time to build any expectations. I had been given the Two step skincare routine that is suitable for sensitive skin types.

The Calming Cleanser* has a unique system that turns the cleansing oil to milk when in contact with water. I really enjoyed how gentle this non-foaming cleanser is on my skin and it didn't leave any oily residue on me either. Organic Colloidal Oatmeal and Aloe Vera help to soothe the skin and give it a great clean with the help of the gentle oil to milk technology.

The Relife Moisturiser* is a real gem, it comes in a lovely tube with a pump so its easy to measure out the precise amount you need. I found that not even a full pump was enough for my face and neck so I can see this lasting a long time. This light lotion has almost no scent and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. The Relief Moisturiser contains a unique blend of  clinically active Cotton Thistle Extract (skin Repair), Hemp Oil which nourishes skin and increases blood circulation promoting fast healing and Evening Primrose Oil, famous for relieving itching and redness.

Zk'in Organic Skincare has a zero tolerance approach toward synthetics and chemicals and  choose to only use 100% natural preservatives. They also have zero tolerance to sustainability, using only recyclable packaging and  zero tolerance to animal testing and Dishonest Marketing such as photoshopping the images of women on their website. This zero tolerance made me feel comfortable buying products from a company with complete transparency.

I have been suffering from a few pimples around my chin and they haven't budged so I think that this cleanser and moisturiser would be great for Sensitive and Normal skin types that are not prone to blemishes. The best products to use for my skin type at the moment would possibly be the Oily or Combination Set but since the Sensitive range is safest for pregnancy I will have to like or lump my blemishes and just wait for my Second Trimester 'glow' to set in. Hormones are a pain sometimes and I don't want to risk using diffrent chemical laden skincare just for the sake of a pimple or two. In the mean time I feel comfortable knowing that this brilliant two step skincare is safe to use during pregnancy and will not harm a growing baby.

Get started with Zk'in personalised beauty consult:

Have Fun!

Renee x