Friday, 27 May 2016

Nesting Habits of a Beauty Blogger

It Has Begun...

Recently I have had a major 'nesting' surge as I have only one week until baby is born. This includes the usual adding a baby capsule in the car, washing baby clothes and meal prepping. Strangely it has also made me look closer at my makeup routine and thinking - probably a little too hard - on what the quickest and easiest way to put on an acceptable looking face in the morning can be. Lets all welcome the Tinted Day Cream from Dr Hauschka*.

The last week I have challenged myself (failing miserably the first time) to make my face look somewhat decent in 3 minutes. This is a very doable challenge when using a good quality tinted day cream. I want something that ticks all the boxes; good coverage, evens skin-tone and reduces redness. I want my tinted day cream to leave my skin with a healthy dewy finish and it must moisturise my skin as well. I have found that this day cream does just that!
With a quick swipe of this day cream I found that it is easily blendable and quicker to use than the Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing tint when in a hurry. 
Don't be fooled by the dark pigment of the cream because once I started spreading it onto my face I found that it blended into my light skintone very well, giving me a sheer, sunkissed glow. I noticed that initially after application my skin felt quiet tacky but after about 30 minutes it dried and felt very natural to wear. 
Due to the thick nature of this cream I would recommend it to normal, dry and sensitive skin types. If you have oily skin and are in need of a bronzing tint, I would recommend the Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint along with your favourite oil-free moisturiser.
However, being a gal with a normal/combination skin type, I love being well rested in the knowledge that this natural tint also moisturises using Almond Oil, avocado oil and apricot oil, so that cuts out a lot of skincare time in my morning!

With a brand new eyelash and eyebrow tint and using a bit of concealer to hide the dark circles under my eyes, I love the quick and even finish that the Dr Hauschka Tinted Day Cream delivers. Say hello to my new '3 Minute Makeup'. Lets not forget a good organic lip balm too!

Want to check out the Tinted Day Cream? *HERE*

Have Fun!

Renee x

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Pregnancy Q & A

The Details.

I have always loved me a bit of trivia, so I am going to answer a Q & A for you, if you are curious enough...

How far along are you now?
38 weeks exactly

What were your first pregnancy symptoms?
I usually get a funny metallic taste in my mouth and random spotting.

What was your first reaction to your pregnancy?
I cried when the stick read positive, I was so happy!

 How have you been feeling?
Myself and my husband will admit that I don't do pregnancy "well." I get tired from low iron and my hips ache something terrible. Its been worse this time round, at least with my first pregnancy I could walk around the neighborhood, cant do that this time. 

 Do you still workout?
Nope. I continued going to the gym in my first trimester but then the morning sickness really kicked in so I had to stop going.

 Are you going to find out the gender?
Already have. Its a boy!

 How did you tell your families?
We waited until the safe 12 weeks but by that time they had kind of guessed anyways. my mum and dad are a bit cluey. We told Dans mum via phone call I think.

 Have you picked out names?
Yes we have but I find it easier not to tell anyone until after baby is born. I don't really want to hear other people opinions on what we have decided to name him.

How did you tell Daniel?
I thought I was being clever when I left the positive pregnancy test on the table so he could get home that night, look at it and be surprised. But instead he didn't notice I left it there and went straight to bed. In the morning I asked him what he thought and he had no idea what I was talking about! So I had to tell him then and there. So much for my surprise haha.

Who do you think the baby will look like?
Wouldn't have a clue. I think Esther looks more like Dan and his family so I'm kinda expecting the same for this little boy.

Will you be sharing weekly pregnancy updates on the blog?
No, but I have started pregnancy Vlogs that you can check out *here*.

Did you have morning sickness?
I had morning sickness during my first trimester. Nothing too bad just nausea and a little vomiting. The week my second trimester started, it went away.

Do you have any cravings?
Not anymore I don't think. In my first trimester I was feasting on salty crisps, Icy water and Apple juice. Oh and hot chips...
Come to think of it I am constantly in the mood for Butter Chicken Curry.

Do you have any food aversions?
Yes, but I have always disliked raw tomatoes :P

Weight gain so far?  
7 kg. Its all baby and fluid. I don't really put on weight easily.

Any mood swings?
Well... In my first trimester I can get really teary then snap to being really lethargic. In my second trimester I had heaps of energy and I was fine. Third trimester, Im just tired but not moody, I don't think.

How do you think Esther will react to having a little brother?
I think she will be ok. She is very caring and pats my tummy. I think she will possibly smother the baby with cuddles but perhaps dislike me giving it lots of attention.

That's all the questions I can think of! If you have any more let me know in the comments, Ill be glad to answer them.

Have Fun!

Renee x

Thursday, 5 May 2016

*Review* SKRUB

A Permanent Place In My Bathroom

 The new scrub  that has appeared in my shower is the Sea Salt Body Scrub with Lavender by Skrub*. Skrub is a Australian company that makes simple and effective scrubs for your face and body. Using basic ingredients and a lot of love this scrub is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. I was gifted the Lavender scrub and if you know anything about me then its obvious that I love Lavender, I think I say that every time I try something lavender scented!

Being a pregnant lady I have to be careful about what I can put on my skin, But Skrub has only good stuff in it. Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Sea salt and finely chopped Lavender plant is all that is needed to make this the most satisfying and nourishing scrub for one tired mumma.
Adding a little warm water from the shower the sea salt gently melts and makes it easy to apply all over my body and I can immediatly feel the coconut oil doing its thing.
I love that after I step out the shower my skin is already moisturised from the coconut oil and my skin smells clean and fresh from the lavender, cutting out the extra steps of applying a separate moisturiser and fragrance. #lazygirl
The rejuvenating properties of lavender is also a plus because I can massage it into those horrible stretch marks that have been appearing overnight!

The Body scrubs range from $8.95- $10.95 and in my opinion are completely affordable! Skrub also sell Rhassoul Morroccan Purifying Clay and a variety of Argan Oils for your face and body.

If your interested in checking out their online shop, click **HERE**

I know that I would love to try the Coffee Body Scrub- Orange and Coffee Body Scrub - Espresso. What do you want to try?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The 5 Love Languages of Mothers Day

Help I need Gift Ideas!Mothers Day Sunday May 8th

Do you send your mum presents and gift her items often but she still begs you to just sit and chat to her?
Why not look into the 5 Love Languages to decode your mum and find that perfect mothers day gift? I find that using this method of "gift giving" makes it a lot easier for me and makes my mumma (or friend ect.) a lot happier.

Words of Affirmation:
Write her a love letter of thoughtful poem. A few kind and meaningful words will bring joy to her soul.

Quality Time:
Take your mum to her favorite cafe or that new one she has wanted to try, buy her a coffee and give her your full attention. Phone turned off.
Or take a road trip together to the next town and wander through the streets together. Take her to the movies or a museum, whatever you feel she may like as long as she has your full attention.

If your mum delights in a gift (I do) it doesn't have to be expensive or fancy, anything thoughtful will do. Has she mentioned something she would like? A voucher to her favorite store, a bunch of her favorite flowers or some more supplies for her hobby could be just the ticket.

Act of Service:
The words and actions, 'I can do that for you' is a mothers best friend. Weather it be vacuuming the floors, weeding the garden, cleaning the car or anything that will take the load off. Don't forget that this comes under making her dinner or a nice cup of coffee when she is craving one.

Physical Touch:
Sometimes mums just need a cuddle. If you feel like your mum has this love language something simple like a cuddle or a kiss on the cheek will delight her. If you have planned an excursion to the mall why not link arms while you walk through the shops?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Autumn Favorites 2016


Autumn has been an exciting season for me. We had our Baby Shower (which was so much fun!), the rain has made an appearance a few times and I have made a concious effort to try a few new things on my face; including new lip colours.

I have to mention my #1 favorite product ever which is the Organic Hemp Washable Makeup Remover Wipe from Juniper Seed. These bad boys don't come cheap but throughout Autumn I have been making a collection on washable essentials to save money and the environment. These are so easy to take care of and I have a nice washing routine with them too.  I would highly recommend investing in these as they great for the environment and your wallet in the long-run.

The Australis MixIt Foundation has been a pleasant surprise for me. I don't have the best experience with foundations and tend to avoid them, sometimes they make me break out, other times they never match my skin colour. But this foundation blends in nicely, has a medium coverage with a natural satin finish. This water based foundation is great for those gals who suffer from oily and combination skin. It contains colour corrective pigments and has a 25+ SPF. It is such a simple foundation that feels so natural on my skin.

Models Prefer were having a sale on a few of their item so I just had to nab myself a couple of the 6 hour Liquid Lips from the stand. I have been reaching for these two during Autumn because they are so easy to apply and the satin finish is just so pretty. Practical: is an orange based colour that really brightens up my fair skin-tone. Resilient: A cool berry toned lip colour perfect for a deeper and richer look.

Models Prefer Liquid Lips.
 Top; Practical, Bottom; Resilient

I really love using oils and serums at night and this Autumn I have been reaching for 
Scentrelle Reverse Time Face Serum*. This lightweight, honey coloured serum has been wonderful at giving my skin that extra hydration. Natural ingredients include Tsubaki oil (Japanese Camellia), Maracuja Oil, Rosehip and Caffeine. With this awesome combination it means that I can put it on my face and expect firmness and a natural youthful glow. I can't say I'm disappointed, it truly is a lovely addition to my skincare routine.

A Bit Hippy Don't Act Your Age Moisturiser* was a PR sample given to me to test but it has become a firm favorite of mine to use as an everyday moisturiser. The airless pump bottle makes it easy to get just the right amount of product on my fingertips and the illustrations on the packaging always delights me. Containing natural ingredients and packed full of powerful antioxidants I can really tell that the combo of this moisturiser and the serum has made my skin feel softer and look brighter.

The Franc Essential Body Melt is luxury in a tub. I have seen Franc at my local health food shop and wanted to try some so after a rotten day I decided to treat myself and picked up this tub. I love the ultra-thick consistency and delicious day spa scent. The natural ingredients come with a blend of shea butter and cocoa butter to soften the skin to perfection and the scent belongs to a blend of Almond, apricot, olive and rosehip oils. I only use this on my growing belly and around my shoulders because considering the price- $24.99, I don't want to use it up too quickly!

At the start of Autumn I fished out my Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint*. I knew that the sun would be in hiding so I decided that I would need a little help to get that sun-kissed glow. This is such an easy bronzer to use, I just mix a drop in with my daily moisturiser. It is seriously the ultimate lazy-girls answer to uneven skin-tone, a natural looking tan and concealing pigmentation. It is on the pricey side but it lasts forever.

The Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water was something I bought out of desperation because my Body Shop Toner was stinging my face. I needed something gentle that would clean off excess cleanser before I applied my serums and moisturiser. This budget friendly alternative to a toner is just the ticket if your have sensitive/reactive skin. The natural ingredient base doesn't wipe off all of my makeup, but I never expected it too. But, I love how this water doesn't have a strong smell, makes my skin feel cool and fresh, and doesn't sting!

What have you enjoyed this Autumn?

Have Fun!

Renee x

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Have A 'Lush' Mothers Day

Spoil That Special Woman

 If you or your mum has a soft spot for all things scented and bubbly then you will love the new Mothers Day range at Lush avaliable from 20th April to the 8th of May.

This gorgeous little Ladybird Bubble Bar* is a sweet little treat to crumble in your bath. Creating bright red bath water it whispers luxury as you sink into the floral scented bubbles.
Sweet Geranium Oil and a hint of peppermint oil help to aid in relaxation and uplifts your mind. This Ladybird makes my skin smell amazing all night.

The Yummy Mummy Shower Cream* is a great gift idea if mum prefers showers over baths. The inviting purple cream has a gorgeous blend of Brazilian orange and geranium oil to create a zesty and feminine fragrance. This shower cream contains cocoa butter to moisturise dry skin and I can't wait to gift this to mum on Mothers Day!

Anything representing an English garden makes me weak at the knees and that's no different with Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb*. I am looking forwards to dropping this in the bath and watching it fizz away in a kaleidoscope of pink and blue. The triple blend of rose petals, rose absolute and rose oil is enough to satisfy the most hardcore Rose fan. Later comes the hints of Sicilian Lemon, floral Geranium and Turkish rose oil to keep you coming back for more!

Make your order this weekend in time for Mothers Day! **HERE**

Have Fun!

Renee x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Ego Skincare *Part 2*

Fun For The Kids

In Part 1 of my Ego Skincare post I concentrated on the gentle and effective baby range, this time it's the bigger kids turn. The kids range is pH balanced and is suitable for sensitive skin including skin that is prone to eczema and dermatitis. (top to bottom)

The QV Kids Foaming Wash* is for the lovers of bubbles. This gentle formula comes in a foam dispensing bottle and is soap free. Kids can use this in the bath by dampening their skin and then rubbing the foam on their body before rinsing it off. This light foam can also be used to clean hair.

Miss E. has been using the QV Kids Wash* in her evening bath and I can attest to the fact that it is simple and it does the job. Don't expect a huge amount of bubbles in your bath with this wash but do expect a clean child! This kids wash can be used in the bath, shower or hand basin as an everyday skin wash.

The QV Kids Moisturising Cream* is a brilliant way to ensure that the kids have soft healthy skin. This easily absorbed formula is dermatologically tested to suit any skin type. Vitamin A and E are added in clever micro beads. I use this if Miss E has dry patches on her body or face.

To check out the Kids Range click **HERE**

Also don't forget to check out my Mothers Day Faby Nails Giveaway **HERE**

Have Fun!

Renee x