Friday, 1 July 2016

*Coffee Break with Renee*

Interview with Chicgeek85

Today we get to know Jenet, the beauty and brains behind fashion blog Chicgeek85. Jenets blog is full of fun and cheeky photoshoots of fabulous fashion finds. This girl certainly knows how to make fashion look effortless and fun!

Whats your blogging niche and why did you decide on it?
 I decided to do blogging as it was a great way to show my style off. My fashion blogging is very different as I am not street orientated. All about being classy, cute and chic but also bringing those on trend items in. Audrey Hepburn is my inspo for my outfits.

Do you stick to a schedule or just publish your posts whnever you feel?
 One day every few weeks I do my posts and save them (apart from the Polyvore outfits) and then organise a photo shoot with what I have with me 

What opportunities have you had since becoming a blogger?
 I've had a few opportunities - the biggest one was when I went to sydney to meet Pretty Girl fashion group who look after Beme, Rockmans, Table Eight. The other's would be getting the chance to inteview some outstanding bloggers like "FRiend in Fashion" "Breakfast with Audrey" and a male blogger from Sydney called Sydney Fashion Style.

What are you favourite things about blogging?
 The beautiful bloggers I have met. Amazing shoots, Talk about make up and fashion with people that feel the same way about it and also bringing out my inner creative on my blog. 

What are your least favourite things about blogging?
 The competitiveness. Unfortunately the fashion industry is full of those and the blogging atmosphere is no different. I plan to change that - hopefully. 

What are your favourite kind of blog posts to write and read? 
Inspiring ones. We need to bring out our inner leader in the next gen. 

Do you have any other Social Media forums that you are active on? 

Thanks  Jenet for being one of the first - of many I hope - bloggers to feature on "Coffee Break with Renee" And make sure to check out her amazing blog!

Have Fun!

Renee x

Friday, 24 June 2016

Achieving The Perfect Shining Eyes

Gilded Cage Cosmetics

 Gilded Cage Cosmetics* is not a brand I was familiar with, that was until now. To me Gilded Cage is a glamorous and creative brand stepping out the box of what make up 'should be' and diving into the depths of what makeup 'could be.'
Individualism is highly cherished by Gilded Cage cosmetics and as part of the beautiful cosmetics for the lips and eyes that they have to offer is the Revelation Eyeshadow.
Packaged like a lip-gloss, this tube has a doe foot applicator that allows you to colour around the eyes and blend out for your desired look.
I have to admit that as soon as I received this product I was a bit dumbfounded as how it could serve me in everyday life. I'm a mum to a three year old and a new born so I don't exactly go nightclubbing or out to the town anymore. but I wanted needed to incorporate this beautiful semi-translucent platinum No:25  into my makeup routine pronto! I applied the colour to my top lash line without blending it out and I was very pleased with the somewhat 90's look it gave, remember glitter eyeliners?
Wearing the eyeshadow feels light-as-a-feather and is smudge proof once dry and fares well under a tough day - I was having a pretty average day when I tested this eye shadow out. I also love that Guilded Cage Cosmetics are a cruelty free brand so they are kind to animals. 

So...? Not a product I would just pick up on a whim but I'm very glad that I had the opportunity to try it. This eye-shadow is stunning quality and creates a beautiful effect on the eyes. I would highly recommend this eye-shadow as it delivers what  it claims to do! At a price of $38.00 a tube this luxury brand is something to spoil myself with.

Have Fun!

Renee x

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Why We Should Embrace A Bit Of Papaya.

Little Innoscents Organic Paw Paw Balm*

If your a fan of Paw Paw then I have no doubt that you will love this new Paw Paw Balm* from Little Innoscents. The papaya plant is widely known to heal and has antibiotic and anti inflammatory properties. Paw Paw is a magical fruit that contains vitamins A,C and E also iron and calcium. As a beauty lover and a parent I am a big fan of this ointment. It has all natural ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil and papaya fruit extract. This ointment has a pleasant cherry flavour thanks to the cherry coconut extract.

I love that this product has ingredients that I can understand and not a bunch of chemical additives. I have been applying this to my lips for a couple of weeks and I have noticed that it stays on my lips instead of sinking into my skin or sliding down to my chin. This allows my lips to be drenched in a soothing ointment while they are feeling utterly moisturised. Paw Paw is also famous for healing and soothing cracked nipples, bug bites, burns, cuts, grazes and hydrating dry cuticles.

In my opinion Paw Paw is a necessity in any first aid kit. Personally, I would reach for the most natural kind that doesn't have any petrochemicals. I mean, I want it to heal my skin, so why would I apply chemicals to damaged skin?

It is clear to me that the good people at Little Innocents are as against synthetic additives as I am. And if I have a read of the ingredients on the back I don't see anything 'iffy' at all, just easy to read ingredients that are Australian Certified Organic. I certainly recommend checking out the new Paw Paw Balm if you want something pure and simple to chuck in your handbag for hydration and healing.

Little Innoscents Paw Paw Balm can be found *HERE*

Have Fun!

Renee x

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Gluten-free Baked Cheesecake Slice

Strawberry and Chocolate Cheesecake Slice.

This Gluten-free slice is a crowd pleaser, it's not too sweet but will still satisfy the dessert fan. Gluten-free biscuits can be swapped for regular arrowroot biscuits. That will work fine. Or you could even use chocolate biscuits if you really want that choco hit!



Grease a 3cm-deep, 17cm x 27cm (base) slice pan. Line with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at long ends.

Process biscuits until finely chopped. Add butter. Process until combined. Press mixture evenly over base of prepared pan. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced.

Using an electric mixer, beat cheese until smooth. Add sugar. Beat for 5 minutes or until thickened. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating to combine. Fold in strawberries and chocolate. Spoon into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until just set. Cool to room temperature. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled. Lift out onto a board. Cut into pieces. Serve

Suitable for freezing.

Have Fun!

Renee x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Autumn/Winter Skincare Routine

For Skin Needing Extra Hydration and Care


 Sukin Micellar Cleansing water
This cleansing water is so gentle and great for freshening up my skin after I have woken up. Im always in too much of a rush in the morning to properly cleanse my face over the sink so I just pop a bit on a face towel and wipe it on.
Kosmea SPF 30+ moisturiser.
 I still have plenty of this left over from my Spring/Summer routine and it is doing me well. I use this as my day time moisturiser as it is light and has a SPF 30+.


 Cleanse with Toby and Rosie Activated Charcoal Bar
This is a product I always go back to. The bar form is so convenient to rub straight onto my face and it last for ages. I also love the all natural ingredients and I can trust that it wont dry my skin out.
Tone with Sukin Micellar Cleansing water
 I use this also as a toner after cleansing at night, I find that it preps my skin for the moisturisers and wipes away any excess makeup that may have stuck to my face and eye area.
Scentrelle Reversed Time Face Serum
 Adding a serum to my daily routine has really upped my skins hydration and health. This particular serum is gentle and contain rose-hip and caffeine to help stimulate skins elasticity.
A Bit Hippy Don't Act Your Age Face Moisturiser.
The last step of my nighttime routine involves this gorgeous and creamy moisturiser. I like this non- scented cream as it is just heavy enough to hydrate my suffering Winter skin.


Moreish Exfoliate: ( not pictured, oops) I keep this in the shower and when I remember I gently exfoliate to renew the look of my complexion. This is usually once a week.
Sukin Purifying Facial Masque: I barely have time to apply a mask anymore but when I do I really enjoy using this creamy clay masque. It makes my skin feel so soft and fresh. Lovely!

Let me know in the comments what your essential skincare product is for the cooler months.

Have Fun!

Renee x

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