Wednesday, 20 July 2016

My Favourite Thing For June/July

No It's Not Skincare.


Tonight I am watching a dvd and enjoying a 3 hour long cuddle with this little man.

Introducing our new baby boy Jarrah! He is now four weeks old and has just decided that he doesn't like being put down.
 As a fresh and squeaky clean newborn he didn't have a problem with being in his bassinet for ten minutes while mummy had a shower in the hospital. Actually I lie. He hated the plastic, hospital standard bassinet they expect baby's to 'settle' in. Instead I had to leave him on the bed, with the rails drawn up to nip to the bathroom because the bed was covered in my scent. But now I am feeling like a tired, super woman while I prep dinner at 10am and toilet train my 3 year old one handed.

Jarrah is my favourite thing for June because he is my baby. Yes, I could say that I have found an amazing moisturizer or an awesome lipstick but what could beat a newborn in the line up of possible favourite things?

In the meantime I do have some awesome things happening. I have decided to totally revamp and remodel my blog. I have (finally) bought a domain name called The Kind Beauty Project and I will be writing about things that get me really excited. Such as the ingredients in skincare, what the companies are doing to be environmentally friendly and if they support any charities. Ill also be adding company profiles to the website as well as videos, recipes and community news in the way of local markets and events. 
I do see now that I didn't really plan the timing well at all but I have started now. Even though I only get a minute here and there during the day to research all this stuff, I am having a lot of fun doing it.

So keep an eye out for new blog posts on my new website. Ill be transferring these blog posts over but since this is a self taught process... it's gonna take a while. ☺

Ill sign off with my new goodbye.

Be Kind. Be Beautiful.

Renee x


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Caroline's Cream, A Dream For Problem Skin

Safe And Effective.


 It has been over a decade since Caroline's Cream has hit the shelves and this moisturiser for sensitive skin is still going strong with a few other Caroline's skincare products to join the team. I tried the Caroline's Cream* and Caroline's Wash* together and am enjoying the benefits of this unassuming pair.

The Caroline's Wash lives in my shower. The non-foaming cream gently washes the dirt and grime off leaving the natural pH of the skin intact. I use this wash everyday, enjoying the moisturising affect of my skin. I use it in conjunction with the Caroline's Cream all over my body.

I don't have particularly sensitive skin and I don't suffer from eczema or dermatitis but I still benefit from this mild moisturiser. I need to be careful what products I use on my skin as my newborn spends a lot of time cuddled up next to me. I don't want any harsh chemicals or perfumes transferred onto his skin. The Caroline's Cream is perfect for me or any new mum because it is nourishing and healing. It's especially good to massage into stretch marks as it has healing properties and its also suitable to help treat nappy rash.











                                        Caroline's Cream is a light lotion, easy to rub in.

Caroline's Cream is a multi award winning Australian company that is passionate about creating safe skincare for problematic and sensitive skin types. Created using botanically derived ingredients, I highly recommend the Caroline's Cream to use as a repairing and hydrating moisturiser.

Have Fun!

Renee x


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!



























Ingredients:

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Method:

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




Morning

 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+.

Evening

 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.

Treatment

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