Sunday, 30 August 2015

Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia

Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia - 14.95/4.25g 
I've really become fond of this tinted lip balm! I don't really ever wear tinted lip balms as I usually just go for a lipstick. However, I have actually started using this all the time. It's just amazing for work and 'no make up' make up days. It's lovely and moisturising, all natural ingredients and a nice 'your lips but better' colour.

As you can see it's pretty faint, but on the lips it does make a difference. I find tinted lip balms a little bit useless most of the time because you can't see any difference. I think that because Red Dahlia is such a deep plummy red it shows up quite well. I would be interested in seeing how some of the other colours show up. You can see more information on their website, but overall I really like this!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Festival Focus - Fashion Outfit from H&M

Hi Lovelies! 

We're 3 months out from Stereosonic and we're four days from the opening of the first H&M in Perth, so I thought we should celebrate this with a H&M festival outfit! I also think this might be the outfit I try to recreate as I feel like this is me to a tee. I was going to try to be a little more experimental but honestly this is probably what I will end up wearing! 

Left to right, top to bottom: Multistrand Necklace, Straw Clutch, Jacquard-weave Top, Twill Shorts High Waist, 8-pack Bracelets, 6-pack Rings, 2-pack Rings, Suede Boots

I love the pattern of the Jacquard-weave Top and I knew it would pair perfectly with the ever so practical Twill Shorts High Waist. I'm all about the practicality factor and I don't personally want to be worried about a skirt/dress situation at a festival. I'm all about those shorts. Again, practicality kicked in and the Suede Boots were a must. These are cute, have cut outs and just generally look like they would work well with the outfit. 

To brighten up this monochrome outfit (do I ever wear colour?) I thought that this Straw Clutch in the Light Blue would really add some awesome texture and some extra edge. Cue this badass Multistrand Necklace, a gazillion rings (loving the rings in the 2-pack Rings and 6-pack Rings), add a few bracelets out of the 8-pack Bracelets and boom, you have a perfect (and practical) festival outfit. 

Now my favourite part of this outfit is that (without the boots) it actually comes under $100! $87.70 to be exact. The boots are $79.95 and are beautiful, but I already have similar boots (although you could argue that these are completely different. Can I just tell myself this to justify buying them?).

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Why I Quit Sugar, and Why I'll Never Go Back...

Hello Lovelies!

Jamie and I had a slip up last week, and we're fine with that. My parents were over from the east coast so we had a few dinners out and a wedding to go to. It was a week of relaxing and not worrying about the little things, we were focused on just enjoying some family time. Now that they've gone back, I thought I would share my journey with you and remind myself why quitting sugar was one of the best things I've ever done!

Yes, my husband and I completely eradicated sugar from our diet. Most people think we're crazy for doing it, but it wasn't as hard as most people think. We did this after I read David Gillespie's book Sweet Poison (see more on his website) and the facts about sugar are insane. If you need any motivation to get yourself healthy then read the book, seriously. (As a little statement, I will say that everybody is different, I'm not a professional, the following is just my opinion and my personal experiences.)

A little fact sheet:
- Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and it effects everyone differently. Some people are more sensitive than others
- Sugar affects your taste buds, which is why the amount of sugar in our foods are increasing exponentially, because our taste buds are dulling down. We need more to have the same taste.
- Fructose is turned instantly to fat in the body. This is the bad acidy fat that hangs around your organs and causes disease. Ew.
- Fructose is undetected by our 'full' hormones so you can eat uncontrollable amounts
- Fructose also messes with our insulin which alters how much we can eat in general (so not only can you eat infinite amounts of fructose, it actually causes you to eat more of everything!)
- SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING, if you look into it you'll realise how much we actually consume.

Obviously theres a lot more to it, and if you're anything like me you'll want all the information. I highly recommend reading Sweet Poison by David Gillespie and That Sugar Book (based off of That Sugar Film) by Damon Gameau. If you do decide to quit sugar I find that the I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar for Life books by Sarah Wilson really helpful for recipes and tips, we didn't follow her 8 week plan to the tee but followed it with our twists and found that really helped too.

There's been a lot of controversy in the media surrounding this movement, a lot of nutritionists have come out saying that sugar and sweets are fine in moderation and that we don't need to eliminate it from our diets all together. Well, my opinion is that a lot of big brands who use a lot of sugar actually sponsor a lot of big nutrition companies so I am not sure how objective they are, there has also been little investigation as to the effects of sugar on our bodies (lots of information on this in books mentioned above). For me, moderation was almost impossible when it came to sugar, I've never ever been able to just have one or two squares of chocolate, I need to eat the whole block. If I bought a 6 pack of sweet buns, they would be gone in two days max. I tried, I had friends say "just don't eat it" and so I thought I was weak, because I couldn't! I couldn't resist! Turns out, I'm not weak, or bad or greedy, I'm just more susceptible to the addictive nature of sugar then they are. I think if you are one of those people that can have just one square of chocolate, or one lolly and feel no craving for more, then sugar may be alright in your diet in moderation. But if you're like me and can't help but eat the block, maybe look into this.

Since our little sugar splurge last week, I find that I've been way more tired, craving more sweet foods, moody, emotional, bloated, unable to focus and just very blah. One thing I notice as well is I've lost that satisfied feeling after a big bowl of soup, or a delicious healthy meal, I want more! After dinner I'm searching for that nibble. This is definitely sugar related, because the week before I wasn't. I hadn't felt like that for months. I can honestly say that quitting sugar changed my life! I was always the moody, emotional, drama queen. I feel too deeply and I care too much, and this is still true, but when I would 'crash' after sugar, this turned into a negative. I feel like I have a lot more control over it now, and I can turn it into more of a positive trait. That is probably my favourite effect of quitting, I'm just happier! I have also noticed so many changes, my skin is clearing up for one! I have had acne/pimples for over 10 years and this change has definitely had the biggest impact out of everything that I've tried. My next favourite is that I can think clearly. I feel like I have mental clarity. I sit down to blog or do my uni work and I feel like my brain is functioning! I love it! The list goes on, but one thing that I want to mention is that I've lost weight, and I've barely changed my lifestyle, in fact I'm barely exercising at the moment, I just eat well. It's a fantastic way to eliminate all the processed foods as it's in (and I'm not kidding) EVERYTHING. Have a look! Did you know tomato sauce (ketchup) is almost 50% sugar? So by eliminating the sugar, you cut out all the crap and it tastes good! I used to hate carrots, now they are delicious! Without the sugar affecting your taste buds, you might actually find you love healthy food. The changes to your body, your skin, hair, are just incredible!

I could not recommend it enough, another bonus is that the husband and I are actually saving money, yes healthy foods can get expensive, but we don't eat as much and the food we do buy goes further. One thing that I learnt is to do it slowly, Sarah Wilson (I Quit Sugar) recommends going cold turkey, but for me I felt like I had to substitute my way out. Just drop one thing at a time. I was lucky because when I started learning about this, I had cut a lot of sugar out of my diet already. About three years ago I decided to stop having soft drinks and lollies as I felt like they were 'nothing' foods, they offered no nutrition to my body at all and I figured there was no point in having them. Then about two years ago, I had a really bad stomach ache ofter a big serving of ice cream, and this made me wonder if I was lactose intolerant. So I stopped having dairy, this cut out all the ice cream and milkshakes and the other sugary, dairy products, except chocolate (I couldn't resist)! Now, I do eat dairy in forms of milk, cheese and yoghurt but I don't have much. Others have found their tolerance of dairy increases after quitting sugar, and I have found that too.

My favourite change in terms of how I eat has been that I'm no longer afraid of good fat, I don't feel guilty for eating a lot of avocado or the skin off of my chicken for example. Your body loves good fats! It can process them, they give you that satisfied feeling and fill you up quickly. It allows you to eat what you want, just don't eat sugar! I urge you to look into this. There is so much information that I could not explain it all without writing my own book for you guys!

Thanks for reading, and ask me any questions you feel like!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Festival Focus - Inspiration from Millie Mackintosh

Source: Pinterest

Theres something about Millie Mackintosh that I just love. Her style, her social media presence, her commitment to her health, I just love the face she shows the world. She has her own clothing line too! When doing a big load of pinning and research (see my Pinterest board here) I started looking into her social media and completely fell in love with her style. I think we've got a very similar style despite the facet that we are almost the complete opposite in appearance wise. 

Source: Instagram

What I love about her style is that it's so simple! She plays with patterns and textures, and pairs them with simple items to really bring them out. I love that she accessorises really well, she's always wearing different hats, sunnies and jewellery. Her makeup is simple, flawless and brings out her beauty in such a delicate way.  

She's definitely someone that inspires me both fashion wise and health wise. I love that she's so unashamedly herself. Her body is killer, and you can she works for it! Her Instagram definitely makes me feel bad for missing my gym sessions! Go check her out! 

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

My Top 3 High-End Lipsticks!

Hi Lovelies!!

This post is obviously about my three favourite high end lip sticks. I literally use these all the time and are just perfection. They are pricier but the use I get out of them, and how good quality they are, make me feel like they are so worth it. I purchased these at Mecca Cosmetica and I had someone suggest all of these for me, so good job Mecca Team!

The first one here is the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No.5 Gold Peach which is $39. This is my most recent purchase out of these and I bought it as a treat when I got a new job in March. I absolutely love this as you can totally wear it on it's own as an everyday lipstick otherwise you can put a lipliner underneath. Depending on the lipliner you use you can make it more pink, nude or brown. It also has a super opaque gold shimmer through it which I absolutely love! It's not really a barely there nude colour for me (particularly with the shimmer!) but I think it's quite subtle in a bold way. I know that makes no sense, but I hope you know what I mean. You can see my mini haul that I purchased it in here.

Next is the NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red which is $40. I got this when Mecca did my makeup for my 18th birthday. It's described as 'bright red from the 1950's silver screen' and it definitely is a classic red. It's my favourite summer red colour as it's bright, orange based and beautiful! It lasts so well and theres not much else to say!

Last but probably most worn is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella which is $39. This is a gorgeous deep, wintery red. It's a berry-ish, bright, deep colour that always gets a lot of compliments. I did a blog post over here that explains it a little more.

Left to Right: Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No.5 Gold Peach, NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

In my opinion it is so worth buying higher end lipsticks in classic shades, ones that you know you would wear again and again. Obviously you can find some incredible, affordable lip products from the drugstore but I find the lasting power of my higher end products just that little bit better. Hourglass is a favourite of mine because I find they use really high quality ingredients which is something I do really care about. Whereas a lot of affordable products contain some cheaper, and not as nice, ingredients.

Let me know your favourite high end lip product in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Sorry, I've been away - Life Update.

Hi Lovelies,

I've been away for a couple of weeks and I apologise, it started with my laptop dying. I was sitting there, preparing some new posts for the week and the mouse decided to do it's own thing. It was just click, clicking away on whatever it wanted to. Obviously, this makes typing rather difficult.

I got that fixed, well my beautiful husband got it fixed for me, and then life just got in the way. I started full time uni, which I'm doing completely online whilst working full time as well. Then, my Dad and Step-mum flew in for my cousin's wedding which was yesterday (it was beautiful and I had lots of fun)!

Life is going back to normal again which means that I'll be back in the routine now and will be posting a Festival Focus on Wednesdays and a normal post on Sundays.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Festival Focus - Fashion Outfit from Missuided

Hi Lovelies! 

Here is another festival outfit that I've put together and this time it's from Missguided! If you want to see the post I did from ASOS then click here, or if you haven't seen my intro to my Festival Focus series then click here. 

Left to right, top to bottom: 1. Metallic Knitted Dress Rose Gold 2. Cross Waist Strappy Bralette Black
3. Ripped Hem High Waist Denim Shorts Vintage Blue 4. Premium Multi Layered Statement Necklace
5. Chevron Cut Out Cuff Silver 6. Cut Out Western Ankle Boots

I LOVE this look. I want it all!!! I think the Rose Gold Knitted Dress is just beautiful, although maybe annoying at a festival? I'm not sure. I think it would look really cool over the Denim Shorts and the Strappy Bralette. It would be fairly comfortable and shouldn't get too hot. And you could always take the dress off and pop it in your bag if you had one big enough. I love the Multi Layered Statement Necklace and the Chevron Cuff as a way to really give your outfit some some extra awesome. I really like mixed metal outfits and I feel like rose gold and silver really compliment each other well.

Like I said in the ASOS Outfit post, I do not wear sandals to festivals so I love the look of these Western Ankle Boots. They have some little cut outs so they shouldn't get too hot! And the silver details match the jewellery.

Left to right: 1. Oversized Studs Drawstring Bag Black 2. Suedette Roll Top Clutch Pink 3. Oversized Chain Trim Bag Black
I could not decide on which bag I would chose for this outfit. The Oversized Studs Drawstring Backpack is definitely my favourite in terms of the way it looks but I think it would be really impractical for a festival as essentially it doesn't close properly. I don't think you would want to keep your valuables in the bag either as someone could easily just reach in and grab them. But the shorts have pockets so you could keep valuables in pockets instead and just use the bag for like water and bits and bobs. The Suedette Roll Top Clutch would be a super fun way to add a pop of colour into the outfit and brighten it up, but I'm kinda all about those neutrals so I'm not sure it would be my favourite. The Oversized Chain Trim Backpack is slightly more practical with the addition of the flap on top. It's still really cute but I don't think it's as cute as the other backpack. I still think I would chose the first bag but it's so hard to chose!!!

What bag would you chose?
Thanks for reading!