Australis Powder Cream


Hello there. Long time no see. What have you been up to? I had a baby four months ago so both beauty and writing about beauty have been low on my priority list. Since giving birth to my second son, I’ve resembled a crazy lady. Now I’m slowly finding my way out of the baby fog with the goal to spend more time doing things I enjoy. It’s good to be back …

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Lush Ultrabland Cleanser


Have you noticed we’re on a bit of a Lush roll at the moment? Maybe it’s a subconscious New Year’s resolution, but I’m determined to get the reviews up of the products we have been given at the 2013 Lush blogger events. And yes, they are all honest reviews.

At last year’s May event we were given a facial cleanser called Ultrabland. Unfortunately, after a few trials I realised that it wasn’t going to suit my skin type. My skin is sensitive and the texture of this is quite thick which means you need to wipe it off with a flannel. Flannels (or face washers if that’s what you call them) are too rough on my skin. Usually I just wash my hands and then use water to splash the cleanser off my face. So, ultrabland sat in the cupboard for a while. I really didn’t want it to go to waste. As a beauty blogger I’m very conscious of using the products we are given – it’s more environmentally sustainable. So I passed this on to one of our contributors to review instead. Our guinea pig today is the divine Lisa Ginnane. Continue reading

Celebrating 2013 and Lush’s Limited-Edition Goodies

Lush goodies on the scarf they use as wrapping paper

Lush goodies on top of the scarf  that they use as wrapping paper

Happy New Year’s Eve. I don’t know where this month has gone. Or the year for that matter. And what a year it has been. The blog was launched, I fell pregnant, I discovered my love for so many wonderful cruelty-free brands and also dabbled in making my own beauty products.

I want to end 2013 by giving a shout out to all our lovely readers who supported the blog. You make it all worthwhile. So thank you. I also want to thank all the companies who supported our blog too. As a part-time writer who has to juggle caring for a toddler (while being pregnant), funds are tight. So thanks Australis, Innoxa, Natio, Sukin, Mode, Trilogy, Inika and Lush for sending us freebies and helping us to discover cruelty-free options and saving the bunnies 🙂

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Lush Cosmetic Lad

Lush Cosmetic Lad

In the days before this blog I used QV or Cetaphil on my sensitive skin, but I’ve been keen to find a moisturiser accredited with Choose Cruelty Free. First off I tried Moogoo  – it stung. When Sukin’s sensitive skin range came out I snapped up their moisturiser only to be disappointed with that too. I dabbled in coconut oil but it does leave a bit of a sheen. I had almost given up until …

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Tanning Tips and Tricks


There’s a scene in Sex and the City that really struck a chord with me. The four BFFs are holidaying at the Hamptons. Charlotte is pretending to be 27 while the others manically douse their bodies in sunscreen. Their shoulders are covered and they wear ginormous hats and sunnies. Then Samantha says something along the lines of, “When you get to your thirties, you wear sunscreen.” This is so true of me. I loved to tan in my twenties but when I developed a massive sunspot on the side of my face it was time to embrace the fake tan.

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Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub

Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.

Brand/Product: Sukin’s Revitalising Facial Scrub.

Price: $9.95 from Priceline, selected pharmacies or shop online.

Why We Love It: Sukin is vegan, carbon neutral, affordable, and we love Sukin’s slogan, “Skincare that doesn’t cost the Earth”. Continue reading

Five Faves for June

Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick

1) Angels on Bare Skin by Lush. This freshly-made and natural face wash is also a gentle exfoliant.  I’m loving it. It feels great to be using something natural on my skin.

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