Lush Ponche Shower Gel

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Ed’s note: Even though we were given this at the Lush Christmas blogger event, our reviews are honest opinions. We don’t believe in sugar coating unless it’s on our food. Our guinea pig today is the lovely Alex Harmon.

Brand/Product: Ponche Shower Gel. Lush says, “[I]nspired by the Mexican fruit punch made from seasonal fruits such as plums, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla.  All ingredients that can help warm and stimulate the senses.  Wash your hair and body with this fruity, softening shower gel and lift your spirits and get into party mode – there’s even a dash of tequila to give it a little kick and add some festive cheer!” 

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Celebrating 2013 and Lush’s Limited-Edition Goodies

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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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DIY: Em’s Tickle-Me-Pink Body Scrub

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It was my sister’s birthday recently. Her birthday is three weeks after mine and her gift to me was very, very generous so I wanted to give her something special. Something from the heart.

It had to be girly and smell good. And I wanted it to knock her socks off which meant it had to be super moisturising with a good amount of exfoliation. So after some experimentation I came up with Em’s Tickle-Me-Pink Body Scrub.

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Maniday: Christmas Nails

Now we are into December I feel it’s an acceptable time to start talking Christmas. You might not be the type to wear flashing bauble earrings or reindeer jumpers but you can easily get into the Christmas spirit with a swipe of nail polish. Here’s some inspiration:

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Reds

A red mani suits everyone and every season. It’s a perfect balance of being festive with style.

Experiment with different shades. If you’re having a white Christmas this year why not pick a darker red like Natio’s Crimson? Not only will it bring out your inner vixen, but it also has a bit of shimmer for some added Christmas cheer. Apply two coats for a strong opaque colour.

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WIN: 1 OF 3 TRILOGY INSTANT BRONZING GELS

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Yes, yes, yes, summer is finally here! It’s time for beaches, barbecues and bronzing. But that’s no excuse to fry your skin.

Thankfully, the good people at Trilogy are giving three of our readers the chance to glow with their Instant Bronzing Gel (valued at $27.95). All you need to do is subscribe to our e-newsletter.

How To Win

1) Subscribe to our e-newsletter.

2) Check your inbox by 5pm Monday, 9th of December to see if you’re the winner. 

After some help on how to achieve a flawless tan? Check out our post on tanning tips and tricks.

The competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only and closes at 5pm Sunday, 8th of December. Winners will be contacted via email on Monday 9th of December and will have five days to claim their prize. Good luck.

How A Fox Helped Me Find My Mojo

The Fox in Flats red lipstick dare

The Fox in Flats red lipstick dare

The only reason I have ever bought red lipstick is because Fox in Flats dared me. Although I sat out the first two she organised because there’s a “rule” that thin-lipped people should stick to gloss. But when the 2012 DAREcember came along last year all my preconceived ideas changed.

By the end of 2012 I had an 11 month old and was still carrying an extra seven kilos of weight. It was as though the old Emma had vanished and been replaced with the a mother-version of Emma. It was quite a conflicting time. I love my son more than anything and still count that year as the best of my life, but I felt awkward in my body.

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Treat Yo’self To A Tan

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Let’s make a deal. If you promise me (and yourself) that you won’t get sunburnt, then you can treat yo’self to a tanner. Now we’ve got that sorted it’s time to work out what self-tanner is right for you. Of course it’s a given that no animals should be harmed in the making of our bronzed bodies. But I know each of you will have different priorities such as: paraben free, streak free, nice smelling, easy to use, long lasting or gradual. So My Fair Lipstick is reviewing six products to help you find your perfect sun-kissed glow.

Tom and Donna want you to treat yo'self to a tanner

Tom and Donna want you to treat yo’self to a tanner

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