Thursday, October 23, 2014

beauty KATE'S DAILY ESSENTIALS


Today I have the glamour lady herself Kate Mac from Glamour Mama sharing a few of her little beauty essentials. 

Kate has edited her essentials down to the bare necessity here! 
I’m a makeup girl at heart and from a young age I’ve been obsessed with potions, lotions and stuff that makes us feel and look better. I firmly believe in the healing powers of a bright lipstick! However today I have focused on the Famous Five products that get me through every day from playground to school gate, the office and beyond...  feeling a little more glamorous.

1. ModelCo LashXtend Lengthening Mascara $20
I was sent this product last year to review and I can't stop using it. I'd been looking for a mascara that really does lengthen and this delivers in spades. This product gives the appearance of lash extensions without the maintenance. Even when I'm “barefaced” for mama duty – I’m still wear my ModelCo mascara!

2. Lanolips Ointment $15.95
I've always been a lipgloss gal, but recently switched to Lanolips tinted lip ointment. I love that this product is all natural, keeps lips moisturised, has SPF protection and comes in a fruity tasting tinted colour range. I’m currently crushing on the Peach flavour. No more chapped lips at the playground!

3. ModelCo Cheek & Lip Tint $24
Another product trial winner! Once we're in our forties we need to embrace a cream blush for an additional flush of *ahem* youth. The dewy finish of this tinted gel formula gives you that same rosy healthy glow that a run around the block on a fresh Spring morning would give you. Without the exertion. Oh, and it doubles as a liptint if you leave your Lanolips at home!

4. YSL Touche Eclat/ Radiant Touch Concealer $57
There is a reason beauty experts everywhere agree this is THE cult product. Because it works. The creamy texture doesn't cake or settle in fine lines. It just packs away that designer luggage under my eyes...goodbye dark circles! It’s flawless finish is like photoshop IRL. Plus, how glamorous is the mirrored gold case?!

5. Dr Spiller Collagen Cream $120
I have the trickiest skin in the universe, and this is the only moisturiser I have ever used that doesn't make me breakout. It's super hydrating yet leaves a dewy finish WITHOUT the oil slick finish, whilst the collagen component plumps the skin to give a youthful appearance. True. Story. Cosmeceuticals are not cheap, but worth it.

6. Rosehip PLUS Eye Gel $14.95
This roll on gel has an instant cooling effect, but it’s the antioxidents that work their magic whilst your sleep that I love. I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and have really noticed the difference. Rosehip Oil is natures original anti-aging products with loads of other benefits including fading pigmentation, so I’m also using a face serum too. Addicted!


Do you use any of these products that Kate has listed?



* If you would like to share your daily beauty essentials, feel free to send me an email as I would love to share them with my awesome readers. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

just a little reminder to be BREAST AWARE


As you may already be aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as October is coming to the end I thought I would share --- five-step prescription to help protect yourself every month.
1.Know your family history. If there’s a lot of breast cancer in you’re family, then you’re likely at higher risk for the disease. You should know who was diagnosed at what age and on what side of the family. If you don’t know your family history, you don’t know if you should be getting MRIs every year. Cancer Australia also has a Calculate Your Risk tool on its site which will help you to gain a good understanding of your level of risk for breast cancer compared to another woman of your age group.
2.Know your normal. If you don’t know the normal architecture of your breast, you won’t know when to speak up if something has changed. Take a look and feel ASAP, and get to know them well. Another part of knowing what’s normal is knowing where your breast tissue is—it goes all the way up to your collar bone.
3.Know what the signs and symptoms are. You obviously need to understand what a cancer would feel like. Typical cancers feel like a really hard, firm nodule—it feels like a frozen pea. You could also have nipple discharge, but we’re most worried about a lump—and if that lump hasn’t gone away with your cycle. If you’ve felt your normal breast, then when you do feel them again, you know what you’re looking for. And any doubts, make an appointment to see your doctor.
4.Know the risk factors. There are things you can do lifestyle-wise, like maintaining a healthy body weight, lowering fat intake, increasing exercise, and limiting alcohol intake. They are well-known to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
5.Make a yearly date with your doctor. As well as you knowing the signs of cancer, you knowing your family history, it’s also great back-up to have a check-up with your doctor every year. 
More information can be found at Cancer Australia || source well + good  || shared from Bella Mumma


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

why not BE YOURSELF



It can be hard to be yourself in such a judgemental world. But why be anyone one else you have entered this world to be yourself so take the challenge and be the best person you can be by being YOU. Too often than not we can look at others and envy their lifestyle, looks or ability to achieve their goals, There is no need for envy if you want something then go for it. Just be yourself and go for everything you want out of life. I have encouraged my daughters to be themselves and to never take on board what others think or say. It does not always work but it is a stepping stone for them to consider as their life progresses from teenagers into adults.

Take the time and work out who you really are and be the person you want to be. Listen to others opinion and consider the options but do not be swayed by their judgement if you do not whole heartedly agree. 

Trust yourself with your thoughts and progress to be the person you want to be.

Find your contentment that cannot be taken away and enjoy it.

When you learn to be yourself you become more courageous and learn to feel comfortable in your own skin.

Everyone has something that they love and are good at. Take that something and let it shine.

Cherish the people in your life who love you for you and do not want or wish you to be like this person or that.

Revel in the success that is truly yours. Strive and work hard for that goal that is coming your way. 

Follow your intuition. If something does not dell right then 9 times out of ten it is not.

If you understand your feelings then you are more in tune to who you really are and you come across confident and the real you emerges.

Accept your flaws and the mistakes you have made. No-one is perfect and we all make mistakes - you just need to own them.

Be gentle on yourself ALWAYS.

React calmly in stressful or hard to cope with situations. (This is something I need to improve on).

Take the tome and be in tune to who you really are and go forth to SHINE LIKE THE STAR THAT YOU ARE.

Monday, October 20, 2014

mum revelations WENDY | BEACH STYLE MUM



Today I would like to welcome Wendy who blogs over at Beach Style Mum. Wendy also works part time as a Marketing Consultant within the property industry. Wendy has two boys whom are four and nearly 3. I found Wendy through Nikki's at Styling You #everydaystyle on instagram. I love her style. 

1. Where do you reside? 
Collaroy Plateau in Sydney's Northern Beaches

2. What is special about where you live?
2 minutes drive to the beach, 15 minutes drive to both sets of grandparents, cousins and friends. Being close to our family is the best. We are lucky.

3. How long have you had your business/blog/job?
I’ve been working for myself as a marketing consultant since I left my corporate job 18 months ago. I’ve been blogging as Beach Style Mum for 6 months.

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?
Spending the majority of the weekends at the beach. My dad taught me to enjoy the ocean from a young age. I used to cling to his back like a surfboard while he body surfed.

5. What are some memories that you like to create for your children?
Enjoying the outdoors is something I’d like my boys to continue to love. Going to the beach, exploring our garden, finding treasures in amongst the rock pools are all things that we love doing together.

6. Who inspires you and why?
My mum for being the most generous, selfless mother and now grandmother.

7. Describe your perfect day?
A little bit of a sleep in to start (just to 7.30 or 8am would be nice!), beach time in the morning with our boys then a long lunch with friends. I don’t think I’ve been to a long lunch for about 5 years!

8. Favourite holiday destination?
Waikiki. We went once when our first son was 15 months old and I was 25 weeks pregnant with number 2. It was fantastic so we’re planning a second trip in 2015!

9.What are some of your favourite items that you could not live without? 
Top 3 would be: Olay moisturiser, slow cooker, mini ipad.

10. What is your favourite product for kids and why?
Right now, anything with spiderman on it! I wish they made spiderman branded broccoli... I do love the kids drink bottles from Kathmandu and Funky Trunks make the best chlorine resistant swimmers.

11. What is one product you have bought that you did not need but just had to have?
The navy and neon orange maxi dress I bought on the weekend. Was meant to be shopping for much needed workwear but had to have it. I’ll feature it on my blog soon.

12. Your favourite children’s fashion label?
Cotton On, Country Road (particularly during a sale) and Target. And I’m a fan of crocs for their feet for the beach, on wet days, to swimming lessons. They are the best.

13.  What is your family’s favourite meal?
We like to go out for special breakfasts sometimes – we all love bacon, eggs, milkshakes and pancakes. Especially when made and cleaned up by someone other than me!

14. What is your go to mummy uniform?
In warm weather – shorts, T-shirt and sandals/thongs. In cooler weather – jeans, long sleeved T, jumper, scarf, converse. My boys are young and active so mummy time is usually pants or shorts.

15. What is the best thing about being a mother?
The love and affection from my kids (the cuddles I get from mister 2.5 are regular and amazing). Watching them learn new things and start to become people I’m so proud of is the best ever.

16. Favourite place to shop? What are you loving right now?
For everything from shorts to workwear, I love a visit to Country Road or Myer for all the brands under one roof (and the amazing sales). I like online stores like Birdsnest for their range and ease of buying and/or returning. I’ll also admit to buying a couple of $2 tops and $4 dresses from Mix Apparel recently. Cheaper than coffee!

17.To finish off would you like to add a favourite photo? Tell us why it is your favourite.


I took this photo a few weeks ago. My boys asked to be dressed the same then declared they were matching soldiers!





Thank you so much Wendy. How cute are your boys? 

You can find Wendy - BLOG | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

Friday, October 17, 2014

the fun of meeting NEW PEOPLE


Left to Right - Lisa, Tessa, Belinda, Robyn, Sonia, Amanda, Stephanie, Me, Grace, Kimba, Cybele

I have been taking steps out of my comfort zone and embracing getting out and about meeting lovely people while having a great time and learning something new and creating friendships that I hope will last forever. Today I had the privilege to travel into Myer in the city of Sydney to help launch and celebrate with Myer and fellow bloggers to their new incentive the Christmas Giftorium. 

I had the pleasure of starting my christmas list today at Myer's Christmas Giftorium where they are bringing unique fun and theatre to all. a new and unique concept for shopping, offering unique services to all. Each Myer store will have a dedicated giftorium section full of enticing displays and merchandise where trained staff are eager to guide you through the new concept. 

Gifticians are available to help customers choose the perfect gift for all age groups, interests and budgets. There are gifts to cover everyone. Fot the Dandy Dad, Glamour Gran, Miracle Mum, Fashionista, Techno Freak and loads more. There is a section to suit everyone. Producticians are also on hand to demonstrate how they work as well. They even have Marvin's Magic to show all the magic lovers special tricks and secrets. How much fun will that be for your little magicians? There will also be specialised stands from Soda Stream, Mr Men and Little Miss, Plumm offering wine tasting sessons, Dilmah Tea and Vistaprint for personalisation of certain products.


You can also book a convenient time online to meet with a #giftician or a specified time to meet Santa (selected stores). There is also a fabulous same day elf delivery service for those who live or work in the CBD (with in a 2km radius) of Myer. 

What an amazing concept and I just love that you have all this help on hand, if needed.




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