My April faves

 My April 2014 Favourites

I just read over my blog post below before hitting publish and it seems as though “smoothness” is the theme of the month! From a smooth body to a smooth face thanks to my new skincare fave from Brown Skin Secrets, I hope you end up using one of the below favourites and if you do make sure you let me know what you think and what your April or May faves are ūüôā xx

 SkinVitals Eye Brighten cloth eye masks
  Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm
¬†Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong nail strengthener
 Brown Skin Secrets Balancing Moisturiser
 Brown Skin Secrets Pink Clay and Jojoba Exfoliant
 РLady Jane Metal Ponytail Bow
  Manicare Exfoliating Gloves

Eye Mask:¬† I used to apply SkinVitals eye masks¬†after a late night out dancing. These days I use them after a restless night of no sleep due to a teething toddler – around once every couple of months! With puffy eyes that feel hot and tired I apply them soon as I jump into bed and the coolness of the cloth masks feels so good it’s puts me to sleep almost instantly!

Nail Strengthener:¬†I bought this nail strengthener when it was on sale at Woolworths and my nails grew so strong and fast!¬†Of course maintaining a good diet and protecting your hands from detergents also helps with healthy nails. I was surprised at how well Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong nail strengthener worked! I ran out of my Revitanail strengthener a couple of years ago now and haven’t found anything as effective til now.

Exfoliating Gloves:¬†One time at dance rehearsals earlier this year, I brushed past one of the dancers in our crew and her skin was so soft. When I asked her what moisturiser or body butter she used, she explained that she exfoliating gloves. I got onto these bad boys straight after that and have been enjoying the same smooth sensation. Even though I want to use it every single day, I’ve been told that it may be a little too harsh on the skin and to limit my use to once a week.

Lip stain/balm:¬†I love Revlon’s lip stains, balms and lip butters because they don’t leave my lips feeling sticky and heavy like other products so when Target had 40% off all Revlon items I bought 3 of the new lacquer and matte Colorburst range. I’m trying to be extra mindful of the household budget these days so I’ve chosen to purchase¬†these Revlon balms over the Clinique Chubby balms and Tarte Pure Delights.¬†Revlon’s Colorburst balms are easy to apply and leave my lips feeling soft and moisturised. And now with the extended range of lacquer and matte options there are so many more shades to choose from. Check out my Instagram (@jacqfruit) to see the other shades I bought ūüôā

Hair ties:¬†I was super excited when I won a Lady Jane gift pack on Instagram a couple of months ago and from the pile of products I received I have been using Lady Jane’s metal ponytails never every day! Totally crushing on how cute they look not only as a hair tie¬†but also as an accessory on my wrist!

Face moisturiser and exfoliant: I was searching for a new face moisturiser to try for a while and it was just fate when I ended up with a gig for a fresh, new brand called Brown Skin Secrets by Skin Naturale. After receiving a few little sample pots I was hooked. Ever since then I have been buying the Balancing Moisturiser and more recently the Pink Clay exfoliant and using them as part of my daily skincare routine. I have combination skin and also have eczema so I love how Brown Skin Secrets uses all natural ingredients (see here) from green tea, rosehip oil, aloe vera and cucumber extract to avocado, sweet almond and manuka honey Рit sounds almost good enough to spread on my morning toast and eat for brekkie! The scent is mild and pleasant and after using this product for a few months my pores appear smaller and my face feels soft, smooth and hydrated. Founder Lynn Ross is an inspiration with her research and development of this unique product Р this is a skincare range borne of pure passion and commitment to finding and embracing natural beauty with natural products. If you want radiant and healthy skin, then check out the new Brown Skin Secrets range online here or at a reputable day spa near you. For daily tips on beauty and skincare you can find Brown Skin Secrets on Instagram (@brownskinsecrets), Twitter and Facebook.

What were your April favourites? Let me know if you used anything awesome enough worth sharing.

Happy Monday everyone!

Christmas Shopping with my little man

Christmas shopping

This year I did the majority of my Christmas shopping online and last week went to pick up some last minute things from UniHill. I only discovered this factory outlets a few months ago and it has fast become a favourite shopping destination because of it’s spacious layout and of course the amazing bargains! – I love how we don’t have to wait until Boxing Day to find awesome sales and discounts.

On this shopping trip we were armed with vouchers from Cotton On and Milu shoes and I bought the some pretty, white wedges for my auntie. I had never been into Milu before and they have such great pumps and comfy flats. We also bought a whole heap of basics and summer gear for my cousins and I bought another black bikini because it was only $5! We stopped by the beautiful Christmas tree near the food court where gift tags for children in need hung waiting for someone to shop for them.

With only 6 days until Christmas, if you still have some shopping to do or want to bring a smile to the children and young people assisted by OzChild, check out the sales at UniHill – you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner!

Outfit details:

Baby D
– Zara long sleeve top
Cotton On Kids leopard print leggings
Freshly Picked mocassins

Jacqfruit
– black basic top from Cotton On
TopShop leopard print bottoms
Lipstick jellies

The Urban Ma shopping haul

Lust Have It! February 2013

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I know, I know, I am a little late with the posting of my February Lust Have It! (LHI) box and I still have the March one sitting here on my table – where does the time go!!? Looking after baby, birthday parties, baby catchups, mummy catchups, dance rehearsals, completing a community leadership course, baby appointments, shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning and a mini-holiday in Malaysia just the other week have taken up just a little of my time from blogging ;P So I am trying to get the February and March boxes up on here before I receive my April one!

The January Box –¬†I used everything that I received in my January box (see previous post here) and have continued to use the Nude By Nature BB cream, LHI’s kabuki brush and the Lush lip colour! I also used up all the samples that came in the box and really loved the Klorane shampoo and conditioner. It left my hair feeling full of body and had a lovely smell. I also liked the smell of the Avene products and the cleanser felt so nice on my skin.

My first impression of the February box was “Is this it?” The products came in a plain cardboard box filled with some shreds of paper and even though the Lust Have It team kept us well-informed that we would be receiving different packaging for the month, I was still a little underwhelmed. However they are back to their pretty flocked boxes so that’s good to see.

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1. Summer Tan by Mancin –¬†This is the full sized product RRP $29.95. I don’t normally use any tanning products as I already naturally have a medium shade but I used this on my legs and it was very easy to apply and developed into a nice tanned colour.

2. Styli-Style –¬†Another full sized product RRP $19.95. I was glad to see a lipstick in February’s box however when I tried it on I did not like the smell and it did not last very long at all on my lips. The colour is also a shade I wouldn’t normally purchase but it grew on me a little although I still haven’t worn it out anywhere.

3. The Natural Source nail laquer¬†RRP $9.95 Nice pretty peachy colour (I love peachy shades!). Just be sure to wipe of any excess polish before applying otherwise you’ll get a big blob of polish dripping onto your nail!

4. Lon Vitalite C9 Moisturising hand masks RRP $4.50 for a pair. I have yet to try this out so I will let you know how I go with it in my next LHI post!

We didn’t receive the Bioderma cream sample in the Februray box but it came in the March box and I have yet to try it so I will let you know how it is once I’ve tried it out.

Lust Have It! – January 2013

Lust Have It box

The January 2013 Lust Have It! beauty box contents

When hubby was figuring out what to get me for my birthday I was so pleasantly surprised that he bought me a subscription to a beauty box. These beauty boxes/glam bags etc have been all the rage over the past year or so with the Australian market joining in on the beauty and skin care fun! So here I present to you my first Lust Have It! box for 2013 – the January edition!

Lust Have It January

All new packaging – the box!¬†I love receiving mail – especially when it is not a bill or a fine! The first Lust Have It! package for 2013 came in their fresh new boxed packaging which I really like as they look so pretty with their pastel pink flocked print and their handy little size. The box also has a magnetic strip along one side so that it closes flush and secure. I also like the feel of the box – it is matte and smooth. This new packaging is a change from their make up bags last year and I can’t wait to post ¬†DIY on what I am going to use it for after I’ve finished using up all the samples in it! Now let’s get onto what is inside:

Lush collage

Lush Cosmetics lip colour in Strong Always

1) Lush Cosmetics – Lip Colour When I first saw this bright orange product I thought it was nail polish and even when I opened it I was a little confused as to what to use it for. After visiting Lush’s website, it is actually lip colour! Yay!! (not sure if I missed the label on the packaging?) To me it feels like a mix between a lipstick and a lip balm – it glides on quite smoothly and is very pigmented so the colour is nice and bright! I tried it out straight away and wore this orange lippy (which I wouldn’t normally wear) to dance rehearsal and it lasted all night and the colour is actually very wearable! Such a nice surprise! I also love that it is vegan friendly as I’ve been reading The Kind Diet this month and well, that’s another blog post in itself!!

This is why I like these subscriptions so much – you get to discover new products and colours that you normally wouldn’t purchase! By ¬†the end of the night there was still colour on my lips – like a lip tint! This is such a great product that I definitely want to try out all the other colours on the Lush website. You can check out how it looks on me on my YouTube channel.

NBN BB creamNBN BB cream shades

Nude By Nature

2) Nude By Nature – BB cream¬†For those of you who have not come across the BB (blemish balm/beauty balm) cream craze, it is basically an all in one make up and skin care product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunscreen!¬†I actually bought this 5-in-1 mineral miracle cream¬†about 2 weeks ago in the “dark” shade and I should have bought “medium”…and can you guess what shade I received? – “medium”! It may look a little light but it the medium blends in well and also allows me to finish with a bronzer! Compared to some other bb creams I have tried recently, I find that Nude’s BB cream suits my combination skin really well. It goes on smoothly and does not make my face feel dry. It provides a light coverage and if I wanted to I could just use extra concealer to cover up any blemishes. I have used this and the Lush lip colour which you can check out on my LHI video! Overall I have continued to use this BB cream everyday since I received it and even bought some more NBN prodcuts from Priceline which I’ll upload a post on soon! So thank you LHI! for including this BB cream in your January beauty box!

LHI! Kabuki

3) Lust Have It! – Kabuki brush¬†Another full sized item and the synthetic brush feels soft to touch so I can’t wait to use this!

Klorane sample

4) Klorane – Shampoo & Conditioner¬†To be honest I get a lot more excited when receiving make up products in these boxes so I wasn’t to phased by these sachet samples. However, I am yet to use them so if they turn out well I’ll have LHI to thank for discovering a fresh new shampoo and conditioner! ūüôā

Avene samples

5) Avene РCleanance Skin Range I am also yet to use these 3 sample sized skin care products (a gel cleanser, cream exfoliant and anti-shine moisturiser). I rubbed a little of the moisturiser on my hand and it smells so pretty!

What did you think of your January 2013 Lust Have It! box?

I’d love to hear about any thoughts,¬†recommendations¬†or comments you might have so leave a comment and subscribe. Did you get the same products in your delivery? Which products did you like/dislike?

Have a beautiful Friday! ūüôā

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