Sunday, 30 April 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 103 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 103 Link Up!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one beauty related post each. 

All non-bloggers are also most welcome to visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blog posts written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.


Monday Makeup Madness 103 Link Up


The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from the one convenient location. 

The four most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up were:


Four Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up


I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 
  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.
If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest and then send me an email asking to join this board, letting me know what your Pinterest account name is. 

All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. 


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 


Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

BEAUTY NEWS FLASH: Mally Launches at TVSN in Australia

Exciting news beauty lovers!

Mally Beauty is launching in Australia exclusively on TVSN on Friday 28 April!

Mally is such a well loved brand in the US I'm so excited it is now in Australia! 

Founded by makeup artist to the stars Mally Roncal, Mally is all about providing us women with the tools we need to bring out the beauty within. 

Mally Beauty products are designed to deliver what Mally calls 'all day fierce beauty', user friendly, multi-tasking products that truly stay put all day.

Mally has such an infectious enthusiasm for beauty and her philosophy is 'the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful' - how good a mantra is that! 

She has made it her mission to share her beauty philosophy - empowering women everywhere to celebrate the differences that make them fierce, fabulous and amazing!

As a result I was happy to receive the Mally Prime, Prep & Glow 7 Piece Color Collection to trial.

Mally Prime, Prep & Glow 7 Piece Color Collection

The Mally Prime, Prep & Glow collection includes the:

  • Glowing Goddess Luminizer 
  • More is More Mascara in Black
  • Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Champagne
  • Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner in Amber
  • H3 Gel Lipstick in Angelic
  • Perfect Prep Poreless Primer
  • Makeup Bag &
  • Brush.
Mally Prime, Prep & Glow 7 Piece Color Collection

Glowing Goddess Luminizer
This is definitely the hero piece in the collection for me. It is heaven on earth!

The Glowing Goddess Luminizer consists of luminous shimmer married with matte particles which results in the most beautiful luminized, healthy looking skin ever!

I've been using this luminizer not only above my cheekbones but also on the bridge of my nose, the middle of my forehead and chin, and to trace around my cupid's bow.

You could also add a bit to the middle of your lips to make your lipstick 'pop' that little bit more.

Another use for this luminizer is to add it to your moisturiser for applying to your legs, arms and clavicle to give them a healthy subtle glow.

It is gorgeous! 

I love multi tasking products such as this!


Mally Glowing Goddess Luminizer

Brush
The luminizer comes with its own beautifully soft synthetic full sized brush. It is easy to use and glides smoothly over the skin depositing the luminizer without ruining your foundation. 

More is More Mascara
This mascara is easy to apply. You get the best results by starting at your roots, then gently wiggling the brush while extending it to the lash tips to create instant volume. Next, turn the brush vertically to use the ingenious little bristles at the tip to lift, lengthen and separate your lashes!

The result is perfect fluttery lashes every time!

Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Champagne
This is a gorgeous and flattering, glowing shade of eye shadow.

Use it all over your eye lid from the lash line to the crease. Blend! And don't forget to add it to the inner corners of your eyes to open up your eyes. Gorgeous!

You could also use it as a highlighter but you would have to blend it quickly before it set.

Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner in Amber


Mally Eyecolor Shadow Stick Extra in Champagne
Mally Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner in Amber
Mally More Is More Mascara

Trace along your lash line with this stunning liner and smudge it for a softer effect within 30 seconds. You need to be quick with the smudging as this liner also sets quickly, after which it lasts all day without budging! 

Yay for not having to reapply my makeup throughout the day!

I found this liner to be soft, creamy and comfortable to glide on.

H3 Gel Lipstick in Angelic
When is comes to my lips, especially in winter, hydration is key! This lipstick is gel based, as opposed to wax based.

It glides on effortlessly and leaves my lips feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.

I love the shape of the bullet as it seemed even easier to apply than my other lipsticks.

It does need reapplying after eating and drinking, but that's fairly standard for any gel lipsticks.

The H3 stands for Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!


H3 Gel Lipstick in Angelic

Perfect Prep Poreless Primer
This Perfect Prep Poreless Primer works wonders in ensuring your makeup lasts all day long.

It might be hard to see in the photo below but it comes with a convenient pump which makes it easy to dispense the perfect amount with no wastage.

I found this lightweight primer did exactly what it claimed to do! Hallelujah! 

It minimised my fine lines, wrinkles and pores and provided a perfect smooth canvas for the rest of my makeup. 

Don't forget to continue applying this primer down your neck too.


Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

Makeup Bag
I'm loving the stunning metallic rose gold makeup bag that comes with this collection, as pictured in all the above photos. 

It is generously sized, enabling me to fit in all my makeup and hair bits and pieces for the whole day and evening too. It even fits my brush!

"Beautiful, healthy glowing skin starts with the perfect prep 
and ends with just the right glow" 
Mally.

You can check out more about Mally and her makeup range by tuning in to TVSN on:
  • Friday 28th April: 9.30am & 3.30pm
  • Saturday 29th April: 12.30pm & 6.30pm
  • Sunday 30th April: 9.30am & 7.30pm.
For those interested in purchasing this Mally Prime, Prep & Glow 7 Piece Color Collection from TVSN it is priced at $114 and is item number 134615. 


Which of the above products appeals to you the most?

xxx
Ingrid.

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* This Mally Prime, Prep & Glow Collection was kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
All opinions are my own.Full disclosure policy here.

Monday, 24 April 2017

March Good Green Box & Cute Puppy Photos

I was excited to recently be offered the opportunity to review the March Good Green Box.

I currently don't receive any regular beauty box subscriptions and have been wanting to investigate what options are available for Aussie beauty lovers so the timing to review this box was perfect. 

The Good Green Box is a monthly box full of natural beauty products. Each box is full of the best organic and natural beauty products.


Good Green Box

The cost of each box is $25 including delivery and you receive 6 - 10 different natural and organic beauty products per box. Some are full sized, the majority are sachets and samples.

If you love a product in the box you can buy the full sized version from The Good Green Box Shop.

There is also a loyalty program in place where you earn points to spend at the Good Green Box Shop each time you shop or review products.

So let's have a look at what the March Good Green Box contained. But first just look at this cute puppy photo! Trying to take flatlay photos in the presence of a 9 week old playful jugpug puppy isn't the best idea I quickly learnt!


March Good Green Box and Archie 

Archie knew he was being naughty chewing on my Good Green Box but I suspect he also knew that he has me totally wrapped around his little paws and that I couldn't possibly get cranky at his cute little puppy face with those big brown eyes!

The value of this March Good Green Box was over $65. Not bad for an outlay of just $25. It contained seven products.

Firstly the box contained a 'What's In The Box?' information card listing the products, detailing a bit of information about them and listing their key ingredients.

In alphabetical order the box contained the following:

March Good Green Box Beauty Product Contents

Amazing Oils Organic Magnesium Wipe 
I've never heard of these wipes before. According to the information card it's 100% pure, organically sourced Magnesium Chloride formulated into an oil which can provide instant relief. It can be used for pain relief, sleep assistance and general body health. It sounds intriguing! I'm going to wait until I have a sore back and then use it. I'll report on it's effectiveness in a future empties post.

Bondi Wash Body Wash - Tasmanian Lavender and Pepper
This was another sachet. Tasmanian pepper is described as 'a fiery bush oil with powerful germ killing properties'. The Australian Lavender is described as 'relaxing'. I'm looking forward to seeing what this body wash combination feels like on my skin lathered up in the shower.

Earth Mumma Pit Paste Natural Deodorant
I've never used a natural deodorant before. I love the sound of it being worry free, stain free, aluminium / preservative / paraben / other nasty chemical free and vegan friendly. If it's effective on me then this will be a definite winning product that I would buy a full sized version of.

MOID Balancing Face Oil
This is reportedly a soothing and lightly moisturising organic natural face oil. It is suitable for all skin types but the information card advises that oily and congested complexions will find it particularly beneficial due to the balancing and cleansing action of the ingredients. With this in mind I will probably share this face oil with my 17 year old daughter.



Sarah Jean Waterproof Eyelash Adhesive
This is the world's first mascara style application adhesive for false lashes. The adhesive is anti-allergenic, water soluble and latex free so it's gentler on your eyes. I'm looking forward to trying this out as my eyes are incredibly sensitive. Plus this adhesive is vegan and cruelty free.

Sarah Jean False Lashes
These lashes look luscious and lovely. They are synthetic and vegan friendly. I'm looking forward to trying them on.

WotNot Sensitive Wipes
This is the only product in this box that I have used before. These wipes are 100% natural and contain Australian certified organic aloe vera, rosehip and sweet almond oils. I find them gentle yet effective in removing my makeup and was happy to receive more of them.

Although this March Good Green Box is no longer available you can click HERE to see what the contents of the current month's box are.

Or if you love the sound of any of the above products you can click HERE to visit the Good Green Box Shop.

Now to end off this post here's a bit more Archie puppy spam for no other reason than I think he's cute! 

March Good Green Box and Archie


Which of the above products appeals to 

you the most? 


xxx
Ingrid.

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* The March Good Green Box was kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
All opinions are my own.Full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 102 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 102 Link Up!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one beauty related post each. 

All non-bloggers are also most welcome to visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blog posts written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness 102 Link Up


The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from the one convenient location. 

The four most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up were:


Four Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up

I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 
  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.
If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest and then send me an email or message asking to join this board, letting me know what your Pinterest account name is. 

All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. 


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 

Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 


xxx
Ingrid

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and Pinterest

Monday, 17 April 2017

Top 10 Mother's Day Gift Suggestions

Mums and Grandmas deserve to be spoilt and pampered every single day of the year but let's face it, this does not usually happen! 

So for Mother's Day each year, not only do I love spending the day with mum and taking her out for lunch, I also love spoiling her with a special gift she wouldn't have otherwise bought herself.

If you're needing some Mother's Day gift inspiration I've compiled my top 10 Mother's Day gift suggestions below, ranging in price from under $20 up to $300 depending on your budget and preferences. So keep scrolling and reading to see my suggestions.


Rose gold is simply the most gorgeous and luxurious metallic shade ever! Don't you just love all things rose gold! I know I do and I'm sure most other mums do too! 

So of course, I simply HAD to include a couple of rose gold Mother's Day gift suggestions in this gift guide.

Firstly how stunning and stylish does this HoMedics LED Illuminated Vanity Mirror look! 

The LED illumination provides soft lighting and shadow free viewing.

In addition to being a normal magnification mirror on one side, the mirror also flips to provide powerful magnification (x7) on the other side. 

Trust me you can see EVERYTHING with this magnification even when you have poor eyesight without your glasses on like I do! 

The lighting can be powered via either an adaptor or batteries. 

HoMedics LED Illuminated Vanity Mirror

Secondly I'm loving this Ariel's World 'Secret Garden' Candle, a sensual floral blend of white roses and lily, intertwined with bergamot, white musk and touches of amber, cedar and peony petals. It is absolutely divinely scented and is handcrafted in Australia using eco friendly soy wax.

Not only is it housed in a gorgeous rose gold container that will look fabulous in any home but it's created to celebrate a wonderful little girl called, you guessed it, Ariel! How special to have a range of beautiful candles, diffusers and lip balms named after you!

Ariel happens to have Down Syndrome and $5 from the sale of each of these candles goes to Down Syndrome Association NSW and Lifestart NSW. 

So by buying your mum (or yourself for that matter) one of these gorgeous candles not only is she getting a beautiful fragrant gift for her home but you're also helping a wonderful cause! Now that's a huge win/win gift in my opinion!

Once I've finished this candle I'll be storing my makeup brushes in this stunning rose gold container! I love upcycling products!

Ariel candles are available to purchase from www.arielsworld.com.au.

Rose Gold Ariel's World "Secret Garden" Candle

If your mum suffers with a bad back then the best gift you could give her would be this
HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow.

I have a bad back which I attribute to when I was pregnant with my twins and this massage pillow is pure bliss for me! 

It includes shiatsu massage, vibration and heat settings. 

My back has never felt better since I've started using this massage pillow on a daily basis. My muscles are so relaxed and all my back tension has gone! 

As a physiotherapist I regularly recommend this massage pillow to my patients with sore backs.

If you or your mum suffers with low back pain you may also be interested in reading my blog post: 7 Easy Ways To Relieve Your Low Back Pain which features this massage pillow among other strategies.

At the time of writing this post I noticed the HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow to be 20% off
HERE.

HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow

Often mums don't have the time to visit the nail salon to have a mani and pedi so the next best thing is having a mani and pedi at home with some good quality nail polishes.

Sally Hansen have recently introduced Color Therapy nail polishes. These nail polishes are amazing. They are gorgeous 'colour that cares while you wear'.

These nail polishes contain an argan oil enriched formula which delivers intense nourishment and moisture for healthier looking nails. So at the same time as making your nails look gorgeous in your chosen colour these nail polishes are also treating your nails. Every mum would love such a stunning and convenient multi tasking product!

I found the Sally Hansen Color Therapy formula to apply smoothly and evenly and result in a lovely shiny finish.


Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polishes
180 Chai on Life, 380 Ohm My Magenta, 220 Rosy Quartz and 130 Therapewter.

Books are another favourite gift of mine to give to my mum and also to receive as a mum. When you gift your mum a book, not only are you giving her a book but you are also giving her the perfect excuse to take some time out of her busy day and life to relax, recharge and just enjoy reading.

My top two current book suggestions for Mother's Day gifts include firstly, Into The Waterwhich is a brand new book by the best selling author of The Girl On The Train. It's an addictive story of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth and a family drowning in secrets. 

This book is available from 2nd May 2017 but you can pre-order it now. It's perfectly timed for Mother's Day gifting as it's highly unlikely your mum would have had a chance to buy this book herself yet!  

Secondly, if your mum loves beauty as much as I do, I suggest Secrets Of A Beauty Queen - How To Look Good & Have Fun Doing It by Stephanie Darling. This is another new release.

Stephanie Darling is one of Australia's most accomplished beauty journalists who has worked at Vogue Australia, Harper's Bazaar and Madison interviewing celebrities, trialing new treatments and testing the hottest designer products. I can't wait to read her insider's look at the beauty industry. Hint hint to my kids!



Mums are often fatigued, trust me I know! I'm mum too after all! So this next suggestion, Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue foundation, may be exactly what your tired mum needs! 

This foundation is a new generation upgrade of the iconic Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation.

Tired, dull skin needs a healthy dose of vitamins and energy, so this is exactly what Bourjois has added to this upgraded foundation.  

This foundation retains it's creamy texture and natural uniform finish but Bourjois have added a combination of vitamins C, E and B5 to help make your complexion look healthier and more radiant.

I found this foundation to look luminous on my skin which in turn made my complexion look fresher and rested, thus living up to it's anti-fatigue claims! Now if it could just stop me yawning and actually feeling tired too after another late night then it would be a true miracle!

This Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation is available in six luminous shades for a healthy glow.

It is available for purchase from select Priceline stores and pharmacies. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available from Priceline online yet so no direct link has been provided. You'll need to go in store instead. I'll add a link once I see it appear online.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation

By Mother's Day the colder weather has well and truly kicked in and it is definite boot weather. Surprise your mum this Mother's Day with a pair of beautiful FRANKiE4 boots. These boots are designed by a podiatrist/physiotherapist and are super supportive AND super stylish too! There is a range of heel heights, designs and shades.

I have a pair of FRANKiE4 tan GEMMA boots and I can see myself living in these boots over the next few months. Expect to see these boots in almost every outfit photo of mine on Instagram over Autumn and Winter. 

These boots look stunning! They are just the right ankle height and heel height to flatter and slim your legs and are amazingly comfortable too!


FRANKiE4 GEMMA Boots in Tan

Finally one of my all time favourite Mother's Day gifts both to give and receive are the absolutely stunning and delicious Edible Blooms chocolate and fruit bouquets.

I love beautiful unique gifts, and I love the occasional decadent sweet treat. So these really are the perfect gift for mums like me.

My chocolate bouquet pick from Edible Blooms is this gorgeous With Love Flower Posy.
                              
Edible Blooms - With Love Flower Posy


And my fruit bouquet pick is this spectacular Aloha Delight Fruit Bouquet. It's absolutely perfect for mums who are trying to avoid chocolate to eat healthily!

Edible Blooms - Aloha Delight Fruit Bouquet - Available in either Small, Medium or Large.

Which of the above gifts appeals to you the most? 

Which do you think your mum would most like? 

xxx
Ingrid.

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* The majority of the above products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.
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