Monday, 16 October 2017

beautyheaven's 10th Birthday Celebration!

Hip hip hooray! Break out the bubbles and cake beautyheaven has now turned 10!

And in true beautyheaven style it generously hosted a massive party in The Ivy's Sun Room inviting 100+ lucky beauty loving members, including me, along to celebrate!

The party embodied everything that for me represents beautyheaven.

It was a magical party full of friendly, inclusive and supportive beautyheaven staff and members.

It was fun!

It was informative!

Exactly like the beautyheaven website!

BeautyHeaven 10th Birthday Celebration Cake

No doubt most of you are all familiar with beautyheaven but for those few of you that aren't, beautyheaven is an amazing go-to Australian beauty website containing Australia's most extensive beauty review database.

It is my go-to destination for all things beauty related.

Whenever I'm tossing up between two beauty products from different brands and can't decide which one to buy I check out the reviews for both products on beautyheaven to help me make up my mind which one to buy.

All reviews are written by other beautyheaven members.

Beautyheaven also hosts the most wonderful and supportive community of beauty lovers with loads of forums to discuss anything and everything beauty related.

The beautyheaven 10th Birthday Celebration Party was set up like a marketplace.

After time for mingling and meeting up with other beautyheaven members some of whom I'd only previously met online we were broken up into 8 groups to progress through 8 different brands' stalls which I will list below.

beautyheaven 10th Birthday Celebrations

Justice Professional

Justice Professional is the range of salon quality, paraben free haircare and styling products made by Just Cuts.  

At this stall we were introduced to the range of Justice Professional products and some lucky members had products demonstrated on their hair.

We all received one full sized product from their range. I look forward to trying the Sea Salt Spray I received.

Justice Professional

Justice Professional

Justice Professional Products

Beauty By Nicholas

The next stall we visited was an exciting one for me as Beauty By Nicholas is a new brand that was only launched in May this year. 

This brand aims to provide multi-functional skin care solutions using the best dermatological techniques and cutting edge formulation technology.

The products we sampled on the day felt amazing and I'm looking forward to fully trialing the Foundation No More and the Eye Alchemy products we were gifted with to take home.

Beauty By Nicholas Stall

Beauty By Nicholas Products

We Vibe

Our next stall was behind closed doors. It was the adult toy We Vibe / Fun Factory stall. 

Yes we were gifted a sample. See if you can spot it in the goodie bag photo at the end of this post!

We Vibe Stall


The prettiest stall of the day belonged to Nutrimetics! 

Just look how stunning their floral display was!

Nutrimetics Flower Display

Plus the packaging of their new season's scented soaps and hand cream treats plus the watercolour tote bag is so gorgeous! 

These would be the perfect Christmas gift for your child's teachers and your work colleagues.

Nutrimetics Christmas Season Treats

Also at the Nutrimetics stall we were introduced to their top of the range Ultra Care+ Platinum Intense Skincare Programme. 

This is an 8 week powerful skin boosting system of four different concentrates. It consists of four serums for detox, anti-age, anti-pigmentation & firming! 

This is exactly what my skin needs! It sounds amazing!

We also sampled the Nutrimetics Ultra Care+ Platinum Youthful Beauty Supplement, a collagen booster. 

Drinking this supplement each day makes good sense if you want better skin as our skin is made up of 75% collagen and we lose 1% of collagen in our skin each year after the age of 20 so anything I can do to boost the amount of collagen in my skin is a winning treatment for me!

Nutrimetics Ultra Care + Platinum Range Products

Nutrimentics were extremely generous to all the beauty lovers at BeautyHeaven's 10th birthday celebration gifting us over $200 worth of Nutrimetics products each! 

Thank you so much Nutrimetics!

MAC Cosmetics

I was excited to see MAC Cosmetics at BeautyHeaven's Birthday celebration.

MAC were showcasing their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours!

We were able to chose one colour to have applied to our lips and I let the makeup artist chose the colour for me so I wouldn't choose a shade similar to the ones I normally choose.

OMG the shade she chose for me was so stunning! It was called 'OH, LADY' and was a vivid deep wine shade. No wonder I loved it!

I'm off to the shops tomorrow to purchase this shade for myself. I NEED it in my life pronto!

MAC Cosmetics Stall

We also received a MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in our goodie bags. I received the shade 'Flesh Stone'.


The lovely Clinique team colour matched us to our shade of Even Better Glow Foundation.

Given the comprehensive shade range I suspect there would be a shade to suit everyone in this range. 

I love being colour matched by an expert as I always find it a bit tricky to determine the best shade for my skin on my own! 

We were given a sample pot of this foundation to trial at home.

We were also super lucky to receive the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm in our goodie bag which I have heard so many brilliant reviews of! I can't wait to use it!

Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation Shade Range

Estee Lauder

At the Estee Lauder stall we had the benefits of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II explained and demonstrated to us.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Synchronized Recovery Complex II.

We were also colour matched for the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup and provided with a sample to take home.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup 

I was super excited to receive an Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerful Mask in my goodie bag. I can't wait to try it!

Plunkett's Skin Care

At this stall we were introduced to the new Working Hands cream which is a natural hand cream which repairs and protects and is specially formulated for hard working hands.

It would be perfect for tradies who work with their hands as well as people who are required to constantly be washing their hands.

This cream absorbed into my hands so quickly and my hands felt instantly softer!

We received a full sized tube of this product and more!

Plunkett's Stall

Finally here's one last photo from the BeautyHeaven 10th Birthday Celebration, namely the contents of our take home goodie bags! It was hard to fit everything into one photo!

beautyheaven 10th Birthday Celebration Goodie Bag Contents

Thank you so much beautyheaven for inviting me to your 10th birthday celebration! 

I had fun and I learnt a lot about the brands present on the day.

Happy 10th birthday beautyheaven! I wish you even more success and growth in the next 10 years! You are such an amazing resource to Australian beauty lovers and we all love and appreciate you so much!

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Versatile Clothing - Adrift Toya Top

Like the majority of you I wear many different hats - both literally and figuratively speaking!

I'm a mum, I'm a wife, I'm an employee, I'm a beauty and fashion blogger, and sometimes I'm just me!

Having completely separate wardrobes for each different part of my life isn't practicable however.

As a result versatility in my clothing is really important to me.

I need multi-tasking clothes that can adapt to the different aspects of my life.

One top that meets my versatility requirements is the Adrift Toya Top in Black

Adrift Toya Top in Black

The Adrift Toya top is a relaxed fit blouse.

It looks great dressed casually with a pair of cotton pants for walks along the beach.

Adrift Toya Top

I couldn't believe how windy it was when I was taking these outfit photos at the beach.

I'm surprised my hat didn't fly off into the surf it was that windy! 

I had to hang onto it the majority of the time and my hair was flying everywhere despite the hat but at least the photo below shows you the gorgeous sleeves on this top with their pleating and beading, as I hung onto my hat!

Adrift Toya Top

The Adrift Toya Top has such beautiful subtle beading detail along the hemline, neckline and sleeves.

When the weather becomes a bit warmer the Adrift Toya top will be perfect teamed with shorts whilst still offering some sun protection for my shoulders and upper arms.

The Adrift Toya top has a flattering design with a pleated bodice and lovely soft draping which skims over and hides any lumps and bumps, has a slimming deep v neck and three quarter length sleeves.

Adrift Toya Top

This top looks good not only on regular sized ladies but also on curvier ladies like myself.

Like the majority of Adrift clothing this Toya top comes in both regular sizes and plus sizes, ranging from XS to 4XL. 

If you prefer wearing lighter colours in Spring and Summer this top also comes in a crisp white or pretty pink tile fabric.

I've previously published a post about the Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile fabric HERE.

Adrift Toya Top

It is the beautiful beading detail that enables this top to so easily be elevated from casual wear to also wearing it to beauty and fashion events and out in the evening. 

Last week I wore my Adrift Toya Top to the Frankie4 Footwear event where the always gorgeous Nikki Parkinson from Styling You was sharing her styling tips.

I also wore my Adrift Toya Top together with my leopard print skirt to the theatre last week.

Adrift Toya Top

I love the lovely flowing movement both this skirt and top provided as I walked. 

Who doesn't love a bit of swish!

Adrift Toya Top

And can I just say again how much I adore the sleeves of the Adrift Toya Top!

Adrift Toya Top

Note: If you are interested in purchasing any of the Adrift Toya top varieties I suggest you run and don't walk as I noticed on the Adrift website that some sizes are already sold out!

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Monday, 2 October 2017

7 Ways To Avoid Frizzy Hair

Do you have frizzy hair?

Do you know what causes frizzy hair?

Do you know how to avoid frizzy hair?

If you answered 'yes' to the first question and 'no' to the last two questions then read on. 

This blog post has been written specifically to help you AVOID frizzy hair!

How To Avoid Frizzy Hair

What Causes Frizzy Hair?

There are a number of factors that can cause frizzy hair but the main two causes of frizzy hair are:

  • Friction, and
  • Dryness.

The more friction you subject your hair to and the less moisture your hair contains, the frizzier it will become.

Avoiding these two major causes will help you avoid frizz!

Following are my 7 top tips for effectively avoiding frizz based on these two major causes.

7 Ways To Avoid Frizzy Hair

1. Dry Your Hair Gently
Do not rub your hair dry with a towel! 

Towels are usually rough to touch. 

Towels will result in a lot of friction against your hair if you rub your hair dry with them. This will create frizz you do not want!

Be gentle and squeeze the excess water out of your hair with your hands.

Alternately you can use a soft t-shirt to gently squeeze the water out of your hair.

2. Avoid Rough Styling
Don't regularly tease/back comb your hair. This friction will cause your hair cuticle to open and your hair to frizz. 

3. Use A Silk Pillowcase
As you sleep your hair rubs against your pillowcase. This results in us waking up in the morning with hair a lot frizzier than we went to bed with!

Use a silk pillowcase instead of a cotton pillowcase.

Silk is a lot smoother than cotton and thus causes significantly less friction.

Silk also has natural anti-absorbant qualities meaning it reduces moisture loss from your hair as you sleep allowing you to maintain hair hydration overnight compared to cotton which actually draws out and absorbs moisture from your hair.

You might also be interested to know that a silk pillowcase can extend the life of your blow dry by up to two days! Now that's definitely a winner in my eyes!

Silk pillowcases are available from RY in white, charcoal and shimmering nude shades. 

Silk Pillowcases in Shimmering Nude

4. Use A Shampoo & Conditioner Specifically Formulated To Fight Frizz
I use John Frieda's FRIZZ Ease Miraculous Recovery Shampoo & Conditioner.

John Frieda FRIZZ ease Products

These products repair the look and feel of dry heat damaged hair and restore the hair's natural frizz defences. They contain Amino Repair Complex. 

5. Always Use Conditioner
Make sure you do not skip the step of conditioning your hair. Conditioner is essential in moisturising your hair. 

This moisture prevents the cuticle from opening and keeps it smooth. Apply it from the mid lengths of your hair down to the ends. 

6. Use A Hair Serum
I use the John Frieda FRIZZ Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum

This product only needs to be used sparingly by squeezing a little into your hands, rubbing your hands together and then running your hands through your hair. Use it on soaking wet hair for maximum benefit.

This serum eliminates frizz, smoothes, hydrates and tames your hair helping you achieve a glossy, silky smooth style.

It also repels humidity to help prevent weather related frizz.

7. Use A Finishing Creme
Another product I use is the John Frieda FRIZZ Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Creme.

This product replaces the natural oils in your hair. It contains avocado oil and seals the hair to eliminate frizz and flyaways.

Check out the full range of John Frieda FRIZZ Ease products HERE

Do you have any additional tips to avoid frizzy hair? 


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