29 February, 2016

Leap Year Sales 2016

The 29th of February only comes once every four years, so to celebrate a lot of stores are having leap year sales today.
These are just some of the deals I could track down, I will update as I find more but feel free to add any you know of.

Everything in the Myer Benefit concession stores will be $29 - EVERYTHING (except beauty services)
Between 12-2pm today. 10 products max per person.

Sephora Australia
Sephora is offering a "Day of Extras" 
They haven't been too specific but apparently they will be giving away gifts with purchase, treats and free makeovers.

20% off full price items, ends midnight.

70% off all outlet items.

Jeans West
30% off store wide online and in store plus an extra 10% if you're a member of their rewards club.

All Ikea stores are having a leap year sale 29% off 229 products
Local stores will also offer extra savings.

18 February, 2016

Glasshouse Rendez-Vous Candle

I adore candles. It's a rare evening when I don't have one burning in my house somewhere.
A quality fragrance can make your home feel more comforting when you're trying to wind down in the evening, they can decrease your stress levels and no bubble bath or pamper session is complete without one.
However, this little luxury can quickly become expensive and buying inexpensive candles is not always the answer, they often have a shorter burning time, an overpowering scent - or no scent at all. They can also be full of nasty and cheap chemicals.
Photo from www.alfrescoemporium.com.au
I find it best to invest in good quality candles and Australian made Glasshouse Fragrances make some of the best.
The wicks are 100% cotton and the soy wax is food grade, meaning they are completely safe, contain no parabens and are non toxic.
Glasshouse does not test any of their products on animals or contain any animal by products. Combine this with the quality and unique range of scents, this is why the price tag may seem a little high but well worth it in the long run.
Glasshouse released a new fragrance for Valentines day called Rendez-vous (RRP $ 44.95) and it could easily be my favourite fragrance yet!

The Rendez-vous fragrance is so creamy and delicious, without being too "feminine". This was created to set the mood in the bedroom and it does just that.
The candle has top notes of white floral bouquet and sugar cane. The middle notes are Orchard, Gardenia and Neroili. The base notes are Amber, Vanilla and Musk.
Glasshouse has done a great job with the balance of floral and sweetness.
There is a longevity to the subtle scent and I can burn this for a few hours before I have to restrain myself and blow it out.
The jar is a stunning unique gold and as they are limited edition, I'm tempted to buy more for the jar alone.
I highly recommend a sniff if you spot it in store.

The triple scented Glasshouse candle range means one candle is enough to create the mood for my two bedroom, two level apartment. For smaller apartments or bedrooms, I would suggest the smaller single wick candles. Glasshouse also have a handy strength guide on their site, so if you don't like heavily scented candles - you can choose those with a more subtle fragrance.

Photo from www.davidjones.com.au
The 60g candles start from $18.95 and the 350g candles start from $42.95. They can be bought directly from Glasshouse and you may find them in gift stores, even Peter Alexander sell a small range of the products.

Another reason I love the larger candles is they have two wicks to make sure the candle burns evenly and the jars are so sturdy and pretty, they can be reused after for everything from storing make-up to keeping things fresh in your pantry.
Click here to see my post on reusing Glasshouse candle jars.
Some of my other favourites scents from Glasshouse are Oahu, Kyoto and Coney Island.
I also adored the Chinese New Year candles they released in 2015 and the 2016 Christmas range.
An incredibly unique scent is Beverly Hills, originally released as a limited edition candle, it was so popular that it made the permanent range. It actually smells fizzy - it sounds strange but you have to try it. (Track them down if you can).

09 February, 2016

Tip Tuesday: How to keep your coloured hair healthy

Every Tuesday I bring you a lifestyle or beauty tip to hopefully make your life a little easier.

How to keep your coloured hair healthy

Coloured shampoos and toners can be a life saver if you colour your hair, they can tone down brassiness, minimise fading and stretch out time in between expensive salon appointments. The downside is most colour infused shampoos can be drying on your hair and when you colour your hair - more damage is the last thing you need.

@Laurenconrad Instagram

As a "redhead" (which is more maintenance than being a bottle blonde), I have to use a copper toned shampoo every second wash and while my colour looks great, my hair is screaming out for a treatment.
To ease the dryness on my hair, I mix my favourite coloured infused shampoo with a moisturising shampoo.
I'm currently loving De Lorenzo Nova Fusion shampoo in Copper Titan, it gives me a more natural looking red and allows me to get that extra week (or three) in between visits to my hairdresser.

I mix a few pumps of my coloured shampoo with equal parts of any moisturising shampoo, at the moment it's John Frieda's Frizz Ease, and apply as usual.

Simple, cost effective and longer lasting, healthy colour!

02 February, 2016

Tip Tuesday: How to not over-wash your face

Every Tuesday I bring you a lifestyle or beauty tip to hopefully make your life a little easier.

How to not over-wash your face

If your skin is normal, sensitive or combo/oily you might be better off skipping your morning face cleanse, sounds crazy right?
Over-washing your face with cleansers can actually increase build up, as you're stripping the natural oils from your skin, which in turn causes your skin to produce more oil.
You can even end up irritating and dehydrating your skin.
So unless you have a serious skin condition and assuming you wash your face well before bed (and you always should!) there is no real need to wash your face again in the morning (Unless you are using a night mask or a facial oil overnight).
Tomorrow morning, try just splashing your face with cold water and wiping gently with a muslin cloth or super soft face cloth. I love Mecca Cosmetica's Clean Slate Face Washing Cloths but any muslin cloth will do. You can even buy them from baby stores and cut them to size. It's the same material as the cult favourite, Eve Lom Muslin Cloths but a lot more affordable.
Using cold water will help your skin to wake up and help to tighten your pores.
If you MUST use a cleanser in the morning, try a gentle cleanser like the affordable Cetaphil and save the deep clean for the end of the day.