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  • InBeauty, Home Decor, Interview, Lifestyle

    5 Minutes with Amber Sargent, Beauty & Lifestyle Influencer

    While Amber Sargent is one of my newer people to follow on Instagram, she’s quickly cemented herself as a firm favourite with her cosy yet luxurious style – whether it be home, beauty or lifestyle content. Self-described as a twenty-something with a love for neutrals, beauty and interiors, Amber has a knack for curating the most gorgeous of Instagram feeds – seriously go check it out. And I don’t know how she does it, but she has inspired me so much this year, especially when it comes to her cooking – I’m a new convert to roasted cauliflower steaks!

    But you know I’m a big old beauty fanatic, so after I had watched yet another of her GRWM videos on Stories, I decided it was time to invite Amber to participate in my favourite blog series ‘5 Minutes With…’ to kick off the week with a bang!

    • Where did your love of beauty and skincare come from, has it always been there? I remember first getting into beauty during my freshman year of college. I got my first macbook and started watching beauty tutorials religiously on youtube – mind you, this was back in 2009, so think Blair Fowler, aka Juicystar07 and Tanya Burr (my favorite at the time). I loved all the beauty chats, learning more about how to take care of my skin, and recreating tutorials in my bedroom. Been hooked ever since!
    • What are your favourite skincare ingredients, and why? I tend to be on the dryer side, so I love incorporating oils to help nourish my skin. One of my favorites is the Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil. It’s filled with oils that are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants (noni, rosehip and pomegranate oils). Equally as important are exfoliating acids. I typically go for AHAs, like lactic and glycolic acids to help peel away dead skin and help with any texture and/or fine lines. Nourishment + regular exfoliation = happy glowing skin!
    • What are your favourite beauty treatments? I don’t get too crazy with beauty treatments (I’ve never even had my brows waxed!) but I love a good face and hair masking session in the bath. For my face I love a charcoal mask (Origins Clear Improvement is one of my favorites), and for hair, I love Olaplex and the Joico Moisture Recovery mask. Another tried and true beauty product is my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, it’s truly a skin saver. Got chapped lips, sun burns, dry skin? It’s a cure all! I have had one by my bedside since college, an oldie but a goodie.

    • With regards to skin therapists and dermatologists, whose opinion or knowledge do you trust and believe in? I think many people can benefit from seeing a dermatologist, but my best advice is to do your research and be your own skin advocate. No one knows your skin like you do. So do your research, experiment with different ingredients, diets, read scientific articles online (they’re so many available these days!) to get a better understanding of what works for your skin.
    • What are your thoughts on botox and fillers etc? Although I haven’t dabbled in the botox and filler world myself, I know others who have and are extremely happy with their results. I like the idea of keeping your natural features, but if you feel the need to amp something up, why not! Do you!
    • What would you like to try next; product, service or treatment? Just this week I started incorporating retinol into my routine. I’m about to turn thirty in less than six months, so figured it’d be a good time to start!
    • What is your favourite beauty magazine, and/or who are you listening/watching to in podcasts, Instagram or Youtube? I’m a big fan of Into the Gloss, definitely my go-to online beauty magazine that I’ve read for years. I also love listening to the Him & Her podcast hosted by The Skinny Confidential, watching Sandra on youtube, and Dara Kaye on instagram! I love hearing their thoughts and product reviews across the mediums.






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  • InBeauty, Home Decor

    Makeup Vanity Essentials

    Getting ready for the day can be stressful, but getting ready in the morning can be enjoyed a bit more with the help of the perfect makeup station. Here’s a checklist of the essentials every makeup vanity should have.

    Accessible Storage

    How can you keep all of your favourite palettes and lipsticks safe without somewhere to store them? Get yourself a drawer made for specific beauty essentials, i.e. an eyeshadow palette drawer, lipstick drawer and even an eyebrow drawer. Because, why not? Keeping organised not only keeps your space clear, it promotes a healthier work space, so you don’t get gross bacteria spreading across makeup products. Plus, the more you keep your vanity organised, the prettier it looks, so you can get that perfect snap for Insta.

    A Comfy Chair

    If you’re going to be doing your makeup for a night out, or for some extra likes on social, why sit in an uncomfortable chair? There’s no worse feeling than having your makeup on point, but your back and butt being sore from the process. Get yourself some comfy seating, whether it be a dining chair or an office chair; make sure you can sit in it for hours, plus it helps if it’s pretty!

    Mirror Mirror

    No vanity is complete without a mirror, and you can’t just have any mirror. Mirror with light often show off your makeup in a more flattering light, as the light is reflected directly onto the face, rather than above (which can lead to an unsightly shadow). If you already have lights that shows off your beauty in the perfect way, why not make a statement with your mirror? If you’d like to make your makeup vanity look extra fancy, why not surround the mirror with faux flowers? Yeah it’s extra, but so are you.

    Beautiful Inspiration

    If you’re feeling like you’re in a makeup rut, you should surround yourself with lots of beauty inspiration! Depending on your personal style, you could surround yourself with Chloe Morello, Nikkietutorials or even Kim Chi if you’re feeling the extravaganza. Surrounding yourself with inspiration is also a great way to push yourself with your makeup, creating new boundaries for you to push and break. The opportunities are endless; the only thing stopping you is you.

    A Stack of Magazines

    If you want to class up the joint, why not keep a selection of your favourite magazines stacked on your vanity? You can collect issues of Vogue, ELLE or anything with a monochromatic spine to give off the impression of pure class and sophistication. You don’t have to have read them, just collect and stack. Who knows, you may gain some inspiration from the 1993 September issue of Vogue!

    Something A Little Luxe

    Everyone needs something a little luxe with their makeup vanity. It doesn’t have to be the Huda Beauty palette, either. You can splurge a little and have an extra plush cushion or some pretty art that hangs on the wall. Match your chair with your bed head, grab a poster of your favourite designer brand and hang it up, whatever you like!

    A Clock

    Because we all need to know how long it takes to do your winged eyeliner, and you don’t want to be running late to work!

    Author: Ally Feiam is the marketing & content creator for MyDeal, an online marketplace with over 25,000 products.


  • InHome Decor, Lifestyle

    Fragrance For The Home

    When an email landed in my inbox with the title ‘The scent of Melbourne now available Australia-wide’, I was quick to open and scroll through. I was so excited to read that TÄNDA Modern candles have released a new scent that encapsulates the true essence of Melbourne, with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, named simply Melbourne. Available in three sizes of glass vessels, with burn times ranging from 30 hours to 90 hours. This candle, and the entire range, are made using pure soy wax, and natural soft wood wicks. All candles are scented with a maximized fragrance load, tailored to their size to make for an experience of luxury.

    I sat down with the founder of TÄNDA Modern Alyson, to learn more about the fragrance for the home and of course, the launch of the Melbourne candle!

    I simply adore Melbourne and I am so excited that one of my favourite cities has been immortalised in a candle! Where did the idea for the Melbourne candle originate and what was the inspiration behind the fragrance notes? Thank you so much! Melbourne is such a beautiful city, and I always feel so lucky to live here. The Melbourne candle was originally part of a wider Cities Collection, paying homage to some of my favourite places around the world. It’s been brought back to (larger than) life again with a slightly tweaked scent, and it’s being received so well! We seem to be such snobs about our coffee here in Melbourne, so it was certainly no stretch to look to that for inspiration. I partnered the roasted coffee scent with dark chocolate both to make it a little sweeter, and to pay tribute to some of our brilliant chocolatiers too.

    As a candle expert, where do you see this candle working best, by the kitchen bench or maybe on the coffee table in the lounge, and why? Personally, I always prefer to have strongly scented candles in the more open plan areas of a home. The kitchen and lounge / living room are perfect for our Melbourne candle, especially because of its gourmand nature.

    The Melbourne candle is noted as having a maximised fragrance load. What does this mean? At TÄNDA we use high quality fragrance and essential oils in our entire range of candles and diffusers, so that we can ensure our customers are getting the very best products possible. A maximised fragrance load refers to the candle containing the most fragrance possible for its wax weight. Once a candle reaches this amount (which is different for each glass size, fragrance, fragrance type, wick choice, and so on), it can hold no more, and will begin to weep the excess oil out.

    If you had to associate one fragrance with each city in Australia, what would it be? You just might be onto something with this question! Although I’m definitely biased towards beautiful Melbourne, I think Adelaide may be my very favourite place to visit! I would go with something featuring native gum leaves as a nod to the beautiful Adelaide Hills…or something deep and heady to match the Barossa Valley. For Brisbane or the Gold Coast, I’m definitely leaning towards a loud, citrus based scent – something to remind us all of holidays spent in the sun! Sydney’s style and fast paced nature lends itself to strong notes, such as leather or tobacco. I seem to always visit Tasmania in the winter months, so I’d have to go with a super fresh, clean fragrance for those crisp, foggy mornings. Something like our Oak Moss & Amber would be perfect! Perth’s beaches are so beautiful, so we’d certainly be leaning towards a fragrance with references to salt water and fresh air. I’m sadly still yet to visit Darwin, but I’d love to create a scent full of incredible native plants for the city.

    TÄNDA Modern candles are vegan, kosher, organic and animal friendly. Why is this so important in this day and age? TÄNDA strives to be as sustainable as possible, and we really pride ourselves on being entirely vegan, kosher, and eco-friendly especially. It’s so important to know what’s in any product you’re using, but particularly when it’s something that is permeating both our personal and wider atmospheres (such as with burning candles). Our entire range is made using recycled glassware and packaging also, and we try our best to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible.

    Can you please explain your scent process? How do you concoct the perfect candle fragrance? I tend to base our fragrances on my different memories and personal experiences, so the majority are all slightly left of the centre – I’m completely unable to put any products out that I don’t absolutely love! I’ve gone through who knows how many absolutely terrible combinations to get to the current range – some of them didn’t leave my nose for days and days! For the most part, I have quite a clear idea in mind, and then set out mixing the various scents that I think will get me there. There have been the occasional few fragrances that have been happy accidents after endless misfires – that’s always a wonderful surprise! I’m definitely most proud of our Constellations Collection; they’re made with organic essential oils, and they took weeks and weeks of combining individual oils to get just right. Definitely worth the time taken!

    Which scents do you think work best in the different areas of the home? Are there particular scents we should place within the bedroom for a peaceful nights sleep? I suppose I could be considered a bit of a traditionalist in this – I mostly have very specific scents in each area and don’t often stray from them.

    • bedrooms: I personally prefer the more subtle scents, such as Japanese Cherry Blossom, or Oak Moss & Amber in the bedroom, as they’re not too overpowering. Our ANDROMEDA candle is also perfect for the bedroom, as it’s full of organic essential oils designed to induce a sense of calm and reduce stress.
    • bathrooms: I tend to gravitate towards citrus based fragrances in the bathroom, so things like our Tangerine & Guava, or Tahitian Lime & Coconut work perfectly. They’re bright and sweet, and will have you dreaming of an island escape while you’re in the bath!
    • entrances: I think it’s quite important to ensure that your home smells inviting, but not overwhelming to the senses – there’s nothing worse than walking into a place and feeling like you’ve been hit in the face with any kind of fragrance (good or bad!). I am consistently burning Lavender, Cucumber & Sage in the front room – it’s super fresh and welcoming, and people are always commenting on it. It’s definitely a different kind of fragrance, and my favourite of all of the TÄNDA range.
    • lounge room: I am often drawn to the deeper scents for the lounge room, and frequently burn Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Lychee & Black Tea, or CETUS while unwinding from a busy day. CETUS includes essential oils such as patchouli, ylang ylang, sweet orange, and cardamom; it’s designed to combat feelings of fatigue and anxiety.
    • kitchen: In the kitchen, it really depends on what is happening in the area. Sweet, food-like fragrances, such as French Vanilla Bourbon and Melbourne (of course!) are great for after dinner, or when you’re in the mood to bake something.

    What is next for TÄNDA ModernI’m so excited for this coming year, there are so many things going on in the background! We have a new release coming in the next 6-8 weeks, which is going to feature the artwork of one of my absolute favourite artists. I can’t wait for this to be out in the world! In July we’re also popping up at Melbourne’s Finders Keepers market, which is going to be insane – if you haven’t been before, I definitely recommend visiting!