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  • InLifestyle

    Fresh Cosmetic Bags for Your Next Getaway

    Whether you’re heading away for the night, or an overseas trip somewhere exciting, you’ll need a functional yet aesthetically makeup / toilery bag to store everything you need – no one wants to forget a toothbrush or concealer, right? Here’s what I’m coveting right now for my next getaway ….

    Beat Bag – Holographic lovers rejoice – all the shimmer and fun you could ask for!

    Neo The Label -Made from the high quality flexible and water resistant Neoprene, this bag is machine washable – for a leaky foundation, this is a godsend! I have this in pink and recently took this to Bali with me – no muss, no fuss!

    Jet Set Vanity Bag – Minimalist yet still chic, and large enough to fit your entire stash in.

    MECCA MAX Makeup Bag – For a little touch of something else, right Elle Woods? Pink and fun, and cute enough to show off!


    Also this reminds me, keep an eye out for department stores that offer Gifts with Purchases as they often come with a free makeup or toiletry bag. Last year Estee Lauder had an epic GWP and I scored a French-inspired makeup bag!

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    The Science of Scent

    As we are all well aware, a simple scent can evoke a special memory or feeling within you within seconds, from a teenage love to maybe an overseas holiday. For me, the one scent that can take me back to Hawaii 2012 in an split second is Victoria Secret’s Eau So Sexy that I purchased on the day of that Hawaiian getaway, and even though I don’t wear the scent anymore, I keep it in my cupboard for sentimental reasons.

    I’ve since got to wonder why a scent can remind you a memory, and how this actually happens? Lysn psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada explains, “there has been numerous amount of research into the science behind scent and it is only now that we are just beginning to understand the influence that scent can have on our lives. However, our sense of smell could still be considered one of the most mysterious of our senses and possibly the most underrated due to the fact that there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding it. There is still so much that we don’t know about scent, however past research has shown some breakthroughs in how smells are interpreted in the brain.”


    Let’s break it down and get a little technical, Breanna explains ‘by simply breathing in air begins the process by which the air rushes across the membranes of our nasal cavities and then deposits small molecules (which are the things that make up scents). For molecules to be detected, they find a corresponding olfactory receptor neuron to neurally encode the chemical composition of odours (each receptor only detects one type of smell however humans are thought to have 500-1000 different types of olfactory receptors which are all sensitive to different odour molecules). Simply breathing in air will draw scents over the surfaces inside our noses to which then is interpreted by our brains by capturing the signals sent to it and then synthesising them into an experience”.

    Says Breanna, ”there is a lot of research now that shows that smell is linked to memory which is triggered by odours which can also have an emotional cue for us. Humans can associate scents with memories and then have an emotional attachment to that smell which then can then trigger certain feelings. Linking back to this, various scents have been shown to have a powerful effect on our moods – from the smell of lemons improving efficiency of those performing tasks, through to orange and vanilla scents reducing anxiety and the list goes on!

    And there you have, it actually makes total sense right? And while we’re on the subject, why not take advantage of the wonderful wellbeing properties of Melissa Allen Mood Essentials unisex fragrances, which are designed to influence your mood, by working with experts on the perfect ingredients to make an impact on behaviours and your feelings associated with the scents. With names including I Have Calm, I Have Confidence and I Have Joy – there really is something for everyone.

    What is your favourite or most special scent, please share with me in the comments!

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    My Experience with Jade Face Rolling

    After mentioning a few weeks back that I had been introduced to jade rolling with Lux Aestiva, it’s time to share my thoughts on this relaxing daily ritual. If you’re new to face rolling, take a peek at my earlier blog post for the brief and a list of the benefits.

    Now while it hasn’t changed my life, rolling my face with a jade roller most certainly has added a little extra ‘me time’ into each day and definitely helps to aid skincare penetration thanks to the rolling motions over the face. I’ve find that I much prefer the roller ice cold from the fridge, as generally advised, to help with moving any excess fluid around the face – and the cooling sensation just feels delicious on the skin.

    You definitely need a face oil when face rolling for the slip required to glide effortlessly over the skin, and the Pricky Pear Oil also from Lux Aestiva pairs lovely with the roller, and with my drier skin type, I’ll take any extra hydration I can get. I do find I still need to apply a light layer of night cream after rolling, but if you have a more normal skin type, you may be able to skip this step. I also think it’s of benefit to learn the correct way to face roll, which can be found here, just to ensure the art is executed correctly.

    For complete clarity, I have only tried this one roller from Lux Aestiva, which is quite large and does require a bit of maneuvering around the eye area, which means I cannot compare to other rollers available BUT I also know it’s a genuine jade stone – which may not be the case with el cheapos from Amazon and the like…

    If you are looking for a new beauty ritual to incorporate into each day, similar to maybe dry body brushing – this is for you!

    P.S: Try using this roller over a wet sheet mask applied to the face – heaven!

  • InLifestyle

    Where I Find Inspiration

    As much as I love sharing snippets of my life and my beauty stash, I do suffer from lack of inspiration at times. Whether it be a photograph I just cannot nail, or simply trying to decide on an outfit for a special occasion, inspiration comes and goes from time to time, but luckily I know exactly where to go if I lose it – so let me break it down for you.


    • When I have a product to shoot for my blog or my social media platforms that I just cannot make work – for me it’s often shampoo and conditioner bottles, the curves edges can be tricky – I simply go to the brands Instagram’s page and see what photos the brand has been tagged in. From there, I can see how others have photographed the product and begin to brainstorm how I can take these ideas and make it mine. Oh, and sometimes bluetack can be your BFF when creating flatlays!
    • Additionally, magazines are great to flip through and look at new ways to photograph or display something, and it’s great excuse for a little #selfcare moment too.
    • When it’s time to revamp my blog’s aesthetic with a new logo or template, I’ll scroll through Etsy and Creative Market to see what’s popular right now and either create something in Canva myself or hire someone through these platforms to create something custom. The majority of graphic designers on Etsy or Creative Market are very affordable, and offer great packages if you require multiple digital assets.
    • When I have no idea what to write about here on the blog, that’s the time I walk inside my beauty room and trawl through my stash. Is there a product that’s just launched, or a favourite I’ve never had the chance to write about, or even a product I do not like whatsoever? I then take these ideas and begin to draft up blog posts, and from there you’ll realise there are many angles to take and you’ll probably even brainstorm more ideas once you begin!
    • Also consider what you are currently really enjoying in your life right now, and use this as a basis for upcoming content. For example I’m right into jade rolling after recently discovering the Lux Aestiva Jade Face Roller, and plan to do a follow up review from the original introduction written in this post.


    • For the above, I simply look to the ever-growing beauty community on Instagram. Once you find someone you enjoy following and find value in their reviews, you will be sure to find many more like-minded individuals from their followers list. For newbies to skincare and makeup, the instagram account @topshelfbeaute is a great place to start, with endless accounts to explore here.


    • When I feel flat or completely unmotivated with my current wardrobe, I love scrolling through photos where luxury jewellery brands Mejuri or Missoma are tagged within. Often I’ll find by simply adding a simple piece of jewellery that I hadn’t even considered will tie an entire look together, and I’ll always find inspiration for an evening out or special event by trawling through these photos and daydreaming.


    • Emma Hoareau is one blogger/influencer who consistently gets it right every single time, and she is someone I consider as having the perfect Instagram feed. Complete #lifegoals.
    • Kate La Vie is another gal who I look to for complete life inspiration, from styling my hair to bedroom inspiration. She’s ah-mazing.
    • Podcasts are a great way find inspiration if you’re a little bit stuck on how to move forward with your brand, blog or business, and/or are a one-woman show trying to do it all. I especially enjoy The Lifestyle Edit Podcast, Second Life, The One Girl Band Podcast, Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso and The High Low, so have a listen and see what you think.

    That’s just a start, but if you’d like me to expand on this in different areas – please just sing out.

    Much love,

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    How to manipulate your mood and wellbeing through fragrance

    As humans we’re capable of distinguishing between thousands of different smells and these smells are deeply connected to our emotional state. Scent is the first sense that is activated when we’re born and with our memory and sense of smell intertwined, smell can be the thing that is associated to many memories and life events. Smell can also have a huge influence on our behaviour, it can affect our moods, stress levels, self confidence and even our cognitive performance. The scientific terminology for our sense of smell is called olfaction and research has uncovered that humans can have specific psychological reactions to certain scents. Psychologist Breanna Jayne Sada from Lysn explains: “scents can effect everything from people’s moods through to their work performance, even down to the way we view brands and the purchasing decisions we make. Our feelings that are evoked from smells are usually developed from past associations which stems from our experiences with them – that is, in order for a scent to elicit any sort of response, we have to first learn to associate it with an event or situation. This is known as associative learning and is the way our brains tie things together like when an item or event is linked to another because of past experience. For example, the smell of apples might make you feel happy because it reminds you of your grandmother’s apple pie and the great times you had with your grandmother.”

    Various scents can trigger different responses, especially when used with other associations. For example, scents such as lavender, coffee or orange can give people a longer attention span if it is presented with information. So if you’re studying or trying to remember certain things, keep these types of scents around you. Or for long term memory, consider cooking with rosemary which makes our long term memory perform at its best. See below how other fragrances can affect your mood and wellbeing:

    • Jasmine helps improves the quality of sleep and can also help with depressive thoughts by uplifting moods.
    • Frankincense reduces feelings of depression and anxiety, promotes calmness and relation.
    • Lemon and Jasmine enhances cognitive performance.
    • Cinnamon and Vanilla smells have been linked to creativity and cinnamon alone can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration.
    • Chamomile has a calming and relaxing effect so is great for before sleep.
    • Peppermint has been linked to invigoration, more energy and boosting concentration.
    • Lavender is linked to calming and tranquility.

    Consider trying these products from Lux Aestiva containing key scents to have a positive impact on your mood:


    Lux Aestiva’s Wildflower Oil for the Body contains key scent Frankincense which can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, whilst having a calming effect on your mood. Lux Aestiva’s Wildflower Oil for the Body contains precious oils which work in harmony to promote a youthful, radiant glow from head to toe. Nutrient dense, yet lightweight, Lux Aestiva’s Wildflower Oil for the Body promotes healing whilst nourishing the deepest layers of the skin. A powerful combination of oils create the ultimate skincare must-have that works to balance and regulate your mood.


    The Cleanse Collection, a gentle, yet powerful cleansing soap, signalling that the old fashioned bar soap might be making a come back. Here to change the way you’ve ever thought about soap, Lux Aestiva’s Cleanse Collection is made from a divine range of natural ingredients, specifically the Orange and Greek Yoghurt option that is free of any nasty ingredients and like perfume in a soap, its aromas of calendula & chamomile infused with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and an essential oil blend of greek yoghurt, red oxide, orange mica and pink sea salt make it evoke feelings of calm and relaxation.


    Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil™ is a fast absorbing dry oil that boosts overall skin tone and texture, leaving it feeling smooth and revitalised. Combining delicate, infused oils of Neroli, Prickly pear, Meadowfoam, Camellia, Apricot Seed and non-phototoxic Bergamot, Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil™ is the ultimate skincare saviour for all over body use. With a delicate fragrance that lightly scents the skin and has a calming effect, Lux Aestiva’s Gypsy Oil™is perfect for daily use.


    The Cleanse Collection, a gentle, yet powerful cleansing soap, signalling that the old fashioned bar soap might be making a come back. Here to change the way you’ve ever thought about soap, Lux Aestiva’s Cleanse Collection is made from a divine range of natural ingredients, specifically the Lemon Myrtle and Coconut option that is free of any nasty ingredients and like perfume in a soap, its aromas of Calendula and chamomile have a relaxing and calming effect whilst its lemon myrtle essential oil is perfect for calming your mood when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Enriched with shea butter and coconut oil, this soup will not only moisturise, but act as an antibacterial, antiviral and calming addition to your cleansing routine.


    Lux Aestiva’s Wild at Heart Scrub is here to change the way you scrub for ever… A gentle, yet powerful exfoliant, Lux Aestiva’s Wild at Heart Scrub will boost the skins appearance, leaving you with soft, supple and glowing skin. Using nature’s own ‘Botox plant’ – the Hibiscus Flower, and combining it with nature’s most effective, yet gentlest exfoliant, natural sugar crystals, Lux Aestiva’s Wild at Heart Scrub will leave your skin silky smooth and ready to set hearts racing. The essential oils of patchouli and mandarin intertwined with oils of grapeseed, pomegranate and meadowfoam can help to calm your mood and relieve anxiety and depression.



    Awaken your senses with Lux Aestiva’s luxury scents, featuring a beautiful range of incense sticks hand rolled at the base of The Himalayas. Lux Aestiva’s Incense Sticks are perfect for creating a luxurious fragrance throughout the home, just by burning the end and letting it flow.


    Lux Aestiva’s Sacred Palo Santo is an ancient style of incense, created following traditional methods of adopting yogic formulas that have been used since ancient times. Palo Santo is one of the oldest tools for spiritual cleansing, used by burning the wood to create a fragrance and ward off negativity energy. Lux Aestiva’s Sacred Palo Santo are perfect for creating a luxurious fragrance throughout the home, just by burning the end and letting it flow.

    What’s your favourite scent, does it evoke a memory for you also?

  • InLifestyle

    The Perfect Gift for Mothers Day

    The one person I often struggle buying gifts for is my mum, I think it’s because she has her own personal style that sometimes I just cannot pick right for. Add in the fact she’s not a girly girl like me, and I’m just stuck. But the one gift I have pencilled for her this year is a stylish Louvelle shower turbans, eye mask and/or headband. I know my mum is a every-second-day hair washer, so a shower turban is perfect to keep her precious blonde locks dry and I’m sure an eye mask would give a little extra bit of luxury every night, no? Although, as In Style said: “LOUVELLE has re-invented the bonnet generally reserved for the privacy of your bathroom, and transformed it into a chic accessory that can be worn anytime, anyplace”. They’re actually that gorgeous, you can wear them anywhere – from the pool to the beach!

    The new Louvelle shower turban designs were inspired by some of their favourite resort destinations, including Florida Flamingo, Laguna, Coachella and Bali, so in other words, simply gorgeous. Let’s take a peek!

    If you too are pondering a gift for your mum, maybe this is an option? I just hope my mum doesn’t read this before she receives her gift, fingers and toes crossed!

    Happy gift giving,

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    Kovrd Disposable Pillowslips

    Is there a better feeling than slipping into fresh bedding, completely blissful right? But after doing some research, I discovered that while 73% of us change our bedding weekly, our pillowcases can have up to 17,000 times more bacteria than the average toilet seats. As well as sounding nasty, it can also wreak havoc on our skin and irritate any allergies we may have. Near fear, let me introduce you to KOVRD.

    KOVRD pillowslips are the luxurious alternative to constant bedding washing, by developing super soft disposable pillow slips that go on top of your regular pillow case to used for up to 4 nights, with the option of adding yummy essential oils to the slip for a dreamy nights sleep if desired. Oils include delicious eucalyptus and tea tree to target skin concerns like acne and blemishes, chamomile and ylang ylang to soothe plus lemon and peppermint to clarify. By using motion-release technology, the natural essential oils slowly releases on your pillow slip through the night as you move, easing you into a restful sleep and helping to enhance your skin’s condition. Um, added bonus – it smells amazing!

    KOVRD came to be as one of the co-founder Greer was having skin problems (think redness, blemishes etc), and her dermatologist recommended that she change her pillow slip every day to help reduce the amount of bacteria that her face was being exposed to – voila KOVRD was born! As we are in the midst of summer, it has been very refreshing to swap pillowcases every few nights, which I’m positive has assisted with reducing blemishes and breakouts, and also feels nicer on the skin. I found that my skin didn’t ‘stick’ to my pillowcase as it often can with some pillowcases, as these one felt like my skin was able to breathe properly due to fabric – if that makes sense? I also enjoyed the scent of the pillowslips as I was drifting off to sleep and waking up nice and fresh.

    As KOVRD are redefining beauty sleep, I can completely vouch how practical these slips are, even my husband commented that he ‘quite likes the scented pillowslips!’ – bonus!

    Check out KOVRD via their website or socials at Facebook or Instagram, and sleep easy babe!

  • InLifestyle

    The Blind Date You Will Love

    With Valentine’s Day 2018 fast approaching, the team at Amity Created perfectly timed their new ‘Blind Date with a Book’ package. The perfect idea for book lovers and perhaps those unsatisfied with regular dates, Amity Created have packaged up a special gift set that pairs a secret book, your ‘book blind date’, complete with a personally selected hand blended organic loose-leaf tea to set the mood for a cosy night in.

    Amity Created is for the wanderers. For the dreamers who believe that magic is a warm cup of tea. From the moment you receive one of our perfectly presented treasure boxes, you’ll fall into the world of Amity – a whimsical place where nothing else matters except you, in this very moment.
    Tucked away in a small studio in Derbyshire, England, an artist hand paints the stunning blooms featured across our inspirational cards, gift wrap and the four crown jewels of our Blossom range – our Fine Bone China teacup and saucer sets.
    Amity Created’s journey began on Etsy in 2013, where owner and designer Daniella Libri spent her time creating custom gift pieces and hearing stories of hope, love, inspiration, and the universal dream to run away, for just a little while. This beautiful range was born out of these tales, as Daniella encourages you to escape with every sip, every single day.

    Your blind date book is specially selected by the team at Amity Created from the various genres of romance, horror, sci-fi, mystery, adventure, crime, fantasy. The tea blend that is included is specially chosen to go with the genre of the book, so for example, an intriguing Himalayan green tea blend has been paired with a mystery genre book, while another is a smouldering ‘ember’ tea made from a blend of English breakfast and cinnamon that’s been paired with a romance book.

    “Each book is pre-loved & pre-read because we are all about creative reuse and giving back to the environment. Don’t fret, your ‘date’ is in wonderful condition and have been carefully chosen from only the best recommendations. We wouldn’t set you up with anyone we didn’t think highly of,” said founder Daniella Libri. “It is a thoughtful, whimsical gift for you or for a book lover, the perfect way to take some time out and curl up with a secret book and beautifully scented cup of tea. We also have gorgeous blossom tea sets available for you to create the complete package for a tea connoisseur.”

    The ‘Blind Date with a Book’ package includes a handwritten postcard that hints at the book inside, and is beautifully wrapped with twine and sealed with wax, and is now available instore and online. With free shipping in Australia, it’s a special surprise gift for those who enjoy reading and drinking gorgeous tea!

    Learn more about Amity Created on Facebook and Instagram, and purchase your Blind Date with a Book now at

  • InAccessories, Lifestyle

    Handbags for The Modern Women

     #GIRLBOSS (Noun); \ ‘gurl’baus \

    A woman in control and taking charge of her own circumstances in both work and life. She is a leader, a visionary; someone who knows her worth and won’t accept anything less. She is inspiring and empowering to those around her. She dictates her own future. 

    The #GIRLBOSS movement has risen to fame over the years thanks to Sophia Amoruso’s pioneering insight into the entrepreneurial woman; inspiring others to redefine their own success on their own terms. Although unnecessarily gender specific (let’s be real, a female boss is just that: a boss!), the term is aspirational and empowers women of all ages to fearlessly forge their own path. Ambassadors of this philosophy, Sash & Belle, celebrate everyday women by releasing a range of work-appropriate handbags that deliver on versatility, storage and style as standard.

    Founded in 2013 by Canberrean-based designer, Kristy McPhillips, Sash & Belle is meticulously designed for the busy, contemporary woman and offers a range of quality leather and vegan leather accessories. Incorporating the latest design trends, silhouettes and colour palettes, the brand has solidified itself as a premium destination for business, parenting and everyday bags.

    This most recent collection, which targets the professional market, is made from 100% genuine cowhide leather and sports a range of styles to suit a range of professions and careers.

    The CEO

    Made for the 7am – 10pm lifestyle, the Sofia sports a stunning textured leather exterior and smart storage solutions for busy women on the go. Available in black and blush. 

    The Nine-to-Fiver 

    Designed for the office environment, the Imani includes stylish storage compartments for documents and technology, including a unique envelope pouch for convenience and purpose. Available in black-coffee. 

    The Creative 

    Injecting a little luxury into the working day, the Kennedy is crafted from supple, textured leather and features a cross body strap for effortless chic. Available in peacock blue.

    The Road Warrior 

    Boasting generous storage for those on the road, the Piper bag offers a fun, timeless design that serves as the perfect accessory for work and play. Available in peacock blue-stone. 

    The Entrepreneur 

    With the versatility of a shoulder and cross body strap, the Linna bag features a finely textured leather exterior and generous storage for an endless day of meetings and networking events. Available in tan. 

    The Freelancer 

    The everyday leather backpack for both work and play, the Max is crafted from high quality, durable textured leather and sports a spacious opening with an oversized zip for those who value style and function. Available in black. 

    Gotta say, my personal favourite is The Freelancer – fitting right? To learn more about the brand and their entire range, please visit:, for a fresh new start to 2018.

  • InLifestyle

    Special Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Her

    To shake things up in 2018, why not think a little outside the box when buying your special someone, or even your BFF, a Valentines Day gift. I’ve handpicked the below as unique somethings that will work for the woman in your life, and if my husband is reading – I’ll have one of each please!

    • Lux Aestiva’s Brazilian Agate Coasters are a luxurious addition to any table setting, available in a set of 4 or 6. These luxe coasters are personally hand selected to ensure the highest quality, however each coaster is unique, cut from their natural crystal and varying slightly in shape and size to ensure their natural formation. Available in Bone, Fawn, Onyx, Azure, Emerald and Earth, and choose from a gild of silver or gold.

    • For a little extra luxury every day, shower in style and protect your crowning glory with Louvelle’s Shower Turbans! Your blow dry will emerge frizz free with this shower cap created from stretch, quick dry fabric with waterproof lining, perfect for the modern chic woman. Also ideal for protecting your hairline when removing or applying makeup.

    • Skin Juice’s Gift Bar allows you to handpick products to build a ready-to-give gift for someone special in three simple steps. To create the ultimate beauty gift box, the Gift Bar Store features delicious natural skincare products, with gifters simply selecting an exclusive gift box, choose to enclose a personal handwritten card, then curate a custom beauty gift box by handpicking indulgent products from the Gift Bar Store.

    • A personalised wine subscription, tailored to your individual needs is now possible with The Wine Gallery. By taking a palate quiz, your secret wine adviser will select three bottles they think you’ll love, and have it shipped straight to your door. Also enjoy the freedom to pause, skip, or cancel whenever you please.

    Happy shopping!

  • InLifestyle

    How to Clean Your Makeup Bag

    Everyone loves to get glammed up now and then, and most women have a much-loved makeup bag, filled to the brim, to help them do just that. Often our makeup bag stays with us for years, trustily holding all the important lippies and mascaras that make us feel great. The only problem with these useful little bags is that they have the potential to get a bit dirty with the inevitable make-up spillages and old tissues that sometimes lurk in the corners. To prevent any nasty bacteria growing in your cosmetic container try cleaning it out at least every few months. In case you’re not sure how, here’s our step-by-step guide with everything you need to know.

    Step 1: Clear out the contents

    Start your makeup bag cleaning session by completely emptying out the contents. If there are lots of things inside or anything that might spill place the items on an old, but clean towel. Separate everything out then start going through each item methodically. Now is the time to decide whether you really need everything in your bag and what requires a quick clean. Evaluate makeup by how long you’ve had it, how often you use it and the cleanliness of the contents. A blusher that’s been sitting at the bottom of your bag for three years is probably worth chucking. Anything useful, but dirty can usually be cleaned. For example, you can remove dirt from makeup brushes by soaking in warm water and a little mild shampoo. Wipe off any leaks or spillages and everything should start looking as good as new.

    Step 2: Make sure the inside is sparkling clean

    Next, it’s time to tackle the bag itself. The technique here will depend on what material is inside. A suede-lined bag for example will need a slightly different approach to something made of silk. Have a look at useful resources online for your particular material, for example guides on how to clean suede. If you’re not sure what the material is, play it safe and simply wipe with a warm damp cloth to remove dirt and stains. Always do a patch test on a small area of material to check it won’t damage the item first.

    Step 3: Clean the outside of the bag

    Finally, make sure to thoroughly clean the outside of the bag. As above the way you do this will depend on the material involved, but most things should come off with a bit of water and, if necessary, some household detergent.

    Those are my top tips on cleaning your makeup bag. Even if you need to work out how to clean suede or check the expiry dates of your favourite foundation it’ll be worth the trouble in the end. Makeup bags have the potential to harbour nasty bugs and no one wants that in their favourite concealer. Clean out your makeup bag regularly and you’ll be ready to apply fresh, clean makeup whenever you like.


  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    Introducing Sephora Wellness

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    With over 2,500 stores worldwide (!) and a reputation as the global beauty authority, SEPHORA internationally is the pioneering force in beauty and the next big thing to hit the shelves is here in Australia. In a global first, SEPHORA Australia will lead the movement, with the launch of a new online vertical followed by in-store hub, as the Omni retailer welcomes WELLNESS to its assortment.

    As the first market globally to adopt the Wellness vertical, it’s only logical that the Australian market would select from the wealth of Aussie wellness brands. You can expect to see a selection from Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, Elle Macpherson’s WelleCo, Carla Oates’ The Beauty Chef, James Duigan’s Bodyism, and Chanelle Louise’s Cilk Rosewater.

    RELATED: The Beauty Chef Review


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    Of the demand for the new Wellness category SEPHORA Australia Country Manager, Libby Amelia said, “In 2017 Wellness became the new black – far from a trend, this beauty essential is a staple in the routines of women across the globe. Instead of buying quick-fixes and synthetic supplements health-conscious consumers are turning to products with ingredients that promise to combat the effects of an always-on lifestyle. The latest beauty secret is out – it’s all about beauty from the inside out, and we can’t wait for SEPHORA Australia to be the destination.”

    RELATED: My Cilk Water Review

    “Our customers always want the next big thing, and the demand for wellness has been growing for some time”, said SEPHORA Australia’s Digital Category Manager Alice Macdonald. “Women are seeing beauty as a natural extension of their health, and are scanning beauty labels just as thoroughly as they do the labels on their food. The social movement for the wellness category is really strong with our customers, and we are so excited to be able to cater to their needs.”

    From super elixirs to collagen boosters, inner beauty extracts, organic skin-foods and sleep superstars, SEPHORA Australia will be the only beauty destination for wellness. So, whether you’re a health-guru or a naturals-newbie, SEPHORA Australia’s curated range of luxury brands and products, are here to boost your beauty, helping your hair, skin and body glow. “The SEPHORA customer knows that Wellness isn’t an add-on or an afterthought, but a key step in her daily beauty routine”, said SEPHORA Australia’s Retail Category Manager Kirrily Bird. “When we selected
    the initial Wellness assortment, we were really conscious of partnering with brands and products that had a strong link back to beauty and skin health. That’s the core of our business and where we are always driving to be best-in-class.”

    Of the future plans for the category Country Manager Libby Amelia said, “Wellness isn’t a moment, but a mainstay at the core of our business. The launch is one moment in the journey of Wellness for SEPHORA and for our brands and offering. Watch this space.”

  • InHealth, Lifestyle

    Eat to Glow From the Inside Out

    As you know, I have been working my way through so many books on health and nutrition over the past few months, and one of my favourites has been The Forensic Nutritionist by Fiona Tuck. Fiona – as well as being absolutely stunning – is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, skincare expert, yoga teacher and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, therefore has more than enough knowledge and experience to pen a book on nutrition.

    I recently had the lovely opportunity to ask Fiona some burning questions I had about health & wellness which I’ve popped below, and please do take a peek at ‘The Forensic Nutritionist’, which is available online now but will also be released in health stores September 1st, if you too want to get the real deal on healthy eating – and see some yummy and very aesthetically-pleasing recipes to boot!

    Fiona, your book is such a great read and I’ve learnt so much about nutrition that I never even knew! I must admit, a lot of my desire to eat ‘right’ is to enhance my skin’s glow and gut balance but food really is a medicine isn’t it, as the old saying goes ‘let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food’. I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the book. Everything we put into our mouth has an ability to harm or heal, this really changes the way we think about food. Knowing how to read food labels when in the supermarket is a great way to begin to eat smarter, is there anything in particular to look out for Fiona?

    Where possible, try to stick to the outer perimeter of the supermarket when shopping as this is where all the fresh foods tend to be. The fresher the food, the less ingredients on the label. The more natural, e.g. fresh fruit and vegetables, there are no labels at all. If there is a long list of chemical sounding ingredients or numbers, my advice is put it back on the shelf.

    Should we all be taking vitamin supplements or pre/probiotics, or are they only for specific concerns?

    It really is different for each individual. Try and get your nutrients from a diet rich in fresh foods particularly fresh fruits and vegetables. Supplements may be required when there is illness, if a person is on medication or there is need for nutritional support. To get the very best from a supplement, it is advisable to seek professional assistance to be sure you are taking the right supplement and at the correct dose for your particular requirements.

    I keep reading that salt is the enemy for the heart, but a nutritionist once told me many women are salt deficient and should be consuming more! Where do you sit on this subject?

    Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all it depends on diet, lifestyle, size and health. Most people get enough salt through their diet and it is rare to be deficient, however what we tend to need more of is iodine which is found in iodised salt. Whilst regular table salt is not beneficial for blood pressure, kidney and cardiovascular disease, it is important to include mineral rich foods in the diet such as seaweed and kelp to obtain adequate minerals particularly iodine.

    If the goal is weight loss and increased energy, what steps should begin to take for a serious lifestyle change?

    Cut right back on refined, processed foods which tend to be high in fat, salt and sugar and low in nutrients. Eating high calorie low nutrient foods leads us to crave more food as our body is in need of nourishment. This can lead to overeating and weight gain.

    Include a variety of different vegetables with each meal and aim for 7 – 10 servings a day, which includes a couple of pieces of fruit. Exercise every day even if it is only for 20 – 30 minutes. This with increase the feel good chemicals boosting mood and self esteem which will make it easier for you to stay on track with a healthy eating regime. It’s the small daily changes that make the biggest long term effects on weight and energy.

    And because it’s all about the skin for me, what kinds of food should I be consuming for that all-illusive glow? Should I really be drinking a glass of warm water and lemon each morning? 

    Warm water and lemon can aid digestion but just be mindful that lemon juice is acidic and can attack the enamel on your teeth. When it comes to clear skin it is all about fibre, antioxidants and good fats. We need the fibre to flush out toxins and old hormones, the antioxidants (fruit and veg) to protect against premature ageing and pigmentation and the good fats such as oily fish, nuts and seeds to keep the skin supple, soft and hydrated. Water is important for firmness and hydration and of course helps the fibre along nicely too!

    Learn more from Fiona from her website, as well as Facebook & Instagram.

    Here’s to living a healthier lifestyle,

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    What I’m Reading & Listening To in 2017

    The banner of beauty is a infinite one. While sometimes it’s easy to focus on makeup and skincare, it only takes a few naughty days of eating to see the results displaying on the skin and face. My goal in 2017 has been to slowly incorporate healthier beauty options, focus on a more nutritious diet and increase my fitness by more walking – and possibly returning to RPM classes! Instead of just thinking about it, I have been immersing myself in all the books I can, and listening to newly founded podcasts – which is my most recent obsession.

    While some of these podcasts are mainly beauty related, it’s a whole new feeling listening to beauty as opposed to reading or seeing it, and it’s so cool to hear other people talk about the same things we do – in a completely new format. I thought I’d share the books I am currently working my way through, as well as some podcasts I’ve been enjoying within the beauty realm – and if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

    Image via Bikinis & Beautiful


    ‘Welcome to the world of DIY beauty, where organic ingredients come together in refreshing, effective treatments that pamper on the inside too.’

    In French Complexion, Christine reveals the secrets of glowing skin – based on her 20-plus years of studying and practising skincare. Christine also share what she’s learnt from French culture and her upbringing about looking after your skin and self.

    ‘Eat Beautiful contains beauty tips and over 70 easy and delicious recipes specifically designed to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. Foreword by Sienna Miller.’ 

    ‘The definitive guide to a new generation of natural beauty, skincare and makeup. ‘Emma Watson’s Natural Beauty Guru’. {}’ 

    ‘The Forensic Nutritionist takes an investigative approach to health and well-being and is the first book of its kind on personalised nutrition.’

    ‘The ultimate beauty guide from the experts at GOOP – the trusted resource for healthy, mindful living, curated by Gwyneth Paltrow.’

    ‘Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers.’

    ‘Leanne wrote this book in the hope that you discover that you too can be, do and have whatever you desire…if you choose!’

    ‘Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould.’

    Breaking Beauty Co-Founders Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins


    • Fat Mascara

    A beauty podcast hosted by Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein.

    • Mirror Mirror

    Mirror Mirror is a weekly podcast about the beauty routines and philosophies of remarkable women from all walks of life.

    • At Home With

    Your home says so much about you – where you’ve travelled, who you’ve met, and the kind of person you are. Hosted by content creators Lily Pebbles & Anna Newton, with previous guests including Alexis Inge, Liz Earle and Zoe Sugg!

    • Breaking Beauty

    The podcast all about the bestselling beauty products and the damn good stories behind them, co-created by Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins.

    • Glowing Up

    Glowing Up is a podcast about beauty, health, and all things girly and glowy. Hosted by Esther Povitsky and Caroline Goldfarb.

    • The Chasing Joy Podcast

    The Chasing Joy Podcast shares meaningful conversations about wellness that will bring energy and joy into your life.

    • The Beauty Brains

    Real cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions. Also available in written form on their blog!

    • Natch Beaut

    Jackie Johnson spills the tea on trendy products, baddie makeup, ride-or-die skin care, and seeks inspo from the holy grail of the cosmetic golden age: teen mags from the late 90s to early 2000s.


    There you have it! Have I missed anything new and exciting, let me know in the comments!

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    A Beauty Shopping Concierge Service

    For those who are tired of finding out that the one makeup pallete you actually need in your life is not available in your home country – Sephora anyone? – then let me introduce you to your own personal shopping concierge, Big Apple Buddy.




    Being based in New York, Big Apple Buddy have unlimited access to US online stores and ship to over 150 countries around the world, so we all now have the opportunity to buy the latest products when they hit American shelves, at American prices. The Big Apple Buddy service works by the customer telling their concierge what item they’d would like to buy, who will then source your item from a reputable US online store and ship it to you direct – hassle free. There is a small service fee, which covers the entire purchasing process, including sourcing your item, purchasing your goods, inspecting your goods upon arrival at our facility, packing your items and preparing all necessary shipping and customs documentation. But, the product cost and shipping are passed on directly to the customer without mark-up. Payment is currently accepted via wire transfers from U.S. bank accounts and credit card payments (Amex, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) through PayPal.

    For all the Victoria Secret and Sephora lovers like me – and of course the tech junkies – you’re going to love this! Have you used a service like this before, what was your experience like? Share with me in the comments!


  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    Reshape Your Body For Summer

    Reshaping your figure safely and effectively is now available to all thanks to a new non-invasive, fat-freezing, fat-reduction treatment at Australian Skin Clinics in CryoDefine®. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Pav Sidhu, Manager of Australian Skin Clinics Collins Street Melbourne, to learn more about the exciting new treatment, so if you’re interested – keep reading!

    Hi Pav, so I’ve read the term ‘fat destroying technology’ and you simply have to tell me more! Is this treatment really safe? The term “fat destroying technology” certainly does get people’s attention! Australian Skin Clinics Collins Street are excited to have just launched our new CryoDefine® body slimming treatment, available exclusively through select Australian Skin Clinics nationally. CryoDefine® is an incredible new non-invasive, fat-freezing, fat-reduction treatment, that is safe, simple and produces permanent results.

    CryoDefine® is a unique, non-surgical, non-anaesthetic from of cryolipolysis (a medical treatment used to destroy fat cells), which selectively cools fat cells, causing them to be destroyed. The body then naturally removes the fat cells through its normal elimination process. The cooling energy is delivered to the subcutaneous fat layer without causing damage to surrounding tissue or structures.

    It really is the perfect solution for both women and men who want to eliminate stubborn fat that regular diet and exercise have been unable to move! I think we have all experienced the frustration of having that last area of fat that just won’t budge, no matter how hard you work at the gym or how well you eat.

    What are some the benefits from the CryoDefine treatment? Unlike other fat-freezing machines, CryoDefine®  is unique with its dual-paddle action system, allowing two body areas to be treated at once. This makes CryoDefine® a much more effective and efficient treatment process than alternate fat-freezing machines. There are seven major treatment areas including the abdomen, flanks, love handles (hips), bra-bulges, back fat, inner and outer thighs and buttocks. 

    CryoDefine®  is non-surgical, making it a walk-in, walk-out procedure. Typically, you can return to normal activities immediately, making it perfect for a lunchtime treatment. Any redness, bruising, tingling or numbness in the treatment area is temporary and will be resolved completely.


    • Eliminates stubborn fat
    • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
    • Reshapes “problem” areas on the body
    • No surgery, anesthesia or needles required
    • No downtime
    • Safe and effective
    • Treat two areas at once with dual-paddle system

    Is the body able to eliminate the fat in some way, and are the results permanent? How the body eliminates the fat is one of our most frequently asked questions. With CryoDefine®, the treated fat cells are crystalised during treatment and then die off, naturally being processed and removed by the body’s lymphatic system. After the treatment, the body’s natural rhythm can take six to 12 weeks to eliminate the broken-down fat cells. Progressive results will be seen 20-90 days post-treatment and additional treatments may be required for best results. The good news is that once the fat cells are destroyed, they cannot return! Each treatment destroys up to 20 per cent of fat cells in the treatment area.

    Is the CryoDefine treatment non-surgical, and how long does each treatment take? Yes, 100%! CryoDefine® is a unique non-surgical, non-anesthetic from of cryolipolysis, which provides a safer alternative to liposuction surgery. A complimentary 15-minute consultation is required before the clients’ first treatment. Each treatment takes 45-60 minutes per session (each session can treat two areas simultaneously.) This makes it a quick and easy treatment you could squeeze in on your lunch break or after work.  

    I must ask Pav, are there any people that should avoid the CryoDefine treatment? If you are pregnant, or suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, you are not eligible to receive CryoDefine® treatments. We have an initial pre-treatment consultation with each client, so that we can ask the relevant questions about their current health and wellbeing to ensure that the treatment is suitable and safe for them. 

    For more information or to book a complimentary consultation to find out exactly how the treatment works contact Australian Skin Clinics Collins Street on 03 9081 0626.

    Is this a treatment you would consider, or have you already experimented with a similar treatment? I would love to know!

  • InBeauty, Interview, Lifestyle, Travel

    The Who, What and Where of Paris, France

    Paris is such an iconic destination and whilst I’m yet to visit just yet, I’ve enlisted two lovely women who are frequent visitors to share their experiences of what they hear, see and do to allow us to live vicariously through them. Meet Jill Healy-Quintard, a specialist in the Mind/Body connection, and Charlotte Ravet, LUXit Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist, for all the inspiration and #travelgoals!

    [ Charlotte & Jill ]


    Jill: “I have been travelling between France and Australia for 20+ years and lived in the south as well and have noted since we are all only separated by perhaps missing a twitter, youtube update or a post on Facebook, that the fashion throughout the world, particularly with Gen X has become global rather than limited to a specific city or country, although each place tweak their own uniqueness. In Paris in the fashion districts and the tourist districts there will always be people dressed typically Parisienne style, but the young people could be from any country eg. in the hip hop music and dance scene the fashion is totally global and that is from Zimbabwe to Croatia and everywhere in between. My family and friends in Paris love our Australian style, but I do note that the women members of my family young and older tend to wear more make-up and are never seen without make-up or very coiffed hair. The perfume is much stronger and the shoes have a definite very good and well groomed style, if they are not wearing trainers and workout gear.”

    Charlotte: “The typical French uniform is usually a good leather jacket, slim jeans, a nice top, messy bun or loose hair and for the most adventurous a classic red lipstick. If you want to learn more about the Parisian look you could definitely look Ines de la Fressange’s book: Parisian chic. A “bible” for any French women full of tips, places to go, and best looks to wear. So French, so chic!”

    A big fashion trend in Paris those last years is the effortless style, to achieve this, there is the secret “rule of three”.

    Charlotte: “You never to do the three things at the same time: hair, makeup, clothes. You always have to leave one. For example, if you are going to a dressed up party and wear a cocktail dress with high heels, you can do your makeup but will drop the hair. Or look like you haven’t done much and opt for a “bed hair” style. If you have your hair and makeup properly done you will probably wear flat shoes. I never feel overdressed or too sexy in Australia but going out in Paris I always do more fashion details, instead of a full glamour look. A stylish handbags and a nice pair of shoes will always be noticed!”


    Charlotte: “I always stock skin care going to France; Bioderma, Avene and La Roche Posay  are brands I always trust. I also buy a cream at the chemist call “Ialuset”. This cream is 100% hyaluronic acid and usually used for burns and ulcers on the skin. But it also does miracles if you apply before sleeping to plump your skin before a big day or after a peeling treatment. *This is just a tip and this is not the actual prescription for this cream, so I would recommend a patch test before use in case of reaction, as no prescription are required.”

    Jill: “I have relatives and friends in and around Paris and the South of France. My sister in law, who has recently moved from Paris to Cannes, is totally the opposite of the ‘How to Look Parisian Wherever You Are’ and speaking of, my Paris based sister in law found the article in a newspaper and said sadly that women are beginning to copy the Kardashian look.  Far too much botox and filler. My daughter said to me last year when visiting our relatives, that women in Cannes look the same- not just natives but tourists as well though. It is sad to see many of the gorgeous young girls smoking, although they certainly have the stunning French look, tres cool, while lying with their partner/lover/friends on the grass of the Place des Vosges (one of my favourite places in the Marais in the 4th) and just chatting or reading or embracing.

    “In the early 2000’s the way French women in my classes kept their weight down was to smoke, drink coffee and have 1 meal a day if any at all…….which is the real truth of Why French Women Don’t Get Fat!”

    Madame Quintard (my mother in law) and her sister were the invisible menders of incredible fabrics for all the designers in the exclusive Place Vendome, which (before bulk cheap clothing) was the center of Paris fashion in the 1st and she even had a dress made for our daughter by Chanel for her baptism in Paris. I always saw her as the epitome of Parisienne French. She never went out without having spent a long time grooming and always had everything immaculate, including her house.”

    Charlotte: French women are actually not wearing this much makeup, the French are more into skincare and hair care. A beautiful natural skin and silky hair will be the first step in the beauty routine. We like to see the skin under the makeup and are big fan of the “no makeup look”. Liner, highlights and false lashes are not a big thing in Paris, sorry!”


    Charlotte: “When I travel to Paris there is a few beauty places to never miss! Firstly, the huge Sephora in Champs Elysees. It’s definitely a beauty temple where I can spend hours looking at all the latest beauty products. If you go during the sales, products can be discounted up to 70%!

    For the luxury places, Guerlain which is next door to Sephora has one of the most beautiful perfumes and beauty shop, and don’t forget to stop by Laduree for a delicious macaron across the street! On the side of my classic Chanel N 5, I choose my parfum form Martin Margiela at Galeries Lafayette, the scents are very unique and delicate. For the professional makeup artists, there are two places to not miss; 1. Mac cosmetics rue des Saints-Peres, a professional Mac store with an extensive range of products, and 2. Maqpro, le maquillage professionel, a professional makeup store with a thousand choice of colours and textures. The company is family owned and products are made in France using luxury ingredients, and they also offer a range of convenient palettes and customisable products to suit all professional artists.”

    Jill Healy-Quintard is an Australian married to a Frenchman from Paris, and has trained and worked for more than 30 years in fitness and wellness for the body and the mind. Whilst running a range of exercise classes for her clients, she also writes for her fitness and wellness blog.

    Charlotte Ravet is an elite makeup artist and hair stylist based in Sydney. Her expertise spans bridal, editorial, beauty, commercials & celebrities alongside training, and if you’re interested in booking Charlotte to visit you for a service you can book at

  • InLifestyle

    The Beauty Dust You Need

    Beauty Dust. Sex Dust. Dream Dust. If you haven’t heard of Moon Dusts by Moon Juice, where have you been?!

    In addition to their extensive juice and snack offerings, Los Angeles- based Moon Juice has created a range of all-natural, herbal ingestible powders that promotes health and wellness. Originally available in jars, now you can pick these up in 14 single serving packets you can take Dream, Beauty, Spirit, Sex, Brain and Power on the go anywhere.

    Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon, a chef and food educator uses food as medicine and has solved many of her own chronic health issues by incorporating plant based food and adaptogens into her diet.

     Chantal says: “I created Moon Juice for people interested in a new way of living. Not a way where you have to erase your past, but a way fueled by excitement to help yourself live better, here and now. Moon Juice is a cosmic beacon for those seeking out beauty, wellness, and longevity. Our only intention is to add goodness and beauty to your life.”

    Let’s go through each one in more detail!

    • Beauty Dust is a transformative blend of adaptogenic superherbs that help combat the effects of stress to expand your beauty, luster, and glow from within.
    • Brain Dust is an enlightening blend of adaptogenic superherbs and supermushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to align you with the cosmic flow for great achievement.
    • Sex Dust is a lusty blend of adaptogenic superherbs that help combat the effects of stress to ignite your creative energy, in and out of the bedroom.
    • Power Dust is an elite blend of adaptogenic superherbs and supermushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to fuel your physical and entrepreneurial feats.
    • Dream Dust is a tranquil blend of adaptogenic superherbs that help combat the effects of stress to soothe your tension for deep, nocturnal rest.
    • Spirit Dust is an uplifting blend of adaptogenic superherbs and supermushrooms that help combat the effects of stress to expand peaceful awareness and align you with bliss.

    Visit Moon Juice at one of their three physical locations – Melrose Place, Venice, Silver Lake – or online at MoonJuiceShop.

    See you in September LA!


  • 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!

  • InBeauty, Lifestyle

    Get the Facts on Safe Laser Hair Removal

    Do you wish your skin could have that oh-so-silky feeling all year-round and not just on the day you shave? Laser hair removal is a godsend for women (and men) for this very reason. But for many, the term ‘permanent hair removal’ can be daunting! To remove both your unwanted hair and any confusion about laser hair removal, the expert team at Australian Skin Clinics have all the facts covered when it comes to safe and effective laser hair removal.

    How does laser hair removal actually work? With lighter skin types, a cosmetic medical-grade laser transmits a concentrated beam of light directly into the pigment of your hair follicles. With darker skins, the laser is attracted to the blood supply of the hair follicle. The laser then destroys and stunts the hair growth with both modalities. Don’t let the term ‘laser’ freak you out – the treatment is safe, fast and effective in the removal of excessive or unwanted hair.

    FACT: The word laser is an acronym. It stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation!

    Is IPL the same as laser hair removal? This is one of the biggest misconceptions in the industry: IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is not the same as laser hair removal. The biggest difference being that IPL devices do not use laser and therefore cannot effectively target the deeper hair follicles or be adjusted to suit specific skin tones. This can lead to substandard results, along with an increase risk in burns to those with darker skin types. Currently, there are no formal training regulations or equipment industry standards in place for IPL treatments in Australia. Laser hair removal is truly the safer, more effective method of hair reduction.

    FACT: Lasers utilise one wavelength to selectively treat the targeted chromophore (dark matter). When operated by a trained laser technician, it can effectively destroy its target without causing harm to the surrounding tissue.

    How do I know a clinic is safe? A safe laser hair removal clinic will offer clients complimentary consultations with a trained laser technician to assess the skin before treatments commence. The laser technician will also provide advice on how to prepare the skin for optimal results before treatment, as well as correctly advise on how to deal with any post-treatment discomfort that may occur.

    Clinics should only use medical-grade laser equipment with Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approval and operated exclusively by trained technicians.

    FACT: Queensland has the strictest laser licensing laws in the country and Australian Skin Clinics operates under these industry regulations across all their clinics nationwide.

    How do I know my laser technicians is highly qualified? You wouldn’t let a GP operate on you as a surgeon, so why would you want a beauty therapist performing laser hair removal treatments on your skin? Laser technicians should be just that, qualified for the job and hold a Class IV in Laser Hair Removal.

    Qualified laser technicians have a more advanced understanding of how your specific skin type and hair colour will respond to the laser, which means in your consultation they can provide the best advice according to your needs as well as create a personalised treatment plan for your skin and hair type to achieve optimum results.

    FACT: Australian Skin Clinics requires all laser technicians to have undergone laser safety training at The Advanced Skills Academy (TASA).

    Is laser hair removal painful? Laser hair removal feels like a light flicking or pinching sensation, with a little bit of added heat. It is designed to be a relatively comfortable treatment. After each treatment, the hair becomes lighter or thinner and discomfort subsides.

    FACT: All laser machines at Australian Skin Clinics include a cooling device called a Zimmer, which can be adjusted to provide relief should any discomfort occur.

    With your questions now answered, it’s time to find a clinic that ticks all of these boxes. Contact Australian Skin Clinics by calling 1300 303 014 or visit

    About Australian Skin Clinics
    Founded on the Gold Coast, Australian Skin Clinics is one of Australia’s original laser and skin rejuvenation clinics. Established in 1996, the company has achieved rapid expansion due to its successful business model and growing consumer demand for its services.
    Australian Skin Clinics offers a range of results-driven cosmetic treatments including laser hair removal, cosmetic injectables, microdermabrasion, acne management, treatments for rosacea, pigmentation, scarring, sun damage and skin care. With services to suit a wide spectrum of customer both in age and gender, Australian Skin Clinics’ mission is to make its customer’s look and feel fantastic about themselves. The Australian Skin Clinics team achieves this by offering affordable, accessible and effective cosmetic treatments in beautiful, high quality facilities and delivered by experienced, qualified and highly trained team members.