Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Baby Shower Ideas: Do’s and Don’ts

The news of a new baby arriving soon presents excitement and happiness. Whether you are a first time mom or have had kids before, the feeling is always the same. Planning a baby shower should therefore be perfect.

Here are some baby shower ideas that will certainly help you.

Whether you decide to go for traditional theme or modern one, it should be unique. For a baby boy most of the time the theme color is blue while for girls it’s pink. But there are way much more themes to choose from such as jungle theme, animal theme, musical theme or even a nautical theme. 

If you are not sure of the baby’s gender, go for a neutral theme like a vintage or black and white theme. It may sound boring but it’s very sophisticated.

If you are planning for a friend, find out what the mom to be doesn’t like to eat and don’t include any food that will upset her. The last thing you do not want is the main guest of the party getting sick during the event. 

Remember that the cake should be the center of the shower. Make sure the decoration is as amazing as the taste of the cake. 

Here are two easy to make recipes that could help you and save up some of your time.  

1. Cheese ball
Softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, chopped green onions, garlic powder, almonds, worcestershire sauce, and cheddar cheese.

  • Mix mayonnaise and cream cheese, stir until smooth.
  • Add Parmesan and cheddar cheese, green, onion, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce into the mixture and stir.
  • Chop almonds and place into a plastic wrap. Roll the cheese mixture into balls.
  • Roll cheese balls in almonds then wrap with plastic wrap.
  • Place into refrigerator for  few minutes then unwrap and serve.
2. Banana bread
Ripe bananas, milk, plain yogurt, vanilla cream, all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, butter.

  • Mash bananas and add in milk, yogurt and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  • Cut the butter into very tiny pieces and add into the flour mixture.
  • Add the banana mixture into the new flour mixture and mix well to make dough.
  • Preheat oven.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place the scones.
  • Bake until firm and brown on the edges.
  • Let it cool then serve.

There’s no limitation to what you can give someone as a gift but you should try to be creative. You can buy things like, on-the go changing mat, multi-portion freezer tray, self-heating travel bottle or stroller storage.  Giving the gift of  newborn photography props is also a fantastic ideas, they will be used on the newborn to forever capture special and wonderful life events with great photos. They are available in many online stores and can even have them custom made. Gift must all be about the baby. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Top 4 Body Care Products in Winters

Winters are very harsh in Canberra. I do have itchy and problematic skin during cold weather.  Here is my top 4  body care products during winters,  I have reviewed each of them separately .

Dermaveen Soap Free Wash*: Best body wash for dry itchy skin, it is very gentle and can be used on little kids too.

Bio Oil*: It is a must have for dry itchy skin, it also improves overall texture of my skin.

Dermaveen Body Moisturiser spf 50+*: We should not forget sun protection in winters, this is very gentle sunscreen, can be used on face too. 

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion: My HG body moisturiser, great for all family members, I am using it for the last 3 years.

Have you tried any of these, love to hear your thoughts.

* Products provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lottie London Get The Look Palette - Day Dream Review*

Price: 30$

 Swatches from left to right
Beach Pum, In the glow and On Point
 Swatches from left to right 
First Row -In the Buff, Instagram, First Kiss
Second Row - Man Crush, Girls Gains, #nofilter

Lottie London Day Dream Palette comes in a cute card board packing with a mirror. It is all in one palette and contains a bronzer, a highlighter, a blush and 6 eye shadows. All of them are creamy and highly pigmented, even one swipe is enough to show intense colour. Unlike other drugstore palette, the mattes perform really very well even I need to be careful with them. All the colours apply and blend easily, only blush has little fall out while others are perfectly fine. I like the colour selection of this palette. it is great for all skin tones. 

Surprising eye shadows and blush last for a very long time, they perfectly stays  more than 8 hours on my face.  All the eye shadows work well with my pale skin tone, only "In the buff" looks little bit chalky.  I love the blush "On point"  and Highlighter "In the glow" while in the eye shadows "Man Crush" and "Girls gain" are my favourite.

Overall I am really impressed with the quality of this palette, It is a great all in one palette and perfect for travelling.  It has variety of wearable shades which is great for different skin tones and different makeup looks. 

Note: This post is linked up at Ingrid's blog Fabulous and fun Life.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Benefit Porefssional Primer - Worth the hype?

Price: 20$ - 53$ from Myer, Sephora and Adore beauty

 Benefit Porefssional Primer swatch

I am using Benefit Porefssional Primer for the last three years but never reviewed it on my blog. I though that I should  share this beautiful product with my readers. 

Benefit Porefssional Primer comes in a soft tube packing, and it is almost fragrance free. The consistency is thick and I only need small amount for targeted areas.  The tube really last for the long time

It has silky and smooths texture which instantly fill pores and fine line. I use make up sponge to apply foundation, as it keep the primer in my pores. My make up glides smoothly over it and last for the long time. 

It really makes huge difference in the appearance of my pores and my skin feels smooth and almost poreless.  I use moisturiser before applying this because my skin is very dry.

It is an expensive product, I never bought it separately, I always get them in Benefit kits or Christmas gift packs.

I totally agree that this product truly worth the hype. I have not find its perfect dupe yet but Loreal magic blur is close enough with the friction of price. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Collective Haul

Last month I purchased some new goodies, here is a quick post about my haul.

MAC lipstick Velvet Teddy: This is a part of my birthday treat, I bought it with out trying as the tester was finished at MAC store. It is perfect nude and works well on my naturally pigmented lips.

Nude by Nature Advent Calendar: I got it for only 15$ from my local priceline, who can resist this great offer.

Thin Lizzy First Class Luxery set: I never tried Thin Lizzy before so just got this pack when it was on sale. Its RRP was 69$ at  but I got it for 15$. I love this travel bag, the quality is really very good.

Mario Badescu Silver Powder: After a long time, I bought a new skin care product. I ordered it online when Mecca had free shipping. I hope it will work well with my skin type.

I am so excited to try these new goodies, have you purchase anything recently?

Note: This post is linked up at Ingrid's blog Fabulous and fun Life.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Reasons to Love Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Price: 70$ Only at Mecca

There are so many new palettes coming out in beauty market and Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is not getting much attention, I thought I should share this gem with my readers. 

I bought Too Faced Chocolate Bar last year, Before buying this, I spend almost an hour in Mecca Myer Sydney CBD, swatched almost all the palettes in store. I was confused with Stila Eyes are the Windows Soul but skipped it because colour does not show well on my skin. The second option was Urban Decay Naked 1 but the shade selection was boring, it only contains nude. Too faced Peach Palette has good shade selection but the quality of some shadows are not very good. Finally, I ended up buying this and I was so happy with my decision, as I did not want to waste money on useless products. 

Here is a quick review of this palette.
  • Unlike other high end brand palettes, It is reasonably priced in Australia as it is sold for 49$ USD in USA which is almost 67$ AUD.
  • The packing is very strong almost unbreakable, very easy to use and includes mirror.
  • All the shadows are great in quality, there is not a single bad guy. They are highly pigmented, buttery and creamy.
  • It contain variety of shades including mattes and shimmers, you can create different looks from casual to formal.
  • They are very easy to apply and blend without any fall out. They also last for long time without smudging and fading.
  • I love the colour selection, it is great for all skin tones, it contain browns, gold, nudes, rust, pinks and even blue.
  • It has highlighting shade Champagne Truffle which works excellent as a face highlighter, it really looks duochrome upon application.
I am not posting swatches as there are already tons of swatches available online. I think if you have this palette in your makeup collection, you do not need any other. 

You can never get wrong with this, while instead of getting into hyped products, it is much better to stick to this old favourite. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DermaVeen Soap-Free Wash and Body Moisturiser SPF 50+ Review*

DermaVeen Extra Gentle Soap Free Wash
Price: 11.99$-23.99$  from Priceline and Pharmacies

DermaVeen Daily Nourish Revive & Protect Body Moisturiser SPF 50+
Price:15.99$ from Priceline and Pharmacies

DermaVeen Extra Gentle Soap Free Wash

I was very excited to try Dermaveen Extra Gentle Soap Free Wash. I always prefer bath products with less chemicals and more natural ingredients.

 Dermaveen Extra Gentle Soap Free Wash comes in a strong easy to use pump bottle. It has creamy consistency and I need 2-3 pumps for my body. It is almost fragrance free, I only feel a light smell of oatmeal. It applies easily on my skin with out dripping and its leather well but not much which I like.  It removes effortlessly with few splashes of water. It is very gentle, does not strip and does not irritate my dry skin. After each use, my skin feels silky smooth and calm. I am using it regularly for last few days and I feel that the overall condition of my skin improved a lot. It hydrates my skin keeping the irritated areas calm.

I used it on my two years old son and it leaves his skin soft and smooth. It looks like this wash is suitable for my entire family, it is gentle on kids too. 

Overall, I love Dermaveen Extra Gentle Soap Free Wash and it is great for all family members including little ones. I think in this winter season, it is essential for healthy problem free skin.

DermaVeen Daily Nourish Revive & Protect Body Moisturiser SPF 50+

According to Dermaveen official website, DermaVeen Revive & Protect Body Moisturiser SPF 50+ can be used on face and body while it is suitable for infants, adults and elderly. It comes in a strong easy to use tube packing. The moisturiser is white colored and has smooth texture. It is almost fragrance free which I like. Due to its rich formula, it has thick cream like consistency. It is very easy to apply, surprisingly it takes only few seconds to absorb while it does feel little bit greasy which is OK for me. It instantly makes my skin soft smooth with out giving white cast.  It is very moisturising and keeps my skin hydrated for hours.

I love the fact that it has spf50 which is great for Australian sun. With this moisture,  I can skip to apply sunscreen which saves time and energy. It is water resistant for 4 hours, so great for beach visits.

I used it on my two years old son, it makes his skin soft and smooth with out causing any negative reaction. It is great that this moisturiser is suitable for my entire family, it is gentle on kids too.

Overall, I am in love with this moisturiser, it is all in one product, great for time poors and beauty minimalist. 

*The product is provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Loreal true Match Foundation Vanilla N2 Review*

Price: 29.95$ from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Target, BigW,  Supermarkets, Selected Pharmacies

 For Label Lovers
 Loreal true Match Foundation Swatch in Vanilla N2

Loreal True Match foundation comes in strong glass bottle with pump which is very easy to use.  It has very light smell which disappears after application. I got the shade N2 Vanilla which is closest to my skin tone, not 100% same still it perfectly adjusts to my natural skin tone.  It is highly pigmented, light weight and has silky lotion like texture.

My skin is currently normal to dry and I use this foundation after moisturising my skin. I applied it with fingers, brush or sponge and results were not much different. It applies easily and blends effortlessly into my skin. Due to its unique formula, it did not dry quickly and gives me time for even application.

It provides light to medium coverage, it covers light brown spot, blue veins and uneven skin tone. For better coverage I used concealer with it.  It gives me natural matte finish like I am not wearing any makeup. It blends perfectly into the texture of my skin. 

This foundation is true to its colour, does not change colour change or does not oxidize. The formula is hydrating, it does not accentuate dry patches and keep my skin  hydrated for hours.  This is non transferable foundation and it does not stain my clothes or mobile phone. 

Last but not the least aspect is the longevity. I am really amazed with the longevity of this foundation, it really last for a long time on my face. It perfectly stays more than 8 hours on my skin with out being patchy or greasy. Even When I remove it at the end of the day, the cotton pad is heavily stained.

Overall, I am super impressed with this foundation. It is also great for makeup beginners and time poors too due to its hassle free application.  For normal or dry skin beauties, I recommend using it after moisturizer. For oily skin beauties, I think touch ups with powder can make it last longer.

*The product is provided for review purpose but it does not affect my opinion.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Models Prefer Infinite Lip Liner Review

Price : 9$ from Priceline

Models Prefer Infinite Lip in Lasting Berry and Always Nude

 Models Prefer Infinite Lip in Lasting Berry and Always Nude

Lip liners are rarely discussed in our beauty community, but I thought I should share this hidden gem with my readers.  Here is a quick review of Models Prefer Infinite Lip Liners.

  • Comes in a sleek packing which is very easy to sharp.
  • Highly pigmented, glides smoothly and one gentle swipe is enough to show intensecolour.
  • Non transferable and long lasting.  On my lips they last for up to 9 hours with eating and drinking, even my lipstick disappeared but lip liner is still there.
  • They are waterproof, non feathering and prevent lipstick from bleeding.
  • Affordable and easily available in all Priceline stores.
  • They are made in Germany and does not contain mineral oil and paraffin free.

I love Models Prefer Infinite Lip Liners, they are one of the best liners in the market, currently they are 50% off at Priceline.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Whiter Smile Can Make You Look Younger

Anti aging products are a huge segment of beauty industry. How we can ignore our teeth when we talk about looking younger. Teeth are a prominent feature of our face and they can make a real difference in our appearance.  According to a British study we can look five to thirteen years younger with whiter teeth, while yellow teeth have the reverse affect.

How teeth change with age
Our teeth naturally wear and tear from years of use. As we age, different diseases of gums, teeth, and tissues occur which can contribute to teeth discoloration, directly or indirectly.  Tooth wear is a gradual, progressive loss of dentine and enamel due to erosion, abrasion, and attrition. As the enamel grows thinner, it causes our teeth to become darker as the dentine is exposed, making its color more apparent. Dentine exposure can increase the chances of chromogens to affect our teeth making them yellowish or grayish.

How to Keep the Brightness of Your Teeth
There are tested and proven ways to prevent, delay, or fix teeth discoloration. Here are the options: 

1.       Proper brushing
First, make sure that  brush for at least two minutes, at a 45-degree angle. Do not forget to clean the backs of your teeth and the gum line. Brushing within thirty minutes after eating can prevent stains and erosion.  Avoid Brushing too soon after a meal, as it will worsen the undesirable effects of the acid.

2.     The right choice of mouthwash
Gargling with mouthwash is good for our teeth, but some of them may contribute to discoloration. In certain mouth rinses, chlorhexidine gluconate is an ingredient which uses to treat gingivitis but it can cause staining and tartar builds up. So before buying mouth wash check its ingredients.

3.     A tooth-friendly diet
Many foods and drinks can stain our teeth, including beer, red wine, coffee, soda, foods containing citric acid, and more. Acid erosion won't only discolour teeth, they can also cause permanent damage.

4.     Teeth whitening
We can't erase a lifetime of wear and tear, without having it restored by a professional. The quickest, most convenient way to achieve the brightest smile is to visit your dentist and have your teeth whitened. Pure Smile offers cosmetic teeth whitening in three treatment packages to suit your budget and preferences. They also offer products to use afterward to seal the whitening results. Have a look at their website here. Unlike other treatments on the market, teeth whitening at PureSmile is 100% safe, and can instantly give you a fresh new look.

Achieve a whiter smile with Pure Smile and look way younger than your years.

This post is sponsored by Pure Smile.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

W7 Naughty Nine Eyeshadow Palette in Arabian Night Review

Price: 5$ from Chemist Warehouse

First Row 
 Second Row

Third Row

I recently tried W7 Naughty Nine Eye shadow palette in Arabian Nights and honestly I was not expecting any thing . But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality as they are very good for this price. Here is a quick review

  • The palette comes in a small plastics packing with out applicators. 
  • It contains the mixture of mattes and shimmers while shades are nudes and browns which is great for every day look. 
  • The pigmentation varies from shade to shade but most of them are highly pigmented specially darker shades, you can see the swatches.
  • In the top row the two shades are hard to work with, they does not show well on my skin and looks chalky.
  • These eye shadows  are easy to apply and blend with little fall out, I do not need to work hard on blending.
  • For better colour pay off I highly recommend using primer underneath.
  • These eye shadows look beautiful on eyelids and last for really good time with out fading or smudging.
  • The palette has is very similar to MAC Amber Times Nine palette, I do not think that it is justify to compare it with 67$ palette. But I have read the comparative review here which concluded that W7 is better than MAC.
  • This palette is Made in China and it is not easily available in Australia
  • This palette is more suitable for fair to light skin tones because lighter shades do not show very well on medium and dark skin tones.
Overall, I find that this palette is much better than some costly drugstore eye shadow. It is good option for you if you want to try affordable eye shadow. I hope my review will be helpful for you, have you tried any cheap drugstore product which surprised you.
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