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My Christmas Gift Guide

My Christmas Gift Guide

My Christmas Gift Guide

You’re sure to have a luxurious Christmas with this edit of can’t-go-wrong presents and dream-ticket gifts. Some items are currently on my own wish list and others are among my favourite things at the moment. Buy them for someone special or simply spoil yourself. For quick, easy shopping click on the name of the object from my christmas gift guide below to head straight to the direct site…

Left to right :

Chanel Classic Wallet. A classic black Chanel wallet bears all the distinctive characteristics of the brand’s iconic designs. Made in grained calfskin with gold metal hardware.

Christie Nicolaides Adara Earrings. There is nothing quite as beautiful as OOT jewellery and these handcrafted hammered gold brass earrings are a perfect addition to any jewellery collection.

Byredo Unnamed Fragrance. Unnamed is a unisex blend of gin accord, pink pepper, orris stem, lush violet, tree moss and fir balsam which allows you to name the fragrance yourself, then label the bottle as you wish.

Lack Of Color Grove Fedora. An amazing hat is a timeless wardrobe stable and the perfect addition to a chic wardrobe. I wore the Grove Fedora to my Christmas and it has been a staple piece ever since.

Mason Pearson Hair Brush. I recently wrote a post about how every girl should own a Mason Pearson Hair Brush. Which is why it makes the perfect gift for someone special or yourself.

For those who are still stuck for a gift idea a virtual gift card is always the perfect last minute present. My favourite online shopping destinations; The Undone StoreThe Fashion Bunker or The Iconic.

Photos are not my own. Source as stated above.

Mason Pearson Hair Brush

The Essential Mason Pearson Hair Brush

Mason Pearson hair brush

Last week I shared some recent updates to my daily skincare line-up and the products from Alpha-H that I simply can’t live without. As a follow up I wanted to direct your attention to another and equally important part of your daily routine; your hair. In an effort to up my all round beauty routine (haircare included) I’ve taken some time out to ask friends, other influences and industry experts for their opinion on tackling my current hair concerns; Everything from dehydration, to split ends and general damage.

The first item on my radar is a beauty tool which everyone owns and uses every day. However it is often overlooked in terms of its value. Your hair brush. A few months ago I noticed that I was finding quite alot of hair in mine. Much more than usual. And it terrified me. I even found myself talking about it to a beauty editor I was sitting next to at an event a few months ago. When I also mentioned that I had only ever used a paddle brush, she shook her head and suggested I invest in a fancy Mason Pearson hair brush asap.

Who knew something so simple could change your life?! I’ve now been the proud owner of a Mason Pearson hair brush for the past six months and my hair has never been healthier. Of course, this isn’t a controlled experiment. But I’d go out on a limb and say I’ve notice less breakage, fewer knots and shiner hair. I’ve also had half a year completely free of that terrible ripping sound which was so familiar with others. I’ve also managed to grow my hair almost all the way down my back!

If you live in Australia a Mason Pearson hair brush will cost you around $165. However you have to keep in mind that you will use this every single day, once, twice or three times. And that it will last forever. So it is a worthy investment. It also makes the perfect Christmas present for that someone who is hard to buy for! To add a Mason Pearson hair brush to your own hair care routine or buy one for someone else, visit a David Jones store or visit their website by clicking here.

Photos are not my own. Source Mason Pearson via David Jones.

My New Alpha-H Skincare Essentials

My New Beauty Saviours From Alpha-H

My New Alpha-H Skincare Essentials

Skincare can be a minefield, even for those in the know. From products, their ingredients, technique and usage, it’s hard to be sure you’re not doing at least something wrong. Recently I wrote a post where I shared the Alpha-H products that I can’t live without. When I shared this with the girls at Alpha-H they emailed me straight away. Surprised that I had found success with two products in particular, which are actually recommended for forty + and fifty + skincare regime.

When I had published the post on my blog, my skin was flawless and in the best condition it had ever been. But when I stopped using the two products which are usually recommended to someone in their forties or fifties, that’s when I noticed issues. I know now that my skin had been over stimulated and as a result was craving the products it had become use to. However, I have to admit at the time I had no idea what was going on.

Once I’d talked to the girls, it suddenly all made sense. I hadn’t consulted anyone about what I should be using. And with so many choices I’d just made a very common mistake. That’s when I decided it was time to touch base with one of the experts at the Alpha-H HQ, who recommended the ideal routine for my skin and the product changes that I should make ASAP.

Here are the new skincare products I’ve recently added to my routine…

Alpha-H Clear Skin Moisturiser. I have been using this new moisturiser every day for the last few months and I can’t imagine my life without it. Refreshing and lightweight, it works to clarify and hydrate your skin. It also contains natural ingredients which help to prevent breakouts and soothe any irritations.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream. Formulated to nourish and rehydrate thirsty skin, this rich moisturiser is best suited to dry, sun damaged and pigmented skin. I apply this every second evening to keep my skin clear and glowing.

Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed. I apply this every second evening when I’m not using the Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream. Enriched with botanicals and hyaluronic acid, this Vitamin C serum brightens, hydrates and plumps up the skin.

The Alpha-H products which have remained in my routine…

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera. A creamy three-in-one cleanser rich in Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. It completely removes all of your face and eye make-up whilst helping to correct the skin’s natural pH balance.

Alpha-H Instant Facial. This spray helps to reinvigorate the complexion by refining the size of your pores, removing dead cell build-up and softening wrinkles. It also leaves the skin feeling fresher, smoother and firmer.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Liquid Gold is probably the most famous product from the Alpha-H range. A skin resurfacing treatment formulated with a low pH delivery system to effectively diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage.

Photos are not my own. Source Alpha-H.

Take A Deep Breath

Switch Off, De-Stress And Take A Deep Breath

Take A Deep Breath

I tend to go out of my way to ensure my blog is frivolous, at times superficial, but most importantly, far removed from the part of my life that I don’t share with anyone. For me, not talking about the troubles of day-to-day life is not because I want to convince everyone that I am invincible. I’ve just never felt it was appropriate. However, for this post I wanted to share with you a little bit about the last few months, so that you will understand why I was genuinely moved by the new campaign from Philosophy Skincare…

We don’t often take time out for ourselves. Because we are all so busy with work, relationships, commitments and the pace at which we move through our day. And as a result we often push ourselves to the limit. That is, until the imminent arrival of exhaustion, as well as the burning desire for nothing but a lounge or a bed. It’s then that you realise the stress you have put on your body and your health.

I can’t deny that I’ve spent the last six – twelve months, running from day-to-day. My soul drowning in a schedule that has spun its way in repetitive cycles around my life and bundled my existence into a heart-breaking seven day package; Working full time Monday to Friday and dedicating any free time to preparing content for my website, attending events, driving social media, writing blog posts as well as running my own fashion and lifestyle brand. Not only did I forget to take time out occasionally. I completely forgot to take care of myself.

When your stressed, there’s no denying that it takes a toll on your health and well-being. But it also takes a toll on your appearance. Tired and dull skin are just one of the consequences of not looking after yourself properly. And as a result for the last month or so, for the first time in a long time, my very busy schedule has caught up with me and my skin has been out of sorts. It has also started to lack that youthful radiance that we all wish for.

Then a few weeks ago I received a care package from Philosophy Skincare which asked me to try their new range, Take A Deep Breath. Consisting of two products; An oil-free gel cream that works to keep skin hydrated, energised and radiant. And an eye gel cream; that delivers oxygen to the eye area resulting in younger, more vibrant looking skin. The campaign also encourages you to take a moment to breath and see life more clearly. Not only looking after your skin, but also your health and well-being.

I’ve always loved to spend time by the ocean. Especially when I’ve lost my inner balance and my skin is suffering from irritations. From now on I want to make a conscious effort to take time out for myself at least once a week. So now it’s over to you. When will you make time to look after your own needs? Remember, the small changes we implement have the most empowering and long-term effects. And if you can only fit just a small amount of time aside for yourself, do it while looking after your skin too with Philosophy’s Take A Deep Breath. Available to purchase here.

Photos are not my own. Source Philosophy Skincare.

A Floral Fragrance For Spring

Fragrance-Mecca

In my teens and my early twenties I only ever wore one fragrance. Then when I moved to Sydney eight years ago I began working at Estee Lauder in their PR department. Specifically working on their portfolio of designer fragrances. I went from owning just one fragrance, to many. And soon had a collection big enough to switch up my scent every day of the week. Since then I have always had an extensive range to choose from. Until now. When all at once, every bottle seemed to come to an end at the same time.

I am such a creature of habit, so I thought I would purchase something a little different this time. This weekend I paid a visit to Mecca at The Intersection in Paddington. They have an amazing range, including unique personal and home fragrances which you can’t find in any of the major department stores. I always see Gypsy Water from Byredo on Instagram, so I was almost certain I would love it. But after finally having a chance to smell it, I decided it wasn’t quite the right scent for me.

The girls at Mecca helped me go through the entire Byredo range, without actually having to smell everything! And quite quickly narrowed my selection down to just a handful of options which would suit my fragrance style. I fell in love with Inflorescence, which is a fragrance especially created to celebrate the beginning of Spring. That too seemed fitting! I also picked up two new Byredo candles for my home, which are just as beautiful as the personal fragrance range.

It’s always nice to switch up your fragrance depending on your day, mood or the weather! So I also wanted to purchase a second. I’ve had Chloe’s original EDT on my wish list for so long. So it was a very simple decision. Centred around the classically beautiful rose, Chloe offers a vibrant, modern take on the traditional flower. Mecca don’t sell this fragrance in-store but you can buy it through their website here.

Find out a little more about each scent below….

Byredo Loose Lips Candle. A beautifully feminine and fruity scent, inspired Byredo founder Ben Gorham’s childhood memories of his mother’s lipsticks. A fusion of rose petals, Morello cherries, orris root and delicate notes of violets. Once used to fragrance lipsticks, this velvety candle adds a woman’s touch to any room.

Byrdeo Loveless Candle. A deep and mysterious scented candle, captured in a effortlessly cool, gloss-black vessel with a contemporary edge. Adoxal and mandarin notes are released upon lighting, offering an air of freshness to an otherwise moody and exotic scent. Notes of petitgrain, wild tuberose, papyrus and black cedarwood linger.

Byredo Inflorescenc Eau de Parfum. Celebrating the onset of spring, this captivating scent is a stroll through overgrown flourishing flowers and captures the essence of bright blooms as they reach their peak. A heady blend of pink freesia, lily of the valley and fresh jasmine make for an alluring, joyous aroma.

Chloe Signature Eau de Parfum. Composed of pink peony, freesia, lychee, magnolia, lily of the valley, rose, cedarwood, amber and honey. This seductive scent is both comforting and intriguing. Encased in a beautiful bottle with real silver plating, and finished with a hand-tied ribbon. This fragrance will look beautiful placed any dressing table.

Photos are not my own. Source Mecca.