Aug 22, 2012

A REAL Update - Herb Farm Haul / New Linen Headboard

Today Chris and I took a drive out to The Herb Farm, which isn't too far away from where we live. I've been looking at their website for a while and had it in mind for a quick day trip. Unfortunately the weather did pack in a bit while we were there so we didn't walk around the gardens (we'll save that for summer). On the flip side it wasn't busy at all so it was the perfect opportunity to look through the retail store uninterrupted.

A mini haul for y'all. Before you kick down my front door wielding pitchforks, I've finished my first Project 10 Pan. I just haven't got around to showing you what I used up. Some really annoying things if I'm being honest with you. More on that later. The helpful girl at The Herb Farm answered all of our questions and we walked away with these three things. They've just launched two new face masks so I picked up one of those (not that I don't have enough, this one just looked special). I also couldn't resist the foot balm (yeah, I've got a couple of those too, so I only bought the smaller size). Chris was intrigued by this shampoo as it is supposed to keep your scalp nice and healthy, something he's dealing with at the moment. 

I'll let you know how these products go in a review soon. 

A quick snap of me on the way back to the car. Can you see the puddles in the background? What a day to decide to go on a garden walk. I'm sporting some of my new Witchery accessories here.

Do any of you shop at Witchery? I've been loving their accessories lately, and I got these for an absolute steal. I was flicking through my emails yesterday and I saw one from Witchery saying that my $20 Birthday Reward was going to expire yesterday. Say, whaaaat?!! I didn't know anything about this free $20 they were giving me. I went into the store yesterday about half an hour before they closed and the sales assistant told me I could use it on anything in store. Even SALE items. I found a really pretty gold, flower-type design headband for $24.50 (originally $40). I feel like a real princess wearing this! I also got some sunglasses (I only 'do' tortoiseshell) on sale for $14.95 (originally $80!!). Lastly I picked up the blue tassel key chain to give away to one of you! I got it for $1.50 (originally $20). I only paid $14 something all up. RIDIC. I'm sure I only paid about $7.50 for these glasses. Don't know where I put my receipt.

I'm in love with the little gold details on the arms. The good quality case will protect them well in my massively overstuffed handbag too. Moral of the story: read your emails!

Oh yeah, in other news, we DIY-ed an upholstered linen headboard!! Obviously I'm no Home and Garden Magazine stylist and more than one of those pillowcases needs an iron. I hate the top of those European pillowcases too, they need a starch or something. If you have any questions about how we made it, just ask below. We're so happy with it. We actually made it 1.2m tall and its just resting on the ground at the moment. I like that it goes the whole way down the bed but think it might look better sitting a little higher. What do you think? It's comfy to lean against when reading.

Here's me sporting my new headband. Loving it! Wanna know what's making my hair so shiny? All will be revealed in my next post....

Have you bought or made anything new lately?

- Lizy x

Aug 21, 2012

Sort Out Your Winter Skin: Tebe/Olive

Tebe Cleansing Face Polish 50ml* $28.95
Olive 100% Natural Lip Balm 10ml* $9.50

In my last post I mentioned that I had a couple of reviews up my sleeve. Well, kind readers, the time has come. Just because I haven't blogged in a (weeny) while doesn't mean that I haven't been knee-deep in lotions and scrubs, trialing and testing them out for you. It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it. You may remember I did a post on the best-eye-cream-ever last month from the same company that sent me these. Naturally, I fell in love with these products too.

It's nearly spring and what better way to shed our dead winter skin than with this face polish. I've been using it all month to help me get rid of that dull winter look and add some radiance back into my skin. It contains finely ground Olive kernals and Kaolin clay to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The trick with exfoliators is to gently circle the scrub over the skin and let the beads do all the work. Not rub it in with such force as to scratch and irritate the skin. The Tebe Polish didn't do that, because I noticed that the Olive pips have been rounded so as not to scratch the skin (I'm not even going to get into some of those supermarket scrubs **St Ives!**). 

This polish gave me an excellent result and I attribute that to the fact that it contains lots of the 'resurfacing' ingredient, the Olive kernals. I found they didn't 'melt' on my skin like some exfoliators can, which just shortens the time you've got to work with the product. It contains nourishing oils like Sweet Almond and Olive which give a creamy texture and avoid that 'just-scrubbed-and-stripped-of-all-moisture' feeling. It also aims to remove blackheads and UMF Manuka Honey is on hand to help as an antibacterial for any of you suffering with a little acne. It has a great smell as well, which you all know is very important to me. If you want to get that spring glow that I'll be rocking, thanks to this product then you should definitely check this out.

I don't know if I told you this, but I'm a lip balm devotee. When I was in intermediate my teacher would stare me down with her hawk eyes to catch me putting lip balm on and tell me off. Apparently I had quite the obsession and would hold a chapstick in my hand the entire day. Nevertheless, I still love this moisturising stuff we put on our lips daily, and this balm is no exception. I've actually used this one before, many moons ago (6 years) and I loved it. It's since had a packaging update (which I prefer) but the formula is still amazing. It's non-greasy, non-sticky, moisturises for hours and gives you sassy lips like a Victoria's Secret model.

It's got an angled tip for direct application. No messy fingers here (unless you're taking a photo of it).

Mid application. I was a bit snap-happy. Shame about the poor quality photos, it doesn't do this balm any justice. If you want something natural and moisturising that won't break the bank, go and get this stuff, you'll thank me later (when you're looking all VS with your Doutzen Kroes lips).

Photo editing skillz at their worst. 

What do you think of these products? I'm really impressed with this brand and I'll look into buying more of their range. I've been told they're soon releasing a skin care oil to rival all skin care oils. I've seen the ingredient lineup and it's fierce! It will help with scarring, ageing, stretch marks, fine lines, uneven skin tone and dry skin. I'm so looking forward to it! 
In the meantime, something for you to look forward to..... I've got an Olive travel set to giveaway! Keep looking out for that it'll be up soon.

Click on the pictures below to go to their website.

Aug 5, 2012

Project 10 Pan Progress + An Update

I've died a thousand deaths today (to quote Christian Grey, um yeah that's why I haven't blogged in a while). My beloved Guinot Long-Lasting Moisturizing Cream ran out. To be fair, it did in fact last a very long time and I got a bit stingy with it towards the end. I just love that stuff! Damnnn.

I don't want to admit how long I've been in possession of that Dr Lewinn's Liquid Loofah body scrub. Years! I finished it off this week. Decent scrub but I prefer my Clarins one.

I don't know what it is about body washes, I'm sure you'll agree with me, I find myself with a million different ones that I use all at the same time and never finish any of them. Well hello, bottom of the bottle on this Body Shop Shea Butter Shower Cream. One of my cute presents from Chris last Christmas.

So for a little update...

I haven't blogged in a while because I've been so busy doing two things. Working and reading the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy. Oops. 

Consequently, I have a stack of reviews I need to do! Get excited! Some lovely things have landed on my doorstep lately and I'm excited to share them with you.

Hope everyone's staying cool till after school!

- Lizy x 
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