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Empty! December 2013.

31 December 2013
Gosh, can you believe another year has gone? I don't know how the hell it disappeared so quickly.

Although I am slightly annoyed that time seems to be speeding up as I get older I do enjoy the fact that as time passes my products become empty bottle and tubes because when something is gone I get to try something new!

Blogmas: Merry Christmas!

25 December 2013
I hope you have all had a most wonderful day! I did, even though I spent most of it in a hot kitchen while it was 30 odd degrees outside, it's all been worth every second.

Blogmas: Secret Santa and The Best Things About Christmas.

24 December 2013
A little while ago I received this in the mail.

It was sent to me by a member of the Beauty Heaven forums, a group of us signed up to play Secret Santa and it was extremely difficult resisting the urge to open an unknown gift, you see I usually know what is under the tree for me each year, so the wait is generally an easy one, but this gift had an air of mystery about it, not only did it hold untold goodies but it also brought with it the memories of Christmas as a child.

When we are little we are all caught up in the presents and lollies, the wonder of a jolly fat man and the delightful stories of Rudolph, Jesus' birth and Frosty the Snowman (even though we don't experience a white Christmas). These are the things that make us love Christmas, this love grows from precious memories created by other people who want to bring joy to our lives, primarily our parents, grandparents, close relatives and family friends.

As we get older we learn that Christmas isn't really about gifts, it's about making people feel loved and special, spending time with family and friends and stuffing our faces until we can't move, but I think when you can combine the wonder of Christmas as a child and the fulfilling experience of Christmas as an adult that's when you truly understand the blessing that is Christmas. 

Without further ado I bring you the gift that made me feel like a little kid at Christmas.

Thank you Secret Santa, you really must be Santa to have picked such a perfect gift for me. What a wonderful time of the year!

I'd like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful day and don't forget to tap in to your inner child xxx.

Blogmas: Let The Madness Begin...

23 December 2013
The end of Blogmas grows near and it's a bit of a relief, not because it has been difficult or a burden, quite the opposite actually, I've burned through so many reviews and ideas that I'm running out of material. I have a few items in my review pile but I honestly feel like I need more time to come to a solid conclusion as to how I feel about them.

I've loved Blogmas, it'll definitely be a permanent feature for as long as I blog, there were a few speed bumps along the way but I managed to get a post up every day now for 23 days. I'm such a proud little blogger.

I will continue to have posts up tomorrow, on Christmas Day and even on Boxing Day, then I'll be having a little break until the 31st when I will do my usual empties post. The next few days posts are going to be very laid back though because I'm friggin' knackered.

Me right now.

Blogmas: Repairing A Broken Nail.

22 December 2013
Once upon a time there was a little girl, she went to her mother one day and said "Everyone bites their nails so I'm going to as well". That little girl stuck to her guns and bit her nails constantly until she was in her late teens until one day she turned to her mother and said "I want to have beautiful nails, I'm going to stop biting them", it was extremely difficult for her to stop her bad habit but eventually her nails started to grow and with every millimeter they grew she developed a little extra will power to keep her nails away from her mouth. Her hard work payed off and she got her wish, dainty feminine nails graced her finger tips. She felt like she could rule the world and knew that anything she put her mind to was achievable.

Blogmas: Beauty Hacks.

21 December 2013
One of the most common questions I get from clients is: Do you have a trick for (insert everything and anything beauty related here)? Most of these are easily answered and widely known by people who are interested in makeup and beauty products but there are a few that are both weird and not commonly used. Occasionally when I'm working on a photo shoot things pop up that need to be dealt with on the spot and today I'm going to bring you just a few of my weirdest beauty hacks, all of which I have used, most multiple times. I'll let you use your imagination as to why I needed to use these solutions.

Blogmas: Daiso - Angel's Eye Demi Lashes.

20 December 2013
I love Daiso and I love lashes, when you put the two together it can be a bit hit and miss though. Last time I visited Daiso I picked up a twin pack of the Angel's Eye Demi Lashes and today I'm going to let you know whether they are worth the $2.80 price tag ha!

Blogmas: Festive Eyes.

19 December 2013
I tried to create this post last week but rude people got in the way, I went about my day with gold eye shadow, false lashes and all the other trimmings while lifting heavy objects and getting rained on. I was so pissed and I learnt that if you're going to do a post like this you better be prepared to tell people to get the hell away from you until you are done taking a million photos and making sure everything is perfect.

Blogmas: Beauty Heaven Best In Beauty Prize.

18 December 2013
I'm quite torn about posting this. I don't want to come across as though I'm showing off but I know there are people who are going to want to see this, those people are just like me in the sense that we get a lot of enjoyment out of large hauls and other peoples joy. Also I freakin' love checking out photos of these prizes.

Blogmas: Festive Pedicure.

17 December 2013
Welcome to blogmas day 17!

Before I started blogmas I thought often about the sort of posts I would want to do, among them were manicure and pedicure ideas, as I started writing posts the pedicure idea moved further and further down the list every day. You see I don't like gaudy toe nail art, the idea just makes my skin crawl and I struggled to come up with an idea that I would be happy to wear because once my toes are done, they are done for at least a week and there is no way in hell I'm doing my toes more than once a week.

Blogmas: Trilogy - Rosapene Day & Night Collection.

16 December 2013
I'm really excited to be reviewing the Trilogy Rosapene Day & Night Collection today, so excited I almost pee'd a little bit (not really).

Blogmas: Essence Mascara Comparison & Review.

15 December 2013
10 days until Christmas, can you believe it? Thank God because I'm no where near ready! You might be able to tell that life is a little hectic considering how late in the day this post is.

Today I'm going to take a look at two Essence mascaras I picked up recently; I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara & All Eyes On Me Multi-Effect Mascara.

Blogmas: Saturday Sample.

14 December 2013
I can't believe I've managed to get through 14 days of posting every day, I was so excited to do Blogmas but I had a nagging little voice in the back of my head saying it would be too hard and I'd fail.. Apparently I wasn't giving myself enough credit.

Today's sample of Lipikar Baume AP came to me from La Roche-Posay a few months ago when I was sent a couple products to trial, they kindly included some sample sachets of other products in the range to try out and this week they definitely came in handy.

Something weird happened to my legs a while ago, I believe I had an allergic reaction to a popular brand of moisturiser which I suspected I was allergic to from past use but like an idiot I decided to give it another go. The weirdest part is that it only effected the lower half of my legs and only on the front along my shins. My body is a weirdo.

So anyway after clearing the rash I was left with skin that resembled a lizard. So sexy.

My current moisturiser was doing jack so I decided it was perfect timing to bring out the big guns. Lipikar Baume AP is supposed to 'rebuild skin's moisture barrier and stop the vicious cycle of itchy skin'.

"Lipikar Baume AP has an ultra-absorbing texture, is able to replenish lipids in the most severely dry skin in record time and contains high concentrations of Shea Butter to nourish skin and Niacinimide to break the vicious cycle of itchy skin"
Unfortunately I can't really comment on the itch issue as I didn't start off with this problem, although while using this on my lizard legs I've also been using it on the eczema flare up on my feet and usually if a cream works on my eczema as it's supposed to it actually makes it itchy (I have weird eczema like the rest of me), basically what happens is the cream helps to repair my skin and the eczema reverts to the first stages of the condition which are tiny little itchy bumps which drive me completely insane because the itch is constant and so intense, there is no way to get rid of it other than to allow the condition to become 'severe' and in turn become really dry and unsightly. It's the shittiest friggin' catch 22 situation and I've lived with it for years.

Nothing ever really worked for my eczema, some would make it revert to the first stage which I actually don't want and others did nothing except make my feet slippery. Lipikar Baume AP on the other hand has had a small effect on the condition of my feet, for starters it hasn't made my condition revert to the first stage which I love but it has helped ever so slightly with the appearance of the skin, while I still have dry flaky patches the skin feels a lot softer and I'm not embarrassed to wear open shoes now.

As for my lizard legs, this is where I knew for sure that this was a really great product, I had tried all sorts of creams to help soften the scaly skin, nothing worked, everything was shit and I was starting to get pissed at the whole situation. When I finally used the Lipikar Baume AP I tried not to get my hopes up. It wasn't until the third day of applying that I noticed it was working, I had showered and exfoliated as per usual and I was just about to put more cream on when I noticed the scaly skin was gone in patches and lifting in other areas. I could have cried.

Here I am on day 5 writing this review that was supposed to be quick but of course turned in to an essay and my legs are normal again, they are my legs and I don't look like a lizard/human hybrid. How wonderful!

The consistency is nice, it feels just like any normal moisturiser, not too thick or thin and without any discernible scent.
There is one issue with this cream that I really don't like.. It leaves a residue, I'd call it greasy. It's annoying and I don't like it but when I consider how well it works I feel like it's a small price to pay, I've never used a moisturiser that works quite this well on seriously dry skin and it's something I would let slide for real results in a timely manner.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP retails at $37.99 for 400ml and can be found in Priceline stores and selected pharmacies.

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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Blogmas: Mecca Cosmetica - Showered With Praise Softening Body Wash.

13 December 2013
Why are there only 12 days of Christmas? And when does it start and end? From the 1st to the 12th or the 13th to the 24th? Maybe somewhere in between? What about Christmas day, surely that is supposed to be involved since it's the most important day of all! Please if someone could explain this completely flawed concept to me I would really appreciate it.

So it's Friday the 13th and I'm gonna have a bit of a bitch about a product..

Blogmas - Girlie Stocking Stuffers

12 December 2013
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. A stocking stuffed with girlie goodies!

Custom Christmas Stockings available at HungByTheChimney's Etsy Store.

Blogmas: Beautorium Haul.

11 December 2013
On the eleventh day of Christmas Beauty Heaven gave to me.. My freakin' Beautorium haul!!!!!!!!

Right, very quick run down of what is and what the hell a Beautorium is for those who have been living under a rock..

Blogmas: Festive Food - Strawberry Santa Claus.

10 December 2013
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Food, Glorious Food!

I like food. I like everything to do with it. Buying, preparing, cooking, eating, sharing, throwing..

Blogmas: Grace Cole - Fruitworks Passion Fruit & Guava Shower Gel.

9 December 2013
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Delicious shower gel!

Grace Cole is a new brand to me, I first noticed it a couple of weeks ago at Chemist Warehouse, I was after a shower gel and wanted something completely new.

Blogmas: Lush - Ultrabland.

8 December 2013
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. A product that I struggle with.

I've been trying to incorporate Lush Ultrabland in to my cleansing routine and I am seriously on the fence about this one.

Blogmas: Saturday Sample.

7 December 2013
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me.. Samples!

I was sent two trial packs of Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes to try out by The Soup recently.

Blogmas: Festive Nails.

6 December 2013
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me.. Festive Christmas nails.

This post taught me one thing: I do not have enough glitter polish.

Blogmas: Essence - Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer.

5 December 2013
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Super affordable concealer!

Essence is a new brand to me, I've been seeing and hearing about it for a long time but it was only recently that I took the plunge and made some purchases. I didn't expect much really, these products are probably some of the cheapest on our shelves in Australia along with a few other brands, these other brands I've tried have left me feeling less than excited to venture in to the world of cheap makeup again; hard lip and eye liners, chalky eye shadows and blushes, stinky, flaky and just plain horrible mascaras.. The prices are so irresistible with most of these brands but the products are borderline unusable.

Blogmas: A Trip Down Memory Lane - Christmas Cartoons.

4 December 2013
On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Nostalgic cartoons!

I clearly remember the joy that Christmas cartoons would bring to me as a small child and I still appreciate them to this day. I spent a lot of time searching for my favourites to add to my collection but many can be found online for your instant viewing pleasure. Since I'm not fully educated on the laws regarding embedding Youtube videos that don't belong to me I'm going to take the safe road and just post links to some high quality, old school cartoons that make me think of my childhood and shit all over the cartoons of today.

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Watch on Youtube

Nestor, The Long Eared Christmas Donkey - Watch on Youtube

Berenstein Bears Christmas Tree - Watch on Youtube

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - Watch on Youtube

Frosty The Snowman - Watch on Youtube

The Little Drummer Boy -Watch on Youtube

A Garfield Christmas Special - Watch on Youtube

'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Watch on Youtube

My memory screams that I'm missing some but I just can't recall what they are, every year I scour the internet for hours at a time looking for cartoons that are familiar and while my personal collection is significantly larger than what is shown here I still know it's incomplete, the only thing that is getting in the way is my memory, so please, for the love of Christmas, do let me know if you recall any favourites just in case they are the ones leaving a gaping hole in my collection.

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Blogmas: Lush - Angels On Bare Skin.

3 December 2013
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Nice clear skin!

I have been meaning to blog about this product for weeks. It sits in my bathroom either by the sink or in the shower, depending on where I used it last and since it's not kept in my room where I do most of my 'pretty-ing up', it's mostly out of sight.. which means it is mostly out of mind. You should know that just because I don't think about this product other than when I'm about to use it, doesn't mean that I don't have a lot to say about it.

Blogmas: Empty! November 2013.

2 December 2013
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... A bag of trash!

I didn't finish much off this month, mostly things got put aside for new products so I think it'll be a while before I have a large empties post again.

I like looking at other peoples garbage and I figure you're here because you feel the same way so let's not waste any time.

Blogmas: November 2013 Collective Haul.

1 December 2013
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me.. A bunch of goodies! (not really).