Friday, 24 August 2018

Life Update #10

Welcome back to another life update post! I quite like writing these posts as it's a nice way to update you with what's been happening with my life. 

So I think I last left off when I'd arrived back from my Europe trip and to be honest I have forgotten all about the trip. That was only reinforced when I asked a friend recently which countries I'd visited; I've honestly forgotten all of it and I haven't really thought about it since I've been back. Quite sad really. I think I am done with overseas travelling for now and don’t plan to go anywhere else anytime soon. For now, I will be taking staycations, the perfect holiday in my opinion!

I've got a few product reviews coming up which I am really excited to share with you. Some of the brands that I am collaborating with have been staples for many years which is nice. I was thinking of writing up a post on how to work with brands and PR companies. Let me know if this is something you'd be interested in! 

If you have followed my blog for while you might know that I have purchased from the online site Missguided many times. I recently placed an order for three items, and it took almost a month to receive my items (compared to the usual 7 day delivery). Apparently Missguided switched over to Fastway Couriers to send out the items within Australia.  I can safely say that Fastway Couriers are the WORST courier service I have ever encountered. After one attempted delivery to my house, the package was sent back to the depot in Port Melbourne where it sat for 3 WHOLE WEEKS. Not even a calling card was left in my letterbox to notify me. After many, many phone calls, emails and messages sent, it was finally delivered today. Considering I live roughly a 15 minute drive from Port Melbourne, it was absolutely ridiculous that it took that long to be redelivered! Normally I am pretty patient with things like this, and understand that sometimes obstacles get in the way but to leave a parcel in a warehouse for 3 weeks and not notify the customer? Unbelievable!  Anyway, I now have the items safely delivered and luckily the clothes fit really well. Unfortunately this whole experience has turned me off Missguided and I am not sure whether I'll shop with them again.

Netflix released the film adaption of To All the Boys I’ve Loved and I loved it! It’s based on the bestselling novel of the same name and follows a 16 year old high school student whose love letters to all of her crushes are mailed out accidently. It’s a really sweet teen movie with a great storyline. I have to admit that I love teen movies and still like to watch them even though I am in my early thirties. It makes me think of my own high school experience and how hard those teen years were! Do you ever wonder how you would have turned out if your high school experience was different? 

I think that covers everything for me! 

Until next time...

xx Roxane


Saturday, 11 August 2018

REVIEW: The Nourished Box July 2018 Edition

Hi beauties! As you may know, I signed up for the Nourished Life a few months ago and I have really been enjoying the products! It's a a lucky dip box, meaning you never know when you'll receive and the whole point of the boxes is to try new products out. I recently received the July Deluxe Sample Box and today I'll be sharing the contents with you!

The first product is the Life Basics Nourishing Body Oil. Life Basics is the official brand of Nourished Life and includes a full range of skincare, beauty and home products. The Nourishing Body Oil is an antioxidant and nutrient rich formula designed to keep skin hydrated and improve the texture and tone of the skin. It contains Sunflower, Jojoba, Rosehip and Avocado oils as well as Vitamin E, Evening Primrose and Calendula to soothe, replenish and hydrate the skin. It is Australian made, vegan and cruelty free. My first impressions is that this oil smells incredible. It has a very soothing, spa like scent and instantly relaxes me. I've been using this as a moisturiser on my arms and shoulders and it leaves the nicest subtle scent, as well as moisturising my skin. 

The Lariese Exhilarating Shower Gel is a foaming shower gel and contains Lemon Myrtle, Tea Tree and Bush Lime Essential Oils for a zesty scent. I am yet to try out this shower gel as I haven't finished my current one, however I think I'll really enjoy it as I generally love zesty, lemony scents. It comes in a 250ml bottle which is great value! 

The Weleda Skin Food is a multi purpose product that can be used in many different ways; as a face mask, makeup primer, eye cream, hand/nail conditioner, split end treatment, the possibilities are endless! It is 100% natural and contains only the purest of plant and flower extracts including Oils of Chamomile, Calendula and Wild Pansy to soothe and calm rough skin, and lanolin, sunflower and sweet almond oil to provide a natural barrier against environmental stresses. I have been using this as a night treatment and it is such a luxurious product; the cream is rich and thick and makes my skin feel so soft! I will most likely purchase the full size version of this cream and it's such a beautiful product. 

Finally, the Eco Aroma Sinus Clear Blend is made up of only four oils (Lemongrass, Lime, Grapefruit and Peppermint) and helps to clear the nasal passage and assist with congestion. It is also made in Australia, vegan and cruelty free. This oil is very refreshing; kind of like when you suck on a Fisherman's Friend during a cold! I do suffer from sinus issues regularly so I am looking forward to putting this to the test! 

That rounds up the contents of the July Deluxe Sample Box by Nourished Box. I am really happy with this month's products and love the value for money that I am receiving (the box is $25 and the contents are worth around $70 so you definitely get your money's worth!).

Do you receive this subscription box? Were you happy with the contents this month?

xo Roxane. 

Friday, 10 August 2018

July Favourites

I trialled a couple of new products during July thanks to two subscription beauty boxes; Bellabox and Nourished Life. Despite my plans to only have one beauty box, I can’t bring myself to cancel either one as I’ve really been enjoying them lately (especially Bellabox). So needless to say I am in a dilemma and one has to go, but which one? Overall I have to say that Bellabox have a better range of products however I really love the natural based skincare included in the Nourished Life boxes. 

So now that we have that out of the way let's get to my favourites! 

Ere Perez Cacao Lip Colour in Hoopla is on the right! 
So a standout product for me during July was the Ere Perez Cacao Lip Colour in Hoopla*. This is a long lasting, sheer tint lipstick that comes in a great range of neutral shades. Hoopla is described as a warm nude and that’s exactly what it is. It is very much a ‘my lips but better’ shade and I’ve been reaching for it every single day. I find that it's a great way to add colour to the face without feeling too over the top. **Update: this lipstick melted in my handbag and is completely smashed up so I will be purchasing a replacement as I love it that much! 

I received the Madara SOS Hydra Recharge Cream in my Nourished Life box (full review here) and while I'm still in the process of trialling it out, I've really enjoyed it so far. It has been a nice way to add hydration to my skin during the colder months (this year I've really noticed my skin has become drier). I normally apply it at night before bed. 

I bought a couple of new books over the last month to snuggle up with during the cold nights. I came across Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding (who is also the author of The Party, a book I read awhile ago) and I was instantly hooked! The book follows a friendship between two women and after a while things take a sinister turn. This storyline had me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down; I think I devoured it within a weekend! Lately I’ve really been into psychological thrillers and crime and this was a good novel choice for a newbie. 

The second book I read was The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington. It centres around a woman who goes missing on a cruise ship whilst holidaying with her husband. The story is told from the perspective of a few characters and the author weaves the perfect story to keep the reader guessing. I worked out who the culprit was towards the and of the book however nothing prepares you for reading it in black and white! I would highly recommend this novel if you enjoy a suspenseful read. Caroline Overington is an Australian journalist and author and I've read a few of her books so I knew I'd enjoy this one. 

I think that about covers all of my July favourites! Let me know what your favourite products were!

xo Roxane

*Products were kindly gifted for consideration however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own. 


Sunday, 5 August 2018

BEAUTY EDIT: Mecca Level 1 Beauty Loop Box Unboxing

Hi beauties and welcome back to the blog! Over the weekend I picked up my Level 1 Beauty Box from Mecca Maxima and I am excited to share the contents with you! This is my second Beauty Loop box ever (I was lucky to get one from the event Meccaland which you can read all about here), and it's a great way to be rewarded for all the money spent at Mecca! I actually had no idea I’d spent enough to even qualify so when the email came through I was so surprised! 

Here's what was included:

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (1 ml sample size). This oil promises to smooth skin, hydrate and improve skin elasticity in just 4 weeks. I have used Josie Maran products in the past and really enjoy her range. Plus, I just cannot go past a good skin oil! 

Ren Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Priming Serum. This multi task primer claims to lift, tighten, smooth and plump skin in order to create the perfect base for makeup. It also helps to prevent breakouts which I am curious about. I admit that I rarely wear primer as I just haven't made it an everyday part of my routine. I am looking forward to giving this a go to see if it makes a difference to my makeup and my skin. 

Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray. This is one of Too Faced's most popular products and can be used as a primer before makeup, as a setting spray and as a way to refresh the skin anytime. I am looking forward to trying this out as I have never really used a setting spray of any type. It will definitely come in handy if I have to go somewhere straight from work and I want to look refreshed. 

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let's Go Crazy. This is the product that everyone was most looking forward to in their beauty loop box. It is one of NARS' cult products as it has everything you'd want in a lip pencil; creamy, hydrating and long wearing. The shade Let's Go Crazy is a rich berry shade, and while I initially thought it wouldn't suit me, it is actually so pretty on! I cannot wait to pair this with one of my Tarte lipsticks.

I am pretty happy with this Beauty Loop Box and most excited to try the Too Faced Hangover primer and the NARS Lip Pencil. 

What did you receive in your box this time? Were you happy/disappointed?

xo Roxane. 

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