Sydney Fragrance 'Scent of Australia' Soy Candle Review

Monday, 20 March 2017


I was given the opportunity recently {lucky me!}, to try out a new range of one of my all-time favourite things – CANDLES!

Sydney Fragrance have recently launched their ‘Scent of Australia’ collection of beautiful, double wicked soy blend candles.

There are ten scents in the range, each one inspired by a unique and special part of Sydney.

For the past week I’ve been burning this beautiful ‘Sunset’ candle, and let me tell you – my house smells amazing! Inspired by a Sydney sunset {of course}, its scent is Coconut, Peach and Sunburnt Sand. 
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Whenever I get a new candle, my first point of judgement is how good the scent throw is. It can be impossible to predict, because you may smell a candle in store and it have an amazing, strong scent, but then you get it home and find it barely smells at all whilst burning. This is all to do with the ratios of ingredients used, as well as the wick size and quality of oils etc.

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Well, I can honestly say this candle didn’t disappoint! As soon as I opened the box, the fragrance was already wafting around the room. And whilst burning, the scent carries beautifully throughout the house, which is what we all want, yes?

Another bonus for me in particular is that although the scent carries well, it is not overpowering. Strong scents can be a major problem for me with my migraines, so I was pleased to find that this one seems to be the right combination of strong, but not too strong, for people like myself.

I would definitely recommend this beautiful collection if you’re anything like me and always on the lookout for a new candle to try. Not only do they smell lovely and burn well, but they look pretty too – beautiful, good quality opaque white jars and pretty boxes.

You can find these candles at Sydney Fragrance, where they retail for $39.95aud for a 360g jar {up to 80 hours burn time}.
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Disclaimer: This product was given to me for the purpose of testing. However, as always, all opinions are my own and I never promote a product and/or company I do not believe in.
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LipSense Review and First Impressions

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

I have to admit I had never heard of LipSense, until my lovely friend, Sharon, recently became a distributor. She invited me to join her Facebook page - which of course I did - and I became intrigued by the brand and its story (and all the beautiful colours - there are a lot!).

As someone who is extremely against any form of animal cruelty or mistreatment, my ears pricked up as soon as I heard that LipSense doesn't test on animals. Not only that, but the formula is said to be waterproof, kiss-proof and smudge-proof - and who doesn't want that in a lip product?

So I decided to go ahead and give them a try. I purchased two colours, a Glossy Gloss and the Ooops! Remover. LipSense recommend this combination (colour + gloss + ooops!) for anyone trying out the products for the first time, as they are designed to work together.

I chose the colours 'Summer Sunset' and 'First Love', because I wanted to try something bright but also something more neutral.

LipSense colours can also be combined, so you can pretty much create any colour your heart desires with only a few products. Yay!

Below is me (awkwardly) trying out my chosen colours.

'Summer Sunset'

'First Love'
So, what did I think?

Initially, I wasn't 100% sold. I wore 'Summer Sunset' out to dinner and when I looked in the mirror afterwards, I was horrified to find the colour was pretty much completely gone from the corners of my lips - yuck!

BUT... I knew Sharon would not be promoting a product that wasn't amazing, so alas, I gave it another chance. I also went back and checked out the proper way to apply the LipSense and realised I had most likely not allowed the colour to dry enough in between layers (duh!).

So, take two I decided to wear 'First Love' to work. I figured that would be a real test, since I would be drinking coffee, eating lunch and blabbing all day on the phone. I made sure to allow plenty of time for the colour to dry in between each layer, and applied it carefully before heading off to work.

Did it last? Oh yes! I ate, I drank, I talked, I wiped my mouth - and the colour stayed put! In fact, the first photo above was taken late-afternoon on a work day after only applying 'Summer Sunset' once in the morning!

I've never been one to reapply or touch up my makeup during the day - I just don't think about it (until I look in the mirror and see a shiny mess)! So these lip colours are amazing for ladies like me.

For a LipSense starter kit (colour, gloss and ooops! remover) the RRP is $74.00 (AUD). Alternatively, the colours can be purchased on their own for $34.00, the gloss for $26.00 and the remover for $14.00 (all AUD). As I mentioned, they are designed to work together as a set, so a starter kit is definitely the way to go if you're a beginner (aka clueless) like me.

You can check out Sharon's page here to find out more about LipSense, or if you are interested in trying some of the products out for yourself.

I would love to hear your thoughts on them too, so don't forget to come back and comment!

Thanks for reading! xo
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Recipe: Spicy Lentil Stuffed Capsicums

Monday, 22 August 2016

I've been experimenting a little more lately when it comes to cooking. I've always loved to cook, but tend to lean more towards baking than cooking meals in general.

Recently though, I've been keen to try some healthier options when it comes to lunches and dinners. This one has fast become a favourite of mine, so I wanted to share it for you to all to enjoy! I found a similar recipe online and have since tweaked it and made some changes along the way to make it my own.

I have found these to be great for work lunches, as they freeze well and are great to pull out on days that I'm a little under-prepared for lunch.

I hope you will enjoy them too!

You will need:
6 capsicums
Cooking spray oil
3 tsp garlic infused olive oil
1 brown onion, diced
1 stick celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can brown lentils
1 cup cooked rice
½ cup vegetable stock (I like to use Campbell's Real Stock)
1/3 cup fresh parsley
Spices of choice
Sour cream or yoghurt to serve (optional)
Steps: 

1.   Preheat oven to 180c.  Line or spray a baking tray or dish.  Cut the tops off capsicums and scrape out the seeds & membrane.


2.    Add 1 tsp garlic infused oil to fry pan. Add onion and celery, stirring for 3-5 mins or until just browned. Add in garlic and your choice of spices (I used a pinch of Cayenne Pepper, a tsp of Cumin and a little bit of Curry Powder).  Stir & cook for a further 1-2 minutes, adjusting the seasoning as you go.  Add in the lentils, tomatoes, rice and stock.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 mins, stirring until sauce begins to thicken.  Season with salt, pepper and parsley.


3.    Spoon the mixture into the capsicums and place the tops back on.  Drizzle the remaining garlic oil over the capsicums. Bake for 45-50 mins, or until capsicum skin begins to blister and soften.



4.    Plate and serve with sour cream or yoghurt if desired.

 
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Circa Home Gratitude Collection Review

Monday, 18 April 2016

This week, I was lucky enough to be sent a super beautiful package from the lovely people at Circa Home!

I was excited to receive this because I love Circa Home products, especially their candles - so when I opened the box to find a limited edition candle from their brand new range, I was one very happy girl!

In the interest of full disclosure, please note this post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Circa Home.

The new Gratitude collection is a limited edition range of Honeyflower and Sandalwood products for Mother's Day.  The scent is inspired by a warm hug from Mum and everything we are grateful for.

I have to admit, I am never usually a big fan of Sandalwood.  I much prefer foodie scents when it comes to candles.  But this one, I can honestly say I really like!  Maybe it's the combination with the Honeyflower, or the subtle vanilla and cucumber notes that I like - I'm not sure - but this is a really lovely scent!


Like all Circa Home candles, the scent throw is also excellent.  It easily carries through the house without being too overpowering.

To celebrate Mother's Day, Circa Home are giving away a beautiful Honeyflower & Sandalwood Gift Pack for a lucky winner to share with someone special.

The pack is valued at RRP $251.60 and includes:

2 x Honeyflower & Sandalwood Classic Candles

2 x Honeyflower & Sandalwood Fragrance Diffusers

2 x Honeyflower & Sandalwood Scented Soy Melts

2 x Limited Edition Gratitude Electric Warmers

For your chance to win one of these limited edition packs, click below and let Circa Home know what you're grateful for.  Good luck!


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Current Favourites

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

It's been ages since I've done a favourites post, so I figured it's about time I put together a list of all the things I currently love! Here goes...

iPhone 6S

I recently went back to iPhone after having an Android for a few years, and I love it! I loved my Samsung as well, but I think it's always good to have a change, and so far I'm really enjoying it. The camera on the 6S is so much better than the last time I had the iPhone, and it's great being able to use some of the apps again that I wasn't able to get on the Android.

Rose gold/copper

Everyone seems to be obsessed with rose gold and copper at the moment - and I am most definitely one of them, especially when it comes to homewares! There are so many pretty things around at the moment, and there seems to be a copper version of most things these days. So far I have succumbed to a copper wire fruit bowl, a photo frame and a few rose gold candle jars. If I had more money to spare, I'm sure there'd be a lot more of these pretty things floating around in my house!

Trollied
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I came across this tv show by accident one day, and I've been completely hooked! It's a British comedy, set entirely in a Supermarket where all the characters work. It sounds a bit silly - and actually, it is - but I think that's why I enjoy it so much. It's something lighthearted and funny to watch when I don't feel like investing too much of my brain-power!

Foodie candles

My lovely friend, Ashleigh and I have been busy making test candles for our new little business venture. In the process of choosing different scents, I've realised that I am extremely biased when it comes to candle fragrance! I will always choose the "foodie" scents, every time! I love them! I could have the choice of ten floral candles, or one food scented candle, and I would always, always pick the one foodie candle. I think they are just such lovely, homely scents and I love having someone walk into the house and say "Oh, have you been baking?".

Justin Bieber

I used to be, hands down, the absolute biggest Bieber hater there ever was! Just the sight of him would make me cringe and I couldn't stand him, not even a little bit. But I can genuinely say that Justin has won me over! His newer songs are so great, and he's not the obnoxious, misbehaving child he once was anymore. Probably not the coolest thing in the world for someone my age to be a fan, but who cares? I am now a Belieber!

Call the Midwife
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This is another tv show that I have become completely obsessed with! I really didn't think I would like Call the Midwife, but I decided to give it a chance out of sheer boredom, and it's quickly become one of my favourite shows! It's based on the memoirs of nurse Jenny Worth and is set in the 1950's/60's. Knowing that the stories are true just fascinates me even more, and I find it so interesting. The characters are lovely, and  I can't stop watching!

Until next time...
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My "Top Six Picks on Netflix"

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

As far as Netflix goes, I've been quite the late comer in terms of jumping on the bandwagon.  I never really felt the need to have it, but after succumbing to the free first month trial recently, I haven't looked back - I'm obsessed!

I thought it might be fun to put together a list of my favourite, most binge worthy "Netflix & Chill" shows.  So, here are my "Top Six Picks on Netflix" (because, who doesn't like a good pun?)

1. Making a Murderer


This one is at the top of my list by far!  I'm a big fan of a good documentary, and crime documentaries in particular will always draw me in.  Making a Murderer, is the story of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison for a crime which was later proven to be a wrongful conviction.  A short time after his release, he was once again convicted, this time for murder.  It is a highly controversial case for many reasons, and there are many people who believe Steven is once again being punished for a crime he did not commit.  It is widely believed that Steven was framed for this crime by legal authorities.  In another twist to the story, Steven's teenage nephew, Brendan, was also linked to, and convicted for the same murder.  The series is full of twists and turns - it will make you angry, sad and will leave you wondering what the truth is.  If you like crime documentaries, I highly recommend giving this one a try - you won't be disappointed!

2. Orange Is The New Black

Who doesn't love this show?  It's so completely addictive!

3. Marvel's Jessica Jones


My fiancee and I just finished watching this one together, and we both really enjoyed it.  Although it's not something I'd normally be interested in, I found myself hooked after the first couple of episodes.  Jessica Jones is a private investigator with a dark past, super powers and a drinking problem.  Krysten Ritter plays the role perfectly, and you'll be cheering her on right to the end!

4. Final 24

In keeping with my slight documentary obsession, Final 24 is super interesting and super addictive! Each episode documents the final 24 hours in the life of a different celebrity who has tragically passed, including River Phoenix, Anna Nicole Smith, Janis Joplin and more.

5. Pretty Little Liars

I am so behind on PLL that I was truly excited to see it come up in my Netflix feed.  I can't wait to catch up on this one!  No explanation necessary.

6. Broadchurch


I watched this one a while ago, and was completely glued to it from beginning to end! Broadchurch tells the story of the mysterious murder of a young boy in a small seaside town.  There are plenty of twists in the story, and you are guaranteed to be surprised by the ending!  Definitely give this one a try if you haven't already!

Happy watching!
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