Sunday, 23 April 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 102 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 102 Link Up!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one beauty related post each. 

All non-bloggers are also most welcome to visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blog posts written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness 102 Link Up


The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from the one convenient location. 

The four most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up were:


Four Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up

I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 
  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.
If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest and then send me an email or message asking to join this board, letting me know what your Pinterest account name is. 

All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. 


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 

Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 


xxx
Ingrid

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Top 10 Mother's Day Gift Suggestions

Mums and Grandmas deserve to be spoilt and pampered every single day of the year but let's face it, this does not usually happen! 

So for Mother's Day each year, not only do I love spending the day with mum and taking her out for lunch, I also love spoiling her with a special gift she wouldn't have otherwise bought herself.

If you're needing some Mother's Day gift inspiration I've compiled my top 10 Mother's Day gift suggestions below, ranging in price from under $20 up to $300 depending on your budget and preferences. So keep scrolling and reading to see my suggestions.


Rose gold is simply the most gorgeous and luxurious metallic shade ever! Don't you just love all things rose gold! I know I do and I'm sure most other mums do too! 

So of course, I simply HAD to include a couple of rose gold Mother's Day gift suggestions in this gift guide.

Firstly how stunning and stylish does this HoMedics LED Illuminated Vanity Mirror look! 

The LED illumination provides soft lighting and shadow free viewing.

In addition to being a normal magnification mirror on one side, the mirror also flips to provide powerful magnification (x7) on the other side. 

Trust me you can see EVERYTHING with this magnification even when you have poor eyesight without your glasses on like I do! 

The lighting can be powered via either an adaptor or batteries. 

HoMedics LED Illuminated Vanity Mirror

Secondly I'm loving this Ariel's World 'Secret Garden' Candle, a sensual floral blend of white roses and lily, intertwined with bergamot, white musk and touches of amber, cedar and peony petals. It is absolutely divinely scented and is handcrafted in Australia using eco friendly soy wax.

Not only is it housed in a gorgeous rose gold container that will look fabulous in any home but it's created to celebrate a wonderful little girl called, you guessed it, Ariel! How special to have a range of beautiful candles, diffusers and lip balms named after you!

Ariel happens to have Down Syndrome and $5 from the sale of each of these candles goes to Down Syndrome Association NSW and Lifestart NSW. 

So by buying your mum (or yourself for that matter) one of these gorgeous candles not only is she getting a beautiful fragrant gift for her home but you're also helping a wonderful cause! Now that's a huge win/win gift in my opinion!

Once I've finished this candle I'll be storing my makeup brushes in this stunning rose gold container! I love upcycling products!

Ariel candles are available to purchase from www.arielsworld.com.au.

Rose Gold Ariel's World "Secret Garden" Candle

If your mum suffers with a bad back then the best gift you could give her would be this
HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow.

I have a bad back which I attribute to when I was pregnant with my twins and this massage pillow is pure bliss for me! 

It includes shiatsu massage, vibration and heat settings. 

My back has never felt better since I've started using this massage pillow on a daily basis. My muscles are so relaxed and all my back tension has gone! 

As a physiotherapist I regularly recommend this massage pillow to my patients with sore backs.

If you or your mum suffers with low back pain you may also be interested in reading my blog post: 7 Easy Ways To Relieve Your Low Back Pain which features this massage pillow among other strategies.

At the time of writing this post I noticed the HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow to be 20% off
HERE.

HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow

Often mums don't have the time to visit the nail salon to have a mani and pedi so the next best thing is having a mani and pedi at home with some good quality nail polishes.

Sally Hansen have recently introduced Color Therapy nail polishes. These nail polishes are amazing. They are gorgeous 'colour that cares while you wear'.

These nail polishes contain an argan oil enriched formula which delivers intense nourishment and moisture for healthier looking nails. So at the same time as making your nails look gorgeous in your chosen colour these nail polishes are also treating your nails. Every mum would love such a stunning and convenient multi tasking product!

I found the Sally Hansen Color Therapy formula to apply smoothly and evenly and result in a lovely shiny finish.


Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polishes
180 Chai on Life, 380 Ohm My Magenta, 220 Rosy Quartz and 130 Therapewter.

Books are another favourite gift of mine to give to my mum and also to receive as a mum. When you gift your mum a book, not only are you giving her a book but you are also giving her the perfect excuse to take some time out of her busy day and life to relax, recharge and just enjoy reading.

My top two current book suggestions for Mother's Day gifts include firstly, Into The Waterwhich is a brand new book by the best selling author of The Girl On The Train. It's an addictive story of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth and a family drowning in secrets. 

This book is available from 2nd May 2017 but you can pre-order it now. It's perfectly timed for Mother's Day gifting as it's highly unlikely your mum would have had a chance to buy this book herself yet!  

Secondly, if your mum loves beauty as much as I do, I suggest Secrets Of A Beauty Queen - How To Look Good & Have Fun Doing It by Stephanie Darling. This is another new release.

Stephanie Darling is one of Australia's most accomplished beauty journalists who has worked at Vogue Australia, Harper's Bazaar and Madison interviewing celebrities, trialing new treatments and testing the hottest designer products. I can't wait to read her insider's look at the beauty industry. Hint hint to my kids!



Mums are often fatigued, trust me I know! I'm mum too after all! So this next suggestion, Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue foundation, may be exactly what your tired mum needs! 

This foundation is a new generation upgrade of the iconic Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation.

Tired, dull skin needs a healthy dose of vitamins and energy, so this is exactly what Bourjois has added to this upgraded foundation.  

This foundation retains it's creamy texture and natural uniform finish but Bourjois have added a combination of vitamins C, E and B5 to help make your complexion look healthier and more radiant.

I found this foundation to look luminous on my skin which in turn made my complexion look fresher and rested, thus living up to it's anti-fatigue claims! Now if it could just stop me yawning and actually feeling tired too after another late night then it would be a true miracle!

This Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation is available in six luminous shades for a healthy glow.

It is available for purchase from select Priceline stores and pharmacies. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available from Priceline online yet so no direct link has been provided. You'll need to go in store instead. I'll add a link once I see it appear online.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation

By Mother's Day the colder weather has well and truly kicked in and it is definite boot weather. Surprise your mum this Mother's Day with a pair of beautiful FRANKiE4 boots. These boots are designed by a podiatrist/physiotherapist and are super supportive AND super stylish too! There is a range of heel heights, designs and shades.

I have a pair of FRANKiE4 tan GEMMA boots and I can see myself living in these boots over the next few months. Expect to see these boots in almost every outfit photo of mine on Instagram over Autumn and Winter. 

These boots look stunning! They are just the right ankle height and heel height to flatter and slim your legs and are amazingly comfortable too!


FRANKiE4 GEMMA Boots in Tan

Finally one of my all time favourite Mother's Day gifts both to give and receive are the absolutely stunning and delicious Edible Blooms chocolate and fruit bouquets.

I love beautiful unique gifts, and I love the occasional decadent sweet treat. So these really are the perfect gift for mums like me.

My chocolate bouquet pick from Edible Blooms is this gorgeous With Love Flower Posy.
                              
Edible Blooms - With Love Flower Posy


And my fruit bouquet pick is this spectacular Aloha Delight Fruit Bouquet. It's absolutely perfect for mums who are trying to avoid chocolate to eat healthily!

Edible Blooms - Aloha Delight Fruit Bouquet - Available in either Small, Medium or Large.

Which of the above gifts appeals to you the most? 

Which do you think your mum would most like? 

xxx
Ingrid.

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* The majority of the above products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 101 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 101 Link Up!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one beauty related post each. 

All non-bloggers are also most welcome to visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blog posts written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness 101 Link Up

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from the one convenient location. 

The four most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up were:


Four Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up

I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 
  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.


If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest and then send me an email asking to join this board, letting me know what your Pinterest account name is. 

All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. 


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 


Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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and Pinterest

Monday, 10 April 2017

Weleda Tinted Lip Balms - Natural & Vegan - The Perfect Casual Weekend Lip Look

On weekends I tend to wear less makeup whilst I'm out and about with my children, as opposed to when I'm at work. 

At these times I tend to go for a natural look with a 'less is more' approach wearing SPF50+ sunscreen, BB cream and lip balm.

So my lips still have a subtle hint of colour and don't look completely bare I prefer to use a tinted lip balm rather than a completely clear lip balm.

As a result I was excited to see the press release about Weleda releasing a trio of new tinted lip balms.


Weleda Tinted Lip Balms in Rose and Nude

The Weleda tinted lip balms come in three shades - nude, rose and berry red.

I was lucky to be gifted the nude and rose shades by Weleda which I've been using and loving and I will definitely be purchasing the berry red shade too as it is normally the berry shades of lipsticks that I tend to gravitate towards the most especially during the autumn and winter seasons.

These lip balms add a hint of colour with a beautiful subtle sheen.


Swatches of the Weleda Tinted Lip Balms in Nude and Rose


Please note the above swatches were quite densely swatched especially towards the bottom of the swatch. When applying lip balm to the lips it is usually smoothed out thinner than in the above swatches. As a result the subsequent colour on the lips is a bit more subtle than in the above photo.

I found the Weleda lip balms to be light and creamy in texture. They are extremely easy to apply thanks to both their formula and their convenient squeezy tubes. The lip balm glided on smoothly and felt wonderfully hydrating and nourishing leaving my lips soft, protected and soothed.  

Weleda is renowned for it's focus on beautiful natural products using the finest organic, ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients wherever possible.

The ingredients of these lip balms are no exception. They include:

  • certified organic olive oil from Spain
  • certified organic shea butter from Burkina Fusa
  • certified organic rose extract (rose absolue) from Turkey, &
  • certified organic sunflower seed wax from Hungary.
With these ingredients it's no wonder my lips felt nourished and hydrated!

These lip balms are also:
  • 100% certified natural colour 
  • NATRUE certified
  • suitable for vegans
  • gluten free
  • dermatologically tested &
  • suitable for sensitive skin.
I suspect these lip balms will be finding a permanent home in my handbag, car and bathroom, if I can protect them from my 17 year old daughter who will no doubt be wanting to pinch one or more to wear to school!

These lip balms have a recommended retail price of $15.95 each for a 10 ml tube. They are available from April 2017 from David Jones, selected health stores, pharmacies, online stores and www.weleda.com.au.



Weleda Tinted Lip Balms in Rose and Nude


Weleda lip balm hacks - In addition to using these lip balms on my lips as intended I have also worn them:
  • over the top of my lipsticks for an additional subtle sheen, & 
  • as a dewy highlighter on my upper cheekbones.
xxx
Ingrid.

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The above Weleda tinted lip balms were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
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