Sunday, 31 January 2016

Monday Makeup Madness #40 Link Up Party

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness #40 Link Up Party!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one makeup or beauty related post each. All non-bloggers are also most welcome to join the party and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs written by the many lovely beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness #40 Link Up Party

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up party is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community, help all our blogs be seen by new readers and also enable our readers to discover some wonderful new tips, tricks and beauty products.

At last week's link up party we had 14 lovely bloggers link up a beauty related post each. There was a four way tie for the most viewed post:


The Four Most Popular Posts From the
Monday Makeup Madness #39 Link Up Party

  • Kat's Colourings' review of the gorgeously vibrant DB cosmetics Colour Kisses Limited Edition Lipstick Collection was popular. What could be better than this post? Well I'll tell you, the ever generous Kat is giving away a box of this lipstick collection to one of her loyal blog readers. If you haven't entered yet, hurry over and enter now! The competition closes at midnight Monday 1 Feb 2016.
  • Aimee's Essence Eyeshadow Haul and Swatches post on Say Yip was also popular. Essence is such a lovely affordable brand!
  • Rachel Beauty Style's post about 6 lipstick dupes was also popular. Who doesn't love discovering a cheaper version of their favourite high end lipstick?
  • Bows and Pleats blog also had a popular and essential read for every beauty lover titled: 5 Ways To Spend Less When You're a Beauty Junkie!
I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up party 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 will remain 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 (this is a pinterest requirement not mine) and then I can invite you to join this board as a co-pinner. All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up party are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. It's another great way to get your posts seen and read by new readers.

Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up party on your blogs & social media accounts 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 party participants and readers. 

Let the Link Up Party Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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If you are interested in winning a JOIK natural skincare, candle and bath truffle 
Valentine's Day gift pack don't forget to head over to Fabulous and Fun Life blog to enter now. Click here to enterGiveaway closes on 9/2/2016.


Monday, 25 January 2016

JOIK Natural Cosmetics Reviews and Valentine's Day GIVEAWAY

Having an Estonian heritage and being fluent in the Estonian language my curiosity was recently piqued when I saw an Instagram account called @IlusCosmetics as 'Ilus' means 'beautiful' in Estonian. Surely not be a coincidence, I thought! 

Ilus Cosmetics I discovered is an Australian company that imports JOIK natural cosmetics, candles and home fragrance products from Estonia into Australia.

I may be slightly biased, but what better, more beautiful country could there be to produce natural cosmetics?

Estonia is located in the Baltic region of Europe. What sets it apart is its natural beauty. Over 50% of Estonia is covered by unspoilt forests which are home to an amazing array of wildlife. Estonia has 6 larger islands and over 1500 smaller islands. In 2011 Estonia was ranked by the World Health Organisation as having the cleanest air in the world!

JOIK uses nature to its best advantage, whilst also caring for nature. It uses high quality natural and near natural ingredients to create luxurious beauty and home fragrance products that both pamper the senses and caress the body. 

JOIK does not use mineral oils, parabens, silicons or other potentially harmful substances. Their products are never tested on animals. All JOIK products are hand made in Estonia. JOIK proves that natural can be luxurious!

I had the opportunity to trial the following three luxurious JOIK products.


JOIK Products from Ilus Cosmetics

JOIK Rejuvenating Day Cream With Vitamins & Hyaluronic Acid
This day cream contains an impressive array of vitamins, herbal extracts and powerful antioxidants designed to improve the skin's elasticity, reduce lines and wrinkles, improve the skin's collagen production, firm and smooth the skin, protect it from environmental damage, even out the skin tone and reduce pigment spots. It sounds like exactly the type of product my 40+ year old skin is crying out for!

Upon initial use I have found this day cream to be lightweight, quickly absorbing and beautifully hydrating on my skin without leaving any greasy residue. It left my skin feeling silky smooth, and looking more radiant and "plumper", and thus more youthful after using it. Some of my fine lines appear to have softened.

I love the stylish bottle this product comes in with its hygienic pump dispenser. The bottle is transparent and thus it is easy to see how much product is remaining so you won't get caught short!

Overall I have been very impressed with this product and will continue using it.

50ml $59.95 Click here to shop

JOIK Anti-Age Rejuvenating Daycream

JOIK Velvety Red Silky Lip Balm
I found this lip balm to be beautifully nourishing and moisturising on my lips probably due to the cocoa butter and various seed oils it contains. See the second photo below for the colour and finish on my lips. I used no filters or editing on this photo to give you the most accurate indication of the colour and finish of this lip balm. I found it very flattering on my lips. It added a perfect not-too-glossy coloured sheen to my lips.

This lip balm is aptly named as velvety and silky as this is exactly how it felt on my lips for up to three to four hours after application. After eating I had to reapply. I loved the flattering colour it added to my lips. The silky velvety moisturising feeling lasted until reapplication.

This lip balm will be on high rotation for me. It's gone to the top of my lip balm favourites list!

$14.95 Click here to shop

JOIK Velvet Red Silky Lip Balm 

JOIK Velvet Red Silky Lip Balm

JOIK Shimmering Raspberry Body Lotion 
I absolutely love the divine scent of this Shimmering Raspberry Body Lotion! It has a delicious, fresh raspberry scent which lingers beautifully on the skin without being too sweet like some berry scented products tend to be.

The bottle has a convenient, hygienic and easy to use pump. Every body lotion should really come in a pump bottle in my opinion! 

The lotion absorbed quickly into my skin. It is rich in sweet almond oil, shea butter and coconut oil and left my skin feeling soft, velvety and wonderfully pampered.

The natural mica minerals in this lotion gave my skin a gorgeous youthful glow and sexy shimmer. Perfect for a date night out, especially when wearing an off the shoulder top. Valentine's Day here I come!

150ml $24.95 Click here to shop

JOIK Shimmering Raspberry Body Lotion

VALENTINES DAY JOIK GIVEAWAY
Ilus Cosmetics have generously provided a special Valentine's Day prize pack of romantic JOIK products to giveaway to one lucky Fabulous and Fun Life reader.

The giveaway prize includes the following three natural luxury goodies:

Valentine's Day JOIK Giveaway Prize Pack

As reviewed above.

These bath truffles are 100% natural and deliciously scented of white chocolate. The natural cocoa butter in the truffles will leave your skin soft, moisturised and velvety! As the bath truffles dissolve in the water they release small rose petals into the bath! Ahhhhh!!!!! What could be more blissful or romantic!

I'd love nothing better than to receive strawberries and wine from my hubby on Valentine's Day and if it came in the form of this candle, I'd give him bonus points for romance and creativity! This candle has the delicious scent of ice cold champagne and sweet sun ripe strawberries! It is handmade from environmentally friendly soy wax and the finest fragrance oils. It has a burn time of 30 hours.   

To enter the giveaway just follow the instructions in the RaffleCopter link below. 

Good luck! This competition closes at midnight on 9/2/2016.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Ilus Cosmetics


Which JOIK product appeals to you the most and why? 
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Ingrid.

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The three reviewed products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
All opinions are my own.  Full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Monday Makeup Madness #39 Link Up Party

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness #39 Link Up Party!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one makeup or beauty related post each. All non-bloggers are also most welcome to join the party and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs by the many lovely beauty bloggers that link up here each week.


Monday Makeup Madness #39 Link Up Party

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up party is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community, help all our blogs be seen by new readers and also enable our readers to discover some wonderful new tips, tricks and beauty products.

At last week's link up party we had 15 beautiful bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The three most viewed posts from that link up party, plus one of my favourite posts, were:


Popular Linked Posts from the
Monday Makeup Madness #38 Link Up Party

  • Kat's Colourings descriptive review of Britney Spears Island Fantasy EDT had me racing into my local Chemist Warehouse to see if I could grab this idyllic sounding fragrance for the bargain price of $14.95 but alas they were all sold out :(  Never mind I'm sure they will go on sale again at some stage in the future!
  • Beth's Love That Lippie Haul post on Almost Posh was another popular linked post. We all loved reading about Christina's generous lipstick haul gift to Beth!
  • Another popular post was the Fabulous and Fun Life review of Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation and Fix & Protect Primer. These have been my go to base products over the last couple of weeks.
  • Finally my pick from last week's linked posts was BeYOUtyfulYOU's review of the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Exposure. I've been lusting after Hourglass' gorgeous products ever since I first saw them!
I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up party 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 will remain 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 (this is a pinterest requirement not mine) and then I can invite you to join this board as a co-pinner. All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up party are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. It's another great way to get your posts seen and read by new readers.

Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up party on your blogs & social media accounts 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 party participants and readers. 


Let the Link Up Party Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Patriotic Australia Day Colour Theory Nail Polishes

Colour Theory makes it easy to wave the Australian beauty flag with the following five patriotic colours starting from the top, going clockwise: Red Delicious, Cotton Tail, Cobalt Strike, Pistashio Paarty and Pineapple Express.

Colour Theory Nail Polishes

So whether you are planning on an Aussie blue, red and white nail look, 

Colour Theory Red Delicious, Cotton Tail &
Cobalt Strike Nail Polishes

or a true blue Aussie yellow and green nail look this Australia Day, Colour Theory has an option for you.

Colour Theory Pineapple Express &
Pistashio Paarty Nail Polishes

My favourite of these five shades is the Cobalt Strike shade with its gorgeous subtle shimmer! As regular readers of Fabulous and Fun Life would know I have never out grown my love of all things shimmery, sparkly and bling-y. I hope I never do either!

Making these nail polishes perfect to wear on Australia Day is not only their traditional Australian colours but also the fact that Colour Theory is a proud Australian company with Australian made products.

Colour Theory is an affordable cosmetics brand with over 100 products in its range covering face, cheeks, eyes, lips and nails. Prices start from $4 with nothing over $10. Colour Theory is exclusive to Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacies. It is also available online at www.amcal.com.au. All the photographed nail polishes are an absolute bargain at $4 each! They are fast drying and formaldehyde free. 


How Do You Celebrate Australia Day?

xxx
Ingrid.

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* The photographed Colour Theory nail polishes were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.

Monday, 18 January 2016

9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes YOU Need To Avoid

Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world! About 13000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in Australia in 2015. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Every year more than 2000 Australians die from skin cancer. 

Unfortunately I am one of the people who have been diagnosed with melanoma, although I consider myself to be one of the luckier ones. I detected my new mole early, had it promptly removed, and even though it was found to be malignant requiring a further wide excision of my calf, I have had no further complications.

As a result I am now very conscious of being sun safe and applying sunscreen correctly!

The effectiveness and quality of sunscreens has improved greatly over the years and sunscreens are now widely used. Unfortunately a large percentage of us are making one or more of the following 9 big mistakes and are thus not fully sun protected, putting us at higher risk of developing sun cancer!

These mistakes are easy to avoid. Check the following list and make sure you are not making any of these mistakes. Be sun safe!

9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes YOU Need to Avoid!

Mistake 1: Not Using Enough Sunscreen
An Australian research paper published in the Australian Journal of Dermatology in December 2014 found that only 15% of adult Australians are using the recommended amount of sunscreen - which is 40ml for the whole body.

If you use less than the recommended amount you will not achieve the level of sun protection advertised on your sunscreen product.

To achieve the level of sun protection advertised on the label of the sunscreen you need to apply more than 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen to each arm, your face and your neck.

Additionally, you need to apply more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen to each leg, 1 teaspoon to the front and 1 teaspoon to the back of your body. 

Yes, you need to use a lot of sunscreen on a beach holiday!


SunSense Clear Gel SPF50

Mistake 2: Using Out of Date Sunscreen 
Sunscreens have an expiry date. The active ingredients in them will not be as effective after the expiry date. Check the expiry date on your sunscreen products and make sure your product is still in date.

Mistake 3: Not Applying Your Sunscreen Early Enough
Sunscreen should be applied approximately 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun to allow it enough time to fully absorb into your skin and offer the protection required.

Mistake 4: Not Reapplying Your Sunscreen Often Enough
You should reapply your sunscreen every two hours to ensure ongoing protection. In addition to this you should reapply your sunscreen each time after a swim. Some sunscreens state they are water resistant meaning they stay on your skin whilst you're swimming but they can rub off easily when you subsequently towel yourself dry. Always reapply your sunscreen after swimming, toweling and sweating.

Mistake 5: Not Storing Your Sunscreen Properly
To ensure your sunscreen stays effective it should be stored at room temperature, under 25 degrees Celsius. At the beach wrap your sunscreen in your towel or keep it in your esky if you take one with you. Do not leave your sunscreen in the centre console of your car!

Mistake 6: Not Using Sunscreen On Your Lips and Ears
Often we forget about our lips and ears when we apply sunscreen. Lips don't produce melanin (which helps protect against ultraviolet radiation) like skin does, so it's really important that our lips are constantly protected from the sun also. We also often forget to apply sunscreen to our ears!

Make sure you cover all of your face, including your lips and ears, with sunscreen.


SunSense Lip Balm SPF 50+

Mistake 7: Not Using a Sunscreen Every Day.
UV rays can penetrate clouds and also windows! You need to wear sunscreen even on cloudy days and when driving or working near windows. 

Mistake 8: Becoming Complacent Because You Have Applied a Sunscreen with SPF50
Yes, it is recommended you use a higher protection sunscreen such as SPF50 but this doesn't mean you should become complacent. Using an SPF50 as opposed to an SPF30 does not mean you can be out in the sun for twice as long nor does it mean you don't have to reapply your sunscreen as often!

SPF 30+ sunscreens filter out about 96.7% of UVB radiation whilst SPF50+ sunscreens filter out approximately 98% of UVB radiation.

Always choose a broad spectrum sunscreen which will protect you against both UVB and UVA radiation.

Mistake 9: I'm Using Sunscreen, Therefore I Can Safely Sunbake and Tan!
WRONG! There is no such thing as a "safe" tan! Tanning is a sign that your skin is being damaged. If you are wearing sunscreen and still getting tanned, check through the list above and find out what mistakes you might be making!

If you want to appear tanned, the only way to do so safely is to use a fake tan! There are some very good quality, easy to apply and effective fake tans on the market now, such as the pictured Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Instant Tan 9-in-1 BB Skin Perfector! 

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan 9 in 1 BB SKin Perfector

Have You Been Making Any Of The Above Big Sunscreen Mistakes?



xxx

Ingrid.

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* The photographed products were kindly gifted to me. Full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Monday Makeup Madness #38 Link Up Party

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness #38 Link Up Party!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one makeup or beauty related post each. All non-bloggers are also most welcome to join the party and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs by the many lovely beauty bloggers that link up here each week.


Monday Makeup Madness #38 Link Up Party

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up party is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community, help all our blogs be seen by new readers and also enable our readers to discover some wonderful new tips, tricks and beauty products.

At last week's link up party we had 20 beautiful bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The three most viewed posts from that link up party, plus one of my favourite posts, were:

Popular Posts from the Monday Makeup Madness
#37 Link Up Party
  • Max the Unicorn's blog post about her post Xmas sales hauls from Mecca, Lush, Oz Hair & Beauty was the most read post. Everyone always loves a haul post, me included!
  • Intrepid Forays and Adventures' blog post about her amazing New Zealand advent calendar from Beautiful Christmas was another popular post. I love the concept of including local brands in the advent calendar. I wonder if they ship this calendar overseas? 
  • Mel's blog post on Aussie Asian Beauty was another popular haul post about the beauty items she received for Christmas. Her brothers pick the best presents!!!
  • Health and Beauty Girl's Elf Illuminating Powder Palette dupe for the Hourglass Illuminating Palette was not only one of the more popular posts, it was also my favourite post! I need to get this Elf palette pronto! I love a good dupe!
I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up party 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 will remain 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 (this is a pinterest requirement not mine) and then I can invite you to join this board as a co-pinner. All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up party are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. It's another great way to get your posts seen and read by new readers.

Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up party on your blogs & social media accounts 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 party participants and readers. 


Let the Link Up Party Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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