Monday, 28 November 2016

My Melanoma Story

When SunSense asked me to write an article about my experience with malignant melanoma I hesitated a bit at first. 

I was nervous about sharing my story on a large website rather than on my own blog, but to be honest it didn't take too long before I gave myself a stern talking to and came to the conclusion that if my story could help encourage others to be more sun safe and thus prevent them from developing skin cancer, then I should do it!



I admire SunSense as a company and the great job they do in educating the community on the importance of protecting themselves and their families against sun damage. I also genuinely love and use SunSense sunscreens on myself and my family on a regular basis, not just when they are gifted to me. It was these two additional factors that helped make the decision to share my story on the SunSense website even easier. 

SunSense is a trusted Australian brand of sunscreen with so many different options available to suit every body. Whether you are looking for a spray, a roll on, a cream, a lotion or a gel, whether you want a sunscreen specifically for sensitive skin or specifically for your face, SunSense has one to meet your needs. 

SunSense even have an anti-ageing matte finish SPF 50+ sunscreen with an invisible tint which is one of my favourites!

All SunSense sunscreens are fragrance free, dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin. they also all contain Vitamin B3, an ingredient that is showing impressive benefits to the skin.

All SunSense sunscreens meet my needs for a trusted, effective, easily absorbed, broad spectrum sunscreen with a very high SPF. 

SunSense Range of Sunscreen Products

As a result of the above, rather than being nervous anymore, I'm actually excited about being featured on the SunSense website and I sincerely hope that it encourages everyone reading the article to be more sun aware and sun safe than I used to be. Learn from my childhood mistakes! 

So if you are interested in reading my melanoma story and finding out a bit more about my childhood and what growing up in the 70's and 80's was like click HERE to go to the SunSense website where my story is featured. 






SunSense sunscreens are available exclusively in pharmacies and Priceline stores 
Australia wide. 

Click HERE to purchase SunSense sunscreens from Priceline online if you are needing 
to stock up in time for summer and replace your old out of date sunscreens.

P.S. You might also be interested in reading: 9 Big Sunscreen Mistakes You Need To Avoid


SunSense Sunscreens

Ingrid.
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* Please note that the photographed sunscreens were gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Monday Makeup Madness 83 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 83 Link Up!

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 visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness 83 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. 

At last week's link up we had 21 lovely bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The three most viewed posts, plus my pick of the posts, included the following:

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

  • Kat from Kat's Colourings had a popular linked post reviewing the latest Marie Claire Ageless Parcel. Her post has really made me want to resubscribe to this beauty box. It does seem to be the best value beauty subscription box available, full of great quality products I'd definitely use.
  • Lily's linked post from Lily Not Louise blog about the fun sounding Bobbi Brown masterclass was also popular
  • Mel's linked AussieBeautyTalk YouTube video of swatches from the entire MAC LipTensity range was also popular! She was reportedly swatching for 3 hours to get all these swatches done!
  • My pick from last week's linked blog posts is Beth's post from Almost Posh about the Peony Parcel Subscription Box. I hadn't heard of this box before and I totally love the sound of creating a bit of "me" time! What a fabulous box!
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 will remain open until late Wednesday evening.
Visit Fabulous and Fun Life's profile on Pinterest.

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 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 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! 

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Ingrid

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Monday, 21 November 2016

7 Kris Kringle Beauty Gift Ideas With Christmas Puns Included

Every year I participate in a number of Kris Kringle Christmas gift swaps. 

Being a beauty blogger I love giving little gifts of beauty. In keeping with the Kris Kringle lighthearted and fun approach I always add a Christmas pun related to the gift I'm giving.

These little beauty gifts with their included Christmas puns are all in the $25 or less price range with the majority under $15 and some even under $5! 

I make my own Christmas gift tags but you can buy them if you're short of time or not feeling crafty. I print the puns onto white sticker paper making them super easy to stick on the tags. 

These beauty gifts also make perfect end of year presents for teachers, coaches, neighbours, babysitters and friends. 

In addition, I've used these gifts as Christmas table setting favours when I've hosted Christmas lunch at my house and they are fun stocking stuffers too!

I know some people find Kris Kringles and Secret Santa Swaps stressful, not knowing what to give, so let me remove your stress with my top 7 Kris Kringle beauty gift suggestions, fun Christmas puns included! There are gifts suitable for males in this list too.

1. Merry Kiss-Mas!


Merry Kiss-Mas! Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Finish Lipsticks

Merry Kiss-Mas! Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Finish Lipsticks

This is one of my favourite Kris Kringle beauty gifts to give. What woman doesn't love receiving a new lipstick!

I usually try to choose suitably festive looking red cased lipsticks such as these Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte Finish lipsticks.

Click HERE to buy.

Merry Kiss-Mas! Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Lipstick

The Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Lipsticks also make stunning looking Kris Kringle gifts. 

Plus the long lasting nature of the Provocalips lipsticks is perfect for the recipient to wear during the December / January party season.

Click HERE to buy. 

2. Wishing You A Mani Christmas!


Wishing You a Mani Christmas! Jamberry Nail Wraps

Jamberry nail wraps are a fun and much appreciated Kris Kringle beauty gift. I have used some of the Mirror and Metallic Jamberry nail wraps as gifts this year. Once again these are perfect for the recipient to wear to New Year's Eve parties or other special occasions.

If your Kris Kringle exchange is taking place before Christmas Day you could also gift one of the fun Christmas range of Jamberry nail wrap designs. 

The cute Disney themed nail wraps are also a popular gift among my daughter's teenage friends this year. There are nail wraps to suit every age group!

3. Santa-Tizer


Santa-Tizer - Thank You hand Sanitizer

This Kris Kringle gift of hand sanitizer works equally well for males as well as females. It is a good little gift to give to people who may be planning some holiday travel. On holidays we don't always have convenient access to running water to wash our hands before eating, making antibactierial hand sanitizer Santa-tizer most useful!

I like giving the Thank You brand of hand sanitizer because this brand has a feel good charitable factor too! Profits help provide access to hygiene and sanitation programs to people in need. It's a small bottle with big impact!

Click HERE to buy. 

4. For Your Mistle Toes

For Your Mistle Toes

I've used the well loved Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polishes for these Kris Kringle gifts. 

They have a huge and gorgeous colour selection, contain a complete manicure in the one bottle and are well priced!

Click HERE to buy.

5. You're The Balm!


You're The Balm! Blistex Melon Happy Lips

You're The Balm! Sun Bum Lip Balm in Mango.

This is another Kris Kringle gift that works well for both males and females. 

Depending on which gender you are gifting the lip balm to as to which lip balm is best to give.

The above are two of my current favourite lip balms. The new Blistex Melon Happy Lips lip balm has an amazing fruity scent. There is also a Christmas-y looking red Blistex Strawberry Happy Lips that would be perfect for festive looking Kris Kringle giving. 

Click HERE to buy Blistex lip balms.

The Sun Bum Mango lip balm is cute with it's monkey, or is it an ape, mascot on the front. This lip balm is more gender neutral in my opinion than a lot of other lip balms in the market, making it perfect as a Kris Kringle gift for males too. I know my husband would be happy to pull this lip balm out of his pocket to use at the beach in front of his mates.

Click HERE to buy Sun Bum lip balms.


6. Wishing You A Christmas Full of Joy, Peace & Hope Soap!


Aishing You A Christmas Full of Joy, Peace & Hope Soap!


Who doesn't love a divinely scented soap! Scented soaps make another great little Kris Kringle beauty gift.

7. Sparkle All The Way!

Sparkle All The Way! OPI Nail Polish


Finally what's Christmas without a little bit of sparkle! This is another favourite Kris Kringle gift of mine to give, sparkly silver nail polish. OPI always has a stunning metallic or sparkly silver in their collection.

Click HERE to buy.

Pin this post for future Kris Kringle, Santa Swap 
and Christmas gift giving inspiration! 

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Ingrid
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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Monday Makeup Madness 82 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 82 Link Up!

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 visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness 82 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. 

At last week's link up we had 19 lovely bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The three most viewed posts, plus my pick of the posts, included the following:

Popular Linked Posts From The
Monday Makeup Madness 81 Link Up

  • A lot of us were curious to read about Shell's nail polish haul from her recent trip which she linked from her blog The Novice Life! OMG - she bought so many nail polishes in every colour under the sun! You need to see the photos of her haul!
  • Many of us also enjoyed reading Fel's linked post from her The Beauty and The Geek AU blog about the new Hairstyla Straightening Brush. I really want to try one of these now!
  • Jackie's linked blog post from Lipstick, Lattes & Louboutins about her bathroom declutter was also well read.
  • My pick was Marisa's 2016 Beauty & Holiday Gift Guide from her blog Marisa Robinson. I love seeing all the special gift combos that are arriving in store now during the lead up to Christmas. Oh the dilemmas of what to buy!
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 will remain open until late Wednesday evening.
Visit Fabulous and Fun Life's profile on Pinterest.

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 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 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! 

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Ingrid

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil Review

Lancome is such an iconic luxury beauty brand. Created over 80 years ago in 1935 it has continuously innovated and adapted its products over the years to meet women's real needs.

In 2015 Lancome was the first Western beauty brand to create a cushion foundation. It's latest cushion foundation is the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion.

Since then Lancome has also developed another innovative product, the Cushion Blush Subtil.

I was lucky enough to receive one of these recently released Lancome Cushion Blush Subtils in the shade Sparkling Framboise to trial.

This blush comes in a minimalistic glossy black plastic case with the Lancome signature rose on the lid.


Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil

The inside of the lid conveniently contains a mirror enabling easy application of this blush when out and about and on the go.

The sponge applicator is stored in this compartment opposite the mirror. You then flip open the base of this section to reveal the cushion blush itself. The cushion blush is quite small but it packs a powerful vibrant effect. 

Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil in Sparkling Framboise

You can vary the intensity of the blush by the amount of pressure you apply to the cushion with the sponge.

For a sheer tint of colour you just tap the cushion gently with the sponge. A little of this fluid blush goes a long way.

For a more intense colour you apply a medium amount of pressure to the cushion to release a bit more of the fluid blush.

You can use either the sponge applicator provided with the blush or your fingers to apply.

I found this blush to result in a lovely fresh dewy and youthful looking finish. 

It's an impressive, innovative and fun product to use.   

The Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil retails for $60. It comes in seven rosy or orange variations. 

It is available at all Lancome counters nationally in David Jones and Myer stores and other selected retailers. It is also available for purchase online via the www.lancome.com.au website.
If you enjoyed this review you may also enjoy my review of the 
Lancome Juicy Shaker tinted lip oil. Click HERE to read this additional review.

Lancome Juicy Shaker in Mangoes Wild

Do you use liquid blushes? Or powder blushes? 
Have you used a cushion blush?


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Ingrid.

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The pictured Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil was kindly gifted to me. All opinions are my own. 
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Monday Makeup Madness 81 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 81 Link Up!

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 visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.


Monday Makeup Madness 81

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. 

At last week's link up we had 22 lovely bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The three most viewed posts, plus my pick of the posts, included the following:


Popular Linked Posts From The monday Makeup Madness 80 Link Up

  • Michelle Morchella's linked post on how to clean your beauty sponge was popular.
  • Barbe's post about her 7 Lippies in 7 Days challenge from Fashionista In Suburbia was a well loved post too.
  • Fabulous and Fun Life's Recent Empties post was popular also. Everyone always loves a sticky beak at what products a beauty blogger has loved and finished.
  • My pick from last week's link up was Di's post from Max the Unicorn. Her photos from the new Adelaide Lush store are amazing and her posts always give me a chuckle or two! I love her humour! If you love Lush or need a chuckle go and read it!
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 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 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 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. 

Beauty Sale News Flash



Jurlique have a gift with purchase promotion currently running! Spend $130 or more online and receive a free gift valued at $150. That could be something for you plus a Christmas gift or two for some good friends! 

This seems like such a great offer with a choice of two gifts both of which include some of Jurlique's best selling and most popular items.

Gift One: Balance Gift 
This includes the:
  • Balancing Day Cream
  • Rosewater Balancing Mist & 
  • Purely Age-Defying Eye Cream

Gift Two: Ritual Gift 
This includes the:
  • Daily Exfoliating Cream
  • Rosewater Balancing Mist &
  • Herbal Recovery Eye Cream.

Priceline

Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

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Ingrid

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