Monday, 15 January 2018

6 Australia Day Essentials

Australia Day is fast approaching and it's one of my favourite days of the year!

I love joining in the festivities around Sydney Harbour, watching the iconic ferrython, tall ships and the Australia Day Harbour Parade of boats all decked out in their Aussie flags and decorations.

Then in the afternoon you can usually find me cooling off at the beach with my family and friends before we enjoy a casual relaxing BBQ dinner by the water.

Here are some of my Australia Day essentials:

Australia Day Essentials

1. Sunscreen

My number one Australia Day essential every single time is sunscreen!

Australia Day always seems to be scorching hot! As I spend the whole day outdoors I always slather on my sunscreen and take it along with me to reapply throughout the day.

Having previously experienced a malignant melanoma I always make sure I protect my skin when outdoors, especially in the burning Australian summer sun! 

My family and my personal favourite sunscreens are SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 

SunSense Ultra SPF50+ & SunSense Sport SPF50+

Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+, easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are Australian made and tested for Australian families. What else would you wear on Australia Day!

Recently they have both been reformulated to create an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family's favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

SunSense products are available from pharmacies and Priceline.

SunSense Sunscreen Products

2. Hat

A broad brimmed hat is an essential for me whenever I'm enjoying the outdoors, especially in summer. 

The above pictured Kmart hat is lightweight, easy to wear and offers good protection from both the heat and the damaging rays of the sun.

3. Australia Day Outfit

On Australia Day I love to get into the spirit of the day by wearing an Australian coloured outfit designed by an Australian company.

Dark blue to me is the best Australian colour to wear.

It's the colour of the harbour and the oceans surrounding our wonderful country. 

This year I'm planning on wearing the White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi in Navy Gouache.

White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi
in Navy Gouache

I love the swishablility of this dress. It is loose fitting, cool to wear and super comfortable.

It also has pockets! 

It's an absolute Australia Day winner!

White Haven Emporium Short Sleeved Peak Front Maxi 
in Navy Gouache

4. Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

As an eye catching additional Australiana feature to my outfit I'll be wearing the pretty pink Erstwilder Candy Callistemon brooch.

Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

Erstwilder have a range of Australiana brooches that are perfect to wear on Australia Day, or any other day to be honest! These brooches would also make fabulous gifts for overseas friends.

They have a wallaby, a golden wombat, a Rohan yellow tailed black cockatoo and a surf rescue brooch among many more. 

There is also an adorable pair of May Gibbs Snugglepot earrings and the cutest May Gibbs Nuttybub necklace.

The Candy Callistemon bottlebrush broochapart from being pink, which is my favourite colour, also contains glitter in the resin. 

The glitter sparkles so beautifully in the sunshine! 

Wearing the Erstwilder Candy Callistemon Brooch

5. Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Another Australia Day essential for me is my Cheeki Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

I am so impressed with how icy cold it keeps my water ALL DAY! It's almost like being out and about with a mini fridge in your bag, that's how cold my water remains.

On the product's packaging it states it will keep liquids cold for 36 hours or hot for 24 hours. 

Cheeki Insulated Sunshine Grey Stainless Steel Water Bottle 

The other reason I love my Cheeki bottle is that it is eco friendly, helping me fulfill my new year's resolution of saying no to unnecessary plastic! 

I no longer have a need to buy disposable plastic bottles of water when I'm out and about as I always now take my Cheeki bottle.

I also love the fact that Cheeki is an Australian owned and run company that was founded on Sydney's Northern Beaches. 

6. Lamingtons

This last Australia Day essential was inserted into this post at my daughter's insistence. 

She read my draft post and advised me I'd left out the most important Australia Day essential of all - lamingtons!


Our Australia Day BBQ is always finished off with a lamington or two so she definitely had a point!

Light and fluffy on the inside and wonderfully chocolate-y on the outside! These local bakery bought lamingtons are delicious!

Enjoy your Australia Day everyone!

What are your Australia Day plans and what are your Australia Day essentials?

Australia Day Essentials


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* Some of the above Australia Day essentials were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

Do you know how much sunscreen you need to use to provide the tested level of protection?

Recent studies suggest that most of us don't!

Studies have found that only 15% of Australians are using the recommended amount of sunscreen!

The average Australian applies just a quarter of the recommended amount of sunscreen required to provide the tested level of protection.

This is such a worrying statistic! 

You can buy the most effective sunscreen with the highest levels of SPF and UV protection but if you don't apply the recommended amount then even this sunscreen will not protect you sufficiently. 

So how much sunscreen is recommended I hear you ask.

According to research the answer is at least 40ml for your entire body.

This is divided up into:
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your left arm
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your right arm 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your face 
  •  more than half a teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen for your neck
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your left leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for your right leg
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the front of your body, and
  •  more than 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen for the back of your body.

Recommended Sunscreen Quantities

Based on the above amounts a 75ml tube of sunscreen should only last you just over two trips to the beach for one person! 

That's why, owning a well utilised backyard pool, I keep the biggest pump pack of SPF50+ sunscreen I can buy at our back door for family and friends to use. 

Having suffered with a malignant melanoma myself I don't want any of my family members or friends to go through what I had to endure!

And I also don't want you as a valued reader of Fabulous and Fun Life to suffer my fate either, hence this blog post!

There is currently a huge variety of sunscreens available in the market to enable you to find one that's suited to your needs.

One of my favourite brands of sunscreen is SunSense which has a large range of different styles of sunscreen to suit all variety of needs.

SunSense Sunscreens

SunSense Sunscreens

Two of my family's favourite sunscreen products over the past year have been SunSense Ultra and SunSense Sport. 

SunSense Ultra & SunSense Sport

Thanks to the inclusion of Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) and Vitamin E these sunscreens have the additional benefits of added moisturisers and anti-oxidants, giving you skincare as well as sunscreen! So brilliant! 

Both are broad spectrum, SPF50+ and are easy to apply and readily absorbed.

They are also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested and Australian made and owned.

Now however they have both been reformulated to an even lighter formula with the same great broad spectrum UV protection.

They were my family's favourite sunscreens before the new formulation. Now we love them even more! 

They feel so light and moisturising when applied.  

If you are looking for a highly effective sunscreen that isn't horribly thick and doesn't leave a white cast on your skin I highly recommend the SunSense Ultra and the SunSense Sport.

SunSense sunscreens are available exclusively in pharmacies and Priceline stores nationally.

SunSense Ultra, SunSense Sport & SunSense After Sun

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

I'd love you to share this post on your social media accounts to help increase sun safety awareness and help prevent other people going through the malignant melanoma dramas I went through. 
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Prior to reading this were you aware of the recommended level of sunscreen to use?

                        Do you use the recommended quantity of sunscreen?


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Saturday, 30 December 2017

How To Achieve Luxurious Full Swishable Party Hair

We are now in party season! 

And what does everyone want in party season - luxurious full swishable hair - the perfect 'party do'!

Well that's what I want any way! 

Having naturally fine and limp hair, as do over a third of Australian women, I'd love to visit my hairdresser prior to every party and outing. Unfortunately that's not affordable or practical on my budget and lifestyle!

Lucky for me I've found another way to achieve luxurious full swishable party hair!

It's John Frieda's Luxurious Volume range of hair care products.

Step 1
Start with John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner.

This shampoo is enriched with caffeine vitality complex and the lightweight formula of this product thickens limp strands and increases lift for thicker full bodied hair.

The conditioner preps hair to build fullness whilst conditioning and detangling hair.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full
Shampoo & Conditioner

Step 2
Spray the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion on to your damp hair, at the roots only.

This will give a natural lift and create extra volume at the crown without venturing into 'big hair' territory.

Yes, there is a huge difference between full swishable party hair and 'big hair'! 

Step 3
Fine hair is difficult to style because it can be slippery in texture.

John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse solves this problem.

Add it from your roots to the ends. This will add texture and give your hair the grip it needs to style.

Step 4
Blow dry your hair with a round brush and finish the look with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to set the style.

Step 5
Swish that hair, dance the night away and party, party, party!

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Hair Care Products

Priceline Pink Dot Sale Now On Until 3/1/2018

What is your go to party hair do?


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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Priceline Pharmacy Massive Sale!

This is a public service announcement blog post for all beauty lovers!

For the first time ever Priceline Pharmacy is bringing forward their annual Boxing Day sale! 

The massive 'Pink Dot' sale will start Saturday 23rd December and run until 3rd January 2018.

This is the best news! 

You'll have the chance to pick up last minute Christmas presents at a fraction of the price, or even skip the big Boxing Day crowds by getting in early!

Revlon Cosmetics Items Included in the Priceline Pharmacy Sale

Some of the offers include the following. 

Note: Click on the highlighted pink to go to that brand on Priceline online to plan your purchases or to purchase direct online from Saturday 23/12/2017.

Australis GRLBOSS Lip Cream, Models Own Lip Base/Primer
& Models Own Chrome Silver Nail Polish

  • Half price Tresemme (excluding clearance)
  • Half price Toni & Guy (excluding gift packs and clearance)
  • Half price Fudge haircare and styling (excludes Triblow and clearance products)
  • 40% off selected skincare and suncare products across Manuka Doctor, Dr. LeWinn's, Skin Republic, B.Tan, Olay, Nivea, Reef, Jergens, Swisse, Pure Tan, Olive Oil Skincare, Invisible Zinc, Sukin, St. Ives, Natural Instinct, Beauty By Nicholas.

Batiste Rose Gold Dry Shampoo

Personally I will be looking to buy some more Australis GRLBOSS Lip Creams, I absolutely love their packaging! And the nude shades are perfect for Summer!

Australis GRLBOSS Lip Cream

I'm also wanting to pick up the Australis Unicorn Eyes on Eye Shadow palette and Australis Mixologist Lip Palette.

Australis Unicorn Eyes On Eye Shadow Palette

Australis Mixologist Lip Palette

I'd love to pick up some more Models Own cosmetics items too. I've been swooning at this gorgeous range ever since it was recently released!

I will also be buying more Skin Republic Bubble Purifying Charcoal Face Mask Sheets to keep my skin looking luminous, fresh, healthy and youthful despite the no doubt many late nights I'll be having whilst on holidays.

Skin Republic Bubble Purifying Charcoal Face Mask
& 24K Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patch

And finally I also need to restock my Beauty By Nicholas Foundation No More in Medium. This AA cream is a true multi-tasking miracle worker delivering serious hydration, SPF 30+ protection and powerful blemish free perfection without the caked on feeling you usually get with a heavy coverage foundation.  

I love Priceline sales! I'm so happy this sale is starting early! I will be shopping online and avoiding the parking issues and crowds!

What are you planning on buying from this massive Priceline Pharmacy sale? 


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