Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

Buying gifts for males isn't always as easy as buying gifts for females, so to help you find the perfect gift for your dad I've put together this Father's Day Gift Guide for some last minute suggestions.

These gifts work well for birthdays too if you've already bought your dad a present for Father's Day this year.

I hope these suggestions help inspire you!


Every dad loves relaxing on the couch watching a movie with a beer in his hand and some popcorn, chocolates or lollies to nibble on! Actually I don't think it's just dads that love this either, it sounds good to me too!

Dads often seem to get nostalgic about movies from their past so this set of DVDs, The Decades Collection covering the 60's through to the 00's, with each decade's DVD containing four films that defined that decade is sure to be a winner!


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The films featured include the following: 







David Beckham Respect

If your dad is a soccer lover, or a fan of David Beckham and enjoys wearing a male fragrance then this might just be the gift for him, David Beckham's newly released Respect fragrance.

Respect is a universal principle, at the core of what it means to be a decent person and sits at the heart of the new fragrance by David Beckham. Respect is built upon the woody earthiness of vetiver. Extracted from the roots of the tropical grass, vetiver oil has a distinctively smoky note that exudes masculinity. It is a beautiful, vibrant scent.

HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow

If your dad suffers with a bad back or just loves back massages then one of the best gift you could give him would be this HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow.

I have one of these massage pillows and it is pure bliss! It completely relaxes my muscles and relieves my back tension.

The pillow settings include shiatsu massage, vibration and heat. 

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

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

At the time of writing this post the HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Pillow was 20% off
HERE. Be quick to catch this current discount.


Luxury Chandon Chocolate Bouquet

This is one of my favourite gifts for males and one that the males in my life always seem to appreciate receiving! It's the Luxury Chandon Chocolate Bouquet from Edible Blooms. Edible Blooms also have numerous other versions of chocolate and alcohol bouquets, some also incorporating footballs in them for Father's Day. Click HERE to see more options. 

Delivery anywhere in Australia is free - yay! Next business day free delivery is available to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide metro. Same day express delivery is available at an extra cost.

Seagrass Money Tree

If your dad loves plants then this Seagrass Money Tree might be a good gift for him. Thinking about it, this would be a cute gift for my dad who loves plants and always used to say that money didn't grow on trees! What better gift to give him than his own money tree! Other plant gift options can be seen HERE.  


What will you be gifting your dad for Father's Day this year? 

xxx
Ingrid

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder Review

I'm a huge fan of highlighters for adding a stunning radiant glow to my skin and I was out of this world excited when I received the new Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder from RY.com.au.

I'm calling it! This Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder is one of the best highlighters I've ever tried and let me back up my call by telling you exactly why!


Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder

Unicorn sparkle, rainbows and sunshine, this is Unicorn Champagne! 
The best and fairest Highlighter in Unicorn Land! 

With an ombre pressed powder ranging from low shimmer champagne to 
high shimmer champagne it is sure to please all!


How amazing does that sound! Yes this powder is ombre, ranging from high shimmer at the back of the compact towards the hinge and low shimmer at the front near the opening. 

Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder

You can sort of see this on the photo above but it becomes a lot more obvious when you swatch the product separately from the front and from the back.

Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder Swatches

My photo above unfortunately doesn't show the full gorgeousness of the shimmer but because it demonstrates the contrast between the high and low shimmers I thought I'd share it anyway. The photo below shows the stunning shimmer a bit better. 

If anyone has any tips for photographing shimmery swatches please do share them with me!

The high shimmer is perfect for nights out whilst the low shimmer is perfect for day time wear. Of course you can vary the shimmer in between these two by swirling your brush around the highlighter to create the degree of shimmer you desire! 

How versatile a highlighter is that! 

It's due to the combination of this fabulous ombre feature of the Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder as well as the gorgeous golden shade that is why I'm calling it as one of the best highlighters I've ever tried! 

Plus it's got the best name ever! Unicorn Champagne - that is just brilliant! 

Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne Highlighting Powder

If you are wanting to get your hands on this stunning Unicorn Champagne highlighting powder then please note that for the month of August RY is the exclusive stockist of the Poni Cosmetics Unicorn Champagne.

Are you a fan of highlighting powders?

Do you have any photography tips for me re capturing shimmery swatches? 

xxx
Ingrid

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 120 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 120 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 the participating beauty blogs be seen by new readers. 

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

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


Monday Makeup Madness 120 Link Up

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.
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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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

TVSN Launches Nassif MD Products in Australia!

I love TVSN!

Not only do they provide the convenience of shopping from home but they also introduce so many otherwise unavailable beauty brands to the Australian market.

The latest beauty brand TVSN is launching is Nassif MD Bio-Clock Dermaceuticals.

Nassif MD Bio-Clock Dermaceuticals Products

Dr Paul Nassif is a world-renowned Facial Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills. He has over 25 years experience and is also the star of Botched, a reality show highlighting his expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery currently airing on E!

The fact that a plastic surgeon with an incredible knowledge of the skin and hands-on experience with high profile clients has developed a range of skin care definitely piqued my interest in trying these products.

This blog post is very much a first impressions one as I've only been trialing these products for the past week. Normally I like to trial skin care products for four weeks prior to writing about them but in this case I wanted to publish this post in time for you to be able to tune in to TVSN on  
  • August 27 2017 11.30am & 5.30pm
  • August 28 2017 12.30pm & 6.30pm
  • August 29 2017 9.30am & 2.30pm
to discover more about this range for yourself.

Detox Pads - Complexion Perfecting Pads

These Detox Pads are formulated with alpha/beta hydroxy and are designed to be used twice daily, morning and evening.

There are 60 wafer thin pads in the container and they are designed to:
  • exfoliate your skin
  • firm your skin's appearance
  • improve your skin tone 
  • provide your skin with a fresh glow &
  • help diminish the look of your pores.
These Detox Pads can be used by both men and women.

Nassif MD Detox Pads - Complexion Perfecting Pads

I found these Detox Pads extremely convenient, quick and easy to use. One pad was sufficient to gently wipe over my entire face. They are great for a super quick yet effective exfoliation. My skin did appear more radiant after using these pads.

Although the packaging warns that you might experience a tingling sensation with use which is completely normal I didn't experience this possibly because my skin has already been de-sensitised to these ingredients from other products I have been using.

I will happily continue using these Nassif MD Detox Pads on a twice daily basis for the next month to see if they make an improvement to my skin tone, as with only a week's use to date I couldn't see a noticeable difference in my skin tone yet.


Deco-Lift Neck Firming Complex Serum

This Deco-Lift Neck Firming Complex Serum contains Elasta-Derm C and Neo-Peptides.

Nassif MD Deco-Lift Neck Firming Complex Serum

Often our necks are one of the first areas of our body to show the tell tale signs of ageing. The Nassif MD Deco-Lift Neck Firming Complex Serum is formulated to:

  • help optimise the appearance of skin on our neck
  • reduce the appearance of dryness & wrinkles &
  • create a more youthful appearance.

It contains the antioxidant Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which helps to fight free radical aggressors.

It is also formulated with Aquaxyl, a complex which has been shown to moisturise and help smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

I found this serum to be very lightweight and absorb quickly and completely into my skin without leaving a residue. My skin felt smooth and moisturised after using it. The appearance of dryness was reduced but I'm yet to see a change in my lines and wrinkles. This is probably to be expected as I've only been using this serum for one week so I'll continue using this serum for the next month or so to see what benefits I experience after a proper trial of it.

Nassif MD Bio-Clock Dermaceuticals Products

To discover more about the Dr Nassif range, available exclusively in Australia from TVSN.com.au make sure you  tune in to TVSN for the following show dates and times:

  • August 27 2017 11.30am & 5.30pm
  • August 28 2017 12.30pm & 6.30pm
  • August 29 2017 9.30am & 2.30pm.

Have you bought anything from TVSN previously?

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Ingrid.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

BYS Cosmetics Peach Palette & Highlight Palette Reviews & Swatches

Some PR packages come so nicely packaged and presented you simply need to admire them for a bit before ripping them open like a kid at Christmas!

It almost felt wrong to be too quick in opening these packages from BYS Cosmetics except for the fact that I had a fairly good idea of what was inside and I really wanted to swatch these palettes & photograph them in a hurry so I could then have a decent play and experiment with them before sharing my photos and review with you all!


Gorgeous PR Packaging
So what was in the packages? It was the brand new BYS Cosmetics Peach Eye Shadow Palette and the new BYS Cosmetics Highlight Highlighting Palette

BYS Cosmetics Peach Eye Shadow Palette



BYS Cosmetics Peach Palette
The BYS Cosmetics Peach eye shadow palette consists of 12 gorgeous peach inspired shades. There is a lovely mixture of satin, matte and shimmer shades enabling both day and night looks to be created.

The shades are highly pigmented with rich colour pay off. All shades are also soft and easy to blend.

I love the fact that the colour in the palette is the colour you end up with on your eyelids. What you see is what you get.


BYS Peach Palette

I found the shades to be long wearing. 

The eye shadows are formulated with skin loving Mica to help leave a silky smooth finish on our lids.

There is a bonus sponge and brush applicator included in this palette for on the go application but at home I prefer to use my own full size brushes. 

BYS Peach Eye Shadow Palette Swatches



BYS Cosmetics Highlight Highlighting Palette

I'm a huge fan of highlighting as it adds such a beautiful youthful glow to my face and this BYS Cosmetics Hightlight palette is an absolute beauty!

Before we look at the highlighting shades themselves can we just admire this amazing on-trend metallic purple packaging - it's so pretty!

BYS Highlight - Highlighting Palette

The palette itself contains five stunning shades that would suit all skin tones.

The shades are absolutely gorgeous and include from left to right: Glam, Glisten, Gleam, Golden & Glimmer.

BYS Highlight - Shades from L to R are:
Glam, Glisten, Gleam, Golden & Glimmer!

There's actually a full length mirror under the cardboard 'Highlight' label in the above photo but I left it in place for the photo to avoid you seeing a warped selfie of me taking this photo in my pyjamas! Yes it's confession time - the benefits of working from home today I had a pyjama day! I highly recommend pyjama days for a relaxing and comfy yet still productive day!

Anyway back to reviewing this highlight palette, each shade is highly pigmented and offers a multi dimensional light to the areas of your face you choose to showcase.

My favourite areas to highlight include above my cheek bones before I add my blush, on my nose, my forehead, on the inside corner of my eyes and on my cupid's bow.

Highlighting these areas instantly enhances my complexion and adds such a lovely radiant, glowy effect, something I've found my skin losing from about the age of thirty-five to forty onwards as my skin has matured and become dryer. Damn the effects of ageing!

The shades of this palette are formulated with the finest pearlescent powder for a stunning glow.


BYS Cosmetics Highlight Palette Swatches

Similar to the eye shadow shades the highlight shades also include the skin loving ingredient Mica to help leave our skin feeling and looking silky smooth.

This palette also includes a mini half moon brush applicator. Although when at home I prefer using one of my full sized highlighting brushes, this brush is better quality than other brushes that usually come with palettes, and when taking this palette on holidays I would be happy to use the provided mini half moon brush.

The recommended retail price for both the above palettes is $19.95 each which I think is a bargain given the quality of these palettes. 

BYS Cosmetics products are available from K-Mart, Gloss Accessories, Cosmetics Plus, selected pharmacies & speciality stores, or online through www.bys.com.au

Which of these two BYS Cosmetics palettes appeals to you more?

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