Monday, 23 January 2017

1 Kennedys Boutique Alison Blouse Styled 4 Ways

Being a part time working mum with a corresponding part time salary I need my clothes to be capable of double, triple and even quadruple duty! 

I need multi-tasking clothing items that are versatile, adapting from casual and smart casual weekend and day-off wear to corporate work wear in an office.

If an item of clothing also allows itself to be dressed up for evening wear then it's a definite winner in my eyes!

Well you'll be glad to know that I have found just such a blouse and I'm more than happy to share my find with you.

It's the Alison blouse from Kennedys Boutique, a lovely local boutique just two suburbs away from me! Luckily for you it also has an online store HERE



The Alison blouse is a simple top with loose fitting and flowing woven rayon fabric which is perfect for beating the Summer heat. 

It is flatteringly designed to skim the body hiding all manner of unwanted lumps, and has little cap sleeves that hang perfectly off the body. 

It comes in S - XXL sizes and in a wide range of colours and prints including the red I have featured below. Other colours and prints include classic black, lime, navy, navy circle print, green & white print, and aqua print. 


CASUAL

The red Alison blouse combines perfectly with denim for a casual weekend look. I choose a denim skirt in this photo but you could just as easily wear it with denim shorts or jeans depending on the temperature and your plans for the day.

In addition to my denim skirt I teamed it with a Kennedys Boutique Scarf to add some extra interest to my outfit and my trusty KMart panama hat.




This oufit is budget friendly with the Kennedys Boutique Alison blouse being priced at $59, the scarf $45 and the hat $12.

SMART CASUAL

Sometimes I need to up my style a bit from completely casual to a smarter casual look.

The Alison blouse easily accommodates the smart casual look. Here I swapped my denim skirt for some smarter white pants and Naturalizer gold snake lace up sandals. A white skirt also works well.




WORK

I work three part time days a week in a relaxed corporate office. Although I probably could get away with wearing the above smart casual look to work I do need to look a bit more corporate on other days.

Once again the Alison blouse is easy to adapt for work wear. Here I added black work pants, my black briefcase and black strappy sandals.



EVENING

I was super excited to realise that this blouse was one of those elusive quadruple duty clothing items that could be styled across the whole spectrum from casual to evening wear.

Here I styled it with my long black maxi skirt, an evening sequinned black clutch and my black lace up Wittner heels.




If you want to check out the other colours and prints available in the Kennedys Boutique Alison blouse click HERE.



Which of the above stylings (casual, smart casual, work or evening) do you prefer? 

Do you have any other styling suggestions for me? 

xxx
Ingrid.

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This Kennedys Boutique Alison Blouse and Scarf were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 89 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 89 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 89 Link Up Party

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 three most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up plus my pick of the posts were:

Four Popular Post 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. It's another great way to get your posts seen 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. 


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Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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Monday, 16 January 2017

2016 Favourite Beauty Products

Happy 2017 everyone! 
I'm so excited to be back blogging after my annual holiday break away from all things digital and blogging related! 
For my first blog post of 2017 I want to share with you my favourite products from 2016. 

I was lucky to be given the opportunity to trial a lot of different products throughout 2016. I also purchased numerous new products with my own money as well as repurchased finished gifted products that I loved.
For a product to make it onto my favourites list I need to have loved it enough to still be using it after the initial trial finished. If I've repurchased it after finishing the original product then it definitely achieves the favourites status required to be included in this list!

This list is grouped into beauty product categories.
For your convenience I have also included online links to where you can buy these products. 
2016 Favourite Beauty Products

HAIR
Regular readers of Fabulous and Fun Life won't be surprised to read that the bhave Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner have made it onto my 2016 favourites list. 
These are total holy grail products for me that help keep my hair frizz free and healthy despite my frequent harsh treatment of my hair with regular swims, heat drying and heat styling.
bhave Rescue Shampoo & Conditioner

In 2016 I also first tried the new bhave Super Nova Hair Elixir. This is a true multi-purpose superstar hair product. 
You spray it onto your towel dried hair and it effortlessly detangles your hair, fights frizz, repairs and strengthens brittle hair, thickens thinning hair, protects it from UV damage, and adds super shine and softness! 
This product has been a true hair saviour for me especially during the Summer months.

bhave Super Nova Leave-In Elixir

EYES


I may have only recently received this palette but as soon as I laid my eyes on The Balm's Appetit palette it achieved instantaneous favourite status! I mean seriously beauties, have you seen this gorgeous palette! 

My absolute favourite shade from this palette is the totally swoon-worthy Chris B. Bacon shade (last shade, middle row across). Please note that this photo does not do justice to this shimmery shade, it looks a lot more stunning in real life, trust me!

The cut out "Eat Ur Heart Out" layer lifts up to reveal easy to access square pans. If you're looking for a new palette I highly recommend this one! The pigmentation is amazing and the shades can be used dry or wet.

The Balm Appetit


Elizabeth Arden's Grand Entrance mascara has been my clear cut favourite mascara this year. It significantly increases my lash length and volume and also helps curl my lashes giving my eyes a more youthful appearance! 

It is easily buildable and can take me from day time to night time depending on the number of layers I use. 

After finishing my original gifted Grand Entrance mascara I immediately repurchased it with my own money. I need this mascara in my life!

I reviewed this mascara HERE.
Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

CHEEKS

This innovative Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil in Sparkling Framboise is such a flattering shade! It's my new go to blush since discovering it in early 2016. 

It also has the benefit of resulting in a lovely dewy youthful looking finish! Yay - as I need all the help I can get!

To read my full review of this blush you can click here.

Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil

LIPS

Choosing my favourite lip products from 2016 was as difficult as choosing my favourite child! 

In the end I considered the lip trends of 2016, namely nudes and vibrant lip colour, as well as liquid lipsticks, and this helped narrow down my choices. Even so I ended up picking three favourites. 

My first favourite is the Boho Nude lipstick shade from the Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 15th Anniversary Lipstick Collection. 

It is a lovely warm caramel toned nude which is also one of Kate Moss's favourite nudes so I'm in good company picking this as one of my favourites!

It is smooth and creamy to apply and comfortable to wear all day. 

You can click here to read my full review of this collection and to see swatches of them.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick in Luscious Raspberry ($34)

I love pinks and I love the vibrant shade of this lipstick! I also love the innovative click style of application. You push a lever on the side of the lipstick which then dispenses the correct amount of product onto the flocked tip applicator. This seems like a more hygienic method of dispensing liquid lipstick than other methods I've seen and used.

This high impact colour lipstick has the finish of a gloss. It feels moisturising and comfortable on the lips and is long lasting.

I'll be publishing a more detailed review of these Elizabeth Arden bold liquid lipsticks with swatches within the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that post!

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion * ($23.95) 

This is another lipstick I have regularly been reaching for since receiving it. It's got a beautiful lightweight moisturising formula that's comfortable to wear. I really don't have time for lipsticks which feel dry and uncomfortable!

The Devotion shade is a lovely rose pink colour that suits my skin tone (and I suspect flatters most people's skin tones). It is the perfect lipstick for every day wear. I've been wearing it to work most days recently!


2016 Favourite Lipsticks


Blistex Happy Lips Lip Balms * ($3.99)

On days I go makeup free, usually weekends when I'm active outdoors, I always apply lip balm to protect my lips.

The fruity mango, strawberry and melon varieties of Blistex Happy Lips lip balms quickly became my favourites. I always have at least one, if not more, of these lip balms in my handbag!

Blistex Happy Lips

FRAGRANCE
Roses de Chloe is a beautiful woody floral fragrance with fresh top notes of roses and bergamot, gradually joined by a heart of damascena rose essence and modernised with a magnolia accord. On the skin it leaves a lovely trail of white musk and amber, a signature of the Chloe house.
This fragrance makes me feel beautiful and graceful, and I always receive compliments when I'm wearing it. It's another definite favourite!
Roses de Chloe

SKINCARE

I've been using these Ultraceutical skin care products every evening for only just over 2 months now and I'm already seeing an actual improvement in my skin tone and especially my hyperpigmentation.

Ultraceuticals have a RVR90 program which promises 'Real Visible Results in 90 days'. At the launch for this program Ultraceuticals introduced its real people ambassadors at the event and showed their before photos plus we got to see their real life after treatment results. In a word they were IMPRESSIVE!

Click here to go to the Ultraceuticals website to see some convincing before and after Ultraceutical treatment photos for yourself!

These products are not cheap but they have real proven results and are based on scientific research. They are another definite favourite of mine, I just wish they were cheaper given my part time income! 

If you are interested in trying these products I would strongly recommend consulting a skin therapist listed on the Ultraceuticals website here so you can be prescribed relevant effective products for your skin's exact needs, so you are not wasting money on un-necessary products that your skin does not need.

Ultraceuticals Skincare

Save Our Skin By Innoxa NoTox Hyaluronic Eye Patches * ($99 for 4 pairs) .

SALES ALERT: Currently 40% off at Priceline until 26/1/2017. Now $59.99. Click on the link above.

I've been searching for an effective under eye treatment in vain for what seems like years to combat my ever increasing fine lines and wrinkles. The older I get the more I need such a product - lol!

I can finally say that I have found a product that achieves good results and doesn't require any injections. I'm too much of a wuss to try anything injectable!

I have already repurchased these Save Our Skin By Innoxa eye patches. Given my budget I don't use them every day obviously but I do use them the night before any special occasion that I need to attend. If you have any weddings or special parties to attend and want to smooth out your under eye wrinkles for a more youthful effect I can highly recommend these patches! 

Save Our Skin By Innoxa NoTox Eye Patches


Are any of these products your favourites too?

What products did you discover in 2016 that became your favourites?
xxx
Ingrid.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 88 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 88 Link Up!


It's lovely to be back blogging again after my holiday! Yay for 2017! Here's hoping we all have a wonderful and successful year achieving our goals and more, whilst sharing our love of beauty and makeup along the way!

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 88 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 the Special Extended Holiday edition of the link up were:

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. It's another great way to get your posts seen 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! 

xxx
Ingrid

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 and Facebook:

and Pinterest
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