Monday, 30 November 2015

The Easiest, Most Effective Anti-Ageing Strategy + GIVEAWAY

I love Australia's sunny climate and outdoor lifestyle. Unfortunately scientific research has found that about 90% of premature skin ageing is believed to be caused by UV exposure from the sun.

Another study found that a two percent increase in skin damage ages the face by three years! YIKES! I don't mind ageing gracefully according to my years but not by more than my years!

Premature skin ageing can include:
  • fine lines
  • wrinkles
  • age spots
  • uneven skin tone
  • freckles
  • textural changes to skin
  • precancerous skin changes and even
  • skin cancer.
Premature skin ageing, once present, is extremely difficult to reverse! It really is much easier to prevent in the first place rather than try to reverse.

The easiest and most effective anti-premature ageing strategy is to use high SPF sunscreens. 

Nowadays, with the large range of sun screen products available, there is just no excuse not to apply sunscreen each and every day, whether it's sunny or overcast. There are products to suit every person, every part of your body and every occasion!

Sunscreens have dramatically improved since the days of my childhood! Gone are the days of the thick, greasy pore-clogging sunscreens - thank goodness! In their place are a myriad of sunscreens that are all lightweight, low in fragrance and dry to touch. Some also include secondary benefits such as providing intensive moisturising or containing additional anti-ageing properties.

Here's a brief overview of some of the effective new sunscreen products currently on the market. Firstly, looking at sunscreens specifically developed for the face.

SunSense Face Specific Sunscreens 

SunSense Daily Face SPF 50+
75g Tube $14.99
A light oil-free moisturising sunscreen with a sheer tint for an invisible matte finish.It's non-comedogenic so it won't clog pores. It's also fragrance, PABA and lanolin free. Contains Vitamins B3 and E. It can be worn alone or under makeup.

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF 50+
100ml $20.95
An oil-free sunscreen formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Vitamins B3 and E
I love the multi-functional nature of this sunscreen as not only does it protect your skin from the premature ageing effects of the sun, the AHA also works to improve skin texture and tone whilst helping to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles! The added Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps improve the appearance of age spots and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect for my 40+ year old skin!

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF 50+
100ml $20.95
This sunscreen is very similar to the one above with the same benefits of the added AHA, vitamins B3 and E. The difference is this sunscreen has a sheer tint for an invisible matte finish. I love the feel of the matte finish of this sunscreen on my skin. This sunscreen is my new go-to sunscreen for my face!

SunSense Moisturising Face SPF50+
100ml $13.95
I received this sunscreen originally from a BeautyHeaven event a couple of months ago. This sunscreen is easy to apply, absorbs quickly and is non greasy and non sticky. It has an oil-free base and can be worn either alone or under makeup without the makeup sliding off. It's non comedogenic and free from fragrances, PABA and lanolin. It is also moisturising, as the name suggests, and thus perfect for normal and dry skin. 

SunSense Lip Balm SPF 50+
15ml Tube $5.95
Melanin helps protect our skin against ultraviolet radiation but unfortunately our lips don't produce melanin. This makes it even more important to apply sunscreen to our lips. SunSense Lip Balm comes in an easy glide on applicator tube. It feels soothing and moisturising probably due to the added cocoa butter and vitamin E in its formula. Being fragrance, PABA and lanolin free, as well as propylene glycol and preservative free, it's suitable for sensitive skin.

Banana Boat & Dermalogica Sun Protection Products

Banana Boat Everyday Faces SPF 50+
100ml $11.99
This product is an oil-free, non-greasy and gentle formula designed for daily use. It absorbs quickly and easily into your skin whilst offering all round broad spectrum protection. It's light enough to wear under makeup.

Banana Boat Everyday Sensitive SPF 50+
100g $16.49
This sunscreen is specially formulated to provide optimal sun protection for sensitive skin and is ideal for those who may avoid using sunscreen for fear of irritation. It's lightweight, fragrance free and non greasy whilst still offering broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is 4 hours water resistant.

50ml $92.50 (Currently on sale for $74)
I've included this product as it is a bit different from the others. I received it at a BeautyHeaven Dermalogica event a couple of months ago where it was prescribed for my skin after I underwent a Face Mapping process. You can read more about this process here. Whereas the other products I've mentioned today I'd class as sunscreens, some of which have the added benefit of a moisturiser, this product I'd class as a moisturiser treatment with the added benefit of SPF 50. It focuses on reducing hyper-pigmentation in the skin including the development of new pigmentation from UV light from the sun.

Much as I have loved using this product, unfortunately it is way too expensive to use in the quantities recommended for sunscreen usage even if you limit yourself to just using it on your face and neck as I have done, i.e it's recommended you use more than 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) to the face and the same (3ml) for the neck. 

Next looking at sunscreens for the rest of the body.

SunSense Sunscreens

SunSense Ultra SPF 50+
125ml $10.25
This is an ideal family sunscreen offering very high protection and 3 hours water resistance. It contains dual UVA/UVB absorbers, applies easily and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It also comes in a huge 500ml pump pack ($23.95) that would be useful for keeping near the door as a reminder to apply before going outdoors.

SunSense Sport SPF 50+
50ml roll-on $8.95
This is the sunscreen I pop in my youngest son's school and sports bags. The roll-on applicator makes it easy for him to apply and it's secure from any potential leakage. It is specially developed with UV, water, sand and sweat in mind. It is 4 hours water resistant and also sand and sweat resistant.

SunSense Clear Gel SPF 50
125ml $11.95
This sunscreen is my teenage son and daughter's favourite! It is a readily absorbed, super quick drying and easy to spread gel which is suitable for all skin types including hairy, oily and acne-prone skin. It is sand resistant and water resistant for 60 minutes.

SunSense Sensitive SPF 50+  
75g $10.95
This gentle sunscreen lotion is suitable for very sensitive skin including babies. 
It is free from chemical absorbers, lanolin, fragrance and colour. Water resistant for 4 hours. Paediatrician and dermalogially tested. Suitable for face and body.

SunSense Clear Mist SPF 50
200ml $17.99
I like using this SunSense Clear Mist spray on my body when I'm by the pool. It's clear so I don't need to worry about rubbing it in. It's easy to use, absorbs easily, and dries quickly. It has added vitamin B3 and E and is free from PABA, lanolin, preservatives and propylene glycol. It has the advantage of being water resistant for 3 hours.

I'm determined my children are not going to have the premature skin ageing I have due to sun damage from my younger days. Having suffered from a malignant melanoma and having had two surgeries for this I am vigilant with both my sun protection and theirs. Most of my skin damage was done in my youth, but at least I can prevent my premature ageing due to the sun from getting any worse and theirs from developing! I suspect my children's generation's skin will be in such a better condition than my generation's skin tends to be at the age of 40 and beyond!

If you want to protect your skin from the number one cause of premature ageing this summer you are in luck. Thanks to the generosity of SunSense I have 3 x SunSense Summer Favourites Packs to giveaway to readers of Fabulous and Fun Life just in time for the summer holidays! Each pack is valued at over $140!

Each SunSense Summer Favourites pack includes the following items:
  • SunSense Daily Face SPF 50+ 75g
  • SunSense Anti Ageing Face Matte 50+ 100ml
  • SunSense Moisturising Face SPF 50+ 100ml
  • SunSense Sport SPF 50+ 200g
  • SunSense Ultra Trigger Spray SPF 50+ 200g
  • SunSense Lip Balm SPF 50+
  • SunSense Clear Mist SPF 50 200ml
  • SunSense Aftersun Cooling Creme 200g
  • SunSense Neoprene Beach Bag + SunSense Inflatable Pool donut.
Just follow the instructions in the RaffleCopter link below and good luck! This competition closes at midnight on 14/12/2015.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Which of the above sunscreens appeals to you the most and why?


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Monday, 23 November 2015

11 Reasons Why You'll Love Myer's Giftorium!

I was recently lucky enough to attend the launch of Myer's Giftorium in Sydney and boy am I glad I did!

I quickly discovered that Giftorium is a magical gift wonderland, one-stop shop easy solution to all Christmas shopping dilemmas! 

Here are 11 reasons why I love Myer's Giftorium and you will too!

Myer Giftorium

1. Gifticians
You know those stores where you can never find a shop assistant when you need one - well Myer's Giftorium is definitely NOT one of those stores!

Giftorium has a gift squad of expertly trained and festively dressed Gifticians and elves to help customers choose the perfect gift.

You can even book a convenient time online to meet with a Giftician in-store! Now that's magical service, especially at this time of year!

2. Seven Christmas Gift Themes
The Giftorium contains an amazingly wide range of gifts conveniently arranged into seven themes which are then further sectioned into even more specific categories which make finding the right gift easy. The seven themes are:
  • Gifts For Her
  • Gifts For Him
  • Kids Cubby (Gifts For Children)
  • Paws Corner (Gifts For Pets)
  • Tech Gurus
  • Stocking Fillers
  • Food Fanatic
I especially appreciate the Gifts For Him section as gifts for my male relatives are the ones I struggle with the most!

Some of Myer Giftorium's Themes & Categories

Myer Giftorium Paws Corner (Gifts For Pets)

Myer Giftorium Stocking Fillers

3. Personalised Gifts Galore
Personalised gifts feature prominently in this year's Giftorium and they're such a great idea! Everyone loves receiving a one of a kind personalised gift, it transforms good gifts into something even more thoughtful, special and unique!

As a child I always used to look on in envy as all my friends, with the more popular names such as Cathy, Karen, Lisa, Andrew and David would pull out their personalised pencils, lunch boxes and bags whilst I had the generic non-personalised version of these items! Yes, this was the downside of having a less common name such as Ingrid. 

Now, a couple of decades later, thanks to Myer's Giftorium, I can (and did) fulfill my childhood dream of owning some lovely personalised items too! Thank you so much Myer Giftorium!

Some of My Personalised Gifts From Myer

Myer's Giftorium offers personalising on a range of items including men's and women's leather goods, Peanuts and Mr Men/Little Miss cartoon prints, Santa sacks, Christmas Stockings, business shirts, bathrobes, towels and more.

My Leather Luggage Tag Being
Personalised With Luxe Gold Leaf

Some of the Gifts For Him Themed Leather Goods
That Can Be Personalised

Getting A Leather Pen Embossed With My Brother's Initials

I love these Personalised Peanuts Prints!

I think these personalised Peanuts prints will be especially popular after the new Peanuts movie releases in December, which will introduce kids to these lovable characters of their parents era!

4. Personalised Nutella
Yes, personalised Nutella deserves it's own specific mention! Myer's Giftorium is the only retailer in Australia to offer customers the ability to personalise Nutella jars in-store!

This is such a perfect gift of hazelnut chocolatey scrumptious-ness! Who wouldn't want a personalised jar of Nutella for Christmas? Guess what all my work colleagues will be receiving this year? YUM!!! 

Personalised Nutella From Myer's Giftorium

5. Benefit Pop-Up Store
Beauty lovers like myself will be thrilled to learn that select Myer Giftoriums also feature a Benefit pop-up store. This pop-up store focuses on party look gift packs, some of which are exclusive to Myer. Beauty lovers run, don't walk!

Myer Giftorium's Benefit Pop-Up Store
6. Napolean Perdis Pop-Up Store
Select Myer Giftoriums will also feature a Napolean Perdis pop-up store which will be offering shoppers free touch-ups of their makeup! Perfect pampering during Christmas shopping expeditions!

Myer Giftorium Napolean Perdis Pop-Up Store

7. Fragrance Gift Sets
Myer Giftorium stocks a wide range of fragrance gift sets. These would have to be one of my favourite Chistmas gifts to receive. I have also been known to buy one or two sets for myself too! I'm currently eyeing the Marc Jacobs Daisy gift set.

8. Star Wars Pop-Up Store
I have two fanatical Star Wars fans in my family and I'm sure almost every family in Australia has at least one Star Wars fan, if not more, especially after the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie releases in December.

All Myer Giftoriums contain an amazing Star Wars pop-up store with more than 100,000 
items of Star Wars merchandise available across Australia! The Force is definitely strong in Myer Giftoriums!

Myer Giftorium Star Wars Pop-Up Store

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9. Disney Pop-Up Store
My nephew might be a Stars Wars fanatic but my niece is equally fanatical about Frozen, as are a lot of young girls! Myer's Giftorium Disney pop-up store caters for the Frozen fans, as well as the Toy Story, Mickey & Minnie, Cinderella, Marvel Avengers and Inside Out fans.

In addition to the Disney and Star Wars pop-up stores there are toys galore in Myer Giftoriums! It is such a fun place for kids to visit in the lead up to Christmas.

10. Online Santa Bookings
My kids might be tweens and teens now but they still humour me with an annual Santa photo. It's a great visual record of how they have grown and changed over the past 'gulp' 15 years!

Myer's Giftorium allows us to beat the Santaland queue by booking a photo time with Santa online! YAY!

11. Giftorium's In-Store Services
Giftoriums also have valuable in-store services designed to make your Christmas shopping a bit easier. These include the 'All Wrapped Up' Christmas gift registry, gift ordering on iPads when products are not available in-store, Shop and Drop parcel service so you don't have to carry your bags, and the Shop,Wrap and Deliver service!

Giftorium's Wrapping Service In Action

The above are just some of my reasons for loving Myer's Giftorium. I'm sure you will come up with more reasons of your own!

Have You started Your Christmas Shopping? 


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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Summer Essential: Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle

Summer in Australia means hot weather, lighter clothing, bare legs, frequent pool swims and numerous impromptu visits to the beach! It's not unusual for me to spend all day in my swim suit during the summer holidays and on weekends! This is such a fun and care free time of year but it does require some preparation.

Thus I was happy to recently discover the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor. This is a  
2-in-1 razor and bikini trimmer. 

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle 2-in-1 Razor & Bikini Trimmer

Firstly looking at the razor side of it, the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor features:
  • a water-activated moisturising serum
  • unique skin guards
  • 5 curve sensing blades, &
  • an integrated stand.

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle - Razor 

I found this razor to be brilliant. I shave my legs and armpits in the shower and I found the combination of the warm water and this razor's moisturising strip ensured the razor glided effortlessly over my skin and hydrated it whilst I was shaving. 

The size of the handle and its grip pattern made it easy to hold onto and use whilst in the wet shower environment.

The 5 curve sensing blades provided a very close shave, which is always good as my body hair seems to grow way too fast for my liking! My legs felt silky smooth and hydrated after the shower and shaving. I experienced no razor burn or irritation whatsoever.

Now looking at the Bikini Trimmer side of the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle. Let me not beat around the bush, but say right up front I am not a Brazilian type of girl. I could think of nothing more painful or more embarrassing than attending a salon for a Brazilian wax. 

This Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle bikini trimmer is much more my style. It features:
  • an adjustable comb for a customised look 
  • a detachable trim blade for easy cleaning, &
  • is fully waterproof.

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle - Bikini Trimmer

I like the adjustable comb with its four settings on this trimmer which allows me to customise the trim length and look I want, either shaving or trimming as little or as much as I want. This trimmer was quick, easy and convenient to use.

I appreciate the good quality Energizer AAA lithium battery included which should mean that I won't have to replace the battery for a long time.

Thanks Schick for helping me face the Summer swim suit season with confidence!

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle 2-in-1 Razor & Bikini Trimmer

The Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle is priced at $21.99 and is widely available from Woolworths, Coles, KMart. IGA, Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and independent grocer stores.

How do you stay fuzz-free in summer? 


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipsticks - Review and Swatches

The nude lip trend is all the rage at the moment and I fully understand why! It looks chic, stylish and sophisticated! Just like Kate Moss! So who better than Kate Moss for Rimmel London to collaborate with to create a range of long lasting nude lipsticks.

Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipsticks
L to R: #40, #42, #43, #45 & #48

The trick to rocking a nude lip is choosing the right nude for your skin colouring and natural lip colour. Thankfully Rimmel London have made this a lot easier with the launch of five varying nude shades in their Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipsticks

The five shades are numbered rather than named. Not all of these shades suit everyone as will be evident from my photos below, however I believe everyone will find their own perfect shade in this collection!   

All the photos below were taken in natural light only with no flash and no editing whatsoever!

Shade #40 is the palest nude in the collection with a subtle pink undertone. It is designed to suit fair skinned beauties. Unfortunately this shade is too pale for my colouring.

#40 Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipstick

Shade #42 is a beautiful pale pink nude shade on my lips. Interestingly when I swatched it on my arm it looked more peach-y but on my lips it has transformed into a lovely pink shade. I guess the message is that it's good to actually sample and trial these shades on your lips and not just swatch them on your arm. 

#42 Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipstick

Shade #43 is a tan nude shade which would suit warm toned, olive skinned beauties.

#43 Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipstick

Shade #45 is definitely my favourite in this collection. It's a gorgeous rose pink nude shade which I think would suit most people.

#45 Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipstick

Shade #48 is the darkest in the collection. It is a dark nude, so dark that on my skin it doesn't really look like a nude at all, but I love this shade all the same.

#48 Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection Lipstick

The formulae of all these Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection lipsticks are moisturising, creamy and smooth. These lipsticks are super comfortable to wear.

All the shades last well but do need retouching after eating and drinking.

They are opaque with a lovely sheen finish. The lipsticks have a sweet fragrance to them which dissipates once on the lips.

These Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection lipsticks are well priced at $12.95 each. 

The perfect lipliner to accompany each of these lipsticks is the Rimmel Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner priced at $12.50.

The nude lips trend is perfect for the Australian Spring and Summer seasons! I'll definitely be embracing this nude trend with these Rimmel lipsticks!

Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Collection

Will you dare to bare this Spring & Summer?
Are you a lover of the nude lip trend? 


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Monday, 9 November 2015

Jamberry Nail Wraps

One thing I have always envied is beautiful and intricate nail art designs. Some girls are just so artistic and talented! Unfortunately I have never been able to replicate this on my own nails despite many, many attempts. My nail art attempts have all ended up looking like a toddler's art work - not a good look at all!

As a result I was excited when I discovered Jamberry Nail Wraps. Jamberry nail wraps are new to Australia and are a non-toxic adhesive vinyl wrap for nails.

They have an amazingly huge selection of designs in a variety of finishes including clear, glossy, metallic, matte, sparkle etc to match every possible occasion.

The two big questions I had after seeing the Jamberry nail wraps were:
Are these nail wraps easy to apply? and
Will they look any good when applied by a beginner such as myself?

Luckily for me Renee Wilson, from Mummy Wife Me blog has become an independent Jamberry Consultant and she kindly offered me the opportunity to trial two Jamberry Nail Wrap designs for myself to see how they worked. See Renee's Jamberry shop site here for more design options.

I chose the retro cute "Cup of Tea" design with roses on a black and white polka dotted background. My second choice was the glamorous "Silver Floral On Magenta", a striking bright pink wrap featuring a metallic silver filigree design. 

Jamberry Nail Wraps

The process for applying the wraps really was simple. The steps are:
  • push back your cuticles and clean your nails with a nail prep wipe or rubbing alcohol
  • match your nail to the nail wrap that best fits
  • cut the nail wraps in half as each of the above pictured nail wraps are sufficient to do two nails, peel off the nail wrap and warm the adhesive side for 3-5 seconds
    (I used a hair dryer for this)
Jamberry Nail Wrap
  • While warm, press the nail wrap onto your nail. Apply firm pressure to adhere the nail wrap securely to your nail (I initially used my thumb to apply pressure and then the rubber cuticle pusher to remove any air bubbles. It's a lot like smoothing out the air bubbles when applying contact but a lot easier due to the smaller size!)
  • Remove excess by trimming the top with scissors and filing off the remainder of the wrap
  • Apply heat (once again I used my hair dryer) and pressure until the wrap is bonded to your nail (I did this for about 20 seconds).
Image Credit: Jamberry
  • Voila! Stunning nail wraps applied! 
Jamberry Nail Wraps

The biggest tip I have is to make sure you choose the appropriate size nail wrap for each finger. I learnt from other people's mistakes to make sure that the nail wraps I chose for each nail were slightly smaller than my nail. If the wrap overlaps onto your skin it is more likely to start peeling and lifting off your nail. Jamberry nail wraps are designed to last for about 2 weeks on your finger nails and up to 6 weeks on your toe nails.

Jamberry wraps are priced at $22 a sheet. If you buy three sheets you get an additional sheet for free. Each sheet should be sufficient for two manicures and two pedicures. You can make these sheets last for even more manicures by combining some lacquered finger nails and some nail wrapped finger nails. I love the look of one highlight nail Jamberry wrapped and the rest lacquered.

Image Credit: Jamberry
It's been 7 days since I've applied my Jamberry nail wraps and despite washing my hair with my hands, being naughty and washing the dishes each night without wearing gloves, and doing housework, my nail wraps are still firmly in place with no sign of any peeling. There's been no smudging and no chipping. The wraps are as perfect as the day I applied them! I highly recommend these nail wraps. 

Jamberry Nail Wraps can be purchased from Renee's Jamberry site.

Don't forget to enter my Natura Siberica Hair Product Competition. 
Click here. Competition ends on 18/11/15.

Are you any good at nail art?
Have you ever used any nail wraps? 
Is it something that you would consider? 


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