Monday, 27 March 2017

7 Benefits of Microdermabrasion + HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion Review

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure to rejuvenate the skin by powerful mechanical exfoliation. 

It works be removing the uppermost layer of dead skin cells exposing the supple, glowing layer of skin underneath it.

7 Benefits of Microdermabrasion include:
  1. smooths your skin's texture 
  2. erases minor imperfections
  3. minimises fine lines
  4. minimises the appearance of large pores
  5. stimulates circulation & cell renewal
  6. restores a youthful radiant glow to the skin
  7. allows increased absorption & penetration of skin care products, thus increasing their efficiency.
Up to now I thought microdermabrasion was an in-salon only treatment. As a mum of three children, who also works and is a beauty blogger in my 'spare' time I rarely have time to attend a salon unfortunately. 

I was thus totally excited when I was offered the opportunity to trial the at-home HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion system.


HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion

The HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion is professional salon quality and includes:
  • two diamond tips for normal and sensitive skin
  • 4 level settings for maximum comfort
  • replaceable filters to make cleaning quick and easy
  • convenient cordless design with up to 28 treatments from a single 4 hour charge.

HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion

This treatment is surprisingly quick and easy to use typically taking 5 minutes per treatment, two or three times a week. Even I have that amount of time to spare to take care of my skin!

HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion

I was also surprised at how completely pain free this treatment is. All you feel is a gentle suctioning effect as the diamond tip moves across your skin. It was almost like a tickling sensation for me.

HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion

There are four different settings to use on different areas of your face as pictured in the diagram below. When you use the HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion for the first time you should start off on the lowest setting and then gradually work your way up during subsequent treatment sessions depending on the area of the face you are treating..

HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion

My skin didn't have any adverse reactions from this treatment. I experienced a slight reddening of my skin which is considered completely normal and this subsided within 10 minutes for me.

After using the HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion for the last month or so my skin is feeling softer, smoother and firmer. And yes, my skin is also looking more radiant!

So if your a busy mum and worker like me with no spare time to attend salons for expensive facial treatments this HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion could be the answer for you too! 

Quick and effective, it will save you both time and money, and help you achieve radiant youthful looking healthy skin in the convenience of your own home.

The HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion is available from the HoMedics website, The Shaver Shop and other good retailers.

Do you attend salons for facial treatments or 
do you prefer in home treatments? 


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Monday, 20 March 2017

How Lush Create Their Cupcake Face Mask

I was lucky to attend the Bloggers United AU 2nd birthday celebration recently at Lush Sydney in their beautiful QVB store.

Visiting Lush on any occasion is a pleasure with my senses always invigorated by the amazing array of divine scents wafting through the store and the vision of all the dazzling colours of their wonderful bath, body and makeup products!

Lush QVB 

This occasion was no different. The event was wonderful, mingling with other beauty bloggers, swatching, sampling and sniffing all the stunning Lush products.

One of the highlights of the event for me was watching the creation of the Lush Cupcake face mask! 

The Cupcake face mask is chocolate heaven!

It looks like chocolate, smells like chocolate, tastes like ...... NO! Tempted as I was, I didn't taste it! We were warned that as chocolatey and good as it smells and looks, it does not taste good! 

Lush Cupcake Face Mask

How Lush Create Their Cupcake Face Mask

1. Add a linseed infused cloth into the oils for 20 minutes. Then remove the cloth.
2. Tear up and then add the fresh mint leaves.


3. Add the fragrance and glycerine.


4. Add the cocoa powder, Rhassoul mud & talc mixture.



5. Mix, mix, mix, mix, MIX!


6. Divide up into individual pots.


7. Apply! Smooth a generous layer of the Cupcake mask onto your face and leave for 10 - 15 minutes. This mask is quite thick to apply and I suggest standing over a sink whilst applying so you don't drop any on the floor. 

The thickness may have just been because at the event we didn't mix it quite as much as Lush usually does - they usually use industrial mixers instead of doing it manually!

Note this mask needs to be stored in the fridge between uses and should be used up within 3 weeks.



I shared my Cupcake mask with my teenage daughter. It was quite thick to apply and we shared a laugh with both of us feeling as though we were smearing our faces with chocolate cake batter - lol! 
The Cupcake Mask is absolutely brilliant for oily and teenage skin!

It is highly absorbent drawing out and removing any dirt, oil and impurities and thus giving the skin a deep cleanse.

The fresh mint stimulates and tones the skin, whilst the linseed and cocoa butter soften and moisturise your skin. Our faces felt wonderfully cooler and calmer whilst the mask was on.


After removing the mask - what a difference! My daughter's teenage skin in particular looked so good. It looked mattified in contrast to her skin pre mask yet also felt hydrated. All the excess oil sheen was gone from her face.

Both our skins also felt smoother and softer.

I'll definitely be buying more of this face mask for us both when I finish the sample I have.
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Another definite highlight of the event for me was winning a $100 Lush voucher. To win we were challenged to identify 4 mystery ingredients used in the Cupcake face mask. This challenge was obviously before we watched the making of this face mask!

A couple of the mystery ingredients were obvious such as the cocoa powder & fresh mint leaves but the linseed & shea butter weren't. The first person with the correct answers won. I was so surprised when I was the first to correctly list these four ingredients.


Lush Cupcake Mask Ingredient Identification Challenge

Of course I couldn't resist spending my voucher on the night! I was as happy as a kid in a toy store with money to spend! 

I chose to buy the massive Experimenter Box of 10 assorted bath bombs and also a slab of the refreshingly scented Sexy Peel soap.


Lush The Experimenter Gift Box

Lush - Sexy Peel Soap
Keep an eye out on my blog in the next 6 - 8 weeks for a review of these amazing 10 bath bombs!

Thanks to Lush's generosity, nobody left this event empty handed. All attendees were gifted a bag of Lush goodies as photographed below and we were also allowed to choose one additional item to take home free. I chose the Happy Hippy Shower Gel. My bathroom has never been better scented! 

Thank you so much Lush Sydney!

Lush Gift Bag

And Happy 2nd Birthday Bloggers United AU!

Happy 2nd Birthday Bloggers United AU!


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What are your favourite Lush products? 

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Fabulous and Fun Life 5K GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Fabulous and Fun Life reaching 5000 followers on Instagram I have decided to host a makeup giveaway as my way of saying a BIG thank you to all my awesome followers, both new and old. I appreciate you all, whether you've been following me for a year or a day or even an hour! Thank you so much!

Entry is super easy but first let's look at the prize!


Fabulous and Fun Life 5K Instagram Giveaway

The prize includes the following beautiful makeup products:
  • Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit
  • Barry M Twilight Nail Polish
  • Rimmel London Provocalips in 310 Little Minx
  • Rimmel London Provocalips in 700 Skinny Dipping                                                     (Check out my review of the Provocalips Lipsticks HERE)
  • Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Kohl Kajal Eyeshadow in 001 Back to Basics                 
  • Benefit The Porefessional (Deluxe Sized Sample)
  • Benefit Posietint (Deluxe Sized Sample)
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London
  • NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Purple 
  • NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Pale
  • NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Medium 
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium
  • NYX Eyebrow Marker in Deep
  • NYX Tinted Brow Mascara
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder.

Like I said entry is easy. As this giveaway is in celebration of reaching 5000 followers on Instagram, entry is via Instagram also.

To enter you need to:

1. Be following @fabulousandfunlife on Instagram
2. Like the giveaway post on Instagram
3. Tag two other people on the giveaway Instagram post who would love to win this prize

You can also gain additional entries in the giveaway by:

4. Re-gramming the giveaway photo on Instagram and tagging #fabulousandfunlife5K - don't forget to include this hashtag otherwise I won't see your regram. If I can't see it, I can't give you an additional entry!
5. Photo can be re-grammed once a day for more additional entries!

Entries close on 27 March 2017 and the winner will be announced on 28 March 2017.

Good luck everyone and thank you for all your support towards me via 
It is very much appreciated!

For those of you that love giveaways and competitions AND also love books: 
Booktopia is running a giveaway to win a book prize pack worth $256. 
Note: There is a purchase requirement in Booktopia's giveaway.



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Monday, 6 March 2017

10 Concealer Tips, Tricks & Hacks + Genie Line Smoothing Concealer Review


10 Concealer Tips, Tricks & Hacks!

You're excited about a big night out, you've bought a new outfit and gorgeous heels, all your friends will be there BUT then disaster strikes!

You've had a sleepless night resulting in dark circles under your eyes and you've developed a massive red pimple right in the middle of your face! Eeek! Why does this always happen when you least want it too?!


All you want to do is hide away until the dark under eye circles and pimple clears up but don't despair ..... read this post of concealer tips, tricks and hacks and you'll vanish those dark circles and pimple in no time at all! 


10 CONCEALER TIPS, TRICKS & HACKS!   


1. Concealer can be applied either under or over foundation. I recommend to use it over foundation however as you'll need less concealer this way.

2. Blend the concealer into the surrounding skin to avoid an obvious line.

3. Set your concealer with powder.

4. Concealer can be used as an eyelid primer to keep your eye shadow in place for longer throughout the day. It also prevents the eye shadow from settling into your creases, helps even out your skin tone and brightens your eye!

5. Line the outside of your lips with concealer using a fine tipped brush to prevent your lipstick from 'bleeding' or 'feathering'. This also helps to sharpen the line of your lipstick and accentuate the colour of your lips.  

6. The most flattering way to conceal the dark circles under your eye is to draw an inverted triangle under your eye with concealer i.e with the triangle pointing downwards towards your cheek.

7. Apply concealer under your eye using a makeup sponge for even distribution.

8. Clean up your eyebrow area and make your eyebrows pop by lining above and below your eyebrows in concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone.

9. Concealer can be used to cover up pimples and blemishes on other parts of your body too such as your chest and back. Use a concealer that's exactly the same shade as your skin in that region. Then set the concealer with powder.

10. For a natural looking highlight in your eye region use concealer that's slightly lighter than your skin tone and apply around the inner 'V' of your eye, on the middle of your eyelid and just below your brow bone.

BONUS TIP because everyone loves a bonus! 
When buying concealer test the shade on your neck not on your wrist or forearm.


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Genie Beauty Products: Line Smoothing Concealer 

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Genie Beauty Products Line Smoothing Concealer Review

My favourite current concealer is the Genie Beauty Products Line Smoothing Concealer.

This concealer is incredibly buttery smooth in texture and glides on easily. 

Thanks to the creamy formulation being infused with Safflower oil, Sweet Almond oil and Shea Butter it gives you an unbelievably smooth finish. It is so creamy and blends well.

I found this concealer to be super pigmented, providing complete coverage and instantly eliminating the look of any dark under eye circles, freckles, blemishes, acne scarring, broken capillaries and dark spots you might want to vanish!

It is also infused with 5 anti aging ingredients designed to instantly re-hydrate and smooth your skin. This is absolutely perfect for my dry 40+ year old skin! My fine lines and wrinkles look blurred immediately!

Although my skin is not oily, this concealer is reportedly suitable for oily skin too as the product contains corn starch to absorb any oil so it reduces shine while maintaining moisturisation. 

Additionally I've found this concealer to be very long wearing and crease proof. My blemishes remained concealed all day until I cleansed my face in the evening.

The Genie Beauty Products Line Smoothing Concealer comes in three shades: Ivory, Beige and Honey. See swatches in photo below. Ivory is the best shade for my everyday concealing purposes.

These concealers are priced at $29.95 each and are available from www.tvsn.com.au.

You may also be interested in reading my review of the amazing Genie Exfoliator 3.

Genie Beauty Products: Line Smoothing Concealer Swatches

10 Concealer Tips, Tricks & Hacks!

Do you use concealer? 

Do you have any additional concealer tips, tricks or hacks to share? 

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