SASSOU JAPAN 24K Gold Infused Beauty Cleansing Bar Review

Friday, 19 October 2018

If I told you there was this amazing bar of soap that will do wonders for your skin and you just have to try it - you'd totally go out and buy it, right?

What if I told you that bar of soap costs $100.00?

Hear me out. This cleansing bar by Sassou Japan is not only a beautiful, foaming bar of soap - it is also packed with refined 24 carat gold flakes! 24K GOLD!!!

This is honestly one of the most lovely products I've ever had the pleasure of trying - it is pure luxury! But not only that - it really has done wonders for my skin!

In addition to the gold, the cleansing bar also contains over 20 natural plant extracts. It enhances detoxification, improves moisture retention and leaves skin radiant!

So, what's the deal with the gold?

Well, apparently there are similar qualities found in gold as there are in certain Chinese herbal medicines that help with healing and recovery. Gold has the power to magnify the effects of skincare ingredients by targeting and awakening weakened structures in the skin.

The gold activates collagen production, while other ingredients such as Amica Montana, Lamium Album Flower extracts and honey deposit antioxidants to combat acne and other skin irritations, as well as repairing damaged skin and rejuvenating the complexion.

The Sassou Japan Gold Beauty Cleansing Bar retails for $100 AU. It comes with a cleansing net to help get the most out of the rich lather of this beautiful bar.

If you're looking for something to spoil yourself or someone you love with a little extra pampering, I would definitely recommend this - it's absolute heaven!

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Herbs + Heart Aloe Whip & Elixir Review

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

After recently trying (and loving) the beautiful Herbs + Heart Face Mud, I naturally jumped at the chance to try out some more of this gorgeous brand's newest products!

I was lucky enough to try out two products - Elixir and Aloe Whip.

Elixir is an absolutely beautiful serum! It's designed to help rescue dull, stressed skin with its super light, water-based formula and gold mica particles. Its main ingredients are Jasmine, Green Coffee and Avocado - so it's packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and provides plenty of hydration.

I found it was beautiful to use both on its own at night, as well as underneath a moisturiser and makeup during the day. My skin drank it up and thanked me for it - in particular those dry spots that seem to always appear during winter - in my case around my nose.

My only complaint is that the bottle was too small and I ran out too quickly - I want more!

Elixir retails at $28.00 for 10 ml or $130.00 for 100 ml and you can find it here.

The second product I tried was the Aloe Whip moisturiser. A super creamy moisturiser, packed with nutrients to help improve firmness and of course hydration. With a blend of Aloe Vera, Camellia and Oats, this is a really lovely moisturiser. I found it to be a beautiful, rich consistency, but also light enough to be able to use it every day. It soaks straight in and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily - which I love! It smells lovely and fresh and it wears well under makeup. I've loved using this product and it's currently my every day, go-to moisturiser. LOVE!

Aloe Whip retails at $29.99 for 100 ml and you can find it here.

I have loved using these products, and even combining the two together for a bit of extra pampering before bed! Herbs + Heart have quickly become one of my favourite brands and I'm excited to see what stunning products they come up with next!
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The One Thing I Wish People Would Understand About Suicide

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

In light of the many recent celebrity deaths by suicide, there have been many opinions circulating on social media relating to depression, and suicide in particular.

I'm of the belief that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, and I like to think of myself as someone with an open mind, and in turn, an open heart.

But there is one particular train of thought on this topic that I can't help but find deeply upsetting.

I have seen countless amounts of comments, posts and articles by people who feel that suicide is a "selfish act" - with no ifs, ands or buts about it!

Each time I read one of these comments, I can't help but feel angry, upset and offended.

I feel angry because people are ignorant. I feel upset because there are people taking there own lives every day out of pure desperation, only to be judged and ridiculed by strangers who never knew them. And I feel offended because I have been suicidal. I have been in that frame of mind where I felt the only way out was to end my life, and I came very close to doing so. So, does that make me selfish too?

When Chester Bennington passed away, I read a comment saying he should go to hell for "doing this to his children". Similar comments were made about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shortly after.

It's these sorts of comments that make my blood boil. The fact that some people really think that these people took there own lives as some sort of vendetta against their loved ones just baffles me!

Depression is not a bad day. It is not feeling sad. It is not having a hard time. Depression is a debilitating disease. It consumes every part of you and can take away your ability to reason or think logically.

These people were not just having a bad day. They were consumed by this disease and convinced that the world would be a better place without them. They were desperate for peace and felt there was no hope of ever finding it.

They didn't take their lives to harm their loved ones, they did it FOR their loved ones! Because they truly believed in that moment that the people they loved the most would be better off without them.

This is the one thing I wish people would understand about suicide. It is a sad, tragic, horrible thing - but it is not a selfish act!

I know some people will disagree with this, and that's okay. But I felt the need to express this today, and so I have.

Please think before making such harsh comments. You never know what someone has been through, is going through or will one day go through.

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Herbs + Heart Face Mud Review

Friday, 18 May 2018

Herbs + Heart Face Mud is one of the most unique, interesting and beautiful products I've tried in a long time!

The 3 main ingredients of Manuka Honey, Orange Peel and Sandalwood all work together to gently exfoliate the skin, whilst drawing out impurities and embedded dirt.

Now, as always, I'm going to be honest - when I first opened the jar, I did wonder why I had been sent this Vegemite-like substance to put on my face! The texture is very thick, and very black! But when it came time for my nightly shower, I figured it was worth a shot, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

I would describe this product as almost a combination between a cleanser and a mask. It cleans so beautifully, but it also leaves the skin feeling so refreshed and bright!

Face Mud also includes the added nourishment of Coconut, Aloe Vera and Apricot - that probably explains the fresh & bright part!

Overall, I love this product! It's become a part of my shower that I look forward to every day - and who doesn't love that?

If you'd like to grab one of these pretty jars for yourself, you can find them over at Herbs + Heart for a RRP of $38.99.

I'd love to know what you think of this beautiful product, so please do leave a comment and let me know! x
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HOLA Rose Replenishing Range Review

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

I'm a big fan of the HOLA Australia skincare range (their seaweed eye cream is to die for!). So I was excited to find out about the recent release of the HOLA Rose range! A whole new range of products featuring Rose Replenishing Water - made using 1,500 pieces of distilled rose petals!

Of course I jumped at the chance to try out some of these beautiful products!

My products of choice were the Replenishing Essence and the Replenishing Moisturiser.

I chose the essence because one of my all time favourite skincare products has always been the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Serum, and I thought this seemed like a similar product.

I was right - the Replenishing Essence by HOLA Rose is every bit as good as the Jurlique serum! This is such a lovely product! The essence is designed to help brighten and replenish the skin using chamomile, trehalose and of course rose. It feels beautiful on the skin and soaks in almost straight away. My skin just drinks it up and loves it!
HOLA Rose Replenishng Essence 30ml RRP $42
The moisturiser is also a beautiful product! The texture is more like a gel than a cream, which personally I love. I sometimes struggle with moisturising creams as I find that they feel heavy on my skin. The Rose Replenishing Moisturiser is completely different. It soaks in quickly, doesn't feel oily on my skin and feels lovely & fresh. It is designed to hydrate, but also lock in the moisture and improve skin texture & appearance.
HOLA Rose Replenishing Moisturiser 55g RRP $33
I can't rave about these products enough, as they are just SO beautiful! They smell amazing and feel so lush and healthy.

The rest of the Rose range includes products like a toner, eye cream, mask and many more which are all available for purchase from Glamourflage.
The HOLA Rose range
Do yourself a favour and check out this stunning range! I would love to hear your thoughts on them also! x
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It's Okay to Frown Sometimes

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Do you ever just feel genuinely let down by your body? I do!

There are so many things I would love to achieve in my life. So many things I'd like to do, or be, or see. But most of the time, my body isn't on board. This is frustrating!

In truth, I feel a lot of guilt writing a post like this, as it is absolutely self indulgent and there are so many others who are far worse off than I am in life. But having said that, this is the only real, true outlet I have where I can vent to the world. We all need that now and again, right?

I'm currently in the midst of an Endometriosis flare, which is bringing a lot of frustration to the forefront. I'm trying a new medication which is making me feel constantly nauseated and disgusting in addition to the pain. And of course my head hasn't eased up either, with migraine after migraine, day in and day out.

When I get like this, I tend to dwell on all the things I desperately want to do - whether it be something as minor as getting up to date with the housework, or something big like travelling. My mind starts to spiral and become overwhelmed with unwanted, negative thoughts.

I don't like myself when I'm like this.

I don't want to be that negative person, always complaining or moping about. I want to be happy and bubbly & excited about life.

Most days, I succeed at painting on a smile and laughing through the pain. But some days, I just don't have the energy. Today is one of those days.

So, I'm allowing myself to frown today. Just for a little while. I don't feel guilty for it and I won't be apologising for my mood.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that when your body betrays you, you're allowed to be pissed off! You're allowed to be sad sometimes and it's perfectly okay! 

Sometimes people say "keep smiling!" in that annoying, chirpy tone (you know the one), and I feel like punching them in the face! Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme, but it's true!

The point of this post? In truth, there isn't really one. I just needed to vent to the big wide world for a while.

But if you're also having one of those days and you're feeling let down, or sad, or frustrated by things you can't control - just remember that it's okay to frown, or cry, or scream! You're not alone and this too shall eventually pass.

Hugs! xo
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