Dressale Christmas Giveaway

Tuesday 17 December 2013

The lovely people over at Dressale have been kind enough to allow me to share their Christmas giveaway with you all!

Dressale will be giving away 10 dresses up to the value of $200, every week until January 15th.

For your chance to win one of Dressale's beautiful dresses, here's what you need to do:
  1. Register at http://www.dressale.com
  2. Like Dressale on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dressale
  3. Follow Dressale on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressale
  4. Leave a comment on this post with your email address
  5. Choose the dress you'd like to win at http://dress.cm/Z1Zu5M
  6. Make sure you're following me with either Bloglovin or GFC, as well as on Twitter and Instagram (links are in the sidebar)
Good luck everyone - I hope you win! x
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Lush Blogger Event Melbourne

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lush blogger event in Melbourne last night.  I had such a lovely night and was so impressed by how professional and friendly everyone was.  The theme was a Cruelty Free Christmas.


The evening started off with a talk by one of the lovely directors, Peta.  We were given lots of information on Lush and what they stand for as a company, as well as some updates on upcoming campaigns and products.  I love that Lush are completely free of any animal cruelty and most of their products are vegan - all are vegetarian.  Lush products are also packaging free where possible and are all handmade with beautiful, organic ingredients.

After Peta's talk, and a few words from some of the other lovely Lush staff, we were split into two groups and were able to take part in two different workshops.  The first was learning the Japanese Furoshiki wrapping technique, using beautiful scarves which we were then able to keep.  The second workshop, was a demonstration on how the beautiful Lush Cupcake face mask is made.  We were then able to take a tub of the face mask home with us also.

We were given the opportunity to walk around the store and try out the different products, as well as receive a lovely hand treatment from one of the staff.  I went home smelling amazing!

I was so surprised (pleasantly so), at how generous Lush were with the gift bags we were given.  The products we received are beautiful and most of them were full sized.  Here's what I got in mine:

Santa's Lip Scrub:  I can't even describe how amazing this smells!  It reminds me of cherry cola, it's lovely!

Snow Fairy Sparkle Massage Bar:  I've left this one in the packet as it got a little bit squashed on the way home.  I was able to try this out during the hand treatment I got at the event, and it's lovely.  It has a very sweet smell - a mix between bubble gum and cotton candy.  It leaves a lovely, soft shimmer on the skin.

Santa Baby Lip Tint:  I haven't tried this yet, but the colour looks beautiful and can be used as a cheek tint also.

Three different Shower Gels - Ponche, Rose Jam and Snow Fairy:  These all smell completely different to one another.  I can't wait to give them a try!

Sikkim Girls Body Lotion:  This has a really subtle scent and feels lovely on the skin.  A mixture of Jasmine flower, vanilla, Darjeeling tea and cocoa butter.

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask:  This is the one made during the workshop on the night.  It smells like chocolate cake mix!  Can't wait to try this one out!

Three bath products:  Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic, Candy Mountain Bubble Bar and Cinders Bath Ballistic:  These all smell SO good!  I haven't tried these particular ones before, but I'm a big fan of the Lush bath products, so I'm looking forward to enjoying these.

Lastly is the lovely scarf I was able to keep from the Furoshiki workshop, along with some information sheets and booklets.

I'm so excited to try out all of these beautiful products!  I'm such a big fan of Lush and I'm so grateful to have been able to attend this event.

I will review all of these products gradually as I use them, so stay tuned to find out more about them!
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PS:  I just received an email from Babs - Lush's lovely PR and Marketing Assistant, informing me that I won a competition that was run at the event!  So even more beautiful Lush products are heading my way - I can't wait!  I will post more about those once I receive them x
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Win a Deluxe Hair Treatment at The Australasian College Broadway in Sydney

Thursday 12 December 2013

The lovely people at the Australasian College Broadway in Sydney, have been kind enough to give me two beautiful hair treatments to give away to two lucky readers!

Each treatment is valued at $60 and the winners will be spoilt with a wash, blow-dry and hairstyle at the College's beautiful salon.

If you would like the chance to win one of these luxurious treatments, please enter via the Rafflecopter app below.

The Australasian College Broadway is considered the benchmark College in Australia for hair,
beauty and make-up.  It is a highly awarded and recognised centre for learning and
educational excellence.

The College offers a range of courses supported by VET FEE-HELP loans which enable students to
study now and pay later.

If you'd like to learn more about the College, please visit www.tac.edu.au or get in touch directly at

Good luck, everyone! x
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Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

I've been wanting to do the Letter to My 16 Year Old Self tag for quite a while now.  I think it's such a nice idea and I felt that it could be quite therapeutic also.  So here's my version of this tag, I hope you enjoy it.

Dear 16 year old Steph,

I'm writing you this letter in the hope that maybe some of the lessons I've learnt these past twelve years, may help make your journey a little easier.  I know how hard you are on yourself, and looking back, I don't know why.  I'd give anything to go back in time and be you again, to have a second chance at being young and carefree.  Now is the time you should be most confident.  You're young and clever, with a good heart.  You are not fat!  Believe me, I'd do anything to go back and be the size you are now.  The thing is, that you don't enjoy the things you have now, because you don't realise that you have them.

Value your family and friends - you never know when they won't be there anymore.  Over the coming years, you will lose people that you love - some you will be expecting to lose, and others you just can't even imagine leaving so soon.  Enjoy the people you care about now, don't take any time with them for granted.

Eat better and exercise - you'll appreciate it later in life.  Wear sunscreen, take care of your teeth and drink lots of water.  Take care of yourself.  Read more, write more and work hard.

Listen - to everyone around you, and learn as much as you can from others mistakes.  You don't need to make them yourself.

Be careful - don't trust everyone as much as you do.  Don't give your trust to anyone who doesn't earn it.  If only I could go back in time and warn you of all the times you'll be hurt when you least expect it, by people you trust.

You will fall in love.  You'll also have your heart broken several times - make sure you learn from every heartbreak and don't ever let it be for nothing.  Most importantly, don't be afraid to let yourself fall in love again.

Lastly - give yourself a break.  Stop beating yourself up and hating yourself the way you do.  You're a good person and you deserve to be happy, although you don't see it.  When someone pays you a compliment - accept it.  When you look in the mirror, be happy with what you see - you are pretty, despite what you think.

Things will get better - they will also get worse.  But don't give up.  Hang in there.  One day we'll find the happiness we deserve - I'm working on it!
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