The giveaway through Instagram filters!

REMINDER: You have ONE DAY left to enter my very first giveaway!

And don’t you want to be in with a chance to win these gorgeous products?

Bubbles and Blush giveaway   People for Plants body cream and lip balm for giveaway

Jurlique rosewater spray for giveaway   7000bc eyeshadow and brush for giveaway

Suvana balm for giveaway   SHE primer and rosehip oil for giveaway

ENTER HERE for your chance to win all of the products pictured above – that’s $160 value!

Note that the giveaway closes at MIDNIGHT on April 18 – and a winner will be drawn AT RANDOM on April 19.

And a BIG thank you to everyone who has entered so far, it’s been SO MUCH fun!

Review: Natural Instinct face care range


Natural Instinct Face Care range

I’ve been using this range since late last year, and they look so great sitting in my bathroom – they just brighten everything up! Natural Instinct are a local brand that really want to make a difference; their products are cruelty free, 100% vegan, grey-water safe and they use certified organic ingredients where possible. I’ve shouted their praise on two previous occasions, and continue to be impressed. While I would love to be able to afford a cupboard full of Jurlique and Aesop – I work in publishing, so this means that I get incredibly excited when I find affordable skincare brands that actually do what they say!  We all love a bargain, right? And every product in this post costs a wonderful $9.95 – so keep reading!
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Blog Your Heart Out!


Bubbles & Blush Blog Your Heart Out

(image source: Flickr)

I was thinking the other week that I haven’t done a tag for a while – and then the wonderful Kate from The Minted Beauty tagged me in this one! It looks nice and simple, and I love that it’s not a beauty-specific tag. So, here goes!

1. Who/what encouraged you to start blogging?
I’ve always been an over-sharer. And I’ve always written things down – from my childhood travel diaries, to my teenage journals, to my overly wordy Tumblr account that kept me sane through uni. But to be completely honest, B&B was born mostly out of boredom! Work was a bit dull (spreadsheets, databases, and then a few more spreadsheets), and I needed a creative outlet. I was also keen to move into marketing, and so this acted as a way to explore small aspects of digital marketing at the same time.

2. How did you choose what topics to blog about?
It had to be something completely different to my job (a book review blog was waaay to close to home) – and I wanted it to be something that would mix my love of writing with my love of photography and photoshop. So I thought a beauty blog would be a great way to use all of these skills, and learn at the same time (I’m definitely NOT a beauty expert, but am having a blast learning). I also knew from the get-go that I needed some sort of niche (it helps me focus!) so I settled on reviewing exclusively Australian made and/or Australian owned. And – I believe - I’m the only blog with that speciality.

3. What is something most people don’t know about you?
Like I said, I’m an over-sharer, which makes it hard to have secrets. But in terms of the blogging world – you probably wouldn’t know that I’M GOING TO SEE HANSON IN AUGUST! I bought tickets yesterday and am SO excited. I saw them in 2012 and it was basically the best night of my life. I’ve been grooving along to Give a Little most of today…

4. What three words describe your style?
I’ve always found this question really hard as it’s in between classic and trendy. I love 50′s silhouettes and floral prints – but I also love my skinny jeans and cosy knits. So let’s go with: depends on mood ;)

5. What do you love when you are not blogging?
I’m a total bookworm, and I’m also obsessive about TV shows – I get far too attached to fictional characters, and cry whether it’s good or bad (I just have a lot of feelings). But mainly, I love hanging out at home with my boy, my bunny and an expensive bottle of cab merlot!

Thanks Kate for tagging me – I hope you guys found it a little bit entertaining! I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if you do this, leave a link below xx


Sneak Peek Saturday #4

Sneak Peek Permascara Kit

I’ve become slightly obsessed with my brows since discovering the Australis Brow Tint – and my eyelashes are still a novelty 4 years after having iLasik – but I just want more!! So sometime over the next week, I’m going to attempt to use the very scientific looking Julienne 45 Day Permascara lash & brow dye kit* in the hopes that it will define my brows and enhance my long (but sparse) lashes for a full 45 days. I do have an awful habit of forgetting about my mascara and rubbing my eyes during the day, so if this stuff actually reduces the need for mascara on a regular basis, I would be a very happy girl! And I’m really not too sure what to expect with my brows, so it will be interesting to see what this does for them. If all goes well, this little pack promises up to 12 applications, so for only $16.95 it would be amazing value.

Obviously I want to give you a full 45-day review of these, so my post won’t be up until probably the final week of May - but if you have any tips for application (I’m a little anxious about this, especially with the giant ‘POISON’ in the top corner!), or if there’s something you’d be particularly curious to know about the Permascara, please leave a comment below and I’ll make sure to address everything in my review!

Review: Emma Organics Purifying Blemish Wash & Gel


Emma Organics Purifying Blemish Wash and Gel

Ah, blemishes. We all have to deal with them, and yet I spend an inordinate amount of time imaging what life would be like if I have perfectly flawless skin all the time instead! So when I was given the opportunity to trial the Emma Organics Purifying Blemish Wash & Gel*, I was ridiculously excited and started using them both straight away. It just so happened that I was having an ugly acne party on my chin at the time (seriously, sometimes it’s like “woo! bring your friends!”), and I was totally floored when it completely cleared up within 48 hours. It normally takes a few days for my skin to settle into a new product, and it generally gets a bit worse before it gets better – so this was something of a miracle!

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Review: Glamourflage Sexy Sadie Body Scrub


Glamourflage Sexy Sadie Body Scrub

Well hello Sadie! My skin has been very confused by this bizarre El Niño-esque weather Australia is seeing at the moment – rain one day & humidity the next, boots, skirts, bikinis & trackpants all on a constant rotation – so I’ve been relying heavily on this sassy siren to sort out any skin concerns. The Glamourflage Sexy Sadie Body Scrub* is just the right mix of exfoliation and moisturisation (is that a word?), leaving me with skin so smooth that a friend actually commented on it when she touched my shoulder yesterday!
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Review: SHE Pure Magic Primer


Om SHE Aromatherapy Pure Magic Primer

My search for the perfect primer really took hold when I was trialling the Australis Paparazzi Perfect foundation back in January. I’m not one to wear liquid foundation every single day, so two solid weeks of it was causing my skin to suffer – and the primers I had just weren’t cutting it.  Then I stumbled across this little miracle tube tucked away in Priceline, and I’ve been gushing about it ever since. My revalation? It’s better than Benefit POREfessional. Not a perfect dupe – but a perfect alternative!

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