Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion

12 Oct 2018

My love affair with Avene started over a year ago now. After reading an article online about skincare that the French swear by, I knew I had to try Avene. I always do my research before I invest in a new skincare label, as you should. So after poring over the Avene website and various reviews I had a shopping list in hand and headed to my local stockist (Priceline in this case) and started collecting items from their famed Cleanance range. I've been hooked ever since!

When Avene reached out and asked if I wanted to try their new Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion, of course I jumped at the chance.

I've never had much trouble with acne. Not compared to some other people. I would say that I have had the typical teenage and hormonal acne. Pimples that flare up on occasion, like after having my period or a bout of sickness. Other times when I've just not been looking after myself and my skin and it has shown. I'm also a bit of a picker. I just can't look at a pimple on my face and not touch it! Something that I'm still working on today. 

I think it's impossible to feel your best during an acne flare up. Especially if you're unsure on how you should be treating it, and if that treatment has even been working.

I have been using the Avene products that I was sent for about 6-8 weeks now. It goes so quick! I still use my Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel every night. The first Avene product that I ever bought!
My skin is currently the clearest it has ever been, and I can definitely say that Avene and the products from their Cleanance range are to thank for helping to maintain that!

I started using the Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion instead of foundation in the morning. 
Many moisturisers and cosmetic products can worsen or cause acne. Products labelled ‘oil free’ and ‘suitable for acne-prone skin’ are a good start, but even some of these can make acne worse for some people. 

The Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion is a creamy tinted emulsion that spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and mattified, and it helps to even out my skin tone and provide a healthy glow. Its unique formula prevents and controls blemishes and blackheads thanks to advanced ingredients.

Diolényl® helps limit the proliferation of skin bacteria, reduce redness and eliminate spots and blackheads
X-PressinTM smooths the skin's texture
Monolaurin helps regulate the hyperproduction of sebum
Avène Thermal Spring Water provides all its soothing and anti-irritating benefits

A little peek at my Avene collection...
Now on days where I want to wear foundation, I know that it's not to hide anything, it's only to feel a bit glam with the added makeup. I still wear my Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion underneath my foundation as well so that I know my skin is still being looked after underneath all that makeup. The lotion doesn't affect foundation in any way either, I can safely say it doesn't make your makeup patchy or anything!

My morning routine before applying any makeup has been applying Cleanance Micellar Water to the face, eyelids and neck using a cotton pad. It has been good at removing my makeup of a night as well. It leaves the skin clear, cool and clean afterwards. 

Then I have been following with a light mist of Avène Thermal Spring Water. This product has been tested by dermatologists, it provides soothing and anti-irritating benefits for sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin. My skin is generally pretty good overall, but a spritz of this still feels lovely. 

Finally, I apply the Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion. Which I either leave for the whole day or I go ahead with my regular makeup. My night time skincare routine contains a few more steps, but I'll leave that for another time. 

You can find pretty much all of the Avene products at My Chemist Warehouse, and the  Avene Cleanance Expert Tinted Lotion is even on sale right now!

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Liquid Gold by Alpha H

4 Oct 2018 66 Glebe Rd, The Junction NSW 2291, Australia

Over the past few months, I had been having regular visits to Urban Skin and Beauty in the Junction, as I had documented here. My skin is still looking amazing from all the regular visits that I've had. But now that they have ended I need to keep my skin in top shape all on my own!

Nicole's treatments involve the use of a brand she loves and believes in, "Alpha H". Throughout my visits, I would always see the wide variety of Skincare that she stocked in the salon and I knew I had to get on board!

I finally took the plunge and purchased the "Alpha H Liquid Gold". But it wasn't much of a leap since this one of these products is sold each minute around the world! So it's already well renowned. 
Liquid Gold is a resurfacing treatment. It uses a state of the art, low pH delivery system to effectively diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. 
The product works like an ‘overnight facial’ to brighten and revitalise tired, ageing skin, and radically improve the appearance of the complexion. Clinical studies show that in just 20 minutes, Liquid Gold decreases wrinkle depth, improves texture and increases moisture within the skin.

With a description like that and a reputation to back it up, it's no wonder I had to give it a go!

The way to use the product is on alternating nights after you've cleansed your skin. Moisten a cotton pad with the product (just think of it as applying toner) then wipe the product all over your face, neck and decolletage. You can follow it with a moisturiser or serum once your skin is touch dry, but for it to work at full strength don't put anything else on top.

I've been using it like this for almost two weeks now and my skin is still looking radiant. I have maybe one pimple, and it's likely due to that time of the month and all those hormones. Love a period breakout. 

On the alternate nights, I've just been going ahead with a lowkey skincare routine. Including eye cream, a serum and moisturiser. Trying not to touch my face during the day is also key.

Some Facts About Liquid Gold
  • It's owned and manufactured in Queensland, Australia!
  • When you apply it to your skin at night it tingles momentarily… The reason is the low pH… and by dropping the pH of your skin we make it work harder to reset itself. That’s why your skin feels firmer in the morning because it’s literally had “a workout”! So while you sleep, your skin works out!
  • Alpha H doesn't test on Animals! But Liquid Gold isn't technically vegan as it contains Crossillk (Silk Amino Acids)

My skin feels and looks amazing anyway! This review is all my own opinion, mixed in with some product facts I found via the Alpha H website. 

Newcastle Babes, if you're ready to give Liquid Gold a go, send Nicole a DM via her Instagram page
(You know to see if it's in stock first) or just straight up pop into the Salon in the Junction

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Aveda's Beautifying Radiance Polish

28 Sep 2018

I'm here to give you a quick review of a new product that I've picked up at Suki Hairdressing and have been trialling. Suki now stocks a range of products from Aveda, including this delicious body scrub.

The Beautifying Radiance Polish is the most moisturising body scrub I've probably ever tried. My skin, especially my legs tend to get extra dry during the winter months. As they're hidden beneath jeans every day. They get super itchy! This is because they're so dry, and I'm often too lazy to do a full body moisturise like my poor body probably needs me to.

The packaging is easy to use whilst in the shower, with a flip up cap and not a screw top. Though last time I used it, I totally forgot and just unscrewed the entire lid anyway. Because well you can if you really want to.

The scrub is in a beautiful moisture-rich plant oil blend, so even though you're doing a scrub it doesn't feel rough on your skin. Flip the lid and start scooping it out and rubbing it on your skin. 

I love to focus on the extra rough areas like knees and elbows. Then go nuts all over my legs, because that's generally the area I have on display and wish to be super soft and sleek.

Once you've given your entire bod a scrub a dub, make sure you rinse it all off before getting out of the shower. The scrub moisturises with a nourishing blend of certified organic sunflower, safflower and olive oils. 

It also smells amazing, containing certified organic rosemary, lavender, bergamot and other pure flower and plant essences. This scrub is certified cruelty free, with testing only on humans. 

After exiting your shower, towel dry your skin gently so as not to rub off any of the moisturising residue. I would recommend hanging around for a little bit, allowing the oils to soak in before dressing or hopping into bed. As I felt a little bit greasy straight away. 

But it's all worth it in the end, as my skin was so super soft! Exfoliated and moisturised. 
I can definitely recommend!

Thanks for letting me give this a go Suki! 

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My Skin is GLOWING with Urban Skin and Beauty

5 Sep 2018

If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have seen from my stories that my skin is currently the clearest that it has been in a long time! I have barely a few little bumps under my jawline, which is usually riddled with acne.

 So I couldn't be happier with how my treatments have been going with Nicole at Urban Skin and Beauty.

I recently went and had my third visit there, so here is a summary of the treatments I received. Nicole is super thorough whenever I stop in, I never feel like she rushes any of the facials or anything.

The First & Second Cleanse: TRIPLE ACTION CLEANSER

A gel cleanser is used which is non-drying and it thoroughly removes all face and eye makeup. I was only wearing some pomade on my brows today but it removed this for me.
Key ingredients in this cleanser include:
Aloe vera - excellent healing and anti-inflammatory properties 
Cucumber - calms the skin and blemishes 
Thyme - antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 


This is a powerful treatment which combines 30% Glycolic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid and botanicals to deliver fresher, firmer, glowing skin. A progressive skin resurfacing treatment which dissolves dead skin cells whilst stimulating collagen production and cell repair. 

It's perfect for people concerned with uneven complexion, fine lines and wrinkles, ageing, problematic skin and sun damage.

This gel peel felt totally itchy on my face but Nicole fanned me with this big fan for the entire time and it made all the itching go away!

LED Light Therapy 

Today we did the Red light for 20 minutes.
Red LED stimulates collagen and elastin in the skin. Plumps the skin, brightens complexion and heals acne. I took a bunch of silly selfies while I was waiting.


A Vitamin B Serum was applied to my face. This is a potent formula delivering a concentrated dose of the extraordinary, multi-tasking ingredient; Niacinamide,  also known as Vitamin B3. A combination of Ferulic Acid, Copper Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid blended in a silky serum to bring radiance to even the most devitalized skin. 

These ingredients work together to assist in providing daily support against the elements, rebuilds the skins barrier function increasing hydration, reduces pigment irregularities and energises skin cells into action.


This Hydro Plus mask was massaged into my face. It instantly hydrates and soothes irritated, dry, mature and sensitive skin.
It also;
▪ Anti-inflammatory properties assist in reducing inflammation and swelling
▪ Has a regenerating effect
▪ Improves water retention in the skin promoting soft, supple skin
▪ Skin cells are energised and boosted with oxygen to accelerate skin healing and renewal.
▪ Use after peels, surgery and microdermabrasion to instantly calm and soothe skin.

- wheat germ oil
- sodium lactate 
- algae extract 
- marine collagen


Finally, Nicole applied this Vitamin C Cherry Mask. It looked hilarious while it was on, and when you peel it off. This powerful antioxidant mask stimulates collagen synthesis to firm and tightens the skin. Helps fade pigmentation and even out the skin tone. 

Nicole was also nice enough to give me a good ole massage while my mask was on.

- alginate
- Acerola (cherry extract) 
- vitamin C (powerful antioxidant)
- hibiscus extract 


The final step was applying this repair cream.
Harnessing the ‘Liquid Gold Effect’ this luxurious transitional day to night cream with handpicked ingredients of Glycolic Acid, Argan Stem Cells, Chia Seeds, Matrixyl 6 (peptide that triggers cell repair) and 24 Carat Gold Flakes to firm, brighten and enhance lifeless, dry, ageing and sun-damaged complexions restoring a radiant glow.

My skin was legit glowing when I left, and it has been ever since! Every morning I'm checking in the mirror to see if it's still looking like this! So far so good!

Put the code "TEEGLY" in the comments section when you're making a booking with Nicole and receive 10% off any treatment you want! 

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Start to Finish - My Day at Suki

31 Aug 2018 2 Ocean St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

I have been going to Suki Hairdressing for about two months now and I still love it! I've been raving about the products that I've been using there as well over multiple blog posts and there will be more to come!

But I thought it was time to give you some insight into what an entire visit is like at Suki! From start to finish, from me arriving like an absolute mess, to finishing as a more glamorous mess. 

I arrive at my 11am appointment and get settled in at my seat with my name written on the mirror. Not wearing any makeup in preparation for the facials I'll be getting afterwards in the late afternoon.
The Suki girls help me put on my little cape so I'm all protected from my clothes getting dirty or damaged during my appointment. 

I love trialling the different kinds of teas available at Suki, but today I'm in need of some caffeine so it's a soy flat white for me. It comes with a little cookie, but I ate it before I took the photo. Obviously. I always arrived at Suki looking dreary and drained but leave completely refreshed! That's what visiting at the end of a work week does to you. 

Poor Bella has to start brushing out my matted hair that I haven't washed in a week before she can add any of the colour to it. I check in with my main hairdresser Hannah and checks over and confirms any of the colour that we need to add and just overall what we're doing today. 

The top of my hair is all my natural colour so I don't require much upkeep with my hair. So we just brighten the blondes around the ends and bring it up a little bit higher. I try not to fidget too much while Bella adds it all in. I promise I'm pretty good! I tell Bella how my mother always told me if I fidgeted at the hairdresser when I was a child, the hairdresser would make a mistake and they would have to cut all my hair off. It did the trick though! I wasn't a child that would easily sit still!

While I sit and wait for the colour to soak in, I order some lunch because I'm starving! There are so many restaurants around and I get handed a binder full of local menus. I settle on Falcon, a restaurant that I've been meaning to check out. They do a sort of Southern American style of food and the Vegetarian Nachos I order are incredibly delicious! I would definitely order again, they were covered in an amazing cheese sauce that's only saved for American style nachos. 

Bella then takes me off to the basins to wash all of the dye out and then give my hair a good wash. I am there a long time, and a lot of things happen but I'm generally distracted by the really good head massage going on. My hair gets washed and toned, and a scalp mask gets applied to my head to soothe any dryness going on. 

Then it's back to the chair for a blow dry and to try and eat my nachos without getting cheese in my hair. It's incredibly offputting watching myself shovel nachos into my mouth in the mirror. But they're delicious so I do it anyway. 

Hannah comes back and trims my hair back to the perfect length. She then sticks the fringe shield to my face, which I still stand by as the greatest invention ever. No hair gets stuck to my face at all, and I can have my eyes open the entire time! Brilliant! She cuts my fringe perfectly and I don't even have to ask for it to be any shorter. 

Hannah gets me to peel off the fringe shield in case she hurts me, but I'm tough and it's like a really gentle bandaid.

I'm very laid back about what happens with my hair at the end, I love getting a few waves put in there and with the right products they will last me through the weekend which is handy for a lazy gal like myself. 

Before I leave I grab myself an Aveda Body Scrub and Hand Cream that I will show you in an upcoming post. These products are amazing though, as is every other product I've tried so far from Suki. 

So that's a day at Suki from start to finish! At the end, I walk out with my fresh cut fringe and bouncy curls and I feel rejuvenated! Ready to take on the weekend!

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5 Ways to Hang with your Friends in Newcastle

30 Aug 2018

My Bumble BFF task for this month was a little bit different! I hunted down 5 awesome ways to hang out with your BFF in Newcastle. Cause sometimes you want a bit more adventure than just drinking wine and watching Netflix. (only sometimes)

Check out the Post Here!

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Why I Deleted 2000 Followers From Instagram

26 Aug 2018

Okay, I'm here to bare all and reveal what I've been up to lately. If you've been following me on Instagram you might have already seen me talk a little about this on stories and in some of my photo captions. But I wanted to go a little more in-depth about why I did what I did.  

You used to only be able to remove followers if your account was on private. Private accounts were granted an extra little feature where you could tap the three dots next to a followers name and remove them. This was never something available on public or business accounts, and the only way you could remove someone was by blocking and then unblocking them.

This is no longer the case! As I was looking through my followers the other day I realised that the feature to remove them was now available for every account. Which means that removing followers you no longer want just got a whole lot easier. 

The Realisation

When you get to a certain amount of followers and are asking for $$$ to work with companies, they want to see your stats. There's a whole hidden area to the Instagram app that allows you to see stats about your followers that only gets revealed when you switch to a business account. 
If you're using Instagram to be a content creator and work with brands you should switch to a business account. Contrary to popular belief it does not affect your reach at all, and won't negatively affect you in any way. It will give you access to a lot of helpful statistics. Eventually brands will ask to see those stats and obviously it looks less professional if you can't provide them. 

I don't get to see other Instagrammers stats so I don't know what a regular one looks like. I also couldn't be sure if mine was a lot different than it should be. I have had my Instagram account since the very beginning. I've been building followers for a long time, so I've built up a lot of random and spammy followers over the years that I've never really taken much notice of. 

Recently companies started asking to see my stats. I sent them straight through but they weren't completely impressed. The main majority of my followers are from Australia, the US and the UK. But about 16% of the total were from Brazil and India. I got so stressed, I had no idea who all these followers were but I realised that wasn't ideal and it needed to change. 

The Audit

I used Social Audit Pro to audit my 18,000 followers on Instagram. While it did give me some insight, I wouldn't recommend using it. It cost me about $18 USD to audit the number of followers I had and while it showed me which accounts were dodgy it wasn't incredibly accurate. In a list of followers I received from them, a lot of accounts marked as definitely shady were actually people I knew. It also counted anyone following more than 1500 people as a poor follower too. But a lot of fellow bloggers I know, as well as myself follow at least that many and often more. 

In the end, this was probably a waste of money, even though it gave me a bit of insight. I was able to work out the majority of followers I needed to delete on my own. 

Scrolling Through + Deleting

This process was incredibly long. It took me days. You can only delete a certain amount of followers per hour until Instagram stops letting you as well. My process was simple. I opened my followers on my phone and scrolled through until I found a section of followers that looked fake af. 
They were often clustered together which made them easier to remove. I would go to the profile of a few and double check before I removed them but generally, it was pretty easy to tell that they were fake.

What to Look For

  • Following 7000+ People
  • Very small amount of followers
  • Indian Account
  • No pictures/Hasn't posted in a long time/Lots of really weird images or ads
  • Username is basically gibberish

The only issue with this though is that a lot of the time all of these didn't apply, or there was contradicting evidence. At the end of the day, I had to just make the call and delete accounts I thought were damaging my stats and engagement. 

Other Reasons to Delete Spam/Bot/Fake Followers

We're all trying to figure out the algorithm, but we never will. A common theme we keep hearing is that when you post a photo, Instagram shows your image to a sample of your followers and depending on how well that does in the first 10 minutes or so. Instagram will make sure more of your followers see your stuff. So if the algorithm showed eg. 500 people your post but 350 of them were fake then that's not going to do you any good is it. 

What I Learnt from Clearing Out My Followers

It can be really hard to tell whether accounts are fake or not. Some are very clearly fake and others are almost impossible to tell. I started to get bothered that my Brazil stats weren't really going down but I was also gaining legitimate followers from Brazil on the daily. After I'd just clear out a huge chunk of accounts, some that looked similar to ones I had deleted would follow me and like a bunch of my photos. 

I'm not saying that they refollowed after I removed them. But I am saying that it made it incredibly hard to tell if I had been deleting real people or shell accounts. 


My stats changed! Not majorly but where I wanted to be. India is completely gone from the top 5 and has been replaced by Canada. My Brazil percentage jumped around quite a bit before I came to the conclusion that I have a bunch of legitimate followers from Brazil. The main country percentages have increased as well. 

My engagement has only gone up, it was 5% and now it's about 7.5%. I deleted 2000 followers but fewer people aren't liking and seeing my stuff. I may only have 16k followers now but I didn't lose any that were actually helping me out. This whole project was a major contributor to my stress of late as well. I didn't want companies thinking I was coming to them with fake followers if that's what my stats appeared to show.  Now I've just got to build up the real ones again.
I feel much better about it all now. 

So would you take the plunge and delete your spammy inactive followers?

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A Quick Review of "Shiva" Body Toning Gel

12 Aug 2018

Hey everyone! This is a quick review of a product I was sent to trial by the company Slimtum
The product is Shiva - a Body Toning Gel and cellulite cream. Here's a bit of information from the Slimtum website.
"Named after the Hindu god of transformation and yoga, Shiva is a powerful yet gentle aid for tightening and toning. Shiva uses a targeted formulation to help firm problem areas so you can look your best!"
Just a disclaimer from myself to my readers and followers, this product is to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. I don't want anyone thinking I'm talking about a magic product that they can put on their body and not do anything and achieve results. It's also not a weight loss tool, it is a product for toning.

Shiva smells amazing! When you squeeze out the gel, it honestly reminds me of liquified lollies and it looks and smells like it is. You're meant to rub it on any areas you're trying to tighten before you work out so that potentially those areas will work harder and more fat will burn there.
"Shiva's active fat-reducing & anti-cellulite properties encourage the body to release and oxidise fat, tightening and toning problem areas for a leaner look."
I have been trialling Shiva out by putting it on areas that I want to tone up, before I head to the gym. The product absorbs well and doesn't stay sticky. It also smells nice when you shower it off afterwards. 

I can't give a definitive response on whether or not I've seen results. I didn't just slather it on to try and tone up my butt without doing any exercise. I've been lifting weights, doing squats and trying to eat reasonably well. (Even though I had mostly cheese and crackers for dinner last night...)

I do like the product enough to keep using it for now. It also works as a cellulite treatment so I'd be happy to see some results there. My goal is to become a bit more toned for bikini season. So if Shiva can help me on this journey, I'm all for it!

Form your own opinion on the product, you can grab Shiva here!

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My Second Treatment with Urban Skin & Beauty

1 Aug 2018 66 Glebe Rd, The Junction NSW 2291, Australia

On Friday I went and had my second round of treatments and facials with Urban Skin & Beauty. It's about a month after I had my first round of facials. I wrote about that here.

My skin has already started to look a lot better after my first treatment. I had a lot of big acne underneath my jawline that finally started to ease off, and heal! (Now I've just got to stop picking! oops)


In our second session Nicole did a hydrafacial as well as an LED treatment.
Nicole likes to describe Hydrafacials as "microdermabrasion on steroids" as it offers so much more for your skin than just surface exfoliation. 

A Hydrafacial is a 3 step treatment:


The first step involves deep cleansing and exfoliation to uncover a new layer of skin on the face. The little Hydrafacial wand felt nice and kind of funny. But not uncomfortable at all, in case anyone was unsure. It's a quite gentle procedure overall.


The second step has a salicylic and glycolic peel to loosen impurities within the pores for a more gentle and painless extraction.


The final step effectively delivers powerful antioxidants and peptides into the skin for immediate hydration. 

This procedure is perfect for all skin types and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. There is literally no redness or downtime.

Hydrafacials can address numerous skincare concerns you might have like.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Oily and congested skin
  • Active acne 
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin texture 
  • Even skin tone and vibrancy 


Last but not least, Nicole used the LED Treatment mask. We did a combination of the red and green light. Each one stays on for a certain amount of time, before switching to another colour. I'm not sure how long exactly as I'm just chilling in the mask not looking at the clock.

The red light in the mask stimulates collagen production and elastin in the skin and increases hydration. The green light increases the overall healing process of the skin. 

We finished off with a antioxidant/hyaluronic serum.  Then I left feeling refreshed and glowy (I immediately went and got my nails done to be honest as it's just around the corner!)

You can book any and all of your treatments at Urban Skin & Beauty online if you're interested. 

Hit me up with any questions via comments or instagram DMs and I'll get back to you xx

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BU Style - The Personal Stylist in Your Pocket

30 Jul 2018

I work in a clothing store as you probably already know. I love helping people pick out outfits and I also love finding outfits for myself. I'm always hunting down inspiration for new looks and styles but it is something that I really enjoy doing.

I love playing with new tech and I love trying out new apps. One day there will be an app for literally everything that I need to do, and honestly I can't believe there isn't already. 

Enter a marvellous combo of two of my favs. The BU Style App. Created by a real personal stylist, so you can have her expertise with you on the go. It's full of cool features that come in handy when you want to grab something new for your wardrobe. 

The first thing you should do when starting to use the app is to find out whether you are a cool or warm skin tone. You can do this by going to the colours section and taking a selfie with natural light and no makeup on. Then follow the instructions, dragging the little selectors to your hair, eyes and skin so that they can find your match!

I'm a cool skin tone! You can then see a big palette of colours that will suit your overall look. You won't have to worry about these colours washing you out or being not flattering on you. Then I tapped my favourite colours from the selection, maybe colours that are in my wardrobe or ones that I would like to introduce in the future.

There is another section where you can do a style quiz to really break down how you prefer to dress. Sometimes it can be difficult to define your style, but selecting options that you think relate to you, you can find your style!

I got Classic Style Personality, and I think that the description matches my style perfectly!

There are so many fun options in the Be You Style App that help you really discover your true style and more features will be added in the future. 

You can scan in a photo of yourself to get helpful tips on how what pieces best suit your body shape, which is helpful when you go shopping for new pieces. 

One of my favourite features would be the "My Wardrobe" section, where you can take photos of pieces in your closet and categorise them accordingly. You can put together outfits, and have a record in your pocket of what pieces you already own. 

Which is where the shopping part comes in! Complete a quiz under the section "Shopping" to determine how much time you spend in each of your outfits. My workwear is technically the same category as my everyday/socialwear. As I get to wear whatever I want to work. 

I don't wear much formal wear but I do wear a lot of casual and sleepwear. Then it's easy to find out what section I probably need to purchase more clothes in! (me personally, I probably don't need more clothes ha but I do love a shop!)

Could you use a personal stylist in your pocket? Give it a go and let me know what you think either in the comments, or send me a DM on instagram

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Maintaining My Hair with Suki

2 Ocean St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

I've been writing for a little bit now about how I've Switched to Suki I'm sure you've seen! I wanted to tell you all about the shampoo and conditioner that I have been using to maintain my blonde ends but I somehow forgot to write this post after I took the photos for it! Oops!

I've actually started using a few different products on my hair, but these ones help to maintain my hair colour and the quality of my hair after it has been coloured.

Loreal Professional - Silver Shampoo

If you've got blonde hair, you should be using a silver shampoo. This shampoo will look purple but don't worry you're not about to dye your whole head!  This colour clarifying shampoo will brigten and renew your blonde or grey hair. The Gloss Protect System, enriched with amino acids and anti-yellowing agents, counteracts unwanted brassy tones. So I don't have to worry about my lovely creamy blonde ends going a gross colour.  I only need to use this once a week, or whenever I think my hair needs it really. 

Loreal Professional - Smartbond Step 3

The Smartbond Conditioner is the take home third step in the Smartbond collection of hair products!
The first two steps include an additive to your hair dye, and a shampoo to make sure your hair is in great condition when it comes to applying dyes to your hair. 
I can continue that treatment with the Smartbond conditioner! I don't use this all the time, I like to pair it with my Silver Shampoo about once a week.  It's enriched with ceramides to nourish, strengthen and repair my hair.

I do love that I can treat my hair and keep it looking salon fresh at home!

Check out how cute my hair is looking over on my instagram

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Trying out Hair Products from Suki

23 Jul 2018 2 Ocean St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

As you all would have seen, I've recently Switched to Suki. My beautiful hair now gets tended to by Hannah from Suki and I've never been happier! Each visit is a great chance for me to chill out, and get pampered. Something I don't often get to do as I'm often incredibly busy!

At my last visit I received a whole bunch of really rad products to help maintain my hair. So here's a quick little run down of what I got, what it does and what I think about it!

I'm not one to spend too much time on my hair in the morning so I need products that will work for my lifestyle. I like to do my makeup, and then neaten up my fringe and barely have to run a brush through my hair in the morning. As I often leave very little time leftover to do my hair before I'm meant to be out the door.

Here's a little run down of the products that I received. Everything can be bought at Suki on Ocean Street, Newcastle East. If you're not local, you should be able to find everything online pretty easy!

Tangle Teezer

This is my favourite brush ever! In fact I now own 2! Which is great because I'm always walking around with it and putting it down somewhere. I get a bit of anxiety when I can't find something, and I just don't need that before I leave for the day. These wonderful brushes detangle your hair with ease. Wet or Dry! If you've heard of them before, the hype is real babes! Get your hands on one and your hair will thank you. 

Aveda Dry Remedy Hair Oil

Do not be afraid of hair oils! Your hair will love you for using them. They don't actually make your hair greasy unless you're using waaay too much! I get oily roots and dry ends, since I have bleached ends of my hair. You literally only need a few drops of the stuff on your hands, and then massage it through your hair starting at the ends. Say goodbye to dry hair! Another product you can use on wet or dry hair.

Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Spray

This is my go to texturising spray now. I give my hair a spritz after I've washed it and it's air drying, and I also give it another spritz in the morning to revive my hair for the day. It helps absorbs oil (cya oily roots) and it lets me keep those curls that I love to have, in for days at a time! It also smells really good, probably from the Lavender oil!

Aveda Shampure Shampoo + Conditioner

Okay so all Aveda products smell amazing! I kind of feel like I'm at a spa when I'm just caring for my hair at home. That's the life that I want to be living. This collection of hair care is specifically for "Fortifying" and strengthening your hair. I use these two on rotation with my other shampoo & conditioner (which I'm just realising I never finished writing that post! oops stay tuned). Before I switched to Suki, I used cheapo products on my hair and trust me the difference is notable!

Kerastase Ciment Thermique (Heat Protection Cream)

Hello there I am a busy gal also a lazy gal. I definitely have some old heat protectant spray in my bathroom somewhere and you can bet your bottom dollar that I literally never use it. Anytime I'm straightening my hair or blowdrying my hair. I have not even spritzed my hair for a second. 
This stuff, oh boy this stuff you plop a little dollop in your palm and you massage it through your freshly washed and towel dried hair. Then your hair stays protected until you wash it out again. 
Look I just didn't even know this was a thing. Now that I do, I'm on board.

Invisibobble Hairband + Scrunchie

I've always seen these in action but I'd never actually given them a go.
Not only are they great, but I've been trying harder than I usually would to not lose them. (Compared to regular hairbands) Also Coco seems to find them less entertaining, so she hasn't immediately stolen and stashed them all away. There are a lot of reasons to love these! They last ages, they don't get wet and gross when your hair is all wet! They're super tough but they're friendlier on your hair.
The scrunchie I got also has the cool coil inside of it! I have had to double up hairbands in the past as most scrunchies just aren't that tough.

Notice a common theme between all of these products? Uh they're perfect for the lazy gal like me! I only need to wash my hair every 3 to 4 days. If I can help it (wearing it up with cute scrunchies help!)
Most of these products get applied in a flash, after I've washed my hair and it's all clean, and then I don't even need to apply them again. I only use the Anti Gravity Spray extra because it smells amazing and just to give my hair a bit of extra oomph. 

A huge reason I don't own any hair products is because I thought they required too much effort on my behalf. Silly I know, but I already manage a bit of a skincare routine. So phew that's enough for me.
But it's actually very little effort?? If it wasn't then I probably wouldn't keep up with using them, so that's that!

Have you ever tried any of these products? Do you think you would! Leave a comment below! x

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Lets Chat with HUNTERhunter

16 Jul 2018 124 Darby St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300, Australia

Hey everyone! I recently did a little interview with HUNTERhunter, a great local online publication. They're basically my first stop when I want to find cool new places around my city! Especially cafes and restaurants, because there are so many.

I had a fun chat with Alicia about what I get up to with my blogging, what it's like to work at Scout by Abicus and where I love to get my coffee.

Read the Interview Here!

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Getting My Skin Sorted with Urban Skin & Beauty

6 Jul 2018 66 Glebe Rd, The Junction NSW 2291, Australia

On Friday I went and visited Nicole at Urban Skin & Beauty in the Junction. I was so excited to get a proper skin consultation as I've been having trouble lately with hormonal acne underneath my chin and jawbone. I also have a bit of a cold right now, so around my nose is red and peeling, a lot of the rest of my skin is very dry as well as it's Winter here and the weather has been gross.
Here's what treatments we covered today.

Nicole did a Specialised Skin Treatment on my face and all of the products that were used were by Alpha H.

The first cleanse that was done using a balancing cleanser, made up of aloe vera and vitamin e. This was a cream based cleanser.

The second cleanser that was done was a triple action cleanser that is specifically for skin with acne. This cleanser was made up of Thyme & Cucumber.

Then Nicole did a Pro X Gel Peel. Which is a peeling treatment that combines 30% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and botanicals. It's a skin resurfacing treatment which dissolves dead skin cells, stimulates collagen and cell repair. 

This felt super tingly but not in a bad way. Nicole applied some vaseline around my nose to protect it before the peel, as it was already super red and raw from blowing my nose all week!

It was overall a pretty gentle peel and a good introduction to face peels, with basically no downtime.

We moved on next to LED Light Therapy. See the mask in the image above!

Today we did the 3 mode setting which alternated between a few different lights.

Red which stimulates collagen production

Blue which kills bacteria and helps with the healing of acne

Infrared which helps to speed up the overall healing process of the skin

Afterwards a hydrating comfort mask was applied underneath the Azulene Rubber Mask which is calming and soothing for the skin. Nicole chose this mask as it's perfect to calm the skin after a peeling treatment. It felt kind of funny because it was so thick but really soothing on my skin!

To finish up the facial Nicole applied a 
Vitamin E Serum which is super healing, and amazing for acne

Vitamin B Serum this has niacinamide which strengthens the skin, helps to even skintone and hydrate the skin

SPF 50+ so that I was prepped for the rest of the day. 

It was such a relaxing and fun treatment, I can't wait to go back next month and continue my skincare regime with Nicole. 

You can book any and all of your treatments at Urban Skin & Beauty online now which I think is pretty much a requisite for any new place that I want to start going to. It can be stressful to call up and organise an appointment especially as you can't see the availabilities that they have, and to be honest I often decide I want to book myself in to things when businesses are closed! Like 10pm I want to make an appointment for next week. So good I can just pop on the website.

Hit me up with any questions via comments or instagram DMs and I'll get back to you xx

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I've Switched to Suki

29 Jun 2018 2 Ocean St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

I've been bouncing around hairdresser in Newcastle for a few years now. My hair is important to me, I'm not ashamed to admit it. It's a big part of my look. The blunt bangs, the blonde balayage. It's kind of my brand, and I like to have the upkeep regular and done well. 

I've just started working with Suki Hairdressing in Newcastle. I've only had the one visit so far but it went so well and I'll be back again next month for sure. 

My hairdresser is the beautiful stylist Hannah. Laughably we had more in common than we realised, same high school and tattoos from the same artist. She used to rock blunt bangs like I do, so we're perfectly matched. 

For my first appointment I got my fringe trimmed and my hair cut shorter. I like it sitting on my collarbones or a bit above. I'll probably get it cut shorter again next time I go back. 

I had more blonde put through my hair, Hannah brought it up higher but still lower than my fringe. It's more thoroughly right through my hair now, so a bit more underneath and at the back as well.
I love the creamy colour of blonde that it is!

Hannah also used the L'oreal Smart Bond to strengthen my hair as she bleached it. 

In my next post I'll show you some of the products that I'm using to keep my hair looking amazing in between Suki appointments! 

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In the Kitchen with Smoko

26 Jun 2018

Here is my newest post for Smoko!

Always keen to share these with you guys, this post is all about using Smoko products in the kitchen. 
They have so many cute things that can be used all around the house. 

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