Monday, February 12, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Win 3 x RosehipPLUS Packs!




Hi guys! Today I'm excited to tell you about a Giveaway I'm running on Instagram, in conjunction with RosehipPLUS. This Aussie skincare company has kindly offered to give away 3 sets of skincare goodies to you, my lovely readers! If you aren't following me on Instagram, now is the time to do so, because this Giveaway will run on my beauty Instagram, @shinyglitterbug.

RosehipPLUS are proudly family owned and made in Australia, and their products are Australian Certified Organic. The entire range has been approved by PETA as being Cruelty Free and Vegan. Every product contains their organic rosehip oil and is free of parabens, sulphates, artificial colours, petro chemicals, synthetic preservatives and fragrances. I love that RosehipPLUS is an affordable skincare range that's easily available here in Australia and suitable for everyone!


THE PRIZE!

There will be 3 WINNERS, who will each win the following products:

~ RosehipPLUS Hydrating Day Cream

~ RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser
~ RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil Skin Boost Roll On


CLICK HERE to be taken to the Giveaway post! Good Luck!





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Friday, February 9, 2018

Cooking with Grampians Olive Co. Olive Oils*




Hi guys! Do you get slack with cooking meals during the school holidays? Or is that just me? We have been relying on takeaway and delivery a little too heavily lately, so I was excited to be sent a trio of Grampians Olive Co flavoured olive oils* recently, because if there's something that gets me motivated to cook, it's delicious olive oil. Whenever I see olive oils and gourmet dipping breads as a starter course I have to order it! Established in 1943, Grampians Olive Co. are celebrating 75 years of making Australia's Premium Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oils this year! They have an extensive range of organic extra virgin olive oils, infused oils, olives and vinegars. The flavours I chose for my Triple 100ml Gift Set* are Lemon Pressed, Garlic Infused and Blood Orange Infused. Can you tell I'm a citrus-loving gal? I thought I'd let you know a few ways I've been using these olive oils in my cooking. Let me know your ideas in the comments section below!




Olive Oil Dipping Platter with Crusty Bread
Simplicity is key with this pared back approach. Try getting to know your flavoured oils by simply dipping some crusty bread in and going to town! This allows your palate to really taste the flavours properly and you'll easily be able to identify your favourites. For me, these all taste great, but my preference is for citrus flavours, so my pick of the bunch is the Blood Orange followed by the Lemon Infused then the Garlic. Interestingly, hubby was the complete opposite! He preferred garlic, then lemon, then blood orange.




Tomato, Feta, Rocket and Garlic Olive Oil Bruschetta
What's good about this one is that it's quick and easy to make, yet beautifully fresh and delicious! If you're not familiar, Bruschetta is an Italian antipasto consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. But most people add a few more ingredients, and in my version, I top the bread with tomato, feta cheese and rocket, for a peppery kick. I love to drizzle Grampians Olive Co. Garlic Infused olive oil over the top then finish with a sprinkling of sea salt and cracked black pepper. Perfect for your next dinner party or a lazy Sunday afternoon snack with a glass of wine. Yum!




Pasta with Ricotta, Pine Nuts & Lemon Pressed Olive Oil
I love pasta. It honestly may be one of my favourite foods ever. I love finding new pasta recipes and trying them out, it's the only thing I'm mostly confident experimenting with in the kitchen! I found this recipe on the Taste website and tweaked it a bit to suit me. Here's the recipe if you're interested. I basically omitted the olives, upped the amount of toasted pine nuts, changed the extra virgin olive oil to Grampians Olive Co Lemon Pressed olive oil, and also drizzled some extra oil over the finished dish. It was absolutely delicious, even if I do say so myself! Hubby loved it too, and even had seconds!


You can buy Grampians Olive Co. products online here.


You may be interested in Restaurant Review: Jamie's Italian


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

LUSH 2018 Valentine's Day Range*




Hi guys! I can't believe it's February already, where is this year going?! You may be shocked to learn that Valentine's Day (14th February) is creeping up, so it's time to start looking for gifts for your significant other. If your partner is a Lush fan or loves a bit of a pamper in the bathroom, keep reading, because the Limited Edition LUSH 2018 Valentine's Day range* is now available in-store and online. Hurry though, because these goodies are only selling until the 14th! I was kindly gifted a box containing some of this years collection, so let's take a look!




Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb
This gorgeous heart-shaped bath bomb in the prettiest of pinks contains seven rosebuds that burst forth as the rosy goodness fills the bathtub. The heart is finished with a thin white layer across the bottom. I read some reviews saying it left the water colourless, but this bomb has now been reformulated and it does turn the water pink. (In the below photo, I've used just a corner of the heart and the water is a lovely light pink hue - I haven't saturated the colour). This bomb contains woody orris root powder, rose absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Geranium and sexy Jasmine for a mystical, floral, sensual fragrance. Perfect to use before a romantic date!





Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
I've been a lover of Unicorns for years now (you've seen the name of my blog, right?), so I was super excited to receive a Unicorn Horn bubble bar in my box! This cone-shaped delight is every bit as colourful and sparkly as you'd imagine the mythical creatures horn to be. Mine is pink, yellow and purple and covered in a shimmery silver sheen. Magical! Lavender Oil gives a balancing and calming effect, Neroli Oil is included for its toning and uplifting properties and Ylang Ylang Oil gives off a sweet, heady fragrance. Neroli is also known to increase serotonin in the brain which makes us feel content, relaxed and happy. It's a win win!



Melt My Heart Massage Bar
I'm not the biggest fan of massage bars (maybe because it's usually me who's doing the massaging!) but I like the look of the Melt My Heart bar. It's a generous size and the 'Love' embossed across the top is cute, if a little hard to make out. I also like the soft, melty formula and the fact that when you pick this up it immediately warms in your hands and softens, leaving your skin moisturised and soft when you glide it over. However it also leaves little black bits behind on the skin, and I'm not really digging the fragrance, which is very earthy and almost masculine. This new product contains cypress oil, orange flower absolute, Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, dried roses petals and violet leaf absolute.



Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt
This pretty orange heart shaped beauty is covered with a melty white topping that reminds me of whipped cream and has sprinklings of gold glitter for an additional sparkle! I cannot wait to use this one, as I love that it combines a bubble bar with a melt. I love bubble baths and one that also softens my skin sounds brilliant to me! This one smells quite strong, with mood-lifter bergamot oil, skin-softening organic Cocoa Butter, ylang ylang,  geranium, jasmine and rose included to create a fun, floral experience.



Tender Is The Night Naked Shower Cream
This is my first foray into 'naked' Lush products, and what better time to do it than for Valentine's Day! This is a new product, and the idea is that it's like their other shower creams, but without the plastic bottle, hence the term 'naked'. This lathers up nicely giving a lovely pink creamy soapy consistency which I actually prefer to the bottled creams, but just using it a few times I did use up a bit of product. I have stored mine in a sealed Glad bag so that it doesn't break down in the bathroom when not in use from the water or steam. The fragrance is sexy and floral, with a jasmine flower infusion, ylang ylang, vanilla absolute, murumuru and Fair Trade shea butters.



Tunnel of Love Soap
My fave ever Lush products come from the soap and shower gel categories, so I was thrilled to see a brand new product, Tunnel of Love Soap in my package! This is a pink wedge of soap in the shape of a bricked tunnel, with the white interior representing a heart. I really enjoy the soft, creamy Lush soaps, but the drawback is that they don't last very long. With Tunnel of Love, the white part is soft and creamy, whilst the pink majority is harder, so you're getting the best of both worlds. The citrus aromas from zesty lime and sweet wild orange oils make this an instant winner for me, with soothing rose water and softening olibanum leaves just added bonuses.



The Kiss Lip Scrub
I love Lush lip scrubs, so I was keen to try The Kiss! When you remove the lid, you're met with the cutest little pot of joy! The baby pink coloured sugary scrub is covered in tiny edible red hearts, and honestly, it just melts my heart! The cuteness! This works like all Lush lip scrubs; you pick up a little product and rub it over damp lips to slough off dead skin and give yourself a smooth, refreshed pucker, ready for Valentine's Day smooches. The Kiss tastes sweet, salty and delicious, and contains caster sugar,  fine sea salt, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, almond and mandarin oils. I love this scrub!

The LUSH Valentine's Day collection is in-store and online now until February 14.


You may be interested in LUSH 50% Off Haul



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What are your plans for Valentine's Day?