Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Quick Update!


Throwback: Filthy Rich by Furless. Wowsers, I need to dig this polish out again! <3

Hi guys! You may have noticed fewer blog posts from me over the past couple of weeks, and I just wanted to quickly update you. Every year, around mid-August to the end of September, my life goes bat-shit crazy! It's my busiest time of the year and includes my Dad's Birthday, Father's Day, my Wedding Anniversary, my Birthday, my son's Birthday, a Birthday Party for my son to organise, the Royal Adelaide Show and this year also includes a medical appointment, a concert I won tickets to and a week away! No, the medical appointment is not for stress, but it should be!

I'll be very busy, but I still hope to post here and there, and of course will fulfill any arrangements with brands and PR by posting reviews when I'm supposed to, because I'm a professional. :D This is where some pre-written scheduled posts would have come in handy, but we all know I'm not that organised. I'm disappointed to have missed linking up to the Fabulous And Fun Life Monday Makeup Madness linky party for a few weeks, but I had no new beauty posts to boast! I know it will still be there when things settle back down for me in October, so not to worry.

If you only see a few posts from me for the next month and I don't get time to visit your blogs and comment, now you know it's not because I'm dead. And on that cheery note....

Have fun, lovers!
Di
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fart Eradication with Airwick Life Scents!



It's no secret that boys smell of farts. And when you're living with two award-winning male fart machines, it's double the stench. Which is where Airwick comes in. When I was offered the chance to review a few products from the new Airwick Life Scents* range I happily agreed (I think you know why). I was kindly sent the Home Signature Reed Diffuser in Vanilla Bean & White Truffle, Life Scents Multi-Layered Room Fragrance in Mystical Garden and a Life Scents Multi-Layered Fragrance Candle in Summer Delights.




The Airwick Reed Diffuser is super-stylish and comes with six natural rattan stems, three white and three black. I like this idea because you can change which colour stems to use based on your home decor! Or perhaps adopt the YOLO-approach, throw caution to the wind and go hardcore rebel by using all six at once. I've found a place for my chic reed diffuser, and it's on my front entrance table, right next to my perfume collection and a vase of fake flowers. Hopefully, this creates a welcoming atmosphere for visitors entering my home, as suggested by the back of the box this baby came in. In terms of fragrance, it does sit on the sweet side of the spectrum, and at times this does get a bit much. I'm thinking of dialling it back a notch and removing three of the rattan stems, which should make the wafting scent more subtle. Especially since it apparently lasts for up to 45 days!




My purple can of multi-layered fragranced room spray is really well-designed, with its tall, slender shape and narrow curves, perfect to grab and get trigger-happy on the vertical lever. I may even appreciate the clever design of this bottle a little too much. Seriously, the neck of the can is perfectly concave and small enough that it's extremely comfortable and easy to use. A good thing about spraying the house is that it's a chore your kids will actually enjoy doing (this may just be my weirdo - let me know in the comments below!). Of course every room will end up wearing 16 sprays instead of 2, but hey, it's one less job you had to do, right? (Also, for the love of God, ensure they have the can angled with the spray dispensing AWAY from their face, because parenting). The Mystical Garden fragrance comprises marshmallow, raspberry and rose, is fast-acting, eliminates odours and is supposed to constantly change fragrances, but I can't pick that up because my delicate nose palette has been ruined by the constant smell of boy farts.




I don't know about you, but I love scented candles. They calm me down, cheer me up and create a lovely ambience in my home. Not to mention the array of fragrances available these days! I received the Summer Delights candle, which is multi-layered with white flowers, melon and vanilla scents. I'm loving this more than the reed diffuser because the aroma is subtle and not as sweet. These candles come in a glass jar and the label on the back clearly states all the safety warnings, which is great for any product you have to set fire to light. It's quite hypnotic staring into a flame, and I could probably do it for a good 45 seconds before I got ridiculously bored. What's your record?


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*Disclaimer: These products were provided for editorial consideration. This is a non-sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

What's your favourite candle fragrance?

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Beauty-Full Clinique Win!




Recently, I was very lucky to win a truly amazing prize from Clinique, which you may have seen on my Instagram. I'm so thrilled to have won these beautiful goodies worth over $1800! You'll notice there's a red theme and that's because it's the Passion Pop prize, based on the deep red Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipstick of the same name. It's been ages since I've shared any of my competition wins on the blog, but I couldn't resist posting about this beautiful prize!





Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Passion Pop
Stylish packaging, a classic deep rich red colour with an inbuilt moisturising primer and a demi-matte finish, this lippie sounds fabulous. I haven't played with it yet, because I wanted to ensure my blog post was done first in case I needed more photos (fellow bloggers will understand this!).



$500 Flight Centre Gift Card
I don't know what we'll use this for yet, but I'm excited to discuss the options with my family!



The Big Book Of Chic
This huge and very heavy book is stunning! It features the quirky, artistic designs of Miles Redd, an internationally acclaimed Interior Decorator. Flicking through the pages is a real eye-opener! With every new page comes more opulence, luxury and beauty. Inspiring designs but perhaps a tad out of my budget! I can't wait to have a detailed look through this gorgeous book. I've included some photos from inside at the bottom of this post.



Adriano Zumbo Zumbarons
I have Adriano's book 'Zumbo' (thanks hubby), so we were able to look up what flavour the cult biscuits were, by matching them to the photos by the recipes. It was a toss-up between Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Kalamata Olive. Of course they were the Olive ones which is hilarious because I hate olives! So I tried one and my husband got the other three.




Apple iPad Mini 2 (16GB) with Red Rotating iPad Mini Case
How awesome is it to win an iPad Mini! Hubby couldn't wait to set it up so he could play Clash of Clans on it instead of his phone. The pinky-red case is super-cute with a great design and it's really sturdy and well-made. Love!




Tamara Mellon Red Patent Leather Pumps
Jesus Christ, you guys. These shoes are worth a whopping $750! I'm pretty much in complete shock that I now own a designer pair of heels worth $750. These are the sexiest shoes I've ever seen. The colour is striking, the design's stunning and they just look amazing. It even says "I love you xx" on the inside. I'm too scared to try them on much less wear them. I need a solid month of just looking at them first.

Here's a peek at some random pages from Miles Redd's 'The Big Book Of Chic'...






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Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with Clinique in any way. It was my decision to post about this win and I'm pretty sure Clinique don't even know I have a blog. lol. The last four photos depict the work of Miles Redd, taken from his book The Big Book Of Chic.