Thursday, June 26, 2014

Herbal Essence, Garnier, Rosehip Vital, La Clinica, Burt's Bees, Nutrimetics
June Bellabox
I haven't blogged about my monthly Bellabox subscription since March.  This isn't because I unsubscribed or was unhappy with what I received but rather in April I was in Thailand when it arrived and in May I was in Darwin.  I've been a busy little bee lately but was thrilled to finally be home for the arrival of my June Bellabox today.

My bellabox arrived in a satchel that contained the June Instyle magazine so that was a lovely little bonus before I even got to open the box.

Let's see what's inside this months Bellabox...

Herbal Essence, Garnier, Rosehip Vital, La Clinica, Burt's Bees, Nutrimetics
Bellabox June 2014; Herbal Essence, Garnier, Rosehip Vital, La Clinica, Burt's Bees, Nutrimetics

8 items this month (including the magazine) and I was pretty impressed as soon as I opened the box.  I quite like the Garnier BB Cream so I'm happy to have a back-up of this especially since it's my colour.  I could give or take the Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner but at least they're in a decent enough size to take travelling and get a couple of washes out of.  The Rosehip Vital Skin Boost Roll-on is intriguing and I can't wait to give this a try.  Another product I can't wait to trial is the La Clinica Gly C Refine Gentle Moisture Day Cream; containing glycolic acid to help smooth and balance skin I'm hoping this is as great as it sounds.  Burt's Bees is an awesome brand and this hand creme comes in the cutest little glass jar, I've already tried this one and it feels quite heavy duty, I might save this for putting on just before bed.  The sachet is from Nutrimetics and claims to be an Instant Radiance Beauty Balm... I'm not a huge fan of sachet samples as there never seems to be enough in them... no doubt this little sachet will join the bottomless pit of long-forgotten sachets.

I'm really happy with this box, there's some new things I'm looking forward to trying plus an old favourite and the bonus of a good magazine to curl up and read on a cold winter's afternoon. 

Herbal Essence, Garnier, Rosehip Vital, La Clinica, Burt's Bees, Nutrimetics

What do you think of this month's Bellabox? 

Kayte xx

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sachajuan, Dry Shampoo, Dark Volume Powder, Hair Products
SACHAJUAN Dark Volume Powder

I'm a sucker for any products that promises volume...  And dry shampoo for that matter.  So when I was offered the chance to try a volumising dry shampoo especially formulated for Dark Hair I was already sold.  Sachajuan is a Swedish brand that was completely unknown to me before now.  The brand boasts a range of salon quality Shampoos, Conditioners as well as a few Styling products.

Sachajuan Dark Volume Powder* is a powder-based spray that creates volume and provides structure. The product is dry and gives a matt finish and a fresh feel between shampoos. Volume Powder is suitable for both long and short hair. The product is adapted for dark hair.

I've found this post quite hard to write as I'm sure you're all gonna think I've been paid to tell you how awesome this product is, or that I'm only raving about it because I received this product for trial purposes.  But honestly.... this is the best volumizing product I have used so far.  My pet hate with volumizing products is that while most of them deliver on the volume, they leave my hair feeling sticky, or built up with residue so that I'm dying to wash my hair within a couple of hours.  The dry shampoo aspect of this product means that not only am I getting some awesome volume, my hair still feels light and clean which in turn extends the need to wash my hair for an extra day.  This product is housed in an aerosol can meaning an even distribution of product and with the powder being dark it means there's no sight of any white residue in my hair.  It's so easy to use, I simply spray it through my roots and tousle through with my fingers and it's done.  Easy as that!

The only downside that I could find to this product is the price.  At $40 for a 200ml can it's definitely on the pricy side although I've been using mine religiously for nearly 3 weeks now and it still feels like there's a fair amount left in there.  I figure if I add up the cost of my normal dry shampoo ($10approx) and a volumizing product ($20approx) it's only $10 extra to add it all into one convenient product.  I don't know about you but I've now justified it in my mind lol.  Fore more information about Sachjuan or to purchase the products head to

Sorry about the iphone pics but here's a before and after using the product....

Are you a fan of volumising products?  What's your favourite?

Kayte x

 *This item was provided as a sample to trial for the purpose of reviewing.  I received no compensation for writing this review and views are completely my own - please read my disclosure policy for more details.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Newcastle NSW, Newcastle, NSW, Nobby's Beach, Ocean, Beach, Waves
Newcastle NSW - June 2014
I'm back in Newcastle now after my 4 week trip to Darwin.  As much as I love Darwin I definitely did miss this place.  Winter here in Newcastle has been pretty mild so far and apart from a couple of rainy days it's been mostly cool sunny days.  Perfect!

I'm still going with my running and am slowly working out a routine now that I don't have the couch to 5k app telling me what to do.  I'm running three times a week, one with intervals, one 3k and one 5k.  I managed to beat 3 PB's this week with my fastest 1k, fastest 5k and fastest 1mile.  Was pretty effing stoked with myself.  As soon as I can get my 5k under 30 mins I think I'll start increasing my distance and work my way up to 10k.  I also joined the gym this week with my sister... it's so awesome to have a workout partner in crime!

My plan once I'd returned from Darwin was to find some temp work to do to keep myself busy but in my first week back we found out that Dad's brain tumour is getting bigger and the doctors have given him 3 months max. Even though we knew that this was probably going to be the case (although we still clung to hope it would be different) it doesn't make it any easier hearing those words.  I feel like I'm lucky in the sense that I don't have a job right now and I'm able to spend this time with my Dad and helping out my Mum where I can and so I've decided not to look for any work right now.  I'll sell a kidney if I have to but after all the years I've spent away from my family I'm not gonna let money be the reason that I'm not here now.

I ordered some new prescription glasses this week from Oscar Wylee - 2 pairs for $98 - yup prescription lenses and all.  Just trying to use up my health fund credits before the end of the financial year haha!  If you need glasses you should definitely check them out - they have a try at home system where you can trial 5 frames for 5 days (free postage there and back) so you can pick the ones that suit you best and get your family's opinion while you're at it.

This is turning out to be a massive Friday's letter haha but I have one more awesome deal to tell you about.  My very first Red Paw Paw box arrived this week.  Think Bellabox but for food!!  You pay $5 every month and they send you a big box of food and household items to try and then you review them.  I was amazed by how big the box was and there was so much stuff inside.  Mostly all full sized too.. Check out for more info.

Enough rambling... TGIF

Kayte xx

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Miss Georgia Pink Plum, Miss Sanja Fuchsia and Miss Sally Watermelon

I was looking through the Bellabox online store recently trying to pick something to use my points on when I saw these 3 lipsticks.  I've seen a few reviews on this fairly new brand and all of them were glowing so I was intrigued to try them out.  I picked up the only 3 colours that were available: Miss Georgia Pink Plum, Miss Sanja Fuchsia and Miss Sally Watermelon.  Cool names huh!  

Shanghai Suzy are a lipstick only cosmetics brand that specialise in bright pigmented colours.  The lipsticks come in one of two formulas: Nourish or Matte and each colour is limited edition with the idea that new colours come out every season. At a RRP of $12.95 it makes it easy and affordable to update your makeup with the season.

I absolutely adore the packaging of these lipsticks.  The top has a square of colour that indicates the lipstick shade making it so easy to pick up the one you're looking for in a sea of lipsticks without having to read shade names.  On the bottom is the shade name as well as the formula type.  The lipsticks are housed in a black cube and the lid clicks on securely.

Like everyone else who has tried these lipsticks I was really impressed.  The nourish formula really does feel nourishing on the lips and the colour pay-off is amazing.  I found it needed a top up after a couple of hours but that's to be expected and it feels so hydrating on the lips I was looking forward to re-applying.  The matte formula is surprisingly quite nourishing too - it doesn't seem to pull or highlight any dry parts and again the colour pay-off is fantastic.  The matte formula lasted a lot longer than the nourish and left a nice stain on my lips.  

Miss Georgia Pink Plum, Miss Sanja Fuchsia and Miss Sally Watermelon

I couldn't finish this review without telling you about the scent of these lipsticks.  As soon as I unclicked the lid of the lipstick I was greeted with the amazing scent of grape... reminding me of my child hood days of chewing grape hubba bubba.  The fragrance doesn't last long on the lips but it's a nice little touch to the lipsticks that I was really impressed with.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for each new season's release and picking up some more colours to add to my collection.

If you want to see the current selection of colours available head to

Kayte xx