Hey guys! I thought seeing as my last post was all about my current skincare loves, I would now let you in on all my current makeup loves! It still amazes me every single day how much makeup is growing and all the new and exciting things that all brands are coming up with! Just when we think we have seen it all, a brand brings out something new that blows all us makeup lovers brains and keeps us guessing with what will actually be created next!

Take me back a year ago I was all about doing full glam every single day, but when I’m not working, I like to keep it more on the natural side, so I’ll be able to cater for the full glam gals and guys as well as the more natural glam gals/guys with this post! So before i keep rambling on, lets get started!

 

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This little bottle of absolute heaven has been my number one go to for a natural, bronzed glow. The product is infused with Argan oil which is super hydrating for your skin so while it makes your makeup look fresh and flawless, its also helping give your skin that extra boost of hydration!

Pros: A bottle of this illuminizer lasts me MONTHS! The smallest amount (pea size) will cover your entire face and keep you glowing for days. I even sometimes multi use it by adding it over my foundation for a natural highlight without using powder highlighters. Its super light weight and can be worn by itself for a natural glow too! I love that it has the argan oil through it to keep your skin happy, hydrated and glowy!

Cons: I dont really have cons for this product, it is worth the price, however if you use to much your whole hands are glowy, so i suggest using a brush, thats more of a tip than a con though!

Price: $37.00  from http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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We all know how much smashbox slay the game when it comes to their primers, one of their new ones is the two in one primerizer – a primer and moisturiser in one! The formula is super light weight, super hydrating and just feels like the perfect base before you slay your face with makeup.

Pros: The product delivers 24 hour hydration which is perfect for my fellow Australians with the warm weather already starting to hit us! (thank god!) As I said, the formula is super light so when applying to the skin its not thick or heavy. Whats incredible about this primer is that there is zero dry time, so if you/re in a rush as soon as you place it on the skin you can get straight into your foundation base, unlike so many other primers!

Cons: Once again, theres not much negativity I can say about this product, only thing as a skin specialist, I still use a moisturiser underneath this primer as I’m pretty strict with my skincare routine!

Price: $61.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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Ive truly gone through a whole bottle of this so quickly! Not because its small or wastes quickly, but because i’m absolutely OBSESSED with it!! This new little spray by too faced is a multi use product, You can use it as a spray primer, a setting spray for your makeup and a hydration booster spray for the warm weather us Australians have been experiencing lately, Its honestly one you need in your makeup bag!

Pros: Its three in one, so its perfect for travel, its perfect if you dont want to use multiple products for your makeup and its PERFECT for the warmer weather we are getting! It smells like a tropical holiday and is honestly my go-to for everything. Its not sticky like other setting sprays and works so well when going for that natural glow!

Cons: Honestly cannot fault this product, the bottle is large so you get so much out of it. Its a must have!

Price: $46.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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If you are a mecca beauty junkie you would know all about the Mecca lit from within highlighter.. well.. now we have the mecca cosmetica lit from within illuminating drops and let me just say.. I’m OBSESSED! These little drops of heaven are multi use and will keep you glowing for days! the drops are super light weight and work in multiple different ways to keep you dewy, glowing and hydrated!

Pros: Ive been into liquid illuminators for a while now and after trying this one, what i love about it is how light weight it is, but how much of a natural glow it gives the skin. Its soft, silky and blends so easily! You can use this product mixed with your foundation, mixed with your moisturiser or serum for a natural glow and an extra boost of hydration or even on top of your foundation for a liquid heaven highlight!

Cons: The only thing I would change about this product is the size, I literally want all of the lit from within illuminator and NEED it all, but thats just me being greedy 😉

Price: $45.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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Have you ever gotten super angry after doing your makeup perfectly, then you go and set with powder and you look dry, powdery and it ruins your whole look? Well not with this bad boy in your life! These powders will set your makeup but keep your skin looking glowy, even and beautiful. The dim light colour is my favourite, but there are multiple to chose from that mimic different lighting effects.

Pros: The powder is super velvety which means it sets to the skin beautifully and makes your skin still look glowy and natural. The packaging and product is beautiful, which hourglass are so amazing when it comes to any product they produce and how they display them! The compact lasts forever and only the smallest amount is needed to set your foundation!

Cons: I personally cannot fault this product, but if you are someone who prefers a matte finish, Id suggest not going for something like these powders, however I would always suggest going into a local mecca and trying it on the skin, I’m sure you will fall in love with it!

Price: $67.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

 

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This heaven sent highlighter has always been one of my go-to favourites! This mineral based highlighter is super soft, so easy to blend and gives the perfect pop of highlight to the face. The colour works on me when I am pale and when I have a fake tan, which I love! I’ve even used this all over the skin when I run out of my hourglass ambient [powder and it set my foundation perfectly!

Pros: Theres 77 mineral complexes in this powder that glide on the skin so smoothly. I love the beautiful natural highlight this powder gives! Its soft, velvety and the perfect highlight for so many skin tones!

Cons: I find that i go through these pretty quickly, but thats only probably because I use it all the time!

Price: $48.00 available at http://www.maccosmetics.com.au

 

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So if you guys were not aware, Mecca have launched their new brand called mecca max for all your beauty needs at beautiful affordable prices, and let me just say – this foundation is my go to love at the moment! Its a medium to full coverage foundation, velvety and blends perfectly! Theres 8 beautiful shades to chose from and number 4 looks perfect with a fake tan! Ive gone through bottles of this foundation already thats how much i LOVE it!!

Pros: This product is SO affordable, yet SO good!! I honestly was blown away when i tried it. It blends so perfectly, its so easy to build up to full coverage and stays on all day! If you dont want to spend heaps of money on a foundation this one is perfect! You get the great quality for such a great price.

Cons: I cant fault this one either, only thing i wish is there were more shades so I can fill my whole kit up with them!

Price: $32.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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Anyone who knows my personally knows how obsessed I am with my liquid liners, and Ive found my NUMBER ONE in this perversion pen by URBAN DECAY.  The pen not only makes it easier to get that wing razor sharp and perfect, but you can achieve such a fine line with them which makes it a perfect pen for beginners as well!

Pros: i suffer from bad watery eyes (i cry when i laugh its actually super weird) so the fact that this pen is waterproof, and actually lives up to that makes me so happy! Trust me when I say i have tried so many liquid liners, and this one is by far my number one – so all my fellow liquid liner lovers – I suggest you give this a go, I’m almost certain you will love it too!

Cons: The only thing i can say, like many liners- I feel like it runs out pretty quickly, but thats probably because I use it every day – however you push the pen and it will drain out all the liquid, which means you get the most out of the product. Another thing I wish it had was more colour choice, currently only black available so it would be great to see some different colours!

Price: $36.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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I dont think I go anywhere without this bad boy in my bag! This has got to be my all time favourite clear brown gel, it literally keeps my brows in shape for a buy day – whether thats with work, gym, the warm weather- I touch my brows all the time and this gel just ensures that they stay in place like i had only just done them!

Pros: The wand is super easy to use with 4 different lengths to decide how you want the brows to look (brushed up, more defined etc) the gel keeps your brows in place ALL day long and the product lasts forever! I use it every day and I’ve had mine for 3 months and there is still SO much product left.

Cons: Theres only one thing I can fault, is the smell of the gel – it might be because I’m sensitive to scents, but it actually isn’t the nicest smell in the world!

Price: $42.00 available at myer.com.au

 

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If you have not heard of this product, then I’m sure you have been living under a rock – this is one of the most popular concealers on the market, and I 100% know why! Ive been using this concealer for years and i can honestly say I am obsessed!

Pros: There are so many pros for this product, its creamy, full coverage, really easy to blend and works so well as a skin tone concealer of if you’re like me, going 1-2 shades lighter to highlight certain points under the face. This concealer has hydrating properties so it will not dry out when you are using it either!

Cons: Theres only two things I can fault on this product, it is small, so it doesn’t last long – and SOMETIMES it sits in my creases – but that also depends on my skin!

Price: $44.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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So before telling you why I love this product, you may see the photo above looks way too dark for my skin tone to be a highlighter – thats because bare minerals have created highlighters for different skin tones – and i chose the deep-dark to use as a bronzer. As soon as I saw the orange tone marble mixed with a beautiful dark tan colour, I knew it would look perfect to define the cheek bones! the product has a beautiful amount of shimmer, so if you are like me and love the glow in both your highlighters and your bronzers, that is easy to blend, this is a MUST try product for you!

Pros: This is a mineral based product, so not only do you know its good to be placed on your skin, but the buttery texture blends so perfectly and makes it easy to have a beautiful textured tone and not a harsh line. This line by bare minerals mimic the sunlight, so when your skin is in the sun, you look natural, glowy and chiseled to perfection 😉

Cons: Another one i cant fault, its SUPER pigmented, so make sure when you use it, to tap your excess off and slowly build your colour.

Price: $40.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

So guys, I hope you liked this one! It was a list of just a few of my go-to favourites, but Im currently writing a larger list containing eyeshadow palettes and my favourite lashes too, that will be coming next week so make sure you keep an eye out for that one! Thank you so much for reading and if you would like me to review or try any products for you guys, please dont hesitate to message me and let me know! ❤

 

Until next time,

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Happy Tuesday all! I hope you guys have started your week off happy and full of positivity! I thought I would start off this week focusing on a post educating you guys on something I love, something I am passionate about and something I actually get to incorporate in my amazing job, Skin care. Ive been a skincare specialist now for over 2 years and I cannot put into words just how passionate I am about looking after my skin, and helping others look after theres. Today, I thought i would share with you some of my favourite skin care products and why Ive chosen them by giving you an insight into the ingredients and what they do for your skin.

My morning and night routine consists of 14-15 steps, so I thought instead of sitting here and making this posts impossibly long for you all to read, I would pick out some of my current favourites within all my routine and let you in on why they are SO good for your skin!

Guys, I suggest if you haven’t got yourself a skin care routine, to slowly start to educate yourself on the importance of having a routine and using the right products to benefit your skin. Everyone is different and each individual requires their own range of products/range of products to enhance their skin. If you feel lost or need some help with this, please do not hesitate to ask, I’d be more then happy to help you!

So, lets get started, I’m excited to introduce to you guys some of my all time favourites, maybe they will become yours too!

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I absolutely adore this product. I use the micellar water to remove the base of my foundation base, eye makeup and lipstick. The product is super soft on my skin and makes the removal of the rest of my makeup SO easy!

BENEFITS: refreshing, soothing and calming on the skin, leaves a beautiful glowing complexion!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains rose flower extract and cornflower extract which not only soothes the skin, but helps with congestion and redness!

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning: to cleanse skin of dirt/sweat from sleeping and to prep the skin for other skincare/makeup.  Night: to remove foundation, eyes and lip makeup before thoroughly cleansing the skin with other products.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $29.00 (150ml)

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This is hands down one of my top 5 favourite cleansers. Not only does it remove any excess makeup but it is super creamy and lasts forever. A small 5 cent piece size is all you need to remove any dirt/excess makeup and leaves the skin feeling so soft!

BENEFITS: This product is a large size, meaning you will get many months use out of it when using it 2 times a day. It is super soft and creamy on the skin and just by using circular motions with your hands on your face, the formula removes any excess dirt/makeup on the skin and prep you for your next skin care steps!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains French green clay and Moroccan Rhassoul clay – these products will work to cleanse deeply and remove the excess oils/sebum to unclog the pores.  These ingredients also purify the skin. This cleanser is filled with Vitamin C and black pepper – these two ingredients work to tighten pores, brighten the skin and help leave it looking fresh and plump. They are also an anti ageing property as they enhance the skins natural collagen production. You will notice when your using this cleanser your skin is left glowing and SO soft.

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning: to cleanse skin of dirt/sweat from sleeping and to prep the skin for other skincare/makeup.  Night: to remove foundation, thoroughly cleanse the skin and to prep for other skin care.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $66.00 (125ml)

 

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This has been my go-to eye cream for a while now! Its one of the only eye creams that dont irritate my eyes and leaves my under eye area looking brighter and much more hydrated! It also works so well placed under concealer to help with creasing

BENEFITS: Super creamy formula, and lasts forever as only a small amount is needed. The cream is super hydrating and brightening which is exactly what you want after them sleepless nights from too much coffee!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product is PACKED with vitamin C and mineral manganese, these ingredients help to reduce any under eye dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the area looking fresh and prepped for concealer/foundation.

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning: to help hydrate and moisturise the eye area after a night of sleep, to help brighten the area and prep for makeup.  Night: Used consistently at night to benefit from anti ageing properties, to reduce fine lines and dark circles.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $55.00

 

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This mask has become my best friend this winter! Applying the clay-like formula to the skin, letting it dry for 15-20 minutes and removing with warm water, leaves your skin feeling soft and gentle and reveals a plump, glowy complexion!

BENEFITS: This mask is cooling, easy to apply and gives instant results. I use this mask 2-3 times a week to prep my skin for upcoming work shifts when I know ill be wearing a full face of makeup and want my skin to be in the best shape for the products.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains so many ingredients that are super beneficial on the skin! The chamomile extract and Balsam Peru is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient which benefits the skin by helping with redness, sensitivity, and easily irritated skin. The product also contains Kaolin clay and wheat starch to help absorb impurities in your pores. This product is suitable for all skin types!

WHEN TO USE: You can use the mask morning or night depending on your schedule/requirements. Morning: After cleansing and exfoliating to prep the skin for makeup or to help with dehydration and redness  Night: To hydrate, replenish and soothe the skin after a long day of wearing makeup and building up dirt/impurities in the skin.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Unfortunately, this product is not stocked at mecca anymore, however can be purchased on http://www.beautybay.com

PRICE: $25.50 (56g)

 

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This sheet mask has been one of my go-to’s on the weekly and always leaves my skin feeling plump, hydrated and so super soft! I love that it is so easy to apply, SO cheap at only $3.00 a mask, and the excess product once you remove the mask off the skin can be used as moisturiser to further hydrate and plump!

BENEFITS: This easy to apply sheet mask is easy to take travelling and a great option to place in the bag for a go-to mask when you need that extra skin hydration boost.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This mask is full of collagen enriched properties which work to restore elasticity within your skin, boosting your collagen production and helping increase the skins firmness. The hyaluronic acid will help hydrate the skin as well as soothe the skin for a smoother, brighter complexion. These ingredients are also anti-ageing helping to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

WHEN TO USE: You can use the mask morning or night depending on your schedule/requirements. Morning: After cleansing and exfoliating to prep the skin for makeup or to help with dehydration, leaves the skin glowy and hydrated Night: To hydrate, replenish and soothe the skin after a long day of wearing makeup and building up dirt/impurities in the skin.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $3.00 per mask or a pack of 10 for $20.00

 

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This has been my absolute life saver over winter! My lips get SO dry and I’m definitely a lover of lipsticks, especially matte finishes – this lip scrub helps to prep my lips, remove the dry skin and leaves them hydrated, perfectly preps my lips for any lipstick I choose! I also suggest using the frank lip balm with this lipstick for further hydration!

BENEFITS: this coffee based scrub is the perfect size to place in your bag for a long day, is super easy to apply and smells so delicious! The scrub removes any dead skin while also hydrating and plumping the lips prepping them for any balms, glosses, lipsticks and liquid lipsticks!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: Ground robusta coffee and coffee seed oil worked together to buff away dead skin and hydrate the lips. Super natural ingredients that all work together to leave the lips plump and prepped for any lipstick/gloss choice. Cold pressed macadamia oil and ethically sourced beeswax will leave your lips feeling smoother than ever.

WHEN TO USE:  Morning and Night – Morning:  Use on clean lips to prep them for your day ahead. Using the scrub will prep your lips for any balms and lipsticks and will leave your lips hydrated and flakey-lip free. Night: to remove any excess lipstick and to hydrate, replenish and soothe the lips after a long day of wearing lipsticks. Use the frank lip balm after for further hydration

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au) and Frank Body (www.frankbody.com)

PRICE: $12.95

 

This night oil has been my go to oil this winter and is multi use! Sometimes I will use it on its own or sometimes mix into my moisturiser or even my foundation before a night out! Super hydrating, soothing and leaves my skin looking brighter and plumper!

BENEFITS: This night oil is soothing, filled with Vitamin C and E and helps to plump the skin, removing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum keeps my skin feeling soft through the drying winter months and always gives me a hydrated, glowy complexion.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This oil is full of beautiful natural plant oils such as clary sage, pomegranate and cranberry seed which works while you sleep to lift dead skin cells, as well as soothe and plump the skin. This product is high in salicylic acid and vitamin C an E.

WHEN TO USE:    NIGHT: I use this oil in different ways. I like to use it nightly after cleansing, exfoliating and after applying a mask. I use it before my moisturisers to give my skin the extra hydration boost it needs. If i’m heading out for the night, Ill place 2 drops into my foundation for a more dewy, brighter complexion.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $62.00

 

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Now that we have gotten through the tongue twister name, I NEED you guys to know about this product! This elixir is SO versatile and is sometimes the only skincare product I need, I ALWAYS take this life saver travelling with me when I dont want to weigh my bags down with too many products!

BENEFITS: This elixir is suitable for ALL skin types and is infused with the immense antioxidant power of one-day fresh Greek saffron to universally correct all visible signs of ageing. The elixir can also be used in foundation for a 12 hour glowy complexion.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: A fun fact, Korres do 5 years of research when creating each product to ensure they are the perfect formulas with the most beneficial properties for each skin type. This elixir contains Organic Greek Saffron Extract: Rich in crocin, a potent antioxidant found in Krocus flowers that enhances the action of other antioxidants.  This product also contains Beta-glucans, these work to strengthen the skins resistance to daily damage, helping to improve the skins appearance and aid in keeping the skin stay younger longer, while correcting all visible signs of ageing.

WHEN TO USE: Morning and Night – MORNING: I use this product after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask. I use it on my face as well as neck and chest. NIGHT: after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask to prep my skin before bed and to help with dehydration and fine lines.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: http://www.sephora.com

PRICE: $98.00

 

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One of the lightest serums I have ever used! Ive been using this serum daily for just over a month and I have been blown away by the hydration boost and the moisture the serum gives to my skin! Not to mention the high list of natural based ingredients!

BENEFITS: This serum is anti ageing and will help reduce the appearance of fines and wrinkles. It also helps to restore the skins hydration and radiance.

 

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains powerful botanicals and anogeissus which are anti ageing properties. The ingredients will help the skin and create a firmer, smoother and more radiant complexion.

WHEN TO USE: Morning and Night – MORNING: I use this product after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask/oil – I use it on my face as well as neck and chest. NIGHT: after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and after the use of a mask and facial oil to prep my skin before bed and to help with dehydration and fine lines.  I also use this product to help boost my collagen production.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $85.00

 

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Have you guys heard of the peel off mask craze thats been going around? multiple videos of poor gals and guys in tears trying to pull off masks that are stuck to their face like glue, and ruining their skin? Well this mask does NOT do that and is so easy to remove off the skin. What I love is that there are 3 steps that help you soften the blackheads, easily remove them and prevent them from coming back!

BENEFITS: 

STEP ONE: HEATING GEL THAT OPENS THE PORES – This gel used in circular motions on the skin will help open up the pores preparing them for the black mask. You can physically feel the mask warming up your skin too!

STEP TWO: PEEL OFF BLACKHEAD MASK: Easy to apply, easy to remove and you can physically see your blackheads be removed once you peel the mask off!

STEP THREE: CLOSING PORE COOLING SERUM: I love this product most, its soothing, cooling and prevents the pores from being clogged up!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains charcoal, black garlic and milk proteins which work to remove blackheads without drying out the skin. The 3 steps will help remove excess oil, unclog the pores and dissolve dead skin cells leaving your t-zone area fresh, cleansed and excess oil free.

WHEN TO USE: Morning or Night  1 x a week – I suggest using it after cleansing, toning and exfoliating before continuing with other skin care.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $26.00

 

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Guys! If you haven’t heard of this product you have not lived! This is another one of my favourite go-to life savers for both summer and winter. The spray is super hydrating and can be used for a daily hydration boost or to set the makeup leaving a dewy, glowing complexion!

BENEFITS: Super beautiful, refreshing spray that hydrated the skin, helps with tightness and soothes the skin instantly. Can be used after moisturisers and creams for an extra hydration boost, to set the makeup or through the hair for extra moisture.  Safe for all skin types, gentle, non-irritating.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: Completely Vegan, the rose water will calm, soothe and hydrate the skin while the fragrant herbal extracts will hydrate your dry skin, boost your makeup looks and help your dry hair!

WHEN TO USE:  You can use this product literally all day, every day, I use it first thing in the morning, after applying all my creams/serums. I use it to set my makeup, through my hair after using other drying hair products. I also use it during the day to keep my complexion looking dewy and fresh, then again at night to give my skin that extra refreshing hydration boost!

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: 118ml: $9.00  |  236ml: $17.00

 

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Im absolutely adoring this cream at the moment! i use this formula for its anti ageing properties, as its clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

BENEFITS: this super buttery formula is not only anti ageing, but hydrating and brightening on the skin. The hydrating cream leaves the skin looking youthful, radiant and plump.

Concentrated Restorative Treatment is a powerful anti-aging cream that helps to resurface the skin’s texture whilst visibly smoothing lines and wrinkles. Formulated with DMAE and Vitamin C Ester, elasticity is improved to firm and tone the skin, while wrinkles and fine lines seem to disappear. As skin is resurfaced, discolouration and pigmentation appear brighter while pores appear smaller. This hydrating treatment leaves skin looking more radiant, even and youthful.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains DMAE and Vitamin C Ester – these products help with the elasticity and plump the skin. The ingredients in this product will also help resurface the skin, help with discolouration and pigmentation. This product will brighten the skin and hydrate, also leaving the skin looking fresh and radiant.

WHEN TO USE:  i suggest using this product at night on the face, neck and decollete in gentle circular motions before bed.

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima/Mecca Cosmetica (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $168.00

 

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Guys, this product is definitely a traveling essential as you can multi use it! This mask is used at night but is one you keep on while you sleep. Its basically a bottle of water for your skin and leaves it feeling soft, hydrated and super replenished!

BENEFITS: This mask is all about replenishing hydration. By using it your skin will restore moisture, leaving it plump and glowy! It is the perfect product to take traveling for the extra hydration boost!

INGREDIENT INFORMATION: This product contains apricot kernel oil, avocado  and Japanese seaweed which all work together as a team to replenish, hydrate and nourish the skin. They also work to minimise the signs of ageing, preparing the skin for the next day!

WHEN TO USE: I suggest using this product at least twice a week. right before bed, leaving the mask on to let the skin soak up the product. You will wake with soft, plump, radiant and replenished skin!

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Mecca Maxima (www.mecca.com.au)

PRICE: $37.00 (100ml)

 

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Just a few of my current favourite skin care products that Im using and loving! Like I said earlier, skincare and knowledge on your skin is SO important and i hope you guys learnt something about some of these products and what the ingredients can do! Please do not hesitate on reaching out to me if you would like any further help with your skin or would like to know anything else about the products I use, I love talking about skin and love getting my brain picked when it comes to skincare so ask away!

I hope you all have an absolutely beautiful week filled with positivity and good vibes!

Until next time,

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Hey guys, I hope you all had a b-e-a-utiful day, today I wanted to explain a few things and explain why I haven’t posted something like what you are about to read, before.  i have been wanting to make this post for a while now,  but have been putting it off. Not because I’m scared or nervous of what I want to say, but because I want to say it in the most educational way possible, a way in which I can give more insight into why I’ve changed my views and the way I’m living my life. It’s not a sudden change for me, I believe it’s one I have been pushing myself to make for a while now that I’ve been putting all the signs together, it’s the perfect time for me to put my thoughts to words for you guys to understand.

I spent so many years of my life worrying what everyone thought of me, I let it consume me for so long until I literally woke up one morning and thought ‘fuck it, I’m going to do me and whoever I attract in my life by simply being comfortable with myself, they’re the people who I should be focusing on’ and that’s exactly what I did, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. The reason why I believe it’s the best thing I’ve done for myself is simple. The people I’m attracting are the most down to earth, spiritual and knowledgable people I have ever met. I use to hide myself in a little bubble, fearing rejection from anyone I didn’t personally know and that’s something that stopped be from meeting the right people who would spark up my creativity, who would open my mind to possibilities I would never have imagined. When you look behind a physical appearance, when you look beyond materialist items and the way someone presents themselves on the outside, it opens you up to a whole new level of how I now believe you should connect with someone – and thats within your soul. This was always something that I felt highly of, but wasn’t aware of the amount of people who feel the same way I do, and it honestly brings my heart so much joy knowing people also look beyond looks and physical appearance when connecting with another.

In life, and growing up the way our generation has grown up – we have been taught a particular routine of what we should do, when we should do it, and why we should do it. We are taught to get good grades, get into a good school, study something, work, pay bills, get a house, get married, settle, have children. Now dont get me wrong, I know its not like this for everyone, and thats just a typical life routine, and in no way m I saying that its wrong – it is the right path for so many and if this path is what has caused you to be so internally happy – then I have so much respect for that, however for me and my future – its something I am stepping away from. I watch so many family members and friends suffer from feeling not successful, not good enough – all because they are in their twenties and haven’t settled yet, haven’t financed a house yet, or are still single. I watch them cry and tear themselves apart all because we have grown up believing we have to have everything figured out. What works for someone else, and someone else’s life journey, it will always be different then yours – that is not a bad thing. I have learnt to embrace my situation. Im 22, Ive been single for over a year now, I’m earning less in the job I am in now, then what i was doing previously. I dont own a house, i dont have myself financially set (just yet) and I have no idea where my future is going to take me, and I am so perfectly and utterly happy with that. Why? Because I am trusting my journey. Im happier in my work place because I’m doing something I’m passionate about, I’m meeting people who I honestly now know, and feel are the people Ive been missing in my life, I’m making memories and forming friendships and bonds that will last so much longer then anything materialistic, and I know that if I’m spending time with these people, making memories and focusing on what I am passionate about – everything is going to come together when it is the right time for it to come together – and that is becoming reality for me daily.

Anyone who knows me personally, knows I’ve always been connected to spirituality and healing. I’m a strong believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ and that we are on a journey. Not everything is going to make sense right now but you need to trust you struggles, trust your journey and trust that every step you are taking, the planned, the spontaneous and the ones where you allow yourself to step out of a normal comfort zone, those are the steps that are going to shape you into the person you are meant to be. The problem that we have with a ‘victim mentality’ is that we forget to see the blessings every day brings to us, because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished. Instead of complaining about the bad in your life and questioning ‘why is this happening to me?’, have you thought about waking up just feeling lucky to be living another day, having another day to live like it’s your last. Using your time in the most positive and meaningful way, because only you can change your path and your own journey.

As crazy as it is for me to say, you need to believe in your infinite potential, your only limitations are the ones you set upon yourself. I stopped doing a lot of things I loved because I was scared. Scared of rejection, scared of not being good enough and simply not believing in my own abilities and chasing my own dreams. Is that anyone’s fault but my own? No. But dwelling on things that have already passed and things that are now out of your control is not the way to live. I now learn from my mistakes, I take them as lessons that build me into a better person, build me into a stronger person and is shaping me to be able to help others learn from the mistakes I have made.

You need to Believe in yourself, your abilities and your own potential.Never let self doubt hold you captive of achieving your dreams. You are worthy of all that you dream and hope of, and sometimes a simple self reflection is the answer to help you find that. I cannot put into words how much taking some time for myself to think, sit, ponder and reflect has helped me not only emotionally, but spiritually. Now please dont take the heading of my blog as me having a dig at anyone with a different view or opinion, I am talking about myself. I use to ignore these signs simply because I was comfortable. Not happy, but comfortable. Comfortable in a relationship I knew wasn’t right, comfortable with not challenging myself both physically and mentally, and comfortable with not allowing myself to grow – and that has all changed dramatically for me.

I now love to challenge myself in all aspects of my life, and if opportunity arises for me, I grab onto it like no tomorrow – because I will not live my life with regrets, I will not miss opportunities to form the most beautiful bonds and connections with such beautiful people – and I will not live my life on a side line anymore. I understand that this was a lot to read through, but if one person can put the puzzle pieces together, and takes something positive from my change, then that makes it all worth while for me. I ask for you all to challenge yourselves, dont be afraid to dig deep into your spirit and let it guide you in the right direction, because only you, can help yourself, and I can promise you this – you will thank yourself for it.

Im going to end this with something I wrote not long ago which I know has hit home for  few people who have reached out and maybe it will help you too – think about the three C’s of life – your Choices, Chances and Changes. You’ve got to make a choice to take a chance, or your life will never change. Do things that make your soul feel alive, do things that are out of your comfort zone and have no regrets in doing what’s going to make you happy,

Thank you guys so much, from the bottom of my heart for always taking the time out to either leave comments, message me on my social media or just let me know that you think about my posts – the feedback I receive is so beautiful and you all allow me to produce content that means so much to me personally, so honestly – thank you, It is so, so appreciated.

Until next time,

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Hey guys,

So its been a while, I know – and all I can do is apologise for that. Ive been taking some time to focus on what directions i want to take with not only my blog, but also in my life in general. Ive been focusing on my friendships, my job and my self reflection. With that being said, I’m back!

This post to me is actually extremely important, because its one that hits close to home. Ive been reflecting on everything lately and have come content, happy, satisfied and grateful for everything that I am lucky enough to have in my life. I feel that so many of us can easily take for granted the things in our life that we are so lucky to have. We are only human, it happens.

Taking the time to get away even for a day, has proven to me how important self reflection truely is. What i have learnt is that no matter what issue you have, what ever is getting to you, whatever is worrying you – If you have a happy place where you feel safe, comfortable and content with to just sit, focus and think – you can truely help yourself to come up with a plan thats going to help you out of any problem or issue that stands in your way.

For me, the coast and anywhere near or close to the ocean is my safe place. I grew up by the water. Whether it was my parents taking me down to the beach every Sunday or traveling up to our holiday house in Torquay, I was always happiest by the water. Just last week, A very beautiful person, someone I was once very close with passed away and It truly hit home to me. I was shocked, heartbroken and weakened by the news, and I had to take a step back and really think about what I do with my life and how I live it.

Its so easy to take the small things for granted, and ill be honest and say I take my body for granted. Yes, I train, Yes, i eat healthy – but there is so much more I can do to look after myself, and I understand that now. Its also so easy to take the people in your life for granted, only because we think they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon – but the horrible truth is, we never know when its going to be our time. I think its so important to remember how lucky we are to just be healthy, to be surrounded by people who love and care about us, to be able to talk, walk and do the small things we do each and every day – because there are so many people who dont get those opportunities.

We get so many opportunities, but sometimes we dont take them because they aren’t in our comfort zone, we put them off because our mind tells us ‘we can do that later’ or ‘you dont need to do that’. I think sometimes, as cliche as it may sound, you need to seize the moment, seize the day, and make the most of it. Do the things you want to do, see the things you want to do, make them memories and document as much as you can so you can look back on them at any moment and remember exactly what you have been lucky enough to do.

Last week, my best friend and i took a drive up to our favourite coastal spot in Victoria and made a day of checking out all the beaches and look outs, and as crazy as it is for me to say,  I came home a completely different person. My itch to travel is higher then ever, my determination to get comfortable and happy in my body is higher then ever and my inspiration to create, photograph and film is so present that I have decided to focus a lot more of my time around my creative side, while I document the things my friends, family and I do.

Im excited to now save, plan and travel the world, meet new people and truly transform myself more then ever, and I know if something simple like visiting a beautiful beach can do this for me, I know it can help so many others too.

So all though this post is short and sweet, I hope you understand exactly where I’m coming from, and know that whatever is getting you down, whatever you’re worrying about or whatever you’re keeping bottled up – do yourself a favour, find your happy place, and reflect, and I can promise you, you will come out of it feeling so much happier and content with yourself and your plans for your own future.

I can’t thank you all enough for reading my blog, or the beautiful messages I get about my posts. All of them mean more to me then you will ever know. I’m so happy to be back.

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      I made a small vlog video of our road trip that can also be checked out here

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Hey there guys! i hope you are all having a fantastic week. I apologise for this challenge taking so long to be uploaded, there is a reason for that, and I will explain it to you all. This weeks challenge was very hard for me to not only film, but also post. I was hesitant. Why? Because as you will see in my video, I am so raw and vulnerable when I talk about my Body dysmorphic disorder. The emotions hit me hard, the truth hits me hard, and the words i speak are all the truth.

These challenges however were all made to help me grow as a person, and also to challenge me to step out of my comfort zone, and thats exactly what i did.

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I learnt to not hold back on discussing something important, even if it is so hard for me to talk about, because even if it means I can help one person out, then that is me doing my job. I suffered way too long with this disorder and if having someone watch my video and realise that they are not alone with anything they are currently fighting with their own battles, then that is truely enough for me. Speaking about it, and letting my emotions out also helped me on my own journey as well. Sometimes you really just need to let out how your feeling in order to feel better. Its never a good option to just let emotions build up. Always know that there is help out there and that you are not alone.

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I think it is only fair that I worn you all that I do get emotional in this video. It was not a cry for attention, but a way for me to get my message out there. Thank you so much for your continuous support and beautiful words. It seriously means the world to me.

Until next time,

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Hey All! I hope the start of you week has been exciting! As the festive season comes to an end, everyone starts off strong with their new years resolutions and getting ready to head back to work. 2017 is going to be such a good year, I can already feel it and we are only 2 weeks in! As you guys know, My 2017 resolution was to focus on my health, my fitness and completely change my mindset by completing my 2017 challenge. I am now into week two and I’m so excited to show you guys this weeks challenge!

This weeks challenge was focused around friendship. Spending time with my friends, focusing on them and really showing them how much they mean to me. This week I did a lot of that on and off camera. I think its important to keep a balance of what you show to the world and what you keep between you and your friends.

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-2-13-15-pmThis challenge really helped me to open up to my friends and connect with them on different levels. Sometimes i get so busy during the week I forget to set aside some time to see them and really make a connection with them, and thats something I am working on. I know if it wasn’t for my best friends, I really would not have gotten through 2016 and through some of the toughest moments of my life. I have the most beautiful group of friends and I am so thankful for each of them. They make every day enjoyable and make every time I see them so much fun. I learnt to never ever take a friend who is there for you for granted, You should be so grateful for the ones who will prove to you just how much you mean to them, Keep them friends close. We may only be 2 weeks, but this challenge was one of my favourites, nothing brings me more joy then seeing the people i love, Smiling.

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Thank you all so much for taking your time to read and watch. It was never my intention for anyone to message me and tell me how much they are enjoying them, or nor did I think I would even get one view, I was purely making them for me to be able to reflect on, but the feedback has been so beautiful. I really hope you guys enjoy this weeks video/challenge.

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The first 2017 challenge ever and I am SO excited to share this with you all! Last week from Sunday the 1st of Jan, to Sunday the 8th of Jan, I had the challenge of visiting 5 beaches within that week to reflect, focus on myself and really just getting out and exploring. I also got to incorporate fitness by walking each path at each of the beaches I visited.

Its crazy when you just have a focus and you really get to just shut off from the world and focus on the beauty around you, and I was lucky enough to do that at each beach I visited. Im not going to lie, these videos and posts are about me being raw and honest, and of course at 2 of the beaches, I got emotional, but still sat there, let myself cry and it made me feel so, so much better to just express myself and let out the emotions I had been building up for so long.

 

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I learnt that not everything is worth worrying about. When I was sitting by the water focusing on the waves I really got to thinking about myself and how much I let worry get to me, and truly it is not worth it. We dont have much time on this beautiful planet and we really need to make the most of what we have. Dont hold grudges, dont get upset about small things and dont let yourself think you are not worth it, because you really are. I spent so many years of my life thinking I wasn’t good enough, when in fact, I am, I always have been and I can hold my head up high.

Another beautiful thing I learnt from this challenge was to think of worrying and pain like a package, talk about it, write it down, and throw the “package” in the water and let the waves carry all your worries away. The beach and watching the ocean is now the place I will go to reflect and really help with any built up worry or frustration I have. I am so grateful to live in an area that allows me to visit such beautiful places and I cannot wait to explore more of the beaches Australia has to offer.

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Thank you so much for taking your time to read and watch my posts. It truly means the world to me. I cannot wait to continue to share my challenges with you all.

Until next time,

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Happy 2017 to all you beautiful souls! As you would have been able to tell, I took a long break in 2016, and this comes down to a lot happening in my personal life and just needing some time to myself, to focus on myself and what was making me so unhappy. I took a lot of time to just work, draw and think and in this time I came up with the Journey Jar, a massive challenge for myself in 2017. The challenge jar, to put it in simple terms is a jar full of challenges Ive created to push myself out of my comfort zone and really do things I would not have done before. I was fed up with never pushing myself harder, never challenging myself and never doing the things that made me happy because I was always worried about what others would think, and this way, i can change that. The jar has 52 challenges that I will have to complete week to week. Some health related, some fitness related and some to help me find self love, self growth and to help with the relationships I have with the people in my life.

To some, It might sound silly, but to me, having a jar visually there with challenges to select, It will make it a lot easier for me to stick to the challenges. I decided to also create Vlogs and videos to track this progress and will be uploading them onto my youtube channel. I am perfectly content and happy for these videos to get 0 views, as long as I can track my progress and see the changes i make in myself, I’ll be happy.

This challenge is not going to be easy for me. Even putting myself in front of a camera is super nerve racking and going to be a challenge, but if it means I can become a better person and have little to no regrets with living my life in 2017 and onwards, then that will be a win for me.

Thank you for being patient with me as I took my long break and for always being so kind, supportive and loving towards my website and towards me, It does not go un noticed ♡

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Hi All!

Today I have a very different post to share then what I usually do. Today I am sharing one of my first ever youtube videos! A few weeks ago a took a drive down to an American grocery store and picked up some weird, random snacks, I called up one of my friends who would be game enough to try them with me and we decided to record our reactions. Now, I wish I did have more of a variety but the shop did not have as much as I was expecting it to have, but it was still so fun to film! we tried some candy, cereal and some savoury snacks and our reactions are very mixed! You can check out the video below!

Heads up, the video goes for almost 20 minutes! Hope you guys enjoy!

Until next time,

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Hi All,

I am truly sorry for the lack of weekly posts. Since surgery I have been taking a lot of time off social media, even deleting facebook to just focus on myself, my schooling, my photography and most importantly, my health. Im slowly recovering with some minor setbacks but will be back in the gym and back in routine as of Monday, and to say I’m excited is an understatement.

One of the only good things that came out of me having surgery and being so sick, Is I had so much time to reflect, think about myself and my future and also had so much time to write. If you know me personally, you know writing has always been a major passion of mine, and when I was in hospital I finally started writing my book. I dont want to give too much away and ruin every aspect, but in simple terms its about fighting body dysmorphia, the little things life throws at us and finding a way through all the hurt to become better then ever. I did however, want to share a small snippet with you guys. It has not gone through editing just yet, just simply written so please, dont judge too harshly, and please do not pin point people you may think its about – It is all about life in general and the road I have been on. I hope you guys enjoy it, here goes nothing:

“Its crazy, Isn’t it? How things can change in just a matter of a day.  Thats only 24 hours. thats only 1440 minutes. You can go from being so sure of your life, so sure of the people you are surrounding yourself with and so sure of where you are going. Its almost like looking at your future and your life as a long open road, and when you figure it out, or think you have it figured out, the path is so easy to drive on, you enjoy the long, open road and can read your map easily knowing exactly your destination and knowing exactly how you’re going to get there, and then suddenly,  out of the blue, you crash.

You crash that car, you ruin that map and the road becomes twisted and that future, that future that once seemed so clear becomes blurry and hard to reach. I guess thats the way I look at it. There are a lot of people who find it so difficult when put in a position like this. They are so sure of their futures, so sure of their partners, so sure of their careers, they never think about the possibility of losing an aspect of their lives, or possibly losing it all. Its scary, It’s a horrible thought isn’t it? Knowing that the people and things that mean the most to you, could be yanked from you ever so easily. It’s not a reality anyone wants to face, but sadly some of us do have to face it.

The question is though, How will you face it? I guess you could look at it like a road trip in this circumstance too. imagine driving, you suddenly crash. Yes, the crash hurt, yes the crash was hard and yes the crash has had severe consequences on your life, how you feel as a person and keeps you wondering if things will ever get better, but now, now you have to walk.. however there is a divide and there are two roads you can take, but you can only chose one.

One destination can lead you down the path of further sadness, further wondering ‘why me’, further weeks.. months.. years even of wondering how it could ever get better and constant feeling sorry for yourself. This path is the path sadly so many end up taking, and can never ever see the true beauty in life and what opportunities are right infant of us..

Or you could chose the path of optimism, the thought of knowing, yes- damn straight things are going to be tough, yes there are going to be days, weeks even of sadness and constantly questioning where you are going and where life is taking you – but you chose to keep positive and you chose to keep fighting because you know life is too damn short to be anything but happy, too damn short to live each and every day sad. You chose to be optimistic because at the end of the day, you can sit back and remember that you got yourself through some of the hardest things in life, and guess what, you’re still here. You are still breathing air, you are still pushing through every god damn day with a smile on your face because you know only you can change how you see yourself, only you can change your own life and only you can make things better.

Stop relying on everyone else to be there for you. If there is one thing I have learnt, It’s that you will only get disappointed by this. You will be there for you, and this is the sole reason as to why you need to put you first. As old as the saying is, it has truth to it ‘How can you expect anyone to love you, if you do not love yourself?’ These 14 words hit home for me. I spent a lot of my life hating who I am. Heck, in all honesty I still hate a lot of physical aspects about myself, but when I took the time to sit, reflect and think about who I was as a person I learnt that there were parts of me, I am proud of, and those are the parts that make me, Tegan. No-one should ever hide aspects that make them, them, and no-one should ever make someone feel bad or self conscious about themselves because they are different to you. Just remember, there are people out there who would fight for you. There is someone out there who would count their lucky stars to have you in their lives, there is someone out there who wants you, for you. Hold onto that and dont settle for less. You are worth it.”

And there it is. I cannot wait to share more with you as I continue writing.

Until next time,

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