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February 17, 2015 · 2:23 pm

That Golden Glow: My Love for MoroccanTan Spray Tans

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I recently tried out Moroccan Tan 2 hour spray tan. I’d read positive reviews about it before I went and I must say I was pretty happy with the results.

Morrocan Tan solutions are free from alcohol, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and parabens, and are “enriched with nourishing vitamins and organic oils”. They have 1, 2 and 4 hour formulas and boast a moisture lock ability which actively keeps the skin hydrated (something I will personally attest to).

My Experience

I had a full body spray excluding my face. Being quarter Filipino, but not having spent much time in the sun lately I had a pretty light yellow brown base tan and I asked to go “pretty dark” (whatever that means lol).

Immediately after the tan you could definitely see the “green” in the tan which helps to stop the orange look of the final result and give a more natural looking tan. It was very sticky and looked REALLY dark when I walked out of the salon. I was pretty nervous the first few hours while I was waiting to wash it off because it just looked so dark!

Even though it is a two hour tan I waited about 4 to rinse off and when I did I thought I’d washed off most of the tan! It looked like I only had a slightly darker tan then before. At this point I thought I’d wasted my money but the next day I woke up with a lovely, natural looking tan. It was definitely several shades darker then what I started with and it looked very natural – I loved the results! So I would wait overnight before you expect to see the final results – it keeps on developing even after the first rinse. If you have a special event to go to, don’t get the tan the same day (even though it is a 2 hour tan), try to get it the day before if possible.

The only thing I will warn about this tan is that my hands did not come out looking blended and natural. This is a common problem with spray tans and Moroccan tan proved no exception – I recommend you ask your technician not to spray your hands to save the patchy, obviously uneven tan around your knuckles and fingers. Also it does smell quite a bit like fake tan which isn’t always pleasant.

My tan lasted a good week and did not wear off patchy or blotchy in any way. The only place I had to exfoliate to even out were my hands. The rest of my body held the tan well.

Tips for Tanning Novices

For those who are new to spray tans, it’s important to start exfoliating your skin a couple days before hand and to make sure you moisturize. The day of the tan, go to your appointment freshly washed and exfoliated, jewellery off and hair tied back. DO NOT put on any moisturizer or deodorant as tempting as it might be as this could affect your end result and wear clothes that are loose and won’t rub too much against your skin (as this could also affect your end results). And unless you don’t mind walking around like an Oompa Loompa, don’t plan in doing anything for a couple hours after until you have had your first rinse. Also wear either black or old underpants (that you don’t mind getting spray tan on), and that don’t sit in a way that will give unwanted tan lines after your spray. The salon I went to, and many other salons I’ve been to in the past will provide you with disposable jocks, but just to be safe, wear some you will be happy with to the appointment.

 * Mummy Tip: It’s actually kind of fun bringing my little girl along to my spray tans – she thinks its absolutely hilarious. I would rather her be comfortable with spray-tanning when she is older than thinking she has to lay out for hours on end in the harsh Aussie sun if she wants to get a tan.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this spray tan as the colour is a more natural looking brown and my skin felt moisturized and soft for dayzzz afterwards. Also, I didn’t have any breakouts from it, which is a huge plus! Silly me didn’t take any pictures of what the tan looked like (I was a bit caught up with family and Christmas etc). As far as I could find, it is only available in Australia and the UK. If you’re a Brisbane local, the salon I went to was Milk & Honey in Chapel Hill. I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking to Moroccan Tan next time I need a spray tan, although I would really like to find an organic spray tan that I love – let me know if you have any suggestions!

Until next time dearly beloved!

With love,

Natasha x

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves Romans 12:10

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December 31, 2014 · 4:39 am

Butter London: Does “Natural” Nail Polish Really Measure Up?

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Whenever I come across a natural or healthy alternative to an otherwise harmful product, I am always interested to know whether the natural product actually measures up to the chemical laden products, or whether I will just have to shrug off any disappointments in the natural options for the sake of good health. Today I wanted to share with you my experience with Butter London, after experimenting with it over the past few weeks. Having been an OPI fan for a while now, I was really curious to see how Butter London compared. For any of you who know OPI, it is a very reputable nail polish brand. I would consider Butter London to be of the same standing but in natural alternative realms.

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Butter London markets itself as a “3 Free Company” meaning that their products have no formaldehyde, no toluene and no DBP. These harmful toxins are otherwise known as carcinogens, or the toxins that cause cancer. So if I have the option to avoid these toxins, I will, although I don’t maintain this as a strict rule its just more of a preference.image

Colour

The first thing I will say about Butter London is that they have a great variety of colours. To start off our collection here at the house, we ordered (left to right) Trout Pout, Molly Coddled, Disco Biscuit, Squatter, Snog and Keks. They are all opaque bar Disco Biscuit which is a sheer hot pink with blue fluorescent glitter (see image on the right). There is a huge selection of colours on offer so your bound to find one or several that you love. On application, the opaques are really rich in colour and have great coverage. I have tested all of these colours and they paint on just as well as the colour you see in the bottle! Yay!

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Application

We also bought the Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat and Hardwearimage P. D. Luick Topcoat. I applied the basecoat to clean nails, and then used two coats of Squatter (aka fungi green as my sister would call it, or snot green as my mother would call it). The basecoat dried really quickly and evenly however the main lacquer does take a little longer than say OPI to dry. That would be my biggest criticism of this product, is that it doesn’t dry quite as quickly as other good quality nail polishes, which for most people might not pose so much of an issue but when you have a 6 year old running around constantly asking for your attention the quicker the polish dries, the better! As I had to stop and take care of various things in the middle of painting my nails, I had to do several touch ups and repairs before I eventually got my topcoat on. The colour is great – I wasn’t sure how I would feel about wearing this kind of green but I love it for spring. I also love love love Trout Pout.

imageimageA little quirky feature of Butter London is that the rectangle cap actually pulls off, and you un-twist the cap that is underneath that to apply the nail polish.

Longevity

I plan on posting again in a couple of weeks to let you know how my nails went with the base coat and top coat, however I had previously applied Trout Pout to my toe nails and the colour has lasted really well for about two and a half weeks now so I am fairly confident that my fingernails will last. If I can get at least a good week out of them, I will be happy!

 * Mummy Tip: Without the harmful chemicals, Butter London is a safer alternative to mainstream nail polishes imagewhen doing Mani Pedi’s with your little princess. Bailey-Belle had a great time mixing the bright, vibrant colours.

 Cost

Butter London nail polishes are not cheap. At least here in Australia they aren’t. In the stores they retail for around $22.00 a bottle. The base coat and top coat set are around $50. If I didn’t have a particular interest in avoiding chemicals (where possible) I probably wouldn’t spend the extra money and would stick to brands like OPI, however the 3 Free pitch of Butter London makes it worth it for me, especially when my little one likes to have her nails done.

You can find this product in little boutique women’s stores, or purchase online. We bought a few of ours on sale for $14 on The Home website – an excellent website for home wares and chic odds and ends.

Overall, I love this product, I am pleased with the results it provides and will keep purchasing it over other brands of nail polish. I will mention this though, while Butter London is 3-free, it is not chemical free. So if you have chemical sensitivity, this brand still may not cut it for you.

Until next time my lovelies!

With love,

Natasha x

 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy Proverbs 31:8-9

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November 1, 2014 · 12:01 am

Something Out of Your Man’s Bathroom: The Beauty of Styling Wax

Hair wax has quickly become my new best friend. After returning to Australia just in time for a scorching summer, I have realised that I need some new ways to style my very long, very thick, very heat-retaining hair. Bring on the up-do! Having all my hair off my face and off my neck makes the Queensland heat (I’m talking 40 Celsius or 104 Fahrenheit)  just that much more bearable. But the question was – how do I do this in a stylish way?

My answer: styling wax.

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Before applying wax.

Slicking back any up-do with a comb and some styling wax is the perfect way to look chic in the summer heat, but it is also a brilliant way to hide hair that looks greasy within 1 hour of leaving home because you are sweating so bad! And the added bonus – you can find it conveniently located in your man’s toiletries. And if you don’t have styling wax, you can use hair gel or hairspray.

Being an (un)natural blonde I have a lot of flyways from hairs that have snapped, which means that without any product, I look like I’m conducting a lot of static electricity (see the picture to the right).

The best way that I have found to apply the styling wax is by first brushing your hair all the way through, from roots to tips, and then brushing it backwards so that all of your hair is smoothed back from your face.

After applying styling wax.

Take some wax, just one decent size swipe of your finger and rub it between your fingertips. I used VO5 Styling Wax. Then run your fingertips through your hair starting at the root at the top of your forehead and around your face and combing your fingers back to the crown of your scalp (the top, back). Depending on how thick your hair is and the product you are using you may need another scoop. I applied two finger scoops to get my desired effect.

Next, comb your hair back into the desired position that you want your ponytail, making sure that any flyways are flattened down, that your hair is all straight back and flat to your scalp and secure your pony with a hair tie. When doing a messy bun, I typically put my hair into a tight pony before wrapping my hair into a bun. In this example I did a low ponytail and finished it off by wrapping the hair tie with a small section of my ponytail and fastening with a bobby pin.

* Mummy Tip: your munchkin isn’t exempt from this nifty little trick either. If you need them looking tidy (which can be an extremely difficult task at times), hair wax is a great alternative to hairspray, which my daughter doesn’t like because of the smell and the feel of suffocating when you actually spray it onto your hair… I can’t say I blame her.

So begins my friendship with styling wax. I just know we are going to be spending a lot of time together this summer! Until next time beauties!

With love,

Natasha x

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways Psalm 91:11

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October 28, 2014 · 10:01 am

All I Want To Do Is Blog!

Can anyone relate?

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Life is full on. It’s beautiful, but it’s full on! There are a list of activities that I prioritize above all else – spending time with God through prayer, meditation and reading His Word, enjoying my amazing husband and beautiful daughter, and being with family and friends.

Outside of this, without even knowing how it happens, my schedule fills up with all sorts of things! A lot of days I spend running around and at the end of it think “there just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Today is no exception and I have a list of posts I want to share with you guys but just haven’t had the time to work on them. So in order to somewhat appease my desire to blog at this very moment, I’m creating this quick post on my iPhone in the hope that someone can relate to this feeling – ALL I WANT TO DO IS BLOG!

With love,

Natasha x

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy Psalm 47:1

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A Controversial Debate: Sponge vs. Brush?

Sponge vs. Brush

Hello my friends!

My mum bought me a foundation sponge the other day and told me to use it because “everyone was raving about them”. I am a brusher, and quite happily so, but I thought I better try this amazing sponge out to appease my mum. I wanted to share with you what I found out about both applicators.

The Sponge:

The sponge definitely gives a more even and better blended finish. There was absolutely no streaking while using thesponge sponge and the end result was a lot smoother, but also thinner than with a brush. If you prefer a light cover of foundation, the sponge will do just that. However, using the sponge, I found it difficult to get in close around my eyes and the corners of my nose. The actual shape of the sponge makes it tricky to get into these awkward places. Perhaps I need lessons on technique (?) but I couldn’t work out how to apply my under-eye concealer properly and ended up resorting to ol’ faithful.

The Brush:

With a brush you can definitely achieve heavier coverage – less is absorbed into a brush than the sponge, and you can apply a larger amount each time. With a brush you can get into the trickier areas more simply. Although a brush is streakier and it takes a fair bit more effort to get a blended finish. My overall conclusion between the brush and the sponge is that they are best used together! Initial application with the brush to all areas, and then blending and smoothing with the sponge. Sorry to be annoying but it seems to be the best technique! If I had to choose one, however, it would definitely be the brush. With my regime and skin type, I need the convenience and versatility of the brush – I can use it easily with foundation, under-eye concealer and blemish concealer.

I have tried several different foundation brushes, including Bobbi Brown, MAC and supermarket brands. My favourite so far has been a generic eI bought from the chemist – it’s so basic it doesn’t even have a label printed on the brush. I threw away the packaging ages ago so unfortunately, I can’t even tell you the brand BUT I can say this – when it comes to foundation brushes, they don’t seem to get better with price. Feel free to prove me wrong!

Chat soon!

With love,

Natasha x

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16)

 

 

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October 23, 2014 · 3:05 am

Dem Tresses: The Best Product for Taming that Mane

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I have a wild mane. A thick head of hair that I don’t enjoy brushing. The list goes on with all the ways I’ve mistreated my hair. Being an (un)natural blonde means that it is often dry, damaged and knotty. Living between Southern California and South East Queensland, my hair cops loads of sun, chlorine and salt water.  Even when I have split ends I loathhhhh cutting it. And finally, as if my hair doesn’t get put through enough, I am currently taking accutane (aka isotretinoin) for my skin which completely dries out your hair – not to mention your eyes, lips and skin! So to find a product that actually works to hydrate my hair and make it silky smooth is mind boggling! Especially when I The best hair moisturiser out!actually know what the product is, instead of walking out of the hair salon having the “I love the way my hair feels” feeling but never knowing what on earth they used to get my hair to feel that way!

Drum roll please… I would like to introduce to you the much acclaimed yet extremely understated His & Hers Hair Moisturiser Booster! Australian made and owned with protein and UV filters, this little gem actually does what it claims to – protecting, restoring and maintaining moisture balance in your hair!

So how does this product compare to the alternatives?

As you can imagine, I’ve tried a lot of different products over the years to help hydrate my locks.

On that list there have been a variety of oils and serums ranging from olive oil (don’t ask) and coconut oil, to your typical supermarket products, to more expensive salon quality ones. Compared to these types of photo 2products, His & Hers doesn’t leave you with dirty, greasy looking hair and there is no real risk of over-doing it, which I cannot say about oils and serums. The amount of times that I, or one of my sisters have put too much oil in our hair or applied it too close to the scalp, and come out looking like we don’t shower is just silly (but pretty funny). Instead of assisting with grooming, products like oils and serums have often just left me feeling like the inside of a deep fryer. While you only need to use one fingernail size blob of the His & Hers, I have never once ended up with clumped together or oily looking hair, even when I squirt a little too much out the tube. On a side note, I do love to occasionally run some coconut oil through my hair for its restorative qualities but I certainly can’t use it as an every day product like I can with His & Hers.

Compared to the different conditioners I have used (in the shower), I find that the effects of His & Hers is photo 4longer lasting and for those times when you don’t have access to your favourite shampoo and conditioner (because you’re on holiday, you’re at a friends house or you forgot to write it on the grocery list), His & Hers can remedy the effects of a lousy conditioner without any issues. Honestly, if I have my His & Hers it doesn’t bother me what shampoo and conditioner I use in the shower, so its my first pick of hair products to take when I travel.

I have also tried using sprays in my hair – anything from heat protectant to “beach hair” sprays in an effort to smooth my hair. My hair is naturally wavy, so what His & Hers does is level out flyways and soften the individual strands so that my hair still has the beachy look I love but sits smoothly because it is hydrated rather than matted because it is completely parched.

bailey hair* Mummy Tip: this product is what I use to get a brush through my daughters long and tangled tresses – like mummy like daughter!

How to use it?

While your hair is still wet after you get out of the shower, rub a large fingernail size blob between your hands then run it through your hair. Depending on the length of your hair, I would first rub it through the bottom half of your hair, making sure your ends receive most of the goodness then put whatever is left on your hands through the top half of your hair. I normally run my fingers through my hair a few times when applying the product to make sure it is evenly spread. Then, when your hair dries it will be lovely, soft and smooth.

How long does the tube last?

Only applying this product every other day (when I wash my hair), a tube has lasted me 9 months. Incredible, I know! When I am in the sun more frequently, I use more, because it acts as a sunscreen for your hair also.

How much will it cost me?

Now this is actually the best part – this product only cost me $12.95 AUD from my local salon. Bargain!

Even though I luuuuuuurv this product, I want to know about your favourite products for taming your mane or whether or not you have any feedback about this product. Enter your comments bellow! Keep an eye out for my next post as I will be sharing with you a little treasure that will bring style, and freedom to your summer threads. Until next time my beautiful ladies!

With love,

Natasha x

 Grey hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a Godly life. (Proverbs 16:31)

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October 16, 2014 · 8:03 am