Thursday, 28 September 2017

My Experience Buying Prescription Glasses Online

To be honest up to now I have always been hesitant to buy prescription glasses online without being able to try the frames on in person. 

I have enough difficulties buying glasses instore so I thought buying glasses online would be even harder.

So when I was offered the opportunity to choose a pair of prescription glasses online as a gift from I nearly declined this offer but then as I had experienced four unsuccessful trips to various instore glasses shops at Chatswood, St Ives, Warringah Mall and the Macquarie Centre to find glasses I liked I changed my mind and decided to give online glasses shopping a go! 

I am so glad I did take up this opportunity because buying prescription glasses online and choosing frames to suit my face was sooooo much easier online than instore! 

Let me explain why!

On every occasion when I went instore I had an over attentive sales assistant telling me the glasses I was trying on looked wonderful when I totally didn't agree! I became frustrated on each occasion trying on between 10 - 20 frames in each store with the sales assistant hovering right next to me and not finding any I liked.

I also had difficulties seeing what they looked like on me as the glasses I was trying on obviously weren't fitted with my prescription.  

Online is so much more leisurely and less stressful. It is actually a fun experience! 

I started off checking out the thousands of different styles of women's glasses. 

To narrow my choice down I limited my price to under $70. There were still hundreds of glasses to choose from.

Once I found some glasses I thought I might like I simply clicked on the 'Try On' option to see a model wearing the glasses. 

My favourite feature however was the 'Try On With A Close Up Pic' option where I could upload a selfie and then see how the glasses would look on me!

This is the best feature ever! 

It is so quick and easy to click on the glasses and then see on your own photo what the glasses will look like.

It is definitely quicker and easier than actually trying on the glasses in real life.

Plus as I was wearing my own prescription glasses at the time I could see clearly what I would look like wearing the chosen glasses.

I was quickly able to rule out styles and colours of frames that simply did not suit me. 

Harry Potter style round lenses and red frames are definitely not the best choice for me - lol!

Here's a photo of the reading glasses I ended up choosing. 

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Optically also sells a huge range of prescription sunglasses with prices starting from $15 and ranging up to $200. I might need to order a new pair in time for the warmer weather and sunshine.  

The other huge benefit of buying glasses online is the heavily discounted price. 

Prices for a complete pair of prescription glasses including the lenses themselves, the frames and the postage start from $19! 

For those of you who have previously paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars instore for a pair of prescription glasses like I have, you will know what a bargain price this is! 

I'm sure you're now wondering about the quality of these online glasses. Let me reassure you that I have no complaints whatsoever about the quality of the glasses I received! 

If you are not completely satisfied Optically have a 100% guarantee which enables you to obtain a full refund.

I'm so tempted to now buy several more pairs of prescription glasses online so I can have a wardrobe of glasses to coordinate with different outfits! 

Do you have a wardrobe of glasses? 

Have you bought any glasses online? 

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Lush Yoga Bath Bomb Review, Photos & Video

I love Lush and I especially love Lush bath bombs!

There's nothing better than relaxing in a bath tub of swirling & fizzing colourful water with divine scents wafting through the air!

I know a lot of you are lovers of Lush bath bombs too so I thought I'd start sharing more of my Lush bath bomb experiences with you to help you pick and choose which Lush bath bombs you may wish to purchase and experience for yourself next.

For today's blog post I'm sharing my experience with the Lush Yoga bath bomb.

Lush Yoga Bath Bomb

The Lush Yoga bath bomb is actually quite unassuming looking. It is a round shape and pale orange in colour. If you were choosing a bath bomb on looks alone, this bath bomb would probably not be your first choice!

Lush Yoga Bath Bomb

When you drop it in the bath it is a very slow fizzing bath bomb, rotating and dissolving slowly whilst letting off white and orange froth as the video below shows. It releases deeply relaxing olibanum and ho wood scents. It also contains soothing sandalwood oil.

Just when I concluded that the Yoga bath bomb was wonderfully relaxing and calming but not very spectacular looking, it surprised me.

It suddenly revealed, hidden in the middle of the Yoga bath bomb, gorgeous bright colours including vibrant blue, turquoise and purple.

Lush Yoga Bath Bomb Surprise Hidden Centre

I've heard other reviewers say these brighter colours fizz faster and the colours swirl into the bath but mine didn't really do this. I think it may have been because my bath bomb was relatively old as it had been sitting in my bathroom for several months waiting to be used as I must confess I used the more colourful looking bath bombs first. I know, I know, I should never judge a book (or in this case a bath bomb) by its cover, but I'm sorry, I did!

This was the colour of the water at the end of my Yoga bath bomb bath. It might be a bit hard to see in this photo but this bath bomb left a gorgeous golden sparkle through out the water.
Lush Yoga Bath Bomb 

I'm now wanting to buy another of these Yoga bath bombs to use when it's a lot fresher to see if there is a difference.

Regardless, overall I found this to be the perfect bath bomb to indulge in before bed time due to its calming, soothing and relaxing scents as I do rate divine scents over spectacular fizzing. Thus I'd be happy to repurchase more of these Yoga bath bombs to use again before bed time!

My skin felt moisturised and silky smooth after my bath.

I received my original Yoga bath bomb as part of the Experimenter Bath Bomb Gift Pack.

Lush The Experimenter Bath Bomb Gift Box

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Adrift Mantra Dress - Perfect for Spring & Summer

Spring is finally here! The weather is warming up and flowers are starting to bloom everywhere.

It's once again pleasant to go wandering around the stunning foreshores of Sydney, 

Beautiful Balmoral

Admiring the Yachts at Balmoral

and to sit in outdoor waterfront cafes without having to shiver under a blanket or huddle around an outdoor heater.

Brunching at Balmoral Boathouse 

Spring to me is a season of renewal and one of the areas of my life I renew each Spring is my wardrobe.

I have now packed away my winter woollies, jackets and coats, and have started adding light weight clothing, especially dresses, to my wardrobe.

One such new dress that I have recently chosen to add to my wardrobe is the Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile.

I am soooooo in love with this dress! 

It is lightweight, feminine, flowy AND it has pockets! 

Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile

The Mantra dress is pleated up the top and flows into an A-line skirt to knee level thus skimming over and disguising all my lumpy and bumpy bits. 

Together the round neckline with it's V-opening flatters and slims your figure beautifully!

The three quarter length sleeves flatter the arms. Such a brilliant design!

Depending on how you accessorise this dress it can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion.

One of my favourite features of this dress is the gorgeous pink lattice detail on the sleeves. 

It is these exquisite details that elevate this dress to the next level! 

And the pink edging around the end of the sleeves and hem is so soft and flattering next to your skin!

Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile

Also did you notice the pink tassels?!

Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile

This dress, along with many other beautiful designs is available from the website. Adrift designs are stocked in both regular sizes and plus sizes.

Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile

The Adrift Mantra Dress in Pink Tile is available in sizes XS(8) to XL(16) and then in plus sizes up to 3/4XL(22+). Note that at the time of writing this, the 3XL/4XL size was not in stock.

If you are interested in buying this Mantra Dress make sure you sign up to the Adrift mailing list and you will receive 20% off your first order.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Three Must Read Books For Bloggers & Instagram Influencers

3 Must Read Books For Bloggers

I've read three brilliant books recently that I think are must reads for all bloggers, Instagram influencers and girl bosses! 

I know a lot of my regular readers, in addition to being beauty lovers, also fall into one or more of the above categories, so I thought I'd share these books with you.

They each have the potential to help you succeed in very different ways.

Must Read Books For Bloggers, Instagram Influencers & Girl Bosses

I am a huge fan of Instagram, blogging and photography and am always looking to improve the quality and style of my photos.

It's true what they say about photos - a photo is worth 1000 words! 

And if you're an Instagram influencer good quality, stylish photos can be worth quite a lot of money to you as well!

Thanks to apps such as the Tribe and also to brands who approach you direct with sponsorship offers, or who you approach direct with sponsorship proposals, good quality photos on Instagram can turn into Insta Gold!

That is why I was so excited to discover Aimee Song's book Capture Your Style.

Aimee Song for those of you who aren't familiar with her is the blogger behind Song of Style and has over 4.6 million followers on Instagram. Her photos are absolutely stunning! 

Capture Your Style by Aimee Song

Her book Capture Your Style will help you up your InstaGame and also the photos on your blog too.

She shares her secrets to taking gorgeous Instagram photos, building your brand and following, and showcasing your style.

Whether you are just starting out or already have countless followers Capture Your Style will help you optimise your content further, and take your imagery, strategy and skills, and thus your earning ability, to the next level.

I was so impatient and wanted to start reading Aimee's book Capture Your Style as soon as I spied it in my local book store so I paid full price for it (damn it) but you can click HERE to buy it from Booktopia for 31% off. You may as well save some money even if I didn't!

Girl Code By Cara Alwill Leyba

My next must read book recommendation for bloggers & girl bosses is Cara Alwill Leyba's Girl Code - Unlocking The Secrets To Success, Sanity and Happiness For The Female Entrepreneur.

This book teaches you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your 'why', eradicate jealousy and ultimately learn the power of connection.

It also advises how to cope with the haters and copycats.

Following the principles in Girl Code we can ALL succeed!

This book is so inspirational and relevant for female entrepreneurs, professionals and 'side hustlers' like a lot of us bloggers with other full time or part time employment. I have found it immensely beneficial.

Girl Code is full of personal stories from successful female entrepreneurs, inspirational quotes and mantras, with practical workbook sections. It's interesting to note that companies such as Kate Spade and Macy's have brought Cara in to teach her 'Girl Code' to them.

Click HERE to buy Girl Code from Booktopia for 34% off.

The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright

Last but not least, I couldn't put Holly Wainwright's The Mummy Bloggers down after I started reading it last week. It's such a great fictional read that seamlessly weaves into it numerous recent online and offline scandals and parenting issues.

It shows us what can happen when bloggers descend into full-on competition mode with each other - not a pretty sight at all! 

The Mummy Bloggers highlights how every thing behind the screen is not always as rosy and perfect as it seems. It also depicts how trolling can get out of hand.

Apart from being a very funny and entertaining read, The Mummy Bloggers shows us the dangers of being too competitive and not supporting each other in our blogging journeys. 

These Mummy Bloggers really should read Girl Code! Thank goodness the majority of bloggers I've met to date are friendly and non-competitive! 

If you're a blogger, regardless of your niche, I really think you will enjoy The Mummy Bloggers as a lighthearted read.

Despite being a very recent release you can click HERE to buy The Mummy Bloggers for 25% off.

Have you read any of these books?

Do you have any other must read book recommendations for bloggers?


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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Skincare

Aromatherapy Associates formulate their products to combine the true power of essential oils with the incredible effects they have at a therapeutic level to ensure maximum mind and body benefits to us consumers.

They combine expertly blended essential oils with unique active botanicals with the aim of achieving beautiful glowing healthy skin free from harsh chemicals and unnecessary synthetics. 

I love the sound of this philosophy so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to sample some of the newly released Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Skincare collection.

Aromatherapy Associates Skincare Products

This collection has been developed specifically for sensitive skin. 

I'm lucky not to have sensitive skin but many others in this modern world do.

Sensitive skin occurs when the skin's natural defence system breaks down and causes inflammation.

This can be caused by pollution, environmental stress and also by emotional stress.

The Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Skincare is designed to rebuild your natural strength and shield your skin from the effects of emotional and environmental stresses.

Aromatherapy Associates Skincare Products

The Inner Strength Skincare Collection is formulated with the following blend of essential oils and botanical active ingredients:
  • Camomile Essential Oil - calms the mind & soothes the skin
  • Prebiotics Technology - rebuilds & protects your skin's natural defence system
  • Cotton Thistle Flower - restores the skin's dermis & epidermis, &
  • Arnica Flower - works as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Inner Strength Soothing Face Oil - Calming & Repairing

Inner Strength Soothing Facial Oil - Calming & Repairing

As my skin matures and becomes drier I love using face oils. This one absorbed easily and quickly into my skin and felt wonderfully nourishing.

It contains safflower ceramides, strawberry seed oil and evening primrose oil all of which are known for their repairing properties. It also contains camomile to help minimise skin redness. 

A little of this oil goes a long way and you only need to use a drop of two for your entire face.

  • Nourishes & soothes sensitive skin
  • Calms & comfrots dry & irritated skin
  • helps minimise skin redness.

Inner Strength Soothing Serum - Calming & Strengthening

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Products

This soothing serum felt beautiful on my skin. It felt cool and indeed soothing, and restored the moisture in my skin. I think I'm going to especially love using it in the upcoming warmer seasons.

You only need to use a drop or two of this product to massage it into your skin and you can use it morning and evening.

It contains plant based prebiotics to help strengthen the skin's natural protective barrier, and arnica to help calm and minimise skin redness.


  • Cools & restores moisture in the skin
  • Helps strengthen the skin's natural protective barrier
  • Helps calm & minimise skin redness

Inner Strength Skin Recovery Moisturiser

This lightweight moisturiser absorbed into my skin very quickly and left my skin feeling lovely and silky. It added a radiant glow to my mature skin which I love!

Once again it contains plant based prebiotics to help strengthen the skin's natural defence system. It also contains cotton thistle flower to help support the skin's natural renewal process to restore a healthy looking complexion. This is a great product for aging as well as sensitive skin. 

  • Moisturises & soothes the skin
  • Helps to strengthen the skin's natural protective barrier
  • Restores a healthy looking complexion.

Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser - Hydrating & Renewing

Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Skincare Products

In addition to the above Inner Strength skincare products I have also been enjoying trialing two products from the Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating skincare range.

The first is the Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser.

Whilst the above Inner Strength products had no obvious fragrance these hydrating products both have a divine rose scent that reminds me of YSL Paris which I wore on my wedding day.

This cleanser is gentle and effective in removing makeup and other impurities from my skin at the end of the day. My skin always feels clean and looks glowing afterwards. 

Hydrating Rose Skin Tonic - Hydrating & Renewing

This skin tonic feels beautifully cooling and refreshing on my skin. I will especially love using this after cleansing my skin in summer.

Its mildly astringent quality tones the skin after cleansing.

This product is distilled from the delicate petals of thousands of Bulgarian roses and smells absolutely heavenly!

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