Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dermalogica Face Mapping Facial:: The Downlow

While I'm on the subject of beauty and skincare, I have to share an amazing experience I had a few weeks ago. 

Dermalogica invited me to enjoy a FaceMapping session at their treatment centre. 

I'm going to skip to the punchline, because I can't recommend it enough. Immediately following the session I could see the results. My skin texture was immediately improved, it was well hydrated, and even if I do say so myself, the effects left my skin radiant. I floated out of that treatment feeling AMAZING.

But I don't need to say it myself, because a number of people have commented on how good my skin looks. Let me assure you, I'm not being a smug jerk. I have issues with my skin, so when someone tells me my skin looks great, I retain the compliment. Retain. Retain. Retain. 

So let's go back to the treatment. It's amazing.

Rebecca (my therapist) sat with me to talk about my skin concerns. Mine? Ageing. Spots. Dryness. 

She then took a look at my skin under a magnifying headset to map my face into 14 distinct zones. 

Say what? Well the image above explains it better. 

Drawing on the centuries old tradition of Chinese Facial Diagnosis, the skin therapist examines your skin, divides it into 14 zones, and takes a look at why your skin is looking the way it does. By taking the cues from the Chinese Facial Diagnosis, therapists can see the activity of the heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys - and how they're reflected in the condition of your skin. 

For example, if the ears feel hot, it may mean potential kidney distress from too much alcohol or caffeine, resulting in dehydration. Or a pale, swollen nose might indicate the stressful effects of too much dairy.

Pretty amazing, huh?

So the treatment you get is tailored to your personal skin needs, so you get the optimum results. 

Inch-by-inch your therapist will look at your skin to provide an accurate record - so you can set some goals. The therapist can then prescribe products specifically to you. 

I am going to book in to have another session because it really did my skin wonders - plus highlighted some potential health issues. In my book, that's pretty cool. 

Face Mapping is only available from Dermalogica skin care professionals at authorised skin treatment centres. Want to get mapped?

Find a location here

*This is not a sponsored post. I was offered the opportunity to have a Face Mapping session. I took it with both hands. Loved it. Glowed. Raved about it. Want it to happen all over again. I wanted to share. I only ever share things I am truly passionate about, and want you to know about.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Beauty Review:: Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub

I am a pretty mad keen exfoliator enthusiast. It's my go-to for smooth skin and it's something that gives you instant results. 

The thing I love about Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub (try saying that 10 times fast) is that it really is gentle. The silky opalescent consistency makes it super gentle so you can use it daily. 

Containing a beautiful mix of lemongrass and peach extract, together with ultra-fine exfoliating that smoothes aged skin cells the exfoliator improves the surface, as well as removing embedded impurities and regenerates your skin to make it look brighter and smoother. The seaweed extract promotes a 28 day skin renewal to increase absorption for hydration and nutrients for beautiful radiant skin.

Super simple to use, I use it in the shower, gently massaging with a circular motion over the face (avoiding the eye area) and rinse. 

Buy Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub here $24

Disclosure:: This product was sent to me for review and editorial consideration. I considered it. Tried it. And loved it. I thought you might like it too! This is not a sponsored post. 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


My eyes are sore, my heart is heavy. Rest in peace Robin Williams. You always made me laugh, but not today.

If you or a friend need help urgently, Lifeline 13 11 14 and the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 are available 24/7. You could visit a GP or your local emergency department. 

For information about depression, and a short self-test, go to

Monday, 11 August 2014

Coveting:: Veronika Maine Dresses - SS14

Holy guacamole. Just this weekend I went through my wardrobe and quietly thought to myself - I have got a lot of clothes. I need to slow down and start wearing some of these clothes because my husband is going to get mad. And I have forgotten a lot of these clothes existed. Gulp.

Clearly I had this quiet conversation with myself because I wasn't about to broadcast it. No way Jose. 

Thank goodness I didn't share it because I found these two AWESOME VERONIKA MAINE FROCKS today, and went slightly batty about them. 

They are *the* perfect dresses. 

The Tech Stretch Trapeze is a beautiful sculptural shape - and in navy, it's hard to beat. This is the perfect work dress that can take you beyond work hours easily, in comfort and looking effortlessly stylish. That length is really flattering too. Gosh. It's hard to not want it ASAP!

Universally flattering, both frocks feature an a-line (or trapeze). I am really nuts for this shape because I have hips, and this shape looks and feels great on. On everyone.

The Stretch Crepe Trapeze has that beautiful draped thing happening. And I can imagine dressing this up with a big chunky statement necklace, or just enjoying wear it as is, relishing in the simple lines. Oh how I love a good frock! 

Another beautiful feature of this one is the gold hard wear on the zip at the back - it's a pretty feature, and adds a bit of visual interest.  

Why am I such an expert on frocks? 

Well I'm not really. But given Frocktober is fast approaching (and I've got big goals this year my friends!), I've got my eyes out for new frocks to add to my repertoire, and these two are ticking my boxes in a serious way. 

Plus I'm an avid frock aficionado. They offer to me what so much of my wardrobe lacks. The ability to get dressed simply, easily and look stylish without faffing around coordinating separates. Plus I just don't think you can beat the elegance of a frock. 

See more of the new SS14 Veronika Maine collection here

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Reading:: The Coat Route

Holy cow this is a great, great book. 

A book that I couldn't put down. That I got immersed in. That I faffed around at the end just so it wouldn't finish. I loved it. And I will read it all over again.

Author Meg Lukens Noonan heard about a $50,000 coat that was made in Australia. $50,000 - ouch. Sounds like high fashion pomp and circumstance, and some wankery too for good measure, right?


It's all about the artisans who created this coat. About the dying arts that culminated in this incredibly beautifully crafted coat. She travels the world to learn about every stitch that goes into it to form the sheer understated beauty of something made with such thought. 

It's the antithesis of fast fashion. It embraces the slow beauty of handmade. Lovingly created. It delves into history. Beauty. And musty old button factories in small UK towns. 

Honestly, if you hate the smell of cheap clothing (H&M I am pointing my finger at you) - and what it is doing to our world (not only the ethical issues with cheap labour, but that polyester doesn't breakdown easily - and so many other implications), then I have a big hunch you are going to love this book. 

I can't recommend it enough. Five out of five stars. 

You can buy The Coat Route here

Monday, 4 August 2014

I Disappeared:: Loving

Crumbs. It's been a long time since I posted. 

Sorry old chaps. 

I've been busy. I'm sure you have too. Here's four snaps that sum up my two weeks away from ye olde blogge.

Let's go clockwise from top left. 

1. I went to Perth. For less than 24 hours. That really, really hurt. I think I'm still recovering. But I did go to this awesome gallery space - and these paintings caught my eye

2. Bread and Circus is one of my favourite places to eat. I've been there five times now and each time I eat something different. This is The Super Bowl. My goodness it was good. And after two full on weeks, I needed to recharge the goodness levels in my body. This helped. A lot. 

3. I got to sneak preview the new Spring Collection from Habbot. These yellow punched leather beauties have pretty much stolen my heart. I am in yellow lust. 

4. I have now made this chocolate cake I spied over on Checks and Spots three times. In two weeks. That might not be a healthy obsession, but it is super simple. And delicious. 


What's been cooking in your kitchen? What have you been up to?