Monday, March 17, 2014

DIY Skin Recharging & Hydrating Body Scrub!


I won't lie, I have a drawer full of body products and among them are a half dozen body scrubs. It's not that these scrubs are bad, in fact most of them are quite good, but I always come back to this simple, DIY body scrub that I can make in a matter of minutes in my kitchen.

I'm absolutely a sucker for home made or natural products and I love using coconut oil on my skin to nourish, hydrate and sooth any irritation. I've never had any adverse reaction to using coconut oil on my skin but if you are prone to body acne then it would be best to patch test it first.

This scrub leaves my skin so incredibly smooth and soft that you need to try it to believe it. It contains skin toning coffee to buff away any dry skin, smooth your skins surface and it has also been said that coffee will help to fight away pesky cellulite. Sugar adds a little extra 'oomph' to scrub away at any rough patches of skin without drying it out.



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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

30 Books, 30 Reviews - Goodreads 2013 Challenge (up now on rebeccalife.com!)



Head over to my new blog www.rebeccalife.com to see which books I read in 2013 (plus a mini review on each!)

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See you over there!
Rebecca x

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Sale over on rebeccalife.com!



Good morning!

Feel like shopping today? Well I'm cutting my make up collection and am offering new and very lightly used products at super discounted prices over on my new blog rebeccalife.com. Everything is up for sale now!

And of course if you have any questions send me at tweet @ohrebeccalife or email me at rebecca@rebeccalife.com.

Happy shopping!
Rebecca xx


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blog Sale Preview over on rebeccalife.com



Good morning!

Feel like shopping today? Well I'm cutting my make up collection and am offering new and very lightly used products at super discounted prices over on my new blog rebeccalife.com.

The preview for the sale is on now so click here to check it out. Everything will be available for purchase from 10am AEST on Thursday 9th of January.

And of course if you have any questions send me at tweet @ohrebeccalife or email me at rebecca@rebeccalife.com.

Happy shopping!
Rebecca xx


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The End Of An Era - A Goodbye and Hello

I started EasyDress.org in 2009 as a little beauty and fashion blog and the overwhelming amount of love you have shown it has been incredible. With the success of Easy Dress, my love of blogging and my changing interests I started EasyBite.org in early 2013 to give me a space to write about food and health. I didn't realise that having two blogs would become a full time job, something that I just didn't have time to dedicate myself too while working a separate full-time job in the corporate world.

After months of thinking, planning and seeking advice from friends I have decided to combine Easy Dress and Easy Bite into one brand new lifestyle blog to encompass all of my interests. I have written so many blog posts that just sit in my drafts folder because they don't fit into either of my two genres with Easy Dress and Easy Bite. A brand new blog will give me free space to blog about whatever my heart desires and that's incredibly exciting for me.

Easy Dress and Easy Bite will still exist but they'll be merged into one. I'll still be blogging about beauty, fashion, food and health, along with many other topics. Social issues, book reviews, even a journal, that's the beauty of this new blog, it's exactly who I am without having to squeeze into a genre.

Having one blog will let me post more often and on a broader range of topics. There are easy navigational tools so you can select to just read beauty posts or to just read food posts (almost like they're separate blogs) so you'll be able to find the posts you're interested in quickly.

I'm equal parts excited and nervous but I think you'll like what I have planned for this new blog.

I hope you'll follow me over to rebeccalife.com and see for yourself.


Thank you for all the love and support you've shown me on EasyDress.org and EasyBite.org for the past four years. These two blogs aren't going anywhere, they've just combined and had a face lift.


 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Christian Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm



The beauty community has been going mental for this lip balm lately so it was inevitable that I'd get my paws on it sooner or later. My lips are prone to chapping, I apply lip balm roughly 10 times per day to stop them from drying out. I've tried great balms and I've tried poor balms, I expected this one to be great.
I use a general lip balm during the day (Nivea Essential Care, usually) and then a more hydrating, intense balm in the evening and night.
Let’s start with the packaging. The cheap feeling plastic isn't what I expected from a $43 Christian Dior lip balm, it's flimsy, scratches easily and after two weeks of floating around my handbag it leaves little to be desired. I know there's only so much you can do with plastic but I expected something a little more inviting.
Inside the packaging you'll find 7.2 grams of product, it's not a lot but I knew that when I bought it. In my experience, intense and less concentrated lip balms require less product per use and just less use in general. After two weeks of use however, I've almost finished the entire thing. THE ENTIRE THING! The reason for this is that the balm only seems to provide any sort of comfort or nourishment while it's physically on your lips, once it's absorbed there's no lasting protection or hydration. This balm absorbs completely within 15 minutes, meaning that I'm reapplying it constantly.
All of this is a real shame because when it comes to consistency and texture, Creme de Rose gets it right, I'd go as far as saying that the texture of this lip balm is absolutely perfect. There's enough slip to it that I can move my lips together easily and it's not sticky at all. It feels weightless and my hair doesn't stick to it when I start dancing around my house (which I tend to do more often than not). Most thick lip balms can't perfect this like Creme de Rose has, too bad the actual product is useless.


It has a strong rose scent but it doesn't smell artificial and coming from a beauty house that prides itself on perfumes, I would expect nothing less. The scent it a little bitter with just a hint of sweet, much like real roses. The scent doesn't linger for long but it's nice while it does.
There is no colour transfer, while the balm looks pink in the pot it will apply clear which is to be expected
So this balm definitely isn't for me, perhaps those with less need for hydration, nourishment and protection will like it a bit better but personally, I'd give it a miss.
Creme de Rose will cost you $43 at Dior counters in Australia (or $27 at Dior counters, Sephora and Nordstrom in the US)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kora Organics Cream Cleanser!


I've been swinging through a love-affair lately, a deep, passionate love affair with Kora Organics. I'd been eyeing the products for such a long time and was hesitant to buy them because my skin is sensitive and I have allergic reactions to lavender. 
After a few sneaky tests (hiding in a secluded corner of David Jones with a tester bottle in hand) I jumped  in and purchased the Cream Cleanser. Needless to say, it didn't take long before I'd accumulated an array of Kora products and was loving every second of it.
The cream cleanser is targeted at normal, dry or sensitive skin and it's definitely not irritating to my break out prone, combination-oily, sensitive skin. It's base ingredients are Camomile and Aloe Vera which are excellent at healing and soothing dry or irritated skin. It has nourishing macadamia and avocado oils as well as my personal favourite, Rose Hip Oil. Vitamin E and Noni Extract make skin vibrant and luminous while adding anti-aging properties.
All of the ingredients are completely natural and almost 90% of them are from organic farming. There are no sulfates, parabens, silicones or glycols (which irritate the skin and are unnecessary ingredients) and it's also free of synthetic fragrances and colours, which can also cause allergic reactions.
I have very sensitive skin and it took me a long, long time to figure that out. For so many years I've been treating my skin with anti-acne products and just making things worse. For me, anti-acne product just seem to irritate my skin and cause acne, since I've started treating my skin as 'Sensitive Skin' I've been acne free and am only prone to slight blemishes around certain (hormonal) times of the month. The Kora Organics Cream Cleanser doesn't irritate my skin, it doesn't spark up any acne or blemishes and it gives my skin such a radiant luminosity.
The main complaint I hear about the brand is the price but I'd like to point out something quickly while I have your attention. If you go an pick up your bottle of chemical-based cleanser, you're going to notice that one of the first ingredients is water. Your product is watered down to accommodate to the regular amount of product that people use. This Kora Organics cleaner contains no water, it's incredibly concentrated which means you only need to use a very small amount, the picture below shows exactly how much of the product I use at a time.


I use it morning and night (and occasionally in the middle of the day if I was changing my make up) and one bottle lasts me about 3 months (roughly 100 applications).
Kora Organics is Australian made and owned and this product is classified as vegan.
You can find it at koraorganics.com, in David Jones, Terry White Pharmacy and selected Chemarts. $44.95 for 90 mL (3.04 fl.oz). If you're international, you can find it on net-a-porter.com or buy online from koraorganics.com.
I adore this product, I've repurchased multiple times and absolutely recommend it.

Monday, July 15, 2013

What's In My Bag This Week?

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Fifty Shades of Grey
I finally got back on the horse, so to speak. I bought 50 Shades of Grey when it first came out. The opening scene is of a girl sitting in her room and brushing her hair so I took the book to be a typical 'girly' read. Boy was I shocked when chapter seven kicked in..
Anyway, I disowned the book and then all of a sudden everyone started reading it and talking about it and my intrigue was brought back. I ended up buying it as an e-book on my iPad and got through it in a couple days. I don't really get the hype of it, the writing is so-so but the story line is okay. I've read the second book and am part way through the third.

Kora Rose Hip Oil
This is a rose hip oil blend and it's been a miracle worker during these colder months. I've been patting it onto the upper half of my face after standing in the cold, drying wind. I've also been using it as a cuticle cream (a-ma-zing) and on my elbows. It's not as heavy as a pure rose hip oil which makes it perfect for day time use.

Capilano Honeyfusions - Honey & Lemon
The beautiful Reese from reeseatomic.com.au flaunted her love for this on Instagram and I rushed out to get it as soon as I saw it - what can I say, I basically just want to be her. I've been fighting off a nasty cough for about two weeks now and hot tea with this delectable Honey & Lemon mix has been helping to sooth my sore throat. And sometimes I just eat it as-is because it's just that delicious.

Lindt 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
I'm not a chocolate lover but I enjoy the occasional piece of dark chocolate, more so lately. Whenever I feel like something sweet I break off a little piece of this rich, creamy dark chocolate and let it melt in my mouth. It's delicious (and it's vegan!).

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain - Honey
I bought this a while ago and then never used it. Somehow it found it's way into my handbag (like most lip products do) and I've been loving it lately. It's so effortless and easy, plus it goes with any eye make up because of it's neutral rose tint. I find that it lasts about 4 hours on my lips even with my excessive lip balm applications - love!

My headphones - HeartBeats by Dre
I bought these more than two years ago and adore them, then I lost them. It wasn't until this week that I found them again (in a shoe - we won't go there) and I've fallen in love with them all over again. I highly recommend purchasing them if you're in the market for some high end headphones, they are fantastic quality.

Monday, May 13, 2013

6 Beauty Products You Must Own


A go-to neutral palette

If you're ever in a rush it's good to know that your trusty neutral palette is ready and waiting to be swept over your eye lids. It's good if your palette has a shade for highlighting as well as a shade that you can use as a liner if you're short on time.

I love the Bare Minerals palette in 'The Truth' for a quick and easy eye.


A perfect blending brush

Nothing makes your eyeshadow application more simple than a perfect blending brush. You want a brush that you can reach for to apply all of your eyeshadow, rather than having to swap brushes for different things.

I love the MAC 217 brush (I have about 4 of them) for sweeping shadow over the lid, defining the crease and darkening the lash line.


A tinted moisturiser or BB cream

If you don't like to wear foundation every day then a tinted moisturiser or BB cream is perfect for those days when you're just grocery shopping or running errands but still want a little bit of coverage. This way you don't have to fuss over a perfect application and you can just buff it into your skin with clean fingers.

I love the Garnier BB Cream


 A my-lips-but-better lip colour

A perfect lip stick to make your natural lip colour shine. Your my-lips-but-better colour should be one shade lighter or darker than your natural lip colour (depending on your preference). It will be different for every person but generally it will be a rose tones colour to match your natural lip shade.

I love MAC Gem of Roses and Chanel Legende.




A rose tinted bronzer
A bronzer with a subtle rose tint to quickly make your face more awake and defined. When you don't have time (or can't be bothered) contouring, a rose tinted bronzer can be swept just above your contour line (about an inch below your cheekbones) to brighten up your face.

I love Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sable Rose




An exact-match concealer

To quickly cover any imperfections on your face or under your eyes, a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly will do the trick. On most days I use a corrector before my concealer and then use a concealer slightly too light for me and take the time to blend it in properly. But when I'm running out the door and don't have time for a full face of make up, nothing beats an exact match concealer for a quick and easy cover.

I love Cle de Peau Concealer and MAC Mineralise Concealer