Review: Harvest Garden Soaps and Bath Salts 

Do you know what heaven smells like? I do. Nowadays, anyone who walks into my bathroom does. As a matter of fact, a friend recently asked to see my current bath collection and as soon as she walked in her first question was “What is that amazing smell?!”

Scent is obviously a personal thing and different people are attracted to different things, but I’m really not exaggerating when I say that Harvest Garden has managed to produce products which have the most incredible smell which seem to have universal appeal. My friend Felicia from The Beauty and the Geek AU and I are notoriously on opposite sides of the spectrum as to which scents we like in products, yet we both love what we’ve tried from Harvest Garden.

With this in mind, I maybe flipped out a little in excitement when Harvest Garden offered to send me a few things to try. Read on to find out a bit more about the brand and what I thought of the products.

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Review: LUSH Mother’s Day 2017 Limited Edition Collection

It’s about that time of the year again. You know, the time when florists curl up in the corner and silently weep and dream of sleep which has become little more than a distant memory. I’m talking, of course, about Mother’s Day.

In keeping with most of the big holidays throughout the year, LUSH has released a limited edition Mother’s Day collection. They’ve kindly sent me a few bits to share with you guys and give you my thoughts on.
I’ve grouped these by scent family, but there’s more to the collection so there are some gaps. It’s worth noting that if you’re keen on any of these, I strongly suggest you get in quick! They’re already available online and in store and will be available through to May 14th. I also know it’s already selling out quickly – a friend of mine tried to pick up the Baa Bar bubble bar for me in Adelaide’s store (not one I’ve reviewed here as I haven’t yet tried it yet myself sorry, but I have ordered it online!) and it was already gone. This collection seems to be largely a mix of honey and citrus scents with a hint of lavenders thrown into the mix (namely in the Baa Bar and Pink Custard) so if those kinds of scents appeal, read on!

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Sukha Life – Day 3-5 Roundup and Overall Review

I wish I had a snappy and entertaining introductory line for you all today, but alas I’m currently suffering from a cold that’s making me feel like my head is 99% fluid so I’m afraid my brain power is somewhat limited. If you haven’t already seen my review series on Sukha Life (or have no idea what the heck Sukha Life actually is), then firstly I’d recommend you go check out my first post here detailing the business and why I chose to try it, then check out my post here reviewing the first couple of days’ meals. Today I’m going to take you through the last three days’ worth of food and sum up my overall thoughts about the process. It’s a long one so let’s get straight to it!

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Sukha life – Day 1 and 2 Roundup

So you know those times where you have an awesome plan of attack in your head and it all rapidly goes to heck to such a degree that you can’t remember what your plan actually was in the first place? Were you going to elope to Ecuador? Or did you just need to pick up milk from the shops? Could be either. Well that was the kind of week I started having – d’oh! In saying that, having my first few days of Sukha Life delivered definitely made it easier. If you haven’t heard of Sukha Life before, click here to read my introduction to this review series which contains general information about the brand and why I gave them a try. If you already read that, then read on to learn about the foods I’ve been stuffing my face with the past couple of days!

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Sukha Life – an honest review series from a fat person with a penchant for fast food

(image above courtesy of Sukha Life’s Instagram)

Let me paint you a picture: it’s 8:30pm on a Thursday night. I’m sitting in Macdonald’s with a Big Mac and two serves of fries in front of me. I’ve already picked out the second meat patty and half the cheese from the burger and tossed over half the fries in a pile in the corner of my tray, never to be consumed. On the ground next to me is a shopping bag full of fruit loops, kool fruits, rice crackers, sherbies and tic toc biscuits. My parents, who I currently live with while saving to buy a house, have been away overseas for just over 24 hours and already I’m taking the opportunity to indulge in all the things I can’t eat when my mother is present to hound me about the shit I put into my body (which is not a complaint by the way – her nagging is an essential part of my path to health… clearly, given what happens the moment she’s not around). I have not cooked one meal in that time. I frown, scoop up the tray, toss its contents into the bin and walk back to my car.
“This isn’t going to work.” I think as I toss the shopping bag haphazardly into the back seat and drive home.
Suffice to say, I don’t eat this poorly every day of my life, but frankly it’s all just lesser degrees of the same.
It’s fair to say then that I probably don’t seem like the target demographic for local Adelaide business Sukha Life, whose marketing seems far more appropriate for women who spend half their life in yoga pants and the other half campaigning to have organic fair trade goods available in all local supermarkets. And yet, after staring at the contents of my cupboard, I found myself going ahead and spending two weeks’ worth of food budget on five days’ worth of meals. So why, and how’d it go?

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Talking to Strangers on Instagram – am I crazy?

 

I had a realisation recently. I constantly find myself striking up conversations with near or total strangers on Instagram, and it’s literally only just occurred to me that this might be a weird habit.
Post a photo of a particularly delicious ice cream? I’ll tell you it looks tasty. A new hiking trail? I’ll ask where that is. I’m not even remotely exaggerating about those possibilities either. I recently shared a joke with a girl I’ve met only once in my life about the fact that my Instagram following keeps getting stuck at 666. I frequently chat with a girl I’ve never met in NSW about how online dating sucks ass. Not half an hour ago, I commented to another girl living in Canberra that the view out of her window looks pretty.
Does anyone else do this or am I just slightly unhinged?
I had this sudden premonition that perhaps I’m the Instagram equivalent of that weirdo at the party who latches onto random groups and butts their way into conversation with all the subtlety of a brick to the face. To be completely fair, I kind of AM that person whether online or in the real world anyway. I’d like to claim that it’s all part of my charm, but I’m not sure anyone has ever considered a complete lack of social awareness charming. Let’s just roll with it.
So is this weird? And is it a bad thing?

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Priceline Fail – Why Priceline won’t be getting my business any more

 

Let me begin by saying that USUALLY Priceline has given me excellent service over the years. The people who work there are always super polite and accommodating and I’ve usually loved going in there. My experience during their recent 40% off cosmetics has, however, completely altered my view of their company.

Again, let me emphasise that my issue is not with the employees in any way, shape or form. Everyone I dealt with throughout this complete fiasco was lovely and polite – it’s the company’s processes, especially with regards to online ordering, which I have been utterly disgusted with. So grab yourself a tea and let me tell you a really long-winded story!

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March Roundup – All Things How-To-Girl

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that my time to blog is usually crammed in between the twenty different lives I lead and try to pass off as one cohesive loop. I feel that this is a trait that many of us wannabe adults (i.e. people who, by definition of their age, should know how to keep their lives together but are actually faking their way through it all and hoping no one notices they have no idea what they’re doing) share – the constant juggling of work, friends, family, hobbies, interests and shiny things that caught our attention at one point or another. I feel like I consequently haven’t had time to connect with you guys the way I want to. A lot of the time, I want to fill you in on smaller things without spending 2,000 words going into the intricacies of a product or event’s good sides and bad. With that in mind, I decided now would be a great time to introduce this new feature.

Welcome to the monthly roundup, where I’ll be filling you in on whatever happenings of the month I think might make your day a little brighter! Topics will be sorted into subtitles, so feel free to scroll and choose what interests you!

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Price Gouging and Makeup Snobbery: Why I buy a lot of expensive high end crap

Someone pointed out to me recently that my favourite products tend to be high end. At the time, the person in question was laughing at my ridiculous stress-purchasing of truly absurdly priced cosmetics (Lancôme La Rose Blush Poudrer anyone?). I agreed with them wholeheartedly and laughed along, but it occurred to me later that I genuinely do have an innate bias against many drugstore products – but probably not for the reasons you might expect. It’s not that I think they’re poor quality or that I suffer some delusions of grandeur about my income which means that I feel compelled to only be seen throwing a designer brand compact into my designer brand handbag (which, of course, is from the current season *hair flip*).
So why don’t I buy a lot of drugstore? Read on!

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Review: LUSH Easter 2017 Limited Edition Collection

 

Is it seriously nearly Easter? I swear it was not five minutes ago that I was judging the flowers other people’s partners sent them on Valentine’s Day (which, rudely, many didn’t actually post on social media this year – totally inconsiderate). Well, if I needed convincing that it was time to get in the hot cross bun spirit then this new LUSH collection should certainly do the job.

 

The Range

LUSH’s Easter collection launches March 23rd and is in stores until April 17th. I strongly recommend you get on board with it as soon as possible because I’m certain some of these are going to sell out (though hopefully not before I’ve stocked up some of my personal favourites while hissing “my preciousssss”). The collection features a few returning favourites as well as a pretty huge selection of newbies too. I was sent six products to try out, but worth noting there’s also a face wash jelly (Flopsy), a shower gel (Wash Behind Your Ears) and a few gift packs (Golden Egg, Carrot and Bundle of Fun) as well as what’s pictured below. Now for the fun part!

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