Wednesday, 22 October 2014

High Tea at The Westin, Melbourne


Hello lovelies! One little thing that I left out of my recent Melbourne adventures was a brilliant meal that I indulged in - can anyone guess what that would be?


You very likely got it right! I headed out to The Westin in the middle of Melbourne to partake in one of my favourite activities - high tea!


From where we were seated, we could see the Hub and all the shows happening that day during Fashion Week. Melbourne, you're always surprising me, you gorgeous city!


Here's everything on the Winter high tea menu! I got really excited when I saw what they had for the sweets - I also really liked that it didn't have tons of chocolatey things on the menu. Too many chocolatey things can make it crazy rich right at the end.


A lovely place setting for three people, and the usual glasses of champers were trotted out for our celebration - because we were celebrating Mrs AM's 30th birthday!


Miss AG, our friend who lives in Melbourne, and turned up for high tea with us, got the vegetarian stand. I don't know if they do a vegan high tea there, but it was nice to see them doing a vegetarian one.




Above is the stand that Mrs AM and I shared - delish from start to end! The profiteroles were my favourite part of it - soft, light and gorgeous!

The chocolate and praline bar was to die for and the Earl Grey tea shortbread was interesting - not quite my thing, but tasty, nevertheless. The savouries were a fancier version of the usual finger sandwiches.



And that's what the vegetarian stand had on it! It differed slightly, but most of the sweets were the same.


Three happy girls, after a very satisfying high tea! 


Aside from the modern stand, we also got rather modern cups and tea pots. As usual, I got my chamomile with a side of honey, and it turned up in an absolutely adorable jar!

The service was good, although not as attentive as I've had in the past, but we didn't have to look around for long before we caught their eye. The food was excellent, with an even mix between sweet and savoury.

Overall, I would rate this high tea:

8.5/10

Have you tried their high tea before? Would you be interested in going there?

Monday, 20 October 2014

September Lust Have It 2014!


Hello lovelies! I realise that this review is really late, but sadly, so was this box! Was the wait worth it? Read on to find out!

This month, it arrived in the now customary pink mesh pouch, and oddly enough, without a product card. Luckily for me, it arrived in my gmail account shortly after I got my box, so I got a clear explanation of things.

For people who don't know what Lust Have It is, it's a monthly subscription box that delivers beauty goodies to your doorstep each month for $19.95. If you're looking to try it, you can get $5 off your first box by using the code 'TPRINCESS'.

Without further ado, purely because it's already taken long enough, here's everything that I got in this month's box!


How great does this look? Here's a breakdown of everything.


1) Model Co Lip Lacquer (full size) in Fire Red - I know there's been talk of Model Co being in every box in the past, but this is a little exciting, because this is a new product and I got it in a gorgeous colour! I hope it's better than their lipstick, though, because that didn't knock my socks off when I tried it.
$24.00


2) Glam Manicare Express 3 in 1 Nail Art Pen (full size) - I love the look of this! I received this in a brilliant dark blue. This is obviously meant to be a pen that allows you to draw, paint and apply small nail art stones. I wonder if the nib would clog - fingers crossed it's not for a while!
$9.99


3) The Cosmetic Kitchen Macadamia Highlighter Butter Creme (full size) - This is a vegan and cruelty free highlighter, and this looks gorgeous! I'll have to take this for a test drive soon!
$24.50


4) Urban Skincare Co Repair + Body Balm - This is meant to moisturise skin without leaving that dreaded greasy residue. It comes in a fairly generous 35ml tube, so I can get a couple of uses out of this.
$4.53


5) Uriage Surgra Liquide - This cleanser is meant to be soap-free and gentle on sensitive skin. Given that I don't have sensitive skin, it doesn't matter to me much, but this will certainly be used.
$0.70


6) Model Co - A number of samples from their new skincare line!
- Instant Miracle Booster Brightening and Firming Serum 
$1.00
- Exfoliating Cream Facial Scrub 
$0.33
- Double Sided Facial Wipes 
$0.32
- Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser 
$1.00

And that's the September box from Lust Have It! For the price of $19.95, I got a box worth $66.37! And it's filled with things that I would really like to try - winning!

Now, if they could only deliver things on time...

Friday, 17 October 2014

September Bella Box Review 2014


Bella Box! Always the first to come, and the cheapest of all the subscription boxes, this little beauty arrived while I was away in a small brown box for a change. 

At $15 per month, Bella Box will send you a mix of samples and full size items. There are variations from box to box, but there's usually a key item that everyone would get.


Here are all the items on the card! As you can see, there are some full size ones! Always exciting when that happens!


This month, these products arrived in a brown box, not their signature blue box, due to a 'wardrobe malfunction'. The normal boxes are meant to come back this month. Quite honestly, I don't think these would have fit in the normal boxes anyway!


1) Gelogic Nail Enamel (full size) - This is a chip resistant top coat that's meant to have a gel-like shine! Eeee! I was in need of a new top coat, so yay!
$9.99


2) Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner - After being a big Pantene user for years, I can honestly say that this is a nice inclusion, as I know how my hair reacts to it, which makes it super great for travel. I prefer to use these over hotel toiletries.
$0.91+$0.91


3) Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo - I've used a few Pureology products before and quite liked them. I believe they are vegan and cruelty free - this makes it a bit of a winner!
$7.19


4) Cedel Scented Hairspray in Oriental Blossom (full size) - Ooh! I quite like this hairspray! I have it in Coconut, which I use on my bangs and it has a lovely subtle smell, so this is exciting!
$4.99


5) Sleek Makeup Eye Dust (looks to be full size) -  My camera had a hell of a time trying to capture this! There's no price tag on this, but I think this might be full size? It's a gorgeous shimmery blue and I love Sleek stuff, so it's really great seeing this appear in a beauty box!  
$?


6) Revlon Colourstay Foundation - Small sachet and not quite my colour. I might just pass this on.
$1.75

7) Garnier Perfect Blur - I haven't heard anything particularly spectacular about this one, but I'm happy to try it and see how it turns out!
$1.16

This is quite an impressive Bella Box, I will say! $15 for three full size items, and a few travel friendly ones - a bit of a bargain, really! It comes in at around $26.90 (and possibly more, given that there's no retail price for the Sleek), this is actually not all that expensive, but a very useful box nonetheless.

What did you think of it when you opened yours? Which item did you get the most excited about?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

September Her Fashion Box Review 2014!


With having been away, I'm currently playing catch up with my fun mail, including my beauty boxes! Therefore, I apologise that it's taken a while, but it's finally here, my review for last month's Her Fashion Box!

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Her Fashion Box is a monthly subscription box that comes in three different flavours, if you will. It's Classic, Feminine or Trendy. This year, I've been signed up to Feminine, and I have found it to be the best for my taste, but I do still get the occasional box envy when I go through what others have received!

It's $39.95 per month, or you have the option to sign up for a few boxes in one go. For more information, head to their website.


Enough nattering, I'm sure you want to know what's in the box for September! Here's everything that was including. Some people may realise that there are three little brown sachets in the picture, not one big one, and that's because there was a bit of a spillage from the body wash in transit, which surprisingly, didn't ruin anything but the packet that those little sachets came in!


1)  BX Earth A Bit of Soft Touch Nourishing Bodywash - This was the cause of the spill, but who cares - it's a gorgeous scent! The smell of this was what hit me when I first opened the box, and I thought it was absolutely lovely. This has goats milk, peach (which is what it smells like) and manuka honey in it, all to keep your skin soft and gorgeous. I can't wait to give it a go!


2) Smoothie Booster Energy Booster sachets - These little sachets are additives that go into your smoothie (hence the name) for that extra little something! Meant to increase energy levels, among other things, I may need it now that I'm back at work after 3 weeks away!



3) Purrfect Sunglasses - I was wondering when they'd put sunnies in the box! Not my typical shape, I think these are very cute, so it's a good thing they turned up, because they wouldn't be the type I'd buy, but I would now wear.


4) Two pearls in a pod ring - This is a cutie, but as per the rings from HFB, it's a little big. However, with squeezing, it's a much better size for me. I've already worn this ring out and I've gotten two compliments - and that's just one day! Clearly a bit of a winner.


5) Capote earrings - These guys are cute, but almost a little confusing to wear. It's almost like the earrings are a little too short for my ear lobes. My hands were a little slippery the day I was planning to wear them, so it could have been me. 

Either way, I'm going to give it another go, and see how they look on me. I do love pearls in general, so I am loving the design.


6) Brauer Paw Paw Lip Shimmer in Blush - When I first saw this, I thought it was a different brand, because it's an almost similar packaging. This is one of six colours, and is quite a nice reddish shade. It's meant to add a bit of shimmer as well as keep the lips soft and moisturised.


7) IME Natural Perfume EDP - I love the concept behind this, but I honestly don't think I got the right scent for me! It's a range of perfumes inspired by muses of Greek mythology, and there is a reason behind each scent. I received kall-i-ope, which means driven, which I can be, and is described as,"Strong and bold. A rich resinous blend of earthy notes that are both warm and authentic topped with herbs and spices."

The dry down is quite pleasant, but initially application and the overwhelming scent of a certain herb just reminds me of a Chinese ointment that my parents used on mosquito bites on me when I was a kid. As such, I don't think I could wear this, sadly. This is a shame, given that they are cruelty free and the whole concept is so cute.


8) Orly toe separators, French Manicure polish and nail file - Received as bonus gifts for filling out the survey, it's pretty decent! I don't think I'll need to buy toe separators ever again.

And that's everything from Her Fashion Box! Are you happy with this box? Would this interest you in subscripting to HFB?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Review: People For Plants Brand Focus *


People for Plants - a skincare line that I've seen kicking around Priceline (also known as Mecca) for a few months now, but never quite got around to trying, so when I was given the opportunity to trial a few items from this range, I was delighted!

Whenever I trial new skincare products, I really, really try to use it for at least three weeks in order to make sure that I am happy with the way my skin feels, that there are no reactions and so I can see any results, which is why there is such a backlog of stuff to get through, but we're getting there!


The foaming cleansing gel isn't quite as foamy as I'd like it be. It comes in a 120ml white tube (which is the standard packaging for this brand - which I think gives it a very clean look) that sits comfortably in my shower caddy, and has grapefruit and aloe in it. 

The product itself does have a jelly-like texture to it, and it's clear with a tinge of yellow. This has a light grapefruit scent that washes away quickly, and it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and not particularly tight. I've quite enjoyed incorporating this into my cleansing routine. This can be found for $24.95 in stores and is sulphate free.


I will be honest - I'm not sold on this hand cream. It's not like any other hand cream I've ever tried before, and it feels more like a lotion than a cream. When initially squeezed out of the tube, it feels quite watery, and once you start rubbing it into your skin, it's almost like there's a bit of residue left. 

It does eventually get absorbed, but it takes a while for me, and it's the having a weird coating feel that I'm not keen on. 

At $14.95, this comes in a 75ml tube and has a pleasant mild lemony scent. This is filled with anti-oxidants, vitamins A and E, as well as shea butter and manuka honey.


I think I may have found a way to get Mr Prince to hydrate his skin! Unlike moisturisers, this particular hydration gel is exactly what it sounds like - a gel, and therefore, it's not particularly creamy and doesn't leave the skin feeling slippery. 

This product comes in a 50ml pump tube and is clear and dries quickly on the skin. I find that when I use this, my skin feels a little tight initially. It's a little weird, because you'd expect most skincare products to make your skin feel moisturised, but this bring the hydration without that particular texture to your face. This retails for $29.95 and is oil free and packed with vitamin C, anti-oxidants and amino acids.

The one thing that is a little odd about the packaging, which seems to be the norm for their range of moisturisers, is the pump it comes with. It's very cute, but took me a while to get it going - I almost gave up! 

In addition to making your skin feel hydrated as a one off application, this can apparently also be used as a mask, which I haven't had the chance to give it a go as.


This might very well be my favourite item from People for Plants! Think creamy and thick formula, resulting in very soft lips - want them? You've got it with this little tube! This is my current go to and love when it comes to lip balms. I honestly cannot recommend this enough.

This little tube of pucker perfection comes in a variety of six flavours, vanilla and cocoa butter being only one of them, and retails for $9.95.

Thanks to my introduction to the brand, I have since started using their night cream, which is rich and lovely, and also seems to tighten my skin in a good way temporarily, and their toner, which smells of kakadu plums.

People for Plants ticks a lot of boxes - cruelty free, quality ingredients and Aussie all the way!

Have you tried anything from PFP? What would you recommend?

* These products were kindly provided for my consideration

Saturday, 11 October 2014

August Binned Things 2014!

Eep! Seeing as this is such a late post, let's get into it quick smart!


1) Pantene Deep Fortifying Conditioner - Was a staple for ages, but I've been branching out for the last few months, and while it's been good, I don't know if this is the conditioner for me any more. Sadly, I still have tons of it in my cupboard!
Repurchase? Don't have to

2) Listerine Total Care Mouthwash - Staple, staple, staple!
Repurchase? Always

3) Dove Clear Touch Antiperspirant - Yet another must have. 
Repurchase? Yes, yes, yes!

4) Biore Steam Activated Cleanser - I didn't find that it did much for me. A little disappointing.
Repurchase? No


5) Dirty Works Glow Girl! Buttery Salt Scrub - Yum, yum, yum! This has been featured as a favourite before and I purchased it at Coles, although they were marking it down at one point, so I don't know if it's still there?
Repurchase? Yes!

6) Jean Paul Gaultier Madame Body Lotion - This was a present from my sister, and while I appreciated the gift, it's quite liquorice-ish, and that scent turns me off quite a bit.
Repurchase? No 

7) Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel - A Christmas special, this little baby is divine, and you don't have to use much in one go.
Repurchase? Yes

8) Australis See Ya Later! Nail Polish Remover - LOVE this! Really takes off the nail polish!
Repurchase? Absolutely

9) Puretopia Sleep and Review Night Face Moisturiser - see here for full review.
Repurchase? Yes


10) Anatomicals There won't be a dry thigh in the house lilac body lotion - For my first foray into Anatomicals, this was an excellent start. A light lilac scent, this gorgeous lotion comes in a not-all-that-big tube - I would love to see this in a larger container!
Repurchase? Yes

11) Garnier Gentle Make-up Remover - I bought this as a result of hearing good things about it online, but I found it not to be quite as exciting as I would have liked.
Repurchase? No

12) Lush Dragon's Egg Ball Ballistic - A lovely little fizzy ball!
Repurchase? Yes


13) Sanctuary Spa BB Cream - I liked this at first, but went off it after I found that it ended up being patchy on my face.
Repurchase? No

14) Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara - Quite an excellent mascara for my straight ahead Asian lashes!
Repurchase? Yes

15) Swisse Body Wash - Not the best body wash, but quite a nice scent.
Repurchase? No

16) Care Dent PerioTape - My favourite floss in the world! This thing slides and glides like there's no tomorrow!
Repurchase? Always yes!

17) Revlon Nutri Colour Creme - This was given to me by my hairdresser when I got it coloured, so I wouldn't end up looking too brassy. It did what it was meant to, but I always felt like my hair was a bit drier as a result.
Repurchase? Maybe


Stand out products from the little leagues would be Benefit's Porefessional and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel - both excellent products that I would repurchase.

You might have noticed that the September Binned Things has not made an appearance yet - don't fret! Due to having been away, I'm going to be combining them with this month's empties.

Do you spot any familiar empties in this pile? Did you get through much last month?