REVIEW: Plunkett’s VitaE High Potency Intensive Vitamin E Ointment*

These days, we’re all so busy. I absolutely love when I find a multi-tasking product that can help simplify my beauty routine.

Plunkett’s VitaE High Potency Intensive Vitamin E Ointment has over 150 uses! It claims to soothe a range of medical conditions including eczema, nappy rash and sunburn, to name a few. As a beauty balm, this product can act as everything from a lipgloss to a hand cream to a highlighter.

The combination of Vitamin E and Rosehip oil ensures that Plunkett’s VitaE High Potency Intensive Vitamin E Ointment provides extreme hydration. It is a dense gel and it has a very slight rosehip fragrance. It leaves the skin feeling very soft and gives it a glow.

Now, I’m only one person, so I haven’t been able to try out all 150 uses, but I love using Plunkett’s VitaE High Potency Intensive Vitamin E Ointment as a hand treatment, lip balm, brow gel and hair tamer. I tried using it on my face once, but for my combination skin it felt a little too oily. I’m sure people with really dry skin will adore this product.

I’m keen to try out the more medicinal uses of this product and see how it goes. I love using natural remedies wherever possible!

Plunkett’s products are available in most Australian pharmacies or online at http://www.plunketts.com.au

What’s your favourite multi-tasking beauty product?

*This product was provided for my review.  This has not influenced my views in any way.  Please read my PR & Disclosure Policy for more information.

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A reflection on 2015

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Firstly, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and my little blog this year, as my posts have been few and far between.

If you’ve read any of my recent lifestyle posts, you probably noticed me lamenting about how busy I’ve been with finishing uni, working two jobs, completing internships, and trying to have a social life.

Despite knowing how busy I’d be this year, for some reason I decided to make 2015 the year that I set myself some pretty intensive resolutions and actually make myself accountable for them. I guess I just love a challenge! Or emotionally torturing myself. Or both.

I wrote a list of six resolutions, which ranged from leading a healthier lifestyle to reducing outfit-selection stress and vowed to write regular posts informing you of my progress to keep myself accountable. Although I only wrote a couple of such posts, knowing that my promises had been repeatedly put out into the universe, ensured that my resolutions were always in the back of my mind, even if I strayed off the path occasionally.

So what exactly have I achieved?

I’ve maintained my blog and my singing teaching business. I passed all my final uni subjects with a distinction average and I can’t wait for my graduation ceremony next year!

As for wardrobe stress, I very rarely have ‘WHAT WILL I WEAR?!’ freakouts anymore because I’ve learnt to always plan my outfit the night before. I know this sounds incredibly geeky, but it saves me so much time in the morning and ensures I walk out the door feeling good about my look.

After falling off the bandwagon a few times this year when work and uni consumed all my energy, I’m finally leading a more active life. I work out from home most days. At the moment I’m loving following along with yoga and barre body videos on youtube.

Avoiding emotional eating will probably always be a struggle for me, but I have learnt to keep my diet simple with lots of veggies, fruit, protein and wholegrains.

So far, there hasn’t been a big difference on the scales, but I have more energy and have noticed more muscle definition, which is a really nice start. I understand that consistency is key and I look forward to seeing more results as I carry my healthy habits into the new year.

So while I wouldn’t say that I completely smashed my goals for 2015, I’m happy with where I am today. I feel stronger, wiser and more confident than I was in 2014 and I’m finally learning to be kinder to myself.

I’m not going to write a list of resolutions for 2016, because honestly, I just want to continue with the path I’m on.

If can sit here this time next year and say that my body is healthy, my mind is calm and my heart is full of love, I’ll be happy.

How did you go with your resolutions? 

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Helping the homeless as simple as supplying shampoo.

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Kate Austin is a fresh-faced mother of two from Melbourne and she’s a poo-pincher.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Austin collects the shampoo (get it?) and other toiletries,  that are included in the cost of accommodation, when she stays in a hotel. Instead of keeping them for herself, she passes them on to homeless and disadvantaged people.

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Kate Austin, the founder of Pinchapoo. Image supplied.

This simple act of kindness inspired Austin to encourage others to do the same and eventually she launched her own cheekily-named charity, Pinchapoo.

For six years, Austin and her team of volunteers have been collecting donations of various toiletries, sanitary products and cosmetics and delivering them to homeless shelters and organisations that support the disadvantaged.

Behind Austin’s cheerful demeanour, she carries the memory of a time when she needed to urgently leave her home for good and had no idea of where to go. Having only moments to decide what to take with her, she chose her toothbrush.

“Having access to my toothbrush was honestly the only thing that made me feel human again,” Austin says. “I felt like I could think straight and start to rebuild with this basic need filled.”

As a result of her experience, Austin is passionate about the link between good personal hygiene and self-esteem.

“Being in [a] similar position at a point in my life has made me want to live a lifetime of easing those situations for others.  It’s very close to home and even closer to my heart,” Austin says.

According to the 2011 census results, 22,789 Victorians are homeless and almost half of them are under 25 years old. All of these people need to find a way to eat, sleep comfortably and shower.

Supplying toiletries to shelters can be expensive and this is where Pinchapoo comes in. Pinchapoo supplies toiletries to organisations such as the Salvation Army, Safe Futures Crisis Accommodation Centres and Wesley Mission, to name a few.

In addition to collecting donations, Austin also organises Pinchapoo’s campaigns and fundraising events.

A recent Pinchapoo campaign, entitled ‘Turn 18,000 ouchies into smiles,’ involved collecting 800 donated boxes of children’s character-printed band-aids for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

A private screening of the film ‘The Best of Me’ at Pinewood Cinemas is a recent example of a Pinchapoo fundraising event. 110 people attended the event and $1,600 was raised to assist with Pinchapoo’s running costs.

Austin runs Pinchapoo full-time. Her days are filled with meetings, administrative tasks, and sorting donations with her team of volunteers.

“Pinchapoo is my life!  I often refer to it as my third child!” Austin says.

Austin does not receive a monetary wage from Pinchapoo but feels that she is “paid with love and inspiration, as corny as that sounds! It’s what keeps me going.”

Visiting the shelters that Pinchapoo assists has been Austin’s favourite part of the charity’s journey so far and a constant source of inspiration.

In 2014, Austin and her team began the process of applying for Pinchapoo’s recognition as a non-for-profit organisation.  Receiving non-for-profit status will provide Pinchapoo access to grants, business partners and a larger network of supporters.

With a background in marketing, specialising in retail accounts, Austin understood the importance of branding Pinchapoo effectively and having a clear vision for its future. Austin is currently working on establishing Pinchapoo donation points in every state.

Pinchapoo was the first charity of its kind in Australia and it continues to stand out in the crowd, which is just the way Austin likes it.

“I don’t want to do what everyone else is doing – it’s been done before,” she says.  “I want to make a new way forward.

“It’s always confused me that some charities feel they need to…attract attention with graphic, confronting images.  I’d like to see people smile when they hear our name – after all, we say ‘poo’ lots!”

With the holiday season fast approaching, supporting Pinchapoo is the perfect way to incorporate a little giving into your festive season.

To learn more about Pinchapoo and find your local Pinchapoo toiletry donation point visit their website – http://www.pinchapoo.org.au


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2015 Resolutions Progress Report: A Pinteresting way to get fit.

Regular readers would know that I set myself some pretty intensive resolutions this year, and I put some big lifestyle changes in place in order to make achieving them a reality. 

Considering I run a business and home, plus it’s finally the last year of my Undergraduate Degree (I’ve studied part-time over the last five years), I probably picked the wrong year to give my lifestyle a massive overhaul. Regardless, I’ve tried my best to make positive changes but there’s definitely been ups and downs.

One of my biggest goals for 2015 was to improve my health and fitness. In the craziness of getting married, moving out of home and going back to uni over the past couple of years, I’d managed to put my body last and gained some weight. I started the year determined to feel good about my body again.

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Image: Google

I’ve toned-up a little, but I’ve given-up on weighing and measuring myself for the time-being. There’s so much more to losing weight then simply eating well and exercising, so I can’t expect miracles from my mostly-clean diet and 2 – 5 workouts a week.

Stress, hormones and sleep play a huge factor in losing weight. I’m pretty much constantly stressed and I’m not a great sleeper, so I know these factors are holding me back. I’m hoping that once I finish uni and begin a steadier work schedule that my stress levels will decrease and weight-loss will happen a little easier.

I’ve adjusted my goals slightly, instead of obsessing about the kilos and centimetres, I just want to feel better about myself and look better in my clothes. Around June, I started struggling to find time to get my uni and house work done, work and go to the gym so I decided to workout from home.

Image via @toneitup on Instagram (one of my favourite at-home-workout accounts)

Image via @toneitup (regram from @alix_tup) on Instagram (one of my favourite at-home-workout accounts)

Pinterest has been an amazing tool in helping me plan my at-home workout schedule. By having access to pre-designed workouts, I feel like I have a personal trainer!

Making the decision to workout from home means there’s no excuses and I’m exercising a lot more! If you want to get an idea of some of the great workout plans available for free on Pinterest, check out the pins on my Fitness board. 

If you’re going to use Pinterest to help plan your own workouts, make sure you look after yourself by choosing workouts that match your fitness level and be sure to always stretch before and after every workout.  Listen to your body, it’s OK to have a day-off if you’re sore and exhausted.

If you’re completely new to gym/PT/bootcamp style exercise (which most of the pins on my Fitness board are), it might be a good idea to chat to your doctor and make sure it’s right for you.

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Still on track or have you kicked them to the curb? Share your stories below, no judgement here! 🙂 


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Welcome to #Liptember!*

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Image: Liptember.

No, that’s not a typo in the title of this post.  The entire month of September is all about rocking awesome lipsticks for a great cause – women’s mental health awareness.

According to a 2007 study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 5 Australians aged between the ages of 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness each year.  Women are statistically more likely to experience a mental illness than men.

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Common mental illnesses include: anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, social phobia and eating disorders.  If untreated, the symptoms of these conditions can affect many aspects of your life.

To do your part to help raise awareness of women’s mental health issues all you need to do is pop into your local Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist or My Beauty Spot to buy your official Liptember lipstick by budget beauty brand W7. When your friends compliment your pretty pout, tell them to get involved too by buying a Liptember lipstick themselves or sponsoring you by making a donation.  

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Liptember Lipsticks in Florescent Orange and Black.

The tricksest part will be choosing a lipstick!  From pretty pinks and reds to vibrant blues and yellows, the W7 Liptember range has you covered.  The shades are glossy, super-hydrating and have an amazing fruity scent.

You can follow Liptember on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the campaign.  Don’t forget to upload selfies of your great pout and hashtag #Liptember.

Me wearing the W7 Liptember Lipstick in Florescent Orange.

Me wearing the W7 Liptember Lipstick in Florescent Orange.

All funds raised by the Liptember campaign are donated to the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and Lifeline.  Last year an amazing $800,000 was raised!

Famous Liptember supporters include: Chrissie Swan, Jo Silvagni, Rhiannon Fish and Molly Meldrum to name a few!

W7 Liptember Lipstick in Black. First time I've ever worn a black lipstick!

W7 Liptember Lipstick in Black. First time I’ve ever worn a black lipstick!

So what are you waiting for? Visit www.liptember.com.au and support this amazing cause.

If you need mental health support, please contact Lifeline on 131 114 or visit lifeline.org.au (or a similar organisation in your country.)  Help is out there and it will get better.

I supported Liptember last year too! Wearing the Liptember W7 Lipstick in Raspberry Ripple.

I supported Liptember last year too! Wearing the Liptember W7 Lipstick in Raspberry Ripple.

Which lipstick shades will you be rocking this Liptember?


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*The first two lipsticks I’ve featured were provided to me to assist in preparing this post.  This has not affected my opinion in any way.  I’m a proud Liptember supporter!

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist (Toner)* Review

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I’ve always been a bit skeptical about Toners.  Is it really necessary to have a step in between cleansing and moisturising?  I remember the very first Toner I tried was one of those supermarket brands aimed at teenage acne. My skin burned like crazy after applying it.  Needless to say, that experience put me off toners for a while.

As I got older, and my skin got drier, I discovered hydrating toners.  They were always very gentle and it actually felt like they were actually doing something good for my skin.

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to try the Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist because it contains some of my favourite natural skincare ingredients, rose and aloe vera.  I was also curious to try something from model and wellness-enthusiast Miranda Kerr’s skincare line.

According to a media statement from Kora Organics founder Miranda Kerr, “we use the purest, highest quality, active certified organic, natural ingredients and formulate them to work strategically to maximise results, unleashing the body’s ability to heal.”

The Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist has an incredibly refreshing floral fragrance, which reminds me of spring.  The bottle’s spray function allows it to be applied to the skin in a gentle mist and leaves my face filling silky-smooth, the perfect base for moisturiser.  It’s toners like this that make me think that having an extra skincare step in-between cleansing and moisturising is worth it after all.

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist retails for $39.95 in Australia and is available from selected chemists and online at www.koraorganics.com.

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ORLY Sugar High Nail Polish Collection* Review

ORLY sugar high nail polishes in Sweet Dreams, Candy Shop and Plum Sugar.

ORLY Sugar High Collection nail polishes in Sweet Dreams, Candy Shop and Plum Sugar.

Purple is my favourite colour so I was delighted to receive three ORLY nail polishes from the Sugar High collection in delightful purple hues.

According to the press release, this collection is designed to “spark a candy-coated nostalgia of the sweet treats of childhood” and I completely agree!  For me, these shades conjure-up memories of cupcake icing, lollipops and bubblegum!

All three shades are super shiny, which perfectly compliments the collection’s sugar-sweet image.  I found that each polish required two coats.

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ORLY nail polish in Sweet Dreams

ORLY nail polish in Candy Shop.

ORLY nail polish in Candy Shop.

ORLY nail polish in Plum Sugar.

ORLY nail polish in Plum Sugar.

I was pleased to discover that ORLY nail polishes are very long lasting.  Manicures usually chip after two days for me, but I got five days of wear out of these shades!

ORLY nail polishes retail for $18.95 each in Australia and can be found at selected pharmacies and salons, as well as online at http://www.orlybeauty.com.au.


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