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My top three shampoo and conditioner sets: one to suit every budget

Hi Guys,

So I often get compliments about my hair and that’s not only credit to my amazing hair dresser I have been going to for over 10 years but also a good haircare routine. So today I wanted to review a few different shampoo and conditioner combos I use and love. I will have three categories, an under $10 a bottle, under $20 and under $30. So there should be something to suit everyones budget. Lets get straight into it..

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Fudge Hair Products Review

Hi Guys,

So today I am shining the spotlight on one of my favourite haircare brands, actually scratch that, my FAVOURITE haircare brand: Fudge. Fudge was created so people like you and me can ‘express ourselves’ and I have been using fudge hair products to create crazy colourful looks for years. My hairdresser stocks Fudge and it’s how I get my quirky hair fix when I want a pop of colour through my ends.  (more…)

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick (Rose) Review

Hi Guys,

So today I have a review for you and I am super excited as this product is fantastic. It’s the Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lipstick in Rose.

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This product is amazing, it oozes luxury and delivers on just that. ‘Rose’ is one of the new shades Laura Mercier has released. It’s a reddy coral shade and it looks flawless on the lips with its high pigmentation meaning it’s a one swipe lipstick. I love that this lipstick is so pigmented and I don’t need to apply a multitude of layers to get the colour right.

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It’s a creamy lipstick, however, unlike most creamy lipsticks, this doesn’t fly off the lips or move around easily. This lipsticks stays put and its also very moisturising. It kind of doubles as a lipbalm and lipstick which is great value for money! There is one thing which may turn a few people away from this lipstick and that is that it doesn’t have a matte finish. However, if you wanted to get a matte finish I suggest just dabbing the lips with powder. The wear life on this product is amazing. I have tested it over a 10 hour working day and only had to touch up once which is incredible.The packaging screams luxury and exclusivity. Its sleek packaging is sturdy and not flimsy like some lipstick packaging.

Me applying the gorgeous lipstick

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This product retails for $35AUD and I think that’s an extremely fair price for the quality of product you receive. Will definitely be picking up more colours from the range.

Swatches of ‘Rose’

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Overall, I rate this product highly and if the other colours from the range are as gorgeous as ‘Rose’ I may just have to buy the whole collection.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

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Autumn/Winter Essentials

Hi Guys,

So today I wanted to share with you my autumn essentials as it is starting to get a bit cooler of a morning and at night. So my autumn essentials are…

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LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub and Deliciously Skin Lip Salve in Peppermint and Vanilla* – These two are a match made in heaven. We all know as it gets cooler, our lips get dryer and crack easily. So its essential to regularly scrub the dead skin off the lips with the ever so delicious LUSH lipscrub and then hydrate and sooth the lips with the Deliciously Skin lip salve. I am soooo obsessed with this lip balm at the moment – it appeared in my monthly favourites and its now a staple in my handbag as I am always grabbing for it.

People for Plants Eye Cream* and Night Cream* – these two are also another perfect pairing. I discovered this organic skincare brand possibly just shy of a year ago and absolutely love their range. This night cream is life! It hydrates my skin and leaves me waking up with plump and elastic skin as of a morning. The eye cream hydrates my under eye area and overall these products have increased my skin tenfold.

Goatsmilk Moisturising Hand Cream* – With the dryer weather coming in, I know the first thing to chap besides my lips are my hands and let’s be honest, it’s painful. So it’s essential for me to carry a hand cream around in my handbag all autumn/winter long. Not only does this hand cream smell great, it soothes and moisturises my hands perfectly. A must have in my opinion.

Jojoba Botanical Hydrating Face Mask* – Even a typical oily/combination skin girl like me gets a bit dryer over winter so regular face masks are a must do. Especially a hydrating one like this one. It makes my skin feel soft, plump and hydrated which is exactly the goal.

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So they are my autumn/winter essentials, I hope they are some of yours too or they have given you some inspiration.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

Introducing my YouTube Channel

Hi Guys,

So today I wanted to announce to you guys that I have started a YouTube channel. If you follow me on social media you would already know this but if you don’t I would love to introduce you to my YouTube channel and would appreciate if you could tune in by subscribing :)

I have two videos up. My first video is a YouTuber Introduction Impersonation video.

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And my second video is my March Monthly 2015 favourites.

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And that’s all my news for today. Make sure you follow me on instagram (@xxbrittersblog) if you don’t already as that’s the social media platform I update the most :)

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

March Monthly Favourites

Hi Guys,

So today I am back with another monthly favourites and boy do I have a few for you this month. So keep reading if you want to see why these products made it into my monthly favourites.

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Lorac Pro Palette – I’ve had this palette for a while now but only recently have I started using it more frequently and really gotten into it. The taupe shade is the perfect crease colour and those shimmers shades add depth to any look. The palette consists of eight matte shades and eight shimmer shades. I don’t know why I didn’t get more into this palette sooner and look forward to creating more looks with this palette. Leave me a comment below if you would like to see me create a look using this palette. Find yours here.

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Too Faced La Belle Carousel Blush and Bronzer Duo – I got the Too Faced carousel for my 21st and I have absolutely been loving the blush and bronzer duo component. It features the ‘Chocolate Soleil’ bronzer and ‘Who’s your poppy?’ blush. The reason I love this duo is because not only are the shades perfect but it’s extremely portable.

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MAC Lipstick in Pure Decoration – It’s funny to think that a mascara I picked up accidently would become an absolute favourite. I picked this up at the corporate shop in west end thinking that it was pure heroin when in fact it was pure decoration. Its such a beautiful nude shade, perfect for when you have a lot going on with the eyes and you just want a simple shade on the lips. Find yours here.

Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara – Where to start with this one. LOVEEEE it! If you haven’t already please check out my full review here to find out exactly why I love this mascara. It has been brilliant and I don’t think there’s been a day go past since I got this mascara that I havn’t been wearing it. Find yours here.

Deliciously Skin Peppermint and Vanilla Lip Salve – When a PR company contacted me wanting to send me a range of vegan skincare I jumped at the opportunity as I LOVE organic skincare which isn’t full of chemicals and is good for your skin. I’m not a huge fan of paw paw ointment like most people mostly because of the smell so I was delighted to find a great smelling, highly moisturising lip treatment. If you are into vegan skincare, love a good lip treatment and adore the smell of peppermint and vanilla go and get your hands on this lip salve today. Find yours here.

Real Techniques Limited Edition Duo-Fiber Powder Brush – This brush is amazing! Not only does it look amazing with its black and chrome finish, this brush actually works wonders. It provides an amazing finish, kind of like an airbrush finish. What did I do before this?! I don’t even know. It comes in a limited edition set which makes it a bit hard if you only want the one brush which sucks but the whole set is amazing! Find yours here.

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Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo – From a yellow blonde to silver hair? That is what this amazing toning shampoo by Fudge gives me. Leave it in your hair for a good 10-15 minutes and watch your hair transform with this shampoo removing all yellow, bronzy tinges. Find yours here.

Premium Spa Australia Sugar Body Scrub in Frangipani and Coconut – If these were to be any time I could transfer smell between my computer screen and yours this would be it. THIS. SMELLS. AMAZING! Like wow, I need a candle in this scent – it is to die for. And what’s better is that this scrub is amazing and you only need a tiny bit to get a whole lot of use. Find yours here.

Tangle Teaze – I don’t know what I did before this. Well actually I do. I had A LOT of hair fallout and breakage and now I don’t. You can use this brush when wet or dry and it’s the perfect brush to reduce hair fallout. I have hung up my paddle brush for life now I have found this. If you haven’t got one of these already go and get one and see the difference for yourself. Find yours here.

And there we have it. My March Monthly Favourites. I hope you guys enjoyed this and you too share some of these favourites with me.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

Harbour Day Spa Review

Hi Guys,

I often review products on the blog but today I’m going to do something a little different and review an amazing service I received. On Tuesday I was invited to enjoy a luxurious pamper session at Harbour Day Spa in Cleveland and boy oh boy was it luxurious. From the minute I stepped in the doors I felt instantly relaxed and I was amazed by the opulence that the spa oozes. I spent just shy of four hours at the day spa and lapped up the state of pure relaxation the whole time I was there.

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I got to enjoy Harbour Day Spa’s new Autumn Package. As soon as I walked in the door, I was instantly greeted by the lovely staff. They then guided me to a room where I could put on my robe and store my belongings before being walking to the tranquil room where I had a few minutes to de-stress and unwind before starting my treatment. My Relaxation Therapist then guided me into a treatment room where she asked me a few questions about my skin before getting started with the amazing almond and orange foot scrub . I instantly felt relaxed. I then got on the massage table where I received a body brush and hands down the best back, neck and shoulder massage I have ever had in my life. Now, having a bad back, I have had a few massages in my time but this was without a doubt the best massage I had ever been given. I liked that the massage therapist continued to ask me if the pressure was okay. There is nothing worse than being in absolute agony as the massage therapist applies a ridiculous amount of pressure (not even kidding I have had a neck massage before where I was stiff and bruised for the next few days following the massage).

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We then moved on to a hydrating facial and I kept asking myself why I had not had one of these before. I will definitely be back, this was incredible and everyone needs to experience this bliss. I loved that fact that none of these products burned my face which can happen when new products are applied to the face – especially with my sensitive skin. Also you know when you go and get a facial and then you can’t leave the house for the next two days as your skin has broken out, well the products used don’t do this. They use O Cosmedics and boy do these products leave your skin feeling amazingly soft. My skin had more bounce and elasticity whilst also feeling significantly more hydrated. Lastly, we finished with a scalp treatment and lets be honest who doesn’t enjoy a good scalp massage.

I was then ushered into the salon side of the day spa and this is when it really hit me how big the day spa was. It was MASSIVE. Did I mention the salon overlooks the harbour?! I was literally getting my hair washed by another one of their amazing staff while I looked out onto the harbour. What a view. The staff then treated me to a cup of tea and scones while I enjoyed my glamour blow dry and I asked for some luscious curls. See below for the amazing results. Lastly I was treated to a makeup application using the Curtis Collection by yet another amazing staff member.

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Which leads me to a few things I want to say about the amazing staff at Harbour Day Spa. The business is owned by Leanne and Tracey and during my day at the spa I got to spend a bit of time with Leanne and she is an absolute pleasure to talk to. The passion she has for her business shines through and it’s clear to see this passion is part of the reason behind there successful business which has just celebrated its eleventh birthday. Each and every staff member was so lovely and greeted me with a smile which made a huge impact to my overall experience and made me feel even more relaxed.

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Another amazing thing about Harbour Day Spa is the feeling you get being there and after talking to Leanne I really did understand the atmosphere they were trying to create. Did I mention they even have a barber shop which is decked in manly gear so literally everyone has a space where they can feel completely relaxed at the spa.

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I absolutely loved every minute of my experience at Harbour Day Spa and will be back for more treatments for sure. I would 100% recommend the services offered at the day spa to any of my family and friends. You can visit their website for more information at https://www.harbourdayspa.com.au/ . Be sure to check out their current special offers at https://www.harbourdayspa.com.au/category/specials/current

Harbour Day Spa Cleveland

Corner of Shore Street and Masthead Drive
Raby Bay Cleveland Queensland 4163 Australia
T 07 3821 2955   F 07 3821 0477
relax@harbourdayspa.com.au

And that’s all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed this review it was certainly something different. Such an amazing experience.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

**This service was provided complimentary to me for review purposes. However, this didn’t persuade or alter my view and my review is 100% honest as per my disclaimer policy**