Monday, 26 January 2015

TAG TIME: Versatile Blogger Award

Every time a blogger does a personal post, I am sure to click and read about it. There is something sweet and lovely about personal posts, I love the opportunity to get to know the person behind the blog. We get so caught up with the never ending beauty reviews, beautiful pictures, lifestyle advices that sometimes we forgot the person behind the blog. And for that reason, personal 'Get to Know Me' posts are always one of my favourites to read.

I scanned through my blog and noticed that I have never done one for myself so to avoid being a hypocrite, I decided to do the 'Versatile Blogger Award' (read rules here). Be warned, I am not good at talking about myself and I'm pretty boring in real life but I'll try my best not to bore you into snooze land.

A special shoutout to Aaliyah, the gorgeous blogger behind Shadow Liner Girl and the two beautiful lovelies, Kelsey & Kenecha who blogs at Florals And Smiles for nominating me to do this post. And if I bore any of you to your death bed then you know who to blame. ;-)

Friday, 23 January 2015

REVIEW: BECCA Sheer Tint Lip Colour (Tatiana)

Now before you lovelies take a shoe and throw it towards me, yes I know this bloody thing has probably been discontinued but I found this gem in Winners (Winners is a store which sells past seasons brand name products for a hugely discounted price) before Christmas. This lipstick was buried under a mountain of L'Oreal, e.l.f and Laura Mercier products and surprisingly no one took heed of it. While this might have been discontinued in most parts of the world, it is still available for purchase on BECCA Australian website (click here). Honestly, I am not one who cares for the latest rage, trend or product. What matters most to me is how good/bad the product performs on me and let me tell you, this is amah-zing!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

REVIEW: John Frieda Full Repair Oil Elixir

From no hair post to two within a month, I am definitely on a hairy roll. Today's post is a follow up from my last hair care post (read here) which had great feedback from most of you. I will admit that this product is one of my latest purchases and I've only been using it for roughly a month but gosh, I need aka MUST, let you know just how amazing it is.

I have always used a leave in treatment for my hair and hair oils are my absolutely favourites. I have purchased many along the years, some I like, some don't make any difference and there were many that I hated and threw away. A month ago I ran out of my Dove hair oil (reviewed here) and was desperate to purchase another. I read about another Dove hair oil on another blog and I had every intention to purchase that but when I walked into the store, I had completely forgotten about it. I knew it was from Dove but couldn't seem to recall which hair oil. Old people brain, sigh. 

Not all is lost though because I picked up John Frieda Full Repair Oil Elixir and this baby has been a MAJOR staple in my hair care routine ever since.

Monday, 19 January 2015

REVIEW: Hyperbiotics Pro-Immune Advanced Immune Formula and Pro-15 Advanced Strength

Taking supplements is a tricky subject. Some claim it helps them tremendously, some don't believe in it and others couldn't be arse about it. I personally have been taking supplements since the young age of 13. It was ancient time my friends, gwad damn ancient time...when the dinosaurs still roam the earth.

I was extremely active, attending tennis and swimming practise 6 days a week which meant I was constantly under the sun and my body was always under tremendous pressure. My mum taught me the habit of taking supplements, actually I had no choice because she sat next to me and made sure I swallowed those damn pills. Got to love mothers, eh? 

Recently I was given the chance to try 2 probiotic supplements from the company Hyperbiotic. I received Pro-15 Advanced Strength* and Advanced Immune Formula* to test and review and have been consistently taking it everyday since receiving it. After almost a month of taking both supplements, I am now ready to give my thoughts.

Hyperbiotics Pro-Immune Advanced Immune Formula and Pro-15 Advanced Strength 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Lifestyle Box REVIEW: Indulge Me January 2015 Box

Indulge Me box is a fairly new gift box subscription that is available in Canada. The company is based in Montreal and the first box was released in November 2014. Each box is CAD20.00 and starting with February box, Indulge Me will be charging CAD5.00 for shipping within Canada and CAD6.00 for shipping to US. I personally feel that Canadians are getting the raw end of the deal with the new shipping cost so I quickly cancelled my subscription before the next charges.

Thanks to the amazing feedback I received on my ipsy December bag post (read here) from now onwards, all of my subscription box posts will include a review on each item. However, this means the posts will only be published end of the month in order for me to have enough time to properly test each product.

I signed up for a one month subscription in December so this is the unboxing and review of their January 2015 box. Bear in mind, Indulge Me is a lifestyle box and they will include a mix of skin care, makeup, accessories and surprise gifts.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

REVIEW: Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest (411)

Burt's Bees is a brand that has been a favourite of mine since a long time. I personally am using the lip shimmer and lip balm (my favourite is Acai Berry, yum!) while little tyke is using the diaper ointment. Needless to say, Burt's Bees has been a permanent staple in the House of Platt, from mummy to baby, it has helped us tremendously.

I recently received this Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in shade Redwood Forest (411) in my Luxe Box ZOOMER Winter Edition (reviewed here) and a few of you lovelies requested a review for it. This is the latest offering from Burt's Bees and it comes in six shades.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest (411)

Monday, 12 January 2015

Oven Baked Tuna Cakes with Left Over Mashed Potatoes

Left over mashed potatoes are a pain for me, I never know what to do with it. Hubby dearest is usually more than happy to add a little milk and butter to it and with a quick pop into the microwave, he is good to go. I on the other hand, am not a fan of it at all. In the past I wouldn't think twice to throw it away but these days I'm trying to be more conscious about food wastage.

Not knowing what to do with the darn potatoes made me turn to trusty ol' Google and after a very quick research, tuna cakes seems to be one of the favourite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. And that is how this recipe came into plan. It's very simple and quick to put together with ingredients that are usually in the kitchen.

I did try to make these tuna cakes healthier by baking it in the oven instead of pan frying it, less oil is always better. This is a very versatile recipe which you can easily put your own twist to it so I would honestly love to know if you give it a try and what are your changes.

Let's get busy in the kitchen!