Monday, 24 October 2016

NOTD: Pink Ribbon Day

Hola mi amigas! How was your weekend?

Today's post will be a pretty quick, yet kinda poignant one.

As I'm sure you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the whole month coinciding with Pink Ribbon Day, which is normally held on the last (or, in this case, 2nd last) Monday of the month. I'm also sure that there's not one woman out there who hasn't been touched by breast cancer in some way, shape or form, whether it be personally, through a family member or through a friend. Even if you haven't been affected, there are plenty of high-profile women out there like Jane McGrath, Shannen Doherty or (just recently, sadly) Rebecca Wilson who have either fought & lost their battle with the disease or who are still waging war against it.

So with this day firmly in mind, I decided to do a very simple skittle manicure in support of & as a tribute to the women out there who have battled this disease & won, as well as those who have fought & lost.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Trip Haul (Part 1): Makeup, Hair & Fragrance

Hola mi amigas I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaack!

I don't know about you, but whenever I return from a holiday it takes me a while to get back into the swing of things. Whilst I can't say this time around was any different, I did however decide to ease any internal pressure by delaying all blog work (except photography) for an extra week. Putting myself under pressure to deliver just raises my stress levels & a stressed-out Shell is no bueno for anyone or anything, let alone this blog.

But enough about that, let's get to the good stuff...betcha dying to know what I hauled right? And when I say hauled, I mean hauled! I was very good with myself up until I got to the US & from there on in it was hell for leather as far as my spendage was concerned. A 32-odd kg suitcase & Virgin America collecting $75US from me for my flight from San Francisco to Honolulu later....luckily for me, I cruised back home to Sydney so there were no further excess baggage charges to pay, hooray! I consider myself pretty lucky to have paid it just the once.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Project Polish Winter 2016 - The End (of the Entire Project!)

Missed out on all the Project Polish action on TNL? Read up on about it here. Just want to know about the Winter edition? Find out what polishes I included here and how much progress I made at the halfway mark here.

Ok peeps, let me be real here for a mo. The final few weeks of this Project Polish has been tough. Real tough. I've barely made time to paint my nails, nor have I had a real inclination to do so. I kept telling myself that I'd sit down & do it on a certain day, but then that day came & I was either busy doing other things or, quite frankly, too exhausted to put fingernail to polish.

For some reason throughout each edition of Project Polish, I've done quite well up until halfway & then afterwards its all gone to pot. Maybe there's something in that??

Monday, 22 August 2016

Scrub-A-Dub-Dub With Sukin

Updated 21/10/16
I know I've mentioned in the past that I make my own body scrub; but as my recent Priceline haul will attest, I stopped being frugal for a sec & bought a few pre-made scrubs to try out. Today I'm going to give my first impressions of the 2 Sukin body scrubs I purchased - the Renewing Body Scrub with Green Tea & Coconut, plus the Energising Body Scrub with Coffee & Coconut.

Never heard of Sukin before? They're an Australian natural skin & hair care company that have fast become a favourite amongst beauty lovers nationwide, as well as worldwide. (I think I may have seen a UK blogger raving about them recently, but don't quote me on that.) Their focus is on providing affordable & high quality skin & hair care without chemical nasties like sulphates, parabens or harsh detergents. In fact, the list of what they don't include in their products is almost a mile long! (Anyone who has ever bought one of their products would've noticed that list on their packaging.) They're also a cruelty-free company, which is another bonus.

Monday, 15 August 2016

How This Former Over-packer Changed Her Ways

I don't know about you, but packing for a holiday can be a nightmare. If you're anything like my former self, you end up chucking in all these clothes & costume jewellery, only to discover that (a) you don't end up wearing them & (b) the things you end up needing like long sleeve tops, scarves & a decent jacket you don't pack. (Hello eastern Canada in early autumn!) Cue a mad scramble to the shops to find something you like...or don't like, in the case of my very touristy Niagara Falls hoodie. (Hey, I had to keep warm!) If you're also anything like former me, you could find yourself potentially losing your luggage at the hands of officious VIA Rail staff in Toronto because it's overweight* & well, they're sticklers for weight restrictions. Cue lots of swearing, stress & the realisation that something had to give the next time you travel overseas.....

...enter the capsule wardrobe.