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HI :) My names Monique and i'm a 25 (almost 26) year old australian uni student that is addicted to health, fitness, food, makeup, beauty and fashion.
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Weekly Wish List

Hi people :)

Im going to try put one of these weekly wish lists up at the end of every week but since i often want alot of stuff i don't need i'm going to try limit the list to 9 items.

If anyone has tried any of these and likes/dislikes them let me know in the comments below :)
Have a good weekend everyone!

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Hi people :)

So mothers day is only a week and two days away and i have a nice list of gift ideas for all those people out there that haven't gotten around to getting/doing something nice for their mother.

Lush have once again bought out some beautiful mothers day specific gifts such as the Happy Mothers Day gift pack and the The Mum bubble bar. Although i'm sure if your mum's into bath stuff you could get away with giving her anything from the Lush line (i know i love all lush stuff!). They have stores in all major australian cities otherwise you have until may 8th to order online for mothers day delivery.
PJs and Slippers:
Not very original but always a winner with my mum. Its great that mothers day falls so close to winter in australia, a good excuse to buy mum some warm pjs and slippers for mothers day. Peter Alexander have a great range of good quality pjs on offer this season (see here) as well as some cute accessories (here). If your not keen on spending that much for Pjs, target has some really affordable nice looking sets in their catalogue at the moment (see here). One particular pair of slippers i bought mum last year where from www.blumoose.com.au and they are the most soft and warm slippers i had ever gifted and as i write this mum is wearing them (good gift when she still wears them a year later :D ).

Whether you want to spend a lot or a little on your mum this mothers day there are many nice options available fragrance wise. Chemist warehouse always has discounted prices on over 200 well known fragrances which is always heaps cheaper than buying from large department stores such as Myer and David jones (here's the link to their perfume selection). Priceline also offer some nice gift packs for under $100 such as the Chloe and Marc Jacobs Lola packs. If your looking to purchase something a little more pricey, my pick would be the new Roberto Cavalli EDP which i smelt last week. This is now on my birthday wish list!
Depending on your mother you might want to give the gift of adventure/experience.
Redballoon.com.au offers over 2000 experiences ranging from $15 to $15000. My picks would be A massage at home, Champagne Breakfast for 2, or for the adventure mum maybe some paintball? Another good gift option is the 'Mummy: Secrets of the tomb' exhibition on at the Queensland Museum Southbank. Tickets are only $22 for adults and available from www.foxtix.com.au. The exhibition runs until August 19th but if your going to book do it soon because lots of sessions are already sold out.

Flowers and Dinner:
It's always a nice gesture to give mum a break for one night and cook her a nice home made dinner. I like to find all my recipes from www.taste.com.au. A good trick is to type in what your thinking of making and then clicking 'highest rated', that what it weeds out all the recipes that may not be so nice once cooked. If your not keen on cooking/good a cooking why not find a decent restaurant and book a table. Www.eatability.com.au is a good site full of reviews and star rating which makes it easy to pick a nice restaurant in your town. An always nice addition to dinner are the bunch of flowers. I like to buy mine from a local florist or Woolworths (they are really well priced!) otherwise having a nice bunch delivered from an australia wide flower service will be just as good (eg. www.easyflowers.com.au, www.rosesonly.com.au, www.fastflowers.com.au or www.1300flowers.com.au).

What have you decided to do for your mum this mothers day?
Have a good weekend!

Nude by Nature BB 5-in-1 Miracle Cream

Good evening all!

For my first review i chose the newly released Nude by nature BB Cream. I was super excited to see this finally arrive at work after a month on backorder.

I only came upon the BB craze about a year ago with my first purchase of the brightly pink packaged Skin 79 triple function BB cream. Since then i have liked the idea of a functional 'foundation like' cream but never really liked the idea of ordering them from overseas, having to wait for delivery and then finding out i don't like the shade.

Nude by nature on the other hand has been a staple in my makeup routine since it came out and is easily accessible (on the north side of brisbane at least), so thats why i was extra excited to see the release of their very own BB cream.

Nude by nature's BB claims to be a '5-in-1' miracle cream that 1.Hydrates, 2.Radiates, 3.Corrects, 4.Perfects and 5. Protects, all while being completely free of toxic chemicals, paraben preservatives and drying sulphates. Sounds pretty awesome to me.

So onto the review...

Price and Packaging:
I managed to snap up this baby for the low price of $14.95 (oh i love staff discount) whereas it's usual RRP is $19.95. It comes neatly packaged in an appealing 50ml tube which i always love over pump bottles and little pouring bottles as i could never scrape out the last remnants of the product, but with tubes it's easy to squeeze and crush to my hearts content until i get all my moneys worth.

Coverage and Shades:
Before buying this BB cream it is important to know that it's very lightweight and sheer (like most BB creams and tinted moisturisers), so if your on the market for something to cover up blemishes and excess redness this product is probably not what your looking for.

In saying that, i do have alot of redness on my nose that this BB doesn't cover up so i just put a little of my usual foundation on the parts i feel i need a little extra coverage, blend, set and Tada! Beautiful Finish!
I bought the shade Light, as i'm usually the lightest shade in all foundations, and it matches me pretty well. It also comes in medium and dark.

I wore this exact combo to work yesterday and got some very lovely complements on  how beautiful and glowy my skin looked, i always thought i had nice skin with makeup on (not to be modest or anything :p) but its amazing when other people think i have nice skin and feel that it looks nice enough to actually compliment me on it :D

Lasting Power:
I found that with a setting powder it lasted for a good 7 or so hours before showing some signs of oiliness and sliding. I have quite dry skin with small patches of oiliness of my forehead and sides of my nose and my skin loves the extra hydration this BB cream offers, in saying that... i could imagine that someone with oily skin may have issues with sliding earlier than the 7 hour mark.

Final Say:
All in all im really impressed with this product. I love the sheer, glowy coverage it gives to my face as well as the potential added benefits of using a 5-in-1 BB cream. I think it's really well priced for the amount of product received, especially when i think about the fact that i just bought a 30ml smashbox foundation for 3 times the price :s. I couldn't find this BB cream for sale on the nude by nature website (www.nudebynature.com.au) just yet but could imagine as they ship to more stores they will make it available on their website.
I will happily continue to use this BB cream :)

Hope you all have a great night.

Here's to making a start...

So i've been thinking over the last 5 months or so about starting this blog, it's taken me that long to get off my lazy be-hind and make a start. It's pretty much going to be about myself and my love of all things makeup, fashion, beauty and life!

So who am i?

Name: Monique
Age: 24 (turning 25 in june)
Occupation: Full time nursing student/part time pharmacy assistant
Hometown: Brisbane, QLD, Australia

I generally spend way too much time reading blogs and watching youtube videos about makeup and skincare reviews. In no way do i consider myself a makeup guru or anyone with a huge knowledge of makeup. I just love to shop and spend money on nice things...stuff i don't need and thought i would finally get my opinion out there about those things.

Next up will be my review on the new Nude by nature BB cream, so i hope someones looking forward to that :)

      Talk soon.

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