Hello there! I hope you’re well, it’s been a little while since my last beauty related blog post because a) I’ve been a bit busier than usual lately, and b) my last post was a cheeky little cocktail recipe! Check that out here if you haven’t already..

It’s currently a Friday evening, I have a glass of red in hand and I thought I would share with you just a few things that I’ve starting using lately and am absolutely loving! There’s not a lot here really, as I talked about quite a few things I’ve been using and loving recently in my ‘Winter-proof your skin’ post. But that’s all good, I prefer to condense things down to smaller blog posts rather than posts with lots to share, and that’s what I hopefully intend to do in general.

Sooo, without further a do, let me chew your ear off about these little beauties….

First up, is the Origins Original Skin Rose Clay Mask. I absolutely loved their ‘Clear Improvement’ charcoal mask, I used to suffer with breakouts a LOT, and I swear this was the first mask I used religiously and literally improved my skin week after week, to the point I think it has a lot to do with where my skin is today! So I had my eye on this for a while with high expectations and it has certainly exceeded them..

It’s made up of rose clay which is a pink form of kaolin clay, willow-herb which has soothing anti-inflammatory properties, and jojoba beads for exfoliation. It claims to promote a luminous, healthy glow and reduce the appearance of pores.

Description – It has a thick consistency, it’s pale pink in colour and is full of those little jojoba beads. It’s quite opaque and a little seems to go a long way because of that high opacity coverage nature.

I’ve used this twice a week for 3 weeks now and it’s become such a treat to use. It dries within 5 minutes and forms that typically tight, clay mask. I always tend to leave masks on for up to an hour because I find myself pottering around with it on, and I am the type who can potter of hours! But I have washed this off after the 10-15 minutes instructed and have still felt as soft and healthy as I have after an hour, it makes no difference whatsoever!

My skin feels so soft after using this, especially with the added exfoliating benefit of the jojoba beads while both applying and removing. My pores feel reduced and there is an overall softer smooth appearance to my skin. I love the fact this is keeping my skin detoxified, smooth and glow all at the same time. As opposed to the blemish clearing, mattifying masks I used to always reach for back when I suffered with my skin, I like to find masks that still detoxify, but treat to a create a glowy, moisturised finish at the same time. This definitely does just that! ($37 AUD but lasts so long as a little goes a long way)

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose

I don’t think I need to say much more about my love for Alpha-H and their original liquid gold.. It changed my skin for life! I think I’ve been using it religiously now for a year and along with all the skincare I will try, this will always be a staple. I will never go back!

When I heard they had bought out this version, I thought it would be a perfect time to try it as winter fast approached!

So it’s basically the original glycolic based formula, but with added rose, lotus, orchid and red algae extracts which help deliver more moisture. It’s also a bit kinder on sensitive skin if you’re a little sensitive!

I use it 3 nights a week just as I would the original formula and it’s kept my skin toned, calm and clear just as the original formula does. I do feel the extra moisture and nourishment from the added botanicals and I would happily use this all year around but I will probably go back to the original during the warmer, oily prone months to keep my skin under control.

It has a rose scent mixed in to the punchy original nail varnish remover type smell which I did have to get used to as I didn’t love it straight away, but I’ve actually grown to love the smell.

Alpha-H, you continue to be my best friend! If you’d like to buy this for yourself, or find out more click here.

Ok, so I had my eye on this for a while after seeing really great reviews of it on the Mecca website, its by a Korean beauty brand called Mizon and it’s their Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel. I mean, the name itself is just fabulous if you ask me! It’s basically an exfoliating gel, made with fruit and flower extracts and glycolic, and it’s SO easy to use.

For $15 AUD it’s such a good value product, because it works so well and you literally don’t need a lot as a little goes a long way and the job is done in 2 minutes max!

Description – It’s a gentle gel exfoliant that sloughs away dead skin cells in a pilling action. Pilling is basically little balls appearing as you rub over the face. The balls I think are actually the gel itself but while taking the dead skin with it. It’s designed for dull congested and delicate skin.

How to use – It’s a white, gel like formula that you apply as much as you need (which isn’t really a lot) to clean dry skin. Use a rubbing motion all over the skin to form the little pilling balls, and do this for only 1-2 minutes. Once you’ve done your whole face for a minute or two, just rinse it off!

My experience – The first time I used this I was blown away by how soft and exfoliated my skin felt, considering it feels and smells like such a gentle formula. It’s also so damn easy to use for such amazing results! I’ve used this twice a week and it’s helped keep my skin extra soft and healthy. A really fun, effective, easy product to use.

 

So there you have a few skincare products I felt worthy of chatting about with you guys! I hope you enjoyed, let me know if you try any of these and what you think, or if you already love any of these!

 

G x

 

**Discaimer – This is not a sponsored or gifted post. All products were bought by myself and all opinions are honest, and my own. Some links may be affiliate links**

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So you might be here because you love a tipple and fancy checking out this LAVELY cocktail recipe, or you might have clicked in to find out what the hell I’m talking about when I say it’s a ‘Christmas in July’ cocktail!?

Basically, down here in Australia our seasons are back to front to the northern hemisphere, and since Oz is full of expats like myself, when winter arrives we feel (I certainly do anyway!) a little festive.. So because our Christmases are usually celebrated in anything up to 40 degree heat, it only feels right and fair we celebrate it twice, once when it’s actual Christmas, and once when it feels more Christmassy – winter! So guys, if you’re not from down here and feel sorry for us for having to celebrate Christmas in the heat, please don’t because we can basically chose to have TWO *smug*.

(BTW, my husband and I watched Love Actually this week. It was cold and raining outside and I was feeling festive as hell, so yep, Christmas in July is awesome for people who are as crazy about the festive season as me.)

Anyway….  I’ve wanted to mix things up a bit on the blog here for a while and all this got me thinking that I really fancied trying out a new cocktail to have as a go-to during this month when I’m feeling a little festive, so tried my hand at a little recipe I had seen and loved the sound of. Because this is a place to share my fave things, where better to share it than here on my blog with you guys, I hope you like it! It includes gin, and something a little different…

For those of you living up where it’s currently summer, this is still perfect drink to make in the summer as it’s v v refreshing.


What you’ll need.. (makes 1)

  • 60ml gin (I used what I had in the kitchen, but there are way nicer gins out lately that I must try!)
  • 60ml pomegranate juice
  • Soda water (to top)
  • Ice
  • 1 tbsp rosemary syrup (the ‘something a little different’ bit)
  • 1 tsp pomegranate arils (to garnish)
  • A sprig of rosemary (to garnish)

I bought my gorgeous copper cocktail shaker from Pottery barn and I am obsessed! It looks proper classy in my kitchen, now all I need is a bar cart! *Makes one cocktail, gets carried away*

Ok so I first made the rosemary syrup, it’s really easy and it is made like this…

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sprig rosemary

You basically heated it all together until it boils, turn it down and simmer for a minute or 2, then remove and cool. Told you it was easy!

I absolutely love this little recipe, the syrup smells amazing! I don’t think I ever realised how much rosemary looks and smells like pine trees. I’ll definitely make it at Christmas from now on.

 

To the cocktail shaker add the ice, gin, pomegranate juice, and 1 tablespoon of the rosemary syrup and shake it all together. Once shaken, pour it over ice..

Then top this mixture with soda water to your taste, garnish with the pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary and you are done!

How great does the garnish make it look? I think its such a beautiful looking cocktail to present to your friends any time of year.

 

 

I hope you liked this lifestyle-y post I’ve thrown in, just fancied doing a little something to mix things up a bit! Let me know if you make this and what you think. It was fun to make and even better to drink!

 

Love G x

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