Sunday, 23 June 2019

Let's talk about skincare, baby - a Lancome review


It's my 28th birthday in a few weeks. This year I decided to dedicate time finding a better skincare line as I inch toward my 30s.

I had terrible skin growing up. I had acne from the time I was 9 (I know, 9!) and then it went as quickly as it came by the time I was 13. I've had pretty clear skin since then, but it's very dry and prone to wrinkles because of it.

I walked into Myer (our resident department store, for those of you not in Australia!) and asked the ladies at the counters of several skincare lines what they recommend for dry skin. Lancome was the only brand that had products I felt would work with my skin type.



There several lines to choose from when it comes to dry skin and anti-aging, both of which are my main concerns. In terms of a price point and value,, the lines that drew my attention were Hydra Zen and Advance Genefique.


I'll start with Hydra Zen. As you can tell from the name, Hydra Zen is aimed at deep moisturization and anti-stress. While the anti-stress part may sound like a bit of fluff, what it's referring to is the external factors of stress on skin, such as artificial temperature (air conditioning and heating) and things like wind and chill. My favourite part of the Hydra Zen line is the delicate scent.



Every morning and night I use the I use the Tonique Comfort toner for removing residue and makeup. I follow this with the Vissionaire Advanced Skin Corrector , which reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. This is followed by the Hydra Zen Anti-stress Moisturizing Cream on days when my skin feels especially dry. I am still using a drug store moisturizer with SPF protection for day time for the time being, but may switch to one of Lancome's offerings later on.

At night I use the Tonique Comfort , although I received the Bi-Facil Visage toner recently as a free gift with purchase and have found that to be a perfect alternative. I follow this with the Advanced Genefique Serum and the Genefique Night Repair Cream.




I have never had softer or more hydrated skin since starting this routine. If you are considering upgrading your skincare and are looking for recommendations, I can't recommend Lancome enough.

I have tried to be clever about my Lancome purchases, and have had quite a bit of success! I have purchased creams and serums from Catch.com.au for nearly half price, and have waited for sales and times when certain items are gifted with purchase. I would say I have spent half the RRP for most of the products in one way or another.

The price list for Aussie girls is here (and as many of you are in the US, you will know that everything is less expensive there)

Tonique Comfort - $63AUD for 200ml
Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Cream - $90AUD for 50ml
Advanced Genefique Serum - $100 for 30ml
Genefique Night Repair Cream - $148 for 50ml
Vissionaire Advanced Skin Corrector - $115 for 30ml



I've been asked about my skincare routine several times now, and was excited to finally share it. I hope this helps, and thank you so much for reading.

xo









































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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Minding Her Business + Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

I've heard it said that if you aren't pushing yourself - if you aren't uncomfortable, you're not growing. I can't tell you how true I have found that to be.

Think of where you are at right now. If you are performing your daily routine with such ease that you are getting bored, chances are there is a beautiful opportunity for you to grow. It doesn't even have to be in a big way.

Every year I set 2-3 goals for the year and then take smaller steps throughout the year to reach those bigger goals. One of my goals was to become more confident with networking, so when Minding Her Business kindly reached out to invite me to their first event in Melbourne, I jumped at the chance.


I am introverted by nature, and over the years I have come to accept and love that part of myself without trying to change my core being. I will probably always stand closer to the walls at parties, be happier with a few close friends than a myriad of friends and need recharge time by being alone. That is part of being an introvert! However, what I can change about what naturally comes with introversion is nervousness at events where I may not know many people. Networking events are the perfect opportunity to stretch and flex my introvert muscle and feel more comfortable in my skin at parties.

I invited the beautiful Suzy (miss_sueky on instagram) who I had been speaking to for months but never met. This was another huge step out of my comfort zone (hello fear of rejection!) but she gladly obliged and off we went.

I feel blessed to have been given such a lovely opportunity to become more comfortable with networking events, because this was stunning. Set at Greenfield's, Albert Park and hosted by the lovely Katie Stevens, it ended up being the best way to spend a Saturday morning. Every speaker on the panel admitted to being nervous about public speaking, and the host herself advised the audience of ladies that she was nervous about hosting this event as it was the first in Melbourne.





Everything I have done that forms who I am now was started by a step in an uncomfortable direction. Moving to Australia, having children at a young age, studying after having those children, beginning a career in the cutthroat industry of recruitment - all of those choices have led to amazing things!

I've failed at it too, of course. I wanted to learn French last year so I took 6 months of classes, but ended up so time poor I finally stopped (but not before learning several phrases, the entire French alphabet and that the last letter of words in French is rarely pronounced!). I wanted to try ballet this year too but took one class and knew it would not work with my schedule. And none of that has had a negative impact on me, it's just helped me better shape my goals.

So, today I encourage you to examine what parts of your life are all too comfortable. Set some goals. Try to orient them around the unspoken desires of your heart. They don't have to be huge. Maybe you always wanted to learn an instrument, or take a course, or end a friendship that is toxic to you. Whatever it is, just do it. Once you start making small, brave adjustments to your life, you won't stop and you won't regret it. I promise.





Credits:
Photography by Taylor Jarrod Photography
Event by Minding Her Business
Dress by Stop Staring














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Sunday, 2 June 2019

Baking with Littles - Bubblegum Rice Kripsie Treats


I grew up making Rice Krispie Treats with my mother. I hadn't realised how American a tradition this is until I looked into recipes here in Australia and found that most were from American blogs!

We used the pink and white marshmallows available here in Australia. I know that rainbow mini marshmallows are available in the US but haven't seen pink marshmallows like this there! If they do exist, comment below and let me know!




Bubblegum Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups marshmallows (mini is best)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Treats
  • 1 tsp bubblegum flavoring
  • pink food colouring*
  • sprinkles


*Only necessary if you did not use pink marshmallows.


Directions:


  1. Melt butter and marshmallows in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. 
  2. Stir together until smooth 
  3. Add Rice Krispies and 1 tsp bubblehgum flavoring
  4. Add pink food colouring (if you did not use pink marshmallows)
  5. Stir together and then press into a lined baking pan
  6. Remove when set, approx 1 hour.














We don't have mini marshmallows here, so I used these large ones. They still worked a treat but definitely don't melt as well and were stickier than the marshmallow I am used to! We had fun getting our hands sticky with this one. (see below!)




Using these extra sticky marshmallows and adding the bubblegum flavoring made these so much more fun than traditional white Rice Krispie Treats




If you want a super easy recipe that you can do yourself (or with kids) on a rainy day, this is perfect!


Thank you to the beautiful Bettie Von Sweetz who sent us these gorgeous aprons. We have quite the collection of aprons now and this is my absolute FAVOURITE design! It has the loveliest corset back (not pictured, but you can see this on her website) and the prettiest floral applique.

If you would like your very own custom apron design or one already available, head to https://bettievonsweetz.com/

I couldn't be more thankful for the lovely women I have met along this blogging journey.

Thank you for reading!

xo Miss Betty Doll
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