Simplicity with Akin

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As always, when receiving blogger mail, the excitement is next level and I can’t wait to try my goodies and share them with you guys. Yep, I’ve been blogging for over a year, but I’m still like a kid at Christmas when my blogger mail arrives!

So, what did I get this time?

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CEDEL RETRO DRY SHAMPOO

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My hair is shocking. Seriously, it just has no life! I wash it once a week, I go to the gym, and generally it looks like a mop on the daily. Sigh. Everyone seems to be obsessed with dry shampoo. I have tried a few but haven’t really added it to my beauty routine. Until now.

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Brows ‘on fleek’ thanks to BENEFIT

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Confessions:

When getting my makeup done professionally, I never let the make up artist colour my eyebrows in.
I have only recently started getting my eyebrows tinted lighter.
I literally do my makeup and don’t touch my eyebrows, except the occasional little bit hair spray or gel, if I have any.

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Chef Good

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Another week, another food delivery. This time from Chef Good – a mixture of frozen and refrigerated meals. I received the 1200 package which had breakfast, lunch and dinner, which was delivered on Sunday.

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Breaking news: I have upper lip hair!

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OMG! I am human. Who doesn’t have a few little whiskers on their upper lip?! I am sure there are a few – #envy, but not many!

Being half Turkish I have a little hair growth, which I am taking care of with laser. Unfortunately laser on my upper lip has been frustrating, as it’s not taking full effect like it is on the rest of my body. Annoying, I know.

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NYX LAUNCH

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So I have heard so much about NYX Cosmetics, but have never really tried the product. I know, I am such a bad blogger!

Priceline Bourke Street opened its doors to NYX Cosmetics recently, and girls had been lining up from 6am – how crazy is that? The first 100 in line did get a free goodie bag, so I do get it ladies, hehe.

The NYX counter was buzzing; girls everywhere, bloggers galore, great tunes and vibe. I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t know what to grab! 

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Bhave to the rescue

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So, I am one of those people who doesn’t invest in expensive, high-end hair products. I use ‘supermarket bands’ – don’t judge me! I only really buy products when I am getting my hair done. After paying $400 for foils, what’s another $70, right?! So I get sucked in, buy good hair products, promise myself I’ll stick to it, and then don’t! I am sure I am not alone, ladies!

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Ethique

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Being in the blogging business means lots of packages on the weekly, and lot of waste from packaging.

I came across Ethique, a New Zealand based company, who make bar-based hair and skin products that can last as long as 5 bottles of its liquid equivalent

On first impression, there was lots of variety in my package! I did think, “how on earth do I use this!?”.

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Meet Sarah

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I am so excited to feature Sarah, the owner of Sunkissed the Collective. I am all about #Girlbosses and obsessed with online shopping, so it’s an honor to have Sarah on my blog. If you’re in love with summer, the ocean and tan lines like me, or need a new outfit for your next adventure or summer date night… Sunkissed the Collective is for you, ladies. You are going to fall in love. Don’t panic, she also has knitwear for you Melbourne ladies, and the most amazing towels to create the perfect beach selfie, #beachlife.

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LUV UR SKIN launch

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Luv Ur Skin launch.

I don’t watch a lot of TV, so I clearly am out of the Sharktank loop, but that’s okay cause Sharktank didn’t make Luv Ur Skin. Izzy already did it all on her own, and she is only a teen!

Her launch was held at her warehouse – #teenboss goals!

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Kissable lips with Blistex

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I am pretty sure every household has a Blistex lying around somewhere. Whether it’s a lip balm or pot, I am sure there’s one in your bathroom, handbag or office drawer.

Blistex has always been a favourite in our household. From the girls’ handbags to the men’s pockets, it’s our winter savior.

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#whiteglo

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When you love a glass – okay, a bottle! – of red wine, and have multiple cups of coffee a day, your teeth tend to get a lovely yellow glow, right? Who’s with me?

I have had zoom whitening, chair whitening… I am a little obsessed with white teeth. What annoys me is spending so much on my teeth and the result not lasting. 

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BASTILLE DAY FEST

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As much as I would love to write about how great Bastille Day was, we need to take a moment to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in Nice. My heart goes out to the families, France and the entire world, really.

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Keep calm with Arbonne

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A few years back I had my first Arbonne experience. A friend of mine at the time recommended the brand to me, so I could explore what skincare worked for me, and also trial a foundation.

The consultant basically gave me a week’s sample of the range to try, but barely explained anything about the products or how they would work for my skin. They were messaging me everyday trying to get a sale, but to be honest I was quite put off by the entire experience.

What did I think of the skincare then? In 5-7 days you can’t really tell how a product is on your skin. I prefer to give skincare products around 4 weeks to really get a feel for the product.

That said, I have heard great things about the company, so I think we just got off on the wrong foot.

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Beauty packing essentials

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It’s now less than 20 days ’til I am on a flight to New York City! I have always wanted to go to the States and can’t believe it’s actually happening.

Packing beauty products can be a pain. Products are heavy, make-up can break. The last thing you need is a smashed palette. I tend to pack my own shampoo and conditioner too. YUP (blonde hair problems)

I can keep going if you like? I literally pack the entire bathroom and barely end up using any of it, so this trip I really wanted to pack smart.

So what am I packing? 

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Sent with love from Emballage

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If you follow me on Snapchat (feel free, it’s insincerely.her) you will know that I get a lot of ‘’blogger mail’’. A few weeks ago I received a beautiful package from Emballage (apologies again about the delay, ladies!) This was the most beautiful delivery I have ever received.

What came was a beautiful white box that had my initials and a tassel as the tag, along with a note in a gorgeous envelope. From the box to the ribbon to the personal note, there was only one word to describe my box: luxurious.

So excited to tell you all what was inside!

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

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It’s not every day you get to attend a movie premier and walk a red carpet I mean GOLD.. serious pinch myself moment. I was so excited to attend the Melbourne premiere of Absolutely Fabulous. I have not seen an episode of the hit series which is crazy as I love bubbles, fashion and all things Brit!

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Oh brother

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Firstly, this blog post is dedicated to my older brother Oz. Just recently I tried to explain to him what a blog is. Massive fail. He just looked at me like a stunned mullet and said ‘why would anyone send you anything?’-  little does he know his sister is a Z list socialite hehe.

Jokes aside, as his birthday was coming up I always buy him Adidas clothing or a bottle of JOOP.

Buying gifts is so hard so I’d rather buy him one of those two, as it’s what he likes. No birthday surprise from this sister.

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Get a summer glow in winter

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I have always had an item of makeup from Rimmel London in my makeup case since I was in my teens. I love the mascaras and nail polishes from the collection and, let’s be real who doesn’t want to try and look like the-the effortless Kate Moss and get the ‘London look’ – Cliche I know, but had to use the line.

For the makeup amateur like myself (I should give myself a little credit. I did do a cert in hair and makeup in year 11) #diplomabitches 

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America is calling

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Savings. That adult word that I hate.

Of course you need savings for a rainy day, yada yada yada and all that jazz. I know it’s true. I’m just a firm believer in enjoying my life, and like to remind myself that when I leave, all my money isn’t coming with me.

What I’m saying is, buy that Chanel bag, ladies! Hehehe OR get a ‘savings jar’ and save for it. 

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I ADORE BEAUTY

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From Mecca to Sephora, to all the amazing beauty counters we have in Australia we truly are the lucky country when it comes to makeup – we’re spoilt for choice.

What frustrates me, though. is going into a makeup store, wanting my favourite Better That Sex mascara or a foundation sample, and being left waiting ages to get served. Worse than that, sometimes I am trying to pick something off the shelves with an army of women in front of me not letting me through. Who can relate? 

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Boots Laboratories Optiva Skincare

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I was asked if I would like to get brighter skin in just two weeks… UMM yes please! Especially during winter, ladies.

In the mornings I am freezing, so I am guilty of putting the heater on high all the way to work or having really hot showers. My last post said I would try and stop this bad habit, but some can’t be broken.

My skin has been feeling quite dry and I look drawn out, especially on those make up free days. My eye bags are horrid, so I was looking forward to this little skin challenge. 

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Summer reminiscing

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It has been four years since I have visited Red Hill so I was excited to go back and visit some vineyards and enjoy some local produce. Red Hill is located in the Mornington Peninsula area in Victoria. We stayed at Lindenderry. It was my first time visiting the vineyard but I have seen a lot of pictures on Instagram and the place looks beautiful, especially for a wedding.

In between the vineyard and property is a beautiful path and large trees dominate the surroundings. It really is picture perfect and almost doesn’t look real. 

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Confessions

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I am so excited to announce my first accessory collection, Confessions – a little tongue in cheek, but also very personal to me. I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

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Little Party Dress

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Ladies as you know I don’t usually post about my #OOTD as I am not a fashion blogger but this outfit was a little too cute not to share.

If you haven’t heard about Little Party Dress it’s basically an online retailer that you are going to fall in love with. What was most appealing about this online store is that it’s for women with a realistic figure! Curves and shape you feel me?

Size range starts at 8 and goes up to 16 with all the latest trends at affordable prices.

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Fit Foods Club

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If you follow me on social media (big love if you do) you’ll know I LOVE ready meals. Heat and repeat is the kind of convenience I need, as I don’t get home till after 6, and cmon, this girl has better things to do than spend my evenings cooking and cleaning. You know, the important stuff, like working on my booty and abs!

Yes, I know this will have to change when I am living with my love. Maybe he can cook for me? Nothing sexier than a man cooking, am I right? Though in my case it’s a man ordering a large pizza with a side of garlic bread. Still just as sexy.

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My first loop giveaway

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Welcome to my first loop giveaway! It’s basically a chance to support small local businesses and give one of you awesome readers the chance to win some great prizes. Sound good? Spoiler alert: one of those prizes is a pair of earrings from my brand new jewellery line that’s launching soon! (I treat you guys, don’t I?!)

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