Gelato on the Beach and trying Gourmet Chocolates…

It’s my week off from uni and despite the pile of work eyeing me from my desk I’ve decided to have a bit of treat week… otherwise, I won’t make it through the upcoming exams without wanting to run into a wall.

A major highlight of the week was getting gelato and drinks at Coogee Pavilion. The large, beachy dining venue has a rooftop bar with beautiful ocean views,  good food and cocktails.


After trying a cocktail (or three – the Pavilion Piña Colada was fantastic) we bounced down and grabbed gelato in waffle cones. As usual I went straight for the chocolate – going for a creamy chocolate gelato with gooey brownie chunks inside.

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I also decided to get another ear piercing. It’s a bit out there for me as I’ve never been keen on tattoos (I love them on others just not myself), and I only have my single lobe piercings done. Needles are also one of my worst fears…pathetic I know.

I mentioned I wanted to get it to my best friend and of course she convinced me to make a day out of it.

First, we decided to grab acai bowls from My Fruitologist, which I can confidently say has the best acai bowls in Sydney (a big call I know, but I’ve had one here four times in the past fortnight and I can’t get enough).

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Then, we strolled to Bella Fleur Fine Chocolates and grabbed nine truffles to delight in together.

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My favourites had to be:

  • Rose – milk chocolate ganache with rosewater
  • Strawberry and Cream – dark chocolate filled with whipped cream and strawberry
  • Honeycomb Ravioli – smooth milk chocoalte with hazelnut praline and crispy honeycomb chunks.



Beauty Serums for Youthfulness (homemade!!)

blog1.jpgDon’t you love purchasing beauty serums which contain 30ml of pungent cream that claims to ‘rewind ageing’ and ‘bring back youth’ at a retail price of  $100.

Obviously that was dripping with sarcasm. Why pay exorbitant prices for store-bought serums, when you can get the same results for under $10 at Woolworths?

And who doesn’t love some DIY homemade serums for glowing skin/hair and shining teeth (just to enhance that youthful look you’re already mastering).

Check out some of my favourite concoctions below!

Dark Circles Aloe-Cucumber Eye Mask

You will need: 1/4 cucumber, 1 stalk of aloe-vera, 5 drops rose-hip oil.

Cucumber and aloe vera de-puff and soothe the sensitive eye area. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into small container. Store in the refridgerator – should keep for up to a month. Apply nightly and leave on for about 20 minutes.

Natural Teeth-Whitening Paste 

You will need: 2 large strawberries (de-stemmed) & 1 tsp bicarbonate soda.

Don’t be suspicious of natural whitening methods! They are just as effective and aren’t harmful to the enamel on your teeth. This one is super easy, just buy a punnet of strawberries and away you go.

Honey Hair Smoothie

You will need: 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp coconut oil

This is a very moisture heavy formula, so if you have naturally oily hair – lighten your dose and avoid application on your roots. Just keep this in for 20 minutes and then wash out with your usual shampoo/conditioner routine.

And it’s as easy as that! I buy little jars from homewares stores (only about $1) each, to store each of the mixtures in.


Tea green or Green tea – either way this colour is fresh and clean

Note: I do love to treat myself with store bought serums, as more often than not they do the trick, but I also find homemade beauty concoctions are highly effective.

My Nightly Skincare Routine

Have you ever noticed how flawless the average Japanese woman’s skin is? Studies show that the average Japanese woman uses up to seven skincare products per week.

Thus, a little extra time and effort on your skincare goes a LONG way. I’ve spent a long time finessing my skincare routine, because I prefer to have a clear base to put a little bit of make-up on, than to use a lot of make up to cover up a load of blemishes (a cake face of make-up makes me look like a hooker).

The first thing I recommend you invest in is ‘Homemade Beauty’ by Annie Strole . This little book has 150 recipes for homemade skin serums using ingredients found in your kitchen. Each recipe is for a specific skin problem (blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, detoxing) and there are little tips about the main ingredients and what they are doing for your skin e.g. plain yogurt contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin giving it a beautiful glow.


Using the information about products in the book, and my own research online and in stores like The Body Shop, I have compiled a simple, but effective nightly skincare routine:

  1. Remove makeup using Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser. Cream Cleanser’s are good at removing make up for all skin types, because they are gentler than soaps or liquid cleansers. If you are thinking that you already have oily skin and this will just make things worse, oils work to balance natural face oil by helping your skin to stop producing as much.
  2. Using a cotton pad wipe face and neck with The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner. Tea Tree’s anti-bacterial properties reduce zits and fatty build-ups to overly reduce blemishes on skin.
  3. (Once a week) Exfoliate lips with Lush’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub, then moisturise with Blistex Lip Conditioner. Make-up lip products dry out the lips very quickly, making it important to exfoliate your lips regularly. This will make them pink and soft, and make sure to seal them with a good lip conditioner (I love Blistex the best).
  4. Spot treat pimples using CVS Benzoyl Peroxide acne medication. Benzoyl perodixe dramatically dries out excess oil plug pores (pimples), as it is an anti-biotic used to eliminate the bacteria that causes acne. Using it as a spot treatment on problem sites helps to reduce pimples rapidly.
  5. Add a squirt of Honey to a slice of freshly cut lemon. Rub the lemon flesh over blackhead areas. Honey is a wonderful moisturiser and lemon is anti-bacterial making them the perfect pair to spread over your blackhead areas. This will lead to a decline in blackhead’s overtime.
  6. Hydrate eye area with Nivea Q10 plus anti-wrinkle eye cream. This product visibly reduces dark circles as well! A Dermatologist once told me to start using anti-ageing products from as young as 19 – to combat the effects of ageing. Of course the best way to reduce wrinkled skin is to stay out of the sun (apply a layer of SPF 15 – 30 sunscreen underneath your make up) and to maintain a healthy diet, but anti-ageing products will also reduce the ageing process.

This is my skin care routine so far, it changes quite a lot as I hear new information about the benefits of different products. The best part of my skin care routine is that it can be achieved on a fairly low budget, as I don’t know if it is worth splurging $90 on a bottle of ‘magic skin serum’. Good luck with your skin care endeavors!