Do Your Armpits Smell?

 

 

I have a confession to make… my body odour doesn’t smell like roses all the time and that’s why choosing a good deodorant is important to me.  Nobody wants to smell of body odour and in this warm weather, you need deodorant that is going to protect you all day long.  Nobody wants to smell it’s embarrassing. People keep their distance from you and it’s not pleasant for everyone around you.  The pharmacist, my friend Heba and I have come together once again to review Mitchum roll on and to see if it delivers.

 

Our bodies need to sweat to cool down otherwise our internal organs would get cooked inside out.  Sweat is odourless, the reason why we smell is when we sweat bacteria that lives on our skin flourish’s in the damp warm folds in our armpits.

 

Mitchum roll on is anti-perspirant. It works by blocking the pores in the skin for a period of time, so it limits the sweat flow to the skin which helps against excessive sweating and body odour. Mitchum claims to work for up to 48 hours.

 

Mitchum uses fragrances such as geraniol coumarin, hexyl cinnamal and citronellol to mask unpleasant smells. This deodorant also works as a disinfectant because it has hydrogen peroxide,  which kills odour producing bacteria.

 

You can use this deodorant after you shave as it doesn’t irritate your skin. Ingredients include aloe vera, lauric acid, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol and vitamin E which provides softness to sensitive skin.

 

I’ve been using this deodorant for at least six months and I love it because after a long hit day in the sun, I’m still protected from body odour.  Also if I apply it after I get dressed it doesn’t leave white marks.  Be mindful that it does apply on wet. It doesn’t irritate my skin, it’s a winner for me.

 

I buy my Mitchum roll on from Woolworths.

 

So readers, have you tried Mitchum roll on? What’s your favourite deodorant?

Friday Review: Never Have Dry Lips Again

 

Lip balm was something I used religiously as a teenager. During classes at school, I would apply it every 15 minutes then check my lips out using my pocket mirror to make sure they were looking luscious. Lip balm was great, it was affordable, came in a variety of delicious flavours and small enough to fit into your dress pocket. When I finished school and got myself a real full time job, I wanted to be an adult and use what the big kids use. I said a tearful goodbye to $3.50 lip balm and said ‘hello’ to luxury cosmetics.

Ten years later, I’m at the chemist walking down every aisle trying to find a particular lip balm for a friend when something coral and aqua caught my eye.  I do fall for pretty packaging and I love the colour combinations of Maybelline ‘Baby Lips’ lip balm.  The coral and aqua coloured lip balm was lychee flavoured and since I’m a huge lychee lover, this lip balm was definitely coming home with me.

 

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The good thing about the lychee smell is that it’s not overpowering, the bad thing is the smell doesn’t last long.  It has no taste and applies on clear.  As soon as you apply Maybelline’s ‘Baby Lips’ lip balm, your lips feel soft, supple and look plump.  I couldn’t believe this lip balm made my lips look bigger!  Finding a product that makes your lips look bigger that doesn’t involve a needle is important to some but finding a product that heals cracked lips and lasts even after food and drink, is just as important.  Lips are just a thin layer of skin and they are exposed to the weather, food, drinks and certain movements, like kissing.

I asked my friend Heba to look at the ingredients to see if what I’m putting on my lips is safe.  It has shea butter in it which is a great natural moisturiser.  Shea butter helps with skin cell regeneration and helps heal damaged skin.  It’s also the reason why my lips feel so soft and supple after I apply the lip balm.  Another ingredient is candelilla wax, it’s a natural emollient that keeps lips soft.  Maybelline’s ‘Baby Lips’ also has an ingredient called hexadecane copolymer and it helps create a film on your lips which makes the lip balm last longer and this lip balm does exactly that! Heba is personally not a fan of petrolatum unless it’s pure and certified.

You can purchase Maybelline’s ‘Baby Lips’ from any supermarket and chemist.  Whether you’re a teenager or an adult I highly recommend this lip balm.

Have you tried this lip balm? Do you use Maybelline products? Do you like lip balms?

Friday Review: Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

 

I was at my grandma’s house when I was introduced to Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream.  My uncle had bought it for my grandma and asked me if I had tried it before.  I hadn’t tried this hand cream before but what got my attention is when he mentioned Queen Elizabeth uses it.  I use hand cream everyday so I’m always on the lookout for a great hand cream.

On the box it states to “Softens hands and protects against the drying effects of the sun, cold weather and hard water.  Hydrates and revitalizes, helps minimize the look of age spots.  Helps keep palms dry and conditions nails”.  I wanted to find out if the cream delivered what it promises and ultimately would it be worth buying again.

What I like about this cream is that it’s effective in keeping your hands soft and protected.  The ingredients of this cream are light and use mostly natural extracts and oils that are gentle on the skin.  I like how soft my hands are after using it.  My skin absorbs the cream almost instantly leaving a light soft feeling and a non-greasy layer.  My hands are still smooth even after I have washed them a few times.  The citrus fragrance of the cream is subtle and lasts for quite some time.

So far it was ticking all the boxes but I wanted to dig deeper and find out in greater depths more about the ingredients used.  I asked my friend Heba who previously worked as a pharmacist and has experience mixing creams for prescriptions to tell me if she thought the cream could deliver what it promotes.  She said it has shea butter and coconut oil two of her most favourite natural moisturizers as they are excellent at keeping your hands smooth and hydrated.  You combine these two ingredients with myrrah, sesame oil and white mulberry root extract fills the cream with antioxidants which helps the cell regeneration process and removes dryness.  It also creates a protecting layer to retain the water in your skin and helps in the removal of age spots.  The cream also has Allantoin, Lecithin and Vitamin E which also promotes skin healing and cell regeneration which works to prevent and treat skin aging.  Everyone wants a cream that works to prevent and treat skin aging.  She also informed me sesame oil can act as a sunscreen which protects your hands from the UV light.

Heba thought Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream was a winner!  So much she wanted to go out and buy it.

As my Hand and Nail Treatment Cream had run out I was also in need of a new one.

As I’m a Myer one card member my personal preference is Myer, it’s $40 and worth every cent.  http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/au-clarins-hand-and-nail-treatment-cream-100ml-d-1029

 

Dear readers, do you use hand cream regularly? Have you ever tried Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream before or do you have a favourite?

 

My Favourite Things – Ladies Some TLC


I know you will all agree with me when I say everyone needs some TLC every once in a while and why not we deserve it! 

Nothing screams TLC more than going to a day spa.  The first time I went to Endota Spa it was a few years ago with a friend and I still remember how revitalized I felt walking out of there.  The therapist who did my massage and facial was beyond amazing I wanted to befriend her.  The next time I went back to Endota Spa at The Rocks for a facial I was pleased that my new therapist lived up to my previous therapist.  I still can’t fault their service they have always been friendly and professional.  Before and after your treatment they give you an option of water or organic tea, go for the tea I think it compliments the whole experience.  


They offer a wide range of treatments, facials, massages and spa packages so whether you are in need of an organic facial, pedicure, body scrub or a relaxation massage they have got you covered.  They do group packages as well so if you want to get the girls together it’s TLC at its best! 


Now that we are glowing and feeling revitalized why not get our makeup done.  I forgot how wonderful it feels to have somebody do your makeup especially when it’s done by talented makeup artists like the makeup artists who work at Napoleon Perdis.  I recently had my makeup done for a wedding I went too, I thought why not I didn’t buy a new dress or new shoes and I needed to buy concealer so I might as well get my makeup done.  I’m so glad I made that decision because it really did boost the confidence.  I had never worn fake eyelashes before and it was fun because I felt like I was a kid playing dress ups.  

If you have an occasion coming up why not book yourself in to get your makeup done.  We should treat ourselves sometimes.  

What do you do when you need some TLC?


My Favourite Things – On A Budget9f917-australiancurrency

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; 
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;

These are a few of my favourite things.




My favourite things is back! We all love a great buy especially if it doesn’t hurt the wallet.  Here are my favourite things that will save you money.  




I didn’t want to take my $80 foundation to Fiji because when I went to Hayman Island some of my makeup didn’t do too well in that heat.  I went into Gloss Accessories and saw BYS foundation for $10 and thought it was perfect for me to take away.  It doesn’t have sunscreen or moisturizing cream in it but if you already have moisturizer and sunscreen you can apply them first.  It does give full coverage and my skin doesn’t have a reaction to it.  I’ve been using this foundation for over a year now and for $10 you have nothing to loose what a bargain! To check out Gloss click here.




Just like any female I love shoes.  A few years ago I would have never bought shoes from Kmart but a couple of years ago I found myself in Kmart and I happen to see black suede wedge boots for $25.  I thought they would be perfect for work and if they fall apart after the first wear it doesn’t matter because they were only $25.  To my surprise they didn’t fall apart and I still have them.  Last year I wanted a pair of brown boots so I thought I would try my luck again at Kmart and I found these (above) for $25.  I am now a fan of Kmart shoes especially their boots.  So check out what they have in store here.



I work in a corporate environment and I love corporate clothing but it’s so expensive.  I like to have variety in my wardrobe because I don’t like wearing the same clothes every day but at $200 a dress it really did hurt the credit card till I found Tokito.  Tokito is a brand exclusive to Myer, I bought my first piece from Tokito a few years ago and every time I go into Myer I can’t help but check to see what they have.  This dress I love, it’s called Jacquared cap sleeve and it’s only $89.95.  If you look out for sales at Myer and go shopping when there’s a sale that’s even better. I haven’t had any issues with the quality of their clothing either.  To check out what Tokito currently has in Myer click here.

* Nothing on this post has been sponsored I just like these products.


Do you have favourite products you use that won’t hurt your credit card?

Should We Look 25 Forever

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time” – Albert Camus

If you haven’t heard yet Cameron Diaz speaks about aging gracefully to Oprah in an upcoming special on OWN.  On the ENews website they had part of the interview, Oprah says “Our culture is obsessed with not growing into who we are really meant to be” Cameron replies “This is true and women don’t allow other women to age gracefully and we don’t give ourselves permission to age gracefully”  Cameron also says “It’s a personal…failure.  Like our fault that at 40 years old that I still don’t look like I’m 25”.
Why do we judge women for aging when looking young doesn’t make us better, smarter or wealthier people?  Does it come down to vanity or do we classify looking young as an achievement?  I have spent a small fortune at the age of 27 on anti aging creams because I’ve been told prevention is the key.  I believe they are preventing me from getting crow’s feet, frown lines and my skin losing elasticity which are all signs of aging.
There are many factors of what causes aging from what I’ve been told; genetics, diet, lifestyle and how long you spend in the sun amongst other things.  Some of these factors are harder to control than others.  Applying sunscreen on your face everyday and eating vegetables is one thing but having a lot of stress in your life from work or home life another.
A lady I met on Saturday started a conversation with me and she said to me “Guess how old I am?” I hate this question because the chances of offending the person are too high so I tried to avoid the question.  She told me anyway that she was 33 and that people tell her she looks 50.  Even though I had only just met this lady my heart broke for her when she told me this because nobody wants to hear they look older than what they are.  Was she still an attractive, nice, interesting person absolutely!
Why does aging gracefully have to be a bad thing is it because of society, vanity or does it make sense that we should never look a day over 25?

My Favourite Things


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; 
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens;

Brown paper packages tied up with strings;

These are a few of my favourite things.

I always tell people if one day I have my own TV show I would have a favourite things episode like Ellen’s 10 Days of Giveaway where I would give away my favourite things to everyone in the audience and I would invite everyone.  I’m a dreamer but I’m also a shopaholic.  My friend at work jokes that she has never met anyone who receives more packages than I do.  
I like sharing where I have bought things from that I love and recommend and this is how I came up with the idea of doing a favourite things post where I share some of my latest purchases that I’m in love with. 
Anyone who knows me will tell you I love jewellery, it’s my favourite accessory.  I have an obscene amount of jewellery but I can’t stop adding to my collection.  In particular earrings, I can’t leave my house without wearing earrings I feel naked if I don’t have any on.  Anything that sparkles is a bonus in my opinion so no surprise that I bought this pair of earrings from Swarovski.  I already have a few pieces from Swarovski and I’m  happy to be able to add another to my collection.  This earring is called Lunar and I believe they call this light purple colour Cry Blush.  I am into rose gold currently which is why I chose rose gold over the yellow or silver metal, the crystal comes in other colour’s besides this purple.  I love how they are versatile, you can wear them to the office to brighten up your outfit or wear them out for dinner.  They are $130 and to find out more about Swarovski, or where your nearest store is or to shop online you can click here.
With winter soon approaching candles around the house are a must.  There are so many different candle companies these days it is quite overwhelming.  This Glasshouse candle was given to me as a present recently I have never owned a Glasshouse candle prior but I have seen them around in retail shops.  This sexy looking candle is called Manhattan Little Black Dress and it smells divine.  This candle is 350g but you can get ones smaller and there are many other exciting scents I want to get like coconut lime, vanilla caramel and jasmine blossoms.  These candles are made in Australia and are in retail shops like Peter Alexander or you can shop online here.
Do you also suffer from frizzy hair? I have just the thing, Redken’s anti-frizz polishing milk.  You just put a little bit into your hair while it is still damp from the shower and it reduces the frizz and leaves your hair shiny and smooth.  I’ve been using this now for a few months and my best friend who is a hairdresser even noticed the difference when I started using it.  I went onto the Redken website to find where you can buy it from as I bought mine from an online sale.  The bottle is now black instead of white and it shows the saloons you can buy it from, click here to find the nearest saloon to you.

Until next time on My Favourite Things happy shopping!

*This post wasn’t sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in it.

Eyebrows Really Do Matter

“You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow” – Jack Black

I don’t think Frida Khalo had the same eyebrow routine that the average 21st Century woman has today.  I think there is nothing like that clean feeling after you have just had your eyebrows waxed and that sense of feeling human again.  I cannot go longer than two weeks without getting my eyebrows done.   

 

Someone once told me that your eyebrows introduce your eyes.  I remember a few years ago a heterosexual man at work said to me your eyebrows look nice after I had got them done the night before.  I was shocked I didn’t think men noticed things like eyebrows.  That’s when I learnt that eyebrows really do matter.   

 

I’ve noticed the subject of eyebrows amongst women is very popular no matter where they are or what they are doing when the topic is up for discussion there is a lot to be said about those two hairy arches above your eyes.  I love how women are so passionate about their eyebrow lady; everyone thinks their eyebrow lady is the best.  My friend Jocelyne’s eyebrow lady was on her honeymoon for four weeks.  Every second day I would hear that she is looking more and more like a man and that she couldn’t wait for her eyebrow lady to come back.  I would have caved in and gone to somebody else but that thought never crossed her mind once. I was at the hairdressers and this woman was telling me that her eyebrow lady was the best and that everyone goes to her and that I must see her, I had never even met this woman before.  Then of course every other person in the hairdresser decided to chime in and it ended up being the great debate of who has the best eyebrow lady.   

You notice how nobody mentions the lady who waxes any other part of their body, you never hear anyone say my moustache lady is the best.

 

On the other hand have you seen a woman outraged after her eyebrows have been done not to her liking? Omg it means war!  Yelling, arguing, refusing to pay, making a scene I feel like interjecting and saying, its hair and it will grow back. 

 

I would like to make a toast to all the great eyebrow ladies out there who maintain our eyebrow shape and prevent us from looking like men.