Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Lifestyle // Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

Sweet Monday, Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

When we climbed the Sydney Harbour bridge with my parents last month we were given free tickets to climb up one of the huge stone pylons supporting the bridge to a great lookout spot. Of course on our one day off it was overcast! Typical! 

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In fact after climbing up lots of steps, reading all about the history of the bridge we finally got to the top and it was raining! Haha. But it didn't dampen our spirits (see what I did there). The view was still amazing of both the bridge and the city. 

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The climb costs just $13 so if you're ever in Sydney and can't afford to do the main bridge climb this is definitely a great alternative to get some fantastic photos of the city. But of course nothing could out do the experience of the bridge climb itself :)

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Which Anti-Wrinkle Creams Actually Work?

I've got to the age (in fact I'm probably past the age) where I need to start taking better care of my skin. A short while ago I read a blog post, I can't remember on which beauty blog, that anti-wrinkle creams should be started in your 20's. Anti-wrinkle creams help prevent wrinkles, therefore you need to use them before you actually have wrinkles. So I've begun using a night cream to help beautify my skin whilst I sleep.



Take a trip down the skin-care aisle, and you’ll see a multitude of anti-wrinkle creams, promising to “help you look years younger,” “reverse the effects of aging,” or even “be just as effective as surgery.” But do these creams actually deliver on their promises? Here is a list of the anti-wrinkle creams that actually work, based on data from several sources:

1. Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinkle Q10 Plus Night Cream (£4.75)

This is the #1 best-selling night face cream on Amazon. Reviewers rave about this product’s ability to reduce the appearance of their fine lines. However as expected, not all reviewers had noticeable results.

2. Garnier Ultra Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Day Cream (£10.00)

This was the top-performing wrinkle cream in a study of anti-wrinkle creams done by Consumer Reports. This cream slightly reduced the appearance of wrinkles in just one hour, and performed better than the rest of the creams over a 12-week period. But buyers beware: the product only worked in about fifty five percent of people, according to Consumer Reports.

3. Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum (£18.70)

This is one of the only anti-wrinkle creams to undergo scientific testing at a University and was discovered to be effective. The results of a study made were published in the British Journal of Dermatology.  However, the cream did not work for everyone. In fact, the authors of the published study state that only 20% of the participants achieved long-lasting results.

4. Skyn Iceland Angelica Line Smoother (£39.16)

This was Good Housekeeping’s “Gold winner” among all anti-wrinkle smoothers tested in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Despite its price, reviewers on Amazon were slightly less impressed though. In fact, many gave this product a one star review, as they noticed no difference in the appearance of their wrinkles even after several weeks of use.

The take-away? From these results, it is clear that even when anti-wrinkle creams do work, their results vary greatly among users. This is simply because different people have different types of skin so the creams may work for some, but it won’t for another. This is why it is important to consult a beautician such as the ones at Salon Skincare who will be able to help you choose a product to suit your skin.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Lifestyle // Night Noodle Markets

Sweet Monday blog, Night Noodle Markets, Sydney

For the past couple of weeks Sydney's Hyde Park has been home to the annual Night Noodle Markets. Stew and I popped along last Monday, and it was so good I went back a second time with friends on Thursday! 

The most unusual dish we tasted was the markets famous rice and ramen burgers. The buns are made out of rice and noodle and inside is your regular beef or chicken burger. Such a strange combo but I love trying one off things like this. The rice one worked a lot better, the rice stayed stuck together. Whereas the noodles fell apart straight away but the noodle one had the better flavour so it's a tie. Thank god I have Stew and we can share food! Get to try a bit of everything :)

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We picked a good day to go last Monday because the weather had been cloudy and miserable so it was pretty quiet. Meaning we could actually try a bit of everything and relax in the many beautifully decorated beer gardens. 

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There was so many amazing food stalls to try we gave it our best shot and tried lots of different Asian delicacies. Wonderbao from Melbourne was one of my faves. We tried their pork belly and twice cooked pork gua baos. So tasty! 

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Not only was there food and drink but also ping pong, music and Messina ice-cream (only the best ice-cream in Australia/the world). Unfortunately the queue was over half an hour for that so we missed out but it looked incredible. 

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Instead for dessert we tried this mini pile of mini pancakes with cinnamon sugar and butter. Yum!

Sweet Monday blog, Night Noodle Markets, Sydney

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Outfit // Meteor (+Win a pair of Ray-Ban's!)

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Top - Ally Fashion // Jeans - Wrangler // Belt - New Look // Shoes - Rubi Shoes // Sunglasses - Ray-Ban Meteor via Sunglasses Shop*

The lovely team at Sunglasses Shop updated my Ray-Ban collection with these beautiful tortoise Meteor sunnies. They're very similar to my classic black frame Ray-Ban's but are slightly bigger and more square at the top. Very retro-esque! At first I was unsure with all my Ray-Ban's whether they suited me or not. I find sunglasses with a larger frame make me look odd, don't suit my face shape. But as it's sunny here every day I've had to get over it and now I love them!

Not only have Sunglasses Shop gifted me a pair but they also want to give one of my readers a pair too :) In fact the lucky winner can pick any Ray-Ban style up to the value of £125. Exciting! 

The competition will run for a week, starting from today and ending on Wednesday 29th October at midnight. The winner will be announced via my Twitter page and contacted directly by Sunglasses Shop. Good luck! 

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Outfit // Pin Up

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Top - Ally Fashion // Shorts - Wrangler Pin Up via Glue // Sandals - Ruby Shoes

A casual outfit today but one I will be getting lots of wear out of over the next couple of months. All the items above are newbies! I bought another $10 bargain of a top from Ally Fashion a few weeks ago, in fact I bought too - one in white with black stripes too. The sandals are the second part of my $50 deal at Ruby Shoes that I mentioned in last weekend's outfit. They're so comfy, and I love the style. I was gutted when my jelly sandals broke but I think I've found a good replacement :) 

Also in this post are my new Wrangler Pin Up babies! I love love love these shorts! They're very similar in style to the High Pins I received off Stew for my birthday. I wear them all the time so when looking for a new pair of denim shorts this season I thought I'd look for the same fit/style as those. And I found them :) but in a washed black colour. They were $100 (roughly £55), so they're not the cheapest pair of shorts. However with denim I have learnt to spend a little more and get a good pair that will last you a life time, or at least a few years! Unlike all of my previous Primark shorts. You can tell the difference immediately in quality when you put these on. The denim is really thick but so comfortable and the shape fit me perfectly. These are a size 8. I find they're always a little tight when you try them on in the shop but give them a couple of wear and a first wash and they fit like a glove. So happy with them! Would really love a blue denim pair too but I find they're a bit too 'perfect' and 50's for me. I like these because the denim is washed out.
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