Introducing Apron Creations!

My mum Julie has just launched her business Apron Creations, unique aprons crafted with love, handmade in Perth, Western Australia.

Launching just in time for Christmas, these gorgeous aprons make the perfect Christmas gift for the bakers and cooks in your life!

Ladies Aprons

Christmas Aprons

Apron Creations started out as a craft project, with my mum Julie designing and making aprons as unique gifts for friends and family.  After gifting aprons to a few of my friends for their 21st birthdays, other friends commented on how gorgeous they were and started putting in requests for aprons of their own. By then, mum had noticed a gap in the market for adorable, unique, eye-catching aprons, and so Apron Creations was founded.

There are a range of ladies and children’s aprons available for sale, priced at $35 and $20 respectively (not including postage). Delivery in the Perth metro area can also be arranged for Christmas.

You can view and purchase these beautiful aprons at www.facebook.com/JuliesApronCreations. For more information, please email Julie at ApronCreations@live.com.au.

Dominique

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Go-To Skin Care review

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Back in April I purchased a few products from the newly launched Go-To Skin Care range by Aussie beauty expert Zoe Foster-Blake (you can read about this here). Since then I have purchased the rest of the items (the Swipeys and the Exceptionoil) in the very affordable, basic range and as I’d promised to review the products, I thought I might as well do it be before the year comes to an end. So here goes, my review of Go-To – happy reading!

Lips!: Go-To Lips! is THE ultimate lip balm. If you read one piece of advice today make it this: get online and buy this go to product for you makeup bags, stat! Everything about this lip balm is perfect – from its smell, texture and consistency, to the sheen it gives the lips when wearing it alone and the moisturisation (is that even a word?) it provides when wearing as a base/primer under lipstick. It’s also only $14.95, so go crazy and buy one for your handbag, makeup bag, gym bag and bum bag (jokes, obviously. Unless you own one, in which case, go for it!). One small thing though… Be very careful when you near the end of the tube! If you squeeze it too hard get every last bit out (because it’s SO GOOD that you can’t waste any) the tube tends to spilt on the sides and the lip balm may seep out* (I overcame this by storing the lip balm in a snap-lock bag in my handbag and used what I didn’t need on my lips as a cuticle balm). Overall I love, love, LOVE this lip balm and I’m just about to place a new order of this beauty for myself and to give as Christmas gifts to some of my (very lucky) girlfriends!

*This is might have only happened to me as maybe I tried bit too forcefully to get out every last drop while waiting for my new shipment of the stuff to arrive!

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Exfoliating Swipeys:
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this product. Love: because the tingly, exfoliating feeling on the skin is sensational – it’s like you can really feel the AHAs working into the skin, scrubbing away the impurities and leaving your face feeling soft, smooth and supple. Also, there are 50 individual pads in the pot (which is $45.95), so really do last for ages – nearly two months if you’re using them every second day as recommended. Hate: because I want to use the Swipeys ALL THE TIME, but you can only use one every second day as you’ll risk over exfoliating and damaging the skin (Zoe, if you’re reading this – as much as I’ve wanted too, I promise I haven’t over exfoliated!) Overall? I would absolutely buy again as I genuinely look forward to (and possibly get excited about) my Swipeys exfoliating days!

Properly Clean: LOVE. Most cleansers I’ve tried in the past, whether they are foams, gels or cream cleansers are just too harsh for my skin and leave my face very ‘tight’ and dry. I have come across a few nice ‘Department store’ cleansers that I’ve liked and have been good for my skin but I haven’t absolutely loved them so couldn’t justify their large price tag. But alas, I’ve finally found my go to cleanser! Properly Clean is only $29.95 and is without a doubt the BEST cleanser I have ever used on my skin (which is probably best described as ‘combination’ – some parts oily, some parts dry). If I’m wearing makeup, my usual routine is to remove my eye and lip make up with some Cetaphil cleanser and warm water, then pump out 1 – 2 pumps of Property Clean and massage into my skin, which leaves it feeling fresh and soft. If I’m feeling particularly dirty (e.g. have been exercising or wearing a lot of makeup), I might do two rounds of the cleanser to get rid of the excess sweat/makeup, and it still doesn’t dry out my skin. While the Properly Clean would probably remove eye makeup without stinging/burning the eyes, using Cetaphil as an eye makeup remover works for me, so I think I’ll keep with this step.

Very Useful Face Cream: I like the theory of this face cream (all the good stuff it contains, no skin baddies like parabens or sulphates, its subtle, natural smell and price of only $39.95), but for me it just wasn’t quite right. I didn’t love its consistency as it tended to ‘slide’ off my skin rather than skin in and its texture had an unusual ‘squeaky’ feeling. I think this is pretty common with such a natural product, but for this reason I didn’t find it the best under my primer or makeup. However, that’s not to say it’s not a great moisturiser – I still loved using it on my décolletage and as a hand cream, so for those of you keen on trying the Go-To range, I would recommend giving it a go.

Exceptionoil: What an exceptional, versatile, beautiful product – use it as a hand cream, body cream, eye cream, face serum, illuminator (mix a drop with foundation for an ultimate glow), cuticle balm, hair oil, bath oil… the list could go on. And at only $49.95, the do-it-all Exceptionoil is exceptional value. The smell is glorious to, so fresh  and summery – my boyfriend says it reminds him of childhood holiday’s to the tropical Cook Islands where his mother’s family hails from, so even he, a tradie and typical boys-boy, loves using it.

Overall I would (and have) purchased 4 out the 5 Go-To products again and will continue to use them as long as they work for my skin! Thank you to Zoe Foster-Blake for tapping into her years of beauty knowledge to create such a marvellous range of go to skin care – my only hope is that there are more products in the works (a tinted moisturiser with SPF 30+ and an eye cream would be fab, thanks Zoe!)

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For more information about Go-To skin care, go to:

Website: www.gotoskincare.com
Facebook: Go-To Skin Care
Instagram: @gotoskincare
Twitter: @GoToSkincare

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DT have met JT!!

Our dream to meet Justin Timberlake turned into reality when we met the man himself at Perth Arena on Wednesday 8 October! It was an incredible, amazing experience and truly something we will never forget!

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Justin is very sweet and humble (and obviously very cute!) and he genuinely cares for his fans. We let him know that he has so much support from his 36 million Twitter followers, (including you truly dedicated TNKids) and he was so grateful to hear this. He also said he had heard about our campaign to meet him and that our matching outfits were cool (“Oh you guys are matching, that is so cool!”) – we were really ecstatic he said this! He was very happy to pose for a photo with us and for us to give him a hug – Tara went in for the hug straight away but Dominique politely shook his hand and then asked if it was ok to hug him, to which he replied ‘Of course!’

Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign and provided feedback to us about it and the open letter we wrote to Justin. Thanks especially to those of you on Twitter who connected with us and supported the campaign from the start – you know who you are!

To everyone out there dreaming of meeting Justin, we hope your dream comes true one day too!

Dominique and Tara,
DTwillmeetJT (or should we say DThavemetJT!)

An open letter to Justin Timberlake

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Two Aussie girls, some really bad dance moves and a great big dream to meet you…

Dear Justin,

We have a crush on you. We’ve got that Tunnel Vision for you and want you to know this isn’t just a Summer Love. You are our King of Pop JT, and we really, REALLY wanted to meet you but were saddened we couldn’t buy tickets for a ‘meet and greet’. So we decided to write you a letter in the hope that through this wiz-bang internet thing, it will somehow reach you and want to meet us, too!

‘We’ are Dominique & Tara, TNKids from sunny Perth, Western Australia, the most isolated capital city in the world. We are every day, 20-something Aussie girls – Tara works in beauty, Dominique in marketing – but Justin, we think what might make you say Damn Girl about us is that when we first met, we bonded over our love for your music, together with our inability to dance. It might seem a bit illogical, but we found Mirrors of ourselves in one another, both so in love with your music, yet both so uncoordinated that we make such fools of ourselves when we dance to your songs. But, as bad of dancer-singers we may be, we figure It’s not a Bad Thing, because as our love for you and your music has always been the basis of our strong friendship and we have you to thank for that!

Justin, we hope that on the off chance you read this, you might want to hop into your Spaceship Coupe and meet us too (there’s room for three, not only two!), so this is dedicated to you; the key eras of our JT fan history:

  • We were both only 5 years old when NSYNC formed in 1996 and as kids of the 90’s/early 2000’s we grew up with this hit music. We loved all NSYNC boys, but we were always Crazy for You.
  • At age 11 in 2002, Justified was the first CD album we both ever bought. Rock your Body was definitely up there as one of Tara’s favourites, but Senorita was Dominique’s ultimate hit – she always wore her hot pink Supre Senorita singlet when listening to the album.
  • In 2008 we attended your Future Sex/Love Sound show at Burswood Dome in Perth. It was the best concert experience of our lives because Tara swears; hand on heart that you winked to her during the show. Yep, she’s That Girl the one you winked to all those years ago! Dominique thinks you were probably just squinting at us with disbelief that two people could be so uncoordinated, yet so engrossed in your music, but we Let the Groove Get In and we hope we made you proud!
  • At aged 18 in 2009, Dominique was kicked out of her first ever nightclub for ‘breaking it down’ with some signature dance moves to SexyBack. She has not been back to that nightclub since.
  • Now, in 2014 we regularly bond over our love for you with Saturday night wine evenings featuring only your music, fine wine and our signature dance moves. But, no matter how much wine, we can’t Drink You Away and we still can’t dance.
  • And lastly, a few weeks ago Dominique celebrated her birthday at a nightclub in Perth. We requested your songs all night; breaking it down, thinking we looked like Sexy Ladies with our signature dance moves. If you saw, you might have thought ‘that girl is Murder‘ing my song with her moves, but guess what Justin?! That night, our awful moves didn’t even get us kicked out!

So that just about wraps us up. We will be going to your 20/20 Experience World Tour at Perth Arena on Wednesday, October 8 and have bought VIP standing tickets that give us access to the front of the stage, but seeing you in your Suit and Tie on stage just isn’t enough for these two #TNKids!

So, what do you think My Love, Justin Randall Timberlake? Is there a chance you would like to meet us, these two LovedStoned Aussie girls with the really bad dance moves, when you Take Back the Night on October 8 at Perth Arena?!

Love from your Pusher Love Girls, biggest Perth fans (and probably Perth’s worst dancers) Until The End Of Time,

Dominique and Tara

xxx

Web: www.DTwillmeetJT.com
Twitter: @DTwillmeetJT

It’s all about the dress: My birthday outfit!

I recently turned 23 so to celebrate I arranged a night out with my closest girlfriends to Llama Bar in Subiaco. I hired out the VIP Lounge area for 10 of my closest girlfriends and I (a big thanks to lovely Felicity at Llama Bar for organising – we will be back!) and we partied the night away in style with great dance music and incredible cocktails – the Fairy Bread Martini, Black Forrest Martini and Lafayette Martini were all big hits.

I’m always so excited for my birthday and to dress up, so for this special occasion I contacted Perth stylist Greer de Burgh who runs designer dress hire business Share my Closet. I’ve been eyeing off the striking Manning Cartell Musician of Colours dress for a while (it’s a few seasons old but when I first saw it I was in love with its style and colour) and lucky for me it was available and was perfect for my birthday celebration. Greer was so lovely and helpful, I can’t wait to book with her again and she has assured me she has lots of new dresses arriving soon!

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I wore this Manning Cartell stunner with my patent black Mimco envelope clutch, Nine West patent black wedges and funky Mimco earrings. For a more dramatic night-time makeup look, I wore Napoleon false eyelashes in ‘Hoya’ with Australis Go Long Longwear lipstick in ‘Ghetto’.

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A beautiful outfit, great company and incredible cocktails – I couldn’t have asked for anything more for my 23rd birthday!

More information:
· Llama Bar
· Share my Closet
· Nine West
· Mimco
· Napoleon Perdis
· Australis Cosmetics

Dominique

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Annette’s Heavenly Cakes

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Over the weekend I had my Godson’s Christening and as part of my godmother duties, I was in charge of arranging the cake. I came across Annette’s Heavenly Cakes on Facebook and decided to book with her on the spot, for the simple reason that her cakes looked stunning and were very well priced (compared to some other Perth metropolitan cake businesses).

This gorgeous and delicious cake was a chocolate sponge layered with chocolate buttercream, with an outside layer of white fondant. Everybody at the Christening was in awe of the detail and decoration, especially the little blue Converse sneakers on the top. I had originally asked for little baby ‘booties’, but being that my godson is nearly a year old and almost walking, the Converse sneakers were a great fit.

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Annette runs the Midland-based business with her sisters (she bakes, the sisters decorate) and all their cakes are made with creativity and love. These lovely ladies will work with you to create a unique and beautiful cake that will not only look amazing, but taste incredible too!

I would highly recommend Annette’s Heavenly Cakes for any special occasion cake and I’m looking forward to booking with her again in the future.

Annette’s Heavenly Cakes:
Email – info@annettesheavenlycakes.com
Website – http://www.annettesheavenlycakes.com.au

Dominique

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Frank Body and Hello Hair

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A few months ago I came across these two products on my Instagram newsfeed – I clicked on the associated accounts and people were raving about them. Of course I had to try them, so I ordered them on the spot (this wiz bang internet shopping thing is just fab, isn’t it?!) and patiently waited for my goodies to arrive. I’ve since tried out both products and have written the below review – happy reading!

Frank body coffee scrub:

Frank Body

This brand is gaining huge momentum on social media, in particularly on Instagram where Frank has over 369,000 followers (@Frank_Bod). With is fab branding whereby ‘Frank’ the coffee scrub narrates in first person (‘Hey babe, I’m Frank coffee scrub’) and clever and suggestive wording (the tagline is ‘Get naked. Get dirty. Get rough. Get clean.’ and hash tags such as #getfranked) I just had to jump on board and try it out. That, and the fact I love coffee so couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rub coffee into my skin.

This exfoliating coffee scrub (made mainly from coffee, brown sugar, sea salt and sweet almond oil) claims to target dry skin, cellulite, stretchmarks and other skin perfections. I have definitely found that since using Frank, my dry skin is extremely hydrated and soft for days without the need to apply a body moisturiser. While I haven’t been using it long enough to claim it has reduced other skin imperfections, others have and with amazing results .The Frank Feedback instagram (@FrankFeedback) shows many people using Frank to target and reduce cellulite, eczema, psoriasis and scars, have had exceptional results.

Coffee is a stimulate (DUH, it’s what makes early morning bearable) but when applied topically to the skin, the caffeine can also stimulate blood-flow and circulation – which may help to reduce cellulite. The other ingredients in Frank (mainly oils, salts, vitamins and minerals) also have great skin benefits so the combination of these and the coffee makes a really powerful, highly effective body exfoliator.

A warning though, using Frank is messy – the ‘Get dirty’ in the tagline is there for a reason – the shower/bath will get dirty, but shouldn’t stain if washed off straight away. But it is so fun rubbing this coffee mix into the body! I now look forward to receiving and extra caffeine fix through my bi-weekly scrub day.

At $14.95 per 200gram pack, Frank is relatively inexpensive, but you could also probably make your own coffee scrub at home as the ingredients can mostly be found in the kitchen. However, I loved this product so much (and quite ‘frankly’, don’t have time to make my own) that I will continue to purchase Frank – a big thumbs up for this product and I can’t wait to try the new Coconut with grapeseed scrub.

Hello Hair hydrating treatment.

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I loved the amazing coconut scent of Hello Hair so much that I wanted to squeeze the product straight out of the tube and into my mouth.. It smelt like a sweet, ripe ready-to drink-from coconut thanks to high proportion of coconut oil in the ingredients (which incidentally is now my new favourite bath and cooking oil, thanks to its amazing health benefits, which you can read about here).

However, apart from its glorious smell (and price of only $15 per pack – so under $4 per treatment), I was not a fan of Hello Hair at all. It left my hair very, very oily and greasy (rather than ‘hydrated, repaired and revitalised’) which is a mean feat considering my hair is normally very dry and unruly. I applied this treatment at night and after shampooing, conditioning and blow drying, my hair felt soother, but certainly greasy and very wet-looking. I didn’t think much of it, but when I woke up the next morning, my hair was so greasy it stuck to my scalp and I felt dirty – I had to shampoo my hair another three times to remove the product completely. My hair was soft after this, but I’m not sure if from the product or the copious amount of shampoo and touch of conditioner I used to remove it.

Now, it is highly possible that I used to much of this oil-based hair treatment (which also contains Argan and Almond oil, among other oils) so a few weeks later I tried out Hello Hair again to give it the benefit of the doubt. This time I used less product – my hair is long and quite dry, but I only used 2 squirts this time, last time I used about four. This time around my hair was not as greasy from the mid-lengths to ends; however the roots were still quite oily. I still have a bit of product left, so I will use it up, but I think next time I will only apply to the roots. Though the instructions say to apply from roots to ends, I don’t think this is for me.

Another downside to Hello Hair was the packaging. It was kind of awkward to use – you squeeze out the product you need and coat your hair with it, but then if you need more, your hands are covered in the greasy goop, making it hard to pick up the packet (without it slipping out your hands) and squeeze more out of the small opening. First world problem I know, but I did struggle with this!

While I was in aww of the scent, and liked the idea of the product and its branding, I don’t think I will be buying Hello Hair again.

I’d love to hear other people’s opinions of both Frank Body and Hello Hair, so please leave me a comment if you have used these products before.

Dominique

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