Frank ♡ Body!

Ever since I saw the Frank Body Coffee Scrub all over Instagram I've been curious to try it. But in all honesty I never got around to it and I felt that it would be another one of those overhyped products that is really average. Well, not too long ago when I was in Mecca I decided to try this scrub. I went for the Coconut Coffee Scrub, there was also a peppermint, a cacao and the original. I just picked based off which scent I liked best. Because I ended up falling in love with this scrub I went back and bought the Creamy Face Scrub, and then I also went back to get the Glow Mask! Frank Body is Australian made and owned, it's also vegan for those who like vegan products!

"Turn your shower into a nudie beach with my Coconut Coffee Scrub. Nut-free, natural and smells just like a beach holiday - minus the sand in your pants."
A while back the Frank Body Coffee Scrub was everywhere on Instagram, I was constantly seeing immense hype around how amazing the scrub was. Although it did interest me, I just didn't think that I needed it. Now that I've actually tried it (the coconut version), I can most definitely say that this is one of those things I see myself repurchasing many times. Not because I feel that I will run out quickly, but because I genuinely love it. I've used this body scrub several times now and am very pleased with it. The only thing that may be an issue for some is that it can get a bit messy. For me that's not a problem as I just rinse down the coffee grinds during my shower. Basically I just do my normal shower routine, and after cleansing/washing my body I'll turn off the shower and grab half a handful of the scrub and just start scrubbing away. I use circular motions as I've read that helps with blood circulation. While I do this I let my conditioner sit too so that it has a good amount of time to do it's thing. Then I'll rinse everything off and feel super smooth. Also this smells sooo good. What I did notice is that the small bumps on my upper arms were much smoother. This scrub has roasted and ground robusta coffee beans, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and jojoba beads, there's a full ingredients list on their website as well. I have noticed that my skin feels a bit more plump, if that makes sense. Not insanely so, and I do think it's a mix of this scrub and working out. But still noticeable. 
"Babes just can't say 'no' to a tough guy with a soft side. Like your ex, I get your blood pumping and make you feel fresh so you always come back for more. See me twice a week to scrub away dry, dead skin and bad dates." 
A good face scrub is something that I was missing in my skincare routine. I do have the St. Ives Green Tea scrub but it's so gentle that I use it as a daily face wash instead (it's very nice though!). So because I did like their body scrub so much, I thought I would try something else from their range and went with this. This doesn't smell like coffee, I mean it does scent like coffee beans but when I think of a coffee smell I think of a latte. It's a creamy sort of consistency with a fair bit of grit to it. This did make me a bit nervous incase it was too harsh for my sensitive and acne prone skin. But I didn't have any sort of negative reaction, it was actually very effective at getting rid of those dry skin flakes (which I had a little bit of this dry winter). I try to use this around twice a week but have found myself using it three times a week. This has roasted and ground robusta coffee beans, white clay, reship oil, coconut, grapeseed and sweet almond oils. Again they have the full ingredients list on their website and what they claim to do. 

Glow Mask $21.95
"A quick, morning mask for when you wake up with puffy, pillow face. Pop me on for 5 minutes of intense moisture that really satisfies. Glow on, I dare you."
The most recent product I purchased is the 5 minute Glow Mask. I think I've now had this for just under a month, maybe a bit longer. I read that a lot of people loved it, saying it smelled like frosting but on your face. This I do agree with. I think it smells so good I'm tempted to eat it, but my younger sister didn't like the smell. Anyway, I really like using this when my skin is dehydrated (always), especially if my skin is dry and is obvious when I'm wearing makeup. The other week I applied my face makeup and everything just clung to my dry patches, so I removed it, cleansed again and used this 5 minute mask. I reapplied my makeup and it actually went on so much smoother. I like to focus on a smooth base because my skin is what I struggle with. None of these products have made me break out either. So this mask is a definite favourite!

Have you tried anything from Frank Body? Let me know in the comments if they worked for you and what else you'd like to see on my blog! xx

Maybelline Haul!


Hello lovely! I haven't posted on my blog in what feels like too long, I just recently started my second semester at uni and already fell behind a bit so I did let my blog slip down on my priority list. I've still been reading many blogs and discovering some beautiful new ones even though I haven't been posting on my own. But today I am back and am super excited to share a few things I bought at Priceline as they had half price on the entire Maybelline range! (Just quickly I thought I would ask if any of you have any idea how to get rid of that grey tinge in white photos? I've been searching up and can't seem to figure out how to fix it.)

I decided to try the Dewy + Smooth version of this foundation as I have already tried and liked the Matt + Poreless one. I got the shade Classic Ivory which is a perfect match on my current skin tone. I was really looking forward to trying this as my skin has been quite dry recently, so of course I opened it up right after taking these images and used it with today's makeup. I used a damp beauty sponge to apply it then set it with my Maybelline Fit Me powder. So far so good. It hasn't clung onto any dry patches and is very comfortable to wear. I've had it on for less than an hour so I'm not sure how it'll wear throughout the day, but as of now I'm quite liking this foundation.

As I mentioned, I have already tried this foundation and for the most part I liked it. I find that this is something that happens with any foundation or concealer that I try, I will like it and then one day it'll just look odd. Then I'll like it again. So at the moment I am in the 'liking' stage of this foundation. I decided to go one shade darker with this one and purchased the shade Creamy Beige. I have yet to try this particular shade but I'm hoping it's not too dark on me, if so it'll be great in summer anyway. I think the reason why I stopped enjoying this foundation previously is because it's quite light and didn't cover my breakouts that I was getting. But of course I don't really expect it to. Both the Fit Me foundations are light to medium coverage so I enjoy using them for a natural day look. 

This concealer has been very much hyped up within the beauty world. That's why I ended up buying it a while back and to be honest I was disappointed. But I think I had some magical expectation due to how amazing everyone claimed it was. I stopped using it for a while then tried it again, and to my surprise I did end up liking it. So when I saw it was half price I thought I would pick up another one since it's been over a year (I think) since I last tried it. This time I didn't have that major expectation, I think this product is slightly better than the average concealer, it blends nicely and for me that's more important than coverage. I will say that when I first tried this I was completely new with makeup and didn't know the different ways to apply it. Overall, it is a nice concealer hence why I repurchased it.

My last post was actually a full review on this product which you can read here. I saw this and thought I'd grab another one while it was on sale. Though when I got back home I realised that I had a lot more product left than I thought. 

So this is a product I've been thinking about getting for years. I just never picked it up, or I did and then put it back. I really don't know why I always did this. I tried this under my foundation this morning and so far I can't really fault it. Again, I haven't worn it for long so I can only speak for my initial thoughts. There isn't really a scent which is good. The consistency is gel like and glides smoothly onto the skin. I focused this product on and around my nose, chin and forehead, then just spread whatever was left on the rest of my face. The pores on my nose were a bit less noticeable but not completely gone. I'm not amazed but I'm not disappointed yet, so if I don't break out more than I already am I will be pleased with this product hahah. 

I have used their waterproof version of this mascara and although I love it, I don't like removing waterproof mascara. So I thought I would get the non waterproof version and it's pretty similar. It makes my eyelashes look naturally defined. The wand isn't anything special but seems to work wonders for me. This is not a mascara for those who want big dramatic lashes. Because I already have long black lashes, I just want something that'll enhance them without looking unnatural. Everyone's makeup preferences are different but if you want soft, feathery and defined lashes then this is great. Again, it's definitely on the natural looking side but perfect for casual day wear. 


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Have you tried any of these products?

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick | Illuminating Highlighter


Highlight is something I haven't experimented a lot with and it was only last year that I thought to try them! A have tried a few but so far my favourite has been the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. I picked this up at Priceline for around $15 quite a few months back. As far as I know there are two shades available, Light-Iridescent which is a pearly pink and Medium-Nude Glow which is a more champaign shade. I went for Nude Glow as I personally prefer a champaign highlight with my skin tone.

I quite like the packaging, it's sturdy and clicks closed. The name of the shade is clearly placed on both the top and base of the making it easy to see. Compared to the packaging there is actually a small amount of product. That's probably the only thing I wish I could change, other than that I'm impressed. Keeping in mind I don't have too many highlighting products to compare it to, I still love how this appears on my skin. 


The formula is super creamy and easy to blend out. I generally use the tip of my finger to apply with a dabbing motion. I don't find this highlighter glittery and that's a good thing, it has lovely fine shimmer throughout creating that glowy look. I usually like my makeup to be soft and natural. Occasionally I'll glam it up a tiny bit, but for the most part I try to keep my base makeup soft and subtle. This illuminating highlighter allows me to do both and I love that. It's definitely buildable if you prefer a highlight that pops. I'm very impressed with the longetivity as it wears nicely for a good 5-6 hours. Sometime's a little less depending on what foundation I wear. 


I tried taking some photos of swatches and hopefully they're not too bad, I'm still working on it!

Overall I'm very pleased with this highlighter and would not hesitate to repurchase it. Thank you for reading! xx

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 'So Hap'pink'


Hello lovely, today's post is all about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Matt Lipstick in the shade So Hap'pink. Generally I like to use lip colours that are neutral or soft pink. I've started to adventure a little more into darker shades, but never do I go for a bright vibrant shade. When I purchased this shade I was expecting it to be a slightly neutral pink. On my lips it appears more like a bright pink, but not like a barbie pink. It's brighter than the shades I had previously worn but still wearable on my skin tone. I should also mention that when I began wearing this lipstick I would simply use the applicator and swipe it over my lips. I then discovered that if I used my finger afterwards to somewhat blend it out it appeared much more flattering. That's something I do with most lip products now as it just works better in my personal opinion.

This is supposed to be a lipstick with a matt finish and although it dries down matt it doesn't feel tight on my lips. It's actually quite comfortable to wear. However, this product doesn't have a very long wear time. I feel like this doesn't last that long on my lips, maybe 1-2 hours. The packaging makes it easy to bring along in my purse anyway if I want to reapply. If I have dry lips before applying it can look a bit patchy, so I make sure to either use a lip balm or the NYX lip primer. If I have a lip balm on it applies nicely and doesn't fade off patchy (again, only if I've used a balm or primer under). More on the packaging, I actually really like it. The screw on lid is great as I don't have to worry about it accidentally slipping off. I like that it's simple, sleek and just visually appealing. 



The consistency is soft and almost like mousse. I'm not entirely sure how to describe this texture, it's kind of airy and not at all liquidy. It's very smooth to apply. I found that if I dot the product on the centre of both my top and bottom lip then use my finger to blend it out, the finish ends up being quite gorgeous! Now that I've found the best way to apply this product I might look at trying some other shades. I got mine when I was in Switzerland but I know they sell them in Priceline for $19.20. I couldn't find this particular shade online anymore but I haven't checked in stores yet. They do however stock a nice range of shades.

Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations! xx

Trilogy Body Care ♡ Pure Plant Body Oil & Exfoliating Body Balm


A couple of months ago Priceline had 50% off the majority of the skincare brands and of course I didn't hesitate to pop in. For the longest time I've wanted to try something from Trilogy but the pricing is quite a bit over my budget. Even though the price range isn't actually too expensive, it's still higher than what I generally can spend on beauty products. So when I saw that Trilogy was half price I didn't hesitate to pick up a couple of products from their Body Care range. I decided to go with the Pure Plant Body Oil and the Exfoliating Body Balm

Trilogy is a natural skincare brand from New Zealand. Their products claim to be:
- "Supporting ethical trade practices."
- "Recyclable packaging."
- "Against animal testing."
- "Non GMO."

Definitely a winner company wise. Now onto how the products performed.

Pure Plant Body Oil - I'll start with packaging. This body oil comes in a sturdy, slim built pump bottle. The pump is really handy and dispenses a perfect amount at a time. I quite like how the packing is presented with the clear brown colouring, and the white and coral text. This product claims to help with scars, stretch marks and hydration. I was a little unsure about a body oil but had read many great reviews on this so thought I would try it anyway. I apply this all over (except my face) after my shower and I actually really like how it feels. I was expecting it to be very oily and tacky but this product was nothing like that. Instead it applied nicely and sunk in well. It's not like a moisturiser that completely dries down, it took a little time but because it wasn't tacky it didn't bother me at all. I have seen a slight improvement in some scarring but I'm not sure if that's due to this oil or just time passing. Either way, I have fallen in love with product. On the back it says that this is a 'non-scented oil blend'. Overall, I can say that this is a product I see myself repurchasing in the future, my skin feels great afterwards. This usually retails for $27.95.


Exfoliating Body Balm - Again, I love the packaging on this product. The same material and colour scheme. The jar itself is sturdy and holds a nice amount of product. This body balm is an 'intensely hydrating body scrub with sweet almond, rosehip, natural exfoliant.' This is supposed to be used in the shower after cleansing. The texture is smooth and balmy with exfoliating rosehip seeds that are finely ground. This balm leaves a hydrating feel to the skin afterwards. I don't feel the need to moisturise after my shower when I use this balm. This body balm has a lovely scent to it that is subtle enough but still there. It's one of those 'natural but kind of sweet' scents that I'm not sure how to accurately explain. This product usually retails for $35.95. So far this body balm is a favourite body care product of mine. 

Trilogy is a new favourite of mine even though I've only tried two of their products. I will be trying out more of their range and am looking forward to sharing them with you on my blog, hopefully they live up to these!

Let me know if you've tried these or if you recommend something else!

Essano Rosehip Skincare!

Hello hello, today I wanted to write about a few products from the Essano Rosehip range. I received a mini set from my sister last Christmas containing the Micellar Water, Hand Cream, Moisturiser and the Shampoo and Conditioner. I've been using these products for a decent amount of time and thought I should write a post before I run out of them and throw them out. Now I thought this after I had finished the shampoo and conditioner so those are long gone. Either way, in this post I'll be sharing my thoughts on these products!

Essano is a cruelty free brand based in New Zealand. I love that they don't test on animals and use natural ingredients. Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether they are natural or not but I do see myself leaning towards more natural skincare. They're also part of the Sustainable Business Network New Zealand which means their business practises are "...responsible and provide a benefit to our global community, our employees and help protect our natural environment."
I used to the the Garnier Micellar Water before trying this one and personally I much prefer this one. The Garnier micellar water did remove makeup but I felt it left a weird film on my skin. This Essano micellar water removes my makeup so easily without any need to rub. Although you don't have to cleanse afterwards, I do anyway because it's just routine. I've almost run out of this product so I'll be heading out to buy the larger bottle. 

I'm someone who doesn't like to have too many of the same products, so when I have more that two hand creams I don't usually buy any more until I've finished at least one. But I now have quite a few more than two and I've been reaching for most of them equally. I hadn't been reaching for the Essano hand creme until I finished some of my others, but now that I have been I don't know why I didn't before. The formula is super smooth and not sticky (my major pet peeve with hand creams is sticky ones). I like that there is a scent that is subtle enough. My hands do feel nice and soft after using this.

I couldn't find the same moisturiser in the tube, but instead it's now sold in a pump bottle. Either way, this has been my go to facial moisturiser for the past couple of months. First and foremost, this product has not caused me to break out! That is always my biggest fear when trying new products but this moisturiser has done a great job at not only avoiding the breakout issue, but also keeping my skin soft and supple. Sometimes I feel that I needed a bit more on my cheeks as they tend to get very dry. I have almost finished this moisturiser and have already purchased some Simple skincare products, which I'll very likely be sharing here soonish. 

As for the shampoo and conditioner, I did finish them a really long time ago and cannot remember which set it was. I believe I tried the Keratin set but I'm not 100% sure. But I will say that they were very nice to use. When it comes to natural hair care I struggle to find products that genuinely work. The shampoo had some shimmer in it which I found strange, though it didn't show in my hair thank goodness. The scent was lovely and my hair did feel clean and soft. I had the mini version so I used them on my camp.

Before my sister gave this set to me I'd never tried Essano before, but I'm glad I did. They're actually quite affordable!

Hope you're all have an amazing week, and thank you for the support on my last post!

New Daily Persistent Headache | Positive Life Update

(Meet my snake Rapunzel even though she doesn't have anything to do with this post!)

It's been a little while since I wrote about my life with NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache) and today I thought I would write a positive post about it. If you didn't know, half way through grade 11 I developed a sudden headache that never went away. That was in June 2015. I have written several posts about this and they are all easily found in the category NDPH-Headache tab/ label. The first post I ever wrote in regards to this headache was actually written before I knew anything about NDPH and before I realised it would stick around forever. I also have an in-depth post about Living With a Never-ending Headache, I wrote this while I was still in high school. Some of the posts were from before I had a diagnosis and some are from after, nothing much changed between this time except finally having a name for the condition, and even then it was difficult to explain. 

Something I don't think I've ever mentioned online is how downhill my emotional health spiralled during this time. I may have said a brief sentence about it but never went into detail but that was definitely a major thing. Because I have previous posts about what NDPH is and what was happening at the time I won't be going to much into it in this post. This post is about what is happening now and although nothing has changed in regards to the headache itself, my mindset has definitely changed and I am out of that negative headspace. If you have been following those previous posts you would know that I was on a really long list of medications that were trial and error, and I had tried so many treatments including exercises. Just to update further, I still have not found anything that has touched the pain. I have now been off any medication and pain killers since just before Christmas (2016). I decided to do this because nothing was actually helping with the pain and the medication was creating too much acidity for my stomach. My body feels much better after stopping all medications. Even though my headache has not changed I feel better mentally. The pain still fluctuates between 4 and 8 all day everyday. I've found others online who have the exact same thing and that is comforting within itself.

So how am I doing with uni? Well, if I'm honest after I realised this headache wasn't going to go away I didn't think I would end up going to university. I barely thought I would finish high school. But here I am studying full time at university, and yes it's quite difficult but my uni has amazing support plans for students. 

Basically this post was so update how I'm going in regards to NDPH and I am out of that negative headspace. I am happy and learning to live life with a never-ending headache. Physically I'm still the same, exhausted and in constant pain, but mentally I'm mostly positive.

My next post will be back to what my blog is about! Something either beauty or lifestyle related.