Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hamimi Store Opening in East Brisbane

As some of you may know, I stumbled upon the Hamimi pop up store on a recent visit to Brisbane for work.  As of a few weeks ago Hamimi opened their permanent store in East Brisbane which is really exciting.  Hamimi specialize in stunning homeware goods and exotic accessories suitable for modern, relaxed and traditional living spaces.
Hamimi products are designed by owners Alex and Rebecca and then handmade in Morocco using traditional craftsmanship. The owners Alex and Rebecca are brother and sister, Alex is on home soil, currently located in Brisbane, while Rebecca is situated amongst the action in Marrakech.

Here are a few images of the new store...




To read up on my experience at Hamimi, click here.  Wondering where Hamimi will expand to next.  Hopefully Melbourne!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

NVEY ECO finally returns to Australia!

After years of success across Europe and the US, Australia’s first 100% natural and organic Natrue Certified makeup brand, NVEY ECO, has finally returned to our shores to launch its new e-commerce platform and bring organic cosmetics to the fingertips of its rapidly increasing Australian market.

From Paris to New York, London to Stockholm, NVEY ECO is bringing home its high performance, eco-friendly collections of Australian-made organic cosmetics to provide beauty consumers with a safe and essential alternative to its high and low end inorganic, chemical-based competitors via the user-friendly, NVEY ECO e-commerce website – nveymakeup.com

NVEY ECO, already an international leader in Organic Makeup rising to the No. 2 Organic Makeup brand in France within one year, first emerged in 2005 when founder and CEO Rohan Widdison awoke with a need to provide pure organic cosmetics characterised by seamless combinations of beauty and the goodness of nature. Through the development and perfection of methods and techniques that have evolved into a Pure Organic Makeup Artistry concept, Widdison and his team of experts at NVEY ECO have taken “green” cosmetics to the next level of perfection.

As one of the first makeup brands in the world and the first Australian brand to be 100% NATRUE Certified, NVEY ECO has exploded the myth that going green reduces the performance and application of makeup. NVEY ECO is proud to label itself as a completely natural and organic cosmetics brand that creates each product with exclusive Bio Organic formulas and methods that use a harmony of carefully selected organic and plant ingredients, blended with natural botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants to make pure and gentle yet long lasting, high performance makeup solutions that it is known for the world around.

The high performance characteristics of each product across the NVEY ECO Eyes, Lips, and Face makeup ranges are achieved without the use of chemical ingredients such as parabens, petrochemicals or synthetic colours and fragrances. Naturally, NVEY ECO also does not test on animals and has even developed a range of cruelty free, synthetic-fibred Eco Friendly Artistry Brushes which includes a set of corn resin handle brushes for the extra eco-weary.
Makeup is more than colour at NVEY ECO, it is a philosophy and nature fueled by the determination to develop organic cosmetics that nourish, protect, condition and energise skin, while delivering exciting colour for a natural everyday radiance. NVEY ECO creates each of its products to this standard, epitomising its philosophy through its pure, chemical-free formulas that have made NVEY ECO one of the most beautiful, award winning organic makeup brands in the world.

I am so excited for NVEY ECO's return to Australia and was lucky enough to get my hands on a few products from the NVEY ECO range, so stay tuned for the reviews.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tried & Tested - Eco Tan Invisible Tan

Eco Tan pride themselves on being Australia's first and only spray tanning manufacturer to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain (OFC) under the Australian Government. Eco Tan uses 100% natural ingredients.

After her sister’s melanoma scare, Gold Coast single mother Sonya Driver became not only paranoid about the suns harmful rays, but also the toxic ingredients used in spray tans. After years of researching and formulating, she has made Australian history by creating the first tan to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government.

Products Eco Tan specialise in professional spray tanning solution Rich Honey and have recently launched a retail range, including:

- Invisible Tan: Luxe Moisturiser application is clear and 8 hours later develops into a beautiful natural tan.

- Tan-Away Gloves: Extreme exfoliator perfect for pre and post tanning


The Verdict…
When I first heard about Eco Tan Invisible Tan I was pretty excited that there was another eco tanning product on the market, because lets be honest the market for eco tanning products is a little slow, which means that the variety is fairly limited. I admit, when I first went to use the product I wasn’t sure what the quality would be like and was really hoping that the outcome would be positive.

The week prior I made sure I exfoliated off all my old tan so I knew that when I applied Eco Tan Invisible Tan, that would be the only colour I could see. I apply all my fake tan with rubber gloves, because even though the colour generally washes off your hands pretty well, after using fake tan as often as I do, your nails start to discolour which is not a good look!

I was hesitant applying Eco Tan Invisible Tan because I am used to using a tanning mouse which has bronzer in the product so you can see where it has been applied, so thought I may miss a few patches and come out blotchy in the morning. Never the less, I applied the product face to toe. Eco Tan Invisible Tan goes on like a moisturiser and doesn’t smell like much at all. I was actually thankful that I wasn’t using a product with a bronzer in it because it didn’t dirty my sheets when I slept with the product on. I only applied one coat and when I woke in the morning I was surprised that the colour was really even and came out as dark as my normal tanning product when I apply two coats, which is impressive! I found the colour to be lovely and natural, with no orange or green tones.

If you have any patches of dry skin I would avoid applying the tan on those areas. I have a patch of eczema on my left arm which came out really blotchy when the tan was applied, blotchier then any other tanning product I have used. I wouldn’t recommend applying the product to your face either, as it really gets stuck in your eyebrows and on any dry skin, again more so then all the other tanning products I have used (even after applying a balm to my eyebrows prior to fake tanning, and wiping off any excess product with a cotton bud post application).

But all in all I am very impressed with the product, would definitely buy it again and wouldn’t hesitate recommending it. The colour is great, and on me lasted a good two days before it started getting a little skanky around the seams (which is normal for me). But when fake tan comes off from my skin it is so much more noticeable because my natural skin is so fair. When the fake tan started looking a little too blotchy for my liking, rather then exfoliating it all of and reapplying, I wanted to see how it would look if I just reapplied another coat, over my existing coat. When I did this the colour came up as good as new, you couldn’t even tell that I had a skanky layer of fake tan underneath, which was impressive!

I love that when you have Eco Tan Invisible Tan on you don’t feel gritty like you do with other tanning products, it literally just feels like you have moisturiser on, which made putting clothes on after and sleeping in it a treat.

Rating:
4/5

To keep up to date with the latest from Eco Tan, make sure you follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

cylk Wins Prestigious International Design Award


Melbourne-based fashion label cylk has won the award for “Best way of working with fabric” at the 27th International Apparel Convention in at the Grand Velas Resort in Mexico.  Emily Nasr and Keshia Abeysekera from cylk are the first Australians to win the coveted award.

IAF International Designer Awards offers designers from all over the world a platform which recognises and rewards the next generation of future designers.

The designs were judged based on their innovation, originality, creativity, fabrics and quality of the collections.  cylk was nominated to represent Australia and submitted 3 designs from its upcoming collection, showcasing innovation in seamless technology and yarn development.

cylk has developed a cult following both locally and internationally with their unique aesthetic and compelling story.  They plan to open their first flagship retail store in Melbourne in February 2012.

To view the cylk collection visit cylk.com.au

Well done cylk!  You have done Australia and Melbourne proud.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Introducing Kimi Organic Vegan Registered Skin Care

For all you Vegans out there, these beauty products from Kimi Organic are for you!

Founded and managed by Kim Girbin, Kimi Organic is a holistic New Zealand company and a vegan registered, certified organic skin care range.

Created out of a personal family need to reduce allergies and reactions, each and every ingredient has been chosen for its toxin-free beneficial properties. Every ingredient used is plant based and the end product is affordable. The range incorporates a Face Wash, Face Cream and Body Wash. This introductory creamy trio is just the beginning of a soon to be expanding range.

Kimi Organic products and packaging are dedicated to care for your skin and the environment. The environment being so important to the source of these products that Kimi Organic has pledged as part of their campaign to Plant a Tree For Life in Brazil's Atlantic Forest for every one of their products sold.

Kimi Organic specs...
- 100% plant based ingredients
- 95% certified organic ingredients
- Vegan registered
- Unique blend of peppermint and rose otto creating an amazing scent and benefits to the skin
- Ingredients are tracked from the field they are grown in to the shelf its sold on
- Kimi Organic will plant a tree for every product sold

I will be trying out products from the Kimi Organic range, so stay tuned for the review.  Kimi Organic is currently available online at kimiorganic.com.  To keep up to date with the latest from Kimi Organic make sure you add them on Facebook
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spring Inspired Competition!

Spring has sprung and it’s time to pack away your winter gear and start switching your black basics for pretty pastels and bold bright colours.

At the moment I am head over heals for bright colours. Honeysuckle pink, lipstick red, burnt orange, lime and Tiffany blue. I am also loving some of the more subtle colours like blush and lavender.  The colour that is really on my mind this spring is lemon. I am in love with it! Lemon clothes, accessories, homewares, beauty products, you name it, I want it.

Here are a few products I am lusting over at the moment…
SIGG Yellow Pastel Aluminium Bottle (0.4L)
SIGG bottles are the worlds healthiest and safest reusable bottles on the market. Manufactured in Switzerland the bottles are bisphynol-A, lead and phthalate free.

OPI Fiercely Fiona Nail Polish
OPI products are formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) free, chemicals linked with a wide range of health and reproductive issues.

Zimmermann Memoir Frill Bandeau Bikini, AU$190.00
Zimmermann is a home grown Australian owned brand that started in Sydney, with Nicky Zimmermann creating dresses and selling them at Paddington markets.

eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere in Lemon Drop, US$3.29
eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, paraben, petrolatum, gluten-free an phthalate FREE!

Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream, AU$28.00
Jurlique products are made with the finest, most potent, biodynamic, organic and natural ingredients sourced from all over the world. The Citrus Hand Cream is a rich, protective hand cream with the uplifting scent of citrus to restore smoothness and keep skin looking youthful.

Belvoir fruit farms Organic Lemonade Presse
Belvoir products are made from 100% natural ingredients and are preservative-free.

CLICK HERE and tell me what colour is inspiring you this Spring/Summer 2011 for your chance to win a beautiful Yellow Pastel SIGG Aluminium Bottle (0.4L) and Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream!

Make it your goal to add some colour into your wardrobe and live this spring. I assure you it will brighten up your day.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bagalight

I am intrigued by these Bagalight lamp collection by Liquidesign...

The idea for the original Bagalight was born through wanting to create a product using an everyday item that normally wouldn’t be considered to have any real value.

By designing simple cut-outs on the inside of the bag Liquidesign have created a really unusual lighting solution that not only challenges people’s preconceptions of value in design but is also environmentally friendly - designed to only be used with energy-saving bulbs and made entirely from paper and card. This pendant light comes in a variety of different styles - as does the table lamp version: the Bagalight 2.

What do you think?  Creative, sustainable and entrepreneurial.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cylk Intimates Competition Winner

Congratulations to Vanessa (@MissSensuous) from Victoria on winning the Miss Green’s Wardrobe Cylk Intimates competition. Vanessa will soon be receiving a beautiful Cylk Intimates bamboo Bralet & Boyleg set valued at $89.
Thank you all for entering and to our lovely friends at Cylk.

Stay tuned for the next competition, they just keep getting better and better!

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