Monday, 26 October 2015

Photos from my Sunday Morning Walk

I was up way too early for a Sunday; as the sun hadn't risen, and it was still dark outside. It was chilly for a Spring morning in October. Melbourne mornings can be far less forgiving though, so I wasn't complaining. I was going to drive up to visit a friend and walk/jog some trails, before I helped her with her wedding preparations. I had a mug of hot tea outside and watched the sunrise. There's something strangely refreshing about crisp, chilly mornings, especially if it has rained the night before.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Brows & Lash Growth Experiment | Week 1 Results | Castor Oil

I'm a little late in posting but here is my update! These pictures were taken a few days ago on day ten. If you missed my last post, when I first started, you can check it, here. I have been using castor oil on most nights. Out of the ten days, I have missed three.

Day one and I've woken up with very oily, but moisturised eyelashes/eyelids. But it washes off, so that's ok. My eyebrows look the same, but I feel like my eyelashes have grown a little, maybe it's my imagination!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tea tree oil for Acne

When I waxed my eyebrows for the first time, I woke up the next morning with tiny zits where the wax had touched my skin. They went away after a few days, but weren't very attractive. I still waxed them again, though. I just thought: maybe I had done something wrong.... The second time I didn't get any spots.

I did do something different though. I was using a wax kit from the pharmacy, and it contained those flimsy 'finishing wipes', that you're supposed to use to remove any remaining wax. I used those, as well as a moisturiser (which contained tea tree oil) to remove the wax.  I had given up using the moisturiser for it's intended purpose; it was too heavy and oily. As it was oil-based, I thought it would dissolve the wax well, which it did. The next morning, I had no spots. I know it was the tea tree oil because, if I wax by myself, or get them done, and don't apply this and wash off, I get red zits the next morning. 

The moisturiser I used: Tea tree & Witch Hazel Complexion Perfection Moisturiser.

Tea tree oil is native to Australia, and has the following properties:
  • anti-septic, and
  • anti-bacterial (Carson, Hammer and Riley)
  • anti-inflammatory; it can reduce histamine-induced inflammation (Koh et al.)
  • has been shown to be effective in treating acne (Bassett, Pannowitz , Barnetson)

It is a dry oil and is extremely potent, so I mix this with another lighter oil, like avocado or olive. I use one drop (tea tree) to a teaspoon ratio.

Growing up in Australia, tea tree oil was always in the bathroom cabinet. I have a few bottles now. The one pictured is from Bosisto's. I also have Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil

I love incorporating oils into my whole skincare routine from cleansing to eye cream. If you would like to see what I use click HERE.

xo, Amali


Koh, K.J. et al. 'Tea Tree Oil Reduces Histamine-Induced Skin Inflammation'. Br J Dermatol 147.6 (2002): 1212-1217. Web.

Carson, C. F., K. A. Hammer, and T. V. Riley. 'Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: A Review Of Antimicrobial And Other Medicinal Properties'. Clinical Microbiology Reviews 19.1 (2006): 50-62. Web.

Bassett, Pannowitz , Barnetson,. 'A Comparative Study Of Tea-Tree Oil Versus Benzoylperoxide In The Treatment Of Acne'. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 6.3 (1998): 167. Web.

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Fall Nails | Ombre | Gold & Silver Glitter

Here's another nail post. I thought I would try ombre nails. And to keep with the fall theme, I went with a warm gold on silver glitter.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bright Pink Lips | Born Pretty Store

A bright lip can be intimidating, but it can really glam up an otherwise simple look. Here I try a pigmented gloss from Born Pretty Store. They have an amazing makeup range, which is budget friendly and high quality. I also have an exclusive coupon code for you below!

WITH flash

Sunday, 11 October 2015

What I use for Long Eyelashes + Eyebrows

Continuing on from my last post, I wanted to share what brand of castor oil I use for eyebrow and eyelash growth experiment, as well as how I apply it.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Brows & Lash Growth Experiment | Castor Oil | Week 0

The last time I went to get my eyebrows professionally waxed, the sweet lady there told me I had nice eyebrows. She then proceeded to wax the s**t out of them. Ten minutes later, she handed me the mirror, and I was left with the shortest eyebrows I've ever had. Really, they started so far in, that I must've looked half-alien for at least a week. She was waxing back and forth, probably trying to even them out after she made a mistake on one...

Monday, 5 October 2015

Nails | Halloween | Black & Gold Glitter

Halloween is this month, so here's something to get you into the occasion! It's a simple two-step process and requires no skill. I'm still trying to learn about nail art and I just purchased a cheap glittery polish. It did look a little better in the bottle, and doesn't look as great in photos. I'm not so keen on black nails, but the glitter really does take the edge off.

I used two colours; black and gold speckled nail varnish.

Both the polishes I used are budget brands, and work surprisingly well.
TBN nail varnish in black
W7 nail polish in bronze debris

If you want your polish to be more long lasting, I would recommend using:
OPI Nail Lacquer Black Onyx
OPI Holiday Nail Lacquer The Living Daylights
China Glaze Rest In Pieces

Happy Painting!

xo, Amali

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Essence Lip Liner | Cute Pink | Review

So, here's a great budget lipliner I decided to pick up the other day. I'm not into lipliners at all, in fact this is only my third one. The first two were a gift and part of a makeup kit when I was 14. I just thought they were for lining the outside of your lips, like my Science teacher did, (apparently a different colour to her lipstick). Now, lipliners seem to have made a huge comeback, and I've decided to begrudgingly join the bandwagon. I've always loved lipsticks, balms and stains, but I decided to finally cave in.

I didn't want to splurge on something I was still on the fence for, so I just decided to pick this up while I was at the Chemist. I thought this would be bone dry, considering it was bought from loose change, but it's surprisingly creamy and pigmented.

I have the shade Cute Pink, which is a cool toned bright pink. It is probably not my colour, because of my skintone, but it's good under or ombre-ed with a darker lipstick. I have darker lips, so on its own, this comes off a little purple(?). It isn't a matte finish, but slightly dewy.

I will definitely be trying other colours from Essence Lip Liners, like Soft Berry and Wish Me A Rose.
xo, Amali

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