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.

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.

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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