SK-II “Miracle Water” Facial Treatment Essence Review

IMG_7347SK-II has always had raving reviews as a brand. The brand ambassador Cate Blanchett is an amazing fit for empowering women everywhere to look their best and stay independently strong. Currently they also have Kate Bosworth endorsing the brand as well as many famous Asian stars. I was therefore thrilled to be trialling the SK-II Miracle Water or Facial Treatment Essence.

Why is it called the Miracle Water?

Apparently the secret is  Pitera. An ingredient trademarked by the creators of SK-II which is in all of their products. The fermentation liquid that brewers of sake in Japan exposed their hands to on a daily basis somehow contributed to their youthful look. Thus the anti-ageing skin properties were unlocked in this ingredient and used for the extensive range of SK-II products.

Derived from a strictly controlled natural fermentation process, Pitera™ is a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids. This fascinating combination of nutrients work to dramatically improve the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process.

I have been using mine for a week and also trying to minimise the amount of makeup I’m wearing during the day, especially on the weekends. I’ve been virtually makeup free for Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed waking up to glowing, soft skin in the morning. There is definitely an improvement in texture and clarity of my skin. I will continue using for a bit longer to see how I go.

IMG_7353There is one questionable properly to the product and a few people have said this to me – that is the fragrance of the Essence. I don’t endorse artificial fragrance and therefore the natural occurring scent of fermented water is possibly what the unique scent is, so it must be better than having additional fragrances, which may or may not interfere with the benefits of this product. You get used to the scent after a while and it doesn’t bother me.

I’ve been using this product by pouring a bit onto the palm of my hand, rubbing hands together and then gently rubbing into my face. Some people use cotton demak pads, soaked in the essence and apply it that way. Another useful trick is getting an empty spray bottle and using the essence to finish your makeup or as a refreshing spritz throughout the day.

RRP $100 (75ml bottle) $185 (150ml)

Available exclusively at David Jones and Myer Stores.

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Have you tried the SK – II Facial Treatment Essence? What are your thoughts on it?

xx

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Best Date Night Ideas as Recommended by Me and the Internet

It’s official, we’ve put in fortnightly calendar reminders into our phones on Date Nights. After being married for a couple of years, its easy to take those moment together for granted. Yes you do spend time together at home and it seems like that should be enough, but have you been able to have a non-interrupted heart to heart conversation with a blaring tv, a pile of laundry, two fluffy animals and unpacking the dishwasher? I didn’t think so. Its impossible to spend ‘date night’ quality time at home.

I thought it was a funny things when you’d see couples on date nights. How can people forget how to spend time together I thought. Turns out its quite easy and its called LIFE. And this is before we have babies. What happens when those come along?

So here are some ideas on what we’ve done previously and what comes up when you Google things. Google knows everything, you might as well trust it with your love life :)

No, not quite. I had to pick out the few which particularly tickled my fancy and that seemed more or less affordable to do. SO if you don’t live in weekly episodes of the Bachelor and don’t have access to a helipad, have a look at these ideas, some cliche and old fashioned but tried and tested classics and some are perhaps new ideas?!

1. Dinner and a Movie

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This is a good one. I used to love drive in movies because you always got to watch two movies, sit in the car under the stars and eat hot chips, but those were high school date days. For the usual dinner and movie, try to upgrade yourselves to Vmax instead of normal cinema. It’s a bigger screen, popcorn and soft drink included, comfier seats and you can also order hot food with service. In my view its a better bang for your buck than Gold Class.

2. Dinner and a view

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Its actually this week’s date night that we’ll explore the O bar. We were recently there for an Engagement party and the views are absolutely stunning. Even in the rain, this venue is spectacular. There’s a great list of cocktails and the dinner menu looks yum. Oh and the best part, while you’re enjoying a drink and some romanticising, the restaurant, 47 floors above rotates so you can get a better view of Sydney while you wine and dine.

2. Comedy Store

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This is a fun one! The Comedy Store at Fox Studios is a bit of a hidden venue. One night for date night we decided to just book tickets. The result was a night filled with laughs and we got to see a number of old and new comedians up on stage, hosted by a very funny guy. Forgive me funny guy, I don’t remember your name.

3. Spa/Massage

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This is a good one. Through recent spark of the likes of Groupon deals, its now easy to purchase a massage package at a more affordable rate than an arm and a leg. I frequently use Lime and Tonic  to indulge my small addiction to massages and spas. The best one so far has been the Swissotel Spa deal because they let you use their rooftop pool. The hotel spa is located in the middle of busy Sydney CBD but you really feel like you’re miles away when you’re getting the massage, using the spa and then chilling in the hotel pool.

4. See a musical/show/theatre/opera/circus

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I’m a sucker for a good show. Anything – Classical music, Opera, Theatre, Musicals. I am not too keen on concerts, even though I love music, but I guess I love a show with a plot and a storyline more than anything else. On top of the classical stuff, I would never miss a Cirque du Soleil performance if I can help it. If you were to see one show per year, spend it on Cirque du Soleil. My favourite one so far was Ovo. A production which goes into the insect world (maybe it has something to do with my strange fascination with insects), but I had an absolute blast. Opera Australia do amazing subscription deals for under 30s and their performances are always extravagant and grand. Belvoir st theatre provides a good schedule for anything ranging from Shakespeare to Peter Pan, and don’t forget if you want to see Cate Blanchett or Hugo Weaving perform at legendary Sydney Theatre Company, sign up to their newsletter to be informed on season sales as those sell out like hotcakes.

5. Bowling

IMG_3223If you’ve exhausted the movie and dinner idea way too much, its time to go back to the good old high school and uni days when bowling was fun. To be honest I haven’t been in a bowling alley for about 5 years and a recent attempt to go bowling at Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Kingpin bowling resulted in playing pool which moves me onto point 6.

6. Pool

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I believe one of our first dates was playing pool, and I think it was at the Kingpin Harborside! (Whaaat) I recall having dinner and then going to play pool. I am hopeless at the game but the banter made it fun and even though the place is not highly romantic, it gave us a chance to get to know each other better in a casual environment.

7. Golf or mini golf

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Golf, well not really the 18 holes type of golf, the one at the driving range. It’s actually quite a relaxing activity. Sunday afternoons are perfect to go to Moore Park Driving Range and hit a few golf balls around. You can work on your technique or if one of you is better than the other, work on it together. Great in the summer when we have longer days and you have that sunset light lingering around. Another cool activity is Putt Putt or Mini Golf. We heard some sad news lately and unfortunately the Putt Putt place in Ermington  is closing down to make way for some residential development. So make your way over to the iconic and rare vintage mini golf course and see the 1969 course for the very last time (sigh).

 

8. Helicopter ride over Sydney (if you’re that way inclined)

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Okay this isn’t really a date night activity as such but a date day!?

We actually got to go on a helicopter ride with Bondi helicopters through a birthday voucher given to my husband for his 30th. I tagged along and we had a beautiful flight over Sydney. I sometimes forget how breathtaking Sydney really is and if you’re in one of those moods when your weekends are getting a bit too cliche and turning into routine, I strongly recommend booking yourself in for a helicopter ride. Sure its not an everyday thing but your impression of this city will change forever.

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Please share your date night ideas in the comment section with me!

xx

 

 

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Badger Balms – An Organic, Natural Remedy

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Don’t you just love traditional remedies? It’s like when I used to get sick when I was little and my grandma would get me to sit with my feet in hot water or my mum would give me raspberry jam with my tea as it had cold fighting properties. It makes you feel warm and cozy just thinking about those natural remedies and wanting a simple alternative to drugs and medicated items which look oh so serious.

Thats why when I saw these Badger Balms I felt like they were a truly natural remedy.

The two full sized balms I got are the Badger Cuticle Care and the Badger Foot Balm.

You can get them from MU Australia

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The Foot Balm is amazing at the end of a long day, running around. The aromatic ingredients and the cooling properties of some of the oils in the balm help soothe tired feet and you will feel refreshed and ready to go out dancing again. I don’t usually do that though, I just relax in bed or on the couch.IMG_7218

The Cuticle Care balm is super effective if your hands need a bit of moisturising before a manicure. Use it as an intensive cuticle treatment before you go to bed. It will work overnight. Best used with gloves, but I find if I put gloves or socks on before bed, I get too hot and take them off in my sleep.

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