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Sew Is Life

Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.

 

 
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Oops the last post wasn’t my last post of the year…sorry to fib! But this will be :) It is Sew is Life’s most popular posts of the year, a great way to check out what post received the most traffic and what has our readers coming back.

Looks like we have a lot of beauty fans and DIYers visiting SiL. We hope to bring you more of what you love to read in 2014! Make sure to check out the new space The Simple Chic coming soon…

For now, please enjoy reading some of the popular posts of the year gone by.

1. Planning Kids Birthday Parties (1048 views)

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2. Bioderma Review (707 views)

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3. Etude House Golden Ratio Face Glam Review (471 views)

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4. Review on Lime Crime Velvetines (346 views)

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5. How to embellish clothing with rhinestones (261 views)

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6. Vidal Sassoon Curl Secret Review (173 views)

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! And thanks for dropping by and supporting this little blog of mine. Look forward to more great times with my readers in 2014.

E x

How’s everyone going with their Christmas shopping? I still have a fair way to go. So I decided to begin with a list, it usually goes…Mum…Dad…Mother in Law. It gets tougher as budgets get tighter. And there needs to be some put away for food too! I have put together a Christmas gift guide for ‘Her’, the prices range from the top to the bottom end to suit all budgets. Guarantee there will be no regifting here… :p

Here are my suggestions for gifts for Her:

1. Passing Moment Bag in Black - $279

This is a beautiful piece that deserves to hang off her arm. It is the perfect carry-all for phone, camera, books and make up, hmmm..maybe a couple of nappies. You can pick up one of these babies up from Status Anxiety. They also offer FREE SHIPPING on orders (within Australia) over $99.

2. Mollini Wakes Tan Sandals - $129.95

The ideal sandals to keep feet stylish and cool throughout the hot Summer days! Perfectly teamed with a maxi dress.

You can shop these at Style Thread

3. The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Gift Tin - $54.95

A ‘merry’ smelling gift set of Gingerbread, this will please any girl with a sweet tooth and a lover of baked goods.

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Gift Tin is a gift pack that contains Bath and Shower Gel (250ml), Body Butter (50ml), Body Polish (75ml), Soap (40g) and Gift Tin

You can shop this at The Body Shop

4. St.Tropez Sensitive Mousse - $49.95

  • Pack size: 200mL

For the self-tanning friend, who likes to look like a bronzed goddess over the Christmas season. You can’t go past the new Sensitive range from St Tropez. The tanning mousse that has been formulated to be gentle on skin using naturally derived tanning ingredients, a delicate fragrance and added moisturisers. Self-Tan Sensitive contains no added colour, meaning there is no leftover residue on towels, sheets or clothing. It has been formulated to provide a sun-kissed colour that matches the natural skin tone, while grape, mango and avocado oils help nourish and soothe the skin for an indulgently soft finish. The product features a slight hint of colour for easy application. Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.

You can shop this at St Tropez and Priceline.

5. GHD wonderland deluxe gift set - $370

This is the ideal gift for the primped and proper girl, this set will guarantee top marks. No girl would say no to this..

The ghd wonderland deluxe gift set features the ghd wonderland styler with a protective plate guard and the matching wonderland ghd air™ hairdryer.

6. Grumpy Starry phone case  - starts from $35

Who wouldn’t want the cutest little face on social media protecting their phone? A budget friendly gift, The Dairy is also offering $5 off plus free shipping on any purchases made before the 26th December. Enter code HOHOHO

Buy it at The Dairy.com

So…has this gift guide given you some inspiration on what to get your favourite gal pal or missus? What would you suggest? And what is on your wishlist? :)

Stay tuned for the next Christmas gift guide post on ‘What he wants for Christmas’. Sometimes I find buying a gift for him a little trickier… 

And Thank God it’s Friday! This week seems to be dragging on and on…could be something to do with the 38 degree heat.

Have a great day!

E x

Summer days are long ahead, for it has only just BEGUN! 3 days in and I am looking very much the part thanks to the self tanning product Tuscan Tan. I have not heard of this brand before I started using it, never even spotted in in the shops. I must admit the packaging is quite plain and it doesn’t really scream out to me. 

I was given 3 items to try, the Wash off Bronzing Mousse, a Facial Tanning Serum and Full Self Tan Mousse.

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However, that being said, outer layers are so superficial for it is what inside that really counts. I have been using Tuscan Tan for around 2 weeks now, and only had to apply the Full Self Tan Mousse twice. It gives me a long lasting bronze that doesn’t fade too noticeably. 

My skin started out being very pale and white! I could outshine a mirror with my legs. And I was quite impressed with the Tuscan Tan instant bronze, and it didn’t look orange or artificial either. It just gave me a natural and even tan look.

The trick is probably in the application mitt, if I didn’t have this it would turn out to be pretty messy. The mousse is light weight, but when you apply it to your legs and arms make sure you blend as you go otherwise there will be noticeable streaks. My first time, I think I forgot to blend and resulted in looking like a tiger with stripes!

Also I exfoliated and showered before every application, and then when the skin is dry I applied the mousse. The very next morning, after my morning cuppa tea I jump in the shower and wash off the excess. Then Voila instant Malibu Barbie Tan! 

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This is me looking nice and tan and in my new Blackmilk galaxy swims. Tuscan tan has given me the confidence to pose like this :)

I’m not the biggest tan fan, and therefore I am fairly new to the whole process. I’m loving my new bronze look though, and happy to have found a self-tanning lotion for the face too. The colour change is subtle and looks very natural. 

The smell of the products is very nice too, the smell reminds me of chocolate or cocoa butter. 

The tan just lasts and lasts… I don’t really like the whole application process, but with it lasting so long I don’t have to think about reapplying so soon. It was great when I took it on my trip down to the South West, I was able to don a swim suit with confidence!

It’s a miracle what a great tan can do to the appearance of ‘dimpling’ of the skin, imperfections, spider veins and alike. I’m ready for those Summer days of wearing short shorts and ‘lazing by the pool’ days. 

Tuscan Tan Facial Tanning Serum 30ml retails for $30

Tuscan Tan Wash Off Bronzing Mousse 150ml retails for $35

Tuscan Tan Full Self Tan Mousse 150ml retails for $45.

The application mitt retails for $12

To find a Tuscan Tan stockist, head over to their website www.tuscantan.com.au.

Have you tried any of Tuscan Tan products?

E x

*This product was sent to me for consideration. It has not affected my opinion in any way. All views are honest.

Two or was it three weeks ago (my memory has taken a holiday…) I took part in the Fox in Flats ‘Red Lipstick’ Challenge. You can read what it is all about here.

One of the reasons I decided to do this challenge was to prove that simple things such as applying a brighter lip colour would add a little boost to my self esteem and also increase my everyday confidence.

Putting on the red lippie does not take away time from rushing out of the house to make it before the school bell, nor does it take up the energy to be more presentable at work and complete my to-do-list. It definitely does brighten up my face and my mood, so I feel I can get out there and JUST do.

During the challenge, I received a few compliments from colleagues and customers at the shop. They really take notice of a red lip! But I must admit by day 4, I was not feeling the ‘red lip’ energy and was ready to give up. There were times I would blot the red away just because I felt like a more natural colour. As much as I love to look my best, I don’t like to look as if I tried too hard (depends on the occasion). for example school drop offs, there’s something to bed hair, naked lips that screams ‘Thank goodness the kids are ready and I made it!’. The mothers kind of all have a mutual understanding :)

By Day 7, I decided my final red shade would be the Lush Lip Balm in ‘A Million Kisses’. It is one of my favourites, because it has the added soothing properties of a balm, and the tint of the brightest red! My finger looked like it was bleeding after application. It is sooo highly pigmented! Even though the lucky last wasn’t a lipstick in the end, however it completed the challenge nicely with a gorgeous red tint.

Would you take up such a challenge? Are you into neutral tones or bright/bold lipstick colours? 

Have a terrific week ahead! I’m looking forward to the end of the week when I can let my hair down at my team Christmas lunch…can’t wait to see my colleagues in a different light hahaha!

E x

Are you ready? Plastic in hand? I know this sounds all too scary and bad of me to think about spending more money and hitting the sales even before the crazy Christmas season begins. I think the idea behind the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales is to save shoppers money and get their present shopping done earlier. There is definitely some logic in that!

I’m too excited because some of my favourites are going to have some very tempting sales. 

Here are a few names that I will be having my alarm clock set to…

Lime Crime is offering 30% off their entire online store and FREE Shipping within the US if you spend over $50. Use code LOVE30. Plus they will be releasing the NEW Pink Velvetine. The Velvetines are becoming a cult favourite, so will you be adding this one to your collection? Plus if you are shopping with Lime Crime Australia, they are offering FREE SHIPPING.

Blackmilk clothing is representing Australia and getting in on the Cyber Monday sales with a 30% off offer on selected items. We won’t find out until the actual sale starts. But I had a sneak peek of their reversible skater dresses on the Facebook page, and they are such great value!

Another Aussie store, Sambag Sydney is also offering 40% off selected items for 2 days only. They stock pretty footwear such as sandals and ballet flats made with quality and with classic styles. They also have apparel for those down-times where you just want to kick back and relax :)

And another makeup favourite, Lipstick Republic has started their Black Friday Sale already. Just use code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout to get 30% off your cart, this includes sale items too! 

Wahhhh….so many awesome deals to behold and so little cash. I have lots of pressies to buy family and friends, but I wonder if I would pick up any worthy bargains during the sales. I may just set the alarm to allow browsing time…but will have to indeed implore some restraint with the credit card!

What sales do you have your eye on? Like any of my choices here?

Let me know if you do shop any of these picks…I’m nosey when it comes to hauls and bargain hunting :) Because I won’t be able to shop :/ Can I live vicariously through you??

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY everyone (even though it isn’t technically a black Friday - 13th…although one is coming up in December)!!! Have fun shopping the sales.

E x

PS/ HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my lovely readers. I am thankful for your support for following me thus far!

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It’s back! The Vogue Online Shopping night is on again, it all starts today at noon. Have you been checking out the Vogue website to keep an eye on your favourites and book marked your top shopping sites?

Sadly I will be at my work desk, but hopefully during my lunch break I can squizz out the specials on my smart phone. Or by the time I knock off I’ll be plonking myself in front of the laptop with a warm cuppa ahh…. The event runs from 12pm to 12am, so there is ample time to look and pick up some early Christmas bargains for friends, family or yourself!

You may also want to keep updated with what’s happening on social media by using the hashtag #VOSN and share the purchases you have made via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I would love to hear about your buys!

This is a great way to support Aussie brands too and I’m so happy that Etsy Australia has also jumped on board…because you too can support handmade from our local creatives!

And here are some offers that I shall be spying on today:

Beauty

RY.com.au - spend $59 get a $10 voucher, free shipping, Plus One redken duo gift per customer for the first 50 customers only. Use code 'VOSN'

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Activeskin - get 10% off, use code VOSN13’ and receive a dermalogica gift pack if you spend over $100 (but use codefree VOSN gift’)!

Nourished Life (Organic beauty store) - 10% off storewide with code 'VOGUE'

milkandco.com.au - 50% off (excludes shipping) use code ‘VOGUE13’

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Fashion

Eclektica.com - 30% off with the promo code 'VOGUETTE' and free shipping

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missmoncur.com - 25% off with promo code ‘VOGUE’, first 50 shoppers will receive 15% off all purchases

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Etsy.com - 20% off all VOSN retailers, use promo code ‘VOGUE’. Look out for Loliette who is owned by one of my mates from high school. She makes killer ballet flats. 

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Homewares

Ambrosia Candles - 15% off all items and a free candle for the first 15 orders over $30 and use the code ‘VOSN13’

Dinosaur Designs

- A complimentary Wishbone bangle, valued at $55 will be given to every customer who spends $200 or more in one transaction.
- Spend $500 or more in one transaction and receive a complimentary set of three Wishbone bangles valued at $165.

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It’s such a great line up this Summer, so many new and upcoming retailers joining in. Oh-no watch out wallet!

Will you be buying anything during VOSN? What have you got on your list?

Have fun lovelies and login and have a say on social media by using the hashtag #VOSN. Everytime VOSN buzzes like a huge virtual marketplace and trens on twitter. I’ve always have fond memories of my time on VOSN.

I’ll see you there or maybe at ‘Shoppaholics Anonymous’ ;)

E x

It makes your teeth look whiter, you appear like a Hollywood screen siren, your confidence is given a boost, you feel like an empowered woman…is what I have heard about the super powers of wearing a red lipstick.

But on the everyday Jane’s mind of insecurities she would think a red lip is too risky, it draws too much attention, it’s a ‘man eater’ colour and it will get on my teeth! 

This being said, I fall partly into the everyday Jane’s mindset. I like to experiment with makeup however I have not pushed myself so far as to wear ‘daring’ colours out in public. I like to play with colours when it comes to cosmetics but it is only in the bathroom that I take a selfie photo and share it on my blog or facebook. So I have decided to take on the Fox in Flats dare of wearing red lipstick for 7 days straight…

Now I wonder what the pre-primary parents would think tomorrow morning when I show up at school! And what would my work colleagues think!?

This challenge will be an interesting one for it will also be an experiment to see how my husband, peers and customers will react. As I am usually dressed quite simply and with minimal makeup. I tend to bring out the red lip only on occasions that I feel are ‘special’, for example last week during the Melbourne Cup.

Like what you hear? You can take part in the challenge too! Just head over to Fox in Flats blog and find out more.

But here are the rules (taken from Fox in Flats website) if you want the ‘skinny’ on how to play:

The Rules of The Red Lipstick Dare:

  • Wear red lipstick from when you get dressed in the morning till you brush your teeth before bed at night.
  • Join in whenever you like, but to fully complete the Dare, you need to do it for 7 days straight.
  • Tell us all about it as you go. You can do this by:

And here I share my red artillery this week:

There are 6 different red lippies shown here, almost one for each day. But on the seventh day there will be a surprise new comer…Any guesses as to what it will be??

What would be your favourite red lipstick of all time? What memories do you have wearing this lipstick? 

Let me know if you decide to join in too!

Have a rad RED-elicious week everyone!

E x

Happy Weekend guys! My week began with the hype of the Melbourne Cup, that left me with $40 less (that’s why I don’t gamble! Grrr….) and a few issues that happened with Lil Miss S at school. Lil Miss S is a sweet, kind and a model student who likes to do her best in school. She is also popular and that means there are girls who don’t want to share her with others. Lil Miss S has had to learn to be assertive this week and I am proud of her. 

It has been a challenging week for me, learning the throws of parenting. Learning that gambling is a bad habit! And learning how to do BAS (Business Activity Statements) on my own…surrounded by mountains of paperwork and bills! It was about time to reward myself :)

Not too long ago Facial Co was having a 20% off sale at their online store. I have been looking forward to placing my first order with them but was waiting for the right specials to come along.

I spent enough to qualify for FREE shipping which I believe was $199 (rather high, but the skincare I purchased took me over the limit anyway). And now they have dropped the minimum spend of $30 to qualify for FREE Shipping. This is their way of bringing the Christmas spirit a little early to their customers. So start your early Christmas shopping now! But this is for a limited time only, until 12th December 2013.

And here I share the goodies I got myself…

What do you think of the haul? 

- Alpha-H Liquid Gold Radiance 30ml + dropper

- Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream 50ml

- MOROCCANOIL Weightless Hydrating Mask 250ml

- Clarisonic Replacement Brush Heads

- THE FACE Beauty Book - Spring Edition

- A Coca Cola Chupa Chup (yum!)

- 2 FREE samples, Decleor Paris Excellence De L’age night cream and Dermlogica Age reversal eye complex

With Summer almost here, my skin and hair has been screaming out for attention. So I ‘invested’ in some luxe products to help boost moisture and vitamins in my hair and skin. The current skincare that I am using hasn’t been able to combat my pigmentation issue. 

I chose to start using Alpha-H because I heard lots of positive reviews about the range and thought to give it a try. I am starting to incorporate more anti-aging skincare as I head into my 30s, and with 6 years of not a proper shut-eye of sleep…the tell-tale signs are showing up on my face. I hope to get back the radiance I once had!

If you are looking to try out Alpha-H liquid Radiance, Facial Co is currently having a BUY 1 GET 1 FREE offer. You can buy two for AUD$57.50 here.

I made the purchase, because I couldn’t give up such a tempting offer!

I may just do a before and after post about my experience with Alpha-H so you can see the difference. Would you be interested in that?

I also got the Moroccan Oil Hair mask for the same reason, because I heard lots of great reviews on this particular product. And my bayalage hair is looking a bit sorry on the ends. And I needed to change my Clarsonic brush head, because it was looking an icky-yellowish colour. Ewww..and I bought the Sensitive brush head this time.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

I’m looking forward to some catch up time with my friends tomorrow over brunch. What do you have going on this weekend? I want to know!

E x

You may also be interested in reading:

Review on Clarisonic Mia

Burt’s Bees Prize from Facial Co.

Summer 2013 favourites

You can my HAUL products here:

*This is not a sponsored post. Facial Company is one of our affiliate sites. If you shop with them, I will be earning a small commission that helps with the upkeep of this blog. I am ever so thankful if you make a purchase through my links.

How’s your start of the week shaping up? I can’t believe it’s HERE! The first Tuesday of November and we’re celebrating Melbourne Cup Day! How did it come by so quickly? I would have been more prepared with a DIY post, but this year has completely caught me off guard!

'The Race that stops a nation' couldn't be more true. As I imagine myself cheering on the horses at noon (Perth time and 3pm EST) along with my colleagues at work. I must admit it's fun to be at work on Melbourne Cup day to take part in the celebrations, but imagine how the Melbournians spend the day off work… they wouldn't be shy to have a drink! We Perth workers have to get back to work! lol.

Before we jump ahead of ourselves, the races may be about the punters and the horses but as we ladies know it, it is a pretty good excuse to get dolled up :)

Here are some of my racewear pics for 2013 Melbourne Cup Day, courtesy of theiconic.com.au

Do you see anything you like? As a matter of tradition, black/white or monochrome frocks will be big this year, as well as lace dresses and jewelled patterns. Emerald will still be the colour of the year and will make an appearance. And Spring’13 has brought back the pastel hues again, I really like the light pink fascinators.

From the top left:

- Stylestalker Got Game Dress $189 

- Morgan & Taylor The Grace Fascinator $89.95

- Elle Zeitoune Kyra Dress $230

- Morgan & Taylor The Amelia Fascinator $125

- Shakuhachi Lace Block Fitted Dress $174 (on sale)

- Morgan & Taylor Annabelle Polka Dot Sun Hat $39.95

I am still not sure which horse to place my bet on but I like the sound of Green Moon and New Moon. Because I am a lover of the Luna :) I have never been one to gamble, but this is the one time of the year that I will give my luck a try.

The Iconic is currently celebrating their 2nd birthday, and to share the good vibrations they are offering customers 30% off . All you have to do is use the code BDAY30 (available for a limited time only!) at the checkout. Please view their T & Cs regarding the promotion.

Probably too late to shop for the race but a great discount to purchase for the holiday season coming up.

What will you be wearing? Any tips to share? 

Hope you all have fun with your outfits and celebrations tomorrow! 

E x

Hi There! How was your weekend? Mine was packed with parties with the kid-lings. We had a Halloween Family night at an indoor play gym and a 7 year old’s birthday party and I am seriously partied-out! It’s funny how the tables have turned and the munchkins have more of a social life than mummy. 

My ‘party’ now a days involves my quiet sewing time and playing with skincare in my home made lab. Plus it becomes even more exciting when I receive products in the mail from PR agencies, it’s the highlight of my week!

I’m giddy with all these bright and amazing colours out in the stores now. Spring is here and cue in the new Colour Theory range of make up. 

The price point of this range is so affordable. It ranges from $4 - $10 which makes them great as stocking fillers this Christmas.

I received 8 colours but there are actually 22 colours in the nail polish range.

I like the look of the packaging, it’s so simplistic and neat. The bottles are 6mL each. And the formula is nice and thick that I find I only need two coats to coat the nail properly.

I have been really surprised by the quality of the polishes! With my busy lifestyle, the finish of these polishes are top notch because the finish lasts for days. I do use a top coat, but even without a top coat, the polish stay perfect for 3 days.

And I noticed the drying time is cut in half! They have certainly impressed me with their $4 price tag. Plus the formula is formaldehyde free so you don’t get the headache-causing fumes.

Here are some of my favourites from the range:

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Creme de la creme reminds me a lot of OPI’s Bubble Bath, it is sweet french manicure cream shade. Lila-A-Lovely is just a pretty pastel purple which is gorgeous any time. Feel like Teal has shimmer pigments in it which makes it appear glossy but not over the top sparkly. And my last pick, Cherry on Top is a true red colour which looks terrific on toes and an all-round classic colour for any hot-blooded female.

Since the weather is getting warmer that means it’s sandal territory and toe nails will have to be polished before they make an appearance. That’s just a habit I have developed over the years, because well look at THEM…my toes aren’t the most attractive part of the body. So they certainly deserve a dressing up :) 

The Colour Theory range is available at Amcal and Guardian Pharmacies from October 2013. You can also shop them at www.colourtheory.com.au

Do you see any colours that you like? Have you tried out any of Colour Theory’s new products?

Hope your Monday has been magical :) 

Thanks for reading!

E x

*This product was provided for consideration, it has no way affected my opinion. This review has been written in accordance to this site’s disclosure policy.