Peony Parcel | The Ocean Breeze Edition

Peony Parcel is a bi-monthly subscription box that includes a range of pamper products  to help you get some “me time”. The box this month is The Ocean Breeze Edition.

Below are the opening images of the box, the first thing I noticed about this one when I opened the lid was a beautiful aroma, it smelled so good!

When I pulled everything out, this is what I had in the box, there’s so much there, it’s really a very generous box.

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Now over to all of the products, the most exciting part. They all look so great, I can’t wait to try them all.

And thanks in advance to Peony Parcel who provided all the descriptions.

Sea 2 Skin Active Hydration Mask

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The revitalising Active Hydration Mask restores essential moisture while gently exfoliating the skin. Formulated to promote a firmer, youthful complexion, rich sea botanicals and marine collagen combine to revive dull skin cells, resurface and smooth skin. Natural hyaluronic acid and rose hip oil deeply hydrate and deliver cellular support. Your skin will be left feeling rejuvenated and nourished with a radiant glow.

Lumi Candle Cucumber and Mint Tea Light

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We bring you one of Lumi’s top sellers, the Cucumber and Mint fragranced tea light candle! This gorgeous fresh tea light has a burn time of approximately 12 hours.

Coast Sydney Botanicals Noumea Jasmine Paradis Natural Perfume (Travel Size)

A tropical paradise. Be instantly transported to the shores of Noumea, New Caledonia. Sparkling citrus top notes with floral mid notes of Jasmine and Honeysuckle. The greatest thing with natural perfume oils is that the scent will stay close to the skin and as time passes, the scent will develop according to the wearer.

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Coast Sydney Botanicals Fresh Waters, Renew Face Serum Oil (Travel Size)

Fresh Waters is a highly concentrated skin-renewing serum containing natural botanical-based active ingredients like Rosehip Seed Oil CO2, Seabuckthorn CO2, and a beauty blend of Rose Geranium, Carrot Seed oil, Frankincense and Immortelle oil. This serum absorbs rapidly into the skin to improve complexion and create a radiant renewed glow. Assists with softening fine lines and wrinkles and scars.

Personail Wraps Set in Dusty Pink

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This colour is from the “Perfectionist” range – perfectly fail-safe fuss-free colour for everyday wear. Due to the delicate, pale shade of the wraps, they are wonderful to layer beneath their transparent designs – or just wear by themselves!

In2Tea Cleanse Me 3 Sachets

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Included in this 3 pack is the bestselling Hibiscus Detox Tea, Cleansing Tea and Ginger Green Tea.

Freshwater Pearl Earrings

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These AA grade button-shaped freshwater cultured pearl earrings are beautiful indulgences from the sea. Perfect small studs for all occasions and features 925 sterling silver posts.

Peony Parcel Exfoliating Loofah Mitt

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Made with natural loofah, this is a fantastic mitt for all over body exfoliation. To use, moisten mitt, apply cleanser or gel and gently massage skin in a circular motion.

Typoflora x Peony Parcel Greeting Card

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With mutual love of florals, our collaboration resulted in Typoflora creating a special limited edition greeting card for Peony Parcel, incorporating Shannon’s love of illustrated floras and our love of beautiful peonies in a spring garden setting. Share the love and gift it, or frame it!

The Rocky Road House Salted Caramel Corner

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A sweet treat for this edition of Peony Parcel!


Did you receive this Peony Parcel? What did you think?

Until next time!

Jaslyn.

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Nutrimetics Haul #1

Ok so this isn’t exactly the first time I’ve bought Nutrimetics, but the first post that I’m doing for it, so that’s why I’m starting at the beginning with #1.

Anyway, I have an account with Nutrimetics and love their products. The makeup and beauty range are really diverse and I find them to be a really good quality as well. It is a bit on the expensive side though which is why I have an account – it gives me a discount!

What I bought this time around…well. You know those trips you do to the supermarket where you only need milk and you end up buying half the store and forget the milk? Yeah, that’s what happened here!

I only needed to get a new face powder, and I didn’t get that but I did get several other things!

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From left to right (then bottom):

  • nc Make-up remover wipes – I know you can get so many different kinds of these from the supermarket but I do like the Nutrimetics ones. They’re kind to my skin and do a good job at removing make up. But super expensive so I only purchase them when they’re on sale, which they are this month!
  • nc Anti-Age Firming Foundation – Umm hello, anti-age and firming? I’m sold! And was more so when I saw it in a clearance sale for $15. Even if it turns out to be a dud, it was only $15!
  • nc Mattifying Oil-Free Foundation – Soooo, this is a creme to powder foundation which was on sale for $24.90. The actual face powder on the other hand isn’t on sale currently and retails for $44, so I thought I’d save myself $20 and try out the creme to powder foundation instead.
  • nc Perfecting Lip Pencil – I have a nude lip pencil but wanted one that would be more suited to lippies with a bit of colour, so chose this one… Note I say want, not need, but hey, it was on sale!
  • nc Liquid Liner – Oooh silver eyeliner! I don’t know why, it fascinates me and was in a clearance sale for only a few dollars so I picked it up!
  • Nutrimetics Apricot Body Dew – This is a moisturiser which I actually didn’t order, it was thrown in for free because I hadn’t made an order for so long. So it was like hey welcome back, here’s some free stuff! Not bad, hey?
  • nc Ultimate Gel Eyeliner – My brown eyeliner is running out and this one was on sale so thought I would try it out. I’ve never had a gel liner before so it’ll be interesting to see how I go using this one.

All up, I spent about $77 for everything you see in the picture, which I’m pretty happy with!

If you have questions about any of the products, or are interested in purchasing something; I can make orders for others in Australia through my account, feel free to get in touch using my contact form.

Until next time!

Jaslyn.

What’s on Your Nightstand? | August 2017

This is a monthly post that’s hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the last Tuesday of each month. There are many ways you can do your monthly post depending on what your taste is, but it’s a great way to show others what you’re reading and find others with similar tastes to you. I’d recommend checking out their post about it.

What's On Your Nightstand?

What I’ve Finished Reading

Seeing as this is my first post for this blog, I’m going to just focus on what I’ve finished reading in August so far. Future posts I’ll focus on what I’ve finished reading since the previous post.

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey | Finished 13 August

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

Set in a future where mankind is living in underground silos. There are many silos but each silo believes they’re the only one. Great book! I listened to the audio version and the lady who read it, Minnie Goode was fantastic.

The King of Sleep (The Watchers #2) by Caiseal Mór | Finished 14 August

The King of Sleep by Caiseal Mor

Hundreds of years ago in Scotland (I think that’s the gist) magic still existed, and the Watchers cause strife amongst the different kingdoms. Not a bad series, Caiseal is a friend of a friend so I thought I’d give these books a go, but to be honest I do find some of the characters a bit too irritating.

Blur (Night Roamers #1) by Kristen Middleton | Finished 15 August

Blur by Kristen Middleton

Are they or aren’t they vampires? A YA series that’s a very easy read, nothing complex going on there. If you’re an Anne Rice vampire lover then I probably wouldn’t choose this book, but if you want a quick and easy read this could do it.

Enchanted Secrets (Witches of Bayport #1) by Kristen Middleton

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I got a random selection of Middleton’s books in one which is the only reason I’m reading another one – call it perseverance to check out an array of her writing! I didn’t really like this book, it’s about magical witches but just everything is way too convenient. Hungry? Snap your fingers there’s food. Want to lose weight? There’s a potion. OMG, seriously? Anyhoo, my recommendation is to give this a miss.

What I’m Currently Reading

I’m terrible, I read several books at once. Sometimes I love the variety and sometimes I think I overwhelm myself by having so much happening at once! But, at least for the most part, all of the books are on different mediums so have slightly different uses sometimes.

  • Shift Omnibus by Hugh Howey | Started 15 August | This is an audiobook and I tend to listen to this either when I am working out, cleaning the house or sometimes when I’m getting ready for work.
  • The Empire of Eternity by Anthony O’Neill | Started 15 August | This is a physical book which I tend to read in my spare time, and I also try to read a couple of pages before I go to sleep at night.
  • The Manhattan Diet by Eileen Daspin | Started 23 August | This is also a physical book, and I’m reading it as part of my “Miracle Morning”. I’m not sure if it really counts as a self-help book, but I’ll take it! Point being, I tend to read a couple of pages of this book first thing in the morning.
  • The Coin Collector by Kristen Middleton | Started 29 August | This is a book on my Kindle account which means it on my laptop so I might read it at work, and it’s also on my phone and so I might read it when I’m waiting for an appointment or at a cafe waiting for my takeaway lunch order to be filled.

What I’m Reading Next

I usually have some kind of an idea of what I’d like to read next…but then usually something happens and I change my mind! But for now, here’s the list I’m planning on.

  • Audiobook: Dust by Hugh Howey
  • Kindle: Zombie Games (Origins #1) by Kristen Middleton
  • Physical book: The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly
  • Self-help book: Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

What I’ve Added to my TBR

  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
  • Burn the Dead: Quarantine (#1) by Steven Jenkins
  • Sand Omnibus by Hugh Howey
  • Shiver (Night Roamers #2) by Kristen Middleton
  • Vengeance (Night Roamers #3) by Kristen Middleton
  • Illusions (Night Roamers #4) by Kristen Middleton
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
  • Your Best Year by Lisa Jacobs
  • Marketing Playbook: Scale Your Online Business to Outrageous Success by Lisa Jacobs
  • What is Veiling? by Sahar Amer

Yes, I’m aware that I tend to add more to my TBR each month than I can actually read! I feel sometimes like I need to take a gap year, not for holidays, but so that I can read a whole lot of books!


So, what’s been on your nightstand this month?

Until next time!

Jaslyn xx

Fuel My Fitness | August 2017

Fuel My Fitness is a monthly subscription box that provides fitness and healthy snacks and provide that little bit of motivation to help you keep on track for the month.

Below is an image of the box as I received it in the mail.

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When I opened it there was the paper covering, and when I opened it, it was so neatly packed, and so full as well!

Ta-da! Group picture of all the items in the box, there really was so much in there I struggled to find a way to sit it all nicely in the box.

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Now, the products themselves. A lot of them look great and I can’t wait to eat them. Some I’m a bit dubious about, if they’re based on a protein powder or something, like the Slim Secrets shake, they can taste a bit funny, but we’ll see how I go!

Thanks in advance to Fuel My Fitness who provided all of the product descriptions.

Slim Secrets Protein Indulgence Shake

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This Slim Secrets drink is the perfect on-the-go breakfast snack! A coffee milkshake with a hint of caramel would brighten up anyone’s morning! Yum!

Buff Bake Protein Cookie

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Buff Bake’s Snickerdoodle soft baked protein cookie really is a delicious treat. It’s all natural, packed with 16g of protein and is gluten free!

EnrGIsustain Bar

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This bar has been specially formulated to be low GI – basically meaning it will help you to sustain your enrGI for longer!! It’s also high protein & gluten free.

JC’s  The Vitality Mix

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A delicious combination of coconut, almonds, apricots, sultanas and cranberries. This Vitality Mix from JC’s will give your afternoon a boost.

Purabon Protein Balls

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You are going to love these protein balls! They’re naturally delicious and packed with pure goodness. Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel flavour – deelish!

2Die4 Organic Mixed Nuts

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These scrummy nuts have been long-soaked and long-dried ensuring activation, preservation of nutrients and naturally occurring, beneficial microorganisms.

Pure Good Bars

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With only a handful of ingredients, these two fab little whole food bars from Pure Good are perfect snacks for the young or young at heart.

2Die4 Tamari Almonds

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It’s hard to stop at one handful of these Tamari Almonds from 2Die4 Live Foods. Treat yourself to this guilt-free snack when you get home from work starving!

Funch Protein Ball Mix

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DIY protein balls! Lunch have created this super easy mix with whole food ingredients so that you can prepare you own balls in minutes!

Cashew, Chia & Cacao Bar

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Tinkernicks are all about organic, gluten free, vegan and fair trade snacks. This Cashew, Chia & Cacao Tinkerbar is a heavenly blend of nutritious deliciousness.

Almond & Coconut Bar

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The original Tinkerbar – a delicious, well balanced blend of raw coconut, calcium-rich almonds, cacao & dates. A simple, clean, tasty & nutritious snack.

Pure Coconut Chips

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These air-dried, crunchy coconut chips from Extraordinary Foods will blow your mind. The hint of lemon myrtle with cinnamon is a genius combo.

Did you receive the Fuel My Fitness box? What did you think?

Until next time!

Jaslyn.

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The Magic Pill | Documentary

I saw this documentary during the week with a couple of girlfriends, and I’ve been trying to sort through my thoughts about it ever since. I both agree, and disagree with the message.

The film essentially promotes a high fat, low carb diet, so more or less the Paleo diet I think. The way it does it is by following people who have asthma, diabetes, or even a little girl with autism, talking to them about their symptoms and then asking them to follow a high fat, low carb diet for a few weeks to see the outcome.

And of course, by the end of the film, both the ladies with asthma and diabetes are virtually cured, and the girl with autism talks for the first time. There was also another lady who was taking maybe 8 or so different medications every single day, and doesn’t have such a high reliance on those anymore.

So it makes food, and the high fat, low carb diet, look like a miracle, right? Like a Magic Pill.

But what we don’t properly see is what their diet is like before they change their way of eating. There were allusions to things like Coke for breakfast, junk food, biscuits and rubbish food all time. And duh, of course if you start eating good, healthy food you’re going to lose weight, you’re going to have more energy, you’ll probably find you don’t have headaches all the time, and that you don’t have such a heavy reliance on medications.

Oh, and it cured brain cancer, did I mention that?

I really cringe when I see documentaries and articles that claim that food can cure all sorts of illnesses. It’s so dangerous to send that message out to the public without giving them the full picture. I’m talking, in this case, what were their diets like beforehand? What are the dangers of ketosis (e.g. ketoacidosis which is life-threatening)?

Anyway, asides from those gripes about not presenting a well-balanced explanation about foods and the benefits they have, there were a couple of points that I did agree with.

I am very much into conservation, not just animal species but also land. A couple of points Pete Evans made in the movie about sustainable farming, I agree we definitely need to do better with respect to that. There was one lady who decided she wanted to be more sustainable and so grew her own veggie garden, but not only that, rather than get pesticides to keep the bugs away, she got ducks and chickens. What a wonderful idea!

Not everyone is going to be able to do that of course, not everyone will have the land. I do though so it was a reminder to myself to rethink my own garden and how I can better use it. Although I also need to motivate myself to get more joy out of gardening, but that’s a whole other story.

Similarly, not everyone is going to be able to afford to eat such a healthy diet. That’s what is so disappointing. Fresh, good foods, can be just so expensive that families can’t afford it. I was at the supermarket yesterday and there was a child begging his mother to buy him blueberries but she told him to put it back because they couldn’t afford it. My heart really went out to her. There’s her child begging for healthy food and she can’t afford to buy it for him!

Anyway, I only hope that anyone who sees this documentary is at least inspired to improve their diet and eat healthier. But remember, exercise is also key to being healthy as well!

Until next time!

Jaslyn xx

Peony Parcel | The Embrace Edition

Peony Parcel is a bi-monthly subscription box that includes a range of pamper products  to help you get some “me time”. The box this month is called The Embrace Edition.

Below is an image of the box, it’s quite nice, looks a bit fancy and is quite large.

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When I took the lid off there were a few cards sitting on top, an envelope with my name on it and product cards.

This is the first Peony Parcel I’ve received, and I was really surprised, and touched, to find that inside that black envelope was a handwritten card welcoming me. It was really a lovely touch I thought.

Underneath all of that was the wrapping. Nicely done with black tissue paper, a label and ribbon.

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And all the products in the box, tightly packed – it was quite a heavy box – and good to see the fragile items in bubblewrap.

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Now over to all of the products, the most exciting part! They all look so great, I can’t wait to try them all!

And thanks in advance to Peony Parcel who provided all the descriptions.

Freya’s Nourishment Rose Hand Scrub (full size)

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Keep your hands feeling soft and moisturised with this nourishing rose hand scrub. Just one use of the Rose Hand Scrub will leave your hands feeling freshly pampered.

Nina Bailey Lavender Pillow Mist (full size)

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This lavender pillow mist is set to help you relax, unwind and forget daily stresses!

SOWKH Soul Mate Bath Bomb (mini)

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Enriched with skin softening coconut oil, skin firming rose clay, rose hip oil and an abundance of rose buds, this floral bath bomb with no SLS, no artificial colours or fragrance oils will fill your bath with luxury.

hop & cotton Lip Guard (full size)

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A versatile balm with an intelligent fusion of skin-mimicking oils and protective natural butters with a melting texture. An exceptional product for dry lips!

Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments

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A sweet treat for the Embrace Edition Peony Parcel!

There was also a scarf in the box as well, although it didn’t come with a description to say who provided it, and there’s no info on the Peony Parcel website. But it’s a lovely bright shade of pink!

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Did you receive this Peony Parcel? What did you think?

Until next time!

Jaslyn.