Bellabox Beauty Samples

A little while ago I was reading one of the blogs I follow and I came across this awesome little concept that I had to look into. A little box of beauty products – some full size and some samples. There is a small cost each month and you receive this special little box. Birchbox is an American based company that supplies a little beauty box each month with products for you to test and view. If you like them, you can purchase the products on their site or wherever you can find them locally. As I live in Australia, I decided to have a scout around for a local version as I would receive it quicker. I found it:

Bellabox is the Australian version I have come across. For $15 a month, you receive a little surprise box, filled with goodies. I have got the June and July box so far and I am loving it. The products are amazing and there are usually 5 – 7 products each time. Shipping is free.


This is what I received in June.



July’s box


 Just head over to and sign up for free. They will ask you to fill out a profile so they know what you like. There seems to be a theme each month. June was “Girl’s night in / Girl’s night out.” and July was a travel theme.

I cannot wait to get my August box.





Shopping Online (A new favourite)

Do you like shopping? I loooove it. Unfortunately it is not happening as much as I would like it to. I think the reason is the kidlets. Ha ha. I wouldn’t change that for the world. I do however, still like to browse online shops when I get a spare moment. We live in a country town which is quite big but there are not many options. I have a few favourite online shops which will come in a later post.

Today I wanted to share my new favourite. I am currently waiting on a parcel delivery. It is coming from America which is the only downside as I have a wait for about a week or so. ShopRuche is gorgeous. I love vintage inspired clothing and this is just the place for this. Everything is so pretty. The prices are pretty good as well. What I also love is the fact that you can become a member for free, have a browse and save items into a wishlist for later. You might miss out as I did with one item but at least they are saved, ready to purchase when you can.  Click on the link below and have a browse. New Arrivals

Bling on a Budget

I love shopping but once the kids came , I have had to be more creative. I am also trying to trim down a little so am avoiding buying too many clothes until I am ready. So what is a girl to do?

Buy accessories of course!!

I know that could also be an issue when it comes to money. I like to think I can find a good bargain. Just a little something to add some bling to an outfit. A bright, chunky necklace could do wonders to jeans and a t-shirt. I always buy jewellery when it is on special and I thought I would share my tips on how to buy Bling on a Budget.

K’Mart has been stocking some really cute accessories and a lot of these can be less than $10. Never underestimated what you can find in some of the more reasonably priced stores.


A lot of the ladies clothing stores stock jewellery and some can be marked down quite significantly. Look what I picked up today from Rockmans. It would have cost $66 but I scored it for $24.


I subscribe to the Colette Hayman website and they often have online sales that have accessories so marked down, it is so worth stocking up. In the past I have picked up rings for $2 and necklaces for $5. This is their current sale. It is a small one but if you subscribe to them they send you emails when they have their sales.

Finally, there are a couple of shops / websites that I love browsing through. They always have a sale on and that is when I go a little silly. You can also find their specials on their websites.



Have a browse and spend a little to add a lot. Say sorry to your husbands for me.


Just A Little Sidestep

I have had my mum and step-dad here for a week now and we have been very busy. I am trying hard to stick to my goals for 2013 and am doing better than I thought. I have taken a side step with the decluttering of my body. We are being pretty good but I have probably eaten bigger meals than normal. I am not too worried though as I planned for this and will be back on track, in a hard way, once we are all back into work and school routines next week.

I have decided to wean myself into it a little bit and decided today to start being strict with my iron tablets as I have very low blood iron and am not very good with taking them regularly. I also thought I would begin by having a warm lemon drink at the start of the day. There are so many benefits to doing this and I always feel great when I have one consistently.

Some benefits are:

1. Boosts your immune system

2. Helps with weight loss

3. Aids digestion

4. Acts as a gentle diuretic

5. Clears skin

There is a lot of information out there but I fund a simple explanation of the benefits at MindBodyGreen .

As mornings can get quite hectic, I have a little routine. I put the kettle on as I get breakfast for the kidlets. While they are eating I put 2 – 3 fingers high of hot water in a mug and then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. I top this up with warm tap water. Then I drink this as I am getting everything else organised.

If you don’t already do so, why not join me on this little step to feeling cleansed and rejuvenated at the start of your day. Have a go for a week and let me know how it is going.