Oribe

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I was so excited when I found out I was getting my hands on some Oribe hair care products. I have been wanting to try them for so long but unfortunately time had just got in the way and it had actually slipped my mind. I was so excited when I received my package of goodies and can I say, Oribe definitely deserves its Award Winning title for hair care.

If you’re not familiar with Oribe, here is a quick rundown.

Oribe began in 2008 and basically blends the performance, craftsmanship and decades of styles together to create a high quality haircare in a league of it’s own.
The team at Oribe wanted a hair care product that outshines and outsmarts anything else on the market. The result is a line of luxurious products that condition, oils that hold, skincare-grade shampoos that prep hair for styling and gently balance the scalp, masques that have the richness and body of a lavish moisturizing cream and sprays that don’t flake.

And that’s just the beginning.                                                                                                       Each product is tested extensively to ensure that it outperforms everything else.
As high tech as these products are they surprisingly don’t contains any nasties like parabens, they are gluten free, cruelty free yet have protectants like a UV protection for the hair.

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Matte Waves Texture Lotion – Get salt-spray waves, sans dryness. This medium-hold lotion coaxes matte-texture out of even the finest hair, adding grip to styles and a beachy allure.

Oribe on their products fragrance –

While most companies select a scent from a stock fragrance library, Oribe Hair Care was the first to use a fine fragrance in its hair products. The brand collaborated with a legendary 19th-century perfume house to blend its signature fragrance, Côte d’Azur. Embodying the glamour and warmth of the French Riviera, the bright, seductive, shared scent awakens with hints of sun-drenched Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian orange, Aomori apples and leafy greens. Sandalwood, vetiver and crisp amber lend their soft, woody notes, while tuberose and white butterfly jasmine, from Oribe’s native Cuba, create a sensuous and invigorating experience. The fragrance runs through the line to compose a beautiful experience for the hair — and spirit.’

Isn’t it just perfection?

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Maximista Thickening Spray – Bigger is better. This thermal-protective body-builder helps you expand to your absolute fullest with enduring lift and hold.
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Power Drops – Damage Repair Booster Supercharge your hair care. This highly concentrated treatment serum provides an intense dose of essential nutrients to rebuild and restore dry, damaged, time-weakened hair. Formulated with linoleic acid, biotin and sea kelp extract, just a few drops of this powerful elixir repairs and fortifies strands.

These are my favourite products and I absolutely adore them, and so happy to have beautifully lovely and healthy hair using a product that has so much technology included within it.
Oribe hair care is perfect for the beauty-product addict and you can shop the latest festive deals here, ideal for the coming Christmas season.

If it’s beauty products you’re after then head here for Oribe’s full range of beauty items which includes make up and skincare.

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What is your favourite hair product to use?

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Weekly Recap

I’ve had yet another tiring week but it’s also been a fun. Work was pretty steady and I have been starting to feel more comfortable with my team mates and also with the differences between working in Rowville to working in Queanbeyan. I did actually take drive into the town of Queanbeyan on Thursday, which is a typical little town with everything you would need. I will make the opportunity to check it out a bit more though and have a better look around.

I did some baking this week, determined to make a gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookie as we have been buying them from the supermarket but they’re just that little bit too hard or too dry.

Surprisingly I had some success with a cookie, it is only gluten free and dairy free, it does contain egg so it’s not vegan but I do plan on trying it with egg replacer to see if I can get the same result.

If you’re gluten and dairy free definitely give this recipe a go and please let me know if you try it because I’ve made them about three times now and have had success each time.

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Soft Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees, fan forced

You will need:

2 cups gluten free self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tea spoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together.

In another bowl cream together:

2/3 cup dairy free butter ( I use Nuttelex)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Add the flour mixture to the creamed ingredients and mix well. Chill the dough for an hour and then roll into balls and place on baking paper on a baking tray and bake for 8 minutes. Once edges of the cookies are a brownish colour remove from the oven, cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool down. They will be a little fudgy but will firm up.

Enjoy!

 

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Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and I was pleased as I wanted to be outside as much as possible setting up Christmas lights for the front of the house so that I could change or fix anything on the Sunday.

I’m kicking myself for giving one box of lights to my sister but I do have enough for what I want and I have some projection lights for this year’s display which I’m excited for, as I’ve not used them or seen them used before. I love the Christmas season, it gets me so excited for all the festivities and the happiness that surrounds people and the pure joy that’s around in stores, supermarkets, online and even people’s choice of fun clothing.

I’ll share more photos of my home and decorations in my next post, but right now fingers crossed everything looks great tonight!

 

Happy Sunday!

 

Simply,

Natalie Laura

Andalou Naturals – Pumpkin Honey Mask

I’ve been lucky enough to try the new Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.
This gorgeous rich mask is perfect to gently resurface your complexion. The mix of organic pumpkin and Manuka honey and fruit acids will give you a gentle, luminous and smooth complexion.

 

 

 

 

You will feel the tingle of the ingredients as they work on removing those dry, unwanted cells from your face. Not only will you love love love the purpose of this face mask, but it smells so delicious, anyone who loves the pumpkin spice, chai flavours and scents will adore this product lavishing their face.

 

If you’re not aware of what glycolic acid is, which features in this mask it is basically the Holy Grail for skincare and exfoliation. It effectively removes the out most layer of dead skin cells from the skin leaving a brighter, smoother, fresher complexion. Products containing this acid are often used in healing scarring and the signs of ageing. So it’s perfect for keeping your skin looking new and clear.

 

 

You can pick up your own Andalou Mask from Priceline this week and guess what, it’s also gluten and cruelty free!

What do you love best about face masks?

How often do you use a face treatment or mask?

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Thank you to Priceline for gifting me this product from Andalou Naturals.

Weekly Recap

I don’t have much to share with you this week except that I had a pretty good second week of work.

The weather has been amazing too with lots of sunshine and weather breezes although Friday was pretty storm and dark and that was no fun to drive in!

I took Wee Man Trick or Treating on Wednesday and unfortunately I had left his Ghostbusters costume back in Melbourne but we luckily had an Australia Zoo Steve Irwin khaki shirt so that was our only choice.

Surprisingly there were many places for us to door knock and Wee Man walked away with plenty of lollies and chocolates. A few people even answered their doors wearing masks, so it was a super fun evening.

If you celebrated Samhain here is my favourite Soul Cake recipe by Fuss Free Flavours

Ingredients

100 g butter

100 g golden caster sugar

2 egg yolks free range please!

250 g plain flour

1 pinch saffron I had run out so used turmeric for the colour

1 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp mixed spice

2 tbs milk

50 g raisins

Cut up the butter into small chunks to allow it to soften.

Turn the oven on 180C

Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Whisk in the egg yolks.

Add the flour adding enough milk until you have a dough that holds together.

Stir in the raisins.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to about 1cm thick

Bake at 180C for about 25 mins until golden and firm.

My weekend was pretty chilled and I just make some food for the week, went grocery shopping and then finished Heathers on Saturday night.

Anyone else watched it? It’s so amazing, I thought it was fantastic.

Well thanks for reading, sorry it’s such a basic post, I realised about 15 minutes ago that I haven’t written up my recap. But it seems that my week has been pretty basic anyway. Plus my laptop won’t connect to the wifi any more so this has not been fun to type up on my phone! If anyone has any advice, that would be great.

Happy Sunday!

Questacon

 

During the last week of the school holidays Wee Man and I visited Questacon which was so much fun. Wee Man had so much to explore over the many different levels, each full of interactive displays. He also got to experience a few earthquake tremors in the earthquake simulator and see a man-made lightening strike and mini tornado.

Questacon is Australia’s National Science and Techology Centre and is perfect for kids of all ages, there is even a section for toddlers to play in, filled with water games, building activities and plenty of interactive and hands on fun.

 

Much of Questacon is just fun, as seen from the eyes of a child. Wee Man would run up to each activity, reading instructions and pressing relevant buttons or watching the results of his experiments. Each room within each level of the Centre is crammed with activities, displays, televisions and exhibits for the young mind.

 

Wee Man was in awe around every corner and loved relating to the science he had already learned at school and some things that were new to him and yet to be explored.

A day can easily fly within the crazy walls of Questacon with a multitude of activities, games, puzzles and resources.

After a fun few hours adventuring around Questacon take a break in the Mega Bites Café and peruse the Q Shop for a little take home souvenir for your inquisitive scientist.

Weekly Recap

I had an amazing start to the week because I started back at work! Yay!

After 6 weeks off and getting myself and Wee Man settled in I started back at my new job, well new site, same employer.

It was good to be back in the swing of things and to be back working, it’s a beautiful drive also, with rolling hills, distant mountains and bush surrounds. I see plenty of Kangaroos on my drive, which I don’t think I will ever get used to, especially not the ones on the side of the road….

I was pretty exhausted by Wednesday though, as I was back to my 6:15am wake ups and finishing work at 5pm, only to be getting home at about 5:40pm due to traffic.

We had a fairly laid back start to the week, and I was thankful I’d made some meals ahead of time to feed the kid.

I was super lucky to have some deliveries this week thanks to Priceline, Oribe and Pretty Little Fawn so I will show you guys these items throughout the next week.

There’s only a couple of days left to get your entries in for my Erin Condren Giveaway so click here to enter. Even if you don’t win I also have a referral link which gives you $10 off too.

This week I also celebrated my cat’s 20th birthday. Can you believe it? I am so happy she’s still around, she’s all my son has known and my sister got her as a kitten. I just hope we get a few more years with her, especially as I don’t get to see her much any more as Missy is back in Melbourne.

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We had some face painting fun with the boys coming up to Halloween and also lit our Jack O Lanterns and had the candles blazing for a couple of nights. Unfortunately they went mouldy quicker than I’ve ever experienced. Might need to look at preventing that next year.

I have exciting news for those looking for a boost within their health and wellness too. Some of you that follow me on Instagram and Facebook will know I started a new health regime earlier this year and it’s completely changed my sleep, health and most importantly my gut and digestive health.

I’ll be talking more about this in detail in an upcoming blog post, but for those interested now and wanting to join in on the November 1st Facebook group challenge head over to Instagram and leave me a comment or send me a DM and I will get in touch.

At work on Thursday I received a wonderful delivery that literally left me speechless. I had Lauren from SupaExpress in Red Hill come and deliver me an amazing package, beautifully wrapped by The Gift Hamper Co full of gluten free and vegan goodies. Plus on top of that a huge, huge bottle of Kombucha. Oh my god, I was so overwhelmed. I will definitely be showing you guys all the goodies I was lucky enough to receive and believe me, I’m holding back trying to eat it all so I can at least take some more photos and tell you about the products. Red Hill SupaExpress is your one stop shop for health foods, gluten free and dairy free items, plus a huge range of refrigerated goods, plus anything you need for plastic free living. Not to mention their vegan and vegetarian ranges.

Saturday was a lazy day, finished up all the cleaning and laundry and then baked our favourite Naturally Good gluten free cake mix to make cupcakes. This time I didn’t only top them with vegan buttercream but with some Nature’s Charm Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Soooooo good.

Sunday was slow with more cleaning and more cooking and baking. Wee Man wanted to bake an apple pie and make sushi. So we headed to Safeway and picked up a few ingredients and then came home and started our sushi. The last time I made sushi was back in 2014 with Roza’s Gourmet Sauces.  Luckily sushi is relatively easy to make and we enjoyed the afternoon activity.

We also made an apple pie as Wee Man had been eager all week to bake one, but of course when it came around to it, I was the one doing all the work while Wee Man sat and ate his sushi.

Thanks for reading and have a happy Sunday!
Simply,
Natalie Laura

Some questions for you:
How do you stop Jack O Lanterns from going mouldy?
Have you planned anything for Halloween?
Have you got a pet that’s made it to 20 years or older?

Life Planning with Erin Condren

A few years ago some of you will remember my beautiful Life Planner that I had, with ‘Simply Natalie Laura’ embossed on the cover. I felt like it was my own little bible, full of all my important bits and pieces, notes appointments, daily food intake records, goals, just everything that was important, and best of all it was pretty, oh it was so beautiful.

 

Erin Condren has an endless array of planners, notebooks, pens, stickers, journals, life planners and stationary. You can also get beautiful items for your home office such a throw rugs, art prints and photos on canvas.

 

One of my favourite things about the Life Planners are that they are fully customisable. The covers are even interchangeable. I love the pen and marker sets too. They’re so cute, colourful and often come with beautiful quote cards.

 

If you’re planning on visiting Erin Condren make sure you’re comfy, have a cup of your favourite beverage and be prepared to be browsing and puting together your order for a while, there is honestly that much to chose from.

 

I love the range so much and so would love the share the passion for these gorgeous products with you too. There are so many options for simplifying your life and keeping it stylish. Erin Condren has been around since 2004 and so clearly know what they’re doing with fashion, style and creativity.

 

It’s daunting when you first open your Life Planner, it’s blank, ready to be used and ready for you to note down plans, appointments and to decorate. To begin with, get the important dates in, whether it be in written form, with stickers or highlighted. Once all your important events and meetings and dates are locked in, then begins the fun part- creativity, remember, this planner is yours, make it your own.  Just don’t let these beautiful shiny stickers and decorative embellishments distract you from its main purpose, Life Planning.

 

If you’re like me and always intend on being organised and on top of things then an Erin Condren Life Planner is exactly what you need, especially when life gets too much. I love being able to have a blank canvas to work with and fill in all my deadlines and appointments. Start getting ready for the new year now with your own collection of Erin Condren stationary, perfect for 2019, the beginning of university, high school or like me, just life and social media in general.

I have a referral link which will give you $10 off your purchase plus if you visit my Instagram I also have a $50 gift card up for grabs !