Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Kiehl's Edit

Starting fresh in a new country isn't easy, especially when you have spent the last six months travelling the world and living with only 1% of the beauty products you are used to. Easing my way into the Aussie beauty regime, I am starting with some staples from an international brand I absolutely adore; Kiehl's.

I came across Kiehl's beauty products at a launch I went to five years ago having been gifted with a wonderful bottle of Creme de Corps and a tub of Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Deeply Repairative Hair Pak. Naturally, as I get extremely excited by any beauty related product, both the 500ml bottle of moisturiser and the hair mask didn't last long. 
Creme de Corps is an incredible moisturiser that contains three key ingredients; beta-carotene (a naturally derived antioxidant found in certain veggies like carrots obtained from Vitamin A production), sesame oil (a moisturising oil that comes from sesame seeds) and cocoa butter (a fat that is extracted from the seeds of the cocoa plant). After a thorough all over body application, you immediately feel like your skin has had an instant drink - it leaves it feeling soft with a natural glow and it even cleared up any blemishes I had experienced. Applying the cream became a daily ritual for me and I am once again reunited and in love.
My investment in the Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner stemmed from my experience using the Repairative Hair Pak which I'd apply to my tresses once a week whilst having a hot bath. The wet hair combing experience was completely pain free as the ingredients help with detangling and once my hair was dry it had never felt so good. Based on that and the fact that my hair has been through an immense increase of sun exposure (shocking having grown up in sunny England) I took up daily use of the shampoo and conditioner combo and am pleased to report back that they are wonderful and compliment each other well.
The shampoo and conditioner are also made up from three key ingredients - olive fruit oil (an oil that contains a lot of healthy monosaturated fatty acids, as well as the antioxidant Vitamin E), avocado oil (famous for being the most moisturising of any fruit, rich in fatty-acid emollient and it's a natural source of vitamins A, D and E, potassium and amino acid proteins) and lemon extract (contains an astringent and antiseptic quality that freshens, stimulates and rejuvenates, adding a shine to the hair. Lemon is also the fruit that has the most vitamin C). Designed to rehydrate damaged hair from excessive heat styling, sun exposure and chemical processing, it is meant to leave it feeling stronger and silky smooth. I can vouch that for me it has done just what it says on the tin - I can definitely notice a big difference in my locks, although being a tad over enthusiastic I may have started off using too much conditioner in the scalp which isn't required. A minimal amount at the top and a generous amount at the ends where split ends and dryness can occur is ideal. That goes for my hair anyway but everyone who gives this a go can test what works best for them.
In Australia Creme de Corps, the Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo and the Conditioner are all priced at $30 for the 250ml size. Keihl's products are available around most of the world, prices vary. Visit the Global site here for further details and stockist info.
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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Claypots Evening Star In Melbourne Reviewed

As a newbie to Australia, currently Melbourne, I am making it my goal to find the best eateries in the area and the Claypots Evening Star has just hit top of my list of favourites, so far.

Nestled on a corner of the infamous South Melbourne Market, you can find this cosy European style institution, filled with all the divine seafood you can imagine, from delectable oysters to fresh lobster tails. As a huge fan of all venues that serve oysters and bubbles, I had to order them as my dish of the day and I can certainly vouch that they were incredible and really good value. Coffin Bay Oysters are just $1 each, served natural, with lemon and Tabasco or Kilpatrick Oysters with Free Range Bacon are $3 individually. To quench the inevitable thirst I ordered Prosecco but their wine and cocktail list is extensive so you will be spoilt for choice.
I have yet to sample everything on the menu but after watching locals order the Clams in Spanish Fino and Garlic ($12), Mussels ($15) and the Crab with Tamarind & Ginger ($20) I will definitely be returning. What's more, their sister restaurant Claypots Seafood Bar, is located just 10 minutes (in an Uber) down the road in St Kilda. I hear from word-of-mouth that it's just as good and it will be next on my list.

An ideal venue for a market shop snack, a day time bite with the ladies accompanied by bubbles, an afterwork drink or a date.

Visit Claypots Evening Star at South Melbourne Market, Shop 101, 116-136 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, Vic, 3205. Tel: (03) 9645 5779. Website link here.
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