30 August 2013

Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Here's my very easy recipe for yummy coconut macaroons. These are prefect little treats. You can make a large batch to give to family and friends as presents - Just pop them in a clear jar or a clear cellophane bag and tie with a cute ribbon.

  • 500g Organic Desiccated Coconut
    250g fine desiccated coconut and 250g shredded desiccated coconut
  • 395g (1 can) Nestle Condense Milk
  • 1/2 Cup. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup. Butter or Margarine (At Room Temperature)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Large Bowl
  • Oven
  • Fork
  • Measuring Jug
  • Teaspoon
  • 12 or 24 mini cupcake baking tray
  • Mini cupcake patties
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. and place paper patties in the baking tray.
    If you're not using patties, spray the baking trays with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Cream both ingredients using a fork or a spatula. Mix until the mixture is of a smooth consistency.
  3. Add remaining ingredients in the bowl and fold to combine all ingredients.
  4. Place approximately 1 heaped teaspoon of macaroon mixture into the patties.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on oven strength). or until the tops are golden brown.
  6. Remove from heat and let the macaroons cool before serving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Sunshine xo.

29 August 2013

Lust Have It! August 2013 Box Review

The August 2013 box includes 8 lovely beauty samples and 2 of those are full sized products. This month's box contained some new brands I have never used before that I am excited to try. As always the products were beautifully packaged in a Lust Have It! box and carefully wrapped in stylish black paper wrapping. This month will be the last of these boxes as the company will be introducing new packaging next month.

Lust Have It! packaging
What's in the box?

The first item in the box is a sample card of the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 4 shades (Shell 130, Natural Beige 170, True Beige 190 and Natural Tan 220). The full size 30ml bottle retails for AUD$25.95. Considering that I pay over AUD$70.00 for my holy grail foundation I'd love to see how this foundation reacts on my skin. It'd be great to save some $$$ on a daily foundation.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Sample Card.
August 2013 Lust Have It! box contents

  1. KMS California Free Shape Shampoo (12ml) The full 300ml bottle retails for AUD $28.95
  2. SINFULCOLORS Nail Enamel in shade Folly 395 (Full size 15ml). RRP AUD $4.95
  3. LA ROCHE POSAY Lipikar Balm (15ml) The full size 400ml retails for AUD $37.95
    I was most excited to try this moisturisng balm that claims to replenish lipids in extremely dry skin and is formulated to treat eczema prone skin. It's paraben, soap and fragrance free.

    I sometimes suffer from skin allergies so I'm keen to try a product claiming to soothe irritated skin. I 
    applied it on an itchy and irritated patch on my face and within a minute it did calm the irritation. I'm loving this so far and I'm keen to see how it goes. I  finally find a product that treats my sensitive skin reactions.
  4. LA ROCHE POSAY Thermal Spring Water (50g) The full size at 300ml retails for $21.95
    This spray is formulated to soothe and reduce redness. It's also a natural anti oxidant which protects
    against free-radicals.
  5. KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray (30ml) Full bottle is sized 200ml and retails for
    AUD $31.95. It's a flexible hairspray and also protects against heat styling.
  6. LUSH Gorgeous Cream (10g) 45g full size retails for AUD $74.95
    This face cream hydrates the face whilst maintaining a matte feeling and is suited for all skin types.
    The only lush product I've used is the lip scrub, every time I walk into the store it's just a little overwhelming and the uber perky sales assistants put me off to be honest, so I'm keen to see if this $74.95 cream is worth the hype.
  7. REVLON Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in shade Clair Rose.
    I received a full size of this at 30ml. It retails for AUD $29.95.

    When I was younger I loved the whole golden/ highlighted look à la Jennifer Lopez but nowadays my preferred look is more matte classic. There was a big hype for the return and reformation of this illuminator so I might put it more to use when summer hits Sydney. I received a light colour but I have light Asian undertones so It'll work as a cheek and brow highlighter for me. Although I do wish that Lust Have It! customised products sent by allowing subscribers to fill out a survey thus receiving samples suited to their skin tones and skin types.
    Swatch of Revlon's Photoready Skinlights: Face Illuminator
    Below is a before and after swatch of the product. The photo is not as clear as I wanted (and was taken from two different spots in my home due to natural lighting change) but there was subtle sheen left on the skin.
Editors Final Notes
I really love that there are so many things in this box that I haven't used before and that there are some items in the box that are full sized. Lust have it! have continued to impress me with the contents of each month's box. I'm looking forward to next month's contents and to see what the new packaging will look like. For further information visit www.lusthaveit.com.au

Do you subscribe to this beauty box or another one? I love to hear what you think. Please
comment below. Also if you're on Twitter and Instagram follow me for instant updates: @LittleMissSCB.

Until next time,
Sunshine xo

This post was not sponsored. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money. My reviews are my 100% honest opinions. They are in no way intended to offend or malign any companies or groups. Please consult a healthcare professional if you are in doubt before using any of the aforementioned products. For further information on my disclosure and disclaimer policies please access the 'Terms and Conditions' tab on top. For enquiries please contact Sunshine via email: littlemissscb.inquire@hotmail.com 

28 August 2013

David Jones Beauty Deluxe Sampler Tote

David Jones Beauty ~ Deluxe Beauty Sampler Tote
Hello lovelies. Today I wanted to feature the contents of the David Jones Beauty - Deluxe Sampler Tote. I actually first heard about this while watching Jodi (GooRoo Beauty) on YouTube. The sampler tote costs $19.95 and is available with any beauty purchase. I bought a Natio Lip Balm [Featured bottom left in the photo above] for AUD$4.95 so that I could avail this offer. 



There are two bags to choose from. Each bag contains 11 beauty products. This is what's included in the bag that I chose.

     * Not included in the photograph is the Molton Brown Shower Gel, 30ml *
  1. SKII Facial Treatment Essence 30ml
    I have always been keen to try SKII but it's rather pricey so I'm excited to give this ago. I hope it still works with my current Clinique 3 step system. An offer for a free SKII Facial Treatment Mask with a purchase and consultation is also included.
  2. David Jones Facial Cleanser 30ml
    Contains Manuka Honey and Ceramide 2. It's also SLES & Paraben Free.
  3. Billie Goat Soap Lip Balm 15ml
    This lip balm is peach scented (so yummy!) and contains goat's milk. It's super moisturizing and didn't give me an allergic reaction.
  4. David Jones Day Cream 30ml
    Enriched with Avocado Oil and Seaweed. This moisturiser promotes radiant and hydrated skin.
  5. Dermalogica Precleanse 30ml
    I've tried this before in a LustHaveIt! box. It was used by the makeup artists on the set of Twilight. It's an oil cleanser that melts away makeup.
  6. Circa Home Soy Scented Candle Vanilla Bean & All Spice 60g
    One of my close friends acutally introduced me to this brand on my birthday. I love Circa Home scents. This candle smells divine. It's got a sweet Vanilla scent that isn't overpowering.
  7. BioELIXIA Body Shaper 20ml
    I'm skeptical about cosmetic products claiming to tone and shape the body.
  8. Burt's Bees Day Lotion 7g
    This doesn't smell very pleasant. It reminds me of the spice section in an Asian Supermarket. But I love Burt's Bees so I'm sure this product will be great. I might use it just before bed though. The glass packaging is a nice touch.
  9. Roger & Gallet Perfumed Soap 25g
    This soap smells luxurious with hints of orange.
  10. OPI Nail Lacquer 3.75
    Not sure what the name of this shade is but it's a true red colour with shimmer.
Also included is a clear cosmetic bag. I think this beauty sampler tote was worth the price. For the price you get a handy tote bag, a clear cosmetic bag and 11 deluxe samples. I'm thinking about buying the other variety bag as well haha. I highly recommend you get this bag soon. You don't have to buy an expensive beauty product to be avail the offer (I bought a $4.95 lipbalm). Let me know what you think of this beauty bag or if you've bought one already.

Sunshine xo

23 August 2013

Review: The Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub

I am rather partial to facial scrubs so when the Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub facial cleanser arrived for me I was eager to use and review it. As I have combination skin I am prone to blackheads. To combat this I use a facial scrub at least once a week. Exfoliation is a great way to encourage skin re-generation and maintain healthy and youthful skin. 

The Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub is packaged in a clear tube and contains 150ml. It retails for approximately AU$ 10.99 and is available from pharmacies and supermarkets. The scrub is gentle enough for daily use and contains Vitamin E and Avocado extracts to nourish the skin. Pomegranate fruit extract (rich in anti-oxidants) is also included to promote healthy looking skin.

"...Scientifically designed formula cleanses away dirt, oil and bacteria to help un-clog pores. "

How to use:
"Wet the face and dispense the product into your hands, lather and massage gently onto the face avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Gently pat dry. Use twice daily."

 Personal Review: Pros+ The clear plastic packaging helps you to see how much product is left.
+ At RRP AUD$ 10.99 for 150ml, this product is very affordable.
+ I did not have a skin reaction.
+ My face felt so smooth after use.
+ The exfoliating beads were not harsh or abrasive on my sensitive skin.
+ The exfoliating scrub is quite fine yet does it's job gently.
+ Rinses off easily.
+ There is a clear and visible expiration date.

Personal Review: Cons
- Although not entirely unpleasant, I did not care too much for the scent. I describe it as fruity and slightly medicated.

Editors Final Note(s)
As you can see the only qualms I have with this product is the scent (personal preference).
The product instructions
recommend twice daily use, however If you have sensitive skin I would limit it to once a day or a few times a week. The scrub is quite gentle so I would recommend it to all skin types. I don't have acne and I rarely get breakouts so unfortunately I can not say whether this will clear spots. I have keratosis pilaris on my arms and as this product contains Benzyl Salicylate I'll use it on that region to help diminish the appearance of "bumps". The Benzyl Salicylate might help if you have acne or pimples. I found that this cleaned my oily t-zone gently. Would I recommend this? - Yes. It's affordable, can be used on the body and more importantly it works! :)

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I hope this review helps. If you use this I'd love to know what you think of it.

Sunshine xo.

This product was sent to me for consideration. My reviews contain my 100% honest opinions and are not influenced by other parties. They are in no way intended to offend or malign any companies or groups. Please consult a healthcare professional if you are in doubt before using any of the aforementioned products. For further enquiries please contact Sunshine at littlemissscb.inquire@hotmail.com

22 August 2013

Lust have it! July 2013

This post is 1 month delayed but I still wanted to share what was in the July 2013 box for Lust have it!. Lust have it is a monthly beauty box subscription. It includes free delivery of deluxe beauty samples for $19.95.

What's In The Box?

The July 2013 box contained 8 samples.

1. Nude by Nature: Natural Tinted Mineral Moisturiser with Sunscreen (30ml). RRP $19.95 for 30ml
2. Trilogy: Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream (5ml). RRP $39.95 for 150ml

3. Colorsmash by Condition Culture Hair Shadow (3g). RRP US$15

4. Schwarzkopf: Extra Care Volume Powder (10g). RRP $8.95 for 10g

5. Health Essentials: Maqui Berry Active (6g). RRP $45 for 150g

6. Swisse: Hand Cream with Vitamin F & Pomegranate (30ml). RRP $29.95 for 500ml

7. California Mango: Mango & Jojoba Body Lotion (62.5ml/2.13oz). RRP $3.49 for 2oz

Knotties by Condition Culture. RRP US$6.25
    Does not snag or crease hair.

I'm excited to use these products and I'm so pleased with everything included. I'm one happy customer who will definitely stay subscribed :)

Sunshine xo.

This post was not sponsored. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money. My reviews are 100% honest opinions. They are in no way intended to offend or malign any companies or groups. Please consult a healthcare professional if you are in doubt before using any of the aforementioned products. For further enquiries please contact Sunshine at littlemissscb.inquire@hotmail.com 

19 August 2013

Clinique Haul + Bonus Travel Beauty Bag

I'm a sucker for freebies so I was very excited when I heard that Clinique had a free gift with purchase (fgwp) offer at Myer. The fgwp is given for purchases over $60. I used to buy the 3 Step system and get two bonuses (one for me and my Mum), but the moisturizing lotion price has decreased (yay! for lower AU prices) so I bought another product to be able to make two transactions over $60 and get a second freebie for my Mum.
So here's what I bought:

Clinique 3 Step System
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap 200ml $29.00
  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 400ml $52.00
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + 125ml $49.00
Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner
  • Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner 5g $37.00
I also recieved 2 free samples
  • CC Cream
  • City Block

Clinique BONUS

  • Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser 30ml
  • Moisture Surge Thirst Relief 15ml
  • Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief  30ml
  • Repair Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream 5ml
  • High Impact Waterproof Mascara 3.9ml
  • Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm 1.2g
  • Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF15 30ml
  • Cosmetics Bags
I love Clinique fgwp offers. They're such great value and the products included are awesome. Let me know what you think of this fgwp offer and if you availed on the offer too.

Sunshine xo