Friday, 28 February 2014

Product Review: Moo Goo.

So you may be confused as to why I would be using this product if I am Vegan and trust me I struggled with the decision as to whether to try it or not. 
But boy was I glad I did!!

Moo Goo is an all natural Australian product which is made from milk protein with a combination of coconut oils and other natural yummies!

I used to use Sukin which is 100% vegan but it just stopped nourishing  my long locks so it was time for a change!

A lot of my extended family have been raving about MooGoo saying how wonderful it has been for their hair so I thought after much deliberation to give it a go!

I naturally have oily hair and scalp so for me to get a nice squeaky clean feel to my hair takes a lot of scrubbing which in the past meant using harsh chemical rich products to strip all the oils, and also all the goodness, from my hair. But I was impressed by this product after two shampoo's my hair was so so so clean!
But then there was the conditioner and my hair really needed it!
I applied the smallest amount to the ends of my hair and to my amazement there were no knots or tangles and my hair felt like silk.
But the real test was to see how my crazy frizzy hair went when dried off!!

So I dried my hair as I normally do with a rough blow dry which normally would make my hair frizz up like the Guy Sebastian Fro but you would have thought that I had styled my hair not just dried it off.
I generally wear my hair in a mass of loose curls styled by my GHDs so I was interested to see if this new found nourishment meant that I would have weighed down curls instead of my bouncy locks.
So i styled as normal and the curls were as tight as they always are and stayed through the duration of the day without the assistance of hair spray!

So all in all these two products have done wonders for my hair and I would recommend them to you all!!

Retailing at $17.50 a bottle from GoVita Health Stores.
Need an extra oomph to your hair....
head for the MooGoo shelf!!

Take Care Dolls

A Smiley Girl in a Not So Smiley World.

To meet me all you would see is the smile on my face and the bubbly but introverted personality but underneath the convincing smile is a girl that suffers from depression. 
It's estimated that 6-7% of young people aged between 16 to 26 will experience depression.
People may think it's a weak person who suffers from this condition but some times it's those who have been the strongest and just can't handle it anymore.

Through my experience with dealing with my depression I have learnt that I have to have 'me time' and spend time doing an activity that I love and brings a ray of joy into my life.
For me it's Painting, Photography, Baking and Crafts.

It's amazing how you view the world when you are dealing with depression. I tend to see the beauty in nature that I would normally take for granted. The Clouds gliding through the sky and forming monstrous care bear shaped creatures to the swaying of  a gum tree adorned with Rosella's and Lorikeet's serenading me as if they knew that I would need that special song they are singing.

Nature makes me want to create and express myself like nothing else.
Out comes my camera or my watercolours and away I create.

(Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke, Dandenong Ranges, Victoria)

It's important to find an activity that brings you joy not just expect a person to bring you the joy you need.
A good diet is essential for dealing with depression I personally am Vegan and cook mostly gluten-free food as well. But one thing that has helped has been juicing daily. I read a  book called 'The Juice Lady's Guide to Juicing for Health' by Cherie Calbom this book is a must have if you are a juicing fan like myself. It goes through all the most common disorders and illnesses in society today and gives you some diet ideas, a run down on to do's and don't's for the problem and also a few juicing recipes.
For example the juice I have been having daily is called 'Mood Mender' which consists of 3 fennel stalks, 3 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 pear and 1/2 and inch of gingerroot. It took about four days but i started seeing real improvements in myself. It's proof that a great diet can cure anything.

I also have to surround myself with positivity and brush off all negativity that I may come in contact with.
If everyone lived in this world giving out love and positivity this world would be a brighter and happier place for those struggling with mental disorders such as depression.
Love and Joy is known to give you a healthy and happy life so why don't we all live loving everyone around us and showing someone who is down some extra care.
You never know what an impact a smile can make to a person suffering from depression!

Take care Doll's and love

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Our New Zealand Love Affair....

Early August my then Boyfriend (now Fiance´) and I decided we wanted to go to the snow but knowing how crazy expensive the snow in Australia is we opted for a fleeting visit to Queenstown (heaven on earth). 

We ended up booking 4 days in Queenstown, staying at the Kawarau Hotel, next to the Hilton, on Lake Wakitipu.

We flew out of Melbourne's Tullarmarine Airport early Monday the 16th of September on a Jetstar flight direct to Queenstown. I have never actually flown Jetstar before but I was quite impressed the hostesses were attentive and genuinely pleased to be helping you. 

The flight from Melbourne to Queenstown is a short 3.5hr flight which, excuse the pun, flies by.
But nothing prepared us for the sight that was awaiting us as we approached the coastline of New Zealand. I looked up from my puzzle book looked out the window and thought to myself hmmm more clouds... then I did a double take those weren't clouds they were a sea of snow capped mountains as far as the eye could see. Breathtaking is not even near the right word to describe the beauty and amazement of the view out our tiny plane window.

Being from Melbourne the biggest mountain I had ever seen was the Dandenong Ranges so you can imagine how the sight of these monstrous mountains just blew my mind.
We landed and as we walked out onto the tarmac the freshness in the air was nothing my lungs had experienced and then we look up and we were surrounded by The Remarkables and Coronet Peak and a array of mountains that made this little lady feel oh so minuscule but in a good way. You can really appreciate the beauty in this world that we generally take for granted when greeted with such a jaw dropping sight.

Queenstown still has this small town, remote feel to it even though it is bustling with tourists all huddling into buses ready to head up the mountains for their skiing trips.
The streets are rustic and country like but also like you are somewhere in the swiss alps.

(and this is where I almost lost my post silly mac smart mouse *sigh*)

The one thing we noticed with having a car in Queenstown is that there is NO free parking in the day you have to pay for parking everywhere and it isn't cheap either. Also you generally have a bit of a walk ahead of you when you have found a park because it is quite busy all day long in town.

Queenstown seriously has an amazing choice for places to eat if you like Japanese we seriously recommend Hikari Izakaya. If you like Nobu style Japanese this is the closest you will get to the real thing. 

The first day we were there we actually arrived quite late in the afternoon so it consisted of dinner and watching the fire jugglers in the Queenstown Mall after dark.

Our next day we adventured up to Coronet Peak Snow Fields. The view from up here is just breath taking. 

You would think by the look of us that it was absolutely freezing cold but actually we were sweating up a storm it really wasn't that mild when we were there and unfortunately no natural snow.
But we went up and attempted to learn snowboarding.... I don't know why i even tried. I lasted all of 10mins and freaked out and wanted off the snow fields lol I felt so bad for my love he had been looking forward to trying this and I just couldn't cut it.

But the amazing man he is he always makes the most of every situation.

So down we went ......

We instead started planning all these amazing things to see while we were here.
Like the 360 Jet Boats on Lake Wakitipu (Which is the most fun I have had in a very long time)
We were so blessed to have the whole boat to ourselves and the boat came to the Hilton Jetty and picked us up so we didn't have to pay for parking and for no extra cost!

 We spent the night on a star gazing tour up at the Skyline.
It was FREEZING! But they supply you with Canadian Goose Down Jackets with Racoon lined collars. They really are needed.
The guide gives you some basic knowledge of astronomy which is great if you are a newbie.
And afterwards they warm you up with a lovely hot chocolate.

Our next day we booked a flight to the Milford Sound where we went on a cruise down the Fjord. 

The cruise was amazing you get a banquet lunch supplied (but keep in mind all these tourists you see in this picture rushed in straight away and ate most of it before we got on board)
We got to see some baby penguins and some seal cubs sun baking on the rocks as well as learn all about the history of the Fjord and enjoy the most peaceful cruise we could have asked for.

Our flight back was amazing Scott got to ride in the front so he got to see more than any of us! (lucky duck)
If you ever get the chance to fly to Milford Sound do, you get to experience the beauty of the country that no one else can see from the ground!

That night we went to the Onsen Hot Pools at Arthurs Point.... This is the most beautiful and relaxing activity you can opt for if you ever go to Queenstown.
We had a late booking which means we got to soak in the Hot Pools under the stars. The roof actually folds away so that you can relax under the stars... super romantic!!!

The next day was our last day in Queenstown and the greatest by far!
We had breakfast on the waterfront and had a small exploration away from Queenstown.
No matter if you are in the heart of Queenstown or on the outskirts the beauty is everywhere!

We then had lunch at Hikari Izakaya again and then my amazing man organised a  helicopter flight up to one of the snow capped mountains... We landed on Mt Vanguard which is located just behind Coronet Peak. Nothing can compare to the view and the freshness up there!

But more than that nothing can compare to what happened next....

While we were taking photos of the scenery Scott asked me to turn around and face the mountains behind me so he could take a nice photo of me looking at The Remarkables once I had been standing there for a while he asks me to turn around and my heart skipped a beat there he was kneeling on one knee holding that distinctive Tiffany and Co. ring box and nothing could hold back my tears of joy when he uttered those four small words 
"Will you marry Me?" ....

My Dreams came true on this mountain top!

Scott always warned me that I would never know when and I would never expect how and he truly went above and beyond.

Thank you Honey for blessing me with this amazing memory that I will cherish for all time!

He then had dinner booked at the Skyline Restaurant. 

The Gondola ride up the the Skyline is amazing and a must do!!

Then he had another night at the Onsen Hot Pools planned ... but this time with a platter of grapes, chocolate and wine!

He made me feel like a real princess!

And this Princess has found her Prince Charming for life! xo

But this story isn't ending here ..... it's only beginning!

My First Blog.....

Sitting here browsing the numerous blog sites I follow thinking to myself I could do this and I would love to do this!!

Looking through my friends page on beauty products and reviews I saw that I really do use A LOT of beauty products and a lot may not be the norm.

So my first post is a get to know me post...

My name is Holly and I was born and raised in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. I'm the youngest of three children in this crazy house with my parents and a dog, who be warned may make the odd appearance!

I am recently engaged to my handsome loving fiance´ Scott, which I am sure I will blog about in the future. We have a passion for travel, health and fashion.

I have a passion for beauty and well being so thats where this blog comes in!

I follow a lot of beauty and well being blogs but majority are all overseas and we 'Down-under' have a lot of trouble getting our hands on those wonderful new inventions that other bloggers are raving about. So I am going to blog about the things that are available here and overseas also.

I look forward to getting to know you 'Dolls' out there and helping show you my life and my interests.

Keep posted and take care,