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Cosmecology: Hair washing has never been this green.

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Hola! Did you miss me? I disappeared again, whoops.

But here I appear again, bearing an humble offering in the form of a review. A review that has been a long time coming, but in light of the upcoming Adelaide Beauty Conference whose theme is: Beauty with a Conscience this review is even more important that it be shared now, right now.

Did you know that it’s been many months since I let my fingers fly across the keyboard in such a fashion? It feels liberating, and I question why I let so much time slip by before I sat down to blog again. But then I do know why, and if you followed me on instagram (username: berrytravels), you would know why too. It’s because of my new house! Which… is a tale for another time. Back to the post at hand.

I have a growing respect for Mother Nature. I have always loved the beauty that surrounds me, but more recently, I am growing increasingly aware of just how much destruction mankind is bringing to our planet Earth. Cosmecology Paris was born with an awareness of this, and believes that the future of mankind lies in respecting and preserving our beautiful surroundings, mother nature and our planet earth. Preach.

And just so you know, I was provided with these products for review.

Before getting into the product performance itself, here are some reasons why I like Cosmecology:

  • Their packaging is designed with minimalism in mind – minimal material for packaging, maximised efficiency.
  • Their packaging is also recyclable.
  • They do not test on animals.
  • The active ingredient is plant-based, not synthetic nonsense concocted up in a lab!

Gold star!

But there are many products out there that tick the environmentally friendly box that doesn’t actually perform well. And at the end of the day, I want to use products that actually work well for me. What’s the point of using something that is keeps my moral ethics happy but does nothing for my hair?

The shampoo and conditioner that I received was for dry hair (like mine!). The shampoo contained shea oil while the conditioner contained jojoba oil. It also contained coconut extract which has hair nourishing properties and is easy to rinse. And to combat the dry hair, they also included Pro-Vitamin B5 which is a hair moisturising and regulating agent.

For the ones who want to know, Ingredients:

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INGREDIENTS: Water/Eau (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycol Distearate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-2, PEG/PPG-120/10 Trimethylolpropane Trioleate, Citric Acid, Cocamide MEA, Laureth-10, Triethanolamine, Hexyl Cinnamal, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Magnesium Nitrate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Magnesium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Tocopherol, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate.

So performance wise:

  • The shampoo is fantastic. I feel as though you can really just use this on its own.
  • The scent is pleasant and not repulsive. Big plus.
  • The conditioner is a tad too heavy. I have dry hair but still felt that the conditioner was too heavy, it made me feel really weighed down.
  • Once I stopped using the conditioner, my hair felt amazing!
  • That shampoo – so hydrating, so good.

Of course, your hair condition would be different from mine. Their shampoo and conditioners also come in ranges suitable for oily hair and coloured hair. Haven’t tried those yet, so can’t tell you how they work.

So all in all, would I repurchase? Yes, but just the shampoo. It feels a bit like the shampoo already has conditioner built in, which could be awesome if you are budget conscious (and aren’t we all?). Maybe use the conditioner too if you have really, really, really dry hair? Either way, I think Cosmecology is a definite buy. Add it to your cart next time you see it!

Buy Cosmecology online via Westfield: add to cart now!

Disclosure: Products sent for consideration

The Road to Confidence: Bright Green Eyes

This is a sponsored post.

It’s been awhile since my last Road to Confidence post, and indeed it has been awhile since I had the time to sit down to play with my makeup collection. It’s so easy to just let everything fall to the wayside once life gets hectic. I know that when I got stressed back in September, my good eating habits all went poof!

Still, we gotta take the time to chill at some point, and so when Sherry came over last weekend, we took the time to play with makeup and this was the look that I ended up with. I have to warn you first that the lighting at my house was really quite bad, and since I’m too poor to get my photography lights right now, we’ve just had to go with what we had.

I fell in love with the look, to be honest. I had been inspired by the amazing Megan from Make Up Store who had the most beautiful eyes at our previous #ABBM and had vowed to try something similar. This was my take on it! I love those lashes as well. So incredibly soft and so crazily out there!

In fact, I loved it so much, I decided to film a video tutorial on it. Hope you enjoy!

Did you notice the little naughty thing I did in my video? I admitted to one of my biggest naughty moves of all time: I don’t use foundation or bb cream anymore.

Why? Because I don’t feel that I need to cover my skin up anymore.
How? Because I have been paying attention to skincare and actually cleaning my face properly.

Many girls tell me that they can’t possibly walk out without any makeup, but have a think about it. If you have good skin, why would you need foundation? So the key isn’t in getting amazing foundations, the key is in getting better skincare products. Simple, really.

I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the night. Not exactly the best, but hey, I had fun and that’s the main point right? Let me know if you decide to try this look, I’d love to see your version!

By the way, the giveaway date has been extended! Rafflecopter will once more be opened for entries till the 5th of November so if you haven’t entered, here’s your 2nd chance! Be quick as you aren’t going to get another chance after this!

Sometimes rainbows aren’t always cheery: Rainbow Drops.

Outfit rundown
Hair bows: Baby, the stars shine bright.
Dress & Wrist Cuffs: Vitae Clothing
Blouse: Angelic Pretty
Leggings: Black Milk
Boots: Betts

A little bit of a dark and confused post for the lead up to Halloween…

This was a little photoshoot I shot with the girls: Sherry and Steph sometime ago when we went to the Barossa Valley for a bit of a time out. Never one to leave the camera behind, we all got into the spirit and took plenty of photos.

The dress I’m wearing is Rainbow drops from Vitae Clothing who is also my fabulous clothes sponsor for events. Unfortunately, the preorder for this dress is now closed and you can no longer purchase this particular dress. So if you have been eyeing her dresses, I suggest you get in quick as her Mario Mushroom Kingdom series is getting retired very, very soon!

In terms of the dress quality, here’s what I think:

  • The workmanship is stellar. I’ve never worn a lolita dress that feels quite so well put together. The japanese dresses always feel like they might rip apart any moment especially because I’m a boobie-chan!
  • The fabric used is heavy and thick. Again, a huge plus for the same reason as above.
  • Despite the weight of the fabric, the skirt still poofs up easily.
  • I’ve always had a fear of bustle butt. I’m of the opinion that my butt is big enough so I really don’t need anymore help in that department, but the ruffle back on this skirt doesn’t actually increase the size of my bum visibly, so huge plus!

  • The best part is the fact that Vitae Clothing is South Australian owned and I’m huge, huge, HUGE on supporting our local businesses (especially small ones) and also our local designer.

    What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    This is a sponsored post

    Squeeze!! Juice those toxins out!

    urban remedy

    Slightly more than a year ago, I talked about whether Juice Detox diets really help us on the blog. Since then I’ve tried a few of them, did they help? Interesting question.

    I guess you have to first ask yourself Why exactly are you doing this diet?. Is it because you are following a trend? Is it because you genuinely believe it will work? Or is it because you want to lose weight? Many people seem to think that diets are programs you do only if you want to lose weight. I get told: “I hate diets” more often than not. Interesting. Have you gone on a diet for any other reason?

    Personally, I’m still on my eternal quest towards a healthier me. I’m happy to try different things, to challenge myself and to see if they actually work. For Science.

    So I took on the Urban Remedy Cleanse. It’s basically a juice detox diet that can run for 1, 3, or 5 days depending on your willpower. It’s designed to cleanse the toxins out of your body. It replaces all solid foods for the period of time you have chosen and comes in 3 different levels of difficulties.

    Image source: Urban Remedy

    I also thought that it would make for an interesting willpower challenge. I’ve done it the cleanse before, and had failed after the 2nd day. So I was keen to give it another go and see whether or not I would make it through this time.

    The juices themselves were quite delicious. I have to admit that by Day 3, I was quite sick of the taste of them and I have the utmost respect for those who try for the 5 day challenge. I went with hardcore mode! and picked Level 3 as well. Here’s a little rundown on what the juices were and how they tasted like:

    Juice 1: Avocado, Spinach, Banana, Raw Vanilla, Chia.

      The breakfast juice! This was the most solid of the lot, with the avocado and banana making it quite a delicious drink. It was quite green and I enjoyed starting my days with it. My colleagues didn’t think it was quite as awesome though, I think the green colour put them off.

    Juice 2: Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, Stevia, Water.

      I usually have this as my morning tea. Being a teacher, you get reminded of the existence of morning tea everytime recess comes around. (Which basically means, everyday.) So this juice was a lifesaver to quell the recess hunger pangs. It was also very refreshing and I loved the addition of Cayenne Pepper to the juice as it definitely gave you the kick that you need mid-morning!

    Juice 3: Cos Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Mint, Parsley, Lemon and Ginger.

      This juice is what the boy calls the salad juice. It sounds like salad, looks like a salad and taste like a salad. Except in liquid form. It was quite pleasant on Day 1, but by the time I got to Day 3, I was really quite sick of this as for some reason I had this as my Juice 5 as well. So to have both of my main meals in the day supplemented by the exact same salad juice was just a bit of a buzz-kill.

    Juice 4: Cucumber, Carrot, Lemon, and Mint

      This juice was super yummy! I must admit that yummy as it was, I started having issues with it on Day 3 as the sweetness started to get cloying halfway through the bottle and I was basically just pouring it down my throat in a “let’s get this over with” manner. I found it funny that when you start drinking liquids of colours that are not normally seen, many people seem to feel oblige to ask what it is you are drinking.

    Juice 5: Cos Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Mint, Parsley, Lemon and Ginger.

      I don’t know why my Juice 3 and 5 were the same. Looking at the website, I shouldn’t have received identical juices but I did. So I had to deal with it and to be honest, I yo-yo’d between “this isn’t so bad” and “this is really starting to get old”. Which is understandable if you have to drink the same juice twice a day, I guess.

    Juice 6: Almond Milk, Coco water, Raw Cacao, Cinnamon, ABC mixed nuts, Dates and Water.

      On my first day, I nearly threw up drinking this juice. Because I really don’t like almond milk. It was a struggle to get it down and I might have shed a few tears throwing a tantrum at the boy who insisted that I sucked it up and finished the bottle. But I have to be honest here. After having to drink 4x Juice 3 and 5, this juice actually didn’t taste so bad on the 2nd day and by the 3rd day I was chugging it down like it was the best thing I’ve ever had.

    urban remedy

    Pros:

    • I felt energized. Throughout my 3 days, I was waiting for a slump but it never came. I was wondering whether I could really survive on just juice alone for 3 days but I was chugging along fine and never felt better.
    • I actually got some form of breakfast in. It convinced me that having breakfast was a good thing and I have been trying very hard to keep that habit now.
    • I didn’t have to worry about cooking for 3 days! It gave me a chance to really clear my thoughts and decide on my next course of action.
    • It allowed me to exercise my willpower. Good to know that if I really try, I can achieve what I want!

    Cons:

    • The bottles were really hard to open and I grazed myself pretty badly more than once struggling with the lids. It didn’t help that the bottles were soft so I was terrified of making the bottles explode while I wrestled with it.
    • 6 x the same juice for 3 days had me really bored of it by the end of Day 3. I don’t know if I could possibly have done 5 days of that!

    Would I do it again? Yes. Coming off the back of this juice detox, I felt clean and healthy. Happy enough to go straight into the Paleo Diet and felt that I had the willpower and energy to go through with the change of lifestyle and eating. ( I will discuss the arguments, pros and cons of the Paleo diet in a future post so stay tune!)

    Should you try it? Yes. I really think it’s beneficial to step back from all the junk that we eat from time to time and just concentrate on the bare essentials. It gives our body a chance to reset (whether it really does so or not is debatable but sometimes a psychological reset is even better than a physical one). At the end of the day, you are the one who has to decide whether or not this is good for you, so the only way to do so would be to try it.

    Product provided for consideration. The first round of juices were paid for by yours truly. Opinions are as always, honest and fully juiced.

    My postman brought me panties!

    I love my postman. He brings me lovely things. In fact, I think I have fallen in love with every single postman I’ve had so far. It didn’t matter that I never knew what his name was, or sometimes even what he looked like. He brought me my mail and my parcels and for that alone I gave him my heart. (And took it back every time he brought me a bill.)

    The postman has delivered many things to me. From food to dolls to books to clothes. There’s nothing he doesn’t bring me, really. He makes me feel loved by showing me just how much mail I get and I know the sound of his motorbike. When I hear his bike, I start running towards my front door. Do you know I don’t do that for my parents or even my boyfriend? This is how much I love my postman. It is a beautiful relationship.

    Recently, my postman brought me another parcel. I retrieved it as usual from my post box and ripped it open quickly, wondering what wonders he had brought me this time. My, oh my. I blushed something furious when I realised that he brought me a pair of undies! Cute ones, mind you, but panties! Naughty postman!

    And you know what? He said he’d bring me more! One pair of panties a month! Oh gosh. Do you think my boyfriend will think I’m cheating on him?

    I kid. Well, kinda. I’m not really getting a pair of panties a month but you can!

    Monthly subscriptions is not a new concept. Magazines work on that concept and recently makeup sample boxes have as well. Joining the cool crowd is Panty By Post – a monthly subscription service for panties!

    I love it. I hate buying undies at the best of times. I hate the whole aspect of buying something so intimate in something so public as a shop. My cheeks burn and I grab the first thing I see in order to make the time I have to spend in the shop as little as possible. To make matters worse (for myself), I have recently taken an interest in lingerie, and let’s just say that is something I really, really don’t want to be seen buying. (I don’t know why. I have no qualms walking in to look at things and go with girlfriends and such, but if I have to buy something for myself then it’s a huge No-no)

    So to have a monthly subscription service that will bring me these little delicate intimates without me having to go out there and feel hot in the face? Brilliant!

    I had the chance to review these recently and I must say that I’m impressed! I’m not sure what each of the different months will bring, but that’s kinda half the fun of it. I requested for a size M and it was a perfect fit for my size 10 hips. The fabric is delicate and incredibly soft, plus it’s so comfortable! Hopping around the internet, I found an interview of Jodie head of Panty By Post’s Australian office which also mentions that some months will have specific themes. I’m kinda wondering what Valentine’s Day will bring. Something hot and racy? Ooh-la-la!

    I’m not going to scar your eyes with a photo of me in my floral undies. So I think you are just going to have to take my word for it. The service starts at $30 for a pair and goes up to $220 for a 12 month subscription. Given I love a surprise as much as the next girl, I know for a fact that I will be subscribing to this!

    Plus, now I have new lingerie to tease the boy with. Always a bonus, yes? Just me, the boy, and a pair of lacy undies.

    Oh crap. Stop. Take that image out of your head right now. You really didn’t need that. Instead, go look at pretty panties on the Panty by Post gallery. Let’s just pretend I look as hot as those models, okay?

    p/s: these make great gift ideas for a love one! They also do mens briefs, so the blokes can get in on the fun too! Panty party!

    **Product provided for consideration. Opinions are my own. I really do have the hots for my postman.**

    Review: Ansley New York Flashy Lips and Eye Brightener

    Product: Eyeshadow and Lipcolour
    Brand: Ansley New York
    Price: Lipcolour: $6.90 USD // Eyeshadow: $7.90 USD
    Buy from: Glow and Glamour

    I was staring at my makeup supplies the other day and was musing about the fact that makeup was much like art and the items we use are much like art supplies. There’s crayons, colourpencils, watercolour and even brushes equivalent in makeup!

    The lip color stick and eye colour stick from Ansley reminds me of my art days. With the slight chubby appearance, they are like crayons albeit somewhat better looking ones. I’m not kidding!

    I also noted how folks seem to be reaching back into their inspiration from art supplies. I mean, look at clinique’s chubby sticks. Those are definitely crayon like! Of course, who can forget the fact that Crayola, the famous crayons manufacturer also has a foot in the makeup industry? Don’t believe me? Check out Crayola’s Lipgloss and Crayola nail polishes. Hmmmm….

    Anyways, I digress. Let’s get back to these Ansley crayons. I mean, eye and lip colour sticks….

    Here’s what I thought of them:

  • The lip colour stick is gorgeous. I love the coral colour and it goes on like a dream.
  • The lip colour texture is smooth and creamy, two thumbs up! I also love the crayon-like quality to its appearance. Very cute.
  • The eye colour sticks are less gorgeous. They lack the same creamy texture which is to be expected as they are eyeshadows, but they are also less giving in their colour.
  • It tends to take a bit of work to get them going, but once they do get going, the shimmer in them is gorgeous!
  • I’m really quite fond of the lip colour stick and thinks it’s an incredibly convenient product as well as it’s small and would take up next to no room in your handbag.
  • Less fond of the eye colour sticks, I think I still prefer palettes!

  • Despite my hesitation with the eye colour sticks, I have to point out that at such prices, these colour sticks are really quite affordable. Probably more so the lip colour than the eye colour as I’m a little hesitant to pay for single colours. But the lip colour stick? Oh yeah. Definitely hit that. So. Hot.

    What do you think? Would you give it a go? On that note, Glow and Glamour does International Shipping!! Very easy.

    Pop in the code: BECOMINGBEAUTIFUL at checkout and you will be given an instant 5% discount off your order! Brilliant! Do let me know if you end up buying anything, I’d love to hear from you. :D

    P/s: they stock circle lenses too!!

    Products provided for consideration. Opinions are my own because the boy refuses to trial makeup for me.

    Review: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose

    Product: Blush
    Brand: Physicians Formula
    Price: $11.95 USD / $29.95 AUD
    Buy from: Selected Priceline Stores.

    *stares in quiet disbelief at price difference between USD and AUD prices*

    Sigh.

    Getting back on topic here, let’s talk blush today. I have come to accept the sad fact that I’m not one who likes tints. I think I’m just an idiot when it comes to tints. I just cannot deal with tints, they stress and scare me. Powdered blushes, however are really quite gorgeous. Much like this one from Physicians Formula.

    Before we go any further, I should point out that I never used to give Physicians Formula a second glance. They always struck me as the very ‘boring’ brand, that brand for ‘Aunties’. Whenever I’m in Priceline, I tend to swish right past Physicians Formula, preferring instead to focus on the new favourites of the beauty blogging world, Face of Australia and Australis.

    However, when this blush landed on my desk for review, I sat straight up. I cannot stress how important packaging is when you want to catch the attention of the consumer, and PF definitely did catch my attention with this one. It probably wouldn’t appeal to everybody, and certainly, the bright metallic pink shell feels a little cheap and the blush may be a little bulky for some due to the fact that it houses a brush as well, but how cute is the embossing?!

    I can’t get over the hearts. I know hearts are overdone, tacky and way too cutesy for some folks, but I don’t care, I love them. If you want me to buy your products, coming up with cute and cheesy packaging like this is a definite way to my heart, so even before I put my brush to this blush, I already knew I was in the danger zone of falling in love with this blush.

    Description from the site:

  • Ultra-soft and blendable blushing powder features a fresh and vibrant mix of blushing tones infused with a pop of color to create a healthy glow.
  • Multi-reflective pearls provide a soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.
  • Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.
  • The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.
  • Here’s what I think about it:

  • I adore the embossing.
  • I don’t love the hot pink packaging. The colour is gorgeous but it feels tacky.
  • I love the colour, it goes on quite sheer but is very easily build-able.
  • The violet scent is not overly powerful and doesn’t linger. Love!
  • I think having a brush with the packaging is smart – it means it’s easily portable and you can use it to touch up on the go.
  • I’m not fond of that AUD price.

  • Would I buy it again? Yes, but probably not locally. I would love to support our local businesses, but with that price difference, it is cheaper to purchase it overseas and I am only a poor teacher.

    [Review + Giveaway] Tonic: Variegated Butterfly Heat Pillow

    Product: Heat Pillow
    Brand: Tonic
    Price: $34.95 AUD
    Buy from: Tonic Online

    The microwavable Graphic Heat Pillow is filled with organic barley and locally sourced lavender. Let the warm barley soothe those aches and pains while the lavender helps to calm and relax the mind. The Graphic Heat Pillow can also be put in the freezer if cooling is your preference.

    I’ve spoken about Tonic before who impressed me with their scented candles. Well, they haven’t just impressed me, they have actually opened a whole new world to me as I have found myself more open to sniffing at scented candles in shops when I go out. Still, I haven’t found another scent that I’ve liked quite as much, so we’ll see how far my new-found love for scented candles will go.

    Heated pillows are another of those things that I just don’t think to get. It’s one of those things you don’t realise just how nice it is to have around until you’ve had the chance to try it. Much like the cruise control unit in my car.

    At first glance, I thought that my heated pillow was more like a bean bag. Something to put on my aching shoulders to soothe the aches, perhaps? The boy gave an exasperated sigh as I played with it and took it away from me with a gentle but firm hand. He disappeared, the microwave came on and then he reappeared with the heated pillow and placed it round my neck, all warm and nice-smelling.

    Of course! It’s called a heated pillow because you heat it up! Duh.

  • After you heat it up, the smell intensifies. Sensitive noses beware.
  • The pillow is a good weight and is adequately stuffed with barley.
  • The lavender smells beautiful but the scent does rub off onto your neck and hair.
  • The pillow is unfortunately slightly too short. It would have been nice if it were just a tad longer.
  • While I didn’t have a hand in the choosing of the pillow design, there is quite a number of gorgeous designs available. Sure to brighten up a long day.
  • The pillow retains heat very well. It stayed warm for a fair while.

  • All in all, I do really, really like it. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I love it, as I do find it a tad short. However, I don’t think I’d be rushing out to get another one as this one seems to do the job quite well even with its insufficient length.

    While not really a necessity, this is definitely an item that is ‘nice to have’ around the house. It’s an indulgence that you could well afford. What do you think? Would you get it?

    Giveaway: Tonic Scented Candle and Goats Milk Soap.



    Two lucky readers will win one of these products each.
    All you need to do is tell me which product you’d like and whether or not you use a heated pillow normally.

    Terms and Condition


    1. To gain one entry, leave a comment answering the above question.
    2. To gain an extra entry, like Becoming Beautiful on Facebook and leave a comment on the page saying “I love Tonic!”
    3. To gain an extra entry, follow Becoming Beautiful on Twitter and tweet: “I entered @berrytravels’ giveaway and I’m going to win!”
    4. Each person has a maximum number of 3 entries each.
    5. The competition will begin on the 11th of September 9am AEST till 21st of September 9am AEST.
    6. The winner will be announced on the blog/facebook/twitter and the winner will have 48 hours in which to get in touch with their mailing address. Should the winner fail to get in touch within the allocated time, a new winner will be announced.

    Good luck!

    Products provided for consideration, giveaway products provided by Tonic. My opinions are my own, last I checked my brain was in my head.

    Eating Out: Pho Minh @ Mansfield Park, Adelaide

    Pho Minh
    08 8244 6288
    7/86 Wilson St
    Mansfield Park, SA 5012

    Tucked away in a little corner in the middle of Mansfield Park is Pho Minh. With a really unassuming shop front, it looks very much like any other Pho restaurant there is: nothing special.

    But the specialty of the place is Pho and after a recommendation from a friend, I found myself there one lunch time to try the Pho and hopefully find a place to fall in love with.

    Pho making is definitely an art form that I think many restaurants struggle to master. You’ve read how much I disliked Pho Ba Ria 2′s version, for instance. There is nothing I hate more than plain, bland pho soup that claims to be good. I think that for pho to be good, that soup needs to be balanced, tasty, beefy and have an incredible depth of flavour. I need to be able to swoon and lose myself in the soup, to be able to taste the love and the hard work that had gone into the soup, to be able to finish the whole bowl and want more.

    Pho at Pho Minh ticks all those boxes. Yes, the fresh noodles that they use is a little thicker than most (although they do offer the option to use dried noodles as well), and yes, there is inconsistencies in their slices of beef with varying thickness, sometimes so thick you wonder how to chew through them, but I’ve always found that even with the inconsistencies, the one consistent that they do keep is that it always taste good. And that, my friends, is the most important thing of all when it comes to eating Pho.

    There is bite to the noodles, which is something the normally pho-hating boy loves. The beef slices, no matter the thickness, are always tasty, and my lord, that combination beef soup might as well be tattooed onto me as I crave and dream of Pho so bad that I could eat it every day for the rest of my life.

    I love the fact that it’s so close to home, that I can walk there. I love the fact that it opens late enough (till 6pm) that I am able to get takeaway for dinner. I love the fact that it’s always packed full of Vietnamese people and I love the fact that it is hearty and tasty: food for the soul.

    And if good Pho was not a good enough reason, then try their chilli oil. Not one to normally add chilli oil to my Pho, I make an exception for this as this chilli oil is so good, I can eat it by the bottle. I suspect that the chilli oil is home made, but if it’s not, then it’s been made really well and I must find the source to buy! This chilli oil is the tastiest and most fragrant chilli oil I’ve ever had and I am salivating just thinking about it.

    My biggest criticism of the place, is that it doesn’t provide the usual complimentary hot thermos of tea. That said, it doesn’t seem to be the standard here in Adelaide as it was in Melbourne. A very small fault to find in a mostly stellar establishment.

    Would I go back? Are you kidding? I’ve gone back so many times that I might as well change my middle name to Pho.

    How does it compare to Pho Huong, my eternal measure of pho? Very, very close. But what they do have that Pho Huong doesn’t, is that chilli Oil. Am I happy? Oh yes. Should you go have their pho? Oh, yes, yes, yes.

    Review: Maybelline Color Sensational in 165 Pink of Me

    Product: Lipstick
    Brand: Maybelline New York
    Price: AUD $16.95
    Buy from: Big W, Target, Priceline and Major Pharmacies

    If Liquid Eyeliners were my husband, my partner, the one whom I slept with, then Lipsticks would be my secret lover. The one I cheat on liquid eyeliners for.

    I started out as a lipgloss girl. But the longer my hair got, the less I liked lipglosses. I hate styling my hair as I don’t know how. I hate tying it up. And Melbourne adores its winds, so a head of flying hair plus a sticky lip gloss does not a pretty face make.

    So then I turned to Lipsticks. Funny that I say that they are my secret lover, considering that I found them before I learnt of the beauty and allure of liquid eyeliner, but that is how the world works. Sorry Lipstick.

    Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Colours. This one is in number 165 – named Pink of Me. Here’s what I think.

  • Beautiful texture, beautiful pigment. Sweep it on, rub your lips together in the most sensual way and then kiss yourself in the mirror.
  • The colour is pretty true to life.
  • Sometimes, because a colour doesn’t look good on your hand, doesn’t mean it won’t look good on your lips.
  • A good staple to have around – hit it.
  • Staying power – I had three meals, multiple drinks and I could still see at the end of the day. Not bad.

  • *blows you kisses*

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