Skincare and Cosmetic Expiry Dates

Do you make sure you clean your skincare and cosmetics out regularly? Do you pay attention to the expiry dates? Are they actually legitimate dates or can we extend some of them? These are all really interesting questions. Especially since there have been trends towards more organic and cruelty free products. There are also products with short shelf lives called skin food. Products made from ingredients you can actually eat.

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Taking Care of Your Nails When You Have a Nail Polish Obsession

I have a red nail polish obsession; it's not a secret. Over the years I have changed the colour a few times but I really love my polished nails. I feel more together with them painted. When I used to pole dance in competitions, I used to break my thumbnails quite far up the nail. So I had to get two acrylic nails to strengthen my thumbnails. I decided to learn how to do acrylics myself to save some cash. Now it's just me and my red polished nails. But how do I look after them? Read on to find out...

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Chemical Exfoliants: AHA vs BHA

Do you use a chemical exfoliant? Skip the scrubs. AHAs and BHAs are by far the best way to go. They help to reduce the appearance of lines & wrinkles, help to hydrate the skin and are known to treat acne. Manual exfoliation is dead; use an exfoliating acid as it is the key to more youthful, glowing skin. Read on to find out more!

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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Highlighters and Illuminators

Hands up if you don't have much time in the day?! Hands up if you prefer the 5-7 minute makeup routine that everyone brags about?! Hands up if you have never worn a highlighter before?! This is my guide to the quickest and easiest ways to highlight and illuminate. Because if you are like me you prefer easy and effective makeup! Read on for my tips as well as a short review of Burberry Fresh Glow, Mecca Max Shimmer Shot Highlighting Wand and Ciaté London Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm.

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Foundation Reviews: Choosing the Best Product for Your Skin Type

There are so many brands of foundation on the market and so many types too. How do you choose the best product for your skin type? When you are ready to go shopping for a good foundation, how do you go about analysing each one? I've reviewed 5 products from Chanel, Guerlain, Dior, Giorgio Armani and the Korean brand Laneige. A good range of formulas and each have good points and bad points. Read on to find out which few make the cut out of this lineup. 

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The Face Mask Trend: Do You Need to Multi-Mask?

So Instagram has been all buzz about Korean sheet masks and now many companies around the world have started to bring out their own in response to the craze. Another fad is the multi-masking trend which I am totally dubious about myself. Do you seriously need to do this? I attempt to find out a little about sheet masks and multi-masking and I might even try a crazy trend... 

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Australian Beauty Brands

In the interest of trying to support local Australian businesses I am always on the look out for great Australian skincare and cosmetics brands. While I am totally able to list out quite a few skincare and personal care brands I am in love with, I know less about Australian makeup brands. So we're all in the learning boat together! 

Being a fan of Organic and Natural products I am going to focus on these for this blog post. You may have read the list of natural products that I use in the Natural Lip Balms: Manuka Honey Benefits post. I mainly use natural products everywhere but my face I find natural and essential oils too heavy and clogging for the sensitive skin on my face.

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What's In My Makeup Bag: The Products I can't do Without

I love reading about other people’s favourite products. Most of the bloggers I follow have posts every month summarising their monthly finds. I learn so much from these posts. Plus I totally want to buy heaps of stuff.

Set to Glow isn’t about promoting new products every month though, I am inspired to review what I use that I have found to work and things I own. In the interest of being completely honest about what is in my makeup bag, I decided to put together a post on the products I can't live without.

So what do I carry around all the time? What are my all time favourite products? Read on to find out…

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Your Pedi Health Guide: Dry, Cracked Feet

No matter what I do sometimes my feet are just super dry. We're coming into winter too now, so this is the time to up your pedi care routine. If you have dry, cracked soles read on for my tips to happy feet!

Your feet cop a lot since you walk around on them every day. They support your whole body and I know mine do a lot of extra little tasks that not everyone does. I play a bit of soccer now and again, go to the gym regularly and like to go to kickboxing a couple of times a month... Add the dry weather to this and you have a recipe for dry, cracked feet. I get a pedicure once a month; I do my own manicure to save some money. Sometimes when I go to get my pedicure done I ask my pedicurist to give me a pedi-peel. She uses Pedi-Peel Professional which you can actually buy online - I am not sure what is in this however it peels skin off the bottom of your feet immediately. Coupled with a nice moisturiser, this is a great addition to a spa pedicure.

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Natural Lip Balms: Manuka Honey Benefits

I am eager to get behind as many natural Australian brands as I can. So when I was given the full range of Clean & Pure Lip Balms to try that feature Olive Oil, I jumped at the chance. My favourite Clean & Pure Lip Balm is the Manuka Honey variant. This got me interested in Manuka Honey and Manuka Honey benefits.

I am pretty obsessed with lip balm. I mentioned in my last post Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub that I have far too many to count. I feel like I can never have enough though, because I love that I can reach into any jacket, coat or bag and find the perfect lip balm. I am not alone in my lip balm obsession, when Lip Smacker announced that a fan could submit their dream lip balm flavour including the hashtag #LStastemaker and become the #1 Tastemaker, there were a number of suggestions. My favourite flavour suggested so far is unicorn flavour - and the lip balm would look like one of those marshmallow swirl lollies. Like the unicorn toast that has been on Instagram lately!!

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Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub

If I am really honest, I have far too many lip balms and not enough lipstick. That is because I probably don't wear lipstick very often. However, I do exfoliate my lips quite a bit. Lip exfoliation is the perfect way to prepare a good base for your favourite lipstick. What is my routine for prepping my lips? I have a few tricks to share of course!

I have been trying a lot of new Korean products lately and I recently spotted a cool little product called Collagen Nourish Lips Membrane on another blog that I wanted to incorporate into my lip prep routine. This blog post will be the perfect time to try it. I will be writing a blog post on some other Korean beauty products too soon. I often order from amazon.com and use hopshopgo to deliver the packages to Australia. The prices are just so much cheaper on amazon and they also stock a lot more things that other websites - which is very convenient.

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Skincare Review: Facial Cleansers - the Unsung Heroes

I have tried a lot of facial cleaners at different stages of my life and around different periods in my skin health journey. It is important to find the best facial cleanser for your particular skin type. However a lot of people focus more on the more sexy parts of their skin care routine, like serums and luxurious creams. A good facial cleanser is one the key elements for happy skin. You need it as a good base, a stepping stone to all those lovely treatment products that will change your skin for good!

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Tips and Tricks: Clarisonics are too Harsh for Me!

I am a sucker for new things, I have a Scholl Pedi Electronic Foot File plus I also have a Parlux hair dryer. So when 2004 came along and the Clarisonic face brush was introduced, I wanted to try one. I did lots of research online and in stores when they hit Australia and I finally decided to get one at David Jones since they have a great return policy. I love the feeling you get when you pull something out of the box that you feel will change your life. It doesn't happen often, let's face it, we don't really NEED much to get by day to day. It also seems to happy less, because some products don't live up to the hype.

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Cosmetics Review: Burt's Bees Lipsticks and Lip Crayons

I am really interested in using natural products where I can. So far; because of my sensitive skin and perioral dermatitis, I use natural shampoo & conditioner, natural lip balm, natural hand wash & hand cream, natural pedicure products and as much natural household cleaning products that I can. You may say, when you read this, I use more organic and natural skincare and cosmetics. And you're right. However because I have sensitive skin, a lot of products with natural oils and ingredients are too heavy for me and break me out.

I do love my Burt's Bees Pear & Coconut Lip Balm to bits! It doesn't flare up my perioral dermatitis and it includes a whole heap of moisturising ingredients that last! So of course I wanted to try Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks and Lip Crayons.

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Beauty Review: Top Mascaras for 2017

There are so many cosmetic products out there; from the well known luxury brands, to the best drug store buys, to the natural cosmetics brands and brands you have never heard of.

I will talk about packaging, they way they feel in my hand, their brush applicators, how they went on my lashes, we'll compare photos of each product when they are on my eyelashes and then rate them out of 5. Hopefully, after that we can work out which product is the Top Mascara for 2017 and finish the Set to Glow Beauty Review on a high note!

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