H & M and Pottery Barn to come to Perth

Have you all heard the news of late that international brand H & M is coming to Perth with their first store opening in Lakeside Joondalup? This really got me out of my chair this morning when I read the news on Yahoo.

It was only last year that I got a chance to drop into the H & M store in Melbourne that really surprised me as a family friendly retailer. The prices at the end of year sales were quite attractive and affordable, which shocked me to be honest because for some  reason I had expected the H & M brand to burn a hole in my pocket. I shopped for jeans and jackets for kids at $5-7 prices, it was madness…just like kmart but with quality that will last at least 3 hand-me-downs! I haven’t been one for the big brands, but I so happen to need warm clothes for my kids because I was unprepared for how chilly Melbourne summers can be.

H & M

H&M Flagship store, Melbourne

From what was reported in yesterday’s mornings news, once H & M sets up their first store in Joondalup, they plan to secure a 4000sqm spot in the Perth CBD. How exciting would that be? It would change the entire retail space and shake up this town, bringing more tourists and people into the city.

WEST ELM

West Elm

Another exciting piece of news for lovers of home furnishings and interior design, Pottery Barn along with their sister stores Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm are coming to Perth too! It is said that they will be moving into St Martins tower sometime hopefully in the year.

It’s rather exciting for Perthians who have live here for years, listening to our sister cities Melbourne and Sydney receiving all the attention from the big international brands. It’s great that the giant retailers are coming to realise that Perth is full of young and saavy shoppers who love variety and will pay for it.

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Pottery Barn

To be honest, I have slowly decreased my online shopping habits…as I have found I have had too many bad experiences with buying clothes that do not fit. I say, bring back the retailers and the chance to walk through brightly lit stores, gleaming tiles, fresh clothes on rack and smiling customer service. And I have also heard whispers that Uniqlo is scoping out Perth for some space.

Exciting times ahead my dear city..so Perth be ready for the influx of jobs, to those hoping for staff discounts be sure to look out for the advertising of positions online and in the newspapers. I just hope for our sake that our customer service standards will pick up, a smile and a ‘Hello’ that will definitely draw me back to the retailers.

Which store are you looking forward to checking out the most? 

E-von

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Westelm.com,  potterybarn.com

 

Review: Maybelline Better Skin Foundation

It’s nice to want everything in the foundation, for some wearing make up daily is a part of normal routine so it is a given to want a foundation to have added benefits. Personally, I wear make up 2-3 times a week when I have to go to work. Other times, I worry that wearing too much foundation will clog up my pores and send my face into a frenzy! This year, since turning 30 I realise that my face has reverted back to being more oily and prone to hormonal break outs. So I don’t really need added oil that comes from wearing foundation.

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I heard about Maybelline’s new foundation, Better Skin. The name sounds quite appealing to someone like me who wants better skin! Then again, don’t we all want nicer skin so we can feel more confident when we present ourselves to others. And I had problems with pigmentation and dull skin.

Better Skin contains Actyl-C, a vitamin formula that improve’s skin’s appearance within 3 weeks of use. It claims to evenly tone the skin, leaving it looking energised and healthy looking. It is also formulated with vitamin B5 + septonic M3, magnesium, zinc and copper to hydrate and plump the skin.

better skin

So far in the trial, I have used the foundation for 2 weeks and have noticed an improvement in the look of my skin, it does seem a lot brighter and much healthier. The formulation is not oily either and on the bottle it says it is suited for ‘normal’ skin types. I chose the shade ‘NUDE’ because I select this shade with most of my foundations. I didn’t think it blended in as well because the colour was just too light for me. And I found that I had to wear a moisturiser or primer underneath, otherwise the result would have appeared to powdery and matte. I don’t mind the matte look, but it just felt a little on the dry side.

The pump dispenser is always nice, as it keeps the contents uncontaminated. And the cap keeps dust away. However, it as most foundation bottles it is made of glass. So always have to be mindful in the bathroom and around little hands.

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Overall it is a nice little foundation for those looking to achieve a healthier complexion. It also has SPF 14, for sun protection. A bottle of Maybelline’s Super Stay Better Skin Foundation will cost RRP$21.95. And comes in 8 different shades – Light Beige, Ivory, Cameo, Nude, Sand, Golden, Fawn, and Sun Beige.

Hope you liked the review.

Have you tried Maybelline’s Superstay Better Skin Foundation? What do you wish your foundation could do for your skin?

Don’t forget to enter The Lime Tree Bower giveaway that ends this Sunday! There are only 4 entries at the moment, so your chances are looking very good!

Happy Hump Day!

E-von

Zara coming to the Perth fashion scene

As it is nearing closer and closer to the opening of the big Spanish fashion label, Zara at Garden City, Booragoon on the 21st August. The Perth bloggosphere is going crazy at the excitement of an international label bringing its high quality and highly sort after cuts and wearable garments.

As much as I love supporting home grown talent, as I must admit Australian fashion have quality and style to match international brands. However we lack variety under one roof. Zara’s flagship store in Garden City will take over 2 floors and provide apparel choices for women, men and children.

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I’m just so excited to find out what they have in the new store. I know I will just have to leave the plastic at home. And how convenient that they have opened up only 20 minutes from home. Not sure how long I will be able t o withhold myself from going to Garden City…

And I wonder if they will bring an Australian online store to us who like to shop in front of our screens…that could prove much safer.

Who else is looking forward to the grand opening this Thursday? 

E-von

 

 

 

Starting my French beauty affair

Sorry for the lack of posts of late. I have been super busy with SELF Organics (my little biz) and I will be sharing what went down at my first market stall. So watch out for that will be my next post…today it’s all about my French beauty affair!

It was around a year ago now that I was introduced to a range of skincare that would change my life! It so happened to be a coincidence that I stumbled across Bioderma, as I entered an online competition held by another beauty blogger and surprisingly won! The only knowledge of Bioderma at the time was very little and all I heard about this product was that it was hard to get in Australia and it was also one of the best make up removers.

And since that day, I have been a faithful follower of the Bioderma Crealine and Sebium facial cleansers! Whenever I would talk about this product to people, they would have already heard the hype but may not have tried it. Now it is made widely available in Australia at Priceline and Terry White Pharmacists, and everytime I walk into those stores the shelf is very much empty.

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Last week I met with Arnaud who represents a company in Australia called Cosmetiques de France. He came all the way to Perth to specifically talk to fellow blogger Sophie from Born to Buy and I about the Bioderma, Uriage and Nuxe range. It was an exciting experience to hear from the horse’s mouth about these beautiful products. We sat down at Subiaco’s Cafe Cafe with our fat buttery croissants and me with my chai (so typical of me!) to talk about beauty.

It was very interesting to learn about dermacosmetics and how they are specifically formulated to treat skin problems such as acne, rosacea, ezcema and other types. All the three brands are considered dermacosmetics but they all focus on different ingredients to solve these issues. Nuxe uses botanical extracts and their outstanding product is the Huile Prodigieuse (Dry Oil), Uriage uses a properties of thermal water and Bioderma is recommended by Dermatologists for its treatment of skin disorders. They have to go through strict measures to ensure that they are beneficial for the skin and can be a product that solves skin problems, otherwise they wouldn’t have the support of Dermatologists.

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I learnt so much, and my interest has always been in skincare. When the meeting was over, Arnaud pulled out a goodie bag with products to try and review.  I have heard only positives about them over the bloggasphere and can’t wait to get into them and share my experience. The one I am most interested in is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, or dry oil. Only because it is such a versatile oil that can be used on the face, body and hair…and I am that kind of ‘one product does all’ kind of girl.

So tell me…have you tried any of these brands before? Have you thought about buying a product from a chemist that can help with your skin problems?

We’re having a long weekend here in Western Australia. So I can’t wait to catch up with my R&R because it seems to be non-existent this week. I may have forgotten how to do this…Hope you have a great weekend!

E-von