Amazing Arbonne Addiction


It’s the weekend!!!! And I can’t wait till 2 o’clock for a Makeup course with Arbonne held at the Merredin Recreational Centre. I have always loved my makeup, especially Mary Kay, and checking out new brands is fun! I have been using Arbonne skincare products especially the little samples I received from a consultant that I previously talked about in a recent blog.

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I recently received some beauty products. A MUSK Travel Pack that included a loofah, shampoo and conditioner, and a body wash and body lotion. It can be found on EBay.

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For a wide range of products to choose from, check out Adore Beauty. It has Aesop, L’Occitane, Skintitute and so much more!!!

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It’s 2 o’clock and I arrived in a grey and white striped maxi dress with a coral blazer jacket. Makeup is displayed on tables along with catalogues and mirrors, eyeshadow palettes and MUCH more.

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At the start the makeup lady asked us all what our makeup routine was (I have been a bit lazy since moving to Merredin) and she explained that Arbonne is a Swiss company that started 35 years ago and is botanical based.

We started the makeup routine off with a primer, then applied liquid foundation…. The foundations were SPF15. After that we put on “light” creme concealer, like under the eyes to get rid of some bags…. and then a bronzer to highlight the cheeks and even the face!! I topped the look off with “Blossom” blush which left a soft, sweet natural look.

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We then put a base eyeshadow on, named “Linen“, I then used “Indigo” eyeshadow at the end of the eye and above the eye as well, and blended it along the crease of the eye.

We then finished off with a “Setting Pretty Translucent Loose Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 15” and “Sheer Glow Highlighter” which you only put across the cheekbones.

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To complete the makeover look, I then put on “It’s a long story” mascara, and used the “Hibiscus” lipstick which is $28, for a glamorous effect.

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The Arbonne makeup is a lot of fun! and I enjoyed dabbing my face with these simple products. I bought, or should I say, ordered the “Ebony” eyeliner as I had run out of black eyeliner for everyday use. It was so nice to do classes as it is fun sharing with other women.

If you like Estee Lauder, I came across a CHEAP eyeshadow palette for only $18.95! Surprisingly, Ebay has quite a few cheap palettes that you will love!!! I hope you have enjoyed the makeover that I have shared with you as much as I have loved sharing it!!!

 

 

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Pilgrimage to Perth


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When my Dad mentioned that we were spending the long weekend in Perth I was over loaded with excitement. We were in Mandurah not too long ago and now we are going on another holiday! Travel is one of the main things I wanted to do this year, even though I was brought up in Perth, there is still a lot I haven’t seen & we go down there every few months seeing it is the closest major city to us.

Sometimes I feel I have been in the country for too long, but what to do!

We arrived at the motel, Starwest Apartments Alderney on Hay around 1pm, Saturday, and it was fairly adequate with 2 bedrooms and open space with a nice sized kitchen and a lounge room with television. Quite a comfortable place, cute and modern.

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I didn’t watch television at all!! I just enjoyed the stay and most of all the views from the balcony! We stayed right in the heart of Perth CBD with excellent services and facilities. Summer fun! There was a pool but never got round to the time for it!

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On Saturday, Garden City in Booragoon was our first stop, like always! And Zara and Bardot were the main places we shopped. I didn’t buy anything but today I got a lovely bracelet from a little boutique shop called “Stella Rose” which is situated in Mount Hawthorn. The lady that served us, Jenny was really lovely, and complimented my sister a lot when trying on clothes. The bracelet is so feminine and is very special to me seeing that Mum bought it for me. Something special to have and to hold.

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We also went into a little bookshop and I loved the travel section. From New York, to London, it had EVERYTHING! And every single bit of information on every city in the world! I wanted to buy “Melbourne”, but from living there I feel I know enough about the place!

I bought a new book, “The lost Tudor Princess”. I can’t wait to get stuck into it when I finish A Refuge at Highland Hall. It’s not in my current to read list for 2016, but it just looked too intriguing to not to buy!!! It looks like my cup of tea! If you love books, refer to my previous post for a selection of novels and such.

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I didn’t go into the actual mall this time but we drove through the city for fun!!! Checking out different suburbs of the town……. It made me miss city life! Just a bit!

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Travel is still on my list, but while I’m based in Merredin I want to continue on with studies, as it is quite important to me at this stage in life! I have so many things I want to achieve in life, and finding and creating my life whilst in Merredin is an adventure! Setting goals for travel or anything else in life sets the tone for your life!!! For example, If writing a book is a dream, set small achievable goals weekly and set time aside to write. You will feel like you’re getting somewhere!!!

I hope the same for you wherever you are! Adventures here we come!

Exquisite Emmalisa

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My Book Collection


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I want to share with you a collection of my favourite books and ones that I am reading this year!!! One of my goals or New Years resolution is to read more.

As mentioned in one of my first few blogs, my favourite book so far is:

1. The Governess of Highland Hall – Carrie Turansky

It is a novel about a lady Julia who leaves India doing missionary work to go to England to be a governess to the Ramsey children at Highland Hall in Berkshire. William Ramsey is a widowed father and he and Julia fall in love which reminds me a lot of The Sound of Music!!!!

I recommend to all women this novel, if you like the series Downton Abbey, THIS you will love!!!

You can also get it on your Kindle for $8.91 or you can buy it on Carrie Turanksy’s website. 

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The second book in the series is “The Daughter of Highland Hall” which wasn’t as good as the first one in my own honest opinion, but I am currently reading the third book to it in the Edwardian Bride Series, A Refuge at Highland Hall which is about the character, Penny and her friendship with a British pilot, Alex.

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I love sharing my selection of novels on my Instagram page!

I have borrowed some books from the library on London in the Victorian Era and the 18th century. I am fascinated by this sort of thing and history especially.

2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

This I read when I was a young teenager, but am adding to this years reading again. To some people it may seem either verbose or too wordy, but I was able to get through it at a young age, and some may think its dry, but from what I remember I absolutely loved it!

3. Shopaholic to the rescue – Sophie Kinsella

This is for some light reading where Becky Bloomwood goes to Las Vegas to find out what happened to her father!!!

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Reading List 2016

1. Longbourn – Jo Baker
2 Masquerade – Nancy Moser
3. A Heart most worthy – Siri Mitchell
4. Persuasion – Jane Austen
5. Cotillion – Georgette Heyer
6. Sylvester – Georgette Heyer
7. Venetia – Georgette Heyer
8. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
9. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
10. When Jesus wept – Bodi and Brock Thoene
11. Those Faraday Girls – Monica McInerney
12. Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
13. Hettie of Hope Street – Annie Groves
14. Let the little children come – Lois Hoadley Dick
15. Back to St. Clare’s – Enid Blyton
16. For love of Lily – Maggie Bennett
17. Victorian London – Liza Picard
18. London in the 18th Century – Jerry White
19. Elizabeth the Queen – Sally Bedell Smith
20. The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Not in particular order, but library books come first because I don’t want fines again!! I love ticking off books on the Good Reads App. And it is my 2016 goal to read twenty books. Making a challenge sets you on surpassing things, and I will be taking a book with me everywhere I go!!

What you decide to read affects your future and it educates you. I am making more and more goals for myself this year and reading twenty books is still quite a lot when you think about it!!!

Having a hunger for new words is like a proclivity. I adulate it. And can’t wait to start studying again this year, Certificate IV in Library and Information Services. What a capacious course!! It will lead me into a prodigious trajectory. I am psyched!!!

Well, there’s my twenty texts and novels for this year. I probably won’t write another blog on books till next year, depending on what’s happening in my life!

 

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Have you made a reading goal this year in 2016?

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Magnificent Mandurah


Arriving into Mandurah was just paradise…… It is a beach and village on the coast of WA south of Perth, Australia. Embarking on a three day journey felt like the most adventurous thing I had ever done since Port Douglas in 2013. Such a great start to the year!!!!

It was my first time EVER going on a house boat….. The boat had a name…… Abbey J….. Most boats had names and I liked the sound of “Lady Lorna”. There is a boat called “Quicksilver” with “Mandurah House Boats” which is where we hired ours from, which Quicksilver has a SPA in it!!!! I had my own bedroom and the boat was just comfy, spacious, and luxurious. We had access to television and could charge our phones. I made sure I took a book, Sophia, about a god daughter of Queen Victorias.

Sitting on deck with book in hand and a magnificent view was all I could not ask for more.

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We packed lots of food, snacks and stopped off at cafes and restaurants within the inlet. Where we stopped over night at the Pelicans Public Jetty we fed the seagulls, I indulged over a Mango Milkshake and my sisters had fun catching crabs!!!! My mum even caught a fish!

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On the third day, during the day we saw LOTS of dolphins!!!! It was ssooooo beautiful and they are such amazing creatures, they glided across the pristine water like they were the only ones there!! I was in AWE of them!!!
I took lots of photos with my Canon camera and got a few close ups……. One came RIGHT near the boat in front of me!!!!!

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The trip was full of much excitement and fun. My sisters know how to have a ball!!

So if you’re ever considering hiring a houseboat, don’t forget Mandurah has a range of boats to choose from!!! And who wouldn’t want the one with the spa!!!

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Exquisite Emmalisa

What’s the first thing you would like to do this year?

P.S. there are also videos on my Instagram page!!!

Watermelon “Wonder” Juice


For an excellent kickstart to the year, I have decided to drink more juices this summer! I like to create my own using the NutriBullet. I am a fan of this wonderful new innovation. It leaves you feeling clean, new and refreshed.

The following is a small recipe of what I did today for lunch! It mainly consists of watermelon because it is my favourite fruit!! 🍉🍉🍉 🍇🍇🍇

Watermelon
Ginger (a very small piece)
Grapes (small bunch)
3 prunes
Almond Milk
Water
Ice

It tastes amazing and is brilliant for summer time!!!! It would be great to google a couple of juice recipes to keep you going.

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I would say that the NutriBullet is a great investment as it mixes the fruit better than a normal blender would. I would totally recommend buying it as it is worth it!!!

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There are so many recipes online that you can find!! And when you buy the NutriBullet it has a booklet of different juices to choose from. It’s even got protein dinners and “vibrant” vegetarian dinners and salads for lunch, which I want to try the Cucumber Salad!! There are soups and you can even make your own snacks!!! Veggie snacks and nutty snacks!!!

There’s NutriBlast recipe ideas which I will try some time this week!!!! I like how the program uses 50% vegetables and 50% fruit. So you get a balanced diet out of it. So to get the most out of life, you need to get the most out of your food and that’s what this 6 week transformation plan does for you.

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So, I hope you find a plan that works for you and that you learn to keep healthy this year!!!!

Exquisite Emmalisa

Have you got any health goals this year?

Summer days


This summer has been one of the best Summers I have ever experienced! Every year our family would go to Phillip Island when we lived in Melbourne, but coming to the west side of Australia there has been more to do and see because it is such a bigger state!!!

I went to Lake Bandee which apparently “looks” like Hawaii!! And we swam in the lake which was a new experience for me!!

Yesterday me and my family spent the day in Point Walter which we just sat there and had a marvellous view of the river……

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I wore some jeggings with a striped orange and white singlet perfect for the day. I took my bathers but didn’t end up swimming, and I watched family play a bit of volleyball.

If you’re looking for that perfect summer dress there is a sundress on the Lover website which is an apricot sort of orange colour and is $695. It is called Lover Cotton and would be lovely to pair it with some gold bangles. It is a feminine piece which surely will have heads turning!!

I haven’t really gone shopping this summer to be honest, if I were in Melbourne I would be found on Chapel street or Bridge Road at this time of year!! Melbourne, as I have said before, is the best for fashion!!! And I miss that place dearly!!

But I have been travelling through Western Australia which has been quite fun!! And have captured some beautiful moments.

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Summer days is all about comfort and simplicity, and if you’re looking for a laid back, summer read I recommend “Those Faraday Girls” by Monica McInerney. It is on my to read list and will get stuck into it as soon as I finish this blog!!!

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Don’t forget to grab your copy of this Summers issue of InStyle!!! With the stunning Drew Barrymore on the cover. There is a section where she speaks as a confident woman saying “I am who I am – and I just don’t have a bikini body”. This captivated me as I used to be conscientious of my body in my early twenties but now that I am nearing thirty, I am learning to embrace my womanhood. Being skinny doesn’t make you a better person. It’s learning to embrace how you are, then you’ll realise just how blessed you are with what you’ve got.

I am also interested in Drew Barrymores book, Wildflower. I am totally intrigued and they mention it in the interview.

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Anyways, I hope you have had a wonderful start to the new year!!!!! 2016 is MY year and I am looking forward to creating new goals and New Years resolutions. I have a few goals in mind, but no deadlines. I am taking life as it comes.

May 2016 be a prosperous and healthy one for you!

Be blessed

Exquisite Emmalisa

How was Christmas?

Have you been travelling this summer?

What are your goals?

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Christmas Gift Ideas


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I can not believe how CLOSE we are getting towards this Christmas. Christmas is a beautiful time of year, and I love that it is about love, giving and family. To me, they are the most important things in life, and when I give I find that I get blessed in return.

I’m a firm believer of giving, and this morning I was talking to a lady in a jewellery store, and she was telling me about the rapper, Akon had donated all of his billions of wealth to charity. Now that is what I call a GOOD man!!! I was overwhelmed by the amount of money he GAVE!!!! This is something to think about and ponder, and there are some gift giving ideas with Priceline!!!

Priceline has some top picks but I am going to share with you some of my favourites, and what I would like to buy for the New Year.

There are gift ideas for UNDER $10, $20 and $30!!!!

  1. There is a Versace Women’s Miniature Set 5 pack for $59.00 which is a highly sophisticated brand that any girl would love!!! It would look lovely displayed on a dressing table.

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2. One of my favourite brands is Sukin, and there is a Sukin Gorgeous Getaways 250 mL Travel Pack for $19.99. It looks luxurious, and has a few products you can dabble with!!

3. Mineral Spa Mineral Spa Mini Foot Pack 2 pack consists of a Peppermint Leaf Foot Scrub and White Pumice Stone. This is a great gift idea if you’re looking for something to suit your budget as it is only $5!!!! And you can treat yourself, it is that CHEAP!!!!

4. The Nude By Nature Bronzed Beauty Gift Set 2 pack is a must have for this Summer!! If you want to get a tanned glow, and look pretty and bronzed for when you’re out at the beach. I love the brush as one side is for blush, and the other side is for contouring. It is only $39.95.

5. There is a range of Sanctuary Spa products from a lotion to scrub, body butter, and body moisture spray, but there is something called a Little Tin of Treats for only $14.99 which includes a Cleansing Burst Body Wash, White Lily Damask Rose Body Wash and Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash. This would be a luxurious gift! Also, try the Sanctuary Daily Spa Escape Fragrance Hot Sugar Scrub for a feeling of pampering which is only $11.99.

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There is also a pack called “Tin of Good Intentions”, which is $34.99 which includes a Cleansing Burst Body Wash, Gentle Polish Body Scrub and Silky Smooth Body Lotion. This looks divine, and all these products go hand in hand.

6. Lastly, whether you choose this as a gift or for yourself I absolutely love this product Renewing Argan Oil of Moroccan Penetrating Oil which is a treatment for your hair. Argan oil protects from styling heat and UV damage and strengthens your hair. You save 25%, and is $18.74

There are great gift ideas for children as well, if your a mum that wants to spoil your kid!!! Don’t forget to check out the Priceline Website for tutorials on how to do your make up. It is under the “Beauty School” tab. There is waaaay too much to choose from!!!!

Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S. Maybe you can get your bestie a pink hair straightener for only $14.95!!!

Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet?

What can you do this year to do more than just give?

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9-DAY BEAUTY PROGRAM


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At the moment my bible is “The mind-beauty connection” by Amy Wechsler. It is a guide to reduce stress in your life, to make you look young, and feel more beautiful than ever before. I borrowed it from the library, but if you want to buy it, go here.

The best chapter is Chapter 4, which is a program that runs for nine days. There are 5 types of stress profiles. Each profile has a tailor made program to suit your individual needs.

I chose profile 5 because I have gotten back into the habit of biting my nails, and need to create new habits.

The following is an example of a nine-day program you can choose from:

Day One:

SIMPLIFY

Out with the old, in with the new. Toss out all old skincare products, and start a fresh with a gentle facial cleanser, daily moisturizer and night cream. Refer to my blog, “How to be a lady – Personal grooming” or “3 Step pampering session” for a daily grooming routine. The book also has examples of skincare products such as Dove, Aveeno and Clinique, etc.

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You need to establish a regular sleep schedule. Simplifying your bed and beauty routine is easy. It says that it is best to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning when you get up, and just before bedtime. I try to do this religiously but sometimes am lazy. 4 to 6 hours before bed, don’t drink ANY caffeine. Have dinner early, and turn off the TV and all electronics about an hour to half an hour before bed. The light stimulates the brain, and can keep you awake. Dim the bedroom lights and have warm milk or chamomile tea just before bedtime. You will feel refreshed in the morning.

Day Two:

RELAX

Establish daily breathing exercises. A five-minute breathing exercise can help keep cortisol levels in check and psychologically prepare you for the day. Google some breathing exercises. There are plenty to choose from!!!

Safflower Oil. Olive Oil can also be a substitute for putting on your body.

Day Three:

Step out into nature. Make it a goal to get outdoors for twenty minutes everyday. Walking in nature can be extremely therapeutic.

Have a milk bath. Use Bee Naturals, Queen Bee Milk Bath. Try Honey Sugar Scrub right before doing it.

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Day Four:

EAT CLEAN

Avoid fast food and processed foods. Drink water or green tea throughout the day. I have started drinking T2 Indian Spice. It feels like it really cleanses the insides of my body. Check out the range on the T2 WEBSITE!!!!

Honey Mask. Honey is a natural humectant. My friend Kirsty of The Beauty Bus makes a honey mask, and I will upload the recipe in the next blog. 🙂

Day Five:

GET ACTIVE

Schedule 30 minutes of exercise daily. You should engage in physical activity at least three times a week to get your heart rate up. Borrow exercise DVD’s from the local library.

Manicure/Pedicure.

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Day Six:

FOSTER FRIENDSHIPS

Plan a dinner with family and friends. Your social life is important. If you love to cook, invite your friends over for a delicious meal or go out to a favourite restaurant.

Day Seven:

PAMPER YOURSELF

Learn to meditate. I’m a spiritual person, and I believe whatever you read or listen to affects your brain. Put on some classical music to unwind, or your favourite slow music.

Spa Treatment. Save up for a girl’s day out to a DAY SPA. They are expensive, but you won’t regret it. Or just sprinkle Divine Calm Serenity Milk Bath Powder in the bath, and light some candles, and create your OWN spa treatment. Check out RED BALLOON‘s DEALS.

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Day Eight:

SLEEP-IN BEAUTY

Sleep in or try napping. Naps can improve heart function, and repairs cells to help you live longer.

Exfoliate. Buy a body exfoliation such as Goddess Body Exfoliator for $20, or try making one. I will put a recipe for this in the next blog as well to help save you money.

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Day Nine:

REFLECT

Reflect on your week. Do you feel physically and emotionally better than last week?

Back to basics. Get back to “Day One” and read the book I recommended. If you read Chapter 5 and 6, it has everything to do with the skin, and will leave you feeling your BEST ever!!!!

Enjoy reading!!!

Exquisite Emmalisa

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How to be a lady – Personal Grooming


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To achieve an elegant look, your personal grooming has to be immaculate.

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How you dress, and how you carry yourself is important if you want to be elegant. Dressing elegantly is a whole other thing, and I will blog about this specifically in a separate blog. We need to think about our personal appearance and what we can do to make ourselves look good.

Self-care is vital in this instance, and a woman that does not love herself will not be able to become a lady. You need to love, care and look after yourself and love your feminine side.

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What’s important is that you devote time and energy to refine your image and character. I may reflect more on this in another blog.

When in the shower I cleanse my face with Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser. It penetrates deep into pores and improves the complexion. Then I moisturize my face with Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream. It has a combination of pomegranate, Kakadu plum and rose hip oil. The ingredients are fruits and oils, such as jojoba oil, lavender, vitamin E and vanilla, and the cream is suitable for all skin types, so any one can use it!!

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After a shower I use Crabtree and Evelyn Pomegranate Argan and Grape seed Oil Skin Indulging Body Cream. It is the best body cream I have ever used!!! I love to indulge in Crabtree & Evelyn’s body lotions. They always smell divine, and the cream is so silky and moist and has rich botanical ingredients including natural antioxidants. It smells of pomegranate with a burst of citrus and fresh fig leaf.

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This luxurious body cream will pamper and replenish your entire skin and leave your skin feeling soft and supple.

Having a clean and pleasant look radiates to others, and people like to see fresh and polished looks. So, moisturize your body, have a cup of tea and read a book, or a magazine!!! Take some time out for yourself. Don’t feel guilty when it comes to your needs.

I just used a skin-clarifying mud mask, and it is strawberry and yarrow. It works on clogged pores and clarifies your skin. If you leave it on for 10-15 minutes it will enrichen your skin, and when rinsed it feels divine!! It was only $1 at Priceline Pharmacy.

Also, exercising helps you build your self-esteem and confidence, and make you feel good about yourself. Aim to work out 2-3 times a week. Exercise also helps with good posture. Do either pilates or yoga. I am going to start doing this as Kate Middleton does this in her fitness regime, and look at her body! She also does a lot of rowing, and using the rowing machine at the gym will also help with great posture.

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Anyways, I am going to go back to my cup of tea, and reading of “The taming of the Queen” by Phillipa Gregory.

Exquisite Emmalisa

13th RULE OF A LADY

What can you do to keep your joy and motivation up?

is there something you can do to spoil or pamper yourself?

Is there a body cream that you use daily? Maybe try something from the Body Shop!!!

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