Friday, 26 January 2018

Twist Detail Summer Maxi

Luck and Trouble Dress, H&M Hat, Famous Footwear Shoes, Pandora Bracelet, Tiffany & Co Necklace

Yay, my first outfit post of the year! And it's in this stunning maxi dress available form Universal store. I love summer and being able to wear maxi dresses. They're so effortless yet so stylish! In particular I love the twist detail of the bodice in this one and with the short sleeves it gives me major vintage vibes like the kind of dress my Mum used to wear to be stylish back in the day and that only makes me more obsessed with this style! 
Anyway, I hope you are all well and I hope to be posting a lot more blog posts soon!

Kelly Anne xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

My New Year Skincare Resolution with Ocinium Immortelle Vitamin B3 Serum

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely time ringing in the new year. My first post of 2018 is a lengthy skincare one, so grab a cup of tea and settle in because you're about to hear about some ground-breaking products!

I mentioned this in my Drunk Elephant skincare review last month but I'll say it again: 2017 was the year I became serious about my skin. I started doing research into ingredients that would help change my skin and made the decision to invest in some pricey products, and I definitely believe it has paid off. At the start of 2017 I was using the pill to help control my acne but did not enjoy the side effects the pill gave me. Undoubtedly as I stopped using the pill I had numerous breakouts of big cystic like acne mainly around my chin and along my jaw line. However, with a little patience, extensive research, and some good skincare investments - my skin has slowly healed. My acne scars are fading and the breakouts have become less frequent and less nasty.

So how did I do it? One of the major ingredients that has helped keep my skin clear has been Retinol. Retinols are Vitamin A compounds and there are many different forms, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. They work to prevent dead skin cells clogging pores hence preventing bacteria breeding parties, preventing pimples and acne scarring. I won't pretend to know in depth information about the different kinds - other skincare obsessed bloggers such as Caroline Hirons or Skincerely Clare would do a much better job at explaining them than me - however, I believe the two I have tried have both had a dramatic impact on my skin. One of them being the Ocinium ImmortelleVitamin B3 serum I'm going to review today!

I've been using this serum for about a month now, and since using have noticed that my breakouts are not only occurring much less frequently but also healing up much quicker! There have been a few days now that I've woken up to a pimple party on my chin, only to have them all dried out a disappearing the next day thanks to this little miracle serum that I have been applying at night. The serum also smells pleasant and citrus-y, feels luxurious to apply and doesn't dry out my skin like some serums containing retinol can, such a win!

The serum contains Retinyl palmitate which is the retinol ingredient in this serum which, as I have raved about above, has done absolute wonders for my skin! As per the title of the serum, it also contains Vitamin B3 which is niacinamide, which is also meant to be a great skin loving ingredient that helps strengthen the skin barrier. This results in a more even skin tone, reduced inflammation associated with acne and as per one study a reduction in scaring! As well as harnessing the power of these two skin-loving ingredients, the Ocinium serum also contains a lovely blend of organic essential oils such as orange sweet oil, lemon oil and lemon myrtle oil giving it the invigorating citrus scent and helping calm the skin. Just another reason to fall in love with this serum!

In short, this science-backed, intelligent little serum is packed with skin loving ingredients that have worked wonders for my skin and I can definitely recommend it if you too struggle with frequent acne outbreaks. I really only have one new year resolution in regards to my skincare and that is: to do my research on products and their ingredients. And I can tell you, this Ocinium Immortelle Vitamin B3 serum is definitely worth the splurge.

I hope you all enjoyed this chatty review and wish you all the best for the new year! Speak soon,

Kelly Anne xx

Saturday, 30 December 2017

NYE in this Black Lace Playsuit

Universal Store Black Lace Playsuit, Sportsgirl Bag, Famous Footwear Shoes

Happy New Year's Eve! I hope you guys are all looking forward to a big night of celebrations tonight. I just thought I'd share one of my outfit options for tonight which is this gorgeous black lace playsuit from Universal store. I'll just be heading out for dinner and a few drinks and then finding a spot on the beach to watch the midnight fireworks. Nothing too hectic, just a nice relaxed night considering I need to prepare to head back to uni tomorrow after my little break. 

It's been a good year for my blog - I've posted consistently this year and it has slowly but steadily grown! So thank you to those of you who support my blog and read all my posts - it means a lot! I've got a lot of content planned for the new year and some goals I'd like to share with you all once I've finished writing them out, so look out for those in the new year. 

Until then I hope you all have a great night! Happy New Year!

Kelly Anne xx

P.S. Be sure to check out my Instagram @anneinthedollhouse to get updates on when I post!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Summer Evenings in my Little Orange Polka Dot Dress

Supre Orange Polka Dot Dress, Assembly Jacket, Converse Sneakers, The Horse Watch, Pandora Bracelet

This time of year is my favourite. Not only for the festivities that take place but also the warm, pleasant evenings and amazing sunsets at the end of the day. It's so nice to go for an evening beach stroll after your dinner, watching the sky turn from blue to orange and orange to purple. I also love the organisation mode I get in; reflecting on my progress over the past year and setting goals and making plans for the next year. Anyway, this will be my last post before Christmas, so I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! I'll be posting again next week, so stay tuned! 

Also, let me know if the comments below, what are your goals for the coming year? They could be career, fitness, health, study or beauty related! Either way, I'd love to hear! Hearing other's goals gives me extra inspiration and motivation for setting and achieving mine!

Kelly Anne xx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Skincare Review: Drunk Elephant

Products Pictured: Drunk Elephant products (discussed below), Bobbi Brown Eye Cream, Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, This Works Clean Skin Rosehip Gentle Cleanser, Origins Retexturising Rose Clay Mask, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (these are all available from Mecca), Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Facial Mist (available from Sephora).

Who else is in disbelief that we are in December already?! As the year comes to a close I often like to reflect on different aspects of my life - what I've achieved in terms of my career aspirations, fitness and health and where my beauty journey has taken me throughout the year. 2017 has been the year of skincare for me. I've become completely obsessed with buying and trying new skincare products and have learnt and experienced first hand the benefits of including powerful ingredients in your routine such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinol (vitamin A). One brand that has dramatically improved my skin this year is Drunk Elephant. It is quite a pricey brand so I thought I would give you guys a rundown of what I've found with each product so you guys can decide for yourselves if they are worth the splurge! Keep in mind I have slightly dry and dehydrated skin so if you're a different skin type, these may work a bit differently for you.

TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum - This serum contains glycolic acid - an AHA which is a chemical exfoliant. I use it every second night and have noticed a massive improvement in the clarity of my skin since using this product. My acne scars have slowly but surely faded and my skin now appears brighter. This will definitely continue to be a staple product in my skincare routine.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturiser - This moisturiser contains 6 different types of African oils and is super rich and nourishing. I would probably only recommend this to people with dry skin. I've even found it to be too heavy during the summer months but this was perfect for me during winter when my skin is typically drier. Once I started using this product mid-winter, all of my flakiness disappeared for the rest of winter. I was amazed, and I have now completely used this product up! I will definitely be repurchasing this moisturiser next winter to keep dry flaky skin at bay.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel - This is my most recent purchase from the brand. It contains pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramides that help deeply hydrate the skin and smooth out wrinkles. It's such a beautiful, light-weight product that feels like a glass of water for your skin. It's super cooling and hydrating without being too heavy and I have been enjoying it this summer. I've noticed that my skin is deeply hydrated without feeling too heavy so I believe this is a good product for summer. I've tried using it alone and under moisturiser and feel that it works great both ways, giving me adequate moisture for the summer months.

Lippie Balm - This is a lovely nourishing lip balm and I have been applying it before bed. It's nice and nourishing however probably not much different to my Burt's Bees lip balms that are a lot cheaper. For this reason, I am not sure if I will repurchase this balm although I have been enjoying it.

These aren't all the products in the range, and I'm really itching to try the Vitamin C serum as it's meant to be super brightening for your skin, but hopefully, a review of these few products gives you guys an idea of the brand's products. Have you guys tried any drunk elephant skincare products? What did you think of them?

I hope this post was interesting and informative! Let me know in the comments if you guys would like to see anymore skincare reviews or a post talking about some key skincare ingredients and how they might benefit you. There will be some new outfit posts going up soon when I get a chance to fit in some outfit shots between shifts on my clinical rotations! Until then,

Kelly Anne xx

P.S. if you'd like to see more of my beauty obsessions be sure to follow me on Instagram @anneinthedollhouse. I post heaps of reviews of my favourite items there too!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Making Lemonade

Princess Polly Dress (Similar Here), Dissh Bag, Dissh Earings, Pandora Bracelet, Betts Shoes

I am obsessed with lemons, I always have been. When I was little I used to get excited when I got lemon slices in a drink because I would literally eat them like an orange afterwards, I actually liked the taste! These days my obsession isn't quite so crazy. I no longer eat them like oranges but love sipping on hot water with lemon every morning, it's so refreshing! Anyway, besides loving the actual fruit I'm also obsessed with lemon prints. Which is why as soon as I saw this dress on Princess Polly I had to grab it! I'm also in love with the scoop back detail. It's the perfect summer dress!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Kelly xx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Pinstripes & Pompoms

Princess Polly Playsuit, Betts Sandals, Torga Optical Glasses, Dissh Earings, Pandora Bracelet

Hey all, this is my second post in collaboration with Torga Optical Chermside, and I honestly think these glasses are my favourite. I feel as though the shape suits my face perfectly and they're such a pretty blue colour! Speaking of pretty blue colours I'm also obsessed with this Princess Polly playsuit and can't wait for freedom from exams so I stroll along the beach drinking smoothies and soaking up some vitamin D in this cute playsuit. I'm in love with the stripes and pompom trim detailing - so perfect for summer. For now though I need to get back to study, and I'm going to have to leave you guys here. Speak soon,

Kelly xx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Glasses & Glassons

I'm so grateful that I've always had perfect vision and have never had to wear glasses, but these cute frames from Togra Optical at Chermside Westfield honestly make me wish I did! They definitely gave my usual girly getup a fresh look and I am obsessed with them! So if you're in the Brisbane area and in need of some new frames I would definitely check them out!

I'm also loving anything from Glasson's lately and this top and skirt are no exceptions! I'm so glad off the shoulder tops are still in and I'm looking forward to buying a heap more this Spring! Anyway I need to get back to study, but if you're keen to check out some more of Torga's eyewear I'll be posting some more photos of different frames on Insta @anneinthedollhouse, or you can check out their page @torgaopticalaus.

Speak soon,
Kelly xx

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