Obus Spring 2016 Lookbook

The spring collections from various Australian labels have been floating around for some time now and one of my favourites so far has to be the spring offerings from Obus. Bold prints, hints of pastels and geometric shapes mixed with classic staples – it’s basically a checklist of everything I look for in a wardrobe. The following are just a few of my favourite looks from the collection.

[Images: Obus]

Save Or Splurge: Hand Cream

Thankyou Vs. Aesop Hand Cream
When it comes to skincare and beauty products, it’s always a tussle between whether to save on an item or splurge for a little bit of luxury. While there’s always the saying you get what you pay for, you also want to be getting value for money. A lot of time you read about how when it comes to active ingredients there’s not much of a difference between products and that a lot of what you pay for lies in the brand name or packaging. I’m not particularly loyal to any brands so am always on the lookout for new items to try. Due to the drier weather recently hand cream has been a must so I was keen to see how the new Thankyou Botanical Geranium & Rosewood hand cream stacked up up against my favourite Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand balm. 

Thankyou Vs. Aesop Hand Cream
Thankyou Botanical Geranium & Rosewood Hand Cream
I’ve been using Thankyou hand wash for some time now and they’ve recently expanded their product range to include body lotions and hand creams, among other things. I couldn’t resist the pink packaging when I saw this hand cream at the supermarket. It has a very sweet fragrance which immediately reminded me of those pink musk Life Saver lollies. I’m not sure whether this is a pro or a con yet as I don’t usually opt for sweet smelling things. It is pleasant enough though and doesn’t linger too much.

Price: Price: $6.45 for a 70ml tube.

Pros: The feel good factor, definitely. Thankyou is a social enterprise that aims to end the effects of global poverty – you can read about their 100% model on their website – and each product comes with a tracker ID so you can see what project your product has helped fund. As for the hand cream itself, it is vegan friendly and made in Australia from ingredients derived from nature. I also like the packaging and prefer this kind of tube over the Aesop one. It’s definitely better suited for stashing away in your handbag.

Cons: Due to the lightweight formula I find myself having to reapply it often. It’s pretty easy to go through the tube quickly. I think at the moment it’s only available in selected supermarkets in Australia.
Thankyou Vs. Aesop Hand Cream
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
This hand balm is like the gateway Aesop product. You buy it because it smells nice and is reasonably priced (relatively speaking) and then next thing you know you’re dropping hundreds on a new skincare routine. I’ve been buying it for the past couple of years now and the last time I bought it as part of the Aesop Auriga set which is super lush.

Price: $31 for a 75ml tube or $39 for a 120ml tub.  I don’t use it every day, only when the weather is particularly drying, so I find that a 75ml tube can last me a year at least.

Pros: The smell. Oh the smell. I personally love the smell of most of the Aesop range but I know that it may not be to everyone’s liking. I will also use any excuse to go into an Aesop store (I find them so calming) to try to get as many sachet samples with my purchase as possible (highest so far is ten). Plus this stuff is the business.

Cons: Aside from the price, the only downside to this product is the aluminium tube which I find is prone to tearing and leaking, especially when you’re crinkling it up trying to squeeze out every last bit of balm. 

Thankyou Vs. Aesop Hand Cream
The Verdict
It’s much of a muchness really. The Aesop hand balm is definitely on the pricier side but it’s a little treat that I’ll continue to buy for myself. It does feel more intensive than the Thankyou hand cream so I find myself using less of it. I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this Thankyou hand cream any time soon but I might chuck their Botanical Rosehip & Sweet Orange one into my basket next time I’m at the supermarket for comparison purposes. In the meantime I’ll keep road testing more affordable hand creams in conjunction with using the Aesop balm.

Do you have any tried and tested favourite hand creams? Any and all recommendations are welcome in the comments.

I Spy: Slides For Spring

Okay, so I’m going to jump the gun here with my spring style posts. Because winter has been pretty much non-existent and the weather is screaming for open-toed shoes. More specifically, spring slides. Now, I’ve seen a lot of them labelled as mules but I’m under the impression that mules are close-toed shoes. And I am not on board with those kind of mules. So I’m going to side with slides for now. Whatever you choose to call them, I’m loving the minimalist, low block-heeled styles. They’re perfect for pairing with cropped jeans or boxy shift dresses. These are a few spring-ready slides that have taken my fancy.
1. Tan Slides by Seed
2. ‘Sophie’ Slides by Maryam Nassir Zadeh
3. Strappy Slides by Marais USA
4. Blue Suede Slides by Topshop
5. Blush Patent Slides by Jeffrey Campbell

Maison Balzac Mini Candles

Maison Balzac Candles
Scented candles are really one of life’s little luxuries. So much money spent on something that literally goes up in smoke. I was feeling a bit down the other week so decided a little pick-me-up was in order. I’ve been meaning to try Maison Balzac candles for a while now, but could never manage to track down their candles to check out in person. So I thought I’d take a punt and order their Ménage à Trois set featuring miniature versions of three of their best selling scents – La Rose, La Blanche and 1642. When I went to order them off the Maison Balzac site they had already sold out but I ended up buying them through The Design Hunter shop. Buying scented candles prior to smelling them is a bit risky (what if I don’t like the smell? Or I’m sensitive to the scent? etc.) but after looking at the fragrance notes for each candle I decided that the chances of me liking them was pretty high. Luckily for me, my gamble paid off. These candles are a floral dream.

About Maison Balzac: Maison Balzac is a collection of perfumed candles handmade in Australia. Each candle is developed as an ode to memories from founder Elise Pioch’s childhood in the south of France and is designed to evoke olfactive memories or experiences.
La Rose: Inspired by her grandmother’s love of roses, this candle is the floral-iest of the floral candles. With notes of tea rose, violet leaf and geranium, lighting this candle is like stepping into a rose garden in full bloom.
La Blanche: This candle is an ode to white flowers and winter citrus. It’s designed to recreate the perfumes of a florist’s atelier with subtle green notes of daphne and bergamot. The scent is fresh and clean and, despite winter citrus being an inspiration, it reminds me of the tropical summer evenings of my childhood.
1642: This candle is a bit moodier than the rest. It’s made in collaboration with Doctor Cooper Studio and is designed as an ode to 17th Century Vanitas. It awakes the perfumes of Adriaen Van Utrecht’s painting from the year 1642, Vanitas – Still Life with Bouquet and Skull. I love the entire concept behind this candle and the lush packaging is a bonus. 

Maison Balzac Candles
Maison Balzac Candles
Maison Balzac Candles
Maison Balzac Candles
Maison Balzac Candles

Bedside Table Inspiration

Right now I’m on the hunt for some new bedside tables. While browsing some stores online, I read a description for one design that was “Scandinavian style with an Art Deco twist”. At first I scoffed at the seemingly random mix of words but then I realised it was the ideal way to describe my take on styling at the moment – the perfect way to incorporate luxe vintage accents with a minimalist aesthetic. How did they know? So now I have decided that “Scandinavian style with an Art Deco twist” is going to be my jam. Whether this will make shopping for home decor harder or easier is yet to be seen. My bedside table checklist right now mainly consists of something in a timber finish with clean lines. Add some bedside greenery and boom: #decorgoals. These are some images that I’ve been looking to for inspiration. If you have any hot tips for similar bedside tables please let me know!

Top from left to right: Pop & Scott, Mr & Mrs White
Centre: West Elm
Bottom l-r: Lonny, DIY table by Burkatron

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