Reflections on the year that was, 2019

Every year, before the craziness of the holidays hits, I like to spend some time reflecting on the year that was, looking back on the goals that I set for myself and setting new goals for the year ahead. As I sit here Continue reading “Reflections on the year that was, 2019”

What exactly is a Dermapen Treatment?

Skincare has always been a bit of a challenge for me, in my teen years I experienced terrible breakouts which I attempted to cover under layers of foundation, which I assume only made them worse Ahhh the days before we knew what primer was. I was a squeezer too. As soon as a bump emerged on my skin I was squeezing it in the bathroom mirror, if I couldn’t get it you could bet my mum would. Wonder where I got it from? 

As I got older, my imperfections started to clear up but not without a lot of trial and error of high end skincare products. These days I really only tend to get hormonal breakouts every so often. As the breakouts cleared up, out came the pigmentation, enlarged pores and scarring.


After going through a bit of a rough patch at the start of this year, my goal was to learn to love and take care of myself more. I started a 6 month skin gym at Clear Skincare Clinics recently in an attempt for perfect skin before the summer. It is quite intensive with a different treatment every two weeks, but my skin has seen massive improvement in the few sessions I have completed.

Most recently I headed into the clinic for a Dermapen treatment. If you have seen the crazy videos on the internet of Dermapen treatments where the patients’ face is covered in blood, then you can imagine how I was feeling in the lead up to my treatment. A thousand tiny needles in my face? This is going to hurt. 

When it was time for my treatment, Jess talked me through the process as she cleansed my face. She asked me if I wanted numbing cream, the answer was obviously yes! When it came time to take off the numbing cream and start the treatment I was still a little nervous but I calmed down when I realised I could not actually feel anything.

So… what actually is a Dermapen treatment you ask?


The Dermapen is a micro-needling treatment, the pen contains small needles that are designed to create micro-punctures in the surface of the skin to promote skin cell regeneration and stimulate collagen production. The needles are so small that the treatment is minimally invasive and you can barely feel the punctures (despite the needle penetrating your skin at a speed of 108 per second.) The treatment is suitable for most skin types, as you can change the intensity depending on your desired results.


Post Treatment

As the skin can go a little dry or flakey after the Dermapen treatment, Jess applied Hyaluronic Acid Serum which also helped the Dermapen to move easily across the surface of my skin.

Directly after the treatment it took about 30 minutes for the numbing cream to wear off and to be able to feel my face again. My face started going red and patchy almost instantly and lasted for about 6 hours before the swelling started to go down. I had an afternoon treatment, so by the time I woke up in the morning my skin was completely settled and felt AMAZING!


I had quite a few small imperfections on my forehead that had completely disappeared overnight and the larger ones had decreased considerably. After about 48 hours all of them were gone and my skin was completely smooth, with no texture at all. My pores were also visibly smaller.

I was expecting my skin to go dry and flakey a few days after the treatment, however, it is currently the softest it has ever been with no signs of dryness at all.

I have been using the Clear Skincare Clinics Copper Peptide Serum. The serum is water based and absorbs completely into your skin. It aids with inflammation , fine lines and also stimulates collagen in the skin. This has been a game changing product for me! I can’t go a day without it!


How often do I need to get this treatment?

You will notice results after the first treatment, usually within 1-8 weeks and you should repeat the treatment after 4-6 weeks. It is recommended to start with 3 treatments, though if you have heavy acne scarring you can continue the treatments. The more you get the better the results.

Do I recommend?

The treatments are on the more expensive side, when you compare them with a peel or microdermabrasion, but honestly this has been my favourite treatment so far! My skin took really well to the Dermapen and the results were almost instant. The texture and pigmentation on my face has improved significantly and I will absolutely continue with Dermapen treatments! To try your first Dermapen treatment for 50% off click here.

Have you tried skin needling before?


1882 Bar and Grill

I have passed Hall many times on road trips out of Canberra but for some reason I didn’t realise that Hall was actually in the ACT. It must have been something about setting out on a 6 hour road trip that got me mentally. I swear by the time we reached Hall that we had already been in the car for 2 hours. So as you can imagine, I was very surprised to find out that Hall is actually only 20 minutes from Canberra City.

I decided to make the (very short) trip out to Hall recently with Monique from @globetrottingals to check out 1882 Bar and Grill. I had heard good things about their food, and been following them on Instagram for a while (DROOOL!) When we arrived, I instantly felt the small town charm. The bar has a relaxed atmosphere and was filled with locals. From the photos I had seen on Instagram I was expecting pub food with a hint of fancy.


As per usual I over-ordered and ended up with waaaaay too much food – in hindsight, wearing a tight dress was a bad idea – everything on the menu sounded amazing! Of course we started with the charcuterie board. The olives were fresh, the dips were packed with flavour and the meats were next level. Everything was delicious and all of the flavours complemented each other perfectly.


For the entrees we opted for seafood, which was a strange decision for me. Being from the coast, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to seafood and don’t tend to eat much of it in Canberra. With the exception of Akiba and Raku, I am very skeptical about ordering it. But, we were here with the sole intention to review the food, so we went for it.
The Morten Bay bug was fresh, cooked perfectly and packed with flavour. It was served with a black garlic aioli which was close to, if not the best aioli I have ever had. The flavour combination was perfect.


The scallops were also very fresh, served in a lobster sauce, with a mint yoghurt crumb. The scallops took on all of the other flavours without being too overwhelming.


For mains, we opted for the beef short rib and Chinese BBQ pork pizza to share. The pizza was amazing! The char siu mayonnaise was a 10/10 and the BBQ pork was so tender. I highly recommend! All of the pizza combinations were interesting, we had trouble deciding between this one and the hoisin duck (which I intend to try next time!)


The beef short rib was without a doubt the dish of the night. The meat was so tender, it fell of the bone and just melted in my mouth. The mash was so smooth and creamy and the dish was overall amazing!


1882 Bar and Grill was so much more than I expected, it was fine dining with small town charm, an amazing wine list and an affordable price. Being less than half an hour from the city it was totally worth the trip! Hell, I drove from Tuggeranong and it was still worth the trip!

As always, if you do visit, be sure to let me know what you think!


Lunar New Year @ First Edition Canberra

Last night I had the pleasure of visiting First Edition Canberra for the launch of their special Lunar New Year Menu. First Edition is located on the first floor of the Novotel Canberra on Northbourne Avenue and Continue reading “Lunar New Year @ First Edition Canberra”

Shop the best of the Priceline Skincare and Suncare sale under $150

When it comes to a Priceline Sale, I have been known to go a little wild. *cough* $450 later *COUGH!!!*  So when I got word of the latest 40-50% off Skincare, Suncare and Tanning sale I compiled my wishlist and headed into my local store. I stocked up on some old favourites and got some newbies to try! To make your trip Continue reading “Shop the best of the Priceline Skincare and Suncare sale under $150”

Tan Tootie – #ATanForEverybody?

As a regular tanner since 2007, I do consider myself a bit of a Queen when it comes to fake tanning. I will admit I have had my moments, some worse than others but I have learned from them! It can be hard to find a fake tan that works for you and once you do you should Continue reading “Tan Tootie – #ATanForEverybody?”

How to store Halloween costumes and decorations

Carve the pumpkins and don the scream masks, it’s that time of year again – Halloween! With all of the scary decorations and creepy costumes, finding ways to store them afterwards seems almost impossible. Don’t panic, you’ll find these nifty storage tricks to be a treat. Continue reading “How to store Halloween costumes and decorations”

Everything you need to know about Tulum, Mexico


Lately it seems travelers to Mexico are opting less for the large all inclusive resort style accommodation that Cancun has to offer and more for the eco-friendly lifestyle health resorts that Tulum prides itself on. I say Por Que No Los Dos?

You probably saw hundreds of perfectly curated posts from all of your favourite travel bloggers over the summer Continue reading “Everything you need to know about Tulum, Mexico”

Why I fell in love with Isla Holbox

When we set off for Mexico in June I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew Mexico is a huge travel destination for Americans but I’d never really heard of many Aussies making the journey. I mean, 26 hours in transit isn’t really ideal but I promise you its worth it.

As we were setting out our itinerary to try and make the most of our 4 weeks we changed ideas and destinations sooooo many times. We decided to stick to the Riviera Maya this time around as there seemed to be so many amazing places to discover Continue reading “Why I fell in love with Isla Holbox”

BodyBlendz 2 in 1 Scrub and Mask

Hands up if your skin acts crazy in Winter? 🙋🏽‍♀️

Every winter my skin decides to act out, and every winter my routine from last year is never quite right! Is it just me or is it getting colder every year?

When BodyBlendz offered to send me some of their new 2 in 1 facial scrub and mask, I was so excited to try them out! With the promise of the scrub not only being exfoliating but nourishing and brightening as well I couldn’t say no! Continue reading “BodyBlendz 2 in 1 Scrub and Mask”