As we all know here (if you read my blog, otherwise if not Hello and Welcome!) I love me a good strong black coffee. Everyday. Sometimes twice a day. But what I haven’t really mentioned is that I also enjoy the occasional red wine too. What do these drinks have to do with anything I hear you say? Teeth stains, that’s what! Not the most glamorous of subjects on my blog I know, but I think it’s one most of us can relate to! Recently I’ve been trialling a few tooth whitening products.. and no I don’t mean Bi-Carb Soda or Coconut Oil, I mean real products that actually work and I decided to share some thoughts on one that I think is a bit of a bargain.

Hello Smile pen 🙂

If your like me and have creepy social media that knows what you’re looking for in life you then you will have adverts crop up that make you think “HOW THE EFF DOES IT KNOW I WANT THAT?!”, yes well some of my adverts of late have been tooth whitening products. Previously I had bought an LED kit online which is basically a UV light connected to a mouth guard that you fill up with whitening gel and then leave in your mouth for 10 minutes. Whilst it did lighten my teeth a couple of shades it wasn’t really a product I wanted to write home about (or write internet about as you can see by lack of previous tooth whitening post!). So after I ran out of that, Instagram basically read my mind and starting sending me subliminal messages through its adverts to give the brand HelloSmile a go. Naturally, I went onto their IG page, saw their results and was pretty keen to give their product a go. Subliminal advertising: 1 Rachelle: 0. I did see they also stock the LED kits but because of my shite past experience with the last brand, I decided on getting the tooth whitening pen instead 🙂 I bought the Double pack online which was two pens for $54.. total bargain I reckon! This way I had one for me and one for Seewah (there is a story behind that nickname by the way, remind me to tell you sometime..) so he couldn’t steal mine like I knew he would. Being an Aussie brand I got free postage (wooo!) and delivery times around Australia can take anywhere between 4-8 business days. It was bang on 8 days for me here in Sydney. They also ship internationally for all my non-Aussie readers out there, so don’t go getting all disparaged 😉

They arrived in my post box, 2 sleek silver pens that you simply twist to dispense the gel from the little brush at the top (you will need to twist that bad boy a fair amount the first time by the way, just to get the pen working). You then apply a thin layer of the gel all over your teeth, keeping away from your gums. Try to keep your lips out of ze way for 30 seconds after applying so the product can dry/ get to work. After that you can relax and carry on with your day with no need to rinse, brush or do anything afterwards. Just be sure not to eat or drink anything for 20 minutes after applying. The bleach gets to work immediately and the product just naturally dissipates as time goes on. Your teeth may froth up a bit (mine don’t, Steve’s do hahaha) but they said that is absolutely normal as the product is not only whitening but it’s also cleaning your teeth too. What a bloody product!


I noticed a difference with my teeth IMMEDIATELY. I’m not exaggerating as you know I wouldn’t be writing this post if it didn’t impress me (looking at you unnamed previous product!) and the noticeable difference wasn’t only on my teeth but actually more so on my boyfriend’s! Usually teeth whitening products have zero effect on his teeth but both of us were in shock when we could actually see a change, even after the first application. The pen is so small, light and convenient so it would be super easy to travel with or just chuck in your handbag for whitening on the go. I was even thinking the pen could be a cute stocking stuffer/prezzie for Christmas? No? Too far? C’mooon who doesn’t love a good set of pearly whites!? I’ve just been putting it on in the morning after I’ve had my brekkie and brushed my teeth and it has all dissipated by the time I’m ready to start the day. The best thing is you don’t have to sit around with mouth guards in your teeth in complete silence for 10-20 minutes and there is absolutely no after pain or sensitivity like I’ve experienced with some other products I got from the Dentist. So for those of you out there interested in whitening your chompers, I would definitely recommend giving HelloSmile a go.

If you have any more questions on the products or want to know a bit more click here to head to the FAQ page on HelloSmile’s website. Otherwise if you need a little more encouragement click here for the Instagram Page that contains all the proof in the pudding through big smiley faces 🙂

Big call in the old title there. All-time favourite. This product must really be something you are probably thinking.. and let me tell you oh yes it is! As you know if you’ve read my blogs I really am one for changing it up with my beauty game but when a product is this good, it stays. I’ve been using the Eve Lom cleanser for the best part of 6 years now and it is still something I love so damn much! So I decided after purchasing a new tub of the stuff the other day whilst here in the UK, what better time than now to share that love 🙂

If you haven’t heard of Eve Lom before then let me share a little bit about it for you. It’s a UK-based brand but is stocked in a couple of places in Oz now, the main place I know of is in Mecca stores (you know like Cosmetica, Maxima and any other -a’s I can’t think of). The cleanser was the first product that Eve Lom ever launched and to this day is still the best seller. Vogue even proclaimed it as “probably the best cleanser in the world” with “probably” meaning definitely I’m sure. I haven’t seen anything else on the market that comes close to it in the way that it’s a cleanser, toner and moisturiser all-in-one. I’ve tried a few other balmy type cleansers with a similar style to this one but most of them leave an oily residue on my face and some have even caused breakouts.. not what you want. It is slightly pricey though, with the 100ml retailing for around A$105 and the 200ml for A$163. But when you take in to account the amount you are using (a thumb size) and the fact that it’s your cleanser, toner and moisturiser in one it really isn’t that bad (in my opinion!). The 200ml tub usually lasts me around 6 months and that’s when I used to use it every night.. more about that later.

eve lom cleanserDescribing the product is a bit of a tricky one. Picture vaseline but thicker with a very fine grit through it. Very descriptive I know but I guess you just have to experience it to understand. It contains 4 signature plant oils that give it its distinct fragrance which is slightly medicinal, but I love it (my mum hated it though.. you win some, you lose some!). It removes all traces of make-up (even waterproof mascara!!), cleanses and exfoliates, decongests the face through the massage ritual suggested and regulates your natural oil balance. All good things in my books when it comes to my skin!

Another great thing about the product is how quick and easy it is. I simply scoop out a small glob of it, rub between my fingers to warm it up slightly and then massage directly onto my made-up face. Don’t worry about taking your make-up off before hand as this product is meant to do that for you! All-in-one remember!? Once I’ve really un-settled all that make up, I take the muslin cloth (provided) and soak in some warm water, wring out the excess water, press onto my face for roughly 5 seconds and gently swipe away the day! I repeat this process 3 times and then do one more after running the muslin cloth under cold water to close up all my pores. This is amazing for those nights when I come home after a day in the studio and just want to get my face off quickly so that I can watch a couple of episodes of Suits (p.s Harvey Specter… marry me?) and eat my dinner. Other times, when I do have a bit of motivation left in me I quite enjoy the process of taking my makeup off, cleansing, toning and moisturising separately so I like to mix it up using the cleanser maybe 2-3 times a week.

For those days that you have a little more time on your hands, Eve Lom suggest a 7 step facial massage technique that should be paired with the cleanser. They recommend it to be done once or twice a week as it is great for reducing any puffiness and really giving the skin a deep cleanse. I am a little bit forgetful and don’t remember to do this that often but I do sometimes like to do it whilst sat in front of the TV as I find it’s super relaxing. For those of you interested I’ll post a little YouTube video of one of my favourite beauty YouTubers Lisa Eldridge and you can follow along with her as she demonstrates some of her facial massage techniques. She recommends a few different products that can be used for this tutorial but I like to do it with Eve Lom of course!

Obviously I can’t say that this product will work for you but all I can say is that it works a treat for my normal/dry/slightly sensitive skin! If you are interested maybe try some of their sample sizes and give it a go, because who knows it could become your fave too! What are some cleansers or balms that you have loved or loathed? Leave me some comments below 🙂

Love, Rachelle xx

It’s been over a month since my last Sunday Funday post. This is not due to sheer laziness but actually because its been that dang long since I’ve had a proper day off! So needless to say, yesterday was definitely overdue. We spent the day traipsing around Sydney, taking it all in 🙂 My favourite kind of day. I also managed to collect a few goodies along the way which I will share below!

After a pretty lazy morning at home we managed to pull ourselves together and were in Pitt Street by about midday. First stop, food! I love the food court on the top floor of the Westfield and didn’t have to hint at Steve for long before we were up there downing some sushi. I had a cucumber pack and an avo pack, 2 little dreamboats of sushi goodness. Totally stuffed, we wandered around the Westfield for a bit until finally decided it was time to head out and get some good old Vitamin D.

sephora finds
Laura Mercier Powder and Bye, bye under-eye testers

It wasn’t long before I was back inside getting some advice from a girl at Sephora on a couple of products I had been eyeing off for a while. As a side note, Steve is actually the best shopping companion in the world because he will literally force you to buy something when you are in ‘humming and haa-ing’ mode. This is great for me because it is basically a state I am in every time I go shopping. So ladies, if you are looking for a shopping buddy, Steve is your go-to guy! I ended up leaving with the Laura Mercier loose setting powder (which is usually always out of stock so huzzar!) and a couple of testers of the bye, bye under eye anti-ageing concealer by IT Cosmetics (one of my girlfriends raves over this stuff so I had to give it a go). Sephora, done!

Inside Gumption by Coffee Alchemy

We then meandered over to the Strand Arcade to our favourite coffee shop in Sydney, Gumption by Coffee Alchemy. If you are a serious coffee lover then I suggest you stop whatever you are doing (uh, reading my blog?), fly, drive, or jet pack your way to Sydney and go to Gumption. The coffee there is AMAZING. I once had to go back for seconds because it’s that good. The coffee jitters that followed however, not so good. But alas, the queue at the front of the cute, little store says it all. Coffee in hand it was time to attack another one of our favourites, COS (Collection of Style) in Martin Place.

If you haven’t been to COS, it’s probably ‘cos (see what I did) its relatively new to Australia. It’s a fashion store run by H&M and I’ve been delving into their collection for a year or so now in London and a few times in Hong Kong. The styles are all very minimalist, modern but still classic. I love the pieces there because everything I have bought feels timeless and fashionable without being a ‘trend’. Also the quality of their garments is high but not over priced! I always feel Scandinavia knows how its done when it comes to clothing and COS just goes to show it! Having said all this though, nothing really grabbed me this trip except for a men’s scarf which I bought for Steve 🙂

If you haven’t been to Sydney before (what are you doing?!?) then let me tell you, it’s a bit of a trek getting from place to place. So best wear some comfy shoes. I luckily decided to change out of a pair of heeled boots into some sneakers before we left home because girl knows when your going to the city, some serious walking is going to be done (13,471 steps to be exact). These steps were accrued as we made our way to Darling Harbour where we enjoyed some more sunshine. It was there we decided to continue on to Chinatown and on our way Steve forced me to watch a street performance. I say forced because I absolutely hate street performances and today’s show really solidified that claim. In short it was a b-boy, who was really good at building up hype and then followed it with…. nothing. Nothing except a massive anti climax and also, not much break-dancing!? He had a grand total of 2 performances the first being “happy” and the second “serious”. We, along with half of the rest of the audience, bailed after the abysmal first show feeling rather un-happy.

korean beauty buys
Korean beauty buys from Morning Glory

Once we got to Chinatown, I had a little look around and picked up a few treats from Morning Glory. I’m a bit of a sucker for Korean Beauty products so I got a couple of face masks, 2 nude-ish nail polishes and a glittery ‘tear eye liner’ which I assume is for around your tear duct ( or maybe its meant for drawing on glitter-y tears? Stay tuned) All this only cost me $20, bargain shopping!

Totally knackered, or in Steve’s recollection “feeling under the weather”, we decided it was time to make an exit. Sunday Funday was finished at home with Falafel wraps, red wine and a bit of Downton Abbey (if you dare to tease me watch a few episodes for yourself, that show is off the chain!)

Thanks for reading 🙂

Love, Rachelle xx