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    LOCATION: Hong Kong WEARING:  Jourden blouse and skirt from Lane Crawford, Christian Louboutin lipstick

    Have you ever wished you had your very own personal photographer to accompany you wherever you go? Someone to capture that moment when you watch your very first sunrise with the man of your dreams. Your child’s first swim with wild fish nibbling at her toes. Or is someone special always missing from your photographs because they are behind the camera? Sweet Escape has made capturing your holidays, work trips or special moments easy, nearly anywhere in the world. Now, where ever your dreams can take you Sweet Escape can follow you there, and those moments can live with you forever not only in your memory.

    For more information about booking a photographer from Sweet Escape visit their website

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    April 12th 2016, by Cara G Mcilroy in Fashion


    LOCATION: Shek O Village Hong Kong WEARING: H&M hat, Chloe skirt, Jimmy Choo handbang and shoes, vintage leather jacket, Song for the Mute top, Tom Ford lips shade 10 cherry lush

    PHOTOGRAPHER: Jesper McIlroy

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    April 7th 2016, by Cara G Mcilroy in Fashion

    IMG_6062IMG_6058IMG_6059IMG_6057IMG_6060IMG_6061LOCATION: Shek O Beach, Hong Kong WEARING: Karen Walker sunglasses, Tory Burch earrings, shoes & skirt, Song for the Mute top, Bobbi Brown lipstick shade 21 pink guava

    PHOTOGRAPHY: Jesper McIlroy

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    December 4th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty 

    Looking for the perfect escape for a day, weekend or even the week? A week would be crazy but this is Hong Kong after all and this treatment claims to reduce your age by 3.9 years when done consecutively for 7 days.  Not sure about you but I don’t have the cash or the time to indulge in that kind of investment. So I had to settle for a 1 day treatment. So I didn’t loose 3.9 years off my life but instead I’m looking fabulous for my age which is still awesome. A girl can dream though.

    The Perfect Ten Diamond Life Infusion Facial was a 1 hour and 30 min treatment but I say 1 day because the spas facilities are so amazing you could literally spend the entire day. Before for my treatment I spent 1 hour steaming, swimming, relaxing and unwinding. Preparing myself for relaxation mode.

    The facial has 10 steps.

    1.Welcome Ritual
    A sensational room spray – Diamond Experience Water

    2. First Touch
    Face cleansing and make-up removal with Diamond White Rich Luxury Cleanse and skin toning with Diamond White Clarity Toning Lotion

    3.Face Pressure
    Shirodhara Massage with Diamond Experience Lavender Infusion

    using Glycoline Peel or Enzyme peel

    5.Face Massage
    with Diamond Experience Nectar

    6.First Experience
    1st Mask with LED by using Diamond Experience Chromo-Rejuvenating Mask and Diamond Experience & Diamond Experience Lavender Infusion

    2nd Soft Rubble Mask by using Diamond Experience Youth Infusion Bio-Mask

    8.Diamond Hand Ritual
    Exclusive hand massage with Diamond Experience Body Cream to deeply nourish the skin

    .9Face Protection
    Moisturising the face with Diamond Drops & Diamond White Spa 50 PA +++ Matte Finish Sun Protection

    10.Final Touch
    Adding warm touches and spraying the room with Diamond Experience Water

    I must say this was a very special facial.  I felt like a new woman.  My skin was so bright to the point it was almost a differenet shade to the rest of my body, in a good way.

    After my treatment I took some time to grab a snack in the chill out area. After all I had been in there 2 and a half hours already so I was starving! Mid snack I completely passed out and slept 45mins.  This treatment was exactly what this sleepless Mummy needed to get her though the rest of a busy week.

    For a limited time the The Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin has teamed up with Spanish beauty company Natura Bissé to offer a unique accommodation package for their guests to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. You can contact for bookings or more details.

    Lots of love,


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    November 25th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty


    Products featured: Eyes To Kill Liner no. 9 and Eye tint no. 15

    Getting bored with the same nude shades? Try these gorgeous new limited edition colours from Armani to spice up your look this holiday season.



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    As you all know I’m a huge fan of all things natural. So naturally (no pun intended) I have fallen in love with this new hong Kong based start up, the Naturally Better Box.

    The idea is that you sign up to a month subscription and each month you receive a beautiful box filled with cruelty free, toxic free, and environmentally friendly products are sent directly to your doorstep.

    The girls at the NBB search the globe for the best products available and only share with us the ones the believe in, trust and love. The beauty of this is that all the goodies have been tried and tested by two women who are passionate about all things natural.

    Unlike other subscriptions you receive full sized products. In my opinion this is much better than samples as you get the full experience and can better judge if you really love the products. If you do fall for  certain lip balm, cleaning product or yummy tea, just jump online to their e-shop and purchase more. It’s that easy…. Then all you need to do is sit back and wait until the next month to be introduced to more delectable NBB goodies.

    Each box is filled with six full sized items.  These are my top six picks.

    The Pure Candle and Coal & Canary Candle

    Candles are a must in our house hold.  They are perfect for a romantic evening or simply to make the house smell amazing. They also look super cool.  These candles smell divine and burn clear of soot, chemicals and smoke so you can breath easy, sit back, and enjoy the ambience.

    Matcha Maiden-100% pure organic green tea powder and Pranayum-masala chai tea

    As you can see I clearly have a love for candles and tea. Chai always reminds me of home (Australia).  Relaxing and sipping a chai latte is one of my favorite things to do right off the plane. It’s so yummy and Hong Kong has yet to master the art of making Chai like Australia. This is why I love to have it on hand at home so I can make it myself.  Green tea is for sure one of my favorite flavors. So much that I created a super yummy smoothie for you guys to try using Matcha Maiden tea.

    Wotnot-facial wipes

    Perfect to have in your bag for many reasons. For me I hate to wear make-up but unfortunately it is unavoidable in my line of work. These wipes are the perfect natural solution for me to clean my face of make-up right after a shoot or on the go. They are great to clean the kids faces and sticky fingers after a messy brunch date. And you can rest assured your not rubbing nasty chemicals on their delicate little faces. They are also biodegradable.

    Resparkel kit

    Cleaning products are so scary to me. Specially since having first a dog, then children.  I’ll be honest allot of meals are eaten off the floor these days so cleaning products thats have no nasty chemicals, but work are so important.

    The NBB has so many other fantastic products in their online store.  If your at all thinking of how to add more natural and organic products to your home and life they are worth checking out.

    Lets make our lives more green,



    Coconut Matcha Smoothie


    -1 cup of organic almond milk

     -1 teaspoon of Matcha Maiden-100% organic green tea powder

    -1 frozen banana

    -1 tablespoon of raw honey

    -2 1/2 tablespoons dehydrated coconut (1/2 tablespoon set aside for topping)

    -5 cubes of ices

    -1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds for topping

    Blend banana, almond milk, honey, coconut, ice, matcha and pour into a glass jar. Top with chia seeds, coconut and drizzle with honey.

    Perfect afternoon pick me up that is delicious and packed full of antioxidants!

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    July 20th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty



    – 1/4 cup of coarse sea salt

    – 1/2 cup of baking soda

    – 2 cups of Epsom salt

    – Rose essential oil

    – Lemongrass essential oil

    – Pink dried rose buds


    1. In a large bowl mix together your sea salts, baking soda and Epsom salts.

    2. Now add 30 drops of rose essential oil and 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil.

    3. Sprinkle 6 rose buds petals and 15 full rose buds into the mixture.

    4. Now your bath salts are ready to be enjoyed. Please make sure to store them in an airtight container.

    These bath salts are so divine.  The perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day.  They also make a  DIY lovely gift.


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    July 9th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty



    – 1 cup of coffee beans

    – 1/2 cup of coconut oil

    – 1/2 cup of salt

    – Lavender essential oil


    1. Grind coffee beans in a coffee grinder. A medium grind is recommended.

    2. Combine coconut oil and coffee in a bowl and allow it to soak overnight.

    3. Then mix in the salt and add 6 drops of lavender essential oil to the coffee and coconut oil mixture that was soaked overnight.

    4. Mix the ingredients well together.


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    June 10th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty


    Photography: Cara G McIlroy

    Nail art has never been something I was interested in trying out and to be honest as a model you have to keep things pretty simple. Recently it has become so popular that I thought I should give it a try, and because I’m heavily pregnant I do not have to worry about having crazy nails. I was quite pleased with how it looked. Something fun and different for me. Anything to draw attention away from my big belly and butt, is great right now (just kidding). I was surprised at just how easy it was. This time I asked my friends at The Nail Library to help me out so that I could learn some easy designs to share with you. I used my lovely intern Kat as my model. My hands are not nearly as pretty and I needed to be the photographer for the day.  I still received my pampering though and Kat and I walked out with matching nails.

    Look 1: 

    What you’ll need:

    -Base coat

    -Three Nail polish colour (burgundy, lilac, dark green)

    -Thin brush

    -Nail polish remover

    -Top coat

    The steps:

    1. First paint your nails with a layer of base coat to prep your nails for the colour

    2. After the base coat is dry, starting from the thumb paint a thin coat of burgundy and lilac polish alternating the colours with each finger. This will be your base for the nail art

    3. Wait till your base is dry.

    4. Wipe the thin brush off with nail polish remover to make sure it’s clean

    5. Using the dark green colour draw a small V shape on your index finger starting from the cuticle and colour it in.

    6. Wipe your brush clean.

    7.  Repeat step 5 using the burgundy colour.

    8. After wiping off your brush with nail polish remover. Use the burgundy colour draw an upside down V from the tip of the small V on your index finger and colour it in.

    9. Repeat step 8 using the dark green colour.

    10. Using your nail polish remover clean up around the cuticles, apply a layer of top coat and you’re done!


    Look 2: 

    What you’ll need:

    -Base coat

    -Three Nail polish colour (burgundy, lilac, dark green)

    -Thin brush

    -Nail polish remover

    -Top coat

    The steps:

    1. First paint your nails with a layer of base coat to prep your nails for the colour

    2. After the base coat is dry,  paint a thin coat of red colour on your thumb, index and pinky finger.

    3. Then paint your middle finger with the silver colour and your ring finger with the nude colour.

    4. Wait till your base is dry.

    5. Wipe the thin brush off with nail polish remover to make sure it’s clean

    6. Using the nude colour draw a right-angled triangle on the left side on your middle finger. Then using the red colour draw a right-angled triangle slightly overlapping the first one on the right side of your middle finger.

    7. Colour the triangles in

    8. Wipe your brush clean.

    9.  Repeat step 6 using the red and silver colour.

    10. Using your nail polish remover clean up around the cuticles, apply a layer of top coat and you’re done!



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    January 25th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty

    Feeling fresh and looking fresh is a constant battle for every woman, which leaves us forever searching for great skincare products. I was super excited when asked to trial these products from FRESH as I had heard about this brand at a beauty award ceremony I attended recently. FRESH walked away winning many of the awards, which left me, intrigued.

    Winter is almost here, so a skincare range that is hydrating is my main priority. Hydration is especially important to me, as I tend not to wear make-up so I want to achieve a natural glow from healthy skin. FRESH delivered impressive results, and my skin was glowing after just three days. Ultimate Ageless Complexion Treatment was perfect for these winter months. It is made of predominately natural oils, which they pride in saying, are hand made. Handmade or not the results were lovely my skin was in heaven. I love natural oil based skin treatments as my skin is always dry, and I strongly believe they deliver raw nutrients right into your skin as they have hardly been processed if at all. The Eye Cream was also perfect for winter; it’s quite thick so great to keep your eyes hydrated throughout the whole night and day, especially in this dry weather.

    I loved the subtle natural scents of the products. For me, there is nothing worse then highly scented products. The Ultimate Treatment Toner had a beautiful, delicate rose scent that seemed very natural and refreshing. No yucky alcohol intense odor like other toners on the market.

    The two moisturizers were very different and although both suggest to be used night and day I followed my own rules and used The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment in the evening and Ultimate Ageless Complexion Treatment in the day in order to give you a proper review. At first glance and touch I thought I would have to use quite allot of The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment to cover my entire face as the cream seemed very thick but after slightly rubbing it on my fingertips a little went a long way. The cream was so hydrating, and my skin was so soft the next morning. I don’t think I would use this product in the daytime though as it left your skin quite oily but perfect for the evening. On the other hand, I found that the Ultimate Ageless Complexion Treatment was perfect for the day. It has such a beautiful lightweight texture that was absorbed into my skin almost instantly.

    Overall I was very happy with the results of FRESH, and I very much look forward to trying more of their products.