{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017} Blooming lovely with Ivory Rose Botanicals

One of our most favourite locals is first to kick off the Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017!

Maddie from Ivory Rose Botanicals is one of the most talented, creative and downright loveliest people we have ever met. maddie

Located in George Street, Bathurst you will not have to look far to see one of the most amazing window displays in all of the area, Maddie takes great care decorating and staging a window like no other. Her shop is stunning even before you walk in the door.

Ivory Rose Botanicals has grown from a home studio to one of the most successful businesses in town in such a short time. It’s a family run and operated business open 6 days a week. What sets Maddie and her team apart is that fact that you aren’t just a customer when you walk in, you quickly become part of the family. fr

Maddie has some wonderful staff working alongside her including a number of ladies from Vivability who make Ivory Rose Botanicals  just that little bit more lovely. She also supports a couple of talented up and coming florists to the business and aims to prove that those with ability (and as a self employed working mummy) can achieve the greatest of goals.flo

Ivory Rose Botanicals  is different from the rest because they push the boundaries of floral art to ensure each one of their pieces are uniquely designed to entice the senses. They rely on the ‘fresh is best’ policy and only order enough stock to turn over every two days to ensure you only ever receive the highest quality produce.

What I love about  Ivory Rose Botanicals are the fact that you can also get super hands on. Maddie and the team hold workshops where you can learn floral art and create your own magnificent masterpieces in a fun and supportive atmosphere. They even have Christmas workshops!ivoryGet in contact with Maddie today:

| Phone number  02 6331 5656 |
| Email ivoryrosebotanicals@outlook.com |
| Facebook @ivoryrosebotanicals |
| Instagram @ivoryrosebotanicals |
| visit 181 George Street, Bathurst

treeline4To brighten up your life the gorgeous team at Ivory Rose Botanicals is donating a $100 bouquet to one VERY lucky nester!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Ivory rose botanicals as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 20 December 2017.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017 Rules

{CHRISTMAS PRIZEAPOLOOZA 2017} Yule wanna be in it to win it

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that can only mean one thing! The Central Nest annual Christmas Prizeapolooza is back!

If you have been naughty then look away – this is one super nice giveaway!

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Each year The Central Nest loves giving back to our nesters and this year is no different. We have on offer some of the very best prizes we have ever seen!

Ranging from vouchers to massages, laser hair removal to photography and flowers to lipstick and everything in between!

This year it is SO big we had to start it early to allow us time to fit in ALL the wonderful prizes.

First though, there are some rules, terms and conditions that we need to talk about.

These rules apply to the Central Nest Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017:

1. All winners will be announced at 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 20 December 2017

2. You must ‘like’ the original competition post on The Central Nest Facebook page

3. You must be a ‘liker’ of The Central Nest Facebook page as well as the Facebook (or Instagram) page of the business giving away the prize (as specified in the competition post).

4. If you ‘tag’ a friend you are given an additional entry to the competition.

5. If you ‘share’ the post you will receive another entry (Please just comment on the original post to let us know you have shared it, and make sure your post is public so we can see it on your page!)

6. We won’t support unsavoury behaviour or language. You will be removed from the competition immediately.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on:

| Email: centralwestnest@outlook.com |

| Phone: 0409 318 687 |

Good luck beautiful Nesters!

{The mama life} Here’s a Guide to Better Skincare

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Giving and caring so much for others makes mamas forget that they have to first take care of themselves. When was the last time you pampered yourself with some spa time or a night out with the girlfriends? Chipped fingernails, frizzy lifeless hair and dried out skin shouldn’t be your daily pesky Good Morning! Even with little time and no budget you should be able to afford the beauty care which you deserve. Here are some no-fooling tips to look flawless and with the slightest effort.

No more bad hair days

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It is astonishing how mamas manage to hocus-pocus tasty snacks with basically nothing left in the fridge. They tend to forget though that some very basic beauty care ingredients are right in front of their noses. If your hair is too oily, apply on dry hair a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and grated peel of one lemon. Allow it to set for some 15 minutes and rinse with plenty of water. This hair mask will remove any buildup from hair products and excess oil from your scalp, balance hair´s natural pH levels and even cure dandruff.

In case your hair is frizzy and ruptured go for this moisturising mask. Mix together 1 whole ripe avocado (or banana), 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Apply it on dry hair starting from the hair ends. Let it set for about half an hour and then rinse in the shower.

For extremely damaged hair, try this creamy leave-in conditioner. 2 tsp slightly melted coconut oil, 4 tsp aloe vera gel, and 1 tsp avocado oil mix well together and apply on hair.

To achieve a popular sun-kissed wavy effect, you can also opt for clip in hair extensions.

The second baby face

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Mamas are always there to remind us to put on sunscreen, wash our face and leave that pimples be. But when it comes to looking after their own skin, they are a lot more neglectful. This is especially true of new moms who barely get a shuteye. Still, try to follow a basic skincare routine. Always remove your makeup and clean your face the moment you’re behind the house door. To avoid dark pigmentation spots, wear a sunscreen or stick to an SPF moisturiser. And we can’t stress enough the importance of being moderate. Before going to bed apply a retinol serum on the problematic areas only and leave the rest of your skin to breathe and rejuvenate during sleep. Our skin can endure only so many products. It is best if these are light concoctions made of organic ingredients. For this reason, and to effectively beat tiredness and waning youth, go for natural and nutritious products. You’ll never go back to your old skin care routine.

Warrior pose

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Just like with using only selected quality products which will repair rather than leave more damage, you should also care more for your whole body and well being. So, no smoking, moderate drinking, and if possible, avoid eating fast food on the go. Most of these are coping mechanisms for the times we are fighting stress and anxiety. Include daily workouts in your routine and remember to stay hydrated. There are many apps to help you stay on track with this. Register for a yoga and meditation class. This way you’ll relax, tone your body and meet new friends.

Where is your lunch box?

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Your body cannot function properly without a healthy and balanced diet. This is what kids hear on a daily basis, but parents forget to take proper care of their own well being. How often did you hear yourself say, I’ll eat later or what’s left, Don’t worry about me, I’ll get something outside. Even if your family is devoted wholeheartedly to a healthy lifestyle, sometimes you just don’t have the time.

One excellent cheat sheet is to cook a couple of days ahead. Make some yummy quinoa salad with vegetables or dried fruits and nuts. It’s packed with protein, fibres and vitamins. Check store-bought food for too much added sugar. Keep your plate jazzy and colourful.

Day in day out, try to kick out one bad habit and embrace positive change.

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{The Nest Wears} Capsule Wardrobe and Beauty Essentials (For Any Season)

Brace Yourself

For the most of the world it’s time you put away all the sweaters and dark coats, and get the flowy, colourful clothes from the back of our wardrobe. In Australia, we are bracing ourselves for the winter. For all of us, building capsule wardrobe is crucial. If you feel like you already have too many items in your wardrobe, and you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe with some essential pieces, we’re here to help. We give you a brief list of things you need to have in your wardrobe and in your makeup drawer.

Flower power

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Nature is waking up, so why should you be wearing boring black pieces? Yes, a little black dress is something every girl should have in her wardrobe, but why not add another piece which will be equally elegant, only more colourful? Floral dresses are amazing – you can wear them with strappy sandals and bright red lipstick to get that serious look, or you can wear flats and floppy hats to look like a young girl. What is more, you can even wear them with leggings, ankle boots and a light trench coat if the weather is not that nice and sunny on your side of the planet.

Tops to the rescue

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The most useful items in everyone’s wardrobe are tops because they are so versatile and can be worn with a great number of different pieces. ‘Spring fever’ usually means that you’ll be doing some shopping, but you still don’t want to be a shopaholic who buys without a plan. You can easily find stylish women’s tops online across Australia and you can get the one that you like best: lace, striped, crop top, or off-the-shoulders one at a decent price. When buying tops, keep in mind that trends change often, and you’ll need something you’ll be wearing for more than one season.

Sunscreen forever

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With warm days ahead, you will definitely be spending more time outside than you did before. This means that your skin will be exposed to the sun more, and while vitamin D levels in your system will be higher, your skin may suffer. Applying a layer of SPF before you put on your makeup can help keep your skin looking radiant and youthful, but we often forget to do that and only remember after we have put on foundation. When it comes to autumn/winter season, people usually forget that it is as important to have UV protection as it is in the warmer seasons. This is why you should always have a foundation with an SPF – it saves your time and it does wonders for your skin. By choosing to use this kind of foundation, your imperfections will not be visible and your skin will be protected from harmful UV rays.

Focus on your lips

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Your lips are suffering in winter with all the harsh weather – the cold and wind are not kind to the gentle skin of your lips, and they need some time to recover. During winter, you should always use lip balm, and you should not stop it in spring either. Exfoliate your lips with a mixture of white sugar and coconut or olive oil at the end of the day, and before you leave the house, put on some lip balm. You can try switching your ordinary lip balm for some nice pastel lip gloss. What is more, you can try matching your lip gloss to your nail polish – this season, everyone will be crazy about pastels, so you might give it a try.  

It’s time to brighten up a little bit. Feel free to change the colours of your clothes and swap those grey and navy hues for some pastels, flower prints, and stripes. Whatever season you might be expecting, go for timeless clothes and choose the ones that reflect your personality and boosts your mood.

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{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Christmas is beauty beyond

beauty-beyondThere are few things I take super seriously in life, the first is my family, the second is maintaining an adequate addiction to reality television and the third is the obligation to keep ones eyebrows on pointe (or on fleek like the young thangs say)!

The girls at beauty beyond are my people, they are friendly and clever and not stuck up beauty snobs that you can sometimes endure in similar fashionable beauty salons. Beauty Beyond simply wants to help make the best version of yourself.

I highly recommend their goddess facials – they are without a doubt the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience ever!

I am super eager to try out the Russian doll eyelash extensions they are now offering, what a brilliant way to make yourself feel more beautiful!

Also, in case you have left your Christmas shopping to the last minute the girls can arrange a gift voucher for your nearest and dearest (or, well, yourself).

If you want to feel more beautiful make sure you talk to the wonderful team at Beauty Beyond

| Phone: 6331 5077 |

| Facebook: @beautybeyondbathurst|

treeline4The beautiful girls at Beauty Beyond are giving one extremely lucky nester the opportunity to get their very own lash extensions done worth $110! I can’t even tell you how jealous I am!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Beauty Beyond on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Ivory Rose is blooming wonderful

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There is a new kid on the block who is leaving a beautiful first impression on everyone she comes into contact with.

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The lovely Maddie from Ivory Rose Botanical in Bathurst is your one stop shop for all things floral. Ivory Rose Botanical offers unique, affordable and quality products with the aim and ambition to push the boundaries.

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Maddie and her team have a fantastic way of enticing the senses through enchanting floral arrangements and creations. What I love is that she seems to follow nature. She follows the art of letting nature be her guide and consequently ends up with floral arrangements unlike anyone else in town.

I ordered my sister some flowers this week and they were PERFECT!

Ivory Rose Botanical also offers fantastic flower crown parties so why not grab a couple of girlfriends and make some pretties.

Get in contact with Maddie today:

| Phone number  02 6331 5656 |
| Email ivoryrosebotanicals@outlook.com |
| Facebook @ivoryrosebotanicals |
| Instagram @ivoryrosebotanicals |
| visit 181 George Street, Bathurst

treeline4To brighten up your life the gorgeous team at Ivory Rose Botanicals is donating a beautiful Christmas table arrangement to one very lucky nester. This prize is valued at $80!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Ivory rose botanicals as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

 

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Lips by Lei will have you shining this season

Today we have a beautiful product that you are going to LOVE!

The gorgeous Leilani Driscoll is the local distributor for LipSense by SeneGence

LipSence are lip products unlike many others – they are long wearing, smudge proof, kiss proof (SUPER important) and waterproof liquid lipstick.

How brilliant is the idea of not having to sneak into the bathroom 40thousandMillion times a day at work to reapply the lippy! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!

Party season is upon us so why not shine a little stronger this year?

Contact Lei to sort out your new lips:

| Phone: 0419 166 099 |

| Facebook: @lipsbylei |

treeline4To make you shine bright this Christmas the gorgeous LipByLei are offering a Starter Collection to one very lucky nester, valued at $74!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of LipsByLei as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules