Friday, 28 February 2014

Maple Lens review - Sponsored

Maple Lens has kindly sponsored Marinda Leigh four lenses to review. I was so impressed that they sent the lenses over via FedEx and I received them in a couple days! All lenses come packaged in adorable boxes and you receive a complimentary cute animal case to store your lenses in.

I feel that their cute packaging and fast shipping really sets them apart from the rest of the contact lenses stores out there.

So now I will review two of the lenses sponsored to me and Leigh will be reviewing the other two.

Diameter : 14.0 mm
Base Curve : 8.60mm
Water Content : 38%
Life Span : 1 Year

Very comfortable but can get a bit dry if you wore them for an extended period of time.

I love how the lenses make my dark eyes look gold to light brown.

Enlargement:     ♡ 
If you are looking for a mature, natural looking pair of lenses, I would definitely recommend these!

I previously reviewed these lenses in the grey. I'm a huge fan of these lenses and I want to try all the other colours now! I would recommend these lenses if you are going for a sexy, mature yet natural look.

Diameter : 15.0mm
Base Curve : 8.70mm
Water Content : 42%
Life Span : 1 Year

Never had any discomfort with these lenses. One of the most comfortable lenses out there.

I have been an avid user of these lenses since its release in 2011. The pattern is very unique and they look amazing in photos!

The enlargement is perfect if you are going for big doll eyes.

I'm a huge fan of the Princess mimi series, especially the grey and green colours. As you can tell from all the photos, I wear them frequently and all the time. Really glad I can recommend it to everyone and finally do a proper review on these lenses! 

Maple lens has provided a special discount coupon to all Marinda Leigh's readers! Use the code: MarindaLeighT to receive 15% off your purchase. They are also sponsoring us to give away a $30 voucher so stay tuned for that!

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Public & Co, Fremantle


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Coast Cafe, West Perth

It's early morning, you're about to head in to work and there's that desperate need for a shot of heavenly caffeine! I know the feeling all too well. While I was still working in the corporate world, I needed that morning coffee, I needed one during my morning tea break and sometimes, I even needed another one at lunch. Addicted much?

But what always made my day was a  happy face behind the counter, making my coffee. Do you know the type of person I'm talking about? Definitely a morning person. And Coast Cafe's barista and owner, Roy, is definitely that person. He's happy, he's bright and he makes a mean cup of coffee. Not to mention, he's a great person at heart.

Coast cafe is a classic-style cafe/restaurant that's situated along the main strip in West Perth, right in front of the bus stop, in fact. If you ever catch the Red Cat into West Perth, make sure you stop at Coast for a coffee and a bite to eat.

They have a great selection for breakfast and lunch and even do corporate catering. Their meals, made from the freshest ingredients are really enjoyable and substantial. I really love their Eggs Benedict. A classic dish that they do well, especially that hollandaise sauce. Yum! Just looking at those pictures is making my mouth water for some more.

We're a huge fan of their coffee that uses freshly roasted coffee beans by Dimattina which hold notes of chocolate, citrus and berry. Roy, is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about coffee not to mention being a super talented barista. He took out the champion title of the 2012 WA Latte Art Competition and then went on to compete in 2013 in the National competition.

Friday, 7 February 2014

La Veen, Perth

Some people wonder why I drive all the way up to the city just for a cup of coffee. And to those people I say, you don’t appreciate good coffee if you don’t understand why I do it. Coffee is so much more than just the taste of that one cup you’re drinking. What constitutes a good coffee to me is flavour, consistency and the passion behind it.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Smuggled Seeds, Leederville

Our good friend, Kenneth recently bumped into an old friend of his, Rob, and found out that he had opened up a cafe in Leedy about a year ago. Well, obviously, we had to check out this brunch place we had never previously heard of. Smuggled Seeds is a little hidden cafe further from the main cafe strip of Leedy and if it weren't for Kenneth, we certainly would never have found it.

As I sat in this cafe, I felt, as I went back through to the recesses of my memory, that I had driven past this place numerous times before with my ex on our way to work in the mornings. I remember seeing people coming out with coffees and making a mental note to try out the coffee one day. Well, how many months later and I finally gave it a try.

Smuggled Seeds uses Five Senses Coffee beans and the owner, Rob, puts together his own blend, changing it almost weekly but as often as he chooses, really. This time, we got a 3 bean combo of Ethiopia, Brasil and Peru with a lovely butterscotch undertone. As Rob explained the blend to us, we could really see and feel his passion for coffee and food. It's inspiring stories like his that we really want to share with the world!

The feed is simple but hearty and set at what we think are more than fair prices. Smuggled Seeds uses the freshest ingredients for their dishes and provides generous portions. Rob explained to us that he understands he can charge much higher prices and people will pay but he wants to do right by his community and keep the prices as low as he can. That's integrity right there.

Chorizo, prawn and avocado. First the chorizo is cooked then the prawns are cooked in the oil of the chorizo and it's all put together with a basic guacamole recipe to create this dish!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Red Opium, East Perth

I am in love with a fairly new restaurant in Perth. I want to keep this place my dirty little secret but I think it's really taking Perth by storm and a secret it no longer is.

This place that I'm in love with? Red Opium, thai-inspired tapas. Red Opium is located on the corner of Hay St and Hill St in Perth city and it's in the dark, dank side of town. How fitting for an opium den. Which is exactly the feeling I get as I open the door and walk down some steps into a dimly lit, red hued restaurant with Asian influences and gauzy curtains scattered about the place. I wouldn't be surprised if one day, I walked in and the restaurant was a smokey den. It's quite obvious the name has inspired my imagination to run wild.

The boys really wanted to have a lie down on this bed. It just looked so comfortable!

I've been there a few times now, each time going with a new group of friends and each time, equally, if not more, impressed! I'm also adamant that one must go with at least two others, ideally, a group of four.

Most recently, Marinda and I went there with our friends, Brett and Luke, excited that the night had finally come. I had been talking this place up for so long that my credibility was on the line here. My first test of the night; did I make the right booking? Evidently not. I told everyone to arrive at Red Opium at 6:30 and not be a minute late! And what happens? Turns out I actually made a booking for 7:30. Oops. But the waitress on the floor quickly went in search of the manager and she swiftly proceeded to seat us. Red Opium: 1, Leigh: 0.