Launch Week Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of our new website, we are giving you the chance to win this awesome prize pack featuring:

  • Greylines Kris Jenna Notebook
  • 3 x 16 Brand Face Masks
  • Conversations With Friends, the critically acclaimed novel by Sally Rooney
  • Frank Body 100g Original Coffee Scrub
  • Mi Goals Get Your Sh*t Together Notepad
  • Frank & Oli Miniature Soy Candle

Head to our Instagram @thewritenownet to enter.

Good luck!

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All The Very Best Rewards & Membership Cards – Beauty, Books & Fashion

With almost every store having some kind of rewards program nowadays, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. We have scoured the depths of the net and clocked some serious kilometres at Westfield to bring you 51 of the best rewards cards and membership programs, and by ‘best’ I mean the ones that give you the most free stuff and the biggest discounts! Ok, let’s get started with part one of ‘All The Very Best Rewards and Membership Cards’ series…

Beauty Rewards

Priceline Sister Club

Let’s face it when it comes to scoring a beauty bargain is there anywhere better than Priceline? If you’re a fan like me then you need to sign up to the Sister Club! You’ll gain access to secret sales, exclusive perks and receive a reward each quarter based on how much you’ve spent. Even if you haven’t spent a great deal, Priceline still like to help a sister out with super sweet emails like this…

Priceline Birthday Rewards
Priceline Sister Club Exclusive Perks

Strawberrynet

Strawberrynet is home to some of the best beauty deals on the internet. To get even more of a discount, sign up now to receive 15% off as well as free shipping on your first order.

Sephora

Aaaaah Sephora how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…. with all of my Beauty Pass Points! When you sign up for the Sephora Beauty Pass Rewards Programme you will automatically receive 50 Beauty Pass Points. There are so many ways to earn points, you will earn 1 point for every dollar that you spend online and instore, 5 points when you write a product review, 50 points when you complete your beauty profile and 40 points when you download and sign into the Sephora app. There are other benefits too, including exclusive promotions and 2 x bonus points on one purchase during your birthday month.

So, what do all of these points add up too? FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS! You can start redeeming luxury samples with just 100 points, and if you earn up to 500 points you could get your hands on exclusive merch like a Sephora umbrella or travel bag.

Sephora GIF by Crystal Ro / HelloGiggles

Jurilique

When you join the Jurilique VIP Program you will receive 10% off your first order and free shipping. The benefits of the program include a $30 credit when you spend over $300 within a 6-month period.

Book Rewards

Riverbend Books

I am lucky enough to live near the kind of independent bookstore that would make Rory Gilmore hyperventilate.

Rory Gilmore GIF

Riverbend Books is located in Bulimba, Brisbane and is home to a plethora of books from local and international authors. Not only do they have the most well-read and helpful staff in town, they also have the best loyalty program, with members earning $1 for every $20 spent. Before you order your next book online, check with your local bookstore, you could be missing out on some big rewards.

QBD

When you become a member of the QBD Club you will be rewarded with a credit of 10% of your total spend after your 10th visit. You’ll also receive access to VIP shopping events and exclusive offers.

Dymocks

If you’re a massive bookworm then it won’t take you too long to earn yourself some free winter reads with Dymocks Booklovers Rewards. For every $1 you spend, you receive 5 points, once you have earnt 250 points you can redeem them for $2.50 to spend instore. There are plenty of other membership perks including double point offers, access to literary events and book signings and early sales alerts.

Books Rewards
My weekend book haul.

Fashion Rewards

Lorna Jane

In winter you’ll find me drinking coffee and wearing active wear. It’s comfy and it’s warm and I love it and I’m not even going to pretend that I work out every time I wear it. If you’re in the market for some new ‘Winter Coffee Wear’ (that’s what I’m going to call it now) then you’ll want to sign up to Lorna Jane’s Active Living Rewards program.

For each dollar, you spend you will earn 5 points and when those points reach 2000 you will receive $10 off your next purchase. The more you spend the higher up the tier you will move and then you’ll receive even more rewards to buy even more ‘Winter Coffee Wear’.

Tony Bianco

As well as the biggest and best birthday reward, the Tony Bianco ‘Tony’s World’ reward program also gives you a $20 reward when you spend over $150, a $30 reward when you spend over $250 and a $100 reward when you spend over $500.

Schitts Creek Shoe Rewards

Wittner

For more shoes, glorious shoes, sign up to Wittner for exclusive online offers, advance sales notices and a $20 reward on your birthday.

Bardot/Bardot Junior

Head instore to get your hands on a Bardot or Bardot Junior loyalty card and you will receive 10% off all future full price purchases, instore and online. They also have a great birthday reward, head to ‘How To Get Over $300 Worth Of FREE Clothes, Shoes, Food & Coffee For Your Birthday’ to find out what it is.

Bonds

If you think 10% off full priced items is impressive then you’ll be blown away by the Bonds Loyalty Program. Sign up to Bonds & Me to receive a massive 20% off all RRP purchases as well as sales alerts in your inbox and exclusive offers.

Bonds Rewards

Footlocker

Become a Footlocker VIP and you will get $10 off your first purchase over $50. If you spend $300 in a year you’ll graduate to Platinum Status and earn even bigger rewards.

Cotton On/Kids/Body/Typo/Rubi/Suprè/Factory

Raise your hand if you like vouchers…

Regina George Gif

Well, then the new Cotton On & Co Perks card is the one for you. When you sign up to the Perks card you’ll receive a…

$10 voucher just for signing up

$10 voucher when you spend $100

$10 voucher on your birthday

The Perks card covers all 7 brands in the Cotton On Group including Cotton On, Cotton On Kids, Cotton On Body, Typo, Rubi, Suprè and Factory. You can accumulate points on full priced and discounted items across all 7 brands and the points add up too… you guessed it… VOUCHERS!

Cotton On Rewards

The Iconic

There’s a lot of reasons to love The Iconic, free shipping, free returns, insanely fast delivery, not to mention all of your favourite brands in the one place. If you need one more reason then sign up to their site and you’ll receive $20 off your first purchase!

Glue Store

There’s nothing better than being rewarded for shopping at your favourite store and one of mine is Glue Store. If you’ve read my previous post on ‘Birthday Freebies’ then you will know that it is worth signing up for their rewards program just to receive their birthday gift. Other bonuses include a $10 voucher when you spend over $80, a $20 voucher when you spend $150, a $30 voucher when you spend $250 and so on and so forth, all the way up to a $150 voucher. You’ll also receive emails including exclusive offers, like double rewards points.

Glue Rewards

Review

Download the Review Loyalty App to start earning rewards instantly! The rewards range between $15 and $100 dependant on how much you’ve spent in the previous calendar month.

Mimco

Mimcollective was the very first rewards program that I ever signed up to and I have been reaping the benefits ever since. With generous birthday treats, exclusive sales offers and spontaneous vouchers appearing in your inbox, Mimco sure knows how to make a member feel special.

Head to their website to sign up and you’ll be rewarded instantly with $10 off your first purchase. Other benefits include a $15 voucher when you spend $150, a $50 when you spend over $500 and an anniversary reward.

Witchery

We’ve saved one of the best for last with the Witchery membership program. You’ll receive a $10 voucher for your first online purchase, a $10 voucher on your birthday and a $10 voucher when you spend $100. There are even more benefits when you become a bronze member…

Witchery Rewards Witchery Status Rewards & Benefits

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get signing up and start claiming your free stuff!

Don’t forget to check back next week for part two of ‘The Very Best Rewards and Membership Cards – Entertainment, Food, COFFEE & Homewares’ and sure you subscribe below and follow us on social media so you don’t miss out.

We Tried 5 K-Beauty Masks Under $3 And These Are The Results

I am hopeless when it comes to skincare. In fact, my skincare routine mostly consists of wiping my makeup off with a baby wipe before I go to bed and the occasional Frank Body Coffee Scrub, whenever I remember that I have it. My 17-year-old sister, however, is a skincare queen with a nightly 10 step K-Beauty routine. I am constantly asking for her advice and she always comes through with the goods, so when she told me that she had ordered a cart full of K-Beauty masks I was keen to try some.

K-Beauty Mask
Alex, a 29-year-old writer and skincare novice with Eilish, a 17-year-old student and skincare queen.

What Is K-Beauty?

With a surge in popularity around the world, K-Beauty, which stands for Korean Beauty, has found its way to the Australian market and is taking the beauty industry by storm. As the K-Pop craze started to grow so too did the demand for South Korean beauty products and now women all over the country are looking to K-Beauty gurus for all the latest skincare tips. I wanted to get the low down on this beauty phenomenon so I went straight to my own guru…

Alex: Eilish how did you get into K-Beauty?

Eilish: I was watching YouTube tutorials one night and a K-Beauty video came up as a suggestion. I am really into K-Pop so I was really interested in learning about K-Beauty.

Alex: You know so much about it now. Who are your main influences?

Eilish: I get most of my information from The Klog, it’s a blog by Charlotte Cho. That’s where I learnt about the 10 Step Routine for Treating Hormonal Acne that I do every night. I also watch Joan Keem’s YouTube tutorials and follow her on Instagram.

Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon.
Joan Keem is a K-Beauty and fashion icon with an Instagram account that defines the term GOALS!

Alex: What do you like most about K-Beauty?

Eilish: It has really transformed my skin. I have oily skin with hormonal acne. Since I’ve been using K-Beauty products, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I also love the whole culture surrounding it and I look forward to doing my routine at night. I think K-Beauty is really innovative and they are always ahead of all the latest trends.

Alex: Where do you buy your products from?

Eilish: I mostly buy all of my products online but lately there have been more stores popping up which is really exciting! W Cosmetics has quite a good selection of masks and makeup and they have stores in selected Westfield Shopping Centres.

W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale
W Comestics K-Beauty mask section at Westfield Carindale

The Masks

We bought all 5 masks from the South Korean site, I Buy Beauti for under $3.00 each (this is in Australian Dollars, the site is in US dollars so make sure you convert the currency before you checkout). Shipping is calculated by weight, it was only $4 for our order, but it is free if you spend over $65.00. We went with 5 of the most popular masks and though it did help having Eilish to translate some of the Korean, most of the site is in English, as are all of the ingredients on the packets.

It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The first mask we tried was the Power 10 Formula by It’s Skin. According to the website, the Vb mask is supposed to balance and moisturise oily skin, leaving it feeling refreshed. Which is perfect for us as we both have oily skin.

K-Beauty It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

Prepare yourself, the following image is genuinely terrifying and could definitely be used to promote the horror film, Goodnight Mommy. You’ve been warned…

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin Power 10 Formula Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: I liked the It’s Skin mask. The texture of the mask itself was thick and not as breathable as some of the other K-Beauty masks that I have tried. The formula was cold and left my face feeling nice and fresh. I’d definitely like to use it in the morning to wake me up. It made my skin look… is glowy a word?

Alex: I don’t think so… luminous? I feel like you look luminous. I loved this mask! It made my skin feel tight and refreshed. It did feel really cold which I liked. I feel like if I used this every day it would really help with some of my fine line wrinkles.

K-Beauty Mask It's Skin

It’s Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Aloe Relaxing Mask also by It’s Skin is described on the site as soothing and cooling. I was worried about trying this one because I have reacted to creams containing aloe vera in the past.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet
K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

The Verdict

Eilish: This one was very cooling and refreshing as well. I think it would be good to do when your skin is feeling inflamed or puffy. It didn’t affect the redness of my acne but it did soothe the pain. I think it’s a good one to do in the morning before school.

Alex: Or when you’re hungover! I like the ingredients in this one, it has cucumber, ginger and liquorice which are all anti-inflammatories. It didn’t give me the same ‘glow’ as the other one but it didn’t irritate my skin which was surprising.

Eilish also informed me that the reason that this mask didn’t fit our faces properly is because our features are too small for our very round faces. This was news to me but could explain why I always found it so easy to peak through the ‘Pin The Tail on the Donkey’ mask as a kid… using my big lemon-shaped head to make lemonade.

K- Beauty It's Skin Aloe Relaxing Mask Sheet

Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Etudehouse is a popular K-Beauty brand and Eilish is a big fan of their other products. The description on the website says that the Manuka Honey Rich Moisturization mask improves wrinkles, so I was very excited to try this one! I am turning 30 this year and I feel like my wrinkles are getting worse by the minute. Although I don’t believe that there is actually a mask on the planet that can help with my ‘smile lines’ or ‘judgement frown line’, I am willing to give anything a go, especially when it is only $1.70.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air MaskK-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

The Verdict

Alex: This mask was my absolute favourite. The cream was so soft and when I took it off, my skin felt as smooth as a baby’s butt. More importantly, this mask fit my face which helped my recently bruised ego. It made my skin look so tight and fresh that I would feel confident going out without makeup after doing it. My friends reading this might not think that that means too much as I often leave the house fresh/zombie faced depending on how much sleep I’ve had but, I mean I would go ‘out-out’ with no make-up on after this mask, like to a restaurant.

Eilish: This mask definitely made our skin glow. I really liked the essence of this mask. There was a lot of extra cream which I love. I learnt the best tip from one of my favourite YouTubers, BeautybyBriddy, in her Formal/Prom GRWM + Vlog 2017 video, that when you are left with excess cream on the mask, squeeze it together and rub it on your legs as a moisturiser.

K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Sheet / Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask

For our final mask of the week, Eilish was keen to try the Watermelon Beauty In A Mask, mask by SkinFood as she uses their other products. I love anything rose water flavoured so I decided to try the Innisfree My Real Squeeze Rose mask.

K-Beauty K-Beauty Etudehouse 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
The Verdict

Eilish: This mask was my favourite. It smelt amazing, good enough to eat! It did exactly what it said it would on the website, it left my skin feeling moisturised and looking glossy. The mask itself was really thick and it was freezing which was cool considering it was only kept at room temperature. My skin felt hydrated for the whole day which is a lot longer than it does when I use my regular moisturiser.

Alex: The Innisfree Rose mask was a gel rather than a cream like the other masks we tried. It made my skin feel kind of sticky but very clean. I think I would use this mask before doing my make-up for a special event.

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20 Affordable & Unique Valentines Gifts That Aren’t At All Lame ​

So Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you love it or hate it, the chances are, there is someone in your life who you love a little or like a lot and would really like to shower with gifts… however, if you are like me and are still recovering from Christmas then funds are tight. Never fear! It is possible to retain your ultimate gift giving status even when you are totally broke.

Here are 20 Affordable & Unique Valentines Gifts That Aren’t At All Lame

(Sorted from low to high because that’s how I roll when shopping online.)

1. Something Personal – $0.00

My secretly very talented friend Bryce drew these amazing pictures for his girlfriend and she loved them so much that she had them framed! If you are not this talented why not try your hand at some poetry… A is for awesome, L is for lovely, you went to primary school, you know how to do it! If music is more up your alley then create a super sick playlist that they can blast on their way to work. If all else fails everyone loves a good old inappropriate stick figure illustration.

2. Swizzels Giant Love Heart Roll – $1.60

Swizzels

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with lollies and with these giant candy hearts from Candy Time you can express all those feels without having to say a word. You can even make a cute personalised message on the Swizzels website to go along with it.

Swizzels

3. Penguin Little Black Classics – $2.95

These Little Black Classics by Penguin are perfect for the literary lover in your life. You can order them from Angus & Robertson Bookworld for just $2.95!

4. Doughnut Time – $6.95

Doughnuts… need I say more! Doughnut Time has the most amazingly, indulgent doughnuts on the planet and with gluten-free and vegan options you’re bound to find something for even the trickiest gift recipient. Individual doughnuts start at $6.95 or you can splurge and have a pack delivered by Foodora for $32.00.

5. La La Land Valentine’s Day Cards – $6.95

These Australian made cards are so luxe and quirky that your loved one will want to frame them! Check out their online store lalalandshop.com.au, where you will find something to suit everyone, and trust me the struggle to pick just one is very real.

6. The Falcon Soap By Soap Cultcha – $8.00

Soap Cultcha

Never has there been a cooler and cleaner gift to impress your Star Wars lover with. You can find these Australian made Millennium Falcon soap bars and more online at Soap Cultcha’s Etsy store. May the suds be with you!

7. Soap & Glory Gift Pack – $9.00

Soap & Glory bringing us the budget beauty goods once again with these super cute gift sets. Both available for just $9.00 each from Mecca.

8. Mox & Co Earrings – $9.00

Brisbane based jewellery designer Mox & Co, create the most unique acrylic earrings at incredibly affordable prices. While you’re on their site be sure to check out their sale section to grab yourself an insane bargain. If your Valentine is into mermaids, flamingos or science then you absolutely need to check out their new Quirky Dangles statement pieces!

9. Alcoholder TraVino Spillproof Wine Sippy Cup – $14.95

Alcoholder

THIS IS A SIPPY CUP FOR WINE!!! You can order it online from the geniuses at Alcoholder… you’re welcome!

10. Frank & Oli Soy Candles – $15.00

Frank & Oli

Frank & Oli create the most delicious soy candles in flavours that you have only dreamt of… Smokey Bacon anyone? I discovered this Brisbane based business last year and now I have one of their candles in every room of my house. They are amazing value with the 230ml jar available for just $15.00 with over 35 hours of burn time. You can find these little scents from heaven online at Frank & Oli’s Etsy store.

11. Lush Wild Gift Pack – $15.50

Drive your Valentine wild with this super fun gift pack from Lush. They’ll never want to leave the shower after discovering Lush’s signature Keen Green Moulding Machine cleansing dough!

12. Søciety6 Mug – $15.99

With designs from artists all over the world, you are sure to find the perfect mug for your lover online at Søciety6. There are mugs celebrating everything from Friends to the fall of the patriarchy and a percentage of each purchase goes directly to the artist.

13. Marvling Bros Hot Stuff In a Matchbox – $16.00

Marvling Bros Hot Stuff In a Matchbox - $16.00

Looking for a gift that’s as hot as you are? The Hot Stuff In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros. is available from Hard To Find and is guaranteed to add some spice to your love life.

14. Shortstory Sushi Socks – $16.95

Is your Valentine still rocking holy socks from the mid-00’s? Update their wardrobe with some seriously funky Sushi Socks, available online at Shortstory and Glue Store.

15.  Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub – $16.95

Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub - $16.95

A Nylon review claims that Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub “Very well may be the greatest body scrub of all time.” and they’re not wrong! This scrub will leave your lover’s skin feeling softer than a babies butt and smelling good enough to drink. It is available online at Frank Body or in-store at Mecca.

16. Kikki. K Leather Key Ring Heart – $16.95

Your Valentine won’t lose their keys again with this adorable leather keychain from Kikki.K! You can make it even more special with their new monogramming service for an extra $10.00. “But I don’t have an extra $10.00 Alex, that’s why I reading this article”, you say? Don’t worry I’ve got that covered too, sign up to Kikki.K online and you will receive an email containing a $10.00 welcome voucher.

17. Mrs. Fields Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake – $19.95

Mrs. Fields Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake - $19.95

If you think $19.95 is too much to spend on a cookie then you probably haven’t tried Mrs. Fields. The Signature Heart Tin Cookie Cake is available in nine different flavours and can be ordered online or in store.

18. “Where We Met” Prints By Pixel & Flourish – $20.00

Where We Met Prints By Pixel & Flourish - $20.00
If you are looking for something that is truly unique to you and your partner then look no further, for we have found the ultimate way to celebrate your serendipitous first encounter (or schoolies in my case).  You can order these gorgeous, Australian made, custom “Where We Met” prints from Pixel & Flourish’s Facebook page.

19. Rose Quartz Tusk Pendant by Kirsten Ash – $23.70

If you are wanting to spoil your loved one with something really special then check out the sale section on the Kirsten Ash website. There are hundreds of beautiful bespoke pieces on sale from as little as $17.70. The stunning small rose tusk quartz pendant featured above is 18k gold plated and is available for $23.70.

20. Personalised Plectrum Holder Keyring by Parkin & Lewis – $25.00

img_7660Personalised Plectrum Holder Keyring by Parkin & Lewis - $25.00

This hand-stitched personalised plectrum holder keyring by Parkin & Lewis is perfect for the muso in your life. It is available online at Hard To Find, sign up while you’re there for lots of exclusive offers and discounts.

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