The Hidden Thimble x Clearasil – Skin and the Sun (Giveaway)



Self-conscious. Embarrassed. Gross.

Those harsh and unfortunate words haunt any adolescent’s thoughts and are all too familiar growing up with blemished skin.

I must admit, I didn’t really care for my skin much when I was a teenager, or ideas for “healthy” habits that could help improve skin appearance. My personal treatment of teenage skin was to tackle my facial problems using a facial wash, mainly a gel or a scrub and medical acne treatments. Things like toners, serums, and moisturizing (a very important step always left forgotten) were not in my routine vocabulary and my knowledge of “proper” skincare was still in infancy until I reached past my 20’s. All the effort made since then has dramatically improved the condition of my skin’s appearance by creating a more thoughtful and complex routine for the results I wanted to achieve – and it’s worth it!

As everybody’s body is idiosyncratic, this guide to perfecting a skincare regime is the foundation to exploring your own skin story. Whether you are fighting against hormonal or stressful once off breakouts, there are products out there to help you in balancing your skin’s changing stages from the inside out and fight those annoying little red dots!

A Guide to a Perfect Skin Care Routine


- Cleanse -

First off you want to remove any make-up, dead skin cells and pollutants that might clog your pores. I like to use a facial cleanser sponge to make sure I get into the corners as much as possible. There are a few forms of cleansers such as gel washes (Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash), which are great for easy face rinsing to cream types (Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Wash) which can also double as a mask to penetrate deeper.


- Scrub Off -

Exfoliators stimulate cell renewal and improve skin texture and appearance. As this product can be harsh to use every day on your skin, limit this to only once every other week or once a month. Choose a scrub that has natural ingredients like Clearasil’s DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub which has Vitamin E and Antioxidants from Avocado and Pomegranate to help keep skin healthy and nourished. 


- Tone It -

After stripping away all that natural oil from your face, toners are your best friend to rehydrate and restore the pH level of your skin, avoiding excess oil production and also to shrink your pores. 


- Hit the Right Spot -

This is for those miracle working product treatments that come in concentrated forms such as essences, creams, serums, ampoules, boosters – the list goes on! This is where you target the areas of concern so if you have sore acne spots that you want to reduce and can’t pop just yet, use a specially formulated product like Clearasil Rapid Action Pimple Cream to spot treat problem pimples.

5- Sunscreen -

The sun is not the kindest to our skin so make sure you stay sun smart if you are doing your skin regime and going out for the day.


- Lock It In -

Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize! It’s the key for youthful skin when you are older so do it!

Want to know what products are best suited for you? Check out Clearasil’s Customised Skin Care Guide.

I want to highlight one of the most underrated steps in a person’s skincare regime: prevention from the sun.  Let’s face it, how many of you actually include sunscreen into your daily facial regime? I bet not many!  Now I could go on about the scientific facts concerning why it’s so important to slip, slop and slap, but all you really need is some hard cold evidence.

You know all that money you spend on formulas with anti-aging?  What if I told you that majority of the anti-aging formula secret is sunscreen.  Yep that’s right, the skins biggest enemy is sun damage!  Think of how much money you could save by just adding sunscreen to your regime! 

And for those of you who like the science: ultraviolet light (and in Australia this is even more pronounced due to a giant hole right above us in the ozone layer) breaks down the elastin and collagen in your skin.  This causes discolouration, roughness, skin thinning, dilated blood vessels and the most dreaded…wrinkles! 

You might be thinking, where in my regime do I add sunscreen?  Apply sunscreen after cleansing and exfoliating with a good exfoliate such as Clearasil’s Clear and Refine Daily scrub, BEFORE applying moisturiser. However if you’re anything like me and have oily skin that’s prone to break outs, you can streamline the process by using an oil free combination moisturiser with SPF 30+ or my personal choice – a CC or BB cream with SPF 30+.

For more information, check out Clearasil’s Summer Skin care tips for preventing Sun damage.

After feeding you with so much skin knowledge, guess what? We have a surprise!

We are giving away:

1x Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash, 1x Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Wash, 1x Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub and 1Clearasil Rapid Action Pimple Cream, all c/o Clearasil.

Here are the details!


 Good Luck!




FML: White Rain


| Jumpsuit: Alice McCall | Shoes: Titty & Co | Socks and Blouse: Bagazimuri | Accessories: MadeWell/Nasty Gal/Korea |


Debuting my short bob, finally! I can’t explain the reverse Alfalfa my fringe is doing but it’s crazy, as is the faint left overs of a tan from a summer of fun-day rays, living daily in short shorts and much needed exercise.

Following from Sora’s great write up on Alice McCall’s Cruise 14 S/S collection, I couldn’t stop dreaming of owning a piece from this oh-so-fine range and settled on the super pwerdy “Over the Rainbow” playsuit. The details really speaks for itself – quirky, flirty with a bold graphic liner that feathers into the cut out detailing mixed with pastel shades. Wear alone or stack some accessories, it really is a simple outfit to pull off since Pastels + Playsuit = New BFF, the combination is just too cute!

Currently Alice McCall is having a sale so be quick if you found anything that catches your eye!


Until Next Time!




March 10, 2015 - 6:29 am

Rebecca - This is the most unique jumpsuit I have ever seen! I just love the design of it! I am just loving that new hair too!


March 16, 2015 - 9:12 pm

The Hidden Thimble Team - Thanks Rebecca! I was completely taken away by the design when I saw it I just had to buy it! :D


March 20, 2015 - 2:53 am

John Lawes - Perfectly adorable, Siree! I love the silver slippers; they look like you could click the heels together and go to Oz. And your little bob is perfect. Very sporty!

FML: Space Princess

Hey everyone,

I’m here to inspire you with my grunge side.  That’s right, sometimes I also like to dress a bit edgy…and lumpeehhh.

Ever since I laid eyes on Lumpy Space Princess, there has been a connection that we both just can’t deny.  So when I saw these tights on BlackMilk I HAD to get them!!  It’s so sad BlackMilk doesn’t stock these collections anymore…but I just noticed a Disney and Nightmare Before Christmas Collection….



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Shoes: Rubi Shoes  |  Tights: BlackMilk  |  Jumper: Dotti   |  Beanie: Lazy Oaf

I can’t help but love BlackMilk, they are just all-round amazing – their brand marketing for one is just A-star, I mean trust me, just sign up to BlackMilk, the opening email you get is fantastic.  I love that stuff.

But not only that they have the cooolest, the cooolest range of tights ever.

If you had a childhood like mine, watching Saturday Disney, Cheez TV, Agro, and was an internet savvy pre-teen, a prerequisite of which was to love anime, (and I bet you found your community online ayyye ayyye? YOU HAVE A LIVEJOURNAL DON’T YOU!  *cough* I only know coz I had one too…animated avatars FTW!), these tights bring you back to that. Love Jack Skellington? Wear him on your legs. Disney Villains? My homegirl ursula and I are skin tight close. Literally. These tights bring you back to your childhood with a mature grunge.


Not only that, Black Milk tights are comfortable, durable, really great quality and cling in all the right places.  I’ve had mine for about a year and they haven’t faded, stretched or ripped at the seams.  The only negative I have found is that they are slightly, SLIGHTLY see through around the underwear area – so wear something nude coloured underneath.  However I think this is because I have pretty wide hips for my otherwise petite body so I may be stretching the fabric too far.

Nevertheless, the love I feel definitely makes these leggings worth the price.  They are a bit pricey…but trust. Tis worth it.


Close up of the glorious-ness.  Dang gurl these lumps!


And before I leave I want to give a quick shout out to my Siree’s beanie from Lazy Oaf.  I usually don’t suit beanies because I think they bring into focus how small my head/face actually is, however me and Lazy Oaf seem to get along fine!

Talyssa Xx

February 25, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Mica - Black Milk do have some very cute legging designs! These ones are great on you! It’s good you are so happy with them :)

February 26, 2015 - 4:12 am

Rebecca - I will have to check them out as I just love leggings and tights with fun patterns and prints! Your outfit is fantastic and it is cool to see you dress in a grunge look! Love the tights and beanie!


February 26, 2015 - 8:33 am

Talyssa - Thanks so much Rebecca. Black Milk definitely has the most fun patterns I’ve ever seen for leggings!

February 26, 2015 - 8:34 am

Talyssa - Thanks so much Mica!

March 2, 2015 - 5:30 am

John Lawes - Great outfit! You completely nail the “cute urban chic” thing here.

March 9, 2015 - 12:30 pm

The Hidden Thimble - Thanks John!

Competition Time: WIN These Shorts!

Hi Everyone,

I’m here with a giveaway from the lovely Quirky Circus. Feast your eyes below for your chance to win these shorts!

How to Enter:


Want to see more? See these shorts in all their glory in our latest Fashion Post.

Extra nibbles of information:

  • These shorts are Size 10
  • Only worn once for this advertorial and competition
  • Tags still attached
  • Shipping is freeeee
  • I love them <3

Winners will be announced March 12.  Any other questions, please comment below :)

Good Luck Everyone!




We have a winner everyone!  Congratulations to Federica:


We have contacted you via email, with details.  Please contact by 25 March to claim your prize :)

February 4, 2015 - 7:04 am

Debora - Great giveaway! I folloe you on fb: Debora Ferri

February 4, 2015 - 8:27 am

Talyssa - Thanks Debora!! Good luck with your entry :)

February 5, 2015 - 8:37 pm

Karolina - Hello, my instagram username is tyttataudnor :)

February 6, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Talyssa - Thanks Karolina! Good luck!!

February 7, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Jemina Ainesmaa - Beautiful shorts <3 (following you on instagram)
my instagram: jeminamila

February 8, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Nani Kurniasih - Liking your facebook as Nani Kurniasih
Wish me luck :)

February 8, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Talyssa - Thanks Nani!! Good luck!!

February 8, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Talyssa - Yes they are! Thanks for the follow! good luck :)

February 14, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Ellina Aria - I love your shorts and your blog <3 You can see my name above!

February 15, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Amanda - Entered with my instagram: @fraises (: very cute shorts perfect for sunny sunny california weather!!

February 18, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Margaret Dallospedale - Very nice!
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February 18, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Talyssa - Aww so glad! Great I have you noted down. Good Luck!

February 18, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Talyssa - Yes they are!! Thanks Amanda :) Good luck!

March 6, 2015 - 8:08 am

ADie Marie Lee - OMG!!!!! i super love the shorts! i <3 blue! please be mine T_T .. Followed u on fb and insta..

March 9, 2015 - 1:21 am

federica sbordone - I follow you on fb, my username is EF CARROT. Thanks for the giveaway; feel free to contact me by email. Kiss <3

March 9, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Talyssa - Thanks Federica! Good luck with the competition!

Alone in The Big Apple – New York

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When I told M I wasn’t planning to put New York on my itinerary for my solo trip to the United States, she gently gave me a “WTF are you kidding me?!” kind of you-can’t-be-serious look on her face.

What fashion blogger hasn’t been to New York City?

I was corrected to rethink my travel plans again under this wisdom of unwritten assumed knowledge and I got to say, I’m glad I did.

New York was indeed the city that every aspiring fashion blogger needs to visit. Living by example, Sex and the City did teach me 2 important things about Carrie’s NYC. First, writing and being unapologetically fashionable go hand-in-hand and second, you should always invest time in your girl sisterhood.

Indeed I did feel New York was that kind of destination you just have to bring your best girl pals to and really enjoy some close knit bonding over a trendy hole-in-the-wall brunch, casual Soho shopping and the delights of this metropolis sheltered under its Art Deco mixed English Baroque architecture.

Manhattan is surely the largest city I have ever experienced!

In my 4 days, I have completed, discovered and missed some very crucial hot spots on my hit list just simply because The Big Apple is just that – big. It overwhelms me to think what would the city be like without its iconic Central Park occupying most of the upper half in the concrete jungle. I spent a good 2 hours trying to see every inch of this park and still left the West part untouched!

My overall vibe of New York’s style guide is the city of branded handbags paired with trouser pants with the colour of winter showing its arrival to the streets and the shoe of choice was a decision to go either heels or trainers on the hard cobblestone to tile pavement. As an early birthday present (gifted by me to myself) after dropping by the major stores in Bloomingdales and 5th Avenue, I finally settled on an Alexander McQueen in their Lexington store. Tote styles I found make shorties like me feel out of proportion to their length but the Heroine Open Tote was a nice shape without joining the entourage trendiness of Prada Saffiano’s, I love it! I gave up on my heeled boots on my first day and spend the rest in my trainers. Ah sweet relief!

I reached my peak of loneliness after getting stuck on a packed train behind another traveller not knowing where he was getting off, taking me two stops later arriving at Grand Central with no underground internet or underground line map to figure the way back. Note to self – must hard copy a subway map. In my despair of a rough and long day, I spontaneously cut my fringe a bit too short and became micro – Oops. 

Lucky for me, it turned out surprisingly good! :D

At this point of my trip, I’m not sure how I would live life not knowing Trader Joe’s existed but it has certainly made me join the health food craze. This well-summed up photo essay by Buzzfeed gets an A for my appreciation because, their foodstuff is just too damn tasty. A grocery shop that embraces pumpkin season with pumpkin-on-pumpkin-on-top-of-pumpkin noms has my money.


Here’s the TL;DR of my NYC:


Manhattan Highlights
∇ The Mac Conner: A New York Life Exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York 
∇ Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3
∇ Shopping down Soho Area and Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
∇ Fav NY Shops: In God We Trust, Catbird NYC, Opening Ceremony, The LEGO Store
∇ Aladdin and Avenue Q Musicals at Broadway
∇ Swedish food at FIKA
∇ Milk Bar by Momofuku
∇ Mac N Cheese at MacBar on Prince St
∇ Reuben Sanga at Katz Delicatessen


Until next time!

Advertorial: Quirky Circus – Blue Bouquet

Hi Everyone,

I’m baaaaaack. Can I just say being an adult plain and simply sucks…working long hours leaves me absolutely no time for myself or blogging – I cry! But my New Year’s resolution is to blog blog blog!!

I’m here with an advertorial for the lovely Quicky Circus!  What’s great about Quirky Circus is that it is a brand by Aussie loved Mink Pink.  Whilst Mink Pink tends to be a bold, grungy New York style, you can find Quirky Circus‘ collections have an inspired vintage flare.


Necklace: Colette | Top: Bardot | Shorts: Quirky Circus

When Quirky Circus approached us to do an advertorial for them I couldn’t wait.  I absolutely love the pieces across all their collections.  We were given a choice out of the “At The Lake” Collection, and I chose the Quirky Circus “Blue Bouquet” shorts since summer was on its way.  They are the perfect summer shorts – loose, flowy and vibrant – a great piece to add that pop of summer colour to your outfits.


I have and always will be a detail orientated person.  The small unique details make me happy and it’s often these details that sway me to choose one clothing item over the other.  What I absolutely loved on these shorts was this notice right here on the tag:


Can I just reiterate the following: “Vintage Inspired Designed to Fade – This garment is designed to fade to give a vintage inspired look”

How awesome is that?  Your shorts will fade per wear, tear and washing to create a personalised vintage look.  Seriously.  It’s the little things.


The material and overall quality of the garment is great!  Really well made – secure stitching, great pockets and I love the dart  detailing on the front of the shorts.


I thought I’d put this shot in, in memory of my ombre.

So where can you get your hands on them?  These shorts are called “Blue Bouquet” and you can find Quirky Circus clothing at any Myer store in Australia…or keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming Giveaway!

Find Quirky Circus:

Quirky Circus Website:


Instagram: Quirky_Circus


Talyssa xx

February 2, 2015 - 11:06 pm

Competition Time: WIN These Shorts! » The Hidden Thimble - […] Want to see more? See these shorts in all their glory in our latest Fashion Post. […]

February 4, 2015 - 1:43 am

Jessica - This look is indeed quirky. Sassy! Love its simplicity yet it’s still sexy.

Jessica |

February 4, 2015 - 8:32 am

Talyssa - Thanks Jess! Glad you like the look!

February 7, 2015 - 2:17 am

John Lawes - SO cute! These little shorts take awesomesauce to 11, Talyssa

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