Monday, 13 August 2018

Do not buy this mask

I really should have known better than to think that cheap skin care was a good idea. There's cheap as in on sale at the supermarket or Priceline, then there's Kmart cheap. Kmart cheap is somewhere I just shouldn't have gone, but I did.

I saw it in store and hoped that it might be a dupe for my favourite Glam Glow mask. Silly me. At only $5 I thought it was worth a try. If only I'd known.

When Emma was here we decided to have a mask night. We put it on, laughed at how funny we looked with our metalic copper faces and waited for it to dry.

I should have been suspicious right from the start, it was making my eyes water as I was applying it. Silly me ignored that warning sign and went ahead with using the mask.

The fun started when the mask had dried and it was time to peel it off. It was stuck like glue. Not joking. It was stuck so well that I struggled to peel any off, I couldn't peel off enough to get enough of a grip to peel the mask off. When I finally managed to get off enough and start to peel the mask off, it was painful! The smart thing to do would have been to wash the mask off, which I was going to do, but Emma was peeling hers off and I couldn't look like a wus, so I persevered and peeled mine off, whimpering the whole time. 

Half an hour later, when I'd finally removed the mask, my skin felt soft and smooth, which is to be expected when you remove the top layer of skin. It still felt soft the next day, but was back to normal on the second day.

If you're looking to remove the top layer of skin then this is the mask for you. If you're happy keeping your skin where it's supposed to be, don't buy this mask.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. My beautiful Emma was here this week. We've been chatting online for five years however this was the first time we've met. It felt like she'd always been a part of my life. 

2. Emma gave me some beautiful Tabella cards. I can't wait to use them. 

3. Whilst Emma was here we went on a day trip down south. I'd forgotten how much fun it is to take a road trip, we need to do it more often.

4. Did you know about my other blog The Lip Balm Encyclopaedia? Emma and I write it. We've been a bit lazy lately, but I'm getting back on track and will have more posts up soon. If there are any balms you'd like to see reviewed, please let me know.

5. What's with womens clothes? I've been looking for a warm jacket and they're all crap. I have no idea why clothing designers think women want to pay a small fortune for a tiny, cropped, thin jacket. I'm going to buy a men's jacket, they're so much better and cheaper!

Friday, 10 August 2018

FFS Friday - Windy

Today it's time for episode three million and seventy nine of crap that only happens when Tiger is away.

It was last Saturday. I'd taken the boys out to an Aboriginal festival. It was a freezing cold (11 degree) day and we were outdoors at a camping ground. You had to park the car and walk about 500 meters to the site. I thought we'd only be there for about an hour so left our water bottles in the car and didn't bother having breakfast.

We were there for three hours in the cold, windy and rainy weather. By the time we left I was totally over it. On the way home we had to stop at Aldi. We got caught in the rain on the way in and the way out. 

I was just starting to thaw out when we got pulled over for an RBT. The poor police officers were freezing cold, I felt so sorry for them. 

We got home, got changed then headed down to the park for a while. Chai was still in beast mode and I was totally over dealing with his crap behaviour. He was a monster the whole time we were at the park. By the time we got home I was well and truly over things and ready for the day to end.

When we got home, I looked out the door and saw this:

Then I went outside and saw this:

We got the trampoline four years ago. When we got it I asked Tiger to fasten it down so that it couldn't blow away in the wind. He told me it wouldn't blow away and didn't fasten it down. 

Three years ago, during a storm, Tiger was walking along the side of the house and nearly got hit by the trampoline as it tipped over. He still didn't bother fastening it down.
I've tried fastening it down but it doesn't hold. If he'd done what I've been asking him to for the last four years, it would have saved me a lot of grief.

I have nine people I can call for help when Tiger is away. None of them were available. There was glass all over the place from the lights smashing and I couldn't get the trampoline off the pool fence.

Not having anyone to help I stood there trying to figure out what I was going to do. Sitting down and crying seemed like a good option. I couldn't leave the trampoline where it was because it was unstable and I needed to get the glass cleaned up so that Shelby didn't cut herself. 
Instead of crying, I pulled myself together and decided to dismantle the trampoline. I figured that if I took the poles off I should be able to push the trampoline off the fence.

It took me two hours to dismantle the trampoline, get it off the fence and clean up the glass. I did the best I could but I'm still finding glass all over the place.

I couldn't get the glass and poles out of the pool, so they had to stay there until Tiger got home. 

By the time I was finished it was 6pm. Poor Shelby had to    stay inside the whole time so that her paws didn't get cut. 
After the day I'd had I decided we'd get fish and chips for tea cause there was no way I was going to cook. I called the fish and chip shop ten times, each time the phone was engaged. FFS.

In the end we went down there and only waited about ten minutes. We got home, had our dinner then the boys wanted to stay up late! FFS.

That was the last thing I needed. They were already up past their bedtime so I told them they'd had a stay up. Chai had a wobbly because he wanted to stay up on his own (without Eljay), but by that time I was well and truly over it so I put the boys to bed and went to bed about ten minutes later. 

What a day. This crap never happens when Tiger is home.

Monday, 6 August 2018

July Empties

It's the Bomb Bath and Body Products Coffee Scrub
I'm so sad that It's the Bomb closed down, this was my favourite scrub. I'm now on the hunt for a good sugar/salt scrub. 

Danearth Herbal Farmacy Facial Cleanser
I really enjoyed this cleanser and will be purchasing again as soon as the Bunbury Markets start up again.

Thankyou Hand Wash
The scent was lovely, the soap is gentle and non drying. I'm not loyal to hand washes, but I'll buy it again when it's on sale. 

Natralus Paw Paw Pure Gel

I always keep a tube of this or aloe vera gel in the fridge to help with burns and scrapes. I find the paw paw gel to be great at soothing and healing burns, straight out of the fridge it feels lovely and helps take the heat away. 
Natralus is quite difficult to find now, if I do manage to find it I'll be buying another tube. 

Aveda Damage Remedy Conditioner
Why do I have to love expensive hair care? The Damage Remedy range smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling very soft.

Beauty and the Bees moisturiser
Beauty and the Bees products are beautiful, if you haven't tried them, you need to. Their moisturiser is beautiful, I'll be buying a large pot as soon as I've finished a few of my other moisturisers.

Alcome Co The Unicorn Face Mask
It's not love. This was a nice face mask but it didn't do anything amazing. My skin felt nice after I used it but the next day there was no noticeable difference. 
Also, this is a mask that needs to be kept in the fridge which is not ideal for winter. 

Byron Body Coffee Body Scrub
Not as good as my favourite It's The Bomb body scrub, but still great. 
I'm thinking I'll start making my own coffee scrubs, I have enough coffee grounds and it wouldn't be difficult.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Seven Day System
I love this serum. It lasted about two weeks and would be perfect for travel. Vitamin C makes such a difference to my skin, it's so much clearer and brighter when I use Vitamin C regularly,

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant
I really need to repurchase my Thermafoliant. I love the warming feeling and it leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth.

Nude by Nature Nude Oil
Meh. Nude Oil was okay but not outstanding. It kept my skin hydrated but I wouldn't repurchase, I've used other oils that I prefer.  

Pacifica Tahitian Garden perfume
Despite wearing this throughout winter, it's a gorgeous, summery scent. The thin roller ball tube is great for carrying around and the scent lasts well.

Glam Glow Gravity Mud
I love this face mask and wish it wasn't so expensive. I've purchased a small tub, but once it's gone I'll probably spend the money and buy the big tub. It's expensive but worth it.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
I liked this eye cream but didn't find it did anything amazing. It kept my eye area hydrated and that's about it. I want an eye cream that works miracles, so my hunt continues.


The Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water went into the bin because it's not suitable for my sensitive skin. Ironic.

I've suddenly become allergic to my all time favourite primer, Rimmel Insta Flawless, so unfair. I'm now on the hunt for a glowy primer, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

The mascaras are all going because now that I've discovered tubing mascara I won't use any other formula.

The Victoria's Secret perfume won't pump out any more, I've tried everything but it can't be fixed. 

Everything else is very, very old. The Harlotte lippy pot was part of my Pan the Pots project until I realised that it's around ten years old!

How did you go with empties in July?

Friday, 3 August 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. This week has been tough. Really tough. Chai has been in beast mode all week. My sanity is hanging on by a thread.

2. My beautiful Emma will be here tomorrow.

3. Speaking of Emma's, Emma and Lachy Wiggle split up. Imagine how tough it'd be having to work with your ex.

4. I'm looking for a gel/cream eyeliner. They are so difficult to find. Please send me all your recs for good cruelty free gel eyeliners.

5. Happy Sunday lovelies. 

When I loved myself enough

Many years ago when I was going through a very low stage, I read a beautiful book by Kim McMillen called When I Loved Myself Enough. It listed all the ways she behaved when she learned how to extend love and compassion to herself.
At the time it was exactly what I needed to read.
I've now composed my own list. 
I'd love to know what's on your list.

When I loved myself enough...

I chose my battles....some things are worth fighting for, some are not.

I started saying no without explanation.

I played my music...all day.   

I spoke my truth without shame or fear.

I embraced those parts of me that are hurt, ashamed and scared. They need love as much as the whole parts do.

I got my crystals out and started growing my collection again.

I accepted that I'm a strange, barefoot hippie and that's perfectly okay.

I wore my crystals every day.

I stopped replying to messages, spending time with and dealing with people who cause me stress.

I started trusting myself.

I carved my own path instead of doing what was expected of me. 

I accepted that I'm not like most people and that's exactly how I want to be.

I stopped sharing my opinion with people who will never change.

I made sure to spend time in the bush...every single day.

I raised my face to the sky and danced in the rain.

I sat and watched the storm clouds rolling past.

I started going to the hairdresser again.

I bought the jumper with love hearts on it.

I stopped answering the phone when I didn't feel like talking.

I started reading every day.

I put my phone down and started paying attention to my life.

I started saying fuck's such an empowering word.

I wore my favourite things every day.

I used the nice cups and plates.

I got dressed up whenever I wanted to. Dressing up to do the housework makes it so much more fun.

I did what was right for my family and I, regardless of whether it was socially acceptable. 

I walked around barefoot whenever I could.

I bought myself a coffee from my favourite coffee shop every now and again.

I realised that doing something nice for myself is not selfish, it's loving. 

I treated myself with the kindness that I treat others. 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Dear Eljay

My precious boy. Today you are five. Five! It feels like you've been here forever and only a few weeks at the same time. Your birth seems like a lifetime ago and yet not that long ago.

It was this time five years ago that my waters broke as I was plating up dinner for Tiger and Chai. It wasn't much later that I was holding you in my arms and soaking in your beautiful newness. I lay looking at your for hours after you were born, you were such a tiny little bub.

Eljay, you are the light of my life. You are a curious, inquisitive and observant little man. You love to learn and love to help. You're constantly by my side helping me cook, clean and do things around the house. Learning fascinates you, you watch and listen intently then ask questions until you understand. The past few months you've really come out of your shell and are confident when talking to other people.

You're still fiercely independent and love to do things yourself. 

For your birthday this year you asked for: a spanner, an axe, wood scented lip balm, choc mint lip balm and more lip balms. 
You wanted the spanner and axe so that you can help Daddy when he's chopping wood and fixing things. We're going to get you your own tool box with real tools so that you can help out whenever you want to.

My precious boy. I hope that you stay wild, independent and happy. You are my beautiful boy and I love you more than life itself.


Monday, 30 July 2018

How to make the transition to natural deodorant

Deodorant is one of those every day essentials that most of us can't live without. It's also one of the products that really polarises the beauty world, some claim traditional deodorants can cause cancer, others say it can't. I don't know if it can or it can't, however I decided to make the switch to natural deodorant when I was pregnant and breastfeeding because I didn't like the idea of having chemicals so close to my babies head.

Finding a natural deodorant proved problematic. I have sensitive skin so can't use deodorant with bicarb soda in it, which is what most natural deodorants use. Finding a bicarb free natural deodorant that actually works was extremely difficult. Thankfully now there are a lot more natural deodorants available, so it's easier to find the right one.

I started my search for an effective natural deodorant around eight years ago. A lot of the deodorants I tried just didn't work. Others said that you needed to give your pits a month to detox before the deodorant would start to work. With that in mind, making the switch to natural deodorant isn't as simple as it sounds.

If you are going to make the switch, I recommend starting in winter when you don't sweat as much. Those of you who are used to wearing an antiperspirant may notice wetness, as natural deodorants don't stop sweating, they just control odour. I'm not sure if a detox is necessary, I didn't seem to have/need one, I just switched to natural deodorant and kept on trying different versions until I found one that worked for me.

Louella from Kiss Ready taught me that you need two different deodorants as hormonal changes can mean the deodorant isn't as effective at certain times of the month. Since Louella told me that I've noticed my deodorant does stop working at certain times during the month. To combat this I switch between two, when one stops working I switch to the other one for a few days, then switch back to my regular one.  

Once you've adjusted to using natural deodorant, you might find there are days when you don't need deodorant. I find that I have less body odour now and don't need deodorant during winter.

In summer I'll reapply my deodorant at lunchtime, the same as I would have when I wore traditional deodorant.

Of all the natural deodorants I've tried, my favourites are: Kiss Ready Skin Natural Deodorant, Alcome Co Bearly There Natural Deodorant Balm, Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste Barrier Booster and The Physic Garden Sensitive Deodorant.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. If you followed along with my Sephora Saga last year, you'll be happy to know that I've since shopped with them several times and had no issues at all. I'm still nervous each time I place an order, but so far so good. Let's hope it was just a one off fubar.

2. Isn't that a wonderful acronym? FUBAR. I love it. 

3. This month ten Australian women have been killed by their partners. What a horrifying statistic.

4. I've been experimenting with making my own chocolate. It's turning out quite well. I'll share the recipe when I've perfected it.

5. The Kiss Ready Skin Superfoods Antioxidants Face Mask is amazing. I used it on Wednesday and my skin still feels super soft today.

Friday, 27 July 2018

FFS Friday - Shoulda, coulda, woulda

Hello Friday, you beautiful thing. 
I've changed the font I use, what do you think? Keep or go back to the old font?
So lovers, what's been happening this week? Any news? Do tell.
I don't know what to talk about today. We've had a wet and windy week, lots of severe weather warnings, lots of rain, it's been lovely. 

Who else takes their kids to the park when it's raining? I do. Tiger won't, he thinks they'll get sick if they get wet. Silly man. You get sick from germs not water. 
Anyhow, the kids love the park when it's raining. They get wet, they get dirty and they have a great time running around in the rain, flying down the slide, rolling in the dirt and splashing in puddles. They have more fun when it's raining than they do when it's dry.

I don't know why more people don't let their kids play in the rain, it's so much fun. We usually drive down to the park, I take four towels and a change of clothes, then when we get home they have a warm bath and they're happy. 

Childhood should be magical, fun and full of happy adventures.  

Yesterday it was raining and the boys were bored so they got three cans of shaving cream, put them all over the trampoline and had a wonderful time sliding around. When they were freezing cold they came inside, had a bath and warmed up in front of the fire.

Childhood should be free. No fuss, no rules, just fun and freedom. Childhood is short, adulthood is long. If we don't allow our children the freedom to enjoy their childhood, they're not going to be happy adults.

A few years ago I made the decision to say yes to the boys whenever I can. Instead of saying no, if it's at all possible I say yes. 
I ask myself "why not?" We've had so much fun doing this. They go swimming at the beach in winter, playing in the rain, following the garbage truck, looking at fire engines, talking to people working in the street and all sorts of other fun things.

I've realised that a lot of the things they ask are great ideas. It's not often they ask to do something that we can't do. If they want to go to the park in the rain, we go. If they want to go to the beach when it's freezing cold, we go. If they want to have a bath at 10am, they do. 
Why not? What valid reason would I have for saying no to things like that? The only reason I'd have for saying no is control. But why is that so important? Why do we think we need to control children? It doesn't make sense to me.

What difference does it make if they have a bath in the morning instead of the evening? None at all.
So what if they go outside and get wet in the rain? As soon as they start to feel cold they come inside, no harm done.
Who cares if they go out wearing a strange combination of clothes and their shoes on the wrong feet? If they're comfortable and happy with their outfit, that's great!

We have our whole adulthood to spend being responsible, being controlled and doing what we "should", I'm not going to make my boys behave that way any time soon. 

Stay wild my beautiful child.