Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Baagi Milagiin ~ Grandmothers Spirit Lip Balm

One thing I'm constantly searching on Instagram is lip balms. I love finding new balms to try from small, Aussie businesses.

I discovered Baagi Milagiin Grandmothers Spirit on Instagram recently and Deb kindly sent me one of her balms to try.

In short, it's love. Instant love. It's so great when you open a new product and love it straight away.

Baagi Milagiin ~ Grandmothers Spirit is an Aboriginal therapeutic bush beauty range made using native Australian plant based ingredients. Their products are all natural and hand made.

So what makes me love this balm? 
It has a very subtle honey scent. When I say subtle, I really do mean subtle, the boys can't detect any fragrance at all.
It glides onto my lips and feels instantly soothing. 
The packaging is really pretty, you have the choice of a black or white tube.
Two layers give a lovely glossy shine. 
After using this product all day my lips felt soft and hydrated. 
Being all natural I'm happy for the boys to use it (they keep on pinching it).

You can buy a large 30 gram pot for $30 or a 5 gram tube for $6.
Baagi Milagiin ~ Grandmothers Spirit products can be purchased from their website

I also received a sample of the pink clay mask, it's the best clay mask I've ever used.

Note: This product was provided to me with no obligation to review (Deb doesn't even know I'm writing this post).

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. This week the boys have gone to three birthday parties. Their social life is much better than mine.

2. Have you had your skin checked? I had mine checked on Wednesday. It only takes 15 minutes and is so very important.

3. I've been trying to picture what the world will look like once covid is over. I think it's going to be totally different to the world we once knew.

4. I'm in throw out mode again. I bet I could throw out half of the contents of our house without anyone missing them.

5. For the last hour I've been trying to think of a fifth thought. I've got nothing.

Friday, 10 July 2020

FFS Friday - Whingeapalooza

This week has been crazy. It's been so busy and I don't like it at all.
Having said that, it's been a good week so I shouldn't complain. But I will because that's what FFS Friday is all about.

This week I started what is hopefully the final phase of my ankle rehab. My rehab is all gym based. I've been doing the rehab before my usual gym session, however that will have to change now as my new rehab routine takes me 1 hour and 20 minutes. We get an hour and a half at the gym, so I can't fit in rehab and a workout at the same time. 

I can stay at the gym longer, but our allocated creche time is an hour and a half, so it'd mean that Tiger and I would have to take two cars and he'd have to take the kids home whilst I did my workout. First world problems.

This week we got some bad news. 
I'm not sure yet how bad the news is.
Tiger's had problems with his elbows for years. They haven't bothered him too much so he's never done anything about it other than visit the physio every now and again.

Now that he's off work I convinced him to go to the Dr about his elbows. It wasn't good news.
They both have issues and one elbow will require surgery sooner rather than later. The Dr says he doesn't know how Tiger has managed to function with the bad elbow for all this time.

So now we're stuck. If he has surgery he won't be able to work. If he's not working we can't pay our bills once Jobseeker returns to it's normal rate.
I need to retrain before I get a job, so I'm no help. I have no idea what we're going to do but I'm sure we'll get through. We're hoping that he has income protection insurance.

See what I mean? It's bad news, it might be really bad news or it might not be so bad. It all depends on what the surgeon says. 

The BIL is slowly drawing closer. We don't know when he's going to get here, it could be this weekend, it could be a few weeks time. The wait is really annoying me!

That's all I have to complain about this week. 
I hope you've had a lovely week and have a beautiful weekend.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Where I shop: Saison

I've discovered a beautiful online shop and I just had to share it with you. 

It's Saison, an Australian store that has the most gorgeous range of products. I hadn't heard of them until my bff gave me a voucher for my birthday. 

Choosing what to buy was so difficult, I could easily have spent a huge amount there!

I chose beauty products, however they also have a great range of brushware, homewares, perfume and home fragrances.

If you're looking for a gift or want to pamper yourself, check out Saison. 
Shipping is free over $100 and if you sign up to their newsletter you'll get $10 off your first order.

Have you shopped at Saison?
What's your favourite online store?  

Note: This post is not sponsored or an ad.
The store link is not an affiliate link. 

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. This week has been gloriously wet and wild.

2. Speaking of that, how crazy has this winter been? We've had such intense storms, it's been crazy. We'd normally only get one full on storm per winter, we've had three so far and we're only one month into winter.

3. Why do they call it unlawful wounding? Is there any type of wounding that is legal?

4. I've been shopping with Nourished Life for years. This week I went to place an order and noticed that they no longer have free shipping for all orders. Now you have to spend $50 to get free shipping. Why would they do that? 
I didn't place my order.

5. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my posts about a Napoleon serum I purchased only to find it was half empty. I returned it to Priceline the next day and my money was refunded.
Napoleon messaged me on Instagram and asked me to email them with details of when and where I purchased the serum and photos of the half empty bottle. I emailed them as requested.
You know what they said? Take it back to the store for a refund, if they don't give you a refund let us know.
What a waste of time. They could have said that when they messaged me on Instagram!
I've never had a great  experience with Napoleon products. 

Friday, 3 July 2020

FFS Friday - Where The Field?

Hello and welcome to my Friday whinge. How are you all? I hope you've had a good week.
Our week has been pretty good. Chai has eased up on the torture and things have been quite peaceful.

The BIL is now on his way here. Tiger is thinking that it'll take him a week to get here (meaning he'll be here mid next week). I think he'll be here today or tomorrow. FML.

He travelled half the distance in his first day and told his parents he wants to get here asap. FFS.

I'm filled with dread. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Let's hope it's not as bad as I imagine it's going to be.

Do you ever wonder WTF is wrong with people? 
I do. 
Thanks to the corona virus outbreak in Victoria, people in my town have started hoarding toilet paper again. WTF?  

Why? We are in regional Western Australia. There are very few covid cases here. We don't have an outbreak. Victorian people can't come to WA, we aren't at risk, so why the fuck are people hoarding toilet paper again? 

Why did they start hoarding it in the first place? Covid doesn't give you gastro, it's not a stomach bug. I just don't understand. Stockpiling food I understand, but not loo rolls, that's just stupid. 

Silly me didn't realise that I needed to keep up with my loo paper, so when we were nearly out and I went to replenish I got a rude shock to see that the shelves were bare.

The stupid thing is that the silly hoarders force us all to buy more than we need just in case they start hoarding again and we can't buy dunny roll. FFS.

From now on I'm going to buy loo paper every few weeks, just so that we don't run out. How ridiculous. 

The other thing I really want to know is, what are they doing with all the loo paper they hoarded? Surely the people who hoarded it during the first wave of idiocy have still got plenty left, so why are they hoarding again? Or are they not hoarding and have another load of people gone crazy and decided to start hoarding? 

Maybe they take it in turns hoarding? 

I've got a good idea. They could assign everyone a number and when it's your turn you can buy dunny rolls then you can't buy it again till your turn comes round a few weeks later. Sort of like sprinkler days except for loo paper. It could be based on your house number like watering days are, so you'd just show your license and they'd let you buy toilet tissue.

I'm full of good ideas.


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish

Essie Gel Couture Stitch by Stitch, Top Coat, Fairy Tailor

I'm not a nail polish person. I love the look of nail polish but every time I paint my nails it chips within a few hours so it's just not worth the effort. 
I used to buy nail polish regularly, hoping that it might be the miracle one that would last on me, but other than a Revlon Colourstay polish that I used about 15 years ago, nothing has worked.

At the recently Priceline sale I noticed that the Essie Gel Couture nail polishes were half price. I've heard good things about them so picked one up to give it a go.

I chose the colour Stitch by Stich which is a medium toned pink. It is quite sheer so I had to put on three layers for opaque coverage. It dried really quickly which was great, I hate having to sit around waiting for my nails to dry. Once I'd put the three layers on I put the top coat on and that was it. 

Four days later the polish was still going strong with no flaking or chipping! 
Essie says it can last up to twelve days. I got seven days wear, on the eighth day it started to flake away on the ends of my nails so I removed it. 

I'd say I might have got longer wear if I'd reapplied the top coat, but I'm so happy that it looked perfect for seven day. I'm happy to pain my nails once a week.

Once I realised how awesome Gel Couture is I went back and picked up the pale pink Fairy Tailor.

Gel Couture costs $16.95 and is available and Priceline and Mecca.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. We've only been out of lock down a few weeks and I'm already thinking of ways to slow down and simplify our lives.

2. This week I wore normal shoes on both feet for the first time in 8 months! It was very exciting. I only lasted a few hours, but it was still nice.

3.To all of those reading this on Bloglovin, hello and thank for reading!

4. To all of you not reading on Bloglovin, thank you for reading too :)

5. How good is coffee. (That's a statement not a question.)

Friday, 26 June 2020

FFS Friday - Broken wings

We're now a week closer to BIL's arrival and I'm filled with dread. I really, really don't want him here. I hate having people in my space. I have no idea how I'm going to cope. 

I've been asked by several people if Tiger discussed this with me before telling BIL he could stay with us. He did. He knows how I feel about it. If I insisted then BIL wouldn't stay, but he's family and I would never put Tiger in the position of having to tell his brother that he can't stay. 

As awful and difficult as it will be for me, Tiger hasn't lived in the same state as his brother for over seven years so it'll be really nice for them to get some quality time together. They are very close and Tiger has really missed BIL. I wouldn't deny him time with his family just as he wouldn't deny me if the tables were turned.

Tiger will do his best to protect me and make sure I'm coping okay. I've also arranged with my BFF to spend time at her place if I need to. She has a spare room and I have a key to her house so if I need to escape I can go there and stay a few nights whenever I want to. 
Added to that, I have a good friend who lives across the road so I can always go visit her when I need some peace.

This week it's become quite apparent that Chai is trying to kill us. He's expertly utilising various torture methods.

Sleep torture is his most effective weapon. After lulling us into complacency by giving us around three blissful weeks of him sleeping in his own bed all night, he's now reverted to coming into our room every single night. 

Not only does he come in, he makes sure to wake us up by shining a light into our face and talking until we are both wide awake. Once he's woken us both up he then refuses to go back to his own bed and tells us that he can't sleep because he's either scared or having bad thoughts. Fight this all we like, he will not go back to his own room and ultimately ends up happily ensconced in our bed whilst I lie there wide awake in our bed and Tiger does the same thing in Chai's bed.

We thought we'd outsmart him by putting a mattress in our room and telling him that if he came into our room he had to sleep on the mattress. That resulted in our worst night ever. He didn't like the mattress where it was so refused to sleep on it. We put him back into his bed where he started crying so we had to quickly get him out before he woke up Eljay.
Back in our room he still wouldn't sleep on the mattress and we were all wide awake. Mother Nature then decided to lend Chai a helping hand and started a huge storm. Chai is petrified of storms. 

I spat the dummy and went to the lounge room, resigned to being wide awake. Tiger put the mattress in the spot Chai wanted it and tried to get to sleep. Undeterred, Chai made sure Tiger couldn't get to sleep by asking to hop into bed with him every two minutes until he wore Tiger down. Chai slept in our bed with Tiger, I slept in Chai's bed that night. I think Tiger and I got about three hours sleep. 

We're totally broken.  

Added to that Chai's behaviour is horrible. He's so awful to his brother and nothing we do changes that. 

In a way it's been really good for Tiger to finally understand what I've been going through all these years. He's always thought that everything would be okay when he wasn't working away.
He's not working away and it's not okay. It's far from okay. 

We're both broken and I don't know how we're going to continue. I also know that we will continue because there is no other option.

If only we could find someone to help. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

The Lip Oil Series: YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-in-Oil

I'm not sure what happened but I totally forgot about The Lip Oil Series. My last post was in July last year. Oops. I have plenty of Lip Oils so shall continue the series until I've reviewed my whole collection.

Today I'll tell you about the YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-in-Oil.

I've long been a fan of YSL lip products. They're expensive but so beautiful. I love the apricot scent and they always nail the formula. 

Volupte Tint-in-Oil is one of the first lip oils I purchased. It's a light, hydrating wash of sheer colour. On me the glossy shine wears off after a few hours however my lips feel hydrated for around six hours.  

The hydration is thanks to a combination of four different oils: apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and passiflora edulis seed oil (aka maracuja oil). 

I really like the applicator, the bent shapes fits my lips perfectly making application precise and super easy.

I have the shade Pink About Me, which looks very bright on the sponge applicator but is clear on my pigmented lips. On someone with lighter lips it would give a lovely sheer pink flush.

As with most YSL lip products Tint-in-Oil has a lovely apricot flavour and fragrance. 
If you'd like to read my previous Lip Oil Series posts they're:
Zoella Tinted Berry Lip Oil
Physician's Formula Argan Wear Lip Oil Duo
Lancome Juicy Shakers vs Designer Brands Lavish Lip Oil
Kiehl's Love Oil for Lips and Yes to Coconuts Cooling Lip Oil
Rimmel Oh My Gloss Oil Tint

What's your favourite lip oil?