Friday, 24 October 2014

FFS Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've all had a good week. I have had a relatively peaceful week, it's been lovely.

My hayfever is unrelenting. FFS.

It's driving me crazy. FFS.

I've used a large box of tissues in the last five days. FFS.

Because I'm breastfeeding I can't take anything for it. FFS.

Speaking of breastfeeding, Eljay is not showing any signs of wanting to stop. When Chai was the same age as Eljay is he was only having one feed day. Eljay feeds at least five times a day. Half of me is pleased about this and half of me is annoyed. FFS/Not FFS.

I love breastfeeding but there are times when I'm sick of having a child attached to my chest. FFS.

Eljay is not sleeping well at the moment. FFS.

He hasn't been sleeping well for the last four weeks. FFS.

I have no idea why. FFS.

I am sofa king tired. FFS.

He has also decided that he's a climber. FFS.

It terrifies me. FFS.

One day he just woke up and decided to start climbing, so he did. FFS.

He climbs everything. FFS.

He gets on the table, on the arm of his feeding chair, on the back of the lounge chair, anything he can climb he does. FFS.

He's really proud of himself and calls out to me so that I can witness his triumph. I'll walk into the room and see something like this. FFS.

Chai wasn't a climber so I have no idea how to deal with this. FFS.

Chai is totally obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the moment. FFS.

He spends all day pretending to be a ninja turtle. FFS.

I never know what to call him, he's never Chai, he's Leo, Donny, Raph or Mikey. FFS.

I regularly get in trouble for calling him the wrong name. It goes like this:
C: Mummy, I'm Raph.
M: Hi Raph.
C: No, I'm not Raph, I'm Donny, you're Raph.
M: Okay Donny.
C: I'm not Donny I'm Leo.
M: Ok honey.
C: I'm not honey, I'm Mikey.

I am so, so sick of pretending to be a ninja turtle and fighting baddies! FFS.

In other news, meet our new daughter Bella. Isn't she beautiful! We got her on Wednesday. She's a rescue puppy and she is gorgeous. She's a Shar Pei Heeler mix and eleven weeks old. We're in love. 
That concludes my weekly whinge. Have a beautiful weekend lovely people.
If you haven't had a great week, please tell me all about it in the comments.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Natural Supply Co

I'm very excited to tell you all the the Natural Supply Co is now open!

Natural Supply Co was born in 2014 after lifelong friends, Catherine Brooks and Celeste Fay, found that they couldn't find natural (yet delightful!) beauty, skincare and lifestyle products, along with meaningful information, in one place.

Devout lovers of all things natural yet luxurious, Celeste and Catherine are passionate about using products that harness the power of natural ingredients
and are beautiful to have in your bathroom, kitchen or home. Natural Supply Co was created to profile and share natural and low-toxic products that Catherine and Celeste love using themselves. An extra incentive was helping get the word out there about the amazing people behind the brands they stock and their stories, which led to such wonderful innovation.

The store is still evolving however they already stock some amazing brands such as Bite Beauty, W3ll People, Yard Skincare and Murchison-Hume. Use code FREESHIP to get free shipping on orders over $99.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

This weeks face

Another week, another very simple face. I really miss the days where I could take time putting on my makeup and trying different looks. Now I'm usually holding Eljay in my arms and trying to stop him grabbing whatever I'm using whilst hoping Chai isn't tearing the house apart.

I didn't get much sleep this week so I've been trying to get my glow on to fake a wide awake look. Not sure I fooled anyone but it was worth a try. I didn't bother including my mascara or brow pencil as I'm using the same ones every week.

My Olay Touch of Foundation is nearly finished. I'm doing my best to use it up, it'll give me another Beauty Diet empty. My Maybelline Lumi Touch Concealer floated to the top of my make-up bag so it's been my concealer of choice this week. It's great for hiding dark circles and it wear well with only minimal creasing. I'm going to endeavour to finish this by the end of the year, that should be achievable as it's only small.

Illuminator is a must for super tired people, my choice this week was my Revlon Skinlights. Do they still make these? I'm not sure. If they don't it's a shame as they are a gorgeous product. They give a glow without being glittery or highlighting all my flaws.

A skin tone eyeliner is the secret to faking wide awake eyes and this little gem by Models Prefer is perfect. It's the Infinite Colour Eye Pencil in Nude Appeal. The colour is just the right shade to fake the wide awake look without being too bright and obvious. 

Lips have been Nars Dragon Girl or L'oreal Infallible in Blossoming Berry.

I had wanted to finish my Inglot AMC blush as part of the Beauty Diet but clearly that's not going to happen. I was using it every day at the start of the year but then I got side tracked and forgot about it. In a way I'm glad I haven't finished it as it's a gorgeous colour and I'd miss it if it was gone.

My horrible eye rash has come back but I'm sick of not wearing eye make-up so I used my MAC Painterly Paint Pot. It's great for a nude wash of colour, it brightens my eyes but at the same time it's barely noticeable.

What were your favourite products this week? 

Friday, 17 October 2014

FFS Friday - In the air tonight

I don't know if it's the change of seasons or there is something in the air at the moment, but I'm ready to pack it in and move. FFS.

If Tiger told me he had a residential job somewhere I'd be there in a heartbeat. FFS.

Pretty stupid considering that I've just started building a support network here. I have a few friends that I see regularly, Chai has a friend and my family is close. Moving would be stupid. FFS.

I think about it constantly. FFS.

So far I've suggested to Tiger that we move to Dubai, Cananda, Melbourne, Karratha, Perth, Bendigo, Hobart and Queensland. He hasn't said no to any of these suggestions so I live in hope. Not FFS.

Selling everything and touring around in a bus is looking pretty attractive right now too. FFS. 

There are times I'm amazed that I'm allowed to be in charge of kids. FFS.

Wednesday night I put Chai to bed as per usual. About an hour later both boys woke up and when I was trying to get them back to sleep I realised that I hadn't put a nappy on Chai. FFS.

Thankfully he hadn't wee'd everywhere. Not FFS.

As I went to sleep that night I was thankful that Chai was wearing a nappy so that I wouldn't wake up in a pool of wee. Not FFS.

Must have been tempting fate or something because instead I woke up in a bloodbath. FFS.

Chai had gotten a blood nose during the night and there was blood everywhere. FFS.

All over the sheets, the quilt, the pillows, Chai and me. FFS.

By 8am I'd been awake three hours, done four loads of washing, changed two nappies, got myself and both the kids fed and dressed, striped and remade the bed and drank two coffees.

As I was hanging out the last load of washing Chai decided to smear food all over the clean quilt that was hanging on the line to dry. FFS.

Luckily I could spot clean it instead of having to wash the quilt again. FFS.

As he gets older I am seeing more and more of me in Eljay. Lucky boy. Heh.

He is a very strong willed little thing and gets extremely upset when he doesn't get what he wants. FFS.

Taking the lead from his brother he's started headbutting. FFS.

He has a permanent bruise in the middle of his forehead from headbutting things. FFS.

When I don't give him what he wants he headbutts me. FFS.

If he can't headbutt me he headbutts the floor, the wall or anything else that's in reach. FFS.

I alternate between being concerned and wanting to laugh. FFS/Not FFS.

That's the end of my weekly whinge. You probably won't hear from me next week as there is a strong chance I'll be dead. I'm going to start exercising again and instead of easing into it I've decided to do HIIT. I know it's going to kill me. If it doesn't kill me I expect I'll be totally incapacitated and unable to move my arms and legs. In light of my imminent demise, it's been lovely knowing you all, have a wonderful life.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lanolips 101 Fruities Collection

You may recall me complaining a while ago about the Lanolips 101 Strawberry ointment being released in the UK before it was released here. You'll be pleased to know that it's now available here, along with a Peach and Apple version too. Together they make up the 101 Ointment Fruities Capsule Collection.

As with the regular 101 Ointment, the Fruities can be used all over the body. I use them mainly as lip and cuticle balms, plus I use the peach ointment on my boys for nappy rash and grazes. It's a great addition to my nappy bag because it's small and can be used for so many different purposes. 
As you can see from the photo below, they have a slanted applicator meaning that they can be applied directly to the lips.  

Each of the three fruits have been selected for their different benefits. 
Strawberry contains alpha-hydroxy acids to help exfoliate dead skin cells.
Peach sinks into the skin easily and revives due to the combination of vitamins and polyunsaturated fats. 
Apple is acidic, contains vitamins and antioxidants so acts as a natural environmental protection.

I love all my Fruities, as with the original 101 Ointment they are a great, versatile product. My only complaint is that they don't have a flavour, it'd be great if they tasted as good as they smell.

The Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities Capsule Collection is available now from Mecca Maxima (instore and online). Each ointment costs $13.95. 

The disclosure for this one is a little bit confusing. I bought the strawberry balm from Victoria Health ages ago. Then I got the peach balm free with the November issue of Elle magazine. Then I was sent all three balms to review. So that's clear as mud.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Born to Balm lip balms

Who here knew that Sophie from Born to Buy has her own range of lip balms? If you didn't before, you do now! Sophie is a lip balm addict like me so I'm sure you won't be surprised to know that her balms are pretty awesome.

Sophie was kind enough to send me all four flavours. There is Killa Vanilla, Pink Lady, Berry Ripe and Watermelody. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite, in fact I can't pick a favourite, they're all lovely. 

Lately Berry Ripe has been getting the most wear, it reminds me of my favourite lip smacker that I used for years and years until it was discontinued. 

If you've tried My Lip Stuff lip balms, these have a similar type of feeling but they are a lot more hydrating. They're like My Lip Stuff on steroids. The texture is light, creamy and hydrating. There's no hint of waxiness and they feel very light on my lips. I get about three hours wear before I need to reapply, that is if I don't lick all the balm off because it tastes so good. 

Born to Balm lip balms cost $9.00 and can be purchased from the Born to Buy store here

Ingredients: ricinus communis seed oil, cetyl stearyl alcohol, olea europaea fruit oil, beeswax, hydrogenated castor oil, glycine soja lipids, lauryl laurate, copernicia cerifera wax, euphorbia cerifera wax, flavor oil.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

This weeks face

Finally the horrible allergy eye rash is starting to clear up so I was able to wear some colour on my eyes. I've really missed being able to wear eye shadow. I've also been trying out the eye shadow under eye trick that I saw on Lillit's blog and I really like it.

My foundation this week was Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover. I'm trying to use this up, I'm sure it replenishes overnight. It's lovely foundation that doesn't sink into fine lines or look cakey, so I don't mind that it seems to be taking me forever to finish. 

I'm debating whether or not to keep my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. It does a good job and I quite like it, but it's not as good as my Bobbi Brown Corrector. In the interest of clearing out my stash, I'm thinking of getting rid of this. But then again, I quite like it. I'll use it a bit more before I decide. 

Another favourite from Bobbi Brown is my Long Wear Cream Shadow in Slate. It's a gorgeous, buildable taupe. The great thing about Bobbi Brown cream shadows is that they don't crease, even when used without a primer. 

For my under eye shadow I used the Nude By Nature Contour shade. This came in a kit that hubby got me and it's perfect for under eye definition. Once again I used my Innoxa navy liner, it's such a great product, I need to do a full review on it. 

As usual, I'm using my Shu Uemura Hard Brow Pencil and Maybelline Define a Lash mascara.

I didn't get a whole lot of sleep this week, so used my Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush and powder, they really make my skin look amazing.

Lips were a combination of Bobbi Brown Pink Buff Rich Colour Gloss, Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Canvas and Victoria's Secret Smooth Kiss Glossy Lip Butter in Dare to Bare. 

The Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is a lovely, long lasting product, I'd like to get a few more shades. Bobbi Brown lipglosses are always lovely and the Victoria's Secret Lip Butter is a new favourite, it tastes amazing.

What was on your face this week?

Friday, 10 October 2014

FFS Friday

Oops, it's 12pm and I've only just realised that today is Friday. Does anyone else lose track of the days like that? I never know what day it is. 
This week I finally admitted to myself that I'm over FIFO. FFS.

I've had enough, I don't want to do it anymore. FFS.

It's not going to change anything though because there are no jobs locally. FFS.

There aren't any residential jobs where Tiger works either. FFS.

We're stuck doing FIFO for the foreseeable future. FFS.

Fecking brilliant. FFS.

I keep telling myself that Tiger only works half the year and we get so much time with him that we wouldn't have if he was working a regular job, but it's not helping. FFS.

He hasn't said it, but I know that Tiger is over it too. FFS.

He's always telling me about guys who've gone back to a regular job and hated it. He's trying to convince himself that FIFO is awesome. Neither of us are buying it. FFS.

He hates it as much as I do. FFS.

I just want to have a normal life again. I know that we wouldn't see Tiger as much, but I want my husband to come home every night. I want to be able to talk to him during the day. I want to wake up with him in the mornings. I want him to be able to have a day off if I'm sick. I want him here with me. FFS.

I don't want to hear Chai crying for Daddy or see Eljay walking around the house calling for Daddy and trying to find him. I'm over it. FFS.

I really feel for people with partners in the armed forces. I get to talk to Tiger every night, those with partners in the armed forces never know when they'll get to talk to their partners. I can't imagine how difficult that would be. FFS.

That's the end of my whinge for today. If you've had any FFS worthy moments, please tell me all about them.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Easy Lentil Soup Recipe

I don't think I mentioned it on here, but a while ago I saw a nutritionist. I saw her for two different reasons, one to help with my energy levels and two to make sure I'm getting enough protein as I don't eat meat. We quickly established that my diet was severely lacking protein so she advised me to eat more legumes. Thankfully I like lentils so adding them into my diet hasn't been a problem.
One of my favourite and really easy ways to eat lentils is as soup. It couldn't be easier, it takes about half an hour to make enough to last me a week.

1 large onion
1 375 gram bag of red lentils (you can use green lentils but red lentils look nicer)
8 cups of vegetable stock (or chicken stock if you aren't vegetarian)
2 tablespoons of curry powder

Chop up the onion and brown in the pot with a little bit of oil. Add the lentils, curry powder and vegetable stock, stir well then cover and simmer for half an hour.

That's it. Simple, healthy and really yummy. You can substitute curry paste for the curry powder if you want something with a bit of bite, I prefer the flavour that the curry powder gives. 

This soup is really adaptable, you can add in almost anything. I've added potato, zucchini, broccoli and any other vegetables that need to be used up. 

I usually add in a tablespoon of greek yoghurt just before I eat it, to give a beautiful creamy flavour. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

September Empties

It's empties time again! I didn't manage to finish many products this month, but I did finish a perfume which I'm pretty pleased about. 
Dr Lewinn's Sensitive Cleansing Milk - This was nice and gently cleansed my skin. Not much else to say about it.

Keratinology Express Treatment Conditioner -  Did it's job, that's it. It Doesn't compare to Original and Mineral, but nothing does so that's no surprise.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't understand the hype about Micellar waters. This was okay and if it was on special I'd buy it again as it's an effective makeup remover.
Smartskin Facial Cleansing Wipes -These are brilliant and really cheap. I get them from Coles, they cost $2 a packet and are often on sale for $1 a packet. I accidentally got the scented ones, next time I'll get unscented.
The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel - I was really sad to finish this as it smells amazing and was limited edition so I can't buy it anymore.

Franc Serum - This is a lovely winter serum. Actually it's not really a serum, it's an oil, however it sinks in quickly, leaves my skin feeling hydrated and isn't at all oily.

Chanel Chance -Whilst I'm really pleased that I finished a perfume, I'm sad that this is gone as it's one of my favourite perfumes. I'll buy it again one day, but I'm on a mission to finish up the majority of my perfumes so I won't be repurchasing any time soon.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate - I didn't particularly like this. It smelled pretty gross and stung my skin.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Antioxidant Berry -  Initially I didn't particularly like this but it grew on me and by the time I was half way through the tube I really liked it.

Allegra Rhodes Ocean Mist Hand Cream - This would make a great, light hand cream for summer. It doesn't cut it as a winter hand cream, but it smells amazing.