Monday, 6 July 2015

Project Life Detox - Update and Eyeliner Destash

I mentioned before that my Project Life Detox has gone off the rails. It's still off the rails. Try as I might it's just not happening.
I've realised that in order to detox my life I need to detox myself first, so in a few weeks time I'm starting the Rejuvenate Program. I'm really excited about it and can see it benefiting the whole family. I probably know most things that Caroline is going to tell me, but I need someone to kick start me. I can't expect to detox my life when I haven't detoxed myself first. I need to feel refreshed and calm in order to transform my household. 

When I first looked at the program I thought it was expensive, but after considering it I think it's very reasonably priced. Plus, what value do I put on my health? I'm worth it. It's going to be really nice to put myself first and do something just for me. I haven't done that since before I had Chai and it's way overdue.

Yesterday I was looking for a lilac lip liner. Turns out I don't own one. Can anyone recommend one to me?

Since I couldn't find a lilac lip liner did an eyeliner destash. I have a ridiculous amount of eyeliners (75) and yet I only use one of them. Yes, that's right, I wear the same eyeliner every day. I went through them all and tossed out 26 straight away then I grouped them all into colours and tossed out anther 16. I tried three on and tossed them as well, leaving me with a total of 45 liners tossed.
Cull round one. These ones all went because they were old, smelled funny, were duplicates or were too hard/scratchy etc.
Round 2. Most of these went because they were duplicates, a few of them were really hard.
Just a couple of swatches.
The winners! I've since got rid of three in this photo.

The liners that survived the cull are sitting in a bag ready for me to go through. I'm going to use each of them and any that I'm not happy with will be tossed. Each liner I kept is a unique colour, other than the dark green, the two I kept are nearly identical but I didn't know which one I liked best so I kept them both. I'll test them out and whichever one applies the nicest gets to stay.

Whilst I was on a roll I tossed a whole pile of stickers and bits and pieces I had been planning to use whilst doing craft with the kids. They were sitting in a tool box and the boys would regularly get everything out and throw it all over the floor. When they did that yesterday I had enough so the whole lot got tossed. I also threw out a few old plastic plates for good measure.

Next on my hit list is eye shadow. I'm not sure when I'll get to it, but I plan on being ruthless. I was eyeing them off yesterday when I was getting my eye liners out, so I'm sure the poor shadows know what's coming. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A small triumph

A while ago I wrote about the parenting decision I have most trouble sticking to. You can read about it here. At that time it was a daily struggle not to smack Chai.

A few weeks ago I realised that I don't remember the last time I wanted to smack him. I've been letting that sink in for a while and am so, so pleased. I thought it might be a temporary thing but I've realised that even though the last few weeks/months have been tough I haven't once thought about smacking Chai.

He's been upset so doing all sorts of frustrating things recently, hitting, yelling etc and not once did I think of smacking him. Yes! I won't say that I'm totally cured and that I'll never want to smack him again, but I will say that I have won this round.

It was seven months ago I wrote my post, I certainly wasn't expecting to be writing a post like this so soon, I expected to battle with it for at least  a year. Maybe it'll come up again, no doubt it will, but right now, in this moment, I have broken the cycle and I am so very very proud.

Friday, 3 July 2015

FFS Friday - Shattered

Let's just talk about Saturday. It was a shamozzle of a day. FFS.

Is that how you spell shamozzle? Anyone know? I don't. FFS.

Our day started at 5am when Eljay woke up screaming. FFS.

Nothing I did would calm him down. FFS.

He didn't want a feed, he didn't want a cuddle, he didn't want me to rub his back or pat his bottom. He didn't want me to leave him alone, he didn't want me to touch him, he didn't want pain killer etc. I tried everything but he wouldn't stop crying. FFS.

Tiger came racing in and yelled at me. FFS.

Sofaking helpful. FFS.

Eventually we got Eljay calmed down but by that time we were all wide awake. FFS.

Poor Eljay was clearly sick, he had a fever, pink spots on his cheeks and he kept on saying his ear was sore. FFS.

I mentioned in last weeks post that I thought the Dr had misdiagnosed Chai. FFS.

He was no better on Saturday so we took both boys to the Dr. Two sick children is not fun. FFS.

The Dr was booked out but fitted us in so we had to go straight down. I was still in bed (holding a sleeping/feeding Ejlay) and Tiger had only just finished giving everyone breakfast (the PIL's were down), so we threw on our clothes and high tailed it to the Dr's surgery. I pulled up out the front, we raced in and were told we were in the wrong surgery. FFS.

We raced back out into the cold with our two sick boys and got ourselves to the right surgery. Not FFS.

Unsurprisingly the Dr confirmed that Chai doesn't have croup, he has bronchitis, just as I thought. FFS/Not FFS.

Since there's been a whooping cough outbreak he decided to test him for that just to be sure. 

Poor Eljay has an ear infection and the Dr also noticed that he has very large (not inflamed) tonsils. FFS.

This could cause sleep apnea, snoring and restless sleep. The Dr wanted him to have a face xray and he'll probably have to be checked out by an ENT. FFS.

I was at the Dr's reception when I noticed that one of the tests had the wrong name on it, so had to wait for the form to be reprinted. FFS.

The Dr wanted both the tests done that day. FFS.

Since neither Tiger or I had showered, we raced home, had a shower, got Eljay dressed (we'd taken him to the Dr in pj's and dressing gown) and headed back out. FFS.

When we told MIL what was going on she said that rather than take Eljay to an ENT we should pray about it. FFS.

Like that'd help. FFS.

Chai's test went fine, he was very brave. Not FFS.

Then we went for Eljay's xray. It did not go well. FFS.

He wouldn't stay still for me so Tiger had to hold him. FFS.

They couldn't get a very clear shot because he wouldn't stay still. Hopefully it'll be clear enough for a diagnosis. FFS.

By that time it was 12pm and I was starving as I hadn't eaten. FFS.

We stopped at the bakery for food and then headed home. We were debating which chemist to go to, the one on the way home or the one in our suburb. We decided to use the one in our suburb as it's a small, independent chemist and we like to shop locally where we can. 

I went in leaving Tiger in the car with the boys who were happily eating their bakery goods. Not FFS.

I was in the chemist for 30 minutes. FFS.

As well as being flat out busy the didn't have the medicine we needed for Chai. FFS.

They kindly called the other chemists for us and you can guess which one had the medicine we needed. Yep, the one on the way home. FFS.

By that time we'd all had enough and it was way past Eljay's nap time so we headed home and I put Eljay to sleep. 

I made myself a coffee and as I was putting the lid on the travel mug I tipped it over and spilled it everywhere. FFS.

I cleaned up the mess then headed out to get Chai's medicine. FFS.

There weren't many customers at the chemist so I expected to be out of there pretty quickly. Silly me. FFS.

I was there for 45 minutes. FFS.

I'd seen two customers arrive after me, lodge their prescriptions, receive their prescriptions and leave when the pharmacy assistant asked me for my address as the computer wouldn't let her process my script. FFS.

I assumed it wouldn't be much longer but three more customers lodged and received their prescriptions before I finally got mine and could go home. FFS.

By the time I got home I was starving and totally exhausted. FFS.

To make matters worse, the night before I shattered the screen on my new phone. FFS.

Fun times.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Products I regret buying

It's been a while since I posted about the products I regret buying. I'm usually pretty careful with what I buy now, I do my research prior to purchasing so I don't get many duds. Most of the products shown in this post were impulse buys, there's a lesson in that!

boe Professional Pout Perfect Lip Cream - This looks so pretty, I love the colour, but the product is disappointing. It's a very thin, unsubstantial formula and it's really grainy. Being a lip cream I expected a thicker, creamy formula, not something that feels light and grainy. The colour payoff isn't great, half an hour after application it has disappeared and my lips are bare. 

Youngblood lipstick - I'm so, so upset about my Youngblood lipstick. I've tried a few Youngblood products and really liked them, so I had high hopes for the lipstick but the first time I used it, it snapped off at the base. I put it back together but it snapped off again. If it was a cheap lipstick I wouldn't have minded, but when I pay $35 for a lipstick I expect much better quality. 

Kmart Toffee and Apple lip balms - I don't know why I'm even bothering to write about these. When I pay $2 for something I really shouldn't be surprised that it's crap. Even the boys refused to use these balms.  

Gerard Cosmetics lipstick and lipgloss - These get so much hype, people are constantly raving about how amazing they are and I have no idea why. I've since discovered that prior to them sending out products for review, Gerard Cosmetics make the blogger/youtuber etc agree to post a positive review. And people agree to it! How unethical! It does explain all the rave reviews.
These products are no better than drugstore products, in fact Rimmel and Maybelline are better quality.
The lipstick has cheap plastic packaging that feels flimsy and breaks easily. The lipstick itself is okay but nothing amazing. As for the gloss, it's meh. It does the job but it's nothing to write home about.

Avon Ultra Colour Lip Crayon - It's no secret I'm obsessed with chunky lip crayons, I need to try them all. This one I wish I hadn't bothered with. It doesn't mention it or show in any of the swatches, but this is a glitter bomb. All I can feel when I wear this is gritty glitter particles on my lips.

Rimmel Velvet Matte nail polish - These had so much potential but they are a big fail for me. When used on my fingers I don't even get a full day before they chip and on my toes, where nail polish usually remains unchipped for at least a week, I get two days. That's pretty woeful.

W7 Super Pout - This is very similar to the boe lip cream. It's gritty, really thin and just unpleasant.

Savy by DB Nourishing lip liner - There is nothing nourishing about this lip liner. It's extremely hard, drags across my lips and barely leaves any colour. I've tried sharpening it and warming it up but it made no difference.

OXX Lip Crayon - Another cheapie and another dud. The colour payoff just isn't there. It takes about five layers to even see a slight hint of colour.

Manicare Artiste contour brush - I've been using Manicare eye shadow brushes for years without any problems so I wasn't expecting the face brushes to be any different. They are. This brush really irritates my sensitive skin. I used it twice and both times I got itchy red welts on my face.

What products have disappointed you recently?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Thoughts of the month

1. I'm obsessed with Ed Sheeran's new song Photograph. It's been on repeat for the whole month. The boys love watching the video clip, they call it the baby song.

2. Speaking of Ed Sheeran, this is awesome.

3. I got onto the matcha bandwagon a few months ago. Last week I tried making a matcha latte, it was awful. Green tea and milk do not go well together. Gross.

4. I made my own almond milk. It tastes so much better than the store bought stuff and it's so easy.

5. You all need to read this article.

6. After I learned about the whole Ellie Goulding/Ed Sheeran thing, I no longer like Ellie Goulding.

7. Charlotte Tilbury now ships to Australia. This could prove to be very expensive.

8. I've decided I'm going to marry Ed Sheeran. I just have to break the news to hubby and Ed first. No problem.

9. If you like colouring in, you'll love this.  

10. End of financial year, yay!

Friday, 26 June 2015

FFS Friday - Contagious

It's so difficult to find a good Dr that the whole family likes. FFS.

We had a good Dr last year but she left to further her studies. FFS.

We recently found another good Dr who we all like and now he's left too. FFS.

As far as I can see he hasn't started practicing elsewhere so we are on the hunt for a Dr again. FFS.

Chai is sick at the moment so we took him to a new Dr on Wednesday. She was awful, really condescending to Tiger and I and rude to Chai. FFS.

Won't be seeing her again. 

We'd just got in there and Chai stood up on the chair so he could climb over to sit on my knee. She said to him in a really sharp, rude voice "Don't do that!" FFS.

She could have said the same thing in a kind tone and it wouldn't have been a problem. FFS.

Then she went on to tell me that I should feed the kids a healthy diet that included a large amount and variety of fruits, vegetables and meat. I should have kept my mouth shut but I foolishly told her that the boys don't like meat. FFS.

Clearly she doesn't have kids because she shared this gem with me. "Try hiding the meat in other foods." WTF? How do you hide meat? FFS.

Her examples were pizza, spag bol and lasagne. FFS.

The meat isn't hidden in any of those dishes, it's clearly visible! FFS.

Again, I foolishly told her I've tried all those things and Chai picks the meat out. Frankly I don't blame him, I don't like meat either. Anyhow, she then went on to tell me that the most important thing is to keep offering him meat. FFS.

I have no idea WTF she thought I needed dietary advice. Chai is healthy, he rarely sees the Dr and we were there for his cough not to discuss his diet. FFS.

Plus, meat is not an essential part of any diet, there are plenty of healthy vegetarians. 

Once she felt like I was sufficiently educated on how to feed my child she got round to discussing what we were there for. 

I asked if Chai is contagious and she said that he is. FFS.

Then I asked if he'd still be contagious on Friday. Instead of answering me she asked why I wanted to know, so I told her that he has his first school disco on Friday and I'd really like him to go. Big mistake. FFS.

She launched into the whole "Well what you need to do is just imagine how you would feel if someone else's child was contagious and they bought him to the school disco." To which I replied "So he will be contagious?" FFS.

If I really didn't care about infecting other kids I wouldn't have asked would I? I asked because I'm not going to take him if he's contagious. FFS.

But it gets better. FFS.

She then told us that he'll be contagious for at least a week and we should "quarantine" ourselves and stay home for the next week. FFS.

The best part is that he's not even sick, he just has a cough. FFS.

He doesn't have a fever, runny nose, sore throat, swollen glands, headache or any other cold/flu symptoms. He just has a cough. FFS.

I'm pretty sure he isn't contagious. FFS.

I'm also pretty sure that she misdiagnosed him. FFS.

The reason I say that is because she said that the terrible night coughing would stop after two lots of steroids. He's had two lots of steroids and there is no change in his cough at all. FFS.

The hunt for a good Dr continues. FFS.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sugar Venom Carys Lip Gloss

Why yes it has - in the form of a package from Sugar Venom
A few months ago I was browsing Instagram when I came across Sugar Venom Cosmetics. They're an Australian company who produce vegan, cruelty free products. Naturally, I couldn't resist purchasing a few things. I got the Fairy Gloss in Carys ($24.95) and strawberry lip balm ($9.95). 

They arrived quickly in a very cool looking package along with a lollipop. I somehow managed to save the lollipop from the boys too, bonus!

If you're after the abbreviated version, I'm in love with Carys! It is a gorgeous, mlbb mauve/pink shade. The colour is opaque so I usually wear it alone, however it does look good over lipstick if that's your thing.

The texture is lovely, creamy and hydrating with no stickiness. There's no flavour but a soft orange scent that is undetectable after application. On my lips Carys feels more like a balm than a gloss. I really like the tube too, it's larger than the usual gloss tubes and so feels sturdy in my hand. I know that is a strange thing to say, but the packaging makes it feel nice to use. I get about three hours wear before I need to reapply, which is pretty decent for a gloss.

If you're in the market for a gorgeous vegan gloss, get your hands on a few of these. Sugar Venom also do lipstick palettes that contain five lipsticks for only $39.90 and eye shadows for $12.50.

As you can see in the photo below, on me Carys is a very natural pink. For someone with less pigmented lips it'd be a beautiful everyday mauve.

Ingredients: castor seed oil, hydrogenated polyisobutene, mica, jojoba seed oil, candelilla wx, cetyl alcohol, orange peel oil, tocopherol. 
May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, pigment voilet, tin oxide, calcium aluminium borosilicate, silica. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Priceline Skincare Gift Bag

Run, don't walk, to your nearest Priceline store and get your hands on their skincare gift bag. This is their best gift bag ever! All you need to do is spend $69 on selected brands to receive the gift bag.

As you can see in the photo above, the gift bag has a whole pile of amazing goodies. It also comes with vouchers for a full sized Innoxa cleanser or scrub, Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, Model Co Cleanser and Physiogel Calming Relief Cream.

 The bag is lovely, I plan to use it as a nappy bag.
These are the products that I bought to qualify for the gift bag. I'd planned on stocking up on Sukin products but they were all out of stock. Quite a few of the things I'd planned on buying were out of stock.

My local store only had a few bags left, so if you want to get the gift bag run to Priceline now!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Saturday Skincare - Maskd

I'm really lazy when it comes to face masks. I have a pile of them that rarely get used, I just don't make the time. I'm trying to get into the habit of using a face mask first thing in the morning, that way I can put it on, get the boys breakfast then wash it off in the shower.

One of my favourite masks at the moment is Maskd. The tingle takes a bit of getting used to, but I've found that with regular use I barely get any tingle at all now. Since I've been using Maskd regularly (at least twice a week) I'm noticing positive differences in my skin condition. My skin feels softer and looks more radiant.

Between my Skinstitut skin care and Maskd, my skin has never looked better.

You can read my full review (and see a funny face mask photo) here.

*Maskd was provided for review.

Friday, 19 June 2015

FFS Friday - Backpeddling

Oh my goodness. As if the phone calls for Pamela and Brian Mullins weren't enough, I'm now getting phone calls for Kellie. FFS.

At least twice a week. FFS.

WTF is with people giving out my phone number? FFS.

Sofaking annoying! FFS.

I'm getting a call for Pam Mullins every night. It's at 6.30pm from overseas. FFS.

So far I've been nice and either not answered or told them they have the wrong number. From now on I'm going to pretend to be her so they spend lots of money on the phone call. Should be fun. Not FFS.

It's hayfever season. FFS.

Neither the natural or traditional medicine are helping. FFS.

I've gone through a whole box of tissues this week. FFS.

This swing has been terrible. FFS.

Chai has been in permanent beast mode. FFS.

Eljay has decided sleep is for wimps. FFS.

They've been getting up to all sorts of mischief like: turning off the deep freezer and bar fridge (which I didn't discover for a whole day), pulling things out of the shelves in the shed, finding a blade in the garage and slicing his finger open (Chai), getting gastro in the middle of the night and waking me up by spewing all over me (Chai), getting a blood nose during his daytime nap and ending up with a blood covered head (you can imagine the fright I got when I went in to get Eljay out of bed and found him covered in blood), face planting onto the concrete a few days before we were scheduled to have family photo's taken and getting a bruised forehead, nose and chin (Eljay) etc. FFS.

Tiger has no idea what solo parenting is like. FFS.

Whilst he was away he agreed to start working towards stopping FIFO, but now that he's home he's back peddling. FFS.  

Not happy!!!!!