Friday, 21 October 2016

FFS Friday - Forgetful

It's been a while since Tiger and I had a go at killing or permanently scarring our children, so last week we decided it was high time we had a go at mentally scarring Eljay. 

We dropped Chai off at school and walked to the car. Along the way we were chatting to a friend about how long things take when you have a toddler in tow.

We got to the gates and were standing there talking when another friend called to see where I was. 

I could see her standing at the other end of the school with a little blonde child next to her.

Her children are older with dark hair.

You'd think at this point something might have registered but it didn't.

She asked me where I parked and said that she couldn't see me, so I told her where I was and she told me that she had Eljay!

We'd forgotten him!

How does that happen?

Both of us had walked out of the school without him! We'd even been talking about him but hadn't realised he wasn't with us!

When we left I thought he was walking behind Tiger, but it didn't register to me when we were standing outside the school gates that he wasn't with us!

Unbelievable. If you'd told me last week that I'd forget my child I would have laughed. Mother of the year!

I console myself with the knowledge that I picked the best place to forget him. He was in a gated area where he couldn't wander off, surrounded by people who knew him and he was happily playing.

When my friend realised I'd forgotten him he happily came with her to find me, so no harm was done.

But seriously, how did I forget my baby?!      

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition review

Last week I made my first order with Beautylish (read about it here). I placed the order because I wanted one of the new Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition lipsticks. It was also my first Jeffree Star purchase.

I've been lusting after the Lip Ammunitions since I read that they were going to smell like ice cream. Yum! As soon as they appeared on Beautylish I purchased one in the shade Baby Spice.

 How cute is the packaging? I love it!

Baby Spice is a cool toned medium pink. On my very pigmented lips it's quite a bright pink, but it's easily toned down by applying with a light hand. 

The lasting power is amazing, it lasts all day even through eating and drinking. The colour does fade slightly, but not much. 

These are supposed to be a satin finish. They're not. They're matte. It's not an uncomfortable or drying matte, but they are definitely matte. 

There are a lot of reviews saying that the lipsticks are really gritty, thankfully mine isn't. I've used mine daily since I got it and there is no hint of any grittiness. 

I have to say I'm disappointed with the scent. The website says the scent is creamsicle ice cream (I have no idea what that is), the box says orange creamsicle. Mine has little to no scent. I can barely smell anything, the scent is so subtle that I have no idea what it smells like. 
For those of you who don't like scented products this would be a good thing, but for me it's disappointing.


At $18 (US) these are definitley worth a try, however I'd advise reading reviews and ordering from Beautylish so that if you get a gritty lipstick you can return it.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

What are your favourite luxury products?

When I look at my collection it's a blend of high and low end products. I like mainly high end products for my lipstick and gloss, whilst the rest of my products are mostly low end. My perfumes are a blend of high and low end, mostly high end.

When I lived in the city I had more high end products because they were available. Now that we're in the country I have to order things sight unseen, which is quite risky when buying products I haven't used before. 

It got me wondering what everyone's  favourite luxury products are? I buy expensive hand wash because it lasts for ages, so spending $30 isn't too bad when it'll last me around six months.

I dream of the days when we have more free cash so that I can spend up on expensive skincare. I really want to try NIOD. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips

After lusting after her products for years, I finally bought two Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. I purchased from the Hot Lips collection and got Very Victoria which is a matte and Liv It Up which is the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula. 

I can't really notice any difference between the two formulas. They both feel creamy, have a semi shiny finish and last for about three to four hours. They're opaque with just one layer, they feel hydrating and comfortable on. 

Charlotte Tillbury says that the Matte Revolution is a cashmere cream texture with a soft-matte finish, enriched with papaya and orchid.
The K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formula is enriched with lipstick tree extract (whatever that is).

Everything about these lipsticks is perfection. From the box to the gorgeous packaging they scream luxury. The matte lipstick has a matte finish box and the shine formula has a shiny box. No detail has been missed. The cases are a gorgeous rose gold with a lovely light feel and that satisfying click sound when you close the case.  

Liv It Up
Liv It Up is described as a pretty velvet rosebud, inspired by Liv’s signature hybrid of both rock n’ roll and ethereal beauty. It’s a cool toned ballet pink that looks amazing worn with a sexy, smokey eye.

Very Victoria
Very Victoria is described as being a cool toned suede, taupe nude for those who buck the trend like Brigitte Bardot.

Top swatch - Liv It Up. Bottom swatch - Very Victoria

Those of you who love luxury lipsticks need to try these, they truly are beautiful.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I've discovered that I can get radio stations through the Telstra Tbox. They have an awesome selection of 80's radio stations.

2. It's finally started to warm up. The sun has been beautiful, I can feel it lifting my spirits and soothing my soul, I'm full of hope again.

3. We've had music on constantly since I discovered the 80's radio station, I hadn't realised how much I missed music, it makes me so happy.

4. I placed my first order with Beautylish. It won't be my last.

5. I am caught between my desire to be a nomad and my desire for stability. I love the community that we have here, knowing my neighbours, the postie etc. At the same time the desire to sell everything and travel is overwhelming. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

FFS Friday - Method in my madness

So I've got a thing about bum, shower and toilet germs. Perfectly normal (or not). 

I don't let anyone use my towel because I hate the thought of drying my face where they might have dried their bum. Then I'd get bum germs, gross. Or even worse, penis germs, double gross!

I had a few moments of panic a few weeks ago when I was drying my face and it occurred to me that I might be using the part of my towel that I'd dried my bum with. Then I realised I have method and I didn't even know. 

Here's how it goes. I dry my face first, with the very end of the towel. Then I wrap it around myself and dry my body. Lastly I dry my bum, using the middle of the towel. This ensures that I'm not rubbing bum germs all over my body. Clever eh? It also means that the next time I use my towel, there's no risk that I'm rubbing day old bum germs on to my face. Hah. I'm so clever.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

My first order from Beautylish

Lately I've been reluctant to order online as my last few experiences have been really bad (I'm looking at you Beauty Bay and Sephora). I still order from my usual places (Adore Beauty, The Natural Supply Co to name a few) but haven't ordered from anywhere new for a while. When Jeffree Star released their Lip Ammunition lipsticks I took a risk and placed an order with Beautylish.

I placed my order on the 30th of September and it arrived on the 11th of October. There was a public holiday in there which usually delays things by at least two days. I could trace the package the whole time. If you use the Australia Post app it will show up as a package from Landmark.
Such pretty packaging.

I purchased:
RCMA No Colour Powder.
It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi
Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition in Baby Spice

I've never tried anything from any of these brands before so I'm excited to test everything out. 

Once I've had a chance to try everything out I'll post reviews. 

Have you ordered from Beautylish before?

Monday, 10 October 2016

September favourites

Physician's Formula Eye Booster eyeliner - This is my all time favourite eyeliner. It's the only liner I use now and I'll be devastated when I can't get it anymore. I have the brown shade, it's not available in Australia so I get it from iHerb. If you are a fan of liquid eyeliners you need this in your life. The brush is perfect, not too hard and not too soft. If only it came in navy.

Crazy Rumors Coffee Bean Lip Balm -  I've recently decided that Crazy Rumors balms are my favourite lip balms. I'd happily use only them for the rest of my days.

Givenchy Magic Cheek and Lip Balm - I'm obsessed with the gorgeous, natural flush this gives. It's so pretty and fresh.

Rimmel Insta Flawless - This is a great dupe for the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme CC cream. I had a minor panic when I finished my tube and immediately went out and bought another. Not a day goes past when I don't use Insta Flawless, it's a staple in my routine. On no make-up days it helps blur imperfections and make my skin look better, on make-up days it's a great primer.

Lipstick Queen Medieval - I'm all about glowy lips and cheeks this month. I've been loving a subtle wash of red on my lips, not too bright but enough to perk me up a bit. 

What were your favourite products in September? If you've done a blog post about them, please post the link.  

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

September empties and tosses

September was a slow month for empties. I feel like the last few months have been really slow on the empties front. I've been sticking to the same routine which you'd think would mean I finish things sooner, but it's not happening yet.

Lavera Beauty Balm
The Body Shop British Rose Plumping Mask
Kate Sommerville EradiKate To-Go
Coconut Revolution Coconut Hand Cream
Swisse Micellar Makeup Remover
Bliss Peeling Groovy Serum
Ophelia's Apothecary Lip Balm
Hourglass Primer
Rimmel Insta Flawless
Eco. C Serum
Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

My decluttering mood is still happening. I'm being brutal and it's a lot of fun. Last night I decided that all my skin care has to fit in to one tub, so there's going to be a further skin care cull happening this week. I've already gone through and got rid of heaps of my skin care so I'm not sure how I'll manage but it's going to happen. 

My make-up now fits in one train case which is exactly where I wanted it. The problem still lies with lip products. I still have way too many balms, glosses and lipsticks. I've been brutal with my lipsticks so am nearly at the point where I'm happy with my lipstick collection, glosses and balms still require work. I haven't decided at what point I'll be happy with my balm and gloss collection, I suppose I'll know when I get there. 

I was using an eye pencil a few weeks ago and was struck by the realisation that I don't like pencil eye liners so I tossed them all. I also tossed all but two of my lip pencils. My lip crayon collection is down to about ten which I'm happy with. 

Slowly but surely I'm going through all my products and only keeping those which I love. 

Have you been decluttering? How's it going?

Monday, 3 October 2016

Two natural deodorants that work for sensitive skin

How's that for a long title? I did try to think of something witty but as you can tell, I came up empty handed.

For years I've been on the hunt for an effective natural deodorant that doesn't irritate my sensitive pits. Anything with bicarb soda in it is out as it's way too irritating. There have been a few natural deodorants that didn't irritate my pits (MooGoo and those crystal stone ones), but they didn't provide effective odour relief. I've finally found two natural deodorants that don't irritate and disguise odour!

The first is Lavanila Sport Luxe. The regular Lavanila works for me but I need to reapply it during the day. Sport Luxe works all day without the need for reapplication. It does contain bicarb soda, but not enough to cause any reaction. I've used the whole tube with no adverse reactions.

Sport Luxe absorbs quickly, smells lovely (like vanilla) and keeps me odour free all day. If I sweat a lot I do feel wet, but there is no odour. A 26g tube costs $26. 

The second and my holy grail deodorant is from The Physic Garden. They're a Melbourne company who produce natural, vegan products. I got to test out their new sensitive deodorant and am now impatiently waiting until I can buy a full sized pot. 

I've only used stick deodorants in the past, so it took me a few goes to get the hang of using a cream deodorant, but once I'd figured out the right amount to use it was easy. I take out a pea sized amount with my fingernail and rub it under my arms, that's it. The deodorant feels really creamy, absorbs quickly and is undetectable within five minutes. Normally with natural deodorants I feel wet during the day, but with Sensitive Deodorant I didn't experience any wetness. 

The scent is very subtle to the point of being almost undetectable. There is no bicarb soda or essential oils to ensure there is no irritation for those with sensitive pits. 

Have you found an effective natural deodorant for sensitive pits?