Sunday, 14 February 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Finally we're able to switch between multiple accounts on Instagram. Yay!

2. I've started thinking about what I'm going to do work wise when both boys are at school full time. I have no idea. How do people decide on a career? I'm struggling.

3. I'll be happy to see the back of this summer. Bring on Autumn and Winter. If only I could convince Tiger to move to Tasmania, I'd be a much happier camper. 

4. That's all I've got this week, it's been way too hot for my brain to come up with any coherent thoughts.   

Friday, 12 February 2016

FFS Friday - First world problems

For the last few weeks we've been getting our pool refurbished. FFS.

When we bought the house we knew nothing about pools so didn't think (and weren't advised) to get the pool inspected. FFS.

A few months after we bought the house we found out that the pool would soon need to be refurbished. FFS.

It's so expensive. FFS.

Initial quotes to get it re-fiber glassed were $11,000. FFS. 

Then the guy at the pool shop told us about a new finish that's environmentally friendly, has a 25 year guarantee and is a lot cheaper. Winning. Not FFS.

We arranged to get it done, sorted out our finances and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. FFS.

The pool shop guy didn't return phone calls and when we did get hold of him kept on telling us we'd hear back soon and we heard nothing. Finally a few weeks ago we got a date off him. Not FFS.

Last Monday they came around and drained the pool. They said they'd be here at 8am and arrived at 1pm. FFS.

He told us that the pool would be sanded on Tuesday, Wednesday it'd have the resin applied then Thursday or Friday the Eco finish would be put on and we'd be swimming in the pool by Friday at the latest. 

Tuesday they said they'd be here at 7am. They arrived at 8.15am. They sent one guy over to sand the whole pool on his own. It was clearly a two person job. FFS.

He only got half the job done so they said that they'd be on our doorstep at 7am Wednesday and they'd have the sanding finished by lunchtime. FFS.

By this time it was pretty clear that the shop owner couldn't arrange a root in a brothel, so we weren't holding our breath. 

Unsurprisingly, Wednesday they arrived at 8.10am. Once again it was only one guy. FFS.

He worked until 3pm and still hadn't finished the job. FFS.

Thursday they didn't bother turning up at all. FFS.

They also didn't bother calling to let us know what was going on. FFS.

Tiger called them and they said they had another pool to do and that our pool should be finished by Monday. FFS.

Friday one guy spent the whole day sanding the pool. He got it all finished and said that they'd be back to patch it on Saturday or Sunday so that it could be sprayed on Monday. Saturday morning we were going out so we called the pool guy on his mobile to check if we needed to leave the gate unlocked. Unsurprisingly he didn't answer. FFS.

We called the pool shop and he told us he wouldn't be out Saturday as he was working in the shop but that he'd be on our doorstep no later than 6.30am Monday. Sure. FFS. 

Of course, a heat wave hit on Sunday. FFS.

Of all the times you want a pool, it's during a heat wave. FFS.

We just sat and looked at the empty shell of our pool while we slowly cooked. FFS.

Monday they arrived at 8.15am. FFS.

Tuesday they came around and applied the first coat of the finish. After they were done they spent a lot of time inspecting the pool and then hit us with the great news. FFS.

The finish was bubbling in several areas because there was moisture behind the fiber glass. This meant that they'd have to sand back all the bubbled areas and then start again. FFS.

Even better, they couldn't get back to apply the finish until next Monday. FFS.

So a job that was supposed to take five days will take at least two weeks. FFS.

First world problems!!!!!

It's been a long time since we tried to kill either of the boys, so to make up for it we decided to have a go at killing all of us. FFS.

Saturday morning we took the boys to the skate park in Busselton. We had a great time and headed home around 1pm. We hadn't had a late night or a bad night's sleep, hadn't been drinking, we'd had plenty of coffee etc. It was just a regular day. I was fairly tired so closed my eyes for a little while. A few minutes later Tiger mentioned he was feeling tired so I opened my eyes to chat with him. Just after he finished saying he was quite tired he started drifting across the road in to the other lane. FFS.

Luckily it was dual lanes and there were road works on the other side, so we were only doing 60. Unbeknown to me Tiger had fallen asleep. When he started drifting across lanes I yelled out "What are you doing!" which woke him up. Not FFS.

If it'd been a few minutes earlier I would have had my eyes closed and we would have been doing 110. Scary stuff. It certainly was our lucky day. Not FFS.

Despite us both being wide awake after that scare, Tiger pulled over and I drove us home. He spent the rest of the day freaking out at how close we'd come to crashing. It was so very fortunate that we didn't crash. It makes me think of all the times that Tiger has driven tired and how lucky we've been that something awful hasn't happened. 

Don't drive tired people, it's not worth it. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My MAC lipstick collection

Today I'm showing you my MAC lipstick collection. I've slowly whittled it down and am now pretty happy with the colours I've got. There are still a few I'm not sure about (Pretty Please is one of them), but overall I love the shades that I've kept.

Back row: Please Me, Rebel, Viva Glam Gaga, Creme Cup.
Second row from back: Stunner, Pretty Please, Viva Glam Cyndi, Syrup.
Third row from back: Snob, Full Fuchsia, Kinky, Chatterbox.
Fourth row from back: Pink Plaid, Blankety, Ruby Woo, Bare Venus.
Front row: All Fired Up, Up The Amp, D for Danger, Fast Play.
Front centre: Ladies Who Lunch.   

And the swatches:

Please Me, Rebel, Viva Glam Gaga, Creme Cup

Stunner, Pretty Please, Viva Glam Cyndi, Syrup

Snob, Full Fushcia, Kinky, Chatterbox

Pink Plaid, Blankety, Ruby Woo, Bare Venus

All Fired Up, Up The Amp, D for Danger, Fast Play

Ladies Who Lunch
If you'd like to see any comparison swatches or see something in more detail, please let me know in the comments.

Monday, 8 February 2016

January's incoming and outgoing

Empties posts have been boring me lately so I've decided to change formats and do an incoming and outgoing post each month. I'll still show my empties and I'll also show the products that I purchased. It's a good way to keep me honest and on track with my low buy this year.

Dove Deodorant
The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry shower gel 
Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 - I'm so sad to finish this, it's one of my favourite facial sunscreens.
Clarins Cleansing Milk 
Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector and Skin Brightener 
Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel - I'm not sure why you'd want to be invigorated at night time. This stung every time I used it. Strangely it didn't cause any redness or irritation, so I used the whole pot.  
Lavender Mist
The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig perfume - Love, love, love.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen
Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - I wish these were available in Australia still. My review is here.
Eco Store Baby Bubble Bath
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted perfume
Lancome DreamTone
Kosmea Rosehip oil
The Jojoba Company Intense Overnight Renewal Creme

Sugar Baby Vita+Skin Slim-Ulate  - You all need this. Review here.
Colgate toothpaste
Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off 

These are all products that I decided to toss whilst I was doing my inventories. You can read about the inventories here and here. The products below are all expired and the ones above are all either broken, off or old.

I won a Dermaviduals Instagram competition and received this gorgeous set. I can't wait to try it all out.
The Rimmel Super Gel set was sent to me for review, you can read my post here.
These beauties are from The Beauty Exchange. The brushes are beautiful, soft and non irritating on my sensitive skin.      

Priceline had their semi annual 40% off skincare sale so we stocked up on some essentials. The Olay sunscreen, Nip and Fab glycolic pads and Nuxe cleanser are mine, everything else is Tigers. 

Last up is an order from Frank Body. I purchased two body scrubs and the lip set which comes with a lip scrub and lip balm.  

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I love reading Humans of New York. Some of the stories are so moving. This is one of my favourites so far, I'd love to meet Ramon, he sounds like an amazing person.

2. Another blog I've been reading and loving is The Not So Secret Life of Us. All her posts are brilliant, but I particularly love this one.   

3. I'm not looking forward to this coming week. Tiger will be back at work, Chai will be at school full time so it'll just be Eljay and I. He's never not had Chai around so I'm thinking this week will be tough for him. I've got lost of things planned to keep him busy so hopefully we'll all get through the week okay.

4. My new skin care routine is going well. Instead of not using any skin care at night when I'm tired, I've been applying serum and night cream. It's quick, easy and means that I maintain my routine. On the nights when I'm not tired I'll use a chemical exfoliant, massage in a facial oil or overnight mask and use night cream.

5. Yesterday we had a very near miss. Tiger fell asleep whilst we were driving home. It was at 1pm, we hadn't been drinking, we hadn't had a late night the night before, it was just a regular day and yet he fell asleep. It all happened so quickly, we were very fortunate that no-one was hurt. You never think you'll fall asleep in the middle of the day but it happens. Drive carefully people. 

Friday, 5 February 2016

FFS Friday - Crazy

I've been waging war on my left hand lately. FFS.

First I smashed my finger in the car boot then this week I squashed my little finger between the fridge and freezer doors. FFS.

I have no idea how I managed that. FFS.

I was trying to open one door and close the other door at the same time. FFS.

Not a very clever idea. FFS.

My little finger is black now. FFS.

On the weekend Eljay decided to attack me with scissors. FFS.

He was cutting up paper whilst I was doing my hair, when I suddenly felt something sharp attack my leg. FFS.

It was Eljay trying to cut me. FFS.

As you do. FFS.

Monday Chai started full time schooling. FFS.

It was his first day of 13 years of full time schooling. FFS.

Thankfully he doesn't know that. Not FFS.

He was really brave and I was very emotional. FFS.

He's too young to be in full time schooling. FFS.

I want to take him and run away, just like last year. FFS.

Even though he challenges me all day every day, I'd rather have him home with me. 

This week I've started to wonder if my hormones are out of whack. FFS.

Either that or I'm going crazy. Both are entirely possible. FFS.

After Chai started preschool on Monday I lost the plot. I went from normal person to teary, I've failed as a mother, where is my life going, sobbing mess. FFS.

It lasted two days. FFS.

Added to that I've had stomach cramps since Saturday but no period and I'm starting to think it may be hormone related. FFS.

There's no way I'm discussing that with my lovely, young, male Dr. FFS.

I need to find a female Dr I can discuss women things with. 

Eljay has really missed Chai this week. FFS.

I have no idea why because they spend most of their time fighting and hurting each other. FFS.

He's spent the whole week asking if we can pick Chai up and telling me he misses Chai. FFS.

Sorry buddy, you're stuck with me for the next two years until you're old enough to start kindy. 

Poor child.

That's enough of my whinging for this week. Over to you. Whinge away. Or tell me something awesome. Whatever you like.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January Favourites

This month I have a very small collection of favourites, I've been concentrating on using things up so haven't been too excited about my products.

The Body Shop Moringa Body Sorbet - This is the perfect summer moisturiser. It's light, absorbs instantly and smells great. It's not overly hydrating so wouldn't do much for really dry skin, but it's good for a light moisture hit. The fragrance is quite strong so I only use it on my legs otherwise it would clash with my perfume.

Madam Glam Fiercely Fabulous Lip Lacquer - I'm normally a lipstick person but the last few months I've been loving my Madam Glam Lip Lacquer. It's hydrating and long lasting so I can put it on in the morning then forget about it until lunchtime.

Klara Cosmetics CC Cream - Oh my goodness, I am in love. This is the perfect base. I thought CC's were a gimmick but they aren't. This is the perfect blend of moisturiser and foundation, it's easy to apply, stays put all day and makes my skin look great. I'd happily toss all my other bases and just stick to this one, it's that good. If you haven't tried it, you need to. I got mine on sale from Coles for $20, the regular price is $49. 

NYX Pops Butter Lipstick - Poor Pops sat unused in my collection for months and months until I discovered him whilst doing my lip product inventory. I don't know why I neglected him for so long because he's beautiful, even if he does have a very strange name for a lipstick. Pops is the perfect mlbb shade for me. Like the Butter Glosses, Butter lipsticks are hydrating and creamy. I only get a few hours wear but that doesn't bother me, I usually reapply my lip products every few hours anyhow.

The Beauty Exchange brushes - They have magnetised bottoms! As if that wasn't enough, they're super soft, don't shed and don't irritate my sensitive skin. Winning. I have so much trouble finding brushes that don't irritate my skin, I love when I find reasonably priced brushes that I can use.

*Note: The Madam Glam and Beauty Exchange products were provided for review. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ever wondered what 237 lip balms look like?

Wonder no more. I had intended to take a photo of my whole collection, however I underestimated the time it'd take to gather them all together. I'll retrieve them from their various hiding spots over the next few weeks and take another photo with my entire collection.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Madam Glam

I love discovering natural, cruelty free brands that ship internationally. I recently discovered Madam Glam. They specialise in nail polish but also have a lovely range of natural cosmetics.
I receive three products to try, a lip lacquer, blush and eye shadow. They're all beautiful, however if I had to pick one stand out it's the lip lacquer. It's the perfect blend of gloss and long lasting lipstick.
Fiercely Fabulous is a great every day colour that I find myself reaching for regularly. It smells like lollies, is super pigmented and lasts at least six hours before fading. The colour is very, very pigmented, a little goes a long way, so I recommend only using a small amount. The first few times I plastered it on like I would a gloss and ended up with a huge mess, it wasn't pretty. 

Every now and again I like to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Normally I don't wear shimmery or glittery eye shadow, but I've really been loving wearing Beige Breeze with a sweep of navy eye liner. It's simple, pretty and not too overdone for day time.  

Dozen Roses blush is super pigmented and very pretty. Like the Lip Lacquer, it's super pigmented, I lightly touch my brush onto the powder and have enough to do both cheeks. 
The compact comes with a brush and a mirror making it perfect for touch ups on the go, not that you'd need them because it lasts all day without fading. 

Madam Glam Lip Lacquers cost $22.95, Eye Shimmers cost $12.00 and Blushes cost $15.99. Shipping is free for purchases over $80, $3.95 within the US and $8.95 internationally. All prices are in USD.
Fiercely Fabulous Lip Lacquer, Dozen Roses Blush and Beige Breeze Eye Shimmer

Lip Lacquer ingredients:

Blush and eye shadow ingredients:
Madam Glam offer free returns and exchanges so give them a go, you have nothing to lose!

*Note: These products were provided for review.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Tuesday was Australia day. It's become quite controversial the past few years, lots of name calling and accusations. Frankly I find it quite ridiculous. If you have an Aussie flag you're called a bogan. I don't get it. Firstly, what wrong with being a bogan and secondly, what's wrong with being proud to be Aussie? I'm proud to be Aussie, that doesn't make me a bogan. If I proudly display our flag why should I be labelled a bogan? Makes no sense to me. How about we all get along and stop calling each other names.

2. This is the Aussiest thing I've seen in a long time, love it. 

3. Tomorrow my baby starts full time school. I am all sorts of worried about it. Deep breaths.

4. This week I bought a long, almost floor length skirt. I'd forgotten how wonderful it feels to wear a long, flowy skirt.

5. I also chopped my hair to shoulder length and am loving myself sick right now. It's been about ten years since I had short hair, it feels so good. I keep admiring myself in the mirror, hahahaha.