Friday, 1 July 2016

FFS Friday - Stressed or Desserts?

After having nothing to whinge about last week, I'm back with complaints, yay!

Tiger's parents visit us every time he's home. Without fail. FFS.

Whilst I appreciate that they make the effort to visit us every month, sometimes it gets a bit much. FFS.

Last time he was home they'd said that they weren't visiting. That worked out well because I was clearing out the junk room so needed to be able to spread out in there, which I can't do when they're using the room.

I was mid way through junk room hell when they decided to visit. FFS.

They didn't bother asking if it was okay, they just announced late Thursday afternoon that they'd be down Friday. FFS.

No worries, that's fine, we'll clear our schedule for you. FFS.

I'm not sure about everyone else but for me having visitors requires planning, so I like a bit of notice. I need to make sure the house is reasonably tidy, we have enough food etc. FFS.

Plus, I'm an introvert, I don't like having people in my space and need a few days to mentally prepare myself when my space is going to be invaded. FFS.

Due to them not giving us any notice, I didn't have the chance to prepare for their visit. FFS.

We'd already made plans for first thing Friday morning so didn't get home until lunchtime, then I had to race around getting prepared for their arrival. FFS.

Added to that, Tiger and I were also getting ready for our trip to the Gold Coast. We have to get everything prepared early because Tiger flies in from work and we leave the next day, so I have to take everything he needs to Perth with me. We've got people house sitting for us so the house has to be tidy too. FFS.

There was a lot to do and not much time to do it. FFS.

Thankfully when Tiger's parents are here they keep the boys busy so we can get on with what we need to do. Not FFS.

Not that we did, we spent the whole time out and about. FFS.

When Tiger is home we never get anything done because he takes so long to do the running around. I'm not sure how he manages it but whenever we go out to do a few things it takes us at least four hours. FFS.

The things I get done in an hour take him four hours. FFS.

That means by the time we get home it's time to pick up Chai, so nothing gets done. It's so frustrating. FFS.

Tiger is one of those people who leave everything to the last minute then run around all stressed trying to get things done in time. FFS.

We're going away in a few weeks and as usual, Tiger isn't organised. FFS.

I wanted to book Bella into a kennel so she'd be sorted but Tiger refused and said he'd organise it. He still hasn't. FFS.

That's not quite true, he's half organised it. FFS.

The first three nights we're away there's no-one to look after Bella. FFS.

He wanted to ask my mum, I told him not to bother because I knew she'd say no. He asked her anyhow. FFS.

She said no. FFS.

Whilst waiting for her to say no, he wasted two days where he could have been arranging something. FFS.

We still have no-one to look after Bella for the first three nights. FFS.

I could get stressed about it, but it's Tigers problem not mine, so I'm not getting stressed. He is. FFS.       

Ah well. It could be worse. All my complaints are first world problems.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

2016 Make-Up and Skin Care Inventory Update

At the start of the year I posted my make-up and skin care inventories. Since then I've been trying to use things up and have been doing well in some areas and badly in other areas. 

I've managed to reduce my skin and hair care stash down from three tubs to one, so I'm pretty happy with that. I've been regularly culling my make-up but I haven't done as well at reducing my make-up as I have with my skin and hair care. To keep me honest and so that I know where I'm at, it's time for an updated inventory. 

I didn't do too bad with my make-up, it was a lot better than I thought it'd be. My foundation, lip balm, lip gloss, lip liner and primer counts all went up. 

Foundations went up because I'm on the hunt for my holy grail foundation. Added to that, my local chemist is selling all Youngblood products for $19.95 so I purchased three foundations. 
I'm going through my foundations and getting rid of the ones that I don't love, so hopefully by the end of the year that number will have reduced significantly.

Lip Balms are all Emma's fault. She sent me a box full of lip balms, so the blame rests with her.

I have no idea how my primer and lip liner counts went up, I don't recall buying any new ones, so maybe I didn't count properly last time, or maybe I double counted this time, I have no idea.

Lip Gloss, what can I say? I'm not sure how that one happened either. I did buy a few new glosses, but I didn't think I'd bought fourteen. Must have. Oh well. I clearly need to work on that.
I'm very happy with the progress I made with my skin and hair care. Nothing has gone up, I've had reductions in all but one area.
Overall I'm happy with my progress. I still have a long way to go and I clearly need to do more work on not purchasing cosmetics that I don't need. My plan to only buy two new products each month went out the window, I need a new strategy. Any ideas?

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Winter Skincare Edit

Now that winter is here it's time to switch up my skin care routine. I've swapped out my light, matte products and changed to rich, hydrating products for my face, got out the rich hand creams, swapped my shower gel for something with more oomph and put away the thick body lotions in favour of something lighter. Yes, you read that right. I know it sounds strange but in winter I use lighter body lotions so that I can get dressed as soon as I've applied my body lotion.

Instead of just using one serum I layer a hydrating serum over the top of my regular serum. I also apply moisturiser and tinted moisturiser under my foundation. It sounds like a lot of steps but it doesn't take long. I usually apply  all of my skin care products, give them a few minutes to soak in then apply my base products, let them absorb for a few minutes then do my make-up. Easy.  

Do you change your skin care with the seasons?

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The World According to my Toddler

If you hear good music, stop what you are doing and start dancing.

Jay Jays play great music.

Whenever you see a Jay Jays store run in there and have a dance.

If Mum wont let you go inside lay on the floor out the front for about a minute then commando crawl you way in to the shop.

If that doesn't work, as a last resort have a dance out the front of the store.

The washing machine spin cycle is great to dance to also. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

My Favourite Multi Purpose Balms and Lotions

I love me a good multi purpose balm, I collect them. My house abounds with multi purpose balms, from paw paw to lanolin and everything in between. Today I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you. 

The reason I love multi-purpose balms so much is because of their many uses. I use them as nappy rash treatments, wound healers, hair treatment, hair smoother, lip balm, make-up remover, hydrating face mask, face and body moisturiser, hand cream, foot cream, cuticle cream, brow tamer. On the odd occasion that I travel I'll take a multi-purpose balm with me in place of cleanser, moisturiser, hair treatment, hand cream, lip balm and nappy rash cream. Packing one product is a lot easier than packing six products.

These are the ones I can't live without. 

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rescue Balm - This is my first aid cream. I use it on rashes, sores, irritated skin, hayfever eyes, anywhere that needs soothing or healing.

Egyptian Magic -I mainly use this as a night cream, it's a lovely, rich treatment for parched skin. Used sparingly it makes a good day cream, but I much prefer to lather it on at night and let it do it's magic whilst I sleep.

Sugar Baby Vita+Skin Wonder Balm - I couldn't resist the pretty pink tin of Wonder Balm, it looks so cute. I keep mine on my bedside table and use it on my lips and cuticles.

Trilogy Everything Balm - I've talked about Everything Balm before. It really is a multi-purpose balm. I use it as a cleanser, moisturiser, lip balm, hydrating face mask and nappy rash balm.

Lush Ultrabalm - Scent free and non irritating, I use this on angry skin and nappy rash. It also works well as a lip balm.

Boho Balm - This is the most recent addition to my collection. Initially I loved it because of the beautiful scent, after using it for a while I love it because it covers all bases. If you are after a natural, Australian product, this one is for you.

Handmade and Marina Nourishing Rose Balm - The sole reason I bought this is because it smells like roses. My favourite uses for my Nourishing Rose balm are as a perfume and as a night cream because I get to enjoy the beautiful smell of roses.

MooGoo Shea Sorbet - Shea Sorbet is the most unique of all my multi purpose balms, the texture is just like a thick sorbet. The lime scent is beautiful, very refreshing. I can see myself using this one a lot in summer.

Lanolips Lano Allover - Lanolips recently repackaged and I'm loving the new packing, it's so retro cool. They also released the new Lano Allover. It's a rich cream that, as the name suggests, can be used all over. My favourite use is as a rich, overnight face mask.

Weleda Skin Food - Skin food is the one that I take when I'm travelling because I can use it as a face moisturiser, nappy rash treatment and hand cream. It does work as a lip balm but it's quite creamy so not ideal for use on the lips. It makes a great face cream as it's quite light.

Dr Lewinns Multi-Moisture Balm - Tiger has a tube of this in his work bag. It has a strange texture, kind of like a gloss, it's a bit sticky and can be tacky if I use too much. Use the right amount and it's a super moisturiser. Tiger uses it on his dry patches, sore lips, sunburn and irritated skin. The tube packaging makes it ideal for carrying around in a handbag (or manbag).

Natralus Paw Paw Ointment - Prior to Natralus releasing their lip butters, this was my go to lip balm. I still use it as my night time lip treatment, it's rich, hydrating and tastes great. I also use this on the boy's lips, on cuts and as a nappy rash treatment.

What's your favourite multi-purpose balm? 

*Note - Boho Balm was provided for review. All other products I purchased myself.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Dad gave me the My Head Is An Animal CD by Of Monsters and Men for my birthday. I've been listening to it non stop, it's awesome. 

2. Thanks to the Veggie Mama I discovered Briami. I could happily live on it. I pretty much have been.  

3. There's a possibility that Tiger could have work locally. It's freaking me out a little bit. He's been working away for three years now and as much as I hate it when he's away, when he's home I have him every day for two whole weeks. It means that we get to do so much together. If he works locally I'll get him one day a week. Not sure how that will go. I suppose we'll find out sooner or later. 

4. There are two type of people in this world, those who iron their clothes and those who don't. I'm the latter.

5. I am in declutter mode. I've decluttered my make-up and skin care (still have a long way to go though) and I've now started attacking the junk room. I have no idea how and why we have so much crap! 

Friday, 24 June 2016

FFS Friday - Bogan

Hello Friday! Fridays are the best aren't they? Or not. I used to love Friday when I worked. Not so much now. I do like having Chai home though. Poor little man hasn't been well lately, he was off four days last week and two days this week. I much prefer having him home.

Anyhow, it's FFS Friday and I've got nurt. That's right, I have nothing to complain about. How is that possible? Surely there must have been something whine worthy that happened this week.

Oh that's it. 

The day has finally come. 

I've turned into a country bogan. 

I really have. 

I cemented it this week when I purchased a flano shirt. 

I'm planning to wear it with my black jeans and ugg boots. 

Bogan city, I have arrived.

In my defence, it's been really, really cold down here lately. So cold that I can't feel my feet most of the time. 

Whilst I absolutely love winter, I'd like to be able to feel my feet occasionally.

Thankfully I'm in good bogan company. Most of the other mothers at school are bogans in disguise too. Last week a few of us were having a discussion and one of them told us she has dress trackies. I need to get onto that. 

I'm not sure why bogans get such a bad rap, I think we're pretty cool.  

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Lipstick and Lip Gloss Challenge

Now that my Lip Balm Challenge is over I'm starting on a Lipstick and Lip Gloss challenge. My aim is to finish two lipsticks and two lip glosses in twelve months. Considering I mainly use lip balm, it's going to be interesting.

I've selected the products that I want to finish, they are:

Chanel Boy Rouge Coco Shine
Clinique Play-Full Plump Full Potential Lips
Australis Rumba Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss
Revlon Peony Ultra HD Lipstick

They're all easy to wear, mlbb shades that I can wear every day which I'm hoping will make me more likely to reach for them. Both the lipsticks feel very balm like, so I intend to use them in place of lip balm, hopefully they'll be hydrating enough.

Wish me luck! 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Final Lip Balm Challenge Update

Today marks the end of my Lip Balm Challenge. I wanted to finish ten lip balms in twelve months, I managed to do it in nine months. September the tenth was the end date of my challenge but I finished my tenth balm on Saturday. I considered keeping on until September to see how many more balms I could finish but decided not to as I want to start another challenge. 

You can read my first post here, first update here and second update here

Initially I was planning to finish ten lip balms that I'd chosen. That quickly went out the window and I decided to finish any ten lip balms. At the half way mark I'd finished four balms and things weren't looking too hopeful. Luckily, just after I wrote my half way mark post I finished three lip balms in a row and things started looking up. 

I'm so pleased with myself. It must be said that I use lip balm almost exclusively now. I put on lipstick in the morning, reapply it before school pick-up and the rest of the day I use lip balm. 

Now that I've completed this challenge I'm going to set myself another one. Come back Wednesday to find out what it is.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I love winter.

2. Have you seen Gla-Ma? I love her.

3. This week we found out that one of Tigers family members has terminal cancer. Please, everyone go and get your skin checked. We've booked in for our skin check. It's something that really needs to be done every year or two.

4. We've signed up to the NBN with Telstra and it's absolute crap. There are constant outages and it's so, so slow. Our ADSL2 was faster than the NBN is. 

5. What's your favourite foundation? I'm on the hunt for my holy grail foundation.