Sunday, 24 June 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. I was sent some Athren's Cookies for my birthday, they were amazing!

2. Olive sourdough is my favourite thing at the moment.

3. I wonder if I'll ever stop being shocked and disappointed at the things people do. I just don't understand how and why people are so awful. There are so many horrible things that happen in the world, watching the news is heartbreaking.

4. Last week I accidentally ordered a large print book from the library. Reading it is so disconcerting, I'm struggling to concentrate.

5. The new hemp and nib pana chocolate is wonderful and you all need to try it.

Friday, 22 June 2018

FFS Friday - Life is a highway

Oh crap. I forgot it was Friday, oops. Time for another round of what's annoying me this week and I've got.....nothing. Hmmmm. I blame this on Tiger. When he's home we spend all our time running around doing nothing. He finds the need to go out every day and yet we achieve nothing. It's exhausting.

If we were spending quality time with the kids I wouldn't mind, but we aren't we're just racing around to different shops for no reason at all. I don't like it.

Anyhow. I've been thinking about the sexism that women face every day. It happens so often that we don't even realise. Two examples immediately spring to mind. 

I mentioned last week that I needed to take my car to an auto electrician. I waited for Tiger to get home because I knew that if I took the car myself they'd treat me like a fool and charge me more. 

The second example happened yesterday. My BFF took her car to get serviced. When she picked it up the receptionist told her that one of her tyres was bald and needed replacing. 
Funnily enough, the tyre they were talking about was only three months old and very clearly not bald.

So the people at the car dealership, seeing a way to rip someone off, decided to tell her that her car needed work it didn't need. Instead of telling her themselves, they got the receptionist to do it. The perfect example of the every day sexism that women face. 

What concerns me is how to raise my boys so that they don't behave like that. We have talks about everyone being different and how we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. They know that women are special and should be treated with respect. I tell them that being stronger or bigger than someone doesn't make the other person silly or less deserving of respect. 

I imagine these discussions will change as they get older, they'll become more specific. I just worry that I'm not doing enough to make sure they grow into decent people. 

Time will tell.

Yesterday I lodged the paperwork for home schooling. I'm excited, relieved and very, very scared. I spoke to the moderator yesterday, she was helpful so I'm hoping we'll get along well (she does not have a good reputation, a lot of people have issues with her).  

Fingers crossed I can do a decent job of teaching my babies.

Have a beautiful weekend.


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Bobbi Brown lip loves

I have a long standing love for Bobbi Brown cosmetics. I know I can always rely on her products to be high quality and do what they're supposed to do. I also love her beauty motto, the way she likes to enhance your natural features. 

My all time favourites from the range are the Corrector and cream eye shadows. I've used them both for around ten years now. 

Recently I've discovered how beautiful the Bobbi Brown lip product range is. I've already reviewed the Crushed Lip Colours (you can read that review here), today I'll tell you about the Pot Rouges and Lip Balm.

Bobbi Brown Sazan Nude Crushed Lip Color, Blackberry Crushed Lip Color, Pale Pink Pot Rouge, Fresh Melon Pot Rouge and Lip Balm.

Pot Rouges have been on my radar for years now, I'm a big fan of multi use products and the Pot Rouges can be used on the lips and cheeks.

They come in a shallow pot with a mirror, making them perfect for touch-ups during the day. 
I have Pale Pink and Fresh Melon. Pale pink is a cool toned mid pink (not pale at all) and Fresh Melon is peach/apricot. 

When worn as a lipstick I get around four hours wear before I need to reapply, when worn as a blush they last all day.I find them to be light on my lips, slightly hydrating and pleasant to wear, with a lovely glossy finish. The coverage is opaque with two layers. On days when I want a light colour I apply one layer, when I want more coverage I apply two layers. 

Pot Rouges cost $50 and come in ten shades so there's sure to be something to suit everyone. 

Bobbi Brown Lip balm is a very underrated product. I'm surprised there isn't more hype about it because it's a truly gorgeous balm. It's creamy, hydrating, has an SPF of 15 and is super hydrating. The finish is glossy so it's great for those no make-up days or over the top of lip colour. The pot is wide so I don't have to dig my finger in and end up with balm underneath my nails. Having a screw on lid means I don't have to worry about it coming loose in my handbag and the pot looks gorgeous so it's one I'm happy to show off. An added bonus is that the silver top means I can also use it as a mirror. 

At $38 for a 15 gram pot it isn't the cheapest lip balm in my collection, but in my opinion it's worth every cent.

You can purchase Bobbi Brown products from their counters at Myer, David Jones and the Bobbi Brown website.

What's your favourite Bobbi Brown product?

Note: Fresh Melon Pot Rouge and Blackberry Crushed Lip Colour were provided for review. All other products I purchased myself.

Monday, 18 June 2018

The bronzer declutter

A few months ago, after my latest round of decluttering, I put all my make-up (excluding lip products) into a big box. Having it all there together is great because I can see exactly what I've got and play with everything when the mood strikes. 

About a month ago whilst I was playing with all my make-up, I realised that I have thirteen bronzers. Considering I only started regularly wearing bronzer this year, I have no idea why I found it necessary to accumulate thirteen bronzers. 

Over the last month, with the help of Emma, I've gone through and narrowed my collection down to four. I put three in the give away pile straight away and nine I tested out before making my decision.

For reference I have pale, cool toned skin. Warm colours look terrible on me which makes finding the right bronzer challenging.

Physician's Formula Bronze Booster
These are lovely but way too shimmery. If I was in my 20's I would have kept these, but shimmer and older skin are not friends. I loved the colour, if they were matte they would have been perfect.

Nars Laguna
I thought this one would be a keeper, so was really surprised to find it very hard to blend and too orange.

Physician's Formula PH Matchmaker
The colour of this is lovely, it's cool toned and looks nice on, but there's just too much fallout.

Stila Custom Colour Blush Shade Adjusting Bronze
I'm not sure why they say that this gives a custom colour. It doesn't and it's way too dark for my pale skin.

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder Shade Light
I used to love this but it's too orange for me now. 

That leaves me with Stila Sun Bronzer, Benefit Hoola, Lancome Star Bronzer, Bourjois Bronzing Primer and Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer. All of these are lovely and work well on my pale skin.  

I decided to give Hoola to Emma because she's wanted to try it for ages. Lancome Star Bronzer is quite sheer and needs two layers to be noticeable, so it's a great option for pale skin. I was going to keep it but as I'm writing this post I've decided to get rid of it. I bought it over five years ago, so it needs to go.

Considering it'll probably take me at least a year to finish a bronzer, I think that three is still too many. I'll wait a few months but will probably get rid of the Stila bronzer and keep the Bourjois and Physician's Formula. Two bronzers are enough.  

What's your favourite bronzer? 
Do you think three bronzers are too many?

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. I'm in love with my new computer nook. After using a laptop in the kitchen for the last five years, having a desk that's out of the way is lovely. The extra bench space in the kitchen is lovely too.

2. After feeling quite low for the last few months, I'm finally starting to feel better. The beautiful cold weather always makes me feel better. We've been spending a lot of time outside and in the bush which is exactly what I need to feed my soul.

3. I received recycling information from my local council this week. Did you know that the only thing we recycle in Australia is glass? Everything else is sent overseas. How shameful.

4. I've decided that parenting is all about letting go. It's a long, slow process of holding tight and then letting go.

5. That's all I've got.

Friday, 15 June 2018

FFS Friday - Winning

Hello Friday! We've made it to the end of another week. I hope you've all had a wonderful week.

Today I bring you the latest episode of Things That Only Happen When Tiger is Away.

So. Last week. Where do I start? 

There's been something dodgy going on with my car for months now. The radio doesn't always switch off when I open the car door, the reverse camera stays on sometimes, if I've been talking on the phone, when I hang up the radio won't come back on etc. Just random, strange things. 

The radio not turning off when I open the car door has been getting worse and worse until Friday afternoon it died. I now have to turn the radio off every time I get out of the car. No worries. 
I called the auto electrician who told me it could be a switch in the door (easy to fix) or a part of the computer. Guess which one it turned out to be? The switch. Winning! It'll still cost $400 but I'm betting that's a lot cheaper than the computer part would be.

Saturday my laptop started playing up. I consulted Google, ran a few tests and found out that the hard drive was stuffed. Great. Thankfully I'd backed everything up to a hard drive the week before and I managed to back up the last few things so didn't lose any of my information. Winning. 

I got a new computer (perfect timing with the end of financial year sales), found a computer desk at Kmart and now I have a little computer nook, I love it. 

Sunday we were at the park (as usual). The boys love playing with dogs and most owners are happy to oblige. A dog arrived at the park, the boys asked if they could pat it and the owner said no, it needed to run around first. Once it'd run around for a while the owner said they could pat the dog. 

Chai patted it then wandered off to play. When Eljay pats a dog he likes to lean down and look it in the eyes as he pats it. I always tell him not to do this, to keep his head away from the dogs face. Usually he remembers. Sunday he didn't. 

As he leaned down to look at the dog, it got excited, jumped up and bit his ear. I don't think it was intending to bite him, but it did. He screamed and ran over to me. The owner apologised, put the leash around his mouth and asked if Eljay wanted to pat her so that he wasn't scared of dogs. I refused and told her we have a dog at home. Eljay was starting to calm down, then when he realised that he was bleeding he got hysterical.

I had nothing other than my phone, a few tissues and my keys on me. When the dogs owner realised Eljay was bleeding she got really upset, started hyperventilating and crying. 
So I've got an upset owner and screaming Eljay. Then Chai saw the blood and started getting upset too. FML.

Naturally that was the day that the boys took their scooters to the park. I had to get Eljay and his scooter and helmet home.

First I had to calm down the dog owner. She was apologising over and over again and looked as if she was about to collapse. She wanted to drive us home, I didn't want her to cause I'm funny about people knowing where I live. 

After I spent five minutes trying to calm her, Eljay and Chai down I gave up on the poor lady, told her everything was okay and started the walk home. I couldn't carry Eljay and his scooter so Eljay had to walk. What would normally take us two minutes took ten as Eljay was walking so slowly. By the time we got home I was regretting not accepting the lift home. Oh well.

We got inside, I patched up Eljay's ear, calmed everyone down and we were all good...until the next morning. 

I could see that his ear had been bleeding overnight and I needed to look at it to see if he needed stitches or to go to the Dr. Eljay wouldn't let me near it. It took me three hours of pleading, bribery and coercing just to get the plaster off. The gauze was stuck to his wound and there was no way he was letting me near it.

I left the gauze on and thankfully it came off overnight. The wound is healing nicely and can be covered by a bandaid. Wonderful.

Meanwhile the owner of the dog had posted a message to our local residents page on FaceBook then private messaged me to let me know how sorry she was and that she was getting a dog trainer to see her dog! That's what I call a responsible dog owner!    

Have a beautiful weekend.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Travel friendly Vitamin C serum

The one skincare product that makes a noticeable difference to my skin is Vitamin C. Within about three days of using a good Vitamin C my skin feels smoother and looks brighter. Continued use leaves my skin glowing. 

When I'm at home I use a powdered form of Vitamin C, however it's not very convenient for travel. That's where Clinique's Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% comes in.  

The issue with vitamin C is that it degrades when exposed to oxygen. Vitamin C is most potent when it's fresh. When you buy a vitamin C serum off the shelf, you don't know how long it's been sitting there.
The beauty of this system is that there's no chance of the serum oxidising as it's only activated immediately prior to the first use and is finished within seven days. The tube packaging is light proof, air tight,compact and easily portable, making it perfect for travel.

Each tube contains a seven day supply of vitamin C serum. You peel off the silver foil at the top, press the top of the tube twice to release the vitamin C, shake to mix it up then apply two drops. You can either apply the serum straight onto your skin or you can mix it in with your moisturiser. I prefer to apply it straight onto my skin.

Used twice daily, I notice a difference in my skin within three days. My skin is smoother, brighter and more event toned. Used longer term, vitamin C makes my skin glow. If there's only one skin care product you add to your routine this year, make it a vitamin C serum, you won't regret it. 

If you need further proof of the awesomeness of Fresh Pressed Daily Booster, Caroline Hirons loves it!

Fresh Pressed Daily Booster costs $45 for a seven day supply and can be purchased at Clinique counters or online from Clinique.

Note: This product was provided for review.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Pan the Pots Update One

Now that it's been three months it's time for my first update for my Pan the Pots challenge.
You can read my first post here.

I'm doing okay but not as well as I'd hoped I would, mainly because I've been concentrating on using up other products. I'm trying to use up as many products as I can this year, so use the same things constantly until they're done.

Here's how everything looked at the start of this project three months ago.

Here's where I'm at now. 

I'm nearly done with the Givenchy Magic lip and cheek balm and have made good progress with the Black Chicken Balm of All Ages.

I'm using the Soap and Glory balm every day but still have a long way to go. I wish that it was more portable, that's my problem with balms in pots, they aren't easy to carry around so I don't use them as often as I do a tube style balm.

I haven't touched the Salt lip balm, Yard Lip Bloss or Harlotte lipstick. I've nearly finished my daily lip gloss, so when that's done I'll start using the Harlotte lipstick and Yard Lip Bloss more often.

Are you panning at the moment? How's your progress? If you're a blogger and have posted about it, please post the link in the comments, it'll help keep me motivated. 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. What a week it's been.

2. Adore Beauty have the limited edition Bobbi Brown Sazan Nude Crushed Lip Colour. Get it whilst you can! I'm seriously considering getting a back-up.

3. The boys and I have been having a lot of fun playing outside in the wet, windy weather. They love playing in the rain. Watching them fly down the slide when it's wet is highly amusing. 

4. The fuss about Kat Von D saying she won't be vaccinating her child has been very entertaining to watch. Caroline Hirons and Chloe Morello's comments are especially amusing.

5. I get my husband back in two days. Not that I'm counting or anything.

Friday, 8 June 2018

FFS Friday - It takes a village

Oh look, it's time for me to get my ranty pants on again. So what's been getting my goat this week? Let me tell you.

You know when you're having a tough day with the kids and someone tells you to enjoy the time because you'll miss it when they're older? That shits me no end. Firstly, it's okay to have tough days, tough weeks, tough months. Totally normal and totally okay.

Secondly, I'm not convinced they're right. Granted, my kids aren't grown, but I have yet to find myself missing a past version of them. I don't miss when they were babies or toddlers and I'm not sure I'll miss these times either. 

Maybe it's just me. I don't miss previous times in my life either. You know how people look back and say "those were the good old days"? I don't get it. They were a different stage of my life, I don't miss them though. 

Perhaps I will miss these days when the boys are little, who knows. 

Back to the point. Stop trying to make people feel wrong/guilty for having a tough day. Parenthood is tough. You don't have to enjoy it all. It's okay not to enjoy it. It's okay to hate the stage you are going through, it's okay to complain, it's okay to talk about how hard things are. 

Right now I'm struggling. I don't like this stage at all. The kids are driving me nuts, I desperately need some time alone. I wish I had help, but I don't. The days are long, so very long. I'm angry, I'm tired, I'm exhausted and empty. I want to be alone. 

Chai is at cling factor ten. I am so over being touched all the time. Now that we aren't going to school I feel very lonely, however I just don't have the energy to reach out to someone.

A lot of Chai's issues are better/gone, however his habitual actions are getting worse and they are driving me so very crazy. His habits change regularly, but the ones he's doing at the moment are really, really, really annoying. He's making hand gestures, yelling instead of talking and saying UH all the time. 

I know he can't help it and I know it's unintentional, but these three particular habits make me rage. He does them every minute or more, so you can imagine how ragey I am at the moment. It's not pretty.

My inner self is struggling with guilt/not guilt. I feel bad that I'm getting so angry with him but at the same time I know it's totally understandable. He doesn't realise how angry I'm getting as I don't say anything, but I really wish that I wasn't so angry. He knows I'm frustrated by his actions as I'm regularly telling him to "STOP YELLING AT ME!"

We're seeing a new paediatrician soon. I'm not sure what I'm hoping for. We need help, that much I know. I really don't want to put him on medication but we're at the point where we need to do something cause what we're doing at the moment isn't working. I hate the idea of my baby being medicated so I'm hoping there are other options.

I thought perhaps there was something wrong with me and maybe I need to be medicated so I spoke to the Dr but he says that I'm fine and it's just parenthood. 

Surely it's not normal to feel so irritated and angry all the time? Perhaps it is. Perhaps this is how parents of special needs kids feel. I don't know. 

Why is there not more help for parents? Places they can talk about how they're coping or not coping. Everyone focuses on the kids but no-one worries about the parents. 
I was talking to friend with a special needs child and she told me I'm the first person who's ever asked her how she's coping with his illnesses/issues. How sad is that?

This is why we all need a village.