Sunday, 11 December 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. We had a meeting with Chai's teacher this week. She confirmed that he's not ready for grade 1 and that he'll struggle next year but she's hoping that after a few months things will click in to place for him. This does not please me. If he's not ready he should be held back until he is ready.

2. School policy is not to hold children back unless they aren't coping at all. Chai is coping socially and emotionally so he won't be held back. The fact that he's one of the youngest in class doesn't help either. I'm so not looking forward to him going to school next year.

3. We've skipped spring and moved straight in to summer. It's strange but quite nice after the freezing cold winter we had.

4. I ordered some clothes from Karma East and they arrived this week. I'm in love. The skirts are so lovely and soft and the dresses are gorgeous. I need more of their clothes in my life.

5. I've finally started sorting out all the junk in my house. I've started with the biggest job, all the paperwork that I need to sort through. I've got about three large packing boxes full. I'm going through and shredding so much. So far the oldest piece of paperwork I've found is from 2007.

Friday, 9 December 2016

FFS Friday - FIFO

There's only one week of school left.

Chai has been an emotional little mischief the last few weeks. It's left me wondering how I'm going to survive the school holidays. I suspect that I may end up in a mental institution.

As luck would have it Tiger will be away for more of the holidays than he'll be home. Typical.

I am so, so sick of him doing FIFO. I want it to end. The only way that it will end is for us to move up north. 

We are considering it. We thought about it this time last year and decided against it. I hate the heat. It's really hot up there. Even winter is hot. I consider anything over 35 unreasonable. Summer up there is usually over 40. Some days it hits 45. In weather like that I wouldn't leave the house. 

They say that it's great for families up there and that after the first twelve months you get used to it. I'm not so sure. 

The other thing is that Tiger would be a casual. They don't put people on full time any more so we'd have no job security. When you're a casual they can sack you on the spot for no reason. You get no notice, they just walk up and tell you that you no longer have a job.

On the plus side, if we moved he'd be earning more than double what he earns now and my job potential would be greatly increased. There isn't much work for me down here, up there I'd get a job easily. 

We'd be totally isolated up there, no family or friends. If I needed help I would have no-one to turn to. Tiger would be working six days a week, 12 hour days. I'm not sure what's worse. Him being away for half of the year or getting to see him every day but him only having one day off.

Then I think about the finances. With his income doubled we'd pay off a lot of debt really quickly. Within a year we'd only have our mortgages and one car loan, everything else would be paid off. Maybe the sacrifice is worth it. 

I don't know. I'm waiting for a sign. 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Things to Try Thursday

Today I'm all about pink lipsticks. Who doesn't love a nice pink lipstick? I'm sure there are some people who don't but I'm not one of them. 

The four pretty pink lipsticks that I've been reaching for lately are:

Shanghai Suzy Miss Laura - I'm so glad that they got rid of the grape flavour, it's the one thing that I didn't like (and the reason I tossed) my old Shanghai Suzy lipsticks. The strawberry flavour is so much nicer! Miss Laura Pink Lady is said to be like the cocktail. I have no idea what the pink lady cocktail is but the Pink Lady lipstick is gorgeous. It's a cool toned medium pink that provides opaque coverage with one swipe. The formula is whipped matte which means it feels light on the lips and is long lasting, I get four to six hours wear before I need to reapply.

NYX Butter lipstick in Taffy - On the days when I don't want a bright lip but I want more than lip balm NYX Butter lipstick is my go to. I love the range of colours and the formula is gorgeous, glossy and hydrating. Wearing Taffy feels more like wearing a lip balm than a lipstick. The wear time isn't amazing, only a few hours, but that's what you get with a glossy lipstick.

Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition in Baby Spice - This is my first Jeffree Star product and I love it. There are very mixed reviews about the Lip Ammunition lipsticks with people saying that they're gritty, but mine isn't. When I want a bright lipstick that lasts all day, this is my choice. The colour is very bright on me and it lasts all day. I put it on in the morning and it's still there at 6pm. 

Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in Peony - The formula of the Ultra HD lipsticks is gorgeous, I just wish they had a few more natural, mlbb every day colours. Peony is the only colour I found that wasn't really bold and bright. Peony is my go to, everyday lipstick lately. I haven't been wearing eye shadow, just mascara and Peony to brighten things up.

What are your favourite pink lipsticks?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

November outgoing and incoming

November was a slow month for me empties wise, mainly because I spent a good portion of the month sick. Despite that I did manage to finish a few products. 

That's it. I only finished six products. One of them was a sample and the body scrub cubes I didn't finish, the boys destroyed most of them when they were having a shower. I'm hoping December will be a more productive month empties wise.

Johnson's Nutrient Burst Body Wash - I'll definitely be repurchasing this one, it smells like roses!

It's The Bomb Coconut and Lime Sugar Scrub Cubes - I loved these. I got to use about five before the boys got into them. I have no idea how they managed to use a whole jar of scrub cubes without leaving any trace but they did. There's nothing about my sugar scrub cubes that I didn't like. The scent is beautiful, they're not scratch and they leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated. Thankfully I have a backup jar waiting for me.

In Essence Hydrating Mist - I love this because of the memories, Tiger used it to cool me down when I was in labour with Chai. I'll repurchase it once I've got through a few others.

L'Occitane Arlesienne Perfume - Floral lovers you all need Arlesienne, it smells beautiful. If I wasn't on a mission to finish all my perfumes I'd own this already. 

Natural Instinct Plump and Renew Serum - I was quite surprised at how much I liked this serum. The bottle lasted me around seven weeks with twice daily use. Whilst I didn't notice any amazing results it was nice to use and smells good.

The Body Shop Moringa Body Sorbet - Love, love, love. 

I don't have much to show for my incoming either. Whilst I was very tempted to shop I managed to restrain myself.

That's it. I finally got the Pixi Glow Tonic that I've been wanting for years after seeing it on Caroline Hirons blog. Every time I try to buy it from ASOS it's out of stock. I finally managed to get it in stock and on sale, bonus. I bought the pack that came with Glow Tonic and Glow Mist. I've been using them for a few days, expect a full blog post after I've used them for a while. 

Priceline have 40% off L'oreal so I pick up two of the much hyped clay masks. I chose the charcol and red algae masks as they seemed the best ones for my skin type. I haven't used them yet, I'll report back once I have. 

I can never resist Essence, they have such great products and they're so cheap. I picked up a few of their new releases, the standout being the Mat Mat Mat lipgloss, it tastes lovely. Whilst it isn't very long lasting (I get a few hours out of it), the great taste makes up for it.

Another thing I can't resist is lip plumpers. Innoxa cleverly bought out a plumping lip crayon (lip crayons are another product I can't resist). I've used it a few times and like it so far. 

Lastly Rimmel sent me one of their eye shadow palettes to review. The one I have is Grunge Glamour. The colours are beautiful and the shades I've used have worn really well with great pigmentation. Again, look out for a review coming soon.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Love at first application

Every now and again I'll try a product and it'll be love at first use. It doesn't happen very often but when it does it's magic.

Trilogy Cream Cleanser - The first time I used this I knew I'd found my holy grail cleanser. It feels lovely on my skin, smells amazing and is a pleasure to use. 

Maybelline FitMe! Concealer - This is everything that I wanted the Nars concealer to be. The first time I used it I wondered why it isn't all over the internet. I've heard very little about FitMe! which is strange because it's easily one of the best under eye concealers I've ever used. It's only equal is Bobbi Brown's Corrector.

Audra James facial oil - It's no secret how much I love Audra James products, they're all perfection. Audra made me a bespoke facial oil which I've been using and loving the last few weeks. It makes my skin feel very soft and smooth, it absorbs quickly and isn't too oily. It's the first facial oil that I've been able to use during the day, I usually save my oil usage for night time due to the greasiness factor.

Subtle Energies face oil - I use this for the amazing scent. I wish it came in a perfume, I'd use it every day. I put this on my hands and inhale the scent for a few seconds before applying it to my face. The smell is one that I find instantly calming.

The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia cream - This feels like I'm moisturising with a beautiful soft cloud, it's got a really luxurious feel with a unique texture. It absorbs quickly and yet is still super hydrating. It'd make a great christmas present. 

It Cosmetics CC+ - This gets rave reviews for good reason, it's awesome. It has the coverage of a foundation with the added bonus of SPF50+. It cuts out three steps in my routine, moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation which makes it great for days when I'm in a hurry. I buy my It Cosmetics from Beautylish, their prices are great and shipping is fast. 

Essence Matt Matt Matt longlasting lipgloss - These are a new release from Essence and the flavour is so good! If it wasn't for the flavour I wouldn't be in love, but the flavour is what sells me. They're a long lasting, matte gloss, sounds strange but it works. Essentially they're a matte lipstick that last for about four hours. I have to reapply sooner because I lick it off, haha. 

Earth Elements Organics Headache Relieve - When I had vertigo Headache Relieve was my saviour. I had a constant pounding headache that wasn't relieved by painkillers. Headache Relieve got rid of it within minutes. I rub a little bit on the back of my neck, behind my ears and into my temples. Not only is it a headache reliever it also helps to relieve nausea. 
I have several other Earth Elements Organics products that I'm testing, so look out for a full review coming soon.

What products were love at first application for you? 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Today is our sixth wedding anniversary. This day six years ago I walked down the aisle wearing sparkly thongs and six months pregnant with Chai. 

2. The only thing I'd change about our wedding is the number of people who were there, I'd have less.

3. We got married on the beach and then had a cocktail party in a penthouse suite across the road from the beach. It was gorgeous. 

4. My dream wedding was to get married in Vegas by Elvis but that wasn't an option. Since that was out I wanted to get married at the registry office then go out to lunch with our immediate family. Tiger wanted a full on wedding with three course meal and the whole lot. We compromised and had a cocktail party. 

5. My dress cost $100 on ebay. Mum jazzed it up a bit and I loved it. The whole wedding was gorgeous, relaxed and fun, exactly what I wanted.

Friday, 2 December 2016

FFS Friday - Green

You know how everything goes wrong when Tiger is away? Every. Single. Time. FFS.

Last time Tiger was home we bought a pool blanket. For some reason, after we got it Tiger didn't bother putting it on the pool. WTF?

When he left I put it on the pool.

A week and a half later I took it off to discover that the pool was green. FFS.

Yep. Bright green, slimy and gross. FFS.

The pool shop told me that with the blanket on the pool wasn't getting enough chlorination. FFS.

I took a sample of the water to the pool shop and they gave me chemicals to put in the pool. I put them in and the water turned a milky green. Nice. FFS.

Before putting the chemicals in I had to brush down the walls and the floor. FFS.

Brushing a pool when you have vertigo is very risky. Somehow I managed not to fall in. Not FFS.

Two days later the water was back to blue but it was a dirty blue and I couldn't see the bottom of the pool. FFS.

I have no idea how to take care of the pool and I don't want to know. In my opinion the pool is way more effort than it's worth. We have to maintain it all year and only get to swim in it a few months of the year. Total waste of time and effort. FFS.

Tiger gave me instructions on how to vacuum, backwash and rinse the pool. Fun.

Naturally when I tried to vacuum the pool the pump stopped working. FFS.

I backwashed and rinsed it then finally got the vacuum working. Not FFS.

Vacuuming the pool takes hours. FFS.

Thankfully my nephew came round to do it for me. Not FFS.

I was hoping the pool would be ready to swim in over the weekend but it wasn't. FFS.

Monday I was back at the pool shop getting the water tested again and getting more instructions. FFS.

I had to brush the whole pool again. FFS.

I was also supposed to vacuum and backwash it but I didn't. Not FFS. 

I must have spent at least six hours trying to get the stupid pool sorted. FFS.

Meanwhile Tiger was calling me at least three times a day and messaging me constantly. Not because he cared, because he wanted to know about the stupid, fucking pool. FFS.

In the three and a half years that he's been working away this is the most that I've heard from him. FFS.

Clearly he cares more about the pool than he does about us. Fucker. FFS.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Things to try Thursday

Today I'm starting a new feature called Things to Try Thursday (if you hadn't already guessed from the title). Often by the end of the month I've forgotten about all the products that I've used and loved so this way I'll be able to quickly talk about the products I've been reaching for each week.

First up are Rimmel Insta Flawless, Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon, Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick and It Cosmetics CC.

Rimmel Insta Flawless is my all time favourite, holy grail primer. It's a product that I repurchase as soon as it runs out and I use it every single day. It works beautifully alone to even out my skintone and is equally as good when used as a primer. It's a bargain at only $13.95 and even better if you buy it when it's 50% off (which happens regularly). I was concerned that the light/medium shade would be too dark for my pale skin but it's not. If you haven't tried this yet, get onto it!

I have a love hate relationship with Becca Beach Tints. I'm not sure if they've reformulated recently, but this tube has been so much better that the ones I had in the past. Beach Tint gives a sheer, waterproof flush of colour. It gives a great, light wash of colour to cheeks and lips. The formula is weightless which makes it very easy to apply several layers on days when I want extra coverage. 

Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick isn't available in Australia (sorry) but you can get it from ebay and it's well worth the effort. The Gloss sticks provide a light wash of super glossy, hydrating colour. 

It Cosmetics CC+ is all over the internet at the moment and for good reason, it's amazing. With coverage equal to a light foundation and an SPF of 50+ it's a product that I've been wearing almost every day since I got it. 
If you're in Australia I'd recommend purchasing from Beautylish. Their prices are a lot cheaper than Sephora, shipping is fast and the customer service is excellent. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Ebay Brushes

I've been buying a few brushes off ebay lately. At first I was hesitant because I can only use synthetic fibre brushes, but took the plunge because they usually cost less than five dollars.
I hadn't even considered buying brushes from ebay until I read a blog post showing the brushes that were available. I'm so glad I read that post!

I've bought five brushes and they've all been amazing. Ebay is now my favourite place to buy makeup brushes. Today I'm showing you four of the brushes that I've bought (only because I've misplaced the other one).
The first two brushes I purchased from txin-wholesale and the second two are from L and Y.

The txin-wholesale brushes came from China and took around four weeks to arrive, so don't get worried when they take ages. 

L and Y are Melbourne based and they have a great range of brushes. Most of them are $10 or less and they offer free shipping.

All of the brushes are excellent quality, the bristles are dense, they don't shed and they wash well.

Out of them all the L and Y Full Coverage Face Brush (the one with the cream handle) is my favourite. It's the perfect foundation brush that works well with cream and powder foundations. I've ordered a second one so that I can use one for cream foundation and one for powder foundation. 

Have you bought brushes from ebay? What sellers do you recommend?

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Gifting made easy - Part Two

Today I bring you another super easy gift idea. Audra James. You can't go wrong with a gift from Audra. If you haven't heard of Audra James you don't know what you're missing out on. Audra is an Aromatherapist who custom makes the most amazing products I've ever used. If you want a bespoke perfume or skin care product, Audra is the person to talk to. If you need a remedy for stress, nausea, energy or any number of other things, get it touch with Audra. You'd think that a bespoke product would be expensive but they aren't. 

A bespoke perfume costs $165. In my opinion that's very cheap for a custom blended scent. I had one made a few years ago and it smelled like heaven. It was the perfect scent for me, everything I hoped for and more.

Audra also has a range of ready made products available. Her cleansing balm is the nicest cleansing balm I've ever used and her facial oils are amazing. 
I'm currently using a bespoke face oil from Audra. I put it on at night and when I wake up the next morning my skin feels so soft and smooth.

If you're stuck for a gift, buy a bespoke product and the person you're buying for will get exactly what they want!

If you are in Brisbane you can book a facial, skin consultation or a workshop with Audra. 

Note - I have no affiliation with Audra, I'm just a long time fan of her products.