Friday, 22 September 2017

FFS Friday - Towel Theory

So. It's no secret that I'm strange. Anyone who knows me can confirm that. I have many strange ways. One such strange way is my towel theory. I thought everyone had a towel theory but I've recently come to realise that they don't. 

Here goes.

I like to use my towel in a specific way to ensure that I'm not wiping bum germs all over myself. Bum germs are not good. I don't want to wipe underarm germs on myself either. To ensure this doesn't happen I have a specific method of drying myself. Yep, I know.

I dry my face first, using the very end of the towel. Then I wrap the towel around myself and dry the rest of my body. I dry my armpits and bum last, using the middle of the towel. Clever. That way I know that I'm never drying my face with the same piece of towel that I dried my bum with. Easy.

In an ideal world I'd have a towel that was different colours on each side, then I could dry my bum with one side and my face with the other side, in case the bum germs managed to spread along the towel when I wasn't looking. 

For the uninitiated, bum germs are similar to toilet germs. They spread if you are careless and must be treated carefully to ensure that you aren't overtaken by bum/toilet germs. It's a serious business.

A few other things that gross me out:
When you swim in the ocean knowing that the fish wee and poo in there. 
Flying on an aeroplane and breathing recycled farts the whole trip. 
Using public toilets.
Shaking hands with people. You never know where their hands have been. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Thoughts of the week

Today I have only one thought and it's a question. In view of Connie Johnson dying this week, my question is "have you checked your breasts lately?" That goes for men as well, men can get breast cancer too.

Friday, 15 September 2017

FFS Friday - I can dream

I'm thinking that I'd like to learn to sew. I have wonderful visions of whipping up awesome skirts and dresses to wear and having a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes. I'm sure the reality would be very different but I can dream. 

If only I had a sewing machine. 

Last week we went to Perth for a few days. We had a wonderful time but were all thrilled to come home. 
I've realised that I'm no longer a city person. 

Here's a list of a few reasons why the country is much better than the city:

We have wider parking spaces. 

Finding a parking spot is easy.

The people are a lot friendlier.

No-one tries to run you over. 

The coffee in the city is truly awful. 

Country food is cheaper and nicer.
No pollution. I felt so dirty at the end of every day, it was horrible. 

Next week I have a meeting with Chai's school. Chai heard Tiger and I talking about it and got really upset. Not a good sign.

I was thinking that he might go back to school next year, however if he's going to panic at the mention of school he won't be going back.

Day by day his sensory issues are getting better. It's further proof of the stress that he was under at school. Pressure like that for young children is not acceptable.

I'm not sure what the school are going to say or what I'm going to say to them. They are a great school, he just didn't have the right teacher for him. 

I think he needs a free range school where he isn't expected to sit at a desk all day. 

There's only one free range school down here (one of the downsides to living in the country) and they don't answer the phone. Which reminds me, I need to email them.

I don't understand all the fuss over Laura winning The Bachelor. So what if she looks similar to Georgia? So Matty has a type? Big deal! Why aren't people happy that he's found love? Isn't that what it's all about? I'm confused. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint

The beauty world comes up with some weird and wonderful things. One of the strangest things I've found recently is the new Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint. It's a gel that you apply to your brows, leave on for between 20 minutes to 2 hours and then peel off. It tints your brows for around three days. Interesting. 

I've used it twice now and the verdict is in. I think it's a good idea for people like me who are too scared to dye their brows. I'm now thinking about dying my brows because of the time saving aspect every morning. It's so nice to wake up with brows that are already done. 

Brows before tinting. You can see that the ends are quite pale.

Scary. The boys said I looked like Boss Baby, hahaha. I left it on for two hours and then peeled it off. It peels off easily and doesn't remove any brow hairs.

Immediately after tinting. I love that my brows look so dark and full.

Day one. You can't get your brows wet for 24 hours after tinting, which was a slight problems as I shower in the morning, but I managed to keep them dry.

Day two. You can see here that the colour is looking a little orange, which I didn't like, but it was easily covered with brow pencil.
Day three. Luckily the orange tinge is gone and the cool tone is back.

By day four the colour was all gone and my brows were back to normal. I used the light brown shade, I think the dark brown would have been way too dark for me. 

Whilst I'm not sure I'll buy this again, I'll use up the bottle that I have and then probably get my brows dyed. I love how easy it is to use and the time that it saves in the morning not having to do my brows.

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Lip Lab Fremantle

Last Friday I went to The Lip Lab in Fremantle to get a lipstick and lip gloss made. It was so much fun! I've been wanting to go for a year now and was so excited that I could finally get there. 

My appointment was with Tanya, she's absolutely lovely, if you go there I highly recommend booking with her. 

It takes 45 minutes to make a lipstick and lip gloss, they're made right in front of you as you watch. I found the whole process fascinating. I took in my Chanel Boy lipstick intending to get it duplicated but ended up with something quite different, hahaha.  

With both the lipstick and gloss you get to choose the formula you want, I chose a creme lipstick and hydrating gloss. I also added flavour to both of them, chocolate for the lipstick and coffee hazelnut for the gloss. If I went again I'd get extra flavouring as the flavour is quite subtle and I like it to be stronger. 

I've always wondered if the product was worth the price. $55 for a lipstick is what you'd pay for a YSL lipstick. In my opinion it is well worth it because I have the exact colour that I want. The cream lipstick is opaque with one swipe, feels moisturising and lasts for around six hours. The lipstick case is satisfyingly heavy and feels high end.  

$30 for a custom made gloss is a bargain. It's much cheaper than high end lip glosses and a lot nicer. I chose the hydrating formula (they also have a glossy formula), so it feels creamy and moisturising, like a tinted lip balm. 

Tanya was very patient and changed the colour at least six times before I was happy with it. Once you're happy with the colour, the flavour is added, you choose the lipstick shape you want then it's melted, put into a mould and set.

Getting a lipstick and gloss made costs $85, additives are $3. For the month of September all services at Fremantle are 20% off. Whilst it's not cheap, I do think it's well worth going, if only for the experience. I had a lot of fun and having something that's made exactly the way you want it is wonderful.

They keep a record of the colour you've got so that you can easily re-order. They'll even post products!

 Have you been to The Lip Lab? What did you get made?

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. I've found the best re-useable coffee cups. They are West Loop by Contigo, they're leak proof and thermal. We got ours from Homes n Things for $23. 

2. At the end of our first full week with Chai at home I am feeling more relaxed and happy than I have in a very long time, it's wonderful.

3. We spent a few days in Perth this week. The coffee up there is crap, really crap.

4. Whilst it was lovely going to Perth, I truly am a country girl.

5. I thought Tiger was going to have a heart attack watching the football last night. I wonder how many people actually did.

Friday, 8 September 2017

FFS Friday - Changes

I mentioned last week that Chai is homeschooling now. It's been a long time coming but I'm happy with our decision.

We had so many problems with his school and it was causing him a lot of stress. I didn't realise how his unhappiness was affecting the whole family until I took him out of school.

I felt stressed all the time. I always felt like I was on the verge of a breakdown and no matter what I did my stress levels didn't reduce. Chai was getting worse and worse. The last few weeks of his schooling he was coming out of class in sensory meltdown. That is not normal or healthy. 

I had so many meetings with his teacher and yet nothing changed. I spoke to her, his OT spoke to her, we both emailed her and yet nothing would change. Every day he was being punished for behaviours that he had no control over. After observing him in class his OT told me that he would never be able to do the things that his teacher wanted him to. Despite knowing that she didn't change her expectations.

I was getting increasingly angry and frustrated with her, to the point where I couldn't even look at her. I knew that homeschooling was going to happen, the only thing stopping me was worrying about how I 'd cope having Chai home all the time. His behaviour at home was very difficult to cope with and it made me not want to be anywhere near him.

The final straw came one Monday afternoon when Chai came out of school in sensory meltdown. I checked the board and once again he'd been put it time out. I struggled to get him to the OT and when we were there the OT told me that she'd been to the school to observe Chai. The teacher hadn't bothered to tell me, despite having had numerous opportunities to do so. It's my right as a parent to know what is happening with my child.

I spoke to my cousin who homeschools and she told me to just do it. I made the decision to homeschool and had a mini breakdown on the phone to my sister, worried about how I'd manage to stay sane. I knew I just had to suck it up and do what was right for my child, but I was so very worried that it'd break me. I needn't have worried. 

The next morning when Chai asked (as he did every day), if he could stay home, to his delight I said yes. He was thrilled. During the day we talked a lot about school, if he'd like to be homeschooled and how he'd cope not getting to see his friends every day. I was worried about him missing out on socialising with his friends as he's a very social child. He wasn't concerned. I made sure he understood that he wouldn't see his friends and that he couldn't go to school to play with them. 

We had a wonderful day. He was so happy and a delight to be with. When we were at a playground he laughed and I realised that I couldn't remember the last time he'd laughed. The next day (Wednesday) when we woke up he asked if he could stay home and again I said yes. We had another wonderful day and slowly I began to relax. I realised how stressed and unhappy we'd been. 

The boys stopped fighting, Eljay stopped having screaming tantrums and peace was restored to our household. On the Friday I sent Chai to school. He knew it was his last day. I wanted him to have the chance to say goodbye to his friends. In hindsight it wasn't the right decision.

I took him in to his classroom in the morning and his teacher would not make eye contact with me. That afternoon I picked him up. I went in to his classroom to clear out his desk. His teacher, the teacher's assistant and I were the only people in the room. I spoke to the teacher's assistant, Chai's teacher once again would not make eye contact with me. I made no effort to speak to her as I had nothing nice to say. 

That evening I got an email from her that I needed to get at the start of the year. If I had got it at the start of the year I would have been thrilled. When I got it I was angry as it looked like she was just trying to cover her ass. It was too little too late. The first line said that she was sorry she hadn't got the chance to talk to me that day. Bullshit! I emailed her and told her that Chai would not be returning to school.

After having spent the day at school Chai went backwards for a few days and the angry little boy returned, but when I reminded him that he was no longer going to school my happy child came back again. 

I can't believe how different he is now. I feel really bad that I let my child be placed under so much stress. I also feel bad that I didn't recognise how unhappy he was. How could I not notice my baby was miserable?

Before I struggled to get him to do anything educational, now he's happy to read, write and do learning activities. We haven't done a lot as I'm still waiting to receive the information from the Education Department, but I'm integrating learning in to our every day lives. Chai will even voluntarily read or write now that there's no pressure on him.

Every now and again he says things that make me feel so sad for him. A few days ago he told me that school was a dark, sad place.
He also told me that at home he's a normal boy and at school he's not. How awful. 

I don't know how things are going to look for us next year. Chai wants to go back to school so I suppose if he still wants to go next year I'll let him. I will not let him go back to the unhappy boy he has been this year. I'll give it a maximum of six weeks and if he's miserable I'll homeschool again.

I truly believe our education system needs to be totally overhauled. Six year old children should not be stressed and unhappy because of school. It's not healthy or natural to place our children in such awful situations. 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The foundation tip dry skinned people need to know

Every now and again I come across a tip that's a total game changer. This one from Wayne Goss is one such tip. It's so simple and yet so wonderful. 

The video is here, however if you can't be bothered watching here's a summary.

Apply a drop or two of oil to your foundation before you apply. It makes your foundation apply flawlessly and look amazing. It stops the foundation settling in to fine lines and also works wonderfully when used with concealer. 

Wayne suggests using three or four drops, I find that one drop is enough for my slightly dry skin. Experiment with what works for you, if you have drier skin than mine you might need to use more oil. 

I've been using rosehip oil, jojoba works just as well. I just put a drop of oil onto my beauty blender, put the foundation on top of it and off I go. Magic. 

It's important to know that this does not work with water based foundations. I tried it with Too Faced Born This Way and ended up with a flakey mess. 

Give it a go and let me know what you think! 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Mecca Max City Slicker Tinted Oil

We all know how obsessed I am with lip oils. I'm also obsessed with Mecca Cosmetica, so you can imagine my delight when I found out that they were releasing a tinted lip oil. Naturally, I purchased two the day they were released.

There are three shades available, Nude, Apricot and Rose. I purchased Nude and Rose. Nude is a pinky mauve and rose is a mid tone pink. They are both surprisingly opaque. Usually with lip oils the colour is quite sheer, however that is not the case with City Slicker, they have almost opaque coverage with one layer. 
Top swatch: Nude. Bottom swatch: Rose.

The formula is light, non sticky and hydrating. It feels like wearing a light layer of lip balm. If you've tried the Clarins lip oils, these are quite similar in texture, just a little lighter. 

Once the oil has worn off a sheer stain of colour is left behind. I get about three hours wear before the oil wears off, the stain lasts all day. I'm a little disappointed that they have no fragrance or flavour, but I suppose that's the safe option.  

You can purchase the City Slicker Tinted Oils from Mecca Cosmetica for $16. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. Pink has released a new single. As usual, it's amazing. You can listen to it here.

2. Does anyone still use Twitter? I rarely use it now, I never seem to have anything interesting to say.

3. This has been a big week for us. I took Chai out of school and decided to home school him. Stay tuned for more updates.

4. The FIFO lifestyle is tough. This swing Tiger has missed his birthday and Fathers Day.

5. Mosquito season is upon us :(.