Friday, 15 December 2017

FFS Friday - Thank you

So. I've often wondered if my FFS posts are oversharing, making me sound crazy (I am), not funny or just a waste of time. I've mentioned this before. However, this week I got a beautiful email from a reader telling me that these posts helped her and I'm so very pleased. It's given me the courage to continue. I shall continue with my crazy oversharing, I shall continue with FFS Friday and I shall continue speaking my truth.

It's come to my attention that I'm just not enjoying motherhood lately. I'm over it. I'd like a week off from being a Mum, I just want to be me for a week. I want to wear nice clothes, use a handbag that isn't cross body, shop in peace, watch adult shows and just do whatever the hell I want.

On the other hand, I have a panic attack when I think about when the kids aren't here anymore. What the hell am I going to do? I don't have a career down here (my job can only be done in Perth or other capital cities) and I have no idea what I want to do. Crap. 

Meanwhile my boys are sitting here trying to figure out how to spell piss. Lovely. 

Motherhood is so glamorous.

Chai is still at cling factor 10. It's driving me nuts. Eljay thinks that following me around is what you do, because that's what Chai does all the time.

Saturday morning, by 8am, I'd tripped over them both at least ten times because they were trailing around after me. In desperation I came up with a game. I told them they were spies and they had to follow me around without me seeing them. Heh. They loved it and I did too because they weren't under my feet anymore. I'd see them creeping past the door giggling, or pretending to be invisible, it was very funny.

Despite that, Chai was still totally off. None of his sensory activities worked and he was so out of sorts. Sunday I found out why. One of his back molars is coming through.

The poor guy. No wonder he's all out of whack, it must be so painful. 

I have no idea how parents with special needs kids cope. Chai's needs are pretty low compared to other kids and yet I struggle. 

Motherhood wasn't supposed to be like this.

I suspect that most mothers struggle, yet they don't talk about it. 

A few weeks ago I was talking to another Mum about our kids sleeping (or lack of sleeping). When I told her that the boys sleep with us she let out a huge breath of relief and said she was so glad I'd been honest about the boys sleeping with us because all her friends say that their kids don't sleep with them and she felt like something was wrong with her and her kids. 

There's so much pressure on parents, why make them feel worse about where their kids sleep? As long as everyone is sleeping, who cares where it is? And why can't we be honest about it?

I'm not going to lie, if people can't handle my truth, that's neither my concern or my business.

Honesty people.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Updated Burt's Bees Lipstick review

Back in 2016 I wrote a review of the newly released Burt's Bees lipsticks. I'd used them for a few months and loved them. Since then a few things have changed, so I've updated my review.

As a huge fan of Burt's Bees products I was so excited when they announced they were releasing a lipstick range, I stalked their site daily waiting for them to become available. When they were I bought one straight away and then bought another one when I found them at Priceline. There are 14 shades available. Priceline only has 12 of the shades, David Jones carry the full range.

I purchased two shades, Blush Basin a lovely pinky nude and Lily Lake which is a mauve pink. The packaging is gorgeous and made of recyclable packaging.

Burt's Bees says: Intense colour meets conditioning 8-hour moisture. Full-coverage, vibrant colour in 14 shades made with 100% naturally moisturising ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to help soften and condition your lips all day long. Smooth satin finish doesn't dry out lips. Helps to hydrate and moisturise lips leaving them feeling soft and smooth. Features naturally moisturising ingredients such as beeswax, moringa oil, raspberry seed oil and vitamin e.

Both lipsticks feel very balm like, I forget I'm wearing lipstick and feel like I'm wearing a balm. I don't find them to be particularly long lasting, I get about two hours wear before I need to reapply. I'd guess that the darker shades would last longer. There is a very light fragrance and no flavour.

One criticism I have is that the lipstick doesn't wind the whole way down into the tube. It was only a matter of time until I nicked the top of the lipstick.

Blush Basin on top, Lily Lake on the bottom
Blush Basin

Lily Lake

The photo below shows what happened to Lily Lake after about six months. I have no idea what the lumps are. They were hard, didn't dissolve and didn't have any colour in them. When I put the lipstick on you could see where the lumps had been as those parts of my lips had no colour on them.

At first I thought it might be shea butter, but they appeared in summer and didn't dissolve when the lipstick was warm. 

I posted the photo below on Instagram and several people said that the same thing had happened to their Burt's Bees lipstick too.

Poor Lily Lake ended up in the bin. A few months later the same thing happened to Blush Basin, so it ended up in the bin too.

Whilst I did initially love my Burt's Bees lipsticks, I won't repurchase because of the weird lumpy thing that happens with them. 

Ingredients: diheptyl succinate, castor seed oil, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, beeswax, candelilla cera (candelilla) wax, sunflower seed oil, behenyl alcohol, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, C12-18 acid triglyceride, lanolin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, cera carnauba carnauba) wax, moringa oleifera seed oil, raspberry seed oil, sorbitan, tristearate, glyceryl caprylate, aroma, tocopherol, soybean oil, lauroyl lysine, citric acid, linalool. 
May contain: mica, titanium dioxide, carmine, iron oxides

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. We've finally made some plans to fix up our garden and I'm so excited. I can't wait for it all to start taking shape. It'll be so nice having a garden that I want to be in instead of an ugly space that I don't even want to look at. 

2. The part I'm most excited about is....we're going to build a vertical garden on our back fence. I plan to grow succulents and herbs.

3. Stila's Aqua Glow Serum Foundation is beautiful. I got a sample from Mecca and loved it so much that I bought the full size, even though I don't need another foundation.

4. My cousin has got 3000 palettes to get rid of so I've been trawling the internet for things you can build with palettes. There are so many great ideas! We'll use some for the vertical garden and I'm trying to convince Tiger to use some to make us a headboard. If only I was good at woodwork I'd do it myself, but alas I am terrible.

5. Same sex marriage is now legal. What a historic event for Australia. I wasn't expecting it to get through so I'm very happy that it did. I'm pretty disgusted that some pollies abstained from voting.

Friday, 8 December 2017

FFS Friday - I'm on fire

Tiger had to go back to work early again. FFS.

I really don't like it when he does long swings. The time he's away already feels like a lifetime, having him away longer makes it feel like two lifetimes.

The boys have been really struggling with him being away lately. No matter what I do I struggle to cheer them up, it's heartbreaking and really, really frustrating.

Poor Chai spent all of fly out day sobbing, trying not to cry and following me around. 

I have no idea what to say to him when he's like that. Distraction doesn't work, he's too upset to go to the park or to a friends house, so we just stay home and I hold him until he feels better. By the end of the day we are both drained.

FIFO sucks.

Next year should be easier because Chai will be at school again, hopefully.

We find out next Friday what teacher he'll get. Smart move by the school. They're releasing the class lists at 4pm Friday, which means you won't be able to enter into any discussions with them until next year.

It means I'll either spend the whole school holidays hopeful or worried. 

We're at the point where if he doesn't get a good teacher I'll just home school until we can get into the free range school. 

The free range school is beautiful. The setting is lovely, the students seemed really nice and the teachers were lovely. I have everything crossed that they'll find a position for my boys.

 I'm not above pleading my case, it truly would be the perfect school for the boys. 

What's with companies that don't offer free shipping? I find it so frustrating! Especially when you're spending hundreds of dollars.

A few days ago I went to place our WelleCo order. They normally have free shipping when you spend over $200. I was spending $229 and the shipping charge was $44! WTF?

I emailed them to see if there was a system error and they told me that they don't offer free shipping anymore. Seriously.

They were really nice and offered to give me the number for their Perth store so that I could have it shipped from there as that would be cheaper.

I have to wonder why a Perth based company ships from NSW, makes no sense to me.

The next day I got their newsletter with a free shipping code in it. 

You'd think they could have told me that! 

Not a good way to keep your customers loyal WelleCo.

Next time I'll just order from Nourished Life, they have free shipping for all orders. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

MAC Syrup Lipstick

If I could only use one MAC product for the rest of my life it'd be their Lustre lipstick in Syrup. It's one of the few lipsticks that I've used up and it's one of two lipsticks that I've repurchased. I'm onto my third tube and it's still one of my most used lip products.

MAC describe Syrup as a cloudy pink. I'd call it a mauvey pink which on me is a shade darker than my normal lip colour. If you have pigmented lips, Syrup is the perfect everyday lip colour.

Lustre lipsticks have sheer to medium buildable coverage and a glossy finish. I find the lustre formula to be moisturising enough that I don't need to use lip balm underneath (unless my lips are really dry, in which case I'd be using lip balm instead of lipstick) and I love the vanilla fragrance.

Syrup is right up there with my all time favourite lipsticks, it's so easy to wear and the colour is beautiful.
What's your favourite lipstick?

Monday, 4 December 2017

What's in my travel make-up bag

With holidays just around the corner I thought I'd share with you the products that I carry in my travel make-up bag. I keep these products packed so that if we have to go away I just grab the bag and I'm done. I started doing this when my FIL was sick and we often had to leave at a moment's notice. Over the years I've pared things down and only take products that I'll use.

It's tempting to take a huge range of products, but I've realised that I never use them and they just take up unnecessary space in my suitcase.

On holidays I'm all about effortless beauty. I want to look put together without looking like I'm wearing a tonne of make-up. I also don't want to spend ages getting ready every morning.

Here's what I take:

Dior Skinflash
I use this as both a highlighter and concealer. It gives just enough coverage to lighten up my under eye area. It also works well as an inner eye highlight.
Stila Evangeline Color Balm lipstick
On me this is the perfect mlbb colour. It lasts around six hours before I need to reapply and it has the hydration level of a lip balm.
Stila Indigo Stay All Day liquid eyeliner
I usually keep my eyes fairly nude, so a pop of bright eyeliner livens things up.
Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes
This palette is ideal for travel. It has a great range of colours and I can create most of the eye looks that I want to with it. Plus it's small so doesn't take up much room.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC
I love CC's, they give great coverage and feel light on my skin. The Clinique version is lovely, it gives light, buildable coverage. A light dusting of powder over the top and I'm good to go. 

ModelCo Instant Brows
Last trip I realised that I hadn't packed a brow product so picked up Instant Brows for half price at the supermarket. What a find. It's easily as good as the MAC and Shu pencils that I normally use, but half the price. The spoolie brush on the end makes it the only brow product I need.

Nude by Nature powder
Whilst this can be used alone as a foundation, I like to use it over the top of my CC. Together they give me a flawless, long lasting base.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette
This is my finishing touch. I use the first shade as an all over powder, the middle shade as a highlighter and the end shade as a light bronzer. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara
Waterproof mascara is a must have on holidays!

Chantecaille Shy Cheek Creme
Whilst this is a cream blush it also works well as a light lip tint. It's easily one of the nicest cream blushes I've ever used and lasts all day without fading or shifting. 

Bare Minerals Elegant Taupe cream eye shadow
For budge proof, waterproof shadow look no further. It doesn't crease, fade or smudge, it stays put all day. 
What do you pack in your travel make-up bag?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. This year I tried bullet journaling. Whilst I liked it, I ultimately gave it up because I couldn't find a way to record my future appointments that worked for me. It all seemed to messy and all over the place. A few weeks ago I discovered Bullet Planner who do a range of bullet journal inspired planners. Mine arrived last week and I love it! 

2. It's our seventh wedding anniversary tomorrow. Tiger messed up his wedding vows and took me to be his awfully wedded wife. I'm never going to let him forget that one. 

3. We visited the free range school this week. It's the perfect school. Unfortunately they don't have any positions for next year so we have to go on a waiting list. Boo to that. 

4. Burt's Bees have released two new lip balms. Do you think I can find them anywhere locally? No!

5. I had my first ever mani/pedi this week. It was strange but fun. I'm not used to people touching me like that (other than hubby and the kids).

Friday, 1 December 2017

FFS Friday - Fun

You know when you have a good idea that turns out not to be a good idea? I had one of those a few weeks ago.

I bought the boys a Kiddie Kutter knife each. They are special, kid safe knives that they can't cut themselves with.

The idea was that they'd be able to help with meal prep and use it to cut their meals up.

Silly me.

The boys decided their new knives were awesome and could be used for all manner of fun things like:
cutting up our furniture, stabbing balls, attacking the plants, cutting the lawn, sawing up toilet rolls, threatening to stab each other, hunting zombies, carrying around everywhere (to the park, supermarket etc), poking holes in fruit, "accidentally" making holes in their clothes etc.

I've been parenting for 6 1/2 years, I should have known this would happen. Rookie mistake. 

Ah well. I've now implemented knife handling rules and I inspect them before we go out to make sure they have no knives concealed on their person. Despite this there have been several occasions when they've managed to smuggle the knives out of the house and have proudly produced them at the most opportune moments such as at the bank, when playing with little kids at the park, etc.

Boys. They're so much fun.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November Empties

I finished a blush, a lip balm and a perfume this month! WooHoo! As nice as it is to finish products, I was sad to finish my Mulberry Lanolips as it's no longer available. Oh well.

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel
Unfortunately Blueberry is no longer available, but knowing The Body Shop they'll bring it back eventually. When they do, grab lots cause it's a gorgeous fragrance. 

Lanolips Mulberry 101 Ointment
For Christmas 2015 Lanolips released the beautiful Mulberry lip balma. It was the perfect sheer berry balm. I've been hoping they'll release it again, but no luck so far. I live in hope. 

Vapour Organics Concealer
As I slowly replace my beauty products for natural and organic make-up, I'm trying as many samples as I can. This Vapour Organics concealer was beautiful under my eyes, it stayed in place all day and didn't crease. I'm using the Inikia concealer at the moment and will purchase this when the Inika is empty.

The Body Shop French Grape Seed Body Scrub
I don't normally find the body shop scrubs scrubby enough for me, but this one was great. If I wasn't devoted to my It's The Bomb scrubs I'd definitely purchase. 

Alcome Co Bearly There Deodorant
I now have a lovely selection of natural deodorants that actually work. The Alcome Co deodorant is beautiful, it's soft, soothing on sensitive skin and keeps me smelling nice all day. You can read my full review here.

Palmer's Creamy Cleanser and Make-up Remover
I love these little tubes of cleanser for when I'm travelling. The creamy cleanser is gentle on my skin, doesn't irritate my eyes and easily removes my make-up. 

It's The Bomb Body Scrub
The only body scrub I use now is my It's The Bomb scrub. It has the perfect amount of scrubbiness, it smells beautiful and it's made locally. Perfect. I already have another tub on the go.

Hylamide Sub Q Anti-Age
I'm not convinced this did anything for my skin. I used the whole bottle and didn't notice any changes. I stopped using it a week ago so am waiting to see if I notice any decline in my skin condition, but so far there's no difference, which confirms that it did nothing for me. I'll be going back to my Skinstitut combo of Vitamin C powder and Even Blend serum. 

Becca Watermelon Beach Tint
At first I had a love hate relationship with Becca's Beach Tints, but now it's all love. I used this on both my lips and cheeks, it's a very light, waterproof tint that stays put all day. When I get through a few more blushes this will be a definite repurchase.

Skin Again AHA Exfoliating Cleanser
On the mornings when my skin is feeling rough, this is my go to cleanser. I need to order some more. 

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen
We liked this, it didn't irritate our sensitive skin. Not much else to say about it really. 

Original Source Green Banana and Bamboo Milk Shower Gel
We always have a few Original Source shower gels floating around, they're natural, gentle enough to use on the kids skin and the fragrances are beautiful. 

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboose Glycolic Night Serum
Out of the four Drunk Elephant products I tried, Glycolic Night Serum is the only one I rate. I applied it at night an it made my skin feel lovely and soft the morning. I won't purchase it because I don't think it's worth the try, there are plenty of glycolic products available for less than half the price.  

L'Occitane Rose Perfume
I love a good rose perfume.

I've been concentrating on finishing my pile of samples. I'm sure they regenerate overnight, just when I think I've used them all new ones appear. 

These were all okay samples. The one that gets an honourable mention is the SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask. I was hoping not to like this but it's amazing. At $200 for six masks it's way out of my budget so unfortunately I won't be purchasing.

Monday, 27 November 2017

My favourite beauty books

I love a good beauty book. I've been collecting them since I was in my 20's. I remember buying Cindy Crawford's Basic Face book and studying it for hours. Even though it's now 26 years old, the information and looks are still relevant.

The next book I bought was Makeup The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris. Her work is amazing, the photography is beautiful and I love the way she breaks each look into simple steps. 

The book that totally changed my skin was The Skin Type Solution by Dr Leslie Baumann. I'd thought that I had oily skin, but it turns out my skin was dry. Once I started using the right products for my skin type my skin was transformed. If you're struggling with you skin I highly recommend this book. 

Amazing Face and the more recent Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster are brilliant books that cover everything from skin care to make-up. They're great for the novice to someone who's been into beauty for years. As Zoe is Australian it's full of information that is relevant to us, which is great.

No beauty book collection is complete without a book by Scott Barnes. The man is amazing. Amazing Face is full of beautiful looks that are easy to recreate at home. There are photos and explanations for each stage and looks for all ages and occasions. 

Pout Perfect was written by a gorgeous Aussie blogger Yishan Chan. It is a great guide for the makeup beginner and covers all areas of lip care, creating a lip wardrobe, lipstick application and so on. 

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes is a wonderful guide to all things beauty. She talks about beauty treatments, beauty when you're ill, wig selection, finding your signature scent, choosing foundation and all manner of other beauty areas. She is based in the UK so this would be better suited for people living there.

The last of my favourite books is one that I recently got from the library and will be purchasing soon. Skin Deep by Bee Shapiro is all about the beauty routines of well known people. If you're a sticky beak like me and love peeking into people's makeup and skincare, this is the book for you. 

What are your favourite beauty books?