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.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Gifting made easy

This time of year is so crazy for those of us who aren't organised. Unlike my BFF I haven't even started my christmas shopping. My BFF finished her christmas shopping in September! She does it every year, often she'll start her christmas shopping in January when all the sales are on. One of these years I'll manage the same feat, but until that day, I have the next best thing. Gift shopping made easy. 

Here's the answer - Natural Supply Co.

The Natural Supply Co has a range of beautiful gifts and they arrive all wrapped up, looking pretty and ready to put under the tree, perfect!

Look how pretty the packaging is
There's something for everyone at Natural Supply Co, from eco cups to skincare, makeup, perfume and lots of goodies for the men in your life. If you aren't sure what to get I have a few suggestions.

Hello Brows - Who doesn't want lovely thick brows? I know I do. If you know someone with sparse brows, this is the ideal gift.

Inika Lip Gloss set - Great for your bff or as a Kris Kringle present.

Only Good hand wash - A nice hand wash is always a good gift. 

Grown Alchemist lip balm - Luxe lip balms make a good stocking stuffer.

Inika Lip and Cheek cream - This would be a good gift for someone who travels regularly as it's a multi use product.

Bite Beauty lip crayon - You can't go wrong with Bite Beauty, all their products are amazing. 

Inika Discovery kit - This is the ideal kit for someone looking to get started with mineral makeup.

If you're one of those people who have left things to the very last minute, Natural Supply Co also offer gift vouchers. Even better, they also have afterpay, so if the credit card has taken a beating you can spread your payments out over eight weeks. 

Note:This is not a sponsored post, I just love NSC.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. After an unintended hiatus I'm back! I've spent the last three weeks with vertigo, it wasn't fun. I didn't know how debilitating vertigo is. For a week I couldn't get out of bed, for two weeks I couldn't drive. Luckily for me a chiropractor and neuro physio fixed me. Also luckily Mum has been here for the last two weeks looking after me and the boys. 

2. All of a sudden it's got hot. Well technically it's not that hot, only low 30's and high 20's but after the cold winter we've had it feels so hot!

3. The year is almost over! How did that happen. I can't believe it's nearly December. 

4. For me this time of year is when I really feel like self gifting. There are so many gorgeous christmas sets available and I want them all.

5. I'm in clear out mode again. I started clearing out just before I got sick so everything went on hold, but now that I'm back on deck the de-cluttering will continue. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

FFS Friday - Spinning

I'm writing this post from my bed where I've been stuck all week. The first few days it was quite nice to get some rest but now I'm just bored.

I've got vertigo caused by fluid on my middle ear. I've been having ear problems for a few months now and it's culminated in a bad case of vertigo.

What's with getting sick in the middle of the night? I woke up in the early hours of Monday morning with the room spinning and my eyes rolling uncontrolably.

Every time I moved my head the room would spin and my eyes would go crazy.

To add to the fun I started vomiting. 

I googled vertigo and made myself a Dr's appointment. Isn't it great being able to make a Dr's appointment in the middle of the night!

I vomited the whole way to the Dr's surgery and ended up being taken out of there in a wheelchair because I couldn't walk without falling over.

The Dr told me it could last anywhere from three days to three weeks. FFS!

Tiger goes back to work Sunday and I'm still bedridden. I'm hoping mum will come down to help me otherwise I'm in a lot of trouble!

Have you had vertigo? How long did it last?