Friday, 29 June 2012

FFS Friday

Friday is here again. My funniness has left the building this week, so I have nothing witty to say. FFS. 

Four weeks ago we bought bub some new winter clothes because he had none. FFS.

Since then he's had a growth spurt and now none of his new clothes fit him. FFS.

Apparently every other boy child in Perth has done the same thing, so finding size 1 clothes for him is near on impossible. FFS.

I've been hunting high and low trying to find jumpers, pants, shirts, shoes and jackets for him. FFS.

Friday Mum and I went to five different shops just to find him a pair of tracksuit pants. FFS.

This was not good for my knee. FFS.

I am getting so many spam comments on my blog, it's driving me crazy. I get at least 10 every day. FFS.

They're so stupid and don't make any sense at all. For example "I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike." FFS.

Lately I've been filling out forms that ask for my occupation. I usually write Mother but have decided that's rather boring so from now on I'm going to write Lady of Leisure. When that gets boring I'm going to think up something exotic like Snake Tamer or Witch or Dark Angel or Fish Pond Maker. Wonder if anyone will believe me.

Lots of people have been asking what I did to my bung knee. FFS.

I'm getting really sick of telling them that I slipped getting into the shower so have started saying that I hurt it wrestling a python. For reasons that I can't fathom, no-one believes me. FFS.

I'll have to come up with something more believable. FFS.

Maybe I'll tell them I was attacked by the yakuza and hurt my knee doing a flying kick to the ring leaders head. That's much more believable. FFS.

Mum was here this week and committed the cardinal sin of bringing her reading material out of the toilet again! FFS.

Luckily this time I headed her off at the pass before she could return said reading material to the lounge room and spread the toilet germs. FFS.

Last week I had to stop using anti-inflammatories as they were giving me asthma. FFS.

My knee has been really sore ever since. FFS.

Tuesday I went to the physio who told me that my knee is worse, I have less movement and it's more swollen. FFS.

Clearly my bung knee missed the memo telling it that due to a change in management policy it would have to get better without rest and drugs. FFS.

So now I have to decide which bothers me more, not being able to breathe or having a sore knee. FFS.

You'd think this would be a simple decision but it's not. FFS.

I've decided I'll alternate and have one day of not being able to breathe and one day of my knee feeling better. FFS.

To my great delight my Mummy ears have left the building. Whilst I'm thrilled about this, hubby isn't. FFS.

For the last few nights I've had 7 hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep. Not because bub is sleeping through, but because I'm just not waking up. Hubby has been getting up to bub whilst I slumber away totally unaware. As if in payback for this, bub has been waking up at 5am and taking over an hour to get back to sleep. FFS.

Hubby got a letter this week addressing him as "Comrade". FFS.

In the absence of MIL whinges this week, I thought I'd share a story with you from last week.
Last Wednesday was a very wet, stormy day. It rained most of the day and we had hail for a while. MIL decided to go for a walk at lunchtime. As it'd been raining all day the roads were very wet and there were puddles everywhere. One section of road near our house gets flooded in the rain, so naturally that's where MIL walks. She was walking along next to the flooded road and cars started coming past so she stopped walking whilst they all went past, hoping that she wouldn't get wet (even though it was raining).
Most of the cars went past her slowly however a black commodore ute with two young guys went past at speed and she got soaking wet ("As if someone threw three buckets of water on me!")
Instead of doing the sensible thing and coming home, MIL decided to go into a shop. (This was probably because she knew she'd get more sympathy from the shop staff than from me.) So she races into this shop all dramatic and gets lots of sympathy from the staff. Deciding she couldn't come home in wet clothes, she then buys a whole new outfit to walk the 50 meters home in.
When she'd had enough of playing the drama queen she came home. I failed to notice that she was in a different outfit so she then spent 10 minutes telling me about the "dickheads" who deliberately wet her.
By some miracle when she got home her hair was completely dry, not sure how that happened.
I asked her why she didn't just come home as it was closer and she said that if she'd walked home in her wet clothes she would have got sick. I wasn't aware that water made people sick, that's a new one. In reality she walked further to get to the shop than she would have had to walk home, and she didn't get sick. FFS.

And that's my whinge for the week. Have a great weekend!

Dear Baby G

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Olays Big Beauty Poll

In May this year Olay asked Australian women if they thought that beauty companies were more interesting in selling products than understanding what consumers really want. Over 70% of people said yes. Because of this Olay are launching the Big Beauty Poll. 

From today to 15 July 2012 Olay is giving Australian women the chance to take part in a comprehensive beauty census that covers everything from skincare concerns to beauty buying habits, right through to what makes us feel good.

To take part in the Olay Big Beauty Poll go to

I love this idea and will definitely be taking part in the poll. It's a rare opportunity to have a say and let Olay know what I want.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Face Oils

Until a few years ago using oils as part of a skin care routine was not very common. I used to get strange looks from people when I told them that I used Jurlique's Rose oil to remove my make-up. Now oils are much easier to get hold of and there is a great range available from cheap to expensive. 

Oils are great for people with sensitive skin and those who like to use gentle skin care products, they are great for anti-aging and for regulating oily skin. Basically, they can do it all. I find oils particularly great when I have eczema or skin rashes as they don't sting or irritate.

I've learned with oils that the best way to apply them is to press them into the skin. When I first started using oils I put way too much on and ended up with very greasy skin. I've since learned to put a few drops in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together to warm the oil and then press it into my skin. 

Oils I love:
Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Skin Serum - This is rich in Vitamin E which is great for skin rejuvenation and hydration. I've used other Argan Oils in the past, however the Seven Wonders version is my favourite. It is very light and absorbs quickly. When I use this regularly my skin feels very soft, smooth and hydrated. As an added bonus, it smells like roses. A 20ml bottle costs $22.50   

Botani Olive Skin Serum - This is a great product that takes the place of 4 other products for me. It's the only product I need to use in the mornings before putting on my makeup and it makes my skin feel lovely and soft. You can read my full review here. A 15ml bottle costs $31.95.

Rosehip Oil - This naturally has a high level of Vitamin C making it great for anti-ageing. My favourite brand is Echolife. They sell a 50ml bottle for the bargain price of $23.90 with free shipping. Rosehip oil can be used on the whole body, including the hair. I used Rosehip oil on my back when I got sunburned on holidays and the next day I woke up and the sunburn was gone!

Jojoba Oil - This is technically not an oil, it's a wax, but it feels like an oil. Jojoba is high in fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, D and E and is great for regulating oily skin. Like Rosehip Oil, jojoba can be used on the whole body including hair. I use The Jojoba Company oil. They have several sizes available ranging in price from $19.95 to $49.95.  

Oils I want to try: 
Goe Oil - Jao Goe Oil is a combination of 28 plant fruit and flower oils and butters. Lightly scented with Monoi from Tahiti, it absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling incredibly smooth. Lighter than a typical body butter, longer lasting than a moisturiser with a high percentage of Jojoba oil.

An Audra James Oil - I just know that an Audra oil would be amazing. She custom blends them so that you get a product made just for you.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Findation:The foundation matcher

From the land of good ideas comes Findation. Thought up by Adore Beauty and currently in Beta (testing) mode, Findation is a global project creating the worlds largest database of matching foundation shades. 

Findation uses an algorithm to recommend similar shades, based on the matches entered by other foundation users.  

At the moment Findation needs lots of people to tell them what foundations they use so that it is able to give the best shade recommendations possible.

You can help with this and it's super easy. All you do is go to and enter the foundation shades that are a good match for your skin. You can enter as many matches as you want to, the more matches the better. 

If you log in you are able to save your matches so if you want to go back later and enter more you can. Brilliant!

Findation even gives you a % match to different shades. Here's how Kate from Adore Beauty explains it: "The percentages basically represent how much data we have on the correlation between the shades you entered and the recommended shade. For example if 100 users of MAC NC25 tell us they use Bareminerals in Light, then we can be very confident that those two shades match. But if we've only had 1 person tell us that those two shades match, then we can't be 100% sure."

This is going to be wonderful if you want to buy a new foundation online. It'll mean you can buy a foundation that you don't have local access to without worrying that it will be the wrong colour match.

It'll also be great when you're buying a foundation instore. I find that being pale I regularly get colour matched to the wrong colour because the sales assistants think I need "some colour". With the lights in the department stores it's difficult to see if it's the right colour for me until I get home and use the product. With Findation I'll know what shade I need before I go to the store which will save being matched to the wrong colour. 

Friday, 22 June 2012

FFS Friday

It's Friday again! This week has been a bloody long one as I had the MIL here from Monday to Thursday. I have no idea how I survived, it was a feat of supreme human endurance.

Last Friday Mum and I were at the physio. I'd finished my appointment and was sitting in the car whilst Mum put bub in the back. We were the only car in the car park. I noticed that there was a car sitting next to our car and wondered what it was doing. Turns out a lady had decided to park next to our car. FFS.

Why she had to park next to us when the whole car park was empty is beyond my comprehension. FFS.

As Mum had the door open to put bub into the car, she couldn't park next to us. FFS.

When Mum (who didn't know that anyone was trying to park next to us) had finished putting bub in the car, the woman abused her. FFS!

We ignored her and started reversing. She got out of her car and walked behind us so we had to wait for her to slowly wander past before we could finish reversing. FFS.

She's lucky Mum was driving, I would have run over her. FFS.

Thanks to HB I discovered that my twitter was posting ChurpChurp tweets. I've never heard of ChurpChurp so I have no idea how this happened. FFS.

It somehow had permission to post on my behalf, so I revoked the permission. FFS.

My RSS feed is now magically fixed and I don't know why. FFS.

The in laws were here helping whilst I'm a cripple. FFS.

They came down Monday. FFS.

We'd arranged for them to get here after lunch, however true to form they arrived at 10am. FFS.

The main reason I need help is because I can't drive. FFS.

After the FIL has gone home, MIL announces that she won't drive in Perth. FFS.

So basically she's no use to me at all. Great. FFS.

MIL tried to use my percolator coffee to make a cup of coffee. FFS.

There are times when I think MIL is intent on making sure bub doesn't have fun. FFS.

She is over the top protective of him. FFS.

Monday I was hanging out the washing and he was playing in his favourite spot. It's an upside down tub that we have outside and it collects rain. Bub likes to splash and play with the water. I let him because he's a kid and getting wet and dirty is all part of the deal.

As soon as MIL sees bub playing with the water she tries to stop him. FFS.

I tell her that it's okay and to leave him alone. Naturally she has to argue with me. FFS.

Her first argument is that he'll get wet. FFS.

I tell her that it's okay if he gets wet, I'll put him in dry clothes once he's finished playing. FFS.

Her second argument is that he'll get dirty. FFS.

I tell her that the water is clean, but if he does get dirty that doesn't matter. FFS.

Her third argument is that he will get cold. FFS.

I tell her that being cold won't hurt him and that he'll warm up when we go inside. FFS.

Regardless of all this she tips the water off the tub so that he can't play in it. FFS.

So of course I tell her off. FFS.

MIL has so many annoying ways. FFS

I was changing bub's nappy and she obviously thought I'd done it up too tight because she asked me if he gets a tummy ache when his nappy is done up too tight. FFS.

I said I wouldn't know because I never do his nappy up too tight. That shut her up. FFS.

Stupid things MIL says:
"I bet you didn't know you were alive till you had him." Of course I knew I was alive before I had him, I didn't think I was walking around dead prior to his birth.
"Would you like to get me a dry towel?" No, I wouldn't like to get you a dry towel. I'll get you a wet towel though, I keep a pile of them just for you. 
After having a drink "Boy I must have been thirsty." What, you don't know when you're thirsty?
Two seconds after turning on the tap "Don't you have hot water?" No, we don't use hot water in this house, we only use cold water. It might help if you actually turned the hot tap on.

I could go on and on and on about how annoying MIL was as she drove me crazy the whole time, but I'll leave it there. FFS.

Tuesday bub wandered into the lounge room chewing away on a foil package. I looked at it and noticed that it was a condom. FFS.

Thankfully we aren't using contraception at the moment! FFS.

Wednesday out of desperation I try to drive and discover that I can. FFS.

This means that I've had MIL here for no reason at all. FFS.

The BIL keeps on ringing after 7.30pm wanting to talk to bub. FFS.

No matter how many times we tell him he just can't remember that bub goes to bed at 7pm. FFS.

This cold weather has been bringing out my inner bogan. FFS.

I want to wear trackies and ugg boots all the time and am seriously contemplating wearing them when I go out. FFS.

I'm even planning on getting a 'good' pair of trackies to wear when I'm out in public. FFS.

This will not end well. FFS.

I'm supposed to have another hydrotherapy session today however I don't think I can go. FFS.

Here's the reason: Since I've had bub I don't have any bather tops that fit me. My maternity ones are too big and my pre baby ones are too small. FFS.

My pre baby bikini tops make me look like one of those women you'd see in a men's magazine. FFS.

I have a top that sort of fits okay, however I didn't realise that my nipples were clearly visible through it until after I'd finished my hydrotherapy session. FFS.

No wonder all the men were smiling at me. FFS.

Have a great weekend!

Dear Baby G

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Bali Haul

I was hoping to buy a few things duty free when we went to Bali, however the duty free shopping here in Perth is terrible and the duty free prices in Bali were comparable to Australian retail prices so I didn't buy anything. I did find an Etude House store, so picked up a few things.

From what I can gather this is a tinted lip balm. It smells nice, gives a wash of sheer colour and is quite hydrating.
This is a clear, peach scented lip balm. It's okay, but I don't find it very hydrating.

I forgot to take a photo of the Lip Ice on it's own. Lip Ice is a great lip balm, this is a tinted version of it.
I bought three face masks but used one of them whilst I was over there.
Everything together. I was given the facial cotton and tissues as a gift, not sure why.
This is a hand cream that I bought purely because of the gorgeous pot, it's so cute. It smells lovely too.

This is a beautiful palette. The colours are really pretty, the pigmentation is great and they last all day. I've worn it every day since I bought it.

Monday, 18 June 2012

P50P Update

To my great surprise, P50P is going quite well. It hasn't been nearly as difficult as I expected it would be. Being on holidays and not being able to drive has helped, but I've also gotten to the stage where I'm overwhelmed with all the products that I have and I know that it'll take me years to use everything up. Plus, I've also realised that I just don't need anything new. Sure, there are always new and interesting products being released, but in all honesty they aren't that different to the products that are already available. 

Finishing products has been pretty easy so far. I took Karen's suggestion and pulled out all of my half empty products to finish off. I've only got a few to go, so I think from here on in it's going to be more difficult as I'll be trying to finish full sized products which will take me a lot longer.

Rexona Clinical Protection Deodorant - I'm on my third bottle of this, it's great.

Nivea Visage Daily Essential Face Wipes - These are quite nice, but I still prefer my WotNot wipes.
MooGoo Double Cream - I didn't love this. Unsurprisingly it smells faintly like milk. There wasn't anything wrong with it, it's an effective moisturiser, but I just didn't love it.
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector - I won this on Omega's blog and I love it. It is a gorgeous colour, moisturises my lips and tastes great.
Dove Original Deodorant - I've always been a fan of Dove deodorants but this one is a fail for me. It was totally ineffective at preventing body odour, even in the cold winter weather we've been having! I won't be buying this again.

Dove Clear Touch Deodorant - Worked well, not much else to say.

The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion - An oldie but a goodie.

EmerginC Red Carpet Primer - My favourite primer.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine - I'll definitely be replacing this once P50P is over. I wore this on my wedding day, it's one of my favourite lip colours.

MMS Perfume - This was a copy of either Child or Michael by Michael Kors. Either way I love it and am sad I can't get it anymore.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rosehip Oil - This is a great Rosehip oil, however in the future I'll use the Echolife Rosehip oil as it's a lot cheaper and just as good.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Foundation - A great foundation that I'd happily purchase again.

The Body Shop Chocomania Body Scrub - Smells amazing!

Ellis Faas Clear Lip Gloss L309 - The Ellis Faas click pens just don't work for me. They dispense way too much product and it's a real waste.

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion - Nice but not amazing.

A'kin Lavender, Geranium and Jojoba Hand, Nail and Cuticle Cream - I really like this, mainly because of the lovely smell.

MMS Angel Mist - This is so old, there was only a tiny bit left so I used it as a room spray.

In Essence Gentle Cleanser - In Essence make beautiful products, this was no exception.

Corrynne's Fuller's Earth Face Wash - I've lost count of how many times I've repurchased this.

Ellis Faas Concealer S201 - More of this ended up down the drain than on my face.

Ardell Brow Gel - A holy grail. I won't use the tinted version again, it went all runny after about three weeks and was a waste of money.

RMK Foundation - Another really old product. There was only a tiny bit left in the bottom. This is a great foundation for winter but too hydrating for summer.

Kosmea Daily Facial Exfoliant - Another meh product. It wasn't awful but wasn't amazing.

Ardell Brow Pencil - This gave my MAC Lingering a run for it's money. The only thing I don't like is that it requires sharpening.

My tally now is:
Items finished - 31
Products purchased - 0

Friday, 15 June 2012

FFS Friday

This is bonus week where you get two FFS Fridays for the price of one. We'll start with the Bali edition.

The night before we left the PILs were here driving me crazy. FFS.

I was plaiting my hair getting ready for bed when they decide to leave. FFS.

I have really long hair that takes ages to plait so I wasn't about to stop to say goodbye to them. FFS.

I'm standing there holding my half plaited hair above my head with both hands. FFS.

FIL says goodbye without any dramas, then it comes to MILs turn. FFS.

She hugs me really tight, kisses me on the cheek and when I don't hug her back she starts shaking me. FFS.

She knows I don't like her hugging or kissing me but she does it anyway. FFS.

As I'm still not hugging her back (because my hands are above my head holding my half plaited hair), she shakes me harder and says "oh come on". FFS.

I point out to her that I can't hug her as I'm in the middle of plaiting my hair. FFS.

She is very surprised and says that she didn't notice. FFS.

I inform her that I don't normally stand around with my hands in the air gripping my hair for no reason. FFS.

When we get home from Bali I re-enact this scene for Mum who assures me that it's impossible not to notice I'm doing my hair. FFS.

As you know, we went to Bali last week. We flew out at 7.30am which meant we had to be at the airport at 4.30am. FFS.

We booked a taxi for 4am, however unbeknownst to us he arrived at 3.50am and started charging us from 3.50am. Bastard. FFS.

It cost us $68 to get to the airport. FFS.

Would have been cheaper to drive there and park our car in the long term parking for a week. FFS.

Our flight was uneventful and we arrived in Bali with no problems. 

We get to what we've been told is a four star hotel and find that it is definitely not a four star hotel. FFS.

Perhaps by Bali standards it's a four star but by Aussie standards it's a three star. FFS.

On our second day there Aunt Flo arrives. Lovely, just what I need when I'm holidaying in a tropical climate and planning on swimming and having romantic times with hubby. FFS.

We spent the first few days looking for undies and singlets for hubby as he didn't take enough with him. FFS.

On the third day there I slip whilst getting into the shower (which is over the bath) and badly injured my right knee. FFS.

I couldn't move for five minutes due to the pain, so had to lay sprawled naked in the bath. FFS.

Hubby called reception and asked for ice and a bandage. They bought us two towels. FFS.

On the second go they bought us ice and a bandaid. FFS.

On the third go they bought us a gauze bandage that would barely cover my wrist let alone my knee. FFS.

On the fourth go they bought me another gauze bandage, at which point I gave up and thanked them for their help. FFS.

Hubby spent two hours trying to find a chemist to get a bandage. FFS.

We then went to three chemists before we found one with a knee brace. FFS.

They only had small or extra large, naturally I'm a medium. FFS.

We had to upgrade our room as I couldn't get into the shower. FFS. 

Everyone in the hotel somehow knew about my knee injury and every day someone I hadn't seen before would ask me how my knee was doing. FFS. 

I find out there is another hotel guest who has injured her ankle falling into a fishpond. If I had to injure myself I could at least have done it in some exotic, exciting way like she did. FFS.

I might start telling people that I fell off an elephant or twisted it wrestling a python or something. FFS.

The fourth day there I wake up with a bloodshot eye. FFS.

And then bub falls headfirst off the bed and onto the tiles. FFS.

He fell at an awful angle and I was sure he'd done serious damage to his neck. FFS.

Thankfully he was fine, tough little thing.

By that time I'd had enough and was ready to go home, but we still had five days to go. FFS.

We decided to go out and have a wander around as I refused to spend my whole holiday in the hotel. Hubby gave me a painkiller with codeine in it. I haven't taken codeine since I got Crohn's in 2007. It made me so sleepy I couldn't keep my eyes open. FFS.

We had to go back to the hotel because I was nearly asleep on my feet. FFS.

It knocked me out for six hours. FFS. 

We only took one pair of shoes over for bub as we were planning on buying him new ones. Despite searching around we didn't have much luck finding shoes or clothes for him. FFS.

We somehow managed to lose one of his shoes so we had to buy him crocs. FFS.

I hate to admit it but they look really cute. FFS.   

That night we went out to tea. Bub fell asleep an hour earlier than he normally does and stayed asleep in the pram the whole time we were at tea. He then woke up at 9pm and was still awake at 11.30pm. FFS.

The fifth day there I woke up with a chest cold. FFS.

At tea that night bub chucked a huge spack attack. We couldn't calm him down so had to get our meals as take away and go back to the hotel. FFS.

Thankfully the rest of the holiday wasn't too bad, other than a money changer trying to rip hubby off by $40. FFS.

When it was finally time to come home we head to the airport and sit around at the gate waiting for our flight to be called. Ten minutes after we should have been boarding hubby checks and finds out that they've been looking for us and we are about to miss our flight. FFS.

For some reason they were only calling our flight number and not the airline we were flying with, so we didn't hear the call. FFS.

When we get down to the boarding area they realise that they haven't put a tag on our pram so have to hand write one up. FFS. 

We were the last ones on the plane. FFS.

This taught me that if you wanted to sneak something onto a flight, nearly missing the plane would be the way to do it. FFS.

We forgot to take 3 drinks out of our hand luggage and they didn't even notice when they scanned everything. FFS.

Whilst on the plane I was fishing around in the seat pockets trying to find baby snacks we'd put in there. I found a drug bag with powder residue in it. FFS.

I quickly put it back into the seat pocket. FFS.

Then I realised that I'd put my fingerprints all over it so I took it out again, rubbed off my fingerprints and put it back again. Paranoid much? FFS.

In reality, the airline would have a record of who sat in what seat, so the fingerprints wouldn't make much difference. FFS.

The FIL was picking us up from the airport and was going to bring our car because it had the baby seat in it. When we land we call FIL to find out that he couldn't bring our car as he forgot our house keys so he's come to pick us up in his car, with no baby seat. FFS.

He's nowhere to be seen but insists he's at the right airport. FFS.

Half an hour later we figure out that he's at the domestic airport. FFS.

And now for this weeks whinges.

My knee is still f%*$ed. FFS.

I can't put much weight on it and it's really painful. FFS.

As it's my right knee I can't drive. FFS.

Turns out that I've torn the ligament and it is very inflamed. FFS.

No point doing things by halves. FFS.

I need to have intensive physio and hydrotherapy for the next six weeks. FFS.

Arranging that is going to be fun since I can't drive and don't have anyone to look after bub. FFS.

The Dr has put me on crutches. FFS.

You need a licence to use crutches and I don't have one. FFS.

They are so bloody difficult to use, I'm sure I'm going to do more damage to myself using the crutches than I would limping around. FFS.

I had a CT scan to confirm what was wrong with my bung knee. FFS.

Apparently Bung isn't a medical definition. FFS.

In order for the CT scan to work they had to put dye in my knee. FFS.

Thankfully they didn't tell me this before the test. FFS.

They injected it behind my kneecap, massaged it in (right on the sore spot) and then wanted me to do exercise to distribute the dye. FFS.

Clearly they missed the Drs notes telling them I had a bung knee. FFS.

If I could exercise on my knee then I wouldn't have needed to have a CT scan. FFS.

I still have a chest cold. FFS.

I've discovered that most of the other witty people who do FFS Friday posts don't start next weeks post on Friday a few hours after they've published the current weeks edition. FFS.

This makes me wonder why my life has so many FFS Friday worthy events. FFS.

Now that you've read all my whinges, click on the button below and head over to Sarah's blog to check out all the other FFS Friday posts. 

Dear Baby G

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Adore Beauty Serum Sampler

Adore Beauty currently have an awesome deal. For $29 you get six serums to trial. If you love serums like I do, this is a must buy! Plus, when you buy this set you also get a code giving you 10% off any of the full priced serums included in the pack.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 30ml: Containing more than 90% Pitera, the much loved SK-II Facial Treatment Essence miracle water is a mist-have for healthy, radiant skin. It helps maintain the skin's natural renewal cycle to its optimum condition to allow skin nourishment. It also works to balance the skin's pH and sebum secretion, so oily and dry areas are properly moisturised.

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activator 7ml: Youth is in your genes. Reactivate it. Inspired by gene science, Genifique is the first Lancôme skincare that revives genes' activity and stimulates the production of youth proteins. In just 7 days, your skin is visibly rejuvenated: cushiony soft and velvety to the touch. Skin's tone is astonishingly even; its texture dramatically refined. Drop by drop, skin is breathtakingly radiant, as if lit from within.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster 7ml: Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide longer term results.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ 2.5ml: From natural skincare experts Trilogy, Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ combines nature's most powerful skin restoring properties in a unique and advanced formulation. Certified organic, 100% natural and great for all skin types, this red berry seed oil blend provides daily antioxidant protection with intensive nourishment to replenish softness and elasticity for healthier, younger looking skin.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Prep and Prime 10ml: This multi-action, water-based fluid leaves skin plumped and luminous, to provide the perfect canvas for makeup application. The unique mattifying formulation instantly absorbs into the skin, working at a cellular level to refine pores and dissolve cell build-up on the surface layer of the skin. Contains no filter ingredients with a 93% pure formulation, made up of rich botanical extracts teamed with hard working Glycolic Acid to ensure the overall appearance of the complexion is enhanced.

Subtle Energies Facial Blend 10ml: Used in some of the world's most prestigious spas, Subtle Energies Facial Blend is an exquisite aromatic that gives a youthful glow, providing rejuvenation and hydration to dry and normal skin types. This precious blend is unique in its aroma with the skin nurturing essential oils of mogra, sandalwood and Indian rose together blended in a base oil of jojoba and the fortifying oil of ashwagandha, revitalising the appearance of damaged skin and helping to reduce the signs of ageing.

Limited edition and available only while stocks last.

Photo and information taken from the Adore Beauty website. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Hair Care Wishlist

Original and Mineral Atonic, Know Knott and Rootalicious - It's no secret that I love O&M products, they are some of the best hair care products I've ever used and they smell amazing. I want to try the whole O&M range, but these three products are next on my To Buy list.

Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique - I read about this on Jessica's blog and it sounds amazing.

Wella Flowing Form Smoothing Balm - Another product I read about on Jessica's blog. 

Living Proof Full Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner and Cream - I use and love the No Frizz range, if the Full range is as good as the No Frizz range then I'm sure it'd be amazing.

Terax Crema - I've wanted to try this for years because everyone raves about it. With the harsh winter weather upon us I think it'd do wonders for my dry hair. 

Monday, 11 June 2012

What's In My Holiday Make-Up Bag

When I go away I always pack way too much make-up. This holiday, partly due to trying to use things up for P50P, I made an effort to only pack products I knew I'd use. I'm pleased to say that I used all of these products. In hindsight I wish I'd packed another lipstick as I used up my Nars lip pencil and didn't have any other lipstick to wear, but I made do with my Bloom lip stain. 
EmerginC Red Carpet Primer
Nars Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Kabuki Brush
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Make-Up
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer
NYX Boho Chic Cream Blush
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Ardell Clear Brow Gel
Bonne Bell Pout Click-it Lipgloss
Innoxa Taupe Line and Define
Face Of Australia Impact-Curl Mascara
MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil
Chanel Taupe Eyeliner
Bloom Rhubarb Lipstain
Physicians Formula Ultra Black Eye Booster

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Dear Chai

Today you are fifteen months old.  

You're developing a really strong personality and you are very cheeky. You love to tease us and play games. You'll pretend to kiss us or give something to us, then you'll pull back and laugh. You do that over and over again and think it's so funny. You also like to roar like a lion to scare us. Peekaboo is still a great game and you love it when we hide from you then jump out and scare you. You jump really high, giggle, turn around and run away then come back so that we can scare you again.

You are very determined and know exactly what you want. You don't have any problems letting Daddy and I know what you want either. You'll climb up onto us, put your arm around our neck and point at what you want. If you don't get what you want you chuck a tantrum. 

When it comes to tantrum chucking you've got that down pat. You arch your whole body and roar. If that doesn't work you bite, scratch and pull at whatever part of me you can get hold of. If we are at home you'll lie on your back on the floor and cry (with real tears!) until I come and pick you up. I can see you are going to be a challenge! 

You've now started to enjoy playgrounds, you love climbing things and going down the slide. You also like walking up the slide with me or Dad holding your hands.

You can walk out the door on your own now. At first you needed me to hold your hand, now you can get out all on your own. Steps are your favourite thing, you love climbing up and down them, with or without help.

We've started going for a walk every afternoon, either on your trike or in the pram. You don't mind the pram now as long as we are moving, if we stop you get restless and want to get out. You're not at the stage where you can walk with us when we go shopping as you want to walk where you want to walk and won't hold my hand.

You are talking more and more, at the moment your favourite word is DadDad. You're obsessed with Dad at the moment, you want to be with him all the time. When he's at work you want to call him and chat. You'll point to the phone and say DadDad. If that doesn't work you'll go to the front door, point outside and say DadDad. 

You can say Nanna, Mum, Bub, Dad, Up and are making lots of different sounds and noises.

You can make the sound of a tractor, lion and brrrrmmm like a car or a motorbike. You can also say mooooo and baaaaaa.

You have 2 more teeth, molars. They aren't fully through yet but they don't seem to be bothered you, thankfully. I can feel more teeth ready to come through on the bottom too.

You went on your first overseas holiday, we went to Bali for a week. You were so good. The plane didn't bother you at all, you slept most of the way and happily climbed all over us when you were awake. Taking off and landing didn't bother you, I was worried your ears would hurt but the didn't. 

You loved Bali and all the attention you got. You were brilliant in the pram, you even slept in it to our amazement. A few times there were people that you didn't like so you roared like a lion to scare them (it was so cute!)

On the 31st of May you had your first haircut and you hated it! I'm not sure if I like your haircut or not. It looks good, but it makes you look so grown up!

Your favourite book at the moment is your Taz book.

Your favourite toys are your Elmo's and balls.

Your sleeping isn't too bad. You had a few unsettled nights when we were away, but most of the time you are only waking up once per night. 

Not a day goes past when I don't look at you and realise how blessed I am to have you in my life, you are an absolute delight.

Friday, 8 June 2012

FFS Friday

This weeks FFS Friday post is bought to you from Bali! As I'm writing this on my mobile it is an abbreviated version, which means next week you will get two weeks worth of whinges. You'd think that I wouldn't have much to whinge about since we're on holidays, but it's been one of 'those' holidays. FFS. Hubby is one of those people who get hangry. FFS.

I don't understand the whole hangry thing, if you're hungry, eat something, it's pretty simple. FFS.

Friday morning he comes out of bubs room after putting him to sleep and announces that he needs to get something to eat before he rips someone's head off and loses the plot. FFS.

Considering I was the only person in the house I took this as a direct threat. FFS.

So I immediately armed myself with my arnis sticks. FFS.

For some bizarre reason hubby didn't find this at all amusing. FFS.

Further evidence that he just doesn't appreciate my sparkling wit. FFS.

My talents are clearly wasted on this man. FFS.

We've been away on holiday and against our better judgement we decided to fly Jetstar again. FFS.

I had to check in online but couldn't due to an error message. FFS.

I called Jetstar who said that they'd check in for me and sms the boarding pass in half an hour. FFS.

Eight hours later we hadn't received the boarding passes. FFS.

I called back to be told that I have to check in online. FFS.

I explained that I couldn't check in online due to an error message and that was why I was calling. FFS.

They still wouldn't help me and insisted I check in online. FFS.

Knew I shouldn't have flow Jetstar. FFS.

To my delight it's been confirmed that I am holding onto the last sheds of my sanity. FFS. 

Friday we had the PILs here. FFS.

I was so not in the mood for them. FFS.

MIL just doesn't shut up. FFS.

If you think you know someone like that, trust me, you don't. FFS.

She literally doesn't shut up! FFS.

MIL says the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. FFS.

It's so bloody annoying. FFS.

She would have said "He looks like such a big boy now" at least 15 times, I am not exaggerating. FFS.

MIL bought a fur lined jacket for me. It looks like something Joe from Dr Quinn Medicine Woman would wear. FFS.

It's very sad that I know this. FFS.

Whilst the PILs were here one of them managed to lock the toilet door after exiting the toilet. FFS. 

We have the locks with the hole in the outside that you just stick a skewer into to unlock it. Hubby didn't know how to unlock the door. FFS. 

I had to teach him how to open the lock. FFS. 

Think I must have been a criminal in a past life, or maybe a lock picker. FFS. 

MIL also spent plenty of time giving us very helpful holiday advice. FFS.

She's never been overseas. FFS. 

For instance, she told me not to wear my engagement ring in case someone tried to rip it off my finger. FFS. 

It's become obvious that Bali hates us. FFS. 

The second day here Aunt Flo arrived. FFS. 

The third day I slipped while getting into the shower and badly injured my knee. FFS. 

I couldn't move for five minutes so had to lay naked and wet in the bathtub until I could move. FFS. 

Our fourth day here bub fell head first off the bed and onto the tile floor. FFS. 

The way he fell I thought he had done serious damage to his neck but thankfully he was fine other than a fat lip. FFS. 

Hubby only bought three pairs of undies with him, as you do. FFS. 

We spent the first two days here trying to find him some undies. FFS. 

I will save the rest of our holiday adventures for next week. Have a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ren Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel


I really wanted to love this eye gel, I've heard so many great things about it, however there is one major problem I have and it's one that will stop me buying it again. The pump. It is so hard to get the product out. I either can't get any out or I get way too much out. The whole time I've been using this the pump hasn't worked properly and it's so annoying. Due to that I won't buy this again. If it came with different packaging it would be a lot better.

Res says: A light and cooling gel to refresh and revive tired eyes. Arnica, ginseng and jiaogulan extracts reduce the appearance of puffiness while rumex and vitamin p address dark circles under the eyes. Sea grass and natural hyaluronic acid from corn improve the tone and texture of the eye contour providing lasting hydration to facilitate make up application. 

I do like the way this feels when I apply it. It feels very soothing and my dark circles appear lighter. Unfortunately due to the dodgy pump I haven't been able to use it enough to say if it's effective or not. 

The girls at Mecca told me they often have trouble with the pump on this product, so hopefully Ren will fix it soon.

Ren products contain no petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, tea, dea, glycols, silicones, pegs etc.  

I purchased my Ren Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel from Mecca Cosmetica for $55 (AUD).

Ingredients: rosa damascena flower water, glycerin, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, zostera marina pectin, arnica montana flower extract, laminaria digitata extract, carbomer, fig fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, panax ginseng root extract, yeast extract, rumex occidentalis extract, gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf extract, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, sodium hydroxide, sodium benzoate, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate. 

(photo courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica)

Monday, 4 June 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

I've been tagged by the lovely Michelle from Grace and Glitter. It's been a while since I've done a tag so thanks for tagging me Michelle!

With this tag I share with you seven random facts about myself, so here goes.

1. I have three tattoos. I got my first tattoo years ago when it wasn't the norm for people to have tattoos, now it seems like everyone has one. If they had a semi permanent ink I'd get more tattoos but as they don't I'm not planning on getting any more. If you've heard it said that tattoos are addictive, once you get one you'll want more, it's true.

2. I've got my motorbike license. I haven't ridden for years but once bub is older I plan to buy a bike and start riding again. I've had my license for 16 years and rode a Kawasaki Ninja 900.

3. Most of you probably already know this, but I have crohn's disease. I was diagnosed in 2007. Being at home, bored and sick with crohn's disease is why I started blogging,

4. I do martial arts. I haven't been training recently but I plan to go back soon. To look at me most people wouldn't imagine that I have a violent side but I do! I've been doing martial arts since I was 21. My favourite styles are Arnis (stick and knife fighting), kickboxing and boxing. I'm planning on trying Wing Chung and Kung Fu next. 

5. Despite my penchant for martial arts and motorbikes, I'm a girly girl. I have no idea how to do boy things like operate a bbq, use a drill or lawnmower etc. 

6. Hubby and I got engaged six months after we got together and were engaged for five years. We got married when we were 37.

7. Hubby arranged our whole wedding. If I'd had my way we would have got married by Elvis in Vegas or at the registry office, however hubby wanted the big white wedding. We compromised, got married at the beach and had a cocktail party in a penthouse overlooking the beach. The only thing I organised was the celebrant, my dress, hair and make-up, hubby did everything else.  

Friday, 1 June 2012

FFS Friday

It's Friday! I can't think of anything interesting to say, FFS, so I'll just say Friday, Friday, Friday! Yay!

After Sarah and Amy talking about them it became obvious that bub needed and Unbelievabowl. Surprisingly it was very difficult to find. FFS.

After searching five stores I finally found one. FFS.

Got it home and couldn't get the bowl off the base. FFS.

After persisting for over half an hour (I was determined not to be beaten by a babies bowl!) I got the base off. FFS.

I then spent 15 minutes removing all the residue from the sticker Heinz thoughtfully put in the bottom of the bowl. FFS.

I thoroughly read the instructions, stuck the base to bubs high chair and tried to put the bowl on. Unfortunately this didn't work as the base kept on moving. FFS.

At this point I gave up and decided to try again the next day. FFS.

Tried again the next day and this time the base didn't move, so I successfully stuck the bowl on and put bubs food into it. He spent the whole meal trying to get the bowl off. FFS.

He then decided that he wouldn't eat until he could get the bowl off and cried until I removed the bowl from the base. FFS.

Bloody waste of money. FFS.

To my great delight Bub is going through a very clingy stage with hubby. FFS.

This is wonderful when hubby is home, but becomes rather problematic when he isn't home. FFS.

Considering hubby works 6 days a week, it is a problem more often than not. FFS.

You know how I was wondering how I'd cope when bub had a tantrum in public? I know now. FFS.

Tuesday bub had his first tantrum in public. FFS.

Tuesday night I went to the NKOTBSB concert. I needed to leave the house at 6.30pm which meant hubby had to come home from work and jump straight into the shower with bub so that I could get him out, dried and dressed before I went. Naturally bub chose that night to want a long shower. FFS.

I managed to get him ready and get out of the house by 6.30pm and had a great time at the concert. 

I got home at 11.30pm (I've normally been asleep for at least 2 hours by that time). FFS.

As I was quietly closing the front door I heard hubby loudly saying SSSSSHHHHHH. FFS.

I thought that was rather strange but figured it was directed at bub. FFS.

I took two steps and I again heard hubby loudly saying SSSSHHHH. FFS.

Again I assumed it was not directed at me as I was wearing rubber soled shoes so was not making any noise. FFS.

I took another two steps and hubby whispered loudly at me BE QUIET. FFS.

I pointed out that I hadn't made any noise, he was the only one making noise. FFS.

He then told me that he'd spent an hour and a half trying to settle bub. FFS.

Welcome to my world sunshine. FFS.

The next morning he claimed not to remember how nicely he greeted me. FFS.

He then commenced complaining about how difficult his evening was. FFS.

Again, welcome to my world sunshine. FFS.

Episode two of Conversations I Don't Remember Having With My Husband occurred this week. FFS.

He told a friend that we aren't trying for another bub, we are just "seeing what happens." FFS.

I'm convinced he must be having these conversations with Other Wife. FFS.

I wish Other Wife would help out around the house. FFS.

It's been confirmed that I've gone crazy. FFS.

The last few times the in laws have been here I've enjoyed it. FFS.

HELP!!!!!! FFS.
Dear Baby G