Sunday, 17 May 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. There's still no word on when Juicy Tubes will return to Australia, rest assured as soon as I find out I'll let you know.

2. Has anyone else noticed how ridiculously expensive beauty products are getting? How can brands justify charging $75 or more for a lipstick?

3. It's slow cooker weather again and I couldn't be happier. If you have any great slow cooker recipes send them my way.

4. Krumbled Foods Beauty Bites are available at Coles now! If you haven't tried them, they're so good!

5. Restrictions are starting to ease in Western Australia. I'm so excited about being able to go to the library again.

Friday, 15 May 2020

FFS Friday - Nice

Hello beautiful people. How are you all? I hope you've had a good week.

I've been totally unmotivated this week. I haven't blogged, I haven't wanted to home school, I haven't wanted to anything. Other than home schooling I haven't done much at all. 
I figure when I feel like I cbf that's a good time to take a rest and do a whole lot of nothing. When you think about it, what most of us call a whole lot of nothing is probably still a lot. 

For example. I say I've done nothing this week. My "nothing" includes five loads of washing, four days of home schooling, loading and unloading the dishwasher at least once a day, food shopping, getting a massage, taking the boys out to buy winter shoes, going to the physio, daily ankle rehab, preparing about two million meals for the boys etc.

The constant pressure to achieve and be productive is exhausting, unrealistic and just not fun. I am trying my best to ease the pressure and not worry about being productive. Taking that pressure off is a form of self care. We all need rest and it's okay to be unproductive. 

Those of you who've been here for a while might remember that I went on strike last year. Well, I'm still on strike. My ankle injury helped because I couldn't do anything, so I've just decided to stick with doing nothing and it's working well for me. It's been great for Tiger having to do everything and realising how much work goes into maintaining a home.  I'm not sure Tiger would agree that my strike is working well, but he doesn't know about it and I plan to keep it that way, haha.

I'm being nice and helping out with a little bit of housework every now and again. I'll do the washing occasionally, I make dinner once every few weeks, little things like that. I'm so helpful.

Now that the majority of the housework is being done by Tiger it's given me the chance to start doing other little jobs. I cleaned and decluttered the mess on top of our drawers in our bedroom and I've started decluttering all the mess on the kitchen benches. 

For years now our house has been a real mess. With Tiger working away and not doing any housework when he was home I just couldn't keep up with things. Tiger and the boys leave mess all over the house. For a while there I was running myself ragged trying to keep everything tidy, then I grabbed a brain and stopped trying. Life got easier after that. 

I really hate mess and clutter, but I learned to deal with it. Slowly getting rid of the mess is very satisfying. I love seeing clean, uncluttered surfaces. It might take me months but I'll get there and our house will finally be uncluttered and tidy. What a wonderful day that will be. 

Have a beautiful weekend.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. Lancome have re-released Juicy Tubes! They aren't available here yet but I really hope we get them soon!

2. Who shopped the Sephora sale? We bought our super green powder and that's it.

3. As of Tuesday I'm allowed to walk, without my ankle brace for 30 minutes. From yesterday (Saturday) I'm allowed to ride my bike for an hour. So my new routine is to walk one day and ride the next. Finally! It's been seven months since my injury and I'm so glad to be finally starting to get a little bit of normality back.

4. Does anyone else feel sad when they finish a lip balm they love? Just me? Okay then.

5. Louella, the owner of one of my favourite brands Kiss Ready, has just launched a monthly self care box that sounds amazing. It's only $30 a month and will contain one or two Kiss Ready products, items from other small, hand crafted businesses and an invitation to a private community of people who wish to make self care a priority. 
Founding members get the box for $30 per month, the regular price will be $50. You can sign up here.

Friday, 8 May 2020

FFS Friday - Beautiful

Hello and welcome to my weekly whinge session. 

You know what really annoys me? Advertising trying to make us feel like shit.

Yesterday I saw an advert. It was a gorgeous picture of a newborn baby, the baby's mother and grandmother. 
Guess what the ad was for? 
Skin firming! FFS.

Now I don't know who the ad was targeted at, whether it was at the Mum or Grandmother but either way, to all you people trying to make us feel bad about our bodies, fuck off. Just fuck right off. 

We all have the right to feel comfortable in our own skin. It's bloody difficult when we're constantly bombarded with photoshopped images of fake perfection.

I saw a really interesting comment on Instagram last week. Amy from You Beauty said that the reason she likes beauty and skin care is because when clothes don't fit it's your fault. It's not the clothes, it's something wrong with you, however with beauty, if you put on a red lipstick and it looks crap it's the lipsticks fault.

It's a sad state of affairs when we've been so conditioned to hate ourselves that we think it's our fault when clothing doesn't suit us. 

Chai is at the age (9) where he's becoming interested in his appearance. He's fussy with his clothes and hair. He looks at celebrities (mainly singers) and will want his hair like theirs. He's also made a few comments about his body. 

That really, really worries me. So you know what I did this week? I showed the boys before and after photos of celebrities who'd been photoshopped and explained to them that the images they see in magazines and on tv aren't real and that's not what the person actually looks like. 
(They thought it was hilarious when I showed them the Justin Bieber undies ad where they'd made his penis bigger.)

That then lead into a long discussion about how advertising is designed to make us feel bad about ourselves so that we spend money on products to make us feel better. 

Then we went onto a discussion we have regularly, that all people are different, everyone looks different, likes different things, we're all different shapes and sizes and we're all perfect just the way we are.

I dream of living in a world where there's no body shaming, where none of us feel inadequate and none of us dislike our bodies.

If no-one has told you lately, you are beautiful exactly the way you are. 

Monday, 4 May 2020

April Empties

It's empties time again. I'm quite pleased with my effort for April, I've got got a good selection of empties to show you. 

I'm determined to get through my ridiculous stash of sheet masks, so this month I've been making an effort to use one every second day. I'm slowly making a dent in the tub (yes, I have a tub full of sheet masks). Once the tub is emptied I'm putting it away and it will not be refilled. I'll then move onto finishing all the other face masks I've got. Eventually I'd like to have five or less, that seems like a reasonable number.

I'm also slowly working my way through my samples. I'd like to get to the point where I don't have a pile of them and I use them as I get them, rather than putting them away for when I travel. When I was single that method worked well as I travelled regularly, but now I don't go anywhere so that method no longer works. Plus, who knows how long it'll be until we're allowed to travel again.

Natio Rosewater Gentle Cream-Gel Face Cleanser
Who's had enough of seeing this in my empties? It's my holy grail cleanser, I've lost count of the number of tubes I've been through.I love the gorgeous scent and will always repurchase. 

Kiss Ready Baby Natural Relax Balm
I loved using this on the boys. I'd rub a little into their feet and on their chests every night before bed. It smells beautiful and helped them calm down at bed time. It'd make a beautiful body lotion, I'd use it! 

Andalou Renewal Cream
I haven't really formed an opinion on Renewal Cream. I've used a few tubes of it now and I'm not sure if my skin likes it or not. I suspect that I find it slightly irritating as my skin irritation went away when my tube ran out. It could have just been due to hayfever season though. 

The Physic Garden Sleep Balm
We've been all about sleep balms lately. Funny that. We've now run out of all our sleep balms and really miss them. This sleep balm has a great scent and was super soothing. I'll happily purchase it again.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
Here's another product that I'd happily repurchase if we had the spare funds. Whilst it doesn't perform miracles, Confidence in a Cream is a lovely hydrating moisturiser that my dry skin loved. 

Liloh Skincare Vitamin Smoothie Serum
Oh how I love this serum. I was sad to see the end of it. I'll definitely repurchase in the future (when we have an income again). It smells beautiful and made my skin feel very smooth and hydrated. 

Tatcha The Water Cream
Tatcha products are so beautiful, I'd love to try the whole range. The water cream is lovely but not rich enough for my dry skin. It would be ideal for someone with oily skin.

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
I'm not sure how I ended up with so many of these but I'm glad I did because it's love. The scent is heavenly, I'd use it for that reason alone. Coco Cabana is quickly absorbed and a pleasure to use. 

Lancome Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid
Lancome make such beautiful products. When I was single and had more money I used their skin care exclusively, however now I mix it up. If you have the fund, this is a lovely cleansing milk. It's very gentle, doesn't irritate the eyes and removes all make-up. It's nearly as good as my all time favourite Natio cleanser. 

Kopari Charcoal Deodorant
Kopari deodorant is one of my all time favourites. This is the first time I've tried the charcoal version and it wasn't love. I found that it wasn't as effective as the regular one. In the future I'll stick to the regular coconut deodorant.

Natralus Ultra Hydration 
If you're after a super hydrating yet light moisturiser then check this out. I find it quite similar to Clinique's Moisture Surge. Even when my skin is reacting to everything I can still use Ultra Hydration. I don't find it hydrating enough to use on skin rashes, however it's a great face and body lotion.  

This photo makes me happy. I'm glad that I've got through so many masks. Most of them were okay but not amazing.

I'll definitely repurchase the Cremor Lab mask, it fit really well and made my skin glow. 
The Societe mask was a nightmare. It was so difficult to get out of the packet, I put holes through it before I'd even got it on my face. After five minutes trying to wrangle it onto my face I gave up and threw it in the bin. 

As for the rest, I won't repurchase. Sheet masks just aren't my thing.

Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation
After one use it's difficult to form an opinion on something, I think samples like these are only good for colour matching. I'd like to try a larger sample as this seemed nice on first impressions. 

Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream
If you want to slather your face with banana lollies this is the moisturiser for you. I have a full sized jar so can review it properly. It looks like custard, smells like bananas and feels very light. I can see this being my go to summer moisturiser. It's not hydrating enough for winter, however if you have oily skin it's worth a try. 

Goldfaden MD Dr's Scrub
I don't remember whether I liked this or not, which means that it wasn't amazing. For the price I expect it to be amazing. 

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost
If we were rich Vital Boost would be my moisturiser. It's lovely for dry skin, hydrating without being oily, my skin loved it. 

O and M Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner
O and M is another one of the products that I used when I was single and had spare funds. It's easily my favourite shampoo and conditioner. 

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
I've already talked about this one. 

Aesop Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk
Oh my goodness, how I loved this. It smells amazing. It was gentle, didn't irritate my eyes and smelled like heaven. 

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub 
Whilst I love the way powder scrubs make my skin feel, I can never get the water to powder ratio right. There has to be a solution but I'm yet to find it. When I figure it out I'll be set. I much prefer powder scrubs to grainy scrubs, they're gentler and yet more effective. 

These are all tosses. 

The Formula 10.0.6 Butter Up was a disappointment. I was hoping it'd be awesome but it's lumpy and very unpleasant to use.

The Lancome La Vie Est Belle perfume smells awful. 
Native deodorant has bicarb soda in it so irritated my pits.

Everything else was expired. It was all well loved and almost empty so I didn't mind tossing them. 

How did you do with your empties this month?Are you making an effort to finish anything?

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. There's a new messenger for kids app that I've downloaded onto the boys computers. They love it! I have full control over who they have contact with and I can see everything they send and that's sent to them. It's been a brilliant way for them to keep in touch with friends and family and means they're not using my phone to video call people.

2. How great has it been seeing people again? I've mostly enjoyed staying at home but I have really, really missed being able to see people. Seeing my loved ones has been so good.

3.You know what I don't understand? Why magazines only show really expensive clothes. Surely they're out of most peoples price range, so why don't they show clothes that people can actually afford? Every time I see an outfit that I like in a magazine it's so expensive there's no way I could afford it.

4. Since Covid we've started checking in on an elderly friend every week. It's been quite lovely so I've decided that after this is over we'll continue to check in with her. I usually hesitate to visit people unannounced but she seems to enjoy it. It's on our way home from town so it's easy enough and well worth the effort. 

5. Today we went to buy a new knob for our oven. In Perth they're $16.50. We are two hours south of Perth. They wanted to charge us $25 and said that the difference was freight. FFS.
They get deliveries from Perth twice a day and I seriously doubt they'd be paying $8.50 postage per item. If the difference was a dollar or two I wouldn't mind, but $8.50 is ridiculous. Then businesses complain that we don't buy locally. How about you stop ripping us off, then we'll buy from you.

Friday, 1 May 2020

FFS Friday - Alaska

Well. What a week it's been! I've struggled this week. There haven't been any specific issues, it's just been tough.

We're lucky that restrictions have been eased a little and we're now allowed to have gatherings of up to ten people. Our get togethers are usually less than that so it works well for us. We saw my bff on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, it was lovely. 

The weather is starting to cool down so we've had the fire going. I love winter. 

I'm still done with home schooling Chai. He makes it so awful, I just can't do it any more. Thursday I had a go at teaching him and was ready to cry after fifteen minutes.

Trying to deal with Centrelink is extremely frustrating. They've told us what our payments will be, however mine is $80 less than Tigers and I have no idea why. Perhaps it's the gender pay gap?
My online access doesn't work properly and I can't get through to them on the phone. I go through a long process, tell the computer that I need to talk to someone about my payment rate then it says "All our operators are busy, please call back later." 
So frustrating!!!!!

All in all, I have nothing to complain about. Minor, first world problems. We're safe, we have food and a house to live in so I really can't complain.

Does anyone else think that they'll be a hoarder after this is over? I think I'll make sure I always have plenty of rice, pasta, hand sanitiser, tissues, hand soap and toilet tissue. I've always just assumed that what I need will be readily available, it's quite scary realising that's not necessarily true.

What have you all been watching on Netflix? I just finished watching Win the Wilderness, it was really interesting. I want to move to Alaska now!

Thursday, 30 April 2020

April update

Hello and welcome to another exciting update of what we've been up to this month. Okay, that was  a lie. We've been at home, like most of the world.

It's been fairly quiet. The boys do their learning, we go out for a drive every few days, the boys and Tiger go for a ride or a swim, that's about it. 

We've been video calling our loved ones so that we still get to see them.

Now that the restrictions have been lifted a little we've managed to catch up with a few people which has been lovely and very needed.

My ankle rehab is going well, I've now moved into the third phase and am getting stronger every day. 

Now that Tiger is unemployed we've been using the time to get the house tidied up. The junk room is now an office/gym, our bedroom is now a lot tidier and the garage has been cleared out. There's still quite a bit of work to do but we're getting there.

Let's hope next months update is a lot more exciting than this month!

Monday, 27 April 2020

Zero waste favourites

Dearest Lips
I've loved Dearest Lips balms ever since I discovered them on Etsy. Glaiza now has her own website and her balms are stocked in several stores too. 
All Dearest Lips balms come in cardboard tubes or tubs and are fully compostible. The products are organic so once the balm is empty you can throw it in the compost or even in your garden and it'll break down in a few months. 

Shampoo With a Purpose
I've only recently discovered Shampoo With a Purpose, they are now my holy grail shampoo. Even better, the shampoo doubles as a conditioner and soap so I'm saving myself a lot of money!  
At first I was doubtful that it'd be effective (we all know how dodgy those two in one shampoo and conditioners are!), however to my delight Shampoo With a Purpose lives up to all it's claims. 

Kiss Ready Lips
One of my all time favourite natural deodorants is Louella's. It smells lovely, comes in a very convenient (and hardy) tin and works! Kiss Ready products are all hand made in small batches. The Light Chia Oil is beautiful as are the lip balms and Sun Veil balm. 

Blossy Lou 
I'm fully converted to reuseable make-up wipes. Gone are the days of using cotton rounds to take my make-up off, I now use a mitt or scrubbies from Blossy Lou. Chelsea hand makes all her products, along with the make-up scrubbies she also has body and dish scrubbies.
Orders are sent in a compostible package and the scrubbies are also compostible, so once you've worn them out just throw them in the compost.

Another brand I enjoy that's worth a mention is The Physic Garden. Their products are all zero waste, made in Australia and very effective. The sensitive deodorant is lovely as are their lip balms and body balms. 

Whilst we're talking zero waste, if you're on the hunt for a good reusable up, the best ones I've found are Contigo, Frank Green steel and Avantil Go cup. They don't leak (even when floating around in the bottom of my bag), are easy to clean and keep my coffee warm for hours. 

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. Do any of you wonder what else is happening in the world that no-one knows about? The suspicious side of me thinks that this would be the perfect time for governments and organisations to get up to mischief whilst everyone else is looking the other way. 

2. This is what happens when I have too much time to think. We had a garage visit with Dad yesterday, it's the first time I've seen him in a month (I normally see him a few times a week). Dad also does not benefit from having too much time to think. He pointed out how easily the government has controlled us. One pandemic and we're all staying at home and considering downloading a contact tracing app. But let's not go there. 

3. Hurraw have released two new lip balms. One is apple flavoured and the other is hazelnut and tinted. I wish I could find an Australian stockist because I really want both balms.

4. I finally got my hand sanitiser from Kiss Ready Lips! Louella posted it on the 26th of March and it arrived here on the 24th of April. If you need more hand santiser the Kiss Ready one is gorgeous. It smells great and isn't drying at all!
You can buy it here.

5. I hope you all have a lovely week.

Friday, 24 April 2020

FFS Friday - The towel has been thrown

Is it possible to die from listening to your child making noise all the time? Because I feel like that might be about to happen.

This week has been f*&%ing brutal. Not for any particular reason, just a series of stupid little things that have really pissed me off. Take Wednesday. It was my turn to teach Chai, which always sucks because he's a very reluctant learner. I was trying to make it fun by playing games with him and keeping him active but he chucked a wobbly (as usual) and that was it. I'm done. I'm not teaching him any more. He can go to school and hate every second of it because I am done.

I've explained to him over and over again that there are things he needs to learn and that if he doesn't learn what he needs to he'll have to go to school yet he fights every single second of it. We only do an hour of schooling a day but he makes it a total nightmare. I'm done torturing myself. It's the most hated part of my day and I am no longer doing it.

I know that going to school will be a disaster for Chai but that's the choice he's made and he will now have to deal with the consequences. I don't want him to go to school but there comes a point where I have to put my mental health first and we've now reached that point. 

Chai is perfectly capable of doing the work that he needs to do, he's intelligent and does it easily when he wants to. The trouble is that he doesn't want to do it. 

So there was that. Just prior to me starting his lesson for the day I realised that Shelby had poo stuck to her bum because she's due for a hair cut so her hair is really long. Tiger and I had to shower her, cut the poo encrusted hair off her bum, change all her bedding and walk around picking up bits of poo from all over the house.

As if that wasn't enough, we've been waiting for a supplement for Chai for ages now. It was posted on the 2nd of April and finally arrived on Wednesday. It was a package that we didn't need to sign for. 
Naturally it arrived whilst we were out for a drive and they didn't leave it. FFS.

I get that Australia Post is super busy but their postage times are a total joke at the moment. Chai's supplements took 20 days to get here. 
I've been waiting for a package of hand sanitiser which was posted on the 26th of March and it's still not here. 4 weeks to send something across the country is ridiculous.  

Is anyone else getting super annoyed by those "we're all in this together" adverts? They're so stupid. It's very easy to stay positive when you've got a huge property and no financial stress. You can be all perky and "we'll get through this, we're doing it together" when you've got a shit load of money, you can pay your bills and feed your family. 
I'd like to see people have the same attitude with no money and no idea how they were going to feed their family.
Also, what about those people who are immuno compromised and in total isolation so that they survive? 
Those poor people are really doing it tough. 
Then there's single parents, parents who can't see their children, people who live alone etc. They're all doing it tough too.
It's a very rough time but to say that we're all in it together is just unrealistic.  

The stupid ads can fuck right off.

As great as it is to stay positive it's also okay to acknowledge that this is fucking tough and we're struggling. 

Now that I've been a total beacon of light and hope and cheered you all up immensely, how are you doing? Coping ok or ready to throw in the towel and stay in bed all day?

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Dearest Lips Overnight Lip Rescue

You know when you try something and it's love at first application? That's what happened when I used my Dearest Lips Overnight Lip Rescue. It's such a beautiful balm.

I was lucky enough to get to test Overnight Lip Rescue prior to release. Glaiza asked me to use it every night and report back. As a product tester I failed. I just couldn't do it. It's such a gorgeous balm that I didn't only apply every night, I used it all day every day. Heh. I really did try but couldn't resist.

The scent is a gorgeous fresh lemon. Not the rich, tart lemon scent, a soft hint of lemon that's not overpowering.
I normally prefer foody scents but love the freshness, it's really refreshing.
The texture is perfect, smooth, buttery and instantly soothing.

The main ingredient in Overnight Lip Rescue is Cupuacu butter. Cupuacu is a superfruit that comes from the Amazonian rain forest. Rich in fatty acids Cupuacu is often used in place of lanolin in vegan products. 

I find balms with Cupuacu to be super hydrating with a lovely buttery texture. 
The other key ingredients are Melissa (lemon balm) which is great for cold sores and turmeric which is an antioxidant and will help to brighten lips. 

The tub is huge. At 15 grams it's double the size of a regular lip balm pot. I leave mine on my bedside table. Lately I've discovered that along with being a great lip balm it also does wonders for dry patches. I've got dry patches on my hands from the obsessive use of hand sanitiser, since I started using Overnight Lip Rescue on them they're a lot better.
Look at that beautiful texture.
You can purchase from Dearest Lips. A 15 gram pot costs$18.95 or a 4 gram travel pot costs $7.95.
Whilst you're there buy one of the lip balm holders and a turkish delight balm.

Ingredients: cupuaçu seed butter, mango seed butter, coconut oil, olive oil,  candelilla wax, Vitamin E, turmeric powder, lemon balm oil.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. I have huge, huge news. Chai now sleeps all night in his own bed! It's only taken us nine years to get to this point!

2. When this is all over, do you think you'll live differently? I hope that we will. I hope we'll take less things for granted, spend less money and be more aware of what's truly important.

3. I'd really like to get a job.It's occurred to me that now Tiger is home I might be able to get a job or start studying so that I can get a job sometime in the future. I'd love to have a job.

4. Listening to kids chatting on the phone is hilarious, they're so cute. 

5. Mothers day is coming up soon. If you're planning on purchasing online, get onto it asap as postage is taking ages at the moment.

Friday, 17 April 2020

FFS Friday - Mars?

Sometimes I'm convinced Tiger lives on another planet to us. He's here in body but not in spirit. Or maybe it's just a clone of him. He walks, talks etc but nothing goes into his brain.

Here's the perfect example. After he lost his job we had to register for welfare payments. I got online but as he didn't know his CRN he couldn't claim online so we had to ask Centrelink to call us. I told Tiger that until Centrelink called we couldn't claim payments.

Over the next few weeks I repeatedly told him that we had not lodged our claim and we wouldn't be able to until we'd received a call from Centrelink.
One night we were talking and he mentioned something about the welfare payments. I told him for at least the 10th time, probably more, that we wouldn't receive payment until Centrelink had called him and we'd lodged the claim online. He was shocked. In his head we'd lodged the claim two weeks ago. 

I don't even know why he thought we'd lodged a claim. He'd done nothing. Did he think it'd happen by magic? Maybe he thought I'd done the claim for him? What I don't get is why he didn't understand every time I told him "Until Centrelink call you we can't lodge a claim." What's confusing about that?

The only explanation is that I was talking to his clone.

Here's another example. We've lived at our house for almost seven years. Yesterday he asked me what our street name is. WTF? 

See? Further proof that I'm living with Tigers clone and not the real Tiger. 

This weeks "stupid questions I get asked" is a great one from Tiger. There's a little back story to it. 

In the past I used to clean up the mess that my family left everywhere. After many years I got really tired of that and went on a permanent strike. 
Last weekend we did grocery shopping. Tiger put it all away but left the tomato's out. As I'm on strike I didn't put them away, I left them where they were. After sitting on the bench for a week some of them went off.

Yesterday, Tiger asked me his stupid question. 
Are you ready for it?

He asked me: Are we keeping these rotten tomato's?
To which I replied: Do we ever keep rotten tomato's?

Seriously, wtf would we do with rotten tomaoto's?

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Recent favourites

It's been ages since I did a favourites post. I haven't had a lot of time to think about blogging but now that Tiger is home things have eased up a bit and I have more capacity to think.

Sunescape Hydrating Body Butter
I'm all about fragrances. I can love or hate a product purely because of the fragrance. 
This body butter was love at first sniff, it has a beautiful coco shea fragrance. Despite being very rich and hydrating, the butter feels light and is quickly absorbed. That's one thing that really puts me off body butters, they take so long to sink in so I have to wait to get dressed. That's not a problem with my Sunescape body butter. The tub is huge so will last for ages and at $29.95 it's very reasonably priced.

Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening and Exfoliating Mask
My beautiful Karen kindly sent this mask to me. She's been raving about it for ages so it was on my wishlist however I hadn't gotten around to buying it. 
Now that I've had the pleasure of using it I can see why she raves so much. 
This is designed to be an exfoliant and a mask. I have sensitive skin so only use it as an exfoliant and it's now one of my favourite exfoliators. The scrubby particles are smooth not scratchy, leaving my skin looking bright and feeling super smooth.  
It also makes a great lip scrub!

Sol de Janeiro Cheirosa '62 Candle 
I'm obsessed with Sol de Janeiro and want one of everything they make. Their original range smells edible and is one of my all time favourite scents. This little candle is gorgeous. I'm yet to burn mine as the scent is so strong my whole room smells amazing without even having to light it!

Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush
This is another product that Karen recommended. When she told me it's her favourite foundation brush I bought one straight away. She was right! I've even stopped using a make-up sponge in favour of this brush. It gives a gorgeous coverage, application is quick and easy and I don't have to worry about streaks or patches. I'm considering buying a second one. 

Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer
Concealer has always been my bff as I have permanent dark circles. Over the years I've tried so many different concealers, most of which I haven't loved.
Airbrush Concealer is lovely. With a creamy, hydrating texture it doesn't crease and easily covers my dark circles. My little pot came in a trial pack, I'll purchase a full size once the pot runs out.  

Dearest Lips Overnight Lip Rescue Balm
Overnight Lip Rescue is one of those products that was love at first use. As soon as I put it on I was in love. I was lucky enough to be one of the product testers and I was supposed to use it each night, but I couldn't resist and used it all day every day. I love the buttery, hydrating and soothing texture plus it comes in a huge pot that will last for ages.  

What have you been loving lately?

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Thoughts of the week

1. So. What a year this week has been. How have you all coped?

2. Glow Recipe have released a pack of mini products and they look so cute!

3. What have you all been buying? I want to buy all the things but haven't bought any non essentials because we don't have an income at the moment.

4. Self isolation has made me realise I don't have nearly enough pj's and lounge wear. When we have spare money I shall remedy that.

5. If you need hand sanitiser Kiss Ready, Perfect Potion, Nourished Life, Raww and DB Cosmetics currently have it in stock or available for pre order.

Friday, 10 April 2020

FFS Friday - Zoom zoom

For those of you who need to hear it, today is Friday.

So. I've been thinking. A lot of us are scared/worried/unemployed/isolated/struggling at the moment. These are unpredictable and scary times. Instead of focusing on the negative, I'm trying to focus on the positive and challenge you all to do the same. Try thinking of three positives that have come out of this situation for you. 

Here are my positives:

  • Tiger is no longer fifo.
  • We're starting to get a few jobs done around the house.
  • It's been nice lazing around the house with my family.
  • I've reconnected with a family friend who's elderly and living alone. 
  • We're all making more effort to stay in touch with loved ones. Our family has set up a weekly zoom call with my Grandma (she's 102), Aunties, Uncles and cousins. I only get to see them every few years so it's great to see them every week.
  • All of the washing has been put away!!!!! (I should mention that it only lasted a day, but it was nice)
  • Thanks to having no income we've reigned in our spending.
  • I've realised how much money we waste on things we don't need.
  • I've read lots of books.
  • It's given me plenty of time to rest my ankle whilst it's healing.
  • We aren't spending as much money.
  • We'll get a bigger tax return as our income has dropped dramatically.
Now that we're done being positive, how much does this suck! It's just so strange and scary!

My ankle is coming along nicely. I've now moved onto the second phase of rehab and have a lot more movement.
Last week it got really sore and I thought I'd re-injured it but thankfully it was just inflamed. I stopped doing one of my exercises and got a lot better. My new physio is so good, he really puts my mind at ease.

I will be so glad when my ankle is finally back to normal. I really miss riding my bike, going for walks and being able to stand up for more than ten minutes.


Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion

I've thought about starting a new blog series called skin care that actually works. Trouble is, I don't often meet products that really do work. When I say work, I mean products that have noticeable results. Maybe I expect too much.

When I started using my Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion I wasn't expecting much so I didn't bother taking before photos (which I'm now really annoyed about). I used it in the morning as a lip treatment before lipstick. As I want to treat two vertical lines around my lips I'd smudge it on my lips and around my lips. 

After a few months of once daily use I noticed that the two lines were almost gone! Even better, it's not just cosmetic. I haven't used the lip cushion for six weeks and the lines haven't come back!

I'm not sure why they call it a lip cushion. When I think of cushion I expect a foam applicator, but it has a normal slant tipped applicator. With a texture that feels balmy and hydrating yet is quickly absorbed, this is a great addition to my morning routine. It keeps my lips hydrated and soft, it plumps out the lines and makes my lips look fuller. 

There is no detectable flavour or fragrance

This is what Dr Dennis Gross has to say about the lip cushion: A cocktail of our VoluMax Complex, hyaluronic acid, marine algae, and antioxidants work together to smooth lines, restore natural volume, and repair the lip border for healthier looking lips. The smooth, cushiony formula locks in hydration and provides lasting moisture to dry, damaged lips. As essential proteins in your lips break down, volume and density start to diminish. Our VoluMax Complex stimulates the production of these essential proteins to reinvigorate lip plumpness, definition, and structure. A shot of caffeine aids in circulation, reviving lips’ natural hue. Experience beautifully transformed lips in just days. 

Usually I read what a company has to say about their product and it's just not true. This time they aren't false claims, they're actually correct. Whilst I didn't get results in days, I did get results and I dare say they would have happened faster if I'd used the product more than once a day. 

If you too want to get rid of lines around your lips then give the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion. It's been worth every cent for me. 

I purchased mine from Mecca for around $45, it's currently $48. 

Ingredients: water, dimethicone, glycerin, apricot kernel oil, cetearyl alcohol, sodium hyaluronate, ceteareth-20, cocoa seed butter, hydroxyethyl urea, linseed seed oil, borago officinalis seed oil, polysorbate 60, collagen amino acids, disodium acetyl glucosamine phosphate, sodium glucuronate, sea whip extract, centella asiatica meristem cell, rhodiola rosea root extract, saccharide isomerate, evening primrose oil, soybean seed extract, proline, mannitol, caffeine, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, silica dimethyl silylate, tocopheryl acetate, PCA, sodium PCA, magnesium sulfate, histidine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, threonine, valine, serine, alanine, aspartic acid, arginine, glycolic acid, lactic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, inulin lauryl carbamate, xanthan gum, glycine, tromethamine, sodium lactate, cyclodextrin, orange oil, phenoxyethanol.


Monday, 6 April 2020

Liloh Skincare

A little while ago I was sent a pack of travel sized Liloh Skincare products. At the time I was hesitant to use them as my skin was having a tantrum, however I gave them a go and they soothed my upset skin straight away. Yay!

The products are really beautiful. Liloh Skincare is clean, natural and Australian. You can buy the full range in travel size which is a great way to trial everything and see if it works for you. I love being able to try before I commit to a full sized product.

The range consists of Fresh Daily Cleanser, Vitamin Smoothie Serum, Glow Day Cream and Glow Night Cream.  

If I had to pick one product as a favourite it'd be the Vitamin Smoothie Serum.  It smells amazing and my skin felt lovely when I was using it.

Fresh Daily Cleanser is a light, gel formula that doesn't irritate my eyes and easily removes all my make-up. My skin feels cleans and happy after use, without that tight, dry feeling. It has a soft, fresh scent. 

The Vitamin Smoothie Serum smells like lollies! It's quickly absorbed, hydrating and made my skin glow. With vitamins A, C and E it's a very effective serum and one I'll be purchasing soon!

Glow Day Cream is quickly absorbed, hydrating and soothing. When my skin was irritated I found this very calming. Despite the light texture my skin felt hydrated all day, which isn't usually the case with light moisturisers. 

Last up is the Glow Night Cream. I really enjoyed using this one. It has a soft, calming scent, it's rich and plumping. I'd wake up with soft, plump and glowing skin the next morning On days when my skin was particularly dry I'd use this as a day cream.

You can purchase Liloh Skincare from their website. The trial pack is $49.95. The products lasted me around three weeks with daily use.    

Note: These products were provided for review.