Monday, 8 February 2016

January's incoming and outgoing

Empties posts have been boring me lately so I've decided to change formats and do an incoming and outgoing post each month. I'll still show my empties and I'll also show the products that I purchased. It's a good way to keep me honest and on track with my low buy this year.

Outgoing:
Dove Deodorant
The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry shower gel 
Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 - I'm so sad to finish this, it's one of my favourite facial sunscreens.
Clarins Cleansing Milk 
Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector and Skin Brightener 
Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel - I'm not sure why you'd want to be invigorated at night time. This stung every time I used it. Strangely it didn't cause any redness or irritation, so I used the whole pot.  
Lavender Mist
The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig perfume - Love, love, love.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen
Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - I wish these were available in Australia still. My review is here.
Eco Store Baby Bubble Bath
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted perfume
Lancome DreamTone
Kosmea Rosehip oil
The Jojoba Company Intense Overnight Renewal Creme


Sugar Baby Vita+Skin Slim-Ulate  - You all need this. Review here.
Colgate toothpaste
Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off 


Tosses:
These are all products that I decided to toss whilst I was doing my inventories. You can read about the inventories here and here. The products below are all expired and the ones above are all either broken, off or old.

Incoming:
I won a Dermaviduals Instagram competition and received this gorgeous set. I can't wait to try it all out.
The Rimmel Super Gel set was sent to me for review, you can read my post here.
These beauties are from The Beauty Exchange. The brushes are beautiful, soft and non irritating on my sensitive skin.      

Priceline had their semi annual 40% off skincare sale so we stocked up on some essentials. The Olay sunscreen, Nip and Fab glycolic pads and Nuxe cleanser are mine, everything else is Tigers. 

Last up is an order from Frank Body. I purchased two body scrubs and the lip set which comes with a lip scrub and lip balm.  

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I love reading Humans of New York. Some of the stories are so moving. This is one of my favourites so far, I'd love to meet Ramon, he sounds like an amazing person.

2. Another blog I've been reading and loving is The Not So Secret Life of Us. All her posts are brilliant, but I particularly love this one.   

3. I'm not looking forward to this coming week. Tiger will be back at work, Chai will be at school full time so it'll just be Eljay and I. He's never not had Chai around so I'm thinking this week will be tough for him. I've got lost of things planned to keep him busy so hopefully we'll all get through the week okay.

4. My new skin care routine is going well. Instead of not using any skin care at night when I'm tired, I've been applying serum and night cream. It's quick, easy and means that I maintain my routine. On the nights when I'm not tired I'll use a chemical exfoliant, massage in a facial oil or overnight mask and use night cream. nd

5. Yesterday we had a very near miss. Tiger fell asleep whilst we were driving home. It was at 1pm, we hadn't been drinking, we hadn't had a late night the night before, it was just a regular day and yet he fell asleep. It all happened so quickly, we were very fortunate that no-one was hurt. You never think you'll fall asleep in the middle of the day but it happens. Drive carefully people. 

Friday, 5 February 2016

FFS Friday - Crazy

I've been waging war on my left hand lately. FFS.

First I smashed my finger in the car boot then this week I squashed my little finger between the fridge and freezer doors. FFS.

I have no idea how I managed that. FFS.

I was trying to open one door and close the other door at the same time. FFS.

Not a very clever idea. FFS.

My little finger is black now. FFS.

On the weekend Eljay decided to attack me with scissors. FFS.

He was cutting up paper whilst I was doing my hair, when I suddenly felt something sharp attack my leg. FFS.

It was Eljay trying to cut me. FFS.

As you do. FFS.

Monday Chai started full time schooling. FFS.

It was his first day of 13 years of full time schooling. FFS.

Thankfully he doesn't know that. Not FFS.

He was really brave and I was very emotional. FFS.

He's too young to be in full time schooling. FFS.

I want to take him and run away, just like last year. FFS.

Even though he challenges me all day every day, I'd rather have him home with me. 

This week I've started to wonder if my hormones are out of whack. FFS.

Either that or I'm going crazy. Both are entirely possible. FFS.

After Chai started preschool on Monday I lost the plot. I went from normal person to teary, I've failed as a mother, where is my life going, sobbing mess. FFS.

It lasted two days. FFS.

Added to that I've had stomach cramps since Saturday but no period and I'm starting to think it may be hormone related. FFS.

There's no way I'm discussing that with my lovely, young, male Dr. FFS.

I need to find a female Dr I can discuss women things with. 

Eljay has really missed Chai this week. FFS.

I have no idea why because they spend most of their time fighting and hurting each other. FFS.

He's spent the whole week asking if we can pick Chai up and telling me he misses Chai. FFS.

Sorry buddy, you're stuck with me for the next two years until you're old enough to start kindy. 


Poor child.

That's enough of my whinging for this week. Over to you. Whinge away. Or tell me something awesome. Whatever you like.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January Favourites

This month I have a very small collection of favourites, I've been concentrating on using things up so haven't been too excited about my products.

The Body Shop Moringa Body Sorbet - This is the perfect summer moisturiser. It's light, absorbs instantly and smells great. It's not overly hydrating so wouldn't do much for really dry skin, but it's good for a light moisture hit. The fragrance is quite strong so I only use it on my legs otherwise it would clash with my perfume.

Madam Glam Fiercely Fabulous Lip Lacquer - I'm normally a lipstick person but the last few months I've been loving my Madam Glam Lip Lacquer. It's hydrating and long lasting so I can put it on in the morning then forget about it until lunchtime.

Klara Cosmetics CC Cream - Oh my goodness, I am in love. This is the perfect base. I thought CC's were a gimmick but they aren't. This is the perfect blend of moisturiser and foundation, it's easy to apply, stays put all day and makes my skin look great. I'd happily toss all my other bases and just stick to this one, it's that good. If you haven't tried it, you need to. I got mine on sale from Coles for $20, the regular price is $49. 

NYX Pops Butter Lipstick - Poor Pops sat unused in my collection for months and months until I discovered him whilst doing my lip product inventory. I don't know why I neglected him for so long because he's beautiful, even if he does have a very strange name for a lipstick. Pops is the perfect mlbb shade for me. Like the Butter Glosses, Butter lipsticks are hydrating and creamy. I only get a few hours wear but that doesn't bother me, I usually reapply my lip products every few hours anyhow.

The Beauty Exchange brushes - They have magnetised bottoms! As if that wasn't enough, they're super soft, don't shed and don't irritate my sensitive skin. Winning. I have so much trouble finding brushes that don't irritate my skin, I love when I find reasonably priced brushes that I can use.

*Note: The Madam Glam and Beauty Exchange products were provided for review. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ever wondered what 237 lip balms look like?

Wonder no more. I had intended to take a photo of my whole collection, however I underestimated the time it'd take to gather them all together. I'll retrieve them from their various hiding spots over the next few weeks and take another photo with my entire collection.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Madam Glam

I love discovering natural, cruelty free brands that ship internationally. I recently discovered Madam Glam. They specialise in nail polish but also have a lovely range of natural cosmetics.
I receive three products to try, a lip lacquer, blush and eye shadow. They're all beautiful, however if I had to pick one stand out it's the lip lacquer. It's the perfect blend of gloss and long lasting lipstick.
Fiercely Fabulous is a great every day colour that I find myself reaching for regularly. It smells like lollies, is super pigmented and lasts at least six hours before fading. The colour is very, very pigmented, a little goes a long way, so I recommend only using a small amount. The first few times I plastered it on like I would a gloss and ended up with a huge mess, it wasn't pretty. 

Every now and again I like to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Normally I don't wear shimmery or glittery eye shadow, but I've really been loving wearing Beige Breeze with a sweep of navy eye liner. It's simple, pretty and not too overdone for day time.  

Dozen Roses blush is super pigmented and very pretty. Like the Lip Lacquer, it's super pigmented, I lightly touch my brush onto the powder and have enough to do both cheeks. 
The compact comes with a brush and a mirror making it perfect for touch ups on the go, not that you'd need them because it lasts all day without fading. 

Madam Glam Lip Lacquers cost $22.95, Eye Shimmers cost $12.00 and Blushes cost $15.99. Shipping is free for purchases over $80, $3.95 within the US and $8.95 internationally. All prices are in USD.
Fiercely Fabulous Lip Lacquer, Dozen Roses Blush and Beige Breeze Eye Shimmer

Lip Lacquer ingredients:

Blush and eye shadow ingredients:
Madam Glam offer free returns and exchanges so give them a go, you have nothing to lose!

*Note: These products were provided for review.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Tuesday was Australia day. It's become quite controversial the past few years, lots of name calling and accusations. Frankly I find it quite ridiculous. If you have an Aussie flag you're called a bogan. I don't get it. Firstly, what wrong with being a bogan and secondly, what's wrong with being proud to be Aussie? I'm proud to be Aussie, that doesn't make me a bogan. If I proudly display our flag why should I be labelled a bogan? Makes no sense to me. How about we all get along and stop calling each other names.

2. This is the Aussiest thing I've seen in a long time, love it. 

3. Tomorrow my baby starts full time school. I am all sorts of worried about it. Deep breaths.

4. This week I bought a long, almost floor length skirt. I'd forgotten how wonderful it feels to wear a long, flowy skirt.

5. I also chopped my hair to shoulder length and am loving myself sick right now. It's been about ten years since I had short hair, it feels so good. I keep admiring myself in the mirror, hahahaha.

Friday, 29 January 2016

FFS Friday - Will the Sephora Saga ever end?

Last Friday Toll came out and picked up the Sephora eye shadow. Finally. FFS.

I didn't have all the required paperwork but they took the package and said they'd sort it out. Not FFS.

Stupidly I assumed that was finally the end of the Sephora saga. It wasn't. FFS.

Monday I got an email from Toll saying that they had another item to pick up and they'd be here to collect it on Wednesday. WTF? FFS.

I replied asking what they were collecting and they said that it was an eye shadow for Sephora. FFS.

I told Toll that they'd already picked up the eye shadow and I didn't have anything else for them to collect, so they said they'd get back to Sephora. FFS.

Tuesday I got an email from Sephora saying that I'd returned the wrong item. FFS!

I emailed them back and asked WTF they were talking about. Unsurprisingly they haven't bothered replying to me. FFS.

Seriously Sephora, WTF? How can such a large company be so incompetent? It can't be that difficult can it? FFS.

Interestingly, it takes orders they send over a week to arrive and yet when I returned the eyeshadow it took a few days. Hmmm. 


I am so over Sephora, it's been the worst shopping experience of my life. FFS.

This week Tiger returned home. The last few days before his return are always the most difficult, we're all tired and sick of him being away. Monday I wanted to sit down and eat a meal without losing most of it to the kids, so I made what I thought was a child proof meal. I mixed broccoli, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar and happily sat down to eat my meal. Immediately the boys wanted to know what I was eating (they'd already finished their tea). FFS.

I happily told them I was eating broccoli. They both announced that they like broccoli. FFS.

Not fazed I gave them a taste, confidently waiting for them to spit it out. They loved it. FFS.

Between them they ate the whole lot and came back for second helpings. FFS.

It was the last of the broccoli and feta. FFS.    

I had toast for dinner that night. FFS.

Yesterday I had some precious child free time. I needed to go to the farmers market and decided to have a browse in Kmart on the way. I walked into the shopping centre and my sandal broke. FFS.

It was beyond repair, I couldn't even make temporary repairs until I could get a new pair, so I had to walk bare footed into Kmart. FFS.

As I rarely buy Kmart shoes I couldn't find the shoe section, so wandered around for a few minutes before asking a staff member for help. FFS.

I got my thongs (leopard print with a black bow, very classy), paid for them and then had to ask the checkout lady for scissors to break the tag so that I could put them on. FFS.

She regaled me with tales of people who come into the shop bare footed and walk out wearing shoes. Seriously? The shoes cost $10, why would you want to get a criminal record for that? The bag check lady at the door also had many tales of shoe stealers. She said I was probably followed around the store by a store detective to make sure I didn't steal shoes. Fun times. FFS.     

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Parenting

Yesterday someone I follow on twitter wrote the following: "Mum's are like "my kids make me smile ALL day" and I'm thinking 'wtf is wrong with me then". I responded with "You're honest and they aren't. Parenting isn't fun a lot of the time"

It got me thinking. Parenting is tough. The toughest thing I've ever done. It's loving them one second and hating them the next. It's wondering what the hell you did wrong and then being proud at their lovely manners. 

There are times I feel like I'm going crazy. Those days where it takes all of my self control not to scream at them. It's being on a constant emotional rollercoaster, going through seven different emotions in ten minutes.

It's being so angry that you feel like you're going to explode. It's having to exercise more self control than you thought possible. It's feeling like you're going crazy from the effort it takes to control yourself and not explode. 

It's knowing that to a large extent your actions will determine the type of person they grow to be. It's knowing what a huge responsibility that is. It's being scared that you aren't up to the task and they'll turn out badly and that will be all your fault. 

It's being sure that you've totally stuffed up and trying your best to fix it. It's constantly worrying that you are scaring them for life. It's wishing that you never had kids and at the same time knowing they're the best thing you ever did.

It's longing for the day you can have a shower and go to the toilet alone and yet not wanting them to grow up.

It's hating them and loving them at the same time. 

It's discovering weaknesses and strengths that you didn't know existed. It's long days and even longer nights. It's realising how little sleep you can survive on.  

It's wearing your heart outside your body every single day.  

It's something you'll never get right, you'll never have the parenting thing down pat, there will always be something you're doing wrong. It's learning to be okay with that. 

It's constant judgement and criticism from society, you become a parent and suddenly everyone is telling you what to do and judging how you do it.

It's learning things about yourself that you never wanted to know. 

It's boring, repetitive, monotony. Every day feels like groundhog day. You do the same crap over and over and over again. Wake up, make coffee, give them breakfast and a drink, clean up their mess, referee fights, make food, watch them throw it on the ground, tidy up toys, play ninja turtles for the millionth time, read books, play chasey, wipe up tears, kiss hurts away, count down until bed time, put them in the bath and then finally they're in bed.

It's longing for your childfree days and not wanting to go back to them for anything. It's fondly remembering the days when you had a job and wishing you could go back to that life for a little while.

It's turning on the tv so you can have a break and then worrying that they are getting too much screen time.

It's counting down the time until Daddy gets home. 

It's wanting desperately to be alone and then missing them when you are alone. It's wondering how the hell you are going to make it through the day because it's only 8am and you're already over it. 

It's counting down the hours and minutes until bedtime. 

It's swearing under your breath. It's screaming on the inside whilst smiling on the outside. It's saying angry things in your head and speaking kind words.

It's being relieved when you meet other parents who are honest like you because it means you can let your guard down and be normal.

It's feeling a sense of kinship with the poor parent out in public with the tantruming toddler. It's not judging that parent because yesterday that parent was you.

It's loving them a little bit more when they are asleep. It's looking at their beautiful, peaceful sleeping faces and feeling your heart overflow with love. 

It's knowing that you'd willingly give your life to save theirs. 

It's raw, brutal, exhausting.

It's love like you've never felt before. It's primal, instinctive, painful love. 

It's beautiful, perfect imperfection. 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I'm loathe to admit that I'm starting to become a Belieber. I've never liked him in the past so was horrified when I learned that Sorry and Love Yourself were his songs. I've been happily singing along to them for weeks and despite my best efforts, I just can't hate them. Oh the shame.

2. Things have been really difficult since Tiger went back to work. It just seems to get harder and harder. I'm hoping that once Chai is back at school it'll ease up a bit and life will be less challenging.

3. I've reached that stage in parenthood where I'm arranging play dates and associating with people that I barely know so that our children can play. There's people I only know as Sams Mum etc. It's really bizarre going to a strangers house and sitting there for a few hours making small talk whilst your children play. It's kind of like being on a first date, you make small talk and get to know the person. Thankfully so far all Chai's friends parents have been lovely.

4. As a make-up addict I can relate to all but two of the points in this article.

5. I made chocolate banana bread this week. This needs to be a thing, it's awesome.