Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Thoughts on Disclosure

Recently a blog that I read lost followers after doing a sponsored post. Interesting. Most of the part time bloggers in Australia state if they are writing about a product or service that was provided to them. But what about the big time bloggers, celebrities, celebrity bloggers and well known people? Do you really think that they buy everything that they write about? No. But do they disclose when they receive a product or service for free? No. And yet we still read their blogs. What's the difference? In my opinion the difference is that bloggers are usually honest. They give their honest opinion about a product, regardless of whether they've received it for free or bought it themselves. Most of the time well known bloggers/celebrities rave about products and I'd bet that it's often not their honest opinion. Think about it, how often do you see one of them write/vlog something negative about a product? Exactly my point.

So next time you see a blogger write a sponsored post or write about products that were provided to them, have a think about this. Do you trust them or not? Are they usually honest and accurate with their posts? If they are then a sponsored post shouldn't be any different. 
Note: I have never done a sponsored post, if I ever do it'll be disclosed.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Taupe Eyeshadows

Continuing on with the show off my stash series, today we have taupe eyeshadows. Who doesn't love taupe eyeshadow? I'm sure some people mustn't but I'm yet to meet them. Taupe is one of my favourite eye shadow colours. If I'm choosing eye shadows I'll choose a taupe and a nude, every time.

Clockwise from top left Stila Cloud, Grace, Espresso and Diamond Lil. 

Bobbi Brown Cement, Ash and Slate.

Clinique Foxy and Bobbi Brown Heather Mauve.

Inglot Matrix 203, Natio Serene, L'Oreal Infallible Tender Caramel.

MAC Satin Taupe and French Grey.

Bourjois Ombre Stretch Brun Nylon, Savy by DB Mineral Baked Eyeshadow Bronze, Rimmel Smokey Quartz. 

What are your favourite taupe eyeshadows? Is there anything here you'd like to see a swatch of? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, 12 September 2014

FFS Friday - Samsung saga

WooHoo! Look at me! I'm on time for a change!

For about five years now hubby and I have had Samsung mobile phones. They've had minor issues but nothing too serious.

Saturday I unplugged my phone from the charger, went to close the charging cover and it broke. FFS.

Bloody annoying but it's only a few months old, under warranty and we have phone insurance so no problem. Not FFS.

Tiger called Telstra to arrange to get it fixed and they said they'd call us back. They didn't. FFS.

Monday we went into the Telstra store who said that the phone would need to be sent away to get fixed and that they don't have any loan phones. FFS.

That would leave me without a phone for two weeks, whilst hubby is away. Not an option. FFS.

We asked if we could get the phone replaced as it's under warranty but they said no. FFS.

When we got home Tiger called Telstra to see if they would replace the phone and that's where things really went pear shaped. FFS.

They told us that the phone cover isn't included in the warranty and that the charging cover is considered to be part of the cover. FFS.

Really, WTF? FFS.

They've had a lot of problems with the charging covers, so clearly it's a manufacturers issue but they won't fix it? FFS.

So then we asked if we could claim it under the insurance. It's worth noting that we didn't ask for or want phone insurance, we were signed up for it without consultation and only found out we had it when we questioned the charges on our bill. FFS.

We were told that to claim the insurance it'd cost us $180. WTF? FFS!

The charging cover is broken off which means my phone is no longer water resistant. FFS. 

Great. FFS.

Tuesday I get a phone call from Telstra saying they were returning my phone call. I hadn't phoned them so the lady I spoke to said she'd just check my account anyway since I was already on the phone. I told her about the issue I'd had with my phone so she put me through to another department. The lady I spoke to there told me that I could get the phone replaced and it wouldn't cost me anything. Not FFS.

She then put me through to the Stay Connected department who told me that the charging cover is a known issue that's covered by warranty. WTF? Even better, they had no record of talking to Tiger the day before. FFS.

So after all that drama, my phone is covered by warranty, it's being replaced and a new one arrived yesterday. Not FFS.

I have other stuff to whine about but really, after all that I can't be bothered typing it.

If you've had any FFS worthy moments, tell me all about them. If you'd like to read more whinges head over to Sarah's blog.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

August Empties

Dove Pure deodorant - I had to go back to regular deodorant after the last natural deodorant I tried irritated my pitts. I really don't know why I keep on trying natural deodorants, they rarely work for me. Anyhow, this was okay. It's very gentle but I didn't find it overly effective, even in winter. I definitely wouldn't use it in summer.

1Skin Solution Lime Thyme Body Wash - This smells amazing. I bought it for my hospital bag when I had Eljay and I've been saving it ever since. Now that Eljay is 13 months old I decided it was time to stop saving it and start using it. I need to order another one.

L'oreal Casting Cream conditioner - This came with my last hair colour. I love the way it makes my hair feel and I usually get at least three uses out of it.  

Garnier Beauty Oil Scrub - I'm surprised to say I really like this. It smells gorgeous and has a good amount of scrubiness to it.

Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub - Didn't like this at all. It's a body wash, not a scrub, there is no scrubiness to it at all. 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo and Conditioner - These came with a magazine a while ago. They were pleasant to use but nothing amazing.

Haus of Gloi Sweet Rose Lip Balm - Haus of Gloi can do no wrong. Everything they make is perfection and the Sweet Rose lip balm is no exception. Unfortunately it was limited edition and I can't buy it again.

Haus of Gloi Satyr Soap -Such a gorgeous scent, I really want to get more products in this range.
 Dusk Tea Tree Lip Balm -  I've had this for so long that it turned, so out it goes.

Clinique Even Better Eyes - Despite all the rave reviews this gets, it did nothing for me. In it's defense, it'd take a lot to help out my Mummy of two, FIFO husband, sleep deprived eyes.

Thankyou Hand Sanitiser - I've already repurchased this, it smells great and isn't drying.
Why do my photos insist on posting sideways?
Subtle Energies Mogra and Indian Rose Gold Cream, Wild Kashmir Purifying Cleansing Gel, Juhi Replenishing Milk Cleanser, Gentle Neem Cleansing Gel. 
Subtle Energies are another company that can do no wrong. All of these samples were beautiful and all are products I'd purchase. 
(Malin + Goetz) Grapefruit Face Cleanser - I only got one use out of this so can't say much about it.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Breastfeeding Teas

When I had Chai I had no idea that breastfeeding teas existed. I knew nothing about breastfeeding biscuits and increasing my milk supply, I just hoped that everything would work out and thankfully it did. The second time around I was more educated and decided to give nature a helping hand. 

I tried tea from Weleda, Seventh Dutchess and Love Tea. All of them are 100% certified organic. They were all good for different reasons. 

The Weleda Nursing tea is great when you need to increase your milk supply really quickly. I had two cups and within a few hours I had way more milk than I needed, bub got a huge feed that afternoon! I found it really helpful in the first few weeks when I was establishing my milk supply. It's also great when bub is having a growth spurt.
Weleda Nursing Tea contains fenugreek seed, anise seed, caraway seed, fennel seed and lemon verbena leaves.

The Seventh Dutchess Goddess tea tastes lovely, out of all of them it was my favourite flavour. It didn't make a huge difference to my milk supply but what it did do was help to calm bub's belly. He was quite a windy baby and had trouble getting rid of the wind. When I drank this his belly was a lot better and he was a lot more comfortable. This can also be used in the second and third trimesters of a pregnancy as it helps to strengthen uterine and pelvic muscles.
Seventh Dutchess Goddess Organic New Mother's Tea contains anise myrtle, fennel, fenugreek and raspberry leaf.

Love Tea Breastfeeding tea is very reasonably priced but doesn't taste as good as the Seventh Dutchess tea. I didn't find that this helped my milk supply, but as with the Seventh Dutchess tea it did help soothe bub's stomach.
Love Tea Breastfeeding Tea contains fenugreek, fennel, lemon balm, aniseed and caraway seeds.  

Friday, 5 September 2014

FFS Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Anyone got any exciting plans for the weekend? I do, I'm going to vacuum and mop the floor. You're all jealous aren't you?

The FIL is still in hospital and it looks like he will be for at least another two weeks. FFS.

I'm over it. FFS.

I'm sick of visiting him, sick of being in the city and sick of hanging around hospitals. FFS.

I've told Tiger that next time he's home I'm not going to Perth, I'm staying home. Not FFS.

I really, really don't want to be a horrible, yelling mother. FFS.

That's exactly what I have been lately. FFS.

In an effort to fix this I bought a book about Buddhism for Mothers. FFS.

I was kidding myself thinking I'd actually have time to read it. FFS.

It's 1000 pages long. FFS.

WTF? Clearly it wasn't written by a mother, because any mother would know that most mothers don't have time to read a book that's 1000 pages long. FFS. 

I can't even read a magazine, let alone a 1000 page book. FFS.

What a waste of money. FFS.

(I bought it online which is why I didn't know how huge it was). FFS.

Chai has turned into a beast of a child. FFS.

I was greatly comforted whilst talking to a lady at the Bunnings playground. She also has a 3 year old who's turned into a beast of a child. FFS/Not FFS.

I'm guessing they must grow out of it because there are adults in this world and if the children didn't grow out of the beastly stage there would be no adults. FFS.

For that matter there wouldn't be any four year olds either. FFS.

That's it for my weekly whine. If you've had any FFS worthy moments please tell me all about them in the comments. If you'd like to read more whinges head over to Sarah's Blog.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

T2 Haul

When we went to the city a few weeks ago I paid a very quick visit to T2. It had to be quick because I always manage to spend a great deal of money there and I was trying not to. I was very restrained and only picked up four teas.

I got Cocoa Loco, Tummy Tea, Just Rose and Pai Mu Tan (white tea).

Cocoa Loco tastes just like chocolate, it's as close to chocolate as you can get without eating chocolate. 

Tummy Tea is my favourite out of the four that I bought. It tastes beautiful and is very soothing for an upset belly. Chai loves it too. 

Just Rose is exactly what you'd expect, a lovely, rose tea. I like this as much for the aroma as for the taste. 

Pai Mu Tan is a tea that I always have in my cupboard. If you are a fan of green tea but find that it can be too strong, you'll love this one.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Dear Eljay

My beautiful boy. Today you are 13 months old! You're now walking 95% of the time. From the day you turned one you decided you'd walk all the time. You're really fast, I can see that you'll be running soon.

You are a nature lover and love to be outside. As soon as you wake up you'll point to the door and want to go outside, then get really upset when I say no. Speaking of which, you've got my stubbornness and just like me you are very strong willed. Sorry about that.

If left to yourself you'll happily spend ages in the sand pit, you dig around and have a great time in there. You're starting to stand up for yourself more and will scream or react when Chai upsets you. You also tell on Daddy. If Daddy doesn't give you what you want you come to me then point to him and show me what you want that he won't give you, it's so cute. 

You have beautiful big eyes with long eyelashes, so I'm regularly getting asked if you are a girl, even though you are usually wearing blue.

You are a beautiful, happy, cheerful little soul.

My precious boy, you are my reason for living, I'm so lucky to be your Mum. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

I finished a concealer!

Yes, this does warrant a post. How many other people do you know who've finished a concealer? Lots? No! 

In my whole make-up wearing life (which is around 20 years) I've only finished two concealers. The first one was by the long discontinued Prescriptives, I think it was called camouflage or something like that. The second concealer is my beloved Models Prefer Professional Anti-Wrinkle Concealer. If you haven't tried this, you need to. It's amazing for under eye circles. Even better, it's only $9.99 from Priceline.

That is all. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Thoughts of the month

1. I saw a nutritionist this month and it was really helpful. Whilst I've always had a healthy diet, I know very little about nutrition. She told me that I'm vegetarian, which, as stupid as it sounds, I didn't realise. She also told me that I don't eat nearly enough protein. Trying to get enough protein in my diet is proving to be rather difficult, but I'm working on it and I have so much more energy!

2. Being told I'm vegetarian has made me more strict about not eating meat. I don't like meat, never have, so I was only eating it when Tiger was home because he eats meat with every meal and it's easier to eat it than to cook two meals. But when I thought about it I realised that I really, really don't like meat and that it doesn't make me feel good. So I've stopped eating it.

3. Robin Williams dying was really, really sad. Depression is a horrible illness. One of my beautiful friends has depression, it's heartbreaking to see her suffer.

4.  Another WA FIFO worker suicided this month. I feel so sad for him, his family and his friends. Companies really need to rethink the FIFO lifestyle. Take a person away from their family, friends and support network, put them in an environment where the common attitude is "toughen up princess" and you have a recipe for disaster. It's time more was done to stop this happening.

5. I've heard people say "but they don't have to do FIFO". Not always true. Look at our situation. There are no jobs locally. If we want hubby to stop doing FIFO we have to move to another town. Sometimes that isn't affordable. When hubby was doing a 4 and 1 swing and I'd had enough, it took 2 months for him to find a local job. People doing FIFO often do not have any other choice. 

6. Sephora is finally coming to Australia. I'll be very interested to see what happens. If they bring US prices here it will have a huge impact on a lot of retailers from the big department stores to chemists etc. Why would people buy the chemist brands when they can get high end brands for the same price. I will be watching with interest.  

7. We spent an afternoon at my Dad's house with my brother, sitting around a bonfire whilst the kids played. It was magical and reminded me of why we moved down here. 

8. Having spent some time in the city this month, I miss it a bit. There are lots of things that I don't miss, but I do miss having lots of things to do. In the country there are not many things to do with the kids.