Monday, August 25, 2014

Get the glow

I just had to write a quick post to tell you about three products that I'm totally in love with at the moment. 

Subtle Energies Facial Blend - OMG, this smells amazing. I don't just mean nice, I mean truly amazing. It's one of the nicest scents I've ever smelled. I wish they made it in a perfume. It smells so good that I put it on my hands, put my hands over my face and breathe it in for a few seconds before I apply it. Not only does it smell great, it makes my skin feel lovely and soft.

Subtle Energies Mogra and Indian Rose Gold Cream - This is one of my two holy grail moisturisers (the other one is Clarins HydraQuench Cream). Like the Subtle Energies Facial Blend it smells heavenly and it's a beautiful, rich moisturiser that I love to use in winter. Despite being very rich it's not at all oily and it absorbs very quickly. I used it all winter and didn't have one single dry spot, where I'd usually have them constantly. I've sadly finished my bottle but I'll definitely be repurchasing it for next winter.

ECO. C Serum  - Used in combination with the Subtle Energies products, my skin has been glowing. I've been very hesitant to use a C serum as my skin can be sensitive, however I haven't had any problems with this. It's an oil and is super gentle, I didn't get any irritation, stinging or redness. Within a week I noticed that my skin was glowing and it just looked so healthy. When I ran out and started using a different serum my skin started looking sallow and dull, so I quickly went and purchased another bottle to get my glowing skin back again. 
If you have sensitive skin, I definitely recommend giving this a try.

Note: Subtle Energies Facial Blend and my first bottle of ECO. C Serum were provided for review.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FFS Friday

Good morning! Look, I'm on time with my FFS Friday post, yay me!
So I've been wondering lately, why does nobody talk about the crap stuff that happens? I don't get it. Life isn't all roses so why can't we talk about it? Surely knowing about other people's crap makes us feel better, like we aren't the only ones going through it?

Case in point, Chai has been driving me crazy lately. I spoke to two friends and mentioned that Chai has turned into a horrible beast of a child and they both told me they have been going through the same thing. It made me feel better to know it's just not me who's struggling. So for all of you out there who are struggling, you aren't alone.

My FIL is still gravely ill. FFS.

Trying to get a straight story about what's going on with him is proving impossible. FFS.

FIL tells me one story, MIL tells me another. FFS.

Neither of them make much sense and I really don't know who to believe. FFS.

It's times like these I wish we were still living in the city, that way I could go to the hospital and speak to the nurses and Drs myself. FFS.

Monday I spoke to FIL and he told me he'll be in hospital for another few weeks. FFS.

I spoke to MIL a few hours later and she said he'd be out in a few days. FFS.

MIL insists that FIL is getting better, but he doesn't sound better, he sounds terrible. FFS.

He also says that he's feeling terrible and he's one of those people who never admits that he's not well, so for him to say he's feeling terrible it must be bad. FFS.

I suspect that MIL is in denial. FFS.

Which is a whole other issue. I really don't think she's coping and yet there is sweet FA that I can do about it. FFS.

When I ask her how she's doing I can hear that she's near to tears. FFS.

I don't know how much longer she can cope with this without falling in a heap. FFS.

My once lovely Chai has turned into a horrible child. FFS.

Not to be outdone, I have turned into a horrible mother. FFS.

Chai screams, hits, headbutts, hurts his brother, doesn't do what I ask him to and is a general nightmare. FFS.

Saturday when we were out he stealth attacked me with a running headbutt. FFS. 

It takes all my willpower not to smack him. FFS.

Or strangle him. FFS.

Or tell him to shut the f@#$ up. FFS.

Or all of those things at once. FFS.

Not to be outdone, I am also screaming. FFS.

Monday I yelled so loud at him that I hurt my throat. FFS.

Yesterday, in an effort to show him why he shouldn't headbutt his brother,  I headbutted Chai. FFS.

He thought it was funny. FFS.

I should have headbutted him properly instead of doing it very gently. FFS.

Because he's constantly being attacked by his brother, Eljay has now started attacking other children. FFS.

As soon as he sees another baby he pulls it's hair, headbutts it and tries to bite it. FFS.

Anyone want to catch up for a play date? Hahahaha.

That concludes my weekly whinge. If you'd like to read more whinges, head over to Sarah's blog. If you've had any FFS worthy moments, please share them with me to make me feel better. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

For the love of the chub

It's no exaggeration to say that I am obsessed with chubby lip crayons. I want them all. Did you know they've been around for years? No? Well let me tell you. The first chubby lip pencil I owned was by Clinique and it was around 20 years ago. The second one I got was by Bonne Bell and that was around 20 years ago also. So they aren't a new thing. For years and years I couldn't find any chubby pencil style lip products and now they are everywhere. This delights me no end.

Unsurprisingly, I have amassed a rather large collection of chubby lip pencils so today I'm going to show them to you. I have so many that this won't be an in depth post, so if there is something you'd like to know more about, please let me know. 



Once again I couldn't get the photo below around the right way. I'm not sure why blogger is doing that at the moment, it's very frustrating.
Revlon, Clinique and Face of Australia.
Models Prefer, Covergirl and boe.
NYX, Lipstick Queen, Hourglass, Beauty Attitude, Pop, Bourjois, Sisley, Natio, Eyes Lips Face, Inglot, elf and DB.
This is the first time I've done a "show off my collection" post. Is it something you'd like to see more of? If it is, what products would you like to see next?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beauty Diet Update

It's been three months since I've done a Beauty Diet update so you could be forgiven for thinking I'd fallen off the wagon but I haven't. Vita, Norlin and Sophie are all still on the wagon too, so check out their blogs to see how they are doing.
I finally have some empties to show for the beauty diet. I've barely been wearing make-up lately so it's taking me ages to finish things. If only I was counting lip balm, I'd be set, but that'd mean that I couldn't buy lip balm and that's never going to happen. 

I know the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer is a sample, but it lasted me four weeks of daily use so I'm counting it.
The David Jones Cream Foundation has a little bit left in the bottom but I'm sick of it so out it goes.  The Ardell Brow Gel is just gross, so that's out too.

My current Beauty Diet tally is:

Finished - 14
Culled - 42
UIOLI - 4
Purchased - 6
Number of products I'm allowed to buy - 6 

Here's a sneak peak of what I bought. I'll be doing a proper review once I've used both products for a while, but so far it's love.


Friday, August 15, 2014

FFS Friday - Shocker

Hello Friday! It is Friday isn't it? I keep thinking it's Monday. FFS.

Yesterday I asked someone if they'd had a good weekend. FFS.

She looked at my like I was crazy, I probably am. FFS.

The last two weeks have been a shocker. FFS.

FIL is really, really unwell. FFS.

When I say really, really unwell, I mean he's been on deaths door. FFS.

Just when we thought he was on the mend he took a turn for the worse. FFS.

It's no secret that I rarely get any time out. FFS.

Tuesday I'd arranged to catch up with Kirsten for a few hours. I'd accidentally stood her up the week before as we'd been in Perth seeing the FIL, so this week I was really looking forward to it. I was on my way in to town, only about 1 minute away from Kirsten, when I got a phone call from Tiger telling me I had to come home cause FIL was really bad so he had to go to Perth. FFS.

I was so close to freedom but it just didn't happen. Story of my life. FFS.

I got home, we threw some things into a bag, packed the car and headed to Perth. FFS.

I had a load of washing on the line and another in the washing machine that I just had to leave. FFS.

I hadn't had breakfast so we stopped at a roadhouse for food. Tiger went in whilst I stayed in the car with the kids. I asked him for something vegetarian like a salad sandwich. He came out with a curry pie and a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich. FFS.

We went straight to the hospital to see FIL. Because he was in the coronary care unit only two people were allowed to see him at a time, which meant we spent most of our time standing in the hallway. FFS.

Standing in a hallway is not much fun, standing there with two bored kids is even less fun. FFS.

As it was all last minute we had nowhere to stay and we'd forgotten to pack all sorts of things. FFS.

Tiger packed 2 cans of shaving cream and only one tshirt. FFS.

I forgot my deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste. FFS.

By the time we left the hospital we were all exhausted, it was 5pm, peak hour traffic and we had no accommodation. FFS.

We managed to find a hotel, for $209. FFS.


The next day FIL hadn't made any progress but we decided there was nothing we could do and nothing to be gained from standing around in the hallway so we went home. FFS.

The washing I'd left was all stinky so I had to do both loads again. FFS.

It's going to take me a week to get back on top of the washing. FFS.

Tiger delayed his return to work by a few days, but even with those few extra days I still feel like I've barely seen him and I'm not ready for him to leave. FFS.

I'm totally exhausted. But what's new. FFS.

I have some good news though! After having gastro three times in the last six weeks I was worried it might be my crohn's flaring up. FFS.

I went to the Dr who suspected the same thing so I had a whole pile of blood taken. FFS.

The good news is that it's not my crohn's, I've just been really unlucky. FFS/Not FFS.

There concludes my weekly whinge. Please tell me about all the crappy things that have happened to you so that I can feel better about my week.

If you'd like to read more whinges, head over to Sarah's blog

If any of you can find the FFS Friday link button on Sarah's blog, please let me know as I have been unable to find it for weeks now, I think I must be going blind. FFS.

I've often wondered this so now I'm going to ask it. To all my regular readers, does crap happen to you to? Like the toilet versus dressing gown cord incident I wrote about last week. No-one talks about stuff like that but surely I'm not the only person it happens to?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

July Empties

July was a great month for empties.At the same time it was sad because I finished two products that I really love.
Sukin Purifying Body Scrub - I really don't know why I keep on buying scrubs that aren't salt or sugar scrubs because I never like them. I like a good exfoliation which I don't get from non salt or sugar scrubs. This isn't a salt/sugar scrub so I didn't find it effective. It smells nice though.

Subtle Energies Mogra and Rose Gold cream - I am in love with this. If I didn't have heaps of other moisturisers to finish I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. I'd happily only ever use this moisturiser for the rest of my life, it's amazing. 

Suigo Shampoo and Conditioner - These were supposed to provide volume, which I don't think they did. Having said that, they were nice to use.
Cutex Moisture Guard Nail Polish Remover - What can I say? It's nail polish remover and it works. 

ECO. C Serum* - This is the other product I was sad to finish. It really made my skin glow and I can notice the difference since I stopped using it. Once I've finished my backlog of serums I'll definitely be repurchasing this one.

Soap and Glory Flake Away - Long time readers will know of my love for Soap and Glory body scrubs. I've gone through countless tubs of Flake Away and will continue to do so. You can read my full review here.
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel - Even though I had two sample tubes, it really wasn't enough to form an opinion of this.

Savi Minty Exfoliating Soap - I really like this. It's got enough gritty bits in it to give a decent scrub, and yet not too many to make it scratchy. They got the balance just right. Plus, it smells gorgeous.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Berry Lips

I've been working on this post for what feels like forever so I'm very relieved to finally have it finished!
As soon as the weather starts cooling down I think of berry lips. Even though I wear them all year round, they do tend to be more of a winter look for me. Berry lips make me think of cosy clothes and hot chocolate.

Today I thought I'd show you my favourite berry lip shades. As you can see, there are quite a lot of them, I've got all options covered! 

For some reason I could not get this photo to post properly, it would only go sideways, so annoying!
Shown above and below are: Max Factor Colour Elixir Scarlet Ghost*, Bourjois Shine Edition Mauve Tabloid, Max Factor Colour Elixir Secret Cerise, Estee Lauder Electric Intense LipCreme Fatale, Inglot 412.
First up are lipsticks. The Max Factor Colour Elixir are one of my favourite lipstick formula's. They are so hydrating and feel more like a balm than a lipstick. They have great pigment, last half a day and smell gorgeous. If you haven't tried these you need to.

Bourjois can always be counted on to make a good lipstick and their Shine Edition lipsticks are no exception. They are a lovely, sheer formula with a subtle shimmer. 
One thing I love about Estee Lauder lip products is the fig scent. It smells edible. I've yet to meet an Estee Lauder lip product that I don't love. I really want to try one of their new Pure Colour Envy lipsticks. 

Inglot Matte Lipsticks are truly matte. They are so matte that they can be quite drying. Because of that, they last for ages. This one stains my lips so even after eating and drinking I still have colour on my lips. It's not a formula that I'd wear every day, but it's great for those days when I don't want to reapply my lipstick.

Eles Micro Bubble Lipstick Micro Blush*, Lipstick Queen Medieval, Models Prefer Infinite Colour Secret Affair.

The Eles Micro Bubble Lipsticks get a lot of raves on blogs so I was really excited to try one. It's a really lightweight formula, I forget that I'm wearing lipstick when I have this on. Wear time is pretty decent, about two to three hours.

Lipstick Queen Medieval is a gorgeous colour. It looks quite bright in the tube but as you can see from the swatch it applies sheer and gives a beautiful stain to the lips that lasts all day. 

Models Prefer Secret Affair is quite a deep berry on me. As it's matte the colour lasts at least six hours. It can be a little drying but a swipe of lip balm underneath (or over the top) solves that problem.  


Next up is lip crayons. Since I'm obsessed with lip crayons it's quite surprising that I only have three in this post. One day I'll do a post with all of my lip crayons and you'll see how obsessed I really am.
Inglot AMC Lip Pencil 34, Boe Beauty Jumbo Lips, Models Prefer Moisture Lust Glossy Lip Tint Rum and Raisin.

As with the Inglot lipstick, this pencil is very matte, so matte that it can be a challenge to apply as it tugs on the lips. Having said that, once it's on it's a gorgeous, long lasting colour so in my opinion it's worth the effort.

If you haven't tried BOE products yet, what are you waiting for? They are all only $2 so even if you get something you don't like, it hasn't cost much. I've only tried the lip crayons so far, but they're brilliant. They have a sheer, high shine finish and a soft vanilla scent. 

The Models Prefer Moisture Lust Glossy Lip Tints were released last year then disappeared for a while, but they're back again now. These are very similar to the original Revlon balm stains, but a whole lot cheaper.
Last up are glosses.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss Uncaged Tigress, Korres Liquid Lipstick Raspberry 28, Covergirl Wetslicks Blackberry Splash, Korres Lip Butter Glaze Wild Rose.


Rouge Bunny Rouge is one of those brands that you don't hear much about which really surprises me as the products are amazing. They are quite expensive but worth every cent. I wont this gloss in one of the Facebook competitions and I absolutely love it. The colour is shimmery, opaque and non sticky. Perfect. 

Custard lovers need to buy the Korres Liquid lipstick because that's what it smells like. Every time I wear this I feel like eating custard, not sure if that's a good or bad thing. As far as liquid lipsticks go this is one of my favourites. It has a thin texture (because it's water based), it sets quickly, doesn't leave me with that heavy feeling that some liquid lipsticks have and it lasts at least half a day before I need to reapply. 

I'm seriously considering buying all of the Covergirl Wetslicks glosses because they smell and taste amazing. You have to smell the caramel apple one, it's heavenly. Only trouble is I put it on then lick most of it off again cause it tastes good too. Oh well. Anyhow, Blackberry Splash smells and tastes gorgeous and as you can see from the swatch, it's a beautiful, shimmery deep plum colour. It looks gorgeous alone and is great over the top of lipstick.

Last up is Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter. I much prefer the tube version over the pot balms, mainly because I don't really like sticking my finger into a pot but also because the tube is easier to carry around. Also, for some reason I find this version to be more hydrating than the pot balm. This gives a surprisingly good coverage, it's more like a gloss than a balm. I get a good few hours wear before the colour fades, which is excellent for a balm. 

There concludes my extensive list of berry lipsticks. Would you believe I have even more, but I culled the list down so that I'd actually get the post finished sometime this year.    



If you've read this far, congratulations. What are your favourite berry lip products?


Note: Max Factor Scarlet Ghost and Eles Micro Bubble Lipstick were provided for consideration. All other products I purchased myself.

Friday, August 8, 2014

FFS Friday - Splatter

Hello! How are we all? Had a good week? This week it's been confirmed that my body hates me. It's either that, or it's helping me get to my goal weight by extreme purging. FFS.

I have gastro again. FFS.

It's the third time in six weeks. FFS.

The silver lining is that I've now reached my goal weight. Not FFS.

I would have preferred to get to my goal weight via other more pleasant methods, but beggars can't be choosers. FFS.

We've just spent the last six days in the city. We went up Friday to see the PILs, then weren't able to see them cause MIL was sick. FFS.

We had to stay up there cause we needed to see the PILs again on Tuesday, so it was a very long six days. FFS.

A few days in the city is fun, but after the third day we were all ready to come home. FFS.

FIL had to have an operation and we weren't sure that he would survive it. Thankfully he did. Not FFS.

Once we knew he was okay, we came home Wednesday morning. Not FFS.

Thursday morning we got a phone call saying that FIL had collapsed and been readmitted to hospital, so Tiger had to go back up there again. He's still there. FFS.

Whilst we were in the city Tiger got gastro. FFS.

Not good timing. FFS.

I stayed as far away from him as possible however I still caught it off him. FFS.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the entire time we were in the city I had a sinus infection. Fun times. FFS.

Our first night there we had trouble working out the washing machine so only had a bottom sheet on both beds. In the middle of the night Chai came in wanting me so I put him in bed, snuggled up with him and he spewed. FFS.

Then he got out of bed and went into the other room with Tiger, leaving me with my spew covered bed. FFS.

We didn't have any other sheets so all I could do was put a towel over it and go back to sleep. FFS.

Just so that I have all the bodily functions covered in one post, here is a really gross story for you. I'm a bit hesitant to post this, but I have no shame. 

So, I was on the loo doing my morning poo, things were going along as the usual, the kids were watching, Eljay was trying to put his hands in the toilet, Chai was tearing the bathroom apart, situation normal. 

Eljay was playing with my dressing gown cord and somehow managed to put it into the toilet. Before I'd flushed the toilet. FFS.

Without even thinking, I pulled it out. 

You know what's coming don't you?

Yep, it was covered in wee and poo. FFS.

So I'm standing there with my dressing gown cord, dripping in poo and wee, trying not to get any on Eljay. FFS.

Eljay is doing his best to grab it. FFS.

Chai is dry retching in the corner. FFS.

And I'm wondering wtf to do with the cord. FFS.

I decided the best option was to throw it into the bath. FFS.

Only problem was it was still attached to my dressing gown. FFS.

So it splattered wee and poo everywhere. FFS.

I ended up with a wee/poo trail from the toilet to the bath, all over the wall and all through the bath. Gross. FFS.

Aren't you glad you aren't me?

That concludes my weekly whinge. If you've had any FFS worthy moments, please tell me all about them in the comments so I can laugh at you/commiserate with you. If you'd like to read more whinges, head over to Sarah's blog
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Products I regret buying

It's been a while since I've posted a list of disappointing products, thankfully it's not often that a product really disappoints me. Recently there have been a few that I've found so bad that I'm not even going to give them away, they're going straight in the bin.
 Joeur Creme Eyeshadow. I am so, so disappointed with this one. Joeur products get so many raves and I was really excited to try this, but it is the worst cream eye shadow I've ever used. I really wanted to love it so I've tried using it with so many different ways but it doesn't make any difference. This creases so badly that within half an hour of me putting it on I have a huge line of colour in my crease and none anywhere else. I tried using it over TFSI and UD Primer Potion, they didn't help at all. Using a powder shadow over it made no difference either, it's just a crappy, crappy product.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color - This is nearly as bad as the Joeur eyeshadow. I get about an hours wear before it creases and is only visible in my crease. I don't mind a bit off creasing with cream eyeshadows, but I expect that the colour will still be visible on my eyelid and not have all migrated to the crease.

I should mention that I have dry skin too, so I can only imagine how bad these shadows would be for someone with oily skin.
Covergirl and Olay  Simply Ageless Eye Concealer - I had really high hopes for this concealer, especially since it's called Simply Ageless. Having that in the name leads me to believe that it won't sink into fine lines, but it does, really badly. When I use this it makes me look 10 years older as it sinks into every tiny little line and I'm sure it even creates a few more.

That's it for my disappointing products. Have you tried any of them and did they work for you? What products have disappointed you lately?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dear Eljay

My beautiful baby. Today you are 1. You are such a delightful, precious treasure. I can't think of you without smiling. I remember your birth like it was yesterday. From the second you came out I have wanted to soak up every precious second that I have with you.

More and more your personality is shining through. You are determined, dramatic and very cheeky. You are also relaxed, observant, happy and easy going.

You watch and take everything in. I see you studying people and watching how things are done. You only need to see me do something once then you go and copy me. Clever boy. 

You are a great eater, you love your food and can be rather fussy about what you eat. If I give you something you don't want you take it off me and put it back into the packet, or throw it on the floor. Some days you'll eat whatever I give you, other days I try five or six different things before finding something that you'll eat. You love to feed yourself and  banana's and strawberries are your favourite foods.

I'm very grateful that you are a much better sleeper than your brother, although having said that, the last few weeks you have been very restless. I think it's because you are starting to walk more. You're so delighted that you can walk, whenever you walk you scream with delight, making sure that we are watching how clever you are. 

This time last year my waters had just broken and your Daddy was running from the bedroom to the kitchen in a panic.

My precious boy, I am eternally thankful to have you in my life. I can't imagine my life without you.