Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Winter Skincare Edit

Now that winter is here it's time to switch up my skin care routine. I've swapped out my light, matte products and changed to rich, hydrating products for my face, got out the rich hand creams, swapped my shower gel for something with more oomph and put away the thick body lotions in favour of something lighter. Yes, you read that right. I know it sounds strange but in winter I use lighter body lotions so that I can get dressed as soon as I've applied my body lotion.

Instead of just using one serum I layer a hydrating serum over the top of my regular serum. I also apply moisturiser and tinted moisturiser under my foundation. It sounds like a lot of steps but it doesn't take long. I usually apply  all of my skin care products, give them a few minutes to soak in then apply my base products, let them absorb for a few minutes then do my make-up. Easy.  

Do you change your skin care with the seasons?

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The World According to my Toddler

If you hear good music, stop what you are doing and start dancing.

Jay Jays play great music.

Whenever you see a Jay Jays store run in there and have a dance.

If Mum wont let you go inside lay on the floor out the front for about a minute then commando crawl you way in to the shop.

If that doesn't work, as a last resort have a dance out the front of the store.

The washing machine spin cycle is great to dance to also. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

My Favourite Multi Purpose Balms and Lotions

I love me a good multi purpose balm, I collect them. My house abounds with multi purpose balms, from paw paw to lanolin and everything in between. Today I thought I'd share a few of my favourites with you. 

The reason I love multi-purpose balms so much is because of their many uses. I use them as nappy rash treatments, wound healers, hair treatment, hair smoother, lip balm, make-up remover, hydrating face mask, face and body moisturiser, hand cream, foot cream, cuticle cream, brow tamer. On the odd occasion that I travel I'll take a multi-purpose balm with me in place of cleanser, moisturiser, hair treatment, hand cream, lip balm and nappy rash cream. Packing one product is a lot easier than packing six products.

These are the ones I can't live without. 

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rescue Balm - This is my first aid cream. I use it on rashes, sores, irritated skin, hayfever eyes, anywhere that needs soothing or healing.

Egyptian Magic -I mainly use this as a night cream, it's a lovely, rich treatment for parched skin. Used sparingly it makes a good day cream, but I much prefer to lather it on at night and let it do it's magic whilst I sleep.

Sugar Baby Vita+Skin Wonder Balm - I couldn't resist the pretty pink tin of Wonder Balm, it looks so cute. I keep mine on my bedside table and use it on my lips and cuticles.

Trilogy Everything Balm - I've talked about Everything Balm before. It really is a multi-purpose balm. I use it as a cleanser, moisturiser, lip balm, hydrating face mask and nappy rash balm.

Lush Ultrabalm - Scent free and non irritating, I use this on angry skin and nappy rash. It also works well as a lip balm.

Boho Balm - This is the most recent addition to my collection. Initially I loved it because of the beautiful scent, after using it for a while I love it because it covers all bases. If you are after a natural, Australian product, this one is for you.

Handmade and Marina Nourishing Rose Balm - The sole reason I bought this is because it smells like roses. My favourite uses for my Nourishing Rose balm are as a perfume and as a night cream because I get to enjoy the beautiful smell of roses.

MooGoo Shea Sorbet - Shea Sorbet is the most unique of all my multi purpose balms, the texture is just like a thick sorbet. The lime scent is beautiful, very refreshing. I can see myself using this one a lot in summer.

Lanolips Lano Allover - Lanolips recently repackaged and I'm loving the new packing, it's so retro cool. They also released the new Lano Allover. It's a rich cream that, as the name suggests, can be used all over. My favourite use is as a rich, overnight face mask.

Weleda Skin Food - Skin food is the one that I take when I'm travelling because I can use it as a face moisturiser, nappy rash treatment and hand cream. It does work as a lip balm but it's quite creamy so not ideal for use on the lips. It makes a great face cream as it's quite light.

Dr Lewinns Multi-Moisture Balm - Tiger has a tube of this in his work bag. It has a strange texture, kind of like a gloss, it's a bit sticky and can be tacky if I use too much. Use the right amount and it's a super moisturiser. Tiger uses it on his dry patches, sore lips, sunburn and irritated skin. The tube packaging makes it ideal for carrying around in a handbag (or manbag).

Natralus Paw Paw Ointment - Prior to Natralus releasing their lip butters, this was my go to lip balm. I still use it as my night time lip treatment, it's rich, hydrating and tastes great. I also use this on the boy's lips, on cuts and as a nappy rash treatment.

What's your favourite multi-purpose balm? 

*Note - Boho Balm was provided for review. All other products I purchased myself.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Dad gave me the My Head Is An Animal CD by Of Monsters and Men for my birthday. I've been listening to it non stop, it's awesome. 

2. Thanks to the Veggie Mama I discovered Briami. I could happily live on it. I pretty much have been.  

3. There's a possibility that Tiger could have work locally. It's freaking me out a little bit. He's been working away for three years now and as much as I hate it when he's away, when he's home I have him every day for two whole weeks. It means that we get to do so much together. If he works locally I'll get him one day a week. Not sure how that will go. I suppose we'll find out sooner or later. 

4. There are two type of people in this world, those who iron their clothes and those who don't. I'm the latter.

5. I am in declutter mode. I've decluttered my make-up and skin care (still have a long way to go though) and I've now started attacking the junk room. I have no idea how and why we have so much crap! 

Friday, 24 June 2016

FFS Friday - Bogan

Hello Friday! Fridays are the best aren't they? Or not. I used to love Friday when I worked. Not so much now. I do like having Chai home though. Poor little man hasn't been well lately, he was off four days last week and two days this week. I much prefer having him home.

Anyhow, it's FFS Friday and I've got nurt. That's right, I have nothing to complain about. How is that possible? Surely there must have been something whine worthy that happened this week.

Oh that's it. 

The day has finally come. 

I've turned into a country bogan. 

I really have. 

I cemented it this week when I purchased a flano shirt. 

I'm planning to wear it with my black jeans and ugg boots. 

Bogan city, I have arrived.

In my defence, it's been really, really cold down here lately. So cold that I can't feel my feet most of the time. 

Whilst I absolutely love winter, I'd like to be able to feel my feet occasionally.

Thankfully I'm in good bogan company. Most of the other mothers at school are bogans in disguise too. Last week a few of us were having a discussion and one of them told us she has dress trackies. I need to get onto that. 

I'm not sure why bogans get such a bad rap, I think we're pretty cool.  

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Lipstick and Lip Gloss Challenge

Now that my Lip Balm Challenge is over I'm starting on a Lipstick and Lip Gloss challenge. My aim is to finish two lipsticks and two lip glosses in twelve months. Considering I mainly use lip balm, it's going to be interesting.

I've selected the products that I want to finish, they are:

Chanel Boy Rouge Coco Shine
Clinique Play-Full Plump Full Potential Lips
Australis Rumba Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss
Revlon Peony Ultra HD Lipstick

They're all easy to wear, mlbb shades that I can wear every day which I'm hoping will make me more likely to reach for them. Both the lipsticks feel very balm like, so I intend to use them in place of lip balm, hopefully they'll be hydrating enough.

Wish me luck! 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Final Lip Balm Challenge Update

Today marks the end of my Lip Balm Challenge. I wanted to finish ten lip balms in twelve months, I managed to do it in nine months. September the tenth was the end date of my challenge but I finished my tenth balm on Saturday. I considered keeping on until September to see how many more balms I could finish but decided not to as I want to start another challenge. 

You can read my first post here, first update here and second update here

Initially I was planning to finish ten lip balms that I'd chosen. That quickly went out the window and I decided to finish any ten lip balms. At the half way mark I'd finished four balms and things weren't looking too hopeful. Luckily, just after I wrote my half way mark post I finished three lip balms in a row and things started looking up. 

I'm so pleased with myself. It must be said that I use lip balm almost exclusively now. I put on lipstick in the morning, reapply it before school pick-up and the rest of the day I use lip balm. 

Now that I've completed this challenge I'm going to set myself another one. Come back Wednesday to find out what it is.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I love winter.

2. Have you seen Gla-Ma? I love her.

3. This week we found out that one of Tigers family members has terminal cancer. Please, everyone go and get your skin checked. We've booked in for our skin check. It's something that really needs to be done every year or two.

4. We've signed up to the NBN with Telstra and it's absolute crap. There are constant outages and it's so, so slow. Our ADSL2 was faster than the NBN is. 

5. What's your favourite foundation? I'm on the hunt for my holy grail foundation.  

Saturday, 18 June 2016

FFS Friday - FML

Back in January the BIL contacted us and asked us if we could go over to visit him and SIL in July. He'd arranged for his parents to go over and thought it'd be nice if we were all there together. We agreed on the dates and booked our tickets in early February.

We arranged a unit next door to where BIL and SIL live and were looking forward to seeing them both. I was particularly looking forward to spending time with SIL as I haven't seen her for a few years.

Three weeks ago we were talking to them on Skype and when Tiger said "See you in July" he heard SIL say that she wouldn't be there. WTF? That was the first we'd heard of it, every other time she'd said she was looking forward to seeing us. FFS.

Tiger messaged BIL to find out what was going on. Turns out the whole time that we'll be over there SIL will be in KL with her parents. FFS.

She gets back the day before we leave, so we'll see her for a few hours. FFS.

If we'd known that she wasn't going to be there Tiger would have gone over on his own and it would have saved us a heap of money! FFS.

She obviously booked her tickets after we'd planned our trip, knowing that it meant she wouldn't see us. FFS.

I understand she wants to see her parents, but surely the trip could have been arranged for a week when we weren't over there? FFS.

I'm so disappointed. Now it's just me, MIL and a whole pile of males. FFS. 

I don't want to go, being stuck with MIL and all the men will not be fun. FFS.

They didn't bother to tell the PILs either and when we told them MIL announced "Well I don't mind and if I don't mind no-one else should" cause she's the centre of the universe. FFS.


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

May Outgoing and Incoming

It's empties time again! May was a slow month, I didn't finish much. I've hit a bit of a flat spot because I switched up my skincare for winter so everything is new.

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Oil Capsules - These are beautiful, I'll definitely buy them again.

Sukin Energising Body Scrub - I'm on the fence about this. It was okay but not amazing. I'm not sure if I'll buy it again. I really should just stick to my favourite scrubs and stop trying new ones that I never seem to love.

Avon On Duty Sport deodorant - Avon is a swear word to me now (long story). I wasn't happy with this deodorant, it didn't work at all and that's saying something considering I used it in winter when I barely sweat.

Olay Complete Defense moisturiser - If you're after a light, non greasy sunscreen give this a go, it's brilliant.

Rimmel Brow This Way.
L'oreal Lash Architect.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter - Oh how I miss my cleansing butter. It's a beautiful cleanser, I loved it. Once I've finished a few other cleansers I'll buy this again. I'd happy use this and my MooGoo Oil cleanser exclusively. 

Essenzza Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes.

Sanctuary Spa Hot Sugar Scrub.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads - These are okay but I prefer the First Aid Beauty ones.

Lancome DreamTone - I wasn't impressed with this, it did nothing at all. 

Alpha-H Age Delay Eye and Lip Treatment Cream - Love, love, love. This is a definite repurchase. 

These are all tosses. Some of them are really old, the Revlon gloss and Rimmel blush I just didn't like. 

Now for this months incoming. 

Oh yes I did. How could I not, haha.

The Ariel balms are beautiful, they're a holy grail already.

I placed my first BH Cosmetics order. It won't be my last. The products are super cheap, shipping was fast and everything is gorgeous. 

Lano Allover is going to be one of my winter skin staples. I've been using it as a hand treatment and night cream, it's wonderfully rich and hydrating.

May was a lucky month for me, I won two prizes on Instagram. The LA Girls Matte Pigment Gloss was one of them.

Ah Boho Balm, where have you been all my life? You all need this gorgeous multi-purpose balm.

This is the other prize I won, from the Facial Co.