Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Thoughts of the month

1. I'm obsessed with Ed Sheeran's new song Photograph. It's been on repeat for the whole month. The boys love watching the video clip, they call it the baby song.

2. Speaking of Ed Sheeran, this is awesome.

3. I got onto the matcha bandwagon a few months ago. Last week I tried making a matcha latte, it was awful. Green tea and milk do not go well together. Gross.

4. I made my own almond milk. It tastes so much better than the store bought stuff and it's so easy.

5. You all need to read this article.

6. After I learned about the whole Ellie Goulding/Ed Sheeran thing, I no longer like Ellie Goulding.

7. Charlotte Tilbury now ships to Australia. This could prove to be very expensive.

8. I've decided I'm going to marry Ed Sheeran. I just have to break the news to hubby and Ed first. No problem.

9. If you like colouring in, you'll love this.  

10. End of financial year, yay!

Friday, 26 June 2015

FFS Friday - Contagious

It's so difficult to find a good Dr that the whole family likes. FFS.

We had a good Dr last year but she left to further her studies. FFS.

We recently found another good Dr who we all like and now he's left too. FFS.

As far as I can see he hasn't started practicing elsewhere so we are on the hunt for a Dr again. FFS.

Chai is sick at the moment so we took him to a new Dr on Wednesday. She was awful, really condescending to Tiger and I and rude to Chai. FFS.

Won't be seeing her again. 

We'd just got in there and Chai stood up on the chair so he could climb over to sit on my knee. She said to him in a really sharp, rude voice "Don't do that!" FFS.

She could have said the same thing in a kind tone and it wouldn't have been a problem. FFS.

Then she went on to tell me that I should feed the kids a healthy diet that included a large amount and variety of fruits, vegetables and meat. I should have kept my mouth shut but I foolishly told her that the boys don't like meat. FFS.

Clearly she doesn't have kids because she shared this gem with me. "Try hiding the meat in other foods." WTF? How do you hide meat? FFS.

Her examples were pizza, spag bol and lasagne. FFS.

The meat isn't hidden in any of those dishes, it's clearly visible! FFS.

Again, I foolishly told her I've tried all those things and Chai picks the meat out. Frankly I don't blame him, I don't like meat either. Anyhow, she then went on to tell me that the most important thing is to keep offering him meat. FFS.

I have no idea WTF she thought I needed dietary advice. Chai is healthy, he rarely sees the Dr and we were there for his cough not to discuss his diet. FFS.

Plus, meat is not an essential part of any diet, there are plenty of healthy vegetarians. 

Once she felt like I was sufficiently educated on how to feed my child she got round to discussing what we were there for. 

I asked if Chai is contagious and she said that he is. FFS.

Then I asked if he'd still be contagious on Friday. Instead of answering me she asked why I wanted to know, so I told her that he has his first school disco on Friday and I'd really like him to go. Big mistake. FFS.

She launched into the whole "Well what you need to do is just imagine how you would feel if someone else's child was contagious and they bought him to the school disco." To which I replied "So he will be contagious?" FFS.

If I really didn't care about infecting other kids I wouldn't have asked would I? I asked because I'm not going to take him if he's contagious. FFS.

But it gets better. FFS.

She then told us that he'll be contagious for at least a week and we should "quarantine" ourselves and stay home for the next week. FFS.

The best part is that he's not even sick, he just has a cough. FFS.

He doesn't have a fever, runny nose, sore throat, swollen glands, headache or any other cold/flu symptoms. He just has a cough. FFS.

I'm pretty sure he isn't contagious. FFS.

I'm also pretty sure that she misdiagnosed him. FFS.

The reason I say that is because she said that the terrible night coughing would stop after two lots of steroids. He's had two lots of steroids and there is no change in his cough at all. FFS.

The hunt for a good Dr continues. FFS.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sugar Venom Carys Lip Gloss

Why yes it has - in the form of a package from Sugar Venom
A few months ago I was browsing Instagram when I came across Sugar Venom Cosmetics. They're an Australian company who produce vegan, cruelty free products. Naturally, I couldn't resist purchasing a few things. I got the Fairy Gloss in Carys ($24.95) and strawberry lip balm ($9.95). 

They arrived quickly in a very cool looking package along with a lollipop. I somehow managed to save the lollipop from the boys too, bonus!

If you're after the abbreviated version, I'm in love with Carys! It is a gorgeous, mlbb mauve/pink shade. The colour is opaque so I usually wear it alone, however it does look good over lipstick if that's your thing.

The texture is lovely, creamy and hydrating with no stickiness. There's no flavour but a soft orange scent that is undetectable after application. On my lips Carys feels more like a balm than a gloss. I really like the tube too, it's larger than the usual gloss tubes and so feels sturdy in my hand. I know that is a strange thing to say, but the packaging makes it feel nice to use. I get about three hours wear before I need to reapply, which is pretty decent for a gloss.

If you're in the market for a gorgeous vegan gloss, get your hands on a few of these. Sugar Venom also do lipstick palettes that contain five lipsticks for only $39.90 and eye shadows for $12.50.

As you can see in the photo below, on me Carys is a very natural pink. For someone with less pigmented lips it'd be a beautiful everyday mauve.

Ingredients: castor seed oil, hydrogenated polyisobutene, mica, jojoba seed oil, candelilla wx, cetyl alcohol, orange peel oil, tocopherol. 
May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, pigment voilet, tin oxide, calcium aluminium borosilicate, silica. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Priceline Skincare Gift Bag

Run, don't walk, to your nearest Priceline store and get your hands on their skincare gift bag. This is their best gift bag ever! All you need to do is spend $69 on selected brands to receive the gift bag.

As you can see in the photo above, the gift bag has a whole pile of amazing goodies. It also comes with vouchers for a full sized Innoxa cleanser or scrub, Garnier Miracle Skin Cream, Model Co Cleanser and Physiogel Calming Relief Cream.

 The bag is lovely, I plan to use it as a nappy bag.
These are the products that I bought to qualify for the gift bag. I'd planned on stocking up on Sukin products but they were all out of stock. Quite a few of the things I'd planned on buying were out of stock.

My local store only had a few bags left, so if you want to get the gift bag run to Priceline now!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Saturday Skincare - Maskd

I'm really lazy when it comes to face masks. I have a pile of them that rarely get used, I just don't make the time. I'm trying to get into the habit of using a face mask first thing in the morning, that way I can put it on, get the boys breakfast then wash it off in the shower.

One of my favourite masks at the moment is Maskd. The tingle takes a bit of getting used to, but I've found that with regular use I barely get any tingle at all now. Since I've been using Maskd regularly (at least twice a week) I'm noticing positive differences in my skin condition. My skin feels softer and looks more radiant.

Between my Skinstitut skin care and Maskd, my skin has never looked better.

You can read my full review (and see a funny face mask photo) here.

*Maskd was provided for review.

Friday, 19 June 2015

FFS Friday - Backpeddling

Oh my goodness. As if the phone calls for Pamela and Brian Mullins weren't enough, I'm now getting phone calls for Kellie. FFS.

At least twice a week. FFS.

WTF is with people giving out my phone number? FFS.

Sofaking annoying! FFS.

I'm getting a call for Pam Mullins every night. It's at 6.30pm from overseas. FFS.

So far I've been nice and either not answered or told them they have the wrong number. From now on I'm going to pretend to be her so they spend lots of money on the phone call. Should be fun. Not FFS.

It's hayfever season. FFS.

Neither the natural or traditional medicine are helping. FFS.

I've gone through a whole box of tissues this week. FFS.

This swing has been terrible. FFS.

Chai has been in permanent beast mode. FFS.

Eljay has decided sleep is for wimps. FFS.

They've been getting up to all sorts of mischief like: turning off the deep freezer and bar fridge (which I didn't discover for a whole day), pulling things out of the shelves in the shed, finding a blade in the garage and slicing his finger open (Chai), getting gastro in the middle of the night and waking me up by spewing all over me (Chai), getting a blood nose during his daytime nap and ending up with a blood covered head (you can imagine the fright I got when I went in to get Eljay out of bed and found him covered in blood), face planting onto the concrete a few days before we were scheduled to have family photo's taken and getting a bruised forehead, nose and chin (Eljay) etc. FFS.

Tiger has no idea what solo parenting is like. FFS.

Whilst he was away he agreed to start working towards stopping FIFO, but now that he's home he's back peddling. FFS.  

Not happy!!!!!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Makeup brushes for sensitive skin

I'm sure I'm not the only one with sensitive skin who has to be careful what make-up brushes they use. If I use the wrong brush my skin gets very itchy and irritated, sometimes I even get red welts on my face. It's not pretty. Brushes made of animal hair (gross!) are the worst but a lot of synthetic ones irritate me too. 

Surprisingly, the brushes that don't irritate me are all cheapies, bonus!

The brands I can always rely on are:
Models Prefer, Nude by Nature, Real Techniques, Crush Cosmetics, Eco Tools, Everyday Minerals and elf. 
I can use Manicare eye brushes but not the face brushes which is rather strange. For me MAC is hit and miss. I have a MAC duo fiber brush and it's fine however a got a limited edition kabuki brush that irritated me worse than any brush I've used. 

Brushes shown: 
Eco Tools Correcting Concealer and Skin Perfecting.
Real Techniques Foundation and Expert Face
Everyday Minerals Eye Kabuki
Crush Cosmetics Tapered Kabuki
elf Flawless Concealer
Models Prefer Contour and Airbrush Buffing.
The Nude by Nature brushes don't have names.

If you have sensitive skin, what brushes do you use?

Monday, 15 June 2015

The Dr approved perfect pink lipstick

I have a great Dr. He's one of those adorable, nerdy guys that are really awkward and sweet. He's great with the boys, great with Tiger and I and always has time to have a chat. The last time I visited him I was feeling terrible, the boys were sick, Tiger was away and I was exhausted. In an attempt to cheer me up he told me that he loved my lipstick and it was "the perfect pink". Hah, what a sweetheart.

The lipstick in question was Maybelline Superstay 14 hour lipstick Perpetual Peony. I have to agree with my Dr, it really is the perfect pink and is one of my most worn lipsticks. 

For a long lasting lipstick I find this to be very comfortable. It doesn't drag on my lips and isn't drying. The formula feels comfortable to wear although it's a little bit sticky, but not enough to bother me. I assume the slight tackiness is what helps it to wear so well. 

Maybelline claim that it lasts 14 hours, this is definitely not the case. I get about half a days wear before I need to reapply, less if I'm eating or drinking. The finish isn't completely matte, it has a slight sheen to it and will transfer on to cups etc.

If you are after a cheap long lasting lipstick the Maybelline Superstay lipsticks are worth checking out.

I've been practicing my stunned mullet face

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Saturday Skincare - Skinstitut

A few months ago I was sent some Skinstitut products to review. It was great timing as I'd just run out of my serum and moisturiser so I got straight into them.

I've been using the Eye Believe eye cream, Even Blend serum, Vitamin C powder and Moisture Defence moisturiser. As usual with anti-aging products, I wasn't sure if they'd irritate me or not but the only time they did was when winter and hayfever season started at the same time. Frankly, when that happens everything irritates me, so my skin is to blame, not the products.  
Since I've been using these products my skin just glows. It took about three weeks before I noticed changes. Even better, my dark spots are also fading. I've got one on the side of my face that I hate, it's about the size of a pea and it really bugs me. A few days ago I was very surprised when I noticed that it's barely visible now! I'm so pleased! 

I haven't been using Eye Believe long enough to notice any changes yet, so I'll report back on it in a few months. Moisture Defence is a lovely day cream that's very hydrating without being greasy. It'd be great all year round, I was using it when the weather was warmer with no issues and it performs equally as well now that winter has set in and my skin is super dry.

Whilst I'm happy with all the products the two stand out products are Even Blend serum and the Vitamin C powder. Even Blend serum is a light serum that absorbs immediately. I don't find it hydrating, it's a treatment so I've added it as an extra product in my routine. 

See look how glowy I am! This photo was taken in natural light, I haven't edited it or used any filters. The only base I have on is a light layer of BB cream, with no powder. (Lipstick is Shanghai Suzy Miss Tanielle. I'm still on the fence about it, not sure if I like it or not, what do you think? I'm wondering if it's a bit too brown for me?)

The Vitamin C powder is genius. I just shake a little bit on my hand, mix it in with my moisturiser and I'm done. I was worried that I'd find the Vitamin C irritating but I haven't and that's with twice daily use. Even Blend serum and Vitamin C powder have done wonders for my skin and I'm excited to see how my skin is going to look after I've been using them for a few more months.

Skinstitut is an Australian company, products are available exclusively through salons and all products are only $45 each!

You can check for stockists in your area here

Friday, 12 June 2015

FFS Friday - Done done done done done done we are done

My poor Chai is not coping at all with Tiger doing FIFO. It's getting worse and worse every time Tiger goes away. FFS.

This swing has been particularly bad. FFS.

Chai has done a lot of complaining and tantrum throwing. FFS.

I've done a lot of yelling. FFS.

The poor little tyke is miserable. FFS.

He's upset and complaining about everything. FFS.

Going out is a huge trauma, we go through at least four different pairs of socks and shoes. FFS.

His socks are too tight and his shoes are biting him. FFS.

Tuesday he was complaining about everything he could. FFS.

He complained that his dinner wasn't ready. FFS.

He complained it was too hot. FFS.

Then it was too cold. FFS.

And so it went. FFS

Later that day he complained that his hands were wet. FFS.

He was in the bath. FFS.

I couldn't help laughing. 

He'd been in the bath for ten minutes so I'm not sure why it suddenly became an issue. FFS.

Even Chai's kindy teachers have noticed. FFS.

Wednesday was horrible. FFS.

He got really upset about going to kindy, I haven't seen him that upset for a long time. FFS.

Nothing I did calmed him down. FFS.

I took him to kindy and the teachers were amazing. They calmed him down and he was happy to stay. Not FFS.

That night I told Tiger that FIFO has to end. Not FFS.

I don't know what we're going to do but we will not continue to be a FIFO family. Not FFS.

I've had enough of seeing my babies miserable. FFS.

Even Eljay gets sad. FFS.

The first few days after Tiger leaves he walks around the house calling him and searches every room trying to find him. FFS.

He asks for Daddy over and over again then gets really upset when I tell him Daddy is at work. FFS.

We keep telling ourselves that we're lucky Tiger only works half of the year but the flip side of that is he's away for half the year. Half the year I'm a single parent and the children have no father. That sucks. FFS.

We are done. Not FFS.

Done done done. 

It's a relief. 

We've agreed that we'll start working towards finding a solution. That may mean we move and I'm okay with that, as long as my babies are happy. It's all about our babies. They are the most important factor. We'll find a solution so that Tiger comes home every night and we can all be together. Not FFS.