Monday, 30 May 2016

Lancome Juicy Shakers - Gimmick or must have?

The first high end lip gloss I bought was a Lancome Juicy Tube. It was the start of my love affair with high end make-up. That was back in the 90's when they first came out. Over the years I've gone through at least twenty Juicy Tubes, if not more and they're still one of my favourite glosses.

I've been very impatiently awaiting the release of the Juicy Shakers, which Lancome say are like Juicy Tubes. They aren't. They're nothing alike but they are still really cool.
When Juicy Shakers were finally released in Australia I jumped on to the Lancome website and ordered two, Piece of Cake and Melli Melon. Somehow when I was placing my order Melli Melon changed to Wonder Melon, but it's a gorgeous colour so that didn't matter. 

This was my first time ordering from Lancome online and it was a great experience. They have free shipping for all orders, my package was shipped the same day and I received a tracking number when it was posted. I emailed them about swapping Wonder Melon, they got back to me within a few hours and told me how to swap it (the returns process is really easy) if I didn't like Wonder Melon.
Wonder Melon

Juicy Shakers are lip oils, I knew they were becoming a thing, yay! 
Lancome says:
The bi-phase lip oil formula combines the comfort of nourishing oils with the revitalising power of colour pigments.
Instantly the lightweight oil melts into the lips leaving them soft, radiant
and comforted.
The first lip cushion applicator with a surprising and addictive pillow-soft feel.

Piece of Cake

All the Juicy Shakers have different flavours, unsurprisingly Wonder Melon tastes like watermelon and Piece of Cake tastes like cake. Due to being an oil, Juicy Shakers apply sheerly. At first the finish is shiny, but that quickly fades (within about ten minutes) and I'm left with a very light stain. These aren't very hydrating because they wear off so quickly. Before they wear off my lips feel hydrated but that feeling is gone within fifteen minutes.

In all honesty, these are a bit of a gimmick, but I still love them, if only for the novelty factor. Both shades end up looking the same on me after about ten minutes. If you want something that is cute to look at and you love flavoured products then Juicy Shakers are worth a try, if you don't like flavoured products then I'd probably give these a miss. 
Wonder Melon looks coral in the bottle but comes out a sheer, bright pink. Both of the colours I got are quite sheer which I think is due to them being a bi-phase oil.

Top swatch is Wonder Melon, bottom swatch is Piece of Cake

Wonder Melon immediately after application

Wonder Melon ten minutes after application

Piece of Cake immediately after application

Piece of Cake ten minutes after application
Have you tried Juicy Shakers? What did you think of them?

Friday, 27 May 2016

FFS Friday - Sofa King Angry

I'm so angry with Chai's school teacher. FFS.

Last week he didn't want to go to school on Thursday. He said that his stomach was sore then also said his stomach wasn't sore he just didn't want to go to school. I didn't know if he was sick or not and he seemed okay, so we took him to school. Most mornings he tells me that he can't go to school cause his stomach is sore, so I thought it was just the usual excuse.

I spoke to his teacher and told her that I wasn't sure if he was unwell because he said he was feeling sick. She said that she'd keep an eye on him and let me know if he wasn't well. I told her that if Chai was ill I'd come and pick him up straight away. 

That afternoon when Tiger picked Chai up he had a fever and did not look well. FFS.

His temperature was 39 degrees. FFS.

I wasn't sure if he'd been sick all day or just got worse in the afternoon, but I wasn't happy with his teacher. I gave her the benefit of the doubt until I unpacked his lunch and saw he hadn't eaten anything all day. FFS.

He'd eaten nothing at morning tea and nothing at lunch. FFS.

So he obviously had been sick all day and she didn't call me. FFS.

He had Friday and Monday off school. He probably could have gone to school Monday but now that I know they won't call me if he's sick I wasn't willing to risk it. FFS.

Tuesday when I took Chai to school I spoke to the teacher and said he hadn't eaten all day and he had a fever when we'd picked him up. Her response was "Oh really. I wasn't on duty that day so I wouldn't have noticed." FFS.

I told her again that he'd had a fever to which she said "Oh that's no good." FFS.

After that response I was really, really angry. And then to make it worse she went on to say "Can you please remind him that he needs to eat because we don't have the time to monitor that." Seriously WTF! FFS.

I spoke to a friend who's a teacher and she said that when they're on lunch duty it is their job to make sure that the kids eat their lunch! FFS.

After I specifically asked her to keep an eye on him she clearly didn't bother. FFS.

Isn't that her job? He obviously got worse during the day, my guess is that by lunch time he must have been looking and feeling terrible and yet she didn't tell me. FFS.

So he was at school all day, infecting the other children and feeling awful. FFS.

Due to that he'll now be missing more school because every time I'm not sure if he's well I'll have to keep him home from school. FFS.

Even worse, there's a boy in Chai's class who has an illness and can't afford to get sick. When he gets sick he ends up in hospital. He and Chai get along well and often play together, so I'm really, really hoping that Chai didn't make him sick. FFS.

I'm sofa king angry. I'm going to speak to the headmaster about it once I've calmed down. FFS.

I struggle enough with Chai being in full time schooling without also having to worry about them not looking after him properly. FFS.

This just gives me further proof that taking my babies and running away is the right thing to do.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Givenchy Magic Lip and Cheek balm

After I mentioned the Givenchy Magic Lip and Cheek Balm in my last post I realised that I've never reviewed it so here goes. 

I'm a sucker for anything that claims to adapt to your skin tone. I loved mood rings and that love translated into my makeup. If a product claims to "adapt to your natural skin tone" or "turn into your perfect pink" etc I need it. When I saw the Magic Lip and Cheek balm on Musings of a Muse, I immediately went to Strawberrynet and bought it. 

Givenchy says: Overflowing with volume boosting moisture and pink tinged light, this light enhancing balm creates a bitten lips effect and just back from outdoors cheeks in just seconds. Instant, fresh, volumising pink glow on demand! 

An irresistible little jar for a sparkling look at any time of the day or night. Part lip care, part makeup, this Magic Balm brightens up the lips and cheeks in a flash.
Enriched with spheres of hyaluronic acid and Luffa Oil, its formula combines volume-boosting moisture with dazzling brilliance. As soon as it is applied, the balm’s pinkish colour adapts to your natural skin tone. On the lips, its transparent glossy pink has a plumping effect, for an irresistibly seductive pout.
On the cheeks, it highlights the complexion and develops a luminous natural glow in seconds.
As with most of the colour adapting products, this really doesn't change much on me. It looks the same as you see in the swatches above. There's no magic, but it's still a lovely product. At first I only used it as a lip balm but now that the cold weather has hit I've been using it as a blush too, I'm loving the rosy cheek look.

If you've always used powder blushes, using a cheek balm takes a bit of getting used to. Instead of setting to a powder finish, Magic Lip and Cheek Balm stays glossy so that my cheeks look a little glossy. That sounds strange but in reality it looks fresh and healthy. The colour is sheer but buildable, it's very easy to touch up though so the sheerness isn't a problem. I get around half a days wear before I need to touch up.

As a lip balm this is gorgeous. It's glossy and very hydrating. I get around four hours wear before I need to reapply.

If you can get your hands on Magic Cheek and Lip Balm I highly recommend it!
Ingredients: c10-30 cholesterol, isononyl isononanoate, mineral oil, bis-diglyceryl polyacylapidate-2, polybutene, cera microcristallina, ethylhexyl palmitate, ethylene, irvingia gabonensis kernel butter, butylene copolymer, ricinus communis seed oil, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, diisostearyl malate, luffa cylindrica seed oil, silica dimethyl silylate, parfum, butylene glycol, bht, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, sodium hyaluronate, geraniol, citronellol, alpha-ispmethyl ionone, linalool, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, tocopherol, propyl gallate, red 27, titanium dioxide, red 7 lake.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The pot challenge/Project Pan the Pots

A few weeks ago I was browsing Instagram when I saw a FOTD post. In it was a well loved pot of cream eyeshadow that had a huge dip in the middle. It looked so cute that I decided I wanted some of my pots to have huge dips in the middle. 
Does anyone else get strange urges like that? Just me? Okaaaaaay. Moving on.

My potted products are sorely neglected. I ignore them in favour of products that I don't have to dip my finger in. And yet I keep on buying them, knowing they'll be neglected. Crazy. 

I chose four of my potted products and over the rest of this year I'm going to use them with the aim of getting big dips in the middle. 

The products I've chosen are MAC Painterly Paint Pot, Soap and Glory Smooch Operator, Givenchy Magic Cheek and Lip Balm and Yard Skincare Lip Bloss in Balmoral Bliss.
MAC Painterly Paint Pot

Soap and Glory Smooch Operator Lip Balm

Givenchy Magic Cheek and Lip Balm

Yard Skincare Balmoral Bliss Lip Bloss

Want to join me on my Pan the Pots challenge? Let me know if you do.
 If you've got any well loved potted products I need to see photos!

Friday, 20 May 2016

FFS Friday - Toxic

Like most people now, we barely use our home phone. If it wasn't for the internet we wouldn't have it. FFS.

We've always had a silent phone number and don't give the home number to anyone. I couldn't give it out even if I wanted to because I don't know what it is. 

The lovely people who had our phone number before us (Brian and Pamela Mullins) clearly did not have a silent number and gave their number out to everyone. FFS.

They kindly gave it to the indian scammers. FFS.

You know the ones who call and say your computer is sending out viruses? Them. FFS.

They call me three to five times a day. FFS.

I'm sofa king sick of it. FFS.

Unfortunately I can't block international numbers from calling me, so aside from paying to change my phone number, I'm stuck with the stupid calls. FFS.

I don't answer them, they go to the answering machine, but it's still bloody annoying. FFS.

I'm going to get a whistle and try to send them deaf. Wonder if that works. I'll give it a red hot go and let you know. 

I used to string them along and for a while it was highly entertaining, but now it's just irritating. FFS.

Because of them I never answer the home phone, so if Tiger rings I don't answer it, then he gets worried that something is wrong. FFS.

I look forward to the day I can block international calls, surely that should be possible. 

This week I self diagnosed myself with Mummy fatigue. FFS.

I'm so sick of most things Mum related and desperately want a holiday, alone. All alone. For a week. Three days in the city to shop my heart out and then four days in the country to curl up in front of a fire and read a book. Sounds blissful. Isn't going to happen. FFS.

If I have to play one more game of ninja turtles I may just implode. FFS.

I'm bitterly jealous of those people with close families who get lots of support, I'd love a family like that. My friends family is like that. They help each other all the time and think nothing of it. It's no big deal, it's just what they do for each other. When the boys grow up we'll be like that with them and I'll finally have created the family I longed for myself.   

It's been about fifteen months since I spoke to my brother. I don't miss him. I'd love to have a good relationship with him but he's been telling so many lies for so long that I doubt even he knows what the truth is any more.

Toxic people are toxic whether they are family or not.  

Good news of the week, my stomach is starting to get better! It's still sore and I can't eat all of the foods I normally would, but I can eat. Small steps. Yay!


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My NYX Butter Gloss collection

Angel Food Cake, Tiramisu, Eclair, Merengue, Strawberry Parfait
Who doesn't love NYX Butter Glosses? What's not to love? They're cute, smell and taste great, come in a great range of colour and only cost $9.95. I currently have five Butter Glosses in my collection; Angel Food Cake, Tiramisu, Eclair, Merengue and Strawberry Parfait. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite, if I had to pick one I'd go with Angel Food Cake because it's the perfect my lips but better shade.

What's your favourite Butter Gloss?

Monday, 16 May 2016

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme CC Vs Rimmel Insta Flawless

I'm all over the BB and CC trend, I've been on the BB bandwagon for years and happily joined the CC tribe last year. Out of the two it's CC's that are my true love, they give better coverage than BB's and that's something I need. When I read on Caroline Hiron's blog that she loves the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme CC I promptly went out and bought it. 

The first few times I used Revitalizing Supreme I was very, very disappointed. It's one of those products that adapt to all skin tones. On me the colour was too dark and it didn't do much to even out my skin tone. Then I realised that I was using way too much product. I'd been applying it like I would a tinted moisturiser when I needed to use half that amount. Once I got that sorted it was love. I use Revitalizing Supreme as the last step in my skin care routine. It can be worn alone or under your base, which is how I use it. I put it on, let it absorb then apply my foundation or whatever base I'm using. 

At $80 it's ridiculously expensive, but I use so little that it will last ages, I'd guess around six months.

I was convinced that I'd found the best CC for me until I received Insta Flawless to trial. They are very, very similar. Insta Flawless is a primer which does the same thing Revitalizing Supreme does. The price difference is huge. Insta Flawless costs $13.95 compared to $80 for Revitalizing Supreme. 

Texture wise, Insta Flawless is lighter and less hydrating than Revitalizing Supreme. That's not a huge issue for me as I wear them over moisturiser. Insta Flawless is SPF 15 and Revitalizing Supreme is SPF 10.

Insta Flawless comes in two shades, light to medium (this is the shade I use) and medium to dark, Revitalizing Supreme is one shade that adapts to all skin tones. I find Revitalizing Supreme to be slightly more orange in tone. You can see in the photo's below that Insta Flawless looks lighter. They both work for me when they're blended in, if I wasn't looking closely I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Revitalizing Supreme on the top, Insta Flawless on the bottom.

Rubbed in a little bit

Fully blended in
Have you tried either of these products? What's your favourite CC?

Note: Insta Flawless was provided for review. I purchased Revitalizing Supreme myself.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Last month I went to the MAC Myer counter and did B2M. Unlike David Jones, the m/a was lovely, really friendly and helpful. I'll make sure to go back there when I need MAC products again.

2. Chai's behaviour has been really bad lately. So bad that his teacher had a word to me because it's out of character for him. I have no idea what's going on. Hopefully it's just a phase.

3. Speaking of phases, Eljay's tantrum phase continues.

4. The Lancome Juicy Shakers are finally here! I have two, they're so cute. A full review is forthcoming.

5. Those William Tyrell "give him back" Facebook posts freak me out. It sounds bad, but if he's been in the hands of paedophiles all this time it's highly likely that he'd be irreparably damaged mentally, emotionally and physically. As horrible as it is I hope that's not the case and he's gone.  

6. Not eating much for the last few weeks has been quite freeing. I haven't had to spend time wondering what to eat, cooking etc. Life would be a lot easier if we didn't eat.

Friday, 13 May 2016

FFS Friday - Poo

My stomach is still not back to normal. FFS.

It's been 2 1/2 weeks now and I still can't eat. FFS.

Bizarrely, I'm not losing weight. FFS.

I don't know how that's possible because I'm barely eating. FFS.

Totally ripped off. If I can't eat I could at least lose weight. FFS.

Wednesday I went to the Dr for my poo test results and to see if further testing needed to be done. FFS.

I was resigned to the fact that it's probably my Crohn's, which I blame on my gastro for telling me last year that it's unlikely I'll have another flare up. FFS.

I went to my Dr, he felt my stomach (it's really sore), asked lots of questions and told me my test results were normal. FFS.

He didn't know what was wrong so referred me to my specialist. FFS.

When I got home and thought about it I was rather annoyed, sending me to the specialist is pointless when he can do the same tests himself without me having to travel two hours to the specialist. FFS.

Then I started thinking about the questions he'd asked me and convinced myself I was dying of cancer. FFS.

Pre kids I wasn't worried about dying, now that I have kids I'm petrified of leaving my babies. FFS. 
The next day I was pondering what to do when I received a phone call from my Dr. Not FFS.

I have Norovirus. Yay!

I know, being happy about having a nasty gastro bug sounds strange, but a virus is much better than a Crohn's flare up!

He said that it normally goes away in two weeks. It's been longer than two weeks but that's probably just because I have a sensitive digestive system. 

Now I can stop worrying. Not FFS.   

That's my good news for the week. How's your week been? Any good news? Or bad news? Or FFS moments? 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Shanghai Suzy Miss Leah Baby Cocoa lipstick review

I've been using Shanghai Suzy lipsticks since they launched but they haven't appeared on the blog because I really didn't like the grape bubblegum scent. Lucky for me the latest range for Autum/Winter 2016, Romance and Strawberry Kisses has a strawberry scent which I love. It also sees the return of one of their most popular shades, Miss Leah Baby Cocoa. The new Miss Leah is in the whipped matte formula and the old Miss Leah was in the nourish formula. I have both the old and new lipsticks so thought I'd do a comparison post. 
Miss Leah Nourish formula, Miss Leah Whipped Matte formula
Often when a product is reproduced in a different formula it doesn't stay true to colour but that wasn't the case with Miss Leah, it's nearly identical. In the photo's the whipped matte looks lighter and a little less pink but on my lips they are identical.
The whipped matte formula is beautiful, it's very light and almost undetectable on my lips. It's different to any other matte lipstick I've used because it doesn't feel heavy or dry. It takes several layers to build up coverage, which I like because it feels like I'm getting several different lipsticks, sheer, medium and opaque coverage. 

The nourish formula is the top swatch, whipped matte formula the bottom swatch.
 Nourish formula on top lip, whipped matt on the bottom lip.
If you haven't tried Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, I highly recommend them. They're only $14.95 so you can't go wrong!

On a totally different note, has anyone had lip fillers? I'd like to get rid of the two lines above my top lip and am wondering if fillers would do the trick.