Monday, 15 January 2018

2018 Project Pan

I've mentioned it a few times already and have finally decided on a plan for this years panning project. Over the last year or so I've realised that I no longer like to have a huge selection of products. I'm happy with a few products that I love. I tend to use the same few products all the time, so it's pointless to have a huge pile of make-up that I never use. Anything that's in my make-up drawer gets used, the rest of the products are neglected. A lot of the products in my drawer are neglected too, I use the ones on top. My go to look is foundation/BB/CC, powder, brows, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lip colour. When I can be bothered I'll use concealer, eye shadow and lip liner. 

Out of all those products, the only ones that I change regularly are lip colour and base. I'm happy to use the same blush, mascara, eye liner, concealer and eye shadows. That gives me a good idea of my ideal stash. About ten bases, twenty eye shadows, one blush, two or three concealers, two mascaras, around ten eye liners, five lip liners, one powder, one brow product, and fifty or less lip products.That's being very generous with the lip products, but I do love my lipsticks and glosses. Whilst I'd like to have less lip products, I don't think it's realistic for me so why force it. 

In order to achieve this I plan to spend this year regularly culling and trying to use up as much as I can. Rather than go on a total no buy that I know I won't stick to, I'm going to alternate between a low buy and no buy. January is my no buy month, February will be a low buy etc. The only exception to this is November when we're going to the Gold Coast and I'll finally get to visit a Sephora and Daisio store.  

I'm trying to stick to natural/organic and cruelty free products and each time I purchase I'll ask myself if the product will add value to my life. Sometimes the answer might be yes but most of the time it will be no. 

I have considered doing an inventory but it's overwhelming and I just don't think I can be bothered. I might attempt it once they boys are at school, if I do I'll update this post.  

Are you doing a no buy, low buy or project pan this year? Got any tips for me?

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Thoughts of the week

1.I'm loving the #TimesUp movement. It's high time that  women stood up for themselves and sexual harassment wasn't an accepted part of a womans life. Perpetrators need to understand that this behaviour will no longer be tolerated and women need to be able to report such behaviour safely without fear of being labelled a liar or losing their job. 

Time's Up people. We are women, we are strong and we will not back down. Your days of threatening, harassing and intimidating us are over.

2. I really hope that Australia will get a Time's Up Now fund set up.

3. Tiger bought an X Box this week. I don't think it'll be a good thing. Another screen for the boys to get addicted to.

4. Since the end of last year I've been in declutter mode. The junk room is no longer a junk room, my wardrobe is significantly smaller and I'm constantly getting rid of things I no longer need/use. I've donated four boxes of clothes so far, given away two boxes of baby stuff to a friend and I'm still going. The beauty stash is next.

5. After finally finding a course that I want to study, I can't afford it.

Friday, 12 January 2018

FFS Friday - Sold

Chai has always been a very imaginative child. When he started kindy I was worried that he'd bark at everyone because he was having a great time pretending to be a dog. He'd be in dog mode at least 80% of the day. When I say dog mode, I mean really, he took it as far as he could. He'd crawl everywhere, bark, wee and poo outside, eat and drink from a bowl on the floor, play fetch etc.

At the moment he's a zombie hunting sloth. Yes you read that right. 

We've been learning a lot about sloths. One thing we learned is that sloths grow algae on their fur which gives them nutrients when they groom themselves. It also turns their fur green.

Chai got green camo face paint and plastered it all over his face and in his hair. He refused to let me near his hair for two weeks because he didn't want the green washed out, and the face paint stains the skin. Just as the paint starts to fade he'd paint his face again, so I had a green faced, green haired boy for two weeks. 

Whatever they put in that camo face paint needs to be in cosmetics. No amount of scrubbing will remove the green. I've used my oil cleansers, heavy duty long lasting make-up removers, waterproof make-up removers and nothing will budge it. 

Tiger isn't that great at checking the messages he writes. He often sends me messages that make no sense whatsoever and I have to try to decipher what he meant. 

Last week he wanted recommendations for a car detailer so he posted on about four different facebook pages. With a typo.

A few minutes after he'd posted, my cousin called to ask why he was selling his car. Tiger explained that he wasn't and that my cousin had read the message wrong. Or not.

A few minutes later I got an sms from my sister asking why Tiger was selling his car. I checked the facebook post.

He'd asked if anyone knew any good car dealers. Dealers not detailers. He then started getting messages from people interested in buying his car. 

I pointed out his error so he fixed it on one page, but it was still showing up and he kept on getting messages. He got four messages in half an hour.

The intelligent thing would have been to delete his posts but he couldn't be bothered because he'd posted on so many different sites, so instead he decided to sit there and get annoyed every time someone offered to buy his car. Clever.

He's such a strange creature. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The matte lipsticks you need to try

Whilst I love matte, long lasting lipsticks, I don't like the ones which give me lips that look drier than a popcorn fart. 

Thankfully there are several brands who do lovely, non drying matte lipsticks that last six hours or more.

My criteria for a good matte lipstick is that they aren't drying, I can wear a gloss or balm over them without breaking down the colour and they fade evenly. There's nothing worse than a lipstick that fades off patchily, it's not a good look. 

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor 
This is my favourite matte liquid lipstick formula so far. It's creamy, hydrating, stays comfortable all day and doesn't make my lips look like they're 90. 
I have to admit that if my beautiful Emma hadn't bought me one I never would have tried them due to not being a fan of liquid matte lipsticks, but I'm so very glad she did as they're amazing. 

The lipstick doesn't dry down, it stays feeling creamy and comfortable on my lips. Despite that, it lasts for at least six hours before I need to reapply. 

Rimmel The Only One Matte
Being a huge fan of the original The Only One lipsticks, I was expecting great things from the matte version and was not disappointed. The formula is smooth and creamy on the lips, yet long lasting. The lighter shades last around five hours and the darker shades at least six. The darker shades leave a light stain of colour once they've worn off, the light shades wear off completely.

Shanghai Suzy
Shanghai Suzy's whipped matte lipsticks are perfection. They're vegan, cruelty free and made in Melbourne. I'm told that Jo is working on a permanent range of fifty shades, however I'm not sure how correct this information is. If it is true, I'm excited! I love my Suzy's, however a permanent range would be great, because finding a colour that you love then not being able to repurchase sucks. 

I can find no fault with Shanghai Suzy matte lipsticks. They are strawberry flavoured, long lasting, hydrating and reasonably priced. I can happily wear them for weeks on end without my lips drying out. The limited edition shades are on trend and gorgeous, the permanent line is equally beautiful. 

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid
If you are after a lipstick that lasts all day (over eight hours) then this is the one for you. By the end of the day I have a little bit of fading on the inside of my lips, but the rest looks perfect. I need to go back and get more shades, I purchased mine when they were first released and there are a whole lot of new shades now. 

Essence Matt Matt Matt longlasting lip gloss
A matte lip gloss sounds so strange, but it's pretty cool. Imagine the feel of a gloss with a matte finish, that's exactly what this is. It has the light feel of a gloss, with the lasting power of a lipstick.
It doesn't last all day, but it will last until lunchtime. It'd be great if there were a few more shades available, especially considering how cheap Essence is. 

Maybelline ColorSensational Matte
Maybelline can always be relied upon for decent quality, no frills products. Whilst their products don't excite me, they do what they're supposed to do and they are affordable. The ColorSensational Matte lipsticks come in a great range of colours, can often be found on sale and are pleasant to wear.

Urban Decay Comfort Matte
There was such hype around Urban Decay's reformulated lipstick range when they launched that I was sure they'd be crap. I was wrong.  At only $28 they are an awesome bargain. The Comfort Matte formula is just as it says, matte and comfortable. These don't feel like matte lipsticks of old, they feel creamy and hydrating.
Sash Cosmetics 
I love discovering Aussie brands. I found Sash Cosmetics online and purchased several lipsticks. From the packaging to the formula, Sash lipsticks are beautiful. They're super cheap at only $16.95 and tick all my boxes for matte lipsticks. Hydrating, long lasting with a gorgeous shade range, Sash lipsticks are a pleasure to use.

What are your favourte matte lipsticks?

Monday, 8 January 2018

Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Drops

I've seen Edible Beauty around for a while now but have never purchased any of their range. Just before Christmas they had an offer that I couldn't resist. With the purchase of their new highlighter you got a Velvet Coffee Body Butter. The highlighter cost $44 and the body butter is worth $55. They also offer free shipping. Who can resist an offer like that? I certainly couldn't. 

Edible Beauty products are made in Australia using pure, wildcrafted and botanical ingredients to illuminate your natural beauty.  Their products are free from parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, EDTAs, preservatives, silicones, benzyl alcohol, aluminium, synthetic dyes and triclosan.
They are also vegan and cruelty free.

How beautiful is it? Look at that glow! 

When I saw the bottle I was worried that it would be too dark on my pale skin and look like a bronzer, but once rubbed in it's undetectable, it just leaves a gorgeous, natural luminosity. I've used my Angel Drops every day since I got them and it's true love. 

I'm all about products that are nice to use, Angel Drops fit that requirement. The texture is  watery, the smell is beautiful and they're super easy to dispense and apply. I put a few drops on my fingers rub them together and then pat onto my face. Easy.

As you can see from the photo above, when it's fully rubbed in there's no tint, my skin just looks naturally radiant. I like to use a few drops under my foundation for a nice healthy glow. On days when I'm not wearing any make-up I tap a few drops over my moisturiser and I'm done. 

That glow!

Have you tried any Edible Beauty products? What should I try next? I'm thinking the Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum, Goldrush Eye Balm and Fountain of Youth tea.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Thoughts of the week

1. The first week of 2018 is coming to a close. We celebrated my Dad's 70th and my nephew's 11the birthdays this week.

2. Dad had a lunch and most of the family came. It's been years since I saw them, some it's been over 10 years. We all had a great time and it made me realise how important it is to stay in touch with family. From now on I'm going to make more of an effort to keep in touch with my family. Not just for myself but also for the boys. They both loved meeting and spending time with the family. 2018 is the year of making an effort for me.

3. My brother didn't come but that's another story entirely. He doesn't answer my phone calls or return my text messages so there's not much I can do there. His choice.

4. I got the Edible Beauty Luminous Angel Drops this week. They are amazing. The scent is beautiful and they give my skin a gorgeous, natural looking glow.

5. I'm still contemplating some sort of project pan/low buy for this year but I have no idea what or how. What I do know is that I want to drastically reduce the size of my collection, finish more products and stick to mainly natural, eco friendly products.

Friday, 5 January 2018

FFS Friday - Heh

For someone who's intelligent I can be incredibly stupid at times. 

It happens more than I care to admit.

Here's a brilliant example:

I have sensitive skin. I'm particularly sensitive to sunscreen. I can't use sunscreen on my lips and there are only a few that I can use on my face. 

A few months ago I started using a new facial sunscreen. It didn't irritate me so I thought it was okay. 

Little did I know. 

I started getting really, really tired. So tired that my eyes stung and I could barely keep them open. I tried every natural method I could think of, copious amounts of coffee etc but nothing worked.

After about five weeks I went to the Dr who did a pile of blood tests and everything came up normal.

Despite my begging he refused to give me speed or other stimulants, so I took a look at my diet. I noticed that the fatigue set in around 9am, so I experimented with different breakfasts, but nothing changed.

I went to a naturopath but she couldn't help either. I was lost. 

One day I was having a home day so didn't use any skin care and I felt great all day. You know what's coming don't you?

It was then that I realised what the problem was. My sunscreen. Yep. I kid you not. 

The sunscreen was getting into my eyes and irritating them, which is why I could barely keep my eyes open!

As soon as I stopped using the sunscreen I was back to normal. Pity it took me two months of daily struggle to figure it out.

Heh. I'm so clever. 

I wasn't brave enough to go back to the Dr and tell him what had been causing my fatigue. Thankfully he hasn't asked. How embarassment.

Monday, 1 January 2018

What's in my shower - Face scrubs on rotation

Hi beautiful people! Happy new year! I hope you've all had a lovely start to the year. We had a very quiet new years eve and were all asleep way before midnight.

Today I'm showing you the face scrubs that are currently in my shower. I like to keep a few different scrubs, I use them according to how my skin feels and what it needs. 

Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant
I have a love hate relationship with powder exfoliants. Whilst I love the way they make my skin feel, I struggle to get the right powder to water ratio so either have it way too runny or too thick. You'd think there'd be an easier way, if there is I haven't figured it out yet. Despite my ineptness, I still love this scrub, which says a lot about how good it is. Even when I've made it a watery mess it still makes my skin feel soft and smooth.Gentle Daily Exfoliant is gentle enough to use every day and leaves my skin feeling amazing. If you have sensitive skin, this would be ideal.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
Out of the four scrubs in my shower, this is the most intense. It's ideal for those days when my skin is feeling rough and looking dull. I rub it lightly over my face my a few minutes, rinse it off and I'm done. The particles are small and smooth, however as there are so many of them it'd be easy to irritate skin, so if you have sensitive skin, be gentle.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Scrub
The only reason I'm using the Alba Botanica scrub is because I won it. It's not the sort of scrub I'd usually go for, it's in a gel base and there aren't many scrubby bits. It works well for days when I just want a light exfoliation. It won't get rid of rough patches or brighten skin tone, but it's fine for light exfoliation.

Sanctuary Spa Warming Microbrasion Polish
I use this for the novelty factor because it warms up when I rub it into my face. I'm not sure that the warming has any special effect, but it's fun to use. They're being a bit optimistic calling it microbrasion, it's nowhere near as intense as you'd expect from microbrasion. I'd say it gives a medium scrub. It's between the light exfoliation of Alba Botanica and the intense exfoliation of Acure.

Out of the four scrubs, I'll be repurchasing Acure and Alpha-H.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. Another year is drawing to a close. 2017 was a great year for us. Some parts were tough, some parts were plain hard work, but overall we learned a lot and had lots of laughs.

2. I've made no new years resolutions. Have you?

3. 2018 is going to be the year of creating a comfortable home. We've been here for long enough and I'm just not feeling it. Truth be told, I never would have agreed to the purchase of this property if I hadn't been 8 months pregnant and sick of arguing with Tiger about taking our time to look around. But that's a story for another day.

4. Perhaps I should revive my Sunday Stories series. I haven't told a good story for ages and I have plenty of them to tell.

5. Last week I went into the crystal store for an amethyst slab and came out $108 poorer with four beautiful rocks. I've missed having my rocks around, it's time to pull them all out again.

Friday, 29 December 2017

FFS Friday - Hi Mrs B

You know those people who are strange? The ones who are different and you just can't figure out why? That's me.

See I was raise as a Jehovah's Witness. Some of my family are still involved in the religion. I am not (obviously).

Having been raised that way I have no idea when it comes to things like birthdays, Christmas etc. Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate those things.

By a bizarre coincidence Tiger was also raised in the same religion so he's no help.

Funny that, we would have been at the same conventions for years yet we never met. 

When Chai started school and the birthday invites started I was lost. Thankfully there was another mum at school who'd been raised in the same religion, so she used to tell me what we had to do.

It's so confusing. 

Christmas is one celebration I just don't understand. It's supposed to be about spending time with family, yet people get so worked up about it. They stress themselves out about presents, get into huge amounts of debt and often don't even enjoy the day. What's the point?

When I tell people that we have a low key Christmas, most of them are envious. So why don't they do the same thing? Makes no sense to me at all.

The last few years we've started doing Christmas, mainly for the kids. Because I have no idea about Christmas, I make stupid, rookie mistakes.

Last year I got Chai a huge ninja turtles playset. Being a rookie with no idea what to do, I didn't set it up the night before so spent about two hours in hell on Christmas morning, trying to set it up with Chai hanging over my shoulder.

This Christmas I did it again. I bought the boys lego. Silly me.

Chai was so excited that he woke up at 4am. It was still dark. FFS.

He managed to hold off until 5.10am when he woke us all up after discovering his presents. 

I spent three hours putting lego together, when I was supposed to be getting lunch ready. 

Second rookie mistake of the day, putting lollies in their Christmas stockings. Big mistake. They were on a sugar high all day. Fun.

Maybe by next year I'll start to get the hang of it, meanwhile, please send me all your tips. 

We haven't had a good Tiger story for a while, mainly because he's away half of the time. But never fear Mrs B, I have one from the archives for you. 

I was inside doing some stuff on my computer, Tiger was working in the garage with the garage door open. From inside, with the doors closed, I heard my neighbour yelling for me. 

As I went running out to save her I noticed the door from the house to the garage was open and hoped that Shelby hadn't got out.

When I got outside (running straight past Tiger), I saw that Shelby was at my neighbours door and her dog was trying to get outside to eat Shelby.

Tiger was pottering away totally oblivious. WTF?

How could he not hear my neighbour yelling and her dog barking and trying to break down the door? Bloody useless he'd be in an emergency, he wouldn't even know something was going down. Men.