Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August Favourites

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil - I picked this up during the make-up and skincare promotion and it was love from first use. I've been alternating between this and the cleansing butter, they're both wonderful.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion - If you are fan of the Clarins HydraQuench Bi-Phase Serum, you need to give this a go. It's very similar and a lot cheaper.

Aura Lemon Drop Body Butter - I won a competition on Instagram and received a gorgeous package of Aura products. I've been using the Lemon Drop Body Butter on my scaly winter skin and it's been working wonders. An added bonus is the gorgeous lemon meringue scent. 

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - It's taken me forever but I've got the hang of applying bronzer and I'm loving the healthy glow it gives me. Honey Bronze in shade 1 is perfect for my pale skin.
 
Max Factor Color Elixir lip pencil in Mauve Moment - This is the exact colour of my lips. 

Real Techniques Foundation Brush - I finally got the hang of using bronzer thanks to this brush. It's perfect.  

ModelCo Magic Makeup Blender - Just as good as the Beauty Blender but a fraction of the price, especially if you pick it up on sale at Woolworth.

MAC Painterly Paint Pot - An oldie but a goodie. This is a great base colour or eye brightener for people with pale skin.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser - This featured in my first Foundation Files post which you can read here. I'm loving this for those days when I want to look fresh but don't have the time to apply proper foundation. I just swipe this on with my fingers and I'm good to go.

Younique Touch Liquid Foundation - This could very well be my holy grail foundation. The coverage is brilliant and it lasts all day.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream -OMG this smells amazing! I'd love a lip balm that smelled the same, it's such a gorgeous scent.

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait - It was love at first application. Hydrating, creamy, opaque colour with one swipe. What's not to love?


Charlotte Tillbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - These are perfection. From the beautiful packaging to the embossed bullet to the product itself, they're just perfection. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Lip Lab is coming to Western Australia!

I'm so excited! The Lip Lab is coming to Perth and Fremantle! They're opening up at the Skindeep Medi-spa in Perth on the 1st of September and a store in Fremantle on the 15th of September.

If you haven't heard of the The Lip Lab, they custom make lipstick and lip gloss. You can get a lip product made exactly how you want it. You choose the colour, finish, flavour, packaging etc. You can also add in sun protection, lip plumpers and anti agers.

I'm planning on making a lipstick and a gloss. I'd like a pinky mauve lipstick in a creme formula and a pinky purple (like MAC Syrup) in a gloss.

Have you been to the Lip Lab? What lip products would you get made?

Monday, 29 August 2016

The Foundation Files - The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation


My neighbour works at The Body Shop and her foundation always looks flawless so naturally I needed the same one. I was colour matched to shade 20 Bali Vanilla.

I've recently realised that the brush has a lot to do with how good a foundation looks, so i experimented with brushes. I tried a duo fibre brush, the Real Techniques Expert Face brush, and a flat topped brush. The duo fibre brush didn't provide enough coverage, the Real Techniques brush made it look too cakey and the flat topped brush was perfect. 

I was happy with the flat top brush until I tried using the ModelCo Magic Makeup Blender, omg, it's amazing. Hello flawless foundation!
Naked face
1 layer
2 layers
On days when I'm in a hurry I'll use the flat topped brush and when I have a bit more time I use the ModelCo sponge. Using the brush I need two layers for good coverage, or one layer with powder over the top works well too. When I use the sponge I only need one layer. 

I really like Fresh Nude foundation but it's not my holy grail. I want to put on a foundation and love it and I don't feel that way. I like it a lot and I'll happily use it but it's not The One. 

Here's what I love about it:
It has a pump top. 
It gives good, medium coverage.  
It lasts throughout the day provided I don't rub my face.  
It has a gorgeous rose scent. The scent fades as soon as it's applied so you don't have to worry about walking around with your face smelling like a rose. 
The price is a very reasonable $36.95.  

This isn't my holy grail foundation but it's pretty awesome.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. We've discovered what's possibly the best coffee ever, Dimattina. If you haven't tried it, you need to!

2. Last week a friend came over with his two daughters, it was lovely. They were so helpful and I really enjoyed having female company. We cooked together then sat around chatting. It made me realise how much I miss female company. I see my female friends regularly but my life is very male dominated as most of my friends and family have boys. It'd be nice if we could add some more girls to the family.  

3. Shelby is 13 weeks old now and the love of my life. I feel like we've finally got the right dog for us, she's the perfect addition to our family.

4. How good is Afterpay? Such a brilliant idea, slightly dangerous too.

5. After three years we finally put up curtains in our living area. It looks so much better and hopefully it'll mean we're a little bit warmer in winter and cooler in summer. 

Friday, 26 August 2016

FFS Friday - Silly things

My asthma has been really bad the last few weeks. FFS.

So bad that I'm struggling to do basic things. FFS.

Thankfully Tiger has been home. Not FFS.

I've been struggling with really silly, everyday things. FFS.

Last Wednesday I couldn't manage to put the umbrella up or down. FFS.

I kid you not. Tiger had to do it for me because I couldn't work it out. FFS.

Thursday I couldn't find Tigers yoghurt at the supermarket. FFS.

I walked up and down the yoghurt section for fifteen minutes and it wasn't there. FFS.

Tiger found it within a minute. FFS.

I've been taking my preventer and reliever but it's just not working. FFS.

I can't go any stronger on the preventer, I'm on the highest dose ones that are available. FFS.

I'm taking my reliever every few hours and yet I still can't breathe. FFS.

It's not a nice feeling. FFS.

Unsurprisingly I waited ages to go to the Dr. FFS.

I don't really see the point. FFS.

The options aren't ones that he or I are happy with. FFS.

He can put me on a pill that might work and is really expensive. FFS.

He can change my preventer to see if I react better to a different type of steroid or I can just ride it out. FFS.
 
It wasn't until I remember that the other option was a dose of steroids that I went to see him. 

Steroids are wonderful, especially when Tiger is away. Not FFS.

They give me so much energy, it's like I'm superwoman. Not FFS. 

I went to see him the day that Tiger went back to work and got myself a dose of steroids. Yay!


The FIL is in hospital again. FFS.


It's times like this that I wish we still lived in the city so that MIL could stay with us and we could go visit him every few days. FFS.


Fingers crossed he gets better and is home again soon. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Foundation Files - Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

First up in the Foundation Files is my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. I haven't been using tinted moisturisers for a while now because they just don't give me the coverage that I want, but Nars tinted moisturiser is the exception. It gives the same coverage as a light foundation, enough to even out my skin tone. It doesn't cover my dark patches, but a layer of powder or concealer sorts them out. 

I use my Nars tinted moisturiser on days when I'm in a hurry (that's pretty much every day). I've tried applying it with a brush or sponge but applying it with my fingers works best. I warm it up between my fingers then rub it all over and I'm done.

Naked face
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
There are twelve shades available, I use Finland which is the lightest shade so I'm not sure how it'd go for people with super pale skin. I'm usually the second or third lightest shade, so I suspect those of you with skin lighter than NC20 wouldn't find a match. 

At $65 it isn't cheap, but in my opinion it's well worth the price.

Monday, 22 August 2016

I chopped my Beauty Blender in half

I've seen heaps of photos where people have chopped their Beauty Blender in half and found all sorts of gross things inside (even bugs, gross!) My Beauty Blender is six years old and very well used. It's all discoloured now and I barely use it any more, so I decided to cut it in half and see what was inside. I was expecting it to be really horrible so was pleasantly surprised to see that it was clean. 


Here's the thing. I never hand washed my Beauty Blender. I'd use it all week and at the end of the week I'd throw it in the washing machine. I put it in a lingerie bag and washed it on the warm or hot cycle with my towels. That's it. 

I think that's the secret to it's longevity, not hand washing means it wasn't roughed up so it lasted for ages. I could have kept on using it, there was nothing wrong with it, I just assumed it'd be gross after so long. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I never thought I'd say this. The weather is starting to warm up and I'm so pleased. This winter has been the coldest winter in over 20 years and our house has been bitterly cold. We have tile floors, no curtains and a small gas heater. With most days 11 to 13 degrees, it's been freezing. I love winter but this one has been way too cold. We've got curtains now so hopefully next winter won't be so cold.

2. I'm on a bit of an equal rights rant at the moment. What's with it being called "helping out" when men do housework? Seriously, wtf? When women do housework it's called housework but when men do it it's helping out? No, it's not helping out! I refuse to let Tiger say he's helping me out, he's not helping out, he's doing his share of the housework.

3. We got a new dishwasher this week. I hadn't realised how loud the old one was. The new one is brilliant, it's so quiet I don't even know when it's on and the dishes come out dry instead of wet.

4. We also got a wet and dry vacuum, how good are they? If you don't have one, you need one!

5. It's a bit sad how much I get excited by new household items.

Friday, 19 August 2016

FFS Friday - Ranty Pants

Hello Friday! How are we all? Had a good week? Our week has been pretty good. I have nothing remarkable to report. Nothing to complain about? How is that possible? Clearly I haven't been paying enough attention.

So. I've been noticing a lot lately the inconsistency between genders and it's really irritating me. What irritates me more though is how we as a society accept those inconsistencies. Whilst we accept them things won't change!

Here's an example. A woman works full time, does most of the housework, looks after her child/children and is criticised for not putting her family first. She's expected to be at all the school events, Dr's apts etc as well as working full time.
A man works full time, is praised for supporting his family, does very little housework and isn't expected to be at any events because he's at work.
Hypocritical much? How is that fair?

And what about the bad rap that stay at home Dads get? I went to Rhyme Time with a stay at home Dad. The other Mums wouldn't talk to him. I kid you not. He was a lovely man and a great parent. He faced the same issues that I did as a stay at home Mum, but he had the added weight of judgement from other people. He constantly got questions about why he didn't work and jokes about being inferior because his wife was the main income earner. He handled those questions gracefully. The truth was that his earning potential was equal to hers but they'd made the decision that they'd both grow their careers. He worked full time whilst his wife was pregnant and up until their child was one, then she returned to work and he took over the parenting duties. That way neither of their careers suffered. Clever. 

When you see a man at the park with his kids everyone smiles and comments about what a great Dad he is. You see a woman at the park with her kids, why don't people say she's a great Mum? She's doing the same thing the Dad is. 

I was talking to a friend the other day about kids with separation anxiety. He's of the opinion that it's usually the Mum's fault. Really? What about the Dad? Does he play any role? The sooner we realise that men are as much a role model for their children the better. Kids look to their Dads as much as they look to their Mums, maybe even a little bit more. 

Also, what about housework? When a woman does housework it's not even commented on. When a man "helps around the house" he's a hero. Helps around the house?! WTF? He's not helping around the house, he lives there too and makes as much mess (if not more) than the woman. He's pulling his weight and looking after the home that he lives in, not helping!

I growled at Tiger on Wednesday night. I was making tea and asked him to do part of it. He replied with "Sure babe, I'll give you a hand". To which I replied "No, you're not giving me a hand. I'm only making tea because you want it, the boys and I don't eat meat!"
Seriously, making tea together isn't helping out, it's making tea!

Because I have two boys I'm becoming more and more conscious of gender roles. I don't want to raise boys who don't do housework and can't look after themselves.

Things can change, but only if we make them.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

New favourite lip balms - Pulling out the big guns

Recently I had an allergic reaction to a lip balm that I was using. My lips were red raw with sore patches and my usual healing balms weren't working. I usually turn to Carmex or Burt's Bees to heal dry lips, but my allergy sore lips couldn't handle the sting. 

I was stumped and had no idea what to use, so I turned to my small (haha, just kidding) collection of lip balms and pulled out a few to try. I tried and rejected about five then found three that worked wonders.


The three wonder balms are:
Dermal Therapy Lip Balm
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres
Clinique Superbalm.

Dermal Therapy was the first one I used. It promises visible results in one day and it delivers. I used it constantly throughout the day and by the end of the day my lips were looking and feeling a lot better. After three days of use my lips were nearly back to normal.

At night I used the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres. It's a barrier repair balm which is exactly what my lips needed. I slathered on a thick layer each night and woke to soft, hydrated lips. 

Once I'd healed my lips I didn't want to use my usual flavoured balms so I pulled out my Clinique Superbalm. It's fragrance free, glossy and very hydrating, exactly what I needed.

Three weeks later I'm still in love with all these balms, they are the only balms I have on rotation at the moment. 

What's your go to healing lip balm?