Sunday, 17 December 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. The new Vaseline Pink Bubbly lip balm is very, very similar to the By Terry lip balm. If you like By Terry's balm, get yourself a few of the Pink Bubbly balms whilst you can.

2. Hubby has got into BitCoin. He's all excited. I'm skeptical. Time will tell.

3. Makeup Forever is now stocked at Adore Beauty!!!!!

4. I went to Priceline to check out the Gigi Hadid for Maybelline products and was underwhelmed. Whilst the packaging is pretty, it's still just Maybelline.

5. The school year is officially over. Thank f@#k for that. 

6. Should I get a smart watch? My Fitbit band broke and I'm too stingy to pay for a new band. I'm wondering if it's worth getting a smart watch. My cousin has one and says it's brilliant. Hmmm.

Friday, 15 December 2017

FFS Friday - Thank you

So. I've often wondered if my FFS posts are oversharing, making me sound crazy (I am), not funny or just a waste of time. I've mentioned this before. However, this week I got a beautiful email from a reader telling me that these posts helped her and I'm so very pleased. It's given me the courage to continue. I shall continue with my crazy oversharing, I shall continue with FFS Friday and I shall continue speaking my truth.

It's come to my attention that I'm just not enjoying motherhood lately. I'm over it. I'd like a week off from being a Mum, I just want to be me for a week. I want to wear nice clothes, use a handbag that isn't cross body, shop in peace, watch adult shows and just do whatever the hell I want.

On the other hand, I have a panic attack when I think about when the kids aren't here anymore. What the hell am I going to do? I don't have a career down here (my job can only be done in Perth or other capital cities) and I have no idea what I want to do. Crap. 

Meanwhile my boys are sitting here trying to figure out how to spell piss. Lovely. 

Motherhood is so glamorous.

Chai is still at cling factor 10. It's driving me nuts. Eljay thinks that following me around is what you do, because that's what Chai does all the time.

Saturday morning, by 8am, I'd tripped over them both at least ten times because they were trailing around after me. In desperation I came up with a game. I told them they were spies and they had to follow me around without me seeing them. Heh. They loved it and I did too because they weren't under my feet anymore. I'd see them creeping past the door giggling, or pretending to be invisible, it was very funny.

Despite that, Chai was still totally off. None of his sensory activities worked and he was so out of sorts. Sunday I found out why. One of his back molars is coming through.

The poor guy. No wonder he's all out of whack, it must be so painful. 

I have no idea how parents with special needs kids cope. Chai's needs are pretty low compared to other kids and yet I struggle. 

Motherhood wasn't supposed to be like this.

I suspect that most mothers struggle, yet they don't talk about it. 

A few weeks ago I was talking to another Mum about our kids sleeping (or lack of sleeping). When I told her that the boys sleep with us she let out a huge breath of relief and said she was so glad I'd been honest about the boys sleeping with us because all her friends say that their kids don't sleep with them and she felt like something was wrong with her and her kids. 

There's so much pressure on parents, why make them feel worse about where their kids sleep? As long as everyone is sleeping, who cares where it is? And why can't we be honest about it?

I'm not going to lie, if people can't handle my truth, that's neither my concern or my business.

Honesty people.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Updated Burt's Bees Lipstick review

Back in 2016 I wrote a review of the newly released Burt's Bees lipsticks. I'd used them for a few months and loved them. Since then a few things have changed, so I've updated my review.

As a huge fan of Burt's Bees products I was so excited when they announced they were releasing a lipstick range, I stalked their site daily waiting for them to become available. When they were I bought one straight away and then bought another one when I found them at Priceline. There are 14 shades available. Priceline only has 12 of the shades, David Jones carry the full range.

I purchased two shades, Blush Basin a lovely pinky nude and Lily Lake which is a mauve pink. The packaging is gorgeous and made of recyclable packaging.

Burt's Bees says: Intense colour meets conditioning 8-hour moisture. Full-coverage, vibrant colour in 14 shades made with 100% naturally moisturising ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to help soften and condition your lips all day long. Smooth satin finish doesn't dry out lips. Helps to hydrate and moisturise lips leaving them feeling soft and smooth. Features naturally moisturising ingredients such as beeswax, moringa oil, raspberry seed oil and vitamin e.

Both lipsticks feel very balm like, I forget I'm wearing lipstick and feel like I'm wearing a balm. I don't find them to be particularly long lasting, I get about two hours wear before I need to reapply. I'd guess that the darker shades would last longer. There is a very light fragrance and no flavour.

One criticism I have is that the lipstick doesn't wind the whole way down into the tube. It was only a matter of time until I nicked the top of the lipstick.

Blush Basin on top, Lily Lake on the bottom
Blush Basin

Lily Lake

The photo below shows what happened to Lily Lake after about six months. I have no idea what the lumps are. They were hard, didn't dissolve and didn't have any colour in them. When I put the lipstick on you could see where the lumps had been as those parts of my lips had no colour on them.

At first I thought it might be shea butter, but they appeared in summer and didn't dissolve when the lipstick was warm. 

I posted the photo below on Instagram and several people said that the same thing had happened to their Burt's Bees lipstick too.

Poor Lily Lake ended up in the bin. A few months later the same thing happened to Blush Basin, so it ended up in the bin too.

Whilst I did initially love my Burt's Bees lipsticks, I won't repurchase because of the weird lumpy thing that happens with them. 

Ingredients: diheptyl succinate, castor seed oil, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, beeswax, candelilla cera (candelilla) wax, sunflower seed oil, behenyl alcohol, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, C12-18 acid triglyceride, lanolin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, cera carnauba carnauba) wax, moringa oleifera seed oil, raspberry seed oil, sorbitan, tristearate, glyceryl caprylate, aroma, tocopherol, soybean oil, lauroyl lysine, citric acid, linalool. 
May contain: mica, titanium dioxide, carmine, iron oxides

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. We've finally made some plans to fix up our garden and I'm so excited. I can't wait for it all to start taking shape. It'll be so nice having a garden that I want to be in instead of an ugly space that I don't even want to look at. 

2. The part I'm most excited about is....we're going to build a vertical garden on our back fence. I plan to grow succulents and herbs.

3. Stila's Aqua Glow Serum Foundation is beautiful. I got a sample from Mecca and loved it so much that I bought the full size, even though I don't need another foundation.

4. My cousin has got 3000 palettes to get rid of so I've been trawling the internet for things you can build with palettes. There are so many great ideas! We'll use some for the vertical garden and I'm trying to convince Tiger to use some to make us a headboard. If only I was good at woodwork I'd do it myself, but alas I am terrible.

5. Same sex marriage is now legal. What a historic event for Australia. I wasn't expecting it to get through so I'm very happy that it did. I'm pretty disgusted that some pollies abstained from voting.

Friday, 8 December 2017

FFS Friday - I'm on fire

Tiger had to go back to work early again. FFS.

I really don't like it when he does long swings. The time he's away already feels like a lifetime, having him away longer makes it feel like two lifetimes.

The boys have been really struggling with him being away lately. No matter what I do I struggle to cheer them up, it's heartbreaking and really, really frustrating.

Poor Chai spent all of fly out day sobbing, trying not to cry and following me around. 

I have no idea what to say to him when he's like that. Distraction doesn't work, he's too upset to go to the park or to a friends house, so we just stay home and I hold him until he feels better. By the end of the day we are both drained.

FIFO sucks.

Next year should be easier because Chai will be at school again, hopefully.

We find out next Friday what teacher he'll get. Smart move by the school. They're releasing the class lists at 4pm Friday, which means you won't be able to enter into any discussions with them until next year.

It means I'll either spend the whole school holidays hopeful or worried. 

We're at the point where if he doesn't get a good teacher I'll just home school until we can get into the free range school. 

The free range school is beautiful. The setting is lovely, the students seemed really nice and the teachers were lovely. I have everything crossed that they'll find a position for my boys.

 I'm not above pleading my case, it truly would be the perfect school for the boys. 

What's with companies that don't offer free shipping? I find it so frustrating! Especially when you're spending hundreds of dollars.

A few days ago I went to place our WelleCo order. They normally have free shipping when you spend over $200. I was spending $229 and the shipping charge was $44! WTF?

I emailed them to see if there was a system error and they told me that they don't offer free shipping anymore. Seriously.

They were really nice and offered to give me the number for their Perth store so that I could have it shipped from there as that would be cheaper.

I have to wonder why a Perth based company ships from NSW, makes no sense to me.

The next day I got their newsletter with a free shipping code in it. 

You'd think they could have told me that! 

Not a good way to keep your customers loyal WelleCo.

Next time I'll just order from Nourished Life, they have free shipping for all orders. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

MAC Syrup Lipstick

If I could only use one MAC product for the rest of my life it'd be their Lustre lipstick in Syrup. It's one of the few lipsticks that I've used up and it's one of two lipsticks that I've repurchased. I'm onto my third tube and it's still one of my most used lip products.

MAC describe Syrup as a cloudy pink. I'd call it a mauvey pink which on me is a shade darker than my normal lip colour. If you have pigmented lips, Syrup is the perfect everyday lip colour.

Lustre lipsticks have sheer to medium buildable coverage and a glossy finish. I find the lustre formula to be moisturising enough that I don't need to use lip balm underneath (unless my lips are really dry, in which case I'd be using lip balm instead of lipstick) and I love the vanilla fragrance.

Syrup is right up there with my all time favourite lipsticks, it's so easy to wear and the colour is beautiful.
What's your favourite lipstick?

Monday, 4 December 2017

What's in my travel make-up bag

With holidays just around the corner I thought I'd share with you the products that I carry in my travel make-up bag. I keep these products packed so that if we have to go away I just grab the bag and I'm done. I started doing this when my FIL was sick and we often had to leave at a moment's notice. Over the years I've pared things down and only take products that I'll use.

It's tempting to take a huge range of products, but I've realised that I never use them and they just take up unnecessary space in my suitcase.

On holidays I'm all about effortless beauty. I want to look put together without looking like I'm wearing a tonne of make-up. I also don't want to spend ages getting ready every morning.

Here's what I take:

Dior Skinflash
I use this as both a highlighter and concealer. It gives just enough coverage to lighten up my under eye area. It also works well as an inner eye highlight.
Stila Evangeline Color Balm lipstick
On me this is the perfect mlbb colour. It lasts around six hours before I need to reapply and it has the hydration level of a lip balm.
Stila Indigo Stay All Day liquid eyeliner
I usually keep my eyes fairly nude, so a pop of bright eyeliner livens things up.
Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes
This palette is ideal for travel. It has a great range of colours and I can create most of the eye looks that I want to with it. Plus it's small so doesn't take up much room.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC
I love CC's, they give great coverage and feel light on my skin. The Clinique version is lovely, it gives light, buildable coverage. A light dusting of powder over the top and I'm good to go. 

ModelCo Instant Brows
Last trip I realised that I hadn't packed a brow product so picked up Instant Brows for half price at the supermarket. What a find. It's easily as good as the MAC and Shu pencils that I normally use, but half the price. The spoolie brush on the end makes it the only brow product I need.

Nude by Nature powder
Whilst this can be used alone as a foundation, I like to use it over the top of my CC. Together they give me a flawless, long lasting base.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette
This is my finishing touch. I use the first shade as an all over powder, the middle shade as a highlighter and the end shade as a light bronzer. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara
Waterproof mascara is a must have on holidays!

Chantecaille Shy Cheek Creme
Whilst this is a cream blush it also works well as a light lip tint. It's easily one of the nicest cream blushes I've ever used and lasts all day without fading or shifting. 

Bare Minerals Elegant Taupe cream eye shadow
For budge proof, waterproof shadow look no further. It doesn't crease, fade or smudge, it stays put all day. 
What do you pack in your travel make-up bag?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. This year I tried bullet journaling. Whilst I liked it, I ultimately gave it up because I couldn't find a way to record my future appointments that worked for me. It all seemed to messy and all over the place. A few weeks ago I discovered Bullet Planner who do a range of bullet journal inspired planners. Mine arrived last week and I love it! 

2. It's our seventh wedding anniversary tomorrow. Tiger messed up his wedding vows and took me to be his awfully wedded wife. I'm never going to let him forget that one. 

3. We visited the free range school this week. It's the perfect school. Unfortunately they don't have any positions for next year so we have to go on a waiting list. Boo to that. 

4. Burt's Bees have released two new lip balms. Do you think I can find them anywhere locally? No!

5. I had my first ever mani/pedi this week. It was strange but fun. I'm not used to people touching me like that (other than hubby and the kids).

Friday, 1 December 2017

FFS Friday - Fun

You know when you have a good idea that turns out not to be a good idea? I had one of those a few weeks ago.

I bought the boys a Kiddie Kutter knife each. They are special, kid safe knives that they can't cut themselves with.

The idea was that they'd be able to help with meal prep and use it to cut their meals up.

Silly me.

The boys decided their new knives were awesome and could be used for all manner of fun things like:
cutting up our furniture, stabbing balls, attacking the plants, cutting the lawn, sawing up toilet rolls, threatening to stab each other, hunting zombies, carrying around everywhere (to the park, supermarket etc), poking holes in fruit, "accidentally" making holes in their clothes etc.

I've been parenting for 6 1/2 years, I should have known this would happen. Rookie mistake. 

Ah well. I've now implemented knife handling rules and I inspect them before we go out to make sure they have no knives concealed on their person. Despite this there have been several occasions when they've managed to smuggle the knives out of the house and have proudly produced them at the most opportune moments such as at the bank, when playing with little kids at the park, etc.

Boys. They're so much fun.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

November Empties

I finished a blush, a lip balm and a perfume this month! WooHoo! As nice as it is to finish products, I was sad to finish my Mulberry Lanolips as it's no longer available. Oh well.

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel
Unfortunately Blueberry is no longer available, but knowing The Body Shop they'll bring it back eventually. When they do, grab lots cause it's a gorgeous fragrance. 

Lanolips Mulberry 101 Ointment
For Christmas 2015 Lanolips released the beautiful Mulberry lip balma. It was the perfect sheer berry balm. I've been hoping they'll release it again, but no luck so far. I live in hope. 

Vapour Organics Concealer
As I slowly replace my beauty products for natural and organic make-up, I'm trying as many samples as I can. This Vapour Organics concealer was beautiful under my eyes, it stayed in place all day and didn't crease. I'm using the Inikia concealer at the moment and will purchase this when the Inika is empty.

The Body Shop French Grape Seed Body Scrub
I don't normally find the body shop scrubs scrubby enough for me, but this one was great. If I wasn't devoted to my It's The Bomb scrubs I'd definitely purchase. 

Alcome Co Bearly There Deodorant
I now have a lovely selection of natural deodorants that actually work. The Alcome Co deodorant is beautiful, it's soft, soothing on sensitive skin and keeps me smelling nice all day. You can read my full review here.

Palmer's Creamy Cleanser and Make-up Remover
I love these little tubes of cleanser for when I'm travelling. The creamy cleanser is gentle on my skin, doesn't irritate my eyes and easily removes my make-up. 

It's The Bomb Body Scrub
The only body scrub I use now is my It's The Bomb scrub. It has the perfect amount of scrubbiness, it smells beautiful and it's made locally. Perfect. I already have another tub on the go.

Hylamide Sub Q Anti-Age
I'm not convinced this did anything for my skin. I used the whole bottle and didn't notice any changes. I stopped using it a week ago so am waiting to see if I notice any decline in my skin condition, but so far there's no difference, which confirms that it did nothing for me. I'll be going back to my Skinstitut combo of Vitamin C powder and Even Blend serum. 

Becca Watermelon Beach Tint
At first I had a love hate relationship with Becca's Beach Tints, but now it's all love. I used this on both my lips and cheeks, it's a very light, waterproof tint that stays put all day. When I get through a few more blushes this will be a definite repurchase.

Skin Again AHA Exfoliating Cleanser
On the mornings when my skin is feeling rough, this is my go to cleanser. I need to order some more. 

Cancer Council Sensitive Sunscreen
We liked this, it didn't irritate our sensitive skin. Not much else to say about it really. 

Original Source Green Banana and Bamboo Milk Shower Gel
We always have a few Original Source shower gels floating around, they're natural, gentle enough to use on the kids skin and the fragrances are beautiful. 

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboose Glycolic Night Serum
Out of the four Drunk Elephant products I tried, Glycolic Night Serum is the only one I rate. I applied it at night an it made my skin feel lovely and soft the morning. I won't purchase it because I don't think it's worth the try, there are plenty of glycolic products available for less than half the price.  

L'Occitane Rose Perfume
I love a good rose perfume.

I've been concentrating on finishing my pile of samples. I'm sure they regenerate overnight, just when I think I've used them all new ones appear. 

These were all okay samples. The one that gets an honourable mention is the SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask. I was hoping not to like this but it's amazing. At $200 for six masks it's way out of my budget so unfortunately I won't be purchasing.

Monday, 27 November 2017

My favourite beauty books

I love a good beauty book. I've been collecting them since I was in my 20's. I remember buying Cindy Crawford's Basic Face book and studying it for hours. Even though it's now 26 years old, the information and looks are still relevant.

The next book I bought was Makeup The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris. Her work is amazing, the photography is beautiful and I love the way she breaks each look into simple steps. 

The book that totally changed my skin was The Skin Type Solution by Dr Leslie Baumann. I'd thought that I had oily skin, but it turns out my skin was dry. Once I started using the right products for my skin type my skin was transformed. If you're struggling with you skin I highly recommend this book. 

Amazing Face and the more recent Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster are brilliant books that cover everything from skin care to make-up. They're great for the novice to someone who's been into beauty for years. As Zoe is Australian it's full of information that is relevant to us, which is great.

No beauty book collection is complete without a book by Scott Barnes. The man is amazing. Amazing Face is full of beautiful looks that are easy to recreate at home. There are photos and explanations for each stage and looks for all ages and occasions. 

Pout Perfect was written by a gorgeous Aussie blogger Yishan Chan. It is a great guide for the makeup beginner and covers all areas of lip care, creating a lip wardrobe, lipstick application and so on. 

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes is a wonderful guide to all things beauty. She talks about beauty treatments, beauty when you're ill, wig selection, finding your signature scent, choosing foundation and all manner of other beauty areas. She is based in the UK so this would be better suited for people living there.

The last of my favourite books is one that I recently got from the library and will be purchasing soon. Skin Deep by Bee Shapiro is all about the beauty routines of well known people. If you're a sticky beak like me and love peeking into people's makeup and skincare, this is the book for you. 

What are your favourite beauty books?

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. They're dropping like flies in Hollywood at the moment. I'd like the same thing to happen across the board. Sexual harassment is not okay and perpetrators should face the consequences of their actions. 

2. Victim blaming needs to stop too. No-one asks for or deserves sexual harassment. Regardless of what they're wearing, the location they are in, etc. No, just no. Blame the perpetrator not the victim.

3. A few days ago I put all my make-up and lip balms into a big tub. I'd had things stashed all over. Now they're all in one tub I can see exactly what I've got and work on using things up. That's my focus going forward. Getting rid of products I don't love and using the ones I do love. 

4. Who shopped the Black Friday sales? I didn't. 

5. Becca's Under Eye Brightening Corrector may be my new holy grail concealer. It's early days but so far I'd say it's equally as good as my all time favourite Bobbi Brown Corrector. 

Friday, 24 November 2017

FFS Friday - Okay

Turns out sending Chai back to school was a huge mistake.

Last Thursday he told me he was going to school all day Friday. Friday morning he woke up with sensory issues. His clothes were uncomfortable, everything irritated him and he wasn't happy. 

He decided that he wasn't going to school, he wanted to go to breakfast club then come home. It took him half an hour to get dressed because all his clothes irritated him. He tried on about ten tops before one was okay. I gave him the option of staying home but he wanted to go to breakfast club.

We went to breakfast club and when it was time to go to his classroom he wanted to go home. We spoke to his teacher who couldn't convince him to stay. When she tried he got really upset and started crying. We saw the deputy on the way out who also tried to convince him to stay. He wasn't having a bar of it.

He was off all day and at cling factor ten. It was a long, tough day.

If I thought Friday was bad, Saturday was worse. He was back to the old Chai that I had when he was going to school full time. I swear the day felt like it was 300 hours long. 

By 8am I was over it and ready to walk out. We'd been awake for two hours.

By 9am I was considering having a drink, which is saying something considering I rarely drink. 

The day was long and never ending, filled with tears, tantrums, fights, etc. Nothing I did helped. 

That evening I told Chai he wouldn't be going back to school. He still wants to go next year. I'm not optimistic about it.

It's been a week and his behaviour is only just starting to calm down. His anxiety is through the roof and I have no idea how to help him. 

Until yesterday he wouldn't even be out of my line of sight due to his anxiety. The poor little man. It's been tough for both of us.

I'm at my wits end and wondering if he needs to be medicated. I'm anti medication. Very anti medication. It seems silly to medicate him so that he can go to school, when I can homeschool which would then negate the need for medication. 

I refuse to medicate him to conform to a flawed schooling system. If it's a choice of medication or home schooling then I'll choose home schooling. I know there are children who need medication and I don't have a problem with that, however I don't think Chai is one of those children as his issues are all caused by school. 

We have a psychiatrist appointment next week and we're going to see the free range school. I'm told it's impossible to get into the free range school, but it's worth a try.

I just want my boy to be okay. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

What's in my Summer make-up bag

Last month I posted about what was in my Spring make-up bag but since we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer, I've changed up my products and swapped to summer appropriate beauty. I like to keep things simple in summer. No point wearing lots of products that will melt off in a few hours.

My favourite summer foundation is MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof. Even on the most humid of days it stays put and looks flawless at the end of the day.

On days when I want less coverage I use It Cosmetics CC+. It has an SPF of 50 making it ideal for summer, although I still wear sunscreen underneath. I'll add a dusting of my Maybelline Superstay Waterproof powder and I'm good to go.

My summer lip and cheek tint is all thanks to Benefit. When I took this photo I was also using Becca Watermelon Beach Tint but I've finished it now, so I'll be using Benetint and hopefully finishing it by the end of summer. I love that it can be used on cheeks and lips. 

I keep my eye make-up simple in the warm weather. I wear a light wash of The Body Shop Cypress Bronze Eye Colour Stick or no eye shadow and a bright eyeliner. If you have yet to try Eye of Horus eyeliners, they're amazing. It was love at first use. They're ultra pigmented and stay put all day. 

Red and bright pink colours will be on my lips thanks to Nars Dragon Girl and Bite Beauty Amarone. 

My mascara of choice is Too Faced Better Than Sex. If it came in brown it'd be perfect. Since it doesn't I make do with black. I use the regular and waterproof versions. 

The RMS kit and Jane Iredale Just Kissed lip and cheek tint go into my handbag for touchups on the go.

What's in your summer make-up bag?

Monday, 20 November 2017

The Spring and Summer foundation edit

Whilst it's officially Spring in Australia, mother nature seems to think it's Summer, we've gone from cold winter straight to hot summer. One week it was 13, the next week it was 31. I had to hastily sort through my collection and pull out all my warm weather make-up.

Over the next few weeks I'll be showing the products I'm using in Spring and Summer. I've already shared my Spring make-up bag contents, today I'm talking foundations, next up will be lip products. 

Maybelline Superstay 24H Waterproof powder 
I can't say if this is actually waterproof, however it is a lovely, fine milled powder. I use it to set my make-up and when I need a bit of extra coverage to hide uneven skin tone.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof foundation
If you live in a hot, humid environment and want a full coverage foundation, Pro Longwear will be your bff. I wore this in the Bali humidity and it didn't budge all day or night. Any foundation that can survive a Bali summer is miraculous. Paired with a bright lip I looked like I'd made way more effort that I actually did. Pro Longwear is my special occasion foundation.

It Cosmetics CC+
The hype is true, CC+ is the best. Often when a product is so hyped I'm disappointed, but the It Cosmetics CC+ lives up to all the hype, it's amazing. It gives medium, natural looking coverage. I'd say it's more like a foundation that a CC. The SPF of 50+ just tops off the perfection. If you are yet to try CC+, what are you waiting for? I get mine from Beautylish, even with the exchange rate it's still cheaper than Sephora Australia.

It Cosmetics CC+ Illuminating
After loving the regular CC+ I decided to try the Illuminating version. It's equally as good. The illumination is subtle, non glittery and makes my skin look lit from within. I can see this being a regular in my winter routine when my skin usually looks a little dull.

L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying foundation
Lightweight, natural looking full coverage foundations are difficult to find, however L'Oreal really nailed it with this one. If long lasting, flawless, matte coverage is what you need, this is the foundation for you. Infallible is my every day foundation, I alternate between this and CC+. 

What are your favourite Spring and Summer foundations?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. The marriage equality plebiscite results are in and the majority vote is yes. I'd love to be excited but it still has to go through parliament. I'm annoyed that the government didn't make the decision themselves instead of wasting millions of dollars. Now that they know what the public wants, I'm still sceptical that it'll get through parliament. 

2. Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum lip balms are available at Target! Finally! There are only four of them but at least we have them here.

3. Lanolips have a new coconut 101 ointment and hand cream. I need them both.

4. We've decided to do up our garden. I want to make the back yard a pleasant space, which it isn't at the moment. Unless we spend a fortune on water our lawn just won't grow, so I'm investigating lawn free options. Mum suggested ground cover.

5. If you're on the hunt for a new sunscreen, Natio's Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 50+ is good.

Friday, 17 November 2017

FFS Friday - Maybe

This week Chai went back to school. I sent him despite my soul screaming at me not to send him back. Sunday night I couldn't sleep because I didn't want to send him back to school.

Monday morning went okay. I was on the school grounds with Eljay and Tiger, so the deputy popped in to see me and told me that she'd been in Chai's classroom, that the teacher had been giving him appropriate breaks but he'd refused to use his wobble cushion or take his shoes off. She said his behaviour was up and down and that if he wasn't using the sensory tools they offered him then there wasn't much they could do.


He's been traumatised by his teacher, he's back in class with the same teacher, he's had about nine weeks off school, he's extremely anxious about school and they're expecting everything to go perfectly on his first day back.


Now maybe I'm ultra sensitive when it comes to Chai, but really? WTF is wrong with the school? Is it me or them? I just don't understand how they think the way they do.

It's the little things that get to me. For example. Last Friday I took Chai to school for the last ten minutes, just to break the water and see all his friends. The deputy came to the classroom with us and when we got to the door of his room Chai sat down on the bench and didn't want to go in. The deputy and I were trying to convince him to go in when the deputy said to him "But you have to go to school." To which Chai replied "No I don't, I like doing school at home". Heh, that's my boy.

He doesn't have to go to school. If it's not working for him he won't go to school.

Just because he's a child doesn't mean that anyone has the right to dominate him or force him to do things. If it's not okay to treat an adult like that then it's not okay for a child either. 

Imagine dealing with indignities on a daily basis. Monday Chai needed to go to the toilet during class. He asked his teacher and she said no. I kid you not. Can you imagine that happening to an adult? Imagine if you were at work and had to ask to go to the toilet. That in itself would be bad enough, but what if your boss said no? How ridiculous. Yet we think treating children like that is acceptable. 

None of the children are allowed to go to the toilet during sports. Busting or not, they can't go. One girl wet her pants because of that. 

Children who need to go to the toilet too frequently during class time are required to give one of their reward things to the teacher. The adult equivalent of that would be paying $5 to your boss every time you needed to use the toilet. Not okay. Maybe society in general thinks treating children like that is okay, but I don't.

I know my views are not the norm and I'm okay with that. This is why I struggle with the school system. Really struggle. It's just not right. Especially not for sensitive souls like Chai. He just doesn't cope. He shouldn't be forced to cope. He will not be forced to cope.

Wednesday he was excited about going to school and wanted to leave the house at 8am. As we were walking into the school he asked me why he has to go to school. I told him he doesn't have to go to school but that he goes because he wants to see his friends.

When we got to the classroom and he saw what was on the agenda for the day he decided to stay until the end of lunchtime. Winning. Maybe school will work out for him. Maybe it won't. As long as he's happy I'm happy. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Interview with Kelly the founder of Lip Lip lip balms

Recently I wrote about a gorgeous new range of lip balms that I discovered on Instagram, today I have an interview with Kelly, the founder of Lip Lip lip balms.

I'm assuming you are a fellow lip balm addict?

Absolutely - I never really got into lipsticks (they always seemed a little too grown up for me) and lip balms are so much better for your lips than lipsticks as well! Plus they come in so many awesome flavours - how could you not be in love with lip balms!!

What started your love affair with lip balm?
I've been using lip balms for as long as I can remember (back when Strawberry Chapstick was about as fancy as you could get). Then when brands started introducing different sheens and nicer flavours it only increased my love!

Why did you decide to start your own range?
My children sort of got me into this one - my kids have eczema and react to EVERYTHING including lip balms, which upset my daughters who wanted to copy everything that I was doing including using lip balm.
So I started making my own completely free from harsh petrochemicals, harsh preservatives, synthetic colours etc and it all kind of snowballed from there and before I knew it Lip Lip was born. The name came about because that's what my kids would call lip balm - I think it must be easier to say Lip Lip rather than lip balm - my 2 year old walks around saying 'Lip Lip' all day long - it's really quite sweet - well for the first hour anyway!

How did you come up with the perfect formula? Did it take long?

Oh gosh it took forever! There was so many wrong batches and nearly there batches - too hard, too soft, too everything etc. My poor friends who are the guinea pigs of Lip Lip must have thought I was crazy!

We believe in keeping it pure, natural and simple so it's all about the way the ingredients work together and how they react with your lips. It was important for us that all the ingredients are not only organic or naturally derived but nourishing for your skin as well. We work together with our suppliers to ensure that we get only the highest quality, certified organic ingredients to use in our products.

What was the most difficult part of starting your range?

Finding the courage. It's really scary putting yourself out there to be judged. Especially when it's something that you truly believe in, that you feel can help people and that you've put your heart and soul into. Every time I send a Lip Lip package off I still get nervous!!

You work together with One Tree Planted - Tell us more about this?

Yes - we wanted to give something back to the world that our children will be growing up in. We chose to focus on reforestation - no small feat I can assure you! So we're really proud of the fact that for EVERY lip balm purchased we plant a tree! It's actually really cool letting people know how many trees they've planted with their purchase - I love it!

Where can we buy your beautiful products?

Our complete range is at

What's next for Lip Lip Lip Balms?
Shhh...Just between us we're about to launch a summer line featuring 4 gorgeous new summery flavours - I'm a bit excited about these ones as they're sooo delicious and the flavours completely sum up life at summer time. So make sure you keep a look out on Instagram and Facebook for the sneak peeks!

Anything new or exciting that you want to tell us about?

Keep a look out on our social media as we'll be running a few give-aways coming up to Christmas!! 

Thanks so much Kelly, I can't wait to try the summer balms :)

Monday, 13 November 2017

Frank Body Send Nudes Lip and Cheek Tint

Every now and again I buy a product and fall in love the first time I use it. It's that wonderful feeling when I know I've found the perfect product and I want to shout it from the rooftop. It doesn't happen often but when it does it's amazing. 

That is exactly what happened when I tried the new Frank Body Send Nudes Lip and Cheek Tint. It's perfection in a tube.

Often lip products labelled as nude are too brown or too warm for me, however the Frank Body nude balm is gorgeous. It's a medium sheer mauvey pink, almost the exact colour of my lips. 

Aside from the gorgeous colour and super hydration, what makes this balm perfect is the flavour. It has a slight, sweet coffee flavour that is amazing. I wish all lip products were flavoured, it makes them so much nicer to use. 

The combination of colour, hydration and flavour is why I'm calling this one of my all time favourite lip balms. I love it so much that I'm seriously considering buying one or two back ups so that I'm never without this in my collection. 

The fact that it also works as a sheer blush and eye shadow is an added bonus. I've tried using it as both and it works well. It gives a very light flush of glowy colour on my cheeks and the same on my eyes. 

I purchased my balm from the Frank Body website in the trio set which costs $29.95 with free shipping. It can also be purchased individually for $11.95. 


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Thoughts of the week

1. Chai starts back at school tomorrow. We are all nervous. He's only going for a few hours three times a week to see how it goes. 

2. We seem to have skipped Spring this year and gone straight from Winter to Summer. So far I am not coping well.

3. I've decided to make the transition to mainly natural, cruelty free beauty products. I'll use up what I have and when products need replacing I'll purchase a natural or cruelty free version.

4. We went away for a few days this week and it was lovely. We haven't had a relaxing getaway for years. Usually if we go away for a few days we go to the city which is anything but relaxing. I'd forgotten how wonderful relaxing getaways can be.

5. Who's done their Christmas shopping? I haven't.

Friday, 10 November 2017

FFS Friday - Monster

There are times Eljay is a little monster. Other times he's a gorgeous little monkey.

The last few weeks he's been a particularly bad monster. FFS.

He regularly tells Chai that he hates him and me that he doesn't like me, but this week he decided to up the ante and tell me that he wishes I wasn't alive. He then went on to say he wishes I hadn't been born and that he only wants Daddy not me. 

To make things worse, we were at the shopping centre when he said it. 

I have no idea where he gets it from. Tiger, Chai and I don't talk like that. How he thinks of such awful things to say I have no idea. 

Whilst I know that he doesn't have any idea what he's really saying, hearing your child say such awful, hurtful things is not nice.

Worse, I have no idea how to stop him. I've explained to him how words are hurtful, we've read books about it etc yet he still continues. 

We talk about kindness, about how being nasty doesn't make us feel happy etc. 

I'm now throwing out one of his toys each time he says something awful. Let's hope that works. If it doesn't I have no idea what I'm going to do. I may have to rehome him.

Send help. And chocolate. And coffee. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Lip Lip Lip Balms

I've gone off social media lately, it's making me disillusioned. The one social media site I use regularly now is Instagram. Despite how they've messed it up with their silly algorithm and not showing posts in chronological order, I still manage to find great new Aussie brands. The latest brand I've discovered is Lip Lip, who make a beautiful range of organic lip balms.

A few factors make Lip Lip balms special. Firstly, you can choose your flavour and tint. Secondly, for every balm you purchase they plant a tree. How awesome is that!

There are eight flavours and four finishes available. I chose the Ruby Rose tint for my Blueberry balm and Pink Lemonade finish for the Raspberry balm. Each balm costs $8.95 with free shipping in Australia.

I find the balms to be lightweight, hdyrating and pleasant to use.  They feel light and creamy. I need to reapply every two hours. The oval tube is the perfect fit for a pocket (which is how I carry my balms around, in my back pocket).

The tints are sheer so look like my natural lips, but tinted enough to subtly brighten my face.

Lip Lip lip balms are made in Australia from natural, organic, cruelty free products. Their packaging is fully recyclable. 

You can purchase Lip Lip Lip Balms from their website

The Skin Healing balm is next on my wish list, along with a few more flavours of the lip balm. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Mecca Max City Slicker Tinted Oil

To my great excitement Mecca Cosmetica recently launch it's own line called Mecca Max. The range consists of 206 products with nothing over $45.

Being a huge fan of Mecca's products I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new range. I purchased two lip oils, tweezers (boring but necessary), a lip gloss, liquid lipstick and an eye shadow. I received a mini lipstick and face wipes as gwp's.

The first product I tried were the lip oils. I was disappointed that they don't have a flavour or fragrance, but happy with the product.  

I sent the liquid lipstick back as the colour I chose was way too pale for me. I also sent the eye shadow back as it wasn't the right colour either. That's the trouble purchasing online, you don't always get the colour selection right. Thankfully Mecca's customer service is excellent so returning products isn't a problem.  

Anyhow, I digress. The lip oils. I purchased two shades, Nude and Rose. They're not what I was expecting but they're nice. Most lip oils are quite light and feel oily (funny that). The Mecca oils have more of a gloss feel and they're a lot more hydrating than I expected. The colours are opaque for a lip balm and wear for around three hours before fading. 


Nude is a cool pinky mauve and Rose is a mid tone cool rosy pink. If I had to choose one it'd be Nude because it's close to my natural lip colour and great for every day wear.

City Slickers are a bargain at only $16. There are three shades available, Apricot, Nude and Rose. 


Did you purchase any Mecca Max products? What do you think of them?