I spent last weekend in Sydney and it was so, so wonderful
I know there is supposed to be a Melbourne vs Sydney thing going on, but I have to admit I would live there in a heartbeat if I could. I love being surrounded by water, I love that it’s a bit warmer, people seem to dress a bit brighter. I’m going to sound like a total Melbourne traitor but I hate the cold!
A month or so ago I chopped off my hair. The reason I had grown it so long was because I had heard about Pantene Beautiful Lengths last year and was really excited to participate. After all, my hair just grows and grows like a darn Chia Pet.
Here is what Beautiful Lengths is about:
Pantene is on a mission to support women with cancer by providing free real-hair wigs to women who have lost their locks through treatment. Together with Look Good…Feel Better, we’re asking women to skip their next salon trim, grow their hair a little longer and stronger and pledge their ponytails to the Beautiful Lengths programme.
The whole process was so easy. I went to my hair dresser armed with a ruler, hair tie and a bag to store my ponytail. He was a bit confused but dutifully chopped a 23cm ponytail off and some stranger in the room getting her nails done yelled out “THAT’S IT! THAT’S A GREAT LENGTH.” So it all fell into place, quite literally.
Anyway, you’re looking at your watch wondering what this has to do with anything. I just wanted to bring to your attention Pantene Beautiful Lengths. It was a pleasure to be able to do this, after all hair grows back! So if you have long hair and are considering a change this might be for you. It makes a normal haircut a bit more fun.
I was pleased to hear that Jurlique had brought out some new facial oils, so pleased in fact that I bought the original one! Whoops! This is the Skin Balancing Face Oil!
Well, the heart wants what it wants. I couldn’t go past the scent, yummy yummy.
A few drops after cleansing and it’s like a day at the spa. I’ve been following this up with Herbal Recovery Gel at night, which has never steered me wrong. I’ve been waking up with baby smooth skin. This is perfect for the colder months when my skin starts to rebel and go dry.
Are you changing your skincare now it’s getting colder?
Mixed feelings on both these products. I found them both okay, but nothing great. I have to say I had higher hopes for them, maybe my expectations were too high.
C E Ferulic
C E Ferulic is a serum aims to prevent the signs of ageing. It has a mix of various antioxidants, vitamin c, e, and of course Ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is hailed as having anti-ageing benefits up the wazoo: it’s a plant based antioxidant that prevents sun damage and neautralizes free radicals. Does it actually work? Studies point to yes.
The smell was quite overwhelming on my first application. I thought it smelt like I was rubbing ham on my face. It really made me feel a bit ill, if I’m being honest. Now the scent doesn’t bother me at all, I persisted with it and am totally used to it by now. So don’t let the smell put you off, I just don’t want you to be shocked! I should note that my boyfriend could smell it on me at the end of the night: awfully stinky or awfully long lasting? Depends if you’re a cup half full kinda gal.
The product is not cheap (approx $173 at Adore Beauty.) Overall my experiences with it have been good, my skin is baby soft and I do believe it’s probably doing me good in the long run.
Would I repurchase? Well, no. I also have noticed no improvements in my skin and although I do believe in preventative measures and being in it for the long haul, I’d rather put my money towards a product that also addresses my current skin concerns.
If you buy it make sure you are wearing 30+ or 50+ sunscreen when using it.
A nice product that left my skin feeling baby smooth after application. However, the redness did not improve. I tried using this consistently for months, even took photos for a “before” shot and there has been no change at all.
I don’t really have much to say about it. Didn’t work. But does that mean it won’t work for you? Not necessarily! I read great reviews about the product before purchasing it. I just want to be honest here. You can buy Redness Neutralizer also at Adore Beauty.
Does SkinCeuticals test on animals? According to their Facebook page they don’t, but there is a bit of doubt about it. Paula’s Choice states they do. They are owned by L’Oreal which may be why there is some doubt, but honestly I’m not sure. Still, I wanted to flag it as it was something I wish I looked into before buying the products.
I’ve been putting this review off for ages… I had meh reviews! I’d rather talk about how good products are. But that’s not what blogging is all about, sadly.
Song of the day is from… Psy. Because I can’t get it out of my head, it’s so catchy.
I’ve been holding off on this post as I had a few saved for a friend (hehe!) but she has them now, so I can share with you the GENIUS that is Stickygram. If you like shit on your fridge, you will like Stickygram.
In fact, if you’ve been noticing odd photos here and there of my relatives on Instagram that was just me compiling photos for Stickygram. I really just needed to get enough photos. They are now sitting on Ryan’s fridge, along with his postcards from his travels and a card with my friend’s baby on it. Awww!
Thank heaven’s for Mikoyan, who made up a large majority of photos. Mikoyan has won a corner of my heart that can only be described as the creepy, obsessive corner.
March is nearly over, wtf people. What happened? I don’t know!
Does anyone else go mad scoping out what is available online before they go shopping? I’m planning a bit shop soon (been saving my pennies!) and in order to make the day completely organised and successful, I need to know what I want before I walk in the damn stores and get distracted.
Not terribly amazed by what’s out there at the moment, but that might be partially because I’m bitter that winter is coming.
Oh shit, coat season. Man I hate freaking coat season!
Well, I’m no feline expert but my vote is with THIS GUY:
So my boyfriend got a kitten a week ago. He’s wanted one for the longest time, so this was a massive deal for him. The little critter in question is Mikoyan, a 12 week old Russian blue. I’m soooo not a cat person, really! I’m Team Dog all the way. But Mikoyan is extremely charming, affectionate and quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen in my life. And now I’m grumpy, because I’m at home writing this post instead of snuggling on the couch with him. Life is cruel.
What’s that? You want MORE MIKOYAN?
Shucks, why not?!
I swear, he’s gotten bigger even in the last week. I’ve been calling him my little Jungle Cat! He has rather big paws and a long tail. You know what they say about kittens with big paws and long tails don’t you?
Apparently they grow up to be big, fat cats!
Happy public holiday! I hope you got to pet a kitten today.
So a while back I bought this snazzy hair donut from Petra for like, eight or nine bucks. Hair donuts come in many sizes, which you can choose depending on your length of hair. My hair is quite long, so I was told I could get any size and it would work quite well. I bought a medium to large-sized donut, as you can see from the photo.
Often people try to replicate the same look from a hair donut with a sock by snipping off the bottom. For me, the eight bucks was cheap enough just to try this rather than ruin a precious sock! They are like gold in my house, seriously. I also think that with my long, heavy hair that the sock bun might be a bit difficult for me. I’d love to try it some day!
Everyone has a different technique when creating a bun with a hair donut or sock bun. The base is always the same: put your ponytail through the hole of the bun and wrap your hair over it. Now you can do two things from here: wrap the excess hair AROUND the bun and pin with bobby pins. Or you can TUCK it under into the hole in the bun.
I went with the tucking option. I positioned my hair over the donut the way I wanted and then slowly tucked sections under. This is where a larger donut would’ve helped me, due to my long hair I was stuffing a LOT of hair into that hole.
Freshly tucked bun
I think this method takes a fair bit of patience. As i mentioned, having such long hair made it really difficult. It was a time-consuming method of very gently tucking the hair into place.
The benefit? NO bobby pins. A very neat looking bun. And a bun that stays put all day long. I seriously went to the beach and paddled in the water. At the end of the day it was looking a bit worse for wear, but I was still very impressed. I’ve found since then that when the bun starts to get messy, it’s very easy to escape to the bathroom and re-tuck any loose strands until it looks like new.
After a day of abuse, not looking awful!
So my verdict? Give the tuck method a try! I really love using it, I think it’s a perfect way to keep my hair up in this heat.
Anyone have a hair donut? How does it compare to the sock bun? Interested in hearing your technique!
By the way, I saw Paul Kelly and Neil Finn last night. So in awe of both of them. I find it so crazy that we pay so much to go see musicians who dance around and lip sync for an hour when these two amazing men sung for 2.5 hours straight as the entire crowd swooned. Every time they started a song you’d hear happy sighs from somewhere in the audience, happy to hear one of their favourites.
I cried during Deeper Water. I’m a baby. Also, Neil Finn is FUNNY. Wow.
That was what was going through my head when I received this primer on Christmas day. My aunt had asked the sales lady at Benefit what the most popular products were, and she came away with this and They’re Real mascara. (Yay!) I was really confused as to the point of this product at first, I’ve never been overly concerned about my pores before.
However I think I made some happy little squeals when I first applied this product : It’s love. (Ugh, the things that make me happy!)
What does it do to make me squeal, exactly? Well it smooths out my complexion, it reduces redness, it takes away shine and of course… it minimises the appearance of pores. It’s a silicon primer, so if you’ve tried one before you’ll know that they glide on smoothly and do a great job keeping foundation put all day. (Note: not everyone likes silicon primers as they can clog the skin, so if you’re one of those unfortunately this product is not for you.)
This is a NICE PRODUCT, people. It’s a nice product in a sea of broken promises and shonky cover ups. I’m as happy as a lizard in the sun with this product. Thank you, lovely Auntie for buying this for me! I might have to stock up when I’m at Benefit for my next brow wax.
I was really on a roll there for a while, wasn’t I? But the last few weeks have been crazy. Really, where has January gone? It’s supposed to be a sleepy, quiet month. It’s been anything but. So here is a post with just a fraction of what’s been occupying my mind.
One of my best friends had a baby! I was strolling through the baby section of all places in David Jones when I got the text message – yay! Cue trying to find a cute outfit for him! I recommend everyone go to Rhubarb. They always have cute stuff and it’s not crazy expensive, after all bubs grow out of clothes so quickly. And vomit on them. Oh, babies.
Here’s the cute little guy. Please excuse my shabby outfit and hair.
I have also done a bit of naughty make up shopping. The YSL Glossy Stains are still haunting my dreams. I now have shades #12 and #15. Some of you have a lot more. You lucky nutbags!
It occurred to me when I left that they are actually… um… quite similar shades! Considering the selection I should’ve gone for something a bit different. Oh well. The heart wants what it wants.
Have you bought any of the Glossy Stains yet? I’ll do a proper blog post soon, but it feels kind of silly when so many others have written about it. They are a popular item. “They are glossy without being STICKY!” I screeched at my friends who looked a bit terrified.
I should also note it took ages to get the bloody swatches off my hands.
I’ve stocked up on my favourite foundation, EVER. If you are a fan of Napoleon Perdis Light Diffusing Makeup foundation you’re probably aware that it’s been discontinued. They’ve been saying this for a year now but it’s actually happening, people. You can find Look 1 and Look 2 still available and half price at a lot of counters, so go and stock up if you haven’t already. The ones you don’t open will keep.
Heaps more has been happening but it’s no excuse for a gal to neglect her blog. So I’ll try and do some more posts today for next week.
I’m off to Lakes Entrance this weekend with some friends, so I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!