Saturday, 10 June 2017

New Skincare Buys

Skincare does not last forever, and when it does, you really don't want it to. 

I have not used my skincare much in the last ... I can't even tell you how long. Although some of it did run out, other bits just had to go because they started to smell like playdough, which kind of hinted at them having turned and being not altogether healthy/safe.

Interestingly enough, the toners I have seem to have lasted reasonably well, but oils, moisturisers and cleansers did not survive as successfully. 

On the cleanser side of things, I finished my Emma Hardie amazing face Moringa Cleansing Balm, even though it had become a bit runny by the end. Also, I got through my REN Evercalm cleansing milk, but that was down to the wire too. I have repurchased both as they are a lovely staple in my limited arsenal.

I also finished and have repurchased a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic since it is a gentle yet effective acid toner which I can afford. I really love it so it was at the very top of my little shopping list.

My Embryolisse moisturiser did not last well at all. It was nearly full which is a pity, but the repurchase is a bit of a cheat since it was a gift from my mother. Thanks mom!  

Last on the list is a new buy which was purchased from Holland & Barrett. I was looking around online for a replacement for my omega 3 oil from Ren, which was thrown out after it had been neglected for way too long and had turned. I wanted to get back to basics with this purchase and not buy anything too fancy or high end. I read somewhere that Rosehip oil may do the trick so I decided to try a new brand (new to me) from Australia called Sukin. It does not smell lovely but it also does not feel like an oil slick has been applied to your face. I like the texture and the almost dry, soft effect you are left with afterwards. It is also vegan, carbon neutral and "certified organic" which could mean anything as there is no international standard. Regardless, I like it so far and at least they are trying to be environmentally friendly. 

I may or may not have had a reaction to this recently (My eyes were sore and swollen). I am not sure which product was the culprit so I just stopped putting things on my eyes to solve the problem.

Things that have not been repurchased include my Bodyshop Vitamin E cream and mask, which were the first to turn. (there was not stock) The oil and the serum I have are still good, amazingly so I am using those up before they go too. I did get Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, which was recommended as a suitable replacement by the sales lady. It isn't. I don't like it. I won't be buying that again.

I also became a little bit obsessed with Ebay, to the point that I bought a "new" camera for filming. I am loving that buy, I don't mind telling you. 

That's it from me for now.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Getting Organised

I am the daughter of a hoarder. this means that I try very hard to fight hoarding. Occasionally, this has been to my detriment, but in general, I have not regretted throwing things away.

As an aside, it does make keeping things for an "empties video/post" extremely challenging.

Another consequence of my family history of hoarding is that I loathe clutter. I like a clear open space (and a home with tons of storage so everything can be put away and out of sight).

As such, I struggle with my makeup storage and have tried various methods to keep it neat. I started with a little chest of drawers, but then the baby got big enough that it was no longer practical. I have since given it to her for her toys. She loves to open the drawers and explore and play.

Then, when we moved house, I put everything in Glossybox boxes. That's all very well but you can't see anything or find anything, so not practical in the long run.

Since a dedicated storage unit or Muji storage containers were out of the question due to space and cost, I turned to Pinterest, then Amazon, and then finally Ebay, where I found some acrylic units that suited my needs.
My current setup
The storage units are perfect, especially since they cost me £8.99 each. The user I got it from is called gosourcing and their service was very good. It was my first ever Ebay purchase, and it pretty much converted me. I was always worried about being swindled with Ebay, but I was wrong and I gladly admit it. My items came quick and were quite good quality. I am super happy with them. I know that this will not be my experience every time, but it was a pleasant start.

So this is my current setup. It is still a bit cluttery in places, but I am satisfied. It is still a work in progress so we will see how we get on.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Walking with Wednesday

I don't know if you know this, but I have a cat.

She is almost six years old and her name is Wednesday. She has long black and white fur and is quite a beautiful kitty if you ask me.

She is very sweet and while she is decidedly independent, she also loves her grown up people and gives us many cuddles. She sleeps on top of me at night and spends much of days trying to flee from the baby.

If you read this blog, you may know that a few years ago, we adopted a pug. After a great deal of back and forth, debate and guilt, we made the difficult decision to rehome her. She just wasn't getting enough attention and we were constantly getting irritated with her. The cat also hated the dog. We did not realise how much the dog had affected her until Puglseigh was gone.

We contacted a Pug rehoming charity and she went to a loving, pug crazy home to live with another pug. I miss her but she is better off.

My advice; research your breed and do not adopt anything in the throws of grief, Just saying.

While we had the dog, the cat made herself very scarce. We didn't realise why. We thought it was because of the new home we lived in or the baby. She was always outside and gone. We could go days without seeing her. It did not help that we lived on a block with neighbours that were notorious for feeding other people's cats.

Now that the cat has her space and her people back to herself, she is around us all the time. She occasionally lets the baby play with her, she is always around and ready for leftovers when the baby eats, and she is quite happy to go outside and lie in the garden or sit on the couch without fear of being harassed.

The one thing she does which is by far the cutest thing I have seen a cat do is come along for walks.
Every day, I take the baby out for a walk in her pram. It is not a fast walk, nor is it a long walk; just long enough for her to fall asleep. so on an easy day, it's literally to the end of my street and back again. On a bad day, it's an aimless ramble around the streets until she either goes down or I give up.

Recently, Wednesday has taken it upon herself to accompany us. she sometimes leads, sometimes follows. She sometimes walks on the pavement with us or along the low walls in front of the houses we pass. Occasionally she will duck into an alleyway or someone's front garden to see what's going on, but most of the time she is next to us, like a sleek little bodyguard. And when we get home she waits patiently by the door while I fish out the keys and open it.

Once we tried a new road; clearly not new to her and not her territory either because she just lay on the pavement and would go no further. I continued on, thinking she would join us, but when it became apparent that she would not, I turned around and as I reached her, she seemed to think "okay, mommy got the message" and got up as we walked back the way we had come.

Mr Cand I are currently in the study/playroom. Our desks are on opposite walls. The cat is fast asleep on the rug between us, looking very peaceful indeed.

I am glad she is happier and quite amused that she thinks the nap walk is fun to do. I suppose it is fun with her along.

I know this is a bit of a random post, but life is full of randomness and weirdness, so I thought I would document one of the ones in my life.

Good night