Hello and welcome to another Project Dent update post!

As you may know, this particular quint is on my shortlist of items that I may pan next year alongside my Too Faced Natural Matte palette, so what I've been doing over the denting period is playing around with my Hourglass Obscura and Exposure quints to see whether they're the right fit for the Too Faced NM - and of course I've aimed to make some progress on each quint at the same time.


And happily I've finally reviewed this palette over the denting period (see review here) - which was also one of my aims for this round of Project Dent - so I'm pleased to have done that because these quints have recently been discontinued, and although they're currently still available from some online retailers, they won't be for long so I wanted to get that review up asap while it may be useful to someone.

As for my thoughts on the palette itself, this is my least-favourite of the three Modernist quints I own because the two shimmers irritate my eyes and the two dark mattes don't blend well: not cool for a palette that cost this much! Plus it's not a complete palette and I've no idea why Hourglass decided to include two dark brown mattes that are too similar, while leaving out a mid-toned matte to run through the crease and/or fade out as a transition shade. Don't get it.

Moving on.


Now for progress shots.

Here's how my palette looked 2.5 weeks ago, when I introduced it to Project Dent:


And here's how it's looking now:


Below I've enhanced the above two shots for clarity.

Before:


After:


As you can see, there's visible progress in two shades in particular: I've now hit pan in the bronze shimmer and the cream shade is showing some good use too. 

You should also be able to see some slight variations in the surface-markings on the middle three shades, although I haven't used those as much over the denting period - partly because I've been using the Exposure quint alongside it in order to review and compare both (and also work out which one I would like to pan via Pan that Palette next year), and partly because I deliberately focused on the 'bookend' shades.

In terms of Pan that Palette 2019, I'm more likely to pan Obscura because it doesn't perform as well as Exposure - and I also want to keep Exposure in my collection for now since I don't own a lot of purple eyeshadow and I prefer Exposure to my Marc Jacobs septet in Frivoluxe, so if I'm going to pan a purple palette down the track, it'd be Frivoluxe and not Exposure.

Also note that I've just reintroduced the Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette into Project Dent, because that's another one I'm considering panning next year. Decisions decisions! Watch this space ; )

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to my next round of Project Dent!

While I'm yet to wind up my denting rounds for the two Hourglass quints I've had in circulation for the last fortnight, I've been up since 3am so I don't have any sunlight to take progress shots and I would rather bring in my next item now so I can start working on it - especially because I haven't used this palette since I last dented it, so I can use the progress shots from the last round (see that round here if you're interested).


I've had this palette for 2.5 years now, and while I do really like it, it's not a complete palette for me so I tend not to reach for it.

Reason being, it's too warm so I always need to pull in some cooler tones when I use it - otherwise it travels into allergic eye-reaction territory on my colouring.

If you're interested in hearing more on that, I've reviewed it here.


The reason why I want to dent it now is because I'm still working out whether I'll be panning another palette alongside my Too Faced Natural Matte palette next year - and if so, which one that will be.

Yes I'd half-decided to pan my Hourglass quint in Obscura, but the warmth of the P&J palette makes it a good mate for the neutral and cool shades in the Natural Matte palette - especially the darker mattes that I don't often reach for (I don't use a lot of dark shadows) - and the P&J palette doesn't contain any dark mattes, so it may encourage me to use the NM mattes more because I'll need some cool-toned shadows in order to work with the P&J.

Anyhoo! Here's how my palette looks today, 30 October 2018:


Same shot, enhanced for clarity:


As you can see, it looks like I've barely touched this palette!

But it's only seen one round of Project Dent in 2018 and I've learned over my panning years that I need at least two rounds to start making any kind of mark on a palette.

My aim over the denting period will be to get some visible dips happening in the shimmers at least (let's aim for the low-hanging fruit, shall we?!), and if I can make at least a couple of the mattes look a little more loved, that'd be great too.

Wish me luck!

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

As you may know, I've been working my way through this Origins gift set over the last three months, and while this particular set isn't available at the moment (it's from Christmas 2017), Origins often releases various sets throughout the year and especially in the festive season, so there may well be a similar one that you can get your hands on soon enough.

In any event, all the items in this kit are available for purchase separately, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick rundown on each of the seven items included: that way you'll have a snapshot of how I feel about the products individually and also the kit as a whole.


Here's what I received for my $51 AUD:

  • Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (30ml)
  • Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser (30ml)
  • High Potency Night-A-Mins Cream (30ml)
  • Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (15ml)
  • Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment (15ml)
  • Ginzing Rejuvenating Eye Cream (15ml)
  • Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion (15ml)

While it was a good-value purchase in theory when you calculate how much product I received in total (and how many items the set included), in practice the value wasn't quite there because most of the products didn't work well for me.


Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (RRP $17 AUD for 50ml or $33 AUD for 150ml)

Full review here. This product didn't work for me at all, and I ended up using it as a body wash because it was far too astringent for my dry skin (its pH came in at somewhere between a nine and a ten, so that's hardly surprising).

Still, it was nice to use (the foam it created felt lovely: creamy and velvety) and I can see why a lot of people love it because it did effectively remove the gunk from my face. But I'm certainly not the only one who's said it strips their skin and dries it out - so I would be careful with this one. Even oily-skinned lasses have noted that it strips their skin to the point that they start to produce more oil, and those with sensitive skin have said that it causes their faces to flare up.

I would avoid this one. It left my skin feeling tight, pulled and parched. Not ideal.


Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser (RRP $41 AUD for 50ml)

Full review here. This was an ok moisturiser for the warmer months because my skin isn't as dry these days, but long-term I personally need something more hydrating so I wouldn't buy it again.

I liked that it was a lightweight, cream/gel hybrid and I enjoyed the fresh orange scent. It also felt soothing and cooling when applied.

Problem is, it left my face feeling dry underneath (so I always needed to lay an oil down first), and I reckon that's because it wasn't absorbing properly and delivering moisture, but instead forming a protective barrier over the face that may suit some but it didn't bring the comfort to my dry skin that I need. 

While this may suit normal to oily skin types and it was nice to use, it wasn't for me.


Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Cream (RRP $64 AUD for 50ml)

Full review here. My skin really enjoyed this product and I finished it last night, so I'm sad to see it go!

It applied, spread and absorbed well, and it was quite thick and rich but not so much so that it weighed the skin down or didn't absorb properly. It also had an orange scent that I found refreshing.

Not only did it make my dry skin feel comfortable, but it had a gentle resurfacing effect so my face looked happier and brighter after use, and it felt smoother too. Plus it made my skin feel softer and more hydrated, and it helped target dullness to boot.

Definitely worth sampling if you're in the market for a night cream.


Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (RRP $39 AUD for 100ml)

Full review here. This mask didn't work for me at all, and while it's had some good reviews, plenty of other people feel that this doesn't do anything for them either - so it's not just me and I would certainly test this before purchase.

What I noticed most about this mask is that my dry skin felt uncomfortable as the product dried down. Unfortunately it was also one of those masks that didn't give me any positive benefits after use (eg it didn't do anything for my break-outs or congestion), and the only change I noticed is that my face felt more dry and had that squeaky clean, stripped feeling after I washed it off. 

In the end I used the rest of it as a body mask, just to get through it. Life's too short.


Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment (RRP $23 AUD for 100ml)

Full review here. I loved this hand cream and I absolutely recommend it. Indeed, of all the products I tried in this set, it's the one that I'm most likely to buy - especially because it's reasonably priced for the amount of product you receive.

It had a sweet and green, garden-like scent, and it was quite thick and rich so it mightn't be for those who don't like heavier products - but for my dry skin, it was perfect.

I loved that it absorbed well and also did a fantastic job of bringing some relief to my dry skin. Plus it wasn't too greasy and it was a pleasure to use because it felt so nourishing without weighing my skin down. Love. It's on the wishlist!


Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream (RRP $45 AUD for 15ml)

Full review here. I didn't like this eye cream at all. 

It was lightweight in texture and felt more like a gel on the skin, so it may suit those with oily skin who don't like heavy creams. It had a sheen to it and Origins obviously put something reflective in the formula to give you the impression that the cream itself is making your eye area look more awake. It didn't do that for me, but my eyes did look a bit shiny after use - which wasn't a good thing in my case because all that did was emphasise my under-eye bags and also my eye-hoods.

Plus it wasn't hydrating enough so my eyes always felt uncomfortable underneath it and I had to lay an oil down first, and it didn't absorb well so my eye area felt and looked dry while I was using it. Blurgh.


Origins Modern Friction Nature's Dermabrasion (RRP $58 AUD for 125ml)

Full review here. While this contained exfoliating grains, there wasn't enough of them to give a decent exfoliation and they were also too large to do much - plus they were a little scratchy so I had to massage my face very gently when I used it.

Note that quite a few people have said this isn't an effective exfoliant and have made the same comments I have (see eg Mecca's website), so it's not just me and I would certainly test this before purchase because it mightn't do what you want it to do. I also agree with those reviewers who noted that it stung their eyes if some product slipped in there during the cleansing process.

Plus it contains peppermint and I have a slight intolerance to that ingredient so it irritated my skin, and while the pH wasn't super high (between a six and a seven), it still contains SLES and I found it rather drying on my skin. 

I would avoid this one.


In sum

This wasn't a great set overall in my case because most of the products didn't work well for me, but I did really enjoy the hand cream and the night cream - so much so that I may well buy them both down the track. I guess we can call that a relative success, because I've used sets before where nothing has made its way onto my wishlist.

As for my thoughts on Origins as a brand, I've heard it said before that it's hit-and-miss - and I completely agree. If you're interested in exploring the range, I would recommend going for a set like this (packed with a bunch of smaller products), rather than eg buying a three-piece set of larger items - only to find that none of them works. I would also suggest heading in-store and grabbing samples if you can (easier for some but not so easy for eg people in regional areas or those with young kids).

Anyhoo. That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to another little unboxing post.

I made an order a couple of days ago when these boxes arrived, and I was super pleased when I opened this one. While I'm always excited to see what's in these boxes, some are better than others - and this is a great one.

Let's have a look!


There's a nice little mix of products here. I haven't had a look yet at the other items I could have received in this particular box (sometimes variations exist between boxes), but in any event, I'm happy with mine.

And of course, anything that has an Hourglass product inside it is ok by me ; )

A quick look at each item:


Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence (RRP $224 AUD for 120ml; received 5ml sample)

This is described as a prebiotic, antioxidant-packed, anti-ageing essence that's designed to smooth texture and promote a clearer, more even and toned complexion. It's made from fermented green tea, and it should help skin absorb serums and moisturisers more effectively.

I love essences and I can't wait to try this one, but I really REALLY hope I don't like it because it's far too expensive for my budget. 

Let's hope it's good but not too good ; )


Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara (RRP $42 AUD for 9.4g or $20 AUD for 5.5g; received 3.5g sample)

This is described as an ultimate all-in-one mascara that features a double-action brush, densely packed bristles and a smooth glide formula. It should deliver high impact volume, length and definition with each swipe.

Unfortunately this hasn't had great reviews on Mecca's website, so I'll be approaching this mascara with...ahhh...caution.

Still, I love mini mascaras because I can finish them before they need to be turfed, so there's no product waste and that satisfies my waste obsession at least ; )


BareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Everything (RRP $27 AUD for 3.7ml; received 2ml sample)

This is described as a high-shine liquid lipstick that offers full-coverage colour and a lacquer-like finish in one swipe. It should help keep lips soft, smooth and hydrated.

While initially I saw this and thought 'liquid lipstick: not for me', the reviews have been so glowing that I'm now super excited to try it. All the comments I've seen have raved about how hydrating this is, and my dry lips are hanging out for a long-wearing lip product that lasts better than the glosses I normally reach for - so this could be the product I've been searching for. Fingers crossed! 

The shade 'Everything' is described as a muted mauve (which sounds as though it's going to suit me), and if I like the formula, I might just have to buy more...


Omorovicza Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream (RRP $257 AUD for 50ml; received 5ml sample)

This is apparently a rich and easily absorbed anti-ageing moisturiser that's formulated for everyday use. It should deliver instant lifting, visible plumping and prolonged, sustained firming - while resurfacing lines and wrinkles, and providing lasting hydration.

This has fantastic reviews on Mecca's website, but gosh, I can't bring myself to spend this much on a moisturiser. Indeed, even if I were made of money (which I most certainly am not), I still think this is too much to pay for a face cream.

Still, I'm looking forward to trying it. It's designed for my dry skin so let's hope it's as good as it claims to be.

In sum

That's all from me!

I'm super excited about this box: it's probably the best one I've received this year.

Do let me know in the comments which products you received in your box and whether you're happy with them: I'd love to hear.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Yesterday I wrote my current makeup wishlist, and I'm back today to give you my skincare one.

I like to write these lists every few months so I can return to them down the track and work out which items I still want and which ones I don't. This helps prevent me from making those impulse purchases we've all been guilty of and regretted shortly thereafter.

Anyhoo! Let's have a look.
* Image courtesy of mecca.com.au

Radical Skincare Express Delivery Enzyme Peel

I haven't heard much about Radical Skincare but I did some searches on Mecca's website recently because I'm keen to buy more face masks in the near future. I had too many for a while there, then managed to pan a bunch and most of them didn't work well for me so I can't wait to bring in some better masks to my collection.

This one has had incredible reviews on Mecca's website, so it's the first mask that's on my list - especially because it's not as expensive as the others I've been looking at (it retails for $66 AUD), so it won't hurt my wallet quite as much as some of them will.

Apparently it does amazing things when it comes to resurfacing the skin without irritation, and I've had some good luck with enzyme peels in the past so I'm hoping it's as good as everyone says it is. Looking forward!
* Image courtesy of mecca.com.au

Elemental Herbology Facial SoufflĂ©

I haven't tried much from this brand but I have used and loved its Cell Food Serum (reviewed here), so when my face mask searches came up with this overnight mask, I immediately put it on my wishlist and was ready to believe the glowing reviews.

It's apparently designed to give instant hydration to dry skin, and should replace lost moisture, firm and plump the skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sounds like my kind of product!

I also had a look at what else this brand has on offer, and many of its products have great reviews - despite the fact that it's a brand I don't hear much about online. So if all goes well with this mask, my aim next year is to slowly pick up some other products from the range and see if they work for me. Fingers crossed that I find some new favourites.
* Image courtesy of mecca.com.au

Elemental Herbology Cool & Clear Facial Cleanser

Yep, another product from these guys. When I was looking at the above mask, this product caught my eye - and it's had such good reviews that I'm just gonna have to buy it at some point. Problem is, I'm suffering from cleanser-overload at the moment so I'll have to wait until I've finished a few more products before buying it.

It's described as ultra gentle, and it should dissolve impurities and remove all traces of makeup. It's fragrance and soap-free, and contains a 100% biodegradable apple-based cleansing agent.

The product has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Mecca's website, so I have high hopes because it's unusual for any product to receive such good (and consistent) ratings. Can't wait.

* Image courtesy of priceline.com.au

Andalou Naturals Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub

As you may know, I tried a cleanser from Andalou this year and loved it so much (I've reviewed it here) that it's put the brand on my radar, and this is the first product I would like to try from the range. Reason being, it sounds like it might be similar to that Suki scrub I've always loved (that's reviewed here) - so I can't wait to get my hot little hands on it. 

Problem is, it's always out of stock at Priceline so looks like I'm not the only one who wants it. Plus I have enough exfoliants at the moment so I haven't pulled the trigger on it yet, but I certainly will soon ; ) 

It claims to gently exfoliate dull, dry surface cells for improved tone and texture, and also refresh and revitalise for a bright, balanced complexion. Sounds good to me.


In sum

That's all from me!

I'm surprised by how short this wishlist is (normally my skincare wishlist could go for pages), but I guess I've restricted things because I don't want to overload myself with huge amounts of 'must try' products, and I also know that I have enough stuff in my back-up stores to keep myself going for a while - meaning I've mainly looked at things that I know I'll have room for soon enough.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x


* All images courtesy of unsplash.com unless otherwise indicated

I haven't done one of these wishlist posts for a while and I have my eye on a few things, so I thought I'd jump online today and let you know what those are.

As always do note that I probably won't be buying everything I mention below, but I do like to set things out so I can return to my wishlist in a month or two and work out what I still want and what no longer grabs me. 

It's a helpful exercise because it's always a reminder that the things I think I want now could well change soon enough. That certainly helps curb spending.

So! In no particular order...
* Image courtesy of cultbeauty.co.uk

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Pressed) in Royal Glow

When this came out, I didn't blink an eye. I have no interest in the royals and I'm also sick of all these Becca limited edition highlighters that keep appearing. Spitting out that many each year starts to make me under-value them, plus I don't want to buy any more of them unless they have the same formula as Prismatic Amethyst, which unlike the others, doesn't emphasise texture on my cheeks.

However. I've seen the swatches of this and it's a really gorgeous golden bronze colour that's a little unusual because there's some peach and pink in there too, depending on the light. I've also heard that it's not as intense as Becca's original highlighters, which makes me think I'll probably love it.

I plan to swatch it whenever we next go to Sephora so I can see how the colour looks in person and also get a feel for what it's going to do for open pores and other texture. Looking forward. I'm thinking about this one. A lot.


* Image courtesy of beccacosmetics.com

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Endless Bronze & Glow

If money were no object and if I didn't have enough makeup already, the reality is that I probably would have bought both this and the Royal Glow highlighter by now.

The thing is, the two highlighter shades in this aren't like anything else I own (especially the peach), and I know I would use Moonstone because it's a soft gold that's paler than my other gold highlighters and I reckon it would look beautiful on the eyes.

As for the bronzer, the swatches look good and I love the idea of getting three products in one compact: it's the kind of product I would find easier to pan down the track if I wanted to, and it would also make a nice eye trio so it would be great for travel or even those days at home when I don't want to be opening various compacts for one look. Reckon I could do most of my face with just this and a separate blush.

Yep. Thinking about this one a lot too.


* Image courtesy of mecca.com.au

Chantecaille La Sirena Bronzer Highlighter Duo

As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it. I've always wanted to try a powder product from Chantecaille and this is the first one I hope to own. 

There's something about the brand's aesthetic that's always appealed to me, and while I may well find myself with an over-priced product that doesn't perform or airbrush my skin like my Hourglass stuff does, at least I know I'll use something like this and I plan to keep the packaging forever (my heart has always lived in Italy). There's value in that at least.

No I don't need any more bronzers or highlighters, but I've been waiting for a Chantecaille release to try and this one's got my name all over it.

It's crazy expensive so I'll have to wait for a Christmas gift-card to buy it, but that won't stop me!


* Image courtesy of temptalia.com

Marc Jacobs Tan-tastic O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan

I've heard so many people rave about this bonzer that I've been desperate to get my hands on it, so my husband has been given instructions and he'll buy it for me for Christmas.

While I need another bronzer like I need a hole in the head, what I do need is a replacement for Benefit's Hoola, which I'm hoping to pan next year. Yes I love the colour of Hoola, but it doesn't blend well unless I've powdered myself to the moon and back (don't want to do that, considering I have dry skin), so this Marc Jacobs one looks like a great alternative.

I'm not calling it a dupe, I'm just looking for a paler, more neutral bronzer that isn't so cool that it looks muddy on me, because all the other bronzers I own run warm so there's a gap in my collection. Can't wait to try it!


In sum

That's all from me. 

Gosh I have a short wishlist at the moment when it comes to makeup (probably a good thing ; )). Yes a couple of ABH eyeshadow palettes are in my head for later on (Soft Glam and Norvina) and I would like to try Inglot shadows at some point, but I need to pan my eyeshadow collection down before I even think about those so they likely won't appear on my wishlist until next year.

Now for my skincare wishlist. Suspect that one's going to be longer...

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x


* All images courtesy of unsplash.com unless otherwise indicated

I received this product in a Priceline goodies bag and it took me a while to open it because I've had a few of these kinds of balms show up as GWPs over the past year, so it's been in a queue.

I was interested to see how it went because I usually find these kinds of balms to be rubbish for the lips (they're too slippery and greasy for me), but at least this one doesn't claim to be a dedicated lip balm and Palmer's is a brand I trust.

Happily I do like it, and while I don't use it as a lip balm, it's the best one of these kinds of balms that I've tried to date.


Palmer's claims/product details:

  • Combines 100% pure and natural cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil 
  • A super rich, superstar formula that's the ultimate beauty-on-the-go essential
  • The handy, 'take everywhere' sized tube fits easily in your handbag
  • Nourishing formula works perfectly as a lip balm and gloss, and softens cuticles and hydrates any dry spots
  • Free from artificial fragrance, yet smells absolutely delicious: like rich dark chocolate
  • RRP $5.99 AUD for 30g, but do shop around


Verdict

This is a great product and I recommend it.

It's a standard, clear balm with the texture you'd expect from a product like this, although it's not as thick and greasy as some and it spreads and applies well. It does have a dark chocolate scent, although it's not a strong fragrance so it's not overpowering.

What I like about this is that it's one of the few balms of this nature that I can handle wearing on the lips. Most of them are too greasy and slippery for me so I end up tasting them all the time (and they transfer in a heartbeat), but this one sits on the lips better and also nourishes them better than the others I've tried - as opposed to sitting on top of them and travelling everywhere without delivering moisture.

Nevertheless I prefer to use this for other things. Eg my feet have been very dry and flaky recently after using a dud hand cream that I relegated to the foot-care department, and this balm helped clear the dryness up very quickly. It also sinks into the skin so well that my feet don't have that balm-covered sticky feeling after use: instead they feel soft and silky.

I've also been using it on some dry skin I have on my knees. Again, it's been great for that and it's helped smooth the skin out so I no longer have dark patches on my knees after I've self-tanned (never a good look ; )) because the balm has removed the dry patches so they don't cling to the tanner.

You could of course use this on the cuticles too, and if you've had issues with cuticle treatments being too slippery, you may find that this one works better for you.

Overall I think this is a great product that generally meets its claims and I recommend it. Plus it's cheap (especially if you can find it on special), and it's the best one of these kinds of balms that I've tried to date.

Love.

Hello and welcome to October's monthly positives post.

It's been a busy month and I do have a few positives coming to mind immediately today, which doesn't often happen because I tend to write these posts when I've had a bad sleep and need to get my head into a more positive place. But thankfully I slept ok last night, so I'm coming from a positive place already. Yay!

In no particular order...


I've been clearing out the junk

Around this time every year, I do a clean out of all the kids' old toys and broken books etc, to make room for the things they'll invariably receive for Christmas from my family (especially the grandparents ; )).

I've done that, and it inspired me to clean a few drawers in the kitchen because they were overloaded and they've been annoying me, so that's been done too and already I feel lighter. 

And of course, having fewer toys and less junk means there's less for me to clean up and put away at the end of the day. Double yay.

I'm going to keep going with this and remove as much from our house as I can. I'm not a hoarder and I've never liked clutter - even though I'm not one of those people who stresses about mess - so my aim over the next month will be to throw out or donate as much as possible, just to give myself a less 'noisy' home environment. Loving it.


I'm making some changes

The decluttering process inspired me to look at the small things I can do to make my daily life a little better. The first thing that came to mind was to start taking my multivitamins again.

While I've done this for over a decade now, once I stropped breastfeeding my son at the end of January, it's been one of those things that I haven't been great at remembering to do. But they do make me feel better, so this week I've taken those every day - and once that habit is reinstalled, I'll look at the next thing.

Eg, next week I'm getting back on the fruit train. While I always make sure I'm giving my kids enough fruit, ever since having children I haven't been great at eating enough - even though I used to eat a lot. I reckon that's because it's hard to find time to eat when you're a primary carer, so when I do eat, I snuff something down that will fill me (an apple ain't gonna cut it, and they take too long to eat). But it's time. I'm getting back into the daily fruit habit next week. 

As for the week after, I'll think of something else, and then something else after that. Just small changes that might help how I feel overall and may also lift my daily mood. Looking forward.


We've done a lot of volunteer hours at kinder recently

At my daughter's kindergarten, parents are asked to contribute ten volunteer hours each year. Yes you can pay a fee instead, but most parents feel that's not the point: we want to help out.

While we had done some hours at working bees earlier in the year, we still had seven hours left and we've managed to pack that in over the last six weeks. Eg we took our dog in last week to give the children a talk about dogs and safety (eg leave a dog alone while it's eating etc), and it went well. (Hence the dog photos in this post hehe: I'm planning to write a dog safety post in the near future so I already had those on-hand.)

I also went in for a couple of hours last week to help in the garden, and Mex and I went to a working bee over the weekend.

So we've done our ten hours now, and while yes we're glad to have that sorted, it's also been nice for our daughter to see us helping out - she keeps excitedly showing me all the things I planted; very sweet - and to also spend more time with the other kinder parents. It's a great little community.


I haven't gone crazy with festive releases (yet ; ))

Gosh there are so many makeup items that have caught my eye over the last month, and I've put so many into my shopping cart at various times but haven't gone through with the purchases. Phew!

I was always going to buy the Hourglass Unlocked Palette, which I've done, but I've also been looking at releases from Becca, Marc Jacobs and Chantecaille, and I keep returning to those but I'm yet to pull the trigger. 

Once upon a time I would have bought more than I have, but I've been able to say 'no, I'll never be able to pan that' or 'no, the last thing you need is another highlighter' or 'no, your makeup inventory is looking good so don't spoil things now', and those things have helped me pull myself back.

While I may end up buying another thing or two if I can justify it (I've panned quite a few makeup items this year) at least I can say that I can exercise restraint these days and have been managing to do this well.

Let's hope that continues ; )


Our weekends have gone bonkers

This is one of those 'good but kinda bad' things. While in the past we've usually had a couple of things on each weekend, for the last three weeks, we've had four or five. Of course, that'd be fine if we didn't have a 2yo and a 3.5yo - but getting two kids organised and into the car that many times in a 48-hour period is bloody exhausting.

Yes it's great that we've been able to do lots of fun things with them and also catch up with heaps of people (including some friends we haven't seen for while), but we have found ourselves feeling depleted by Sunday night, and we've agreed that we need to scale things back a bit.

Problem is, we're booked out until mid-November. Ha. Let's look on the bright side. Plenty to do and plenty of sunshine ain't a bad thing ; )


In sum

That's all from  me. I hope you've enjoyed this little post and that you have plenty of your own positives for the month.

Do let me know in the comments what you've been up to lately: I'd love to hear.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x


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