7/31/2013

what i really, really want

currently craving {because I don't have enough right?}

Nikon Coolpix L810 Digital Camera - Red {really after a camera with a bigger lens that isn't some massive complicated SLR because that's just not me}
Breville Automatic Tea Maker {something to help the tea making process easier and the keep warm function is something that I crave because I'm an endless cups of tea kind of girl}

7/30/2013

first photo ever

Lately, I've been trawling through family photos on my laptop. I have yet to make a photo album for any photos from when Husband and I started dating {way back in 2005} until today. I'm kind of hopeless that way. So, trawling through folders of family photos is what I have to resort to and when I happened upon this very photo here I felt my breath stop for a bit.

This was the first photo of Bailey. Taken within the first hours of her life while we were still in the birthing suite. The first thing she did after hugs and kisses and getting clean and rugged up was put her finger in her mouth.

I remember that red mark between her eyebrows. She was born with it and I was instantly worried. Some random midwife suggested that it may spread and cause her eyes to go bad. I was concerned that the salami I ate when I must have been about 2 weeks pregnant {and when I didn't know yet} was the cause. And then I thought that maybe I didn't give up alcohol early enough before trying to get pregnant. Maybe the month before wasn't long enough?

And then after a while when that ridiculous mother guilt wore off the red mark was a part of her and one that I loved. 

Looking at this photo made me realise that one day the mark disappeared. She doesn't have it anymore. Or at least it isn't noticeable. I can't see it. And I kind of miss it.

Anyway, I love that this is her first photo. The first one that people saw of her. The one that I can look at until the end of time and know this was her first and with that all the memories, that so easily seem forgotten, of her first breath/seconds/hours come flooding back.

7/29/2013

hello, you fool, i love you


I'm always surprised when a cheaper product brings me such joy and works so well especially when my skin has been acting horrible. While I don't think the Australis Face & Body Tint can be compared to MAC Face & Body {the lasting power is just not on the same level} I do think it's a wonderful product and something I've been happily reaching for over the last few weeks while my nice skin has decided to go on vacation.

If you're after something that's not quite a tinted moisturiser/not quite a foundation and you don't want to pay $50+ for a product that spoils quite quickly {yes, MAC I refer to your offering} then I think this is for you. 

It's light coverage but as I've come to realise sometimes that's exactly what you need when your chin has decided to erupt into ugliness. 

After some testing and playing around I've found that the easiest application is with my hands {freshly washed and dried hands} which is the perfect thing when I just can't be bothered.

Face & Body Tint comes in three colours {light, medium and dark} and costs $19.95.



7/26/2013

friday five according to instagram

So, as I mentioned 150 times yesterday was my 3 year wedding anniversary. Bailey was at kindy so Husband and I had the day to ourselves and boy did we have fun. My feet are still feeling it. And as has become tradition in our little family celebrations such as these always span 2 {or more} days so that's what I'm doing today. Shopping and eating and, possibly, {ok really truly} trying to tear Bailey away from the little merry-go-rounds long enough to actually get some stuff done. Without further ado, my Friday five for this week {all from yesterday. click pictures to enlarge}...

outfit of the day: dress by Laura Ashley & shoes by Mimco
anniversary present from Husband: Tiffany 'B' Necklace and chain {a month or so ago I received my main anniversary present which was an eternity ring so that's not pictured but I love it all the same}

Chanel goodness. I mean, it's kind of almost worth the price just for the packaging alone. First time in a Chanel store and I did not leave empty handed {though the salesman's attitude kind of made me want to}. The wallet is zip-around and embossed with flowers and the CC's {and just in case you're wondering I named it Bob}.


And since I'm mostly all about beauty I figured this should be last and a row all of it's own {also it wouldn't fit anywhere else} - Chanel beauty {my first time in one of those stores too}. Chanel Chance Travel Fragrance x3 {in a twist and go}, Chanel Chance Body Mist and an illuminating powder {Mouche De Beauté}. Also, got a decent sample of the Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in 10 Noir. 

And can I just rave for a second about how all that beauty stuff was just under $300? For Australia that's pretty darn good. Also, I'd like to brag on how I picked up the last illuminating powder {minus the tester} in store. It was clearly fate.

And if you're wondering {though I doubt it} Husband got some goodies of his own. Earlier in the week he got an entire outfit {shirt, pants, shoes} to wear yesterday {while I had to wear a dress I'd already worn before! insert sarcasm here}. I also got him a pocket watch {don't even ask why he wanted one} that I had engraved with some lyrics to some obscure song that he told me about once before we were married. He also found joy in Williams-Sonoma. 

7/25/2013

three years


Today I'm celebrating my 3 year wedding anniversary {and 8 years of dating but that kind of doesn't ever seem as important once your married}. Bailey is at kindy and Husband and I have a leisurely day planned with no real big plans at all but I hope there's lots of chocolate and cupcakes consumed. 

If I'm going to be honest this 3 year thing seems a bit bittersweet. People say the first year of marriage is the hardest but Husband and I breezed through the first and second year somewhat easily. This third year has been tough and at some points you sit down and realise you married someone who is, at times, effortlessly lazy and can slip into selfishness with a scary ease. And then you get worried because your married and it's not something you can just walk away from but, gosh, it'd sure be easier if you could.

And after the disappointment slips away {and you realise that your obsessive need for the house to always be clean, the canned food to be lined up just so and your ability to slip into anxiety isn't some walk in the park for him either} you work things out and you come out stronger on the other side. And that's what I love about being married. The strength to get through everything and just knowing you're doing it for a reason. That's pretty great.

Also in my third year of being a wife I've learnt...

- that Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit and Back to the Future are actually good movies {and who knows maybe I'll love the older Star Wars trilogy as this year progresses?}
- that falling asleep cuddling and waking up cuddling is one of my most favourite things
- that he deserves breakfast in bed too
- that packing his lunch for work is just as fun as doing Bailey's for kindy
- that buying him Lego and watching him build it is kind of fun because his face gets all serious and his lips pout out in concentration
- that putting in the effort and having time and patience is the best thing I can do

Happy anniversary Husband. Thank you for 3 years x

7/24/2013

bed love

It's my 3 year wedding anniversary tomorrow and for some reason I decided that we needed special bed linens to commemorate the occasion {because that's just who I am}.

I picked up the Love Pillowcases and Felix Spot Quilt Cover {along with some other items} from Adairs and I'm obsessed. The perfect pair to wake up with on a special day. Though, rest assured, they will get plenty of use every other day of the year too.

and the finished product {featuring my Minnie Mouse that actually helps me miss Minnie a little less}
*edit:and, yes, the lampshade that's showing the back is accidental and bothers me like crazy

7/23/2013

furniture & home decor

I've been on a massive furniture and home decor kick. I go through stages of being happy, then complacent and then frustrated with the furniture, decor and layout of my home. I then rearrange and try and work with what I've got but a few times a year I try and build on what we have or replace some of the cheaper items that we purchased when we were poor and struggling.

I get inspired by bloggers who have amazing home {and personal} style {like this and that}. Pinterest is a treasure trove. But, ultimately, I end up with this random assortment of things that I love even if they seem mismatched or weird to others. We just purchased a new leather lounge* {that will arrive on Saturday} so I've been gathering inspiration from that piece. Here's what I'm loving/lusting/craving.



*after 2 years of almost daily upkeep of a fabric lounge we finally bit the bullet and decided to invest in a proper leather couch {though I must admit I never actually realised leather couches came from cows and when the sales lady told me I kind of wanted to vomit and cry at the same time}. So that's my tip to new parents. Get a couch that you can easily wipe down.

7/22/2013

brush love - eco tools

You can add the EcoTools brushes to the list of non-MAC brushes that I love.

The brushes are 100% cruelty-free, have soft bristles made of synthetic taklon, handles made of bamboo and recycled aluminum ferrules. Packaging of all the products are eco-conscious in reusable pouches, post-consumer recycled plastic and recyclable packaging. 

I buy my EcoTools from Priceline {which you can find here} and I adore the softness of their bristles and handles.


7/19/2013

friday five: current tv love

TV is one of my great loves. For me it's a great escape and unwinding experience. Here's what I've been gorging on lately

The Americans - it had me hooked from the very beginning. So interesting.
The Following - when I watched the finale my jaw dropped. I just... I don't even know what to say.
Bates Motel - a modern take on the Norman Bates story. I wasn't sure I'd like it because I found Psycho utterly boring but this is not.
Veronica Mars - an oldy but a goody. I finally got around to watching the entire series and found myself quite devastated at the final episode. Luckily, there's a movie currently being filmed as I type so I will only have to wait until next year to see Veronica on a screen again.
Friday Night Lights - another show that's been off the air for a while. I really love the heart of this show.

7/17/2013

fossil craves

I am slightly obsessed {okay, largely obsessed} with Fossil. I don't know what it is but I just can't resist the store. The watches. The wallets. The bags. And now the jewellery. Oh, the jewellery. 

two. rose charm starter necklace {to wear with this charm that I got for Mother's Day. I also got this bracelet with it but I'd love to be able to make them interchangeable}. 

7/15/2013

brush love - real techniques


I've mentioned my love for Sigma before {read here} and now I want to introduce you to another range of non-MAC makeup brushes that I love. Real Techniques. 

Real Techniques was designed with makeup artist Samantha Chapman and combines high-tech materials with innovative design to make creating a perfect look easier than ever {read more about the RT brushes here}.

The brushes are ultra soft and ridiculously easy to use and clean. 

They come in sets {as seen above} or individually.




7/12/2013

friday five

If I'm at home I'm in pyjamas. Always. Well, not always. Sometimes I like to feign maturity by wearing actual clothes but by the middle of the day I'm always back in pj's. We're very big on them over here. Any occasion that involves a gift involves pyjamas. Easter. Birthdays. Christmas Eve presents are always pyjamas. Or sometimes we'll just randomly decide that we all need monkey pyjamas so we can be a monkey gang together. And you best be warned that if you have a kid I have to buy a present for pyjamas will be a part of it. 

I feel as though I am in desperate need of some new pj's. I only wear nighties and sleep tees to bed so the other kinds are strictly around the house business. I like to call them homewears. Here are my favourites {all from Peter Alexander}.
Pom Pom Hooded Gown {why are pom poms so alluring?}


7/10/2013

movie love {or, rather, like}

current list of "just watched and liked" movies

Silver Linings Playbook - funny & warming
Liberal Arts - simply sweet
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - perfect to just be able to watch and not have to think {if you like horror that is}
Savages - one of those movies that's hard to watch but that you can't quite take your eyes off
The Call - another movie to "just watch" though I did find myself getting slightly involved, freaking out at the possibility and maybe shedding a few tears 

7/08/2013

j review: clarisonic

I say that a lot of products are a "must have". And they are. For the moment. I'm never sure if something bigger or better will come along and while I love those items {like these} they could very well get replaced in the blink of an eye. 

Now, saying that, when I say that the product above - the Clarisonic - is my must have. I mean it. I introduced Larry {that's the name of mine*} into my skincare regime in January of 2011 while I was pregnant and I have loved it ever since. Though I feel I should add a little disclaimer here and say that I did stop using it for a few months last year and it was the biggest mistake of my life {I was off my rocker, though I didn't realise it at the time}. No exaggeration. My pores were larger. My blackheads multiplied and I broke out like crazy {though I should say "crazy" for me is about 3 small pimples at a time}. 

So who is Larry you ask?

He is the Clarisonic Plus and while I purchased him from David Jones {who since, along with Myer, have stopped stocking a lot of Clarisonic items} you can buy him {along with the Mia and replacement brush heads} from Adore Beauty.

Now, that's out of the way... Here's the big question.

What does Larry do?

First off, he cleans {or she cleans if the one you buy is a girl} six times better than hands. Six times! Now, why doesn't everyone have one already? Clarisonic was originally developed for skin care professionals to use in treatments and quickly transformed the skin care industry {"one pore at a time"}.

"The Clarisonic Sonic Method pairs products that work on the skin's surface with technology that goes beneath to beautifully transform skin's texture, reducing the appearance of pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, and creating a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion."

It uses spinning devices that works with skin's natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action created between the outer and inner brushes work to loosen dirt and oil and removes deep-seated impurities from pores. It also primes the skin to absorb your skin care more effectively.

So... basically, it cleans your skin how your skin is meant to be cleaned. It takes of all your make up off {not the eyes! oh gosh, please don't use it on your eyes. Or lips!} and lets all your products {like serum and moisturiser} absorb much better. And it only needs to be charged once every few months.

As for the brush heads. If you have sensitive skin {as I do} I'd go for the sensitive skin brush head or the deep pore brush head. I've used both {though am currently using, and much prefer, the deep pore one} and they are wonderful. Weirdly, I find the delicate skin brush head too rough on my skin. And, lastly the normal skin brush head. I've never used it so I can not vouch for it but am sure for non-sensitive skinned girls and boys it will work great.

Oh, and there's also the body brush head which I have used and is fine but nothing too extraordinary. 

When contemplating making the investment to buy a Clarisonic keep in mind that you do need to replace the brush heads {depending on use} every 3-4 months. As mentioned above you can purchase the replacement brush heads online at Adore Beauty {this is my favourite place to buy because they're only $29, shipping is reasonable and fast and you always get free samples with your order}. And they send you a courtesy email when your brush head needs to replaced. You've got to love amazing service.



* I always name my electronic appliances. Larry is named because he's a Clarisonic. I named my Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner Sandra Dee and my Dyson is named Mike Dyson.

7/04/2013

june beauty favourites

It's July. I can't quite believe it. In true Jaye style I've already started stressing about Christmas but only in the most fun ways. I usually have my Christmas present list and budget sorted by mid-June and it wasn't until June 31st that I realised I hadn't even begun because, well, I didn't even quite realise we were mid way through the year. Now I'm all organised and stress free I have gotten back into the full swing of writing and I'm loving it.

I loved June. Bailey turned 2 and she had her 2nd birthday party a week later. My sister turned 30 and as has become tradition we went out for a meal, a movie and pedicures. Lastly, Summer turned 3 and we celebrated with presents, walks and treats {for her}. All in all a great month and though it probably doesn't need to be said all of this celebrating made the pangs of life without Minnie more severe.

This month I also got a tattoo {my first and perhaps my only - read about that here} and Bailey I ventured out of the house more for walks and bus rides to fun places. Life is slowly getting back to normal and, gosh, I've just realised how much I ramble. Without further ado, here are my beauty favourites for the month of June.

Missha BB Cream - as always. I adore this. Of all the BB Creams I have tried this is my absolute favourite and I always enjoy picking it up and using it.
Trilogy Rosehip Oil - makes such a difference to my skin {read more here}
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara - gives a nice curl and length and is easy to apply and remove. Love the formula of this - not too wet and not too dry
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - a perfect primer
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - a great concealer for blemishes and any redness
Sanctuary Time Reversal Face Mask - super hydrating and it doesn't burn

7/03/2013

this plus that

a must have primer and BB cream
two of my absolute favourites
and the former is a must when using the latter


7/02/2013

mini haul: skin & body care

I've been craving some new skincare for a while now. While my skin loved Cetaphil it had begun to get too used to the product so I knew it was time to move on. I will now be welcoming the Sanctuary Ultimate Facial Cleansing Oil as my daily cleanser.

A new mask never hurt anyone so I picked this Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask just for fun. I love the idea of the "warming charcoal treatment" and hope this works as well as it claims.

I've actually been on the hunt for a new exfoliator for months now and everyone I've picked up has failed {aside from the Lush Dark Angels which is lovely and scarily sucky-outy but too harsh for me to use 2-3 times a week}. I tested the Sanctuary Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator on my hand and am looking forward to this being everything I need in a scrub.

The EcoTools Intensive Heel Cream was a whim purchase but hopefully it helps my tired and cracked heels. If this doesn't I fear nothing will.

And the Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia is something I've been wanting for a long time and finally found to test out. I love its creaminess and the jar isn't hard to open {always a bonus}.

Reviews to come on these products when I feel confident. 

7/01/2013

things i love


the rain - being under blankets. hot tea. hot chocolate. soup. an excuse to wear pj's all day long
the song devil town that I discovered after watching the entire series of Friday Night Lights {which I also love}
outings with Bailey {the library. the park. coffee & babychinos}
finding that I no longer care what people think when it comes to what I wear. so I put on what I love and it feels good
modcloth - oh goodness, how I love modcloth