Things I bought #144.

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Here’s some key words and phrases that will get my attention: neoprene, bright, doesn’t need to be ironed, 25 per cent off at Country Road. I’m such a sucker for all those things. Sigh. Cut to me paying for a bright orange neoprene top a couple of weeks ago during one of the store’s pre-Christmas sales.

The Sculptured Tank, as it’s known, is beautifully cut, with a longer back and fitted well across the chest. Because of the slightest of slight crops at the front it can be worn with fuller midi skirts well, or even a slim fitting pant. It’s simple and no fuss, and statement necklaces look great against the sharp colour. For those who don’t see a nearly neon orange in their future it also comes in navy. At $79.95 it’s a bit more that I think they should be charging but the 25 per cent off made it reasonable for me.

I also have to admit I got a little bit sucked it to their new sportswear range thanks to the discount. Though I have more than enough sports bras, this grey, white and orange one (called the Sprint Outline Bra) with it’s graphic modern cut managed to make it’s way into my shopping basket. It’s comfortable and looks fantastic, so much so I’m tempted to go back for the mint, grey and white or the black and white versions. At $59.95 they’re not cheap but isn’t buying good looking exercise gear part of trying to tempt yourself into breaking a sweat more often?

 

Things I bought #144.

Thoughts of the week – 21/12

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1. What a terribly sad, awful tragic week in Australia. Between Sydney and Cairns, just so much heartbreak. I feel like I say this all the time but I bears repeating: the worst things in this world are the horrific things humans choose to do to each other.

2. We had our office Christmas party on Wednesday night and it was really good, a nice opportunity to kick back and relax with friends. I won the award for most punctual, which is hilarious because I’m always struggling to start any shift on time.

3. My brother has also been staying with me for a couple of nights and it has been great to have him around. We’re pretty similar and we get along really well. Yesterday we had breakfast out, went into the city for a few drinks, met up with his girlfriend and then had dinner at a pub in Flemington with other friends. Happy days.

4. Not having a car this week has been hard and I’m reminded on how limited it makes my activities.

5. Here’s a year’s worth of movies in one seven-minute clip.

6. Target has a really amazing sale on at the moment and there’s heaps of great work wear reduced. Also all the Missoni stuff has been heavily reduced too.

7. The Fug Girls do the best red carpet moments of the year.

8. I really believe that Weis Bars are a super food.

9. I’m excited to have some time to do a lot of reading over the next couple of weeks as I’ve got a massive stockpile of books to work through.

10. I’m heading home on Monday and while I am mostly looking forward to Christmas and everything, our house is going to be packed with people this year so it’s going to be hard work at times.

Thoughts of the week – 21/12

Things I love #17.

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Before I had a blog I was such a simple person. I didn’t while away hours on my computer, I never double cleansed and I didn’t get sucked into lusting after every second product because someone else said it was amazing. I can’t for the life of me remember where or when I first heard about Alpha H Liquid Gold except I know it was on a blog. Or, more likely, blogs plural. Things have a way of catching. In any case I was sufficiently intrigued enough to buy a bottle from Adore Beauty and for the past two years I’ve been hooked.

It’s been a novel experience trying to push this stuff on my real life friends. Conversations generally run along the lines of, “Oh it’s an acid and you put it on your face and it kind of tingles and you can’t use it too often or you might burn your skin.” Not very comforting. But the stuff genuinely is liquid gold as it leaves me fresh faced like nothing else and my skin always feels incredibly smooth after using it. I really notice when I have some time off it.

Alpha H Liquid Gold is a skin resurfacing treatment which uses glycolic acid to exfoliate. It also works to diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. I use it every third night on my normal-bordering-on-oily skin and I don’t follow up with any cream or serum, which increases the potency. Because my applications are spaced out I’ve never had an issue with my skin reacting to it but I don’t underestimate the fact it’s powerful stuff and it’s worth a test drive before committing to a set routine. You apply it like a toner on a cotton pad, avoiding the eyes, so it’s really simple to use.

The product is now one of my non negotiables in my skin care routine. I tend to pick mine up via Adore Beauty which has the 100ml bottle for sale round the $50 mark. And trust me, it might be the best $50 you ever spend.

Things I love #17.

Santa soap

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There are people I know who are full on, certified ‘Lushies’. The kind of people who count down the days until the Snow Fairy shower gel is released, who use that weird in shower body conditioner, who don’t sneeze every time they so much as go past a Lush store. I am not one them. Case in point: I actually have two full bottles of Lush shower gel, including one of Snow Fairy, that have sat patiently in my bathroom cabinet for over a year. Aside from a deep and meaningful obsession with the Big shampoo, Lush really isn’t my thing.

I did pop in store a couple of weeks ago though to check out their Christmas range because I do appreciate festive toiletries. After sniffing the various things I settled on picking up a chunk of the Reindeer Rock soap. This is my first Lush soap and it smells amazing, really sweet like berry lollies (Lush seem to be big on lolly scents). It’s a deep red colour and has reindeer imprints on it with a metallic silver finish – I reckon this would be a really cute stocking filler.

However I’m not totally convinced on the product itself. It’s not bad per se however I find the soap just doesn’t foam up. I’m sure that’s because it’s made from all sorts of more natural stuff but it makes for hard work as you have to rub the bar over every single part of your body rather than letting the foam do the work. It’s just a little time consuming. That said, it does appear to clean reasonably well, is non drying on the skin and smells great so if you’re up for a bit of elbow grease, this could be the soap for you.

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Things I bought #139.

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Oh here’s a picture of something I never, ever thought I’d buy – Birkenstocks. I even said so here. I have never been a fan of them because my style runs a little sharper and more feminine than they imply, but I’m guessing after seeing them on a hundred blog posts and increasingly on stylish young things that my defences were worn down. For me it was the bright aqua colour that seduced me and I wouldn’t have bought them in any other shade. After seeing a pair in a photo a quick Google showed that ASOS were stocking them they went straight on my wish list. At the end of November the site had a 20 per cent off code and into my cart they went. Totes bandwagon.

I tried them on an immediately knew I was keeping them because that colour is just plain gorgeous. I was walking through Doncaster Westfield checking myself out like a boss in every mirror the first time I wore them. Here’s the thing that surprised me though – not as comfortable as I expected. The actually hurt quite a bit. I suspect that’s because of the moulded sole and arch support – my poor feet have probably been splayed by years of Havianas and ballet flats and other flat shoes. For that aqua hue though I’ll keep persevering.

The style is called the Arizona and they are regularly priced at $125 on ASOS, plus they have a range of other styles and colours if this isn’t quite your thing. As always it’s worth sticking them in your wish list and waiting for a code to take a little bit of money off them.

Things I bought #139.

Thoughts of the week – 14/12

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1. Taylor Swift tickets bought! Will be off to see her at AAMI Stadium next December and the bonus is that it’s my brother’s Christmas present to me.

2. I went to see the latest Hunger Games movie on Tuesday and consider me underwhelmed. I thought it was pretty ordinary and would have happily left halfway through. I hate this splitting of the final book that seems to always happen, stop dragging it out for money.

3. A friend has been lending me her second car for the past fortnight and it’s been a God send. My insurance money should come through soon and then after Christmas it will be new car time.

4. Marsala is the Pantone colour of the year for 2015 and it’s also something I would consider underwhelming.

5. I’ve done pretty much all of my Christmas shopping except mum and dad, who still cannot tell me what they would like. Though to be fair, I haven’t told them anything I would like. It’s so hard! I just had a birthday!

6. Titus O’Reilly is my hero and his take on the office Christmas party is hilarious.

7. Warner, Smith and Clarke’s centuries in the cricket test v India were superb and their tributes to Phil Hughes at various points during the innings made the tears flow again.

8. I am obsessed with Erdem’s latest collection, especially this dress and this top. The colours and print are beyond gorgeous. Sadly neither fall anywhere close to my budget.

9. Is there anything sadder than Sephora sending you an email saying “we miss you” and  a $15 voucher? God damn it.

10. One of the great joys of my life is making mix tapes/CD for other people.

11. I have to admit, watching the Victoria’s Secret show each year is my guilty pleasure. I love the over the top drama of it all and as the Fug Girls pointed out, it’s always great watching models who smile.

12. I only have one week at work left before a week’s leave. Bring it on.

Thoughts of the week – 14/12

Washed out

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I’m a sucker for pretty nail polish and though I struggle to be bothered painting my fingernails regularly, my toe nails are done religiously every Sunday night. Now that summer has (apparently) arrived I’m all about sandals and thongs so out come the bright colours, like this Maybelline Color Show polish in Tropink from the Bleached Neons collection.

I liked all the polishes in this range but in the end settled on this one during Priceline’s 40 per cent off sale. It’s a creamy, salmon pink with just a subtle touch of neon and a white undertone to make it pop. Honestly, I was surprised by just how much I loved this – I kept looking down at my toes thinking how great this colour was. The wear was good over the week and come Sunday night, it seemed such a shame to take it off that I waited a couple of extra days.

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