Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Year of Blooms - August

blog flower series

august flower word play

Okay a quick heads up - August was a big fail! 

Honestly I didn't make this project a priority in August and so there isn't a lot to report on this month.  We are now all settled into our home but thinking about my garden and starting new seedlings whilst making sure thing like, the electricity would be turned on at our new places, meant all things gardening took a back seat! It's taken me longer than I thought to find my feet again but hopefully this second half of September I can pick up my game again! 

flower bed

Before we left our old place, I went around with the camera and took a few last snaps 

pink desert rose flowers

 That desert rose has been amazing this year - it's in full bloom again!

kangaroo paw seeds
 I did plant a bunch of seeds at the start of the month but none sprouted *sad face*

orange nasturtiums

 One thing that did pop up and do great in August was nasturtiums!

august flowers

 Oh and that orchid I saved from my Dad's mums property finally bloomed! I only have the shot of it about to bloom (left above) but it did open up days before our move! We were able to transport them to our new place and they are still in bloom so I'll make sure to snap some photos for next month!

flatlay flowers

pink nasturtiums

flowering chives
I got so desperate for photos I took a shot of my chives blooming :P

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Garden Update /3

I thought I'd do a final update of our garden because it's moving day today, so time to say goodbye. I've learned a whole bunch and got to spent some time, each day, outside watering/admiring the garden - an act that brought lots and lots of joy!

If you read my last garden post you know I had trouble with my new garden bed getting enough light and I was going to move the whole thing but then my garden pal Lowy suggested I try growing my herbs out of pots which turned out to be the best suggestions ever! I'm especially thrilled since I can easily transport them to our new home!

They took a couple of months but all my herbs have sprouted and the wonder of picking them straight from the garden for my meals, never gets old!

Some chives!

Lots of tomatoes from one vine!

I planted some mint (later than the other seeds) so they have only just started to sprout. 
I'm super excited to have them grow to the stage where I can pick the leaves for smoothies!


I decided to try my hand at growing some white sage so I could make my own smudge sticks :)
I'll keep you updated on their progress!

A random backpacker dropped paw paw seeds in the garden and they have just recently sprouted - at one point I counted 20 seedlings!

My passionfruit vine has completely covered the wall now! The new tenants seem keen on keeping the garden going so this will be a nice parting gift for them!

Goodbye garden, you've been a delight!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Vegan Beauty

brite organix

I never do beauty posts because honestly it's not a big focus in my life but I have collated a nice little collection of photos and thought it may provide some value for someone out there! I think (hope!) everything is vegan - I try and do as much research as I can before I buy something but something could have slipped through the cracks so please give me a heaps up if you know!

vegan pastel hair dye

First up from the brite organix brand, some pastel purple hair dye.  I have tried a handful of their dyes and this was the only one that did nothing! You can see in the first photo a slight purple tinge but other than that it was a let down. Full disclosure I did put it over some pastel blue (also from Brite Organix) but even in the parts that were almost completely washed out it gave a minimal effect, plus it didn't dye my hands/bench which has happened with their other colours!  As for the brand on a whole, love love love!!! For whatever reason the purple just didn't appear or last for me so whilst I wouldn't get this colour again I would 100% buy any of their other colours!

bys vegan mascara
I'm in a vegan Australian/New Zealand beauty group on facebook which you can find here which provids lots of helpful information. Did you know you can search inside a group on fb? That's such a handy feature!  

I basically needed a bunch of new beauty products so for every product I devoted some time reading through everyone's recommendations.  This cheapo brand BYS came up as a recommended waterproof mascara.  I did try Designer Brands first (big let down for me!) but this BYS mascara has been great.  Not as great as the Max Factor I had previously been using but I wanted to change all my makeup to vegan (and not go completely broke in the process!) and this totally fit the bill! The next mascara I want to try is that magical tubing stuff from Blinc - lots of great reviews!

eld poreless face primer clear and elf acne fighting foundation
Apart from a concealer I have never (ever!) bought a foundation let alone a primer (SAY WHAT!) 

I told you beauty wasn't really my thing but I do get hormonal acne each month and I thought it would be nice to have the option to just cover my entire face up when that happens :) The ELF brand only has a few shades of foundation and honestly the porcelain shade could have been a little lighter for me but if I blend right down into my neck I don't think anyone notices :)  If you've never used a primer, I don't know what the heck this magic is but it makes your skin feel so soft! I have no idea if either of these products are great (nothing to compare them to!) but they seem to do their job (sorry worst review ever!).  Also I bought the "acne fighting foundation" and the "poreless face primer" and I have to say my acne definitely seems better after plastering my face with these two products which seems counter intuitive from everything I've heard/read ("let your face breath") but *shrugs* I'm going with it!

oxx beauty sponge makeup blender

I'm also a 'use my fingers to apply everything' kind of girl so when I was watching makeup tutorials on youtube and saw everyone use some kind of beauty blender/sponge I thought it was worthy of a try.  I cannot imagine applying foundation with anything but this bad boy.  Again nothing to compare it to but yeah it's really easy to use!

australian vegan beauty products
Extreme close up of my foundation straight from my phone so you can see all my pores!  

Plus the mascara, eyeliner and blush that I'll talk about in this post!

lush fresh face mask

Continuing with my face, here are some products I've been using to try and help with the acne.  

This cupcake mask from lush is so lush! Oh my goodness it's such a treat to use BUT I didn't notice any great results from it.  I'd still probably treat myself again to a lush product but more for the fun/luxury element than expecting miracles!

organic rosehip oil
I'm back to rosehip again because I'd ran out of a face oil and rosehip was readily available at my local shops.  Before this I was using Tamanu Oil which is still my fav option!

sukin charcoal

I've only tried the sukin range of cleansers so I don't have much of a reference point here but both have instantly made my skin feel lovely.  I use a few pumps in the shower and wash it off before I jump out. When I'm out that's when I apply the oil to my face and neck!

vegan beauty review

vegan australis and elf pink blush

On the bottom is my beloved Australis brand blush which I've had for yonks but unfortunately they don't make anymore so I bought the ELF as a replacement.  The ELF blush, unfortunately, just doesn't go onto the brush or my cheeks as nicely as the Australis version *sad face*. I suspect that if I did one cheek in each type and asked Ben if he could see a difference he (and the rest of the world) wouldn't be able to tell. Next time I'll be keen to read more reviews and try out a different blush.

sukin hydrating mist toner
This hydrating mist toner (total indulgent product) does nothing but smell like roses (for two seconds) and feel lovely to spray onto your face. I'd only recommend buying this if you're having the week from hell and need a pick me up and you won't feel bad about spending 10 dollars.

red vegan nail polish reviewI've been meaning to buy kester black nail polish but the price always pushes me away and in the end I spend my money on something less frivolous.  I know I know, this whole post is frivolous but these buys have been spaced over many months which hopefully makes them a little less ridiculous!  So, Kester Black was on my mind when I saw this benecos nail polish in a store which had a much lower price point (but still vegan) so I decided to give it a try.  I appreciate that it's in a small bottle because I'd never get close to finishing those standard size bottles but overall I wouldn't repurchase.  
It's not bad, it's just average :)

essence super last waterproof eyeliner and long lasting eye pencil
In the 'oh my gosh these are great' category (or at least one of them!) that Essence brand, Super Last Waterproof eyeliner, is the bomb! Previously I was using a Maybelline brush which was great but trying to go vegan and cheap I found out about this Essence version.  Out of an eyeliner, I want two things; easy to apply and won't smudge! Tick tick!  Also I pretty much sucked at doing a wing eyeliner but after devoting a few hours to watching youtube videos I significantly upped my game! So if you also suck at doing a cat eye, just watch one video a night and in a week, hey presto, you won't suck so much! Oh yeah and that black pencil, also by essence, is good, does what it should do :P

natural instinct vegan sensitive shampoo

Now we're up to my scalp which is super dandruff prone and oily (great combo - not!) I tried that natural instinct shampoo first, not that great, I wouldn't repurchase.

sebitar dandruff shampoo

Someone in the vegan group recommended this sebitar treatment for dandruff and it's the bomb! Although looking up the ingredients on the bottle and online the company seem to be holding back in what's actually in it.  If it's just what they say, then this is my holy grail but I suspect it's full of junk! Also it's a soap free, scalp treatment *confused look* I dunno, it acts like shampoo to me, taking away the oil and my dandruff! tick tick!

sebum control shampoo

I'm not 100% sure this is vegan but it's perfection for getting rid of oily hair! I alternate this during the week with the sebitar stuff (because I'm still a little scared of using that full time as my shampoo) plus the My Organic Brand has a nice looking container - which is a lame but the truth :P If someone out there knows what the hell this sebitar stuff is and can reassure me I'm not covering my head in chemicals than I'll use that full time and sacrifice the beauty that is this container!

vegan pastel hair dye
and finishing up with some brite organix, this time in the turqouise shade and look below; proof of this brand's awesomeness!

vegan teal hair dye

 Oh and I cut a fringe because I was having a mid life crisis or something or other!

bright coloured hair colour turquoise vegan

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Beach + Seaglass Roundup /9

It's been a while since I did a seaglass/beach combing round up! 

I still find it amazing that sometimes there will be so many goodies down at the beach and other times just a few! I suspect it's tide/weather related but I'm open to other possibilities too!

beach flatlay

australian seaglass

mermaid treasures

australian beach seaglass

collecting shells and seaglass

beach combing