Friday, 30 August 2013

A Little Favourite of Mine

Hi everyone!

Sorry that's it's been a while since I've posted anything. I've been pretty busy this week helping out around the house to get it in sellable condition and all those bits and pieces, so apologies if you've missed me! (But I doubt that's anyone, haha).

So anyways, today I'm finally writing about one of my very favourite beauty products. You may or may not have heard of this already, I think it's fairly new here in Australia.. It's called Hydraluron Moisture Booster by Indeed Laboratories (which, according to their website, they don't test on animals- yay!) As you have probably guessed, I'm in love with this product.

So, a bit of a rundown of what exactly this product is. Basically, it's like a skin drink. It's purpose is to hydrate the skin on a deeper level than your regular moisturisers. While you are supposed to use moisturiser with the Moisture Booster to begin with, the theory is that over time the serum will increase the skin's natural hydration levels, and you won't feel the need to moisturise as regularly.

Using this product is very easy. It's like a think, clear serum which I apply to the back of my hand (the amount I use is probably about the size of a pea - maybe a little more) I just dab a little on my finger each time and apply evenly all over my face. I actually expected it to feel more like a moisturiser, but I actually find that my skin absorbs it very quickly and within a minute or two, it's like you never put any product on. I then just apply my regular moisturiser (Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream) over the top. 

I've been using the Moisture Booster for about a month now, and I'm definitely seeing results. My skin is much more smooth and elastic, and I even find putting on my regular make up everyday is much easier, I rarely use my skin primer anymore! I think this serum would be perfect for people with dry or rough skin and are looking to smooth things out a bit. Or just anyone who likes hydrated, happy skin.

I'd originally seen Louise and Zoe (Sprinkleofglitter & Zoella280390) on YouTube talk about the product, then I had a quick look at some reviews and decided to try it myself. I heard they were selling it at Priceline, so I headed in. I was actually really lucky because not only did I almost miss it (I was literally just about to leave the store when I noticed it out the front on a display table), but it was also 50% off. So even though I hadn't tried it yet, I bought two tubes because I was pretty much certain that I was going to love it. And I was right. (Don't you love that?)

So anyways, that's about it for now. I'll probably continue to update a little further down the track about how my skin is going with the Moisture Booster. (I'm sorry I didn't take any photos of myself with the serum on.. I'm not sure the world is ready for my bear-face just yet. (And yes, I'm aware it should be written as 'bare', but I've taken to calling my naked skin my 'bear-face' because it's a bit scary, haha.)

Alright, well I'll see you all next post!

Stay peachy!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fluffy the Cat

Hi everyone!

I'm not at home at the moment so I don't have my laptop with me (I had planned to do a more interesting blog this time) but I promised myself I would keep updating as regularly as I could. Especially since I'm so new at this.

Anyways, as you may have been wondering, what's with the title? Who's Fluffy the Cat? Well.. Allow me to show you.

This lovely fellow is my baby. Let me give you a little history...

I was five years old at the time, my family already owned a cat, and she was beautiful. One day, this big, fat, fluffy cat came strutting down our garden path in all his glory and decided he was going to live with us.

Naturally, I've been a cat person since birth (there hasn't been a day in my life that my family hasn't owned at least one cat) I loved him instantly. He was so beautiful. Grey and so incredibly furry. Having only been young, obviously the first thing that came from my mouth when I saw him was 'Fluffy'.

Mum and dad weren't happy about having him around. For a long time they told me to ignore him, because they didn't want another cat. Well, I just couldn't do that because he was so perfect. He and I instantly clicked.

I used to let him into the house when mum and dad weren't looking and sneak him into my room. I just loved him so much. I got in so much trouble when I did that, especially since he and my other cat didn't really get along. (Fluffy is quite territorial).

Eventually, after our other cat passed away (which was horrible and devastating) I was lucky enough to finally convince my parents to let us keep him. So we fed him and allowed him in the house and looked after him as much as we could. Though, thinking back, he was always very independent, we didn't really even see him that much. It wouldn't be unusual for him to be gone for a day or two.

So, it's been fourteen years since then (and since he came to us, we're not sure how old he was at all, but we think he was around one year old when he came to us) so that makes him about fifteen years old now. He's certainly getting on, but he likes to think he's still a kitten. 

Apologies of you're not a cat person, but he's my baby, and I just couldn't resist posting this. I'll leave you with a few more pictures of my beautiful boy. I hope you love him as much as I do!

So that's about it for now, let me know if you have a cat too, we can be crazy cat ladies together! 

Stay peachy!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Look What I Got in the Mail!

Hi everyone!

I'm back again. This time I wanted to share something super exciting with you. A book that I purchased from (which is an awesome site, I completely recommend them) has come in the mail. Amidst waiting for a number of exciting presents that I ordered for my boyfriend's birthday, I had almost forgotten about the book. Hence it was a lovely surprise when it turned up on my doorstep yesterday evening.

Having only had it for half a day (the half that sleeping is involved none-the-less) I haven't completely had the chance to look right through it and read all the details, but I'm simply so excited that I decided to show you anyway. (I'll apologise ahead of time because some people probably won't be nearly as excited about this as I am..)

Anyways, here it is.

This is what I've hyped about. (I'm so sorry about the terrible photos, I'm writing this on my iPad after my attempt to scan pages onto my laptop failed miserably)

The name of the book is 'Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design'. Being a huge fan of all things handmade (and a bit of a green-life hippy) I absolutely adore it. The basic gist of the book (if you haven't already worked it out) is a description of Earth-friendly homes that were completely hand built. The locations of these houses span across the world, from North America and to the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain and Australia.

For each house there are several beautiful photographs, a description and history, and also a few personal stories. What I'm telling you doesn't even begin to bring justice to this incredible book. If you can manage to get your hands on one, I highly suggest it if you're interested. (It was a little pricey, I paid about $50 AUD for it - so worth it.)

I'll share a few photos that I look of the pages inside. (I hope I won't get in trouble for this). 

Once again, I apologise for the terrible photos, I'll have to get my real camera out and stop being lazy, haha. 

I first saw this book on an app called Svpply, which if you don't know, is a shopping app (kind of like Pinterest) except it's mostly fashion with a few other bits and pieces. It's actually become one of my favourite apps, so if you have the ability to, you should definitely check it out. Back on topic now - the moment as saw the front cover, I instantly fell in love with it and I knew I had to buy it. No regrets.

Anyway, hopefully someone out there shares my enthusiasm of this book. If you did manage to check it out, whether you bought it, borrowed it from the library or a friend, or even just had a look online, please let me know what you think. With such beautiful photos and heart-warming photos, it's hard to not appreciate it for all it's splendour.

That's about it for now, I might post something else tonight as I'm a lucky duck and don't have to go back to work until Friday (another 3 days!) so I'll probably be updating fairly regularly. I know that in my first post I would blog about make up and beauty and all that, but I just couldn't resist sharing this with you. (Attempting to not post a smiley face here)

Well that's all for now. See you next time!

Stay peachy!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Newcomer Introduction

Hi everyone,

Let's start off by introducing myself. My name is Carly and for the moment, I am completely new to blogging. It's been something I've wanted to do for a while now, but I've never really known much about it. I plan to blog about my interests. Mostly to do with make up, beauty and crafts, but I'll probably throw in the occasional random life update.

So now I'll tell you a little about myself. I'm an Australian citizen, 19 years old and female. I finished college last year and I'm now just taking some time to decide what I want to do with my life. I've always loved reading and free writing, so I've decided to start this blog to help me get creative.

While we're on the topic of interests, let's get more acquainted. I'm a vegetarian and I support animal rights where I can. I rarely have dairy products and I only eat eggs that are free range (I usually purchase a local brand that gives their chickens 6 square metres of open space each!). So I try to avoid supporting the horrible conditions of the animals involved in factory produced meat and dairy products. I also don't support any cosmetic brands that test on animals (please forgive me if I ever purchase or review a product that is tested on animals - sometimes it is hard to keep track). So while I'm not exactly an 'animal activist', I do what I can in everyday life to support the ethical treatment of animals.

I'm also a big muso. Not in the way that I listen to indie bands and wear lots of knitted cardigans, but I had piano lessons for 11 years since the age of 5. I actually used to hate the piano, but I've really grown to love it. I am also a vocalist, though I only ever did 1 year of lessons. I used to think the lessons were pointless (hence why I stopped) but I've come to realise that they actually helped me so much with my confidence. I did a lot of public performing in high school and college, and I don' think I ever would have been confident enough if I hadn't done the lessons. I don't regret quitting though. 

Arts and crafts have always been a big interest of mine. I was probably about 8 years old the first time that I used a sewing machine. My mum has always been really great at sewing (always making my sisters and I handmade bits and pieces - I'm so lucky), so naturally I followed in her footsteps. My dad is also very creative (I guess I get my craft flair from both sides of the family) though his craft is much different to my mum's. He's a wood turner, an extremely talented one, at that. I also enjoy drawing and painting - art was my favourite subject at school after music).

So that's about it for now. While I'm still new at this, my posts will probably be terrible until I figure out the basics. I really hope to be able to work out how to put these together nicely and create a neat, presentable blog, but until then I apologise for these monstrosities.

Stay peachy!