What’ I’m Wearing Lately (on my face)

I’ve been wearing the same makeup for quite a while now, but I don’t feel like I’m stuck in a rut. I feel more like I’ve found products that work for me and I really love. It’s a great feeling, and it has helped my budget quite a lot (no more spending money on random makeup items that I don’t need and never end up wearing). I’ve been wearing very neutral makeup lately, and throwing on some winged liner and a bold lip if I’m going out on the town (lol, so rare). Here’s what I’ve been wearing on my face from day-to-day –

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
NYX Powder Blush in Angel
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural

May 2016: Goal #3

My friends and I get together every few months as a group for something we call ‘Pot Luck Dinner Club’. One couple (or pair of friends) hosts the dinner, and they get to pick the theme of the food that everyone is to bring. We’ve also started dressing up to suit the theme, which has made things a lot more interesting. This month’s Pot Luck Dinner Club was “Medieval”. Everyone’s costumes were amazing, and hosts Lauren and Joel went above and beyond with decorating for the theme. Lauren researched and printed out everyone’s family crest to hang on the wall, and Joel built some wooden shackles (which ended up being the cause of many laughs throughout the evening).

The food was just as excellent – roast pork, beef stew, homemade loaves of bread (passed around and torn apart at the table), meat and cheese platters, roast pumpkin and brussel sprouts, with poached pears and an apple and rhubarb pie for dessert. So that’s one of my goals crossed off for the month! And it looks like we’ll be hosting the next dinner party, so you’ll probably see something similar pop up in my monthly goals in July. Any ideas for a theme?

Meal Planning

I’m close to three months into doing my meal planning monthly instead of on a week-by-week basis, and I’m loving it. I used to enjoy my weekly meal planning, but found that I was repeating a lot of meals and kept getting stuck in a rut. It’s also a lot easier to opt for take away on lazy days when you don’t already have something planned in advance (not a good thing). I’m trying to work a couple of new recipes in each month in the hope that my regular “routine” of recipes will expand over time. Here’s a general idea of how I go through and plan my meals for the month, based on the days of the week. I try to sit down for about half an hour at the end of each month and set up the plan for the following month all in one go. Of course it is flexible, as life can sometimes get in the way, but I find having a whole month’s plan in place has really saved me time and energy. Oh, and keep in mind that as well as these general rules I also pencil in one night a month for us to go out for dinner, and one for us to have takeaway –

Monday: I try to make this meal something nice and light, usually fish or chicken.
Tuesday: Tuesday night is Mexican night! We usually have something like beef or chicken tacos/burritos. Nice and easy and fast to prepare.
Wednesday: Wednesday night is RED MEAT night. Sebastian is a huge red meat eater, so this night is usually catered for him. Steak or lamb is usually on the bill.
Thursday: I try to make a kind of chicken dish on a Thursday night, chicken is easy to use in so many different recipes that this is one of the easiest nights to pick a recipe for.
Friday: I’m usually exhausted on a Friday night, so if we have something fun planned (like dinner from our favourite Thai restaurant), I’ll try and plan it for Friday so I don’t have to worry too much about cooking.
Saturday: I usually have more time to spend preparing and cooking, so I’ll usually try to pick a new recipe or something a bit more time consuming for Saturday nights.
Sunday: Sunday night is usually a heartier sort of meal, and always something that we will have leftovers remaining for Monday’s lunch.

FOTN: Date Night @ The Casino

Here’s a fun little fact about me – I am pretty much obsessed with pokie machines (in particular the keno ones). I can smell them a mile away. Sebastian and I went on a date night to Crown Casino on the weekend, and I discovered something even better than keno machines… Electronic roulette. We spent most of the night sitting and playing the electonic roulette, and I had a win of $60! Which was surprising as I very rarely/never win anything. Let’s not mention the fact that Sebastian came THIS CLOSE to winning $25,000. After a successful time at the Casino (for me at least), we headed out for a rather unsuccessful dinner at Mom’s Dumpling House. Definitely not my favourite dumpling house in Perth, but I’m always happy to try something new. Here’s what I wore on my face:

Givenchy Photo Perfextion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent
Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunshine
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Inglot Eyeshadow in #390
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline Master Precise Liner in Black (yes, I use two kinds of liquid eyeliner)
Hourglass Arch Brow in Dark Brunette
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
Hourglass Panoramic Lip Pencil in Icon
Chantecaille Lipstick in Cerise

Current Skin Care Routine

It’s been a little while since I last shared my skin care routine, and only a few products have changed. It’s so nice to have a holy grail collection of skin care products that I know my skin loves, and I can add different things to my routine to mix it up from time to time. I’ve discovered over the years that regular exfoliation is the best way to help keep my skin clear, but now that I’m in my 30s I’m also focusing on hydration and trying to keep everything looking and feeling nice and ‘supple’. Here are the products I’ve been using on a regular rotation recently –

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – No surprises here. This has been my favourite cleanser for many years now. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and helps to keep breakouts at bay. I like using this with the Eve Lom muslin cloth in the mornings, it’s a small step that makes a big difference.
Paula’s Choice Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – Again, not a big surprise as I’ve mentioned this as my favourite toner quite a few times now. It’s light, gentle, and gets the job done.
Dermalogica Active Moist – I have two favourite daytime moisturisers, and this is one of them. I tend to alternate between this and the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture Lotion, but as the weather has been a bit colder lately I’ve been using Active Moist as I feel like it’s the heavier and more moisturising of the two.
Paula’s Choice Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – Always wear sunscreen! I thrive on people telling me I look younger than my years, and I probably owe most of it to never going out in the sun. When I do go out in the sun, however, I always make sure I’m wearing sunscreen and this is my all time favourite facial sunscreen. I have oily(ish) skin, and this somehow makes everything look nice and matte. It also wears nicely under makeup, and doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin (although that can be hard to determine with a ghostface like mine).
Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Oxidant Concertrate Serum – I was always scared of using serums during the day because I thought they might enhance the oilyness of my skin, but this one is divine, and does no such thing. I honestly feel like this makes a noticeable difference in the state of my skin, so it’s now a regular in my daily skin care routine.
Skinceuticals C + AHA – GIMME ALL THE SKIN ACID! I’ve been using this every other day for a couple of weeks now, and the biggest difference I can see in my skin is that it has really evened out my skintone and reduced a lot of my natural redness.
Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – I am confident in saying this is the best clay mask I’ve ever used. No word of a lie. I bought this on a bit of a whim because I wanted to try some things from the Skinceuticals range, and I ended up loving this. It’s a little bit on the expensive side, but I think it will last long enough for me to get my money’s worth. It’s a very light mask, unlike any of the clay masks I’ve tried before. It’s easy to wash off, and my skin is left feeling soft and smooth and not irritated in any way.
Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – Another really wonderful mask, this gives an instant hydration boost to my skin. I know I’ll be using this a lot as the colder weather really starts to set in.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Wipes – I had a bit of a skincare splurge around Christmas last year, and this was one of the products I picked up. I’d used this a few years ago (and loved them), but the price tag does make them hard to just throw into a basket. They’re really worth the cost though, as great chemical exfoliation that plays nicely with sensitive skin can be hard to come by.