Summer To-Do List

 

As well as a list of things I want to do to celebrate the Christmas season, I have a list of things I want to do to try and make the most of Summer this year. Summer is my most hated time of year (I’m sure you feel me, if you’ve had to sweat your way through a number of days where the temperature rises over 35 degrees) so if there is anything I can do to make it more enjoyable I will. Here is what I’m hoping to do this season –

– Host BBQs at our house with friends
– Make iced tea
– Go for walks along the coast
– Make a summer playlist
– Try fake tanning
– Make musk vodka
– Buy some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Set up the courtyard with a little reading area in the sun
– Spend days up the river with friends
– Try and wear more colour

Summer Candle Favourites

I love to burn candles all year round, and although it may seem strange to burn a candle during an Australian summer it’s usually pretty cold in our house because Sebastian is a huge fan of the ol’ air conditioner. I wanted to share some of my favourite seasonal candles with you, as these little beauties have been staples in my house for quite a few years.

Glasshouse Montego Bay (coconut lime) – This is probably my longest running favourite fragrances, and one that I continue to love years after discovering it. I actually think I started out wearing this as a body moisturiser, but then switched to burning the candles when I knew they were available. Coconut and lime is the quintessential summer fragrance for me, so this is perfect. An OG candle for me.

Glasshouse Kyoto (camellia & lotus) – This is Sebastian’s favourite scent, and he always has one of these candles on his desk in our study, and the throw on this candle even when it’s not burning is strong enough to make the room smell amazing. At first the fragrance of this was a little bit too floral for me, but it’s grown on me and now I really like it.

Glasshouse Galapagos (kaffir lime & cocoa butter) – I asked for this candle for Christmas a couple of years ago, because I smelled it once and instantly fell in love with the fragrance. This is more of a fruity scent so if that’s more your cup of tea than a floral or gourmand, this is worth picking up.

Glasshouse Coney Island (burnt sugar & fig) – If you ever used the Firebird/Flourish perfume oil in Sugar you will love this, because the scent is almost spot on. I want to bathe in the melted wax of this candle, it smells that good. More of a gourmand-y type scent, but still ‘fresh’ enough to be something I burn in the warmer months.

Summer Skincare Routine

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This will continue to feature as my go-to cleanser in every seasonal skin care routine, until I run out of my slowly dwindling stash. Paula’s Choice have discontinued the Hydralight range, and as you can imagine I am not very happy about it. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used – it keeps my skin clear without feeling like it’s stripping anything away, and works really well with my sensitive skin.

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Toner – I decided to switch up my toner to something a little bit more moisturising for summer, and it’s been working wonders. I know the rule of thumb is generally to bump up your moisture in the colder months, but I feel like my skin needs it more in summer. I love this toner, and I can feel how moisturising this is compared to the others I’ve used from the Paula’s Choice range, and it leaves an almost creamy sort of feel to the skin after using it.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusion Lotion – Another of my go-to products that I’ll be using until I run out of what I have stashed away, because of course it’s been DISCONTINUED. It’ll be a sad day when I run out of this, because it’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser – lightweight, soothing on the skin, and sinks into the skin well without leaving any sort of residue.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – This is probably the best clay mask I’ve ever used. I know, those are some strong words; but it’s true. It’s so soothing on the skin, and even when it hardens up it really doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all. My face is prone to a bit of redness, especially when I remove a face mask, but for some reason that never happens when I rinse this off. If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit on a lovely face mask, I’d highly recommend this one.

Eve Lom Muslin Cloth – I use this every morning in the shower to remove my cleanser, and find that it’s a really gentle way to exfoliate my skin on a daily basis. To be honest I don’t know if it’s worth buying a brand name muslin cloth, I’m pretty sure you can buy lengths of the material from Spotlight for a whole lot less.

Ren Flash Hydro-Boost – This is something relatively new in my routine, and my skin is really loving it. I try to use this a few times a week when I want to give my skin a bit of an extra hydration boost, and I think it really shows. I’m glad a little bit of this product goes a long way, because it’s not exactly inexpensive. I’m in two minds about whether I will repurchase it, but for now I will just enjoy it.

Spring/Summer Bucket List Check-In

Earlier in the year I posted my Spring/Summer Bucket List for 2016, and I thought it was high time I checked in and let you know how I was going. So far, not so good.

– Make sweet tea on the weekends (I have made this a total of ONE time)
– Grill out on the BBQ on nice evenings (We haven’t had an opportunity to do this yet, but the weather is warming up – it was 41C today – so we definitely will be soon… I just need to bug spray the entirety of the back yard first)
– Go for walks along the beach on weekends (We went for our first coastal walk last weekend and I loved it. Sebastian on the other hand hates the ocean, so it might have to be something I do solo from now on)
– Get a professional pedicure (Not yet!)
– Host a dinner party (Also not yet!)
– Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly (I’ve been working on this gradually, so probably by the time summer is over we’ll actually be ready for BBQ season)
– Go down south for a long weekend (We haven’t been yet, but my parents have moved down there so we’ll definitely be spending more time down there than we used to… FREE ACCOMMODATION!)
– Swim as much as possible (I have not swam once)
– Go to Adelaide for a mini holiday (We’re trying to focus on our long-term goals rather than short-term indulgences, so we postponed our Adelaide trip this season and put the money towards our savings)
– Go to the Wanneroo Show (Nope)
– Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ list (I managed to watch all of them except Goosebumps!)
– Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving (Yes, and it’s awesome! Although to be honest I’ve been listening to nothing but Christmas carols this month)
– Read all the books on my summer reading list (Not yet…)
– Try fake tanning (lol, no)

I haven’t given up yet! There are still two and a bit months to make my bucket list dreams come true. I’m really looking forward to 2017, I feel like it’s going to be a good year for me. I’m looking to ticking all of these items off of my bucket list, and planning some more!

Summer Beauty Haul

Guess who treated herself to some new goodies? And just in time to start a project 50 (or 100?) pan next year. Excellent plan, self. My lovely girlfriends bought me a Mecca voucher for my birthday, so I started off by spending that. I’m also nearly completely out of my holy grail foundation (the Givenchy Photo Perfexion), so of course I had to place a Sephora order to replenish my stash. Following that, I decided to go all-out and place a Paula’s Choice order to round things up. But mostly that order was because I’ve had my sunscreen for too long now and I wanted to replace it. Here’s what I picked up –

Beauty Blender
Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15 in Ivory
Clinique Face Powder & Brush in Invisible Blend
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15
Karuna Hydrating Face Mask
Karuna Renewal Eye Mask
Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara in Black
Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturiser
Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm
Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner
REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray