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

Spring Skin Care Routine

My skin is currently throwing it’s standard change of season hissy fit, and I am struggling. On top of this living nightmare, I’ve also come down with a random bout of dermatitis. Nice. I’ve gone back to basics in a lot of areas of my skin care, and stopped using my standard routine until I can figure out the culprit (so far I’ve narrowed it down to two possible products that could be causing the issue). Here are the products I’m currently using in an attempt to keep my skin in check –

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Because I wasn’t sure which of my skincare products was causing the dermatitis, I stripped everything back to basics. I’ve used Cetaphil for many years as an all over cleanser, and it’s what I return to anytime I need to use something that I know won’t have any negative effects on my skin. I’ve been loving using this lately, it’s gentle on my skin and is a nice break from my standard cleansing routine.

Kora Balancing Rose Mist – In my old faithful Paula’s Choice Hydralight toner’s place I decided to use this rose mist that I had forgotten I owned. I really love this, the only down side for me is the spray is hard and doesn’t feel pleasant on the face. Having said that, I don’t remember that happening with previous bottles of this I’ve owned, so I think I might have just got a dud one this time around.

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is one of my holy grail moisturisers, and the one I turn to whenever I’m not using the Paula’s Choice Hydralight moisturiser. This is the perfect balance of moisturising and lightweight, and is something I love using around this time of year.

Egyptian Magic – I wasn’t sure what to think of this when I purchased it, and to be honest I only bought it because Jessie Baylin noted it as one of her holy grail beauty products. As it turns out, this really is a magic product. I’ve been using this on the areas of my face suffering from Dermatitis, and some how it’s miraculously cleared up dry skin that literally nothing else I have tried has managed to do.

MD Skin Care Alpha/Beta Peel Original Formula – I’m noting this as part of my Spring routine, but really these are part of my ALL THE TIME routine, because I love them so much. I use these wipes once a week as a chemical exfoliant. They’re surpisingly gentle, and work really well with my sensitive skin. If you’re afraid to give alpha/beta hydroxy products a go due to sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying these.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I bought this in the hopes it would save my dehydrated skin while we were away in Adelaide earlier in the year, and it did. If I ever have the luxury of a nap, I like to slather my face with this before hand, I always seem to wake up looking hydrated and fresh afterwards.

Spring/Summer Bucket List 2016

Man, if I could turn back time I would happily go back to last year where I had three whole months off work. Three glorious months. Instead, I will swelter my way through another working summer and hate every second of it. There is no denying my hatred of summer, but one way I’ve found to help make it slightly enjoyable is to write a “bucket list” of things I want to do.

– Make sweet tea on the weekends
– Grill out on the BBQ on nice evenings
– Go for walks along the beach on weekends
– Get a professional pedicure
– Host a dinner party
– Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly
– Go down south for a long weekend
– Swim as much as possible
– Go to Adelaide for a mini holiday
– Go to the Wanneroo Show
– Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ list
– Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving
– Read all the books on my summer reading list
– Try fake tanning

Hopefully I can get around to ticking all of these off of my list, the last time I wrote one I only managed to complete a handful of them. Wish me luck!

Spring/Summer To-Do List 2015/16

Last year I put together a wishlist of things I wanted to try and accomplish during the spring/summer months, and it was a really fun way of keeping track of all of the summery things I wanted to do. It was a bit of a mixed bunch of goals, but they were all things that made me feel like I’d be making the most of the warm weather. I decided to do the same again this year, and hopefully with me having a break from work I’ll be able to cross even more things off of my to-do list. Here’s hoping! I’ve carried across some of my goals from last year that I didn’t quite manage to cross off, here’s the full list for this year –

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Catch up on my 50 Book Challenge
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends
– Make musk (and possibly redskin or caramel) vodka
– Swim as much as possible
– Go for walks along the beach
– Have weekly lunch with my mother and grandmother
– Get a professional pedicure
– Re-Read ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go on a girls’ trip/weekend away
– Host a summer BBQ/dinner party
– Buy (and plant) some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Buy fresh stone fruits from the local farmers’ market
– Have fresh cut flowers in the house every couple of weeks
– Buy a new maxi dress (and wear it to death with my favourite summer sandals)