June Empties / Project 50 Pan (part 9)

39) Head & Shoulders Shampoo in Apple Fresh – This is the second bottle of this shampoo I’ve finished up while participating in the Project 50 Pan, and I’m already close to finishing another. This is Sebastian’s go-to shampoo, and I use it once a week or so to help clarify my hair. I actually really like the way this makes my hair feel, and the small is amazing. Apple scented hair products 4EVA.

40) Slatkin & Co Salted Caramel Scented Candle – I just had a big whiff of the remains of this candle, and it smells amazing. I picked this up from Bath & Body Works (from the US store using parcel forwarding) a couple of years ago, it’s one of their seasonal scents and unfortunately I haven’t seen it on their site since. I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out for the rumoured Australian Bath & Body Works store, perhaps they’ll stock it?

41) Philosophy Cookies & Cream Shower Gel – This smelled more like chocolate than anything else, but it was a real treat to use in a hot shower on a cold winter’s night. Delicious. These Philosophy 3-in-1 products are designed to be used as shower gel, shampoo, and bubble bath, but I only ever use them as a shower gel. It did the job well enough, but I don’t think I’d repurchase this scent again. Sebastian l-o-v-e-d this.

42) Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner – I like to include these little travel sized products as one full sized product, because it’s my challenge and I can do what I want! I really liked this shampoo/conditioner duo, the combination of the two left my hair feeling pretty amazing. I would definitely consider buying the full sized versions of these in the future.

43) MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Blanc Type – Yes, that is a whole eyeshadow. Gone. And I used every last little crumb of it. This shade works really well as an all over lid colour or a highlighter on me, but it probably wouldn’t show up that well on anyone darker than a piece of paper. I need to keep this somewhere handy so I can remember to ‘back to MAC’ it in 25 years when I finally finish enough MAC products to qualify.

July Goals

I’ll preface this post by saying there is less than six months to go until Christmas. If that doesn’t strike excitement into the pits of your belly we obviously don’t see eye to eye on how amazing Christmas is. Here’s how I went with my goals for June

– Have a board game night with the family
– Clean out the bathroom cupboard
– Plan a fun Magic Mike XXL viewing night with my girlfriends
– Make potato & leek soup
– Go for a walk along the coast
– Start planning a mini holiday for Sebastian’s birthday

Three out of six ain’t bad I guess? A 50% success rate, that’s how I’ll look at it. I haven’t been able to convince anyone to come for a walk along the coast with me, so that’s been postponed for a bit. I still haven’t cleaned out the bathroom cupboard, mostly because it’s reached the state where it’s a full blown effort and I just can’t be bothered dealing with it. I didn’t make potato & leek soup, but I did make a yummy lamb, vegetable, and barley soup, so that’s something. Here are my goals for July –

– Finish organizing (and go on) a mini holiday for Sebastian’s birthday
– Clean out the bathroom cupboard
– Go to see a dietician
– Organize (and go to) Sebastian’s birthday events
– Do my tax return
– Get my eyes tested (I’m due!)

This is a pretty easy list for me to achieve in July, but there’s nothing wrong with that! What’s on your list of goals for the month?

July Health & Fitness Chat

Long time no health & fitness chat! Well, it’s been a couple of months now. Which I guess in the grand scheme of how quickly this year this going isn’t really that much time at all. I’ve been making some progress in this department, so here’s how I went with the last set of goals I set in May

– Try and cut back on processed ingredients in our dinners
– Write up a fitness goals list/chart for the next few months
– Look at joining a gym in our local area

– Stretch my hamstrings after every workout
– Eat more fruit
– Try a local pilates class

I’m struggling with the fruit thing because at this stage there isn’t much in-season fruit that I like that doesn’t give me stomach issues. Mandarins are the devils fruit but it’s really all I’ve been able to buy recently that hasn’t cost me an arm and a leg (out of season green grapes, I’m looking at you). So fruit has stopped being a priority for me. I’m still making headway in cutting out a lot of processed foods in our evening meals, so that’s good. It just means making a lot of stuff from scratch (rather than using jar sauces, etc), which usually tastes better anyway. Here are my goals for this month:

– Get a personalised fitness plan with my personal trainer
– Go to the gym 3-4 times a week
– Stick to Tuesday/Saturday “treat” days
– Continue to eat gluten free 90% of the time
– Cut back on coffee intake (this has crept up a bit since I started drinking lactose free milk)

How are you all going with your health & fitness goals for this year so far? Can you believe we’re halfway through the year already? Mental.

5 Things To Buy From Priceline

I’ve written a couple of these posts recently, one for Sephora and one for Adore Beauty. Today I’m going to focus on the top five things I think you should be dropping your coin on at Priceline. These are my most frequently repurchased products, and anytime I receive a Priceline voucher it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll spend it on something from this list –

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – This has been a staple in my makeup cupboard for a few years now. I know this is a favourite of many people (including a lot of beauty bloggers), so it’s something that’s clearly working for a lot of different people. If you’re only requiring a little bit of coverage and nothing too heavy-duty from your concealer try this.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze – These colour tattoo eyeshadows were something of a cult favourite when they were first released. The best of the bunch was definitely ‘Bad To The Bronze’, and it’s become one of my favourite cream eyeshadows. This looks great on green eyes, so my fellow green eyed gals should definitely pick this up.

Nivea Fragrance Free Face Facial Cleansing Wipes – If you’ve never heard me raving about these face wipes honestly you should probably be thankful because I talk about them A LOT. These are the only face wipes that I use, and I absolutely adore them. They’re a dry wipe, so if you’re after a sopping wet wipe (I hate these so much), this will not be for you. If you’re after something gentle that works, check these out.

Maybelline Master Precise Liner – I’m a bit of a dunce when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner, but this is one of the two liquid eyeliners I’ve ever managed to master (the other is by Stila). The brush tip is nice and small which means you can really get a precise line happening (hence the name I guess).

Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Eyeliner in Nude – I use this on my waterline on days when I need to look more away (read: every day). Wearing a nude liner on your lower waterline can really brighten your eyes and make you seem more alive. It’s a real blessing. This one is cheap and cheerful and does the job well.

I’d love to know what your top 5 products from Priceline are, so be sure to share them with me and everyone else in the comments below!

Thoughts of the week…

01) For a few months now I’ve been feeling sick everytime I have a glass of wine. So I stopped drinking it. Then Sebastian suggested I try preservative removing drops to see if they work for me, and it seems like they do. I can drink red wine again! Happy days.

02) I’m obsessed with Major Lazer at the moment. Great motivating work/workout music.

03) Someone Photoshopped giant cats into Jurassic Park.

04) So…. That Game Of Thrones finale, eh?

05) 90,000 American UFO Sightings Since 1905, mapped.

06) Ed Sheeran heard a girl singing one of his songs at a shopping centre, so he joined her on stage.

07) I’ve become addicted to the Kim Kardashian game again. This Kardashian obsession must stop!

08) This father spent $100,000 retreating Jurassic Park totally out of Lego.

09) I usually hate radio shows but I’ve been listening to the ‘Kate, Tim, and Marty‘ podcast a lot lately. They are hilarious. Because of the hours I work I rarely get a chance to listen to their show in full, so having the podcasts available makes it easy for me to catch up on days I miss.

10) Chris Pratt runs in heels.