Friday, February 5, 2016

The time I flew to India with a 10 month old.. it took us 30 hours to get to our destination!

I live in the Pacific Northwest, getting anywhere from this remote part of the country often involves flying. But when I told my co-workers and friends that I was going to India (read 30 hours journey) with my 10 month old in November, I could see them thanking the stars that they were not going to be traveling with us.

Lets rewind to when I was not a mom, my heart would drop when I saw a parent with a baby heading towards my seat on a plane. I am sure I made that face - you know the one I mean and I am certain I even used to sigh out loud.

Fast forward to last November when me and my husband and my little baby were making our way to our seats on the first flights on a series of flights that would eventually get us to India. I was scowling and staring down every face that made me feel like I was being a bad human being for bringing my baby onto the flight. What was I meant to do?? Well if only they would get a move on inventing teleporting.

As I walked through the aisles, I was cringing on the inside at the person I used to be, and wishing I could go back and apologize to all those parents.


Thankfully, for us at least, this potential nightmare had a fabulous end. My daughter was so well behaved, she made less noise than many of the adults on the flight and many of the co-passengers came up to us and congratulated us on a successful mission. Houston we had done it!

I don't claim to have brought into this world an unusually quiet baby. Ila (my daughter) is as boisterous as you'd expect any baby to be. She is curious about the world around her and in November she was crawling so didn't appreciate being restricted for hours on end. Unfortunately for us, she was too big for the bassinets that they provide on these flights and let's be real, she was never going to sleep in those things with all the pilot announcements and the lights around us.

But we made it work with a bit of team work and being prepared for the worst :) I will be sharing my tips and tricks to surviving long flights with a baby in my next post. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog if you want to know more :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The non-resolution resolution for 2016

It's late in January, we are already almost one twelfth of the way into 2016. Everyone I know has new years resolutions, even the ones who claim not to have them, do. It's human nature to want to challenge yourself and then to fail.

I have had the same new years resolution since I was 10 and could spell the word weight. I wanted to lose weight. You would think that now that I am 33, I might have made a dent in that goal, but no, I am 20 pounds heavier than I was last year. In addition to my resolution some of the common ones are - eat more veggies, drink more water, walk / run 5 miles a day, the list is endless and boring.

I think what we all want to do is indulge in change that is both measurable (so we can check the box / pat our backs) but life long. This year I will be focusing on changing my mindset towards the way I use my time.

Image result for rocks and sand in a jar There is a famous story about daily management. "Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life" is a story that explains in plain words, that in order to be happy we need to pay attention to the important things in life first and then deal with the lesser stuff later. It is a story about recognizing what’s important and prioritizing. "Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - The Important Things in Life" assures us that we may have time to do everything that we want to do, only if we prioritize and manage our time wisely. That would lead to happiness indeed.

So the story goes, a professor showed an empty jar to his students and filled it with big rocks. He then asked his class, is the jar full? They replied - Yes. The professor said no, wrong answer. He then poured some gravel into the jar. He asked the students, is the jar full. They replied - Yes. He said no, that's wrong too. He then emptied a bag of sand into the jar. He then asked his students, is the jar full. Now, the students had wised up and they replied - No it's not. He agreed and proceeded to empty a pitcher of water into the jar. He said, NOW the jar is full.

The idea is that we fill our days with a lot of sand (small, inconsequential tasks which we think are quick wins) but in fact we should go after the big rocks first. The large measurable and impact-ful tasks that might take longer. I took another thing away from this story though, that it's important to identify small gaps (wasted time) in our day. If we can consolidate this time or even spend it knowingly and with a gain in mind, we will be a lot happier and more successful. 24 hours are quite enough if you are efficient.

So today, I am gathering up the sand and gravel in my day and writing this post. How will you spend the sand and gravel in your day? Let me know!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Review - Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

Marcelle is predominantly a Canadian brand. I found it on Birchbox.com and I really wanted to try one of their products. The Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes ($15 for 150 ml) is sold as Canada's #1 selling eye make-up remover so I figured it might be a good idea try.

Marelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes
Marelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes
Marelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes - Ingredients

I have included the shot above to give you an idea of the ingredients. It's a hypo-allergenic and perfume free product. It has been Opthamologist tested which definitely is something that I appreciate. It also get a BEST rating from Paula's Choice!! But for me, the product just doesn't work as well as some of my all time favorite dual phase eye-makeup removers (I love Lancome's BiFacil and Estee Lauder's versions).

I am currently not using waterproof mascara so I was expecting this eye-makeup remover to make short work of it, but I feel like I have to really work the product into my lashes, have to tug a little and rub a lot. I also find that if I get this into my eyes sometimes it stings. It's such a shame as I really was hoping to find myself a new holy grail eye-makeup remover. I am going to keep using this but I am going to use it as a last step in my cleansing routine as opposed to the first step.

Have you tried this product? What did you think of it? What is your holy grail eye-makeup remover?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Masks I am currently using

With winter in mind, you'd think I have been using a couple of moisturising and hydrating masks but that's not the case. I have normal skin and even with the dry winter air, I am able to keep up with it's hydration needs. What I struggle with all year round is pore and the blackheads some of them harbour. I don't have large pores all over my face, but mostly concentrated around my nose which is a common occurrence for many women. Many of the clay masks on the market (you know the ones that leave you skin tight when they are dry) are aimed at acne prone skin. I don't have acne prone or oily skin so for me finding the right balance of pore cleaning but non-drying.

Currently I am trying out two masks. One of them I am really happy with and the other has been a bit of a disappointment.

Soap and Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Purifying Mask and Peel,  Avon Clear Skin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask

The first one I have been using once a week is the Avon Clear Skin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask. They are out of stock at the moment, but I think I paid $6 for this mask which is a huge bargain. The black color is not from charcoal though, I think it's an oxide dye and the ingredients list contains eucalyptus extract which can cause irritation. But despite all those issues, I love this mask. I have used this twice so far and even after the first use I saw an immediate reduction in the blackheads in my pores. There is no way to reduce the size of pores but you can shrink them slightly by making sure they are clear of any dirt or oil (these are what form blackheads).

Avon Clear Skin Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask

The second mask is one that I use twice a week as it's less harsh than the Avon one. It's called the Soap and Glory Fab Pore Facial Peel or as they have rebranded this the Soap and Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Purifying Mask and Peel (£10). Firstly, I don't think this mask is available in Sephora any more, maybe because they are re branding it and will bring it over to the States soon. It is however available in the UK. I have the mask in it's old packaging with the old name. The name is misleading, I bought it thinking it was a peel off mask, however it's not. It's consistency is that of a thick shaving cream! It has green beads in it that help exfoliate the skin while you apply the mask. The smell is that of toothpaste which might feel strange. I am not sure I have seen any changes in my skin even after using this mask 4 times in the last 2 weeks. It's not drying though which means that you can use it often without worrying about drying out your face. I will use it up but I am not going to repurchase. Have you tried this mask? What was your experience with it?

Soap and Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Purifying Mask and Peel

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Project - USE IT UP #1

It's the new year and as usually happens I have bought quite a few goodies during the holiday sales. Although stoked about my purchases, I am running out of room.

I never have issues finishing skincare, bodycare and haircare products but makeup products linger in my collection for years because I love trying new things and changing up my makeup routine. This time round though I want to choose products that are either soon going to dry out or expire (cream products) or products that are nearly done and just need to be used up. I will then try and use them up as part of my daily makeup, at the end of every month I will give you guys a low down on how I fared and if we do finish up something, I will replace it with another product.


Here are my picks -

a. Maybelline Color Tattoos ($6.99) in (Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze, Pomegranate Punk) and also 2 other cream shadows, one is Calvin Klein eyeshadow in Cashmere Plum and Benefit's Busy Signal (discontinued). I love using cream shadows on their own for a quick and easy eye look but I think they also make great eye primers. I think I can use one of these up in the next 6 months.

Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze, CK cream eye shadow in Cashmere Plum, Pomegranate Punk and Benefit's Busy Signal
Swatches from left to right - Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze, CK cream eye shadow in Cashmere Plum, Pomegranate Punk and Benefit's Busy Signal

Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze, CK cream eye shadow in Cashmere Plum, Pomegranate Punk and Benefit's Busy Signal
Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze, CK cream eye shadow in Cashmere Plum, Pomegranate Punk and Benefit's Busy Signal

b. Stila Convertible Colors ($25) in Lillium and Gladiola - Again products that I have had for over a year and these creams are really good quality so I don't want them to go bad before I can use them up. I reckon I can finish both of these by the end of the year. I know technically these are 2 products but I am going to club them together.

Stila Convertible Colors in Lillium and Gladiola

c. Clinique Blush in Sunset Glow ($21) - Another gift with purchase and I was so pleasantly surprised that I love the blush color and the eyeshadows are nice too. I think I can finish this within 6 months.

Clinique Blush in Sunset Glow

d. Clinique Highlight in Pink Sugar (discontinued) - I think it's one of the gifts with purchase that I received when I bought a Clinique Lipstick 5 years ago!! It's still in good shape but I really need to finish this product off. It's one of my favorite cream highlighters and I am going to enjoy using this every day. I think I can finish this by the end of this year.

Clinique Highlight in Pink Sugar

e. Benefit Dandelion Face Powder ($28) - I have owned this powder for 5 years and it's a great brightening powder. Even though powder products do not go bad for a long time, I hit pan on this last year and then forgot to use it up. So I reckon I can finish this product within 4 months.

Benefit Dandelion Face Powder

f. Stila Countless Pigments in Finale (discontinued) - another blush, one that I have been wearing almost non-stop for the last 6 months. There are 3 distinct pigments that when you mix gives just the most gorgeous pink shade to the cheeks. There is about half the product left, I think I can finish this product by the end of the year.

Stila Countless Pigments in Finale
Top to bottom - Stila Convertible Color in Lillum and Gladiola, Clinique Sunset Glow, Stila Countless Pigments in Finale and Benefit Dandelion
Top to bottom - Stila Convertible Color in Lillum and Gladiola, Clinique Sunset Glow, Stila Countless Pigments in Finale and Benefit Dandelion
g. Clinique Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple ($16) - An old lipstick, think I stole this from my mom. I have used it quite a bit but still have a ton left. But the lipstick has started sweating a little which makes me nervous and I want to use this up in the next 6 months.

Clinique Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple
Clinique Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple
h. Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink Toffee ($16) - one of my favorite my lips but better lipsticks and I adore the formula too. Clinique really does some great lipsticks that are great value too. I have half a stick left in this bullet, I am going to use it up with the next few months I reckon.

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink Toffee
Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink Toffee
i. Three lip glosses - Revlon Super Lustrous lip glosses in Firecracker (now discontinued) , Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Pink Orchid and Ginger Shimmer (both limited editions). I love all three of these glosses and I have used them a lot, only have a little bit in each of them so I reckon I can finish these this quarter.

Revlon Super Lustrous lip glosses in Firecracker (now discontinued) , Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Pink Orchid and Ginger Shimmer (both limited editions)

Swatches left to right - Estee Lauder Lip Gloss in Ginger Shimmer and Pink Orchid, Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Firecracker, Clinique Butter Shine lipstick in Pink Toffee and Clinique Different lipstick in Spiced Apple.
Swatches left to right - Estee Lauder Lip Gloss in Ginger Shimmer and Pink Orchid, Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Firecracker, Clinique Butter Shine lipstick in Pink Toffee and Clinique Different lipstick in Spiced Apple.
Those are my picks for Project - USE IT UP! Have you started your new year with a similar resolution? What were your product picks?
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