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June 2016


Researching a new foundation – Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation

On my list of things that I’ve been thinking about is changing my foundation.

I have been using Bourjois Healthy Mix (colour 52)  foundation for about 2 years now and before that I was using MAC (I don’t remember which particular one I was using).

I’ve always had oily skin but as I’ve gotten older my now mature skin has changed into combination skin where I now have an oily/shiny T-zone which shows itself around about midday.

As much as I liked the coverage of the MAC foundation it was a bit too “oily” for me and the T-zone shine was obvious quite quickly. So once I finished the product I did some more research and gave the Bourjois Healthy Mix a try.

I like the texture of it as it sets kind of velvety and not matt but also not creamy, so it keeps the shine on my T-zone away for a bit longer but by midday I still look quite shiny.

I am not expecting a new foundation to solve all of my problems but I am looking for something a little more specific for a mature skin as well as not having that matt look and feel as I want it dewy without it being or feeling oily.
Am I looking for a miracle?……….maybe

On top of this, I joined a beauty spa recently and at my consultation they took some skin imaging and although my skin seemed really good and I hardly had any sun damage (yay!!) which seems to be the most common issue they say, they did mention that parts of my cheeks, my chin my forehead were dehydrated. And looking at the images I could see that too.

So my aim is not only to look at the beauty products that I’m using but also look at the makeup, especially foundation and see if I can find something more hydrating.

Funny how things happen though, because I was at my dermatologists office the other day, for a totally unrelated issue and as I was waiting at the reception desk I noticed some pamphlets about mineral makeup and the brand was Jane Iredale.

I don’t know about you but when something is endorsed by a dermatologist I take more notice then when it comes from a beautician or a department store.

I have seen the name before, in passing, but none of my friends use it and to be honest mineral make up has scared me a little because I thought of it as this mineral power that I will have trouble applying and I just know I would have issues and then I would get annoyed and probably stop using it.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Jane Iredale has a mineral liquid foundation…..I can do that!

That night I started reading more about Jane Iredale products and their reviews online.

The foundation is called Liquid Minerals A Foundation and it looks very interesting as it has spheres of the mineral foundation “floating” in a clear liquid which is Aloe Vera gel and Glycerin.   The mineral liquid foundation also has ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10 which are very hydrating and that is what I’m after.

The product is also light reflecting and described as feeling like second skin.

It was also really important for me that the products are cruelty free.

They have a great selection of colours and another thing I really like is that, on the janeiredale website they offer a colour matching services with the help of the “Foundation Finder Quiz“.

After watching some youtube videos as well I now think I have enough information to invest in this product.

So, decision made, in the next few weeks I will go and have a colour match and try it out. Will keep you posted!


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this is not a sponsored post, Jane Iredale has no idea who I am or that I have written this 🙂

Lifestyle, Photography

Holidays to recharge


Need an idea of where to go on holidays?

We just returned from a 10 day holiday to Noosa, (Australia) and although I have been to Noosa before, this time I really loved the beautiful weather and enjoyed walking every morning.

I’m an early riser but in cool weather I find it hard to get motivated in the morning but while we were away I would have my morning coffee and then I was off for a long walk through beautiful green streets and along the glorious beaches and finishing it off by 200 steps up a hill to our apartment… was just such a lovely way to start the day.

Even managed to see a koala in our street.

Being back home now I so miss the warm sunny weather.


noosa 4





Love these stairs, so motivating!



Lifestyle, Photography

3 of my favorite DIY

Family Tree

I thought it would be fun to share some areas of our home where I’ve been creative, over the years.


Family Tree:

family tree 3
A few years ago I started to trace our family tree, and was able to get some photos, mainly from my husband’s side of the family….my side is a bit complicated 🙂
And decided to use the photos as the family tree.
I started with my husband and me in the middle and then visually split the wall in half, working up the wall with my husband family tree going up one side and mine on the other.


Mosaic Mirror:

mosaic mirror 1
I made this mosaic mirror several years ago, and considering it was my first attempt at doing a mosaic I am very pleased with it.

I actually made it specifically for this spot but when it was completed it was so heavy that my hubby had to use super heavy duty hooks to hold it in place.


Trip memories:

travel momentos
These two pictures are our memories of our Fiji trip. I bought these handmade cards at a small Fijian market. When we returned I wasn’t quite sure what to do but knew I wanted to somehow do something with them.

So I ended up framing them in a bit of a pattern.