Friday, November 30, 2012

Mecca Cosmetica Vogue {Christmas} Online Shopping Night GIFT

Hello, Hello! 


As soon as I found out Mecca Cosmetica had this adorable gift with any purchase for the VOSN, I knew it was a must-have for me. It combined 2 of my favourites things; freebies and minis!

It had 2 products that I desperately wanted to test out too. 

The Eve Lom Cleanser & NARS Orgasm blush. 

I promptly set myself an alarm for 12pm Monday 26th November and I  feverishly started "window shopping" on the Mecca online store for what I would buy to qualify for the free gift. You could buy anything. anything. 

Mecca's VOSN Gift with Purchase

I toyed with being a little cheeky and just buying a little ducky lip gloss for only $4.95 but I figured I had a least 9,678 lip glosses already and I really didn't need another one.
Only $4.95

I figured I should get something that is actually on my wishlist and that is reasonably priced- seeing as I am going away very soon and I needs to save my monies for that.

I finally picked the Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub to be my Chosen One. 
Breakfast Scrub $18.95

More soften than not:
Infused with golden sugar scrub particles and banana, almond and honey extracts, this scrub is super softening and has a delicious new Maple fragrance! Scoop out a handful of scrub, rub it between your palms, then scrub in circles onto damp skin.

I needn't have bothered to set an alarm for the offer at all... I was ready and waiting, with my finger on the Mouse clicker well before 12pm on Monday. 

I even had my order paid for and my confirmation email received by 12:01pm. I did not want to miss out! Obviously. Haha.

Today {Friday} I received my order!

It was so well packaged and bigger than I imagined.

I was thoroughly impressed! Thank you, Mecca!!

Orange I glad Mecca packed so well?! {*laughs*}

So many Goodies!!
The VOSN Free Gift with Purchase Included; EVE LOM Cleanser with Mini Muslin Cloth, NARS mini Orgasm Blush, Dr Dennis Gross All-In-One Facial Cleanser with Toner, Ren Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel, Dr Brandt Flexitone BB cream

My Breakfast Scrub in the top left, wrapped up free gift and samples galore!
Samples Included; EVE LOM Intense Hydration Serum (yes!), Amyris parfum, Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner (handy).

{1}Breakfast Scrub, {2}Free gifts, {3}EVE LOM cleanser, {4}Beautiful Box

Is this not the cutest NARS blush ever??!
$1 coin to prove adorability!
All in all I would say this was a successful purchase by moi! All this for only $18.95 + $10 for the shipping! Plus I get to try 2 prods on my list, and the NARS mini blush is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. How perfect for my NYC trip?!!!

Chances are I'll be buying at least one full size NARS while I am over there... So yay for minis!!

Thanks Mecca! And thanks VOSN!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Oh yeh…

That's right. I must have forgotten I had a blog?!

I get so caught up reading (and occasionally commenting on) other bloggies that I neglect my own. It’s funny cos I am constantly seeing things or buying things and being all ‘I am so going to blog about that!” and then... nothing.  

I have been pretty busy and yet I haven’t really done anything, so to speak.

Some things that have been going on;

♡ I have put on so much weight, it’s scary. I keep trying to jump back on the healthy/clean eating bus but fall flat on my bum when I see something yummy.

♡ I have been spending way way wayyyy too much money.

♡ I have bought a whole  new hair care system (Nioxin)

♡ My younger brother asked me a month or so ago if I wanted to go to the US with him and our little sister to go see the Rolling Stones, and of course I was all heck to the yeh (whose says no)… and then he said it was his shout, and I was like ‘say what?’… Can you believe it? I sure didn’t. I was of course super excited but thought it probably wouldn’t happen and that he was in dream land dancing with the pixies.

♡ ... yet somehow in 1 week and 4 days I will be on a plane to NYC!

♡ I am not exactly a Rolling Stones fan, so… I have massive guilt about that, but I don’t think my little sister is either. And who would turn down a trip to New York?! I have been brushing up bigtime though. turns out I do like some of their songs.

♡ At first I thought the trip was to Atlanta, Georgia… Don’t ask me why… but short story there was discussion and subsequent confusion (on my part) regarding a casino. I thought he said Atlanta but he was talking about Atlantic City which is NOT in Georgia. Derp. It’s New Jersey, which as we all know was devastated by the Super Storm, so I don’t know if the casino trips are still in the works (my brother is Poker player).

♡ So, did I mention I am going to NYC?! We are staying right near Times Square! Eeek. I can’t believe how soon it is?! 11 days!

♡ My boss is freaking out about me going away. It’s only for 10 days. Chill, Broseph. {side note; my phone just beeped, like the quietest most tranquil notification available and it blew his mind "Ahhh, what was that"... Calm down. end note}

♡ Being that the trip is so soon and was kind of a surprise, I have not saved any money. That sucks. I also don’t have credit cards (cannot. be. trusted)… So I don’t think I will be buying much, even though I want to. I want to so bad. Haha.

So more on that soon- Including my wish list abroad, my travel/packing plan, plane survival plan and what I want to see in NYC!

I also plan to blog about, among other things, my new Nioxin hair care plan (which I haven’t started), my new skincare plan (which I have started and may I just say ‘hello soft skin’), my makeup hauls, my Asian goodies (ie: Daiso) hauls, my ever growing collection of Glasshouse candles, et al .

I missed you blog!

{le me indulging in a Starbucks Gingerbread Frappuccino. I love Gingerbread!}

{couldn’t resist buying some Travel books at lunchtime today… So excited!}

I cannot believe how lucky I am to being going to NYC.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One Week and One Day...

That’s right, only one week and one day till The BF comes back! Yay! That’s 8 days for those of you playing at home *wink

I apologise for my lack of blog posts… I have actually been doing *shudders* work at work lately (what a crock!) and by the time I get home I am not interested in even looking at a computer screen. Though I happily browse blogs on my iPhone, I wouldn’t dare type a post on there.

As I mentioned in my last post, I sent the BF a little list of products to get me from Sephora in Poland… But as it turns out, they hardly stocked any of them! I only got Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Apparently it’s a full size tube and a little travel one too. Cute! No Naked palette for me. I’ll have to buy it online! Oh the horror!

The BF is leaving Poland now (like right now) and going to Amsterdam for a few days… then he flies to Korea, where the time difference is a lot more palatable. While he was in Poland we were pretty much completely opposite. He would stay up late (like 1am) to say good morning to me, and I would be saying good morning to him as I was traveling home from work.

We hit some relationship turbulence while he was away. For some unknown reason I started talking about how I wanted a baby. Yes. A baby. And then he started getting a bit funny and, let’s face it, freaked out. I have brought up children before though. I didn’t (and don’t) want to be in a relationship where we had different goals in life. I want a family (big time) and I ain’t getting any younger. And back then, he said he wanted that too.

It doesn’t sound as though he has changed his mind entirely, but he has been ‘between jobs’ for a really long time. A real victim of unemployment, if you will. He has had some contracting work, but he doesn’t want just any job, he wants a job in the field that he studied in. I don’t really get that (higher education drop-out over here) and thought he should just get a job. Any job. Stacking shelves at Coles New World. Something. Anything. So, that’s contributing to him not being ready for a family, which is fair enough.

But then… Oh yes, but then… He tells me he applied for a job in Poland. “Just to see what would happen.” Like what Lily from How I met Your Mother did applying for the art school in another state just to see if they would accept her). He got an interview, which he didn’t go to, but he said how in Melbourne, it’s like 20 applications with only 1 interview… and in Poland he was asked for an interview on his one and only job application. So, then he started saying he wanted to move to Poland. Move there. What the?! He said the only thing he has to look forward to in Melbourne is me. Which is sweet, but eeeeeek.

Then he started feeling really down and saying that he felt like he had been wasting my time and that I’d probably be married with babies by now if it wasn’t for him. I didn’t really know what to say. After reassuring him (etc) I was feeling pretty worried about it all. His response? I’ll be back soon. What does that even mean?! He later said he was having a bad day, feeling bad about not having a job and then me asking about marriage and babies. Yep, I asked about marriage too.

I don’t want him to move to Poland. I don’t think I could leave Melbourne.

I didn't really mean to get into all of this in this post. I was actually just thinking yay 8 days to go. But 8 days to go till what? Am I in limbo?! I don’t actually think so, but really, I can’t wait around forever. I have PCOS and I am already scared about my baby making capabilities… so I want to try as soon as I can, that way I’ll know as early as poss if I need help.♡Missy

Friday, August 10, 2012

Distance makes the heart grow fonder...

 ... Does it, does it really?

The BF has been away for 23 days, but who's counting? Um... me.


I have been in communicato with him daily (aside from when he was flying), so I haven't been suffering too badly. But there is still 26 days to go. 26 days. I'm not even halfway.

Interestingly enough, he mentioned he walked past my 'favourite' shop... and sent me a photo. Sephora! Ooh La La.

He said he'd get me whatever I needed from there.

BIG mistake Mister. 

Next thing he knew, I was sending a list accompanied by photos, so there was no room for any errors! hahaha. Nah, I was pretty refrained  but I think I need to rethink the list. I felt under pressure and wanted to get some prods out there before he said 'okay, enough!'

Number one was the Urban Decay NAKED palette. I am a lover of nudes... So, I pretty much need this palette.

Then I also added the NARS Foreplay Blush set which has a couple of blushes.. Like a little taste tester. I have never had a Nars blush and the couple of times I've watched Orgasm I was a bit taken aback by the shimmer. But I kinda still want it... Y'know?

The set includes -Peach Matte Blush -Gold Highlighting Blush-Pink Matte Blush-Orgasm Blush (peachy pink with golden shimmer)

I also want/need/gotta have Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara... But then I was thinking, it's only $38 here- which is exxy but is it worth whatever the saving will be to have him cart if across the world for me? I just checked and it's $23 on the US store, so I don't know if I should get him to get that. It's not really worth it. Not to mention I have mascaras lining up waiting to be used... Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes, you're next!

I also added the Ciate Caviar nails... but again I'm thinking it's unnecessary. Especially considering I just noticed (like literally today) that the Aussie brand Hello Darling has those caviar fish egg polishes too... Only, they call them Rock Candy! The one I have my eye on is called "Le Petit Choupette" and it is inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's precious kitty Choupette... It has a mixture of Pink and Gold. LOVE!

And the real Choupette for added adorableness.

She's sooooo pampered! And Cute! And she looks worldly.

Any advice on what I should get from Sephora??

The BF's in Poland by the way... So I don't even know how good the savings are or anything. I'm soooo unworldly, unlike Choupette.


Thursday, August 9, 2012


Sorry for my absence... Turns out being 30 is more tiring than I anticipated. ha. Nah, just lazzzzy. Maybe that comes with old age?!

I have a tonne to catch up on the old blog... Including the second part of my eyelash extension disaster story experience... and the fact that I have found my new favourite foundation...

It feels sooooo luxurious!! It's also a pretty decent price (I paid under $30) and the product itself (and the packaging) feels more expensive. You only use a smidge to cover your whole face and *bonus* after an embarrassingly long length of time spent testing them on my hand, I actually found my perfect colour match!!

I have been spending exorbitant amounts of money on things I do not need... I keep saying to myself 'that's it young old lady, you're on a spending ban' next thing I know my arms a laden with bags of stuff! Gahhh.

I also packed on the pounds (and was in denial about it too)... So I am 'clean eating' again. Me and sugar do not mix well.


Monday, July 16, 2012

♡ Sweet Sixteen ♡

Well the day has come... to day is my Thirtieth Birthday!

I have already been super spoilt. Yay!

I got some lovely presents from my Mother Dearest and enjoyed a perfect {extended} lunch date with my 2 best friends at the Oriental Tea House. Sooooo good. I love dumplings with all of my heart!

Unfortunately my BF is sick *sad face* so I haven't seen him since I was 29!! (haha) Actually it was over a week ago... which is BS! He is going away early Thursday morning for 7 weeks! So I have to see him.

I have pack loads to update y'all on... Including, but not limited to, all the excessive shopping I have been partaking in... As well as the results of my eyelash extensions... Which long story short/spoiler alert... I removed them myself after they started lifting and lost many a lash in the process. So now I am a lash-less 30 year old!!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eyelash Extensions

On a much lighter note compared to my most recent posts... On Saturday I had an appointment to get eyelash extensions 'implanted". I could choose from Synthetic, Silk or Mink. I wanted Mink as I had heard that's what Kim Kardashian has (lame. hehe).

The therapist basically told me that because I had never had extensions before the mink wouldn't suitable- some baloney about me "maybe" having a reaction- even though I said I never get allergic reactions. In the end I got Silk extensions- I didn't have a choice. I'm very happy with them. I love not having to apply mascara...

But... they do feel "fake." I would guess that the Mink lashes would feel nicer- softer. So I am bummed she wouldn't give me the mink... and my guess is that she chose not to because mink is probably more expensive than the silk. Grr.

Also, the appointment was a mess! Firstly I had to wait 30 mins as she was running behind... Then, somehow, she had double booked and I had to wait another 15 mins. Then halfway through- ie: one eye down- she had to leave me because again she had been double booked. Hmm. She made it up to me by giving me an eyebrow threading on the house. I would have LOVED that had I a) not just had my brows done at Benefit Brow Bar the night before in prep for the lashes and if b) she asked me how I actually liked my brows. She just went mental on them! I was laying there thinking... Sweet Jesus, do I have any brows left?! It felt like she was rolling that thread like nobody's business... And me, being chicken licken, was laying there in silence, quietly hoping 'it'll be okay, it'll be okay'... Luckily it was okay. Definitely thinner than I would like though.

This was a groupon coupon thing. $49 for a full set + one refill. Considering it took nearly 2 hours (including all the mucking about), the price is pretty reasonable. And they do look nice. I don't think I would pay $180 for them though.

I asked for them to be "dramatic"... but no one has noticed *sad face*

I did have long lashes anyway... but still... I was going for the Amber Dempsey look (from The Simpsons, when Lisa entered the Beauty pageant... Only like my fave Simpsons ep ever!)

This is me right after the application. How's my puffy face? haha. That's what happens when I've been laying down for 2 hours... with not a scrap of make-up on.

That twinkle in my eye is always there, I swear :)
Keeping them dry for 24 hours was sooooo hard. I even had to be careful while watching TV- as I tend to get teary over ads and whatnot (lolz). Not rubbing my eyes is a struggle too... Only because I'm not allowed to, it makes me want to do it so bad!! Washing my face is also an issue and I try not to get them too involved in the shower. I like my showers HOT but I fear the steam may cause the glue to disintegrate... But so far so good and we're on day 4.

I'll update on how it goes.

So far I have lost one eyelash... it was right on the outer corner and I think it was actually too far on to the edge... I noticed the other one eye was starting to look weird- it was nearly in my eye... so I pulled it off. It hurt. So... I wont be doing that again. So, two lashes down (but one self inflicted).


25th June, 2012

We said goodbye to my nephews' Father on Monday. The farewell was lovely and some great stories were shared. There were tears but also some laughs.

I'm really proud of my nephews. The eldest one even spoke at the funeral, which I think is incredibly brave. He read out a poem that his Father had written to my sister. It was really sweet.

The funeral was packed and as I got there a little later than I had hoped, I ended up standing. After the service I made my way to where my nephews were and that was when my tears started.

My nephews had handled everything so well... from when their Dad was first in ICU to when he actually passed but I think everything seems so much more real at a funeral... Seeing their tear stained faces and their little shoulders rising up and down with each gasping sob, turned me into a mess. I think I made it worse. I wanted to be comforting and to say something reassuring, but I think I was mostly incoherent. I don't know how I would have handled myself in their situation, but I'm very impressed with how they handled themselves.

I drove my youngest nephew to the private cremation service and he was his usual happy cheeky self on the drive there and back. Playing Where's Wally and Fruit Ninja on my iPhone.

He was quite enamored with my new scarf too and wouldn't stop petting it... it basically looks like a mess of fluffy balls in the pic below. It is incredibly soft.

Imagine my panic when the dash of colour I wanted to add to my outfit ended up shedding and leaving behind a rainbow of fur over my black jacket and then, worse, leaving a trail on my Nephews black suit. Ooops.

My nephews' Dad was a Leo and always referred to himself as the Lion (and sometimes a Tiger)... When I found these Lion hats near my work I had to get them. There was only one on display at the store, but luckily the storekeeper found another one out the back. They actually really took the time to search for me. I was really grateful. I wasn't sure if my nephews would really care that I got them, but I was wrong. They loved them and wore them on the drive home from the funeral.

This is my Mum modelling the hat. 
My nephews have a lot of great people around them, including my Dad- who is very active in their lives. I also got to know my sisters' new boyfriend a little more during the day too. I like him. He seems really grounded and I think he'll be a good influence on my nephews. The boys also have my Brothers (their Uncles) to help them and of course everyone is eager to help. The sadness doesn't end after the service, know what I mean? If anything, I think things will get harder for them as time passes.  I hope promises don't get forgotten and that people stay true to their word.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Sadly my nephews’ Dad, and my quasi-Brother-in-Law, passed away after the decision was made to turn of his life support. He died a little less than 24 hours later (on Monday morning).

My heart is in knots for my nephews. They are actually coping quite well… Even though his death was a shock and unexpected, him being on life support and in ICU, kind of allowed my nephews time to adjust. He was in ICU for 7 days. He suffered damage to his brain and apparently even if he had ‘recovered’ the part of his brain that was actually ‘him’ (personality etc) was the most significantly damaged. So, he was gone.

As is often the case, there was family squabbling over whether or not to turn off the machine. It’s so sad. It seems so surreal, I don't think the reality has sunk in yet. Since it happened I haven’t stopped thinking about him, remembering the good times and even letting the bad times creep in. My nephews’ father and I had our differences… and I’m really glad that last year we kind of settled everything. He and my sister were no longer together and it wasn’t an amicable break up or co-parenting relationship (even though they separated like 7 years ago). I, was, of course, technically “on my sisters side” and she actually used to tell him that, using me in their arguments… Which I didn’t like. What’s between them is between them.

One drunken night he said to me ‘you hate me don’t you?’ and it was the perfect opportunity for me to tell him that whatever happened between him and my sister was between them and hadn’t influenced my judgement of him at all. It’s true too. Whenever I saw him, I was 100% friendly, even after the horror stories I heard. 

My most recent memory was at a family friend’s birthday party where he and I hogged the mic from the band. We were singing up a storm. And it was totally awesome. I wish the songs we sang were more to my taste but ‘mambo #5’ and more specifically “a little bit of Monica in my life” will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s actually the only song I definitely remember we sang, but we hogged the mic for a good hour. Haha.

So, a funeral is on the cards for me at some stage… But I believe there will be an inquest or something into his death. The funeral will be quite big, as he was well known and had a lot of friends as well as a large family. 

He was only 55 and left behind 3 sons. Aged 18, 11 and 8. 

Rest in Peace Marty.


Friday, June 15, 2012


Thank Goodness it’s Friday.

Even though it was short week… It dragged on for me and there seems to be more work to do in punishment for the long weekend.

I am also struggling with something. Something serious.

My ‘brother in law’/my nephews’ dad is in the ICU (intensive Care Unit) after sustaining a critical head injury on Monday. There is a criminal investigation happening, so we aren’t being told much. It was even a struggle to get in to see him.

My sister and the boys were in QLD when it happened. My sister wasn’t sure if she should tell them… When she did she kept it very vague (as it was actually quite violent) and sort of eased them into the seriousness.  The boys wanted to see him (understandable) so they flew home early. It’s kind of like everything is in limbo right now. It’s just a waiting game.

I’m really concerned for my nephews. They are only 11 and 8. Far too young to be dealing with this. They had to visit a counsellor before they could see their Dad in ICU. The youngest one freaked out and the eldest had a lot of questions. Questions that couldn’t really be answered. The nurses wouldn’t even tell us if he was breathing on his own. It’s so surreal.

He’s been in ICU and classed as critical for 5 days now. He has a brain injury. I’m no doctor but it doesn’t sound good. If he survives, and I’m thinking that’s a big if, he is probably brain damaged and, I don’t know but, he won’t be the same. In a way, my nephews have lost their Dad. It’s just f*cked how one minute everything is fine and dandy, they were in QLD (no doubt having fun) and I was going to visit the Puppy and my beloved Bender every day, and then BAM everything has changed.

I want to fast-forward and find out what’s going to happen. Waiting sucks. It’s weird coming to work and pretending everything is okay. Dealing with mundane things like phone calls and appointments when someone-I-know’s life is in the balance. There’s nothing to do but wait. It’s weird. I feel like I should be doing something, but there is literally nothing I can do.

Tomorrow the boys are coming with me and my mum on a trip to the Yarra Valley to see my brother (their uncle, who they adore), for my niece’s birthday. The plan is to get their minds off what’s happening. I actually haven’t seen them yet and I’m eager to see how they are coping.

And then as if that isn't bad enough... My God-Mother and my Mum's BFF's cancer has returned (I've lost count). She's also in hospital. She has already said she will not undergo treatment anymore. She can't stand it again.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Goodie Bag Winner!

Thanks for the entries to my little giveaway and for the suggestions in regaining trust with the BF.  ♡
Things actually appear to be fine between us, so I'm just going to keep on doing what I'm doing. He is actually going away to Poland in 42 days (*sad face*) for like 6 weeks, so that's going to suck.


There were 16 comments to that post (which included 2 from Cat), so I asked to select a winner from 15 entries.

And the lucky lady is..........................................

Monday, June 4, 2012

Latest Acquisitions: Pet Edition

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you all have a nice weekend. Mine wasn’t too bad. Spent most of it just lazying away. Sweet.
Just thought I’d give y’all some recent purchase updates for my pooch.  

I love ALDI! I got this heated pet bed for Dino and his arthritic back legs. It was only $50 and it's very spacious! Best bit though? Unlike his Kennel, he is actually using it! PRICELESS!! 

Dodgy Picture, or what?!
Sensitive Dog Wash and a Chamois from a cute brand available at Coles New World. 
I gave Dino a bath on Saturday and we can report that the wash works. haha. Luckily there was a bit of sun on Saturday, so what the Chamois missed, Dino Sun baked dry.

Also, as a side note: I am kind of going through a mini-1/3 life-crisis (I am nearly thirty FFS) and have gone a bit mad on anti-aging prods. Like, I mean I have gone mad. 

Oh and in other fun news. I purchased a deal for some Mink Eyelash Extensions... I don't really need them, but that doesn't stop me wanting them *cheesy grin* The deal I got was $49 and includes one refill... Valued at $230. I just figure it will be a bit of fun and it's close to where I live. 


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Giveaway 101: THE GOODIE BAG!

Hiya Guys!

Thanks for the support over my last post.

To say I’ve been through a trying time is an understatement. I have been really emotionally drained and truly thought my relationship was over. Thankfully, after the initial shock wore off, my BF ended up being really understanding. Things are still a little rocky, but I think we will be okay.  All I can hope is that we will end up with a stronger relationship at the end of this.

What was kind of ironic is that it was only recently that I was making a bit of a song and dance about him trusting me... And even made the lighthearted comment that something was a 'trust exercise'... I'm really lucky he has forgiven me and that we can move on. I do feel like a dodged a bit of a bullet. I want to try and make it up to him, but not as though I am compensating for something I did. Does that make sense? I just want him to know I appreciate him and that I'm sorry- even though after all the apologising I've been doing, I think he gets that. We have had little tiffs in the past, but nothing like this. This was like betrayal, serious hurt feelings, a real grown-up situation, something I've never experienced. I was also blind sighted and it just came up out of nowhere. Any advice on how to make it up to him?

Enough of that, and onto the fun stuff. My Giveaway!!!!

It’s funny, I feel like I have been collecting these treats for ages, but now when I actually group them all together it doesn’t seem like much. Eeep. Hope this isn’t the lamest giveaway in the history of giveaways!

Quick Rules:
Giveaway is open to Australian Residents only (and only because this shiz is quite heavy and would cost an arm and a leg to post OS. Sorry).
You must be a GFC follower of course… This is celebratory 50 Followers Giveaway after all.
Entrant must make a comment on this post.
Entries must be in by Midnight on Tuesday 5th of June.
Winner will be picked at random on Wednesday 6th June and announced in a separate blog post. We can then arrange delivery.


Goodie Bag!
Revlon Lip Butter (Peach Parfait)
Innoxa lipstick (Marigold)
Max Factor  Xperience Volumising Mascara (Black)
Models Prefer Ultra Lipgloss Pencil (Kiss & Make Up)
Ulta3 Nail Polish (Spring Break)
Ulta3 Nail Polish ( Mulberry)
Sally Hanson HD Nail Colour (Digital)
Schwarzkoph Volume Powder
Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nuti-oil Serum
My Melody iPhone case (pretty sure it fits both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s)
Cute Japanese Bath fizzes (4 different types)
Nail Polish Remover wipes (Lemon)

Goodie Bag!
 A few little points about the goodies: I personally own a few of these items... Which is why I included them. The Schwarzkoph Volume Powder is really fun to use and a great dupe for the more expensive Keven Murphy Powder Puff and does give your hair a nice boost without making it feel heavy or causing any build-up. The Dove Nutri-oil is also great and I can feel it nourishes my hair and is lighter than the Moroccan Oil I usually use. The Revlon Lip Butter... Um, what needs to be said? And Peach Parfait is one of the most sought after colours. Oh and the little nail polish removers are AWESOME! I don't think I will ever use traditional nail polish remover again. Yes, really. I usually only need one pad to remove polish on all 10 fingers. The other day I had on OPI Rainbow Connection (glitter to the max) and I only needed one extra pad... Granted I had to work at it for awhile, but I feel as though the pads are more nourishing than traditional removers. They are quite oily, but I like it. Also, the smell is yum- well I haven't tried the Lemon scent but I have tried Mint and Apple and they very non-offensive and no yucky remover smell.

May the odds be ever in your favour!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just Quietly...

Happy 100th Blog Post to me...

Not so happy situation I am finding myself in at the present.

I really wanted to have my 100th blog post also be my Giveaway post (for reaching 50, ooh make that 51, followers, *waves), but I am really not in the mood to collate all the goodies for the giveaway.

You see, I did something...

I am almost approaching my 4 year anniversary with my BF (early July)... but I don't know now, if we're going to make it.

I did something early on in the relationship and didn't tell him, and he found out. So, now I am clinging on to what's left by a thread. It's hard. I feel like I am in a blur.

I've broken his trust and I don't know if I can repair it.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Update & Fiddy Followers= Huzzah!!

Hey Dolls!

Ooh, I reached 50 followers! Woo to the Hoo… You know what that means? Giveaway time! Yay!

I have been accumulating gifts for ages. Yay! I will gather it all together and host the giveaway very soon!

iPhone Update

Well, last Thursday, I got all dolled up in the hope of scoring myself a nice geek genius that I could seduce charm to fix my phone for free. Imagine my surprise when I was introduced to my female genius. Craps. My plan was foiled. Damn you Apple.

Just prior to my genius appointment, I tried to back up to iCloud again, and it just wasn’t working… Someone on a forum said I should delete some videos, as they use up a lot of space… I did what was advised because at this stage my most important stuff was backed up on my computer, I just wanted a quick fix in the meantime… delete, delete, delete. Yes, I did have some minor heart palpitations, but I hushed myself because it was all on my computer. I was then able to back up to iCloud in all of 5 minutes (versus hours upon hours, only for the backup to eventually fail anyway). Things were finally looking up, I thought.

My Lady-Genius was very sympathetic  and I got a lot of understanding ‘aww’s and even a ‘how annoying’ at how close to being under warranty I was, but needless to say, no free fix for me. I was told I would have to pay $179 for a refurbished phone… and also lose a majority of my stuff due to my phone being unable to be properly backed up. Thanks iCloud, thanks broken computer… Thanks BFF who asked ‘did you back up?’ OBVIOUSLY NOT. And I kind of thought having my iPhone backed up onto my computer and then technically vice versa (computer back up on phone) was enough. What were the chances of them both failing on me at the same time? Grrrr.

I told the Lady-Genius I didn’t want to go ahead with the $179 refurbished phone yet as I might as well try backing up my phone properly, instead of losing it all- Well, mainly my music which couldn’t be backed up on iCloud or my deleted videos- Especially considering the $179 price doesn’t change the further out of warranty I become, so no rush…  The Lady-Genius somehow magically put this circle thing on my screen (pic below) that I can move around to where it suits me, and when I click it up comes a shortcut to lock my phone, so I wouldn’t have to worry about pocket dialling anyone. At least my trip to Chaddy wasn’t in vain.

See the circle thing in the top right corner? Magic. 
But then I decided the top corner wasn't so handy, as it interfered with some buttons.. So I moved it a little lower. 
This are the optios that come up when you click on this magical dot.

And when you select "devices" VOILA you can lock the screen. 
I have no idea how to get rid of the Magical little Dot, nor do I know what any of the other things do, but that's okay. I like it.

Next up, in the Great Tech Failure of May 2012, we jump to to me calling the unbelievably incompetent computer techs who I have engaged to give me a quote for insurance purposes on my pretty little laptop, who told me my hard drive was damaged. &%%#$! Nooooooo!! That was my back up!!!

Turns out they may (hopefully) have been trying to sucker me in for a data recovery job ($99 charge)… which I am NOT falling for. I have told them at least 15 times that this quote is for insurance purposes… As in to prove that the cost of repair is more than the cost to replace, which is massive derrr factor, really, in this throw away society we live in. That’s all I want. A report.

I have been getting the run-around from them.

Firstly, my laptop has been with them for a week. How long does it take to give me a quote?! I finally I spoke to a half decent tech, who divulged to me that they were short staffed and as a result had double the workload at the moment… Okay, but how about you just tell the customer that?! I was getting worried over nothing. Then he told me someone would call me the next morning. Nothing.

So I call them at 1pm to get told someone was ‘just about to’ call me. My Aunt Fanny they were! He gives me a verbal quote and takes my email address to send me a PDF of the report (“right away”) and I ask when I get pick up my laptop… “Oh you want that back? I’ll have to put it back together then… It’s in pieces’ Urgh, of course I want it back, it has my hard drive- aka my personal info! Grrr. He said he would call when it was ready.

Guess what never came? The report. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and restrained myself from calling until 4:45pm (3+ hours later)… Only to be told by another tech that the first tech had gotten the email wrong. Not the hard bit, like my name, which has double O’s, a set of double T’s and even double U’s (as in “w” haha) … but the part. WTF?! That’s incompetence, if you ask me! A computer tech that has never heard of or at least! Hmm.

Anyway… I get the report about 5 mins after I corrected the email. The repairs come to $1,151.04… As if anyone would be getting the laptop repaired when you can buy one for less. Ha. The tech that sent that report knew that it was for insurance purposes, even though I had already told the person I had originally given it to and every other tech I had spoken to since then.

Fast forward to another email I received this morning, containing yet another report, but this time for $1,332.46. Huh? Whatever. I didn’t bother emailing to say I had already received a quote that would just confuse them more; I just asked if my laptop was ready to be collected. His response? “So, I take it you’re not going ahead with the repair then?”… Ummm, who in their right mind would?? And for the hundredth time it is a quote for insurance purposes!!!!!!! Even if there was no insurance involved I wouldn't be spending that much on repairs when I could get 2.5 laptops for the same price… Only newer. Eugh!

Anyway, I finally got an email just now saying she has been Humpty Dumpty’d- aka- put back together again- and I can collect her. Why do I want to collect a broken laptop so badly? Well, as I said it has my stuff on it. I want my stuff. It may also still contain my iPhone back up and all my music, my photos and my videos. My BF can take my hard drive out and put it in this nifty enclosure I got off eBay and I can use it in the future as an external hard drive- cos you can believe I will triple backing everything up in the future.

A massive $8!
In short, this computer repair place has a case of the old ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ syndrome… That must be why I couldn’t get a straight answer out of anyone and also why I received 2 different quotes and also why I had to repeat everything 8,000 times. Short staffed or not, if there is no communication between techs y’all are going to end up doubling up, that’s why there’s twice the workload, not due to lack of staff. I spoke to 4 different techs… and got about 10 different answers.  *raises eyebrow*

Anyway, wish me luck that the insurance company pays me some serious moolah so I can get a new lappy. I have never wanted/needed to use a computer at home so badly. Haha.

Oh yeh and re: my iPhone. Adios $179 refurbished offer. I went in search of one of those predominately Asian run kiosk repair things in the city last Friday after workies… First place said they wouldn’t do it, because they give out warranties on their repairs and the iPhone 4 is notorious for having the power/sleep button go bust again and again. Great, I thought. I’m doomed!

So, I go to another one and was quoted $99 and I would have to wait 2 hours… Hmm $99 is kind of steep and considering the other place told me it would properly happen again, I was little unsure. My BF suggested I get one more quote so off I went. I had already exhausted the 2 places I actually knew of, but I figured I’d find somewhere in China Town to do it. I finally did and was told it could be fixed for $65 and within the hour. Done, my friend, done.

 It was so weird leaving my phone with a complete stranger in the city… Like I literally handed him the phone, got nothing in return (no receipt or whatever) and he told me I had to be back before he closed at 7pm. It was 6:15 at the time. Eeek, pressure. It wasn’t until I walked away that I realised how nakie I felt and that I didn’t have a watch and no way to tell the time. I was really worried I was going to miss my deadline. I kept asking strangers what time it was to keep abreast of my situation. Haha. Anyway, I handed over the $65 and was told he did [insert tech mumbo jumbo] and that it wouldn’t break again. Yay. I saved myself $114. I wish I hadn’t deleted all of my videos and whatnot, as there was really no need in the end. Thank you, random kiosk man! I had kind of given up hope on Apple and was really dismayed that I was going to lose my music, that iCloud only backs up *some* stuff and that I didn’t get my phone fixed a mere 20 days out of warranty. I even had a look a the new HTC one x (hate the name)

Truth be told, I am still kind of interested in it. You have so much more control over non-apple phones… But I have nearly 300 apps on my iPhone, what would happen to them? I can’t just abandon them *sad face*


Thursday, May 10, 2012

iPhone troubles…

Hmm, not sure what happened to that good karma I was expecting from my good deed last Friday, but it seems to have gone missing in the mail. Damn you, Australia Post! And my Japanese Lucky Cat, Maneki Neko, isn’t doing a very good job either!

On Tuesday night, on my bus commute home, I was happily bopping along to The Beatles when suddenly/randomly/completely out of nowhere, the power (/sleep) button on my iPhone went kaput-skies. I pressed it like a gazillion times. Took my case off and pressed it another gazillion times. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

After examining it more at home, I noticed it did look a little… odd. Something is not quite right. It feels different to press to… So, in short, it’s broken. My iPhone is BROKEN.     

I figured I would just make an appointment at an Apple store and get it replaced. I hopped on to My3 (I’m with Three, derr) to check my warranty... 20 days out of Warranty! Grrrrrrr. That BLOWS.

Then I thought maybe I could just deal with it... Until I realised if my phone ever ran out of battery I wouldn't be able to turn it back on!

Then it dawned on me... I stopped using iCloud early in the year cos I had used up all the free space... And although I had backed up my iPhone on my computer the night before it got damaged, what good would that do when a) my computer is DEAD, remember and b) a few days have passed since then anyway, and I have taken more photos! (of myself, mainly… cheese)

So... I immediately paid to have extra space on iCloud. Tried backing up... 24 hours remaining. WTF. Obviously it went faster than that, and by the time I went to bed it said 14 hours remaining... Wake up this morning... Backup failed. GREAT. Thanks a lot… iCloud.

*Edited to add: I have just learnt that the iCloud doesn’t even back up your music... what’s the point?! None of my music is bought on iTunes. GRRR!

I have my Apple store appointment tonight, and I am going to lose everything. My 2,000 songs, my photos (itching towards 2,500), videos… EVERYTHING! Life equals ruined! Haha, okay, well no… I am taking it remarkably well, but it is damn annoying… and my brows are officially furrowed- and perfectly groomed just quietly, thank you, Benefit Brow Bar.

I thought I'd try backing up my phone to my work computer- I had done it before yonks ago so it’s been authorised... but I think this computer has had some changes and long story short... I don't know how to back it up. In fact, I don't think I can. When I sync it says it's done... but none of my stuff is on the computer. So… My brows furrow more. *le sigh, bring on the wrinkles

After a lot of uhmming and ahhing, I have come to the conclusion that this sucks donkey balls. And have also reached the EFF this stage… Which, incidentally, is also the stage that makes me dislike Apple and all their ‘our way or the highway’ jazz- and, for the record,  being on a highway, presumably driving but with no music to listen to cos you didn't buy it from iTunes equals Most Boring Road Trip EVER.

So… yeh. GREAT!

And to think I had just bought my iPhone a present!

Wish me luck at the Apple Store… I have never set foot in there and to be honest I am scared of these alleged ‘geniuses’ I have to bow down to. Fingers crossed they show some mercy. Ever been to the Apple Store? Is it scaryyyyyyy?

I have just copied 2,000 photos using Windows Explorer to my work computer… So, then I can hopefully somehow get my BF to use his computer to pretend to be mine and restore my, hopefully new iPhone, to my last back up… Then all won’t be lost.

P.S- 49 Followers! Woop Woo… Thanks a bunch! I have a 50 follower giveaway I have been dying to throw (do you actually throw giveaways? I don’t know, but I will be throwing mine.) Some of the prizes will be a Revlon LipButter (peach parfait) and a pack of Schwarzkopf Extra Care Instant Volume Powder a la Heidi Klum! (I had bought both of the products for myself and picked up and extra to throw at a lucky winner).


Friday, May 4, 2012

Feel Good Friday

You know that saying… ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…’?

Well, I played Good Samaritan this morning.

I noticed an abandoned bag on the bus. I thought I’d seen the girl get off about 2 or so stops before I had noticed it, and I was about to get off myself.

I thought for a moment ‘just give it to the bus driver?’ then I thought it’d probably just end up with him all morning and eventually end up wherever the depot is. In woopty woo, no doubt. Anyway, as a last moment decision, I took it with me. Figuring I would get in touch with her and she hopefully wouldn’t have to travel too far to get it.

When I got to work, I searched through the bag, and found the wallet (with moneyyyy. Yay*). There was no phone or any contact details- aside from her license with her address. The bag also contained her iPod, reading glasses, house keys, car keys and some sort of fancy swipey thing- probably to get into her work building and her water bottle… her water bottle?! Poor thing was probably dying of thirst! I was rushing to try and find a way to call her, as I could imagine how she must be feeling. I would be beside myself. Crying no doubt and getting even more thirsty.

I had no way of getting in contact with her… well aside from writing her a letter, which would take a while to get to her, being a Friday and all, and I wanted something quick. When I originally saw the bag, I thought I’d just get her phone out and call the contact named ‘work,’ ‘loving boyfriend’ or ‘mum’ or something similar but… no phone. No dice. I had her name but there were no business cards with her work number on it or anything like that.

I did what any savvy lady would do and googled her. Found her on facey and messaged her. She had a super private account, I am surprised I was even allowed to message her… But then I thought, maybe she’s running around like a headless chicken, would she really take the time to check her facebook messages?!

I then found a linkedin profile. I have no idea about that whole Linkedin buissnack, but it said someone with the same name as my mystery bag owner worked at a certain large company in the vicinity of where the mystery bag owner got off the bus. I googled the company and called the number but got the head office (God knows where)... I gave them my spiel (you know it? I typed it above, geez!). The receptionist was apprehensive but she put me through the mystery bag owners line. Bingo! I had to leave her a voice mail but I was secretly excited for how happy she’d be and how her faith in human kindness would be restored. Within 2 minutes I got a call back.

She was sooo happy, so thankful and then asked how I got her work number. I said I’d been sleuthing. Sleuthing?! I have never used that word in my life! Haha.

I told her why I didn’t just give the bag to the bus driver and that I saw her house and car keys were in there and thought of how big a hassle it would be for her. Seriously though?! Let's think about that for a minute, no house keys, no car keys, no wallet- so no money, no credit cards, bank cards… not even ID?! How would you get into your house or pay someone to change the locks?! Eeek. Someone out there has your license with your address, your house and car keys! I’d be freaking out!

When she came to pick the bag up, she tried to offer me a reward, ‘to buy yourself something’ she said, how sweet! I said I was happy with the good Karma and hoped if I ever lost my bag someone out there would do the same for me.

Would you do everything you could to get the bag back to its’ rightful owner?

*I kept the money, obviously. Gotta get something for a good deed done, amIrightoramIright?**.

** I kid, I kid! 

FYI:  no reply yet to my facebook message.


P.S- Thank you Tumblr, for the pictures.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday Whinge Fest

Boo and then hiss!

My Mum called my office this morning to let me know that the back room at home had a leaky roof situation last night/this morning… And of all the spots in the back room and of all the things in the back room, my laptop got wet! Saturated … Soaked to the Intel® Core even (ooh, good play on words there but just too soon, too soon).

My Mum already tried to turn it on, which is apparently a no-no, and it didn’t power up... I’m guessing that’s a bad sign- water and power not mixing so well, I suppose... Who knew?!…. I love my pink laptop. I really do. I’ll miss her…

I totally can’t even nearly afford a new laptop right now. Apparently May is Mayhem for me in the billing department… I have my car rego due, a seriously juicy electricity bill due and smaller but still ouchie gas bill also due. And then add on top of them, the usual monthly culprits such as my phone bill, Foxtel, my Myki pass, and my need to eat and nourish my body and feed my precious pets… Not to mention my usual impulse purchases! Dammit.

Also, my diet is totally out of control! I’ve gone mad. But that’s okay, I can undo damage done… but it won’t be fun. Detox off sugar starts tomorrow. Yay.

My Bindo Tattoo is going well… It’s a wee bit itchy but really not too bad at all. I think the healing process is almost complete. The colours are settling nicely.

It has been hard to keep it uncovered and I only had 3 pairs of shoes I could wear and 2 of them gave me bad blisters! I purchased 2 pairs of Rubi Loafers (black and also Leopard) and they’ve been not-so-fun to break in. I wore my Leopard print pair today and they did not stand up too well against the Melbourne rain. First my laptop and now my shoes!!! Damn you rain!! Grrrrr!

In other news... 

I built Dino a new home...

Home sweet Home
It was $99 from Aldi... and it was fun to put together... Look how cute it is!!! Dino doesn't like it though. He has a dog house phobia. He hates being enclosed. But when my mum renovates he wont have any shelter, so he needs to start getting used to it... I have been throwing tasty treats in there (beef liver to be precise) in the hope that he will feel comfy with it eventually. He refuses to set his back feet in there. Flat out refuses... He strains his neck so much to get the treats. It's hilarious and frustrating. I helped him in there (read: pushed, but gently, I swear) and he did a quick 3-point turn and hopped straight back out again. Come on Dino!!!! Look at it! I even put one of his beds in there and all of his toys. And wrote his name on there too!! Even a welcome mat?! What more could you want?! Really.

I also got him a new jumper, lookee;
Look at that face!
That is his stuffed bunny to the left and his bed to the right... It took months for him to sleep in that bed. He did everything to it but sleep in it. He used to move it all around the place, even flip it upside down and use it as a wind block but just refused to get on it. Again, frustrating. But he eventually gave in! 
Whenever I brush him, he runs and gets his black bunny and he grooms the bunny while I groom him. Too cute!!

I got myself this Chinese Japanese Lucky Cat... Hopefully to bring me some luck, obviously. 

Oops, Wikipedia tells me this is actually Maneki Nekoa Japanese tradition. 

Oh and P.S:

Unfortunately the Chemist warehouse near my work actually didn't stock Katy Perry Meow! Grrrr!! And the sales assistant directed me to go to MyChemist... I didn't know that Chemist Warehouse and MyChemist were related... but they are. You learn something new everyday! So, I haven't been able to add Meow! to my Perfumery Collection just yet... My want has not waned though. No Sir.