Friday, February 13, 2015

My Kind Of Universe

Bag content.

Sunset city view from Victoria Park Golf Course when we went to try putt-putt. It's pretty simplistic in terms of the setup but even if there weren't any crazy windmills or dinosaur-themed elements to it, it was super fun and close by. 

Learnt to delicately cut open a pomegranate instead of bashing it.

Trying new Koko Black flavours when passing through Indooroopilly Shopping Centre- I was tossing up between the mango+vanilla in dark chocolate and the caramel mousse in milk chocolate and decided to get both. I'm eyeing the Dulce de Leche and the Strawberry Ganache Hearts next!

$10 Pad Thai and Hokkien Noodles for lunch at Siam Samrarn in West End

Not happy, Jan. Oozing enthusiasm for posing. 

Bi-polar Brisbane weather- scorching, humid, fine and hailing all in a day's work.

Visited the Gallery of Modern Art. They brought back some of the old interactive installations from 2009-2010. 

Cobbled together a picnic from the Cabassi Grill, Sushi Sushi in Coles and Raw Juicery at the Gourmet Fresh section of Indooroopilly.

 Pudding Camera wasn't easy to find, but it's a pretty fun app.

Made chocolate-stuffed French Toast with thick cut raisin toast, Ferrero Rocher, Hershey's Kisses and mango. 

Lunch at The Summit restaurant on Mt Coot-tha.

Mixed entree plate

Salmon with sweet potato gratin and asparagus

Citron meringue tart with brandy snap 

Made heart-shaped pineapple tarts one evening. 

Tried my hand at baking bread. Seeing yeast do its thing is so satisfying. I've got my eye on cinnamon buns or coffee scrolls next.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Just Not That Into You

The Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask did not start off on the best foot with me. I wasn't sure which mask to go for when I traded in 5 containers for a free mask and the sales assistant confirmed that this was the one for me when I mentioned I liked the Angels On Bare Skin cleanser. I don't think it's my favourite mask of all, but it's alright in its own right.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Beauty Budget

My name is Cherie, and I am powerless. I am at the mercy of retail price tags. I know this, because I am a full-time student with minimal cash flow and I'm on the receding end of a makeup obsession, which is plateauing to a moderate interest in beauty. (Sorry for the opening line. Don't worry- this is where the melodrama peters out.) I'm just sharing a couple of tips about managing money while maintaining higher-than-normal levels of interest in beauty shopping.

(1) Don't buy anything full-priced.
I have always regretted buying things at the full RRP. Whenever I do, they always seem to have a price reduction or sale immediately afterwards. This includes shopping online, which I did when the Aussie dollar was strong and I felt quite invincible wielding my bank account details after I'd changed the currency to AUD, because often browsing brands like Origins, Aesop, Laura Mercier and MAC on 'trusted' (as trustworthy as these sites get) sites like StrawberryNet can prove to be pricier than buying them from brick-and-mortar retailers.
This also applies to drugstore ranges! I've done the BeautyJoint thing, where they sell American drugstore brands like NYX, but with NYX in almost every Australian Target- and often at 25% off- there's no reason to wait for CherryCulture sales. These days browsing online ends in a sad sigh of resignation. Compare prices, and don't assume things are cheaper online. Keep an eye out for high-quality magazine freebies too- brands like Becca and Napoleon Perdis can often be found tacked to $8 magazines, which are fantastic bargains.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Balancing Act

This is going to be a post about managing combination skin in an Australian summer when it's raining, and humid, and cold, and hot under the singeing sun. I have acne-prone combination skin that's finally calmed down after dealing with acne from the age of 15-16 and I've found a good selection of products that have work to handle the dehydrated, dry, oily and acneic bits that come along with having combination skin.

I've spoken about my current routine in this favourites post- cleansing with the Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser; treating and preventing acne with the Benzac 5% Benzoyl Peroxide water-based acne gel; and treating hyperpigmentation with the La Roche-Posay Sensi White Essence, so apart from those, this post is about the other products in my routine.

Monday, February 2, 2015

January Favourites

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+
I finished this! I used it up in January after getting two pretty angry hormonal cystic breakouts. Just 2 spots, but they were the worst ones I've had in months. Rosehip Oil always helps when skin's in a rough spot so I applied my last drops of rosehip oil and had the satisfaction of tipping the entire bottle upside down into my palm to get the dregs. Now that the breakouts have gone I need to counter the scarring.

MaxFactor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara
I love this mascara wand- it's great at separation and definition. It's not as waterproof as I'd like- it smudges a bit onto the skin on the lower lashline so I have to take care to check up on it regularly. I bought it Priceline's latest 40% off cosmetics sale and I was so proud of myself to just buy the one thing because I did actually need mascara.