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#Smartbeauty: Time Saving – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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Since being in France recently I have become a convert to what they consider the best and quickest way to remove makeup: Micellar water. Models, makeup artists and Vogue magazine swear by it so I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to get on board this cult product. Micellar water you say? Come again? What the hell is that? Don’t worry at first I thought this was yet another unproven marketing term to scam buyers but there is actually science behind it.

Micellar water gets its name from “micelles,” which are tiny oil molecules suspended in water. It looks and feels like regular water and applied to the skin these molecules latch onto dirt, sebum makeup and other impurities clinging on your face and removes it all in a gentle manner. Rather than your typical makeup cleanser being a foaming solution that contains soaps and harsh chemicals made to grind away impurities, with micellar water you don’t need to scrub the face vigorously so say ‘au revoir’ to redness and that irritating stinging feeling.

There is no need for rinsing and there is no oily residue left on the skin so for a late night out (or a late night in) this is very appealing for lazy girls like me. It’s easy to use, gentle and most importantly it works in no time at all. A true time saver!

I was delighted to find out that Garnier now has a micellar water based cleanser which is sold in Australia. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is very affordable (AU$10 for 400mL) so won’t break your weekly grocery budget. It’s also perfume free so great for sensitive skin too.

Watch my very amateur video and see how it works. It’s unedited so you will see my yucky spots but proves that it’s taking my makeup off!

Music: Swansong (Instrumental Version) (Josh Woodward) / CC BY 3.0

This is my entry for the #smartbeauty challenge for Garnier. All words, opinions and views are my own. I’ve been using Micellar Cleansing Water religiously since my trip, so this was a very easy and honest review to do. Thanks also to my youngest sister for helping to take the photos and edit the video.

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My family – Lily being green

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I ran out of time to post this on Wordless Wednesday but here is how Lily was all green in my 33/52 post. And in case you don’t know, the green tunnel is not meant to be used like this…but Lily really wanted to recreate a Chinese New Year Lion Dance – with a caterpillar instead!

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: Before taking this picture I had removed something you had picked up from your mouth. But as soon as I started snapping, you had already picked something else up to put in your mouth again! One day you will figure out that not everything is food…

Lily: Why are you so green in this picture? Find out on Wednesday how Lily is misusing another one of Nyla’s toys….

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 33/52.

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Cool stuff for kids: Rock & Pebble Apple and Pear Houses

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I never had a dollhouse growing up. Probably because I was content with making do with draping a sheet over the dining table and thus creating a cubby house for myself and my dolls/stuffed animals. But looking back it would have been nice to have a keepsake as a good quality wood doll house can last generations.

When I was pregnant last year, I was recommended by countless people to get a gift from the baby to Lily – so I decided to buy this fantastic doll house. But now I’m looking at this Rock & Pebble dollhouse and can’t help feeling a tad jealous that I didn’t get a apple or pear shaped house instead. It doesn’t scream princess and the cute fruit shapes and clean lines will surely transcend well out of childhood and I can even imagine it being quite the conversation starter for the coolest of hipsters.

Rock & Pebble Apple and Pear houses are made in the USA from European solid birch plywood, sustainably produced and hand finished. You can also paint/stencil/decorate the house and wooden people if you really want to get creative.

Get it for AU $150 from Leo & Bella here.

Would you get a dolls house for your children? Or will they be throwing a sheet over the dining room like me?

(This is not a sponsored post)

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Personal Style: Nicholas silk stripe ball skirt

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Skirt: Nicholas
Top: Topshop
Accessories: Necklace (Katherine Dunmill), Hat (Lack of Color), Shoes (2 baia vista)
Kids: Nyla (Primark, Target), Lily (Seed, Witchery Kids)

My husband calls this skirt the ‘sunshade’ thinking it resembles a beach umbrella. I can see what he means but I still a big sucker for stripes and I’ve fallen in love with the feminine style of the full midi skirt. This Nicholas silk stripe ball skirt features a thick navy stripe and deep pockets which gives it casual feel so you can wear it during the day. I also like the fact that you don’t have to wear this skirt to a ball…I don’t know about you but it’s not a weekly event I have in my diary!

I’m still only washing my hair once a week so I’m wearing a hat for practical reasons but glad it’s a stylish choice too. Good news is that Nyla is sleeping through the night without a dream feed on most nights so maybe soon I’ll be able to wash my hair twice a week…maybe!

Are you into hats or full midi skirts?

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: I didn’t have the heart to tell you that you placed your letters the wrong way round…

Nyla: We are still waiting for your steps to be continuous but you just seem to be content with standing still…

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 32/52.

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Little Cheese Shop in Bayswater

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A few weeks ago I took my daughters to the launch of the Little Cheese Shop in Bayswater. It’s handy we don’t live that far away and it’s always nice to support new businesses in the community especially for the love of cheese!

The Little Cheese Shop offers a range of hand selected cheeses and accompaniments such as Red Cow, Rolf Beeler Gruyere, Roquefort, Fourme D Ambert, Jouvance Brie, Yarra Valley to name a few. Pates, rillettes and smallgoods are also available too.

I bought my favourite ‘Le Delice des Cremiers’ which is a triple cream cow’s milk cheese that has Crème fraîche added to the milk to give a slight sourness and a hint of spice. Very indulgent and very delicious!

You can visit the Little Cheese shop at:

89C Whatley Crescent Bayswater
Tel:0401197487
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10AM – 6PM)

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My Family Lens – Celebrate (A wedding in London)

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This is my second post in Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series (see my first post here). All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10. Olympus have kindly sent me this camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for two months. All words, opinions and views are my own.

Almost 14 years ago, a lanky new boy joined our class and sat down next to me. I didn’t speak a word to him that day or the next – and I don’t even remember exactly when we first talked, but we eventually did and became best friends.

It was an odd pairing as we sat with a different bunch of people at lunch time and were pretty much polar opposites. I was in the athletics team and he detested sport. He was into music and I couldn’t even play the recorder to save my life. But somehow it worked and we used to talk about everything on the way home which turned our usual 10 minute walk to 2 hours as we whinged about teachers, fellow classmates and commercial radio.

Fast forward a few years and we were coincidentally at the same university. He was always late to lectures and when he did show up he would be fast asleep from the partying the night before. He always made an effort to invite me out despite me turning him down so many times. At the time I used to complain that I had too much work to do or that I couldn’t be bothered making all the effort, but now I really appreciate him getting me out of my comfort zone. Through him I learnt to let my hair down and to not be so serious all the time. It was okay to have fun and party and now I haven’t stopped!

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After university, he went off to the UK and I went off to Japan. I came back to Perth and he didn’t…because he met a lovely English girl and I guess they say the rest is history. We’ve always been honest with each other on what we thought of each other’s boyfriends/girlfriends and I can definitely say that I love this girl probably as much as I love him now. It is pretty clear she has made him happier than he has ever been.

I loved how their wedding truly represented who they are as a couple and their shared passion for dancing was evident when they performed a cheeky swing dance and hired a ceilidh so even novice dancers could all join in. The ceremony was held at a local church in Dulwich (London) and we had to take a 50 minute cab ride from East London zigzagging down some pretty gritty areas until suddenly lush green lawns and huge mansions started appearing out of nowhere and then we knew we were at the right place. After the ceremony it was a 10 minute walk to the posh grounds of Dulwich college for the reception. At British weddings typically after the reception dinner, more guests arrive for the evening function (i.e. dancing). Which means a hundred or so more guests will show up to party and even more food gets served!

Witnessing my best friend say his vows with tears in his eyes was seeing the lanky little boy I once knew all grown up. Back to my wedding planning days, I was adamant that everyone else should elope instead and save all the emotion and drama with organising such a huge event, but now I can appreciate the joy with celebrating a union and a start of a new chapter in our loved ones’ lives. I’m so happy for my friends and was grateful that my family and I got to celebrate with them. I wish them every happiness in the world as they deserve it!

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As you can imagine, I really wanted to take good photographs of the day since it was such an important occasion. I wanted to capture the celebratory mood so a reliable and quality camera is a must for beautiful shots and not missing that significant moment. After playing around with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 in Paris, I felt confident I could use this camera to capture moments of my best friend’s wedding. And since I knew I would have my two girls with me as well, using a heavy DSLR would have been annoying to lug around so the smaller and lighter Olympus OM-D E-M10 was the smarter choice.

The WiFi option allowed me to post a picture on Facebook and Instagram (@SassandSpice My Family Lens: #myfamilylens) so people who couldn’t come to the wedding could still feel they still were taking part in the occasion. The wedding dress was absolutely stunning (very Great Gatsby), so I really wanted to show the different textures and the TruePic VII processor was powerful enough to capture every sequin and bead with precise clarity and hence captured the dress’s true beauty.

A typical English summer means the weather is unpredictable so the light conditions kept changing which can be very annoying when you have to continuously change the settings. The 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor helps with shooting in low light conditions and it is also handy that the 1,037k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD made it easy to quickly change a good number of white balance presets to suit different lighting.

I hope you liked the pictures as much as I do! Thank you to lovely people at Olympus and Kidspot for allowing me to participate in this competition and have the Olympus OM-D E-M10 on loan. All views expressed in this blog post are my own and are in no way influenced by the loan product. Since I really love this camera I’m trying my very best to win it! Please let me know what you think of my photos and my thoughts on the camera, as I’d really appreciate the support! You can see my first post for this competition here.

 

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31/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: Turning one has seemed to turn on a switch as you have started to communicate a lot more. You are constantly pointing at things and when I say what it is you try to repeat the word. Toddlerhood is around the corner…

Lily: I’m surprised at 3.5yrs you have only started to choose your own outfits as most girls seem to start earlier. In this photo you are wearing an outfit you have styled yourself and for once it isn’t a mishmash of bright colours. I actually really like it!

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 31/52.

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: After being in the house for practically the whole of Sunday, you immediately bolted out of the door and onto the scooter when I said it had stopped raining.

Nyla: I can’t believe you are now one! It’s beautiful to look back at all these pictures to see how much you have changed in only a year…

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