One thing that’s never going to get easier is not having Mr AJ or Mr D, the boys, the cats around. January was the first full month without coming back to a happy face at the door. The first month without looking after a furry being. I’m still not used to being told it’s breakfast or dinner time. No one to keep me or my routine in check. No gentle or knock you over head butts. No purrs, just an empty silence. If I’m honest I feel lost without those 2. I have too much spare time on my hands.
New Years Day sunrise
A friend asked if I’m enjoying the freedom. I wasn’t sure how to take that. I know she meant well, but they were never a burden. If you’ve never spent part of your life with a cat or dog, you’re missing out on so much. So without pi**ing her off with a blunt f you answer I answered with, a lonelier freedom.
New Years Day Sunset
Most of January was quiet. Spain celebrates King’s Day on the 6th January so things don’t start to get back ‘normal’ until around the 2nd week of January. P asked if I wanted to get away. At first I was hesitant. There might be lots of changes this year (thanks Brexit) and I was concerned about money. Initially I thought of Portugal then cheekily suggested the Big Sur I’ve always wanted to see. Suddenly we found ourselves 2 weeks later on a plane to Continue reading “January Catch Up”
With K-Beauty established on beauty shelves there’s new player in town. A-Beauty or Aussie beauty. In the past 2 years Australian beauty products have been quietly creeping onto beauty countertops. A-Beauty has a reputation of using high quality natural ingredients, many sourced from and/or indigenous to Australia with a focus on clean natural beauty. Long time readers will know I’m all about natural ingredients and cruelty free brands. Vegan all the better. While A-Beauty doesn’t have the same ring as K-Beauty I’m beginning to appreciate them both without a clear winner. There are some amazing natural ingredients cruelty free K-Beauty brands out there, although A-Beauty might have the edge. Today I’m sharing the A-Beauty brands I’ve tried so far with a few competing if not winning for my love of K-Beauty.
I have my Aussie friend to thank for introducing me to Kora Organics. Created by supermodel Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics is a natural organic ingredient, no nasty ingredients, cruelty free range with many products using noni fruit. It’s expensive but value for money with products lasting a long time. You only need to use a little! The only downside is most of the tubes and bottles are plastic. Kora Organics ship worldwide with some exceptions, one being Spain. Nooo! Thankfully Douglas last year started selling some of the Kora Oragnics range. Most of the products I’ve used I’ve fallen in love with and have helped improve my skin no end. Ever since I’ve been using the Noni Radiant Eye Oil I haven’t been recommended once any eye creams! It’s small, expensive but lasts about 4 months used about 3 times a day. I even apply it around my mouth to help with the lines around there. Most products I’ve tried are now staples such as the Noni Glow Face Oil (expensive but lasts nearly 5-6 months), Balancing Rose Mist, Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum (again expensive but lasts Continue reading “Clean Aussie Beauty Brands I’m Using”
I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m actually travelling for the next few weeks! As much as I can I’ll try to post when I can. In the meantime, this week’s Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye.
Storm Gloria, Sea Claiming Back
Beach access paths buried!
Earlier this week saw perhaps the worst or biggest depending on how you look at it storm, Storm Gloria along this part of Spain and France in a long time. It was so bad I didn’t cycle! Usually I’ll venture out as storm’s here aren’t too bad. This one had about 60-70 kph winds with one part of Spain recording 115 kph, that whipped around the apartment accompanied with non stop rain. No way was I cycling. When Gloria had mostly past, outside was great running weather with the sea smelling alive. She took back the beaches. Sadly Gloria also took some human and non human lives. It was sad seeing trees that couldn’t brace the winds from being in the wrong part of town as the wind whipped down the blocks and open spaces creating funnels. Cleaning up is going to take a few weeks with Valencia’s rice industry taking a huge hit as seawater flooded the rice fields.
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While I’m if I must say so great at remembering each day to apply SPF, deodorant, eat my greens, fruit, berries, take my vitamins and avoid processed sugar (biscuits happen every now and then), not to go against my principles of products being cruelty free or containing nasty ingredients there are some beauty habits I’m guilty of. I thought it’ll be fun to share these bad habits. So without further ado…
Sleeping With My Makeup On
I do this more times than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too tired to remove my makeup! I’ll just close my eyes for 10 minutes then wash my face. 5 hours later I wash my face. Skin can’t breath if it’s under layers of makeup and cells have a harder time renewing themselves. Not to mention the build up of blackheads and sebum! I think every now and then won’t do much harm, but two or more times a week skin starts to suffer. When I do finally wake up I usually exfoliate, do a clay mask, a combo of both or a charcoal cleanser or maybe even all 3! I also workout in makeup. Not a full face, I’m no way a full face of makeup girl. BB cream, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. To some this might be a bad habit, but to me it’s no different than wearing makeup everyday. Pores will get blocked just as quick. As long as I’m awake to wash it off, it’s all good.
Leaving Masks On For Longer Than Recommended Time
I read somewhere that clay masks should only be left on for ideally 3 minutes. That’s their ultimate power time. Any longer then start to loose their clay powers. Most clay masks recommended wash off time is 10-15 minutes, 20 minutes max otherwise they can actually start to dry out skin causing more problems than before by upsetting skin’s pH levels. But I can leave them on for Continue reading “Bad Beauty Habits I’m Guilty Of”
December’s Cold moon’s always magical. The days are shorter, the sun sits lower in the sky lightening up the moon something spellbinding. I don’t think any other month the moon is so visible in sky. The moon has a glow that no other month can match.
This is a hard post to write. Not because of the moon but because leading up the 18th December 2019 my photos are filled with Mr D the cat. Lots of tears coming across them. I’ve never shared here on before 2 weeks last year before his brother Mr AJ said his last see you later, I dreamt about tornadoes outside my window. So many tornadoes. Looking up what tornadoes in dreams mean and the colour they meant a death was soon. I also dreamt of floods or rather my apartment outside being underwater while the apartment was airtight and the washing outside survived. A few weeks before Mr D said his last see you later I kept seeing a lot of jackdaws at the zoo. It’s not like I’ve never seen or heard them there before. This time I wanted to be sure what bird they were if they were jackdaws from the zoo’s resident wild bird list. As I kept seeing so many I looked up their meaning. You guessed it, some cultures see them as a sign of a death soon. Now I think nothing of them as I hear them all the time there. No message there! And lets not mention a dark presence I felt in the corner ceiling one evening before D went. I think that was more I knew what was happening with my mind playing tricks. All I know is I miss those 2 little boys.
Waxing moon Continue reading “December’s Cold Moon”