Weekend Friday Favourites. 13.05.2022

Happy Friday the 13th! 

The heat’s finally starting to say hello here! I think from tomorrow I’m switching over to my summer wardrobe. 24C is normally when I switch over to shorts. I’m hoping too I can find some new shorts. I have no idea where to start looking on online and I swear last year all of Inditex companies switch sizes. My regular size for shorts in Zara and Pull and Bear no longer fitted. I may put a little weight on, maybe it’s my body changing shape as I get older however I’ve been the same size for a few years. Even looking at the waist bands clothes look smaller. I asked a sales assistant in Zara last year if anyone else had noticed and she said yes. I’ve noticed too, a new smaller size of 32 and xxs which I think only under 20’s and teens can fit into. Maybe this is the reason why the clothes changed as girls are more into fashion younger. Or I’m just not burning as much fast as I used. Whichever reason it’s a major head f**k to get around. It’s bad enough already the ideals of women’s bodies. 

Anyway, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week. 

Decathlon Snorkel Goggles 

I mentioned in last week’s Weekend Friday Favourites that I may have purchased a new pair of snorkel goggles solely on the colour. I got a little envious last year looking on Instagram of colourful goggles in turquoise, pinks, yellows, purples. Decalthon only had black, multi blue or bright yellow in adults goggles. I had to replace my goggles last year when a wave wiped me out taking both my goggles and snorkel. The replacement pair I never got one with. So it wasn’t like a I needed an excuse to buy a new pair solely on it’s colour. They’re a medium, €9.99 and seem okay for narrow adult faces 🙋‍♀️ I’m hoping in a few weeks it’s warm enough to try them out. The tube/snorkel is the replacement from last year made from recycled plastic. I tried one that has a flexible chin bit, but it was too big and I couldn’t breathe as it dipped into the water causing the value to work overtime.

The Right Way to Wear Hair Grips

Wavy side down

Looking through a beauty tip book in Urban Outfitters this week (always check out their sale sections) I found out I’ve been wearing hair grips or bobby pins the wrong way round. I thought the the wavy edge went on the outside. It doesn’t, it goes scalp side down. When I air dry my hair I place 2 pins in-between my parting and temples to prevent cowlicks and to keep it out my face while it dries loose. Now I know why sometimes my hair never laid flat with the grips in. I was placing them the wrong way round! They don’t look as pretty wavy side down however my hair with the clips doesn’t flay out as the grips are sitting flush with the hair.

Lemon and Blueberry Birthday Cake! 

Cat Tag

It’s back! Another cat tag.

Areas Of Desertification

At Zoo Barcelona this week I had a little more time to look around (I’m a member so can go as often as I like. They don’t make any money from me!) and read some info signs I usually pass by. I was aware that parts of the USA are becoming to become more dessert like but I didn’t know that Spain has a high degree of desertification or even the UK in East Anglia where I’m from. This means that fertile land is becoming a desert as the result of drought, deforestation or inappropriate agriculture. Climate change being the number one cause.

Goslings 

Nearly almost all grown up in Parc de la Ciutadella! 

Internet Finds

Nicolás Olea: Pregnant women should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupter. El Pais in English. Forget the pregnant women part, everybody should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupters! This is what clean beauty and natural beauty is about. It’s a great read looking at why to avoid certain man made ingredients in skin care and help get through the green washing of oh this ingredient is okay when another site say’s not it’s not. The article also goes into plastic food and drink packaging and how they affect human bodies and hormones. 

The ‘jockstrap’ that revolutionised women’s sports. BBC News. The OG of sports bras. Back in  the 1970’s women didn’t run much, those that did didn’t have the support they needed to keep everything from bouncing. Thanks to a jockstrap girls world over run, dance, play sports, climb or workout without a second thought of is there a sports bra (maybe larger chested girls are still searching for the one). It’s also crazy to think that only 38 years ago in 1984 women were allowed to run more than 3,000m in the Olympics. Previously experts thought that distance running would be harmful to women’s health and femininity. WTF! Imagine if the first sports bra hadn’t been invented, would women’s fitness be where it is now?

What’s been making you smile or caught your eye this week? Please share in the comments. Thank you for stopping by! 

Beauty Finds: Milk Makeup, Kush Waterproof Mascara Review

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Milk Makeup Kush Waterproof Mascara. 

My go to mascara is Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer. Clean ingredients, doesn’t irritate my eyes, equals out liquid eyeliner so my lashes don’t lost with the eyeliner. I have to separate them with an eyelash comb yet it gives my lashes, length, volume and definition I want. It however, isn’t waterproof for shit.

Rainproof yes, submerged in water swimming no. It isn’t even mist proof! Walking in the mist earlier this year my eyelashes felt wet and like something was heavy on them. A mirror check confirmed that the lashes were clumping together and the start of panda eyes!

After trying several waterproof mascaras and not liking how they don’t give the length and volume I like, or were so hard to remove last year, I remembered in my make up drawer from the year before I had a Milk Makeup mascara unused. It was stock up purchase only to find another mascara I liked, Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara. I decided instead to to experiment with it being the top coat of mascara to seal the mascara I liked underneath. Did it work? Read on for my Beauty Finds requirements or skip a paragraph straight for the review. 

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Weekend Friday Favourites. 8.5.2022

I can’t believe it’s already one week into May! My birthday month is flying before it’s begun!

I hope you’re having a great weekend! I popped into Decathlon yesterday and got excited for the up and coming snorkel season. Decathlon has changed their swim design team as this year. Snorkels are in all colours, the women’s rashies in wearable colours not bright neon pinks or weird reds, blues and the swimwear in updated designs. I might have just purchased a rose quartz coloured snorkel mask. The sea took mine last year and I had so many issues with its replacement. That’s my excuse. Anyway, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have caught my eye or made me smile this week.

Baby Prairie Dog Pups

Cuteness overload!

Apparently there are 9 at Zoo Barcelona!

A week later, more fur and a cute belly!

Nasturtiums Flowers

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Beauty Finds: Mimitika Lait Solaire Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Review. Reef Friendly

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This editions features Mimitika Lait Solaire Suncreen Lotion in SPF50 both in the new and older formula. The newer formula was released late last summer 2021. 

I prefer reef friendly mineral sunscreens however all that I’ve tired have left my skin so dry it hurts to move regardless of how much sunflower seed oil they contain. I’ve noticed most mineral sunscreen have sunflower seed oil to counteract the zinc oxide from drying out the skin too much. Some were difficult to apply as they just didn’t extend out no matter how much I tried. Others left me either pink or white after swimming in blotchy patches where I applied them depending on the products colour. Most felt so nasty on, heavy, greasy. Others I couldn’t even remove! Even with soap, exfoliation, just sitting there drying out my skin more. Freshly Cosmetics body sunscreen dried my skin out so much it was painful to move as I just couldn’t remove it. It took my skin about 2 months to return to normal. That left me with the only option of chemical sunscreens and they’re the ones that are more less clean ingredients, more crap ingredients, reef unfriendly. A visit to Sephora España summer 2020, I discovered Mimitika which saved the day! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my Beauty Finds requirements.

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Mimitike Sunscreen Lotion SPF50

The essential for sunny days. Sun Milk SPF50 will make you forget that you are putting on sunscreen: a light and fluid texture that allows quick application. No white traces or greasy films. The skin is soft and hydrated.

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Beauty Finds: Respire Apple And Pomegranate Deodorant Stick Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition is Respire Apple and Pomegranate Deodorant Stick.

I did for a while make my own deodorant until convenience won. I’d been using Respire Fleur d’Oranger Orange Blossom Natural deodorant which I liked. It wasn’t heavy feeling, wasn’t sticky, 99% natural and clean ingredients, but still got a little stinky the end of the day. Respire do refills, yet at the end of the day it’s still plastic. This was a little guilt trip as I started making my own to save on plastic. Sephora’s travel and mimi products stand by the cash desk did their thing when I saw Respire now do a plastic free option. Of course I had to try it! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on about my beauty product requirements. 

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Respire Apple and Pomegranate Deodorant Stick

First up as mentioned it’s 100% plastic free. The tube is cardboard and the label isn’t plastic cover paper. It’s all cardboard. There isn’t a plastic seal, neither is the base of the deodorant. No packing carton, just the deodorant as it is on sale. It works by manually pushing up from the base when needed. It’s extremely long lasting too, about 4-5 months which is great value for money at 50g for €11.90 or €3 a month from Sephora España. Respire’s own site it’s the same price with discount on bundles.   

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