Weekend Friday Favourites

Happy November!

I hope you’re having great weekend and welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites! Spain declared last week another state of alarm to combat covid-19’s 2nd wave and is in place for 6 months. Unlike back in March it’s not a total confinement. For now a nationwide curfew from 23.00-06.00. Regional governments can alter an hour each way. Catalunya had already closed all bars and restaurants for 2 weeks unless providing takeaway with group meetings to a maximum of 6 people. Regions can also stop cross region travel however Spanish borders will remain open. In addition this week the Catalan Government set the curfew 22.00-06.00 with further measures this week of weekend municipal confinements from 06.00 Friday to Monday 06.00. We’re allowed to cross town borders to exercise but not shop unless for essentials not close by. All shopping centres/malls, gyms, the zoo, cinemas are closed for initially 2 weeks apart from supermarkets with other shops limited to retail size and people capacity. Bars and restaurants unless takeaway remain closed. I’m happy it’s not a total confinement like last time. I think I’ll crazy for sure if it was. 

Anyways, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye recently. 

Jigsaw Puzzles

I used to do jigsaw puzzles as a kid and really enjoyed them. My Dad helped although he only did a few pieces before his patience and boredom set in. I’m hoping they’ll break up screen time in the evenings. I spend way too long on my phone particularly YouTube when I get back. Ironically it was YouTube video which gave me the idea. They’re not something I can find easily in the shops! My local supermarket has tiny selection* so it’ll be online for more. This one took me 5 days to complete. What I thought was 10 minutes was 30 minutes or more! I didn’t get much done 2 weekends ago as I was too busy ‘wasting’ time on it. But it’s a good wasting time as I’m using my brain. I felt a little proud when I completed it! I have 2 more already to start (* thank you Christmas toys board games in stock in that local supermarket). This one came with optional glue mix to keep it complete but I’m looking forward to trying it again to see if it’ll be easier, if I recognise pieces and places. Yep. Nerdy.

Crescent Moon Necklace

This is what happens when you watch Hotel Luna on Netflix. A fantasy Kdrama about an hotel that’s for ghosts, souls to rest, resolve grudges before moving onto the afterlife. Only ghosts can see it save the one human employee who helps the owner. The owner each episode wears at least one moon inspired price of jewellery and that’s how I ended up on Etsy looking at moon necklaces. I won’t lie, last week when the moon was a waning crescent to half moon I felt like I was twinning with it.

Continue reading “Weekend Friday Favourites”

Beauty Finds: Lip Balms. The One Product I Can’t Live Without

If I was on a deserted island and had to choose a lifetime of beauty supplies, I couldn’t choose from 1 or 3 products. There’d be at least 12 products for sure. Multi purpose moisturiser would be one. At the top of the list would be lip balms. An SPF one and regular one. 

Sadly I can no longer get my favourite lip balm brand Sierra Bees easily in Spain anymore. I used to order online, however with shipping it’s not worth it. Most lip balms I find in Spain have paraffin or another petroleum derived ingredient which I avoid. My preferred SPF lip balm is no longer produced by Tone It Up. For the past year I’ve been trying out different brands and have yet to find one I like. I also want to cut down on plastic where I can so in the next few months I’ll be experimenting making my own lip balms, regular and natural SPF lip balms as I generally wear non spf lip balms inside, spf lip balms inside. I’ll for sure be sharing how they go! 

As always I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products. Cruelty free, clean ingredients, natural ingredients better, vegan even better. While I am a vegan I eat honey however if any product does contain honey depending on its source I might use it. If it’s organic honey I might be more persuaded as I know the bees have been looked after well. Generally the only honey or beeswax in a product I will use are lip balms. 

I also to my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLS’s, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals etc and their alias and derivatives. Some derivatives depending on how far down the chain they are or generation of petrochemical I might, but I prefer to avoid them. I also do my best to avoid palm oil, its alias and derivatives as I prefer oranguatans and tigers. Again if it’s from a  sustainable plantation I might. Palm oil is also tricky as to how it’s labelled. Coconut oil is just as bad for the environment so I try to go again for sustainable plantations. With cosmetics I go for cruelty free and clean ingredients as with make up can be tricky. My skin types oily, sensitive, acne prone and now those wrinkles! 

Ecolips Berry SPF15

This was my go to SPF lip balm from iherb and YesStyle before shipping got tricky and the price was stupid for one. 

I did like these lip balms being my go to when out. They hydrated great, aren’t too greasy but left a little gloss without white cast being a chemical sunscreern. I also didn’t have to keep reapplying. The scent’s not too over powering and doesn’t go off to some weird smell. Unfortunately they contain Avobenzone and octinxate two SPF chemical filters which can harm coral reefs so I won’t be repurchasing. I’m hoping I can find good SPF lip balms before spring next year (and a zinc oxide sunscreen that doesn’t dry out my skin). I know raspberry oil and carrot oil are natural spf sunscreens but I don’t know if I was to make lip balms with them in if they’d work. 

Alaffia Coconut Pineapple Ethically Traded Lip Balm 

I got this on holiday in the USA and quite liked.  It has a yummy pineapple sweet/candy piña colada scent that doesn’t go yucky, contains just ‘4’ (not listed is what’s in the coconut pineapple flavour) ingredients and kept my lips hydrated but at times not always moisturised for long periods of time if that makes sense. The smell on migraine days was a bit too much but apart from that I liked it. The only con was how quickly I got through it. Would I repurchase? Yes and iherb ships it to Spain!

All Good Original Certified Organic Lip Balm

Another USA find which I really enjoyed using! It did a great job of hydrating and mostiuriding without being too greasy. I used most of the lip balms over the summer which does affect their abilities as they’re naturally warmer and easier to use due to the heat. This one has a peppermint scent which did get slightly medical towards the end. Again on migraine days I didn’t always want to use it. I was however a little sad when I finished the tube up. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Continue reading “Beauty Finds: Lip Balms. The One Product I Can’t Live Without”

Spitting Caves, Oahu, Hawaii

After a quick stop at Lania Lookout we headed to a sunset spot Spitting Caves, also known as China Walls. Caves in the cliff spit out the water as the waves crash into them. It’s literally a run down path between two houses that looks like it’s probably a pee alley. You go down a steepish dirt path that opens out onto amazing ocean views and rocks. It was already getting busy with sunset watchers and whale watchers when we got there. P later commented that in the USA people actually stop to watch the sunset. This was more so along the Big Sur, but then you have to stop and watch the sunset along the Big Sur. If I can I like to watch the sunrise to sunsets.

I was more incited by the rocks and the water hitting and swirling around the rock face. So many red layers that contrasted with the blues. I didn’t notice until looking at the photos there’s a rope ladder and a rope to get down to the rocks. Or for after Google images, climbing back up after cliff diving. I didn’t know at the time it was Spitting Cave. Now it clicks the beautiful swirling sea ocean patterns. I can never get used to call it the ocean. I’m used to sea. 

As I wanted some p&q I sat away from the main crowd on naturally worn away stone that was like a seat. Filled with warmth from the day and for stone comfy to sit on. It was an in memory of seat. I can see why they came to watch the ocean and light. Or perhaps he was a cliff diver who lost his life living it full cliff diving. There was also a rescue ring with Lei so I’m hoping this place has some good juju! Flowers are normally placed where people died or they are in Europe along roads. Or maybe it was an ocean offering.

Lumahai Street
Path down
The view that greets you

The houses were amazing. They must cost a bomb to run and fed up with tourists tramping everywhere for the views, but amazing nonetheless. And sh*t in a storm so close to the water. I’m sure Hawaii like everywhere else has it’s problems, high rent, high living costs, dependency on tourism (which shows in a pandemic like now), unemployment, gentrification, at times limited to what you can do but an upside must be the being on a beautiful island that has a bit of everything: wilderness, city, being able to be in the water all year round. 

The rocks and cliff face

Continue reading “Spitting Caves, Oahu, Hawaii”

Lanai Lookout, Oahu, Hawaii (I Think)

On the way to catch the sunset after Kailua Beach we stopped off at Lanai Lookout which has amazing views the rocks and ocean. Where the ocean hit the rocks and swirls it produced were mesmerising.  

The hill behind you can see the lava flows now taken over by nature. These lava flows continue to the rock in less quicker flowing layers. More like the end of the flow when it speed slowed down the lava spread out to be curved edges or perhaps it’s more where the ocean and wind has shaped the rocks. Signs are up saying no crossing beyond this point, but who obeys signs when the views are something else?

Continue reading “Lanai Lookout, Oahu, Hawaii (I Think)”

Recycle Less: September Challenge. Did I Do It?

Last Month in Fast Fashion’s Inditex Join Life Label and My September Challenge I set myself a September Challenge. Aside from gym leggings and socks not to buy any other item clothing for the month of September instead shopping my wardrobe. Did I do it?

Technically yes. Technically no. 

Technically yes: I did get a pair of gym leggings and much needed socks. Socks can be expensive! I prefer Decathlon invisible trainer socks for the gym, running and everyday socks and while they’re cheapish €4.99 for 2 pairs, 6 packs add up.  

If we’re going calendar dates from ‘money’ to ‘money’ I did more or less do the challenge. If going full calendar month from the 1st to the 30th no. I’m not a zodiac monkey for nothing. 

Technically no: I did get a hoodie under the pretence of teaching classes when it gets colder. However as for now it’s the only decent looking jumper I have until a coat or jacket hides jumpers, I’ve been using it as a regular hoodie. Naughty Nat. 

My Mum every year gives my sister and I winter coat money, although we can use it for what ever we want. I always forget every year she does and trust me my sister and I buy coats, shoes or bras with it. I usually wear a winter coat for 2 winters with the money covering a coat and maybe a bra or pair of shoes. It wasn’t my intention to get an in-between autumn and winter and in between winter and spring jacket. I saw one and decided it would break up being dressed all in black when short puffer jacket season starts. Buy it now before when I need it for when I can only find big winter coats. I’ll be shopping for a big non down winter coat then anyway. So, this is a grey area under my Mum’s saying if you see it, get it, as you might not see it again along with another of her’s it’s only a bargain if you need it.

Continue reading “Recycle Less: September Challenge. Did I Do It?”