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Queen of the bath!

18 Jan
Hello hello!

I’ve done it! I have mastered the bath. With almost 3 years of only having showers, our new house has given me the possibility to bathe in a bath of luxury.

It has been a bit of trial and error and I have now discovered, and mastered, my perfect bath.

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Ingredients
– Face Mask. My weapon of choice is Lush’s Cupcake. Yummy!
– Bath Melt or Bomb. I prefer the melt – it leaves me all smooth and luscious and oily in a good way.
– Lip scrub. I either use my Mecca scrub or my Lush popcorn scrub. The second option is tasty.
– Heavy duty lip balm. I use Dr. Lipp’s Nipple Balm
– Face Wash. Currently I am using St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub. Loving this!
– Moisturiser. Of course.
– Candles. Many many candles.
– A good relaxing playlist. My choice at the moment is the Parenthood Season 2 soundtrack.

Step 1. Get your stuff together and ready, start running that hot bath
Light your candles – I like to turn the bathroom lights out and sit in the ambience of the flame.
I also like to have everything in its place. Once I am in the bath, there should be no reason for me to bend, move or lift myself out of the water. My tipto having a damn comfortable bath is investing in a bath pillow. Not one of those blow up ones, a squishy one. I picked mine up from Spotlight for $9.
Turn on taps. Let that baby fill!

Step 2. Put on your face mask and start your music
If you have just washed your hair I suggest putting it up and pinning it so your hair is not on your face. Apply liberally and let your face tighten, cleanse, relax.

Step 3. Melt the bath melt, melt yourself.
It is time to indulge my friends. Put your bath melt in and sit. This is the best part – really let yourself relax.

Step 4. Cleanse
Once you have woken from your bathy slumber, it is time to wash off your face mask. Use a flannel, use your hands, just wash it off however feels best for you.
Follow up with your normal cleanser and wash.

Step 5. Dry off and scrub
The reason I decide to do my lip scrub after the bath is because once you have put your lip balm on, you do not want to put your face under hot soapy water. Trust me. From experience, it is not good.

Step 6. Moisturise
Moisturise your face, your body, your whatever you wants.
Make sure you moisturise your face, neck AND shoulders. We want to keep our skin looking and feeling young!

That is it. It shouldn’t be much work, it should be simple and relaxing. Once you are out, you should feel like sleeping. As I do now.
I have had my masterful bath and I’m ready for a good nights sleep. I just have to get James off of the computer.

Enjoy!

Love Matilde xx

Perth Kit and Mecca haul (and Elizabeth’s Bookstore)

5 Nov
Hello hello!

Last Friday James and I picked up our bags after having a somewhat eventful week of shifting house, illness, back problems and Chinese seafood buffets to fly over to the wonderful city of Perth.

Perth is stunning with green trees, blue water, white sand and crazy expensive tasty food. The city is like something from the 90’s.. But in a good way.

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Today James and I went into the city to have a bit of a wander. On Friday when we arrived James was so so sick and he has been recovering since. So today we got to have a stroll and a shop.

After what felt like a lifetime spent in Quality Comics, we wandered into Elizabeth’s Bookstore. This is a second hand book shop with a gigantic range of books. As soon as I walked in, this book was spotted.

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I’m a big Julia Child fan. After watching Julie and Julia however many years ago, I rediscovered Julia Child. She was an amazing cook who had skills not dissimilar to myself and became who she is today. She had strong determination and a heart of gold, she is a role model for me. I have all her cooking shows at home and am waiting for the day when I can afford the legendary cook books. I geeked out a little when I saw it.

Next was our trip to Kit Makeup. This was a random find. We were trying to navigate our way out of a small shopping mall and I noticed the bright colours of the Kit store. In Melbourne, I think we have Kit, but only in Myer. I’m thinking I may need to have a good look once I’m back.

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I don’t know if you have ever smelt Soap & Glory’s ‘The Breakfast Scrub’ but it is like a mapley heaven. It is possible that the thought of eating this scrub came to mind. It makes me crave pancakes just thinking about it.

I also picked up Soap & Glory’s ‘Hand Food’. I tested this while I waited for James to come out of EB Games. It claims to be non-greasy and I fully agree. It feels like water when you put it on and rubs in easily. My hands soaked it up and felt so soft afterwards. This little bottle was only $5.95 and was a total bargain. I might picked up their antiseptic next time.

Onwards through the alleys of Perth and then down Hay street, I spotted Mecca Cosmetics. I couldn’t find a lip scrub at Kit and was told Mecca was the place to go. And so I did..

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First I picked up the lip scrub which I’m hoping to try tomorrow and then I picked up Stilla’s ‘In The Light’ pallet. It consists of mainly shimmery natural colours and their famous ‘Kitten’ colour which I am excited to use. Also, I’m really looking forward to the Night Sky shade as well. I love this pallet already and I haven’t even dipped my brush into it.

So that was all for today. I had some op shop bargains yesterday but for now, I am completely exhausted.

Good night!

Love Matilde xx

Pay Day Small Haul

25 Sep
Hello hello!

Pay day has to be my most and least favourite day of the week. It’s a yay because I get money, it’s a not yay because it makes me realise I need more.

Whatever the case, it means I can spend my set aside money on stuff.

Something important I needed to buy as previously mentioned was a new cleanser. I think my old cleanser was actually making my skin oily. I don’t usually have that oily of a face… It worried me. So, I bought Olay’s foaming face wash for combination/oily skin. I hope it works okay?

I also realised the day of posting my Skincare Routine post, my moisturiser vanished. Into thin air. It’s gone. Forever.
So I bought a new moisturiser 🙂
Considering it is coming up to Spring here in Melbourne, I decided a bit of sunscreen protection could help. I also thought it might be nice to try a tinted moisturiser. Look what I found. A tinted ‘beige’ SPF 15 moisturiser. It’s like my original moisturiser was giving me a sign. Clever thing.

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I also managed to pick up this cute necklace for $1, some cute little studs for $2 and my new bag for $20. I change bags so often that the cheap ones do me well. How could you not go for this bag? Look it in the eyes and say you don’t love it. That’s right, you can’t.

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Love Matilde xx

Skincare Routine

22 Sep
Hello hello!

According to all the timeline pictures I have seen for weddings, now is the time I’m suppose to go hard into my Skincare routine. My only problem with this is that I’m ridiculous at remembering to do things daily.

Take this blog for example, I am hoping this will teach me routine – to make sure I post something as often as I can! Tablets are the worst, I think I have only ever once successfully taken the full course of antibiotics and by successfully I mean, I forgot to take them some days.. Maybe the motivation of not having a giant pimple smack bang in the middle of my forehead on my wedding day will be a strong enough cause to remember to keep my face clean daily. I hope so.

A little while ago I went to Myer to try and find a good Skincare range and ended up with Natio‘s young range.

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My skin is usually pretty good but it only makes sense that as I’ve been experimenting with different makeup I should probably give it a good clean.

I did make one mistake though, and probably a really crucial mistake.. I walked out of the shop, got home and realised that instead of cleanser I had bought the ‘polish – Pore Unclogging Face Scrub’ which is only used twice a week. I decided to go to my favourite cheapy store Kmart and picked up a cleanser which I definitely need to change, and soon. I bought a cleanser called ‘botanics of australia’ with a lower case a on Australia. That should have been my first sign. I am pretty sure it doesn’t do anything. It doesn’t smell like anything either.

I have the toner as well, I know it sounds weird but I love seeing the grease that comes out of my face when I use the toner. I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets that weird feeling of satisfaction. I put a good amount on some cotton pads and stay away from my eyes.
I’ve been told I have combination skin. Some times it’s super oily but I don’t get too many pimples unless I eat a lot of junk. I have been desperately trying not to junk it up and I have been good. I never eat take out food, my weakness is chocolate and muesli bars. I digress.. So after I use my toner I immediately use moisturiser.

I don’t know about you but I feel like there are a lot of steps to clean your skin. I only do this in the morning, but should I be doing it at night as well?

Sometimes I think being a girl is hard, but I love it all the same.

Love Matilde xx