Skinception ..

So I'm usually pretty skeptical to try new skincare products.  I've had some problems with my skin for years, to the point of being put on prescription medication for it (which, mind you, did nothing).

For the last few months I have been using a new product that I barely noticed was doing anything - hence the lame attempt at a pun for the post title.

Anyway, my good friend Chloe started her business as an independent Arbonne consultant.  She suggested that I try some of their products to use and on a whim I gave it a go.

After beginning to use the products in March, I stopped looking for changes in my face every time I got out of the shower.  It got tiring and after not noticing any major changes, I stopped looking.  Out of habit, I kept using the products after showing and in the morning and night to moisturise.

 .. and then the other day I woke up for work, at a sleepy 7.30am, throwing my face into my hands to rub my eyes to wake up, I suddenly thought to myself, gee your skin feels a little smooth this morning.

I walked over to the mirror to look at myself and noticed that, to my absolute surprise, for the first time in about ten years, I had no pimples.  Not one blemish, pimple, lump, or zit, and all of my pigmentation had cleared up.

I would recommend these products to anyone with skin issues.  My skin has never felt brighter, and softer, than it currently does.  :)

Check out arbonne.com for more information.

Loving My Electric Blanket

Finally got home just before 11pm.  Today was absolutely perfect!  We spent the entire day in Mansfield shooting instead of road tripping around looking for places to shoot in.  Despite the -2 degrees and almost freezing to death, it was totally worth it, and now I'm sitting in bed wrapped up in my electric blanket.  I can't even remember what the cold felt like haha.

The lady who offered us her farm and horses for the day was absolutely lovely.  She was so accommodating and helpful (especially with my fear of horses), and I am so thrilled that I was able to face my fear and jump on the horse, as from what I saw, the photos looked amazing.  I can't wait to get them back.  :)

Sneak peak from the shoot.

Sneak peak from the shoot.

I'm trying not to think about how long it'll take to get the photos back, but I am still so very excited!

A Wombat Tried to Kill Us ..

What a day!  We left Southbank at 8.30am to venture off into the wilderness.  By 11am we made it into Healesville and decided to stop off at Maroondah Reservoir Park for some photos.

We then set off for Jericho, an abandoned mining town North-East of Melbourne.  Not realising how horrifying the roads were, we made our way through in four "city cars", clearly not prepared for the roads.  Ten minutes out of Jericho, we decided to keep going to Mansfield and skip the town.

After realising that I was extremely low on petrol, we kept pushing through.  There was only one road to take, so we couldn't turn off anywhere to find a town for petrol, or even to find out if we were heading the right way!  We had no reception whatsoever, so Google maps was out of the question.  Luckily, I had printed out some maps on paper, but it still didnt really help.

Eventually, we hit a point where our phones kicked back in and the navigation systems kicked in right along with it.  We were still on the winding mountain roads and had a bit to go, but we were on the right track!

We finally rolled into Mansfield around 8pm, having been driving for hours and hours, thinking we were lost but not actually being lost, almost running out of petrol, almost killing a wombat, slamming on my breaks on icy mountain roads to avoid the wombat, almost fishtailing my car off a cliff, and choking on a Pringle.

Now we are just bumming around the hotel room, drinking beers and being fitted for our clothing for tomorrow.

A few of the team went off to have dinner at the pub, and when they came back they informed us that they met this lovely waitress who asked if we wanted to shoot on their farm tomorrow with their old barns and horses.  Of course, we said yes.

Tomorrow is when the real fun begins!

Bargain Hunting ..

So today I was out to lunch on Clarendon Street in South Melbourne and wandered past a beautiful antique shop called GRAYS.  I have been in here a few times, but never with the intention of looking for any particular thing, just with a general curiosity or when I'm in the area and needing to pass the time.

Upon entering, you are greeted with a plethora of scattered objects in the two front display windows - furniture, statues, lamps, books, cutlery and trinkets, all stacked and strewn around and on top of each other.  Further exploration will lead you to bigger furniture items, and after passing this, you can go into a back room, which leads to another back room or up a flight of stairs.  With each step, the items become more random and grow in size, with the occasional small item placed on top of a larger one.

Usually I dart my eyes around the room with no intention of looking at items for purchase, and I rarely look at price tags.  Today, however; was different.

In the corner of my eye I spotted a long, silver object sparkling in the sunlight.  On the back was what looked like white lace on a lilac panel.  As I got closer, I realised the item was a handheld mirror - about twenty centimetres in length - sitting next to a matching brush of the same size.  The mirror and brush are identical aside from one having a reflective surface on one side, and the other having brush bristles.  

My first thought was 'these will be perfect for the photoshoot next weekend'.  Of course, I bought them, and the set was only $19.

After the shoot I may look into having the items appraised.  I am overly excited and extremely curious to know what I might have purchased.  Whether they are real antique items or not won't phase me - I'm still ecstatic about the price, especially for what I intend to use initially as a prop, then perhaps as a display piece in my room.

You can see the GRAYS website here.

The Pros and Cons of Unpacking

I have to say that I genuinely hate unpacking after a trip (or taking my own clothes to a photoshoot). Although there are pros and cons to the act.

Con - cbf, and nothing seems to fit like it did before you left.

Pro - you get to go through everything that you bought, or better yet, all of the FREE things you got.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Corrector for Blondes.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Corrector for Blondes.

KMS California Hair Play Playable Texture and Hair Play Dry Wax.  Goldwell Matte Cream Paste, Kerasilk Keratin Care Daily Intense Mask, and Keratin Care Shampoo. 

KMS California Hair Play Playable Texture and Hair Play Dry Wax.  Goldwell Matte Cream Paste, Kerasilk Keratin Care Daily Intense Mask, and Keratin Care Shampoo. 

Goldwell Dual Senses Blondes and Highlights 60 Second Treatment, Anti-Brassiness Shampoo, Anti-Brassiness Conditioner, Serum Spray, 60 Second Treatment, Sleek Perfection Thermal Spray Serum.

Goldwell Dual Senses Blondes and Highlights 60 Second Treatment, Anti-Brassiness Shampoo, Anti-Brassiness Conditioner, Serum Spray, 60 Second Treatment, Sleek Perfection Thermal Spray Serum.

So very excited to try out all of my new products.  Question is - which one to try first?  :O

 

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