My Makeup Cleansing Routine



After a long day of being out and about, dressed in your finest threads and nary a hair out of place, all you just want to do is crawl into bed without changing into your jimjams, make-up be damned. I know I'm one of these people that have gone to bed a few times without removing the gunk from my face. I'm lazy, deal with it.

Seitan Bacon Attempt #2



I took on the challenge of adapting the recipe to suit my idea of what is bacon: Salty. Smoky. Crispy. If you could recall, the last attempt had me reminded distinctly of my mum's meatballs, albeit very smoky (by smoky, I meant it tasted and smelled burnt) thanks to the 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Mascara Primer



I finally had the opportunity to test this product out, and I'm glad I bought it. I was a bit skeptical of mascara primers in the first place, because the idea of priming eyelashes sounded ridiculous. It just felt like another product to unnecessarily put on your face. I mean, two coats of mascara and I'm good to go, so why the heck did lashes need priming?

Boatshed Cheese And Yarra Valley Dairy



My close friend, David, flew over from Adelaide to spend a few days in Melbourne, as he does every month. This month we decided to visit Fairfield Farmer's Market, as well as road trip it to Yarra Valley Dairy up north in Yering. It turned out to be a great day. The sun was shining, the rolling fields of green were relaxing as we cruised the back roads, and our esky was slowly being filled up with artisan cheese, beer and cider. The next day, we took advantage of the sunshine, packed the esky for a picnic and took a drive to the nearest botanic gardens ("botanic garden", my arse). We dined on the cheeses we bought the previous day, with a freshly baked baguette, some Lesley Black's Country Relish, Tasmanian Bush Dust, and some crackers.

Little Miss Luna



I thought I'd take the time to introduce one of my kitties, because who doesn't like cats these days? Her name is Luna, but she also goes by Loony, Loony Woony, Loonie Patoonie, Cutie Wutie, Clair De Lune, Miss Luna, and LunaPii. I asked my partner what other names he had for Luna, and he said, and I quote, "If I had a nickname for her, it would be 'Cream Cheese'."

SAVVY By DB's Liquid Eyeliner And High Voltage Volumising Mascara



Designer Brands, or DB, is an Australian company that deals with cosmetics that are meant to be high quality yet affordable. Designer Brands is known to most as a brand that you find in many chemists and pharmacies, but their Savvy line is found only in Pricelines around Australia. Designer Brands is proudly cruelty free, featuring the Leaping Bunny logo on their site, not to mention that about 95% of their products are vegan, with the rest being redeveloped so that the brand can be recognised as fully vegan.

Who Doesn't Love A Good Sale?!



My search for new skincare products to replace my dwindling stock of St Ives had me prowling the aisles at Woolworths for something new to try out. My eyes clapped on the bright yellow tags on the bottom shelf in the personal care section.

Westernised Bibimbap



A little while ago, I went to 'OPPA KITCHEN', a Korean restaurant in the Melbourne CBD. It was my very first time sampling Korean food, which strikes a lot of people weird, since I LOVE Asian food. I ordered the bibimbap in the dolsot bowl, excited about the prospect of having crispy rice at the bottom as soon as you pour sesame oil around the edge. The oil sizzled as it made contact with the hot stone, and I salivated at the sound.

What Started As A Review Became A Wake-Up Call



I never planned on speaking about Natio on this blog due to the price tags completely defeating the purpose of being thrifty. But then I saw a few products sitting in the bargain bin at Priceline. At $5 each, it didn't hurt to try them out and talk about the brand. Natio is on the CCF List, being predominantly vegan with a portion of their products containing animal derivatives. The Lip Shine that I picked up contains beeswax though, and for most vegans, and some vegetarians, this is a big NO.