The Mission To Improve My Skin #8

Life has been really busy lately, and I've completely neglected this blog in favour for more important matters, such as helping organise my nephew's first birthday party. I also made and decorated his cake, four dozen sugar cookies and as many cupcakes. It was themed after Giggle and Hoot, so I had to work with an orange and blue theme, which was super cute. I made Swiss meringue buttercream for the cake and cupcakes, and it produced the silkiest and lightest buttercream that I've ever tried. I used Buttery Nuttlex for the butter component because of Jasper, my nephew,  who is allergic to dairy. It tasted exactly like the real thing, if not better.

I had to take yesterday off from work because I woke up with a really sore back that made it so difficult to walk or sit. I was in so much pain that lasted through the night, and it's still really difficult to sit down for a long period of time. It's a lot more bearable than it was yesterday or the day before, so I should be able to power through at work tomorrow, hopefully.

My Favourite Beauty Products for Autumn

It is almost the very end of Autumn with just over a week left till we hit the wintry months. The leaves have just turned into various shades of red, orange and yellows, and I'm particularly fond of the red foliage of Japanese maples that I find in the streets. I'm a little sad to see the end of the season and I feel like it's gone by too quickly for it to be unnatural. No doubt the result of global warming, as the seasons shift and end sooner than expected. Bilbo Baggins would angrily shake his fist at all of us for neglecting our planet.

Since we're so close to the official end of Fall, what better time is there to show everyone a collection of my favourite products of the season?

How I Relax After A Particularly Long Day

Lately, I've been having more than my fair share of long days, and to be honest, I'm so tired of it. There was the move, and then the return to work after a two-week break, and there's the issue of having a stubborn and overconfident co-work that think they know how to cook anything and everything. It is a very frustrating feeling to have had the person work there for over four months and show very little improvement in all areas of business, and blaming everyone else for their mistakes. It's very frustrating when everyone else is delayed in finishing on time because we have to correct their mistakes.

Last Thursday was a bit explosive because the rest of the staff had a short meeting on how to improve things. When told about the fact that we were making a visual guide for her, she started arguing and then complaining that no one else ever gets told what or how to do anything. I had to bite my tongue when she made a complaint as to how I was there as long as her, yet never got told off. Uh, maybe because I'm qualified AND experienced? I didn't have to say anything because the manager said what I was thinking in a much nicer way.

Is It Truly Better Than Sex?

I've been seriously inactive on my blog, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and it drives me up the wall. I've finished unpacking, more or less, but it just seems like there's no end to distractions here. Mum's going to Japan on Tuesday night for a little over two weeks to spend some time with my sister, so hopefully, I'll have a grasp on blogging again before she gets back. I like being in control, and I don't enjoy having time run away from me. I get really antsy and impatient when this happens.

Now, now, loved ones, this is not an exploration or exposition on my love life. Believe it or not, this is a review on the Too Faced mascara risquély named as Better Than Sex. I'm not sure what it is about brands naming their most popular products with rather suggestive terms (Nars Orgasm, I'm looking at you!) but I think it's all a marketing ploy to make people curious about said products. I actually prefer products with silly puns, and I have a little internal giggle every time I see theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer or the Balm Appetit palette in my collection.

I'm sorry, I just love puns.