Out with the Old - September 2016 Empties




September wasn't an exceptional month for empties, really. I finished just nine products, almost all of them daily staples. Actually, now that I think about it, there isn't a single interesting product in the bunch.  As always, products I had a backup of, or will repurchase in the future are marked with an asterisk (*). Click through to see what I finished in September.

Spring Sunscreen Menu




Spring has definitely sprung here in Sydney, and that means its time to step up my sunscreen game! Just about every day has been warm, sunny, and breezy - just beautiful. Spring is my favorite time of year here, the little lizards scurrying around and the bright purple jacaranda trees delight me on a daily basis - they totally make up for how often I've been viciously swooped by broody magpies! More dangerous than even the angriest magpie is the sun...

The sun in Australia can be absolutely brutal! Somehow, it seems lower in the sky, and it just beats down on you! Unfortunately, the beautiful, sunny weather has a downside - Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world - up to 66% of the population will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lives! That shockingly high statistic could be whittled down with more education on the importance of SPF and sun safety, but unfortunately many people still hold on to the outdated view that sunblock is a product intended solely for beach trips. If I can educate even one person on the benefits of daily sun protection, I'll feel like my blog and I have done a bit of good in this world.

Click through to see the sunscreens I'm currently using.

Pür Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara Review




Pür Cosmetics' Fully Charged Mascara is an "anti-aging mascara that has a "magnetic" polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance." This supposedly magnetic mascara contains 13ml (.44 fl oz) and retails for $22 at Ulta and Kohls. Pür Cosmetics is cruelty free. This mascara was made in Italy.

Let Me Cook for You.




For a while now, I've been reconsidering what I write about. While I love trying new beauty products, over time I've become less and less inspired to write about them. It's disheartening, because I still enjoy doing it, and I still have the desire to do it - just not the drive. I have no plans to stop, but I think it may be in all of our best interest if I expand my range of subjects. For the last week or so I've had a strong urge to write about food. While I was cutting up the ingredients for my final soup of the winter season, and I realised that I had a lot to share. Click through to read more.

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