Aug 25, 2012

And Then There Was Space. Caviar and Pearl Serum Miracles - Not An Understatement.

When you start your Saturday with leftover ham and pineapple pizza for breakfast, you start your day ready for anything.

One day, I'll actually make that step from reading AGT over breakfast to cooking something from its recipe pages.

Well almost anything.  The sun was shining, spring was in the air and with those two wonderful events came the realisation that the SSG Manor lounge room area needed to be cleaned out and rejigged to make room for Baby SSG's loungeing requirements.  Mr SSG and I figured that he'd need a fair bit of floor space for his jungle themed floor gym, tummy time and his tricksy high chair that is meant to enable him to engage (from a very young age) with adults at their level (at the dining table or from the couch).


Which is why we found ourselves trying to untangle the wiring of the TV and stereo system as the late winter sun did its thing outside.  At least we got to feel and see the sun through the sliding doors.


A fair bit of sacrificing and letting go also went down.  Do you have any idea how gut wrenching it was to part with half my collection of Donna Hay and Super Food Ideas magazines?  In the end, the only way I could decide which to throw out was to see how many sticky tags I'd attached to each magazine.  Any issue with less than 4 tags had to go.  Unless it was a Christmas edition, in which case they were granted festive season immunity and were allowed to stay. 


Proof that spending the morning dealing with the consequences of magazine hoarding hadn't really taught me much, I decided to buy Madison magazine today.  For the first time in around 5 years.  I think it was the free Becca creme eyeshadow that won me over.  The eyeshadow looked rather sheer and shiny when I tested it on the back of my hand.  I just hope I won't look like a bronzed oil slick when I wear it to work this week.....

It will be interesting to see how I go reading Madison, actually.  Will it take me on a nostalgic trip back to those young(er) relatively care free days of my life when I'd just started earning 'real' money and didn't have any financial obligations beyond next month's credit card bills?  A time in my life when fashion editorials were the inspiration for my purchases rather than the enticing emails I now receive from etailers like Gilt, My Habit and the Outnet?


I did manage to get out for a bit of a bask in the sun today.  The flat leaf parsley in the back garden was looking particularly good today.  It's amazing how well most of the garden does when I choose to ignore it.  I'm hoping to use the parsley in the cous cous that's going with tonight's lamb chops which are presently marinating in the fridge.

www.laclinica.com

I've been meaning to write a review on La Clinica's Firming Lift Caviar and Pearl serum ($100 AUD for 30ml) for quite a while now and now is as good a time as any.  I was initially given a sample to try with my last order and wish to thank the ladies at head office for their thoughtfulness.


The serum has been on high rotation on my shelf of skincare for quite a while now.  I use it once daily, in the morning, under my usual moisturiser (Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream with a drop of La Clinica's Organic Rosehip Oil).  The serum has a light texture, is unfragranced and a little goes a long way.  It doesn't leave any residue or film over the skin and you're good to go with the next step of your toilette pretty much straight away.  It does not contain SPF and is not tinted.  As with the other products in La Clinica's range, the ingredients are certified organic and made in Australia.  The website lists salons where the range is stocked but mail order is quick and easy too.,

Firming Life Caviar and Pearl serum has a number of anti-ageing properties and has the primary goal of improving skin elasticity and firmness.  What I actually noticed first is that it has somehow worked miracles on the shadows and puffiness under my eyes.  I've been casually looking at myself in the rear view mirror on my way to work in the morning over the last few days and yes, even in the harsh morning sun, I'm looking more well rested these days.  And I look exactly the same on the drive home in the setting sun.

La Clinica serums in their standard packaging as opposed to their free range state amongst the clutter of my dressing room.

I'm telling you, readers, rear view mirrors and the unflattering sun over Sydney don't lie.  As you can see, I'm a bit of a La Clinica serum hoarder.  Like toothpaste and tissue paper, a person can never have too many back up holy grail facial serums.  I'm sure I've mentioned this before but it does bear repeating.



That's about it from me on the sunny Saturday.  The chores for the day are done, I have an almond croissant and some magazines for afternoon tea as well as the prospect of a few AFL games on the television to endure watch with Mr SSG.  If either of the Perth teams or the Sydney Swans firm up as grand final contenders, we are on for a weekend in Melbourne.  So go the Dockers / Eagles / Swans!!!!!!!


14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good start to the weekend - even if you didn't get out in the sun! :)

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  2. I bought that issue of Madison, and yes, it was the Becca eye tint that won me over! I found it was quite good and long lasting, but it was a bit tricky to apply. I used my ring-finger and found it was a little greasy on application but it was well worth it! Would I spend $40 on it? Perhaps not. But a pretty great freebie.


    I find myself either buying Madison or marie claire when I have a hankering for a women's magazine...I feel like Cosmo and Cleo are just full of sex tips, which, tbh is not for me at the moment!


    Enjoy your weekend - that almond croissant looks to die for!

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  3. Thanks for the feedback re the Becca eyeshadow, Lou.


    Agree about the content of Cosmo and Cleo.


    SSG xxx

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  4. Thanks Mica, hope you're having a lovely weekend.


    SSG xxx

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  5. I haven't read Madison for years, well since I left Australia. I do miss it though - that and Australian Marie Clare. The UK version isn't a scratch on the Aussie one.

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  6. Seriously, has a better start to the day ever been invented? Leftover pizza for breakfast speaks of a life well lived. x

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  7. A Place For EverythingAugust 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    We're about to do the exact same thing! A loungeroom reconfiguration is needed to give The Bunny somewhere to be either on its playmat or in the playswingy thingy, and I suspect we have the same high chair - I was also won over by the ability to have the baby at the table with us once it can sit up a bit (and to be honest, that it came in a colour that would look good with our dining setting and wasn't a plastic monstrosity).
    I really feel for you having to ditch the magazines; my beloved but terribly naughty dog peed repeatedly all over my ten year old collection of UK Vogue, Harper's and Elle. I was gutted and imagined my future granddaughters shaking their heads in disappointment (although it hasn't also stopped me asking for subscriptions to Madison and MC or Xmas, and buying House & Garden and Home Beautiful every month!).

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  8. That's such a shame about the difference in the UK versions. You just need to come back here more often!


    SSG xxx

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  9. I like your thinking. :-)


    SSG xxx

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  10. How exciting! I hope your lounge room restructure goes smoothly.


    SSG xxx

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  11. La Clinica is amazing stuff, i'm a convert now thanks to you as well! And seriously I talk about them to anyone that would give me 5mins.


    Shame about the magazines :( Don't worry there's the internet for recipes these days!

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  13. Like I need any excuse to visit Australia's sunny shores! I'm actually thinking about getting a subscription sent to my parents house and my Mum to forward them once she's read them.

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  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite NigellaAugust 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I'm a serum addict too and a fellow serum and skincare hoarder. Luckily, these things aren't too big or I would end up on Hoarders! :P

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