May 23, 2016

Monday's Bits and Pieces.

Goings on at my place right now....

I'm loving Maybelline's new mascara, Lash Sensation.   I've linked to the Chemist Warehouse site where you can now buy a tube for the princely sum of $10.98 as part of their half price cosmetics promotion.  The sale seems to have been on for a very long time....  Not that I'm complaining.  If I stock up now there'll be a few less things I need to get in New Orleans.... in only 15 days' time.  Yeah, I am rubbing that in.

Moving right along.

The mascara.  I love the brush, first and foremost.  It's one of the rubbery non bristly kind.  What makes it unique is that it has a slight curve to it with graduated sized teeth.  Very easy to use to produce an impressive amount of both volume and length with a single pass.  No flaking and I get a  full work day's wear out it (12 hours) before being able to fully remove it with cleansing oil.

It's only.. when did drugstore mascara start costing $22 full price?  Shuddering to think what the beauty counter brands are charging nowadays.

It's getting mighty windy outside right now with maximums in the low twenties which was the collective shove I needed to confront Preschooler SSG's cooler weather wardrobe.  I've accumulated an impressive stash of 'up a size or two' clothing for him on my travels stateside and on the eve of another trip (there I go again with the blatant trip references) it is probably a good time to sort through what he has to prevent me from over buying for him this June.  The jeans and cords have all come out and their adjustable waist bands tightened up because its much easier to do it without the wearer wriggling around in them.  Hope I guestimated well.

It's all about buttons, primary colours and  numbers for the little man at the moment and I think I've got all bases covered.  Everything's now labelled too.  Now all that remains is to see if he'll actually wear what I've picked.  And I thought clothing pickiness only started in Year 6.  I don't even know what that is in NSW - middle school perhaps?

It's not often that I'm proud of my power bill but we managed a personal best with keeping our usage down last month.  September '15 doesn't count because that was only for the first week of moving in.  Just goes to show, though,  how much you can shave off the bill (and not emit greenhouse gas wise) if you're without a fridge, wifi or a telephone line (as I was for that first week or two on moving).  Does this count as glamping?

In other household money management news, I'm all set for an afternoon of used car shopping with Preschooler SSG.  The Australian bills play set was from Officeworks while I found the coins at KidStuff yesterday.  Forty dollars all up is a fair bit of cash to pay for play money, now that I think about it...  Oh well, I'll think of it as a sound investment in helping to teach Preschooler SSG about the value of money and saving.

Over to you:

  • how much is beauty counter mascara going for these days?
  • do you stash clothes for the children but sometimes forget you've bought it?
  • would it have been cheaper to have bought an Australian Monopoly set instead of the play money?

Wishing you a lovely week ahead,


  1. I bought a chanel mascara. USD 32. More like a billion AUD.

  2. Hi, I am also using the Lash Sensation and it is awesome. I think I need to stock up. I don't buy from the beauty counter anymore except perhaps perfume.


  3. i haven't bought mascara in a long time so can't comment on the prices. I wear it only to the office so that's just a couple of days a week (none at all now) and find I never even manage to use up a small travel size before it expires. I'm lucky to seem to always have some travel or sample size ones hanging around :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. Ah thank you for the mascara tip, I've been wanting a new one and not knowing what to get!

  5. It's sad, but I stash away clothes for myself for a different season and forget about it. Oops


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