Jun 9, 2019

TLC Framboos. Cabin Fever. Luna Park.

In devastating news for my credit card,

Drunk Elephant's TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($205 AUD at Mecca Cosmetica) is currently doing wonders for my skin.  It's the (long) weekend so I'll spare you a lay person's explanation of the science behind the serum suffice to say it just works for me.  I apply it each night before my moisturizer and wake up to skin that feels soft and smooth and looks plumped out.  Despite the heater being on all through the night.  Despite my patchy sleep record.

My runner up in the 'X% acidified something night serum' stakes is The Ordinary's Granactive Retinol 5% In Squalane ($19.80 at Adore Beauty).  It's a fraction (one tenth!!, to be precise) the price of Framboos but delivers around 90% of the same results to my skin.  This has a thinner, almost oil like consistency than Framboos.  It has a much lower (non-existent sting rate) than it too.  To be fair, Framboos gave me a slight stinging sensation to the face just once in the three weeks that I've been using it.

Speaking of banks and credit cards...

look what cabin fever made me do on a wet and gloomy Saturday morning?  I made an ATM with Master SSG.  I have to admit, it was more fun than the housework I was avoiding.

Because this is Twenty Nineteen and I am the kind of person who often forgets everything except her phone when going down the road for coffee, bread and snacks - our Animal Bank ATM has a cardless cash option.  The smartphones I made have those real-world touches to them too - slightly battered phone cases, a bit of bedazzling and that all important code to use to get the cash...  I clearly had too much time on my hands by this point.

Cabin fever aside, I am so glad it's the (long) weekend.  Extra long for me because I get Tuesday off as well but I'll try not to labour that point with you too much.   It was a week of excessive highlighting and post-it note attaching to my desk diary.  Do you ever have weeks like that?

Sartorially, the highlight of the week was my rediscovery of this Stephen Sprouse x Vuitton leopard print scarf.  It's so warm and soft.  Definitely glad we're back in each other's lives.

The VIVID Sydney light festival is one of those annual fixtures of winter for Master SSG and I.  It's gotten so big and across so many precincts that we usually only end up visiting one or two spots each year.  Luna Park is a venue for the first time this year so we decided to go there with our favourite people to adventure with.  On the way, we stopped at Woolies in Town Hall for snacks and these glow sticks and bracelets.  Each pack was $4 and pretty good value compared to how much you'd pay for the things sold on site.

Embarrassingly, this was my first ever visit to Luna Park.... I don't know how that happened but better late than never.

The weather was perfect and the crowds were not as hectic as they are at Circular Quay and at Taronga Zoo.

The eighth Face of Luna Park.  Previous faces have been donated to The Powerhouse Museum.

It was a step back in time walking down the alley of games and rides.  Much of the original artwork has been preserved inside Coney Island, there were street performers in costumes that reference the 1930s - 1940s origins of the park.  I didn't know this but Luna Park is actually a heritage listed amusement park!

Master SSG and I took a ride on that iconic Ferris Wheel and we were not disappointed with the view across Darling Harbour as VIVID came to life over there.

 We also had a bird's eye view of Luna Park as we circled downwards.

The glow bracelets in action.

The main VIVID projection at Luna Park was this one on the side of Coney Island.  Coney Island is a bit of a star in its own right.  It's the only working funhouse of its kind left in the world.  Thanks for the info, Wikipedia.

And then it was time for us to say goodbye to Luna Park and all its retrotastic sights and sounds.

Isn't it lovely to have such a vibrant piece of history alive and well in Sydney?

1 comment:

  1. Have you tried Alpha H liquid gold. That's the glycolic that I use, and its Australian:). The Luna Park looks fun. I'd have gone before now. It looks so fun to do the rides in the dark. Thanks for linking


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