A Surprise Update!

Hey guys, bet you weren’t expecting an update, I wasn’t expecting to make one!

So I was going through some housekeeping around here; getting ready for behind-the-scenes fixing, blah blah, and I found our blog admin page and the blogs email have been .. let’s say – in scientific terms – it’s been fucking up, and I didn’t realise it hasn’t shown comments or pingbacks from the past two. years.

I have been spending the day going through them, so if you’ve sent comments and been waiting for replies or pingbacks to work, I’m so sorry! A few are old and about our old site optimisation but if there’s anything you need answered, just comment with “bump” on the post you want your comment replied to. Any site layout things are one of the points we’ll be playing with over the break.

Thank you guys for being so cool with us and following us! We love you guys a lot!

Let’s limp into 2020 by Saying Goodbye to Half-Dead 2019!

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It’s been a damn doozy of a year, hasn’t it? What’re some of the stuff we’ve done around here? Well…
This year we made a lot of food, starting with sweet and savoury chickpeas to snack on and our personal favourite around here, Feta Me Meli for some sweet and crispy feta goodness. We also kept the sweet treat train going with three-ingredient mousse and apple galettes. Look I’m not one to toot my own horn but TOOT-DAMN-TOOT these apple galettes are so damn good, especially with maple. But let’s not forget Halloween month where we worked with apples again and made black caramel apples then a spooky platter with sweet, salty and savoury to enjoy before topping it off with some Bat Outta Meatloaf.

 

Speaking of Halloween, we also did some fancy nail effects- reptilian, dragonlike scale claw nails and branded/scorched ‘cross’ nails. I also shared some of the US-based places I’d love to go to for Halloween!

 

We also started a YouTube channel of the highest quality! It included a little summer makeup chuck, kit or keep and reviews of Sephora’s Gimme Some Lip pack and a Brand Spotlight of FLOWER Beauty. Not only did we do another review, this time for NARS lipstick pencils, but we also listed some realistic ways to take some years off (if you so feel the need to) and just posted a simple skincare routine.

 

Yes, I also had to share my love of Marvel by reviewing Sephora’s awesome brushes and giving some [read: ranting] theories on who would live vs die in Avengers: Endgame – and some I was actually right about!

Finally, I nudged you to try to use Pinterest’s secret boards and cooed over the Peace Island game, which is where I got the cute postcards from above!

 

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One of our last posts this year was to give you some tips in summer blackouts, but really for any blackouts. Unfortunately, I was editing the post just as we were devastated by fires here in eastern Australia. The toll on every part of life here has been affected, including animals and their homes. You might have heard how Lewis the koala had to be put down because of his burns along with half of the koala population in Port Macquarie have died and 80% of their habitat destroyed. While they aren’t “functionally extinct” yet, as previously stated, they do need our help and a great way you can bring awareness or donate is to the Australian Koala Foundation, the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie and Koalas In Care.

 

This is the last from us for 2019! We’ll be back in January 2020 with some new stuff, so for any updates and ramblings, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Stay safe, eat well and we’ll see you in 2020!

Who Wants A Simple Skincare Routine Printable

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Hey everyone, I hope the upcoming Christmas insanity hasn’t made you lose all composure just yet.

I thought I’d share a printable I made for both The Evil Assistant and myself for our updated beauty routines. I was going to do a more in-depth weekday one showing when to use acids (AHA and BHAs) and retinols buuuut that whole “Catalina update sucks and I don’t have access to my Photoshop CS6 anymore” thing is still happening… you know, that ole chestnut!

At least I can share this simple routine with you now and give you some other quick tips to keep in mind.

 

  1. Use retinols at night only.
  2. Remember to ease into new routines, i.e. acids and retinol products should be used once a week then built up from there.
  3. Alternate acids and retinol use, e.g. Monday = acids, Tuesday = retinol, etc.

 

 

DON’T MIX

 

Mechanical exfoliants with chemical exfoliants
(sonic brushes then any “__ acid”, fruit enzymes like pineapple and AHAs/BHAs)

Benzoyl Peroxide and chemical exfoliants

Benzoyl Peroxide and retinol

Vitamin C and AHA/BHAs

 

You can find a full list of no-go pairings here at Beautiful With Brains and  The Derm Store.

 

 

Hey everyone!

Next post was supposed to be up today, however thanks to Mac’s stupid fucking Catalina update, I’ve been fighting with the computer since I woke up. I hope to have new content up in a few days!

 

-L

Here is a Summer Blackout Prep Because It’s Hot as Balls

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[At the time of publishing I heard about the QLD and NSW fires currently happening. Reminder to look here no matter where you live. If you are in areas right now that are close, get off this page and listen for emergency service instructions. Have leaving procedures in please for yourself and remember your pets. Please stay safe out there.]

It’s 40C here and I’ve been out today, so I’m hot, prickly, swollen and grumpy. Let’s make a post!

We’re actually going to do something very relatable to this gross weather; how to prepare for the summer blackouts predicted for this summer season and into the foreseeable future until we go extinct.
Another reason why I’m doing this post is that I see a lot of posts getting ready for winters (especially US-based) and not many for hot summers, which makes people hallucinate Snoopy and, yanno, die. People forget how bad heat is on the body.

Below will contain tips your phone and in general, plus food ideas and what to aid to your first aid/emergency kit. I’m sure I’ve missed obvious things so this will be constantly updated.

Wee teeny-tiny disclaimer: This post is for scenarios where power will resume within 10-12 hours as that is what I’m used to currently (thank goodness I don’t live in the middle of nowhere anymore!). To truly be ready for food/water shortages and longer blackouts, make sure you calculate how much water you need for each day using something like an online calculator, keeping in mind this should be the minimum for hot days.

 

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Happy Halloween!

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From us to you, we wanted to wish all of you a happy Halloween! We hope you enjoyed all of our posts, I’m so damn tired now and if I see another pumpkin anything, I’m going to puke.

 

Before we take a week break to get caught up on some things, let’s christen this budget Barbie camper of a month with some Shirley Devil Temples!

Keeping your Shirley Temple’s grenadine red is awesome and Halloweeny, but since we’ve been making things black we might as well make the grenadine black too!

Get your drinkware and pour whatever soda you wish; it’s usually a lemon-lime soda, 7-Up or Mountain Dew, however, we had a can of Solo and some lemon lime & bitters chilling in the back of the fridge so.. waste not, want not.
Pour syrup into your glasses slowly then add a squeeze or two of black gel food colouring or to your liking. As it swirls round-and-round it darkens, taking on a purple or green colour!
We really hope you have a happy and safe Halloween, thank you so much for popping around and we’ll see you next week when I come out of Halloween-coma!