28 October 2014

Small Things Brighten Up My Day | Thinking About April

A little while ago I found the following quote on Pinterest after Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter pinned it.  And I loved it...
....and Spiritually Speaking: Smile in the Rain In my family a rainy, foggy, cloudy, not bright sunshiny day is a soft day, a pillow day, a family day, a day for reading, music, love, for sweet kindness. Use the rainy days. They're there for a reason. ;-)
Today is a rainy, dreary day that makes you just want to curl up on the couch in a blanket and drink hot chocolates with marshmallows... unfortunately today I had to work.  I walk about 3kms from the train station to my office and in the drizzling rain it can be quite annoying.  But this quote got me thinking as well as a little moment that happened this morning.

As I was waiting to cross at the lights a ute was waiting over footpath and when the light went red for him and green for me he was completely over the path where I needed to walk.  Now I can be quite a grumpy person in the morning if bad things happen and I was all ready to get cranky :)  But then the man in the ute shouted out "SORRY!" and just like that my day brightened ⛅ ☀☀

It just made me think that really being grumpy is a choice we make just like being happy is a choice... so make sure you CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!  It's a much better choice than choosing to be grumpy.

Let me know something that made you happy today :)

24 October 2014

Pinterest Friday 24/10/2014 | Thinking About April

Pin Pin Pin...  I love it!  This week I thought I'd show you a few outfits that I've been loving at the moment.  We're in Spring at the moment in Australia so a lot of these are probably a bit more warmer weather styles but they are beautiful anyway.  I love wearing dresses and skirts that are flowy but then cinch in at the waist so that it doesn't look dumpy.  My favourite is definetely the first one...  I need to find this dress!!

Enjoy... :)

Stylish and Comfy Outfits (29) 

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I hope you enjoyed a few of the pins I found this week.  I've been a bit stressed this week so Pinterest has been my "calm down" thing.  What have you been loving on Pinterest lately?

Take Care,

23 October 2014

My Brain Can't Think Of A Title | Thinking About April

After nearly two weeks of being on and off sick... bleurghh I know... I am finally back.  Well sort of.  And then this morning when trying to get my photos off my memory card, via my laptop, my USB broke... like literally when I pulled it out of the computer the bit that goes into the computer seperated from the plastic part... SO annoying!  So now I have a whole lot of posts I can't write. :(

I was away in Melbourne to visit my family last weekend and then I'm going to Mildura this weekend for an engagement party so I haven't had a lot of time to go shopping or to really do anything apart from work and sleep at the moment.  But hopefully if I can get another USB today then I can write a whole lot of posts tomorrow and get them scheduled for next too so you get a whole lot more of Thinking About April.  I've been a bit disappointed with myself lately as I haven't been writing as many posts as I would like at all...  But I think what I'll do is start doing scheduled posts more often and not schedule them for every day but have them every Monday and Wednesday and then write a random/chatty Pinterest Friday blog on Fridays.  That seems a bit more manageable and means that even if I write a whole lot of content you're not swamped with it for a week and then get nothing for the next two.  Let me know your thoughts on this as I'm always interested to what you think :)

As far as my Chi Chi Palettes posts are concerned I probably won't be able to get those pictures taken until next week so those posts probably won't until the first Tuesday of November so make sure you look out for those... I'm really excited about them!  You can check out the original post here.

Let me know if you have any ideas on future posts you'd like to see including products you'd like reviewed or even tags you've seen around!  I'd like to start writing a bit more about my upcoming trip to America & Canada so you'll probably see a bit more about that soon :)  Exciting times!!  Just counted and there's only 87 days until I leave!  Eeeep!! So exciting :)

I hope you've all had a lovely week so far and, if you're in Australia, have been enjoying the AMAZING weather!

10 October 2014

Pinterest Friday! 10/10/2014

Wow I cannot believe we're already into our second week of October!  It's so crazy, it seems like the year has just begun and we have under 3 months to go!  As the weather gets warmer and summer holidays draw nearer what better thing is there to do than go on Pinterest? :)

I couldn't (couldn't be bothered) pick a theme this week so you get a few random pins!  Hope you enjoy...

Shabby Chic Nautical Beach Cottage Entryway Cork Board Key ring Coat Towel Rack Hanger LARGE Mail holder Organizer in Whisper White 

Lately for some reason I keep forgetting to pay my bills.  We don't pay them as soon as we get them because we'd prefer the money to be sitting on the mortgage for as long as possible.  But recently I have been paying them a day late which is so unlike me!  I really want to get something like this so that I have a place to keep the bills needing to be paid as well as anything else I need to remember so that I do actually remember them. Something I liked about the above pin is that there is a place to put keys or whatever else you want to hang. You can find the above on Etsy at BeachCityCreations.
Long brunette caramel highlights 
I really like these highlights... I think I'll have to print this picture out and take it to the hairdressers!  I love Pinterest for hair inspiration...  I could spend hours looking ;)  Beautiful!

Tumblr - sponge 

This took me a few minutes of staring before I worked it out...  Comment below if you work it out too!  But don't give it away!!! :)

For some reason I couldn't make this picture smaller but it's my favourite one this week so we'll leave it big :)  This is such an important thought... to choose to be content.  It's not an easy thing to be in a world that constantly tells us to want more.  But it's important to be content with whatever we have because only then can we be happy.

Let me know what you've been pinning lately!  Hope you all have a lovely weekend...  Take Care :)

9 October 2014

Lust Have It August 2014 - BIRTHDAY BOX!

The Lust Have It Women's Beauty Box subscription costs $19.95 per month* and contain 5 - 6 deluxe beauty items.  The subscription is delivered for free to your door and regularly contains approximately $60.00 worth of products! We got the same hot pink bag as last week but I (silly me) forgot to take a picture.

This month was an awesome box/ bag for Lust Have It!  It was their Birthday Box and when you hear that you know it has to be good!  But I had no idea it was going to be as good as it was!  I will literally use everything...  Squueeeeee :)

I'm pretty sure everyone got the same things in the box this month and they were the following...

1.  Eleven Australia - Miracle Hair Treatment
Full Size Product!  $24.95

I am starting to hair products..  for the longest time I would just use shampoo & conditioner and very occasionally hair spray.  Now I use "hair treatments" - look at me go! Lol  Seriously though I like this product.  When I first opened it I wasn't sure whether I would ever use it but once I got past the very strong coconut smell I really enjoyed what it did.  It is one of those treatment that does 100 different things but what I have noticed is that when I apply a small bit to my wet hair it detangles it so quickly without needing a brush.  A winner in my book and a keeper for now :)

 2.  Essenzaa Fuss Free Naturals - Facial Cleansing Wipes
Full Size Product!  $6.95 + $2.50

Facial wipes from a beauty subscription box...  We get so many of these but this time I was happy because it came with a full size for the bathroom and a mini pack for the handbag.  What more could a girl want?

3.  BioElixa - Body Shaper Stretch Mark Diminisher
Full Size Product! $39.00

I will use this product too.  Are we sensing a theme here?  I really like everything in this box!  After I got my married I gained weight quickly and then lost it again quickly as well last year.  Because of this I have stretch marks.. there I said it... phew!  I have used this creme a few times and I'm liking it so far.  I haven't really noticed a difference over time however I probably need to do it twice a day like it says.

4.  Bioderma - Crealine H20
 RRP for 250ml is $29.99 - received a 20ml sample = $2.40

Having tried the Garnier dupe for this I really wanted to try the original.  I really liked the dupe but I loved the original.  I also loved how cute the deluxe sample of this was!

5.  Marsk Eyeshadow Brush Pro-Line 
Full Size Product!  $28.95

It was great thinking on their part to give this brush as last month we all received Marsk Eyeshadows.  It's a nice quality brush and though I don't think I'd pay the full price for it, I was pretty stoked to see it in my bag!

The box also contained the following discount cards which contain heaps of different offers :)  I don't think I'll actually use them but if you already used the stores then you would be stoked!

And those were the contents of my August 2014 Bella Box subscription!

Total Box Value = $104.75

Once again 4 out of 5 of the samples were full sized however this month the box was worth stacks!!!  The Birthday Box completely wowed me this month so props to you Lust Have It!  And now here is the exciting bit!  If YOU would like $5.00 off your first month's Lust Have It Women's Beauty Box simple enter the code THINKAPRIL at the checkout and your first bag will only cost you $14.95!

Let me know if you're subscribed to any of the beauty subscription services and which one you would recommend!  I'm a bit over Bella Box at the moment unfortunately but Lust Have It have been super on point and getting better and better.  What are your thoughts on this month's bag?

What's in my Bag? Lip Products!

I am feeling super unmotivated today...  I just can't get into the groove of things (is that even a saying?) and it's an amazing day outside so all I want to do is go out!  I always get like this after  a long weekend... I feel like short weeks (this one is a 4 day week in Adelaide) always feel so much longer than 5 day weeks.

Soooo I thought I'd do a what's in my bag as far as lip products are concerned.  I always carry way more than I need however that being said I don't have that many to show you today.  These photos were taken with my phone on my desk so they're nothing flashy... but enjoy anyway :)

1.  Lucas Pawpaw Ointment
2.  Rimmel  Lashting Finish by Kate Moss in 07
3.  Natio Lip Colour in Eden
4.  L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Velvet Rose (378)
5.  Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude (720)
6. Maybelline Baby Lips in Berry Crush

These lipsticks/balms are some of my favourites (as you can see) and I never seem to take them out of my handbag... even when I do they seem to appear back in there :)

What lipsticks/balms do you carry in your handbag?  I love the pinks/nudes!


7 October 2014

Chi Chi Cosmetics - Palettes

I really like Chi Chi Cosmetics.  They are a good Australian 'drugstore' brand which produces fantastic makeup!  To date I haven't tried any of  their brand that I haven't liked.  I have mentioned their palettes before in posts and even briefly reviewed the Rich Gems palette here as part of a set.  But I have never done full blown posts on the individual palettes so I thought that is what I would :)

This post is just going to show you the palettes I own and then I will come back and link the posts once I have done them.  I think I'll make this a Tuesday thing so this post will go up on Tuesday (wow look at me scheduling again) and then each palette post on the following Tuesdays after that.

So as you can see I have four palettes:  The Nudes, Bases, Rich Gems and Elegant Palette.  And I'm sure you can tell by the writing on the front which one I use and love the most... :)

With flash!

Without Flash!

Funnily enough the colours show up a lot more true with flash than without.  As you can tell I prefer more natural browns and pinks :)  These are beautiful palettes and I cannot wait to review them all for you!  I'll will update this post each week with a link to the individual review post.

Have you tried any of the other Chi Chi palettes?  If so, which would you suggest I try next? 

6 October 2014

Women's Health Magazine Showbag 2014

Last month I went to the Royal Adelaide Show with my hubby and some friends of ours.  I love going to the show and apart from the the baby animals my favourite thing is going through all the show bags!  For the second year in a row I got the Women's Health Show Bag and I thought I'd show you what was in it!

The show bag comes in a lovely white and magenta Women's Health gym bag (you could also get black but they were out) which was quite similar to the magenta and silver writing one I got last year.  This alone makes the show bag and you can never have too many of these little bags!

The show bag cost $25.00, so one of the more expensive show bags, but is defiantly worth the money as the website says it's valued at $248.70 (very specific haha).  I got this list of the website of everything included... there is A LOT!

Women's Health magazine (current issue)
InStyle magazine (current issue)
Women's Health magazine (back issue)
WHO magazine (current issue)
Women's Health Gym Bag (choice of two)
Sport Towel with zipper pockets
Designer Brands Kohl Pencil + Beauty Mag
Schick Hydro Silk Razor
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original
Compeed Blister Patch sample
Compeed Cold Sore Patch sample
Dermeze Thick Cream sachets
Dermeze Cream sachets
Palmer's Intensive Relief Moisturiser
Chang's Gluten Free Pad Thai noodles
Tetley Steamed Green Tea samples
Mug Shot Noodles
Boost Juice Boost Buck voucher
Chesser Studios Photography Discount Offer
Anytime Fitness Trial Pass
Cookie Man Discount Offer
Melbourne SeaLife Aquarium/Otway Fly Discount Offer
Essentials In a Box Online Discount Offer

So it came with A LOT of stuff and the good thing about it is that I will actually use a lot of this stuff.  The magazines are all fun ones to flick through and even though I'm not the fittest or fashionable person in the universe I love Women's Health & InStyle magazines  for tips :)  Apart from the magazines, the shaver & Batiste dry shampoo are probably what sold me as I love them both!

Did you guys go to the show this year?  What show bag did you get or what is your favourite type to get.  Every year I look at the Model Co one and get so tempted but never actually buy it.  Maybe next year ;)

3 October 2014

Pinterest Friday 03/10/2014 - Funny Edition

I cannot believe it is already October... it is crazy how quick this year has gone by.  That said August and September have been the slowest months of all time so maybe it's finally slowly down.  Or maybe I'm just too busy :) But of course I'm never too busy for Pinterest... my one true love!

I thought I'd make this one a funny edition because I see so many funny things on Pinterest and they are just too gold not to share.  I think I'll let the pins do the talking this week... Enjoy and you're welcome!

32 Funny Pictures with Captions - Clicky Pix
challenge from wife

funny demotivational posters, tea cup

I hope you enjoyed this Pinterest Friday and got all the LOL's ;)

Have a great weekend!

2 October 2014

Bella Box August 2014

You probably clicked into this post to see my Bella Box August 2014 review.  But I've decided after numerous emails back and forth that I will not be reviewing the box this month.  I thought I'd still include a picture of the box so you can see the contents but I am so unhappy with the customer service that I will not be doing a full review.

I recently received the September box however have decided that the October box is going to be the last one I receive.  I really like giving companies a chance but I just feel like Lust Have It is so on point at the moment and Bella Box is so not on point.

I sent Bella Box a simple email asking for a replacement card as my card did not include all the prices and also asked why I received a product I only received 6 months earlier in the February Box.  They replied back asking that I wait until the end of the following week to review the box however I still had not received a reply to these questions by that time.  I sent another email and they just never answered my questions properly.  I know that customer service isn't all that Bella Box is about and I have really enjoyed receiving their boxes until this point but I just feel like each month the box gets worse whereas Lust Have It gets better and better.

I hate writing these sort of posts they are such downers but I started this blog to give you my honest opinion and this is it.  I will be reviewing the September (next week) and October boxes normally and then that will be it for Bella Box on Thinking About April for now.

Mini Rant (within a rant):  I have received a nail polish in July, August AND September's Bella Box!  TOO MUCH NAIL POLISH FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T USE IT!  Lol rant over ;)

Let me know if you are subscribed to any beauty boxes and what your experience has been?  Would you subscribe to Bella Box?