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27 Aug

I love a good beauty product and I have been known to go totally nuts buying, use a couple of times and leave to gather dust while I continue to use what I already had! I don’t think I am alone in this, am I???

However, my recent long term unemployment put a total and abrupt stop to all purchases of the luxury sort and to my horror I had to survive with what I had plus the extras my lovely sisters would send me … if you don’t have sisters like mine you are missing out, they are amazing (and hopefully reading!). I of course did survive but a little bit of me died not being able to have shiny new things to make me pretty, but I suppose I did have a tan pretty much all the time which helps!

Now that I am once again financially liquid I can have the odd splurge/investment but I have to say unbeknownst to myself I’ve become more risk adverse when it comes to new products … I am researching lots before buying and impulse purchases no longer seem to be in me! It was a shock to me too but perhaps its old age combined with experiencing a recession? Or am I just getting boring? Oh GAWD!

Anyways … I came across this great post from new Irish website Frillseeker yesterday and it really is packed full of great reccomendations for all types of beauty products from Irish Beauty Bloggers. What I really like about this is that you can see the lady in question so for the lipsticks in particular you can judge if you have the same colouring/skin tones and whether that particular shade might suit you.


Some of my own favourite products and brands are listed here such as:

La Roche Posay. You all need to get the Cicaplast Baume its a wonder product for everything from dry skin to chaffing/heat rash from exercise! Also great for nappy rash I believe so a family friendly one.

MAC lipsticks. MAC in general is a love of mine especially their blushes and brushes. I have Rebel and now Lady Danger lippies on my wishlist.

Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks. These are cheap and really good! They don’t make you skeletal like Kate herself which was such a relief 😉

Benefit They’re Real mascara. I just adore this product, I always feel my eyes look so much better with it on. The brush took me some time to get used to and I stabbed myself a few times but now I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else.

YSL Touche Eclat foundation. This is a beautiful foundation, it makes my skin glowy and isn’t too heavy (freckles are still visible through it which I like). The bottle is huge and lasts for ages.

Products I need to get after reading this article:

Seche Vite – this is a top coat for nails that dries really quickly so fantastic for silly billies like me that start painting their nails after they have called a taxi or just before they need to find something in a handbag or go to bed hence ruining all the good work!

Cocoa Brown tan – this has been developed my Irish beauty therapist Marissa Carter and everyone is raving about it, I will be picking up a bottle when I am home in December to try next Winter. Its really affordable and can be washed off a couple of hours after application so no need for smelly sleeping! There is an accompanying scrub called Tough Stuff that also sounds right up my street. I love a good scrub and have been body brushing with vigour lately in anticipation of 7 months on the beach. Yes I did that on purpose. Emigrants are soooo annoying aren’t they?

I’ve been using some lovely Australian products lately too so I might do a post on some of them soon too …. give the blog a little break from food!

Ok peeps have a good look at this and tell me what you think? What are your favourite beauty products? What can you not live without? Please comment as I love hearing everyone else’s opinions and I hate missing out on wonder products!



Station Street Markets, Subiaco

12 Sep

Almost every weekend since I’ve been here I’ve made the trek to Subiaco for these markets .. I love them!
From the outside it looks like nothing, maybe a warehouse or underground carpark but once you get inside its a hive of activity and I adore the buzz! I like to think I am a bit like my hero Darina Allen pottering around the English Market in Cork picking the best of everything … perhaps the sun really is getting to me.

There’s a superb health food shop called The Angry Almond where I buy porrige oats, basmati rice, dried apricots and lentils among other things from huge open metal bins. It is also a great place for spices, oils,  flours, yeast,  hard to find ingredients (just this weekend I got coconut sugar) and some good cheeses!

Angry Almond
There’s a branch of my favourite french patisserie La Galette de France, a florist, juice bar, milk bar, numerous restaurant stalls offering all sorts of delights but the largest part, and my favourite hands down are the fruit and veg stalls!!

The array of fruits and vegetables astound me everytime .. 5 types of melon, 6 types of tomatoes, 4 sizes of avocados (my addiction), fresh herbs in huge bunches, produce I don’t recognise, bright colours, fresh smells, choice, choice, choice!!


Potatoes Royal Blue potatoes are really good, they are white on the inside and sadly don’t keep their bright blue colour when cooked but taste really good!






I have no idea what this is or what to do with it? Anyone??




uglyHow’d you like them (custard) apples??!!


oranges and apples

There is better value to be had here compared with the large supermarkets, these eggs for example are about €6 in our local supermarket and since discovering these markets our food bill has decreased … however we also had to get a larger fridge for the amount I haul home every week.. five a day is no longer the aim but a minimum!

While in Ireland last month I treated myself to this new book from another one of my food heroes Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, I’m hoping to try lots of new vegetable dishes and salads suitable for the warmer weather while taking advantage of the huge array of fresh good quality product available here.


Station Street Markets are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays.

Moving on.

14 Jan

Once I had given my notice at work I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, I was so nervous about doing it as I didn’t want to let anyone down. My boss and everyone else in the organisation have been really supportive and I’ve had lots of “fair play” “you’re dead right” “you’re sooo lucky”  “have a ball”  which has all been lovely, but is in some strange way making me very sad about leaving.

Of course I have replaced one worry with another and I now lie awake at night worrying about money, new jobs, being so far away from home, making new friends .. I am ridiculous.
One of my main worries was that I wouldn’t find like-minded people, or foodies like myself that I could chat with but today I found this blog. The author commented on one of my photos on Instragram, so social networking is working for me. Apart from being a gorgeous food blog its written by an Irish girl who lives in Perth and does yoga! Yay! There are people like me out there too. Finding this has brightened my day and I am slowing working my way through her “Aussie Blog Roll”. Its like my food blog obsession of 2009 all over again .. with fresh meat!!

The packing has started, we bought one of these each (not quite as cute but infinitely more practical than those pictured above) and I also have my sister’s backpack from her travelling days so hopefully I will be able to bring everything! From my last time in Australia I know the clothes, especially the work type attire, is allot more sedate than here (not enough colour for me) so I want to bring allot with me. It will also save on spending my $$$ before I start earning.

So far I have just taken all my holiday clothes and put them in the bag, so lots of bikinis, kaftans and summer dresses. Next I need to go through everything in my wardrobe and see what fits the bill – I am looking for light but not skimpy, its about 38 degrees in Perth right now! In one of the papers today there was a spread this season’s lovely prints so I am going to check those out in Forever21 and Penneys in the next couple of weeks as advised therein. I also follow a great stylist on facebook and twitter (@Sanfhaisean) called San Fhaisean who posts photos of outfits put together from what’s available in the high street shops at any one time. I hope to God there is someone similar in Australia .. or I won’t have a clue what’s in the shops (possibly a good thing!).

I have a gorgeous red polka dot tea towel and a brightly coloured apron that were Christmas presents and will help me make any place my own. I have a lovely new pink cover on my passport and a travel pillow waiting to be broken in. Leaving all my cookbooks on my childhood bedroom shelves is kind of breaking my heart … but bringing them would surely break the bank in luggage weight charges and I plan on using my iPad to its fullest as my virtual cookbook shelf.

33 days before I depart Ireland … 37 days before I arrive in Australia … the countdown is on!!

Heading to Chapter One en  famille this week .. a girl has gotta enjoy her remaining days at home ya know ..

SJ xx