Coffee was definitely one of my first real loves. I first tasted coffee around the age of 7 and it made such an impression on me that it quickly started to rival my strong bond with Milo. Of course I wasn’t allowed to start drinking coffee until much later on but now its very much a part of my daily routine. I have also become a liiiiittle bit of a coffee snob, I make my morning coffee with ground beans in my own little stove top cafitiere and absolutely love trying out new recommended coffee spots! So, of course the Sydney Aroma Festival was the top selection in this Sunday’s Funday list!
Alas, waking up with a migraine was not on the list but it soon became the reality. One of the many annoying things that come with being a female also brings me occasional migraines and lucky for me my day off was when it decided to hit 😓 Anyway, 4 painstakingly long hours later I was feeling more myself and was ready to get caffeinated. Probably not the best way to recover after said migraine but hey, whos judging!?
For those of you that haven’t been to the Aroma Festival let me quickly sum it up for you. Tents, crowds, coffee. Waiting in queues for longer than 15 minutes is expected and average tasting coffee is also to be expected. In fairness I think some stalls were trying their best to bang out coffees as fast as humanly possible but at the same time this doesn’t really lead to AWESOME coffee.. ie. my first coffee of the festival, a very watery luke warm almond milk latte. But I have to admit the atmosphere of the whole thing is pretty darn cool though with live music from djs, coffee tastings and dessert stalls everywhere.
After devouring a bag of roasted chestnuts (picture not included due to immediate inhalation) I headed on over to the Double Roasters van hoping that my second attempt would be a winner. It was… albeit a very tiny winner, this soy latte was worth it! I also picked up some amazing dark chocolate from CICADA. This stuff is heavenly. Unlike other high percentage dark chocolates this one has no bitter taste but instead hints of red berries and caramel. It was the perfect way to end my day after a couple of pizzas (yes I ate a whole pizza) and some red wine 🙂
I’m one of those types of gals that is constantly chopping and changing when it comes to skincare products. Maybe it’s because I haven’t yet felt the touch of my skin care BAE #sarcasmintended or maybe its just because I am living in the ‘grass is greener’ mindset. Either way, its lead me to become a little bit of a guinea pig in my own skincare journey.
I have pretty normal type skin, the occasional breakout before flow comes to town is about the worst of it. But… I spend a buttload (literally) of time sat on an airplane. Let me tell you, the silver flying box really isn’t a trip to the facialist. So because of this, I have been told (by a lovely lady at Dermalogica) my skin can sometimes be on the drier side.
This is usually my story when I head into any beauty department store on the hunt for new skincare and recently it landed me at Lancôme. I haven’t tried any of Lancôme’s products in the past but as a cult Lisa Eldridge follower on YouTube (she is currently the global creative director for Lancôme for those of you wondering!) I was more than willing to give some stuff a go. I ended up coming away with the Doceur cleansing duo and the Hydra zen gift pack… Bring on the freebies!
After using the products for well over 2 and a half months now I am a) noticing a change in my skin, b) all out of the freebies *see photo above and c) receiving lovely comments on my skin, win!
The products all have a slight floral scent and whilst bringing moisture and life back into my skin they don’t at all feel heavy and oily like some products I’ve tried for dry skin in the past. I love the whole ritual of cleansing, toning and moisturising, whether its to wake myself up or help wind down after a rough day at the dance studio so I use these products morning and night, switching the day and night cream.. obviously!
Overall my skin feels softer and my complexion is brighter which makes me a very happy chappy! So, if your anything like me with skin that can sometimes rival an arid desert I really recommend you give these products a try. I know they are a little on the pricey side but if you try them through buying the gift packs you really do get your money’s worth with all the added extras! Besides if there’s one thing we should all be investing in (in my opinion) it’s our skin as we wear it for life 🙂