Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Marie Claire The parcel - Autumn 2017

After few hiccups with the last couple of parcels this one was delivered on time and without any issues. I got it the day before I was heading to Japan (Japanese beauty products blog coming up) hence why it took me few week to write the review for it. Overall I must say I was very happy with that I have received in this parcel and will surely use every single product in this parcel.


1. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Night Cream...value $3.50
This cream is very moisturizing yet my skin soaked it up fairly quickly. It is packed with natural oils but I am a bit hesitant to use it on my face due to me being prone to breakouts. I might moisturise my chest and neck with it instead.

2. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Skin Scent...value $2.85
I love Estee Lauder summer fragrance range. They been bringing out Bronze Goddess every year in slightly different packaging but the scent remained unchanged. You get a gorgeous but light tiare flower on the background of citrus and coconut. It instantly puts you in holiday mode.

3. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules...value $16.35
You get a week supply of their new and improved ceramide capsules. I have seen them around but never tried them. I like the concept of the ingredients being preserved into single use portions that will minimize the exposure to air and prevent oxidation.

4. Jergens Hydrating Coconut Lotion...value $6.99
Inexpensive yet very good product. It quickly sunk into my skin without leaving residue or heavy scent. I will re-purchase once I am out of it.

5. Burts Bees Lip Crayon...value $16.95
It supposed to be made from all natural ingredients. I got mine in a shade Niagara Overlook which is a flattering reddish-pink nude.

6. Biore Baking Soda Scrub...value $10.99
In the past Biore been hit and miss for me but this scrub is good! It comes out as powder that gets activated into a paste. It left my skin super smooth minus any irritations.

7. Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner...value $18.50
This product can be used as a serum or a make-up primer. Either way it was very light but I can't comment on how effective it is as I haven't used it for long enough.

8. La Roche Posay Miccelar Water Ultra...value $6.50
Micellar water for sensitive skin. I always thought that it was gentle enough as it is. Either way I think I got a yearly supply of them though parcel subscription.

9 & 10. John Freida Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner...value $6.50
I am not a huge fan of this brand but always appreciate free semi-decent shampoo and conditioner that I can take traveling with me. I hope it will keep my colour looking bright.

You get $90 worth of products in this parcel and the selection is quite good. I hope they keep it up!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My adult tonsillectomy experience - a positive perspective

To cut the long story short my tonsils needed to come out ever since I was a child and I never grew out of having constant issues with them. So in my late 20's I saw two ENT specialists and decided to go on a public hospital waiting list as the issue wasn't too pressing. After three years I got the letter and a phone call and my surgery was booked three weeks later.

That gave me enough time to arrange some time off work (I was told to have two weeks but I was back on day 12) and also prepare for the surgery. A both ENTs informed me that there will be quite a bit of pain so I have decided to read some stories on the internet. In retrospect I don't think it was a great idea as most of the stories were of people complaining and describing it as the most agonizing experience and wished they never had it done. Let me tell you it wasn't too bad.

Day 1.
My surgery was scheduled for 12 but got moved to 2 and hospital sent me an SMS so I would get there a bit later. After a bit of paperwork and waiting i was given this nice blanket with heat packs and wheeled in into pre-op room where doctors and nurses explained to me what was going to happen. They put a cannula into my hand and wheeled me into the operating room. I wiggled my way onto the operating table and suddenly felt very relaxed and told anesthetist and I feel sleepy already. Next think I knew they woke me up and told me that my surgery went well. Then they wheeled me into my ward that I shared with four other people but we had curtains for privacy. I was very drowsy but had a bad night sleep because they kept waking me up to check my blood pressure etc. I also got given some regular pain killers. My tongue felt a but swollen and numb and my throat was a bit numb too. Very mild pain even though they took two big pieces of the tissue at the back of my throat. In the morning I finished all my breakfast and got sent home with some strong pain killers. I was well looked after and happy with how everything went at the hospital.

Day 2-4.
Plenty of naps and rest time. I was taking my pain killers every four hours (alternating between Panadol and Nurofen) even in the middle of the night. My throat looked quite raw but I was trying to keep my fluid intake up and eat as normally as I could. Anything salty or acidic was a no-no and I found that ice-cream or anything frozen didn't feel good. Lots of warm tea and nothing sticky either. My mother in law brought me some mashed potatoes and chicken soup and it went down well. On day two my uvula was very swollen and I couldn't sleep on my bak as it was blocking my airway so I had to be proped up with few pillows. Also I would get very unpleasant taste esp. after the sleep. I think it was mainly due to food getting trapped in the crevices of the wounds. I found the solution - gently rinsing the area with either water or Peroxyl mouthwash using blunt curved tip syringe.



It would aim the liquid exactly where I needed it to go but you have to be careful not to damage the delicate tissue. Also I was mute most of the time and communicated via messaging or nodding. I must also say that I had some swelling under my jaw and it didn't look very flattering.

Day 5-8.
As expected the pain intensified and I got referred pain into my jaw and ears. It was time to take some strong pain killed (Endone) to keep it under control. Long ice pack also helped a lot. I got one from the pharmacy and used a scarf to hold it next under my jaw. Eating would usually trigger the pain so I would try to take strong pain killers before I had a meal (it would take me ages to finish anything). The pain wasn't constant and I would distract myself with movies and games. Plus lots of love from family, friends and kittens. I got some bleeding couple of times too but luckily it stopped otherwise it would be another emergency hospital visit.

Day 9-12.
Pain got a lot more manageable and I was back on my usual pain killer schedule (I made a little 2 week plan for it and wrote exact times and the type of meds plus any notes). Still couldn't speak properly and my taste was funny but overall was healing well and as planned. I also skipped my pain killers one night and woke up in pain so lesson was learned. Stayed on pain killers for two and a half weeks.

I am now four weeks post-op and almost back to normal. The swelling and pain are gone and the back of my throat is almost normal. Did my first gym session today and been eating pretty much anything.

The positives
  • I can breathe a lot better and can feel more air going into my lungs even when I breathe through my nose.
  • Running felt a lot easier today due to improved breathing even after a long break
  • My breath is nice and fresh all the time. 
  • I have lost 4 kgs and can fit into a lot of my old "skinny" clothes so feel much happier about my body.
  • I've got more defined jaw line as my tonsils were permanently enlarged before and would slightly bulge out.
  • I am glad that they are gone and I won't have to worry about getting tonsillitis and other nasty issues associated with it ever again!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Fragrant Acquisitions of 2016

I love my perfumes and I have quite a collection of them. Last year I've managed to acquire 12 new ones not counting hair mists from Byredo that I absolutely love and rotate in my handbag plus couple of minis.


I don't have a particular preference however I can't seem to wear heavy, overly sweet and potent scents. I do rotate them seasonally too. I go for citruses in summer, musky and woody scents in winter and florals in spring and autumn.

This is what I got my hand on this year:

1. Guerlain Idylle Eau Sublime
This version of Idylle has a lush rose and jasmine in the center, sweetened by lychee and peach and softened by musk. Guerlain knows how to make a good perfume! I imagine a huge spring garden in the evening, when the scent of flowers intensifies in the air.


2. Marc Jacobs Daisy
I must admit that it took me a long time to appreciate this fragrance. I think for a while I could smell it on every second girl and it delayed me purchasing it. I managed to picks it up for a very reasonable price and actually found it very easy to wear. I get wild strawberries, greenery and white florals with a hint of woody notes shining towards the end. It give me that feeling of being carefree and relaxed, just as you would be during summer holidays.


3. Byredo Inflorescence
This is an interesting take on the lily of the valley. Instead of being heavy like Diorissimo, it is very airy as if you are sniffing the flower straight from the forest floor. I don't get heady white florals it supposed to have, instead I get lots of greenery and delicate spring flowers. I really enjoy wearing this one but unfortunately it is super light and doesn't last very long on my skin.


4. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
You get bright hyacinth and jasmine behind a tart citrus note. This fragrance is very easy to wear yet it lasts on me all day. It does have a nice projection yet it is safe enough to be worn to work.

5. Azzaro Twin for Women
On me this is a Dove soap/Body Lotion scent! You get very soft almond and peach in a musky base. I haven't come across anything remotely similar. It is a lovely scent to wear especially when you don't feel like anything too perfume-y.

6. Guerlain Pamplelune
Citrus scents are usually tame and safe, not this one! You get a hefty dose of grapefruit muddled with black currant leaf on patchouli and vanilla base. It has very polarizing reviews but I love it!

7. Sarah Jessica Parker Covet
This perfume disappeared from shops for a while but I've noticed that my local Chemist Warehouse was selling it for next to nothing recently and decided to grab a bottle. I swear this celebrity scent can easily pass as a niche. It is a very calming herbal blend of lavender, citrus and geranium with an unexpected twist of bitter dark chocolate and musk.

8. Guerlain Limon Verde
Imagine freshly sliced lime that has been sprinkled by sugar. This is what Limon Verde smells like. I find it super easy to wear in hot and humid weather.

9. Chanel Christalle Eau Vert
I fell in love with this scent when going through duty free shop at the airport after a 12 hour flight. It instantly perked me up and made me feel refreshed. Another eight hours later I landed at my home airport and the first thing my husband told me was that I smelled nice! This fragrance is divine, green and fresh yet it has a body and decent lasting power.

10. Dior Addict Eau Fraiche
Bright fruity aquatic scent that is suitable for adults. It is easy to wear yet it effortlessly adds that extra finishing touch. Think of freesias and pomegranate blended with citrus.

11. L'Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau
My beloved cherry blossom has been sweetened with watermelon and black currant and deepened with rose and musk. This is easily my favorite version out of the whole Cerisier line so far.