Thursday, March 26, 2015

Leaning Out to Lean In

I've just realised my last blog post was over a year ago... so here's the annual (and final) post.

Having initially planned to take a short period of time off from the blog to look after my shiny new baby, motherhood version 2.0 was a vastly different experience to the first. Like most experiences in life, we learn from our first and try to make sure we don't fall pray to the same mistakes the next time around. This time I looked after myself as well as my children. I achieved my goal of completing my studies to qualify as a Health Coach and if I found myself stretched thin, I asked for help. Sure there were dummy spits and testing times - I didn't say it was easy - but being in a better mental and emotional space, I was better equipped to deal with whatever my baby threw at (or on) me.

But this blog isn't about what was but rather what will be.

I returned to the office almost two months ago and was very fortunate to have been promoted even though I'm only back on a part-time basis (yes, I do work for a wonderful organisation and have the most supportive bosses).  I find the glorification of busy as ugly but the increased responsibilities both at home and work, have forced a re-evaluation of my priorities, and getting to the crux of this post, blogging just isn't a priority anymore.

It started as a creative outlet and served its purpose while it served its purpose. I still love to get creative, but now I do it with paints, colouring books or in the kitchen.

I've always been ambitious and have a fair while to go before I hit my career ceiling and having been taught to work hard so I'm not left wondering, it's time to lean out so I can lean in and spend every other hour with my precious family.

Thank you for reading, thank you for your support, take care and all the best.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Philips VisaPure - Love Your Skin

It's no secret that going to bed without washing your face is considered a cardinal sin in beauty circles.

While I've been guilty of committing this wrong in the past, I've come to love the routine of washing my face thanks to a few simple yet effective products and tools, one of which is the Philips VisaPure facial-cleansing device.

I'd never been sold on the idea of using a facial-cleansing brush as part of my beauty routine, until I was sent the VisaPure to trial. Initially only a part of my morning routine, after a few uses, I started to notice it was managing to find and get rid-of makeup residue I had clearly missed the night before. Coupled with the glowing results after each use, it fast became a part of my evening routine too.

The VisaPure is gentle, effective and easy to use... as simple as a 1-2-3 step process that will leave you with radiant skin.

1. Wet the brush and apply your preferred cleanser (mine is Sukin's Foaming Facial Cleanser).
2. Press the button and gently press the brush onto your face.
3. The VisaPure will prompt you to change sides and then move to your forehead to ensure a complete clean after rinsing.

Similar to other facial-cleansing devicess on the market, the VisaPure is easily rechargeable and replacement brushes can be bought separately, but for me the feature that makes it stand out amongst the others is it's shape. While other brushes are bulky, the VisaPure has a streamlined slim shape that won't take up all the room on your vanity or in a drawer.

Clean face and clutter free space? Double happy.

The Philips VisaPure is available to purchase at Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman and the Shaver Shop.