Affordable everyday skincare

Affordable everyday skincare

Hey everyone,

Welcome to this weeks blog post. Now,  you all know I have  I have been battling a horrible virus for over 10 days now, so, unfortunately, it has been a little quiet on the blog post front. I am still unwell, but definitely feeling much better than I was.

Today I wanted to talk to you all about skincare. Now as a mum of 9 children I hadn’t always looked after my skin, I sometimes would be so tired at the end of the day and would fall asleep in my makeup! We all know we shouldn’t do that but we are all guilty of it. Recently I have started pampering myself a little more and it has honestly made me feel so much better.

I started wearing makeup when I was only 11 years old!  It’s very young I know! I used to cake my makeup on and it looked horrendous, eventually, I got the hang of it. I have always been quite lucky and have had reasonably good skin,  it’s only started to decline in the last few years since having my children,  and getting a little older that I noticed it was a little on the dry side.

I had always thought buying skincare would be out of my budget and too expensive, but after talking to a lovely Priceline employee at my local Priceline I realized how affordable it actually was! I told them I was a busy mum and that I only wanted quick skincare routine that could be done in under five minutes. The Priceline employee was very helpful and very knowledgeable about all the products she spoke about.

After chatting to the Priceline employee for a while I decided on buying natural skin care.

The first product I bought was the;  Blessed by nature skincare revival kit  This was only $18.99 and it came in a lovely little cosmetic bag, in the bag you get 2 creams, a day cream, and a night cream. When I first started using the cream my face would sting, and this was only because it was enriched with vitamins A, C & E,  but after a few days it settled and my skin got used to it. I have been using these creams for 3 -4 weeks now, and both creams have been working really well on my skin. They smell divine too. These skin creams are suitable for all skin types and I highly recommend them!

The second product I bought was the; Essano beauty rosehip micellar water  I bought this product for about $5.99, but currently, it is on special for $4.49 Which is an absolute bargain! I squirt a small amount of this onto to some cotton pads * this is important because it activates the product*  and just cleanse my face, it works great as a makeup remover, or even just a little something to keep your skin feeling cool and fresh. I absolutely love this product and will definitely be buying more when this one runs out! I also to clean my face, the Priceline makeup remover wipes; These makeup remover wipes are only $2 which is incredibly cheap, I bought the sensitive skin ones and they have honestly worked so well on my skin

The third product which I use once a week, which was kindly gifted to me from Priceline, is the;  You can buy this product for only $22.99. It might only be a 50gram jar, but you honestly only need a small amount to cover your whole face. I leave mine on for about 10 minutes and then I just rinse it off. My face always feels super fresh and smooth after I use it. This product smells amazing, and I have noticed a big change in my skin since I’ve been using it!

I have been using all these products listed now for about 3-4 weeks and I’m so happy with them all, they don’t take long to apply,  and my skin is feeling super soft and looking so much more fresh and youthful.  I may have started my skincare regime quite late but it’s never too late to make these changes in your life.

I bought my skincare products for under $30 which in my eyes is a complete bargain!

Please remember that I’ll only ever share products with you that I have tried and tested and absolutely love. 

Priceline have lots of awesome deals on at the moment, and just in time for Christmas. You can check them out at



Planning Christmas| How do you plan yours?

Planning Christmas| How do you plan yours?


Hey everyone,

With only 6 weeks till Christmas, I thought I would give you all a little insight on how we plan for Christmas in our busy household.

Let me start by saying that our family believes in the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day, and this is what we have always taught our children. Christmas is a beautiful time for all, and it is also so lovely to celebrate this wonderful day with family and friends.

where do I store all my Christmas wrap and labels from the year before?

I  usually store all my Christmas wrap, labels sticky tape in a box and store it in the shed, however this year I  hear Kmart have an awesome Christmas storage bag which I am hoping to get my hands on, they actually look so much easier to store everything. My goal for 2019 is to get everything organized in my house!

Planning it all

Christmas planning can be very stressful for everyone, but this year we decided to open up a Christmas club account with our bank, and I’m telling you it’s the best thing that I have ever done. I was able to save up a good amount, which will pay all the families presents, including those we send overseas, and our Christmas food shop. I feel less stressed about it all this year. My Christmas shopping is well underway. I will definitely be restarting my Christmas club account at the end of January 2019. I have already started my Christmas shopping online but will need to venture out to the shops too. I  do love Christmas shopping, but sometimes I leave it till last minute and have a mad rush to get it all on Christmas Eve.

Christmas tree & decorations

I used to be one of those people who always put their Christmas tree &  decorations up on December 1st! However, in recent years, we have been putting our tree up a couple of days before Christmas and then decorating it all as a family on Christmas Eve whilst listening to Christmas carols. The worst part about putting a Christmas tree up is the branches, they take so long to sort out. I’m very blessed to have lots of little hands to help me out with that, but it still usually takes a whole day until I’m happy it looks right!



We never go over the top with presents. Our children get 3 presents each, and a stocking each, and then one huge joint present for them all. We then head over to my mother inlaws house where we celebrate Christmas day with family where of course the children get more presents.

Hosting boxing day

Every year I usually host boxing day at my house, and the family and some friends come over and share the day with us. I love boxing day because there is always leftovers from the day before that the family always bring with them, and I also enjoy glazing and cooking my ham. Stay tuned to the end of my blog post for the glazed ham recipe that I use from It is absolutely delicious!

I always wrap all Christmas presents up on Christmas eve, and believe me when I tell you, I am usually up till midnight doing it all. I think this year I will try and wrap up as I go and just do what’s left over on Christmas Eve.

Christmas day morning

On Christmas day morning everyone is always up super early and our family tradition every year is to get up, pray some prayers together as a family, and after that, I hand out yummy Christmas biscuits to everyone! Then we all open up our presents which takes a good hour or so, and then after that, we skype family overseas and wish them a Merry Christmas. Once all of that is done we then rush to get ready in our gorgeous Christmas outfits and take a few photos, and then rush out the door to make it in time for Christmas mass which by the way is an hours drive from us. We usually need to leave by about 9 am the latest. Then after mass is when we go to my mother in laws to celebrate the rest of the day.

I absolutely love this time of year, but first, we have 2 birthdays to get through first

My daughters birthday is on November 21st, and my birthday is December 21st

These next few weeks are going to be super busy,  but it is also going to be great too

How do you all celebrate Christmas?

I would love to hear from you all

As promised here is the recipe and I have used many times >>>Honey, mustard glazed ham- TASTE.COM.AU

Claire xxx