Monday, 28 September 2015

It just doesn't work for me....

So it has been a while since I've done one of these so I have managed to build up a stock pile of products that just don't work for me.

Obviously everyone is different and I personally know people who love some of the below products but they just don't work for me and my skin.

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Sorbet:

When I first got this, I actually thought it was a body wash and that's how I used it. Then one day when I was bored in the shower, I read the back and found out it was supposed to be a moisturiser.... I'm not sure how the consistency of this product would work as a moisturiser as it was very wet and didn't soak in to the skin at all. I ended up using most of it as a bubble bath as it smells AMAZING!

Benefit Hoola:

When I first purchased this bronzer, I LOVED it. I loved the finish of it and how it looked on my skin. I don;t think this product ages very well as after a few months, it became hard to blend and looked super muddy on my skin. Won't be purchasing again as I only got a few good months out of it.

Face Of Australia HD Primer:

Ew. So I love their Face Base Prier (in the purple tube) and swear by that one. It is amazing. This one however, fails miserably. Despite having OIL FREE in big bold lack letters on the tube, this primer is the most oily looking and feeling one I have ever seen. It goes on oily and doesn't make foundation sit or look very well at all. I used it a few times just to be sure but after three days of having my foundation slide off my face, I gave up on it. Please let me know in the comments if you've tried this one as I would love to know what everyone else thinks.

Elemis Whitening Day Moisturiser:

So in my last skin care routine post which you can see here, I actually had this as a part of my routine and I said only good things about this mosituriser. However, at the time, I didn't realise that this guy was the reason I was breaking out so bad and my pores always looked clogged.I think it's great that it has SPF in it, but I think I'm going to stick to having a separate moisturiser and sunscreen as I think it works better on my skin that way rather than having a product that includes both.

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream:

Ok so I have dry skin and that is the reason I purchased this. When they say hydrating, they mean hydrating. Too hydrating for me. It left my skin looking oily and didn't sit well with my make up. I think this one would be good to use once a week as an overnight hydrating mask or it may be suitable for extremely dry skin.

Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Night Cream:

This one was just meh for me. I feel like it did nothing. No good and no bad just nothing. Elizabeth Arden products usually work well for me but I can see why I bought this one super cheap in a chemist sale.

Have any of the above worked or not worked for you???

Keep smiling!

Tahana xo

Friday, 25 September 2015

Pregnancy Diaries - Week 11

Week 11: Baby grows from 4g to 7g and  from 3.1cm to 4.1cm (the size of a fig) – growing pains going strong this week! 

Still not much of a belly but I am sure it will be here soon enough! 

My diet has really gone downhill this week. Not that I’m not eating well but I’m definitely not eating enough. It’s really hard. I feel so full so quickly and I try to eat more but I just feel sick. I’m completely off meat (ate it once this week and felt sick after) so I can’t get much protein, I never feel like eating anything and I can’t eat a lot.  It’s very frustrating being someone who can’t eat much because it is so not like me.. normally I have an epic appetite and LOVE food. 

I’m taking a pregnancy vitamin and a fish oil tablet daily so I am supplementing most of my nutrients thorough them even though I would prefer to get them from food sources, it is just impossible at the moment. Really hoping this settles down in a few weeks when  I enter my second trimester and I can start eating properly again as you’re supposed to eat an extra 300 calories in your second trimester so want to be able to fit this in! 

Still feel great about going to the gym. It always makes me feel better and hungry after I go. Still have to take snacks to the gym to eat mid workout or on the way home.
Gym is and will continue to be a very important part of my pregnancy. I really believe it will make everything easier if I stay healthy, fit and strong. 

We have received our first letter from the hospital with our first appointment on November 5 (17 weeks). I’m not sure if I can wait that long to see baby again but I am sure the time will go quickly and we are hoping they will be able to tell us if we are having a boy or a girl! We are very excited to find out so we can start to buy cute baby things! 

My skin is breaking out again this week which is super annoying. I don’t like to wear much make up during the week but I’ve had to cover up my blemishes but I guess it is making me feel prettier. 

Week 11 in pictures: 

Keep smiling!

Tahana xo

instagram: @taklhealthytome

Monday, 21 September 2015


Macadamia Oil Rejuvinating Shampoo & Moisturising Rinse:

Colour Safe and sulfate and paraben free. I prefer to use natural shampoos and conditioners and really attribute their use to my hair growing so fast in the last 6-8 months. My hair constantly looks healthy and feels better than it ever has.
Repurchase: I already have. So far the best shampoo range I have come across and at $23 a bottle, they're worth it!

Original Source Watermelon and Jojoba oil body wash:

All Original Source body washes smell amazing but this is probably the worst out of a good bunch. I did enjoy using it and it does have a slight awakening feel to it so I used it in the mornings to wake my skin up and feel a little brighter.
Repurchase? No.. way too many better smelling washes out there.

Lush Snow Fairy:

Who doesn't love Snow Fairy. When I moved house and unpacked,  found this little surprise I had forgotten about. The smell is just divine and I tried to saviour it for as long as possible. At least I only have to wait 14 more weeks until I can use it again!
Repurchase? Plan to stock up again this Christmas with enough to last me the whole year haha.

Dirty Works All of A Lather Body Wash:

I liked using this one at night time as it had a slight comforting masculine smell to it.
Repurchase? I won't go out of my way to get it but if I see it in store, I will grab it for sure.

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream:

I do really like this one and it definitely has had a brightening effect on my eyes. Whilst the effect is only short term, Its a great, cheap quick fix if you need to look more awake for the day!
Repurchase: Currently trying to find something that can give me a more permanent brightening effect but will consider repurchasing for every now and then use.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 hour powder:

Probably the best drug store powder I have ever used. I really LOVE the finish of this powder. Such a flawless finish and really keeps me oil free all day. I didn't expect to like it as I've never liked any of Rimmel's foundations and have just stuck to their lipsticks and eye products but this one is actually amazing and I recommend it to the girls on a budget!
Repurchase? Yes! Once I finish the other powders I have to try out, I will be repurchasing!

Beauty Blender:

Possibly the best make up invention of my time. If you haven't yet purchased this amazingness, I suggest you try to get your hands on one asap. When I used it for the first time, I could not believe all this time, I had been using a brush to apply my foundation, when here was this perfect sponge that could make me look better than I ever had.
repurchase? I just purchased two extras!

Cover Girl 3in1 Outlast Stay Fabulous and Maxfactor FaceFinity All Day Flawless:

These are my holy grail. I believe them to be the exact same formula and have been using both of these for almost two years now. I have dry to normal skin and this foundation never leaves me with dry patches and sometimes even allows me to create a dewy look if I don't set with powder.
Repurchase? Yes yes yes! One million times over. I honestly find it better than most of the high end foundations I have tried so don't see the point in spending more money than I have to for amazingness.

Have you tried any of these?? Post your thoughts in the comments?

Keep smiling!


Thursday, 17 September 2015

Pregnancy diaries - Week 10

Week 10: baby doubled in size this week from 2g to 4g and grew from the size of a grape to the size of a date – still so tiny!! 

Our little protein ball <3

The scan: As much as I have definitely felt pregnant over the last couple of months, seeing our little protein ball (as named by my fellow Instabeautyau admins) for the first time on the screen in the doctor’s office really made it real. I held back tears with a huge smile on my face the whole time we were there. Ben came along and I swear he was more excited than I was. We got to see the little heart beating away and he was just beautiful. So little and already looks chubby – daddy has been feeding us well with all the home made pasta and bread haha. 

Foods aren’t agreeing with my stomach this week and I’ve been quite sick (but not the morning sickness kind of sick). Still no throwing up so I’m happy about that. 

Body seems to be getting used to exercise again and everything is seeming easier (have mostly been doing cardio this week as that’s how our program was unfortunately).  Successfully completed two weight sessions… the first one (legs) was a big session and I got super hungry half way through and had to stop to go buy food from reception – luckily they had some natural protein balls which had lots of yummy things in them! Will definitely be packing snacks in my bag for the gym from now on – don’t even care if people look at me funny haha. 

Nausea and exhaustion has really stepped up this week. The baby is starting to move around since all his muscles are building and he is learning to use them. With all the growing and moving, it takes a lot out of me. Ben worked on the weekend and whilst I tried to do as much housework as I could, I ended up napping most of the time. I just needed to sleep! 

Everyone knows about the baby now and the amount of beautiful support messages we have received is incredible. We feel very lucky to have so many wonderful people in our lives. 

*As of today, I am in my 11th week of pregnancy, the next update will be next Thursday and will continue every Thursday from then on.  I really hope you are enjoying my little updates. 

Keep smiling!

Tahana <3 xoxo

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Pregnancy diaries - Week 9

BEN IS HERE! He is finally in Brisbane and I could not be happier. This week has been the best so far. Having him here makes me incredibly happy and it has made things a lot easier on me especially since I am still dealing with severe fatigue/ exhaustion. 

Food: I finally got my Italian food! OMG it is amazing. Ben has been making it from scratch for me. He is so incredibly talented. He has been cooking for me non stop and even puts up with me being hungry one minute and then once he cooks, suddenly I feel sick and can't eat. It's still really on and off and some days I eat tonnes and others, I still have to force my self to eat whatever I can manage. The food aversions are getting ridiculous. So on top of chocolate, I'm now off chicken and cheese and I'm finding a lot of foods taste different to what they normally do. I barely drink soft drink but was at a 1st birthday party over the weekend and had a creaming soda which I had to give to my brother because I didn't like the taste. The chicken aversion is quite worrying to me as its my main source of protein and I'm having trouble finding a protein powder that doesn't have artificial flavours or sweeteners in it (bad for baby). 

He's even making bread from scratch!!

Emotions: have been the best they have been in weeks. I had one day where I cried because Ben was jokingly being mean to me - which we do all the time but of course, pregnant Tahana took it to heart haha. Other than that I think I'm just on a high given Ben and I can finally be together.

Sleep: Has also improved dramatically since having Ben here. The only reason I wake up is to urinate for the 1000th time that day and then I fall straight back to sleep. I think my mind is at rest with him here. 

We are having our first scan this Thursday which will mark 9 weeks. I am beyond excited to see our baby!

Gym: We had a week off gym when Ben arrived but we're back at it now. I'm going a lot lighter with the weights now. Being so tired I do feel like I have less strength. Still focusing on quantity rather than volume and after a good weights session, I still feel amazing. Definitely want to keep exercising as much as I can for as long as I can.  

I've been having weird dreams this week. One included us having twins and one was about Ben and I going for an ultrasound and finding out we were having QUADS?! I love babies but I feel like four may be just too many for us! I would be very excited if there were two babies in my belly although that's extremely unlikely! 

Growing Pains: Maybe I'm dreaming of having multiple births because I've had growing pains almost every day this week. This gives me even more reason to believe baby is a boy. He is going to be huge and tall just like his dad... So much growing has been done this week!

At the 1st Birthday party <3
 Tomorrow - week 10! (the scan)

Keep smiling!

Tahana xo

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Pregnancy diaries - Week 8

Week 8: 

I feel like I'm showing just the tiniest bit (can no longer keep my belly flat, or suck in). Most of the time it's just my belly being bloated but it's getting harder and harder to make it look like there's no belly.. And it's only 7 weeks.

 We're hoping to have a scan at week 9 once Ben is here and if everything is all okay with baby, we have decided we will make the announcement then! We just can't keep it in any longer.

Food: Still a love/ hate relationship that has actually led to me losing 3kg since finding out I'm pregnant. What I do eat is pretty damn healthy though and I'm still going to gym most days. Now having more food aversions... It actually pains me to say this but I am completely off chocolate - this coming from a girl who (in her fatter days) used to eat at least a block a day... I thought I was going to be able to eat bulk Nutella without being judged but I cannot even stand to look at it. Someone at work ate a Laksa soup at their desk the other day and I was on the verge of throwing up for a whole hour until the smell left. Can't say I've ever been a fan of the Laksa anyway so not fussed about that one but I was actually looking forward to craving chocolate and enjoying it on another level.. baby hates chocolate, broccoli (another previous love of mine) and now chinese too... The only craving I've had is for some GOOD Italian food but I've been holding off for Ben to get here because he can actually make me some decent food (he's Italian).

Emotions: A few good days and one really bad day of just being angry and crying and I also cried when Ben sent me photos of baby shoes and socks... they were just adorable! 

I'm still not sleeping properly. Waking up between 3 and 4 every morning and only being able to get back to sleep on some days. Ben is still setting his alarm to call me and tell me he loves me which makes waking up so so so much better. <3 Could not be more in love with that man. 

Tomorrow - Week 9 

Keep Smiling!

Tahana x