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Philosophy Skin Care - Take a Deep Breath Day Cream

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent some products by philosophy. This was around the time we had a massive weather upheaval here in Perth -- while winter had been cold and dry for the most part, suddenly it was pouring with rain and incredibly windy. I stopped checking the weather forecast after a week because it was just depressing. Fortunately the blue skies have returned now but the effects of the weather change were quite pronounced in our house: we all came down sick and I developed quite a few dry patches on my face and hands. I normally have dry skin and the chilly weather aggravates it usually aggravates it, as does the blistering Summer sun. Illness coupled with university fatigue are not a good look on any of us and we're all slowly recovering. 

Anyway, back to philosophy. I'd heard of their products before but not the Take a Deep Breath range. As it turns out, it's a new one, and so I didn't have many other reviews to go off, which is a scary predicament when you have sensitive dry skin. I don't want a rash on top of all my other stressors! But I began using them and I'm specifically going to talk about the Take a Deep Breath day cream today as it's the one product I've been using consistently since it arrived.

 A quick introduction of the products (from top-left clockwise):
1. Take a Deep Breath day cream
2. Pure Grace fragrance
3. Take a Deep Breath eye cream
4. Take a Deep Breath night cream

So, how did the day cream that is a 'gel cream' fair? As I mentioned that I've been using it for awhile, it's pretty obvious that despite the fragrance, my sensitive skin doesn't react to it at all. I would stop a product from the get-go if it did. The fragrance is light and not overpowering. Importantly, my dry skin drinks it up straight away. I've had so many moisturisers that seem to leave behind a film or sit on top of my skin (looking at you, Bobbi Brown and Swisse). I could wash my face an hour after applying it and nothing would wash away. Everything gets absorbed and so it's perfect to applied under makeup though you would obviously still need a primer. I'm assuming this is all due to the gel-cream consistency of the product.

My skin feels supple and soft after application and my dry patches are slowly disappearing (curse you, Winter!). It's the type of moisturiser you wear that doesn't make you feel like you're wearing anything. I can go the whole day without getting that dry face feeling and I do feel like it has improved the overall texture of my skin in the short while I've used it. I can see myself finishing the tub and possibly buying it again.

Did I find any downsides with the day cream? Well, personally I'm a pump fan. I LOVE glass jars, they're something really luxe and appealing about holding a cool weight in your hand, but for hygiene reasons I would prefer a pump bottle. The plastic lid sort of cheapens the experience a little as well. Overall though, it's hard to fault a product on such inconsequential factors. It works. I'd pay good money for it and will probably restock or try their brightening products when this jar empties.

The Take a Deep Breath eye cream also has the same absorbent factor as the day cream which is a major bonus. I've taken a liking to that as well. Due to the lack of sleep that I've had in the past month, I can't say that I've seen results from it yet. Hopefully once my practicum is over, I'll be a little less stressed and life will stop being so overwhelming that I don't feel like the walking dead. I swear, insomnia plays havoc on my eyes. It hits the evening and my left eye starts twitching like its receiving a telegram.

The Take a Deep Breath night cream hasn't had a proper workout as I've been too exhausted to use it consistently. Again, same light texture and absorbs just as well as the day cream. The Pure Grace fragrance: I'm on the fence about it. I don't consider someone who leans toward certain fragrances. It's light, clean and fresh so it's not a super girly scent which I love but it lacks that wow factor. It comes on a little harsh and then settles into a clean, light scent and is wearable for work or study. I'd compare it to, and favour it over, Calvin Klein's One.

Have you tried any philosophy products before? Let me know your favourites!

*Note: These products were gifted by a PR company but this post is not sponsored. All opinions are entirely my own to share my experience with others. Before I buy a product, I check real honest reviews from other bloggers so I know what I'm getting. This is my chance to give back and contribute to the knowledge base that is the internet.

Port City Roasters - Fremantle review

Let it be known that Perth weather will almost always fall below my expectations. Winter is simply too wet for me, and summer can be so stinking and sticky that I must peel myself off the furniture. Fortunately, every now and then we’ll get one of those utterly glorious days where the temperature isn’t too hot or cold, the skies are blue and the breeze is light and gentle. Last Tuesday was one of those days. I ventured down to Fremantle for brunch and the winter sky didn’t rain buckets on me or make me shiver.

I arrived at Port City Roasters and managed to snag a parking spot across the street after only one lap around the block. Winning! Parking seems to be a bit congested in this area but not unmanageable. I took a seat out the front while I waited for a friend. While there is seating inside, I didn’t even pop my head in and I’m kicking myself now for not getting any pictures. I’m not one who enjoys trying to contain my toddler in enclosed spaces so alfresco is usually the preferred option. Menus and water were promptly deposited in front of me and when my dining companion appeared, we did a quick table change (it seems to have become a habit of mine) and got down to ordering.

I chose the Tres Leches French Toast and Hanifah opted for the Potato Rosti with Smoked Salmon.

I’ve been following Port City Roasters on Instagram for awhile now – back from when they were still Roasting Warehouse Fremantle. Their French toast is seasonal and has always caught my eye so I knew I couldn’t go wrong. 
Hanifah's latte. Pretty as a picture.
Coffees were served – a latte and mocha. The mocha was hot, smooth and creamy with just a hint of bitterness from the dark chocolate powder. I’ll be back for my standard flat white soon.

Our meals were served without fuss by the friendly staff. I opted for a doughnut for my toddler and it was huge, fresh, fluffy and coated in a thick layer of decadent cinnamon sugar. Heaven. The only picture I have of it contains toddler teeth marks and fingerprints. You won't be seeing that. 

The French Toast with passionfruit labneh, mandarin gel, ginger milk crumb and seasonal fruit was a lovely, decadent breakfast. The toast was coated in cinnamon sugar much like the aforementioned doughnut and the assorted elements on the plate made every bite interesting. The ginger milk crumb was particularly nice. It’s always pleasing when a dish tastes just as amazing as it looks and I was most definitely satisfied with my breakfast.

I had a taste. SO DAMN GOOD.

The pleasant weather and ambiance at Port City Roasters made it an ideal spot for brunch. It’s not a cold, stiff joint that you eat and run from. I sipped my coffee, chatted, relaxed, enjoyed my time and food. The staff were very attentive, polite and helpful. I would certainly return again, if not for the coffee then for the relaxed, comfortable and welcoming vibe.
Port City Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Easy Yeast Waffles Recipe

There's something about the weekend. It's not that the school or work week is over, it's not the chance (or hope!) of a sleep-in... it's the breakfast that follows. There is no relief from homework or housework but the weekend allows my family to sit down to a meal that lacks the rush to the car door. There's no pressure to move and that lazy half hour where we chat and sit/lie around like the grazing herd that we were born to be is my ultimate family goal. I may not get to 'rest' on my weekends in the conventional sense but I do get to treat my kids and myself to something different than cereal and toast and we all enjoy each others company a little more.

We usually do pancakes on Sundays, but that became a bit too stiff and routine after awhile, and so I decided to make up some waffles instead. This was a bit of a learning curve. Apparently you can't just buy a waffle iron and cook them up like pancakes. Ensuring that crispy outer and floaty, bready inner was my goal and then I realised that baking powder alone was not going to satisfy my needs. And the $15 waffle iron from Target really wasn't the best investment considering it doesn't want to crisp up anything. Nonetheless, I've perservered and crafted a recipe that gives me what I want, even if I do need to flip the waffle iron on its back to ensure it's cooked through.

Depending on the size and wattage of your iron, you may have faster results than I. Make sure you rest the yeasty flour mixture properly in a warm place. It's winter in Australia right now so I tend to warm my oven to 50oC, then turn it off and let the mixture sit in there while it cools down. I don't use instant yeast satchets so it doesn't need to be activated as such, but I still proof it a little just in case. If your yeast does need to be proofed then make sure you leave it in the milk mixture for a few more minutes until you see the top begin to bubble slightly.

Much like pancakes, the best part about waffles is the toppings! Messy fun is the best way to put it and you can't go wrong with berries or melted chocolate. So have at thee, enjoy and let me know how this recipe fared for you!

Easy Yeast Waffles

Serves 4-6
Time: 2hrs
20 mins preparation
45mins resting time
25 mins cooking


120g butter, cubed
2 ½ cups milk
1 tbsp white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp cooking salt
2 cups plain flour
¾ cup wholemeal plain flour
2 ½ tsp dried active yeast
½ tsp bi-carb soda

1.       In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, gently stir the butter, sugar and milk until the butter has just melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

2.       In a large bowl, sift the flours and bi-carb soda twice.

3.       Check the milk temperature. If it is lukewarm or room temperature, add the yeast and stir gently. DO NOT ADD YEAST TO HOT OR COLD MILK. Allow to sit for two minutes.

4.       Slowly beat the milk mixture into the flour mixture, a little at a time, until completely combined. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or a thick folded dish towel and put in a warm, dark place to rise for 45 minutes.

5.       In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and salt with a hand or bench mixer until mixture is light, fluffy and full of volume (roughly 5-7 minutes).

6.       Heat your waffle iron and grease with a little butter or spray oil (butter is preferable). Gently whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture.

7.       Depending on the size of your waffle iron, use a half cup measuring utensil or small ladle to fill the waffle iron until ¾ full. The mixture will expand slightly. Cook through until browned.

8.       Serve with your favourite toppings! I’d suggest berries, syrup, bananas, whipped cream and lots of butter!

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