Beauty

What’s That In My Bathroom Cabinet?

Ok, so I know it’s a little (well a lot) taboo, but I can’t lie, when I am in someone else’s bathroom this huge urge comes over me to take a sneaky peak in their bathroom cabinet. Now I was brought up better than that, so I usually refrain, but today I thought I would let you all see what’s in my bathroom cabinet, to satisfy any urges out there.

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L-R; Garnier Micellar Water, Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser, Nspa Hot cloth Cleanser, Nspa Deep Hydrating Facial Oil, Nspa 5 Minute Magic Mask, Nspa Repair Night Cream, Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask, Vaseline Spray Moisture Cocoa Butter, La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Face Wash, Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Sudocrem, Charles Worthington Intense Moisture Seal Balm, Boots Cotton Wool Rounds, Paracetamol, Strepsils, Nail Clippers

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Garnier Micellar Water

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a completely separate skincare routine post, so I won’t bore you with the details of each product until then. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet. Here we have step one in my make up removal process. Micellar water, what I did in the past without this stuff is beyond me. Put simply its pretty Awesome.

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Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

Then comes step two the Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is one of two I have on the go at the moment (oh my life is so exciting) I’ve spoken about this one in a previous post here. It’s by Ren and it’s fabulous. It feels so luxurious on the skin and really gets deep down into the nitty, gritty.

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NSPA Hot Cloth Polish

You’ll notice that this brand Nspa, features a lot in my skincare regime. That is because when I was over in the UK, I didn’t bring any skincare with me. I needed to find something cheap and convenient and lo and behold there it was sitting in the local supermarket. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I’d heard and read many great things and it is pretty good. Not quite as luxurious as the Ren but for the price it does a wonderful job.

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NSPA Deep Hydrating Facial Oil

See I told you there would be more from Nspa in here and just you wait there’s still two more products behind this one. This is my serum that I use nightly. As I’ve well and truly passed the 25 year milestone, I thought it was probably time I started using a serum. You’ll notice that I haven’t used too much of this product, that’ll be because I’m taking a little break, after stating all that. I notice that when I started using this product, I was began to break out pretty badly. I’m just doing a little test at the moment to see if this is the cause, so watch this space.
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NSPA 5 Minute Magic Mask

Nspa 5 minute mask. Can you tell there was a buy 2 for £8 deal going on here? this is a nice mask. Not the greatest but nice. I hate using the word nice to describe something but, that in this case is honestly the best word. It doesn’t rock my world but it’s enough that I notice a slight difference in my skin. Even if it is all in my head.

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NSPA Night Repair Cream

Now this I love. I’m so sad that its only available in the UK, but where theres a will there’s a way. I won’t delve into it too much but this stuff is incredible. It’s nourishing enough that my skin feels plump and hydrated but its not too hydrating that my skin feels greasy or oily. It sinks in super fast and smells like something they’d use in a facial in a posh spa.

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Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask

 This is definitely my go to face mask. This is the first Michael Todd product I’ve tried and I love it. Just a word to the wise, it looks a lot like poop when you put it on, so maybe do this one when you’ve got a night in on your own. Poop face aside, it has this amazing pumpkin pie scent going on and it leaves my skin feeling like its had a thorough deep clean.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser; Cocoa Glow

 My moisturiser of choice when fake tanning. Purely because it takes limited effort to apply, sinks in super fast and has a yummy cocoa butter smell to it. What more can I say really?.

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La Roche Posey Effaclar Foaming Gel

 Like the Moisturiser I’m keeping this short too. I’ve already bleated on and on until the cows come home about how much I love this product. This is one of my back ups, just sitting the the cupboard patiently waiting to be loved, don’t worry La Roche I’ll be loving you soon!

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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion DARK

 Again I harped on about how much I love this fake tan here, so I’ll let you read that in your own time. I keep this waiting for me in the cupboard as a reminder that my pasty white/yellow skin needs a top up.

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Baby Shampoo

The next two products are baby related and whilst there is no baby in this household, these products are a must have for me. I always have a bottle of baby shampoo hanging around, why? you might ask. It is by far the best thing ever to deep clean my make up brushes. Not only is it a wonderfully cheap option, it gets them super duper clean with minimal effort and leaves them smelling like, well a baby’s bottom. I’m going to do a post soon on how I deep clean my brushes.

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Sudocrem

The second of my baby related products is Sudocrem. This is something in my humble opinion that should be in everyones bathroom cabinet. Not only is it amazing for attacking pesky pimples, its also great to apply to any areas of unfortunate chaffing (yes, i did just admit to chaffing) or any other rashes that might appear on ones body. It’s so cheap and can be found in the baby aisle in most supermarkets.
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Charles Worthington Salon At Home Instense Rescue Melting Balm

My bathroom cabinet wouldn’t be complete without some form of hair item. This heavy weight hails all the way form Old Blighty unfortunately and sadly for me I’ve fallen head over heels in love. This hair mask starts off as a balm, but once you rub about a walnut size piece in your hand it melts into an oil (a little like coconut oil), which is super nourishing and hydrating, you’re hair will truly thank you. It also smells so luxurious. As I said sadly this is from my trip to the UK, and is a little hard to get your mitts on here, so I’m trying to go easy when using this.
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And finally the miscellaneous items, everyone has lurking in their cupboards. I’m not going to go into much detail, but here you’ll find cotton wool, nail clippers, paracetamol and strepsils.

Well that’s it! I hope this has cured some of the curiosity I know lies deep within you all and might just stop you from snooping in the next bathroom cabinet you happen to see before you.

As always thanks for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Mid Week Update

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So, I know there hasn’t been a Sunday Summary for 2 weeks now and for that I apologise (even though I’m sure it’s only my mum that’s interested). However, I thought I would do a mid week, hopefully quick catch up of the events that have taken place.

You know by now how much I love my binge telly watching and the past two weeks have been no expectation to the rule. I’ve, as bad as it is to admit, finished the most recent season of the Real Housewives of New York and am on the penultimate episode of the original, Orange County season. Chris reckons all they do is argue and it kind of stresses him out, but I kinda love it, it’s really addictive car crash tv. I’ve also been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. My tv watching was monitored when I was younger and this was a programme that 10 year old me was banned from watching, along with Power Rangers and Shorthand Street. I’m really enjoying reliving the 90s and the teen angst. However, I can very much see why I wasn’t allowed to watch, thanks Ma.

One thing I did want to mention was a play that Chris and I went to on date night about two weeks ago. It was at the Court Theatre here in Christchurch, called Ache. It was really good. Both Chris and I are play newbs, so really didn’t know what to expect. It was very intimate, with a great soundtrack, beautiful acting and a storyline that was both engaging and relatable. The intimate setting was a little awkward to start but once the story started to unfold you found yourself forgetting that it wasn’t real, well I did anyway. It really got us thinking it was something we should do more often.

On that very same date night we also went to Tequila Mocking Bird, on Victoria St. It is a, I guess Latin type restaurant, where you share tapas type dishes, which is my favourite, that way you get to try a little bit of everything. The two highlights, were the jug of sangria, so good in fact we had two and the ice cream sandwich dessert. Definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already. The staff were really friendly and it had a cool interior. I’d recommend going on a week night. We went on a Tuesday and it was lovely and quiet.

I also took a little trip up to Auckland to visit my parents last week. Mum and I decided to go for a wine tasting at the Villa Maria Winery, whilst Dad and my brother played golf, well actually mini golf. I’d never done a wine tasting before, but had always wanted to try one. For a mere $5 per person, which is redeemable on any purchase, you got to try 5 different wines. We went from a bubbly to a beautiful Pinot Noir. My palette isn’t very mature, but the lovely girl that did the tasting for us was so informative that she had me smelling and tasting different flavours within the wine that I never knew were there. I left with a sparkling rose and a pinot noir, which are now sitting in my pantry waiting to be devoured. Next time I’m up in Auckland, I’ll definitely be making mum take us back for one of their delicious looking platters.

So I think I’ll leave it there for my mid week update. I’ve finally got the weekend off this week, so there will most certainly be a Sunday Summary and selfie on its way.
Peace out
Bailey xox

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Beauty, Makeup Monday

Goodie, Goodie Box

I know its been a million years since I wrote a post… well not a million but a week. This isn’t going to be an essay of a post, more of a short story (I hope).

Back when I lived in the UK, I was a keen subscriber to the monthly beauty boxes that are available over there, my favourite being Glossy Box. I was a little slow off the mark here in NZ and have only recently subscribed to The NZ version, Goodie Box. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a beauty box, basically its a monthly subscription service. A bit like when you were little and if you were like me, managed to con your dad into paying for a monthly subscription of Dolly Magazine. So every month you receive a box of 5 beauty items, some sample and some full sized, all for $29+p&p. Which you can cancel at any time. This box was their birthday box, so I actually received 6 items.

To keep this short and sweet here’s what I got;

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IMG_3062 Dr Lewinn’s, Essentials Hand and Nail Cream, Full Size, RRP $19.99 NZD

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Jemma Kidd, Crushed Jewel Creme Duo, Full Size RRP $22.00 NZD

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In the shade; 02 Tourmaline

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Linden Leaves, Eye Rescue Serum, Full Size RRP $49.99 NZD

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Carmex, Moisturising Lip Balm, Full Size RRP $6.99 NZD

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Benefit, They’re Real! Push Up Gel Liner, Sample Size, RRP $45.00 NZD (Full Size)

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Schwarzkopf Professional, Bounce Repair Rescue Instant Repair Shot, Full Size RRP $8.00NZD

  Quick Thoughts;

I have to say that I was fairly impressed with this box. Being my first box, I was so happy it came with a bonus 6th product. I also love the quality of the packaging, the colour scheme and how promptly it arrived. The products are a little hit and miss. This is something, that is always bound to happen with a product like this. Not everything will be to your taste. My real stand out product has to be the Benefit, They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner (that’s a mouthful) it is amazing, so opaque, so easy to use, I’m going to purchase myself the full size when I head up to Auckland later in the week. The disappointing product for me, has to be the Carmex Lip Balm, purely because I can not stand the smell or taste. It’s a product that, over the years I’ve tried over and over again to get on with but we just can’t.

Just doing a very quick add up and with the amount of full sized products in the lot, you end up with $106 NZD worth of products for a mere $29+p&p. So to me that’s a pretty good deal. Am I impressed over all? I’d probably give the box a 6 out of 10. The ideas there, and I love the fact that you get great value for money, with the amount of full sized items. However, I don’t feel like it stands up to the UK versions. Although I’d probably feel differently if I’d never had the Glossy Box experience. I was also doing a little research and realised that some of the products I received were from last months box. I’m all about recycling but, that to me was a little disappointing. Let’s just say the jury is still out on this one and maybe I’ll give Good Box another chance to impress.

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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Here we go again, writing these weekly posts highlights how quickly the weeks go by. Its been over two weeks since I started this blog and already I feel like I’ve had so much support for someone who’s new to this world.

I feel like this is going to be a rather short Sunday Summary, as I look back on my week not much has happened. I wrote my last post from a hotel room as I was away for work. I’m trying to be a little more organised this time and I have to confess, I’m writing some of this on a Friday (sshh don’t tell). My days off, have fallen in the week, which therefore means I have to get my butt to work on the weekend, whilst everyone else parties and relaxes.

I guess I’ll start with my visual summary of the week, as you can probably tell by now I’m always watching something on TV. It’s in my blood, the rest of my family are all the same. We’re about half way through The Returned and my oh my it just gets better and better. It has really blown the US one out of the water. I think I said this in my last Sunday post but it’s so much darker and gritty. The French are really not afraid to get down to the nitty gritty. Another show I’ve just finished is ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ about the Australian band INXS. I guess you’d call it more of a TV movie, rather than a show. I like to pop something on in the background whilst I’m in the kitchen, however with this I ended up sitting down and not doing what I was intending to do in the kitchen. I wasn’t overly familiar with INXS and was very surprised to know more of their songs than I originally  thought. I was however, familiar with Michael Hutchence, who was undeniably a bit of a babe. I was always a sucker for these types of dramas, especially about musicians, I remember being obsessed with the one that was made about Karen Carpenter and another about The Temptations, so when I saw they were doing this I was all over it. This was an intriguing story, that had me truly captivated. It certainly lives up to the tales of sex, drugs and rock and roll and I thought they handled Michael Hutchence’s premature death, really sensitively, as there was lots of controversy surrounding this. The acting was pretty decent, especially the actor who played Hutchence and considering many of the actors were playing well known celebrities of our time, like Bono and Kylie Minogue. The part I loved and always love, when it comes to these types of shows is when they do the montage at the end consisting of real footage of the band or singers. This one was done really well. It ends with a performance by the real INXS meshed together with clips from their time on the road. It’s definitely got me adding the odd INXS tune to my google playlist.

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Talking of music I just have to say I’ve been obsessed with listening to the pop bands of the late 90s. Yes, Yes I do realise this is really sad, but this was my hey day people and I felt like reliving it. In fact my Aunty often says I’m stuck in a time warp, when it comes to my taste in music. I couldn’t even tell you who’s popular in the charts at the moment (is there even a chart anymore??). However I can tell you about my revived love for Westlife, Steps, Early Enrique, Britney, Christina, Blue the list goes on and on.It takes me back to being 13, watching Top of the Pops and recording all my favourite performances on the video player, the good old days. It’s also what’s been helping the creative juices flow, when writing these posts, so you can blame the dodgy cheesy 90s music if the posts aren’t up to parr. I’m hoping adding INXS in there brings the street cred up.

We had our friends over for dinner Friday night, which was lovely. I went full on housewife mode and made most of the dishes from scratch. Including one Banoffee Pie and one Lemon Drizzle cake. We did a clean eating beef stew and everything went down a treat. I was super excited because I’d just purchased some uber cool Gatsby style champagne saucers, so I got to crack those beauties out. As we have very much indulged this weekend, Chris and I didn’t feel much like going for brunch Saturday Morning, so I’m sorry but unfortunately this week there’s no new cafe to review in this summary. I promise the next one will be way more interesting.

On the D.I.Y front, you may have seen this post already but I finished the lamp. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, even if it was testing on our relationship haha. Make sure you check it out. I went and met up with my aunty during the week, who helped me pick out some fabric for my next project… A headboard, I also got some really cool upholstery pins to use as a trim. Keep your beady eyes on the look out for that. I’m so excited to get that one underway as I really think it’ll transform our room.

Sebastian has been a little strange this week, I’m thinking it’s the weather. We’ve been having highs of 21 degrees and it’s mid winter. I think he just doesn’t know what to do with himself, but to throw a strop and not eat. In order to entice him back, we popped over to Animates to get some treats. We came out with some chicken jerky and another cat…in my dreams. I have a love hate relationship with that place. I love it, because I could just sit there all day looking at the puppies and kittens up for adoption. I hate it because I want to free them and take them all home with me. Today sadly I left with just treats for little monkey but, maybe one day we’ll make the family bigger.

Well that’s really about it for our week in a nutshell. Sorry it’s been rather boring, it’s all probably really boring if you’re not my family. Next week might be a little light on the post front. I have a huge week at work with a really important check that I need to get my a into g and get studying for. However we’ve got some cool things coming up, including going to see a play for our date night, a first for the both of us and Chris is going away with working for fancy awards evening, we even had to hire a suit for the event today.

Once again thank you so much for reading, even though I know it’s mostly you, Mum! All of your support is so greatly appreciated.
Have a lovely, beautiful enjoyable week ahead.
Stay cool,
Bailey xox

 

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D.I.Y Fridays

D.I.Y Friday; Let There Be Light

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Yay! I actually have a D.I.Y for this Friday, this one was much harder than anticipated. I’m trying to slowly add new D.I.Y pieces for our bedroom and the first on the agenda was this lamp. We purchased the lamp from The Warehouse, over a year ago when we moved into our first place. I liked it at the time, but like a lot of things for me I became a little bored of it. It’s been on my mind for a while now to update it, firstly I was going to get faux flowers and cover the whole shade, but after pondering it, I thought that this idea could end up being a little costly and time consuming. Then I was at work and one of the beautiful ladies Belinda was telling me how she’d just finished making lampshades with fabric from Bolt of Cloth (any excuse for me to go into that shop). She had made her lampshade from scratch however, to keep costs down I wanted to reuse my lampshade and just cover it with fabric. I would recommend  getting an extra pair of hands to help you with this D.I.Y as it can get very fiddly and I’m not going to lie, I had to out of frustration but it down and come back to it.

Anyway lets get started,

Here’s what you’ll need:

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An old lamp, this ones from The Warehouse here

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Glossy Spray Paint of your choice, we went for black available here at Mitre 10. Fine Sandpaper again Mitre10

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Calaveras Algeres in natural and Calaveras se mi Qeerida in natural; Bolt of Cloth Fabric here and here

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Mod Podge from spotlight, Double sided tape also from spotlight and a sewing kit, which we didn’t end up using

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You’ll also need;

Masking Tape, Scissors, an Iron, Pencil or Fabric Chalk and a Laquer Coat (optional)

*So, once you’ve got all your required items, you can get stuck in. Firstly you need to pull the lamp apart and then you sadly need to get sanding (we all know how much I love this). Thankfully not too much sanding is needed. When we popped into Mitre 10 to get the spray paint and sandpaper the guy in the Paint Department, who also helped us last time, gave us some great advice. He suggested to sand the lamp with a really fine sandpaper, and then grab a clean cloth and wipe the dust up and away from the lamp. To ensure that we weren’t rubbing it back into the lamp and creating an uneven texture. So that’s what I did.

IMG_2555IMG_2559*You then need to take some vinegar, we only had apple cider. Just to clean the lamp shade really well. This is to ensure all the dust is gone and you have an even base for your spray paint to adhere to.

IMG_2571*Next requires masking tape. Take your tape and cover any parts of the lamp you do not wish to be covered in black spray paint. I went ahead and covered the top part where the lightbulb sits, the bottom and the cord with the switch.

IMG_2580IMG_2577*Once you’re satisfied with your tape placement, the fun can begin. Grab your spray paint and spray away. Make sure to read the instructions on the can before applying, for example; at what distance you need to hold the can. I would also advise wearing gloves and either doing this outdoors or in your garage or shed if its too cold out. I got Chris to hold and turn the lamp whilst I sprayed, to ensure and even coat. The lamp needed two coats, for a glossy opaque look. We also added a lacquer coat on top to maintain the colour and protect against wear and tear. This is optional as it did take away a lot of the original gloss from the spray paint.

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*Now to move on to the lampshade. As I said, next time I do a project like this I’m going to make the lampshade from scratch. But to keep costs down I decided to go ahead and use the original shade. The only downside to this was that because the fabric I chose is so light there is a green tinge when the light is on, which I actually don’t mind too much.

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 * Once you’ve got your chosen fabric. I went for this really cool Mexican, Sugar Skull fabric, again from Bolt of Cloth. I just loved the bright colours and the birds mixed in with the skulls. You then need to measure out the amount you will need. I’d recommend getting a larger piece cut at the store, my philosophy is ‘better too much, than not enough’. You can alway use the left over fabric for other projects. The easiest way to measure this is to get someone else to roll the lampshade across the fabric, whilst you trace the line with a pencil. Make sure you have a reference point on the lampshade as to where you started tracing from.

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Just trying to figure out how to attack this. Excuse my pjs.

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*Next is pretty self explanatory, get those scissors out and start cutting away. Ensure to leave enough of a gap, so that you can fold the fabric over the lampshade, at least 1cm. Same for both ends, so you are able to make a neat fold.

IMG_2925*Once you’ve cut out your fabric, you then need to make a crisp fold at one end of the fabric. This will require a iron. The line needs to be nice and neat as it will be on show.

IMG_2932*Now’s the time to get your double sided tape out. Is it just me or does anyone else find this stuff really frustrating?? I can never ever get my nails underneath the corners to pull the tape away. It really gets my knickers in a twist. Anyway take your tape and place it around the top and bottom edge. The tape I’d purchased was a little small so I had to go back in and put more take on the inside of the shade. You then just need to make small cuts in the tape, in order for you to fold the tape over. Repeat the process on the other end.

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IMG_2944IMG_2946*Now comes the glue. I went for this Multi Purpose glue by Modge Podge. You could also use a spray adhesive. You firstly need to glue the fold that you created earlier together. The next part needs two pairs of hands. The basic technique for this is that one person glues, whilst the other one places the fabric on top of the glue, making sure to rub out any bubbles. You do have to work quite fast with this as the glue sets quickly. Once you get to the end you just need to over lap the fabric and ensure that fold you created is visible on the outside.

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IMG_2985So there you have it. The finished product. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I love the black against the bright colours. I once again have to give a huge massive thank you to my right hand man and partner in the D.I.Y project Christopher, for putting up with my little frustrated strop. Also thanks to the unnamed man in the paint department at Mitre 10, you’re awesome and to lovely Belinda from work for giving me this bright idea (no pun intended). This piece has brightened up, what is quite a bland room and I can’t wait to get started with another one.

Thanks again for reading!

Bailey xox

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Beauty

Pole Dancing The Night Away

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This is Alyx. Alyx and I first met when we were five, at a mutual friends birthday party. I mostly remember it because we got to share a tin of biscuits. We didn’t become proper friends until we were about ten or eleven and although for the majority of our friendship we’ve lived oceans apart she’s always been there. I could go on and on about how awesome and amazing she is and how she’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had but I’ll save that for another day.

Alyx has been doing Pole dancing for a couple of years now on and off and since moving to Christchurch (we finally are in the same city) she’s taken it up again. A few months back she said she was competing in The NZAPP competition and would I do her make up. I happily obliged.

After months of hard work and dedication the big day finally arrived. I got Chris to take pictures so that I could talk you all through what we did. Alyx had sent me a few inspiration photo’s and knew she wanted to create a bronze smokey eye and incorporate crystals, the latter a medium I’ve never dabbled in. She also asked me to do her hair too. The hair part we sort of winged, Alyx wanted a hairstyle with curls and something that was pinned back out of her face.

I was really happy with how the end product turned out, especially the hair as it ended up being super easy. But mostly Alyx was happy with what I’d created and she did amazing, I was so proud of her and how far she’d come! Well done Babe!

So, go get yourself a cuppa, and a comfy seat while I try and explain what I did;

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The Base

For Alyx’s base, I prepped the skin with Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer here. Her skin is on the dry side, so this primer is perfect for laying down an even base and keeping the skin hydrated. I then decided to use the L’oreal true match, as it’s a foundation that can be built up to a full coverage and one that I know lasts all night. Although naturally Alyx is fairer than I, she had, had a spray tan which meant that my shade in W4 Golden Natural suited perfectly. I went in with one light layer, using the Real Techniques Buffing brush. I then decided that as Alyx was going to be on stage, under bright lights, to go in with another layer, with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, mainly focusing on areas that needed a little more coverage.  Alyx has pretty flawless skin as it is so I didn’t need to use much concealer at all, just a little under the eyes. I then powdered with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, just to lock it all in place.

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The Eyeshadow and The Eyeliner

As I mentioned earlier, Alyx had already said that she wanted a Bronze smokey eye. We decided together, to keep the eye as light and natural looking as you possibly can with a smokey eye. First I put down the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer as a base for the eyeshadow to stick to, to ensure it would last all night. I then went over this with a translucent powder. For the shadow; I placed the shade ‘Half Baked’ from Urban Decays Naked Palette, which is a true gold shade, all over the lid. I then defined the crease with a mixture of ‘Hustle’ and ‘Darkhorse’ from the same palette which created a shimmery dark brown shade, using a MAC 219 pencil brush to carve out a ‘V’ shape in the outer corner and up into the crease. Once I’d got the opacity that I wanted, I went in with a clean MAC 217 fluffy blending brush (my all time essential brush if you want to create a smokey eye) and blended everything out. Once I’d blended to my hearts content, I then went back in with more of the Half Baked shade. At this point I felt that the gold wasn’t at the intensity that I wanted, so I went in with a Barry M Dazzle Dust in Tan and a slightly damp flat eyeshadow brush (I used a make up wipe to dampen the brush). I patted this on the centre of the eye to add more dimension. I then added a brow bone highlight, using an pearly opal shade from a Victoria Secrets Nakeds palette. I also placed this shade on the inner corner of the eye to brighten it up.

Then came eyeliner. For this look we were using really heavy Ardell Lashes, I therefore decided to add a black winged eyeliner, so that the band of the lashes blended in. I used the E.L.F Black Liquid Eyeliner to create a feline flick on both eyes. I tried to follow the natural flick of Alyx’s lashes and keep the line as  thin as possible.

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The Lashes

To ensure the band of the lashes blended in seamlessly, I went over the liquid eyeliner with a black matte shadow, and an angled eyeliner brush, blending upwards towards the gold. Alyx had gone out and picked up these dramatic Ardell no.403 Lashes and thankfully they did fit her eye perfectly, so there was no need to adjust them. Using Ardell eyelash glue, I placed a blob on the back of my hand in order for it to get tacky, this usually takes anywhere from 30-40 seconds. Whilst I’m waiting for the glue, I bend the lashes around my eyeshadow brush, this helps to shape them, making application easier. I then use the end of the eyeshadow brush to apply the glue to the lashes. When I’m applying lashes on someone else I get them to close their eyes completely and using tweezers I place the lashes on to the eye, securing from the middle and then on both outer corners. When they open their eye, gently pull down under the eye to release any glue that may be stuck. I’d asked Alyx to apply a coat of mascara before we did the lashes, just so that she had the possibility of wearing them again. Placing Mascara on top of your falsies, does help with blending them together, but it also makes it much harder to reuse them.

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The Sparkles

This was definitely the most time consuming part of the look, and if I had my time to do it again, I would’ve allowed another 45 minutes for this part alone. Alyx purchased different sized gems from here including these really cool teardrop style ones. I used a few pictures as a reference, but to be completely honest, I pretty much went with it. We knew we wanted to place some on the outer part of her face and Alyx also thought it would be a great idea to have the teardrop ones, cascading from one eye, to look like actual tears. The application was very, very fiddly and I used a mixture of tweezers and the top of a make up brush to lay them down. The other part I found hard was making both sides symmetrical, especially under time constraints. To adhere them to her face I used eyelash glue, which worked a charm, with the loss of only one gem on the night.

To finish the face off I added a little white eyeliner to the lower waterline of the eye, to really open them up and brighten. I then added a little Benefit hoola bronzer to contour her face and then added a peachy blush to the apples of her cheek, just for a flush of colour.

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The Lips

As this was for a performance, we went all out with the lips too. Alyx had an idea of the colours she wanted to use on her lips, so I went with a Chi Chi lip liner  in bright orange shade. I decided it was a little too much on the orange side, so then went in with a true red colour from MAC called ‘Ruby Woo‘ to create more of a vintage red look. I then layered a deep red gloss, just to give a little shine.

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The Hair

 I won’t spend too long explaining how I created this look, because quite frankly it was pretty basic. I used my Curl Secret hair tool (It’s that outer space looking contraption that sucks the hair up into it and curls with steam)  to create ringlets. I did this prior to doing Alyx’s make up, as I wanted them to drop a little. Alyx naturally has curly hair, so luckily for us her hair holds a curl really well. If you’re using a standard curling wand, I would recommend curling pieces in opposite directions i.e; One section towards your face, the next away from your face. This just helps the curl to sit more naturally. Once I’d curled the whole head, I sprayed all over with hair spray and then let it sit. Once I’d finished with the make up, I came back to the curls. Using a Tangle Teezer to gently brush through the curls, to loosen them up.  I also went in with a root boosting, and texturising spray, to create some definition. The front was really simple, Alyx already had a side parting in place  so working with this, I grabbed about a 2 and 1/2 inch section from the front of the hair and looped it around and pushed it forward to create a mini victory roll, with the same on the other side. Once they were secure with bobby pins, I sprayed the heck out of it with hairspray and a little shine spray and that was that. See easy!

Well, here we are at the very end. I hope this made sense. I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Alyx for letting me share this with the internet world and trusting me with her face on her big day. Also have to say a massive thank you to Chris for sitting there for the 3 hrs it took, patiently taking photo’s for me, You did an awesome job babe. Anyway I’ve added a few extra pictures below for you to take a little look at. Also if you’re in the Christchurch area and interested in getting into Pole, Alyx goes to Altitude Pole (No stalkers please hehe) they not only do pole, but also Anti Gravity Yoga, Contortion, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Skills, go check them out!

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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Monthly Beauty Favourites

Monthly Beauty Favourites; July 2014

It’s nearing the end of the month so I thought it would be the perfect time to put together all the items I’ve been loving in the past month. This is something I used to do when I made YouTube videos, so thought it would be nice to do a blog version. There have been a few products that I’ve been loving, not only this month but for a little while now and it would not be fair of me to keep them all to myself.

So I’ll jump right into it.

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Jo Malone ‘Peony & Blush Suede’ Cologne RRP £81.00

I’m going to start with perfume, because this is my absolute favourite of the whole entire month. I feel as if Jo Malone took everything I love and I’d ever dreamt of in a perfume and blended it together and come up with this fragrance ‘Peony Blush Suede’. If you couldn’t already tell, I love this stuff. Mum recently got a sample of this with some products Dad got her and she said it was a little too sweet for her and I guess it is on the sweeter side. It’s a definite floral fragrance, but with sophistication. If you loved Fragrances like, Paul Smith ‘Rose’ or Vera Wang ‘Princess’, then I’m fairly certain you’ll like this one. I’m not great a describing fragrances so I’ll let Jo do the describing; ‘The essence of charm.  Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile.  Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede.  Luxurious and seductive’. So if that doesn’t make you want to try it I don’t know what will. I got mine from the Jo Malone department of John Lewis in the UK here. But it is available in NZ if you are in the Auckland area here. It is rather on the pricey side but definitely worth the splash out.

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Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray RRP £4.99

Next up I thought I would mention this little haircare beauty product. One that I’m going to be super, super sad to let go of (Thankfully my kind and generous father bought me a few back ups). It’s the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray. I once again purchased this at Boots in the UK. It is one product that is quite difficult to get in NZ, but keep and eye on this blog if you’re interested as I’m currently testing out a few products available in NZ as substitutes. Back to the product, I first heard of this stuff from AmeliaLiana blog and youtube. She said it was very comparable to the Oribe Dry Texture Spray, that everyone was going crazy for in the beauty world. I have been unable to get my little monkey hands on this product, mostly because its just so darn expensive, so I can’t really say if the CW, that I’m loving is a dupe. But what I can say is this stuff is awesome. It really is like backcombing in a bottle, without the hassle the  next day of getting it out. It gives you both height and volume but also gives your hair some texture and separation. I love using this with my Remmington Big Hair Styler, which gives me that big 1960’s era hair that I love.

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The Body Shop Body Butter in Japanese Cherry Blossom

In my humble opinion The Body Shop do one of, if not the best body butters EVER. Now I know that’s a very big statement to make, but trust me I’ve tried many a body butter in my time and every time I find myself wandering back into my local Body Shop to try out another Fragrance. The one I’ve been loving all month and pretty much since Mum and Dad got it for me for my birthday is this, Japanese Cherry Blossom. This smell might not be for everyone as it is once again very floral but for me it’s just perfect. It was wonderful to layer under my Jo Malone Fragrance, to give it that extra floral boost. The texture is creamy and thick enough to make me feel like it’s really working but it doesn’t leave your skin felling all greasy or sticky. Pop into your local Body Shop and give this one a wiff its divine. I’ve sadly just finished mine, so I’m going to have to make another visit. But Body shop if you ever stumble across this post, pretty please make Vineyard Peach a product in the permanent line, so I don’t have to have a panic attack every time you bring it back.

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Bondi Sands Tanning Lotion ‘DARK’ RRP $21.06 NZD

Having naturally olive skin and dark hair, in the winter months I tend to turn a pale shade of yellow and the darkness of my hair washes out my complexion, therefore I’m a sucker for fake tan. This is the greatest fake tan I’ve ever used and I believe this is my 4th or maybe 5th bottle of the stuff. It’s dark enough that it actually shows up on my skin. It also has a great guide colour so you can see exactly where you’ve applied the product. Not once have I had a streaky arm or an ompa lumpa, orange moment with this one. But the big winner for this one is that, it has a tropical coconut scent, which if you close your eyes for a wee moment, you can pretend you’re on a tropical Island somewhere, not in the freezing cold South Island of New Zealand. I pick mine up here as it works out much cheaper.

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Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml Sample size, Free with UK Instyle Magazine

Not going to lie, most of the time I use my own hard earned cash to buy a magazine, I’m not swayed by who’s on the cover or who’s kissing who, what really gets me hook line and sinker is a freebie. When I was in Heathrow Airport stocking up on magazines to get me through the 36hr journey home, I noticed Instyle Magazine had included this little gem from Ren with a face cloth along with it. I could hardly contain my excitement, that I had to give it a whirl in the aircraft toilets. Boy was I really impressed. Its so gentle, that it hasn’t irritated my skin. There’s hardly any scent, which I love as it was something that really bothered me in the past with other hot cloth cleansers. It’s also hardy enough to get the bulk of my make up off. It’s quickly become a stable, however recently I’ve been trying to use it sparingly as I don’t want it to come to an end. I think I’m definitely going to have to purchase the full size one. If you wish to give it a go, you can pick one up here from Mecca Cosmetica.

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Real Techniques The Buffing Brush

I’m just going to come right out and admit it, I have an awful addiction to Make up Brushes. I’m really fussy and I know in about the first five seconds if I’m going to like a brush or not. Having a great brush for your base can really make a world of difference. This brush by the famous Pixiwoo sisters Sam and Nic Chapman is not only my favourite of the month but for the past three to four years that it has been in my possession. Liquid foundation, powder foundation, mineral foundation, nothings too much for this amazing brush. I love using it with my trusty L’oreal True Match, it buffs the product beautifully into the skin, leaving it flawless and airbrushed looking. What I also love is that you don’t have to use much effort at all. The only little complication is, to get your hands on this brush you have to purchase the core collection. It’s a set of four brushes, all of which are great and I still use to this day, however it does mean you have to fork out $49.99 NZD. If you live in the UK these are available in Boots, if you’re reading this in NZ then you can pick it up here or I did see them in Life Pharmacy Sylvia Park in Auckland.

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L’oreal Infallible Waterproof Eyeshadow ‘Bronzed Taupe’ RRP approx. $10NZD

It wouldn’t be a true post on this blog without mentioning Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup. I feel a little like a stalker, but I do love her style. This purchase again was because of watching one of her videos. It was also one of those, ‘really hard to track down’ items that makes you want it even more. I got this elusive shadow from Ebay here and with postage it was a pretty good deal. I believe this colour is much easier to get if you live in the US. Its the perfect cool, neutral, bronze shade, that looks great on most skin tones. What I really love about this eyeshadow is two things; Firstly its stays put all day and doesn’t crease, which is an absolute must when you have oily lids like me. Secondly it’s got a multidimensional tone to it that means its so easy to pop on without the need for any other eyeshadows to add dimension. If I’ve been sporting eyeshadow this month, this will be the little baby.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet ‘Ole Flamingo’ RRP$20 NZD Tanya Burr Lipgloss ‘Chic’ RRP£6.99

I thought I’d cover both bright and nude lip options this month. And actually it was really hard to narrow down because there have been a number of lip products I’ve been enjoying this month. But here are the two that beat the others and won the award. I’ll start with the bright and the winner this month was the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole Flamingo. I picked this one up again in Boots when I was back in the UK. Since I purchased this lipstick, it’s become my go to product when I want to look like I made an effort without making much of one at all. It’s a beautiful hot pink colour that will no doubt see me through both Summer and Winter. I’ve worn this out on a couple of evenings and had lots of compliments, so it must be good. This ultimate winning component for this product is it’s staying power, its so awesome that there’s still remnants of this left on my lips the next morning. It’s also not drying at all. I really wish I’d known about this at my previous job where I had to wear red lipstick all day long. You can easily pick one up from ASOS.  Secondly comes this lipgloss by Tanya Burr. I mentioned them in my recent Sunday Summary. I love me a nude lipgloss and this is one of those nudes that can transform any boring pink lipgloss you maybe wearing. It also tastes like strawberries and isn’t overly sticky and doesn’t get stuck in your hair which is always a massive plus in my books. I got mine from Superdrug in the UK here, But Feelunqiue.com also stock these.

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Enamel Caramel Cupcake RRP $8.23

Last but by no means least is this Nail Polish by Rimmel in Caramel Cupcake. This shade is the gorgeous natural looking taupe, that’s always on trend. I think that this looks so sophisticated and fabulous on both short and long nails. I actually wear this as my work nail polish and have also had lots of compliments on the colour. It stays pretty chip free for around four days and that’s with no top coat, which I personally think is great. It also dries like it says it will, in 60 seconds, which is awesome for someone like me who is so impatient and hates waiting for nail polish to dry. I picked mine up in store at Farmers, but you can also do a little online shopping and grab one of these from ASOS here.

So everybody if you made it to the end, a huge round of applause for you. I know this was again one of my longer post, so thanks for sticking with it. Of course there are lots of other products I’ve been loving this month, but this would’ve been the length of a dissertation if I included them all. What have you been loving beauty wise lately?

Once again thanks for reading and all your support!

Bailey xox

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