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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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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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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So here we are again. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, you creep up on me like a champion ‘what’s the time Mr wolf’ player. Yet I feel as if I haven’t really achieved much this week.

This has certainly been the week of work and blogging. I’ve been feeling so inspired, with loads of ideas buzzing around my head , that I almost feel as if there’s not enough days to fit it all in. I’ve also been hugely overwhelmed by the support I’ve been getting. I know I’ve said this previously, but it was so daunting putting myself out there. Not to get into a thing , but I’m actually quite shy, especially when it comes to expressing my thoughts and feelings.So I’d just like to quickly say a huge, massive thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read this and put up with me waffling on and on.

In the spare few hours I’ve had where I haven’t had to work on this blog or my day job, I have turned to the tv. We started watching ‘The Returned’ and although we’re only a few episodes in, we are both already hooked. I know in my last Sunday Summary I said I loved the American version called ‘Resurrection’ I have to sadly eat my words, as the French have done it far far better. It’s much darker and way more sinister than its American counterpart and that in large part is why we both prefer it. It is subtitled and that may put some off but don’t let it, because to be honest it’s pretty darn awesome.

This week my baby brother and his girlfriend have come to stay, which is always lovely. Although it was a whirlwind of a visit its always a joy seeing them both and catching up. Laura my brothers girlfriend, bought me some new beauty goodies, that I can not wait to try.

Speaking of beauty, my big shout out for the week needs to go to Tanya Burr and her absolutely, friggin amazing lip glosses. I have 4 or maybe 5 of these beautys and they never EVER fail to impress me. I don’t want to speak about them too much as a future post is most definitely on its way but I would like to say that they are most probably what is on my lips all the time.

If I have a Saturday morning where I’m not at work, Chris and I will usually try somewhere new for brunch. This weekend was no expection to the rule and we went and checked out a little cafe called ‘Hello Sunday’. It’s located on Elgin St near the Colombo st mall. I’m so pleased that we tried it out. Again we both opted for a chai latte and it was pretty up to standard. Chris had the hash stack, which must have been amazing as he didn’t even come up for air once it arrived. I went for the fried brioche with mascarpone, stewed apples and maple syrup (as pictured below). It was divine, but so filling I couldn’t finish it all. The staff were really friendly and service was pretty prompt. What I did love about other than the great food was the decor. They’ve gone for a shabby chic kind of vibe, that I was very much feeling. Also the cabinet food looked incredible, especially the cakes. The only downside was that it’s pretty small inside, which would be fine if it wasn’t the middle of winter, as they have plenty of outdoor seating. I’d recommend either going really early to ensure you get a table or if you don’t mind sharing you can always pull up a pew with someone else.

I’ve also made a few pay day purchases this week (as pictured) all from Countdown. I’m super excited to give these a try over the week and see if they all live up to the hype and expectations. Talking of purchases I’ve also been into my local bolt of cloth again, along with spotlight and mitre 10, gathering bits and bobs for a current D.I.Y project. I’m really excited to get it completed and up here!

Sebastians weeks been pretty same old. Once again he’s mostly been snoozing, eating and attacking us, out of love we hope. Although he has been venturing outside a little more, we think he’s slowly becoming not so scared of the giant grey cat next door.


And finally our week ended last night with a trip to see my oldest and bestest friend Alyx compete in a pole competition. I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she put in. I had only been to one event like this in the past and again I was blown away with the skill and ability that the girls and 1 boy showed on the night. Chris was pretty excited too when I asked him to come along with me ( I think he thought it was going to be a different kind of show). My hightlight of the evening had to be, when one of the competitors took her jacket off and tossed it into the crowd landing in Chris’ face, I really wish I’d filmed that it certainly was priceless. I also did Alyx’s hair and make up for the event and had Chris take pictures so a post on this will be up shortly.
To sum up the weeks events it’s not been all that eventful but it’s definitely had a few highlights here and there. As I write this I’m actually away for work. So I’m really sorry if it’s a little disjointed and muddled. Also our Sunday Selfie was a little bit rushed as it was literally taken just before I rushed out the door for work (the joys of doing shift work). So thanks for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far.
The week ahead again is pretty busy, I’ve got a few D.I.Y projects on the go and a few beauty posts that I can’t wait to get up. We’ve also got friends coming for dinner and my dad is here from the UK. Once again thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy days to read these little post, it honestly means so much!
Stay cool and keep reading,
Bailey xox

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The Lust List

The Lust List

Now I don’t know about you but, when I was little one of my all time favourite things to do was, get the Toy World Catalogue that would arrive in the post and circle every single toy I was lusting after. Then I’d very strategically place it under my Dads (cause he was the sucker) pillow. I still love nothing more than to write a big list of all the items I’m drooling over.

So I thought that every now and then I’d whittle it down to the top ten items and share it here with you all, so here we go.

Item No 1.

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Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit RRP $199 .99 NZD available here

Not only do these look so comfy, I also think they look pretty darn cool too. I really have to blame Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup for me lusting after these. Every time she styles them in a blog or video she looks so cool, that I really want to give them a try. She also did a handy dandy post on how to style these babies, which I’ve linked above. They would be a little out of my comfort zone and general style, but I’m getting to the age were I think I need to wear something a little more sensible than ballet flats.

Item No.2

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Whistles ‘Limited Marcella Large Pouch’ RRP £75 available here

Another one to blame on Anna’s blog. Whenever I watch her or read her posts she seems to have a new Whistles Bag on the go. I also have a wee browse on the website, well more like dream. This bag caught my eye a while ago, and now its even on sale, so this dream could become a reality. I love how unusual the style is and this shade of green is my favourite. It’s definitely an item I can see me rocking in the spring/summer months.

Item No.3

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MissGuided ‘ALEENA EYELASH LACE PLUNGE NECK PUFFBALL MINI DRESS IN BABY BLUE’ RRP $59.98 NZD available here

I saw this dress on Instagram and haven’t stopped loving it since. I love the colour, the neckline with the lace detail and how floaty and princess like it is. My only reserves with splashing out the cash and buying this dress is a) I already have a million and 1 party dresses and b) The length; Sadly I wasn’t genetically blessed with skinny legs and being a curvy girl I don’t feel entirely comfortable in a short hemline.

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ASOS Flutter Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress in Mint RRP $100.33 NZD available here

Yes, Yes I know its another dress, but just hear me out. Well firstly just look at it. This dress is like a modern day Helen of Troy (minus the whole waring cities and stuff) mixed with a fabulous 1940’s tea dress vibe. And there goes that mint green again. I guess I really am trying to wish this winter away. Not going to lie I’m not the biggest fan of winter, give me bright sunny days, any day.

Item No.5

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ROBERTS Revival iStream 2 Internet DAB/FM Radio, Duck Egg. RRP £199.95 available here

And we’re half way there, Boy oh boy, I have wanted, no wait dreamed about getting my paws on a Roberts Radio for years. And this one is right up my street, in fact the colour even matches my car! We have an open planned kitchen and living area of our house, and I thought this would look perfect on the kitchen counter. I love the fact that it’s digital and not only does it allow you to stream music from your computer or phone you can also access Spotify on it. I want this in my life so badly. I’ve already planted the seed in Chris’ brain, so let’s see what happens. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed on this one.

Item No.6

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Tiffany Infinity Pendant, RRP $200 USD available here

I don’t know many girls who don’t dream about one day receiving a Tiffany Blue box. This would be what I would like to find in mine. I’m not much of a jewellery wearer, actually I hardly own any Jewels. But it doesn’t stop me from putting this on my list. I love how fine and dainty looking it is, I know big chunky statement necklaces are the big trend at the moment, but something like this is way more my style. On the website they also have a handy emailing service that will drop just the right hint to your loved ones. Chris has already had his delivered to his inbox.

Item No.7

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Kiehls, Creme de Corps Soy Milk &Honey Whipped Body Butter RRP$62NZD available here

It wouldn’t be right to do the Lust List and not add a beauty product. This Whipped Body Butter by Kiehls would be perfect for me right now as I’ve just come to the end of my Body Shop Body Butter in Cherry Blossom. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this product. From the smell to the texture it appears that you can’t really go wrong. This is very quickly becoming a hot contender for my pay day splurge.

Item No.8

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Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Candle RRP £40 GBP available here

If you haven’t had the pleasure of smelling this you really need to get your toosh down to a Jo Malone stockist, quick smart. I purchased the Cologne in this fragrance when we went back to the UK. It is now my all time favourite perfume and one I will definitely repurchase, time and time again. So it makes perfect sense that I’d be lusting after the candle. In actual fact I’m kicking myself that I didn’t just buy this, along with all the other products in the line. Oh well, there’s always christmas or my birthday (hint hint loved ones haha). But on a serious note, if you like a floral scent you’ll love this.

Item No.9

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The Fault In Our Stars Paperback or Kindle Version available here

There has been so much hype around this book, especially as it’s recently been released at the cinema. I however, am yet to see the film as I wanted to pick this up first. I’m one of those, like many out there who; have to read the book before watching the film. Whilst I write this I think I’m just going to purchase it on my kindle app on my ipad today. I guess the sooner I read it  the sooner I can get to commenting on how the book is always so much better.

And Finally… Item No.10

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Black, pink, or orange crown pillowcases by Collected RRP$60 NZD for 2. available here

Last but by no means least, I first laid eyes on these gorgeous pillow cases in a magazine. I loved them so much that I noted down the website and took a look as soon as I could. At $60 they are a little on the pricey side, but they look like so much fun and good quality. I just need to get Chris on side with these and I think they’ll be mine!

Well my friends this leads me to the end of my current Lust List. I can not tell you how hard it was to narrow it down to ten, so there will most definitely be another post or two to come. Also for any of my family out there, who are probably the only ones reading this, I’ve just made you an awesome gift guide for me, so go nuts ( that’s you Mum and Dad!!)

Thanks for  Reading,

Bailey xox

 

 

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Beauty, Makeup Monday

Monday,Monday; What’s On My Face

As I start this new week, I thought what better way to start than with a post all about what I’m currently slapping on my face make up wise. This in turn means that there will be a few cringe worthy selfies to follow below (sorry, not sorry).

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Today was pretty uneventful. I have however, got the day off work. I love days off work, and not because I don’t enjoy my job, I do. But because I often like to use this as my time to get ‘Glam’, even though I know, at the very most all I’ll probably do is pop to the shops. It’s fun to have a play and get out items that I’ve neglected and fall back in love all over again. And today my friends, was definitely one of those very days.

Enter the make up that graced my face…

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NB: Please do excuse the fact that some of the products pictured above look well, a little well loved.

Starting from the top is L’oreal True Match Foundation in W4 Golden Natural. This has very quickly become a cult within the make up community, thanks in large part to the amazing Lauren Curtis. If you don’t know who she is go check her out, you won’t regret it (unless make ups not your thanng). I’m so happy she brought this puppy back to my attention. I remember this was my very first foundation I ever bought. I was 17 in Duane Reade, New York City, at Christmas, with my family. Am I painting a good enough picture?. Anyway, I clearly remember thinking that I was now old enough to use foundation. I chose this one, pretty much purely because Beyonce was on the picture above the stand and even then I knew, if the Queen that is Bey used this stuff well, then so should I. Long story short its been an almost 10 year on and off love affair. It’s a medium coverage however, you can build it up to a full coverage, likewise you can also sheer it out by adding a little moisturiser, if you prefer a more natural look. It stays in place all day, which I love especially for work. It also photographs well, considering it has an SPF 17, none of that horrid ghost face in any of my pictures. It’s available in NZ at Farmers, Kmart and most pharmacies that stock L’oreal. I got mine on a recent trip back to my local Boots in the town in Essex that I grew up in. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed, I hope!

Next up is Collection Concealer in Warm Medium. A recent purchase as of last week. I was over the moon, over joyed when I saw Shaaanxo post on Facebook, that we can now get our hands on Collection in little old NZ. Lets us hope that this is a good sign and slowly we’ll catch up with the rest of the world. I have used this in the past and loved it. The only reason I stopped was because it was so hard to get here. And now its in my local Supermarket down the road, thanks Countdown! It’s a beautiful concealer. I use this under my eyes and find its enough to hide my big blue under eye bags. It perks up my face, giving me that ‘Oh, yeah I got 10 hrs beauty sleep’ look. It’s creamy enough to blend but has real staying power, that if I forget to powder it doesn’t really matter. It’s also good enough to tackle any pesky blemishes that rear their head.  The colour match is pretty much spot on too. As I mentioned I purchased mine here at Countdown, but it’s also available in the Uk at both Boots and Superdrug.

Onto matching the colour of my face to my body, and in comes Bronzer and my bronzer of choice is the ‘Chocolate’ Bronzer as its commonly known by Bourjois. I’m not going to lie but, I’ve had this in my stash for around two years… however, I only cracked into it about 6 months ago, so technically thats not bad right??. I have always been a Benefit Hoola girl. Since funnily enough that trip to New York. Anyway as I said, this have been at the bottom of my collection for a very long time and I’m so pleased I took the time to take it back out. It’s a lovely Winter bronzer for me. As I’m naturally quite tanned, I like to top this up in the winter months with fake tan, like many of us out there. This bronzer really just helps to pull everything together. There’s little, to no shimmer and the colour is a warm bronze, which is great in the winter. I got mine once again in Superdrug in the UK, however you can purchase your own one here courtesy of my favourite website ASOS, who also do free Worldwide shipping, whoop.

Blusher, Blusher, Oh how I love you dearly. Blush is one of my Essential make up items. I just adore the heck out of it. I feel like its the icing on the cake, that just completes the whole look. This Creme Blush by MAC here in the shade ‘Posey’ has been a product I’ve loved over and over. It’s a constant in my make up bag, especially in winter. I always get comments on how good my skin is when I wear this blush. To put it simply, it’s a dewy dolly pink colour. The finish gives me a ‘just popped out into the cold’ glow to my cheeks. I really think it would look great on most complexions. I use it as base for my powder blush. Which leads me straight onto Nars ‘Outlaw’ which I layer on top of Posey for a longer lasting blush. Outlaw is a Rose pink with Golden flecks running through it. I love this shade as the gold transfers onto the cheek as more of a sheen, rather than full on sparkle, which is something I’m not too keen on. This can be picked up in NZ from Mecca Cosmetica here or in Space NK or Sephora if you’re in the US.

Moving swiftly onto eyes. I always start with some form of a primer. I have oily lids, so this is a MUST. Today’s primer of choice was in the form of the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Creme Shadow in Rose Gold. I was very lucky to get this as a present from my Dad. He picked it up in duty free as a part of a travel gift set. He’s pretty awesome like that. This is as the name suggest a Rose Gold. Which looks beautiful on its own, but for me personally works at its best as a primer. Its long lasting and makes sure I have crease proof lids all day. It’s available at most department stores around NZ that have a Bobbi Brown Counter. On top of that, to give my eyes a little more oomph I turned to my trusty Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Another constant in my make up bag. I got mine here from Beauty Bay. They too do free shipping internationally. I could go on about this palette for a life time, but this post is already an essay, so I’ll refrain. I used three of my favourite shadows; Sin, a shimmery pale pink tone; all over the lid. ‘Naked’ mixed with ‘Buck’ two mid tone, matte brown colours to define my crease. This is one of my go to combos, when I’m feeling lazy.

Eyeliner is an item I have a love hate relationship with. I love the look that a winged, cat eye liner gives you, especially as I have almond shaped eyes. However, I’m partially blind in my left eye, this therefore makes applying it a little bit of a pain in the bottom. My eyeliner of choice today was the E.L.F Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I got my one from Iherb when I was ordering my vitamins. But I’ve also seen this stocked in Kmart. It has a fine enough nib that, it makes application fairly straight forward, with the ability to create both a fine, natural cat eye to a thicker more dramatic one. Its matte black, which is great and stays put all day. My only tip with this product is to defiantly wipe the nib before applying to avoid too much product and those dreaded panda eyes.

Mascara. This is my desert island item. Without it I look even more like a 10 year old, with bug eyes. With it I look a little more presentable. Once again Shaaanxo is to thank for this purchase. She mentioned this Collection ‘Does It All, 5 In 1’ Mascara available here at Countdown (once again thank you Countdown) was an awesome dupe for Benefits ‘They’re Real’. And man was Shannon right. I’m converted to this mascara, so much so that, this is my second tube. I’m normally very fickle with mascara so, buying another one was a huge deal for me. If you’ve used ‘They’re Real’ then this is pretty much the exact same result but a whole lot cheaper. It’s also way easier to remove. This curls, lengthens and thickens my eyelashes, what more could I ask for really?.Oh no wait… It also makes my pretty non existent bottom lashes look full too. Its very quickly knocked Maybelline the ‘Falsies’ off of the top spot in my favourite Mascara of all time, mental list.

Then comes Lips. Lipstick of Choice for today was dug out from the bottom of my make up dresser. Nars ‘Barbarella’ a gorgeous light coral, pink shade. You can get this one again from Mecca Costmetica It’s pretty non offensive colour and teamed with Tanya Burrs Lipgloss in ‘Afternoon Tea’ available from Superdrug, you’re left with a lovely peachy, pinky, coral lip, which I love for days that I’ve got a bit going on with my eyes.

So, If you’ve managed to make it all the way to here, I’d firstly like to congratulate you for sticking with me. Secondly, below are some more photo’s. I hope that this has been of some use to you all out there! What are you all putting on your faces this Monday/Week? Any products you can recommend for my next Make up Monday would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, so much for your support and comments. Anyway queue the Selfies…

 

 

 

Thanks for reading,

Bailey xox

 

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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Sunday Selfie

As I write this technically its Saturday, but this is one post that I want to keep as a constant on my blog. The Sunday Summary, will basically be a summarisation of my week, what I’ve been up to, what I’ve been trying to achieve and what I’ve been loving. More on the lifestyle side of blogging. I also on consultation with Chris (and of course Sebastian) thought I’d include a Family Portrait or Sunday Selfie as I’ve decided to call it. This isn’t just for your entertainment, but I managed to wrangle Chris into it, by telling him that it would be a great way for us to watch us change.

So without further ado let’s get into this.

This week has seen some new adventures for me. The biggest one being this blog. As scary as it was it, I honestly feel so excited, inspired and motivated. I’ve already made a HUGE list of future post ideas and content that I hope you all will enjoy. I also started a Facebook page dedicated to this blog. So if you’ve amazingly managed to stumble across this not through Facebook, definitely check it out here. I’ve had lots of support so far and it’s been so awesome. I’m thinking the next step as I grow a bit more is to include twitter and Instagram to the fold. What do you reckon?

I also think I’ve already found a use and also a new D.I.Y project for the left over fabric from my chair post, so keep an eye out  for that.

TV has been a huge player in our week. To be honest I love nothing more than spending the day sitting in my pjs and catching up on TV…Chris not so much. However, this week I’ve manage to get him to sit down with me and relax and enjoy a little telly (I think it also helps that I’ve lost my voice, because I’m sick so, he doesn’t have to listen to my commentary). We just finished the first season of Resserection. I’ve got to say I really enjoyed it. The plot kept me interested and constantly guessing what was going to happen next. They managed to build some strong characters, that had you really rooting for them. Whilst Wikipedia-ing it (my favourite thing to do when watching TV) I realised it was based on a book called ‘The Returned’ and that there is a very similar French series called ‘Les Revenants’, that we might try. If you haven’t caught the trailers cut a long story short; small town middle of no where America, the dead start returning and well, raising a lot of questions to say the least. I would highly recommend it. It got both of us pondering about what would we do if someone we loved returned. What would you say? What kind of questions would you ask?. Very, very much looking forward to season two now. To fill the void we’ve just begun watching Fargo. I think I’m really going to enjoy this one. It’s quite graphic so do be warned but I’m intrigued to see where it’s going to go. Plus it’s had some outstanding reviews.
Honourable mentions:
*The Only Way Is Essex; I’m sorry but I spent the whole of my teens and early twenties in this glamorous county, I can’t help myself!
*Real Housewives Of Orange County Season 9; no excuse really. I just love me some trashy telly.
*Nashville; brings out that inner Country Music lover in me that I try and suppress, bring on Season 3. I’ve already got my cowboy boots at the ready.
*Game Of Thrones; I know I’m a bit late on watching the final episode of the season, but boy this show has certainly reinvented the meaning cliff hanger TV.

We also took a visit to The Alice Cinematheque, on Tuam st, here in Christchurch. If you’ve been in Christchurch prior to the earthquake you’ll know the place, if not, you definitely have to check it out. It’s a boutique cinema, with what I can only describe as a cheesey-chic vibe to the decor. It’s has an Egyptian theme, big comfy red chairs and the best Ice Cream EVER! Whilst the average age is about twice mine, it’s definitely a quirky option for ‘date night’.Check them out here. We saw an Irish film called Calvary. It certainly was a dark comedy which, had me laughing and crying. If you enjoyed The Guard then you might like this.

Speaking of Tuam St, we also checked out a cafe called C1 Espresso. Which happens to reside right next to the Alice Cinematheque. On recommendation from a few friends, we tried out the Chai Latte. This is their own special blend and was probably more on the spicy side, rather than the sweet. But was pretty good, I still think Coffee Culture do the best. We also had the Chicken Nachos and this unusual White Chocolate Lamington, with Lemon curd that came in a syringe for you to inject into the Lamington (Pictured below). It was super busy. I feel like it’s the ‘place of the moment’ here in Christchurch. It had some really cool quirky touches, for example an old Singer sewing machine that you turn and water came out, and the roof was covered in shoots that certain meals would be shot over in. Overall vibe was pretty cool, however its was pretty expensive for what it was. I’ve linked them here, if you fancy checking it out.

On the beauty front this week, it’s been a bit poor to be honest. I’ve had quite a bit of downtime from work as my days off have mostly been grouped together, and I’ve been on call. This has meant that, I haven’t needed to wear much, if any make up. In fact I didn’t leave the house for 3 days (not sure if I should be saying this). I have however have been enjoying my skin care routine at the moment and can’t wait to share it with you. Big shout out to the return of the Hot Cloth Cleanser to my life, boy have I missed you; post coming soon!

Sebastian’s weeks been, well pretty non eventful. He’s mostly looked cute, slept and clawed us. The weather here has amped up into full on winter mode which, in turn means we one have an inside cat, who runs outside quickly to do his business and then is straight back in, under our heat pump. This too means he’s becoming one fat cat, that we’ve now had to put on a portion control diet.

On the old health and wellness front. As I mentioned earlier, I got sick. Actually I’m still sick, so sick I’ve had to break my no sick days at work record today. I haven’t been taking the greatest care if my body since I finished the 17 day diet (post to come) and something I really want to focus on and get a handle on is making these ‘diets’ not just a faddy thing but a real lifestyle change. I mean, you’ve got to be able to indulge, but what I need to learn is to just have a slice not the whole cake!

We also had a Mid Winter Christmas Meal at a friends house. It felt just like Christmas. Even though I am a Kiwi and have had numerous Summer Christmas’, I’ve also spent the other half of my life in England having Northern hemisphere Christmas’. Our Friend is from America, so we had the pleasure of trying Egg Nog for the first time and boy was it delish. It was so lovely to catch up with friends, eat good food and  have a laugh. We also played an interesting game of Secret Santa, which involved being able to steal other peoples gifts!

So that’s really our week in a nutshell/big huge essay. The week ahead see’s my baby brother and his girlfriend coming up to Christchurch, which is always lovely. My dad also arrives from England for a holiday, which is always exciting.  I’m hoping too that next week will be the start of my healthy eating and exercise regime (she says whilst eating Caramello Chocolate) and that there are no more colds, flus or bugs to catch, I’m so over it!  What have been the highlights of your week?

Thanks again for you’re support and for reading!

Have a great week ahead everyone 🙂

Bailey xox

 

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Beauty

A Sneaky Peak Of Whats In My Shower

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All my best thoughts happen in the shower. It is one of the only times I get a spare minute to myself just to think. When I was in there this morning thinking about what to do as my first ever post on this blog, I knew I wanted it to be something beauty related as I feel that’s where my roots lie; but I couldn’t quite decide what. Firstly I was going down the lines of a ‘Favourites’ post or a ‘Skincare’ post, but as I was lathering and thinking it came to me. I’m so nosey and I love seeing what people use in the shower and I thought why not start at the beginning with the first part of my beauty regime for the day and give you all an insight as to what’s in my shower.

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La Roche-Posay, Effaclar, Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin, RRP $28.95 NZD

Lets start from the very beginning, a very nice place to start, or something along those lines. Anyway as soon as I hop and a skip into the shower the first thing I usually want to do is wash my face and get it all prepped for the day. This is the favourite part of my shower, apart from if I am washing my hair (I’m not sure if it’s sad to have a favourite part of a shower).

I first stumbled across this on a trip to Australia in Priceline (It so reminds me of Superdrug) after having forgotten my face wash and all in a panic because you can’t complete your favourite part of the shower routine without the main ingredient. I’ve always loved La Roche-Posay and every product I’ve ever tried I’ve fallen madly, deeply in love with and this was no exception. My skin’s a little weird and I’ve always been very VERY fickle when it comes to cleansers, however this is the third time I’ve purchased this product. It keeps me clear of any breakouts, doesn’t have a weird chemical smell, and lathers to a satisfying foam that gives you that squeaky clean fresh feeling. The only downside of this product is that it can be a little pricey and a little hard to get here in old NZ. I managed to get my paws on my next fix on a recent trip to the UK to see my Dad, who very kindly stocked me up on a couple to get me by. I have managed to track down a site in NZ that sells this baby, if you click here or you can also purchase it from Boots like I did and it retails for 11GBP here.

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St. Ives, Green Tea Scrub, Oil-Free RRP $9.89 NZD

If it’s that time of the week that I need to get my face scrub on then this is the scrub I turn to and have been turning to since I was 14. I started out many years ago with the original apricot scrub. I vividly remember reading in Heat magazine in the UK that this was the scrub of choice for Rachel Stevens from S Club 7, and well as the old saying goes – “if it’s good enough for Rach its good enough for little old me”. I’ve now upgraded to the tea tree version as I mostly wanted to try something new. I think the original will always be my favourite but this is pretty darn good. The tiny exfoliating beads really get deep down into my pores and I always feel like the dead skin that hangs out around my nose (especially in winter) goes ‘bye bye’ when I use this. I’ve tried a few higher end scrubs in my time and I find myself continuing to come back to this. I got mine here from Countdown which is a supermarket here in NZ but I know it can be found in most drugstores in both the UK and US.

 

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Soap & Glory Foam Call, RRP £6.50

Sadly again this is another one of those products that are in the hard to track down in NZ bucket. But if you’re lucky enough to live in a country that isn’t really small or far away and stocks Soap & Glory you are one very, very lucky person. Once again I have my Father to thank for this purchase and once I’m done with this I’m going to be one sad bunny. But enough of the sob story and onto the body wash. First I’d like to state how incredible this body wash smells, holy moly. I mean I knew it would have to smell good as all of my previous Soap & Glory shower purchases have always blown my mind and nose for that matter. Its got a mixture of sweet and sour going on with a real zing to it, which must be from the new Fruitigo™ Fragrance that is apparently within this bottle. Basically if you like a bit of citrus mixed with fig, then this will be right up your alley. It lathers great, so great that I don’t need to use anything but my bare hands to wash my body. I got mine from Boots, you can too by clicking here but I have managed to get a hold of it in NZ by using ebay, although watch the postage costs as it can really bump it up.

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OGX Coconut Water ‘Weightless Hydration’ Shampoo and Conditioner RRP $18.99 NZD

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This is both my favourite and least favourite part of the shower. It’s my Favourite because there is no better feeling than fresh clean hair. BUT I also hate that time of the week when dry shampoo just aint going to cut the mustard anymore. I managed to inherit thick, coarse, Polynesian hair from both of my parents, this makes the task of washing my hair a real chore, especially as I’ve been trying to grow it out. I had always gravitated towards shampoos and conditioners that were aimed at tackling frizz or smoothing out hair. However after many years of using these types of products, as a result of abusing my hair with various hot styling tools, I started to find that they were weighing down my hair and making it look lank and greasy. I was looking for something both hydrating but that didn’t leave my hair feeling like it was still covered in conditioner when it was dried and do you know what?  It was as if the hair Gods had heard my prayers when I found these two. I’ve had both of them for about a month now and I can very proudly say I am converted. This is defiantly one of those products that does exactly as it says on the tin. I actually look forward to using this. It also smells divine and a bonus that the smell lingers in your hair once dried. I purchased mine here  but after a little trusty google research they are stocked worldwide and I cant wait to try more products from this line.

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Bumble and bumble, Sunday Shampoo RRP $30.95 NZD

Keeping along the lines of Shampooing and Clarifying comes this little beauty from Bumble and bumble. Their ‘Sunday’ shampoo is quickly becoming one of my holy grail products. One that I will defiantly repurchase. In my day job I have to wear my hair up in a very neat bun, which means that a lot of product needs to be used to tame the mane, therefore causing that dreaded build up. I’ve tried many a clarifying shampoo in my time but they’ve either been way too clarifying, making my hair feel like I’ve stripped it within an inch of its life or they’ve left me feeling like I should’ve just stuck to my regular shampoo and greasy hair. This is my happy medium. It restores the life, bounce and volume to my hair whilst maintaing all the natural oils.  I first heard Viviannadoesmakeup talk about this on her youtube channel and had to give it a go. I got mine once again from the UK, however it is readily available in Mecca Cosmetica here or I found it a little cheaper on this website here for those of you in NZ.

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Herbal Essences, Honey I’m Strong Rinse Off Treatment, RRP $6.65 NZD

I love me a hair mask, especially one thats as cheap as chips and quick to use. I can’t really be bothered to hang out for 20 mins to an hr with a hair mask and cling film wrapped around my head and there’s certainly none of that waiting around with this product. I was however a little dubious when I read the instructions and they told me to spread the mask from root to tip. Now I’m old fashioned when it comes to hair masks and to me this is a big No No. But I bit the bullet and did what they said anyway and the results were Amazing with a capital A. This leaves your hair glossy, shiny and full of life just like the classic herbal essence advert. I just popped mine in the shopping trolley at my local supermarket here and I know Herbal Essence is readily available  in most supermarkets world wide, although I saw in the UK that this comes in a tub so keep an eye out for various packaging.

 

So that’s about it for the basics of what’s in my shower. I hope that it has cured that nosiness I know so many of you out there have. I’d love to hear any thoughts, suggestions or just what you’re loving to use in your shower at the moment.

Bailey xox

 

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My Little Helper

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