Beauty, Beauty Bites

You’ll Be Smelling of Roses

 

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Ok, so I know it has been a while, and I always have some excuse, but this time I’d rather not go into the excuses and just crack on with my very first post of the new year. I wanted to go back to what I know best and that’s beauty products. This one is something special everyone. Introducing Rose Jam by Lush. Let’s just give you a quick little background story; My love for lush first started way back in the early 00’s when my Mum first took me into one. Us beauty junkies will always remember, the first time the smell of Lush hits your nostrils. Even though my love petered out a little, the purchase of a brand new home with my other half, with a lovely new shower and bath had me running back to check out what goodies I’d been missing out on.

This shower gel caught my eye immediately. It’s like Lush read my mind, in regards to what I love in a scent and came up with this.  I adore anything with a rose or floral scent, so this was a great start. But with a dash of lemon in there to balance the fragrance out perfectly so, that its not too sickly sweet and the name might suggest. Really I think they should just rename it ‘Bailey Jam’. It lathers to a nice foam and makes shaving a breeze. The other great side to this is that on me the scent lingers, so if I am having a rare day where I’m wanting to save my Jo Malone, its the perfect subtle substitute.

If you are a fan of floral or rose scented items, I urge you to pop into your local Lush and give this a whiff, I promise you, you wont be disappointed. I’m certainly going to be popping in to stock up on the big bottle of this. I also noticed they do a bath bomb and body lotion in the same scent. It’s like the rose garden heavens are calling to me to come and get them… Bye, Bye money.

Well that’s me for this very quick beauty bite.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

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I’m going to try start a series of posts where I do a short review on a product I’m really into at the moment. The first winner of my Beauty Bite award is this Lip Balm By Nuxe. I purchased mine from Feelunique.com, for around $18-$20 NZD including P&P. After reading and hearing rave reviews on this little gem, I had to get my paws on it and boy oh boy was I pleased. I usually like to give a product a while before I declare my undying love, but this one had me at hello.

I noticed a difference in the texture of my lips after the first application. It has a thick consistency, which might not be to everyones liking, but personally this is a huge plus, it really makes me feel like my lips are being thoroughly nourished. It takes a little while to sink into the lips but that too is A ok with me. It has a combination of honey and precious oils (according to the website) which really work deep down to restore chapped, dry lips. It also has a delicious citrus flavour, which is down to the grapefruit essence. I’m a little bit of a lip balm fiend and I have to say when it comes to lip balm I’ve definitely had a fair share in my time. This by far is my all time favourite and something I will continue to use for a very very long time. My lips look not only plumped and kissable but there’s not a bit of flakey skin in sight.

So for this Beauty Bite I’m awarding the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm a life changing 5 out of 5. You are pretty awesome my friend, and don’t you ever change!

Thanks so much for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Two Sponges, That Changed My Life

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Ok so the title of this post is a little dramatic, but ask anyone and that’s me, dramatic. Anyway, I wanted to dedicate a post to these two sponges, both with different jobs in my life, but both equally as important.

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The first is this teardrop shaped sponge, that if you are a true beauty addict you will recognise right away. No its not the original Beauty Blender, but a $5 dupe, that I found whilst browsing the aisles of my local Kmart. I treated myself to the original BB about 4 years ago, when it was relatively new on the scene. In fact I made a whole youtube video dedicated to it. Somewhere along the way it got lost in this huge Bermuda Triangle; that I’m sure my bobby pins and hair ties end up in. Anyway, I digress, naturally over the years since I lost my BB I did contemplate purchasing another but the price tag always stopped me. But then on a sunny Saturday afternoon, this Beauty stepped into my life. If you’re unfamiliar with the BB, it’s a sponge that you pop under running water until it expands and doubles in size, you then wring it out, place your foundation or concealer on your face and then stipple (dab) the sponge over your face. You’re left with a beautiful, natural skin like finish. The other benefits of these sponges is that they use far less product, as the sponge is wet it doesn’t absorb the foundation like a brush or latex sponge would. This dupe is pretty amazing. It performs just like the original in my opinion. I’ve had it for over a month and its still holding up well. The only downside is that it’s a little harder to clean, than the original. I’ve been using a baby shampoo and it’s doing the job ok, but there’s still a little product left on the sponge after each wash. This though is something I’m willing to overlook as it’s an absolute steal at $5.

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The next sponge is on a whole different spectrum. I’m probably really late to the party with this one but its the Konjac sponge. It’s a Japanese face and body cleansing sponge that’s made from vegetable fibres of the Konjac. I believe it was originally used in Japan as a sponge for bathing babies, because if its soft texture. I, on the other hand have been incorporating this sponge into my daily skincare routine. Basically all you do is place the sponge under running water until it expands in size, add a tiny amount of your preferred cleanser and get to scrucbbing, once you’re satisfied with your scrub just hang it up by the white string and let it dry for the next use.  The sponge has an alkaline property so, it works really well at neutralising any problem areas, like enlarged pores, blackheads and acne. It’s also gentle exfoliator, and I’ve noticed the little white heads on my forehead are slowly disappearing. The other plus side to this is that I’ve been using far far less of my cleanser, which is perfect for me as I’m in love with a cleanser which like most things is really hard to get my hands on in NZ. As you can see I have the plain white original one, but there are loads of different sponges for different skin types, which is pretty cool. The only downside is that the sponge isn’t for life. As it is made from vegetable fibre it does come with an expiry, which I believe is about 3 months. However they are pretty cheap. I just googled Konjac Sponge and found a local seller, but I know they are widely available on Amazon or Ebay.

So there you have it, two editions to my beauty regime, that I am pretty darn chuffed with.

Thanks for reading

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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August Monthly Beauty Favourites

Yes, Yes I know I haven’t blogged for a little while now, but life has unfortunately got in the way as it sometimes does. However, I’m back and as a new month has begun (I can not believe it’s September already) I thought I would begin with what I was loving in the past month.

Now this month I’ve managed to narrow it down to 6 items in total, 5 of which I absolutely adore, one that I am firmly on the fence about.

IMG_3133First up is the CHI CHI Fabulous and Flawless Foundation. I was all in a panic when I ran out of my all time fave L’oreal True Match, as here in NZ it is ridiculously over priced. So I thought it was time to move on and try something else. After watching a favourite foundation video from Shannon of  Shaaanxo fame, she recommend this foundation and I’m so glad I tried it. I got the shade No.7, which is great for me and my post winter skin. It’s medium to full coverage, with a sheen like finish to it. Price wise it is around $39 NZD, which I felt isn’t too bad and the container is glass, which for some reason I find really satisfying.

IMG_3129Next up is the Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15. I have been using this for around two months now and I obviously love it. It is, as it states very nourishing, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. It has a built in SPF which makes me feel better especially when you live in NZ. It also hasn’t caused me to break out which is a massive thumbs up. I just picked this up in the supermarket and I can’t wait to try out some more in the range very soon.

IMG_3135Thirdly in the top favourites of the month, comes and oldie but a goodie. Maybellines Great lash Mascara in the Lots of Lashes formula. I first tired this version of  the cult classic mascara about two and a half years ago, when I first moved to NZ, after needing a mascara that wasn’t going to break the bank and it was love at first application. It has a teardrop shaped tapered wand, which is excellent for creating both length and volume. It also means you can use the narrow end to get those pesky inner corner lashes. This is now back in my life after my Collection Mascara dried out, which is one massive downside of that amazing mascara (man how many times can you say mascara in one paragraph)

IMG_3137 To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if this was going to make the cut this month, but recently it’s been my eyeliner of choice. The Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, bar the really long name does just what it says on the tin. The funny shaped applicator really does pull your lashes up, allowing the gel liner to really get deep into the lashes, so that you are left with this beautiful opaque line. I also love the angle of the applicator, because it makes the dreaded feline flick a real doddle. The pigmentation is great with a true deep black shade and the longevity is awesome, no smudgy panda eyes up in here! All in all a pretty impressive gel liner, gimmicks aside.

IMG_3139Lastly in my most loved items this month comes another old favourite. After having a huge clear out of my make up collection, I came across this little gem; the Nars Angelika Blush.I’m a huge blush person, I just feels like it gives my skin life and I love me a Nars blush, in fact I’ll even go as far as to say they are my holy grail when it comes to blush. This is a baby pink shade with flecks of silver glitter running through it, which doesn’t thankfully transfer onto the cheek, it just provides a beautiful sheen. If you’re looking for something peppy and perky then this may well be the match for you, layer it on top of a similar cream formula shade for a doll like fresh faced cheek.

IMG_3142Very finally I thought I would just add this baby into the mix as I’m very much on the fence about it. It’s the Body shop Instablur all in one perfecter. The reason that I’m on the fence about this is actually because I’m just waiting for it to fully break me out, I’ve noticed a few blemishes popping up. It has that silicone type texture akin to the likes of the SmashBox Photo Ready Primer, which doesn’t react well with my skin. It does however, mattify my skin and fill in the pores, which for me is a huge plus. Weather it actually does help my foundation last longer is still on trial and the jury is definitely still out on weather or not it’s giving me that blurred like effect that seems to be so popular at the moment.

So everyone there you have it, what I’ve been loving this month. I hope this has been helpful in same way for you all, let me know what it is you’ve been loving this month. Once again I apologise for being M.I.A.

Stay Cool

Bailey xox

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Sebastian helping me out with the photography!

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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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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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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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