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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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