Essie

How cute is my mum, she just brought me back these Essie Fall Collection nail polishes from Melbourne!

Power Clutch – grey/green
Lady Like – beige/pink
Very Structured – rust
Carry On – deep plum
This is the first time I’ve actually tried Essie, and I’m absolutely loving them. I never use a whole nail polish before it goes gluggy so these 5ml sizes are perfect!

Don’t forget that top coat, try Orly In a Snap for a quick dry and longer lasting mani.

N x

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Home Sweet Home


Have almost been back from my trip for a month now. Definite highlights were Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Cabo and Coachella! Seeing Snoop, Dre, Eminem, 50cent and ‘2pac’ was incredible, would seriously recommend heading to Coachella 2013. Maybe Biggie will appear on stage next year.
I definitely want to move to Venice Beach/Santa Monica at some point in my life, the general vibe of the place, seeing muscle beach and biking along the boardwalk made me fall in love!

We stayed at Riu Santa Fe in Cabo, Mexico which was an all inclusive hotel, which means all of our amazing food and all alcohol was free. The perfect 5 days after being at Coachella. Really missing the fresh prawns, mussels, crab, paella and pina coladas!

Didn’t do too much shopping but made the compulsory stop at MAC in Nordstrom, the price of lipsticks and eyeshadows are $14.50!! So topped up on my basics like Studio Fix foundation, Prep and Prime, Lightscapade highlighting powder and a new lipstick called Shy Girl which is my absolute new favourite, a creamy neutral coral beige which I wear during the day or with dark eyes at night.

Was an amazing holiday but three weeks in a suitcase drove me a little nuts, was happy to touch back down in Auckland.

Heading to a cosmetics sale on Friday, on the hunt for a new mascara and liquid eyeliner so will keep you posted on how it goes.
Also, after getting the balayage cut out of my hair, I have decided to get it coloured again!! This time I am looking at getting just the bottom 1 or 2 inches done in a creamy white blonde, will post a picture tomorrow afternoon.

N x

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The eyes have it

Wow! I’ve been so useless at posting, have been busy with summer school, exams, first semester and work.

I have rediscovered an old fave…the eyelash curler! Perfect during the day for a natural look or to finish off evening make-up. Use your eyelash curler before applying any mascara, using it after applying mascara will cause breakage. My beauty therapist, Chelsea, taught me a little trick..heat your curlers with a hairdryer before using them. Doing this makes the curl in your lashes last longer, kind of like using a GHD on your hair. Make sure your curlers aren’t too hot before you start using them, you don’t want to burn your eyelids!

I’m heading to California next month for Coachella Festival with 3 of my girlfriends, heading to LA first then to San Fran, Vegas, down to Palm Springs for the festival and lastly to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a relax. Can’t wait to head to their department stores and stock up on make-up. MAC is ridiculously cheap over there so have been scraping the bottom of every bottle! Will post photos of the trip once I’m back.
Florence, Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg, David Guetta, The Weeknd, The Black Keys etc etc.
35 days to go! WHAT TO WEAR?!

I’m currently trying RapidLash which promises to increase thickness, volume and curl in 3-4 weeks! I apply it once a day in the evening on clean lashes. Have taken a before picture so will do a post in 4 weeks time to show you the results!

Enjoy your weekend…I know I will!

N x

pics from google, theyallhateus, brightlightsandcityhypes

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Twenty Twelve

Can’t believe we’re already three weeks into the first month of 2012! I have been incredibly slack with the rush of Christmas and then the down-time of January. One of my new year resolutions is to post at least once a week, will see how that goes! My other resolution is to wear less make-up during the day. Accidentally fell upon this resolution when I ran out of foundation on the 31st December! Since then I’ve only been wearing it in the evenings and I’ve found my skin has improved 10 fold, now I rarely feel the need to put any on. Have only been using the basics…concealer under my eyes, mascara and tinted lip balm!

Pre-Christmas I purchased MAC tinted lip conditioner in Petting Pink. I love using it when not wearing lipstick but want that hint of colour. It’s SPF15 so perfect for those hot summer days. Smells amazing, just like those cupcake dolls we had when were kids!

Now I’m on the hunt for the perfect yellow nail polish! My girlfriend wears OPI “the IT colour” which is amazing but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Have been eyeing up Ruby’s in Yellow Bus but always get distracted by all the other amazing colours they have, like Minty and Blood! Have a squiz on their website. $19NZD.

Lastly, thank you to those who supported me in the Concrete Playground Bloggers comp, unfortunately I didn’t win but it was great publicity and a fantastic opportunity to participate!

N x

pics from theyallhateus, google, studdedhearts, oraclefox

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Last Day

Last day to vote in Concrete Playground’s blog competition. I know these things are a little annoying but I’m not asking for money…only two seconds of your time!

Please follow the link and click ‘like’ under Beauty Appeal.

http://auckland.concreteplayground.co.nz/thebloggers/vote/fashion/

Thanks,

N x

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Pretty Please

Please vote for me in Concrete Playground’s competition to find NZs next top blogger.

Follow the link and click on my blog, http://auckland.concreteplayground.co.nz/thebloggers/vote/fashion/

Thank You!!

N x

pic from weheartit

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Skin Deep

With days spent jumping in and out of the waves fast approaching, it is the best time to be getting our skin perfected.

I haven’t had the best luck with my skin as of recent, I have a feeling it is something to do with studying for exams and having my face in my hands. I’ve just recently purchased, and highly recommend, tea tree oil to dab on imperfections, it has a strong antiseptic action and can also be used on infections. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil, $10.50 from your local pharmacy. I use a drop on a cotton bud and apply after my evening cleansing routine.

I also use Living Nature Deep Cleansing Clay Peel once a week, it’s a clay based gentle exfoliating peel. The main ingredient is pure, white Hallo clay which has the ability to absorb toxins, control oil and stimulate circulation. Basically, you apply to the face avoiding eye and lip areas and leave on the skin until the mask is tacky. Then support the skin with one hand while using the other to gently rub off. This friction removes dead skin cells that can block pores and cause imperfections. Each pack comes with 10 sachets, approx $44 NZD.

It’s very important that we keep the sun off our face especially during the summer months. UV rays don’t only cause wrinkles and sun spots but also sun cancer. I have been using Nivea sun light feel daily face veil in SPF30 underneath my foundation. The light weight cream-gel formula means it isn’t greasy and is instantly absorbed. Take it to the beach to top-up every 2hours.

Another beach favourite is tinted moisturiser, perfect for applying without a mirror and evens skin tone without wearing foundation. I haven’t purchased mine for the summer yet as I am looking at trying something different. But I can recommend Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint – amazing green colour tint that transforms to suit each individuals natural skin tone.
If you don’t own a tinted moisturiser then you can use a small amount of your foundation and mix in your hand with sunblock to get the same effect.

After spending Sunday in the pool and having my mascara run in, and around my eyes I’ve decided to get my eyelashes tinted and then get extensions. Booked in to Face & Body, Titirangi tomorrow for my lash tint and booking my appointment today for Friday at Phoenix Cosmetics, Kingsland. Saves looking panda-esque over Summer.

N x

pics from Google, theyallhateus, oraclefox, livingnature, ragbone, etiquetteforalady.

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