Thursday, 26 December 2013

Winner of the Christmas Lush Prize Pack Is...

A little while ago, I posted a giveaway for a Christmas themed Lush prize pack. At 5pm today, the giveaway ended and I am here to announce the winner which was drawn randomly using RANDOM.ORG....
Drumroll please.......
Congratulations to Bethany Cook! I'll be sending an email your way shortly to get your postal address!

Thank you to everyone else who entered! I loved reading all of your comments and hope you enter more giveaways/comps in the future! 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Summer Skin Essentials

Okay, so I think we can say it is now officially Summer here in NZ and along with Summer comes swimming, picnics, sunbathing and general outdoor leisure. 
I've compiled a few of my top Summer essentials when it comes to keeping my skin protected, moisturised and looking it's best.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula: I try my best to apply a really moisturising body lotion every evening after being outside for the day to help my skin recover from the exposure to the sun. I love any body lotion or butter that contains cocoa butter, as it really helps to even out the tone of my skin as well as smooth out any dry patches.

Sun Sense Clear Mist: I love this sunscreen mist because it is super quick to apply (and reapply) due to the fact that you simply spray it onto your skin and you're done! While it does say "2 hours water resistant", make sure that you reapply after you've hopped out of the water and dried yourself off, to make sure that you don't get burnt.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Bronzer: I have super fair skin, so self tanning wasn't something I wasn't ever too keen about, mainly because all other self tanners I had tried, made me look like a Twistie (a Cheeto if you are American). I recently tried out this bronzing foam by Garnier and I can honestly say I love the results! It is build-able so you won't have any awkward "OMG this is sooo dark on me!" moments and it's foam texture ensures an even colour. I would still recommend using a tanning mitt however, when you use this, just to make sure that the tone is as even as possible and there are no visible edges. Plus, using a mitt means you won't get strangely tanned hands afterwards!

Blistex Ultra Lip Balm: I always have to make sure I am carrying a lip balm containing spf whenever I am out, because burnt lips hurt like mad! I love Blistex lip balms because they are super hydrating, and stay that way hours after applying. DON'T even think about using a lip gloss in place of a lip product with spf because it will only increase your chances of having your lips burnt off-(okay, so they won't really burn off, I just said that to add effect)

Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defence SPF 50: Even though most of the base make up that I wear contains spf already, I like to apply a moisturiser that contains spf underneath to really protect my skin and form a barrier against the harsh sun. I love that this product by Cetaphil doesn't have any added fragrance because I have pretty sensitive skin which can react easily to a lot of things. Out of all the spf moisturisers I have tried so far, this one definitely 'takes the cake'.

I'd love to know what your Summer Skin Essentials are in the comments below! I really do read and appreciate each of your, it'd be lovely if people actually did leave comments like they used to! So far I've had quite a few spam comments so I just want to reassure myself that actual people are still reading my blog and I'm not just rambling to no one! Haha! xx

Pool picture from my Instagram @lovelyrosepetalblog

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Lush Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Hi lovelies! You may remember in one of my previous posts I mentioned that there would be a giveaway sometime soon, and here it is! The wonderful people at Lush have oh-so-kindly provided me with a box of Lush goodies consisting of four bath ballistics, one bath melt and a bubble bar that one lucky reader can win! If you want to see how you can win this wonderful prize, have a look at the contest rules below...

Contest Rules:

-Must be a member of this blog (I will be checking!) If you are not a member yet, click the "Join this site" button on the right hand side of the page.
-Like the Lovely Rose Petal Blog Facebook page if you have facebook. If not, don't worry, you can still enter!
-Comment below, telling me your favourite thing about Christmas, or what you favourite Christmas memory is. Also include your email in your comment!
-One entry per person (if you enter more than once, I will delete the additional comments)

If you are under 16, please ask your parents before entering as I don't particularly want to have to deal with angry parents asking why this girl on the inter-web has their children's contact details!

Competition open to NZ residents only because it would cost me an arm and a leg to ship this internationally!

Entries close December 26 2013 5pm NZ time and the winner will be contacted by December 28. If, for some reason, I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours (of sending the email announcing the winner), a new winner will be drawn. Winner will be drawn at random using Check back here after the 26th to see who the winner is!

Good luck!

Monday, 16 December 2013

My Summer Lip Colour Picks

I don't wear lip stick as much in the Summer as I do in other seasons just because it's usually too hot, but when I do, I tend to pick brighter colours such as reds with more orange undertones and corals to reflect the lovely warmth of the Summer sun.

Here I have a few of my top Summer lip colour picks to share with you.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo: I love this colour for summer as it really stands out against my fair skin and generally brightens my complexion. This is perfect for both day and night wear, so there is no need to switch lip colour for an event you might have in the evening.

4ME Lip liner in #114 Orange: So, I bought this lip liner from my local $2 shop because I was in need of an orange lipliner to wear underneath MAC's Morange. I didn't have high expectations for this considering it cost about $1.20, so you can imagine my surprise when I applied it and found that it was SO pigmented and smooth! So much so, that I can even wear it on its own. I personally think that there is a misconception that cheap make up equals bad quality, but I really don't think that is the case. If you get the chance, give this brand a go.

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger: A beautiful orange toned red, perfect for the day time. While this lipstick is a matte finish, I find it is much more hydrating than some of the other matte lipsticks I have, which makes it more comfortable to wear.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in #501 Stellar: I love the creamy consistency of this lip Lacquer as well as the bold coral colour. This colour is very versatile because you can change the overall look of the product by blotting. If a more sheer, stain is what you are going for, simply blot off the extra product onto a tissue a few times. If  you are wanting a more bold and opaque look, then simply leave the product to dry a little before gently blotting.

I'd love to know what colours you are loving for Summer!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Make Up Inspiration: Shelley Duvall

When I first watched 'The Shining', I fell in love with Shelley Duvall and her large, doe like eyes, and made a mental note to write up a post about her at some stage. Since then, I've researched her further and found some ultra groovy 60s/70s images of her with a wispy fringe and wearing huge, 'Twiggy' lashes, and figured that this particular style would be a cool one to write the post about....

Eyelure Naturalites Upper and Lower Lashes in Choppy Black: The super thin band on these lashes allows for more flexibility meaning that they will be able to fit different eye shapes with ease, thus being more comfortable to wear. These are the perfect lashes to achieve that 'Twiggy' inspired, 60s look.

Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield Foundation: This is a pretty sheer foundation which is perfect for this look as it allows any freckles you might have, to show through, like Shelley has in the picture above.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder: The finely milled texture of this powder allows for light application and the flecks of shimmer throughout create a dewy and radiant appearance.

Sleek Pout Polish in Powder Pink: The lovely rosy colour of this pout polish helps to emphasise the roundness of the lips to create Shelley's signature look. If you want to further emphasise your lips, use your finger to dab a little highlighter (such as the shimmery colour from the Sleek contour kit) onto the cupids bow- the little dip in your upper lip.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Recipe: Raw & Vegan Brownie Bites

Yes, I know what you're thinking, this is a beauty blog, why is this a recipe post? I figured that I may as well post the occasional recipe seeing as along with beauty and makeup, food and cooking is a huge passion of mine.

Today I decided to try out making brownies, but more specifically, raw brownies. If you're not familiar with raw baking, it is basically where you don't cook/bake the food in order to retain the nutrients. Raw baking is also vegan. 
As it is Summer here in NZ, I felt like making something that didn't require turning on the oven. I used a recipe by The Rawtarian, however, I altered it to suit what we had available.  These would make excellent Christmas presents, (just make sure they don't have a nut allergy before you give these to them!)


1 cup pecans 
1 cup dates (pitted)
5 tablespoons raw cacao (cocoa) powder
4 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons honey 
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1. Place pecans and almonds in your food processor and process until they become small and crumbly. A bit like breadcrumbs.             
2. Add dates to the pecans and process again until the mixture sticks together and the dates are well processed. The mixture will start to clump together.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pecans, almonds and dates and process again until the mixture turns a lovely dark chocolatey brown. Stop processing before it gets too buttery. (There should still be air between the small bits so that you will be able to roll them into balls).
4. With clean hands and a teaspoon, spoon out a little of the mixture into your hands and begin to press and roll the mixture into a little ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
5. Refrigerate these brownie bites for a couple of hours. You do not have to refrigerate them, but they are much more solid when chilled. 
6. Store this raw brownie recipe in the refrigerator if it lasts that long!
Let me know if you give these a try!

Lush Blogger Event Goodie Bag Haul + Extra Purchases

If you've read my previous post, you would be aware that last night I was invited to go to Lush's Christmas Beauty Blogger Event, where we were each very generously provided with a goodie bag consisting of the new Christmas stock. So here is a run down of the products in the goodie bags as well as two of my own purchases...

Noriko Soap:* A gentle, floral soap consisting of Japanese inspired ingredients such as Tofu, Sake and rice.

Snow Fairy Sparkle Massage Bar:* A Beautiful shimmery pink massage bar scented with the famous Snow fairy aroma, which begins to melt upon contact with the skin. 

Snowman Bath Ballistic:* Scented with the same fragrance as Lush's Butterball Bath Bomb, this little cutie contains moisturising cocoa butter which helps to nourish and protect the skin.

Angels on Bare Skin:* A luxurious lavender and rose scented cleanser that leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. Angels on Bare Skin is one of Lush's best sellers.

Ponche Shower Gel:* A shower gel inspired by a citrus-y, tropical fruit punch with a hint of tequila to stimulate the senses.

Rose Jam Shower Gel:* The sweet, romantic scent of Rose is combined with the sharpness of lemon to create a staple shower gel in the Lush Christmas range.

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar: Crumble this under running water and the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang scented bubbles will help to calm the mind and help you drift off into the land of nod.

Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar: Scented with Bergamot, Lemon and Mandarin, this Mary Poppins inspired bubble bar helps relieve feelings of stress and worry.

Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite Lush product?

p.s. Keep and eye out for a Lush giveaway on my blog soon....

Lush Christmas Beauty Blogger Event

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to be invited by Lush to join a bunch of other New Zealand bloggers in an evening of pampering, fresh product making workshops and Furoshiki wrapping workshops at their Queen Street store. We were each given a goodie bag consisting of the stores new Christmas stock when we walked through the door and provided with snacks and drinks. 

I must admit I was super nervous about this event, as it was the first time I had been to something like this. Also, being one of the younger girls there added to those nerves! For the first 10-ish minutes, we got the chance to wander around the store, mingling with other bloggers and trying out the products. I took ALOT of pictures (an excuse to hide my face a bit at the beginning) so I've picked a few of the best to share with you here. Then, one of the Lush girls, Amber talked to us about Lush's ethics, stating that Lush makes sure that all of their ingredient providers 100% do NOT test on animals. She also showed us some examples of how Lush recycles their packaging, such as the wrapping scarves, which are made of two black plastic bottles and the wrapping paper, which is made of recycled tee-shirts.

Next, the group was split into two and we were brought over to workshop stations. In the first workshop, we got to watch Angels on Bare Skin being made and we even got to take a pot of it home at the end. The next workshop consisted of learning how to wrap up gifts with scarves, as an alternative to paper. We also got to pick a scarf to keep. (I forgot to take a picture of mine, but you'll probably see it in a future post!)

As well as workshops, there was also a table where mini pamper sessions were being held. I had the Snow Fairy arm massage, which made me smell delicious and sparkle for the rest of the evening!)

To finish the evening, there were bath ballistic demos, where we learnt how to make bath cocktails, which I didn't even know was a thing! 

All in all, I had a lovely night learning more about the Lush brand and trying out some of the new products. The staff were OUTSTANDING, and would come over to chat if you didn't have anyone to immediately talk to (ie: me! HA!) So, I don't know if any of the staff from Lush Queen Street will read this, but if they are, then thank you so much for putting on such a great evening for all of us!

Below is a video I made of the night...

I'll be doing a separate post about the contents of the Lush goodie bag, as well as a few of my own purchases.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Movies for the Holidays

Because I know that the Summer holidays can get quite boring quite quickly, I thought it might be a good idea for a blog post to compile a list of movies that I enjoyed watching. I realise that not every one has the same taste in movies, which is why I've included various genres from thrillers to dramas to comedies.

Heavenly Creatures: This is probably the most 'intense' movie of the bunch as it is based off the true story of the New Zealand Parker/Hulme murder case. I am aware that a few classes at my school actually studied this movie for their English film study, so I thought I'd pop it into this list. While the storyline is horrific, the way it was filmed and the beautiful music by Mario Lanza and Peter Dasent truly make it a masterpiece. Heavenly Creatures, directed by Peter Jackson stars Melanie Lynsky, (who also stars in the poster for the film below) and Kate Winslet.

The Breakfast Club: The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes examines the interactions between five students who are all in Saturday detention. The group begin as complete strangers but over the course of the film, begin to form a unique kind of bond (I say unique because one minute they are quite friendly towards each other, and the next they are arguing). I must admit, it did feel like everyone I know had already seen this movie at some stage, but I thought I would include it for those who haven't. I also adore the 80s soundtrack!

Girl, Interrupted: This is a film adaptation of the book of the same name, and follows the story of an aspiring writer, Susanna, (played by Winona Ryder) who checks herself into Claymoore Hospital after overdosing on aspirin, however denying that she was trying to commit suicide. While there she meets another patient called Lisa, and the two begin to cause trouble. I won't reveal too much more of the plot for this one, as I don't want to ruin it for you if you do choose to watch it. 

Weird Science: This is another film by John Hughes (I was going through a John Hughes phase). Two nerds, Gary and Wyatt fail miserably at capturing the attention of any girl and are essentially portrayed as outcasts. So, one night at Wyatt's house, the two decide to try and 'make' a woman using a (super 80s) computer. They succeed, however quickly realise the trouble they have gotten themselves into. If you like really cheesy, 80s comedies, then I would suggest this movie is for you.

Hello I must be Going: This film is about a young woman called Amy, (played by Melanie Lynskey) who has recently divorced her husband, and has returned to live at home with her parents. One night at a dinner party, Amy meets a young guy called Jeremy who she takes a liking to. Because of the large age difference between the two, they have to keep their relationship a secret from their families. This is a really funny movie (I particularly like the bit where Amy is going shopping for new clothes because her mothers tells her to get out and do things. She goes into a store and finds a tee shirt she likes and tries to put it on over her current clothes and gets slightly stuck, and then sets off the alarm tag). The wonderful soundtrack is also done by Laura Veirs, which really helps the movie come together in my opinion. 

Prisoners: This film is actually still on at the theatres so I definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen. If you couldn't tell from the poster, it is a thriller movie surrounding the abduction of two 6 year old girls during a Thanksgiving dinner and the parent's search for them. The brother of one of the girls recalls seeing an RV parked by the house earlier that afternoon and suggests that maybe the person inside had taken them. However, there is no sign of either of the girls. I could not stop watching this movie as I HAD to find out who abducted the girls! This movie is quite long at 2 hours and 33 minutes, however it is very fast paced so the time seems to fly by. If you're not sure whether or not you want to see the movie, check out the trailer here to see if it looks like your kind of film!

Ruby Sparks: A friend of mine actually told me about this movie when it first came out, so I decided to check it out and I LOVED it! Calvin, (played by Paul Dano) a young writer is experiencing writers block after his early success of his other novels. His therapist gives him a writing assignment to help him from feeling so lost and unsure about what to write. In a dream, Calvin meets an attractive young girl with long, red hair,in a park who sits down to draw his dog, Scotty. When he wakes up, he starts to write about this woman, who, as time progresses, he falls in love with. A few days later, Calvin is shocked to see that the girl he had been writing about, is standing in his kitchen! After a while, Calvin realises that anything he writes about this girl, will come true. If you're like me, and can only watch Romance movies if they are funny and/or quirky, then this movie is the one to watch.

The Virgin Suicides: I watched this movie fairly recently and I have to admit, that it is a little bit strange. I think I'm actually more a fan of the cinematography rather than the actual storyline. I haven't yet read the book, but I think I might these holidays, as some people say that the book is better as it goes into a bit more detail. The story is about five sisters, one of which kills herself early on in the film, and their closely guarded lives. All of this is observed by a group of neighbourhood boys, who document the remaining months of the girls lives. Again, I don't want to give away too much of the storyline! I think it should be mentioned that this film doesn't really have a 'happy ending', and does surround the idea of suicide which may distress some people. Also, some people have said that this movie was a trigger for their self harm and that anyone who promotes this movie should state this, so please take this into consideration before watching.

I hope you enjoyed reading me ramble on about movies that I like! Please let me know if you have seen, or plan to see any of these movies and what you think of them in the comments below! Also, I appologise if there are any gramatical errors in this post, I have just finished a Classics exams and have been writing constantly for about 2 hours, so I'm not picking up on many mistakes! Haha!

Instagram Update #14

Phew! Exams are over for me, which means that I am freeeee! Well, not quite, I still have to go back to school for 3 days for leadership training for next year. But anyway, I hope everyone else's exams went alright and you're not too worried about getting your marks back!

It's been a while since I've done one of these Instagram updates, so I thought I would do one so that those who are interested, can see what I've been up to besides studying and exams.

Got my hair cut short! Well, short-er. I really wanted a changeStudy leave means I can have my breakfast in bedDad bought me some peonies to make my study sessions a bit more inspiringAdmiring a beautiful NZ sunsetHaving a movie break with my brotherTrying out a new nail art designThis little guy came in the mail from Nivea!After study mock-tail made very kindly by my mother.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Review • Lush Christmas Products

A little while ago, I was given the opportunity to try out a few products from the new Christmas range by Lush. The products I tried out (and very much enjoyed) were The Father Christmas Ballistic*, Santa Baby Lip Tint* and the Ponche Shower Gel*

Santa Baby Lip Tint: I was really surprised (in a good way) by the pigmentation of this lip colour! I originally thought it was going to be more like a sheer gloss than anything else. It is super creamy, which allows it to glide easily over the lips with a lip brush, without appearing patchy, chalky or any other words with negative connotations! I've been trying to find something to compare the smell to (as I don't really think it smells of cola), but have failed to do so. Instead, I'll try and describe the sort of scent it is. While there isn't an obvious smell to the product upon first 'sniff', after brushing it onto the lips, a slight vanilla smell emerges. Nothing at all intrusive. If vanilla isn't your thing, I'd still recommend giving this product a go as it is a lovely lip colour and the scent isn't strong at all. The only thing about this lipstick that I don't like is that it does move around a little bit on the lips, so I wouldn't use this if I were going out for dinner. But other than that, it's a great lip colour to quickly swipe on with a lip-brush or a finger whilst on the go.

Father Christmas Ballistic: I LOVE the smell of this bath bomb, (I kinda wanna taste it! HA!) which makes for an absolutely luxurious bath after a long day. The combination of mandarin oil and orange flower is really refreshing, yet soothing, which is perfect for baths on these summery evenings/nights. The way you are supposed to use this is to place it into the bath water and watch as the water changes from a beautiful pink colour to a glistening green colour right before your eyes. But, if you have read my previous Lush posts, you will know that I try and savour my Lush bath products, by cutting them into halves or quarters. I cut this bath bomb in half as they are VERY big, so this way I get two baths out of one product! However, if you choose to do this, the 'magic' of the changing colours is kind of revealed with the hidden smaller green bath bomb inside the bigger bath bomb being visible.

Ponche Shower Gel: The final product is the Ponche Shower Gel which is a tropical fruit punch in the form of a gel! Isn't that cool?! While it does contain a little alcohol, it doesn't leave you reeking of booze in any way. Instead your skin is left smelling delicately of citrus with a hint of cinnamon. I love using this gel in the morning because not only does it smell zingy and refreshing, it also has a really awesome, bright orange colour to it, which is always exciting to wake up to! This gel lathers really nicely with only a little bit of product, which also makes it more cost effective.
If you're not a fan of shower gels, then you can always use this product as a hand wash, that will leave your hands smelling oh so sweet!

Overall, I am really impressed with the products I've tried, and am definitely keen to buy a few of their other products in the Christmas range!

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Another Apology for Not Posting Recently...

Photo taken by myself. Please do not use without permission.

Hello! Yes, I'm still alive! So this is going to be one of those posts where I apologise for my absence from this blog.
I'm so sorry for being dreadfully vague about why I am not posting as often as I would like to, but I have been uber busy with studying for my NCEA exams. I have only two more exams to go (my last one being Classical Studies on the 27th), so after that I promise to be on here a bit more. In the meantime, please let me know what you'd like to see on this blog in the comments below and I'll get onto them after the 27th. (I do have a review planned, so keep an eye out for that!)
I hope everyone else who is in the thick of their exams is going well and you're not too sleep deprived! 

Talk to you all in a week and a bit!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Halloween Looks

I decided to film a quick video consisting of three looks that would be awesome for Halloween. I am aware that for some, these ideas are pretty tame, so if you want something a bit more scary, check out my Exorcist video on my youtube channel. I hope some of you find this helpful!

Click here to print out the "Handbook For The Recently Deceased" cover to make your own. Please do not share this cover online without crediting back to me, as I was the one who made it.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Simple Tips for Glowing Skin

As the weather gets warmer, the less I want to be cake-ing on make up, so I want to ensure that my skin is looking its tip top! Here are a few simple tips I've come up with to achieve a glowing and radiant complexion.

-It goes without saying that you MUST use a sunscreen or a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30, everyday if you want your skin to look it's best, especially as you age.  Apply this onto a freshly moisturized face and allow it to soak into the skin for a minute or two before applying make up over the top. The sunscreen will not only prevent you getting burnt by harsh UV rays, but it will also act as a barrier for your skin, and will help to stop the sun drying out your skin which is one of the main cause of wrinkles later on. 

-Every night and day after cleansing my face, I apply a moisturizer to lock in natural oils and to further hydrate my skin. During the day I tend to lean towards a lighter moisturizer as I find my make up goes on better  this way. However, at night, I use a richer moisturizer to keep my skin nice and hydrated throughout the night.

-If you are like me and prefer a more sheer base in terms of foundation, using either a tinted moisturizer or BB cream type product is ideal to create that lovely glow. Due to my combination skin type, I do find I need to set my foundation with a little powder, so if you do decide you need to do this, apply the powder very light handedly to avoid creating the classic 'Cake face'. If you do run into this issue though, don't fret! Using a spray toner or even a little water in a spray bottle, lightly mist the face to get rid of excess powder-y-ness.

-In order to achieve that dewy, healthy glow, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, (approx. 8 glasses). I love drinking water, so this is fairly easy for me to remember to do, however, if constantly drinking glasses of water isn't really your thing, fill a large drink bottle with water and sip it throughout the day. This is perfect if you are always on the go!

-Try your best to get into a habit of eating generally healthy foods as they really do impact the state of your skin. Instead of snacking on chips, try eating edamame beans instead. Not only are they really yummy (they seriously are!) they are super good for you! Also be sure to eat lots of fresh fruit as they contain antioxidants which help reduce inflammation.

-If you feel your skin is looking a little lack lustre, go out for a power walk or run to get the blood under the skin, flowing. This is great to do if you are going out somewhere in a few hours and want to look particularly 'glowing from within'. If you don't like walking by yourself, gather together a group of friends to walk with, that way you will be talking most of the time and you can keep each other company!

I hope these tips have been helpful to you! Let me know if there are any blog posts you'd like to see me do in the future!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Milk Maid Braid Tutorial

Hello lovelies!
Today I am here with a hair tutorial! I was sent two Sebastian products a little while ago, and I wanted to show you them in action! On a side note, recently I've been trying out a more sheer approach to my base makeup - using a little bit of foundation and only using it on problem areas. As a result of doing this, my freckles can be seen a bit more, (i've been trying to embrace having them because I never thought they suited me, even though I adore freckles on other people!)

If you do try out this hairstyle, please send me a picture via Facebook, twitter or instagram!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Playlist: Music For Doing Stuff

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Okay, so I've been thinking about doing this sort of post for a while, but I was slightly hesitant because I know that music is such a personal thing and not everyone may like the sort of music I like, (I don't favour a particular genre or anything, if it suits the mood I'm in or generally sounds good, then I will add it to one of my playlists). Anyway, I decided to publish this, and if people don't like it, that's totally cool :) If you do like it however, please let me know in the comments below and I shall make more!

I think I mentioned it in another post, but I'll say it again. I HAVE to listen to music while I paint (I'm currently in the process of completing my yr 12 NCEA painting board) or do anything for that matter, whether that be applying make up, making my bed etc. I have a specific playlist for the music that I listen to while doing these things, and it is called "Music For Doing Stuff", (Wow, original title there Albertine!) I thought I would share a few of the 161 many songs that I have included in my playlist for you to hopefully enjoy!


Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion- I recently purchased this product after seeing it featured on just about every beauty blog that I read, and deciding I had to see for myself whether it lived up to all the hype. I can safely say it does! When I first used this, I must admit it felt wrong to be applying a body lotion textured cream on my legs and arms in the shower instead of after, however I proceeded to do so before hoping out of the shower. After drying my skin felt UBER hydrated and smooth! I know I shouldn't have been too surprised at the results seeing as it does tell you what it does on the bottle and Nivea is a trusted brand of mine, but it was the weirdest thing to come out of the shower and not have to use a body lotion or butter. The only thing I would have to complain about would be how slippery it makes the shower floor after use. That is probably my own fault though, as I did go a little over board when squeezing out the product onto my hand. Ooops!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm- I've been loving using this lip balm before I go to bed as it really hydrates my lips for hours after application. The thick, honey and citrus scented balm glides over the lips without feeling too sticky or oily and leaves you with perfectly moisturised and crack-free lips when you wake up the next morning. I ordered mine off as I don't think they sell this brand in NZ, (Maybe they do and I'm just not looking hard enough!) Another lip balm that is very similar, is the Orange Blossom lip balm by Nellie Tier, which smells almost identical to the NUXE one. While I mostly use this at nighttime, I occasionally use a little bit if I am going to be wearing a matte lipstick (such as the beautiful yet SUPER drying Ruby Woo by MAC). I find this prevents my lips looking like cracked clay by the end of the day, (Ooh! Unintentional Rhyming!)

Caudalie Beauty Elixir- I had been 'umming' and 'ahhing' whether or not to buy this due to the mixed reviews online, however with the YOLO attitude I possess, I gave in, (Sorry, I won't ever say that word again) While I don't feel it has made a miraculous difference in the appearance of my skin, this beauty elixir has settled nicely into my "I feel like pampering myself" skincare regime. I love to use this straight after a shower to help cool down my face and to prepare my skin for serum and moisturiser. It not only feels cool and refreshing, it also has a delicious sweet mint/herbal scent. (in the words of my mum "It smells like one of those beauty spas!") The only negative would be that it runs out quite quickly! I have been using this probably about 3 or 4 times a week for about 3 weeks, only using a few sprays each time and I'm already down a quarter of the bottle! I'm considering buying the larger bottle when I run out.

Real Techniques Setting Brush- You are probably aware that I love the Real Techniques brushes, due to my excessive mention of them on my blog, so it is no surprise that I purchased the setting brush to add to my collection. I've been using this brush to apply my highlighter on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose as I find it to be the perfect size for this. Before I had been using my RT contour brush to do this, but I found it to been too big and it would sometimes apply too much product, so I now use it for blending out concealer instead.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush- I LOVE this product!!! The watercolour like texture of this blush delivers excellent colour pay off which is easily build-able without looking cakey or fake. The product melts into the skin to create a healthy flush of colour that lasts up to approximately 5 hours. I have the shade 'Flush', which is a beautiful soft pink (despite looking quite dark in the bottle) and I am definitely looking into purchasing more colours. One of the many things I love about this blush is that you barely need to use any product, meaning that one 15mL bottle will last you a very long time. I apply this with my RT stippling brush, however you can purchase the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blush brush separately. In all honesty, any synthetic brush would do.

I'd love to hear what products you've been loving! Have you tried any of the products mentioned above?

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Review • NUXE Summer Travel Kit

Hi lovelies! School exams are now over (at least for the time being), so I will hopefully be back to blogging more regularly. Today, I wanted to share with you all a recent purchase of mine from the website Feelunique, (I'm not affiliated with them by the way, I just love the range of brands they stock!) I decided to buy the NUXE Summer Travel Kit, due to the fact that there are 5 sample sized products to try (or take on holiday). This way, I can check if I like the product before I go ahead and buy the full size. And at the price of $20, I couldn't resist. Also, I just wanted to mention that this post is going to be a long one, so, (if you can bare my rambling about beauty things) grab yourself a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or two to help you persevere through!

NUXE has been a brand that I had been wanting to try for quite some time, as it is constantly raved about in the beauty blogisphere. I've been using each of these products for a while now in order to provide you all with an honest and in depth review of each product.

The five products that are included in this kit are:

"- NUXE Eau Démaquillante Micellaire Micellar Cleansing Water 35ml
In a single step, this alcohol-free NUXE Eau Démaquillante Micellaire Micellar Cleansing Water cleanses, removes make-up and eliminates all the impurities from your face, eyes and lips.

- NUXE Nuxellence Jeunesse 15ml
A "second skin" melting texture with a velvety feel and a light feminine fragrance with soft floral notes ensure a real pleasure of use. NUXE Nuxellence Jeunesse can be used alone or in association with any other skincare.

- NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil 10ml
Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil with a unique superactivated formula combining 30% Precious Plant Oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften face, body and hair in a single gesture.

- NUXE Reve de Miel Creme Mains et Ongles Hand and Nail Cream 15ml
This repairing, non-greasy Nourishing Hand Cream repairs and relieves dry or damaged hands while protecting them from the visible signs of skin ageing. Always have NUXE Reve de Miel Creme Mains et Ongles Hand and Nail Cream within reach for dream hands throughout the day.

- NUXE BODY Gel Douche Fondant Fondant Shower Gel 30ml
Formulated without soap, it cleanses the body with infinite gentleness. Essential daily care, it will make you melt with pleasure with its fine mousse and delicate scent."

First of all, I have to mention that this range has quite a strong scent to it, so if you are not keen on skincare products with fragrance, I would probably steer clear of this. I don't have a problem with the scent but I know that others might find it too overpowering, especially since the scent does tend to linger on the skin.

NUXE Eau Démaquillante Micellaire Micellar Cleansing Water
In a lot of reviews I have seen of this product, people have been making comparisons to the Bioderma Sensibio H2O. However, I have never tried this make up remover, so unfortunately I can't say whether or not it is similar. This is probably my least favourite product of the bunch mainly due to the crazy amount of acids and alcohol within the solution. I do think it does a good job at removing the bulk of my foundation, powder etc. before I cleanse, however, I've been hesitant to use this stuff near my eyes. The scent of the solution made me think twice about using this to remove eye makeup, as it is obvious that there is a lot of added fragrance which could potentially irritate sensitive eyes. 
My skin did feel a bit tight and somewhat sticky after using this, but that wasn't a problem seeing as I tend to cleanse my skin after removing my makeup anyway to get rid of any makeup that remains on my skin.

NUXE Nuxellence Jeunesse 
While this product can be used alone, I choose to apply it as a serum, underneath my moisturizer to add an extra layer of hydration. Again, this product is quite strong smelling, but once a moisturizer has been applied over top, the scent fades to a slightly gentler aroma. I've found I like to use this when my skin is feeling a bit on the dry side as it really locks in moisture and it feels like it helps my moisturizer to work better than on its own. I don't really use this on it's own, as It doesn't seem to make my skin appear as fresh and healthy as when used in combination with my night cream. The product is a fairly thin consistency which means it glides over the skin easily.
This product suits all skin types so if you feel like you want to add another product into your skincare regime to use along with your moisturizer to really get the most out of it, I would recommend giving this a go.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil 
This was the product I was most looking forward to trying out of the whole kit because of the multiple mentions of it on the various beauty blogs that I read.
It says you can use this on your skin and hair, but I've just been using it on my hair for about 2 weeks. I apply a small amount (you only need the tiniest amount) onto the palms of my hands, which I then run through the ends of my hair where it gets the most frizzy. I LOVE this product so much! It makes my hair really smooth and silky without being greasy or sticky, which makes brushing it much easier than without it. It also prevents my hair getting too frizzy throughout the day, which I swear was the bane of my life! I really enjoy the scent of this oil too, as it's not demanding at all. Plus, once I've applied this, my palms smell as delicious as my hair!

NUXE Reve de Miel Creme Mains et Ongles Hand and Nail Cream
I am considering buying the full size of this hand cream seeing as I love it oh so much. I have this on my bedside table to use right before bed along with my NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm. The thing I love about this hand cream is that it manages to really hydrate the skin on my hands without leaving them feeling greasy in any way, which is great when it comes to using my phone to check Instagram and Snapchat before turning out the light! The scent is really pleasant, quite herbal and fresh, much like their Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil. I also think it is the reason why my nails are actually starting to grow! Before using this, my nail bed was looking pretty rough, so I think I have the vitamin E in this hand cream to thank for my new healthy nails! 
Lastly, the 15 mL size is the perfect size to throw in your handbag to use on the go.

NUXE BODY Gel Douche Fondant Fondant Shower Gel
I've been really enjoying this shower gel in the morning because of its lovely fresh scent which slightly lingers on the skin for the day. This gel lathers really nicely and doesn't feel too 'goopy' or thick on the skin. It's also very gentle and very hydrating, so it is perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin.

Overall, I am really pleased with the kit and am looking into buying some of these products in their full size. Have you tried any products from NUXE? What did you think?

On another note, I was wondering how you prefer monthly favourites posts. Do you like videos or do you like written posts with a few pictures instead? I am contemplating incorporating more videos into my blog, however I want to be sure that this is what you'd want to see. I had made one favourites video in the past, but I didn't like how it turned out (I am kinda awkward in front of a camera), so I deleted it from my Youtube channel. As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and I hope you have a lovely end of the week.

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