Top Sunblocks for Summer – Throwback

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It’s not a question of if you are going to use sunblock this summer, it’s which sunblock to use.Β There are tonnes and tonnes of sun protection products out now which can make it hard to know what’s best for you. In the past I just jumped for something that had medium to high SPF and didn’t smell like a chemical power plant. However now with more sensitive skin (and also much more skin knowledge) I am way more careful about what I chose to layer on before going outside. Today I’m sharing my three favourite suncreams which I am using at the moment – they are all slightly different catering to different needs/skin/sun activities.

β™₯ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face $22.99 SPF 30

Best for: Breakout prone skin needing non-comedogenic products (won’t clog your pores) and something which is lightweight.

This sunblock made specifically for your face is oil free and super light with no grease in sight. It feels nice on the skin, almost like a light moisturiser and has a subtle plain scent. I really like Continue reading



Festival Makeup Inspiration – throwback!

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Summer festivals are the perfect excuse to try out something new and a bit more ‘out there’ in regards to your makeup. It’s also a great way to get totally immersed in the whole vibe of the day. Over the summer with different events it’s often my makeup look that I change up a bit to be in theme – it’s easy to do (with a bit of practice) and I usually already have all the tools and supplies I need. Today I have complied a bundle of different and cool festival makeup looks which also incorporate some great hair styling ideas too. It’s totally up to you to decide whether to go all out with you face, hair, outfit and accessories or to just add some extra detail to your regular eye makeup with a touch of sparkle or flowers. Continue reading



Monthly Round Up – November

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Can you even believe that it is now December? I knew it was coming soon and I knew Christmas was close, but now the reality of it is really starting to hit me. I have this handy Countdown app on my phone that has been helping keep track of how much longer I have until a few important dates. Right now, drafting this post up on the 30th of November I have 8 days until I finish work for the year, there’s 24 days until Christmas and 31 days until I leave for Thailand. That countdown has got me through some long work days this month, but now the end is near! I have managed to start my Xmas shopping, have you? And I also have had some busy weekends at some awesome Auckland events. Continue reading



Summer Survival Series #2 Road Trip Essentials

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It isn’t a typical Kiwi summer without some kind of road trip! Whether you’re heading home to catch up with family, having a girls getaway or off to a New Years festival having the essentials always ensures that your road trip isn’t a bumpy ride. There are certain things I take with me no matter where I’m going or what the occasion is during summer. If you read number 1 of my Summer Survival Series (check it out here if you missed it!) you’ll already know that I am planning to head off on a roadie down to Whakatane these holidays before I set off to Thailand. I’ve thrown together a list of totally essential items to take with me on my road trip – my holiday companion Oli at reallifeauckland.com has also compiled his road trip essentials. So together I think we have everything covered! Continue reading



Summer Survival Series #1 My Plans This Summer

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Since summer is creeping around the corner – see, up there! Where I’m pointing in the distance! So I’ve decided to do a bit of a summer mini series. The plan is a post a week leading up to summer with a different focus each time. Today, I want to share with you my plans for the summer break! I’d love to know what you are all getting up to, whether you are having a big family Christmas, spending all your time off at the beach or heading to somewhere amazing for New Years. For me, my break starts in two and a bit weeks!

I am lucky to be in a position to get school holidays off, my last official day of work is the 9th of December and it is going to be all go from there! My time leading up to Christmas will hopefully be a mixture of preparation and relaxation. I’ll need to get my Christmas shopping done and also get organised for my big trip (more about that below!). But I also want to spend as much time as possible at the beach, catching up with friends and heading out to events – who else is going to Ragamuffin and Katy Perry? Continue reading



Beauty for all seasons – an interview with Nicola May from Blush Baby

blush baby Nicola May is the founder and owner of Blush Baby, an amazing online make up and beauty store which stocks top brands such as Lime Crime, Sugarpill Cosmetics and Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. Blush Baby also provides fantastic make up and hair services within the Auckland region. Being a make up artist for the past three years, opening up Blush Baby in July 2013,and providing all the hair and make up services for this years Miss Junior New Zealand, Continue reading