My guide to shopping through China

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Nihao! Here is my guide to shopping through China! Last week I arrived back in Auckland from a 10 day trip in China and started unpacking my suitcase and unloading my shopping bags. Although most of what I brought home was gifts and small souvenirs, you know there’s no way your girl didn’t come back with a bit of makeup!

During my trip I visited Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Each city was really different, even in terms of the shopping. There were market stalls on the side of the road, local malls, tourist malls, luxury brand malls and shopping streets. Here are my top picks for beauty stores and shopping experiences in China.Β  Continue reading



How to plan your next holiday

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Planning holidays is so exciting and at the moment I’m getting ready for a big trip to Vietnam. Since a lot of you followed my travels around Thailand I thought I’d share with you some tips on how to plan your next holiday on your own – it’s honestly not that hard! As well as being fun you can save so much money doing your own research and bookings and you are much more likely to end up seeing and doing things that really suit you. To start all you need to do is pick the place and have an idea of dates. Continue reading



Thailand Makeup Haul

IMG_0793 I am back for 2015, firstly with a Thailand makeup haul. As many of you know I spent the first three weeks of the year exploring three different cities in Thailand – and of course I did some shopping! Thailand is lucky to host some amazingly huge malls as well as a lot of makeup filled pharmacies and Sephora! I managed to get a few good products and quite a few things off my makeup wish list while I was there. It was so interesting looking at the different brands and products which haven’t made it to NZ shores yet. I also discovered my new favourite makeup shop… can anyone guess what it is?! 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



Get your beauty fix in Duty Free! & Enter to win a $50 Duty Free Voucher

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Holidays and shopping – I don’t think life could get any better than that! As it is slowly getting closer and closer to my big trip away to Thailand, I am naturally building a bit of a makeup shopping list. The last time I caught a flight was September last year when I went over the ditch for a week with my best friend, and man did I make the most of duty free! In preparation I’ve decided to do a bit of research on what makeup and beauty products are currently available at NZ Duty Free in-store and online and also what the price range is and what savings are to be made! Also Duty Free NZ have given me a $50 voucher to giveaway – see entry details below! Continue reading