Monday, 21 April 2014

Meeting up with friend's

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ingrid Nilsen aka Miss Glamorazzi #StyleIngrid


People Tree top

People Tree top

$50 -

ALDO flat shoes

Ingrid has a giveaway here to put together/style an outfit for her using The Hunt. It's an International giveaway. Rules: it must cost under US$200 so I chose these three item's.

Firstly, she loves stripes so that was an good starting point:

1) a Breton top from People Tree
2) Skorts are on-trend (it's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere) so I found these Black Zip Detail Skorts by River Island which I think would look fantastic with the Breton top and;
3) ALDO Codissago Black Cross Sandals and to tie the outfit together she could use her new Chloe Clare Mini Handbag.

I can see this outfit on Ingrid with the bag and a bright lip and a cute polish on her toes.

This is the first time I've done anything like this. I created a Polyvore account just so I could do this but I can see how useful it is and I look forward to creating more fashion post's.

These 3 items are on ASOS and you can see them on my Polyvore account here.

Total: US$199.43

What do you think of this outfit? please comment below

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I'm Moving! (Jeg flytter)

It's time to say goodbye to my flat by the sea - I'm moving in a few week's!
I've been given an opportunity to mind a house for 4 month's starting 14th May. 

Firstly, the opportunity save a good chunk of money by not paying rent was an incentive, then I inspected the house, it's modern, it's fully enclosed and not over-furnished, it has a beautiful garden and it's secure, it's off a main road so it's quiet plus it has a bath spa and a cat I'd be taking care of.

I've had so many problem's in this flat, just to name a few: high electricity bill's which I'm sure has something to do with the hot water boiler temperature gauge being faulty, problem's with the stove door, the fridge/freezer stopped working, my backdoor deadlock broke so I was 7 day's without a proper lock on my door and on Good Friday night we had a storm and the guttering was blocked, the rain had nowhere to go but down the inside of the wall's of my flat from the ceiling to downstairs. I

Here's a video of the flood. At the time it was very stressful. I felt like I was fighting a losing battle because the water kept coming. I was close to tear's and I thought I'd know what to do in an Emergency but the truth is I didn't. I'm lucky a neighbour, my boss and 5 fireman came to help me.

After Friday night I'm so happy I handed the agency my Notice to Vacate on Thursday. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't had the incident on Friday it would've been the final straw. I'm going to miss my view but saving money, being able to have a bubble bath, the nicely furnished house and the location, the garden plus the cat outweigh reason's not to do it. I'd prefer it was a minimum of 6 month's but I can still save quite a bit of money over 4 month's and will start looking for a permanent place in late July/August.

I decided because I didn't have to change my address from the current one to the new one for just 4 month's, to get myself a PO Box. If you'd like, please write to me or send me a postcard.
Due to being busy over the next few week's (working, I'm going away for a week's holiday and then returning home, working and packing up my stuff to get ready to move on 15th May) I'll have to put my blog and youtube channel on hold for a while but I'm sure you understand. I can't wait to get my new filming setup at the house and because it's private I should be able to film outside if the weather's nice.

I'll definitely film my April Faves but it'll be pre-recorded and scheduled to go live at the end of the month. I'm going on holiday on Thursday, 25th April so I'm looking forward to a couple of day's in RotoVegas (Rotorua) and then I'll be traveling to Auckland.

Hopefully, I can get a few day's off to pack my thing's, move and return to the current flat to clean it and hand back the key's by 19th May. The sooner I've moved into the house the better.

If you don't follow me on Instagram, please do. I'll be taking picture's of my holiday and vlogging but I can't upload the vlog's until I get home, otherwise I'd be spending time uploading and not being outside to enjoy the scenery etc.

I'll also be on Twitter here and there. My Instagram will be the main source of keeping in touch and I'll publish photo's from Instagram to Twitter.

So I can enjoy the holiday, I won't be taking my MacBook and they only way of being connected to the Internet will be on my iPhone. I don't know how I'm going to last a week without my computer, it's going to be hard because I'm online a lot.

Normal business will resume in early June, if not before and there might be a couple of
posting's between now and 24th April and again after my birthday on 18th May.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

I've popped my NARS cherry with NARSissist Palette!

When I first saw the NARSissist palette popping up on YouTube, I immediately knew it was something I'd like to own (I'm a NARS virgin) but I've alway's wanted to try their product's.

Recently the new Eye Primer and Concealer have been on my radar but so far I've resisted because I'm trying to shop my stash. For the record, I don't own any high-end makeup so it's a double-treat to myself for my birthday!

When I first heard about it I decided I'd better not but then a few day's later I started looking for it online in NZ. I couldn't find so I guessed that was a good thing but then quite a few month's later I saw it on Charlotte's blogsale so I thought about it some more and it was still for sale everytime I checked back on the site, so I thought what the hey - it's your birthday soon, you've had a terrible few month's, you deserve it so it's clearly a sign!

Check out Charlotte's blog here and her blogsale here.
Pictures of the NARSissist palette from Charlotte's blog. No Copyright Infringement intended.

I don't know what this goes for brand new but £53 (NZ$103) sounds like a steal to me!

I tend to buy myself treat's here and there but honestly until recently (I had outgrown my jean's because of weight-loss) so I bought two new pair's and a new sweater so I've been pretty good because I'm trying to save for an overseas trip next year. I don't have as much makeup as you might think.

I'm definitely going to have a play with this palette and I'll review it in the future.

If you own this palette and have blogged some look's you've created, please link below, I'd like to try and recreate them. Or if you have tutorial's on this palette on your YouTube channel, please also link your tutorial's below.

I'm looking for NARS recommendation's. The next thing I'll be looking to buy is the NARS Eye Primer so I can make these gorgeous shadow's stay on my lid's longer (I'm a super-oily eyelid girl).

Hit me up with your NARS holy grail product's, or if your a NARS virgin like me, tell me which NARS product(s) your coveting below.

Charlotte Evans from Ever In May's blog here, Bloglovin here,
Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.

Thanks Charlotte, you've made me very happy!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Lush : Mother's Day Limited Editions

Mother's Day is a very important day to celebrate our Mum's so I thought I'd tell you Lush have a limited edition for Mum's and it's available online now (instores from 21st April 2014).
 Click here to go directly to Lush New Zealand's site or if your in Australia click here 

Australia and New Zealand celebrate Mother's Day on the 2nd Sunday of May.

This year it's on Sunday, 11th May 2014.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

First Aid Beauty

Firstly, I didn't know FAB was available in New Zealand. I've since discovered it launched here a while ago, being unaware of it's availability, I haven't looked for or bought any product's until now.
I first heard about FAB from US beauty's on YouTube. I thought because I'm a sensitive skin girl I'd like to try it, if I can get my hand's on it within NZ.

The reason to purchase these product's is it was a nice surprise to actually see them on the shelf. I didn't intend on buying any skincare item's that day but they were heavily reduced so I thought it was the perfect opportunity because I'd wanted to try them anyway. I just hope my local store wasn't selling them off because they're not carrying this range anymore. My Farmers store is a small one, we only have a small beauty section compared to the bigger stores like Bayfair and Auckland and they don't carry a lot of the brand's I want to try or at least not the full range eg Antipodes.

FAB was created by a former American Beauty Editor named Lilli Gordon in 2009 and the range is Dermatologist Recommend, Allergy Tested and Fragrance Free.

Here's what FAB say's on their website:

In 2009, Lilli Gordon launched First Aid Beauty (AKA FAB). Lilli, a beauty industry veteran, found herself surrounded by products that worked but felt like medicine, felt great but were not effective, or smelled wonderful but made her sensitive skin red and irritated. Lilli created First Aid Beauty to provide highly effective yet luxurious products that treat everyday beauty and skincare challenges.

At FAB we like to keep it simple. The packaging says what the products do, and the products do what they say. And by keeping our packaging simple, you can be assured that our resources and yours are spent on what matters: what goes in the bottle. FAB products blend serious therapeutic action with luxurious textures, so individuals with tough skin conditions no longer have to sacrifice luxury nor tolerate greasy creams and bland formulas.

Trust is the cornerstone of the brand. Under the supervision of Dr. Robert Buka, a board-certified dermatologist, each and every ingredient that goes into a FAB product is rigorously researched, resulting in 21st century formulas that blend the best of science and the best of nature. Dr. Buka, FAB’s Chief Science Officer, is also there to make sure that First Aid Beauty products are as safe as they are effective.

FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and known allergens, including parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes. Select products also boast FDA-approved over-the-counter formulations that target specific skin issues such as eczema and acne. The result is true first aid beauty and a collection of products that may be used safely by even the most sensitive skin types.

There's 8 concern's for different skin types: Age Delay, Sensitive Skin, Dry Flaky Skin, Eczema and Dermatitis, Large Pores, Oily and Acne Prone Skin.
Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask 56.7g [2.0 oz] originally $25 / Sale $15 each

10 Minute Fix

Use To: Calm, nourish and smooth distressed skin

Safe for Sensitive Skin

Prior to using a skincare product, I make sure I remove the bulk of my makeup and then I use a little Bioderma to ensure I have clean skin. I have sensitive skin and I prefer using a Face Mask before Cleansing, generally mask's get all the nasties out of my pores better if I use them first, but if you prefer Cleansing first by all mean's do it the way you prefer. It's what work's best for me.

Face Cleanser - Daily Essentials with FAB Antioxidant Booster (141.7 g) [5.0 oz]
originally $30 / Sale $15 each

Use To: Remove surface oils, skin toxins, make-up, dirt and grime

Benefits: Calms sensitive skin

Features: Allergy-tested, Fragrance Free

Safe for Sensitive Skin

Ultra Repair Concentrate Face & Body Balm (Skin Protectant) 56.7g [2.0 oz]
originally $30? / Sale $20

Use To: Hydrate Skin. Warm in the palm of your hands and apply as needed.

Benefits: An extra rich balm for dry skin. Upon application, the balm melts into the skin, leaving a light protective finish. Immediately, the appearance of rough, cracked skin begins to improve. The formula blends waves, oils, antioxidants and reparative ingredients, such as colloidal oatmeal and allantoin for the ultimate skin health elixir.

Unfortunately, I was unable to purchase the Face Moisturiser because there weren't any on the shelf. I'm looking to purchase it before starting to use this range so I have all the product's I need for an everyday skincare routine.
Detox Eye Roller (Intense Repair) with FAB Antioxidant Booster 8.5ml [0.28fl oz]
Originally $25 / Sale $15 each

Use To: Alleviate undereye puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.

Benefits: see below

Features: Allergy-tested and Fragrance free. The detox eye roller contains Caffeine, Hyaluronate and advance peptides which act synergistically to reduce of the appearance of underye puffiness, dark circles and fine lines with special light reflecting ingredients to brighten undereye area. The unique metal roller ball gently massages and delivers just the right amount of product. Within minutes, the appearance of the undereye area is improved with more dramatic results over time.
Ultra Repair Lip Therapy (Petroleum Free) 14.8ml [0.5 fl oz]
Originally $? / Sale $8 each

Use To: Hydrate, nourish and protect dry, chapped lip's.

Benefits: See below

Features: Petroleum free formula, easy to apply with a slight Mint scent (according to my nose), it goes on smoothly, it's not sticky, greasy, heavy or uncomfortable.

I'll probably start using this range once my current product's run out and when I can find the Face Moisturiser to complete the range. If I buy anything further I'll be sure to let you know.

I was so keen to try this brand after hearing so many good thing's about it online that I probably would've paid full price for these item's, had I known they were available at Farmers prior to discovering them on this shopping trip. If you can also get them on a red sticker clearance I suggest you pick up a two thing's and give them a try yourself. I suggest the Lip Therapy and the Detox Eye Roller as they're the smallest item's and I've dabbled using these two product's. I like how long the lip therapy stay's on my lip's and how it makes them feel soft, hydrated and the cooling eye roller ball has helped with my undereye puffiness and fine lines, it hasn't erased them completely but reduced the appearance.

If you've tried other FAB product's, let me know your recommendation's.

Are FAB product's your holy grail skincare?


I bought these product's with my own money. I'm not being paid or Sponsored to write about this brand. I just wanted to let you know firstly, it's available in NZ and secondly, I wanted to try it so I purchased a few item's to try for a good amount of time. I'll review them in the future. 

Friday, 11 April 2014

New Zealand Post : YouShop

I first heard about YouShop through my own research online, it was so long ago when I created an account for the US and one for the UK (I didn't use either right away) so my memory on how I discovered it is locked somewhere inside my head. I wish I'd written about it month's ago.

For those looking to buy from US retailer's and/or UK retailer's (who don't allow overseas shipping) let me introduce you to New Zealand Post's YouShop!

Firstly, it's very easy to create an account, it's free so even if you set one up and don't use it for a long time, it's there when you want to use it.

I first used my US address which is in Portland, Oregon for a Bath and Body Work's order and I've since used it to buy Tarte Cosmetics and some lip product's I bought from a US youtube friend of mine in her blogsale.

Once you create an account, you receive an automated email from YouShop setting out your UK or US address (both must be setup separately) and then you can start shopping online.

Then you go to the site you want to buy from in this case let's say it's Bath and Bodyworks, you simply create an account with the retailer/business and use your US or UK address for delivery, then use the PayPal function when you go to pay. It's a good idea to google for discount codes etc as well before checking out the order - every little bit of saving help's. When you sign up to Bath and Bodyworks you get sent promotional email's often with discount codes etc so there's alway's a deal going on eg 2 x 3 candle's for US$22 instead of US$20 each and so on.

Once you place the order and pay with Paypal, the retailer eg Bath and Bodyworks will post the parcel to your US address and it's up to you (within your YouShop account) to have given YouShop the information on the New Zealand delivery address that you want your packages forwarded to, if you do that when you create your account then you don't need to change it, unless you move.

You don't need to worry about your credit card not being accepted (if there's a PayPal option use that because it's a lot simpler) I've never come across a credit card, paypal problem but I do understand that they happen from time-to-time, as long as you list the billing information for the credit card to be at your US address, or list your billing address as your NZ address but your delivery address as the UK or US address. I haven't tried ordering from Bath and Bodyworks and sending it to my UK address but there's no reason to because Bath and Body Shop stock a lot of product's like EOS, Victoria's Secret, The Balm etc and their based in Coventry. I used to shop with them quite often for thing's I couldn't get year's ago - before I become a blogger and then I discovered package forwarding companies.
Once the item's arrive at your address, you receive an email saying if you want item's shipped to login to your account and you can see the packages are waiting for instruction's. Simply go to the Warehouse area within your account and click yes to send, put in some detail's about the cost of the order and NZ post work out the postage charge to send from the US address to your NZ address (the more you spend, the higher the postage cost because it's calculated on the price you spent and weight).

YouShop can remove the unnecessary packaging a lot of companies use and will use the original box where possible. If you have a few order's and want them shipped at once, you can do that as well but bear in mind the heavier the item's weigh, the more the postage charge will be and if you order (I think) more than $NZ400 worth of stuff online then Customs can open it and charge you Import duties and Taxes so the key is less is more to keep the postage cost's down - you can also Track packages!

I've used both my US address (about 4 times) and my UK address once. I've not yet received my order from the UK but I did receive and track down myself the parcel had arrived but I didn't receive a notification it was received and was waiting for instruction so I've had to query that, it's the first time and I think I might've ordered a couple of thing's they might need to clarify we can receive and as you know it probably won't be allowed into the country. It's fruit contained in beauty product's and I didn't think of the strict quarantine rules we have here until the day after I'd ordered. I'm hoping for the best.

YouShop is really easy to use, it's the cheapest and quickest overseas package forwarding company I've used and I previously used a popular one based in the US but they don't send US mail they send by Courier and the Courier charges were double or triple the cost of the item's I bought so I stopped using them. I really hope one day, in the not too distant future, Australia has a package forwarding company so I can buy thing's from Target and Priceline so until that happen's - and if it ever does, I'll be shopping in person in September when I'm in Sydney for my very first IMATS.

If you know of another New Zealand based package forwarding company, please let me know.

If you use YouShop, please let me know what you think of their service (so far pretty good for me) apart from the UK query but I'm sure I'll be contacted asap.

I'm thinking of also making a video about YouShop in the future. I think it'll be a lot easier to talk about and I can answer any question's you might have, but if anything changes with YouShop that I notice, I'll let you know.

I definitely recommend giving them a try and see what you think of their service.


I'm writing about YouShop because I like their service and I want to spread the word (a lot of people may not know about it) so that mean's this post is not being paid for by a PR company for New Zealand Post, nor New Zealand Post. It's Unsponsored and I haven't been given any kind of discount code or anything like that, it's 100% honest information on how YouShop work's. I'm sure I've forgotten a few small thing's about the ordering process but I'm not claiming to be an expert.  The above images are from the YouShop website, no Copyright Infringement intended. I thought it'd be easier to show you how it work's with the picture diagram along with my written explanation.

Edit: New Zealand post YouShop liked my post and retweeted it and tweeted me a discount code for reader's to use (before the end of this month). Code below.

@nzpostYouShop: @BalmainBeauty gr8 YouShop write up. I like your disclaimer. Discount code THANKYOU15 is valid till end Apr - could share with yr readers ^R

Friday, 28 March 2014

My April 2014 WishList

Happy Friday, Friend's!

I don't know about you but I'm seeing far too many cute picture's of thing's other blogger's are buying/blogging or lusting after on blog's, instagram and facebook.

Here's just a few, otherwise this post might go on page after page - you get my drift...

Check out my Pinterest WishList here

Marc Jacobs
Henry Rose Bright Pink Watch 
- MBM1248 US$200 each

I can't remember where I first saw it, but it was love at first sight!


What's not to love about this watch! It's pretty, a rose gold, pink and white. It's sold out on all the site's I've searched, which is probably a good thing because that mean's I can't buy one, I also can't afford one. If anyone's feeling generous, please send one my way.

Tom Ford
- Frantic Pink or Flush Blushes (Frantic Pink pictured) US$69.98 each


The packaging and the blush colour's. I don't own a fancy blush or should I say a high-end blush, it's so pretty and I've been wanting one of the TF blushes since last year. I also wouldn't mind a TF lipstick or two (see next).

Tom Ford 
- Lipsticks: Flamingo and True Coral (True Coral is the shade shown) £36.00 each
Viktor & Rolf
- Flowerbomb US$80


The bottle and the scent. I could go on and on about it. I sniff and spray it every time I go into Farmers and spritz a little on a tester card. Maybe, just maybe I could afford a small bottle if I can find one that's not too expensive. I can't justify spending a lot of money on a bottle of perfume at the moment. 

My little Wishlist keep's growing because nothing's coming off it. A lot of thing's on my wishlist are makeup item's and accessories. Another thing I'm lusting after are Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder's and the Ambient Blushes. I know I don't need them, but I'd like them, they look pretty too. I'm totally a blush girl more than anything else.

I hope you didn't find this post too long or boring, I genuinely would like these product's. I'm not saying I want them just because they're expensive, if that makes sense. I guess the reason why I haven't bought any of these is because they're expensive - otherwise they wouldn't be on a Wishlist they'd be with me in my cozy little flat swatching and so on.

Please let me know if you like these kind's of post's. I have more on my Wishlist I can share with you in future blogpost's. 


I'm genuinely interested in all of the above. None of the brand's or their PR agencies etc have asked me to write about them, nor have they paid me. This post is Unsponsored. Seriously, this post was a quite fun to put together. I'm surprised how many thing's have caught my eye and have been added to the wishlist. If you add up everything on the list it'd be thousand's of $! Eek! 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Womanity by Thierry Mugler

It's strange, when you adore a perfume by the same perfumier and you don't like another one they've created. I felt that way instantly about Womanity, but having said that I also initially thought so about Angel, which launched 21 year's ago!

Angel's now my favourite perfume but it wasn't until 2009 before I dared to spray it on myself again and I found I really liked the scent, it's strong and a little goes a long way.

Based on my past experience with Angel, I decided to give Womanity a try again and I like it. I wouldn't say it replaces Angel as my go-to scent, it's definitely a scent I enjoy wearing. I'm considering buying a bigger bottle but I probably won't until September when I can shop Duty Free because I'm going to Sydney for #IMATS.
If you'd like to read my post about Angel by Thierry Mugler from 2011, please click here.

Everytime I dab Womanity on my skin, the scent smell's different. The last dab, before writing this post, I swear I could smell a fresh pot of Tea and then a few minutes later I could smell Rose followed by a nutty scent.

Womanity's notes are: Fig, Fig Wood, Fig Leaf, Caviar and Woody notes. 

I read a few quick review's about this perfume to see how other's described the scent and someone said the Caviar makes it smell fishy! I definitely don't think that's the case, I can't smell anything fishy about it. Another said it smell's like a pair of pant's being worn for a day, but not a dirty smell. I don't smell that either and I'm not going to smell my pant's after wearing them for a day! I guess it smell's different to everyone and it's not a scent everyone will love. I definitely feel it could be mistaken for a masculine scent because of the woody notes (one of my favourite candle scent's is Mahogany Teakwood, which a lot of people say it smell's like an Abercrombie and Fitch store, but having never been to A & F I can't confirm that, but it's a masculine scent)
I've tried to like Womanity a few times since it launched in 2010 but I gave up until recently because the scent didn't float my boat. Clearly my taste has changed in 4 year's! I think it could be a unisex scent based on the fig and woodsy notes but I personally don't know a guy who'd wear it so I'll leave it to your imagination. 

I also like the Mugler fragrance called Alien but I still don't own that one.

I'm by no mean's an expert on describing scent's and reviewing them. I just thought maybe if you had previously overlooked Angel or Womanity you might like to think about trying again. Everyone has a different reaction and description of the scent. For instance, there's a girl who rides my bus route and she slather's herself in Angel. I instantly recognised it as soon as she entered the bus but on her it smell's quite floral, whereas on me it's more chocolate, nutty, pralines leaning to woodsy. I wish it smelt floral on myself as I quite like floral scent's. The girl riding the bus definitely doesn't believe in less is more. Angel's one of those scent's that last's on your skin almost all day, or at least a significant amount of time, so I'm not sure if that's the case with Womanity as I haven't worn it that many times to form an opinion on the longevity of the scent.

Please let me know what you and/or your fella think's of this perfume, do you think it could be a unisex scent? Leave a comment below if you own, or have tried this perfume and what you like or don't like about it. I'm interested to hear other's thought's on it.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Jouer Cosmetics Arrives in New Zealand

If your a fan of Jouer, you'll know how hard it is to find their product's here, but don't worry because you can now buy Jouer at Fragrances and Cosmetics!

At the moment the product's are: brushes, brow and liner, cheek and complexion, eye and lip colour, lip liner as well as mascara and power plus the Blushing Beauty Palette (coming soon).
When you buy from Fragrances and Cosmetics you get FREE shipping and FREE gift-wrapping
on all order's. Also by joining their FREE Loyalty Club you receive a discount, plus reward point's!

I'm very excited I can now get my hand's on Jouer in New Zealand and I think they'll be adding more produdct's in the future.

As I'm new to this brand, I've only ever heard of it through blog's and youtube, if you have any Jouer product's you absolutely love, please comment below with your recommendation's.

On my quest for Cruelty Free brand's I like that Jouer meet's my requirements and I'll let you know once I've had time to browse the product's in more detail and buy a few thing's to try.

Happy Friday!


I'm not being Sponsored by Fragrances or Cosmetics or Jouer to write this post. I'm interested in this brand and I wanted to share the new's of Jouer launching in New Zealand,  there's a lot of chatter about it on youtube and from USA blogger's. I'm passing on new's that it's now available in New Zealand.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Australis and Chi Chi Beauty Haul from Farmers

A little beauty haul of product's I bought from Farmers recently.

There's still a few day's to get these deal's until 19th March 2014 buy any 2 Australis product's and get the third item (the lowest price item) FREE!

Also 25% off Chi Chi Cosmetics! until 19th March 2014 at Farmers stores.

Please recommend Chi Chi product's to me because this is a new brand for me.

Let me know your favourite holy grail Australis and Chi Chi product(s)!


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