The Hair Saver-I'm not sure if this is just a #thickhairproblem but I genuinely loathe washing my hair. It's so tedious! Well now I've found something to use when I feel like going an extra day between washes. Pret A Powder from Bumble & Bumble does the trick. Part dry shampoo, part style extender, it helps to disguise second day hair. There's no white cast left in your hair either which I love given I have dark brown hair. I'm so glad I bought this and will definitely grab the full sized once my mini's all used up.
Finding Audrey-Surprise mail can often be the best kind, more so if it's in the form of a book. The lovely folk over at Penguin+Random House sent me Sophie Kinsella's upcoming novel to read. It's appealing to me already because #1-it's written by a Sophie and #2-it's YA. This'll be on my June reading list so I'll talk about it more then. In the meantime you can check it out here.
Gourmet Chocolate in NZ-Apparently us New Zealanders get awfully excited when local chocolate brand Whittakers invent anything really. Well they've done it again with a new, artisan line of chocolates. I tried the Sea Salt & Caramel Brittle flavour and it is amazing. So amazing that it seems to be selling out everywhere! They also have other flavour combinations including oolong tea, pear and manuka honey and more. Add one to your grocery basket this weekend.
Shauna speaks the truth-After meeting Shauna last December it became apparent that she is a wealth of knowledge. This week she posted an article about the path to success and the extent of the journey to landing your dream job. As she says in the title, there really is no shortcut to greatness and this article really resonated with me this week. It was exactly what I needed to read too so thanks Shauna! x
Foundation decisioning solved-This is more of a #PSA than anything. I finally chose a new foundation this week. My Chanel one's nearly all gone and while I love it, it's just a bit too pricey to replace at the moment. I ended up going for the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless foundation which I'd used two tester pots of and decided I did quite like it. No doubt you'll spy a review around these parts at some point.
*Have a fabulous weekend everyone! This week ended up being quite busy, which is never a bad thing tbh. This afternoon I'm off to a Benefit brow event which should be fun. Tomorrow I'm going to watch Pitch Perfect 2 and then Rent at the local theatre in the evening which I'm looking forward to. See y'all on Monday with another fresh post! x
This may be dejavu but to know me is to know I am obsessed with magazines. In fact, I can scarcely remember a time when that hasn't been the case. In all honesty, I don't buy as many as I used to but I still read a lot, whether it's my own or someone else's. Today I've rounded up some of my old favourites, a new discovery and a rediscovery for you in one, not-so-glossy package...
Yen-When I first started reading Yen it was relatively new and like most publications it took a little bit of time to find its footing. Now it has and it's become one of my favourite magazines. For anyone who likes reading about creative pursuits and culture, you'll probably enjoy this one. They always include a travel section which is worth having a look at as well.
Collective-Side note: I can't work out if this magazine is called Collective or Renegade Collective. Anyway, I found this magazine last week in Sydney airport and as it was one I'd not seen before I decided to buy it. Apparently this is available in New Zealand though, I'm just not sure where exactly. It's described as "the magazine for following your dreams" and it certainly is inspiring, with the odd inspirational quote scattered throughout. This month's issue has an interview with Anna Kendrick as well and plenty of dreamy photography.
Frankie-You probably know by now about my longtime love for Frankie so I won't harp on too much. I haven't actually had time to read the latest issue yet. There's stories about glitter, a teeny tiny house in Christchurch, why Mondays really do suck and more. There's also the usual calendar/poster inside which you can stick on the wall or reuse as wrapping paper. Frankie is best enjoyed over a cup of tea and a delicious treat so add this to your Saturday morning ritual.
Allure-To be honest I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this magazine. It's crammed with quite a few adverts which I find off-putting but given it's about makeup, sometimes it is nice to pick up. It's a great one to discover upcoming beauty products, particularly from the drugstore. The March issue (yep, we're that far behind in lil' ol NZ) has a stunning editorial with Kendall Jenner as well. There's even a cameo from Marcel, the monkey on Friends. This magazine's definitely one for the true beauty obsessive so if you love makeup and skincare you'll probably enjoy this one.
-Have you read any of these magazines before? Which magazines do you read and like?
Colourpop's certainly the buzz of the beauty blogging world at the moment. I first heard of the brand when Shannon collaborated with them on a series of eyeshadows and also through watching Liv's hauls. They're an American brand with a diverse range of eyeshadows, lip colours, blushers and now highlighters and bronzers. All their products are inexpensive although shipping to NZ could be a little bit less steep. Pro tip: Do an order with a friend and split the shipping costs. I knew that the eyeshadows were top of my list to try so I got them and also one of the lippie pencils, just because. Here's what I think..
Colourpop Metallic Shadows in Tea Party, La La and Sequin-These shadows looked stunning online and they deliver in person too. I'm not gonna lie, I'm probably going to get more of these at some point. These shadows have quite a creamy, almost moussey texture to them but they dry down to more of a powder finish. If you're familiar with the Australis AC Heart Me shadows, these are similar in terms of texture.
As for the colours, wow. These certainly don't skimp in the pigment department. Let's start with my favourite, Sequin. It's on the far left in the photo and is a copper with flecks of gold and silver glitter throughout. On the lids it's more of a reddy-bronze but I really love it. It's such a stunning colour. Next we have La La which my friend and I both picked up. It's described as a "true rose gold" and that description perfectly sums it up. Like Sequin, this is another stunning one. I also picked up Tea Party, a champagne pink. I was expecting this to be quite Mac All That Glitters-esque on the lids but it's quite a bit sheerer. It's a more neutral shade with the subtlest hint of shimmer. This one's a nice everyday shade without being too extreme on the glitter front.
Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Frida-I wasn't sure whether to get one of the lippie stix or pencils so I opted for a pencil because you can't go wrong with lipliner*. This one pairs perfectly with Mac's Syrup lipstick but it also looks great on its own. Frida is super pigmented and not too dehydrating on the lips.
-Have you tried anything from Colourpop before? What do you think of their products?
*Actually you can, I had a popular lipliner from a brand I won't name which snapped the very first time I used it. #thestruggleisreal
The New Wardrobe Staple-If you follow me on Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter (all hands on deck guys) then you've probably already spied me raving about this trench coat. Now I cannot find it online, but I only purchased it on Monday at Topshop so it might still be around. It's a navy blue trench coat and is basically the coat I have wanted in my life
forever since I saw this picture. I'll basically be living in this all Winter.
A Homeware Lover's Paradise-Mum and I took a trip out to Bondi Junction on Sunday with the intention of going to Bondi Beach. After seeing the queues for the buses there though that changed but I'm kinda glad it did because I discovered the most amazing shop. West Elm is like stepping into a real life Pinterest house. There's Scandinavian inspired pieces aplenty and even the odd copper component or two. I did try to justify copper measuring cups...They have some seriously stunning things and they cater for a range of budgets. If you're in Sydney you have to go here.
Subway Book Review-Buzzfeed is a site I visit daily and I have no shame in admitting that. Sometimes it's less depressing than the local papers, in fact it's much more uplifting. Anyway, this week they shared an article about the Instagram+Tumblr of the Subway Book Review. Nope, they don't interview people over their customised sandwiches, they talk to people at New York Subway stations about what they're reading. Each photo comes with a mini review and an insight into the reader's thoughts. If you love books and photography then you have to check this out.
Do You Hear The People Sing-I'm sure everybody got a bit tired of hearing about me going to see Les Miserables in Sydney #sorrynotsorry. Ever since I saw the movie I've been obsessed with the songs and the story. This current revival, which I think follows the updated Broadway show was amazing. The casting was perfect, seriously their vocals were insane. I was blown away. You get the idea, it was fantastic. Go see it if you're in Sydney because it'll totally wow you.
Printspiration-Olivia's blog is always packed to the brim with awesome places, things and people to discover. Her latest post of artists she loves was no exception. I loved the works of Cardboard Cities (pictured) and Emma Block. Those collages are stunning.
-As always, have the absolute raddest of weekends everyone. Whilst I'm not so enthusiastic to be back in the freezing cold place that is NZ right now it hasn't been all bad. This weekend I have a lunch date with one of my friends and I'm going to watch my
honorary sibling sister from another mister perform in her school's musical. Hi E if you're reading. See y'all Monday with a beauty review! x
Two hauls in a week?! What is this sorcery... I'm back today with another haul in video form. You'll find all the non-Sephora beauty purchases that I made whilst I was in Australia. There's not heaps really but these products are all ones I know are going to get a lot of use. Enjoy, and keep an eye out for my final Sydney haul in a couple of weeks.