New in from Mac: Summer '16
2/10/2016

New in from Mac: Summer '16



By now you should all know I do love a good MAC product. Their lipsticks in particular are absolute staples in my makeup bag, along with their pencil liners and paint pots. It's been a while since I've really been won over by a MAC collection but lately they've been on top of their game so I had to make a couple of splurges. It's also mandatory to let you know about some of their new, awesome, treat yo'self worthy things too. Let's be real...

Ellie Goulding Lipstick, limited edition-Before we start, well done MAC for giving Ellie a collection. Florence Welch totally deserves one now as well. Anyway, the Ellie Goulding collection has been one of my favourites from MAC recently. It consisted of several lip products, lustre drops, which I think only ever come out in limited collections, face powders and some stunning cream palettes. By the time I found a counter with this collection, most of the products had sold out but I couldn't resist the Without Your Love lipstick. It's described as a warm, seashell pink and Temptalia notes it's a lighter, less neon version of Flamingo. I love it, and being a cremesheen it's so comfortable on the lips.

 Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours*-Liquid lipsticks are all the rage at the moment and it seems like every beauty brand is releasing one. These ones are still some of my favourites though, and part of that is down to their applicator. I'm not sure if it's the angular tip but it makes these so much easier to slick on and not create a Miranda Sings-esque situation. I was sent the shades Lady Be Good and Tailored To Tease. Lady Be Good has Kylie Jenner vibes about it. If you're paler consider pairing this with a pinkier nude to make it more flattering, but otherwise I love this one. Tailored To Tease is a vibrant, reddy-fuschia. Despite being matte, they feel velvety on the lips and the colour sticks around.

Foiled Shadow in Joy Toy, limited edition-This eyeshadow was from the Faerie Whispers collection which was released about a month back. I love this stunning, champagne-copper hue. It's such a typical 'Sophie' colour but it's absolutely beautiful. This colour's really eye brightening and I find myself reaching for it most days. I'm that smitten with it.

-Have you picked up anything new from MAC recently? What would you recommend?

*PR Sample
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January Book Haul
2/08/2016

January Book Haul




Hello and Happy Monday to you all. Today we have another book haul on the blog and my channel. This one's from January and it's crammed with a bunch of rather fantastic reads, if I do say so myself. As I said in the video there's going to be a few of these books featured on the blog throughout the month so keep an eye out for those..



-Have you bought any books lately?
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Blog Love
2/05/2016

Blog Love




Happy Friday, TGIF and the rest! It does feel a bit cheeky saying that, given it was a short week here in Auckland but it's just been one of those weeks, y'know what I'm saying? It's been a long time since I've shared the love for some of the many rad blogs that exist. Way too long in fact so today I decided to share with you four of the blogs I am loving at the moment. Given Bloglovin is broken, for me at least, these are some of the few I've been managing to check regularly and I recommend you go have a look at them as well..

Tea and Sage-Aside from being one of my best friends, and possessive of exquisite taste, Amy also runs a rad blog. Tea and Sage is her space for sharing all she loves, from wholesome delicious foods to stunning landscapes. She's recently moved back to Australia and is sharing some absolutely stunning photo diaries of her adventures. I'm biased, but her Instagram is pretty spectacular as well.

Chloe Larkin-Chloe's blog makes my eyes fill with heart emojis. It's so aesthetically pleasing on so many levels and for that, I take my hat off to her. She shares her love of design, photography, art and a life well lived. Her blog is beautiful, simplistic and so well put together. I love it.

Girl Lost In The City-I have fan favourite Zoella to thank for my discovery of Emma's blog. When Zoe makes a recommendation, you listen. Emma's a digital journalist, soon to be published author and all round amazing woman. She writes on everything, from film to books, pop culture to being a twenty-something woman in the internet age. Her writing is brilliant by the way. I highly recommend you take your eyes, and a hot beverage of choice over to her blog for an hour or two.

From Roses-Rebecca's blog, much like Chloe's is all kinds of aesthetic goodness. She has amazing style, and she is a book and beauty lover. She does really inspiring lifestyle posts too which are well worth looking over. Definitely go visit her blog if you like stunning pictures and top notch writing. You will not regret it.

-What blogs have you read and loved recently?
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The Australasian Skincare Edit
2/03/2016

The Australasian Skincare Edit



It seems like ages since I did my last skincare post on the blog, so it's unsurprising that my skin has packed it in lately. Summer and the humidity doesn't really help my combination skin but neither does my neglectfulness, let's be real. Today I'm taking it back to basics with fuss free, almost all natural products. They're all from New Zealand and Australian brands which I like as well and hey, it doesn't help that their packaging is aesthetically pleasing too. Anyway, here's what I've been loving from Aesop and Antipodes...

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque-I remember this mask being a bit of a beauty blogger staple a few years ago. Anna was a huge fan among others. My friend grabbed this for me from Aesop in Australia last month and I've used this whenever my skin's been throwing a tantrum during January. Its scent reminds me a bit of Angels on Bare Skin from Lush-herbal and Lavender but not too intense. This clay mask is intensive and really does its magic when drawing out impurities from your skin. I can see why this is such a fan favourite.

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream*-I do love a good eye cream and this one delivers. It does take a while to work in but it's worth the effort because it's so hydrating. It contains a host of vitamin rich ingredients from avocado to carrot. You only need the smallest amount per application so it'd last you ages. I'll be honest, this eye cream isn't cheap but it is worth the money in my opinion. If you want to minimise the signs of tired eyes, you can't go wrong with this one.

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash-This was totally an impulse buy but like the face mask, I'd heard many a blogger rave about this hand wash so I had to pick it up. It is pretty inexpensive too so that's a bonus. This hand wash, or gel if you will is scented with mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedarwood atlas. It smells divine and it sinks in+dries so fast. Aesop, it's love. 

Antipodes Immortal SPF15 Face & Body Moisturiser*-To be honest, I tend to not moisturise in the morning which is probably a habit I should break. This moisturiser is doing the trick. It is lightweight, but thick enough to feel nourishing. Even though it contains a little bit of SPF, it doesn't feel tacky and gross like some facial moisturisers with the SPF element can. I'd say this moisturiser might not be hydrating enough for drier skin types but everyone else should find this okay. I love that it comes in a tube too. Who else finds the idea of reaching in to a pot of moisturiser a little unhygienic?

-Have you tried any of these products before?

*PR Sample
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February Reading List
2/01/2016

February Reading List



February's here and with a new month, comes a new pile of books. There's actually going to be a book post a week on the blog this month which I'm excited about. My love of books probably rivals my love of makeup so it's high time that was reflected around these parts. I'm also excited that this month all the books featured are by women which is quite possibly a first. Here's what I'm hoping to read during February..

Carol by Patricia Highsmith-I'm already reading this one and am loving it. In fact, I'm making a point of reading it slowly so I can savour every last piece of prose. Carol tells the story of Therese, a nineteen year-old stuck in a retail job for the holidays and a boyfriend who she's falling out of love with. One day she meets Carol, a soon-to-be divorcee and she is mesmerised. This book was quite controversial for its time, and was actually published under a pseudonym. It'll be interesting to see how these themes progress as the novel carries forward.

The Siren* by Kiera Cass-This is Kiera Cass' first non-Selection novel, although I think it is actually a rereleased, updated version of a novel she had already published. Kahlen is a Siren, a girl with a special connection to the sea and its inhabitants. Sirens are lethal to humans but one day Kahlen meets Akinli, a human and she feels herself pulling away from the world she has known. This sounds extremely Little Mermaid-esque and quite a different world to The Selection. I'm really looking forward to reading this one

The Accidental by Ali Smith-If you saw my Christmas video you will have spied this in there. After reading Ali Smith's short story volume, Public Library and really liking it I wanted to hunt down more of her books to read. According to the descriptions online, this one explores the idea that "seemingly chance encounters irrevocably transform our understanding of ourselves." This sounds like my cup of tea and as soon as I'm done with Carol I'll be picking this up.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark* by Anna North-This has been on my tbr for way too long so it's finally being tackled this month. It has high praise from Lena Dunham, among others and I trust Ms. Dunham's word so I'm sure this'll deliver. The summary is giving me Gone Girl vibes which ain't a bad thing by any means. I do love a crazy, wild Amy Dunne-esque protagonist. I'll keep you posted.

-Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

*Review copy
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