Best of 2014 #1: The Books
11/26/2014

Best of 2014 #1: The Books






Two videos in one week?! Aren't you all lucky things. I've made the hard decision and whittled down all the books I've read this year to a mere ten. There's fiction, a few memoirs and some home-inspiration. All the things I love in books. Some of these probably won't be a surprise if you're following me on Instagram or Goodreads but maybe you'll find some new material to add to your wishlist of books. Enjoy! 

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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
11/25/2014

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel




Or the one that made my skin happy. I put off buying a new cleanser for the longest time, but when my old one was no longer cutting it I decided to venture elsewhere. I tried a sample of the Perfect Cleansing Oil but it was a little too heavy for my liking and was always out of stock. Long story short, after seeing the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel receiving high praise from some of my favourite bloggers I took the plunge and added it to my Beauty Bay cart...

Now this cleansing gel promises a lot of things. It says it is suitable for a variety of skin types, is loaded with a heap of nutrients and is paraben free.  It may not be 100 per cent organic but it's packed with enough skin-loving ingredients that I wasn't overly bothered about that. Now this is described as a cleansing gel, which is a tad misleading. Once massaged into the skin it becomes more of an oil without the thick, greasy texture. This is so lightweight and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all which is something I like having combination skin. Side note: I feel like my skin's more on the normal side of things these days. I only really get oily down my nose (sigh) and the odd blemish. 

In terms of makeup removal I tend to use a micellar water first and then follow up with this to get my face makeup off and it does remove anything I may have missed. It also leaves my skin feeling ridiculously clean and super smooth. It's love.

While this cleanser may not be the easiest for us to track down in New Zealand, hence making a blind-buy a little bit of a risk, I'd highly recommend this offering from Oskia. It hasn't irritated my skin and I love it. I feel like this big bottle is going to last me a while too which is always a bonus.


-Have you tried the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel? What did you think of it?

*I hope you are all having a brilliant start to the week. Yesterday I did a spot of Christmas shopping with Mum. I wasn't tooo spendy seeing as I kinda got that out of the way on the weekend. Whoops. 'Nuff said. Today's looking a bit low key but I'm sure I'll be daydreaming about iceskating with Harry Styles at some point.
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November Favourites
11/23/2014

November Favourites




The month may not quite be over but I was pretty dead set on what was going to make its way into the favourites lineup early on this month. There's some beauty staples, a few Sephora bits and even a couple of non-beauty favourites in there. You'll also get to hear me say "I like it/love it" more times than I can count and even see a little lip-syncing interlude. Enjoy, and be sure to let me know what you've loved throughout November in the comments.


                                    

  


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The Week #131
11/21/2014

The Week #131




We are infinite-Sometimes I do things on a whim like spend an hour browsing the Auckland City Library. Aside from a ridiculously brilliant selection of books they also have a ton of CD's and sheet music. I hired The Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtrack and it didn't disappoint. Fans of the movie should know that though. My favourite track so far is Heroes or the 'tunnel song' as it's better known.

Barbarella-My friend and I made a little order through Beauty.com recently and I added this Nars lipstick to my basket. It looks scary orange in that picture but because it's more on the sheer side it doesn't look too orange on. I'd say it's more of a peachy pink with the subtlest hint of orange. It's just beautiful. It wears really well too and doesn't feel drying. 

My new favourite bookshop-We used to have a lot of really great bookstores in NZ but many of them have since disappeared. Thankfully some of the best independent bookstores still exist and one of my favourites at the moment is Time Out in Mt Eden. It's not the biggest of stores but they pack a hefty amount of books into their little shop. They have a bit of everything, and there's even a shop cat who makes appearances from time to time. If you're in Auckland it's well worth the visit. 

Man Repeller and Iris Apfel-Leandra Medine and Iris Apfel, two of my favourite fashionable women got together recently and aside from an adorable photoshoot, they also filmed a video and my corner of the internet exploded. They both have such a brilliant approach to fashion.

Snow in Summer-Fun fact. I have never seen Snow in real life. Ever. Do I feel deprived? Not really. Okay, maybe just a tad. Maybe I can "fake it 'til I make it" with this Instant White Snow from Kikki K. It looks awesome! I was playing with it at the counter in store the other day, because I act like an adult when I'm alone *ahem*. If you too haven't seen Snow then maybe you should pick some up for yourself this weekend.
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A Look At Pinterest
11/20/2014

A Look At Pinterest




I joined Pinterest back when it was invite-only and ever since I have been hooked. My tastes in decor and fashion may have changed drastically since those days, but it is still my favourite online destination to seek out inspiration and ideas for everything really. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my favourite images I've found over on Pinterest lately. If you want to follow my boards you can do so here.

Metallics-If you follow my home-centred boards you're going to notice copper, rose-gold pieces appearing an awful lot. There is also a lot of white and minimalistic settings. A container like this would be perfect for your makeup brushes, skincare, stationery...the possibilities are endless.

Lipsticks-My name is Sophie and I'm a lip product addict. That's all.

Nike Kicks-I'm not sure if these are genuine Nikes. They look like the ones from the Liberty collection if they are though. If I had floral, comfortable sneakers I'd probably consider wearing them more. Maybe...

Smoking Slippers-These are such gorgeous shoes! I used to have a pair of gold loafers similar to these but I think this pair are so much more fun.


Simplicity-Another simple room setup. Look at those big window spaces too! Perfect for reading in the sun.

Pearls-I used to be all about the crazy jewellery but in recent years I seem to have really toned that down. These giant pearl accessories are a trend I could get behind though. Those rings look gorgeous.

Zoe & Morgan Earrings-These would be so gorgeous for Christmas but when are stars not gorgeous? I think these would be perfect in silver as well.

Pineapple Lamp-Dearest gold pineapple lamp. Please feel free to join my life+room. We'd all get on splendidly. I believe Laura Ashley have something similar to this if you're in NZ. This would add a unique touch to any room it is placed in.

-Are you on Pinterest? Leave your links below so we can all go on a follow spree! x

*Hasn't this week gone fast!? Maybe it's just me. I've been busy with blog stuff, paperwork and the continual job+intern search. Thrilling stuff! Today I'm off to run some errands in town and hopefully take some photos. I'm planning to share another visual diary soon. I also have a tropical themed dinner to go to. I'm supposed to find something colourful to wear amongst my monochrome wardrobe. Yeeeah that's not gonna happen. I hope your weeks are going fab x.
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