Friday’s Letters: Pull it together

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Dear Body: Please pull yourself together. I simply do not have the time or energy for being sick. If I start treating you a little better can you please behave and not be so difficult? That would be really cool… Dear Electricity: I forget how much I need you and then we spend a whole night without power…that was fun. Thank god for all the random candles around the place that I keep buying and never using. Dear Callie: In this freezing weather your 5am cuddles are only slightly annoying and mainly just warm and comforting. Carry on. Also I am glad your meow has magically returned…that was weird. Dear $3 beers: You make it extremely hard to stay sensible at work drinks. Dear Edd: Your lemon and honey’s are the best. This is why I married you. (Okay so there may have been a couple other reasons as well). Still not sure why you married me though haha. Dear Amazing Race: Thanks for making my day off work slightly less unpleasant. I was sad when my favorite team left though 😦 Dear My Kitchen Rules: Speaking of reality tv, what the heck am I to do when your grand finale finishes on Monday and I am left with no tv show to make the first three days of the week slightly bearable? You can’t take over our TVs for what feels like a year and then just up and leave…seems a little selfish if you ask me. Dear Strawberry Pavlova: You are rather delicious. Welcome to the tea family. Dear Auckland: Sometimes I forget how lovely this little big city really is. I must make more of effort to truly explore and enjoy you. However your random cold snap was a bit of a shock to the system…a bit of warning is all I ask for.

Albums of the month for May!

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Hi All,

I have just spent the day in bed feeling rather rotten but am hoping tomorrow I will feel well enough to crawl into work and answer phones for 8 hours (not easy to do with a massive head cold and a whole load of mucus, too much info, sorry). However I thought I would drag myself away from watching back to back Amazing Race episodes (reality tv is my drug, it could be worse) to bring you 3 albums from snother good music month with some cool new additions to the music scene.

1. Lorde: The Love Club EP

A short 5 song album from this stunning 16 year old Aucklander! I would be jealous if I wasn’t so overwhelmed by her rather special take on indie-pop that has launched her as an international sensation (the things I was doing when I was 16 were no where near as interesting, in fact not much has changed HA). It’s rather hard to believe the voice and talent of these 5 songs has been written and performed by such a young newcomer to the music world, in fact it leaves you kind of dumb struck. All 5 songs on the EP have something unique to offer but my favorites would have to be Bravado and The Love Club.

2. Deep Sea Arcade: Outlands

My next favorite of the months was this great LP by a relatively new Australian band which was featured on 95bfm and one song left me wanting more (in a good way). The album is a pretty varied mix of british indie/brit pop, pychodelic 60s rock and new wave (think a modern version of the monkees…) with other influences that seem to still be being sorted through and organized as I suppose would be common for most LPs. I feel like this album still has a characteristic Australian indie rock feel to it that I associate with other great Australian bands like The Shins. There is a great mix of quiet, thoughtful synth tunes and more upbeat rock tracks yet the album as a whole is a great listen and a new favorite for long car rides (especially as the Husband likes it too, our musical tastes don’t always overlap!). A few of my favorite tracks include Seen No Right, Granite City, Steam and Ride.

3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away

My absolute favorite of the month was this melancholic, subdued stunner of an album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I should preface anything further by saying that I have never listened to anything else by Nick Cave other than a song he did with Kylie Minogue once upon a time (thanks to singstar 90s) so I have no idea what any of his previous albums are like. Having said that this is one of my favorite albums of the year, maybe even the last five years or decade. I heard the last song on the album played on 95bfm (the best Auckland radio station in my opinion) and was hooked by its sombre simplicity and yet a hauting emotional intensity that really characterizes every song on the album. Every time I listen to this album I hear and feel brand new things. It’s a creative masterpiece that can come across as simple or laid back but is layered with so much complexity and feeling that I don’t even know where to begin. There are also some rather weird lyrics (Hannah Montanna and the African Savannah come up once or twice…) but I kind of like that, especially as they are being sung in Cave’s amazing baritone that reminds me of classic Leonard Cohen, just a bit stranger and more intense. The songs I can’t get enough of are Jubilee Street, Higgs Boson Street (a weird but wonderful song) and Push the Sky Away, which started this whole love affair.

See you soon with some more favorites!

Xx

In Love With Benefit

Hi all! Small absence in blogging due to life and the work that seems to destroy every day leaving me tired and lacking motivation or energy for blogging haha. But I am attempting a return and attempting to set up more of a routine in terms of blogging so that hopefully it will be a bit more regular. However I am sure I have said that before….

When I heard a while a go that Benefit were launching here in New Zealand I immediately started stalking their website in order to create imaginary shopping lists of products I was most excited to try out! In fact a little while a go I posted my top ten products from Benefit that I was most looking forward to meeting. Skip forward a little and last week on Wednesday I had a wonderful night at the Benefit cosmetics blogging launch at a lovely little venue called Nostalgia in Ponsonby. Not being a “beauty blogger” in particular I was actually rather surprised to be invited (pleasantly surprised I should add) and excited for the days leading up. The event itself was a wonderful chance to meet some beautiful faces from twitter and learn a lot more about a brand I haven’t had any experience with.

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The night was full of lychee cocktails, delicious nibbles and some fantastic demonstrations of some classic products in their line as well as some brand new additions to the benefit family. Some highlights of the night included the brow bar demonstrations and then a chance to play with the products myself as well as the time to chat with fellow bloggers about products they had already tried.

The launch of Benefit cosmetics in Auckland was a pretty exciting moment for us who are often left behind by some international cosmetic brands. The day after our blogging evening their first city counter opened at Smith & Caughey’s on Queen Street so definitely go and check them out at their amazing brow bar. Also to get yourselves in the draw for a sneaky giveaway for three of their iconic products (They’re real mascara, Porefessional and Benetint) head to their counter and snap a photo of yourself to tweet/instagram to them with the hashtag #hellogorgeousnz. Good luck!

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My picks for what I want to buy rather urgently include the Brow zings kit (which one of the beautiful ladies demonstrated on me and was INCREDIBLE) as well as their classic Benetint (which has a rather funny story regarding its invention). Next up on my radar might be their lovely and light foundation as well as their very unique Fakeup concealer (which looked like it would be perfect for my dry skin as it has a hydrating outer ring as well as the concealing inner core).

So there is my run down of what I expect to become a long and lovely love affair with this great cosmetics company, brand new to New Zealand! Keep your eyes peeled for a review on a couple of their classic winners. What are your opinions of Benefit and their products?

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Disclaimer: Just in case you were wondering, my involvement with the blogging event was a lovely surprise but does not mean these opinions are not my own. I was not asked to write or share my opinions on Benefit (in fact I wasn’t asked to do anything) but I did happen to fall in love with some of their products as well as their general brand image which I believe is fun, creative and unique.

Mumzilla

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My mum (or Mumzilla as she is fondly known….the origins of this remain unclear but may reside in some sort of Godzilla reference ….. which mum can do a pretty good impression of when in a rage) isn’t perfect. No on is perfect and to say my mum is somehow an exception to the rule would make this post no better than a typical cupcakes and bunny rabbits Hallmark card. What I love about my mum is that my mum knows and accepts she isn’t perfect and is therefore always striving to become a better Christian, Human and a better Mum. It also means that when one of her many amazing and wonderful children stuffs up she is there for us with her own lessons and experiences to share. Although she always expects the best from us we know she will be there when we are at our worst. And she’s always got time for a cup of tea.

My mum is a unique and complicated person. She is giving to the point of self sacrifice. She is hard working to extremes that none of us could ever match. She is stubborn, crazy and a little OCD but she is also fun, passionate and intelligent. My mum inspires me to aim for the stars and to expect nothing less than greatness from my life. My mum is an animal maniac and can’t seem to stop turning her small house into a zoo, with animals out numbering people to a scary ratio. She is brave, obsessive, dramatic, creative and beautiful, inside & out,

What I am so thankful for is that my mum is one of my best friends and I know that will never change. We may fight until we cry but then we hug and say sorry, like all friends do. We have gne through good and bad times together and have always been there for each other to get though the stress. Every day I grow more like my mum and unlike some people that isn’t something I mind at all, if I can be half the woman she is I’ll be happy.

So Thank you mum. Thank you for not compromising who you are for what some people expect. Thank you for standing up for your beliefs even when they challenge the norms. Thank you for sharing your lives with us so that we could flourish and grow, knowing you are there when we fall.

I could go on forever with lists of things I am grateful for so il stop with this: Thank you for being my best friend and forgiving my many mistakes, being there all those times I needed you most. I’m sorry I’m not the perfect daughter, but just like you I will keep trying very day to be me a better person.

Love you mum x

Friday’s Letters

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Dear Family: Thank you all for coming to my graduation and celebrating with me 4 years of stress and tears that resulted in my two degrees. The day would have meant nothing without the people there beside me, especially as I couldn’t have got through it without any of you. Thankyou for making me reach high and work hard to achieve goals. Dear Callie: Thankyou for the constant cuddles that have helped me through stressful university all nighters, repeated rejections from jobs, sleepless nights and the freezing cold that has now joined us. I love your fluffy butt more than you could understand (also more than most others think is normal…). Dear Sister: Happy birthday for Sunday you crazy, beautiful soul. Don’t ever lose the generosity, passion and stubbornness that makes you such a strong, independent woman. I am blessed to have you as a sister.Dear Cupcakes: I love you and all but after two nights if late-night baking I kind of never want to see another cupcake again….I think I just need some space. Dear Work: This may not be the most interesting or amazing job but I’m really enjoying it and the team I work with makes every day very bearable and even fun at times (gasp!). It’s nice to not dread coming to wok each day. Dear Soy Chai Latte: Ahh we return to our love affair now that winter approaches. I still wish you had caffeine…then you would be the perfect drink.

April Beauty Favourites

Hi all!!

Sorry for running late with posts this month, I had my first week at the new job and came home pretty exhausted haha! Should get into a better routine soon (I hope) but for now you can enjoy some slightly late favourite beauty/skin care things for this lovely month (or last month rather…I shouldn’t write posts so late at night :-/). I apologise in advance for the very mediocre photo but the weather was not my friend and I got lazy waiting.

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1. Aveeno positively radiant skin brightening daily scrub
I have trouble with face scrubs and my sensitive skin, usually resulting in tight, red skin and a pretty pissed off Lizzy … But not so with this one by Aveeno! This scrub is gentle yet still actually seems to be effective. A new staple in my skin care routine.

2. Davidoff Cool Water Woman
Although this isn’t the most modern or trendiest perfume at the moment I am a big fan of this classic scent. Having always loved the male scent this one was on my wishlist for a while and received as a lucky Christmas gift. This has been a favourite for work as its fresh and clean without being having a strong floral or fruity scent.

3. Australis Colour Inject Lipstick in Jive
There seems to be a rather work related theme to this month’s favourites as this lipstick was my favourite lip shade to wear to work when I wasn’t wearing another favourite (Revlon’s kissable balm stain in Honey). This lipstick is affordable enough to wear every day without fear of finishing and is my preference to wearing nude lipstick, being a very flattering and wearable light pink.

4. Model Co Black Eyeliner
This was a sample bar box product that I adored from the first time I tried it! Creamy and pigmented this applies like a dream. Nuff’ said!

5. Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia
I couldn’t resist the allure of these new Nivea lip butters and I rather enjoy us first one I picked up. It does show up quite white at first but I tend to use under lipstick so it doesn’t bother me. Creamy and hydrating with a little going a long way and a delicious scent to add to the mix.

6. OPI in Bubble Bath
Going through many job interviews and then Starting this new job I had no idea what the policy was on nails and what kinds of shades I could adorn myself with. So this classic nude pink came to the rescue. A favourite for many, this sheer blushing nude colour is the perfect my nails but better shade and made wearing nude nails (which has the potential to drive me crazy) rather endurable.

What makeup/skin care products have you been loving this month?
Xx