27 April 2015

Video: Hawaii 2015

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For a while now I have been obsessed with YouTubers and film makers; people that tell stories in their spare time or for a living. I could watch 20 vlogs in a row - I love watching people's lives. It's like a reality TV show (but way more realistic). Of course I'm not so delusional to think people would be interested in my life, because well, I'm a nobody. But I want to make memories and create things that I will be glad I did in the future, like creating a video from my trip to Hawaii. Video can convey so much more than photos, but I do love both for different reasons. I hope you like this video if you do choose to watch (it's nothing much). x

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26 April 2015

This Week: Post Holiday Blues, Waffles & Uni

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Things achieved this week: Unpacked successfully, ate 10 Ferrero Rochers, handed in two Uni assignments. Oh, and I managed to get sick - well done Emma. This week has been kinda weird. I mean, one day I'm lounging around a hotel pool in Hawaii and the next I'm on a bus in Auckland heading to Uni, like nothing ever happened. While I was on holiday I really had to pinch myself because I didn't believe it was real, that I was in America. It's really strange how that can happen and all of a sudden you're back to normal life. I felt really excited to head back home at the time since I just wanted some normality in my life again. Eating out for dinner every night starts to get old after two weeks. I'm not complaining though - going away was just what I needed. Some time away from my normal environment to readjust and think a bit.

I had a very short week at Uni this week - 2 days. Next week is going to be a short one as well. Better take advantage of this time and write an essay, hey? Of the little Uni I did have, I was just thinking that I'm really lucky to be in the position I am, go into the city every day and experience new things. It's really exciting being in this place where you can walk down the street and do something you fancy, like watching a movie in a 4 hour break, people watching, or eating waffles from a food truck which is what I did on Friday. Uni is more than the work and assignments you do, but the people you hang out with and what you do that makes life worth living. Uni is way more than high school. This sounds so cheesy but that's just my little revelation this week. Back to the waffles - they were really yummy. They're from a place called Supreme Waffle and I happened to get the 'Lumber Man' version - maple custard and walnuts. I recommend trying it out if you live in Auckland. I remember when I used to say I hated living in Auckland - "it's so boring!". Oh how very stupid and young I was.

{In case you wondered, I fancied making a new segment with some little bits from my week occasionally. I don't know if I'd do it every week because of the lack of pictures and things to talk about, but we'll see.}
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25 April 2015

Beauty Haul: Sephora + Drugstore

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While away in Hawaii I picked up a few bits and pieces from the drugstore price range as well as a couple of things from Sephora. I had heard extremely good things about the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes, so I felt I should get one. The one I got was Blushing Bride (3) as I felt this would just be a nice rosy pink flush of colour (it's so stressful trying to swatch things in store and trying to figure out what one to get). I also got the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (10) which I saw essiebutton using in a recent vlog. I've used it once and it gives your skin moisture and softness, so it's a thumbs up from me.

The Essie nail polishes are so expensive in New Zealand so I really wanted to get a couple of them in America. There wasn't the best selection in the place I bought them from, but ended up going for Smokin' hot (a muted purple grey-brown colour) and Soulmate (a dark purple) - (7&8). I bought one of the Rimmel lipsticks (apparently this was a new colour) in 30 (5) which is a pinky purple berry shade that looks pinker/lighter than in the photo. I really love these lipsticks - I find you can't go wrong with them and they really last. I got a concealer which is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind one (2). The shade I picked up was Light/Fair I believe, and it was in white packaging unlike the other shades which I was a bit unsure about but the colour is quite good for my skin.

I also happened to pick up a cheaper blush - the NYX powder blush in Pinky/Rose (9) which is the perfect flattering colour for me. I also wanted to try the famous Maybelline Miss Manga mascara (1) - this is available in NZ now but I thought I might as well just get it there. I was a little unsure when I used this at first because the wand is so floppy and a bit useless feeling, but this lengthens and curls my lashes so much. It's not the best to use for quick application as I feel I can spend a bit of time making sure my eyelashes don't look to spidery like, but overall I do like this. I also got the Dove Dry Shampoo (6) which isn't available in NZ. I really, really love this - finally a dry shampoo that doesn't make my hair feel gross! I wish I could get it here because I will probably want to repurchase. The last item pictured here is the Peach Cream Body Scrub (4) from the Body Shop (it's cheaper there) which I've tried once and absolutely love. I love the scent and it makes my skin feel so smooth.

Surprisingly I didn't pick up any Lush whilst away, but it was the same price/possibly more expensive in America than in NZ anyway. Hope you liked musing at this post, I'll see you for another one shortly. x
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22 April 2015

I'm Back + Photos From Hawaii

I'm back from two weeks in Hawaii and I've got lots to catch up on! This blog, YouTube videos, sleep, general personal care routines! When I go on holiday most of the time when I get back I feel more tired than when I left. It's really good to be home - for one I realised how lucky I am to live in New Zealand (and it is SO nice to hear kiwi accents, let me tell you). Of course Hawaii was amazing and beautiful, I can't believe I went and I couldn't quite believe I was there at the time. It's really strange! I did plenty of shopping so expect a couple of blog posts coming up with what I bought and maybe even a video or two (I filmed some stuff while I was there, a spur of the moment thing).

While I was away I hit 100 bloglovin' followers, not much by some standards but still amazing! That is quite a few people, so thank you for following my blog. I will leave you with a few photos from my trip but expect a travel photo diary up at some stage - I've got essays and uni work to catch up on now! x
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5 April 2015

Good Things #8

This will be the last good things post - I'm glad to have done this series for two months and remember all the good things that have happened through the week. Being more positive and remembering those little things is really beneficial. I've found it a little hard to keep up with taking photos each week because of Uni, so look out for a new segment to document my 'life' in someway in a few weeks - I'm off to Hawaii on Tuesday night so I won't be posting for a couple of weeks.

1. Redecorating my wall. I do this about every month or so and I just love how it feels once you've given your room a little spruce up. A bunch of things on your wall can make your room look so much prettier.
2. Creme eggs. 'Tis that time of the year. My dad surprised me with two creme eggs one day this week. It's the little things that count! (These things are so rich, oh my god).
3. Finding my Ed Sheeran CD. I bought this CD ages ago - I think it was one of my first online buys. I couldn't find it after having lost it, and I was really annoyed with myself. But this turned up this week and ever since I've loaded it onto my iTunes and I've been listening to the EPs on here non stop.
4. Feijoa season! Feijoas are my favourite fruit. They're not around for long but I've got to make the most of it.
5. Organising things for Hawaii! I don't think it's quite hit that I'm going yet but those pangs of excitement are hitting more regularly now. I quite like packing and thinking about what I'm going to bring! This will be my last post before I go, so see you in two weeks!

Also - Happy Easter Weekend!
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4 April 2015

Travel Reading List

If you didn't know I've been into reading a whole lot so far this year because I realised I never read as much as I used to and I missed it immensely. I have a reading goal of 30 books this year so if I'm going to accomplish that I need to get a few more books under my belt, and what a perfect opportunity to do so - beach side?!



Me Before You by JoJo Moyes - This one seems to be a romantic story, boy meets girl kind of thing. I'm not really that sure what exactly it's about but I prefer it that way because I don't think spoiling things for myself. I think this was recommended to me on my Good Reads account because I read quite a lot of romance/Young Adult books.

The Manifesto On How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne - This was recommended by Emma Blackery; I absolutely love her videos where she talks about books. Again, I'm not too sure what this is about, but the backcover gives me the impression this is about an unpopular, 'boring' girl who starts writing. The backcover says "Bree is told she needs to stop shutting the world out and start living a life worth writing about."

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne - Now this story I am familiar with as Submarine is one of my absolute favourite movies. I adore it, if that wasn't obvious from my blog. I feel like if I love something so much, I should definitely read the book adaption of it. I've heard this is a good book so if anything it'll give me more detail about the story.

Trouble by Non Pratt - This is about a girl, Hannah who is fifteen and pregnant, and Aaron who is the new boy at school. He doesn't want to attract attention (taken from the blurb). I guess this could be summed up as it says on the back cover: "Growing up can be trouble but that's how you find out what really matters." Carrie Fletcher has read this book and I think she recommended it so looking forward to reading!

Just a Girl Standing in Front of a Boy by Lucy-Anne Holmes - This is about 27 year old receptionist Jenny Taylor and her story of finding love. I think this one will be a feel good book about finding out what life and love is all about. Those are pretty much the type of books I read, haha.

I'll also be catching up on reading my magazines as Uni has been busy. I'm so looking forward to heading away for two weeks and reading lots! Feel free to recommend me more books to read as always! You can also follow me on Good Reads if you like.
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2 April 2015

Travel Make-up & Skincare

I'm going to Hawaii in just under a week (excitement, but so many assignments to do first) so I thought I'd do a couple of travel posts leading up to everything. This is the first post, so today I'll be chatting about what make-up and skincare I'll most likely be bringing with me.

I doubt I'm going to be wearing much make-up while I'm away as it's a hot weather/beach type holiday so at most I'll just be slapping on some concealer in the morning and heading out the door. I am going for 2 weeks so I'll be bringing a few things with me but who knows what I'll really use.

Make-up: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Rimmel 107 Lipstick, Rimmel The Rocket Mascara, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Lush Jackie Oates Colour Supplement, Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I felt I just needed to add a concealer, a mascara, a powder and a statement lipstick in my travel make-up stash. I'll wear the lipstick on the occasional dinner out as well as Jackie Oates Colour Supplement used as a foundation for a heavier coverage than just concealer. Of course I have to bring with me my two must-have RT brushes as well.

Skincare: Lush Tea Tree Toner Water, Lush Celestial Facial Moisturiser, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

I figured I don't want to be lugging round two types of cleansers which I usually use, so I decided I want to use up the last of my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm which has lasted me ages (I'm trying to get my moneys worth because it's expensive). This can remove make-up and cleanse at the same time so it's a good option for a holiday where I won't want to spend time with a full routine. I also have my trusty Lush toner and moisturiser.

Haircare: Travel Tangle Teezer in Gold, Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser, V05 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo (as well as my normal shampoo & conditioner)

I'm thinking I'll need a bit of dry shampoo on this trip as I might not want to wash my hair too much. The travel Tangle Teezer is a must bring and I thought the hair moisturiser will provide some oomph to my hair in seconds.

Other: Revlon Pink Happiness Delicate Moments Rollerball Perfume

This smells really nice, is really small (so good for travelling) and will just add a touch of fragrance if I feel like putting any on.

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1 April 2015

March

This month I started my first year of University, I ran out of time to read books (sob) and I savoured sleep more than usual. It's been a month full of some exciting and new experiences for the most part and trying to find my feet. I've spent loads of time in the city and I've began to realise that there's more to life than high school. You know, that I can actually live my life now - there are so many things to do and work doesn't have to consume you if you don't let it.
It's been a month of long bus journeys, being around strangers and having outfit struggles (is it summer or is it autumn?). I'm excited for Autumn and Winter fashion which I saw plenty of at the new Queen Street Topshop store, though I'm yet to buy anything. Next month I will have to fix that, and where better place to shop for new clothes than America? (Spoiler: I'm off to Hawaii next month, I can't believe it. I'm so excited). I'm also hoping to be able to read LOADS while I'm away and get a few books under my belt for my reading challenge this year.
It's not like I try out new beauty things all that often because I have a student budget (hello?) and I don't really need to have a thousand products. These four beauty faves for the month of March are nothing that new, but favourites nonetheless (bar the Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner which you may have spied in my asos haul).

I don't actually wear foundation on a daily basis; I find it a bit too thick and if I don't have the time I'm not going to do it. However I have been wearing this foundation a fair bit and I absolutely love it. It's not a really high coverage, I'd say it's light to medium depending on how much you put on. The thing I love most about this though is the colour because it doesn't make me look orange. I have the shade Light Porcelain, and it's going to be a great foundation going into winter too. I'd recommend this if you've been struggling with a good all round foundation and you also have really pale skin. Other favourites include my Daisy Dream Perfume which brightens up any day (and I love the bottle) as well as the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in Very Berry. I mentioned this last month but I friggen love this and I might have to get another colour. I haven't had the Rimmel eyeliner all that long to really give it a full review but after my Elf eyeliner just wasn't cutting it anymore, I wanted a new one. Liv talked about this in her most recent video and so far it's a really good all round liquid eyeliner: black, lasting and easy to use as far as liquid eyeliner goes.

Moving on to something a little more exciting if you're not into beauty... other things I've loved this month.

This month I only have a few 'entertainment faves' as I didn't have much time to delve into anything different (my YouTube subscription box was still well abused as usual though).

I only read two books this month and one of them was How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. I did start reading another book before this but I couldn't get into it. I knew this one was going to be a goody though as I'd heard so many people talk about it. It did not fail to disappoint. I loved Johanna/Dolly as a character and it was a really funny book. If you're a fan of YA fiction, I'd definitely recommend!

The other was Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade. I'll go out here on a limb here and say he's my favourite comedian. If that's a thing you're supposed to have. I really enjoyed reading parts of this but I'm not going to lie, some bits were a bit tedious. He even makes fun of this in the book. I love his sense of humour - it's so self decrepitating. The format of it is so ridiculous and funny and strange (he is interviewing himself). I recommend reading this if you know who this man is/you've watched his movies/seen something he's been a part of e.g. the show 'Was It Something I Said?'. Obviously, if you don't know who he is, you're probably not going to 'get' it - I'll admit I felt like I didn't 'get' everything (probably loads of jokes I missed) but overall I felt like it was worth it because I love him so much. I'm like on this director fan girl level with him. Overall it's creative and interesting if you like/know him.
Another firm favourite was the Serial podcast that everyone had been banging on about recently, or not recently... because I'm a little late on this one. But I loved this so much. I loved the difference of just listening to something instead of moving your eyes across a page for a change. I love mystery and crime related things a whole lot so this was really interesting and gripping. I just wish there was another season now so I could jump into that next. There is another season on the cards due to be released sometime this year so I'm looking forward to that for sure.

As for music it's been a hell of a good month. Music was something I had time for; listening to it on the many bus trips I have had, when I get home to relax, between classes, etc. I've discovered a few new beauties when it comes to artists and gone back to some old faithfuls (i.e. The Kooks thanks to Britney's video). I also found a cool band Bonjah from that video and a friend recommend the Capital Cities Album 'In A Tidal Wave of Mystery' so I've been enjoying that one as well. Muse also released their new song which I like a lot, and you can guarantee their new album will be on a future monthly playlist. I happen to really love this particular playlist so I hope you enjoy too if you decide to listen.


Links + Loves: Zoe's vlogs this month, PJs vlogs/short videos/second channel, Making the most out of Camera Raw on ALO, 30 days of yoga (which I'm yet to start -oops), this amazing little video: Light Tunnels by Sophie Newton.


Enjoy April everyone x
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