Tuesday, 22 July 2014
So who would have thought that a whole year later my little blog would be one year old!? It is crazy to think that one year ago today I pushed publish on my first ever post and 315 posts later, here I am! I'm immensely proud (and so surprised!) how much my blog has grown and the reception it gets puts a big ol' smile on my face on the daily. I remember getting my first comment from Charley and being over the moon that someone all the way over in the UK had read my little blog. Even now I get excited by every single comment I get and aim to reply to all of them! Creativity wise, it's been an amazing outlet for me; the photography, the editing and the writing giving me a break from writing essays and doing university work. I've also just about doubled my makeup and nail polish collection, my bank account hates me and the local courier knows my house pretty darn well.
So as a HUGE thank you to all you wonderful people out there I wanted to put together a few items to give away to one of you!
Monday, 21 July 2014
By now you must know that I love shopping online, and more than that I love shopping online via. US sites. Now with having the services of YouShop it makes it a lot easier to shop overseas and get a lot of different products to NZ that we would otherwise never be able to get here. I'd come across Drugstore.com and Beauty.com a while back but finally took the plunge to make an order after reading Laura's haul she did from the site.
Both sites are connected by one checkout cart, so you can shop across them both with Beauty.com having higher end products (Smashbox, NARS, Urban Decay etc) and Drugstore.com with the cheaper 'drugstore' items (Maybelline, Wet N Wild, Revlon etc). They have got everything so I really had to restrain myself from not buying all the things and I whittled it down to some items I have had my eye on for a while.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
If you're a reader of CM, you would have already seen this in my latest (and rather large) iHerb haul (here) where I promised a review with swatches of this e.l.f. Studio Beauty Book in Natural Look. I am a big fan of e.l.f. products and use many on a regular basis and considering how cheap they are, the quality is generally really good.
Friday, 18 July 2014
Pamplona Purple from OPI was actually one of the very first OPI nail polishes I bought and it definitely fueled an addiction to the brand soon after. I decided to give it a whirl on the nails again but had to add a bit of glitter just to spruce up the colour a bit.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
If you've been a regular reader of CM, you would have heard me on a number of occasions exclaim my dislike for lip gloss - well now I think I need to eat my words as I am finally getting into gloss. To be honest I was not expecting those words to come out of my mouth (or from my brain to my fingers typing this), but yes it is true; I've been dabbling in some lip gloss action and really enjoying it.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Benefit have got to be the makeup brand that do the best mini products, in the cutest kits. I am a huge fan of these things, as it is a great way to try out decent sized samples of the products to see if you actually like them. This particular set, named Primping With The Stars, says that it is the All-Time Greatest 'Fake-Its' Kit and it comes with six deluxe sample products (including two of my faves - POREfessional and They're Real). I have included links to the US Benefit website with the US prices, as well as the NZ prices if you want to purchase the products at Smith & Caugheys.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
As a nail polish-a-holic, my nails and surrounding nail beds get pretty dry and damaged, so I need a hand cream that is super nourishing and moisturising as soon as I rub it into my hands and I think I have found a new favourite in the Linden Leaves Herbalist Hand & Nail Treatment*.