27 November 2013

Favourite... Exfoliator (face)

(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

Though I am a huge fan of Decleor's skincare, I didn't like the exfoliator I tried (you applied it, let it dry, and then 'rubbed' it off. Messy!).

I can't quite remember how I got onto my favourite exfoliator - it must've been a promotional email from Beauty Bay (as that's where I bought it from, untried. I've reordered it since too!).

1. Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
Ultra-gentle Micro-Sphere exfoliation system reveals younger looking skin.
De-flakes and polishes skin without damaging skin cells.
Gel transforms into a silky milk which washes away to leave skin visibly brighter.
Rich in Omegas 3 & 6 to lock-in moisture. 
100% Detergent & Alcohol-free.  
 Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator marks an innovative and ultra-gentle approach to exfoliation. Unlike other exfoliators, whose uneven grains can damage and irritate healthy skin, Pai's clever Micro-Sphere system is formulated to protect as it polishes. Perfectly cylindrical 100% natural Jojoba Beads gently roll over skin, lifting away dead skin cells and surface impurities as they go. Enriched with exotic oils, the nourishing gel formula transforms into a silky milk, washing away to leave skin refreshed and radiant. High concentrations of Omega 3 & 6 plus Vitamins A, D & E instantly hydrate and soften your bright new complexion. Ideal for sensitive and problem skin, including skin prone to redness, eczema and acne.

This product really is gentle and refreshing. I love how my skin feels after! I try to use this once a week, twice at the most.

In my last order I also purchased Pai's hand cream. I've only used it once or twice, but so far it's lovely!

Have you tried either Pai's Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator - what did you think? I'd love to hear about their other products too! Comment below :) 

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25 November 2013

Celebrating an Anniversary, and inspiring a Birthday Day Card

Today we celebrated Deirdre's 1st anniversary with work! I was asked to make a special card for everyone to sign:

Inside the card:

The design above inspired this birthday card - it's on a smaller scale (A6). Simple and fun :)

Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Clear Stamps (for the banner), Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me Clear Stamps and Cuts Dies (birds and speech bubbles), Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments Clear Stamps, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs Clear Stamps and Cuts Dies, Lawn Fawn Quinn'S 123's Clear Stamps, Lawn Fawn Quinn's Capital ABCs
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: American Crafts My Girl, 300gsm white card (scored to A4 for the anniversaty card; scored and cut to A6 for the birthday card)
accessories: Papertrey Ink Trendy Tree Tops Die (for the tree branches), rhinestones, black sharpie marker (just to tie the banner to the tree branches) 

PS: here are some snaps from D's 1st anniversay work morning tea, which I organised :) The CEO's mandate was 'wear a hat'!

Annnnd Some Christmas Cards for good measure!

Ok, so I DID take a break to make gift boxes... but I made these two cards anyways! I am STILL trying to incorporate the mason jar into an acceptable christmas card...

This one I wanted to play with layers. The photo doesn't really show that the card is gold, with the christmas tree paper (and the green contrast) stuck directly to it, then I have used foam tape to raise the red paper layer. I have also bumped up the star, santa, and his speech bubble.

Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats Christmas Stamp Set, $2 shop mini-star stamp, Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm Clear Stamps and Cuts Dies (mason jar), Papertrey Ink Cupcake Collection Stamp Set (for the stars in the mason jar), Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Clear Stamps (for the banner)
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: A6 pre-bought plain gold cards, Rosie's Studio Christmas pad (from the Warehouse)
dimensionals/foam tape, rhinestones, Lawn Fawn Circle stackables dies 

Christmas Gift Boxes

I took a small break from making Christmas cards to make.... Christmas gift boxes! These are actually quite small - perfect for a little treat or two :) I used a pattern and handcut the shape, scored for the folded parts, stamped and embellished, then voila - easy!

This was actually super-fun - and a little mindless, which I clearly needed!! (my brain was fried!). 

I'll see if I can get the patten up... (I "borrowed" it from a cupcake box actually! So, these would be perfect to hold a single cupcake).

Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats Christmas Stamp Set, Hero Arts (Christmas) Laughter and Joy clear stamp
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: craft card (brown)

My Roommate Will Change the World

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.


20 November 2013

Mason Jar Xmas Card.. and a few more Foxes!

I'm still a little obsessed with using my Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm mason jar stamp in a christmas manner!

Here is one idea that happened - also my first time at finally using washi tape (pink with white dots). It's not baaaaad... it's just not right yet. I might have another go tonight :)

I also had some fun with my Papertrey Ink Hello Foxy stamps - birthday themed this time:

This one I made specially for a work colleague (inside it says: Happy Birthday Sophie with Lawn Fawn's ABC stamps and dies)

Supplies for Xmas Mason Jar
stamps: Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm Clear Stamps and Cuts Dies, Hero Arts (Christmas) Laughter and Joy clear stamps
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6), Kaisercraft Mint Twist
accessories: dimensionals, rhinestones, washi tape, pink/white string, sequins

Supplies for Foxy cards
stamps: Papertrey Ink Hello Foxy Mini Stamp Set and Die, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parade #2 Stamp and Die (for the flowers), Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me Clear Stamps and Cuts Dies (for the birds & speech bubble), Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Clear Stamps (for the banner), Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments Clear Stamps (for the 'happy birthday' and the party hat)
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6), American Crafts My Girl
accessories: dimensionals, black rhinestones (for fox's eyes), BIC Mark-It Fine Point Permanent Markers (to colour flowers), white marker (to colour fox)

Christmas Owl Gift Tags

I had some fun over the weekend playing with my Lawn Fawn stackable star dies, and an older wooden owl stamp by Hero Arts. I figure I can use this as tags on xmas gifts, and I have stamped the back with a simple 'Merry Christmas', so perhaps the recipient can then hang them on their Xmas tree? Just an idea :)

stamps: Hero Arts Holidays Owl Santa Wooden Stamp, Papertrey Ink Tiny Treats Christmas Stamp Set
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink,
paper: 300gsm red card,  Rosie's 6 x 6 Xmas paper (lovely paper pad bought super-cheap from The Warehouse: NZ$5 a pad!)
accessories: Lawn Fawn Puffy star stackables dies, Papertrey Ink Trendy Tree Tops die (for the branch), rhinestones, dimensionals, twine/string, white pen (to colour in the owls' hat and eyes)

Halloween 2013!

I am soooo late in posting this! I've been meaning to ever since Halloween...

Another fun night in our house, with spooky food and drink, and a scary movie

There was a clearly a 'Psycho' moment in our bathroom hehe (the food colouring washed right off too thankfully!!)

I bought a few new decorations this year (to add to our collection). Most things were found on sale at Spotlight, Martha's Backyard, and various Dollar stores.

Here are some free printable labels I found on the web and use. I didn't create these myself:
Halloween Bottle Labels (PDF) - great for wine bottles etc.
Blank Halloween Labels (PDF)

Halloween gives me an excuse to watch scary movies. I like a good scare - nothing too gory (torture-porn is NOT my thing; horrid!). Some of my favs are:

Honorable mentions:
Really scares me:

We ended up watching Drag Me To Hell - lots of fun.

18 November 2013

Taste of Auckland Festival 2013

On Friday night Rich and I headed to the Taste of Auckland festival:
This year Auckland’s premier food and drink festival celebrates 5 amazing years on the  New Zealand foodie calendar. Taste welcomes in the start of summer with a stellar line-up of local chefs and some exciting new features. Try a selection of signature dishes from Auckland’s finest restaurants as you stroll through New Zealand’s most glamorous food festival. Learn from our culinary superstars in a series of new Masterclasses and live demonstrations. Soak up the great music and festival atmosphere a drink in your hand and sample delicious treats from New Zealand’s top producers.
Barring some ticket issues* at the start, we had an AMAZING time. We actually treated ourselves to VIP tickets (which included some free bubbly, the wine tasting glass, $30 credit, and access to the VIP tent). Despite the dishes being small (this is about getting a 'taste'), we decided to share so that we could try more!

Our selections included:

From Toto' - Calamari, lightly fired baby squid, crispy vegetable, sesame seed, agrodolce sauce, AND, Tortelloni pasta, hand-made shaped tortelloni of egg pasta stuffed with duck, mushroom ragu, truffle oil, AND, Porchetta slider, free range roasted pork, spicy greens, sharp auricchio cheese, light mustart in a Toto' hand-made slider.

All were delicious! My pick was the Tortelloni; delicate and divine!

From Fish Chocolate popcorn, dark chocolate marquise, popcorn icecream, popcorn milk, caramel chocolate wafer

Absolute bliss! I am a huge fan of popcorn + chocolate

From Non Solo Pizza - Tartare di Manzo, Wagyu beef sliced, raw dressed with 65/65 free range yolk, NSP condiments, crispy wafers, watercress salad

Rich's pick... and I really enjoyed it! Raw beef...

From Depot - BBQ pulled pork sliders with apple slaw & pickled jalapenos, AND, Depot's famous sugar pie served with cream . 

Both very good... but I think I liked Toto's slider better. The sugar pie was amazing - so subtle.

From Everybody’s Izakaya - Pork & crayfish dumplings, yuzu miso, tuna tartare, AND, Karaage duck leg, yum yum and boiled egg cabbage.

Enjoyed both, but my pick was the Karaage duck; I thought I liked karaage chicken, but duck wins!!

From Baduzzi Crayfish meatballs, spring carrot, butter chickpeas & basil, AND, Wagyu meatballs, onion gravy & salsa verde.

Wagyu won.

*Tickets were through iticket. I purchased two early bird VIP tickets. I sent two emails enquirying about delivery, and neither were ever replied to! Then I get to the venue brandishing my receipt for my 2 x $30 credit... to be told the cards would've been in the courier parcel... I had to 'argue' for a while before 2 x $30 NEW cards were issued, as well as a credit card impression taken in case we then used the 'missing' cards :( Not a good experience, and the iticket booth were not open to THEM having made a mistake AT ALL - if the cards were missing (and THEY WERE!!!) then either: a) I was a criminal trying to game the system, or, b) the courier took the cards from my envelope... The new cards worked, and the old cards were cancelled - but the cancellation can take 24 hrs, so I guess we'll shortly find out if our missing cards were used by someone else!!!

I Can't Be This Person Anymore...

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.


(On the back: No matter what)

(On the back: But it feels so good once I finally do jump)