28 August 2014

Favourite... Hair Serum

(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 mid-thirties so some anti-aging concerns) 

My first experience with Moroccan oil was with the expensive product simply called Morrocanoil. I loved it, but there were sooo many others on the market to try... I tried cheap ones, other expensive ones (e.g. Wella SP Luxe Oil), hair oils with a mixture of oils...

And you know what?! Out of them all, my hair LOVES Morrocanoil!

Moroccanoil Treatment’s versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.

Whatever the formula is, this beats out ALL I have tried. I use some after I have washed my hair, when my hair is still wet - my hair dries incredibly soft! And the smell is DIVINE!! It's great for use on the ends after straightening too.

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25 August 2014

Cards for a Cause 3

I've gone 'live' with my cards for a cause :) So far I have raised $60! Yay!


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


16 August 2014

Delicious Food!

Tequila Mockingbird, in Christchurch - 15 August

We did the Chef's Comilona menu, which on this night was:

Pao de Queijo - Jalapeno, cream cheese, Brazilian style cheese puff

Smoke Fish Croquetas - Lemon, chimichurri, traditional style Spanish croquettes

Spiced Crispy Chicken - Sweet potato salad, jerk spice caramel, Jamaican style chicken marinated in all spice and chilli

Arepas con venado - Chipotle, red wine and tomato, freshly cooked corn arepas served with chipotle BBQ braised venison

Blackened Salmon Fillet - Smoked mussel, ham hock, and leek ragout, sea run Akaroa salmon grilled with our spice mix


Wakanui Beef Cheek Asado Negro - Parsnip, black bean vinaigrette, golden raisins, Venezuelan style beef braised with red wine and chocolate

With, Red Beans and Rice - Coriander and oregano; And, Baby Gem Lettuce - Apple, celery, walnuts, blue cheese.


Churros Con Dulche De Leche - Freshly cooked beignets served with warm caramel sauce

I had cocktails with the meal - actually 2 of the same cocktail: Hibiscus Marisco; the unique flavour of hibiscus is mixed with limes and Pisco

11 August 2014

To the Anonymous Commenter...

This comment was left anonymously on a post. The post was from November last year, but the comment only from last weekend:

Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so 
I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.

I too am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for newbie blog writers? I'd really appreciate it.

There was a link to the aforementioned blog, but MY blog appears to have stripped it out of the comment :/ So, I can't find this person...

To Anonymous, thank you! Thank you for your kind comment, and for reading my blog!

I started this blog in 2005 (yikes!!). I've written in a journal since I was 9 or 10 (and still do), so a blog seemed like the next step. Over the years I've used this space for different reasons: personal rants, movie news, craft photos, concert updates/reviews, listing lists (I love lists hehe)... Basically, for whatever I wanted.

This blog is for me (selfish much?!)! Annnd, it's cool to think someone out there might just stumble across it and read something - a rave over my newest favourite lip-gloss, or a lament over my Ex...

I'm not a 'blog writer' (though, I have a blog, and I write...). The only suggestion I can think to offer anyone writing a blog: write what you know, what you love... share... be honest... be yourself. Use your blog to engage with others. Your blog doesn't have to be about one thing only - just go with it, and you might find your niche!

I don't know whether your blog is to generate money, or publicity, or what, but mine is just a personal scrapbook really - and then I started pinning some of the photos from my posts to Pinterest to share to a wider audience... I don't have a huge hit rate (except for one certain post I wrote about a certain celebrity and her plastic surgery *eye roll*) and I hardly get comments, but I'm not in it for that.

Oh, and spell-check! Grammar check! If you're going to write, get it right.

There blogs about how to blog; the dos and don'ts. I say use common  sense.

Unless you are doing something very specific, just go for it! (Use 'tags' to group your common posts, add a 'search' and subscription function for your readers, use widgets to link in your other social sites e.g. instagram, twitter etc., try to write regularly even if it's just once a week).

Good luck, and if you're reading this, please leave a comment with your blog address!!


Cards for a Cause 2

Okay, so I started off my charity card making here, with some 'boy cards'. Here is my next 'boy' design.

stamps: Hero Arts clear stamps Birthday Messages
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6), Basic Grey 6x6 pad Wander, Kraft card 
accessories: Lawn Fawn cuts Tag You're It, string, buttons, foam tape/squares, We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Pad (to punch the curved corners on the Kraft card)

Smashbox Make-Up

(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 mid-thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

I'm always on the look-out for the next best thing. But mainly, I haven't found basics that I am happy with - namely a foundation/powder, and under-eye concealer for dark circles.

I did get into the brand tarte. I use their BB cream daily, and recently tried their pressed powder and concealer stick. Right now I'm using tarte's BB cream as my foundation - it's super-light; mousse like. BUT, as a brand, tarte is hard to get in New Zealand: it isn't sold in shops here, so it's either auction sites, or overseas beauty sites (and NOT Sephora anymore, after they cut off my freight-forwarding service).

My recent forays into foundation brands include: Mac, benefit, and Revlon. None of the products I tried were quite right.

I've always been curious about Smashbox. As a brand, it's expensive here, and rather exclusive. In the US, it's much more affordable, though still a high-end brand.

So, I jumped right in! Below is a photo of my latest Smashbox haul (I also ordered a liquid foundation, but got the colour completely wrong).

Items include:
  • Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, 15G/.529OZ (full-sized), in Light/Neutral
  • Travel-size Full Exposure Palette, .14 fl. Oz. / 4 ml 
  • Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, 0.33 fl. Oz./10 ml 
  • Brow Tech To Go, in Brunette
  • High Definition Liquid Concealer, in Light

Off the bat, I really like the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder! It's my favourite find from the order.

Smashbox touts it as the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in. The formulation: pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide that delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day.

And: after 10 minutes there is a 33% decrease in the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, after 6 weeks of use, there is a 67% decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles overall. It's also oil-free, talc-free, and paraben-free.

What I notice is that it blends on my skin beautifully (to apply the powder, I use my Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush - say that 10 times fast!). I've not used a loose powder like this before, but it's easy! It has a system of twisting the top to release a small amount of powder - this means I don't feel like I am wasting any. Swirl your brush around, give it a wee tap, and away we go. 

I've been using it over my BB cream. No chalky finish (yay!). No setting into creases (yay!). The light/neutral colour seems to work for me - I am going to try the next lighter one just in case (in the travel size). It sets nicely, gives a matte look, and helps to cover-up some redness and light blemishes. 

Overall, I'm  impressed with the effect/coverage! If it does all the other stuff it's supposed to do, I'll consider it a bonus. It certainly beats out the tarte pressed powder. Do I dare say this is a HG* item for me?!

The other item I love is the Brow Tech To Go. The colour (Brunette - a dark brown), is easy to twist up for application. The shape of the tip allows for thick AND thin lines. The gel on the end is a nice finishing touch! I get my brows shaped and tinted once a month, but this is great for touch-ups. This morning a female colleague commented on how nice my brows looked hehe So it must be making a difference! 

The under eye primer, and the concealer are fine - I'm not wowed yet. I don't have an under eye primer so I will keep using that, and the concealer certainly works on spots (just not completely sure about under my eyes). I'm going to try Smashbox's concealer stick (opposed to this liquid one) as I've read some positive reviews around covering dark under eye circles. 

As for the Full Exposure travel palette - I'm already a fan of the full-sized palette, so I am familiar with the colours (I actually like to use the matte colours as a base, and sweep the glittery shades over top). This is small and super-thin; perfect for on-the-go!

*HG = Holy Grail item hehe.

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When you're rude

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


04 August 2014

I burned your poems

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