I have been taking part of a Skin journey with Caci Clinic for the last few months and today was my second appointment with what looks like a tiny little torture device, the Dermal Roller. While it looks like a tiny torture device covered in painful needles it’s more like a one-stop shop skin savor device for the skin. Why? It has a tonne of benefits, reduction in deeply pitted acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin discoloration, collagen induction, pore shrinkage and enhanced product absorption. Sounds good right?Read More
In a matter of seconds, I kind of lost it today. Not in the crazy throw shit around kind of way, but went from feeling ok to feeling exhausted, frustrated, mad, anxious, sad and teary all at the same time. I had a little bit of a rant on my Instagram story as I am a firm believer in venting, but I still held back.Read More
In the nesting period prior to the boys arriving Anna had created a well-oiled infant care factory, everything was within arms reach from the change table, creams, wipes, and nappies muelled back from the States by Anna’s father, we had in-exhaustible stock piles of everything imaginable. Anna would park up like a breeding sow while I passed her our sons, burped, changed, swaddled and settled them on a two hourly schedule. Feed, burp, sleep, shit, change, repeat. We were getting maybe 30-40 mins sleep in-between the grueling schedule. Anna’s mother moved in full time during the day with us, cooking, cleaning, forward momentum. Linear never lateral remember. This wasn’t exactly what I had planned for parenthood, I had anticipated spending time at cafes with my wife in active wear, myself in loafers, khakis and polo shirts, fuck I don’t know, whatever I thought it wasn’t this! A relentless punishing schedule of screaming infants and sleepless nights was the hand we were dealt and it started to take its toll. The boys had both colic and reflux, this meant all the time Anna would spend feeding them would be instantly wasted as the only meal option to them would turn and burn its way back up and out of their mouths. We were forever covered in the sweet sickly smell of breast milk vomit. We tried everything, and by everything, I mean, EVERY FUCKEN THING. Gripe water, losec, kumara mash and breast milk, dietary changes for Anna who at this stage was still suffering from hyperemesis, you can imagine how much fun it would be spewing while breast feeding twins at the same time and tearing your c section stitches. There was nothing in her tank other than love and it was beginning to look like that wasn’t enough.Read More
I can still remember the drive to the hospital, last nights drinks had me stragely relaxed. I was taking photos of the sunrise along the motorway as we drove, more photos out the hospital window where we waited for the plan of attack. I guess at this stage it still felt like we were just going to be sent home, we were 34 weeks and I still had a couple of big nights up my sleeve and our OB wasn’t around, neither was his back up so here we are with option number 3 in his casual morning attire. This isn’t the plan. Turns out it is.Read More
I get asked random questions all the time on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook so I thought I would do a call out and pull some together into a blog post. I’m an open book, so am happy to share anything people are curious about. Topics covering Alopecia, Oscar & Hunter, Tummy Tuck (as of recently) and what I used to do prior to motherhood are the most popular topic of questions it seems. If I have missed anything ask away and I can add to this or do a round 2.
Anyway here goes…..
You may see people from St John out in the streets next week April 9 – 16 shaking their buckers as part of the annual Heart Of Gold street appeal to raise money for command units and specialist specialist equipment to be used when responding to major emergencies.
I don’t think you need me to tell you how important St Johns is to our nation, they run all our ambulance services and are a charity. Which means they rely on donations and grants to help treat nearly half a million people each year.Read More
Cryolipolysis…what on earth is that you say? Cryolipolysis is the process of freezing your fat cells which crystallise, break down and then pass through your body through you natural metabolism process. Fancy right? But so clever. Now don’t get too excited, this isn’t a weight loss solution, you can’t freeze the fat off your entire body, it’s used to target specific areas of stubborn fat that isn’t budging through diet and exercise. That for me? The back of my hips giving me that sweet little muffin top.Read More
About a month ago I visited the Osmosis headquarters and was schooled in their new beauty line Osmosis Colour, well I shouldn't say new, as it isn't, but for some reason I hadn't come across it which is weird as I know all about their skincare range. Madness I tell ya! The collection is mineral based and I have fallen in love with it more and more from the day I started wearing it. Where to start?Read More
So I made my Chicken Lettuce cups and snapped them the other day and had so many requests for the recipe, so here it is. I usually double this so I have left overs for the next few days. It even gets better with time, all the flavours melt togetherRead More
The brand new and highly anticipated M•A•CMariah Carey collection landed on my door step today and oh my oh my it has me excited. The packaging is so beautiful, and EVERYTHING you would expect from Mariah herself. Glitter, glitter and gold! Check the epic range below.Read More
Christmas time, a time for connecting with family and friends, eating, drinking and being grateful for our wonderful lives...AND all the beauty brands release their holiday collections. I LOVE the holiday collections, they are usually packs of adorable minis, limited edition prints, products and colours, makeup bags and general awesomeness. That's totally a word! Here are a select few of my favourite gift sets this season. Plus a giveaway for one lucky reader. Advent calendars are so much better when filled with Jo Malone minis. Am I right or am I right?! The House Of Jo Malone is so lust worthy, just look at that packaging!
In all those gorgeous little boxes is a mixture of travel candles, bath oils, hand lotion, body creme, hand wash and cologne. Jo Malone can't put a foot wrong in my book, so you know you will LOVE each and every treat awaiting you on your lead up to Christmas.
$380 available at Jo Malone.
While we are on the Advent calendar bandwagon how about this bad boy of surprises from Clinique? Such a vast array of products and perfect for any Clinique lover.
The 24 days of Clinique is RRP $169
I'm a Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream addict, have always loved the original and this year became obsessed with the oil. If you haven't tried it, you need too!
Eight Hour Cream Beauty Set is $85 and comes with Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Original 50g (full size), Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 (full size), Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment 30ml, Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil 30ml and Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturizer for Face SPF15 15ml
I couldn't choose between these two from the M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet collection. The warm eye compact comes with 3 beautiful shades that covers you for all your holiday looks and comes in a compact with a mirror and double ended eye shadow bash for $96. Love.
The Pigment and Glitter kit also come sin at $96 but the M.A.C pigments have so much bag for your buck. I seriously have pottle of these that I use regularly that are over 5 years old and are still 3/4 full, a little goes a long way! I love the red colour in this set, so beautiful. And you can remove the plastic insert and use the drawer container it comes in for storage.
Too Faced Let It Glow Highlight & Blush Kit $39 from Mecca Maxima.
Christchurch were bestowed upon them a a Mecca Maxima last week and they get a raft of goodies that aren't available here in Auckland's Mecca Cosmetica, like this gift set here. But little tip, you can stalk their products online and if you must have it ring and make a purchase over the phone and they can send it direct to your door. This trio kit comes with "mini glow-granting, cheek-flushing and bronze-bestowing goodies" aka deluxe Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo in Rosy Glow, deluxe Love Flush 16-Hour Blush in Love Hangover, deluxe Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer and a heart-shaped flatbuki brush.
I love the sample sizes, a good options to try the colours before committing to a full sized product and perfect travel sizes to pop in your handbag whilst away or out and about.
One lucky reader can win the above Too Faced kit. All you have to do is comment in the section below, Instagram or on my Facebook page about what's on your beauty wish list this Christmas.
Finding a great basics line can be difficult, you want something simple, but unique in design, not too pricey and something that lasts for longer than a season! I'm looking at you Bassike, holes are forever appearing in delicately washed tees! Lucky for me my clever sister-in-law has been designing Five Each for a number of years now and you need to get amongst it asap. Five Each is based and designed out of Mount Manuganui and my summer wardrobe is full of their tees, sets and dresses. In fact their matching sets are always my favourite, I have so many now and always get so many comments on them. In fact I wish I brought two sets of what I'm wearing below, I'm so paranoid it's going to be stained or ruined one day and then I won't be able to wear it anymore which will be a very very sad day.Read More
Host the Melbourne Cup lunch at Ostro? Hell yes! Jay and I went to the Melbourne Cup last year and had the best time. Naturally we were really excited when we were asked to host this event, but the first thing that went through my head was what to wear, dress, head-piece, make up and hair? First world problems I know. [wpvideo mLNqXghk]
I visited the new Elizabeth Arden boutique in Queen St earlier in the year to get a custom colour foundation, so figured I should try their makeup service. Race Day calls for classic beauty, that's what Elizabeth Arden stands for in my opinion and they most definitely delivered.
Dry and Tea is always my go to when I have an event to go to, you can be in and out in a flash and they always do an amazing job. Some hairdressers I have been to in the past are a bit scared to deal with my wig, you can see it on their face that they are scared it's going to fall off (it most definitely will not!) and whenever I have a new stylist at Dry and Tea it never seems to bother them.
Claire Hahn makes beautiful headpieces and I was lucky enough to borrow one for the day. I have been wanting to wear one of her incredible creations for a while and gosh it was so beautiful!
The dress I wore is an old Ruby one I bought earlier in the year and have worn quite a few times now, so flattering and it has pockets. I have a weird thing for dresses with pockets!
Watch the transformation below. P.s Of course the day I'm filmed with a high def camera a nice little red pimple decides to rare its ugly head!
Holy shit balls, you are pregnant...with twins! Now what?! I often get asked what I did to prepare once I knew we were having twins, so I have pulled together a few top line tips of what we did in the lead up to the birth of the Nuggets. Luckily we found out at 6 weeks so had PLENTY of time to get our heads around it. It's amazing how many people still don't find out about their being an extra baby till their 20 week scan. Imagine? Or pre scans when people didn't even know till they were suddenly birthing a second baby, talk about shock factor!
First things first, sit down, take a deep breath and start trying to wrap your head around carrying, birthing and raising siblings born at the same time. I'm not going to lie, it's a big task so best to start mentally preparing yourself for it, it will be hard but it will be bloody awesome too! You will cry, have moments of despair, how can I keep doing this etc, but it will ALL be worth it. It's true what they say, double the love, double the kisses and double the gorgeous moments. You really are lucky to be on the journey to life with multiples, twins, triplets or whatever as they are really a blessing. If you are reading this and thinking fuck off Anna, this is a total stitch up and not what I wanted at all just trust me, I felt the same way. But one day you do look at your tiny humans and think god I'm the luckiest mama on earth, I may take a little while like it did for me, but that day will come for you! So just hold on tight till you get there.
Support - Having support is one of the most important things with having children let alone multiples. Some of you may not have any family close that you can rely on but you will have friends. Let them know early on that once the babies arrive you would like them to come help hold them while you shower, vacuum, fold washing, watch them so you can have a nap and to cook. It may seem like a lot to ask but it's not, if they aren't happy to help in that way then, well, they are a pretty shitty friend and you should be given the boot! You're fabulous friends who are happy to do this just need direction, so by asking/telling them what you need help with early on sets the precedence and helps give them the info they need to help you out with your new life. Trust me, you should use all the help you can get! A tip my friend of multiples told me was that she got everyone to text her partner to organise visiting times, that way she didn't have to deal with the influx of messages, organising times so there wasn't too many people at once or politely decline if that day really was a day that you just needed to hibernate away from everyone.
Stuff - There is going to be a heap of baby stuff, bottles, pumps, cots, capsules, car seats, nappies, wipes, clothes the list goes on. I laugh when some well-meaning person told me I didn't really need two of everything. Because other than sharing clothes and toys as they get older, you really need double the amount of anything you would need for a newborn. A lot of people wait till later in the pregnancy to start buying things, or purchase a lot after their baby shower so there is no double ups. I would start buying early, spread those costs out as much as possible. If you are having a baby shower then make a registry, i know it can feel weird specifically asking for things bu it will help people make better decisions and you will end up with items you actually need/want. Now with all this stuff comes lack of space, start organising early, de cluttering and figuring out where you are going to put all this stuff.
Ask - Do you know someone who has twins? Doesn't have to be a good friend, they could be a friend of a friend or someone you knew that went to your school. If the answer is yes, get in touch, send them a message and ask for their advice, tips, tricks and ask as many questions as you have. I knew no-one who had twins and since I have had the boys I have been that person for so many people who have come out of the woodwork that I have known somehow. Twin mums can give you advice that other parents who had singletons (such a weird word I never thought I would use till having twins) don't have and they are always happy to share and will go out of the way to help you out as they know first hand just how tough it can be! Your friends with one baby are awesome support too, but they just don't know how to settle, breastfeed or carry two babies at once. Your twin acquaintances will give you invaluable advice. This leads me to my next point. What to do if you don't know anyone with twins....?
First Aid - Look after yourself! Your body is going two/three/four babies and we aren't really designed to do that! Its tough on the body so listen to it carefully. My best advice is to see a womens health physio from early one, they can help you with exercises to help your stretching muscles and ease aches and pains you are having, Physic combined with an Osteopath really helped me when I was in agony from back pain. I see Stacey at RE:AB in Ponsonby and couldn't recommend her enough. She is amazing! If your tummy is getting rather large and heavy a support belt like a smiley belt can really help take a load off, think of it as a bra for your expanding tummy!
Join- Join your local multiple birth club and their corresponding Facebook groups. There are thousands of members and they are all very active and supportive with helping new mums out with their twin wisdom. Whats even better as when you are up feeding in the night and wanting to know something, chances are another twin mum will be online too. It's funny how many conversations are had in those groups in the wee hours. You can find a list of the clubs here and they are usually about $30 to join. You can join the FB groups without being a paid member but it is worth becoming one as you get a box of Huggies when your babies are born (that is your $30 back right there), you get discount codes for so many different brands/baby stores and heaps of extra support. There is a great event they hold every few nights called "New Parents Evening" where members of the club spend a good few hours giving advice on your pregnancy and the newborn stage. It's really nice to hear all the things they have to say and helps put your fears at ease. Jay thought it was going to be "boring" but I dragged him along and he was so glad he did go as it really helped him figure out his new role as a twin dad.
I have such a tendency to write really long blogs and the reality is that this is the tip of the iceberg with what you need to do to prepare, but anything that I haven't covered off will be brought up or brought to your attention by doing the above. If there are any other specific questions you have then post them below and I can pull another post together to answer them all.
We moved to a new house over winter and now live a block from the beach! Which is heaven for Jay and the Nuggets who are all total beach bums - Jay grew up at the Mount and is a surfer so no wonder right?! Sand and salty water makes those three happy like no other. I on the other hand am a pool over beach kind of girl! It’s not that I don’t like the ocean or the beach for that matter, I just hate sand, and it goes hand in hand with the ocean unfortunately! It gets to me, especially if it's under my nails. Ugh! Sand castle building is a nightmare for me. Now I know I come off as sounding prissy here, I hate it, but I plaster a smile on my face and do it anyway because I love my kids and my kids love the beach. Our beach days are epic, once I get over the sand scenario. They are full of fun, laughs, food, and we make so many amazing memories. But with twins, and all my necessary beach items (more on that in a second), a quick trip to the beach or a full day comes with a LOT of stuff. Now we are walking distance from the beach I had to get my thinking cap on with what was going to be my beach essentials this year, and how I would be able to transport them from the house to the beach without needing a car. So here is my list of beach essentials:
Now prams are great for transporting children, but they won't cart two kids and a full day's worth of beach items. So my number one beach essential this year was a trolley that we could pull everything to the beach in (even the children sometimes), and one that wouldn’t take up a whole lot of room in our garage. I found a collapsible trolley on Trade Me for $128 that would carry 70kgs of weight. Perfect! I imagined the boys would want to pull it along too but our first trip to the beach this week saw them wanting a ride, of course!
It worked a treat though and it will be something we take down to the Mount with us now too; it was always a mission walking back to Jay's parents house from the beach with buckets, spades, towels and twins too! Why didn’t I think of this earlier?
Corny quote time; “music is the soundtrack to life,” and in our family that is so true. Our handy elements proof Sony wireless speaker always makes the trip to the beach with us.
When I’m at the beach I like a comfy setup. Pre-kids I could just lay on my back and read or soak up some vitamin D, and a towel would see me right. Two kids later and now I have to be sitting up, watching the kids, applying sunscreen, fetching snacks and playing with the kids. I like to have a plastic based picnic blanket I found at the Citta Outlet store to sit on, as towels are for drying wet children with rather than lounging on these days.
My favourite purchase for this summer is my Ezibuy Life Recliner seats. They lay flat for storage, have a strap to sling over your shoulder to carry, and with a few clicks the back can sit at a number of reclining levels. They are soft, comfy and I LOVE them. So nice sitting with back support at the beach as I have a bad lower back, plus they’re much comfier, lighter and easier to transport than your average beach chair too.
The Playpouch! We were gifted two of these and I singled one out right away for the beach. I throw everything into it and pull two drawstrings and it turns from a round mat to a bag - perfect for beach accessories! Even better is being able to lay it down and open it back out into a mat for use at the beach and for shaking all the sand out at the end of the day; no more bag crevices filling up with sand!
Turkish towels are my go to for beach use, they are just as absorbent but take up a fraction of space in your bag where space is at a premium and dry much faster. Winning!
Hydration is key and like me, my boys love their water cold. These Haakaa thermal bottles are great, add a few ice cubes and they keep your drink cold for hours.
Sunscreen, slip, slop and slapping is so important in our beautiful country. The boys still have a daytime nap, which usually means we hit the beach early in the morning or in the afternoon. The timing is great as during the middle of the day the sun is at its strongest and it's the best time to avoid being in the sun. When we are in the sun I cover myself and my little and big men head to toe. When I was given Banana Boat Sun Comfort to try I was intrigued. Remember how I said I hate sand being all over me? Well this sunblock actually helps repel sand and makes it easy to brush off after your day at the beach. I already have twins bringing all sorts of things into our home but sand is not welcome! This sun block really does work, it's super moisturising too and at the end of the day I could brush off my little cinnamon donuts (as Jay likes to call them after a day at the beach) really easily. Another win! Available in an SPF50+ Mist and Lotion, I’m more of a mist girl myself but the Nuggets love applying sunblock to each other so are all about the lotion as you can see below.
Last but certainly not least, swimwear! I bought the boys these cute togs in Bali in July (found a store you can buy them from Australia here) as Jay has a pair he bought in Bali a few years ago. Basically just wanted to take twinning to the next level! But how cute are they? We always buy the boys a wetsuit each summer as they love to lay in the shallow waters, but less face it, the water in NZ isn't exactly warm! These ones are Quicksilver and the bright colour makes for easy spotting if the beach is very busy and a Nugget decides to take a run for it. Jay is hoping he can chuck them on his surfboard this summer too, and Mummy will be watching anxiously from the shore line!
This post was brought to you by Banana Boat, but as always opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago I got to attend a M·A·C Technique class and it was all kinds of amazing. I learn visually, which is why the new interactive app and class is a game changer for those who want to see and experience the best tips and tricks in an intimate setting with the best M.A.C Makeup Artists. There are 13 different technique focuses and I'm sure their is something that someone starting out to a seasoned pro will enjoy.
Download the app and search for classes near you to book directly. Once you're signed up your App will unlock the face charts and tips and tricks for you to study up on before your class.
M·A·C Technique app features:
1. FIND - Explore the 13 technique focuses and locate the closest M·A·C Technique class
2. BOOK - Once the class is booked, a face chart with interactive tips and tricks, along with an outline of the workshop will be sent
3. LEARN - During class, use the App to take photos and videos of each step, add notes and tips, and list favourite products
4. SHARE - Refer to saved notes and list of products to recreate new looks at home. Looks are shareable across all major social platforms
5. DOWNLOAD – iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/technique/id1088385692?mt=8
1. GOING NATURAL
Master the “No Makeup-Makeup” trend. Learn tips from prepping and priming to choosing the right shades to create the perfect, flawless looking skin.
2. DAY TO NIGHT
Double duty looks - makeup that can be taken from day to night. Learn how to amplify features to give an instant refresh to the skin, or go for a whole new look.
3. THE STYLED EYE
The styled eye covers all types of eye makeup look - sultry, smoky, glossy, and graphic. Learn techniques from shading to highlighting, lining to defining, blending, lashes and brows – this workshop has it all.
4. BEAUTY BASICS
Makeup application is all about technique - this workshop is good for both beginners and artists looking for an update. M·A·C Artists show how to enhance features and learn a fresh new perspective on beauty.
5. ALL DAY FABULOUS
Keep makeup looking fresh all day - M·A·C Artist give tips on creating looks with staying power. From long-wearing formulas to secret techniques for achieving extended wear.
6. FRESH, LUMINOUS, LUXE
Makeup should feel comfortable and be good for the skin. In this class learn application tips on mineral-rich textures for looks that are fresh and luminous.
7. LIGHT AND BRIGHT
Learn how to create clear, even, radiant skin using M·A·C’s Lightful C collection.
8. SCULPT AND SHADE
Proper contouring can completely change the face shape. Learn how to emphasize flattering angles by creating dimension, symmetry and definition through shading and highlighting.
9. STUDIO READY
This class is all about makeup with maximum impact. Learn techniques tried and tested by M·A·C Artists on the runway and in the studio.
10. CELEB CHIC
Create celebrity inspired looks – personalized with tips from M·A·C Artists.
11. ON TREND
Find out the season’s latest looks from the artists creating the trends backstage, at over 500 shows each season. Play with new techniques and learn more about makeup’s current direction and products.
12. SPECIAL OCCASION
This class teaches techniques for creating standout looks for special occasions.
13. GROOMING BASICS
Learn about all the ideal products, tools and techniques for flawless grooming for men and women - from skincare and priming, to tone and texture and brows. These simple tricks can refine any look.
Today I was added to a closed Facebook group, nothing new to that right? What I found was an incredible group of women who are helping other mums in times of need. It was set up two weeks ago and now there are over 6,000 members and its growing fast. The premise of it? To help mums all over the country in times of need with meals or baking. I know there are companies that do this, but sometimes its hard to arrange it quickly, cater to dietary requirements and have restrictions as to who are eligible. This group is set up to help anyone in a time of need and it doesn't have to be for financial reasons only. Women have been asking for help and people are instantly coming to their aid. It's so heart warming to see this community of people really taking the time to help others, warm fuzzy feelings all around. Sometimes some home baking or a great home cooked meal is all it takes to make someones day, week or month! So check it out, join here and see if there is anyone in your neighbourhood that could do with a helping hand.
The ladies who created it were even on Breakfast this morning, you can check it out here.
I used to hate asparagus, I mean the smelly wee was enough to put me off let alone over cooked mushy grossness! That was until Jay taught me to cook Asparagus properly with this amazing recipe. Have a mentioned Jay was a home ec teacher in his previous life? No lie he taught at Tauranga boys in his early 20's before being hand-picked from MCing a Surf Comp to be the new male MTV VJ in the min 2000's. Anyway, i snapped about this recipe a month ago and I swear daily i have to tell people how to cook it and the results is always a resounding YUM. SO I have finally got sick of snapping back and have put it down here for you all to enjoy. I am no food blogger so excuse my amateur food photography but I hope you enjoy.Read More
I'm no makeup artist, and I don't wear a lot of makeup during the day unless I know I have somewhere to go/someone to see. I often get asked what products I use when I do have makeup on so thought the best way to show you all was to film myself. This is my 5 minute quick makeup look, my routine is a little different to the average person, I'm not using mascara for obvious reasons and my eyeliner is rather heavy to create depth giving the illusion of lashes. If I spend more time or wear shadow, I smudge out the eyeliner to give it a softer look with a create liner and shadow.
My brows are tattooed and I fill them in, I'm still learning as I never used to draw my brows in before I had them, whenever I tried they would end up wonky! Not a good look. You can also see a faint line of black around my eyes while I have no makeup on, I had them tattooed when I was 20, it has faded but it was never quite right so I always still lined them.
So hear we go, my first foray into filming myself. After the video are all the details about the products I used, some are old favourites and some are newer items but all my absolute favourite things to use day to day at the moment.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart
This is something new I have been using and I really love it! In short it helps support the surface layer of your skin - whereas most of the products you use are usually made to support the lower dermis layer of your skin - so it makes your skin's surface look really healthy, smooth and supple and it helps the products you apply after it work to the best of their ability. I usually apply it before moisturiser and serums, but add it as a priming step before wearing the following foundation.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation
As mentioned above, the reason I wear Superstart before applying this foundation is because this foundation is a new formula that holds anti-ageing properties. If I'm wearing foundation it's nice to know its actually doing something for my skin at the same time! The Superstart helps the Prevage foundation do its thing! Added bonus having Alopecia, can blend my foundation right out so there are no lines at the hair line.
M.A.C Mineralize Concealer
My favourite concealer, such a dewy finish and never creases in the delicate skin underneath the eye. I always apply it with a brush and pat it into the skin. Some people apply concealer first, but a makeup artist told me years ago to do it after your foundation, that way you can see what that doesn't cover and go from their. Otherwise you run the risk of going OTT on the concealer trying to cover every little blemish that your foundation may have covered anyway.
M.A.C Trip The Light Fantastic Powder
When I fist saw this blush I thought it would make me look so orange..but turns out it is the best blush I have ever used! I used to always go for pink blushes but turns out orange/red based blush is my jam. Never have had so many compliments on my rosy cheeks since I started wearing this.
Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Highlighter
If you follow me on snap chat you know how often I talk about this highlighter, it's my favourite and looks so beautiful on. Sadly it's limited edition so get it while it is still in stock! I have bought 4 of them so hopefully they last me a long time!
Elizabeth Arden Natural Brow Pencil - Brunette
I bought this gem at Farmers in Mount Maunganui when I was down there visiting my in-laws as my previous pencil ran out. It's the perfect colour for me especially when jumping between my lighter and darker wigs, it seems to suit all of them and never looks too light or dark. After 23 years with no brows, I'm still a newby to filling them in but getting better by the week!
Mac Boot Black Liquid Eyeliner
I have been wearing this eyeliner everyday since I was about 14, it's my go to and always goes on perfectly. Its super pigmented (i like my eyeliner jet black!) and doesn't move throughout the day.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil
I bought this at Duty Free when travelling to Australia and month ago and I'm loving it, its very black and once it sets it's waterproof and doesn't move. I hate having to re apply makeup through the day, it's not my thing so my favourite products are ones that go the distance.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Palette
Eight Hour Cream was one of those staples I grew up with, my mum always had it and I was forever stealing it. Perfect to use on anything that needs some help combating dryness. I still use it regularly and loved when I saw it in a coloured lip palette with 3 hues, all the moisture with a hint of colour and in a really easy handbag sized palette.
Is there any other videos you would like to see me film? Everyone seems interested in my wig so thought you may like to see how it all work and how I put it on?