Redhead Rambles #42

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • I rocked a sparkly, fuchsia lip last Friday! As I’m sure you know, fuchsia is my favourite lip colour to wear.
  • One of my work colleagues didn’t feel well so I tried to look after her. I gave her painkillers and a glass of water and made sure she had someone to collect her from work.
  • I got my fringe cut. I always get my mum to do it in between haircuts.
  • I vacuumed the other half of the house on Saturday.
  • I watched Me Before You for the second time on Saturday night and cried. I didn’t cry watching the movie the first time or reading the book but it’s such a good movie and you can’t help but feel for Louisa.
  • It was my second to last regular Sunday at work, I’m going to miss the Sunday crew. With my new role I will only be working one weekend day once a month or so. I’ve worked during the weekend for more than two years so it will be a little odd to get used to at first.
  • On Monday I woke up with a sore stomach and stomach pains but they had settled down by the time I got to work.
  • I enjoyed reading Cleia’s review of the Brown Sugar palette from Colourpop. She always writes great reviews and includes swatches and looks she creates with each palette.
  • On Tuesday I had a headache which turned to a migraine in the evening. After I got home from my customer service course that evening I felt delirious and sick and ended up vomiting from the pain. I didn’t have dinner and went to bed.
  • I woke up with the headache slightly still there on Wednesday morning but thankfully it cleared by lunchtime.
  • My copy of The New Fashion Rules by Victoria Magrath (In the Frow) arrived on Wednesday. I can’t wait to read it!
  • On Thursday I wasn’t sure whether I was doing half a day at work or a full day so I made the decision to buy my lunch. I had Subway but I regret getting the footlong, it was too much sandwich. I did have a coupon for a free drink though.
  • After work on Thursday I did a little bit of blog post prep for next week and made a to do list for my days off.
  • It has been very warm this week. I miss sweater weather.

What I’ve been listening to:

  • Andy Brown – Keeper – I have adored Andy’s voice for years and this mid-tempo love song is one of my favourites from him so far!

How was your week?


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My Highlighter Collection

Highlighter has taken the makeup world by storm in the last 2-3 years! It is one of my favourite makeup products and I wear it more frequently than blush. I tend to wear either highlighter or blush, rarely both together. I’ve got a small, round face and my blushes have shimmer in them so they can almost double as highlighter – I don’t always feel I need to apply both.

Highlighter is one product I don’t want a huge number of, I prefer shades that are versatile and go with almost every look rather than unique colours I won’t wear often. My collection consists of five single shades and one cream highlighter palette.

1. I Heart Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter

For fair skin tones in particular this highlighter is lovely but it would also be beautiful on deeper skin tones. I feel like this would also suit lighter hair colours rather than dark. This looks good on me as a redhead because it has purple hues and purple suits me. Despite the purple tones this highlighter still goes with almost every look. The formula is soft, not chalky or powdery and there’s no kickback when you swirl a brush around. The highlighter applies the same with fingers and a brush. Value for money wise this is the least expensive highlighter here ($10 NZD) and it is just as good as the others!

2. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal 

I won this Opal mini in a giveaway in 2017 and as you can see from the picture it looks like I have barely used it! This is a gold-champagne colour and I was worried it would be too warm for my skin tone but being a redhead saves the day again. The highlighter pulls on the warmth from my hair and freckles and makes the colour work. I do prefer to apply this with my fingers as I only use the smallest amount and some of my brushes are too big for the pan. The formula is very soft and buttery. I’ve tried this over gold eyeshadow and it looks really pretty, I love multi-use products!

3. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Mary-Lou is a cross between Opal by Becca and Soft & Gentle by MAC. This highlighter is one that suits a lot of people and if you don’t own any other highlighters or you’re looking for a good staple highlighter for your collection I recommend this one! The formula is smooth, not chunky or powdery and you can wear Mary-Lou Manizer subtly or build it up for a more intense shine. The pale champagne colour lends this to being a great base eyeshadow shade all over the lids as well. This applies the same with a brush and fingers.

4. Chi Chi Unicorns & Mermaids Cream Highlighter Palette

When it comes to makeup, I’m not really a palette girl but my mum spotted this in May and it was love at first sight! The colours are a little unusual but they are still pretty wearable. The blue shade, Rainbow, is my favourite. It’s a purpley-blue so it’s not too out there. I haven’t delved into the bottom row much apart from Stars and I’d love to give the greener shades a go sometime! Unicorn is pretty but a little too pink if you’re not wearing any other pink and Sunshine is a white-pink that is subtler than Unicorn and one of the more neutral shades in the palette. Chi Chi do a powder highlighter palette similar to this with eight shades so you can pick which formula works best for you.

5. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Soft & Gentle is a cult MAC product and it’s easy to see why. MAC describe this shade as a gilded peach bronze and if you are pale or have a lighter skin tone this will be stunning! I got this back in August and it is what I have used most days on my cheeks. This is the most versatile highlighter here in my opinion and it also works as an all over face powder – it’s not too shimmery with a light dusting and it gives a nice glow. On minimal makeup days this would be lovely over top of moisturiser, with a little bit of lip gloss and you’re good to go. Soft & Gentle and Goddess of Love are both baked highlighters but unlike Goddess of Love, Soft & Gentle does have kickback when you swirl a brush (as you can see in the photo – that’s why I didn’t wipe it off). This is also the most expensive of the bunch at $66 (NZD) but if you look at how long a product like this will last and how many uses you get, it evens out.

6. xoBeauty Radiant Glow Highlighting Powder in Aurora

I have only had Aurora for a couple of weeks but so far so good! I don’t have a light pink highlighter and this fills the gap nicely. It’s a very neutral shade once applied and will go with almost anything. The silver chrome packaging is pretty and like Opal and Mary-Lou Manizer, Aurora comes with a mirror. No mirror is not a deal breaker for me personally but the size of the mirror you get with this product is good, it’s bigger than the mirrors in Opal and Mary-Lou. The formula is silky smooth and looks beautiful on the skin. Similar to Soft & Gentle, Aurora can be used as an all over face powder and gives a beautiful sheen. I find this highlighter applies best with a brush and I use the Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush because it has dense bristles.


From left to right: Goddess of Love, Opal, Mary-Lou Manizer, Soft & Gentle and Aurora.

Chi Chi Unicorns & Mermaids Palette:

From left to right: Sunshine, Unicorn, Rainbow, Stars, Atlantis and Mermaid.

Is highlighter one of your favourite makeup products? How many do you own?


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Redhead Rambles #41

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • Over the past couple of weeks I have been spending barely any time on Facebook and I have really enjoyed it. Facebook is my least favourite social media (sometimes I don’t quite know why) and I’ve only been popping on once a day to check for any notifications.
  • I had a date last Friday and long story short it wasn’t the best. I didn’t feel comfortable and I found it hard to make conversation. He had ordered for himself before I arrived, he got his phone out and was using it when I was talking and laughed at me on two separate occasions for being short and liking Kylie Minogue. When it comes to dating I feel old before my time. I want someone respectful, not selfish and someone that can actually hold a conversation. (Hope you don’t mind my dating rants!)
  • I purchased a copy of The New Fashion Rules by Victoria Magrath (In the Frow). My book was shipped on Monday so it should arrive in the next week or two.
  • Sunday marked my first day back at work after my time off and it was nice to see everyone and catch up. I felt chatty and it was a good day.
  • On Monday I was offered and accepted a new job. It is still at the library but I will be working more on the administration side of things. I applied last month and was told I wasn’t successful but the other candidate is taking another job so it was offered to me.
  • As a result of the new job I will be working more hours so until I get into a routine and figure out everything there won’t be three posts per week. I am aiming for one plus Redhead Rambles.
  • On Tuesday I started doing some tasks for my new role. I am working my current job and doing training for my new job.
  • I won $30 at work as part of a Melbourne Cup sweepstake, the horse I had came 2nd.
  • On Thursday a customer at work gave myself and two colleagues cards for a free coffee to thank us for our help over the past few months.
  • I had Subway for lunch on Thursday and had a coupon for free bacon on my sandwich! It was delicious.
  • I haven’t been able to read very much this week as it has been full on.

How was your week?


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Makeup Revolution Blush Queen Palette Review + Swatches

Back in September, Revolution launched in New Zealand on the Farmers website. Only a couple of days earlier I was eyeing up the Blush Queen palette on the brand’s British website. Blush Queen contains a mix of eight blushes and highlighters all with an underlying pink tone. Usually I don’t like pink on my cheeks as my skin has slight redness and I find pink accentuates it but, spoiler, this palette is really nice!

The product has a baked, marbled effect but it is still smooth, blendable and finely milled. The smallest amount of product is all you need for a subtle, naturally flushed, everyday look but the shades can easily be built up for more oomph. Due to the shimmer in these I find they are a nice cross between a blush and a highlighter, especially if you’re like me and don’t often wear both together. I tend to apply shades from this palette a little higher up than I normally would a blush to make the shimmer look more natural. I am yet to try these as eyeshadows but I imagine they would look pretty and applying them to the eyes and cheeks would really tie a look together when you’re running short on time.

The shades in the palette don’t have official names so I have numbered them from 1-8 and I will give a quick rundown on each shade and mention whether I use it as a blush or a highlighter. The beauty of this palette and makeup in general is that it’s so versatile and what I use as blush or highlighter others may not. No combinations are wrong.

Shade 1 – Highlight: In real life this is more of a light purple-white and is definitely the most neutral shade in the palette.

Shade 2 – Blush: This is very similar to shade 6 except this is more pink and 6 is more peach. Both shades are peachy-pinks and remind me of Orgasm by NARS with less gold.

Shade 3 – Blush: This borders on being blush and highlight and is the lightest pure pink in the palette which tips it into blush territory for me. A very natural looking pink on the cheeks.

Shade 4 – Highlight: This is the iciest looking shade in the palette, not in a bad way, it just has the lightest tone. One of my personal favourites.

Shade 5 – Blush: This is another blush perfect for a more neutral day to day look. This shade is your nude-pink of the bunch.

Shade 6 – Blush: See shade 2.

Shade 7 – Blush: I find this to be the most pigmented shade in the palette. This blush is a bright magenta-pink and won’t be forgiving if you don’t build up colour slowly.

Shade 8 – Blush: Another one of my favourites. This gorgeous berry-pink is surprisingly not as intimidating as I thought it would be.


Swatched in order from shade 1 – shade 8, left to right.

Overall Thoughts

For the price this palette is great value. $16.50 (NZD) for eight shades works out to $2.06 each. The packaging feels sleek and sturdy and the fact this palette doesn’t have a mirror doesn’t bother me. The quality of the product is up there along with all the other Revolution makeup I’ve tried. I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup and don’t like to have too much of one thing. This palette slots in nicely with my other two single colour blushes and gives me a little more variety. The blush shades apply the same with fingers and brushes. The colour and pigmentation lasts well throughout the day. If you’re apprehensive about trying certain shades of blush like I was or don’t know whether you’ll like a palette, Revolution is a good brand to try. Their products aren’t expensive and will help you make up your mind without compromising on quality.

What do you think of these colours? Do you prefer single blushes or palettes?


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Gratitude: October 2018

Compared to last month October hasn’t been a month of driving practice and reading. I haven’t been on a drive for a number of weeks due to different things getting in the way and I haven’t been hitting my usual target of one book a week. I feel like I have been listening to music a lot and quarter four always brings new releases. October felt busy and I almost can’t believe all of these memories are part of the same month.

Here’s what made me smile:

October 1: My Makeup Revolution blush palette arrived!

October 2: Tried an apple turnover for the first time.

October 3: Rainbow dance party at work.

October 4: Got bits for quiz night.

October 5: Quiz night makeup turned out nice.

October 6: Blog post preppin’ for the week ahead.

October 7: Smoky eye and pink cheeks and lips.

October 8: Online retail therapy courtesy of White Fox Boutique.

October 9: Kind people commenting on my lipstick (Show Orchid by MAC).

October 10: Soft, pink makeup.

October 11: Burger King lunch.

October 12: The rain was nice.

October 13: Mum always reassures me that things will be ok.

October 14: Bakery treats.

October 15: Homemade pizza is the best!

October 16: Customer service course was better than expected.

October 17: Last day of the blog giveaway!

October 18: My order from White Fox Boutique arrived.

October 19: Drew the blog giveaway winner.

October 20: Leftover butter chicken.

October 21: Simple, quiet day at work.

October 22: Afternoon nap – haven’t had one of those in a long time.

October 23: Got everything done after work that I needed to.

October 24: Yummy pain au chocolat for morning tea.

October 25: New Ellie Goulding music!

October 26: Loved my eye makeup!

October 27: My brother came down to help look after mum.

October 28: Productive blog photo day.

October 29: Tried Texas Chicken, much tastier than my last KFC experience!

October 30: Bubblegum Frappucino from Starbucks, it was bright pink.

October 31: Harry and Meghan visited my city in New Zealand.

What were you grateful for in October?


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Redhead Rambles #40

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • On Friday I had a few things I needed to do in town. I felt like doing really nice makeup and I absolutely love how it came out. (It’s the second to last most recent selfie where I’m a wearing a black top and light pink lip colour).
  • On Saturday my mum went to hospital. She hasn’t been well for the past two weeks and she gets bad asthma. She’d been to a doctor and was prescribed antibiotics but she still wasn’t well. As a child I have witnessed a flare up of her asthma numerous times and almost every time I am the one that looks after her. 90% of the time I manage to keep her calm and she doesn’t have to go to hospital but last weekend I felt like I failed her. If I hadn’t been sick myself she either wouldn’t have got sick or I would have been able to care for her better.
  • Long story short, she discharged herself on Saturday night. The antibiotic changed and she felt better. I was thankful to my brother who drove down to be with us. On Sunday she woke up and the change in how she felt and acted was clear to see. She is still coming right and it’s a slow process but I am glad I have been off work this week to help her.
  • On Sunday my brother and I got our traditional curry and I also introduced him to those yummy donuts!
  • I got photos done for upcoming blog posts on Sunday and sang and it felt like the first calm day in a while.
  • On Monday I went to the post office and spent the afternoon doing a couple of modules for a customer service course I am doing at work.
  • We had Texas Chicken for dinner on Monday night (it opened recently and it’s sort of like KFC) and I really enjoyed it!
  • On Tuesday I tried a Bubblegum Frappucino from Starbucks to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in New Zealand. It was nice but my favourites are the Toffee Nut or the French Vanilla they had a few years ago but have never brought back.
  • Tuesday afternoon I was so tired (I haven’t slept much these past few weeks) so I curled up in bed and caught up on a bunch of YouTube videos.
  • I haven’t read hardly at all since my time off started which makes me sad but I started an ebook on Tuesday night – a Vera Stanhope mystery by Ann Cleeves.
  • My brother went home on Wednesday. I had a lazy day and my first sleep in in a while.
  • I finally got around to watching Faye & Giovanni’s dance from Saturday’s episode of Strictly. Faye is doing so well and I’d love to see her win!
  • On Thursday I slept in again and had another easy day. I showered, painted my nails, washed a few makeup brushes, read and blogged.
  • I haven’t eaten very well this week, there’s been more fast food than usual but I still wouldn’t say I’ve eaten excessive amounts. Do you notice when you’re busy or unexpected things crop up plans and routines go out the window?

How was your week?


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October Favourites 2018

October has felt like a busy month. We are heading towards the end of the year and this month has had many different things going on. I made some online orders (clothes and makeup), myself and my mum have been ill and I haven’t read as much as I would have liked due to busy pace. The past few weeks I’ve felt tired and haven’t eaten all that well due to being sick.

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Urban Decay Primer Potion – I purchased the Primer Potion from MECCA Beauty last month and I have been using it non stop! In this post it was love at first use and one month later I feel exactly the same. This is one of those cult beauty products that is worth the hype! Going into warmer weather this will help my eye makeup stay on longer. This primer doesn’t irritate my eyes and it’s just as easy to remove as it is to apply.

2. Kmart Iridescent Metal Straws – Metal straws are good because they are reusable but what’s cool about these ones is they are iridescent and change colour depending on the light. Sometimes mum and I make milkshakes if we have milk that’s going to go out of date and we don’t want to waste it. We’ve started using these straws in our milkshakes instead of plastic ones. The texture of the metal is different if you’re used to plastic but it’s no big deal. (FYI, I’ve reused plastic straws in the past too, I don’t always throw them away after one use).

3. Kylie Little Stars Duvet Cover – This duvet cover is actually for children but it doesn’t look like it. The duvet is a double and I don’t know about you but I never had a double bed as a child – I still don’t – it has the perfect amount of drop for my king single bed. The duvet is a lovely blush pink colour although it looks more cream in photos (the duvet was the backdrop for the main image). With this duvet set I got two pillowcases and three cushions and a couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of the cushions to my Instagram. The sparkly sequins are what make this set look more grown up.

4. The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter – I have only used this a couple of times already but I do like the scent. The scent is zesty and fresh and not like the girly, sweet ones I usually plump for. I bought this in a Boxing Day sale in December 2017 so I’m glad to finally start using it! I do think it is an appropriate spring scent and using this in winter would have been odd. I love the lime green colour of the body butter and the texture is super soft and creamy.

October’s Spotify Playlist:

What were your favourite things in October?


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Halloween Makeup

Halloween isn’t a big deal in New Zealand which I think is due to us being in spring when it falls as opposed to autumn for the other side of the world. I’ve been trick or treating once and personally I don’t go to parties or dress up. Not wanting to be a complete spoilsport I thought it would be fun to create a makeup look inspired by dark, bold colours. I was very much inspired by Rebecca’s makeup in this post.

  Products listed in order of application:

1. Olay Complete UV Lotion Sensitive – Since using this moisturiser I have noticed clearer skin, I don’t get a lot of blemishes anyway but even less now. I really like how this works.

2. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – The last use of this primer was for this look! It’s finally finished! It’s a good primer.

3. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – In all the time I’ve had this brow pencil the colour has always remained the same and the pencil has never dried out or turned crumbly.

4. Max Factor CC Cream – 40 Fair – I have been loving this the past week or so on my sick skin. It applies so smoothly over my moisturiser and primer and doesn’t accentuate dry skin or redness. One layer is enough and the product blends/buffs really easily.

5. Urban Decay Primer Potion – I am a total convert to eye primers but only if they’re as good as this one! It has become a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

6. MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NW10 – This concealer blends effortlessly on top of the Max Factor CC cream.

7. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – A light dusting of this over my cheeks to add a light wash of colour and make the look slightly more matte.

8. Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 Palette – The two dark greyish-blue shades at the end of the palette stood out to me and are a key element to this look. I used the first shade in the palette all over the lid, the second to last shade in the crease and the last shade on the right on top of the base shade.

9. MAC Silver Pigment – Silver eyeshadow has always been my jam, I find it easier to work with than gold as some golds are patchy. I applied the pigment to the inner half of the eyes to make them pop.

10. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara – Further adding to the dramatic, dark overall look. I use this mascara in the Extreme Black shade as I love super dark lashes.

11. Chi Chi Unicorns & Mermaids Cream Highlighter Palette – I purchased this palette earlier in the year and while my mum uses it most of the time I knew the blue shade ‘Rainbow’ would look lovely with the silver-gunmetal eye. The cream formula is easy to work with and you can build it up or keep it more subtle.

12. MAC Matte Royal – The blue lipstick came out! I don’t wear this shade often but it’s good to have on hand for looks like this. I instantly knew I wanted to create a cool toned, blue look and this was one of the key products – it’s perfect!

The Finished Look:

Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you think of this makeup look?


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Redhead Rambles #39

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • Last Friday I drew my giveaway winner for Monday’s announcement post. If you aren’t already aware, the winner is Nadine!
  • Late on Friday night I placed an xoBeauty order. I ordered one of the Radiant Glow Highlight Powders and a Detail Fibre Brush. I have heard Shannon mention this brush is particularly good for blush which is what I intend to use it for. As Monday was a public holiday in New Zealand the items shipped on Tuesday and arrived the next day.
  • I was very tired on Saturday but luckily perked for work on Sunday.
  • On Sunday I ordered Dominos pizza online and there was a mix up, I ended up with two deliveries at my door. I went to pay with my card online and it said the transaction could not be processed and it timed out and directed me back to the home page. I started my order again and selected a different payment method this time. Luckily I did because it turns out the first payment and order had gone through and after the first order had been delivered a second one turned up. I explained the mix up and realised I should have phoned the store. I felt bad so I Facebook messaged the company and they told me not to worry, I wouldn’t get in trouble for sending the second delivery man away.
  • On Monday I didn’t sleep in but I was tired again so I had an afternoon nap.
  • Tuesday was very hot and I had a few errands to run after work; go to the chemist and get a few bits from the supermarket. At the supermarket I bought a pain au chocolat for morning tea on Wednesday and it was delicious!
  • Wednesday was also my last day of work for a little while, my annual leave started on Thursday.
  • No sleep in again on Thursday so I got up and made a mocha and an omelette for breakfast.
  • I wrote a list of what I want to get done during my time off and I managed to cross off pluck eyebrows and shave legs within the first day.
  • I bubble wrapped the giveaway items and found a box to send them in to keep them secure.
  • I tried The Body Shop’s Virgin Mojito body butter for the first time and it smells so fresh. The formula is soft and creamy and it’s a gorgeous lime green colour.

What I’ve been listening to:

Ellie Goulding – Ellie released a new track called Close To Me this week and I also played Delirium.

Dua Lipa – Dua re-released her debut album with new tracks.

How was your week?


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1,000 Followers Giveaway WINNER!

My 1,000 Followers Giveaway closed on Wednesday and today I get the joy of announcing the winner!

Firstly, thank you to those who took time to enter the giveaway! I honestly thought there would be more entries but on the plus side, the entries I did get had less competition and higher odds of being chosen!


Nadine from 

As mentioned in the rules of the giveaway post in order to choose the winner I selected my five favourite entries based on adherence to the rules and general blog engagement. From there I assigned each entry up to three numbers (depending which platforms each person entered on) and the date of their comment.

I drew up a page in a notebook and recorded all the entries. The names with the asterisks beside were my five favourites. Further down the page I wrote a list of the five names and their assigned numbers.

The number generated ranged from 1-13 (as not everyone entered across all three platforms). I then used Google’s random number generator to select the overall winner!

I will be in contact shortly Nadine and I aim to package everything up and ship it off as soon as possible!

Thank you to everyone for their support during the giveaway and all of the nice words written about me and my blog. I loved seeing which product everyone was most excited to win!

A big thank you to the other four entrants who made it into my top five; I wish I could send all of you a prize ❤

Congratulations once again to a deserving winner!


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