September Favourites + Highlights 2020


September has been an interesting month. A second wave of Corona Virus hit New Zealand’s shores in August and there has been a mixture of cases at the border and in the community. I feel as a country we will fluctuate between levels for some time. Also this month I received a letter with a date for my tonsillectomy – October 6th. I’m a little nervous anticipating what the pain will be like but in the long run I’ll be better off. I’ve got plenty of ice cream at the ready and I plan to rest and take it easy for a week or two. There’s been another hiccup with my mum, her magnesium levels have dropped right down again. The magnesium she was given in hospital isn’t available from a pharmacy and trying to find an alternative isn’t straightforward. Perhaps October will be a simpler month?

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Cotton On Body Cropped Fluro Hoodie – I purchased this hoodie last year and it is so comfy and cosy. I love the bright green colour and striped balloon sleeves, it’s certainly unlike anything else I own. The crop is not too short for my body and hits at the right place. It’s a good piece for the transitional months for layering too. I’ve included a picture of the hoodie below to give you a better idea what it looks like on.

2. Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eye Primer – I only used this primer for the first time about a week and a half ago in my Full Face of First Impressions and boy am I impressed! I have not gone back to the Milani primer since trying this as it’s much kinder to my eyes. I don’t know if its seasonal but over the past few weeks the Milani primer has dried out my eyelids and made them sensitive. The Rimmel primer does set but not to the point where eyeshadow doesn’t apply on top and it feels like pigment is dragging across the eyelids. I like that this has a doe foot applicator, it’s easier to control how much to apply.

3. MAC Double Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish – Double Gleam is my highlighter focus for September and she is a beauty! I had heard so many rave reviews about this shade and it really is worth all the hype. If you have fair to light skin you will especially love this, it is the perfect lit from within glow and the type of shade that goes with everything. MAC describe Double Gleam as a beige that breaks silver and the unique cream to powder formula is lovely, it’s very soft and easy to build and looks flawless on the skin. It can be used wet or dry, I have only used it dry as I like the intensity that gives but I can imagine it would be even more glowy if applied wet.

4. GHD Gold Styler – At the beginning of the month I treated myself to a new straightener. In all honesty the straightener I had was fine and did the job but I would have to go over certain areas of my hair a few times as it is quite thick. Once my hair is straight it will stay that way until it is washed again. The reason I looked at a GHD is to cut down on the amount of time it would take to straighten my hair. I also really like that the GHDs remain at a constant temperature and you can’t accidentally hit a button on the side that bumps the temperature up. I have used the straightener once so far and it only took 10 minutes to do all of my hair, my other straightener would take about half an hour. The quality and technology is really top notch, the straightener plays a sound when you turn it on and another sound when it’s heated up (roughly 25 seconds later). Hair is left looking shiny, sleek and healthy.

Close up of the sparkly detail on the plates of the straightener.

September Highlights

  • Steps released a new single and announced they are releasing a new album in November. Within minutes of getting the email announcing the album you can bet I had a signed copy pre-ordered!
  • September has been a good month for new music in general with releases from Delta Goodrem and Kylie Minogue as well.

September’s Spotify Playlist:


How was your month? Share one of your highlights in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “September Favourites + Highlights 2020

  1. danniijane says:

    It seems everyone’s getting a second wave we are too. Areas are in lockdown and I think we’re all tired of covid now🙈 I adore that jumper it’s such a soft coloured fluoro and so flattering😍 Hope your mum’s ok x

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    • Chanelle says:

      I agree that everyone is getting tired of COVID but it’s important people are still vigilant and don’t try and break the rules. The fluro jumper is quite bright but I don’t mind bright clothing/colours x

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    • Chanelle says:

      I can’t wait to use the GHD again, so impressed with it the first time 🥰 Steps aren’t favourites, there’s not pop music quite like how they do it! I’ll be better off in the long run after getting my tonsils out x

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  2. chloeburford says:

    I’m sorry September wasn’t very kind to you, I really hope things look up in October. I bought my first pair of GHDS a few years back and now would never go back to other straighteners, they are just so amazing and make your hair look so healthy! Goodluck for your op lovely xxx

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    • Chanelle says:

      It was a weird month haha, not horrible but just not great overall you know. I was very impressed with the GHD and can’t wait to use it again, my hair looked so shiny and healthy 😊 I’ve got my ice cream all ready for post op haha xx

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  3. crystalsandcurls says:

    I hope your mum’s okay and that you’re able to get her medication, Chanelle! It’s a nice practice you have to look back over the month and reflect on the positives though 🙂 I love CottonOn – their hoodies are always so comfy too! xx

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  4. alwayscleia says:

    That hair straightener sounds great! I never do anything with my hair because it just takes too long, it’s such an improvement going from 30 minutes to 10 minutes to style. I hope you have an amazing October! x

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  5. Rachael - Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    That jumper looks so up my street, I love the bright yet pastel tone of it!
    Yay on the GHD – glad you’ve invested in a pair, I’ve had 2 pairs and my current pair has lasted me about 7 years I think – they still look as good as new and work amazingly. When I started training to be a hairdresser when I was 16 I first used them and have been hooked on them since. I also like they have an inbuilt timer so if you forget to turn them off I think they turn off after 30 minutes, it doesn’t happen very often but when I can hear a little beep when I come back in if I’ve left them on I feel reassured knowing they switched themselves off!

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    • Chanelle says:

      The jumper was a great discount find last year 🙂
      I know there is the odd bad review about GHDs but overall everything is positive and the couple of times I’ve used it I’ve been pleased with how quick it takes to straighten my hair and how the style stays. The auto off feature after 30 minutes is a good one for sure!

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  6. Rossy Galaxy says:

    sorry to hear about your mom, i believe you had briefly mentioned it on insta, my heart goes out to you and your family ❤ hope it all gets better 🙂

    onto the favorites….
    that hoodie is soooo cute! love the color, but not sure i could pull it off LOL
    a good straightener is a must! mine is giving out on me, this one looks so cute, love the sparkles on it and the color of it too 🙂

    i hope october has been treating you well 🙂

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