Redhead Rambles #16

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.

  • Jamie has a series of posts about unpopular opinions and they are so fun to read. Check out her latest installment *HERE*.
  • Last Friday I had a huge sleep in and got up the latest I have in a while… 1pm. I did feel well rested though.
  • At the weekend I went on a short trip with my boyfriend and his dad to the shooting range they are members of. I have been before but they are always making changes and fixing things up and it’s come a long way since I was there last.
  • Lily Pebbles liked a comment I left on one of her Instagram photos and Andy Brown replied to a comments I left on one of his.
  • I think I have come to the conclusion eyeshadow is my least favourite part of my makeup routine. Coming up with combinations is hard, I’m more of a single or two shadow kinda girl!
  • On Monday and Tuesday I attended a two day workshop for customer service staff instead of being at work. I really enjoyed the workshop and found it useful. I will have those skills for life.
  • Attending the workshop meant I got to wear my own clothes instead of my work uniform and it felt nice to make an effort. I don’t always get to do that. Monday’s OOTD was dungarees with a jumper underneath and Tuesday’s OOTD was one of my favourite cosy jumpers and black pants.
  • I’m going to plug one of my own posts because I don’t know whether many people saw it or they missed it. I shared my second Bullet Journal update and video which you can view via THIS LINK.
  • I discovered Rimmel no longer sell my holy grail mascara in Extreme Black. They only sell it in Black and it’s not the same. It seems to be a worldwide change which is sad. I hate when you find something you love and it changes. I accept it may not be a popular mascara but it’s still annoying.
  • I did find the mascara mentioned above on an American website so I purchased two tubes as well as some other makeup. Let me know if you’d like a haul once the order arrives.
  • After work on Thursday I went for my second trip to Kmart. I bought underwear, socks, a top I intend to use as a pyjama top, a travel size EDT and toys for Halo.

What I’ve been listening to:

Kylie Minogue – Golden – My copy of Kylie’s album arrived a week ago and it has been on loop ever since.

Westlife – Back Home – I threw it back to 2007/2008 with this one. The vocal talent on this album is incredible, the melodies and harmonies are beautiful and it is one of my favourite Westlife albums.

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Life Changing Experiences

If you’re not an adrenaline junkie or a thrill seeker it’s easy to get labelled as boring or an introvert. While the majority of the time I would describe myself as the latter two, there have been moments I’ve surprised myself and made ‘big’ decisions. We all have experiences that shape us into who we are, they may not always be good but they all teach us a lesson. If you want to learn about some of the things that have changed me, keep reading!

1. Growing up without my dad

Unconsciously I think living without my dad influences so much of what I do and the decisions I make. I didn’t have experience with boys and relationships with them growing up and that includes my dad. I wonder if that sense of not being important and not feeling wanted stems from this. Whenever I think of my dad I get emotional. When he left I was heartbroken but as time went on I learned to live without him and now I know life was better without him. I’m not a bitter person but I don’t know if I can forgive him for the upset and the emotional damage. My dad doesn’t know my hobbies, my favourite colour, how I did at school or most things about my life. I’m independent and I’m tough and that’s because of him and I’m proud of that. The line in Grease about the only man a girl can depend on is her daddy isn’t always true.

2. Meeting my boyfriend

As a child and at school I was always inexperienced with the male sex. I grew up with my brother but I didn’t have friends that were boys and I had no clue how to talk to them. I hoped one day I would meet someone and I am glad I didn’t put any pressure on myself and it happened naturally. A couple of days before writing this post my boyfriend was talking about fate and I still find it amusing that out of all the people I could have met I met a Brit! I feel like no one gets us except us and we have this beautiful understanding of each other. I don’t feel pressured to be a certain way and whenever I see him I feel free and at ease. Meeting him has given me more confidence, I’m not sure if it’s a sense of belonging and ‘fitting in’ or just experiencing new things and having someone to get to know.

3. Jobs and work

Work can be a tough topic to talk about. I think it’s fair to say we all have an idea what our dream job would be but for some of us we aren’t in that dream job. When I got my first job as a pharmacy assistant I was so proud to have landed a position after job searching for 18 months following my Communications course. I had that job for roughly a year before the pharmacy ownership changed hands and I was let go. At the time I was upset and distraught as I hadn’t done anything wrong and it came unexpectedly out of the blue. My attitude actually became more positive and during the few months that followed leaving the pharmacy I was happy and I found my second job. I made the decision to leave my second job in August 2017 because my head wasn’t in the best place and I had been experiencing anxiety. I am pleased to say I haven’t experienced anxiety again on that level and I am in a better place. I still have down days but not as many. I know what to look for now and I wouldn’t put myself through that again.

4. Singing at a school talent quest

People know I sing and I enjoy it but I don’t actually do it in front of people often. (My mum and cat are privileged as they get private concerts 😛 ) When I was 14 I took the plunge and entered a school talent quest. Some of the school students knew I could sing and they encouraged me to do it. I sang ‘Issues’ by The Saturdays and I surprised myself with how un-nervous I was. Singing for people you don’t know is easier than singing for those you know well because their opinions matter more. By doing that talent quest I proved to myself I’m more than just a girl who sits in her bedroom singing.

5. Going to my first concert

If you know me well you know music is my biggest love. It’s comforting to know it’s always there and it helps and brings pleasure to so many people. I attended my first proper concert when I was 19 (I saw Ellie Goulding) and I still remember how excited I was and how elated I was the whole night. That feeling doesn’t happen for me very often it’s not one I ever want to forget. For those two hours I was in another place full of happiness and no one can take that away from me or ruin it. I want to be a singer one day and it would bring me joy to know I could be that escape for someone too.


What has impacted/changed your life – good or bad?

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Redhead Rambles #15

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.

  • To be honest I had a lazy weekend. I read, napped and ate pretty much.
  • On Sunday I tried to purchase a copy of Kylie Minogue’s new album ‘Golden’ but the store only had the regular edition and I wanted the deluxe! I ordered a deluxe copy online and it arrived on Wednesday. It would have been Tuesday but no one was home when the courier attempted delivery.
  • I tested Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation with MAC’s StudioFinish concealer again and it didn’t crease and sink into fine lines. I only wore moisturiser and no primer – maybe that’s the key.
  • On Tuesday I came home from work with a headache. I had some mini cinnamon donuts and lay down until I felt better.
  • The Commonwealth Games are on TV and normal programming is on a break so mum and I have been getting through a number of movies this week. They all count towards my goal to watch 20 new movies in 2018.
  • On Thursday I got my hair cut. I wanted to get it done before schools break up for two weeks and I had been looking forward to it for a while. It’s so nice to have thin, lighter hair. I decided to keep the layers but only have two instead of three and get a lot of the heaviness taken out. I got my fringe trimmed as well. I never get dye or colour put in. Check out my Instagram @chanellehayley_ to see a pic!
  • I’ve been listening to music a lot this week and it reminds me how much I adore it. Music will always be the most important thing to me and it makes me think of days I would come home from school and sing for hours.
  • I cleaned my foundation makeup brushes, they get the most use and need cleaning more frequently than the others.
  • I mentioned last week the weather was still warm but that’s certainly changed, there’s been a cold snap this week and even though I prefer being cold to being hot it does make me appreciate the mild, in between months.

What I’ve been listening to:

Calvin Harris – One Kiss (with Dua Lipa) – I adore the tone of Dua Lipa’s voice, it is strong and kind of deep but her tracks are always catchy and she’s one of the ‘popular’ artists I like.

Shane Filan – Back To You – Shane is one of my absolute favourite artists! As always his voice sounds beautiful and I love when he drops new music without warning.

Andy Brown – Put That Record On – A singer whose voice gives me tingles when I listen to it. I’m so excited for Andy’s country/pop album in June!

What I’ve Been Watching:

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated – I’m not a fan of Demi Lovato but I thought her YouTube original documentary would be a gripping watch and I wasn’t wrong. I like how honest Demi and everyone was and seeing behind the scenes of Demi in the recording studio. If you’re a fan or you enjoy music, I urge you to watch this.

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Hey, It’s Okay… To Be Moody

Hello and welcome to the first Hey, It’s Okay… of 2018! These posts always prove to be popular and even though I don’t write them as often as I once did I still think of ideas for them and topics I feel strongly about.

I wanted to write this post now because I feel like it’s the right time. Recently I have started feeling a little disconnected and like I could just disappear into the background and no one would notice. I don’t mean that to sound attention seeking and I don’t expect to be the centre of attention but some days I go through each day never really having had a conversation or never getting out and doing something. This links back to my mood, it’s easy to get lonely when you don’t socialise or on days you feel tired. The strange thing is I hate being grumpy and feeling sorry for myself so I don’t tend to tell people how I’m really feeling. I pretend everything is fine when some days it’s not. The even stranger part is I love being goofy and laughing and I will always try to do that, even when I’m sad which I guess is a good sign.

We all experience different moods and emotions and many things can trigger those and set them off. I find my mood can switch easily, one minute I will be happy and then the next I am frustrated if my computer is running slow or the cat is scratching at the couch. I can be calm and logical but I can also be anxious and panicked. Overthinking can make me quite anal and I like order and routine and to do things a certain way because that’s how I know they work.

Another reason I wanted to share this post now is to voice some blogging concerns and how they are affecting my mood. I feel like I’m going through a phase where I want change which is kind of strange considering the statement I made in the previous paragraph about liking order and routine. Is blogging going through a quiet phase or is it on the decline? Over the four years I have written this blog many people have been and gone and I have wondered whether my time is up. I am not committing to stopping at this stage. Maybe a break is all I need or writing posts less often and as they come. I would have so much spare time if I didn’t blog and I’m not sure I’d know to fill it which is why I’m leaning towards the break rather than stopping completely.

I don’t just feel like change for the blog, I want change in other aspects of life too. I want a haircut and I am fairly certain I have settled on what I want. My hair is very thick so thinning out is a must but I wouldn’t go drastically shorter, I like my long hair. I also feel like I want to get out and explore. That’s very vague and even I don’t know what I mean or want to do but I’m at the point where new experiences intrigue me; trying things I haven’t before, going new places and adding more excitement into my day. I’m simple but I’m complex. I like to plan but I want to be more spontaneous, I’m quiet but my mind is loud – it’s a paradox. I’m not always sure what I want and that’s where confusion creeps in, not knowing leaves you anxious and susceptible to mood swings. If things go right you’re happy but if they don’t you’re upset.

We can also take on the emotions of those around us and if the people that mean the most are happy or unhappy we don’t always realise it affects us. We can’t be 100% happy all the time, life and people aren’t perfect. No one knows what the correct amount of happy is, it may well be different for all of us and as for what makes us happy that is up to each individual. Some people are lucky and know what they want and what makes them feel good inside. Others can be blinded by temporary fog and only have a few things figured out. They function and get through each day and try to make the best of what they’ve got.


Can you realate to these feelings? Do you experience moodiness?

I want everyone to share one thing that makes them happy in the comments!

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Second Look Inside My Bullet Journal

Back in January I purchased a Bullet Journal and a couple of weeks later made my first YouTube video showing the pages I had created so far. Fast forward a couple of months and I thought it was about time I updated you on my progress and how I’m using the journal.

I have filmed another video for you (yay!) and it’s basically me talking you through each page since the end of my first update/video. The first video ended at page 12 and this video talks through pages 13-30.

Since there is the video I don’t want this post to be long and a re-hash of everything the video covers but I will share a few points:

  • I have decided one page is best for my weekly spreads. There’s enough room to jot down ideas everyday and the spreads are neat and tidy.
  • My bullet journal is where I am keeping track of the Products I Want To Finish In 2018. I have drawn up a grid and listed all the products and months in the year. Each time I use a product it gets a tally mark.
  • I wrote down a hard copy of my 30 By 30 list because I really want to achieve as many things on the list as I can and I will date each one when it is completed.
  • One of the 30 things I want to complete is to watch every episode of Poirot. I drew up a TV series tracker with all of the episodes and each episode gets a cross when it is watched. I was feeling arty so I had a go at drawing Poirot’s moustache and I think it turned out well. I am so proud of the page I had to share a picture of it!

The Poirot page in all its glory!

I hope you enjoyed this post and the video – as always, thank you for reading!

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Redhead Rambles #14

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 got to see my boyfriend and spend more time with him over Easter weekend which was nice. We giggled and laughed a lot, had cuddles and treated ourselves to Dominos last Friday night. I normally go for thin crust pepperoni with BBQ sauce but I felt like a change and went for cheesy garlic instead.
  • The clocks went back which means winter is getting closer.
  • When I got back home on Sunday mum surprised me with Easter eggs. I told her not to get me any but she was cute and did anyway. She got me a packet of Mini Creme Eggs and a Rolo egg.
  • I started reading another ebook on Sunday and finished it on Tuesday. Predictably, another Poirot!
  • I painted my nails using Bahama Mama by Essie and did a glitter top coat using Glow Your Own Way also by Essie. Inspiration for these nails came from this post by Mrs Strawberry Blonde.

  • On Tuesday I felt irritable and was in a horrible mood.
  • Also on Tuesday I lost my bookmark at work. I left it inside a book I returned. Luckily the next morning I searched the book and found my bookmark!
  • At the supermarket I picked up a box of hot chocolate sachets and they are delicious. They are sweet enough without having to add any sugar. I just need to buy marshmallows.
  • Halo had a vet appointment to get desexed so she can’t have kittens. She is very good with her cage, she doesn’t put up a fuss like other cats I’ve had. Apparently everyone loved her and had lots of cuddles.
  • Mum and I were in town on Thursday afternoon. I bought a pair of Adidas trainers and I love the colour scheme, they’re not straight black like 99% of my other shoes.
  • I haven’t been able to read as much as I would like this week.
  • The weather is still very warm for this time of year. There was one small rain shower during the week and the rest of the weather has been clear and hot.

What I’ve been listening to:

Kylie Minogue – Raining Glitter – This is the third promotional track from Kylie’s 14th studio album ‘Golden’ (out today). The beat and the lyrics are very catchy.

Una Healy – Never See Me Cry – Una’s debut album was one of my standouts of 2017 and this track is the first of her follow up material. The song has a great message behind it.

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Gratitude: March 2018

In March I was most grateful for the weather. New Zealand is going through the transition from summer to winter and the days have mostly been lovely. The temperatures are comfortable and there hasn’t been a lot of rain. If I’m honest, this month has been a bit up and down for my mood as well.

Here’s what made me smile:

March 1: Wearing All Fired Up by MAC always reminds me of the song by The Saturdays – tune!

March 2: Sweater weather.

March 3: Pre-ordered The F Word by Lily Pebbles.

March 4: Gifts in my pigeon hole at work.

March 5: Gold eyes and pink lips.

March 6: MAC pigments apply really well with fingers.

March 7: Berry smoothie and toast for breakfast.

March 8: Bought my first makeup in months.

March 9: Dark, vampy lip.

March 10: Pizza for lunch.

March 11: Signed Kimberley Walsh book arrived.

March 12: Busy but exciting mail day!

March 13: Treated myself to Burger King for lunch. I find it interesting how fast food places don’t put ice in drinks anymore.

March 14: L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara has got me hooked after two uses.

March 15: Frankfurter sandwich for morning tea.

March 16: My Lily Pebbles book arrived.

March 17: Loving Calum Scott’s album at the moment.

March 18: Cuddles with Halo whilst watching The Chase.

March 19: Positive feedback at work.

March 20: Reading helped me feel better.

March 21: Homemade milkshake; strawberry flavour.

March 22: My sleep in this morning was so good.

March 23: Productive day getting jobs done at home.

March 24: Watched a movie in my new dressing gown.

March 25: Mum’s homemade vegetable soup is one of my yearly highlights.

March 26: Nailed a cryptic crossword this afternoon.

March 27: Treated myself to an iced chocolate after work.

March 28: Started my first ebook.

March 29: Got to see my boyfriend after 13 days.

March 30: Dominos for dinner. Felt like Cheesy Garlic instead of my usual.

March 31: I have done really well with my reading challenge this month.


What were you grateful for in March?

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Redhead Rambles #13

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 weekend I didn’t get to see my boyfriend as he was busy with stocktake at work and it meant we wouldn’t have much time together.
  • Mum made vegetable soup on Sunday afternoon and it is one of the things I look forward to most every year – her vegetable soup is amazing!
  • I definitely know I want to get a haircut soon but as per usual I am unsure what to go for. I am undecided as to whether I should get shorter layers or get my hair thinned out a lot. I’m open to suggestions.
  • I finally threw the items I decluttered back in February in the bin this week. I had to be sure MAC’s Silver pigment was equally as good as the silver shade in the Chi Chi palette otherwise that would have had to stay 😛
  • On Tuesday work was short staffed so I stayed for two extra hours and after I knocked off I treated myself to an iced chocolate. It tasted really good! The library has a coffee cart that sells hot and cold drinks as well as snacks.
  • My fave YouTube watches this week include Jaclyn Hill’s All Time Favourite Drugstore Products, Angela and Rory’s ‘Who’s More Likely To?’ celebrating their first wedding anniversary and In the Frow’s Best Friend Does My ASOS Haul.
  • On Wednesday I had time to fill during my lunch break and decided to try the eBook services offered by the public library. As a member I can borrow ebooks for free. They are on my device for a couple of weeks and I can borrow up to eight at a time. The apps were easy to download and use.
  • I finished the ebook in two days (started on Wednesday, finished on Thursday).
  • I had my first feijoas of the season – feijoas are my favourite winter fruit!
  • Thursday was a nice, chilled day off from work. I spent the day reading, blogging, watching TV and I had a yummy mince and cheese pie for lunch. It also marked the start of my five day weekend.

What I’ve been listening to:

Lucy Hale – Road Between – As a big Pretty Little Liars fan I’m surprised it took me this long to listen to Aria, I mean Lucy’s, album. I remember when I first heard she was doing country it intrigued me. Her voice suits the style and a few songs are catchy but I won’t be re-playing this album anytime soon.

What I’ve been watching:

Crooked House – I am still on my Agatha Christie kick. This film is based on one of her novels but it doesn’t feature Poirot or Miss Marple, it is a murder mystery in it’s own right. Overall I liked the film, it was a little slow in parts and the killer wasn’t too difficult to guess but it still made for a good story. The young male detective played by Max Irons was easy on the eye too!

How was your week?

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Redhead Rambles #12

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 woke up on Friday morning with the most horrible headache, pain rating 9.5/10. I stretched my neck the previous day. I took ibuprofen, rubbed Anti-Flamme (a herbal massage cream) on my neck, downed a few glasses of water and had something to eat and as the afternoon went on I felt better. However, later on Friday night my headache returned so I took more ibuprofen, rubbed more Anti-Flamme on my neck and went to bed. I woke up on Saturday feeling fine.
  • My copy of The F Word by Lily Pebbles also arrived on Friday. I finished The F Word within a few days.
  • The underwire in one of my bras snapped on one side. I don’t know how it happened and how long it took me to notice. I’m a little sad because that is one of my best fitting bras and they aren’t sold anymore.
  • On Sunday my brother and I had curry for dinner. One of our traditions is to have curry when he’s down or if we go out shopping. I don’t have curry often so I always look forward to it.
  • I mowed the lawns after work on Monday. It’s one of the last times I will have to do it before winter sets in which I’m looking forward to.
  • My mood hasn’t been the greatest. I’ve felt a little frustrated and anti-social.
  • I painted my nails using Tiramisu For Two by OPI.
  • I made myself a berry smoothie on Thursday for breakfast and macaroni cheese for lunch.
  • On Thursday afternoon I went to Kmart. Kmart opened last Friday (March 16th) and there has been a lot of hype and excitement around my city finally getting a store. I purchased a pink and grey dressing gown with stars, a round placemat for my bedside table and two cook books. One of the things on my 30 By 30 list is to expand my cooking knowledge and $5 each is a bargain.
  • My favourite YouTube videos this week: *THIS* full face of first impressions from Fleur De Force and *THIS* empties and declutter from Cosmetic Chaos.

What I’ve been listening to:

Alexandra Burke – The Truth Is – Alexandra won The X Factor UK in 2008 and I have taken an interest in her music ever since. This is my least favourite album of hers. There is no denying how good Alexandra’s voice sounds but there aren’t any stand out tracks for me.

Girls Aloud – After finishing Kimberley Walsh’s book I felt like listening to all of the Girls Aloud albums. It’s been a while since I listened to all of them in full so I played a different one each day.

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Redhead Rambles #11

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 conducted an experiment with my Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I have been using my MAC StudioFinish concealer with it and decided to try my trusty old Lasting Perfection from Collection. The foundation did look better and less drying so I will use my Collection concealer when I wear this foundation from now on.
  • I had a reaction to a product and my skin has been drier than usual. The only products that were different were a sheet mask and a micellar water. MAC’s Studio Moisture Cream helped so much with the dry skin.
  • The signed copy of Kimberley Walsh’s book was a nice surprise to come home to on Sunday after work.
  • Monday was a busy mail day. I got two parcels; one with makeup and the other with clothes. Make sure you check out next Monday’s post (March 19) to see what I bought!
  • I indulged in Burger King on Tuesday for lunch and it was worth it!
  • I watched THIS palette collection video and THIS declutter video. They were highly entertaining.
  • I have worn the same eyeshadow look all week and I’ve actually loved it. I apply my bronzer from The Body Shop as a base shade and Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer in Copper over the top. Simple and sparkly.
  • My brother came down on Thursday afternoon for the weekend. Krispy Kreme recently opened in Auckland where he lives and he brought mum and I a donut each.

What I’ve been listening to:

Calum Scott – Only Human –  Calum was a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 and he was Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act. Calum made it to the final and finished in 6th place. His voice is beautiful and soulful and his debut album was released this week.

Delta Dream Playlist – I created a Spotify playlist of my top 10 Delta Goodrem songs. Anyone who creates a playlist can submit it *HERE* and the only catch is to include ‘Think About You’ as one of the 10 songs.

My Delta playlist:

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