Inside My Overnight Bag

Every week I spend a few nights with my boyfriend and I have an overnight bag full of girly essentials. I leave the products in the bag so I’m not unpacking all the time and forget something when I re-pack.

I purchased the bag from Forever New in August 2016 and it is the perfect size to house all the products. The base is flat which allows products to stand up if I need them to and I love the shiny, silver material on the outside.

Onto the contents:

  • Medication (not pictured): I take certain medications in the morning and vitamins in the evening. I unpack these each time as they need to be replenished frequently.
  • Toiletries: I keep a toothbrush and OGX shampoo and conditioner minis at my boyfriends. I take my trusty Nivea ‘no white marks’ deodorant as this lasts well throughout the day and I don’t tire of the scent. 
  • Moisturisers: Even when I’m at home I have a day moisturiser and a night moisturiser. I have travel size moisturisers by Simple (Radiance Brightening Moisturiser) and MAC (Studio Moisture Cream). Small sizes are convenient and last surprisingly long when they are only used a couple of times a week. I keep a 50ml tub of The Body Shop’s Shea body butter with me to pop on after showering as well as a tube of hand cream also from The Body Shop. Currently it’s Almond Milk & Honey.
  • Beauty/makeup: A black elastic headband ensures my hair doesn’t kink and keeps my fringe out of my eyes when I wash my face/moisturise. I am trying to use up the last of my Pearly Shine lip balm from Nivea which featured in 2016’s Project Pan! I normally wear this during the day and no other makeup. On the rare occasion I do take makeup I keep it simple: concealer, mascara, a single eyeshadow and a lip product.
  • Haircare: I wear my hair down most days but I opt for my black velvet scrunchie (not pictured) if I want to tie it up. I have a Tangle Teezer in Candy Cane for my hair. The Tangle Teezer is compact but takes practice if you’re trying to tie up hair, it’s not as effective as a hairbrush when styling a ponytail.
  • Fragrance: I always spritz body spray over myself and my clothes before applying my main perfume. My latest favourite is Impulse Tease (not pictured) which combines red fruits and woods. I tend to switch between two perfumes – my Viva la Juicy atomiser or The Body Shop’s Strawberry EDT which I have been reaching for more lately over Viva la Juicy. The bottle is small and compact and fits perfectly in my overnight bag as well as my handbag.

What would you include in your overnight bag?


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New In: My Wardrobe

New In My WardrobeHappy Friday lovelies! As you can probably guess from the title of today’s post I’m going to be talking about some new pieces of clothing I’ve purchased in the last month. I am someone who believes you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have nice clothes and I always try and buy when there’s a sale on – I am a huge bargain hunter! These items are all practical, key pieces every girl needs in her wardrobe. (That’s what I tell myself anyway!) Let’s get started!

Bella Beanie - Navy1. Bella Beanie – Navy | $8.36

My Winter Beauty Wishlist shows a picture of a black beanie I had settled on after having no luck in the navy blue department. I originally wanted a navy blue one as I could pair it with a navy blue jumper and a pair of black leggings or a nice pair of blue jeans, a jacket and some boots. I saw this ‘Bella’ beanie from Cotton On and instantly fell in love! I like that it’s quite fitted but still slouchy and the pom pom on top isn’t too big and doesn’t take over. I can’t wait to wear this out and about!

Sara Suedette Biker Jacket2. Sara Suedette Biker Jacket | $62.30

One thing I didn’t have in my wardrobe was a smart jacket. I have a parka, a puffa jacket, a semi-casual button up jacket, a blazer and a bright raspberry trench coat but no smart jacket. The biker style is something I’ve never tried before either but I must admit I do like the way it looks. It’s casual but semi-formal and fitted all at the same time. Being suedette, the material is velvety soft and I chose this lovely grey colour. This jacket can be done up or worn unzipped but personally I think it looks cool unzipped.

Grey Jeans3. Grey Jeggings | $15

The pair of jeggings on the left are the pair I purchased and the pair of jeans on the right are the inspiration behind the purchase. The jeans on the right hand side are from Dannii Minogue’s Petites clothing range and while they are stunning, I’m never one to turn down a bargain! I actually prefer the elastic waist and the style of jeggings as leggings are one of my favourite things to wear and are so comfortable. I also managed to save myself 50 bucks! I’ve worn these jeggings a few times already and the picture doesn’t do justice to how lovely they look on.

Dannii Active Mesh Top4. Dannii For Target Active Mesh Tank – Black | $14.10

One of my favourite things about exercise is buying workout gear! I only own one other tank top and it was hard not to be tempted by this one when Dannii Minogue and the fact it’s for petites is involved. I love how it’s not your ordinary black tank top (black’s meant to look slimming right?) It also features mesh panels and a reflective animal print back panel – hence the picture on the right. Working out in style here I come!

Grey T-shirt

5. Dannii For Target Frock & Roll T-Shirt | $11.20

How cute is the slogan on this tee? When I first saw this tee I loved the simple but cute message and I’m so pleased I was able to pick this up; for a great price too! This is the kind of piece that can be styled casually or dressed up with a skirt and pair of heels. Over the past couple of years I’ve incorporated a fair bit of grey into my wardrobe and I’ve really come to appreciate how good it looks. The rolled up cuffs are also a nice added touch.

What’s the latest addition to your wardrobe?

Disclaimer: All items are in New Zealand dollars and were purchased by me. Prices include discounts which may no longer be valid.


The Me Spree: Birthday Edition

The Me Spree: Birthday EditionHey there! In my New In: January post I mentioned I had plenty of bits and bobs I’d picked up throughout the month to share with you and most of them actually feature in this post. Mum and I went away for a few days at the end of January to celebrate our birthdays and I did a fair bit of shopping. I am still coming to grips with everything I bought and trying to find places for some of it.

Just a quick note, not all the images in this post are mine. Due to the sheer number of items, I only photographed items I couldn’t find images of online.

Me Spree Birthday Edition Buys1. The Body Shop Golden Glimmer Sparkler | Who doesn’t need glitter in a spray bottle?! These were part of The Body Shop’s Christmas 2015 range and I can’t believe I didn’t know about these until a friend told me three weeks ago. 2. Cotton On Anna High Neck Tee | I saw a top similar to this online and fell in love with it. I love how it’s fitted but still accentuates curves. The sleeve length is lovely. 3. Forever New Joan Laser Pouch Case | This little pouch instantly screamed glam to me! It is a lilac/nude colour with silver diamante detailing and I thought this would be good for those days where you want to bring the essentials with you but don’t need a handbag. 4. Wire Storage Basket – Copper | I don’t know what I’m going to use this basket for yet but there are loads of possibilities. It was too cute not to buy!

5. Dotti Piece of Art Tee | I don’t have a lot of printed clothing in my wardrobe but the colours on this top work and I really like the print. It’s different and the material is so light, it’s perfect for summer. 6. kikki.K 3 Piece Bowl Set | I picked up this set of ceramic bowls on sale and I thought they would be good for keeping jewellery and little bits in. The bowls are part kikki.K’s Be Brave collection. 7. kikki.K CD Storage Box | kikki.K make a range of different sized boxes for storage and photos and they come in different colours. I chose this white glossy box to keep all my craft goodies together. 8. kikki.K Glitter Tape 2M | I am partial to sparkle so I needed this glitter tape in my life!

9. Typo Pastel Aztec Pencil Case | How well does this match the Dotti Piece of Art Tee?! I have always had a slight obsession with pencil cases and the pink, pretty print and gold suckered me in. 10. Typo A5 Spinout Notebook | I have spoken before about my love for these notebooks and when I see a cover I like I try to pick one up. I really like the message and colours on this notebook and hope to use it as a blog planner. 11. Pagani Basic Tee | As soon as I walked into the store I spotted this tee and the blush with black looked absolutely beautiful. I tried this on and ended up buying a couple of sizes smaller than I’m used to. 12. Rubi Jodi Sneakers Black Glitter | I didn’t realise glittery sneakers were a thing but I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. These were only $10 so even if they don’t last that long, I’m not fussed.Me Spree Birthday Buys

13. Dotti Pom Pom Keyring | I have been looking for one of these pom poms for a while now and finally found one I’m happy with. I knew I wanted a light colour to contrast with my black handbag and I wanted it to look ‘right’. A lot of other ones I saw didn’t look symmetrically round and the fur felt cheap. This one doesn’t have real fur but it feels soft and is much nicer than others I’ve seen. 14. TEMT Singlets 2 For $10 | Singlets are always good for summer and underneath other tops for layering. 15. TEMT Tops 2 For $20 | I chose a white sheer sleeveless blouse and a navy strappy top with gorgeous back detail.

16. Typo Write Away Multi Pen Pack | As a blogger and stationery enthusiast you can never have enough pens! This pack features six metallic colours: green, gold, silver, pink, blue and copper. 17. Lovisa Rose Gold Ring | I am a huge fan of rose gold and it was my mum who spotted this ring and told me to buy it – such an enabler! 18. kikki.K Cute Notebook Elastic | These elastics are pen holders for notebooks and come in two sizes, small and large. I bought the A5 size as most notebooks I own are smaller rather than larger.

TEMT Navy TopBack detailing on navy top.

I also got two MAC products which I decided not to include in this post. If you want to read about them check out last week’s post, New MAC Products. The patentpolish lip pencil was a gift from my brother and I purchased the lipstick myself.

So, that’s everything! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve been doing to my bank balance and if you have any questions or want to know more, leave a comment below!


My Beauty Wishlist

My Beauty Wishlist

1. Maybelline The Nudes Palette

I went through a phase where I didn’t wear eyeshadow for a little while but since starting my job back in May I’ve come to love mixing and matching shadows and pairing looks with lip colours. I first saw this palette in a magazine and I love how you can create your own looks or follow the tutorials on the back of the palette. I very much consider myself a novice with makeup, I know what everything does and what tones suit me but when it comes to application I can get a little confused. The shades in this palette are all lovely and very versatile to create day and night looks.

I actually purchased this palette last Monday and have a First Impressions post coming up this Friday! I still wanted to include it on my wishlist as prior to purchasing, I was looking at doing so for a few months.

2. MAC – All Fired Up

I first mentioned lusting after this shade during my Ask Me Anything: The Answers! post. It’s earned it’s place on my wishlist because of the colour; bright fuchsia red. Most ladies are all about rocking a red lip (and while I love them) my favourite shade to wear is fuschia. This is not your normal fuschia with blue undertones but a nice way to add a pop of red without being so bold. All Fired Up has a retro matte formula which could be drying on the lips but it’s nothing lipbalm won’t fix.

3. Real Techniques Shading Brush

Currently I don’t own any proper makeup brushes whatsoever. While I get by with those little applicators that come with eyeshadow (I really don’t think they’re as bad as everyone makes out) I’m ready to purchase a brush specifically designed for applying eyeshadow. I have seen so many beauty bloggers rave about the Real Techniques brushes and I’ve had my eye on this and a few of their other brushes for a while. I know Real Techniques have a Starter Set with five different eye brushes but I thought the shading brush on it’s own would be a good start for me.

I definitely want to purchase an eye brush and I’ve also spotted the 200 Oval Shadow Brush from the Bold Metals collection. If anyone has any feedback on both brushes and can tell me which they prefer it would be greatly appreciated!

4. Real Techniques Blush Brush

This is where things start to get a little Real Techniques heavy. I have seen and felt this brush in store and I can confirm they are just as fluffy as everyone says. A lot of people also say they find this brush quite large for blush but I don’t apply a huge amount and want a brush to help get an even sweep over my cheeks which I think the tapered bristles will do. I imagine this brush would also be good for powder so if you find it too big for blush you could use it for that instead.

5. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

While I have no problem using my fingers to apply my foundation, I have been looking at picking this brush up to see if it makes my makeup look more flawless. What attracted me to this brush rather than the Foundation Brush was the fact the bristles have the same shape and are all the same length. The head still looks small enough so that it will fit under the eyes and around the nose comfortably. The bristles also look slightly more dense which will help to pick up more product and distribute it around the face better.

6. Bag Pom Pom

These bag charms are so cute and are the perfect accessory to instantly make your bag look more luxurious and chic! I haven’t seen these in shops yet and don’t know anywhere selling them but when I find out I’ll be sure to pick one up.

What do you think of the items on my wishlist? Do you own any of them?


My Jewellery and Me

My Jewellery and MeHey lovelies!

I’m super excited to share this post with you! I was recently inspired by a company called Invaluable. They wanted to know more about my jewellery; my favourite pieces, any stories behind them etc. This is also my first collaboration which makes it even more exciting!!!

If you’re unaware of what Invaluable does, they are the world’s premiere online auction marketplace. Their website features a range of items for sale including art, antiques, collectibles and jewellery, of course. Check out the current jewellery items up for auction and perhaps nab a piece of your own!

I don’t have a lot of jewellery and don’t wear it all that often but the pieces I do have I love and some of them are gifts so they’re even more special. With my jewellery I like it to be simple and elegant to suit my small features. That being said I love people who can effortlessly rock any accessory, no matter what the size.

NecklacesI only own three necklaces but they’re equally as beautiful as each other. The necklace with the snowflake pendant I received as a Christmas gift from my mum – the snowflake is sooo sparkly!

The other two necklaces are made by By Gioia, a company that manufactures jewellery for various artists and bands. These are both from The Saturdays line (launched in 2010) and they cost me £1 each. I only managed to get my hands on these necklaces last year as shipping to New Zealand wasn’t an option before that. I’m so glad I did though, because they glam up any outfit and if I hadn’t had to wait so long I probably wouldn’t have got them for £1.

BraceletsWhen it comes to bracelets it’s incredibly hard for me to find something that fits correctly and looks right. My wrists are freakishly small and I have to double loop the clasps to wear them. A jeweler suggested getting links taken out but that can be costly and if the size of my wrist changes it won’t be as easy to add links back in.

The top bracelet was another present my mum bought me, this time for graduating. It is the most special of all my pieces of jewellery as we picked it out together and while it wasn’t too expensive, it’s also the most expensive piece I own. In contrast, the bottom bracelet is another £1 bargain from The Saturdays collection. All the pieces come with the cutest little leather pouches. This bracelet features the first initial of each of the girls.

Watch Do watches count as jewellery? I’m not the biggest fan of watches as I feel they make my wrist look bulky but this pink one from Swatch isn’t like that. It’s light, hasn’t ever needed to have the battery replaced and the jelly strap means it’s comfortable to wear.

RingsNormally when it comes to jewellery I’m a silver girl (as you will have seen in the previous images) but the gold three piece set of rings is so beautiful and makes a nice change. The set can be worn altogether or sometimes I wear the gold jewelled ring on it’s own. I love wearing the infinity ring as it’s so light and it’s my favourite ring to wear on an index finger as I think that’s where it looks best. The moment I first saw the gold coiled ring I fell in love, it’s so dainty and elegant yet a bit unusual at the same time.

Do let me know if you have a favourite piece of jewellery! I’ve loved sharing my stories with you and I’d love to hear if you have any of your own!

Chanelle x