Christmas Wish List 2016

christmas-wishlist-2016With Christmas right around the corner it’s time to start thinking about gifts (or wrapping them if you’re organised). When it comes to receiving gifts I like surprises and I truly believe it is the thought that counts! I love to give gifts and love the feeling you get when you find something perfect for the person you’re buying for. I am not normally one to give or drop hints about the gifts I’d like but here’s what’s at the top of my list this year!


1. Canon EOS 700D

This DSLR camera has been on my radar for the past six months. Back in August when I did the Behind the Scenes Tag I mentioned I was thinking of buying a proper DSLR and this was the one I was leaning towards. I do want to improve my photography and have a nice camera to capture beautiful images with but part of me thinks, do I really need it? I don’t expect anyone would be generous enough to buy me this but I’d love to think I’m brave enough to take the plunge and splurge on it one day. I’m of the belief that photos = memories but I don’t want to part with several hundred dollars on a piece of equipment unless I’m sure it’s a worthy investment.

2. Britney Spears Private Show Perfume

I don’t claim to be the biggest Britney fan but I do listen to her music and I’ve grown up with her. She’s a popstar that has been around ever since I was a child and her songs are iconic. I’ve tried two of Britney’s perfumes in the past (one I’ve had for years) and I enjoy wearing her scents. Whenever a new scent of Britney’s comes out I always make sure I pop in store and give it a try. I’ve already done this with Private Show and it smells absolutely amazing! The scent is inspired by Britney’s favourites, including whipped crรจme coffee, clementine, juicy nectarine, dulche de leche, orange flower, jasmine sambac, luminous amber, and sensual musks.

3. IKEA MALM Drawers

I’m cheating a little as I ordered a set of 2 drawers a couple of weekends ago so I know I’m definitely getting them. I’ve been on the hunt for a new bedside table for ages and this is the only thing that has come close to fitting my criteria; I wanted something with a drawer and a gloss white finish. Currently, I just have a table with a glass top which has a clock sitting on it. I’m also looking forward to putting this together, I strangely enjoy putting furniture together and feel a sense of achievement once it’s done.

4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 – Pink

Two cameras in one post – what?! These Polaroid cameras have become pretty popular over the past couple of years and it’s funny how trends come back around. The colours of these cameras are so bright and fun (of course I want the pink one – pink is my favourite colour) and the photos from these types of cameras look candid which gives them a retro feel. You’ve got to be careful with each shot you take, you can’t go back and edit if the lighting isn’t quite right or something’s out of focus – the imperfections become the beauty. I love the idea of being able to write a small caption on each photo and keeping these photos in a box or putting them on a pinboard.

Edit: I purchased this camera for myself and I can’t wait to start snapping!

5. Mermaid Blanket

I’ve cheated again, I’ve ordered one of these blankets online and it should be here in the next couple of weeks. I first saw these in either one of Zoella or Pointless Blog’s videos and I’ve been obsessed ever since! You can move your legs with the blanket instead of moving your legs and having to readjust the blanket, so convenient. I chose a beautiful purple and I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch with this!

6. External Hard Drive

This kind of ties in with the Canon 700D camera. I figured if I’m going to invest in a proper camera, I want to have somewhere to store all my images, videos etc. One of these would also be handy for storing my music and backing up my iTunes library because I’ve had the whole thing delete on me and have to be re-imported before, not fun.

What’s on your Christmas list this year?


Small Collective Haul

Small Collective HaulI don’t know about you but haul posts are some of my favourites to read and write. Last weekend I popped into town and had a list of shops I wanted to visit and I came away with a few bits. I was disappointed in The Body Shop as I have a 20% off coupon and I normally always have something on my ‘To Try’ list but not this time – I came away empty handed. The voucher expires at the end of May so if you have any suggestions on products I should check out, leave them in the comments! I also ended up going to a huge makeup sale and didn’t buy one thing – I’m pretty proud! (That doesn’t mean I didn’t buy makeup at all last weekend though).

Small Collective Haul Items

1. Keira S/Slv V Tee | $10.00

I was browsing through the Cotton On website and spotted this simple, basic striped tee. I tend to come up with ways I could wear different pieces on the spot and this struck me as one of those casual, weekend tops that would look really good with a pair of jeans. The style of the tee is not fitted and it’s kind of slouchy and loose and hangs really nicely. The v neck on this is not too low and I like the slightly scooped hem and side splits. I am going through a real stripes phase in my wardrobe lately, it’s such a simple way to add impact.

Keira Tee

2. Living & Co Plaque | $5.00

This is one of those purchases you tell yourself you don’t need but want anyway. I saw this and thought it was so cute and I can really relate to the quote. “There is no place like home.” I am a homebody through and through and I much prefer staying in to going out. Home fills me with that happy, cosy feeling. It also reminds me of Dorothy’s line in The Wizard of Oz which used to be one of my favourite films as a kid. This plaque can be hung or leaned up against the wall.

3. Rimmel Mascaras | 2 For $20

Rimmel is hands down one of my favourite makeup brands and my holy grail when it comes to mascaras. Their mascaras last for such a long time and their waterproof formula is so easy to remove. I have never experienced any irritation or sensitivity and I highly recommend giving Rimmel mascaras a go! I repurchased Scandaleyes Lycra Flex which is my favourite mascara that I’ve ever tried and while I may not have tried that many in total, using others made me realise why I love it and why it works for me. The brush has wire bristles (which I prefer to plastic) and despite being quite thick, product doesn’t clump and transfer onto my eyelids or below my eyes. This mascara provides length and volume all in one and doesn’t make eyelashes look spidery or brittle. I also purchased the Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night mascara. This one didn’t have the most favourable reviews online but I wanted to give it a go anyway. The two step application process is something I haven’t tried before and I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs on me.

4. Derma V10 Sorbet Body Butter – Strawberries and Cream | $3.26

I saw this little tub and I fell in love! I smelt this and it reminded me of strawberry yoghurt but in a good way. I am a huge fan of The Body Shop body butters but this cost 1/12th of the price. I don’t know if this will deliver on it’s claims but for the price I can’t complain!

There you have it, that’s everything I picked up! All of this cost me around $40 NZD and I think that’s reasonable for everything I got. Do you like the look of anything I picked up?

P.S. Don’t forget to leave me your suggestions for potential Body Shop products I can check out!


Recent Buys: Beauty & Homeware

Recent Buys Beauty & homewareHi everyone! Hope you had a fab weekend! I have purchased a few bits and bobs recently and wanted to share them with you. I enjoy doing these sorts of posts and hope you enjoy reading them. Being a beauty fanatic I couldn’t resist adding to my lipstick and nail polish collections, especially the latter as it’s been months since I last purchased a new shade for my nails. I also picked up a new candle and can’t wait to burn it!

1. Essie – Take It Outside & Essie – Ladylike

I’ve always wanted to try Essie nail polish and I finally took the plunge and purchased two this month: Take It Outside (a punchy, fresh taupe) and Ladylike (an elegant soft mauve). Both are neutral shades and lovely for springtime as well as being appropriate for work, especially now we have a uniform. I have only worn Take It Outside so far but I was super impressed with the formula. The brush is the perfect size, you get a nice, even coat and the polish is opaque in two coats. Take It Outside lasted almost a week before any chips started to appear. I’m looking forward to trying out Ladylike and I’ll report back once I have.

2. MAC – Blankety

Cat from My Lip Addiction recommended I try this shade. At first I was apprehensive because I thought it was too nude and I’m pale (pale girls FTW!). In the MAC store I swatched Blankety and fell in love so thank you Cat for your recommendation! I thought the swatch looked similar to Patisserie minus the flecks of glitter but there is a difference. Blankety has an Amplified Creme finish meaning it’s meant to be creamy, pigmented and glossy. I don’t find Blankety to be glossy but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I haven’t tried any other Amplified Creme lipsticks so I can’t compare them, but maybe Blankety’s an exception to the glossy rule? Overall, a lovely nude shade and I’m very happy with my purchase.

3. MAC – Sunny Seoul

Funny story about this wee lipstick; when I was deciding which shade to purchase for my first ever MAC this was one of the shades I loved when I was internet swatching. I already had a few other pinks and opted for something different in the end (Syrup). I’ve always loved the slight shimmer to this shade and I think that’s down to the Cremesheen Pearl finish. This formula is nice and creamy. Out of the two lipsticks, I slightly prefer the feel of Sunny Seoul but both shades are truly lovely. Sunny Seoul screams summer to me as it has hints of coral and melon. I absolutely love my pinks, each one I have is different and they all get a decent amount of wear.

Lipstick swatches

Left to Right: Blankety, Sunny Seoul.

4. Orange Sherbet Candle

Recently at work we got some new products in: an array of soaps, body lotions and potions and gorgeous candles in a few different scents. As I unpacked them I took a whiff and was drawn to the Orange Sherbet scent straight away. The candle comes in it’s own jar and has a lid so if the scent gets overpowering you can pop it on and don’t have to worry about the scent filling the room if you don’t want it to. The sticker on the front says it has a 50 hour burn time which is decent as the jar is quite big and the candle pretty much fills the jar. No doubt this will smell just as yummy burning as when it’s not lit!

So there you have it, what I’ve treated myself to lately. What was the last thing you treated yourself to?