Fifteen of ’15

Fifteen of '15Hello beautiful people! Is it just me or does the thought of another year about to begin suddenly make you reflect on the one that’s been? Yesterday’s post saw me talking about my favourite things in 2015 beauty wise, but today I will be sharing with you fifteen of my personal highlights from the past year. Prepare yourselves, this one gets a bit wordy…

#1 – Followed by Lisa Scott-Lee and Faye Tozer on Twitter

If you know me well, you’ll know pop music is my absolute favourite thing in the whole wide world! I could talk about it for days and my head is filled with plenty of pop facts other people would deem ‘useless.’

Lisa and Faye are members of British pop group Steps who are one my favourite bands of all time. On New Year’s Eve 2014, Lisa followed me on Twitter. I didn’t ask her to (though I had in the past) and it was an incredible way to begin the new year. A month later at the end of January, Faye did the same. I have always counted myself lucky to have been tweeted by all of Steps numerous times but to have your idols follow you is a special feeling.

#2 – First time clubbing

In January I turned 20 and celebrated by going out to dinner and then going out clubbing. In New Zealand you can go clubbing once you turn 18 and almost everyone else I know had been but I wanted my first time to be special and worth it. I enjoyed myself a lot and I think that was down to my love for music, I wasn’t self conscious dancing in front of people and I could’ve kept going all night (which I did at a few 21st’s this year!) I haven’t actually been clubbing again but when I do go I know I’ll enjoy it.

#3 – Interviewed by Karen and Kimberley

This year I had the opportunity to feature on the blogs of two of my best blogging buddies. In February, I featured in Karen’s Behind The Blog series and in June I was featured as an Inspirational Blogger on Kimberley’s blog.

#4 – Purchased my first MAC lipstick

In April I made my first visit to the MAC counter and ended up purchasing my first lipstick; Syrup. I couldn’t be more happy with my purchase and still reach for this shade a lot. This is a lovely, girly, neutral shade and definitely worth a swatch next time you’re at the MAC counter!

#5 – Yoga With Adriene

Looking back, April was a very good month. I decided to take on Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga challenge and I blimmin’ loved it! I was a complete newbie to yoga but I didn’t find the positions too challenging. I like how calm yoga made me feel and I enjoyed taking time out for myself every day.

#6 – Getting my first job!

In May I had my first day of paid work and it was such a good feeling to finally have a job. Prior to starting my job I had been to numerous interviews and had been job searching for 18 months.

#7 – Buying my iPhone

In June I made my first big purchase since beginning my job and got an iPhone. I’d had my previous phone for three or so years and it was a basic phone I only used for texting. I worried I wouldn’t use an iPhone very much but I am so glad I bought it and it’s super handy if I need to take pictures when I’m out or want to play a game when I’m bored.

Corresponding post: My New iPhone!

#8 – Winning #Disco25

Dannii Minogue celebrated the 25th anniversary of her debut single Love & Kisses this year and launched an Instagram competition to mark the occasion. I entered and recorded a video of me singing along and was chosen as one of the winners. I received a signed Love & Kisses vinyl record and hand written note.

Corresponding post: #Disco25

#9 – Shane Filan – Right Here

I have been a Shane Filan fangirl for the longest time and he released his second solo album ‘Right Here’ in September. I still get excited whenever I listen to Shane’s music. His voice is undoubtedly my favourite to listen to over anyone else – it’s so smooth and clear and he has the most beautiful tone. Shane also co-writes most of his solo material. Personally, I prefer Shane’s debut album as it’s really special to me and brings back so many good memories of 2013; hearing Shane’s solo music for the first time and Shane replying to my questions in Q&A’s.

#10 – Reaching 500 followers!

Also in September I hit a blogging milestone, I reached 500 followers! That was a big achievement for me and a goal I had my eye on since starting my blog. I’m not someone who worries about numbers and tries to be in competition but 500 was a big deal and it made me realise people out there enjoy reading my blog.

#11 – Starbucks French Vanilla Frappucinos

I’m not a coffee drinker and don’t go to Starbucks all that often but when Starbucks had their French Vanilla Frappucinos out I loved them! They’re so tasty and refreshing and I’m gutted they’re not part of the permanent menu. Fingers crossed Starbucks bring them back.

#12 – 44 Ways You Know You’re a Dannii Minogue Fan

October is Dannii Minogue’s birthday month and I decided I wanted to make something for her. In 2014 I sent a parcel to Australia but I wanted to do something different. Originally I came up with the video idea ’44 Reasons I Love Dannii Minogue’ which evolved into ’44 Ways You Know You’re a Dannii Minogue Fan’ so other Minogue fans could relate. Dannii tweeted me to say she saw the video and loved it which absolutely made my day!

To watch the video yourself, click here.

#13 – All Blacks win Rugby World Cup

Most people wouldn’t expect me to like sport but when it comes to rugby I turn into a proud Kiwi. My mum had no doubt the  All Blacks would win and getting up early to watch the final game between New Zealand and Australia was thrilling. The match was entertaining and the All Blacks made history by being the first country to win back to back rugby world cups and being the first country to win the rugby world cup three times.

#14 – Ellie Goulding – Delirium

‘Delirium’ has been named one of 2015’s Best Pop Albums and with good reason! Call me biased but I believe anything Ellie touches turns to gold. I never get sick of listening to Ellie’s music and could listen to her on repeat all day, there’s not many artists I can say that about. I have been listening to Delirium since it’s release and honestly, it gets better with each listen.

#15 – Confidence

In many ways I have saved the best for last. I remember being nominated for the #TakeBackWhatsYours campaign at the beginning of the year and I am pleased to say I rose to the challenge. Over the past 12 months I have changed a lot (for the better) and felt myself grow in confidence. Now I don’t think twice about sharing images of myself on my blog and being open and honest. I’ve learnt to make myself a priority and do what makes me happy. I’ve also become more confident with my writing and the direction I want my blog to go in.

Corresponding post: #TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign

Thank you to everyone for all your support over the past year! Wishing you the very best for 2016 and sending all my love!


September Favourites

September FavouritesHello everyone! Month number nine down and you know what that means, monthly favourites time! September has been a bit of a weird one for me, I feel like one minute I’ve been up and happy and the next I’ve been letting feelings and worry creep in more than I’d like. Music has been a real crux this month with some very exciting releases and another playlist I’ve compiled on Spotify. I was also sick for the third time in three months but the doctor gave me antibiotics and hayfever tablets (even though I don’t get hayfever) so hopefully that’ll fix everything!

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Natio Face Mask – I picked this product up in the last week of August and only ended up having to pay 50 cents for it as a gift card that paid for the rest. I’d been looking for a face mask since my Pamper Session post a couple of months ago. This face mask from Natio is suitable for all skin types and aims to unclog and tighten pores, which it does. It also helps to improve the skin’s firmness and texture and make skin look less tired. It is a clay mask and I love the feeling of this when it’s on my face. There is a slight scent from the lemon palmarosa and sesame but it’s not bothersome. This mask is relatively quick, it only has to be left on for 10-15 minutes and instantly after taking it off my skin feels super smooth.

2. Maybelline Color Tattoo ’70 Barely Branded’ – Trying one of Maybelline’s Color Tattoos had been on my mental wishlist for a while and I finally got the opportunity in July. I purchased Barely Branded along with Inked In Pink but if I’m being honest I’ve been reaching for Barely Branded more often. Barely Branded is a gorgeous champagne/light gold colour and can be used for a daytime look or to glam up a nighttime outfit. These literally stay on for hours and if you’re short on time, a couple of swipes over the eyelid and you’re good to go!

3. Dainty Doll Lipstick 007 Stripped – I feel like I’ve come full circle with this lipstick. When I first bought it last year obviously I liked it then I went through a phase of not wearing it and now I’ve come back to it again. The name of this lipstick, Stripped, is very appropriate, it’s a pale gold-nude shade and if it wasn’t shimmery it would look like I had foundation lips. It can be quite hard to apply if your lips are dry so I always make sure I dab some of Dainty Doll’s Wonderbalm over my lips first. I have gotten back into wearing this shade this month and it’s also work friendly so I have a feeling this will be coming out more frequently.

4. Starbucks French Vanilla Frappucino – I am not a coffee girl or a Starbucks girl at all but after sampling these tasty treats I could get used to it. Vanilla is one of my favourite flavours and the best part about these is they don’t contain any coffee. New Zealand is going into Spring/Summer and these will be perfect to cool down with on hot, balmy days. Check these out if you haven’t already! There is also a French Vanilla Latte for all you coffee lovers!

5. Leona Lewis – I Am – I have been a fan of Leona Lewis since her debut album Spirit. Her voice has always stood out to me, she has such a beautiful tone and her music is powerful. The previews leading up to the album did not do it justice, I heard snippets of tracks here and there but playing it for a whole the first time is when it really clicked and made sense; the tracks are cohesive and flow nicely into one another. Standout tracks: Fire Under My Feet, You Knew Me When, Ladders and Another Love Song.

September Spotify Playlist

I loved creating a little playlist for you last month so I went and did it again! I’ll admit I’m still listening to the August one but I have found another seven tracks for a September playlist. This playlist is quite male heavy and all about a good beat. There’s a Justin Bieber track and I’m not a Belieber at all!

That’s all for this month, be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!


Week In Review: December 8 – December 14, 2014

I post an update here every Sunday giving an overview of my week. Accompanying photos from my Instagram are also included. Here’s the latest:

You all know how much I love Twitter! On Tuesday I was rather surprised to see Kerry Katona randomly followed me. For those of you who don’t know who Kerry Katona is, she’s one-third of Atomic Kitten who recently announced a tour for 2015. There are possible plans to come to New Zealand and if they do I’m so there! I listened to Atomic Kitten’s albums last week and tweeted about it so Kerry must have seen my tweet. Also, this week, Rachel Stevens (S Club 7) re-tweeted one of my tweets.

With Christmas only 11 days away more preparations took place for the big day. I love how pretty fairy lights look and the tree now looks even more beautiful with a set bought on Wednesday. I still need to decide on a few last minute gifts for my family but coming up with ideas is the difficult part.

On Thursday I felt like the blog layout needed a bit of a revamp and I spent most of my day trying to decide on a theme and colour scheme. I ended up keeping it similar to the old look and made some minor tweaks. If you haven’t seen it yet be sure to take a peek and let me know your thoughts!

I stayed over at a friend’s last night and she made me dinner and we spent the night laughing and singing away to Christmas carols, we had a blast!


Yummy hot chocolate!

Today has been a horrible day weather wise, perfect for snuggling up inside and watching movies. I haven’t done any of that though. I’ve been awake since 6am but my friend cooked me a lovely breakfast of bacon and eggs on toast. (I offered to help but she insisted I stay put haha). When I got home I did my exercises and my brother treated me to a drink from Starbucks; I opted for a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. As I sit here typing this now I’m wearing pyjamas and a fluffy jumper!

Hope you’ve had an amazing week and you’re starting to feel Christmas-y! Leave a comment below with your favourite Christmas song 🙂

Chanelle x