Happy New Year – and the winner announced!

Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2015 brings amazing things for all of us. I’m in for a quiet night tonight with my husband and son (12 weeks old today! growing so fast, and I just love him so much), which is nice – what better way to end a year then with the people you love the most. I’m not big on end of year reflections or resolutions although I do have a few projects I want to work on (maybe even finish!) in 2015,  but besides that I just want it to be another great year like 2014 was.

The winner of my Jacki Design Makeup Brushes was Rebecca P (who has been emailed and notified). Thank you all for entering, and there will be more giveaways next year so keep checking my blog.


What do you want to achieve in 2015, or what do you hope it brings you? What was the highlight of your year? (mine was my son, of course!)


FREE Shipping at Wild Hybrid Perfumes!

Just a quick note to let you all know the wonderful Wild Hybrid has free shipping until Jan 15th 2015 if you purchase through their Etsy page. The Coupon Code is FRSHIPJAN15.

I wrote a review of some of their fragrances, which you can read here if you need some ideas. They are based in New Zealand and offer gorgeous perfume oils (which conveniently come in small vials, 5 for $12 if you like to try before committing to a larger one) , as well as jewellery too.


Hope you have all had a safe and happy holiday break! My camera woes are sorted now, and I have lots to upload. My first Notoriously Morbid parcel arrived, as well as a few other things so I will have lots to write about!

Last post til after Christmas!

Just a quick note to say I won’t be posting again til after Christmas! I broke my memory card the other day from my old camera, it was partially broken and got stuck in a machine trying to print photos. I haven’t got a card for my new camera yet so I can’t take any photos right now (my cell phone photos are terrible quality! no point using those). I’m hoping to get one before Christmas, as it will be my sons first so I can’t be without one. 😦


Coming up after Christmas, I will be posting:

– a few Bossy Cosmetics reviews (including Blender, Brushes and Brush Cleaning Set)

– my first Notoriously Morbid haul

– review of several Asian beauty products including Returning Starfish cream

– a guide to having a makeup dresser clearout/cleanup … if I ever finish mine!

– Ro Vie cosmetics review

– more swatches of my nail polish collection

– and lots more!


I hope everyone has a safe and very happy Christmas season, and I thank you all for supporting my blog this year. If Santa and the elves didn’t bring you a set of brushes this year, make sure you head over to my giveaway and get in the draw (New Zealand only, I’m sorry).


Bossy Cosmetics Hot Pad – Review

— PHOTO COMING SOON! My X D Card from my very old camera broke today, and I need to purchase an SD Card to replace it, will do so ASAP, I miss taking photos of my baby too much! —

For Christmas this year I wanted to give people presents that were useful. You know what it’s like – what do you buy the person who has everything?! For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about buying some of the products from Bossy Cosmetics, especially as I want to get more into using brushes (AND ALSO CLEANING THEM!).

I decided to buy a black Hot Pad for someone on my list (and another for myself actually). They are also available in pink and white. After my purchase, I got talking to the lovely Stephanie from Bossy, and she very kindly sent me lots of goodies to review! I am incredibly excited about this. They look amazing, and by buying them you are supporting a cruelty-free, New Zealand company.

Bossy Cosmetic Products

Hot Pad, Makeup Brush Cleaner, Brush Shampoo, Makeup Blender and a Brush Set in a roll. Gorgeous!

Reviews for the other items are coming soon, and I will be having a guest poster for the Makeup Blender too.

So, back to the Hot Pad. As a busy mum, I don’t spend much time on my hair. I love having fun with makeup, and creating interesting outfits, but the one area I neglect is my hair, I’ve given up on it! I have a very thick, very curly, very frizzy, very knotty, and all-round plain awful mop of hair, which is incredibly hard to care for. I tend to run a Tangle Teezer through it and sweep it up into a ponytail, then a ‘shark clip’ since I can’t do much else with it. I do love it straightened, but it takes so long, and it’s time I don’t usually have, or would rather spend elsewhere.

Due to how long it takes, when I DO get around to straightening it, I usually rush the job, then find myself stuck holding the straightening iron til it cools down enough to put down on a wooden surface. I’m an absent-minded girl, always flitting from one thing to the next, and I know one day the day will come where I end up burning the place down, even though I’m always careful to unplug it straight away.  (Anyone else seen that Friends episode when that happens?!). So the Hot Pad gives me some piece of mind and extra safety.

The Hot Pad is a simple little thing, just a piece of silicone that can roll up around your straightener for travel, which is handy. I felt it was maybe a little thinner than I would have liked, but I guess that makes it easier to roll up, which makes sense. While I straightened my hair, I rested the straightener down on it on top of the carpet, while I brushed and picked knots out of my hair. I could feel warmth on the carpet even after removing the Hot Pad, so putting it on carpet was not perhaps the best idea! When I finished straightening, I lay the Hot Pad and straightener on a wooden surface to cool down.

I’m glad I purchased this, and have no regrets about it! I also think it’s going to make a good gift, so I’m excited to see if it’s well received. They are just $15 right now on Bossy Cosmetics website so what are you waiting for? They also have the Hot Pocket, a holder for hot tools, which looks interesting too. Bossy products are available on their site, from Farmers stores and in selected salons.


To clarify, I paid for two Bossy Cosmetics Hot Pads with my own money, and received the extras for free for review. All items will be given an honest review, that is not influenced by the fact that I was given them for free.  I did not receive any payment for this post. 

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss I Love CC Cream and Etude House Secret Beam Powder Pact Reviews

After my last awesome order from RoseRoseShop, I was dying to do another one soon! In particular, I wanted to find a product that would give me a pale complexion. I have naturally fair skin, but tan fairly easily (first world problems I guess though!), and always want to be paler. I don’t wear foundation, the only ‘face’ makeup I ever wear is Thin Lizzy Mineral Foundation in ‘Miss Von Dita’, which I really like, it’s a good colour. I am lucky to have smooth skin, but it’s very sensitive and dry, so it makes it hard to find products I can use. Sun protection is also important to me, so my ideal makeup would make me appear paler as well as preventing a tan/sunburn.

My lovely husband decided to treat me to two of the things I was wishing for, for my Christmas present (and yes, I know it’s early! I’m a lucky girl). I chose Baviphat Urban Dollkiss I Love CC Cream (Pure Aura), and Etude House Secret Beam Powder Pact (light beige). It’s always a bit of a gamble buying Asian beauty – you can’t try before you buy, and often it can be hard to find things like the ingredients list in English.


I’d heard of the brand ‘Baviphat’ before but didn’t know anything about it – I think it sounds like some form of demon, haha. I had looked into several BB and CC creams before deciding on this one and part of the reason I chose it was the very cute apple shaped bottle. I’m not usually one to let myself be influenced by things like that, but I’ve been working on revamping my dresser and I thought this would look gorgeous on there, plus it sounded ideal. I wasn’t disappointed! The packaging was every bit as good as it looked online, although the bottle is very small. Even the box is cute – ‘for every woman who want to be the Snow White’. Well, I’ve been called Snow White in the past (for my look, not my behaviour!), and I thought this was adorable.


Gratuitous shot with a mirror, how very Snow White! Bought this from Ali Express for just a few dollars, as well as a matching ‘soap dish’ (ie – hair clip holder) and makeup brush holder.

I wasn’t able to get a good photo of the CC Cream on my skin, sorry. It has a faint colour, but blends into your natural skin colour. I felt it blended in nicely but made my skin look slightly paler (which fortunately was the look I wanted!). It vaguely mentions offering sun protection but doesn’t mention an SPF factor, so I think in future I would layer some sunscreen underneath… I certainly don’t mind if that adds to the paleness!



As my Thin Lizzy Mineral Foundation is running low, I was looking for an alternative, hopefully something cheaper but not harsh on my skin, something that would give me a fairly pale colour. I am naturally pale but with olive undertones and a tendency to tan by even just looking at sunlight, so I can’t get away with pure white foundations, they just look cakey and mismatched on me. I thought that Etude House Secret Beam Powder Pact (light beige) wasn’t a bad match, and also provided a hint of sparkle which I really liked.   Personally I don’t like the compact – I can’t stand pink and it looks like cheap childrens makeup, but I like the pattern etched on top. The colour was light, but a bit yellow on my skin and gave quite a thick coverage with the provided sponge. Next time I intend to try it with a makeup brush and compare the results. I never wear blush, but I feel like this combo probably could have benefited from a bit of colour, I definitely should experiment!

Overall I was very happy with these, and am again looking forward to purchasing from RoseRoseShop in the New Year. They are both also available from W2Beauty. 

I would also like to remind my readers of my brush giveaway (NZ only, sorry) – you should be able to enter once per day with your email address if I’ve set it up correctly 😉  I would also like to remind you all I have a 10% off code for Born Pretty store, so you can stock up on beauty stuff (AAXT10 will give you 10% off any item that isn’t already on sale).

This posted has been updated with affiliate links to W2Beauty. (as of June 2015). I am not, in any way, affiliated with Rose Rose Shop, other than being a loyal customer. 

My first giveaway! Jacki Design Purple Makeup Brush Set


My first giveaway! You can enter once a day through your email address, and gain an extra entry through commenting on a blog post (via Rafflecopter). These are such a pretty set of brushes, they will brighten up any dresser or vanity. If your resolution for 2015 is to improve your makeup skills, or to get better/cleaner equipment, then you need to get yourself in the draw.

Visit my Rafflecopter Page to be in to win – quick and easy! Contest ends December 31st 2014. Will only post prize within New Zealand, sorry!

50% Off Nail Polishes at Candygirl! OPI, Orly, Essie, Zoya and more


This is a fantastic deal! Half Price on almost anything except gift vouchers, Konad products, etc. Half price discount is applied at checkout, so it’s 50% off the price you see on the site, making that $18 OPI polish just $9! Stock up on Christmas presents, or just treat yourself.

Some of my favourites include Orly ‘Grave Mistake’, a sexy vampy red, OPI ‘The World is Not Enough‘, a unique shimmery colour that looks amazing with anything, pretty much anything in the Picture Polish section (especially Jealousy and Demeter) and Daul by Zoya, a very pretty and unusual purple.

This is available for a limited (but unspecified!) time, or while stocks last, so don’t hesitate too long!