Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica Sunday, Oct 31 2010 

Years ago, one of my good friends turned me on to Dermalogica and their brilliant range of products. At first, I hesitated at their prices (you are looking to spend, on average, about NZD$80.00 per product), but after giving in one day and buying a skin regime I was instantly hooked.

Now, Dermalogica is an American brand that is sold around the world including in some of the best beauty salons and skin clinics. The main focus of all of their lines is getting your skin to be at it’s healthiest, whether that means clearing up adult acne or reducing dry skin. After 25 years of success, and with a lot of scientific proof to back their claims, it stands to reason why they are so popular.

There is one particular product that I fell hard for – the Dermal Clay Cleanser (NZD: $74.00 for a 250ml bottle). Made from water soluble kaolin and green clays, this cooling product feels amazing on and leaves your skin fresh, refined and supple. I use it a couple of times a week when I’m in the shower, and find that if I forget to use it my skin actually looks dull. Using it is luxurious, as the cool menthol feels glorious when you have had a long day/hard night. Leaving it on for five minutes gives you the added benefit of a masque, for those days when your skin has just packed it in.

I would recommend this for anyone with oily or combination skin, and though it isn’t cheap, it lasts for months on end. You only need a small dollop per application, and I find it works well with other brands of skin-care.

Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica

July Buys Saturday, Jul 10 2010 

So, at the start of this month I thought “Hmm, time to save my pennies!”. I started off strong, until I remembered I live in New Zealand and pennies have nothing to do with our currency. So I shelved that idea and added to my wardrobe! 😉 Or should I say, added a boatload of skinny style jeans with a few other pieces thrown in!

Here are a few of my purchases thus far…

EziBuy Urban Denim Military Vest NZD$49.95

This cute little vest from EziBuy embodies the current soldier-style fashion statement that seems so popular right now, without being too much. Most people either love vests, or hate them, but I think it’s a quirky addition to my collection.

EziBuy Emerge Casette Print Tee Shirt NZD$39.95

Another EziBuy find, this tee is casual, funky and warm. Perfect over jeans and a great length to boot.

EziBuy Urban Stud Detail Skinny Jean NZD$59.95

Aaannnddd… EziBuy brings it home for the team AGAIN! These black skinny jeans are embellished with darkened punk-type studs, and look wicked with a black leather jacket. Just sayin’.

EziBuy Heine Designer Jeans NZD$139.95

Last but certainly not least from my EziBuy shopping spree are these wonderful dark blue skinny jeans. They fit beautifully and have a funky angel wing design on the back, giving it that extra something special.

Pulp Strap-T Boot from Hannahs NZD$149.95

These cute boots are both comfortable and fun! I am a massive fan of studs (can you tell?) and this particular style fits my personality perfectly. They look superb with skinny jeans and being flat, it means I can wear them out and about without worrying about sore feet. You can get Pulp shoes and boots from Hannahs.

Stainless Steel Sun with Gold Plating from The Warehouse NZD$49.99

Yup, who’d have thunk it, but I found a nice pendant at The Warehouse! I just saw it and fell in love, and it is now my every-day piece. A step up from costume jewellery, but still not costing megabucks like some of the designer ranges out there. A happy medium.

Valley Girl Military Cardy NZD$19.99

Cheap and cheerful. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s one of those “looks good on, looks crap off” items that you sometimes stumble across. Great to chuck over a long singlet or tight tee. Found in Valley Girl, of all places.

Glassons Daisy Abraised Indigo Skinny Jeans NZD$59.99

Hmm, so I might have gone a little bit skinny-jean-crazy, but how cute are these! Distressed patches on the front thigh and lower backside add to what would normally be a simple pair of blue jeans. Find them at Glassons.

Max Studded Skinny Jeans NZD$99.00

Skinny jeans? Check. Studs? Check. My final skinny jean purchase of the month are these beauties from Max. They fit like a dream, go well with boots and leather jackets, as well as being dressed up with corporate attire.

So, we aren’t even half way through the month and I am already eying up my bank balance with horror. But… totally worth it! Plus, most of these items I caught on sale which is always a bonus!

Happy shopping sweethearts!

My Winter Looks Sunday, May 23 2010 

So, my shopaholic tendencies have overcome me again (what’s new?) and I have been out adding to my wardrobe. I have bought a few things to keep me warm throughout winter, without bundling myself up like a Sumo wrestler, or looking drab and boring.

Now, a woman can NEVER have too many jackets (my friends disagree but this is MY blog haha) and so I have bought myself a new jacket from the lovely EziBuy store. A zip-through biker style jacket, in a slim-line classic fit. I bought it in brown, but it is also available in black and gunmetal (and it is basically identical to the white one I bought a while back). It fits me like a dream and looks awesome with boots and jeans.

Capture Biker Jacket NZD$89.95

Now, this is totally ugly, I admit. But my god it’s warm! The Maya Poncho from The Warehouse, when you’re wearing it, looks like your Grandma’s moth-eaten bedcover has attacked you. But it is deliciously cozy and great for nights at good friends houses when you are there for takeaways and DVD’s. And the funny thing? You feel great when you’re wearing it, despite it’s utter silliness. Go figure.

Maya Poncho With Arms NZD$34.99

CottonOn has always been a great shop for buying your basic tee’s and singlets, but has recently been upping its game with good quality knitted items and quirky jackets. This is where I found a rather funky, chuck over your simple jeans and t-shirt type jacket. I chose a startling, fire-engine red, but it is also available in black, white and grey. And yes yes, I know. ANOTHER jacket. So sue me!

Rosie Jacket (Ruby Rose) NZD$39.95

And last, but certainly not least, BEANIES! Luckily for me, one of the lovely girls I work with has a Mother that is a champion knitter! For NZD$10 per beanie, I (and most of the girls I work with!) have commissioned this poor lady to make copious amounts of the damn things. So far, I have paid for four to be made (black, red, blue and hot pink) and they are wonderful! First thing in the morning, when I step outside, I am nowhere near as cold as I normally am – all thanks to my head being incased in a cozy little beanie! I colour coordinate my beenies with what I am wearing, and spend the day without frozen ears and windblown hair. Brilliant! Go out there people and find a place that sells beanies and buy one in every colour. It’s worth it!

Me at work, showing off my gorgeous Hot Pink Beanie (and my Hot Pink Headphones from an earlier post!)

AVON Glimmerstick Eyeliner Sunday, May 23 2010 

I have never been an AVON buyer. Don’t know why really – maybe because you can’t just walk into a shop and buy the products. You need a representative to order it for you after a consultation or at the very least, a flick through the latest brochure. AVON is famous for selling makeup and skin care products, but also peddles jewellery, perfume, clothing and things for around the house.

A wonderful friend of mine, who is also one of my fashion icons, informed me that she got a lot of her makeup from AVON (through her Mother-In-Law who’s one of their Sales Representatives). We had a brief discussion where she assured me the makeup was awesome (and if you saw how gorgeous this chick always looks, you’d see why I implicitly took her on her word!) So I requested a brochure and I was off on my first AVON adventure!

I ordered a few things – some skin products, lip balms and the item that has me blogging now, a Glimmerstick Eyeliner. I love eyeliner, it looks totally gorgeous on, but can look absolutely awful as soon as it smudges/crumbles. I have been having a hard time finding a good eyeliner that goes on well (a pencil is too light, a liquid option is too hard for the uncoordinated such as myself, and the glide sticks seem to smudge within seconds of application!) and so have been trying a zillion brands, hoping against hope to find that PERFECT EYELINER every girl dreams of.

Okay okay, maybe I’m going a little bit overboard here. But I was truly, 100% over the moon when I got my AVON order in and tried the liner for the first time. It went on easily, it stayed on all day without smudging, and it was unnaturally easy to apply both thinly and thickly. Glimmerstick – where have you been all my life?!

It comes in black, brown, grey, green and blue, and is infused with a slight shimmer that makes your eyes sparkle. The retractable tip and self-sharpening features means this is an easy to use, no mess, no fuss product. The cost is ridiculously low (depending on the promotion at the time, you could get this eyeliner for a couple of dollars or just over NZD$10) which means you can easily afford to replace it when it runs out.

I will never use another eyeliner again! I am converted! Thanks AVON!

AVON Glimmerstick Eyeliner

Another Day, Another Jacket… Saturday, Apr 10 2010 

Okay, so I might be turning into a jacket junkie. I bought another leather jacket today, but… IT’S JUST SO DAMN HOT! A gorgeous black leather jacket with a studded lapel design, cropped short. Kind of rock, kind of punk. Looks fantastic on, too.

And who would have thought I’d find it at Farmers?

Farmers: Switch Biker Bomber Jacket NZD$139.99

The Easter Bunny Told Me To Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Easter weekend is, unfortunately, over. I got no chocolate, but I figured that meant the Easter Bunny wanted me to go shopping instead. *Cough*

I got a few gorgeous things from Glassons which have me grinning from ear to ear! Check out my new jacket! The picture shows that of a black jacket, but I got mine in gray as I already have a few black jackets hanging in my closet already. It’s short, finishes around my ribs, but I have a small waist so it suits my body shape to a T!

Glassons ZINA CROP BIKER JACKET NZD$79.99

I also bought two belts from Glassons, to go with the jacket. I purchased the same belt twice – as it came in both black and silvery-gray. It’s a long, thin, studded belt that loops loosely around the hips twice. Gorgeous.

Glassons DOUBLE WRAP SKINNY STUD BELT (Black) NZD$16.99

Glassons DOUBLE WRAP SKINNY STUD BELT (Silvery-Gray) NZD$16.99

And it’s all good to have a great outfit, but you also need great makeup to pull the whole shebang off!

I bought Kleancolor products for the first time a few days ago, and quite liked them, so I snapped up yet another inexpensive makeup treat. Check out my new liquid eyeliner!

Kleancolor Eyeliner Precision (403) (Liquid) Black NZD$6.00

A few days ago I bought the Kleancolor black matt polish, and today I followed up with buying a hot pink, orange and white polish to add to my colection. Hot!

Kleancolour Nail Lacquer NZD$6.00

Another thing I found is just bloody handy. The Kleancolor Wizard Pads are small, round pads that you can keep in your handbag that completely wipe away nail polish from your nails. No fuss, no mess. Easy.

Kleancolor Wizard Pads (Lemon or Cucumber scented) NZD$3.00

Happy Easter everybody! I hope you had as good a holiday as meeeeeeeee! 😀

Fashion Update – Preparing For Winter With My Wallet In Mind Monday, Mar 29 2010 

So, it’s Autumn. Summer is but a distant memory now, and even though I’m still managing to wear t-shirts on warmer days, I have to admit to keeping a jacket close by most of the time.

With colder months comes the need to fill my wardrobe again with cute but temperature appropriate clothing. To be honest, buying for Winter is one of my most treasured moments of the year. Forget Christmas; Winter clothes shopping means I get to buy boots and jackets! (Just so you know, even the idea of this has me doing my happy dance!)

Despite my love of shopping, I am regrettably (until I win the Lottery! 😉 ) on a budget. It would be fantastic to go out and blow a couple of thousands of dollars on one item, but-I’m-just-not-rich. So, like any smart girl, I try and find the items I want, In styles I love, at unbeatable prices. Here are a few pieces I have purchased for the chillier season that haven’t left me broke and homeless:

Capture Zip Front Biker Jacket NZD$89.95

I bought this jacket online from EziBuy, except I got it in white. It’s a slim-fitting, soft faux leather jacket that fits beautifully and is surprisingly warm. Great with jeans, or even great to wear to work. So versatile, and so sexy. I might even buy a second one in black, I love it so much!

Garage Stud Belt Shirt NZD$34.99

It seems the whole checkered/tartan look is back in – and you know what? I’m liking it. This long top is from The Warehouse and with it’s studded belt, comes across a little but more tidy-punk than country girl. This looks great either worn with leggings or with jeans, and very easily can be dressed up.

AUGUST ROLL NECK JACKET NZD$79.99

Yup, another jacket. This is a goodie though! From good old Glassons, this jacket is a little bit biker, with a roll neck that is both warm and funky. I have lived in this jacket since I bought it, using it either in dressier situations or just to chuck over my casual t-shirt and jeans when I leave the house.

Striped Arm Warmers/Hobo Gloves NZD$6.00

I bought these brand-new off of a store on TradeMe. I got a pair in Cyan/Black, White/Black and Red/Black, and they are totally awesome! Okay okay, a little bit emo with the skulls, but they are warm, I can still use my fingers and I think they totally spice up an outfit! Plus, I think adding a bit of attitude is sexy. 😉

Bagamoyo Boot - Black NZD$49.99

These boots I have blogged about before. Sturdy, warm, funky and look great with jeans. Great for those cold, wet winter days! And being so cheap, well how could I say no? I bought these from Number One Shoe Warehouse – have a look at their site here.

So, that’s a few of my recent purchases for winter. Non-expensive, fulfilling my needs without losing my style. I think I did pretty damn well! 🙂 I will keep posting cheap fashion finds as I go.

Number 1 Shoes Saturday, Mar 20 2010 

Sometimes you just can’t afford to spend big bucks on all of your fashion items – especially when it comes to shoes. Having a few key pieces that are designer and gorgeously and un-justifiably expensive is one of life’s great pleasures, but lets face it – it’s also nice to have an abundance of shoes to choose from! Perhaps for a specific outfit, or maybe because you know if you wear your pricey pairs every day they will get scuffed and old looking pretty quickly. So unless you are a millionaire who can afford to live in Jimmy Choo’s every day, you need a cheaper, everyday option.

Number One Shoe Warehouse is a retail chain that sells shoes, shoes and more shoes. They have a massive stock of everything for men, women and children which is absolutely fantastic when they have one of their “Buy two and get the third pair free!” sales – families come in droves.

The shoes themselves range from NZD$5.00 to more designer items that can go up to NZD$150, but most fall around the NZD$30 range – you really can’t beat their prices. And the quality is pretty damn good too! I have a lot of shoes from them that were bought over the years and have held together beautifully. Sure, I have had a few that have only lasted a season but for that price, who cares?

They are located all over New Zealand, their stores set up in aisles of shoe types. Men’s shoes are on one side, kids on another, and (most important) a nice BIG section for the ladies. Each aisle has a theme – sport shoes, sandals, fashion heels, boots and end of lines. This makes it easy to browse for what you want, and the prices are clearly marked. They almost always have all of the sizes for each shoe in store, and if not they are more than happy to track a pair down for you.

Recently I noticed they had started selling their shoes on TradeMe, and for a voracious online shopper like myself, this has been an exciting find. (Click here to see their listings on TradeMe) This process has been a breeze, they have been helpful and efficient and saved me a lot of hassle. They also have their own website now, where you can browse through a nice selection of their shoes, buy online or see their recent catalogues. Obviously, they can’t put every single pair of shoes on their website (they have a massive range, as I said!) which means a trip into one of their stores is a must, but I have been pretty damn happy with the selection on their site thus far.

So, winter will soon be upon us and their new range of boots has just come out – have a look! I just bought myself a few pairs! 😀

Duet Boot - Chocolate NZD$49.99

BAGAMOYO Boot - Black NZD$49.99

Udon Boot - White NZD$44.99

Tolstoy - Dark Purple NZD$49.99

Niron Fast - Black NZD$30.00

Ayaka Fast - Black NZD$29.99

Rican Skate - White Pink $39.99

Mens: BG Outlaw Cas - White NZD$39.99

Mens: Pence - White Grey NZD$39.99

Mens: Cerbe Dress - Black NZD$40.00

Girls: Lobelia - Black Fuschia NZD$24.99

Boys: Ecoli Skate - White Black NZD$29.99

Now, thats just a small selection of the shoes that Number One has. They have, literally, thousands of styles. They have punk shoes, heels in various colours, boring old work shoes, soccer boots and even an assortment of slippers and cheapie Ugg-style boots. They aren’t Mi Piaci or Andrea Biani but they certainly do the job – and at a wicked price!

Guess Again! Thursday, Mar 18 2010 

Okay, so I have posted about Guess handbags before, along with my adoring love of them. But I just had to share with you my new buy! 😀

My brand new WHITE Guess handbag and clutch. Why? Because I had a cold this week and was feeling down in the dumps, and my darling Mother spotted a designer handbag sale and took me along to cheer me up. Well, colour me cheered!

Love love LOVE the bag, and the clutch I am going to use as an oversized wallet. Brilliant.

My fantastic new GUESS set

Pink Just Sounds Better Thursday, Mar 4 2010 

Everything these days seems to be designed in such a way that people will buy it merely because it looks cool. Sure, quality comes into it (big time), but if you can buy a product that is both functional AND funky, then it’s all the more exciting. Days are long gone when you would just buy something stock standard – now it’s all about the x-factor. Does it have a cool pattern? Is it hot pink? Is it fashionable? Does it go with your outfit/computer/car/personality? You just have to look at the recent popularity of pink everything to see what I mean. I have friends who have eagerly bought a toolset, merely because it was pink. Same with the gorgeous pink Apple iPods or pink stationery.

So, in following this recent trend, I have succumbed happily to buying my every day items in exciting shades and designs, and of modern construction. I have pink pens, pink socks, sparkly hairbrushes, a bizarrely shaped but very funky toothbrush, all the way to my most recent of purchases: a pair of hot pink JVC headphones (HA-S150 On-Ear Stereo Headphones to be exact!)

Why did I buy them? You’re thinking, well, I probably needed a new pair and so bought pink just because. Not exactly. This is the power of target marketing. I have three pairs of headphones, two of them being of the Apple persuasion, and one cheaper pair from some unknown brand called Sony or something ( 😉 hehe ) So no, I certainly didn’t need another pair. I just saw these pink beauties and HAD TO HAVE. Now, as a girl, I wouldn’t normally spend my hard earned cash on anything functional and tech-like unless I really had to. I would save my pennies for clothing, accessories, makeup. But because JVC was smart enough to make a pair of headphones in this wonderful colour (or color for our American readers!) I was hooked in to buying them.

I took them to work today, and made sure I wore my matching pink scarf and ring (Hot!). The lesson here? If you make something practical and generally boring into something exciting and fashionable, you WILL sell your product. It’s just all about changing the image of the product to entice the consumer. Make it more desirable, make it fun, make it fashionable. It’s a win win situation.

My Hot Pink JVC HA-S150 On-Ear Stereo Headphones

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