Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream Monday, Jun 28 2010 

I work in a lovely office environment, but this also means I spend 40+ hours a week stewing beneath a heavy blanket of machine controlled air that is harshly circulated around me and dries out my skin. The end result? My skin needs some moisture baby!

I have a few good skin products to remedy this, but recently, nothing has quite been cutting it. So one day I was talking to my beautician about said issue, when she mentioned that the wonderful nourishing mask she used on me also doubled as an extremely hydrating facial cream. ZING!

So we got to talking, and she showed me the range she used – Trilogy. This is a New Zealand brand started by two ex-Australian sisters that use fresh, luxurious ingredients including their favorite ingredient, rose-hip oil. Price wise, they are middle of the range (most of their items cost around NZD$40) but the quality of their products are top-notch.

You know when you get a facial and the next day you break out? I have never, EVER broken out after a Trilogy facial. I have sensitive skin that reacts to almost anything, and yet it has positively sung out with happiness after I use their different products. They sell skin regimes for all skin types, to reduce wrinkles, help with acne and for both men and women.

Now, the product I am raving about today (and most of the past week!) is the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream. This seemingly heavy cream goes on and just melts into your skin, leaving your face feeling supple and nourished. There is no shiny-faced monster looking back at you in the mirror, and it works wonderfully as a makeup primer if you are in a rush. My skin has never looked healthier, more even and best of all, there is no dry skin! I put it on before I go to bed and again after I wash my face in the morning. You don’t need a lot, it goes on beautifully and smells wonderful according to all of the people who have commented! My 75ml tube cost me just under NZD$40, and to be perfectly honest – I would have happily paid twice that much. And I certainly don’t say that often!

So, if you are searching for an eco-friendly, wonderful skin care range – try Trilogy. You will not regret it!

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream

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! πŸ˜‰ ) 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 oldΒ 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. πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ˜€

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!

Cinched Tuesday, Feb 23 2010 

When I’m trying to throw together an outfit, and can’t really deicide on anything, I find the easiest thing to do is to wear something simple and add a really funky belt. Sounds silly, but a plain black cotton dress can look absolutely phenomenal with the right belt and pair of heels. Leather (heck, pleather even), twine, metal, plastic – there are so many belts out there in so many designs and made out of more kinds of materials than you could possibly imagine. Have fun, go out and buy a few belts and regress back into being a kid! Find your inner child and play dress up!

Now, you don’t NEED to spend big on an outfit for it to look original these days, and a belt can be both the main focal point and also a great way to show off your curves if you use it to cinch in your waist. A belt can both dress up a plain ensemble, and dress down something that looks too busy on its own. (It’s like magic!)

A belt can also change your look completely. Punk, goth, glitzy – you name it. Check out some great online site’s that sell a fantastic assortment of rockin’ belts! And okay, I’m only talking about belts for women here, but a nice belt on a man with the right pair of jeans can be seexxxyyy, so men, keep that in mind. πŸ˜‰

There’s the American site 599Fashion where everything is USD$5.99 – the belts are super cute!

Shop online at New Zealand’s The Max Shop;Β the belts here aren’t cheap, but they certainly are classy.

For Punk/Rock type belts, visit Boots’N’All and have a browse – an NZ site.

When all else fails, NZ girls like me head to Glassons… even for belts!

A fantastic fashion site, Red Rat offers quite a range of must-have belts! They don’t deliver outside of New Zealand though.

Find some great bargains at Retail On Sale – a New Zealand site with some pretty funky items.

For those of you in either New Zealand or Australia, check out Supre online. For a younger audience, sure, but some great finds…

For well priced, true Punk and Goth styled belts, visit New Zealand’s Gnarley – they sell through TradeMe, which reminds me – another great place to buy belts! (And the kitchen sink!)

And of course, eBay is a winner when it comes to buying absolutely EVERYTHING these days.

I could go on forever, but I’ll stop here. I’ve given you somewhere to start – go ladies, go!

One Of The Olsen Twins, Jessica Alba and Britney In Their Belts

Beyonce And Her Silver Belt

Sarah Jessica Parker Using A Belt To Make Her Outfit Perfect!

A Gorgeous Range Of Belt Styles

A Designer Belt Can Really Make An Outfit

Metal Belts Are More Style Than Function, But Super Sexy!

A Full-Waist Cinching Belt