An Interview with Miss World New Zealand, Karla de Beer

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you’ll know that most of the stuff I write here is a combo of makeup, skincare, wonderful things and reflections on empowering myself & others as a twenty-something living in the mess and absurdity of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, I had a #showerthought this morning […]

Local & Handmade Etsy Christmas Lust List & GIVEAWAY*

Dear reader – have you had the ‘sick of the Christmas carols in every shop in the local Westfield mall’ talk with anyone yet? Feeling panicked about the shipping cutoffs for the US & Europe? Are you so stressed about Christmas shopping that you’re kind of hoping that the world really is gonna end before […]

#SelfLove & Selfies: A Successful Reflection

This story begins with a glamorous anecdote. I was sitting in a bathroom stall in Brixton in September, drunk on #London and half-litre cans of Strongbow and good company, when: lo and behold. The writing on the wall was (quite literally) written in pale blue spray paint on the wall. In a society that relies […]

On Home

What is it about London? Perhaps it is that little family up past the brick and the zig-zag stairs off the Kilburn high street. The speed-walking to the off-license and the change from a £5 note for a few Scrumpy Jacks in the half-light? Maybe it is the architecture that feels familiar, similar to the […]

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Colour Protection Conditioner*

Dear reader, do you remember those Pantene commercials from the 90s? You know the ones where everyone parades about with hair like liquid silk, longer than their denim and cargo miniskirts? I hadn’t thought about those commercials since the 90s because I decided long ago that having hair even half that good was nearly impossible. So I […]

On Wearing Eye Makeup with Glasses*

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of prescription glasses from the people at GlassesShop.com. Now, 80% of my waking life I’m walking around in glasses, and if you’re a glasses-wearer like me, you’ll know how frustrating it is to put a bunch of effort in to your eye makeup only to […]

Is Your Toothpaste Making Your Sushi Poisonous?

Recently, Plastic Diet, (a youth-led organisation dedicated to reducing single-use plastic waste and consumption) held a plastic-free July challenge, and as a blogger I was keen to be involved. Because things got pretty hectic for me there for a while I didn’t make it in time for July (sorry Plastic Diet!) but I did manage […]

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

Although this shade of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is called vanilla (or light 2), the performance, consistency and overall product is certainly not mediocre. I have heard so many positive things about the concealer and yet embarrassingly, it took me until last month to actually try the stuff. If you’ve tried anything NARS, you know […]

Essie Lilacism Nail Polish

I have joked probably 30 times about how I should probably have my beauty blogger status revoked for never owning an Essie nail polish. Dear reader, I am now legit, because I was strolling about Priceline yesterday with Lena (of Lena Talks Beauty) when I spotted this Essie Lilacism polish (at 50% off!). Essie polishes […]