31 December 2015

Happy New Years

It's time to say goodbye to 2015 & hello to 2016. In five & a half hours I'll be welcoming in 2016. Wow is all have to say about 2015 & what a year it has been.



2015 has probably been one of my best years yet & I can't thank everybody who has been apart of it, enough. And to all of you guys here, who come back continuously to read my posts, thankyou so much for all your support! Keep an eye out & get super excited for what I have planned next year, it may even include a YouTube channel! 

I just want to take this opportunity to say that I'm incredibly proud of everything that you all of you have managed to achieved this year. I know that we've all had our ups & downs this year, myself included but look.. we all made it, we held on, we stayed positive & we made it to the end of 2015. And I'm so incredibly proud of us all. I want you all to enjoy this time & take the time to be proud of everything you have achieved.

To all those that mean the world to me & hold a special place in my heart, you know who you are & if you're reading then thankyou thankyou thankyou, you've been amazing this year, you've all achieved so much & I couldn't be prouder of you all. Plus of course thankyou for your continuous support, I couldn't have made it to the end without you. 

I don't want to get all emotional but honestly this year has been one of my best, like I said earlier & I can't wait to see what 2016 holds for not only me but you guys as well. 

You lot mean the world to me & I wish you the every best for 2016. I love you all oodles & oodles, & lets all kick some butt in 2016! 

B x

29 December 2015

TWENTY FIFTEEN FAVOURITES

If you want more information & want to know my thoughts on the products & people they can be found in the monthly favourites from the year, which I'll link at the bottom of this post. 



MAKE UP //
L.A Girl Pro Conceal
Australis AC On Tour, Contouring & Highlighting Palette
Australis 16 Hour Long Wear Foundation - Shade Nude
Natio Eye Brow Kit 
Australis Clear Brow Gel 

SKINCARE // 
Nivea Soft Moisturiser For Face, Hands & Body
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Scrub
The Body Shop Tee Tree Cleanser 

YOUTUBE // 

BLOGGERS // 

MONTHLY FAVOURITES LINKS // 

DISCLAIMER >> these are some of my absolute favourites from this year & believe me it was hard to narrow it down plus this post would be way to long if i was to mention absolutely everything. feel free to check out my favourites posts from each month if you would like to know more about the things i was loving throughout the year.

B x

27 December 2015

HAPPINESS IN A FEW SECONDS

A few small things that'll make us happy in a few seconds. We all have those things that give us a small quick buzz of happiness in a few seconds.



SALES >> we all love a good ole sale am I right ladies?

THOUGHTFULNESS >> i will alway appreciate when people go out of there way to do something for me, or pay me a compliment. We don't see enough people sharing positivity & being thoughtful in this world today. 

WAKING UP & FEELING REFRESHED >>  i think this is probably one of the best feelings yet one that most of us probably take for granted. 

HEARING OUR FAVOURITE SONGS >> i think hearing our favourite songs can really help set a happy positive mood. 

HAVING A GOOD LAUGH >> a good laugh with friends is honestly the best feeling ever, i don't know what it is about it but it's an amazing feeling.

BESTFRIENDS >> honestly i think whenever i'm around my friends i'm in the best mood, we are always laughing & we never fail to have a great time together.

B x


24 December 2015

A SMALL CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Whooo, it's Christmas Eve & the special day is super super close. I can't believe that we are nearly at the end of December, the end of 2015, how crazy is that! Seriously where the heck has this year gone?!



I just wanted to wish you all the biggest ever MERRY CHRISTMAS! You all deserve to have an amazing special day. I really hope you all have an incredible day with those that mean the most to you, plus of course eat some delicious foods. 

Just remember that I love you all so so much & you all mean the world to me. I'm sending heaps of love & hugs all the way from here in New Zealand!

B x

22 December 2015

THE FESTIVE SEASON

Forget about the gifts for a minute. To me, Christmas isn't about receiving gifts although gift giving is something my family does like to do.



For me the festive season is about spending time with those who mean the most to me. The festive season is about sharing happiness & cheer with those around you but it's also a time where we can be proud of what we have achieved this year. A lot of us don't take the time during the year to be proud of ourselves. We don't give ourselves enough credit throughout the year, for what we have managed to achieve & accomplish, whether it be big or small. It's all amazing & we should all be incredibly proud of ourselves. And this goes for everyone, whether you celebrate the festive season or not. 

December for me isn't about the gifts, I like to be around those that mean the most to me. I like to reflect on everything that I've accomplished, I want to be positive in this time but at the end of the day, I still think it's important to remember that we are all humans, so we're all going to have our ups & downs, we have to remember that there are people still struggling in this time & thats when our festive cheer is used to help lift other rather than bring them down. 

I want you all to know that I'm incredibly proud of everything you have managed to achieve this year & you should all be proud of yourself to. Let me know what the festive season means to you.

B x

20 December 2015

OLD BEAUTY PRODUCTS

We all hold onto beauty products for way longer than we should, lets be honest. We all have like 8 different shades of foundation just in case we tan differently to last summer or that eyeliner or mascara we brought three years ago. However we must remember that make up does have a best before date & it can harm your beautiful face if we continue to use it. That's why I decided to of some handy dandy research.



EYES //

Pencil Eyeliners: these can last up to two years as long as you sharpen it each time before you use it. This is just going to keep it clean & germ free.

Liquid & Potted Eyeliners: these can last up to one year provided that they are kept clean & don't go all clumpy & dry out.

Powder Eye Shadows: these last up to two years which is amazing, but they don't really last that long anyway right?

Cream Eye Shadows: these last anywhere between six to twelve months.

Mascara: it's recommend that you keep your mascaras for three months. It's super important due to the risk of serious eye infection. However as soon as your mascara drys out or becomes clumpy, it definitely needs to be thrown out.

FACE //

Liquid Foundation & Concealers: your liquid foundations & concealers should be kept for anywhere between six to twelve months.

Face Powder, Powder Blush, Powder Bronzers & Contour: these should be thrown out anywhere between six to twelve months.

LIPS //

LIPSTICKS: your lipstick are going to last up to two years which I think is the perfect amount of time to us up your favourite lipstick.

At the end of the day, I think you're going to know when products have gone off. If they smell a bit weird, they're clumpy & just not working like they should be, I think they're are your clear signs that you should be getting rid of it.

B x


17 December 2015

MY PASSION FOR BLOGGING

It can be so easy to fall in & out of love with your blog. It's so easy to criticise yourself, your content, your photography & so on. Because here on my blog & across all my social media I'm so honest about what's going on in my life, I'm constantly sharing my opinions, beliefs, values all that kind of stuff but sometimes I wonder if I'm sharing to much & it can be hard to decide where to draw the line. I've decided that I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, sharing what I want to, what I feel comfortable sharing. At the end of the day I'll share what I want I to, I'll share my opinions, beliefs, values & what not because I think that's what make someones blog theirs. I'll have my opinions & you're aloud to think differently of course you are, but we all just need to respect that. Anyway enough rambling, I'm going to get on to mentioning why I love blogging.



THE PEOPLE //
I've met so many amazing people through blogging & putting myself out there through the internet. I've not only made friends in my local area & in my own country but also overseas as well  which is incredible. I love connecting with other fellow bloggers, we just have an instant connection & I feel like we can really just talk for hours. Just being able to connect with people all over the world just because of my own little space on the internet.

INSPIRATION //
I'm constantly inspired everyday. Whether that's from pictures I see on different social media sites or whether it's from those that I follow. #teaminternet is incredible, there's such a big group of us achieving incredibly exciting things everyday & we all inspire each other. My biggest inspiration comes from those that I follow, whether it just be social media, theirs blog or YouTube. We all empower each other, we share positivity & it's honestly an amazing feeling.

COMMENTS //
The comments I get from friends, family, other bloggers, internet friends & so on are just so lovely. Like I think that's what makes it all really worth it. And also the fact that I know I could be helping somebody out there, like I said before it's an incredible feeling.

I LOVE DOING WHAT I DO //
I've always had a passion for writing but I've also always wanted to help others. And essentially that's how my blog was created. I've incorporated the things that I love doing & here you have my blog. You know, I wouldn't sit down, write, schedule, take photos, & all that good stuff if I didn't enjoy it. I would upload a post three times a week if I did;t enjoy what I was doing. I love just being able to sit down & write until my heart is content. I love being able to take & use photos that really inspire me. I really just like being creative & I think that's why I love blogging so much. Next goal >> YouTube.

DRIVE //
Like I said before, I love bening creative but I also have this drive, this motivation to make every post better than the last. I'm always taking on board tips & tricks from others & you guys. I've always been self driven in everything I do, I've always been a perfectionist within myself & I want to be proud of what I do & achieve.

B x

15 December 2015

SUMMER HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS

Whoo, it's summer time baby! I absolutely adore summer & I can't even begin to tell you how excited  I am that it's finally here! Whether I'm heading away or have a beach bag ready for any last minute plans, these are my essentials I like to carry around with me during the summer.



- Sunblock & insect repellent 
- A hat
- Bikini 
- Towel
- Water bottle
- A snack
- Sunglasses
- A change of clothes
- Headphones
- Lip balm 
- Setting Powder & Brush
- Phone
- Wallet
- Keys


B x

13 December 2015

TEABAGS CAN HELP YOUR BEAUTY PROBLEMS?!

We all know how amazing tea is for our bodies but is it more beneficial than we think it is? There are so many different teas on the market, its truly amazing all the different benefits they have.



#1: Dry & Dull Skin
Green tea is packed full of antioxidants & anti-inflammatory goods & I found out recently that they are meant to slow down development & signs of ageing. Strange huh? Besides daily intake green tea can also be beneficial on the outside, whooo face masks! Who doesn't love a good face mask right? If you'd like to know some of my favourite masks then just let me know or you can search up some great ones online. 

#2: Puffy Eyes & Dark Under Eye Circles 
I know that at the best of times I get horrible puffy eyes & dark circles after a long day or when I haven't had enough sleep so I have a couple of tips that I've learnt. Instead of doing the classic cucumber on the eye why not try a freshly used green tea bag, just apply on your eyelids for around 15 to 20 minutes which will do everything you need it to do. More recently I read this super neat tip that I thought was amazing & wanted to share with you guys, super simple but just freeze green tea is ice cube trays & apply them to your eyes when you need a quick pick me up. 

#3: Being Bloated 
Who doesn't hate being bloated lets be honest? I found green tea really helps. I've also heard that mint tea is meant to help with craving, maybe I should try it out sooner rather than later. 

#4: Sunburn
Something I've find out recently & are is still something that I want to try however I thought it would be worth mentioning. Bathing in tea not only sounds a bit odd but is also meant to be the most effective way to soothe sunburn. Fill your bath tub & pop three tea bags in & you have the perfect bath ready & waiting to soothe any nasty sunburn. Maybe you could try this with green tea as well. This method is great especially when you're on holiday & teabags are the only thing left sitting at the mini bar. 

B x

12 December 2015

SUMMER READING LIST

Nothing can beat sitting in the sun with a good book. I love reading & recently I've been really trying to make the time everyday to read. I thought that it may be a good idea to share some of my favourite reads for the summer. Even if it isn't summer where you are living feel free to also check these books out. These are books that I have either read already or are on my to-read list. I don't have many but without saying no more, lets jump right in.



#1 // Girl Online & Girl Online: On Tour, Written By Zoe Sugg
I'm guessing you all know who Zoe is but if not she is a YouTube sensation with over nine million subscribers on YouTube. Zoe currently has two books out, which I have both read. I think that both of her books are great reads but also just perfect if you're looking for something easy & relaxing to read! You can purchase them through iTunes, for your Kindle & on course you can buy the hard copy.

#2 // A Work In Progress By Connor Franta
Connor Franta is another YouTube favourite of mine & I adore is book completely. Connor has created such a fantastic book that I think is great for all age groups & his book is definitely one that you can that you're able to take heaps from. I adore Connor & again I think this is a great, easy read.

#3 // Bingle By Tyler Oakley
I seem to have a YouTuber theme going on here but again Tyler is a YouTube favourite of mine, not only a favourite of mine but also a favourite of the incredible amount of subscribers he has over on her YouTube channel. I'm yet to read Binge but I can only imagine what it would be like. It's something that I'm so excited to read & something that I think I'll definitely be picking up this summer to read.

#4 // All The Bright Places By Jennifer Niven
All The Bight Places is the book that I'm ready at the moment & although I'm only a few chapters in I think that it's going to be a great book. It's been suggested to me on many different occasions & finally I've decided to pick it up & give it a read. I thought that I might include the thoughts the Zoe Sugg had on the book, "I recently read All The Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven  Ir really enjoyed it. I loved the characters & how she chose to write about mental health." I agree with Zoe, it's great to see authors speaking about something that is so important & something that they are passionate about.

B x

10 December 2015

ESSENA O'NEILL RESPONSE

Essena O'Neill is a 19 year old Australian who had over 770,000 followers on her social media platforms. Essena had posted a video to her YouTube channel, which had over 1 million views before she closed her account. Essena's video highlighted the negative impacts social media has had on her personal life. She pleaded that 'social media is not real life' & came out & admitted to her fans that although she appeared to be living a 'perfect' life' she was deeply unhappy.



First I want to address that idea of having a negative impact upon our lives. We get to upload what we want others to see & that's generally the happy stuff right? While that's perfectly fine, we have to remember no matter who we are, how many followers we have, there is someone out there looking up to us & admiring everything we do. I believe that it's important to show the good & the bad. I mean at the end of the day, does anyone have a perfect life? No. They may have what seems like a perfect life, due to posts on social media or whatever but this isn't always the case. We are only seeing a very small part of that persons life & that's so important to remember. We're humans, we're going to have the good days & the bad, it's just is apart of life & I think that it's super important to accept both. If you follow me on my social media platforms, you'll noticed that I do try & stay as positive as possible however if something annoys me, if something goes wrong with my day, if I want to voice my opinion about something etc, I'm not just going to hide completely from social media at this point. I went through a time where I thought my feelings, no matter what they were; happiness, sadness, anger, frustration etc, we invalid & that they didn't but in a matter of fact they do & my social media just like my blog is, is a way for my to expresses those feelings, opinions, views & beliefs. Like I said earlier, it's important to remember that what you see on social media isn't alway what it's like behind closed doors. 



Essena also made a comment about social media being fake & not real life. In my opinion this isn't absolutely a hundred percent true. I say this because although there is people out there who might be using social media for the wrong reasons, or who might be 'fake', there is also a huge amount of us like myself who most definitely not fake. Yes there are going to be people who will promote products that they don't really like or talk about 'experiences' that never really happened or whatever but it's so important to remember that with every fake person on social media there are, lets say, 100,000 of us who aren't. You know what I'm trying to say? Try not to let precious past experiences effect your own personal thoughts, opinions, feeling towards something or someone. I'm someone that needs & likes to find out things for myself. You could tell me how much you disliked a particular makeup product but at the end of the day if I want to try it & give it ago then I will. I just think that a lot more of us need to be true to yourselves when it comes to social media.




I want to briefly talk about negative & hateful comments because let's be real, we all get them. I honestly think the one & only thing to do to the haters is delete the comment & then block the user. No one ever, ever, ever should have to put up with nasty horrible comments. It's bullying & it's disgusting. Like, if you don't like what they are posting on their social media you don't have to be following them, you don't have to be looking at their posts, you don't have to be subscribed to them on YouTube, you don't have to watch their videos, see the pattern here? They aren't making you follow them or whatever. If you don't like them cool, no body has to like everybody but that still doesn't give you any right to be commenting on the social media & in their comments horrible, nasty shit. Honestly I don't get it, just don't do it. They good ole saying goes, "If you have nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all." 

At the end of the day, yeah social media has it's good & bad moments but what doesn't. It also comes down to the user, the particular person using it. Just remember if you're finding yourself not liking someones content then just unfollow them, don't be posting nasty comments, it's pathetic & it's low.

B x

8 December 2015

FESTIVE STOCKING FILLERS

When my sister & I were a lot younger we'd always be up early & we'd go & check if Santa had been. And when I say early I mean like 530 in the morning. Our parents would always let us open our stocking together but in the way on presents, we'd have until the whole family was awake & up.


I love the idea of Christmas stocking. I feel like it's just a sneak peak into the real deal with the gift opening excitement & my sister & I would always receive cute little bits & pieces in our stockings & to us they always meant the most to us. I thought I would share I few ideas on what you can be putting in Christmas stockings this year no matter who the stocking might be for. 

CANDY // 
I think adding the persons favourite candy or chocolates is a great way to fill up a Christmas stocking, obviously I'm not meaning the whole stocking, although I'm sure they'd love you for, but it's something you'll know they'll love. 

STATIONARY // 
My sister & I would regularly receive a notebook, a few pens, pencils, colouring pens & pencils, a few small crafty bits & bobs. I alway think these are great for all ages groups but also because you can never go wrong with it but it's also something we all tend to use on an everyday basis. 

NAILS // 
I think nail polishes are a gorgeous wee addition to stockings. You can choose whatever colours & it's definitely something that again, you could never go wrong with. Unless of course the person your buying for doesn't wear nail polishes. 

BEAUTY // 
When I say beauty I don't necessarily mean the full sizes either. Although full sizes are great & would fit in stockings fine, mini products are also great. Not only will they not take up to much room but they'll also come in handy when travelling over the holidays. These minis may not just be beauty items but they could also be skin care etc. 

FAVOURITES // 
We all have a favourites & they always vary over the year. Putting in on of your personal favourite products from the year for the person to give ago could also be a fantastic idea. 

B x

6 December 2015

BEST THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR WEEKEND

If you're like myself & do online school, or maybe even work from home then you'll know what it's like to have to do work or school related bits & pieces throughout the weekend. Something that I definitely need to work on and get better at is putting down my laptop & phone & focus on having some down time, some time to myself where I can just relax. For me, my down time isn't just having a pamper evening or what not, it's also a chance for me to do some of the things that I just haven't had time for.



1. Have a clear out. This could be clothes, makeup, skincare, shoes, your wardrobe, the kitchen or bathroom. Whatever it is, trust me, you'll feel a lot better for having cleaned it out.

2. Have a bit of a pamper nigh. I tend to be super busy during the week, taking a hour in the weekends is great time for me to pamper myself. Painting my nails, doing a hair & face mask, taking a hot bath, fake tanning. 

3. Take time to watch a film that you've been wanting to watch for ages. Sometimes evening through the week just aren't the right time so take some time in the weekend for this instead. 

4. Make plans with family & friends you haven't seen in awhile. You could go for coffee, dinner, go for a walk, whatever it may be, catching up with friends & family is always great. 

5. Spend hours on Pinterest, We Heart It & Tumblr gathering great ideas for the upcoming weeks. These could, YouTube video ideas, blog post ideas, meal ideas, Christmas presents, the options are endless. 

6. Have a really good tidy up. I try & keep everything as cleans as possible throughout the week however the weekend is when I like to do any extra washing I have, I'll vacuum, clean the shower etc. 

7. Outdoors, just get outdoors & in the fresh air. I don't know about you but being outdoors really helps me clear my mind & the same with being active. It doesn't have to be anything massive, just taking your dog for a walk or going for a walk around the block.

8. Sleep. If you need to catch up on some sleep then the weekend is the perfect time to do it. Remember, we are only human beings & although some of us like to think we superheroes & can go without sleep or limited sleep, the reality is we can't. Sleep is important.

B x

3 December 2015

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Whooo, it's December guys! I'm so excited for the festive season to begin & for summer to really kick in. December can be a crazy time for the most of us but it's still important to create some me time for yourself so why not use that spare time to get into the festive spirit & prepare yourself for Christmas.



1: Christmas movies evening with some of your all time favourite Christmas films.

2: Make some of your own Christmas decorations. Be creative & have fun with it.

3: Write out & plan what you're hoping for & what you would like to buy this festive season.

4: Spend an afternoon doing some Christmas baking.

5: Make a Christmas song list on Spotify.

6: Go Christmas decoration shopping. It doesn't have to be specifically for your tree, it could also be for around your home.

7: Read through some of your favourite Christmas blog posts.

8: If you're in a place where Christmas happens to fall in Winter, try going Ice Skating.

9: Treat yourself to an advent calendar.

10: Give yourself a gorgeous glittery manicure.

11: Learn how to make your own snowflake Christmas decorations.

12: Have a bath with a gorgeous festive bath bomb from Lush.

13: Watch Christmas gift guides & hauls on YouTube.

14: Create some gorgeous gift tags for your gifts.

15: Take sometime on a Sunday afternoon to decorate your Christmas tree.

16: Invest in some gorgeous festive bedding. It could even be sometime as simple a a couple of pillows.

17: Experiment with Christmas baking & then gift to friends & family.

18: Write out some Christmas cards.

19: You could even make your own Christmas cards.

20: Go late night Christmas shopping.

21: Drive around your neighbourhood & admire all the beautifully decorated houses.

22: Treat yourself to some festive PJ's.

23: If Christmas falls in Summer life it does for me, take the opportunity to be outside, get some fresh  air & enjoy the sunshine.

24: Decorate your room with you favourite festive pieces.

25: Download a countdown app on your phone & let the countdown begin.

B x

1 December 2015

OUR WORLD TODAY

I would like to get something off my chest. Over this past month I have heard nothing but negative, disgusting, awful things, I'm not talking about in my personal life, I'm talking about in our world. This month has been a continuous cycle of violence & negativity. The Paris bombings, other disgustingly awful tourist attacks & that's only two of the horrendous amount things that have been going on in our world recently.


It makes me so angry & upset to think that other humans can end someone else' life within seconds. I'm confused & I just don't understand how humans can inflict any kind of pain upon another human being. It blows my mind, how anyone could want another human being to suffer in anyway. Kindness is simple people, a smile, a hug, a wave, even a nod of the head & it takes all of two seconds. Someone please answer me this, why would someone want to end someones life rather than make it? Because this has been floating around my mind for a while now & I'm still yet to find the answer. My mum has alway raised me to not judge others & appreciate them, to appreciate life & absolutely everything we have. I don't understand why others weren't raised the same. 

This specific group of judgemental, hateful, cold hearted people, I often wonder if they're even living in the same world as me. Are they even looking at the same beautiful country & world that I am. I wake up everyday & appreciate what I have. The fact that I'm breathing, the I have a warm bed to sleep in, a house to come home too, the fact that I can step outside & breathe the fresh air in, that I'm able to appreciate the outdoors, nature in it's most pure form. I just don't understand how this world can be full of so much hate, look at what's around us, we live in such beautiful place, just take a moment to take in all in. 

I know this post isn't going to dramatically change anything but I'm honesty so sick of hearing these words come out of the mouths of others, "Oh well we can only hope for the best", "It's so sad, but we can't do anything about it",  "I don't believe in god so why should I have to pray?",  "Oh man that's so sad", "I really feel like I need to do something"

You know what, do something about it. Hell yeah it's sad, innocent people have lost their precious lives. We can do more than just hope that it all gets better, & you know what we can do more than feel bad & we can do more than just sit there & refuse to help. I don't care who you are or what you believe in, we can all spread kindness, we can all be compassionate, we don't need to hate & we don't need to judge. What we do need is love, kindness & compassion. Why don't we all start by sharing a smile, a hug or even just a nod of the head because in this world we can't be ganutreed tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year. Be kind to those around you, your parents, your siblings, your family, your neighbours, your bosses, your teachers, your bus drivers, your tax drivers, your enemies, your authorities, even the millions of people you'll never ever meet & the hundreds of strangers you pass by everyday. Kindness isn't hard & at the end of the day love & positivity is & will always be stronger than hate & negativity. Choose love & kindness.

To end this all, I'd like to quote @msjustjonii,
"Life is a precious gem & humans are the monsters. We live in a world where human beings can choose when another life ends. We live in a world we home is no longer a safe place. We live in a world where tragedies occur more than victories. We live in a world where love is missing."

B x 

29 November 2015

MONTHLY FAVOURITES // NOVEMBER 2015

Ah I can't believe it's December in a few days! December is definitely one of my favourite months because not only is summer, but it's Christmas time too, whooo, it's the festive season. I can't wait to put up my Christmas tree! With that all being said lets jump into my favourites for this month. 

MAKE UP // 
LA Girls Pro Concealer in Porcelain. This is something I've been wanting to try to a while now but I wasn't able to get my hands on the right shade. It's such a beautiful under eye concealer & it's something I've started reaching for in my everyday make up routine. 

SKIN CARE // 
This month, in the way of skin care, I've been loving the Nivea Soft Moisturiser. It's something that I tried last summer & I really did love it so I decided to re-purchase it again. It has such a nice scent & is multipurpose, it's great to use on your face, hands & body. 

APP // 
I've really been loving Instagram this month, I've been sharing a lot of photo's this month that inspire me & also photos that hold memories that I never want to forget.

PHOTO //

FOOD // 
Cornflakes & yoghurt. I use to eat this combination all the time as a kid &  just reminds me of when I was kid but not only that, it tastes delicious. Weird I know, but the truth. 

DRINK // 
I've always been a big fan of tea & always preferred it over coffee. This month I've fallen in love with a new flavour I guess you could say, Jasmine Green Tea. Not something I thought I would like but I do love a cup before bed. 

YOUTUBER //
This month I've been loving Hello-October aka Suzie. She's super gorgeous & bubbly & I don't know, there's just something about her, I love watching her videos & her blog is also incredible. 

BLOG // 
Amy Young is such a young, inspiring women who is honestly just full of great advice, blog is amyyoungcoaching.com. Amy also has a YouTube channel which is definitely worth going to have a look at. 

INSTAGRAM // 
Dani Mansutti, her pictures are just gorgeous, definitely go give her a follow. 

FILM // 
Final Destination, isn't something that I would normally watching however when my sister was last here she convinced me to watch one of them with her. I think it's definitely one of those ones that I find weirdly funny. Not something for everyone, definitely a bit gory to say the least but with that being said I still really enjoyed it. 

BOOK // 
Girl Online On Tour is the sequel to Zoe Suggs first book, Girl Online.  Zoe's first book was amazing so I knew I had to grab her second one. I actually haven't finished reading it, just because I've been struggling to find time to read this month but I'm about half way through & so far I love it. 

T.V SERIES // 
Wentworth, Season Three has recently just finished airing here in New Zealand but I honestly love this programme. It's based at women's prison & follows the women around as they all seem to find themselves in more trouble. I really love the programme & definitely think it's worth the watch if you think it's something you might be interested in. 

ALBUM // 
Without any doubt, Made In The Am by One Direction has been a fav this month. I would have to say it's probably my favourite album of theirs.  I really don't need to say no more. 

SONG // 
Featured on the album above, I've been loving AM by One Direction. 

PERSON // 
My favourite person this month has been a friend of my Mums & mine for the past year now, ever since we moved to Nelson basically. Her name is Maxine, she's super spiritual which I love & she's honestly just taught us both so much & I can't thank her enough for that. She is also the lady that is featured with me in my photo of the month, above.

MOMENT/MEMORY // 
Definitely spending the first week of this November with my sister. I always value & appreciate the time I get to spend with her as I don't get to see her very often.

B x



26 November 2015

MAKE YOUR EYES APPEAR BIGGER & BRIGHTER

In my opinion make up is such an amazing tool to play around & experiment with. Big & bight eyes are something that I have always loved & something that I like to achieve on an every day basis. In the way of lashes, I've always liked to have thick long lashes without having to wear any falsies & that's something I also find that helps really open up my eyes.

Picture >> Lauren Curtis,  her links will be at the bottom of the post! 

#1: Shape them brows. 
I find having tidy brows will always make you eyes appear brighter & well put together especially when using a brow bone highlight. I suggest plucking or waxing them from the bottom to create a gorgeous arch. If you aren't so confident in doing this yourself I would recommend that you get someone that knows what they're doing to help you whether that be a friend or family member or even popping to your local beauty salon. 

#2: Concealer. 
Concealer is an important one. Not only does it help hide any horrible under eye bags but it's also going to help highlight & brighten your under eye area. 

#3: Eyeliner. 
I think everyone should have a white, cream or nude eyeliner in their collection. Placing a nude eyeliner in the water line is going to brighten up the eye & contradict any redness you have going on. I also think I a black wing on the top lid creates an awake & put together look. 

#4: Lashes. 
Like I said earlier I personally like really thick, long, fluttery lashes without having to use falsies. However I do think that false lashes can really make the eyes pop & especially if you don't have time to be applying several layers of mascara on your lashes. Another tip that I think helps with making the eyes pop is applying bottom lash mascara. I know that this isn't everybody's thing but I really think it helps with opening up the eyes. 

#5 Eye Creams & Masks. 
Last but not least & most definitely just as important as the others. Keep the skin around your eyes moisturised is not only going to help with make up application but it will also help with giving you eyes & skin that bright, radiant look it needs especially with early mornings. Eye masks are going to help with the puffiness around the eyes but simply a cold teaspoon would do this trick if you're in a rush in the mornings.

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                                                                             B x 

24 November 2015

FIVE MINUTES FIVE PRODUCTS // CURRENT MAKEUP ROUTINE

Recently if I'm being honest I haven't really been wear a lot of make up & if I have been I've been reaching for the most simplest of products to use & it really does only take me like five minutes. 





Product #1: 
Australis Stay Put Long Wear Foundation in Nude. SPF 15. I love this foundation & I've actually done a review of it here on my blog if you're interest in knowing more.

Product #2: 
Natio Brow Kit, I think I've spoken about this before here on my blog. It's a classic favourite of mine & I can trust that it's going to give me some fantastic brows. 

Product #3: 
Australis Contour Kit, I also have spoken about this product before here on my blog & it's a holy grail. I use it for setting powder, highlight & bronzer. It's a great three in one palette, the pigmentation & formula is way better than I ever expected. 

Product #4: 
Mascara is a must for me, if anything mascara is what I reach for. I have been loving the Maybelline Falsies, an oldie but a goodie as well as the Jordana Best Lash Extreme. I like combining the two to give my lashes the most length & thickness as possible. 

Product #5: 
Nothing special but I've just been applying a lip balm. I don't really have a favourite at the moment in the way of lip balms, just anything that's going to help my lips hold the moisture.

If you're interested in finding more out about the Australis foundation or Contour & Highlighting Palette you can check out a previous blog post review here.

B x

                                                                       

22 November 2015

BESTFRIENDS FOR THIRTEEN YEARS

A week ago  today I celebrated with my bestfriend over FaceTime our thirteen year anniversary. I've spent thirteen years with this girl in my life, with her by my side, through the thick & the thin & if I'm going to be honest I wouldn't of had it any other way. I love her to bits but not only that I miss her like crazy! 

                                     

Cassidy, this one is for you girlfriend. Here's to all the crazy times we've had, the laughs, the tears, & all the memories too. I couldn't ask for a better bestfriend, a better sister. Here's to all the years to come, I can't wait. 

You all are probably wondering why I'm writing a post dedicated to my bestfriend. Well not only is she amazing but also over the past couple of weeks I've learnt to appreciate my friends & family so much more than I already did. These past weeks, this world has gone through so much, so many lives have been lost all over the place & it all really hit home because I don't know what I'd do without my close friends & family. I'd be so lost. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day, it's all precious. If you love someone make sure it's known, make sure you tell them because you never know what tomorrow is going to bring. 

                                                                         B x

17 November 2015

MAKE YOUR PORES APPEAR SMALLER

I've been wearing make up for possibly three to four years now & for along as I can remember my pores have always been visible & slightly on the larger side. With that, over the past few years I've done a little bit of research & tried out a bunch of different options & I thought today I would share some of the best of them with you.



First of all lets start with the basics "pores are the tiny opening in the skin where oil & sweat is released to keep the skin naturally cool, healthy & moisturised." You have pores all over you body, on the surface of your skin, but they tend to be more noticeable on the face because that it where the oil glands are the largest. When you breakout it's due to the fact that your pores get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, make up or oil. So it really does go without saying that you need to be cleaning your face daily to prevent build up & also to keep your pores clean. Pores can appear larger on others is due to the fact that obviously we all have different skin types but it can also come down to genetics.  I also read that it depends on the kind of skin type you have, for example, people with oily skin tend to have larger pores because their pores are more active. While you can't actually physically shrink your pores but there are a few different things you can try to make them appear smaller & here are some of my favourites. 

#1 Cleansing daily. 
Never ever go to sleep without giving you skin a proper cleanse. I prefer to do a double cleanse just because I love the way a double cleanse makes my skin feel plus it is highly recommended. Incorporating steam can help to open up the pores & help release impurities while softening the skin at the same time. 

#2 Exfoliating. 
Exfoliating is key to keeping pores clear & exfoliating is something that should be in your skincare routine at least twice a week. I find the exfoliating really does help with the size of my pores & again really does help with the softening of the skin. 

#3 Primers.
Primers might be one of those products that you think you could do without or that you don't really know or understood the purpose of. However using a primer is an amazing way to minimise the appearance of pores. Primer sits between you skin & foundation while preventing your foundation from sinking into your pores while also helping you achieve more of an even skin tone. 

Now I know that these three steps are very simple but they do honestly help me with minimising the appearance of my pores. You have to keep in mind that you are never actually going to actually rid of your pores so it's good to just in brace it, it's apart of who you are.

B x

15 November 2015

DEALING WITH ANXIETY

Anxiety is something that I've have been dealing with for five years now & I'll continue to deal with for the rest of my life & that's reality, that's a fact. Rather than focusing on the negatives, I want to focus on the positives. I want to share with you what helps me through the toughest moments of anxiety but also how I deal with my anxiety on an everyday basis.



Obviously these tips aren't going to be for everyone, some might work for you & some others may not. These are the tips that I think & have found most helpful out of the thousands that have been either been recommended for me or that I may have found through my own research. Take what you can from this post, add your own bits to the tips that I'm sharing with you today & do what's going to work for you.

#1  Not only is chewing gum a great distract from whatever might be making you feel anxious but it's also great because it tricks your body into thinking that your eating. Eating is generally the last thing you want to do when your anxious but also the last thing you'd be doing if you were in some kind of serious danger. It sends a message to the brain, that you're ok, you're calm, you have everything under control & that you have no reason of panic. 

#2 Carry water & a snack around with you which is going to prevent you from going all light headed & dizzy. I know for myself, that if I don't have enough water or have a little bit of food in my tummy the chances of me feeling light headed & dizzy are pretty high which is then only going to make me feel anxious. 

#3 Pick up a few anxiety books & really learn what going on inside your mind & with your brain. I know picking up a book & reading about anxiety is probably the last thing you want to do, but read it, & read it some more & some more again. Even if you think it wouldn't help, honestly it's so good to just be able to read something & feel like that there is somebody out there that understands what you're going through especially because anxiety can be very isolating. 

#4 Distractions, & I know that it's way easier said than done but I know that if I honestly put my mind to it then I know it'll help. Start & keep up a conversation with the person that you're with & if you're not with anyone, put your headphones in & play some music, or just be on your phone even. Anything that is going to distract you from what it going on inside your mind. At the end of the day any kind of distraction is great.

#5 Don't try & resist a panic attack. This will just feed it & make it worse. And by that I mean it'll encourage & could possibly only make it worse or even last longer. So rather than try to fight or resist it, you need to do the complete opposite & tell yourself that you want it to happen, that it's not going to hurt you nor is it going to last forever. You'll be surprised that once in this mindset, how quick it all stops because the fact that you're fighting it is what keeps it going. 

#6 Have a grounding & find comfort. Find something that you are able to carry around with you that makes you feel comforted. For example, I like to carry around roller perfume & a small solid perfume, which are two different scent but these remind me of my mum. My Mum has been such a big security blanket for me, especially when I was really going through the worst of it all. I find those scents really comforting & I just love having them on me at all times. Another thing to take my find off any anxious or negative thoughts then in which give me a chance to think of the positives things is this:  say to yourself, 5 things that you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell & 1 thing you can taste. This technique is all about using you scenes. When we have panic attacks or just feel anxious we can sometimes feel like we're losing control. Doing this will bring your mind back down to reality. 

#7 Remember you will not faint. A panic attack will raise your blood pressure & people usually faint when their blood pressure drops so not matter how dizzy or lightheaded you may feel due to the symptoms of a panic attack you will most likely not faint. As someone who was always scared that I would faint when I would have a panic attack I found this very useful to know. All you have to remember is that it's unlikely for you to faint because your blood pressure is increasing rather than your blood pressure dropping. 

#8 Every situation will differ. By this is mean when we have a panic attack or just anxiety is general, our mind stores the specific situation which then means when we are put back in that situation, for whatever reason it may be, our minds thing we are in some kind of danger & then we are right back a square one, a panic attack. What I encourage you to do if you find yourself in a situation which may cause you to have a panic attack, try & find the differences in the situation, it could be absolutely anything, right down to the fact that maybe you're wearing different shoes to last time or maybe the weather is different. This will divert your brain of thinking of the similarities & the negative thinking. 

#9 Have an escape. To avoid ever feeling trapped in a situation make sure you plan an escape before hand. If you have a plan in place then you are less likely to have a panic attack just because you do know there is a way out. Feeling trapped is definitely a big thing when it comes to anxiety for me personally & I suffered with this for ages so I definitely recommend that if you are the same, that you put a plan in place. 

#10 Be proud of yourself. If you do something that is something you wouldn't normally do, if you put yourself outside of your comfort zone at it causes a panic attack, still be proud of yourself! We tend to beat ourselves quite a bit so it's important to notice the good & proud moments too.

Having anxiety is a super scary things at the best of times & it most definitely takes us on some crazy rollercoaster journeys but remember, not matter what, I'm so proud of you & how far you've come.

B x 

12 November 2015

WHEN GIRLS ARE HOME ALONE

Being home is the best thing ever, am I right ladies? Without a word of a lie, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want and yes of course that means you're able to eat whenever you want. I know for some of us, that having the house to ourselves is a sacred time & we all make the most of that time as possible. Well here are some weird things that we know that we all do when home alone - don't deny it, we all know your secrets!



#1 Being the inner star you always knew you were. 
Let's be honest, we all love to cover ourselves in our favourite perfumes, turn on our favourite tunes & having our own wee dance party. It's your time to shine - I knew you were always meant to be a superstar. 

#2 Crying & more crying, oh & some more crying. 
Crying when people are around can get pretty uncomfortable. When you're home alone is the perfect time to have a bit of a cry & remember the good times. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a good cry sometimes & in fact sometimes it's nice & exactly what we need. Pop on a movie or listen to some sad tunes, there's no one there ready to pounce on you & ask you a million & one questions. 

#3 Making your bed the next top MTV crib. 
When your home alone not only does your bed become your office, but it becomes your dinning room, living room, kitchen & of course we can't forget that it's your bed too. Why would you ever need to leave such a magical place right? 

#4 It's time to take some ugly selfies. 
It's bad enough when you're trying to take a selfie & you have the whole squad steering at you but when you're home alone go wild on the ugly selfies, but be careful..don't be accidentally spending them to your crush on Snapchat! Oh & you want to know what's even better? If you happen to get a selfie that isn't so bad, you might as well edit it & make it your new Twitter profile picture! 

#5 Are clothes really needed? 
Being home alone means clothes are optional right? If you're comfortable in a baggy t-shirt and sweats then so be it, who say's you have to wear clothes? Oh the social norms, they most definitely not apply here that's for sure. 

#6 Karaoke. 
I mean it's bad enough when I'm not home alone, let alone when I am here by myself. I mean we can't deny the fact that we all blast our current favourite songs & have a bit of a sing a long. Did I mention that it might be a good idea to make sure that all the windows are closed first? 

#7 Talking to yourself. 
I ain't going to lie. This one is the one I find myself doing the most while home alone. I mean it varies from what I need to get done to full blown conversations & although it might sound crazy, it actually stops you feeling like you're about to go crazy. Don't deny it either, I know you all like to talk to yourself every once & awhile but as soon as you start considering & thinking about the fact that you would make a great friend & person to hangout with, you know you need to take a step back a make a really phone call. 

#8 Freaking out. 
So naturally there's a mass murderer lurking around the streets & of course duh, he know's your home alone. He'd only attack at night & once I'm asleep right? My bedside lamp would do enough damage right? 

#9 Changing it up & trying something new. 
When your home alone there's nothing better to do than play around with your make up & re-create a Kim Kardashian or Kylie or Kendell Jenner look. But not only with make up, we like to try out different outfits with different make up looks as well as different pairs of shoes, oh & of course you can't forget the accessories, duh?  

                              B x 

10 November 2015

BEING UNDERSTANDING

This day in age I think it's important to be patient. To be understanding, forgiving, thoughtful and gentle.



In this world today, we are in such a rush to get everything done we fail to take notice of what's really going on around us, we fail to take in the beauty around us and we fail to grateful and thoughtful. 
That woman you cut off this morning on the motorway might have been on her way to visit her critically ill husband in hospital. That man behind the till in your local supermarket with the unnecessary attitude might have been feeling really ill with an awful headache but couldn't afford to take time off work because we has a son to provide for. That horrible English teacher of yours who has given you the homework task of writing a 600 word essay in one night, she might be stressed and worried about her father that has just been diagnosed with cancer. 
What I'm trying to say is that every single person  you come across during your day has a story, a life, and that's something that you have no idea about. We are so quick to judge these days, we are in such a constant rush to be everywhere and anywhere, while trying to get everything done at once. 
We all need to take the time to appreciate and be grateful for what we have. We need to take the time in our daily lives to appreciate everything that others do for us. We need to take time to be patient, understand, forgiving, thoughtful and gentle. 
We all have bad days and unfortunately they are inevitable. We are all humans, and believe it or not, this world is full of them. Precious, individual souls, not a single one of us can be replaced. So lets all start being more understanding, patient and thoughtful towards each other and make our world a better place.
This aspect of being understanding and thoughtful towards other is something that I have been preaching for years and although I have my bad days I still try my very hardest not to take it out on those around me whether I know them or not. 
All I ask of you is that you really think about the message I'm trying to get across here because at the end of the day, we're all humans and we're all have made mistakes and are going to probably make many more. Be understanding. Be thoughtful. Be gentle. Be patient and be grateful and appreciate what you have. 

                                                                  B x 

8 November 2015

TEN INSTANT PICK ME UPS

We can all have a rough time sometimes and it's to be expected, there's not a lot we can do about it. It's just apart of life unfortunately. I can often find myself having an amazing day, getting heaps of work done and just in a really good place, then about mid afternoon I find myself in a bit of a rut. Now this doesn't happen all the time but I've learnt along the way some instant pick me ups and these just give me a chance to re-fresh and I guess re-start my mind. And today that's what I plan on sharing with you.



1 // Pets
Pets are a great way to cheer me up. I personally am an animal lover so spending time around animals is something I really love to do. If I'm in one of my down moods and my cat is around I'll take some time to cuddle with him and just really try and relax. If you have a dog, you could take them for a walk. Walking would also really help clear your mind too.

2 // Baths
Take a hot bath. My body knows that when I'm taking a bath it's nothing but relax and me time. I like to put some bubbles in, maybe something that smells amazing from Lush. A hot bath is really going to help relax muscles and I think just really give you some me time.

3 // Hugs
This one is pretty self explanatory but I know that if I get a hug from someone it makes me feel so much better. Hugs are definitely one of my favourite pick me ups.

4 // Music
Music is something I can't go a day without listening to. And if I feel that I need to take a break from working or just take a break in general I'll put on a calming playlist and just lie on my bed with my eyes closed, just really focusing on my breathing. I find this so calming and relaxing. This is something that I might do for 10-15 minutes or possibly even longer depending on how I'm feeling.

5 // Goodbye Social Media
If I'm taking a break and looking for something to pick me up, I can guarantee you I won't be on social media. Although I know that social media can be a positive place it also has it negatives too. And sometimes we consumer those negatives without even being aware of it.

6 // Books
Reading is something that I love to do whether I'm looking for a pick me up or not. I find that reading really gives you the opportunity to dive into another world. You become present in the book and imagine everything that is happening in the character lives rather than your own.

7 // Working Out
Now when I say working out I don't necessarily mean a full blown intense cardio workout. By all means do that if that's something you want to do at the time but by 'working out' I also mean just going to a walk around the block, maybe a run, or why not try some Yoga or Mediation. Something I like to see is just small at home workouts. Nothing to intense but enough to get my heart rate up and get up a bit of a sweat. Working out or even just getting outside and getting some fresh air is going to make you feel so much better.

8 // T.V Series
Again very similar to the idea of reading. Pop on your favourite t.v series or your favourite movie and give your mind a chance to really dive into it, the characters lives and the story line. Again sometimes this is all we need to take our minds of things for a while so then we can get back on track. Put something on that is really going to inspire you and that may even be some of your favourite YouTube videos.

9 // Face Masks
I love doing a good ole face mask. I try and do this at least once or twice a week. It's going to make your skin feel amazing and I always think a good face mask will waken and freshen you up.

10 // Hot Drinks
At the end of a long day I love to sit down with a hot cup of tea. Again this is about taking some time for myself and treating myself after a long day. 

B x

5 November 2015

CURRENT FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Instagram. Definitely one of the most used apps on my phone. I love the fact that I'm able to have this unique place where not only can I share my pictures with you guys but also a place where I can come back and have a place where all my memories are kept. I love photography, editing photos and playing around the colour and the composition and all that good stuff. I thought today that I would share with you some of my favourite Instagram accounts and with that I also get a lot of my inspiration and new ideas and thoughts.



'seeyouaround' Instagram account has more of a darker theme but I adore this. I'd say that the pictures are everyday lifestyle based and again I adore this. The pictures are really simple yet they look amazing and I feel that they can really tell a story. I love to gather inspiration from this particular Instagram account because I just think that it's incredibly well set out and I essentially love her posts. 

I myself watch Amelia's YouTube channel and she is just such a lovely, caring, down to earth kinda girl. Her pictures are incredible and I always find joy out of looking at them. I'd say the her theme is definitely bright and it has an amazing pop of colour. Amelia posts a range of different pictures, whether it's beauty related, or lifestyle related with of course the occasional selfie! 

I feel like I talk about Jonlyn a lot. Whether it's her in general, her YouTube channel or her Instagram. But honestly Jonlyn is such an amazing person. We've talked a few times through Twitter and I honestly love her and her Instagram is no different. Jonlyn has a black and white themed Instagram and honestly I'm not a big fan of black and white Instagram feeds but there's something different about Jonlyn's. Again I'd say her Instagram is more everyday life style based. 

Again I've watched Aspyn on YouTube for quite awhile now and she's so super lovely and caring! Aspyn's Instagram is quite bright but then has some amazing pops of colour. She posts a range of different pictures so I'd definitely say it's a lifestyle based theme. 

I'm not going to say a lot about Meghan's Instagram account apart from the fact that is truly amazing and you must go and check it out! Plus Meghan has a very light bright theme so if you like that kind of theme definitely head over and check it out! 

Of course anyone can post whatever they want to their Instagrams, remember not to be judgemental and to keep your thoughts to yourself if you have nothing nice to say. I see way to many horrible comments on social media these days, just remember that your words can hurt someone more than you could ever imagine. If you would like to follow me over at my Instagram account, I'd love to have you following me, it's just @msbonni3ellen

B x

3 November 2015

EVENING ROUTINE // UPDATED EDITION

Since a week ago I decided to do a updated morning routine post, I thought it would be the perfect time to then do a updated evening routine. Like I said in my morning routine post, which I'll link here, keep in mind these times will vary as it all depends on what my day is like. Whether I have a busy day or more of a relaxed day.


Around 430 in the afternoon I'll take a bit of a break and have a snack. I might even read, watch some YouTube in this time. Depending what I'm doing that particular day, I might have a break a little bit earlier and then hit the gym for about an hour. I try to do this everyday but some days do tend to get a little bit busy and the gym gets put on the back burner unfortunately. If I'm not going to the gym, I'll usually head back to my desk around 5 and finish anything off that needs it or just finish things off in a good place where I can easily pick it up the next day. So that may include emails, blog bits, anything to do with YouTube, any social medias bits and pieces. 

About 630 in the evening I'll kind of start working out what I want for dinner and then start preparing it and I'll usually have my dinner around 7-730. In this time I also like to sit down with my mum, catch up with her and see how her day has been, we might watch some tv, maybe Netflix or a movie. 

Then 9 o'clock rolls around and it's time for me to have a shower or a bath. This is time that I really like to take for myself. I'll wash my hair, cleanse my face, exfoliate, moisture and at least one a week I'll do a face mask. 

930-945 PM is the time that I try and do a little bit of yoga, meditation or just stretching. I won't do this every night as sometimes I make time during the morning or my day to do it but sometimes I find it useful to do it at night too. 

By 1030 I'm in bed. I'll either be reading, I might be watching a YouTube video or what not. Then I'll eventually nod off to sleep. 

This is just my basic night routine and like I said above, I don't necessarily keep to these times, it really does all depend on the day I've had, the times are just a rough estimate. 



B x 

29 October 2015

MONTHLY FAVOURITES // OCTOBER 2015

Holy crap, only one more month until it's December. I'm so stocked, its nearly Christmas time guys! Anyway before I get to ahead of myself, here are this months favourites.

Makeup //
Covergirl, Clean Sensitive Skin Foundation in 220 Creamy Natural. Love, love, love this product. It gives such a natural and flawless finish.

Skincare //
Unfortunately I don't have any new skincare favourite for this month but hopefully I'll have something new to share with you next month. Let me know what your monthly skincare favourite is, maybe I could try some of your favourites out!

App //
This month I have been loving my Kindle app. This month I've been making the effort to read a lot more.

Movie //
Forest Gump, hands down. I had never seen this movie before this month but I definitely knew of it. I didn't seem to be like the type of movie that I would like at all but after quite a few people telling me to just sit down and watch it, I finally did. I can now not stop raving on about it, it's definitely a movie that I should've watched a lot sooner!

Song //
Well if you follow me on Twitter you may already know this one, but it's of course the one and only, Perfect by my favourite boys, One Direction. If you have not heard it, ah what are you doing with your life. Definitely go and have a listen if you're interested, it's an amazing song.

Album //
My favourite album on a whole this month has to hands down be The Script, No Sound Without Silence. I have been absolutely thrashing their album on my Spotify.

YouTuber //
Jonlyn, msjustjonii. This month Jonlyn has being vlogging every single day and although I loved her already, I've only fallen in love with her more and more this past month. Jonlyn is so inspiring and I find that we are very much alike, also with views and opinions. I really recommend you add this lovely girl to your YouTube subscription box and be sure to follow her on social media too.

Blogger //
I'm going to link here, My Current Three Favoutite Bloggers post that I did a few posts back if you haven't seen that yet and are interest in knowing who my favourite bloggers are at the moment.

Instagramer //
This month I have been loving the lovely girl from 'seeyouaround' on Instgram. I have fallen in love with her feed and I gather so much inspiration from her page.

Food //
Definitely hands down, without a doubt, Avocado on bagels. I don't know what it is but it's definitely been my favourite thing to eat this month.

Drink //
Apart from water or tea, this month I haven't really been drinking anything else. Due to having a swollen liver, I've really been trying to keep everything I eat and drink especially super clean.

Place //
The Honest Lawyer Restaurant here in Nelson. It's such a lovely place to have a meal and the food along with the service is amazing! But I've also being spending heaps of time at the beach lately as the weather has been warming up!

Photo //

This picture was taken at a place called Cable Bay in Nelson. I had such an amazing day this day!


Book // 
Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg. I haven't yet finished this book as it's just come out but so far I'm absolutely loving it. If you have read the first book I totally recommend reading the second. Even if you haven't read the first one, why not pick up both books? I know you won't regret it! 

Person // 
Definitely my best friend Cassidy. I went through a little bit of a tough time earlier in the month and she really helped me through that. But apart from that she's my best friend anyway so she's always one of favs. 

Nails // 
I have just been loving a standard white nail polish this month. 

Quote // 
"You've got one life so love what you do" >> The Script 

Hair Product // 
Aromas Ends Therapy, Leave in Conditioner with Argan Oil. This product also a heat protectant and really good for getting out knots. A couple other favourite things of mine about this product, it that, one, it's vegan friendly and two, it has an incredible scent and leaves you hair smelling incredible. 

B x









27 October 2015

MORNING ROUTINE // UPDATED EDITION

If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you'll know how much I love a good morning and evening routine. My morning routine is something I know that I can rely on to give me a great start to my day no matter what has happened the day or night before. I feel like that although I'm not to much of a morning person, it's still great to have some kind of routine. I'm always adapting these to what's going to work best for me at the time so I thought that I would share my updated routine with you. I've decided to leave times out of this post just because the timing around my morning routine varies so much due to whether I'm busy or not that day. But with that all being said let jump right into it.

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The time I wake up definitely varies due to what time I went to bed the previous night. However around 1030AM is the latest I will wake up. I don't tend to set an alarm, I like to allow myself to wake up naturally, unless I need to be someone a bit earlier then in that case I'll have my alarm set.

 Within the next thirty minutes of waking up I'll allow myself to check social media, so Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and just take a moment to catch up on anything I might have missed while I was sleeping. Sometimes I won't spend this long at all, I'll usually just take my time though and really allow myself to wake up.

After checking social media, I'll head to the kitchen to make myself a drink and to get a bite to eat. In this time, while having breakfast I'll take the opportunity to check emails and read a little bit. Whether that's the current book I'm reading at the moment, a blog post, a magazine or what not.

Then it's time to head to the bathroom, it's time to freshen up. I don't always shower in the morning, I'll generally shower at night but again it just depends what I have planned for the day. I will clean my face, brush my teeth, moisturise. Then I'll continue through to my bedroom to do my hair, makeup and get dressed. It can take me awhile to choose want I want to wear but by this time I generally can tell, from outside, what the weather is going to be like for the day.

And that's my morning routine. Honestly, it's gone back to being pretty simple and I love simple. It's coming into summer here in New Zealand and I honestly am so excited for the warmer weather!

B x


25 October 2015

WAKE UP & BE GRATEFUL

My Pop. One of the greatest men in my life. A 79 year old man with more wisdom than you could ever imagine. He's built his own home with the love of his life, my nan, he's been to war and survived, he's got two of the most beautiful daughters my Mum and Aunty, not only that but he has six incredible grandchildren. And these are only a few of the many things that he has accomplished in his life time and as one of his grandchildren I couldn't be anymore proud of him. 



Words cannot describe how much this man means to me and how much I love him. He was the first man I ever loved. He his my hero, my inspiration and he continues to amaze me. My ole Pop has many of many stories and jokes he likes to share with us all and what a wicked ole sense of humour this man has.

When I was going through the worst of my depression and anxiety he told me something that is going to stick with me for the rest of my life and that was…

"Bon, you just need to do what I do every morning when I wake up. You need to pop you head out from under the covers, take a deep breath in and be grateful that you're alive for one more day."

Replaying what he said to me this particular night still gives me goose bumps to this day and it's something that  has really stuck with me throughout the years. Every day from then on I did exactly that, without fail. Because you know what, he couldn't be anymore correct. Life is a privilege and we need to be grateful for it. I was extremely mentally ill back then and that's something that I have slowly learnt to accept because at the end of the day no matter how bad things in life may be, you're still alive and you still have this absolutely amazing life to make the most of.




Like I said earlier in this post, my Pop is my greatest hero, he has always loved me unconditionally and always been there to support me with everything I do. Words could never begin to describe how much he means to me and the exactly same goes for my Nan. I couldn't be more thankful to have such incredible grandparents around me. I will forever continue to make both my Nan and Pop proud of me, no matter what it takes. 

At the end of the day, the aim behind em sharing this with you guys is that, be grateful no matter what, even for the smallest things. Family, friends, food, water, a home, the fact you can walk and have arms. 

B x