Moisturiser wishlist for dry, easily congested skin


I’m a dry skinned gal, and a good moisturiser is the hardest  skincare item for me to find. Not only am I dry skinned, but my Jupiter-sized pores will suck in anything and everything, and clog up like nobodies business. Unless I’m careful with my exfoliation and choice of moisturiser, my nose and chin look straight out of a 101 Dalmatians movie (spots galore). Hence a good moisturiser will attain a holy grail status for me, and I’m always eager to find the ultimate one for dry, easily clogged skin. The following moisturisers are currently on my “to try” list.


I have tried this on my hand in store at Mecca Maxima and it feels like a balm-cream hybrid. It feels lovely and moisturising but not heavy.  The texture is similar to the Drops Of Youth moisturiser from The Bodyshop. I’ve never owned a moisturiser  with a texture like this and this one is on my list to by from Cult Beaty in the starter set with the serum and eye gel.
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Green beauty wishlist – top 10

Green beauty is something that’s grown on me in the past couple of years. With top quality brands like Tata Harper and May Lindstrom changing the way I think of natural beauty, my green beauty wishlist has been growing bigger and bigger. I thought I’d share my top 10 with you all. I’ve included approximate NZD prices as actual cost will often depend on the exchange rate.



Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst
Aprox $96.00NZD
Multiple  YouTube and blog reviews tell me this is a must have. I feel like this could be a gentle/natural alternative to my Sunday Riley Blue Moon (which I love). It uses pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate.

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Auckland Haul

I went to Auckland recently for a weekend getaway and obviously I had to do some shopping.  There isn’t much diversity in shopping across New Zealand cities, but I managed to find a few stores we don’t have down in Wellington. Read on to see what I picked up!


Tonic Room
This is the only New Zealand based shop I’ve come across that stocks premium organic brands. It stocks brands such as Bite Beauty, MV Organics, May Lindstrom, Tata Harper, and Sodashi. I went in wanting to pick up a Tata Harper cleanser and see what all the fuss was about with May Lindstrom’s products. May’s products looked and felt lovely – but the scent of her products was just far too overwhelming.  I would definitely suggest checking them out in store before you buy! I’ve had samples of most of Tata’s products before via Naturisimo, so I knew I wanted to get the Regenerating Cleanser ($130.00). Tata’s products are available online a little cheaper, but I was so impressed a NZ store was stocking these brands I had to make a purchase to support them. Plus there was the added bonus of not having to wait for shipping! I am loving the Regenerating cleanser so far, and hoping to pick up the Refreshing cleanser next.

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Where to buy make up and skincare if you live in New Zealand



I love a good Mecca Cosmetica purchase, but they don’t have a huge range of products compared to overseas competitors, and with Kirks closed and David Jones yet to open I’ve been doing a lot of online browsing. Here are my favourite online stores to buy Western make up and skincare from. Leave a comment below with your favourite online cosmetics sites that ship to NZ so we can compile a comprehensive list for all of us Kiwis!

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