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.


Vinter's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Aprox $260.00NZD
This serum is raved about in the YouTube/instagram/blogging skincare community. I have a few, more simple oils and serums already in my collection, but I’d be interested to try this supercharged version. It contains 22 active botanicals/oils. The only problem is the price tag!


 Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer

Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer
Aprox $145.00NZD
I love the two Tata Harper products that I currently own and I want more. Next on my wish list is the reparative moisturiser, as I’d love to have a good, natural moisturiser in my routine. I don’t know if I could ever justify the cost, but maybe I’ll have to take the plunge the next time I can find it on sale.


OKOKO Cosmétiques Skin Brightening L'ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ

OKOKO Cosmétiques Skin Brightening L’ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ
Aprox $73.00NZD
This brand has gorgeous packaging that reminds me of May Lindstrom – only more luxe.  I’d pick this product to try first as I love the sound of an exfoliating, brightening elixir. It contains AHAs and hyaluronic acid.


Raw Kaya Organics Organic Mandarin & Honeysuckle Cleanser

Raw Kaya Organics Organic Mandarin & Honeysuckle Cleanser
Aprox $32.00NZD
I’d love a citrus smelling face wash, and this one is water-free. I find water-based skincare can be dehydrating (as water easily evaporates), but this cleaner has an aloe base. I think it would work well as a morning pick-me-up cleanser.


Farmacy Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit

Farmacy Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit
Aprox $65.00NZD
Farmacy is a brand I’ve heard good things about, so I’d be keen to try a couple of products. I’m particularly interested in the Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm, which comes in the Skincare Discovery Kit. It has cichoric acid, which helps protect the skin by supporting collagen, and a variety of oils.


Lilfox Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser and Mask

Lilfox Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser and Mask
Aprox $105.00NZD
This cleanser/mask has honey, white clay, cacao, and rosehip oil. It seems like a possible May Lindstrom Honey Mud alternative, and the ingredients sound good enough to eat.


Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle MoisturizerJuice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
Aprox $100.00NZD
I like my Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk, and I’d be interested to try something else from the brand. This moisturiser sounds interesting, and comes in at $40.00 cheaper than the Tata Harper one. It has a pump jar, and seems to have a waterless, fruit stem cell and fruit juice base.


Leahlani Champagne Serum

Leahlani Champagne Serum
Aprox $45.00NZD
I love my Leahlani toning mist, and I’m keen to try a few more things from the brand. Ive heard Caroline Hirons mention the champagne serum favourably, and I’d be interested in adding a new serum to my stash. It has grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil.


Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
Aprox $44.00NZD
Caroline Hirons and co. love this face mist and their praise has landed it on my wishlist. It is aloe based (and waterless), and includes a lot of plant oils. It won’t break the bank, and you can also get it in a smaller travel size.




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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.


H&M and Sunglass Style
My eyes are terrible in any sort of bright light or glare. Unless it’s the dead of winter, if I leave the house without a pair of sunglasses I’m in trouble. I wanted to get a few cheap pairs to leave in the car and in handbags. The top two pairs are from Sunglass Style at Dress-Smart in Onehunga (two for $30.00), and the bottom pair is from H&M ($14.99). I like that they are a departure from my more reserved black Ray Ban Clubmasters.


Zara (along with Topshop) is probably my favourite of the international brick and mortar brands. I visited both in Auckland, and Having been to both overseas was a bit disappointed at the NZ offering. Zara’s stock was heavily influenced by the bohemian trend, and nothing at Topshop was really tickling my fancy. Perhaps it was because when I’ve visited overseas it has been in the cooler months, and winter fashion tends to be more about textures and fabrics (my kind of style) than bright patterns and garish embroidery(barf). I did enjoy the Zara basics line, however, and picked up a mid weight, long white shirt (I finally found one that isn’t see-through!) and my first pair of boyfriend jeans. The boyfriend jeans are revolutionary for me. Even though they are not as flattering as tight jeans they are a lot more comfortable and forgiving, and dare I say cooler (in my mind anyway).


I know Lush is available all over NZ, but I thought I’d throw in this purchase since it was technically made in Auckland. I was in the mood to try something a bit different in terms of cleansing – so I headed over to Lush knowing that I they had unique formulations like Angels on Bare Skin and Ultrabland which I had enjoyed in the past. I passed on a few, more abrasive offerings to pick up Aqua Marina. It has a slightly slimey texture and comes with what looks like a piece of seaweed on top to stop it from drying out. I hadn’t realised at the time, but it’s more of a clay type cleanser (traditionally not my bag as I don’t find they do much for me). Despite that I’m enjoying this new find and it seems to be helping to keep my skin less congested. This one has an earlier “use by” date than Ultrabland.

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In store wishlist

Since I’m trying to get my savings back on track and can’t actually go shopping, I thought I’d do the next best thing and make a wishlist of things I want that are in New Zealand stores right now. Warning: there will be a lot of stripe patterned items in this list, as stripes are my jam.


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I can’t go into a Lululemon without adding something new to my wishlist.  Their stuff is so well made and functional. It’s so much nicer than much of what you can get in Rebel Sport these days, and I prefer it over the slim sportswear selection in the Wellington Nike store.

Fast As Light Crop $135.00NZD  I don’t think you can ever have too many Lululemon tights. I’m really into high waisted leggings at the moment and I find side pockets really useful. The Fast As Light Crop has both.
Beat the Heat Bra $79.00NZD  I don’t own any sports crop tops yet, but I want to. This would go nicely with a pair of high waisted cropped leggings over summer.
Bend and Twist Tank $79.00NZD  I like the simple twist detail in this tank, and the material is really soft.
Power Y Tank $69.00NZD  I love the Power Y Tank. I’ve purchased my fist one recently and I want more! I love these for yoga because they have a built in bra.


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I’m glad Seed Heritage made it to Wellington – they always have something a little bit different there and I love their style. A bit less clean cut and structured than something like Witchery, but not too bohemian.

Cross Dye Crochet Dress $159.90NZD  I need a short summer dress to take me through the warmer summer weeks, and I like this take on a denim dress with its exagerated stitching and ruffle sleeves.
Peek a Boo Dress $179.90NZD  I feel like Navy is more of a winter colour, but I can’t go past this midi Peek a Boo dress. The midriff cutout steers it away from being too cutesy.
Broderie Frill Bustier $99.99NZD  I like the size of the frill on this crop top, but I would probably pair it with a patterend skirt or high waisted pants so it looked less like a dress.
Strappy Cropped Tank Top $109.90NZD  I like grey and I like stripes so this top is a winner for me. I also like the thin straps and the way it hangs.


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If I had to pick one NZ clothing store to shop at for the rest of my life, it would be Witchery. As always they have some georgeous new season pieces.

Turi Halter One Piece $169.90NZD  I love the colour of this swimsuit and would try and style it as a bodysuit with some jean shorts on a hot day.
Frill Cold Shoulder Dress $199.90NZD  I’m not sure if I could pull of this colour on my pale skin, but I love the style of this Cold Shoulder Dress.
Tie Front Skirt $109.90 NZD  I don’t wear a lot of skirts because they are usually too short or too girly. But I like this striped tie one for something a bit different.
Brushstroke Cold Shoulder Top $109.90NZD  Stripes are classic and I love this brushstroke take on a striped tee. The material is nice and light and flowy.


The Warehouse

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I like my winter clothes to wear well, but I’m happy for my summer uniform to be on the cheaper side. The Warehouse has some nice basics that won’t break the bank.

Garage Denim Boyfriend Shorts $29.00NZD  I want a slightly longer pair of jean shorts, and I like the amount of distressing on these ones.
Garage Cross Over Blouse $29.00NZD  Another classic striped shirt. I like the quarter length sleeves.
Garage Cross Back Lace Hem Jumper $25.00NZD  This lightweight jumper has some cute lace trim. I can see it worn with a pair of jean shorts and some tan sandals.
Maya Chambray Shirt Dress $39.00  Chambray is another classic, and this dress would be a simple, stylish outfit – just add some summer sandals and a cross body bag.


Forever New
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There are always one or two pieces on my wishlist from Forever New. I usually wait for items to go on sale as most items get moved into the sale section with a few of my size still available.

Aisha Frill Cold Shoulder Bodysuit $49.99AUD  I’m on the bodysuit bandwagon, and nude/dusky pink is one of the colours I’m trying to stick to for summer. This Frill Bodysuit ticks all the boxes.
Honey Stripe Linen Sleeve Top $59.99AUD  This Stripe Linen Tee makes me think of candy. The shoulder details are super sweet.

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How to be a runner (aka the slow runners club)



How to be a runner:

1. Get out and run.
2. Don’t worry what anyone else thinks.
3.Repeat (no matter how slow you are).

Running and I have had a tumultuous relationship from childhood. I am not a naturally fit person. In fact I sometimes I’m certain I’m naturally unfit. I was always the last to run around the block on school athletic days, and I was a goal keep in netball because it involved the least amount of running. I much preferred to spend my time reading books and doing arts and crafts.

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Credit Card Basics


When you take out a credit card from a bank you are agreeing to pay back any money you spend on the card to that bank under specific rules. Credit cards are a wonderful and dangerous thing. They are not a great idea for the impulsive or the frivolous, but if you use them right they can be very helpful. Here are some credit card basics everyone should know.

Disclaimer: I am not a financial adviser or planner. These are general credit concepts I have learned from experience and from reading my own credit card policy wording. Please read your own policy wording to confirm what applies to you.

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