Sunday, 16 March 2014


Hey all :)

I wanted to do a quick post about my all time favourite animal... the kakapo! I absolutely love these little guys :). They have been called one of New Zealand's ugliest animals, but I couldn't agree less, they are adorable!
Kakapo's are critically endangered - there are currently 126 left in the world. Thankfully they had a successful breeding season and a few eggs are still left to hatch :). These wonderful creatures are from a time when predators were not present in New Zealand and there for evolved to be flightless.  They instead run and climb. When settlers arrived in New Zealand they brought rats and cats along with them and this was detrimental to the kakapo population - cats ate the birds and rats would feast on the eggs nested on the ground.
Thankfully, a wonderful group of people, part of New Zealand's Department of Conservation, have been helping these little guys to try to increase their numbers in the wild - The Kakapo Recovery Program. This is an organization I hold close to my heart and they have made a huge difference so far and are continuing to do so.

Picture from the Kakapo Recovery's FB page. 

If you want to read more about their efforts you can check it out here. They are also on facebook and twitter.

Also check out the adorable spokes bird, Sirocco, on facebook and twitter.

I had been wanted to donate to their efforts for quite sometimes and finally had enough extra on a paycheque to do so (they take smaller donations too :) anything helps! I just wanted to do the adoption option). So I chose to adopt marama who is a very small female (I'm small and felt I could relate haha ;) ). The minimum to adopt is $100 nz, but they send you a cute package with a stuffed animal, bookmark and some stickers. I hope to one day be able to help out more be it through donation or volunteering. And, maybe one day I'll be able to see one of these beautiful creatures in person :).

An instagram picture of my adoption package

Fun fact about me: I hope to one day donate money to conserve the worlds bird species (I'm slowly donating what I can now but hope to do a lot more). Can you imagine a world without birds? I wouldn't want to live in that world. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Out with the old, in with the older?

Here is another quick post! Throughout my teen years I was completely blessed with nearly perfect skin. I hardly ever broke out and when I did, my few spots would disappear in a flash. In came my 20s and my skin got worse. I still can't really skin is not awful by any means but, I get these super annoying, super painful, scarring, stick around for a month, under the skin cystic acne. NO FUN!

Over the past few years I've tried a few different products recommended to me by people at sephora, friends or other drug/department store employees. I'm going to go through a few products that I've finished up or that I am still currently using.

I should also explain my skin-type is a tad bazaar. I have really dry skin for the most part with patches of oil that move depending on the day. Also, I'm fairly sure my acne is hormonal, meaning it's not that my pores are clogged from the exterior what's happening to me is internal. I make sure to wash my face two times daily (therefore i am not over-washing or under), I exfoliate once a week and I moisturize after cleansing. However, I still get those super annoying cysts!

It's sort of nice to use a blog to be able to go back and read what you thought about a product before going back to repurchase it. So here we go!

Starting off with cleansers....
Clarins Daily Energizing Cleansing Gel 

That's a mouth full! I've been using this product since july after it was recommended to me by a family friend with similar skin issues. I don't really have any complaints about this product, more so it did not improve my skin nor make it worse. I think I paid about $22 for it at london drugs. It is a small container but last quite awhile! This cleanser foams up really nicely so you don't actually need to use very much of it on your skin. Also, I should mention my skin felt fairly tight after washing with it so I always had to use a fair bit of moisturizer after. 

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser

With a bit of a more expensive price tag, this brand (that can be purchased from sephora) claims to help balance hormones that can cause acne...or so the sales associate told me! One thing I liked about this cleanser is that it has no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates ( three things that are not good for your body!) and it was relatively natural. I paid about $31 dollars for it and it has awesome reviews on However, again, I did not notice any improvement in my skin and definitely had an initial purge period where I broke out with more black heads in my T-zone, not bad ones mind you. This was a cleanser I had used a few years back when I had purchased a boscia kit and I definitely feel the same way now as I did then about it. It's nothing special, it might help with someone elses skin problems but definitely did not help mine. Further, I found I needed to use a larger amount in the morning and at night in comparison to the Clarins product simply because it didn't foam up as well and I didn't feel like it was taking my make up off. 

After trying this product for a second time I think I'd rather repurchase the Clarins cleanser over boscia. 

I have recently read reviews on DERMADOCTOR's "Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleaner" and people have claimed it's a god sent for adult cystic acne. SO! I'm definitely going to have to give it a shot!

On to my moisturizing essentials. 

Kiehl's Ulta Facial Cream 

This is a product I used back when I was in highschool and I had forgotten how much I absolutely loved it! It's not exactly cheap but not awful at all, with a price tag of $32 dollars for a 50ml container. I bought this back in october of 2013 and am just down to the bottom of the barrel now. It feels light on your skin, not oily at all and sinks in fairly quickly for a thick moisturizer. This is a product I would definitely recommend! Kiehls just recently released an intense hydrating version of this cream that I think I may have to try just to get that extra bit of moisturizing power for my super dry skin. It's also good to note this product did not make me break out anymore than I normally would so, yay! 

Stila Skincare - light source

I use this serum once daily in the morning and boy does it feel good; definitely another great product to try! It's super gentle and has anti-aging properties (nothing wrong with a little prevention!) that work to repair dark spots and scarring as well as a bunch of other great benefits! A serum is great to use before a moisturizer because it sinks in deeper helping to repair any damage you may have to your skin. It sinks in really quickly and smells awesome too! My only complaint is the price tag. I believe total I paid $61 for it including it says you can purchase it for $45, a much nicer price. Thankfully for this product one pump goes a long way! 

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil 

I love tarte products, they feel great on your face, they're natural and this product is no exception! This is my go to night moisturizer. It's pure oil so you have to allow a bit of time for it to sink in. At first it feels a bit greasy but I assure you, oil is awesome for your skin and will not make you break out if it's pure like this product is! I purchased this after a friend of mine raved about it and said her skin has never felt better and I couldn't agree more after using it. If you have dry skin, like me, I'd definitely recommend applying a moisturizer after the oil sinks, it takes care of all those pesky dry patches. Price tag for this is about $55 dollars for 1.7 f oz of oil. It may seem like a lot but you only need about 3-4 drops daily. I got this product for my birthday back in july and have hardly made a dent in it (as you can see by the picture below).  - I have heard coconut oil is another alternative to this, however, I haven't personally tried it.

Touch ups...
Vichy Normaderm Total Mat and Hyaluspot

These are two things that I actually have not purchased yet but they are on my list of things to buy asap! I received these as samples when I was discussing my skin problems with a lady who worked at shoppers drug mart. I'll start with total mat. I believe it is meant to be a moisturizer however, it did not hydrate my skin enough. But, what it did do is seriously help my complexion. It helped keep my breakouts at bay while the acne I did have healed up slightly faster. I would definitely want to try this out for a longer period of time to see if these results are consistent or if I just got lucky. Hyaluspot is meant to be a salicylic acid spot treatment that you can keep applying daily as much as you need to. Be warned it will dry your skin out and can cause peeling on the spot you apply it to. But this stuff definitely shortened the length of time I had a spot for! I will be purchasing this one some time after my next pay cheque. 

Now that I've posted a picture of these two I can chuck out these empties, woohoo! 

Well there you have it, a short list of a few of the products I have recently used. I would be interested to know if any of you guys have tried these products and what your experiences were? Please excuse my rambling, I just got home and decided to start writing over lunch hahaha. Also, my photography is nothing special :) just some quick iphone pictures. Hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Hello 2014... a bit late

Wow, I have to be the absolute worst blogger (and i've said this a few times!). I keep watching youtube videos (total addict) about these people who have been blogging for years and it makes me want to start...and yet I still can't sit down to do it! I've decided to blog mainly for my own sake, I want to keep track of things that i'm trying in my life -from stress management to makeup products.

2014 is a new year so I've decided to do a few different things to make my life better. The first thing I started was going to the gym. I'm lucky enough to have a fast metabolism but I feel like internally I'm probably not the healthiest. I don't eat that badly or anything, I just treat myself from time to time! (total fastfood lover hehe).

Another thing I really want to focus on is being mentally healthy- by that I mean being calm and happy as much as possible! I've just finished up my science degree so the school stress is gone, thankfully, but I still find myself getting stressed about little things that I really shouldn't. I also just focus in on it and get fixated so much that it's all that I think about...awful. So my new goal is to take a deep breath and remember that I am in charge of my emotions, and there is absolutely no need to get frustrated over the little things. A friend of mine posted a really cute quote on instagram - "I am in charge of my feelings and today I am choosing happiness" - this is something I want to live by. It's not fair to myself to be frustrated nor is it healthy. I also always regret my actions when I'm getting mad over little things and  it's also not fair to the people around me.

Anyways, rant over haha. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to calm myself down and just - as frozen puts it - let it go.