Independence and Luxury

It’s always an exciting time when a new season nail polish collection hits Monaco Nails and Beauty, and the new Artistic Colour Gloss Fall Collection is the latest in store. Unsurprisingly the colours are stunning, so I asked nail buff Brooke to create a nail look that would allow me to show off two of my favourite colours from the collection.

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WIWT: French National Day

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I donned some blue and white stripes to wear to the French National Day celebrations at my office today (by which I mean eating delicious treats from Eiffel en Eden). Of course, I couldn’t resist adding a little red lippy! Continue reading


Black Velvet Camellia

There is a camellia tree that grows at the end of the path, and in the recent storms the delicate flowers have been bruised and battered. There’s something sad and beautiful about the way they are torn from the tree and thrown to the ground…

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Nailed It! Little Black Dress

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I remember when I was younger and trying to find a black nail polish (because I only wore black nail polish, in those days), and it was absolutely impossible. There was one brand that did a black polish, and the local drugstore would only stock it around Halloween when I would go in and buy about 5 bottles, amidst exclamations from the ladies at the counter that a young lady shouldn’t be wearing something so gothic (always said with a disgusted look and a wrinkled nose).

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She Lives Cruelty Free

As I find myself becoming more and more conscious of what I put on my skin, I’ve also found myself making the decision to buy more cruelty free beauty and skincare products. I just think it’s so unnecessary to be testing cosmetics on animals – after all, if there are so many companies that don’t do it, surely this is a clear indication that it’s not needed?

In the past, it’s been difficult for many people to make the switch to cruelty free beauty products in New Zealand. What we had available here was expensive, some of the quality wasn’t as good as the other products we used, it was hard to find, or we just didn’t know where to start.

Fortunately there are now a lot of cruelty free brands available in New Zealand, with many of them even locally made. There’s also a great little New Zealand company who has made it their mission to make cruelty free beauty more accessible… I asked Haley and Sam from She Lives Cruelty Free a few questions about making the switch to a cruelty free beauty routine.

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Plus Size Florals for Winter

Florals aren’t just for spring and summer! There are so many great plus size floral prints around at the moment that you can wear while you dream of beautiful blooms, whether they’re in the bright shades that are reminiscent of the warm months or taking a darker turn…

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