Current Favourites!

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I wasn’t entirely sure if this post should focus on one passion of mine, or whether it should include all of them. I’ve decided to focus on all the things skincare that i’m loving at the moment! My opinions of these products are based on that fact that for the most part I have crazy oily skin with occasional dry spots, as well as being acne prone. 

Skincare

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The first product that has been a favourite for a while now is the original Proactive solutions face wash. While I do agree with the claims that if you overuse or are too aggressive with it, more damage can be done to your skin, it does wonders for my skin! It’s the first product I can say has actually made a difference to the hormonal pimples I usually  have. As well as clearing up pimples faster, it also gives my skin a generally better look. I will add that unfortunately when i’ve missed too many uses or tried to stop using it my skin goes back to it’s old ways. That could just be due to my acne being hormonal however, a simple wash isn’t going to completely solve that.

Pro’s- Effective, Come’s in a trial set, Trial set usually $30(Back to school deals atm! www.proactiv.co.nz)

Con’s-Can become too harsh for sensitive skin.

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Now the second product is keeping in theme as it is the original Proactive solutions SPF15, oil-free moisturiser. Never before have I found such a good moisturiser that I can actually wear under makeup, and a bonus of having SPF as well! If there’s one thing i’ve learnt about skincare, it’s the importance of sun protection. As someone with super oily skin this can often be a problem as most sunscreen can be quite thick and especially don’t sit well on my face under makeup. However this one is perfect, not only have I found that it sits so nice and thin on my face but I can actually use it under makeup! Definite score on this one.

Pro’s- Included in the trial set mentioned above, Light-weight, SPF!!!

Con’s- Not overly moisturising, Wouldn’t use as an overnight moisturiser.

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The Youth mud face mask by Glam Glow isn’t the mask I had originally planned to buy but with full sized jars ranging near the $100NZD mark, I was more than happy to take home a much cheaper tester jar of a slightly different mask. This mask is very much a grey mud and does in fact have leaves in it, and while the tingling(borderline burning) sensation scares you the first use it does get better! This product decongests my face more than I thought a face mask could, not only did I find many of my blackheads gone but it also gave my face the smoothest finish. Another product I would warn people with sensitive skin to be careful of as it does have a minty tingle to it, otherwise I think it is a perfect intensive exfoliant as when you wash it off it does exactly that! I think this would be perfect to use as both a before bed spa treatment and a right before makeup skin polisher!

Pro’s- Clears out ‘gunk’, Soft finish, Comes in a tester size.

Con’s- Not the most gentle product, How do you feel about leaves?

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I haven’t tried a huge array of masks however if someone with more sensitive skin asked me to recommend either the above mask or this one, I would have to say this one. The Mario Badescu Silver Powder mask. Personally on my skin this mask doesn’t so much clear up pimples, but it does do wonder’s on my blackhead. This mask has a much more gentle cleansing action, as it isn’t exfoliating or harsh on the skin. I find that it sinks into your pores and when washed or toned off simply drags out any dirt with it, so it’s definitely a recommend for anyone who struggles with large pores or black heads. It goes on like a wet clay and dries to a powder, I also find it is really cooling and a go to for when my skin feels inflamed or irritated.

Pro’s- Gentle, amazing value for money as you don’t use much product($26NZD)

Con’s- Not intensive enough for tough skin.

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The holy grail of all holy grails. The one and only Mario Badescu drying lotion. Yes you’ve probably already heard this hype from multiple other beauty guru’s and youtuber’s as I did, but as someone who does get pimples and especially the occasional under the skin monster that can take weeks of pain to go away(too dramatic?) I felt the need to try this magic concoction that a good chunk of the world seemed to be raving about. And yes it does work. I found that it worked very well on drying pimples out so that they aren’t all inflamed and speeding up the healing process so that a pimples life is cut in half, but the one thing it did that impressed me even more was it’s effective on one of those under the skin pimples I mentioned before. Usually for me a painful lump under the skin can take anywhere from a few days to over a week to have a head and clear itself away but at first sight of one of these bumps I started applying the drying lotion before bed every night and within 2-3 days it was shrinking in size and the pressure had gone. Long story short this lotion is a lifesaver and I now swear by it.

Pro’s- IT WORK’S, more affordable than similar products($26NZD).

Con’s- Can cause dryness around the pimple.

Love all these products and despite this post being a month late I’m still using them so that says something 👍🏼

Till next time, Chatterkiwi x

New Chapters: School

While some parts of the world are already back at school or simply getting back into the swing of it after a two week break, here in New Zealand most students are about to reenter the real world after 2 MONTHS. Yes you read that right, here in the Southern hemisphere Summer time is December to February therefore our big school break is about to come to an end with most schools beginning the first week of Feb. 

Now that we’ve cleared up the details, let’s get to the real talk. School. From my experience the leap from year to year schooling isn’t too hard to handle and usual school routine is back in force within the first few weeks. However I never really thought of what it would be like after finishing High School(age hint). Finishing High School is something I believe most people anticipate for years and when the day finally comes that you can say your expected years of education are over most would jump for joy. And that I did, but what I didn’t expect was the pressure of the question “What next?”.

I’m lucky in the sense that I have the next few years semi planned, and by that I mean attending university studying something  I most likely won’t work as because I have no idea what I actually want to do. Sounds reassuring doesn’t it? In fact the one thing keeping me sane enough to not freak out about this new adventure is the idea of buying new stationary. Yes i’m one of those. However i’m still struggling with the idea of committing myself to another few years of school, that are no longer expected of me. Staying in High School was easy for me because I had grown up believing you started school at 5 years old and finished at 18. As simple as year 1 to year 13.

But when it came to having full choice on what the next chapter of my life consisted of, I was torn between starting the degree that meant a sense of job security or finally being free to follow whichever dreams my little heart desired. A choice I know hasn’t been easy at all for many people, especially when getting a full time job after so many years of being unable to is now a tempting option. Eventually my struggle lead me to a half satisfying decision. Why not juggle full time uni and commit to a year of self-love, discovery and attempting to run a successful blog. 

I made a decision, the feeling that finishing High School gave me was a sign that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and give things a try. And I encourage others to do the same! For years I held back from starting a blog because of a lack of confidence, and most of my life I never would have dreamed of attending University. Now I’m sitting here having achieved both acknowledgement of this blog and an acceptance letter. So while I prep for the year ahead of endless assignments and lectures, and continue to draw love and confidence from the people around me, I’ll continue to try be the person I needed for so many years. 

With encouragement, Chatterkiwi x

Finding a niche

After my first post, some experimental photography(soon to come), and hours of playing around with this site I feel I’m starting to get the hang of it. My guess is that the experience and assumptions I had about how to create and build a blog platform would be similar to everyone else, however I see now I was focusing on the wrong thing. Now don’t get me wrong, I always knew having good content was kind of the main point of having a blog but i’m now starting to see that an amazing theme or a perfectly customised and coloured presentation isn’t as important as finding the community. 

After comments left on other posts I like and following blogs that catch my attention i’ve realised the one thing that feels like progress on this blog is response, whether it be my current 1 follower or a like or view on a post, that is what makes writing here all the more worth it. Finding a community of people who are in the same boat as me or similar is such an important part of writing a blog and even just seeing that people from other parts of the word have viewed my blog makes me excited for the future of this space. 

It is indeed early days but i’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need to decide on one topic to write about and can simply use this as an outlet of opinions or feelings. While there will indeed be reviews on products and stories of events i’ve experienced, there will also be this, the usual ramblings and feelings I can’t help but plaster all over the internet.

Until next time, Chatterkiwi x

Ringing in the New Year.

Welcome to 2017, as you’ll see my achievements of 2016 were.. well non existent. Atlas I proved one thing, my lack of confidence to actually keep these posts up. I think we can all agree that 2016 in general was a disaster and i’ll therefore blame that as the reason why I failed to make one single improvement to this tiny space of the internet I can call my own. 

A new years resolution i’m deciding to create 18 days late is to post on here at least once a month, which seems pathetic really but lets set the standard low and build ourselves up slowly. Whether those posts be complete ramblings such as this one and the previous, or opinions I have on products, events, or general happenings. We shall see.

While I am disappointed in the year just gone, I can’t ignore all the positives that have come from it. Chapters in life making progress and chapters well past their use by date finally closing mean that the mind set of wouldn’t that be cool to experience” has now drastically changed to now’s your chance you half-ass”. In other words I have set the standard on myself that if I don’t take life by the horns, i’ll watch another year melt into the folder of my brain I like to label CONFUSED(currently the only folder i’ve got going).

So here’s to 2017. The year of achieving goals and stepping out of the first layer of comfort zone, into the second layer of comfort. Which does still mean an anonymous me, as well as a plain blog due to my lack of computer skills. So in light of being sick of the label confused, lets start off by plastering a new label all over myself , a more enlightening and motivating name. Let’s call 2017 the year of Finding ourselves (hold the gag).

Your’s truly Chatterkiwi, aka confused and searching xx

Starting out

Now, I know you’re going to look at this page and think of how plain and boring it looks, and notice it’s lack of direction and organisation. But trust me when I say there is plenty of potential. The longing to voice my ideas and show my love for all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle and anything in between all rests in the hands(pages I suppose) of this blog. 

You may have also noticed it’s anonymous, that’s due to the lack of guts I have. Promising that one day this will lead me to confidence, friendship, and my ultimate goal to help the world and make people happy. Feel free to comment  anything from advice to questions you may want me to answer, that’s the only way you’ll find out whether I’m really a person or just some robot running an underwhelming blog.

Welcome to ChatterKiwi, and welcome to potential xx