Friday, 5 May 2017

April Favourites 2017

April has come and gone (far too quickly for my liking), and this month I have been trying out and loving bunch of new products. I've never done a favourites before, but I love watching/reading them on youtube and blogs, so I decided to give it a go. Here is everything I have been loving throughout April:
I have been using the Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette pretty much non-stop this month. It is so easy to use, and because the shades are all matte they are very wearable on a day to day basis.
The Rimmel Brows This Way Eyebrow Gel has been my go to for school because I don't generally wear any foundation or bb cream to school, so I like a very natural brow. This gel is great because it tidies and defines my eyebrows without making them to bold or in your face. I use the blonde shade.
I am obsessed with this Rimmel Lipstick! This shade is 'Rock 'n' Roll Nude' from the Rimmel Kate Anniversary Collection. It is a gorgeous nude-pick, and I pretty much live in it.
April, being a month of sudden weather changes, has cause my skin to freak out a little and dry out a lot, particularly around my mouth and nose. I have been reaching for the Herb Farm Rose Face Cream at these times, and it has been a life saver! I generally only use the face cream at night however, if my skin is particularly dry I apply some after my moisturizer in the morning. It makes my skin feel so much smoother and softer, and I love that it is made in New Zealand.
Another NZ brand (New Zealand represent!) that I have been loving is Skinfood. I'm a weekly face mask kinda gal. I really enjoy taking one night out a week to have a bath, pop on a face mask and watch a chick flick. The Skinfood Mud Masque is super refreshing, and cleansing. Made with Rotorua mud, apricot oil, spirulina, aloe vera, and jojoba oil, the mask always help diminish the size of my pores and my skin feels SO soft after using it!
Anyone who knew me last year knows that I could not go a day without my trusty Body Shop vineyard peach body spray. I was obsessed! It was limited addition, however, and so when I ran out mid September I thought that would be the end. Luckily the brought the vineyard peach range back for a limited time this year and I managed to get my hands on not one, but two body mists! It is, unfortunately, no longer available in NZ anymore. Fingers crossed they bring it back next year!
Finally, and my personal favourite, The Escapist's Dot to Dot. I was given this book for my birthday this year. Whenever I'm stressed, bored, or being lazy I go into my room, light all my candles and do a page out of dot to dot book. It puts me in such a good mood! If you're anything like me, a.k.a. a highly stressful human being, I recommend purchasing something like this, whether a colouring book or dot to dot book, because it is so relaxing! I love this one because each page is a different famous landmark, and its so exciting finding out what is what.

That is everything I have been loving recently! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think.

Amesmames xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Lush Chick'n'Mix Bath Bomb

When it comes to Lush Easter bath bombs, I thought my favourite would forever be the Golden Egg bath bomb melt. I, of course, hadn't yet tried the chick'n'mix bath bomb. I have completely fallen in love with the bergamont, and tonka scent, and the vibrant colours of this bath bomb.

The brilliant thing about this bath bomb, is that it's not just one, but in fact three seperate bath bombs. In other words, that's at least three relaxing Easter baths! There are two larger bombs, which slot together to form what I think is supposed to be an egg (?), and one little orange bomb hidden on the inside. The blue section has a little sliver of glitter, but apart from that, they have little to no glitter, which means I didn't have to scrub the glitter off the bath like I do after using a Golden Egg.

I am obsessed with the scent of this bath bomb! It smells exactly like jelly, sweet and delicious. Tonka and bergamont make my favourite lush scent yet. It beats snow fairy, olive branch, and honey I washed the kids!

I thoroughly enjoyed using the Chick'n'Mix bath bomb, and if you are able to get your hands on one (depending on where you are in the world) I would definitely recommend it! I'm hoping and praying they bring this one back next Easter!

Amesmames xx

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mini Beauty Haul

 This year I have been trying to grow my makeup collection, filling it with good quality makeup that will last for a long time. I am currently saving up for an exchange trip, so all makeup funds were put into my savings along with all the rest of my spending money. This meant my wonderful friends and family knew exactly what to get for me for my birthday this year. I am beyond excited to start using these products!

The Real Techniques Ultimate Eyes Set has been on my wishlist for a long time. Before now I only owned one eye shadow brush, and mainly used my fingers for blending. I can start to be more adventurous and creative with my eye shadow because it is so much easier with brushes!

I've had my eye on the Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette as well. I have a lot of very shimmery and metallic eyeshadows, but not an amazing range of matte shades. Too Faced is probably my favourite makeup brand, and for that reason I really wanted to give their shadows a go. I have heard so many great reviews of Too Faced eyeshadows, and can't wait to let you know what I think.

Finally, the Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit. My first Contour Palette! It looks beautiful, I love Too Faced's packaging. The four shades and the brush look really lovely, and I'm looking forward to using it on a regular basis.

That's all that I got for my birthday makeup wise, I have been spoilt rotten! I will do follow up reviews of each of these products, so stay tuned!

Amesmames xx

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Lush Which Came First Bath Bomb

One of the joys of having my birthday so close to Easter time, is that I am given Easter lush products every year, without fail. I love being given lush products any time, however since I am currently saving up for an exchange trip and can't buy any for myself I appreciate the gift that much more!
This year I was given the Which Came First bath bomb, and the Golden Egg bath bomb melt (Which you can see a review for here).

This bath bomb is supposed to have a splendid, citrus-y sent, and although it did smell splendid, I found it smelt more like caramel than lemon and grapefruit. The scent itself was very subtle and sweet, not as strong as many other lush bombs I have used.
It fizzed away VERY quickly, like within 1 minute quickly, which I was not expecting. I tried to take a video, but it sank to the bottom of the bath and fizzed away too fast, so that was a bit of a fail.
The outside layer of pink fizzed away first leaving one little, yellow bath bomb chick which fizzed for a couple of minutes extra. The colour left behind was a brilliant, glittery orange, which I loved.

Both of the lush products I was given for my birthday are limited addition, so I recommend you pick some up and give them a go soon before they all run out!
Let me know if you have tried any of the lush Easter products, and what you thought of them in the comments below!

Amesmames xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017


Looking over these photos has made me so nostalgic. It feels like just yesterday I was in the kitchen baking those cupcakes when in reality it was 6 years ago. 
Sixteen already! I can't believe how fast it's gone! While I feel like I have achieved a lot in the past 16 years I think the most important thing for me is how I've grown and developed as a person.

I have gained so much confidence, and have gone from a shy, needy girl to an independent and social woman. (apologies for the cheesiness) I used to be scared starting conversations with people and constantly worried about what people think. I was insecure, and thought that I would never be as cool or fun as my friends. 

However, last year in school I wasn't in many classes with my close friends, and I had to branch out and talk to people or I would be lonely all year. I was terrified! The thought of having to make new friendships was hard enough for me, but doing it without my best friends there to help me? I thought it was impossible. It actually only took me a couple of months to realize that making new friends wasn't that bad at all. In fact, I loved, and still do love, getting to know people and finding out what makes them tick. I, now, go out of my way to talk to new people, and make new friendships.
My fear of starting conversations and what people think of me has almost completely disappeared after realizing that it doesn't matter. If they like me, great! I have a new friend. If they don't, who cares, I've done the best that I can. 

I've grown a lot in my faith as well. I used to think I knew everything there was to know because I've grown up in a christian home, gone to a christian school, and heard every bible story there was to tell. I thought I was better than everyone else. I was a nice person, always happy to help a friend out, always generous with my time and money, never angry at my friends. I thought I was the ultimate good christian girl.
I was so wrong! I'm realizing how undeserving, prideful, and ungrateful I am for Christ's sacrifice. But I'm also realizing how much I need Christ.

It's funny looking back at myself exactly one year ago, and seeing how much I've changed. I'm really proud of myself, and hope to keep challenging myself, and branching out this year.

Amesmames xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

2017 Birthday Gift List

My birthday is coming up in 6 days, and I cannot wait! (Long soppy post to come!) Here is my 2017 gift list:

I'm trying to build up my makeup collection which is blush-lacking, how could not start with the gorgeous too faced blushes, I've heard so many great reviews and the packaging is beautiful. I would be a very happy girl opening this on my birthday!

This has been on my watchlist for so long! I love the range of shades, and would buy it myself if I weren't so poor.

3.Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Eyeshadow Palette
I fell in love with this palette as soon as I saw it, The shades would be really easy to use everyday, which I can't do with most of my current palettes as they are very shimmery.

4.Maybelline Lash Sensational

5.Real Techniques Bold Metals
Along with trying to build my makeup collection, I am trying to collect more makeup brushes, particularly eyeshadow brushes as they would get the most use. The bold metals brushes are gorgeous would look lovely on my vanity when I'm not using them

6.NYX Highlight & Contour Powder Palette

7.The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Range
I was given a vineyard peach body spray for my birthday last year and I LOVED it! It became my signature scent, and I used it as much as possible. It was however limited addition and I thought that once I used it up that would be it. Much to my delight, the body shop have brought the range back, if I don't get anything from this range for my birthday I will definitely be buying it for myself!

8.Pom Pom Keyring

9.Origins Clear Improvement Facemask

10.Adidas Cap

11.Lush Bath Products

12.Fairy Lights

13.Batiste Dry Shampoo

14.Tresemme Heat Protectant

I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you are guying gifts, or nosy! Let me know if you have tried or want to try any of the products above in the comments!

Amesmames xx

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Staying Positive in Autumn/Winter

February has come and gone, and with it the warm summer weather. I find myself getting more and more excited for cozy Saturdays wrapped up in blankets with a good TV show and a peppermint tea, and nippy sunrise walks.
However, along with the Instagram worthy autumn moments that are sure to come, I am already starting to feel the drag of school and work. I find Autumn and Winter are always seem to be the longest seasons of the year, and getting through each day becomes a real chore. (I mean, how is anyone supposed to concentrate on cold and rainy days, they're practically made for Netflix marathons)

When I think back to last year, having nothing to look forward to had a real impact on my attitude both at school and at home. I was generally bored, and for a while everything felt very meaningless. This year I am determined to not allow myself to get into such a funk again. I plan to always be doing something I love, and if I am doing anything out of obligation (apart from obvious things like school) just stop.
I've made a list of things to do this year that I plan to keep myself occupied and excited about:

1. Birthday party planning

With my birthday coming up in just a few weeks I am throwing myself into planning. Spending my free time on pinterest looking up snack recipes and decor ideas. I love planning, I'm a very organised person in that I have set times for everything I do, and for something like my birthday I literally start planning the next party just days after my birthday. Having this to look forward to is going to be extremely helpful while I try to keep my mood up

2. Blogging more frequently

I really enjoy blogging, and getting my ideas out there. I'm not a very regular blogger, though, as much as I try to be. This year I am going to try and plan my posts more, and have back up posts already prepared in case I am too busy on one week. This will really help me to feel like I'm accomplishing something every week as apposed to not doing anything exciting for weeks on end

3. Being more social

It's so easy to blob out on the weekends and spend the day on my phone, and although at the time it feels fun, at the end of the day I haven't learnt anything or bettered myself in anyway. This winter I am going to make a real effort to get outside and do things with different people, whether it be walks on the port hills, coffee dates, or ice skating. I am very extroverted, and thrive in social situations, so spending time with a variety of different people, and getting to know different people will have a huge impact on my frame of mind this winter.

4. Setting monthly goals

Much like blogging more frequently, setting monthly goals will helps me to feel like I have achieved something. Just 3-4 little goals every month, and checking up on them every week can both inspire me and help me to grow as a person. I am going to have to make a large effort not to be disappointed, however, when I don't achieve these goals, as it could quite easily become something to beat myself up about. This months goals are:
-Ask people how they are more often
-Read at least 2 challenging books
-Find and start a new devotion book
-Take lots more photos

What do you do to keep your mood up during the long winter months? Check out my Instagram and see what I'm up to throughout the weeks! 

Amesmames xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Photos from My Sister's Wedding

This summer I had the honor of being my sisters bridesmaid at her wedding. I also sang while she was signing the registry Being someone with such a love for all things romantic, this was a really big deal for me. The day was filled with happiness, smiles, and a few tears. It couldn't have gone better. I hope and pray that their relationship would flourish as they start doing life together.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Amesmames xx

April Favourites 2017

April has come and gone (far too quickly for my liking), and this month I have been trying out and loving bunch of new products. I've n...