May has been a break from the norm for me as my parents went on their 'OE' at the start of the month. My siblings left and are over in Hawaii with them so I'm left on my own with only the dogs for company. I won't lie it's not been overly great. My anxiety is at an all time high especially at night but having the dogs here helps. It also sucks cause I don't know how to drive yet so have to walk 30 mins to my nearest bus stop which just puts me off. So I've just been at home reading.



A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom*
After finsihing The Glass Universe* I just found this book so much easier to read, the lanague and the way it was written was'nt too complex. The story follows Mel who is coping with a mental illness as well some complicated friendships. None of her friends know about her illness, she wants to keep it that way as well as what happened with her brother. I really enjoyed the story especially one about a character with mental illness. I releated a lot with Mel in her handling her illness as well as keeping people at a distance.

3.5 stars


Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed* and we pick up where we left off where Celestine has become an 'evader' and has gone into hiding. It's been a long time between books so I was very lost when reading and I could'nt remember anything. I really liked Celestine's character development. She becomes more sure of herself, confident and becomes a leader. She risks her own outcome to help the Flawed population. The only thing I felt off about was her relationship with Carrick, it went intense real fast. To be fair I can't remember the first book at all and also their situation is what brought them together so they've got a close bond.

3 stars

What books have you been reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from HarperCollins NZ

Review | A Tragic Kind of Wonderful & Perfect

Thursday, 25 May 2017


May has been a break from the norm for me as my parents went on their 'OE' at the start of the month. My siblings left and are over in Hawaii with them so I'm left on my own with only the dogs for company. I won't lie it's not been overly great. My anxiety is at an all time high especially at night but having the dogs here helps. It also sucks cause I don't know how to drive yet so have to walk 30 mins to my nearest bus stop which just puts me off. So I've just been at home reading.



A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom*
After finsihing The Glass Universe* I just found this book so much easier to read, the lanague and the way it was written was'nt too complex. The story follows Mel who is coping with a mental illness as well some complicated friendships. None of her friends know about her illness, she wants to keep it that way as well as what happened with her brother. I really enjoyed the story especially one about a character with mental illness. I releated a lot with Mel in her handling her illness as well as keeping people at a distance.

3.5 stars


Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed* and we pick up where we left off where Celestine has become an 'evader' and has gone into hiding. It's been a long time between books so I was very lost when reading and I could'nt remember anything. I really liked Celestine's character development. She becomes more sure of herself, confident and becomes a leader. She risks her own outcome to help the Flawed population. The only thing I felt off about was her relationship with Carrick, it went intense real fast. To be fair I can't remember the first book at all and also their situation is what brought them together so they've got a close bond.

3 stars

What books have you been reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from HarperCollins NZ

Ever since I got my first proper fragrance (Curious by Britney Spears) I've worn some every day. I have a number of them which I alternatively wear, I just look at them in the morning and pick. I saw the newest YSL fragrance floating around on my favourite beauty blogs so I headed to my nearest pharmacy to have a look. I had a voucher and was in the mood to buy but had trouble picking between Nuit Blanche & Floral shock. They both smelled similar to me but in the end, I went with Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche translated means 'White Night'. It's a all night arts festival in Paris and the fragrance is inspired by the night life.



From an aesthitic point of view the packaging, both the bottle and the box, is stunning. The bottle is black and glittery with an infusion of pink/purple. I got the 50 ml bottle and is the perfect size to fit in your hand.

The scent is sweet but in a dark mysterious way. The notes include the combination of coffee with sparkling orange blossom illuminated by white musk. There's also vanilla, bourbon pepper, smooth rice and sandalwood. It smells amazing and is definietly my first 'sophicated' fragrance that I've ever owned.

Do you have a YSL fragrance? What is your favourite?

Ashley xx

YSL | Black Opium Nuit Blanche

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Ever since I got my first proper fragrance (Curious by Britney Spears) I've worn some every day. I have a number of them which I alternatively wear, I just look at them in the morning and pick. I saw the newest YSL fragrance floating around on my favourite beauty blogs so I headed to my nearest pharmacy to have a look. I had a voucher and was in the mood to buy but had trouble picking between Nuit Blanche & Floral shock. They both smelled similar to me but in the end, I went with Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche translated means 'White Night'. It's a all night arts festival in Paris and the fragrance is inspired by the night life.



From an aesthitic point of view the packaging, both the bottle and the box, is stunning. The bottle is black and glittery with an infusion of pink/purple. I got the 50 ml bottle and is the perfect size to fit in your hand.

The scent is sweet but in a dark mysterious way. The notes include the combination of coffee with sparkling orange blossom illuminated by white musk. There's also vanilla, bourbon pepper, smooth rice and sandalwood. It smells amazing and is definietly my first 'sophicated' fragrance that I've ever owned.

Do you have a YSL fragrance? What is your favourite?

Ashley xx

Skincare has always been a guessing game with me. I've never really found products that worked well with my skin so I'm always wanting to try new products out. I've been using these three products for a while now and I think they're helping. I'm not entirely sure, my skin starts to improve then all of a sudden my face erupts. Overall though it is better than it was so that's something at least.



L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask // $24.99
I've seen these pop up on a number of NZ beauty blogs and have been getting great reviews. There are three different masks which makes it hard to choose just one but I went with the charcoal mask which detoxifies the skin and gives a brighter complexion. The mask also absorbs excess oils which for me having oily/combination skin sounded perfect. The mask itself is very thick and you don't need that much to cover your face. This is without a doubt the nicest smelling mask I've ever had, it's very fragrant but isn't too overpowering. The mask does what it says, you can see the oil being pulled from your skin and I definitely noticed my skin was brighter after I first used it. Overall I'm really liking it.




Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Moisturiser* 
I received this when I went to the Proctor & Gamble event back in March and have used it in conjunction with my regular moisturiser. It's thick, creamy and once again you don't need a large amount especially when combining it with another moisturiser. It smells amazing and feels very nourishing on the skin. 



Lioele A.C Control Night Spot // $16.95
Once again I've seen this praised by beauty bloggers/vloggers so I had to try it for myself. I got this off Makeup.co.nz and at the moment they've got free shipping on Lioele products. Unlike the other two products, this one does not smell particularly nice with it having a chemical scent to it. It's supposed to work overnight to smooth and reduce irritation and redness as well as control excess sebum. As you can see the pink powder is separated from the liquid and you dip a cotton bud into the powder and dab it on your spots. Usually, there's enough on there for all of my spots (and there's a lot) but if you need more make sure to use a clean bud. I think it works, I haven't noticed immediate changes but the spots I cover seem to be disappearing. 

What skincare products do you love?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

New in Skincare | L'Oreal Paris, Olay & Lioele

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Skincare has always been a guessing game with me. I've never really found products that worked well with my skin so I'm always wanting to try new products out. I've been using these three products for a while now and I think they're helping. I'm not entirely sure, my skin starts to improve then all of a sudden my face erupts. Overall though it is better than it was so that's something at least.



L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask // $24.99
I've seen these pop up on a number of NZ beauty blogs and have been getting great reviews. There are three different masks which makes it hard to choose just one but I went with the charcoal mask which detoxifies the skin and gives a brighter complexion. The mask also absorbs excess oils which for me having oily/combination skin sounded perfect. The mask itself is very thick and you don't need that much to cover your face. This is without a doubt the nicest smelling mask I've ever had, it's very fragrant but isn't too overpowering. The mask does what it says, you can see the oil being pulled from your skin and I definitely noticed my skin was brighter after I first used it. Overall I'm really liking it.




Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Moisturiser* 
I received this when I went to the Proctor & Gamble event back in March and have used it in conjunction with my regular moisturiser. It's thick, creamy and once again you don't need a large amount especially when combining it with another moisturiser. It smells amazing and feels very nourishing on the skin. 



Lioele A.C Control Night Spot // $16.95
Once again I've seen this praised by beauty bloggers/vloggers so I had to try it for myself. I got this off Makeup.co.nz and at the moment they've got free shipping on Lioele products. Unlike the other two products, this one does not smell particularly nice with it having a chemical scent to it. It's supposed to work overnight to smooth and reduce irritation and redness as well as control excess sebum. As you can see the pink powder is separated from the liquid and you dip a cotton bud into the powder and dab it on your spots. Usually, there's enough on there for all of my spots (and there's a lot) but if you need more make sure to use a clean bud. I think it works, I haven't noticed immediate changes but the spots I cover seem to be disappearing. 

What skincare products do you love?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

Paris has always been for me my dream city even though I've never actually been there. There's just something about it that's just so magical that it even gives you the sense of wonderment through photos. Lately, I've been more fascinated with the city than usual which possibly could be as a result of me following a number of French bloggers on Instagram. I love their photos as well as their stories and while I can't understand most of them I just love seeing France through their eyes. Here are some of the gorgeous ladies I've been following.


Paris in Four Months


Carin is from Sweden and is a photographer living in Paris. I know, the dream right. Of course, all of her photos are stunning making everywhere she goes picturesque. At the moment she is in Japan and it just looks amazing. Check out her blog for more photos.


Daphné Moreau/Mode and the City


Not only do I follow Daphné for her amazing photos of the city but also because I really love her style and have saved her photos for inspiration. She also has a really cute dog as well which I am obsessed with. Check out her blog for more photos.


Emilie Brunette 

Image from Emilie Brunette

Once again Emilie's Instagram is full of gorgeous pictures, not only of Paris but of her style as well which I love. Check out her blog for more photos. 


Laura Loves Clothes


Laura's photos are different from the others I've mentioned as they have some sort of filter on them which makes the brightness duller. I'm not sure how else to describe them other than they're stunning. Check out her blog for more photos. 

What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

Ashley xx

Dreaming of Paris...

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Paris has always been for me my dream city even though I've never actually been there. There's just something about it that's just so magical that it even gives you the sense of wonderment through photos. Lately, I've been more fascinated with the city than usual which possibly could be as a result of me following a number of French bloggers on Instagram. I love their photos as well as their stories and while I can't understand most of them I just love seeing France through their eyes. Here are some of the gorgeous ladies I've been following.


Paris in Four Months


Carin is from Sweden and is a photographer living in Paris. I know, the dream right. Of course, all of her photos are stunning making everywhere she goes picturesque. At the moment she is in Japan and it just looks amazing. Check out her blog for more photos.


Daphné Moreau/Mode and the City


Not only do I follow Daphné for her amazing photos of the city but also because I really love her style and have saved her photos for inspiration. She also has a really cute dog as well which I am obsessed with. Check out her blog for more photos.


Emilie Brunette 

Image from Emilie Brunette

Once again Emilie's Instagram is full of gorgeous pictures, not only of Paris but of her style as well which I love. Check out her blog for more photos. 


Laura Loves Clothes


Laura's photos are different from the others I've mentioned as they have some sort of filter on them which makes the brightness duller. I'm not sure how else to describe them other than they're stunning. Check out her blog for more photos. 

What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

Ashley xx

I have recently gotten some new clothes from The Warehouse and thought it would be easier to show them on video rather than a post. I think these are from the Autumn/Winter range. I really like the pieces I got and would be great for an Autumn look.

Ashley xx




The Warehouse Fashion Haul

Thursday, 11 May 2017


I have recently gotten some new clothes from The Warehouse and thought it would be easier to show them on video rather than a post. I think these are from the Autumn/Winter range. I really like the pieces I got and would be great for an Autumn look.

Ashley xx





I don't go onto 1-Day very often as this tends to happen. I see something cool and I get this overwhelming desire that I need it in my life. As you will see this happened three times. I've now officially put myself under a spending ban and am avoiding any online shopping sites. If you don't already know 1-Day has three different sale options which change every day at 12 pm. Currently, there's a Health & Beauty Bargain sale which I am avoiding.

Liberty Light Box
I've seen these frequently pop up generally over on Instagram and I've always wanted one. My wishes were answered when I randomly went on 1-Day and saw it on sale. It was quickly added to my shopping cart and arrived soon after. I haven't yet properly used it as it needs batteries and of course, there's none what so ever in the house. 

Beauty & the Beast Book
This is the book of the movie and of course as a massive Disney fan I had to get it. They also had the original animated version but I liked the cover of this one more. I've seen the movie (you can see my review here) but I haven't read the book yet. I keep forgetting to. It's not that big so it wouldn't take me that long, hopefully. 

3D Optical Illusion Light
I mentioned this in my April Favourites and is the latest item I bought off the website. Once again I randomly went on it, saw this and had to have it. It lights in a number of different colours and can be run by batteries or via a USB. I was so glad when I saw it came with a USB as like I mentioned before there are no batteries. At the moment it's on my desk and plugged into my computer.

Have you bought anything off 1-Day?

Ashley xx

1-Day Haul

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


I don't go onto 1-Day very often as this tends to happen. I see something cool and I get this overwhelming desire that I need it in my life. As you will see this happened three times. I've now officially put myself under a spending ban and am avoiding any online shopping sites. If you don't already know 1-Day has three different sale options which change every day at 12 pm. Currently, there's a Health & Beauty Bargain sale which I am avoiding.

Liberty Light Box
I've seen these frequently pop up generally over on Instagram and I've always wanted one. My wishes were answered when I randomly went on 1-Day and saw it on sale. It was quickly added to my shopping cart and arrived soon after. I haven't yet properly used it as it needs batteries and of course, there's none what so ever in the house. 

Beauty & the Beast Book
This is the book of the movie and of course as a massive Disney fan I had to get it. They also had the original animated version but I liked the cover of this one more. I've seen the movie (you can see my review here) but I haven't read the book yet. I keep forgetting to. It's not that big so it wouldn't take me that long, hopefully. 

3D Optical Illusion Light
I mentioned this in my April Favourites and is the latest item I bought off the website. Once again I randomly went on it, saw this and had to have it. It lights in a number of different colours and can be run by batteries or via a USB. I was so glad when I saw it came with a USB as like I mentioned before there are no batteries. At the moment it's on my desk and plugged into my computer.

Have you bought anything off 1-Day?

Ashley xx

Something old and something new is definitely a theme with the books I'm planning to read this month. The two from Hachette NZ are the same ones I mentioned last month while the two from HarperCollins NZ haven't been mentioned on the blog yet. I'm sure I am not the only one who has noticed the drop in temperature recently, while I hate the cold I do love to snuggle up and read. Here's hoping it will get me reading more.

The Firemaker by Peter May*
I've nearly finished this and have really enjoyed it. The story spans over five days or so but it feels longer. Either that's down to me reading over a long period of time, the long chapters or how a lot has happened in the story. The characters also mentioned this so I can't be the only one.

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed which I reviewed last year. The story follows Celestine who lives in this strange world where there are 'rules' which people have to follow. If people do not they are physically branded as 'flawed' and are outcasts. Celestine broke the rules in helping a flawed person and as such gets herself branded. In this book, she is on the run with powerful people coming after her. She has a secret which could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling and has to decide whether to save herself or all of the Flawed people. I enjoyed the first book to am looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.


The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May*
I summarised this in last months post but now that I'm almost at the end of The Firemaker I am interested to know why Li & Campbell's relationship is strained given how close they are in this book.

The End of OZ by Danielle Paige*
This is the fourth book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I reviewed the third book, Yellow Brick War, last year. Yellow Brick War was the first book of the series that I've read, the first two are on my to-read list, and I really enjoyed it. From memory I think I found it really easy to read and I loved the twist the classic tale of Oz. The series follows Amy, who like Dorothy, is from Kansas and was swept up by a tornado and taken to Oz. In this book, the Yellow Brick Road is leading her to the dark world of Ev where there is a new powerful enemy in the Nome King. As I enjoyed the previous book I'm confident I'll love this one too.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

Books to Read in May

Friday, 5 May 2017


Something old and something new is definitely a theme with the books I'm planning to read this month. The two from Hachette NZ are the same ones I mentioned last month while the two from HarperCollins NZ haven't been mentioned on the blog yet. I'm sure I am not the only one who has noticed the drop in temperature recently, while I hate the cold I do love to snuggle up and read. Here's hoping it will get me reading more.

The Firemaker by Peter May*
I've nearly finished this and have really enjoyed it. The story spans over five days or so but it feels longer. Either that's down to me reading over a long period of time, the long chapters or how a lot has happened in the story. The characters also mentioned this so I can't be the only one.

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed which I reviewed last year. The story follows Celestine who lives in this strange world where there are 'rules' which people have to follow. If people do not they are physically branded as 'flawed' and are outcasts. Celestine broke the rules in helping a flawed person and as such gets herself branded. In this book, she is on the run with powerful people coming after her. She has a secret which could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling and has to decide whether to save herself or all of the Flawed people. I enjoyed the first book to am looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.


The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May*
I summarised this in last months post but now that I'm almost at the end of The Firemaker I am interested to know why Li & Campbell's relationship is strained given how close they are in this book.

The End of OZ by Danielle Paige*
This is the fourth book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I reviewed the third book, Yellow Brick War, last year. Yellow Brick War was the first book of the series that I've read, the first two are on my to-read list, and I really enjoyed it. From memory I think I found it really easy to read and I loved the twist the classic tale of Oz. The series follows Amy, who like Dorothy, is from Kansas and was swept up by a tornado and taken to Oz. In this book, the Yellow Brick Road is leading her to the dark world of Ev where there is a new powerful enemy in the Nome King. As I enjoyed the previous book I'm confident I'll love this one too.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

I'm a very nostalgic person as well as finding it interesting in seeing what I was loving this time last year. I guess that's the great thing about having a blog. In 2016 my April Favourites consisted of a lipstick I still adore and a book that shares a theme with something that's in this favourites post. Seems I haven't changed at all. 

Enchanted Pizza Pin
If you can recall back to my February Favourites post I showed off the first pin I got from OH YOU FOX. Well I got another one, I'm becoming obsessed with pins at the moment. When I saw Vix tweet the concept images of this pin I just knew I had to have it (I even mentioned it in the February Favourites post). It's the enchanted rose case from Beauty & the Beast but instead of the rose, it's a pizza. This is limited edition so I'm glad I got my hands on it. As well as this one there are a couple of new pins so make sure to check them out.

3D Illusion Light
There's a good reason why I shouldn't go onto shopping websites as I end up seeing something I really love and have no other option than to buy it. 1-Day is a site that always seems to have random cool things for sale such as this Eiffel Tower 3D Light. As we all well know I go weak for anything Paris related and that fact that it was a cool light sold me (I have a thing for lights too). It can be battery powered but it also comes with a USB to you can plug it in and it will go. I think it has seven colours it can be but I usually just put it onto the setting which makes it flash all of them. I got a bit confused with the 3D thing but I think you have to view it from afar to achieve the effect.

URBN Wild: Babe Vibes 'series'
I've been following Britney via her blog & YouTube for a while now, back before she rebranded to Urbn Wild. Her videos + posts are amazing and in particular I love the babe vibes 'series' in which she interviews cool ladies doing some amazing things. Britney also has written some amazing personal posts which I find relatable most of the time. It's a great feeling knowing you're not the only one who thinks and feels in a similar way.

Paris & Monte Carlo
Very recently I was overcome with an obsession with Paris, more than usual I might add. It really started when I rewatched Monte Carlo, the one with Selena Gomez and Blair Waldrof aka Leighton Meester. Basically Grace, her best friend Emma and step-sister Meg go on a trip to Paris but ends up not being the best. Grace gets mistaken for a British heiress and the three wind up in Monte Carlo. I actually really love this movie and feel I could watch it over and over again.

What have you been loving in April?

Ashley xx

April Favourites

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


I'm a very nostalgic person as well as finding it interesting in seeing what I was loving this time last year. I guess that's the great thing about having a blog. In 2016 my April Favourites consisted of a lipstick I still adore and a book that shares a theme with something that's in this favourites post. Seems I haven't changed at all. 

Enchanted Pizza Pin
If you can recall back to my February Favourites post I showed off the first pin I got from OH YOU FOX. Well I got another one, I'm becoming obsessed with pins at the moment. When I saw Vix tweet the concept images of this pin I just knew I had to have it (I even mentioned it in the February Favourites post). It's the enchanted rose case from Beauty & the Beast but instead of the rose, it's a pizza. This is limited edition so I'm glad I got my hands on it. As well as this one there are a couple of new pins so make sure to check them out.

3D Illusion Light
There's a good reason why I shouldn't go onto shopping websites as I end up seeing something I really love and have no other option than to buy it. 1-Day is a site that always seems to have random cool things for sale such as this Eiffel Tower 3D Light. As we all well know I go weak for anything Paris related and that fact that it was a cool light sold me (I have a thing for lights too). It can be battery powered but it also comes with a USB to you can plug it in and it will go. I think it has seven colours it can be but I usually just put it onto the setting which makes it flash all of them. I got a bit confused with the 3D thing but I think you have to view it from afar to achieve the effect.

URBN Wild: Babe Vibes 'series'
I've been following Britney via her blog & YouTube for a while now, back before she rebranded to Urbn Wild. Her videos + posts are amazing and in particular I love the babe vibes 'series' in which she interviews cool ladies doing some amazing things. Britney also has written some amazing personal posts which I find relatable most of the time. It's a great feeling knowing you're not the only one who thinks and feels in a similar way.

Paris & Monte Carlo
Very recently I was overcome with an obsession with Paris, more than usual I might add. It really started when I rewatched Monte Carlo, the one with Selena Gomez and Blair Waldrof aka Leighton Meester. Basically Grace, her best friend Emma and step-sister Meg go on a trip to Paris but ends up not being the best. Grace gets mistaken for a British heiress and the three wind up in Monte Carlo. I actually really love this movie and feel I could watch it over and over again.

What have you been loving in April?

Ashley xx

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