Beauty // DIY Body Scrub

Easy DIY Body Scrub with Coconut Oil

I’ve been loving using coconut oil recently – I use it pretty much in all aspect of my life it’s a little bit weird actually. It’s great for cooking with and also is well ingrained in my beauty regime. I’m combining the two today and sharing with you an easy DIY Body Scrub with only two ingredients.

Making my own body scrub is something that I will probably do forever. Exfoliating my legs with something super moisturising is so important and I get super dry calves, but also making my own means I’m saving money – and I’m not ever buying a body scrub again that contains those little plastic beads. They’re so bad for the environment!

DIY Body Scrub

Easy DIY Body Scrub with Coconut OilEasy DIY Body Scrub with Coconut Oil

What you’ll need

  • Coconut Oil, I used Blue Coconut
  • Coarse Salt, you can use coarse sugar too
  • Jar or bowl. I used a Mason Jar as it’s easy to get your hand in and out of.

Method

  1. In a jar combine equal parts coconut oil and salt.
  2. Mix well with a flat knife.
  3. Add more salt or coconut oil if you feel it’s needed. You want the mixture to be easy to pick up, not too dry. Remember: It will start to melt in your hands when you pick it up

Easy DIY Body Scrub with Coconut Oil

To use

  1. Jump in the shower and wet your body parts that you want to exfoliate with your body scrub.
  2. Turn off the shower and grab your body scrub.
  3. Rub a good handful or two all over your body, or your designated areas. Be sure to massage it into your skin well, for optimum exfoliation.
  4. Rinse off with water.

When you jump out of the shower I would recommend slapping on a layer of coconut oil to keep your legs well moisturised

You can make this a face scrub and exfoliator by adding a little more coconut oil so it’s not so harsh, or a lip scrub by using fine sugar.

Have you ever made your own body scrub before?
Do you use coconut oil in your day-to-day life?

Laura xx

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What I’m Wearing // 004 // Summer Nights

Plus Size Fashion, Kmart Dress, JORD Wood Watch

This outfit post is 100% inspired by Auckland’s humidity. It’s been really hot and sticky recently, so most summer nights I’m in a maxi dress trying to cool down.  

This is one of my favourite summer maxi dresses which I have in two colours, which I got from Kmart. I thought I’d share this coral geometric patterned one on the blog, as the blue one I have has had a fair bit of love on Instagram already.

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I thought I would try and pair my makeup to my new rose gold watch. I’m still in the throes of figuring out how to take photos of my eye makeup, so bare with me. I share in another photo below whats on my face. My new watch has had so many compliments on it – it’s a wooden watch from JORD watches, the style is Sidney (which is so fitting for me). Their watches are handmade and are all natural. I really love what they stand for, so am excited to talk about them and their watches whenever someone compliments me on it! For more info about them, check out woodwatches.com

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What I Wore
Dress – Kmart
Cardigan – Portmans
Watch – JORD watches
Bracelets – Gold, mums. Pandora, mine.
Shoes – Kmart
Makeup – see photo below

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What’s on my face
Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer
Maybelline Fit Me! in 120
Naked 3 Palette, Buzz & Trick
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, in Soft Brown
Clinique Chubby Lash, in Black
LA Girl Matte Lipstick, in Hush
The Balm, MaryLou-maniser

What is you go-to hot summer outfit? A maxi like me, or something else?
Laura xx

This post was made possible thanks to Woodwatches.com, which means anything received for the post is for my time, writing, researching, and editing. Not my opinion. All opinions are and always will be, my own.

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Good Eats // Patatas Bravas

Spicy Patatas Bravas Recipe

Patatas Bravas, also known as patatas a la brava or papas bravas, is a delicious dish native to Spain, often served in tapas bars.

While Graeme and I were in Spain, we had the best Patatas Bravas of our lives – It was from a small restaurant on a corner of Calle Aragó, the same road our hotel was on. We ordered the Patatas Bravas as it was labeled as a potato dish with a spicy sauce – what’s not to like? We were in love. The rest is history. Ever since we’ve been on the look out for a similar experience.

It’s summer time, which means that new potatoes are in season. Little Digger potatoes are what I used for this recipe, and are the kind to use for recipes that need the potatoes to hold their own when it comes to flavour.

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I thought I would give Patatas Bravas a try myself. While this isn’t as good as the real thing, it’s still really yum – and spicy!

Patatas Bravas Recipe

Spicy Patatas Bravas Recipe

What you’ll need

  • 750g Potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • 3T Olive oil
  • 1 Tin of crushed and sieved tomatoes or 170g Tomato paste
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1t Garlic powder (plus a dusting for the potatoes)
  • 1/2 t Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 t Smoked Paprika
  • 3-5 tsb Hot sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

  1. Rinse and cut potato into bite size pieces and place on an oiled oven tray. Dust with garlic powder and salt to your liking. Add 1-2 tablesppons of olive oil and coat the potatoes evenly.
  2. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, stir the potatos once or twice in that time.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting in the oven, let’s make the spicy sauce! Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, add garlic cloves to heat through. Add garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and mix together.
  4. Add tomatoes (or paste) paste, hot sauce and 1 1/2 cups water and stir. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until simmering.
  5. Taste and add more salt / hot sauce or garlic powder until you’re happy with the flavour. 
  6. Remove potatoes from the oven once cooked and serve immediately with the spicy sauce on top.
  7. Enjoy!

We served ours with broccoli and topped it off with some freshly cut spring onion and a few slices of chorizo.Easy Patatas Bravas Recipe

Did you know? Potatoes are naturally gluten and fat free and hold a great dose of vitamin C. They contain more potassium than bananas.

Have you ever tried Patatas Bravas before? If you haven’t I highly recommend giving them a go, either at home or next time you spot them on a restaurant menu.
xx Laura

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Good Eats // Homemade Caramel Yogurt

cool this summer with EasiYo!

Stay cool this summer with EasiYo! 

There’s nothing like cooling off on a hot summer’s day with a refreshing pot of chilled yogurt or a healthy iced fruit smoothie – and with EasiYo you can make it yourself.

Homemade Caramel Yogurt

I tried out just how easy it was to make my own yogurt. It took about three minutes to prep and then I left it overnight to have for breakfast in the morning. 

Making Caramel Yogurt at home with EasiYo!

Enter to win a EasiYo Mini Yogurt Maker

Thanks to EasiYo I have a new Mini Yogurt Maker (500g) to give away. It makes delicious, nutritious yogurt, with no artificial ingredients and billions of live cultures in every spoonful.  

With more than 30 flavours including apricot, boysenberry, banana, cherry, forest fruits, Greek, lemon, mango, peach, raspberry, strawberry, summer fruits and vanilla, there is something to please everyone. The new 500g EasiYo Mini Maker also means you can taste a new delicious flavour, every day, knowing it will all get eaten.

“The great thing about EasiYo yogurt is you can make it yourself, just the way you like it, and you know exactly what’s in it.
“Our new Mini Maker makes it so easy for Kiwis to enjoy nutritious and delicious yogurt, even on the go. Given how sales are going, we know it will be a big hit this summer – especially at the beach and bach!”
– EasiYo’s senior brand manager, Louise Scott Davidson

Enter below, open to NZ Residents only, competition closes midnight 10th Feb 2016.

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Making Caramel Yogurt at home with EasiYo!

For more information and to view the full product range, including recipe inspiration using EasiYo yogurt, visit easiyo.com. Stay cool this summer with EasiYo! 

Have you tried making your own yoghurt before?
Which would be your favourite flavour of theirs to try?

xx Laura

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Beauty // MUA For a Day with Lena Talks Beauty

MUA For A Day with Lena Talks Beauty

If it wasn’t for blogging, I don’t know where I’d be – especially without one of my best friends Lena (of Lena Talks Beauty). We’ve now known each other for years, and decided it was high time to do a collab post! We organised to meet up one weekend day afternoon and do each others makeup – just for fun!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am definitely no professional make up artist, but it was so much fun getting up in Lena’s face and applying make up. I don’t think I’ve ever really done anyones makeup. With me and my sister being 5 1/2 years apart, we missed that boat, in saying that, after she heard I was going to Lena’s to do her makeup she asked if I would do hers too! Exciting

It’s so so SO different applying makeup onto someone else. So different. I don’t know if I’m being too rough, or not rough enough. I also don’t want to breathe heavily on her face incase I gross her out – you know? Awkward.

I digress – Let’s talk about what I did to Lena’s face! 
I actually wanted to recreate the look I wore on Christmas day on Lena, so after rummaging through her make up, I settled on a few colours and went for it.

What did I use?

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Makeup

  • Nyx Photo Loving Primer
  • Collection Naturally Matt Foundation
  • Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer
  • ZA Gel Eyeliner
  • Billion Dollar Brows, 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows
  • Mac Espresso Eyeshadow
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
  • The Balm, Mary-LouManizer
  • Jeffree Star, Hoe Hoe Hoe Liquid Lipstick

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Brushes, L-R

How did I do it?

Her Face
I started with the primer, mainly on her forehead and cheeks, but basically all over because thats what I do with primer. Then went over most of her face and high neck with the foundation and the Real Techniques Multi Task brush, blending a lot (with the RT Buffing brush – love this). I popped some concealer under her eyes and blended that in.

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Her Eyes
I tackled her eyes first, as I knew I would spend ages making them perfect – and I definitely did, oops. I think I spent about 50% of the whole time just doing eyeshadow trying to make it perfect.  I started off with the translucent shimmery amazingness colour (aka I don’t know it’s name) from the Victorias Secret palette I’ve got (Cheapo palette I grabbed in Melbourne and has come in handy even though the pigment isn’t that amazing). I popped this colour over the middle and inner eyelid, with the bdellium 776 brush, of course it fell all down her cheeks, but you know, I just kept adding it until there was a good amount on her lids.  I then grabbed some of the Mac Espresso eyeshadow and defined her crease at the end of the eye. I grabbed some more of the translucent shimmery amazingness colour and blended and blended to create the look below.  The lighting wasn’t amazing, but you can sort of see the shimmery appearing in the middle. After cleaning up the powder on her cheeks, and applying a fine think line of black eyeliner on her top lid; I finished with some mascara, trying hard not to poke her eyeball.

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Her Eyebrows
I had SO much fun doing Lena’s eyebrows – I found it so easy to do her eyebrows, mainly because they’re an amazing shape. I used the BBD spooly to brush them out, and then grabbed a bunch of the eyesbrow powder and went around the top and bottom edges of her brow. I tried to accentuate the top arch a bit, so did draw a wee bit on, on the top outer line. I then filled them in and gave the middle/beginnings a light spool so she didn’t have square eyebrows! I’m pretty proud of her brows, to be honest.

Her Lips
On her lips I applied the Jeffree Star limited edition liquid lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe – probably my favourite colour from Jeffree to date. I used a lipstick brush to get the outer line perfect before filling in the rest. This colour just looks amazing on Lena.

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Finishing Touches
I applied some highlighter on to Lena’s cheeks, brow bone and nose for a natural glow.

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What do you think of the finished look? I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out – especially because I didn’t *really* know what I was doing.

Want to check out what Lena did on my face? Check out her blog post here!

MUA For A Day with Lena Talks Beauty

Have you done someone else’s makeup before? I had so much fun!
Laura xx

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Good Eats // My Christmas Feast + Win

Last years – still so weird saying that – christmas meal was a fun one to create. I decided to do something a wee bit different, keep with a delicious roast but change it up a bit. I was inspired by this Rangitikei butterflied chicken recipe to create a parmesan panko crusted roast chook for the christmas meal.

Today I thought I’d share it with you all, because it was so delicious and Rangitikei have reached out to me to give away a voucher to make this recipe post even more exciting!

Parmesan Panko Crust Roast Chicken with Pork Stuffing

What you’ll need… for the Chicken

Rangitikei chicken
¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
half cup panko bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil

Method

  1. Place the chicken in the middle of a roasting dish and cook as per instructions for half of the recommended cooking time.
  2. Mix together the parmesan, panko, garlic and oil until it makes moist breadcrumbs.
  3. Sprinkle and pat onto the chicken, covering it thickly in the crumbs to create a crust.
    Rangitikei Christmas Dinner
    Rangitikei Christmas Dinner
  4. Cook the chicken the remaining time or until golden and cooked through.

What you’ll need… for the Stuffing

700g Pork sausage meat
1 medium onion, finely cut
Sage (dried)
Thyme (dried)

Additional to the stuffing, we served the meal with roasted kumara, potatoes and steamed broccoli with beans.

Method

  1. Add sausage meat and finely cut onion to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Grab a few big pinches of sage and thyme and with your hands mix the ingredients together to combine well.
  3. Add more large pinches of sage and thyme until you smell the bowl and there is no onion smell. While I always guess this amount I would say that it would be 1/3c of each herb.
  4. Place mixture into a well greased or lined loaf tin (or into muffin tins) and sprinkle with more Sage and Thyme.
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  5. Cook for 30mins until crispy on top.
  6. Serve hot

The panko crust was delicious, crunchy and full of flavour which complemented the chicken and stuffing. A true Christmas feast! 

Rangitikei Christmas Dinner

Be in to win with Rangitikei!

Thanks to Rangitikei you could be be making your own chicken dinner, enter below to win a $30 Rangitikei voucher. Entries close midnight Friday 22nd Jan 2016 and open to NZ residents only.

To be in to win, head on over to my facebook page and comment on this post, feel free to tag friends for extra entries.

What do you normally have as your Christmas day meal? I’d love to know!
xx Laura

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Beauty // ColourPop Haul

ColourPop Cosmetics Haul

ColourPop are a US cosmetics brand with some crazy good prices. $5 lip sticks and eyeshadows – yaaaaaaaaaas.

I did a ColourPop purchase forever ago – you know, when the exchange rate was basically 1-1, US-NZ, and everything was amazing and I was happy to spend $30 on shipping alone. Those times are gone, it’s dark times now.

Anywho, I’ve had these products sitting in my home office for such a long time, collecting dust because I haven’t gotten round to testing them out and integrating them into my daily makeup bag (because it’s bursting at the seams already). I thought I’d share with you what I got and my initial thoughts on them.

The whole obsession and eventual purchase of these products was all because of Makeupper. Thanks girl. (No actually tho I love these)

I grabbed a few lippie stix and a handful of eyeshadows.  
Now all I want to do is buy more.

Lippie Stix

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Lippie Stix - ColourPop Cosmetics Haul

I actually bought one more colour from ColourPop when doing this order but can’t find it for the LIFE of me. I hope it’s having a great adventure.  My favourites are Brink and Tootsi, both are great everyday colours that are a little bit different. The LBB goes on quite dark on me, it’s beautiful though, like a rich red wine. Wet I’m totally annoyed with, I feel like it doesn’t live up to it’s website description. I bought it thinking I could pop a light layer of it on top of another colour to add some amazing sheen but it just turns most colours muddy. I have used it a couple of times with Brink and Tootsi to make them darker, but it’s hard finding the right balance.

Super Shock Shadows

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I think my favourite form this bunch is Girl Crush, it looks quite purple in the photos – I couldn’t get it 100% true to real life its a little more grey than in the picture and I think is such a nice colour against my skin. Obviously I love both of the golds (golds are my go to eyeshadows) and Fairfax and Roulette I’m looking forward to experimenting with more. 
The texture to these shadows is interesting too, it’s not powder but it finishes like one, they’re sort of gooey, which is quite cool. Makes them easy to apply with your fingers but not so good with a normal eyeshadow brush.

Have you tried anything from ColourPop? When the exchange rate sorts itself out I definitely want to grab some more lippie stix because they feel really good on and they have some pretty rad colours to choose from. I definitely want to try their Ultra Matte Lip products and their blushes!
Laura xx

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Watch // Movie Bucket List

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So the other night Forest Gump was on TV, I was sure that I’d seen it before but after about 5 minutes of watching it, it was apparent that I, in fact, hadn’t seen it.

“OMG WHAT LAURA”

I got a similar reception when I announced I hadn’t seen Mean Girls at a #brunchclub event last year too… (Don’t worry I’ve seen that now).
I can feel my uncle, who is an avid movie seer and ex video-shop owner shaking his head at me…

So, to remedy this problem, and no doubt many MANY other movies I haven’t yet seen that I definitely should’ve seen, here is my movie bucket list! I’ve filled it with movies that I definitely should’ve seen already, along with movies that I’ve been dying to see for ages.

Laura’s Movie Bucket List

So to be clear: unless it’s stated below, I’ve not seen any of these movies.

  1. Forrest Gump
  2. The Silence of the Lambs
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Saving Private Ryan
  5. The Green Mile
  6. A Clockwork Orange
  7. Scarface
  8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  9. Sixteen Candles
  10. The Breakfast Club
  11. The Help
  12. Dallas Buyers Club
  13. Her
  14. Lost in Translation
  15. The Man from Earth
  16. Ant-Man
  17. Armageddon
  18. Pretty In Pink
  19. Crash
  20. The Graduate
  21. The Life of David Gale

If you have a must-see movie that you don’t see on this list.. let me know, and I’ll add it to the list if I haven’t seen it!
Laura xx

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