Super Lush Cosmetics Boxing Day Haul

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Good morning class,

Well, 2015 was the year of the Lush obsession… anyone else? There’s literally nothing better than a Lush bath after a long, hard day of teaching 6 year olds. I became mildly obsessed with having a bath each week featuring a Lush goodie (like a bath bomb, bubble bar or some FUN!) since becoming a bath owner earlier in 2015. It had been a good 5-6 years since I had lived in a house with a bath before then. The last bath-house was my beloved parents home – I wish I still lived there… anyone else?

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What I Received From my Secret Santa ♥ | Haul

Secret Santa Haul Lush theBalm Hot Mama L.A. Girl Hi-Lite

Good morning class,

Don’t you just love Secret Santa’s? I do! It’s probably one of my favourite things to do during the lead-up to Christmas time. I just love buying cute wee presents for someone and making them smile. I like secretly stalking them to find out what they love. I like overspending (I always overspend) and making them that much happier. I just love gift giving!

I participated in a Secret Santa-type project run by an amazing bloggers group on Facebook called Instabeautyau. Basically, we were paired up with someone else (also a blogger or beauty Instagrammer) who was living in a similar area to us as there are both Australians and New Zealanders on the page. This Secret Santa wasn’t quite so secret, as we both knew who we were and had to sort out the gift giving between us.

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It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas… LUSH Christmas Collection ♥

Lush Christmas Collection 2015

Good morning class,

Joy to the world, Lush Christmas collection is here! Don’t you dare try to tell me you’re not drooling all over your keyboard with excitement right now! I know it feels too early to be talking about Christmas, but personally I like it! It gets me excited because Christmas is my favourite time of the year!

If you’ve been living under a rock, Lush is one of the most amazing, innovative and exciting brands out there. Every product they make is 100% cruelty free, vegetarian, ethical and awesome. They even create their own glitter! I have never tried a Lush product I didn’t like, and I’ve mentioned them plenty of times before on Miss White’s Makeup Desk.

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The Products I’m so obsessed with that I NEED Back-Ups! Feat. NARS, Australis, TheBalm, Stila + ♥

Products I would repurchase back up NARS Mary Lou

Good morning class,

Today I’m back to being a ‘serial raver’ after I talked in my previous post about the ‘Products I would not repurchase’ and I wanted to take it a step further in a positive way and talk about the products I LOVE SO MUCH that I literally have or need back-ups.

I am the type of person (and I’ve said this before) that literally feels anxious when I don’t have a back-up of a favourite product. My boyfriend would totally scoff at that but it’s definitely true! Does anyone else feel this way!?

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MUO Beauty Box Unboxing ♥ ♥

MUO Makeup Obsessives beauty Box Unboxing

Good morning class,

Okay, excuse me while I kiss the mail man…. right! Back to business! My Makeup Obsessives Beauty Box has arrived!

If you didn’t already know, Makeup Obsessives is a Facebook group dedicated to makeup chat. If you know me, you know I love to talk makeup, so naturally I’ve been a member of the page for quite some time and am lucky enough to know the creator Miss Kirsty Leigh who is just a great human and she often gives me blogging advice which I totally appreciate! ♥

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Miss White’s Bathroom Essentials ♥

Bath bathroom essentials must have

Good morning class,

Today we are going to learn about essential bathroom products that Miss White HAS to have in her bathroom at all times.

I am one of those people that get anxious when I don’t have a back up of a product I love. (This will be reiterated in a future post, so sorry in advance for repeating). Bathroom products probably make me the most anxious because I use them so often that they run out quickly. Often I find myself buying in bulk – especially if they’re on sale.

I am going to show you my favourite products I’m using in my bathroom right now. Including; skincare, shampoo, conditioner, razor, bath products, shower gel etc.

Let’s get into it!

Disclaimer, I am not paid by Lush – I honestly just LOVE them.

Let’s start with my weird shampoo/conditioner combo. I just use drugstore/supermarket shampoo & conditioner because my hair is far too long and I was it too often to bother with the expensive stuff. I’d probably have to take out a loan, honestly.

Pantene Palmolive Strawberry Smoother

I’ve used Palmolive Naturals shampoo for SO many years. Probably since before I left home which was about 7 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long! – Mum! I miss you). It’s cheap at around $4 on sale. It smells absolutely amazing – all the colours smell good, I often mix it up and try a new colour for a few weeks when I want a change. I don’t find the different types/”bottle colours” change the formula too much and I haven’t really noticed a change in my hair when using them. I usually use this pink one which is Intensive Moisture because I like the smell and my hair could always do with some extra moisture. I love that the formula is quite thick and it creates a perfect lather! Love it! I honestly get comments on the smell of my hair with this shampoo!

I’ve got Pantene conditioner here because A. I hate the matching Palmolive conditioner and B. There’s a few conditioners I like and this is one of them. I am extremely picky when it comes to conditioner. Because my hair is so horrendously long I need a conditioner that is thick in formula. I like them white and thick. None of that semi-transparent, watery crap. I use Pantene, Tresemme or this new Garnier one. I usually go for Tresemme because the bottle is bigger and I use so much at a time that I run out too fast with the other kinds. However this Pantene one – it’s all good.

My exfoliator of choice is this Palmolive Strawberry Smoother Body Butter. It’s also cheap and it also smells divine. However it’s actually just a good exfoliant as well. (WordPress seems to think both exfoliant and exfoliator are not words, if this is the case and I made them up then I apologize!). It’s also pink, and I like pink. Plus Tom likes it so he doesn’t make me pay for it myself – which he does with conditioner because apparently I use too much of it!

BIC Soleil twilight razor

Since the beginning of time (my time, shaving my legs) I have used these BIC Soleil shavers/razors or whatever you want to call them. They only sell the Twilight version in the ones I like now, but there used to be these orange ones as well which were cheaper. I like these because again, they don’t cost an arm and a leg like those fancy ones do. They work well, they’re also pink, and the wee moisturizing strip at the top is just lovely. I recommend them.

queen helene mint julep face mask

I’ve probably talked about it before but the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask is fantastic. It smells like mint which is one of my favourite smells ever. It is a clay-like mask which I also like. It does wonders for my skin and I try to use it once a week. It calms break outs and is SO good for my oily skin! I buy mine from iHerb which is an amazing site that ships all over the world and sells everything natural and healthy you could possibly imagine! Food, makeup, skincare, supplements, haircare, you name it, iHerb has it. I’ve got a coupon code which you can use for $10 off if you spend over $40, otherwise $5 off. That’s the price of this mask! The code is: KPN384

Lush Jelly Sweetie Pie

Sweetie Pie by Lush is gorgeous. It’s literally a jelly and you use it as a soap to wash yourself with. It smells AHMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly. The smell is perfect. GO and smell it at a Lush store. It makes you smell like it as well. It smells like lollies. It’s $7. Buy it.

Lush dark Angels cleanser oily skin

Dark Angels by Lush is something I’ve talked about before here and I’m still obsessed. It’s my go-to cleanser for my oily skin. If you have oily skin you legit need it. It’s a black, dry, mud-like consistency and you mix it with a little bit of water and smother it over your face. It cleanses and exfoliates and gets rid of all that excess oil. It does wonders for my breakouts and I use it a couple of times a week.

Lush also has some amazing bath products. These are two of my faves and the two that I have that aren’t half used or are now remnants in my bath tub. The purple sparkly one is called Space Girl and it’s a Bath Bomb and the pink one is called Rose Jam and it’s a Bubble Bar.

Space Girl Lush bath bomb

 

Rose Jam Macaroon Lush Bubble Bar Bath

The bath bombs smell gorgeous and turn your bath into a coloured pool of unicorn urine. (I imagine unicorn urine would be purple and sparkly and smell gorgeous of course). The bubble bars are cool too, I use half at a time. Basically you crumble them up under the tap and they turn into mounds of delicious bubbles. Bubbles can be used in lots of different ways. You can use them to cover the body parts your not fond of, you can cover your whole self so no-one knows that you’re in the bath, you can eat them (I used to do that as a child, they don’t taste nice), you can use them to keep warm, or you can use them to make you feel like a  luxurious super star/model/actress. Either way, bubbles are fun and they’re a bath time essential. Shop Lush here – or check out your local Lush store! The bath bombs & bubble bars are around $8NZ each

Candle Crush Soy Candy Store

Lastly, I’ve got my Candle Crush candle in Like a Kid in a Candy Store which is the corner dairy in a nutshell. It smells like lollies. I LOVE the smell of lollies. It actually makes my entire house smell like lollies. I often light it when I’m writing blogs to get me in a descriptive mood. You can buy from Candle Crush here and they’re $32.95 NZ

What are your bathroom essentials? I’d love to hear about them! I always like to try out new things. Do you use any of these products? PLEASE tell me you’ve tried the Lush bath bombs! Comment down below & let’s chat. xx

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Must-have Drugstore or affordable beauty products! ♥

Drugstore Must Haves

Good morning class,

I’ve had a bit of a mind-blank regarding blog content recently. I’ve been super busy with school, being sick in bed, and preparing to move house that I’ve barely had a moment to think about anything blog-related! Although I did get a nice surprise when I finally checked in to my blog and realized that my blog views had increased daily (and I’ve hit 2,000 overall!).

Anyway, I pondered – “What would my amazing readers like to read about?”. Then it hit me. I speak a lot about products bought overseas or online or products which are expensive. I barely talk about things that we can buy from our local Farmers or Life Pharmacy etc. I know a lot of you are both from New Zealand and probably also not into makeup enough to warrant spending $40 on a Mac lipstick in-store. So, I’ve decided to tell you all about my favourite drugstore products that you can buy from your local mall! (If you weren’t sure what drugstore means,  it’s an American term which is basically referring to affordable products that you can buy at a drugstore (or a pharmacy in NZ)).

In no specific order,

First up, the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Ivory

This is a new discovery! I mean I’ve had it in my collection for a while now, but I’ve only recently started using it! Don’t even ask why. Anyway, this foundation is amazing! It’s unlike any mousse-like product I’ve used before. It’s the most gorgeous texture, super light and feathery, it blends like an absolute dream and unlike I would’ve expected it doesn’t slide around my oil-slick of a face. Ivory is the perfect colour for me, and it actually lasts all day really well! I set mine with my Australis powder and it’s super matte and fab coverage! (I dewify my face with some highlighter, blush and setting spray).

Maybelline Falsies Mascara 

Drugstore favorites Maybelline Falsies

Maybelline will forever be my go-to brand for mascaras. As much as I love my Better Than Sex mascara, or the They’re Real by Benefit. Maybelline is a brand that I can ALWAYS rely on to produce something super afforable, easy to find and does a fantastic job. I’ve never tried a Maybelline mascara that I didn’t like, and not only that but my first ever mascara was by Maybelline! The Falsies is my favourite because I like my lashes thick and dark – and The Falsies does just that! You don’t need lots of coats of this black magic, one coat and your lashes are thick and dark and mysterious. Best of all, you can usually find this wee gem on special at Farmers or Life Pharmacy or wherever – so keep and eye out and pick one up as a back-up!

Chi Chi Lip liner in “Totally Nude” 

Chi Chi Totally Nude swatchChi Chi Lip Liner totally nude

Okay, I don’t know anything about other Chi Chi lip liner as this one was recommended to me and it’s the only one I’ve tried. However, if it’s ANYTHING like this magic stick then go ahead and buy one right now please in all of the colours. This magic stick as it will be referred to from now on is truely magical. Not only is it THE most perfect nude magic stick I’ve ever met in my life, but it’s also cheap, creamy as a mofo, and it’s WIND UP! Seriously, wind up magic sticks are my life. Ain’t nobody got time to sharpen pencils. I get grumpy enough when children insist on sharpening pencils at school that I couldn’t stand to be sharpening that shizz at home.

All I need to say is – it’s THE most perfect nude magic stick/lip liner ever.

Revlon “Top Speed” nail polish

Drugstore favorites Revlon Top Speed

Another “Ain’t nobody got time for that” moment. I am a lazy being. Seriously, what is the point in wasting time on something if you can do it just as good, quicker, another way. Nail polish is something I’m not huge on. I bite my nails which makes it hard to want to paint them because I’m also semi un-coordinated and can’t paint my wee stubs very nicely. Also my fingers are double jointed and I don’t like to draw attention to them! However, I would say the main reason why I never paint my nails is because I severely dislike waiting for the nail polish to dry. It takes forever, and then you think it’s dry but it’s not and you ruin it completely.

This stuff is amazing. One coat is all you need because it’s nice and pigmented + it dries in like 2 minutes! You don’t have to be waving your hands around like a maniac. It also comes in a huge range of colours (I own two, although I’d be up for purchasing more in the future). $17 fiddy at Life Pharmacy – can you go wrong? It’s probably on special at Farmers too – go and scope it out. My GO-TO nail polish, seriously.

Lastly, I wanted to mention a few products which are cheap and cheerful here in NZ that are also my must-haves, however I’ve already posted about them before!!

The Australis Fresh & Flawless powder is literally the best powder in the entire world full stop. Read about it here.

The Collection Lasting Perfection concealer is my favourite concealer ever and it’s super duper cheap! Read about that one here.

The Australis Velour lips are bloody good. Check them out here.

+ there’s a whole lot of amazing skin care which I use EVERYDAY and could literally not live without. The Lush Dark Angels fresh cleanser – legit THE BEST and Trilogy Rosehip oil which makes my face feel like the Queen it is. Read here.

 

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How I got clear skin! (Finally) ♥

 

Good morning class,

Today I’d like to chat about skin.

I haven’t really done any posts about skin before, and this is due to the fact that I am a self-confessed skin n00b (as they say on the internet). I suck at skin. I hate spending money on it cause it’s not as exciting as makeup and I just don’t “get” skin.

However, after much struggle, research (on Makeup Obsessives) and dreaded chin pimps I have finally found a routine that suits my oil slick of a face. Joy!

Lucky for you I’ve decided to share it with you! I think the time that made me realize I need to sort out my skin was when I started teaching I touched my face all the time and got pimples on my chin quite often. A 5 year old (bless) tried to touch my chin and was like “What are those bumps Miss White?”. Shame. I went to Lush on the way home.

I’ve always used makeup remover wipes to take off my makeup each night, and although I do still use those every second day, I realize they aren’t really ideal for cleansing alone. (I use the Kmart ones – on sale for $2 at the moment! Craaazy!?).

Okay before I start rambling about skin I’m going to talk about my daily routine, show you the products I use and talk about which I use each one for, and show a picture of my skin. It’s not perfect yet, as I am only human, and it’s not suuuuper recent because I’ve got a few hormonal pimples at the moment (I think it’s from a couple of weeks ago). As I say to the kids at school, deal with it.

The Body Shop Trilogy Rosehip oil Lush Karen

 

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January Favourites (collab with Irish Beaut) ♥

Good morning class,

This post is exceptionally exciting because not only is it my first ever favourites post – BUT it’s also a collab with the lovely Claire from the blog https://irishbeaut.wordpress.com/ and YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUJuKFOGumHUJ_AlkcgfdFw/featured

irish beaut

She was one of my first subscribers to my blog and I am in love with her accent (and her videos!) So please go and check her out and check out her favourites post over on her blog 🙂

Alright, we have decided to feature not only beauty products but other things we are obsessed with this month too like food, TV shows, songs etc.

I’m going to start with beauty I think because I know that’s what you’ll all be interested in – this being a beauty blog and all.

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FOTD – Face of the Day ♥

Good afternoon class,

Ooooh how exciting – my first ever FOTD!!  ♥ I’m not super amazing at doing my own makeup but I do enjoy having a bit of a play around now and then. I think the thing I find most difficult about blog posts such as these is the fact that I am not only terrible at taking photos (especially eye makeup ones) but I also have a crappy iPhone 4S (PLEASE help me convince my boyfriend to let me buy the 6 – for the love of God!). So, I apologize in advance that I’m not a beautiful model/makeup artist however some Plain Janes or Average Joes like myself (or anyone really) might be interested all the same.

I’m going to show you a select few selfies that made the cut, as well as some (average) photos of my eye makeup and then tell you all the products I used and in which order. Hopefully it all works out okay, and I’d love any constructive criticism on not only the look but the products I used or the way I took the photos. Lemme have it!

Face of the day

FOTD before

Here’s a before pic…

FOTD

FOTD – January 2015

…and here I am after!

Excuse the messy bedroom but here we have it…. drum roll please… my face of the day! You may think that I’m going out clubbing or to a wedding or a special event… alas, I was just watching Shaaanxo on YouTube and felt like having a play around. The only place I’m going today is most likely the supermarket, and no I wouldn’t recommend this one for school (if you’re a teacher or student) mainly because of the excessively long lashes. Continue reading