It’s Black Friday this week and advertising is saturated with stores advertising their sales. But consumer group Which? has found that not all the Black Friday sales are much of a sale at all. So here’s some tips to a successful Black Friday.
1.Have A Budget
If you know how much you’re willing to spend before you spend it, it can prevent a later case of buyer’s remorse or a maxed out credit card.
2.Do Your Research
Know what you want to buy, where to buy it from and how much it usually costs before Black Friday. This means you’ll be able to tell if the item you want is really a good price and save you hunting around at the same time as everyone else. Having made your shopping list in advance will also reduce impulse buying.
It’s not all doom and gloom. Enjoy shopping and the excitement of your shiny new purchases.
Lumps, bumps and bulges are all just a part of life, but sometimes we want to get rid of that muffin top or see if we can shake stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of exercise seems to budge. That’s where fat freezing or cryolipolysis seems like the idea solution. Described as non-invasive liposuction, it targets pockets of fat and freezes away the fat cells.
Professionals do caution that this is not a weight loss treatment, but for people like me who had gained just a little weight that didn’t seem to want to shift it seemed like an ideal solution. To read the start of my journey, check out part 1, and find out about the results of my journey below.
4-6 50 minute sessions is recommended to treat an area with results showing up from the third session onwards. I had 5 sessions and saw very little result (so little the pictures didn’t show it). I treated my thighs and stomach and the biggest thing I noticed was that after the 5 sessions, the area of my thighs I had treated, I could sort of feel that there were less fat cells there. The measurements done by the clinic I visited also showed me losing 8cm off the waist, but I couldn’t visually see the difference.
So for me, maintaining healthy eating and exercising is still the way to go. I know I struggle to find enough time in the day to exercise, so if you’ve found the solution to that particular problem, please do comment below.
But if you have the time, money and tolerance for the uncomfortableness of ChillSculpting, it could be worth a go to target a specific area.
Want to celebrate Halloween, but being Thursday, are spending all day at work? Check out how to bring a touch of Halloween into your workday outfit. Please note, some items linked are similar as oppose to the exact same item.
If you’ve ever read an article on this blog before, you’ll probably already have noticed that I enjoy travelling and have traveled to many places, so I am no stranger to finding accommodation in a new place. But when moving permanently to a new city to live, that’s when things got a little trickier.
My first thought was to start in hotels and hostels like I would normally do when travelling and book a few weeks. This is a viable option, but the expense really starts to stack up after a few weeks.
I next looked into renting out an apartment. I have done this in other places before and found it quite affordable. But at the time I was looking all the apartments were extremely expensive or a more permanent tenancy. However, something to also know, is that those looking for tenants that were going through a property management company, wouldn’t rent a property without you or a representative viewing the property first.
My last place I looked was Airbnb, where I did find a really affordable place, staying with the host, so being new to the city I chose this option.
I rented out the place for a month, because I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to find somewhere to rent more permanently (now that I was in the city and could view the listings in person). However, I’d found somewhere by the end of the first week, which I have moved into.
Now of course the dilemma with booking these places, is that they aren’t too keen to refund if you want to cancel early. With Airbnb it depends on the hosts policy how much you get refunded and for stays over 28 nights, then you need to have more than 30 days remaining on your reservation in order to get any money after that period refunded. However, I will give credit to Airbnb, when I rang them to discuss this policy, they were happy to contact the host to try and negotiate a refund, because obviously there are reasons for someone cancelling early.
On hindsight, I probably didn’t need to book an Airbnb for a month, but you don’t know how long it will take you to find permanent accommodation or what the place will be like in advance.
Since booking an Airbnb, a lot of people have shared their Airbnb stories with me and common themes that have come out of it are that places aren’t cleaned well despite cleaning fees or that hosts have already filled wardrobes/cupboard etc with their belongings in the rooms people have booked. Most have opted for an Airbnb because it was cheaper than other accommodation options – but not always.
Comment below if you have any accommodation tips and tricks when moving cities.
I love a good pair of falsies but hate mucking around with glue. But as much as I loved the concept of magnetic lashes, they were falling at bit short… till now.
The new magnetic eyeliner from Glam by Manicare is a game changer. Simply apply like liquid eyeliner, let it dry then stick lashes on top like you would with glue. Only without the fuss and mess that glue seems to bring.
What was also really exciting about the Glam eyeliner, is that I was able to use other brands of magnetic lashes with it as well. So the clip on magnetic lashes from Ardell that I hadn’t found completely practical, I am now able to wear, as I’m using just the top lashes and sticking them to the eyeliner. You can read more about my experience with the original clip on lashes from Ardell here.
The one struggle left with magnetic lashes is you can’t really trim them without cutting off a magnet, so you need to find the perfect set of lashes for your eyes. I have looked at trimming a pair of my Ardell lashes as they have 4 magnets (Glam have 3). but they would then be more like accent lashes, so I would stick to finding the right pair from the start.
With the development of this eyeliner, magnetic lashes can now become apart of my everyday beauty routine.
Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed my metabolism has slowed down and it’s been hard to shift that little bit of belly fat, so I decided to give Chill Sculpting a go.
ChillSculpt is a fat reduction treatment using cryolipolysis technology that freezes and reduces fat cells. It is not a weight loss solution, but it is ideal for reducing unwanted fat that cannot be easily removed through diet and exercise. It is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and requires no down time, each treatment only takes around an hour.
I went for a consultation, which was free, where they discussed the areas I needed to target the most and pricing. The treatment is quite expensive (approx $400 a session) and 6 sessions are required for the treatment to be effective.
The treatment is administered through two paddles attached to a a machine that freezes the area to -10 degrees. The paddles suck the skin up, pulsate for 2 minutes at the beginning and end of treatment and freeze for the approximately 50 minutes in between.
Only one area can be treated at a time, so if you want to target more than one area of fat, your session will be multiple hours.
I’ve found with the smaller paddles the sensation uncomfortable, but with the larger paddles it can be quite painful. You are sometimes also left with significant bruising. I have also found that areas like the stomach which are mostly fat, are less painful to have treatment on that areas like the legs where there is less fat and things like lymph nodes.
In the 50 minutes the machine is at work, you will be laying or sitting and can read a book, watch Netflix on your phone or whatever other activity you can do while being reasonably still (you are connected to the machine after all). The biggest issue I found was that during the treatment time the therapist didn’t really check on me, so if I’d encountered any issues they weren’t on hand. They did tell customers to ring the clinic’s reception, but they often weren’t near the phone, so that part of the process needed a lot of work.
I’m nearing the end of my treatment and so far haven’t seen any results. But will update when I finish the treatment.
across NZ are lining up to check out the Sephora Beauty Bus as it crosses the
country ahead of the first New Zealand store opening in Auckland later this
I love a
good make up promo, but is it worth a visit?
The bus is
stationed a major locations in some of NZ’s biggest cities for a couple of days
between 12-4pm. Surprisingly this time frame has been adequate, with the lines
not being nearly as long as anticipated. I’ve always been the kind of person
that if I have to wait more than an hour, I often decide it’s not worth the
hassle, so I was pleased not to have to turn around before I started.
The bus is
two levels, the top has lip products and highlighters to try with selfie
stations at each end, the bottom is about color matching skin products and eye
shadow palettes. Sephora’s brand, Fenty, Kat Von D, Tarte and a little bit of
Becca were the brands being demonstrated. On each level you could swatch the
products or have a makeup artist apply them like any beauty counter. An ipad
was also available to order products you liked off their online store.
sample they were handing out periodically was sample sachets of the Huda Beauty
Demi Matte Cream Lipsticks. I quite liked the choice if sample as it let me try
an range of colours, some that I might not normally try.
All up, it’s worth a visit if you are interested in the ranges and would like to try something before you buy it (for me that was Tarte’s foundation), or also like me, are just a bit nosy. But if you’re like the person behind me in the line that was in it for “the free shit” you’ll probably be disappointed.
zero-waste movement is gaining momentum bit by bit and Plastic Free July is a
great way to kick start your life style change.
thing about Plastic Free July for those who can’t see themselves going 100%
plastic free is that you don’t have to. The idea is about being more conscious
of your purchasing and using decisions as oppose to being perfectly plastic
Free July was founded by The Plastic Free Foundation people can take
a pledge to participate on their website. You can pledge to observe
the challenge for just one day, one week, the entirety of July, or for July and
beyond. You can also pledge to reduce your plastic in a few different ways:
such as avoiding single-use packaging, avoiding the “big four” (bags,
bottles, straws and coffee cups), or aiming to go completely plastic-free. You
can also pledge to make these changes personally or for a local community group
This pledge is easily manageable at any level as any change in environmental consciousness is still as a success.
Some Ideas To Kick Start Your New Zero Waste Lifestyle
Plastic isn’t the only think we throw in the trash, so here
are some ideas to kick start your zero waste lifestyle.
Use reusable bags instead of single use plastic
Bring a reusable coffee cup with you to your
Say no to a straw
Carry a water bottle on you so you don’t have to
buy a drink went out and about
Keep and old set of plates and cutlery at places
like work rather than using disposable plates and cutlery
Use reusable sanitary items
Use cloth diapers for babies
Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper
napkins and paper towel
Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues
Use flannels to remove make up instead of make
New Caledonia (Nouvelle Caledonie) is a hidden gem in the South Pacific. It is in French Territory and for many in the Southern Hemisphere a more affordable place to practice one’s French than in France.
New Caledonia, is comprised of islands and is surrounded by barrier reef. The capital, Nouméa, merges French-influenced restaurants and luxury boutiques selling Parisian fashions with local island flavor.
If you are looking for a getaway that isn’t overrun with tourists and has both French and Caribbean type vibes. New Caledonia is the place for you. Relaxing on the palm lined beaches and exploring the marine life both in the ocean and the aquarium were the biggest highlights for me. But there is a great range of exploring and hiking, shopping, cuisine and cultural activities to keep you entertained.