The Lightweight Base

Over the summer months here in New Zealand and after having surgery wearing a full face of makeup was uncomfortable and unrealistic. Instead, I opted for a lightweight foundation I could apply by hand, combined with brow gel, mascara, bronzer and a little lip balm.

NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturiser £29.50 / $68 - Although this may be labelled as a tinted moisturiser it is so much more than that. It covers my redness, conceals my dark circles and generally evens my skin tone all whilst remaining light on the skin. Despite the name I would still recommend using a moisturiser underneath this as I find it just applies so much better with. Although this may vary from person to person this base dries to a glowy matte finish on me and can generally last me a good 7-8hours, pretty decent for a tinted moisturiser if you ask me. It also comes in a 50ml size, a considerable bit larger than the standard 30ml for foundation.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua £32 / $78 - In comparison to the NARS tinted moisturiser, this foundation offers a tad more coverage and gives a much dewier finish. Although I mainly use this in the day time I wear this on nights out too when I am in a rush and am just going for a minimal makeup look. Paired with a champagne highlighter I guarantee your skin will look angelic. As it is that bit dewier I do find I need to lightly set it with a powder to make sure I get a full days wear, that said I do have slightly oily skin so I imagine for those with normal or dry skin types this wouldn't be necessary. When I get slightly dry skin on my forehead or cheeks this glides over and doesn't go the least bit patchy. Its a winner for me.

I am a massive foundation fanatic so let me know your favourite bases and I will be sure to try them out.


2016 Goals & Resolutions

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You may or may not have seen my post looking at what I had achieved in 2015 and today I thought I would look at the flip side of this and what I hope to achieve in 2016. IT may be February , but hey, better late than never?

Pass my driving test - Since getting my learner license almost 18 months ago (oops) I haven't really been doing all too much driving with lessons and practices being somewhat stop start. This year I am going to book a lesson a week or bi-weekly until I feel confident enough for my test. 

Save for travelling - In November last year I took my first friends holiday abroad with one of my best friends. The experience was incredible and after finishing college this year I really hope to do some more travelling around South East Asia as cliche as that may be.

Stick to a diary - As I am balancing A levels, blogging a job and a whole heap of other commitments this year in an attempt to get more organised and time efficient I am using a diary from MiGoals. As well as being a regular diary it also has goal, habit, expense sections as well as many other unique features.

Get into a regular exercise program - Ever since moving to New Zealand in September 2014 I have become much more proactive about my fitness; trying things such as running, kickboxing, zumba and going to the gym. After an operation in November I was unable to do any exercise for a period of time and now I want to get back into a regular routine. I find that if I commit to going to the gym or to a class the same time every week I am much more likely to stick to that.

Go to NZ Fashion Week - Having attended London Fashion Week twice (soon to be three times!) I now want to broaden my fashion horizons and attend New Zealand's offering. Smaller and less renowned it may be but I am really looking forward to being introduced to local designers. 

Learn more Mandarin - At the age of 8-11 I lived in China with my family where I learned fair amount of Mandarin which I continued until I was 15. Now a few years on my Mandarin isn't quite what it used to be and living in Auckland, a city with such a diverse population I feel it would be a really useful skill to have. I'm not sure what route to take to learn again but if you have any ideas do let me know!

Be more consistent on social media - Whilst living in the UK pretty much everyone had twitter, in New Zealand I can solidly say it is not the norm. Not being surrounded by people constantly tweeting their lives away leads me to forget the wonderful world of twitter exists. Although I don't want to revolve my life around social media I do feel it is a wonderful form of networking and inspiration.

Run a half marathon - Continuing on from my goal to exercise more routinely this year I also hope to run the Auckland half marathon taking place in October although I would like to run a 10k before then. Out of all my goals this for sure will be the greatest test of my self discipline and strength.

Complete my A levels - Being in my final year of college this one is rather self explanatory.

Work on making my blog the best it can be
 - Admittedly last year was not my blogging year with several things occurring in my life but its now a new year and I'm back! I can't wait to write more and more on Project Rattlebag this year.

What do you want to achieve in 2016?


Moving forward, glancing back

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As the year comes to a close many of us chose to look at how we should better ourselves and what we want to achieve in the coming months, yet it is easy to quickly forget what we have already done. Now I'm not saying there is any harm in setting resolutions and goals, I do it myself, but it is equally important to recognise what we have done. I thought I would share a few of my own...

A few things that happened in 2015...

1. I started college in Auckland, New Zealand and took my AS levels in Textiles, English Literature, Maths and Drama.

2. Discovered my love for Kombucha whilst working my new job as an Art Gallery Assistant.

3. Met my one of my best friends Bella and attended various costumed parties (see Sandy and Marilyn above)

4. Travelled to Thailand with said friend for the most amazing 2 weeks of my life, visiting Bangkok and Phuket.

5. Moved into my new house and room (photos of my desk and shelf above).

6. Had a major 7 hour surgery to correctly align my jaw, tough but its for the best. Still swollen but will elaborate another time.

7. Spent far too much time in coffee shops around auckland sampling the best of what the city has to offer.

8. Spent my fair share of time at beaches around Auckland, Piha is probably my favourite so far!

9. I got really into my health and fitness, joined a gym and started running. Can't wait to continue on this journey this new year.

10. I decided to become vegetarian and then eventually vegan. This has probably been the biggest change this year and the one I am most glad I made, I don't miss meat at all and I have so much more energy now.

What have you done this year?


ASOS Wishlist #2

This really must be the longest blogging break, ever. Sometimes life gets in the way but I'm just happy to announce I'm back finally and coming to you with more posts than ever.

Living in New Zealand means there are limited options available for real clothing shops yet with the increase of stores offering free worldwide shipping it makes it a little easier to get my hands on the season's latest. ASOS never fail to disappoint with and endless stream of new styles, regular discount codes and quick delivery; they are easily my favourite place to shop. 

I love choosing my current top picks, let me know if you think I should make this a regular feature!

What's your new season staple?


Current High End Favourites

Being a student I'm normally a drugstore/high street kinda girl, yet recently I have found myself reaching for my recent high end purchases much more often.

NARS Creamy Concealer  

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 

NARS Laguna Bronzer  

NARS Blush 'Deep Throat' 

MAC Lipstick 'Syrup'