Beauty things I love.

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I have collected and curated my favorite looks again and this time they are beauty looks! Yet again all these pictures are not mine, they are from Pinterest which I spend endless hours scrolling through! I hope you enjoy!

*ribbon *

I am loving hairstyles with a bow of velvet, silky, or colored ribbon tied in. I think it looks very cute and sometimes edgy if paired with a teased ponytail or messy bun.

*colourful eyeshadow*

I am in love with these bright and fun eyeshadow looks that are all over Pinterest! Solange has the best eyeshadow I have ever seen. I need to buy and try 🙂

* single dot nails *

I have tried and tested this look and it is incredibly easy and looks too cute! I can’t wait to experiment with different colors.

* glittery eyes*

Another eyeshadow look I cannot wait to try. Again it’s a little over the top but I’m only young once right! I think glitter and sparkles make eyes shine!

this was short and sweet, xxx Frankie

new beauty bit’s

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Over the holidays I added a few new things to my ever growing collection on beauty bits. There is nothing I like more than opening, trying and loving a product for the very first time. As you may know, the most makeup I wear is mascara and lip tint so the majority of my beauty cabinet is skincare/ body care items. I have been on Pinterest a lot lately and have been feeling inspired to try out some colorful eye shadow and to start painting my nails in the weekends. I believe that having a little routine for school day and weekends in terms of day and night skin care is really important. I love the feeling of a cleansed toned and moisturised face and try to do this every morning and night, but I get tired sometimes as everyone does and this doesn’t always happen.  I will share more about this later.

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Now onto the products:

I spoilt myself with my birthday money and got a tube of the Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm. I love citrus scents so pink grapefruit,  mandarin rind, and lemon balm totally float my citrus smelling boat.  It’s everything a body/ hand cream should be, a little thick, not sticky, very nice to look at, and gorgeous to smell. Once it’s all gone I’ll buy another!

The other Aesop product was an instore gift as it was my birthday! It was actually so surreal when she gave me 2 mini bottles of product. The one pictured is the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser. I’m not a fan of Geranium but as it has Mandarin the two scents blend really nicely and the scent actually stays on your body after washing which is a plus. The other little bottle I got given was the Rind Concentrate body balm like above and she said the two scents pair really nicely which I agree with. I think these are going to be great for traveling.

Third and final is the LUSH breath of fresh air toner. I love spray toners and toners in general and I have wanted this salty and fresh scented one for ages. I love it, its great, it does it job and very well too.  The only thing is when you spray it a lot come out so it’s easiest to spray it onto a cotton pad and wipe it on your face that way.

so these are my new things and I highly recommend you buy them too!

xxx frankie

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this episode of lovely lady bosses is a little bit different. these women own big brands so they are a little too busy to be interviewed by me but i thought i would share them, their brands and their stories with you.

i created lovely lady bosses to inspire the future generation of ladies (me & maybe you) to go out in the big wide world and do what we love for ourselves and of course our love for it. if that makes sense. one day i want to be my own boss, with my own company doing my own thing while supporting others and the planet. this is important to me as i am a follower, i go with the flow and if i don’t end up in the NZ army (more on this at the end) i want to push myself out of my comfort zone by making myself a leader.

i think i am done explaining if you have any questions email me at, frankiebradfordblog@gmail.com i would love to hear from you.

… glossier

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emily weiss, into the gloss beauty blogger, turned her passion for beauty into a company. a very lovely one at that. glossier focuses on skin first, makeup second. what i love about it is that the makeup they do create works on enhancing your natural beauty. lip tints, super serums, brow gels and cream blushes are only the start of the makeup on offer. their products have been raved about as well as their packaging and branding.

as beauty bloggers, emily and her team have tried pretty much every beauty product ever and from 2010 till late have been documenting the must haves, what their icons are using and what people have on their top shelves. they have built a beauty brand with the essentials and because it’s run by busy girls they know exactly what busy girls want. no fuss just fun.

… lonely lingerie

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this gorgeous new zealand brand was created by helene morris and she is one clever lady. all the collection campaigns feature an array of backgrounds and body types celebrating the diversity and loveliness that is the bra wearing female. the garments are beyond sweet with lace and pretty colours, they also make damn good threads and swimwear too.

i love scrolling through their lonely girls segment to see all the different ages, faces, and bodies of my fellow ladies. i adore the way lonely advocate body positivity. they work with some amazing photographers and their photos are whimsical and totally gorgeous.

take a look for yourself, i beg you do.

… widess

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this is one of my local shops, i love the homemade organic vibe the clothes and the shop has. their fabrics are gorgeous not only to look at but to fell and each garment is made with so much love. they sell things by other makers and creators and all their products are made upstairs. their humble dwelling is located in the heart of ponsonby and is a nice contrast to the commercial shenanigans going on around it. they stock pansy undies and soft cup bras which i know are a fav in the area as they are always sold out.

girl owned and operated of course and totally lovely – 5 stars 😉

and thats a wrap,

know lets talk about the NZ army. i went on a full on camp and on it i realised i have no phobias, i can handle heights, spiders, clowns, small spaces. i am yet to find my weakness. i am not calling myself fearless, though. i get scared. but i would say im strong, i bottle up my feelings and keep them to myself which i am totally fine with. i can follow instructions pretty well and i like being told what to do.i am thinking about an NZ army career.

i will finish school first and leave my options open. i still really want to be an interior designer, freelance artist, logo designer e.c.t… but i would also love to join the army. i’ll keep thinking about it and get back to you.

xxx frankie, ya little soilder girl.

my top 5

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hello! I’m back!

In the weekend mum and I did a little bit of shopping and in St Kevin’s Arcade we found the absolutely cutest cafe called bestie. The walls were pink and olive green and the coffee machine was yellow! There were plants everywhere and It’s my new favorite!

Back to the point; I have been using these 5 products religiously and love them all! I thought it was about time I do an updated beauty favorites!

01. Mecca Cosmetica nail polish

Over this summer my toes have been this lovely shade of metallicy blue. I almost never paint my fingernails so my toes get all the painted love! This polish is a foolproof basic color and easy to apply and stays good for ages!

02. Clear Start Hydration Lotion

this is my all time favorite moisturizer! it’s is very liquidy which I love as your skin really soaks it up as well as making you skin glow! It’s light and gentle with a really nice fresh scent! All round it’s fabulous!

03. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I use this all the time, on my lips to make them nice and glossy, on my eyelids for again a nice glossy look and on spots as I was told by a beautician, it’s good for healing/ getting rid of them! This will be a product I will use long time!

04. Clear Start All Over Toner

This is the first toner I have had as a spray and I love it! It’s so handy when you are feeling a little oily or if it’s a hot day. Once this runs out I think I will try one of the Lush ones because they are so easy and quick to use.

05. Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Lucious Lip Tint, in rose

I love the little bit of color this gives to my lips. It’s also very handy with the added SPF 25, great for the hot summer weather!It also looks really nice with a layer of 8 Hour Cream over the top.

F xx

 

 

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Hello lovelies!

I popped into the brand spanking new Aesop in newmarket and oh me oh my it’s gorgeous! The shop’s fittings are inspired by the “kiwi way of life”. The sinks look like water troughs with industrial taps and pipes and the shelves are inspired by metal baking trays. You definitely need to pop in to take a look for yourself!

To go along with the gorgeous interiors are all their gorgeous products! I love how they are all plant based and heavenly scented. There are testers all over the shop to try while you browse which is really nice. The lovely lady in store talked to me about my skin and what she recommended! She sent my mum and me home with a brown paper bag filled with testers!

01.  Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

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I love citrus scents so not only is this cleanser gently foaming, cleansing and leaves you skin feeling fresh, it does so while smelling amazing! It is gentle and fresh and for my sensitive and slightly oily skin it is perfect and is definitely a product I want to purchase.

02. Aesop B & Tea Balancing toner

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Most toners sting my skin but this one is so gentle but still removes the oil gross stuff from my skin. It’s really nice to use after the cleanser and the green tea smell goes really nicely with the mandarin scent of the cleanser. If you are looking for a new toner this one is worth a try.

03. Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion

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the lady recommended this as she said it’s great as a moisturizer and a skin protector. it’s kind of like a leave on mask because it is a post-shave lotion it’s very gentle on your skin but still protects and moisturizes it. It has the normal texture and consistency of a regular moisturizer too!

04. Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream

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Out of the two moisturisers, this was my favorite, mainly because of the scent though. I absolutely adored how this felt on my cleansed and toned face and citrus scents like I said before totally float my boat. I would very much like to buy this beauty as I think it was my fav!

Hopefully my tips and recommendations were jolly good and if so go buy yourself some Aesop products lovelies!

xxx frankie

the eco store .

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hello my loves!

today I am going to share the organic goodness that is the eco store with you! my house is scattered with these products and I thought I would share my absolute favorites with you!

my family and I all have quite sensitive skin so eco stores plant-based products with no nasty chemicals is what makes them a favorite in our house! they are not only kind to your skin but to the planet too! and there not tested on animals so *cheer*!

the thing I love most about eco-friendly products is their scents! manuka honey, coconut and lemongrass to name a few! the scents smell real and inviting and I just love them!

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product no.1 / /  lemongrass soap

this citrusy scented soap is very moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling cleansed and nourished! I love this one as it leaves the scent on your body for hours so you always smell fresh and clean! the packaging on the soaps is very cute it has this little design that’s drawn in black crayon! this actually appears on most of their products which I love!

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product no.2 / / volumising shampoo

I have very fine hair so this gives my hair a shiny glow and makes my hair look really healthy! it’s has a floral scent which is very subtle and quite herby! for best use, I recommend using the shampoo and conditioner!

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product no.3 / / coconut & vanilla body wash

I love the salty, beachy smell of this moisturizing wash! it makes me feel like I am in Hawaii or something! while cleansing the skin it protects it’s natural oils and makes it very soft!  this is the first time I have had used this and I am definitely going to rebuy it once I use it all!

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product no.4 / / manuka honey & kelp soap

oh I was so excited when I opened the box! it’s green! the seaweed pieces cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the skin! it smells earthy and salty and I just can’t get enough of it!

You can visit the eco store here

Follow them on Instagram here

 

until next time! xxx frankie!

 

ive been shopping!

hello lovelies!

long time no see!

ahh, exams are over and i am totally ready for the summer holiday! yay! i feel that when it is exam time that’s all i talk and hear about! i am awfully sorry if you still have some to go! best of luck!

i spent some money and i thought i would show you what i got because i think it’s all pretty damn cute and lovely!

enjoy!

xxx frankie.b !

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01. mecca cosmetica nail polish – oh me oh my it’s navy and shiny and the packaging is beautiful! totally recommend as its lasts for ages on without a base or top coat!

02. rifle paper co pencil – oh yes i brought another one! this one is from iko-iko and it’s my fav! i have a trio of them!

03. patch – i went to the indie market at ASB showgrounds and i got it from a super cute store and i absolutely love it as it looks like the com des garcons heart!

04. cooper bulldog clip – from iko-iko again and i do have a little obsession with bulldog clips if that’s even possible?

05. ORE soy melts – oh lordy loo these smell like heaven! i popped them in my Scentsy warmer and my whole room smelled of blackberry and vanilla in 5 minutes!

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loving lately!

hello my lovelies!

nice to see you! happy saturday, i absolutely LOVE the weekends! i have almost reached 300 followers on Instagram,  when i do i will host a little giveaway with some red-seal tea! stay tuned for that!

here a few things i have been loving!

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flowers! especially this little bunch of wild flowers and herbs from my little garden!

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my new copper wire storage box which was only $8 from the warehouse! bargain!

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breakfast! i have been loving yummy muesli with yogurt and of course strawberries are back in season and i cannot get enough of them!

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my new self arrangement! loving my new pale pink plate from the brand spanking new adairs at sylvia park!

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collaging! i have been chopping things out of magazines  putting together little pages in my notebook! it is actually very therapeutic and it gets all the creative juices flowing!

what have you been loving?

xx frankie.b

 

spade to spoon oils!

hello, all! hope my NZ buddies had an amazing, adventure filled long weekend!

as you may have seen on my Instagram I went down to sunny Whangamata for the weekend! I left Friday afternoon and Saturday morning I was up early and set up my stall for the Whangamata craft market! I made so many things and I will share some crafty projects on here soon!

while I was at the market I picked up some essential oil lip balms  from a lovely stall called spade to spoon! I picked up one for myself and two as gifts! I thought I would share them with you!

xxx frankie!

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balm 01 –

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This is the Sunrise balm with, wild orange and spearmint essential oils, organic coconut oil and beeswax! This is the one I bought for myself! I love the way it smells and leaves your lips feeling super smooth!

balm 02 – 

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This is the peppermint balm with, peppermint essential oil, organic coconut oil and beeswax. This one is a gift but I tried the tester and it smells amazing but also leaves a really nice cooling feeling on your lips! This would be really nice on your lips if you had sunburn or really chapped lips!

balm 03 – 

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This one is the wild orange balm with, wild orange essential oil, organic coconut oil and beeswax. this one is also a gift and i haven’t tried this one but i bet it is just as yummy as the rest!

 

beauty blues!

hello lovelies!

hope life has been kind to you! i’m back with another beauty post! yay!

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M A G // yen mag is one of my new fav’s! picked one up in whangamata and all the pages are filled with super cool people doing super cool things!

S H A M P O O & C O N D I T I O N E R // love all the eco store products so much! love anything natural and lovely! they leave my hair feeling gorgeous!

N A I L  . P O L I S H // this one is from rubi shoes and it is pretty much the only one i use! it was only like five bucks so super bonus! i love the soft blue colour as i am not a big fan of nail polish!

E Y E .M A K E U P .R E M O V E R //only used this once and it’s my mums and i only put it in cause it’s blue! it does get off waterproof mascara pretty well though!

L I P .B A L M // love the scent of this eos! it’s coconut and vanilla and it’s oh so sweet! it also leaves you lips feeling supah smooth!

 

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hope you enjoyed!

xxx frankie. b