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Amy and Jo are stoked to announce that in July, our beloved PrettyPrettyPretty.com will be three months old, and to celebrate, we’re throwing the most girlie of all parties to celebrate. Ladies, book in 4pm on Saturday July 12 to come to Newtown and participate in all the funness.
There’ll be signature cocktails, cupcakes and giveaways, new products to try, a great clothes and accessories swap, eating and drinking, makeovers, home spas, good times and maybe even a little Singstar to get the night going.
Want to come along? You should! So sign up to attend to stay up to date with the plans, clean out your wardrobe and cabinets so you can bring along any unwanted clothes, accessories and beauty products to trade. Please feel free to bring along any other lady friends you might have, and be aware that the menfolk are planning a Chap’s Night Out you can ship yours off to if he’s the type to get lonely.
On the day, we recommend you come in your PJs or similar comfortable attire, and bring along some products and makeup to share, a towel in case you need one, some extra booze, and a change of clothes in case you feel like heading in to town afterwards.
We are so looking forward to this!
Email amy(at)prettyprettypretty(dot)com for address or other details, and add yourself to the event on Facebook here.
A while ago at Make Up/Over Monday, we decided that we’d set ourselves the challenge of looking different. What this translated to was that Rachel who normally doesn’t wear much makeup at all got the full on loads of bright eyeshadow ala me, and since I normally do my makeup very loose and smudgey, Amy applied mine neat and straight out of Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, in the style of “Temptress”, modeled on Barbara Streisand. It was a learning experience for everyone involved!
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I love these tips - thanks for the beauty round-up Megan!! (hope you don’t mind me linking to ya!) And you have some smart friends. I’ll have to check out this elizabeth arden 8 hour cream…
And while we’re sharing – I don’t actually cleanse, scrub or tone my skin either. I’ve got a foaming face wash in the shower and other than that it’s just moisturiser. Not that my skin’s great, but i don’t notice the difference from when i used to cleanse, scrub and tone.
But I do use a warm wet flannel (facecloth) on my face every day – that’s the best exfoliant I reckon. The heat opens the pores and water is the best solvent. Just go easy on the eye area.
The pretties met last week to compare blusher, drink wine by the fire, and watch Bonnie and Clyde. We decided that the Revlon sale, in pharmacies now, had some great bargains on blusher. The Body Shop had the best quality-for-price blusher brush. Oh so soft. Faye Dunaway as Bonnie was exceptionally beautiful and did a great line in fake eyelashes, and lovely clothes in gold, cream and grey marle. The plot was a bit predicatable though – they cross the country, robbing banks and shooting people, and that’s about it.
1. Get yourself a copy of the latest Bust magazine featuring my role model Amy Sedaris on the cover jumping out of a cake, or some other very good form of reading material.
2. Put clean sheets on your bed, preferably 100% cotton, 400 thread count or so.
3. Run yourself a nice hot bath and make sure you put some luxurious products in it (or even just some milk powder, almond oil and a drop of your favourite smelly). Before you get in, apply a nice face mask. Have a jolly good long soak.
4. Scrub your feet with a brush, some pumice, some foot scrub or a combination of all of the above.
5. When you’ve dried off, and removed the mask, slather yourself all over in some glorious thick body butter. I cannot say enough good things about Skinfood’s body butter – they’re a New Zealand company, most of their ingredients aren’t all chemically, it’s rich and lovely, it’s cheap and easy at around $14 a tub in most supermarkets, and if you want further proof of its awesomeness, every time I apply it, my cat licks my hands for ages. So that has to be a good thing, right?
6. Get into your nice clean sheets. Feel blissed out. Perfection!
At the end of my bottle of Clarins eye make-up remover, I bought a Simple version and compared the two to see if I’d made a good replacement. Both products are similar – watery, as opposed to the milky or oily kinds you can buy. And both felt and performed pretty similarly.
Below is a pic of two cotton pads, one for each eye. The left is using the Clarins and the right is using the Simple.
Both removed all my eye make-up in a couple of swipes, though the Simple appeared to get rid of more of the foundation/concealer I was wearing – you can kinda see the skin-coloured smudge on the cotton pad in the picture. If I had to pick a winner it’d be the Simple. and given it’s cheaper and less chemically (perhaps) than the Simple, it’s a better bet.
But neither of these is the best remover I’ve used – that would probably be a Christian Dior milky remover I had ages ago but sadly can’t afford…
I was browsing NZgirl.co.nz the other day, because while every single word on the site is advertorial, they do have a lot of competitions that just require a click to enter, and so I managed to get myself sent a free sample of Aveeno Daily Moisturiser. They sent me some vouchers and a 25ml bottle, which is great, because I am a handcream addict and always have to carry some moisturiser around in my bag, so this is a good size for that.
As far as the product itself goes though, I’m a little less convinced. It claims to last for 24 hours, which I think is ridiculous, because surely you’ll be washing your hands a couple of times during that time. It does a good job of coating your hands in what feels like protective gloves though, and definitely lasts a couple of hours, which is much longer than any most other products. It feels a little greasy going on, and the grease feeling intensifies if your hands heat up. Also, it’s apparently fragrance-free (which is another reason why I don’t like it), but smells kind of vaguely hospital-ish. Oh, and it’s a Johnson & Johnson product, and I prefer to buy from smaller companies, because I have an innate distrust of large chemical corporations claiming to be all about the natural oatmeal properties, when neither the sample nor their website will list the ingredients of the product.
But, you know, if you’re in the market for a really thick hand cream and you don’t want it to smell like cocoa butter or coconut, this could be the product for you. The guy and girl I was with at the pub who tried it with me didn’t have whole lot to say about it, except that it was okay. I’ll keep the bottle around for dry hand emergencies, but won’t be purchasing it.
I’ve read in many publications that body-brushing is really good for your skin and circulation, and so I decided to give it a go. The idea is that you give yourself a thorough dry rubdown before you shower evert day, but given that I shower in the morning, approximately 30 minutes after I am supposed to be at work, I don’t have time for that, so it’s generally a weekend-only activity.
What I like best about my brush though, which is made by QVS and was $15 from Farmers, is not the synthetic bristles which are a little too soft, but the fact that it’s got knobs on the back. Ooooooohh yes. This is the perfect thing for feet. Soak them for a while (tonight Amy and I soaked our feet in the bathbombs we made a while ago) and then rub it all over your heels, toes, sides of your feet and oh boy oh boy, it feels good. Your mileage may vary as to the faces of delight it might cause. Mmmmmassagey.
We may have only been running for a month and a half so far, but if you know anything about us, you’ll know that we have big plans in place for the next month and a half, leading up to our Three Month Anniversary Party. More details will follow, but we just wanted to let you start preparing yourself for PPPPPP, which will feature food, drinks, beautification, feel-goodisation and all sorts of other treats. You’re all invited (seriously, we’d love to meet all our readers) so save the date.
What: PPP Third Anniversary
What: Beauty treatments, makeovers, girly talk, fun and possibly Prenzel tastings and more.
When: Saturday July 12, afternoon until evening, with a possible trip to town to show off our handiwork afterwards.