Breast Cancer Awareness

1 in every 9 New Zealand women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, 7 New Zealand women are diagnosed with breast cancer everyday, and this year alone an estimated 650 New Zealand women will die from the disease. These sobering statistics mean that every 3 hours 1 woman is diagnosed and nearly 2 New Zealand women will die each day of breast cancer. These sobering facts mean that almost every New Zealand'er will in some way be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. 

My family and I have personally been affected by breast cancer as my Nana was diagnosed with the disease in early 2000. At that time New Zealand did not have the facilities and infrastructure to cope with the growing demand of patients with cancer, and she was sent to Sydney for radiation treatment. We were one of the lucky one's as she successfully battled breast cancer. I know that there are so many women and their families who aren't so lucky and that is why I really get in behind this cause as I want to see prevention and a cure for breast cancer in my lifetime. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in New Zealand, and is a month of raising awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for the cause. All funds raised go toward raising public awareness of the cause, into promoting early detection, and into researching a cure. The New Zealand Breast Cancer Cure foundation estimates that a cure could be found before 2018. WOW! Think of how many lives will be saved globally! 

Skinfood is a New Zealand natural skincare brand that has recently collaborated with the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation to create a new product - Breast Cream. This is being hailed as a product that could save your life!

The Breast Cream is a moisturising lotion that is to be massaged into your breasts, and the idea behind it is that by massaging your breasts you are beginning to get to know what your 'normal' is - their size, shape, feel and look. Becoming more breast aware means that you should notice any slight changes in your breasts which may be an indication of early stages of breast cancer. The concept of the cream goes beyond the aesthetics and is really for early detection of any cancers or tumours developing in your breasts, and obviously the earlier the disease is found the greater chance of survival and treatment success!

I have been using Skinfood's Breast Cream for a couple of weeks and really love that it is making me more breast aware (review will be up soon!). As my Nana has had breast cancer it is something I am very aware and know how important it is to stay vigilant in ensuring that there are no changes to your breasts.

The Breast Cream is available in New Zealand to purchase for $11.99 from your local supermarket or pharmacy, or online at and $2 from every sale goes to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.


Paris Fashion Week | Chanel's Protest for Female Rights

Photo Credit: The Straits Times
Karl Lagerfeld is known for putting a unique and original spin on traditional runway shows. In March he transformed Paris's Grand Palais into a grocery store complete with real Chanel-branded grocery items, produce and hardware. To showcase the Chanel Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to feminism  by turning the runway into a Parisian street and staged a mock protest in support of women's rights. 

To end Paris Fashion Week Chanel's models, led by Cara Delevingne who chanted into a quilted megaphone embellished with the Chanel emblem, took to the street (runway) holding placards with hand written slogans including “Boys Should Get Pregnant, Too,” “History Is Her Story,” “Ladies First,” “Be Different,” and “Tweed is Better Than Tweet”. The show follows on the heels of Emma Watson's moving gender equality speech at the United Nations last week, which went viral on social media and raised global awareness for political, social and economic equality of the sexes. 


SweetPea & Fay

Bright, bold lips have had a massive comeback and are now a big fashion statement! When choosing lipsticks I always look for good quality ingredients, long lasting formula and beautiful pigment. I have just been introduced to SweetPea & Fay, an American beauty brand selling a gorgeous range of statement lip colours and beautiful blush and eye makeup. I have been using their J’Adore Les Levres tubes in the shades 'Ziggy' and 'Paper Cut' and I am in love with their strong pigment and matte finish.


Product Review | The Brush Guard

How many times have you invested in quality make up brushes only to find that once they have been deep cleaned a couple of times they begin to loose their shape? Or have you ever travelled with your brushes but when you arrive at your destination the hairs of the brush are all splayed out from being thrown into your make up bag or into a brush roll? Realising that your brushes are no longer in their original shape can be devastating, especially if you have spent a lot of money on top quality brushes!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on The Brush Guard variety pack that claims to help makeup brushes retain their shape and increase their longevity. The Brush Guards are long polyester covers that stretch over your makeup brushes keeping all of the hairs in place when they are being transported, stored or are drying. Given there is no universal makeup brush size The Brush Guard has made different sized guards to fit all of your brushes from small lip and shadow brushes right through to your largest kabuki. In the pack that I have tried there are 1 large, 2 medium, 2 small and 1 extra-small Guards. This pack worked really well for the variety of brushes that I own and use regularly.
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