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Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

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Our fam at the Giant Clams reserve

Continuing on from my first post (which you can read here) – herewith my next five tips in the Top Ten Tips for holidaying in Samoa series:

Tip # 6 – Take some good snorkelling equipment.  The snorkelling is awesome in Samoa – you just need to head out to the beach at your resort to see all sorts of amazing fish, corals and sea life – even turtles (and ugghhhhh barracudas: man-sized ones!)  I do think you need a good mask though – one that doesn’t keep filling up with water because there’s nothing more annoying (or more tiring) than having to sort your mask out because the water gets in and hurts your eyes (the water seems to be super-salty in Samoa.)  I don’t think you need to spend a fortune – just find one that works well!  I recommend going to see the giant clams if you get a chance. Just be careful you don’t stand on them ‘cos they can close very fast and you certainly don’t want your foot stuck in one that’s for sure!

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Mumpty’s kind of snorkelling venue – the kind with a swim-up bar!

We saw turtles outside our resort at Stevensons in Savaii and they are beautiful, graceful animals.  We also went a couple of villages out from Stevensons and found a reef that was like swimming over the edge of a  5-story building!  Amazing, but slightly scary for me – I’m not 100% fussed on being surrounded by that much water – I’m more of a swimming pool kind of girl!  But anyway – I do recommend snorkelling and swimming in Samoa whenever the opportunity arises!

Tip # 7 – Take your watch off and expect things to happen on “island time”.  And I mean that in a good way.  The first night we waited over two hours for our dinner – which was extremely agitating after a long day’s travelling.  Day two, we waited at least an hour and a half – which was far less stressful than on the first night.  By day three, we were fully relaxed and treating the inevitable long wait as an opportunity to try every cocktail on the menu! The point of all this is that things tend to happen pretty slowly in Samoa and if you try to hurry them along, you’re a) wasting your time and b) missing the point!  Enjoy!

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“If you like Pina Colada … and getting caught in the rain …”

Tip # 8 – Samoa is very reasonable – you can have a fantastic holiday for cheap as chips.  Depending where you go of course.  If you stay at the super-flash resorts, things are a bit pricier, but then the pay-off for that is that the pool and amenities are generally amazing.  I’ll talk about where we stayed later on, but can I say, we stayed at Stevensons for a week and it was glorious. Every bit as glorious as the flasher resorts we stayed at first and after, but in a different way.

Food and drinks are cheap – for a couple you could get a pretty decent main meal  and a couple of drinks each for around 60 tala – which is about $NZ34 which wouldn’t happen in New Zealand now would it?!  Our little family of three averaged around 150-250 tala a day which included lunches, dinners, drinks and activities.  Our breakfasts were part of our accomodation package, so we didn’t have to pay for them. Samoan beer is about 6 tala (5 at Happy Hour) and a cocktail was generally around 11 tala at Happy Hour prices. #suchfun

Excursions and activities were pretty cheap too; the most expensive we did was the To-Sua Ocean Trench (which was AMAZING) at 20 tala and the same for the Giant Clam swimming experience.  Other things we did were around 5 tala each or we just paid a minimal amount for the carload (we had a 12-seater van.)

Tip # 9 – Expect to see pigs, dogs and chickens EVERYWHERE! They’re pretty cute too.  I’ve heard some people hate this, but I found it quite endearing.

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Tip # 10 – The people are awesome. I’ve saved the best till last here really!  Samoan people are fabulous – they’re so happy and cheerful and willing to help you with anything you want or need.  They quite often have so little, but like I said, they are among the most happy people I’ve met.  Just goes to show … maybe money’s not everything right?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Mumpty’s Top 10 Travel Tips for Samoa. While we were there we stayed at three places and I would highly recommend each of them for entirely different reasons.

We stayed first at Saletoga Sands Resort for four nights. Saletoga (pronounced Saletonga) is a beautiful resort with an incredible pool and first class snorkelling right outside your fale’s front door.

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Our beachfront villa was perfect and the restaurants and bar were lovely. We were lucky enough to watch a Fiafia Night which included a traditional buffet dinner and the Fiafia and fire show.  So cool – I highly recommend you do one of these if you get the opportunity.

After Saletoga we took the ferry across to Savaii where we stayed at Stevensons Resort for a week. Stevensons is probably not as fancy as Saletoga Sands, but it has a charm all of its own and I enjoyed it every bit as much.  Our little family of three stayed in the Nikolai suite and it was huge!  All rocks and tapa cloths and bright blue accents – maybe not what you’d want at home, but very island-style and we loved it! Stevensons was a lot cheaper to stay at than Saletoga in terms of food and drinks, so that was nice too.

We did lots of day trips from Stevensons and had a wonderful time at the blow holes, various swimmings holes and markets – all sorts.  You name it, we did it!  We also went to the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks which I wouldn’t recommend – not worth the trip was the general consensus of our group.

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Stevensons also put on a super-fun Fiafia Night and they also went to an incredible effort for our parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner, with stunning exotic flower lays for everyone, a beautifully decorated table and a cake as well.

And then for our final night in Paradise, we stayed at The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort – and it was GLORIOUS!  For one, it was the night before Mumpty’s birthday and as she was going to be travelling home the next day, she chose to celebrate the night before.  Which called for cocktails and champagne and having Happy Birthday sung to her by half-naked Samoan men!  And the best part of all?  She went for a late night swim and had this ENTIRE, GORGEOUS swimming pool all to herself for an hour.  Not another soul in sight.  It was an AMAZING way to end her holiday.  A-MAZING.

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So that, my friends, is Mumpty’s roundup of her Samoan getaway. Would she go back?  Hell yes!

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Gratuitous picture of Mumpty trying to look cool and stylish despite the humidity and fuzzy hair!

Hope you enjoyed my Samoan round-up …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa …

Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa …

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Mumpty throwing shade at Saletonga Sands Resort …

Mumpty and her extended family (a group of 15) recently enjoyed an AMAZING holiday in Samoa to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of our parents.  We were there from the 26th of September to the 7th of October (Mumpty’s birthday, btw!) – the “dry season” runs from May to October, so we were pretty disappointed (aka grumpy!) to see this on our weather app:

Weather in Samoa

Ugggghhhh.  But never fear!  Because despite the app predicting relentless rain, thunder and even lightening for our entire visit, we ACTUALLY got HEAPS of sun.  Sure, it rained every now and then (mostly at night)  – but it was warm and refreshing and within 20 minutes it had buggered off!

But anyway; I digress.  Herewith Mumpty’s Top 10 Tips (in no particular order – in fact, in a completely random order) …

Welcome to Samoa

Tip # 1 – Get cash out in New Zealand and exchange it when you get to Samoa.  That’s assuming you’re from New Zealand of course – if you’re not, don’t come here first to get money – that would be silly – and expensive.  Although, New Zealand is a very beautiful country, so you probably should consider it. Anyway, we got money out in New Zealand and when we got through Customs in Samoa there were three options outside the airport to exchange money.  The ANZ booth had the biggest queue and that was because they had the best rate, so we waited 20 minutes or so for them to change our money for us.  There is an ANZ ATM 5 minutes down the road at The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort if you get stuck – I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you got cash out there – apparently the ANZ ATM’s exchange rates are pretty good too.  Do your research though because Lord knows Mumpty is no financial expert.  But that is what worked for us.  Oh – and get a decent amount out at a time because you get charged a foreign currency fee every time you use the ATM and that can get expensive.  I got out $NZ500 and that exchanged to 894 tala if that helps.  You don’t really need that much cash though – just enough for entry fees and the like.  Most of your expenses will get charged to your room anyway and you just pay when you check out.

Tip # 2 – Expect your hair to be a nightmare.  Obviously this is an extremely important travel tip.  Unless you are blessed with hair that turns to glorious ringlets in the presence of salt water and humidity (like my daughter’s) or hair that returns itself to sleek and glossy (like my niece’s) then you must be prepared for THE FUZZ.  Uggghhhhh.  As vain as this may sound, there aren’t many things that make Mumpty feel less glamorous and more frumpy than fuzzy hair.  But fuzzy hair I had for the entire holiday and really – I pretty much got over it in the end.  It may have even cured my need to have access to power for my GHD while camping – but shhhhh – I’m not admitting that yet – in case it’s simply not true.  Anyway – this was Mumpty’s hair reality in Samoa:

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L: pouting and trying to look glamorous in the 3 second window between the GHD being turned off and the humidity setting in; R: grimacing happily on the 12,845th selfie attempt before giving up in disgust.

Suffice to say, Mumpty does not “do” beach glam and so there was a lot of hat-wearing in Samoa (which caused hat-hair problems, but they seemed pale in comparison to THE FUZZ.) Also, did you know pigtails are TOTALLY appropriate for a 48-year-old in Samoa?  Because they are.

Tip # 3 – Take Immodium and an assortment of other drugs – and when I say drugs, I mean the totally innocent stuff you get from the supermarket/chemist back home.  Obviously.  OK, so we were told not to trust the water; don’t eat the salads as they’ve been washed in water etc etc, but really, I reckon nearly everyone is going to get some level of stomach upset in Samoa, no matter what you do.  It just happens.  Well – it happened to our whole family anyway!  You could say we all “lost our confidence” for a while there – and by that I mean we lost confidence in our ability to be too far away from the toilet.  Sorry if that’s TMI – in fact I know it is – but #sorrynotsorry

Immodium (or whatever else they call it) is pretty much a necessity I believe – particularly if you have to travel or fly that day.  It helps to avoid any potentially embarrassing or messy situations!  Also … Panadol is handy in case you get a headache from dehydration – it’s not  always easy to find medication over there.

Handy tip: the bigger resorts seem to have a little stash of things travellers need: Panadol, ear drops (lots of travellers get sore ears from swimming apparently), Immodium etc.

Also take Zovirax if you ever get coldsores; the sun will bring those suckers out and you want to avoid them like the plague if you can.  And maybe an antiseptic cream – any little cuts you may get from the coral and stuff seem to get infected really easily.

So yep – pack the drugs!  Mumpty bought a little arsenal of stuff, thinking she wouldn’t need it, and lo and behold … we used pretty much all of it!  Disclaimer: its best to keep any medication in its original packaging and make sure you declare it to Customs.

Tip # 4 – Go to the To-Sua Trench.  Because … AMAZING.  Seriously.

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There is, of course, the not-so-small issue of the 20 metre ladder to get down there.  It blows Mumpty away that she did it without crying or falling off (although in fairness, the death grip I had on those rungs was so strong it would have taken a hurricane to dislodge me!)  But once you’ve survived the ladder and you’re in the water; the place is phenomenal.  It’s 30 metres deep in parts and is crystal-clear and absolutely beautiful.  I’m not really even that much of a swimmer to be honest, but I stayed in there for a good hour or so – probably longer. It cost 20 tala each and it was worth EVERY cent.  Visit their website here.

Tip # 5 – Be careful, because there are no H&S rules in Samoa!  (As you can tell that by the ladder at the To-Sua Trench!)  If that was in New Zealand there’d be a safety briefing first; you’d have to sign a waiver and you’d be wearing a harness!  Well, maybe not all that, but you certainly wouldn’t just all fire over the edge and off you go like you do in Samoa! And speaking of being careful … you know how I said there are no H&S rules in Samoa?  Well as a result of that, we experienced probably our most scary parenting moment EVER. Our 12-year-old daughter misjudged her footing; slipped and fell off a 3.5 metre (unfenced) deck onto small but sharp little rocks.  And survived – intact – and without injury.  Apart from the 15 minutes where she couldn’t move and we thought she was paralysed.  Yeah – that.  Ugggghhhhhh.  But all’s well that ends well – we are very grateful she’s OK and there was a doctor on hand to check her out and ensure her spinal cord was OK before she decided to move.

Samoa Deck
It may not look that high in the picture, but she fell further down from where she is sitting here and there was a pretty sickening silence and lack of movement that followed her disappearing off the edge.

Of course, there was also that one time (at Band Camp!) that we heard a little “pop” and wouldn’t you know it, our brakes completely failed at the top of a hill with 13 of us in the van. But that’s another story, for another time!

OK … so I’ve just realised this post has got looonnnnnnng.  Too long to add another 5 top tips, so I’m going to cut it here and make another post with the last 5 tips.  UPDATE: I’ve linked it here.

Soakin’ it up in Samoa …

Mumpty

 

 

 

Maybelline Dream Cushion review

Maybelline Dream Cushion liquid foundation review …maybelline-cushion-foundation

I was given this foundation by a beauty blogger friend of mine and I was pretty grateful I have to say – only the day before I had scraped the very last of my Maybelline FitMe from the bottle and hadn’t had a chance to pop down to my local Warehouse and splash out the big bucks for another one!  So it was with great excitement (OK – “excitement” may be overstating it, but I am always intrigued by new products) that I opened it the next morning to give it a whirl.

I have to confess right here and now – before I tell you the embarrassing part – for some reason I had it in my head that this product was called Dream Mousse foundation and not Dream Cushion foundation.  Which makes this next disclosure only slightly less embarrassing: I was initially blown away by the texture of this product (thinking it was a really thick, aerated mousse – duh!) and even went so far as to rush in to my daughter’s room to show her this wondrous new product!  It wasn’t until the following day that I realised it was just a foundation-impregnated sponge!!!!

So, my ridiculousness aside … I do actually really like this product. Of course I didn’t read the instructions (which were to apply it with the little sponge thing that comes in the compact) and used my foundation brush instead, but I found it applied really smoothly and evenly and gave a pretty good, reasonably buildable coverage on my normal to dry, 48-year-old skin.  It also lasted pretty well throughout the day, despite me forgetting most days to use a primer first.  In the interests of full disclosure, I applied it with the foundation brush first and then did a little bit of blending at the end with my fingertips, which seemed to work well.

Below there is a picture of me wearing it – not because I love including pictures of myself, (because I REALLY don’t) but because people seem to like to see the product being reviewed in action – go figure!  I’ll admit this picture doesn’t necessarily show it like other beauty bloggers might, but I am wearing Dream Cushion foundation in this photo and my skin looks OK!

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Overall impression then, is good. And it’s a good price point – here in New Zealand, full retail is $29.95 – which is not bad for a product that really does perform quite well.

There were a couple of drawbacks however that I will mention; #1 I don’t think the longevity of the product is great.  It only lasted me about a month before it started getting pretty thin on the ground.  Because I threw the lid out (see below), I’ve had to rely on the internet for this following piece of information, but according to the internet, it contains 14.6g of foundation.  Is that much?  I’m not sure – my FitMe contains 30ml – I did try to do a conversion, but I’m not sure they convert really – and, too hard.  Also – do people really care that much?

Back to the drawbacks: #2 – the lid broke off without me even being unduly rough on it.  But living on the edge as I do, I threw it away and continued without the lid – which really wasn’t as unhygienic as it sounds because my version of the compact has a little internal plastic lid that covers the product (which doesn’t appear to be on the stock photos I’ve found – hmmm.)

So there you have it – Mumpty’s review of the Maybelline Dream Cushion liquid foundation.  For further information and swatches and stuff, you’ll need to do some more research or visit someone else’s blog! Mumpty’s not big on facts and swatches and details (although sometimes I’ll do it) – I’m more about trying it and telling you what I think.

Would I buy it again?  Probably – but I’d wait till it was on sale to be honest.

Yours in harmless foundation reviews …

Mumpty

 

Product review: break-up make-up balm by Goodness

Product review: break-up make-up balm by Goodness Natural Beauty Lab

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A while ago I did a review on the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab’s Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil (you can read it here) and it impressed me so much, I decided I very much wanted to try their break-up make-up balm … and so I did!

One of the initial drawcards for me was the packaging – it’s so cute!  I do love a good tin – especially because you can use it afterwards for all sorts of things; storing your earrings, making soy candles (well, I guess you can – I never have – but it sounds Pinteresty right?!)  Oh – and I liked the name too – it’s clever.

The second thing that sold me was the product description:

“I’m a slick quickie at removing all sorts of make-up.  With all the goodness of chia seed, coconut and avocado oils, your skin will be oh-so-clean and super soft”

And to be fair – they’re quite right!  After using this product, my skin does feel oh-so-clean AND super soft!  It also got my mascara off without stinging my eyes, and that is no mean feat.

I read somewhere too (and I don’t remember where) that it will “melt my make-up off” – I liked the sound of that and that’s pretty much what it does.  It’s kind of a soft,  wax-like substance that you warm in your hands before smooshing onto your face and then massaging it around a bit – concentrating on the areas that have the most make-up.  Then you rinse it off and et voila – you’re done!

Wanna know another thing I love about this product?  It’s cheap as chips!  I bought mine at Farmers for $19.99 – and I’ve seen it on sale for $15.99.  So good.  It comes in an 80ml tin and judging on my rate of usage so far, I would say you’d get a good two months out of a tin.

The only drawback?  And this is because I am DEAD LAZY.  (Prior to getting this, I was removing my makeup with a wipe **chill out man, it’s not that bad!**)  and so I thought I would use this stuff and then remove it with a wipe.  So that’s what I did, but my skin felt a bit waxy and I got a horrible feeling when I was lying in bed that my pores could be being blocked as we speak … so I got myself out of bed and washed it off properly with water and a facecloth.   So there’s that.

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Anyway … this post needed more pics and I couldn’t be bothered taking one, so I am using this pic of me, “fresh-faced”, from a couple of years ago.  Let’s face it, there aren’t many “fresh-faced” photos available for me to choose from – I tend not to keep them (!) so I’m gonna leave it to you to imagine I had used break-up make-up balm just prior to this photo. Thanks.

By the way, this product is vegan friendly, light-weight, non-greasy and contains chia seed oil’s winning 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.  (And yes, that was straight off the tin.)

And that, my friends, is my review.  I hope you enjoyed and find it useful.

break-up your make-up ….

Mumpty

 

When Mumpty went to WOW …

When Mumpty went to WOW …
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For the uninitiated, WOW stands for the World of WearableArt which, at its heart, is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world.  But it is SO much more than that; it’s essentially a visually spectacular couple of hours of fashion, frivolity, dance and all-out entertainment, and what could be better than that?  Mumpty was very fortunate to attend this year and it was BRILLIANT from start to finish.

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The Bengal Tiger, created by Weta Workshop. Image via WOW FB page.

The star of this year’s show, and indeed the MC, was a rather camp, sarcastic and totally fabulous Bengal Tiger, created by the magicians at WETA Workshop.  He was magnificent and spent the show sitting languidly on his rock overlooking the festivities below.

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Burlesquers – can you spot someone in a leopard print catsuit who looks familiar? Image via WOW FB page.

The Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award for 2016 went to an entry from a New Zealand designer, Gillian Saunders, called “Supernova”. Mumpty was lucky enough to have WONDERFUL seats right next to one of the “spokes” of the stage, so she saw the intricacies of the designer’s creations up close, and let me tell you – Supernova was a sparkling, decadent creation which well deserved the win!  Now Mumpty loves a bit of bling, and Supernova most certainly delivered on that front – it was glitteringly, light-catchingly GORGEOUS!  Supernova also deservedly took out the Avante Garde section as well.

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Supernova – image via WOW FB page

The show was, of course, based on showcasing the WOW entries and they did an incredible job of making sure each and every outfit was able to be viewed by everyone, no matter where they were in the venue.  As I mentioned, I had a super-duper seat so I could see everything up close.  If you’re going to attend, I really do recommend you spend a bit extra on good seats – you will appreciate it more – trust me.   But it wasn’t just the outfits that were featured – WOW really is a extravaganza of entertainment and the show boys and girls went all-out to create a truly spectacular show.

I have to mention here, just briefly, Hannah Tasker-Poland. Until WOW, I had never seen Hannah dance live before, and she is, quite simply, ridiculously talented.  Don’t want to gush, so I will stop there.

One of Mumpty’s favourite sections of the show was the Bizarre Bra section, where designers were tasked with reinventing the humble bra – and man, do some people have a wild imagination!  Check this out …

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These Bizarre Bra entries, entitled “Revenge of the Paperclip” by Jenny Jack of NZ – used 17,336 paper clips, mesh and polystyrene! Image via WOW FB page.

Cool huh!  Another of my favourites was two poached eggs, and the bit that went around the back was a metal spatula! Hilarious!  And here is the winner of the World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum Bizarre Bra section, “Come Fly With Me” by Julian Hartzog of the USA. The wings were mirror-like and sparkly and just fabulous.

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“Come Fly With Me” – image via WOW FB page.

The sets for each section of WOW were fantastic as well … check these out:

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Image via WOW FB page.

The golden tree prop was part of the set for the David Jones Avante Garde section – I loved it.

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Image via WOW FB page.

I do like angelic figures, and I particularly liked those globes they projected images on to; so clever.

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And last but not least, because I could go on forever (and quite often do) and no one will read it anyway … is my personal favourite (after the super-sparkly Supernova of course) a little gem called Lippydeema by Daisy May Collingridge of the UK. Lippydeema is described as a “joyful creature who likes to dance when no one is watching”.  I feel like she might be a kindred spirit!

So that was Mumpty’s experience of WOW – words can’t really describe it so I would recommend, if you ever get the chance to go, GO!  I for one cannot wait to go again, and will be taking my daughter with me – she’ll LOVE it.  And by the way, it’s not just for the girls, it’s a good one for the boys as well.  You know how men like to work out how things are done?  They can do that.  And of course, the models aren’t entirely ugly either!

A special thanks to my amazing Mum and Dad who bought my ticket – I went to WOW with them and my sister and it was a fabulous experience – not to mention the rest of the weekend.  Shhh … we visited WETA Workshop and here is a quick troll photo!

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Spot the troll … heheeee!

We also went to the amazing Gallipoli display at Te Papa. That, my friends, is a must-see.

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Image via WOW FB page.

To see more of World of WearableArt, visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

WOW, just WOW …

Mumpty

Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil review

Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil review

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Recently I was gifted a bottle of the beauty-award-winning  certified organic chia seed oil from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab, and my goodness … it’s fab!

I’m not normally a face oil-lover to be honest; I’ve tried them in the past and they seem great for a few days (even amazing at first) but after that my skin starts to rebel and go a bit dry, and just meh.  So I always end up returning to my trusty old staple, Nivea Soft.  My skin could be likened to a cheap date … you don’t have to spend much on it to get the result you’re after!  And that’s why I love my Nivea!

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Because I know people like to be able to picture who’s doing all the talking, here is a Snapchat-filtered picture of Mumpty – which in no way demonstrates the efficacy of chia seed oil, but oh well.

So anyway – I was interested to try this offering from the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab to see if it was any different to anything else I’ve tried.  So try it I did … I’ve been using it nightly for about a month now and I have to say, I really, really like it.  Firstly, it doesn’t smell bad – some of the other oils I’ve tried just smell a bit strong and I dunno … oily?  I find this one doesn’t and I like that.  I only wear it at night and I’m not sure if that’s the correct way to do it but I just feel like my makeup would probably slide off if I wore it during the day.

Of course I didn’t follow the instructions for long.  The bottle says to apply it to clean skin – and I did that.  But after a few days it just didn’t feel right applying only oil to my skin, so I hit on a plan!  I get my good old Nivea Soft and then squeeze about three or four drops of my chia seed oil into it … smoosh it into my face, and voila!  Happy, moisturised skin that feels glowy and kind of … pliable.  Does that make sense?  But it does – it’s sort of plump (in the best kind of way, not in a fatty girl kind of way) and it certainly feels hydrated and healthy. Basically, instead of looking like this in the morning …

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I look like this …

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OK – well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but only slightly.

If you want to know more about chia oil and its many, many benefits, including its omega 3-6 essential fatty acids, its organic certification, the fact that its vegan and lots of other good things, go to www.goodnessproducts.com.  You can also check out the rest of the range while you’re there … I think I’m going to give the break-up make-up balm a whirl next – if only for it’s clever name and pretty packaging!

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Another plus for the Goodness range is that they use the word “smoosh” which totally legitimises my use of the term – making it a technical, real-grown-up-beauty-blogger term. Right?!!

And I’d just like to leave you with a little Mumpty Tip before I sign off … if you’re not loving the face oil you’ve purchased, don’t consign it to the face oil graveyard – use it on your décolletage.  Lord knows we don’t want a wrinkly décolletage now do we?!

So chia’s … (see what I did there?!) 

MumptyStyle Pink Champagne

Mumpty

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition

VVDO 2016: the Mumpty edition …

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This BEAUTIFUL pic by David Photography of my gorgeous friend, Miss Monique Sweet, personifies VVDO for me …

This was my second year at VVDO and this time I had my daughter in tow, which was a lovely outing for the two of us.

Our main reason for attending this year was to watch the Miss Pinup New Zealand competition, having featured all the lovely ladies on my Pinup Platoon series.  I was also really keen to meet my Pinup Platoon sponsors, Esme from Moxie Mama Wear and Adele from Pinned On You, in person – which I did – and they are lovely!

First and foremost though, I’d like to congratulate Fran Robertson … our new Miss Pinup NZ 2016.  What a dream contestant she was and oh-so-popular with the audience!  A much deserved win.  These are my two favourite pics of Fran from the competition.

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Images by Emma Joyce for Glory Days Magazine

Congratulations also to the Lady in Red (Runner Up & Miss Vintage Vixen) and to Lola Turquoise (Miss Publicity.)

Three ribbons

For those of you who weren’t there, the four finalists were: Fran Robertson; Miss Lola Turquoise, Miss Opal and Dariel Dearlove.

A massive congratulations goes out to all the contestants – they really did put their all into it and it was so much fun to watch.

Anyway …  I thought I’d share some of  my highlights from this year’s VVDO in pictures …

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Miss Monique Sweet

Miss Monique Sweet in her strawberry outfit; designed by her and bought to life by Danielle from Devel Men & Women with headpiece by Amy from Chica Chica Boom Chic.

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Mel from The Style Mafia – image by Serendipity Photography

Mel from Style Mafia NZ – loved that pantsuit!  She and Amy are always an extravagant looking couple of ladies, and VVDO 2016 was no exception!

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Image by Serendipity Photography

Velvet De Collette – this beautiful lady was the first person we saw and we had a quick chat in the bathroom (!) … we thought she looked flawless!

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Image by Glory Days Magazine

Soda Fontaine in her Dita gown … it was Soda’s birthday too – what a great day to celebrate!  And by the way … DITA “LIKED” SODA’S PHOTO – eeeep!!!!

Dariel Dearlove

Daniel Dearlove’s evening gown – wow.  Daniel was clever enough t make this gorgeous gown herself; in fact, she made every single outfit she wore.  Sooo impressive.

Chicken wings

Miss Lola Fondant‘s talent: how to eat chicken wings without smudging your red lips!

Crowd selfie

This crowd selfie!  Featuring Miss Monique Sweet; MC, Miss La Vida and Bettie Rage, complete with BUMP!

Art & Cake

The Art & Cake stall, with Lily Kate Vallance and Miss Charlotte Cake – and yes we did sample a cake (Spiced Pear & salted caramel) and yes, it was yum – and very pretty!

Nat Hugill

Nat Hugill (aka Lilly Loca) – I always love seeing her and I was thrilled to hear she scored a dress she’d been lusting after for ages!

And last, but not least … this woman; Miss Opal

Miss Opal

It was an awesome moment when she stepped onto the stage in her “oh-so-Dita” tuxedo for the evening wear section; but even better than that, was her talent and those glorious butterfly wings – I think both outfits were made by the talented Linda McCarthy Costumier (correct me if I’m wrong.)  However – it was the fact Miss Opal admitted to having to overcome crippling social anxiety that impressed me sooooo much.  I think it was an incredible thing for her to do in that case and my gosh – you would never have known it watching her from the audience – she did a cracking job!  I’d love to interview her about the inspirations behind her outfits, so fingers crossed she’ll oblige.  In the meantime; BIG ups to you Miss Opal.

So that, in the most brief possible way,  was Mumpty’s 2016 VVDO experience!!!

See ya next year, bigger and brighter …

Mumpty

Valen-Tease: a review and poem

Valen-Tease: a review in pictures
(presented via some very poor poetry!)

Valen-Tease lineup

Last night’s Valen-Tease
Really was the bee’s knees
I had a blast – I always do
And here’s my review
Just for you …Oooh la la

Kicking off the show, was Miss Ooh La La Paree
Those glorious legs for all to see
Resplendent she was, in purple and mint
To many an eye, she bought a glint

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Next on stage was Pussy Galorrez
Sexy, sparkly and a sight to behold
There was glitter everywhere
And look, it was gold!

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Following Pussy was Miss Bettsy Rose Lee
All gingham and boots and laughing with glee
She busted her moves all over the stage
And left us all in a jealous rage (why can’t we dance like that?!)

Christine

Christine the chanteuse took the stage next
The voice of an angel, with style to burn
She left us wishing she’d have another turn
(Which, luckily, she did!)

MisRed

MisRed was on fire
She lit up the scene
The lust and desire
By all could be seen

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Mr B Frank and Pixie Twist form the crazy duo, Frank’n’Twist

Frank’n’Twist opened Act number 2
They’re crazy as hell
But boy, you can tell
This fella totally loves his gal

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Then Pussy came on
And went down to a mirkin
You could see the audience wondering
How that thing was workin’!

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Miss Bettsy Rose Lee
Then sang about boobs
For which, you can tell
She was qualified well!

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Miss Chevious Cinders
Was all about lights
A standing ovation
Totally made her night

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Closing the show
With all that she had
Was the stunning MisRed
And wow, she was rad

Pixie Twist was our MC
She did it with style
Totes inappropro at times
Which caused many to smile

The audience battled with assels galore
Best audience ever on that score for sure!

And that was my night
You can tell I had fun
I’m SUCH a bad poet
But now it’s all done
(And you won’t have to read any more!)

Special thanks to: Alyson, April and Sonia for handling the sound and lighting (and lots of other stuff!); the shy and reserved Obsidian and the beautiful Miss Scarlett Soiree for their wonderful stage kittying antics; Miss Chevious Cinders for being Door Dolly and as always, amazing photography by David Rowe Photography, with second shooter Nick Von Deursen Photography.   And of course, big congratulations to Crazy Diamond’s producers, Miss Ooh La La Paree and Miss Bettsy Rose Lee – ably assisted  by the wonderful Azure D’Murre.

And, because I can, here is a blurry photo of me and my divine friend Allysa, who was a burlesque noobie – and who loved every minute of it!

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Valentines hearts and flowers (and boobs and butts!)

Mumpty

2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

Highlight reel2This is part two of my post summarising what was, in many ways, a very sparkly and wonderful year for MumptyStyle!  You can read the first part here.

Herewith, Mumpty’s highlight reel – part two;


July
In which I purchased and reviewed my Erstwilder Oscar Wildenfox brooch, purchased from the darling Pinned on You; did a Pinup Wishlist; followed a week in the CRAZY-BUSY life of The Danger Doll; did a “lip-off” between Jeffree Star and LimeCrime; did a Five Iconic Shoes post; and casually interviewed The Cherry Dollface (gulp!) about being aTudor geek and stuff!
Most popular post: A Week in the Life of The Danger Doll
My favourite pic:

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The Cherry Dollface – with her Christmas tree decorations, of which Mumpty is insanely jealous!

August
In which I interviewed the fabulous Margarita Bloom about her potions and lotions; my little blog had it’s first birthday (whoop, whoop!) and we did a wee prize-giving; did a post on the random search terms people used to arrive at MumptyStyle and featured letters from Marilyn Monroe.
Most popular post: You really should be at Bananarama.
My favourite pic:

All I want


September
In which I ran a feature called Selfie September which culminated in a Selfie September Mashup; and featured Miss Mollie Tov; Mumpty; Miss Monique Sweet; Bethany Starr; Michelle; Amber Bambi; Alexie RicRac; Madam Mutiny; Courtney & Poss; Beth Stapleton and Miss Cherry Lashes.  I also reviewed the Amy Winehouse documentary.
Most popular post: Selfie September: Beth Stapleton
My favourite pic:

Courtney & Poss
Courtney & Poss

October 
In which I reviewed the SauceBox Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette; reposted about my incredible friends; did Five Fabulous Frocks on Friday; did Doing, Wanting, Reading, Eating (part 3) and oh, had a birthday!
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr
My favourite pic:

Dita in THAT frock
The incomparable Dita von Teese in THAT FROCK by Zac Posen

November
In which I pretended to be a beauty blogger and reviewed the Manuka Doctor facial peel; Only Good body wash and The Manizer Sisters palette by The Balm.  I also reviewed Crazy Diamond @ The Meteor and wrote about how to avoid fakes when buying vintage Louis Vuitton.
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr (again!)
My favourite pic:

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The spectacular Honey Suckle

December
In which I did my Highlight Reels (of which this is part two – and here is part one); did my first Get Ready With Me (the Bettie Rage edition); reviewed Bring on Burlesque at The Riverlea Theatre and Cirlesque at The Hamilton Gardens; did a review on Serioxyl and did my Christmas lust list.
Most popular post: Burlesque:Cirlesque
My favourite pic:

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The stupendous Miss Polly Filla

Oh yes – and this is also the month Mumpty discovered filters on Instagram and looked like a deer in the headlights (but an oh-so-delightfully-filtered-deer!)

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Sparkle like it’s a 2015 summary …

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2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

Highlight reel

It’s been a busy year on MumptyStyle, so I decided I’d summarise it via a “highlight reel” of what happened in my little corner of the blogosphere this year.

Doing all twelve months in one post would be just TOO long, so I’ve done the first six months in one, and the last six months in another – cos I’m tricky like that!

So … herewith, highlight reel – part one (you can read part two here😉


January
In which I reviewed Burlesque at the Nivara Lounge; blabbered about what I’d buy if I had $800 to spend at LUSH; did my first Summer Essentials tag and one of my besties, Miss Monique Sweet, won Miss Moonshine 2015.
Most popular post: Five iconic handbags
My favourite pic:

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Miss Monique Sweet

February
In which I talked about how I wash my Jenny dresses in the bath; told you what I’m doing, wanting, eating, reading, loving for the second time; talked about possible Valentine’s Day presents for the new Mum and then Valentines Day for Pinups; talked about my first Makeup Obsessives meet-up and interviewed Annah Stretton.
Most popular post: Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?
My favourite pic:

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March
In which I did a series called The Pinup Platoon (interviewing the 10 finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand) and gave away not one, but two Erstwilder Flamingo necklaces; chatted with the fabulous Flo Foxworthy and talked about Annah Stretton’s RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) initiative.
Most popular post: Pinup Platoon: Agent Bluebelle
My favourite pic:

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Agent Bluebelle

April 
In which I talked about the secret language of fans; reviewed the incredible Dirty Martini; MET the incredible Dirty Martini; started a series called Sartorial Secrets and interviewed Fancifora Foxglove; had a fictitious evening out in pictures (featuring Dita and George); wrote a bit of fiction; just casually met Joanne Gair; reviewed The Very Vintage Day Out and congratulated Bettie Rage on winning Miss Pinup NZ and Miss Victory Violet on winning Miss Viva Las Vegas.
Most popular post: Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas
My favourite pic:

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Mumpty and the incomparable Dirty Martini

May
In which I showed you how to revive your eyebrow kit; pretended to spend $800 at Shoes of Prey; did Sartorial Secrets interviews with Madam Rou and Bettie Rage; told you about my Red Lipstick Survival Kit; talked about the incredibly beautiful art of Alexia Sinclair and did a feature on Mother’s Day for Pinups.
Most popular post: Inspirational Women: Carissa Ludlow
My favourite pic:

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The Secret Garden – Alexia Sinclair

June
In which I reviewed Tease & Trouble at The Meteor; outlined my Week in Coffee; went behind the scenes at Viva with Ginger Watson; wrote my most popular blog post EVER (see below); reviewed my first Makeup Obsessives Beauty Box; did a “Taking Stock” tag and reviewed Pinup Shoes: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Most popular post: Scarring, seams & self love: the life and times of Willow Noir 
My favourite pic:

Ginger Watson
Ginger Watson

And that’s just the first six months of 2015!!!  Come back tomorrow for the second half!

Summing it up with a smile …

Mumpty