Inspire;

I have been notorious for comparing myself to other bloggers, social media moguls, celebrities you name it, I’ve compared myself! But i’m working on not doing that anymore, so in the words of the STUNNING Cara Alwill Leyba “If you like something about another woman, TELL Her!!!”

So this is a total boast post of a few babes I am inspired by!

Mel Rose; Author of Food and the City Blog!

I have followed this babe for at least 5 maybe even 6 years, and she is just stunning inside and out! she is an amazing food blogger and i cannot guarantee you wont drool when you read her socials!!! She started off as a beauty blogger on YouTube and branched out into the food blog universe and boy does she know her niche! She posts the most amazing food-grams, fashion posts and inspiring tidbits! Shes stunningly beautiful and she knows how to have a good time! She is the kind of person that once you have found her, you will want to follow every social and be her best friend just like me!

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Jamie Genevieve; YouTuber and Make up Goddess

Jamie, Jamie, Jamie… There’s something about this chick that just makes you feel like her best friend, maybe its the amazing tattoos, the infectious smile or the approachable persona, but honestly, she is EVERYTHING. Jamie is a Professional Make-up Artist and boy is she pure talent. AND, she has just started vlogging!!! 30 minutes of Jamie every week.. AH YES PLEASE! I’m Obsessed, You just need to follow her!

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With The Whittakers / Jordan Whittaker 

This Mama, is probably the sweetest, most genuine person, Shes never put up a front, shes real and honest in all her posts. I remember i wrote her an email last year (cause we are totally friends and everything ūüėõ I wish) ANYWAY, I wrote her an email basically explaining how sorry i was for neglecting her socials, that it was out of pure jealousy, lack of self esteem and not feeling like i was good enough to be friends with her let alone just try and talk to her cause she is just way too cool for the likes of me. My oh My! I did not expect her response! Not only was she completely cool about it, but she understood, she reminded me that she is human too and that she valued my strength and honesty, Since then I have been to embarrassed to talk to her still but i am getting there, ¬†the best part is that she ¬†DOESN’T JUDGE ME for it! This Mama is Stunning, she is a super fashionista with her style as well as her toddler style for Her children Brooklyn and Marlo, she plans and preps her meals (that look amazing) shes a social media influencer and inspires mums all over the world to be the best version of themselves they can be and to not put so much pressure on themselves, while reminding them that she struggles too, its her job to take good photos and post inspiring tidbits but she has her moments too, just like we all do. Jordan is the mom friend we all need ‚̧

The Whittakers

Rocky and Ruby Blog / Rebecca Keil

This mama is your classic Kiwi mum with a confident twist, She is cool as a cucumber and real as fuck, shes not afraid to show us that it’s really is okay to say that our kids are really just pissing us off and she doesn’t bend herself or her content to societies norm, she will tell you the great, the fun, the shit and the awful side of parenting and wont take shit from no one. I absolutely LOVE her for this quality, but not only that, she is gorgeous! An MUA by trade, and is so in tune with herself that she can pull off any look, while keeping her kids styled to the nines. I have followed her since she made and sold kids clothing and now she has evolved into this powerhouse blogging mom, she is a breath of fresh air for any mum, and her classic kiwi humor is hilarity!

Rocky and Ruby Blog

Cara Alwill Leyba / The Champagne Diet

I can’t mention Cara without adding her to this list! Cara is a Master life coach, Blogger and Best selling author of my favorite book Girl Code.¬†She has single handedly lead a community of thousands of Lady bosses to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship, self love, empowerment and to straight up just SLAY BABY! She has changed and improved so many lives as well as her own, she is a Queen in Chanel! I love this woman so much and she inspires me every day to pursue my dreams, even if i don’t know what they are yet, girl has still got me chasing them.

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Now if i could, i would take each and every one of these beautiful ladies out for a coffee and lead into the night with champagne (or beer eh Rebecca ūüėā ) , Thank you ladies for being true to who you are and inspiring me to find my true me, Shes here somewhere and if it wasn’t for your light, id never find her ‚̧

K x

ZENMED REVIEW

So i wanted to film a review to go along side this but my camera has decided to be a rebellious teenager and mess with my audio so what bigger sign do I need than to put my words of awe for these products on my blog!

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#1 :: The Facial Cleansing Gel

This is a very gentle formula for all skin types, including sensitive skin, there are no added fragrances or chemicals. It is made of natural plant based ingredients so they leave your skin feeling super soft, fresh and clean without the dry, tight feeling of soap. The soothing botanical’s do not clog your pores and its ideal for all skin types. Now that the official stuff is said, this product is amazing, It removes every ounce of makeup in the first wash, including mascara (waterproof mascara needs and extra touch of product to get it off completely but for the most part it does a great job) Its also extremely gentle so it will not sting of irritate the eye area. I love this guy and you only need a small amount to wash every inch of your beautiful face!

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#2 :: Renewing microdermabrasion Complex

This exfoliating magic helps to minimize the appearance of scars, uneven skin tone and fine lines. Its a very fine grainy formula that leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth without feeling too harsh and scratchy. I love how fresh and new my skin looks after using this product, It doesn’t have a scent so its a very natural smell and you only need a small amount to do your entire face and neck.

 

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#3 :: DermaCleanse Acne Mask and Spot Treatment

This little guy.. We have a love hate relationship, him and I. Hes a purifying mineral clay mask that helps to clear clogged pores, draws out impurities and helps to speed up the healing process. Now he does all of the above, and he is phenomenal at his job, the only qualm i have with this product is that its stings like a bitch when i use it as a full face mask, now i will say that it only lasts 1 out of the 5 minutes your meant to leave it on for so it does go away, it just stings a fair bit so DO NOT apply it near the eye area! But i really do love the result and how effective he is at his job! So i would definitely recommend this product, just be careful around the eye area.

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#4 :: AHA/BHA Complex

This has to be one of my absolute favorites, no words can accurately explain (and if they can I don’t know them) What this product does for my skin, To apply you spray it onto a cotton round and use as a toner after cleansing. You can physically see this product wipe away any dullness in the skin and reveal glowing healthy skin. This product claims to prevent dead skin cell accumulation, prevent clogged pores and blackheads and help to balance oil levels without drying to reveal healthy, clear skin. and I say SPOT ON!

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#5 & #6 :: Skin Correct + and Glycolic booster

These little babies do the real down and dirty work, the Skin correct + Helps to permanently remove dark spots, scars and hyper-pigmentation and help to lighten the skin and boy does he do that, in 6 weeks i have noticed the tone of my skin become brighter and the scars from acne and whatever else have already started to fade tremendously, the only downside to this product is the smell, it has a bit of a coconut sort of smell, its hard to explain but its a bit overpowering when you first apply it, the good thing is it goes away completely within a few seconds, it doesn’t linger.

Then we have the Glycolic booster, This guys job is to fade fine lines and wrinkles, improve dark spots and balance combination skin types. He is a powerful little guy and we love each other dearly, There is no scent at all and with both of these products there is an easy to use dropper so you don’t use too much at a time. But these two are definitely the power kick to the range.

Following the products i have been using the Moreish Day cream and eye cream as well as the Simple night cream as i didn’t have a moisturizer or eye cream sent with these products but i will most definitely be a regular customer on this website because i am obsessed with all of these products.

Have you tried these products before? what did you think of them? I would love to see your results so please tag me in your social media so i can see.

Here is my 6 week before and after photo using these products. The differences are subtle but in myself they are huge. Overall my skin is brighter, and most definitely firmer, i have next to no breakouts, the scarring on my chin is pretty much gone, the hyper-pigmentation and dark spots on my cheeks and forehead are seriously diminished. I am so impressed with these products and i will most definitely be continuing to use them!

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Shop the range at www.zenmed.com and Take advantage of their 25% off Sale

Thank you Zenmed for allowing me to try out these awesome products, My Skin and I are so Grateful!

K x

 

Disclaimer: All opinions in this post are my own, I was sent these products for free but i am in no way sponsored to write this post, the asked me to try them out and do a post on what i thought and this is that.

Skinfood Mud Mask :: First Impression

For my birthday I finally treated myself to the Skinfood Mud Mask. I have seen so many raving reviews so i finally took the plunge and got it while it was on special at my local Countdown Supermarket for $10.49.

Obviously as soon as the kids were asleep in bed, I couldn’t have whipped the box open fast enough.. well not before taking an instagram pic of course!

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I took all of my makeup off with coconut oil, washed my face with my Benzac Facial Scrub to really clean my face and help with blackheads. The Instructions state to apply a thick layer all over the skin.

One warning i have with this product, is that if it is too close to the eye area it does tend to sting your eyes, so i recommend to only go up to the eye socket area.

I left it on for 15 minutes and then washed it off with a hot flannel. Instantly i noticed my skin was softer, my pores appeared smaller and my complexion felt smoother.

I followed it up with my new Rose Hip Oil Serum  and my Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream and Nutrimetics Sensitive Eye Cream

My skin has never glowed like this before nor did it feel as soft and smooth. I have used this mask 3 times now and each time my pores look smaller and my skin feel softer. My Make up applies so much nicer and overall i just feel better in myself. I definitely recommend all of these products. I will also do a follow up of these items including the rosehip oil after i have used them for a little while.

Have you tried these products before? Did they work for you?

K x

Every Day Makeup

Well this is a first! I have never done a beauty post before but im really getting back into my make up and what better place to start than with my everyday products.

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Primers :: She Pure magic primer & Nutrimetic line prime

Foundation :: Za BB Cream and Thin Lizzy Concealer cream

Concealer :: Natio Natural Concealer & LA Girl Pro Conceal

Powder :: Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

Bronzer/Contour :: Thin Lizzy 6 in 1

Blusher :: Nutrimetics Pure Touch Blush in Plum

Highlighter :: Dollar store brand “Shiny Powder”

Then onto eyes and brows!

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I like to keep it very basic for my eyes,

Brows :: For my brows i use the Nutrimetics Glam Colour palette and i like to use the brown eyeliner shadow, it gives a nice bold brow that lasts all day

Eyes :: If i use eyeshadow i reach for the Nutrimetics eye brow kit. It has all the perfect shades for an all over colour, browbone and inner corner highlight as well as a great light brown for the crease and darker brown to either darken the outer corner for a smokey look or to use on the lash line as a smudged liner

Lashes :: I use the Nutrimetics liquid eye definer for a cat winged liner and for mascara I am obsessed with the Za Perfect Action Waterproof Mascara, it literally does not move! For a little extra volume i will usually layer that with my Nutrimetics 4 in one Ultimate Mascara, followed by that, depending on what mood i’m in i will use the Nutrimetics Defining waterproof eye pencil in my waterline to give my eyes a more sultry look

Then for lips ::

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Lips :: I stay very neutral with my lips as i am a chronic lip smusher so lip products dont tend to last well on me when im alway rubbing my lips together, so my fave it the Natio Long Lasting Lip liner in Nude, But unfortunately i am coming to the end of that one so I have been reaching for my Nutrimetics Perfecting Lip Pencil in Nude, and if i feel like gloss I will reach for my Nutrimetics Lip Lightening Gloss in Blush rose.

Now I now there is ALOT of Nutrimetics products so I will tell you here that I used to be a consultant for Nutrimetics, so i still have alot of their products left that i tend to use, they are very nice products but there are definitely alternative products out there that you can use instead. These are just what I use right now.

I have filmed a get ready with me video to go alongside this post so you can see how I apply these products, when that video is live I will add a link HERE.

I hope you liked this kind of post as it is a new one for me, let me know your thoughts in the comments, and if you have any products to recommend then please let me know ūüôā

K x

 

 

Luxe Fitness – First Impression

My Instagram has been inundated with encouragement and likes in regard to my post about my Luxe Fitness Protein Powder Purchase, So I wanted to give a little first impression on my order experience and first taste etc.

Ordering and Shipping: The process was easy to follow and super quick, it arrived really quickly too, I ordered on Friday night and it arrived 3 pm on Monday afternoon.

Packaging: It came in a cute small box and everything was packaged safely in bubble wrap. The label and the presentation of the actual product is super modern and appealing, I’m obsessed with the overall presentation. It is definitely Aesthetically pleasing!

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Taste Test: I got the Vanilla Flavor, purely because i thought it would be more universal in different flavored smoothies and would taste great with various fruits etc, But obviously I wanted to try it on its own first. I mixed it with milk for the first try as i find protein shakes tend be a lot creamier mixed that way and boy was it good!! OMG it was super creamy, and so yummy!! And I’m not a huge Vanilla person but i really enjoyed it, It mixed really well, it wasn’t lumpy or grainy and it was enjoyable right to the end of the cup. I have yet to try it with water or mix it in a fruit smoothie but I’m excited to experiment with different fruits and flavors.

As for any progress or the fat-burner, I will be keeping a journal of how I am doing and any progress I make, but overall, So far I am super impressed and i’m excited to see where it takes me!

K x

 

 

Gratitude is a disappearing virtue!

Too often we focus on what we don’t have, what we are missing, what we wish we had, or what others have that we want. We forget to stop and take a look at the blessings we do have in our lives, the family we have, the luxuries or the simple things.

In a split second the world around you can get turned upside down, a very close family member can be given a deadly diagnosis even when they are the healthiest person you know. You could be thrown into a grim situation or just simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time and lose everything you knew

So today I want to share the things i am most grateful for!

  • My Family, I have a small immediate family but we are all super close and love each other with everything we are. We are never far from each others thoughts and enjoy every moment we have together.
  • My Body, I am grateful for my healthy body, even though its large, every blood test I have comes back exceptional, I am rarely sick and have all functioning limbs.
  • My ability to have children, I count my blessings every day that i was able to have 2 beautiful and healthy children. My heart goes out to all women who struggle or are unable to have a family.
  • My Husband, we have our ups and downs for sure, but despite any spat we may have, we are always able to work it out and come back together stronger than before. My Husband loves absolutely everything about me and reminds me everyday. I am so grateful so have found such a loving and accepting man to spend my life with and raise our family.
  • My Finances. I never thought i would say this, and even though i have debt collection bills and bad credit, I am grateful for my government for the allowances I am entitled to while I work my¬†part time job so that i am able to provide delicious food and a happy loving environment for my children
  • My Mother, not only did she raise me to be loving, open minded and understanding, she always makes sure i have everything i need, she is always there no matter the time or place and sacrifices herself to make sure others are okay. She continues to support me no matter what, including opening up her warm loving home for my family in our time of need.

I’m sure there are many more things i could list but those are the main ones i wanted to focus on, because these are the ones we tend to take for granted.

My Task for you is to comment 3 things you are grateful for in this very moment that you are reading this.

 

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K x

#TBT My First YouTube Video

So on Monday, I was looking through my old videos to show a friend on twitter that you can still do a make up video without having the High end filming equipment that most girls use today. In looking back for My First Make up Tutorial i also stumbled across my first ever YouTube video and man does it make me cringe!

My First YouTube Video!

It was a 46 Questions tag to introduce myself and it was filmed on an old boxy, White Macbook Pro in photobooth! I was nervous as hell pausing on questions like when is your birthday because I wasnt sure if i should say the year, I kept looking at myself in the screen and playing with my hair, and i was trying way too hard to make sure i looked the part.

More importantly, the point of this blog post is that.. I do not recognise that person. It was Pre Children, Pre baby body, like 30-40kgs lighter, and not to mention the overkill side part!

In listening to the answers I realized that I lied to make myself seem more interesting and generic to the other beauty vloggers, Half of the answers i wouldn’t even think to pick now, like my fave restaurant? Pah lease! i went there once and i NEVER eat at restaurants, since then (5 years ago) i have been to a handful of places. And my¬†fave snack, are you kidding me?! Unsalted peanuts? who the fuck are you! and by the way they are NOT really good for you, DOOFUS!

I was trying so hard that I don’t even recognise who she is, and while i may love the fact that she is a lot slimmer and loved herself alot more than I do I’m more true to who I am now and honest about my thoughts and opinions.

What did you think of the video? Do you look back and wonder the same? how far have you come? What is your throwback?

k x

Why all the Envy!?

Honestly the amount of false hatred caused by envy that I hold in my Heart makes me wonder why I’m not having heart attacks! I have a friend who is an AMAZING blogger ( like i have wanted to be a blogger/vlogger for over 5 years with zero motivation, and here she comes with a goal and boom she does it!) Then I know other people who have been vlogging on YouTube for 5 minutes compared to my 5 years and they are BOOMING! and here i am with my small outreach but instead of using that to drive me to do better, im moping about how everyone i know is better than me at things i have been wanting to do forever compared to their 4 minutes!

I feel hatred, i feel jealousy, i feel mad but the only thing i know for sure is those feelings are just a mask for depression and frustration toward myself for not getting off my now VERY fat arse and doing something about it, not fueling that desire by the negative feelings, instead i wallow… Yeah, real smart Kristy!

Side note: if you are or know who im referencing please try to see this as my journey towards self improvement because if i really look deep down, i feel those things towards myself, not you. My true and honest feelings toward you as a person is pride, pride that you are able to succeed at things im not, pride that you are achieving your goals and pride that you are walking your path.

Now back to inner rage… I sit here full from eating 2 pies, 1/4 bag of snake lollies, 1/8 block of chocolate and a late lunch of KFC and knowing that ive expressed this rage before and nothing, I have set goals before and nothing, i have even written goals in a previous post and still reverted back to where i was, i lose weight and reward myself with food i crave like a little excited puppy. So how do i change, how do i force myself to kick this inner lazy unmotivated bitch out of my head so i can start to feel pride for myself and reach my own goals!

I want to be a mediating, yoga doing, vegan who vlogs and writes her blog, I wanna receive products and items to review for people who care about my opinion, i wanna be able to jump on a trampoline with my kids and not sit on the sidelines watching my sister-in-law play with my kids instead because i exceed the weight limit and don’t wanna break it. but most of all i want to love myself, i dont wanna hate who i am, i dont wanna set goals and just not do them.

Have you experienced this, do you have any tips to help me, or do you just want to share your story too? don’t be shy, knowing you are not alone when you feel the most isolated is the best feeling ever.

K x

 

What’s In a Name

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

I wanted to take a bit of time to focus on my brand name. “Spills and Serenity”

Those of you who have ventured over here from my social media would know that I used to go by “MissKriiiisty” when i first started my YouTube channel 4 years ago.

When I became pregnant and after the birth of my son, i struggled for years to keep up with my content, keeping it consistent and keeping up with the beauty blogger category i had put myself into. Beauty and Make up was no longer a priority, i still very much enjoyed it, but i had been given a new hat to wear. The Mom Hat. I was lucky if i wore make up once a week, hell i was lucky if i showered once a week – Gross i know but don’t judge!

My priorities changed, my passions changed, I changed. I did go through a very tough time with postnatal depression as well as the severe clinical depression I was diagnosed with at 14 so i struggled a lot, self-esteem issues were through the roof and i battled my own demons constantly. Then we started trying to conceive Molly, which in turn took me further than ever from the “Beauty Vlogger” category, I wanted to vlog my pregnancy updates, cravings, symptoms, gender prediction tests. All of the things i didn’t know about when we were trying to conceive Mayson. I went through a couple more name changes, (like this blog post if your were around for MissMommmy) but nothing seemed to resonate with how i felt as a person and who i wanted to become.

After ALOT of deliberation back and forth as well as constant admiration of Amber Marie’s¬†consistency and determination (not to mention how pretty) her blog is, during a coffee date one day, I picked her brain. She knew things i couldn’t have imagined about the creativity of a website, things i was so closed off to because i felt like a foreigner in my own space. She threw ideas at me and gave me so many suggestions that when i went home that night it struck me “SPILLS AND SERENITY”. I immediately rang her to see what she thought of the idea and after explaining how i came up with it she loved it, more importantly, I LOVED IT.

For the first time in years I felt like i had found my brand, the name in which to represent my name, my family, and my goals. So here goes.



SPILLS

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Kristy – 2 Years

The SPILLS portion of the name references to the ups and downs, the mistakes and messes of mother hood, and the tragedies of drama, self-doubt and the over all emotional roller-coaster that is LIFE



SERENITY

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Serenity is the Zen, peaceful body you become when you have reached your goals, accepting you for who you are, changing what makes you unhappy, and becoming the person ou dreamt you could be. Living in a serene world where nothing can get you down because you know who you truly are.



 

So basically to sum it all up, I want to share my journey from the messy and sporadic life I live now, and work my way to a peaceful and serene life i dream of.

Thank you so much for reading and I would love to hear your stores in the comments.

K x