It’s the last day of 2014 and I’m cat- and house-sitting with Callum for friends who are away. We’re only on the other side of town but it feels like a miniature holiday of our own! There are a few things going on tonight, but let’s be real, at midnight I’ll probably be in bed with a book I’ve nicked from Grace’s shelf or catching up on Project Runway All Stars.
For now, I thought I’d finish off the year with a list of 14 things that happened to me this year, in no particular order.
I was in Countdown with a migraine the other day, buying myself treats and picking up as much codeine as I could from the pharmacy (spoiler: not very much). Despite my headache stupor I couldn’t stop myself browsing the skincare and was genuinely excited when I saw the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range. It’s a supermarket-priced skincare range that contains hyaluronic acid! You may know how much I love hyaluronic acid, and you may also know that products containing it are usually pretty costly.
So what’s the big deal about hyaluronic acid, and why should you buy this stuff?
Hyacinth Girl is a beauty blog, but like all bloggers I’m a sucker for a good notebook. The other weekend my Mum needed to buy some gifts so we spent an afternoon on Cuba Street, shopping for cute things. Here are my three favourite stores for nice paper goods in Wellington!
Are you following me on Instagram? I was lukewarm to Instagram until I got my new phone. The 5S has a decent camera, so I can snap pictures when I’m getting ready in the morning instead of hauling my big DSLR out. I’ve been posting photos on Instagram that don’t make it on to the blog, so I thought I’d do a quick roundup here.
As much as I love watching Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, it has taught me to be wary of beauty salons, so I don’t treat myself as often as I should (budget may also be a factor in this). I was genuinely excited when I heard the news that Spring Spa was opening in Wellington, though, as it’s a venture from the same owners as East Day Spa, which is pretty much the only place I will trust with my face/body/appendages. Last week I got the chance to have a facial at the new Spring Spa Wellington and it was incredible. I will tell you more about how it was incredible, if you’ll let me.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. People are always like “why do we need to be made aware of cancer? I know what cancer is,” and I’ve definitely fallen prey to this logic before.
What the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation are doing this year kinda explains the awareness thing. We all know breast cancer exists. But are we aware of our own breasts, and would we be able to recognise the signs ourselves?
Last week Callum and I celebrated our five year anniversary in the fanciest and cheesiest way we knew how: with dinner at the Hippopotamus and a night at the Museum Art Hotel. A staycation, if you will. The cheesiness was due to the fact we ordered the five course degustation at dinner – one course for each year we’ve been together. Lame, right? We never do anything romantic (I don’t even know if we acknowledged our anniversary last year) but we figured five years was a pretty big deal.
Dr Elena Tucker, left and Dr Zoe Hilton, right
When I found out L’Oreal were holding a Girls In Science forum to discuss women in science and introduce high school girls to strong female role models in science, I really wanted to go along. Unfortunately, like many good things, it was in Auckland and I am not. Fortunately, the lovely Teresa (you may know her blog, Brush & Bullet) agreed to go along and cover it for Hyacinth Girl. Anything that supports women’s education is something I will 100% get behind. I wish there had been an event like this for me to go to when I was a chemistry student in high school!
If you’ve spent any amount of time whiling away your working hours on Facebook, you’ve probably have noticed posts from the I Fucking Love Science page popping up on your newsfeed. Stem cells, quantum entanglement, videos of snakes devouring crocodiles — it’s 2014, and science has hit the zeitgeist. Science is for everyone. Science is cool. So you gotta wonder at all the surprised, condescending, and downright sexist comments when it turned out the IFLS page was run by Elise Andrew, a woman.
So Mecca Cosmetica have lowered their prices across stores in New Zealand and Australia in light of Sephora opening stores in Australia next year. Is this good news? Of course. Will this make shopping here finally more viable than buying online? Possibly not. I’ve mocked up a few hypothetical Sephora orders to calculate whether it’s worth it.
Quick post today because I have had a mega busy week, and am going to be even busier this weekend: running our first ever #feministmakeupping event. Vee had the great idea of taking the tumblr tag #feministmakeupping offline and making it into a fun and inclusive afternoon of makeup and discussion about where makeup intersects with feminism. Because I’m a big feminist and fairly capable at organising events I volunteered to help her out. Details below!