Thursday, 28 June 2018

Luxi Buff - Artisan Soap & Natural Body Products

'Luxi Buff is all about natural, preservative free, good for you soaps and beauty products made from organic and palm free oils, butters and essential oils ensuring its also good for our world.'

Gina from Luxi Buff handcrafts all of her products in her Christchurch studio. She has a beautiful range of artisan soaps, whipped body lotions, lotion bars, lotion balms, face products, hair & body products, baby products and also gift boxes!

I adore Luxi Buff's Watermelon Crush Soap and when Gina approached me to work with her, I was so excited to try it out! She also kindly sent me an all natural Daily Facial Balm from her range. 

Enjoy reading about what I think! 

Becky x 

Luxi Buff

Watermelon Crush Cold Processed Soap

This soap is amazing! I love love LOVE the colour and the scent is beautiful. All of my kids love watermelon and we eat a lot of it in the Summer, so this soap immediately takes me to hot Summer days playing with the kids with watermelon from the fridge to cool us off.
The poppy seeds in the soap act well as a gentle exfoliator for your skin. It lathers up really nicely and leaves your skin so fresh and clean.

Daily Facial Balm

This Facial Balm is stunning. I have been using it for a week now and I put it on after I have showered, toned and moisterised my face.  It sinks into your skin beautifully, you can almost see it absorbing before your eyes. 
Rose Geranium with hints of Rosemary & Bergamont Essential Oils have been used in this product and the scent is so delicate and gorgeous.
You only need a tiny bit of this balm and I can see it lasting so well!

Daily Facial Balm 30g is $16.50


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Social Media, Find Your Voice - Julie, Enshantia Designs

Starting out on social media can be so overwhelming. When I first started using Facebook for Enshantia Designs I couldn’t think of any words to accompany the images of my artwork. My mind literally went blank and I felt lost and “digitally mute”. Is that even a thing? It is now ;) Ok my mind wasn’t completely blank, it was filled with self-doubt. Will anyone want to read this? Will this grab attention? What should I be saying? What shouldn’t I be saying?

When I finally did think of words, (usually after agonising and overthinking for hours), I would press enter then anxiously look at Facebook insights to see if my post got good engagement. If I was a finger nail chewer back then I would have had none left!

The constant overthinking then checking insights meant that I wasn’t enjoying sharing my art on social media at all! So after a very long time of doing this, (well over a year… crazy huh?), I took a complete break from Facebook.

Cue self-reflection time! After a lot of thinking… I realised fear was my issue, I was scared of not being good enough in the great big intimidating world that is social media. Because of this fear my posts were not a reflection of me as Julie the artist, the real me. I decided on the spot I would focus on being my authentic self. Images of my art, my joy and my passion in life deserved to be accompanied by words from the real artist behind Enshantia Designs, me! So I made the jump to be more authentic, (not literally, because exercise is not my jam :p ).

How did I do it?

1. I got rid of all expectations of myself by no longer comparing myself to bigger more successful social media accounts.

2. I relaxed and decided that if I really wanted to connect with my audience I needed to be myself. So I started to word my posts as if I was talking to a close friend. Although admittedly I talk a lot in real life, so I keep my posts short because let’s be honest here, waffle isn’t great when newsfeed space is so limited. Who really likes clicking “see more”?

3. I realised social media is “Social” and if I wanted to make real connections I needed to be me with my humour, my silliness and my blunt honesty. All the attributes my friends value in me. 

Guess what? It worked! I have so many people on my Facebook page that I have connected with on a real level. I hate using the word ‘fans’ for page likers because my audience are people just like me. I call my page likers “My Lovelies” because connecting with people through my artwork on social media truly is lovely for me as an artist! I have made real friends on Facebook and treasure the connections and engagement I have. I also applied this new way of thinking when I started my Instagram account and I’m happy to say I have made so many amazing connections with other IG accounts.

I hope the story of my social media journey and how I found my voice helps someone reading this. Take home message: be yourself, be authentic and people will respond. Emoji’s help especially on Instagram. Poke your tongue out if you need to and don’t be scared to wink. If you’re having a bad day, use a grumpy emoji, people will relate. There is room in social media for your voice, it is your asset and your point of difference. You too can find your voice!

*disclaimer, I am not a social media guru. I am an artist who found her online voice ;)

Julie x

Julie is such a talented NZ artist. 
Find out more about her business Enshantia Designs here:


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Lip Balm Review - Yes Organics

'Handcrafted and yummy, Yes Organics Lip Balms are packed with premium oils and butters, they nourish, moisturise and rejuvenate lips beautifully and naturally. Carefully selected, each very ingredient has a purpose to create a tube of goodness that oh so really works!

Proudly made in New Zealand with love and care, Yes Organics is all about cruelty free, 100% natural and organic lip balms with no preservatives.

We use premium, fair trade, 100% natural, ethically sourced, cruelty free and certified organic (where possible) ingredients.' 

Preeti from Yes Organics so kindly sent me three of her Lip Balms to photograph and try. 

I love them!

Styling & Photos by FOCUS by Becky x

I was given a Chocolicious, Lemonade and Tropical Temptation lip balm.
They all smell gorgeous, moisterise beautifully and are lovely on. 
I love how their scents are exactly what you would expect and they definitely fit their names. 

If you are interested in what it is that you are putting on your lips, then Yes Organics is a wonderful site for you to read. Each of their Lip Balms have information about what is in them and the benefits of each ingredient. I find this particularly interesting and learnt a LOT from reading their site. I love how they are made with organic ingredients and are 100% natural. 

Well, what can I say, if you love chocolate, you are going to love this! It smells exactly like chocolate.


I love this one. The scent of the lemon and lime is so fresh.


This one is definitely for the lovers of coconut. It is so yummy!

Tropical Temptation

Each of the Yes Organics Lip Balms are $12.99 with a limited time offer of free shipping in NZ.

The other flavours are:

+ Citrus Splash (Orange & Tangerine)
+ Mint As (Peppermint)
+ Liquoricious (Liquorice)
+ Chocomint (Cocoa & Peppermint)

I completely recommend this beautiful NZ business!
Here are some further details:


Monday, 18 June 2018

The Paper Gazelle

With a background in fine arts and graphic design, Jay's new business The Paper Gazelle is definitely one you will love!
You will find beautiful fine illustrations, hand lettering, art prints, wooden wall plaques, signage, stationery and also styling and design services.

I have watched Jay's hand lettering videos on Instagram and I am fixed. I could watch them for hours! Her lettering is stunning.

With the excitement of her new website launch, you can make the most of


Enjoy this beautiful find,
Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself 

I’m currently a stay at home mum who loves all aspects of designing, creating and styling. My background was originally in graphic design and visual styling in interiors, however for the last 10 years I’ve been working in a corporate environment until I left to go on maternity leave. 

I love neutral colours, grey and stripes on everything, travelling overseas, trying new restaurants and re-watching 90s chick flicks over and over again. 

'Welcome To Our Home' Plaque

Tell us a little bit about The Paper Gazelle

I started an Instagram account at the beginning of this year to document and share some of my projects. This account was really to motivate myself to be more consistent with finishing projects but also to connect with other likeminded creatives. 

Through making, illustrating and lettering again, I found that I really missed and still loved being creative. After a few lovely messages from people to make some custom orders, I decided to start a business in April. 

'Say Yes to New Adventures' Art Print

How did you name The Paper Gazelle? 

I found a pair of brass Mr & Mrs Gazelles in an amazing antique shop in Blenheim while on a trip to celebrate my 30th birthday that my sister and family had planned for me. They are amongst my most prized possessions for sentimental reasons from our trip but I also love them because they are such elegant and beautiful animals. After playing around with quite a few different options with the word gazelle, I settled on The Paper Gazelle. 

Floral Letter Plaque

What is your favourite part of running your own business? 

So far it has been getting back into designing and making across so many mediums. I love that no two days are the same and keeps me busy. I also love the flexibility it has given me to be able to spend the days with my son who is growing up so quickly, and then be able to work at nights. 


What is one thing you do daily to make your business work? 

Have a LOT of coffee!! J Make lists on pretty stationary, my day planner and neutral coloured post-its!! On most days, I find breaking projects down into small tasks help me fit in one or two things in before my son wakes up from his nap! 

Plywood Signage

Where to from here with your business? 

At the moment, the big milestone for me has been launching my website TODAY! I have designed and built it myself and I can’t wait to see some orders come through!

'Foliage ABC' Print

Instagram: @thepapergazelle 
Pinterest: The Paper Gazelle 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Molly & Baxter's Place - Handmade Children's Decor, Clothing & Playtime Accessories

Paula and I first met online back in 2011 when she ran Slipstitch and I was very busy popping buttons with my hair accessory business MilliRose.

Paula has added more to her range and Slipstitch is now Molly & Baxter's Place. 
I have always adored Paula's sewing and her absolute attention to detail shows in every piece she hand makes. 

Enjoy your read and find some beautiful handmade products throughout the feature,
Becky x

'Create the perfect space for your children to relax and play with a range of finishing touches to suit any bedroom theme.'

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and bred on the West Coast then moved to Christchurch to go to University. After I completed my degree, I worked in the travel industry which was an amazing career and allowed me to see so many beautiful parts of the world. I have always had a love of creating and as a child was happiest when I was surrounded by cardboard, sellotape, glitter and glue! 

Tell us a little bit about Molly & Baxter's Place

I started my original business ‘Slipstitch’ as a distraction from the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, making children’s clothing, toys and accessories. Eventually, my creativity evolved beyond fabric and sewing, so I changed my business name to encompass a wider range of medium. 

How did you name Molly & Baxter’s Place?

When deciding on my initial business concept, I imagined welcoming customers to our home and leading them into a children’s bedroom filled with a treasure trove of my products. Baxter is actually the name of my eldest child’s first toy and then it was just a matter of choosing another name that worked and creating branding to match my concept.

What is your favourite part of running your own business?

I love the freedom and flexibility that it provides, allowing me to have the best of both worlds, by spending time with my children while pursuing my own dreams and creative goals.

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

Social media is something I do regularly so every Monday I sit down and plan content I want to include for the week ahead. I schedule my posts on Facebook and Instagram, so it’s all done automatically and I can spend more time creating and less time on the laptop!

Where to from here with your business?

I love that Molly and Baxter’s place is constantly evolving as I find different mediums to explore. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas and trying new techniques and even though a lot of trial and error is involved, it’s very satisfying when the finished product turns out as you’d hoped and people love it as much as you do. 

Instagram: @mollyandbaxtersplace

Mini Combi Van & Caravan Combo

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Creation Station NZ - Custom Clothing

Angela from Creation Station NZ sent me a gorgeous long sleeved custom tee for my daughter who has just turned 3.
I was able to choose everything, the design, tee colour, and the printed colours.

It is such gorgeous quality and the gold 3 is stunning. 

Angela and her husband are parents of 3 young children and they work together to produce high quality custom clothing and personalised gifts
She was so lovely to communicate with, she listened carefully and I love the result! 
I really recommend these two awesome NZ business owners!

 My daughter is really proud of turning 3 (she has three older brothers to keep up with!! ) and so she LOVES her new tee!

Thank you so much Angela and team x

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