Left to Right: Alofa's, Spectrum (jar in back), Elemis,
Monoi Tahiti, Pure Fiji Reniu
Alofa's is a brand that I pick up ridiculous amounts of, each time that I'm visiting New Zealand. A friend of my cousin actually makes them, and they come in various scents like vanilla, strawberry and mokosoi (mohokoi--the flower used to create Chanel #5). I always bring home handfuls to share with friends, as a lot of my girlfriends like to use it in their hair. In the back we have Spectrum, which is just a jar of coconut oil that I use to drench my hair in for a deep condition. Next is Elemis. This has become a favorite of my mama--and as the Elemis skincare line is generally very good, their oil is as well. Moving on, is the Monoi Tahiti brand, which is found all throughout the Pacific and is a bit of an old standby, and then Pure Fiji's Reniu. I really enjoy the Pure Fiji line, as they are truly based in Fiji (unlike many brands that love to market the word), and they create smaller sized bottles that are good for the handbag.
Left to Right: NARS Monoi Body Glow, Adara Pure
Virgin Coconut Oil
If you are looking for a special treat--perhaps something to dab on your wrists in addition to perfume, a good one worth trying out would be NARS' Monoi Body Glow, or one of Adara's oils. Both offer a lighter scented version of the above oils, and in my case are used a bit more sparingly.
As if I haven't raved about it before, coconut oil can cure a world of hurt--from eczema to a flaky scalp, premature wrinkling and various other skin problems. Do you use it regularly? Is there a line that I'm missing out on?
I was tagged by the sweet Tina_mbc at All The Vanity. Have you checked out her blog before? This lady has got it going on! The objective is to complete the following 20 questions honestly, and 'tell your readers something'.
1. What is your favourite item of clothing?
I like clothing...a lot! I would say that something I have always found interesting and has stuck around, has been this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress. I absolutely love her style, as she creates things that are a bit ethnic and soulful.
2. What are your biggest obsessions?
Beauty products, food, being around family and friends. I don't need much more in life.
3. Who inspires you?
Those who are confident, have a keen sense of who they are, have done something that was questionable, yet it really worked out for them. Strong women. Kind men.
4. Who is your favourite designer and why?
A couple. I love Elie Saab, and also Tracy Reese--for the same reasons listed above: their work translates to many different things in my eyes. In terms of bridal, I was (and am still) really intrigued by Ines de Santo.
5. What is your favourite song ever?
I really and truly love music--but in terms of "ever"? There is something about the Ave Maria that is so comforting and is always welcomed. Since there are so many versions, it's difficult to become tired of--my favorite arrangement is Franz Biebl's.
6. What is your favourite song right now?
Couldn't tell ya--I'll move to whatever's on! Lately I've been enjoying listening to some new island artists over at Urban Pasifik Musik.
7. If you were a sweetie, what would you be?
Dweebs (they were cousins of Nerds)
8. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet--what words would you use to describe
The colors of a peacock feather.
9. What's your favourite film?
Muriel's Wedding (hehehe)
10. Who's your favourite actor?
Ben Stiller & Will Ferrell
11. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Tonga. I need a trip. There. Soon.
12. What are your 3 favourite smells?
Gardenia, honey, and sugar milk
13. What are your 3 favourite tastes?
Spicy anything, Coffee, and thin refreshing drinks (like lemon water, or most clear liquids)
14. What is your most treasured possession?
Wedding bands, crucifix and rosary passed down from my nan, letters from my other gramma, gramma's cookbook--I have quite a few...
15. What did you always want to do/be when you grew up?
A sister--as in a nun (would dress up as one for halloween for a couple years in a row), then a pilot, then an attorney...*sigh*. There's only one of those things that I don't still want to do. Take a guess as to what it is?
16. If you were an ice-cream, what flavour would you be?
Mint chocolate chip
17. If someone made a short film of your life, who would play you?
Ermm..these are some weird questions. I don't know--I suppose anyone could do the job, with enough makeup and a wig ;)
18. What would your perfect afternoon consist of?
Lots of food, drinks, and laughter shared with those of whom I am close to
19. If you were a flower, what would you be?
Maybe a gardenia--I would smell nice, but turn brown when left in the sun ;)
20. Tell me a random thing--a quote, line from a song, book, movie..
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty only being skin deep. That's deep enough. What do you want--an adorable pancreas? -Jean Kerr
All done! Now I tag Kajal Couture, Rocaille, and Dila--and anyone else that would like to participate!
Lastly, an update on Project 5-Pan: The Body Edition. I have officially completed the challenge, and am earnestly trying to complete the original Makeup Edition.
The project came to an end with this guy (an Arbonne RE9 Toner Mist), and a now non-existent bar of Lush's Honey I Washed The Kids Soap. In all, it was a good reminder to finish off the products that I let lie around when I decide to jump on a new skincare routine--and the feeling of completion was yet again a good one. I celebrated by picking up two more tins of MAC's Honey Salve, as pan has nearly been hit on the original tin. If you haven't yet checked that out--now is the time to do so, before it disappears from the counters.
For those participating, how are you ladies coming along with 5-Pan?