I have a confession. I’ve been cheating on the Best Mascara Ever (Maybelline’s The Falsies). I’ve sworn black and blue that The Falsies is the best mascara ever and I won’t deviate. But I can’t help myself… I’ll be committed to finding the world’s best mascara for the rest of my life. Introducing Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara. (more…)
I’ve embarked on a new mission in life: To encourage Kiwi woman to do their brows… Why? A picture often speaks a thousand words. Check out these photos of well-known celebrities. This is what a lot of women with neglected, pale eyebrows actually look like. I rest my case. Kiwi women, we need to up our game, the rest of the world has been onto this for years.
I’ve got a massive girl crush on the actress Mila Kunis, mainly, I confess, as I think her makeup is perfection. I love the sultry sexy smokey eye that is her trademark look, so I thought I’d have a bash at re-creating it. This is my ‘toned down’ day version. For a more evening appropriate look I ramp this up with a dark grey eyeshadow applied thickly along my upper lashline, black eyeliner on my waterline as well as smoked out on my lower lashline and, of course, lashings of mascara. This is my favourite look right now and – BONUS… It’s pretty quick to do! (more…)
Looking for a smokey eye that isn’t brown or grey? Here’s a smokey eye with a twist, using navy on the lid, a matt brown in the crease and white on the inner eye corner. It’s pretty easy, have a go! The great thing about this look is that you can easily copy the technique and substitute the navy eyeshadow for any dark colour (brown, grey, green, etc). Have fun and get creative! (more…)
Every now and then I do a makeup night with friends/colleagues where I teach a few tricks. This one always has people playing close attention, after all, who doesn’t want bigger, brighter eyes? The day I took these photos my eyes were in the perfect state, a bit bloodshot, tired from 6 hours sleep (up with a sick boy), and the bags under my eyes more pronounced than usual (damn genetics!). But hey, I’m approaching forty, and I refuse to remove my wrinkles on Photoshop, this is not Vogue! This trick brightens tired eyes and makes your eyelashes look super long. Good news too: These eyeshadow colours (or similar) as well as the techniques used will work on most skin tones and eye shapes. Give it a go, you’ll be impressed! Sleep? Who needs sleep? (more…)
Someone asked me recently what my favourite ‘beauty find’ was. What a great question. Clinique’s Take the Day off Balm? Good undereye concealer? Eyeshadow primer? Waterproof mascara to keep my lashes curled? Absolutely all favorite finds but actually, top of my Beauty Finds Charts is dry shampoo. The person who asked was momentarily floored with my answer… “Like the stuff you should use when you go camping?” So here’s a blog post to dispel that myth. Dry shampoo is a secret weapon and it’s not just for camping (or the nursing home).
Youngblood is a cosmetics range that, up until a couple of months ago, I’d never heard of until my hairdressers, Hair@88 in Havelock North, launched the brand in their salon. I was rapt to get invited to their launch party! Having now spent time playing with the products and reading online reviews, I’m wondering where the heck I’ve been: This brand is a) Well known and, b) It gets rave reviews! By the way I’ve learnt that you don’t have to be young to wear this brand, thank goodness (I definitely don’t qualify as young anymore).
I’m an unashamed fan of this DIRT CHEAP brand which is widely available in NZ through many 1,2,3 Shops, $2 Shops and D-City. The price point is unbeatable – $4 to $4.50 for all items and I think some of the range(definitely not all!) is great. It represents astonishing value for money, especially in Down Under where purchasing makeup can sometimes almost require a home re-mortgage! (more…)