I buy a lot of beauty products. Mostly I do a lot of research before I buy so I don’t cock up with my beauty purchases too often. But I do, sometimes… And it really bums me out to waste money! Here’s five items I’ve bought that didn’t live up to my expectations – that I now chalk this up to experience! (I don’t like using the word regret…) (more…)
Beauty Product Reviews
I’ve heard glowing reviews about ELF’s makeup and cosmetics range via beauty bloggers and fellow makeup geeks. ELF (short for Eyes, Lips, Face) is a well known makeup brand from the USA with a cheap price point, e.g. Under US$5 (in the USA). Being a bit of a beauty cheapskate, it’s been a real frustration to me that, up until last week, ELF has only been available to Kiwis via online shopping.
A few months ago I heard an exciting rumor that ELF was coming to Kmart in New Zealand. That rumour turned out to be 100% true and, fast forward to now, ELF is established in most Kmart stores nationwide (albeit most stores have reportedly sold out already!).
To show my dedication to you, lovely readers, I decided to do some research. So, for the hefty sum of NZ$18 I purchased three items: An ‘Eyebrow Kit’, an eyelash curler and a tube of cream highlighter/shimmer. After all that hype, were these hit, or miss? (more…)
I rarely wake up feeling like I’ve had a cracking night’s sleep. My norm is staggering out of bed each morning, bitching about my unfortunate lack of willpower on social media/cleaning/tidying/reading/mindless internet surfing (the usual culprits that result in me hitting the sack far too late). This is why I’m a really big fan of ‘faking awake’ with makeup most mornings. I love applying a dab of light coloured shimmery eyeshadow to the inner corner of my eye and applying a matt nude eyeliner to my waterline (like this Rimmel one I waxed lyrical about in my January favourites blog post). These two tricks alone and I can look like I’m firing on all cylinders, when, actually, I’m not. (more…)
About three years ago a wonderful friend (who shall remain nameless) and I were bitching and moaning about the perils of aging, including the overnight onset of wrinkles. Not to be outdone by her whinging about her wrinkles I pointed to the crease running across the centre of my forehead. “Oooooh yes”, she said, peering closer. “You really should get that seen to!”. Ouch! I guess that serves me right for pointing it out in the first place!
You know how I bang on about doing your eyebrows all the time? And you know how I love finding new budget friendly beauty products that do a good job? Well, I’ve discovered a new ripper of a product, found at… Drum roll, my local Dollar King shop! Introducing Milani’s Brow Fix Brow Kit. (more…)
“Do I need to get good makeup brushes?”… “Aren’t they really expensive?” These questions are two of the most frequently asked makeup-related questions I get! Yes is the answer to the first question. No is the answer (and the good news) to the second question! Keep reading, I’m here to help. (more…)
I guess it’s no secret I buy a lot of beauty products (and try a lot of food!). Frequently I use an awesome product, or consume something amazing and I think to myself “I must blog about this so other people know about it…” So, starting now, I thought at the start of each month I’ll do a quick and dirty round up of my favourite Beauty Foodie things for the previous month. Here we go… 🙂
Health Basics Shower Gel: These are Kiwi made with lots of goodies: Soap free, paraben free, hypo-allergenic fragrances and if you are a neat freak, you’ll like that these can hang upside down in the shower and they have a drip free nozzle (I’m definitely getting old appreciating things like this!). I liked how this product cleansed yet is gentle on the skin. The great price point also gets the thumbs up. All up, a great family shower gel. NZ$5 from all supermarkets. (more…)
This might be my quickest review ever…. I was super excited to hear beauty giants Nivea had put out an in-shower body lotion/skin conditioner. I was all over this reckoning this was going to be the next best thing since BB cream. (more…)