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…)
This eyeshadow palette has been on my wish-list for two long years. You can’t buy Urban Decay in New Zealand and, despite reading umpteen blogs singing the palette’s praises, I was nervous at the prospect of spending NZ$100 on getting an item shipped over from the UK/Australia without having the option of ‘trying before I buy’. Anyway. I finally got one… Knowing what I know now, I wish I’d just bitten the bullet two years ago and just bought it!
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a few lots of beauty products I indulged in when I went to Singapore and Thailand in July (it’s rude not to take advantage of duty free, right?) Anyhow, it occurred to me that this little ripper of a product from Clinique, which has been around for a while, it’s just new to me, is so blinking good it deserves it’s own post: It’s my top beauty purchase of 2013. It is so good that I have been waxing lyrical about this lately, instead of recent makeup finds.
Here’s five inexpensive and affordable makeup products that are all tried and tested and are now staples in my makeup kit. In NZ (and Aussie) makeup costs a fortune due to the huge costs associated with transporting it into Paradise. So I’m insatiable with my quest for beauty bargains!
Playing hair and beauty with Caroline is my idea of a perfect activity. She does my hair (she’s a super talented hairdresser). Then I wave my makeup brushes around getting creative. All of this while drinking great coffee, listening to good beats, with great conversation to boot. On this particular day, following Caroline hiding the silver in my hair, it was my turn to play makeup. We thought we’d go for a slightly different look – I was keen to try out any look that would take Caroline out of her reported comfort zone of neutral colours. Caroline kindly gave me free reign to do whatever look I liked! So, I went for a smokey eye using pinky/plummy and burgundy tones. We were both rapt with the look. Here’s the products used: (more…)
I was mortified when I dropped my MAC eyeshadow on the floor (it was the colour ‘Brun’, in case you are interested). At NZ$38 a pop, it was an amateur mistake. Unfortunately it was an eyeshadow I used every day (not on my eyes, by the way, on my brows, it’s my favourite brow powder).
But I’d heard that broken eyeshadows/blushers can be fixed and I was up for that! So, after a five minute investment of time on You Tube to witness this first hand, I bolted to the chemist to buy some rubbing alcohol ($6) and presto – my eyeshadow is (almost) as good as new. To be honest, the colour now it’s fixed is slightly lighter, but it works just fine. I’m rapt.