Here’s the round-up of my beauty and foodie favourites for the month of April!

MAC Whole Lotta Love Pro Longwear Blush

I’ve had this hot pink/red blush for ages, lost it, refound it again (under the passenger seat of my car) and I’m not letting it out of my sight. Whole Lotta Love is a Pro Longwear blush that was recommended to me at Britomart’s Pro Mac store.  I mentioned to the sales assistant that I was in the market for a new blush, something that had no coral or peach tones (as I seem to own a tonne of these). I was steered in the direction of some bright pink in the form of Whole Lotta Love. I was nervous I’d ended up looking like a dolly, but clearly, I didn’t.  Certainly a super light hand is needed with this bright pink blush, but I love the ‘just got back from exercise’ look it gives my complexion, along with the awesome pigmentation and long lasting wear. This is my first Pro Longwear Blush – and I’m going to predict it won’t be my last. Note the pic below doesn’t quite show how vibrant it is!mac whole lotta love blush review


Kumara Chips

These are a taste sensation. Four ingredients: Kumara (unpeeled), rice bran oil, along with salt and pepper. Made in NZ, 100% natural. Boom.  I got these out of interest from Okere Falls Store and fell in love. I’ve been having these in place of croutons on my soup lately (gotta love winter and soup season). Totally delicious and I’m hanging out to try the other flavour, smoked paprika and onion. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for these bad boys!  Cost: NZ$7.50 for a 180g bag. Click here for a list of stockists.

the original kumara chips

The original kumara chip

Moreish Foaming Cleanser

I’ve had this a while, the lovely team at Moreish kindly sent this to me (thanks!). However, Moreish wasn’t available then in NZ, so I put off raving about it because I didn’t want to tick off NZ fans were were still bummed that Moreish was only available on Aussie shores. But, hallelujah the Moreish range has landed in Countdown!  Get stuck in ladies, this stuff is great (and not just their cleanser). I love this gentle foaming cleanser for it’s gentle (doh) but thorough cleansing job. It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean (but not tight, which foaming cleansers are prone to do). It’s got no baddies either, just jam packed full of organic natural stuff including their key ingredient, argan oil (spoiler… I love this too – come back next month!).  The fragrance is light – kind of on the, ah, citrussy side (you know me, rubbish at describing how stuff smells…)   Can we also pause and sing praises to their new packaging? So pretty, I wanted to keep the box just to look at… Available from: Countdown  Price: NZ$25 (for 200ml)

moreish foaming cleanser review

Countdown’s shelves – I do love a beauty sale!

 Makeup Geek – Prom Night Eyeshadow

akeup geek prom night eyeshadow reviewI have so many Makeup Geek eyeshadows I didn’t think I needed anymore, until I stayed with Mum before we moved from Napier to Rotorua. Oh yes, I got stuck into the Makeup Geek eyeshadow palette I bought her for her birthday and Prom Night promptly went on my Must Have Beauty Shopping List. Colourwise it’s a pale purple with hints of grey and a shimmery finish. It’s gorgeous on all eye colours, especially green eyed gals.  Click here for a swatch on the Makeup Geek site. 

If you haven’t heard of Makeup Geek and are looking to expand your makeup collection, I can’t speak highly enough of their eyeshadows, blushes and makeup brushes… The quality (it’s up there with MAC), their price point (US$5.99 for an eyeshadow, noting it comes in ‘pan form’ not in a little case!) and, happily, they ship internationally to NZ for reasonable postage rates. Tip top stuff.  I did a review on some Makeup Geek products last year, you can find out more details here.

prom night  makeup geek
Prom night on the lids, blended out with Makeup Geek’s Unexpected, with a little bit of Mac Beauty Marked in the outer corner.

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

I hinted about this product in my recent Empties blog post. As the owner of seriously oily eyelids I’ve been a massive fan of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to keep my eyeshadow in place all day. But… I’ve found a product that slides firmly into first place for ‘The Best Eyeshadow Primer’. Introducing Nars Smudgeproof eyeshadow base. Applies with an invisible and silky finish and the result is no oily eyelids, no smudging, no slippy eyeshadow. Yeah baby:   Smoking hot eyeshadow – all day.  I can’t believe Nars’ version is even better than Urban Decay’s Superhero product. Spoiler alert: This will be in my 2015 Favourites!  If you want to know the ins-and-outs of eyeshadow primer, I can deliver: Read this 🙂  Available from: Mecca Cosmetics (online here or in store in Auckland). Price: NZ$39.

nars smudgeproof eyeshadow base


Twinings Lemon & Ginger Tea

As a self-confessed coffee addict I’m always on the lookout for caffeine free tea that’ll hit the spot. I’ve ploughed my way through a box of Twinings Lemon & Ginger Tea in the last month, and that’s just the stash at home (there’s a second stash at work!).  It’s citrus (obviously) and spicy with big hits of ginger.  I’ll be on to box three soon. Available from: Most supermarkets. Price: NZ$5.15.

Twinings Lemon and ginger tea

What’s spinning your beauty foodie wheels this month?