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Collection Contour Kit

Confession time – until recently, I had never tried contouring. I was always too scared that it’d look muddy or unnatural, so I just decided to steer clear. That is, until Collection sent me their new contour kit and I decided to take the bull by the horns! In this post I’m going to give you a complete noob’s guide to contouring, and a review of the Collection contour kit. Comments comments

May Empties - OGX, Plantae, Madre Labs, Za, Kiehl's, Dove, XO Beauty - Lena Talks Beauty

My May Empties

Another month, another empties post, and this time I’ve finished up some products that I truly loved! I have emptied products from Plantae, OGX, Madre Labs, Dove, Za, Kiehl’s, and XO Beauty. Okay, so one isn’t technically an empty but it’s something I’m throwing out so it counts for this. That’s one haircare item, two skincare, three body, and one makeup tool. Let’s get into it! Comments comments

iHerb haul - Bdellium Tools, HoneyBee Gardens & Ecotools - Lena Talks Beauty

iHerb haul – Bdellium, HoneyBee Gardens & Ecotools

One of my favourite online shopping websites is iHerb.com, and today I’m sharing my latest haul. iHerb sells a lot of natural food and healthcare products, but the main thing I buy from there is beauty products (of course!). This most recent order is more about the tools, rather than cosmetics, although one little item of makeup hopped into my cart. In this post I’ve shared my first impressions of two Bdellium Tools makeup brushes, an EcoTools hairbrush, and a Honeybee Gardens lip liner. Comments comments

LOVE L7004S Black Clearly.co.nz, Oasis Sun, Za True White Power Block UV

Practice Safe Sun

For most people, sunscreen is their first line of defence against the damaging rays of the sun. That is a great step, and an important thing to use, but an another important step is sunglasses. We can’t forget slip slop slap wrap – wrap on a pair of close-fitting sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses protects not only your eyes, but also the delicate skin in the eye area. In this post I’ll be showing you my fab new sunglasses that Clearly.co.nz sent me and giving you some tips to practice safe sun. Comments comments

Australis Banana Powder, Maybelline Color Drama pencil Berry Much, L'Oreal Infallible Matte FX powder lipstick Virgin

Priceline haul – Australis, L’Oreal, and Maybelline

During my recent trip to Melbourne, Priceline was having a 40% off cosmetics sale! Priceline is always one of my first stops in Australia, for makeup, skincare, haircare, and basically every product I want to buy. They have a great range of ‘drugstore’ brands, and include quite a few that we don’t have easily accessible in New Zealand. Makeup is generally cheaper in Australia than in NZ, so I was pretty excited by that! I didn’t actually end up buying a huge amount of makeup because my collection is a ridiculous size (I blame blogging for that), but I did get a few things from Australis, L’Oreal, and Maybelline. Comments comments

How to get more Instagram followers - advice from Lena Talks Beauty

How to get more Instagram followers

Instagram is a massively growing social platform, and my favourite social network to use at the moment. It’s great fun, as well as being a good place to promote your blog. This year I’ve really focused on Instagram as opposed to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest and the myriad other social networks out there, and I’ve had success in driving traffic to my blog via instagram. Since I’ve begun to have success with it, I decide to share how to get more Instagram followers. I know I don’t have the hugest Instagram following, but I have more than doubled it in the last 6 months, so I wanted to share what has worked for me to gain more followers on Instagram. This post is particularly relevant for people who have beauty Instagram accounts, but will apply to most Instagram niches. Comments comments

Artistic color gloss manicure

Where to get nails done in Auckland and other questions

People quite often ask me for recommendations for various beauty services, such as hair and nails. So, today I’m rounding up a list of the places where I go for these services. This post will likely only be useful for those of you who live in Auckland, but maybe some of you will be visiting in the future, so it could come in handy. If you want to know the best place in Auckland to get your makeup done, or a wax – then this is the post for you! Comments comments

YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Awakening Foundation

YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Awakening Foundation

YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Awakening Foundation is the most luxurious foundation I have ever used, but does its performance match up to its beautiful packaging? YSL Touche Éclat highlighting pen is incredibly popular for it’s brightening and luminizing effects so it’s sister foundation was created in 2012. Now YSL Beauté have released an advanced formula which promises to deliver “sublime radiance, weightlessness, and the perfect coverage for an even and luminous skin enlivened with a healthy-looking glow”. I was lucky enough to be sent this by YSL and have been using it for the last few weeks, and will be sharing my review of it in this post. Comments comments

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March and April empties

This post combines my empties from March and April, since I didn’t get the chance to write a post at the end of March. I finished or decided to throw away 9 different items over those two months, from makeup to skincare, haircare, body and more. The empties are from Models Prefer, Essence, Real Techniques, Za, La Roche-Posay, and Lush. Get ready for a long post, because I have a lot to say about them – maybe make yourself a cup of tea, I’ll be waiting right here. Comments comments

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

Second blogging anniversary and giveaway!

Last Friday was the second anniversary of Lena Talks Beauty. I published my first post on 15/04/2014 and wow, have the two years been exciting! I never quite expected to have developed such a great audience, and have so many awesome people reading my posts. I feel really lucky that people want to read what I have to say, and even brands want to send me things to review. I really appreciate all of the support over the last two years. To say thanks, I bought the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette to give away! Comments comments