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Skincare & body product gift sets – Trilogy, Lush & Clinique

My Christmas gift guide series continues today with some skincare and body product gift sets. Trilogy has several beautiful skincare gift sets, as does Clinique and both are widely available in New Zealand. Lush excells in body products, as well as bath time fun which are awesome options for gifts. Keep reading for a closer look at these gifts sets, to get inspire for the beauty lovers in your life. Comments comments

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Essence Cosmetics Summer 2016 releases

Essence Cosmetics is a relative newcomer to the New Zealand makeup scene, and I’ve been a big fan ever since their launch. Essence releases new products all throughout the year which keeps the range fresh and up with current trends. They recently sent me a huge bundle of products, as you may have seen on my instagram and I decided to put them all on my face. Well, not all at once – that would be ridiculous! What I did was a full face look using all Essence products, and I’ll give a quick rundown on my thoughts of each item. Let’s start with the first product I applied which is Camouflage 2 in 1 makeup and concealer – 10 Ivory beige. It claims that it will give long lasting, high coverage to hide all imperfections and provide a matte and flawless finish without a mask-like effect. That seemed like a pretty big claim to me, so I put it to the test. To be honest I didn’t find the coverage particularly high – I have others that give much more coverage. I built it up as a concealer on the parts of my face that have the most  blemishes but I still wasn’t […]

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Makeup gift sets for Christmas – MAC, Real Techniques, & Benefit

The Christmas season is fast approaching, and whilst some people have been shopping for months, others (me) leave it a bit later. The same goes for my gift guides – better late than never! I don’t typically write gift guides, because I find it hard enough to buy for my friends and family, let alone make suggestions for other people. However, I’ve been sent a number of press releases about some cool Christmas gift sets that I wanted to draw people’s attention to. Either you can buy them as gifts, or you can use this as a guide to shopping for yourself. The brands included in this post are MAC Cosmetics, Real Techniques, and Benefit Cosmetics – keep reading for more information. Comments comments

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Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment – review and tips for use

Lush is always a fun store to visit, with so many interesting  products. I recently made a trip into the city to stock up on Snow Fairy shower gel, and whilst I was there I discovered their hot oil hair treatments. They come in a solid bar and you mix them up to use at home, which sounded like fun to me. There are three different types, for different hair conditions –  Tangled, Kinky, and Damaged  (you can make your own jokes here). I chose Tangled, becase in recent months my hair has been a nightmare to brush, even with my beloved Tangle Teezer. Read on for more information about how to use the Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment, as well as my thoughts on how it worked. Comments comments

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Essence The Gel nail polish – Pretty Cool Life

As you may have seen on my Instagram I recently got sent a bundle of goodies from Essence, and in it included Essence The Gel Nail Polish in the shade Pretty Cool Life. Not to be confused with their Gel Nails at Home range, The Gel Nail Polish is Essence’s conventional polish range, which was formerly known as Color & Go. Unlike a traditional gel polish you don’t need a UV or LED lamp to cure Essence The Gel Nail Polish. My understanding is that it is similar to Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and Revlon Gel Envy ranges. I put this polish to the test over the last week, and now I’m sharing my review of Essence The Gel Nail Polish with you all. Comments comments

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Reader survey and Colourpop giveaway!

You all know so much about me, it’s time for me to get to know Lena Talks Beauty readers a bit better. I’d love to find out more about you all, and what sort of things you enjoy reading. I’m doing this so I can produce the type of content you want to read. As a thank you for completing this survey, I’ve bought the Colourpop Hello Kitty Mama’s Apple Pie eyeshadow and pigments set to be won by one lucky reader: Rainbow: Glitter sheer finish white with highlights of silver and pink glitter Friendship File: Metallic finish warm peachy beige dusted with silver and pink glitter Small Gift: Pearlized finish mid-tone peachy pink School Bus: Pearlized finish deep navy blue The survey is open for two weeks, and the winner will be drawn at random, on December 1st, NZ Time. I’m happy to ship worldwide but will not be responsible if any customs charges are incurred in your country. Good luck, and thanks in advance for you feedback. Create your own user feedback survey   Comments comments

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How to care for cuticles and nails

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or following me on social media, you probably know that I love having nice nails. I always have them polished and tend to wear them fairly long. However, this wasn’t always the case. When I was younger, my nails were a wreck. I bit them, and I worked in cafes where they just got ruined every day. I stopped working in hospitality about four years ago, and started trying to grow my nails. After I conquered the biting, I wanted to figure out how to make them strong and look nice. My nature is to research everything I’m interested in to great detail. So over the last few years I’ve been researching how to care for your nails, from the internet as well as through having a couple of friends who are qualified nail technicians. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the products that I use to care for my nails and cuticles, as well as some of the lifestyle tips that help me too. Comments comments

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October Empties – hair, skin, body products

Another month, another round of empties. I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish products, especially some of my many sample sachets that I’ve been hoarding for years. 13 different products isn’t a bad effort in my book. They were mostly skin and body care products, with a few haircare products, and one makeup item rounding out the group. The brands featured include Paula’s Choice, Neutrogena, Maybelline, Lush, and Vaseline. Let’s crack into it! Comments comments

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MAC Technique – makeup classes and app

MAC Technique classes have been relaunched with a broader range of workshops and seminars. There are now 13 technique focuses, from beauty basics to glam chic. I am a makeup enthusiast but I’ve never really learned how to apply makeup, aside from watching endless tutorials. So, when MAC invited me to attend a MAC Technique workshop I was ecstatic. The topic of the workshop I attended was Sculpt and Shade, and the description is as follows “Proper contouring can completely change the face shape. Learn how to emphasize flattering angles by creating dimension, symmetry and definition through shading and highlighting.” In this post I’ll give you the run down of the whole experience – from booking, to how the class worked. Comments comments

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Marzena Hair Removal Giveaway – three to win!

The weather is warming up here and with that comes the unveiling of legs are looking a bit fuzzy. I’ve stopped wearing tights to work and it was a bit of a shock to see what my legs looked like. Thankfully my friends at Marzena are here to help! I have three hair removal packs to give away, which include their new formulations for sensitive skin. The packs contain Marzena large wax strips and sensitive hair removal lotions, as well as a bag from Citta. Comments comments