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MAC Good Luck Trolls makeup look

MAC Good Luck Trolls is a limited edition collection that came out recently, and I’ve had some great fun trying out the products that MAC Cosmetics sent to me. The range of colours are rather unusual, and rather than trying to work them into some ‘everyday’ makeup looks I decided to go all out with them. This isn’t so much a makeup tutorial, more a look into the sort of madness a beauty blogger gets up to with fun new products, so I hope you enjoy! Comments comments

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Marzena at-home waxing review

This post is sponsored by Marzena At-home waxing was something that usually filled my heart with fear due to a few mishaps when I was younger, however recently I was contacted by Marzena who asked if I would like to try any of their products to write about. Marzena is a well-known New Zealand company that was founded 27 years ago, before I was even born! They have a variety of products encompassing both waxing and depilatory creams. I decided it was time to get back on the horse, and chose the Marzena large wax strips for legs and body. It’s heading towards spring and my legs have been hiding all winter, so it was time for some defuzzing. In this post I have reviewed the Marzena waxing kit as well as shared some advice for waxing success. Comments comments

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Antipodes Skincare – serum and facial oil reviews

A few month ago, I was lucky enough to be sent the entire range of facial oils and serums from Antipodes. My mum begged and pleaded for me to give them to her, and I agreed – on the condition that she reviewed them for me. So, this is my mum’s review of the following Antipodes serums and oils: Divine Face Oil – Avocado Oil & Rosehip, Hosana H20 intensive skin plumping serum, Chia & Kiwi Seed Superfood serum, Worship Superfruit antioxidant serum, Joyous protein rich night replenish serum, and Apostle skin brightening serum. Comments comments

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Eleanor Dorn Makeup and Brushes Review

Eleanor Dorn is an Auckland-based makeup artist who has recently launched her own line of cosmetics. About 18 months ago I heard her speak at an event, and at the time she had a range of brushes. Since then, she has gone on to release a range of makeup also. Eleanor kindly sent me these products for review, and I’ve been using them for the last wee while. They are the Highlighting Shimmer Powder, Brow Kit which includes Brow Duo Pencil, Brow Highlighter, Brow Set, Duo Sharpener, Pointed Face Brush, and the Kabuki Brush. Comments comments

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MAC Good Luck Trolls limited edition collection preview

Good Luck Trolls is MAC Cosmetics’ newest limited edition collection and it has filled me with glee. The packaging is bright, as are the colours contained inside. This post isn’t a full review as I only received my press samples a few days before the collection came out, but I wanted to give you all a look at what the collection is like – so you know to head to your local counters! I’ve also included pricing and store availability for MAC in New Zealand, since this information can be hard for us to find. “Hair we go! The wild-haired dolls of your youth bring their rainbow tufts, bejewelled bellies and lucky charms to M·A·C Good Luck Trolls – a crazy-hued collection as silly as the creatures themselves. From Lipglass in Bubble Butt to Eye Shadow in Suns Out, Buns Out and Beauty Powder in Glo Rida…being a troll has never been so glamorous!” Comments comments

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June and July empties

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s empties time! I completely forgot to write one for June, which means we have a bumper crop of used up products. There are 4 skincare, 3 body products, 6 makeup, and 2 haircare, most of them are even full size. Products are from brands such as Clinique, Batiste, Lush, Bare Minerals, Bourjois and much much more. Keep reading for my reviews on all of these products. Some of these products were sent to me from brands and PR companies, and those have been marked with an asterix – however my opinion is always honest. Comments comments

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Beauty School Dropout individual eyeshadows

Beauty School Dropout is a brand new Kiwi makeup company that has launched a range of individual eyeshadow pans, and kindly sent some to me to review. They have made 29 colours which are designed to be stored in Z Palettes which is stocked on their website. The eyeshadows that I chose are Desert Storm, Unknown, GG, and Coffee Date. In this post I’ve swatched and reviewed these four shades for you all to see. Comments comments

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Microdermabrasion at Caci Clinic

I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a microdermabrasion treatment at Caci Clinic via a giveaway from Rose and Thorne. I had heard great things about microdermabrasion previously but never quite understood what was involved, so I was quite excited. I had my treatment and complimentary skin consulation at Caci Clinic Milford a couple of weeks ago. People on social media seemed very curious about microdermabrasion, and peppered me with questions about it. This post is about my experience of having microdermabrasion, as well as some research I’ve done into the microdermabrasion procedure. Comments comments

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Interview with Rebekah Banks Makeup Artist

Makeup artistry is a fascinating profession, and as a makeup enthusiast I have always wondered what it’s like behind the scenes. I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebekah Banks, who has been working as a makeup artist for six years. Rebekah works on editorial shoots, as well as doing makeup for weddings and other special events. She shared with me about her career, and also some tips for how to improve your makeup. Comments comments

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Hair treatments – OGX, Sebastian, and Lush

Ever since I drastically lightened my hair, it has been needing a bit of extra help with hydration to return it to its former glory. So, I wanted to share my thoughts on the three different hair treatments I have been using lately. They are the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco intensive treatment (formerly Organix), Sebastian Professional Hydre Treatment, and Lush Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment – so at three varying price points, and made of different ingredients. Keep reading to see how I use them, and what I like about them. Comments comments