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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

Interview with Rebekah Banks by Lena Talks Beauty

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

Hair treatments - lush fluff ease, ogx argan oil of morocco, sebastian hydre hair treatment by Lena Talks Beauty

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

Karen Murrell Orchid Bloom and Lavender Laughter Lipsticks

Karen Murrell Orchid Bloom & Lavender Laughter

Orchid Bloom and Lavender Laughter are two of the latest lipsticks from Karen Murrell that I have kindly been sent as PR samples. Orchid Bloom is a warm brown with a touch of pink and Lavender Laughter is a soft pastel lavender. Both of these lipsticks are lovely shades that are very suitable for day to day wear, and I’ll be showing them both in this post. Comments comments

Collection Contour Kit Highlight and Sculpt with Lena Talks Beauty

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