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2016 – a year in review

2016 – what a year! A lot went on, both for me in a personal sense as well as in my blogging capacity. It’s been a wee while since I’ve updated on what’s going on in my life to you all, and I thought with the new year that was a good opportunity to do so. Personal At the start of the year I had to move house which we all know can be very stressful. Compressing my possessions down from a flat’s worth into one bedroom (plus an attic) wasn’t easy, especially for a hoarder like myself. I lived in my old place for 5 years, and everything I own was there. Since my mum lives overseas and my dad is remarried, I don’t have my old room at my parent’s house to store stuff, so EVERYTHING is at my place. For someone with hoarding tendencies this translates to rather a lot of stuff!! It was a good opportunity in down sizing – turns out I don’t need to keep every single birthday card I’ve ever been given, clothes that haven’t fit me in years, and books I haven’t read since high school. My flatmates were strangers I found off Facebook, but I’ve really become part […]

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Kylie Cosmetics Dirty Peach Lip Kit Review

For Christmas my stepsister Raquel gave me the Kylie Cosmetics Dirty Peach Lip Kit. She asked if I wanted anything when she went to the Kylie pop up shop but I wasn’t sure about what shades there were so I told her to just pick one. She told me that the sales assistant said it was one of their most popular shades, and was versatile for different skin tones. Dirty Peach is a mid-tone yellow peach and it’s unlike any other lipstick shade I have. However, it is still perfectly wearable for my fairly conservative receptionist job. In this post I’ve got a review and swatches of the Kylie Cosmetics Dirty Peach Lip Kit, so keep reading. Comments comments

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November and December empties

This post is a combined November/December empties post since I didn’t finish many products during November. There’s also a section of the post which aren’t empty products, but they’ve either expired or somehow earned their space in the bin. I was just going to throw them out, but some of them I had never blogged about and wanted to say my piece. This is a fairly makeup heavy post, but there’s also skincare, nail care, and hair care included in there as well. Comments comments

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Inside the Kylie Jenner Pop Up Shop

Kylie Jenner has a pop up shop open for the holiday period, and Lena Talks Beauty’s Los Angeles correspondent visited to report back about the experience. By Los Angeles correspondent, I mean my stepsister Raquel. She’s a flight attendant who flies between Los Angeles and Brisbane on a weekly basis, and her LA base is near to the mall where the Kylie Jenner Pop Up Shop is located – how convenient! I’m not really the biggest Kylie Jenner fan, I’m more into the older Kardashians, but being in the beauty industry means I’ve followed her influence on makeup trends. I have tried a few of my friends Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks which made me really want some so I was  excited for Raquel’s visit to the store. The store sells the Kylie Cosmetics range, as well as clothing and accessories. Comments comments

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Colourpop haul – review & swatches

Colourpop took the makeup world by storm a couple of years ago and has been going strong ever since. I had been put off by their expensive international shipping, but when I saw they had free international shipping with a spend of $50 I knew it was time to pull the trigger. I bought things from several of their different categories so I could really get to know what their products were like. I ordered two lip pencils, an ultra satin liquid lipstick, a lippie stix, an eyeshadow, and a blush. Shipping was reasonably fast, I ordered late at night on the 15th of November and it travelled all the way from Colourpop in LA to  New Zealand by the 24th of November. Keep reading for swatches, reviews, and pictures of these Colourpop goodies on my face. Comments comments

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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