Eleanor Dorn makeup brushes review - Lena Talks Beauty

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.

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!

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.

MUA for a day with Laura

Something that I like to do from time to time is to take turns with a friend to play makeup artist on each other’s faces. It means we get to hang out, try different makeup products, and have the experience of doing someone else’s makeup which is actually so hard! This time my canvas was the lovely Laura of Laura Laura Blog. We met through the #brunchclub bloggers meet ups that she is an organiser for and now we are really close friends and talk pretty much every day. I loved having the opportunity to use some different makeup products like the Colourpop eyeshadows and her Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Doesn’t Laura look beautiful? (the only acceptable answer is yes). Let’s have a closer look at her makeup I used a mixture of my makeup and her makeup, depending on what I thought would work best/my curiousity. We ended up with quite the makeup carnage on my bed and makeup table The products that I ended up using were the following: Dermalogica HydraBlur Primer Clinique CC cream Rimmel stay matte powder – transparent Collection concealer* Nars Orgasm blush Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Busted and Booty call eyeshadows Colourpop […]

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel and Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel – review & giveaway!

Washing makeup brushes is a chore that I typically put off until it can’t wait any longer. What that means is by the time I do wash them, the generally need a pretty deep clean. This is where the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel comes to the rescue! I have been using it to clean my brushes and sponges for the last little while and today I have a review of how well the gel works, as well as a giveaway!

Bdellium 778, 763, 766 - Lena Talks Beauty

Bdellium Tools Brushes

Eyeshadow application is something that I’m always trying to improve on, and good brushes seem to be a key component for that. I have heard that Bdellium Tools make great brushes so I ordered some from iHerb.com. They are the 778 Large Shadow brush, 763 Angled Brow Brush, and 766 Angled Shadow brush and in this post I’ll be showing how they look, and reviewing how well they perform.

Eye makeup brushes

Last week I wrote about the makeup brushes that I use for my face, and today I’m continuing this series with writing about the brushes I use for eye makeup. (Does it count as a series if it’s two posts? I’m not sure) As with my face brushes, my eye makeup brushes are from affordable brands such as Real Techniques, Eco Tools, and Carousel Cosmetics. I am on a reasonably tight budget, but I’m so satisfied with these that even if I had more money available I can’t see myself spending a lot more on brushes. I like to have a lot of eyeshadow brushes so I don’t have to wash them all the time, and I can do that by sticking to cheaper brands.

Makeup brushes for the face

It recently occurred to me that whilst I have waxed lyrical about every makeup item I own, I haven’t written very much about the brushes that I use to apply it with! Well, that changes today, I’m going to share what some of my favourite makeup brushes are. I use brushes from a wide variety of brands, and the majority are from fairly affordable brands such as Eco Tools and Real Techniques. I’ve decided to split this into two different posts because otherwise it would be an excessively long, so today is all about the FACE.

XO Beauty Flat Top Face Brush

Like millions of other people around the world, I’m a fan of watching beauty videos by New Zealand’s own Shaaanxo or Shannon Harris. She has expanded her empire beyond YouTube, and now has her own make up brush and false eyelash company, XOBeauty. After seeing how great her foundation application is, I knew I had to get my hands on the same brush that she uses! I purchased the Flat Top Synthetic Face Brush, and I am so pleased that I did.