This week is New Zealand Fashion Week, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend one of the shows. It was the Wella Professionals Presents runway show featuring the Autumn/Winter 2016 looks from New Zealand designers Julian Danger and ITZME. The clothes were beautiful, and I also loved the look of one of the Julian Danger bags. Being a beauty blogger, I was paying particular attention to the makeup on the models. MAC Cosmetics did the makeup, and I have face charts and images of the models to share with you.
The focus on eyebrows as part of your makeup look is currently stronger than it ever has been! Brow-specific cosmetic sales in the USA grew by a whopping 34% during 2014, and I’d wager a bet that growth would have been similar here in New Zealand. I’ve been paying even more attention to how my brows are shaped and filled in, and I know I’m not the only one who obsesses over their brows being on point. A couple of weeks ago I attended an event held by Billion Dollar Brows where we got to meet one of the founders, Natalie Plain. Natalie gave a great talk about the background of the company, as well as about the products in the Billion Dollar Brows range. We were gifted a few different Billion Dollar Brows products, and I’ve been using them over the weeks since. In this post I’ll be showing the new Billion Dollar Brows Mad About Brows palette, and sharing my review of it.
A long time ago (last year), I wrote a post entitled Microbead exfoliators are polluting the ocean. I had discovered that many exfoliators include plastic microbeads which are too small to be properly filtered in wastewater treatment plants – this includes products which purport to be natural. Since discovering this (and throwing out a couple of scrubs) I haven’t used a facial scrub at all. That is, until recently. I attended an event that Trilogy hosted for beauty bloggers and we were given the Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant. The exfoliation in this comes from small jojoba wax beads that are smooth and gentle. Unlike more abrasive scrubs with rough shell or uneven pieces, using the Trilogy Gentle Exfoliant will not damage your skin and cause microtears. Jojoba beads are biodegradable, and this is the first product containing them that I have come across, and I have been checking the ingredients on every scrub that I see for about a year now.
On Monday, the latest limited edition collection from MAC was launched in New Zealand. MAC is Beauty is about old-style glamour, inspired by fifties and sixties beauty parlours. Last week I attended the launch event, and had some of the products from the collection applied by one of their wonderful makeup artists. MAC also gifted me some of the collection which I’ve been trying out for myself, as you will see later in the post.
Last week I was invited to the launch of Benefit’s new Roller Lash mascara. It was held at Dry & Tea at City Works Depot, which incidentally was somewhere I had been wanting to go for a while! I headed along with a few blogger friends, and we were all eager to check out what had been a mystery for us until that point. The Benebabes were there, and we got the chance to try out this fab new mascara, as well as lots of the rest of the Benefit Cosmetics range.
In 2013, I joined a Facebook group that would change my life. That sounds slightly dramatic, but really, it’s true. I joined Makeup Obsessives, and went from someone with a mild interest in makeup, to a full on obsessive. The group started small, but now it has 30 000 members which is incredible – but it still feels like a cosy family that is super supportive and amazing. People say sometimes that women who are interested in typically girly things, especially makeup, are vapid, and bitchy, but I haven’t found that to be the case with MUO. Of course, I’ve had the odd clash with someone but that’s bound to happen with so many people – but the admins manage to keep things running smoothly. Recently a meet up for the group was held in Auckland, and I headed along. This was my fourth meet up, and as always it was great. Even at my first meet up when I had never met anyone else, I felt really welcomed and like part of the group. Today’s post is a bit of a long one, but it’s a goodie – all about the great event, and of course, the makeup that I wore.
There have been so many great bloggers events in Auckland lately! One I went to recently was held by XYNZ, an online magazine with a focus on fashion, beauty, lifestyle and music. The event description said “Ever wondered how to get into beauty blogging but not known where to start? Or perhaps you’d like to give your blog a little spicing up? Spend the afternoon developing your beauty blogging skills, learning essential make-up skills and meeting other bloggers”. To that, I said yes!
Back in May, not long after I had started blogging, I saw Maddy tweet about a Brunch Club for bloggers that she was co-hosting with Laura and Lizzy. I was nervous, but excitedly RSVP-ed yes and headed along to Mezze for brunch one fine Saturday. Soon my nerves melted away! It was great discussing blogging with likeminded people, and the hours passed quickly with chatter and delicious food. I’ve been to most months’ brunches since then and I always look forward to them. They even run great Laptop Club events which are workshops on topics like SEO, and it was incredibly useful for me to attend that. I have made some great friends, who I now spend time with outside Brunch Club and talk to all the time. Part of the reason I started this blog was because a lot of my friends had moved away and I was feeling a bit bored and lonely, so making new friends has been an absolute godsend for me. I truly feel like Brunch Club has changed my life wipes tear. Okay, since I’m getting a bit sentimental now, it’s time to talk about the incredible Festive Feast which I attended over the weekend.