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Reader survey and Colourpop giveaway!

You all know so much about me, it’s time for me to get to know Lena Talks Beauty readers a bit better. I’d love to find out more about you all, and what sort of things you enjoy reading. I’m doing this so I can produce the type of content you want to read. As a thank you for completing this survey, I’ve bought the Colourpop Hello Kitty Mama’s Apple Pie eyeshadow and pigments set to be won by one lucky reader: Rainbow: Glitter sheer finish white with highlights of silver and pink glitter Friendship File: Metallic finish warm peachy beige dusted with silver and pink glitter Small Gift: Pearlized finish mid-tone peachy pink School Bus: Pearlized finish deep navy blue The survey is open for two weeks, and the winner will be drawn at random, on December 1st, NZ Time. I’m happy to ship worldwide but will not be responsible if any customs charges are incurred in your country. Good luck, and thanks in advance for you feedback. Create your own user feedback survey  

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Marzena Hair Removal Giveaway – three to win!

The weather is warming up here and with that comes the unveiling of legs are looking a bit fuzzy. I’ve stopped wearing tights to work and it was a bit of a shock to see what my legs looked like. Thankfully my friends at Marzena are here to help! I have three hair removal packs to give away, which include their new formulations for sensitive skin. The packs contain Marzena large wax strips and sensitive hair removal lotions, as well as a bag from Citta.

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Second blogging anniversary and giveaway!

Last Friday was the second anniversary of Lena Talks Beauty. I published my first post on 15/04/2014 and wow, have the two years been exciting! I never quite expected to have developed such a great audience, and have so many awesome people reading my posts. I feel really lucky that people want to read what I have to say, and even brands want to send me things to review. I really appreciate all of the support over the last two years. To say thanks, I bought the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette to give away!

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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!

VO5 Christmas Giveaway!

It’s an exciting time of year, with presents and all sorts of festivities. Thanks to VO5 I get to play Santa, and give away some gifts! I have three prize packs of VO5 hair products to be won by some lucky readers. Each kit includes: o   1 x Vo5 Give Me Moisture Shampoo o   1 x Vo5 Give Me Moisture Conditioner o   1 x Vo5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray o   1 x Vo5 Smoothly Frizz Free Crème Now, I haven’t actually tried this range of products but I have used VO5 in the past, and they’re a brand that I’ve liked using. I’d love to hear from the winners to see what you think of them! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below – sorry international readers, this is only open to NZ residents a Rafflecopter giveaway Good luck!! I will contact the winners via email when the giveaway closes on Wednesday 16th December, and announcing who they are on Facebook and Twitter.

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Getting ready for a date

As most of you know, I’m single and dating at the moment. As a ‘typical girl’ it takes me  forever, and a million products to get ready for a date. So, in his post I’m going to give you a behind the scenes look into the process of me getting ready for a date! I can do it in a rush, if need be, but I really would rather not. I enjoy the process – I always have music playing and usually have a pre-drink. A fair few of these products I’m using I’ve blogged about before since I like to use my tried-and-trued products, so I’ll link to the reviews where I can. I hope you enjoy this peek into my life…and if you’re the guy I’m dating, stop reading now, it’ll ruin the illusion.

Karen Murrell lipsticks giveaway

Karen Murrell lipsticks giveaway

I adore Karen Murrell lipsticks, as I have mentioned on here many times before. Every time I write about them, you all seem to be very interested in trying the lipsticks too. I’ve paired up with Karen Murrell to offer a giveaway! Two lucky readers will each be winning two Karen Murrell lipsticks – Red Shimmer and Fuschia Shock. To enter, please visit my Facebook page and comment which of the shades is your favourite. Liking the page isn’t a condition of entry, but I’d love it if you did! It’s a great way to keep up to date with my latest posts, as well as other snippets of my life, and photos of different things I’ve been trying. The winner will be chosen at random, and entries close Wednesday 12th August at 11:59pm NZ time. Entry is restricted to NZ residents only – sorry! Thanks to Karen Murrell for providing these lipsticks as prizes. For more about Red Shimmer and Fuschia fever, including swatches, visit my recent post. Good luck to all the entrants!

OlliePop and Luci giveaway

Why leave nail polish just on your nails? Anastasia is a fellow member of PANZ (Polish Addicts of New Zealand) and the person behind OlliePop and Luci. OlliePop and Luci, named after her adorable cats, is a brand of handmade nail polish, jewellery and other crafts. Anastasia has kindly provided one of her nail polish pendants for a giveaway! It was hard for me to choose which one was best, she had so many beautiful options, but I think this purple, blue, and red glittery one is just gorgeous! The pendant is made with nail polish in a 25mm diameter silver plated pendant, on a 50cm long silver chain. It sits at a nice length, just above the neckline on an average tank top or t-shirt – as you can see in the picture below. I promise I haven’t been wearing this, it was just for demonstration purposes! To enter, fill in the Rafflecopter giveaway form – this is open to New Zealand residents only. a Rafflecopter giveaway To buy yourself a pendant, or check out more from OlliePop and Luci including handmade nail polish, visit OlliePop and Luci on Facebook. Anastasia also blogs at  and she has some really cool nail art on […]

Maybelline NY foundation giveaway

I find foundation, and base products in general, to be difficult to purchase. Walking up to a stand where there are what seems like endless different types of foundation and trying to choose one is a bit overwhelming. To help people like me out with this challenge, Maybelline has created a helpful chart so you can find the perfect foundation or BB cream for you. In addition to that, one lucky Lena Talks Beauty reader will be winning their perfect BB cream or foundation from Maybellline!

Maybelline New York at New York Fashion Week + giveaway.

Maybelline New York is excited to present the latest look created by our make-up artists straight from the runway of J. Mendel at New York Fashion Week spring / summer 15. A collaboration with artist Enoc Perez, the collection features luxurious, highly textural fabrics and makeup inspired by the glamourous girl who is super-cool and no fuss.