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.

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.

MAC Flamingo Park Collection

MAC Flamingo Park collection

Flamingo Park is the newest limited edition collection from MAC Cosmetics, and it is delightfully bright. As you may have seen on my social media, I was sent a lipstick, beauty powder, and lip gloss from this beautiful collection and today I’ll be reviewing them for you. “Plunge into the punchy pleasures of pink in a freshly made batch of scrumptious colours that let you have your cake, and wear it too. Glisten pretty on a sunny day with Powder Blush, a fun way to bring delicious colour to your cheeks. Paint it pink and get your just desserts anytime, but be ready to share!”

Collection Cosmetics Lasting Colour Lipsticks - Lena Talks Beauty

Collection Lasting Colour Lipsticks

As part of their mega summer launch, Collection Cosmetics have released their Lasting Colour Lipstick range, and I have received four of them to review. Collection Lasting Colour Lipsticks come in 11 shades, of which 7 are gloss and 4 have Matte finishes. The four which I was sent are: Fig Delight, Cupcake Pink, Pretty in Peach and Pink Diva. I have been wearing them over the last couple of months which you may have seen on my social media, and now I can share my review of them all.

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MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

MAC Cosmetics have kicked off 2016 with their new Faerie Whispers limited edition collection, and I have been sent some of their products to review for you all! “Let your innocence roam free. Transcend seasons with charmed hues inspired by the secret wondrous world of fairies. Eyes flutter impishly in new Foiled Shadows, in luminous wet or dry shades that flicker like morning mist. Feathery pinks for cheeks brighten the day, imbuing you with a spritely glow. Case a spell with rosy metallics for nails and pearl-lit nudes for lips, spinning glamour ‘til the moon turns to sun.” Keep reading for a closer look at the products that I’ve been sent, and my thoughts on each of them.

Smashbox Cosmetics Shock me Pink lipstick - Lena Talks Beauty

Smashbox Shock me Pink lipstick

I was sent this beautiful lipstick from Smashbox a while ago, but I have been crazily busy with both work and personal stuff, so it has taken me a while to get around to actually writing about it. On the plus side, that means I can really give a thorough review of it, as opposed to if I might have only used something for a couple of weeks – although I always try to be thorough! This is from the original line of Smashbox Be Legendary lipsticks which are a cream formula, but they now have a range of matte lipsticks which I want to try too. The shade is Shock Me Pink, and it definitely is a shockingly bright pink.*

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MAC Holiday Collections 2015

The most exciting time of year of for makeup lovers is upon us – beauty brands are releasing their holiday collections! I’m getting into the Christmas swing of things with some products from two of the three collections that MAC Cosmetics are releasing for this holiday season. They are Magic of the Night and Enchanted Eve, both of which are on sale now! I was sent these by MAC on Friday, so this is only a a post of my first impressions of the lipstick, pressed pigment (eyeshadow) and face palette. I wanted to give you all a look at them so you can rush to your local counters and shop up large because missing out on these would be terribly sad.

3 Ways with MAC Heroine

I’m Elese from elesedowden.com & today Lena’s kindly let me guest post about one of my favourite topics. Of all the not-red-nude-or-pink coloured lipsticks in the world, purple is probably the least intimidating to tackle. It’s not as scary as mint, blue or yellow (Colorpop Charm anyone?), and yet, it still says something between “Mac DeMarco at the King’s Arms – keen?” and “It’s possible that I’m edgier than a NSFW metareddit.”

Bourjois close up - Lena Talks Beauty

Face of the Day with Bourjois

Bourjois is one of the oldest cosmetics houses, being founded in 1863 in France. It may have taken over 150 years but Bourjois is finally in New Zealand! I went to an event recently where we got to try a lot of their products, and learn more about the brand. I actually already had bought some Bourjois products, and received some for my birthday from a friend overseas, but I’m really glad that they’re in New Zealand now. I did a full face of makeup using exclusively Bourjois products, and here it is!

5 Favourite Pink Lipsticks

Someone asked me the other day what my favourite pink lipsticks are. This was a seriously hard decision for me.I have so many pink lipsticks, it felt like I was trying to choose my favourite child – if I had 20 children. I ended up choosing lipsticks from Bourjois, NYX, MAC, Rimmel, and Karen Murrell. Read on to see which ones they are, and why they’re my favourite.