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!

Bourjois La Laque orange outrant nail polish -Lena Talks Beauty

Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel

A few months ago, I attended an event hosted by Bourjois Paris and was able to view a number of their new release products. We received an amazing goodie bag, and today I’m going to show you some of the nail polishes from their new La Laque Nail Enamel range. I have 03 Orange Outrant and 05 Are you Reddy, both beautiful bright colours perfect for summer.

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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.

Goodness and trilogy gift sets - Lena Talks Beauty

Christmas gift sets from Trilogy and Goodness

If, like me, you are yet to buy any Christmas presents, then this is the post for you! Alternatively, if you’ve smugly sorted your Christmas presents then you are still welcome, as who knows, you may be in need of some skincare for yourself. Today I’m reviewing two skincare sets from New Zealand based companies that both harness the powers of natural oils. They are the Trilogy Rosapene™ Beauty Collection and the Goodness Grab & Go  Try-Me Kit. Read on to find out what the sets are comprised of, and why I like them so much…

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.*

Femme Fatale Jewels From The Deep - Lena Talks Beauty

Femme Fatale Jewels from the deep

Femme Fatale is an Australian indie cosmetics brand, and for a very long time I have lusted over them but I’ve never bought anything from there before….until now! I saw a post about their Midsummer Night’s Dream collection that included swatches of every single polish and I just couldn’t say no! This is Jewels From the Deep, which is a vibrant teal-blue base with green shimmers, olive green chameleon flakes, scattered holo and more!

MAC Enchanted Eve Cool Palette - Lena Talks Beauty

MAC Enchanted Eve Face Palette

MAC Cosmetics have released two Face Palettes as part of their Enchanted Eve holiday collection this year. One is cool, and one is wam, and I was sent the cool version of the palette as you may have seen in my post showing an overview of the 2015 MAC Holiday collections. I have done my best to do an entire face of makeup using the palette. Obviously it doesn’t include some products like foundation or mascara, but almost everything else on my face is from this palette. It goes to show how well coordinated the different product are, since they come together so nicely. The Enchanted Eve palette comes in a sturdy case, with bright acrylic across the front the kits in with the colour scheme of the wider MAC Holiday collections this year.

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.”

Ulta 3 Nail Polish - Lena Talks Beauty

Ulta3 Nail Polish

Ulta3 is a brand of nail polish and makeup here in Australia and New Zealand, and recently I was given several of them at an event held by the brand. I actually already had a couple of them in my collection from when my friend Teresa moved overseas and cleaned out her polish, but I had yet to get around to using them. Since I suddenly had enough for one on each finger I decided to do a a skittle manicure. What’s that, you ask? Here’s an explanation from All Lacquered Up. Keep reading to see how it looked, and my thoughts on the polishes themselves.

Nove Microfibre makeup removal cloth - Lena Talks Beauty

Nove Make Up Removal Cloth

I am an endlessly curious person, and I can’t resist buying novel products. Recently I was buying the Mindfulness Colouring Book from Mighty Ape, and had a poke around in their beauty section as well. I discovered the Nove Make Up Removal Cloth and since it was only $2.99 I decided to pop it in my cart. It’s a microfibre cloth which claimed to remove makeup with only water, no cleansers or other products. I was skeptical but I also was like ‘this would be good for the blog’. My Nove cloth arrived pretty quickly, and I put it to the test – and now I’m sharing the results of that test.