The Seven Deadly Sins of Makeup

My friend tagged me to do this, so here goes! Greed: What’s your most expensive beauty item? I don’t really have many things that are that expensive, I tend to have a lot of cheaper products rather than expensive ones.My Naked 3 palette retails for about $52 USD but I didn’t personally buy it. So the next most expensive thing is probably a Bobbi Brown eyeshadow. I still can’t believe I paid $50 for a grey eyeshadow to use on my eyebrows. It does match really well, but I’m sure I could have got a cheaper version. However, the makeup artist taught me how to fill in my eyebrows, and she did pretty eyes and lips on me too, so I feel like I got my money’s worth in that sense. All of the make up artists I’ve met at Bobbi Brown’s Britomart store are really helpful, as well as at their other counters. Wrath: What item do you have a love/hate relationship with? MASCARA. I love the way it looks, but I have bought so many duds in my life. Either they make my lashes clumpy, or the wand’s shape means I get mascara under my eyes, or it rubs […]

An interview with my mum!

In honour of Mother’s Day I asked my mum to answer a few questions about beauty. She is one of my biggest beauty role models, I’m always passing on great tips of hers like combing your hair in small sections from the bottom up, and always wearing sunscreen. I wouldn’t dare give away her age but I’m sure you’d all agree that she looks very youthful.   1.    Who is your beauty biggest inspiration? Definitely not my mother – she was married to a pharmacist and unless she was going out to a special event she barely wore more than a slash of lipstick. I get inspired if I see a movie and like the person’s makeup – eg the movie Chocolat – the lady wore red lipstick and red shoes – so I went straight out and bought both. 2.    What beauty sins are you guilty of? Occasionally I line the inner rim of my eyes with eyeliner – this is a terrible hangover from the 80’s that I found very hard to give up. (editor’s note: she also never takes her make up off before bed) 3.    You’re running late – choose 3 the only 3 make up items […]

Liebester award

I’ve been nominated by Fatima from Lipsticks and Coffee for a Liebster award. It’s a way of getting to know other up and coming bloggers, and I’m excited to do this! The Liebster Award rules: You must link back to the person who nominated you; You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you; You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (or 2000 if you want to go with that) followers to answer your questions; You cannot nominate the person who nominated you; You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated Questions: Where do you buy most of your beauty products from?I buy most of them at Farmers, because most of them are impulse buys. Recently I’ve been buying from a lot, as well as What is your favourite post on your blog So far it’s been my favourite lipsticks post. Lipstick is one of my major loves, and the photos turned out really nicely too. Are you an optimistic person? Not really, although I’ve been trying to be more optimistic lately. What is the last product that you bought because a blogger recommended it? It’s not just that […]

My base routine

To me, one of the most important parts of a make up look is the base. It doesn’t matter how fabulous your eyeshadow looks if your foundation doesn’t match your skin, or you have way too much powder on. It’s taken me a while to find products that work for me, and now I’m really happy with my usual base routine. If my skin is dry, I’ll apply moisturiser, and then usually brush my teeth or something while it absorbs. The next step is applying primer, at the moment I’m using NYX anti-redness primer – you can see how it compares to other primers here. After that comes concealer, and I want to take a moment to rave about how great MAC Pro-longwear concealer is. I only need to use a tiny amount, and it covers all my pimples really well. I’ve tried a fair few other concealers and most of them did a rubbish job compared to this. I put a bit on my finger and pat it on any blemishes, and then blend it in with my Ecotools Airbrush concealer brush. Once my concealer is on, foundation is the next step. I am really in love with MAC Studio […]

May no-buy

Yesterday Cassandra of CassandraMyee said on twitter that she was going to not buy makeup for the month of May and I’ve decided to join her. My make up drawers are already overflowing, and in April I got a lot of great new make up, so it’s time to use it and stop buying even more. I think I can do this, I just need to stay out of the shops and off my favourite online shopping sites! Do you want to do this with me and Cassandra? Let me know in the comments or on twitter. Lena x Comments comments

New make up! Naked 3 and more.

For the last couple of years I’ve been a member on Reddit’s MakeupAddiction subreddit. It’s where I’ve learned a lot of what I know about make up, and there have been countless products that I have lusted over after seeing on there. One of these is Urban Decay’s Naked 3, which isn’t available in New Zealand stores. Recently I was talking a fellow member on there, and she was saying how she wanted some Australis Velourlips lipsticks, which aren’t sold in the US – and so, we decided to buy the products that we each coveted, and send them to each other. Today I received my parcel from her, and it’s better than I could have ever expected! Not only did it include the incredibly beautiful palette, but she had also bought me 5 lipsticks and some easter treats. I squealed when I opened the box, and excitedly took some photos. She sent me Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette, which came with samples of all of their eyeshadow primers which was amazing because I love the original one. Also, there was a lipstick duo – Bite Beauty vivid luminous creme lipstick duo, with the colours Violet and Palomino (a bright pink). Then […]

Beauty Blogger tag

I’m trying something new – doing a beauty blogger tag, it’s a Q&A that will expose some of my secrets *gasp*. I found it over on Beauty & Things which is a great beauty blog you should check out – after you read my post of course. Rules: State that the tag was created by The Beau Bow Tag as many beauty bloggers as you would like Title this post the ‘Beauty Blogger Tag’ Questions & Answers:  1. Name a beauty routine you barely do. I’m going to start this out on a bad level – I don’t often shave my legs! 2. Is washing your brushes something that you regularly do? I generally do it every 2 weeks, sometimes I will use an isopropyl alcohol spray in between proper washes especially on things like eyeshadow brushes to get the colour off. 3. How long do you last with chipped nail varnish? I take it off ASAP when my nail polish chips, I think it looks terrible. 4. How often do you put off buying/replacing a beauty item or nail polish, even if you need it?  Probably never. I buy things before I need them  – I have a back up […]

My skincare routine

In recent years, I’ve found myself becoming more and more interested in skincare. Partly due to neccessity, as my skin has become less ideal, and partly out of pure curiousity. I’m always interested in the types of skincare that other people use, and their reasoning for it, so I thought I would share my routine with you all. For context, my skin is acne-prone, and fairly dry due to the antibiotics I’ve been taking for that acne. Morning routine: I don’t cleanse, as it can make my skin dry and I don’t feel like it’s needed. I apply moisturiser, which may be either Sukin sensitive facial moisturiser, or Dove SPF 30 moisturiser.  If I’m going to work I don’t wear sunscreen beyond the SPF 15/20 in my foundation/BB cream, even though you really should use 30+ every day. But the nature of my job and life means I spend probably under 10 minutes outside, and that’s well outside the peak burn time, so I don’t think it’s really needed. If I’m going anywhere else, not trapped at a desk far away from windows, I use Clinique Super City block SPF40. It’s a physical sunscreen which means it doesn’t need to be reapplied […]

What’s my face worth?

Recently a blogger I follow did a post about what her daily face of make up is worth, and I’ve decided to do the same. For reference, her post is at Elese, Aesthete here. This is for the look that I wore on Monday, just for a fairly casual trip to the mall and catching up with a friend, but it’s fairly similar to what I would wear to the office. I took a picture of my make up when I was wearing MAC Syrup, but then changed the lipstick to Revlon Raspberry Pie to take a photo for my last post about my favourite lipsticks. Here I am with both looks: Now let’s add it all up. I’m going to link to either where I bought it from, or somewhere similarly priced if I can’t find it. Sukin sensitive facial moisturiser $14.99 NYX Studio Perfect anti-redness primer $22 MAC Pro long wear concealer NW25 $19 USD or $22 NZD if bought from, $40 in NZ stores. Ecotools Airbrush concealer brush* 3.99 USD or $4.69 NZD MAC Studio Sculpt foundation NW20 31USD, $36 NZD if bought from Around $70 in NZ stores. XoBeauty flat top synthetic face brush $26 Maybelline Dream LumiTouch highlighting concealer – can’t […]