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Colourpop haul – review & swatches

Colourpop took the makeup world by storm a couple of years ago and has been going strong ever since. I had been put off by their expensive international shipping, but when I saw they had free international shipping with a spend of $50 I knew it was time to pull the trigger. I bought things from several of their different categories so I could really get to know what their products were like. I ordered two lip pencils, an ultra satin liquid lipstick, a lippie stix, an eyeshadow, and a blush. Shipping was reasonably fast, I ordered late at night on the 15th of November and it travelled all the way from Colourpop in LA to  New Zealand by the 24th of November. Keep reading for swatches, reviews, and pictures of these Colourpop goodies on my face.

MAC Good Luck Trolls Collection Review - Lena Talks Beauty

MAC Good Luck Trolls limited edition collection preview

Good Luck Trolls is MAC Cosmetics’ newest limited edition collection and it has filled me with glee. The packaging is bright, as are the colours contained inside. This post isn’t a full review as I only received my press samples a few days before the collection came out, but I wanted to give you all a look at what the collection is like – so you know to head to your local counters! I’ve also included pricing and store availability for MAC in New Zealand, since this information can be hard for us to find. “Hair we go! The wild-haired dolls of your youth bring their rainbow tufts, bejewelled bellies and lucky charms to M·A·C Good Luck Trolls – a crazy-hued collection as silly as the creatures themselves. From Lipglass in Bubble Butt to Eye Shadow in Suns Out, Buns Out and Beauty Powder in Glo Rida…being a troll has never been so glamorous!”

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

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!

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!”

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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!

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Fifth Avenue Makeup

You may not know this about me, dear readers, but I love shopping at Kmart. I rarely come out of their beauty section empty handed, and now there is another brand there to tempt me! I was recently sent some products from the new beauty brand at Kmart – Fifth Avenue, and today I’m sharing my thoughts on them with you. I received from Fifth Avenue CC Cream, Cream Blush, and a Gel Eyeliner pencil

Swap with Jasmin Charlotte

I made friends with Jasmin through Twitter, via one of the many chats like #bbloggers or similar – I’m not entirely sure, since it has been a while! She is from England, but mostly grew up in New Zealand so we connected over that. This swap was born when I posted about a new range of Whittaker’s Chocolate, and Jasmin was super keen to try some, and we decided to do a beauty swap as well. I sent her a Chi Chi eyeshadow palette, an Australis lipstick, Ecostore lip balm in addition to the chocolate treats. This is what I received from Jasmin! Jasmin sent me a Sleek eye and cheek palette, Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette, Sleek brow kit, Rimmel lipstick, and a Bourjois liquid lipstick! I haven’t had time to use most of these properly yet, but I have my first impressions and observations and I’m sure they’ll feature in full blog posts in the future.

Face of the day with NV Colour

One of my favourite things about blogging is being exposed to brands that are new, or that I haven’t tried before. The latest brand to fit into that category for me is NV Colour, who have recently come to the New Zealand market, after launching in the UK in 2014. I was sent a few different bit and pieces from their range, and I’ve been giving them a whirl over the last week. Today I’ll be showing you how two of them look, and there will be more to come. In the photo below, I’m wearing NV Colour Lipstick and Cheeky Stick, which is a blush.

Sigma Creme De Couture Macaron Collection

Like most beauty-lovers, I knew of Sigma Beauty’s brushes, but I had no idea they sold makeup until I won a giveaway from Catwalk Cult! Kershia sent me the Sigma Creme de Couture Macaron inspired collection, which was a limited edition release consisting of three blushes and a palette with 16 eyeshadows, all inspired by the colours of macarons.