MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

Tuesday, January 5th 2016 Makeup


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.”

MAC Faerie Whispers - Lena Talks Beauty

Among the fireflies lipstick, Fairy land foiled shadow, 133 brush

Keep reading for a closer look at the products that I’ve been sent, and my thoughts on each of them.

MAC Enchanted Eve Face Palette

Monday, November 16th 2015 Uncategorised

MAC Enchanted Eve Cool Palette - Lena Talks Beauty

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.

MAC Enchanted Eve Cool Palette - Lena Talks Beauty

Face of the Day with Bourjois

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 Makeup

Bourjois close up - Lena Talks Beauty

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!

Bourjois makeup - Lena Talks beauty

Smashbox On the Rocks Palette

Monday, September 14th 2015 Makeup

Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette - Lena Talks Beauty

Smashbox is a brand that I have never really used much of – I have a couple of deluxe sample size products but nothing full sized….until now! Last weekend I was at NZ Fashion Weekend and visited the Smashbox stall. The helpful staff member showed me through their range, since I said I wasn’t very familiar with it. She showed me the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette and I gasped since it was so beautiful. I hesitantly asked the price, since I was expecting that it would be more than I could afford…and it was only $30!!! Naturally, I snapped it up – and naturally I’ll be showing it to you in this post today. Some online research informs me it was from their Holiday collection in 2014, but I’m going to show it anyway, because I’m very excited by it, and it won’t be long before 2015 holiday collections are coming out, and it’s good to know what to expect.

Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette - Lena Talks Beauty

MAC Haute Dogs Collection

Monday, September 7th 2015 Makeup

MAC Haute Dogs Collection

The newest collection from MAC Cosmetics is inspired by dogs – that’s a sentence that I never thought I would write! Here is what they said about the new limited edition Haute Dogs collection:

“(Wo)man’s best friend is barking up the right tree in a well-groomed collection of new canine-inspired hues from M·A·C, featuring luscious, buttery fur tones, gold-spun sculpting powders, and regal berries for lips.”

MAC Haute Dogs Collection

Image supplied by M.A.C Cosmetics

I am actually scared of dogs, and was seriously phobic of them as a child, but you know what? I can get on board with this collection because I love MAC, and I love these colours! MAC have sent me two products for review – the Lap Dog Mineralise Lipglass, and Pure Bred Mineralise Eyeshadow quad.

Swap with Jasmin Charlotte

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 Makeup

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!

sleek eye and cheek palette all day soiree, makeup revolution iconic 3, sleek brow kit, rimmel 107, bourjois 07 nude ist

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.

MAC is Beauty

Friday, May 8th 2015 Makeup

On Monday, the latest limited edition collection from MAC was launched in New Zealand. MAC is Beauty is about old-style glamour, inspired by fifties and sixties beauty parlours. Last week I attended the launch event, and had some of the products from the collection applied by one of their wonderful makeup artists. MAC also gifted me some of the collection which I’ve been trying out for myself, as you will see later in the post.

MAC is beauty collection

Image supplied by M.A.C. Cosmetics

Essence Cosmetics – now in New Zealand!

Friday, February 27th 2015 Makeup

I’m very excited that Essence Cosmetics are now available in New Zealand! Essence is a European brand that I have bought from in Australia, but now they’ve made it to our shores. Essence has launched in New Zealand, and as part of that I was sent a number of their products to use gleeful smile. I tell you, being a beauty blogger is like it’s permanently Christmas. In this post I’ll be reviewing some of their face, lip, and eye products – spoiler alert, I like them a lot.

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MAC Victorian Plum Pressed Pigment and Zen Rose lipstick

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 Makeup

Recently I had some vouchers, and decided to spoil myself with some products from MAC. I went in there planning on buying Rebel and Heroine lipsticks, but with help from a lovely makeup artist I ended up with two completely different but equally beautiful products. I bought a Pressed Pigment in the shade Victorian Plum from the Heirloom Mix limited edition collection, and a Sheen Supreme Lipstick in the shade Zen Rose.

mac pressed pigment heirloom mix victorian plum, mac sheen supreme zen rose

Darling Girl Cosmetics review and swatches

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 Makeup

Today I’m going to be sharing with you my order from Darling Girl Cosmetics. They are an indie cosmetics company based in the USA, primarily known for their eyeshadows  but also selling a range of other makeup. I mainly ordered to get Glitter Glue, which is a product that holds glitter or shimmer in place and makes your eye shadow look more vibrant. This is raved about all over indie makeup forums, and I desperately wanted it. I also purchased three eyeshadows, and received a mini eyeshadow and a sample bag as gifts with purchase.

  • Marzipan Nipples, from the Black Collection, inspired by Orange Is The New Black.
  • Mass Hysteria, from the Who Ya Gonna Call Ghostbusters-inspired collection.
  • Survival Instinct, from the Hunger Games-inspired Only One Can Win collection
  • Portal of Faces – gift with purchase.
  • Splendor, sample bag.

Darling Girl Cosmetics


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