ZA Christmas gift set

ZA has created a beautiful range of Christmas gift sets, and kindly sent me one of them to show to you readers. I received a Za Holiday Edition Colour Makeup Set in Pure Silver. There is also a Pure Gold set, and both include one Limited Edition Impact-Full Eyes Eye Shadow Palette and 2 Limited Edition Rich Glam Liquid Rouge lipsticks. All of the products are lovely, and I have taken lots of swatches and pictures of me wearing them.

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.

Mini Indie makeup haul!

I did a tiny indie makeup haul through a forum-based destash sale, and I’m excited to share it with you all. I’ve only recently got into indie makeup, and it is so cool. Buying makeup directly from the people who produce it, who are usually just one person operations, means they are usually very cheap, and I like supporting small businesses. I’ve never heard of an indie brand to test on animals, and many of them have products that are entirely vegan. Today I have products from Darling Girl Cosmetics and Shiro Cosmetics. Both of these shadows were from the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ Holiday 2013 collection produced by Darling Girl Cosmetics. Wink is described as ‘Soft peachy pink with gold highlight’ and Ashes and Soot is ‘Sooty gray brown base with golden undertones and copper iridescence and some violet tones lurking about.’ They are both utterly gorgeous colours, remind me somewhat of the colours in my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, but different enough that I don’t feel like it’s repetitive. Using loose pigments can be a little bit messy, especially with some fallout from darker shadows, but the colour pay off is so worth it. From what I’ve […]

Should blue eyeshadow stay in the 80s?

Blue eyeshadow has a bit of a bad reputation, after its heyday in the 1980s. Even Paula Begoun, my skincare goddess, wrote a book called ‘Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal’. Controversially though, I like it. I think that there are ways you can wear it that looks great, and not at all like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. According to some experts, people with blue eyes like me should stay far away from blue eyeshadow, but I don’t care for their rules. So, I’m going to show you a look that I did the other day that features blue eyeshadow without looking like an 80s throwback. As usual, I started with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, something I’ve been raving about on here ever since my very first post. I applied the lighter, silvery-blue shadow all over my lid -it doesn’t have a shade name, but it’s from my Models Prefer ‘Ice Queen’ mineral eyeshadow duo, which you can see in the featured image at the top of this post. I really like Models Prefer products, but I’ve only seen them for sale in Australia, never in NZ, but I digress. The darker shadow is a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment, in […]

Purple makeup collaboration

Today’s post is in collaboration with Analesha of Lipsandbubbles. We came across each other on the Beauty Review forum, and have been keeping in touch there and on twitter for a while now. We decided to do a collaboration around the colour purple, which is a hot trend this year. I decided to showcase the purple look on my eyes, because I have quite a few purple eyeshadows and also was recently sent Maybelline color tattoo pigment in a purple hue. Purple looks great on with just about every eye colour, in my opinion. It might not be according to the colour rules, but I think if you like it, then wear it! I applied my foundation as usual, using MAC Studio Sculpt and MAC Prolongwear concealer – I’ve previously written a post about my full base routine. Next up was filling in my brows, and I used Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Grey and a small angled brush. The first step in my actual eye makeup application was my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion which even comes in a purple tube, so on trend! The main product I used on my eyes was Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment, shade number 15 […]

Review: Maybelline NY Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline New York are launching a lot of new products in New Zealand this month, and I was very kindly sent some of them by Pead PR. One of the things that is being released is a range of Color Tattoo Pure Pigments – highly concentrated powdered eyeshadows in a long-lasting formula. I received four of the colours, and from reading about what’s available in the USA where these have been out for a year, it looks like there will be 12 in the line.   The colours I received are, from top to bottom:10 Brash Blue, 15 Potent Purple, 25 Wild Gold and 40 Improper Copper. My immediate thought when I swatched them was that Improper Copper seemed similar to the cream Color Tattoo in 25 Bad to the bronze. I wear that cream eyeshadow all the time, especially as part of my quick work makeup look. Improper Copper is definitely a warmer colour, but I think they could work very nicely together, using the cream shadow as a base. Brash Blue and Wild Gold are colours I’m not sure how I will wear, but I’m going to experiment with them so that I get out of my makeup comfort zone. I love […]

Beauty Review Vault haul

Beauty Review is a great New Zealand-based website that sends out full sized beauty products for people to review on their website. You can also review products not sent to you by them, chat on the forum or read the interesting articles that they put up. Four times a year they have a ‘vault’ sale which is where you use the points you earn by reviewing and participating on the site to buy products. They held one a few weeks ago and today I’m going to review the products that I received. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss Set – RRP $59 I chose this with the intention of giving it to my mum for a belated Mother’s Day gift – a bit of a cheapskate, I know, but my mum loves a bargain just like I do. And yes, she knows I was going to swatch them for the blog. She’s so long suffering. Anyway, on to the review – to be honest I was a bit disappointed with it – the glosses are quite small and weren’t anything special compared to just about every other lip gloss I’ve tried before. They work out to be $3.70/ml, whereas an Australis […]