Empties: August & September

Wednesday, October 4th 2017 Beauty

Lena Talks Beauty Empties - August and September

Time has got away on me – my formerly monthly empties posts have now seemed to become every second month! This post is a bit of a long one, so I better get cracking. I finished 15 products, 12 of them full size (including 2 single-use masks), and 3 mini/sample sized. The products range across haircare, skincare, body products, makeup, and nails.

Essence Cosmetics Summer 2016 releases

Monday, December 5th 2016 Makeup


Essence Cosmetics is a relative newcomer to the New Zealand makeup scene, and I’ve been a big fan ever since their launch. Essence releases new products all throughout the year which keeps the range fresh and up with current trends. They recently sent me a huge bundle of products, as you may have seen on my instagram and I decided to put them all on my face. Well, not all at once – that would be ridiculous! What I did was a full face look using all Essence products, and I’ll give a quick rundown on my thoughts of each item.

August & September Empties

Monday, October 3rd 2016 Makeup

OGX, Schwarzkopf, Palmolive, Maybelline, Clinique, Far Botanicals, Za, hi-pro-pac, sebastien reviews - Lena Talks Beauty

I didn’t use up very many products during August, so I decide to save my empties for a combo August and September post. I used 14 different products up, and the majority of them were full size which is a particularly good effort. Hair products feature heavily, because I did a bit of damage to my hair by lightening it significantly. I have previously written posts about a number of these products, and I will link to them if you’d like to read more about them. With each product I say whether I would repurchase them – some of them were sent to me by brands and I marked them with an asterix – so really it’s more, would I purchase them myself. I also answer that question from a perspective of  if I didn’t have a lifetime supply of these products already sitting in my bathroom. The brands I’ve used up include OGX, Hi-Pro-Pac, Schwarzkopf, Sebastian, Palmolive, Far Botanicals, Za Cosmetics, Maybelline, and Clinique.

June and July empties

Sunday, July 31st 2016 Makeup

Batiste, Clinique, Simple, Collection, Trilogy, Rimmel, Lush, The Body Shop, Hask, Neutrogena - Lena Talks Beauty

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s empties time! I completely forgot to write one for June, which means we have a bumper crop of used up products. There are 4 skincare, 3 body products, 6 makeup, and 2 haircare, most of them are even full size. Products are from brands such as Clinique, Batiste, Lush, Bare Minerals, Bourjois and much much more. Keep reading for my reviews on all of these products. Some of these products were sent to me from brands and PR companies, and those have been marked with an asterix – however my opinion is always honest.

YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Awakening Foundation

Monday, May 9th 2016 Makeup

YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Awakening Foundation is the most luxurious foundation I have ever used, but does its performance match up to its beautiful packaging? YSL Touche Éclat highlighting pen is incredibly popular for it’s brightening and luminizing effects so it’s sister foundation was created in 2012. Now YSL Beauté have released an advanced formula which promises to deliver “sublime radiance, weightlessness, and the perfect coverage for an even and luminous skin enlivened with a healthy-looking glow”. I was lucky enough to be sent this by YSL and have been using it for the last few weeks, and will be sharing my review of it in this post.

Revlon 2-in-1 Colorstay Compact review

Friday, February 5th 2016 Makeup

Revlon Colorstay Compact 2 in 1 featured image - lena talks beauty

Finding a foundation that matches is hard enough, but finding a concealer that matches that as well is a struggle. Revlon have come up with a way to solve this problem by creating the new Revlon 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer which I was lucky enough to be sent by Revlon before it was released. I’ve reviewed the compact, as well as showing how the Colorstay foundation looks on my skin.

Revlon colorstay 2 in 1 makeup review - lena talks beauty

I had never actually used the normal Revlon Colorstay, however my mum owns 8 bottles at last count so I had faith that it would be a good product. I went to my local Revlon counter and the sales assistant there matched me to the shade Nude. The shades available are: Natural Beige, Sand Beige, Medium Beige, Buff, Nude, Natural Tan, True Beige, Ivory, and Warm Golden. The shade range isn’t the widest, pale or dark skinned women may miss out which is a shame, but fortunately for me Nude matched me well.

Revlon colorstay two in one - lena talks beauty

The compact comes with a sponge, and also includes a mirror, which makes it perfect to pop in your handbag and take away on holiday.

Revlon colorstay two in one makeup - lena talks beauty

Now – what you’re really here for is to see how the Colorstay foundation looked on my skin. Nude matched me well, and for context I wear NW20 in MAC foundations and 120 in Maybelline foundations. I don’t get much more tanned in summer so this shade will suit me year round. In the photo below I’m only wearing the Colorstay foundation, no other products on top or below. I applied it using the included sponge, I have experimented with other sponges and brushes but this works best for it.

Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Nude - Lena talks beauty

Wearing Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Foundation in Nude

The Colorstay 2 in 1 Compact foundation is a light to medium coverage foundation, with the use of the included concealer it would build to a medium coverage. I believe that liquid Revlon Colorstay foundation is full coverage so that’s something to bear in mind if you are used to using that. In the photo below I have used the concealer, and set it with some translucent powder. In the summer heat we are currently having in New Zealand, powder is an essential.

Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Foundation and concealer in Nude

Wearing Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Foundation and concealer in Nude

Since being sent this in late December, I have worn the Revlon Colorstay makeup and concealer compact to work most days. It’s easy to swipe onto my skin for a nice coverage that won’t melt off my face in the humidity. If I’m going out in the evening or to an event I do want a more full coverage but this is perfect for every day wear.

What do you think of the look of the Revlon 2-in-1 Colorstay compact? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section.

RRP: $41.95 On counter:Early FebruaryLena
Product provided for review by Revlon


Benefit High Beam

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 Makeup

Benefit High Beam - Lena Talks Beauty

A year or so ago, I bought the Benefit High Beam highlighter. I thought it was really pretty, but I didn’t really know how to use it. You can use it by applying it directly to your cheekbones, but I have since developed a different method that I prefer. It gives me luminous skin without being excessively highlighted, even for a day-to-day wear. Keep reading to find out just what that method is…

Benefit High Beam Highlighter - Lena Talks Beauty

Collection Naturally Matt Foundation

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 Makeup

Collection Cosmetics recently launched their Naturally Matt Foundation here in New Zealand, and sent some to me to review. I typically don’t wear matte foundations, but I decided to give this a try in the interests of being a good beauty blogger. I’m glad I did, as it’s a lovely foundation – not chalky or dry like other matte foundations that I’ve tried previously. I’m not entirely sure why it’s ‘matt’ as opposed to ‘matte’ – it makes me think it’s a boy which is kind of funny.

Collection Naturally Matt foundation

FOTD with Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 Makeup

With the help of Maybelline’s chart, I recently discovered that Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is supposed to be my perfect match. I was sent it to try out and today I’ll be sharing my thoughts, as well as a look that I did the other weekend wearing it. I’ve called this a FOTD (Face Of The Day) but really it’s more like FOTOD (Face Of The Other Day). My skin is dry, and I like to wear a dewy foundation, so this sounded just right for me. I chose shade 120 – Classic Ivory based on my MAC shade being NW20, and luckily it was right! The ten shades available in New Zealand range from 115 Ivory to 310 Sun Beige.

Maybelline fit me foundation 120

Maybelline NY foundation giveaway

Thursday, April 23rd 2015 Makeup

I find foundation, and base products in general, to be difficult to purchase. Walking up to a stand where there are what seems like endless different types of foundation and trying to choose one is a bit overwhelming. To help people like me out with this challenge, Maybelline has created a helpful chart so you can find the perfect foundation or BB cream for you. In addition to that, one lucky Lena Talks Beauty reader will be winning their perfect BB cream or foundation from Maybellline!

maybelline foundation chart


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