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. Let’s start with the first product I applied which is Camouflage 2 in 1 makeup and concealer – 10 Ivory beige. It claims that it will give long lasting, high coverage to hide all imperfections and provide a matte and flawless finish without a mask-like effect. That seemed like a pretty big claim to me, so I put it to the test. To be honest I didn’t find the coverage particularly high – I have others that give much more coverage. I built it up as a concealer on the parts of my face that have the most blemishes but I still wasn’t […]
Eleanor Dorn is an Auckland-based makeup artist who has recently launched her own line of cosmetics. About 18 months ago I heard her speak at an event, and at the time she had a range of brushes. Since then, she has gone on to release a range of makeup also. Eleanor kindly sent me these products for review, and I’ve been using them for the last wee while. They are the Highlighting Shimmer Powder, Brow Kit which includes Brow Duo Pencil, Brow Highlighter, Brow Set, Duo Sharpener, Pointed Face Brush, and the Kabuki Brush.
Confession time – until recently, I had never tried contouring. I was always too scared that it’d look muddy or unnatural, so I just decided to steer clear. That is, until Collection sent me their new contour kit and I decided to take the bull by the horns! In this post I’m going to give you a complete noob’s guide to contouring, and a review of the Collection contour kit.
During my recent trip to Melbourne, Priceline was having a 40% off cosmetics sale! Priceline is always one of my first stops in Australia, for makeup, skincare, haircare, and basically every product I want to buy. They have a great range of ‘drugstore’ brands, and include quite a few that we don’t have easily accessible in New Zealand. Makeup is generally cheaper in Australia than in NZ, so I was pretty excited by that! I didn’t actually end up buying a huge amount of makeup because my collection is a ridiculous size (I blame blogging for that), but I did get a few things from Australis, L’Oreal, and Maybelline.
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!
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…
I had been wanting to buy a highlighting powder for a while, but was pretty confused by all of the options. On my recent trip to Australia, I went in to Mecca Maxima and was helped by a lovely sales assistant, and she said that the NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush would be perfect for me – and she was so right! When applied to the top of my cheekbones, this is just stunning, and I absolutely had to have it.