Interview with Rebekah Banks Makeup Artist

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 Uncategorised

Makeup artistry is a fascinating profession, and as a makeup enthusiast I have always wondered what it’s like behind the scenes. I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebekah Banks, who has been working as a makeup artist for six years. Rebekah works on editorial shoots, as well as doing makeup for weddings and other special events. She shared with me about her career, and also some tips for how to improve your makeup.

Botox – Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, September 21st 2015 Uncategorised


A little while ago I posted an interview about my stepsister’s experience with getting lip fillers and everyone was very interested in that post.  So on the topic of cosmetic injections I decided to interview another friend who gets Botox since I’m sure people are curious about it too! As with the last post, neither of us profess to be experts, so if you are interested in getting Botox I recommend having a consultation with a professional. Now with that caveat – let’s get into these frequently asked questions about Botox!

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Botox by EC-JPR under CC 2.0

Nail FAQ with Nailed it NZ

Monday, August 3rd 2015 Nails

My friend Jessie is not just a nail art star on her youtube channel Nailed It NZ, but she is also a qualified nail technician. I’ve interviewed her with frequently asked questions about nail health, and general nail and nail polish queries. I found it really interesting, and I hope you will too!

Pastel Owl Nail Art - With Gel Polish

An example of Jessie’s awesome nail art

Do nails need to breathe?
Not at all, the nail plate is made up of many layers of keratin, which is basically a bunch of dead cells. This means that your nails are dead, so giving them a “break to let them breathe” isn’t necessary. However, you can give your nails a break from nail polish if you want old stains to stains fade. (Note – I’ve got a video about this here)

An interview with my mum!

Tuesday, May 6th 2014 Uncategorised

In honour of Mother’s Day I asked my mum to answer a few questions about beauty.

She is one of my biggest beauty role models, I’m always passing on great tips of hers like combing your hair in small sections from the bottom up, and always wearing sunscreen. I wouldn’t dare give away her age but I’m sure you’d all agree that she looks very youthful.



1.    Who is your beauty biggest inspiration?

Definitely not my mother – she was married to a pharmacist and unless she was going out to a special event she barely wore more than a slash of lipstick. I get inspired if I see a movie and like the person’s makeup – eg the movie Chocolat – the lady wore red lipstick and red shoes – so I went straight out and bought both.

2.    What beauty sins are you guilty of?

Occasionally I line the inner rim of my eyes with eyeliner – this is a terrible hangover from the 80’s that I found very hard to give up.

(editor’s note: she also never takes her make up off before bed)

3.    You’re running late – choose 3 the only 3 make up items you would apply.

Mineral makeup powder, eyeliner and lipstick/gloss

4.    What’s your favourite lip balm?

Apart from wearing Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on my lips when I was a tween (to attract boys!) – I have never used a lip balm.

(editor’s note: whaaaat! I put on lip balm several times a day. This is not fair)

5.    Worst beauty item you’ve tried, and what was so bad about it?

Eyelash curlers – they do nothing for me and I used to get sucked into buying them and then I would use them and then remember they were a waste of money.


6.    What hot beauty tips do you have for me/my readers?

If you’re short on space or time, you can just use a blusher brush and put it on your cheeks and eyelids, and then also on your lips (follow up with a bit of clear gloss)

7.    What do you like doing best – eye makeup or lips?

Neither – I don’t particularly enjoy putting on makeup as it is time consuming and just a necessity. If I had to choose – it would be eyes as lips is just putting on lipstick – big deal

8.    Brushes or hands?

Hands of course – much much faster, much cleaner and you don’t waste foundation on your brush.

9.    Who’s your favourite beauty blogger?

I have never read a beauty blog except for this one – and I love it!

(It might not be that genuine of a compliment but I’ll take it)

10.        What are some of your favourite beauty products?

I have about a thousand bottles of foundation – purchased during 40% off sales. I have some mac eyeshadows back from when I used to buy that brand, and a dozen lipsticks, a few mascaras, eyeliners, eyeshadows, blushers and miscellaneous items. Do I have a favourite? If I had to choose one, it would be my mineral makeup powder, takes 1min to apply and gives me a lovely “lift”

(She also has enough hair serums to open up a shop)

Thanks for answering these questions for me Mum! The thousand bottles of foundation is definitely true, it’s a shame that we aren’t the same colour or else I’d generously take them off your hands. I can’t wait for my next visit over to you so we can spend hours at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse together. Even though you always get us matching outfits which I am somewhat less fond of haha.Image

Has your mum given you some good beauty tips? I’d love to hear them. Happy Mother’s Day to any mothers among my readers.

Lena x


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