All used up – empties from Pureology, Neutrogena, MAC and more

Monday, February 19th 2018 Beauty, Body, Hair care, Makeup, Nails, Skincare

It’s been months since I wrote an empties post, or indeed any sort of beauty post, but I have still been dutifully storing all my empty products. I have a number of full sized products, ranging from shampoo to moisturiser, an eyebrow pencil and more. This post is going to be a long one, so let’s dive right in.

Karen Murrell Orchid Bloom & Lavender Laughter

Monday, July 4th 2016 Makeup

Karen Murrell Orchid Bloom and Lavender Laughter Lipsticks

Orchid Bloom and Lavender Laughter are two of the latest lipsticks from Karen Murrell that I have kindly been sent as PR samples. Orchid Bloom is a warm brown with a touch of pink and Lavender Laughter is a soft pastel lavender. Both of these lipsticks are lovely shades that are very suitable for day to day wear, and I’ll be showing them both in this post.

5 Favourite Pink Lipsticks

Monday, October 5th 2015 Beauty

Someone asked me the other day what my favourite pink lipsticks are. This was a seriously hard decision for me.I have so many pink lipsticks, it felt like I was trying to choose my favourite child – if I had 20 children. I ended up choosing lipsticks from Bourjois, NYX, MAC, Rimmel, and Karen Murrell. Read on to see which ones they are, and why they’re my favourite.

My favourite pink lipsticks - Bourjois, NYX, MAC, Rimmel, Karen Murrell. Lena Talks Beauty

Za Perfect Action Mascara

Friday, August 28th 2015 Makeup

Lena Talks Beauty - Za perfect action mascara brush

For a long time, before I really got into makeup, I thought all mascaras were much the same. How wrong was I?! Recently I was given the Za Perfect Action Mascara* and it’s what I’ve been wearing on my lashes most of the time lately. It seems like time for me to review it, and share my feelings about this Za Cosmetics mascara. It offers three effects in one – seperate lashes, wide volume brush, and long stretch fibers – so let’s have a look at how well I think those effects stack up!

Lena Talks Beauty - Za perfect action mascara brush

Karen Murrell lipsticks giveaway

Thursday, August 6th 2015 Uncategorised

Karen Murrell lipsticks giveaway

I adore Karen Murrell lipsticks, as I have mentioned on here many times before. Every time I write about them, you all seem to be very interested in trying the lipsticks too. I’ve paired up with Karen Murrell to offer a giveaway! Two lucky readers will each be winning two Karen Murrell lipsticks – Red Shimmer and Fuschia Shock.

Karen Murrell lipsticks giveaway

To enter, please visit my Facebook page and comment which of the shades is your favourite. Liking the page isn’t a condition of entry, but I’d love it if you did! It’s a great way to keep up to date with my latest posts, as well as other snippets of my life, and photos of different things I’ve been trying.

The winner will be chosen at random, and entries close Wednesday 12th August at 11:59pm NZ time. Entry is restricted to NZ residents only – sorry!

Thanks to Karen Murrell for providing these lipsticks as prizes. For more about Red Shimmer and Fuschia fever, including swatches, visit my recent post. Good luck to all the entrants!


Karen Murrell lipsticks – Red Shimmer & Fuschia Shock

Friday, July 31st 2015 Makeup

I have written multiple times about how lovely Karen Murrell lipsticks are. They are a beautiful texture, a great range of colours, aren’t tested on animals, and are from a New Zealand brand. Red Shimmer and Fuschia Shock are two from Karen Murrell’s lipstick line which I have recently been sent. Like the rest of the line, these lipsticks are gorgeous.I love the attention to detail that they give the packaging, with illustrations that fit with the theme of the shade.

Karen murrell red shimmer lipstick and karen murrell fuschia shock lipstick

Karen Murrell True Love lipstick

Saturday, April 18th 2015 Makeup

Karen Murrell is a brand that I have been exposed to through blogging, and I am so glad about that, because her lipsticks are just wonderful. I’ll acknowledge that I have received all of the Karen Murrell lipsticks I own through the PR company that represents them but I absolutely would put my money where my mouth is and purchase them myself. This is the 20th lipstick in the range, and it is called True Love.

“To celebrate my 20th lipstick I wanted to pay tribute to the love of my craft with a lust-worthy blue-based red.  It had to be completely different from any red that I had designed before and it had to symbolise the love that I felt when I wore my first red lipstick”
– Karen Murrell, Creative Director, Karen Murrell Lipsticks

Karen Murrell true love lipstick-001

Coral lipstick for summer

Wednesday, November 26th 2014 Makeup

I am a fan of wearing coral lipstick, especially because it is so perfectly suited to warmer weather. It’s spring here in New Zealand, and we have been having some beautifully sunny days. Today I’m going to share with you three of my favourite coral lipsticks – ELF Matte Lip Color in Coral, Karen Murrell Coral Dawn and Avon Ultra Rich Color Lipstick in Skin. These lipsticks range from the reddish type of coral to more brownish, and they’re perfect for summer or spring days.

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn, Avon Skin lipstick, elf matte lip color

Sugar Rush lipstick from Karen Murrell

Monday, September 8th 2014 Makeup

Karen Murrell Sugar Rush lipstick

Spring is here and Karen Murrell has the sweetest lipstick for this season! Inspired by the days of disco, it’s a candy pink called Sugar Rush*, and I am in love. It’s bright enough to be eye-catching, while still being suited to wear in the day time. I was lucky enough to be sent this, and have had so many compliments about how it looks while wearing it over the last couple of weeks.

Karen Murrell lipsticks are made with natural ingredients such as Avocado oil which is hydrating for the lips, and Carnuba wax that has a high melting point so it won’t melt in your handbag in the summer sun. The finish is semi-matte but it doesn’t feel drying on the lips at all which is good for lips like mine which have suffered through a dry winter. The RRP is $29.95 and I think the quality is better than lipsticks from much more expensive brands. Karen Murrell lipsticks are never tested on animals and they are ‘vegetarian lipsticks’ – not vegan, as they do include beeswax.

Sugar Rush, and all other Karen Murrell lipsticks, are available from pharmacies and health food stores nationwide  – to locate stockists or purchase online go to


Lena x

This post originally appeared on nzgirl 
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Winter’s heating up with Karen Murrell Rymba Rhythm lipstick

Wednesday, June 25th 2014 Makeup

The weather might be cold outside, but my new lipstick from Karen Murrell is heating things up! Bare PR very kindly sent me her latest release, Rymba Rhythm.

“Rymba Rhythm is my tribute colour to love and passion. It is designed for anyone looking to turn up the heat in their life!”
Karen Murrell, Creative Director, Karen Murrell Lipsticks

Reow – I was pretty excited to get this on my lips!

Karen Murell Rymba Rhythm lipstick

Karen Murrell Rymba Rhythm lipstick (image supplied)

Karen Murrell is a brand which is very focused about things being natural. Often, brands will say things like that and it turns out to be a bit of a stretch, or not much more than a marketing claim. However, these lipsticks are actually quite natural – there aren’t any artificial colours or fragrances. The only thing that I’m concerned about is the fact it doesn’t have any preservatives – I’m worried that perhaps this lipstick will go off quickly, but I suppose I will have to see how it lasts. Karen Murrell lipsticks aren’t tested on animals, which is something that is becoming more important to me. They are ‘vegetarian lipsticks’ – not vegan, as they do include beeswax. The full ingredients list is available on

Karen Murrell Rymba Rhythm lipstick lip swatch

As you can see in the picture above, Rymba Rhythm is a very creamy lipstick, which was great for me with my dry winter lips. This creamy formulation means that it didn’t have the greatest staying power, it survived a coffee with only a slight fading of the glossy sheen, but was all gone after I ate a sandwich. That was alright for me though, reapplying my lipstick isn’t too much of a hassle, and I don’t mind doing it if it means my lips stay moist.

I’ve worn the lipstick a few times since I got it, and generally I kept my eye make up neutral since it is such a bold colour. Yesterday I kept my eye makeup very simple, and just used a bronze eyeliner pencil and plenty of black mascara. You could also pair this lipstick with a smoky eye, or crisp winged black eyeliner for a night out.

Photo of me wearing Karen Murell Rymba Rhythm lipstick

A before-work photo of me wearing Rymba Rhythm

I really loved this lipstick, and am sorely tempted to buy some of the 15 other shades in the Karen Murrell range. My mum borrowed the lipstick off me, and she really liked it too, especially how moisturising it felt on her lips. It’s also nice to support a small kiwi business too, as opposed to a giant multi-national corporation.

This lipstick has an RRP of $29.95, and can be bought at selected pharmacies and health food stores in New Zealand – or from Karen Murrell’s online store, and they can be shipped internationally.

Have you bought any of Karen Murrell’s lipsticks? Are there any ones you would recommend to me? Let me know in the comments section, to tempt me into buying more of these pretties.Lena x




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