Beauty Blog tag

I like to read different tags that go around the beauty blogs, and this is one that I found on Sam Barker’s blog. I hope you find my answers interesting – and if you do it, link it in the comment section so I can read it! 1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight? Very slightly wavy 2. What is your natural hair colour? A medium brown, that gets a bit lighter in summer. Here’s the last picture I have of it natural, it’s been a couple of years of dying. 3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? I go to a salon, I couldn’t do highlights at home. I’ve previously done it at home when I dyed it all one colour. 4. How often do you wash your hair? Every 3 days usually, I can sometimes push it out to 4 days with the use of dry shampoo. 5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it? I tend to wear it in a bun or ponytail most days for work, so yes. 6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon? I do my own nails most of […]

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.

Moisture Mist Beauty Cake Foundation

Moisture Mist is a sister brand to Sheseido created especially for the New Zealand market, and New Zealand women. It’s a brand that I’m familiar with in the sense that I’ve seen the stands, and I know people who use the products, but I’ve never used them myself until now. I was sent the Beauty Cake* which has been Moisture Mist’s most popular foundation for over 30 years, as well as the matching Beauty Cake sponge and have been trying it out over the last few weeks.

Victorian Disco Cosmetics – review and swatches

My indie makeup collection is growing, because a friend sent me some samples of Victorian Disco Cosmetics eyeshadows. I love indie makeup, because they have such cool products, and I love supporting small businesses. Definitions of what makes something indie vary, but primarily it’s considered to be brands that are either just one person, or just a couple of people, and is independently owned – not owned by one of the big cosmetics houses. Indies are almost always cruelty free, and many of their products are usually vegan, and if not I find that they they are usually clearly labelled. Victorian Disco is cruelty free and vegan. Right, now onto the shadows!

Makeup: Celebrity edition

Celebrities have been featured in advertising for cosmetics for years, and now they are even launching their own brands or lines. Today I’m going to review a couple of different make up items from brands or lines of products that bear the names of some major celebrities. Kate Moss has been a face of Rimmel since 2001, and in 2011 she launched a range of Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks. Lasting Finish, and Lasting Finish Matte lipsticks have been hugely successful products that are sold around the world. One of my most frequently worn lipsticks is Lasting Finish Matte #107, which I’m wearing in the photo below. It’s a darker red than I would typically wear, somewhat vampy but still office-appropriate which is perfect for me. The matte finish isn’t drying on my lips, and doesn’t look patchy as it begins to wear. It will easily last through lunch time on me, which is impressive as I seem to eat all of my lipstick off quite quickly. It is also a quite affordable product, selling from $14.99 at The Warehouse, Farmers and Kmart stores.   One of my not-well-kept secrets is that I’m a big reality TV fan, especially of […]

Dressed up nudes competition entry

Recently the PANZ (Polish Addicts of NZ) and NZ Makeup Junkies blog had a Dressed up Nudes competition – now don’t get excited/offended, this isn’t R18! The challenge that they set out for us was as follows Nude makeup is always a win in our book and we’re here to prove it doesn’t have to be boring. With this challenge, dress up your nude makeup look with a subtle pop of colour, add some sparkle or even a gem or two. Here’s my entry: I chose to do quite a subtle look – it’s not the most ‘dressed up’, I didn’t add any glitter or different colours, as I wanted it to be a daytime look, but still more interesting than a matte brown or taupe. I was really happy with how it looked, and my friend who arrived just as I was getting ready to take photos, and kindly took these for me, said it looked great – yay! A full product list will be at the end of this post, but I’ll describe what I did for the eyes as they’re the interesting part. Of course, I began with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer potion as these cream eyeshadows […]

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder recently had a promotion here in New Zealand where they were offering free 10 Day samples of all of their foundations. I love samples, and trying new things, and I have heard a lot of people talk about how great their Double Wear foundation is, so of course I had to get one for myself. The sales assistant was really helpful, and sat me down so that she could match my skin tone to the right shade, which turned out to be 2C1 Pure Beige. She did a bit of a mini-makeover too – blush, a bit of mascara and some lip gloss too which was a really nice touch, I felt great heading off into the mall looking made up, as opposed to the bare face I had walked in with. They advertise it as having a 15 hour wear time, and although I didn’t wear it for quite that long, it did look pretty good when I took it off at the end of the day, after about 10 hours. It was slightly patchy around my jaw which has very dry skin, so the next time I wore it I made sure to use plenty of […]

Empties!

This post has been a while in the works- because I have sooooo many beauty products and like to switch around what I use, it takes me forever to use things. However, I have finally used up enough things to warrant a post. I like reading empties posts because if someone has used an entire product they must have a really clear idea of how it worked, and what they thought of it – much more in depth than a first impressions post. I have 6 products to review today, so let’s get to it! MAC Face and Body N2 – $60NZD I bought this just as I was getting into makeup – it was a nice way to start getting used to applying a full face of foundation. It’s not a very heavy coverage, but when combined with some spot concealer – usually MAC Pro Longwear concealer it was great for me. I usually applied it with a basic foundation brush, it’s a bit too runny to use just with your fingers. I only ever wore it on my face, not my body, but you have the option to, apparently! I don’t have any high quality photos of me […]