Makeup gift sets for Christmas – MAC, Real Techniques, & Benefit

Tuesday, November 29th 2016 Makeup


The Christmas season is fast approaching, and whilst some people have been shopping for months, others (me) leave it a bit later. The same goes for my gift guides – better late than never! I don’t typically write gift guides, because I find it hard enough to buy for my friends and family, let alone make suggestions for other people. However, I’ve been sent a number of press releases about some cool Christmas gift sets that I wanted to draw people’s attention to. Either you can buy them as gifts, or you can use this as a guide to shopping for yourself. The brands included in this post are MAC Cosmetics, Real Techniques, and Benefit Cosmetics – keep reading for more information.

March and April empties

Monday, May 2nd 2016 Makeup

This post combines my empties from March and April, since I didn’t get the chance to write a post at the end of March. I finished or decided to throw away 9 different items over those two months, from makeup to skincare, haircare, body and more. The empties are from Models Prefer, Essence, Real Techniques, Za, La Roche-Posay, and Lush. Get ready for a long post, because I have a lot to say about them – maybe make yourself a cup of tea, I’ll be waiting right here.

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel – review & giveaway!

Friday, January 15th 2016 Makeup

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel and Miracle Complexion Sponge

Washing makeup brushes is a chore that I typically put off until it can’t wait any longer. What that means is by the time I do wash them, the generally need a pretty deep clean. This is where the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel comes to the rescue! I have been using it to clean my brushes and sponges for the last little while and today I have a review of how well the gel works, as well as a giveaway!

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel - Lena Talks Beauty.42

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

Eye makeup brushes

Monday, July 20th 2015 Makeup

Last week I wrote about the makeup brushes that I use for my face, and today I’m continuing this series with writing about the brushes I use for eye makeup. (Does it count as a series if it’s two posts? I’m not sure) As with my face brushes, my eye makeup brushes are from affordable brands such as Real Techniques, Eco Tools, and Carousel Cosmetics. I am on a reasonably tight budget, but I’m so satisfied with these that even if I had more money available I can’t see myself spending a lot more on brushes. I like to have a lot of eyeshadow brushes so I don’t have to wash them all the time, and I can do that by sticking to cheaper brands.

real techniques lash comb, carousel cosmetics eyeliner brush, sephora eyeshadow brush, ecotools eyeshadow brush, beauty bliss eyeshadow brush


Friday, July 17th 2015 Makeup

My recently posted some outtakes from her blog photo sessions and I’ve decided to do the same. I take so many more photos than I ever actually use, and some of them are terrible, hilarious and a mixture of the two. I’ll link the actual blog posts also, in case these outtakes inspire you to see them properly. So, without further ado:


Benefit Roller lash

I was trying to keep my eyes wide open to demonstrate Benefit Roller Lash mascara but instead I just ended up looking very strange. For a better version, and a review of the mascara, click here.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Monday, March 16th 2015 Makeup

A next generation of cosmetic sponges have come around in the last few years, starting with the Beauty Blender which has lead to a number of ‘dupes’ or similar sponges being released. I have bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which is a ‘3-in-1 multi-functional complexion sponge’. It has three different surfaces which have different functions, and they are all used to give your foundation a flawless finish.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge



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