My current skincare routine – winter 2017

Wednesday, August 9th 2017 Beauty, Skincare

Lena Talks Beauty skincare routine - neutrogena, goodness, la roche-posay, seed and soul, clinique, garnier, instanatural, avene, and dermalogica

It has been FOREVER since I’ve written what my daily skincare routine is. This year I have tried really hard to stick to a consistent routine, of using 1 product until I finish it up. When I first started being sent products to try for my blog, I’d be using new things every week. My skin did not enjoy chopping and changing so much, especially considering so many of the products weren’t right for my skin type. Since sticking to a consistent routine, my skin has really looked so much better. People often say that you need to stick to one brand of skincare which I don’t believe in. I use products from La Roche-Posay, Neutrogena, Garnier, Clinique, Dermalogica, Avene, Goodness, Seed + Soul, and InstaNatural. Now, onto my skincare routine:

May, June, and July empties – bumper edition!

Saturday, July 29th 2017 Beauty

Lena talks beauty empties post - hair, skin & cuticles

This post is long overdue – and I can tell this because my empties box is quite literally overflowing. With moving house and changing jobs, this poor wee blog has been sorely neglected but now I feel like I’ve got life under control so I’m back baby! Over the last 3 months I have finished 12 products, with most of those being full size so I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve made a real point of sticking to a consistent skincare routine which means I’m behind in trying new products but my skin is loving it, and I’ve actually managed to finish a few things. This post features hair, skin, body, and nail care products, so let’s jump into it.

March +April Empties

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 Beauty

Lena Talks Beauty empty beauty product review, skincare hair and body products

March and April  was a bumper month for empties, particularly on the skincare front. Some of that was because I threw out some products that I wasn’t crazy about, and others was because of I have been trying to only use one product from each category at a time. My friend Victoria does that and her good habits have been rubbing off on me and stopping me from turning into someone on Hoarders. This post includes brands such as Simple, Garnier, Neutrogena, Schwarzkopf, Goodness, Palmer’s, La Roche Posay and more!

November and December empties

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 Uncategorised

Cetaphil, simple, trilogy, za cosmetics, burts bees, living nature, the balm,, australis velourlips, stila,

This post is a combined November/December empties post since I didn’t finish many products during November. There’s also a section of the post which aren’t empty products, but they’ve either expired or somehow earned their space in the bin. I was just going to throw them out, but some of them I had never blogged about and wanted to say my piece. This is a fairly makeup heavy post, but there’s also skincare, nail care, and hair care included in there as well.

Skincare & body product gift sets – Trilogy, Lush & Clinique

Tuesday, December 6th 2016 Body


My Christmas gift guide series continues today with some skincare and body product gift sets. Trilogy has several beautiful skincare gift sets, as does Clinique and both are widely available in New Zealand. Lush excells in body products, as well as bath time fun which are awesome options for gifts. Keep reading for a closer look at these gifts sets, to get inspire for the beauty lovers in your life.

What’s in my shower? Body, skin, and hair products galore

Friday, October 14th 2016 Body

Tresemme Botanique, Sebastian Hydre, Fudge Violet Shampoo, Cetaphil, Trilogy exfoliant, Giovanni body scrub

As a beauty blogger, I am lucky enough to be sent a massive amount of beauty products to try and review. What that means in reality, is that my bedroom and bathroom is overflowing with products. Recently on Instagram I posted a picture of everything that is in my shower at the moment. People were shocked/impressed with the sheer quantity of products. Then my mum added ‘what’s in my shower’ to my blog post ideas list on my whiteboard so I knew I just had to write about them all.

In this post I’m going to run through all of the products I’m using at the moment, and what I like about them. It’s heavy on the hair products, but also includes skincare and body products  – a bit of something for everyone.

The 5 best exfoliators without microbeads

Saturday, October 1st 2016 Skincare


Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in personal care products, such as facial exfoliators and other body products. Sewage treatment plants are generally not designed to filter out such tiny particles, so they end up polluting waterways. Ever since I learned about the dangers they pose to waterways and the creatures that live in them I have avoided using them in favour of exfoliators without microbeads.

Reading ingredient lists to figure out if they contain plastic can be seriously confusing so I’ve done the work for you. In this post I’ve rounded up a list of exfoliators that are free of polluting microbeads. I’ve used these products myself and can recommend using them. Some plastic-free scrubs rely on harsh pieces like shell that end up harming your skin but these are gentle. The brands included are Goodness, Trilogy, Oasis Beauty, Dermalogica, and River Veda. All were provided to me as press samples.

June and July empties

Sunday, July 31st 2016 Makeup

Batiste, Clinique, Simple, Collection, Trilogy, Rimmel, Lush, The Body Shop, Hask, Neutrogena - Lena Talks Beauty

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s empties time! I completely forgot to write one for June, which means we have a bumper crop of used up products. There are 4 skincare, 3 body products, 6 makeup, and 2 haircare, most of them are even full size. Products are from brands such as Clinique, Batiste, Lush, Bare Minerals, Bourjois and much much more. Keep reading for my reviews on all of these products. Some of these products were sent to me from brands and PR companies, and those have been marked with an asterix – however my opinion is always honest.

Daily Skincare routine

Monday, February 22nd 2016 Skincare

My skin has never been great, and the last few years that has been particularly true. I’ve been trying every skincare product under the sun, especially because I’m lucky enough to get a lot sent to me, but I haven’t had any great success. Finally, I said enough was enough, and I needed to develop a consistent daily skincare routine. This routine includes products from Skinfood, Trilogy, Cetaphil, La Roche Posay, Antipodes, and Clinique.

January Empties

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 Nails


During January I managed to finish a respectable five products, as well as deciding to throw out a couple of things that I just never use. They were: Trilogy botanical body wash*, Eleven miracle hair treatment, Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 15 as well as a sample size, Manicare Cuticle Therapy Oil, Kleancolour Madly Matte top coat, and Jordana calcium basecoat. All bar one of them were full sized as well, so that’s a good effort. I haven’t been wearing as much makeup lately because it is SO HOT and humid here in Auckland so that probably explains why everything is skincare, hair, body, and nail products.

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Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment

I got this in a subscription box way back in September 2014! I went back to see what I wrote about it when I originally got it and I said “Even considering how much I need to use for my long hair, I think this would last a fairly decent amount of time, so it’s good value for money” – well I was right! I used this the majority of times that I wash my hair and I always noticed a difference in how it dried.

Repurchase? Probably, I’m currently using a similar product but will buy this again.

Trilogy Botanical Body Wash – Hailwood limited edition*

This is Trilogy’s classic Botanical Body Wash in beautiful limited edition packaging in a collaboration with NZ fashion label Hailwood. The scent is nice and it’s unisex (compared to a lot of the body washes I use/buy) so guys have been happy using it too. I like Trilogy’s eco-friendly ethos as it’s research based and isn’t hysterical about chemicals like some natural skincare companies are.

Repurchase? A bit expensive for me, but maybe as a gift for someone special.

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Kleancolor Madly matte top coat

The reason why this is in my empties despite being nearly full is that it’s a terrible product. I replaced it with Sally Hansen Big Matte top coat which you can read a review of here). If you want a bargain then save yourself some money and don’t buy it,

Repurchase? No way

Jordana Calcium Gel

I bought this at a time of desperation when my nails kept breaking, but it didn’t have any real benefit. My nail technician friends don’t think base coats or things like this are of any use, or at least no more so than a plain clear nail polish. I gave up using it after a while and stuck to my favourite Orly Bonder or Essie Fill the Gaps.

Repurchase? No.

Manicare Cuticle Therapy Oil

In contrast to base coats, cuticle oil is something I’m always told is beneficial for my nails so I try my best to use it regularly. Manicare Cuticle Therapy oil has Apricot oil, Wheat germ oil, mineral oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera extract so it’s a great combination of nourishing ingredients. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was that it was hard to get the last of the oil out of the bottle with the brush, I had to resort to pouring it onto my nails. Instead of buying this again I bought Benecos Natural Nail Care pen because of the handy dispensing mechanism – buy it from

Repurchase? No, but wouldn’t rule it out.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF15 & Neutrogena Hydro Boost

I’ve written about how much I like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range in previous posts, and I still feel the same about it. I like that it’s Hyaluronic Acid based but you don’t have to apply it separately like the famed Hydraluron serum which I was pretty lazy with applying. However, I’m a creature who seeks novelty so I haven’t repurchased the Hydro Boost SPF 15. The classic Hydro Boost was also nice but I have sooo many other moisturisers that this one didn’t tickle my fancy enough to buy again.

Repurchase? Maybe one day.

Good effort me! I’ll be moving within the next month or so, so i imagine next month’s empties post will be pretty full because I’ll have to do some downsizing of my collection. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?


*Product provided for review.


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