Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

Second blogging anniversary and giveaway!

Last Friday was the second anniversary of Lena Talks Beauty. I published my first post on 15/04/2014 and wow, have the two years been exciting! I never quite expected to have developed such a great audience, and have so many awesome people reading my posts. I feel really lucky that people want to read what I have to say, and even brands want to send me things to review. I really appreciate all of the support over the last two years. To say thanks, I bought the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette to give away!

MUA for a day with Laura

Something that I like to do from time to time is to take turns with a friend to play makeup artist on each other’s faces. It means we get to hang out, try different makeup products, and have the experience of doing someone else’s makeup which is actually so hard! This time my canvas was the lovely Laura of Laura Laura Blog. We met through the #brunchclub bloggers meet ups that she is an organiser for and now we are really close friends and talk pretty much every day. I loved having the opportunity to use some different makeup products like the Colourpop eyeshadows and her Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Doesn’t Laura look beautiful? (the only acceptable answer is yes). Let’s have a closer look at her makeup I used a mixture of my makeup and her makeup, depending on what I thought would work best/my curiousity. We ended up with quite the makeup carnage on my bed and makeup table The products that I ended up using were the following: Dermalogica HydraBlur Primer Clinique CC cream Rimmel stay matte powder – transparent Collection concealer* Nars Orgasm blush Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Busted and Booty call eyeshadows Colourpop […]

Date Makeup - Lena Talks Beauty

Getting ready for a date

As most of you know, I’m single and dating at the moment. As a ‘typical girl’ it takes me  forever, and a million products to get ready for a date. So, in his post I’m going to give you a behind the scenes look into the process of me getting ready for a date! I can do it in a rush, if need be, but I really would rather not. I enjoy the process – I always have music playing and usually have a pre-drink. A fair few of these products I’m using I’ve blogged about before since I like to use my tried-and-trued products, so I’ll link to the reviews where I can. I hope you enjoy this peek into my life…and if you’re the guy I’m dating, stop reading now, it’ll ruin the illusion.

April empties part one

The beauty of being on a no-buy is that I’ve been using up lots of products! I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish as many things as possible, and it’s been working well. During April I finished two full size products, a deluxe sample, as well as a few samples, which I was very impressed by. Especially the fact I finished a lipstick – that has NEVER happened to me before! Here’s what I finished, and I’m going to be splitting this post into two, since otherwise it’d be ridiculously long. I’ll link the second post once it’s up, later in the week.

Give Me Some Lip – Sephora Favorites

In December, I did a bit of a post-breakup ‘treat yo self’ haul from Sephora, and by far my favourite thing that I purchased was the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip limited edition set. It’s a set of 6 different lip products, mainly mini sized, and has a good variety between brands and types of products; including Bite Beauty, Urban Decay, Marc Jacobs, NARS, Buxom and Smashbox. I thought it was a good opportunity to try products from different brands since only Smashbox is available in New Zealand. It feels a bit silly to be reviewing a set that is no longer available, however, all the products are available in full sizes so hopefully this will be a useful post, rather than just showing off something I bought.

My most important beauty products

Today my friend Laura from Laura Loves Beauty Blog and I are sharing our five most important beauty products – our absolute favourites that we just couldn’t be without. It was really hard for me to narrow this down, but I eventually managed to get it done, and here they all are. Keep reading to find out why these products are my favourites.

Left Handed Makeup Challenge

Sometimes, I like to have a bit of silliness on the blog, and today that’s what’s in store. I was thinking about doing a fun challenge, and so I thought ‘why don’t I do my makeup with my left hand’, and I did! It turned out to be less difficult than expected, which was interesting. Applying my foundation was a bit tricky, I had to go slowly rather than hurriedly smear it all over my face. At first my bronzer and blush looked very stripey but some blending rectified that situation. Where it got difficult was doing my eyebrows! The gel I use requires a gentle hand, and this wasn’t easy. My first eyebrow, which is the right in this picture, ended up being a bit of a mess and looked too heavy for my liking. I wasn’t terribly precise with the eyeshadow but the shades I chose meant that I could just blend it and it looked okayish. The biggest struggle was the liquid eyeliner. I could have made things easier for myself and chosen a pencil or even gel eyeliner but that would be less interesting. I’ll let you judge my efforts for yourself. Here’s the complete look […]

Inside my travel makeup bag

By the time you read this post I will be on holiday in Australia, for a girly holiday with my friend Laura and staying with my mum, yay! I always like looking at peoples’ travel makeup bag posts, so I’ll share mine with you now. It was hard to whittle down my collection, but I managed to fit it all into a reasonable sized bag! The base products I chose were Clinique Super City Block, NYX Photo-loving primer, Clinique CC Cream light, MAC Studio Sculpt NW20, Rimmel Stay Matte primer, ELF blush Peachy Keen, and ELF Under Eye concealer and highlighter in light. I wanted to have the option to do a full coverage base, as well as just swipe on some of the CC cream. I haven’t featured the CC cream on here before – here’s a swatch. Eye makeup was another set of difficult decisions! The mascara was a no-brainer, I chose Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes which I’ve been using for a little while now and loving. The Sephora eyeliner pencil is handy because it’s got brown and black, and the NYX wonder pencil is perfect for the inner rims of my eyes. Then there’s Bobbi Brown […]

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 […]

Should blue eyeshadow stay in the 80s?

Blue eyeshadow has a bit of a bad reputation, after its heyday in the 1980s. Even Paula Begoun, my skincare goddess, wrote a book called ‘Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal’. Controversially though, I like it. I think that there are ways you can wear it that looks great, and not at all like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. According to some experts, people with blue eyes like me should stay far away from blue eyeshadow, but I don’t care for their rules. So, I’m going to show you a look that I did the other day that features blue eyeshadow without looking like an 80s throwback. As usual, I started with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, something I’ve been raving about on here ever since my very first post. I applied the lighter, silvery-blue shadow all over my lid -it doesn’t have a shade name, but it’s from my Models Prefer ‘Ice Queen’ mineral eyeshadow duo, which you can see in the featured image at the top of this post. I really like Models Prefer products, but I’ve only seen them for sale in Australia, never in NZ, but I digress. The darker shadow is a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment, in […]