May Empties - OGX, Plantae, Madre Labs, Za, Kiehl's, Dove, XO Beauty - Lena Talks Beauty

My May Empties

Another month, another empties post, and this time I’ve finished up some products that I truly loved! I have emptied products from Plantae, OGX, Madre Labs, Dove, Za, Kiehl’s, and XO Beauty. Okay, so one isn’t technically an empty but it’s something I’m throwing out so it counts for this. That’s one haircare item, two skincare, three body, and one makeup tool. Let’s get into it!

Nude by nature tinted moisturiser, phoenix custom fondation, bare minerals concealer, clinique pressed powder, estee lauder doublewear. Lena Talks Beauty

October Empties – Makeup

I’m back with part two of my October Empties, and this time it’s all of the makeup products that I finished or decided to throw out during October. I did some spring cleaning when I organised my makeup storage  so a fair few of these aren’t actual empties in the truest sense, but it’s nice to have a chance to do a quick review of things that wouldn’t actually be worth a full post. For some reason it’s mainly face products, probably since I’m so fussy about having them be right for my skin type and colour.

Makeup brushes for the face

It recently occurred to me that whilst I have waxed lyrical about every makeup item I own, I haven’t written very much about the brushes that I use to apply it with! Well, that changes today, I’m going to share what some of my favourite makeup brushes are. I use brushes from a wide variety of brands, and the majority are from fairly affordable brands such as Eco Tools and Real Techniques. I’ve decided to split this into two different posts because otherwise it would be an excessively long, so today is all about the FACE.

MUA for a day with Jordanne

Last weekend, my friend Jordanne from Jordanne Leigh  and I played makeup artist for the day, and did each other’s makeup. It was a great afternoon, with many cups of tea consumed, me cuddling her baby extensively, and then we got down to business. I really enjoyed being able to see all of her products, many of which I had never tried before. I’ve done other people’s makeup on a handful of occasions, but it’s always a challenge. Here is the beautiful finished result, and then I’ll go through what I used and how I applied it, to get the look that Jordanne is wearing.

XO Beauty Flat Top Face Brush

Like millions of other people around the world, I’m a fan of watching beauty videos by New Zealand’s own Shaaanxo or Shannon Harris. She has expanded her empire beyond YouTube, and now has her own make up brush and false eyelash company, XOBeauty. After seeing how great her foundation application is, I knew I had to get my hands on the same brush that she uses! I purchased the Flat Top Synthetic Face Brush, and I am so pleased that I did.

My base routine

To me, one of the most important parts of a make up look is the base. It doesn’t matter how fabulous your eyeshadow looks if your foundation doesn’t match your skin, or you have way too much powder on. It’s taken me a while to find products that work for me, and now I’m really happy with my usual base routine. If my skin is dry, I’ll apply moisturiser, and then usually brush my teeth or something while it absorbs. The next step is applying primer, at the moment I’m using NYX anti-redness primer – you can see how it compares to other primers here. After that comes concealer, and I want to take a moment to rave about how great MAC Pro-longwear concealer is. I only need to use a tiny amount, and it covers all my pimples really well. I’ve tried a fair few other concealers and most of them did a rubbish job compared to this. I put a bit on my finger and pat it on any blemishes, and then blend it in with my Ecotools Airbrush concealer brush. Once my concealer is on, foundation is the next step. I am really in love with MAC Studio […]

What’s my face worth?

Recently a blogger I follow did a post about what her daily face of make up is worth, and I’ve decided to do the same. For reference, her post is at Elese, Aesthete here. This is for the look that I wore on Monday, just for a fairly casual trip to the mall and catching up with a friend, but it’s fairly similar to what I would wear to the office. I took a picture of my make up when I was wearing MAC Syrup, but then changed the lipstick to Revlon Raspberry Pie to take a photo for my last post about my favourite lipsticks. Here I am with both looks: Now let’s add it all up. I’m going to link to either where I bought it from, or somewhere similarly priced if I can’t find it. Sukin sensitive facial moisturiser $14.99 NYX Studio Perfect anti-redness primer $22 MAC Pro long wear concealer NW25 $19 USD or $22 NZD if bought from maccosmetics.com, $40 in NZ stores. Ecotools Airbrush concealer brush* 3.99 USD or $4.69 NZD MAC Studio Sculpt foundation NW20 31USD, $36 NZD if bought from maccosmetics.com. Around $70 in NZ stores. XoBeauty flat top synthetic face brush $26 Maybelline Dream LumiTouch highlighting concealer – can’t […]