Beauteous Manuka Honey Mask Review

Beauteous Manuka Honey Sheet Mask

Recently I was at the pharmacy and came across a new-to-me New Zealand skincare brand, Beauteous. I saw they had some sheet masks, and I love a good sheet mask, so picked this one up for $4.99. It’s a manuka honey one for dehydrated skin and the sheet is made from 100% cotton. Beauteous is also made right here in New Zealand.

To find out what I thought of the mask, have a watch!

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My Skincare + At-Home Facial Routine

Updated Summer 2016 Skincare Routine

Updated Summer 2016 Skincare Routine

One of my favourite parts of the day is doing my morning and night skincare routine. While I’m not immune to the odd moment of laziness, for the past two years or so I’ve been very consistent with keeping a morning and night routine going. I love having freshly cleaned skin to start off the day, and then the delicious feeling of taking the day off in the evening and then getting into my comfies. Bliss.

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Everyday Summer Makeup GRWM

Everyday Summer Makeup GRWM

Everyday Summer Makeup GRWM

What, a makeup video?! Shock-horror-gasp! Haha, yes, it is a makeup video, finally. This one is my go-to makeup for hot and sweaty summer days, and let me tell you, we have been having pa-lenty of those recently. Be right back, wiping my forehead.

Hope you enjoy! xx

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Revlon Makeup + Haul

Revlon Makeup and Haul

I love getting my makeup done by other people, especially people who know what they’re doing. Yesterday I had a makeover at the Revlon counter in my local Farmers store. I show you the look in the video as well as what I bought, and what was in the gift I got with purchase. x

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Lush Favourites

Lush Favourites

Lush Favourites

I’m a bit obsessed with Lush. Have been since 2003, when my eldest sister posted me a bunch of Lush body glitter melts when she was studying at Oxford. New Zealand didn’t have Lush back then, but now my local mall has a store and it is one of my favourite places there. The scents wafting out draw me like a seductive (invisible) mist. Or something. I want to keep track of which ones I’ve tried and loved, so here are my Lush Favourites.

Let’s start with bath stuff, which is probably my most favourite category. Floating Island bath melt – (pictured above, right) makes my skin feel soft and smooth, and I only use half per bath! Avobath bath bomb – a lemongrass scented delight. Butterball bath bomb – this smells delish, but the best part is the cocoa butter bits in it melt into the water and leave my skin so freaking soft. Honeybee bath bomb – (pictured above, left) might just be my most-loved of the bunch, caramel scented and kinda divine. The Dragon’s Egg bath bomb is a fun one, and smells so, so good. I just like all the bits, and ohmygosh, yes! Rose Queen bath bomb – I love rose so very much and this makes the water a gorgeous pink with actual flower petals in it. Sex Bomb bath bomb – another fresh scented one, gorgeous colours, and the flower in the center is super fun to play with. Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar – (pictured above, center) I love a good bubble bath and this bar is fantastic. I only need to use about a quarter per bath.

For the shower, I like the Snowman shower jelly, which is not a permanent product and was released last year for Christmas. I hope it will be back because it smells amazing. Apparently it shares its scent with Carrot Soap, which I’m not sure we get here in New Zealand, and the Celebrate Body Lotion (not currently listed in the NZ website).

When it comes to face products, I do love a good mask. Cupcake fresh face mask – a chocolatey, cakey scented one for oily and teenage skin. Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask – the one for when I have irritated, spotty skin. Bubblegum lip scrub – fruity bubblegum scent and flavour. Latte lip tint – a nice bronze tint with coffee and vanilla scent and flavour.

For the rest, I like Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter, a lemon scented rich butter for cuticles (I use it all over my hands).

Clearly I have a thing for bath bombs! I must branch out and try other things, so do let me know what you love so I can get ideas. 🙂

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Drugstore BB Cream Review

Drugstore BB Creams

Drugstore BB Creams

BB creams are kind of old news, aren’t they? Now we’re on CC, EE, and I don’t even know. Nevertheless, BBs are still a popular choice for people who want something to even out their complexion without being too heavy, or too nothing. I must say, at first, I was not at all sure what the fuss was about. I felt like they barely did anything for my skin, besides putting on a slightly tinted greasy layer. No, thank you! After some experimentation, though, I’ve figured out what works for me, and how to use them in a way that suits my skin.

Because I’m an oily gal, I generally use some sort of primer, even with a BB cream. My preferred primer is the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, to reduce le shine. Usually I always conceal under my eyes and around/on my nose, because my nose eats makeup. I also powder over the top of my BB using something like Rimmel Stay Matte Powder or Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder. There are some exceptions to these rules, though, which I will get to later. The following BBs are the ones I have used multiple times, and I feel like I have a pretty decent idea of how they work, for me.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light – under $20 NZD. This is the first one I ever tried and initially I was not a fan. Partly this was because I was expecting some sort of complexion miracle to happen. BB stands for beauty balm (or some variation thereof), but it didn’t make my skin look beautiful, quite frankly. It was more ‘meh’ than anything and boy did it cling to my dehydrated patches! This one is also for normal skin, whereas I have oily skin, so, obviously, that will make a difference in how it sits on my skin. However, now I do like this one, despite it being for normal skin. The coverage is light, and the consistency is fairly thick, more like a creamy concealer. I definitely find priming, concealing, and powdering is essential, though. It does have quite a glow to it, which pretty much shows up as ‘greasy’ on my face, and it wears on my nose.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Light – under $20 NZD. I tried this one next, and promptly spilled it down a white a top because I was expecting a consistency like the Garnier, but this one is runnier. Be careful! At first I hated this one, too, but it grew on me with time. The coverage is slightly better than with the Garnier, and up until recently, this was my go-to BB. It goes on so easily and blends in really well, using either fingers or a brush. It’s also easy to layer up if you want a little more coverage in some areas. Again, my prime + powder combo is necessary to keep things in place and reduce shine. It gets shiny within a couple of hours on me, and does wear off on my nose after awhile, so I conceal.

Moisture Mist BB Cream – $40 NZD. While this one is at the higher end of the drugstore, it’s my new fave. The coverage is pretty ‘full’ for a BB cream. It covers more than the previous two, so if you want something that gives you a little extra complexion-boost, this may be your BB. The consistency is thicker, much like the Garnier one, and it blends out easily with fingers or a brush. It does give you a glow, but it’s not super greasy on me. I can get away with skipping the primer before this one, using a touch of concealer around my nose, and a dash of powder to set everything. I do get shiny, but it takes longer (more like 2-3 hours, instead of 1-2), and the breakdown on my nose takes longer. The product is scented, so if that annoys you (like it annoys me…), give it a sniff before you buy. The other downside is that is appears to only come in one shade, and it’s not clear whether it’s supposed to match to whatever skin tone it’s used on. It’s definitely light, since it’s pretty much perfect for my skin and I’m pale (almost always the lightest shade of anything, except at the height of summer).

I’m always on the hunt for new-to-me BBs (or CCs or EEs or…ZZzzz?), so let me know what you love, hate, want, and so on!

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February Favourites 2015

February Favourites 2015

All my fave products from the month of February in one handy video for you. I’m pretty in-love with all these!

Products Mentioned:
  • Macadamia Natural Oil Hair Repair Mask
  • Bourjois Micellar Cleaning Water
  • Mitchum Clinical Protection Deodorant (I accidentally bought one for guys, but the scent isn’t my fave so I repurchased the one for Women and I’m MUCH happier with that scent).
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
  • REN Vita Mineral Omega-3 Optimum Skin Oil, from Mecca Cosmetica.
  • Trilogy Blemish Control Gel
  • Moisture Mist BB Cream (no other shades according to their website, and I’m not sure how great it would be on darker skin tones – it doesn’t say it’s colour-matching).
  • Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner
  • Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Red
  • Bourjois ‘Rose de jaspe’ blusher

What beauty products were you loving in Feb?

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