High End Makeup Wishlist

High End Makeup Wishlist

High End Makeup Wishlist

The more I get into beauty and makeup, the more I find that high-end products are creeping onto my wishlists. Maybe it’s psychological – the element of supposed luxury that comes with certain products. Perhaps it’s that some of these products genuinely are better quality (I wouldn’t know, I’ve barely tried any of them!). Whatever it is, I just want these at some point, okay?

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow stick in #13 Perfect Brown and #1 Black Pearl // I’ve been looking for a really good eyeshadow stick for ages, and I just can’t find one (except by Dior, but the colours are extremely limited) that I think is a great formula and has the colour range I’m after. I keep hearing good things about these By Terry sticks, so maybe these are The Ones?

Jardin de Chanel Blush in Camelia Rose // It’s just so, so pretty! It’s the perfect mix of colours, I think, and then there are the pretty flowers. Oh yes, I love her.

Clarins Instant Concealer in 01 // Okay, this one is such a trend-follow for me – pretty much every beauty blogger and YouTuber I follow loves this stuff, and I want to know what the fuss is about.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl // I love a good matte and in pencil form and that stays in place through food. Apparently these do, so, obviously I need one. I mean, duh!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade // So, Anastasia products are supposed to be the Holy Grail for brows, and I want in on that, yes I do. This Pixiwoo brow tutorial is my Brow Life Goal. Yes, there is such a thing as a Brow Life Goal and I would like to know what yours is, no joke.

Clarins Ever Matte Skin Balancing Foundation in 108 Sand // On a whim, I tried this out one day when I was wandering around Farmers, and I really loved how it looked and felt. I thought it lasted well through the day and helped minimise some of my oil, so I definitely want to splurge on this in the near future.

What’s on your wishlist?

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Light Summer/Back To School Makeup Tutorial

Light Summer or Back To School Makeup

Given the warmer weather and the little time I have to get ready on summer-school days, I thought I’d share the makeup I’ve been wearing this week. It’s a) quick, and b) not heavy on the skin, which means my skin can breathe in this blimmin’ heat!

Oh autumn, you own my soul.

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Summer Makeup Bag Essentials

Summer Makeup Bag Essentials

I often find myself reaching for different products according to the season and many of them end up in my makeup for when I’m out and about. Speaking of makeup bags, the one in the photo was part of a Baylis & Harding gift set I received one Christmas, so I don’t have a link for that, sorry. I just switched to this bag, actually, because my other makeup bag is…disgusting. They get messy pretty fast, don’t they?

As usual, I try to provide links to buy the products online, and I always try to use stores that are New Zealand-based or that ship to NZ.

Right, let’s get to it. The most important thing for me is to have a sunscreen on hand. I always apply it before I put on my makeup, but I like to have it with me for putting on my body. If I’m not wearing makeup then obviously I reapply it to my face as needed. I like the Neurtrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 85+. It’s not one of those hideously greasy sunscreens that are a nightmare for anyone, but especially oily people.

I like to take a couple of concealers out with me. One for under the eyes, like Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer in Light. The other is for blemishes, though you can use it under the eyes as well: L.A. Girl Pro.conceal HD concealer* in Classic Ivory. To set everything, I always keep my Rimmel Stay Matte transparent powder in my bag. Sometimes I even brush it over my skin on no-makeup days to keep the oil at bay. I use an UBU kabuki brush (from Kmart) for application – this is not the best brush in the world as it’s a little scratchy but it does the job for now. I also like to carry my e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set spray with me to a) set my powder, and b) it’s refreshing and on a hot day it’s actually really nice to mist over the face, just because. I feel a bit more alive when I use it.

For lips, I always like a few different options: a balm, a gloss, and a lippy. This means I can change up my look pretty easily on-the-go, without having to faff about with eye makeup. At the moment I’m enjoying my Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 035 Charm, which is basically my lips but better. I get a lot of compliments on this one when the balmyness goes and the stain is left. It’s so pretty. For gloss, I like Clinique Long Last Glossware with SPF 15 in 08 Guavagold, which is a nice peachy pink (and mine is a handy travel size). Then for lippy, I like Australis Go Long Longwear Lipstick in Boho, which is that classic ’90s brown matte.

Then I carry a few extra bits: obviously a decent compact mirror is necessary – this one was a limited edition Farmer’s release and has a magnified side; hand cream is so important for me because I wash my hands a lot when I’m at uni (people are gross and they touch things) – I like these mini Neutrogena Hand Cream tubes; for dry cuticles I like O.P.I Avoplex Cuticle Oil; and for a bit of scent this tiny sample of Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is perfect – God, it smells good!

There you have it, the beauty essentials I take out with me just in case. How about you? What’s in your makeup bag at the moment?

*This link is for an NZ online store, but you can buy it much cheaper at Makeup Clearance stores. Beauty Joint also stocks it but I wouldn’t buy from there unless you’re getting other things, because of the international shipping cost.

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Six Summery Nail Polishes

Six Summery Nail Polishes by Sam Granger

Six Summery Nail Polishes by Sam Granger

Now that it finally feels like summer, I’ve been feeling a little more inclined to do my nails more often. Here are some polishes I love for creating a summery mani-pedi, and most of them are inexpensive too! I’ve included links to online purchase options when shipping to NZ is available, plus I’ve include my local sources. Please note that prices are in New Zealand Dollars.

Six Summery Nail Polishes by Sam Granger

L.A Girl Splatter in Splash, $5. This one has chunky white and green hexagonal glitter, along with smaller white bits, in a clear base. I love this on its own, over pale green, or over a contrasting colour like crimson. The formula is pretty decent, but you do need at least two coats to get a nice effect. // You can sometimes find this brand in Postie and Makeup Clearance stores.

Sinful Colors’ Thimbleberry, $5, a deep pink cream formula. I love this on it’s own, but also underneath Splash. It’s a two or more coater to reach decent opacity, so apply it in thin layers to help it last longer. // I bought mine from Kmart, but I’ve seen the brand at Life Pharmacy, just more expensive than Kmart.

Mint Apple by Sinful Colours, $5, a medium aquamarine with a very pretty shimmer. This is another multiple-coater if you want it to be opaque, but I find I still see a bit of my nail line even with three coats. I like to pair this with Splash on accent nails. // Again, I got mine from Kmart.

Coral Colors’ Slate, under $10. My favourite pedicure colour of all time. I cannot tell you how much I freakin’ love this colour! It’s my go-to pedi polish when I do my own nails. It’s a two coater and I find the cream formula applies easily and nicely. I do wear it on my fingernails as well, but I just love-love it on my toes, all year round. The photo makes it seem slightly metalic, but it’s not at all. // I got mine a few years ago so I don’t remember the source, but many dollar shops and pharmacies stock the brand.

Sally Hansen’s Strobe Light, $8. If you watch my videos you’ll have seen me talk about this polish a couple of times. I am obsessed with this right now, I will not lie. Whenever I have it on I basically just stare at my nails twinkling in the light for ages at a time. For someone who is not a huge glitter fan, I am fully on board with this one! I love to wear it over pretty much anything, but especially the next polish, although it looks lovely by itself. // I grabbed my bottle from Kmart.

Limo-scene by Essie, $22, a pretty pale pink. This is a sheer cream polish. Even with three coats I can see my nails underneath, so if you desire full opacity, this baby is not for you. It would make a beautiful French manicure pink, because it’s quite neutral and subtle. As I mentioned above, I love how Strobe Light looks on top. The formula is decent, but it can be a bit streaky so be careful when applying your coats. // I bought mine from Farmers.

There you have it! See anything you like? Do share some of your fave summery shades with me, as I love adding to my wishlist.

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December Favourites 2014

December Faves 2014

It’s that time again! I can’t believe how fast December has gone, that it’s Christmas tomorrow, and that 2014 is almost over. Where on earth has it gone? Anyway, for the lowdown on what I’ve been enjoying throughout the month, have a watch. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas, all! đŸ™‚

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