TOOLS | Jessup brushes superpost

Jessup makeup brushes on Hyacinth Girl

Jessup makeup brushes are pretty well-known in the bargain-hunting online beauty community. They’re touted as being as good as Sigma, Real Techniques or xoBeauty brushes, but are significantly cheaper. Are they actually though? DON’T WORRY, I BOUGHT ALL OF THEM FROM EBAY TO TRY FOR YOU. In this post I’ll tell you what I think of the Jessup 15pc makeup brush set, and both the large and small 4pc Kabuki makeup brush sets. This is a pretty massive post, so grab a cup of tea and while you’re at it, blow a goodbye kiss in the direction of your other brushes. Trust me.

FACE | I treated myself with a Charlotte Tilbury haul


Oh god, more new makeup? I’ve got a confession to make… I made a few last minute purchases in December before starting my 2015 no-buy. This one I’m justifying as a congratulatory treat I bought myself with my first payment from xoVain. I’ve been back-and-forthing about the price of her products for a while, but this seemed like the perfect time for indulging in a Charlotte Tilbury haul.

This is an image-heavy post, because these products are very pretty. And I have a new camera. I couldn’t help it.

HAIR | The fringe I got and regretted immediately

Growing Out Long Bangs

I got a fringe cut in last time I got my hair done, because I’m an idiot and I was bored with growing my hair out. Of course, I regretted it immediately. The fault is one hundred percent my own, and zero percent Matt’s (he’s my hair stylist). I am lazy when it comes to styling my hair. I’m also not very good at using a straightener, and a straightener is what my fringe needs to look normal.

I wrote about this for xoVain in a post that went up today, but I wanted to include some anecdotes that got cut in the xo editorial process.

FACE | It’s hot and I don’t feel like wearing makeup

Hyacinth_Girl_hot_weather_mu_sIt’s all in the title. It’s hot and I don’t feel like wearing makeup. Granted, it’s not as hot in Wellington as it is in Australia where my babes are enduring 35+ degree heat on the regular, but it’s hot enough here for me. I’ve actually had this title in my head as a post idea for over a year, but last summer I was so uncomfortably hot for so long that I didn’t get around to putting the makeup on my face and writing it at all.

Over the break I haven’t worn makeup really at all, but I’m back at work now and I like to wear some. Here’s what I’ve been putting on my face as I’ve been figuring out the perfect summer makeup. It’s fast, easy, and there’s no powder in sight.

LIPS | Maybelline Color Drama lip pencils


The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet lip pencils are finally out in New Zealand and I’m fucking stoked. These have been all over UK blogs for months and are touted as the second coming of lip pencils (the first being NARS lip pencils, of course) so I was pretty happy to get these in the mail. They were a PR sample, so they don’t violate my no-buy, if you’re wondering. They’re also mega affordable and dope as hell, so you should check them out if you get the chance. Lip swatches and attempted NARS dupes ahead!

LIFE | 14 things from 2014


It’s the last day of 2014 and I’m cat- and house-sitting with Callum for friends who are away. We’re only on the other side of town but it feels like a miniature holiday of our own! There are a few things going on tonight, but let’s be real, at midnight I’ll probably be in bed with a book I’ve nicked from Grace’s shelf or catching up on Project Runway All Stars.

For now, I thought I’d finish off the year with a list of 14 things that happened to me this year, in no particular order.

SKIN | 2014 skincare favourites


2014 was the year of skincare on Hyacinth Girl, so it only makes sense to round up my 2014 skincare favourites as well as makeup. I could have posted almost every product I used, but these were the ones I truly valued. Another common thread with all of these products is that they’re largely affordable products that have surprised me by how dope they are. 

FACE | 2014 makeup favourites


If you’ve dedicated December to festive topics, there’s nothing like the week after Christmas to render your past month of content entirely irrelevant. I’ve been skimming through my blog reader and Youtube subscriptions but let me tell you, the last thing I want to hear about is Christmas wishlists and DIYs. This is good in a way, because I’ve been reading a lot of Real Books instead.

I can’t let 2014 pass by without a 2014 makeup favourites post, however, so here it is. I’ll follow this up with my 2014 skincare favourites before the year is out. (Side note: everything on my 2013 makeup favourites list belongs here too, but I didn’t want to repeat myself.)