LIFE | A cold, and breaking my no buy

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You know when you’re really busy but you feel like you’re just managing to stay on top of things? That was me, until I got hit with a ruthless cold this weekend. It’s one of those vibes where I can’t get my temperature right and I feel like I might choke on my own mucus if I lie down. Sorry. I haven’t been able to get my shit together enough to blog properly – today has been spent chugging orange juice and drawing face charts while watching Top Chef. I figured I can at least write about some things that I have been vibing on, though. And I though I better update you on how and why I broke my no buy resolution.

SKIN | Empties and repurchases

I’ve been hoarding empty things for a while now so I thought I’d make my first video with actual content (!) an empties and repurchases video (except for the tangent I go on about the Olay Regenerist night cream which is neither empty or a repurchase). It’s all skincare because I use that every day and I don’t wear makeup every day. I don’t think I’ve ever used up an eyeshadow or lipstick or blush completely. I should probably work on that before buying more things.

FACE | The Body Shop Moisture Foundation review

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I’ve always known that The Body Shop sells makeup, but I didn’t know that it was actually good. I mean, Essie Button loves their bronzer, but I don’t go through much bronzer so I was never in a position to buy it. At the moment, though, The Body Shop has a promotion where if you buy two or more of their ‘beauty favourites’, you get 20% off. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try one of their beauty favourites, to see what it’s like and whether I should recommend it. Turns out, The Body Shop Moisture Foundation* is really good – and that’s something coming from me, who loves a matte, high-coverage finish (this is a dewy, light-medium coverage foundation.)

FACE | New in March

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Remember how I said I had heaps of new shit to show you guys? This is that post. Lots of new makeup and skincare to talk about – some gifted, some purchased by my very own self. I’m going to dive right in to some quick reviews to avoid taking up too much of your time. Let’s go.

SKIN | What the hell is micellar water?

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The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is now available in New Zealand, and it’s time to ask the big questions. What is micellar water, and how does it work? I’ve been using micellar water for a good while now, and I’ll readily admit that I was confused when I first came across it. Case in point, this post from May last year: ‘I don’t know what micellar means but it might as well mean magical, as far as removing makeup is concerned.’ That’s not a lie, by the way. Micellar water is one of those fantastic beauty shortcuts that is actually a beauty shortcut, and not a stupid beauty ‘hack’ that’s just going to screw up your skin in the long run. Let me show you how.

LIPS | On MAC x Toledo and PR samples

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If you read any beauty blogs at all, you’ll know the MAC x Toledo collection is a) extant, b) beautiful and c) now available on counters in New Zealand. I am not publishing this post to be the first to break the news, although of course I’m including arm and lip swatches of the three products I have from the collection. What I really want to talk about is PR samples – PR samples from MAC in particular.

LIFE | Hyacinth Girl does YouTube

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The Hyacinth Girl YouTube channel makes its debut! If you’ve ever wondered what my voice sounds like, or what I look like in motion, now’s your chance. I thought I’d start small with a bit of an introduction to myself and the blog. You know, in case you’re new here.

Please watch and comment and subscribe and like it and all that good stuff. I’ll try to upload fairly regularly, but as I said in the video, I’m hella busy this half of the year! I have tons of video ideas but if you have anything specific you want to see, leave me a comment. And if you think I’m not made for YouTube and that I should stop before I embarrass myself… well I guess leave that in a comment too.

SKIN | Trying more from Formula 10.0.6

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Formula 10.0.6 is the brand that makes So Totally Clean, which happened to be my absolute top product of 2014. It was so totally rad, then, when they got in touch with me to send me some more of their products to try, and an extra so totally awesome when the parcel contained another bottle of STC for me to hold on to as a backup. Well, come to think of it, I could give it away to a reader, given I go on about it so much. If you want me to give it away, leave me a comment! And have a scroll and read what I think about the other Formula 10.0.6 products while you’re at it.

SKIN | What the hell is an acid mantle?

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The ‘acid mantle’ is a term you might have heard mentioned if you’re a skincare science enthusiast, but chances are you don’t really know what it is and how it works. It came up in my skincare class at school, to the extent that ‘you have an acid mantle on your skin’. That’s it. So I didn’t understand it properly until I started researching for this article. It sounds like somewhere you might visit with Ms Frizzle on the Magic School Bus. Is there a skincare-based Magic School Bus episode?

This is an article I wrote for xoVain but it got dropped due to some changes happening to the site, which explains the slightly different tone to normal. Let me know if you’re into it!