LIPS | The A-Z of Lip Balm

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Recently I got pissed off with how much clutter I had on my makeup desk and did a big cull; in the wreckage was more than a few half-used Chapsticks well past their use-by date. I gave up on Chapstick some time ago in favour of lip balms that work properly. There’s no one favourite, now, but a selection spread around the physical space my life takes place in, and each serves a slightly different purpose.

FACE | Maybelline Matte and Poreless Fit Me Foundation

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Since starting work at Clinique (I work at Clinique now, but if you don’t follow me on Instagram you might not know that) I feel like I spend two thirds of my working life matching customers to foundations, but it was either genius or pure luck that my PR sample of the Maybelline Matte and Poreless Fit Me Foundation* was the perfect match for me (115 Ivory, jsyk). I skipped out on trying the regular Fit Me Foundation because nothing was really selling it to me, but the Matte and Poreless is designed for oily skin like mine. And while I love a dewy finish I know that it’s not for everyone, so I’ve been road-testing this one out over the past few weeks with the knowledge that I haven’t reviewed a foundation for a while. Or written a blog post for a while. You know.

FACE | Ultimate Makeup Lesson at Bobbi Brown Queensgate

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Last Friday I braved a shopping mall in the school holidays to visit the new Bobbi Brown counter in Farmers Queensgate, in Lower Hutt. Queensgate is somewhere I spent a lot of time, as a teenager growing up in the Hutt, but I generally don’t have reason to return as an adult. I mean, I really like shopping, but I also like natural light and the ability to sit down somewhere that isn’t a food court.

The cosmetics part of Farmers is getting a big re-jig at the moment, with Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown and MAC all opening counters in there this month. I actually really like that MAC is starting to open some counters in Farmers stores, because hopefully the brand will get more accessible to the average New Zealander who doesn’t live in a big city (cost aside). Likewise for Bobbi Brown. And Bobbi Brown is a brand I haven’t actually had much exposure to at all – I didn’t own a single Bobbi Brown product before this – so I was really keen to go check it out.

EYES | Essence Metal Glam eyeshadow

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With my discovery of an Essence stand at the Cuba Street Farmers last week, I thought it might be time to write about the Essence Metal Glam eyeshadow that’s been bashing around in my drawer for a while. I bought this in Australia last year before Essence was available here, but now that the brand is available in New Zealand and costs, on average, less than an hour’s parking, a review is in order.

FACE | Depotting Australis’ AC On Tour palette, an exercise in destruction

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Wow, time is really passing, huh? This week was my last at school so fingers crossed this will be the last post apologising for not posting in a while. Anyway, let’s continue my journey through depotting everything I own. After my success with the Benefit tin I though I’d give depotting the Australis AC On Tour palette a whack. If you recall, I hate this thing pretty intensely so if it didn’t go well, I wasn’t going to be too fussed. And while the palette on its own isn’t too cumbersome, it’s always useful to condense things, so this might be a useful post for other people out there too.

FACE | Depotting Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot (a success story)

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The Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes was something I coveted highly approaching Christmas last year. I audibly gasped when I first saw it on Temptalia. I think it’s because individually the Benefit blushes are quite expensive, and don’t have anything else particularly desirable about them (apart from the scent of Georgia, which was sadly discontinued like most things that have my heart). The tin was affordable, and novel, but it too is discontinued.

As soon as it arrived I was like, okay wow, they really committed to this novelty tin vibe. It’s big and cumbersome. It doesn’t really make me want to use these blushes. It’s also kind of ostentatious and Benefit’s cutesy packaging isn’t the most professional thing to pull out on a makeup job. Until I remembered that depotting was a thing. So join me on my journey of depotting Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot.

FACE | High/low FOTD with NV & MAC

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I haven’t posted a FOTD in forever, so here we go. This look is simple and I’ve been wearing this or a variation on it pretty much every time I wear makeup lately. Minus the gloss. Gloss is categorically a bad idea in Wellington. (Wellington is windy, in case you didn’t know.) Actually, gloss is categorically a bad idea wherever you are if you’re planning on eating anything. I wore this out on a taco date with Callum and ended up with gloss on the rest of my face and gloss on my taco (lmao) but none where it was supposed to be. I don’t really know why lipgloss is a thing actually.

BODY | Time for tea

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It was only last year that I had my first ever cup of tea. What the fuck, right? Since then I’ve drank plenty, naturally, and I’ve discovered that my favourites are Earl Grey and green tea. There aren’t that many Earl Grey scented/infused/etc beauty products, but there’s no shortage of green tea beauty products out there. Here’s a few I’ve been having a hoon on.

SKIN | Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage vs. black smokey eye

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I feel like this picture sums me up at the moment: lots of makeup but a sloppy top-knot and bags that aren’t quite hidden under my eyes. We did black smokey eyes and extreme cream contouring at school one day this week. This eye look is pretty intense but I think the glasses kind of tone it down a bit, don’t you? Regardless, once I got home and stopped wanting to have kohl in my waterline and a drag contour, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out the latest makeup remover in my arsenal: the Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser and Makeup Remover*. I haven’t been game enough to put a balm cleanser on my face since one broke me out a couple years ago, but I knew this black smoke wasn’t going to get taken out with a sweep of micellar water.

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HAIR | Gh0stparties inspired top-knot

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I swear I’ve spent every spare minute in the past week washing my hair. At school we have to be hair models for each other, so my hair is getting absolutely thrashed daily. So. much. hairspray.  It’s almost enough to put me off doing anything with my hair besides a ponytail, but Kate from gh0stparties came to my rescue with a half up top-knot video that was perfect to try with the Fudge Powder Styler*. I’m no stranger to styling powders, but this one is a particularly fine specimen.