As much as I enjoyed writing yesterday’s post about my $2000+ birthday makeup, it’s not in the spirit of blogging in the sense of readers being able to recreate the look. This morning I’ve had a bit of a dig around to find some more reasonably priced products that could make up a similar face. Naturally they’re going to lack the fancy skincare properties and other general lux-ness of the expensive versions, but these are all products I stand by and would recommend anyway.
Just looking at the products in this collage, the expensive versions come out to $457, and the affordable ones to about $75. Realistically, it’s pretty obvious which ones you’d choose! Continue reading
What you’re looking at here is my face with more than $2000 worth of makeup on it. It’s about the same value as my car. That is, in theoretical terms, if I were to buy every product used.
I got my makeup done at Mecca Cosmetica in Kirkcaldie and Stains in Wellington for my birthday, and because it was a special occasion I asked Kate, the makeup artist working on me, to use the fanciest products they had. She certainly delivered! I couldn’t help but itemise everything she used, to try to remember them all, but also to figure out exactly how fancy and expensive of a face it was. Continue reading
Well, we’re trying to be good with our spending at the moment, but 40% off everything at Cherry Culture is hard to pass up! A 40% discount is insane, so now’s the time to stock up, or pick up something like the Beauty Blender if you haven’t already. Harriet and I have chosen a couple of products each we have our eyes on. Continue reading
La’Bonic isn’t a brand I had heard of before, probably because in Wellington you can only find them at Commonsense Organics; while I am generally in favour of organic products, I’m not dedicated to them to the extent that I shop at CO. If I had more money, I might… but then again, I know my local supermarket so well that I can smash a full grocery shop out in about 10 minutes, so it would take a lot to test my loyalty.
I’m meant to be writing about skincare, not supermarkets, and the La’Bonic Daily Oatmeal Exfoliator has found its place in my (almost) daily skincare routine, so read on for my comprehensive thoughts on it. Continue reading
It was a challenge to come up with a name for this post without resorting to a tired play on words: ‘prime time’, ‘primer perfection’, ‘primed and poreless’. So you get something boring and descriptive instead.
A primer is one of those products that’s not entirely necessary when it comes to putting on makeup, but they’re an important step that helps your makeup go on evenly, last longer and look better. As you can see I’ve made a pretty good attempt at amassing a selection of primers for almost every purpose. Here are their vibes. Continue reading
According to this photograph, I’ve been loving skincare in white boxes lately. I guess most skincare comes in white boxes. It’s weird that I still have the boxes for these things, but I actually have a trash bag full of empty cosmetic boxes. I also have a problem throwing things away. Continue reading
I popped into Farmers to visit the Clinique counter a couple of weeks ago, to try out the Clinique High Impact mascara. This is one I’ve heard about quite a bit online, and although my Diorshow is still going strong, I wanted a waterproof mascara. I figured this would be a good chance to try out a new formula at the same time, and I’m really pleased I did! This is a really impressive mascara. Continue reading
I got my eyebrows threaded for the first time ever a few weeks ago. Up until now I’ve always taken care of my own brow maintenance, pretty much exclusively by just tweezing when necessary and then otherwise leaving them alone. I don’t know what exactly spurred me to make an appointment to get them done; I think I’m getting more adventurous since I started blogging, plus, I wanted them to look nice for the Makeup Obsessives meetup.
My appointment at East Day Spa ended up having to be at the very end of a very busy day, and I somehow forgot to take a proper before photo. I think this is a good close up to give you an idea of how my eyebrows were looking a little scruffy. I made it all old-timey so you know that this was in the past. Later on in this post there is a post threading, no makeup vs post threading, full makeup before and after, too. Continue reading
Most of the time with makeup, my purchases tend to fill a need (of sorts). My mascara’s on its way out, or the season’s changed and my foundation isn’t matching right, or my skin’s being a bastard and I need new concealer. I can’t really imagine desperately needing four new blushes, a highlight and a bronzer all at the same time, but god damn now that I have them, they’re essential. The NARS x Guy Bourdin One Night Stand blush palette was a limited release, so this post is a bit of a tease, but it’s going to be cropping up so much from here on out that I thought a proper introduction was in order. Meet Mr Nars.
I love a good pun. The more groan-inducing, the better! Today I’m punning about the skincare serums from Indeed Labs. Their serum Hydraluron is a bit of a cult favourite and Nanoblur purports to have transformative magic Photoshoppy effects on your skin’s appearance. I know I spent upwards of $100 on a hydrating serum recently and I’m not particularly old so I don’t really need an anti-aging serum like Snoxin but… Continue reading