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.

FACE | Brow pencil bonanza ft. L’Oreal, Anastasia & Hourglass

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I bought a L’Oreal eyebrow pencil during the Farmers Beauty Week sales, and given my brow product purchases are usually towards the higher end of the price scale, I thought I’d give it a thorough review. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has been my ultimate favourite for some time now (it was in my very first post on this blog) and the Hourglass Arch Brow pencil made it into my 2014 makeup favourites, so the L’Oreal Le Sourcil pencil has some big shoes to fill. Because I’m stingy, I bought it with the intention of putting it in my kit, and the hope that it would be as good as my more expensive favourites. Here’s how it holds up.

FACE | AC On Tour, an exercise in buyer’s regret

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My energy for writing seems to have fizzled slightly of late, which is a shame, but I’ve bought so much makeup that perhaps I’m just avoiding my blog out of shame for violating my no-buy so excessively. One of the things I bought was the Australis AC On Tour contouring and highlighting kit and I bought it with much zeal and little critical thought. Thing is, there has been so much hype about it and it has been so hard to come buy that I forgot to see if it was any good before I bought it – I just saw that it was at Farmers and only $22 or something ridiculous and suddenly I was at home attempting to simulate cheekbones with dusty brown powder. It’s just no good. Here’s why.

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.