FACE | Klairs BB cream and concealer


Or, join me for my very first foray into Korean beauty! Despite Korean beauty being heavily hailed by everyone from Elese to Lisa Eldridge, I’ve always found it a bit overwhelming and hard to know where to start. Wishtrend offered me a couple of Klairs products to try, and based solely on the fact that the packaging looks kind of like Aesop, I said yes.

The Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream* says you look so wonderful just the way you are on it, which is always an entertaining thing to read on a beauty product. I gave it a go along with the Klairs Creamy and Natural Fit Concealer*.

SKIN | Alix Cosmeceuticals

Alix cosmeceuticals
Alix Cosmeceuticals is a new-to-me skincare brand that joins the extensive ranks of natural New Zealand skincare companies, and one of many natural local brands available from Pure Nature. It’s actually a pretty neat story—Pure Nature is the retail store of Pure Ingredients, an ingredients supplier (duh), where they sell products from some of the brands they supply ingredients to. As well as stocking Alix, they also sell blogger favourite Tailor skincare, and an indie makeup brand called RoVie.

I’m eternally curious about the origins and ingredients of products, so this is a super interesting insight to me. I really want to get a better understanding of cosmetics formulation (something I’ll be working on later in the year, hopefully) … and I’m also just super nosy. Pure Nature also stock natural skincare brands like Weleda and Sukin.

So how do the Alix products stack up?

HAIR | 1940s hair experiment

1940s hair look

I don’t write a lot about hair on here because I am Not That Great at it, as the polish (or lack thereof) on this hairstyle will betray. I do enjoy playing with my hair, though, and in particular with my hot rollers. I learned how to use hot rollers at makeup school and I largely rate them above a curling wand for their versatility. (That being said, I just wrote about using a NuMe wand on xoVain, if you’re interested to hear my thoughts on YouTube’s favourite hot tool.)

Callum and I have been watching the BBC’s Farm series (Victorian Farm, Wartime Farm etc) and despite my mixed feelings on Ruth Goodman (I love her really, but she’s hard work to watch sometimes) I was really interested to try copying some of the hairstyles she had in Wartime Farm—ordinary everyday 1940s hair, not glamorous pinup shit.

FACE | 15% off at Sephora.nz

Becca Champagne Pop, Bite BB for lips, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Real Techniques sponges

I never write about sales and wishlists anymore because I don’t want to encourage rampant consumerism but the New Zealand Sephora site has 15% off everything at the moment so I figured I’d point you to some bargains. Sephora.nz is not quite as generous as the OG Sephora.com when it comes to discounts and freebies, so having 15% off is nothing to turn up your nose at. 15% is the highest we’d ever have on prestige cosmetics at Farmers when I worked there, so it’s probably the best you can do.

So that being said, here’s what I’d pick up if I were you (and if I were myself, for some of these!)

SKIN | What the hell are peptides?

Image of peptide-rich products including eye creams and serums with peptides

Peptides! What are they? Good question. Plenty of skincare products use them—you might have seen Clinique’s new Pep-Start eye cream, as an example—but no one has ever really explained to me what they are or what they do. I’ve done a bit of research and I’ve got some answers, so if you’re wondering whether peptides are good for your skin, whether they’re anti-aging or just another marketing buzzword, I’m here to help.

SKIN | Fixing dehydrated oily skin

If there’s one thing worse than oily skin, it’s dehydrated oily skin. It sounds like an oxymoron, but dehydrated oily skin is really common, and the dehydration can be making your oiliness look and feel worse.

It took me a while to figure out that my skin was dehydrated and oily, and that these were two different concerns I needed to address. From my time working at Clinique I’ve learned how to identify dehydrated oily skin, and three different techniques for addressing it.

LIFE | MAC Makeup Party launch


Sometimes being a blogger means you get to do some pretty special things, and last week was one of those times. MAC are relaunching their makeup services on counters here in New Zealand, and to celebrate they hosted MAC Makeup Parties simultaneously at MAC counters across the country. And I was lucky enough to co-host the Wellington party! MAC invited me to invite five of my friends to join me for 90 minutes of makeup fun.

This is going to be a picture-heavy post, just FYI if you’re on your phone on mobile data or anything!

SKIN | Really into retinol


This post has been sitting in my drafts since November, but I’m still really into retinol and I’m still really into these products, and it’s probably better for me to write about them after using them for a while anyway. This is not a comprehensive ‘What the hell is…?’ post, because I have two others of those on the go at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll write one of those in time. For now, though, I’ll just tell you about Indeed Labs Retinol Reface and Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, two retinol-rich products I’ve been loving.