EYES | Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara before and after

I haven’t reviewed a mascara for a while so let’s have a close up of my bloodshot eyes and talk about the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara. I bought this recently from Sephora.nz and commented on how it’s fairly affordable for a luxury mascara, but $40 is still a fair bit of money to spend on something you’re meant to throw out after 3–6 months. While I like how this mascara looks, its one major pitfall really bums me out.

EYES | Morphe single shadows

morphe single shadows from beauty bliss

Morphe, Morphe, Morphe. I’ve always been skeptical of Morphe: it’s clearly a private-label brand that relies heavily on affiliate deals with YouTubers to make sales. I don’t even want to think about how much money NikkieTutorials is making from shilling their ~amazing~ brushes and ~gorgeous~ palettes that’s she’s just ~obsessed~ with. Now, I don’t need an eyeshadow palette that has 35 pans in different shades of warm brown, but I was curious to see what Morphe single shadows (or should I say Coastal Scents shadows?) were actually like, so I chose three pans for my recent Beauty Bliss order. The colours are Birthday Suit, Aphrodite, and Rosewood.


Beauty Bliss haul on Hyacinth Girl

The Depression Hauls aren’t over, oh no. The second installment comes by way of Beauty Bliss, my favourite New Zealand beauty retailer. They’ve got a whole real shop which is really exciting, and it’s been cool to see the store expand—they’re authorised retailers of heaps of brands, like Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca as well as more mainstream brands like Maybelline and Australis (maybe the default place to shop now that Farmers’ loyalty programme has gone to shit?)

Beauty Bliss aren’t paying me to say good things about them, by the way, they’re just a great NZ retailer that I want to support. I think the most they’ve ever given me for free is the eyeshadow brush that came free with orders over a certain amount (and that I forgot to photograph, oops!)

FOTD | MAC Plumage

MAC Plumage eyeshadow look with Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude lip

Last post was a bit heavy so I’ll give you this makeup look to lighten the mood slightly before another Depression Haul. I had been saving lots of my new products to photograph so after I took photos I put them all on my face. This look centres around MAC Plumage eyeshadow, the great teal-blue shadow from my last post. It has shit pigmentation (no really, it’s awful) but I layered and layered it until it looked decent. I tried it with a couple of different lip colours, both of which I’ve shown here, and one of which is the grey-blue Halsey one which is damn awesome.


Depression Hauls: MAC and Sephora.nz

It’s time for a new series here on Hyacinth Girl: The Depression Hauls. It’s exactly what it sounds like—my depression has been hella dark lately and I’ve been binge shopping as a result.

Buying these things, and having these things, hasn’t made me any happier—it couldn’t, because depression is a much bigger thing than that. It can make me feel worse, long term, when I think about how much money I’ve spent and on things I will barely touch. I feel indifferent when parcels arrive. Obsessively comparing sites and prices does keep my mind briefly occupied and on something outside of my own head, and I’m aware that I’m lucky to have money to spare for situations like this.

I don’t need any of the things that I bought. But I bought them, and this is a beauty blog, so I might as well show you what they are.

So in the first installment I’ve got a bunch of stuff from the MAC website and from Sephora.nz. Both sites has discount codes at the time of purchase which means MAC must have finally moved away from the “absolutely no sales ever” model.

LIPS | New in lipgloss, my least favourite lip product

berry-provocativeEstée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss* in Berry Provocative

So I’m really not a lipgloss person for day-to-day, but it’s fun to wear and it can give a look a lot of impact. The whole trendy beauty world only cares about matte lips at the moment, which are about as far from lipgloss as you can get and still be a lip product. And neither extreme is particularly comfortable or practical to wear.

Lipgloss is very pretty and very ~youthful~, however, and I have some new Estée Lauder and Lancôme gloss releases to show you.

FOTD | Gothy vibes


After having less than absolute success with the MAC Times Nine palette the other night I really needed to do some makeup that was more me. I don’t tend to go out with my makeup looking like this very often, but that’s more because I don’t tend to go out with makeup on very often, because I’m lazy and like sleeping in and therefore don’t have time at least five mornings of the week (and in the weekend idgaf either).

I did this look directly over the top of the pastel eyeshadow using another new MAC product—the Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick*. This is, obviously, the black one, which is called Cinder Black.

I feel like you can see it in my face that I like this look more than the last one? Read on for the rest of the products used and all that business.