Morgan: What’s on my nails

Having perfectly manicured nails all the time is something I aspire to, but don’t usually have the time for. A nice side effect of taking vitamins for my hair, however, is that my nails have gotten stronger too! So they’re longer, and stronger, and it’s easier to keep them nice. It’s an added incentive to keep painting them.

On a side note, Harriet wrote about red lipstick and I wrote about a minimal makeup look over on the Ezibuy blog. Go and check those posts out if you haven’t seen them! Continue reading


Morgan: March Favourites – on video!

If you’ve ever read this blog and wondered what I am like in real life, now’s your chance to find out. My friend Bronwyn invited me to join her to film our March Favourites for her channel and the video is now online and in this post. I can’t say I’ll be launching my Youtube career any time soon, but it was not as bad as I expected. Georgia says I am incredibly normal on camera so watching the video will be exactly like you’re hanging out with me and Bronwyn. Continue reading


Morgan: Gold eyeliner and GPOY

I’m still on a weird eye makeup thing. This time it’s a gold thing. “Take your makeup from day to night with a slick of gold eyeliner” kind of thing. If you were reading this in Allure that’s what the tagline would be.

I bought Allure this week for the first time – I was walking past the newsagent on my way to lunch with workmates and spotted it through the window. “I have something very important to do,” I said, and dashed inside. I didn’t even stop to see how much it was ($14) and I haven’t read it yet. It’s the March issue so it’s probably going to be a big waste of paper now.

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Morgan: A hydrating powder?

Oxymorons, courtesy of Romeo: O heavy lightness! Serious vanity! / Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! / Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!

Shakespeare provides today’s post with a quote relevant in two ways: examples of things that don’t make sense, and a description of love. Suitable for a powder that is somehow also hydrating… and suitable for how much I love it. (It’s really fucking expensive, so I better love it.) Continue reading


Morgan: Will make jokes for free skincare

In case you weren’t aware, I spend a lot of time on Twitter. My tweets are an even split of makeup talk, interesting articles, self-deprecating observations and retweets. Very occasionally, I say something funny. I guess I should say funny things more often, because sometimes it pays out in free skincare. Trilogy sent me some products I’d been wanting to try to say thanks for keeping them entertained in the office. Isn’t that amazing?

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Morgan: April wishlist

So basically it’s 10 pm on Wednesday night and I’m making lists of things I want to buy. This wishlist is in paper form and not a nice collage because I wrote it while I was in the bathroom with a treatment on my hair and a mask on my face (the sans ceuticals pH & Shine Corrector and the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, if you’re wondering). Laptops and wet environments don’t really mix.

The list started when I decided I was done raging at my stupid L’Oreal EverSleek shampoo. It should be named EverFrizz. It has tipped the scales on my long-term Bumble & Bumble crush, until now only indulged through foil packets and travel sizes; I’ll be buying the Thickening Shampoo and SuperRich Conditioner as soon as the VIB 15% sale starts at Sephora.

The MAC Proenza Schouler collection launches online on April 24, and in stores in New Zealand on May 24. Despite the packaging making this collection look alarmingly like replica MAC, I’ll definitely be needing those ombre face powders. LOOK AT THEM. I need them.

While I’m picking those up, why not throw in a few more MAC skincare friends? Grace used the Softening Lotion on me when I went in last week. (I bought Heroine and a beautiful Extra Dimension eyeshadow, if you’re wondering about that too). It softened my skin. I didn’t realise my skin needed softening, but now I have seen the light. And the Charged Water spray just smells fucking good. It does a similar job to Fix+, but I mostly want it for frivolous, scent-related reasons. That’s really all that needs to be said about it.

There’s Bioderma on that list too because I was going to order the Bumble & Bumble stuff from Escentual, which carries Bioderma, until I realised it would be cheaper to order from Sephora. Bioderma may still get purchased.

Lastly is the Stila liquid liner in Amber! It is pretty and will match my eye colour almost perfectly so I want to try it out.

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Morgan: Eyeshadow primer superpost

It has been a weird week for me. Harriet and I got interviewed for something exciting on Wednesday, and I spent three consecutive nights out drinking with friends (usually I do this zero times a week). Somehow along the way I have completely neglected to write anything for Hyacinth Girl, so I am making it up to you now with this superpost on eyeshadow primers.

We covered face primers recently but I also own pretty much every eyeshadow primer that anyone has ever recommended, due to the fact my eyelids are oily as hell. I figured I might as well tell you guys what I think of them. (Oh and by the way: In loosely eyeshadow-related news I was really excited that my last eyeshadow post inspired Elese to try a similar look.) Continue reading


Harriet: MUO Auckland meetup

Or, how to have an excellent time with old friends and new friends. A couple of weeks ago I flew up to Hamilton, spent the night with my mum and dad, and then the next morning me and my number one girl Courtney drove up to Auckland to hang out with a bunch of makeup-loving babes! The point of the trip was a meetup lunch for noted beautiful princess Kirsty Leigh’s blog and group Makeup Obsessives, and like the Wellington one we went to in January, it was a hell of a lot of fun.

L-R Kirsty, Courtney, and me, feat. a really nice Hawkes Bay sav. Read on for a couple more pictures etc!

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Morgan: Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis

Up until about a year ago, I didn’t think much about how I took care of my skin. My answer to ‘What’s your favourite skincare brand?’ would be ‘whichever is cheapest at the supermarket’. I know this is true for most people, so sometimes I hesitate before recommending my true favourite skincare brands now. Antipodes is definitely right up there, but if you’re used to paying under ten dollars for a moisturiser then their price tags might come as a shock.

You don’t know until you try, but as soon as you do up your skincare game, you’ll see the difference in your skin. This is where the Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis* come in. The set contains a mini Divine Face Oil and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream, two really popular Antipodes products that will give your skin a big boost of hydration. The set is only NZ $19.90, so it’s a nice way to ease into the brand. Continue reading