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.

TOOLS | Jessup brushes part 2

Jessup 12 piece makeup brush set

If you spend any amount of time around here you’ll know how I feel about Jessup brushes, and I felt I owed it to you guys to review another set of their brushes, this time the Jessup 12 piece makeup brush set. This one is a little different to the other sets available, with more natural fibre brushes included. As always, though, it’s a good one, and even if you won’t use every brush in the set, it’s still incredible value.

MOTD | Makeup Geek Insomnia


Upon organising my makeup desk in yet another way, I rediscovered the Makeup Geek Insomnia pigment and realised how deceptively complex it makes your makeup look. It’s literally the only product on my eyes in these photos, besides mascara, but it looks like I’ve done some seriously skilled stuff. I haven’t!

My face has been buried in the past few posts so if you’re the type of reader who just scrolls through the homepage and never actually clicks into my blog posts, you’d be forgiven for thinking I don’t post my face here much (you won’t be forgiven for not reading everything, though). The other night I had the sudden compulsion to put a lot of makeup on my face (well, I really just needed to take photos for an xoVain article) and it ended up looking pretty decent so I took quite a lot.

BODY | Body hair—friend or foe?

Remington-ilight-pro-lena-talks-beautyPhoto pinched from Lena Talks Beauty, with generous permission, because I didn’t take one myself.

Body and facial hair has been long billed as the enemy by women’s magazines, and despite my mother’s warning to ‘take them with a grain of salt’, the magazines I read as a teenager (cf Harriet’s tweet) managed to instill some insidious body hair anxiety within me.

I’ve tried it all: shaving, threading, waxing, and embracing my ‘unwanted’ hair and letting it grow. The one thing I’d never tried was laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) hair removal, on one hand because it was expensive and on the other hand because I was never sure I wanted to commit to any hair removal entirely.

Late last year I had the opportunity to try out the Remington i-Light Pro* home IPL device. It was a bit of a saga, so I thought I better tell you about it.

FACE | A love letter to Witchery Beauty

Witchery Beauty Hazel eyeshadow palette, lip pencil and cream shadow
This is less a love letter to Witchery Beauty and more so a love letter to Witchery in general, but I don’t do well with outfit posts so we’ll stick to the bits for your face (and an honorable mention to the socks rounding out the photo). I was meant to write this post over a year ago, when the lovely Megan who does PR for Witchery sent me a couple of Witchery Beauty products as a birthday gift. For my twenty-fifth birthday. And I’m now twenty-six.

A year may have passed and I may be a shit blogger but this year for my birthday (Witchery always gives members a $20 voucher for their birthday) I bought some more of their makeup and thought, jesus, I’m buying more of it, I’m well overdue to write about this.