FACE | My high-end foundation collection

high-end foundation review

Guess who has more foundations than can reasonably be used by one person? And this is only half of them—I’ll talk about the cheaper ones some other time. (I just added up how much it would cost to re-buy all of these and it’s over $650NZ which is sickening. Luckily I don’t want to replace all of them.)

I certainly don’t need all of these foundations, and I am consciously trying to get to the bottom of some of them, but they do give me the advantage of experience. I’ve tried a wide range of high-end foundation, I’ve figured out what works for different skin types, and I know what I like. I thought I’d share mini-reviews of each of them today.

EYE | Custom MAC palette redux

custom MAC eyeshadow palette vanilla, soft brown, swiss chocolate, embark, amber lights, omega, wedge, espresso, all that glitters, sumptuous olive, quarry, blackberry, mystery, expensive pink, humid

I got my custom MAC eyeshadow palette for Christmas in 2013, and it has been my most valuable makeup item ever since. By valuable I mean useful rather than financially valuable, although to be honest it’s probably the most financially valuable one too.

It’s had a few different iterations over the past few years, and at the start of the month I restored it to a full MAC palette, with a few new additions from last year’s 25% off sale on maccosmetics.com. The palette temporarily had a few Makeup Geek shadows in it, but they don’t quite fit perfectly and their texture is different, which bothered me.

SKIN | Gel-cream moisturisers, from cheap to heaps

za deep hydration lasting moisture gel, belif aqua bomb, sunday riley tidal brightening enzyme water cream, neutrogena hydroboost gel-cream moisturisers

It’s January 5 and at some point I might write about my 2016 favourites but right now I just owe my blog some kind of attention and these moisturisers are already photographed so let me write about them instead. Gel-cream moisturisers, to be specific. A real category, or a made-up descriptor to make an age-old formula sound novel and new? I don’t particularly care—all I care about is that this is the texture my skin likes best. Lightweight but not fleeting, cooling and non-greasy.

LIFE | Topshop (and Topshop Beauty) in Wellington

Topshop beauty products Wellington haul

Topshop‘s first Wellington store opened last month and I was pretty stoked to be invited to the opening event/media preview. The clothing range in Topshop is a little too trendy and cut-for-skinny-people for my tastes, and my attempt at trying on some Ivy Park confirmed that (seriously, why make workout gear that only caters to tiny people?) The Topshop Beauty makeup stand made up for that disappointment, however, and I bought some makeup and it’s all great and now I am going to show it to you.

LIFE | Holistic facial at Wellington Apothecary

Wellington Apothecary Sun Wind and Sea Facial Serum, used in an holistic facial

Everyone’s saying that 2016 has been a real shit year, and lately it has certainly felt like the universe is working against us. Blah blah earthquakes, flooding, Brexit, Donald Trump, mental illness… this isn’t a place where I’m going to get hugely into politics but whatever your reason for feeling less than 100%, a dope-as facial will help.

I was invited to the Wellington Apothecary for an holistic facial with Stephanie Malcolm a few weeks ago. What’s an holistic facial? It’s basically as relaxing an experience as you can get, short of a full-body massage. I’d say it’s more on the wellness and relaxation end of the scale, if targeted active skincare treatment is at the other end, although all the products used are lovely.

BODY | How to prepare for laser hair removal

laser hair removal

I have a complex relationship with hair removal, which is something I think I say every time I talk about it. I’ve made a conscious effort not to talk about body hair removal (legs, armpits, pubic hair etc) on Hyacinth Girl anymore. I don’t care about having a hairy body and I don’t want to make other people feel like it matters.

I do, however, shape my eyebrows and remove the hair on my upper lip. It’s a makeup thing, and it’s a confidence thing. I’d rather not have hair on my upper lip, and that’s really all there is to it.

I usually wax or use one of those tiny razors, but I was recently invited to Wellington’s new OFF & ON to try their laser hair removal service. I decided to try it on my upper lip—but when I went in for my consultation, I discovered I hadn’t properly prepared! With that in mind, I wanted to write some guidelines for how to prepare for laser hair removal.

FOTD | The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid FOTD

The three clashing shades of pink in this look made me reconsider posting it, but it’s good to share the things that don’t quite work out as well as your makeup victories, so here we are. I don’t quite know what I was going for, but ended up with a metallic pink eye based around MAC Cranberry eyeshadow, paired with a wonky-liplined Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid* in Goa Magnolia, and a heavy 80s application of blush. And, of course, now that I’ve kind of figured out how to put false lashes on myself, I’m doing it every time I wear makeup.

FACE | Stick foundation is my new crush

Stick foundations Hourglass Vanish stick, Shiseido The Makeup stick foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Foundation stick, NYX Mineral Stick Foundation

Stick foundations are having a real moment and I couldn’t help but investigate them for myself. The second the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick came into Mecca I had to go try it out, and after seeing how nicely it sat on my skin I bought it. The Hourglass stick foundation is bloody expensive and comes with very little product, comparatively, though, so I wanted to see how it compared to a few other stick foundations on the market. Keep in mind that I have a very oily skin type (I thought I was getting it under control for a while, but it’s oily again at the moment), so these recommendations come from that viewpoint.

FACE | Revlon x Chloe Morello Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit

revlon-sculpt-highlight-chloe-morello

Morgan, where have you been? After a publishing-heavy October, the beginning of November has been a bit chaotic. I worked last-minute on a wedding, I got sick, then this week we got hit by a 7.8 earthquake which was immediately followed by intense weather and flooding. Basically, I haven’t had the time and energy to think about makeup, let alone write about it.

It makes sense to write about the contouring palette Chloe Morello developed with Revlon immediately after the review of her Ciate eyeshadow palette. Chloe’s making bank this year with brand collaborations, for sure, but I was a little lukewarm on the Ciate palette. Let’s see if the Revlon Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit fares any better.