FACE | High/low FOTD with NV & MAC

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I haven’t posted a FOTD in forever, so here we go. This look is simple and I’ve been wearing this or a variation on it pretty much every time I wear makeup lately. Minus the gloss. Gloss is categorically a bad idea in Wellington. (Wellington is windy, in case you didn’t know.) Actually, gloss is categorically a bad idea wherever you are if you’re planning on eating anything. I wore this out on a taco date with Callum and ended up with gloss on the rest of my face and gloss on my taco (lmao) but none where it was supposed to be. I don’t really know why lipgloss is a thing actually.

FACE | The Body Shop Moisture Foundation review

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I’ve always known that The Body Shop sells makeup, but I didn’t know that it was actually good. I mean, Essie Button loves their bronzer, but I don’t go through much bronzer so I was never in a position to buy it. At the moment, though, The Body Shop has a promotion where if you buy two or more of their ‘beauty favourites’, you get 20% off. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try one of their beauty favourites, to see what it’s like and whether I should recommend it. Turns out, The Body Shop Moisture Foundation* is really good – and that’s something coming from me, who loves a matte, high-coverage finish (this is a dewy, light-medium coverage foundation.)

LIPS | On MAC x Toledo and PR samples

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If you read any beauty blogs at all, you’ll know the MAC x Toledo collection is a) extant, b) beautiful and c) now available on counters in New Zealand. I am not publishing this post to be the first to break the news, although of course I’m including arm and lip swatches of the three products I have from the collection. What I really want to talk about is PR samples – PR samples from MAC in particular.

FACE | Ballerina bun & Heroine FOTD

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Purple lipstick is my jam. I crowned MAC Heroine as my favourite when I was interviewed for FishHead Magazine, and I think it still holds true. So rarely are purple lipsticks a) actually purple, rather than simply a purple-toned pink, and b) somehow still acceptable enough for you to wear them all day without everyone commenting on your lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I like when people comment on my lipstick, but sometimes it’s more of an ‘oh, your lipstick is …interesting, rather than a genuine ‘I really like your lipstick’. (I’ve swatched some of my other favourite purple lipsticks further down this post.)

Second note: My hair is finally long enough to do a ballerina bun! I figured I should try the bun donut I bought, seeing as how it didn’t get used in my xoVain hair tutorial.

BODY | Orange legs and body butter

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I’ve been thinking about my summer legs vibes. Summer legs vibes? Leg vibes? Singular? Whatever. Legs. It’s summer. I’ve been getting my legs out as much as possible, because I quite like them, and it is hot. I feel like I go all year wondering when it is ever warm enough to have bare arms and legs, and then when it’s hot in summer I don’t take advantage of it. I guess legs have (optional) maintenance needs. I tend to grow my leg hair all year round, but I do like to take it off in the summer. And slather them with coconut-scented body butter. And then there’s the question of tan…

FACE | Milani Bella Eyes eyeshadow FOTD

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I liked this photo so much that I made it my sidebar profile photo, even though my hand looks weird as hell. Callum says it makes my eyes look swollen, and maybe it does, but if you look close enough you’ll see that’s metallic copper eyeshadow underneath my eyes, and definitely not swelling. This look was mostly to test out the Milani Bella Eyes gel powder eyeshadows – I’ve got Bella Copper and Bella Espresso. I’ve paired it with a couple of new lipsticks, as well as finding that Bella Copper is a dupe for an old MAC favourite.

LIPS | Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats vs MAC lip pencils

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I, like the rest of the world, am really into lip liners at the moment. I’ve actually kinda always been into lip liner. I find that, on the whole, they’re easier to control and have better pigmentation and wear time than most lipsticks. I’ve been gradually building my MAC Lip Pencil collection, because there are tons of them and they’re always great, and of course all those neutral-warm-mauve ones are popular at the moment. I also grabbed two Charlotte Tilbury ones as part of my haul last month, so I thought, why not compare them?

FACE | I treated myself with a Charlotte Tilbury haul

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Oh god, more new makeup? I’ve got a confession to make… I made a few last minute purchases in December before starting my 2015 no-buy. This one I’m justifying as a congratulatory treat I bought myself with my first payment from xoVain. I’ve been back-and-forthing about the price of her products for a while, but this seemed like the perfect time for indulging in a Charlotte Tilbury haul.

This is an image-heavy post, because these products are very pretty. And I have a new camera. I couldn’t help it.

FACE | It’s hot and I don’t feel like wearing makeup

Hyacinth_Girl_hot_weather_mu_sIt’s all in the title. It’s hot and I don’t feel like wearing makeup. Granted, it’s not as hot in Wellington as it is in Australia where my babes are enduring 35+ degree heat on the regular, but it’s hot enough here for me. I’ve actually had this title in my head as a post idea for over a year, but last summer I was so uncomfortably hot for so long that I didn’t get around to putting the makeup on my face and writing it at all.

Over the break I haven’t worn makeup really at all, but I’m back at work now and I like to wear some. Here’s what I’ve been putting on my face as I’ve been figuring out the perfect summer makeup. It’s fast, easy, and there’s no powder in sight.