LIFE | Excellent things

It’s Sunday and I’m writing this from a cafe in Auckland, sheltering from the rain before I meet Madeleine for brunch, before the Auckland Makeup Obsessives meet up! I’ve got my camera with me and will have a post up about the meet up later in the week.

But, because I’ve been really restrained with my spending lately and because I have nothing better to do right now, today’s Excellent things post will be a quick wishlist. I don’t have time to expand on everything, so just assume that I want it because it is beautiful.


Clockwise from top left: Trenery Pointelle Wrap; clear umbrella, similar hereOh My Clumsy Heart Ida necklaceUniqlo skirtUrban Decay Revolution lipstick in 69.


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.

Morgan: Dreaming of a MAC Christmas

I feel like I’ve been stepping up my eyeshadow levels lately. I’ve generally been afraid of shimmery shadows for various reasons, and stuck with my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. (Actually, while we’re on the topic of the Naked Basics, can I just say how creepy it is how much traffic this blog gets from people searching ‘Lorde naked’ and ‘naked pics Lorde’? They must be so disappointed when they discover all I have to offer is a semi-average tutorial on eye makeup. ALSO GROSS BECAUSE SHE IS A CHILD.)

ANYWAY. The Point Of This Post is that my Christmas present from my family this year is A CUSTOM 15 PAN EYESHADOW PALETTE FROM MAC. I am so, so excited about this. My Mum was completely reasonable when I told her it would be $160 USD, and she just told me to go ahead and order it. I was surprised because that’s more than my rent costs each week, and I feel like any sensible person would find that completely outrageous just for some eyeshadow. It still is pretty outrageous.

I’ll do a post after Christmas when I get the real thing, obviously, but I wanted to share the shades I ended up choosing now.

Fancy is as fancy does

I tried a new cleanser recently that really disagreed with my face. It got me thinking about my skin in general. There’s a lot of skincare out there, and it can be hard to figure out on your own exactly what is right for your skin, so I went to see the experts at Mecca Cosmetica. They furnished me with a few (generous) samples of what they thought would be right for my skin.

Successful as they were, these samples were for products that cost megabucks when you’re comparing to something like Cetaphil. Are they worth it? YES. I went and bought the full size of two of them after seeing the difference they made. Do I now feel like I need to be fancy in every single aspect of my life? YES.

Wishlist: brush sets

It’s October, but the makeup retail world is pushing Christmas (or the more vague ‘Holiday’) gift sets already. I’ve had my eye on a few of these for a while. Here’s the top five brush sets on my wishlist (although there’s no way I’m going to be buying all five of them!)


It’s the start of spring, but it’s still too dark when I get home from work to take nice photos. Instead I thought I’d post a few of the things I’ve been wanting lately. The colour palette of this post is pretty springy, although to be honest I’m not one of those people who tries to match my makeup to the seasons.

1 Stila In The Garden palette
I love the other Stila eye products I have, and have heard good things about their eyeshadows. I’m slowly easing my way into wearing eyeshadow that isn’t neutral and this palette looks like a good place to start.

2 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II
This is the ~new and improved~ version that has just been released. It’s worked well for Harriet and even though it’s pretty pricey I’m hoping to try it out soon.

3 Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser
Antipodes products ALWAYS smell amazing, and the scent is the first thing that got me when I saw this in Farmers. I’ve been looking for a good cream cleanser; they seem to be a thing in the UK more than here or in the US, so it’s been hard to find one I can test first. I love my Antipodes Rejoice Day Cream, so fingers crossed this is just as good.

4 Dior Hydralife BB eye creme
This is all EssieButton‘s fault. It’s pretty pricey for an undereye concealer that apparently doesn’t have that much coverage, but I’m a sucker that can’t rest until I’ve tried something.

5 Bourjois bronzing primer
I’ve read that this can be used in a similar way to the Soleil Tan de Chanel. I’ve also read that it’s nothing like it other than being a cream bronzing product. What better way to find out than buying it? It’s a whoooole lot cheaper than the Chanel one too, so not too much of a loss if it doesn’t turn out great.

6 Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish by Kate Moss in Hip Hop
I spotted these for $7 each at Farmers at the moment. The Rimmel Salon Pro formula is really good for cheap nail polish, and they have good wide brushes.

7 Maybelline Color Whisper in Orange Attitude
Another product on the cheaper end of the spectrum! I have one of these in Pink Possibilities, and I find it performs a lot better than the Revlon Lip Butters (but I still like those too). Comparison post? Maybelline is buy 1 get 1 half price at Farmers at the moment, so it’s a good time to pick some up.