LIPS | New Antipodes Moisture-Boost natural lipstick

I was telling myself it had been a productive weekend, until I remembered that none of the three-thousand-odd words I’ve written were for Hyacinth Girl and that I haven’t published a blog post for a couple of weeks. So, here I am on Sunday night at 10pm, listening to the ever-enthusiastic Steve1989 open military rations while I write a well-overdue post about Antipodes’ recently relaunched Moisture-Boost natural lipsticks.

Antipodes have had natural lipsticks in their range for years, but last month I was invited to their relaunch where they introduced the refreshed line with an extended range of colours, all named after New Zealand locations.

LIFE | Project Pan

Hyacinth Girl project pan

I’ve been thinking about embarking on a Project Pan for a while now. I even filmed a video about it the other week, but after watching it back I hated how I looked in it, so it has since been deleted. You can have that video in word form in this blog post, instead.

Project Pan is where you select a certain number of beauty products with the express intention of ‘panning’ them. Panning can mean either hitting pan, or using them up entirely.

This concept of having to actively try to use a product up runs counter to the average person’s experience of makeup. Most people will have one foundation; they use it until it’s gone, and then buy another one. This is not how it works in the beauty blogging world, and so we have to set our minds to finishing products.

It does highlight the excess of beauty blogging, and that’s why I want to get into it. ‘No-buys’ don’t really work for me, and you’ll know about my recent Depression Hauls. Starting a Project Pan will hopefully help me minimise my makeup collection and rationalise my ‘need’ to buy more.

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.

SKIN | Empties and repurchases

I’ve been hoarding empty things for a while now so I thought I’d make my first video with actual content (!) an empties and repurchases video (except for the tangent I go on about the Olay Regenerist night cream which is neither empty or a repurchase). It’s all skincare because I use that every day and I don’t wear makeup every day. I don’t think I’ve ever used up an eyeshadow or lipstick or blush completely. I should probably work on that before buying more things.

FACE | New in March


Remember how I said I had heaps of new shit to show you guys? This is that post. Lots of new makeup and skincare to talk about – some gifted, some purchased by my very own self. I’m going to dive right in to some quick reviews to avoid taking up too much of your time. Let’s go.

LIFE | On My Dining Table


Yesterday on Twitter I mentioned how much I hate when bloggers use the phrase “landed on my desk” or “came across my desk” to talk about products that are provided to them as PR samples. It’s a phrase that draws attention to how casual it’s pretending to be. ‘Oh, no big deal, this happens all the time, it’s my job,’ when in reality, I see it most on small blogs that are imitating bigger bloggers. It’s also silly because how many of these people actually have desks that they a) dedicate to blogging and b) use?

My version of this post is accurately titled ‘On My Dining Table’, because that’s where this stuff lives. The dining table has not been used for dining in possibly a month (we like to eat sitting on the floor, or in bed). It’s also not all PR samples. 

Morgan: Adelaide travel skincare

I went to Adelaide over the weekend. I know that sounds pretty blasé, as if it wasn’t an international trip that was kind of a big deal, but we were only there for a few nights. You may not have known that if you looked at the makeup and skincare I packed. I relished the opportunity to wheel out every travel-sized piece of skincare I own, in case of any and all skin-related mishaps. Here’s what I took and why.

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.