FACE | My affordable foundation collection

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I wrote about my high-end foundation collection fairly recently (okay maybe not that recently), but given some of those foundations are pushing $100 NZD, I figured I better write about some more affordable foundations too. A lot of these I’ve written about individually, so I’ll link to those reviews where I can.

Truthfully, I never have good luck with cheaper foundations, which is why I do tend to pay for more expensive ones. Because foundation goes all over your face, it’s more visible when it’s either the wrong colour or a bad texture, so in my mind it’s worth spending the money to get it right.

FACE | Brow pencil bonanza ft. L’Oreal, Anastasia & Hourglass

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I bought a L’Oreal eyebrow pencil during the Farmers Beauty Week sales, and given my brow product purchases are usually towards the higher end of the price scale, I thought I’d give it a thorough review. The Anastasia Brow Wiz has been my ultimate favourite for some time now (it was in my very first post on this blog) and the Hourglass Arch Brow pencil made it into my 2014 makeup favourites, so the L’Oreal Le Sourcil pencil has some big shoes to fill. Because I’m stingy, I bought it with the intention of putting it in my kit, and the hope that it would be as good as my more expensive favourites. Here’s how it holds up.

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.

EYES | Rimmel Scandaleyes vs. L’Oreal Color Riche

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After discovering how easy it is to work with cream eyeshadow, I set out to find a golden-bronze eyeshadow stick. The search was harder than you might think, and all the high end ranges I looked at favoured taupe for their brown option, over bronze. I ended up spending not very much money on the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 003 Bad Girl Bronze. Then, about a week after that arrived, I received the L’Oreal Color Riche Eye Color Pencil in 02 Enigmatic Brown in my Makeup Obsessives meetup goodie bag. They look remarkably similar, so I’ve pitted them against each other.

FACE | Base makeup with SPF protection

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Last week I talked about decent stand-alone sunscreens, but I know some people aren’t committed enough to add that extra step to their routine. If that’s you, you should probably find a way to start caring more. It’s really important to wear sunscreen! If you need instant gratification, think of how terrible it is when you’re sunburned. If that’s not a big deal to you, think about the possibility of getting skin cancer. If that seems unlikely, think about whether you’d rather look 65 when you’re 50, or 50 when you’re 65. Sun damage ages your skin terribly!

If you still don’t care enough to wear sunscreen separately, here are a few of my favourite face base products with decent SPF. Makeup with SPF might put you off, but it’s seriously easy to find and easy to wear.

LIPS | Four blood red lip colours I could have worn to get my blood taken

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My name’s Morgan and I don’t like thinking about what goes on inside my body. I started typing that I don’t like needles, but it’s not precisely true; I’m fine with a tattoo machine and when I get blood taken, it’s not so much the needle that I have a problem with, but the fact it’s going inside my veins.

I got blood taken recently (for only the second time in my life, thank goodness) and it was a minor ordeal. The nurse (probably not a nurse, but I’ll call her that for brevity’s sake) stuck the needle in my left arm for a very long time. I had dragged Callum along with me and I told him all about my work day, in great detail, and she was still trying to draw enough blood to fill the vial. It wasn’t enough, so I ended up with a needle in my other arm too. FUN.

I made Callum get fries with me afterwards, and the anticipation of fries made it almost bearable, but I worry what I would be like if he wasn’t there to hold my hand. How would I be brave?! I think red lipstick would help. 

LIFE | L’Oreal Girls in Science Forum

Dr Elena Tucker, left and Dr Zoe Hilton, right

Dr Elena Tucker, left and Dr Zoe Hilton, right

When I found out L’Oreal were holding a Girls In Science forum to discuss women in science and introduce high school girls to strong female role models in science, I really wanted to go along. Unfortunately, like many good things, it was in Auckland and I am not. Fortunately, the lovely Teresa (you may know her blog, Brush & Bullet) agreed to go along and cover it for Hyacinth Girl. Anything that supports women’s education is something I will 100% get behind. I wish there had been an event like this for me to go to when I was a chemistry student in high school!

If you’ve spent any amount of time whiling away your working hours on Facebook, you’ve probably have noticed posts from the I Fucking Love Science page popping up on your newsfeed. Stem cells, quantum entanglement, videos of snakes devouring crocodiles — it’s 2014, and science has hit the zeitgeist. Science is for everyone. Science is cool. So you gotta wonder at all the surprised, condescending, and downright sexist comments when it turned out the IFLS page was run by Elise Andrew, a woman.

Morgan: Birthday makeup dupes

As much as I enjoyed writing yesterday’s post about my $2000+ birthday makeup, it’s not in the spirit of blogging in the sense of readers being able to recreate the look. This morning I’ve had a bit of a dig around to find some more reasonably priced products that could make up a similar face. Naturally they’re going to lack the fancy skincare properties and other general lux-ness of the expensive versions, but these are all products I stand by and would recommend anyway.

Just looking at the products in this collage, the expensive versions come out to $457, and the affordable ones to about $75. Realistically, it’s pretty obvious which ones you’d choose!