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I was chatting to a beauty obsessed friend recently who said to me “I would rather go out topless than go out without mascara.” Without thinking I immediately replied “I would rather go out topless than go out without foundation.” Now, in tru
th I may not feel quite that strongly
and I’d probably prefer to keep the girls under wraps, but I definitely never leave the house without foundation. I have terrible skin, and I hate the thought of people seeing it undisguised.
Anyway, this got me thinking about my must-have makeup products. So here’s a challenge for you my pretties: if someone told you they were taking away all your makeup for a month, and you could only keep three things (with a free pass for any makeup brushes or applicators you may need) which three products would you choose?
After some very serious thought, here are mine:
Holika Holika Clearing BB Cream
Obviously I’d have to have a foundation to disguise my horrid skin, and this one does a good job of that, plus it has skin care benefits specifically targetted at acne prone skin like mine, and SPF30. A great multi-purpose product.
Lanolips SPF15 Lip Ointment With Colour in Dark Honey
A slick of glossy colour on your lips can take online pharmacy you from undone to pulled together in an instant, and this is a go with everything ‘my lips but better’ colour with SPF15 that does a fabulous job of moisturising your lips.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
No other product gives you instant va-va-voom in the way that a good mascara does, and this one is my pick. I don’t normally pay high-end prices for makeup, but no other mascara I’ve tried comes close to matching this for giving me drop dead gorgeous lashes.
So, those are my three must-haves, now it’s your turn.
All of these products are good enough to warrant their own review, which I will do in good time, but in the meantime you can purchase Holika Holika BB Cream from Bellogirl on Ebay, and Lanolips from Adore Beauty. And if you don’t know where to get Lancome from you need to get out more!
I did a little squeal of excitement tonight when the latest email from Gracie Lou dropped into my inbox because they are now stocking Z-Palettes.
Z-Palettes are empty customisable magnetic makeup p
alettes designed to be filled with your choice of makeup pans.
If you’ve ever bought refills of any makeup products you’ll know that if you don’t shell out the extra for the matching compact then finding ways to store them so they don’t get damaged can be tricky. I have several Z Palettes (which I had to order from America, hence my excitement at being able to get them in New Zealand now), and in fact I reviewed them a couple of years ago on my blog Pretty Clever so click through and read my post because I’m too lazy to type it all up again. Suffice to say this is a great product.
Z Palettes are priced at NZ$42.00 for the large and NZ$26.00 for the small, which is comparable to what I paid to order them from
America. Check them out at Gracie Lou.
So you know how it goes: your top lip’s looking a wee bit fluffy on it so you’ve whacked on a couple of facial wax strips and sure they’ve done the bizzo and gotten rid of the hair, but you’re left with sticky wax residue on your skin and non
e of your cleansers will remove it so you’re stuck with it and by the end of the day every single
piece of dust and fluff and hair and small animal that you’ve come into contact with is stuck to your top lip and your moustache is looking even more impressive than before you waxed it?
Surely I can’t
be the only person this happens to?
And don’t even get me started on those wee wipes that come with the wax strips. Yes they work, but they work because they’re loaded with mineral oil and I don’t know about you but the last thing my face needs is MOAR OILZ!
Well never fear my pretties, Aunty Selina is here to help. Once you’ve finished with the wax strip, simply use the wax-free area around the edge of the strip to pick up the wax stuck to your skin. Trust me, it works. I mean that’s exactly what the paper those wax strips are made of is designed for – the wax to stick to!
True story for you: years ago I had a friend whose elderly aunty had a moustache of such impressiveness that everyone referred to her as “Aunty Hairy”.Not within her ear shot, obviously. Thing is, I never actually learned Aunty Hairy’s real name, so every time I saw her I was all “Hello Aunty Haa…ow are you?”. Alway learn names, people. Always. Learn. Names.
Health problems have prevented me from blogging for a while, which means the press release for Color Club’s previous New Zealand release has sat in my inbox waiting to be blogged. Foiled hit the shelves back in February,
so you may have already se
en these in store.
Foiled is described as a collection of “six luxurious liquid shades with a chrome-like shine and the look of molten metal”. Now I’m not a huge fan of foil polishes myself but I’m thinking I
might have to pick up Cold Metal, and I’m also quite liking the look of Foil Me Once. What about you?
Magnetic nail polish is the latest trend to hit the nail polish world – and a pretty awesome trend it is too. If you haven’t seen it yet then watch out for Color Club’s Magnetic Force collection which hits New Zealand shelves mid-April.
The polishes come with a magnetic cap which, when held close to the nail while the polish is still wet, creates the
design. I have a couple of magnetic nail polishes in my collection (which I had to order from Asia a couple of years ago before the trend took off) and I can testify that once you’ve got the hang of them they’re lots of fun and not at all fiddly.
Color Club polishes are available from selected pharmacies and fashion stores New Zealand-wide. I’ll definitely be picking a couple of these up (in fact let’s face it I’ll probably end up buying the whole collection) – what about you?
I’m a big fan of the Karen Murrell range of lipsticks. They feel lovely on, they’re a New
Zealand product, and the packaging is eco-friendly, with tubes made from PLA (polylactic acid), “a corn resin based material that will start to dissolve back into Mother Earth within 100 days”, and boxes from 100% recycled and renewable sources using New Zealand paper with soy inks.
Ever since the first four lipsticks were released a couple of years ago (I have all of them by the way) I’ve been hoping she would release some more colours, and at long last a new range has hit the stores.
I’m particularly excited about Coral Dawn, having not yet added an orange shade to my collection. Carnation Mist looks very pretty and wearable, Fuschia Shock I will have to try before I buy because from the photos it looks like it may be a wee bit blue-based for my colouring, and Sand Storm is likely to make me look like I have a bad case of Mannequin Face (not a good thing, if you were wondering) but would be a lovely neutral for other skin tones. So that’s two, and possibly three, out of the collection I’m lusting after. What about you?
Think Geek is one of those sites I can spend hours browsing, and my wishlist is already long. So they had to go and add nail polish to their stock, didn’t they? Because they weren’t already awesome enough, apparently.
Here’s what they say: of the merchants at ThinkGeek went in together to convince the Powers That Be that we needed to stock nail polish for our customers. And it worked, because here you are.
of the merchants at ThinkGeek went in together to convince the Powers That Be that we needed to stock nail polish for our customers. And it worked, because here you are.
“To bring these to you, we worked with Amanda from NerdLacquer, who blends custom polish colors which have a geeky theme. We picked our four favorites to stock at our monkey warehouse.”
That’s all lovely, but the proof of the polish is in the sparkle. At least in this case. And
sparkle they do:
I think the word I’m looking for is I’LLHAVEALLOFTHEMPLEASE!
Here’s some more photographic evidence in case you weren’t already salivating enough:
So I think it’s a given that I’m going to be buying a set. What about you – are any of these colours calling to you? The Think Geek nail polishes are US$9.99 each from Think Geek.
USA Nails Online, the online stockist of Color Club in New Zealand, are running a special on all Color Club
7 packs in the run-up to Christmas. Prices for the 7 packs now range from $24.50 to $38.50 but you’d best be quick as some of the packs are already out of stock. Check them out here.
I’ve got my eye on the Back to Boho Shimmers 7 pack ($34.50):
and the Back Stage Pass 7 Pack ($38.50) – also known as
Specials only available in New Zealand.
I absolutely love holographic nail polishes, and some of the very best holos (in my opinion) come from Australian company Glitter Gal. I’ve previously reviewed a few of their polishes over on my blog Pretty Clever, but for those of you new to Glitter Gal here are some pictures from my reviews:
Glitter Gal Dark Purple and Glitter Gal Blue:
Glitter Gal Deep Green (quite possibly my favourite holo polish ever):
Glitter Gal have just announced their latest shade ’10 to Midnight’, described as a “gun metal grey with high holographic presence”. Grey? Holo? Swoon! Seriously, somebody should buy this for me for Christmas!
Here’s a picture from the Glitter Gal blog:
Yep. I need that polish in my life!
Glitter Gal polishes can be
ordered from their website and they are currently running a special – order three or more Glitter Gal polishes and receive either a free lip gloss or body glitter from their Kissing Booth Lip gloss range. A list of other stockists internationally can be found here.
At this time of year you can’t enter a department store without tripping over displays of cosmetic and perfume gift sets.
Revlon’s Christmas gift set range is always fairly extensive, with something in
there for most budgets. While I personally find the colour choices in their sets fairly safe, not everybody is as fond of green nail polish as I am, so here’s my pick of gift sets to please the makeup lover:
Perfect Plums Set ($35.00)
Lustrous Lipstick in Plumalicious, Revlon LashFinder Mascara in Black, Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Plum and a beautiful kiss-lock purse.
Mini Delights ($35.95)
Colourburst Lips Set ($45.00)
From Day to Night Eyes Set ($45.00)
Includes a Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner in Sweet Innocence, Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner in Smoky Sexy, Revlon CustomEyes Mascara in Black and a gorgeous coin pouch. Exclusive to Farmers stores.
Fire & Ice 5 Piece ($69.50)