Even though I am most definitely on the wrong side of 35, I still manage to keep my skin looking decent enough that occasionally I'm asked for ID- REALLY. The main things I credit it to is using Vitamin C serums, but mostly, religiously double cleansing every night. Basically- removing all makeup with one round of cleansing, and then doing another full cleanse afterwards. It sounds too good and too easy to be true, but it works- trust me. I alternate between Aspect Dr Deep Cleanser, & CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser, they're both so brilliant that I can't choose a favourite. The Aspect Dr cleanser is suitable for all skin types, contains a blend of natural AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), & works beautifully to unclog pores. It also leaves my skin feeling super soft and plump- LOVE.The CosMedix cleanser is beautifully cooling & refreshing; & contains shea butter to hydrate, lactic acid to exfoliate & renew skin cells, & peppermint essential oil to brighten your little face. If you're wanting to get serious about your skincare routine, I recommend either of these 100%- call 0800 238754 for stockists!
Last year Elizabeth Arden brought us the gorgeous fragrance Always Red...in 2016 we have the new Always Red Femme- & it is BEAUTIFUL. With top notes of black currant, pear and lemon, middle notes of peach blossom, jasmine, and lily of the valley, and base notes of vanilla, cedar, patchouli and moss; this perfume will be a must-have for fans of floral/fruity scents. The EDT comes in two sizes- 50ml & 100ml, and the bottle will look impressive amongst anyone's beauty collection. My favourite part? Always Red Femme lasts and lasts, the staying power is FAB!
Chances are that you've already tried (or at least heard of) the incredible Mellow Cosmetics matte lipsticks and liquid lip paints...if you haven't, you MUST- because they are BEYOND perfection! I've been wearing the Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude and the Liquid Lip paint in Barcelona to absolute death lately- I love how long-wearing they are without drying out my lips in the slightest. BEST. Mellow Cosmetics is fab for many reasons- including the fact that they're a New Zealand brand, AND they're cruelty-free, so I was stoked when they sent me some of their Blush powders to try. They come in three different shades- Bronze, Pink & Peach (Peach is my fave), they have an excellent colour payoff, and are so easy to blend that it's not even funny. I've been using the Bronze shade as a bronzer as well, and it's perfect! A must-try!
I've been a huge fan of Jane Iredale products for years, and I've always meant to try their Hydration Sprays, but never got around to it. WHY DID I WAIT??? They are SO BEAUTIFUL! You can use them in a myriad of ways; I spray it on my face and let it set before applying makeup, I use it during the day to keep my base looking fresh, and sometimes I just spray it around because it makes my house smell good :D The latest spray, Lemongrass Love, to join the range is a little bit special, because $2.00 from every bottle sold is donated to NZ Breast Cancer Research. a cause particularly close to my heart. I'm excited to use this spray during summer, as I can imagine it'll be the perfect pick-me-up...but mine definitely won't last that long, as I can't resist using it every day!
MUOs are, and have always been, ALL about perfect brows. The BrowGal range (which is now available in NZ from stockists nationwide) has a brilliant selection of high quality, high performing brow products, and once you try them, you'll become addicted because they are just SO GOOD. Everyone knows I love multi-tasking beauty products, and the BrowGal Highlighter Pencil is certainly no exception. It comes in two colour combinations (Champagne/Cherub, or Gold/Nude), and is the perfect size to pop in your handbag for quick touch ups. You see, one end of the pencil is a matte shade- this can cover any facial imperfections, as well as conceal annoying brow regrowth. The shimmer side can be used to highlight your brow bone, as well as on the tops of the cheekbones & cupids bow. Did I mention that it blends like a dream? Perfection in a pencil!
This South African skincare brand is popular worldwide for their ridiculously effective, high-performing products. I discovered them two years ago, and have been hooked on a tonne of their products ever since (particularly the Focus Frown Serum- so good!). They've recently added a new range of goodness, Youth EssentiA. It includes a cleanser, toner, eye gel, moisturiser- as well as four serums containing vitamin C, A & E, all if varying strengths. The idea is to start with the lowest potency level serum, and build up over time to the stronger serums if need be. I'm loving the Antioxidant Defence Creme (pictured above), designed to be used after the serum. It's packed full of Vitamin C (which I swear by), as well as Vitamin E & it keeps my skin feeling plump & hydrated all day long. So good for under makeup, especially! I highly recommend you check out the Environ range, big time.
As wonderful as it is living in New Zealand, we don't have the hugest choice of makeup brands that other larger countries do- so whenever a new brand lands here it is CRAZY exciting. Bronx Colors launched in NZ this year, I've been trialling several of their products and I'm super impressed! You can order these online (delivery is quick quick quick), an the products are affordable (yussss). Being affordable doesn't mean they compromise on quality, though, they're fab! My top picks are the Matte Lip Tints (Beige Pink, Burgundy, and Red Wine are my faves), the Legendary Lipstick (the shades Nutmeg, Nude and Cinnamon are YUM), and the Gel Liner (this dries matte, lasts all day long, & comes with a perfect little brush for application). MUO's need to check this brand out, ASAP!
I've been wanting to try this since I saw that the face of the fragrance was Gigi Hadid- SUCH GODDESS- so I was rapt when it arrived last week. The Girl is a very fresh, bold perfume that I imagine I'll be wearing to death over summer. If you love crisp, green scents, you're going to have to check this out asap. It comes in 30ml, 50ml, and 100ml, and the bottle is super chic and cute. The Girl has top notes of, middle notes of, and base notes of- & the staying power is legendary. There's nothing worse than a fragrance you love that doesn't last, but The Girl has brilliant longevity,and I LOVE it.