Everyone knows how much I love Environ Skincare- it's one of the most effective, high-performing skincare brands available. They're getting super festive this year with this amazing gift with purchase- look how pretty it is! It contains a mini Revival Mask (this mask is seriously like a face lift in a jar- no joke), Hydrating Oil Capsules (dry skin saviours), a mini Avance & a full size Youth EssentiA CQuence Eye Gel- whoooop! It's all yours for FREE when you purchase your favourite Environ Cleanser, Toner and Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ Moisturiser- & it has a value of $207. SO GOOD! Available at selected Environ stockists...while stocks last!
Like I sad in my post last week, no one does Christmas quite like Lush does., and these are some of the very few goodies available in store. Clockwise from the top! The Golden Wonder Gift Set costs just $17.90, comes beautifully gift wrapped, & contains the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb AND the lovely Stardust Bath Bomb. Looking for last minute Secret Santa gift ideas?The Igloo Soap ($9.90 per 100gm) contains rose & Sicilian Lemon Oils, is ridiculously mood-lifting- & seriously limited edition.The Candy Mountain Bubble Bar is easily my favourite bath bar- it smells like vanilla absolute & Snow Fairy deliciousness, turns your bathwater light pink, & gives a tonne of beautiful bubbles.Probably my fave gift set is Sweet Christmas ($31.90), because it has ALL the good things- Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Rockstar Soap- & the new Snow Fairy Body Conditioner- LOVE!!! The smaller sized Little Snow Fairy Gift is similar- and perfect for those of us on a budget; containing the Snow Fairy Shower Gel & Snow Fairy FUN bar for bath time antics ;) I LOVE the Joy to the World Gift not only for the gorgeous packaging (I love not having to wrap gifts myself, I'm awful at it), but for the two products it contains; the new Santa's Postbox Soap, & the ever-popular Dream Cream. Last, but certainly not least, the Reindeer Rock Soap. The perfect stocking filler for any Lushie, it's a dream to use with the coconut oil, lingonberry & rose absolute it contains..plus, it looks gorgeous!!
Ohhhh, YSL, your packaging gets me every time- and the very limited edition 2016 Holiday Look Sparkle Clash collection is definitely no exception! Each product has very expensive-feeling (& looking) silver & gold glittered casing, with the lipstick bullets themselves embossed with stars. LOVE THIS. They come in four different shades: 01 Le Rouge, 09 Rose Stiletto,13 Le Orange, & 19 Fuchsia Pink...and I want them all. The Sparkle Clash Collection also includes the best selling complexion enhancer, Touche Eclat, which is encased in the same beautiful silver & gold packaging. These are on counter now- but you as you can imagine- they won't last long!
If you haven't been fortunate enough to try any of the products from the Go-To Skincare range (founded by the hilarious Zoe Foster-Blake), the perfect time is NOW. They've brought out some very, very cute cosmetic bags packed full of products which are available exclusively over the holiday season. You can choose from the Bestsellersies set, which contains Properly Clean (one of my fave foaming cleansers), Very Useful Face Cream, & the new Pinky-Nudey Lips. OR you can opt for the Everydaysies set (I love these names) which features Properly Clean, Face Hero (a divine facial oil), & Very Useful Face Cream. Looking for a present for your boyfriend/husband/whatever? Check out the amazing Bro-To Deluxe DIY Male Spa Kit, which contains Properly Clean, as well as...wait for it...a shower beer holder! PERFECT! My boyfriend needs this, desperately! To shop these, click here!
Clinique absolutely excels when it comes to incredible holiday collections, and this year it's apparent they've set the bar even higher! There are seriously so many options to choose from, but I was especially drawn to the Indulge In Colour Set- an eye shadow palette that any MUO member would go crazy over. The pallete contains 13 different shadows, which are all fantastic quality (the colour payoff is great, and they're longer-lasting than many other shades) & offers endless combination options. There are also four limited edition brushes inside, and a HUGE mirror in the case- something that will come particularly handy if you're travelling. This woud be perfect as a Christmas gift for your favourite makeup lover- but you'll be super tempted to keep it for yourself!
If you weren't sure if Lancôme was bringing out a Holiday collection- I have great news for you- they have, and it is GORGEOUS. My pick of the collection is the Cushion Highlighter, pictured above- look at that gold compact. Loooook at it! We need! The product itself is a complete dream, which you use in the same way as you would a cushion foundation (if you haven't read my thoughts on the Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation, you can click here to see how much I loved it!), except obviously in the areas that you'd like to highlight. It gives a beautiful dewy finish, and has a golden sheen...I'm in love. If you're not down with powder highlights, & you're nervous about using a liquid highlighter, you most definitely need to give this a whirl
A tonne of people always ask me what I use on my skin, and one of the skincare brands that completely transformed my skin is Aspect Skincare. It is, quite simply, bloody beautiful. I know that good skincare can be tough on your bank balance, which is why I'm telling you guys about the Aspect Basic Starter Kit. It contains all the things you need to get great skin, in smaller sizes and it's a fantastic way to get a feel for the range before committing to full sizes. The kit contains Purastat 5 Cleanser (super gentle, & suitable for all skin types- even sensitive), Extreme C 20 (the all-important Vitamin C serum!!!!), Exfol L 15 (an exfoliating serum to be used in the evening) & Phytostat 9 (a frickin amazing moisturiser which makes your skin glow!). Trust me on this brand- you and your skin will LOVE- for stockists call 0800 238 754.
If there’s one fragrance line that MUO members go crazy for, it’s anything Juicy Couture. For starters, every single bottle is fricking GORGEOUS, & is precisely what we’d all like to have sitting with our beauty collections. Always gold, bold, & super girly, we’re not just fans of the packaging- their scents are completely to die for. The latest offering, I Love Juicy Couture has top notes of taffy apple, red currant & mandarin, middle notes of jasmine petals, tigerlily & pink honeysuckle, & base notes of whipped amber, musk & patchouli. IT SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN IN A BOTTLE!!!! The best news? Just in time for Christmas, Juicy Couture has released a limited edition gift set which contains I Love Juicy Couture EDP Spray 50ml, I Love Juicy Couture Deluxe Mini EDP 5ml, and I Love Juicy Couture Shimmering Body Lotion 125ml- this is on counter now- you neeeeed it!
It's no secret that I love Aspect skincare- I've been using it regularity our over 3 years now, and it's completely changed my skin for the better! Like, crazy better. Even though, yes, I'm getting old & have mad wrinkles, I've never had as many compliments on my skin as I get now, and Aspect has played a huge part of it all. The Aspect Brightening Kit is designed to do just that- brighten, as well as tackle any problems of pigmentation. Even better, it includes a purifying cleanser, a seriously hydrating moisturiser (gentle enough to be used around the eyes also), an exfoliating serum (this one is brilliant at shrinking pores), & the famous Pigment Punch- which works on any pigmentation you may have- including age spots, freckles and acne scars. This stuff WORKS, guys!
Awhile ago I had an amazing Dermalogica facial at Mint Beauty in Te Awamutu, and my beauty therapist introduced me to some incredibly effective products- one of them being the Daily Microfoliant. Not only have I been using it obsessively ever since, but I’ve recommended it to dozens of friends and family- it is AMAZING. So what is it?? The Daily Microfoliant is gentle, rice-based powder which when comes into contact with water, releases very good things such as Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes. These guys gently but effectively exfoliate away dead skin cells...which in turn will give you smooth, glowing skin, & help to even out your skin tone!I keep mine in the shower so it’s right there, easy to use, every day- just a warning though, this product is addictive- it’s that good!
Cosmedix is another brand that I’ve been using religiously for several years, and they just can’t seem to put a foot wrong with any of their products. Over the past few months, I’ve been trialling the Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum, and it is, quite honestly, brilliant. You can use it during the day, but I prefer to use it in the evening before I moisturise, and I wake up with YAY skin. This serum contains natural, active ingredients such as Licorice Root Extract, Green Tea Extract, & Daisy Flower Extract- as well as the all important Vitamin B (niacinamide), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), & salicylic acid. These all work in conjunction to reduce hyperpigmentation and photodamaged skin (bye bye dark spots!), & it’s easily one of the strongest skin-brightening products available without a prescription. If you’re serious about getting rid of dark spots, this is your guy.
Another fabulous Dermalogica skin brightening product that I’ve been trying is the Map-15 Regenerator. Don’t let the small vial fool you- it contains an incredibly strong form of stabilised Vitamin C, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and is just PERFECT for nailing any dark spots once and for all. I’ve never used a formulation like it; it’s a powder which turns into a liquid when it comes into contact with skin- like...magic ;) I don’t use it all over my face because it really is so strong- I’ve just been using it on the pigmentation on my cheeks, and I’m rapt to say that they have faded so much in over 2 months of regular use. I also use it occasionally around my eyes- it can help reduce the appearance of dark circles, as well as those annoying crows feet. There is the option of mixing the powder with your moisturiser- but I prefer to use it as a targeted treatment- it’s strong, and that’s the way I like my skincare products. Love love LOVE.
If there’s something Clinique really knows how to do well, it’s skincare. I love the entire new Turnaround range, which was released in NZ last year, it aims to banish dull, tired & stressed out skin for good- making you look radiant! Who doesn’t want to look radiant?! One of the standout products from the range however is the Revitalising Instant Facial, it makes my skin feel SO GOOD- & LOOK so good! It’s an exfoliating face mask, which you apply in a thick layer & leave on for 5 minutes- although I tend to leave it on for a little longer because that’s just my vibe. When you’re finished, simply rinse it off with water, and you will be in GLOW TOWN. This is a particularly good mask for using in the morning pre-makeup application, because it really makes makeup sit so nicely on the skin. It’d be super great to use if you haven't had much sleep the night before, or if you plan on taking some serious selfies. Give it a try, & while you’re at it, check out the rest of the Turnaround range because it is yum.
Ahhh, Lancome- you’re so beautiful, always!!! I’ll try not to bang on too much about the packaging, because obviously it’s inside what matters...but it IS pretty. The Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate is a powerhouse serum, which is meant to refresh and revitalise your skin, as well as restoring radiance. I’ve tried using this both morning and night before following up with moisturiser, and it’s a complete joy to use! Since starting to use this in March, I’ve noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin (it’s MUCH smoother), and honestly, it just looks far healthier and fresh overall. A small amount goes a long way, and lately I’ve been popping a tiny amount in with my foundation to give my base an extra glowy appearance. Obviously (as with all active skincare products) you’ll get the best results over a longer amount of time, but I can say without a doubt that with this serum, your skin will feel immediately refreshed and smooth! If you can find a sample of this, you must try it!
Benefit Cosmetics completely blew me away with their new products which launched in NZ last month- I haven’t been this excited by a collection in a LONG time. All centered around giving you glowing, radiant skin, the absolute stand outs for me are Dew The Hoola liquid bronzer, & Shy Beam liquid highlighter. Dew The Hoola is the first liquid bronzer I’ve ever tried, and I am smitten. I’ve always been a bit nervous of them, but this beauty is a cinch to apply (I use a small, dense fluffy brush). It blends beautifully, gives a natural bronzed matte finish, and really would suit the majority of skintones. And that gold bamboo packaging! I REALLY hope this is a permanent addition to the Benefit range. Shy Beam is the first matte highlighter I’ve ever used- I didn’t think that such a thing existed! Basically, it gives you a glow as opposed to a shimmer or sparkle, which makes it far more natural, or, “lit from within” as they say ;) I use the same kind of brush to blend this in as I do for Dew The Hoola (MAC #109, in case you wondered), but you could easily use your fingers as well. These products are both LOVELY, and I genuinely hope they’re here to stay.
Okay, if I could only choose ONE makeup product that I was able to use for the rest of my life, it’d be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I can’t even begin to describe how good it is- it is a JOY, and there’s simply nothing like it. It is at the pricier end of the spectrum, but I use every shade, every day- it’s so worth it. The palette contains 3 different powders: Dim Light, (which I use as a finishing/setting powder all over my face), Incandescent Light, (which is a gorgeous highlighter for the tops of the cheekbones- and anywhere you like to highlight), & Radiant Light (a soft bronzing powder which works amazingly as a soft contour, and to add a little warmth to your face). Obviously you don’t need to use them all at once if you don’t want to, but whatever you choose, your skin will look AMAZING. I swear! It’s my holy grail, the best of the best.
Lush Feeling Younger is a little pot of joy that can be used in a multitude of ways to highlight your skin and make you glowing and gorgeous. You can wear it mixed with moisturiser or foundation for a dewy base, on the tops of your cheekbones and brow bones- even as an eyeshadow base. So basically it's a light reflecting cream that goes on in shades of pink, gold and silver, it's opalescent- and has yummy natural ingredients like almond oil, cocoa butter & orange flower water. A pot of this will last you for a very long time as well, because a little bit goes a really long way. I feel like there's 6 million more things I could say about Feeling Younger, but I'm running out of space- I just encourage you to go in store and ask the girls about it, you'll be sold. Plus, you'll get to see the Lush girls which is a treat in itself!
Products from YSL make my skin very happy at the best of times, but lately I have been using this one more than any other primer I own. The Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow works perfectly as a primer- but the best thing about it is the intense surge of hydration that it gives...and keeps on giving throughout the day. It makes my makeup look fresh and glowy all day long, & I love how you can use it not only pre-makeup application, but throughout the day as well for touch ups. I pop a little around my eyes and nose area mid afternoon (and on my frownies if it’s been a long day)- love it! If your skin is a little tired looking, and you need an instant dose of radiance- you’ll love this.
If anyone was to ask me what the most talked-about foundation was in MUO, my answer HANDS DOWN would be the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. We love it for it’s coverage, the perfect finish, and for the crazy longevity- it’s just amazing. Now it has a little sister- in BB format, with a glowing, radiant finish! The Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup (long name, but worth it) has actually been available in NZ for quite awhile...but it hasn’t gotten the amount of attention that I feel it deserves. Think about everything you love about the original DW, and then add a dewy finish, & a lighter, more comfortable wear. It says the coverage is sheer, but I swear it’s more medium..& that GLOW it gives is perfection! If you can try a sample of this, please do!
Bobbi Brown has a habit of absolutely slaying me with each new collection- there’s always at least 2 or 3 products that make me swoon in true MUO fashion. When I first saw the Nude Illuminating Powder I assumed it would be similar to their hugely popular Shimmer Bricks- but I was wrong! This is more of a finishing/setting powder, to be used over your entire face. I was a bit nervous about doing that initially, because, well, I didn’t want my whole face to shine- but this powder is SO finely-milled! It illuminates my skin, very similar to how Hourglass performs (except this is more attainable), and gives a lovely glow that lasts. It is able to be built up and concentrated on certain areas of the face e.g. tops of the cheekbones- and it comes in a range of different wearable shades from very fair to tan. Love love LOVE this!!!
This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a brilliant primer that makes you glow, and the one I’m using most often at the moment is the Lancome La Base Hydra Glow. It is just SO lovely to wear- it contains one of my all-time favourite ingredients, hyaluronic acid- and you know what that means, right? Awesome amounts of hydration, all day long, which of course results in a happy, intact foundation base, all day long. It’s a pearlescent makeup primer, which gives you the coveted glow, and also contains rose essence to soothe any irritated/troubled skin. It feels good, it looks good, and you only need the tiniest amount to look like a fresh faced angel. This product is perfect for the colder months, thanks to the nourishing ingredients, and is the perfect product to use as a base for your glowing skin makeup regime. A must try!
Aspect Dr products have been a huge part of my skincare regime for several years now, & are blessedly cruelty-free. The Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is frickin divine, & is suitable for all skin types. The formulation is a super gentle (but highly effective) foaming gel, with naturally-occurring AHAs which will exfoliate, brighten, & purify your skin. You can find out where your nearest stockist is by calling 0800 238 754.
Manuka Doctor hit the press big time last week with the announcement of Kourtney Kardashian as its new brand ambassador- if it's good enough for KK, it's good enough for us. I love a tonne of products in this range, but my current fave is the ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel- it leaves my skin feeling incredible! Containing purified bee venom & manuka honey, this peel is amazing for congested skin, & leaves it plumped & glowy afterwards. Check it out here.
LoveSkin is a recent find, & I'm in love with it. Having tried numerous facial oils, there's just something about this hand-blended NZ brand that makes it a stand out. My favourite is the Arohanui Oil, which is the richest & most hydrating in the range- it contains a blend of avocado oil, hemp oil, & evening primrose oil (among others!). I love using this before moisturiser at night time, because I wake up with soft, smooth, happy skin EVERY time. A must-try- have a peep here.
Will Trilogy Skincare ever stop bringing out gorgeous products that the world loves? The answer is no- because they are just so good. The Line Smoothing Day Cream is my go-to moisturizer for day wear, either on its own or underneath makeup. It contains one of my fave ingredients, hyaluronic acid, as well as Glycablend. This is Trilogy's latest innovation, a concentrated blend of pomegranate seed oil, blueberry seed oil, strawberry seed oil, AND chia seed oil (which is amazing). LOVE it.
Okay, I'm not saying that Sunday Riley products are affordable, because they are most definitely are not. What they are, though, is life-changing. This skincare is investment skincare. You don't need the entire range, but I do suggest checking out Good Genes Treatment, because there's nothing else like it. It's a moisturising skin treatment that contains lactic acid, & it really truly brightens, smooths, refines, & purifies your skin. It's miraculous, hand on heart. Want glowing skin? You can buy it here.
Lush is so beloved of MUO members, & it was really hard to narrow my favourite product down from so many! The Gorgeous Moisturiser actually IS gorgeous, packed with delish ingredients such as orange blossom honey water, coconut oil, neroli & organic avocado oil. It sounds full on, but it feels incredibly light on the skin & absorbs quickly. I use it at night time after my facial oil, & go to sleep feeling like a princess :D This moisturiser is best for my skin type (normal/dry), but they have a multitude of other moisturisers so definitely check them all out here!
Face masks are hands down one of the best treats that you can give your skin. They can detoxify, hydrate,clarify, exfoliate, and soothe your skin- sometimes in less than 10 minutes. However, it can be difficult to find the correct type of face mask for your specific skin type- clearly not one size does not fit all in this case. You can only imagine what would happen if you were to put a mask designed for oily skin on dry skin- it'd be parched, and shrivel up like a lizard. Well, probably not like an actual lizard- but you feel me. I’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the right mask for your skin type below...go forth and pamper!
It's pretty obvious by this stage that I love Lush. They were one of the first brands that really supported me when I started this blog (and the MUO Facebook group), and I can't get enough of their products. I have my absolute staples that I recommend time and time again, and I always get stupidly excited when the holiday collections are released. Right now, it's all about Easter! I'm going to share my picks from the (LIMITED EDITION & SELLING QUICKLY) Easter Collection- and also tell you about a few of my old favourites- enjoy...because I have been.
I promised you more Lush, and I'm delivering! This time of year (heading into Christmas) can either be really stressful or really fun, depending on which approach you take. I've always been one of those ridiculous humans who leaves gift buying until the last minute...on one memorable occasion I actually left it until Christmas Eve. After nearly having a heart attack from stress, I decided to never be so foolish again- and buy my gifts well in advance. The Halloween and Christmas collections from Lush are DIVINE- and you'd be hard pressed not to get all your shopping done there...in the one place...perfect!! The following products are the ones that I'm particularly drawn to- but there are so many more. Have a peep on their website to see more, and check out the giveaway at the end of the post if you want to get super excited ;)
While I have been blessed with rather a lot of hair, it has a tendency to become a bit limp and flat- particularly in summer. This drives me crazy, and I have tried product after product looking for a solution. I don't blow dry my hair (mainly because I don't know how to do it properly), and I hate the feeling of mousse/hairspray. All of you already know I regularly use many Lush products as part of my skincare regime, so it seemed only natural I'd look to them for a solution to my hair woes. And guess what? I found it!
I've tried so many sea salt sprays in my efforts to give my limp hair more life, but they generally get nudged to the back of my bathroom cupboard. They either don't give me the effect I want, or they make my hair feel hideous and sticky...not good.
BUT, this product from LUSH is really working for me! You can use it in myriad of ways, e.g. before or after blow drying/styling; when your hair is wet you can scrunch it in, or just work it through dry hair (which is what I do). It makes my hair full and tousled in that beachy way, and it even though it does contain a light gel for hold, my hair doesn't feel at all sticky. This is all due to it containing lovely, natural ingredients such as sea salt, sea water,and seaweed.
Aside from making my hair look great, it smells DIVINE!! Sea Spray has the most beautiful fragrance of grapefruit, orange flower, neroli and rosewood. These oils also help to tame any fly-aways and increase shine...yesss! All in all, the perfect product, it does everything! You can even use it for touch ups during the day if your hair needs a little boost.
You can buy this little gem at any Lush store or via their website at http://www.lushnz.com/, it's an extremely affordable buy for $13.90 for 100g. Go get some! You NEED it.
This is my favourite cleanser in the whole world. I can't believe I've finally found something that works for me, my skin is dry & sensitive, and this suits it perfectly! It removes all my makeup, gently exfoliates & moisturises, and smells divine- like rose & lavender. I LOVE it! You only need a tiny bit at a time, and once a week I like to use it as a face mask for a real treat.
It's also truly affordable at $18.90NZD, I'll be using this forever!
Lush has recently released 9 amazing (and vegan!) perfumes, and I have to say, I'm obsessed! I couldn't choose just one, so I bought Furze (coconut/vanilla), Hellstone (earthy/dark chocolate) and Sikkim Girls (frangipani/jasmine). They're all so beautiful that it's hard to choose which to wear each day! They retail from $20, go try them! You will love.