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!
I've raved about Lush Feeling Younger Skin Tint since I first started this blog, & I'm not done yet. I've gone through countless jars of this, & mix it with my moisturiser EVERY day to make my skin glow. You can also use it to cover dark circles, or to highlight specific areas of your face e.g. tops of cheekbones, cupid's bow, brow bone. LOVE IT SO MUCH- you need it!
Now, I also use the ABH pomade, (which is also cruelty free), but I wanted to talk about the ChiChi Brow Pomade because it's an affordable, readily-available & brilliant dupe product. It's a thick brow gel that you use a thin angle brush to apply...& when you get the hang of it, lends itself to perfect brows. The Chichi Pomade is a little wetter than ABH, so you do need to use a light hand- but it lasts JUST as long. check it out at Farmers!
Everyone loves theBalm- you'd be hard pressed not to have heard of their hugely popular Manizer highlighters- but the Hot Mama Blush definitely deserves more play than it gets! A much more affordable dupe for NARS Orgasm blush, it's the prettiest peachy pink shade with a hint of gold shimmer- the colour payoff is amazing, & it seems to suit every skin tone. I've also used it as an eye shadow before- it makes green eyes POP. You can find it here!
Every MUO needs a great matte bronzer in their collection,because they are just SO VERSATILE- far more so than a bronzer with shimmer. The Pressed Bronzing Powder from Australian brand ModelCo is perfection, & proudly cruelty free. I use this to bronze, create a contour, & as a natural-looking eye colour. This bronzer is really finely milled, making it easy to blend, & it feels beautiful & light on the skin! Check out their website here!
Ahhh, Australis- you're so good! Affordable & readily available, everyone has a particular fave from this brand, & mine is the Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder. I'm not a fan of using powder all over my face (too many wrinkles), but I love to use this in troublesome areas such as my forehead. chin & nose. It keeps shine at bay, never looks cakey, & contains eucalyptus & clove essential oils which help to treat any imperfections or breakouts. Yuss!
It's a long, hard road finding the perfect cruelty free mascara, & it doesn't get much better than Longest Lash Mascara from Jane Iredale. This brand is truly, truly beautiful, & lauded by beauty therapists all over the world, often referred to as "the skincare makeup". Due to the seaweed lipids it’s a drier texture which takes a bit of getting used to (this is fantastic news for those of us who end up with panda eyes ;)) but the good news is it contains 50% more product than most mascaras. It also thickens & lengthens to the extreme, & is an amazing choice for sensitive eyes. It is BOSS- you can find stockists here.
BRRRRRRRR this product is my fave of all time! I can say hand on heart that if I could only recommend ONE product that every MUO should splurge on, it'd be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I use the shade on the left (Dim Light) as an all over setting powder, & it makes the skin look naturally luminous. The shade in the middle (Incandescent Light) I use on the tops of my cheekbones & my forehead to highlight. The shade on the right (Radiant Light) I use as a super light, natural bronzing powder. This palette is used EVERY DAY- & is worth every cent. Trust me on this one! Check it out here.
Karen Murrell is an excellent New Zealand brand- & the lipsticks are known as "vegetarian lipsticks" because they contain absolutely ZERO animal based materials. The shades are varied & stunning, with a high colour payoff, & they smell sooooo good. They're packed full of ingredients like Avocado Oil (to protect & hydrate), Cinnamon Oil (to plump your lips), Evening Primrose Oil (moisturises, thanks to the richness of Omega 6), & Carnauba Wax (which withstands high heat- so it won't melt in your bag!). My current fave is the gorgeous Lavender Laughter- the perfect pinky mauve that looks amazing with a smokey eye. Check out the range here!
It's no secret that I love neutral/brown/plum tones, and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has 16 perfect ones. In fact, I love one of them so very much as a transition shade that I feel panicky about hitting pan (it's that peachy one on the very left in the middle row, mmmm. Speaking of chocolate, all the shadows smell like it because one of the ingredients is cocoa powder! The shadows are rich in antioxidants, so you're not doing your precious eye area any harm- an excellent palette for those with sensitive eyes. I LOVE THIS. Can you tell? ;)
Having a mare trying to track down a cruelty-free self tanner? Tantastic is for YOU. Paraben, alcohol, & odour-free, it's my go-to self tanning product when I need a 100% guarantee that I won't end up with a patchy tan! I prefer the mousse formulation, because I simply find it the easiest to work with,,, but it's also available in a gel and a liquid formulation if you have other preferences. You can find your nearest stockist here- & they also sell a very high quality (yet inexpensive) tanning mitt. Perfect!
Honourable Mentions/Products I absolutely adore, but simply ran out of space to talk about all of them!!!:
- Hurraw lip balm (the chocolate one is LIFE)
- Skinfood EVERYTHING (but especially the Coco+Nut Facial Oil)
- Hourglass Veil Fluid Foundation
- Karen Murrell Mositure Stick
- Lashem lash & brow conditioner
- Goodness Skincare Every Morning moisturiser
- Australis Banana Powder
- Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
- Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream
- Oasis EVERYTHING (but the Lips & Lashes Treatment & BB Cream)
- Aspect Skincare Hand Cream
- Butter London Nail Lacquer
- Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Moisturiser