New In Beauty || MAC “Haute Dogs”

New in Beauty we have the newest release from MAC…. the Haute Dogs collection which will be on counter in New Zealand on September 7th. This collection is all about the dogs, and is inspired by canine-toned hues….think browns, bronzes, and nudes. While I don’t really understand quite how dogs and makeup go together, I think the advertising for this campaign is very cool, with the humans styled much like their canine counterparts. The names of the new products are also incredibly clever and rather adorable!

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New In Beauty || The Trilogy Cleansing Balm

I’ve decided to start doing a new post series called “New In Beauty” where I share with you the newest beauty products to hit the market. I’m very lucky to get to hear about (and sometimes try out) some of the newest makeup and beauty products before they hit the shelves, and I want to be able to share these with you as soon as I can. These aren’t my typical “reviews”, however if I love a product you can be sure I’ll follow this post up with a more in depth review. If you want to know more about any of the products that I feature in my New In Beauty posts, then please leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

First up is an brand new product from Trilogy. You guys know how much I love this brand, and it’s always exciting when they launch new products. The Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm is a late night savior, and is one of those products that even the laziest of us will want to use. Instead of having to go through the hassle of removing your makeup and cleansing, the Cleansing Balm does all of this for you. Simply apply a little to your face and massage it in thoroughly before removing the balm (and the makeup) with a warm cloth. This product is designed to remove all traces of makeup, from foundation to liquid lipstick, and even water-proof mascaras. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about cleansing your skin after using this product, as it does it all for you!

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REVIEW || L’Oreal Infallible Priming Base

Following on from my recent post about these L’Oreal Infallible Foundations, I wanted to also share with you my thoughts on the L’Oreal Infallible Priming Base. This product is designed to work best in conjunction with the Infallible Foundations, however you can also use it under other brands of foundation.

I don’t really wear primer a lot, only opting for it if I know I have a long day ahead of me or if I’m going out somewhere special at night. I don’t wear it on a daily basis to work, as I’ve always thought of primers being just another layer of makeup that can assist with clogging the skin. Of course, this isn’t the same for all primers as not all primers are created equal!

One of the cool things about this Infallible Priming Base is the ingredients. It’s created with lots of little star shaped polymers that help to divert the oil and water on your skin. They also let your skin breathe, instead of suffocating the skin and clogging the pores.

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REVIEW || Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel

The Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel is actually the first peel off mask I’ve ever tried, as I usually opt for clay or hydrating wash-off masks, that sound a little less scary. The truth is that peel off masks aren’t scary at all, and this one from Manuka Doctor has  quickly become one of my favourites.

I’ve tried quite a few Manuka Doctor products now, and I’ve found that they are a brand that is consistently wonderful. Their Illusionist Rapid Lift Face Mask is one of my absolute favourites, and I also love their Firm Body Moisturiser. I didn’t even hesitate to give this product a go, however if it had been a different brand I probably would have been a little cautious, just due to the whole ‘peel off’ thing. That tells you something about the trust that I have in this brand, and for me that’s huge!

The Manuka Doctor ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel comes in a white squeezy tube, with a twist cap, and the standard Manuka Doctor packaging. You get 100ml of this product, and since a little goes a long way you will get a decent number of applications from one tube. The mask itself is an opaque white colour and it feels very sticky (almost a little like glue!). It’s this stickiness that holds the mask together when you peel it off. It’s pretty easy to spread over your face – just make sure you avoid your eyes, eyebrows and mouth! Once on the skin it feels really refreshing and almost cooling.

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Empties #5

Time for another empties post! This time around I seem to have used up quite a few products, which is good I guess! I’ve been very well behaved lately, and have purchased hardly any new beauty products at all (which is pretty impressive for me). Instead I’ve been trying to use up some of what I already have, as to be completely honest I am running out of space in  my beauty storage area so there’s really not much more room for me to be buying stuff (sad face). I actually can’t wait to buy a house, as I’m planning to have a whole beauty room/blogging area/wardrobe space and I can’t tell you how excited I am for this! Fingers crossed I find a house soon! I’m getting rather sick of not finding anything (and having all my stuff constantly falling out of my wardrobe….)

Anywayyyy …. on to the empties….

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Jordana Best Lash Extreme – I bought this mascara as everyone was raving about it about a year ago. It’s supposed to be extremely volumising for the lashes, however I found it made my lashes go a bit clumpy and spidery looking. There ends up being a lot of mascara on the wand so I found I often had to wipe the excess off on a tissue. While it definitely lenghtens the lashes, I wouldn’t repurchase as I don’t think it was personally that great.
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REVIEW || Marzena Hair Remover Lotion

One of my favorite things about being a beauty blogger is that I get to try out some very cool products, and put them to the test to see how well they actually work. Many products claim that they do this or that, but when it comes down to it, many are less than great.

I was recently offered the chance to try out the Marzena Hair Remover Lotion for Sensitive Skin. While I had heard of Marzena before, I didn’t realize that it actually originated in New Zealand, and I was interested to learn that they have been around since 1987!

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TOP 5: Blushes I Loved This Winter

I am so happy that we are now in our last month of winter! Usually I’m a total winter baby, but this winter has been tough! We’ve had -6 degree days so I’m really keen for summer to just hurry up and get here already!

On thing I do love about winter however, is the deeper colours that we often opt for in winter, both clothing wise and makeup-wise. Today I’m going to share with you my top 5 blushes that I’ve been enjoying over the cooler months. There’s a mix of drugstore and high-end products, so there’s a shade for every price range. They are in no particular order, as I don’t think I could choose a favourite!


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