Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil

I sort of went off facial oils for a while there, opting instead for a intensive moisturizer that I found was keeping my skin hydrated enough without needing a facial oil also. However, when this one from Manuka Doctor turned up in the mailbox, I was really interested to see that it was a brightening oil and I had it on my skin pretty much as soon as I opened it!

The Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil comes in a 30ml glass jar with a dropper. I always love it when oils have a dropper, as it’s such an easy and mess-free way to dispense the product. I think the Manuka Doctor products are beautifully packaged as they are modern, easy to use, and they look pretty sitting in the bathroom. Even the colour of this oil looks pretty!

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TOP FIVE || February Favourites

I haven’t done a favourites posts in quite some time. January was quite a quiet month for me makeup wise – I was on holiday for much of it, so I wore very little makeup as I was too busy enjoying my time off and soaking up the sun. February has seen quite a few new products join my ever expanding beauty collection, and I’ve also rediscovered a few old favourites. Today I’m going to share with you the 5 products that I’ve loved using during February. Make sure you leave a comment below telling me what YOUR top 5 products were!

I have to start off with the lip gloss that’s been on my lips for the most part of this month. It’s called #600 Nude Vibrato from L’Oreal, and it’s pretty much THE perfect nude lipgloss shade for my skintone. It seems to be one of those glosses that looks different on different skin colours. I had originally seen it on Chloe Morello and it looked like a soft nude pink on her, whereas on me it leans more of a peachy shade. The formula is so smooth and provides a gorgeous shiny gloss, as well as quite an opaque colour. It’s not the slightest bit sticky (love!) and it seems to wear quite well for a non-sticky gloss at around 3 hours.  This has quickly become my go-to lipgloss that I keep in my bag, just because I love the formula and it goes with everything. It also looks super pretty when applied over lipsticks.

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First Impressions || MAC x Toledo

Today’s post is a first impressions post on the new MAC x Toledo collection, that is on counter in New Zealand from March 2. This collection is a collaboration between MAC and Isabel and Ruben  Toledo, fashions most romantic couple! They are well known for their creative and imaginative work, both in fashion design and illustration. This collaboration with MAC sees Isabel’s eye for colour paired with Rubens flair for illustration and the result is a stunning and unique make up collection.

MAC Toledo Collection

The packaging is what first caught my eye. Designed by Ruben, it sees white rubberized packaging with bold graphic illustrations, and red-lipped faces. It’s certainly unique and undeniably beautiful.

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Empties #3

Time for another empties post, and these are actually the products that I’ve used up over the last few weeks. I find that I’ll quite often use up 4 or 5 products in the same week, and then finish nothing for ages. I guess it’s Murphy’s Law – everything runs out at once!

As always, I’ll talk you through how I found the product and if I’ll repurchase. Make sure you leave a comment below and let me know what was the last product that YOU finished up!

Empties #3

Ecoya French Pear Candle Metro Mini: It was a sad sad day when I finished up this candle. Ecoya’s French Pear is one of my favorite scents to burn, and it’s one I find I enjoy year round. While this candle looks small, I’ve actually had it quite sometime and the burn time is pretty good. I’d definitely repurchase this scent again – it’s divine! Continue reading

Recreate Yourself || Bite Beauty & Anastasia Beverly Hills

Recently I came across a NZ site that sells a huge range of brands that aren’t widely available in NZ. You can imagine how excited I was to scroll through pages of beauty products from the likes of BECCA, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bite Beauty, and other sought after brands, and even more excited to see that the retail prices were extremely reasonable, and in most cases far cheaper than elsewhere! The site is called Recreate Yourself, and it offers a huge range of cosmetics, skincare, and haircare products from some of the worlds top brands. There is also an Australian option called RY, which sells many of the same brands, plus a few extras

Recreate Yourself were kind enough to let me choose a couple of products from their site to review. As you can imagine it was  a tough decision, but I ended up opting for a stunning lipstick from Bite Beauty, and the Brow Wiz from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Both of these brands are ones that I’ve never tried before, so I was keen to see how well they performed

Bite Beauty is a lipstick brand that I have wanted to try forever now, but I’ve never been able to readily source their products here in NZ. Recreate Yourself have a huge range of the Bite Beauty products, including the lipsticks, the High Pigment Lip Pencils, and the Fruit Glosses. I opted for the Matte Pastille Creme Lilac Lipstick in the shade Vibrant Fuchsia – as the name suggests this is a stunning bright fuchsia shade that’s not usually a shade I’d opt for, but right now I’m all about pushing myself out of my makeup comfort zone!

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REVIEW || Living Nature Skin Revive Exfoliant

Living Nature was a brand that I really got into in 2014. I was lucky enough to try out quite a few products from their skincare and makeup ranges, and the Summer Pressed Bronzing Powder is still a favourite product of mine. This year has been all about skincare for me, and I was extremely excited to try out Living Nature’s new Skin Revive Exfoliant.

Living Nature Cleansing Exfoliant

This product is a multi-tasking cleanser and exfoliator all in one, and I could describe it best as being a creamy cleanser with natural microbeads to gently exfoliate. The key ingredient is Kumerahou which is known for its cleansing properties, and it helps to loosen dirt and oil around the dead skin cells, so that the microbeads can work their magic. The microbeads are actually Jojoba and Candelilla wax beads which gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells that can dull the complexion. These natural wax beads are gentle on the skin, and unlike some harsher exfoliaters, these don’t rip or tear the fragile facial skin. Since they are natural, they also break down, unlike many chemically created microbeads which are actually extremely bad for the environment. Continue reading

New to NZ: Mineralogie Mineral Makeup

Chances are, you’ve heard of the hugely popular mineral makeup brand Mineralogie. Up until now, their products have been quite hard to get your hands on here in NZ, but that has all changed due to their launch in our great country. Mineralogie’s products are created from 100%natural  minerals, and they are free from parabens, talc, perfumes, and dyes. Mineral makeup does not clog the pores, and sits upon the skin so weightlessly that you can almost forget that you are wearing any makeup! I’ve become a huge fan of mineral makeup recently, and I’ve noticed a massive improvement in my skin since I’ve started using mineral products.

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