Karen Murrell True Love

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Kiwi lipstick queen Karen Murrell, and I own a fairly impressive collection of her lipsticks. I was delighted to see that she has recently released her 20th lipstick, and boy oh boy has she nailed it  with the limited edition packaging! This special lipstick comes housed in a stunning copper coloured lipstick tube, and in all honestly it’s one of the most stylish and classy items of lipstick packaging that I’ve ever seen. Titled “True Love” the colour doesn’t disappoint either. It’s a beautiful blue based, traditional red that would look good on pretty much any skin tone, including my very pale skin!

There’s one thing I really love about Karen Murrell’s products, and it’s that every lipstick has a story behind it. For “True Love”, Karen designed this lipstick to be completely different to any colour that she had created before and she wanted this colour to symbolise true love…. the love that she felt when she applied her first red lipstick

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Sarah Styles: Pink Shirt Day

Today’s outfit of the day post has a special meaning behind it. I’m wearing this pink t-shirt today, as it’s Pink Shirt Day here in NZ. Pink Shirt Day is all about raising awareness and standing up to bullying. I’m pretty sure at some stage of our lives most of us have been bullied for one reason or another. Whether it be physical or mental, bullying is not cool and we as human beings need to stand against it and encourage each other to be better humans and respect each other for our differences. Life would be unbelievably boring if we were all the same, and it’s so essential to our community (and the world!) that we all have different skills and attributes and we need to appreciate each other for these

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MAC Is Beauty || Collection + Reviews

The newest MAC collection to hit NZ shores is the MAC Is Beauty collection. Full of lots of pink and pastel shades, the collection is 100% my style, and I love everything about this one – from the shades to the promotional material!

“No appointment required…Come in and indulge yourself in a world of pure, delicious vanity, where you can preen supreme, emerging perfectly coiffed, polished and all glammed up. What’s wrong with being a little high-maintenance?” – MAC Cosmetics

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REVIEW || Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

I have a bit of a love – hate relationship with makeup remover wipes….. in the fact that I love using them, but my skin seems to hate many of the brands I’ve tried…. until now.

I love the idea of makeup wipes as they are fantastic for removing all traces of your makeup, cleansing the skin, and often moisturizing all in one. They are great for travelling, or on nights when you’re feeling a lil bit lazy, but you don’t want to commit the ultimate sin of not removing your makeup. I’ve tried so many brands of makeup wipes, and many of the brands (with the exception of this one), have broken me out quite badly after just a couple of days of use. I’m not sure if it’s due to the ingredients in the wipes, or if they just aren’t cleansing my skin properly, but my skin freaks out and I end up with lots of red ugly looking spots on my face. Not cool.

Cetaphil is a brand that I have been loving lately, and I’m now using the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and the Moisturising Lotion on a daily basis. The products are gentle, soap free, and great for sensitive skin, so I was extremely happy when I realised that they now sold makeup wipes too. I do travel a little and sometimes it can be annoying carting my 500ml bottles everywhere, so have the wipes option is fab!

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REVIEW || The Cream

I was recently approached by Health 2000 and asked if I would like to try out a product that they stock called The Cream. I had never actually heard of this brand before, but after a quick visit to my friend Google, it seemed like a really unique and interesting product, so I thought I would trial it and review it for you all.

The Cream is basically full of a tonne of natural ingredients, which are all designed to help nourish and vitalise the skin. The main ingredient is colostrum which is actually the cow’s foremilk, and is regarded by scientists as one of the most nourishing products created by nature.

“Colostrum, described as the ‘forgotten miracle’ by many researchers, is simply the most powerful and effective cell building, rebuilding, health promoting and life giving natural ‘food’ known” – Health 2000

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REVIEW || Australis Mix It Foundation

A few days ago I posted this makeup look, and since I’ve had so many positive comments on it, I thought I would do a full review on one of the products I used… the foundation. The product I used was the newest foundation from Australis, one of my favourite drugstore brands. This particular foundation contains different colour correcting pigments to help you achieve a flawless and even looking base – which is something I am DEFINITELY going for when I apply my makeup!

The Mix It foundation comes in 6 shades, and I opted for the shade “Nude”. This colour is one shade slightly too dark for me, but I can make it work if I bronze up my neck a little (or it’s perfect when I am fake tanned!). The packaging is really compact and neat, consisting of a plastic tube with a secure screw top lid. The bottle contains your standard 30ml of foundation, and since it’s see through it’s easy to keep track of how much product you have left (the plastic bottle also means you can squeeze every last little bit out too!)

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My New Favourite Drugstore Mascara?

You will probably all know how much I love mascara…. I’m pretty sure I start all my mascara posts and reviews out by saying this, but it is so true. Mascara is the one product I’ll pop on even if I’m having a makeup free day as I love the way it opens up my eyes, and makes me look more awake and slightly less alien-like.

I’m always on the hunt for new mascaras, and they are probably one of my favorite things to test out. I’m always looking for a product that separates my lashes and doesn’t clump, while also offering a bit of length. Plus I don’t want any of that black-brown coloured stuff…. my ideal mascara has to be black. I love the drama of black mascara.

While I have a few higher-end favourite mascaras, I’m always on the lookout for a good quality drugstore brand. Mascara is one of those products that I do go through quite quickly since I wear it so much, and it’s also a product that has a short shelf life. Mascaras should really only be used for about 3 or 4 months before they should be tossed out, so it’s nice to find a mascara that doesn’t cost the Earth everytime you want to repurchase

Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying out the Essence Lash Princess Mascara, which retails for $7.45. Essence Cosmetics is a brand that’s extremely popular in Europe and has also been available in Australia for a while now. I was first introduced to this brand when I was over on the Gold Coast, and went into one of those magaical makeup heavens that they call Priceline. After swatching a few products I was amazed by the quality and pigmentation of the products, and I ended up picking up a few eyeliners and a blush – all for under $10. Essence is now becoming available in Farmers stores here in NZ. While it’s only a select few North Island stores currently, they are looking at expanding into more Farmers shops throughout NZ. With most products selling for under $10 this is a brand that I’m very excited about, and I’ve got my fingers crossed it will be available at the Dunedin Farmers store soon!

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