The Too Faced Chocolate Palette was released a few months ago and was completely surrounded by hype. An eye shadow palette that smelled like chocolate? What a way to make an already beautiful product even better! When this first came out, the blogosphere was absolutely cluttered with reviews of this product, so I decided I’d wait a while before I chipped in with my 2 cents worth. But here it is, and a long time in the writing, my review of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette!
The outer packaging of this palette is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very vintage inspired, and very sweet and girly. I was a little disappointed when I opened up the box, and realised that the palette itself isn’t nearly as pretty. It’s a chocolate brown coloured tin, and while it isn’t ugly, it certainly isn’t as pretty as the outer box! The tin palette means that the eye shadows are very well protected, and while it’s slightly on the heavy side, I like knowing that its travel safe. I purchased one of the first batches of this palette, and mine is quite thick and chunky, however later batches of this product saw the palette to be slimmed down a little making it far easier to store. I wish I had held off and got the slimmer version! The palette opens up to reveal a decent sized mirror, and it closes with a magnetic closure.
I love that moment when you try a new beauty product for the first time, and just absolutely fall in love with it. And that is exactly what happened to me the first time that I tried the Rose Essential Water by Plantae. While I had heard of this brand before, I had never tried any of their products, and after doing a bit of research, I came across the beautiful range of products that Plantae offers.
Plantae is a natural and certified organic New Zealand company started in 1988 by Kiwi, Carol Priest. Carol used to work for well-known pharmaceutical company Glaxo, and was inspired to create her own natural skincare range to fill the gap in the natural NZ skincare market. All Plantae products are formulated with a range of powerful certified organic ingredients which have been clinically tested to ensure that they provide results.
Would you believe that I originally started The Lilly Mint Blog as a nail art blog…. Which is a bit of a laugh really as I discovered pretty quickly that nail art really isn’t my strong suit. I absolutely love having my nails painted, and as a former nail biter, I find that a bit of colour on my nails is the perfect deterrent. I do really wish I was more talented at nail art, as some of the designs that I come across online absolutely blow me away. The time and dedication that goes into some of these nail art creations is absolutely astounding and there are some incredibly talented people out there! Unfortunately I’m not quite as ambidextrous as I had hoped I might be, so one hand usually turns out looking like it was attacked with nail polish by a small child.
While I love having my nails painted, sometimes I get sick of painting them just one colour and I want to jazz it up a bit. Luckily, I’ve come across this incredibly simple yet effective nail design that can be done in any colour that you wish! I chose the colour combination of bright orange, aqua and white as these colours are just so fun and bright for spring. All of the polishes that I used are from Australis Cosmetics, as I find these have a decent lasting time, and provide a very smooth finish. The colours I chose were Citrus (bright orange), Aqua, and Sitting On a Cloud (the most perfect opaque white), as well as their clear top/base coat.
I loooove eyeliner. It’s right up there with mascara in terms of must-have beauty essentials, and I always feel a little bit naked when I’m not wearing it! When Kate from Za contacted me to try out a few of their new eyeliner and brow products, I jumped at the chance. Za has been in New Zealand for quite sometime now, but it’s only recently that it’s become a very popular drugstore makeup brand – I’ve seen it popping up everywhere!
I was lucky enough to try out a couple of the new Gel Eyeliners, and the repackaged Brow Liner, and the Liquid Eyeliner (which I’ve actually been using for ages and I LOVE!) Read on to see my thoughts on each product and where you can get them from!
I am sooo excited about this months Q&A as it is with the gorgeous Kirsty from the amazing blog and Facebook group, Makeup Obsessives. If you haven’t heard of MUO before, then I’m guessing you’ve been living under a rock as it’s one of the most popular NZ makeup blogs. Kirsty kindly let me ask her a few questions, and she shares some of her favorite products right now!
♥ What inspired you to start Makeup Obsessives, and did you ever think it would become so big so quickly?!
I loved being a part of the buy & sell makeup groups on Facebook, but I kept getting disheartened by the constant cattiness that would appear. I decided to start a separate group for people to talk about beauty products- but with no selling involved- figuring that money was the root of all evil ;) The only other rule at the time was no negativity. I had NO idea that the group would grow so rapidly- it was a total shock. That ultimately inspired me to start the MUO blog, and now everything is flying along!
♥ If you could only use one skincare and one makeup brand for the rest of your life…. What would you choose and why?
Hnnng! This is HARD! And it changes all the time. Currently though, I’m obsessed with the Australian skincare range, Aspect- it has performed miracles on my skin. As for makeup, I’m going to have to say MAC- mostly because I know the range so well, and it is consistently high performing.
SweetPea and Fay are a fairly newish makeup brand, offering a range of cosmetic products including lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows. The company is dedicated to bringing their fans bright, bold cosmetics and all at an affordable price. All products are also cruelty free which is absolutely fantastic.
I’ve been eyeing up their lipsticks for a while now, and was lucky enough to try out two of the shades “Cordelia” and “Tea Cups”. I was quite intrigued to see that these lip colours actually come in a lip-gloss style squeezy tube, rather than your traditional stick. I’m not sure why, but I had just always assumed that they would be packaged in your standard lipstick tube, but I think that the packaging is unique and it means it stands out in my lipstick collection. The one thing you do have to watch with this style of packaging is that the applicator can pop off if you squeeze the tube too hard, but I haven’t found this to be much of an issue. While you can apply the lipstick straight out of the tube, I prefer to put a little onto a palette, and apply it to my lips using a lip brush. This gives a more even and crisp line, and is especially important with the darker or more bold shades
As you probably all know, lipsticks are one of my favourite makeup products. Karen Murrell is one of the lipstick brands that I own a lot of, and I’m really excited to add a new colour, Coral Dawn, to my collection. If you’re a long time reader, you will have seen me rave about this lipstick brand A LOT in the past. All of the Karen Murrell lipsticks are made with natural products, and they are known as ‘vegetarian’ lipsticks. They don’t contain all the nasties that many other lipsticks do, and they are cruelty free too. Plus, if that’s not enough they are a gorgeous NZ company – and I’m all about supporting local products!