MOTD: The Comfort Zone Palette

Today’s look is really in my Comfort Zone…..quite literally in fact! This look was created using the popular Wet N Wild “Comfort Zone” palette. This is an 8 shade palette, that has a range of stunning shimmery shades (including a very cool blue/brown duochrome shade!). All of the colours are very earthy-toned, and while there are quite a few looks that can be created with this palette, the colours are really separated into two defined looks – browns and greens.

I used all four shades on the brown side of the palette to create this look. These are colours that I love using, and the second shade down is very much my kind of colour. This shade looks so flattering with my blue eyes, and I love how sparkly it is!

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New Lipsticks From Estee Lauder

From August 1st, Estee Lauder have a few new products on counter including these gorgeous Pure Colour Envy Hi-Lustre Sculpting Lipsticks and the Vinyl Lipcolours. I was so excited to receive a parcel from Estee Lauder containing a few of these for me to try, and I’ve really been impressed with the shade selection as well as the look and feel of both of these lip products.

There are twelve shades in the Sculpting Lipstick collection, with colours ranging from nudes to plums to reds. From the four shades I tried, I have to say that all of them appear to be highly pigmented and incredibly hydrating on the lips. The offer a pretty glossy finish, that leaves the lips looking soft and pretty kissable really! I love the feeling of these on, as there’s no stickiness and they don’t dry out over time. They do transfer a little, but this is generally to be expected with a formula like this.

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DermaFix: Derma Polish & C-Spritz

Skincare seems to be my thing lately, which is awesome as I really love trying out new skincare products and seeing ones which work best for me. Skincare is such a personal thing as we all have different skin types, and we all react in different ways to products, so it’s also one of the hardest things to accurately review! A couple of months ago I started using a couple of products from a skincare range called Dermafix. They are relatively new in NZ, and are actually a South African company.

I was kindly sent two products to try – Derma Polish (an enzymatic exfoliator) and C-Spritz (a skin energizing anti-oxidant booster). The branding of Dermafix is nothing fancy, just a plain white label with coloured writing. It’s very minimal, and while I don’t find it very pretty, it gets the job done.

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The Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream

Over the past year or so I’ve really been getting into using eye creams, and it’s a product I’ve recently become rather picky about. I still don’t have any lines under my eyes, and I’m doing absolutely everything I can to try and avoid them by choosing ultra-hydrating products to keep the skin smooth and supple. While I’ve never really had an issue with dark circles, I’m noticing as I get older that if I don’t get enough sleep my eyes do look really tired and the skin under them looks a little saggy and sad. While concealer and powder work wonders help to cover this up, I’ve been using another product that helps to noticeably perk up the skin.

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Clinique Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam

I’ve been trying out quite a few cleansers lately, and it’s been a really good opportunity to pit different products and brands against each other to find out which one is really the best. This Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam from Clinique is new to market, and after trying it for the past month or so I have to say I’m pretty impressed with this one

It’s actually designed for very dry to dry combination skin, and that’s really not my skin type at all. I have fairly normal skin, which gets a little more oily in summer and a little drier in winter. I’d never consider it to be “very dry”, so I sort of didn’t expect this cleanser would work for me. I was half expecting to wake up with an oil slick on my face from too much hydration, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. After using this product just the once, my skin felt lovely and velvety smooth and not the slightest bit oily

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

After nearly a year of this product being on the market, I finally have the Champage Pop highlighter in my collection. It comes at the perfect time too, as the Champagne Pop family has expanded to include poured and liquid version of the cult highlighter, as well as a face and eye palette, and soon to be released duo highlighters. Now you probably already know what Champagne Pop is all about, as it’s been everywhere lately, but if you don’t then let me explain. Champagne Pop is a highlighter created as a collaboration between beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics. Jaclyn is one of the very few YouTubers that I actually watch, and I really like her fun and honest approach to makeup.

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My Haircare Routine – July 2016

Today’s post is all about my hair. I love reading other peoples posts like this as it gives an insight in to what other people like using on their hair, how they style it, and how they treat it etc. I don’t know why, but sometimes it’s just REALLY interesting to read about other people’s hair. So today, that is exactly what I am doing – telling you all about MY hair. I should probably give a warning first….. if you are a hairdresser you may want to stop reading now as I break about ten million hairdressing rules….

My hair is quite fine, however I have a tonne of it so it gives the illusion that it’s really thick. It’s pretty much dead straight, and is currently medium length to just past my shoulders.

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