In depth Skincare Routine

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Since one of my first posts being my skin care favourites, I have only added to and improved my skin care routine to suit my skin the best and feel like it’s at a pretty good stage to share with you guys. I have oily, breakout prone, textured skin, and also struggle with pretty big pores around my t-zone. I am continuously trying to find the perfect skincare routine not only to improve the appearance of my natural skin, but also to help with my makeup application as this is hugely affected by the state of my skin. So here is the routine that I generally follow, both morning, night and weekly or treatment products will be mentioned.


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Cleanser: Both morning and night I use my Proactive solutions cleanser, as mentioned in my skin care favourites post. This cleanser is, so far, the best wash I’ve found to help control my acne as many other cleansers I tried didn’t really do much.It is a cream, with very slight grittiness to it (I wouldn’t call it an exfoliant). I find it gently resurfaces the skin, while also deeply cleaning bacteria off the skin in order to avoid breakouts. One thing I really love about this product is that for an intensive cleanser (Proactive is generally an intensive range for acne control) it doesn’t dry my skin out or make it feel too raw or sensitive.


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Mask: In the simplest way to say it, I can’t live without face masks. Especially cream ones that can really sink into your skin! The mask that I’ve been absolutely loving is one that I was surprised with. L’Oreal recently bought out three clay masks, a charcoal based one for detoxifying and brightening, a eucalyptus one for purifying and mattifying, and a red algae one to smooth and exfoliate. I personally have been absolutely loving the Charcoal one as it works wonders on my clogged pores and leaves my skin feeling so clean! As this mask dries I can literally see all the oil being pulled out of my skin which I’m not going to lie, is super satisfying. Really didn’t think this mask would work as well as it does! I also find I can use this mask a few times a week without it having a bad affect on my skin.


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Toner: Recently I heard so many good things about the Sunday Riley Martian toner but unfortunately I’m not prepared to pay $85NZD for something that I can’t be sure will even work, so I was instead suggested by the wonderful people at Mecca cosmetica to try the Ren Clarimatte toner. I can honestly say that I couldn’t be without it now, it makes the biggest difference in my skin care routine and helped clear my skin as well as make it feel less oily within days of using it. I use this toner day and night after cleansing by applying it to a cotton ball and smoothing it over my face, mostly in my t-zone.


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Moisturiser: Another recent purchase, and something I have fallen in love with is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic moisture cushion moisturiser. If you have oily skin I would absolutely suggest this! It feels like silk on your skin but is so light I can wear it under makeup still, I originally intended to only use this in the morning as I already had a night moisturiser but for the moment there is no other moisturiser I would want to use on my skin as this one feels so amazing. Literally leaves my skin feeling like its had a new layer added.


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Oil/Serum: Have to admit, for a long time I wasn’t interested in oils or serum because I just saw it as adding oil to my already oily skin. Boy was I wrong, if there’s one thing I could teach people with oily skin it’s that having a light oil in your routine, even if it’s at night like me, will actually help balance out the production of oil on your skin and make your skin super smooth and balanced out. I now use the Josie Maran light organ oil after receiving a tester of it and falling in love with it. It makes my skin unbelievably soft and through using it only at night I’ve avoided any issues of it affecting my makeup application. This lighter version of the oil is specifically designed for those that don’t need as intensively rehydrating of an oil as most face oils are. Also can be used for nails and hair as well, yay for multipurpose!


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Treatment: For special occasions, usually never more than once a week I will use the Biore Charcoal pore strips! I have tried both these and the original pore strips by Biore and personally the charcoal ones works 10x better for my skin, I use the nose strips and found that they really do pull out any dirt I have in my pores. The original unfortunately for me didn’t do much but I would 100% recommend the Charcoal ones! You simply wet your nose and apply the strip after peeling back the plastic layer and let sit for about 5-10 minutes till it dries.


Recently I was put in contact with a wonderful worker at Reviews.com who enjoyed the posts where I delve into the topic of Skin-care. Turns out this website has a really in-depth guide into skin-care products, especially that of acne treatments and even talks about the specific details of some of the products I’ve used and mentioned. So I thought I’d give them a wee shoutout as I know I can only review the products I use on a base level whereas these guides go into details about ingredients, different types of acne, and have produced, from reviews, the top skin care brands for treating acne. The skin-care guide is here. (Disclaimer: This is not a paid sponsorship, always my own opinions). 

Smooth & Clean, Chatterkiwi x

Social media question?

Hey guys! As the title says, this isn’t really a blog post but more so just a opportunity for conversation. I have a twitter account for Chatter Kiwi that I want to use more often, however I’m pretty uneducated when it comes to twitter so if anyone wants to drop some tips or email me to talk about it that would be so nice! Twitter here. 

Also how would you guys like to see an insta page also? Hopefully a more personal account of pictures and even behind the scenes of what goes into my blog post process. Just a thought! 

Hope you’s all have a wonderful day/night and hope to hear from you soon 😋 

Chatterkiwi x

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

A wee while ago I purchased the Natural eyes palette by Too Faced as a gift for my friend for her birthday, and upon having it sit in my room for a few weeks tempting me to use it  I thought it best to purchase it myself! Before this I didn’t really have any higher end eyeshadow palettes so thought this might be a good place to start as it has pretty basic colours and easy to use shades. I’m going to start by explaining the palette, the idea behind it, price, etc., then go through and talk about each shade individually briefly, and finish off with my overall thought about it and the looks I tend to go for when using it.

What is it?

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This palette by Too Faced has quite a good reputation for itself, even winning awards such as number one palette to use for your wedding day in 2014. It features 9 shades, 4 of which I would call complete matte, 2 semi matte, and 3 shimmer shades! The palette is very based on basic, on trend colours mostly consisting of grey browns, taupes, and pinky golden colours, as well as a white/translucent shade but no really out there, wild colours. The palette itself is very compact, it’s about 3cm by 4cm and only 1.5cm thick making for a travel friendly, sleek feel. This I think helps towards it being such a universal palette, the very basic colours teamed with the ease of carrying it around have personally made it my go to for everyday use. One of the other amazing things about this palette is that it comes with a wee guide inside, that give you a step by step instruction on how to get three different looks, Day, Classic, and Fashion. I can no longer find this book 😔 but can point out that the looks are labelled inside the palette and follow a pattern left to right of base shade, lid colour, and then an outer crease colour to deepen the look.

The shades

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without flash vs. with flash Left-Right: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Silk Teddy, Push-up, Erotica, Nudie, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini

Heaven is a very plain, matte white colour that barely leaves any colour on the lid, in a good way. It is probably my most used shade as I without a doubt, use it all over my lid as a base shade after I apply eyeshadow primer. As I said it barely leave a colour on the lid, it more so just evens out the eyelid and makes for a good canvas for the other shades that actually create the eye look.

Cashmere Bunny is probably second or third most used shade in this palette, it is the ultimate matte taupe and is perfect as a transition shade or if you’re only looking for a little bit of depth in the outer crease. Even when using other eyeshadow or more intense looks I almost always use this colour to help blend things together.

Sexpresso is one of the lesser used shades in the palette as it is a very dark, matte, true brown and I don’t tend to go for super dark looks. However I have used it when I experiment with smokey looks and think it works so well for a dark crease! I would also suggest using it for a smudged out liner look.

Silk Teddy is by far one of my favourites in this palette, who can say no to a glittery, ice pink. This is definitely a super baby pink colour that it almost comes up as white, however it isn’t super opaque so I find to get the best payoff is to make sure the base underneath it is a light colour (I usually use it near the inner corner and first apply a touch of concealer underneath). Very shimmery as well which I love and why it’s perfect to brighten up the inner corner with and even highlight under the brow bone with.

Push-up is one of the three, what I would call, perfect lid colours as it is again a super shimmery shade. This shade is harder to describe as I’m stuck calling it a ‘pinky, goldy, copper’ shade, it’s definitely gold but not a traditional yellow gold as it has one pink in it, but not quite enough for me to call it a rose gold (complicated, yes.). However if I am feeling a little edgy or want to go for a slightly darker look I tend to use this on the lid as it still gives a shimmery appearance, whilst also not being super light toned like Silk Teddy for example.

Erotica is the first of the semi-matte shades that I mentioned before, this is probably the most grey toned of the darker colours for the crease. While it does appear to have golden shimmer through it, I find that this doesn’t really show up much when blended in which is both a good and bad thing. Most people would avoid too much shimmer through the crease but this shade doesn’t create that problem.

Nudie is most similar to Cashmere Bunny and I often mix the two to use as a transition shade! It is a paler, more grey toned taupe that is perfect for blending everything together, it’s especially good as a crease shade if you’re going for a super natural looking eye look.

Honey Pot is probably the easiest shade to describe as it is a simple, yellow gold with shimmer. Similar to Push-up in the sense that it is great as a lid colour, and is lighter than Push-up so it’s a more everyday shade, that gives a bright, glowy eye look. I can imagine this being a favourite for a lot of people who own this palette as it is not only a very on trend colour but it is one of those shades you could slap on all over your lid by itself and have an eye look complete.

Chocolate Martini is the last colour in the palette and another one of the semi matte shades. It again, has gold shimmer through it that doesn’t show up too much when blended in so works great as a crease shade. This is a dark brown like Sexpresso just with a more golden undertone and shimmer, its name really is accurate as it has a very chocolaty vibe to it.

 

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Attempted my kiwi shaped swatches but with the lighter shades it proved difficult

Thoughts

Overall I am so glad I purchased this palette, as it has been very useful to me in practising eyeshadow looks and ease of use, whether I have time to put in effort or have to rush a look, it has not failed me yet. I am now getting to a stage where I am looking at other palettes to buy however in order to experiment with new looks and especially new colours, I would definitely try other Too Faced palettes as the quality of these shadows was amazing! They are super easy to blend and build up, and since the palette is designed to create looks within it, it is hard to go wrong with this one.

 

Bright eyed & bushy tailed? Chatterkiwi x

 

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Mecca haul!

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Ever since I began to dabble in makeup, Mecca cosmetica has been my go to! In my city, there is pretty much one place to go for higher end makeup and skin care, which is Ballantyne’s. This is just a high-end department store type place. This is the one place where all within sight of each other, you can purchase everything from Benefit cosmetics to MAC, and even the likes of Keihls and Clinique. But with one of my first high end products being Nars sheer glow, mecca cosmetica was a special place for me (deep, I know 😂). Then one day I discovered that not only was mecca maxima coming to my city, but I could also purchase from mecca online. This is really where my love for makeup and skin care has grown as I now had access to good quality products, that worked for my skin type.

For those that don’t know Mecca cosmetica focuses slightly more on skin care, with their makeup range going as far as (in my store) Nars, byterry, Stila, and Hourglass. While the Mecca maxima I go to carries many more, as well as more hair products, and still an amazing variety of skin care brands. Recently I’ve ordered a few products online, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a blog post.

Ordered products

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The first product I purchased is something I’ve been meaning to buy for a while now, the Urban decay de-slick complexion primer. To my knowledge, this range of primers is relatively new, and follows the range of Urban decay setting sprays. You will know from my last post that the de-slick setting spray is an absolute must have for me, so when I heard of a primer option I had to see what it was like. Now, I have bad luck with primers doing nothing for my oily skin, but after receiving a tester of this primer I was blown away! It has that tacky feeling that anyone with oily skin will know, love and look for in a primer. While you do have to be careful not to over-rub it in, to avoid it clinging to dead skin and pulling it off, it worked wonders for me! It controls my oil perfectly and my makeup didn’t move an inch. As you can see, I’ve now purchased the full size and its worth every penny to me!

Pro’s: Stops makeup from moving around, oil control

Con’s: Very tacky (clings to dead skin if rubbed in too much), pricey ($61NZD)

 

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Next up is a body orientated product, the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush body scrub! This is a product I hadn’t used before, but had used the similar product from Soap & Glory called the Flake away scrub and had loved it! I heard so many good things about this one and it’s amazing lime smell so thought I had to give it a go! This really does smell like limeade, so if you don’t like that then this one isn’t for you. This scrub worked similar to the flake away scrub which I expected, it has medium-sized granules, and is the perfect in between of too soft and too rough. I find it does a really good job of exfoliation without making my skin feel raw or too dry. It is a sugar scrub so it’s not as intense as a salt scrub, and it does have Almond oil and Macadamia grains in it which help moisturise you at the same time as exfoliating which is the best mix for smooth skin afterwards. I feel that all of the Soap & Glory scrubs would work similarly, however I did prefer the flake away scrub slightly more.

Pro’s: Amazing Lime smell! You get your moneys worth ($14NZD for 300ml), Moisturise and exfoliate at the same time

Con’s: Gentle exfoliant (if you’re looking for something more intense, try Lush Ocean Salt scrub)

 

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As mentioned before, Nars cosmetics is an original favourite of mine, which is why I have no idea as to why it took so long for me to try out the radiant creamy concealer. But eventually, I got around to purchasing the mini version in the colour Custard, which turned out to be slightly too dark for me. But none the less I absolutely loved the formula of it, and decided in this order to purchase the full size of the shade lighter in Vanilla. This concealer is incredible! It really does have minimal creasing and does not move out of place. As usual with Nars, the colour range is great and offers such natural, correct colour options. This has become my absolute go to concealer for natural looking coverage and long wear.

Pro’s: Colour range, Coverage, Long lasting

Con’s: Price is slightly up there, but better than some ($47NZD)

 

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The last product I ordered is the Bumble and Bumble invisible oil primer. With an impending haircut (waist length to shoulder length), I thought I would try out a new hair product to use with my new hair. As someone with a lot of hair, I could never curl it or do much with it, as it was too heavy to hold any shape, so heat protection wasn’t a priority. But with my new, bouncy, shoulder length cut I know I will be curling more often so I invested in this product, as it promises not only 6 nourishing oils to condition but also protection from heat styling and UV rays. I was not expecting to like this product as much as I do. I thought it would just be an average product that does its job unnoticeably, but on top of making my hair feel ultra smooth, it smells amazing and helps hold my curl for such a long time! So impressed by this and can already see myself using it everyday. 

Pro’s: Affordable as a mini (60ml= $17NZD), Smells good!, Actually works

Con’s: The larger size makes it seem pricey, but I think it’s worth it (250ml= $43NZD)

Writing these posts have been so much fun lately! Hope you’s have enjoyed this wee review 🙂

 

Feeling smooth, Chaterkiwi x

Lip products Galore!

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I recently had the thought that with all the lipsticks and products I have sitting in my drawer that I never wear, I may as well make some use of them. I am personally not a huge lipstick fan as I really struggle to find ones that I suit and like, yet I do still try my best to find and try out new brands and colours. This is how I’ve come to own quite a few different types of lipsticks over time, so why not do a swatch/review of them all! As some of you guys may find that these are products you want and didn’t know about etc.

Other than the 3 non-lipstick, lip products. Majority of the colours in this post are a variety of pinks as I use to be very inclined to pick these colours up, while more recently I’ve been into nudes/browns I haven’t yet purchased many in this colour area. They’re in no particular order and many of them will have a very neutral review, as the formula and colouring may be great, doesn’t mean I’ll be raving as I don’t really wear a lot of them. Swatches are at the end 🙂

Lip Products

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First off, I’m going to talk about the lip products. Which in this case includes a lip plumper, a lip scrub, and a lip gloss. I do use all of these products on a regular basis, in fact in this picture my regularity of use is probably rated most often used to least often used starting at the Soap and Glory lip plumper.

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The Soap and Glory ‘Sexy mother pucker Extreme Plump‘ is something I bought on a complete whim, as I had never actually heard anyone talk about it or any reviews about it. However, I had been looking for a product like this I’m definitely in the small lip club and really wanted something to help plump them up a wee bit to even out my face. I know many of these types of products have a tingle effect on the lips, and this one does not fail that claim! This product has a clear, gloss like formula and feeling, and then the pins and needles feeling kicks in. While it doesn’t burn or sting in a painful way, it makes your lips feel as though you’ve been at the dentist. I found that this product did plump my lips a small amount, but not as much as I would have liked, however it does leave your lips feeling super moisturized for the whole day! Would recommend more as a lip conditioner than a plumper.

Pro’s: Affordable($17NZD), Smells of coconut, Super conditioning

Con’s: Doesn’t plump as much as hoped

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The Lush Santa Baby lip scrub was, I believe, a limited edition scrub, however I could be wrong about that. I bought it around Christmas time, and it is no longer on the lush website, but it could still be in store! I had wanted a lip scrub just as one of the many things I wanted to add to my routine to ensure I was looking after my lips as much as possible. After going in to Lush one day I saw it sitting at the counter and tried it then and there, and thought if I wasn’t going to buy it then and there I would never get round to it. I had previously owned the bubblegum flavoured scrub and loved it! This is a sugar scrub with probably medium-sized granules, it’s not too fine but definitely not overly thick either. This one tastes like cherry cola and really does help exfoliate lips, plus you can lick it off which is always a bonus!

Pro’s: Edible (natural woohoo), Cherry cola flavoured, Supporting Lush? Always a positive!

Con’s: Wee bit messy, IMO pricey for what the product is ($12NZD)

 

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Right after Nars, Benefit is one of the first higher end brands that I shopped from. My first ever time buying from Benefit was one of their Christmas tins, as a present from my mum. The one product in the tin that I hadn’t really heard of or looked forward to trying was this Hoola ultra plush lip gloss, it was more of an extra. However, after actually trying it I now find myself reaching for it as an everyday gloss! It does appear to be a light brown/golden colour but it has very little colour effect on the lips. It is a non-sticky gloss that wears in nicely and adds just a tiny golden sheen to the lips, something you could wear with almost any makeup look.

Pro’s: Easy to wear, non-sticky

Con’s: Pricey for a lip gloss ($32NZD)

Lipsticks

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This set of ChiChi lip crayons is one of the first lipstick type products I had brought myself. I thought that buying a set would provide a variety of colours to experiment with and give me choice, although all of these colours are very pink and very bright! These don’t have names on them so I’ll call them numbers 1-5 in order of left to right. I found that I only ever wore numbers 1 and 4 as they are the most opaque and dark, while numbers 2 and 5 are a wee bit sheer compared to the rest. The formula of these are exactly what you’d expect from a lip crayon, creamy yet a wee bit on the dry side. They do stay transferable and do dry your lips out a wee bit. But I would wear these, especially if I knew I didn’t to worry about ya know, eating and drinking.

 

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This, unfortunately, was a let down for me as I bought it from a sale, and think that it had expired or had temperature damage. The consistency didn’t feel right and the colour was lumpy. I think that it would usually have an oil-based like feeling, and be slightly glossy but eventually dry down more like a stain would. The colour is nice! However it was just too hard to get a true experience from this product.

Pro’s: Good colour options in the range!

Con’s: Not an ideal experience

 

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NYX is a brand I had been wanting to try for the longest time! And after hearing so much about these Soft Matte lip creams, I finally invested in one! I was still on the pink train when I bought this one in the colour Antwerp, however it was still a wee bit light for my comfort zone. The formula is creamy, and while it does dry down quite a bit I wouldn’t say it’s entirely non-transferable, it isn’t super drying to the lips though which is good! My only issue with NYX is the prices seem to increase as the brand gets more popular.

Pro’s: Good colour options, Non-drying

Con’s: Transferable, Price has increased since I bought it (paid $12.50NZD, now $14NZD)

 

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Too Faced definitely pulled through on this one, after hearing so much about the Melted Chocolate lipsticks I felt the need to try one out! However this time I was very careful as to choosing a good colour, and I succeeded! These long-lasting liquid lipsticks have such a creamy consistency, and despite eventually drying to a non-transferable finish, they’re not drying at all. My opinion is that you’re paying for the quality you’re getting. These really are such a nice lipstick and the colour selection between the Melted Chocolate and the original Melted range has a good selection of out there bright colours as well super current nudes, like this one in the shade Chocolate Milkshake!

Pro’s: Long lasting, Non-drying, Good colour selection

Con’s: On the more expensive side ($33NZD)

 

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Australis’ Velourlips Matte lip* cream was something I had again heard so much about, but unfortunately wasn’t particularly impressed with. While the colour was far too light for my comfort zone, the formula of it wasn’t very great either. I found that the colour didn’t go on evenly enough for an opaque lip cream, and it was still transferable despite being slightly too dry as well. I definitely think that if I tried a different colour it might be a wearable lip cream but it’s definitely not my first choice of lip products. *if looking for this range try farmers or Makeup.co.nz.

Pro’s: Plenty of colours available in the range, Cheaper side ($15NZD)

Con’s: Slightly uneven application, Unable to find this exact shade (Hoo-Chee-Min)

 

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This is another lipstick that was way too bright for me to wear at the time of buying it, however this Body Shop lipstick (which I can no longer find online) does have a good formula! Its dry in a good way, as in it isn’t messy and you feel like it isn’t going smoosh around too much. However it is still transferable, and needs at least two coats to be an even application. Once again, I would definitely be interested in trying other colours from the range.

Pro’s: Love supporting natural, cruelty free based companies! Good colour range from what I saw when I purchased this one!

Con’s: Transferable, needs to be built up, Average price ($30ishNZD)

 

Swatches! And yes, the swatches are meant to be Kiwi’s! (NZ’s national bird)

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Revlon: Orangy coral. NYX: Bright pink. ChiChi#2: Sheer Mauve. ChiChi#5: Sheer baby pink. ChiChi#1: Purply pink. Too Faced: Nude browny pink. Australis: Light pink. Body shop: Hot Pink. ChiChi#3: Medium pink. ChiChi#4: Dark hot pink.

Thats all for today guys! As it was a rather long post I’m going to keep the end comment short and sweet. I hope this was helpful, and as usual, comment if you have any questions 🙂

 

Feeling pink, Chatterkiwi x

Favourites: Makeup!

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Following my last post on favourite skincare products, I felt the urge to post something similar on favourite makeup products! Writing the list of favourite makeup products of mine lead to the conclusion that there are far too many for one post, so I will instead write some of them in this part and if people are interested, will proceed with a part two in the near future 🙂

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Starting off with one of the few Mecca made products I do own, the Mecca Soft Focus primer. I was skeptical about this primer like many others as a result of my bad luck with them actually working on my skin, plus its silky texture lead me to not put much faith in it. HOWEVER, after a friend and makeup artist of mine applied it for my formal I was pleasantly surprised, and not too shiny by the end of the night which is a massive bonus for me. This primer makes makeup go on unbelievably smooth and really does achieve what it claims to do which is give somewhat of a filter over your face. I would say if you do have super oily skin you’d want to use with caution and I would encourage using a setting spray as well.

Pro’s: Smoothing, Affordable ($18-$44NZD), Use small amount so goes a long way.

Con’s: As always, not a miracle for oily skin.

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One of my first higher-end products, and still my favourite! Hoola Bronzer 😍.  It’s a very matte bronzer and from what i’ve seen it works on all skin types, whether you wear it lightly or build it up as more of a contour I think it is an all round good bronzer. While the price is on the higher side of things, mine has lasted me almost a year and a half now of nearly everyday use so in the long run it is worth investing in.  Nothing much else to say as I know as much as most others that it is one of the most universally accepted holy grail bronzer.

Pro’s: Works for everyone, Perfect glow (not too orange, not too grey)

Con’s: Price ($54NZD)

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Highlight time! Recent purchase of mine and my first official highlighter is the Urban Decay 8 hour powder highlighter. This highlighter offers three shades, Aura, Sin, and Fireball. I bought Sin as I personally wanted a basic, icy highlighter that wasn’t too much of a specific colour like Aura and Fireball are (light pink & darker peach). I wasn’t sure of this highlighter at first as I find you can easily put too much on, but for someone who loves a lot of highlight and doesn’t want to have to layer too much on to get the look you want it’s perfect! I also find that using it with a setting spray works best as it eliminates a powdery look.

Pro’s: Icy(no colour), Works well on pale skin

Con’s: Price ($46NZD), Can be powdery

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Lets talk brows! As many others will agree, a love/hate relationship is more often than not experienced with brows. So as a cheap alternative to the famed ABH brow pomade, I picked up the ChiChi brow pomade which has proven itself for a number of reasons. First off, the colour range is good in terms of having different undertones. As someone with grey under-toned brows I struggled with accidentally giving myself orange brows in the past due to poorly coloured products. Second, IT WILL LAST FOREVER, you use the tiniest amount even for a more bold look and the pot is a decent size, can’t see myself hitting pan anytime soon and have already had it a year. As long as you are careful not to use too much it gives a natural, yet defined look. Brow goals!

Pro’s: Cheap alternative ($20NZD), Good colour range, Lasts forever

Con’s: Can easily accidentally over-use (I suggest to dip slightly and then use the inside of the lid to take off extra product)

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Considering this product is now an absolute necessity in my makeup routine I thought it all too important to leave out. Urban decay setting spray! Another holy grail to many so I don’t think much needs to be said, my personal experience with this one (de-slick oil control) as well as the original all nighter were both amazing! I originally purchased a mini version of the all nighter setting spray and loved it, but knowing how oily my face is I thought to take it a step further and try out the de-slick version. While I didn’t notice a huge different in the two I have continued to re-purchase the de-slick version (probably just “oil control” written down the side that pulls me in). This product has made such a huge difference in my routine that I near refuse to wear makeup without it, not only does it actually stop me from getting too shiny but it also doesn’t let my makeup move in the slightest. My initial worry was that it would step over the line into giving too matte of a look as many oil control products do, but nope! In fact if anything it adds a healthy glow to the makeup, which to me wasn’t achievable before without having to load up on oil or ‘smoothing’ products which are a disaster for my skin. End of story, love it!!

Pro’s: Eliminates oil without being too matte, makeup doesn’t budge, mini available($25NZD)

Con’s: Doesn’t give a matte look(if thats what you’re after), pricier side ($54NZD full size)

And on an end note, we have double mascara alert! with the Benefit Roller Lash and Too Faced Better than Sex.  I decided to do these two in one as they are both simply similar, Roller lash does exactly what it’s name entails by giving a wonderful curl. While Better than Sex give full, ‘bushy’ lashes. I find they are the perfect two to have for different looks, as you often either want long and curled lashes or fuller, more ‘glam night’ lashes. Both also can be layered for a heavier look, or used sparingly for a day time look, always being swapped as my go to’s.

Pro’s: Both can be bought as mini’s, Both affordable due to mini size offer (Benefit $22NZD, Too Faced $18NZD), Haven’t dried out in the 3-6 months that I’ve had them.

Con’s: Bigger sizes are more on the pricey side.

As hard as it was to leave some of my absolute favourites out of this post, they will be in a part two very soon. Feel free to comment your opinions or any questions, otherwise head over to my contact page for any private emails 🙂

Feeling lashy, Chatterkiwi x