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Mecca haul


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


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)



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)




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


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


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.


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


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)



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)



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.



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



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)



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)



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)



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)



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


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 🙂


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.


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)


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


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)


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


Favourites: Skincare


I wasn’t entirely sure if this post should focus on one passion of mine, or whether it should include all of them. I’ve decided to focus on all the things skincare that i’m loving at the moment! My opinions of these products are based on that fact that for the most part I have crazy oily skin with occasional dry spots, as well as being acne prone. 



The first product that has been a favourite for a while now is the original Proactive solutions face wash. While I do agree with the claims that if you overuse or are too aggressive with it, more damage can be done to your skin, it does wonders for my skin! It’s the first product I can say has actually made a difference to the hormonal pimples I usually  have. As well as clearing up pimples faster, it also gives my skin a generally better look. I will add that unfortunately when i’ve missed too many uses or tried to stop using it my skin goes back to it’s old ways. That could just be due to my acne being hormonal however, a simple wash isn’t going to completely solve that.

Pro’s- Effective, Come’s in a trial set, Trial set usually $30(Back to school deals atm! www.proactiv.co.nz)

Con’s-Can become too harsh for sensitive skin.


Now the second product is keeping in theme as it is the original Proactive solutions SPF15, oil-free moisturiser. Never before have I found such a good moisturiser that I can actually wear under makeup, and a bonus of having SPF as well! If there’s one thing i’ve learnt about skincare, it’s the importance of sun protection. As someone with super oily skin this can often be a problem as most sunscreen can be quite thick and especially don’t sit well on my face under makeup. However this one is perfect, not only have I found that it sits so nice and thin on my face but I can actually use it under makeup! Definite score on this one.

Pro’s- Included in the trial set mentioned above, Light-weight, SPF!!!

Con’s- Not overly moisturising, Wouldn’t use as an overnight moisturiser.


The Youth mud face mask by Glam Glow isn’t the mask I had originally planned to buy but with full sized jars ranging near the $100NZD mark, I was more than happy to take home a much cheaper tester jar of a slightly different mask. This mask is very much a grey mud and does in fact have leaves in it, and while the tingling(borderline burning) sensation scares you the first use it does get better! This product decongests my face more than I thought a face mask could, not only did I find many of my blackheads gone but it also gave my face the smoothest finish. Another product I would warn people with sensitive skin to be careful of as it does have a minty tingle to it, otherwise I think it is a perfect intensive exfoliant as when you wash it off it does exactly that! I think this would be perfect to use as both a before bed spa treatment and a right before makeup skin polisher!

Pro’s- Clears out ‘gunk’, Soft finish, Comes in a tester size.

Con’s- Not the most gentle product, How do you feel about leaves?


I haven’t tried a huge array of masks however if someone with more sensitive skin asked me to recommend either the above mask or this one, I would have to say this one. The Mario Badescu Silver Powder mask. Personally on my skin this mask doesn’t so much clear up pimples, but it does do wonder’s on my blackhead. This mask has a much more gentle cleansing action, as it isn’t exfoliating or harsh on the skin. I find that it sinks into your pores and when washed or toned off simply drags out any dirt with it, so it’s definitely a recommend for anyone who struggles with large pores or black heads. It goes on like a wet clay and dries to a powder, I also find it is really cooling and a go to for when my skin feels inflamed or irritated.

Pro’s- Gentle, amazing value for money as you don’t use much product($26NZD)

Con’s- Not intensive enough for tough skin.


The holy grail of all holy grails. The one and only Mario Badescu drying lotion. Yes you’ve probably already heard this hype from multiple other beauty guru’s and youtuber’s as I did, but as someone who does get pimples and especially the occasional under the skin monster that can take weeks of pain to go away(too dramatic?) I felt the need to try this magic concoction that a good chunk of the world seemed to be raving about. And yes it does work. I found that it worked very well on drying pimples out so that they aren’t all inflamed and speeding up the healing process so that a pimples life is cut in half, but the one thing it did that impressed me even more was it’s effective on one of those under the skin pimples I mentioned before. Usually for me a painful lump under the skin can take anywhere from a few days to over a week to have a head and clear itself away but at first sight of one of these bumps I started applying the drying lotion before bed every night and within 2-3 days it was shrinking in size and the pressure had gone. Long story short this lotion is a lifesaver and I now swear by it.

Pro’s- IT WORK’S, more affordable than similar products($26NZD).

Con’s- Can cause dryness around the pimple.

Love all these products and despite this post being a month late I’m still using them so that says something 👍🏼

Till next time, Chatterkiwi x

Finding a niche

After my first post, some experimental photography(soon to come), and hours of playing around with this site I feel I’m starting to get the hang of it. My guess is that the experience and assumptions I had about how to create and build a blog platform would be similar to everyone else, however I see now I was focusing on the wrong thing. Now don’t get me wrong, I always knew having good content was kind of the main point of having a blog but i’m now starting to see that an amazing theme or a perfectly customised and coloured presentation isn’t as important as finding the community. 

After comments left on other posts I like and following blogs that catch my attention i’ve realised the one thing that feels like progress on this blog is response, whether it be my current 1 follower or a like or view on a post, that is what makes writing here all the more worth it. Finding a community of people who are in the same boat as me or similar is such an important part of writing a blog and even just seeing that people from other parts of the word have viewed my blog makes me excited for the future of this space. 

It is indeed early days but i’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need to decide on one topic to write about and can simply use this as an outlet of opinions or feelings. While there will indeed be reviews on products and stories of events i’ve experienced, there will also be this, the usual ramblings and feelings I can’t help but plaster all over the internet.

Until next time, Chatterkiwi x

Ringing in the New Year.

Welcome to 2017, as you’ll see my achievements of 2016 were.. well non existent. Atlas I proved one thing, my lack of confidence to actually keep these posts up. I think we can all agree that 2016 in general was a disaster and i’ll therefore blame that as the reason why I failed to make one single improvement to this tiny space of the internet I can call my own. 

A new years resolution i’m deciding to create 18 days late is to post on here at least once a month, which seems pathetic really but lets set the standard low and build ourselves up slowly. Whether those posts be complete ramblings such as this one and the previous, or opinions I have on products, events, or general happenings. We shall see.

While I am disappointed in the year just gone, I can’t ignore all the positives that have come from it. Chapters in life making progress and chapters well past their use by date finally closing mean that the mind set of wouldn’t that be cool to experience” has now drastically changed to now’s your chance you half-ass”. In other words I have set the standard on myself that if I don’t take life by the horns, i’ll watch another year melt into the folder of my brain I like to label CONFUSED(currently the only folder i’ve got going).

So here’s to 2017. The year of achieving goals and stepping out of the first layer of comfort zone, into the second layer of comfort. Which does still mean an anonymous me, as well as a plain blog due to my lack of computer skills. So in light of being sick of the label confused, lets start off by plastering a new label all over myself , a more enlightening and motivating name. Let’s call 2017 the year of Finding ourselves (hold the gag).

Your’s truly Chatterkiwi, aka confused and searching xx