Lush Haul



I’ve read a lot of blog posts and watched a lot of youtube videos in which people talk about and rave about Lush and their products but so far I have resisted going into the store myself.  You could say I’m somewhat of a Lush virgin.  But yesterday I decided to go into my local Lush store just for a little looksey, a little window shopping.  Let me just say first off that the store smells heavenly, although if a lot of strong scents don’t sit well with you then you probably wouldn’t agree with me.  As a Lush newbie, I wasn’t too sure where to start but the girls who work there were lovely and very helpful without being pushy, they even gave me two free soap samples even though I said I was merely looking.  In the end I did make a purchase which I am very happy with.

The first thing I got was Angels On Bare Skin which is a solid face cleanser.  I thought I would try this because I have problem skin in that it is sensitive, prone to breakouts, oily on my T zone and dry around my nose and cheeks and the myriad of over the counter products I have tried have not appeared to help improve my skin.  All Lush products are made from natural, organic ingredients and the Angels On Bare Skin is based on a recipe originating from the Medieval period.

Next up is the Eau Roma Water which is a facial toner which can be used as a spray directly on the face or applied using a cotton pad.

The final item I purchased was a lip balm which is something I always carry as my lips get quite dry – this lip balm is called Honey Trap which is a combination of honey and white chocolate and smells amazing and tastes just as amazing.

From my first encounter I am really impressed with Lush, with both their products and their service.

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Balm in Honey

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I’ve always been more of a lip balm rather than a lipstick kind of girl.  Glosses are always too glossy – some are just too sticky while lipstick tends not to last and I’m slightly colour shy.  I was initially a tad reluctant to try the new Revlon Just Bitten Balm/stain.  I chose to try the colour ‘Honey’ – which, in my own personal, humble opinion turns out to be my lips but better.  The colour is an amazing dusky rose colour which is, for the colour shy, the perfect colour it adds a bit of colour and glossiness to the lips without saying ‘hello, look at me, I’m wearing lippie’.

What I like:

– The packaging – I really like the design, it is like a big coloured pencil or crayon with a twistable bottom to control how much is exposed/used.

– The texture – glossy but not the sticky texture so many glosses have, it’s more of a balm texture with some lovely, buildable colour.

What I don’t like:

Nothing.  Zilch.  Nada.  Can’t think of one bad thing……

This post is also published on the nzgirl website.

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation



I’ve heard/read many reviews about this foundation – many of which were really good.  There are many great qualities to this foundation but it’s not quite the right one for me.  I tried it and realised I just had to break up with it.

What’s right:

The foundation’s coverage is medium and more on the matt side than dewy which is good for me as I have combination skin – oily through the t-zone with dry patches on the cheeks.  I also like that a little really does go a long way.



What’s not so right:

The colour match:  As I am rather naturally pale, I chose the lightest shade avaliable – 120, this was still a couple of shades too dark for me and ended up looking rather muddy.  I also thought the foundation would benefit from a pump dispenser to control the amount of product used.

Have you tried Maybelline Fit me – what were your thoughts?

December’s Beauty Favourites…









Christmas is just around the corner and December’s almost over, as is the year.  This also means it’s time to reveal my favourite beauty products of December…..


Bobbi Brown’s corrector – as you can see I use this a lot.  It’s great for those purple rings under the eyes and for faking the illusion that I’ve had more sleep than I actually have.


DSC01721I’m really disappointed that I’ve nearly run out of the toner I purchased at Boots as it’s natural and gentle on my skin and it’s not sold here in NZ.


Benefit’s makeup primers are great, especially the Porefessional because my skin tends to be very oily and if I don’t use a primer, by lunchtime most of my foundation has slipped away or I’m left looking patchy.  This primer smooths out my skin and fills in any large pores I have to create a smooth, bumpfree canvas for foundation.  Plus the packaging is really cute.DSC01723 DSC01724

Since I’ve been back in New Zealand I’ve been finding it difficult to find the right colour foundation as I’m really pale but I stumbled upon Cover Girl’s Clean foundation purely by chance and it’s perfect, it goes on flawlessly and looks really natural whereas before I was using a foundation which was ever so slightly too dark for me and my skin constantly looked muddy.  But now my skin looks like my skin just better.


DSC01725Because it’s coming into summer here and my skin is rather oily to begin with, I like to use a powder to set my foundation and to do touch ups throughout the day.  Rimmel’s Clear Complexion powder is light and doesn’t clog my pores or give the feeling that my face is caked with makeup.


What’s on my dressing table….

I’m one of those people who really enjoys reading blog posts which are about room tours, makeup organisation or house tours.  I think it’s because I’m ever so slightly nosey and also because I like to get ideas about my own decor.  I’m not entirely comfortable with doing an entire house or bedroom tour on my blog but I thought it might be interesting to do a post about what’s on my dressing table.


This is an over all view of my whole dressing table.  The dressing table itself was my mother’s so has some sentimental value for me as well as function.  The glass bowls are part of my grandmother’s collection.  I really love the use of glass bowls on dressing tables, it reminds me of my grandmother’s dressing table from when I was little and I also think it gives it an art deco feel.


I have a puzzle of the Eiffel Tower.  I really loved Paris when I was there, so it’s nice to have a little reminder.


This is a Maori meeting house weather predictor which my great grandmother bought for my grandmother, so it’s really old and I used to admire it when I was a child.  When it’s hot and fine, the lady pops out and when it’s rainy the man pops out.


The above is my little glow bug which I got when I was two years old and it’s still hanging around.



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I was given a gift pack of five Prada perfume’s as a gift for my birthday last year and I’d been looking for a really nice way to display them when I decided to put them in one of my glass bowls on my dressing table rather than keeping them in my bathroom cabinet.

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So, that’s what’s on my dressing table, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.  Please feel free to leave me any comments.