My NEW HOLY GRAIL Mascara

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara Amazing Before/After

Yo class (haha I need some more ways to say hello! I promise I don’t greet my real class that way).

You guys… I’ve done it. I’ve found my favourite mascara.

My mascara-hunt has been through its ups and downs and I’ve thought I’ve found my holy grail probably about 4 times. BUT I PROMISE YOU THIS IS IT.

I’ve never had a mascara where I’ve felt comfortable enough to post a close-up before/after eye picture of it’s use. Until now.

Introducing the Eye of Horus Goddess Black Mascara. ($36.66NZD).

This stuff is ridonkulous. I’ve heard people talking about it here and there over the past few years but I hate paying lots for mascara because it’s SO hit and miss. That, and mascara runs out fairly fast as well so it can get costly constantly replacing them every few months.

This little baby will be where my fortnightly pay check is going as not only do I need to repurchase it, but I also need a few back-ups (of course).

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PR Haul + First Impressions Part 2

ZA Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil Liquid Eyeliner Perfect Fit Concealer Airy Powder

Gidday class!

I’m a little bit extra excited to write this post because it’s all of the makeup goodies I’ve received from generous PR companies to try out and tell you about.

Disclaimer – I was gifted these items by PR companies however this post is not sponsored and all thoughts are my own 🙂

Okay so last time was a wee haul accumulated over a few months, this one dates back quite a while ago but I realized I hadn’t told you about some of these products and I thought you might like to hear my views.

Lets get into it!

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Fantastic Freelancers… And Where To Find Them

MAC Cosmetics flat lay beauty book makeup artist

Mālō e lelei class,

I just want to start this off by saying if you got the Harry Potter reference in the title then Yaaaas Kween!! We can be bffs (and if you got the Broad City reference I made just then, we are soul mates).

Giveaway Beauty Book NZ Freelance Makeup Artists how to find them

Okay so today we’re talking Freelancers (obvs) and by Freelancers I mean the Makeup Artist kind. I have been on the HUNT for a Freelance Makeup Artist lately (for my wedding) and it got me thinking about them in general. What was I looking for in a Freelance Makeup Artist? Why didn’t I go to a counter artist? Who are some of my fave Freelancers in NZ that I wish I could afford to fly down for it? And most importantly WHY is it so hard to find important information about Freelance Makeup Artists on their website? (Think, products they use, pictures of their work, price lists etc). Is there an easier way? (Spoiler alert – there is! See below)

Alright, I am a picky woman with regards to hiring a Makeup Artist because A. I own  A LOT  of makeup, B. I like to think I’m alright at doing my own makeup and C. I know my face like the back of my hand (well maybe not quite as well as the back of my hand, but you get the idea).

I had some very specific things I was looking for while hunting for the perfect artist which totally filled my picky needs. Although, to be fair, my wedding is one of the most important days of my life, and my skin is very oily and I have hooded eyelids which aren’t exactly the easiest things to work with. This is what I was looking for;

  • I didn’t want someone who used only one brand of makeup (because I don’t know of a brand that has a perfect product for every makeup need, I feel like you need a good mixture of things that you love).
  • I wanted a trained makeup artist – although that’s not to say that untrained artists aren’t amazing (trust me, I’ve seen some AMAZING self-trained artists) but my skin is difficult to work with and often someone untrained doesn’t always have the extensive knowledge of how to work with different skin types etc
  • As I have such a large collection of makeup, I sort of wanted someone who knew about new on-trend products and brands as there are some Holy-Grail type products out there which I felt like I couldn’t live without on my big day. I actually used Makeup Geek as an example of this because I figured if an artist knew about Makeup Geek eye shadows (arguably one of the most popular shadow brands on the market) then they would be up with the current trends (bit silly, but I am a bit silly sometimes).
  • I also wanted someone reasonably priced reflecting the products they use and the training they’ve had – NOW I am all about paying someone (especially in this business) what they deserve so it wasn’t about skimping on the cash, but I also couldn’t afford to go overboard and I wasn’t about to pay hundreds for an artist that used only drugstore products for example.

Now I’m 100% sure you wouldn’t be as fussy as me but these are some things to consider! What is your skin and eyes like? What exactly are you looking for? What sort of products are your holy grail? How much are you willing to spend? OR if you’re a Makeup Artist then this list may be interesting for you.

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Okay, remember how I said earlier that I was going to tell you about an EASY way of getting clients as a Freelance Makeup Artist AND finding a Freelance Makeup Artist if you’re the consumer? Well, guys, bear with me on this because I am excited! And also a little bit annoyed (I wish this existed when I was looking for a Makeup Artist a month ago!!!!)If you are a Freelancer then definitely keep reading too because I have a sweet coupon code for you!

There is a new website which is live now for Makeup Artists to sign up and it launches on the 10th of June for customer bookings – which makes it ridiculously easy to find an awesome Makeup Artist especially if you’re picky like me. AND if you ARE a Makeup Artist then I know it’s not always easy to get your name out there and make flashy websites or Instagram photos so this makes it ridiculously easy for you to get clients that genuinely want what you are offering. What is this magical site you ask? Beauty Book!

Beauty Book NZ Freelance Makeup Artists how to find them

Beauty Book* (aside from the super cute name) is an idea I wish I came up with. It’s a booking website which allows Freelancers to create a profile which encompasses all those important details us clients look for in a makeup artist. Pricing? What’s in your kit? Looks you’ve created? Qualifications? How many years in the industry? As well as some super cute additions like – Your best beauty tip? Your Beauty Philosophy. What you LOVE about being a Makeup Artist?

Beauty Book NZ Freelance Makeup Artists how to find them

The great part too is that you can see what other artists pricing is like or the products they have in their kit and use that to help you see what is popular or what a normal price is to charge. Not to mention you will be getting clients that genuinely like what YOU do and appreciate YOUR work which I think would make your job that much easier.

 

Beauty Book also allows you to update your availability so you don’t have to go through the emails back and forward asking all the minor questions like that (a feature which is also attractive to me as a consumer), plus it let’s you put in your travel preferences and then includes appropriate travel costs and timing in between clients FOR YOU. It’s like your own personal PA!Beauty Book NZ Freelance Makeup Artists how to find them

IF YOU ARE A FREELANCER and you sign up NOW then you could also be in to win a flipping amazing Freelance Makeup Kit including some MAC goodies, the Morphe 350 Palette, and some brushes (see photo below). Honestly, why wouldn’t you sign up? I know I will definitely be using the site as a consumer.

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I ALSO have that coupon code for you lovely Freelancers which is running at the moment. The code is just BB and it basically reduces their yearly subscription fee from $109-$80 (making their services roughly the SAME price as one makeup application! C’MON NOW).

If you are a prospective client then check out Beauty Book’s Instagram because I know they’re going to be doing some exciting giveaways for us too! And don’t forget their site will be live for us on the 10th of June.

Beauty Book NZ Freelance Makeup Artists how to find them

Now while we’re doing all this talking about Freelance Makeup Artists I felt like I just HAD to mention some of my favourites in NZ (and Australia).

Fiona Clare

Beauty Book Fiona Clare Beauty Freelance Makeup Artist

This woman is TALENTED. Not only does she do amazing makeup but she is also a hair stylist! Sort of a double whammy. If I could afford it I would be 1000% flying her down for my wedding makeup and hair! She is based in Auckland (so sorry if you’re in the rest of the country) but she is mobile so she can come to you! Check her out on her Facebook Page  and her super underrated YouTube channel. She is one of the sweetest people I know and definitely keeps up with the latest beauty trends (and products, eh Fiona! 😉 ) She would be an amazing, calm artist for your wedding or special event.

Victoria Nunns

Beauty Book Victoria Nunns Freelance Makeup Artist

I was planning on getting married in Queenstown and quickly booked Victoria for my wedding makeup but ALAS we ended up changing the venues to Dunedin so I had to cancel with her which was HEARTBREAKING because she is a fantastically talented artist. Go and look at her Facebook page because you will be in awe. Fun fact – she is also a super talented illustrator/designer!

Jahleshia Deflavelle

Beauty Book Makeup By Jah Freelance Makeup Artist

Jah is a bit of a big deal over on YouTube (I think so anyway) and a HUGE talent. She actually works at Inglot Cosmetics in Sydney (sorry NZ!) but she is a New Zealander. There ARE some fantastic and knowledgeable artists that work on counters around the place and she is one of them. She is also a LOVELY girl and super down to earth and easy to talk to!

Jordanne Leigh

Jordanne Leigh Beauty Book NZ Makeup Freelance Artist

Jordanne is a beauty blogger, YouTuber and newly trained makeup artist. She is horrendously talented and even offers a free workshop over on her blog for aspiring makeup artists! She is always sporting some gorgeous colour on her lids which I envy because I’m too scared to work with colour!

That’s my take on Freelance Makeup Artists and where to find them – and where to sign up if you ARE a Freelance Artist! Have you got a favourite Freelance Makeup Artist you want to share?

If you have ANY questions about Beauty Book then please don’t hesitate to ask and I will do my best to answer them!

*This post was sponsored by Beauty Book NZ however all opinions are my own and I genuinely think the website is fantastic and I will DEFINITELY be using it myself.

 

 

Review | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Before and After Review Test Best foundation ever

Kia orana class,

Just quickly, if you haven’t already – go and follow my Facebook page for extra updates AND a giveaway when I hit 1000 likes!

For those of you that follow my every move, or have been doing a recent stalk of my blog you’ll know that I said that the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation was my favourite foundation of all time… well, I think it’s time for an update. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the e.l.f. foundation! However I think I’ve got a new favourite, and I can safely say it’s my favourite because I’ve repurchased it over 6 times!

Everyone knows about Estee Lauder Double Wear. Like, I know you know all about it. You’re probably thinking “Ugh not another post about that expensive Double Wear foundation, I’m sick of hearing about it, I’m going to close the page and watch Frenchy on YouTube…” STOP! Please. If you haven’t tried this foundation yet then please keep reading, I implore you.

Why should you keep reading you ask? “Well this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, to tell you why the best foundation is Estee Lauder Double Wear.”

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Sleek Highlighting Palette | Midas Touch

Sleek Highlighting Palette Midas Touch Swatches

Bula Vinaka class!

(A ‘warm’ hello in Fijian today!)

Today I need to talk to you about the Sleek Highlighting palette in Midas Touch. The newest member of the Sleek highlighting family, Midas Touch is a blue/cool toned palette that has once again, stolen my heart. Can Sleek do no wrong with their highlighters? Let us go back in time to my review on the Solstice Highlighting Palette by Sleek. It was wonderful. The Angels were singing. The birds were chirping. The sun was out. Everything was warm and sparkly and happy.

Today I feel like I’m in the movie Frozen. The snow is glistening. The ice is cracking. The air is crisp and fresh. Everything is quiet… too quiet. But in a good way. The kind of quiet when you know you’re waking up to a snow day (and a day off school). This palette feels even better than a snow day. It’s the sparkly, glittery, out-of-this-world pigmented little brother of the Solstice palette and I couldn’t be any more excited about it.

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Liquid Lip Paints That Genuinely Last ALL DAY! | Mellow Cosmetics

Mellow Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lip Paint Swatches Review

Bonjour class,

Okay I need a big fat DISCLAIMER right here. I am well aware that every man and his dog are talking about Mellow Cosmetics right now. (If you haven’t heard then you can ignore this message). Yes, they very well may be getting paid for it too. Did I get sent these products for free? Yes. Did I get paid to talk about these products? No. Would I repurchase these products with my own money? YES. I think it would be pretty fair to say any raving done by myself or anyone else (paid or unpaid) is totally just and truthful. I would not be going this crazy over nothing. I pinky swear!

In fact I am going to repurchase some of the shades I didn’t get sent because SPOILER ALERT these Lip Paints are a game changer. I’m talkin’ some Colourpop-esque hype is gonna happen around here very soon.

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Contouring With The L.A. Girl PRO.conceal | Review

L.A. Girl PRO.conceal contouring and correcting review

Tēnā koutou katoa class,

(I thought I should use a variation of greetings to start my posts seeing as that is what we do in class!)

Today I thought I’d have a go at contouring with the L.A. Girl PRO.conceal coloured concealers. I’ve talked about these before in a really old post here but I’ve since picked up a few more colours and used them for over a year so I feel like I have a good understanding and appreciation for the product now.

I am totally not a contouring professional. Everything I know, I’ve learnt from Shaaanxo (we all know shes basically a makeup goddess).  However you can see me try (and maybe fail) at a bit of cream contouring and I’ll swatch and review the concealers for you – how does that sound?

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My Proposal Haul

Proposal Haul Engagement Lush Pandora Intergalactic Mac Cosmetics

Good morning class,

If you read my previous post you would know that when my partner Tom proposed to me, he sent me on a treasure hunt around the mall with his credit card! I was lucky enough to pick out some gorgeous things from some of my favourite shops. Stay tuned to see what I chose.

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What I got for Christmas 2015 ♥ | Haul

What I Got For Christmas 2015 One Direction Zoeva

Good morning class,

If you aren’t following my social media accounts, then Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks, but c’mon, it was the holidays! I hope you’ve had a lovely time with your family – I sure did!

I thought, as I adore reading posts and watching videos about what people get for Christmas, that I would post about some of the lovely things I received too! Lets face it, we’re all a little bit nosey. Or curious I should say, that sounds better. We’re all a little curious.

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What I Received From my Secret Santa ♥ | Haul

Secret Santa Haul Lush theBalm Hot Mama L.A. Girl Hi-Lite

Good morning class,

Don’t you just love Secret Santa’s? I do! It’s probably one of my favourite things to do during the lead-up to Christmas time. I just love buying cute wee presents for someone and making them smile. I like secretly stalking them to find out what they love. I like overspending (I always overspend) and making them that much happier. I just love gift giving!

I participated in a Secret Santa-type project run by an amazing bloggers group on Facebook called Instabeautyau. Basically, we were paired up with someone else (also a blogger or beauty Instagrammer) who was living in a similar area to us as there are both Australians and New Zealanders on the page. This Secret Santa wasn’t quite so secret, as we both knew who we were and had to sort out the gift giving between us.

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