Removing Your Makeup Like a Boss With The ZA Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil

Za Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil Estee Lauder Double Wear

Aloha class (just booked out honeymoon to Hawaii – I’m so excited!)

Today I want to tell you about the product I have been using most regularly to take off my makeup – in particular my stubborn Estee Lauder Double Wear!

It is the wonderful, the fantastic, the marvellous… ZA Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil.

Now I was sent this by ZA for free however I am not being paid to talk about this product, I haven’t been asked to talk about this product. I just genuinely love and use this product regularly and I want to tell you about it – because it’s a cheaper alternative to the Estee Lauder makeup remover, and it removes makeup really well and leaves my skin feeling fab.

So it’s sold in 100ml bottles, it’s around $15NZ and sold in Life Pharmacy and other similar stores in NZ – if you want to see where it’s sold near you or in your country then check the Facebook page or site for your country at the bottom of their website. It’s got a pump dispenser and one pump is around enough for my face, although I tend to use two pumps (one to remove makeup and one to cleanse).

Za Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil

Obviously it’s an oil-based cleanser (looking at the name). Originally I was thinking I wouldn’t be touching the thing with a barge pole as I have oily skin myself and I assumed it would make it worse and make me break out. However it ended up being quite the opposite (once I got the courage to try it!).

It’s marketed to remove stubborn makeup, pore impurities and clogged sebum (who knows what that it, but it sounds nasty). It is formulated with two types of natural plant oils (two!?) and vitamin E derivative which sounds pretty good, although it’s gone over my head a little bit.

Za Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil

You are supposed to rub a pump between your hands and apply to your dry skin (which is a HUGE positive for me, because I can never be bothered wetting my face before cleansing – it’s such a pain). Then you rub it over your skin and rinse it off. The one thing to note here is that the formula is very runny so you have to be careful when you pump it out that you don’t lose it between your fingers and onto the floor!

I find it just melts away all of my makeup almost instantly. You and I both know the power of Double Wear and how it sticks to your skin – I can assure you that this stuff melts it away like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Za Cosmetics Deep Cleansing Oil Estee Lauder Double Wear

It leaves my skin feeling really nice and it doesn’t feel wet or sticky as it can with some cleansers. In fact I barely feel anything at all.

It never breaks me out and it never leaves an oily residue or makes my skin overly oily. In fact I think it’s actually helped my breakouts before because you don’t have to scrub it or anything so it doesn’t anger your acne but it’s gentle and cleanses really deeply so gets rid of all those nasties which were causing the breakouts in the first place.

Overall I would definitely recommend this. I have no idea what people with dry skin need, but I know it works for my oily, acne prone skin. It would be perfect for you if you wear a high coverage foundation every day as it would keep your skin cleansed and healthy. It’s cheap. It’s easy to find. It’s easy to use. What more could you want?

Have you tried this before? What cleansers do you use and love? I use this alongside a few others too – I love the Lush Dark Angels cleanser too!

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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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Lipstick Collection | My 6 Most Used Lipsticks ♥

Lipsticks I use Everyday Colourpop Ultra Matte YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mac Kat Von D

Good morning class,

I always have a little pang of guilt every time I lay eyes on my lipstick collection because there are so many that I barely use. However I can’t bare to get rid of them because I like to have the option of using them at some point. (Silly, I know!).

If you know me from school (and I know there are some staff/parents who read my ramblings – Hi! Thank you for reading!) then you know that I do try to wear an array of bright colours on my lips each week. However, if you’ve ever been to my house, you’d know it would take me about half a year to get through every lipstick I own if I wore one different shade each day.

I thought perhaps by writing this post, it might make me discover lipsticks that haven’t seen the light of day in a while and try to get some use out of my collection. Plus it will let YOU all know which lipsticks you should probably go and buy 😉 (sorry, not sorry).

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Review | The 6 Best Highlighters of ALL-TIME!

Highlighters makeup favourite swatches review

Good morning class,

I’m typing this one with a big smile today because highlighters happen to be my all-time favourite makeup product, and in fact, they’re partly the reason why I became so makeup-obsessed in the first place! Today I’m going to chat about my favourite highlighters and why, and I’m also going to ask you to PLEASE tell me what your favourites are?! I’d love to buy some more highlighters to add to my collection, so I’d love to know what you’ve been loving!

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Haul | Collective Drugstore featuring; Maybelline New York, Colourpop, Gerard Cosmetics

Haul Za Cosmetics Colourpop Gerard Shaaanxo Essence

Good morning class,

Prepare yourselves… I’ve done ALOT of shopping lately. This is not, I repeat, IS NOT the last haul post. I have at least 2-3 more hauls coming to the blog this week (and probably next week). So, I hope you like hauls because that’s what you’re getting!

I decided to post hauls rather than reviews at this stage, because they’re what I like to read/watch the most so hopefully you’re all similar in that respect.

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Za Cosmetics foundation & BB cream review + ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! ♥ ♥

ZA Cosmetics Foundation


Good morning class,

Today I’m excited to share with you a review on the three Za Cosmetics foundation-type products I own! I’ve been trialing these for a month or two now and I’m getting ants in my pants because I just want to tell you all about them! I’ve also got a Za Cosmetics Blender Sponge to giveaway as well which is one of my FAVE cheaper versions of the Beauty Blender. Stay tuned for how to win!

I’ve got the Za True White Liquid Foundation, the Za Total Hydration BB Cream UV and the Za Skin Beauty Liquid Foundation to review and I will do a wee bonus review on the Za Blender Sponge as well!

Za Cosmetics were kind enough to gift me one of these products (the True White Liquid Foundation) but I got the other two myself. You can buy Za Products from these stockists in store or here online

Za True White Liquid Foundation

This one is my FAVOURITE of the three because it’s more up my alley. It’s medium coverage but easily blended to a full coverage, it lasts for most of the day (which is pretty good considering my skin is literally an oil slick, and it has an awesome range of lighter shades! Which is great if you’ve got fair to medium skin tones but not so great if you’ve got a darker skin tone. It’s also the most expensive at $25 NZ – however $25 for a foundation = pretty awesome in my books! I think this one is great value and it looks gorgeous, dewy and BRIGHT on the skin. It sinks into the skin and feels really lightweight despite being a medium/full coverage foundation. I like to wear this one when I want fuller coverage but I don’t want to feel all cakey and I don’t NEED it to last all day flawlessly. I mean, don’t get me wrong. This stuff does have great lasting power! However when you’re an oily teacher in a hot classroom who likes to touch her face, NOTHING lasts long on that mug. I’d say it would last all day on most people. It doesn’t slide off my face either which is great! Not sure about dry skin – however my good friend Olivia (Xlivlovesmakeup) over on YouTube did a review of it as well here and she has dry skin! Subscribe to her please – shes a total babe!

ZA Cosmetics Foundation


Za Total Hydration BB Cream UV

Okay – I just want to start by telling a little story. One day I had a few pimps on my tomato-red chin (ladies time) and I was mucking round home but wanted to chuck on SOMETHING so I didn’t have to screw my face up in disgust every time I caught sight of myself in the mirror. I popped on a bit of this BB cream with my Za Blender Sponge and set it with a tiny touch of powder, a swipe of mascara and went on my way. Fast Forward to about 30 mins later. Tom comes in. Looks at me and is like “WOW you look gorgeous without makeup babe”. Moral of the story – men can’t tell whether your wearing makeup or not, and this BB cream is my new fave. It gives a really decent amount of coverage for a BB cream. It’s SUPER lightweight on the skin. It actually FEELS amazing on the skin – like it’s definitely hydrating! I really love it for a BB cream and I’d definitely wear it out (which is a big call because I rarely leave the house without a full face – mainly due to the fact I love applying makeup more than anything but also slightly because of that dreaded tomato chin). Would totes recommend it – plus it only costs $15! Steal.

ZA Cosmetics Foundation


Za Skin Beauty Foundation (apparently in the swatch I thought it was called Perfect Fit for some reason… excuse that)

This foundation is definitely my least favourite of the bunch. With my skin type and my preferences it really doesn’t do much for me. It’s definitely a light coverage – lighter than the BB cream. It doesn’t sit on my skin nicely and I don’t think it mixes well with my oily skin. It is advertised to “instantly even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores” which is definitely not the case for me. My skin is quite scarred from break outs on my chin which is probably why I don’t like it because it’s simply not pigmented enough to satisfy my coverage needs. However, it would be perfect for someone who was only after a light coverage, matte finish foundation. It’s definitely not a bad foundation, it feels nice on the skin, it blends out nicely and applies well, the colours are great for fair skin and it does give some coverage, however I cannot get it to work for me unfortunately! This one retails for $20 🙂


I think Za Cosmetics makes some pretty decent foundations + products in general. I’ve recently acquired a whole lot of their products (some gifted to me by the company, and some from friends or purchased myself) and I am really loving them! They have a great price point for New Zealand, they’re good quality, they have a HUGE range of makeup and skincare and their sister brand Moisture Mist is also fantastic. They also have great customer service and they do a whole lot of giveaways and deals over on their Facebook page – check it out!  

ZA Cosmetics blender sponge

Za Blender Sponge review + giveaway

So I also got two of the Blender Sponge’s from Za and I am LOVING using my one! It’s definitely not beauty blender – however it’s difficult to compare it to the beauty blender because the bb is so different to this product. The Za sponge is larger and more dense than the beauty blender and is more comparable to the Real Techniques sponge. I actually prefer it to the RT sponge because it’s bigger and a better shape which makes it easier and quicker to use. Lord knows I’m always trying to find ways of making my makeup routine quicker in the morning when I’m running late and this product does that! I find the application of the product itself no different to that of the beauty blender or Real Techniques sponge and I actually find this product much easier to clean. It doesn’t store away old product inside the sponge like the beauty blender does. It’s easy to get out ALL of the product from inside the sponge and then it’s as good as new again. Personally, for the price (around $20 but they often have deals where this is free with another face purchase etc), I think that this is a fantastic sponge. It applies product nicely, is quick and easy, simple to wash and lasts longer than the other sponges I’ve tried.

I’ve got one of these sponges to give away to a lucky reader in NZ + some other Za goodies! The reason why it’s only NZ is because when I do an international giveaway I want to give away something expensive to make it worthwhile because of shipping etc. If I posted this sponge internationally then the postage could cost nearly as much as the sponge itself! So stay tuned for an international giveaway.

To enter you MUST:

  • Follow my blog via email or WordPress. (If via email then you must confirm your subscription in the email sent to the address you subscribed with. Otherwise I can’t see who you are).
  • Comment on this blog post and tell me what your favourite foundation is (and why!)

For an extra entry you can:

Competition open to NZ residents only, prize consists of 1x Za Cosmetics Blender Sponge in “pink” and some other Za Cosmetics goodies, winner must contact me within 48 hours of being announced or I will redraw. Winner must be following my blog and must have commented on this blog post. Competition closes on 31st May 2015 NZ time.

Good luck my darlings!

CLICK HERE to enter quickly


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April ’15 Favourites! My favourite products from February/March/April ♥

ZA cosmetics XO beauty lashes MAC Lightscapade


Good morning class,

Today I want to chat to you about some of my FAVE products from February, March & April (because I’ve been slack with favourites posts)!

I’ve been sent, gifted and purchased lots of items over the past couple of months (as usual, I’m a shop-a-holic!) and here are some of the products that I am absolutely loving and using almost every day!


ZA Cosmetics True White Plus Liquid Foundation

I have absolutely been obsessed with this foundation (and another one of the ZA ones which isn’t mentioned today). I received this one from ZA themselves and wanted to have a good try of it before I talked to you guys about it. I take a while to “get in” to foundations and I like to really test them out before I decide if I like them. Luckily, this one passed all the tests and I am in love!

I’m planning on doing a full review of three of the ZA foundations – coming soon, so I won’t rant on too much about it now. What I will tell you is it’s super pale (which is good for fair skinned people),  it’s super duper brightening, it is a good coverage – not too heavy, not too light – and it applies really nicely! One of my new faves!

(You can buy this at Life Pharmacy in NZ or click the title to find other stockists in your area – super cheap stuff!)

Australis Fresh & Flawless Powder

Okay guyyys, you know I’m obsessed with this stuff. I know it, you know it, but I felt bad about leaving it from my favourites because I love it so much! I feel like those of you who haven’t yet tried it NEED to be reminded about how amazing it is. I have written an entire blog post on it here and I even gave some away! (It’s her favourite now too, I’m sure!)

So, if you haven’t felt the love and bought this $10!? powder and had a wee play around then you’re really missing out!

(You can buy this wonderful stuff at Kmart in NZ and Australia – not sure about other parts of the world)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Alright. I’ve had this for forever. And I’ve loved it. It’s nice and light and fantastic for pale skin. HOWEVER, recently, I found a new use for this godsend. Most of the time, I can never find a concealer light enough to highlight under the eyes. I always want to achieve that Shaaanxo bright eye look but it never works because I’m too pale as it is. BUT lately I’ve been setting my concealer with a touch of this Lightscapade powder and then putting a bit of the Australis powder on-top to set my whole face and it gives me this amazing bright under-eye glow which I LOVE. I know it’s a highlighter, and it’s a bit sparkly and all that jazz. However I find that by putting a dash of normal powder over-the-top it counteracts the sparkles and leaves me with just the brightness. Worth a try if you have the product already! I’d been dying for the Bare Mineral’s powder in Well Rested that Shannon uses but I think this could be a good alternative until then?

L’Oreal Lumi Magic Pure Light Primer

This is another one of those products that I’ve had for forever but “forget” to use for ages. I’ve just started using it now and I am in LOVE!

I don’t know why I never got into it ages ago. It’s what I imagine MAC Strobe Cream to be like, however it’s way cheaper! It’s so brightening and feels delightful on the skin. It looks indescribable. As in, I just tried to think of something in looks like but mind blanked. It looks like reflective white glue but doesn’t feel like glue to apply – if that makes sense. Either way, I am loving it! Praise the lord I started using it again too because I just ran out of my tried and true Mac primer. A+ from the teacher herself!

Moisture Mist Bronzer

This one was gifted to me by a friend and I am LOVING it. If you want a more in-depth review with swatches and the like – let me know! For now I’m just going to talk (verbal diarrhea-style) , as that’s what I’m good at and that’s what we’re here for.

So this is the perfect colour for someone pale, and I think it would also work for most skin tones. It’s got a bit of shimmer in it, but it’s subtle. It applies nicely with a bronzing brush and it’s easy to blend. It’s fine and it’s in nice sturdy packaging. I love the Moisture Mist packaging actually! Really easy to open and it’s got a nice big mirror. It will be getting a lot of use!

Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream

I literally just ran out of moisturizer before my friend gave this to me and THANK GOODNESS IT’S AMAZING because I kind of hate buying moisturizer. It’s so hit and miss, and it’s expensive and it’s not exciting to buy like a lipstick or eye shadow is. However – if you’re like me and hate buying moisturizer then save yourself the drama and buy this one! It’s everything I love in a moisturizer. Super creamy and moisturizing (of course), smells delish, not oily, natural and all that jazz. I have found my holy grail! This is weird, but I also like the lid. It’s made with a thin coating of metal on the outside and it’s just nice and luxurious when I’m opening it in the morning. It’s ALSO got Rosehip oil in it which is a BIG GOLD STAR from me! Rosehip oil is amazing stuff for the skin and great on pimples and scarring. I’ve noticed my skin has been looking amazing after weekly use of this moisturizer God.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

You guys KNOW I love this concealer! Holy Grail. Nuff said.

I’ve talked about it before here – go read why x

ZA Beauty Sponge

I’m planning on talking all about this one very soon in a blog post- but for now I’ll let you know that I LOVE it. It’s more dense than the beauty blender, but it’s cheaper and it’s bigger (which I like). Personally, I LOVE this. I find it so easy to use, and very comparable to the beauty blender. Check it out. x


xoBeauty Lashes

I have a few pairs of these gorgeous lashes made by the gorgeous Shannon Harris or Shaaanxo and I LOVE them! They’ve got a nice thin band which means that you can’t see them and they’re not as obvious. They’re easy to apply, and there’s lots of different styles! Plus I’m all about supporting Kiwi businesses! Especially when the owner is such a genuinely nice person. Check it out here

Essence Lash Princess mascara

I went shopping with my friend and we went exploring to parts of Auckland unknown and found a goldmine of Essence at a Farmers store. SCORE! I hadn’t tried Essence before because they don’t have it at my local Farmers, so I picked up this mascara and an eyeshadow as I was incredibly poor that week. I chose this mascara because I THINK I heard Sally Jo talk about it, and it has a cool name. Princess? I love princesses! Anyway, it’s a comb brush and it’s perfect. I LOVE comb brushes because they separate my lashes like no tomorrow! All I want in life is separated lashes. My lashes are already pretty long so I don’t need length. This mascara is good. Especially if you like combs. And it was like $6.

Billion Dollar Brows brow pencil

I received this from a friend and I’m in love!! It’s got quite a large applicator, and you can’t sharpen it or anything so I can’t use it for a really defined brow – but it works well for an everyday sort of brow. IDEAL that it has a spoolie brush on the end. 5 gold stars!

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

Okay guuuuuuys, guys, guys, guys. You KNOW I am obsessed with Colourpop… do you need me to explain further or can we just be happy with the fact that Colourpop will always be in my favourites? PS fave shadows at the moment include; Bubbly, Tassle, Get Lucky, I Heart This. xo

ZA Cosmetics Eyeliner Pen

Seriously. Why don’t more people rave about this thing? It’s probably the best eyeliner pen I’ve ever used. Either that or I’ve just become really good at doing winged liner. But I think it’s actually just the best liner I’ve ever used. Nice wet formula, but it dries really fast. Easy to use, cheap, cheerful. BUY MEEEE.

Lips & others

Colourpop Lippie Stix & Pencil in Wifey

Okay, this maybe isn’t my FAVE shade of lippie stick and pencil in the Colourpop range ( I’m not sure I can pick a favourite), however it’s been my most worn this month! I am just loving the bright pink, and it wears really nicely throughout the day. (The kids absolutely love it too!).

Pink Sugar Sensual Perfume

Delish! This perfume is one of those ones I used to own ages ago but only recently repurchased. It reminds me of drinking and being 21. It brings back good memories plus it smells like sugar and pink and lollies and happiness. If you ever see it round, have a sniff.

Sparkly Phone Case

You guys know me. I am obsessed with sparkles and glitter. This phone case is the coolest of the cool. It’s see through and it has glitter and stars inside that move around like those kids cups you could get where the glitter would move around between the outside and the inside of the cup. If that makes sense? I bought mine for $5 free shipping off eBay. Have a look!

That’s it for my favourites this month. I don’t want to do any more talking! I’m sorry there’s only been one post a week for the past two weeks. I have all these ideas and posts ready, but I’m never home when there’s good light for photos for you! Plus school is busy at the beginning of the term. Either way, there will be PLENTY of posts coming + two giveaways in the next week or two I promise!

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