JANUARY LOVES

JANUARY LOVES

Welcome to the Behind My Shower Curtain - January edition. Here’s a run down of my favourite product finds for the first month of 2015. Redken Wax Blast This is the product that I’ve been on the hunt for for years. Probably for as long as my hair has been in a bob/lob which is pretty much constantly since I was 8. I prefer a messyish approach to my hair, a tousled slightly unkempt look, which to achieve I need to apply some sort of wax product through the ends to get a piecey look. But I’ve found most waxes a bit heavy, or not heavy enough, or too wet, or too dry (total Goldilocks syndrome) so my hair inevitably ends up in a ponytail/top knot type of situation. With Wax Blast, Redken have created a game changer for me. It’s a spray wax, so you get a nice light coverage of product where you want it (the ends) and the texture it gives is brilliant. If you like slightly tousled beachy waves, get ye to a Redken salon and pick some of this brilliance up. Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious SPF25 Lip Protectant (Glossy Pink Tint) I was put on to this product by Rae Morris after I wrote this on the best lip balms ever. It’s a delightful lip balm, with sun protection of SPF 25, a glorious light pinky colour and a delicious fruity taste. I’ve been using it when I’m meeting people during the day and want sun protection with a hint of colour on my lips. Although it includes shea butter and vitamin E in its ingredient list, I’m...
MASCARA WITHOUT SMUDGES… IT IS POSSIBLE

MASCARA WITHOUT SMUDGES… IT IS POSSIBLE

Mascara. The product that helps frame your eyes and finish off a polished makeup look. Also the product that can make you look extra tired when it ends up smudged under your eyes. Even waterproof, super unbudgable mascaras can smudge if they mix with residual eye cream, oil from a concealer or oily eyelids, which makes sense when you think that you normally use an oil based makeup remover to remove that hard core waterproof gear. But once it’s smudged down under your eyes and you don’t have any remover on hand just try to clean it off. It’s damn near impossible. So for outings into muggy humid weather, occasions when there might be tears or eye rubbing, or pretty much anytime I’m using mascara, I love to use something called a tubular mascara. These beauties coat the lashes with a flexible polymer which is immune to oil, sweat and tears. But it can be removed at the end of the day super easily with your fingers and some warm water. After cleansing your face wet your thumb and index finger with warm water and gently pull through your lashes, the mascara will come off in wee plastic-like tubes. Easy. You’ll find that most brands nowadays do a tubular mascara. I’ve tried several but have yet to find a drugstore brand with a tubing mascara in stock when I’ve been shopping so still have a bit of experimentation to do to find a good cheapie version. The best tubing mascara I’ve found so far that I can highly recommend are: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara I use this mascara and have been so...
BOXING UP BEAUTY

BOXING UP BEAUTY

Beauty boxes seem to have been the thing of 2014. There are a tonne of different options to subscribe to overseas, but as usual here in NZ they’re pretty limited unless you want to pay up for massive shipping costs.   The idea behind beauty boxes is generally that you sign up for a subscription and are sent out a box containing an unspecified number of beauty products and samples every month or quarter. It’s all a surprise and a sort of lucky dip for grown ups as you don’t know what you’re getting until you open your parcel and unbox it live on YouTube.   I thought some of you might, like me, be feeling some FOMO around beauty boxes so I took one for the team and pulled out my credit card. I chose to spend my cash on the latest addition to the beauty box market, the Beauty Review Beauty Box. This guy is quarterly (they are already advertising the March Beauty Box), and is said to be made up of full sized products which are currently available in NZ shops with no crappy discontinued colours. Beauty Review also don’t use a subscription based model, you have to jump on their site each quarter and elbow all the other beauty junkies out of the way to get your paws on one.   Once I’d paid the $48.95 + $5.00 shipping fee, I was sent through a questionnaire asking about the condition of my hair and my preference in lip colour. A nice touch so they can personalise the boxes slightly for each customer. I chose the...
PALETTE LOVIN’

PALETTE LOVIN’

Hey hey it’s Christmas time. Well it’s November which means Santa is shoving all of his wares down your throat about now. And by Santa I mean retailers. Along with all of the colourful toys and spangly trees that are popping up around the place, cosmetic brands are launching their holiday collections ready to be put in a stocking or under a tree. All of that pretty packaging and palettes with amazing colours you won’t be able to get your paws on any other time and not to forget the great value = let’s buy it right this very second because it’s beautiful and limited edition and time is running out. Right? Well holster that credit card for one moment and let’s check in on that ‘great value’ to see if it really is going to be worth your pennies. Palettes can be awesome. You get a bunch of colours and perhaps even a bunch of products (eyes/lips/cheeks) for a pretty good price tag. But are you one of those women who don’t like change? Who thinks about playing with some new colours or trying a new technique for around about a second once a month but just goes back to your standard, safe look? How many palettes do you own where you use (or even like) all of the colours and textures? Perhaps you might be better off buying two full sized shades of the products you like the look of and know you would use? Or one stunning lip colour that you feel happy to pull out of your handbag to apply. Now there’s a trick you’ll want...
CREME DE LA CREAM SHADOW

CREME DE LA CREAM SHADOW

This post is a wee insight into just how lazy I am when it comes to my own personal makeup routine and one of the products that helps me pull off this laziness with panache. I pull them out to use on myself (and my clients/models) on almost every occasion… cream eye shadows. Now I’m not talking about the cream shadows of old which were horrendous creasy things that would cause all sorts of unsightly messes on and around your eye. Cream shadows nowadays set on your lids and can be smudge proof and water resistant to boot. Cream eye shadow is my saviour when I have 10 minutes or less to do my makeup in the morning (i.e. always). I’m all about skin and so much prefer to spend my limited time on getting my base looking even and glowy rather than colouring up my eyes. So how better to get a nice wash of colour on the lids than a swipe of cream shadow. It’s super easy to dip a ring finger into the pot and apply that to your lower lid. Just be sure to start with a little product which you can then build up if needed, and start your application at your lash line and blend it up to your crease from there. The brilliant thing about cream shadows is that when you use one with shimmer in it, you’ll look like you spent a bunch of time applying and blending different colours as different lights will catch the different tones of the shimmer particles. When you use a matte colour you can layer...
BATTLE OF THE BALMS

BATTLE OF THE BALMS

Chapped lips are a complete bitch. Sore, uncomfortable, unsightly. Really hard to put lipstick over. Finding a lip balm that heals and hydrates your lips back into plump niceness can also be a complete bitch, there are so many pots, tubes and sticks of balmy goodness out there in the world. For the past 9 years I have been completely and utterly besotted with Bobbi Brown’s lip balm SPF15 (in the silver tin), but as I am no longer working for the brand and I choose to live in New Zealand, the $40ish price is slightly prohibitive for me at present. So I’ve been trying out a few cheaper options, having a wee lip balm-off if you will, and I would like to think I have found some other excellent balmy options for chapped lips. Brilliant news for my lips. And the good news for you is that I’m willing to share. Contestant #1 Tailor Skincare Lips RRP NZ$15 Comes in a pretty blue pot. The product itself is quite hard to get into but it soon softens with the warmth of your fingers (I would suggest being a hygienic human and using a cotton bud to scoop the product out as required before getting your fingers on it). As the balm warms to your lips the texture melts into more of an oil texture and is infused with a honey flavour. Unfortunately for me honey gives me a bit of a headache so I’m not big on this guy for myself, but if you like a bit of slip in a balm (and like honey) this could be...