There's a lot of things I love about blogging, one of them is being introduced to a number of brands (particularly NZ ones) that I've never tired and through blogging I've been able too. Karen Murrell is one of those brands, and my collection of her all natural lipsticks has been growing steadily since I started my blog. One of them I have bought myself (in a clearance bin at a pharmacy for $5 - what a score!), and the others have been sent to me (you might have seen me post about them before!) Here's a little round up of the shades I own with swatches for comparison.
You all know I am an online shopping addict - it's the best way to go! When I was contacted by Recreate Yourself (or RY.com.au) to try a couple of products from the range they stocked, I was really excited. I'd not heard about the site previously but I'm glad I know about it now! They stock heaps of great brands that aren't easy to get in NZ; Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, Bioderma, BITE, and Gorgeous Cosmetics just to name a few.
Mini sets of nail polishes always entice me - I've got a growing collection of the OPI mini collections and when I saw this one for sale on OnceIt for $25.95 I instantly bought it! I've had this for over a month now and didn't know whether OPI would be bringing this particular collection to NZ, but last week I spied it in Farmers including this set! If you're a Coca-Cola fan, this is one to keep an eye out for.
I think most of us have heard of ZOEVA before - their (gorgeous) brush sets seem to be on every blog, and every Youtuber has a set of them. I remember first seeing the Rose Gold set in someones video and instantly thinking 'Imma need that in my life'. I haven't yet made the spurlge (to be honest I have more than enough makeup brushes to get the job done), but I'm constantly on the website lusting over all of their beauty bits. I'd heard a lot about their brushes but never their makeup, so when this amazing Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette* turned up I couldn't wait to get stuck in and use it!
If natural makeup is your thing, look no further than New Zealand brand, Living Nature. I've talked about Living Nature a few times on CM, and have reviewed some of their skincare items but this was my first foray into their makeup products. I was sent the Thickening Mascara in Jet Black* to try out, so here are a few thoughts on it.
It felt like I was the very last person to purchase this palette, after months and months of searching (it was sold out everywhere I swear), I finally nabbed it at Farmers. I had already sort of given up my search and bought the 'real deal' i.e. the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit that I love, and I'll have a bit of a comparison of both. The Australis AC On Tour Contouring + Highlighting Kit has had mixed reviews, there's a lot of love and a lot of hate, but I sit somewhere in the middle. I definitely don't think it's as bad as some people make it out to be, but it's definitely not as amazing as what other people say.
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