Lust List #10: Anniversary Luxe

This time, in a week, J and I will be heading out to one of the city’s finest restaurants to celebrate our five year anniversary. I am outrageously excited because I am a bit of a culinary nerd, but most importantly, because I get to celebrate FIVE YEARS with the boyf.

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1. Stella by Stella McCartney
This perfume, like any good relationship, is intelligently comprised of well-chosen elements for proven success – a good, solid set of familiars (rose and amber), good looks and charm (peony – my favourite flower), with a cheeky bit of je ne sais quoi (mandarin) thrown in for good measure.

2. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Many of us spend our lives searching for The One. The One True Holy Grail Primer, that is. If you haven’t found it yet, I suggest you try this one – I put it on my skin in a pharmacy and almost died at how smooth this stuff was. Then I asked for the price and almost died a second time. I’ll be getting this one YouShopped from America.

3. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal
NARS is to makeup addicts as Ricci is (in his head, anyway) to the women of Newcastle, and this satin lip pencil in a sangria hue is no exception. It’s got the looks, it’s got the charm – it just works.

4. The Balm Blush in Down Boy
I love The Balm’s cheeky marketing and packaging. This one is second on my list only to a certain NARS cult blush. When you think about it, “Down Boy” is probably the natural precursor to the NARS blush too.

5. MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick
This lipstick comes out on the same day (!!!) and it is another reason that next Thursday will be a winner. It feels like five years since my last MAC fix, and I can feel a small haul coming on.

What did you think of my picks for our anniversary dinner date? What are your favourite date night cosmetics? Let me know in the comments!

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Lust List #9: Rhythm and Vines

While it’s getting warmer up in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s cooling down here in New Zealand. Summer has well and truly been and gone, but that doesn’t stop me from lusting after my must-haves for next Summer.

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Curiously, the end of May and the beginning of June usually marks a pretty key point in many Kiwi young adults’ Summer experiences. Festival tickets start coming out for New Year’s Eve, and lineups start getting announced. The biggest festival of the lot is R&V, which I’ve been to once before, and am planning on going to once again this coming year.

1. Gel Nails by Leah Light
I cannot get over the amazing nails Leah and her team do over on Instagram. I was amazed to find out that their salon’s in the same city as me and accordingly, I’m heading over here to get my nails done in December.

2. JuJu Black Chelsea Jelly Ankle Boots
If you don’t have a good pair of festival boots, you’re gonna have a bad time. The last time I went to R&V was the Summer of Mud where nearly every festival and NYE experience North of Queenstown got rained out and mudded over. These JuJu Chelsea boots are the perfect mix of comfort, practicality and most importantly, style.

3. Mara Hoffman Printed Bikini
The best top at any Summer festival is always going to be a bikini and I am in love with this print. I can’t justify the price tag but I love it.

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo
If you can’t feasibly wash your hair while you spend three days dancing and camping, dry shampoo is pretty essential. I am one of those ridiculous girls that brings fake eyelashes and lipstick camping with me, so heading to a festival without dry shampoo is pretty nightmare-inducing.

5. Lime Crime Velvetines in Wicked
As much as I’m not a fan of Lime Crime, I cannot find another liquid lipstick that seems as long-wearing as this. I don’t want to be retouching my lipstick in a mosh pit, so this seems like the natural solution.

What do you guys think of these products? Are you going to any festivals this Summer? Do you know of any long-wearing lipsticks?

Lust List #8: Chocoholic’s Anonymous

Today’s lust list was inspired by fellow chocolate lover Steph over at Misc. Bliss. Steph lives in Korea and makes wonderful posts about her life there as well as Korean beauty and skincare hauls and reviews which make me mega envious. Love your work Steph!

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1. Too Faced Chocolate 
It smells like chocolate. It is makeup. I would be a terrible beauty blogger if I didn’t want this eyeshadow palette.

2. Lush Cupcake Face Mask
I have used this in the past and I need it back in my life – it looks like chocolate cake batter and it smells like mint chocolate chip. Does great things when my skin is grumpy with me (and when it’s not too!).

3. Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing Powder
So many people have raved about this one and for $15, I really don’t think you can complain. Did I mention it smells like chocolate?

4. My Beauty Diary Chocolate Truffle Mask
These are supposed to work magic on tired skin, and although they seem to be a little flimsy, I can’t imagine anything better than putting one of these super-hydrating chocolate masks on.

5. Amelia Bath and Body Organic Chocolate Face Mask
This face mask is kaolin-clay based and has two different types of chocolate powders among its five ingredients. It also comes in a cute amber-coloured  jar which appeals to me more than I can understand.

There you have it – my chocolate themed lust list dedicated to Steph! If you haven’t checked out her blog, go do so here.

Do you own any of these products? Which one would you like to try? Let me know in the comments!

Lust List 8: Winter Beauty in Sepia

The end of May marks the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter here in New Zealand, and already things are beginning to cool down. Yesterday, I got out the slow cooker for the first time in months, and I found that it wasn’t too cold for a cable-knit snood last week at work.

The Winter catwalks all seemed to be sporting similar trends: bold brows, berry stained lips, 60s eyeliner, sepia shadows and very bare matte skin, and I’m beginning to lust after the products that will help me achieve these Wintery trends.

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1. Clio Kill Waterproof Pen Liner
For the life of me I cannot find these in New Zealand, but I’ve read about them here and here and everyone seems to love them. I’ve all but given up on winged liners because of the average quality of all my eyeliner pens, but after seeing winged cat eyes at Dolce and Gabbana, Pucci, Anna Sui and Jason Wu, I’m ready to dip my toes back into the ocean of feline flicks.

2. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Violet Edition
Lips were stained with berrys and deep pinks at Marni, Vera Wang and Prada, Dior and Derek Lam, and fitting with the high-end theme, I’ve picked out this YSL lip stain to take out #2 on my lust list. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll know how delighted a violet lip makes me. I’m coveting this one hard.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe
What kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t have at least one Anastasia Beverly Hills brow product on my “must buy” list? Brows were bold but natural-looking at Jil Sander, Fendi, Stella McCartney, Balmain and Chanel, and I need this speedy brow fixer in my life. I’ve been surviving on the occasional brow tint and my Elf brow kit but it’s time to take the next step.

4. MAC Lipstick in Smoked Purple
I bet you all know how excited I was to see that lips were burgundy and aubergine at Phillip Lim, Jil Sander and Armani. I have swatched this colour but it wasn’t the colour I was looking for at the time. I’ve decided to put it behind me, feel the fear and do it anyway. This is definitely going to be in my next MAC haul.

5. LORAC Pro Palette
I first saw Shaaanxo using this palette and from that day forward I have never wanted a palette so badly in my life. There were neutral sepia shadows at Victoria Beckham, Rochas, and Bottega Veneta, and this palette has all the taupes, sables and nudes I could ever need and more. Hopefully I can get my hands on one this side of Christmas.

What do you think of this winter’s trends? Have you used any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

Lust List: Tangerine Lips and Peachy Cheeks

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Today’s lust list was inspired by the beautiful Endora of Bauble and Trinket. She recently made this post about her coral-coloured NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi and I immediately began lusting after one too – only in a more orange shade! I’ve not been brave enough to rock an orange lip yet but I assure you; we’re working on it.

1. MAC Blush in Peachy Keen
I need more blushes in my life, and as a pink-faced lady, this peach colour will add a pop of natural colour without making me look like I’ve run twenty kilometres.

2. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya
I need one of these in my life ASAP. The colour is the perfect bold orange that I think I could get away with, and I am in love with the texture and the look of these lip pencils after reading about them on Endora’s blog!

3. MAC Lipstick in Morange
It would be blasphemous to do a post about orange-hued lipstick and exclude this iconic lipstick from MAC. I have seen so many bloggers and make up obsessives wearing this hue and I’m dying to get my hands on one. Maybe in the next MAC haul!

4. Wet N Wild Lipstick in Purty Persimmon
I have heard many good things about this lipstick. From the swatches I’ve seen it looks like a good way to ease into the orange lip trend – the colour is wearable and perfect for everyday while still hitting the trend nail on the head.

5. Sleek Blush in Life’s a Peach
I’ve been reading about the Sleek blushes and this one’s top on my “must buy” list! All of the Sleek shadows I have tried so far have surpassed my expectations and I’m hoping their blushes will do the same.

What do you think of the orange lip trend? Do you have a favourite orange lipstick or peach blush? Let me know in the comments!

Lust List: Korean-Style Skincare

By now you probably know how obsessive I am about my primer. The importance of a good base cannot be understated, and recently I’ve been reading up about skincare to figure out how to best improve upon this base.

The verdict? Nobody seems to do skincare better than Korea. Westerners traditionally champion a three-step skincare system, but Korean skincare routines can have six or more steps, and many who follow the six-step system rave about it.

What also gets me is that many of the big Asian beauty brands offer skincare technology that’s more advanced and more natural than Western-style skincare products, and at a much better price!

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I’ve been reading up on the Korean-style skincare routine here, here and here, and I think I’m going to stock up next week – everything is so well-priced and after being converted to Lioele’s Triple the Solution BB Cream I think it’s time to get onboard!

1. CLEANSE ONE – Innisfree Apple Juicy Lip & Eye Remover
Contrary to what the title suggests, this won’t remove your lip and eyes. Instead, it’s part of the two-step cleanse. Using an oil-based cleanser to do this is an optimal way because it doesn’t dry your skin out like many Western makeup removers do. While I’m using coconut oil at the moment, I’m definitely going to give this Innisfree makeup remover a go.

2. CLEANSE TWO – SUM37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
After you’ve removed all the product from the surface of your skin, it’s time to go back in with another gentle cleanser to clean all the other things out from your pores. I read about this stick here and instantly began plotting to buy it. Rose is one of my favourite scents and there are about six billion different forms of rose in this one as well as coconut oil and a whole lot of other stuff.

3. TONE – Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner
The Korean toners that I’ve come across all seem to be much less astringent than their Western counterparts, and the point of this toning step seems to be to balance out the PH of your skin and keep the skin’s natural oils under control without drying the skin out completely. This Etude House product looks to be pretty popular and is also 6 free – no parabens, fragrances, talc, colours, mineral oil or ingredients tested on animals.

4. SERUM – OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum
This is another product I read about on Sheryll’s blog, and I am really keen to try this one. From what I understand, the serum step prevents and treats skin stress and specifics like wrinkles, redness or dark spots and this OST product has many amazing reviews! Out of all the steps in the Korean-style skincare routine, this one is probably the one that makes the biggest difference. I need this serum in my life ASAP.

5. EMULSION – Nature Republic Argan 20 Steam Emulsion
I might well be wrong on this but I think the emulsion step is like the first moisture seal – layering and locking in all the other layers of goodness you’ve put on your skin. This Nature Republic emulsion has also got some great reviews and I’m really keen to try it – apparently the scent is amazing!

6. CREAM – Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
The final step in the system could probably be skipped if you had oily skin, but because I’ve got dry-normal skin, I’m super excited to pick up a Laneige product because they all look really luxurious. This final step provides a final layer of moisture over all the other layers, and most creams seem to be different from emulsions in that they’re often heavier and more concentrated than emulsions.

These are only six of the key steps that a person could follow in a Korean-style skincare routine, and I’m hoping that I can eventually stock up on all of these products. Of course, there are many further products and steps like eye creams, exfoliants and masks that you could use, and I’m going to have a lot of fun exploring the other options!

DISCLAIMER: I’m definitely not an expert on skincare or the Korean skincare routine – please feel free to offer advice or corrections!

Have you tried any of these products or do you follow a Korean-style skincare routine? I’d love to hear more if you do so please leave me a message in the comments!

Lust List: Purple Lips and Painted Tips

As you know, I have a deep obsession for all things purple and violet, in particular, lipsticks and nail polishes. Accordingly, today’s Lust List is themed along these lines.

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1. Pretty and Polished Tears of Dionysus Nail Polish
The God Dionysus wept when he saw Amethyst in quartz. I am having a hard time not crying over how wonderful all of Pretty and Polished’s nail colours are. Perhaps Dionysus and I are in a similar league?

2. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Taboo
This colour is something else altogether. It looks like outer space and I NEED it in my life.

3. OCC Matte Lip Tar in Black Dahlia
You all know of my love for OCC lip tars. For me, Black Dahlia is the natural progression – a beautiful, deep burgundy that looks a lot like my next purchase.

4. MAC Smoked Purple
More tears. More lust. Maybe like a more violet-coloured lipstick version of Black Dahlia? Either way, another MAC lipstick calling my name.

5. Wet N Wild Vamp It Up
This lip colour has been called a dupe for nearly as many of my MAC favourites as Wet N Wild’s Cherry Bomb. At $2.75 each, I think it’s nearly inevitable that I’ll have both by the end of April.

What do you think of purple nails and purple lips? Let me know in the comments! x

As seen on nzgirl.co.nz here.

Lust List #4: Mean Girls

It is entirely possible that Clueless may be the best film of all time.

Mean Girls follows closely in the running, and Gossip Girl is one of my favourite TV shows. I thought it would be somewhat fitting, after finding this Stella & Bow jewelery, that I do a Lust List of my ultimate Mean Girls-style fashion and beauty items.

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1. Nars Blush in Orgasm
As you know, this blush is a cult classic. I can’t think of anything more preppy thank perfectly pink cheeks to match a Mean Girls-style ensemble. Regretfully, I do not own this magical blush, but I have needed it in my life for a very long time. So fetch.

2. Banjo & Matilda Ballet Cardigan
How outrageously Regina George is this silk and cashmere cardigan?

3. Black Milk Tartan Barbie Leggings
I love the tartan trend. I love pink. I love that it has “Barbie” in the title. I feel like if Cher was reincarnated as a twenty-something now, she’d wear these leggings to work out in.

4. Stella and Bow “Cady” Bracelet
This requires no explanation.

5. DuWop Lip Venom
Just-pinched glossy lips are the perfect Plastics prep-risqué accessory. DuWop’s Lip Venom is the perfect cult classic to achieve the look. If someone else didn’t make it cool first, it’s probably not worth wearing anyway, right?

Prep-risqué. It’s a thing.

Sorry for the shorter post – weekends are hectic so I’m going to try and organise some kind of blogging schedule soon. Keep an eye out for my post on the Lipstick Tag, which the gorgeous Libby over at SplishSplasch tagged me in, as well as a special guest feature on skincare products!

What would you put on your Mean Girls lust list?

This post is also as seen on nzgirl here.

Lust List and Look: Fresh-Faced Spring Beauty Essentials

Today’s post is inspired by Clarity and Ellie over at BeautyStalkers.wordpress.com, who are hosting a Fashion & Beauty Spring Essentials Link Party! 

Although it’s not Spring in New Zealand (March marked the beginning of Autumn), I’ve noticed some rather Spring-like beauty trends emerging for both Spring and Autumn beauty in the Autumn/Winter 2014 shows (Diane Von Furstenberg and Givenchy) and on the Spring 2014 runways (Balmain and Isabel Marant).

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Many models were fresh-faced on the Spring Catwalks, including the Isabel Marant shows, the Balmain shows, and the Temperley shows.

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Autumn trends seem to be similarly fresh and bare in terms of beauty, although skin seems less dewy and more matte and the colour seems to cool down a little with purple tones (radiant orchid anyone?) at Diane von Furstenberg and pale brows at Givenchy.

I think that this low-key look is perfect for both Spring and Autumn, and chose a youthful, fresh look for my MOTD on Monday.

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This super-simple, no-makeup look is very simple to achieve and like with all good FOTDs, it starts with a good base. Because I didn’t want a heavy foundation to create this look, I went for the Chi Chi BB Cream I reviewed here. This is great BB Cream and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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I added blush and bronzer, and did my brows and my mascara, and for my eyes I used Snakebite and Bootycall from the Naked2 Palette. I’ve compiled an Autumn and Spring beauty lust list to build upon this clean, fresh look.

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1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
I saw this in Mecca Cosmetica and over at this blog and have fallen in love a little bit. It is the most gorgeous, shimmery, luxury blush, and it makes you look as though you’ve just had some kind of spa facial. This one’s high up on my lust list.

2. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick
Ever since Radiant Orchid was announced Colour of the Year, I’ve been lusting after nearly everything and anything in this shade. Typing this, I realise that even my desktop background has assumed this shade. Bubblegum colours are very on-trend right now, and this pale orchid colour is perfect for Spring.

3. Stila One Step Correct
This is at the very top of my current beauty wish list. I have pink-toned skin, so anything that counteracts that is going to be something I’m interested in. This Stila product is the ideal way to achieve a radiant, even and glowing complexion, and when you blend it onto your skin it makes it look amazing.

4. Herbivore Botanicals Exfoliating Pink Clay/Floral Facial Mask
I’m a little bit in love with the packaging of this clay. What makes it even cooler is that a) it’s organic and sold on Etsy and b) it’s pink. Perfect for achieving soft, bright skin.

5. The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer
This is something that I probably should already own – it seems like a bit of a staple item in everyone’s beauty arsenal. The Cindy-Lou Manizer adds colour and illuminates – pretty ideal for pink Spring cheeks.

There you have it – my top five most wanted for Spring and Autumn beauty. What are you lusting after this season? Do you like the minimal makeup look?