Sep 17, 2015

Review: Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

I've probably mentioned this product on the blog before but I wanted to share it with you today because I believe in sharing the products that have stood the test of time. Rather than showing you what's new all the time, it's a truer indication of how much I love a product based on the fact that I've been using something for 5 years.

This is that product. I have about 4 of these Clarins lip balms scattered around various handbags; I am literally scared to be without it. It is the most intensely nourishing and hydrating lip balm without being sticky. It gives the lips a perfect polished look and enhances your natural lip colour. I always love the way my lips look when I have this on. It contains rose wax, which if you are comparing it to By Terry's Baume de Rose makes it a more attractive price point. 

I took this up the mountain in the snow with me recently and used it at lunch time and at the end of the day to soften and soothe my lips. I always use a lip product with SPF while I'm skiing as the Sun's rays reflect off the snow and can seriously burn. I use SPF30+, however it's nice to have a better tasting balm to apply when you are not directly in the sun, SPF have a tendency to taste horrible.

You may remember a while back Lupita Nyongo'o famously used this balm at the Oscars and it sold out worldwide pretty quickly! 

I have repurchased this balm time and time again and have recommended it to friends who have bought it and loved it too. I can't remember the exact cost now but it is about $36 I think.

Have you tried this lip balm before? Are you as obsessed as me?

Until my next post,

Sep 16, 2015

New Bobbi Brown Queensgate Counter // Top 3 Lip Colors

Bobbi Brown have recently opened a counter at Farmers Queensgate, and I couldn't be happier! As a 'Bobbi Brunette' (a name I coined to describe brunettes with a penchant for neutral coloured cosmetics), I've long-lusted over the sleek packaging and high performance products. Bobbi has a way of making every woman look and feel beautiful, often without fuss. It's all about working with each woman as an individual to play up her features rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach to makeup. I've been a huge subscriber to Bobbi's life philosophy for a long time. Some of the first beauty books I read in my early teen years were by Bobbi.

Bobbi's ten life rules:

1. Work hard, but smart
2. Be nice
3. Be fearless
4. Never stop learning
5. Stay positive
6. Keep on reading
7. Surround yourself with great people
8. Be grateful
9. Be open
10. Have fun

Whenever I get asked who I would invite over for dinner if I could... I always say Bobbi Brown! That is if I could invite about 5 people, and then Kate Middleton would be on the top of that list too (naturally)! ;)

So I went in for a makeup lesson with the amazing Matt and walked away with a few things; I may or may not have got a bit carried away. Matt is so knowledgeable and made me feel if I was catching up with a close friend. Not only is he talented, but he is the sweetest guy ever, answering all my questions and putting up with my Kate Middleton obsession! Haha! Prior to this lesson I had bought Sandwash Pink 22 lipstick for my wedding from another counter. Unbeknownst to me, this was the shade selected for Kate Middleton to wear to her wedding!! I swear this was just the biggest coincidence and a sign that we should be BFFs right now. More on that later though.

As he was applying my makeup I mentioned how beautiful the counter was and how I would love it in my kitchen! Matt said that it was funny I should say that because the new counters were based off of Bobbi's home kitchen and that she wanted her customers to feel at home when they shop from her. The kitchen is the heart of the home and she was trying to carry on that theme with her business. So lovely!

Marble = Swoon!! And yes those are real apples...

I'm obsessed with her blush and lipstick offering. Matt custom blended two blush shades on me to give a natural look. I ended up buying the shade Clementine to use as my base colour and then later the Pale Pink shade for my accent colour. Bobbi really pioneered the corrector and concealer look for a brighter more natural looking skin and Matt demonstrated how to do this before applying stick foundation. My skin was so even-toned and flawless, I got some lovely compliments that day.

We went for a neutral, smokey eye with a shimmer overlay and black gel-liner (one of my holy grail products). We started with the Eyeshadow Stick pictured above in Sunlight Gold and then he blended other eyeshadow sticks over top to give a natural look. He blended it all with his fingers so there were no brushes necessary. He then applied the gorgeous Blondie Pink 64 Lip Color with a clear gloss over the top. I purchased Blondie Pink because it is a great throw on anytime, anywhere type colour. A little deeper than Sandwash Pink, but similar tone and the same consistency that I already knew I loved. It does have a tendency to go matte after a while so the clear gloss helps to keep it shiny if that's what you'd like.

Matt made sure to warm all of the products to my skin, including the skincare he had applied first. He made a point to explain the benefits of eye cream before corrector and concealer and gave me a sample to take home of their Hydrating Eye Cream.

Here is my finished look! It's not a perfect photo, but it was taken in a department store with artificial lighting. I think Matt did such a great job and I have been to see him since to purchase other things (thank goodness for birthday money!).

As mentioned earlier, I've got a few Bobbi lipsticks now. Sandwash Pink 22 was purchased to wear as my wedding lip colour and you can see that it is a light, rosy pink. It will be a gorgeous neutral that will showcase my lips but not overpower my entire look. Blondie Pink 64 (I mistakenly wrote 04 in the photo above) is a stunner. A little deeper and browner than Sandwash Pink, it is still a neutral and has been my go-to shade for everything lately! Guava 1 Rich Lip Color was a gift that I got for booking in for a lesson during opening week. I chose it because it's a bright guava/watermelony colour that will look amazing this spring and summer. I am excited to wear that one more often. I also chose it because I didn't have anything else really similar to it. Beauty guru probz when you have so many lipsticks, haha!

Now back to the coincidence with the Kate Middleton Wedding lipstick. When Matt had finished my makeover/lesson, I Google searched Kate Middleton's wedding face chart because he had told me that she wore all Bobbi Brown on the day. I thought it had been another brand. 
Can you imagine my surprise when it turns out that Pippa wore Blondie Pink?! I'd just purchased it and felt pretty good about myself and my royal approved makeup collection. 

Both face charts via this website.

So now I'm in two minds... Is it a blessing or a curse that this new counter has opened up right around the corner from me? My face says one thing but my wallet says another!

Which Bobbi brown products, if any, do you use? Are you interested in more now?

Until next time,

Oct 31, 2014

Stress Less + a Giveaway

As you will have noticed by my lack of posts recently that I'm quite a busy cookie. Often a by-product of being busy is being stressed, and we all know that being stressed is bad for our health. Not only does it age us (my primary concern on a beauty blog! ;) ) but it is a leading cause of illness. I prefer not to get stressed for another reason altogether - Stress sweating. Sweating is not a delicate nor a pleasant topic to talk about so wouldn't you rather get a product that dealt with it so you don't have to worry about it? Exactly what I thought. 

Enter NIVEA's new Stress Protect Clinical Strength roll-on. I can think of countless occasions when this product could have come to my rescue.

Back in April I strutted my stuff as a runway model for The Carpenter's Daughter at Wellington Fashion Week. It was probably the most nerve-wracking/stressful time of my life. I was teetering in 4-inch heels on a slippery floor with a long runway ahead of me. Not to mention the three outfit changes in the nick of time (including the all-leather one!) or the rows of faces eyeing me up as I walked. I was petrified and the wall of snapping cameras at the end of the runway didn't help. Not just to protect the clothes, but to keep cool, calm and collected, this product would have been worth a million dollars to me that day.

That time in July that I was privileged to apply makeup to our Prime Minister's beautiful wife Bronagh Key. My shaking hand didn't lie as I applied her lipstick but my armpits would have if I had been wearing this anti-perspirant. I was nervous!

Then in September I actually met the Prime Minister. Again, close range encounters with the most important man in New Zealand could have been improved through the use of this product. I only had one shot at a half-decent selfie, so a deep breath in and a smile at the fact that any body odour was controlled would have been a god-send.

What I'm trying to say is that this product works. I mean really works. 
You apply it at night-time when your body is more receptive to the formula and then again in the morning. What you get is clinical strength round-the-clock cover from stress sweating. There's no point getting anxious over something you can fix.

I'll tell you where I am planning on wearing it. My wedding. The most nerve-wracking/stressful day of my near future. Can you imagine a receiving line in the March heat with armpit issues? No thanks!

You would think a miracle product like this would be hard to come by, but it's not. You can pop it in your trolley at your weekly grocery shop for around $15. You might even win one for yourself and your man too. 

I'm giving away two double packs of deos (one for you and one for your guy) over on my...
Instagram page: @beautybylizy link
... and Facebook Page: Beauty by Lizy link


Have you been in a situation where this deodorant would have come to the rescue? Met anyone famous and realised that you really need this in your life? 

Let me know below!

- This post was sponsored by NIVEA (thank you!), but as always, all opinions are my own.

Sep 9, 2014

I'm Still Here...

I was just taking a much-needed break. 

It involved skiing at our beautiful Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand.

Regular beauty posts will be back shortly.

May 3, 2014

Men's Skincare / / Chris' Guest Post

Hi Beauty by Lizy readers,

Lizy has been on my case for about 2 years to write something, so here I am.
These are some of my favourite products that I use often.

01: FCUK Connect Him - The man-fume (fragrance) that Lizy bought me back in 2009. Still heaps left so good value for money, or I just don't use enough of it, one of the two! It's not too overpowering or chemical smelling compared to some other fragrances I've tried. It's Lizy's favourite on me so that's probably how I was given it! I like to wear it out on more special occasions rather than a day-to-day basis.

02: Savar Man Multi Active Moisturiser - Haven't had any of this for a while because I used it all up, but I really like it because it's light, not greasy, smells nice and absorbs fast. It spreads well so I don't need to use much of it. It comes in a massive container so it lasts a long time. Lizy bought me this for Christmas a couple of years ago.

03: Oxygen Skincare 2 n 1 Cleanser - I was in the shower and used some of Lizy's new cleanser, I really liked it and asked her if I can keep using a bit because it works really well. It's got little scrubby bits that cleans my nose area really well but it's not too rough. Lizy told me off for only using a flannel and hot water. I'm a personal trainer and work out everyday between clients so it's good to have a product to clean my face properly. (Lizy's edit - I love this product after the gym too!)

04: Oxygen Skincare Soothing Moisturiser - I stole this off Lizy when I developed a dry, flaky patch of skin around my nose (to which Lizy replied "what has gone wrong with your face?!").  I've had it before, kind of like a mild dermatitis and which Lizy assured me this product would fix. It's done a pretty good job and it fixed it in a couple of days. I'm really happy with it. 

05: NIVEA Cool Kick Deodorant - I bought this once a long time ago and Lizy's like "OMGosh what are you wearing?" and liked the smell of it. Now she buys it for me all the time. It's just a nice deodorant. I like roll-ons better than sprays and it smells more like an aftershave. I like it that you don't get the 'Oh, I've just sprayed Lynx Africa' effect.

06: La Prairie and Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip balms - Got these on international flights, and I use them more in winter because they actually work. They were really good in Canada in the cold and they are great here around this time of year. These ones don't just sit on my lips all greasy and shiny and actually soak in and do what I want it to do. (Lizy's edit - these balms are great! Wish I would have gotten more of the La Prairie ones, but they are Chris' faves haha)


May 2, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Idea / / Haircare Gift Packs

SP Hydrate Shampoo* 250ml // RRP $34
SP Hydrate Conditioner* 200ml // RRP $34

I'm back with another Mother's Day gift suggestion today, and it's one that your mum will thank you for daily.

Everyone needs shampoo and conditioner, so why not go one step further and get her something truly luxurious that she can enjoy every morning. I think great quality hair care products have the ability to transform not only your hair (due to better ingredients) but also your whole outlook on life. When you use quality products, your mindset changes to "I deserve quality, I deserve the best". Our mums are so hard working and it's nice to be able to treat them with something that they may not normally spend a bit of money on.

Enter, a beautiful hair care gift pack! I personally have been using and loving the SP Hydrate range and I took it away on my recent trip to Queenstown. Everyone can use a little hydration so the range is quite universal, however if your mum colours her hair, or likes a little volume, get her something tailored to her needs.

Since using the Hydrate range, my hair has become softer and easier to style. It doesn't weigh my (fine) hair down and it promotes shine. A winner in my books.

The best part about buying a gift pack is the savings! You get much more bang for your buck when purchasing a set than if you were buying individual products, and it normally works out that you get an entire product for free.

Here are a selection of some brilliant gift packs on offer for Mother's Day:





Gift packs are only available from salons.

Happy shopping!

May 1, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Idea / / Savar Nourishing Body Lotion

Nourishing Body Lotion* 500ml // $49

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I'll be offering you some fabulous gift suggestions over the next few days to treat that special lady in your life.

I love my mum more than anything and always try to get her special things each year. She prefers acts of service but I prefer showering her with special treats ;)

I'll only give my mum the best and I've never met a Savar product that I didn't like. This Nourishing Body Lotion is a limited edition release and is a perfect gift. It's a whopping 500ml and it doesn't only look great with its glass bottle and floral design, it's also incredibly effective.

After only a few uses my skin was noticeably much more hydrated and smooth. As usual it's a 99% pure and natural creation that contains many plant oils to nourish and protect. The pump applicator speeds things up in the morning (so does the fact that it's fast absorbing) and you can bet it smells great! I got my MIL to try it too and it got her seal of approval.

Savar also offer a gift-wrapping service when you purchase online at If needed, you could just get it sent direct to your mum's house. They also have a wide range of gift sets that would make a lovely pressie too.

Happy shopping!

Mar 21, 2014

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime by Claudia Schiffer

I am SO excited about the launch of Schwarzkopf's Essence Ultime by Claudia Schiffer range.

From Monday you will be able to purchase salon-worthy products at the supermarket or pharmacy. The Crystal Shine range is now firmly on my wishlist and I can't get over how great the Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm sounds. A BB cream for hair? Sign me up!

Claudia also helped to developed a new range of hair dyes called Blonde Ultime (alright I'll give it to you this time blondies! ;) ) that will retail for $18.99; much cheaper than a trip to the salon.

Plus, it's Claudia Schiffer, who is probably my most favourite supermodel.

If it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me.

All of the hair care products retail for $14.99 (say what?!) and are available from Monday 24 March.

On your marks, get set, go!

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