Nov 30, 2016

November Favourites // Skincare + Makeup

November Favourites // Skincare + Makeup

November Favourites // Skincare + Makeup 

I can't believe it's almost December - although that means Christmas and my absolute favourite time of year! Where has the year gone? 

I've been using some gooooood products this month, both skincare and makeup and I have been long overdue for a favourites post so here goes!

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - LOVE! So luxe, emulsifies on contact with water and leaves skin feeling comfortable and nourished.

Shiseido Benefiance Cleansing Emulsion - We've got a repurchase here guys! Haha! This is my second bottle of this cream cleanser. It is effective at comfortably cleansing and getting a massage going. Unfortunately you can't buy this anymore (boo!) as they changed the formula slightly. I haven't tried the new one yet because I'm so attached the old one and stocked up.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum - This is a repurchase too; absolutely can't live without this serum. Revives tired skin and makes it look like you've just had an hour-long facial. It targets capillaries and blood circulation to even out skin tone, so if you are prone to a bit of rosacea or pigmentation, it is a Godsend. It is hydrating, anti-aging and smells divine (I may be wrong but I get a pink grapefruit type smell from it). I use it after Shiseido's Ultimune serum and before my moisturiser. 

Kerastase Masquintense - Love this treatment for a perk up of my dry ends. I bought this a few months before my wedding to get my tresses in top condition and it's still going strong! Rumour has it that the Duchess of Cambridge uses this mask, and you know how I feel about that! #addtocart

Clinique Sparkle Skin - Body exfol. Effective. Smells good. Great scrub. 'Nuff said.

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum - I'm sure this has made a favourites post before. One of my top three all-time favourite perfumes. It has been on higher rotation this month due to the warmer weather (although maybe I've spoken too soon!). It is light and feminine, and lasts for most of the day. You might need a top up for post-work drinks.

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Colour Stick in Amethyst - Literally a green-eyed gals best friend. SO EASY to apply and blends out to look like you've spent ten minutes doing a multiple shade eyeshadow look. So creamy and beautiful - recommend blending though if you have slightly oilier eyelids. Blends well with other shadows if you want to get a little fancier, although you could literally just swipe this on, blend a little and you have a gorgeous eye look in 30 seconds. I own the shade Cocoa too but this one goes from day to night a little better.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette - A recent purchase from my USA trip in July. Pretty much a palette of base and crease/blending colours. Works well with tons of other shades and formulas; have used this with the Laura Mercier stick. Universal, no-fuss palette that you could wear everyday. Took only this palette and a couple of shimmery single shadows on my trip to Broome, Australia last month.

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lipbalm in Blueberry - The hot pink lips. Crazy packaging, amazing lip balm. Bbo bbo means 'kiss' in Korean apparently! My lips are so, so soft after using this and the balm tastes amazing. A Sephora impulse purchase while waiting in line. Those aisles get me every time!

Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink Lipstick - I've mentioned this before but this lipstick really is the perfect shade for me. A rosewood type colour that I can throw in my handbag and apply throughout the day. My lips are naturally a little darker and I can't wear really nude shades as they wash me out, so this shade is perfection. The formula is great, hydrating and reasonably long lasting. I feel pretty and confident when I wear it and I will definitely repurchase it when the time comes.

Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush (powder version) - The blush I have been reaching for the most this month. A gorgeous, bright pink. Love this for using on my apples, Bobbi style. Really compliments my colouring and gives me a healthy, flushed look. 

Real Techniques Blush Brush - To apply the blush mentioned above. This brush has a great shape and applies product well. I haven't had a shedding problem with any of my Real Techniques brushes and this one is no exception. Check it out if you are in the market for a new blush brush.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer - I don't know why it has taken me so long to get this bronzer! I mentioned to my BFF Victoria that I wanted to try it and she brought it back from her USA trip for me at the start of the month. #loveyougirl I haven't used another bronzer this month and enjoy how this one looks on my skin (usually fair, but tanned for me at the moment due to my Aussie trip last month). The colour does not lean red or orange and blends well for a natural look.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Rosewood 06 - My long-time fave lip balm/lip gloss. Not sticky, just an absolutely gorgeous balm that works well on its own or over lipstick. Love it with the Blondie Pink from Bobbi. It's no secret that these Clarins balms are my fave coloured balm, I've mentioned them many times over the years and I own multiples of every shade. Clarins need to give me a two year warning if they ever decide to discontinue them!

So there you have it - A peek at the products I've been reaching for non-stop this month. I'm sure that come Christmas all my faves will have changed to red, glittery nail polishes and shimmery gold shadows. We shall see!

Happy December Eve!

Nov 29, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide // Wishlist

Christmas Gift Guide // Wishlist

Christmas Gift Guide // Wishlist

Today I'm sharing with you my top picks for Christmas 2016 #hubbyareyoureading?

So some of these are a liiittle bit pricey, but that's what a wishlist is for right?

Share with me what is on your wishlist, or if you are totally crushing on all of the above too!

Happy shopping guys!

Nov 28, 2016

Tier for Teens Range + Review

This post has been a while in the making because I actually received these Tier for Teens products back at the end of August. You may remember I shared a few photos on my Instagram (@beautybylizy) when I got them and first started using them. Sidenote - You really should follow me on Insta because I share loads of 'mini reviews' on there and update that with my fave beauty finds regularly. 

I've added these products to my usual product rotation and have loved them! When I first got wind of this range the item that impressed me the most was STEAM - 8 facial steam bags made up of dried petals and botanics that you use in a basin of warm/hot water. A bit like a tea bag treatment for your face, albeit with the most luxe ingredients. White willow bark, chickweed, sage, lavender, comfrey, liquorice root, hibiscus, calendula, rose, green tea and rosemary are all stars at softening sebum, unclogging pores, reducing inflammation and preparation of the skin to better receive other products. You use one steam bag in a basin of hot/boiling water (1L) and let to steep for 10 minutes. If you are using boiling water you may need to leave it a little longer before being comfortable steaming over it, but it is personal preference. The water at our house is very hot so I just used it straight from the tap. You then create a tent over the basin with a towel over your head and revel in the botanical, aromatic scent and relax for 10-15 minutes.

After steaming your face, it is recommended to follow with MASK so that the excess softened sebum (from steaming) can be absorbed by the French rose clay. The Burdock and Crushed Rose MASK works to gently purify, exfoliate, heal and treat the skin. It boasts anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties to keep teenage skin in top condition while increasing circulation and reducing scarring. You apply a generous amount to the face (avoiding the eye area) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. I would not recommend leaving this product on for longer than that. You may experience some tingling while it is on your face and that is perfectly normal. You will want to dampen your fingers and massage the MASK over your face to achieve a gentle exfoliation before rinsing off. 

Although I didn't try SPRITZ, it is at this point that I would spray a little of this product onto your face, followed by MOISTURE (I did try a sample of this - very softening and light textured). There you have yourself a DIY facial at home with brilliant teen-targeted products. I would recommend this once a week and for regular maintenance use WASH, SPRITZ, MOISTURE and SPOT STOP in that order.

The teenage version of myself would have been obsessed with this range, especially with such a special product like STEAM. Most teen ranges don't think to make a comprehensive, luxe range - but in actual fact, many teens do love to take care of their skin and treat it with care just as their big sisters, cousins and mums do. It's not all about "quick, what can I scrub on my face in the shower in 2 seconds?" type ranges.

Well done Tier for Teens - I salute you!

I shared these products and a facial with my younger cousin (she is 13) and she loves them so much! She feels so grown up and loves taking ownership of the health and wellbeing of her body.

Tier for Teens is a natural range created especially for teenage skin by well-known New Zealand natural skincare company Nellie Tier. This brand is not new to me, I have shared my love for their Neroli and Cinnamon Bark candle on social media for years. I am up to my third one and could not live without one! I often buy their delicious hand creams for gifts as they are so well received. I like the May Chang and Mandarin version.

The Tier for Teens range is available online at:

STEAM: $40 for 8 steam bags*
WASH: $29 130ml
SPRITZ: $26 130ml
MOISTURE: $35 130ml
MASK: $38 120ml*
SPOT STOP: $22 30ml

The range is a reasonably priced, quality collection of products that are generously sized and sure to delight the teen in your life. They would make perfect Christmas presents!

I was kindly sent the STEAM and MASK products to try with no expectation for review. I have genuinely enjoyed using these products and think you will too. I was not sponsored for this post. All opinions are my own.

Sep 20, 2016

Handbag Beauty // On-The-Go

Today I am sharing some of the beauty items that I have been obsessed with lately. After my recent travels (Vancouver, Alaska and Seattle) it became obvious that I was reaching for these products daily. Now, back at home, I keep them all in this cosmetic bag (in my favourite shade!) that I bought in Seattle.

When I'm in a hurry (like racing out the door to beat the Piroshky, Piroshky line at the Pike Place Market!), I'll just pop on some mascara, concealer and a lip balm or gloss. The Chanel Le Volume De Chanel mascara is my all-time fave. I have tried loads over the years and have had other faves but nothing honestly compares to the Chanel. It coats the lashes so well and volumises like you won't believe. The formula is very wet and the mascara takes a couple of weeks of use (being opened) to get the ideal consistency. 

I have used the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer for several months, enjoying the shade-match with my skin and the longevity that the Double Wear formula provides. It doesn't settle into fine lines (let's be honest, we all have them) and covers up any dark circles with ease. I don't always need to wear full-on foundation, but I do feel better after I've applied a little concealer and think that this one is worth your hard-earned pennies.

If you are from Australia the Lanolips lip balm needs no introduction, however for those Kiwi gals who may not have heard of it, it is a natural, lanolin-based range that moisturises, soothes, nourishes and looks good! I have both the strawberry and peach flavours and can attest to the fact that they are not sticky, look gorgeously glossy and last long enough on a long-haul flight that you aren't reapplying every 10 minutes. Lanolips was created with no cheap 'filler' ingredients and actually moisturises and repairs. I am interested in trying their hand creams and original ointment next. The products are not readily available in New Zealand, however you can purchase them from websites that ship to NZ; I bought mine on my latest trip to Sydney and Canberra.

If you follow me on Insta (@beautybylizy) you may have seen me post about the brand thisworks before. I am obsessed with their Deep Sleep range and branched out to the in-transit muscle therapy roll-on after seeing Lisa Eldridge talk about it in her kit essentials video. I carry a lot of stress and tension in my shoulders/trap muscles and use this to roll them out and relieve that area. It is good for any aching muscles and took it away with me recently as a natural alternative to pain relief medication. The long days walking around and carrying a backpack/handbag took their toll, but thanks to this product I was able to get rid of any strains fairly quickly. You can use this for tension headaches too, just roll gently onto your temples. I love, love, love the smell too - the natural scent of spices and botanics helps to calm me down immediately. I get my thisworks from Mecca Cosmetica in Wellington.

I've been wanting the Eau de Beaute Beauty Elixir spray from Caudalie for ages and finally pulled the trigger in Sephora in the States. I got the limited edition Jason Wu version as I thought the packaging was so pretty. It is so refreshing and light, I just spray on when I need a pick-me-up. Not an essential beauty item but a luxury that I have come to love. It is cooling on the skin and is nice if you've been running around or just want to set your makeup. A firm handbag staple.

And last but not least, my favourite flavour of Tic-Tacs for on-the-go refreshment. Any type of mint makes me sneeze (although I love it) but the orange flavour are more like lollies so I am a bit addicted.

So there you have it! Do you use any of these products? Let me know what your handbag essentials are - I'm always curious to know what other people use!

P.S - I know I have been totally AWOL on here lately but am hoping to change that with some ideas I have come up with for new content. If you are still with me after five years then I commend you and you get five gold stars! x

Until next time -

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,

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