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.
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