PSA – Black Friday Indie Makeup Sales!

I feel like one of the many things we miss out on in New Zealand is Thanksgiving, and of course the Black Friday sales that go with it. Here are a few online indie makeup stores having Black Friday sales…the good thing about them being web-based is I don’t have to miss out! 😉

Smelly Yeti Perfumerie –

Smelly Yeti make fabulous perfumes, including a Buffy-inspired collection. Keep an eye out during Black Friday for The Hellmouth Collection 2, and more new fragrances! They are offering discounts of 10-20% off, and now they have stickers and mini-pipettes too. I love Smelly Yeti’s sense of humour and fun, they don’t take themselves too seriously.

Kae Q –

KaeQ are having a re-opening sale for Black Friday weekend! Use code REDDITBF for 15% off. They sell gorgeous natural products that sound absolutely divine. Can’t wait to see what they have to offer in their relaunch.


Raw, naturally harvested beeswax, as used by Kae Q in their products! Image used with their permission


Mad Lab –

Mad Lab creates science-themed eyeshadows … sounds unusual but it works! My personal favourites right now are Copper and Admiralty Brass, very pretty. Who said science had to be boring? They are offering 20% off your entire order, plus GWP on orders $20+ and $40+with code WORTHIT.

Midsummer Dreams Apothecary –

Midsummer Dreams make gorgeous indie perfumes, and perfume jewellery! These are so beautiful and would make great gifts – I highly recommend doing some Christmas shopping here. With 25% off on Black Friday, and 10% plus free gift on Cyber Monday, you can’t go wrong!


This would make a great gift for anyone, hint hint! 🙂 From Midsummer Dreams Apothecary, image used with their permission


Not enough sale for ya? Have a read of the 2014 Black Friday Sales list here!

In the interests of full disclosure, I haven’t yet purchased from any of the sellers mentioned, they are simply lovely ladies I have met through Reddit’s Indie Makeup and More group. I think they all have a nice range of products, and to the best of my knowledge offer good customer service – I will never promote brands that I know don’t have good ethics!

Have you purchased from these shops? What are you buying in the Black Friday sales? Let me know! 🙂


PSA – November Cosmopolitan Magazine (New Zealand) comes with FREE Revlon Mascara Worth $30!

Just saw this at Countdown, and thought I’d share. Not my cup of tea when it comes to magazines, but with a free Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara, that does make it much more tempting!



I think Cosmo retails around $9 (anyone confirm that for me?), so it’s definitely a good deal if you’re in the market for a new mascara. 🙂

Edit (4th December 2014) : Just saw this still available in Pak n Save, so keep an eye out, it’s still on sale!

Maybelline Color Sensational Elixir Lipsticks – Signature Scarlet and Vision in Violet


This has been sitting in my draft folder pretty much since I first started the blog, so it’s about time I finished it! I was waiting to do swatches, so I can finally upload those now.

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Apologies for how terrible the photos are!

Color Elixirs took awhile to get to New Zealand, and were released here around July if I recall correctly (I’m really wishing I’d finished this post a lot sooner!).  I bought two, ‘Vision in Violet’ (ie – the purple one), and ‘Signature Scarlet’ (that would be the red one).  I was hoping ‘Vision in Violet’ would replace my L’Oreal Caresse Shine in ‘Milady’, but they are actually two completely different colours. The dot in the swatch photo is a sample of ‘Milady’, for comparison sake.

During the time I purchased them, I was quite sick and exhausted in my pregnancy, so didn’t always have the energy to apply much makeup.  These were great as they were lower maintenance than lipstick, quick and easy to apply and the red one really picked up my whole look. The purple was less flattering unfortunately.

Maybelline Color Elixirs are still available through Maybelline retailers, or online (for example, at SplashStore).

I did not receive any compensation/discounts/etc for this post and am not affiliated with any mentioned stores. I prefer to promote cruelty-free brands, so in the interests of full disclosure, I would like to point out that Maybelline are NOT currently cruelty-free, please keep this in mind when you purchase. 


Holika Holika Poison Red Eyeliner Review

As you’ve just heard, I recently received my first haul (well, “mini-haul”) from RoseRoseShop – you can read my review of it here, including my brief review of the Holika Holika Poison Red Eyeliner pencil. I was asked to share a swatch photo of it, so decided to expand my review a little and post a photo. I haven’t had the chance to do a makeup look with it yet, I’ve just been using it to line the top of my eyes (with black underneath), but I’m planning to wear it with black eyeshadow, perhaps with some red blended in.

The Holika Holika Jewel Eyeliner collection has a wide range of colours, and I had trouble choosing between Poison Red and the darker, more purple, Burgundy Red. I paid less than $7 US including shipping, so at that price it’s not hard to stock up on them, and the more you buy, the more you save on postage! (sorry to be an enabler 😉 ).


So here’s my swatch. In real life I’d say its a bit less brown than the photo, but its definitely got a bit of a brown tinge. You also can’t really see the shimmer in the photo, but it does have a bit of sparkle in it.

The pencil has good staying power – if anything it lasts TOO well, and does stain a little. Not a huge deal, but you’ll need some heavy duty eye makeup remover! I’ve had two showers since I took that swatch and also cleansed my arm with Neutrogena Natural Cleanser + Makeup Remover, and I can still see traces of it.

I’d highly recommend checking out the Holika Holika Jewel Eyeliner range, even if red isn’t your colour, you are still sure to find one you’ll like. Available from many online Korean beauty retailers, including RoseRoseShop.

RoseRoseShop – My First Haul!

Recently, I made my first order from RoseRoseShop, after spending ages lusting over their pretty Asian cosmetics. I’m fussy about what ingredients I put on my skin, so I was hesitant to buy products in a foreign language that don’t easily disclose whats in them, but ultimately I couldn’t resist, and ended up with the following:


Etude House – Missing U Hand Cream Panda Peach

This is incredibly cute, but it doesn’t contain much product. That’s not a big deal as, to be honest, the hand cream itself isn’t that great. It’s OK, but not something I’d recommend, the light texture and fragrance are nice but it isn’t particularly effective as a hand cream, and is loaded with stuff I’d normally not choose to use on my skin.

Packaging is a full 10/10, it comes in the most adorable box, and the container can easily be washed out and reused, I actually think I might keep it for my sons baby teeth perhaps.

Would I buy again or recommend? : If you find it somewhere incredibly cheap, or if you just MUST have the packaging, then yes I would recommend it. Personally I wouldn’t buy again though.



Etude House – Milk Talk Body Wash Chocolate

Since my pregnancy, I have been completely addicted to flavoured milk, milkshakes, smoothies, etc. When I heard of chocolate milk scented body wash, I knew I just had to have this to satisfy my cravings! (Although it contains things I would usually avoid, like methylisothiazolinone).

It smells amazing at first, it really does smell like chocolate milk (which is almost a bad thing, every time I shower now I crave that Lewis Rd Whittakers Milk!), but the smell doesn’t last unfortunately. I’m definitely keen to smell the Apple and Strawberry variants of this, but since I have sensitive skin, I don’t really think I should use this long-term. My only other gripe with this product was the size was much smaller than I had imagined, especially as its not cheap – it probably won’t last long. There are also cute matching sponges available too.

Would I buy again or recommend? : I’d recommend to anyone who doesn’t have sensitive skin and loves the smell of chocolate milk! I won’t buy again because I know its not good for my delicate skin, which is a shame because it really does smell divine when you first use it.


Holika Holika Poison Red Eyeliner

My ‘style icon’ is Marilyn Manson, rather than Marilyn Monroe, and I absolutely love red makeup and dramatic, gothic eyeshadow looks. Somehow I haven’t yet got a red eyeliner in my collection, so when I saw this (for less than $4 US!),  I had to buy it. So far I’ve only used it once, but I’m very happy with it and will be buying some of the other colours too. It’s not cheap and nasty, even though its such a reasonable price. It feels nice to wear, lasts a long time on your eyes and the colour is fantastic – a lovely deep red with some sparkle. And yes, you can sharpen them.

The only negative thing I can possibly say is, why didn’t I buy a few other colours at the same time?!

Would I buy again or recommend? : Yes! Can’t wait to buy more in this range too.

My parcel arrived quick enough, I ordered on October 26th, order was shipped on the 29th, and I received it yesterday morning (15th Nov), well packaged and with some free samples too. Now I look forward to placing another (hopefully larger!) order in the near future from RoseRoseShop.

Check out my guest post on Toxid Lotus!

Recently I had the chance to guest post on the awesome Toxid Lotus beauty blog – my very first ever guest post!

I had been meaning to swatch and review my collection of Femme Fatale eyeshadows for ages,  and once my wee one was born I finally was able to do it. For those of you who don’t know, Femme Fatale are an amazing Australian company that make gorgeous eyeshadows and polishes, and I’m a huge fan of theirs. So please, head over to Toxid Lotus and read my review (featuring my first swatches too!).

New M.A.C Collection and 25% Off Cosmetics at Countdown!

Countdown Supermarkets (New Zealand-wide) currently have 25% or more, off cosmetics including Neutrogena, L’Oreal and Maybelline. See their latest Beauty Catalog, valid for the next two weeks!

M.A.C have released a gorgeous new collection today, ‘Heirloom’. There’s not much info online about them unfortunately – might be worth making a trip to a M.A.C counter to check them out!

P.S: I see Postie have updated their website with Ulta3 Lipsticks now! At $6 each, you can’t go wrong. I love the one I bought, and can’t wait to buy more! A great little way to treat yourself.