Nihao! Here is my guide to shopping through China! Last week I arrived back in Auckland from a 10 day trip in China and started unpacking my suitcase and unloading my shopping bags. Although most of what I brought home was gifts and small souvenirs, you know there’s no way your girl didn’t come back with a bit of makeup!
During my trip I visited Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Each city was really different, even in terms of the shopping. There were market stalls on the side of the road, local malls, tourist malls, luxury brand malls and shopping streets. Here are my top picks for beauty stores and shopping experiences in China. Continue reading
Mecca Maxima is finally here in Auckland! Not only does it stock a whole tonne of brands which were hard to get hold of before, but the store is absolutely beautiful and the staff are friendly, helpful and not annoyingly pushy or in your face. My friends and I stopped by (and but stopped by I mean spent a decent hour and a bit here) during it’s opening weekend. We got there reasonably early in the day which meant we bet the crowds a little bit, however there was a line waiting to get in as we left. Continue reading
The May Kira Kira Crate from Japan Crate was full of goodies! This month I received six full sized products along with the handy mini magazine which is full english instructions, product descriptions and beauty tutorials. I kind of purchased this box by mistake, however once it arrived I was so happy that I had kept my subscription going as these are all products I will happily try out and use. Continue reading
The MAC Cosmetics Fruity Juicy collection is out in all MAC Stores in NZ today. This is a collection I have had my eye on for a long time! The bright tropical theme is splashed over the packaging and the products, and can even be experience through a delicious coconut scent. This is by far the most fun and exciting collection I’ve seen from MAC this year and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the products a few weeks ago now, so I can confirm that this range 100% lives up to its bright hype! Continue reading
The Too Faced Natural Love Palette is out now at Mecca Maxima! I discovered this palette online a couple of months ago and absolutely fell in love! In fact I was so obsessed that when my partner went over to America recently I begged him to bring the palette back for me from Sephora as I just couldn’t wait. Every single one of the 30 shades is so pretty and its range of matte and shimmers gives you so much variety on looks and finishes. I would definitely say that it is the most versatile eye shadow palette I have, and it’s just sooo beautiful! Continue reading
There is a lot of misconceptions and confusion about how to use MAC Fix+ Spray and what it is actually for. Today I hope to clear up some of this confusion as well as share a few tips! Continue reading
The Kira Kira Crate from Japan Crate is one of their 4 different subscription crates which you can order as a one off or as a monthly subscription. The Kira Kira Crate is a Japanese beauty box which ships out each month containing a range of 6-8 different beauty products. I have tried quite a few different beauty subscription boxes in the past and always find them a fun delivery and also a great way to try new products. The last international beauty box I ordered was a Meme Box which is based on Korean beauty products so I was keen to see how these Japanese goodies would compare! Continue reading
This weekend, popular online makeup store Beauty Bliss opened it’s Auckland store in NewMarket. The opening kicked off with an event on Saturday with goodie bags for the first 20 people through the door, cupcakes and product demonstrations.
One of my best friends and I decided to head in to check it all at what we thought was an early time to maybe have a chance at a goodie bag. But turns out some girls had been there since 3am with more arriving to line up at 5am! We went and had breakfast and checked out a few other stores before lining up to get inside. It’s not often I head in to NewMarket so it was good to have a wander around. Continue reading
Going to the makeup section of a department store can get pretty overwhelming. There are so many products to choose from. You’d need to spend hours to take a look at them all (sometimes I do!). In that respect, Asian makeup does better than western brands. A lot of collections have adorable and eye-catching packaging.
Since I’m a cat lover, one way to get me to buy a product is to put some cute cat art on the box. If the product itself has some feline qualities, even better. Laura has kindly invited to share some of my favorite cat themed cosmetic items on her blog. Continue reading
Here is Part 2 of my top beauty products of 2016. In Part 1 I focused more on my base and face products and found I am a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to my favourites. Today I’m sharing eye and lip products along with a bit of skincare. There’s a real mixture of brands here, are you the same or do you tend to stick to the same brand for a particular part of the face? Continue reading