GLOW ON UP: Eleanor Dorn Highlighting Shimmer Powder Review

Hey loves,

I have few highlighters in my rotation, and one that I find I reach more and more for lately is this Highlighting Shimmer Powder ($32) by Eleanor Dorn. It's a gorgeous champagne/white gold highlight that is PERFECT for getting that super glowed up look.
It comes in a neat little square compact with Eleanor's branding and logo embossed in gold on top. There's also a mirror in the compact, which makes it pretty ideal for travel.
The formula itself is SUPER pigmented - I always get compliments whenever I wear to this to work or do a look with it on my snapchat. It's just so, so glowy and flattering. It's also very soft too, but not so soft that it crumbles. I use all my highlighters with the Eleanor Dorn #19 brush (which I know I've posted about so many times on here) but it's just so perfect for the job!
My only gripe is that the pan is pretty small for a highlighter. The pan is the same size as the ones in the Australis AC On Tour powder contour palette, and is easily dwarfed by my other highlighters. The weight of the item is not listed on the packaging or on the website either, so I'm not sure of how much product is actually in the pan.

The other two highlighters here are The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and MAC Perfect Topping. MLM is very, very close in colour - it's just a touch darker and more gold. It's also slightly less soft, but it's still pigmented enough to create a gorgeous glow. Perfect Topping is much more pink and is quite different, but I thought it would be good to show the differences anyway.
I'm actually really bummed that the highlighter is so small, because it would otherwise be pretty much a holy grail for me - I just see myself going through it far too quickly at a pricepoint I can't justify. It's definitely one of my more luxury items in my collection. It gets a solid 3.7 from me.

What are your favourite highlighters?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better. 
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.


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where to buy the balm
Amazon* | makeup.co.nz | BeautyBliss*

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NAILING IT: Arcadia Cuticle Butter & Cuticle Oil Review


Hey babes!

Cuticle oil is absolutely essential to any good hand/nail care routine, and my two most recent additions come from New Zealand-based company, Arcadia. I was able to grab these on a promo posted by the owner on Facebook. The products themselves come in an amazing variety of scents (which I love, because most commercial cuticle products are unscented or just not in scents I like). The owner is able to provide products in such a wide range because they are made to order, if I'm not mistaken.

I ordered the cuticle butter in Vanilla Hazelnut, and the cuticle oil in Toasted Marshmallow. The label is missing from my butter because I got it wet and I took it off cause it looked ugly :(
The butter is very airy with a whipped texture. I love that it's a MASSIVE tub in comparison to Burt's Bees cuticle butter, but I worry that it will become annoying and unhygienic to get product out of as I use it up. It's more travel friendly than the cuticle oil for obvious reasons, and I like having it with me in my bag. I find that the Vanilla Hazelnut scent is much stronger than that of the cuticle oil, and I'm not sure why this is!

The cuticle oil comes in a glass vial with a brush attached to the lid. However, the brush is far too long and as a result, the brush itself is squashed and deformed at the bottom. This makes application kind of annoying as the bristles are splayed out every which way. I'm definitely planning on trimming the bristles - I recommend doing so as soon as you receive the product. The Toasted Marshmallow scent is MUCH more subtle than the Vanilla Hazelnut, but it's still strong enough for my fiancé to say that something smells "like cookies" when I open it around him.

Both of them hydrate and moisturise my cuticles and nails VERY well, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for new cuticle care to try!

What are your favourite cuticle products?

Lexie xx

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JUNE EMPTIES: CosRx, Batiste, Hada Labo, + MORE

Hey babes!

Can't believe it's July already - the year is going by so quickly! Here's a couple little empties that I finally got through this month.

Batiste Dry Shampoo - Love love love this stuff. Most mornings I'm pretty much made of coffee and dry shampoo! I love all the different scents as well - I grab a new one pretty much every time I repurchase.

Hada Labo Shirojyun Milk* - My current night moisturiser. It layers really well with the Hada Labo toners I use, but is hydrating enough on it's own if I'm short for time and skip my toners. So moisturising and soothing! Have already repurchased.

Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Mask - Combining this with coconut oil leaves my hair feeling so soft, silky, and nourished. I was having trouble with putting pure coconut oil in my hair (it wouldn't rinse out, no matter how many times I shampooed!) so I thought why not mix it with a treatment? This stuff is totally amazeballs for dry, bleached hair. Have already repurchased!

CosRx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence* - Probably my only 'meh' of the group. I bought this to see how well it would replace my much adored Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence. Short story - I only used it to use it up. It didn't make my skin worse, but I can't really say it made it better. It wasn't particularly soothing, didn't heal my pimples faster, or give me any kind of glow (all of which the Benton Essence did). Would not repurchase.

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser - Another essential repurchase. I'm frankly very boring when it comes to facial cleansers - I don't see any point in spending lots on something that's on my face for a short period of time. I also don't see any point in having actives in cleansers for the same reason! So this ticks all the boxes - cheap, easily available, and doesn't break me out. Have already repurchased!

Do you spot any of your favourites here? Let me know!

Lexie xx

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JUST SHEET IT: TonyMoly Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet Review

Hey babes!

Today I tried the TonyMoly Pureness 100 Snail mask that I purchased from The Cosmetic Store the other week. It's my first TonyMoly product ever, so I was quite excited to try it!
tonymoly pureness 100 snail mask review packaging
I'm no stranger to snail skincare, so I went straight for this - I can't even remember the other options to be honest. When I opened it, I noticed a light, floral fragrance straight away. However, it wasn't strong and faded fairly quickly. The mask has a thick, clear essence. Even though the mask was LOADED with essence, it wasn't drippy at all. It also didn't come with a plastic liner (woo less wastage!) and to be honest, it probably didn't really need one since the unbleached cotton was thick enough to maintain its folds without one.
tonymoly pureness 100 snail mask review ingredients
Probably my only disappointment was that for a snail mask, snail filtrate was featured pretty low on the list. I like my snail products FULL of snail, and to see it almost at the end of the list was a bit shit.
However, the ingredients list is still full of moisturising ingredients, and I could definitely feel that my skin was more soft and hydrated after taking off the mask.
tonymoly pureness 100 snail mask review
The mask itself was really nice - it was thick enough to not stretch over my features (looking at you, Papa Recipe Bombee), yet not so thick that it wouldn't fit. It's also one of the few masks where the mouth hole is actually big enough to be comfortable! The unbleached cotton was a nice touch, too.

Overall, I give this a 3.5/5. It moisturised really well without irritating my skin, but I can't help but feel like it could have used more snail.

Have you tried anything from TonyMoly? Or do you have any sheetmask recommendations?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Not amazing, but not terrible.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

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TOP 5 MAKEUP BRUSHES: Real Techniques, Elf, Zoeva, + More

Hey babes!
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Today I've got my top 5 makeup brushes to show you. I chose them based on how often I use them and generally how much I get out of them! I hope you can spot some of your favourites here too.
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e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush*, NZ $4.25 - e.l.f. has a great range of well priced brushes, and this is definitely one of my favourites. I get a lot of use out of it because I like to multipurpose it - it's great for gel eyeliner, filling in eyebrows, carving eyebrows, cleaning up around my lips, and even applying shadow to my lower lashline. I have about 5 of these (and who wouldn't! They're so damn cheap!) so whenever I need a clean one, there's always one ready to go. This brush has synthetic bristles, and I prefer it that way since I tend to use it for wetter products.

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Hakuhodo J5523, US $19 - My holy grail eyeshadow blending brush! I love using this to take colours into the the crease and blending them out. Hakuhodo brushes are worth every cent in my opinion - they are carefully hand crafted in Japan, rather than cut into shape by machinery. This creates a superior brush as the natural taper of the hair isn't lost due to trimming. Some very similar brushes are the Zoeva 227 and MAC 217, but the Hakuhodo is definitely the highest quality of the three. It is made of goat hair, which I prefer for blending powders. However, Zoeva does make a version with taklon bristles for those who would prefer synthetic.

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Eleanor Dorn #19 Pointed Face Brush, NZ $18 - I love using this brush for my highlighter! I have two in my rotation, so just in case one is dirty I've got one to fall back on. It's also a great size and shape for setting my undereyes with banana powder! I'm pretty sure the bristles are synthetic.

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Zoeva 234 Luxe Smokey Shader Brush, US $12.80 - Another great brush that I use for more than one purpose. The main one would be to apply highlighter to the inner corner of my eye and under my brow, but it's also great for packing eyeshadow onto the lid and applying/blending eyeshadow to my lower lashline. This brush is a blend of natural and synthetic bristles - for those uncomfortable with natural bristles, Zoeva also has a taklon version here.

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Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush*,  NZ $25.48 (as a set) - I would have to say that this brush plus the J5523 changed my eyeshadow game FOREVER. The sole purpose that I use this brush for is to blend out eyeshadow. After any eye look is done, I use this without any product on it to soften any edges. Not that I'm left with harsh edges per se, but doing this as a last step makes any eyeshadow look 1000% better. Like all RT brushes, this has synthetic bristles. I am kind of annoyed that this is only available in the RT Eye Starter Set because I literally use nothing else out of the set. However, some brushes that I've noticed look quite similar are the EcoTools Correcting Concealer Brush* and the Zoeva 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush. If anyone can say for sure how similar these are, I'd love to know!

Do you use any of these brushes? Let me know if you have any brush recommendations, too!

Lexie xx

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NEW IN TOWN: The Cosmetic Store - a new Asian Beauty Shop!

Hey babes!

I saw a wee little post on AsianBeauty about a BRAND NEW Asian cosmetic store opening here in Auckland! So of COURSE I had to check it out (and maybe buy a little something...)
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5 Vampy Lipsticks for Winter - MAC, Lime Crime, Colourpop, & more!

Hey babes!

Winter is finally upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere... I'm not too happy about it to be honest, but wearing vampy red lipsticks all the time make things slightly more tolerable. Here are my 5 current favourites!
Lime Crime Wicked, US $20 - This was my first ever Lime Crime purchase, and I don't regret it one bit! Wicked is a gorgeous deep burgundy long-wearing matte lipstick. The formula is super pigmented, and not runny or thin like other liquid lipsticks.

MAC Sin, US $17 - The only traditional lipstick of the lot! The packaging I have here is a little different because I purchased it when the Rocky Horror Collection was released, but the product inside is still the same as what you'd buy from MAC now. This + MAC Nightmoth lipliner pencil makes a KILLER vampy lip.

NYX Copenhagen*, NZ $14.95 - NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are my favourite fool-proof liquid lipstick formula. I do find that lining before using Copenhagen is a MUST; it's not as long-wearing as the others due to its light, mousse-y formula. It also smells like VANILLA CUPCAKES, which is a pretty big bonus for me!

ColourPop LAX, US $6 - The darkest of the bunch, LAX is a little temperamental due to the highly pigmented, yet thin formula. It can be patchy, but it's gorgeous on if carefully applied in thin layers over a matching lipliner.

Australis Buda-pash*, NZ $15 - I'm a big fan of the Australis Velourlips formula! It's between a liquid and a mousse, and drys down to a true matte finish. The Velourlips lipsticks also smell like candy. They're incredible for the price - longwearing, pigmented, and they have such a huge range of shades.
Swatches from left to right are: MAC Sin, Australis Buda-pesh, NYX Copenhagen, Lime Crime Wicked, ColourPop LAX.

Do you have any of these in your collection? What's your favourite vampy lipstick?

Lexie xx

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