Guide To The Sephora Beauty Bus

Makeup addicts across NZ are lining up to check out the Sephora Beauty Bus as it crosses the country ahead of the first New Zealand store opening in Auckland later this month.

I love a good make up promo, but is it worth a visit?

The bus is stationed a major locations in some of NZ’s biggest cities for a couple of days between 12-4pm. Surprisingly this time frame has been adequate, with the lines not being nearly as long as anticipated. I’ve always been the kind of person that if I have to wait more than an hour, I often decide it’s not worth the hassle, so I was pleased not to have to turn around before I started.

The bus is two levels, the top has lip products and highlighters to try with selfie stations at each end, the bottom is about color matching skin products and eye shadow palettes. Sephora’s brand, Fenty, Kat Von D, Tarte and a little bit of Becca were the brands being demonstrated. On each level you could swatch the products or have a makeup artist apply them like any beauty counter. An ipad was also available to order products you liked off their online store.

Their sample they were handing out periodically was sample sachets of the Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipsticks. I quite liked the choice if sample as it let me try an range of colours, some that I might not normally try.

All up, it’s worth a visit if you are interested in the ranges and would like to try something before you buy it (for me that was Tarte’s foundation), or also like me, are just a bit nosy. But if you’re like the person behind me in the line that was in it for “the free shit” you’ll probably be disappointed.

Krystal xx

Are You Going Plastic Free This July

The zero-waste movement is gaining momentum bit by bit and Plastic Free July is a great way to kick start your life style change.

The great thing about Plastic Free July for those who can’t see themselves going 100% plastic free is that you don’t have to. The idea is about being more conscious of your purchasing and using decisions as oppose to being perfectly plastic free.

Plastic Free July was founded by The Plastic Free Foundation people can take a pledge to participate on their website. You can pledge to observe the challenge for just one day, one week, the entirety of July, or for July and beyond. You can also pledge to reduce your plastic in a few different ways: such as avoiding single-use packaging, avoiding the “big four” (bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups), or aiming to go completely plastic-free. You can also pledge to make these changes personally or for a local community group or workplace.

This pledge is easily manageable at any level as any change in environmental consciousness is still as a success.

Some Ideas To Kick Start Your New Zero Waste Lifestyle

Plastic isn’t the only think we throw in the trash, so here are some ideas to kick start your zero waste lifestyle.

  1. Use reusable bags instead of single use plastic bags
  2. Bring a reusable coffee cup with you to your local café
  3. Say no to a straw
  4. Carry a water bottle on you so you don’t have to buy a drink went out and about
  5. Keep and old set of plates and cutlery at places like work rather than using disposable plates and cutlery
  6. Use reusable sanitary items
  7. Use cloth diapers for babies
  8. Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper napkins and paper towel
  9. Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues
  10. Use flannels to remove make up instead of make up wipes

Krystal xx

Travel Hot Spot: New Caledonia

New Caledonia (Nouvelle Caledonie) is a hidden gem in the South Pacific. It is in French Territory and for many in the Southern Hemisphere a more affordable place to practice one’s French than in France.

Flying over New Caledonia

New Caledonia, is comprised of islands and is surrounded by barrier reef. The capital, Nouméa, merges French-influenced restaurants and luxury boutiques selling Parisian fashions with local island flavor.

Nouméa

If you are looking for a getaway that isn’t overrun with tourists and has both French and Caribbean type vibes. New Caledonia is the place for you. Relaxing on the palm lined beaches and exploring the marine life both in the ocean and the aquarium were the biggest highlights for me. But there is a great range of exploring and hiking, shopping, cuisine and cultural activities to keep you entertained.†

Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie

Gucci: Daring to be Dentally Diverse

Gucci’s new lipstick campaign has got tongues wagging. The Italian fashion brand, which is known for it’s luxury clothing, accessories and cosmetics; has challenged the fashion and beauty industry by celebrating imperfection. Their new campaign, which focuses on women with imperfect teeth, is a sharp contrast to most lipstick campaigns that show the ‘perfect’ white straight-teethed smile.

The campaign has been met with mixed results since its release on Gucci’s Instagram. Some have applauded the brand for showing real women with real teeth. Others have been disappointed that this was the direction chosen by Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, to reinvent the image of Gucci’s cosmetic line.

Gucci, in their press release describes the campaign as “a manifesto of beauty written by the house’s creative director.”with the intention of demonstrating that “makeup should not mask, but rather exalt, flaws and make them part of the language of beauty.”

The campaign features Dani Miller, the lead singer of punk band Surfbort, as well as models Mae Lapres, Achok Majak and Ellia Sophia Coggins. It is photogrpahed by Martain Parr and filmed by Chris Simmonds.

The collection is currently exclusively available at the Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York Flagship store. It will be launched nationally and internationally after May 29.

Midnight Eye Shadow

Inspired by my last article on places to see at nighttime, I was also inspired to do a midnight eye shadow look.

I started with Stila’s Glitter and Glow in Diamond Dust as the base (twinkling stars), then used Chi Chi’s O.M.F.G and Naturals palettes in purple, blue and black shades, to create and ombre look. This is then paired with ZA’s liquid eyeliner and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I kept the brows simple with the Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil and a touch of pearl highlight underneath the brow arch.

Super simple and can be paired with a neutral or dynamic lip and highlighting. I paired it with the Tarte Pro Glow Highlighting Palette and Kat Von D’s Everlasting Glimmer Veil lipstick.

Krystal xx

5 Best Monuments and Cities To See At Night

Hearing the sad news about Notre Dame recently reminded me of when I was in Paris and some of the amazing sights I saw. You can read about some of my favorite attractions here. But what it also inspired was a train of thought about which attractions are really work braving the cold dark night to see (although they all look great during the day as well). And unsurprisingly at the top of the list is…

Monuments

  1. Eiffel Tower – Paris

The Eiffel Tower or Tour Eiffel is at its most beautiful at night. Twinkling against the Paris skyline it is both striking and majestic. Recommended vantage point: Place du Trocadéro.

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  • Times Square – New York

While still amazing during the day, these LED Billboards are most impressive at night. Recommended vantage point: in the middle of Times Square.

  • Bellagio Fountain – Las Vegas

When this is lit up it’s pretty spectacular. Recommended vantage point: in front of the fountain.

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Cities

  • Manhattan – New York

Manhattan transforms at night. The hustle, bustle and city grime are masked when this city lights up. Recommended vantage point: Empire State Building, 86th floor.

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  • Las Vegas Strip – Las Vegas

It’s called the strip for a reason, the city most famed for its use of neon is spectacular and lively at night. Recommended vantage point: there are too many places.

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Krystal xx

How Infallible Is L’Oreal’s Infallible Foundation Range?

Over the last year I’ve been given the chance to try every foundation in the Infallible range (currently available). Now I love L’Oreal and have tried many of their foundations. But how did this range stack up?

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Fresh Wear – This is what I refer to as a nice normal foundation. Light, smooth and lasts reasonably well. It’s exactly what you want and expect in a foundation.

1281_xlarge_3Matte – This one is my favorite in the range. The matte finish is great for those that don’t like a dewy look and it sits really well on the skin. It also lasts well and provides great coverage.

71EiyvGMWzL._SY355_Total Cover – This one is the full coverage option and is quite a bit thicker. I actually found the matte had better longevity on the face however.

imagesPro Glow – This was probably the most anticipated release and incidentally my least favorite. It’s a very thin watery foundation, but does have a dewy finish and looks great with highlighter.

Cos85a_10-ClosedLongwear – This one is a foundation stick and has a smooth buttery application. I do really like it but I go through it incredibly fast. Great for travelling though as it can act as a concealer as well.

Krystal xx

The World’s Best Lip Balms – Part 1

E4F933A0-10E2-4F92-8D27-3C8C885C6895.JPEGI am quite the lip balm connoisseur, and recently when purchasing a new haul of lip balms from iherb, I had the revelation that I have probably tried most of the best lip balms accessible from around the world. I’ve still got a few more to try, so I’ve divided this into two articles – this being the first one. If you have a world’s best lip balm that you think I need to try, comment below and let me know.

12. Blistex

Blistex is a fairly standard run of the mill drugstore lip balm. Overall it does the job and has a pleasant taste and fragrance.

11. Nivea

Much the same as Blistex but with more variety (including shimmer and tinted).

10. Vaseline

Petroleum Jelly, not that good for you but oh so effective.

9. Maybelline Baby Lips

This really does help with soft lips and offers some cute coloured options.

8. Burt’s Bees

This one only makes the list because it does have natural ingredients and offer SPF options. The formula however is not one I thought much of.

7. Bon Bon

This brand offers tasty natural and cruelty free lip balms. The only drawback is they’re in a tin.

6. Living Nature

Their lip hydrator is shimmery and looks lovely in the packaging and is reasonably hydrating.

5. Ecostore

These natural minty lip balms are a basic essential. No frills but good performance.

4. Crazy Rumors

So many delicious flavors, cruelty free, natural and vegan. There are a tasty option but dry out a bit over time.

3. Lucas Pawpaw

Pawpaw ointment is pretty darn good and can be used on more than just the lips. The drawback, it still has petroleum jelly in it.

2. Nature’s Own

Another pawpaw brand but cheaper, comes in cute mini lip balms and has no petroleum jelly in it.

1. Hurraw

Hurraw has a different shaped lip balm tube, but it works and the seed oil is smooth and hydrating. My favorite is the licorice lip balm but they are all tasty. The tinted ones don’t have much color though.

 

Next time:

EOS, Badger, Carmex and more.

 

Krystal xx

 

 

L’Oreal Lash Serum Review

download (3)A little while ago I got sent the new L’Oreal Clinically Proven Lash Serum to trial and review.

Let’s start with first impressions. The pen-like applicator didn’t easily let the product out initially and then would let out too much product (all from one click worth of product). I much prefer a controlled brushed you dip into the serum.

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Top: with no lash serum Bottom: after 2 months of lash serum

This serum also needs to be used twice a day, whereas most serums are once a day. Which could possibly change its effectiveness and also makes it more tedious to use. I sometimes forgot and only did one application, but I still saw results to my lashes.

Which brings to me the point everyone really cares about, did it work? I would say it did. My lashes have seemed a bit more present since using the serum and I reckon fallout has decreased. The only time length difference is noticeable is with mascara on.

What is great about this lash serum is being a drugstore brand it will more accessible and affordable than a lot of lash serums are.

Krystal xx