Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Colorburst Lip Butter by Revlon

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Revlon lip butters. I got my hands on one a few months ago and thought I would give you my two cents about it. A lot of people don't like these because the colour seems to disappear after a few hours. I have to agree, the pigmentation isn't particularly strong. Their texture is more like a balm than a lipstick.

The lip butter I have is in the colour Brown Sugar, and I like it a lot. It's the perfect sheer nude. I like pairing it with a peach blush and smokey eyes. Of course, it's a lip butter, so I understand that it's not going to last very long. I probably wouldn't repurchase at full price, because they have a rather expensive price tag here in NZ. 



YAY! It's holiday season, my favourite part of the year. It's time to whip out a tree, bake a mountain of festive goodies and light your stock of festive candles. Unfortunately, putting up the tree is not happening this year at my house - we're spending Christmas in India...

So, since I've no tree to decorate, I decided to make a wreath instead. This is a great craft to do with kids - all you need is a cereal box, old newspaper (or a magazine), a hole punch, ribbon, a pair of scissors and a stapler. The instructions can be found here. This is my version (modified, slightly). I'm very proud of it.

I'm so excited, I've been eating gingerbread cookies non-stop!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace

I've been wanting this blush palette for AGES and I finally have it! I've heard so many great things about Sleek, from the pigmentation to the price of their products, and wanted to try out their a few of their blushes. So, a week ago, this little treat arrived in the mail and I ran all the way down the drive waving it in the air like an idiot. Isn't she a babe?

I know.

The first thing I thought when I opened the package was : "Wow, this is so...Sleek!"

Seriously. No pun intended. The casing is just so gorgeous, I love it!

My first impressions of the inside were that the mirror was a really handy touch, the blushes were beautiful colours and indeed, amazingly pigmented. Super soft, the blush is easy to apply and I can tell this will last me a long time, as you only need the slightest amount on a brush to make your cheeks look really great. At the moment, for a natural look, I really like blending crochet and chantilly as they are the two matte colours of the palette - guipure is a peachy colour with rosy gold shimmer in it.

At first, I actually wanted the Sugar palette, but many beauty reviewers had commented on how it was the least pigmented trio of all the Blush by 3's, and I didn't feel that the darker plum colours would suit my skin tone. Lace seemed like a safer option and I have no doubt in my mind that it was the right choice for me.

This is becoming a firm favourite of mine. Massive 10/10. Sleek, you are amazing. Good quality and inexpensive, this is a must buy! If this ever runs out, I will be repurchasing. 

xx Tina

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Be warned, there are MANY photos of sunsets in this post - they were amazing. Also, random pictures of food feature.
Kind-of disappointing, waaay over-priced frozen yoghurt...still good on a hot day, though!


Good old Macca's soft serve.

A very rich cake we made with our home-stay.

I tried to climb it but got queasy half-way up, so I cautiously made my way down and went snorkeling, instead.

The inside of the lighthouse
Gorgeous turtle <3
Hanging towels out to dry on the shade.
Saying goodbye to Phare Amedée, the island we relaxed on for a day.

I'm pretty sure I fell in love with New Caledonia while I was there. Everything was just so beautiful. 

xx Tina

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Last week (Saturday to Saturday), my friends and I hopped on a plane and escaped the chilly spring weather here in Auckland. We went to Nouméa, New Caledonia, to relax on the beach and forget about upcoming exams.

Beautiful, isn't it?
The view from the hotel.
This is the national bird of New Caledonia, the cagou. It's a flightless bird and sadly, endangered. However, these two are safe in a wildlife reserve. The one with the outstretched wings is the mama, and the other one is her baby.

Albino peacocks. Not shy at all, this one walked right up to me.

A potato and bacon galette. Not mine. But tasty.

My ham, tomato, mozzarella and goat's cheese galette - delicious, but too big, I ended up leaving half of it untouched.

Some people were smart enough to order crêpes - they were light and not too filling.
On the walk to the taxi boat that took us to a teensy little island where we went snorkeling.
After our first night in the hotel, we left to live with home-stay families for about six nights. This is the view from their house. Cool, right?

More pictures to come soon!

xxx Tina

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stay Matte Powder by Rimmel

There's been a lot of hype about Rimmel's Stay Matte powder. Tanya Burr, an amazing make-up artist (check out her website or YouTube channel), has often said how much she loves this powder. I saw it a while ago and decided that it would be worth checking out. 

I think one of the reason this is such a widely-loved product is that it is soooo cheap! Absolutely amazing quality, and it is affordable. I have to agree with the majority and say that this is an incredible powder. It really does mattify any oily areas on your face. 

I just take a small amount on a brush, usually my Real Techniques one, and sweep it across my t-zone, which tends to get a little oily during the day. In terms of the actual product, 11/10, but I have one issue, and that is the packaging. I find it very difficult to take with me in a purse or in my make-up bag, as the lid comes off very easily. Also, it doesn't have a mirror, so you will have to carry a portable one with you if you want to have the option of touching up your make-up when you go out. 

xx Tina