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MOR – Christmas Gift Guide

Hey Lovelies.

Next in my Christmas Gift Guide series I am going to be talking about the various gift sets from MOR Australia, a beautiful brand that features soaps, hand and body creams, candles, fragrances and more! With a beautiful selection of fragrances and beautiful packaging, this is the perfect gift for Christmas.


When I used to work in a department store, I was mainly working within the Beauty department which was my element. I worked a lot with MOR so it’s such a pleasure being able to talk about what gift sets they are offering this Christmas! MOR products were always so popular, they are such a great gift for someone at any age with scents to cater for everyone. 

This years Christmas Collection is called Romantic Charm. This collection features such beautiful designs with blues, pinks and white designs all throughout the packaging. 

First off we have the first gift called Sweety. It comes inside of a reusable tin with a gorgeous design on it, you can even hang it up on your Christmas tree!


This includes a Marshmellow Soapette (which is one of the most well known scents within MOR). This retails for $12 NZD so it’s perfect for a secret santa gift, or even a stocking stuffer! They also have this in the scent Snow Gardenia also if you are looking for something more fresh.

Next up we have this gorgeous gift which looks like a Christmas cracker! This comes in Crush (Lychee) and Blush (Marshmellow) and inside of each cracker you receive a 50ml hand cream.

This gift is also a perfect stocking stuffer, the hand cream from MOR is incredible and it leaves your hands feeling so soft and amazing. The Lychee scent has to be one of my favourite scents as it is super sweet but still quite fresh! This gift set retails for $15.95 NZD.


One of my favourite gift sets this year comes in this gorgeous tin box, this one is called Princess. Within Princess you will receive three products all within the Marshmellow range, Hand Cream (50ml), Soapette (60g) and Perfume Oil (9ml). This also comes in Temptress, which features the Lychee Flower Scent.


This gift pack retails for $34.95 NZD. This would be a perfect gift for your mother, sister, aunt, grandparent, anyone really! And it comes within two scents whether they are into fresh, sweet scents or floral scents!

MOR Australia can be found at selected department stores throughout New Zealand. If you are located in Auckland, then definitely check out Smith and Caugheys and David Jones for if you are in Wellington! All stockists can be found on their website, http://www.morboutique.com 

Love,

Annaleise x
*Disclaimer* I was sent these products from MOR to review if I liked the product, I have been using MOR for a few years now so all opinions are honest and my own. This was not sponsored. 

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Beauty

Christmas Gift Guide – Mecca Maxima

Hey Lovelies,

I am back with another blog post! I’ve been on such a buzz pumping out these blog posts for you guys, and especially with the holiday season just around the corner what a perfect time to be talking about Christmas Gifts!

I get so excited around Christmas time as it just gives me so much happiness, I am a person who loves giving to others so I tend to go a littttttttle bit crazy when gift shopping, whoops.

I know there are a lot of you out there that are unsure on what to get your loved ones this Christmas, I’m going to be creating a mini Christmas Gift Guide series on my blog to hopefully help some of you!
Now, MY FAVOURITE MAKEUP STORE EVEEEEER! Aka, Mecca Maxima. They always have the best Christmas collections featuring a lot of amazing brands, and this year it is better than ever. I was so lucky enough to be able to review and test out these products for you guys, and I am so impressed with all of it!!

All of these beauties launch on November 9th! Which is super exciting and gives you so much time to figure out what your getting for who.


First off, NARS have these super cute gifts that you can actually hang up on your Christmas tree. These all come in a variety of beautiful shades and all contain:

1 x Mini Sized Audacious Lipstick

1 x Mini Sized Blush

This one is in the shade Dolce Vita (Blush) x Audrey (Lipstick). This is the perfect gift for someone who loves makeup, and even if they travel a lot as this is perfect for a carry on makeup bag! This will retail for $35 AUD and $38 NZD.


 Next up we have Urban Decay! I have seen these glitter liners around for so long now, and they have now come out with some beautiful shades. The ones I have pictured here are Stix and Bones and Grind. They are so beautiful and pigmented, and they show up so beautifully in Eye looks.

These will be retailed for $33 AUD and $36 NZD. 


Too Faced always have the cutest Christmas stocking stuffers ever. They have the cutest ornaments that you can put on your tree that have little mascaras or lipsticks in them! This one is the Too Faced Beauty Cracker, which is so cute! You get:

1 x Mini Sized Better Than Sex Mascara

1 x Mini Sized Melted Lipstick (Fig)

1 x Shadow Insurance Primer

1 x Too Faced Pin

This will be retailing for $35 AUD and $38 NZD.


Mario Badescu is probably one of my favourite skincare brands, it has helped clear up my acne so so well and has made my skin feel so healthy! They have come out with this Essentials kit which include:

1 x Enzyme Cleansing Gel

1 x Aloe and Rose Facial Water

1 x Drying Lotion

1 x Flower and Tonic Mask

1 x Silver Powder

I am not 100% sure on the price of this one, however Mario Badescu tend to have sets like these for under $50 which is such a bargain and perfect for someone who loves their skincare!


This cute gift set is from This Works, it is even shaped into an ornament that you can hang up! It comes with two mini sleeping aids, both containing Lavender, Camomile and Vetivert to help you have a better nights sleep. I am usually quite the insomniac and I always struggle to get to sleep, I actually used the pillow sleep last night and I fell asleep straight away! Definitely a unique but such a beautiful gift for anyone who struggles with sleep!

This will be retailing for $18 AUD and $20 NZD which is super affordable.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the released of these products plus 100s more amazing things coming out to Mecca Maxima on November 9th!

I know I am so excited to pick up some other amazing goodies!
Love,

Annaleise x

Beauty

My Flawless Finish Look – Nude By Nature

Hey Lovelies,

Today’s blog post is going to be all about the products I use to create a flawless, natural and easy makeup look. I’m going to be talking a lot about Nude By Nature, they have recently brought out a new range called ‘Flawless Finish’ which includes a foundation and a concealer. It contains all natural ingredients such as Bamboo Powder (which is actually used to create a soft focused finish) and Kakadu Plum, which is native to Australia and is high in antioxidants.


All Nude By Nature products are 100% Cruelty Free and PETA Certified.


The Flawless Finish Foundation comes in 10 shades, and is priced at $44.95 (NZD). Basically, this foundation is made to look like a second skin whilst providing coverage to even out skin tones and blemishes. It provides a flawless finish without being super heavy on the skin, which I really like. The foundation is a satin matte finish, I would definitely recommend using a hydrating primer if you tend to have quite dry skin. But it definitely has a beautiful, natural finish on the skin. This is also oil and fragrance free, which is perfect as I have sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend trying this if you love using natural makeup and have super sensitive skin!

 

The bottle of the foundation is beautiful, dressed in sleek, rose gold packaging. Lifting the rose gold cap of the bottle is the foundation itself underneath, it comes with a pump which is definitely a plus! I find that this is really easy to store in your makeup bag as well, I feel super comfortable travelling with this as I know it wont spill or leak all throughout my bag!

 

The Flawless Finish Concealer comes in 5 shades, and is priced at $29.95 (NZD). It is a stick concealer, with a super creamy consistency that glides on the skin super effortlessly. Usually I tend to stay away from stick concealers as I find they tend to crease easily under my eyes, but this one does not budge! It doesn’t leave the skin feeling super heavy, and covers up dark circles and blemishes super easily. The concealer also has a Satin Matte Finish and is super full coverage. It is suitable for sensitive skin and has been dermatologist tested.

 I paired my Flawless Finish look with a few other staple Nude By Nature products, such as the Airbrush Mineral Primer. 


This is a super lightweight product, just like most of Nude By Nature products! It has a very moisturising texture but leaves the skin feeling almost a little tacky, which is great as it makes your foundation stay on longer! I found that this really made my skin look and feel super hydrated. It has a very natural scent.

Also, I tried out a couple other products! Including a beautiful highlighting palette which came with a beautiful bronzer, blush and highlight shade which made the skin look super luminous. 


I tried out this neutral eyeshadow palette also, and I was pleasantly surprised. The two matte brown shades are super pigmented, and they really do blend easily! I found that they can definitely be used to help define the brows as well, which makes this product super versatile.


Finally, to complete my makeup look I added on a mascara! I am really picky with mascara, I have super long eyelashes and I love using mascaras that help give them volume and length without making them look clumpy. This one is really nice as it lengthens your eyelashes really nicely, but it doesn’t add on too much product where it clumps together and looks like spiders legs! (Lol) i love this one as I love to build up my mascara, and this one is perfect for that!


I hope you all enjoyed reading about how I create my Flawless Finish makeup look featuring some of my favourite Nude By Nature products! As you can tell, the packaging on the products is so beautiful and the products itself are actually really great quality. If your really looking into trying out natural makeup that is amazing quality I would definitely recommend trying out products from Nude By Nature! 
I have something super exciting for you guys, if you use the code ‘flawlessannaleise’ you will receive 40% off Nude By Nature from their website! Go grab yourself some amazing goodies, you won’t regret! 

Nude By Nature can be found at Farmers Stores, Selected Pharmacies and online.
Love,

Annaleise x

Beauty

The Body Shop Christmas Collection

Hi Lovelies.

Today I’m going to be discussing one of my favorite things EVER. And that is, Christmas Collections! And with that being said, The Body Shop have released some amazing new goodies just in time for the festive season and it is super exciting.


First of, I’m going to talk about the three new festive scents they are bringing out this year. Two of them have made a come back from previous years and the other one is brand new and is delicious!

We have:

  • Frosted Berries – A beautiful scent of fresh berries, this actually reminds me of the smell of strawberry/raspberry ice cream. Its super sweet and leaves your body smelling amazing for so long.

  • Frosted Plum – Fruity, floral fragrance with notes of fresh plum, magnolia and peony. A super fruity scent but also really fresh at the same time.

  • Vanilla Pumpkin – This is actually a Halloween product but will most likely still be around by Christmas, you definitely need to pick this one up if your a fan of super sweet, creamy scents. Unlike the other flavours, this is a lot more rich and creamy. I would compare the smell to the likes of caramel or butterscotch!

 

Now, I am really excited about this part! They have actually brought out new makeup goodies, which some people don’t know but The Body Shop actually have a large range of Makeup! I’ve tried out a whole bunch and I am really impressed with the quality. The new collection they have brought out is in collaboration with House of Holland, so a lot of the products from this collection have super cute and quirky packaging which House of Holland is known for!

The products in the Reach for The Stars collection:

  • Glow For It – Shimmer Puff – In the most beautiful, lightweight packaging the Glow For It is a beautiful shimmer dust that can be used all over the body. I used this over fake tan on my legs and it gives it the most beautiful, summer glow.

 

  • Metallic Liquid Lipsticks – When you hear the word ‘Metallic Lipstick’ your mind instantly goes to the thought of how dramatic and metallic the lipsticks would look. Now as that would be perfect for someone who loves a lipstick thats super dramatic, The Body Shop have come out with Metallic Lipsticks that are super wearable. They come in a range of the normal ‘everyday’ lip colours like nudes, pinks, reds etc, whilst they look like an average lipstick colour you can see that it is slightly metallic giving it a beautiful sheen to the lips that isn’t intense.


 

  • Ultimate All-In-One Palette- They have come out with a palette that has multi uses in just one palette, perfect for travelling! It is just like all of their eyeshadow palettes, with being able to pop in and out your favourite shades. It comes with a creamy, pink lipstick colour, a beautiful navy blue eyeshadows and two beautiful cream shades that can be used as highlight or shadow!

 

  • Star Stamp Liner – This eyeliner pen is not just your ordinary felt-tip eyeliner, if you flip to the other side it also has a star stamped liner! This is super cool, and perfect for festivals, dress ups and even if your kids love playing around with makeup!

 

  • Glitter Dust – One of the biggest makeup product trends as of now is lots and lots of glitter! A few years ago it used to be super hard trying to find glitter for your eyes, and now its the thing that everyone is bringing out! I’m super happy The Body Shop is coming out with their own glitters as I feel happy knowing its cruelty free! (I don’t have any images of it yet sadly as it is yet to hit New Zealand!)

 

  • Sparkler – This product has been around for many years, and it is a super popular  product from The Body Shop. I remember always going into a store trying to find this product and it always being sold out! It comes in the most beautiful, elegant packaging and it sprays a light dusting of shimmer for all over your body. It is a lot less shimmery than the Shimmer Puff mentioned earlier,  but it is perfect if you are travelling during summer or a night out!

 

I am super excited for this Holiday Collection from The Body Shop, I definitely recommend checking it out at your closest store!

Thank you to The Body Shop for inviting me to your Holiday Collection preview event the other day, I had so much fun testing out and learning about all the new products!

Love,

Annaleise x

*This post is not sponsored, but I was kindly gifted these products. All thoughts are my own and are 100% honest.

Beauty

Colourpop Shadows – Are they worth it?

Hi Lovelies!

This has been super requested as I love posting about my Colour Pop eyeshadow collection. Colourpop Cosmetics is a US based brand that sells super affordable products such as lipsticks, eyeshadows, face products and brushes! The shipping is a bit steep to get to New Zealand, so I always buy in bulk every couple of months to save some money.


As a Makeup Artist, its super good and handy to have a magnetic palette filled with single shadows, instead of carrying around multiple palettes! During Ball Season I used my CP shadows so so much, it ended up being one of the only palettes I stocked in my kit for that time period as I could create so many looks using just one palette.


(Shades from Left to Right: Slim Fit, Centerfold, Issues, Tiki, Flowerboy & Fair Play)

(From Left to Right: Top Notch, Bel Air, High Strung, Issues, Team Captain and Lets Do It)

These shadows price from $5 USD which come to about $8- $9 NZD per shadow, which is actually super affordable. The shadows itself are super pigmented and blend out super effortlessly. They come in an extensive range of colours and textures to suit everyones taste!


(Secrets, Soft Core, Fair Play, On The Fence, Issues, Centerfold, Slim Fit, Take A Break,  Chic Happens, Lit, Razy, Heavy Glam) 

If you are looking into Colourpop shadows I definitely would recommend picking some up, they do premade palettes which are super beautiful as well and perfect if you are new to trying out Colourpop shadows.

(Pictured is the Yes, Please palette!) 

Hope this blog post have helped any of you who are curious to what Colourpop Shadows are like!
Love,

Annaleise x

Beauty

My Experience With Microblading.

Hey lovelies.

I have gotten SO many messages asking about what Microblading is and what it’s like to get your brows done! So I thought I’d write up a blog post and talk about my experience.

From when I was just a child, I always had bushy, thick eyebrows that were definitely a little bit uncontrollable. I always had comments from other kids saying “It looks like caterpillars on your face!” and “Why do your eyebrows look like that?”. It really got me down, it wasn’t until the age of 14 I discovered TWEEZERS! Ah, I guess we all know what’s happened from there.. The not-so lovely journey of overplucked brows.  My once, thick, bushy (and beautiful 💔) eyebrows were no longer, instead they were thin, patchy and looked almost like sperm. Yikes. 


So hard looking back at these photos. I was 14, I should have not been allowed near those tweezers at all. 
5 years later, my eyebrows have definitely grown back to their bushy state, however they were super patchy and were so hard to maintain. As soon as I discovered brow powder, pomade and gel at the age of 17 I started playing around with making my eyebrows my ideal shape. I was so stoked with life! My eyebrows were definitely a big insecurity of mine after the over plucking incident, so being able to create the shape I wanted them to be was amazing.
This year I discovered something called Microblading. I had always seen photos of people getting their eyebrows done all over my Instagram feed, I always wanted to get mine done but was so scared of how permanent it is! 

There was one page in particular that I kept seeing the most INCREDIBLE brows in her photos, and that was Feather Touch By Cherie. Her work was one of the most precise and perfect I had ever seen, some of the brows looked so natural, fluffy and perfect you couldn’t even tell it was Microblading! Definitely one of a kind and super talented. 

Check out her IG page here

After weeks and weeks of being super indecisive whether I wanted to get them done or not, I was like ‘eh just do it!!’. So I bit the bullet and made my appointment. I was so excited, mainly because I was going to be able to wear no makeup and still feel confident about my brows, which was a huge thing for me!

What is Microblading?

Microblading is essentially, a form of tattooing. However it is slightly different as they place the pigment underneath your skin using a hand-held tool instead of your usual tattooing machine. This process means they are able to create precise lines that mimic hair strokes, meaning your brows look natural and full.

How long does Microblading last for?

Usually with Microblading they last for around 12-18 months before you can decide whether you need a colour boost. 

Feather Touch Brows by Cherie:

I decided to go with Cherie as she does some of the most unique, beautiful brows I have seen throughout New Zealand. Her Feather Touch studio is located within her salon House of Chic which is located in Aoeta, Wellington. So for all my wellington gals, definitely check her out if you are looking into getting this done! 

On the day of the microblading, you are to apply numbing cream (EMLA cream) to your brows 40 minutes prior your appointment. 

 I walked into the salon and was stunned by how gorgeous and chic it was. It definitely has a luxury feel which I loooove. Cherie gets you to fill out required paperwork before the procedure so she knows exactly what you are wanting from the procedure, as each eyebrow is customised to what you are wanting. Which is awesome! 

I had told her my experience with overplucking when I was younger and that I wanted my eyebrows to still look natural, but also for the patches to be filled in. She drew out a stencil over my brows to customise my brows to fit my face, and also to get the idea of what shape I was looking for. 


(Photo Credit: Feather Touch By Cherie)

Cherie was super lovely and so easy to talk to, she made sure to talk through each step of the procedure in depth so you would understand what is happening during the procedure. I was super nervous as I had never had any cosmetic tattooing done to my face, she made me feel completely at ease and told me it would be over before I knew it. I was so excited! 

What kind of brows does Cherie specialise in? And how can I find out what the best option for me?

Cherie has a list of brows that she specialises in. Starting with:

  • Powder Fill Brows – Perfect for those who prefer filled in and defined brows. Gives a more powdered look.
  • Ombré Brows – This is where the brows are filled in with two different colours, a darker colour to define the tail and a lighter colour at the front. Perfect for people with oily skin and like to work out a lot! 
  • Feather Touch Brows – The most natural brows of them all. This is where natural, hair like strokes are placed throughout the brow. Not recommended for clients with oily skin.
  • Combination Brows – This is where natural, hair like strokes will be placed at the front whilst a more strong, powdered fill is at the tail.

We decided to go with Feather Touch Brows as I was unsure what I wanted. I wanted natural but I still wanted my eyebrows to look full! Cherie told me the best option is to go with Feather Touch Brows first, and if you still want them more defined you can get them more defined in your follow up session. Perfect! I would say definitely talk to Cherie about what you are wanting from your brow appointment, she can then help you with what technique would suit you the best. 

Before the procedure Cherie will apply her own numbing cream which is a lot stronger than the EMLA cream you are required to use before your appointment.

(PC: Feather Touch By Cherie)
I was super worried about how painful it would be, but to be completely honest I didn’t feel a thing! It does feel a little strange at first (and also sounds a lil weird, a bit like Velcro!) but you get used to it very quickly, before you know it your brows are all done! She will always go back and fort looking over your brows to ensure everything is looking perfect and in shape. 
Side note: During my touch up appointment (4-5 weeks after your first appointment) I did feel a little bit more pain, but Cherie assured me that usually when a client is either stressed or feeling run down (like I was!) they usually feel more pain even with the numbing cream applied. But it was still a breeze to get through and didn’t hurt as bad! 


(PC: Feather Touch By Cherie)

Here is the outcome of my brows after Cherie worked her magic! I was so impressed, I walked out of the salon feeling invincible with my new addition to my face! I finally felt like my brows brought my face together. She did exactly what I had wanted done to my eyebrows, and I am so happy with them! 

(PC: Feather Touch By Cherie)
As you can see from my before photo, my eyebrows were very patchy and messy. They were so hard to maintain! It’s so cool looking at the before and after photo, I can’t believe my eyebrow transformation! It has definitely helped so much with my confidence, especially when I’m not wearing makeup! I usually wear a full face of makeup every single day, but from having my brows done I’ve been so minimal with my makeup because I love my brows! Werk it.

Now, Cherie will also go through with you the process of after care you will be required to do after you leave the salon. It is much like getting a tattoo, always keeping it moisturised, wiping and keeping it away from water! And of course, no applying makeup to the brows for 2 weeks!

The first hour of leaving the salon you will be required to wipe and apply Vaseline to your eyebrows every 15 minutes for an hour. And after that once every hour. For the first night it is recommended to apply cling wrap to your brows before going to sleep.

 For a couple of days after that you will be required to repeat the process except 3 times a day, usually when you wake up, midday and before you go to bed! For the first couple of days your eyebrows will feel slightly tight, and a bit sore to touch but it does go away. I noticed that around 5 days after the procedure my eyebrows did start to flake a little bit, which is completely normal however you must not pick at it as it can ruin the pigmentation. I found this went away when it got to a week after my appointment. 

You will be required to have a follow up appointment 4-6 weeks after your first appointment, this will be your perfecting session.  This ensures that the pigmentation will last for the 12-18 months. 

Mine had faded slightly when it got around to my follow up appointment, the hair like strokes were definitely still there and looked great but were not as dark as I had wanted them to be. I discussed with Cherie that I had also wanted the tails of my brows to be more thick and defined, which she did perfectly! This is why a follow up appointment is essential after getting your eyebrows Microblading so Cherie can assure your brows are as perfect as possible and exactly what you want! 


This photo was taken straight after leaving the salon with my perfected brows! 

I am so happy that I decided to get my eyebrows microbladed, this was such an exciting experience for me and I was so glad that I was lucky enough to have Cherie do them for me! Her work is amazing and so unique, honestly the way she did my brows is a dream come true! 


If you are thinking about Microblading, definitely do it! It is such an amazing thing, and it’s so cool being able to see your brows transform so perfectly! 

I definitely recommend Cherie from Feather Touch by Cherie for Microblading,  she is the loveliest person and is so genuine! Check out her Instagram and Facebook , she posts client photos and videos which are so great to look at as they are all so unique and perfect for the client. 

Thank you to Cherie for making my microblading experience so amazing and fun! I will definitely be coming back for many years 😉
Love,

Annaleise x

Beauty

Farsali Skincare Review!

Hey loves!

Hope your all well. If you follow my Instagram you would know that I was trying out the new Farsali Beauty Oils & Serums which are super well known, I have seen them be used in so many Instagram, Facebook and YouTube videos!

I was lucky enough to be sent both the Rose Gold Elixr Oil & The Unicorn Essence Serum to try out for you guys, as they have just launched in New Zealand at Life Pharmacy! (Retailing for $119)

Farsali was created in the USA by a team of cosmetic scientists. 


Rose Gold Elixr – ($119)

It is a ‘fast absorbing, lightweight beauty Oil that is infused with 24k Gold, rosehip seed oil and pure botanicals’

The Rose Gold Elixr is essentially a radiant moisturiser for the skin, it can be used both day and night and will leave your skin feeling super nourished and hydrated. It can also be used for chapped lips and skin, reviving dried cream products and to even mix in with foundation to create a glowy, flawless finish. I find that it’s so handy to find a beauty oil that has so many different uses! 

I’ve been using the Rose Gold Elixr for just over a week now and I can already see such a difference in my skin. My skin is super dry and sensitive, especially during winter so it really does need all the hydration it can get. My skin is feeling so smooth, soft and hydrated with no dry patches at all. I use this Oil both morning and night, and I love how it makes my skin feel! If I mix into my foundation I find that my skin gives off a very dewy, soft glow that I love! My skin has never looked so healthy.  Plus I love the smell, it has a beautiful scent of citrus orange peel and rose hip oil!

When it came to reviving my dried out cream products, I tested it out on my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow that had been slightly dried up as I have had it for a while now. I dropped 1-2 drops of the oil into the pomade and gently mixed it around with a q-tip, it was like brand new!

Each ingredient of this oil serves a purpose in helping your skin. 

Gold – A natural mineral that is often used to make the skin look and feel younger and radiant.

Rosehip Oil & Bontanicals – Help with moisturising the skin, leaving it look smooth and supple.

The great thing about this product is that it works for all skin types! 




Unicorn Essence Serum – $119

This is different from the Rose Gold Elixr, it is a Serum that is completely Oil free! The Unicorn Essence is also a multi purpose product, it can be used as a daily serum , face and eyeshadow primer aswell as even helping your highlight be poppin!

When used as a daily serum, it helps with protecting the skin from things such as radical damage. Whilst doing this, it also helps prepare the skin for makeup application or moisturiser! 

I’ve been using this after my Rose Gold Elixr has sunk into the skin, and using the serum as a base before my makeup application. The one thing I like most about this product is that it doesn’t leave my face feeling oily at all, my foundation doesn’t glide around and it sets beautifully. It almost leaves your skin with a ‘tight’ feeling, which I love and find that my makeup will go on smoother with it. 

When using it to make your highlight shine out of this world, I will gently press it along my cheekbone, and let it set whilst applying my favourite powder highlight with a fan brush. It’s one of my favourite tricks to make my highlight look super intense!

The smell of this product is not as intense as the Rose Gold Elixr, which I know some people may prefer. It has a slight sweet, candy scent but it disappears after it has sunk into the skin!

This beautiful skin enhancer contains four different super fruit extracts which are all super rich in antioxidants. Such as, Acai Berry, Goji Berry, Elderberry and Blueberry! All of these are also packed with Vitamin C which help massively for health and skin tone. 


I am so impressed with these two products from Farsali. I had no idea they would have such an amazing impact on my skin, and I will always keep using them in my daily skincare routine!

If you are wanting to check out more about Farsali products and where to find them in New Zealand, check out @wigginsbeauty on Instagram and they have so much information on these two gorgeous products!

Love,

Annaleise

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How getting rid of toxic people changed my life.

Hey loves.

As you could probably see by the title, this blog post is going to get a little bit personal. I’ve been so up and down about whether I should post personal posts on here, but I figured I might as well share my experience as it could help someone else out at the same time.

I think one of the hardest things us humans will admit, is that some of the people we are surrounded with are actually toxic to our physical and mental health. We sometimes don’t want to admit it to ourselves as they could easily be a loved one, friend, co-worker or family member, but it’s so important to realise who’s good for you and who’s not. 
I struggled with this for so many years, I found it so hard to let go of so many toxic people. And because of this, I struggled with a lot of insecurity, anxiety and even depression. I was with a person for almost 3 years, I knew they were so toxic to me but for some stupid reason I couldn’t let go. All because I thought that I would have nothing without them. I was so completely wrong, I was surrounded with so many lovely friends and family who were always talking to me about how this person didn’t mean anything to me, but I just couldn’t listen to it. It didn’t take me until they went and cheated on me and me finding about all the lies they told me, that I realised they didn’t mean SHIT! I dropped them instantly.  I felt so happy, so free, so… HAPPY! That’s a feeling I hadn’t felt in so long, I finally was able to be myself without being judged and I was able to hang out with my friends all the time without being told off. 

This person told me they didn’t like seeing me without makeup, seeing me with my natural curls (which i embrace the shit out of!) and told me I wasn’t skinny enough. But I walked out of that toxic relationship instantly with no regret.

I would be always so scared to even eat around this person as I thought they would think I was fat. And because of this I still sometimes struggle with my eating, it’s one of those things that have affected me both mentally and physically but I’m still getting there.
From that day on, I was very cautious of who I was hanging out with and associating myself with. I had finally found a new happiness and I wasn’t going to let anyone stop me. I hung out with a fairly small group of friends each day, we were all pretty close. One person of the group in particular was very judgemental, and LOVED to argue with others. I had already thought for months of cutting this person off as they had made me feel so insecure, but I decided to give them one last chance. It wasn’t until she was so rude about another close friend of mines beliefs and religion, that I decided to cut all ties. I didn’t speak to her again, sure she tried so many times to rekindle our friendship but I was beyond done. I mean who in the world wants a friend that says this kind of stuff to you? I even came to school a few days to hearing rumours of her telling people that ‘I ruined her reputation’.

“Of course, you’d wear something the same as me out of all days.”

“You look really fat in that photo, what were you thinking”

“Why would you want to study that? It’s not going to get you anywhere”

Even the whole.. “I think I’m a lot more experienced in makeup than you” when they couldn’t even blend their eyeshadow, eh wat?

One thing I can’t stand, is when other people think they are so much better than everyone else. 
Trust me, after these two toxic people left my life. I felt so much happier. I wore whatever I wanted to wear, I hung out with whoever I wanted to be with and I explored more than I did throughout my whole teenage years. I know that a lot of people will be able to relate to what I went through in high school, so I guess that’s what made me want to write about it!
At the end of the day, you need to put yourself as your first priority. Don’t worry about anyone who is making you feel like you aren’t one at all. You are all beautiful human beings who deserve LOVE and to feel beautiful inside and out, and to of course be whoever you want to be! 
I am definitely a different person than who I was 3 years ago, and I am so happy with who I am today. I am confident, I am inlove with someone who makes me feel beautiful everyday, and I am surrounded by such loving friends and family who support me one hundred percent! I am proud of where I am today, I have succeeded so much in just a little timespan of 2 years. And I can definitely say I have learnt ALOT!

If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to, feel free to message me! 
Love,

Annaleise x

Beauty

New Skincare Goodies from Eau Thermal Avene

Hey loves!

Recently I was sent a super gorgeous box full of skincare goodies (and even a sleeping mask!) from the lovely Sarah from Eau Thermal Avene. 

I am super into their skincare range, I use their thermal mist before makeup everyday! So I was beyond excited to try out some new goodies.


Inside this gorgeous wee package was:

  • Thermal Spring Water Face Mist – One of my all time favourites!
  • Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
  • Soothing Eye Contour Cream

I’ve been trying out the two new eye care products for over a week now and I will share my thoughts on them!

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover:


I’m all for trying different makeup removers, especially when it comes to getting off that stubborn waterproof mascara/liner. One trouble I do have with my eyes is that they are very sensitive, they can get irritated by makeup removers very easily. 

I’ve been using this for the past week now, and I am very impressed! The only thing I do notice is that if I get too close to my lash line my eye will sting a little, but that could be due to the fact that my eyes are overly sensitive! Other than that, it got off all remains of waterproof Mascara and all of my eyeshadow! 

I used a cotton pad and put a little bit of the eye makeup remover on the pad, and held down gently onto my eye to let it work on removing the makeup. After I have gently swiped it off my skin, I will rinse it with a little bit of warm water. 

Soothing Eye Contour Cream:


Now, I’m not really one to use an eye cream. I mean don’t get me wrong, I understand how important it is to look after the skin around your eyes but it’s always a step I forget. I got myself into using this wee product every day, morning and night to see if I noticed a difference in my undereye area.

The first thing I noticed is that it is really cooling on your skin, it’s definitely a great product to use in the morning as it wakes your skin up and feels super refreshing. After I couple of days of use I found that my concealer was going on amazingly, there was no dry patches and it felt super soft!

I think I will definitely be adding this into my skin routine, I love how my Eye area is feeling and I think this is the perfect product!



Thermal Spring Water Face Mist:

Now this is one of my favourite products! I have about 3 cans of this beauty, oops. I use this before my makeup, after cleansing and toning my skin and even sometimes after the gym! It is so refreshing and gives an extra boost of hydration to your skin.

It is the perfect skincare item for Summer, it’s currently winter in New Zealand but I still use it! But i went through about 2 cans throughout the summer as it’s perfect to help cool your skin down, and I even found it helped out when I got a little sunburnt! 
I hope this review of Eau Thermal Avene products has helped any of you in any way! I loved trying these out and they are now staples in my skincare routine!

Love,

Annaleise 

Beauty

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review.

Hey guys!

I was lucky enough to pick up the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette through an exclusive early release day from Mecca Maxima, and I thought I would write up a review as it is not released until August in New Zealand and Australia!


As you can see, it is a very warm toned palette! It’s perfect for anyone who loves warm toned eyeshadows, I personally love it! 

I had been a bit skeptical prior to purchasing this and adding it to my collection as my other Naked palettes weren’t as pigmented and were a bit more subtle to what I usually like in an eyeshadow. After watching many, many YouTube reviews I was so shocked to see how pigmented the eyeshadows were, a completely different formula! I knew I had to try it out for myself.


As you can see, the colours are full of cranberry, orange vibes which will look amazing on any skin tones. What I like about this palette as it’s perfect for both a simple, natural (ya know what I mean) day look but you can easily smoke it up just using a few of the darker shades. It’s so handy!

Okay, so here are my opinions on the shades itself, the formula etc. I found that a few of the matte shades came across as a little bit chalky when I swatched it on my arm, although it was still pigmented it still felt a little dry. However, I’ve used this palette twice now and I’ve noticed that they feel 100% better on the eyes and they blend so easily. The shimmer shades in my opinion are a lot more pigmented, buttery and super soft to the touch. I wore this palette for the first time prior to a 10 hour shift and it still looked perfect afterwards!
This palette retails for $91 NZD from Mecca Maxima. It is a little pricey, but if you are looking for a staple warm toned palette this is the one for you. It is super high quality and the packaging is amazing. I definitely recommend! 

Let me know if you’ve tried out this palette and what were your thoughts!

Love,

Annaleise x