Holiday Makeup | Island Style

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Compared to my 12 pack of skincare products, the makeup I took to Rarotonga was much more carefully curated.  I figured (correctly) that as soon as I got a bit of sun on my cheeks I would be sans foundation, blush, highlighter, contour, bronzer, yadda yadda most days.  So, only the basics got a boarding pass.  Lips, light coverage, concealer, mascara, illuminator and brows (not pictured).   Only the basics lol.

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Dermalogica Sheer Tint spf20 Medium RRP $79

Welcoming Sheer Tint back into my life was like meeting an old friend again.  The proliferation of BB Creams from other brands saw me shy away from my faithful pal for a year or so but now I’m back and loving this excellent update on a beauty classic.

Described as the last step in skin care and first step in makeup, the 2015 reformulation sees the inclusion of Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder to promote radiant beauty and health.  Sheer Tint provides more coverage than leading BB Creams but mineral ingredient Iron Oxide creates a perfectly sheer colour wash resulting in a natural, glowing finish.

Oil-free, must-have, SPF20 everyday makeup.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer RRP $38Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Beauty

On some days, some spots need a little more coverage and the best concealer I’ve ever discovered is this little pot of camouflage from Benefit.  Boi-ing stays put  I apply it with my fingers as in this slightly cooler weather the warmth softens it, then I blend with a brush for a perfect finish.  Cannot rave about this product enough.  Concealer is an important part of my daily makeup routine and I’m so stoked to have finally found one that I love!Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Beauty

NARS Illuminator – Orgasm RRP $30 USD

NARS make the most amazing cheek colours, I’ve had my Orgasm blush for a couple of years now and it pops that dewy glow like no other powder.  But with highlighting/strobing/all the glowing going on I felt like I need to up my game.  I added this liquid illuminator to a recent Sephora order and it’s now my favourite little secret to help me look refreshed, with a natural glow that doesn’t quit.  Available in NZ from Mecca Cosmetica.

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara Black RRP $39.34

No surprise here, EOH Goddess Mascara is the product that kicked off my love of makeup so it was a non-negotiable inclusion in my vacation  kit.  Never clumpy, no pandas, lengthens like a dream.  With a little holiday glow going on, I would often leave the house with nothing more than some balm, a little illuminator on my cheeks and a quick swipe of mascara to upgrade from beach to cocktail hour in a second.

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand BeautyBenefit Chachabalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm RRP $34Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Beauty

A touch of  colour was totally necessary for an easy, beachy look but it had to have super-duper moisturising properties as well.  Chachabalm is creamy, not slick and sticky and is heaven on dry lips.  This is def more of a treatment product than a gloss or tint so was the right choice for a sunny vacation, great staying power is a big plus, as is the addition of juicy mango butter – yum!

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Beauty Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Bare Pop RRP $46

This is my second Pop Lip Colour in a seriously wearable, everyday shade.  My lips-but-better pigment, long wearing and a lovely creamy non-drying formulation that feels very natural.  The addition of primer in the formulation is what sold me on Clinique Pop, when you do experience wear over the day through eating and drinking, there’s no ‘tide’ mark left around the edge of of your lips which I can’t stand.  A demi-matte finish which in this shade is perfectly casual and just what I wanted.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm Super Strawberry RRP $40Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Beauty

I love chubby sticks because they are so easy to use and so versatile.  I didn’t take any blush on the trip but Super Strawberry can do double duty as a lip or cheek pigment!  The never-needs-sharpening case also eliminates the need to pack a sharpener!  Clinique, you’re so smart!


Top Mummy Blog new Zealand BeautyBillion Dollar Brows Mad About Brows Palette RRP $59

Ahhhh brows.  Saved the best for last?  Maybe, but if you’re wanting quick, non-fussy makeup while holidaying, then, baby do your brows.  I was a dedicated brow pencil fan until I received this palette.  Billion Dollar Brows have nailed it with this combo of four brow powders, sculpting wax and mini brow brush.  Once you get used to using the angled brush, brows become foolproof and easy, held in place with the super pliable wax that sets to a naturally defined finish.


The Makeup Edit – June + Giveaway

June was a busy, busy month in terms of skincare and makeup releases so I’ve decided to split them in two and feature monthly, curated summaries of products I purchased and products I was sent for review.

La Mav Organic BB Créme – RRP $49.96, Gifted

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I’m a big fan of BB Crème and use one every day, either on its own or under foundation.  The bonus of adding a BB crème into your make-up routine is that it minimises the products required to achieve a divine complexion. “La Mav’s Organic BB Crème acts as a moisturiser, primer and light foundation and works to give your skin a healthy, radiant glow. Skin imperfections will fade away with La Mav’s colour corrective formula, while the light foundation tint will give you enough coverage to awaken and smooth your skin”. 

This formulation is a bit thicker and creamier than most BB Crèmes I’ve used so doesn’t quite glide on as easily as I’m used to.  It’s also quite pigmented, which is fine for my skin tone but a little too much for those with paler skin.  I’ve given this to my Mum as she likes a bit more coverage than the average BB Créme gives so this offering from La Mav is perfect.

All La Mav products are 100% plant based, certified organic and cruelty free – they are also free from harsh chemicals including parabens, talc, phthalates, petro chemicals, sulphated surfactants, synthetic fragrance and colours and silicon.

Available from Health 2000 and other selected retailers.

Mummy Beauty Blogger New ZealandEstée Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining Singles – RRP $58, Available August 3rd, 2015, Gifted

I have one of these stunning singles in Naked Gold and quite simply, the depth of colour and creamy finish is luxe.  The flawless formulation of the NEW Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles is long lasting, non-flaky, blends super well and layers like a charm.  Combining the best properties of a cream, powder and gel all-in-one the result is crease-resistant colour that goes the distance.

NEW Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles allow you to build a collection of your favourite shades with twenty new hues covering the spectrum.

Available on counter or from Smith and Caughey’s August 3rd 2015.


Karen Murrell #7 Fuchsia Shock Lipstick – RRP $29.95, Gifted
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Ya’ll know how much I LOVE Karen Murrell’s lipsticks {um…>here and here} and Fuchsia Shock is a winner.  Warm pink, not an icy one, this lippy has depth and would compliment many skintones.  A bright lip is a great way to vamp up a boring outfit, so be brave and wear this bold shade with confidence.

Karen Murrell lipsticks are of course cruelty free, ‘vegetarian’ lispticks, containing natural super-heroes;

  •  – Avocado Oil – provides lips with hydration and protection,
  •  – Cinnamon – plumps lips to make them look fuller,
  •  – Evening Primrose Oil – rich in Omega 6, soothes and moisturises dry lips,
  •  – Carnauba Wax – renowned for its high melting point, ensures Karen Murrell lipsticks do not melt in handbags.
  • Keep reading to win Fuchsia Shock for yourself!

Available from selected pharmacies and health food stores.  For more information or to locate your nearest stockist, please visit

Blinc Eyebrow Mousse – RRP $39.95, GiftedMummy Beauty Blogger New Zealand

My ride-or-die brow bff is Benefit Instant Brow Pencil.  I love it.  But, tbh, it’s starting to piss me off as it sharpens terribly and the lead always breaks, so I’m finding there is a lot of wastage.  

Blinc Eyebrow Mousse is a different creature entirely.  It holds and sculpts like a gel (I’ve tried it and it doesn’t go crispy!), tints hair and fills in sparse areas with water resistant colour. Claimed never to fade, run or smudge, blinc is ready for all day wear.  Available in 9 shades, I chose the Light Brunette which is actually quite dark.  I have black eyebrows, so this works, but it definitely creates a high impact look on me.

This is a great product.  The colour is rich and long wearing, however I find it difficult to get a really nice defined line on my brows with the wand, not sure that makes sense, but it’s easy to do with a pencil.  It does have the added benefit of anti-aging peptides for your skin.

Available at beauty salons nationwide, 0800 144 562

Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer – RRP $38, Purchased

Mummy Beauty Blogger New ZealandLove, love, love this!  Industrial strength concealer, really?  Yes.  I ran into the Benefit counter (Dave was parked in a 5 min loading zone) and said “I need an epic concealer!”, the Bene-babe asked what I wanted it to do – cover redness – 30 seconds later I was back in the car with my new best friend.  I look forward to putting this on every day.  It, doesn’t budge, doesn’t dry, doesn’t cake.  But mostly I love it because it wears ALL day long and makes my skin look as amazing as my skin can get.   I apply it with my fingers, warming it between your thumb and forefinger makes it glide on super smoothly.  This is a wonder-product for me, I highly recommend it.

Available on counter or online at Smith & Caughey’s

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer – RRP $50, GiftedMummy Beauty Blogger New Zealand

Released in March, this Little Black Primer is a multi-tasker’s dream product.  It tints, amplifies and sets lashes.  As a primer it helps lashes retain curl, and increases the length and volume that can be achieved with mascara.  On it’s own I find it a perfect, subtle mascara that’s budge-proof, I don’t get the length I would if I was wearing mascara alone, but sometimes manga eyes are overkill anyway.  Thirdly you can wear it as a topcoat for your existing mascara.  This is perfect if you need a water-resistant helping hand for the day.

Great product, I prefer wearing it on it’s own or as a top-coat as I find it a little clumpy as a primer.

Available on counter or online at Smith & Caughey’s

Revitalash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner – RRP $120-$185, Gifted

Mummy Beauty Blogger New ZealandTo be honest, I was dubious about this product when I first received it.  But, after doing some research and having a pretty frank discussion with my hairdresser about how healthy hair is actually achieved, I’m now a Revitalash® convert.  It’s hard for me to say I’ve noticed results as I have a memory like a sieve and haven’t actually used the product daily for any period of time (more like 3 times per week), plus I actually already have quite long, full lashes anyway, but, the science makes sense.

This is not the brands description, but I see Revitalash® as a multi-vitamin serum for your lashes.  If you keep your follicles healthy it follows that you eyelashes should benefit.  Designed to combat eyelash aging and stress, Revitalash® acts to protect against breakage and brittleness plus improve flexibility moisture and shine.

I’ve found the conditioning treatment super easy to apply and use.

RevitaLash® Cosmetics are available at selected beauty therapy clinics nationwide and online at

Mummy Beauty Blogger New ZealandClinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer – RRP $46, Gifted

This colour (WOW Pop) is amazing.  Seriously, so rich and super pigmented.  It’s definitely a brave colour for me, I need to be in major babe mode to feel comfortable wearing it, but sometimes this happens…..

The addition of a primer to this new release from Clinique gives Colour Pop max staying power.  It’s also non-drying with a lovely velvet finish – which I much prefer over sticky looking lips at the moment.  Available in 16 shades, I’ve got the Nude Pop on my wish list!

Available on counter or online at Smith & Caughey’s

Estée Lauder Magic Smokey™ Powder Shadow Stick – RRP $45, Gifted

Mummy Beauty Blogger New ZealandI struggle with eyeshadow, I find it super tricky to apply and end up removing it 9/10 times.  I may be a total novice in the makeup department but I can hold a pencil, and I can use the new Magic Smokey™ Powder Shadow stick which arrives on counter next month.  This is the first time Estée Lauder have offered a powder shadow in a pencil and I’m quite sure this will become a cult favourite.  Even I can manage a smokey eye with this pencil!  

It glides on effortlessly so you can layer as little or as much as you like depending on how much coverage you want.  I’ve got the Slow Burn, which is a stunning bronze in a shimmer finish.  It’s perfect as a sheer powder for a day look, or lined along my lashes and layered to create a smokey eye for night time.

Head to an Estée counter and try this, it’s so easy you’ll love it!

Available on counter August 2015 or online at Smith & Caughey’s.

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation – RRP $62, GiftedMummy Beauty Blogger New Zealand

I’ve already reviewed this black box of perfection so if you missed it, take a look here 


If you would like to win a Karen Murrell Lipstick in this months featured colour – Fuchsia Shock, just comment below with which product has piqued your interest.  I’ll draw the winner on Sunday 12th July.  Good luck!



Beauty Review | Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation

We are now essentially halfway through 2015 ergo, I am halfway through my year of skincare and makeup discovery.  And, I am loving it!

I used to dread the time it took to put on what little makeup I used, but now I actually look forward to it.  My skin is going through some kind of awful mid-life crisis, so I am hugely appreciative of any product that helps make me feel a little less self-conscious right now.

This little black compact from smashbox is seriously the answer to my prayers right now.  Dubbed the #instafilter for your face, the Photo Filter Powder Foundation is my new best friend. I was asked to pick my shade online, which was difficult as there are 10 variations to choose from.  I would definitely recommend you head to a counter for some colour-matching advice before you buy.  I got my shade right (I think!), but I have fairly olive skin and am a typical medium, so shade 6 seems a good fit.

It comes with a double sided round sponge with a different finish on each side, one side for sheer coverage and the other side for full coverage.  After a couple of weeks of using the sponge, I can’t tell which side is which and probably need to replace it with something else so suggestions welcome please!  Maybe I should be using a brush?

This is a really creamy powder, it goes on easily, blends well and sets with a lovely velvety finish.  I have really bad dry patches around my nose and on my chin right now but found that the Photo Filter Powder didn’t accentuate these at all thank goodness!  I have worn it quite a few ways, over BB cream which was great for a nighttime event, on it’s own and with a primer during the day. Though I was happy with it in each circumstance, using the primer first (I used Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro) seemed to maintain a nice dewy look all day.  8 hour wear?  Absolutely.

It definitely achieves the blur effect that one would expect from a product called Photo Filter.  Containing fancy things such as Light Filter Technology and Photoset Polymers (I’ll leave you to study up on those!), this foundation brings some serious artillery to the table.  I’m in love with its imperfection concealing abilities and only use a few dabs of concealer to finish off, which is crazy if you knew the extent of redness I’m having to hide right now!  < I had a very bad reaction to a product a couple of months ago.  

Would I purchase this product?  Yes, without any hesitation.

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation RRP $62

I was gifted this product for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own.


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The Lipstick Project + Karen Murrell

While many teenage girls were excited about makeup and waged battles with their parents about the appropriateness of their blue eyeshadow, I was entirely disinterested and more than likely at the beach surfing.  When I was heading out for the night my entire routine consisted of a quick application of Natural Glow {I am deadly serious btw} and some good old Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.  That.  Was.  It.  The sum total of my makeup prowess for years………and years.

Time and age have caught up with me and I’ve set myself a little goal this year, to take care of my skin with some great products and to get this makeup disaster under control before 36 turns into 40!  With the help of my wonderful Facebook community we quickly sorted the mascara situation.  A product showdown between Benefit They’re Real and Eye of Horus saw the EOH Goddess Mascara as my new lash fave.  Time to turn my attention elsewhere.

I am a lipstick virgin.  

It’s true.  I will do full face makeup {as best I know how!} and leave my lips completely bare.  I have never fallen in love with a shade, never lusted after those addictive little tubes of colour………but then that whole red lipstick thing happened a couple of years ago and a statement lip seemed to be something I might be able to get on board with.  Sadly, no lipstick wearing eventuated as just the thought of heading in-store and trying to pick ONE colour to fall in love with and feel confident and comfortable wearing was enough to send me running back to my Chapstick.

Until now.

Thanks to Karen Murrell Natural Lipsticks I am about to undergo a pretty outrageous form of therapy.  I’m not sure it’s ever been attempted before but beginning today, I am undergoing Full Lipstick Immersion.  Lipstick all day, every day for 7 days.  Now, for those of you unfamiliar with my daily routine {how can this be?  Twitter?  IG?  FB?  Do you not follow?}, I am a stay at home Mum.  I have a toddler and a 10 year old.  I do not live the glamorous lifestyle ya’ll.  So be prepared for lipstick whilst lawnmowing, lipstick whilst at rugby training, lipstick whilst cleaning off the porridge that’s stuck to the dining table……….  If I’m there, some gorgeous shade of cruelty free lipstick will be right there with me.

I’d love you to follow along this week on Instagram (@thebestnest) as I bumble along and hopefully get my grown-up pout rocking, even if I am a little late to the party lol.

If you fall in love with any of the shades I wear, head over to where you can shop onine or browse for a stockist in your region. 

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*Product was provided for editorial consideration, all opinions are genuine and my own.