How cool is this?
The artist will release a limited edition product collection with the global cosmetics giant in June, having worked closely with the brand, and fellow New Zealander M.A.C senior artist Amber Dreadon, since last year.
It is a natural fit for the artist, whose signature strong beauty look - pale skin, dark lip - has come to visually represent her own strength and confidence. It is also one of Lorde’s first collaborations, notable in that from the beginning of her career, she has taken ownership of her image and who she aligns herself with.
"I have loved M.A.C Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first M.A.C lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends!" she explains.
"M.A.C has a very clear aesthetic that has always felt fashion forward to me. So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too."
See more at the New Zealand Herald.
I’ve just found out that sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate are comedogenic (pore blocking and acne causing), especially the lauryl form.
This is bad news for my facial skin. I mentioned in a previous post that my body skin isn’t fussy, but shampoos and face washes that contain those sulfates could be partially responsible for my facial breakouts.
Also I just popped on a new sample of a moisturiser, then looked up the ingredients — wheatgerm oil is highly comedogenic too. Washed that off tout de suite!
Hope that helps if you were clueless like me.
I noticed on a wander through Kmart St Lukes that they’d rejigged their cosmetics section — which included a display of E.L.F., the bastion of cheap and cheerful makeup. Most of the shelves were pretty picked over, and the prices are dearer than what you’d get online, but I still went for a $10 black cream eyeliner. I’ll be tightlining with this tonight — and will report back if I come home with panda eyes.
Shot on original SX70 Polaroid film: E.L.F cream eyeliner // Moleskine watercolour sketchbook // Manicare angled eyebrow brush
My doctor and I had a discussion about self-care once. She said to ask yourself before engaging in something that might seem frivolous or harmful, “Is this nourishing?” Yoga? Self-care. Treating yourself to an enormous pastry from the French cafe down the road? Maybe, if you don’t do it every day. Going down the Facebook-Twitter-Tumblr-Pinterest-Instagram hole for the tenth time in an hour? Yeah, no.
I firmly place baths in the category of nourishing self-care practices. Over the past eight months I’ve been solidly house-sitting around Auckland, and taking advantage of the places that had bathtubs. One of these places was an apartment in town, two minutes walk from the Lush store on Queen St. After Christmas they had a massive sale which packed out the store — half off all Christmas giftsets and some of their permanent products will do that. I’d never tried Lush bath products before, so I indulged. (You can split them up so they go further.)
Phoenix RIsing (Bath Bomb): I mentioned before that I like the myth of the phoenix, so of course I had to pick this one up. There’s a spicy apple scent, and the oils leave your skin moisturised afterwards. It does stain ever so slightly, and you will be a bit glittery afterwards. As to the colour — there’s a shot of this on my Instagram, prompting a friend to say, “I’m sure it was lovely but it looks like you murdered someone in the bathtub.” (I can’t remember what I already had in the bath in the picture — possibly one of the following, but there were a couple that I purchased I haven’t taken pictures of.)
A French Kiss (Bubble Bar): This one is my favourite of the bunch — the lavender, rosemary, and thyme combination helped me sleep like a drugged baby afterwards. That’s saying something, because I have major problems with my sleep. This contains sulfates — it is a bubble bar, after all — and lavender oil is known to be a skin irritant, but mine coped fine with it.
Karma (Bubble Bar): This smells a bit hippy-dippy, what with the patchouli on top of the citrus, but I happen to like it. It’s super bubbly. Apparently the Karma range is quite popular, and includes a perfume; I might have to pay another visit soon.
Amandopondo (Bubble Bar): I’ll be honest: I can’t remember using this one. I think I was a bit tipsy after a night out. What I do remember is drinking a ginger beer and watching two episodes of Supernatural while in the bath, so it can’t have been awful. According to their website, Amandopondo is scented with “rose absolute and a twist of lemon and orange oils”. Take a look at where Lush sources its rose oil from in this video:
Rose Jam Bubbleroon (Bubble Bar): This is gloriously scented with rose absolute and rose oil (see the video above for the difference). It’s also leaves the skin feeling well-moisturised. It easily twists into two, just like an Oreo. A nit-pick though: they’ve obviously named the bubbleroons after macaroons, which they’ve confused with the macaron. Look it up, Lush!
I will leave you with a picture of Finn, who was a bit non-plussed (non-pussed?) at what I did to where his litter box usually lives:
All photos taken with an Iphone 4, with graphics courtesy of the A Beautiful Mess app.
I rarely use all of these products at once, but here are the makeup items I’ve been enjoying lately.
See a previous set here.
You know you have a problem when you go to a food festival and the only things you buy are grooming products. Amongst all the food and drink was the Man Bits stall, where this Marvis toothpaste and some beer soap caught my eye. Beer’s kind of a food, right? And toothpaste totally goes in your mouth and tastes like mint which is also a kind of food, so you know, I basically bought a really weird cocktail.
Marvis originates from Florence, Italy, and they make toothpaste in a variety of flavours. I went with Aquatic Mint, which is supposed to provide a “”sweet, cool” touch of mint with the cool freshness of the sea”. I’m not really sure what they mean by the freshness of the sea, because the predominant flavour I get is melon. In fact, it reminds me of this amazing creation:
Melona ice cream, made by Bingrae, aka sweet nectar of the gods.
I used to loathe the taste of melon in anything other than melons, but with the wisdom of age, so comes the maturing of taste buds. Or something.
Look, I’m not going to say it’s a must-have. It’s a freakin’ $14 toothpaste and it’s not like it does the job three times better than something that costs three times less. But the packaging makes me feel like a fancy lady and I like it, ok?