Wish-ing for bargains – Wish shopping app review

Saturday, November 4th 2017 Uncategorised

Fairy lights with photo clips from Wish app

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, ads for Wish shopping app have been popping up frequently. Everything on there is really cheap, and there are a lot of interesting items on offer. I can’t resist either of those things and I’ve been shopping up a storm on Wish. So, today I’m sharing my enthusiasm and my great buys with you all. A lot of the items I’ve bought are home decor related, as I’ve been trying to make my room an adorable girly sanctuary, but there’s a fair number of beauty buys too.

Life update – where have I been?!

Sunday, July 2nd 2017 Uncategorised

May Mint and Gold and Flowers

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’ve missed it so much. The last couple of months have been incredibly busy for me, and blogging has fallen by the wayside. During May, I started a new job and moved house within a couple of days. It has been a big upheaval but things have settled down now, so time for a bit of a catch up!

All about eyelash extensions by Mai Beauty Lounge

Tuesday, February 7th 2017 Uncategorised

I have wanted eyelash extensions for years, but had never taken the plunge. My natural lashes are okay, but not amazing. I also loved the idea of always having amazing lashes even when I’m not wearing makeup, especially because I don’t wear it to work most days. Recently I got the opportunity to have a complimentary set of lash extensions from Mai Beauty Lounge. Michelle, the lady behind Mai Beauty Lounge, reached out and offered me a set of lashes in exchange for promotion of her new lash services. After working as a nail technician for years, she recently qualified in the application of eyelash extensions. The lash set she applied on me is gorgeous, and I also learned a lot about how it all works. Keep reading for more about my experience, as well as some important information about eyelash extensions.

2016 – a year in review

Wednesday, January 18th 2017 Uncategorised

Lena Talks Beauty life update

2016 – what a year! A lot went on, both for me in a personal sense as well as in my blogging capacity. It’s been a wee while since I’ve updated on what’s going on in my life to you all, and I thought with the new year that was a good opportunity to do so.

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Saturday, January 14th 2017 Uncategorised

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November and December empties

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 Uncategorised

Cetaphil, simple, trilogy, za cosmetics, burts bees, living nature, the balm,, australis velourlips, stila,

This post is a combined November/December empties post since I didn’t finish many products during November. There’s also a section of the post which aren’t empty products, but they’ve either expired or somehow earned their space in the bin. I was just going to throw them out, but some of them I had never blogged about and wanted to say my piece. This is a fairly makeup heavy post, but there’s also skincare, nail care, and hair care included in there as well.

Reader survey and Colourpop giveaway!

Wednesday, November 16th 2016 Uncategorised

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You all know so much about me, it’s time for me to get to know Lena Talks Beauty readers a bit better. I’d love to find out more about you all, and what sort of things you enjoy reading. I’m doing this so I can produce the type of content you want to read. As a thank you for completing this survey, I’ve bought the Colourpop Hello Kitty Mama’s Apple Pie eyeshadow and pigments set to be won by one lucky reader:

  • Rainbow: Glitter sheer finish white with highlights of silver and pink glitter
  • Friendship File: Metallic finish warm peachy beige dusted with silver and pink glitter
  • Small Gift: Pearlized finish mid-tone peachy pink
  • School Bus: Pearlized finish deep navy blue

The survey is open for two weeks, and the winner will be drawn at random, on December 1st, NZ Time. I’m happy to ship worldwide but will not be responsible if any customs charges are incurred in your country. Good luck, and thanks in advance for you feedback.

Swatches of the Colourpop Hello Kitty Mama's Apple Pie set

Swatches of the Colourpop Hello Kitty Mama’s Apple Pie set

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Interview with Rebekah Banks Makeup Artist

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 Uncategorised

Makeup artistry is a fascinating profession, and as a makeup enthusiast I have always wondered what it’s like behind the scenes. I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebekah Banks, who has been working as a makeup artist for six years. Rebekah works on editorial shoots, as well as doing makeup for weddings and other special events. She shared with me about her career, and also some tips for how to improve your makeup.

Practice Safe Sun

Monday, June 6th 2016 Uncategorised

LOVE L7004S Black Clearly.co.nz, Oasis Sun, Za True White Power Block UV

For most people, sunscreen is their first line of defence against the damaging rays of the sun. That is a great step, and an important thing to use, but an another important step is sunglasses. We can’t forget slip slop slap wrap – wrap on a pair of close-fitting sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses protects not only your eyes, but also the delicate skin in the eye area. In this post I’ll be showing you my fab new sunglasses that Clearly.co.nz sent me and giving you some tips to practice safe sun.

Where to get nails done in Auckland and other questions

Monday, May 16th 2016 Uncategorised

Artistic color gloss manicure

People quite often ask me for recommendations for various beauty services, such as hair and nails. So, today I’m rounding up a list of the places where I go for these services. This post will likely only be useful for those of you who live in Auckland, but maybe some of you will be visiting in the future, so it could come in handy. If you want to know the best place in Auckland to get your makeup done, or a wax – then this is the post for you!

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