New In Beauty

It's been a while since a good ol' fashioned beauty showcase occurred around these parts, and it was whilst browsing through my makeup bag recently that I realised I'd not given many of these products the love they deserved. Some are new releases, others are new to me. They're all pretty darn impressive too. Read on if you want the inside scoop on what's new in the beauty world...

Australis Metallix Eyeshadows in Gold Gaga and Pearl Jammin-My cream eyeshadow obsession continues. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I wore a powder shadow alone on my lids. These two from Australis are both cruelty free and affordable too which is a major bonus. I love these shadows and find them comparable to the Stila Magnificent Metals ones. These two colours are both on the coppery, rose-gold side of things i.e. the perfect Sophie colours. I highly recommend you try these if you haven't already.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On*-Given the fact at least one person will mention I look tired if my eye bags are slightly out of control, I need an eye cream that's going to be hydrating, brightening or a combination of the two. This isn't so much an eye cream, but more of an eye gel. It's housed in a tube with a metal applicator so you do get that cooling effect. In terms of minimising puffiness it does a pretty good job, but it's not the best. Maybe this would work better in the fridge perhaps. If you've tried this, let me know how you use it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel*-A fair few brow products seem to have made their way into my collection recently, including this brow gel. I know it's a favourite of Lily Pebbles so I was curious to try it. Clear brow gels are great for days when you just don't have time to faff around with brow colour but want to keep those caterpillars/face framers in place. One thing I'd recommend is wiping the excess product off the wand first just to stop your brows feeling crispy but other than that I cannot fault this one.

Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water*-If you saw my tweets about the mysterious cucumber that arrived a couple of weeks back, this is what it was a little clue for. The market seems to be a bit oversaturated with micellar waters at the moment, although I guess some would argue that isn't a bad thing. It just means we are spoilt for choice. Sukin's is one of the cheapest and most natural in terms of ingredients. This one's infused with camomile and cucumber. It isn't fragrance free but it isn't heavily scented so I can't imagine this upsetting sensitive skin. It's very lightweight and does what it says on the tin bottle.

Sally Hansen 18K Gold Nail Hardener*-After spying this on Leonie's Instagram I was intrigued. I don't have weak nails per se, but I do have somewhat damaged nails. Don't bite your nails kids..I've been applying this a couple of times a week since it arrived and it really has been strengthening my nails. They're not ridiculously long because #1 I am a nail biter and #2 old habits die hard but I hope one day they won't look as feral. I realise that is such a superficial statement but meh, sometimes I want nice things.

Max Factor Glamorous Extensions Mascara*-Mascaras are one of my favourite products to try and as a result I usually have high hopes. The last I really loved was Roller Lash but my tube sadly ran out. The newest Max Factor mascara is certainly giving it a run for its money though. It definitely makes your lashes look so much more lengthened and holds a curl really well. It's not the greatest for volume but I do have thicker lashes so that doesn't bother me too much. Psst NZ readers, Max Factor mascaras are $20 at the moment if you're in need of a new one.

Topshop Beauty Glow Pot in Polished-The arrival of the new Topshop store in Auckland meant we could finally get our hands on their beauty range. Can I get an amen? I picked up this cream highlighter over the weekend as I know it's one of their most popular products and it's a lot cheaper than the RMS Beauty alternative which I've coveted for a while. It's also housed in their limited-edition packaging which is a bonus. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel*-This moisturiser *insert rays of light here*. I can see why Morgan sung its praises over on her blog. Lightweight, cooling and ridiculously moisturising. It might be similar to the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly which is a tad more pricey. I've even got a few friends hooked on this moisturiser. It's hydrating, but not excessive. It's also often on offer at the supermarkets, or Farmers which is never a bad thing.

Clinique Turnaround Revitalising Serum*-2015 seems to be the year I've really begun to appreciate the goodness that is a well-formulated serum. The Turnaround serum is designed to encourage 'natural cell-renewal leaving you with smooth, glowy skin'. My skin's been a bit uneven in texture lately and this has really helped to sort that out. It really does leave your skin feeling much smoother too. PS-Combo/oily skinned girls and guys: it's oil free too which is a bonus.

-Have you tried any of these beauty products? What do you think of them?

*PR Sample/Gifted product.

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