Are they worth the hype?

Following my USA haul, I asked you guys what products you would LOVE to know more about. I bought a LOT, so I’ve narrowed it down to the top 10.

I’ve also linked them to the cheapest and most local sites I could find in case you’d like to shop. If you do buy off my recommendations- make sure you tag me on Instagram! I love seeing your purchases and if you love or hate them!! @kasiastanicichmakeup

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Bronzing Powders

By far the most REQUESTED review, and I understand why. I don’t know why, but these bronzers had a LOT of speculation. I bought the shades Rosewood and Saddle. Rosewood is a little more pink (I expected it to be like Benefit Hoola Lite) but I don’t like the colour at all- it’s not complimentary to my skin tone. Saddle on the other hand is a beautiful warm bronze so this can stick around. The bronzers themselves are white powdery (much like ABH eyeshadows) so they take a little getting used to. If you could pick them up in store easy enough, then they’re a good buy. But otherwise save your $$ and grab another one of my favs.

2. Violet Voss Like a Boss palette

After the hype over VV Holy Grail, I decided to splurge last year and I never looked back. The Violet Voss shadows blend like a dream, have INCREDIBLE pigment and their colours are so well thought-out. The Like a Boss palette is a little more ‘out there’ so compliments HG perfectly. That being said; if you were to purchase a palette I would firstly recommend getting the HG- it’s so versatile and for most makeup lovers, the only palette you would need. You can get it from makeup.co.nz for $95- which works out at just under $5 a shade. The Like a Boss palette is a little harder to find, so you would probably need to order direct or use a shipping service.

3. Tatcha Bestsellers Kit

Unfortunately I don’t think this particular set is available at Mecca currently (but, Christmas is coming!!) however I am glad I picked it up. I’ve been wanting to try Tatcha for a while because if it makes me look like Desi Perkins– I’m in. I really enjoyed the Cleansing Oil because it was gentle enough to use in my eye area. That being said, I did require a lot of product (and sometimes a double cleanse) to get ALL of my makeup off. The Rice Enzyme Powder is so lovely, but so close to the Dermalogica Microfoliant (which is cheaper and easier to access). The Silk Cream moisturiser was TO DIE for, and so so luxurious, but at $190 for the full size, I’d rather not get attached. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the value of good skincare- but my Oxygen Night Creme does the same thing. Finally, the Dewy Skin mist is something I had already tried and I really do love it. It’s hydrating beyond belief, and much more so than Mario Badescu or MAC Fix +, but again the price makes my jaw drop. If you’ve got a bundle of cash to drop, this set (and the products in general) are beautiful- but I do believe you can find products that are the same if not better, for a fraction of the price.

4. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Supposedly the NUMBER ONE bronzer in the US, I was literally hunting for this while I was away! At just over $20 on iHerb for us Kiwi gals- I think it’s a wonderful drugstore product. I won’t be adding it to my kit anytime soon because I find it can skip a little on the skin and go a tad muddy, but with a good powder underneath and a light hand it’s a beautiful shade and OH SO AFFORDABLE.

5. First Aid Beauty Skincare

MY FIRST LOVE. I bought a range of FAB when I was in LA the very first time after a massive reaction to something. It’s formulated for sensitive skin and is so gentle and so well priced. My personal favourites are the Cleanser, the Ultra Repair Cream and Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturiser. If you’ve got dry skin (even eczema) I would highly recommend checking this out. 100% worth the hype.

6. OUAI Haircare Range

So… Jen Atkin (aka BOSS LADY) is probably my second favourite person on IG (second to The Queen, Chrissy Teigen) so it was a no-brainer to pick up a bunch of her hair care range. I REALLY RATE IT, guys!! Its reasonably affordable, does the trick and looks beautiful. While shes got the basics, shes also come up with some ingenius products (aka- dry shampoo FOAM) and so I’d class the OUAI range as definitely worth the hype. Particular favourites include the Texturising Spray, Wave Spray and Dry Shampoo Foam (even if it exploded allllllll through my bag….)!

7. Drunk Elephant ‘the Littles’ Set

Hands down my favourite product on this list. I’ve been using the DE set for approximately 2 weeks now and have noticed a HUGE improvement in the appearance of my skin. I have had friends rave to me about this range for so long now- but I personally gawked at the price. The ‘Littles’ set retails for $134 NZD at Mecca Cosmetica and Mecca Maxima and includes 7 mini sized products. This breaks each product down to approximately $19 each (and includes a cute wee bag!!). While I certainly wouldn’t repurchase ALL of the products in the set, its meant I could try everything at a fraction of the price! I’m obsessed with the Marula Oil, the Night Serum, Vitamin C and Whipped Moisturiser.

8. Ardell Magnetic Lashes

Lets just put it this way… I’m a professional MUA. I know how to stick lashes on (can even do it drunk..) so this just doesn’t tickle my fancy. I mean, I was interested, but if you’re good with the ol DUO glue then save your $$. Could however be a good option for ladies allergic to latex, or people who struggle with traditional lashes.

9. Makeup Revolution Concealer

I tried this a wee while back and then lost my tube (I know..). Hailed as THE BEST DUPE FOR SHAPE TAPE EVERRRR, I had to pick it up again. I personally wouldn’t use this under my eyes– at all. But that being said, I thought the same about Shape Tape. It’s medium weight and FULL coverage, but far too drying under my lil undereyes. That being said, it is coined as ‘drugstore’ so is an affordable option. Those not quite convinced like me- try Rimmel Wake Me Up or Maybelline Instant Age Rewind instead.

10. Smashbox X Vlada MUA highlighter

Similar in texture to MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, I actually really liked this product. I don’t believe it is available in NZ yet (or ever) but to be honest I don’t think it’s worth shipping across the seven seas. While the colour is beautiful and the texture is nice, the real hype is how amazing the product LOOKS (with the Rose impression) rather than the highlighter itself. I’ll be keeping it for collectors sakes, however!

Are there any other products you’d like me to review? Leave me a comment on my latest Instagram post or down below- I’d love an excuse to go shopping (again!)

In love,

Kas xx

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