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Crew Faves 2017: Holy Grail

2 January, 2018 - 06:19pm by - Head Pixie | 28 Comments

Compiled by BR Kellie

BR Merilyn:  Hands down for me the one product I am never going without ever again is Flash Lash. This year I bought Flash Lash (yes, bought it, wasn't even given it) and now I wouldn't be without it. My lashes have never looked so long. (Editor's note - this is true. I was staring at Merilyn's lashes one day and thought she'd bought a new amazing mascara. Nope. They were her lashes, untouched. Amazing. - BR Kellie)

BR Nat:  I've been raving about the Eye of horus Goddess Mascara for three years. Since me and the Goddess went public in 2014 I can't remember buying another mascara for myself.  Now yes, I confess, I have tried several mascaras over the years in the name of research, but the only one I use religiously, the only one I want to spend my money on, is this baby. Why do I love it? It will not budge with water, tears, rain, water-fights - your lashes will look as faboosh as they did when you first applied it. And yet it removes like a dream using a gentle oil cleanser and no scrubbing. It applies evenly, coats every lash and never, ever fails.  Ever.  

BR Kellie:  Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser. Was it my favourite last year? I think it may have been. It was my favourite again this year. It's my morning shower staple cleanser. I did try another when I couldn't find Goodness at my local supermarket and was in desperate need of a cleanser as I was all out, but it didn't work for me and it was passed onto a friend who loved it, meanwhile I hunted down Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser at another supermarket and the love affair has continued. It's creamy. Gentle. Does the job. And the just-mowed-wild-parsley scent rocks my world. 

BR Tabatha:  Didn't even have to think twice about this one. I'm an LA Girl Pro-conceal concealer girl all the way. This concealer lightens and brightens without caking or creasing. And the price is oh so right. It's my makeup bag must.

BR Elaine: I thought spending thirty odd dollars on a makeup sponge was ridiculous. I mean, you can buy so much other makeup with $30 and a cheap sponge did the trick for applying foundation. Except then I was gifted a Beautyblender and it's ruined me. It makes my face look flawless, and I find the bouncing motion on my skin strangely soothing. Once I poo-pooed it, now I wouldn't be without it. Go figure.

There you have it - the products that aren't just this year's favourites - they're all time favourites! Are you a fan of anything we love? Tell us about your holy grails! What do we need to try? What could knock our beauty besties off the top spot? Chat away!


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Holy moly - there are some really good reviews on the Flash Lash! Eek - do I want to try it but then I might be addicted & need to spend that money on buying it again!! The Eye of Horus Mascara sounds fab - I may have to give this a go too! I think my holy grail is Skinfood Exfoliating Scrub - I just can't find one that beats it, love it & hands down my fave :)

I'd love to try the eyelash serum and I always use the beauty blender - an awesome product.! I just love love love Za's CC cream and liquid eyeliner - I hope I can still buy them from somewhere now Za has disappeared from NZ.

I was so surprised when they announced they were discontinuing the brand in NZ - they really haven't provided an alternative once all stock has been sold in NZ :-(

3rd January, 2018 at 4:12 am

It is real shame that ZA is no longer here, there were some awesome products in the range!

3rd January, 2018 at 7:53 am

If anyone hears of a simple way to source their products can they can let us know please? Cheers :)

3rd January, 2018 at 11:05 am

Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face and Body Shimmer - stunning radiant glow. I've gone through 3 of these so far.

They sound really good -your photo has a lovely glow so I am assuming you have this

3rd January, 2018 at 10:11 am

Aw thank you!

4th January, 2018 at 3:31 pm

I need to look into these, you're the glowing goddess! <3

7th January, 2018 at 1:32 am

Lutece *hugs* Thank you, it's just me piling on the highlighter :-)

7th January, 2018 at 3:10 pm

I'm definitely going to have to give some of these a whirl! Especially the mascara, sounds amazing. My holy grails would definitely include the Lush Ultrabland Cleanser, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, and the E.l.f. Kabuki Brush.

I agree with the flash serum it really does work. Just takes time and continued use. I also loved the beauty blender sponge but I threw it out because it is hard to get the stains out. My favourites this year are the Dr Lewiins cleansing oil and Manuka Honey foam cleanser and Skin Food exfokiator.

The Flash Lash appeals to be but the cost is high -Love Za Za oil cleanser but no longer in NZ .

Same here but apparently the Moisture Mist cleansing oil is just as good

3rd January, 2018 at 2:03 pm

thanks Violet much appreciated

4th January, 2018 at 9:51 am

Moisture Mist and Za are both subsidiaries of Shisedo, so it is very likely that the Moisture Mist cleansing oil is the same as the Za one. I thought Za was doing really well in NZ.

4th January, 2018 at 8:28 pm

Thank You Nicole that is really helpful

5th January, 2018 at 9:40 am

I’ve only tried the concealer. I’d love to try the rest of them.

I really like the Flash lash. I need to get another tube because my tube expired. I think the expensive Holy Grail for me would be my Antipodes Hosanna Serum. I've tried going without it to see if I could save money since I do layer my serums and my skin felt more dry and bit less plump. Another product I discovered this year which I don't use every day but l like to always have on hand is aloe vera gel. Great for mixing into DIY masks, soothing the skin around my nose when it's irritated from hayfever, adding an extra layer of oil-free hydration and using as a toner.

I haven't tried any of this. I do try the Real Techniques blender but I didn't enjoy having to clean it and it quickly tore. I find it's just easier to apply BB cream with my fingers than faff around with sponges and brushes.

I like the sound of the Flash Lash but I already have long dark eyelashes so as fab as it sounds I may have to sit that one out. That mascara does sound good thought BRNat.

I think I need to give flash lash ago my lashes have been terrible since I had the last lot of false ones applied I’m not sure if it was the new glue they used

Great choices! I say Yas to the Beauty blender! Mine would be the Nars creamy concealer <3

I so desperately want to try flash lash! But it has been out of my budget for a long time. I do use castor oil on my eyelashes which has been really beneficial though. Things I wouldn't be without: - St Ive's Apricot Scrub - Vaseline for my lips - Kink-free coil hairties - Urban Decay or Too Faced eyeshadow pallete - Nars creamy radiant concealer

I think the beauty blender and and LA pro is something I should buy

And the EoH mascara is also conditioning for the eyelashes, can actually make them healthy, unlike many other mascaras. win-win!


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