Every girl in her right mind is a sucker for pretty packaging, and for me in particular… it’s the pink and gold packaging that really gets me spending up a storm!
I thought I’d do a blog post on my favourite pink and gold beauty products from this year, and boy is there a lot of them… thirty nine to be exact.
This blog post took me SO FREAKING LONG to shoot, edit, write, re-edit and then *finally* publish – so I hope you like it.
FYI: you might want to make a cup of tea before scrolling any further… because you’re gonna be here for a looooong time if you’re planning on reading about each of the thirty nine products featured in this post.
1. Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick from MECCA
Firstly may I saw how drop dead GORGEOUS this packaging is?
Too Faced has always been ahead of the game when it comes to beautiful packaging, so this is no surprise of course. This baby pinky peach shade is called ‘Peony’ and it has the staying power of a stain, the intense colour of a liquid lipstick and the shine of a gloss.
This puppy is available at Mecca Maxima and at meccabeauty.co.nz
2. Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Straightening Brush
If your life-long dream is to find a product that combines hair brush and straightening, then look no further!
This Straightening Brush from Remington features Keratin & Argan Oil infused ceramic bristles which leaves your hair healthy and shiny as you style. The Advanced Ceramic Technology provides even heat distribution, while the smooth glide bristles allow for effortless straightening as you brush.
The closely positioned ceramic bristles provide maximum coverage for straighter results, while the narrow edging allows you to get closer to your roots. What’s more, with variable heat settings of 150°C – 230°C, this straightening brush is perfect for all hair types, while the 60 minute automatic safety shut off ensures peace of mind.
3. Le Mini Macaron – Gel Manicure Kits in Strawberry Pink
How gorgeous is this pink and white polka dot packaging? I could just eat it up!
Let me introduce you to the nail kit of your dreams… the absolutely divine Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit!
Not only is it absolutely adorable, it’s also the easiest way to get a salon-worthy manicure, that will last 7 to 10 days, from the comfort of your own home. The DIY kit boasts a gel nail polish, a file and cuticle stick, ten remover pads, and the best part of all a mini LED lamp (equipped with a USB cord and charger) that’s shaped like a French macaron!
It’s available from leading pharmacies nationwide and online.
4. L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray & Semi-Permanent Washout
With a range of colours, L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray and Semi-Permanent Washout ranges are the perfect match for a single-day look.
They’re visible on all hair types, no matter how light or dark the hair is, Colorista 1-Day Spray is like makeup for the hair: instantly on and instantly gone in one wash, without the chalky feel.
The Colorista Washout formula boasts 10 colour variations to liven blonde and brunette hair flawlessly. The Pastels range is designed specifically for blonde strands and lasts for two to three washes, whereas the Vivids range is crafted for brunettes, producing daring colour lasting up to 15 washes.
5. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis L’Huile in Fuchsia Palace
I have had so many friends and colleagues ask me where I got this dreamy barbie pink shade from! It truly is the perfect shade of pink.
With a patented flexi brush for the easiest, most precise application, this baby really does have it all! It’s infused with four different oils to help derive the perfect colour and shine.
It’s wide fan shaped brush has over 400 bristles, which allows for the most precise and quick application to the nail (this also makes it ‘drip-resistant’ to help achieve that perfect finish).
6. YSL Pure Colour Satiny Radiance Lipstick – Rose Tropical
May I firstly just say how madily in love with this packaging and bright pink shade? I seriously can’t stop lusting over it… this highly pigmented hot ‘barbie’ pink shade is called ‘Rose Tropical’ and it is absolute perfection.
This baby ensures your lips are saturated with intense, stay-true colour, thanks to the Coloreveal Technology, while natural extracts provide comforting moisture that lasts all day.
It provides medium to full coverage with a radiant, satin finish. Give your lips luxurious, rich colour with intense hydration and antioxidant care in just one stroke!
7. Lancome Blush Subtil Cushion Blush – Rose Lemonade
How freaking cute is that pink bubbly texture?
The popular new Cushion Blush range from Lancome refreshes your skin instantly and brings vibrant buildable-intense colours to your cheeks in a portable cushion.
8. FABY Nail Lacquer in Bond Street Is My House & Sim Sala Bim
I’ve always been a fan of FABY. It’s the perfect nail polish brand if you’re looking for a good balance of quality and affordability.
New from FABY’s Autumn/Winter 2017 POSH Collection is ‘Bond Street Is My House’, which is a splendid combination of raspberry pink and rose quartz, resulting in a gorgeous shade with warmth and welcome.
While Sim Sala Bim is from Faby’s Illusion collection, and will complement any outfit. This beautiful gold shimmer has everything you need to make your manicure pop!
9. Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm
Anything from MECCA COSMETICA gets a giant tick from me (I’m a big fan), and this illuminating balm is no exception!
This baby is a luxe, luminising balm, created to highlight, enhance and add radiance to your complexion. It was actually inspired by Mecca Cosmetica’s best-selling Lit From Within Illuminating Primer!
10. New products from theBalm: Highlight N ConTour Palette, Powder to the People Brush & Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick
My oh my… where do I even start!?
These are just a handful of my fave new products from theBalm this year (and they are of course pink and gold).
Firstly we have the ‘Highlite N ConTour Palette’, which would have to be my favourite of the three. This ‘palette sensation’ has 8 chart-topping contours and highlighters that will suit any complexion. This palette contains everything you need to emphasise and define your finest features.
Next up we have the funky wee ‘Powder to the People’ brush, which I am absolutely besotted with! This hot new brush is the ideal size and shape for blush, all-over powdering, highlighting and contouring.
And last (but not least), we’ve got the hot pink ‘Meet Matte Hughes’ liquid lipstick that will be sure to bring a bit of brightness to your pout. This long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues.
This matte vanilla mint liquid lipstick that will be stuck to you without feeling clingy!
11. Tangle Teezer The Ultimate & Compact
There are now two size options to choose from in the revolutionary Tangle Teezer product range. You can get great hair on the go with the smaller compact brush that fits perfectly into your handbag, or you can use the larger ‘Ultimate’ size which has been crafted purposely for dry styling.
Additionally, the longer teeth on ‘The Ultimate’ Tangle Teezer and softer tips are designed for whipping up a session style up-do through to creating the perfect pony & back-brushing in volume and texture.
Their patented teeth glide effortlessly through the hair to minimise stress and breakage, smoothing the hair cuticles for healthy, shiny hair.
12. Australis High Life Illuminating Strobe Powder, Liquid Strobe & Liquid Lips
These would have to be my fave Australis products of all time (and that’s saying something because there are A LOT of good Australis products to choose from).
The Illuminating Strobe Powder is soft and easy to blend, and will define your features and leave your skin absolutely glowing. It makes it easy to accentuate your features and give your skin the perfect glow!
13. Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner & Heat Defence Leave In Spray
These are actually from Postie +, which means they are really affordable.
If you’re looking to get the best of both worlds at a fraction of the price, then look no further! This range has it all. There are also Argan Hair Treatment Shots (a pack of 3) available as part of this range too, and they retail for $6.00 for the entire pack.
14. Variety of lovely Smashbox goodies
A girl can never have to much Smashbox, right?
These are just a few of my favourite pink and gold cosmetics products from Smashbox. And if I had to pick my faves out of them all, it would have to be:
1. The Cover Matte Eye Shadow Palette in Golden Hour, which features a curated mix of 6 shadows + 2 double-sized base shades that deliver beyond blendable colour in velvety, fierce foil finishes you’ll obsess over.
2. The LA Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Colour in Echo Park Pink. This lightweight, brightening formula feels and looks as natural as your own skin-only more illuminated and gorgeous. It features a unique curved dome shape means no harsh lines when applying; a creamy formula means the formula glides effortlessly onto skin; and finally a velvety, flat sponge for blending-so you get just the right amount of diffused colour.
3. Lastly, the Always On Liquid Lipstick in Dream Huge. This photo studio, our long-wear, water-resistant liquid lipstick features Advanced Polymer Technology that makes it stay put and look as fresh and flawless as your first swipe-for up to 8 hours. Featherweight but fierce, it’s smudge-proof, budge-proof and non-feathering.
15. Karen Murrell Lipstick – Sugar Rush
If you’ve been following my blog for some time, then you’ll already know that I am a quite the fan of Karen Murrell and her lipstick range.
Sugar Rush would have to be one of my favourite shades from her. It’s a sweet, candy pink that makes me feel girly and fun when I’m wearing it!
As always, all of Karen Murrell’s products contain only natural ingredients.
16. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, Oh Behave and Getting Groovy
Firstly, if you haven’t tried Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil then you haven’t LIVED!
I always put a few drops on each nail after using nail polish remover as my skin is all dry and gross! The natural oils provide nourishing moisture for smoother, softer suppler cuticles.
The two shades above are Oh Behave (which is a minx peachy frost), and Getting Groovy (which is a metallic palladium gold).
17. NYX Turnt Up! Lipstick in ‘Privileged’ & Lip Lingerie in ‘Lace Detail’
Where would a girl be without her NYX Cosmetics goodies?
These would have to be some of my fave NYX lip products this year – I mean, just look at how gorgeous and pigmented those colours are.
The Turnt Up! range is known for it’s lightweight and creamy texture, which glides oh so effortlessly onto the lips, while the Lingerie is a liquid matte lipstick with great staying power!
18. Time Bomb Holiday In A Bottle
Not a stain, self-tanner or foundation, this “liquid sunshine” gives you a quick hit of healthy, sunshine-y glow all year long! I always take one of these with me when I go travelling – it gives my skin a spritz of life when I’m feeling dull or tired.
The oil free, paraben free formula features micro-pigments that burst on contact with the skin, spreading translucent colour evenly over skin to warm and enhance your natural colour.
The sheer wash or just-been-to-the-beach colour is an instant, uplifting antidote for pale, ashen “indoor” and winter complexions, giving you all of the feel-good, look-good benefits of a sun soaked holiday without damaging
19. LUX Body Wash Petal Touch & Evenly Gorgeous
These are hands down the BEST body washes I’ve ever used.
At only $6.12 each, they’re a steal in terms of quality and quantity! My favourite of the two would have to be the Evenly Gorgeous one due to the exfoliating scrub.
20. Raspberry & Rose Tarte Indulgent Bath Creme
If you love a good bubble bath (and what girl doesn’t?), then you need to get your hands on one of these puppies.
Raspberry and Rose are just the most delicious fragrance combination: the sharp summer fruitiness of raspberries, the beautiful sweetness of rosewater with a hint of vanilla crème patissière and butter pastry tarte. This decadent creamy-rich lather will moisturise and nourish your skin leaving you looking and feeling delectable.
It’s basically like having a bubble bath that smells like a creme dessert. It’s absolutely scrumptious!
21. Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair range
Let me introduce you to the pinkest haircare in town!
Lee Stafford offer a wide variety of products under their My Big Fat Healthy Haircare range, including their popular Shampoo, Conditioner and Root Boost Mousse.
22. Lee Stafford Coco Loco Blow & Go
Along with their My Big Fat Healthy Haircare range, Lee Stafford also have their highly acclaimed Coco Loco Blow & Glow Genius Lotion.
This perfecting potion helps create softer, silkier hair, conditions and smooths, strengthens and nourishes, helps repair damaged hair, improves shine, improves comb-ability and protects against humidity… it also has colour fade and heat protection.
23. Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil
Anything under the Matrix Biolage range is a guaranteed winner in my books, and this baby is certainly no exception.
This replenishing treatment Exquisite Oil is a versatile serum inflused with Moringa, which is known for its antioxidant properties – Macadamia and Argan Oils. This ultimate potion gives hair instant sheen, nourishment and control.
24. Trilogy Everything Balm
Firstly, how bloody cute is this tin? I always get so many compliments on it every single time I whip it out of my handbag.
Combining the highest quality pure plant ingredients to soothe, soften and condition all skin types, all over. Trilogy Everything Balm is a powerhouse of pawpaw and echinacea, marula, jojoba, olive, avocado, coconut and certified organic rosehip oils, and manuka honey. Sounds good enough to eat, right? Technically you could, but there are definitely better uses…
25. L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil in Creme
I’ve been a fan of this magical creme from L’Oreal for almost a year now, and it’s not hard to see why.
This magical potion is made with the nourishment of oil, and the moisture of a cream that effectively delivers deep nutrition with zero greasiness. It leaves hair feeling smooth and supple, infusing each strand with condition and shine for 48 hours.
26. Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force FPF 20
This lightweight spray is perfect for fine to medium hair that is prone to frizziness caused by humidity in extreme conditions.
Its especially created formula contains heat protection as well as Redken’s exclusive humidity-resistant complex Aquatoril & Brazilian Pracaxi Oil which provide lasting frizz control, smoothing and humidity protection.
27. Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss range
This would have to be one of my fave haircare ranges from Redken (and no, it’s not just because it’s pink).
The Diamond Oil range is the perfect combination of haircare and hair prep. Formulated from Redken’s unique Diamond Oil Glow Dry, the entire range provides thorough cleansing while boosting shine, adding heat protection and reducing blow dry friction.
Combining Redken’s first Heat-Responsive Oil Technology, the lightweight formula retains hair’s natural volume while radiating a luminous shine.
28. Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel
What I love most about this one is that it’s quick-drying and easy to apply.
Trilogy’s unique tanning formulation provides a healthy golden glow (it literally glows!) for skin in need of a vacation. The initial application develops into a rich bronze tan over 2-3 hours, without sun exposure, and light-reflecting natural mineral mica leaves a subtle shimmer on the skin.
With a delicious, light tropical fragrance, the gel combines caramel from non-GMO cane sugar (like the Brownallyear tanning pack) for instant colour, with a certified natural, high performance self-tanning ingredient that works with your skin to develop a safe, natural-looking tan.
This luxurious gel contains aloe vera to soothe and hydrate and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to help fight free radical damage. I’d try this one if you’re looking for something that’s easy to apply and provides good coverage.
29. Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Gold Dust Firming Serum
This special formula from Mankuka Doctor helps to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, giving skin a boost and also regulating discolouration.
Another benefit of this product is locking in moisture and the maintenance of collagen in the skin by inhibiting the breakdown of elastin.
It’s infused with plant extracts such as Mangosteen Peel Extract which helps plump and firm the skin, and Quince Seed Extract to provide a great source of hydration.
30. Radox Shower Gel Feel Uplifted – Pink Grapefruit & Basil
Firstly, may I say that this stuff smells good enough to eat!
This shower sel from Radox contains the heavenly scent of basil mixed with the citrusy tang of grapefruit to make you feel delightfully uplifted. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and cleansed.
31. L’Oreal Professional serie expert Nutrifier Range
This is hands down my favourite haircare range from L’Oreal of ALL TIME. I swear it locks in moisture like nothing else, and leaves my hair feeling loved and conditioned for days after after using it.
L’Oreal’s Nutrifier range offers a complete haircare solution to undernourished hair. It’s made up of glycerol to help nourish and hydrate, and coconut oil to promote shine.
32. L’Oreal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Geranium Colour Radiance Range
This would have to be one of my favourite new product launches from L’Oreal this year.
Using only the purest ingredients from across the globe, the new Botanicals range is ideal for reviving colour hair with a formula free from parabens, silicone and colourants.
Featuring a pure distillation of Geranium, best known for restoring hair strands and follicles, the shampoo formula lathers to a fine, non-stripping foam to cleanse, while the conditioner restores glow with a luxurious creamy texture.
33. Pureology Fullfyl range
This three-step thickening system is especially formulated for women with fine hair that lacks fullness, body and overall health.
It comprises of a shampoo, conditioner and densifying spray. The range gives hair a visible appearance of lasting thickness, fullness, body and bounce treating each strand of hair with a boost of volume.
34. Pureology Smooth Perfection Range
Pureology’s Smooth Perfection rage consists of a Shampoo, Conditioner and Frizz-Fighting serum that all work together to provide lasting smoothness and frizz control.
This sulfate-free formula that gently cleanses and protects frizz-prone, colour-treated hair for a smooth finish. It features advanced hair smoothing micro-emulsion technology, camellia and sesame oils and shea butter.
35. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes
These micellar wipes from Garnier are the perfect solution for the lazy girl who cannot be bothered taking her makeup off after a night out (and let’s be honest, who can ever be bothered doing a full skincare routine after a night out on the wines?).
I did a full review of these when they first launched.
36. Sunsilk Brilliant Shine Shampoo & Conditioner
Every girl needs a Sunsilk stash in her bathroom drawers.
This Addictive Brilliance Shine range would have to be my favourite out of all the Sunsilk ranges, and it’s seriously affordable at only $4.89.
37. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
This is like the holy grail of all Trilogy products. It’s their most iconic product, and it’s signature ingredients have won awards and fans around the world.
Just three drops twice a day repair and restore skin that radiates good health. Rosehip oil is good for the skin because it contains powerful essential fatty acids that improves skin hydration, elasticity and assists skin cell renewal and repair. Rosehip oil can be used for reducing scars and stretchmarks, balancing and hydrating the skin and combating fine lines and wrinkles.
The highest quality rosehip oil is sourced from the mountainous regions of Chile and South Africa.
38. VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo
Because every girl needs at least one Dry Shampoo on her at all times.
This stuff is perfect when you’re going out after a long day at work! Revive dull, lifeless and oily hair with this dry shampoo. Its formula with extracts of white tea leaves your hair looking and feeling clean and fresh.
39. By Nature’s Charcoal and Purifying range
This is the hottest new NZ skincare range on the block, and it’s not hard to see why.
Out of all the products featured above, By Nature’s Charcoal Face Mask is by far my favourite of the lot. This purifying and clarifying mask is made with natural Charcoal to help draw out impurities and trapped dirt and oil.
You can see more on this range here.
I hope you found this post interesting. Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourite pink and gold beauty products down below!
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