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    Admit it: Thin Lizzy is the best makeup you’ve ever used

    Lucy Zee celebrates the little blue powder compact tucked away in every New Zealand makeup bag. 

    You’re at a house party. You’re not quite drunk but tipsy enough to feel emboldened to look through the bathroom cabinet after your pee break. Behind the Korean face masks, Revlon ColourStay foundation, next to the antihistamines and Mario Badescu facial spray, lies a small blue compact and big fluffy brush, carefully and intentionally hidden.

    Here lies the biggest secret of every modern New Zealand woman.

    You want to know why your host looks so radiant in the middle of winter? You want to know why they’re so tanned and glowing when it’s 6 degrees outside? The secret is this: the Thin Lizzy 6 in 1 Compact. “No way!” You exclaim, “Jordan has such good taste. They would never stoop to buying Thin Lizzy?” 

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but every person in this god green country has probably buffed on a few layers of Thin Lizzy – or its older counterpart Natural Glow – in their lifetime, including you. It is arguably the best makeup you ever used. But what’s so good about Thin Lizzy and Natural Glow you ask? Find out after this ad break.  

    Everyone remembers their first time. Maybe you saw the infomercials back when it was ‘Natural Glow’ and found yourself hypnotised by Suzanne Paul’s accent. Maybe you were walking through Farmers and a promo woman offered to do your makeup at a Thin Lizzy pop-up. Maybe you were at your friend’s house watching them get ready and decided to test the thousands of luminous spheres on your own pallid skin. 

    Whichever way you tried it, the results were clear. You looked amazing. The infomercial was not lying and that spoken word poetry commercial break really sold it. 

    How could a single powder compact make your skin look like you just stepped off a Coromandel beach, high off happiness and adrenaline after seeing Six60 perform? Even through your dark days of self-loathing and mental exhaustion, slapping on a bit of Thin Lizzy gave the effect that you put in some effort when really it was barely none at all. 

    It all seemed too easy. A few swipes of the 6 in 1 powder on your face and you were ready to hit the university pub crawl. Use it on your arms, legs and décolletage. Because it was a night out, you added a bit more to your cheeks as a blush and contour. Sure, you looked amazing, but at the same time it felt like you were cheating somehow. Was makeup supposed to be this easy?  

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    You could use it as a face foundation, a blush, a contour, an eye shadow, a lip colour and a body bronzer. It replaced six makeup items with one easy compact. But using it didn’t seem right as you got older – you were becoming an adult, you thought you should be putting in more work with this kind of thing, like everyone else seemed to be. You put your Thin Lizzy away in its paisley patterned metal tin and promised yourself you’d use a real liquid foundation one day. 

    Thin Lizzy and Natural Glow were the gateway drug to “real makeup”. Sure, the powder made you look good but you wanted to wear real foundation – that’s what all the hot people in Girlfriend magazines were doing. No one was wearing a 6 in 1 powder at the school ball, were they? Could you even turn up to a job interview not wearing foundation? There must be a reason why makeup bags are made so big: the world is telling you that you need all these products to achieve “the look”. One small 6 in 1 compact can’t possibly be enough to do that.

    After weeks of finally psyching yourself up, you headed to the department store to pick out a Maybelline foundation. Then, overwhelmed by the colour options, you tried on a few testers under the fluorescent shop lights. “Close enough,” you thought. 

    You were wrong. 

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    As you smear the liquid foundation on you face you can’t understand why it isn’t just magically disappearing on your skin. It matched in the shop, so why isn’t it matching now at home?! It looks yellow, patchy and dry. Your chin is a different colour to your forehead, the dry skin around your nose is exaggerated with beige cornflake-like bits. It’s so hard, why is it so hard? Looking at your pancake face in the mirror you begin to regret the $30 you spent on the foundation and the $40 you spent on the blending sponge. It just soaked it all up. 

    You wipe it all off with a wet wipe, several wet wipes, shocked at how much foundation people seem to put on their face every single day. 

    Your ride is coming in less than 20 minutes and you still haven’t even got dressed. You reach for your favourite Thin Lizzy compact; small and smooth, it fits perfectly in your hand, a tell-tale peak of stainless steel in the middle – you’ve used this powder a lot because you love it. It’s reliable, it’s easy and it looks great on you. 

    You rub your fluffy brush over the powder, taping off the excess, and, with an expert hand, you dust the 6 in 1 over your face. You add more to the cheeks for blush and sculpt out some cheek bones. You dust a little harder over the eyelids and cover the rest of your arms and legs with it too. You mix some of the powder with some lipgloss and, with the obligatory smack of the lips, you inspect yourself in the mirror. You’re beautiful, you’re gorgeous. You look like Rachel Hunter. 

    You pop the compact into your bag with the brush in case you need to do any touch ups later. 

    Everyone has secrets – your credit card debt, your inappropriate work crush, the state of your mental health. 

    You don’t have to admit it out loud but you do have to admit to yourself: Thin Lizzy is the best make up you’ve ever used. 

    - A special Thank You to Lucy Zee for creating this article on The Spinoff and for allowing us to share it in our blog!

    Love Lizzy xox

    Bad Skin Day Fixed in Seconds! How Concealer Can Give You Confidence.

    Bad Skin Day Fixed in Seconds! How Concealer Can Give You Confidence.

    Forget diamonds...concealer is a girl's (or guy's!) best friend and the secret to a flawless face. You're stranded on a desert island with only one makeup product? It's got to be concealer. If you prefer a natural look, you can create the illusion of perfect bare skin using nothing else. No matter what your skin challenge may be, a good concealer can help you face the world with confidence. Disguise under eye circles, blemishes, broken capillaries, dark spots, pigmentation and birth marks. A full coverage concealer can even hide scars and tattoos!

    Concealer is the product that will have the biggest impact on your confidence. Take the time to learn which one is right for you.

    Stick/pencil is a solid form of concealer. Provides medium to full coverage, making it a good choice for stubborn touch up jobs like dark spots. Not a good choice for oily or blemish-prone skin - the thicker texture can clog pores and cause breakouts.

    Cream/palette formulations come in a little pot or compact and offer full coverage. Requires careful blending to avoid creating a mask-like look. Best for normal skin.

    Liquid/cream is ideal for most skin types. A good liquid concealer offers adjustable coverage from light to full. It's easy to apply and blend and won't clog the pores. Build it up in layers for difficult cover up jobs using a concealer brush. A liquid formulation is the best choice for around the eyes, since it won't settle into fine lines. It's the most versatile type of concealer.

    Hints for application:

    • Allow your moisturiser/eye cream to absorb before you apply concealer.
    • If you have marks or blemishes to cover, apply a mattifying/pore minimising primer to them first. This will help the concealer stay put all day.
    • If you're using a liquid or cream foundation, apply the concealer over the top so it doesn't smudge.
    • If your foundation has a powdery finish, apply concealer first. Be careful you don't smudge it when you apply the foundation.
    • Set with a light dusting of loose or pressed powder.

    What are your favourite concealer tricks? Let us know!

    Love Lizzy xox

     

    Love Lizzy - What foundation is right for you?

    Welcome to the first ever Love Lizzy Blog!

    I'm so excited to have this space to share my passion for the things in life that make us feel beautiful. 

    Today's article is about foundation, which has the power to change your look like nothing else. Foundation makes average skin fabulous skin. It's a canvas for the products to follow, evening out skin tone, covering imperfections. There's no need to worry about foundation clogging your pores. Quality brands will protect, beautify and enhance your skin and you can wear them every day. 

    Here are our top tips for choosing a foundation that meets your needs. 

    Start by answering these questions: 

        • What is my skin type?
        • What are my skin challenges?
          e.g. redness, pigmentation, blemishes
        • Light or full coverage?
        • Matte, dewy, or powder finish?
        • Do I want to do touch ups during the day?
        • Are anti-aging ingredients or SPF important to me? 
    Here's the low down on three main types of foundation: 

    Liquid foundation is easy to apply and blend. You can adjust the coverage and use a sponge or foundation brush, which uses 30% less product. Matte finish is a good choice for young or oily skin. Dewy formulations are better for mature skin. 

    Mineral foundation contains a handful of natural ingredients. It's ideal for sensitive skin and provides a flattering, luminous coverage. that works well for everyone. A compact formulation is easy to use and keep in your handbag for touch ups. Loose minerals are a luxurious alternative best applied before you leave the house. 

    Cream-to-powder foundation is portable and convenient. It comes in a compact and you apply it with a sponge or brush. Touching the skin with a creamy texture, it settles into a powdery matte finish. Avoid this option if your skin is very oily, as it doesn't keep oil in check. It's not great for dry or mature skin either, due to the powdery finish. Got normal skin? You can wear it. 

    To colour match your foundation, test three shades that look closest to your skin colour. In natural light, blend a small stripe of each along your jawline. The back of your hand is not the same shade as your face. The one that disappears into your skin is your perfect match. 

    See you next time! Don't forget to leave a comment below. 


    Love Lizzy xox

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