Green beauty wishlist – top 10

Green beauty is something that’s grown on me in the past couple of years. With top quality brands like Tata Harper and May Lindstrom changing the way I think of natural beauty, my green beauty wishlist has been growing bigger and bigger. I thought I’d share my top 10 with you all. I’ve included approximate NZD prices as actual cost will often depend on the exchange rate.



Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst
Aprox $96.00NZD
Multiple  YouTube and blog reviews tell me this is a must have. I feel like this could be a gentle/natural alternative to my Sunday Riley Blue Moon (which I love). It uses pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate.


Vinter's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Aprox $260.00NZD
This serum is raved about in the YouTube/instagram/blogging skincare community. I have a few, more simple oils and serums already in my collection, but I’d be interested to try this supercharged version. It contains 22 active botanicals/oils. The only problem is the price tag!


 Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer

Tata Harper Reparative Moisturizer
Aprox $145.00NZD
I love the two Tata Harper products that I currently own and I want more. Next on my wish list is the reparative moisturiser, as I’d love to have a good, natural moisturiser in my routine. I don’t know if I could ever justify the cost, but maybe I’ll have to take the plunge the next time I can find it on sale.


OKOKO Cosmétiques Skin Brightening L'ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ

OKOKO Cosmétiques Skin Brightening L’ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ
Aprox $73.00NZD
This brand has gorgeous packaging that reminds me of May Lindstrom – only more luxe.  I’d pick this product to try first as I love the sound of an exfoliating, brightening elixir. It contains AHAs and hyaluronic acid.


Raw Kaya Organics Organic Mandarin & Honeysuckle Cleanser

Raw Kaya Organics Organic Mandarin & Honeysuckle Cleanser
Aprox $32.00NZD
I’d love a citrus smelling face wash, and this one is water-free. I find water-based skincare can be dehydrating (as water easily evaporates), but this cleaner has an aloe base. I think it would work well as a morning pick-me-up cleanser.


Farmacy Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit

Farmacy Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit
Aprox $65.00NZD
Farmacy is a brand I’ve heard good things about, so I’d be keen to try a couple of products. I’m particularly interested in the Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm, which comes in the Skincare Discovery Kit. It has cichoric acid, which helps protect the skin by supporting collagen, and a variety of oils.


Lilfox Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser and Mask

Lilfox Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser and Mask
Aprox $105.00NZD
This cleanser/mask has honey, white clay, cacao, and rosehip oil. It seems like a possible May Lindstrom Honey Mud alternative, and the ingredients sound good enough to eat.


Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle MoisturizerJuice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
Aprox $100.00NZD
I like my Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk, and I’d be interested to try something else from the brand. This moisturiser sounds interesting, and comes in at $40.00 cheaper than the Tata Harper one. It has a pump jar, and seems to have a waterless, fruit stem cell and fruit juice base.


Leahlani Champagne Serum

Leahlani Champagne Serum
Aprox $45.00NZD
I love my Leahlani toning mist, and I’m keen to try a few more things from the brand. Ive heard Caroline Hirons mention the champagne serum favourably, and I’d be interested in adding a new serum to my stash. It has grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil.


Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
Aprox $44.00NZD
Caroline Hirons and co. love this face mist and their praise has landed it on my wishlist. It is aloe based (and waterless), and includes a lot of plant oils. It won’t break the bank, and you can also get it in a smaller travel size.




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Auckland Haul

I went to Auckland recently for a weekend getaway and obviously I had to do some shopping.  There isn’t much diversity in shopping across New Zealand cities, but I managed to find a few stores we don’t have down in Wellington. Read on to see what I picked up!


Tonic Room
This is the only New Zealand based shop I’ve come across that stocks premium organic brands. It stocks brands such as Bite Beauty, MV Organics, May Lindstrom, Tata Harper, and Sodashi. I went in wanting to pick up a Tata Harper cleanser and see what all the fuss was about with May Lindstrom’s products. May’s products looked and felt lovely – but the scent of her products was just far too overwhelming.  I would definitely suggest checking them out in store before you buy! I’ve had samples of most of Tata’s products before via Naturisimo, so I knew I wanted to get the Regenerating Cleanser ($130.00). Tata’s products are available online a little cheaper, but I was so impressed a NZ store was stocking these brands I had to make a purchase to support them. Plus there was the added bonus of not having to wait for shipping! I am loving the Regenerating cleanser so far, and hoping to pick up the Refreshing cleanser next.


H&M and Sunglass Style
My eyes are terrible in any sort of bright light or glare. Unless it’s the dead of winter, if I leave the house without a pair of sunglasses I’m in trouble. I wanted to get a few cheap pairs to leave in the car and in handbags. The top two pairs are from Sunglass Style at Dress-Smart in Onehunga (two for $30.00), and the bottom pair is from H&M ($14.99). I like that they are a departure from my more reserved black Ray Ban Clubmasters.


Zara (along with Topshop) is probably my favourite of the international brick and mortar brands. I visited both in Auckland, and Having been to both overseas was a bit disappointed at the NZ offering. Zara’s stock was heavily influenced by the bohemian trend, and nothing at Topshop was really tickling my fancy. Perhaps it was because when I’ve visited overseas it has been in the cooler months, and winter fashion tends to be more about textures and fabrics (my kind of style) than bright patterns and garish embroidery(barf). I did enjoy the Zara basics line, however, and picked up a mid weight, long white shirt (I finally found one that isn’t see-through!) and my first pair of boyfriend jeans. The boyfriend jeans are revolutionary for me. Even though they are not as flattering as tight jeans they are a lot more comfortable and forgiving, and dare I say cooler (in my mind anyway).


I know Lush is available all over NZ, but I thought I’d throw in this purchase since it was technically made in Auckland. I was in the mood to try something a bit different in terms of cleansing – so I headed over to Lush knowing that I they had unique formulations like Angels on Bare Skin and Ultrabland which I had enjoyed in the past. I passed on a few, more abrasive offerings to pick up Aqua Marina. It has a slightly slimey texture and comes with what looks like a piece of seaweed on top to stop it from drying out. I hadn’t realised at the time, but it’s more of a clay type cleanser (traditionally not my bag as I don’t find they do much for me). Despite that I’m enjoying this new find and it seems to be helping to keep my skin less congested. This one has an earlier “use by” date than Ultrabland.

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Where to buy make up and skincare if you live in New Zealand



I love a good Mecca Cosmetica purchase, but they don’t have a huge range of products compared to overseas competitors, and with Kirks closed and David Jones yet to open I’ve been doing a lot of online browsing. Here are my favourite online stores to buy Western make up and skincare from. Leave a comment below with your favourite online cosmetics sites that ship to NZ so we can compile a comprehensive list for all of us Kiwis!

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