How To: Love Your Natural Skin

This weeks blog, I wanted to share some personal stuff that I haven’t really told anyone before!
I want to do this in the hopes that it may help someone out there. Even if it’s just in a small sense to help them feel like they have someone to relate to and maybe give some comfort in knowing they aren’t alone and that it’s more than okay to be you. (approx. 7 min read xx)

Ever since I was in primary school, I remember feeling self-conscious about the way I look.

I had rosy red cheeks and very fair eyebrows which also had a red hue on the skin behind them.
I’m sure this is far more common than not, but I didn’t have any friends who looked like me.

Other kids used to say weird shit to me like “do you shave your eyebrows?”.

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Also in my family I would be teased. Families often joke with each other and that’s totally normal but in particular, one aunty would tease me about my chubby cheeks, “huge” arms and barely-there brows. Which made me feel like the odd one out. A weirdo.
However, I was young and assumed everyone in my family loved me anyway, no matter what I did or looked like.

But I can recall the final instance that really got to me.
I was about 7 or 8 years old and we were lining up for the yearly class photos.
You know the one, when you had to go sit with everyone in your class and look all keen, finally get the picture and then shuffle off into another queue to smile like a geek for a solitary shot that your mum would dish out to the grandparents.

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The geek herself aged about 7?
Anyway, it was in this queue that the principal came up to me and asked me to “wipe that lipstick off my face” to which I replied with a blank stare.
What lipstick?
He then held up his thumb and tried to wipe. my. eyebrows. off.


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He let out a confused “huh” sound before he realised and scuttled off back to his office.
I was stunned and not sure as to who was the most embarrassed by this interaction.
But I went inside feeling really sad and, well, ugly.

This feeling stuck and I fully dwelled on it becoming hyper-sensitive to comments about my appearance.
I started comparing myself to my friends and I remember I would stop eating my lunch and throw it away in some sort of compensation, as though I didn’t deserve it.

It was somewhat of a relief when a year or so later I went through chemo and all my hair fell out. Like, at least now I matched.
My rosy-red cheeks disappeared entirely as there was little life left in me.

As my hair started growing back around age 12, I discovered makeup.
All I wanted to do was blend in to the crowd so I learnt how to cover my redness and pencil in my brows.
I finally felt like I looked somewhat normal.

I can’t say I was excited about leaving Intermediate and heading to high school. I wasn’t excited about anything, really.
But I was ready to leave behind the awkward in-betweener stage of my life where I was only known as “the girl in the blue beanie” or, my favourite, “Smeagol”. To be fair I was sick af and did actually look like this lol so at least they we were accurate.

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So, I continued playing with makeup through high school.
Despite the other girls who would take the piss out of me for it. I resented their hissing whispers but kept practising. I remember hating pretty much everyone at my school and I know I was really hard to be around. I would carry all the side-eyed looks, rumours and backstabbing around with me and bring the negative vibes home.
However, makeup never eventuated into anything more than a tool I used to make myself feel more comfortable about my appearance.

This became rather dangerous as I quickly believed that I needed makeup in order to even leave the house.
I felt like if I looked perfect then nobody could diss me for anything. Like I was taking their ammo away.
Rules started forming in my mind about how I was supposed to look and even friends and family weren’t allowed to see me without my makeup on.
I was so incredibly insecure and actually fearful of being seen without it.

As the years went by, this fear increased in depth and enveloped me.
Now, no one was allowed to touch my face.
Even if a friend reached out and said “oh, there’s a hair stuck on your face let me get it off for you” I would recoil and I’m sure a couple of times I snapped at them to not touch my face.
I couldn’t accept any compliments because I felt like they would never say those nice things to me if they knew what I “really” looked like.

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I’m well aware now of how silly all that may seem and how I really held myself back. I can now see how almost childish it is to depend on other people’s validation for your own self worth. You need to have it within you and it can’t be something someone can take away from you.
If you’re not “hot” in school, then that’s all good. You just haven’t peaked yet. Who would want to be the kind of person who wants to live in the past and will never be the “greatest” like they were in high school.

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It’s such a shame because carrying around any sort of fear is really unhealthy and I quickly developed social anxiety and multiple types of depression.

Disclaimer: Of course, it wasn’t just my appearance that contributed to my deteriorating mental health.
I suffered from PTSD due to the multiple hospital experiences but, I’d be in denial if I didn’t acknowledge that it played a role.
So to keep it relative to the subject, that is as far as I will disclose here.
I’m so grateful that I now have a full grip on what contributed to my multiple mental health issues in the past. I reckon it’s really important to get to know anything you are experiencing through honest self-reflection and research.
By reflecting back on events, I can pin point what events lead me to feel certain things and develop core beliefs that limited me.
This helps me explain to myself what the hell I was on about back then. It has helped me to forgive others and myself,  learn from it and ultimately get the f u c k over it.
And so, now that I am fully through the dark tunnel and loving my life on the other side, I would be more than willing to share my experiences in further detail in another blog post if anyone would find it at all useful or comforting.

So how did I learn to love my natural skin?
The truth is, I don’t.
Not 100%. Not yet.
But what I have learnt is that I am ok, just the way I am.
By investing in skincare that really works for me and with the help of my amazing partner, I have felt comfortable enough to let friends and family see me without a full face of makeup.
Some even without any makeup at all.
He has also encouraged me and helped me to go out the house to the supermarket with no makeup on at all and interact with the staff there.
This may seem ridiculous to some of you, and that’s ok because that means you’ve never felt so incredibly low about yourself so I’m genuinely happy for you.

Speaking openly about it definitely helps too.
My good friend said she could relate to this. She said something about her own insecurity that really rang true, “it’s just a characteristic like curly hair or brown eyes. It’s just a part of you not something you should feel you have to hide.”

It may not be every time I leave the house that I feel comfortable enough to wear no makeup, but the amount of times I can is increasing.

I hope this “back-story” post has helped some of you to feel like you’re not alone in your past experiences and that you’re allowed to be you, no matter what that looks like.

I’ll be doing more posts about my natural skin after my vaycay!
I got my brows cosmetically tattooed a few years ago and after a few consultations this year, I’ve been informed that the woman who did them pretty much fucked them up lol sooo they have to be fixed now. Yay.
I will definitely be blogging about this experience too with advice!
There will also be a post on my skincare routine featuring before and after pics of my bare skin! So stay tuned and follow if you’re interested in getting some great skincare tips.

Keep being you,

Megan xx

Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica
Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide
Buy any 2 Antipodes products + receive a free Reincarnation exfoliator or Grace facial cleanser while stocks last xx

How To: Make Your Makeup Look Great In Photos

Ever spend a good hour on your makeup slaving away only to get tagged in photos the next day and discover you looked like this?

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If this sounds like a bit of you, allow me to introduce you to my tips (that I had to learn the hard way) to get you loving your photos like..
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1. Spf is a no no.
Keep that girl for the beach only. SPF causes the dreaded “flashback” which is when the flash of the camera bounces off making you look like Casper’s wife.
Be sure to check your finishing powder for it!
Some foundations sneakily add SPF too, so be warned. The amount of times I’ve had flashback that I felt I didn’t deserve, was because my foundation had had it’s formula changed, without my consent.

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2. Do your makeup in natural lighting.
I feel like this is the best way to achieve a consistent look across all lighting, even fluorescent.
To show you an example, here’s a pic of me under fluorescent bulbs at a breast cancer awareness fundraiser.

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Anyway..
If you’re doing your makeup in the evening and don’t have a fancy ring light (I don’t either) then I just check my “base makeup” (what I like to call my foundation + concealer + contour +powder) under different lights in the house.
You know how sometimes you look sweet in the bathroom mirror, but then in the kitchen or bedroom it’s completely different? Yeah.
Am I over-thinking it? Maybe. But hey, you wanted to know.

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3. Not to prime, is a crime honey.
Priming is pretty key even if you’re not expecting photo ops.
But to skip the primer here means any bumps and lines are sure to rear their annoying heads in those bright lights.
The best primers feel soft and smooth once applied on my skin, kind of like a silicone feel.
My favourite is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Skin Transformer Primer.
Let it soak in and warm with your skin before applying foundation. This may mean you have to take more time but the results will speak for themselves.
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4. Don’t go too light.
It’s best to find under eye concealer that’s one shade lighter than your foundation for subtle dimension but sustain full blown coverage.
My favourite concealer Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment

5. Opt for both.
If you choose between blush and bronzer, it will make you look flat.
Bronzer frames the face and blush is for them apples on your cheeks.
Dabble in both, but don’t get too heavy with it.
Remember, it’s best to add a little and if more is needed, go ahead. It’s easier to build than take away.
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If you do need to lessen the impact, grab a little bit of skin toned powder to blend the blush and bronzer together.

6. Fake it, girl.
Falsies always make your eyes look complete on film.
If you feel like the traditional banded lashes are a bit “too much”, opt for individual falsies and place them on the outer edges for a more natural definition.

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I hope these tips have been helpful and not telling you shit you already know.
Let me know your best tips in the comments I wanna hear ’em!

Keep being you!

Megan xx

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Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica
Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide
Buy any 2 Antipodes products + receive a free Reincarnation exfoliator or Grace facial cleanser while stocks last xx

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

I’ve heard this question being asked many times and after a conversation with my partner in the car yesterday it shone some light on how I would answer this…
With the help of my good friend Lauren Conrad xx

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  1. People try to bring you down because of their own fear and insecurities.tumblr_mcxihcRSHV1r50vbpo1_500
    You are just a mirror showing people what they’re doing or NOT doing and people may be threatened by that.
    If you are having a great time and using skills you are developing to be creative and you want to pursue that, you may show people that they aren’t making the best of their time.
    So they may make jokes at your expense to cut you down.
    This is the classic Tall Poppy Syndrome.
    As hard as it is to hear, some of your friends may not want you to do well. They may want you to be happy, but not happier than them. They may cheer you on and hope you succeed, but not more successful than them.
    So if your friends take the piss out of you, just laugh with them. Because in the future, your skills will be being put to good use while they will be sitting on the same couch they have been for the past decade.
    This is sad but I can guarantee you, you won’t regret getting good at something and making something of it.
    Value the friends who genuinely love seeing you ascend and tell you, you inspire them. They’re the lights in your life.

  2. You’re allowed.
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    To be happy, to love yourself, to dance in front of the mirror, to sing terribly, to like the way you look, to be proud of your achievements. You is fine.
  3. Empathy is important.
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    Not just for understanding your friends and helping them through any tough times they may be experiencing, but also for understanding why someone may be treating you unfairly.
    Taking the time to ask yourself what kind of day they may have had (or even what you know about their life) will help you to not take things so personally.
    If you genuinely believe you haven’t done anything wrong and someone is bringing you down, they may just feel threatened or jealous as they are comparing their deepest self to your projection of who you are.
    They don’t truly know you so they cannot truly judge you.
    If something someone says to you pushes a button and “hits home” then don’t feel the need to attack them in defence but instead think about why that matters to you so much.
    Is it something that you don’t like about yourself? Something that you do outwardly as an action that you feel contradicts your core beliefs?
    Then take that as an opportunity to change and to grow as a person.
    It may seem cheesy but the only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday.

  4. Stop shopping at Supré.
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    Just. Stop.

  5. Be mindful about what makes you happy.
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    When you feel excited about something and motivated by something, take note! Because these things make up who you are. You are most beautiful when you speak about what you’re passionate about.
    If you don’t, you will lose that and completely forget what made you happy.
    The question “what do you like to do?” will draw a daunting blank space in your mind. You will have no idea.
    Knowing what makes you feel good is so important for self care and also for what you may want to pursue as a career option.
    Follow and listen to your heart and you’ll never be lost.

  6. You’re allowed to say no to things you don’t want to do, it’s fine.

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    Self care is the most unselfish thing you can do.
    If you take the time to make sure you have a calm mind and healthy view of the world, everyone you come across will feel that from you.
    You will greet people with a smile and you will shine your light on them and that can help people who may be in a dark shadow at that time.
    If you can leave people feeling better than when they met you, then you’ve cracked it.
    Every time you leave the house you cast a stone into the world and you cannot measure the distance or power of this ripple effect.
    So best to put your best self forward.

  7. You’re not that funny.
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    You don’t have to say everything that comes in to your mind. Shutting up once in a while will do you good.

  8. Take no shit.
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    In saying all that, don’t be a doormat.
    Don’t make excuses for friends to the point where they can just treat you like their emotional rubbish bin and after every interaction you feel used and exhausted.
    If they are too far up their own ass and only want you to be a “yes-man” and tell them they are always right then this is a red flag.
    These are the types of people who just dump their issues on you.
    If when you try to show them to another point of view, so they can gain understanding that may help solve their problem, they attack you and hurt you deeply, tell them. Because you don’t need to conform. You are merely disagreeing and standing up for what you believe in.
    In this instance there’s no need to attack them, just communicate.
    Just say it.
    This is brave to do and even though they’re your friends (and they should know you aren’t trying to hurt them) they still won’t like it.
    But it’s better than bottling shit up and people having no idea they’re hurting you until you erupt and just cut them off.
    Give them a chance to change like you would want them to do for you.
    However, if you find every time you try to tell them how you feel, they attack in defence, you’re better off distancing yourself.
    You don’t need that shit.

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  9. You’re not fat.
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    But you will find out what that really is so stop making shit up and learn to like running.

  10. You actually do become like the people you hang out with.giphy-23
    And that should concern you.
    Be selective about the types of people you let in to your inner circle.
    Because once they’re in there, they can hurt you deeply.
    Be careful what you tell people.
    Not many people actually care about your best interests or helping you work through your current issue so that you feel better.
    They just want a story to tell.

  11. If anyone makes you feel like you’re not good enough or you’re an embarrassment to them, leave.


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You don’t need to perform for them. Ever.


Thanks for reading! Until next weeks blog..

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Keep being you

Megan xx

Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica.

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Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide
Buy any 2 Antipodes products + receive a free Reincarnation exfoliator or Grace facial cleanser xx

NEW Healthy Lipsticks From Antipodes – A Review

Antipodes is a Scientifically Validated Organic Beauty™ brand pioneering a new niche in skincare globally. They specialise in certified organic and premium natural products to enhance skin performance proven by science.
They are also renown for their Green Beauty Ethos which aspires to ecologically sound values, full organic certification, traceability of sustainable ingredients, the use of renewable resources and the lightest of carbon footprints.
Antipodes loves nature, and so do I!

That is one of the reasons why I support and use Antipodes skincare, that and because it works wonders on my dry, sensitive skin.

Now Antipodes has brought out a lipstick range and I was so excited to try it!

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These lipsticks have been designed with the information in mind that everything we apply on our skin, we ingest.
Over the course of her lifetime, a woman may consume as much as three kilograms or seven pounds of lipstick into her body. She absorbs it through the skin of her lips, or swallows it when she eats or drinks. So Antipodes formulated these lipsticks with ingredients that are not only safe to consume – but actually healthy!

These healthy ingredients feature some of nature’s superfoods:

  • Avocado oil: Packed with essential fats, vitamins and minerals, Antipodes’ ‘Green gold for skin’ helps to increase collagen production and keep your lips beautifully dewy and fresh.
  • Calendula oil: Healing oil from the marigold flower has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Evening primrose oil: This edible oil is so rich in healthy fats it’s used as a natural dietary supplement.
  • Argan oil: The Moroccan nut oil balances oil production and hydrates lips for a soft, moist finish.

They also added antibacterial beeswax, deeply moisturising shea butter and jojoba oil, and even extra Vitamin E for lip nourishment. All of the lipstick ingredients are from natural origin, with only low levels of FDA-approved colour pigments added for vibrancy.

So with that in mind I thought I just had to bring these lippy’s to Maverick.

First thing I noticed was the packaging!

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The boxes are made from 100% biodegradable cardboard from sustainable forests and each are different with colours co-ordinating to whichever shade, which I think is a cute touch.

The tubes are a nice weight and feel super high quality with the soft matte finish.

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So far so good and I am even more excited to try it out on my lips! I’m going to try the epic-ly bright Dragon Fruit Pink.

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I started by prepping my lips using my fave lip treatment e v e r the Kiwi Seed Lip Conditioner

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The next thing I noticed is the unconventional shape of the lipstick.

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I wasn’t too sure how this would apply to my lips as I usually rely on the regular contour of lipsticks to help me achieve a sharp outline.

But, as you can see, it worked out perfectly! (Well I reckon it did lol!)

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I love the pigmented, smooth formula that feels so hydrating and ultra luxe.
You can get these healthy lipsticks from my store Maverick Cosmetica
There’s such a diverse range of flattering shades I’m so excited to try each one.

I’ll be posting each makeup look on Instagram so head over to @maverickcosmetica for some makeup looks featuring these gorgeous lippys!

Let me know which shade you’re most excited to try in the comments!

Keep being you xx

Megan

 

Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica.
Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide

Winter Makeup Look & Skincare Routine

This week, it feels like winter is hitting hard! It rained the entire day on Thursday pretty much non-stop! So we’re going to take a look at what you can do if you want velvety skin for perfect makeup looks this winter.

Skincare is important all year round, but in winter you may notice things start to change.
The cold elements, such as harsh winds, can be really hard on your delicate facial skin which is always exposed (unless you rock a balaclava!)

I always notice my lips dry out and get sore from wind burn and my nose and forehead gets super dry and flaky.
If you experience dry skin like me in winter, swap out your gel cleanser for a nourishing rich cream cleanser.

Applying a lip conditioner throughout the day to protect and nourish is never a bad idea!
In the evenings, try a replenishing moisture packed mask aswell. I love to exfoliate with my creamy and gentle Antipodes exfoliant and do the Manuka mask once or twice a week. I love a pamper night in the bath, candles lit and listening to the rain hammering down outside!

Before bed, adding a night time serum before you apply your regular night cream and eye cream works so amazingly well. You wake up with the most perfect velvety skin ready for your day!

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Antipodes Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser $42.90
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Antipodes Kiwiseed Lip Conditioner $25
MANUKA HONEY SKIN-BRIGHTENING EYE CREAM
Antipodes Manuka Honey Eye Cream $65
AVOCADO PEAR NOURISHING NIGHT CREAM
Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream $62.50
JOYOUS PROTEIN RICH NIGHT REPLENISH SERUM
Antipodes Protein Rich Night Replenishing Serum $57.20
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Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask $50.10
I love Antipodes products so much (as you can probably tell!) it’s the only thing I’ll recommend. Take advantage of our free Reincarnation Gentle Exfoliator gift through Maverick!

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My favourite makeup look in winter is definitely keeping the skin minimal and matte with only a subtle highlight on the brow bone, nose tip and high cheek bone.
Pairing perfected skin with a bold red lip and simple black wing liner is my favourite winter go – to. If you want to create more drama with your look, swapping out the bright red for a darker plum shade never goes a miss, and pop on a false lash.

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That’s me 🙂 loving the red lippy + simple eye look
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L.A. Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in Frisky $11
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L.A. Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in Bite Me $11
Let me know your favourite winter look in the comments!
Keep being you

Megan xx

Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica.
Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide

A Train Of Thought …

We’re getting deep this week, come take a dive into my mind …

Do you ever just sit at your happy place like the beach or in the forest and get thinking?

Getting real deep on your shit like how far you’ve come, how beautiful life is, how hard you’ve worked to get to this point and that if you had done anything differently then maybe you wouldn’t be where you are now?

Do you ever think how far you still have to go, but because you actually want to get there, it’s now exciting instead of daunting?

About how now you can rely on yourself to carry you through?

And yeah, it’s heavy shit, but like most people, you’ve now learnt how to put pain to the side.

Every now and then have a good cry and allow yourself to feel what demands to be felt but now it’s only a bad 5 minutes instead of a bad day, which used to seep into a bad week and then a bad month and a bad year, next thing you know it’s a decade later and you’re still hurt.

Don’t listen to anyone else about how to deal with your shit, don’t even listen to me!

If you can find something that actually helps you, whether that’s going for a walk with a mate or by yourself, talking to someone that’s passed away, or writing a public blog post lol then that is what you should do and fuck anyone who tries to judge you!

Living authentically, with passion and love, is cool.
It’s way more fun! Not being afraid to cut out anything or anyone that you feel is holding you back from prospering is definitely a good idea.

Everyone’s problem is a problem if it’s a problem.

Chew that one round for a bit.

My good friends reminded me of something I had said after a bend one time “just because I haven’t eaten in a year and you haven’t eaten in a week doesn’t mean I’m hungrier than you are. We’re both hungry”

Everyone’s problems are a deal the universe has dealt so that you can learn the lessons you need to learn, and get to the places you’re supposed to be.

Earth is school for the soul.

Everyone has their own positives and own negatives. Try not to compare someone else’s highlight reel to your behind the scenes.

No one can have yin without the yang.

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In saying that, I don’t believe everything happens for a reason because sometimes horrendous shit just happens in life and there’s literally nothing good about that event.

Maybe sometimes you just have to carry it with you and find a way to accept it.
That can make you into a better friend / parent / child / sibling ’cause you’ve actually experienced some flip sides to the regular Main Street life.

Whoever became a good sailor from calm seas?

You’ve crashed into a million pieces, you find yourself now having to scrape them all back up. You cut your hands trying to put them together again (and again) and then all of a sudden, you’ve done it!

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It is part of your history, not something to disguise.

Your right people, your tribe, your family, will see that in you and see you as more beautiful and special because of your fucking spirit.

So cheers to you, grab yourself a wine and have a bloody good weekend. You deserve it. xx

Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica.
Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home in the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide

Fave Makeup Tutorials!

This blog is a little bit different, I wanted to recommend a few of my favourite Makeup Tutorials that I think are super helpful.

This first tutorial shows you the many ways you can use your Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

These sponges are so versatile I love how I can use the different angles for my foundation, under eye concealer, blush, highlight and loose powder.

 

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   Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $19.99

 

To clean my sponge, I use the BH Cosmetics Brush Cleaner! It’s quick and effective while disinfecting my sponge so it’s always hygienic.

 

 

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BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Brush Cleaner $16.89 (on Sale NOW)

 

This next tutorial teaches you some great tips for building an epic smoky eye while showing off one of the many looks you can create with the awesome BH Cosmetics Dark Rose Palette! I love this palette, it is such great value as you not only get an eyeshadow and blush palette but you also get a black liquid eyeliner!

 

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BH Cosmetics Dark Rose Palette only $21.25 on Sale NOW

I always use my BH Cosmetics Eye Essential 7 Piece Brush Set for all my eye looks, it literally has everything you need all in one set!

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BH Cosmetics Eye Essential Brush Set $25

 

The final tutorial I wanted to share with you guys is from the QUEEN herself, Shaaanxo, showing us how to make the most of her amazing palette she made with BH Cosmetics!

 

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BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette $44.95

This BH Cosmetics Lip Brush is the perfect accompaniment to Shaaanxo’s palette as her lip colours come in a pan.

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BH Cosmetics Lip Brush $14.63

 

And to prep your lips for the best results, I swear by Antipodes lip balms! They smell amazing, are organic so no nasty chemicals and they are so healing for your lips.

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Antipodes Organic Lime Leaf & Cocoa Butter Lip Balm $15.20 

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials as much as I do!
Let me know your favourite Youtubers in the comments 🙂

Keep being you!

Megan xo

 

Megan is the CEO of Maverick Cosmetica.
Maverick is a New Zealand online makeup store out of Megan’s home in the beautiful Kāpiti Coast.
All orders $50+ receive FREE shipping NZ wide xx

New In Store From Antipodes Scientific Organic Beauty

Introducing our latest Skincare products from Antipodes to enhance your daily ritual.

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Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Eye Cream with Persian Silk Flower: 

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Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream NZD$65.00

If you’ve got dark circles and puffy under eyes like I did, this eye cream is a god send.
The New Zealand ethically sourced Manuka Honey Active 20+ has world renowned anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties to eradicate the unwanted bags under your eyes.
The revolutionary Vinanza Grape seed and Kiwifruit extracts lighten your skin tone to get rid of those dark circles, reduce redness and improve skin elasticity.

I used this eye cream morning and night and reaped the results within 48 hours.
I no longer have to use under eye concealer to hide dark circles and the fine wrinkles under my eyes, where the concealer would crease and look cakey, have reduced significantly.

Click to follow for beautiful eyes

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Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream NZD$69.00

Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Facial Cream with Bee Venom:

This is the Eye Cream’s glorious match that works wonders.
Like the Eye Cream, this luxurious facial cream has the Manuka Honey Active 20+ to brighten your skin and reduce inflammation alongside the impressive Vinanza Grape Seed, Kiwifruit combination that reduces fine lines and improves your skins elasticity whilst reducing redness to an outstanding effect.
The game changer, though, is the Bee Venom.
This stimulates your skin cells into rejuvenation therefore creating a youthful lift to your skin.

I used this facial cream morning and night and woke up after the first day of use thoroughly impressed! I have rosacea and I had three blemishes on my chin and both of these had reduced significantly. I allowed for a makeup free day and reapplied the moisturiser and woke up the next day with the pimples gone thanks to the antibacterial properties of the bioactive Manuka Honey.
I still have redness, I will my whole life, but this has been reduced and I am far more comfortable with how my natural skin looks now.
My forehead expression lines are now evening out which makes my foundation sit much more beautifully.

Click to follow for fresh youthful skin

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Kiwiseed Lip Conditioner NZD$25.00

Kiwi Seed Oil Lip Conditioner:

With gorgeous trends such as matte lipsticks and even the much-wanted warm weather comes slight inconveniences such as dry, flaky lips.

This doesn’t have to be the case if you use this nourishing Lip Conditioner.
The reason this Lip Conditioner is a real must-have (especially if you love to get amongst our beautiful New Zealand nature and its elements) is because it truly is a cut above the rest.
The bioactive botanical blend of kiwi seed oil and nutrient rich avocado oil keeps your lips healthy and hydrated for much longer than everyday lip balms meaning less application is necessary.
It is ultra rich in vitamin C and Omega 3 to plump and soften your lips as it protects against cell water loss and increases the surface lipids (healthy fat in your cells).
This means that you are actually fixing the cause of the symptoms (dry skin) and not just covering them up.

Follow for full soft lips:

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I am continually impressed by every Antipodes product I invest in and know you will be too so we have an amazing Gift with purchase available for our wonderful customers.
When you buy any two Antipodes products, you will receive a full size Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator valued at NZD$47.50 to further revitalise your complexion by lifting away lifeless skin while nurturing and repairing.
View our range of Antipodes skincare here

This will be while stocks last so please don’t hesitate in contacting me with any questions you may have so you can be assured you are purchasing products that are perfect for you to achieve the skin you desire.

megan@maverickcosmetica.co.nz

Skincare: Does it even matter?

Why wouldn’t you want to do what you can now to create and sustain healthy, youthful skin?
We all know taking care of your skin from a young age by using sunscreen and establishing an optimal skin care regime will only benefit you in the long run.

But what skincare actually works?
I have been in the pharmaceutical industry in the past, trying many brands from New Zealand and overseas and there was only one brand I would continually bring to my customers attention.

 


“I’ve spent thousands of dollars over the years on expensive professional formulas, trying to find a product range that makes a real difference to my skin. I tried Antipodes on the recommendation of someone I trust and am astounded at the results. People comment on my skin and ask what I’m doing differently. I love the joyful serum and won’t be changing brands any more!”
– Tania, aged 50

You don’t need to spend ridiculous amounts of money at a clinic to achieve results.
Antipodes works.
It is a scientifically proven anti-ageing performance regime.
Antipodes engages an independent laboratory to investigate their formulations on human skin cells which show that it is not only possible, but that you can significantly help optimise collagen and elastin production and antioxidant activity in human skin cells. These are all critical to a more youthful-looking appearance.

Anti-aging science is an important selection factor in choosing high-performance individual ingredients in Antipodes products like the revolutionary Vinanza grape antioxidant extracts.

 

These scientifically proven extracts have impressive anti-aging potency properties to supercharge the Antipodes range of anti-aging face creams and ultra-care serums. The same is true for bioactive ingredients like manuka honey and avocado oil.
For instance, the Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum has been scientifically shown to inhibit oxidative stress by up to 90%*. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. This serum’s antioxidant potency indicates its impressive anti-aging potential when applied to skin.

The science of Manuka Honey and Avocado Oil. 

Manuka honey, found only in New Zealand, has far greater healing qualities than any other type of honey.

Produced by worker bees which gather nectar from the small pink and white flowers of the manuka plant, this ‘liquid gold’ contains a naturally occurring enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide. This is a known antiseptic with superior antibacterial and antimicrobial (eg: bacteria, viruses or other microorganism that can cause disease) properties. For this reason, manuka honey is used extensively in hospitals, especially in wound care. It can also help stimulate the immune system, provide nutrients for cell metabolism, reduce inflammation, and aid rapid tissue repair. Antipodes harnesses manuka honey in their anti-aging natural skincare because it works to draw vital moisture into the skin. Thereby hydrating, moisturising, nourishing, rejuvenating and restoring your skin back to its natural glow.

Manuka honey also helps to balance your skin’s pH levels, and its antibacterial properties means it can powerfully clear blemishes.

Antipodes chooses to use premium manuka honey Active 20+ produced sustainably from New Zealand. The 20+ rating indicates its high bioactivity.

Avocado oil is incredibly nutrient-rich, and one of the most deeply penetrating oils. It’s wonderful for hydrating and moisturising the skin, helping to plump out fine lines and increase collagen production. It’s also used to help address sun damage, as well as burns, wounds and skin diseases including eczema and psoriasis.

Here’s how it works: avocado oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, B, C, D E and K, and floods the skin with moisture. This helps relieve dry skin, making it beautifully dewy and supple.

Avocado oil also contains a substance called sterolin, a natural steroid that triggers the production of collagen which is essential in protecting the skin from wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

Thanks to high levels of plant compounds called phytosterols, avocado oil has a huge role to play in rejuvenating tired and stressed skin. Avocado oil has also been shown to reduce inflamed and sun damaged skin. What’s more, a component present in avocado oil called lutein absorbs and filters UV light, offering protection from further sun damage.

And because avocado oil helps to balance and regulate your skin’s natural sebum production, it’s effective for both oily and dry sensitive skin conditions.

These revolutionary ingredients scientifically prove that Nature knows best.
Along with this knowledge, Antipodes luxurious natural scents make your skin care regime a daily ritual that feels luxurious and mindfully beneficial each time you apply your products.

So which regime is best for you?
Check out our Antipodes products and read through their individual product descriptions here and please email me with any questions at all so I can provide you with the correct information.
Informed decisions about your skin care is of the highest importance to me and I am only too happy to help guide you towards the best skin possible.

Megan xo

Managing Director
megan@maverickcosmetica.co.nz

Information sourced from the Antipodes website: www.antipodesnature.co.nz

Your Customer Service will make or break you

When you give your money to a company, you are giving them your time that you spent away from your friends and family to earn that money.
You are giving them your trust that they will provide you with the product or service that you are promised at a decent level.

Now maybe I overthink things, but I take the fact of giving and receiving money very seriously.

When I pay for something and it doesn’t work out the way the provider promised, I expect to be heard and the problem attended to straight away and with empathy.

Now, I know it isn’t just me with this expectation.
A lot of people I’ve asked about their experience with various companies have expressed similar views and we all seem to echo the same thought “why can’t they just be straight up with me?”

Without exaggerating, about 8 times out of 10 I will have a less than satisfactory experience with a company.

This tells me that those companies who let us down simply do not care.

Whether it’s spending the most part of an hour on the phone to them being kicked about like a hackey sack, passed from person to person who contradicts their predecessor and goes around in circles not really answering my question to the point where it becomes obvious, they just don’t know.

Or the person you’re dealing with gives you the sass and attitude like you’re being unreasonable for wanting them to get their job done correctly.

Or maybe they have lowkey added in a “surcharge” that you have never had to pay before and they only introduced this to you at the final stages of payment.

Or perhaps you’re left feeling extremely uneasy that the goods will actually arrive.

It comes down to communication.

If these companies just laid everything down on the table, no hidden crap up their sleeves to whip out on you, no hideous jargon designed to confuse you and make you think you don’t know any better than they do (having your intelligence insulted could be the worst actually) if they kept you in the loop at each stage so they aren’t leaving you in the dark (a quick update email takes merely a minute) if they just realised and believed that they wouldn’t have a job without you, the customer, and were grateful for your custom then maybe shit would actually get done well, on time and with respect.

Maybe it’s too much to ask to hold others up to my level of expectation but it’s really not that hard.

I love you guys and I know how crap it feels to be mucked around.

One of the most annoying things about buying online is wanting to return your product but you have to pay for shipping, organise it all yourself and the company hardly bothers to respond to you. It’s your problem not theirs.
If you have a problem with our products I will replace or refund in full at no cost, I’ll organise the courier! That’s my promise to you.

If you ever feel any of these emotions or anything negative at all when dealing with Maverick, I want to know about it. Hell, I need to know about it.

Everyone makes mistakes, I get that. But like they used say at LV Martins “it’s the putting right that counts”.
And that’s what I pledge at Maverick as well.

If you ever have an issue with us or any company, I encourage you to speak up about it.

You’re helping that company so much by speaking up and telling them how it is, just like you want them to be with you. Feedback, good or bad, literally holds its weight in gold and I mean it when I say I love hearing from you guys.

You can make a difference in a company and you can be heard.

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Never apologise for having a backbone and keep being you.

 

Megan xo

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