Sunday, 11 November 2018

October Empties

Another month, another rubbish blog post. Well, me posting about my rubbish, anyway!


It's actually a little misleading calling this an Empties post because I have way more items that I am decluttering. Firstly, I'll show you what I finished anyway


Papa Recipe Bombee Royal Honey Propolis Sheet Masks- I finished off the box of these masks and as much as I ended up quite liking them, there's so many sheet masks that I want to try.
Repurchase? I'm not in any hurry to restock these.

Hand Chemistry Triple-Function Hyaluronic-Rich Hydrator- This hand cream is quite light weight, which is great for applying during the day, and does a nice job of hydrating the hands.
Repurchase? I would consider buying this hand cream again. If I'm to be honest, though, I'm not that fussy with hand creams and I don't seek out particular brands, just whatever sounds good.

Sierra Bees Unflavored Lip Balm- I finally finished off this pack of lip balms. I found them good to throw in my hand bag.
Repurchase? I'm not in need of lip balms, but I wouldn't rule out buying these again if they're still available on iHerb.


Moreish Cream Cleanser- This is a regular in my skincare routine.
Repurchase? I would if I could, but it has been discontinued.

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronuc Body Mist- I love the fine mist of this body moisturiser. I wish I had have saved this product for Summer, because it is light and refreshing and leaves my skin soft and hydrated.
Repurchase? No, I really liked the effectiveness of this body mist, but I just didn't like the scent. It reminded me of the disinfectant smell of hospitals. I don't like hospitals.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm- I loved using this balm for removing my makeup. Less messy and effective.
Repurchase? No, loved it, but this product costs more than I am willing to pay for a makeup remover, especially when the budget friendly Simple Cleansing Oil works just as well at removing makeup.

Morphe M501- I used this brush to apply my highlighter. Did a fantastic job for this purpose, but has started shedding, so time to go.
Repurchase? I would buy this brush, but am not making an online order for one brush and I'm not ready to place a bigger order just yet because of my low buy.


As you can see, I am decluttering 4 palettes (there's a small one in the following photo). I can't believe I am parting with palettes, but I'm trying to reform my hoarding ways and thin my rather large eye shadow collection. If I can't give them love, they've got to go!


...aaaand more decluttered products.





Monday, 29 October 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- BH Cosmetics Malibu Palette

The Malibu palette is one of the first purchases I made through BH Cosmetics, yep many years ago. I was really drawn to the cute packaging. It's actually a very small palette that is no bigger than my hand.



As you can see, opening the palette reveals shadows and face products. I'll show you some swatches.



Most of the eye shadows swatched dismally. I had high hopes for the bright shades to be pigmented, but most were patchy and even swatching with my finger more than once did not produce much colour, sadly.


The face powders were marginally better, but the shades didn't excite me because they just didn't suit my skintone.

Fortunately I was able to create some looks that I was happy with, but the shadows were hard work and not the easiest to apply. I'll show you what I created.





I really didn't like this palette and I was happy to be done with it. I certainly will not be keeping the palette.







Friday, 26 October 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #12

Another mostly glitters update to show you. It has been fun wearing them and a peel off base has been much appreciated when it comes to removal. 


Fire Sparkle

This fiery nail polish is gorgeous. It is opaque and the sparkle finish is amazing, much better in person. I will be keeping this one in my stash!


Hottie

The formula of this nail polish has become gloopy, so it's difficult to apply. I'm not a huge fan of the pale blue base, so I am not too upset to be getting rid of this colour.

I Dream in Jewels

If it wasn't for the larger holo glitter pieces, I probably wouldn't be keeping this Sinful Colors polish, but they make this a unique polish for my collection.


Lucky

I will be keeping this polish, I just love the green and gold glitter and like that no base colour is needed.

Magenta Mirage

For some reason this Shredded nail polish didn't work over the Peel-off base coat. Not that it matters too much, I've decided to let this one go.

Midnight Fireworks

Although I have been decluttering most textured polishes, I love the finish of this one, the glittery gold is just gorgeous. Keeping for sure.



I'm not sure what the name of this nail polish is, but I will not be keeping it.



The sticker with the shade name has come off. It is a pretty pink shade, but it's not one I will wear, so I will be decluttering.

I'm pretty happy just keeping half of these nail polishes.

Nail polish collection is now at 58.














Monday, 22 October 2018

Now Solutions Dark Spot Serum

During one of my many visits to online store iHerb, I decided to include the Now Solutions Dark Spot Serum to my cart. One of my major skin concerns is pigmentation so I am easily tempted by most products that offer to help with this problem.


Taken from iHerb- "Dark Spot Serum restores skin's youthful glow with clinically tested Alpaflor Gigawhite, an extract of alpine plants shown to significantly improve the appearance of age spots and even out skin tone over a 12 week time period. Also in the formula is Licorice extract, Vitamin C, and multi-fruit extract aid in evening skin tone."

The serum comes in a 30 ml bottle. It is an airless pump, which I appreciate. It has a slight medicinal scent that is not at all over powering. The smell disappears once absorbed into the skin.


The amber coloured serum is very lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I have zero residue and there's barely any wait time between product applications. I only apply to my face and one pump is enough.

I've included this serum in my morning skincare routine now for around 8 weeks. I have had no breakouts or any other adverse reactions. 

I've noticed that my skin has maintained a more radiant complexion, which is no easy feat over the colder months when my skin usually becomes dull. There's been a subtle lightening of my pigmentation, not a miraculous difference, but still impressive to me to have seen a change for the better, no matter how slight.

The Now Solutions Dark Spot Serum is a win for me!



Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #10

Just a quick update on my lipstick declutter. Let me show you how I did.

ColourPop Lippiestix in Bichette

I didn't dislike this shade, but I don't love it and have similar shades in my collection. I have decluttered it.

ColourPop Ultra Satin in Dopey

I love this nude pink shade, so yes it is staying in my stash.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Rebel With Cause

I found this a fussy lipstick to apply and smudged throughout wear, which wasn't a pretty look, lol. Decluttering!

BH Cosmetics Color Lock Lipstick in Rapture

I was torn with whether to keep this lipstick or not, so I figured if I was in 2 minds, it meant that this was not a must have lip product. Bye bye!

NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

The Liquid Suede isn't my favourite and I just don't feel the need to keep it in my stash, although a mini would be easier to finish!

ColourPop Ultra Matte in Times Square

Another formula that isn't my fave and also another colour I don't feel the need to keep, saying goodbye.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Reckless

I like the formula of the Makeup Revolution lipsticks, but I find the darker shades are high maintenance, so I'm going to declutter this one.

ColourPop Ultra Matte in  Strip

I'm not sure this is a "me" nude shade, so it won't be staying in my stash.

Well, I will call this a successful declutter. I am only keeping 1 of these lipsticks. I must say, I'm pretty happy with that!

My lipstick stash now contains 59 lip products.








Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Urban Decay Theodora Palette

I recently spent a couple of days playing with the Urban Decay Glinda palette, so it only seemed fitting for me to use the Theodora eye shadow palette next.



This palette has a darker earthier theme, compared to Glinda.



Apart from the third shade, the shadows swatched well. I like the green shades, but once again felt underwhelmed by this palette. The golden shade I used on the second eye look resulted in lots of fall out, which I'm not a fan of. And yes I did my eye look before my foundation. 




This palette is safe for now, just like the Glinda palette, I am keeping because of the packaging and if I'm honest, because I spent a lot buying both palettes.

                      

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Nail Polish Nail Declutter #11

Although it's been a hot minute since I last posted a nail polish declutter update, I have still been using them, I'm just a little behind in the posting schedule. Anyway here's the nail polishes worn for this update.

510

Normally I love a gold, and being holographic this is even more special. If it was more opaque, it would be a keeper. 

Shade 05

The Soft Touch is an interesting finish. I love the shade and satin texture, so I am keeping this polish.

Dazzling Pink

This shade is certainly dazzling and will be staying in my collection.

Soft Gold

I don't love this nail polish as a base colour, but it is a good stamping shade and that's way I'm keeping it.

Get Your Number

This liquid sand is such a gorgeous glittery blue. Unfortunately, it's a bit patchy with one coat, but doesn't dry properly with 2. Sad to get rid of this one.

Melted Copper

This coppery holo polish is such a gorgeous shade and it will be staying in my collection.

Brilliant Blue

This holo remends me of a starry night. I don't usually reach for blue, but I do like a deep colour like this one. Keeping.

Deja Vu

Love the candy pink, love the holo, so you probably guessed that this polish isn't going anywhere! 

I'm probably keeping too many nail polishes, but there's some I'm just not ready to part with just yet.

My nail polish collection now stands at 54.