Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #1

I am really enjoying trying on different lipsticks. It's nice to change things up and not get stuck in a rut that I can so often easily fall into.

YBF but can't find a name

Maybelline Color Sensational in Shocking Coral

Urban Decay Lip Color in Glinda

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren in Scarlet

Covergirl Outlast Lipstick in Shade 598

Makeup Revolution Matte Lipstick in Dare

W7 Butter Kiss Lipstick in Pretty in Pink

BYS Matte Lipstick in Disco Inferno

The lipsticks that I am going to remove from my collection are Maybelline Shocking Coral, Makeup Revolution Dare and W7 Pretty in Pink. It's not so much the formula of these lipsticks, but for the fact that I already have these shades in formulas that I like better.

Lipstick Tally- 10

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 12 February 2018

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activator

I was fortunate enough to be invited by beauty website, Beauty Heaven, to trial the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activator. I was excited because this is a product that because it is on the pricier side, I wouldn't buy for myself.

The serum has been formulated to tone and refine skin causing it to look younger in 7 days! Huge claim.

The serum comes in a beautiful tapered bottle that is black and fades to clear as it tapers down at the bottom, so that you can see the product.

The serum is dispensed through a dropper. But, this is Lancome, so it's no ordinary dropper. As the screw-top lid is opened the dropper is filled with the required amount for application to face and neck. It just feels and looks so luxe, complete with the well known Lancome flower imprint at the top of the dropper.

So now that I have raved and it's clear that I adore the packaging, you probably really want to know about the actual serum. It is quite liquid in consistency. Although the product is masked with a floral fragrance, the alcohol scent is still noticeable, not too strong, though.

The light consistency of the serum means that it absorbs really quicly into my combination/dry skin. Although the serum disappears quickly into the skin, I have found that it gives my face and neck a hit of hydration. 

I can't say I saw mind blowing results in 1 week, but after using consistently morning and night for 3 weeks I have noticed a smoother skin texture. My fine lines appear to be reduced, thanks to the slight plumping and increased elasticity of my skin.

The Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate is a luxe product that does deliver results. Although the price tag is on the higher end, only a small amount is needed and I have quite a lot of product left in the 30 ml bottle, so a little goes a long way!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Makeup Look Featuring ColourPop

It's probably no secret that I love ColourPop. I had been so tempted to buy throughout the year, but I only ordered twice last year, the biggest being towards the end of the year. I've been trying not to buy so much makeup, but there's times I just need to treat myself!

I took the opportunity to buy some products that I had not tried before.

The concealer is packaged in a tube with a wand. The applicator is unlike any I've tried before. It is more of a sponged paddle that's flexible. Applies the concealer just as well as a doe-foot.

The consistency is quite creamy, I would say slightly thicker than the Maybelline FitMe concealer. I love this product, it blends nicely and covers my dark circles well. I did set with powder as a preventative step, I always do this with any concealer I'm using so it doesn't crease.

I also bought the Precision Brow Pencil. One end there is a spoolie and the other is the wind up pencil. I'm glad I didn't wind it up too far, because it is not retractable.

I like that the pencil is quite small in diameter, making it more precise. I bought the shade Bangin Brunette which is the perfect cool toned brown for my brows. The pencil is not too soft or stiff, so applies easily and stays put.

The Super Shock Blushes have been on my radar for some time. I chose Prenup, which when I received it looked scarily darker in person than on the website.

Fortunately the blush is quite subtle when applied. It's a nice pinky mauve shade, which I find quite flattering with my skintone. Just like the Super Shock Shadows, the blush has the same mousse-y consistency. I applied easily with my regular synthetic tapered fluffy blush brush, just applying a little to add a flush of colour to my cheeks.

I did also purchase some palettes, but they will feature in their own posts in my eye shadow palette series.

Of course, I couldn't go past some Super Shock Shadows. I have a few already, so only added a pack of 3 to my cart. This is the Nuts and Berries trio. One did arrive a little damaged in the pan, but it's such a soft formula that the product is perfectly fine to use.

Cheap Date, Paradox and Amaze

I really didn't need any lip products, but this order was close to Christmas time, so I threw in the Kathleen Lights Aquarius Bundle, which is the same shade but in 3 different lip formulas Gloss, Satin and Matte. Goodness knows that adding a pink nude to my stash was not necessary, let alone 3, but they were on sale and I couldn't say no!

Ultra Glossy

Ultra Satin

Ultra Matte

...aaaaand here we have pics of me wearing all the mentioned products, with Aquarius Ultra Glossy on my lips.


I hope you are having a wonderful weekend xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Current Skincare Routine 2018

It's been a while since I showed you my current skincare routine. I have quite a few products waiting in the wings to be used, so I'm sure my routine will soon change. If I waited for my routine to stay the same, I would never get around to doing this post.

Let's get into the products that I am using.

I begin my routine in the morning with some Simple Toner on a cotton pad and massage across my face. I follow the toner with the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner to give my skin a nice hydrating drench. I then spot treat my more lined areas with the Beauty By Nicholas No No Needles serum. 

Before applying The Ordinary Buffet serum, (which I can't see leaving my routine for some time) I give my skin a spritz with rosewater. Next comes my eye cream, which I'm currently using the Dermalogica Total Eye Care. Once the eye cream absorbs, which is very quickly, I follow with a mix of the Jojoba Company Pigmentation Oil and Swisse Rosehip Facial Moisturiser.. My morning skincare routine is finished off with the Wotnot Sunscreen and Primer, I can't be without a sunscreen!

I know that I normally create separate posts for my AM and PM routines, but I decided against it this time around because apart from 3 products my night skincare routine is currently the same as my morning one.

If I've worn makeup, I begin my night routine with the Swisse Moringa Cleansing Oil then I follow with the Sukin Cream Cleanser. Using a cotton pad, I then apply The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution. Skipping the Simple toner, I then repeat the rest of my morning routine.

Are you happy with your skincare routine, or do you like to change things up?

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

I've been meaning to add glycolic acid (aha) into my skincare routine again. I had considered purchasing the much raved about Pixi Glow Tonic. Of course, I ended up going with a cheaper option, this one from The Ordinary. The Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution actually has a higher concentration of the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I believe is 5%.

Taken from Deciem- "Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydoxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits."

The glycolic toner comes in a decent sized bottle with 240 ml of product. The bottle is clear with the simple Ordinary label slapped on. I actually really like the simple packaging, certainly runs with the theme of this brand. Although the product comes with a screw cap, in the box a screw nozzle is included. I love this nozzle for dispensing the product.

There is a slight tint to the liquid

I only use this product in my pm skincare routine. After cleansing I pour some toner onto a cotton pad and wipe over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area. I experienced some tingling at the start, but by the 3rd night it just felt like an ordinary toner.

Within the first week and a half, I did get 3 pimples. They were small and not that noticeable, nothing to worry about. I just assume that the glycolic toner had caused the slightest of skin purging. Since that initial "reaction" I have noticed less texture on my skin and it just looks clearer, I've had a slight but noticeable evening of my skintone.

I like that by using this product, my skin is gently being exfoliated resulting in dead skincells being removed, which does not occur quite as well naturally as we get older.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is a win for me!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate Rose Gold Palette

Being obsessed with the Makeup Revolution Chocolate eye shadow palettes, I just had to have the Rose Gold edition. Aside from the gorgeous rose gold over chocolate packaging, the shadows also appealed to me. Especially because it looks very similar to the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, just not as many shades.

I just adore the melted chocolate look made extra special with the overly of the look of rose gold.

Now we've seen the beautiful packaging, it's time to see some swatches.

The shimmers are nice and pigmented, a couple are a little chumky, but I like the shades. The mattes are really nice, a little powdery, but blend well.

Look 1

Look 2

As you can see the with this eye look, the eye shadow is chunky. I love the shade, but unfortunately I look like I have some lid disease. It's the last shade on the 1st row.

Look 3 

Look 4

I have to admit that I doubt I will be reaching for this palette much. I like it, but I wasn't excited about the looks that I created. I will be keeping it, though...just look at that packaging. Maybe if I start really decluttering my eye shadow collection, but until then the MR Rose Gold palette will be on display in my makeup room along with the many others that I own.

Have a wonderful weekend xx

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Empties 2018

I've quickly realised that this year is going to fly by once again, I mean, where did January go? 

I finished a few things during the past month and I decluttered a handful of things, too.

Foot Doctor 30 Minute Peeling Mask- A sheet mask for feet that is formulated to exfoliate the feet. When I first used this foot mask I didn't think it was going to work. But one week later and the skin on my feet started peeling. I must admit that I enjoyed peeling off the dead skin, gross, I know!
Repurchase? I would consider buying this foot mask again as it works well and is cheaper than Baby Foot.

Skinfood Centella Asiatica Sheet Mask- This is a soothing sheet mask. It is of the regular cloth variety.
Repurchase? I wouldn't seek this mask out to buy again, it was nice, but it just didn't impress me enough.

Swisse Vitamin E Facial Moisturiser- A no fuss budget friendly moisturiser.
Repurchase? I did like using this moisturiser, but I'm enjoying the Swisse Rosehip one more. Stay tuned for a future review.

Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner- A toning mist infused with goodies such as minerals, B3 and Aloe Vera. It is soothing and refreshing.
Repurchase? I will definitely be buying a full size of this once I've finished my bottle of rosewater. I loved giving myself a mist of this before applying a serum.

Skin79 Water Wrapping Non-Chemical Sunblock- A physical sunscreen that does not leave a white cast and does not leave the skin greasy or even tacky, once absorbed it is dry to the touch.
Repurchase? You're probably sick of me telling you just how much I love this sunscreen. Unfortunately, it's not easy to find. I just hope I can find something that lives up to this one.

Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream- This is a rich moisturiser so perfect for night time use. It does absorb nicely and is very hydrating.
Repurchase? I have another one to use and am certainly not disappointed! 

Swisse Sweet Almond Cream Cleanser- I have been using a cream cleanser for quite a while now and decided to give the Swisse one a try, seeing as I have been loving their range.
Repurchase? This does everything needed for a cream cleanser, but I've gotta say, I like the Moreish cleanser more.

I am decluttering the lipsticks and nail polish after starting 2 decluttering series. I am also binning the DB BB cream because it is way too dark, the Milani blush has got to go, too because it looks a little too orange on me.

Thanks for reading xx