Monday, 4 December 2017

November Empties

It truly does not feel like a month has past since my last empties post. My calendar tells me it's December so that means it's time for me to show you my rubbish, not just any rubbish, the good stuff,  the beauty empties!

To find out what I would repurchase, keep on reading! :)

The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser- This is a cream cleanser with jojoba beads that gently exfoliate the skin.
Repurchase? I wouldn't replace this cleanser, only because I prefer to use a more abrasive exfoliator that I use once a week. 

The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream- A hydrating, yet light moisturiser perfect for day use.
Repurchase? It's a decent moisturiser, but I have others that work just as well and are more affordable.

The Jojoba Company Overnight Renewal Cream- A rich night cream that is very hydrating and soothing on the skin.
Repurchase? I would consider buying this night moisturiser again, but I do have others that I am currently working on.

I reviewed the Travel Essentials Pack here.

Skin Republic Gold Hydrogel Mask- This is a rubbery mask infused with an anti-ageing serum formulated to hydrate and reduce the look of fine lines.
Repurchase? I would consider buying again in the future. I was very happy with how hydrated my skin was after using and I was especially impressed with the plumping of the fine lines under my eyes.

Simple Cleansing Oil- Using a cleansing oil is a great way to begin your night time skin routine when wearing makeup. This one is effective and affordable.
Repurchase? No doubt I will, but no need right now because I have 5 waiting to be used. Yep, that's how much I love it!

It's Skin Power 10 VB Effector- This is a vitamin B serum best suited to acne prone skin. I used this serum to see if it would help with pigmentation. It seemed to reduce congestion, but not so much pigmentation.
Repurchase? No, there are so many serums I want to try and I wasn't impressed with this one enough to replace.

Swisse Kakadu Plum- I really enjoyed using this serum. It contains ingredients that have properties that encourage a more radiant skin.
Repurchase? Although I loved using this serum, it has unfortunately been discontinued.

Skin Republic Bubble Purifying Mask- This is a fun sheet mask that bubbles while on the face. I love the way it feels on my skin as it bubbles away.
Repurchase? For sure! It wasn't just a fun mask, but I was so impressed with how radiant my skin looked after using. I need more of these sheet masks in my life!

Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation- This foundation is a long lasting medium to full coverage foundation that gives a matte finish.
Repurchase? I liked the finish, but I wouldn't repurchase because I could feel the foundation on my skin. It's not heavy or cakey, but noticeable, if that makes sense. I have tried other matte foundations that feel more lightweight.

YBF Universal Brow Pencil- This is a fuss-free wind-up brow pencil that darkens upon pressure meaning you can control the exact colour that you want for your brows. It has a fine point, which I really like.
Repurchase? I really love this brow pencil and have been using this brand exclusively for the past year. I will most likely buy again, but am ready to try something new, just for something different. I do have 3 more of these brow pencils, though, which I'm not upset about.

LA Colors Mineral Pressed Powder- I really liked this creamy, easy to blend pressed powder. I must say I was surprised at just how quick I finished it, thankfully it's a very affordable brand.
Repurchase? As much as I liked this powder, I am currently loving the Australis Fresh and Flawless powder more.

I am decluttering these nail polishes and the LA Girl Glide Eyeliner. Unfortunately the eyeliner has dried up, such a gorgeous champagne shade.

How did you go? Did you finish many beauty products in November?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Nail Polish Declutter Update #1

Taking on this project or challenge of trying on every nail polish I own has been keeping me motivated to apply nail polish 2-3 times a week, as opposed to weekly, if that sometimes.

Here's the nail polishes I tried on in the past few weeks.

Antique Bronze.

Wokka Wokka

Save The Date

(label missing)

Essence "The Dawn is Broken"

Lite (please excuse the texture on my middle nail, I didn't realise I had left over base coat!)


In the mix of reds, yellows and orange it probably seems odd that there is a grey thrown in there, but I'd used the nail polish for a Halloween nail look as the base coat, so figured I would include it in this months declutter post.

Out of the polishes I tried this month, I am removing Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in Antiqued Bronze from my collection. It took so long to dry and although I could use quick dry drops, I don't love the colour enough to keep it. Also going is the Essie nail polish. I thought it was a unique colour because in the bottle you can see gold shimmer, but it just doesn't translate on the nails.

Nail Polish Tally- 9

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Project Pan Makeup Look

As the countdown to the end of the year begins, I have been reluctant to try anything new. Opting instead to concentrate on the products in my projects. This also means that I have not really had a reason or even the desire to post any makeup looks. I thought I would remedy that with a makeup look using project pan makeup.

Project Pan items

Swisse BB Cream with SPF 30 in Light Beige- I have been enjoying this sunscreen more since I've stopped wearing the horrible Neutrogena sunscreen underneath it. Now it's not so greasy but more on the dewy side.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze- I love this cream eye shadow. Today I used it as an eye shadow base.

Milani Blush in Luminoso- This blush is such a gorgeous peach shade with a sheen rather than shimmer. I like that although it looks very pigmented, it is easy to work with and blend.

Smashbox Lipliner- This is a nude shade that I find works well with almost any neutral lipstick. It's a really nice lip liner that is a perfect consistency and lasts throughout the day. I used the pencil to fill in my lips.

NYX Lip Gloss- A pinky nude lip gloss. Nice, but I'm over wearing gloss every day!

Of course, I used my 88 Warm Palette. I went with the last shade (on right) in the 3rd row which is a bronzey shade on my lid. I also used a light shade as highlighter (3rd last on top row).

Other products I used
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
ELF Mad About Matte Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara
YBF Universal Brow Pencil

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Swisse Vitamin E Facial Moisturiser

Excuse me while I continue to bombard you with Swisse skincare. They've quickly became one of my favourite affordable brands. Today I will be reviewing Swisse Vitamin E Facial Moisturiser.

Taken from Swisse- "Swisse Vitamin E Facial Moisturiser is a natural, gentle moisturiser. Luxuriously formulated to nourish and nurture sensitive skin. Enriched with natural vitamin E, organic Macadamia oil and olive squalene to help protect and nourish, plantolin to calm redness and irritation and chamomile and oat extracts to soothe the skin. Your skin will feel hydrated and smooth."

The moisturiser is packaged in a 125 ml plastic squeeze tube with flip-top lid. The product is a cream consistency and has a very light natural fragrance.

I only need a small amount of the moisturiser for my face and neck. The rich cream formula quickly melts into my skin absorbing fast. Within minutes my skin is dry to the touch, perfect for busy mornings when I don't have time to wait for a product to absorb.

For me, this is a fantastic product for warmer months. My combination, yet dehydrated skin isn't as parched in Summer, I'm not sure it would be quite hydrating enough for the cooler months when my skin craves more moisture.

I am loving this no frills, no fuss moisturiser that is perfect for slapping over any serums that I have applied underneath. The Swisse Vitamin E Facial Mosituriser is a win for me!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Confessions of a Panner

If you are a regular reader, you would be aware of my focus on finishing makeup products this year. My 2 panning projects being "Pan that Palette" where I have been trying to finish an 88 eye shadow palette, and a rolling 5 pan, which entails adding new products as I finish any of the 5 products in the project.

As the end of the year is fast approaching, I thought I would write a fun little post on some "confessions" I must make as an active panner trying hard to finish those products.

*I apply a full face of makeup even when I have no plans to go anywhere. To be fair, even before panning, I would get shopping out of the way after dropping the kids off at school, then come home and apply makeup, just for the enjoyment of it and having a play. By waiting until I have no where to go, I can use bright colours I would not feel comfortable to wear out in my little country town.

*I make sure to include that pop of inner eye highlight, brow bone highlight along with the cheekbones, to get as much use out of a highlighter or eye shadow as I possibly can.

*When it comes to lip products, I don't just line my lips, but fill them in too with the liner. I need to make that lipstick last for hours even though I plan to reapply it during the day. Speaking of which, sometimes lipstick and gloss needs to be reapplied even though I plan to remove my makeup in the next 30 minutes.

*Panning such a huge palette I learnt that I could use the eye shadows as highlighter and blush which helped me get through shades "quicker". My makeup routine now also includes setting that black eyeliner with the black eye shadow that just never wants to quit. I know some "beauty gurus" like to set their eyeliner, but I've never needed to in the past.

*When applying eye shadow, I really load that brush up then load some more, which leads me to tapping off the excess. No one wants fallout, right? Of course, I need that extra few pats of eye shadow on the lid to really make the colour "pop", which means loading that brush up again and yep, tapping off the excess. So now I have as much eye shadow to wipe off my palette as what I have on my lids.

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Swisse Sweet Almond Cream Cleanser

I am quickly filling up my skincare stockpile with Swisse Skincare. So far I have enjoyed the products that I have tried and figured it was about time I tried one of their cleansers. Now that I prefer a cream cleanser on my older skin, I bought the Swisse Sweet Almond Cream Cleanser.

Taken from Swisse- "Swisse Sweet Almond Cream Cleanser is a natural, botanical enriched cleanser. Luxuriously formulated to remove makeup and impurities while leaving the skin nourished for a bright complexion. Enriched with sweet almond oil and plant extracts to deeply cleanse and nourish the skin, and with witch hazel and rice water to minimise the appearance of pores and achieve a balanced complexion, without losing moisture."

The cleanser comes in a 125 ml plastic squeeze tube with flip-top lid. It is of a thick creamy consistency. The scent is very subtle smelling sweet, yet natural.

I have to be careful when applying the creamy cleanser to not apply too much, as I've found a little goes a long way. This is why I prefer a pump-top because I am less likely to over do it.

I just love the feel of a creamy cleanser on my skin. This one feels gentle whilst removing any last remaining traces of makeup after oil cleansing at night. (I  haven't been using a cleanser in the morning lately).

As with most cream cleansers I have used, my skin is left feeling soft and smooth. The difference with this product though, is that my skin also feels tight. Maybe that's the wrong word to use, because it doesn't feel stripped and dry. More hydrated, yet firm.

Swisse Sweet Almond Cream Cleanser is a definite win for me!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Project Pan 2017 Update #5

So the rolling 5 pan continues. The following photo shows where my project was in September.

Now I'll show you the progress since then.

I was surprised at how quickly I got through the LA Colors Mineral Pressed Powder. I really enjoyed the satin finish of this powder. Although it was satisfying watching the pan get bigger and bigger, I am actually a little sad that I have finished it.

So this little guy is still going (insert eye roll) I have been using the Smashbox lip liner as a lipstick almost every single day and I am over it, but I am determined to finish it. Surely by the end of the year I can be done with it!

 I love the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze, it's such an easy shade to wear on its own and works well using it as an eye shadow base. I've made some progress, but am not disappointed that I still have plenty left.

Along with the Smashbox lip liner, I have been using this NYX lip gloss almost daily. I am happy to see that I'm close to finishing it. Very happy!

Now if it looks like I have barely touched the Milani Luminoso blush, it's because I have. Barely touched it, that is. I have used it a handful of times in the last 2 months because I have been concentrating on a couple of eye shadows from my 88 Warm palette.

I am going to replace the LA Colors powder with this Swisse BB Cream. I loved this bb cream in Winter, as it gives me a dewy finish, but I've noticed now that the weather is getting warmer, my face seems to get a bit too shiny.

Since the last update I only finished 1 product, so that brings my tally to 8 products so far. 

Obviously we don't have another 2 months left in the year, so I will endeavour to update you at the end of next month when hopefully the 2 lip products are no more!

Thanks for reading xx