Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Day Cream

I was fortunate to be accepted to trial the Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Day Cream, thanks Beauty Heaven! The cream is formulated to help the skin produce hyaluronic acid and collagen. The formula also contains an SPF of 15+.

The cream comes in a small jar with 50 ml of product. The white moisturiser is quite rich and has a thick consistency. The scent is a floral and reminds me of soap.

The moisturiser feels lovely when massaging on the skin. What took me some getting used to however, was the smell of soap, I really don't like heavily fragranced skincare products. I'm glad that I had a few weeks to review, because I now have gotten used to the smell and it no longer makes me want to recoil.

My skin has been loving the drenching of moisture that this product provides. I am not left with any residue, just skin that glows. I only need a small amount of cream for my face and neck, so this jar will last me quite some time.

Although this cream has SPF, the factor being 15+ is not enough protection for me. I apply a sunscreen over the top without a problem. 

I haven't experienced any adverse reactions since using this product. Some rich creams break me out, but not so far and I have been using this one for weeks.

I have noticed a slight reduction in my fine lines but that's as far as noticeable changes to my skin goes, However, my skin does feel so soft. The hit of moisturisation I am getting from the Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Day Cream has impressed me enough that I would not hesitate in using again in the future, and am happy to continue, soap scent and all!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Let's Chat

Being R U OK? day I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to chat to you about my personal experience with mental health issues. I suffer from chronic anxiety and struggle with panic attacks that when severe lead to agoraphobia. I am able to leave the house, but don't want to be too far from home and not for long. This is where I am at currently, even at home my "safe place", I have been getting at least one panic attack a day lately. At least...

The panic attacks started to become a regular occurrence in my life when I was around 30, over 10 years ago. What triggered them? The only thing I can recall from that point in my life was that I had a week of migraines (I get headaches, but never migraines). Was it hormones that tipped me over the edge? I really don't know. My genetics aren't in my favour with mental illness on both sides of my family. Without going into too much detail, my upbringing was abusive (physically). From what I understand these combinations make for the perfect recipe to develop anxiety/depression. Lucky me, right?

I remember when I first got panic attacks I really thought I was going insane, until I read "Insane people don't think they're insane." Made sense to me! After googling symptoms, I came to the conclusion that I was having panic attacks. Of course, I also went to a doctor, I also got counselling and tried medication. Counselling was good for speaking about what I was going through, but I really think seeing a therapist who specialises in anxiety would be a better option. Medication was not for me and I am a bit jealous of those that medication does help!

After years of fighting and trying to avoid a panic attack, which is only a natural response, I didn't realise that I was just making myself worse. I seem to be in a never ending cycle of panic attack and worrying about a panic attack. Well, don't think about it, you might say, but what if I told you not to think about a rabbit, see what I mean? Now compound that with something you are petrified of. I have periods of time where I just want to escape my body. Can you imagine not being able to trust yourself, not being able to quieten your mind of negative thoughts that just feed your fear. I remember a friend saying to me "Well, just relax". That's like saying to an asthmatic "There's plenty of air, just breathe". My friend had a panic attack during giving birth, she then understood and said she would never want to have another one. A panic attack that is, lol.

Only recently I discovered the book Panic Attacks Work Book by David Carbonell and I so wish I had found this book years ago. He explains that you need to do the opposite of what your instincts are telling you to do. Not try and stop it, but accept it and ride the wave of panic. He also explains ways of making the process manageable like deep breathing. Easier said than done, believe me, but it's a process. If I can grasp this theory, I'm sure my life will be much better, I would be able to live again. Ten years of thinking a certain way is going to take time to reverse, but the work will be worth it.

What I will say is apart from exercise and deep breathing, I've just started knitting and already I am finding the distraction of using my hands to be so helpful. Just today I went for a ride on my bike, sat by the river and was able to knit for 30 minutes. Huge for me! Last Friday I tried the same thing, had a panic attack and could only bear 10 minutes and the panic only started to recede when I left for home. Today I felt anxious, but sat through it, then after a few minutes, it all disappeared. I was overcome with emotion and cried tears of joy.

Please know if you suffer from anxiety it's not your fault, you are not weak, For a long time, I didn't think that I deserved to get better because I was too weak and scared, I've felt guilty because I haven't been there for my family like I feel I should have. These feelings are not productive and frankly not true.

If I've made someone less lonely, I am happy because I know how alone I can often feel. 

R U OK? Please don't suffer in silence. I have been talking more openly with people I'm close to and it really does help. No one is judging me, like I thought could be the case. Besides, as Dr Suess says "Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Monday, 10 September 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #9

Sorry I have been a bit slack with the declutter updates. Actually, I have been quite sporadic with my posting full stop. I've been going through some mental health issues. Without going too much into my mess that is life sometimes, I have anxiety and sometimes the panic attacks are frequent and I become agoraphobic and really only leave the house when I have to. I've been like this now for months, when generally a phase like this lasts 2-3 weeks. I'm home a lot, so I should be posting more, right? Time wise, yes, but I become very unmotivated and quite frankly I struggle trying to get my brain to work and string sentences together. I'm considering posting about my mental health, I know this is a beauty blog, but knowing how lonely it can feel having a mental illness, I am willing to open myself up to bring awareness and if it makes someone feel less alone, that is a bonus.

Oh dear, that turned into a ramble. You're here for a lipstick declutter update, and here it is....

ColourPop Ultra Satin in Molly

Love the Ultra Satin formula and I love this mauve-y shade, so this one is staying.

Freedom Makeup Pro Melt in Wanted

Although I think this is a fun purple, I know I'm not going to reach for it, plus I'm not keen on it in a gloss formula. Bye bye!

ColourPop Ultra Metallic in Hot Shot

I'm not sure why I bought so many lipsticks from the metallic range, they're gorgeous when applied, but some don't wear well. They last ok, but become flaky. I don't need this shade.

Rimmel Provocalips in Burning Lava

I love the tone of this red lipstick and the long wear formula is a good one. I will be keeping this lipstick.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Heart On

I adore this fun purple shade, it's not going anywhere!

ColourPop Ultra Metallic in DM

This is another Ultra Metallic that I am getting rid of, the colour doesn't excite me enough to keep it.

ColourPop Ultra Satin in Femme

This is a nice cool toned mauvey greige, I just don't see myself reaching for it, so this lipstick is going.

ColourPop Ultra Satin in Calypso

I am definitely keeping this lipstick, it's such an easy to wear shade.

I kept 4, so now my lipstick tally is now at 58

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

PM Skincare Routine

Last week I showed you my updated morning skincare routine, of course I wasn't going to stop at that. Today I will be showing you the products I am currently using at night, in order of use.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm- I use this product if I am wearing makeup. It does such a fantastic job!

Moreish Cream Cleanser- If I'm not wearing makeup, I begin with this cleanser, but if I have, this is the 2nd cleanse.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution- I've found this product to be a fantastic chemical exfoliator that is gentle enough to use every night.

Beauty By Nicholas Omega Hydroxy Serum- This serum would have to be my favourite of the products I have used so far from Beauty By Nicholas. It is a light weight serum that has really helped to smooth my skin texture.

The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm- I am not in love with this eye cream, but it's hydrating enough for me to continue using the rest.

Swisse Hibicus Anti-Aging Night Cream- I finish my night routine with this cream, it's a rich moisturiser and is a great way to seal in moisture for the final step before bed.

And that's my updated skincare routine!

Monday, 3 September 2018

August Empties

As I say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring, I will show you the empties I have from the month of August.

Some empties, some decluttered products, I'll show you the products.

MediHeal NMF Ampoule Mask- I thought I had used more than 2 of these sheet masks, oh well.
Repurchase? No, I wouldn't buy these again because I can't apply anything after, but I will continue using them until they have finished.

Pyunkank Yul Essence Toner-This product is a hydrating essence that I found easy to incorporate into my skincare routine.
Repurchase? I would definitely buy this product again. It helped keep my skin soft and plump and seemed to last forever, which is always a good thing when you enjoy a product.

Skin and Lab Fre C Sun Lotion- This K-beauty sunscreen is SPF 50+, which I like.
Repurchase? Although this sunscreen was fine under makeup, I found alone it was a little too greasy for my liking, so I won't be buying again.

Moreish Cream Cleanser- You probably already know that I love this cleanser.
Repurchase? I would in a heartbeat, but it has been discontinued. Thankfully, I still have a few back-ups.

Derma-E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer- This is a very light weight moisturiser. It seemed to prevent my normal Winter dullness.
Repurchase? Although I didn't find it quite moisturising enough during the cold weather, I would consider buying this product again in the warmer months when I don't need a rich cream.

Trilogy No. 15 Beauty Oil- With 15 oils in the formulation, I was so excited to try this facial oil. It was quite a nice oil, but I didn't find it any better than a regular rosehip oil, to be honest.
Repurchase? Thankfully I don't feel the need to buy this oil again because it is limited edition.

DB Cosmetics Foundation Buffing Brush- A decent foundation brush for the budget friendly price. It's dense, yet soft. 
Repurchase? I am not in need of a foundation brush at this stage, but I would buy this brush again, not sure if it's available as a single purchase because I bought this as part of a pack.

And these are the products that I am decluttering. There's even 3 eye shadow palettes that I am parting with! 

Thanks for reading! xx

Thursday, 30 August 2018

AM Skincare Routine

I have been meaning to blog an updated skincare routine for quite some time now. But it seems that every time I go to take photos, I realise that I am about to replace an almost finished product with something new. I often try new skincare, so it was now or never, no matter how much product I had remaining. Here's my morning routine

Moreish Cream Cleanser- I adore this cleanser, it is one product that I have repurchased and have backups of.

Simple Toner- As the name suggests, this is a no frills product that just tones my skin. That's all I'm asking of this product and that's why it is yet another regular addition to my skincare routine.

CosRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence- This essence is new to me. I haven't been using it long enough to have yet formed an opinion, but I am enjoying it so far.

Now Dark Spot Serum- I like to include a serum in my routine, and this one is also a fairly new addition. I have noticed a brighter complexion. I will be sure to review this serum in the near future.

The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm- I am using this eye cream everyday in an attempt to finish it. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad product, but it hasn't done anything other than offer some hydration to my under eye area. I'm looking forward to trying something new.

Nivea Hyaluron Cellular Filler- I am currently trialing this day cream. It is so rich and hydrating, my skin is loving it! I didn't realise my skin had become so dehydrated. I will update my thoughts in a review after I've spent more time using.

Skin 79 Non-Chemical Sun Block- And I top off my morning skincare routine with my favourite sunscreen...ever! 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Revolution I Heart Violet Chocolate Palette

If you've read my blog, I'm sure you're not surprised that I have added another Revolution Chocolate palette to my collection. I have many of these palettes, but I do believe that the releases are getting out of hand. Don't get me wrong, I get excited about new releases, but Revolution is churning out products so quickly, I find it hard to keep up. I now haven't been buying every single chocolate palette and have given up on the notion of needing each one in my collection. But, I am human, I can still be tempted, lol. Hence, the purchase of the Violet Chocolate palette.

Such cute packaging! 

As the name suggests, the palette features purples, there's also neutral tones and pinks. I'll show you some swatches.

The mattes on the top row didn't swatch the best, but they do make good transition shades. I found that the next 2 rows are quite pigmented. I like that I can easily create a complete eye look with this palette, anywhere from a bold colourful look to a more subtle one.

Here's the eye looks I created.


Did I need this palette? Absolutely not, but it's a fun edition to my collection and I do adore that purple and chocolate packaging!