Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Lipstick Declutter Update #14

I'm glad that I am still enjoying trying each lipstick from my collection to test and see what I want to keep and what I want to declutter.

I am not sure what the shade name of this lipstick is, but it is many years old. so I've decided to declutter it.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in I Heart This

I adore this formula and the colour, so it will be staying in my stash.

BH Cosmetics Color Lock in Adore Me

As much as I like this lipstick it is very old and has to go.

MAC Mind Control

I can't believe I am decluttering a MAC lipstick, but I just know that I won't wear a glossy red lipstick.

Lime Crime Dream Girl

I love Lime Crime liquid lipsticks and I am going to definitely keep this shade.

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil

I really like this red, but I just found it a bit messy to wear, so will be saying goodbye.

NYX Liquid Suede in Respect The Pink

Well, I'm afraid that I will not be respecting this pink, because I am getting rid of it. The shade is just not a colour I will reach for.

Give Me Glow Liquid Lipstick in Girl Power

I love the formula of this liquid lipstick and although the colour is not unique to my collection, I am going to hold onto it for now.

I'm only keeping 3 of the 8 lipsticks in this update, so there are now 71 lipsticks in my collection.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Evening Skincare Routine

Recently I posted my morning skincare routine, if you haven't read it, you can find it here. So, it's only fitting that I show you what products I am currently using at night. 

There are a couple of products that I use from my morning routine, but most are different.

Simple Cleansing Oil- This is my first cleanse if I'm wearing makeup, this budget friendly oil cleanser is a staple for me because it does such a great job at dissolving makeup.

Moreish Cream Cleanser- My go-to second cleanser, or first if I haven't worn makeup. Gentle and hydrating, yet cleanses my skin.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA- I am currently using the Lactic Acid to try a different acid after finishing my Glycolic Toner. I am really enjoying it, the serum is helping to smooth my skin as it gently exfoliates. I haven't had any adverse reactions using this active.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane- I decided to give the retinoid a try before using a stronger retinol version. I've had no reactions to the retinoid, so am looking forward to trying something a little stronger. I am not sure that the retinoid is doing much for the appearance of my skin, but I am finding that my skin likes the hydration of squalane oil. 

John Plunkett Collagen Eye Lift- I use this eye cream in the morning also. As I stated in that post, this is not a favourite, but I'm happy to finish it.

Ciencia8 LipCorrect8- Also a product that is part of my morning skincare routine. I apply this serum around my lips and I am seeing a slight reduction in those barcode lines on my upper lip.

Rosewater- Before I apply facial oil and moisturiser, I like to give my skin a spritz of rosewater. It not only adds hydration, but I enjoy the smell, too. I've decanted into this spray bottle from a large 1 L bottle.

Meadowfoam Seed and Carrot Seed Oil- Also not in an original bottle is this mix of meadowfoam and carrot seed oil. I like to mix into a night cream to finish my routine with a hit of intense hydration.

Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream- This is a rich moisturiser that does a good job of locking in hydration and mixed with an facial oil finishes my evening skincare routine nicely. I just wish it wasn't packaged in a jar.

Friday, 8 March 2019

February Empties

I really thought I would have finished more products in February, but I have some skincare items that seem never ending, sigh.

A couple of faves in my empties post this month. 

Sukin Natural Deodorant- This is the first natural deodorant that I have used. I found that it gave me decent protection and I liked the neutral, fresh scent.
Repurchase? I am using a different one at the moment, but would consider buying this Sukin one again when I am in need.

Mad For Keratin Hair Treatment- My daughter passed this treatment on to me because she doesn't use a hair mask. I only wash my hair once a week, so used this hair mask in place of a conditioner.
Repurchase? No, I wouldn't. I didn't dislike it, but for me it was no different to using a regular conditioner.

Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream- This is a jar of rich moisturiser, which is the kind of night cream that I look for. It is budget friendly and does a decent job of hydrating my skin.
Repurchase? I am conflicted when it comes to Swisse skincare because I want to love it, but there's only a couple of items that I really like. If on sale, I would buy again, but I wasn't impressed enough to need this cream in my life.

Dove Silky Nourishing Body Cream- This body moisturiser is very hydrating, yet not too heavy on the skin. I use it at night after my shower and I love the light, fresh scent.
Repurchase? Yes, for sure! 

Skin79 Water Wrapping Sunscreen- This sunscreen is my favourite physical sunscreen. It is not heavy or greasy at all.
Repurchase? I have 2 others. I would continue buying, but I had an intolerance test done recently and results show that I have high levels of zinc, which of course is a main ingredient in sunscreen. So, I'm not quite sure what will be my next sunscreen.

Along with the nail polishes and the lipstick I am decluttering is the Veil Concealer that I was given to by a friend. It was way too light for me, plus applied patchy, so I wouldn't seek out a colour that suited me.

And that's my empties for another month!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Breeze Balm

When the team at Breeze Balm generously offered me to try their product, I was quick to say yes. I mean, who doesn't love lip balm? In fact, my dry lips need it. 

The founder of Breeze Balm, Sammy Leo, not only wanted to sell a lip balm that had been a formulation created by her pharmacist Grandfather in the 1950s, much loved by locals and families and friends of the Leo family. She also wanted to create a brand that made customers smile, the main attribute of beauty just being yourself. More info can be found here.

The balm comes in a squeeze tube with 15g of product. It has a lipstick shaped applicator that you can press to the lips as the tube is squeezed to dispense product on directly.

The balm is has a creamy consistency, like a whipped balm.

There are 7 flavour choices available and I settled on Candy Kiss, I couldn't resist the thought of having the taste of candy on my lips!  It tastes and smells as good as it sounds!

When I first applied the balm, it smoothed nicely on my lips and felt light, not sticky or tacky at all. I was concerned that the formula was too light to provide enough moisture for my chapped lips. There was no reason for concern, however because the balm drenches my lips, providing adequate moisture whilst soothing.

Not only was the hydration a very welcome result, but the effect surprisingly lasted for hours, even after the lip balm had disappeared. Normally once a lip balm wears off, I have to quickly reach for another application, repeating several times a day. Not even half the amount of reapplications with Breeze Balm. This has quickly become my favourite lip balm, a definite win for me! 

*Not a sponsored post. Product was sent for my consideration.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Nail Polish Declutter Update #14

I'm back with another nail polish declutter update.

I'm not sure what the shade name of this polish is, but I really like the colour, so I will be keeping this one.

Alabaster Verve

I love this pink and it is so glossy, without even using a top coat. Keeping!


This is a striking firey orange, but I have another polish that is similar, so I will be decluttering this one.

Da Bush

This little Essie polish would be a great size to try and pan, but I just don't like the colour on me, so saying goodbye.


This purple is stunning, I won't be parting with it.


I probably don't need another pink, but I just can't declutter this bright, fun pink shade.

I wasn't expecting to love this polish as much as I do. Definitely love at first when I applied the first stroke. Keeping for sure!

Peace On Earth

This golden olive with be staying in my collection.

I'm keeping 6 polishes, oops! My nail polish collection now stands at 76

Morning Skincare Routine 2019 #1

New year, new skincare routine. To be fair, apart from a few staples, my skincare routine often changes as I want to try new products. Always searching for those holy grail products!

I have 9 steps in my morning skincare routine, but it's fairly easy to maintain.

Simple Micellar Facial Gel Wash- Yes, you read that right, I have switched from a creamy cleanser to a gel one, in the morning anyway. Because I am using actives in the PM, I felt that a gel cleanser would work better to rid skin of impurities.

Simple Facial Toner- This toner is a staple in my routine, an easy step to make sure my skin in completely clean.

CosRx Whitening Essence- Not sure that I am seeing any whitening with this essence, but it does help my serums absorb quicker.

Insta Natural Pro-Radiant Skin Brightening Serum- I like to have a vitamin C serum in my routine, this one hasn't amazed me, but it's a nice product. Hydrating and absorbs very well. I am yet to see any changes with my pigmentation.

The Ordinary Buffet- So happy to have this back in rotation. It's an anti-aging serum that I love to use as it seems to leave my skin so soft and smooth.

John Plunkett Collagen Eye Lift- This eye cream certainly doesn't give me an eye lift (I wish!), but is a nice hydrating product for the eyes. Not one I would repurchase, but I'm happy to finish it.

Ciencia8 Lip Correct8- I was gifted this as part of a pack from Ciencia8. As the name suggests, it's a serum for the lips. I just use the rollerball applicator to apply the serum around the edge of my lips. The barcode lines on my top lip seems to be reduced. Not a miraculous result, but noticeable.

Sukin Facial Moisturiser- This cream does its job to lock in moisture. It's not amazing, but I'm happy for my serums to get the results and my moisturiser to well, moisturise. This product is quite light, so has been good for Summer.

Skin79 Water-Wrapping Sunscreen- We all know that a good morning skincare routine needs to finish with a sunscreen. This is hands down my favourite physical sunscreen. 

Stay tuned for my night skincare routine xx

Monday, 18 February 2019

Makeup Mess 2019 #1

I decided to create a series where I show what makeup I'm wearing when I'm not reviewing a particular product. Face of the day type posts. This gives me a chance to talk about products that I reach for regularly.

I did not realise just how many products I use for a full face of makeup, well, full face for me. So, just to warn you, this is going to be a long post. Anyway the makeup I used is as follows, in order of use 

Maybelline Master Precise Concealer in Light- I began my makeup look by applying this concealer to my lids. I also used this under my eyes. It's a concealer that I really like as it provides coverage and is easy to blend.

Australis Ready Set Go Loose Setting Powder- I use this translucent powder to set the concealer on my lids as well as the concealer under my eyes when I come to that step after applying foundation.

ELF Mad About Matte Eye Shadow Palette- This neutral matte palette is my go-to when it comes to crease work on my eyes.

Stila Shimmer and Glow in Twig- I have been wanting to try these Stila cream shadows since they were released. Easy to apply and I like that with this brown shade, I could blend it out with my crease shade. This product lasts all day on my lids without creasing.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Liner in Nude- This is a creamy liner that I like to put in my lower waterline to brighten my eyes. I have had it in my stash for quite a while now and love it. 

ColorPop Gel Liner in Swerve- I love this eyeliner. Opaque, creamy and stays put.

Essence Lash Princess Mascara- A couple of coats gives me length and volume. I have been wanting to try this cult favourite and apart from the occasional smudging by the end of the day, this mascara lives up to the hype.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Light- This creamy pot colour corrector has a peach hue that is perfect for reducing the look of my dark undereye circles.

Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combo skin- For my perfect Summer shade I mix medium and light. This BB cream has been a fave of mine for years now.

MAC Strobe Cream in Pink Lite- I have a sample size of this cream and I sometimes like to mix a small amount with my base. I prefer the finish of this illuminiser mixed with foundation, rather than applying as a primer. It can also be used as a cream highlighter, but I much prefer powder, so have not used it as such.

LA Colors Mineral Pressed Powder in Natural Beige- This is my summer pressed powder shade that I use to set my makeup. I just press a light dusting of powder onto my skin, then go over my face with my brush to make sure the powder is well blended, removing any excess as I go. I really like this powder, it gives a really smooth finish to my makeup without looking flat.

Nads Universal Brow Pencil- This pencil came in a brow waxing pack. I wasn't expecting much, but I love this pencil. It's great for filling in my brows and is a great shade. I wish it was available to buy on its own.

Revolution Makeup Chocolate Heart Bronzer- I received this bronzer in a I Heart Makeup Christmas pack. At first I had my reservations about using this product because of the marbled gold shimmer, but once applied, the shimmer isn't noticeable, just gives a satin finish. This bronzer is a neutral brown and suits my skin tone.

W7 Glowcomotion Highlighter- This was a product that I added to my online order to get the minimum spend for free shipping. I am so glad that I did because it is amazing. The champagne coloured highlighter gives me the perfect glow. It can be built up for a more intense highlight, but that's not for me, so apply with a light hand. 

Revolution Makeup Blushing Hearts Blush in Candy Queen of Hearts- This baked tri-coloured blush gives a lovely pink hue when applied to the cheeks. The shimmer gives a glow to the skin.

MAC Fix+ I love using this multipurpose spray to finish my makeup routine, it works well to meld my makeup, so there's no cakey powder look and a more airbrushed finish.

NYX Liquid Suede in Pink Lust- This shade is very uh...pink. Not something I would normally reach for, but it's a fun shade. The formula of the Liquid Suedes is ok, lasts well, isn't uncomfortable, but can give a puckered look to the lips.

So, this is how the look turned out

Have you tried any of these products?