Monday, 15 January 2018

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil

Being someone that has a lot of pigmentation thanks to self-induced sun exposure when I was younger (Oh, what I would tell my younger self!) The Jojoba Company Pigmentation Oil was quickly placed in my basket when I was shopping a skincare sale in Priceline.

Taken from The Jojoba Company- "Our all natural formula gently targets uneven skin tone, pigmentation and age spots. Skin is noticeably more even, with tests showing a 25% reduction of age spots in 6 weeks. Deeply moisturising it contains no harsh chemicals.."

The oil is packaged in a striking metallic orange bottle, it is gorgeous to look at. It comes complete with a dropper dispenser which is popular with facial oil.

The oil is a golden colour and has a typical oily consistency. It has a pleasant, natural scent.

I use the pigmentation oil morning and night. As expected it does take time to absorb. I actually only use 4 drops for face and neck in the morning, but because I have more time to wait between product applications, I use 8 drops at night.

I considered using the oil as the last step in my beauty routine, but it's not so heavy that I can't apply a moisturiser after, which I do.

I have been using the oil now for around 6 weeks. Has there been an improvement in my pigmentation? Possibly, but not dramatically. Although reducing pigmentation is an aim of mine, I really do love how hydrating this oil is without seeming to sit on top of my skin like some facial oils can do.

Do I need this oil? Not really, but I am enjoying it. I feel like I'm quenching my drier skin, I also appreciate the natural ingredients. And that bottle is so damn gorgeous! :)

Friday, 12 January 2018

Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics Lipstick in De Havilland

It's no surprise that I love indie products, but I get even more excited when it's an Australian owned indie brand. Enter Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics. I had not even been aware of this brand until I was so fortunate that a lovely friend tagged me on an Instagram giveaway that she won, which meant I did, too! We were able to choose a lipstick of choice.

More about the vegan, cruelty-free brand can be found here.

The lipstick I chose is De Havilland. Described as a must-have vintage red. I must say that I have to agree. Any red lipstick lovers would adore this shade.

These lipsticks have a semi-matte finish. This one is very pigmented. I find that although it is a matte, the lipstick is creamy enough to make application easy.

What I love about these matte lipsticks are just how comfortable they are. It does not dry out my lips and although there is some transfer, it is very long lasting.

De Havilland has quickly become my favourite bullet lipstick, amazing formula, stunning shade and I'm in love!

Do you like a bold lip, or prefer natural shades?

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Pan That Palette 2017 Finale

I began the Pan That Palette project back in February of last year, but I had actually been working on the palette in the February before in 2016. I started by posting updates on Instagram. Back then I had already finished 8 pans.

Here's how the palette looked by the time I started the project on my blog. I had 49 pans to finish, having hit pan on 8.

My goal at the beginning was not to finish all the shadows, just the ones that I deemed usable and suitable for my needs. As the project progressed, I was more and more wanting the satisfaction of finishing the palette completely. Did I accomplish this? Well, keep on reading to find out :)

I was actually surprised with how long I was able to use it without getting discouraged. Though, in the beginning I would review the odd palette that I had bought, so I would change up the lid colours from time to time, but would still get some use out of the shadows, whether it be using one for a blush or even a bronzer.

It was only the last few months that I was getting really fed up with the palette. I had used quite a few of the multi-purpose mattes and just wasn't able to use as many shadows in each sitting when applying makeup.

Ok, I'll get to showing you a photo of the palette now.

Ta daaaaaaaaaaaaaaa and I'm done. Well almost done. There are 4 shades left. A matte black, which I've hit major pan and 3 burgundy eye shadows, 2 of which are showing pan. Sure, I could finish them, but I'm calling it done. I'm over it and am looking for something new (or just plain different!). After going back to my intro, I actually accomplished more than planned by using a couple of the silvers even. Now, I will admit to cheating somewhat towards the end, from the advice of a friend I actually used a few of the eye shadows as nail polish by applying with a damp eye shadow sponge over base coat and then applying a top coat. I mean technically they were still used, but I did crush more shadow than I actually needed for application to my nails.

If you want to check out my Pan That Palette journey you can find that here. If I learnt anything from doing this project is that I should not buy any more palettes.......kidding! That won't happen in a hurry, but I doubt I'll ever try and pan such a big palette. This year I just want to concentrate on getting use out of more palettes as opposed to finishing one. I am considering a project that I use possibly 2 palettes per month whilst decluttering any that I am not keen on.

Now, please excuse me while I take huge satisfaction in throwing the 88 Warm Palette into the bin, if I could I'd burn it ceremoniously! Not because I hated it, it was actually decent, but I am sick of the sight of it! 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

December 2017 Empties

As we are saying hello to 2018, I will go back in time and show you my December 2017 beauty finished products.

I thought I may have had a few more items to show you, but December wasn't huge when it came to finishing products. I am now close to finishing a few products, so I'm sure January will prove to be one that I have more empties to show. Anyway, let's get to the items I did finish.

I really did plan on treating my face with sheet masks this past month, but for some reason I just kept forgetting. Anyway, I did use the Skin Republic Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen and Detox Charcoal sheet masks.
Repurchase? I did like them, but so far my favourite from the Skin Republic line is the Bubble Mask. Not just because it's fun, but I was impressed with the results. These ones, however, didn't wow me enough to buy again.

Skinn DermAppeal- I finished yet another of these exfoliators. They are fairly coarse so are almost like a microdermabrasion you can do at home.
Repurchase? Yes! I love how soft and smooth my skin feels after using this. I have been through a few of them now and I must order another stat!

The Ordinary "Buffet" serum- This is a budget friendly peptide packed serum. Absorbs very quickly and so far has played nicely with other products.
Repurchase? This product made my 2017 beauty favourites, so yes! Well, I do have a back-up and one its way, but I imagine that I will continue to buy this serum.

Lanolips 101 Ointment- I used this thick ointment as my night-time lip balm.
Repurchase? This product was lovely and hydrating on the lips, I'm not sure that I'd repurchase, only because I have so many lip balm products at the moment and I've started using one that I like better. Stay tuned for my review!

Maybelline FitMe Concealer- I only discovered the concealer this year. It is creamy, and blends nicely under my eyes. I do need to set it with powder, but I find that the case with creamy concealers.
Repurchase? Not for a while because I have 3 back-ups and a couple of other concealers that I want to try, but I'm sure I'll come back to this beauty!

Now from my Project Pan I finished the Swisse Natural Defence BB Cream, Smashbox Lip Liner and NYX Lip Gloss.
Repurchase? I prefer the Garnier Combo/Oily BB Cream to this one, so I probably won't buy again. As for the lip products, no to both, I have plenty of other liners and glosses to get through before considering buying any more.

I am decluttering the LA Girl Pro Concealers. I had heard such good things about them, but it just didn't work for me (plus one is too dark). I found them hard to blend and were patchy under my eyes. I am sad to have to say goodbye to the Models Prefer Brush, not sure on the name of it, but I loved using it to blend my concealer. Unfortunately the brush, which I've had for years, is starting to shed hairs pretty badly. 

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Project Pan 2017 Finale

Well, now that another year is done and dusted, it's time I showed you how I finished up with my attempt at a rolling 5 pan project.

It's weird to think that I have been doing this project for a year, replacing a product as I finished it. I must say, that apart from the lipstick and lip gloss, I was pretty easy on myself by choosing products that I knew wouldn't be too hard to use until they were finished.

Swisse Natural Defence BB Cream- This BB Cream gives a sheer coverage like that of a tinted moisturiser, but it's enough to even out my skintone. I used it every day (apart from weekends) since I added it to the project and finished it (was 1/2 full).

 I've got probably half of the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze left. I'm not sad that I didn't finish it and will happily continue to use this cream eye shadow. I love it.

I am so happy that this NYX lip gloss is finished. I was able to prove to myself that I could finish one and am not in a hurry to do it again, lol. I do like to have a lip gloss in my stash for the odd time I do want a glossy lip, but I don't need to be buying any more for a long time!

 It turns out that the Smashbox Lip Liner is not never ending afterall. As you can see, there's a little left, but I can no longer even turn it in the sharpener, so I'm calling it done.

This Milani blush in Luminoso was used maybe once since my last update. That was only because I was using an eye shadow from the palette I was panning as a blush. I do love this one and will continue to reach for it, I'm sure.

By doing this project I was able to finish 11 products. It did teach me that makeup really can take some time to finish, even if you are just concentrating on set items to use them up. I also learnt that I don't need to buy and hoard so much makeup, what's the point in having so much to not even use a fraction of it? (Well, apart from eye shadow palettes, I can't see my addiction to them stopping anytime soon, lol)

As I pointed out in my 2018 goals, I won't be doing any panning projects this year. I want to concentrate on using more of my makeup and doing more declutter type projects so that I only keep the products I enjoy using.

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 1 January 2018

Beauty Favourites of 2017

The reason I didn't write a monthly Beauty Favourites post in 2017 was because I spent much of it trying to finish set products in my project pans. I see the value in panning, but it meant that I didn't try many new products.

I do have a handful of faves that although not new in 2017 were new to me, so I thought I would rave about them to you.

Skin79 Water Wrapping Sunscreen- This is the best physical sunscreen I have used, ever. It is so easy to apply. There is no greasiness and no white cast, once absorbed, my skin is dry to the touch. I love that it's not thick and doesn't feel like I'm wearing a mask, yet it is hydrating. It's amazing, unfortunately it can be difficult to find.

Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder- I am always late to the party, but last year (that is so weird to say!) I fell in love with this powder. It is so soft and creamy. Gives me that airbrushed look without being cakey. This finishing powder sets my foundation and makes my makeup last all day. I have 3 back-ups of this powder, that's how much I love it! My only gripe is the shade range isn't so great. Now that it's Summer, I could go with a darker powder, but the next one is just too dark for me.

AOA Pink Wonder Sponge- This favourite beauty item for 2017 was a huge surprise. It is soft and spongey. I haven't used the Beauty Blender, but I have and enjoy using the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge and this one is softer and bouncier. I had to buy the sponge cup to go with it, which is so handy. Want to know the best part? I bought it from Shop Miss A for US$1, crazy right? I recently ordered 3 more, because at that price, why not!

The Ordinary "Buffet" Serum- I have only been using this serum for a few weeks, but I've fallen in love with it. There's so many peptides packed into this little bottle for such a low price point. I am so happy with what it's been doing for my skin. At 43, I need all the help I can get and to have a more radiant skintone is very much appreciated!

 Maybelline FitMe Concealer- Yeah I know! This concealer has been out for some time now, but I only decided to give it a try this year. I can see why so many people love it. It's creamy and easy to apply and does its best to lessen the look of my dark circles. I do have to set it so the concealer doesn't crease and settle into my fine lines, but I tend to do that with any concealer, anyway, so it's not a problem for me. I have tried a couple of other concealers this year and none of them were as good as this FitMe Concealer.

Simple Oil Cleanser- It's probably no surprise that this oil cleanser is one of my favourite products of 2017.  I'm sure I don't need to go on and on. This oil cleanser is lightweight, removes my makeup, whilst itself is easy to remove. Also budget friendly.

ELF Mad About Matte Eye Shadow Palette- This matte palette is amazing. The shadows are a little powdery, but that's ok because they are so easy to blend and have pretty good pigmentation for such an inexpensive palette. I find the colour range is prefect for eye contouring.

Ok, so now I have proven with these 2017 favourites that I'm a tight-arse. Lol. What can I say? I love a good bargain! :)

What was your favourite product of 2017?

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Blog Goals For 2018

In 2017 my blog took on the focus of panning and finishing products. Although I see the worth of this approach, the problem I dealt with was that whilst focusing on set products, I didn't really explore my other makeup. This was especially the case for my Pan That Palette project. Toward the end of this year, I've neglected to try even my new palettes (I'm itching to try you Jaclyn Hill palette!) because I still have a few shades to finish and I really want to get it done and out of my life for good.

For my blog in 2018, I do plan on doing projects, but they will be more along the lines of my nail polish declutter. I aim to also do a lipstick declutter. As for eye shadows, I would like to take on a project in which I use one palette for one month, or maybe post 2 a month to ensure I get use out of more of my palettes.

These projects will not only help me decide what I want to keep and what to remove from my collection, but also will prevent me from getting stuck in a rut and using the same makeup products. I've learnt that Projects keep me motivated so that's why I'd like creating new ones for myself. And you, too. I don't want things to get too boring around here!

Another idea I've been considering is a possible return of a blog series I had years ago called "Come Play With Me". This consisted of choosing a makeup theme and inviting any beauty bloggers to join me and share their makeup looks based on set theme. I realise that not every one wants to post photos of themselves on their blog, so I could modify to be broader, so that posts of products that represent the theme could be used instead. I love interacting with other bloggers and I found this series a good way to do so.

I plan on posting at least twice a week. Tuesday is generally for reviews, Thursday for project and empties posts and if I have any makeup posts I like to post them on Saturday. Though, if I do feel I need a break, I will go ahead and do it.

If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it. Also, if you'd be interested in me reviving "Come Play With Me" in some form please let my know.