Wednesday, 28 December 2016

2016 Christmas and Birthday Haul

Sitting there just waiting to be opened for the past few weeks were these parcels

These are online orders I placed during the Black Friday sales. The time of year that I always buy Christmas and birthday gifts for myself. I have a set budget that I can go a little crazy with, I love it! Especially so, because I generally try not to buy non essential makeup during the year, so it's fun to break my makeup spending ban. I usually buy those lipsticks and eye shadows that I really don't need, lol! So, do you want to take a look at what's inside?

Ultra Satins and Metallics from ColourPop

MBA Cosmetics glitter shadows and metallic liquid lipsticks

Some eye shadow palettes from BH Cosmetics

...and goodies I'd had my eye on from Makeup Revolution

In future posts I'll go into more detail of the products I bought with reviews and swatches. I can't wait to play!

I hope you had a great Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year! xx

Monday, 26 December 2016

Acure Organics Day Cream

 Acure Organics is a new brand to me, one that I discovered on discount website iHerb during a search for a day cream. Out of the many I had browsed and read reviews of, it was the Acure Organics Gotu Kola Stem Cell and Chlorella that appealed to me most.

Taken from iHerb "Face the day with gotu kola stem cells and chlorella. This powerhouse combo helps moisturize and protect with a one-two punch. Easily absorbed moisture and effective ingredients equal a great day."

 The day cream is packaged in a squeeze tube with flip top lid. The hole dispenser is a great size for the consistency of the product.

The product is of medium cream consistency. Thick enough to moisturise, yet light enough to absorb nicely into the skin, which is what I want in a day moisturiser.

The scent is of oranges, sweet and tart. Although I love a citrus fragrance, I do find it rather strong. Thankfully, it disappears once it is massaged into the skin.

Only a small amount is needed for face and neck. It feels so nice and silky on the skin and absorbs rather quickly. There is no tacky or oily residue left behind. My face and neck is left sufficiently hydrated, soft and smooth.

From the first time I used the Acure Day Cream I was won over. Sure, it's hydrating as I said, which is lovely in itself, but it also leaves my skin looking more radiant and brighter. Who doesn't want that? :)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Nails #2

I had grand plans to create more than two Chrismas manis this year but alas life got in the way. Things have been so hectic! Tis the season! If you didn't see my first Christmas mani you can check it out here.

For this nail look I wanted to pull out my Christmas themed stamping plates. I had the amazing idea to stamp with a deeper gold on a lighter gold base. Sounded good in my head, but turned out a lot more subtle than what I had envisioned. 

I applied OPI Designer de Better as my base colour, then using Messy Mansion Soft Gold, I stamped on the Christmas designs. I liked the result, but it was very hard to capture with my camera. Oh well.

What are your plans for Christmas? I hope you have a wonderful time no matter what you are doing! xx

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

PM Skincare Routine

I recently published a blog post on my morning skincare routine, so as promised I am going to show you my evening routine. I do have quite a few products that I use morning and night, but there are some that I use solely at night time.

My evening routine is as follows in order of use

Skinn AM Cleanser
Pretty Damn Precious ACV and Lemon Ferment Toner
Skinn Enriched Softening Essence mixed with a pea sized amount of Skinn Vitamin C powder
Skinn Hylighten Dark Circle Treatment
Hand Chemistry Retin Oil
Skinn Collagensis DWP Age Reset Serum
Skinn Crease Release Eye Contour Serum

Yep, I use a morning cleanser at night! My reason for this is that there's other products waiting in the wings that I want to use, however in conjunction with these products, I can't use a cleanser with any acid based ingredients as it will render them ineffective. I don't want the AM cleansers that I have to go to waste, so am determined to use them first. I figured that focusing only on this cleanser would mean I'll get through them a lot quicker.

Do you finish a product before introducing a new one?

Monday, 19 December 2016

AM Skincare Routine

I am often introducing new products, or replacing older ones in my skincare routine, so sufficed to say it doesn't stay the same for long periods of time. I think most like-minded skincare obsessed are always on the look out for that elusive holy grail product. 

So currently in my morning skincare rotation are the following products listed in order of use
Skinn Enriched Softening Essence
Skinn Collagenisis DWP Age Reset Serum
Skinn Crease Release Eye Contour serum
Skinn BotaniLift Neck Corrector Cream
Acure Day Cream

As you can see, my routine is very Skinn heavy. I have loved this brand for some time and when I have been wanting a specific product/s I buy value packs from TVSN (Australian shopping network). This means that I end up with products that I don't mind using but wouldn't necessarily buy. I'll put them in my regular routine to use them up, generally just adding a step rather than replacing an item. This is the case for the Hylighten eye treatment and BotaniLift neck cream. I have used the eye treatment in the past without any noticeable benefits and the neck cream is fine, but doesn't do more than a regular moisturiser would do for my neck. Because I don't experience any adverse reactions, I will finish them.

I do have many products in my stash waiting to be used, so I will be needing to update my routine (probably regularly, lol)
Until then, stay tuned for my upcoming post on my evening skincare routine.

What's your can't-live-without skincare product?

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Face of the Day Featuring 88 Warm Palette

This year I have been panning (or trying to use up) an eye shadow palette. I was using the 88 Warm palette on a daily basis for eye contouring, so decided I would go for gold and see if I could empty the pans.

So far, I've finished 36 pans, removing the pan once it's done which is so satisfying! My goal was to totally finish it, but I'm probably going to bin the palette when I've used the shadows that I enjoy using. I'm not really one to wear greys and silvers, plus there's some colours that don't have enough colour pay off for my liking. To be honest, I'm pretty stoked to get this far! 

W7 concealer
Models Prefer Argan concealer
Silk Naturals Bronze Blur Powder
88 Warm palette for bronzer, highlight and blush

88 Warm palette
ColourPop Cosmetics eye shadow in Cornelius
Poni Cosmetics White Knight Mascara
Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Bourbon

Models Prefer Invisible lip liner
Australis lip liner in Wallflower

Have you, or would you attempt to "pan-that-palette"?

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas Nails 2016 #1

Of course I couldn't let December go by without creating some Festive nails. Rather than a design, I wanted to incorporate some colours that came to mind when I thought of the Christmas season. Those colours being gold, silver, red and green.

 Alternating each nail I applied gold and silver base colours, Naturistics "Chrome Crazy" and a gold polish that has no label whatsoever on it, helpful! Lol. With a small fan brush on each nail I painted stripes of green and red polish, Illamasqua "Viridian" and Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine in "Dazzling". 

As much colour as I had going on, I couldn't resist a little sparkle so finished with a coat of LA Colors "Glitter Bomb". 

Do you do something special on your nails for Christmas?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

I'm Baaaaaaaack

Hey there! Long time no see. I have been missing you and couldn't stay away any longer, I can't believe it's been a year since I last wrote a blog post, wow! I decided that with my return it would be nice to give my blog a little makeover, I hope you like it.

Subject matter will be similar, which means all things beauty related, of course.

It may take me a little while to get into a blogging rhythm, so please bear with me, but I sure am glad to be back.

Until next time! xx