Friday, 30 June 2017

BYS Berries Palette

I have bought from the brand BYS in the past, but I can't say I've actually sought out anything from them. Well, that was until I saw swatches popping up on my Instagram feed of the Berries palette. 

It's a 12 pan palette and has a similar vibe going on to the much loved and raved about ABH Modern Renaissance palette. Of course, I do not own the pricier ABH palette, but I just had to have the Berries palette.

Taken from BYS- "BYS Berries Eye Shadow Palette features an array of 12 expertly chosen, highly pigmented matte and metallic eye shadows. The 12 piece palette comes housed in a modern, embossed tin. featuring a mirror and 2 dual end applicators."

The tin packaging of this palette is really cute, it reminds me of the Naked 2 and 3 palettes. It is a little bulky, but I like it.

Let's take a peek inside

Oh yes, I'm all about those warm orange and plum tones. There are 3 shimmery shades and the rest are matte. Here's the swatches

The shimmers apply well and are gorgeous. There is no chunkiness or fall out. The mattes are really smooth and blend beautifully. There is some kick up, but the ease of use far outweighs that.

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stocktake 2017- Lip Products

Another makeup product that I tend to hoard collect is lip products, mainly lipsticks. I will begin by showing you my lip liners.

I've come to appreciate lip liners as I have gotten older. Getting those horrid barcode lines around my lips will often lead to lipstick bleeding, liners help to prevent this unsightly problem.

My collection of lip glosses. I rarely wear lip gloss, so I don't have an excessive amount.

I had a huge declutter of lipsticks, which I'm finding is much more manageable. I also have lipstick crayons, lip hybrids from House of Beauty and some MBA Cosmetics samples.


These are my collection of BH Cosmetics Colour Lock lipsticks. They are a matte formula and really nice to wear. In the photo is also my one and only MAC lipstick. I was gifted it and adore it. I would love to add more MAC lipsticks to my collection, but I struggle with spending so much just on one lipstick.

This is my collection of ColourPop Lippie Stix. I especially love the matte formula.

Liquid lipsticks have become my favourite type of lipsticks and let's just say I have quite a few.

ColourPop Ultra Satins. I really love this formula.

The last of my liquid lipstick collection. These include JD Glow Cosmetics, Lime Crime and some others that I found outside of the liquid lipstick drawer.

In 2015 I had 19 lip liners, this number hasn't changed. I have no intention of buying any in the near future, only replacing invisible liners that I don't want to be without.

I previously had 72 lip glosses, after culling quite a lot I now only have 16, which is much more manageable. I have no plans to buy more at this stage.

I did have 130 lipsticks and now have 127. I culled a lot of bullet lipsticks, but since then have indulged in liquid lipsticks. I don't need this many and although I won't stop buying new lipsticks to try, I plan to no longer buy the whole collection, lol.

Stay tuned for my future stocktake posts of my eye makeup xx

Monday, 26 June 2017

Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream

I've always been aware of the Swisse brand because of their range of vitamin and mineral supplements. When I discovered that skincare was also on offer, I was very intrigued and had to try a product.

It so happened at the time I needed a night cream. The Hibiscus Night Cream sounded perfect for my anti-aging needs.

Taken from Swisse- "Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream is natural, deeply nourishing and nutrient enriched. The active ingredients in this cream work during the night to replenish depleted antioxidant stores in the skin, while also replenishing natural lipids and hydration, allowing you to wake up with beautiful skin. Your skin will also be protected during the day from environmental free radical damage and premature aging. Your skin will be left feeling hydrated and repaired."

The cream comes in a 50 ml jar. Ugh, I really wish open jars were not still a thing when it comes to skincare. I hate that I have to dip my fingers into the product and I am concerned about the continued effectiveness of the active ingredients due to being exposed every time I open the jar. Anyway, rant over, I will continue on.

The cream is quite a thick consistency and very rich. I have to be careful to scoop a small amount for application because not much is needed for face and neck. Containing Vitamin K and CoQ10, I make sure to apply to include my under eye area during application. Both ingredients known for their benefits in reducing dark circles.

I find that when applying the cream, it feels almost like a balm on my face. It's soothing and very nourishing on the skin. I am not left oily, a little tacky, but it does not feel at all heavy.

I love using a rich moisturiser at night and this cream certainly ticks that box. My skin feels lovely and soft in the morning and looks more radiant.

I'm loving the Swisse Hibiscus Anti-Aging Night Cream and since using this cream have added more Swisse products to my skincare collection that I am really looking forward to using.

Have you tried any Swisse skincare?

Friday, 23 June 2017

BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

I have been on such a huge liquid lipstick kick lately, and when I say lately I mean the last 12 or so months! Lol. My latest additions are from BH Cosmetics. I restrained myself by only purchasing 4. I bought 2 of each regular matte and metallic finishes.

Taken from BH Cosmetics the Mattes and Metallics - "Put more pow in your pout with our BH Liquid Lipstick, a luscious long lasting full coverage formula that goes on wet and dries to a soft matte finish that won't smudge, budge or transfer."

The lipsticks come in a round tube with typical doe foot applicator. I can't seem to detect any fragrance.

The lipsticks have a creamy consistency. They apply smoothly to the lips. Once dry you can barely feel them. They are pretty much transfer proof, I do notice the slight traces on my coffee cup, but doing a "kiss" test on my hand didn't reveal any product at all.

They wear for hours before beginning to fade in the center of the lips. I found that both formulas performed equally as well.

Here's some looks and lip swatches





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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Stocktake 2017- Face Products

Now that I have my own makeup area, re-organizing my items seemed like the best excuse to do a much needed declutter. I must say that I got rid of A LOT. I probably could have been more brutal in my declutter, but it's really a work in progress.

I decided to post an updated stocktake of my collection. The last one was July/August 2015! 

Today I will show you my face products. Starting with foundation and BB/CC Creams.

 I have 4 BB creams and 1 CC cream. I have used them all and so far the Garnier BB cream for oily/combo is still my fave and I will be repurchasing when I have finished some of these.

I have 5 foundations. The only one opened is the Rimmel Lasting Finish. Unless I have to review a foundation, I am quite strict about having one open at a time.

I have 9 concealers. The W7 Catwalk Concealer I use to colour correct my under eye circles. The YBF compact is currently in use. It is a neutralizing cream concealer, it has a yellow base. Works well to conceal and highlight my under eye area.

8 powders, 2 are loose powders. Currently in rotation are the All Natural Face Apricot loose powder that I use all over my face and the YBF Neutralizing Powder I use to set my under eye concealer.

Here I have bronzers and highlighters, I even have a contour palette! I have one bronzer, but there are 2 other bronzers in the duo compacts. I have 6 highlighters, if I count the one in the bronzer duo. I use the large Makeup Revolution bronzer pan almost daily. I am currently using the MUA Undress Me Highlighter in Iridescent Gold as it sits in my "everyday makeup drawer".

I have 12 blushes. I haven't been showing them much love because at an attempt to finish my 88 Warm palette that I am currently panning, I have been using some eye shadow shades as blushes.

Now to compare what I have now to 2015 and what my goals are.

I had 3 Primers, now I actually don't have any because I find that the sunscreen I currently use seems to take the place of a primer. I haven't ruled out buying more, though.

I had 7 concealers, now have 9. I do plan to only have no more than 4, 2 colour correcters and 2 concealers.

I had 6 BB/CC creams and foundations, I now have 10 but my goal is to have 1 of each in use and have a back up, so 6 base products in total.

There were 7 finishing powders in my collection and now there are 8, I only want to work towards having a setting powder and all over face powder.

I had 3 highlighters and now have 6 highlighters. I don't really have any goals in this category but don't plan on buying anymore for the time being.

I didn't have any bronzers but now have 3 including 2 that are in palettes. I don't have an obsession with bronzers so am not too concerned about having a goal.

There were 34 blushes and 11 samples in my collection, I only now have 12. This is another category that I don't really have any set goals for, I am happy with the amount I have.

Stay tuned for some more makeup stocktake posts in the near future xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

I can't believe I'm only reviewing the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins now. I bought it during the Deciem Black Friday Sale, but have only just gotten around to trying it. Only half a year has passed since buying it! To be fair, I've had so many products to use up in my skincare stash that I had to let this product collect dust for a bit before being able to reach for it.

Taken from NIOD- "...SS is a cleansing balm that concentrates Ayurvedic saponins. They're unrefined and messy. They borrow their colour and smell from a place far away from today's madding crowd of refinement. But their near-perfect equilibrium between deep cleansing and respecting skin integrity is evidence that -somehow, somewhere- they connected to mankind." (there is much more info on the NIOD website) 

The product comes in a 90ml aluminium tube. It has a simple screw top lid, which is fine for this product because it is quite thick and balm like in consistency.

This cleansing balm is very natural in both look and scent. Being a light brown colour and it smells of greenery and dirt. I much prefer natural than added synthetic fragrance, so I don't mind it at all.

It is fairly thick but it is easy to apply. The recommended time to let sit on the skin before rinsing is 5 minutes. In this time, the product works to really deep cleanse the skin. I like to use it in the morning every other day as, although it is a balm, it's not formulated to remove makeup.

I remove the balm with a warm face cloth which is a fairly easy task. My skin feels tight after removal. Not stripped, more of a firming feeling to the skin. After reading the description on the NIOD website, the feeling is the cleanser doing its work to remove excess oils from the face. As stated, the tight feeling goes away after a few minutes.

I love how nice my skin feels after using the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins. So clean, soft and smooth. It translates to the look of my skin, providing more of a fresh radiance as it acts to remove some of that debris that can dull the look of the skin. This NIOD product is a win for me!

Have you used anything from the NIOD range?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Stripped Down

Another product that I picked up during Beauty Heaven's last Beautorium event was the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Stripped Down. I had been tempted to buy one in the past when they were first being sold in Australian stores, but kept resisting because it just wasn't something that I needed. Anyway enough of that, I now have my very own!

Taken from MNY Australia-"Go beyond gloss with a jolt of intense colour . Maybelline's vibrant lip paint delivers 8 x more pigment in every drop."

The Colour Jolt is packaged in a squeeze tube with 6.4 ml of product. It has a screw-top lid that when removed reveals a sponge tipped applicator with small hole. It has a faint sweet watermelon scent which disappears quite quickly. The consistency of this lip product is quite thick.

To apply, I just squeezed the tube until I could see product seeping through the sponge. Then swept the sponge across my lips. Surprisingly I didn't find the process messy. The thick lipstick is very smooth and just glides across the lips.

The Lip Jolts remind me of the original OCC Lip Tars, in packaging and pigmentation only. I did not like the Lip Tars because I found them messy to apply and they felt heavy on my lips. That's where this lip product differs, it's not heavy and certainly not sticky and feels comfortable and moisturising. 

The wear time is pretty good for a glossy lip product. It lasted hours before any touch-ups were needed, even then there was a stain of colour still on my lips that wasn't patchy. The only con would probably be the sponge applicator, which I can imagine getting a bit questionable after a few uses. The pros far outweigh this one con, though.

The shade I have is "Stripped Down", a lovely pinky nude shade.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Stocktake 2017- Nail Polish

For years I have gone through phases where I  just have a nail polish frenzy. Thankfully, I have since quit being so obsessed, I can't even remember the last time that I bought a nail polish. 

Don't get me wrong, I still love nail polish, but I think I'm now ok in that department. Here's my blog post of what I had in 2015 and I'll show you what my collection looks like now.

I had to stick 2 photos together to show my nail polish shelves.

I also have a plastic set of drawers.

...and of course a fancy cardboard box.

My last count of nail polishes was 407, since then I have done some de-cluttering, giving away quite a few and binning dried up polishes. So my total now is 335!

I am happy that I have reduced the amount that I have, but I still don't think I'll be buying any more polishes for a very long time. Oh, except for black and white, those colours I always replace.