Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #6

The format will be a bit different for my declutter posts. Instead of waiting until the end of the post to reveal what I am going to get rid of, I will let you know what I'm doing after each product photo. I think that will be a lot easier. Oh, and another thing, please be aware that there are a lot of photos of me in this post, you have been warned! :)

Freedom Makeup Lipstick in Smooth

I love this shade. The formula is like a lacquer, which I normally steer clear of, but I actually don't mind this one, it's not sticky. And, well, there is that gorgeous purple colour!

Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Don't Pink Of It

Love this formula, love this colour, I am definitely keeping this one.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick

I was so excited to try my first ever KvD liquid lipstick. The colour is stunning, but I hated the tacky finish. I am sad to be decluttering this one, but I just won't use it.

Revlon HD Gel Lipcolor in Lava

This shade will be staying in my collection. It's so comfortable to wear and is such a flattering red.

I won this 6 pan MAC palette and will be keeping it for now. I don't generally reach for a lipstick palette and if I find myself not using, I will destash. I know, it's MAC, but I've got to be brutal!

Rimmel The Only One Lipstick in Mauve-ment

Another winning formula for me is the Rimmel Only One lipsticks. I do like the nude shade, so it will be staying in my collection.

Savvy High Shine Lipgloss in Paparazzi

I am not keen on this shade, so I've got to say goodbye!

My lipstick tally is now 43

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm

I love when I first start using a new eye cream, I'm always hoping that this one might be the one. I've been racking my brain to try and remember an eye product that I have repurchased and I really don't think I have! I've tried eye creams that I have enjoyed using, but not enough that I can't live without it. Oh, plus there's that need to try new things- yes, I get serious FOMO. My latest discovery is The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm.

Taken from the Jojoba Company- "Perfect for delicate skin around the eyes this blend of cucumber, guava, aloe vera, jojoba and pomegranate cools and soothes. Reduces puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Eyes look brighter. Clinically proven to increase production  of collagen by up to 81% and elastin by 90%. Suitable for all skin types. "

The eye cream comes in a pink squeeze tube with 25 ml of product. Rather than the balm texture I was expecting, this product is definitely a cream. The cream has a light-weight consistency. It has an earthy scent, but I can detect a cucumber note.

Under the screw-top lid is a long slim nozzle for dispensing the cream, which is handy, because only a small sized dot is needed under each eye. I gently circle the product using my finger around the entire eye area. It absorbs very quickly, so is perfect for daytime use as well as night.

The eye cream provides instant hydration to the delicate eye area. This gives a noticeable plumping effect which smooths my sometimes crepy under eye, especially where the crows feet reside. They are still visible, but noticeably reduced.

My dark hollow circles are the same, which is no surprise, but I have noticed a firming after using for a few weeks. Nothing dramatic, but there is also a slight reduction in the puffiness. Oh yes, my under eye area offers the lot when it comes to effects of aging!

I like the Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm, but I can't say that it is life changing for me. I would have loved it when I was much younger when I didn't need to ask a lot of an eye cream. I have a feeling that my hunt will continue, but I am happy to keep this eye cream in my skincare rotation until I've finished it.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #7

In this nail polish declutter update there are mostly pink shades. I'll show you the polishes that I tried on.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Shade #850

Boom Boom


Essie "Your Hut Or Mine"


Diamond Shine

The shades that I will be keeping in my stash are Sinful Colors Boom Boom and Models Prefer Flushed both are gorgeous vibrant pinks, but different enough to warrant keeping them. Although the Models Inc nail polish in Diamond Shine is pale, it will be staying because I really like the pink pearl shade. NYC Lolly Pop is similar to Diamond Shine but I have decided to keep it, because this one has a frosted finish.

Being decluttered from my stash is the Essie pale pink shade because it's just not a colour that I'd wear. "Your Hut Or Mine" Essie polish and Zoya Penelope are both pinks that I don't love. I will be decluttering Ulta3 Purple Pumps because the colour has changed, it is more orange than purple now, weird. 

Well, I can't complain at decluttering half of the polishes used in this update.

Tally now stands at 36 nail polishes.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Botani Radiant Rose Mask

Although I enjoy using clay masks, as I've gotten older, I've wanted a mask that was hydrating for my skin. The Botani Radiant Rose mask sounded like the perfect luxe product to moisturise and pamper my face.

Taken from Botani- "Botani's Radiant Rose Mask is a relaxing, pampering salon treatment in a jar. Nourishing botanicals combine in this delicately Rose Geranium scented, light-as-air mask that revives lifeless skin, leaving you with soft, moisturised, plump skin. An excellent solution for those with dry, dehydrated, combination and mature skin."

The mask comes in a jar with 100 g of product. The white cream has a rich, yet whipped consistency. As expected, it has a rose fragrance, but thankfully not too strong, to my nose it has an effervescent quality to the scent, like a rose champagne.

The mask feels lovely when applying to the skin. So creamy and luxurious. Upon first application, I found that I had to apply quite a lot of product to get a visible, thin layer on my face. Although it is recommended to wash off after 10-15 minutes, I left the mask on for around 30 minutes. By then it had sunk into my skin and was no longer visible.

Once I had removed the mask, my skin did feel soft and hydrated, but more like what I would expect from a moisturiser than the radiance I was expecting. Since that first use, I now treat this product as an overnight mask. By doing this, I use way less product, just applying the same amount as I would a moisturiser.

I, in turn wake up with fresh, plump skin. I don't notice any residue, but do cleanse my skin in the morning just in case. I have had no issues with break-outs or any other reactions leaving it on so long. Only good results.

Now that I have found a better use for the Botani Radiant Rose Mask I have really come to enjoy using it, which is a great thing because this tub is going to last me for some time!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

ColourPop Dream St Palette

The ColourPop Dream St eye shadow palette is a collaboration with popular beauty Youtuber Kathleen Lights. This is the first pressed eye shadow palette I have tried from ColourPop and I was excited to play with it.

I appreciate that you can achieve a neutral look, but you can also create a more colourful one, too. I'll show you the swatches.

The mattes in this palette are smooth and blendable. The shimmers are beautiful, but do need a primer and some look best when applied with a finger as they apply more pigmented and foiled. 

I am happy with this palette, but I can't say it's my favourite. Apart from using the matte green in my crease, my looks were all very similar and I must say that after a few days of use, I felt uninspired. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice palette, but unfortunately I could see this palette getting lost in my eye shadow collection.

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #5

Ok, I'll make the intro quick. I have been going through my lipstick stash trying different ones on to see what I want to keep and what has got to go. I will now show you the lipsticks I have worn since my last update.

Maybelline in Fuchsia Flash

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition in It's Redding Men

Rimmel The Only One Lipstick in Pink a Punch

Rimmel Apocalips (can't find shade name)

Freedom Pro Butter Lipgloss in Cat's Whiskers

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Pioneer

ColourPop Ultra Matte in Beeper

Vonblu Lipstick in Lara

Without question I will be keeping all my new lip products. These are Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in It's Redding Men, Rimmel The Only One lipstick in Pink a Punch and Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Pioneer.

I really like the formula and colours of Maybelline Fuchsia Flash, Rimmel Apocalips lipstick, ColourPop Ultra Matte lipstick in Beeper and Freedom Pro Butter Lipgloss in Cat's Whiskers so they will also remain in my stash.  

Vonblu Liptick in Lara will also stay in my collection because it's new to my collection, not unique, but I like the formula.

Hmmm, not a very successful decluttering update!

My lipstick stash now stands at 38. 

Monday, 14 May 2018

Models Own Sculpt and Glow Contour Palette

I must admit that the Models Own brand was not really on my radar, let alone a contour palette. I don't contour. But, after watching a youtuber, Kat from KitschSnitch, use the product in a "Get ready with me" video, it worked so well for a budget priced product that I had to buy it for myself.

Taken from Priceline- "Get your game face on with this all-in-one contour palette that suits all skin tones. With blusher, highlighter and bronzer that can be blended for sculpting perfection, this is all you need to face the world."

The palette comes in a white plastic rectangle compact with the Models Own logo in a cool holographic finish. My only gripe with the packaging is that it can be a pain to open, not great when you're wearing nail polish.

The compact contains a trio, starting from left to right with contour , highlighter and blush. It's actually in the order of use for me, which I like. There is a nice sized mirror. Another thing to note is that the compact is sturdy enough for travel.

The contour shade is definitely a bronzer shade for me. I like that it is warm but not too orange. The highlighter is a light golden shade which is perfect for my complexion. I love that I can get the subtle highlight that I like, yet it can be built up. There is shimmer, but it's not too obvious once applied and I glow rather than sparkle. Last but certainly not least, is the blush. It is a gorgeous peachy shade with golden shimmer. Very much like the Sleek Rose Gold that I love, which I have heard many times is a close dupe to the cult favourite Nars Orgasm blush. 

The powders are all pretty fool-proof. I prefer face products to be buildable and not too pigmented and these are perfect for me. They also blend so well. I am so impressed with this handy face trio and am happy to have it in my collection. 

I'll show the trio looks in action.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Products That I Repurchase

As a beauty lover I feel the need to try new things. However, there are products that are must haves and I need them in my collection. Some I have multiple back-ups of because I just can't be without them in my stash.

I'll break down my repurchased products for you.

Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner- I had received a travel size of this mist toner in a goodie bag and loved how hydrating it was for my skin, so although it's a fairly new discovery for me, I now have bought 2 and already can't imagine being without it!

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner- This was my first experience with a K-beauty Essence. I do want to try more, but I loved using this one so much that I bought another and it's one that I'm sure I'll keep coming back to.

Simple Soothing Facial Toner- This toner is a no frills toner that preps my skin in the morning by removing any impurities before I start applying lotions and potions. It is a budget friendly option for me that does what I need it to.

The Ordinary Buffet Serum- This is another product that I have only used one bottle of. I was so impressed with this peptide packed serum that I have bought another one. I don't like to stock up on serums, but I will continue to purchase this amazing serum whenever I finish one!

Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin- This BB cream has been a staple in my stash for years. I do try other BB creams, but always come back to this one!

Skinn Lip Scrub- I love this coarse sugary lip scrub. Not only does it scrub off the dry flaky skin, but is also moisturising on my lips. It takes me forever to get through a tub, but apparently I need 2 spares!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer- I only currently have one of these concealers, but plan on buying more. I love it for hughlighting my under eye area, it does a great job of concealing my dark circles.

Silk Naturals Stick Em Eye Primer- This eye primer is amazing for making any shimmery eye shadow pop. I have used this eye primer for years and found it necessary for every eye look when I was using loose mineral shadows on the daily. A tube of this stuff lasts such a long time, I only need one back-up at a  time.

Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder- I recently stocked up on this powder when Priceline had a 40% off makeup sale. The powder is creamy, non-cakey and I love the way it looks on my skin. I hit pan on one of them, but I think I'm pretty well stocked for the time being :)

YBF Universal Brow Pencil- This brow product is a long time favourite of mine. The pencil is the perfect consistency and the colour can be controlled depending on the pressure used when applying. I like the fine tip, it makes applying so easy!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- Another Maybelline product, another concealer. This creamy concealer is what makes me look like I've had hours more sleep than I really do!

Moreish Cream Cleanser- This is my favourite cleanser, can you tell? I have 5 back-ups because Priceline is no longer going to be selling it. Instead of crying when the SA informed me, I ran back and grabbed the last 2 on the shelf! Thankfully I'm stocked up for the year! :)

Simple Oil Cleanser- A product I don't ever want to be without is this oil cleanser. I was actually surprised when collecting the cleansers to do this post that I had so many stashed away. They are a very budget friendly, effective makeup remover, yet when they come on sale I feel the need to buy 2 or 3, maybe more... ;)

What products can't you live without?