Monday, 30 July 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Revolution Makeup Makeup Geek Palette

With so many eye shadow palettes, it's hard to choose a single eye shadow palette to play with. After a lot of rummaging, I decided to choose a palette with a lot of colours and a lot of choices and I just couldn't go past the Revolution Makeup (so weird to say it that way now that they changed it from Makeup Revolution) Makeup Geek palette.

This palette contains 36 eye shadows, ranging from pinks, blues, purples, oranges, yellows and neutrals. So many options.

As you can see from the swatches, some are nicely pigmented, other shades not so much. Of course I was still going to give these shadows a try. I found that over a sticky eye primer I was able to get even the least pigmented shimmers to perform. The coloured matte shades were a little chalky, so I didn't delve into those too much, but I was able to make the neutral ones work. Here are the looks I created with the Makeup Geek palette.

With these looks I tried to combine more than one shadow on the lid. Obviously I could have created a lot more combinations and it's probably a palette that I would happily play with in future.

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #8

Time for another lipstick declutter update. It's a project that I am glad I have taken on. I have decluttered lipsticks in the past, but by arm swatches. Trying on is a much better way of deciding whether or not I want to keep them. Oh yes, it's a much lengthier process, but one I am happy to continue.                                       

ColourPop Ultra Matte Clueless

I will be getting rid of this one, the shade is nice, but I am not a fan of the formula. 

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Silk

Although I love the Lippie Stix formula, I am getting rid of Silk because I prefer a matte finish with such a dark colour. I can apply it more precisely and if it's a formula that doesn't budge, it won't get messy.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Arriba

Keeping this one! Although I'm not usually a fan of this formula, I really liked this lipstick and it didn't dry my lips like most of the Ultra Mattes do. Plus, just look at that gorgeous colour!

ColourPop Ultra Glossy in Fairy Floss

I never thought that I would be enjoying lip glosses again, but I liked wearing this one. Keeping it!

NYX Gloss in Real Nude

Keeping this one, too!

L'Oreal Infallible 2 Step Lipstick in Resolution Red

I have had this lipstick for years, and have barely reached for it in that time, so it is really time to go.

Maybelline Lipstick in Hot Plum

This is such a stunning shade, it will definitely be staying in my stash.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy in Fairy Floss

This is getting crazy, I want to keep this gloss, too!

This update had me keeping 5 lipsticks out of the 8 I tried, I wouldn't call that a failure.

My lipstick tally is now at 54

Monday, 16 July 2018

Derma E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer

I was happy to finally get around to trying the Derma C Renewing Moisturizer. This product had been sitting in my stash waiting to be used. The cream I had been using seeming like the never ending bottle, but I remained strong and waited until I had finished every last drop before opening a new product. Ok, I'm being dramatic, but if you have a large skincare stash, you know how it feels!

Taken from Priceline- "This lightweight radiance-boosting, non-oxidizing vitamin C day moisturizer supports collagen, helping to improve the appearance of uneven skintone and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles."

The cream comes in a 60 ml plastic bottle. It has sturdy packaging, looks like glass, but isn't going to break as easily if you drop it. Believe me that is a good thing for this clumsy clutz! The bottle has a  convenient pump-top dispenser.

The moisturizer is a very lightweight cream. It has a pleasant fragrance, I can mainly detect the rooibos tea.

On the website, this product is classed as a day cream, but because the instructions state to use morning and night, that is what I have been doing. Only at night I have been adding a few drops of facial oil to give my skin the hydration it needs.

The cream is so lightweight that it absorbs very quickly into the skin. It would be a great  moisturizer in the Summer when my skin isn't so dehydrated. However, it hasn't been a huge issue for me, not enough to put the product away until then or even to add another hydrating product to my routine, only at night as previously stated. Using something richer at night is what I do all year round, anyway.

I have noticed that this moisturizer seems to be helping to prevent the Winter dullness that usually happens to my skin. I can't say I'm looking amazingly bright and radiant, just not dull, which is still a good thing.

I had really high hopes for the Derma E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturizer and although it doesn't get HG status, I am enjoying using it, I'd say that's a win! 

What have you got waiting in the wings that you just can't wait to use?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- ColourPop You Had Me At Hello

In this edition of shop my stash, I decided to give another ColourPop palette a try. I wasn't a huge fan of the first one I tried, the Dream St palette, but I was willing to play with the palette You Had Me At Hello. 

The palette has a neutral vibe, but there's also a gorgeous rose gold shimmer and matte purple shade. I'll show you the swatches.

I love the mix of shimmers and mattes. There's transition shades, lid shades and crease shades. The mattes blend well and the shimmers, although soft and have the potential of crumbling in the pan when dipping a brush in, are nicely pigmented.

Being a busy week for me, I only had time to create 2 eye looks.


Well I must say that I am happy to have this palette in my collection!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #9

Another nail polish declutter update full of glitter polishes.

Wedding Crasher

A pink I like, add some sparkle. Yes, I'm keeping this nail polish!

Twinkle Peach

Same deal as with the first nail polish, this one is staying in my stash.

No label

Definitely keeping the Funky Fingers polish not sure on the name, but it is a gorgeous silvery holo, I had to post a pic with the flash to show all that sparkly gorgeousness. Keeping 

Sapphire Stitch

This polish has pretty purple shimmer in a blackened blue base, but it's a bit thick to apply, so I will be decluttering it.

This BYS purple and blue glitter polish looks lovely in the bottle, but applies really patchy so I will be decluttering this one.

LA Colors polish in Sassy Sparkle

This polish is loaded with tiny little holographic "crystals". This is staying in my stash.

Australis polish in Speck-tacular

The photo does the nail polish no justice at all, I mean you can't even see it. But it is a  flakey holo in clear base. Not so exciting on its own, but over a base colour it's worth keeping.

Eternity Dragon

Although like the last polish, this glitter nail polish doesn't look so special on its own, I'll be keeping it.The photo does this polish no justice at all, but it has gorgeous holo flecks that I really should have applied over a dark nail polish shade to show just why I am not letting this one go.

My nail polish tally is now at 45

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

June 2018 Empties

Well, that's one month of Winter done and dusted, I'm sure I can get through another 2. Yet again I decluttered more products than I finished, but hey, there's a lot to go in the bin, regardless.

I'll break down what I finished and show you what I decluttered.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5- I really enjoyed this serum, it did a wonderful job at hydrating my skin. 
Repurchase? There are many serums from The Ordinary that I still want to try. I would consider buying again, but it wouldn't be for a long time and who knows what might grab my fancy in that time.

As for the next 3 products in the above photo, I will come right out and say that I will not be buying these products again. I actually used them on my feet to finish them because I didn't want to throw them out. The It's Skin serums just didn't seem to benefit my skin. The Ganique Paris C Bright Eye Revive I was excited about using, but the oil just didn't want to absorb into my undereye area. I actually enjoyed it on my feet, but not buying again for that purpose, lol.

L'Oreal Elvive Leave-In Spray- Who am I? Once again I am showing you a hair product that I finished because I remembered to put it in my Empties basket. This leave-in conditioner spray is for protecting coloured hair. With well, well, well overdue highlighted hair, I can't say much about whether or not this spray helps colour last longer, but I found that this was a good detangler and helped maintain my hair between washes. 
Repurchase? Although I don't own a lot of hair products, I do like trying a variety, so probably no future purchase of this leave-in.

Mediheal NMF Aquaring Ampoule Mask- I had been using sheet masks weekly, but only used 1 sheet mask in the month of June. This mask fit my face well and left my skin feeling very hydrated.
Repurchase? I have others still left in the pack, but there are so many I want to try yet, that I doubt that I will come back to these ones. A sheet mask has to wow me to buy it again.

Skinn Lip 6x Amplifying Serum- Thicker than a serum, but not as thick as a balm, this product felt so comfortable on the lips. It gave a slight cooling, so was soothing for the lips.
Repurchase? I loved this serum and currently have the reformulated version.

Minenssey  Brightening Mask- I received this mask to review. It arrived in a pack with 9 pods, as you can see I used 2. If you read my recent review, you would know that I loved it.
Repurchase? At $79 it is pricey, but it really works well to deep cleanse and brighten my skin that I just may consider buying again in future.

Lastly, this photo shows the products that I am decluttering. Aside from the unwanted lipsticks and nail polishes that have been making an appearance every month, I am also getting rid of the Swisse BB Cream. It is just too dark from my skin, even in Summer I'm too light for the shade. With much deliberation, I decided on decluttering the Beauty By Nicholas No No serum, it works temporarily to smooth fine lines, I just don't need the extra step and too much product creates a flaky mess. It has been sitting on my skincare shelf untouched for a couple of months now, so it's time to go.

What is something you've finished recently that you were happy to be done with?

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Minenssey Brightening Mask

When I was invited by beauty website Beautyheaven, to trial the Minenssey Brightening Mask, I was quick to respond with an emphatic yes, well I emphatically clicked the accept button, anyway. Anything with the word "brightening" appeals to me.

Minenssey Sydney is an Australian brand that uses ingredients taken from our vast wilderness. I love this concept!

Taken from Minenssey- "The Minenssey Brightening Mask is a stimulating cocktail of Moonstone extract, Snow Flower along with black and white clay mix to nourish, balance and brighten the skin. It's suitable for all skin types as a luxurious remedy for dull, uneven or tired complexions and as a restorative for radiant light reflective skin."

When I received the mask I was in awe of the gorgeous luxe packaging. The black soft touch box with the silver lettering looks so classy. I almost expected a bright light and music playing upon opening the box, which comes complete with a magnetic closure. Just as impressive were the beautifully presented single use pods.

There are 9 pods included in the pack and each one is encased in foam with velvet feel top layer. Also included is a brush to apply the mask.

The mask has a rich consistency which is on the creamier side, rather than thick clay. It has a pleasant light, sweet floral scent. 

Each pod contains plenty of product to cover face and neck. Possibly enough for 2 face applications, but of course I applied all in one luxurious layer. I did use the brush the first time, yes I felt fancy but found it quicker just to use my fingers to apply. The mask felt comfortable on my skin, it didn't dry tight and did not feel like it was going to crack like a lot of clay masks I have tried in the past.

The recommended time to leave on the skin is 20-30 minutes. I tried both leaving on for 30 minutes and leaving on for 1 hour. There were no adverse reactions leaving on for longer. I received the same results leaving on for the recommended 30 minutes.

After easily removing the mask with a wash cloth, my face looked clearer and more radiant. I have had an issue with congestion of late and my skin looked more refined with my pores looking cleaner. My skin was also so soft.

The Minenssey Brightening Mask certainly did not disappoint. It not only is presented beautifully, but works to brighten the skin as promised. A win for me!