Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #7

Oh, what fun I've been having trying different lipsticks whenever I wear makeup. I hope the novelty lasts, because every time I look into my bag of lip products still to apply, well, let's just say I'm wondering if it's the never ending bag of lipstick! Here's the lipsticks I have worn recently.

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Cleopatra

Although I don't wear glitter lip products often (ok, it's a rarity) I really like the formula of the Lime Crime Diamond Crushes and I'm not ready to let go of any of them just yet.

ColourPop Ulta Matte Lip in 1st Base

The Ultra Mattes are not my favourite formula on offer from ColourPop. I can forgive that if I really like a shade, but this one gets a no from me, it's just not a pink I would wear.

ColourPop Ultra Metallic in 3-Way

I bought a few of the Ultra Metallics when they were released out of curiosity. They can be somewhat unflattering on my dry lips by the end of the day. But just look at that gorgeous wine shade. I'll be keeping it for the time being.

Lime Crime lipstick in Varsity

Nice formula, nice colour, I don't have much to add really except that this lipstick is staying in my stash.

MAC lipstick in Passioned

Ok, I might not reach for this lipstick much in future, but it's's MAC, don't judge me!

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park

This is such an easy shade to wear and you probably know by now that I love the Ultra Satin formula.

ColourPop Ultra Metallic in Flitter

I tried to declutter this metallic shade, but I just couldn't part with that peachy gold goodness!

BH Cosmetics ColorLock Lipstick in Blissful

This is a nice rich matte shade, but it was patchy to apply so I will be removing it from my stash.

Ok, decluttering 2 products is probably not a success, but at least it's something. I know that potentially 3 could go, I'm just not ready to part with them yet. I have a long way to go to get through this initial process, but I am considering maybe initiating some kind of imposed expiry date, where if I don't use a lip product in a certain time frame it's got to go. We'll see...

Total Lipsticks- 49

Monday, 18 June 2018

Wish List 2018 #2

Goodness knows I don't need any makeup at the moment and my skincare stash is currently pretty full, too. Of course there are things that I would love to buy. There will always be things that I want to buy!

I don't seem to create a wishlist without products from Revolution Makeup, so I will start there first.
Tammi Tropical Paradise Palette- I like the shades in this palette, but I also want to support the Youtuber Tammi. It helps that the palette is only $19!

Carmi Kiss of Fire Palette- I just love the shades in this palette. It's not unique to my collection, but with the amount of eye shadows I have, there's not many eye shadow shades that I don't own, lol. The swatches are what really won me over.

I Heart Revolution Violet Chocolate Palette- Just when I had decided to stop buying the Chocolate palettes just to add to my collection, they release this one, which I love the look of!

Vanilla Bean and Coconut Fixing Spray- And surprisingly not eye shadow related, I really want to try this fixing spray. It sounds delish!

JD Glow Cosmetics Multi-chrome Galaxy Liners- I love anything duochrome and these liners look amazing. Unfortunately they are sold out, but hopefully they will become available again soon.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension- This formula is said to brighten skin, that's all I need to hear to want to try it.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution + EGCG- Another Ordinary product I want to give a go is this eye product. I get puffiness and circles and I'm not expecting miracles, but if there's an improvement, I'll be happy.

Benefit Cheek Parade Bronzer and Blush Palette- Lastly I would love this cheek palette. I love Hoola Bronzer and the other shades look so pretty!

Well, writing up this post has kept me occupied for a while. At least it has kept my urges to shop at bay for the time being :)

All photos are not my own and are credited to their respective online stores

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- The Balm Nude 'Tude

Another palette finally getting some love for the Shop My Stash series is from The Balm, a brand I have never used before, not sure why it took me so long to dip into the eye shadows. Better late than never, right? I'm sure you've all seen the Nude 'Tude eye shadow palette, but I'll post some pics anyway..

I like that the cardboard packaging has a magnetic closure. The graphics are pretty cute, too.

Inside the palette is a decent sized mirror and the shades are all labelled. Ok, onto the swatches.

I must say that swatching the shades was uninspiring. A few of the shades, I had to go over 2 or 3 times to get a pigmented swatch. The mattes also were patchy. I was not looking forward to actually applying the shadows.

Well, wasn't I surprised when the shadows applied beautifully. The shimmers weren't amazingly pigmented, but they made for nice everyday shades and easy to apply. The mattes blended so well, not patchy at all. I am so glad that I didn't put the palette away after swatching it on my arm. I'll show you some of the looks that I created.

This palette really proved that finger swatches aren't everything. I would like to say that I will now give it more love, but I have a very full set of drawers with palettes that need to be at least tried. I will certainly be keeping this palette, though!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #8

A couple of years ago I went through a glitter polish frenzy. I wanted all the glitters! I was willing to put up with the pain of removal to have sparkling nails. Of course, my obsession faded over time and now I am in a better frame of mind to just keep what I love and not be distracted by anything sparkly.

Jewel Tone

The blue and purple glitters are pretty, but the polish is patchy to apply, so I am going to declutter it.

Boogie Nights

This blue flakie polish is stunning, I applied it over a white polish, but no base is necessary for this nail polish. Keeping for sure.

Glitter Strikes Back

I'm decluttering this nail polish because the glitters are just too chunky. It's a shame because those purple and gold glitters are just stunning in the bottle.

Flying South

This is a feather type glitter, lots of little strands of white and orange. I don't really like the look of it on, plus some of the strands stick up. I'm saying good bye to this one.

Be Brave

Another one I'm decluttering because it is too patchy. I was so disappointed because it looked so good in the bottle!


This nail polish is gorgeous, so much nicer than in the photo. This one is not going anywhere!

Mermaid's Tale

I am going to declutter Mermaid's Tale, the blue and green glitter is pretty, but I'm not keen on the base shade. 


I really love the duo chrome quality of this glitter polish. It's definitely staying in my collection!

I think I did pretty well in this update by getting rid of 5 nail polishes!

My nail polish collection is now at 39

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Eye Look Featuring JD Glow Cosmetics Eye Shadows Malibu and Opal

I've been so caught up using eye shadow palettes that I've neglected my single shadows, even ones that I had not even tried yet. I wanted to remedy that and create an eye look using the shades Malibu and Opal from JD Glow Cosmetics.

I wish my camera could pick up how nice these shadows look. Oh, and I probably should have photographed them before I actually used them! Oops! On to the swatches.

These swatches have been done with my finger on bare skin. Malibu is a tan with a blue shift, Opal is a pale pink also with a blue shift. Both shimmer shadows are creamy and beautifully pigmented.

I really like how my lids looked. Malibu is not as opaque a colour as what I'm used to applying, but I actually love the sheerness of this shade. It gave my lids an almost wet metallic look.

I must say, it was enjoyable using some singles and JD Glow Cosmetics eye shadows don't disappoint.

What are you most likely to reach for, single eye shadows or palettes?

Monday, 4 June 2018

May Empties

I don't mean to state the obvious here, but we're half-way through the year! Where has the other half gone??? The worst part of it, is that it is now Winter, ugh! Anyway, you came for the empties, so here's what I finished in May.

As usual, most the products I finished are skincare, but I also finished some makeup items. Both of my decluttering series means I also am getting rid of lipsticks and nail polishes.

Nivea Micellar Water- I used this product on a cotton pad in the morning instead of cleanser. I had no problem, but have since read that micellar water should be rinsed from the skin, so I will be going back to my regular Simple Toner in my morning skincare routine.
Repurchase? This is not a product that I need, so most likely not.

Beauty By Nicholas Plump It Up- This is a very light weight cream that I used before a moisturiser like a serum. As the name suggests, it has been formulated to plump the skin, reducing the look of fine lines.
Repurchase? I liked this product, and although I did see initial plumping out of my lines, it seemed to plateau over the course of me using this product, and I saw no more changes. I can't see myself buying this product again.

Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF- This is a mineral sunscreen with an SPF rating of 50+. I loved that this sunscreen is a lotion that isn't greasy and doesn't leave a white cast. I just wish it came in a larger size.
Repurchase? I wouldn't rule out buying this sunscreen again in future, I just wish I didn't have to buy it online. If only Australia offered better physical sunscreens so that I didn't have to source them overseas.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension in Silicone- This cream has a whopping concentrate of 30% Vitamin C. This silicone version was introduced as an alternative to another that a lot of people found gritty and not easy to use. 
Repurchase? I did not like using this product, so I won't be repurchasing. I found the thick silicone formula difficult, I had to pat it on, or else it just became flaky and gross. Nope.

Swisse Rose Hip Facial Moisturiser- This is a decent moisturiser and I love that it contains rosehip oil. 
Repurchase? Maybe in Summer, I'm finding that it is not quite moisturising enough for me now that the weather has cooled.

Skinn Sugar Lip Scrub- This is quite a coarse sugar scrub to exfoliate the lips, which I like for my chapped lips. I also like that the sugar is in a hydrating base.
Repurchase? A tub lasts for so long, and I have other back ups, so need to replace for a very long time.

Oblepikha Siberica Hand Cream- A rich moisturising hand cream that smells sweet, fruity and delicious.
Repurchase? After finishing this travel size, I would buy a full size. It was so nourishing on my hands.

Olay Total Effects Day Cream for Normal Skin- This is a moisturiser that contains SPF 15+. That is too a low of a SPF factor for me, so I just applied my regular sunscreen over the top. Apart from the soapy fragrance, I was pleasantly surprised by this moisturiser. My skin felt so soft and hydrated throughout the day.
Repurchase? I believe the Gentle version is fragrance free, I would actually consider buying a full size of that one in future.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless- I really like this medium to full coverage foundation. My only gripe is that there's no pump, really annoying!
Repurchase? Maybe. There's always a new foundation that I want to try, so I rarely repurchase the same one.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara- I enjoyed using this mascara. It lengthened my lashes and gave them volume. Nice and black, which I like in a mascara. I like the wand, too.
Repurchase? Just like with foundation, I prefer to try different mascaras. We'll see.

DB Cosmetics CC Concealer- A light weight concealer that comes in a wind-up tube with brush applicator, which I wasn't overly keen on. I didn't really like this as a concealer for under my eyes because it just didn't blend easily, became a little patchy. I used it instead on my lids as a primer.
Repurchase? No, I'm not a fan.

Hair Repair Oil- I usually forget to put hair products in my empties posts. My hair routine is pretty simple and not an obsession for me. I bought this oil from discount website Ozsale. I used it between washes to tame my fly-away hair.
Repurchase? I really liked the oil, but not enough to try and seek it out.

...and the products that I am decluttering.

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