Monday, 22 October 2018

Now Solutions Dark Spot Serum

During one of my many visits to online store iHerb, I decided to include the Now Solutions Dark Spot Serum to my cart. One of my major skin concerns is pigmentation so I am easily tempted by most products that offer to help with this problem.

Taken from iHerb- "Dark Spot Serum restores skin's youthful glow with clinically tested Alpaflor Gigawhite, an extract of alpine plants shown to significantly improve the appearance of age spots and even out skin tone over a 12 week time period. Also in the formula is Licorice extract, Vitamin C, and multi-fruit extract aid in evening skin tone."

The serum comes in a 30 ml bottle. It is an airless pump, which I appreciate. It has a slight medicinal scent that is not at all over powering. The smell disappears once absorbed into the skin.

The amber coloured serum is very lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. I have zero residue and there's barely any wait time between product applications. I only apply to my face and one pump is enough.

I've included this serum in my morning skincare routine now for around 8 weeks. I have had no breakouts or any other adverse reactions. 

I've noticed that my skin has maintained a more radiant complexion, which is no easy feat over the colder months when my skin usually becomes dull. There's been a subtle lightening of my pigmentation, not a miraculous difference, but still impressive to me to have seen a change for the better, no matter how slight.

The Now Solutions Dark Spot Serum is a win for me!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #10

Just a quick update on my lipstick declutter. Let me show you how I did.

ColourPop Lippiestix in Bichette

I didn't dislike this shade, but I don't love it and have similar shades in my collection. I have decluttered it.

ColourPop Ultra Satin in Dopey

I love this nude pink shade, so yes it is staying in my stash.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Rebel With Cause

I found this a fussy lipstick to apply and smudged throughout wear, which wasn't a pretty look, lol. Decluttering!

BH Cosmetics Color Lock Lipstick in Rapture

I was torn with whether to keep this lipstick or not, so I figured if I was in 2 minds, it meant that this was not a must have lip product. Bye bye!

NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

The Liquid Suede isn't my favourite and I just don't feel the need to keep it in my stash, although a mini would be easier to finish!

ColourPop Ultra Matte in Times Square

Another formula that isn't my fave and also another colour I don't feel the need to keep, saying goodbye.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Reckless

I like the formula of the Makeup Revolution lipsticks, but I find the darker shades are high maintenance, so I'm going to declutter this one.

ColourPop Ultra Matte in  Strip

I'm not sure this is a "me" nude shade, so it won't be staying in my stash.

Well, I will call this a successful declutter. I am only keeping 1 of these lipsticks. I must say, I'm pretty happy with that!

My lipstick stash now contains 59 lip products.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Urban Decay Theodora Palette

I recently spent a couple of days playing with the Urban Decay Glinda palette, so it only seemed fitting for me to use the Theodora eye shadow palette next.

This palette has a darker earthier theme, compared to Glinda.

Apart from the third shade, the shadows swatched well. I like the green shades, but once again felt underwhelmed by this palette. The golden shade I used on the second eye look resulted in lots of fall out, which I'm not a fan of. And yes I did my eye look before my foundation. 

This palette is safe for now, just like the Glinda palette, I am keeping because of the packaging and if I'm honest, because I spent a lot buying both palettes.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Nail Polish Nail Declutter #11

Although it's been a hot minute since I last posted a nail polish declutter update, I have still been using them, I'm just a little behind in the posting schedule. Anyway here's the nail polishes worn for this update.


Normally I love a gold, and being holographic this is even more special. If it was more opaque, it would be a keeper. 

Shade 05

The Soft Touch is an interesting finish. I love the shade and satin texture, so I am keeping this polish.

Dazzling Pink

This shade is certainly dazzling and will be staying in my collection.

Soft Gold

I don't love this nail polish as a base colour, but it is a good stamping shade and that's way I'm keeping it.

Get Your Number

This liquid sand is such a gorgeous glittery blue. Unfortunately, it's a bit patchy with one coat, but doesn't dry properly with 2. Sad to get rid of this one.

Melted Copper

This coppery holo polish is such a gorgeous shade and it will be staying in my collection.

Brilliant Blue

This holo remends me of a starry night. I don't usually reach for blue, but I do like a deep colour like this one. Keeping.

Deja Vu

Love the candy pink, love the holo, so you probably guessed that this polish isn't going anywhere! 

I'm probably keeping too many nail polishes, but there's some I'm just not ready to part with just yet.

My nail polish collection now stands at 54.

Monday, 1 October 2018

September Empties

So, it's October. That sounds so crazy to me. Don't even get me started on how close to Christmas we are, I'm not ready to think about that yet! But, you are here for the empties, and my rubbish I shall show you.

Slim pickings for the month of September, I didn't seem to finish much, or declutter a lot for that matter. 

It kind of feels like cheating showing one use sheet mask packets, but I did manage to use 4. I am so glad to be done with the MediHeal ones. The Papa Recipe Bombee Royal Honey Propolis Mask sheet masks are nice and moisturising and smell amazing like sweet honey, but I wasn't amazed with the results. I have 5 left so I don't to need to even consider a repurchase just yet.

Simple Kind to Skin Toner- I use this toner in the morning after cleansing. It has quickly become a staple product in my skincare collection.
Repurchase? Yes, when I get through some of my back-ups.

The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm- A nice eye cream that moisturised the under eye area. 
Repurchase? The eye cream didn't impress me enough to buy it again.

Boe BB Cream in Medium- Well, actually this was just the concealer that came in the lid. I didn't like the actual BB Cream, but found the peach toned concealer a good colour corrector for underneath my eyes.
Repurchase? I wouldn't buy the BB Cream just for this concealer.

...And I am decluttering these 3 itty bitty nail polishes.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Urban Decay Glinda Palette

Can you believe I've had the Urban Decay Oz eye shadow palettes for years and have only managed to swatch the shades? Admittedly I bought the palettes for the packaging, but I really had planned to use the eye shadows as well. Today I will be showing you the Glinda palette.

Apart from the deep plum shade, these shadows are quite light colours. As Glinda is the "good" witch, it makes sense that the shades would be on the pastel side. I'll show you some swatches.

The shades perform well swatching with my finger. I like the golds, but I must say that the palette as a whole did not excite me. In fact, I only managed to create 2 eye shadow looks and was looking forward to trying a different palette. If it weren't for the packaging, I would almost certainly part with this palette. I'll show you the eye looks.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Day Cream

I was fortunate to be accepted to trial the Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Day Cream, thanks Beauty Heaven! The cream is formulated to help the skin produce hyaluronic acid and collagen. The formula also contains an SPF of 15+.

The cream comes in a small jar with 50 ml of product. The white moisturiser is quite rich and has a thick consistency. The scent is a floral and reminds me of soap.

The moisturiser feels lovely when massaging on the skin. What took me some getting used to however, was the smell of soap, I really don't like heavily fragranced skincare products. I'm glad that I had a few weeks to review, because I now have gotten used to the smell and it no longer makes me want to recoil.

My skin has been loving the drenching of moisture that this product provides. I am not left with any residue, just skin that glows. I only need a small amount of cream for my face and neck, so this jar will last me quite some time.

Although this cream has SPF, the factor being 15+ is not enough protection for me. I apply a sunscreen over the top without a problem. 

I haven't experienced any adverse reactions since using this product. Some rich creams break me out, but not so far and I have been using this one for weeks.

I have noticed a slight reduction in my fine lines but that's as far as noticeable changes to my skin goes, However, my skin does feel so soft. The hit of moisturisation I am getting from the Nivea Cellular Hyaluron Filler Day Cream has impressed me enough that I would not hesitate in using again in the future, and am happy to continue, soap scent and all!