Wednesday, 21 March 2018

2018 Favourites #1

Before I had a break from blogging, I started monthly favourites. This year I am trying not to buy so much, so I tend to stick to the same products. I do still discover items that I love, so I decided I will share my favourites whenever I have a handful of items to show.

I have 6 products to show you that I have been loving.

Nivea Medicated Lip Repair- This was an add on product to an order I had made through iHerb. I've gotta get that free shipping, right? I wasn't expecting to love this lip balm. It feels nourishing and the cooling effect is soothing on my dry lips. Lip balms don't generally get me excited, but this one is fantastic.

Etude House Sunprise Sunscreen- This is a mineral sunscreen lotion that gives no white cast and is not greasy. Once absorbed, it is dry to the touch and being a lotion it is weightless. It seems that my favourite sunscreens are K-beauty ones. I really wish Australia had options like these and I didn't have to order online.

Australis Ready Set Go Powder- I bought this loose setting powder after it was raved about by Kat from Kats Colouring. If she liked this powder, I had to try it! Not surprisingly, it was every bit as good as she said. This powder is translucent and I like to use it to set my under eye concealer. I love the blurring effect I get. I just have to be careful to blend really well, because it does have a tendency for flashback when I'm taking pics. Not something that is a problem in person, but something I have to bear in mind when taking photos for Instagram and this blog.

Makeup Revolution Soph X Highlighter Palette- I have been loving this highlighter palette, mostly the top row. The bottom row is fine, but I prefer golds and peaches, not so much the cooler pink and purple tones. The last 2 are a little dark for me. I like that I can get a subtle highlight on my cheekbones that I would much rather, but they can be built up for a much more noticeable glow. They don't have any chunky glitter which is something I never want. I'll show you a couple of photos of me wearing them.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer- I know this bronzer has been out for years, but it is new to me. Actually, bronzing is something that I have only been doing for around a year. I love how fool proof this product is. It's warm, but not too orange-y and is easy to blend.

AOA Nail Polish Holder- I adore this gadget. I wear it on 2 fingers and then place a nail polish in the top. It has made applying polish so much more convenient because I don't have to be near a flat surface. It's awesome and I highly recommend one to wearers of nail polish.

Do you have any new found favourites?

Monday, 19 March 2018

Nutrimetics Ultra Care+ Platinum Tight Firm and Fill Eye Serum

Nutrimetics is one of those brands that I have heard of, but not really tried. When I say not really, I tested product at a party I went to many years ago with a friend, but never bought anything. I couldn't even tell you what I had tried, I just can't remember. Anyway, I won a goodie bag from Beauty Heaven that included the Ultra Care + Platinum Tight Firm and Fill Eye Serum and was happy to give it a try.

Taken from Nutrimetics- "Experience next generation skincare for younger skin at any age. This ultra-lightweight formula features a concentrated dose of an exclusive, patent-pending Tri-Peptide Complex, and potent botanicals including Algae Complex to smooth away wrinkles, brighten dark circles and reduce under-eye bags. This innovative formula allows you to experience visible results in 15 minutes."

The eye serum is packaged in a 10 ml squeeze silver tube. Underneath the cap is 3 small roller balls that help apply product.  The milky serum is slightly creamy, yet very light-weight and has a light herbal scent that is barely noticeable.

To apply, I just allow the roller balls to do their thing as I glide the tube around my eye area. The serum is dispensed as the balls roll. The product absorbs very quickly, which is something I appreciate with an eye product.

I use morning and night and get sufficient hydration from the serum alone, I do not feel the need to apply an eye cream on top.

After only using for around 3 weeks, I am yet to see a reduction in the severity of my dark circles. (no surprise there!) The puffiness has been reduced ever so slightly. What I have noticed though is that the lines under my eyes have been significantly reduced and the area does seem less dehydrated.

I am actually enjoying this eye serum and will be interested in what results may be visible by the end of the tube.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Urban Decay Naked Palette

I thought I'd go old school with this Shop My Stash blog post. I decided to play with the Urban Decay Naked palette mostly because although I've swatched it a few times, I have used it one time on my lids. It is one of my oldest palettes that I own and I wanted to take the opportunity to get a few days use out of it.

We all know what this palette looks like, but I'll go ahead and post pics anyway

Now onto the swatches

The only shades that I'm not that keen on this palette are the matte black and shimmery charcoal, they're not bad quality, I just don't generally use those shades. The mattes blend nicely and the shimmers apply well and are fine on their own, but if needed can be intensified with a damp brush.

I did like the looks I was able to create, but it did not take long for me to get bored just using this palette. I like colour on my lids.

The Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette for me makes a great companion palette for a shimmery palette.

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

Hopefully I won't take so long to open this palette again!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #5

For this nail polish declutter update I have some more blues and greens to show you.

Sally Hansen HD nail polish in Laser

Layla Ceramic Effect in Shade 62

Illamasqua nail polish in Viridian

Midnite Blue

Zoya nail polish in Irene

Kiko Nail Lacquer

Sally Hansen Xttreme Wear in Blizzard Blue

Orly Polish in Angel Rain

One of the shades that is staying in my collection is Layla Ceramic Effect in Shade 62 because this polish is such a great colour and I love the formula. Illamasqua nail polish in Viridian, Midnite Blue, the Kiko polish and Orly Angel Rain I'm also keeping.

Sally Hansen HD in Laser is going because it took forever to dry. Zoya's Irene and Sally Hansen in Blizzard Blue are also being decluttered because I found them both to be too sheer.

Nail polish tally now stands at 29

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 12 March 2018

Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50 +

When it comes to skincare, Gothamista knows her stuff. You can find her Youtube channel here. I don't usually use the word guru, but she is one of the skincare gurus. I was pretty excited when she posted a video review on mineral sunscreens. While watching the video, I compiled a wishlist which included the Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+. Apart from the interesting name, it is also budget friendly, so of course I was all over it!

From Etude House- "A non-sticky and no turbidy (not sure what that is, but I'm kind of glad it's not in the sunscreen! lol ) UV milk that provides long lasting UV protection with 100% mineral based mild ingredients for sensitive skin."

The sunscreen comes in a plastic squeeze tube with 50 g of product. It has a lotion consistency with a subtle herbal fragrance.

After my not so great experience with the Wotnot sunscreen, I was looking forward to trying another one, but also a little hesitant in case I was once again disappointed. Being a lotion, the product applies easily.

It turns out that I had nothing to fear. There is no white cast and no greasiness whatsoever. Yep, this is just as good as the Skin79 Sunscreen. I just wish it was available in a bigger size.

I think it's pretty clear the the Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF is a definite win for me!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor in Lava

The Revlon ultra HD Gel Lipcolors had been on my radar and I took the opportunity to buy 2 when I was given some birthday money.

Taken from Revlon- "Get high-definition, lightweight colour with new Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor. Intensely hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid." 
The lipsticks come in a metallic slim tube with 1.7 g of product. The colour of the tube is similar to the lip shade. They have a yummy vanilla frosting scent.
The lipstick applies easily, being a gel formula it just glides across the lips. Lava is a gorgeous orangey/red. It is quite pigmented.

This lip product feels so comfortable on the lips and has an almost soothing quality like a balm.
I found that the lipstick had quite good lasting power for such a creamy finish. I got around four hours of wear before needing to reapply.
I now understand the buzz around the Revlon Ultra Gel Lip Colors. They not only look good, but feel so nice on the lips, too. There is a variety of shades to choose from, which means I'll have to buy more!

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend xx

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #2

I must admit that I'm finding it odd to post so many pics of my face in one post, I guess it would suffice to just post swatches. But, I like to have the pics of me wearing the lipsticks for reference. Anyway these are the lipsticks I tried on.

Essence Matte Lipstick in All You Need is Red

Freedom Pro Lipstick in Juicy Lips

Maybelline Colour Jolt in Stripped Down

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Dazzle

BH Cosmetics Color Lock Lipstick in Faithful

Rimmel Lipstick in 103

 Lacura Slim Lipstick

Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Stiletto

I love all of these lipsticks, which is great, but not so for this declutter update. Hmmm, I know I should be more ruthless, but if I like a lipstick, I will keep it. Maybe next month will prove to be a better declutter effort.

Lipstick Tally- 18