Thursday, 19 April 2018

Nail Polish Declutter Update #6

I'll just jump straight into showing you what nail polishes that I have tried on.

Australis Nail Colour in #bethatgirl

Blue Paradise

Iced Queen

Shade #73

Charlestone Me

Victorian Violet

Paparazzi Purple

Fluro Pink

I'm definitely keeping #bethatgirl it's one of my favourite purple nail polishes. Although the camera didn't pick it up, the LA Colors Blue Paradise is sheer, but the pale purple has a lovely gold shift, unfortunately my nails are in poor shape and don't do this polish any justice,but I wiill be keeping it. I love the shade of Maybelline Color Show nail polish in Iced Queen but it has been well loved, and has now become difficult to get enough product out on the brush, so I will be saying bye to that one. 

Also going is Blush-amour Shade #73 and Mirenesse Charlestone Me nail polishes. I don't hate the shades, I just don't feel that I need them (trying to be ruthless! lol) I'm going to keep Australis Paparazzi Purple and getting rid of La Belle Victorian Velvet because it is so similar. Models Inc Fluro Pink is a little streaky so decluttering that one.

I'm so happy that I am getting rid of more that I am holding onto.

Current nail polish tally- 32

Monday, 16 April 2018

Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil

I have come to appreciate facial oils. As it is with all skincare, the market is so saturated with oils (no pun intended), I can often find it overwhelming choosing just one. Of course I do change things up and often. When Trilogy released the No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil, with no less than 15 oils, I was all over it, when it came on sale, that is! lol.

Taken from Trilogy- "Discover the power of pure plant oils with our one-of-a-kind, anti-pollution multi-tasker, Enriched with powerful antioxidants for rosehip, cherry and baobab oils to repair and protect, and independently proven to help provide anti-pollution defense against environmental damage to skin." Check out the link for the full 15 oil ingredients list.

The 30 ml of product comes in a tinted glass bottle with dropper dispenser. The golden coloured oil smells like rosehip oil to me.

My favourite way of applying this oil is to first spritz with a mist, currently I'm using rosewater. I then immediately dispense around 4 drops in my palm and massage into my skin. I then repeat for my neck and decollete.

Spritzing mist on first and applying oil while my face is still damp helps the oil to absorb faster, rather than it sitting on the skin for some time or being greasy. 

My face feels soft and plump after using this oil. It feels suitably hydrated so that I do not feel the need to follow with a night cream. I just love the idea of my skin receiving benefits from so many oils. However, if I'm being completely honest (as always), I seem to get the same results with rosehip oil. Don't get my wrong, I am enjoying the Trilogy No. 15 Beauty oil, but will form a final opinion once I have finished the bottle. I will update you in an empties post.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Lime Crime Venus XL Palette

With all the warm toned palettes I own, one would think that I would not feel the need to buy more. Wrong! I don't need more, but I recently caved into an impulse buy. My hubby had gone on a trip with his motorbike mates to Tasmania, so I felt like treating myself, too. I was quick to order the Lime Crime Venus XL eye shadow palette.

The packaging of this palette is gorgeous. Although this is a warm toned palette, it is based more on pinks, deep reds and purples, rather than reds, oranges and warm toned browns that I have been gravitating to (and still adore). This palette also includes some neutrals which are great to complete an eye look. I'll show you some swatches.

I love how well the eye shadows swatch, especially that rich red shade of the first eye shadow in the second row, stunning! The mattes are a little powdery, but I am ok with that if it means they are easy to blend, which these are.

I really enjoyed using this palette. I've never used Lime Crime eye shadows in the past, and I'm really happy with the quality. This palette is not going anywhere, I love it. If  I didn't have so many eye shadow palettes that I want to get use out of this year, I would have spent more time with this one.

I will show you some of the eye looks I created. Instead of my usual eye pics, I thought I would just go with full face ones. I'm not sure we all need to see close-ups of my aging eyes, lol.

Thank you for reading! xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Lipstick Declutter Update #3

I'm back to show you how I've been going with my lipstick declutter. Be prepared for a lot of photos of my face! Eek!

 Modelrock Liquid Lipstick in Born This Way

Savvy High Shine Gloss in On Set

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney

 Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Hot Fire

Dose of Colors Lipstick in No Shade

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me 2

Rimmel Lipstick in Shade 107

ColourPop Lippiestix Lumiere

I will definitely be keeping the DOC lipsticks, they are new to my collection and I love the 3 of them. I reviewed them some time ago, you can check that post out here. I adore the Lippiestix formula, especially the mattes and Lumiere is one of my fave shades, so keeping that one. 

The ones I am going to part with are the Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney because I don't really like the formula (I used to, but not so this time around) and Rimmel lipstick in shade 207 from the Kate collection because I have other lipsticks in that shade.

Lipstick tally- 24

Monday, 9 April 2018

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Wanting to include a vitamin C product into my skincare routine, choosing one from The Ordinary was a no brainer as it is such an affordable option. Deciding on the Vitamin C product to use was the hard part. I had previously used MAP, which I liked, but I wanted a higher percentage of Vitamin C in the hopes to really make a difference to my skin.

After much deliberation, I settled on the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. I wanted some bang for my buck and 30% is a very high percentage of vitamin C.

Taken from Deciem- "Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to help reverse multiple signs of skin aging while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free formula provides 30% pure LAA which remains completely stable due to the presence of very light silicones, this formulation feels smooth on the skin despite the suspension format of the formulation."

The product is packaged in a 30 ml squeeze tube with flip-top lid. The product has a thick silicone consistency with a slight non-descript scent.

This product can be used in the morning or night, but recommended for night time use. Of course, I prefer to use vitamin C during the day. LAA can be fussy when it comes to using with other products. I feel out of depth with all the "rules", so I hope that leaving 30 minutes after applying my serum before patting on this product then waiting another 30 minutes until I apply my moistiuriser and sunscreen gives enough time between applications as to not mess with the effectiveness of the vitamin C. Confused much? Me too, lol!

I found this serum best applied by smoothing onto the skin, then patting in to cover the face. This seems to prevent any pilling. It is just so thick, not so much that it is too difficult to apply, but it's unlike any skincare product that I have used. Obviously because of the silicones, it's similar to putting on a primer.

I do experience a slight tingle from time to time, but nothing I feel that I need to be concerned about, I don't even get a flush.

I've been using for about 3 weeks now and I cannot see any reduction in pigmentation, however my skin does appear brighter and my skin texture is smoother. I am happy to continue to use The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension, but I think I would prefer a product that isn't so temperamental. 

Unfortunately the easier to use vitamin C products just aren't as effective. Decisions Decisions. This is no reflection on the product itself, it is good, fantastic for the price. Although, in saying that I would rather a serum than this silicone base.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Shop My Stash Palette Edition- Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette

I am going back to an old palette for this Shop My Stash Palette Edition. The Kat Von D Spellbinding Palette is one that has been in my collection for years. The only use it has gotten is being swatched, so I just had to choose it to play with for a while.

Can we take a moment to admire the packaging. It is so gorgeous, and yes was definitely a consideration when I bought it. Ok, after that "moment", I will show you the opened palette.

Such a beautiful collection of shades that not only can be worn alone, but each pair can be mixed together to create a new shade.

The eye shadows swatched nicely. Creating eye looks that I was happy with proved to be difficult. Some of the shades applied beautifully, others I could only create a patchy mess. I didn't do a lot of mixing, because I find that doing my eye makeup took longer than normal as it was. 

There's so many lovely colours, but I found that it wasn't really a cohesive palette. I did have to use a matte palette for crease work, but that is not an issue for me. I don't hate the palette, I just can't imagine myself cherry picking certain shades for an eye look, I just wouldn't remember to.

Although I'm on the fence about this palette, the packaging alone has me keeping it for the moment.

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

Have a wonderful weekend! xx

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

March Empties 2018

I hope every one had a wonderful Easter. I spent the long weekend not doing a lot, but gorging on chocolate! I won't embarrass myself and show you the empty wrappers, instead I will show you the products that I finished in March, nice segue?

Once again this month I have decluttered quite a few products, thanks mostly to my declutter series.

Du'it Tough Hands Intensive Skin Repair- A no frills hand moisturiser for the guys as well as the girls. Quite a rich moisturiser that I would use at night when I had the time to let it absorb. This was a fantastic product to deeply hydrate my hands, helping to soften them.
Repurchase?  I would buy again, but I am not in need of a hand cream at this stage.

LPMP Myrrh Merlot- I seem to forget to include perfume samples when writing up my empties posts, but I will try in future. This perfume oil is said to be similar to Dior Poison, though I have not smelled that perfume. The fragrance is rich, dark and boozy grapes.
Repurchase? I appreciate the smooth blend, but it's not one that I would reach for, and certainly want to stop buying perfumes unless I love them.

Beauty Treats Pikake Facial Mask- A cloth sheet mask that contains vitamin C and vitamin E to soothe and moisturise skin.
Repurchase? As much as I liked this mask, I don't feel the need to seek it out, I can't even remember where I bought it!

Beauty Treats Green Tea Facial Mask- This gave my skin a hit of hydration.
Repurchase? As you can probably guess, I don't need to get more of these masks, didn't excite me.

Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogen Under Eye Patch- This pack comes with 3 pairs of patches for the under eye area. Formulated to help with puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. With my under eye issues, I was certainly able to put these claims to the test!
Repurchase? Yes! I love these for my under eye area. There wasn't much change to the dark circles and puffiness was reduced slightly. However, it gives so much hydration to the area that it plumps out fine lines and "irons" them out! 

Swisse Moringa Cleansing Oil- I used this oil as a pre-cleanse whenever I wore makeup. It did a great job of removing makeup.
Repurchase? I much prefer the Simple Cleansing Oil. Being an emulsifying oil it is not so heavy and easier to remove. So, no I will not repurchase.

Sukin Cream Cleanser- This cleanser reminded me a lot of the Moreish Cream Cleansers which are my favourite cleansers at the moment. Very gentle on the skin, yet cleanses nicely.
Repurchase? I have quite a few Moreish cleansers, and since they are being discontinued from Priceline, I might just replace with this one.

Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate- Well, didn't I feel fortunate and fancy when I was invited to trial this luxe serum. Very light weight and absorbed nicely, leaving my skin soft and smooth.
Repurchase? No, a little on the pricier side for me and really didn't impress me enough, thankfully ;)

Simple Soothing Facial Toner- A no frills toner that I use in the mornings instead of cleansing. I just pour a little on a cotton pad and apply to my face, removing any impurities from my skin.
Repurchase? Already have!

Now for some of the products that I am saying goodbye to.

I can't believe that I am getting rid of an eye shadow palette, but the MUA Starry Night is just not for me. I don't particularly like grey tones. The pinks are nice, but not enough to keep the palette for. The Maybelline Color Tattoo in Painted Purple has dried out and the Makeup Revolution pink blush is just too bright for me. Unfortunately I have to throw away my favourite blush brush because this Morphe brush handle has separated from the ferule.

Well, isn't that a nice chunk of polishes removed from my collection in a month. I am glad that I am parting ways with polishes that I just don't use. I want my stash to be made up of nail polishes that I love. Ideally that is my goal for my whole beauty collection.

Thanks for reading xx