Empties January 2019

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I’m still working my way through my stash and using things up. I managed to finish up a few things this month. Let’s take a look and I’ll let you know if I’ve repurchased or not, or if I plan on repurchasing eventually, and I’ll include a link to the original review(s).

Empties January 2019

Native Deodorant in Lavender Rose and Cedar Sea Salt – Both myself and the mister finished our first natural deodorant sticks from Native. I’ve already purchased replacements, but this time in Hibiscus and Mint for me, and Eucalyptus and Mint for him. I’m also alternating using the sensitive formula in Cotton and Lily scent. Reviews are here and here.

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner – This set took me six months to finish up because I can’t use it all the time as I need more hydration for my hair, nor did not give my hair any added volume – both of which I need in the winter time. I won’t be repurchasing as I have a few other shampoo & conditioner sets in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Empties January 2019

Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain – I’ve purchased this several times since my original review in 2015, and will probably purchase it again once I use up the concealers in my stash.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – This got lost in my stash, and I’ve had it open for too long. It wasn’t the one for me as it didn’t hold a curl for my stick straight lashes so I won’t purchase this one. Review is here.

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm – I love this cleansing balm, and plan to repurchase once I finish up another cleanser in my stash. It is super gentle and removes makeup really well (even waterproof mascara). Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir / Antioxidant Serum – I really liked this serum sample from December’s Petit Vour box and would love to own a full size. But I have a few serums in my stash to use up, so it is going on my wishlist for now. Review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Rose *PR sample –  I love facial mists / toners. This one is beautiful and a definite wishlist item for me as I have a few facial toners / mists to use up in my stash. I actually finished this one up a few months ago, but the bottle was hidden in my refrigerator so it kept getting left out of my monthly empties. Review is here.

Did you finish up much this month?

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: Please see original blog post reviews for individual disclosure details. However my opinion is my own, based on my experience with the products.

Monthly Empties – March 2018

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Today I’d like to share my monthly empties with you. I’ve been making great progress in using up products in my stash and only purchasing replacements as I use things up!

Skincare:

Empties March 2018

Natura Siberica Saaremaa Moisturizing Hand Cream – I’ve been using this hand cream since I was gifted it when we were in Estonia in August. I’m sad that this one is empty, it was so good! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on another tube via the Mr’s Eestie family. Review is here. (Gift from family)

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream – This small pot of cream was heaven-sent! I used this one up during our cold snap and it really helped with any dry patches. Review is here. (Petit Vour subscription paid for by me)

The Ordinary Argireline Solution – At first I wasn’t sure that this watery serum was doing anything, but I noticed a difference after around 2 to 3 months. I use it on my forehead and around my mouth. I just got a backup of this one. Review is here. (Purchased by me)

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Sheet Mask – I actually remembered to keep the package for my monthly empties! This facial mask is gloriously rose scented and super hydrating. There is tons of essence / serum. I think I only have one more of these masks in my stash. Review is here. (PR Sample)

Sothys Crème Jeunesse / Youth Cream – This was such a beautiful facial cream. I used it day and night all winter. Very rich and hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy. Review is here. (PR Sample)

Farmacy Beauty Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil – This was probably the first cleansing oil that I had ever used. It works so well to effectively yet gently remove makeup and deep clean the skin without drying it out. I’m currently using the Farmacy Green Clean Balm, so I don’t need to replace this one just yet. Review is here. (Purchased by me)

The Ordinary HA 2% Serum – This might be the second or third bottle that I’ve used up. Since a lot fo the products that I use have HA in them, I don’t feel that I need to replace this for the hopefully upcoming warmer weather, but will probably return to this serum in the colder months. Review is here. (Purchased by me)

Makeup & Essential Oils

Empties March 2018

Now Essential Oils Peaceful Sleep / Peaceful Night Blend – This one is used nightly at our house. It is a lovely blend of orange, tangerine, lavender, chammomile, ylang ylang and sandalwood. I’ve already re-purchased the 30ml bottle. (Purchased by me).

Essence Volume Styliste 18h Curl & Hold Mascara – I liked this mascara, but I prefer the False Lash one better. Review is here. (Purchased by me).

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream – This was great because it has a high SPF, but I want something with lighter coverage. Plus I’ve had it since 2015, so it was time to get rid of it. Review is here (Purchased by me).

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Cream – I never wear this pink toned nude lipstick, and the scent is starting to go off, so it is time to declutter this one from my stash. Review is here. (Purchased by me).

Empties March 2018

So there you have it, I think that I made great progress in working my way through my stash this month! How about you, have you finished up much this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure – all products have been identified as being either gifted (from family), PR, or purchased by me.

Best 17 of 2017 – Skin and Hair Care

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Today I am sharing my picks for the best of 2017 in Skincare, Bath / Body and Hair Care – in some categories I picked more than one product.

Skincare:

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Best Cleansers of 2017 – Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Balm and Juice Beauty Brightening Gel Cleanser. Both have become my favourite cleansers that I tried this past year! Reviewed here and here.

Best Serums of 2017 – The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% and Buffet. I’ve gone through two of each of these and they work really well for my sensitive skin. Reviewed here and here.

Best Eye Cream / Serum of 2017 – The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. This is the the only caffeine based eye serum that I’ve tried that doesn’t irritate my eyes. It works well for calming undereye puffiness. Review is here.

Best Toner of 2017 – The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Admittedly, I’ve not tried a lot of toners this year, but this one works well for my skin. I only use it a few times a week and not daily. Review is here.

Best Facial Oil of 2017 – Poetic Blend Ghost Oil. This came in a Petit Vour box, and I absolutely love it, especially now that we are in the midst of cold winter weather. Review is here.

Best in Bath and Body 2017

Best of 2017

Best in Body Care 2017 – Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm (PR Sample) and Satya Organic Eczema Relief. Both are amazing. Reviews are here and here.

Best in Lip Care 2017 – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Joik Gloss and Care Lip Oil. I’m a lip balm addict and these two are the best! Review are here and here.

Best in Bath 2017 – Wildcraft Buff Scrub and Joik Luxurious Rose Bathmilk. This is the nicest body scrub, and it smells amazing. It says that it can be used on the face, but my facial skin is far too sensitive. I’m sad that I’ve used up the last of my Joik Rose Bathmilk – it was so lovely and the scent was glorious. Reviews here and here.

Best Hand Cream 2017 – Natura Siberica Saaremaa Mositurizing Hand Cream. I was gifted this while in Estonia, and it is such an amazing hand cream. I use it daily in the colder weather. Review is here.

Best in Hair Care 2017

Best of 2017

Best Hair Accessory 2017 – GummiBand Hair Cords (PR Sample). I’ve been using these daily since getting them. I have one on my wrist as I’m typing, haha! Review is here.

Best Hair Product 2017 – Briogeo Curl Charisma. Helps tame my unruly wavy hair and make it look good without being crunchy or heavy. Review is here.

Best Dry Shampoo 2017 –  Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo. This was diffiuclt to choose between this one and my usual one from Co-Lab. I like that it doesn’t make my hair feel gross, or add a white cast and adds a nice amount of volume. Review is here.

Next week I’ll have by Top 17 of 2017 in makeup!

Weekly Recap To Sept 25th to Oct 1st

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out…

Monday, Sept 25th – Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Review

Wednesday, Sept 27th – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Mini Lipstick in Verbena

Friday, Sept 29th – Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Review

So there you have it! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my monthly empties.

Have a beautiful week! Thanks for reading ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all the things.

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Review

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Today I have a review of the Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm from Farmacy Beauty. This one was on my wishlist for quite awhile. Info in italics is taken from the Sephora website:

Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm instantly melts into the skin, dissolving away makeup and pollution residue so even the boldest eye makeup and sunscreen applications are easily removed. It refines the skin’s surface for a younger looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types, Green Clean can be used even on dry and delicate complexions. 

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The balm features sunflower oil and ginger root oil to gently cleanse and nourish the skin for a glowing complexion. Extract of the Moringa tree, a native tree to India and Africa, helps to purify and refresh skin by removing impurities caused by pollution. Papaya extract acts as a natural exfoliator to help renew the look of the skin’s surface. An aromatic blend of lime, bergamot and orange essential oils revitalizes the look of skin. It features the unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™, which contains a high concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant that promotes an evenly toned complexion. 

As with the Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil that I’ve previously reviewed (here), the packaging is an origami type box that unfolds to reveal information on the company:

Farmacy Green Clean

This light green cleansing balm is so gentle and it really does remove all makeup. It has a very mild fresh scent from the combination of ingredients and essential oils.

I love that it comes with a little spatula for scooping out the balm. My skin always glows when I use this one.

Have you tried this cleansing balm?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

August 2017 Wish List

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Today I’d like to share my wishlist for August since it has been awhile since I’ve made one!

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Wishlist Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Balm

What is on your wish list this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, this is just a wish list!

July 2017 Faves

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Today I’d like to share this month’s fave products in skincare, haircare and makeup. I’m going to limit myself to two products per category.

Skincare:

The Ordinary “Buffet” Serum – I just finished my first bottle of this serum and I’ll be ordering a new one after my upcoming vacation. Original review is here.

Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil – I’ve recently rediscovered this gem of a cleansing oil in my stash and have been using this one quite a bit over the past month. Original review is here.

Haircare:

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Maui Mositure Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner – This shampoo and conditioner set really has helped keep my hair under control during the summer months. Original review is here.

Makeup:

Bite Beauty Everday Agave Lip Mask – I apply this every night before I go to bed and wake up with the softest / smoothest lips. Original review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator *- I am so in love with this beautiful highlighter. I think that I’ve worn it every single time I’ve worn makeup this month! Original review is here.

There you have it, my faves for the month of July. What were your faves this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All purchased by me except for item marked with an asterix* All opinions are my own.

Best of 2015 – Skin, Body and Hair Edit

As 2015 draws to a close, I just wanted to thank you for following, reading, commenting and liking my posts. I started this blog in March and I did not think that I would have over 500 followers in less than a year. So thank you! ❤

Here’s my “Best of 2015 – Skin, Body and Hair” and links to the original reviews.

Best Cleanser: 

Tied for best cleanser, I have two, the first being the REN Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm (review) and more recently the Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil (review).

Best Serum:

Again we have a tie, both are from OZ Naturals, the Hyaluronic Serum and and Retinol Serum (reviews here and here).

Best Moisturizer:

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Technically this is a facial mask, but the Paula’s Choice  Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask works amazingly well as a super moisturizer for skin that is super dry in the winter (review here).

Best Mask:

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – I still use this at least once every two weeks (review)

Best Eye Make-Up Remover:

I’ve been using Grapeseed Oil to remove my waterproof mascara for years, and it is still my go-to because most eye make-up removers really irritate my sensitive skin and sensitive eyes (review). My runner up would have to be the Bioderma Sensibio (review), which is funny because I didn’t love it at first.

Best Body Moisturizer:

My holy grail is the Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter, but a close runner up would be the OZ Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter (reviews here and here).

Best Bath Treat:

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Of course this one would be from LUSH! So many to choose from, but my all time favourite would have to be the Rose Jam Bubbleroon *swoon* (review). My photo is of the older version, the new one looks a lot prettier.

 

Best Hair Care Items:

I didn’t review very many hair care items, but the Haus of Gloi Hair Oil is one product that I’ve been using for a few years, and I swear by it for taming my beastly hair, haha! (review). Second place goes to my favourite dry shampoo from Zabana Essentials. I still don’t love the packaging, but I love how fresh, clean and soft it makes my hair, and the lavender and mint scent is gorgeous (review).

There you have it, my Best of Skin, Body and Hair Care for 2015! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful 2016! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: See the original reviews for individual product disclosure statements.

 

Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil

I’ve been using the Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil from Farmacy at night for two weeks now. This is the first product from Farmacy that I’ve tried. This is also the first cleansing oil that I’ve used.

The cleansing oil has a mildly herbal smell. Here’s the instructions for use taken from the website:

Use daily to remove makeup and surface impurities. Pour a small amount into palm and blend with a few drops of water. Mix until a silky milk forms. Massage onto skin with upward and outward motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

I have to comment on how gorgeous the packaging is, you slide the outer sleeve off to find an origami type box that opens up – just look at how beautiful it is!

Key ingredients:

Powered By EchinaceaGreenEnvy™. A unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. […] Cichoric Acid also normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion.

 Safflower Oil, a natural solvent for oil-based makeup, helps remove makeup gently. […] Super moisturizing Sunflower Oil leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft with no greasy residue, while also aiding in the repair of the skin barrier function with essential fatty acids.
This is a beautiful cleansing oil, with a very mild herbal scent, and it really does remove  make-up, although I do go in after with some grapeseed oil to get any stubborn waterproof mascara bits off my lashes. My skin feels soft, smooth, and moisturized, but not at all greasy.
I think that this would be a good one for all skin types, but especially for sensitive skin like mine.
I’m planning on trying out a few more products from Farmacy in the new year once I’ve finished tested out the things I currently have in the review stash.
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Disclosure: I purchased this!