Empties

Today I’ve got more empties! It feels like my last post of used up products was only yesterday, but I’ve been trying hard to get through my stash of samples, so here we are. Prices are correct as of time of writing, and are in NZ dollars at NZ retailers. For samples, I’ve listed the price for full size products.

Should blue eyeshadow stay in the 80s?

Blue eyeshadow has a bit of a bad reputation, after its heyday in the 1980s. Even Paula Begoun, my skincare goddess, wrote a book called ‘Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal’. Controversially though, I like it. I think that there are ways you can wear it that looks great, and not at all like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. According to some experts, people with blue eyes like me should stay far away from blue eyeshadow, but I don’t care for their rules. So, I’m going to show you a look that I did the other day that features blue eyeshadow without looking like an 80s throwback. As usual, I started with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, something I’ve been raving about on here ever since my very first post. I applied the lighter, silvery-blue shadow all over my lid -it doesn’t have a shade name, but it’s from my Models Prefer ‘Ice Queen’ mineral eyeshadow duo, which you can see in the featured image at the top of this post. I really like Models Prefer products, but I’ve only seen them for sale in Australia, never in NZ, but I digress. The darker shadow is a Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment, in […]

What’s really in your hair oil?

Using oil in your hair is something that is becoming much more mainstream. Lots of brands have been releasing hair oils, and I’ve even bought some of them. However, they aren’t all exactly what they seem. The thing that you need to watch out for is that most of them are not pure oils, but silicone-based products with a small amount of oil in them. I was fooled by this and bought an Organix Macadamia oil that turned out to be mostly silicone, which I was not happy about.  What silicone does is smooth hair, but it can also really weigh down the hair. It coats the hair, as opposed to actually adding moisture to it, and this coating isn’t easily washed out. Silicone can make it difficult for hair colour to adhere to the hair, so I try to avoid using it in my hair unless I really need to smooth it out, and definitely avoid using it in the weeks leading up to a hair colour appointment . It’s not terrible to use, but it’s important to be aware that you’re using it, as opposed to pure oil. Probably the most popular, or at least the most talked about, […]

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Beauty Myths: petroleum jelly and baby oil

Since my post on microbeads was so well received, today I’m going to be doing another science/environmental themed beauty post, and this time the topic is petroleum jelly and mineral oil. Is petroleum jelly bad for your skin? Is baby oil bad for your health? Stay tuned to find out! The product most people associate with petroleum jelly is Vaseline, which was invented in 1870. It was originally promoted as being good for burns and scrapes, but in the years since then it has turned out that it’s not very useful in that regard. What petroleum jelly is  useful for is on dry skin – it functions as an occlusive, that is, it stops water from evaporating from your skin and thereby preserves your skin’s natural moisture. Most people would also be familiar with baby oil, which is simply mineral oil with fragrance added. Mineral oil is known as liquid paraffin, pariffinum liquidum, and liquid petroleum,  and is closely related to petroleum jelly. People often are concerned about the use of both products for the same reasons, so for that reason I’ll be discussing both in this post. Myth #1  If comes from petrol, using it is bad for the environment Mineral oil […]

Honesty in blogging

To me, blogging has always been a more honest form of writing than most journalism. I had thought this when it comes to politics, or pop news, and it’s always something I’ve thought was true about beauty blogging too. Everyone knows that magazines are full of ads, and ‘advertorials, and even things that aren’t officially ads have never seemed very genuine to me. Everyone knows beauty editors get sent boxes full of new products, and of course if they’re writing an article about foundation they’ll say that you should buy this $70 one. That’s why  I never trusted their recommendations, and was delighted to find online beauty blogs and youtubers who were just people like me, sharing their opinions. Or so I thought. As I’ve followed beauty blogs and youtube channels more closely, it has started to become more obvious that a lot of them are just raving about things that they got for free. I find it especially obvious among the smaller community of kiwi beauty bloggers – there aren’t as many of them, so if I see a bunch of articles within a couple of weeks about how GREAT the latest lotion and potion by X brand is, I […]

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How microbead exfoliators pollute the ocean

Yesterday I read the ingredients list of my Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub and I discovered something sinister. I realised that I had been scrubbing my face with tiny bits of plastic that were then being washed down the drain, to end up in the ocean! Recently there has been a lot in the news about the use of microbeads in scrubs, body washes, and even toothpaste. Plastic microbeads are too small to be filtered by most wastewater treatment, therefore ending up in oceans and lakes, and they are beginning to cause real trouble in the food chain. Despite having heard about the hazard of these microbeads, I naively assumed that since the scrub I use most often from Aveeno, whose tagline is ‘Active Naturals’ that it wouldn’t be an issues. OH HOW WRONG I WAS. The ingredients list is below for Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub, and I have bolded Polyethylene – which is the most commonly used plastic in the world. Interestingly, and unsurprisingly, they don’t state this clearly on the packaging or website,instead waxing lyrical about how”the natural loofah and coconut pulp-enriched formula gently polishes away pore-clogging debris, revealing a brighter, smoother look, and prepares your skin for your daily moisturizer.” Water, Glycerin, Amino […]