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August & September Empties

I didn’t use up very many products during August, so I decide to save my empties for a combo August and September post. I used 14 different products up, and the majority of them were full size which is a particularly good effort. Hair products feature heavily, because I did a bit of damage to my hair by lightening it significantly. I have previously written posts about a number of these products, and I will link to them if you’d like to read more about them. With each product I say whether I would repurchase them – some of them were sent to me by brands and I marked them with an asterix – so really it’s more, would I purchase them myself. I also answer that question from a perspective of  if I didn’t have a lifetime supply of these products already sitting in my bathroom. The brands I’ve used up include OGX, Hi-Pro-Pac, Schwarzkopf, Sebastian, Palmolive, Far Botanicals, Za Cosmetics, Maybelline, and Clinique.

April empties part one

The beauty of being on a no-buy is that I’ve been using up lots of products! I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish as many things as possible, and it’s been working well. During April I finished two full size products, a deluxe sample, as well as a few samples, which I was very impressed by. Especially the fact I finished a lipstick – that has NEVER happened to me before! Here’s what I finished, and I’m going to be splitting this post into two, since otherwise it’d be ridiculously long. I’ll link the second post once it’s up, later in the week.

Moisture Mist skincare and makeover experience

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Farmers Glenfield to have a mini-facial and makeover with Moisture Mist products. I learned that both brands are sub-brands of Shiseido which is a Japanese cosmetics company that has been around for over 140?? years. Moisture Mist is only available in New Zealand – it used to be available in more countries, and was discontinued, but it was so popular with Kiwis that it was kept here. One especially popular product is the Beauty Cake which I have reviewed previously. I tried a whole range of different skincare and makeup products  – read on to see what I thought of them. (PS what do you think of the ‘read more’ format? I’m trying it out because lots of people seem to love it)

Lust Have It birthday box – unboxing and review

I couldn’t resist – after months of restraining myself, I signed up for Lust Have It. It’s an Australian-based beauty box that also ships to New Zealand, and costs $19.95 AUD, which is around $22 NZ, depending on the exchange rate at the time they charge you. This month was their birthday box, which made it super special, and gave me a bit of an extra push to order! In this post I’ll be reviewing everything in the box, but first – here’s what we got – an awesome bag full of products:

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.

A look at Oasis Beauty products

We were so spoiled at a meet up I went to recently – one of the many things in our goodie bags was a packet of samples from Oasis Beauty. I had tried a couple of their samples in the past but the range seems to have had a fair bit of change, so it was great to get the chance to try them again. Oasis Beauty is a New Zealand owned and made range of skincare and also BB creams, and it’s also cruelty free. The samples I got were Rhino Repair, BB Cream – The Monroe, and Apple A Day SPF 25 moisturiser.

Inside my travel makeup bag

By the time you read this post I will be on holiday in Australia, for a girly holiday with my friend Laura and staying with my mum, yay! I always like looking at peoples’ travel makeup bag posts, so I’ll share mine with you now. It was hard to whittle down my collection, but I managed to fit it all into a reasonable sized bag! The base products I chose were Clinique Super City Block, NYX Photo-loving primer, Clinique CC Cream light, MAC Studio Sculpt NW20, Rimmel Stay Matte primer, ELF blush Peachy Keen, and ELF Under Eye concealer and highlighter in light. I wanted to have the option to do a full coverage base, as well as just swipe on some of the CC cream. I haven’t featured the CC cream on here before – here’s a swatch. Eye makeup was another set of difficult decisions! The mascara was a no-brainer, I chose Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes which I’ve been using for a little while now and loving. The Sephora eyeliner pencil is handy because it’s got brown and black, and the NYX wonder pencil is perfect for the inner rims of my eyes. Then there’s Bobbi Brown […]

Rosehip oil is amazing

At the moment, I am really loving using oils on my face, body and hair. This is the first of a series of posts about oils and how I use them, and we’re beginning with my face! I absolutely love Rosehip oil for my face. My mum used to get me to use it when I was in my teens but I thought it was weird and rarely used it. I wish I had listened! Natural approaches to skincare are now more mainstream, and my mind has been opened to the wonders of rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is made by pressing the seeds of the rose bush – the seeds are also used to make tea which is apparently very good for you, but I haven’t tried it. Rosehip oil is high in essential fatty acids – Omega 6 and Omega 3, which are important for skin health. Omega 6, or lineolic acid, is especially good at improving the skin’s ability to stop water evaporating from the skin. I have noticed a real improvement in the dryness of my skin since using rosehip oil. It can also help to reduce redness and scarring, stretchmarks and wrinkles too. If you have oily […]

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, […]