January Empties

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 Nails

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During January I managed to finish a respectable five products, as well as deciding to throw out a couple of things that I just never use. They were: Trilogy botanical body wash*, Eleven miracle hair treatment, Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 15 as well as a sample size, Manicare Cuticle Therapy Oil, Kleancolour Madly Matte top coat, and Jordana calcium basecoat. All bar one of them were full sized as well, so that’s a good effort. I haven’t been wearing as much makeup lately because it is SO HOT and humid here in Auckland so that probably explains why everything is skincare, hair, body, and nail products.

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Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment

I got this in a subscription box way back in September 2014! I went back to see what I wrote about it when I originally got it and I said “Even considering how much I need to use for my long hair, I think this would last a fairly decent amount of time, so it’s good value for money” – well I was right! I used this the majority of times that I wash my hair and I always noticed a difference in how it dried.

Repurchase? Probably, I’m currently using a similar product but will buy this again.

Trilogy Botanical Body Wash – Hailwood limited edition*

This is Trilogy’s classic Botanical Body Wash in beautiful limited edition packaging in a collaboration with NZ fashion label Hailwood. The scent is nice and it’s unisex (compared to a lot of the body washes I use/buy) so guys have been happy using it too. I like Trilogy’s eco-friendly ethos as it’s research based and isn’t hysterical about chemicals like some natural skincare companies are.

Repurchase? A bit expensive for me, but maybe as a gift for someone special.

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Kleancolor Madly matte top coat

The reason why this is in my empties despite being nearly full is that it’s a terrible product. I replaced it with Sally Hansen Big Matte top coat which you can read a review of here). If you want a bargain then save yourself some money and don’t buy it,

Repurchase? No way

Jordana Calcium Gel

I bought this at a time of desperation when my nails kept breaking, but it didn’t have any real benefit. My nail technician friends don’t think base coats or things like this are of any use, or at least no more so than a plain clear nail polish. I gave up using it after a while and stuck to my favourite Orly Bonder or Essie Fill the Gaps.

Repurchase? No.

Manicare Cuticle Therapy Oil

In contrast to base coats, cuticle oil is something I’m always told is beneficial for my nails so I try my best to use it regularly. Manicare Cuticle Therapy oil has Apricot oil, Wheat germ oil, mineral oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera extract so it’s a great combination of nourishing ingredients. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was that it was hard to get the last of the oil out of the bottle with the brush, I had to resort to pouring it onto my nails. Instead of buying this again I bought Benecos Natural Nail Care pen because of the handy dispensing mechanism – buy it from iherb.com

Repurchase? No, but wouldn’t rule it out.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF15 & Neutrogena Hydro Boost

I’ve written about how much I like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range in previous posts, and I still feel the same about it. I like that it’s Hyaluronic Acid based but you don’t have to apply it separately like the famed Hydraluron serum which I was pretty lazy with applying. However, I’m a creature who seeks novelty so I haven’t repurchased the Hydro Boost SPF 15. The classic Hydro Boost was also nice but I have sooo many other moisturisers that this one didn’t tickle my fancy enough to buy again.

Repurchase? Maybe one day.

Good effort me! I’ll be moving within the next month or so, so i imagine next month’s empties post will be pretty full because I’ll have to do some downsizing of my collection. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Lena

*Product provided for review.

Getting ready for a date

Monday, November 9th 2015 Nails

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As most of you know, I’m single and dating at the moment. As a ‘typical girl’ it takes me  forever, and a million products to get ready for a date. So, in his post I’m going to give you a behind the scenes look into the process of me getting ready for a date! I can do it in a rush, if need be, but I really would rather not. I enjoy the process – I always have music playing and usually have a pre-drink. A fair few of these products I’m using I’ve blogged about before since I like to use my tried-and-trued products, so I’ll link to the reviews where I can. I hope you enjoy this peek into my life…and if you’re the guy I’m dating, stop reading now, it’ll ruin the illusion.

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And so we begin…

Lust Have It birthday box – unboxing and review

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 Hair care

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:

Lust Have It Eleven hair treatment, bioderma, bioelexia, fuss free naturals

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