January Empties

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 Nails


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?


*Product provided for review.

Harry Potter nail art

Wednesday, October 1st 2014 Nails

Today I’m going to be showing you the most challenging nail art I’ve ever attempted. The Polish Addicts of New Zealand group/blog has run a nail art contest named ‘It’s a Kind of Magic’. You had to choose good magic, or dark magic, and do nail art to go with that theme. When I think of magic, my first thought is Harry Potter, so I’ve entered under the good magic category.

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What’s in my bag

Sunday, June 8th 2014 Uncategorised

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a nosy person. It’s not a very good habit, so I try to refrain from doing it most of the time. One thing I love on blogs or youtube videos is when people show us what’s in their bag. It’s like I’m being nosy, but they’re actually showing me! So, I’ve decided to show you all what lives in my bag. I’ll focus mainly on the beauty products but I’ll show you the rest of what I haul around with me too.

To start off with, here is the bag itself. I got it in the Boxing Day sales last year, and it’s great. Big enough to carry what I need, but not so big that I make it ridiculously heavy.

Handbag from Sportsgirl

Handbag from Sportsgirl

My essentials

My essentials

Here is everything that’s in my bag, and it shows pretty much everything that I usually carry. Not shown are my glasses because they were on my face, or my work phone because I don’t carry it in the weekend. I have other things from time to time, like my Kindle, or something I’m knitting, but this stuff is mainly the essentials. I have my gorgeous wallet from Collette, another Boxing Day buy. It’s quite big but I have a lot of coffee loyalty cards to hoard, so it’s perfect. I have another card holder for business cards, because I’m a fancy professional lady. There’s also a portable phone charger, and a spare phone battery, because my phone’s battery life is abysmal. The thing that is just a reflection is tictacs, in case anyone was wondering. I have some medication there too, not exciting but it’s practical. I have headphones, to listen to music on my phone or ipod which I sometimes carry too. The rest is fairly self explanatory.

Now onto the beauty products:

Eye drops, moisturiser, hand cream and hand sanitiser

Eye drops, moisturiser, hand cream and hand sanitiser

These items are useful but not so glamourous. Drops for when my eyes get dry, a mini moisturiser for my face, mini hand cream, and some scented hand sanitiser.

Taylor Swift perfume, brush, hairties

Sample of Taylor Swift’s perfume, a folding brush/mirror, and a couple of spare hair ties.



Exciting things! Napoleon Perdis lip gloss (no shade written, just got it free with a magazine last year), one of my favourite lipsticks – Rimmel Kate Moss Matte #107, Jordana Barely Pink 165, and Burt’s Bees Mango lip balm. These lip products change all the time – I tend to put in whatever I’ve applied that morning, and they collect in there during the week. These ones happen to be real favourites of mine, and they get worn regularly. I expected the Jordana one to be kind of crappy because it was $4, and I only bought it because people in the Makeup Obsessives group were raving about them, but I really like the colour of it. I’ve swatched them for you below, except the lip balm because it’s clear and not interesting to look at really.

Swatches of Napoleon Perdis lipgloss, Rimmel Kate moss matte 107, Jordane 165 Barely Pink

Swatches of the lip products I have in my bag.

I don’t carry any other make up with me. I used to carry a pressed powder but it smashed, and although I (my boyfriend, really) managed to fix it with isopropyl alcohol, I didn’t want to tempt fate. I just don’t feel like anything else really needs to be touched up during the day. My foundation and eye make up usually stay put pretty well, so all I do is reapply lipstick.

This wasn’t a strictly beauty post, but I think there will be some nosy readers among you that enjoy having a look to see what I have in my handbag. I didn’t explicitly list everything because a lot of it is pretty obvious, but if you have any questions about the stuff in there, feel free to ask. What do you all carry in your bags? Are there some essentials that I’m missing?

Lena x


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