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October Empties – hair, skin, body products

Another month, another round of empties. I’ve been making a concerted effort to finish products, especially some of my many sample sachets that I’ve been hoarding for years. 13 different products isn’t a bad effort in my book. They were mostly skin and body care products, with a few haircare products, and one makeup item rounding out the group. The brands featured include Paula’s Choice, Neutrogena, Maybelline, Lush, and Vaseline. Let’s crack into it!

Tresemme Botanique, Sebastian Hydre, Fudge Violet Shampoo, Cetaphil, Trilogy exfoliant, Giovanni body scrub

What’s in my shower? Body, skin, and hair products galore

As a beauty blogger, I am lucky enough to be sent a massive amount of beauty products to try and review. What that means in reality, is that my bedroom and bathroom is overflowing with products. Recently on Instagram I posted a picture of everything that is in my shower at the moment. People were shocked/impressed with the sheer quantity of products. Then my mum added ‘what’s in my shower’ to my blog post ideas list on my whiteboard so I knew I just had to write about them all. In this post I’m going to run through all of the products I’m using at the moment, and what I like about them. It’s heavy on the hair products, but also includes skincare and body products  – a bit of something for everyone.

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November Empties

I know, it’s the middle of December and I’m writing about the beauty products that I used up in November. Better late than never, right? I finished up quite a few different products – hair care, skincare, makeup, and body. That was a mixture of full sized, and samples, and overall I’m feeling quite accomplished. By the way, when I say ‘repurchase’, some of them I didn’t actually purchase but got sent from brands, or got samples at counter but my evaluation remains the same – would I spend my money on them in the future. Right, now let’s get on with the reviews!

MUA for a day – Collaboration with Caitlin

Today is a bit of an unusual post because it’s not featuring my face – instead it’s my friend Caitlin! She has a fashion and beauty blog, and we decided to do each other’s makeup and post the results on our respective blogs. It was pretty fun, I never do anyone else’s makeup so it was a bit strange doing it and trying to be gentle, while still making them look fabulous. It was also cool looking through her makeup which was a bunch of things I’ve never used before, especially all the different Benefit products. Here she is before any makeup – looking gorgeous as always.   The first product I put on her was MAC Prep and Prime Skin, which made for a nice smooth base. Then I used the Maybelline Fit Me foundation stick in the shade 120, and kind of drew some lines on her face then blended them with a foundation brush. I’ve never used a stick foundation before so I needed instructions “If you read my blog you’d know this!” she said. I do read her blog but I have to say I don’t memorise it. Sorry Caity. There were just a couple of […]

My Kmart face!

I am in love with Kmart, I find it impossible to not go there when I go to the mall, and every time I do I seem to end up buying something. This happened the other day, when I went in to buy a tshirt and came out with a tshirt, leggings and also some makeup. Last week I saw Morgan from Hyacinth Girl post her $20 makeup challenge, using Kmart products, and I was inspired. I wanted to try on all of my new products, and I combined this with a bit of a challenge – do an entire face of makeup using only products that can be bought at Kmart. Some of them I actually bought elsewhere but they can be bought at Kmart, so let’s not be nit picky! I started with Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream in the shade light, which has pretty decent coverage, and just put it all over my face with my fingers. Next up was one of my new purchases, ELF Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter. I put the concealer, which was in the shade light under my eyes, and blended it with a brush, and then repeated with the highlighter, to brighten […]

Kmart brand lipstick – say whaaaaat?

You heard me – Kmart has its own brand of lip products! If you’ve been to Kmart in NZ or Australia since they did their cosmetics refurbish earlier this year you will have seen a section call ‘Face Eyes Lips Nails’ – not to be confused with the brand ELF (Eyes Lips Face). I’d walked past it before, but never bought anything as I figured it would be poor quality. However, this past weekend I was at my local Kmart with Elese, and an orange lipstick caught my eye, and as it only cost $6 I thought why not give it a whirl. Here’s my FOTD (Face Of The Day) for afternoon tea with a friend on the weekend. I’m wearing MAC Pro Longwear concealer, Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream, Models Prefer mineral foundation, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Silk Naturals loose eyeshadow which I’m planning on posting about soon, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink, Smashbox Mascara and Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in my brows. Phew that sounds like a lot of products but it’s just for a fairly casual outing! And a close up of my lips, to show the lipstick better. My lips are a bit dry here, from […]