14 February, 2014

January's farewelled products (and beauty diet update)


 
I was determined to get this post done before it got too close to March!  As I always promise I'm going to try and keep it brief because there are enough products to make this a lengthy tome already...
 
Skin care
 
1) The Face Shop Green Tea Sheet Mask - I'm back with those sheet masks this year although I must admit I've not been pampering myself too much lately.  This hydrating mask was a little on the sticky side and my skin felt tacky afterwards.  Not a favourite - I won't repurchase - but not huge loss at 3AUD.

2) The Face Shop Pearl Essential Mask Sheet - "for smooth and light absorption and intensive efficacy of pearl".  My Googling tells me pearl powder is used in skincare to improve the appearance and rejuvenate the skin. Fractionally more expensive at 5AUD but a better feeling mask and I would repurchase. 

3) Nivea Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes (25 wipes) - These new Nivea wipes are freshly scented and free from parabens, silicones, colourants, mineral oils and alcohol.  They left my skin feeling clean and refreshed and not dry or tight in any way afterwards.  I found these a nice summer choice because they are so fresh! 
 
 
4) Pond's Flawless White Deep Whitening Facial Foam (100g) - I've learned not to expect miracles from whitening products but it doesn't stop me from trying the variations out there.  Needless to say the whitening properties of this cleanser were nothing to rave about but aside from that it was a nice foaming cleanser.  The teeniest bit squeezed into the palm of my hand lathered up really well and it was gentle and non-drying.  If you don't care about the "whitening" aspect and enjoy a rich foaming cleanser then this is just fine for the in-shower cleanse.
 
5) Face of Australia Gentle Make-Up Remover (125ml/4.23 fl.oz) - I tried this as another variation of my favourite dual-phase, shake up makeup removers.  I found it just as effective as any on the market, and it didn't sting or irritate my eyes so I've repurchased.  For those of you who are interested this is another oil free, and paraben free product.
 
6) Avon Anew Reversalist Night Renewal Cream (50g) - I'm trying to be more religious about my nightly skincare routine so night creams are making more of a regular appearance.  I really enjoyed this night cream - it felt rich enough to be moisturising but not too rich so not suffocating or greasy. It has a lovely "expensive" scent too and elegantly packaged in its heavy glass jar this is a bit of a luxury product. 

 
Hand and body care
 
7)  Natio Wellness Hand Wash (240ml/8.1fl.oz) - This gentle chamomile, pomegranate and wheatgerm enriched hand wash is one of my favourites.  It doesn't irritate my eczema afflicted hands and the scent is soft and fruity without being cloyingly sweet.  The one problem is the pump bottle which can leak product at the neck of the bottle and get a bit messy - funnily enough I didn't notice this problem until someone else brought it to my attention and then of course it started to annoy me... Still, I do love the product itself and I'd decant it into a different bottle if it really drove me crazy!
 
8) OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover (120ml/4 fl.oz) -  This is the strongest formula in the OPI remover line (suitable for gel removal) and I'm happy to continue using it this year.  At the moment I'm down to weekly manicures so it's not too drying and it removes my polish quickly.
 
9) Avon Foot Works Healthy Cracked Heel Relief Cream (100ml) - No I don't suffer from cracked heels but I believe regular use of this cream is the reason why.  I have a backup in use already.
 
Cosmetics
 
This is the most exciting part of the post for me because it's my beauty diet update and I'm out of the starting gate! Two makeup empties means I could go shopping if I wanted for my first luxe makeup item but I've got something specific in mind which doesn't release until March.

Logically I'll do these updates as part of my monthly empties to save boring you - more immediate updates are on Instagram if you want to know exactly when I'm finishing up things. Along for the ride are Anissa and Norlin so check out their blogs too to see how they're progressing! I know Anissa has a massive makeup destash underway and I'm impressed with her fearlessness!
 
10) Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Curl Mascara - I've raved about this mascara and I do love just how creamy and smooth it feels when I apply it - This mascara just glides on.  No clumps, just thick and soft lashes with this one. 
 
11) MAC Lip Glass (Zazoom) - I don't really know why I persisted with this gloss because it was the least practical, chunky-glitter filled concoction.  Never fear cos this was an old LE so it can't terrify any of you any more! It's DONE now and that's my two makeup empties for this month.
 
Until next time!
 
 

17 comments:

  1. I NEED to go through my collection to know which ones to let go off - you know the ones I know I will never use but is there? Then I can go with my update. ;) Doing that this weekend so I can have an update by Monday! PLUS, need to share my wishlist.

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    1. Awesome! I'm looking forward to reading both posts! I feel like I need to be more brutal with my things too - I have a problem letting them go unless they are total stinkers!

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    2. I have trouble letting things go too, but then they just sit there until they go off, so I figure I may as well get rid of them.

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  2. Good job! Shite loads of stuff :-) I'm collecting products I finished so I can update my empties post as well. Such great satisfaction looking back - so many products I used up!

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    1. Thanks Lily! It's very satisfying to see things get emptied. Especially makeup at the moment!

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  3. Impressive as always - but even more is your sense of restraint! You want the YSLs pretty badly, huh? :D

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    1. Oh gosh it's practically killing me! I'm holding fast for that collection but at the same time I really REALLY want Chanel's Excentrique lippy now because it's orange! I guess the thing is that lipstick will always be there while the YSL is LE.

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    1. I'm nearly at cracking point Tracy so thank goodness for your package - just in the nick of time! Now I can see when I REALLY want something as opposed to just buying on a whim - it's an interesting new feeling, lol!

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  5. Vita, you are the Empress of Makeup Empties!!
    I thought of you on Wednesday evening when I popped on a Annabelle twist-up crayon. I was home alone, but it was fun playing dress up with my lips! I did a mix of "Plump It Up" and "Sorbet". Each on its own is too much, but together they're something I fathom wearing out. That's huge for me, the non-lippie girl! How have you fared with the shades I sent you?

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    1. Ooh! I have this orange fixation at the moment so Orange Pop was the first one I went for. I've been loving Romance for an understated lip because it's the perfect mauve for me. I really love the texture of these - they're amazing!

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  6. WooHoo! You've got two empties! You are doing so well!
    My de-stash is continuing, I am trying to be as ruthless as possible.

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    1. Isn't it great! Plus the 2 more I've already done for February - I'm off to a good start! I think I'll start an iffy pile for anything I'm not sure about, like the L'Oréal Shine Caresses. If I can't make them work then they'll have to go!

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  7. I want a few new face masks now after seeing them here again :)

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    1. I wish I had more time to wear them! Things are taking a while to settle into some kind of routine down here but I'm sure I'll find the time for a long overdue pamper :)

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  8. I am loving these updates ladies!!
    I too am getting a bit more into the nighttime skincare routine and routine in general. It's great!

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    1. Glad you're interested in what we're up to! I alternate between feeling determined and getting impatient with myself - I have a few more products which are just soooo close to finishing up and I'm itching again to go shopping!

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