Current Empties (September 2015)

I don’t do these posts nearly enough! Far to often I have a massive pile of empties that I can’t part with until I write about them, sad, huh? I have a few things in this lot that I’m really sad to see go so I had to share them with you!


Lancome Nutrix Royal
I purchased this after my skin had an awful reaction to a face cleanser. It is a really thick consistency, but super hydrating and calmed my skin down significantly. I’m unsure how readily available this is now (I did get it online from overseas) but it was great at the time.

Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser
I apparently have a love-hate relationship with Aesop products, and this one fell into the latter. There wasn’t anything inherently bad about it, but considering how much I have utterly loved the previous products I’d tried, this fell flat. It cleansed, but I personally just didn’t feel it was quite as good as others I had tried. And I usually really enjoy the herbal/aromatherapy-like scents, but this one just didn’t do it for me.

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion
This is a pricey option for an everyday moisturiser, but I actually really enjoyed it. It was light to put on before make up and it had enough SPF that on a day when I wasn’t in the sun a whole lot.


Benefit Gimmie Brow
I can’t get over how much I love this product. The fibres in this mean that I don’t always have to spend the time properly filling in my brows. The only thing stopping me from repurchasing this is the price. And I haven’t tried any of the cheaper alternatives yet, so if you think any of them are comparable to this, please let me know!

Two Faced Shadow Insurance
This is just your stock standard eyeshadow primer, I like it, but I did find it separated a bit in the tube after a while. And when I decanted to a tub, it dried out!

La Prairie Anti Aging Hydra Tint
It pains me to admit to myself that this is actually used up. I won this in a competition because I could NEVER justify the exorbitant price of this, considering it is *just* a tinted moisturiser. But I loved this SO much. It was smooth, it made my skin look clear without looking cakey and it smelled divine. Which is why it breaks my heart so much. I would buy it again in a heartbeat, but not at $120 a pop *cries for eternity*

Napoleon Light Diffusing Make Up
This was the first foundation I ever used when I entered the make up world. I left me with the perfect finish no matter what I used to apply it. The saddest moment was buying this bottle to find out they were removing this from their range. Cue heartbreak. I used this sparingly until I couldn’t hold back any longer. Farewell my first love, I’ll always remember you!

Max Factor False Lash Effect x2
This has been my go to mascara for the better part of two years. I’m fairly lucky to have quite long lashes, so I tend to look for volume and separation in my mascaras, which this does wonderfully! You can also layer it up to get a more dramatic effect without felling crunchy. I often buy this in brown and black, because you know, choices.

Face of Australia Big Lash Mascara
I ended up throwing this one as I just didn’t do it for me. I have a few favourites, and this one just didn’t make the cut. Unfortunately this transferred onto my under eye area like crazy.


Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Shampoo*
I finished the conditioner of this pair ages ago, and only just got around to finishing off the shampoo (story of my life). They are good on their own and individually. It didn’t strip my hair and left it feeling soft, which is usually what I look for in my everyday shampoos.

Clear Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner*
This is the second line from this range that I had tried, and since I wasn’t really in live with the first, I was a but dubious that this would be any better. But I was pleasantly surprised. This provided the hydration that the other didn’t, and my hair felt much nicer, and was less prone to knotting. It really is a good option if you’re after a cheap shampoo and conditioner.

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo
I love Batiste (it is one of my ‘top 5 dry shampoos,’) but the cherry scent was really not for me.

Nivea Stress Protect Anti Perspirant Spray
This is now the only anti-perspirant I use. Smells great and does all the jobs that an anti perspirant should.

Rexona Clinical Protection Anti Perspirant
I wasn’t keen on the scent of this one, but I did work really well. However, Nivea have their own ‘clinical’ version of the stress protect, so I now have this instead for when I want a little more protection.

That’s it for now. I have a few items already for the next lot, so hopefully I don’t leave it too long again!

Have you used up anything lately you’re particularly sad to see gone?

**Disclaimer: The products marked with a ‘*’ were provided for consideration, but it has not changed my opinion on them in any way. Also, all links are provided for your shopping needs, there are no affiliate links in this post. If you would like to see more information, please see my Disclosure Policy**

Current Favourites (August 2015)

Since I have been gone for so long, I thought the best way to start back is to mention some of the things I have been loving while I was gone!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:

Whenever there is make up on my face, this saviour is there. These make such a gorgeous setting powder if used lightly, and a subtle but beautiful highlighter of used a little heavier. I usually use a big fluffy brush over all three and set any base I have on. There is so much hype around this, but I’m totally on the bandwagon for this. Currently AU$87 at Mecca Cosmetica.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference BB Cream:

I bought this 100% on a whim after the sales lady using it on me one day. And because I had so many tinted moisturisers and BB creams, this got pushed to the back for a while. When I was packing for my move I decluttered my makeup collection I decided to give it another go, and realised why I bought it in the first place. It has decent coverage for a BB cream and doesn’t leave my skin flaking (and looks great under the aforementioned powder). But beware. It does have a pretty strong scent, and it does tend to linger. However it doesn’t seem to irritate me, and my skin is relatively sensitive. Currently AU$40 at Adore Beauty.

Benefit Fake Up:

I will put it out there and say I thought this was WAY overhyped when it came out that I thought I’d wasted my money big time. I was used to much more liquid-y concealers and couldn’t get this to work. But after using up my go to concealer, I’d promised that I would make myself use the ones I had. So I ended up trying this the same way I applied other concealers: with a small duo fibre blending brush. Well, did the heavens open up and angels sing. It spread the perfect amount without getting cakey. And it really does make me look more awake 😉 Currently AU$38.50 at Adore Beauty.

Alpha H Micro Cleanse:

Just everything about this exfoliator makes me happy. It’s got AHA’s for chemical exfoliation, and rice bran for a small amount or physical exfoliation. This gets rid of my flakes so well, without leaving me feel *too* dry. I’m so glad I bought this in a 2 for 1 deal at Adore Beauty, because I’m not without as I use up the first tube! (And if you were interested Adore, actually have the same deal going on RIGHT NOW! Get on it!

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque*:

This arrived in my mail box not long after I had moved in, and right after I had been searching for a new mask to combat all the stresses of moving. And at first, I was a little dubious, as I always consider clay masks to be stripping, and not really injecting any moisture in. But along with the Amazonian clay, this mask has oatmeal and aloe vera, which inject so much moisture into your newly cleared pores. I’ve used this 4 or 5 times now and I’m still probably only about 1/3 of the way through the tub, so it’s value for money in my books. Currently AU$36 from Kiehl’s AU


**Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided for consideration, but it has not changed my opinion on them in any way. Also, all links are provided for your shopping needs, there are no affiliate links in this post. If you would like to see more information, please see my Disclosure Policy**


Wow. A long time between drinks, hey?

Please accept these flowers as an apology…


I can’t believe I’m sitting down to finally start writing properly again. SO much has happened between my last post and now! If you don’t follow me in Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat you might have wondered if I ran away. Well I did, sort of. In mid March, we finally moved into our brand new house!  Over five months in and I still can’t quite believe it. So between work and sorting though all our things, I have barely thought about sitting down to write. But this last week, I finally cleaned up my office, and now get to sit at my desk and type away. There is so much to do to make this office even more work friendly, but I have a clear desk and a chair, and I’m good to go!

In that time, I haven’t completely forgot about blogging. I have actually taken quite a few photos (trying to find the best lighting spot in the house! #bloggerproblems amiright?) And have been lucky enough to still get to try a few new things that have become staples in my routine. So fear not. I have plenty of content to start back up again. Along with all the beauty, a new house brings plenty of new opportunities to start documenting organising, decorating and DIY that we are encountering along the way. Our backyard is a blank slate (aka a giant mud pit) and I can’t wait to get stuck into it as the weather heats up!


Said mud pit. But soon to be view from my desk!

So with that mini update, I hope you’ll welcome me back with open arms. I’m sure you’ll hear many more stories from the past five or so months in my upcoming posts, so I’m keeping this one short and sweet.

Have an amazing week!


Valentine’s Day: The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Range

These Body Shop goodies arrived in the mail last week, and with Valentines Day right around the corner, I had to let you all know about the range that they have brought out to celebrate. But get in quick, they won’t be around for long!

The Body Shop’s Smoky Poppy range is infused with hand picked poppies from Turkey. They are supposed to provide even more moisture with the oil extracted from them in all the products. This is very different to all the sweet scents I’m used to from The Body Shop, and I was initially unsure if I was going to like it. But the more I opened things, the more I wanted to smell it. It was so enticing! I made everyone around me smell it, and they loved it too! A lot of people don’t like sweet scents, and this range certainly will be something for those people to check out. I have seen it compared to a lighter version of YSL’s Opium fragrance, so if that sort of scent is up your alley, you need to check these out. It really gives off that ‘sexy’ vibe, perfect for Valentines Day.



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