Gasp! A Saturday post? Yeah, I forgot to schedule some new posts whilst I was panicking over an essay. I have some time to get some posts up and scheduled now, though, so you all have something to read while I am contemplating the inner workings of the mind for my degree!
I initially planned to start this series two months ago, around the time of year I share my skincare wardrobe. Instead of presenting it all as a giant wardrobe last year, I thought it would be interesting to keep a diary and record what I was using on a day-to-day basis. But then I suddenly stopped taking care of my skin, going nights without bothering with a moisturiser, although I could never forgo my thick layer of lip balm. But it meant I stopped keeping track of my skin using my diary, too.
So very slowly, I’ve been reintroducing my skincare routine based on what I am feeling. I’m not sure how long it will last seeing as my exams are really quite fast approaching and I habitually tend to wreck my sleeping and skincare around that time…
But anyway, here’s what I have been reaching for when I actually did bother with basic self-care.
Dr Organic Hemp Oil Lip Serum
After using this in the morning for at least a year now, I think I am finally using up the last of it! This has an oily but also gel-like texture that’s quite unusual, but I do like it as I want something thin that won’t interfere with my lipstick. It’s only £2.49 from Holland and Barratt, too. I wear it in the morning as soon as I have washed my face, and it stays on mostly until I get to the lipstick stage, when I press it off a bit with the back of my hand before applying lipstick. Of course, the smell will take some getting used to if you’ve never used hemp before – it can be a little unpleasant.
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion
I think this is actually the first emulsion type product I have tried, and I really like it. It’s most similar to the Western ‘lotion’ although not quite the same thing to me. It’s basically a light moisturiser and sinks in super well which is great in the mornings when I need to layer sunscreen and makeup on top without pilling but also don’t want my skin to be too dry.
I’ve been meaning to write a full review for ages but now I realise there’s not much to say! I’ve been using this for months and I’m only halfway through the bottle, but I will finish this up. I probably won’t repurchase it in favour of something with more ‘wow’ to it.
Kose Suncut Aqualy UV Protect Gel SPF50+ PA++++|Full Review Here
Something about this sunscreen texture is super pleasant so I never shy from reaching for this. It also works really nicely under makeup without pilling which I am very grateful for. However, if oil is a major problem for you then this might not be the best option at all. I really liked using this over the last winter (I just… accepted my oiliness haha) although admittedly I didn’t wear sunscreen every day… I’ll look at other options because I’m a blogger, after all, but this will definitely be repurchased in the future. It’s been over a year of sporadic use and I’m finally getting to the last quarter of the bottle.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser| Review Here
A very gentle and pleasant cleanser! For days of light makeup only. It will also make a good attempt at non-waterproof mascaras without stinging the eyes at all which is a nice bonus, and the rose smell is lovely. I actually don’t have many rose-scented products – for some reason the M&S body product sets that haunted my childhood come to mind – but maybe that can change! My only gripe is the price for the amount but honestly, for this lovely of a cleanser, I would not mind repurchasing it anyway.
Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream
Again, this eye cream actually isn’t anything special. But I’m twenty and only looking for a standard eye cream that isn’t too rich or too thin, and it doesn’t need to have anti-ageing ingredients at this stage. This is actually the perfect consistency – sort of buttery but not greasy at all – and the scent is actually quite minimal. All that means this is super pleasant to use for me and I’d happily buy it to use again. I’ve almost reached the bottom of my tub which means I need to stop buying new emulsions and essences and buy a new eye cream!! Any suggestions for products with a similar consistency?
COSRX AHA Whitehead Power Liquid
As I often lost track of my routine I have erred on the safe side and avoided my acids. I’m trying to reintroduce it starting weekly but even that is kind of a struggle at the moment! Besides the slightly funky smell which I am sort of used to now, there’s not much to say thus far.
Lanolips 101 Ointment|Review here
Dr Pawpaw Original Balm|Review here
One of my favourite combinations recently. I like to use a thin layer of Lanolips before applying a thick layer of Dr PawPaw, which makes my lips super soft in the morning and easy to exfoliate or even just wipe away the dead skin after morning cleansing. Both are slightly pricier options for lip balm and the PawPaw I feel could easily be replaced with Vaseline or Carmex. As you can see, I currently prefer products in tubes, even over stick-type products.
Overall, this routine takes less than ten minutes out of my morning and evening, and hopefully I can build it up a bit more over the next few months without going too heavy as the summer approaches.
I hope you enjoyed this snippet of skincare and hopefully, as this project develops, we’ll be able to see how my skincare routine evolves and adapts to change to all the seasons!
Until next time,
It’s no secret that I have been loving glossy finishes as of late, so instead of rambling about it, let’s get straight to the snap review.
This was a birthday gift from my friend AT earlier in the year, swiped from my wishlist. I had tried the regular Butter Gloss in Praline, and it was great for a practically-clear gloss with minimal colour. I love layering it on top of nude lipsticks. But as you all know, my true love of glossies lies with really pigmented lacquers and stuff, so the intense version was on my radar.
When I first swatched it on my hand it seemed a bit too dark and too cool-brown like Maybelline’s Brown Sugar. It ended up being a super nice shade on my lips, though – a slight warm pinkiness to it. A bit deep, but a great everyday shade.
It’s quite lightweight but you can still feel it on your lips because of the texture. Of course, being a gloss I don’t expect it to last at all but it will survive at least four hours without eating and with small sips of water during my work shifts. It does bleed more noticeably which is understandable as there is more pigment. But overall it actually doesn’t bleed that much. A lip liner is all that’s needed if that’s an issue. The pigment doesn’t settle into lip creases either and, as expected, it’s quite forgiving on flaky lips although those are still noticeable.
Yes, it’s a little sticky and my hair flies into it when I’m darting between shops with my siblings. But it doesn’t all adhere to my hair at once which is a little plus, I guess?
I’ve been wearing this an awful lot. Out of all the choices in my rotation this month, this one has been the most worn so far. I’ve just been loving the fact that I can wear this all day and have my lips still be plush and lovely by the evening. My mom, just before the aforementioned shopping, even made a comment on how glossy and nice they looked (so much so that she wanted to bite them, which I acknowledge is weird but I took it as a compliment so…). BASICALLY. I love this stuff.
I might not buy it in any other shade, though. This is literally the only shade that appeals to me in a gloss, as it would be the most forgiving. Bolder colours in a glossy finish are intimidating to me, especially the thought of them bleeding or wearing much more obviously.
Overall, this is a winner for me. I can imagine myself re-buying this a lot and it fulfils my need for a pigmented gloss perfectly.
Until next time,
Yes, I’m back at the mascaras again and hoping to find my dream one. Today, it’s Eyeko’s Sport Waterproof ‘Catch & Curl’ Mascara.
- 100% Waterproof Thixotropical gel formulation repels water
- Unique brush with curved edge to lift lashes and flat back to volumise
- Fibre-enhanced conditioning formula with Collagen & 11 different fruit extracts
- Contains fibres suitable for sensitive peepers
Overall, the effect on my lashes was quite natural and subtle. I found that due to the dense brush, I had to really push on my lashes to get product onto them and sometimes it meant that I ended up with product on my eyelid or underneath my eyes. What I did like was that even without a primer, this mascara holds a curl really well. I liked to use it when I wanted a natural look with a curl that’d last all day.
As usual, I’m not sure if I’d buy this again because I am always wanting to try something new – but this gets a solid thumbs up from me for now.
Oh, but in the end, I’m not sure about how a tube-shaped packaging benefits a mascara. I guess you could squeeze it to get more product onto the brush which helps with drier formulas. Let me know what you think if you’ve tried more tube mascaras!
- Holds a curl without primer!
- Natural look
- Lasts all day
- Brush can reach most lashes quickly.
- Can get messy due to brush.
- Not a dramatic difference in lash length.
Until next time,
I’m back with a lip lacquer review. Yes, they’re still my jam. No, this doesn’t tick all my boxes, but it comes pretty close.
The Maybelline Vivid Hot Lip Lacquer retails for £6.99 in local beauty stores and is available in all sorts of shades from nudes to deep vamps. As I’ve been really into nudes as of late it was perfectly reasonable for me to pick Unreal.
The doe foot is fairly large and wide, with a dip in the middle to hold more product. It depends on how much you like the colour, and how much you want to apply. It picks up enough for a high gloss finish but for a swipe over lip liner which I do, it can be a little much as I like a bit of the liner colour to peep through underneath and so opt for a thinner layer.
This shade, Unreal, is slightly cool toned and when I first wore it, it was almost greyish.
As this is a little bland of a colour for my taste, I like to layer with a deeper lip liner for a lovely full nude lip. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a deeper nude shade, so I hope they expand the range because otherwise, I do like this. It wears well, not bleeding after three hours although this is helped along even further with a lip liner. Of course, it transfers onto everything, and it’s a little sticky. I tend not to pick bright colours in lacquers for this reason.
Overall, I would totally buy this if they had a deeper nude, but this particular shade I won’t repurchase again.
Until next time,
Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter weekend.
As far as eyebrows go, I’m quite happy with mine. Thank goodness bold brows are ‘in’ at the moment because as I might have mentioned, mine have previously been compared to Rock Lee from Naruto although they aren’t that bad on camera if I am wearing makeup. If I am wearing a full face though, my eyebrows can look a bit bare. Again, it’s not a major issue as I have a full fringe which covers most of my brows.
All in all, there isn’t much of a reason for me to be trying brow products but I really want to try out the Glossier Boy Brow and wanted to at least be sure that a brow gel type product was what I wanted first. I heard surprisingly positive reviews for this Essence brow product so I went and bought it to try.
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara costs only £2.50. I KNOW. If your local Wilko stocks this it might be worth your pocket change but unfortunately, mine does not. Wilko does offer free collections from their stores, though, so that is how I got my hands on this to try. A bit strange, to pop in just to pick up a £2.50 order, but oh well.
I have the shade 02 Browny Brows. It comes in a very small 3.8ml/0.12 fl.oz tube which is quite simple in design. Let me emphasise – the tube is probably the size of the average finger. Not mine, though – I have small hands that people insist on wanting to compare theirs to. Anyway, I always think products are smaller than I expected when I see them in person, it’s so strange.
The applicator is simply a short spoolie with very short bristles. I haven’t found it to pick up too much product.
I found this brow mascara to be great for my type of brows that don’t need much help. If you want an extra gel after you finish using a pencil, this may also be ideal. It is not incredibly pigmented as you can see from the swatches below but it fills in my brows quite subtly and doesn’t fix them too firmly – they feel a little stiffer and that’s about it… Honestly, I’m quite sure no-one would notice the difference but I like this subtle change.
They also last surprisingly well, keeping their hold all day despite be being oily and sweaty and when I say all day, I mean 9 hour days at uni. My brows do feel noticeably softer by the end but I can still feel that the product is there.
Overall, I think this gel is definitely worth a try for its tiny price tag. It’s best used on brows that are already fairly full unless you want to use it as an accompaniment to your favourite pencil.
Until next time,
March has been a particularly strange month with plenty of challenges and too much snow for it being this late in the year. However, the clocks have changed and the evenings are much lighter already and it’s already quite refreshing. It’s the Easter Holidays for pretty much all students now – what have you all got planned?
Let’s get right to the Lipsticks in Rotation for this month.
Read more about my lipstick no-buy here:
Maybelline Hot Vivid Lacquer in Unreal
This is the pick from my Box of New Things for this month! Since layering Bare It All with glosses I have discovered the glossy nude lip does wonders for me and wanted to explore it a bit more. The nude shade here is a bit too cool for me and I would definitely categorise it in the ‘Velvet Teddy’ type of colours in that it’s a bit bland by itself and probably needs a lip liner to make it truly WOW. But otherwise, I like this a lot!
Lancome 368 Rose Lancome
A really vivid bright pink. I remember Lisa Eldridge wore this to an awards show, and it looked fantastic on her, too! It is in a creamy finish that wears really comfortably. It does stain a little and therefore takes a bit more of a rub to remove.
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Tonight at the Baftas with incredible @lupitanyongo (Lupitas gorgeous makeup and hair by @dilokritbarose and @vernonfrancois 💥) @lancomeofficial girls 💋 I’m wearing @givenchyofficial dress and Rose Lancome Lipstick #baftas #EEbaftas2018 #bafta #timesup #lupitanyongo #lisaeldridge #lisaeldridgerings #lancomelovesbafta
Also, correct me if I’m wrong but I think Suzy is wearing this shade in this Insta snap (for a Lancome event) as well.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist
A cool, pinkish nude shade that is super comfortable and long-wearing. It’s often overlooked in my stash in favour of Beau Brun, though. I’m keeping an eye out for consistency changes in the product at this point as I have had mine a while. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it either because I want more room for other products!
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Aurora (discontinued)|Review here
I really love this lacquer. It somehow manages to be bright whilst still being a little understated. It’s a real shame I can no longer find this in stores. I have been really feeling the two lacquers that I have, and glossy finishes seem to be right up my street as of late – they’re youthful and very appropriate for spring! Maybe not for kissing, though(!!)
Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte in 111 Kiss of Life|Review/Swatches here
This is actually my only drugstore/budget red lipstick at the moment! It’s a pure red that is bright and because I always remember it as orange-leaning (although this isn’t noticeable) I seem to fall out of love with it a lot. Have I ever mentioned that I think the formula is very similar to MAC’s mattes?
Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in Caramel
This is yet another ‘Velvet Teddy’ category colour. This was quite a recent buy and I didn’t have time to wear it a lot before launching into a no-buy with pre-scheduled rotations. I’m not a fan of the formula either as it isn’t that long-wearing and can be drying on my lips. For £2.99, I can’t complain TOO much but I’ll imagine I’ll either finish or toss it fairly soon.
Overall, I wore lipsticks a lot less this month compared to the last two months. I wonder if it is partly due to the particular selection for this month all being the kinds of products I’d only wear once in a while. It’s definitely mostly due to me going out a little less, but also because I’ve cheated a little and, two times, gone back to some bare neutrals that I was really feeling for the day – like NARS Rikugien, which I used to hate!
I was a little tempted to have all of the selected shades for next month be bold shades but based on this month I am going to have to make sure I pick at least one fall-back shade that I won’t complain about picking on those “bare-bones” kinds of days. But hey, nothing to complain about with a good neutral, right?
Until next time,
Days since I last bought a lipstick: 94
Lipstick added to wishlist: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in Telluride