Monday, April 27, 2015

Hitting Pan

On one particular day a few weeks ago, I was in need of some good luck and as I sat down to do my makeup at my desk in the morning my mind was rolling ahead to the big day I had planned and wasn’t really on task. Naturally I reached for my standard and classic eye combination of MAC ‘Jaunty’ with MAC ‘Coquette’ over a base of Maybelline Color Tattoo ‘Bad to the Bronze’ as I often do during distracted mornings, and lo and behold I looked down after applying the cream base to see a glint of pan (in this case, glass jar!) peeking out at me! I immediately took it as a sign of good luck, as a pan hit has to be one of the best feelings for a blogger, don’t you think? A sign of love and respect for a product! 

I thought nothing else of it until I finished my eye look, and saw that a glint of pan was also peeking out at me from my single MAC shadow ‘Coquette’! Such is my love for this perfect crease shade, I have avoided depotting it as I like to be able to take it with me when I travel and find it easier in its original packaging. To have two pan hits in a single day might seem silly to some, but I went on to have a great day and it seems that the dual pan hit indeed brought me the luck I craved for the day!

How often do you hit pan? Does it make you feel good, or disappointed that you’re almost out of a much loved beauty product?


Friday, April 24, 2015

Spice Age

Mumma Bovary has long been raving about the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel formula, and so when Spice Age arrived I took more notice of it than I otherwise would have. The colour is definitely beautiful to look at in the bottle but the chocolate tones aren’t something I’m too comfortable with when it comes to nail colours, I tend to veer towards deep blue tones when it comes to dark shades like this. It wasn’t until I tried it on the nail that the true beauty was revealed though, cliché though that may be!

This is stunning, and something that I definitely recommend using a high shine topcoat with as the gloss factor will definitely ramp up the appeal of this shimmer-laden shade. It’s got that deep set shimmer that I find quite hypnotizing in a nail shade, and I quite like how it appears to be naught more than a warm black from a distance, but intense and complex up close. As much as I enjoyed wearing this shade, I know Mumma Bovary will wear it more frequently and adores the formula, so this is on my desk ready to give to her soon.

This post has reminded me that I really need to collaborate on a post with Mumma Bovary soon – what sort of post would you like to see? Her favourite nail polishes? What’s in her makeup bag? A makeup look for autumn? Let us know!

*Polish provided for consideration. Honesty, always.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 Empties, First Quarter

My first quarter of empties leaves much to be desired in all honesty - I mean, it clearly shows that my household showers and wears mascara on the daily, but on the makeup front it's pretty woeful! I know that I'm on the verge of completely finishing up a few products from my Project Use It Up so I don't feel too bad about it, but I still think I need to put more work into creating a slim-lined stash in my beauty room/skincare storage. This trash-collection is about 3 months worth, and you can check out my last empties post here if you're interested - grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this one though, it's a big 'un!
I was due for a mascara toss so out went three tubes which cleared up my daily drawer immensely - I have and would repurchase Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves but Covergirl Flamed Out* and Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express* aren't my favourite (Mega Plush is my sister's favourite though!) I was pleased to see that my YSL Touche Éclat* had bit the dust as I have another two in the wings, and the Innoxa Daily Moisture Protection was a toss as I'm not sure why I bought it in the first place (and it's skincare, so I'm not sure why I threw it in with the makeup!)
Am trying my hardest to burn through some skincare so my overflowing backup stash can return to normal - I don't even remember using the Clinique Mild Liquid Facial Soap and I hated the strong mango scent of the Swisspers Spa Cleansing Wipes so they are both getting tossed out. I mourn the loss of my beloved but pricey Lancôme Dreamtone Serum* - I loved that serum so much! I have just posted a full review of the Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil and will be doing a full review of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, too. 

My new hair cut (which I posted about here!) is definitely influencing my hair care empties - you'll be seeing lots more hairspray and dry shampoo in my future empties! I didn't get to try the Schwarzkopf 10 Carat Shine Hair Lacquer* as it broke in my hair care stash, but I fell in love with the L'Oreal Elnett Satin Normal Hold Hairspray* and can't wait for it to go on sale (currently 20% off at Priceline but am thinking of holding out for a bigger discount and using up my stocks first...) I used up some Girlz Only Dawn 'til Dusk and Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo* as well - I prefer the other scents from both brands if it came down to a repurchase. As always I finished off a bottle of Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo which is my staple shampoo, and the Goldwell Rich Repair 60Sec Treatment* which was lovely and had a faint vanilla smell which I really enjoyed.

We are all about Original Source in our household, and the Orange Oil & Ginger Shower Gel is deliciously fruity and I preferred it to the limited edition Dragonfruit & Capsicum Shower Gel that I picked up at The Reject Shop. I wasn't a fan of the Sanctuary Spa 2Day Moisture Shower Oil* (I didn't find it very moisturising, or cleansing really) but I liked the lavender scent in the Natural Instinct Body Wash* - throw lavender into anything right now and I am so there!
I enjoyed using the Gillette Satin Care Shaving Cream for Dry Skin but I often find it more cost-effective to buy the male version in a large size when it comes to shaving creams - this one was bought for our holiday, hence the teensy size! I used up a 100g bottle of Lush's famous Snow Fairy Shower Gel* - love the glitter aspect of this but you have to make sure you really love the scent, as it's strong and long-lasting! A can of Rexona deodorant is always featured in my empties, and the final product I used up was the gorgeous L'Occitane Arlesienne Shower Cream which I've just reviewed here.

Phew, I'm quite pleased that the first quarter of empties is over! I'm looking forward to featuring more makeup items in the next instalment as well as even more skincare as I work through my stocks, trialling and reviewing different products for you.


*Marked products provided for consideration. Honesty, always.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boscia MakeUp BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil - Is It Worth the Hype?

As soon as I spotted the Boscia MakeUp BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil in the travel aisle of Sephora, I knew I wanted to try it out for myself. I'd heard about it initially in a video by Ingrid Nilsen of Miss Glamorazzi fame (couldn't find the exact video, but she mentions it here!) and I've seen mentions of the Boscia brand floating around the internet for what feels like the longest time. 
I was also really drawn to this cleansing oil because of the outer packaging - isn't is just so pretty?! I like the clean yet pretty packaging of the bottle as well, and appreciate the little clip that makes this 50ml bottle a travel friendly option - the lightweight but sturdy plastic bottle also adds to that appeal. In fact, I began using this as my first cleanse when I was still overseas and it flew all over the U.S with no troubles whatsoever in my suitcase!
I'm a massive advocate of oil cleansing (and double cleansing in general, really) as I feel like my skin isn't fully cleansed if I'm just using milk or cream cleansers in my nightly routine. I tend to use this first to dissolve makeup and dirt/grime in my skin and then after using a flannel to remove it I head back in with whatever other cleanser I'm currently using. That being said, I was also quite lazy on my honeymoon and often used this as my sole cleanser and it didn't clog my pores or break me out at all (other oil cleansers can break me out if I don't use a second cleanser with them, like some Shu Uemura oils)
I didn't really look too deeply into the product before buying it as I recognized the long-winded name from seeing it in YouTuber's Favourites videos, but in my notes I wrote 'feels cushiony and thick on skin, in a good way' and now that I'm looking at some other reviews out of curiosity I see that I'm not the only one who felt that way about the texture - it's pretty cool and feels different to other cleansing oils I've tried, almost like a lighter gel consistency. The cooling effect comes from the menthol I imagine, which makes me urge those with very sensitive skin to test it before committing to a bottle as it could be too much of a tingle for you. I don't mind the way my skin feels after using this solo but I still feel like an oil cleanser like Dermalogica Precleanse leaves me feeling cleaner overall, thought I do appreciate that it doesn't emulsify and instead is wiped away with ease with a flannel (my preferred cleansing method)
Overall I think that the Boscia Makeup BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil is a decent product if you like thicker oil/light gel based cleansers and don't mind a bit of 'cool' menthol in your skincare, but I don't think I would rush to repurchase and would prefer to try other brands or just throw the money into another bottle of Dermalogica Precleanse instead.
Sephora has this at $10USD/50ml or $28USD/150ml
Have you tried anything from Boscia?
What do you think of their products?

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Eye Products I Reach For Daily

The real staples in my beauty drawers are frequently spotted in makeup posts, but too often overlooked when it comes to a full post or review. I thought it was high time they had the spotlight to themselves - especially since the products featured here are what I use with almost every makeup look I wear. I don't necessarily have a set style when it comes to eye makeup, I'll switch around my shadow shades and float between using mascara on my lower lashes to spice things up sometimes, but things like liner, primer and mascara are things that I just can't be without.
If I'm wearing makeup, you can bet that an eyeshadow will be coating my lids whatever the shade. I think perhaps the first eyeshadow primer I began using was the famed Urban Decay Primer Potion, but then I moved onto the MAC Painterly Paint Pot and have never looked back. I've already gone through a whole pot of this (evidence for you!) and I repurchased this while in America late last year. The colour is just a tad darker than my natural skin tone and I find it really helps to create a base for the shadows to stick to and helps them stay crease free during the day.
Wearing MAC Painterly, Covergirl Clump Crusher and Hot Chocolate
with Total Intensity by Prestige 'Bewitched' on the lid
Another daily staple for me is mascara, as I'm sure it is for many of you. I've tried many different brands but keep coming back to Covergirl Clump Crusher as it's easily my favourite - buildable, gives me lift and volume, a really reliable and affordable product for my makeup drawers. I posted a full review back in 2013 of it here and will continue to have this as a fall back mascara as I trial others for the blog.

Another daily product for me is my beloved essence LongLasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate - I have back-ups in my drawer of this and love popping a little bit on my upper lashline to bulk up my lashes and give some definition to an eye look. I find the chocolate shade flatters me more than a straight up black for day to day looks and the fact that it twists up, negating the need for a sharpener, makes me seriously happy.

Every morning I grab for these 3 from my daily drawer and throw whatever shadow I feel like in to finish off my eyes - having products that are reliable but that still excite you is the key to enjoying a makeup collection in my opinion, and I've definitely found that with these three. What daily eye staples do you rely on?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

French Musings for Arles - L'Occitane Arlesienne Shower Cream

I love nothing more than a good backstory or inspiration tale attached to a high quality beauty product, and it seems that L'Occitane share that enthusiasm as there is always a swirl of information surrounding each new release. I am a true Francophile at heart, despite my obsession with France waning as reality and responsibilities take hold over my day to day life. Being able to spend even the shortest while wrapped up in fantasy-land in France makes me feel such contentment. I recently watched Le Week-End (dir. Roger Michell) and truly felt my passion for Paris take hold of me, and when I eked out the last of my L'Occitane Arlesienne Shower Cream* later that night I felt truly wrapped in French brilliance at work.
Arles is a city in the South of France and Arlesienne bases itself on the art of Vincent Van Gogh and his series of paintings completed in Arles, on the woman of Arles. I love the romance and mysterious element to the history of this and having taken inspiration from such beautiful paintings, it is no surprise that the packaging of this collection (and in particular the shower cream) is stellar. I love the functional aspect of the push top, the shape that fits perfectly in my shower caddy and most of all, the touch of rose gold on the lid. It screams modern luxe to me personally, and the scent matches that as it's not a straight up floral but has notes of mandarin, saffron and lily of the valley to balance it all out. I can definitely tell that I'm not using a supermarket shower product when I use this and the scent fills the ensuite after every use - so I'm going out on a limb and saying that the price of this is easier to cope with if you think of it as a room fragrance also ;)
the woman of Arles
This L'Occitane Shower Cream retails for $28AUD/250ml and is available at Adore Beauty. The collection is an extensive one and to see the rest of the products you can check out the L'Occitane Australia website here.

What country inspires the passionate side of you? I can't wait for the day when Mister and I wander through France together enjoying every little thing about life that we often take for granted. Weekly daydream session sorted!

*This product was provided for consideration at a launch event. Honesty, always.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Hair Style Savers

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made any drastic decisions when it comes to my hair, which is generally left long and air-dried since I’m too lazy for constant heat styling and can’t braid to save my life. I’ve even stopped colouring my hair late last year, after I received compliments on the ‘lighter colour’ when I actually just hadn’t dyed it since before my wedding!  The few grey hairs are still pesky (yes, I’m a young woman with silver strands of wisdom in my mop!) but overall nothing was really happening with my hair until I succumbed to my lust for a blunt fringe! The hairdresser was hesitant but I was adamant and I love how it’s made me care about my hair a bit more, and start using product more regularly.
I wake up each morning with the craziest looking fringe ever, so I generally wet it a little bit and then comb it down with my Tangle Teezer* (I have the Watermelon version, isn't it adorable?!) or my Lady Jayne Tangleze On-The-Go Detangling Brush*. After it's dried I either straighten it or just spray a mist of L'Oreal Elnett Satin Normal Hairspray* (this is the mini can!) which takes the spot of top hairspray so far throughout my trials (currently trialling some more to compare for you!) If I find that my fringe is a bit piecey and won't stop separating, my mini can of Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo fixes it up. I also use the Girlz Only Dry Shampoo and am going to give the Tresemme Dry Shampoo a whirl next as I've heard it's pretty decent and it's on sale at Coles this week.
Having a fringe can be frustrating at times and isn't entirely low maintenance but so far I'm really happy with the change - I sometimes pin it back for work and it blends in with ease, so I can opt out of effort if I want to. My initial chop gave me a wispier fringe than I intended so we made it more blunt the second time around (picture on the top left is the most recent!) I have a few more hair posts in the pipeline and I would love to see your product recommendations in the comments as I'm a bit of a hair noob!

-Emma xx

*Products provided for consideration. Honesty, always.

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