Saturday, 21 July 2018

Recent Empties

Since last week I showed you some of the new products I picked up, I thought I would share with you some of the products that I have run out of in the past month or two. I know I haven't done one of these in ages but I like doing them every so often.

Benefit Benebalm

This is the first lip product I ever used up. It gives the lips a beautiful rose colour that is very buildable. The only thing is that I wouldn't consider it very moisturising. I found it just sat on my lips and gave it a rose colour but did nothing else in the lip department. I also don't think it is worth the money, at €21 you could get three or more of a similar product that would work just as well.
Is it worth repurchasing? No, not for the price and not for supporting a brand that tests on animals.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I know I am probably 4 years past this trend but I see why everyone loves a good sponge. I found the shape of this beauty blender wonderful for getting into the hard to reach places of my face like the corner of the nose and the inner corner of the eye. I adore the natural finish it gives especially in Summer. The only thing I found a little annoying is how the sponge sucks up some of the product. I cut open my beauty blender to see had a cleaned it properly when I was using it and I must have done an alright job as it is fully orange on the inside.
Is it worth repurchasing? Yes! Already have a backup.

Soap & Glory Total Drama Clean Micellar Water

I have already mentioned this product in another post a year ago where I talked about how disappointed I was with it and my opinion is still the same. I used up the whole thing as I didn't want to waste it. This worked perfectly for spot cleaning eyeshadow brushes but I found it so drying on my face and left my face feeling tight. It contains benzyl alcohol and sodium sulfite which wouldn't be the best to put on your face. I really wish it worked better for me as I know Soap & Glory has some great products.
Is it worth repurchasing? No

Lacura Moisturising Hand Cream

If you like Aveeno hand creams then I would highly recommend this hand cream from Aldi. I get dry hands a lot especially in the colder weather and this hand cream has helped my hands go back to normal. It smells like oatmeal and sinks into the skin really easily.
Is it worth repurchasing? Yes! I already have 2 backups.

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser

I think this is definitely one of my favourite hot cloth cleansers that I have tried. It is very gentle on my skin and it helps to remove the last bits of stubborn makeup. It is probably the best scented hot cloth cleanser. It is very creamy and for the price does an excellent job.
Is it worth repurchasing? Yes, though I haven't bought one yet. Superdrug shipping to Ireland is pretty slow.

What have you used up recently?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Few New Additions

I feel like it's been far too long since I have done a beauty related post. I am trying to save my money for holidays and college so I haven't been buying a lot of makeup. I also am trying to downsize my collection due to it being far too big for a girl who wears makeup for fun. Recently, I have picked up a couple of items and I thought I would share my thoughts on them.

Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser

I remember the whole Irish blogging community went nuts for this when it originally hit the shelves in Aldi at the end of 2017 and unfortunately I didn't get my hands on it but now I do and I see why everyone was raving about it. I can't support the claims that it's a dupe for the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser as I have never tried it before but I will say it works well.

The only thing that took me by surprise was the scent, it's not bad like The Sanctuary one but it was unexpected, I think it could be the eucalyptus oil. I have been using it for the past month as apart of my nightly skincare routine. It's very creamy and removes the last of my stubborn makeup. For the price of €5, it is truly fabulous and it's also cruelty-free too which is another huge thumbs up for me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

My aunt from America bought this for me as a graduation present and I see why everyone online talks about it. The only thing I will say is buying anything from ABH in Europe is daylight robbery. It's €20 cheaper in the States. All the shadows within are amazingly pigmented and blend pretty easily. They are buttery but I notice that there's a lot of kickback when I dip my brush into the pan.
I like the packaging but I feel that it will get dirty quite quickly and another fear is it opening in a bag or when travelling but I will be putting an elastic band around it to prevent anything bad from happening.
I haven't tried out all the shadows from this palette yet but so far I'm really enjoying the oranges and trying out a few pinks. This palette works very well with the rest in my collection. I am sorry for my bad swatching, I realised after that I had put them the wrong way.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Toffee

Along with the eyeshadow palette, I got a sample size gloss. I wish normal lip products were this size as I feel I'd never go through a full sized one. I'm not a lip gloss or nude lip girl but I really like the shade and formula for this lipgloss. I have worn it on several occasions and it lasts several hours as long as I'm not eating.

Since it is a lip gloss, my hair does get stuck in it when it gets at all windy but that's only one small disadvantage. Overall I really like this shade and it is definitely unique to my collection.

Soltan Protect & Moisturise Face Cream SPF30

Since the weather in Ireland has been wonderful for the past few weeks and learning about the importance of wearing SPF30 every day, I realised that my other SPF wasn't up to scratch at all. I wanted something that didn't break the bank, is cruelty-free and has a high UVA rating and this one from the Boots own range suited me down to the ground, costing €5 with student discount.

I didn't realise how important it is to have a high UVA rating, though it doesn't protect you from burning, it protects against skin cancer and ageing. Some of the more expensive brands only have a good UVA rating.
I haven't been using this for very long, only a week so I can't sing it praises yet but I will say it is good. It doesn't leave your face greasy and it works well underneath makeup. It lacks the intense suncream smell which is a bonus. 

Have you tried out any new products?

Thanks for being awesome,

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Plan With Me: July Bullet Journal

As you can see it's another Bullet Journal related post and I thought I would show you my July Bullet Journal spreads. Since my last post in February, my style and spreads have changed hugely. I'm surprised I am still really enjoying it as I tried it out two years ago and I didn't even last two months at it. I have even bought more supplies for bullet journalling! This month's theme is travel and I am taking my inspiration from Amanda Rach Lee's June bullet journal spreads and of course my Pinterest board. There's a lot going on this month regarding travel, I'm going to Berlin and I have relations home from America, so I know I will definitely be going on a couple of adventures with them.

This cover page is heavily influenced by Amanda Rach Lee's June cover page. I love the simple doodles and have added in my own ones too. I really like how this turned out. I am no artist but googling simple doodles really help to make my spreads look artsy.

As you can see, I have completely scrapped my original calendar format. I found the vertical one very boring and I am more of a maximalist when it comes to my spreads. I also added my habit tracker, my shop my stash and TV/Movies I've watched onto my calendar spread. I find it's easier to have everything in one place. New to this spread is adding a section for Insta posts, blog posts and YouTube videos for the month. This has really turned into a month at a glance.

This is one of my favourite spreads as I love adding doodles of some of my highlights of the month. I normally keep it pretty plain to start with but by the end of the month, it is filled with stuff.

To encourage myself to become more active, I have put an Exercise Log spread into this month. I can write the date, activity and time. I feel this is a simple but effective way of trying to push myself to exercise.

The Brain Dump spread is new to my bullet journal, I decided I would try this spread out this month as I am always making notes on my phone and at least now I'll have a place to put them. I hope to use this page for any random thoughts or ideas.

I have decided to only do one weekly spread this month. I am going to make my weekly spreads the weekend before and suit them to my needs for the week. There's no point in making a well-structured spread and not use it.

I hope you enjoyed my first ever Plan With Me post and I will do more occasionally in the future.

Thanks for being awesome,