Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cleanse Off Mitt Review

Hey!
This is one of my new additions to my skincare routine and I said in last weeks post, click HERE, that I would review the Cleanse Off Mitt. This mitt is created by Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd from theskinnerd.ie who is a renowned beauty therapist. It is very similar to The Makeup Eraser but it is less than half the price, €4.99 compared to €18 approx. It claims to contain no chemicals and can remove up to 95% of your makeup like any other cleanser.

What attracted me to buy it was that I had my eye on The Makeup Eraser but I could only purchase it off Amazon US and I didn't want to get hit with expensive shipping as well as a sneaky customs fee. I wanted to find a more economic and environmentally friendly way to remove makeup that wasn't going to break the bank. I purchased this in a local pharmacy over a month ago.


How You Use It

Place under running water until completely saturated. Use as a facecloth and go around gently in circler motions around your face.
Wash with hand soap or in washing machine.


My Experience

At first, I was applying too much pressure when removing my makeup which cased my skin to go red but after 1 or 2 uses I realised my mistake and changed tactics. I didn't realise that you needed to apply very little pressure to remove makeup as I thought the more pressure the easier it is to remove makeup but that was not the case.

After use, I hand wash the cloth with whatever soap is at the sink. This takes me about 5 minutes to do as mascara is hard to remove from it. I then leave it on my radiator in my room to dry for the next use. I put it in the washing machine once a month to give it a deep clean and get rid of any stains.

This cloth has become a main staple in my skincare routine and I don't use anything else to remove my makeup. For the price, it works amazingly and the makeup comes out of the cloth very easily. I love how cost effective and environmentally friendly they are.

Have you tried out the Cleanse Off Mitt?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 18 March 2017

My Spring Skincare Routine

Hey!
I shared my skincare routine last year, click HERE, you could also click HERE for a really old one. My routine has changed a bit since so I thought I would share with you an updated current skincare routine. I have normal/dry skin which I feel is quite easy to manage. I don't have acne but I do get a few break outs every so often. Some of these products, I have been using for a while and loving and others not so much.

Garnier Fresh Clarifying Wash

I have had this for years, over 2 years to be exact. I use a pea sized amount and apply to wet skin and go around in curricular motions on my skin up until to foams and I rinse with loak warm water. I have to be careful as sometimes this can make my skin very dry and uncomfortable.

Cleanse Off Mitt

This has been my newest addition to my skincare routine, I will be have a review of this up next week. I completely saturate this cloth under warm water and using circler motions go around my face removing my makeup. I then have to wash it with some hand soap and let dry for the next use.

Coconut Oil

Sometimes, I have stubborn eye makeup that doesn't want to leave my face and I gently rub a small amount of coconut oil around my eyes and using the Cleanse Off Mitt to remove the excess.

UltraPure Witch Hazel Soothing Lotion

I keep this in a spray bottle and spray two to three squirts of this on my face and tap it in. I find it so refreshing on my face and it restores a little moisture. I have it diluted with a small amount of water as I found it too strong on my face without diluting it.

Boots Simply Sensitive Protecting Day Moisturiser

I use this during the day as it isn't hugely moisturising and it contains SPF. I know that might sound crazy wearing SPF in Ireland but it doesn't matter if it is sunny or not everyone should be wearing it. I want to take care of my skin properly so that it will look good as I get older.

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream

At night, I apply a thicker moisturiser to make sure my skin stays hydrated and not flaky. I have been using this for a good while, maybe a year, and this is my second or third tub of it. I take a small dollop and rub gently into the skin. A little goes a long way with this moisturiser and it smells amazing.

Lush Grease Lightning Spot Treatment

When my spots come out to play, I use a pump or two and dab it on top of the demon. This is my second bottle and I love this stuff. I had to go without it for a while as I wasn't up in Dublin to repurchase it and I missed it so much. Just overnight after one application, the spot is much smaller and less red. I use this at night as it doesn't look great when the treatment shrivels up on your face.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

Every Blogger and YouTuber at this stage has talked about this. Effaclar Duo and Grease Lightning are my ultimate spot killing team, Grease Lightning reduces the size of the spot and Effaclar Duo prevents them from coming back. I apply this in the morning as it sits well under makeup and sometimes at night if I am not using Grease Lighting.

Dr Paw Paw Original Palm

I like to apply this after I have applied everything to the rest of my face. I use this as a light lip balm that I leave to soak in for a few minutes as I read a book or go on my iPod.

Nivea Lip Butter

I apply this right before I go to sleep and most of the time I wake up the next morning with some of it still on my lips. If you have chapped lips I would highly recommend this as it moisturises and nourishes the lips. It is also great for when you have a cold and your nose it sore from blowing it.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Exfoliating Face Scrub

I exfoliate twice a week. I do it while I'm in the shower as the whole scrub gets removed and I hate when there's a few beads left on my face afterwards. I get a dollop of exfoliator and using gentle circler motion, I buff it into the skin for about a minute and then I rinse off. I don't really like this product but I am trying to use it up so I can get onto using products I prefer.

This is a link up hosted by one of my blogger friends Guilianna, click the image above to check out everyone else's posts.

On a completely different topic, as you have probably noticed my blog has gotten a face lift. I have had my old blog design for a year and a half and I wanted something new and excited. The lovely Abigail (aka Morning) designed this whole layout for me. I love love love it and I cannot thank her enough, if you want to check out her blog click HERE or her design website click HERE.

What's in your current skincare routine?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 11 March 2017

My Travel Bucket List

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I consider myself to be a semi well travelled person but whenever I go somewhere I always come back wanting to go somewhere new and experiencing different places, here are some places I really want to go to.

London

My heart is in London, I have been there twice and when my stay is over I always want to stay there for much longer. It is such a beautiful city and there are so many things to do between all the sight seeing and of course, The West End. One of the reasons I love this city is there is no language barrier. I also love the London accent and normally end up coming home with one.

California

I have always wanted to go visit Hollywood, as my dream for becoming an actress is still buried in my soul. The weather is good all year round and it doesn't rain every 5 minutes like here in Ireland. I would love to visit both LA and San Francisco. I might see a few celebs when I am over there, I don't know how I would react.

France

I have been learning French for 5 years and I love the language. I was in France 4 times already in Chambéry, Saint-Jean-de-Monts, Paris and Carnac. I love the French culture and I always want to go back. I would love to live in France for a little while. I really want to go back to Paris as I didn't get to do much sightseeing as I was in Disneyland for my whole stay.

New York

New York, The Big Apple, I feel that there is always so much to do there. I have never been but I want to see the Statue of Liberty, walk in Central Park and hit the shops. Also, Broadway. I love musicals, I'm not a huge mega fan but I love a good musical or play. I feel like I could spend all my life savings shopping in New York especially in stores that aren't in Ireland, Sephora I'm looking at you.

Australia

Why not go to the southern hemisphere? I love how Australia is warm all year round but I would probably go during the Winter as I don't want to burn to an absolute crisp. I would love to visit Sydney Opera House, go diving in The Great Barrier Reef, see Ayers Rock or just chill on a beach. I think Australia is so picturesque and beautiful.

What places are on your travel bucket list?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 4 March 2017

How Cruel Is My Makeup Bag?

Hey!
Recently I have watched a lot of 'How Cruel Is My Makeup Bag' videos and I thought I would do a blog post about it as I have been trying to go cruelty-free for the past year but I know there are a few things in my collection that aren't cruelty-free and I don't want to make the mistake of buying them. I am just going to do my makeup I wear daily as this post would be way to long otherwise.

So what you have to do is use the blog Logical Harmony, I will also be using Cruelty Free Kitty, to see if the brands are on the cruelty-free list. If they are not on the cruelty-free list, they will get a black dot on the bottom of the product. I would put it somewhere more noticeable but I still want to take pictures with them.

Base


Makeup Revolution Pro Base Aqua Priming Base

Makeup Revolution hasn't been put into either Cruelty Free List or Brands To Avoid. It is in a Grey Area as Logical Harmony has received an unclear response on their testing policy. I hope they don't test on animals as I have heard so much wonderful things about their products and if they test on animals that means Freedom and I Heart Makeup do as they are all owned by the same company.

Seventeen Skin Wow 3 in 1 Highlighter

Seventeen is in the Pending List as LH are waiting for a response from the company. I don't really know how to feel about this as there's no clear answer yet. I don't think I would be too annoyed if they were testing on animals as I like their products but if I need to find a replacement for it I will.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelian

They test on animals. I have known this for some time and I am annoyed as this is the only foundation that I've found that suits me. I will have to start looking for a replacement for this when it runs out. Any suggestions for a pale drugstore foundation, please comment below.

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer in Fair

Like I said for Skin Wow, I won't be too upset if I have to stop buying from this brand.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent

The same for the Match Perfection. I think it will be easy enough to find a pressed powder.

Benefit Benetint 

Oh Benefit, why do you have to test on animals too! I don't really mind for the Benetint but I really like the Benebalm as it is a much more moisturising Maybelline Baby Lips. 

Rimmel Sun Shimmer in 002 Summer Passion

Another product from Rimmel, I used to be a huge fan of Rimmel as the products were not expensive and they were good quality. I'm really only trying to use up this bronzer anyways as I've had it for 2 years.

NYX Matte Setting Spray

NYX are cruelty-free! But it is to be noted that their parent company, L'Oreal, isn't. My stance on the whole parent company thing is that I'm still going to buy from the company as long as they stay cruelty-free. I love using this setting spray to set my makeup and I feel like this has been my 3rd or 4th bottle of it.

Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals

Sleek is also on the Pending List. I love Sleek, I think their makeup especially their lipsticks and highlighting palettes are beautiful and I really hope they are cruelty-free.

NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade

It's cruelty-free yay! 

Eyes


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Thankfully Too Faced is cruelty-free as I am in love with the eyeshadow palette. It has pretty and pigmented eyeshadows that smell like chocolate, what more do you want! It has to be noted that they are owned by Estee Lauder who tests on animals. I am fine with this as I am supporting a company that doesn't test.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 35 On and On Bronze

I love this as a base and I know I'll have to find a replacement as Maybelline is in the Brands To Avoid list. I have had this for 2 + years and I still enjoy using it as a simple wash of colour or as a base. Please leave any suggestions for cruelty free cream eyeshadow below as I have no idea where to start.

Sleek i-Divine Eye Shadow Palette in Oh So Special 

Before I got my Too Faced palette, this was my go to palette mainly because it was my only decent one. Like I said for the Highlighting palette, Sleek is on the Pending List.

Flormar Triple Action Mascara

I love this mascara! It does what normally three mascaras would do and also I wouldn't end up with spider lashes. Flormar are on the Pending List, I hope they are cruelty-free as I would love to try out more products from them as their mascara is so good and there's a foundation that is in my shade that I want to try out.

Maybelline Big Eyes Volum' Express

Maybelline test on animals, so I won't be repurchasing this mascara. I didn't really like this mascara or any mascara I have tried from Maybelline. I really like using the lower lash brush if I want to wear a little mascara or to apply mascara to my lower lashes as the Flormar one doesn't apply very well on lower lashes.

Lips


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 415 Pink In The Afternoon

This was one of the first lipsticks that I have ever bought that I still wear! Unfortunately, Revlon is in the Brands To Avoid List. This is the only product I have from them as I never went over to the stall in Boots. I really love this shade and I'll just have to find an alternative.

Flormar Watermelon Lip Balm

Flormar is in the Pending List. I love this lip balm as it smells like watermelon, has a sheer colour to it and feels moisturising. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream In Amsterdam

This is my favourite red lipstick I have and it doesn't dry my lips out either. NYX is a cruelty-free brand but its parent company is not.

Sleek Lip VIP in Backstage

This lipstick is for the days when I want to have a vibrant lip. I have been wearing it more now since it is Spring. Sleek is on the Pending List.

Sleek Matte Me in Birthday Suit

This is a cult classic and I see why, I love wearing it and it is very pretty. Sleek is on the Pending List and I just hope that they are cruelty-free.

Out of all my makeup 20 products, 4 are cruelty-free, 8 are pending, 1 is in a grey area and 7 are tested on animals. I thought I would get proper answers that a product could be one or the other and I was surprised when nearly half of them are pending or in a grey area. I will update this when I find out what happens to the pending brands.

Cruelty Free
Pending
Grey Area
Tested On Animals

If you know any good cruelty-free products to replace my tested ones please let me know.

Have you done or will you do How Cruel Is My Makeup Bag?

Thanks for being awesome,