Essence Eyebrows

[Spotlight On]: Essence Eyebrow Designer & Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara

AUD $3.05 & AUD $5.10 from Priceline

Not much to say here, just stopping by to sing the ever rare “HOLY GRAIL” praises of this eyebrow pencil and gel!

Seriously, with specific reference to the pencil, I have been using this anywhere between 3 and 7 times a week since MARCH and I have ONLY SHARPENED IT ONCE. It’s now July and I have only sharpened the pencil once. What the fuck.

THIS PENCIL WILL LAST THROUGH THE APOCALYPSE.

Plus it’s actually a great eyebrow pencil – it gives noticeable colour payoff into my eyebrows that lasts all day.

With particular focus on the gel, everything amazing I had heard about this product came true. It’s easy to use, doesn’t clump up in my brows, and leaves them looking sharp as a tack all day. It gives a little bit of a “crunchy” feeling to the brows, but honestly, I don’t mind that. It makes me feel like my brows are secure and ready for anything the day throws at them.

Whenever I use these two brow products, it’s a complete “eyebrows on fleek” moment from the minute I fill them to the minute I wash them off, even after a long day at work helping people move house.

Plus the fact that you can buy both for under $10 is the cherry on top of the cake. It’s even sweeter when Priceline are having a 40% off sale – $2.50 for an eyebrow pencil that will last you through the nuclear war, zombie outbreak, and coming of the Four Horsemen? Hell yeah!

https://www.priceline.com.au/brand/essence/essence-eyebrow-designer-1-2-g

https://www.priceline.com.au/brand/essence/essence-make-me-brow-eyebrow-gel-mascara-3-8-ml

EradiKATE Cleanser

[Spotlight On]: Kate Somerville EradiKATE Daily Cleanser

$55 from MECCA

My, oh my. I bought this in one of those spending whirlwinds where you go to the checkout, pay, and then the next day realise that you paid $55 for a cleanser. I was so embarrassed and ashamed and prayed to sweet baby Jesus that it would be worth it.

Turns out, it is.

I bought this in late February, almost exactly 6 months ago to the day, and I’m only half way through. Even with using this once, twice, sometimes even three times almost every day for 6 months, I still have half left. The tube is like a Mary Poppins bag – it just keeps going and going and going and going. Breaking it down, it actually works out to be a great deal – if one $55 cleanser lasts almost 12 months, for certain that would be cheaper than buying smaller $10 – $20 cleansers and needing to replace empty bottles every season. Not only is that less money spent and less material items acquired, it’s also less empty plastic bottles and squeezy tubes going into landfill.

When I first bought it, I went at it like a bull in a china shop and saw serious results! While I don’t think I’m very acne prone, I do suffer very painful menstrual breakouts, and I 100% think that this product helped calm my period pimples and stopped them from becoming too large and too sore.

After a few months I thought that maybe my skin was “getting used to it” and wasn’t noticing those results as much. I gave it a rest for a week or two before deciding to cut back. So instead of using it daily as a whole face cleanser, I decided to switch it up a bit and only use it as a spot cleanser when I needed it. For the past month or so I’ve only been using it on my T-Zone and jawline on my breakouts, and once again I’ve been noticing amazing results.

Would I buy this again? Sure! It’s great and gives noticeable results! However, when this one eventually runs out (in 100 years lol) I might give the ExfoliKATE cleanser a try as I think that might be a little better suited to my skin’s needs.

http://www.mecca.com.au/kate-somerville/eradikate-daily-cleanser/I-027175.html?cgpath=brands-kate#start=1

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Empties & Destashes

June, 2017

I’m late, I know, I know. It’s been July for a whole week and I still haven’t posted my June round up yet! Life has been hectic, but it’s so important to still keep up your own interests and hobbies or else the universe will drive you crazy.

This month I’m pretty proud of my empty:throw ratio! 12 empties and 2 throws!

Empties:

  • dr.organic whitening aloe vera toothpaste
    Love! Would repurchase this without any hesitation if I catch it in store.
  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel
    I thought this was pretty good and it was great at removing my makeup at the end of the day, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I think it dried my skin out a bit too much, and tarte is pretty difficult to get in Australia (but that’s another whole different story about why Sephora Australia is a totally shady company).
  • L’Occitane hand creme (rose)
    This was good! It smelled amazing and made my hands feel really soft. Also it lasted a fucking long time! I kept this on my desk at work and it was brilliant throughout the day. Although I won’t be repurchasing this because L’Occitane test on animals (and are also shitfucking expensive).
  • Glasshouse Candle in Montego Bay (mini size)
    Again, I’m considering this empty because it’s getting too tricky to light it without the fear of burning my fingers off. As with my previous Glasshouse empty, I would definitely buy this again, but only in the big size.
  • Malin+Gotez travel sized products (Grapefruit face cleanser; Cilantro hair conditioner; Vitamin E face moisturiser)
    Once again, I love pretty much all of Malin+Gotez’s products and happily used all of these travel sizes. The only thing I wouldn’t repurchase in a full size is the conditioner (just because OGX conditioners are my OTP), but this is still the second travel sized one I’ve used and would 100% buy the same travel set for a third time on my next trip.
  • Hourglass Immaculate liquid powder foundation (sample)
    I’m on the fence about this! This lasted me almost a week’s worth of wear and I’m not sure. Because the shade they sent was far too dark for me, I had to mix it with my tarte shape tape to lighten it a bit. I found that it broke up so badly around my nose and chin, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the foundation or my shape tape. Before I take the plunge into buying a full size, I think I’d go for it again if it ever reappears in my mecca.com.au “select your sample.”
  • NARS tinted moisturiser (sample)
    Nope. Nope nope nope. I put this on and immediately hated it and took it all off again. It looked awful on my skin. Also NARS have just changed their CF policy to sell in China, so it’s an automatic non-repurchase.
  • NARS Luminous Weightless foundation (sample)
    I thought this was pretty good, but again I won’t be repurchasing it regardless.
  • Mitchum Clinical Gel deodorant
    Love this stuff! I repurchased it when I ran out, but grabbed a different scent this time because that one reminds me of the hospital *eugh*
  • Malin+Gotez rum hand and body wash (full size)
    You all know my deep, never-ending love for Malin+Gotez rum scented products. I have bought this in the full sized body wash and it’s pretty much my favourite thing ever.

Destashes. 

  • ChiChi blending sponge
    I do like these and have a 4 pack, but I have hardly used this all year since I bought my tarte double ended stippling foundation and concealer brush. The sponge was just sitting on my makeup vanity getting all dusty and gross, so it was time for it to go.
  • Essence bronzer (brunettes)
    Orange, orange, orange!!! Although it does smell amazing, like a warm summer’s day at the beach.

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Sukin Super Greens Scrub

[Spotlight On]: Sukin Super Green Detoxifying Facial Scrub

AUD$12.99 from Priceline

This stuff has the best reviews online and I was so excited to try it! It’s full of good stuff like kale and parsley, and the exfoliating beads are made of jojoba and bamboo.

Unfortunately, I don’t sing it’s praises the same as these reviews. I really don’t like this at all. Admittedly, I have only used it about 3 or 4 times, but right now, the thought of trying to finish off the tube makes me upset.

First of all, it does actually smell amazing. It reminds me of strawberry flavoured bubble bath as a kid; but for me, that’s where the positives end. This cleanser is a creamy texture and I feel as though it leaves a layer of film over my skin. It doesn’t make me feel squeaky clean like a foaming cleanser does.

In terms of the exfoliation, while I do absolutely love that the beads are made out of enviro-friendly materials, I feel as though it doesn’t do that crash hot of a job. I notice that there are still dry flakes on my nose after I get out of the shower, and I feel as though my pores haven’t been cleaned out properly.

I’ve been finding that I don’t feel satisfied after I use this cleanser, and then go ahead and use my Kate Somerville Eradikate cleanser over the top to brush off the edges. Double cleansing – especially with something so strong as the Eradikate which I usually only use on my T-Zone to calm down menstrual breakouts – is making my skin freak the fuck out.

Hell, maybe this cleanser is actually as amazing as people say it is, but I’m just so used to blasting my skin with strong physical exfoliants that it’ll just take some time to get used to – who knows?! Maybe this gentle “super food” based product is exactly what my destroyed skin needs right now. I’ll give it a couple more weeks and see how it goes; it’ll end up in an end-of-the-month round up post at some point, but will it be an empty or a destash?

[Please excuse my lack of photograph; here’s a link instead, check out those amazing reviews for yourself!] https://www.priceline.com.au/sukin-super-greens-detoxifying-facial-scrub-125-ml

An open letter to Jeffree Star

Jeffree,

First of all, from someone who has watched you over the years and followed you fairly closely, I just want to say how pleased and proud I am that you released your apology video today. I think it was brave of you to address the world despite the brutal lashings of hate you knew you were going to receive. I know that if I had to deal with the amount of anger you receive every day, I’d sure as hell be an alcoholic or something of the sort.

I am one of those people who refuse to buy your products or subscribe, like, or follow your content due to the statements and behaviours you have expressed in the past. However, that’s not to say that this one video will fix everything and everyone will forgive and forget. I know how frustrating it must be for you to have things you did 12 years ago brought up every single day. I myself was a terrible person back in high school and am deeply embarrassed and ashamed about the things I said about my friends back then; I’d feel the same if those things were brought up again and again 10 years later. I’m certain that those people I hurt back in high school still remember the things I said and still feel that anger, and that’s okay. It’s okay for those people to still feel upset, hurt, and angry because what I did was not okay. Just like it’s okay for people to still feel upset, hurt, and angry about the things you said and did when you were younger.

Making an apology video is an amazing start, but it’s not the end of the road.

I attempt to right my wrongs and be a better person every day. I am now a social worker who actively tries to make this world a better place, working to support people who are homeless and children that have been abused. Now, I am so much more conscious of how things I say and do can impact other people. Now, before I make a comment about someone being lazy or a “dole bludger,” as Australians so compassionately call members of the community living off welfare, I take a moment to think about other factors that could be influencing their lifestyle, such as health. It is now (literally) my job to identify those factors and help bring about societal change to eliminate those factors.

What the world needs to see from you now, Jeffree, is an obvious attempt to try and heal the communities you hurt. We need to see you donating to charities (and not boasting about it on twitter); we need to see you making the time to regularly volunteer at shelters and kitchens; we need to see you working to make change. We need to see you put down the phone and log out of your twitter every now and again. If someone hurts you, walk away. Simply ignoring them will make more of an impact than calling them a rat or telling them to kill themselves.

Otherwise, your apology video will just get written off and the things you did 12 years ago will continue to be brought up again and again.

This is an amazing, start Jeffree, and now is your time to show the world that you actually mean it.

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera toothpaste

[Spotlight on]:

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera whitening toothpaste

AUD $9.95 from my local IGA

I really love this!

This was the very first organic/vegan/cruelty free toothpaste I had tried, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The consistency is odd, but I certainly got used to it – it literally looks like aloe vera straight from the plant.

It’s extremely minty and makes my mouth feel so fresh! The minty taste does fade away quite quickly, however my mouth always feels nice and fresh up until I eat something (which could be quite soon after, or a few hours depending on my day). I hardly experience plaque build up or any yucky feelings on my teeth and gums during the day after I’d brushed with this toothpaste.

In terms of whitening, I would say that it certainly did whiten my teeth, however it was not long lasting or permanent whatsoever. During the day my teeth would continue to be get stained over and over again until the next time I brushed.

I would definitely purchase this again, and I did plan on it as my current tube is almost empty; however the wholefoods I was in at the time didn’t have this same specific one, so I bought a different one to try (Red Seal herbal toothpaste). Watch this space! I’ll post up a review of that one in a few weeks time.

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Empties & Destashes

May 2017

Empties.

Bumble & Bumble Curl Care Conditioner AUD$50

This was alright. It took me ages to use it because I kept going back to other things in between. I feel like it made my scalp feel itchy, and felt that the product itself was so thick that I couldn’t wash it out properly. Not really the best for a product specifically targeted at curly hair, right? Other than that, it did smell amazing and made my hair feel nice and soft. I wouldn’t repurchase this again.

Malin+Gotez bergamont body wash [from the AUD$40 travel pack]

I finally finished one of my M+G travel pack items! I swear the travel pack stuff lasts so long. I love this stuff but I definitely prefer the dark rum scented items over the bergamont. I wouldn’t repurchase a full size of this scent, but I’ve bought a couple of full sizes in the dark rum scent.

Glasshouse Candle in Oahu AUD$18

I’m considering this “empty” because the wax is now so low that it’s too tricky to light anymore. I love this! It smells like laundry detergent and is just delightful. I’d definitely repurchase this scent again, only not in the mini size. The mini sizes are more difficult to light than the large sizes, and the scent is much more subtle (which might be exactly what you’re going for, depending on personal preference).

OGX Argon Oil of Morocco AUD$18

Love, love, love! This lasted me forever and makes my hair feel and smell so nice. I’d definitely repurchase if I can find a solid answer as to whether or not OGX text on animals, because there seems to be a lot of conflicting evidence out there.

Maybelline Eye and Lip Makeup Removing oil AUD$5.95

I bought a huge stockpile of this stuff a year or so ago when it was on sale. I’m now down to my last one, yay! I like this enough. For the price it does a pretty decent job of removing any mascara and eyebrow gel. Although, I obviously won’t be repurchasing this and might consider a Mecca Cosmetica micellar water next.

Destashes.

Maybelline Great Lash AUD$6.50

This is getting tossed because it irritates my eyes! Every time my eyes water or I lightly rub them, they burn something fierce when this stuff gets in them. Not good.

Vaseline Intensive Care Coco Glow AUD$11.50

Mate, I bought this like, 2 years ago and it’s still got at least 1/4 of it left. I originally bought it because I wanted a moisturiser that gradually self tans. This did not self tan. I ended up just throwing it out because it’s definitely started to change consistency (it’s become a lot more watery) and it’s time to retire it. Even if Vaseline didn’t test on animals, I still wouldn’t buy it again.

So, with that all done, I can count 3 products in my collection that are tested on animals. Everything is almost gone and my collection is almost entirely either cruelty free or vegan! There might be more products hiding away in the shadows, I’ll have to hunt around and make sure I’ve identified all of them and continue working to push those ones out as fast as possible.

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