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Empties and Destashes

August 2017

What a month for empties and destashes this is! I smashed through so many products this month. I’m very pleased with myself!

Empties

  • Tarte Clean Queen deodorant (AUD$21) 
    We are all very well acquainted with my feelings on this deodorant. It’s trash to wear out to work or running errands, but it’s fine for just lazing around the house on a weekend. I’m glad to see it gone from my shelf and will not be repurchasing.
  • Mitchum Clinical Gel deodorant (AUD$10)
    This is my favourite deodorant that I’ve tried so far, and I repurchased another when this ran out. I keep stumbling upon mixed reviews about whether or not this is actually vegan/cruelty free – some say it is and some say it isn’t – but I’ll continue to buy it until I find something else that is 100% vegan/cruelty free and actually works. If not, I might have to make a compromise and continue to buy this very “grey area” product if I find nothing else that works. I figure for things that are not a necessity, like makeup, I should be ethical about, but things that are a necessity, like stuff that stops me from stinking out the office at work, I might have to leave some wiggle room and just do the best I can.
  • Rosehip by Essano SPF Moisturiser (AUD$19.99)
    Love, love, love! I’ve been using Rosehip by Essano products for years and will continue to do so!
  • Rosehip by Essano oil with acai berry antioxidant (AUD$19.99)
    Again, I’ve already been through a couple of these and will continue to buy more in the future.
  • Red Seal toothpaste “Smokers” (AUD$4.95)
    I love this! I bought it from Flannery’s and will definitely buy this again. I might even branch out and try a few different flavours! I’ll see how many I can hoard over the next few months and potentially do a big review on all of them together.
  • NARS Laguna/Orgasm sample
    I decided to use this in interest of getting rid of the 50 thousand samples I have. I actually loved the bronzer! It’s been very sad to see NARS knocked off my “okay to buy” list, otherwise I would have been all over that shit with a full size. The blush wasn’t my cup of tea, though, it was too sheer and glittery for my liking.

Destashes

  • Bio Oil (AUD$13.99)
    I swear I need to stop buying this stuff, I’ve thrown away a couple of half used ones over the years. A google search tells me that it’s not tested on animals as it’s manufactured under British Beauty Without Cruelty law, but, I don’t know. I always buy it and think that I’ll use it on my multiple skin cancer removal scars, but I never get into the habit of including it in my routine so it just sits there and slowly goes off. Maybe one day.
  • Lush Let The Good Times Roll face cleanser (AUD$17.50)
    This product just makes me sad. I received this for my birthday and really loved using it, but in only a couple of weeks, it went off. I opened it one morning and it STANK. I’m not a regular Lush user and just last weekend shared this experience with a friend who works at Lush. She said that because it had gone bad more than one month before the recommended expiry date, I could have taken it back for a replacement. If only I had known! I might buy this again for myself, or I might not. I very much enjoyed using it and would like to have it again, but Lush kind of scares me and I’m always too afraid to go in.

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Eye of Horus Dual Eyebrow Pencil

[Spotlight On]: Eye of Horus Dual Brow Perfect (Nile)

AUD $28

Oookay, okay okay. This shit. This shit right here. Yes. Give me all of it. I live. I breathe.

My sister bought me this product for my birthday. I’ve never used anything other than a cheap drugstore eyebrow pencil before, so receiving this as a gift made me feel like a “real adult.”

First of all, the colour is perfect. My eyebrows are quite an ashy black, and the shade “Nile” matches them perfectly. If I make a small mistake and go outside my brow slightly, I can’t even notice because the colour blends so well. It just looks like an extra brow hair that’s gone astray.

The formula itself is lovely; as this is the first brow product of its kind that I’ve tried, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I find that this formula is excellent. It’s quite dry and stiff, so it’s impossible to accidentally end up with any harsh lines. It applies lightly and, while I do need to spend a little bit of extra time filling in sparse patches, it builds to an absolutely lovely and natural finish. I can’t tell that I’ve filled them in with a product at all, it simply looks like my brows are naturally full.

The gel is the best I’ve tried. While I love the Essence Make Me Brow, this clear brow gel is basically sent from the gods. It’s quite watery on first application, which I feel makes it much easier to completely coat the brows and maneuver them to the exact right spot before it dries. And, once it has dried, it gives that perfect “crusty brow” feeling. I know that crusty brows is quite a polarising topic, but I personally love feeling like my brows are glued to my face every time I make a facial expression. My brows are naturally unruly and it gives me confidence knowing that I don’t need to try and use my fingers to re-adjust any absconding hairs throughout the day.

This product makes me look in the rear-view mirror of my car at 5:30PM, after applying it at 8:00AM, and think “damn, my eyebrows look so good today.”

What could possibly make this product even better? Well, it’s totally vegan and not tested on animals. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! I want to buy 50 of these to last me the rest of my life.

Dual Brow Perfect Nile (Dark)

Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus deodorant

[Spotlight On]: Malin+Goetz eucalyptus deodorant

AUD$31 from Mecca

Holey dooley. I paid $31 (THIRTY ONE DOLLARS… for all my USA friends, that’s almost $25) for this. My hopes were high, so high, and so let down.

I put it on at 8:30 in the morning and it was a great first impression; it smells amazing and it felt so refreshing on my skin. My poor underarms had been getting knocked around a bit while trying to put on the tarte deodorant when it was almost empty and the hard plastic packaging was scraping against my skin. The eucalyptus gel totally soothed my sore pits. I also enjoyed how the gel felt like it was almost melting into my skin, it was amazing.

I went about my day and did some odd jobs like going to the pharmacy and the post office. Totally nothing overly strenuous, and I was in air conditioning for most of the time.

By lunchtime, I smelled myself and I STANK. I was so disappointed! I sat staring at the deodorant that cost almost an hour of my salary with total resentment. I was rooting for you! 

Again with the tarte deodorant, I guess it’ll be fine for just lazing around the house, but it’s definitely not a “leaving the house and actually doing things” deodorant, nuh-uh.

http://www.mecca.com.au/malin-goetz/eucalyptus-deodorant/I-002140.html?cgpath=brands-malin#start=1

Zero Waste.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on waste and how much waste I create. I look around my bedroom and see all the unnecessary shit I’ve bought that I always just end up throwing out. Clothes, makeup, homewares, CDs, books, everything. While I’m not necessarily committed to being 100% zero waste (I gag in awe over bloggers who can fit their entire year’s worth of rubbish in a jar), I’m beginning to be very conscious of how I use everyday items and what more I could be doing to help heal this planet of ours.

2:1.

My first goal that I’m committed to achieve is a 2:1 ratio of recycling to rubbish. That means needing to empty my recycling bin twice as often as my rubbish. How am I going to do this? Firstly, I’m committed to buy as many recyclable products as possible, such as bamboo toothbrushes and taking along my own reusable steel straws on a night out to save using a handful of plastic straws throughout the evening.

No packaging.

In addition to buying more things that can be recycled, I’m also beginning to choose products that have recyclable packaging, or even no packaging at all. For example, I’ve started to ditch shower liquid soap in large plastic bottles and choosing packaging-free bar soaps instead. I’d also like to try buying dry foods like quinoa, pasta, and rice in bulk using recycled paper bags rather than packaged off the shelf. Not only that, I’ve picked up an awesome fabric bag that folds up super small to keep in my handbag for when I go grocery shopping; it looks small, but actually fits quite a few groceries in it. Every plastic shopping bag I don’t bring home is a win!

Mindful purchasing.

Another point is only buying things that I am 100% sure I am going to like… things I am certain (or, as certain as can be) I will not just throw away after one use because I made a poor purchasing decision. For example, I don’t remember the last item of clothing I bought (but I’m guessing it was the dresses you can see in my Melbourne blog). This point is also helped by the fact that I absolutely despise buying random decorative items that have no actual purpose other than looking nice. I very much appreciate receiving decorative items as gifts, but I just can’t bring myself to buy them.

Fix, Donate, Sell.

I think I’ve become an eBay addict – this past year I have sold so many clothes on eBay that otherwise would have just gone in the bin. There is also a charity thrift store a 5 minute walk away from my office that I could commit to donating unwanted clothing to. Not only would the clothes go to another home who would love them like I never could, the money from sales would go directly to that charity. Win win! Finally, although I am no seamstress, I have been able to do a shoddy DIY hand-stitch repair of some handbags and tshirts, so that is going to make a huge difference!

Watch this space to see how I make small changes in my lifestyle to help minimise my waste! Even though for some items it’s a bit too late now (like a bar soap that I’ve already finished), I’ll start posting up hauls and photos of my everyday trash as a way to remain accountable for my choices!

Trashed.

Empties and Destashes

July 2017

What a month! I’m very excited to say that I had absolutely NO THROWS this month! AND I emptied a full-sized perfume! I was a bit upset when I also ended up with some pretty exciting empties on the 1st and 2nd of August, but I refused to let myself cheat and sneakily include them in my July empties. Watch this space for next month!

Empties

  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mini mascara (included in the AUD$45 sample set)
    While I did actually like this mascara, it burned my eyes something fierce! As I washed my makeup off at the end of the day, I’d end up in tears because of how much this mascara would sting. It took me a while to figure out what it was because the mascara didn’t hurt when I applied it or throughout the day, only when washing it off. I would try it out again if I ever picked up another tarte sample set; but if the second one does the same to my peepers, it’s being immediately thrown out and never bought again.
  • Beyonce perfume in “Midnight Heat” (AUD$24.99 from Chemist Warehouse)
    I received this as a gift years ago and finally finished it! I LOVE this scent and would certainly buy it again, but I can’t figure out if Beyonce Perfumes test on animals. I know their parent company does, but no matter how hard I try I cannot find any information on whether Beyonce’s products are tested on animals. If they’re not, I’d repurchase this over and over and over; if they are, you know the drill. But until I find out a solid yes or not answer, I’m not buying it just to be safe.
  • Malin+Goetz peppermint shampoo (included in the AUD$44 travel set)
    You all know I love this and have already bought a full size of this shampoo, it just took me forever to get through the travel size because I forgot it was still sitting around. Nothing more to say! Although I will say that I swear it was spelled “Gotez” and not “Goetz.” I had a total Mandela Effect moment when I realised my mistake. Now I know that all of my tags on wordpress and instagram are incorrectly spelled, whoops!!

Destashes

  • None! Nothing at all! I feel like I’m getting to a point where I’m happy with my collection and everything that I own.

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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