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.

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.


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!


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!


  • 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!!


  • 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.


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.


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!

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.


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!


  • 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 “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.


  • 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.



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!]