August 2018 Empties

Hello everyone and welcome to August empties. Quite a bit to get through so I’m going to get straight into it starting with skincare.

August 2018 Empties

I have two sheet masks from Simple, the De-Stress and Rich Moisture. I bought these randomly on my lunch break one day and they’re nice, quite drippy but overall they’re alright. I didn’t notice any difference between the two but they left my skin feeling very moisturised.

Simple sheet masks

My next ‘mask’ is a couple of packs of the Beauty Pie Hyaluronic Acid Microneedle Patch. Well, these are interesting. I couldn’t wait to get my mitts on these and bought them on launch day and paid next day delivery. They do have a sting to them and you have to keep them on for 2 hours however, the results are impressive so far.

Beauty Pie Hyaluronic acid Microneedle patch

Another Beauty Pie product is the absolutely lovely Japan Fusion Cleanser. The best cleanser I’ve tried in a very, very long time. I use this morning and evening for my first and second cleanse. My skin is starting to look much better now I’m transitioning to Beauty Pie products.

Beauty Pie Japan Fusion Cleanser Ultrasun Face SPF 30

Lastly for skincare I have a tube of Ultrasun Face SPF 30. Again, another great product that I’ve been using daily. It’s the best SPF I’ve used on my face, it’s non sticky and sits so well under makeup. This product has made me want to use SPF.

For makeup I have two mascaras, the L’Oréal False Lash Sculpt is incredible. Super, super volumising although the wand can take a little getting used to. I’ve also used up an IT Cosmetics Superhero which I really enjoyed, however I find cheaper mascaras just as good as higher end ones so I probably won’t repurchase this.

L’Oréal False last Sculpt it Cosmetics superhero

I’ve used up a full size Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel, this is my favourite shower gel, smells absolutely beautiful and gives me a mini spa moment at home.

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming shower gel

Finally got through a Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop. Probably one of the most effective hand creams I’ve used for very chapped, dry hands. Will be getting another tube of this for over the winter.

The Body Shop hemp hand protector

Lastly whilst this isn’t empty, it’s too hard to work with now, I have a bottle of L’Oréal Nail Laquer in Crystal. I liked this, gave a good gloss to the nails and the brush applied the product very evenly.

L’Oréal Nail lacquer crystal

What products have you used up in August? Thanks for reading ❤

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Project Pan 2018

Hello everyone, I have the beginning of a new series for you today. I have been getting so excited about the sneak peaks for Christmas collections that are all over Instagram at the moment, but then I look at everything I currently own and realistically, I don’t need of them. However, I do really want some of the collections so I decided that it’s time for a clear out and also to start using up things I already have. And that it where my project pan was born!

Project pan 2018

I have been through my collection and gathered up products that I need to start using more. None of these are products I dislike at all, they just end up going to the back of the drawer because other newer things have taken their place. My plan is to use up as much of these products before the end of the year so I can justify buying new things!

As this is the first time I’ve done a series like this, I’d like your feedback on how you’d like updates. Monthly blog posts or quarterly blog post? Let me know how you’d prefer it. Here are the items I’ve decided to include in the project –

Urban Decay Naked 2

Urban decay naked 2 project pan

I’ve had this palette for a good while and it’s not that I don’t like it, it has some of my favourite Urban Decay shades, it’s just that I don’t reach for it. I’m no where near hitting pan on any of the shades so I really want to hit pan on at least one shade by the end of the year. As I still want to use other shadows I’m intending to use this throughout the week and then switching out to other palettes at the weekend.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed – Native

Urban Decay Naked flushed project pan

Another Urban Decay product, and again, it’s not that I dislike it, I’ve just reached for other products instead. I don’t think I’ll hit pan on this by the end of the year but I’m hoping to see a good dip in the bronzer. I don’t really wear blush so I’m not focusing on that, just the bronzer and highlighter.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca under eye Brightening corrector project pan

I’m including this because it seems to last forever and I already have another brand new unopened one in my drawer! This already has a good dip in it and I’m hoping to reach the bottom of the jar by the end of the year.

Beauty Pie Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon

Beauty pie powderstick matte lip crayon project pan

I have so many lip products so I’m intending to to a rolling lip product. I can’t wear many of my lip products because of my Invisalign but this is one I can use. I think this should be completely gone by the end of October.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

The Body Shop Chinese ginseng rice face mask project pan

I’m including this because I forgot I had it. It’s not my favourite mask but I think this is something I could use up.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk

Soap and glory smoothie star milk project pan

I am so bad for applying body lotion, but I do get better in the colder months. As this bottle is so big it takes a good while to get through but I’m aiming to use up the majority of this by the end of the year.

That’s all of the products I’m intending to start with. I haven’t challenged myself to a strict end date for this project but I’m hoping I can use up a lot by the end of the year. Once items are completely gone I’m going to add a new product in.

Have you completed a project pan before? Let me know how you got on with it! Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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August 2018 Favourites

Hello everyone, it’s favourites time! Is anyone else glad the U.K. heatwave is over? I’m not a fan of excessive heat in day to day life so I’m so glad that it’s cooled down and I can now sleep at night!

August 2018 Favourites

The first thing that has got me through the recent heat is the Ambre Solaire Dry Mist SPF 50. This is the sunscreen for people who don’t like heavy, occlusive creams. It’s incredibly light, absorbs almost instantly and leaves no sticky residue. I’ve not burnt at all this summer and this is what I’ve been using. Worth noting that it does transfer onto dark clothing, I wear black all year round 🖤

Ambre solaire spf 50 Dry mist

Keeping with the body, on a whim I picked up the Dove Shower Mousse with Argan Oil. This is quite interesting, it dispenses like a shaving mousse but it’s a product that cleans the skin. It smells amazing and the scent lingers on the skin. You can also use as a shaving mousse and you get a really close shave.

Dove shower mousse Argan oil

For skincare I have been loving the Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Daily Moisture Lotion. I probably sound like a broken record but Beauty Pie products really do impress me. This moisturiser is very nourishing and soothing. I’ve written a full review which I will link below.

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Moisture Lotion

As I have Invisalign, lipstick is generally not my friend. If you think getting lipstick on your teeth is bad, getting it on Invisalign trays is horrendous! It is a pain to get it off! Anyway, I have to be really careful what lipsticks I use. The MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Clouds In My Coffee has been a recent favourite. It’s a lovely matte peachy nude that has minimal tray transfer and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips.

Mac liptensity clouds in my coffee

Lastly I have a bit of a random favourite. I was finding that a kept getting dermatitis around my mouth which would get pretty sore and then I realised, it was SLS in the toothpaste that was irritating the skin around my mouth. Sensodyne Pronamel does not contain SLS therefore does not irritate my skin. It also has really helped with the sensitivity in my teeth.

Sensodyne pronamel

That’s my favourite products in August, what were your favourite products? Thanks for reading ❤

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Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Daily Moisture Lotion Review

Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on the Super Healthy Skin Daily Moisture Lotion from Beauty Pie.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know by now that I have a love for Beauty Pie products, and their skincare offering is impressing me more and more. Moisturiser is a product that I don’t like to spend a lot on, preferring to put my money into serums or treatments. I just want a lightweight product that I can use day or night and that won’t pill or cause problems with applying makeup.

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Lotion The majority of moisturisers from Beauty Pie have a high retail value so use up most, if not all, of your basic shopping allowance so when this product came back into stock, I grabbed it whilst I could.

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Lotion

I really like the outer box, I actually pitched this material to one of my clients at work and it’s really nice to see it in beauty packaging. The material is a textured white with black type and the product itself is in a white squeeze tube and contains 50ml.

This moisturiser is formulated with “Powerful anti-ageing peptides to help maintain youthful looking skin. Naturally derived, skin mimicking pentavitin for deep hydration. Antioxidant plant extracts to calm and soothe the skin. Moisturising and softening shea butter. Radiance boosting winter daphne stem cell extract to protect and maintain healthy skin.”

This moisturiser contains quite a high amount of silicone which makes for a very soft, velvety texture. At first it feels a little heavy when you apply but it actually absorbs into the skin very quickly leaving it super soft and not irritated (hooray!)

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Lotion

I’ve been using this for around a month now in conjunction with the Japan Fusion Cleanser and my skin is starting to behave a little better. I am very prone to redness and acne, the redness in my skin is reducing as is the acne. I use this twice daily and it sits great under my SPF and makeup. I was a little worried that the silicone would pill but I’ve not had any issues.

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Lotion

If you are looking for a moisturiser that soothes the skin, leaving it hydrated and soft, this is one to try out. Well done Beauty Pie for making another product that I will continue to repurchase!

Thanks for reading ❤

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July 2018 Empties

Hello everyone, it’s empties time again! This month is a little more substantial than June and I’ve got through a product in every category. Let’s start off with makeup.

Firstly I have Beauty Pie Great Skin Foundation which has become my favourite foundation since I bought my first bottle. Absolutely love this and will continue to repurchase. Next for makeup is another Beauty Pie product, the Superbrow Precision Pencil which is another product that I love and will carry on purchasing.

July 2018 Empties

Moving onto skincare I have L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel which at first I really liked, the texture is beautiful and it melts into the skin, however it is so highly fragranced that it caused me to breakout.

I’ve used up another Beauty Pie product, this one being the Youth Guard Eye Cream. I’m not a huge advocate of expensive eye creams as I have not used a single one that I’ve found effective. This one is lovely, not too rich but very moisturising and makeup applies well over the top.

I was a little gutted to finish this off as the bottle was so cute! But I have come to an end of my Pixi Glow Tonic. I’ve been trying out a lactic acid toner from REN and have found my skin reacts much better to lactic so I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing Glow Tonic again.

Lastly for skincare is the Exfoliating Treatment Mask from Tula. I think I got this in a beauty box and it’s a nice mask to use, I found my skin looked a little clearer the following day but nothing too drastic.

July 2018 Empties

Into haircare, I have used up Provoke Touch of Silver Shampoo. I’ve used this on and off for years, it’s an average purple shampoo and since buying the L’Oréal Proffessionnel Silver Shampoo, I won’t be repurchasing this one from Provoke.

The last product for hair is a mini bottle of ghd Final Shine Spray. I like using a shine spray if I’ve added a lot of dry shampoo to my hair, or when my hair is looking a little dull. This adds a great gloss and doesn’t make the hair greasy.

Finally for July, I have used up a bottle of Korres Water Lily Blossom Shower Gel which has a lovely, light floral scent that I’ve really enjoyed using over the summer.

July 2018 Empties

That’s all for July empties, what products have you used up over the past month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review

I’ve got to say, it’s been a very long time since I’ve been so excited about a palette launch. The market has been inundated with lots of warm, reddish browns, and whilst I can appreciate that they are very pretty, they really don’t suit me at all so I like to lean toward more neutral or cooler colours so when I saw the promotional shots of the Norvina palette, I knew I had to have it.

ABH norvina palette

I snapped this up on launch day on Cult Beauty, and was so excited to get home on Friday night to have this delivered. It’s the first 14 pan ABH palette that I’ve bought. The shades in Modern Renaissance & Subculture weren’t really my thing, I did like the look of Soft Glam but I could not justify another neutral palette as I have way too many neutral shadows that I’ve not hit pan on!

ABH norvina palette

The outer box is a beautiful, slightly pearlescent lilac with white text and rose gold foil ABH logo. On the reverse of the box is a list of the ingredients, an image of the inside of the palette and a quote from Norvina;

‘ I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree. If I had to explain how these colours made me feel, I would say “happy”.’

The palette itself is the same lilac as the outer box and is a flock/velvety material, to be honest it’s not my favourite to put on packaging as it gets messy very quickly! Inside the palette are 14 shadows weighing 0.71g each and are a roughly equal mix of mattes and shimmers. There’s an ok sized mirror that is not hinged and also the standard double ended brush that comes in all ABH palettes. Lets get into the colours!

Dreamer – a champagne, leaning slightly towards pale gold. Very shimmery and a pretty all over lid colour that could be used everyday.

Summer – a mid gold with a hint of copper. This is super soft and metallic.

Wild Child – one of the colours that really drew me to this palette. This is a stunning shimmering pink. It’s not as densely pigmented as the others but it’s a good thing as it captures light beautifully, in a similar way to a duo chrome.

Rose Gold – Love this colour! It’s a gorgeous rose gold which is infused with the finest gold glitter.

Celestial – another colour that I’m sure is a lot of people’s favourites! This is a very pretty metallic purple with a hint of blue. It’s not as metallic as some of the other shades but I think that makes it more wearable.

Dazzling – I’d say that this is like a cross between Rose Gold and Summer making it a very pretty copper.

Drama – lastly for the metallics is this deep, blackened purple that is filled with super fine purple micro glitter.

ABH norvina palette swatch

Base – a lovely bone colour, this could be used as a matte brow bone highlight or as a base for the more brighter colours.

Soul – I wouldn’t really say this is a full on matte, it leans more towards being a satin. It’s a periwinkle blue with a hint of purple. Need to figure out a way to wear this!

Incense – my most used shade so far! I’ve been using this as my crease colour. It’s a good neutral brown, slightly warm but not too much. This is quite a powdery shade so something worth noting.

Love – another shade that I wouldn’t class as being a full matte. When you look closely, it does contain super fine micro glitter. It’s a pretty almost dusty rose.

Volatile – this is a great cool brown shade that is great to add depth to the crease and outer corner.

Eccentric – keeping with browns, this is a warmer, yellow based brown. Not a shade I normally go towards but I do want to try it out more.

Passion – and lastly there is a dark purpley brown. This colour reminds me of autumn. Again, it’s not a shade I normally gravitate towards but I do want to give it a go.

ABH norvina palette swatch

That’s my thoughts on all of the shades. I have to say, I do really like this palette. Whilst some of the shades aren’t very original, the pops of the unusual colours really make it a unique palette overall.

One thing I do want to touch on is texture. The 3 metallic shades in the middle (Wild Child, Rose Gold & Celestial) are a little chunky. When you put your brush in, it can get a little messy and you really need to push these colours into the lid – do not swipe! The mattes kick up quite a bit of product too making the palette messy quite quickly. The texture overall though is extremely soft throughout and I’ve used ABH shadows before so I’ve learnt to expect that the metallics can be chunky and the mattes powdery. For me, it doesn’t take anything away from how much I like the palette, but I do know that some people have issues with this.

ABH norvina palette

I’m really happy that I bought this palette, I can’t wait to get into it even more and experiment more with the shades. Have you got this palette? What do you think of it? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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July 2018 Favourites

Hello everyone and welcome back. Probably sounding very cliche here, but this year is absolutely flying by. Here are a few items that I have loved over the past month.

July 2018 Favourites

Beauty Pie Japan Fusion Cleanser

Beauty Pie Japan Fusion Cleanser

I can’t stress how much I love this cleanser. I use it for both stages of my evening double cleanse, and I use it in the morning. It removes all makeup and is incredibly gentle on the skin. I have written a full review of this product which I’ll link below.

REN Ready Steady Glow Tonic

REN ready steady Glow Tonic

I’d not tried a lactic acid based toner before, generally opting for glycolic, but after using this for the past few weeks, I don’t think I could go back to glycolic! I have found this suits my skin so much better, it’s effective at exfoliating and doesn’t break me out or cause any irritation. It smells delish too!

L’Oréal Professionnel Magnesium Silver Shampoo

L’Oréal professionnel magnesium silver shampoo

My new hairdresser has been using a beautiful silvery toner on the blonde in my hair, and I adore it, but as it’s a toner it doesn’t last very long. This shampoo is probably the most potent silver shampoo I’ve used. I like to leave it in the hair for a few minutes before rinsing out and it does a great job of bringing that silvery blonde back to life.

Wilkinson Sword F.A.B. Razor*

Wilkinson sword fab razor

I kept seeing ads for this razor and thinking, that’s going to cut your skin to ribbons! It’s a razor that you can use forward and back, without having to take it off your skin. I was so, so sceptical however, it’s actually one of the best razors I’ve used. It gives a super close shave and because you don’t have to lift it off the skin, you don’t miss bits!

That’s my favourites of the month, what have you guys been loving? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

Items with * were sent to me for free. All opinions my own.

Beauty Pie Japan Fusion Cleanser Review – https://stephaniealexandra88.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/beauty-pie-japan-fusion-cleanser-review/

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