Done in November

November. November was very long, very busy and very stressful. It’s just that time of year, I suppose. I can’t wait until I have time to just breathe, but work being work, I have no idea when that will be. Now it makes sense why I keep having work anxiety dreams – I just want a damn holiday!

As with every month, I’ve been trying to save money and not buy anything. I think I was relatively successful in November. Here’s to hoping December is just as frugal, cos damn, this is an expensive time of year!

Indola Innova Hydrate Lightweight Treatment
I got this in a Retailbox secret box. It sounded like it could have been a Moroccan Oil box (which is why I bought the secret box in the first place) but alas, it wasn’t! I was NOT a fan of this stuff. Yes, it made my hair feel moisturised but it was so thin. It came in a tub and when I scooped it out, it just fell everywhere because it was only just slightly thicker than shampoo. Actually no, it was maybe thinner now that I think about it. I had to use a shit ton of this stuff too. Nope. Wouldn’t get this again.

Softi Premium Cotton Pads
Did. Not. Like. Not as soft as the Woolworths cotton pads. The edges felt rough. If I saturated the pads too much, they didn’t hold their shape. This is a definite no.

Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer (shade 01)
You don’t even want to know how old this stuff is. Okay fine, it’s about 4+ years. Not even kidding. I finished every scrap of this. I really didn’t like it towards the end, probably because the consistency had changed. Otherwise, this stuff is heavy duty like the name implies. NOT to be used under the eyes – blemishes only!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-free Toner (3ml sachet and 40ml mini)
Not the biggest fan of this. It left a tacky layer on my face, so I was forced to put moisturiser on top, and even then, sometimes that wouldn’t work. I don’t feel like it made much difference to my skin either.

Catrice Made to Stay Inside Eye Highlighter Pen
Essentially, a pinky-cream coloured eyeliner. This dried up so quickly. I used this maybe 4 or 5 times and then a few months later tried to use it again and it was rock solid. I broke off the tip hoping that it was only the exposed bit that was hard. Nope. Scribbled it for ages and freaking nothing happened. Waste of money if you don’t use something like this regularly. Bye.

Sampar Velvet Cleansing Milk
Bought this on sale at RunwaySale. I have a few opinions about Runway… But that aside, this product was nice enough. I think it smelled like roses? Not my favourite scent. I used this in the morning. Not something I’d buy again, to be honest, unless it’s going for realllllly cheap. I’m currently using an ancient back up of The Body Shop Cool and Creamy face wash (now discontinued I think *sob*).

Lush Ultrabland (45g)
I’ve used this before. Loved it then, loved it now. This needs to be removed with a face cloth because it leaves a layer on your face if you just wash off with water. I find my skin reacts nicely to this. I would use it in the evening to wash my face after removing makeup with micellar water.

Woolworths Cosmetic Cotton Rounds
Best. Will always repurchase if I can/remember. Sadly, expensive for what it is (but worth it if your skin is sensitive).

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream
Intensely hydrating. I used this in the evenings before bed because it definitely leaves your hands greasy. I probably wouldn’t repurchase because I am a floozy (I really want to try L’occitane’s Shea range) but I wouldn’t say no to it as a gift!

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water
This stuff… I have a story about this. So, when I bought this once upon a time (about 1 or 2 bottle ago), I had just finished using the pink bottle. I liked the pink bottle but wanted to try this one because of the oil (it’s supposed to be more hydrating). So, the first bottle of this version, I liked. I loved it enough to buy it again. Then something weird started happening. It made my eyes sting, and in the morning, my eyelids would be crusty/covered in dry skin. It’s definitely this stuff because when I took a break, I had no problem. Have they changed the formula?? Either way, I can’t stand it. I finished the bottle and didn’t get another one. I ended up getting Sorbet’s version (in the pump bottle) but I intensely hate that one too. Ugh.

Here’s to hoping I have the willpower not to buy a damned thing this December. Over and out.

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