In the bin this February and March

We’re almost halfway through the year. Let that sink in. It’s crazy, isn’t it? In some respects, the last two months have been l-o-n-g. I’ve spent most of my time trying to get myself into a more emotionally stable place, and that shit requires time and effort (basically, it’s hard work!) Depressing crap aside, here are some great memories:

  • My friend’s 30th birthday party (11 Feb) – That was great! She got cake pop type things from Sweet Lionheart and oh my word. I was in heaven.
  • Movies with the Jess! (21 Feb) – We went to see the new 50 Shades movie (no shame) and it was actually better than the first one. Less cringey. Yay for get-togethers 🙂
  • Dinner with ex-colleagues (8 Mar) – I love catch-ups and this was much needed. We went for sushi at Salushi’s. It was my first time there and wow, was it good. A bit pricey, though.
  • Jess’ 30th! We went to this wonderful place called Kloof Street House and then went for drinks afterwards. It was great.
  • Went to Peregrine Farm Stall with the mister for our 4 year anniversary on 21 March. God, was it hot. So hot. Like 40-something. I felt like I was dying. He felt like he was dying. But the food was yummy.
  • Catch-up dinner with friends (25 Mar) at IYO Burgers. Yoh. The food was good. The company was better. So need to do this socialising thing more often!

Now, onto the stuff I’ve finished…

February

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-free Cleanser (2 samples) – This smelled weird. I won’t be buying the full size.
  • Lush Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving (125g) – I really, really liked this. It’s minty as the name suggests (which I really like… It makes my skin tingle) and has bits in it that exfoliate the skin. I’m just a little sad that towards the end (maybe the last centimetre of product), it got pretty hard and unusable. I’d buy this again! I really want to get Cup O Coffee too, but first, I need to finish up a few things.
  • Theravine Crushed Pinotage Honey and Lime Buff (50ml) – This smelled like sweeties and was super scrubby. The jar is a bit shit as it is quite small and narrows at the neck, which makes digging out the product a lot harder than it should be. I can’t find this product on the Theravine website except for in a kit (which was sold out) so I probably can’t repurchase this, alas.
  • Tony Moly I’m Real Avocado Nutrition Sheet Mask – This was pretty moisturising but like most of the Tony Moly sheet masks, it leaves my skin feeling sticky afterwards. I normally suck it up and put some moisturiser over top (which helps) because my skin always feels nice the next morning.
  • Loreal Miss Hippie Mascara – I loved this from beginning to end. I didn’t repurchase it, though. I got the Clarins Supra mascara instead (which is AMAZING… but it does flake sometimes).
  • BeautyBlender – RIP. I was washing it gently and it just…ripped. What. I got this last year April (I think) so it wasn’t even that old. I have some serious opinions about this sponge. Maybe I’ll write about it some time. I didn’t get another one.
  • BeautyBlender Solid – I got this along with the BeautyBlender. It did the job. Previously I was using baby shampoo but I’ve realised that a solid soap is muchhhh easier to work with. I used this to clean my BeautyBlender (when it tore, I can confidently say the inside was clean!), my Real Techniques sponge and my brushes. I replaced this with a Lottie London solid brush soap (which is fantastic, and cheaper).
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly – I have been using this solidly for like 2+ years and I finally scraped the last itty bit out of it in February. Proud moment. I switched to using Groundwork, but I did repurchase Painterly in April.

March

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light – I really liked this stuff BUT I don’t think it helped my makeup stay in place for longer and it didn’t really mattify my skin. It did make the product go on better, though, so there’s that. I haven’t repurchased because I have a Body Shop primer I want to use up (but I really don’t like it and feel too bad about chucking it).
  • Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seeds Energising Masque (sample) – I really liked this!
  • Cettua Halfmoon Firming Eye Patch (1 pair) – This was really cooling. I still have a bunch left before I consider repurchasing. I may try another brand. I don’t feel too loyal about this sort of stuff.
  • Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water – Instant repurchase. I love this. I use it everyday to remove my makeup before I go in with an oil cleanser.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive and Basil Hand Cream (25g) – I really didn’t like the scent of this cream (reminded me of salad) but it was moisturising.
  • Loreal Super Liner So Couture – My favourite liner because it has a BRUSH tip, not a felt tip. Brush tips are just so much easier to use. I repurchased BUT I also bought L.O.V’s Royal Liner (also a brush tip), which is equally good and I think it’s cheaper than Loreal.
  • Theravine Ultravine Advance Ros Night Cream (3ml sample) – I had no feelings about this stuff. I feel like I’ve used more moisturising options.
  • Theravine Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream (3ml sample) – Same as above.
  • Tony Moly Aloe Moisturising Sheet Mask – I really liked this. I get the same sticky feeling after I’ve used it, but I just ignore that.
  • Soap & Glory The Scrub of your Life – Loveddddddd this. S&G really need to come to South Africa. I think they would do SO well here and I’d be the happiest person ever.
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – This was great. It didn’t break, but it was getting really tatty, so I got a new one. I used my Clicks points, so I ended up only paying about R50 for this. The new one is COMPLETELY different, so if you didn’t like the original sponge, give the repackaged one a go. I must say, I like the new version a lot better.

Wow, did I finish A LOT of stuff. This always makes me happy but it also reminds me that I have so much shit (and I really shouldn’t have this much!) so here’s to more using up and less buying.

All the things I’ve finished

God, the last empties I did was in October. That means we have a lot of catching up to do.

November

  • Clarins Extra-firming Day Cream (for all skin types) deluxe sample – I’ve mentioned this a few times I think. I really love this stuff. I have oily/combo skin and it feels luxurious on my skin, and doesn’t make me any oilier than I usually am. I would really consider buying a full size of this BUT the full size comes in a goddamned pot (sample comes in tube) and I’m really not a fan of pot packaging.
  • The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel (60ml mini) – I got this for my birthday in May. The scent isn’t my favourite, so this will definitely not be a repurchase. Lathered up well enough, though.
  • The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Rough Scrub (50ml mini) – Also a birthday present. I’m not too sure why this is described as “rough”. The particles (yes, rough) are suspended in a jelly (sort of), which pretty much removes all scrubbiness it might have had. I think this would have been alright on dry skin, but I’m not in a habit of applying scrub before climbing into the shower.
  • Skoon Purifying Cleanser (5ml sample pot) – This ended up drying out on me after a few uses! I liked it, but it wasn’t a major love, unlike the makeup remover. Oh well!
  • Clarins Ever Matte Skin Balancing Foundation (105 nude) – Loved this. This was a rediscovery for me, so much so that I finished the whole thing. I would actually repurchase, but I’ve got a few other foundations that I need to finish first, and I’m really, really, really lusting over the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (but it’s tragically expensive).
  • Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-ease (220g tub) – Ahhhhh, I loved this! The scent alone… *swoon* This was a birthday present from the wonderful Jess and it was amazing. It does have sulphates in it, for those who are avoiding them.
  • Tony Moly Pomegranate Elasticity Sheet Mask – Sjoe, I can’t remember what I thought of this mask. Whoops!

December

  • Freeman’s Mint and Lemon Clay Mask (sachet) – So, I realised after I tried slathering the entire sachet on my face that this is meant for like 2-3 uses. No, Freeman’s. No one actually opens up a foil sachet and decides to keep it around for a week. Just no. Who came up with that bright idea? Anyway, these sachets definitely include enough for 3 applications, fyi 😛 I liked this. I’d buy this again.
  • The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Scrub – December is my favourite month at The Body Shop (and Lush) because their Christmas collection USUALLY includes something vanilla-scented. Vanilla (I know, pretty boring…) is my favourite. This scrub was alright. Not the best, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve tried.
  • The Body Shop Cool & Creamy Wash – I’m still so gutted that this has been discontinued (I think). I can’t find it anywhere anymore 😥 The last time I spotted it, I bought all the tubes in store (only 3) and I think I only have one left. Tragic. This is one of my favourites for a morning cleanse.
  • Freeman’s Beauty Infusion Cleansing Clay Mask Charcoal & Probiotics (sachet) – Another one of those sachets with too much product for one application, but no way to seal the sachet to keep it fresh… I liked this one too!
  • MAC Cleansing Oil (30ml) – I bought the mini to give it a go, and also so I could use the packaging for another cleansing oil (Lipidol). I really liked this – more so than the Lipidol I’m using – and would actually consider the full size.
  • Garnier Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water – Loved this. Bought another immediately after finishing it. Almost finished that one, and have a back up. So yeah, I use this every single day to remove my makeup.
  • OGX Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy – I didn’t specify if this was the shampoo or conditioner, but I think it was the conditioner because I gave away the shampoo to my mom. Shampoo left my hair flakey and gross. Loved the conditioner.
  • Kerastase Ciment Thermique (Green – 10ml sample) – Used this when I blow dried my hair and flat ironed it – which I almost never ever do these days. Was alright.
  • Freeman’s Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask (sachet) – Same as above. Liked this too! Had little scrubby bits, which was fun and different.

January

  • Skoon Gel-to-Milk Cleanser + Makeup Remover – Love. This was the full size version I bought at Kamersvol. Haven’t repurchased because I was gifted the Skin Creamery version (which I’m also loving). I reckon I’d definitely repurchase this at some point.
  • Hugo Boss Femme perfume (75ml) – I was gifted this when I graduated 3rd year. Only just finished it this year. Crazy. I liked this perfume, but ended up growing a little tired of it towards the end. I think my scent preferences have changed. This was quite… summer-y. To give you an idea, my favourite perfume is Dolce & Gabbana – The One, and Femme is pretty much the complete opposite.
  • The Curl Company Sulcate-Free Shampoo – This was okay, but I didn’t end up repurchasing. I think I went and bought my favourite Loreal shampoo in the end.
  • Loreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Mask Balm – Well, this was definitely not a balm. I had a love-hate relationship with this stuff. Sometimes it would work well with my hair, other times it wouldn’t. It also has shimmers in the actual product, which I’m convinced gets stuck to your hair (to make it shine?), which can be fucking irritating.
  • Lux Evenly Beautiful Exfoliating Body Wash with Burnt Brown Sugar, Karite Butter and Almond Extract – Nice enough. Didn’t repurchase. I actually prefer Dove, to be honest.
  • Essie – Rock the Boat, Mavala – French Cancan, Essie – Very Cranberry, Essie – Gel Setter – Well, Rock the Boat’s lid and part of the bottle broke off (what.) so that had to go. Mavala dried up even though I’d only had it for about a year, and I’m so sad to see Very Cranberry go because that is my favourite Essie shade and I suspect, limited edition. Repurchased Gel Setter – really love that stuff.
  • The Body Shop Chai Latte Body Wash – Really liked this. Would have repurchased, but no stock left.
  • Cettua Anti-Redness Facial Mask – I think this was okay?
  • Dove 100% Pure Cotton Wool Pads Dual Textured – Really liked these but only purchased them because I couldn’t get my paws on the Woolworths Cosmetic Pads (ultimate favourite) but this was a worthy temporary replacement.
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-free Mattifying Moisturiser – I honestly thought this would be better! Currently I’m using Caudalie’s mattifying sorbet stuff.
  • Essence Pureskin Purifying Nose Strips – I really can’t remember how I felt about these so I reckon they weren’t that great and not that bad either.

I’ll probably post February at a later stage, but I honestly didn’t finish much up. Spoiler – my BeautyBlender died a very sad death. I have some strong feelings about it, which I’ll publish at some point. Same goes for the Stila eyeliner, actually.

Looking at the products I finished up, clearly December was all about self-care (I clearly needed it!) and at the moment, I’m really trying to finish stuff and not buy anything I don’t really need… I have to buy a car soon, so ya know!

I think my wishlist is probably going to look so ridiculous since I’m on a spending ban. At least my birthday is in May? 😛 Until next time!

Finished in October

<insert obligatory OH MY GOD WHERE HAS THE MONTH GONE?!?> but seriously, how is it almost Christmas? I’m torn between needing more time and wanting this damn working year to wrap up already.

Despite things slowing down a little, I really didn’t do all that much… My bad. I tried to get in a lot of rest, if that counts?

  • Dinner with a friend. We went to Rock Sushi Thai in Newlands and had, you guessed it, sushi. It was delicious.
  • Dinner with more friends! I hadn’t seen this particular group of people in AGES so it was so awesome to catch up. We went to Maestro’s on the Beach and had a nice dinner. Was something different for this Southern Suburbs gal 😛
  • Was my dad’s birthday this month. On the 14th, I went out to dinner with the family to celebrate and then on the 15th, we hosted his birthday at our house. Lots of work but pretty amazing.
  • Halloween party on the 29th! That was great!

I did actually put this post together at the beginning of November, but I was so stressed about doing my Drivers, I just didn’t post it. Better late than never, I guess? Besides, I don’t think any one reads this humble image-less blog 😛

Onto the empties…

Dove Go Fresh Cucumber and Green Tea Nourishing Body Wash
I really liked the fresh scent of this body wash. I normally go for creamy/nutty/deep scents, but this was a nice change. I’d probably buy this again if I was in a body wash pickle.

Paul Mitchell Awupuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment (100ml)
I got this in a Retailbox Secret Box last year? I can’t remember, but I’ve had it for ages. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t use this type of keratin treatment all the time so I was rationing it. I liked it, my hair felt nice, but I don’t think it’s something I’ll purchase. Basically, it didn’t blow me away.

Tony Moly I’m Real Makgeolli Sheet Mask
I think this is my favourite one so far. It smelt kinda nice, kinda weird, and left my skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm stick
This stuff is the only lip balm I use. I dabble every now and then but none of them keep my lips in as good a condition as this does. Incidentally, I can’t use the pot version of this stuff, or the squeezy tube. It has to be the wind up stick. The rest dry my lips out severely, as do every other brand of lip balm.

Pil’aten Blackhead Ex Pore Strip
This stuff was weird. It comes in a sachet and is a black tar/paste that you smooth onto your skin and let dry. It gets rubbery and then pretty stiff, and then you peel it off. Some bits hurt like a bitch to get off. It was fun, but I didn’t see any differences, and it left the skin a bit dry and sensitive.

Beauty Buffet Peach and Bird’s Nest Beauty Mask
Another sheet mask! So. Um. What the hell is Bird’s Nest? What is it supposed to do? I tried googling this but I didn’t get much info and the sheet packet was in Korean. It felt…fine. I spent about 30 minutes thinking about what the hell was actually on my face instead of relaxing… But ya know.

Dove Purely Pampering Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals Body Wash
Another Dove body wash! Don’t worry, I didn’t finish two full ones. I used the cucumber one when I stay over at the mister, and this was the one I used at home. I really liked this scent. It smelt calming and creamy, but in general, I really do love Dove body washes!

Loreal Super Liner So Couture Black
Hands down, favourite liquid eyeliner. This pen has a BRUSH tip rather than a felt tip and I can’t tell you how much of a difference this makes. With felt tip eyeliners, I find the ink doesn’t always reach the very end of the felt tip, which makes getting a super accurate flick a mission and a half. Ink reached the very tip of this brush until the very end. Perfect. Will buy forever, unless another brand comes out with a brush tip eyeliner…then I’ll give that a go!

Lush Kinky Hot Oil Treatment
My hair was hating me so I decided to give it a hug. With a treatment. This was so much nicer than the other Lush one I tried! I’d get this again. Also, the scent was dreamy 😀

Hask Keratin Protein Shampoo
This smelt great. It lathered up pretty well and left my hair clean. I really liked it! I didn’t end up repurchasing though, because I’m a total floozy.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
Wow, this took for freaking ever to finish. Over a year. Maybe even two years. I used this as a primer. After much thought, I don’t think this product helped at all. It didn’t blur my pores, it didn’t help with oil, it didn’t keep my makeup on for longer… Yeah. Sorry, Bioderma.

Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Skin Soothing Sheet Mask
Loved it. Managed to spill the excess all over my desk. #winningatlife.

See you guys next time!

Empties – the Benefit edition

September was an insane month for me. Work pretty much took over my life. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this more times than you or I care for. Thankfully, the month is over and work has calmed down. I can finally breathe a bit more, see a few people and actually enjoy myself. Well. Maybe. Who knows with the advertising world, eh?

I’m calling this the Benefit edition for obvious reasons – I finished a few Benefit products. I’m running out of names for these posts. Maybe I should just call them Junk 1, Junk 2… 😛

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
Surprisingly, I really loved the scent of this hand cream. It was salty but also floral in a way? I got this as a gift from a friend and I loved every moment of it. I’d seriously consider buying the full size (if there is a bigger size), because this is the baby version (25g).

I’m currently using the Avocado, Olive and Basil version also from Crabtree (also a gift), and I hate the scent. It makes my hands smell like salad/food. Not my thing but still using it to finish it.

Sorbet Balancing Body Scrub (Uplifting scent)
This is another product that surprised me. I got this as a birthday gift from my mom back in May. This apparently has rosemary, starflower, pearl extract and vitamin E in it. Initially I was worried I was going to smell like salad again (see above) but it was actually a really pleasant smell!

As with most Sorbet scrubs that come in the tube, “scrub” is mostly just a suggestion. It includes little microbeads but honestly, they do nothing. I’d buy this in the shower gel version next time maybe. Or not. I’m a floozy.

Cutex Nailpolish Remover
I needed something cheap and cheerful. This fits the bill. I decant all my nail polish removers in the Sorbet nail polish remover bottle because it has a pump. Thumbs up to a good design there!

Dermactin-TS Pore Refining Facial Mask
I picked this up on a whim at Dischem. You know how it is… You walk in with a list of one of two things and you walk out with a whole lot more. I was feeling a bit down and frustrated with the world, so I figured why not face mask that shit away? I paid a little bit more than what I usually would on a pharmacy sheet mask, but no biggie. I will say, however, this is not a repurchase. It dried me out big time!

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
Sob. This is my beyond favourite of all time scrubs. It smells like heaven, it feels great on the skin. It has just the right grit. You know how hard it is to find that in a scrub?? #firstworldproblems

I would buy this forever if I could. Soap & Glory, come to SA!! I usually ask a friend to bring this home for me, but it’s quite heavy so I always feel bad about asking… I have one more left and then I’m doomed.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
I got this as a gift from a friend when I was in the UK. If you know me, you know that this trip took place like 3 years ago. Yeah. So. This mascara was pretty old and I probably should have stopped using it but um, Benefit is EXPENSIVE and also, it smelt okay. My eyes didn’t itch. It still worked. Everytime I wore it, I got some sort of compliment, so it was great for those downer days. I’ll have to repurchase this sometime.

Tony Moly Seaweed Facial Sheet Mask
I bought 11 Tony Moly sheet masks from Ebay for about R100. It took more weeks than I can even explain to finally reach here (standard shipping from Korea…the worst!) but it was so worth it. I loved this. I love Tony Moly. You can now buy Tony Moly from Muse Beauty, btw (but it isn’t cheap sob)!

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder (Gee, I’m Swell – Ivory)
I bought this when I was in the UK. I loved it. I would repurchase, but I’ll need to check what the corresponding shade is for this one because our names are a little different. I’m also interested in trying the Mac powder… Anyway, this had some good coverage, kept me matte (but not flat haha. Sorry) and was good for no-makeup-makeup days. Yep. Love.

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser
Another love. I use this on and off. It has the look and consistency of aqueous cream and is incredibly gentle and nourishing. My skin never feels dry or stripped after using. This is NOT a makeup remover though. It is definitely a second cleanse.

I still have one back up somewhere in my room but I’ve changed things up and moved onto my other favourite, The Body Shop Cool and Creamy Cleanser…or whatever it’s called. It made a mysterious disappearance a few months ago when TBS redid all their packaging and it hasn’t really made a comeback. Which worries me. Because it is my favourite. Though, the other day I saw 3 sitting on a shelf (in old packaging) and just bought them…so there’s that 😛 At least it was 3-for-2 when that happened.

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion – 8.9ml sample bottle
This was part of my ultimate face cream quest. It didn’t come on top, FYI. I found this to be very fragranced (not my thing) and although it felt light, I don’t think it is a good match for me. 8.9ml is a pretty generous offering, so it did give me a chance to really give this a go.

I’m back on the Clarins cream I like so much, but unfortunately, it comes in a pot. The deluxe samples I have come in tubes (YAY!) but full size is a big ol’ finger dipper *shiver* WHY do you do this to me, Clarins? Also, I see it is “meant” for those aged 40 and older. Whatever.

See ya next time!

July junk

Can I just be totally cliche for a second and go OH MY GOD HOW IS IT AUGUST ALREADY? Where has this year gone? I don’t get it. Time is clearly not my friend!

I can safely say that July was a much better month overall. Phew. I also managed to spend very little money on crap, so yay to that! I’ve been trying to stick to a budget but I must say, this weekend just past has been so naughty. I went to the movies, bought popcorn, bought myself the Inglot AMC 77 gel eyeliner… Oh, and I bought myself lunch. And breakfast. Ugh ugh ugh. And this weekend coming up, I’m off to see Suicide Squad… Bye bye money. Okay, well hopefully not. I just have to rein myself in.

Onto June highlights…

  • Homemade pizza in the north. Lots of fun!
  • Christine’s going away party… bitter sweet. Was nice to catch up with everyone, but yeah. Blergh. Come home, already! It was also my first time at Pirates (wut?!)
  • Friend’s birthday bash! I was actually feeling really sick leading up to the birthday party but I decided bugger it, I’m just going to go because I haven’t seen him in ages. It was really great fun. We ended up doing sushi a few days later
  • Dinner at a friend’s. We all had to make a dish and bring it along. This was so much fun and the food was delish. It’s safe to say I have some seriously talented and kitchen-savvy friends.
  • Movies with the mister. This was nice 🙂

So, the empties. There’s a lot of samples/one use products in this list. Is that cheating? Ah well.

Johnson’s 3 in 1 make-up removing lotion
You don’t even want to know how long I’ve had this. I’m not even entirely sure… I got this in freaking HIGHSCHOOL and that was like 10 years ago. Oh god. Okay let’s just leave it at that. This worked pretty well actually! Wouldn’t repurchase mainly because I appreciate cleansing waters and cleansing oils a lot more but this wasn’t bad – even after all those years (dear god, what is in it??!!)

Cettua Pore Control sheet mask
I’m not sure this actually helped with anything… Pores aren’t like doors, people. They don’t just close or disappear or even shrink. Stuff can only help with the appearance of your pores. But that aside, I love sheet masks for the me-time involved and this was nice.

Lush Butterball
I got this for my birthday…last year? Could have been longer, to be honest. I used to be a big bath person. I’d make a thing out of it… a glass of wine, my kindle, hot-hot water and bubbles and just sit there for an hour turning into a prune. And then I stopped. I blame this on my brother. He is also a bath person but with a very bad habit of not cleaning the tub out after he’s been in there, marinating… Shiver. So, I stopped. But a few weeks ago, I scrubbed the hell out of the bath and decided I should treat myself. It was lovely and the scent of this bomb was amazing…vanilla and shea I think? It also felt very nourishing.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Serum
This was a “nooooooooo” moment for me. So let’s have a little chinwag about this product. When I use it, I don’t see a difference in my skin BUT when I stop using it? Oh my gosh, things are just not the same. That is when I realised I loved this product. I stopped for awhile thinking this step was just a useless one. A few days later, I changed my mind. Other South African beauties will probably know that this isn’t available in Clicks anymore (sob.) so I actually repurchased this from Superdrug in the UK (it was on sale) and used Aramex Global Shopper to ship it here.

Skoon Moisture Gel Superfluity (5ml sample pot)
I really like this, although the scent is a bit too natural for my liking. It absorbed into my skin really quickly and left everything feeling comfortable. I’m currently using another pot of this.

Skoon Cleanser + Make-up Remover (5ml sample pot)
Everyone should try this. I love it. I think I’m done with all the sample pots of this stuff.

Tony Moly I’m Real Rice Mask Sheet for Clear Skin
Thanks to a friend, I got my mitts on two of these and two of another kind (which you’ll probably see further down the list). I love Tony Moly. I love sheet masks. I love me-time. I love looking like the scariest serial killer you’ll ever see. So basically, what’s not to love?

Soft Silk Body Scrub (Happiness/Lavender scent)
I am SO incredibly happy that this is out of my life. It’s supposed to be a scrub but the granules were so microscopic, it may as well have been called “gel”. It was finer than sand, finer than sandblasting sand (and that shit is fine). The scent was also really artificial. Basically, this did nothing for me. Bye!

Tony Moly Red Wine Pore Care Sheet Mask
Here it is! Same as above. Love.

Skin Creamery Coconut Jojoba Baobab Every Day Cream for Face and Body (sample sachet)
I got a sample sachet from Kamersvol earlier this year and only just got around to using this cream. Oh my gosh. I understand the hype. I didn’t use it on my face but I did put it on the tops of my arms, chest and thighs and it was love and first whiff. Also, this sinks in really quickly and doesn’t leave you sticky. The smell that stood out the most for me was spearmint, and I found this really soothing as I drifted off to sleep. Need moar.

Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 010
I’m pretty bleak this is finished, mostly because when I went into Dischem on the weekend to pick up another tube, they had fuckall stock and onto 020 was available (if this is your shade and you shop at Cavendish Dischem, go! There’s only 2 left…and one of them is opened). Currently I’m trying to finish off my Benefit Boing concealer, which I got a few years ago when I was in the UK. I’ve hit major pan on it, but it has become stiff and almost unusable… That was until I plonked a drop of the Skoon Cloud Manuka oil stuff in there and smooshed it around… Good as new.

Essie 3-way Glaze
This is a base coat, top coat and nail strengthener. I loved this but it turned goopy towards the end (there was only a bit left) so I’ve said goodbye to it. I’ve already cracked open a replacement – Essie’s Gel Setter, which is pretty awesome.

Good riddance to June

I feel like I can breathe again. For a moment there, it felt like my heart was drowning. This month, my brain really showed me how incapable it is at correctly analysing situations, so much so, I was left in a flat spin and feeling more panic than I have in a very long time.

That aside, there were some highlights…

  1. Kamersvol with Jess. I used some of my birthday money to get a few skincare goods (Skoon and Skincreamery). We had brunch and champagne while we were there. Perfection!
  2. Sunday meet up with friends. We went to JC’s and had a good early supper, half price cocktails and a much needed chinwag
  3. Lunch thanks to the boss. It was his birthday in June, so he treated us to burgers. So good!
  4. Father’s day breakfast was delicious 🙂
  5. A good friend’s birthday party. Exactly what I needed!

This month I have some major goals, mostly all finance related. NEED. to. SAVE. But also, I have a few appointments I need to schedule/save for and they’re the sort that dent the wallet 😦

I also didn’t publish a want-list last month. I got a lot of amazing things for my birthday, so I’ve been focusing on finishing up old stuff and using new stuff. I also feel like want-lists make me want to spend more money… Which I’m trying to avoid. BUT I think I will be buying a few things this month anyway.

Onto the empties!

Dove Purely Pampering Shower Cream with Shea Butter and Vanilla (500ml)
Love this stuff. I needed something to fill the gap so I got this. It was on special at Clicks or Dischem. It’s always my fall back.

Skoon Hot Cloth Cleanser Nkuto Butter (10ml sample pot)
A while ago I bought a bunch of trial size stuff from Skoon and I’ve been making my way through it all. I swear, I haven’t tried anything I don’t like from this brand yet! So, this is a hard/solid butter, which you scoop out. I warm it in my hands and then rub it over my dry face to remove makeup/or remnants of makeup. I then use a warm washcloth to remove the butter. Left my skin feeling soft and clean. Love!

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Liquid Foundation – 02 beige clair (sample sachet)
The shade was too dark for me, but I still wore it to work, just blended down my neck so it didn’t look off. I’m definitely going to be the 01. I loved how this applied. It has a very liquid consistency that just melts into the skin. It really is no work at all. I did get a bit oily throughout the day, though, so not formulated for oily skinned girls but I may actually seriously consider it as a winter foundation because it is so nice.

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser
I bought 3 of these, so I’m on my second one as I type this. There was a 3 for 2 going on at Dischem and since I can’t find my usual Body Shop Cool and Creamy Wash ANYWHERE, I had to go for this (my second favourite morning cleanser). It’s simple, moisturising (but not too moisturising) and perfect for no makeup days. It gets the job done without freaking out my sensitive skin.

Woolworths Love Your Skin Extreme Moisture Hand and Nail Cream
Love the scent of this. Love how moisturising it felt – probably the glycerin. I didn’t repurchase as I have another hand cream floating around.

Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Mask with Keratin Protein – Sulfate free (Sample sachet)
I got this sample with my Olaplex No. 3 treatment. I reallllly loved this! It smelt amazing and oh my gosh, so thick! Seriously. This stuff is heavy duty and my hair loved it. I may consider this in future, to be honest!

Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream (30ml deluxe sample)
My mom gave me a few of these – she gets them regularly when she buys her day/night cream (also Clarins, obv). I freaking love this stuff. I always end up using it around winter time, and my slightly (very slightly) less oily skin just loves it. I think they’re giving these away because the line has been discontinued? Someone, confirm this? I would buy this in full size but it’ll probably be in pot form (which I hate) and these deluxe samples come in squeezy tubes (yas!)

Kiehl’s High-potency Skin-firming Concentrate (Sample)
I really, really loved this. My skin felt so smooth and soft the next morning after applying this. Does anyone know how much this goes for? I did Facebook Kiehl’s but never got a reply. This is something I would consider saving up for. With the sachet, I got about 4 days use, and every single day was a good skin day. I do have another sample of this (YAY!) but I’m not using this right now.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads
You get 60 pads in this tub, and I think it’s like 2.8% glycolic acid. I must say, I didn’t see too much of a difference using these. Sadface! But I do want to spring for the Extreme version (which is like 5%) Maybe the reason I didn’t feel like this was doing anything is because I’m using the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum, which is pretty damn amazing.

Esse Microderm Exfoliator (full size, 50 ml pot)
This lasted forever. This felt so luxurious and creamy. When they say microderm, they really mean it. You can’t feel the exfoliation at all – perfect for sensitive skins. I really loved this, but I haven’t repurchased cos I have Ren’s Glycolic Exfoliator stuff to get through first.

As you can see, I’ve used a lot of skincare this month, mainly because I’ve really been focusing on my skin since turning 29 *sob* I’m hoping this coming month is just as good!

May empties

Oh May, you have treated me well! Mostly because it was my birthday month. I tried so very hard to be good and not buy anything. But then I went and bought 2 bras, got a Brazilian treatment done and bought some necessities. Sigh.

Some highlights for the month!

  1. Fancon and dinner in the North – This was a jam packed and seriously frustrating day. Fancon needs some serious work in my opinion but after finally getting in (that’s another story), I had a good time! Dinner in the North was also pretty damn good!
  2. Farewell – A friend has left us! Gone to the UK. I think the only good thing that came out of it was all the goodbye food babies and the fact that my mister has now decided we need to visit the UK. Before, he was very anti-UK (wut.)
  3. Birthday party at Jerry’s – Friends, burgers, cocktails. Need I say more? It was really nice to see everyone who could make it and just hang out even though it was a bit loud.
  4. Getting my hair did – My bank account is sad but my hair is so happy. I swear, a Brazilian does WONDERS for my super curly, frizzy hair. I am actually HAPPY with it after this treatment and don’t even bother straightening it, usually.
  5. Shopping day with the Jess – It was good 😀

Now, onto the goodies I finished:

Cettua Oil Control Facial Mask
I really like sheet masks. I mean, you look scary but it’s good if you just need some down time. I’m not sure this actually helped with oil control but it felt good on my skin and I have repurchased.

Mineraline Body Scrub – Vanilla
This was super scrubby and oily. For me, that’s a good combination. Unfortunately, it went bad after awhile. Thankfully I was almost finished with it when this happened so it wasn’t a great loss. It got really…viscous and stringy. Just thinking about it makes my stomach turn. But before that, really nice!

Loreal Super Liner So Couture
My favourite liquid eyeliner. It has a brush nib and is super duper accurate and pliable. This was my second repurchase so that should say something. I’ve now bought it for a third time because even though I really like the Stila liner I have, it’s just…not…the same.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
When Benefit relaunched here, this was the first thing I bought. I had been dying to try it. Maybe the hype was against it or maybe I just suck with mascara? Anyway, this was just OKAY. I’m glad I tried it but I probably won’t repurchase.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light 24Hr Soothing and Moisturising Emulsion
What a name. Believe it or not, I bought this last year. Last year I got a Spree voucher for my birthday from my office peeps and they were having a cosmetic sale at the time (this was before Spree canned their beauty section). I needed a new moisturiser so I bought this and the Nuxe moisturising mask. This was okay. I went through stages of liking it and hating it. In the end I started using it as a night cream because it was just too moisturising for my skin during the day.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Pink bottle)
Love. I didn’t think I would. I’ve never tried a micellar water before. Okay, I lie. I got a Caudalie cleansing water in a gift pack I bought a few years ago, gave it a go and felt like it did nothing so I just assumed all micellar waters do nothing and people are just lying. Nope. This stuff is golden. Perfect for eyeliner mistakes as well. I actually thought the other day “I need to buy this stuff again… I don’t know what I’ll do without it.” Dramatic, I know. But really.

Starskin Balancing Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask
Got this in the post from a dear friend. Accompanying the mask was a letter telling me not to use it on the day of an event because it will make my skin go red. So, the Saturday before my birthday party, I put this on and sat back to watch some Pretty Little Liars (as you do.) Well, I didn’t feel any tingling – if anything, it felt soothing and hydrating so I figured maybe my skin just isn’t as sensitive as hers. Took it off after half an hour, rubbed everything in and went about my day. Well. 20 minutes into my day, my skin went hot and red. Like I was having some insane menopause flush. It disappeared after about an hour but wow, it was brutal. Anyway, despite that, I’d so use another one if they were sold here. My skin felt fantastic the next day.

The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream (30ml)
This smelt like holiday. I used it at the office because the handsoap here dries me out. Basically, this stuff smells so strong, everyone will know when you’re moisturising. But it worked and wasn’t greasy, so A+

Sampar Pure Perfection Barely There Moisture Fluid
On the whole, I really liked this! At the moment I’m using some Clarins deluxe samples. Will I repurchase? Not sure yet!

Now I really need to keep my wallet under wraps!

 

Stark March

Ugh. March. Actually, ugh in general. I’ve been feeling really tired lately. A little bit of a mix between feeling stretched too thin or not stretched enough. It’s weird. I’m hoping things start looking up energy-wise. And just, motivation in general. I need more of it. I wish I could pick a few off the shelf, but life isn’t that easy.

So, let me try be positive. These are some of my March highlights:

  1. Birthday party in Kraaifontein. Ate my weight in cake and asked a girl where she got her pants from cos they were awesome. I haven’t found the pants. And it’s not appropriate to try steal the pants off someone who is currently wearing them. Alas.
  2. Sweeney Todd!! I went to see the musical at Theatre on the Bay. It was my first time there and I loved the show. If it ever comes back, I suggest you go;
  3. Lunching with the Jess! It was Jess’ birthday in March and we met up for lunch and green gin daiqueries and life was good. Need more of this!
  4. Game night with the guy and co. This included pizza. Pizza wins. Oh, and so does Splendor!
  5. Hudson’s with Jeanelle. Oh my, those burgers! Those drinks! I love these sorts of catch ups;
  6. Lunch at Van Hunks. We had a weird waiter, but the food, drink and company was good. A much needed catch up with my people 🙂

Anyway, onto the rubbish of this month. I didn’t do that well, but oh well. I reckon April might be somewhat fruitful. Or will it? Also, I’m trying to cut my spending because May is my birthday month and I want all the things -_-

Sorbet Spa Escape Refresh Body Wash
I love the scrub version of this. This smelt nice too, but it didn’t lather up very well. I also went through it at lightening speed. Whoops?

Neutrogena Norwegian formula fast absorbing hand cream
This. took. forever. to finish. I eventually took it to work because the soap here dries my hands out. I liked this in the first 5 seconds of using it, and then hated it. Super moisturising when I first put it on but then it just felt greasy and it was almost like it didn’t get absorbed. I’m now using The Body Shop Coconut hand cream. Smells like holiday.

Beauty Buffet rose moisturising mask
Thanks AwkwardPurse! I actually really loved this! #serialkillervibesforever

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy wash
One of my favourite morning/no makeup day cleansers. Seriously. And this has such a cool zing thanks to the tea tree. I’m back using the Neutrogena cleanser for now, but yep, this will always be a repurchase.

Well Groomed Ultralight Cream – V76 by Vaughn
This was a sample sachet of leave-in hair conditioner. It smelt pretty good but left my hair feeling a little crispy.

May or may not post a wish list for April… Might actually just post a birthday wishlist instead. Let’s see how that goes.

The Feb bin

February may have been a short month, but it was simultaneously seriously busy and realllllly slow. There are a few highlights though…

  1. For the first time ever, I made a home cooked meal for the mister. I made creamy chicken, mushroom and sundried tomato pasta and for dessert, I made chocolate lava cups.
  2. I saw an old friend for his birthday celebrations at Neighbourhood. That was good, and the Okinawa’s are exactly how I remember them!
  3. I spent some time in Kraaifontein – had a braai and played drinking charades.
  4. Finally, I met Jess‘ man and had an amazing burger night with them at Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few things but February really felt jam packed!

I also started with my room. I’ve been threatening for a long time to repaint and February was the month where I just thought fuck it, I need to do it. It’s taken a good long while. Mostly because I am the most indecisive person ever. I feel like when I must make a decision, it has to be the right one. But you don’t always know it’s the right one until you’ve made it or not made it. Yes, all this crap goes on even when the decision is just what colour to paint my walls. And paint can be repainted. So I really shouldn’t have been stressing. Thanks, brain.

I went twice to buy paint samples and I actually ended up going with the colour I got on my first trip (8 sample pots and swatches later). Then I was faced with the decision – do I paint the colour below the picture rails, above the picture rails or above AND below the picture rails. See my problem? I ended up going with below the picture rails, FYI. Now that it’s painted, I’m actually really happy with it all. If anyone’s wondering, I chose Plascon’s Still Water.

I’m just waiting for my cupboard doors to go back on and then it’s done! I can put my shelves up again, repack my books, have my makeup in front of me again… The excitement is real, guys!

So, with all this chaos going on, I had a tough time finding (I had to pack everything in boxes) and using stuff. Here is the very small list…

Sorbet Vitamin C Face Mask
I actually wanted to use one of the masks AwkwardPurse gave me, but it was packed in a box and had no idea which box it was in. I really need to learn how to label stuff. Anyway, I was in Dischem or Clicks or something and picked this up. I’m not sure it left my skin any better than it originally was, but face masks are nice excuses for “me-time” and I like the mindfulness of looking after yourself, if that makes sense.

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub
My favourite scrub of all time. All. Time. If I could stockpile this stuff, I would. Maybe I should, actually… Anyway, this little pot of magic came all the way from the UK thanks to my dear friend Laurie. I was lucky enough to get a replacement when my boyfriend’s mom went to the UK in December, so I do have a back up, but I try use this sparingly because it’s so hard to get on a regular basis.

I’m currently using Mineral Line Dead Sea Body Peeling Scrub in Vanilla – as recommended by AwkwardPurse. Sjoe. Now this is a winner. Not like Breakfast Scrub territory, but it’s pretty damn good! Nice and scrubby, smells divine, and leaves my skin seriously moisturised thanks to the essential oils, etc. If you don’t like a layer of moisture on your skin, maybe give this a miss, but I personally love it.

Lush Soaps
Err… Hmm. I can’t actually remember what flavours these were. I finished 2. I think they were Christmas ones. I have a feeling Snowcake was one of them. Basically, I smelt like marzipan.

Just checked quickly… I got Snowcake like I suspected, and Yognog (both of them Christmas presents from the parents).

Now, this gets an err and a hmm because you’d think that a bar of soap would last a while. I got a decent size. They fit in the tins you get there, and I swear, they just shrunk with every use. I don’t know… they just weren’t that amazing. I prefer the shower gels. BUT I am tempted to get Honey I Washed the Kids soap.

Caudalie Divine Oil – Travel Size/Sample Size (15ml)
I got this in a Caudalie gift set I bought maybe 2 years ago when my brother was in Canada. Got it off Look Fantastic or Feel Unique or something, had it delivered to him and he brought it home. The thing I loved most in this set was the Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet (face cream). Wow. I swear, using it was like angel song every time. The price for the full size… Sob. Just sob. Anyway, back to the Divine Oil…

It’s oily when compared to the Nuxe offering. But that’s probably because the Nuxe one is a dry oil and this isn’t. It also smells more summery to me, which was great in the warm months. It made my skin feel nice and it smelt nice. Nuxe is still my favourite… BUT… the Caudalie is good – I can’t deny that.

Skoon Cleanser + Makeup Remover
This. Stuff. Makes. Me. SO. Happy. I bought a few sample sets from Skoon and this was one of the things I wanted to try. Now, it did sting my eyes a litttttttle bit when I used it to remove eye makeup, but whatever.

So, this stuff looks/feels like a gel and spreads really well. When you start rubbing it in, it turns into an oil and almost warms up. It’s a strange sensation, but a good one! And it removes everyyyyyyyyything. Then, when you add water, it goes milky and you wash it off. No residue. None! And my skin feels so soft and smooth afterwards. I’ll be buying a full size of this baby!

Sorbet Balancing Body Wash
I got this stuff for Christmas. I tend to use up Sorbet products REALLY quickly. I think it lasted like 2 weeks? And like a banana, I went and bought another from the Refresh/Spa range (my fav scent) and it’s also almost done. So weird.

And that’s it! Woohoo!

Finishing all the things

January (oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s already February…) was a successful month in the bin department. I managed to finish up a lot…yay!

Joico K-Pak Shampoo
Last year (or was it?) when Retailbox started doing their Secret Boxes (I think this one was only R100 or R200 for 3 items! Bargain!), I bought one and mine contained the Joico K-Pak shampoo, conditioner and treatment stuff that smells a bit like bananas. So, how did it fair? It was really nice! I wouldn’t repurchase, though. 2 reasons for that: 1) it’s expensive. I can think of better things to spend my money on…sorry Joico! and 2) I’ve stopped using shampoos that have sulfates in them. My scalp is in a better condition because of it, and my hair doesn’t dry out as fast.

Lush – It’s Raining Men Shower Gel (250g)
I got this last year May for my birthday and have been savouring it ever since. This is my absolute, ultimate favourite smelling body wash at the moment. It’s a bit of a splurge, so I usually put it on my birthday or Christmas wishlist. This will definitely be making its way onto this year’s list…again 🙂

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform High Impact Volumising Mascara
Oh my gosh, what a name. I bought this thanks to all the hype that was going around at the time it was released. When I first tried it, I have to say I didn’t like it. It seemed a bit wet and my lashes looked spidery – not a look I like. But I persevered and I’m glad I did. Once the formula dried up a little, it was fantastic. Very volumising! I won’t buy it again (probably) because there’s just so many mascaras out there, but I did really like it at the time.

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator
This is my second favourite body scrub – the first being Soap & Glory’s Breakfast Scrub. This is the best, though. It smells minty, feels fresh and zingy and is appropriately scrubby. Like the Lush shower gel, this is a major splurge at like R300+ a tube but oh my word, I love it. This is my second tube, by the way. I got it as a present in case you’re wondering if I’m completely nutty for buying something so expensive that gets washed down the drain 😛

Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator Treatment
Basically, the conditioner counterpart to the shampoo. This stuff was glorious, actually. Made my hair feel like princess hair every single time! Still, the price scares the crap out of me. Sorry, Joico.

Dirty Works Pore-fect Facial Hot Cloth Cleanser
This was a meh one for me. I saw a lot of positive reviews online, many of which mentioned this takes off makeup really well, so I thought I’d give it a go. No. It does not take off makeup. Well, maybe if you scrub your face with a facecloth or something. I ended up using this as a morning cream cleanser – which was fine. I didn’t repurchase – got my The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash (a big love).

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
If you happen to sniff my hair and it smells like coconut…this is why. This deep conditioning mask is basically my life. I have super curly, frizzy hair and this makes it amazing every time. I normally just plonk it on damp or dry hair, work it in and leave it on for like an hour+. And I use the whole sachet, just so you know. There’s a lot in the baggy, but I just put it alllll on. Oh yes.

Nivea Creme Soft Shower Cream
I used this after I finished up the Lush shower gel. Cheap and cheerful…but it didn’t last long. I think I use a lot of product, maybe. I’ll probably buy this again sometime – I like to swap between Nivea, Dove, Radox, Palmolive, etc when it comes to this stuff.

Lush Ultrabland (small pot)
I finally got hold of this! Awhile ago, my local Lush just did not have stock. I had heard all over the internets that this stuff is the bomb.com. I kinda think it is IF you’re okay with having to towel this off – it doesn’t emulsify completely with water. It also might leave a bit of a residue…I didn’t personally experience this but I do have oily skin so maybe I didn’t even realise it. I’ll be getting this again, but I’m currently in love with a makeup remover from Skoon and I sorta wanna be splurgy and get the Glossier Milky Jelly…

Johnson’s Face Care Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes for Normal Skin
A staple. I use this to take my makeup off before gym. I find this pretty drying, but when I get home I properly wash my face so I kinda just ignore it.

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