What Happened to My skin After only Using Drugstore Makeup for Month

In the name of science, I decided that for the month of April I would use all drugstore makeup for a month. In doing so I kept all my project pan items the same – such as the body shop foundation which is mid-range as well as my pan that palette, palettes, but other than that I switched out my normal high and low routine, for all drugstore affordable products. I Kept my skincare routine basically the same. I did get two new cleansers and a new moisturizer. I also added a new face oil, but that only made my skin feel better. I wanted to say that normally I switch between the IT Cosmetics CC cream and the Benefit foundation as well as my Body shop foundation and my Andalou Naturals cc cream, with a smattering of the Maybelline BB Cream in there. I know – I keep it wild. My reasoning for this project was mainly for the foundations. I wanted to see what would happen to my skin if I used only drugstore foundations, powders, concealers for a month. Mostly – I was curious about the effects of the wide range of foundations I owned price wise.

My skin before the whole experiment taken on April 1st.
Joe fresh concealer and Burt's Bees Goodness Glows foundation product shot

Day 2: new pimples have popped up. Literally, the day after I began using the Covergirl Outlast Active foundation  I got new spots. This is the thing – I wanted to make a more inexpensive drugstore foundation work which I why I used the CoverGirl and the Rimmel breathable foundation for the first half of the month. But, my skin just did not react well. Which is extremely frustrating because makeup should be accessible and affordable and not give your skin wild reactions. While most young people have great skin and don’t need foundation, I am fully aware that teenagers want to wear foundation and yet the foundations they can afford are clogging their sweet young pores.

Day 3

By day 3 I had sprouted new friends on my chin. Alas, I was still using the CoverGirl and Rimmel foundation. I had bought the ELF BB Cream which I actually quite like and doesn’t irritate my skin so that will be on my rotation for after May. I noticed an improvement after I started using the BB Cream and then just using concealer.

Day 15 – a bit more congested than usual, lots of redness and spots.
Physicians formula butter high lighter, bronzer, blush.

By day 15, halfway through the month my skin was visibly more textured and had small breakouts – bare in mind when I used the Burt’s bees foundation for my skin drastically improved. When I returned to the Maybelline BB cream and  Covergirl foundation my skin then turned slightly red and those small breakouts returned. At this point, I decluttered the Rimmel and Covergirl foundations that I knew were causing this and switched to only using the Maybelline BB Cream, and the Burt’s Bees Foundation.

The Last day of the experiment. A few spots but looking a lot less congested

At the end of the month, you can see that my skin had improved – there are a few uncharacteristic spots around my mouth and on my forehead that I never get. However, this was only because I was gifted the Burt’s Bees foundation that is a clean foundation and I bought the Physicians formula healthy foundation that is $20 CAD which resulted in my skin healing. I also was using my L’Oreal shaping stick foundation that has never irritated my skin and is also $20 CAD. As someone who loves affordable makeup but also loves skincare, it is interesting to see the difference in using more expensive products from the drugstore that give my skin a better reaction than that of the less expensive foundations you can find at the drugstore.

L'Oreal shaping stick and Maybelline Instant age rewind
Joe Fresh single eyeshadow

This experiment really taught me the value of ingredients in foundations. CoverGirl by far had the most ingredients but that doesn’t mean they aren’t bad – it just means my skin might react to those differences but other peoples skin might be totally fine. What I did find was that the drugstore does concealer formula’s very well. I know in theory they should be similar formulas to foundations but I found that the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind and the Joe Fresh illuminating concealer were wonderful.

In the name of science, my conclusion is that my skin prefers higher end base products but can handle the powders at the drugstore which tend to not give my skin a reaction – however, I do use the more expensive drugstore products so that is defiantly a factor.

Look out for the end of May when I post about my high-end makeup every day and see the results of my skin then!

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Products Worth the Splurge

I did a post last year (eek) about products I’m not willing to splurge on. I wanted to do another one about products I am willing to splurge on and why they are worth it. I get it, spending $45 on a blush is wild, it is, but I will say with no shame that I have spent that amount of money on a blush. Now, don’t splurge if you can’t afford it, but for me there is something about wonderful saving for that one item and buying it.


Blush

Two of my favouite blushes are in this (overpriced) palette

I love blush, while I do own mostly drugstore blushes, I love me a good high end blush. My favourite are the Hourglass Ambient lighting blushes and their palettes. These have this light reflecting technology that gives you a glow from within.


Skincare

Caudalie Essence and Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I have a few high end skincare items including items from Caudalie and Summer Fridays and I love them. I splurge on high end skincare with good ingredients because my skin loves it. I know, it’s a bit ridiculous to spend $34 on a cleanser or $50 on an essence, but I don’t know what to tell you my skin enjoys it. It’s not to say I don’t have drugstore skincare favourites like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum or the Cerave hydrating cream and lotion, but I don’t feel bad when I spend money on skincare. The biggest benefit to buying skincare from higher end brands in the formulation of the products and the sourcing of the ingredients. Sometimes less expensive products can have the same ingredients, they are just formulated differently and sometimes diluted to be less effective. However, this doesn’t mean their aren’t great drugstore skincare products

Eyeshadow palettes

There are some great drugstore eyeshadow palettes out there, but I have no problem splurging on a high end palette. I love the Anastasia eyeshadow formula, the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, and the Urban Decay Naked Heat and Naked 3. The interesting thing about high end eyeshadow palettes is while the drugstore is catching up, I find that anytime I wear a high end palette my eyeshadow actually lasts all day, despite wearing the same eyeshadow primer.

Tinted moisturizers and BB Creams

FAB Tinted Moisturizer and Nudestix Tinted blur stick

Okay, I only own two of these, the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer and the Nudestix Tinted blur stick, but I would repurchase both. The First Aid Beauty does pull a bit orange so I’m on the hunt for a tint that isn’t orange so I can round them up for you. The Nudestix meets that bill but I want to find a tinted moisturizer that also meets the criteria.

Highlighters

NARS Forte De France, Anastasia Amrezy, Anastasia Nicole Guerriero glow kit, Nudestix nudies

I LOVE highlighters and because I rarely use them up, spending a bit more on a good quality powder doesn’t really bother me. Now, I realize that the drugstore makes amazing highlighters. Trust me, I have some that are among my favourites but I think that for powder highlighters you can get a really beautiful sheen and glossy finish from high end highlighters vs the drugstore where tend to come across as a bit more powdery. My personal favourite formulas are Anastasia, NARS and Nudestix. However, highlighters like the Essence Pure nude and the Annabelle Cream highlighters are wonderful. However, if you want a tried and true, easy to use highlighter I would go for high end.

All of these products are what i personally don’t mind splurging on. I think that it is ridiculous the amount of money products cost. However, despite my issues I take with capitalism and elitism, beauty that costs a lot and feels so nice to use, these items get me every time, congratulations to the marketing people for selling overpriced items so well (not being sarcastic, it’s impressive). What is your favourite splurgy item?

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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop: A Review

I am so excited to do this review. Both because I have been on the hunt for a vitamin c serum for my sensitive skin and because I’ve been curious about this brand ever since I saw Cruelty Free Becky do a video on it. They create eco-friendly, basic skincare with ingredients that are kind to sensitive skin.

Close up of the bottle of the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

The claims: “The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a serum to rejuvenate the skin. It contains concentrated pure vitamin C and key ingredients directly from nature. Its innovative multi-solution and non-irritating formula is to revitalize, maintain, and transform the skin”. For reference, my skin type is normal to dry, sensitive and easily irritated. This product is Cruelty-free, Vegan Friendly,  Ethanol-free, Paraben-free, Silicon-free, Steroid-free, Artificial coloring-free, Artificial fragrance-free,  pH 3.5 ± 1.0. This retails for $23USD.

The application. This is such an easy application. You need one to two drops and it spreads quite easily. What I enjoy about this one compared to other vitamin C serums that I have sampled is that it doesn’t burn my skin. Vitamin C is (according to this) a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen in the skin, which means it basically keeps you looking younger because as we age we lose collagen. However, I have problems with the whole anti aging discourse, but I do see the value in women who genuinely want younger skin, yet we are making these decisions under the watchful eye of the patriarchy so alas I’m torn. It should be noted – wishtrend does not advertise this as a youth reversing serum, simply a serum to rejuvenate the skin. Also fam, I tried to get a pic of the application but it just wasn’t going well so enjoy the flat lay pics.

Klairs freshly juiced vitamin shot laying down, surrounded by snowflakes

In any case, the claims are all valid. Vitamin C is a potent substance so when the instructions stay, 1 to 2 drops – use one to two drops. Various vitamin C serums sit at a super high concentration and these can actually bring on redness and irritation. This serum has a few different derivatives of vitamin C that makes it the perfect vitamin C serum for my sensitive skinned friends. The two ingredients being sodium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbic acid.

The point of vitamin C is to essentially rejuvenate and brighten the skin. However, because of it’s potency, the website advises that you store this either in the fridge or in a cool dark place, they also advise using it up as within the expiry as vitamin C can expire quickly.

Klair's serum on top of snowflake, the pippet is laying beside the bottle.

So how does one integrate this into their routine? I used this at night and at the frequency of every other night. I did this rotation simply because while it is non irritating my skin is uber sensitive so I alternated this with my Caudalie essence as my skin can’t take too many acids at once. In any case, I started with a double cleanse, toned, applied the vitamin C serum, then I would apply the Neutrogena hydro boost serum, followed by a moisturizer. I’m hoping to add a face oil in my routine soon!

Have you tried anything from Klairs?

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12 Days of Blogging Day 2: AM skincare routine

As you may or may not know, one of my goals of 2018 was to find a skincare routine that works. That meant that I would have to try and try different products. I think I have finally found a AM skincare routine that works for me. I also have a PM skincare routine I shared on Instagram (cheeky plug you should follow me) in the little highlights section. But I plan on doing a blog post about that later! The biggest question I get on the daily: is how is your skin so glowy. The answer is skincare! It sounds cliche but it’s true, I using hydrating products, I drink water, and most importantly I was blessed with pretty blemish free skin due to my genes.

Something that I stopped doing when I moved out and started uni was using a cleanser in the morning. Instead I bought an obscene amount of face cloths and I started using a warm cloth in the morning. I find that by doing this I’m not stripping my skin of any of it’s natural oils but again if you want to use a gentle cleanser in the morning go right ahead, it’s all about what works for your skin. 

Next I used a toner. I have been loving the Thayers toner because it’s gentle balancing and hydrating. I use my hands with my toner, the K-beauty way. I usually squirt a bit into my hands and press it onto my face. After this I will spray my face with the Avene thermal water (which yes is a can of overpriced water

My next step is moisturizing. I use a lot of moisturizer. Like probably a bit too much. First I used about four pumps of my Neutrogena hydro boost serum and really press it into my skin. I will say, after using this serum for about 4 months my skin has greatly increased in hydration. I feel like when I don’t use this, I notice that my skin is a bit more dull. Again, this is personal preference but I like to use this every day morning and night. I don’t know if that’s too much but I do it!

After my hydrating serum I use a moisturizer. Usually about a pump and half of the Cerave moisturizing lotion. I’d like to try the cream as well as I’ve heard it’s a bit thicker and hydrating. The lotion is great for under makeup, it has hyaluronic acid and ceramides making it the perfect protector and hydrater in one.

What is your favourite skincare item? 


Sephora VIB Sale Haul

This haul is kind of cheating – I bought a few of these items after the sale but I wanted to include them in this haul! This is a very skincare heavy haul but I have been wanting to revamp and try a few new higher end skincare items. First I will start with the sale items then go into the items I picked up after the sale.

The skincare

I fell into the Instagram aesthetic trap. I bought both Summer Fridays masks. The Jet lag mask and the overtime mask. I have tried both a few times and they are wonderful. I haven’t formed my full thoughts to do a review just yet but will in the future. The next two skincare items are got are both hydrating products. I bought the GlamGlow illuminating moisturizer in nude glow. It smells like a creamsickle and is AMAZING. It gives a beautiful glow and I like to use this when I have an early shift. I also picked up the Kiehl’s ginger and hibiscus firming mask. I used a sample of this and it was great.

The makeup

I broke ya’ll. I picked up the Hourglass Ambient lighting edit unlocked palette. I wasn’t going to pick this up but couldn’t resist the late night shopping so alas it happened. I LOVE this palette. I want to do a full review in due time because it is so beautiful and these are all new powder shades which is even more exciting.

The non sale stuffs

I really love Nudestix and want to do a brand focus on them. Their products are lovely and their brand story is great, and as an added bonus they are Canadian. I got both of their new limited edition holiday sets. The gloss balm set and the smokey golden eyes set. I really like both of these so far and can’t wait to try them out a bit more. The second product I got is the Too Faced Hangover Rx setting spray. I know what you may be thinking – Chrisinda you just got the Rimmel one. Unfortunately the Rimmel one makes my skin feel and look quite dry so it’s going to just have to be an eye shadow intensifier.

Did you pick up anything during the sale?


Beauty and Skincare Haul

Alas, recently I acquired a job and to celebrate I may have purchased a few things (and possibly participated in the Sephora VIB sale which will be come later). But I visited my brother and we did a bit of shopping so I want to run through some of that stuff and some of the new drugstore bits I’ve collected over October. I will update you in a months time on these products!

Eyes and Lips

Eye products

Revlon Lip pluming creme

I have been on the hunt for a drugstore mascara that gives me the same quality lashes as the Lancome Monsieur big. I bought the L’oreal Voluminous in Waterproof (that was an accident but I used a oil cleanser so that isn’t a problem). I also bought an old favourite the Maybelline colour tattoo bad to the bronze. I resisted buying this again and have hunted for dupes from other drugstore brands but can’t seem to find one. This is such a simple easy shade to use and have around so I’m glad to have it back in my life. I also  bought one lippie (I was attempting to exercise self restraint) but I saw Estee Lalonde use this on her channel so I bought it in 510 Nude Honey.  It is the perfect (I know I say this a lot) but it really is the perfect my lips but better colour. I really like this so far but will update in a month.

Base products

base products

Haul Face products

Rimmel Setting Spray

The body shop concealer

I bought the new Maybelline Super Stay Multi Use foundation stick and plan on reviewing it sometime this month. As another base product (on sale for $11, I got the Sephora collection skin tint. I have been curious about the sephora collection and would like to try a few more things from them. I also wanted to get a new potted concealer and have been eyeing the body shop one for awhile. I plan to use this more on days I work versus other makeup days. I also bought the Rimmel Fix and Go setting spray which I tried yesterday and it’s amazing so far! I don’t want to give my full thoughts yet but will update in a month.

Skincare and Body Care

The body shop body butters

Body Butters

When I saw the little body butter set in The Body Shop I just couldn’t resist the little tree shaped box with the fun holiday scents. I love the peppermint one and wouldn’t mind a full size of this before the holiday scents leave! I also bought two skincare bits from Joe Fresh. I am running out of my Thayers toner and while I will repurchase that I haven’t tried any Joe Fresh Skincare and this was on sale so I bought it. I also bought the eye cream because it was on sale for $9.44 which is a great deal for an eye cream!

Have you bought anything new lately?

 

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Updated “No Makeup Makeup products”

As I said in my last one of these posts I don’t know how I feel about the no makeup makeup term. I like to think of it as a minimal makeup look – but can use the same amount of products its just the techniques you use to use these products. I like to do this kind of look when I’m just, to be quite honest a feeling a bit lazy that day but still want a bit of something something. Granted, now that I am a new grad and am in a transitional period I have a lot more time to do my makeup and have been doing more fun eye shadow looks and such but I still have some new tried and true makeup I use when I’m not feeling like a full glam look aka no makeup makeup items in the beauty world. I would also like to note this is completely subjective, so what I may use might be way too much for you or way to little! It’s all personal preference!

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The actual base

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The most important step to any makeup routine is skincare. Skincare is so important to creating a smooth and clean surface for makeup. I generally do three (yes three) hydrating products in the morning. I usually rinse my face with warm water, then put on my toner and use a hydrating serum, essence, and moisturizer. Some mornings I do just a serum and moisturizer and other mornings I do the whole shebang, it just depends on my mood. The reason (besides the obscene amount of highlighter I use) that my face glows and is dewy is that I always use a army of hydrating products.

The undetectable base

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Nudestix tinted blur stick. This is hands down and all time favourite of mine. It adjusts to the shade pigments in your skin and it just has this beautiful skin like finish. I hydrate intensely beforehand as I do with most things. Review here

Glowy primer. I am a fan of the glow (as you might be able to tell I’m going to be “dewy until the day I die” – Katie Jane Huges). I have been enjoying the Physicians formula spotlight primer and would like to try the Bare Minerals Foundation Primer brightening next or the Milani strobe and pore minimizing one! This is just a beautiful way to add glow and light to the skin without having to put on a foundation.

As for a concealer, I haven’t quite found one that I’d consider a minimal concealer and that’s because I can always see my concealer – even if it’s really good, I haven’t yet found one that is my idea lazy makeup concealer. If you have an recommendations hit me up here or slide into my dms on instagram.

The cheek products 

cheek-products

NYX dose of Dew and the Nudestix Illuminaughty. Both of these highlighters leave a nice glossy sheen to the skin and look as “natural” as you can with a highlighter. I like the NYX one slighty more only because it doesn’t stay sticky all day and sometimes I can’t be bothered with such stickiness of my face.

For a blush this has not changed, I’m still a fan of the Body Shop lip and cheek stain, it’s a beautiful rose shade and applies quite sheer to the skin but I do find it disappears quite quickly so I would go a bit overboard and then its perfect. The two other blushes that I have in the mix are the Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Incandescent Electra and MAC Peachtwist. My Hourglass blush is more of a glow giving blush then a flush blush, as one might say, but I really like that on those minimal makeup days because it’s just a hint of colour.

The glass lips

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Fenty gloss bomb. The Fenty gloss bomb is just the best thing to happen in the makeup world. I  know that everyone says that but it is! I love love love this for no makeup days because it makes your lips look like glass.

MAC See Sheer. Again, the item I didn’t want to love that makes me want to try more MAC products. There is something about the shade of this lipsticks and the formula. I know it is very similar to the PIXI lip balm but I love this for an everyday almost red shade. I love the lustre formula and I would love to find a nice fall shade in this formula as well.

What are your favourite “I don’t feel like full glam today” makeup products?


Things I liked and did in August

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Ah yes, August has come and gone like the wind. It has been an odd month of transition from university to the adult world. I’m still on the hunt for a job but am also enjoying having this time off to chill and job hunt and live worry free while I’m doing so (bless the rents). In any case I still have a few favourites to discuss that I discovered this month and am excited to share!

First I have a very specific combination of products. My Physicians Formula Spotlight illuminating primer with the Nudestix Tinted Blur stick (this has holy grail status fo me) and I LOVE the combination. Since moving back north (and we aren’t even that north) despite the summer it’s still a lot more dry in this area then Southern Ontario. I have been loving the extra boost of glow. Because the tinted blur stick is a literal filter for your face, the glow beautifully shines through and I don’t feel like it gets covered up in anyway.

PF-Primer

Tinted-blur-stick-and-lanco

My wee sample of the Lancome Monsieur big Mascara. I got this for free and IT IS BEAUTIFUL. I really am making a more conscious effort to try and find my holy grail mascara, but preferably cruelty free. So I am on the hunt for a dupe so if you have any please, message, email, or comment on this blog post!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid glow highlighter in Oyster. I found this gem at Winners (score am I right) and it’s wonderful. I have been eyeing this for awhile and when I found it for 12.99 at winners I immediately bought it. I checked the batch code and its perfectly fresh and no expired. Bonus no one had tested it which is very exciting for a Winners find.

Thayers

anastasia-liquid-glow

I have been loving using my hands for my toner instead of a cotton pad. I have read about several Korean skincare routines and also listened to several podcasts where the method of patting it in with your hands is actually better for your skin then a cotton pad. I have been loving how it feels in the morning and as well notice a big difference in my skin.

Recently, I have had some injuries that have really inhibited that running train. So, I started doing Yoga With Adriene videos in an attempt to heal my sore knees and relieve my lower back pain. I have been LOVING her videos. They are so calming but also feel like a great gentle workout that is self healing for my old lady joints.

Seeing my bestie every damn day. Well mostly. I have lived quite far from my best friend for awhile and it’s been nice having her so close. We have gone on many adventures and had such grand times and we live closer now, even while she is away at school so I’m excited to visit!

Piano

Finally, playing the piano again. It has been a  thrill to jump back into (our very out of tune) piano. I have started back where I left off at good old grade 8 and it’s been such a joy to learn again and play again. It’s also a great intellectually stimulating thing to do because playing piano requires focus and knowledge! I may possibly start painting and drawing again as well because I have been loving honing creative things!

Thanks for reading! What have you been loving lately?


Skincare items

Blune Day 25: Travel Skincare

For today’s post I want to do a what’s in my skincare bag for travelling as well as a few other less glamorous items that I like to bring with my skincare stuff because it fits into the bag.

First, face cleaning mechanisms. So I am bringing quite a few bits of skincare with me. I found this adorable mini Garnier micellar water and am bring two reusable cotton rounds for that. As well as I am bringing this little Soy Fresh Face cleanser which I got in a Christmas set from my mom, and I have used this once before and remember it being very gentle. I know its a bit of a gamble to not bring my regular cleanser but I still haven’t found one I love so I thought I would dabble in this and use it abroad. I am also bringing the rest of my decanted Burt’s Bees Willow Bark face exfoliator.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Garnier Micellar water, Mini Caudalie Brightening essence, Caudalie Vinosource moisturizer

Skincare items

Hydration: I brought quite a few moisturizing products with me. I decanted my Garnier 3 in 1 rose water moisturizer because it is extremely hydrating and  airplanes can do a number on your skin. I’m also bringing this cute Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbet that I got as a point perk. I also have the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate which I have used a few times before and really liked. I’m mostly bringing it because its travel size and can also act as a primer. Then as my essence/serum I have the cutest mini of the Caudalie Brightening Essence  which I got as a point perk and its so cute and mini. I’m excited to have got this because I wasn’t planning on bringing my large one since its glass and I didn’t want it to break.

Hand sanitizer, Fresh Face Cleanser, Embryolisse

decanted garnier 3 in 1 moisturizer

I am also bringing a body wash, but its a bar soap so I didn’t photo that one. Then I’m bringing my decanted Live Clean Daily Care Shampoo.

This isn’t really skincare but since I’m bringing this on my carry on, but I have the essential medicines. Gravol, Benadryl, Imodium, and Oval. Yes not the most glamourous carry on items but you just never know when your going to be in a pickle when it comes to travel.

Bringing hydration is key when on an airplane because for some reason they really suck the moisture out of your skin.

What is your go to travel/carry on skincare?


Blune Day 19: Empties the second

As a first point, I didn’t use all of these up this month, this has been accumulating since my last empties post. Most of these products were good, some not so great and others were just meh. I thought I would take you through a few items that I’ve used up and give a wee review on some of them.

The Marcelle Gentle Cream Cleanser, I am on the hunt for a basic face wash but this was too basic. I don’t know if it was the bulky packaging or the just okay texture, but it just wasn’t my favourite at all. It did the job but it wasn’t the best and I won’t be repurchasing. I also finished a Thayers Witch Hazel Lavender toner which I have already repurchased and LOVE and I finished the Rice Water Clarifying toner from The Body Shop which was beautiful and I would consider repurchasing as a clarifying toner for those days my skin needs a bit of extra help. I finished the rose water from Amazon that I used in my DIY toner water. Yet another Body shop favourite the camomile cleansing balm. I really like this alot, but I am lazy and want to have a makeup remover I can use in the shower and this isn’t one BUT it is amazing and doesn’t blur your eyes if you get it in them. I also finished two moisturizers including (yet another) Body Shop tea tree oil  night lotion and the Sukin hydrating Rosehip day cream, both of which were really nice. The Sukin one I found didn’t sit well under makeup but the Body Shop one is definitely something I want to repurchase I have the chance.

Body Shop CC cream, Pur Setting spray, The Body shop lash hero, Annabelle highlighter, FAB coconut primer,

Rose water, Marcelle Extra Gentle Cleanser, Rice milky cleanser toner, Camomile Cleansing balm, Thayers Lavender toner, Tea Tree night lotion, Sukin Rosehip day cream

Makeup. I have finished and am decluttering a few items. First I have a few glowy primers. One of the First Aid Beauty coconut skin primer which was great and I would repurchase but when I ran out of these ones I replaced them with the Physicians formula spotlight primer. The second glowy product was the Tarte Brighter days highlighting moisturizer, which I didn’t really find all the moisturizing but it was nice to have in my arsenal. The Body Shop CC cream in fair glow. This was alright, I think it went bad near the end so it was starting to irritate my skin but overall it was a nice glowy base and I would repurchase. The Annabelle strobing drops (no longer available), I don’t know if I actually ran out of these just strangely dried out but I can no longer get them out of the bottle so alas I’m calling it an empty. The body shop mascara, this was really nice, a bit flakey and again I just had to get rid of it because I have had it for way longer than 6 months. Currently I have a few mascaras I love but I would be interested in trying more. My favourite mascara for dramatic lashes is a Maybelline one (Meghan Markle’s fave in fact but it is great) so once I’m done that one I would love to try more Body Shop ones. I also finished the PUR setting spray which lasted me quite awhile and have since replaced it with the Joe Fresh one which is almost done and now I have a few of the new Body Shop ones that I’m liking so far but will report back when I’ve used them more.

Schmidt's Deodorant, Tom's, SweetSpot cleanser, Lush Dream cream

Body care. I have a few items including my favourite and staple Sweetspot Labs body wash. This is a PH feminine hygiene product and is honestly the best thing I’ve ever done for my feminine areas. I get the unscented version and I love it. I have already re-purchased this. I also finished two Schmidt’s deodorants. I really like the Tea Tree Sensitive Skin one because it didn’t irritate the old pits, but the charcoal and magnesium one I found a bit irritating. The mini of the Lush Dream Cream, this remains to be my favourite hand cream and body lotion, its light and airy and soaks in immediately. Last but not least the Toms mouthwash, it’s pretty good but I like the Jason one better because it actually purifies my mouth where as this one just felt like flavoured water.

Have you used up any products lately?