First Impression: Simple Kind to Skin Facial Toner

Simple Kind To Skin Facial Toner

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A little later than I anticipated, but today I want to give my first impression of the Simple Kind To Skin Facial Toner, which if you’ve been a long-term reader of my blog, appeared in “My Canada Skincare Kit” from just under 2 years ago! Time has flown. In the past week, I pulled this little travel sized version of the facial toner back into my routine, and so I wanted to discuss my experience with it.

So off the bat, I use(d) this product as part of my day time routine, after my The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner which I reviewed very recently. This is my second toner to soothe and refresh my skin after my cleansing-toning first step that I just mentioned, and to remove any excess toner that can potentially irritate my skin.

My skin hasn’t had issues with this toner – it’s very refreshing and I’ve found that in my cold apartment, where it’s made the toner cooler, that it actually adds to the refreshing sensation – so in the summer time, it’s worth storing it in the fridge and then pull it out if you want to add to that cooling feeling.

The travel size version has proven from my Canada trip to be truly travel friendly, and even when I’m not traveling with it, it’s smaller size means it uses up less space. The full size from memory doesn’t take up much space either, so I can see myself keeping the full size bottle for more everyday use in the future.

For sensitive skin, I think Simple stays true to it’s ethos regarding this product as it hasn’t caused irritation for me, but it’s also going to be great for every skin type, particularly as autumn and winter set in. My apartment has become colder like I’ve already mentioned, and my skin has started to adjust with it – my skin is still oily, but it’s also getting drier as well, so a toner like this one that can soothe and nourish my skin has been very welcome. It doesn’t exacerbate my oily skin, which is a plus in and of itself. It doesn’t reduce oiliness either, but that’s not what it claims or aims to do, so for me it’s not a big deal. What makes this toner really stand out for me is that it integrates itself really well into a skincare routine without significant disruption or clashing – it’s a water-based toner so it’s easy to layer with other toners if you that’s something you also do, and I don’t find it has a weird texture or impression on my skin – like how some cleansers can leave residue and feel like they’re mixing with products you play after on your face.

I think sometimes we need to stop and appreciate simple products (not the brand, in this case) that do a simple and straightforward job and do it well. And in my experience, this toner is one of them. While I have a lot of other toners to test out for the near-future, I can see myself repurchasing this in the full size – I have once before about 3 years ago actually – and bringing this into my routine again. I’m going to include an affiliate link *here*, as I really love this product, and I’m grateful I did buy the travel sized version before my trip to Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me that you took some time out of your day to read it. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I look forward to writing again soon.

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First Impression: The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner

I realise I promised my ‘Products I’m Passing On’ post, but I plan to postpone to the end of the month as I move house this month, and want to collect more things so I can pass them on before the big move. Instead, I want to give my first impression/mini review of The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, as I’m about to run out, and want to share my experience about it.

As you can see from my photo above, I have the travel size bottle, which holds 60ml. I’m not sure if The Body Shop still carries this, or if the The Body Shop Oil Balancing Toner is the replacement or rebranded product, which holds 250ml. At full price, the full sized product retails for £7.50 which I think is quite reasonable for the amount you’re getting. I bought my travel size while The Body Shop was clearing out their old packaging – what you see in the photo above, to make room for their newer packaging.

I use this as my morning cleanser-toner product, as I use a second toner for sensitive skin after to soften and soothe my skin before applying my serum and emulsion. It isn’t part of the design of this product to act as a cleanser, however I found that it cleared up excess oil that built up overnight, and unlike the Tea Tree line that The Body Shop stocks, doesn’t cause irritation – where the Tea Tree line can be hit or miss for me. During the warmer months, this works quite well for my skin, but I am starting to think that as the air is getting a little bit drier, that it’s a little bit too drying.

What the product claims to be designed for is “pore-minimising, removing of impurities and reducing excess oil” – to paraphrase from the front of the bottle. I think the pore-minimising factor is relatively accurate – I have larger pores and some smaller ones, and as long as they’re not blocked – i.e. blackheads, then I find their appearance is minimised.

In terms of removing impurities, I find the phrase to be a little bit vague, or just open to interpretation. As I described above, it does clean off the excess oil that builds up on my skin overnight, which I think is a valid interpretation of ‘removing impurities’ but if your interpretation is about clearing blackheads, then no, it doesn’t do that – but I think expecting a toner to do that is perhaps asking too much. I rely on masks on steamy pores for that and that’s where I personally see results.

As for reducing excess oil, I think this was somewhat true for me during the latter end of the summer. Summer has very suddenly transitioned into autumn here in the UK, and it’s as the weather has gotten several (or more) degrees colder, that I think this is where it showed off to me that I need to adjust my skincare routine for a more normal-combination-oily routine. By that I mean, less oily skin combating products, and just make sure the health of my skin is well looked after so my skin doesn’t need to overproduce oil instead. So in short, I need to find toners and moisturising products that are gentle and moisturising enough to help my skin do its job properly.

Okay, I tangented a little bit, but overall, I can see myself looking at that this product (or rather the replacement) in the full size for next summer, so if I do make that investment, I will definitely let you know about it. I plan to write about the other toner I’m using in my day time routine very soon as well, as that’s almost used up too, so look forward to that in a few days time.

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October Empties 2017:

October Empties 2017

November is well and truly here, as evenings get dark so early now that I didn’t leave myself enough time yesterday to prepare my photo for today’s post. So I’m writing it today to make up for it. Today I’m talking about my monthly empties, which means the things from October that I have used up or just throwing away. It’s a much smaller collection this time around, but this leaves me room for more discussion so let’s jump into it:

Red Tea Natural Skin Therapy Toner: I’ve had this in my collection for many many months now, and I reviewed it in a fair bit of detail here. In fact, I’ve had this in my skincare routine for over a year now, so I think that says a lot for my ‘a little goes a long way’ policy that I love about some skincare and makeup products. Overall I really liked this toner, but since I had to put it in a travel sized spritz bottle (I discussed why in my review) I started to notice some changes to the toner itself inside the bottle so I decided it was time to throw it out. Would I repurchase it? I can see myself doing that, it’s just a shame it’s not easily accessible.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter: Now these guys have had their day in the spotlight back in the day, but I’ve decided it’s time to throw out my lip butter in the shade ‘085 Sugar Plum‘. It’s a pretty colour, but it looks best on anyone who has paler lips, which mine aren’t. I found the colour to be too subtle to justify wearing a lot of the time. Normally I’d throw a product like this in my ‘Products I’m Passing On’ post and basket, but I’ve owned this for so long I just don’t feel right giving it to anyone else. It feels unsanitary to do so. I think I still have a few other shades in my collection somewhere, so maybe they’ll come out to play in the future if they’re still good.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm: I anticipated using this particular product for a while longer, but one of the issues I talked about in my recent review of it, regarding sanitation inside the tube, pushed me to just move on… Without going in to too much detail, the inside of the tube just doesn’t look clean enough anymore and I don’t want to risk it. I’ve moved on to a generic lip balm for now so I may review or talk about it in the future.

But that’s all of the products I’m emptying/throwing away from October. I was going to hold off until next month, but I’m moving to a new end of the country during November and don’t want to hold onto more stuff than I need to. I will have my ‘Products I’m Passing On’ post up tomorrow to, as it would normally be posted today, so I hope you’ll look forward to reading it.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my post. I can’t express my gratitude enough. I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your month, and if not, I pray you can make it better for yourself. Which products have you used up lately? I’d love to know which you recommend.

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Review: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

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I’ve been feeling a bit unsure about what to review lately, but it kind of hit me earlier today that something so vital in my routine has been left mostly unmentioned. Today, I’m talking about my current go-to lip balm, which is the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (with Vitamin E and Peppermint). At Boots, you can find this for £3.99, so it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve seen within the drugstore range of the market. This line of lip balms features other flavours, including the pomegranate one which I own, but haven’t opened yet. The caps of the other flavours are different colours, and as far as I’m aware, are not tinted, although please feel free to correct me – I don’t want to open my pomegranate flavour yet, as I don’t want to break the seal on it just to check.

I have to admit, I’ve seen this lip balm talked about on YouTube and on blogs for a very long time now, and I kind of just raised my eyebrow at it when I first started using it. So starting with my first impression, I found myself extremely skeptical and almost unimpressed. The tingly menthol sensation is present when you apply the balm over your lips, but for the first week that I used the balm, I didn’t really see a difference on my lips. They didn’t feel dry for a while after I applied it, but they didn’t feel any improvement either later on throughout the day. I reviewed a few years ago the E.L.F. Soothing Lip Balm and how great it was as my intense night time lip balm (it’s no longer in my routine after such a long time, I also accidentally crushed it, and was very upset with myself about that), so with that experience still in my memory, I was disappointed the balm didn’t perform more like that.

However, I’ve been using this lip balm for a few months, and instead of jumping to conclusions, I stuck it out and tried this out long-term. My opinion of the lip balm has changed since I first started using it. One of the things I have discovered from this balm is that where many people didn’t like the E.L.F. Soothing Lip Balms for how ‘greasy’ or liquidy they felt on the lips and not good for day-time, this lip balm is my daytime equivalent.

Over time, I’ve realised that the hydration on my lips is much more gradual. I feel the hydration build up throughout the day as I reapply this product as my lips need it – which works well for me on any day I’m not wearing lip products. This isn’t the type of lip balm to use if you’re struggling with very chapped dry lips and hoping for a dramatic and quick recovery. This is a lip balm that from my experience, will hydrate your lips, but maintains your lip’s condition rather than being a rescue product. I suppose if I were to sum this product up with a word, it would be the word “subtle”. Not including the tingly peppermint sensation, that to me is more artificial for the customer to think something majorly impactful is happening than really is the case.

I know for some people, that last sentence can be the turn-off for a product – but I think this is a lip product almost everyone can use because it doesn’t go to extremes. I was initially disappointed by this, as described in my first impression earlier, but over time, I’ve realised this is a blessing I just didn’t see at the time. I want to write a separate post about this at some point, but my tldr in regards to this product is that subtle and progressive results are more valuable than they might appear, and sudden results, while great in the short term, may just be that, short term. I will write a more thoughtful post about this at some point, I just need to organise my thoughts before I rant it all here.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Moving back to the product itself, as I discussed my experience before talking about the product, which is in reverse order to my normal approach to writing, I want to talk about the packaging and the balm in itself. If you’re already familiar with this product, this will go without saying, but the product is kept inside of a twist-up tube, with a snap on cap. The balm is clear and appears transparent on the lips – only a minor sheen on the lips indicates that it is there.

Personally, I really like the twist-up tube packaging, and the lip balm fills up at least 70% of the tube, if not more. When I twist my product all the way to the bottom of the tube that I can, I’m looking down deep near the bottom of the tube – hence why I’m reviewing it now before I run out and lose the opportunity. I can’t express how much I appreciate that Burt’s Bees (or the Clorox Company to refer to their parent company) didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to fill more of the tube with well – not the lip balm itself. It frustrates me to no end when companies manipulate or under fill their products to avoid giving you as much as possible. That Walker’s crisps effect where half the bag is air – you know what I mean?

The balm itself is very smooth, although it did have a gritty layer at the start. I think this is what made me have a really poor impression to start with, but after a week or two of working down the initial layer, the balm is smoother, and a lip bit more… ‘greasy’? It’s not the word I’m looking for, but it gives it the slip that makes it glide over the lips, but is by no means heavy, clumpy or unpleasant from my experience. Feel free to suggest a more appropriate word, I simply can’t find one fits the meaning I’m trying to convey.

Over the past few months that I’ve been using this lip balm, I’ve found that because I make several applications throughout the day and evening, I have worked through this a lot faster than I do with most other lip balms. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is really down to your personal perspective, but for me, this isn’t a bad thing. I feel very guilty when I can’t use up products and have to waste them, but I’m not working through this so fast it feels like my money invested is disappearing quickly. Speaking of monetary cost, this lip balm is also relatively cheap and for most people, affordable. I find myself not wanting to spend more than £5.00 on a lip balm – at risk of it being not worth the money, but this lip balm is cheaper and also just worth the money.

From my longer term experiences, my only real gripe is potential build up of gunk in the centre of the balm where the twist up insert attaches to the base inside the tube. On days I’ve applied this when my lipstick has worn down but is still there on the lips but barely visible, I see it wear off onto the balm and sometimes get inside the central area I described earlier. Twisting the product all the way down usually pushes a lot of the gunk back onto the balm where I can clean it off, but from working through the lip balm to where I can see the twist-up mechanism when looking into the tube, there is a build-up of gunk which leaves me uneasy about bacteria being able to breed there. The same thing happens when my lips are dry and flaky, so I find myself carefully observing for any strays threads, flakes of my lips that get stuck into the balm. I don’t blame Burt’s Bees for this though, this is just the drawback of the twist-up tube packaging, but it’s one I happened to pay attention to while using this specific lip balm.

Overall though, this is actually a really great lip product and one I can see myself repurchasing down the line – when I finally use up my stash of lip balms. I want to drop an affiliate link *here*, as I am surprisingly passionate about this lip balm, in spite of my first impression. I’m considering starting the pomegranate flavour next and actually see if it’s tinted or not for myself. So I may review it separately, although I can see myself mention it briefly elsewhere instead.

Thank you for taking the time to read what has turned into an extremely long review. I can’t express my gratitude enough for taking time out of your day to read it. I hope it was informative, and if you have any questions, or would like me to clarify something, please leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as I see it. In the mean time, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I will write a new post soon.

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Go-To Brow Products: Autumn 2017

Go-To Brow Products: Autumn 2017

Lately I’ve been posting about either my monthly empties or passed on products, or my reviews, and I felt like writing about something a little bit different. I haven’t written a post like this one for a while, so I think it’s refreshing to change things up a bit. Today I want to talk about the brow products I’m using at the moment, and give a brief run-down about them. I want to review at least one of these in more detail later on, as it’s newer to my collection, but that will be further down the line.

Before I start talking about the products themselves, I want to give you an idea of what my brows are like and what I aim to achieve, since everyone’s brows are a bit different and how we want to look will be a matter of personal preference. I’ve mentioned this in other posts, but I don’t wear makeup every day. I work from home, and like to give my skin a chance to breathe, so I only wear makeup when I either leave the house, or live-stream with my camera on. As for my brows specifically, I have relatively thick brows, with long dark hairs. This for me means that my brows look quite full, but because of how hairs can move out of place, it means that they can look ‘sparse’ so-to-speak when the hairs aren’t kept in place properly. My brows have a subtle rounded arch to them too, which I think is fine, but I quite like the Korean straight(er) brow, and I tend to try to accentuate that style, although it’s never true to the style, as my brows don’t naturally achieve it. I make the look work as well as I can, and try to be as flattering as possible. So what I have three main types of brow products to work with depending on how my brows are behaving, and what I want to achieve that day. So I’m going to talk about them one by one.

GOSH Brow Kit: The brow product that’s been in my routine the longest lately, it’s a palette of brow powders and a gel (which I don’t use) tailored for darker hair. The darkest shade suits me quite well, and I find the medium shade is good for when I don’t want areas of my brows to look too heavy or dark. I use this mostly for filling in the brows where my hairs tend to move most and the skin shows, so my brows don’t look so chaotic. I like this kit because it has a tiny brush inside, which although it isn’t the ideal type of brush, still works well and isn’t too difficult to work with. I think this kit is great for people who want basic brow routines covered, or just don’t want to faff around too much with lots of other products. I don’t use the clear gel out of personal preference, particularly as I have oily skin which tends to make my brows feel weird when I have a gel on them.

Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel: I recently swapped this into my collection from my back-up drawer after I threw away the brow-brush end of my Hard Candy Brows Now! Brow Fiber Gel + Highlighter, which I reviewed here. I’m still getting used to this brow gel, but it doesn’t feel to clumpy or heavy, as long as I brush the excess off first. I use this product the least out of the three, but that’s mostly because I need to experiment with it some more first. I’ve seen a lot of people say good things about this product though, so I think it’s just that I need to be patient with it. This is the product that for me really comes into play on those days I really don’t want my brow hairs to move at all, so for special occasions or when I’m streaming and don’t want to worry about touch-ups on camera.

The Body Shop Brow Definer: Lastly is the brow product more recently added to my collection. I’m still forming my opinions on this product, but so far I’m really liking it. I have it in the shade ‘03 Dark Brown‘ and it seems like a pretty good match for my brows. I have dark brown hair that’s just shy of being black, so dark brown shades tend to be either shade-for-shade matches, or just lighter that it’s not insane. I find this is great for really low maintenance days. I find it’s relatively multi-purpose as well depending on how sharpened I keep the pencil. If it’s relatively sharp, it works well for drawing those individual hairs near the front of the brows to add that crisp definition, but when it’s a little more blunt, it can serve the same role as my brow powders and fill in the main body of my brows to prevent the skin showing through. My only real gripe is the lack of a spoolie or sharpener, but honestly, it’s not too big of a deal for me.

And these are the brow products in my makeup routine at the moment. I can see these lasting through autumn and winter, so I’m quite happy to know they’ll last me a while. If you have any brow product suggestions, I would love to hear them. Or if you’ve used any of these before, I’d love to hear about it. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it’s been really refreshing to write a less formal post. I hope you are happy and healthy.

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Review: Palmer’s Line Smoothing Eye Cream

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream

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To finish off the working week, I want to talk about one of the essentials in my day-time skincare routine at the moment. It’s the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream, which has been in my routine for most, if not all, of 2017 so far. So to say the least, I’ve had plenty of time to get used to this product, so I finally want to sit down and write down my thoughts.

Starting off with the brand itself, I remember a few years ago, someone said – and it was most likely a YouTuber – that this brand wasn’t going to be great for people with oily skin as it was just going to be clogging, and just not work for oily skin types. I can’t remember the exact claims, but I decided some time ago that I wanted to make the decision for myself if the brand worked for me, so I ended up buying this eye cream as my first step into the brand. My opinions today aren’t set to prove or disprove this person’s opinion, but rather to just set a perspective from someone who has oily skin and what my individual experience was. However, this is an eye cream and not a face product, so I don’t think this will be as important, but for the sake of transparency, I wanted to get this bit out of my system.

So the product itself, it makes serious claims that for me I was able to put to the test. So front of the box and the tube mimic each other, claiming:

  • “Rich anti-wrinkle eye cream
  • Non-irritating
  • with Peptide Complex and Retinol”

So I’m going to discuss these one by one. Starting with the first, as someone in my early twenties, I struggle to really talk about anything claiming to be anti-wrinkle or preventative. I have natural lines where the folds of the skin move when you smile (creating eye bags) or fading lines from phases when I’ve had allergic reactions around my eyes – I will get into that in detail in the next point, as it has helped shape my experience and opinion. However, I don’t really have wrinkles around my eyes yet, so really, this particular claim is somewhat moot to me.

As for non-irritating, on the surface yes, I agree it’s non-irritating, but not in every circumstance. During any normal day, I find this to work just fine, no irritations of any kind. But I talked a few months ago about an allergic break out where I speculated what my cause was. The reaction was entirely on one eye, surrounding the eyelid and particularly just under my eye, and was a sudden reaction. I still don’t really know what caused it. I speculated makeup going off that I used that caused it. I’ve also speculated a newly developed allergy to my pets – as I live with my partner and no longer with my parents whom my pets live with. Or it’s a stressed related reaction, which is even more frustrating if that is the case – it makes it even more unpredictable. When I used this eye cream during my allergic reaction, while it wasn’t causing extra irritation – it was too rich for comfort, so it was during allergic reactions that I swapped this out of my routine and replaced it with a different product until it cleared up.

Part of what makes me think it’s potentially too much during my allergic reactions *and this is purely speculation* is the presence of Retinol. Interestingly, Retinol is the last ingredient on the product’s list, but as it is potent even in very small amounts, my thoughts make me speculate that it’s too much when my skin is irritated and sore. But on my normal days, it doesn’t cause me issues. What also needs to be considered, and this somewhat relates to the previous claim about non-irritation, is that this cream will require you, regardless of your skin type, to exercise caution when going outside or exposed to sunlight, as Retinol tends to increase sensitivity to sunlight. I don’t have many gripes with the product is the lack of SPF for what they call a morning and night product. However, I don’t blame Palmer’s solely for this, I have only seen one eye cream here in the UK at an affordable price that has SPF in it, so it’s not common to see sun protection in eye creams.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream

Looking at other claims and ingredients that Palmer’s highlights, the presence of aloe vera for soothing and calming the skin felt somewhat underwhelming, in reflection of my allergy issues I described earlier. However, I can somewhat feel it in the texture of the product as it glides over the skin nicely – I feel like the milk proteins probably contributes to that as well.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream

As for the texture itself, it’s definitely in the realm of creams, and does feel thicky and a bit tacky at first. But once you start smoothing it over the skin, it glides over really nicely and becomes completely transparent. I find using a little extra is better than less, as getting the product to that ‘smooth’ state takes some work to get there, and from experience, applying little bits of the cream in multiple applications to get the desired coverage can create a build-up on the eye area that felt excessive for me. But smoothing more over the entire eye area has typically worked out really nicely and creates a thinner layer more reliably. While I feel like I’ve described a product that likely sounds like a bit of work, in actuality it’s really not. It’s one of those situations where once you’ve gone through the trial and error stage for the first few applications, you can figure out how much you need and not faff around with it after that.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream

I skipped over the packaging, but Palmer’s stuck to the simple yet effective approach. It’s a simple squeezy tube, with a nozzle to dispense the product. I find that while it takes a little extra work to dispense the product compared to other eye creams I’ve used – I prefer this. I don’t find myself wasting this product as often which is right up my alley. I hate wasting things, and that includes skincare. I’m roughly halfway through my tube, and I can see this lasting me through Autumn, and mostly likely through Winter too, which is when I expect this product to really work best for my skin.

Overall, I really like this product, and I’m grateful I decided to try out Palmer’s products. I think for people with drier skin types, this will stand out more, but if you are very sensitive, this may be something to approach with caution. But I want to leave an affiliate link for this product *here*, as I do really think it’s worth the purchase. I am curious to try some of Palmer’s face products in the future, so I will definitely write reviews for them if/when I do.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post. It really honours me that you’ve taken time out of your day to give it a read. I hope you are healthy and happy, and I look forward to writing a new post for you to read.

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Products I’m Passing On – September 2017:

Products I'm Passing On September 2017

So it’s been a few months since my last ‘Products I’m Passing On’ post, which I believe was back in April. Today I have quite a few I want to share with you, and talk about what made me pass these on to someone else as my mindset has adjusted in the past couple of months. So I won’t waffle on, I’m going to jump right into it.

Products I'm Passing On September 2017

Starting with my skincare and bodycare, I have The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser, which for anyone who’s tilting their head at this product, is in their old packaging. I picked this up at my local The Body Shop store when they were changing their product design over, and they were putting their products with the old packaging on severely reduced prices. I used this for a couple of months, but I found it was not really suited for my routine. I used this as my morning cleanser with a cotton round and found it was best for in the shower, but I have too many cleansers to justify holding onto it. I showed this to Mum on Sunday evening, and she seemed to happy to try it as she had just run out of her own cleanser – awesome timing!

Another product is The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue. This is where personal information comes to mind as I really hate feet. My own included. I avoid touching my own feet except when completely necessary, and this product has just sat in my bathroom for months not being used. I showed this to Mum and she seemed interested in trying it. I used it once and was too grossed out touching my feet – even after just getting out of the shower. Let me know if you have a similar feeling about feet. Feet freak me out.

Lastly, I’m letting Mum try out my Holika Holika Pig Nose Cleansing Balm. I adore South Korean skincare and makeup, and I actually really like how this product works with my skin. But it has a really strong lemon scent that my nose just can’t bring itself to agree with. I wish I had easier and more affordable access to South Korean cosmetics as they work so well with my skin from the ones I’ve tried so far. It seems South Korean cosmetics is finally getting their due recognition though, even my Mum is talking about how great they are bigged up to be, and I can say I agree from my own experience.

Products I'm Passing On September 2017

Moving on to the first portion of makeup I’m passing on, I jumbled two sections together for ease. The first is the Revlon Photoready Skinlights highlighter. I really love this product, but for someone with both oily skin and a love for more subtle makeup looks, this is a bit more hassle than I find it to be worth. The pigmentation is gorgeous, albeit a bit intense on my really pale skin, but it’s just a bit messy for someone like me who prefers simplicity. I’d love to see this in a powder form actually, as it suits my oily skin better, as well as being less messy. Cleaning up excess liquid just doesn’t appeal to me. I’m letting Mum have a hand at it, in case she wants to mix it in with her face products or just alone for special occasions.

As for lip products, I knew the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gloss was one I had seen in my Mum’s collection before. So I passed this on knowing it would go to a home that would appreciate it. I found the scent a bit too sweet and strong for me, although the soft glow on the lips is gorgeous.

Lastly for lips, this roll-on lip treatment from Blistex was just a dud for me. The idea of a roll-on lip balm was intriguing for me, as it has a metal ball roll-on applicator, but I found it just did nothing good for my demanding lips. I found that while it was hydrating while the liquid treatment was on my lips, once it dried down, it made my lips feel drier, which is definitely not what I’m looking for. I initially planned to just throw it in with my basket of empties products, but I decided to let Mum try it, as it may work for her.

Products I'm Passing On September 2017

The final portion are eye products, starting with the GOSH Xtreme Liquid Gel Eyeliner, in the shade ‘006 Plum‘. I reviewed two of the shades in my post here, where I discussed this shade being my favourite of the two I talked about. I decided to pass this shade on as I found it didn’t look as intense as I hoped on top of eyeshadows which is how I found myself reaching for this liner. When applied on its own it looks great, which is why I passed this to my Mum as she may find it’s a little different than brown or black without being too out of her comfort zone. I still have the bronze shade in my collection, but as my tastes and makeup looks change, we’ll see if it stays.

Moving on to the Bourjois ColorBand Eyeshadow stick, I’m passing on the shade ‘04 Rose Fauviste‘. I found the pigmentation for this specific eyeshadow stick a little bit lacking, but as I retest more of my makeup, I may find myself passing on more of these that I have as I found this one to be quite dry, and tugged on my eyelids. I’m hoping it’s just a case of this one shadow stick being a bit off, but I decided it wasn’t right for me anymore.

The last product, and one that I featured in my ‘Makeup Look: Subtle Autumnal’ post from a couple of years ago, which is the Miss Sporty Quattro Eyeshadow quad in the palette ‘408 Smoky Rose‘. I still really like this quad, but I found I have so many eyeshadow singles, palettes and the like that make up this same selection, and decided that it was time to pass this on. I think the colour theme will suit Mum really well, so I felt happy passing this on to a new home. The next couple of months are going to be a bit crazy for me, as I will either be moving to a new area of England, or moving to Canada with my partner, so I’m looking to declutter areas of my belongings, with my skincare and makeup included.

These were all of the products I’m passing on from the past few months. It feels good passing these products on to a new home, as I know they’ll either be loved, or thrown out. I don’t like wasting products, so it’s nice to make an effort to not let it go to waste. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post – I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my work. I hope you are happy and healthy.

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