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Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

April to June 2017 Empties

August 2, 2017

Wow, this post is nearly a month overdue. These days I feel like I’m constantly busy but never get anything done. I’ve been feeling very fatigued, lethargic and generally tired. My face looks like a hot mess from breakouts and me picked at pimples. I haven’t been working out like I should be. OSI still hasn’t been rebranded. And I can go on. Recently my family and I had a lovely, but short break to McGregor, and I had such a lovely time that part of me feels like they should have left me there. But I digress, this post is long overdue.

Body products

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion

This is the last of TBS Shimmer Lotions I had. As much as I love TBS products, I am so glad that I am done with all of these lotions.  At first, I loved the shimmer, but after a while, I felt like a disco ball every time I used it. There was just so much shimmer! And it got on everything I wore. I seriously doubt I would ever buy shimmer lotion again unless it a teeny tiny bottle. That being said, I enjoyed the scent and the product itself is not terrible.

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil

This has now become my go to tissue oil. As I’ve said before, it works well and at R20, is super affordable. I keep one on my beauty shelf and another in my gym bag.

Avon Femme EDP

This was a light and lovely feminine scent. It has floral and fruity notes, without being too sweet, so it’s right up my alley. It can only be purchased via an Avon representative. I would repurchase this perfume.

EAD Tissue Oil Body Butter

I took this on a whim. I was in Edgars picking up some essentials and my feet were sore from running errands all day. The last item on my shopping list was a body lotion, and I saw this on one of the shelves at the checkout line. So instead of going to another store, I decided to try it out. It’s a pretty decent body butter. It’s not thick, it feels more like a lotion than a body butter. To be completely honest, it’s not terrible, but it’s not amazing. It’s one of those midrange products. I’d probably buy it if I was in a similar situation again.

Mitchum Roll On

This roll on is one of my monthly staples. It’s one of a few that works for me without turning my clothes hard and white. I always try to keep at least one back up.

Foot products

Skin Logic Foot Repair Treatment

I love the Skin Logic Foot Peel Mask, so I thought I would give the Foot Repair Treatment a try. It’s not as amazing as the peel, but it does a decent job. I feel like I need to give the treatment another try.

Avon Footworks Cooling Spray in Ruby Grapefruit

I love Avon’s Footworks Cooling Sprays. They’re great at preventing and masking foot odour (it’s inevitable if you wear pumps). I would repurchase. In fact, I’m already using another one in a different scent and have a backup.

Face Products

Clicks Berry Delight Face Mask

This mask smells so amazing. It does a decent job and is pretty affordable. Also, you can easily get 3 to 4 uses out of it.

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer

I’ve been let down a number of times with hyped up products. The Porefessional is worth the hype. I have another sample, but in a tube, and I’m using it sparingly, as I don’t want it to finish.

Himalaya Herbals Natural Fairness Cream

When I first started using this cream, it worked well with lightening dark marks on my face. It doesn’t, however, work for acne scarring. I would repurchase, but every time I go into Clicks I get distracted by other products and end up forgetting to pick one up.

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm

This is a hyped up product amongst online beauty personalities. Just for clarity, it’s often used as a primer, which is used underneath foundation. The first time I tried it, I loved it, but the more I used it, the more I disliked it. Firstly, it made me get oily faster. Secondly, it felt like it was clogging up my pores. There’s still quite a bit of product in it, so this is a declutter. And no. I won’t be repurchasing.

Avon Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover

Until recently, I never saw the appeal of liquid make up remover. To remove my makeup, I used baby wipes, followed by washing my face. Then I started getting into makeup removers. This is a declutter. I’ve had it for years, so it’s probably not safe to use. I don’t think I used it consistently enough to decide whether or not it is worth repurchasing. That being said, I’d probably give it another try.

Lipidol Night Oil

This oil I received as a gift in a Women’s Health magazine. It did a decent job and my skin felt so smooth and moisturised after using it. It has unfortunately expired, so into the bin, it goes.

African Extracts Rooibos Deep Cleansing Facewash

African Extracts is a great, affordable local brand.I enjoy using this face wash. It does a great job cleansing my skin, but doesn’t feel harsh on my skin, or dry it out. This was in fact, my second bottle. So yes I would repurchase.

 Himalaya Herbals Repair and Regeneration Shampoo and Conditioner

My aunt brought this shampoo and conditioner from the UAE. I’m pretty impressed with both products. Especially the shampoo. The products are sulphate and paraben free. I have recently discovered that it’s sold at Clicks. At my local Clicks its found by the natural hair care products. I would definitely purchase these.

Oh so Heavenly Love your Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

This has a great scent. I’m not a fan of the shampoo (it has sulphates) but the conditioner was decent. The bottle sizes were so convenient, I ended up popping them in my gym bag.

Kair Silicone Serum

This silicone serum is a staple in many homes. However, it takes forever to finish. I’ve had this bottle for so many years, it needed to be decluttered.

Eye products

Essence Lash and Brow Gel

This is probably the 3rd or the 4th tube of this gel that I used up. It holds my eyebrows well and is pretty affordable. I would continue to repurchase this gem.

Elizabeth Arden Lengthening Mascara

This mascara was a part of a gift that my brother bought me. It did a decent job. Most mascaras have the same effect on me, so if I could get this for a decent price, I would repurchase.

Essence 3D Duo in Irresistible First Love

I depotted this and a bunch of other colours. The container I stored them in, fell and smashed most of the eyeshadows I depotted. Check out my project pan roulette to see one of the eyeshadows that survived. I’m not heartbroken about it, I don’t think I ever used it, as it’s too light and cool toned for my skin tone.

Avon True Colour Duos in Crushed Orchid and Ocean Waves

These duos were also victims of the great fall. I’m also not heartbroken as I barely used them. Also, they were very old and had gotten a hard pan. These colours are too bright for me, I wouldn’t wear them regularly enough to justify repurchasing.

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya

I went through a phase where I only wore this lipstick. I loved it. It was so moisturising and went so smoothly onto my lips. It has, unfortunately, expired. I think this range has been discontinued, else I would repurchase.

Avon Colourtrend Lipstick in Deluxe

Gorgeous shade, but this lipstick had a terrible colour payoff. Also, it expired. I’ve found that the Colourtrend lipsticks to not be very opaque.

Essence Effect Lipgloss in Frosty Flakes

If wearing large flakes of glitter on your lips is your thing. This is the lipgloss you need. It is however not my thing, especially if the gloss has worn off and I’m left with random pieces of glitter all over my lips.

Revlon Colourburst Lipbalm in Charmed, Audacious and Honey

I loved these so much. They’re so moisturising and had a great colour payoff. Honey was my favourite shade. I wore Audacious occasionally, but only swatched Charmed (it was too light for me). The colour of Honey was buildable and it left a lovely dark pink stain on my lips after a few hours. They have unfortunately expired. I would repurchase Honey, but not the other 2.

L’Oreal Infallible  24-HR Matte foundation

This foundation is another case of me liking something when I first purchased the product. In summer, this foundation was wearable, but in winter my skin is so dry and this magnified all of the dry spots that I had. I am just really over matte foundation, in general, to be honest.

Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Starry Night

This eyeliner was super soft and super pigmented. However because it was soft, it broke off easily. I would repurchase but preferably in black.

Unbranded Flat top Kabuki brush

This brush I bought at a Chinese shop and it worked well for a number of years. I used it to apply foundation. It has however begun shedding and having bits of hair all over my face is not appealing.

Not pictured is a Ubu Baby Blender. I forgot to include it with the photographs. I loved this blender, but recently I’ve begun breaking out (my face is a hot mess at the moment) and I suspect that this gem may have contributed to it.

Have you used any of these products? What products have you used up recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

Winter 2017 | Project Pan Roulette

June 30, 2017

This Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette post has been sitting in my drafts since 09 June, so it’s a bit late. Yikes. I’m attempting to cut down on most of my beauty products by using them up and where needed decluttering items. For the most part, I’ve been doing quite well in both using up products and decluttering them. However, I feel that I’ve come to a point where I am stagnant with the products that I’m finishing/getting rid of. With the exception of perfume, many of my empties consist of skincare which I buy on a regular basis. So most of the beauty items I have, are not getting used up. I’ve reached the point, where I am quite hesitant to declutter. Make up can be quite pricey, throwing away products that can’t be given to someone, is kinda wasteful.

So what better way to solve this than to have an official project pan? I’ve officially started it on 07 June and it will end on 31 August 2017.

What is a Project Pan Roulette?

A normal project pan is when you select a bunch of products and try to use them up in a certain timeframe. With a project pan roulette, you have a list of categories (which can be found here). Using a random number generator or drawing numbers out of a bowl, you select 10 categories (or however many categories you want). The time frame is also up to you.

I decided to go with the Project Pan Roulette as it forces me to use makeup items I normally wouldn’t use. It forces me to step out of my comfort zone. Also, I think 3 months is a good timeframe. It’s not too long (to drag out) and not too short (so I’ll be able to actually finish some/most of the products). For this Winter 2017 Project Pan Roulette, I used Google’s random number generator. These were the categories I drew:

An item with beautiful packaging

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge

The tube of this lipstick is so pretty. Unfortunately, I don’t normally wear such bold lipstick. Then again, fortunately, it’s winter so bold lippies are normally in for the season.

A drugstore item

Wet ‘n Wild matte lipstick in Bare it All

I bought this lipstick before I found out it is a dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I love this shade and lipstick’s formula. This lipstick is the closest I’ve every gotten to finishing a lipstick. I kind of feel like it’s cheating to put Bare it All in this project because there’s so little left. But, I have another lipstick to work through and I really want to make some good progress.

A blush

Wet ‘n Wild Mellow Wine

I’ve had this blush for nearly 2 years. I’ve used it more than any of the blushes I own (actually I use it about 90% of the time) and I only hit pan on it two weeks ago! Just to compare how long it is taking me to use up this blush. I bought highlighter for the first time last year and I hit pan on it a few months after buying it. I’m not going to pan another one of my blushes until this old faithful is used up! 

A product in a palette

Essence All I Need Colour Correcting palette – light beige

Gosh, another cheat item. There’s a relatively large pan on this already. But in my defence, I take a while to use up concealer. This I normally use as a base for my eyeshadow. It helps make the shadows pop and last longer. My aim is to completely use the light beige shade up. Cream products tend to go off quickly, so even though there’s a large pan showing, I need to use this concealer.

An item that was a gift

Elizabeth Arden eyeliner in Smokey Black

This eyeliner is part of an Elizabeth Arden gift set that my brother gave me a while back. I lost the pencil for a while, but now that it’s  found it needs to be finished.

A lip item

Essence lip pencil in Femme Fatale

Initially, I had selected Elizabeth Arden’s lip pencil in Sugared Kiss as it goes well with the Wet n Wild Bare it All lipstick. Then I realised if I finished the lipstick early on, I wouldn’t be able to pair it with my the Elizabeth Arden Rouge lipstick. That’s why I picked this lip pencil. I’d be able to use it with the red lipstick I’m trying to use up. It’s a win-win!

Something Fun

Essence Merry Berry Hair Fragrance

This was part of Essence Merry Berry limited edition, which they had I believe the year before last. The scent is lovely, but it doesn’t have much shimmer. It’s a great product if you’ve been to a braai and you can’t wash your hair but need to cover up the smoke smell.

An item in a colour you don’t normally wear

Catrice Petrol keeps me running

This is a stunning blue eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is so hard to get right.  Whenever I wear this eyeshadow I fear I look like a 90s hot mess. My fear is even greater considering that I’m also trying to use up a red lipstick. This shadow was de-potted and the container that I kept it in fell and all of the shadows broke, with the exception of this one and a silver and lilac duo. I was considering throwing it away, but I realised that I may need it for an event later in the year. I am not going to buy blue eyeshadow again just to wear it once before throwing it away. No darlings, I’m also doing this project pan to cut down on spending. My aim is to get a generous dip in it. There’s no way I am able to completely use up a nearly full container of blue eyeshadow in 3 months.

An item of your choice

Colour Pop Bill Eyeshadow

This is a lovely matte brown that’s great for all over the lid colour. I read somewhere that Colour Pop’s shadows dry out and expire quickly. I have only swatched this (I tend to overlook my single shadows and reach mostly for my palettes) and I really don’t want it to go to waste. It’s such a versatile colour it can be used for many looks. I also do not expect to finish this shadow, but I would like to make a generous dip.

Something you’ve already hit pan on

Colour Pop highlighter in Wisp

If you ever see my highlight on fleek, it is this baby right here. I even have a backup. There are 4 highlighters in my Carli Bybel palette, so logic is telling me to give the backup away, but I don’t know. I only started using highlighters last year and I already have a huge pan on Wisp, which tells you how much I love this highlighter.

And that’s my pick. I’m hoping to finish at least 5 items. Wish me luck!

Have you ever done a project pan before? Let me know in the comments below.

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Beauty Reviews

Go Beauty & Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio Review

June 9, 2017

This is not your standard beauty review. I was recently asked by Go Beauty to review Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio. The Port Elizabeth based studio specializes in natural holistic and alternative treatments.

Go Beauty

Nicknamed, the Uber for Beauty, the Go Beauty app and website is designed to make your life simpler. GoBeauty started as a service on the cellular app WeChat. If you’re like me, and never really got into WeChat, you’ll be happy to know that Go Beauty now also has a website, where you can do your bookings. Sign up is super easy as you can use your Facebook account, which is what I did.

Whether you need a manicure, pedicure or massage, all you need to do is type in the treatment you need, where you are and Bob’s your uncle. The app and website pulls up a list of salons, spas and studios that offer the service you need in the area that you are in. All you need to do is select a service provider, the treatment and time or date. The service provide will then call you back, or message you to confirm the appointment or suggest an alternative time or date. Sounds easy, right?

My phone is broken and I’m currently using a back up phone that does not have enough space for more than 4 apps and it’s memory is slower than Windows 95. So downloading the app was out of the question for me. The website is easy and simple to navigate. I easily setup my account and popped Usha of Soft Touch Wellbeing a message. Usha got back into contact with me and we decided on a time and date.

soft touch wellbeing

Soft Touch Wellbeing, Health, Wellness and Detox Studio

Situated in the central suburb of Newton Park, Soft Touch Wellbeing,Health Wellness and Detox Studio is a beauty salon that focuses on holistic health. The studio was previously in 4th Avenue, but Usha had decided to scale down the business. Since September 2016 the studio has been situated in a cosy space at 39 Gerald street, Newton Park and she is now the only therapist. Despite being a stone’s throw from 3rd Ave, the large garden on the premises is very calm and relaxing.

soft touch wellbeing

As I’ve never been to a holistic salon or spa before, I didn’t know what to expect from the treatments offered at the studio. So I decided to have a chat with Usha first and out more about her studio. Usha has been specialising in holistic treatments for 16 years and swears by the treatments that she offers. And they clearly work, she looks 20 years younger than her actual age!

Massages and more

Massages are the most popular treatments at Soft Touch Wellbeing. The Meridian Massage is the most popular of the massages. It clears blockages and balance the body’s meridians. This massage is said to help achieve wellness in your body. According to Usha, when she massages a client, she tries to find the cause of any aches and pains her clients may have. She also offers reiki, bamboo and lymphatic massages as well as may others.

soft touch wellbeing

What I found most interesting was the crystal treatments and the salt lamps she had on sale (pictured in the header). We ended up doing an impromptu Angel reading, which is also one of the services Soft Touch Wellbeing offers, and I found the results to be quite fascinating. I won’t be sharing the reading, as I feel that it’s kind of personal and I’m still wrapping my head around it. It is also quite clear that Usha is quite passionate about her treatments and helping her clients. So it comes as no surprise to me that Soft Touch Wellbeing has a 5 out of 5 star rating on Go Beauty.

I plan on returning to Soft Touch Wellbeing to experience one of their massages. I’ll keep you updated when I do. For more information on this salon visit the Go Beauty site or app.

DIY Beauty

How to make a super easy DIY Avocado Mask

May 4, 2017
easy DIY Avocado Mask

Have you seen the cost of avocados these days? With the drought and inflation, the costs of avocado is getting so high, soon only the rich will be able to afford them. Which is why when I do have one, nothing can go to waste. Back when I was younger, my friends and I used to make our own face masks from items in our kitchens such as eggs, yogurt and avocado. Of course back then you didn’t need to sell a limb in order to afford one. The other day I was making a salad, and I had half an avocado left from the day before and the following day it was overripe! These fruits are so temperamental. They’re hard for weeks on end and are ripe for two seconds! Although it could not be eaten, there was no way that I was going to a let it go to waste.  So I whipped up this super easy DIY Avocado Mask.

Super easy DIY Avocado Mask

Ingredients

1/2 avocado

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons honey (I didn’t really measure, so it’s up to you if you want to use 1 or 2 teaspoons).

Method

Mash up your avocado. Stir in the lemon and honey. Apply to a clean dry face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wipe off with a cloth and wash your face with warm water and if needed, a gentle cleanser. Moisturise as normal.

The left over face mask can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 days.  A 1/4 avocado should suffice for one use, but I had a half so that’s what I used.

Benefits of Avocado Face Masks

Avocado is a rich source of Vitamin A, B, E, and K, which are beneficial for the skin. Theses vitamins helps maintain your skin tone and helps reduce early aging of the skin cells. It also potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and copper. These minerals help keep the skin hydrated and moisturised.

I had included lemon juice only to keep the avocado from turning more brown than it already was, but it turns out that it also has benefits for your skin. It helps revive dull and dry skin, brightens skin tone and helps remove acne marks.

lemon honey

Honey is a great antioxidant with many benefits. Most notably it helps slow down ageing and helps create a glow. I also used it in the mask to help keep the avocado together.

So what are you waiting for? Find you a ripe (or slightly overripe) avocado and whip up this super easy DIY Avocado Mask. Looking for more DIY skincare recipes? Check out this Homemade Apple Facemask.

Empties, Declutters and Project Pans

January to March 2017 Empties

March 20, 2017
lipstick

Although we’re only two-thirds of the way into March, I needed to do this post. I couldn’t keep holding onto my empty products as they were taking up too much space. When I photograph my empties, I also go through my stash to see what needs to be decluttered. So these things taking up space kind of goes against the main purpose of decluttering.

GHD Curl Hold Spray

This product is technically a declutter. I’ve had it for many years. every time I decluttered my make up and skincare items, I always tell myself “I’m going to use it.” Long story short, I never did. In terms of holding curls, it didn’t do much for me.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Shine Tonic Spray

Much like the GHD spray, I also had this for years with the intention of using it. It also didn’t give much of a shine to my hair.

O So Heavenly Intensive Overnight Heel Repair Cream

This is also a declutter. I’ve also had this for a very long time and it expired, as it changed consistency. It worked okay, I’d probably repurchase it.

Elim MediHeel Tonic

The Elim MediHeel treatment saved my feet. Seriously. In a foot peel review I had done a while ago, I spoke about my feet problems. And the MediHeel treatment is amazing. The kit can be bought online or by select salons. I still have half a bottle of the neutraliser, but I intend on purchasing the kit again soon.

Pnp Cotton Wool Roll

I purchased this to use with the MediHeel treatment, but once my cotton pads were used up, I also used it for my face. It’s pretty decent, and I’d buy it again.

Clicks Camphor Cream

On a beauty group on Facebook, I found a recipe for a stretch mark removal cream, using camphor cream and Grandpa sachets. I tried it, but the Grandpa left white specks on my skin. To be honest, I didn’t notice much difference in my stretch marks using the recipe. I have better results with consistent use of tissue oil.

Mitchum Roll on

I buy this every month. It’s a staple in my routine, and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish sponge on cream makeup

I received this foundation years ago from Beauty Bulletin when I wrote for them. It blends well into the skin and gives a natural finish. Realistically, it’s probably expired. So in the trash it goes.

Ezee Gel in Pastel Pink

This gel has gone clumpy. I still have my UV lamp so I’d probably purchase it again, but in a different colour.

Unbranded clear nail vanish

I got this in a nail kit. The varnish is very thin and chips easily. Wouldn’t repurchase.

Unbranded facial sponge

I’m not sure if I purchased this as Clicks or at Dischem. It done a great job removing my makeup. I would repurchase.

African Extracts Rooibos Classic Care Face Wash

I’m really beginning to love the African Extracts Rooibos range. They’re affordable and does a good job. This face wash does a great job at cleaning my face without being harsh. I’ve already purchased another bottle.

African Extracts Rooibos Eventone Moisturiser

Normally I use the moisturiser in the blue bottle (I can’t recall what it’s called), but it was sold out. So I picked up this one. It works well. I’d probably repurchase.

The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream

I look the Frosted Plum scent. The moisturiser is really good and you only need the tiniest amount. The scent also lasts long. I would repurchase, but at the moment I have a bunch of hand lotions and I take forever to finish one.

Avon Luck for her EDP, body lotion and body spray

I love the Avon Luck For Her range. I’ve previously declutter Luck la Vie and I’m sad that both scents are now done. I didn’t finish all of the products together, but all around the same time.I haven’t purchased perfume in nearly two years and I’ve finally reached an amount of perfumes that I’m comfortable with. I have two large bottles and two deluxe sized samples. So I’ll only consider purchasing perfume again once I finish another bottle.

The Body Shop Shower Gel in Glazed Apple and Frosted Cranberry

The only difference from normal The Body Shop shower gels and these, are the scents. Both are nice, but I prefer the Glazed Apple. These were part of The Body Shop’s Christmas collection two years back, so I don’t think these are available any more.

The Body Shop Shimmer Lotion in Glazed Apple

This shimmer lotion was also a part of The Body Shop’s Christmas collection a few years back. Although I love the shimmer, it gets on EVERYTHING. Whenever I used this, my clothes shimmered as well. I have one bottle left in Frosted Cranberry, and I can’t wait to use it up. Two weeks ago I bought body lotion for the first time in over a year. This is only because I don’t like using this lotion at the gym.

Bramley Magnolia tissue oil

If you’ve been reading my empties and declutter posts for a while, you’ll know that i decluttered a nearly full bottle of the Bramley’s Cocoa Butter tissue. Unlike the Cocoa Butter version, the Magnolia scent doesn’t leave a film like feeling on my skin and it absorbs well. The best part is it’s only R20! I’ve already repurchased two bottles, one for my gym bag and one for use at home.

Clicks Tissue Oil

I’ve written about the Clicks Tissue Oil before. I enjoy using it and would repurchase it again. But, the Magnolia tissue oil is cheaper and it works just as well (if not better). It’s still more affordable than most other tissue oils on the market.

Yardley Gorgeous body lotion sample

I found this sample amongst my makeup and told myself to just use it up. And so I did. The scent is nice, and the lotion decent. I’d only purchase a full body if I bought the perfume.

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