I haven’t posted my empties for quite some time, but rest assured, I’ve been keeping them all aside for this very moment!
Lancome Teint Idole Foundation – 05 Beige Noisette
This is my ride or die foundation. I mean it. When I ran out I had a mini panic attack. Lancome Teint Idole is a full coverage foundation that isn’t heavy or cakey like others can be. Lighter that Estee Lauder Double Wear, this foundation has real staying power. What I like about this range is that they have a great shade range that has warm, yellow and neutral tones. I’ve already re-purchased this warm summer colour and the lighter 045 shade for my more neutral winter tone. It retails for $74 here in New Zealand.
Snowberry New Radiance Face Serum
I bought this Snowberry New Radiance Serum for NZ$40 from Farmers. This serum contains Copper Tri-Peptide, an ingredient known to stimulate collagen and elastin in skin. With a gel consistency, this blue tinged serum was refreshing on application. Truth be told, I didn’t really notice any improvements in my skin although it did moisten my skin in preparation for my moisturiser. This may be one product that you need to use in partnership with the rest of the range in order to see big results.
Lorac Eye Primer
I received this free when I purchased my Lorac Pro Palette and it quickly became a staple. It’s smooth to apply and doesn’t make the skin on my eyelids crepey. It doesn’t add any colour, so doesn’t neutralise any eyelid discolorations, but works well when set with a matte neutral powder. My shadows would wear all day without creasing.
W7 Honolulu Bronzer
This bronzer is amazing! It is slightly deeper than Benefit Hoola, so shows up on my face even when I’m tanned in summer. It is super smooth to apply, although the square box is a bit of a pain when you’ve hit pan and you won’t be able to fit in any fancy flat contour brushes in there. However, at NZ$10 it is such a bargain. Now I won’t be without it. I have two backups as it’s a little hard to lay my hands on them here in New Zealand.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume
This has to be my favourite perfume. I usually have one ride-or-die perfume and few others around to mix things up. For years my main scent was Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. When I tried this perfume it was completely different to what I was used to, but was just so me. It’s not cheap (damn you YSL), but the smell is just too amazing to be without it. I have been lucky enough to have been given a new bottle by my lovely Mum. Yes, she’s just amazing and I’m super thankful for her.
Aveeno Smart Essentials Night Cream
I’m a fan of Aveeno. I use their body creams all the time (as you’ll see below) and am currently using the cleanser and moisturiser from another one of their ranges. Smart Essentials was created for rough blotchy skin that is dehydrated and stressed. Me me me. While it was a nice night cream, it was pretty basic. It moisturised, but I didn’t notice anything amazing in my skin as a result of using this. I am having luck with the other ranges though.
MAC Prep & Prime Fix Plus
Another of my essentials, MAC Fix Plus is what I use to hydrate my skin, to spray on makeup brushes to amplify foiled eyeshadows and I also spray it on my face after I’ve applied all my makeup as it settles all the powders down. It’s not a setting powder, but it’s one of my final steps for a complete look and just seems to finish everything off nicely. I’ve already re-purchased this and recommend this to everyone. This bottle was $40, but you can purchase a smaller bottle for $20 as well.
Loreal Bro Artist Plumper in Dark Brown
I use this product to set my brows once I’ve used my Anastasia Dipbrow pomade. It helps to set them and make sure that they don’t move. This is a fantastic product with a nice fine brush that makes it easy to apply. I don’t plan on re-purchasing as I’m trying a few other brands of brow setting products right now.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown
Wow, I’ve got lot of items in this list that are my ‘holy grail’ products. This is another one. This dipbrow pomade has already been re-purchased and I have another backup as well. It’s the perfect brow colour for me all year around. It’s a cool toned brown that isn’t ashy. The consistency of this dipbrow is my jam – I love it more that the other pomades I have tried, and as the super lovely gals at Lash Noir say “why mess with a good thing”? Brows are no joke, so if you want to get your fleek on then try this!
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
I just bought this on a whim from the supermarket as I hadn’t really been using toner for a while. A fan of the double cleanse, I didn’t really think it would make that much of a difference. I was wrong and now toner has come back into my life in a big way. I used this whole bottle and found it to be a nice mild product to apply that removed all traces of residual makeup from my face.
Enbacci Detoxifying Clay Mask
I receive this little tester in a pack from the lovely Enbacci team when I attended a beauty event. Packing a lot of punch, this clay based mask was lovely on my skin which felt smooth and plump after wearing it. As an added bonus, it was great to apply to any potential acne spots, reducing them down to disappear in some cases. It’s a pity that you can only order from Australia and that shipping is $15 otherwise I’d order some more.
Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream
This little tube packs some punch. With lots of goodies in it, it is perfect in the morning to freshen up under the eyes and helps reduce puffiness. It’s smooth to apply and makeup goes on smoothly over the top. It’s pretty cost effective at around $45. I was sent this to review, but used the whole lot up. I will purchase a replacement for sure.
Maybelline Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
I’ve lost count of how many of these I’ve gone through. It’s so cost effective, around $6 from the supermarket, this make up remover takes all eye and lip makeup off quickly and easily.
CROP Gentle Cleansing Gel
Another supermarket purchase, I was after a foaming cleanser that I could use in the shower in the mornings. This brand had just launched, so I thought I’d give it a try. This cleanser had a nice fragrance and didn’t strip my skin of its natural oils. It was a nice option for someone who likes a foaming cleanser but wants to stay hydrated. I like the dispenser too – very easy to use. I would re-purchase this.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
What did we ever do without dry shampoo? One of my favourite dry shampoo brands is Batiste because it really works. I’ve tried higher end brands that aren’t as effective. I even don’t mind the white caste as the process of rubbing it away really makes sure the product is in there. I like to apply mine to my hair pre-shower and then put it up in a bun, have my shower and then brush it out afterwards. This little cutie is a purse pack that is just so handy. I will re-purchase.
Aveeno Daily Moisturing Lotion
I’m a dehydrated gal so I love all potions and lotions that make my skin supple and smooth. I first tried Aveeno when my Step-dad came home with testers. He’s a doctor and reps were promoting this new brand in New Zealand as a colloidal oatmeal based solution for excema. Since then the brand has grown here and now you can buy from chemists and supermarkets. This green one and the blue topped ones are my favourites. They are both lovely to apply and my skin stays so moisturised all day and doesn’t turn into an ashy mess. Will continue to re-purchase.
Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Scrub
This absolutely decadent product is so sumptuously delicious that I can’t live without it As I said above, I have dry skin on my body, so love products that make my skin smooth and plump. This does the job in a major way. Made with coconut and essential oils and can sugar, this natural product is the best scrub I’ve used. It scrubs all the dead skin away and the oils seem to absorb into the skin at the same time. This was Mango which is a super lovely fragrance. I’m now using coconut which is delicious. Next I’ll try Guava as I’m using the Guava body oil now and it’s divine. I have re-purchased and will continue to re-purchase as long as I have breath in my body. I’ve done a full review here.
Well, that’s it! It’s a bit of a long read. I’ll have to post these more regularly so it doesn’t take hours to put the post together lol.
If you have any questions about any of the products, or want me to do a more in depth review of any of them, just let me know.