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Empties in Tens #3

I’ve been splitting my time living between two different places from weekdays to weekends so naturally, I have two collections of products per place as well as two different beauty routines. You can bet that collecting empties has been a little awkward and inconvenient but I’m making it work.

This compilation is not even half of what I’ve accumulated so far! The plan is to ultimately write about it all before the end of the year so that I can successfully throw everything out and start 2020 on a clean slate.

Let’s begin shall we?

+ Would repurchase
– Will not bother again
= Neutral/Indifferent

+ MAC Cleanse Off Oil
Sukin Cleansing Gel

+ Witch Toning Lotion
+ Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid
= Clinique Vitamin C Capsule
+ Clinique Moisture Surge

+ Clinique Dramatically Different Gel+ (Jumbo size)
+ Bioré UV Gel Sunscreen
+ LUSH Sleepy

= Wilkinson’s Sword Quattro Razor Blades
+ Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light
+ Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo

Mizon Rice Real Cleansing Foam

*Please note that some of the empties are not pictured as I have thrown them out prior to making this post.

**I am also well-aware that this Empties features 13 products as opposed to 10. I always try my best to post around 10 despite the name of this Empties series.

MAC Cleanse Off Oil

Something that had been on my wish list for quite some time! Described as an industry-standard cleansing oil, I can definitely vouch for this. It melts off makeup in a matter of seconds and feels incredibly lightweight on the skin. I’m onto a new cleansing balm now but would be happy to re-purchase this in the future. It’s not quite my personal favourite but it’s functional and that’s the main thing.

Sukin Cleansing Gel [See haul post]

A new brand that I’ve been trying this year is Sukin. I have only managed to finish this product so far whilst in the midst of using the day lotion and night cream in my current routine. It’s a very mild cleanser perfect for if you have very sensitive skin. Personally, I prefer something that is…stronger? Perhaps the wrong word to use in this context but if you know, you know.

Witch Toning Lotion

I’ve talked about this before so won’t go into too much detail. I usually purchase it from Poundland when it is available because it really is a steal. If you’re suffering from problem skin, this is one of the products I use to counter that.

Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid

Hydration is something I work on for the majority of my skincare routines throughout the year. I am sure that I’ve previously talked about this serum. It’s a nice-absorbing hydrator that won’t break your pocket. It’s also in a 60ml bottle which sets itself apart from practically all the serums out there! There’s some interesting ingredients in here such as witch hazel and aloe. All in all, a fail-safe serum if you ask me, and a good place to start for serums!

Clinique Vitamin C Capsule

These come in packs of 4 or 8 I believe. This is a really expensive product (even by Clinique’s standards) so definitely no-repurchasing. I do however, love the concept of splitting a Vitamin C serum into capsules to keep it as fresh as possible. I’ve been taking these with me whenever I go traveling – each capsule meaning to last for about a week. It helps in brightening up my skin and re-energising it but I don’t think it gives it that much of a difference that it beats the other Vitamin C products that I’ve tried! You can definitely get more bang out of your buck elsewhere.

Clinique Moisture Surge

A summer re-visit. Overall, this may be my third purchase of it which says a lot. It’s a gel moisturiser and one that my skin loves drinking up. One of the best gel moisturisers out there if you’re after some thirst-quenching stuff.

Clinique Dramatically Different Gel+

Another standard favourite which feels more OG because it is. I was first introduced to it about 10 years ago (!!) and still to this day, I swear by it. The jumbo size lasted me a whole year or more on and off so it was definitely an investment that paid off.

Bioré UV Gel Sunscreen

I don’t want to go into too much detail with the next product because it’s been in a few posts now. [See here and here] You should know however that the Bioré UV Gel Sunscreen is my favourite sunscreen. Super lightweight and travel-friendly so definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

LUSH Sleepy

LUSH is just one of those stores where I aim to go in as few times as possible in a year. I can deal with the scents but I cannot deal with all the SAs who, although are lovely human beings, each one tend to be in-your-face and whilst you successfully (and politely) fend off one, another comes along to ask if you need help.

Anyways, enough on that.

Back to Sleepy – I love the lavender scent. This is definitely a product you use before you go to sleep. I’m incredibly lazy when it comes to body-moisturising but for the times I did use it, I saw changes straight away in my skin. Plus, I would say it’s eczema and psoriasis friendly!

Wilkinson’s Sword Quattro Razor Blades

Not much to say about this other than it gives a really close shave without irritating my skin or accidentally cutting it.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light

Have I talked about how hard it is to buy this in my local Boots?! It is always sold-out! I used this to the very end with the sponge applicator eventually splitting. I made the decision to then tear the sponge off after a friend advised me to and it was still good to go! This is actually one product where I know I have used every drop I can get so definitely very efficient. It’s my favourite concealer along with Maybelline’s Fit Me. It’s just so brightening and blendable without ever looking dry and cakey.

Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo

This particular version appears to be discontinued (although not entirely, just without this design of a powder tip on one end). I adored this eyebrow product since it gave me the softest brow look (I am not a fan of strong eyebrows – it doesn’t look right on me). The product does however, have a tendency to break in bags so just be mindful of this. The lid on the powder end broke within a month and then recently, the pencil itself split. All in all, not the sturdiest design but it is super inexpensive so I guess you can’t have it all.

Mizon Rice Real Cleansing Foam [See post here]

A product that sits in a very grey area which makes it even more difficult and challenging to talk about. My skin can mostly take a lot but it can be mildly sensitive from time to time. The first few times I used this, I felt like my eyes were stinging in the slightest. I also felt like my skin wasn’t being cleaned and might potentially breakout at any moment. It never made my skin horrific so much so as to ruin it but good skincare should not make you feel this cautious! For the record, no it didn’t improve my skin either. (Please let me know if you have any similar experiences.)


I’ve placed all my empties in a Zara carrier bag and whilst I haven’t looked at it in a while, I have certainly tugged at its weight and it is getting heavy! I definitely need to make a list of products I want to make efforts in finishing next year though!

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October Monthly Favourites | 2019

Fall has really come through and I’m feeling the cold just a bit! I do love this season though and just the other day, I was able to rummage through the autumnal leaves in my new leather boots (cue favourite for next month’s post). I hope you’re all wrapped up warm?

I haven’t written a Favourites post for a good couple of months now so I thought it was about time that I told you what I have enjoyed as of recent!

Let’s get started shall we?

Featured in this post:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ (in light)
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut 3-in-1 Hair Mask*
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
Primark Slim Zip case
Primark Velvet Hair Scrunchies
Primark Pearl and Gold Hair Slides

*I am aware that what I have pictured is not the same scent as to what I have described. I have been living between 2 different places from weekdays to weekend so as you can imagine, my beauty collections are not all in one spot. My opinions however, remain true to its description.

First up, we have the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+. Now there is a bit of a funny story with this one in that the first time I used this, I wasn’t mega impressed and even voiced this on my Instagram Stories. In retrospect, I think I used either too much product and/or was testing pre-foundation base products that wasn’t doing me any favours. I guess I have to swallow my words now because this is hands-down my favourite everyday base right now. It is just so pretty on the skin! I might even prefer this over foundation. I also find that it performs better than my much-loved Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25. (Perhaps I should write a comparison post?) It covers my redness rather well without it looking like I’m wearing makeup. Plus I love how I can just apply this with my fingers! Definitely something worth investing in if you want an effective 10 minute makeup routine.

My current favourite lip product featuring a Primark Slim Zip Case that’s featured later on in this post!
Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim – Swatch

We’re moving swiftly into my last makeup favourite for this past month. The NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim has been a fond favourite not just as of recent, but pretty much in the last couple of months! Without a doubt, it took me a long time to get into liquid lipsticks simply because I’m not a matte girl. This on the other hand, is really natural on the lip. I typically like to apply this over a lip balm as it prevents my lip from drying out or sticking. The staying power is impressive – I could have a coffee and a meal and still have a bit of colour left on my lip so it isn’t left completely bare. A definite recommend if you haven’t tried! Other shades that I’ve purchased: Push-Up (a true nude) and Exotic (cinnamon red).

In the run up to my best friend’s wedding (it was on Halloween FYI!), I couldn’t go to the hair salon to have my hair cut even though I was craving for a fresh trim; so instead, I turned to a hair mask. The Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut 3-in-1 Hair Mask was on special offer (half price I think) and I thought why not? I’m incredibly low-maintenance when it comes to my hair so I’m not sure how much my opinion will weigh but I felt that this product really restored my hair to better condition without weighing it down! I don’t actually like using hair conditioner since my hair ends up getting oilier quicker due to the silicon coating but this is such a great alternative to fix that problem! I’ve bought the Banana scent to try out so I will be giving that a go too!

We’re finally moving into skincare and looks like I only have one to talk about! Kiehl’s is a brand that I don’t tend to buy much from but I did manage to grab their Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser before the summertime. It’s a very gentle clay facial cleanser that helps exfoliate the skin without actually stripping it bare. I’m in a bit of a debate on whether to eliminate physical exfoliators from my skincare routines but for now, I’m a fan of this! Recommend: if you have congested, oily skin like me.

This Favourites post might just be my most assorted yet since they tend to be more skincare-heavy. Before I dive into some hair accessories to round off the post, I would like to mention the Primark Slim Zip case which I recently purchased for just £5! I needed a much more compact makeup case to chuck in my bag and this is just the perfect size. I’m able to keep everything I need to touch up my makeup and/or enough makeup for a 10-minute look. Plus it’s cute. If you’re looking for cosmetic cases, Primark has a lot to offer with all different sizes.

Now, for someone who just said she’s very low-maintenance with her hair, there’s a lot that I’m touching upon when it comes to the topic! I’m sort of stingy when it comes to buying hair accessories. I just refuse to pay £8 for a single hair clip! I’ve been wanting to get some hair scrunchies for a long time but they tend to be £10 upwards for a set of 3. I stumbled upon these Primark Velvet Hair Scrunchies for a fraction of the price and have worn them a few times without disappointment. I was worried that they might slide down but they keep in place pretty well! Second to that, I also purchased the Primark Pearl and Gold Hair Slides which I got a chance to wear at my best friend’s wedding. They’re super cute and again, very inexpensive compared to the normal market price.

What has been on your latest favourites list?


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Products I Want But Don’t Need Therefore Won’t Buy! ft. Joyce

It’s no unknown fact that the beauty industry is flourishing right now. Great for us as shoppers because there’s choice (although perhaps too much choice); horrible for businesses as competition gets more fierce unless you’re Jeffree Starr.

Today, we’re going to be doing something a little bit different. I’ve been blogging on and off for about 5 years now and I have never done a collaboration post. Well, things are about to change soon.

Me and my good blogger friend Joyce @localgirlforeignland started talking and the idea of a collaboration post came up! You can follow Joyce here and here.

I’ve never actually posted an anti-haul before on the blog so that’s what we’ll be doing today. Feel free to leave in the comments what products would be in your anti-haul! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Please note that I do not own any of the images. Each image belongs to its brand respectively.

Suqqu Pure Color Blush – retailing at £34

I can’t quite remember when I first heard about this brand – I think quite possibly via makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel. One of the quirks I absolutely adore is the Japanese names of each shade. That is just so authentic to me! I find the colour choices quite refreshing too – they’re not the typical pinks and peaches that you would find in a blush. I’ve got more than enough blush though, to last me this decade which is why I’m giving this the skip sadly!

Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation – retailing at £29.50

Here’s the thing: at some point last year, I became a bit of a foundation fiend and started really focusing on my base and getting it right to the point that I was collecting foundation samples from makeup counters. I still have some samples unfinished and unused whilst all at the same time, have bottles of foundations which could do with some more loving. This is probably one of the more affordable options at DIOR but I’m going to give this a pass since I’m pretty content with my foundation collection at the moment and have firm go-tos that I’m not looking to change any time soon.

SK II Facial Treatment Essence – retailing at £74

Every year this is in my saved lists but never actually in my online shopping basket. I just can’t justify spending £75 on a single skincare product! If I hate it (which is highly unlikely but hypothetically speaking), it’s a waste of money. If I love it, then to hell with my bank account. I don’t know if it’s a dupe or not, but I’ve been content with using my Missha Time Revolution Essence. To be honest, I just want to check out what’s so special on the pitera ingredient more than anything.

Tatcha Water Cream – retailing at £90*

*price is rounded up to the nearest £ after currency conversion

There was a time when Tatcha was on the radar for a lot of beauty influencers. Much like SK II, I just can’t justify spending so much money on one single product. I have to admit though that the ingredients list for this moisturiser sounds top-notch which just as well considering the price. Still, that doesn’t quite persuade me enough to buy the product in full because £90 is rather steep for me. Not having this product readily available to me makes the decision 100 times easier!

Surratt Artistique Blush – retailing at £30

I first heard about this blush through Stashy’s now-retired blog. Since then, this blush has been on my imaginary to-watch list. Realistically though, I’m in no sheer need of purchasing it (but then again, when is there a need to purchase makeup when you have a daily collection?!). I haven’t swatched the formula so I have nothing to hold onto but looks-wise? Surratt Artistique Blush looks attractive for sure. It’s sleek and definitely something you can chuck in your bag on the go. I fear I might only want it for its looks though which is why I’m giving it the pass.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Ghost – retailing at £75

Ah….Hourglass! They’ve recently made Becca available in my local John Lewis and in some ways, I am waiting for them to make Hourglass readily available for me too. The packaging and pan designs look stunning for a start. I just don’t know if I can make full-use of the whole palette – probably not. For example, I adore my Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette but I seldom use the eyeshadows. I have also wondered…if not for the marble effect, would I even be as interested? Yes, I am admitting that I probably just want this as decoration on my dresser.

CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – retailing at £40

I never used to be into bronzing. If you couldn’t already tell from this post, I am a blush fiend all the way! However, since owning a Charlotte Tilbury full-face palette, I think I have been converted. Unlike much of the other products in this list, I have actually had this product swatched on my face at a Chanel counter. There is just something really satisfying about this texture as opposed to that of a powder. The product is huge though which cost-wise is great but I’m already finding it so hard to finish a lot of products in my collection – let’s not make things more difficult shall we?

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base – retailing at £44.50

I adore Bobbi Brown packaging like no other. It is just so classy and has Bobbi Brown written all over it without being kitsch or tacky. This product has been on my to-try/to-buy for years but I’ve never gotten round to it probably because I just don’t need it. I view it more as a classic product that’s encouraged to be in people’s kits but eh, I’m happy with my moisturiser and primer choices these days. Also, I have combination/oily skin so you can say that all bases are a risk to take up if not water-based. I’m sure it’s a good product but just one I no longer see myself buying.

FYI – you can read Joyce’s anti-haul post here.


By the time you read this post, I will be at my best friend’s wedding playing bridesmaid! (Yes, she’s getting married on Halloween. No, it’s not halloween-themed.) If you do respond to this post, I’ll get back to you in a couple of days’ time.

Thank you so much to Joyce for collaborating with me! It’s been super fun talking to you and I look forward to another future collaboration.

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My Current Playlist #1

Thought I’d put together something a little different! I am a huge music fan; probably more so this year than ever before since I’m making more effort to discover new artists and not listen to all the auto-tuned records playing on the radio.

Without naming any names, some artists have become huge sell-outs which has disappointed me greatly since their artistry was so good to begin with. I guess that’s what it means when they say it’s hard to stay original and relevant in the industry.

Without further ado, here’s a compiled list of 30 songs that I’ve been listening to non-stop as of late:

  1. Gabrielle Aplin – Waking Up Slow (Piano Version)
  2. H.E.R – Focus
  3. H.E.R – Hard Place
  4. H.E.R – Going (Full)
  5. Post Malone – Circles
  6. Post Malone – Allergic
  7. Miley Cyrus – Slide Away
  8. Tori Kelly – Unbreakable Smile
  9. Tori Kelly – Coffee
  10. Alina Baraz – Electric (ft. Khalid)
  11. Jeremy Zucker – every day (stripped)
  12. Jeremy Zucker – comethru
  13. Pale Wales – There’s a Honey
  14. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
  15. Charlie Puth – Mother
  16. Ariana Grande (with Social House) – boyfriend
  17. Lauv – I Like Me Better
  18. Lauv – Reforget
  19. Lauv – Feelings
  20. Tom Misch – Home
  21. Tom Misch, Carmody – Wander with Me
  22. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
  23. Lana Del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex
  24. Lana Del Rey – Venice Bitch
  25. The Chainsmokers ft. Kelsea Ballerini – This Feeling
  26. The Kooks – So Good Looking
  27. Mac Miller (ft. Anderson .Paak) – Dang!
  28. Pink Sweat$ – Honesty
  29. Billie Eillish – Ocean Eyes
  30. Becky Hill (with WEISS) – I Could Get Used To This

I don’t limit myself to just one genre so I am open to receiving some music recommendations! 🙂 What have you been listening to lately?

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Lately on Netflix #4

It’s been a rainy fall season so far with Netflix and coffee getting me through. I’m sure I have mentioned before but I go through phases when it comes to watching any movies or series. I have to be in the mood for one, and I have to have the time and need to be able to finish watching something. My mind is normally going all the time so it’s not everyday that I can focus on a certain storyline – especially if it’s a heavy one.

Here’s a selection of some of the things I’ve watched in the past month, and my thoughts:

Euphoria

Okay – so we’re bending the rules and going in with a non-Netflix series first because it’s just too good to mention. (Besides, it’s not like every movie or series on Netflix is by Netflix.) If you feel like you have seen all the sexually-charged, drug-fuelled teenage series that there is to watch then think again. Euphoria does not merely spoon-feed you to only give you a glimpse of the drug world and what it can do to a person – it gives you everything and more. It’s rough. It’s ugly. The characters are flawed and broken. Zendaya’s portrayal of her character and narration throughout the series? Phenomenal.

In 8 hour-long episodes, Euphoria takes you on the journey of Rue who’s just come out of rehab. She then befriends Jules, a transgender who also has problems of her own as does every character in the piece. It might sound familiar but I promise that this’ll give you a different ride. Plus the editing and camera angles are unparalleled compared to everything else that I have seen of this theme.

4.5/5.

The Society

A Netflix original, The Society is also changing the scape of teenage series and I am here for it. Long-gone are the days of Dawson’s Creek, 90210, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and so forth. I think a common problem of the old style of teenage series is that whilst they focus on a lot of problems that teenagers go through, they are recycled ideas on a surface level, sometimes dragged on for longer than it should.

Jump-cut to now, we have snappier and concise writing told in 8-12 episode seasons. The Society, is arguably one of the most grown-up teenage drama series I have seen as the young people are forced to grow up quickly. It follows a group of students who, after a cancelled field trip, come back to a deserted town closed off from the rest of the country. Now with limited food sources, no politics, no senior peers, the young people must look to themselves to make the rules but things get messy given that not everyone likes to share when resources get scarce. The Society is explorative and doesn’t miss a beat which can normally be the case for a series of this type.

4/5.

Elite (Season 2)

Before the new season dropped on September 6th of this year, I had been counting the days of Elite returning back to the Netflix screen. Another Netflix original, this Spanish drama is as sexy as its cast and language. In some ways, it is a mix of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, 13 Reasons Why to name a few however the style is so much more slicker, the writing more convincing. Some of the problems are same old problems we have seen before on the screen but it’s customised for the character. It feels personal. There’s also other problems less explored on mainstream television such as what happens when religion and love are mixed in, or when homosexuality is thrown into the mix too? These are elements that separate Elite from other teenage dramas and I’m here for it.

Season 2 was just as great as Season 1, if not better. The addition of 3 new characters was a smart move even if predictable. The producers made it worthwhile and wrote 3 very individual characters. I have a feeling that Season 3 might just be the climax of the entire series as we continue to see how much the characters change and quite literally see how friendships turn to shit.

4/5.

Carole & Tuesday

I’m generally not someone who watches anime but I do like to view my fair share from time to time. I saw this advertised one day and whilst I’m still watching it, I thought that it was worth mentioning.

Carole & Tuesday, follows our two female leads as they find themselves developing a friendship and chasing music dreams together as a duo. Countryside girl meets city girl. Naive, rich girl meets street-smart, trying-to-make-ends-meet girl. From the outside, it might not seem like they have much in common but soon enough, the girls bond over their love for music and thus begins their journey on making new music and chasing dreams. Based in a world where AI (artificial intelligence) has seemingly taken over the music industry, can real talent be appreciated again?

3.5/5.

Wonder

I have finally gotten round to watching this! I have read the book so I knew what I was prepared for but remember when I said that I have to be in the mood to watch something? This is definitely one of those. Besides, it’s good to prepare yourself in case you might cry. And I did. Twice.

Wonder follows the story of a young boy August Pullman (Auggie), suffering from a face-deforming condition since birth. Having undergone 27 surgeries, Auggie hasn’t exactly experienced life of a young boy like every other kid. The one thing that gets him through it is his space helmet as he imagines himself as a spaceman floating through as the hero, and not the freak. Entering into a new realm, Auggie finds himself going to a public school as opposed to being homeschooled by his mother. No longer able to rely on his space helmet, Auggie must face the world head-on but approaches some difficult challenges such as bullying, friendship and acceptance.

One thing I loved in particular was the different POVs they included just like the book. It was important that they didn’t lose this touch since it was touching to know that people were inspired by Auggie. Honestly, it was hard to watch at times because bullying is such a sensitive subject and the older you get, the more you realise it’s shit; however this was balanced out by lighthearted moments such as when Auggie was able to make fun of his own looks. If I need to recommend you just one thing from the list, it might just be this!

5/5.


What shows or movies on Netflix have you been enjoying lately? Let me know and I’ll be sure to check a few of them out soon!

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