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Review: LUSH Dream Cream

So far, all of my reviews have been positive except for one. I will spoil for you now and let you know that this is no exception! I promise that in the new year, I will be a bit more fearless and try out more products that I am unsure of whether I will like or not, rather than going for the safe options. 😝😂 (Of course, this does not affect how I conduct my reviews at all. I like what I like and I dislike what I dislike…everything that I think is relevant, I will write down. The best part of blogging is sharing the experience!)

But for now, this is my review of the LUSH Dream Cream. Enjoy!

Warning: This is a long post so please grab a hot beverage! 

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What is it?

It’s a vegan hand and body lotion that’s specifically designed for ultra sensitive skin. It claims to be soothing and cooling.

How much does it cost?

There are actually 3 different sizes however, I was only made aware of 2. I have purchased the 240g size at £13.95. There is also a smaller size at £6.95 for 100g and a bigger size at £22.95 for 450g. LUSH over the years have become much pricier that I’d say they’re more or less mid-market now.

Where from? 

From no other than your local LUSH store!

Who is it for?

People with sensitive skin! And those who care about clean formulas with no-frills and are simple to use.

What made you buy it?

If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or even just really dry, parched skin, it is a nightmare to look for a body cream or lotion that helps! We are always on the lookout for new body moisturisers to try out since it is actually difficult to find something that not only prevents your skin from drying out, but to heal the condition too. If that wasn’t enough, we can also be quite picky as either our skin is sensitive to certain products, or there is little to no improvement despite constant usage. In a sense, this was one of my last resorts, plus I have heard so many positive things already!

Can you talk me through the ingredients?

Oat Milk, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rose Water, Glycerine, Fair-trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Tincture of Benzoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.

*Occurs naturally in essential oils

Perhaps I need to start reading ingredient lists more and more, but this is definitely one of the cleanest and straightforward one that I’ve seen.

  • Oat Milk: Oats are known to be a great treatment for eczema sufferers because of its calming qualities. However, oat baths are not the most convenient. Other than Aveeno, I don’t know any other brand that provides products with oat as their main ingredient.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The really good kinda olive oil…the best one in fact as it’s unrefined and maintains all the good nutrients of olives. This ingredient is fantastic in our food, and on our skin and hair. An anti-oxidant, natural exfoliator and an effective moisturiser that doesn’t clog pores.
  • Glycerine: Widely used across skincare, particularly body moisturisers. A self-preserving humectant that’s non-invasive and lightly scented.
  • Fair-trade Organic Cocoa Butter: A natural moisturiser that melts at room temperature!
  • Rose Water, Rose Absolute, Tea Tree Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil: These are some really calming and soothing ingredients with a great natural smell that’s not overwhelming.

Side Note: I have included links to some of the ingredients above, that are explained by LUSH themselves! 

What do you have to say about it?

 

Firstly, I’ll start by saying that I’m slowly getting back into trying more and more LUSH products and have become much more open-minded. LUSH is not simply a brand that sells bath products and face masks but quite a huge variety now, including makeup and solid perfume! I first started using LUSH when I was 16/17 years old, and at the time, I really loved their face masks. However, as they are fresh face masks, I was getting concerned with not being able to use up the masks in due time (the expiry date is normally about a month later) as my interest (and collection) in skincare started to grow even more. I actually stopped using LUSH for a good few years. Not on purpose – I was just interested in trying other brands out. But here I am again.

I have heard about Dream Cream and its huge appeal a few years back, but for some reason, I never even went to swatch the product. Never mind this particular product, but I have never thought to try any bodycare products from LUSH. I remember that I tried a face moisturiser from them years ago (I believe its name was Celestial) and I found it too greasy. Thinking about it more now, maybe that experience unconsciously put me off LUSH moisturisers as a whole?

This year, I have been diving back into using LUSH products (I imagine that this is my 5th one) and honestly, I have been mostly happy with the experience. And I am telling you that Dream Cream is worth the hype and attention. I bought it when I was in sheer desperation for a product to save my skin; my horrible, embarrassing and ugly skin issue that seeks to survive even when I’ve been doing okay for a while.

I suffer from both eczema and psoriasis (though I think, mostly the latter), and there is no telling when I will get a flare-up. I am mostly clear now and in a comfortable state, but there are times where I will develop new patches after the initial itch cycle begins, or I’ll have old patches flare back up. It is beyond annoying but I have learnt to accept this about myself and to just deal with it ASAP. I might also add that I am terrible at body moisturising because I am lazy, so it is possible that it is partly my fault too!

I was developing an ugly patch on the back of my neck which is not helpful because you cannot see it. (That made me feel even more anxious.) It is important to note that each case/new patch of eczema or psoriasis can be a little different, and for this one in particular, all I could see was a red circle. It was honestly so red that you couldn’t not notice it! It was weird for me to get a patch there too that I wonder if dry shampoo had triggered it? [See: Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo

Within a few days of usage, I felt a difference in my skin already. It was comfortable, and not so tight, hot and itchy. The worst (and ironic thing) to do is to stress when you are dealing with a flare-up but this helped to calm me – and my skin – down. The scent is a contributing factor to this as it smells hardly invasive; just homely and neutral. It smells of oats after all. 🙂

If your skin is very dry, or your patch is the thick, scaly, ugly kind then don’t expect that after one application, it will feel supple. This is just not achievable with any cream or lotion because you need to target all the layers underneath which takes time. You absolutely need to follow on with the applications, however I assure you that after a couple, the hydrating goodness finally reaches the various skin layers back up to the surface. The results can be astonishing at times, that I think the name Dream Cream is appropriate. I even took the cream with me on my 5 day Berlin trip and came back with basically no sign of a dry patch on my neck. (I asked my mum to check and she said it was all clear.) I couldn’t believe it.

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I de-potted some Dream Cream into a small pot container to travel with me to Berlin. 🙂 [See: Skincare I Took to Berlin

The consistency is really lovely. It’s definitely not your typical body lotion that can be sticky or greasy, and it is certainly not those thick body creams that doctors prescribe, but in actual fact, are hard to rub in and take forever to sink in. This is something different and unique to LUSH only.

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It is neither thick or thin. How can I describe it? It is like smooth, whipped cream. It feels as luscious as it looks; and it swipes like butter – the best kind.

Certainly, I found myself devouring this quite quickly. I found it quite hard to use this for the whole body – not because you can’t – but because I want to savour it for the parts that really need it. Otherwise, it could be an even pricier affair than imagined. For the record though, it hydrates and smooths the rest of my skin that’s ‘normal’. This feeling, this effect, makes me want to moisturise often.

Personally, as well as any dry, problematic patches, I like to apply the cream on my elbows, neck and shoulder line. Sometimes I apply it on my legs too which I later figured is a good place to test for a large surface area.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much but the next night, I noticed just how smooth my legs were. For once, I loved the way my legs looked and felt which is new to me as I normally dislike them and their porous appearance. Not this time. They looked the best I’ve ever seen them which is a huge deal to me. The cream sinks in beautifully and doesn’t stick to my clothing (which is normally what puts me off from body-moisturising).

If you have read everything carefully up till now, you will remember that I said I’m lazy at body moisturising. Well – guess what? I am a changed person now. Whilst I can’t profess that this has ‘cured’ my skin, it has definitely healed a lot of problems that I have been struggling with for months on end – or years – whichever way you look at it. Life-changing. And I can’t wait to see where else this cream takes me!

Pros:

  • Vegan, self-preserving and cruelty-free. Good for the environment, good for the skin, good for YOU.
  • Non-invasive smell. Neutral and oaty scent. (Though dependent on the person using.)
  • Really clean and productive ingredients list. Zero to minimal filler ingredients.
  • Easily absorbed into the skin. Swipes like butter and applies like a dream.
  • Really effective treatment cream for eczema, psoriasis and ultra-dry skin.
  • Makes for a great all-purpose moisturiser whether as a hand cream or otherwise.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin types (unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients – refer to these above).

Cons:

  • It is quite pricey. (However, compared to a lot of eczema/psoriasis-specific creams, this is a lot cheaper.)
  • Depending on how much you use this (whole body or specific areas), it may not be cost-efficient. (However, results are really promising!!)

Overall Loving: 9/10

For a skin-treatment cream, it is perfect! For an all-over body cream, I still mainly use drugstore body lotion as it is more cost-efficient for me. This is definitely a cream you want to savour, but when you do – it is absolutely worth it.


I hope this product review was helpful, especially for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis sufferers! ☺️ Next, I would like to write about my experience in dealing with these conditions and how I try not to let it control my life. 🙈 Admittedly, it’s not a topic I openly talk about but I think it’s time…

Please let me know if you have any questions below! ⬇️

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Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo

I’ve been dry-shampoo-free for a good couple of weeks now. I would consider myself to have gotten on the bandwagon quite late (probably two years ago or less?) but as it happens, I’m completely off it now.

The truth is, if you’re not careful, you can become very dependent on dry shampoo. It’s so easy. Too easy. I’m not here to tell you not to use the product at all by the way but as with everything else in life – moderation is key. And if high-school-me had discovered this product back then – gosh, I would’ve considered it my saviour and blessing.

I was that girl who’s hair would get greasy from the roots on the second day. Maybe even after a day and a half. It definitely didn’t help either that I had jet black locks and at one point – bangs.

It was one of the things that I was embarrassed by; and as luck would have it, I’d go into school half the week looking less than great but you can also say my looks were the least of my worries at that time. (Just my hair! And maybe acne.) My family, especially my brother would notice and I’d dread going out in public though I did anyway. What could a girl do? Even my mum said that as a child, my hair was always on the oilier side.

I learnt to avoid hair conditioners, as I found the addition of it made my hair greasier faster. (After a day?) To this day, I am still the same. Honestly, without it my hair is smooth, straight and shiny anyway. That stuff just seems to coat it and weigh it down which is not what I want.

The thing is, over the years I have come to know more about my hair type, thanks to self-study. My hair can be greasy – yes, though nothing like how it used to be. I wonder if hormones was a big factor? But now I control the condition with what I have full-control over – product selection. And as it happens, dry shampoo seemed like a perfectly marketed product especially for greasy hair – but not without its consequences.

Perhaps it is my bad too. (For using too much eventually.)

If you are a dry-shampoo user, you know how it works: You begin using it and you get excited because your hair magically looks better; sometimes, better than when it was freshly washed. Before you know it, you’ve gone 3 or 4 days without washing your hair which in retrospect – is kind of gross. Washing your hair on the daily is not recommended but on the other side of the spectrum where dry shampoo sits, it’s barely a  better choice either. You are quite literally adding more ingredients that nests inside your hair.

Dry shampoo ironically, dried out my scalp, and if you are a dandruff or dry scalp sufferer, I really wouldn’t recommend dry shampoo to you. I previously never had either case but months after I found myself suffering the consequences. For a product that was meant to make me feel a little more empowered through my hair, it actually made me feel more embarrassed. At times, it looked like I was spraying dandruff directly onto my hair which was hard to brush out (perhaps because the oils from my hair made it stick? Gross, I know).

Growing up, I have never had an issue with a dry scalp or dandruff but now that dry shampoo has triggered it, it has added another problem which I am still fixing and maintaining. Thus, another beauty battle is on. Will these battles end? Probably not. Will I use dry shampoo again? Whilst I cannot profess ‘never’, certainly at this time, I won’t be using it for a long while. For me, it was more hassle and gimmick than useful.


What about you? Have you ever ran into a product that was meant to make your life easier but instead it made it more annoying? 😝 Let me know in the comments below!

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you win some, you lose some; and it’s okay because life’s so rich

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I don’t normally ‘do life updates’ and wouldn’t as so much call this one either (despite the tag!), but I really want to make this post, so take it as you will. The reason why I wouldn’t exactly call this a life update is because I strongly think everyone’s life is somewhat private and they always retain that right for it to remain so. I always think that bloggers, vloggers and celebrities don’t owe anything to us. That’s not to say they shouldn’t owe it to us for their fame and success – but let’s get real, they really don’t owe their lives to us. As that means feeling sorry rather than being thankful, in which case, you should owe it to yourself. Be thankful. 

If you spend your whole life owing it to someone else, particularly if you’re famous and successful so to speak, then…when is it ever going to stop? Probably never. Learn to owe it to yourself: be thankful for the life that you have created for yourself. And if not, it’s okay – work on that life. You only have one.

 

I’ve been considering a lot of things in the last few months…the whole year maybe. To be a bit more descriptive, I’m in the midst of a career/path change but funnily enough, it’s the most I’ve been in peace with myself. Since graduating, I set up this blog sometime shortly from not knowing what to write at all, to having so many ideas that my mind could explode. It’s become so much more colourful. If you read some of my entries from 2014, I don’t think they were necessarily bad but what changed is that I write more freely now, confident…and somehow writing has matured me as a person. Perhaps this is the peace that I am finding.

I used to be a really stressful person and believe me – I have had some of my moments where the stress has caused me to cry horribly. I don’t know what it was but I had this immense pressure to do well in everything, and looking back, I was definitely too harsh on myself and gave myself less credit than one should hope. It was awful. I was really good at solving other people’s problems, listening to them but why was I so bad with my own? I was running myself dry and almost lost a friend through ‘being so busy all the time with school’ but now we are closer than ever (plus she reads my blog!). It was the realisation that I needed to let myself know I wasn’t living a healthy life despite the good results on paper. I needed change. 

Unless I think about it, I often forget that I used to be that stressful person. In fact, writing those few words resurfaced some of those memories and since it’s Thanksgiving this week, it seems timely to be thankful of how far I’ve come as a person. And thankful for the peace that i am finding within myself. 

From a young age, I was very observant and was good at reading people’s emotions. I even picked up on how someone (or rather a bunch of people) wasn’t happy at their job. I think that must have left an impression on me to find a job that I truly love and enjoy, and not let it be one of a chore, one to simply pay the bills (even if that is a reality for some). But being a fully-grown adult now, things pan out a little differently and no matter how you try to plan your life, the outcome is always different to how you had imagined it all to be.

I would like to reiterate that I am in no way dissing those who are working to pay the bills. By all means, do what you must do. It pays off (literally) and it is admirable to maintain a certain lifestyle in this day and age. But if you find yourself unhappy then you might start questioning yourself ‘why?’ and make a change. For me, I couldn’t imagine myself being in a corporate job but as to not seem close-minded, I applied for one anyway, only to be rejected. (I got the news this Thursday evening hence this post.)

But for what it’s worth, it really felt like a calling. That it wasn’t meant to be. And that’s okay because it wasn’t a job that I really wanted. It was a job that I could do and learn, because I am an eternal learner – but I shouldn’t be forceful and I am sure some were more worthy candidates than I ever was. I am thankful for this calling. I am thankful that through my application, they were happy enough to even give me an interview (which by the way, happened to be on SKYPE). I am thankful for having the experience of getting up so early to have breakfast, to dress formally, to do my makeup properly, to be ready.

Of course I was a little disappointed when I got the news via e-mail. Truthfully though, the disappointment didn’t last long which, had it been a younger me, I might have actually felt more disappointed. I am thankful for my brother who comforted me almost immediately to say my luck will come in the new year and thereafter. I am thankful for my mother who is supportive of me no matter what. I am thankful for my closest of friends who tell me I’m amazing regardless of whether I get the job or not.

My point being is – I have so much to be thankful for! My life is so rich! A job position doesn’t define me (or anyone) as a person. It could be the beginning for me but not so much the end. Hell, a 30-minute interview doesn’t define me! I am unapologetic for being the way I am, for being a Creative and I guess the calling was for me to not change this part of who I am. I will continue job-hunting, and I will continue to create the life that I want to live.

Lastly, I am thankful for this blog and that you guys are in it with me. I am thankful that I get to challenge myself in writing content that hopefully inspires you, because for me definitely, I have learnt so much about self-care, self-love and inner peace.

Happy Thanksgiving!


This post ended up being much longer than I thought it would be but I felt that I covered all the grounds that I wanted to cover. 

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Coffee Break: Get To Know Me More

Today I thought I’d do a different post as it’s truly been a while since I sat down and chatted to you all about…well, me. I’ve been posting a lot about beauty and skincare lately and whilst that’s very close to my heart, I want to start chatting about the more important things in life such as self-care, and in the broader spectrum of things, some political issues. I think that’ll be my next instalment for the blog in the new year, but for now, please grab a coffee break with me. 🙂

These are just some facts about me illustrated by some photos I’ve taken myself… I won’t be numbering anything but rather, just let my mind do its thing. Feel free to join in and make your own posts/comments? This isn’t dissimilar to the ‘100 Facts About Me’ tag etc. but there is less restraint I suppose.

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  • If you couldn’t tell, I love taking pictures of coffee when I’m at a coffee house – even if it’s just a Starbucks or Costa. Even better if there is some coffee art!
  • And also if you couldn’t tell, I love a good chai latte. That is my choice 90% of the time but lately I’ve been into drinking mocha again. (That used to be my top favourite.)
  • Speaking of coffee, I used to not like drinking coffee as in filter coffee, espressos, cappuccinos…but university made me a convert and I’m sure this is the case for many people. 😛
  • I love writing cards. I’m the type of person who will write a long, heartfelt card or a short sweet message! I can’t just write ‘To ____’, ‘love from ____’ since it’s very unimaginative. I like to give someone a piece of my mind. 🙂
  • Subsequently, I wish the same from others but I know that is quite wishful-thinking so I’m happy to just receive the same from my closest pals.

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  • I like taking artful pictures like this one: ⬆️. If I see inspiration to take a picture, I just take it. This one was taken in Berlin, Germany this September just gone.
  • You can say that photography is my latest of hobbies. I have a knack for editing photos too. If you want to see more of my visual journey, you can follow me on Instagram.
  • I’m a very creative person. I have previously learnt to crochet, knit, weave, screen print… I learnt to sew during university with zero knowledge about it and became a good, confident sewer after a year. After that – the possibilities were endless!
  • I’m thinking that my next creative endeavour is to learn some coding, particularly CSS! (Do you know any? Any help would be welcome!)
  • This is my friend’s dog Ruby, who I met in September when I went down to see her and her fiancé with another friend in Southampton. We had to put down our dog in January due to an unfortunate event, so meeting Ruby felt a bit surreal as she reminded me of her.
  • As it happens, I am definitely more of a dog person than I am a cat person. Actually, I don’t really like cats. Sorry.

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  • I like taking pictures of the sky. I normally try to take one especially if I’m at a new destination. The above photo is in Rome, Italy. ⬆️
  • People always think I’m younger than I actually am – sometimes much too young. It’s not too bad though – I take it as a means of ageing well. 😉
  • But no seriously: Last Sunday, the bus driver was confused by my paying for an adult ticket because he thought that I could perfectly qualify for a child single. His direct word of advice was telling me how much a child single was *for next time* because clearly I had paid too much. It’s cool – it’s something to laugh about!

I think I’ll leave it here but feel free to check out my previous posts where you can get to know me more:

Get To Know Me Q&A | The Versatile Blogger Award
Q&A | Liebster Award and Nominations!

The Other Mentions category is also a good place to start if you want to get a sense of who I am. 🙂 As always, thank you for reading.


Something a little different today! I’ll be brainstorming some new ideas to write about in the coming year, and I’m so excited to further expand the blog and share more ideas. Happy for change. And thankful that you decide to stick by.

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A Beauty Haul + A Few First Impressions

I’ve been doing a whole lot of shopping lately; and this post doesn’t even cover everything that I’ve bought in the last month or so. In fact, I went shopping again on Sunday and bought some more beauty goodies. I’ve also invited a couple of new separates and outerwear into my wardrobe too but I’ll have to leave that for another post!

I know some of my readers and fellow bloggers participate in no-buy months/spending bans and whilst I don’t think I’m a self-professed shopaholic, I do haves waves of going wild and this is a perfect example of one of them. I imagine that I won’t be shopping like this again until February when I’m away to Hong Kong for Chinese New Year so there: that is my spending ban planned out! 😛

I’d say this haul is quite equal parts in both makeup and skincare – enjoy! 🙂

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Featured in this post:

BarePRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 (in shade ’12 Natural Warm’)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks
in ‘Rice’ and ‘Broccoli’
Nature Republic Real Nature Sheet Masks
in ‘Royal Jelly’ and ‘Shea Butter’
Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Calming Mask
NYX Micro Brow Pencil
in ‘Espresso’
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
in ‘Cannes’
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks
in shades ‘Ruffle Trim’, ‘Bedtime Flirt’, ‘Push-Up’ and ‘Exotic’
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color
in ‘telluride’
The Creme Shop Natural Sea Sponge
(old item? can’t find any link online)
Essie Nail Lacquers (pictured below but not in group photo) in shades ‘Ladylike’, ‘Eternal Optimist’, ‘Chinchilly’ and ‘Sand Tropez’

New foundation: I was looking for a new foundation and I don’t know how but I stumbled upon the BarePRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20. Through reading the positive reviews, the part that really sold me was its apparent oil control and long-wear which I can now confirm – is true. I don’t want to say too much because I want to leave that for an upcoming review but for now, I can say it’s very good to the point of becoming my go-to. (Read my latest favourites where it’s also featured.)

I am in the shade ’12 Natural Warm’ which seems really high up in the scale for me. However, this spells good news for fair-light skin tones. Despite its name, my shade is described as a light-medium with neutral undertones. There are 30 shades in total which is great but I feel may still leave the deepest of skin tones, out.

New moisturiser: I have been meaning to try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line for a few months but never got round to it. Now that my moisturiser is running out, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel seems like a good (and practical) place to start. I haven’t opened it yet but I really hope it’s worth the hype. Also – not to sound stingy but the price seemed quite steep to buy for a drugstore brand at £12.99 so I got this on half-price offer. Let me know your thoughts below if you have tried this!

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The packaging of sheet masks are so aesthetically pleasing don’t you think?

New sheet masks to try out! I’ll have to review these eventually and report back to you. Maybe I’ll group them together as a multiple mask review? I only have singles of each so a long, detailed review definitely won’t be happening. Oh, and these were all from TK Maxx – amazing right?

TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet MasksThese have been on my wishlist for a long time! With so many sheet masks in the market now, I always see these pop up in people’s posts and videos. I have tried TONYMOLY masks before and they are VERY good quality so I almost expect the same from this range. I got the masks in ‘Rice’ (for clear skin) and ‘Broccoli’ (for vitality).

Nature Republic Real Nature Sheet MasksI always see these on YesStyle whenever I’m shopping there but never bothered since I was on the mission of clearing my stash up a bit. I think I have room now to try these out soon. 😛  Like the TONYMOLY I’m Real range, there are many different flavours. I got these in ‘Shea Butter’ and ‘Royal Jelly’.

Mizon Enjoy Vital-Up Time Calming MaskI have never seen this particular mask before however I am aware of the brand, and have always wanted to try something from them. Sheet masks are the most cost-effective item to try from a brand short-term, don’t you think?

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New brow product: Speaking of wishlists, the NYX Micro Brow Pencil was also on there for a good while before I decided that it was time. Many people spoke that it was a good cheap alternative for the Anastasia Beverley Hills version (although I haven’t tried that either). Unfortunately, my first impressions are less than mediocre. I tried it last week and the most ridiculous thing happened – 99% of the product had gone by the end of the night. Vanished? Slipped away? I really don’t know but I’ll have to follow-up on that. By the way, I got this in the shade ‘Espresso’.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cannes’ | NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks L-R: ‘Ruffle Trim’, ‘Push-up’, ‘Exotic’ and ‘Bedtime Flirt’

Note: I would suggest looking on NYX’s official website for the shades. The photograph doesn’t depict the actual colours of the lipsticks well.

New lip products to try out! More specifically, liquid lipsticks. Do you also want to know something else? I bought all these colours with my Boots points! 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cannes’This is my third SMLC however I didn’t care for the first two I bought because I purchased the wrong colours for my skin tone. (‘London’ and ‘Stockholm’ if you’re wondering.) This is definitely a better colour choice! It’s not the best formula in terms of longevity but I’m willing to overlook this for the colour. It’s a very wearable, muted pink with mauve undertones – perfect for everyday.

NYX Lingerie Liquid LipsticksSo I went crazy and bought 4 colours… I never do this with any lip product. I think the most was when I bought 2 MAC lipsticks in one go but that was probably two years ago now. I spent my time choosing colours that I thought would suit my skin tone and I felt that I did well!

I purchased:

  • Ruffle Trim: Described as a ‘cinnamon pink’. Probably the most appropriate for everyday out of the bunch.
  • Push-Up: This is probably as light as I can go for lips; and surprisingly, this suits me! Described as a ‘brown spice pink’ which probably doesn’t sound light. Good for a warm eyeshadow look.
  • Exotic: Perfect if you’re going for a bold, autumn lip. Described as a ‘warm mahogany red’ – this one in particular wears very well!
  • Bedtime Flirt: Described as a ‘red toned pink’. It’s actually very similar to Push-Up but has a different undertone. 
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Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color swatches in shade ‘telluride’ | heavy swatch vs light swatch

New lipstick: This might actually be the oldest product in this haul, as I remember I bought this lipstick when I was looking for a new fall lipstick as Autumn was finally impending. (It had been quite warm up until the end of October in my opinion.) I tried 3 shades in total, all of which were applied by the SA. This shade in particular, ‘telluride’, was the one the SA recommended to me and said was very popular. I decided to bite the bullet and go for this because truth be told, I have nothing like it. (The other 2 shades were more pink-based but I have a lot of pink-based lipsticks already.)

I love everything about it! The packaging is really nice and sleek. It’s a matte casing for once that won’t get messy and better yet, you can see the colour reference on the outside although it’s darker than it really is. The formula itself is super nice. It is not drying at all, but quite balmy. Having said that, the colour pay-off isn’t compromised at all and can really be built up! The longevity is reasonably well too for a lipstick of its type.

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New body sponge: Another buy from TK Maxx was this Natural Sea Sponge by The Creme Shop. I have never tried this brand before but since trying out konjac sponges last year, I have a thing for trying out different ones on the market. This doesn’t necessarily say it’s konjac though (which is important because it’s biodegradable) but I’m intrigued by its texture. Will report back if it’s any good!

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Essie Nail Lacquers L-R: Ladylike, Eternal Optimist, Chinchilly, Sand Tropez

These aren’t included in the group photo because I completely forgot and only remembered about these directly after I had photographed, and packed up the setting! Nevertheless, I didn’t want to not include these as they have been my Autumn colour staples this season.

Essie Nail LacquersThese are my favourite nail colour formulas. I just find that they wear very well, and even when applying layer upon layer, the surface remains smooth and not gloopy or heavy. I find the brush really easy to control too. The colour generally lasts a good week for me, my longest being 10 days.

The colours I got are:

  • Ladylike: This is a very unique colour! It’s a good going-to-work, office-appropriate shade. It has mixes of purple, beige and gray in it so it can never be OTT but enough to look put-together. I’ve worn 1x so far and really like.
  • Eternal Optimist: It’s hard looking for a wearable pink that’s not too ‘baby’ or too ‘hot’. I look forward to wearing this muted pink!
  • Chinchilly: This is a really nice granite grey colour! It’s a few steps down from a charcoal grey that might be too dark, but this is neutral enough to pull off wearing everyday.
  • Sand Tropez: I picked this shade out randomly because the Essie shades were on a buy 1, get the 2nd half price offer and the 4th shade I wanted was out-of-stock (typical). Described as a ‘soft sandy beige’, it’s good when you just want good, clean nails.

I hope that this 2-in-1 blog post was successful for you? Or was I too ambitious since this is a long post after all… 😂 I will have to write up a fashion haul soon too. 

Please let me know below what you’ve bought new and tried out recently too!

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