Friday, 18 October 2013

Holiday Makeup Bag

What Surprises Come In My Make Up Bag?

I had recently gone away on a short break to Australia's South West. In the mad flurry of packing I grabbed whatever cosmetics I needed for the couple of days we were gone. Without really thinking about it. So when I unpacked my bag I was curious to see what I had stashed in my make up bag.

Only a few items

I don't wear a lot of make up day-to day. When I'm on holiday I wear even less. So these few items are my absolute essentials when travelling anywhere overnight.

Innoxa 16hour wear foundation in light- I don't think this product is on the market anymore and its a real shame. I really like this foundation because it is so light. The finish is not very heavy and I don't think it is oily at all. This is a very reliable foundation that I am going to be so disappointed when this runs out. My skin doesn't have many blemishes so I can get away with wearing the bare minimum. I usually use this foundation to even out the redness in my skin and it works great.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara- I usually wear a mascara when I go out. Only one coat, so I have to make sure that it is a good mascara. Maybelline has proved time-and-time again that they have fantastic mascaras. Well I am a big fan. This one is the Great Lash Mascara, I am first time user with this particular Maybelline mascara. The brush is one of those plasticy ones ( is plasticy a word?) so the application is very precise. I have to admit if I knew the brush would be plastic when I bought it I would not have tried this mascara. I prefer the bristle brushes, like the original hairs. I find the mascara dries a lot quicker to the plastic brushes, so I'm sorta hanging out for this one to finish so I can get the particular mascara wand I like.

Australis Stayput Eyeliner in Midnight- Two things I wear almost everyday. Mascara and eyeliner. This eyeliner has such a smooth application, it just glides on effortlessly. This is my second stick of this eyeliner and I'm nearly finished with this one. I really like the wind-up mechanism because it means I don't have to keep sharpening the pencil.

Avon Eyeshadows- These eyeshadows are the perfect neutral colour for me. However I don't know if these colours are still made. I have had these eye shadows for years now and they are due for an update. I am really hesitant to throw these out because they are so pretty and I really cant be bothered searching for a new quad with these colours at the moment. So lucky for them, they stay in my makeup case.  

L'oreal Studio Secrets Lip Glow- Before purchasing this product I went to the L'oreal stand in Myer for about a week testing this on my hand and thinking if I would really use it or not. Turns out I use it all the time. This lip glow leaves the most subtle amount of colour on the lips and it has mega shine to it. When applied it leaves a hot pink gloss and layering it multiple times makes the pink really pop. Or I can just put one coat on and it just looks like a sheer lip gloss. It's no wonder why I only had to pack one lip item.

Thin Lizzys in Light and the Thin Lizzys brush- Thin Lizzys is a New Zealand product, it is a mineral 6 in 1 compact and I LOVE IT. The website says that it can be used as an eye shadow, contour, blusher, bronzer, lip colour and body bronzer. Well I havent used the pressed powder as a lip colour but I know that it works great as everything else. Thin Lizzys gives a lovely sunkissed glow when applied lightly with the brush. I usually use this over my foundation as a bronzer and blush. The brush is one of my favorites too because it is so soft and really easy to clean.

Colgate Total Toothpaste- Hey I'm on holiday but I still gotta bush my teeth. I got these handy little toothpastes from the dentist after my annual check up. Along with the free toothbrushes I always stash a couple of these in my suitcase and they don't take up much room at all.

What's in your holiday essentials makeup kit?

Have Fun
Renee x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

October Buys. Lush, Puretopia...

Check out my purchases for October so far...

This month I have ran out of nearly every body product that I have, so I have been replenishing my stocks bit by bit.
The first thing I bought was a new face moisturiser. I had only the tiny samples that I get from my subscription boxes to tide me over until I had the time to go down to the shops and get what I really wanted to buy.
The Puretopia Sensitive Care Moisturiser and Puretopia Refresh and Balance Facial Mist

I have been using this moisturiser every night for about three weeks and I love the smell of this stuff. It is a little relaxing treat I dab on before I go to bed. The toner is great for taking makeup off and it has a really nice light and refreshing smell to it.

Big Sea Salt Shampoo, Miranda (light green), Dirty.

I am sure I have mentioned this before but I LOVE Lush. Lush has sooo many gorgeous soaps and smells and its so colourful. I go a little crazy when I am in a Lush shop. However I live about an hour away from my closest Lush store so I am now rediscovering a new love for online shopping. I thoroughly enjoy receiving my Lush in the mail as much as going into a shop.. well almost.
 There were a few things I wanted to try. Like the Big Sea Salt Shampoo. The label says to lather it and rub it into your scalp and it can make limp hair Big, also good for getting rid of dandruff. I'm really excited to try this one out. I ordered the Miranda soap for myself because I liked the description and other reviews I had read on it. I am not disappointed, this soap is light and has a gorgeous fruity smell to it. Yes there is even chunks of fruit in the soap bar! 
I also ordered the Dirty soap for hubby because he-is-a-man and he works with dirt. So Dirty soap it is then. This has more of a heavier and citrus smell to it than my fruity Miranda soap.

Balingup Lavender Farm Shower and Bath Gel 50ml 

Our little family went on a trip down to Australia's South West. I didn't pack any soap because 1. I had ran out and 2. we were staying at a motel and I figured that there would be soap there. I was right there was soap in the motel room, but it wasn't quiet right. I am very picky with my products so after one night of using the motel soap I just had to go and get something a little nicer.
 I stumbled across this product at the Balingup Lavender Farm when I was browsing their little gift shop. Of course everything has lavender in it. Tick. And nothing is super expensive. Another tick. Anyone who knows me would know that I LOVE LAVENDER. So I just had to get something and this little beauty was the winner. Its absolutely gorgeous, the gel lathers lightly and it has the very relaxing scent of lavender made with real oils. Using this was the perfect way to unwind after driving round with bub in the car. Aaahhh bliss.

Tinderbox Hair Conditioning Oil and Tinderbox Cacao & Goji Body Lotion

On the same trip to Balingup I found a Tinderbox shop. I was really excited to find this store because I am a really big fan of Tinderbox products as well. Firstly what grabs my attention is the beautiful packaging the products come in. There are pretty drawings for each item and the containers are gorgeous blue glass jars. I picked up the Hair Oil which I rub onto the tips of my hair. I only had to use about four drops to cover the tips of my long hair, so I have a feeling this will go a long way. My favourite buy was the Cacao Body Lotion, it's like rubbing a chocolate milkshake onto your skin. Just joking. But seriously it smells Amazing! It just melts right into my skin and the delicious smell lasts all day. I am totally in love with it. The lotion is light and leaves no oily residue.
I'll be putting a post up soon about my holiday under my lifestyle heading.

Comment if you enjoyed this post.

Have Fun!
Renee x