Thursday, 18 December 2014

Makeup Inventory 2014

Hello all!

Today I'd like to air my makeup problems, starting with the sheer amount I have. It makes me feel overwhelmed, especially as I do not wear makeup every single day, it takes up a lot of space and I feel like I wasted a lot of money buying all these products I still haven't used!

I have gotten rid of huge bags of makeup and beauty products but it seems never ending! I am officially on a no-buy beginning 1st January 2015, and it will end on 31st December 2015 so I am allowed to go crazy in 2016. I still have a lot of makeup and beauty and nail polish that I do not want, if you would be interested in a blog sale please let me know.

As I've slowly been trying to use it all I tend to find products that don't really work for me or I don't like the shade on me very much, I see no point in hoarding these products, I would only like to own what I am completely happy with using. Some have also gone bad, started to smell or taste odd and that's no good because I spent a lot of money on them!

Yesterday I was watching a lot of youtube videos on people trying to do the same thing as me, declutter and I decided to do a makeup inventory of my own.

I am definitely not showing off, or saying ooh look at me with all my makeup, I want to get rid of it and fast haha! I will by using it up or giving it away or trying to sell it, but I don't think anyone will want to buy it, I don't know.

I've linked a lovely lady who I started watching about a year or so ago, and her decluttering is what motivated me to make an inventory, I have been giving products away for years but never kept a tally on how many or how much money had gone down the drain.


Her youtube name is Faithersk and I definitely recommend you check out her videos especially if you're in the same boat as me!

So... onto the dreaded numbers! I have a lot of eyeliners especially, I don't have some products such as bronzers, but I don't really feel I need any. I have additions I'd like to make also, but these will be done in 2016 unless I feel it's necessary in 2015. This isn't 100% accurate, maybe about 98% as I left a makeup bag at my uni house, although I've tried to remember what was in there and add it on.

Makeup
16/12/14
Ideal Number
To finish/give away
Eyes



Pencil eyeliner
51
10
-41
Liquid eyeliner
4
1
-3
Gel eyeliner
4
5
+1
Eyeshadow primers
11
3
-8
Pencil eyeshadow
1
5
+4
Cream eyeshadow
11
10
-1
Single eyeshadows
2
5
+3
Eyeshadow palettes (≤6)
5
3
-2
Eyeshadow palettes (>6)
14
10
-4
Eyeshadow pigments
12
0
-12
Eyebrow pencil
1
1
0
Eyebrow gel
0
1
+1
Glitters
5
5
0
Glitter glue
1
0
-1
Mascara
17
1
-16
Face



Face primers
15
2
-13
Foundation
11
3
-8
Concealer
11
2
-9
Powder
4
2
-2
Highlighters
3
3
0
Blush
17
5
-12
Lips



Lip balm
10
5
-5
Lipgloss
11
5
-6
Lipliner
9
3
-6
Lipstick
11
10
-1
Total
241
100
-141

Ideally I think 100 makeup products is a large enough selection and ok to get through before the products expire. I would like to have more cream eyeshadows maybe but I would be concerned about not using them and them going off, I definitely don't want to waste any more money!

This is after giving away so many things so I don't think it's that bad, around 250 products but I would like to use up and give away around 150. I think eyeliners will be the easiest to use up and lip balm, some eyeliners I use as eyeshadow so I can imagine they'll be gone soon enough.

I've also made a little box where I put my daily products in so that should help use them up!

I didn't include nail polish, I have around 80 colour bottles, I would like to reduce this number obviously, maybe to 50 but I like all of the shades so will be trying to use them up, as I've already given away plenty.

I also haven't included tools, I'm going to leave that for now and will sort through brushes etc on a later date and add it on!

Thank you for reading my super long post, please let me know if you have any comments or questions, it would be great to hear from you.

Nav x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum - Original Formula

Hello lovely people!

Today I wanted to review John Frieda's frizz-ease hair serum, I have the original formula and have used about half of it as you can see. I'm sure there are already a lot of reviews on this but I wanted to add in my two cents as well.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum


Image credit: http://www.herworldplus.com/beauty/tried-tested/review-john-frieda-frizz-ease-original-formula-hair-serum#.VJBn3SusUwo

I've left mine at my uni house so had to use a stock pic, sorry! I've used just over half of it for reference. It is available at Boots and other leading drugstores and supermarkets and costs £6.29 for 50ml. I bought this some time ago now and have only managed to use up half of it, I use about 2-4 pumps on damp hair to calm the frizz, even though it says to use a pea size amount on soaking wet hair. The amount can be adjusted depending on the length of hair and frizz levels.

I find it works pretty well and definitely notice a difference when I do use it and when I don't. I have naturally curly hair which is prone to frizz occasionally, but I have been using some form of frizz control after every hair wash so the condition has certainly improved.

The packaging utilises a pump dispenser which is handy and makes the product less prone to leaks and great for travelling with. It is pretty minimalistic and simple which is fine.

The texture is pleasant, quite silky - which makes sense as the last ingredient is hydrolysed silk and absorbs fairly quickly. It does help with frizz for sure, but I think I would prefer to use oils. I have tried a few other oils and hair serums (which I will also review) and in comparison to those I think this is a lesser favourite, although still very good.

Would I repurchase?

I'm not sure, I'm still looking for one with a better texture and think I prefer oils.

Have you tried this product or any other hair serums? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Back to Blogging!/2015 No Buy

Hey everyone!

I'm sorry I haven't been around but with all the other fantastic blogs out there, I bet you didn't even notice!

I've decided to start blogging again but it will be sporadic as I'm still studying and always have so much to do!

The focus this time round is using up the ridiculous amount of products I have accumulated over the last 4 years, so plenty of empties, reviews and makeup inventories and downsizing.

I won't be purchasing any beauty products for the year of 2015 as I do not need them! I have so many, I may run out of shampoo or conditioner but if I am out it means I will buy a replacement.

It would be great if you were to follow me on this journey again!

Thanks for reading,

Nav x

EDIT: I will allow myself limited edition products, but will try my best not to buy!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hi Everyone!

Hey guys!

I know it's been absolutely ages since I last blogged, over a year I think but I've now decided that I'd really like to get back into it all.

I had a good year off - sort of, but it definitely made me realise how much I miss this and how my perceptions weren't exactly 100% correct about blogging. I especially miss all the people I was meeting and talking to while blogging!

I definitely blog for fun, it's not a job or anything and you'll notice I haven't even set up adverts or anything because it is just a fun outlet for me and I enjoy using and reviewing different beauty products, I may consider using adsense in the future by the way - just so you know but not for now.

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Color Festival Blockbuster Palette
Credit

It will take me a while to get into it properly again, taking pictures, editing, writing reviews, posts, a schedule and so on and so forth but I am really excited!

I do want to change the name of the blog and post more frequently ideally but I paid an etsy seller about a year and a half ago to help change the design and kept changing my mind about whether I even wanted to blog or not, I wish I had changed it back then because now my order is unfulfilled and I do not hear back from the seller which means my money went down the drain... So I'm hesitant to pay again for a new design. I might just have to learn myself! Any tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you to those of you who have still stuck around! I really appreciate it and hope I can post some interesting content for you all.

Much love,

Nav x

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Shine Control Mask Review


Yes - yet another face mask review, I've been loving using them recently because I always seem to forget to use them on a regular basis, so whenever I feel like I need a deep cleanse I'll put one on.

This is another one of Montagne Jeunesse's Skin Heroes masks with a mask and a moisturiser included costing £1.49 a pack, I tend to get 2-3 uses out of a pack.

It contains acai berries and argan oil and smells lovely. I found this mask left my skin feeling clean and fresh, also very soft, I didn't love the moisturiser, it was a light lotion that leaves a feeling of there being a layer on the skin, but it's not so bad.

I already have repurchased this mask twice and will continue to do so after I use up all the other face masks I've collected!

Which is your favourite face mask?

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Empties // July 2013

I love writing these posts because it gives me a sense of accomplishment, however small, of finishing some of the far too high pile of beauty products I have.

I managed quite a few this month and can't wait to use up more next month!


Dr Brandt Lineless Eye Cream - I really liked using this, I received this sample as part of a birthday gift about two years ago and it really lasted a very long time, (I don't use eye cream every day even though I should!) I would repurchase.

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover - I like this, it's a biphase makeup remover and works well. I already have a large size and would repurchase.

Bioeffect EGF Serum - I know many bloggers rave about how amazing this is but apart from making my skin incredibly soft in the morning I don't think it did much. The sample was tiny though and I'm still quite young so maybe that's why I didn't see an effect? I wouldn't repurchase.

Coola Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF20 - I hated this unfortunately, I think because of the tint, me and tinted sunscreens don't go together. Would not repurchase.

Abahna White Grapefruit & May Chang Bath and Shower Gel - I'm glad this was used up as I've had it for so long, I wouldn't repurchase as it didn't lather up that well and the scent wasn't for me.



Nivea Pearl Beauty Anti- Perspirant Deodorant - a basic deodorant, probably would repurchase.

Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover - this is ok if you have pretty strong, resistant to anything nails, after using this I found my nails started peeling so I wouldn't repurchase.

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish - I love this stuff! The little grains exfoliate, it lathers up and smells just like stawberries. Can be a little overwhelming at first but settles down quickly. I have two more waiting to be used.


No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes - I have around 10 of these thanks to the No7 vouchers that seem to always be around and I like the wipes, they stay hydrated for a very long time and I use them for pretty much anything. Good for sensitive eyes too.

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Dry Skin Mask - I really liked this, very hydrating for the skin, best used in Winter though I think unless you suffer with dry skin all year round. Would repurchase.


Yves Rocher 24H Comfort Nourishing Cream for Dry/Very dry Skin - This was a great night moisturiser, it absorbed very quickly and was very hydrating. I'm not sure whether I'd repurchase though because I don't have dry skin all year round. I'd also like to be able to purchase in a store, I've only found it online.

Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturiser SPF15/PA++ - This also took ages to use up and I have another to finish. It was great for everyday sun protection and moisturised well after cleansing, I don't think I'd repurchase for a third time though.

Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream - Love this hand cream, would definitely repurchase.

No7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make-up Remover - I'm fed up of using this eye makeup remover, I think it's too oily for my liking and I don't really like the old packaging. I have about two more to use up thanks to the No7 vouchers, if this didn't go down by £5 I wouldn't buy it at all. I'd say it's pretty average.

What are your empties for this month? Link your posts below!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion Review



I bought Lush's Charity Pot as an impulse buy at the till while waiting to buy all the various bubble bars I picked up, it cost £6.95 for 95g and is a vegan product. All of the cost aside from VAT goes to the charity displayed on the top of the lid. There are two other sizes, 10g for £1 and 240g for £12.75.

It is a very light, quickly absorbed body lotion, it smells like white chocolate to me mixed in with a floral scent, the scent is quite strong and will last about an hour at least before settling. The only potentially "bad" ingredients on the list are parabens, otherwise it has almond oil, cocoa butter and other lovely moisturising ingredients like ylang ylang oil.

The pot has lasted me quite a while too, at least two weeks with regular use and I have some left. I love the charity side to this, I think it's brilliant that my £5.56 went straight to the named charity and I got a body lotion! Lush most definitely do not test on animals either. I like the simplistic packaging too, also if you collect five of Lush's pots and take them in empty you can get a free fresh face mask.

I would consider repurchasing, but not for the moment as I already have many more body lotions and creams to use up!

Have you tried this? What's your favourite body lotion?