Molecule 01 Mini Review

I bought Molecule 01 perfume quite a long time ago (haul post here) and only recently I have been using this much more than originally purchased. I think my scent taste has changed a tiny bit and I am more keen to smell more autumnal scents. Molecule 01 is definitely a perfume suited for this time of the year. It’s not too heavy but it is not sweet and I really like it, to my surprise. It’s not too expensive and I am quite happy to have bought it even if I did not like it when initially purchased.

Have any of you tried this perfume before? What do you think?

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Travel Friendly Eyeshadow Combo

I don’t know how about you guys but I find myself quite often doing my makeup somewhere else but home. Because of that, I try to take with myself makeup that will not smash, break or spill. I have been really enjoying eyeshadow pencils to take away as they are easy to carry and use.

The two pencils that I reach for quite often for my ‘take-away’ makeup up are Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow in Rose Fauviste & Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate. I use Rose Fauviste all over my lid and then I add Hot Chocolate to my outer corners. No brushes needed, I just use my finger to blend everything out and voila! Super quick, super easy and great when you are on the go.

If you find yourself often staying somewhere else (maybe at your other half home) or like me, you cycle into work and change there then try eyeshadow pencils for your eye makeup. It will save you lots of time, space and energy.

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Best affordable candles

I love candles and I try to have some hygge in my life but most of the time I do not like the price tag attached. I am a firm believer that candles are quite overpriced items and I cringe when I hear how much other people are prepared to spend money on them. Surely I should be able to feel cosy and content without the need to spend too much money?

Anyways, I was so happy to find really nice candles for an amazing price. B&M candles will let you make your autumn nights so much nicer and comfier. They cost around £3, they are well sized, beautiful and they do smell lovely.

B&M is going to be my one stop shop for candles for a while.

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Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pain Review

I like various lip products but my favourite must be hybrids between lipsticks and lipglosses. I like to have an opaque colour on and at the same time I like the product to apply easily, stay on well enough and not dry my lips. Therefore it is not a surprise that when I saw Maybelline Color Drama Lip Paints on the shop shelves I have picked some up.

Maybelline claims that these lip products have an intense colour and they do not lie. These are one of the best pigmented glosses I have ever used. I call them glosses as they are not straight liquid lipstick, as such, they apply easily and they do stain your lips a little bit so when wearing off they do that evenly. Color Drama Lip Paints are super easy to use and to wear. I have two colours Stripped Down which is a very nice nude and Fight Me Fuchsia which does not need explanation. Normally I am not a bright colour wearer and when I was buying these I thought that Fight Me Fuchsia is going to be a waste of my money but I was quite wrong. I love it! I have worn it on a night out, I have worn it to work and I think it’s a bright colour that you can pull off for any occasion. I also keep reaching for Stripped Down whenever I am getting ready for work and have no time to think what lip colour would work, it goes well with any look.

I am very impressed with this new Maybelline release and I know for sure I will be using these up and getting new ones when time comes. Have you tried Color Drama Lip Paints? What do you think?

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Tidying up my makeup stash

I am a makeup junky and a hoarder as I like to use up everything I got. I try this as otherwise it feels like a waste of money getting rid of something that was not used. I like to try new things but with that comes a lot of stuff that just do not work for me. I normally try to keep things and give them a try as much as I can but sometimes you have to admit to yourself that it is time to stop and give up.

I am trying to declutter my makeup stash (as you might have noticed from some previous posts). One I do not want to use things that have expired but I also need to be honest with myself that if I have not used something for a long time it is time for it to go.

First up is Kiko Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara. I have heard Kathleen Lights rave about this mascara but I found it blah! I did not like the brush on the wand it was too big and cumbersome for me to use. It did not make my lashes look amazing so I have moved on to things that I like more. Another Kiko product that I am chucking away that was bearly used is their Universal Fit foundation. I have an oily combination skin and this foundation disappears from my face in a few hours. I need a long lasting coverage so this will never work for me.

Max Factor  Face Finity Foundation is going away from my stash because the shade is not right for me. It has pinky undertone and does not suit me at all. I do not reach for it and it just takes up space. I will not use it up and sadly I have to get rid of it.

I have had this Effaclar Duo + serum for a really long time. Bought it because everyone was raving about it but then I do not suffer from acne anymore so I do not use it. I have had it for too long to keep it so off it goes too.

The last item I am throwing away is by Collection and it is their Eyeshadow Pencil. This one always crumbles on my and does not apply or blend in a nice way. I do not reach for it and I do not like using it. (Saying that I do have another two shades and those are staying).

How often do you guys declutter your makeup? Do you feel bad when you have to get rid of stuff as I do? (I always do but have to keep telling myself that this is a must).

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TooCoolForSchool Pumpkin sleeping pack review

My love for Korean products must be known by now. They are well into their skincare and I am more than keen to try their products. A new brand that I have found is called TooCoolForSchool. Even if they would not be a Korean brand I would have bought something from them just because of their name. I mean common! TooCoolForSchool!!! Yes!

I use this mask at nights and apply a pea sized amount all over my face. The pumpkin mask comes out white and has more of a gel like texture than a cream texture. You don’t need a massive amount to spread it over your face so you know you are saving quite a bit of money as you will not use it up that quickly. The sleeping mask has a very slight scent but it’s just about there and goes away in less than a minute. It applies on smoothly and I think that it sinks in into the skin much faster than the Origins Drink Up mask and also it is less sticky than the Origins one.

The mask contains hyaluronic acid to moisturise your skin & pumpkin enzyme to remove any dead skin cells and make your skin glow as new.

I have found myself using this more and more often. I think I have started applying it instead of a night time moisturiser every other night. I cannot get enough of it! I think it is worth getting this mask. If you are an oily/combination or dry skin person I think this would work for you.

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Natural Collection Brow Gel Review

I like to find affordable makeup gems. I get such a satisfaction when I find products that are really great and don’t cost too much so I like to smooch in Boots or Superdrug every now and then in an attempt to find that new gem. When I saw a little bottle of a new brow gel by Natural Collection I straight away snapped it.

I got a Natural Collection Brow Gel in Dark Brown and tried it on myself the next day. I was so excited but from step one it did not go well for me. Firstly, the bottle is tiny so I have expected the brush to be tiny too but it is not. It is smaller than a mascara wand but only by tiny bit so it is still too big for brows. It’s that big that it just smeared the gel all around by brows even though I tried to comb them as carefully as possible. Trying to clean up that smearing also made me take off my foundation as the product would not remove nicely. I was so upset but told myself that maybe it’s just a first day mishap therefore I have tried using again the next day. Guess what? Same things happened. The colour is ok but everything else has not worked out for me and I am very sad about it. I thought that finally we will have a great eyebrow gel that you can get everywhere in UK and is affordable.

I am not a fan of this Natural Collection Brow Gel and would not recomend it to anybody. If anyone has tried this and liked it let me know why and what do you do to make it work for you.

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New No7 Advert

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Not often I watch TV and stop myself to think about the adverts that I see on it. But when I saw the new No7 advert for some reason I was kindly taken away by it. For one, it is nice to see a real ballerina representing a makeup/skincare brand. For me it is a different kind of level when real people with real skills get to be brand ambassadors. It was also nice to see a grown up, mature woman who is shown as strong as she always have been. Nothing to do with trying to look like a twenty year old. I cannot explain but I really like this advert and I really appreciate that No7 have chosen to promote their products this way.

Have you guys seen their new advert and what are your thoughts about it?

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Tidying again

Last year I wrote a post about clearing out stuff and trying to downsize on things. (here) Having less stuff is currently quite a hard work especially as I tend to unknowingly accumulate things over and over again. As such I keep on trying to stop myself, look through all that I have and make sure to get rid of things that I know I just do not use, do not need and will not miss. Once that is determined I through them away or donate them. I did another makeup clean out today and feel so much better for it. Now I just need to try and not clutter myself again.

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An Empty Affair – July Empties 2016

I know that we are just entering July and an empties post for the month is supposed to be at the end of it but I have been gathering some empty products packaging for a while and I just wanted to get rid of them now rather than waiting till the end of the month. Once one realises that you have rubbish gathering around your house there is nothing else I want to do as to get rid of it. So here is what I have reached the bottoms of:

Boots Build Up Removal Expert Shampoo – I have bought this one for when I need a super clarifying shampoo. I have never tried Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo so I cannot compare but this did do a good job. It’s cheap and works all right. I’m not sure if I will be buying again any time soon but if I’m on a super tight budget then I’ll give this a go again.

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil – the best cleansing oil on the market which is also very well priced. This is my second bottle that I have finished and I know it will not be a last one.

Tresemme Perfectly Undone Sea Foam – the first time I tried this product I quite liked it but I have not used it that much. I took this bottle with me on a holiday and on the way back it managed to open itself and spill all of itself in the suitcase. I must say because this has annoyed me so much I kind of not will be buying it. In my experience it is not travel friendly when I thought it would be.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix pads – I liked using them and I have moved on to it’s sister product the Extreme night version.

Jo Malone perfume in Peony & Suede – I got this as a present and appreciated very much for the memories but I must say that I do not understand the hype around Jo Malone whatsoever.  The scent fades on me in a minute and that is just a no no for me. I wear perfume so that I could smell the scent myself and if it does not stay with me then I do not see the point of it. I will not be buying or asking for Jo Malone perfumes whatsoever.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – one of my favourite bases that are affordable and really nice. Once I lower down the amount of other bases I have going I will get this again.

Yes To Coconut Hand Cream – I love coconut scented products so this went down very well. It’s a tiny bit too heavy for my liking but then I really like super quick absorbent creams and the lighter the better for me.

Maria Nila Pure Volume Shampoo – loved, loved, loved this shampoo. Need to get another bottle of this.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Oat Body Lotion – this lotion is a bit heavier than other lotions I have used before. It does take a minute or more to get absorbed but I love the scent of it. Also it was nice to have it in a pump form for quick and convenient use.

Johnson’s Baby Spray Conditioner – a great detangler for your hair. Not much to say about it apart from it’s good to pick it up if you need a detangler.

Taaj Micellar Water – I wanted to try some other micellar water and when I saw this big bottle in TKMaxx I thought here we go. It is not better than Bioderma so I will not be buying it again (saying that I paid half the price than Bioderma).

Phew! I am quite happy to have finished some products. I am trying to somehow downscale on everything so happy to get rid of some bottles and make more space. Have you guys tried any of these products?

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