Hello and welcome to another Project Pan mini update for the year.

Although I finished this Evo hair product last week, it was only over the weekend that I finally had an opportunity to photograph it and edit the photos. Reason being, it's been busier than usual in our household lately and we're still adjusting to the change.


Above you'll see my travel-sized Evo the Great Hydrator Moisture Mask. It's definitely finished!

Unfortunately I wasn't able to review it because I only got three uses from the sample and I didn't feel that was enough to warrant a full review, but I can tell you that I didn't love it because I found it to be too heavy and hard to wash out (it was thick and balm-like in texture). Still, it was hydrating and I can see why it's had some good reviews.

As for my replacement:


Above is my Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder in Honey Beige. I've had this product for ages but haven't reviewed it yet, so I wanted to bring it into Project Pan to encourage myself to do that.

Also, I'm keen to try a Maybelline powder foundation that's had great reviews, but I don't want to buy it until I've finished this one (I have dry skin so I don't use powder foundation very often and only need one). Another reason to finish the Coty product.

There's how much I've used:


As you can see, there's still a reasonable amount left but it shouldn't take me too long to finish if I use it more often, which I will now that it's in Project Pan.

That's all from me. I'm glad I've finished another product and I'm looking forward to seeing if I can finish more items before my next full update at the end of July. We'll see.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x
Hello and welcome to my monthly favourites post for July!

Do note that while I normally pick out products I've recently reviewed for my monthly favourites posts, I haven't done a lot of reviews lately because I've been so busy with work - so many of the items you'll see below have appeared in favourites posts before over the past few years.

Still, it was easy to choose my favourites this month because these are staples I've used over and over again - meaning they're definitely tried and tested, and I've loved them all for a good while.

Let's have a look.


Antipodes Joyful Hand & Body Cream

Full review here. I gave this hand cream an HG tag because I love it so much and I can see myself buying it again and again. I love the blackcurrant scent and also how it feels on my skin: it's lightweight and it absorbs well, and it's been on my bedside table since I bought it.

What I love about this hand cream is that it's hydrating enough for the overnight spot and I can't say that of many hand creams because my skin is so dry (especially now that it's getting colder), but this cream suits me beautifully and I'm waking up with hands that feel nourished and comfortable. I also like that it doesn't have a greasy after-feel so you could certainly use it during the day if you wanted to. 

I can't get enough of this product and I absolutely recommend it, although I would wait for specials because it's more expensive than other hand creams in the pharmacy and there's no point paying more than you need to. Note also that my mum needed hand cream the other day so she tried some of my tube, and she enjoyed it so much that she's going to get herself one. That says something! Love.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light

This bronzer could really be a favourite every month because it's my favourite bronzer of all time, but I used it daily as part of Project Dent this month so that's why it's front-of-mind. See my review here.

It's hard to describe why I feel that these bronzers beat every other bronzer on the market, but it's got a lot to do with the blurring effect that they have on the skin. I always look younger when I have a face full of Hourglass, so it's no surprise that I own one of almost every powder the brand has released.

Better still, this bronzer blends and applies beautifully so I've never made a mistake with it, and while it's super pigmented, I can always diffuse it if I accidentally apply too much. While this shade is better for me in summer because it's very warm and has a red undertone, I still enjoyed it during July and I still love having it in my collection. Just an excellent product.


L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Full review here. While this oil costs more than what I would typically pay for a body product, it's super luxe and I'm really enjoying it so I think it's worth the price-tag.

It has a sweet scent that's not overpowering and the texture is rich and gorgeous. Once you add water, it thins out beautifully and also lathers up nicely so it spreads out and cleans the skin well.

It also feels beautifully hydrating and nourishing on my dry skin, and what I find after use is that my skin feels soft, clean and moisturised. It's just a lovely product and I recommend it. I've even given it an HG tag. I've been using it daily over the winter and I've almost finished mine now, so I'll have to buy a new one down the track because I enjoy it so much.


Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

I love this stuff. My skin hasn't looked this good since I last used one of these bottles (I'm on to my second), and I know this product is responsible because it's the only thing I've changed and I can see its effects as soon as I apply it. Indeed, the difference is so marked that others have commented on my skin. That's saying something! I've reviewed it here.

It's a fluid serum that comes in a beautiful, weighty bottle: the product just feels special, but better still, the results it offers are special too. Not only does it spread and absorb well, but it also has a brightening effect so it boosts radiance. On top of that, it plumps fine lines and wrinkles so it makes my skin look smoother, and it has an effect on how firm and toned my face feels too. 

This is the best serum I've ever used. Unbeatable.


The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

Full review here. I've used quite a few products from The Ordinary now and this is probably my favourite, and indeed I've recently opened my second bottle so it's a repurchase for me and that's saying something because I so rarely repurchase skincare (I love trying new things and have very few items that I NEED in my collection).

It's an intense treatment that you apply every few days and I wouldn't use it any more than that or you'll risk irritating your skin. Indeed, I can't use it after any other treatment because it's too strong and it feels like it's burning, so I make sure that I give my skin at least a day's rest after using eg one of my chemical peels.

What it does is resurface and brighten the skin, and it really kills that top layer of dead skin so that my face feels beautifully smooth on the morning after I've used it, plus it looks younger and fresher. It's faded my age spots a bit too. A great little product and also a cheap one.

In sum

That's all from me!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have plenty of your own favourites for the month. Do let me know in the comments if so: I'd love to hear.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

I've managed to get up early without the kids noticing this morning (fingers crossed), so I wanted to get a peaceful post in before they realise I'm awake and start hounding me for breakfast and playgrounds and god knows what else.

And because I've been doing my monthly positives at around this time each month, I felt like writing this one in the silence (fingers crossed again) and saving a review post for later when the hounding begins and my husband dutifully takes the terrors to the park (thanks in advance, Mex ; )).

So let's get started while the going's good!


We've had extra family time lately

Dad's birthday is in May, Mum's and mine are in June, my sister's was yesterday and one of my brother's is in early August. So we have plenty of birthday dinners and lunches around this time of year, and it's nice to catch up with everyone at once - which is often hard to do because we're all busy. The only bad thing here is that my other brother lives in Amsterdam with his family so they miss the annual birthday festival, but they're coming out for Christmas (as they do every year) so we'll be seeing them soon enough.

Anyhoo. What I love about catching up with my siblings and parents is not only seeing everyone together, but also watching them interact with my two kids. It's so important for kids to have relationships with adults who aren't their parents I reckon, and I love seeing my siblings play with my kids and watching said kids give my parents some cheeky attitude, as they invariably do. These moments matter, and we're blessed to have them.


My tax is done

While this sounds boring AF, I still get excited when I've finished my tax and sent it off to our accountants because that means I don't have to face spreadsheets or receipts for a whole year. Also, Mex and I rush to get our tax done because we know we'll be getting refunds that will feed the mortgage - so we have a reason to get things done early and that always helps!

Also, as you may know we skipped family holidays this year so we could put that money towards getting solar panels (the installation has started and will be finished shortly) - but solar panels are expensive so we had to draw down on the mortgage to fund them. Our tax refunds will help wipe out that draw down so our monthly repayments will reduce again shortly. Hip hip hooray.


My obsession with buying new makeup and skincare has dulled (a bit ; ))

I've been obsessed with trying new makeup and skincare since I was 31 (I'm 39 now), and while I still get excited about trying new things, the tides have turned for me over the past two years and I don't feel the burning desire to get my hands on every new product that tickles my fancy.

And while my beauty spending has never been ridiculous (I'm too concerned about product waste for that, plus we don't have the money for it), I have been guilty of buying too much for one person and then having to put myself on no buys so I can get through what I have before buying more.

Something's changed, though. I'm a lot more excited these days about sustainable items (eg replacements for plastic wrap, reusable coffee cups, bamboo toothbrushes etc) - and that has to be a good thing. My love for makeup and skincare will always be there because applying those things and engaging with that process is my meditation, but having too much of that stuff isn't great for the planet and I now prefer to send my money to companies that are doing good things for the environment. Yay to that.


I have a lot more work on these days

Although I've continued to work while I've had little kids because I work from home and have been able to find the space to do that, the amount of work I've had on has quadrupled this year and I couldn't be happier.

I'm one of those people who needs to work to feel on the level, and while the blog has kept me on the level through the past five years of pregnancies and newborns and toddlers, the kids are old enough now that I have the space to do more brain work so I can contribute more to the social wheel.

Thankfully that work has been growing, and it's nice to be engaged in my profession again on a more consistent basis. Previously I was feeling that I wasn't doing enough towards the greater good, but I'm doing more now - and even though I'm only saving spelling/grammar errors and sentence structure mishaps (rather than, you know, saving lives), we all have a role to play in society and I suspect that many of us feel the need to play that role in order to feel content. Content is good ; )


Next up, an integrated toilet/sink system

This year was the solar panels, and next year we're looking at putting in an integrated toilet/sink combo in the downstairs bathroom (ie, one of those toilets that has a washbasin on top so the grey-water from the basin flushes the toilet, rather than precious clean water).

We've started the research now because the downstairs bathroom has obviously never been renovated since the house was built in the 1930s (you can tell by the style and design), and it's a small bathroom so not only would an integrated system save on space, but more importantly it would also reduce our water consumption. And given that the bathroom could do with a complete makeover, we're looking at doing the whole thing when we put in the integrated system - and that means looking into ways to do it sustainably while keeping costs down. Exciting times.

The year after that? Who knows. I'd love an electric car, I'd love to get an integrated system in the bathroom upstairs... We have to do these things incrementally because we don't have the money to do everything at once, but in the meantime, we'll just keep on planting more trees.


In sum

That's all from me!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have plenty of your own positives for July. Let me know in the comments if so: I'd love to hear.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x


* All images courtesy of unsplash.com

Hello and welcome to another unboxing post!

I'm super far behind with blogging at the moment because I've had so much work on lately, so I've been slow off the mark with my unboxing posts and this is the third of the four that I want to get done sooner rather than later. One thing at a time I say.


Above is our Mecca Beauty Loop birthday gift for 2019. It's very pretty! 

I was so excited when I opened this and saw how special it looked, and I'm pleased that it contains a brush because I've never received one of those from Mecca and I don't have many makeup brushes so another one will never go astray.


The brush is described as a tapered contour and highlight brush, and the compact is a mini of Mecca's fabled Enlightened Lit From Within Powder.

I've heard a lot about the highlighter so I'm looking forward to trying it, and the brush is different from the two other highlighting/contouring brushes I own in shape and size, so I don't have anything like it and it may well fill a gap in my collection.


There's the brush above. I'm wondering if it will be a little too fat for highlighting in my case (I suspect it will make for a better contour brush), but we'll see.

And there's the highlighter below. It's not my kind of colour - it's too pink/rose gold and I prefer plain old gold - but I'll reserve judgement until I've tried it on the skin. At least I don't have anything else like it in my collection.


That's all from me!

I'm super excited about this year's birthday gift and can't wait to start using my products. Do let me know in the comments if you received this gift from Mecca and what you think of it if so: I'd love to hear.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

As you may know, I've been cycling through a bunch of Andalou products over the past year after discovering a few items from the brand that I love.

While I do enjoy many Andalou products, this is the second eye cream I've tried from these guys and I haven't liked either of them - so I'll probably avoid the eye creams for now. Still, they're not awful and they do work for some: it's just that I'm in my late 30s and have dry skin, so I need something with more punch.


Andalou claims/product details:

  • This delicate eye cream instantly hydrates for a plumping and lifting effect, and a more youthful appearance
  • Skin-friendly enzymes, vitamin c and coconut water electrolytes brighten and smooth skin's appearance
  • AquaCacteen (derived from prickly pear cactus) ensures a hydrating, nourishing formula that leaves skin smooth and firm
  • Made in the USA with a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients
  • Dermatologist-tested, certified GMO free, vegan, certified cruelty free, certified gluten free
  • FSC certified and recyclable packing used
  • For parched/depleted skin
  • To use: am and pm, apply to clean skin
  • RRP $25.99 AUD for 18g, but do shop around (I bought mine at half-price)


Verdict

This product isn't awful but it hasn't done anything for me and it's nowhere near hydrating enough for my dry skin, so I'm looking forward to finishing it and moving on to something else.

It's a thin, odourless product that feels like a gel in texture, and it spreads and applies well. Note that I need to use more of this than I do regular eye creams because it's not very concentrated, so I need to use enough to ensure that my whole eye area is covered. This means it's not good value on a price-per-use basis.

To start with I was using this twice-daily by itself as my only eye product, but I found that within three days, my eye area had dried out and become more wrinkly. My skin also felt more uncomfortable and I looked older (especially when I tried applying eyeshadow), so I had to introduce an eye cream over the top to manage that issue.

After testing it for a few weeks, I sent it to the overnight spot and I'm now using it as a 'booster' to lay down a few hours after my normal eye cream before I go to bed. It's not really performing any function here, although I suppose I can say that it does leave a slight coating on the skin so perhaps it's helping to seal in my other products.

On the claims: no it doesn't plump or lift my eye area; no it's not nourishing or hydrating enough for my dry skin; no it doesn't brighten or smooth my eye area; and no it doesn't give my eyes a more youthful appearance. 

Overall I don't like this eye cream and I can't recommend it. It hasn't done anything for me and it's not hydrating enough to use on its own, and it's also worth noting that plenty of other reviewers have made similar comments to mine (see eg the reviews on nourishedlife.com.au), so it's not just me and I personally would avoid this product.

Does nothing for me.

It feels like ages since I wrote a review post because I've been so busy with work, so blogging has taken a backseat lately and the posts I've been able to write have mainly related to panning projects etc - so it's nice to sit down and write a review post again, although do bear with me because I'm feeling a little rusty!

As you may know, I've been cycling through natural deodorants this year because my skin has become sensitive to standard deodorants, and this Sukin version is next on the list. While I think it's ok for winter, it's not the best one I've found to date so I wouldn't buy it again. More on that below.


Sukin claims/product details:

  • An aluminium free deodorant that provides a natural option for preventing unwanted odour
  • Aloe vera, burdock and nettle extracts help to cool and soothe skin after shaving, while added zinc helps prevent bacteria growth, keeping you smelling fresh
  • Citrus and aromatic oils including tangerine, mandarin, lavender and vanilla provide a fresh aroma and leave you feeling clean and refreshed
  • Tip: if you've been using an antiperspirant, it can take a few weeks for the armpit to detox, so keep up with it! Keep in mind that you will still perspire with a natural deodorant, but it will be odour free
  • We recommend a patch test before use because it is not recommended for sensitive skin
  • To use: spray body and underarms as required
  • RRP $6.95 AUD for 125ml, but do shop around


Verdict

I think this deodorant is ok and it's working well enough for me during the winter months, but it's not without issue so I wouldn't buy it again.

It's a fluid deodorant that comes in a spray bottle, and it has that familiar Sukin scent I've always enjoyed. Do note, though, that the fragrance isn't strong so it doesn't linger on the skin and I can't smell it on my clothes either - which may be a good thing for some, but I prefer a slightly stronger scent that does more towards keeping me smelling fresh throughout the day.

One thing to note about this product is that I need to use quite a bit to get it to work. To start with I used a couple of sprays per armpit, but I found that wasn't enough to stop me stinking so I now use five sprays per arm - meaning I'm getting through the bottle rather quickly, so it's not great value on a price-per-use basis.

Also, this stuff doesn't dry well so it always runs down my body after application, and I've seen a few reviewers comment on this aspect so it's something to be aware of (see eg beautyheaven's website for more reviews).

Another thing to note is that my armpits have become a little itchy after using this daily for the past month, so I agree with the product claim that mentions it may not suit sensitive skin. While the itching is nowhere near as bad as what I've experienced with standard deodorants, I don't expect any sensitivity with natural deodorants so I'm disappointed that this one has irritated me a bit.

As for effect, it does work and I haven't been stinky while I've been using it, but it's currently winter so I'm not sure how well it would go in summer when I'm likely to get more sweaty. Still, I've used other natural deodorants that don't work during the cooler months at all, so this one's better than average on that front and I reckon it's fine to use if you're someone who doesn't perspire that much.

Overall I think this deodorant is ok but it's not my favourite (I prefer eg A'kin's offering, reviewed here) so I wouldn't buy it again - especially because it has left my underarms feeling a little itchy, and that's not what I expect from my natural deodorants.

Ok but not perfect.

Hello and welcome to my next round of Project Dent!

I've already dented this palette this year but that was six months ago and I wanted to have another go at it because I'm considering panning it in 2020 (I have three of these Hourglass edits and this one's my least favourite of the three so I don't need it in my collection).


Nevertheless, I really like it and I'm looking forward to using it daily for the next fortnight. If you're interested, I've reviewed it here

Essentially it's up to Hourglass' usual standards, and if you like Hourglass products, then I suspect you'll like this.


So, here's how my palette is looking today, 16 July 2019:


Below I've enhanced the above shot for clarity:


As you can see, I've made some decent progress on this thing already. There's visible pan showing on the highlighter (top middle) and the bronzer (bottom left) is very close to showing pan too.

While there's still plenty of work to be done on the other shades, I know I can get some progress happening in the next two weeks because the pans are small and should show progress reasonably quickly.

Wish me luck!

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to another Project Dent update post.

I've now been using this bronzer every day for two weeks, and while I've really enjoyed using it, it's time to move on to something else.


My review of this bronzer is here if you'd like to see it. Essentially this is my favourite bronzer formula of all time: it blends and applies beautifully, it looks gorgeous on the skin, plus it airbrushes my face so I look younger when I'm wearing it. Winning.

Indeed, if you haven't tried these yet, I urge you to jump in-store and have one applied to your face. They're just heavenly and I couldn't live without mine.


So, here's how my bronzer looked two weeks ago when I introduced it to Project Dent:


And here's how it's looking today, after two weeks' daily use:


Below I've enhanced the above two shots for clarity.

Two weeks ago:


Today:


While we're not seeing a huge amount of progress on this thing, at least we can say that the air-bubbles on the surface have changed - so it's clear that I've used it over the denting period.

The other thing I can say just by looking at my bronzer is that it's starting to look rather flat now (so the original dome shape has been worn down) - which isn't surprising because I've had it for years and it's high time I started thinking about finishing it before it gets too old. Indeed, I may look at panning it next year. We'll see.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to another update post for Project Dent.

I've now been using this palette for two weeks, and I'm ready to update you and move on to something else. I'm also looking forward to showing you how much progress I've made over the denting period, so let's get straight into it!


Do note that this Hourglass quint in Monochrome is my favourite of the three I own (I've reviewed it here) and it's the first one I bought so it encouraged me to buy two more, which unfortunately I don't like as much.

Still, I enjoy the formula of Monochrome and I love how it airbrushes my eyelids and makes me look younger. Very few shadows can do that, and it's one of the reasons why I love this palette so much.


So, here's how my palette looked two weeks ago:


And here's how it's looking today, after two weeks' daily use:


Below I've enhanced the above two shots for clarity.

Two weeks ago:


 Today:


As you can see, I've finally broken the back of this palette in terms of visible progress. I knew I'd hit pan on the pink during this round of Project Dent, but I've also done it on the cream shade and I'm a hair's breadth from reaching pan on the matte lavender.

While it's not too surprising that I've made some good visible progress in only two weeks because I've owned this palette for years and it's had plenty of use, it's nice to see that I've finally gotten somewhere - and that's no mean feat because these shadows have plenty of pigment and it took me ages to drill down and finally see some pan.

Overall it's been a good round of Project Dent and I still love this palette as much as I always have, plus the shadows are still the same as they were when I bought them so they haven't started to age yet and I can hopefully keep this palette in my collection for a good while longer.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

Hello and welcome to my first empties post for the month.

I'm super behind on posting again because I've had so much work on lately, and I'm still trying to learn how to juggle the kids, the extra work and normal household duties while still having enough time to post. I suspect things won't calm down much until my son starts kinder next year. We'll see.

Anyhoo. Empties. Let's have a look.


L'Occitane Aqua Gel Cleanser

Full review here. I enjoyed using this cleanser, but the ingredients list concerned me a bit so I wouldn't buy it again.

It lathers nicely and the lather it creates feels rich, velvety and cleansing - but it doesn't foam like crazy or feel astringent on my skin. Do note, though, that the third listed ingredient is sodium laureth sulfate and the last one is parfum, so this does contain things that may irritate the skin and I would test this first if you're prone to sensitivity - or just avoid it completely.

What I love about this product, however, is that it cleans my skin nicely and doesn't feel too harsh or irritating - nor does it feel like it's stripped my skin or dried it out, despite daily use. So there are things to like about it, but it's not perfect. Repurchase? No.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner

I think this product is fine, but it's not my favourite toner from Andalou so I wouldn't buy it again. I've reviewed it here.

The product smells like roses and while I've never liked that particular scent, it's not strong and it's also natural so I can live with it. As for efficacy, while it does feel soothing on the skin and it's not drying, it's not as hydrating as Andalou's coconut version (reviewed here) and it doesn't have the same firming/toning effect - so although I enjoy using it, it doesn't have enough punch for me personally. It should suit sensitive skin though, so it's one to keep in mind if that's you. Repurchase? No.


Madara AHA Brightening Peel Mask

Full review here. This is a good product, and while it's not the most effective peel I've used, I like that it's gentle enough that I can use it a few times a week if I want to without upsetting my skin.

When applied, this has a tingling effect that tells me it's working. It's not an uncomfortable feeling - it just feels as though it's eating away at dead skin (lovely ; )). After use my skin looks brighter and feels smoother, plus it feels firmer and gently resurfaced. It's the kind of product that does its job without causing any discomfort or irritation - or at least it hasn't for me.

Nevertheless, I still prefer Skinstitut's Enzymatic Micro Peel (reviewed here), which is a very similar product - it's just a bit cheaper (and often available on special), and I think the Skinstitut is more hydrating than this one, so it suits my dry skin better while still delivering the same results. Purchase? No.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Hydrating

While I do like this primer and think it works well as a base for makeup, it's not very hydrating and I can't tell much difference between this one and the Blemish-less version (reviewed here), which is designed for oily/combination skin.

It's a lightweight gel product and it leaves behind a slightly tacky finish that's good for makeup application because it helps products adhere. I can also see and feel that it creates a smooth canvas, and it sits well under makeup. Plus I think it makes my makeup last a little longer. 

What this doesn't do well, however, is hydrate. When I apply it, it feels lightweight and smoothing - but it doesn't feel nourishing enough for my dry skin. Indeed, it feels like one of those primers that sits on top of the skin, rather than penetrating and delivering moisture. So while it's a decent primer overall, it's not hydrating enough for me personally. Repurchase? No.


Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream SPF 15, Normal to Dry Skin

I included this little sample in one of my larger samples posts, it's just that I haven't got around to uploading that post because I'm super behind!

It's meant to be hydrating and should leave the skin feeling quenched and comfortable, and looking fresh and radiant. What I found however was that it was nowhere near hydrating enough for me, and it sat on top of my skin - rather than sinking in and delivering nourishment. For this reason I needed to add another moisturiser over the top to help with dryness, so it's safe to say that it's not the right moisturiser for me. Purchase? No.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum

I love this stuff. It made my skin look so much better that other people even noticed the difference. That's saying something! I've reviewed it here.

It's a fluid serum that offers some pretty amazing results. Not only does it spread and absorb well, but it also has a brightening effect so it boosts radiance. On top of that, it plumps fine lines and wrinkles so it makes my skin look smoother, and it has an effect on how firm and toned my face feels as well. 

This is one of the few serums that I've given an HG tag. I've already bought myself the full-size. Repurchase? Yes.


Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub

I received a couple of these scrubs as GWPs and I'd meant to review this one but finished it before I could, so I'll have to review it before I finish my second tube.

It claims to lift and buff away dead skin cells and built-up dirt and grime, while nourishing, hydrating and brightening the skin. I reckon it does those things, and while it does contain scrubby matter, it doesn't feel too scratchy on the skin and I don't find it to be too harsh. It also contains heaps of scrubby matter, so a little goes a long way and even this 30ml sample lasted me ages. I definitely enjoy it, and I'm looking forward to reviewing my second tube. Purchase? Maybe.

Natio Ageless Hydrating Mask

Full review here. This product did nothing for me so I'm glad I've finished it and can now move on to something else.

It's not hydrating (if anything, my face feels drier after use) and it doesn't get in there and nourish my skin where I need it most. I also haven't noticed any other positive benefits - so it doesn't eg brighten, soothe or clarify my skin - and I honestly think the whole process of using it is a waste of time, or at least it is in my case. Repurchase? No.


Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream

Full review here. This is a good, simple eye cream that hydrates my dry eye area without weighing it down. It's lightweight and absorbs well, and while my eyes didn't look too bad while I used this, it's only just hydrating enough for my dry skin and something richer would smooth out my eye area more effectively.

It also doesn't do anything for my fine lines or wrinkles, nor does it brighten my eye area or plump my skin to make it appear more youthful. It's a one-trick pony kind of product (or at least it is in my experience), so that's something to keep in mind - especially when you consider the price-tag. It may suit those with younger eyes than mine (or those who don't have dry skin), but it doesn't do enough for me personally. Purchase? No.

Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream

This is described as a rich, non-greasy body cream that's especially formulated for skin that's mature, dry, irritated or inflamed. It's designed to deeply nourish, hydrate and comfort aggravated skin while still allowing skin to breathe.

Unfortunately I didn't like this at all. I found that it didn't absorb well, and it almost had a slightly chalky texture that I didn't enjoy. It also left my skin feeling dry after use, and I needed to use a lot per application because it didn't spread well, so I don't think the full size would be good value on a price-per-use basis. Not for me. Purchase? No.

In sum

That's all from me! I hope you enjoyed this empties post and that you have plenty of your own empties for the month.

The best items in this lot were the Lancome serum, the Acure scrub and the Madara peel - everything else I can take or leave.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x
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