I haven't tried many products lately that I've liked enough to send to my monthly favourites list, so what I've done is have a look through the things I'm currently using to work out which ones I reach for over the others on a regular basis. It wasn't hard to narrow things down from there.

Let's have a look.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in 213

Full review here. This is my HG foundation for day-use and I honestly don't know what I'd do without it. It's one of the most natural-looking foundations I've ever used and it's undetectable on the skin, which is exactly what I'm after.

While it doesn't build well so I can't get even a medium coverage from it, I'm happy with a light-medium for day-use - especially because it doesn't announce itself as makeup. What it does is even out imperfections and add a natural radiance, without sitting in pores or fine lines. It's super hydrating too. Can't rave about this enough.

Becca First Light Priming Filter

Full review here. This is currently my HG primer and I absolutely love it. I recently bought my second bottle because I finished the last one in 2018, and I'm so glad to have it on hand again because it's easily one of the best primers I've used.

What this does is brighten my skin and add a subtle luminescence, so my tinted moisturiser always looks better when I've got this on underneath. It's been designed to counteract any dull yellow tones in the skin, and I absolutely agree that it does this. Love.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in I've Never

Full review here. I can't get enough of this thing, and I bought another one earlier in the year because I enjoy using them so much. Yes they're expensive, but damn that packaging is out of this world and I feel so special whenever I use it that I reckon the outlay is worth it - something I've never said before with a high-end lipstick because you can find so many good ones on a budget.

While it's true that the formula is great - it lasts well and you only need a little each time because it's so pigmented - I will say that it doesn't minimise my lip texture, which is the only reason why I haven't given the formula an HG tag. Still, I can fix that issue with a gloss so all is not lost. Gorgeous.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminiser in Fenty Glow

I'm sure you've heard this lip gloss raved about in the beauty community before. A lot of people have gone nuts for it and I can see why: it feels lovely on, it smells good and it also looks beautiful on the lips. I've reviewed it here.

One thing I don't like about this gloss is that it's not hydrating on me and it tends to dry my lips out if I use it too often, so I've kept it aside to use as my going out gloss - which is nice because it feels more special that way and it was more expensive than my other glosses so it makes sense for me to make it last. I like the packaging and the plumping effect it gives my lips too. It's just a nice product and it looks so pretty on.

Palmolive Body Butter Coffee Scrub Exfoliating Body Wash

Full review here. This is one of the nicest body washes I've ever used, and while yes it makes for a terrible body scrub because it doesn't contain enough scrubby matter and the matter itself is pretty useless, if you don't buy it for that and just consider it a wash, it doesn't matter.

It's one of the most amazing products I've ever smelled. It smells like coffee ice cream or Baileys Irish Cream (the drink). It's a creamy product and the pH isn't too high so it's gentle on skin, and while it doesn't lather well (and I do need to use a bit more product than I normally would), if you get it onto a shower puff then you'll get more bang for your buck. Plus it's cheap. Can't beat that.

In sum

Them's my favourites for the month!

I've been doing my favourites a little earlier each month for a while now, and I've found that makes things easier at the end of the month when I need to wind up my panning projects and do my empties posts. Just in case you were wondering!

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

Hello and welcome to another Project Dent update post for the year.

While I haven't quite been denting this palette for two weeks (it's more like ten days), I've had enough of it now and I have so many other items I need to cycle through before the end of the year that I would rather keep things moving.

If you're interested, my review of this palette is here.

Essentially the quality isn't quite as good as the other Marc Jacobs palettes I own (not unusual for purples), and it's so cool-toned that I don't use it alone and need to reach for at least one warm shade (often two) so my eye looks don't clang with my colouring. 

Also, it's not as everyday appropriate as the other Marc Jacobs septets I own so it doesn't slot into my routine as easily as the others do. And while I don't dislike it, I can definitely see myself wanting to pan it down the track because I don't need it in my collection.

So, here's how the left side of my palette looked ten days ago:

And today:

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

Ten days ago:


So I haven't made a huge amount of progress on this but you can see that I've used it. 

All four of these shades are showing changes on their surfaces, and while we're not seeing any dips, at least I can say they've all been used.

The right side of my palette, ten days ago (noting that the first shade is repeated):


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

Ten days ago:


As above, we're not seeing huge amounts of progress on this thing but we can definitely tell that I've used it over the denting period.

The shade that's currently showing the most progress is the matte grey (right) because I use this every time I use the palette, but even that hasn't got a dent yet so I can tell that it's going to be a while before we see any big changes in this septet.

That's all from me. I'm glad I've managed to cycle through this palette and I'm looking forward to using my next one, with my aim being to use every palette I own before the end of the year.

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

Hello and welcome to my next round of Project Dent for the year.

While I still need to wind-up my last round of this challenge, I'll be doing that as soon as the sun comes out this morning (when I'll be able to take progress shots) - so I thought I may as well introduce my next item now in order to keep things moving.

If you're interested, my review of this Marc Jacobs Edgitorial palette is here.

Long story short, I absolutely love the formula of these palettes and there's a reason why I ended up buying five of them: they work for me and I really enjoy using them.

This one in Edgitorial is the first one I bought so I'm more likely to hit pan on this faster than I am the others I own - for the simple reason that I've used it more because I've had it for longer. 

So, here's how the left side of my palette is looking today, 14 September 2019:

Below I've enhanced the above shot for clarity:

The right side of my palette (noting that the first shade is repeated):

Below I've enhanced the above shot for clarity:

I have a pretty good dip happening in that shimmery green, and I'm expecting that to be the first shadow that shows pan. Whether this will happen over the next two weeks I don't know, but I do know that we'll be seeing some pan here soon enough.

That's all from me. I'm really looking forward to using this palette again because I love it, and although it's probably not the right palette to be introducing at the beginning of spring (it's better for the cooler months), I've never worried about seasonal colours too much so I'll happily use it for the next fortnight.

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

Hello and welcome to another round of Project Dent for the year.

I realised last night that I haven't dented my individual highlighters all year, which must have happened because I panned a highlighter earlier on and forgot to cycle through them while I was focusing on that. Oops!

At least I've realised while there's still enough time left in 2019 to give them all a good go, so that's what I'll be doing for the next few rounds of Project Dent.

First up, my Becca highlighter in Prismatic Amethyst. If you're interested, my review of this product is here

Essentially I love this highlighter and I recommend it. It's my favourite highlighter of all the ones I own and I've given it an HG tag. I love the colour, it applies and blends well, and it doesn't emphasise texture (unlike my other Becca highlighters).

Can't beat that.

So, here's how my highlighter is looking today, 14 September 2019:

Below I've enhanced the above shot for clarity:

As you can see, I've hit a little bit of pan in this but that's only because I've drilled down with my brush - the rest of the product isn't showing a huge amount of use.

What I plan to do over the denting period is expand that pan a good amount, and also make the rest of the product look a little more loved. Looking forward!

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

Hello and welcome to another Project Dent update post for the year.

Please note that while I usually dent things for two weeks, I've only been using this highlighter for eight days and I'm ready to update this post now because it's not my favourite and I want to pass it on before I've used it too much.

I reviewed this product earlier today: see here if you're interested.

Essentially the formula is too dry for me (and it can look dry on my already dry skin), plus the product contains noticeable glitter and it can also emphasise texture on my cheeks (like open pores). That's why I'm passing it on.

Let's get straight into progress shots.

Here's how my highlighter looked eight days ago:

And here's how it looks today:

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

Eight days ago:


So we're not seeing a huge amount of progress - which isn't surprising because the product is new and I didn't dent it for long - but we can at least see some changes on the surface of the pan.

I'm now looking forward to giving this to a friend of mine, who works for a women's shelter - I know someone else will love this a lot more than I do.

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

I included this highlighter as part of Project Dent over a week ago, and I've now used it enough to review it.

Long story short, it's ok but it's not my favourite formula (it's too dry for starters), so I plan to wind up Project Dent shortly and send this product to a better home. More on that below.

Mecca claims/product details:

  • The award-winning, glow-bestowing powder that makes your complexion appear to glow from the inside out
  • Beauty comes from within but we'd never turn down an extra dose of instant radiance, especially when it comes in the form of this luxuriously buttery highlighting powder
  • A Mecca favourite, this makeup bag must-have is available in three shades of face-flattering glow to suit any complexion, complete with ultra-fine pigments to instantly revive lacklustre skin
  • RRP $48 AUD for the full-size

There it is, direct sunlight:

Light and heavy swatches, indirect sunlight:

Direct sunlight:

I've left this one out-of-focus so you can see the glitter:


While I don't mind this highlighter, it's not my favourite and I'm not going to keep it for a few reasons.

First, it's a dry, hard powder and I prefer my powders to be creamier. It's not so easy to pick this up with my brush, the texture doesn't feel nice and the product also looks dry on my already dry skin, which isn't unusual when powders are this dry in the pan. It looks especially dry when I try to build it, and for this reason I prefer not to use it on my eyes - which I'm not happy about because I love using highlighters on my eyes.

Second, it contains noticeable glitter. Sure, it's finely milled and it isn't super obvious on the skin, but I'm still aware of it and I can see it on my face when I step into the light. This means it's never going to look natural (glitter is a dead give-away), and that's not what I want.

Third, it emphasises texture on me. While it's not the worst I've found when it comes to emphasising texture, it definitely does that and my pores always look more noticeable when I wear this. I don't want my highlighters to do that, so it's not a keeper for that reason too.

The good news is that it's on the subtle side, so I don't need to be careful when I use this (with really pigmented highlighters, I need to use a super light touch with my brush). While that aspect suits me, I've seen others complain that it's not intense enough - so do test this before purchase if you're interested in it.

While I like the colour in theory, in practice it can look a little frosty on my light/medium to medium, yellow-based skin, and more golden highlighters typically suit me better. 

Overall I don't hate this highlighter but it's not my favourite for the reasons mentioned and I don't plan to keep mine. Still, I can see why people love it because it is pretty - it just doesn't suit my personal needs.

Not for me.

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

I finished this Hourglass foundation yesterday and I couldn't find a single thing I wanted to replace it with, so for now I'll just update you on this empty and I may or may not introduce another item later in the month.

Indeed, my panning journey has been so successful that I'm quickly running out of things I want to pan. Perhaps this may change next year when some of my products are a little older and closer to being finished, but for now, I'm not going to add in extra products just for the sake of it.

There's the product above. It's definitely empty! Do note however that I retained around 3ml in a little pot to use over the summer on those forty plus degree days - for the simple reason that no other base I've found survives the heat like this one does. Otherwise it's done.

You'll see my markers below:

So it took me six months to pan this thing, and I'd had it for a while before that and had already used quite a bit when I started panning it, meaning it's a good-value product and I may well buy it again. 

For now, though, I'm keen to try new foundations to see if I can find something else I love to add to my current HG list of two products (being Kevyn Aucoin's The Etheralist and Koh Gen Do's Aqua Foundation).

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

I wrote my last monthly positives post exactly one month ago, so it seemed like a good day to write my next one today - especially because the sun is out and it's not too cold, which is always going to put me in a better mood.

Let's get straight into it.

Our solar panels are up and running

Yes, they're finally here. After a long wait (we were booked in back in April, but then the rebates ran out) and a good few hiccups along the way - including delays due to bad weather - they're finally up and they're working.

While they've only been up for two weeks so we're yet to see how much they've done for our power bill, it feels good to know that they're done and that we no longer need to think about them. And hip hip hooray that they were installed just before the onset of spring.

Now, to find the budget for a solar powered hot water system and a grey water arrangement in the bathroom...

I've read my first book in three years

While I kept reading books during both my pregnancies and also after the birth of my daughter, once my son was born (he's almost three now), I stopped reading. Why? Too damn tired. It's the same reason why both my husband and I struggle to watch TV shows with subtitles these days: having two pre-schoolers keeps us so exhausted that we just don't have the energy for it.

But I finished off a book yesterday, and it didn't take me anywhere near as long to read as I thought it would. Indeed, knocking off just 20 to 30 pages a day will get you somewhere pretty quickly, and I was able to concentrate on it better than I thought I would too. Hooray to that. So I'm back on the reading train and plan to stay there. I've missed it.

My chilblains are starting to heal

Ever since having children, I've suffered from the most painful and severe chilblains. I can't tell you how bad they are. As soon as it starts getting colder, my fingers become red and swollen, they crack, they blister and bleed, and they burn, split and sting whenever they come into contact with something (which is a lot, given we're talking about my hands).

This year I've had them for over four months now, and it's only been in the last week that they've started to heal (bring on the warm weather). It's the cold that does it, although I only started getting them when we had kids and not when we lived in Berlin, despite how freezing it was there. I think it has something to do with all the washing I have to do these days, plus having to wash my hands a lot (after nappy changes etc), and also walking around outside in the chill with the pram.

The faster it gets warmer, the faster they will heal.

My son has been accepted to kinder

While we were always going to get my son into my daughter's kindergarten next year because they prioritise siblings, it's nice to have it confirmed and know that we've got the days we asked for.

What this means is that we'll have both kids in the same spot next year, so drop off and pick up will be easier because everything will be in the same place. Hallelujah. It will also mean that both kids will now be in full-day care, three times a week (my son currently only does half-days at childcare). Double hallelujah. We won't know ourselves!

I'm also unbelievably thrilled that my son will be able to experience the same kinder as my daughter, because it's a wonderful place and I know he'll love it just as much as she does. I can't wait to see his little world expand as he becomes part of that community and has new adventures and experiences. Yay.

I've been able to buy some new makeup this month

As you may know, I was on skincare and makeup no buys for the first six months of this year, and while they've been lifted since June, I haven't bought much since then because I don't need more stuff.

However this month I've run out of my brow pencil and I'm low on mascara, lip gloss and concealer, meaning I've been able to make a few purchases from Mecca and also in the Sephora 20 percent off sale this morning.

It's really nice to buy new makeup when you actually need it, I must say. Too often in the past I've bought it just because I've wanted it - but it's nicer to buy something you both want and need. I'll be sticking to this from now on: I don't want any more stuff in my collection unless it's filling a gap.

In sum

That's all from me.

I hope you enjoyed this little post and that you have plenty of your own positives for the month.

I'm looking forward to this warmer weather continuing, I must say. Gosh it makes a huge difference!

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

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