Welp, been gone for six months. I’m sort of struggling with the blog and my relationship with makeup. I’m sure fellow readers of beauty blogs have come across similar posts elsewhere. I’m not quite at the point of shutting everything down quite yet. Despite the irregular posts and long absences I actually thing about blogging this and that a lot – I just don’t get round to doing it. In terms of my priorities at the moment, blogging isn’t really that high up. Beauty bloggers will know that blogging takes up a chunk of time and while I do enjoy it I don’t want to neglect my family either. Luckily my goal for the blog has never been for money/freebies and the like, honestly just want to share my opinions in hope that it might help someone out there 🙂 So I guess I just want to say that I will continue but do pardon for the lack of posts.
I’ll kick things off with an empties post. I’ve got loads of them, it’s been yonks since I’ve done a post after all. I must admit I’ve chucked a few things away without documenting them. Or rather I should say the photos and notes are gone when my phone got stolen earlier this year. Anyway here’s what I got:
Starting from left to right:
SANA Super Quick Melty Gel Liner EX in 01 Black Chocolate – Made in Japan
Reviewed before, also used up another in the brown chocolate colour. This is the ‘Melty’ version, and I do find that it is more prone to smudging than the older version, their regular formula. Repurchase? No, not the ‘melty’ ones.
KATE slim gel pencil in BK-1 (0.12g) – Made in Japan
I think this and SANA’s gel pencils share the same manufacturer. SANA is slightly cheaper than KATE IIRC. This is the regular SANA formula, and I bought this from KATE simply because I couldn’t find the SANA one. Repurchase? Yesh.
Lancome Hypnose mascara in black (6.5ml) – Made in France
My first Lancome mascara and now I know why they are so popular. I remember liking the brush and formula, and that the results were good. However I wished the handle (also the lid) is shaped better – longer and without that odd ‘pinched’ end. I find it hard to hold and grip. In the same photo, the NARS tube is nicely designed (longer and grippy), more user friendly. Repurchase? Of all higher-end mascaras Lancome’s are probably the most affordable. If there’s a nice set like they do often here (mascara with free eyeliner pencil + mini eye makeup remover) then I might be tempted. Otherwise I’m in no hurry to replace this. I’m repeating myself again here but only Japanese mascaras hold the curl on my straight droopy lashes. (more…)
Unfortunately that is not a typo and these are indeed my empties for March. Things on the private side have taken over the past 30 days. Without going into that I’ll only say that it wasn’t all good news and I either wasn’t in the mood to blog or I simply didn’t have the occasion to update my blog as I would have liked. Anyway I have put this behind me and am looking ahead, starting firstly with a new job next week! I’ll be saying goodbye to Champs-Elysees and hello to St. Germain des Pres! I’ve spent more or less the past three years in that area and it will be a nice change working in a little closer to home and on the left bank. Makeup-wise this means I won’t be as close to Sephora (the Champs-Elysees being also the only one with MAC I might add) but I’ll have Citypharma instead.
Here are my empties of last month (March), and hopefully the ones for April (not that many anyway) won’t take another month to appear. There are quite a lot (for me), so a good month all in all.
Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm (4.5ml)
This balm is packed full of natural oils and extracts so expect it to smell as such. It is very comfortable to wear and I’ve used quite a few pots of this in the past and have always preferred the pot to the stick. It is also a good base before you put your lipstick on because it doesn’t leave your lips all slippery and glossy. Because of the packaging (glass jar + hygienic reasons) I keep this in the house only and use it mainly before bed. I normally don’t have a problem with this but we had a particularly cold and dry winter this year and I did find myself needing to reapply with more frequency. There were times when I happened to awake in the middle of the night and felt my lips were so dry that I needed to get up and find the balm. Oddly this didn’t happen when I use Kiehl’s. To me this means either that the petroleum in Kiehl’s acts as a nice barrier or that the Dr. Hauschka gets absorbed a lot more quickly instead of just sitting there. I don’t really know. I used the jar up really fast.
Repurchase? No, but only because I prefer more portable versions, even for ones I keep at home.
Dr. Hauschka Almond Body Lotion (145ml)
This is a heavy duty type of lotion that I put to good use during the harsh winter we had. Smells divinely of almond, not the artificial almond food extract type but one with a real warmth, slightly milky. Consistency is a thickish but spreadable lotion that’s absorbed quickly. I didn’t experience any sort of tightness and saw an improvement to the skin during the period I used it exclusively. This is worth trying out if you have very dry skin and are into organic, natural skincare. I think it may be too much for me in the warmer months, but I really enjoyed using this.
A note about the packaging: this comes in a glass bottle with a pump spout. It’s a little clunky and not very travel-friendly. The pump couldn’t get the last of the lotion out but luckily the top can be unscrewed.