So I've been hoarding all my rubbish for you all to give you my run down of my thoughts on these products and ultimately if they are good enough to re purchase!
Clinique Take The Day off Cleansing Balm - One of those products that has been around for a while, I was just a little late on the band wagon to try it. If you are like me and wear a full face of makeup you will know sometimes its a mission to remove especially if you like to use long wearing products! Removing my makeup at the end of the day with this stuff is SO quick and easy! You only need an almond sized amount massaging it over your makeup which starts to melt into a balmy liquid dissolving everything! You can imagine things look a little crazy but then take a hot flannel and it all wipes away like a dream leaving the skin feeling supple, moisturised and completely clean without that tight and dry feeling some foaming cleansers do . Its somehow so lightweight and non greasy even though its an oily balm consistency? Its gentle on eyes and is fragrance free which I love. Hands down the best makeup remover I have used! I have already re purchased this and I think its safe to say I will buy this time and time again! $65 RRP from Farmers
Benefit Ready Set Brow - I recieved this clear brow gel in my goodie bag from the benefit brow launch recently and I have already run out of it because its not a full size and I have been obsessed since I tried it! Ive always thought clear brow gels were pointless but this stuff has changed my mind it sets the brow hairs perfectly in place and they don't move or stray all day! I will be re purchasing two of these very soon one for me and one to go into my freelance kit! Highly recommend! $42 RRP
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing mask with Rose Clay - Being a bit of an oily gal and having a lot of congested skin on my chin and nose I LOVE a good clay mask to draw blackheads out and this one is very good! I try and use it once a week as it feels very clarifying. I would say this is an amazing alternative to glam glow super mud clearing treatment if you didn't want to fork out $117 as the origins is less than half the price at $43 from Mecca Cosmetica. I think next I would like to try the Origins Clear Improvement mask which is a charcoal based one. Origins is such a great affordable skincare range in my opinion! http://meccabeauty.co.nz
Too Faced Hang Over RX Primer - This is one popular product! I struggled for so long to get my hands on this as quite a few of the bigger youtubers raved about it resulting in it always being sold out. It felt like winning the lottery when I finally managed to grab it! Its very moisturising and almost feels like giving your skin a drink after applying it, Once rubbed in it creates a slightly tacky base perfect for foundation to stick to. Really nice if your slightly dry but I found it still worked for me being combo normal-oily. BUT I feel that the Nivea for men sensitive post shave balm gives the exact same feeling to the skin, Except the too faced smells amazing and the Nivea obviously smells more of a manly smell! However the consistency I feel is the same but Nivea being available from your local supermarket around $10-$12 and the Too Faced primer $50 NZD
Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne - I adore this fragrance! Its very fresh and almost zesty smelling making it really uplifting to wear. Being my first ever Jo Malone perfume I have been extremely impressed with the scent, the packaging is very chic but I have to say I don't feel that the scent lasts all that long on me. Maybe thats a good thing Im not sure but I don't think I will be repurchasing this one. It doesn't quite have the longevity like my Coco Chanel Mademoiselle or Stellar by Stellar McCartney. $90 for a 30ml bottle from the Jo Malone store in Britomart
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Heat Protectant - If you want to take the guilt out of straightening your hair and damaging it you need this stuff in your life! It makes my hair feel like silk and also provides wicked humidity resistance if your prone to get a little frizz. Protects from the heat and also like a leave in treatment moisturising the hair but not at all heavy. I really do think this is the secret to getting that salon feeling hair at home! RRP $48
My bathroom cabinet is pretty laden with half used hair products so I should be a good girl and use them up before buying any more!
Mac Extended Play Giga black Lash Mascara - This is my tried and true waterproof mascara that I use on all my brides. Super black, Very waterproof, Doesn't flake or smudge. A little hard to remove like all water proof mascaras but thats always a given! I will be using this on my wedding day very soon :)
Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist - This was a recommendation from beauty blogger Tamira Jarrel - She has fabulous taste in beauty so I jumped right on asos and ordered this when she spoke nothing but good things about it. I too have really enjoyed this product, I like to use it for setting makeup. It makes my makeup look beautifully dewy and locks things in nicely for the day. Smells incredible and something I have noticed the more I have become obsessed with trying setting sprays is the spray mist is super fine so it evenly disperses across the face without making those little water marks that sometimes heavier sprays can put out disrupting the finish of your base. $42
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - When people ask me what my favourite mascara 99% of the time I will recommend this one, I think this mascara is just as good as other high end brands and at around $20 its so much more affordable yet in my opinion still ticks all the boxes gives great volume and length and the comb like want separates the lashes really well!
Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Cream - Aside from the fact I am not a mum and more so on the lush addict scale of things! This Yummy Mummy shower cream was a limited edition item from a mothers day promotion, I have to say Lush shower gels and creams are such an addiction that I ignored the fact it was advertised towards mums because it smelled so bloody good! In fact they ALL smell amazing. My shower is never with out a lush shower gel and I will forever purchase them! A guilty pleasure perhaps! $34.95 500ml bottle
Kudos to you if you managed to read all that! After typing out all that I think next time I won't feature quite so many products :| I hope it was helpful and thanks for reading!
Freelance hairstylist, Makeup Artist and beauty blogger based in Auckland. New zealand