Maybelline Master Strobing Stick | Illuminating Highlighter


Highlight is something I haven't experimented a lot with and it was only last year that I thought to try them! A have tried a few but so far my favourite has been the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. I picked this up at Priceline for around $15 quite a few months back. As far as I know there are two shades available, Light-Iridescent which is a pearly pink and Medium-Nude Glow which is a more champaign shade. I went for Nude Glow as I personally prefer a champaign highlight with my skin tone.

I quite like the packaging, it's sturdy and clicks closed. The name of the shade is clearly placed on both the top and base of the making it easy to see. Compared to the packaging there is actually a small amount of product. That's probably the only thing I wish I could change, other than that I'm impressed. Keeping in mind I don't have too many highlighting products to compare it to, I still love how this appears on my skin. 


The formula is super creamy and easy to blend out. I generally use the tip of my finger to apply with a dabbing motion. I don't find this highlighter glittery and that's a good thing, it has lovely fine shimmer throughout creating that glowy look. I usually like my makeup to be soft and natural. Occasionally I'll glam it up a tiny bit, but for the most part I try to keep my base makeup soft and subtle. This illuminating highlighter allows me to do both and I love that. It's definitely buildable if you prefer a highlight that pops. I'm very impressed with the longetivity as it wears nicely for a good 5-6 hours. Sometime's a little less depending on what foundation I wear. 


I tried taking some photos of swatches and hopefully they're not too bad, I'm still working on it!

Overall I'm very pleased with this highlighter and would not hesitate to repurchase it. Thank you for reading! xx

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 'So Hap'pink'


Hello lovely, today's post is all about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Matt Lipstick in the shade So Hap'pink. Generally I like to use lip colours that are neutral or soft pink. I've started to adventure a little more into darker shades, but never do I go for a bright vibrant shade. When I purchased this shade I was expecting it to be a slightly neutral pink. On my lips it appears more like a bright pink, but not like a barbie pink. It's brighter than the shades I had previously worn but still wearable on my skin tone. I should also mention that when I began wearing this lipstick I would simply use the applicator and swipe it over my lips. I then discovered that if I used my finger afterwards to somewhat blend it out it appeared much more flattering. That's something I do with most lip products now as it just works better in my personal opinion.

This is supposed to be a lipstick with a matt finish and although it dries down matt it doesn't feel tight on my lips. It's actually quite comfortable to wear. However, this product doesn't have a very long wear time. I feel like this doesn't last that long on my lips, maybe 1-2 hours. The packaging makes it easy to bring along in my purse anyway if I want to reapply. If I have dry lips before applying it can look a bit patchy, so I make sure to either use a lip balm or the NYX lip primer. If I have a lip balm on it applies nicely and doesn't fade off patchy (again, only if I've used a balm or primer under). More on the packaging, I actually really like it. The screw on lid is great as I don't have to worry about it accidentally slipping off. I like that it's simple, sleek and just visually appealing. 



The consistency is soft and almost like mousse. I'm not entirely sure how to describe this texture, it's kind of airy and not at all liquidy. It's very smooth to apply. I found that if I dot the product on the centre of both my top and bottom lip then use my finger to blend it out, the finish ends up being quite gorgeous! Now that I've found the best way to apply this product I might look at trying some other shades. I got mine when I was in Switzerland but I know they sell them in Priceline for $19.20. I couldn't find this particular shade online anymore but I haven't checked in stores yet. They do however stock a nice range of shades.

Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations! xx

Trilogy Body Care ♡ Pure Plant Body Oil & Exfoliating Body Balm


A couple of months ago Priceline had 50% off the majority of the skincare brands and of course I didn't hesitate to pop in. For the longest time I've wanted to try something from Trilogy but the pricing is quite a bit over my budget. Even though the price range isn't actually too expensive, it's still higher than what I generally can spend on beauty products. So when I saw that Trilogy was half price I didn't hesitate to pick up a couple of products from their Body Care range. I decided to go with the Pure Plant Body Oil and the Exfoliating Body Balm

Trilogy is a natural skincare brand from New Zealand. Their products claim to be:
- "Supporting ethical trade practices."
- "Recyclable packaging."
- "Against animal testing."
- "Non GMO."

Definitely a winner company wise. Now onto how the products performed.

Pure Plant Body Oil - I'll start with packaging. This body oil comes in a sturdy, slim built pump bottle. The pump is really handy and dispenses a perfect amount at a time. I quite like how the packing is presented with the clear brown colouring, and the white and coral text. This product claims to help with scars, stretch marks and hydration. I was a little unsure about a body oil but had read many great reviews on this so thought I would try it anyway. I apply this all over (except my face) after my shower and I actually really like how it feels. I was expecting it to be very oily and tacky but this product was nothing like that. Instead it applied nicely and sunk in well. It's not like a moisturiser that completely dries down, it took a little time but because it wasn't tacky it didn't bother me at all. I have seen a slight improvement in some scarring but I'm not sure if that's due to this oil or just time passing. Either way, I have fallen in love with product. On the back it says that this is a 'non-scented oil blend'. Overall, I can say that this is a product I see myself repurchasing in the future, my skin feels great afterwards. This usually retails for $27.95.


Exfoliating Body Balm - Again, I love the packaging on this product. The same material and colour scheme. The jar itself is sturdy and holds a nice amount of product. This body balm is an 'intensely hydrating body scrub with sweet almond, rosehip, natural exfoliant.' This is supposed to be used in the shower after cleansing. The texture is smooth and balmy with exfoliating rosehip seeds that are finely ground. This balm leaves a hydrating feel to the skin afterwards. I don't feel the need to moisturise after my shower when I use this balm. This body balm has a lovely scent to it that is subtle enough but still there. It's one of those 'natural but kind of sweet' scents that I'm not sure how to accurately explain. This product usually retails for $35.95. So far this body balm is a favourite body care product of mine. 

Trilogy is a new favourite of mine even though I've only tried two of their products. I will be trying out more of their range and am looking forward to sharing them with you on my blog, hopefully they live up to these!

Let me know if you've tried these or if you recommend something else!

Essano Rosehip Skincare!

Hello hello, today I wanted to write about a few products from the Essano Rosehip range. I received a mini set from my sister last Christmas containing the Micellar Water, Hand Cream, Moisturiser and the Shampoo and Conditioner. I've been using these products for a decent amount of time and thought I should write a post before I run out of them and throw them out. Now I thought this after I had finished the shampoo and conditioner so those are long gone. Either way, in this post I'll be sharing my thoughts on these products!

Essano is a cruelty free brand based in New Zealand. I love that they don't test on animals and use natural ingredients. Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether they are natural or not but I do see myself leaning towards more natural skincare. They're also part of the Sustainable Business Network New Zealand which means their business practises are "...responsible and provide a benefit to our global community, our employees and help protect our natural environment."
I used to the the Garnier Micellar Water before trying this one and personally I much prefer this one. The Garnier micellar water did remove makeup but I felt it left a weird film on my skin. This Essano micellar water removes my makeup so easily without any need to rub. Although you don't have to cleanse afterwards, I do anyway because it's just routine. I've almost run out of this product so I'll be heading out to buy the larger bottle. 

I'm someone who doesn't like to have too many of the same products, so when I have more that two hand creams I don't usually buy any more until I've finished at least one. But I now have quite a few more than two and I've been reaching for most of them equally. I hadn't been reaching for the Essano hand creme until I finished some of my others, but now that I have been I don't know why I didn't before. The formula is super smooth and not sticky (my major pet peeve with hand creams is sticky ones). I like that there is a scent that is subtle enough. My hands do feel nice and soft after using this.

I couldn't find the same moisturiser in the tube, but instead it's now sold in a pump bottle. Either way, this has been my go to facial moisturiser for the past couple of months. First and foremost, this product has not caused me to break out! That is always my biggest fear when trying new products but this moisturiser has done a great job at not only avoiding the breakout issue, but also keeping my skin soft and supple. Sometimes I feel that I needed a bit more on my cheeks as they tend to get very dry. I have almost finished this moisturiser and have already purchased some Simple skincare products, which I'll very likely be sharing here soonish. 

As for the shampoo and conditioner, I did finish them a really long time ago and cannot remember which set it was. I believe I tried the Keratin set but I'm not 100% sure. But I will say that they were very nice to use. When it comes to natural hair care I struggle to find products that genuinely work. The shampoo had some shimmer in it which I found strange, though it didn't show in my hair thank goodness. The scent was lovely and my hair did feel clean and soft. I had the mini version so I used them on my camp.

Before my sister gave this set to me I'd never tried Essano before, but I'm glad I did. They're actually quite affordable!

Hope you're all have an amazing week, and thank you for the support on my last post!

New Daily Persistent Headache | Positive Life Update

(Meet my snake Rapunzel even though she doesn't have anything to do with this post!)

It's been a little while since I wrote about my life with NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache) and today I thought I would write a positive post about it. If you didn't know, half way through grade 11 I developed a sudden headache that never went away. That was in June 2015. I have written several posts about this and they are all easily found in the category NDPH-Headache tab/ label. The first post I ever wrote in regards to this headache was actually written before I knew anything about NDPH and before I realised it would stick around forever. I also have an in-depth post about Living With a Never-ending Headache, I wrote this while I was still in high school. Some of the posts were from before I had a diagnosis and some are from after, nothing much changed between this time except finally having a name for the condition, and even then it was difficult to explain. 

Something I don't think I've ever mentioned online is how downhill my emotional health spiralled during this time. I may have said a brief sentence about it but never went into detail but that was definitely a major thing. Because I have previous posts about what NDPH is and what was happening at the time I won't be going to much into it in this post. This post is about what is happening now and although nothing has changed in regards to the headache itself, my mindset has definitely changed and I am out of that negative headspace. If you have been following those previous posts you would know that I was on a really long list of medications that were trial and error, and I had tried so many treatments including exercises. Just to update further, I still have not found anything that has touched the pain. I have now been off any medication and pain killers since just before Christmas (2016). I decided to do this because nothing was actually helping with the pain and the medication was creating too much acidity for my stomach. My body feels much better after stopping all medications. Even though my headache has not changed I feel better mentally. The pain still fluctuates between 4 and 8 all day everyday. I've found others online who have the exact same thing and that is comforting within itself.

So how am I doing with uni? Well, if I'm honest after I realised this headache wasn't going to go away I didn't think I would end up going to university. I barely thought I would finish high school. But here I am studying full time at university, and yes it's quite difficult but my uni has amazing support plans for students. 

Basically this post was so update how I'm going in regards to NDPH and I am out of that negative headspace. I am happy and learning to live life with a never-ending headache. Physically I'm still the same, exhausted and in constant pain, but mentally I'm mostly positive.

My next post will be back to what my blog is about! Something either beauty or lifestyle related.

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks ♥


Hello lovely! Before I jump into the post I just want to say thank you to all of you who read my blog and leave nice comments. It really makes me happy when I know that people read my content and I love the small blogging community I'm beginning to know. Recently I have really got into using Twitter for my blog, as it is a great platform to connect with fellow bloggers and also to connect with you. I've found that for me personally when I follow bloggers I really love, I'll see them on my Twitter feed and am reminded to go check if they happened to reply to my comment. Because I'm currently using the blogspot commenting system you guys don't actually receive a notification when I reply. I love connecting with all of you through my blog mostly but Twitter gives you notifications!

Anyway, onto today's post! This was a post I'd actually been meaning to do a while back, and it is a post on the Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks. I purchased the shade All About Cupcake a couple of years ago and because I really liked that one I went ahead and purchased the shade I Feel Pretty later on. 



Packaging 
The packaging on these lipsticks isn't overly fancy, but is still sturdy enough. The lid clicks on and doesn't come off so I have no issues bringing these in my purse. I love that these have a sticker underneath with the name of the lipstick as it is easy to see. The lipstick itself is also branded with an e for Essence, which I think adds a nice little touch.

Formula
These lipsticks are smooth and glide on easily. Both have a shiny finish, though All About Cupcake is quite sheer with a hint of colour, and I Feel Pretty appears more opaque. All About Cupcake is a subtle 'my lips but better' shade that is very hard to mess up. It's a nice everyday lipstick that is also very moisturising. I Feel Pretty, like I mentioned before is more opaque. The shade is a lovely plum colour for days when I'm feeling a slightly darker lip. This one is also very moisturising. 


The wear time I get out of these depends. If I eat or drink they start to fade a bit, but if not it lasts a couple of hours. These are definitely not long wearing lipsticks but because they're so easy to apply I don't mind reapplying or just leaving it (they fade evenly). 

You can purchase these at Priceline for $4.10 and I think you can get these at Target as well. 


I'd love to know if you've tried any Essence lipsticks and how they worked for you! 

I also would love to get to know my readers and fellow bloggers better, so if you like leave a comment saying where you're from and a hobby you enjoy! 

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum

Hello gorgeous! I was going through some of my skincare products when I realised this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum was empty. I remembered I had put it aside to remind myself to write a blog post about it. So today that is what I will be doing. I purchased this a while back and used it up pretty quickly.

This product claims that, "...the 'self hydrating system' addresses the root cause of inner dryness, so your skin can stay soft, supple and bouncy with a radiant healthy glow."

A few things drew me to try out this serum, first of all I really liked that it was oil free. I have combination skin so I have dry cheeks but my forehead and chin get oily throughout the day. The next thing is that I really enjoyed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel which I also wrote a post about. 

The formula is not thick or runny, but more of a thin gel consistency. It glides on so smoothly and sinks in fast. I was using this mostly in summer and it worked wonders during that time. However when the weather became colder my skin got drier, and this didn't work as much on my cheeks. I had to apply it more often on my cheeks but it wasn't too bad. I think the scent is subtle and pleasant.

One of the most essential things for me when trying new products is that they don't break me out. I personally have very acne prone skin and one wrong move means I either grow a new chin or a few mountains on my forehead. Fortunately for me, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum did not break me out!

Overall, I did like this serum and would repurchase it. Though before I do I will be trying out other similar products. You can purchase this from most places, Priceline sells it for $27.99 but of course I grabbed this on sale hahah. 

If you've tried this let me know how it worked for you in the comments! Also I'm always looking to improve my blog, if you like I would appreciate any feedback whether it's something I'm already doing or something I can improve on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter too as I love chatting with fellow bloggers and readers.