Boots Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Cleansing Mousse

I promised some reviews from my haul. Here is the first one.

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From the website:

  • Cleanses, Clarifies and Reduces Excess Oil
  • For Oily/Combination Skin
  • With Clarifying Willowbark

“Dissolves excess oil and thoroughly cleanses, to instantly mattify, refresh and rebalance skin.

Active plant extract, Willowbark, is a natural source of salicylic acid, which helps refine skin texture and actively target imperfections.

Developed with Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.

Our beauty scientists use active plant extracts developed with Royal Botanicals Gardens, Kew, to bring you beautiful skincare that’s proven to work.”

It squeezes out of the container in a foam/mousse state. I apply it to my damp skin and massage it on, giving it time to dissolve makeup and grime. The foam remained in this state and did not turn to lather.

After rinsing off the foam with water, my skin felt very clean and it did indeed feel more matte. It felt soft and smooth. It took off all my makeup and left my face feeling clean and refreshed.

If you have oily skin, check this out. It’s a good, affordable cleanser.

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Sephora VIB Rouge 2017 Haul

My haul arrived in the mail today. Hooray!

The discount was 15% off.

I bought a full-sized bottle of Sunday Riley Good Genes, Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish, Tom Ford Lips and Boys lipstick in Nicholas, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Riff, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Eye and samples.

Sadly, the Riff eyeshadow arrived with the front face shattered. I’ll need to exchange it. I’ve been needing a new scrub so I’m excited to try this one (it’s also a new brand for me!), and say hello to my first Tom Ford lipstick! The Peter Thomas Roth eye cream is not exactly my first PTR product, but it’s the first one I’ve committed to. It’s outrageously expensive, so let’s cross our fingers it works for me.

Is there anything here you’d like me to review first?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 36

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about self-care. I no longer push myself to post weekly. Sometimes it’s difficult to muster up the energy to post.

How was your week? Did you do anything fun? I got some quiet, easy days off in. I was super sick last week, so I didn’t work for two days. I don’t feel guilty about calling out because my health always comes first.

Here’s my self-care for the week:

1) The music of Joel Frederiksen. He’s a bass profundo singer who specializes in classical music. His voice is so comforting for my complex PTSD.

2) I bought a few things I’ve been wanting on eBay.

3) A friend of mine entered a giveaway to win some products from Ms. Andry Bath House. She didn’t win, so I ordered some of the same products for her. This way she won’t be too disappointed.

3) I saw “Beauty and the Beast”. It was okay. I’m just happy I watched something lighthearted.

4) I placed my order from Sephora using the current discount code. It seems like the discount reduces every year, but I’m still grateful to obtain several lemmings using a discount.

I’m really overjoyed about the warm weather. It means garden visits. 🙂

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Hollywood Honey

Hollywood Honey described as an “intense caramel hue with red tones for unashamed glamour”.

It comes in the beautiful packaging CT is known for.

It’s a honeyed brown with slight red tones.

Colorwise, is reminds me of Revlon Toast of New York. They both have that soft, warm brown shade with just a hint of red to keep it from looking like straight dirt.

According to the company, this can last up to 6 hours, is waterproof, and smooths lip texture.

I found all the claims to be accurate. It is not quite waterproof, but much of it remained on my lips after drinking. It did smooth out my lip texture to a certain extent and it wore for hours.

I’m going to purchase a few more shades. I really like the formula and it’s worth $22 to me.

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What’s In My Medicine Cabinet?

This post is brought to you by depression, low spoons and a lack of new ideas.

I’m only joking. I’m mostly joking about the third thing. The other two are real for me.

I once read an Editor’s Letter written for Allure magazine by Linda Wells about her curiosity over other people’s medicine cabinets. She wrote of not wanting to find out the more ignominious contents such as Viagra and Prozac. She wanted to know if they were Eucerin lotion and Dial soap types, or if they splurged on caviar-enriched creams, stocked up on Italian toothpastes, and relied on vitamin C serums for radiant skin. Things of that nature.

Ever since reading that, I’ve been pondering the medicine cabinet and its function in all households. Does what a person use the cabinet for say a great deal about them?

I’ll show you all the contents of mine if you promise not to judge me.

I don’t know…….I think the contents reveal that I am a beauty blogger, don’t they? 😀

On the top shelf: Sunday Riley Luna oil, Middle Eastern rose water, three Ole Henriksen products, Kate Somerville pimple treatment, Origins face cream, a Dr. Brandt product, Korres face serum, Ole Henriksen face cream, Tocca Florence sample perfume, Sprinkle with Grace face serum.

On second shelf: Sprinkle with Grace mud mask for face and hair, Bobbi Brown hydration cream, Fresh eye cream, Bobbi Brown cleansing oil, Aura Cacia calming aromatherapy oil, Caudalie radiance serum, Ole Henriksen eye cream, Glam Glow face mask, Drunk Elephant glycolic serum, Marcelle BB cream, belif Aqua cream.

On the third shelf: Ole Henriksen Empower Me cream, Ole Henriksen walnut scrub, bottled rose water, Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum, Fresh soy cleanser and rose mask, Caudalie moisturizing sorbet, Clarins instant eye reviver, French Girl facial polish, another Dr. Brandt product, Melissa Flagg Posies & Co. Facial and Hair oil, Nuxe creme fraiche light.

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

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Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Polish in Majestic Green

Pretty apple greens are the light of my life. Majestic Green is such a shade.

It’s light, but not as opaque as it seems. I think it’s great for when you want a bit of color without going too vibrant.

I like this. Do you like it?

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Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Color in Lavender Lustre

Lavender is such a pretty shade for spring. Luckily I have this one ready for use.

This is two coats. It’s a little on the sheer side but I can live with it.

Do you like lavender nail polish?

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Duri Cosmetics Nail Polish in Divas Only

I remember buying this during a time when Ninja Polish got a lot of my money.

I had only heard of Duri Cosmetics, but hadn’t tried any polishes from them up until recently.

I chose Divas Only, a green-red-purple duochrome.

I used two coats.

This is very pretty. It reminds me of Essie For the  Twill of It.

I like what I’ve experienced so far from Duri. It applied nicely and took perhaps 4 days to chip. The chips weren’t too egregious, and I expect some damage by the fourth day anyway.

I’ll be trying more from the line.

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Zoya Nail Lacquer in Pru

It’s rather strange, but I don’t remember how I wound up with Pru.

I think someone gave it to me, or I received it in a swap.

Either way, she lives with me now. She’s a fun, pretty roommate.

Pru seems to be a discontinued shade. I looked around on the Zoya website and it looks like she’s no longer listed as an available product. Therefore, I’m on my own when it comes to describing her hue.

She’s a soft plum with strong red-pink tones. The gold and pink glitter and shimmer interspersed throughout the lacquer makes her look more pink than plum.

I love the shimmer/holo effect, but I’m not sure about the color. It looks quite mauve on me.

Do you like it? Should I keep it?

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A England Nail Polish in Ascalon

I’m going to have to go back through my nail polish box and swatch some for you. It’s been ages since I swatched a nail polish on here.

This is Ascalon.

It’s a deep gray holo.

There are some flecks of purple/red in there as well. As with all A England holos this is really beautiful and a keeper.

Have you tried A England polishes?

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