Please, no judgement.
It’s been a while.
The Body Shop Shower Gels in Vanilla Chai, Virgin Mojito and Olive – I love and am completely spoiled by Body Shop shower gels. Virgin Mojito is my favourite of all time, Olive is my favourite from the main range that has been discontinued, and Vanilla Chai is lovely for a Christmas smell. I have some of the spa ones going at the moment, which I love, but I’ve still got some of these stored away. Repurchase? If I can get any of these at any point, they’re all Hall of Famers for me. Throw in some Vineyard/Fuzzy Peach and Passionfruit and you have my immediate pickups. I will be picking up a few extra bottles of Olive now that they are clearing the remaining stock in the April Clearance, and if any stores have Virgin Mojito, I might have to check in.
The Body Shop Calming Aloe Cleanser – Read any other post about my empties. I have nothing new to say about this. I’m horrendously bored of it, but nothing else works for me. Repurchase? Always
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – This is a good cleansing oil, but I am always looking for something new. Something that’s even more effective at getting off waterproof makeup. Repurchase? I’m on the balm version now, which is less messy, and I do think I prefer it.
Becca Pressed Highlighter in Opal – This shattered while I was travelling and I had to repress it with my fingers and use what I could. It wasn’t ideal. It’s a nice highlight, but I wasn’t as wowed by it as I wanted to be, for such a hyped product. It really emphasises texture and I found it hard to have much control over it. Repurchase? No, but I won’t turn down minis that come in sets. I’ll cop to being tempted by the Lilac Geode shade, which had a golden lilac tone to it. Gorgeous.
Tigerlily Coconut & Lime Soap – This was a gift, and it was a soap that lasted ages and smelled nice. Purchase? I don’t really buy bar soap of my own accord – I keep plain, gentle bars of soap on hand for basic washing, but fancy stuff is not really a thing I go for.
Buxom Lash Mascara – I flat out loved this mascara, which I’ve written about before. I cannot find anywhere that sells it in Sydney, and I wouldn’t pay that much for something as generic as mascara, but this was a nice one. Repurchase? If I ever desperately needed mascara and could find this for an affordable price, I might.
The Body Shop Gel Pen Liner – I liked the colour of this liner and the ease of not having to sharpen it, but I finished it up really quickly. I have another of the same colour in a normal pencil format. Repurchase? It’s discontinued and so is on sale at the moment, but it’s not my thing anyway.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – This session I finished up both a full size and a mini, both that had been going for quite some time. I wear winged liner most days of my working life, and the small size is great for a makeup bag or for travel. I’ve written about this countless times, but I am yet to find a liner that compares, and I have tried. Repurchase? I still have a few unopened ones, because I get nervous if I don’t have a backup ready to go.
Lush Oaty Creamy Dreamy Shower Cream – I thought “maybe this will be the Lush shower product that doesn’t break me out in an itchy rash or make my skin burn!” but good thing I tried it out as a sample, because the itching was something fierce. I want to love you again Lush, but you make it hard. I did actually really enjoy their jelly face masks, which I’ll have empties of next time. Purchase? No
Another Kat Von D Tattoo liner, this time a mini.
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara – How did I finish this much mascara? I liked this one a surprising amount. It was quite natural, but it gave curl and definition, which are probably my two biggest factors. It was also especially lovely on the bottom lash, and I would layer it there if I was feeling especially luxuriant. Purchase? I would use this again if I ever acquired it, but I probably would not buy it.
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – Man, Tarte have had a shitshow of a few months, and deservingly so. Racist memes and a bullshit shade range for two product launches? It’s the response that matters most, and their’s was not good. This was a mascara I’ve written about before, last time I had a sample, and I had the same problems with it this time. It looks beautiful on initial application, but it is flaky as all hell. So far, three tubes of Tarte mascaras, three terrible flaking problems. Purchase? Thumbs down, Tarte.
Banila Co. Water Radiance CC Cream and Dear Hydration Boosting Cream – Ambivalent to the CC cream (as I tend to be towards CC creams, no matter how enchanted by minimalism I become), fell in love with the moisturiser. The texture of this cream was my perfect blend of lightness and heft, water based but still with a definite creaminess to it, and it didn’t leave me feeling parched or oily. Purchase? If I came across this for a reasonable price when needing moisturiser, sure.
It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VE Effector – I’m in love with so many of the emulsions from this range? They gave me about ten sample sachets of this and I won’t include all of them, but I really enjoy the texture of the VE one which is apparently for smoothing. My favourite is definitely the LI one, for sensitive skin, but this is nice to sub in occasionally. Purchase? Maybe once I run out of one of the ones in my current circulation.
The Body Shop Roots of Strength Cream and Serum – I really enjoy the formulation of this range and the textures of it, but it’s very clearly not for my skin type. It’s anti aging stuff made for very dry skin, and it’s also got a very strong ginger/ginseng smell that didn’t irritate my skin but did worry me a little. I do feel confident in talking about it, unlike some other ranges, because it has a sturdy formula to fall back on and some genuinely good ingredients in it, but it’s just not the range for me. Purchase? Not for myself
Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer – Like smearing glitter all over my face. Purchase? No
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream – This was another cream with a really lovely texture, but I felt like it disappeared into nothing on my skin and I needed to use another moisturiser or a thick oil alongside it. Purchase? Um, this costs like $75. No thanks.
That’s all for now! I guess I’ll see you in about three months when I stop caving under procrastination and want to scream. In the meantime, check out my other more active blog, Sara Watches Stuff, or follow me on Twitter @sarawatchestuff.