‹ Soft & Smooth ›

Whoever always feels too lazy to apply moisturizer after stepping out of the shower, raise your hands. I am totally guilty of feeling that way but I've been pretty good about slapping on that body butter after a warm shower to stay soft and nourished. Not too long ago though, I started using LUSH Buffy, a shower scrub and body moisturizer hybrid. Say what? That's right, it contains scrubby bits for an in-shower body scrub trapped in a bar of moisturizing goodness that leaves the skin nourished after rinsing off the scrubby particles. It's a lazy girl's next favourite product to achieve silky smooth skin without the hassle.

Ground rice, almonds, and beans make up the scrubby bits that are gentle enough to feel comfortable on skin but tough enough to scrub away the dead skin to reveal fresh, glowy skin. The bar itself is packed with cocoa and shea butters to nourish the skin, leaving the skin soft and moisturized straight out of the shower. Just take the bar, run it along the skin, and rinse! Pat the skin dry and voila, perfectly soft and smooth skin. 

I don't use this every single day, but I always use it when I shave my legs. Typically I'll shave then go over the skin with this scrub bar. It is seriously so easy to use and such a good product. It doesn't smell of much so it won't get in the way of perfume afterwards. The bar itself does wear down quite quickly if you're not careful though so keep it out of the water when not in use! 

Have you tried the LUSH Buffy shower scrub?
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LUSH does not test on animals.

Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) , Ground Rice (Oryza sativa) , Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus) , Fragrance , Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida) , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , *Citral , *Limonene , *Linalool


‹ A Gel Finish, Sans UV ›

I don't know about you but I love a good glossy, gel-like finish to the nails. Stumbling through Sephora recently, I came across the Nails Inc stand to find some new Gel Effect Nail Polishes. With new shades and packaging these nail polishes caught my eye immediately, particularly the two darker shades that I picked out here.

I was initially torn between the two but decided to try the dark violet, Old Bond Street first. With two coats, this shade is dark enough to almost look black without being black making it a surprisingly wearable and classy option. Being impressed by the gel-like finish I decided to pick up the other one I had my eyes on, Grosvenor Cresent. This aubergine shade is the perfect addition to my collection of autumn shades. 

With dark colours, I definitely want something long-lasting because chips are too noticeable. The formula of these nail polishes are fantastic and I don't have to worry about tip-wear for days. Two coats will do the trick and each coat is quite fast-drying. While being quite pricey at $17 each, I think they're worth it. Next time, I want to try the Nailkale also by Nails Inc. The shades are gorgeous and if you have tried them, let me know what you think of the quality!

Have you tried the Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polishes?

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Nails Inc. does not test on animals.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/ Trymellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Silica, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Diacetone Alcohol, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyethylene, Phosporic Acid. May Contain: Black 2 (CI 77266) (Nano), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica, Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI19140).


‹ Setting Limits ›

As someone who moves often, I need to keep my belongings to a minimum which can sometimes be hard for a beauty blogger. That is why, like my clothing, I now have restrictions on the amount of makeup I own. 

If it doesn't fit in my makeup bag, it's not staying. I have this adorable Ted Baker makeup bag with the French bulldog pattern on it where I keep all my extra makeup. It's not very big, but it holds everything I don't use on an everyday basis aside from palettes. Everything from blushes to lipsticks to cream eyeshadows live in this bag and when it's full, something has to come out.

Over time, I have realized that being a beauty blogger doesn't mean that I need to hoard makeup or own all the newest products. If I can be creative with my posts, I can work with what I have no problem. Don't ever be pressured to spend money on all the newest products or hyped up products just to feature them on your blog. There's no need. 

Once every couple of months, I go through my bag and see if there's anything I don't use that I can pass along to someone else. Whenever I buy a new product, I ask myself if I have something like it already. Since I started taking control over what comes in and out of my collection, I have managed to save more money and only have products I actually use and love. It feels good.

Do you ever feel like you have too much makeup? What do you do to keep things under control?