Empty Products #6

It’s only been a few months since my last empties post and this is probably the shortest time between posts. I am a cliched blogger for the fact I thoroughly enjoy reading and writing about empty products! Staying around the 10 product mark seems more manageable for the box I keep my finished products in and it stops these posts becoming too lengthy.


1. Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer

I bought this primer in 2016 but didn’t start using it regularly until 2017. The more I used it the more I liked it and the more I began to notice how much nicer my makeup looked when I wore it. I wouldn’t say this primer blurred my pores but it did make foundation and concealer apply smoother on my skin.

Repurchase: Maybe. This was a decent primer.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist

This range from The Body Shop smells lovely and fresh! This mist doesn’t feel too wet on the skin and as I was coming to the end of this product I enjoyed spraying this onto my face before applying my day moisturiser over top and massaging both products in together. (Thanks Stashy for that tip!)

Repurchase: I don’t use face mist regularly but I would consider buying this one again.

3. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

I have sung this mascara’s praises a few times on the blog (it’s even got it’s own review *HERE*). I rarely stray from my Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex but I’m glad to have found another favourite because the shade I use in the Rimmel mascara has been discontinued. I love the drier formula and I love how voluminous my lashes look when I wear this. Also, the brush has proper bristles instead of a plastic wand which I prefer.

Repurchase: I have.

4. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara in 001 Black

This mascara has been a favourite of mine for years but shade 001 is nowhere near as good as 003. The mascara lacks that dark, black colour that I love and the formula seemed different as well. That voluminous, fluttery element wasn’t there and I only used this mascara for a couple of months before deciding to let go of it.

Repurchase: Yes, but only in the Extreme Black shade (003).

5. BYS Fuchsia Surpise

This lipstick costs under $10 and it is amazing! It is the first lipstick I have completely used up and is one of my personal favourite fuchsia shades to wear – I have a few! The lipstick packaging is cheap and the plastic did crack but the pigmentation, creamy formula and how long the colour lasts makes up for that.

Repurchase: Already have.

Skincare & Fragrance

6. Palmer’s Moisture Rich Night Cream

I purchased this night cream from Feel Unique for $14 which for a 75ml pot is good value. This product lasted me about nine months and it also smells really nice, the cream contains shea. The scent doesn’t linger or become overpowering. The texture of this cream is relatively light and doesn’t leave my skin greasy. It works well with the Trilogy facial oil I started using and the skincare regime I’ve had for the past 6 months has been working well.

Repurchase: I think I would.


7. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Clear x2

This features in every empties and I’ve used it for years.

Repurchase:  Yes.

8. The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream

I didn’t hate the scent of this but it was more of a floral plum rather than a straight fruity scent. This hand cream felt really moisturising but there are other hand creams from The Body Shop I enjoy more. The purple packaging is pretty and unique though.

Repurchase: No.

9. The Body Shop English Dawn Gardenia Body Butter

I like floral scents but I don’t like them to be too strong. I purchased this body butter at the end of 2017 in a sale and began using it straight away. I absolutely adore this scent, it’s feminine and fun. The texture of this particular body butter is like velvet, it feels softer than some of the others and made me feel pampered and luxurious when I used it.

Repurchase: Yes but the range has been discontinued.

10. The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Lotion

The Vanilla Chai scent is from Christmas 2016 and I bought a few different items from the range. I adore body lotions from The Body Shop, the scents linger all day and they feel moisturising. The only downfall with this product is the pump, it doesn’t get all the product out and I ended up unscrewing the pump and tipping the bottle upside down to get the rest of the lotion out.

Repurchase: Yes, if the scent comes back.

11. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

I much prefer this packaging for body lotions to packaging with a pump. You can tip the bottle upside down and get every little bit out. The scent of this was different to the body butter I’d tried in the past and not as nice but as I used the product more I got used to it and it started to smell less like chemicals/paint. The lotion itself was good on my skin.

Repurchase: No.

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The Purple Makeup Menu

The Purple Makeup MenuHappy Friday lovelies! This is the last blog post before I fly up to visit my brother on Sunday and I thought I would share a makeup menu. I haven’t done one of these in a while, I think my last one was around Valentine’s Day, and the inspiration for this look comes from a lipstick that featured in my Shop My Stash: Berry & Purple Lipsticks post. Canadian blogger Stash Matters and I were talking in the comments and I told her that I would use Sparkle Baby (the name of the lipstick) in a makeup menu. Voilà!

The MenuThe Purple Makeup Menu ProductsPurple is one of my favourite colours to wear in general and a lot of people tell me it suits me. I don’t have a lot of purple makeup but I wanted to create a look using different purple toned beauty products. I love how this look turned out and I didn’t feel it was too dark or too much. I wore this makeup last Tuesday with a black outfit.

Face TitleProducts listed in order of application:

1. Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser – Recently I have taken to applying moisturiser in the mornings straight after I wash my face to keep as much moisture in my skin as possible. This was applied a couple of hours before the rest of my makeup.

2. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – The smallest amount of this primer goes a long way and I only use a tiny strip for my whole face. I like to wait for five or so minutes for this to sink in properly before continuing on with my face.

3. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel – While I’m waiting for the primer to sink in, I fill in my brows. This pencil looks natural and is so easy to use. I’m lucky to be blessed with quite thick brows so I don’t need to do a lot to them. This pencil makes sure everything looks uniform and makes them look that bit neater.

4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – With this look I wanted a nice, natural, glowy base and this is my favourite foundation to achieve that. This foundation never applies harshly or makes me look orange which is what I look for in a foundation. I like traceless coverage and something that blends in easily with my skin tone.

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair – I totally understand the hype behind this baby! I have been using it for a couple of months now and this blows Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer, which I raved about last year, out of the water. The coverage and the way this feels on my skin is a winner. I highly urge you to give this a go if you can!

6. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – I mentioned I wanted a natural, glowy base but my skin needed a tiny bit of brightening up so I dusted some bronzer onto my cheeks and across my forehead.

7. I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter – This is the only highlighter I own and I really don’t think I need any others. This highlighter is so versatile and pretty much goes with any look. The highlighter is a cross between a shimmery pink-purple/silver but it is very natural looking and gives a lovely glow. This can be applied with your fingers but my favourite way to apply it is with my Real Techniques Setting Brush.

Eyes Title1. Revlon Diamond Lust 105 Plum Galaxy – I purchased this eyeshadow a few months back and while it’s not the greatest on it’s own, I do like to use it to create a purple, smoky base to apply lighter shades and other purples on top of it. Pigmentation is best when the eyeshadow is applied with a finger as the glitter is a bit chunky and the finger distributes it more evenly than a brush. I only paid a couple of dollars for this eyeshadow so it’s not a big deal and I have come up with a way to use it which looks really nice so I can’t complain.

2. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in 15 Pink Opal – The name of this may be deceiving but it definitely comes out more purple than pink, lilac is more accurate. I’ve professed my love numerous times for the Copper one of these and while I don’t get as much use out of Pink Opal, it does look lovely layered over the top of Plum Galaxy. On it’s own Pink Opal is a little patchy and doesn’t show up as well as it does layered over other shadows.

3. Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – I have been using this mascara for about a month now and I really like it. It can be used it a few different ways: just volume, just length or both together. The length wand is nice and small which makes getting into the lower lashes a breeze. The mascara formula is still quite wet but it’s not messy and doesn’t end up all over my eyelids. I haven’t been able to try applying this in the day and then reapplying it later in the evening but hopefully I will get the chance to next week and I’ll let you know how I get on.

Purple Eyes(I know it looks like my left eye has more eyeshadow than the right but that’s just the way the light hit my face).

Lips Title1. BYS Sparkle Baby – This is what  inspired the whole post! I’ll admit I probably don’t wear this lipstick enough but it is so beautiful and creamy and has such a lovely formula. The shine from this lipstick doesn’t look unnatural or feel uncomfortable on the lips and the effect it gives is subtle but beautiful. This colour might seem intimidating but as you know I love my bold lipsticks and my philosophy is, just rock it!

End Result

Finished Purple Makeup

Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you would like me to do more makeup menus and MOTD posts!


Shop My Stash: Berry & Purple Lipsticks

Shop My Stash Berry & Purple LipsticksWelcome to the second post in my ‘Shop My Stash’ series where I talk you through my lipstick collection by colour. I have already done something similar for my nudes and I will direct you to Nude Lipsticks 101 where I discuss my favourite nude shades based on their undertone. The first Shop My Stash post featured Orange & Red lip products and it was a lot of fun to write so I decided to turn it into a mini-series. Berries and purples follow on from red so it seems logical to talk about them next. Let’s get started!

1. Revlon – Raspberry Pie

Kicking things off with another one of Revlon’s lip butters! At the time of purchase I didn’t have a lot of dark lip shades (and I still don’t really) so I took a bit of a gamble with this one. If I had to describe this shade I would say it’s a cross between MAC Craving and MAC Rebel – it has more purple in it than red so it’s not a bright raspberry but it still packs a punch. Raspberry Pie is a typical autumn/winter shade and I love wearing it then but I did wear it this past summer as well so it is versatile. The formula of the lip butters is incredible and I highly recommend anyone who suffers from dry lips to try them!

2. Urban Decay – After Dark

I have spoken about this lipstick on my blog on a few occasions. I won this lipstick in a giveaway and I was so excited to try out an Urban Decay product. When I won the giveaway I got to select my shade. The matte medium-dark berry pink tones of After Dark called out to me and I knew I was onto a winner! I often refer to this lipstick as Rimmel 107’s more purple cousin. After Dark is just as amazing as it sounds, it’s not drying at all for a matte finish and it applies like a dream. The lipstick doesn’t dry down completely and does have a little bit of transfer but that’s not a problem for me.

Corresponding post: My First Giveaway!

3. Bourjois – Frambourjoise

This product is the most recent to be added to my lip stash and it is blimmin’ gorgeous! This is your classic bright pinky-red raspberry shade and I can see it fast becoming one of my favourite lip products. Until this I hadn’t tried a liquid lipstick or any Bourjois products but this shade has got me intrigued and I’m already eyeing up Peach Club. I am a fan of the Bourjois applicator and the formula. The applicator doesn’t pick up too much product at a time and is on the smaller side really allowing you to be precise. The formula doesn’t dry down for a good 5-10 minutes allowing you to build up to your desired effect. One coat gives you decent coverage and looks more pink whereas two coats plus builds into a more vibrant red. I have worn Frambourjoise both ways and adore them both.

4. Australis – Gangsta Rap

This lipstick is always the one I get complimented on when I wear it despite my brother telling me, “they shouldn’t make lipstick that colour.” A couple of years ago I was on the hunt for a bright purple and this is the result. Gangsta Rap is from Australis’ Colour Inject Range which promises long-lasting, moisturising, nourishing lip colour. That is exactly what you get with this lipstick as well as the added benefit of Vitamin C. This is definitely one of the most bold, out there shades I own but it is also one of my favourites! Purple and I just have this connection and this lipstick reinforces the love I have for how much the colour suits me.

5. BYS – Sparkle Baby

Sparkle Baby is one of the most unique lipsticks I own finish-wise. It is described as having a diamond finish and aims to add shine to the lips, not in a glossy, wet way but in a shimmery, iridescent way. This lipstick is a grape shade with flecks of gold throughout the bullet which is where the shine comes from. It’s hard to describe but it’s not quite as intense as the finish of a Frost lipstick from MAC, it’s more subtle and doesn’t look as metallic. Sparkle Baby is such an appropriate name for this shade and the whole diamond thing makes me think of ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna – “shine bright like a diamond.” This lipstick is also really moisturising and BYS have some great shades.

SwatchesBerry & Purple Swatches

Top To Bottom – Raspberry Pie, After Dark, Frambourjoise (it’s a lot more pink in real life), Gangsta Rap and Sparkle Baby.

Do you like the look of any of these shades? Perhaps you have a favourite berry or purple lipstick of your own?


The Fuchsia Face-Off

The Fuchsia Face-OffHappy Monday beauty babes! I recently revealed in my Beauty Wishlist post that fuchsia is my favourite shade of lipstick to wear. I love pink and I love bright so for me fuchsia is a no brainer! Today I will be showcasing the two fuchsia lipsticks in my collection and playing a little guessing game with you all. Will you be able to guess which lipstick is which from the swatches and images of me wearing them?!

First a rundown on each lipstick:

In the pink corner we have Fuchsia Surprise by BYS. (BYS stands for Be Your Self and is an Australian company). In the other pink corner we have one of Revlon’s lip butters, Lollipop. Fuchsia Surprise was one of my first ever lipstick purchases, if not the first, whilst Lollipop is quite a new addition to my makeup bag.

Fuchsia Swatches

Fuchsia Lipsticks


Both of these lipsticks aim to provide a silky smooth texture and be soft and moisturising on the lips, which they are. Lollipop has a glossier formula than Fuchsia Surprise.


Both lipsticks are so soft and creamy and glide on without dragging over the lips whatsoever. It’s important to be mindful to keep these out of the sun though, you don’t want them to melt.


If you’re looking for a subtle hint of colour or a more natural look, steer clear of these shades. These both go on pretty much opaque after one coat but I normally build that up to two or three thin coats. One of these lip products is sheerer than the other but I won’t reveal which until later as I don’t want to give the game away.


I remember Fuchsia Surprise costing me $6 which is incredible value for the quality you get. Lollipop was around the same price, I think it cost me $8.


The BYS lipstick has basic packaging, it comes in a clear, plastic case, has a label etc. One thing I do like about it though is it has the name of the shade and the range the shade is from on the base of the lipstick. (Fuchsia Surprise is from the longwear range). I do find the packaging of Lollipop more exciting, I absolutely love the quilted lid.

Staying Power

The staying power of Lollipop is decent and will last me a day at work but compared to Fuchsia Surprise there is no contest! I wore Fuchsia Surprise to a friend’s party last year and when I got home the next day my lips still looked perfect.

Overall Winner

Without a doubt my overall winner has to be Fuchsia Surprise. This shade is so gorgeous and it is my favourite lipstick of all time! I’ve made a habit of wearing it on my birthday for the past couple of years because I just feel so darn good when I wear it. This colour instantly puts me in a better mood and the formula is so creamy and long-lasting.

Now you know my favourite of the two, it’s time for me to reveal which is Fuchsia Surprise and which is Lollipop.





Fuchsia Surprise is the top swatch and the top two images of my lips. Lollipop is the bottom, sheerer swatch and the bottom two images of my lips.

Did you guess correctly? Let me know what your favourite fuchsia lipstick is down in the comments!