When Stop the water while using me contacted me and shared the companies commitment to a holistic sustainability philosophy I was really interested in trying their all natural skincare products.
They very generously sent me quite a few of the products from their range. The Cucumber and lime liquid soap, orange and wild herbs shower gel, almond and fig body oil, wild mint toothpaste and tooth brush and moroccan mint lip balm. All the products have the most beautiful fresh scents, I would be hard pressed to find a favourite.
I have been loving the really fresh zingy scents of the soap and the shower gel. Its perfect for an invigorating shower to start the day.
My skin is always dry and in winter it really takes a battering. The almond and fig body oil has been a god sent. I have been applying it after the shower and during the day if my hands are getting dry . Its so great on the cuticles too.
I have never used a natural toothpaste before and was a little concerned that I wouldn’t like it. I was pleasantly surprised. Its beautiful and minty fresh with out being to sweet and harsh like some toothpastes can be. I prefer a medium bristle brush and this one is great, not to soft nor to hard.
The Moroccan mint lip balm has become a permanent fixture in my hand bag. I love the subtle hint of mint and it is beautifully hydrating.
All about the brand
You can watch this short video that explains the ethos of the brand here
The main message is we stop wasting water and they stop artificial ingredients, colours and preservatives, Animal testing, all non-biodegratable elements and wasted energy during the production process.
Like most products you can’t use them without water. Stop the water while using me’s focus is on making you conscious of your attitude towards water. Its easy to stop the water while brushing your teeth, washing your hair and soaping up.
Not only did stop the water while using me send me some of their beautiful products, they also sent me this awesome travel set of products to give away to one of my lucky readers.
The pack contains a orange and wild herbs shower gel, lavender sandalwood regenerating shampoo, lavender and sandalwood regenerating conditioner, sesame sage body lotion and cucumber lime hand balm.
To enter the giveaway leave me a comment on the blog telling me a way you save water in your home. One entry per person, open world wide. Entries close next thursday the 10th of august at 5pm aest.. Winner will be drawn using a random generator and announced on my Instagram
Thank you to stop the water while using me for sending me these stunning products. xD
*products were provided in return for my honest review. All thoughts and and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
If you have read my blog for a while you will know I have had cosmetic tattooed brows previously ( you can read all about that here ). While I was happy with the initial results I achieved the first time, as soon as they heeled, the results were not as bold or the shape that I would have liked. They also didn’t last very long, I found that by the 6 month mark I had no visible traces of the tattoo left, so it was back the the old sperm brows for me.
My brows prior to new tattoo excuse the stupid face, with numbing cream
I was a bit disheartened to get them redone as it is quite expensive and the results for me were so temporary. (it worked out to be $100 per month of brows)
I had been following a few cosmetic tattoo artists since then and I had found a lady who’s work I really liked. I was still quite apprehensive as it was such a big outlay for only a short result, but I hate having to draw my brows on every day. Cosmetic tattooed brows seemed like my only option.
Then something awesome happened one of the artist I had been following shared something on her instagram that made me very excited. Sam from Pure envi cosmetic tattoo shared this picture comparing the difference between hair stroke (the style I had done previously) and Ombre powder style tattooed brows. The biggest difference was the length of time the results would last.
Hairstrroke or feather touch tattooing done with a small hand held micro blade last approximately 2 years with colour refreshes roughly every 12 months. Where as Ombre style done with a machine can last anywhere between 2-5 years.
This was music to my ears, I was so happy to have found an alternative that sounded like it would work for me. My bestie Melissa from Sugercoatit had wanted to have her brows tattooed as well for quit some time, so when Pure Envi advertised there new method and that they were holding a special we were both super keen.
Pure Envi cosmetic tattoo is located on the sunshine coast, but come to Gympie once a month. So Melissa and I made an appointment.
The first time I had my bows tattooed I was instructed to apply a numbing cream an hour before my appointment, but even with the numbing I found the procedure very uncomfortable. This time Sam told us we didn’t need to do anything prio to our appointment and that she would apply a numbing cream just prior and during our appointments. I was worried, I figured that without the prior numbing like I had the first time it was going to be really painful. I really had no ned for the worry Sam applied a small amount of numbing with we completed the paper work and then got started. I experience absolutely no pain at all. It was actually quite relaxing. A different numbing cream was applied sporadically during the procedure.
If the only thing stopping you from having this done is the pain, I strongly suggest you make an appointment with Sam. Not only was it totally pain free I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Sam took her time and carefully drew on the shape of my new brows. After we both agreed on the shape and colour of them she got started on my new cosmetic tattooed brows.
The actual Tattooing didn’t take very long, I’m not sure exactly how long it was i think about 20 mins. The girls from Pure Envi were so lovely we were all having a good chat a and laugh so the time went really quickly. I have uploaded a couple of videos to youtube you can see them here and here.
I was told that during the healing process the tattoos would loose between 30-50% of the colour. Even though I have had them done previously and I had ben told this, I was still quite concerned when I got home after having them done. They looked super dark and very heavy, but I loved the shape.
Immediately after the procedure
I was told that they would darken during the next 24 hour and look really dark the next day and they were not wrong lol they did look really dark. At this stage I was really starting to question If I had done the right thing, I felt like I had told her to make them to dark and too full.
Day two looking super dark and harsh
At this stage I went back and read my old post from my pervious tattoo and I remembered how much I loved them immediately after wards but once they had healed I wished they were darker and fuller. This gave me much more hope that my new darker bolder brows would be perfect once they healed.
I had to apply a small amount of antiseptic cream a few times a day during the healing process and keep the dry and free of any makeup etc. At about week mark they started to peel slightly, it wasn’t noticeable, mainly when i was applying the cream small pieces would come off.
One week after procedure as you can see slightly patchy
Over the course of the two weeks following the procedure the brows slowly peeled and settled. I was left with an amazing shape and colour that I am super Happy with. I have an appointment for a touch up to fill in any gaps and darken the colour if i wish too in a few weeks.
The final cosmetic tattooed brows two weeks after the procedure
I can’t thank Sam and the team at Pure Envi Cosmetic Tattoo enough. I love my new brows so much. xx D
As some of you know we have recently moved house, I knew there would be at least a couple of weeks of living either out of a suitcase or mid packing or unpacking. So I had to plan what minimum amount of makeup I would keep with me to use until we were settled at the new house. So here is my makeup essentials.
I already have a selection of products that I tend to reach for on a daily basis, so I packed them and added in a few extras so I knew I could mix it up a little if needed.
The selection has worked so well that I haven’t been in a huge rush to unpack all my other products. so without further ado here is what I have packed.
1 – Sukin Rose hip oil available here I love this product, with the change of weather my already dry skin is like a desert. This skin oil has been a god sent.
2 – Avene hydrance aqua cream in gel* available here I couldn’t live without this moisturiser, it has made such a difference to my skin. It is so nourishing without being to heavy or upsetting my sensitive skin
3- Estee Lauder double wear foundation – available here I love this for its crazy long wear properties and it covers everything.
4- Essence all I need concealer palette* available here I a doe this colour corrector and concealer palette, the green is perfect to correct my redness and the peach tone works wonders on my under eyes.
5- Dermalogica redness relief primer I have mentioned this before and I still love it.
6- Maybelline dream cushion foundation available here if you are looking for a fast but effective foundation routine this is the product for you. I apply this with the diamond real techniques sponge and the base is the perfect fir for this foundation cushion.
6- Real techniques diamond miracle sponge* available here. I love this new sponge, not only is it so beautiful, but it is also really efficient. I can cover my face so fast using it and like the original sponge it gives such a beautiful finish.
7- Hourglass ambient lighting powder in Dim light available here what i really like about these ambient light powders is that they don’t make the skin really matte and dull they leave a beautiful glow on the skin.
8- Too Faced sweet peach highlighter palette available here this palette was perfect because it has multiple uses. I love all the colours for a highlight and blush.
9- Ulta3 all about eyes pallets in nudes and roses* available here I wanted to have a variety of colours without having to pack hundreds of eye shadows, so these two had more than enough choices for me to mix up my looks.
10- Nude by nature contour palette available here I am quite pale so some bronzers are way to dark or to warm for my skin tone, but this set has a beautiful cool count our colour that I adore. I also love the highlight colour.
11- Smashbox full exposure long wear mascara available here mascaras with big fluffy brushes are my favourite and this one I had in a smaller size so it was perfect to pop in my bag.
12- 1000 hour eyebrow mascara in black/dark brown* available here I have used brow mascaras before and never really found them any good, but this one is incredible. I actually went to an event today with just this run through my brows. I usually have to fill my brows in quite a lot.
13- Anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pomade available here usually i apply this to fill in my sparse brows then brush through the 1000 hour brow mascara the combo is awesome.
14- Platinum beauty makeup brushes* available at Woolworths supermarkets. I love these they are such beautiful quality and I love the finish I achieve with them. The compact brush holder they come with made them perfect to travel with.
15- Maybelline age rewind concealer available here I had heard a lot of good buzz about this product online so I grabbed it during the priceline makeup sale and I really like it t is nice and emollient and i don’t find it cakes under my eyes.
16- Wotnot facial wipes for normal/sensitive skin* available here I find some makeup remover wipes can sting my sensitive skin mostly over my cheeks, so I had stopped using them until I was lucky enough to be sent these guys. They are really effective at removing all traces of makeup but they don’t upset my skin at all. They are really comfortable to use and leave my skin feeling beautiful.
17 – a couple of random makeup brushes
So thats it, it seems like a huge list but its really not. It all fitted in a small makeup bag that was easy to cart about. The only other products i haven’t listed were some of my skincare and haircare products. If yo would like me to cover those let me know.
I hope you enjoyed my makeup essentials, what are your daily or travel makeup essentials? x D
all products marked with a * indicate products sent for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
If like me you had heard of lipSense before, knew it was a long lasting lipstick but not much else this post will tell you all you need to know about LipSense liquid lipstick.
When the lovely Nicole from Pucker up with Nicole asked if I would like to try the LIpSence products I was intrigued. I had heard of them, I knew they were a long wear lip product but not much more.
LipSense liquid lipstick is a two part application, the colour and then a gloss over the top to seal and moisturise.
Nicole provided me with really clear and quite precise directions for getting the best result from the product.
Clean and dry your lips, paying special attention to the water line of the lips. Nicole said she found wiping her lips with a dry towel worked well.
Shake shake shake your lipSense for best results shake for aprox 20 seconds.
Apply three thin layers of colour allowing each layer to dry in-between. Making sure to apply colour in one direction swiping back and forth works similarly to a whiteboard marker and will remove the previous colour. You will feel a tingle when applying the colour due to the alcohol in the product to kill of any germs that may get introduced into the tube (more on this later) Avoid touching your lips together until you have applied the gloss.
Apply a nice layer of the moisturising gloss all over the lips, this will stop the tingle and add lots of nourishment to the lips. Reapplying the gloss a few times during the day will help the longevity of the product.
Just after application (8am)
Nicole said that I could expect between 4 to 18 hours wear out of the LipSense liquid lipstick, more wear with more continual use.
The pack also came with a ooops remover for little mistakes while applying the colour, you can also use this to remove the product at the end of the day but, I was advised that a wet face washer used in a circular motion either in the shower or at the sink will do a great job of removing the colour.
Left – 8am Right 9pm
There is certainly a real method and ritual to applying the LipSense liquid lipstick I did find it a bit tedious and had to really focus on getting all the steps right, but I’m sure with regular use this would become lie riding a bike. The “tingle” I was told about I found to be a major understatement. I found it stung my lips, it was uncomfortable but not unbearable. It did stop as soon as I applied the gloss though.
The first time I wore it I found i had worn of the colour in the centre of both lips after about 4 hours and dinner at such train. The second time I wore it it lasted far longer, I applied it at 8am and it was still almost perfect when i was getting ready for bed. So I can’t argue with the staying power at all. From the start I wasn’t sure I would like ow shiny the finished look is. Im not sure if that is just because I am so used to matte long wear lip products or just personal preference, but I’m still not a huge fan of the high gloss look.
Nicole is super helpful and if you would like any further information or to buy any of the products,she has an incredible array of colours to choose from. Make sure you had over to her Facebook page here and she would be happy to help you. She has also offered a free gift with purchase to me readers during april using the codeword – Madame Rouge
Have you used LIpSense before? Do you have a favourite colour? XD
If you have tried to perfect winged eyeliner without much success, hopefully this post will give you some pointers on how to achieve winged eyeliner.
I have done a step by step of two methods that I find helpful to achieving a winged liner, a three step freehand method and a sticky tape method.
I find the best products to use for this is either a felt-tip pen liner or a gel liner and an angled brush. For this tutorial I have used the Essence super fine eyeliner pen it is the perfect fine tip, and even application tool.
Your first step is to apply a thin even line starting from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner .Holding the pen with the nib pointing towards the centre of the face.
your second step is to create a line from the outer end of the eye at the line you have already created, towards the end of the brow. I find having the tip of the pen pouting towards the eyebrow and dragging down works best here as you can create a finer start to the line to create the perfect flick.
The nest step is to connect the “flick” to the thin line you applied in step one. starting a millimetre or so from the top of the flick with the tip pointing upward drag the pen down towards the bottom liner about 5 to 10 millimetre from the end blending into the bottom liner. If you have made your wing larger than this one you can sometime end up with a small triangle that you can just fill in, but as my flick is quite thick at the bottom I didn’t this time.
If after this step you feel the top of your flick is to thick as I did you can go back in carefully and with a light touch using the fine tip of the pen extend the flick slightly. If you have made any slips or mistakes you can either use a cotton bud with some makeup remover to clean it up or a brush with a small amount of concealer.
If you don’t feel your hand is steady enough or just want a super crisp line this method may be for you. cut a small section of stick tape and put it on the back of your hand and remove it once or twice to remove some of the sticking power before applying it to your delicate skin surrounding your eye. You want to place the tape close to the eye under your bottom lashes angled towards the end of your brow.
With this method you can either do like the fist method and draw a thin line all the way along first and stop at the bottom of the tape,and then do similar as above and start about 1 cm from the end and drag up towards the end of the brow and over the tape. Or you can start at the inner corner of the eye with the tip pointing towards the nose and drag the pen along the eye line towards the tape gradually increasing the width of the line until you reach the tape.
If at this stage you don’t feel your wing is long enough you can draw in the opposite direction staring with the tip on the tape at the hight you want and drab back towards the bottom line. You can make your wing and liner as think or thin as you would like.
I hope you have found this helpful if you would like me to clarify anything or would like to ask any question please let me know x D