Essano Rosehip Skincare!

Hello hello, today I wanted to write about a few products from the Essano Rosehip range. I received a mini set from my sister last Christmas containing the Micellar Water, Hand Cream, Moisturiser and the Shampoo and Conditioner. I've been using these products for a decent amount of time and thought I should write a post before I run out of them and throw them out. Now I thought this after I had finished the shampoo and conditioner so those are long gone. Either way, in this post I'll be sharing my thoughts on these products!

Essano is a cruelty free brand based in New Zealand. I love that they don't test on animals and use natural ingredients. Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether they are natural or not but I do see myself leaning towards more natural skincare. They're also part of the Sustainable Business Network New Zealand which means their business practises are "...responsible and provide a benefit to our global community, our employees and help protect our natural environment."
I used to the the Garnier Micellar Water before trying this one and personally I much prefer this one. The Garnier micellar water did remove makeup but I felt it left a weird film on my skin. This Essano micellar water removes my makeup so easily without any need to rub. Although you don't have to cleanse afterwards, I do anyway because it's just routine. I've almost run out of this product so I'll be heading out to buy the larger bottle. 

I'm someone who doesn't like to have too many of the same products, so when I have more that two hand creams I don't usually buy any more until I've finished at least one. But I now have quite a few more than two and I've been reaching for most of them equally. I hadn't been reaching for the Essano hand creme until I finished some of my others, but now that I have been I don't know why I didn't before. The formula is super smooth and not sticky (my major pet peeve with hand creams is sticky ones). I like that there is a scent that is subtle enough. My hands do feel nice and soft after using this.

I couldn't find the same moisturiser in the tube, but instead it's now sold in a pump bottle. Either way, this has been my go to facial moisturiser for the past couple of months. First and foremost, this product has not caused me to break out! That is always my biggest fear when trying new products but this moisturiser has done a great job at not only avoiding the breakout issue, but also keeping my skin soft and supple. Sometimes I feel that I needed a bit more on my cheeks as they tend to get very dry. I have almost finished this moisturiser and have already purchased some Simple skincare products, which I'll very likely be sharing here soonish. 

As for the shampoo and conditioner, I did finish them a really long time ago and cannot remember which set it was. I believe I tried the Keratin set but I'm not 100% sure. But I will say that they were very nice to use. When it comes to natural hair care I struggle to find products that genuinely work. The shampoo had some shimmer in it which I found strange, though it didn't show in my hair thank goodness. The scent was lovely and my hair did feel clean and soft. I had the mini version so I used them on my camp.

Before my sister gave this set to me I'd never tried Essano before, but I'm glad I did. They're actually quite affordable!

Hope you're all have an amazing week, and thank you for the support on my last post!

New Daily Persistent Headache | Positive Life Update

(Meet my snake Rapunzel even though she doesn't have anything to do with this post!)

It's been a little while since I wrote about my life with NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache) and today I thought I would write a positive post about it. If you didn't know, half way through grade 11 I developed a sudden headache that never went away. That was in June 2015. I have written several posts about this and they are all easily found in the category NDPH-Headache tab/ label. The first post I ever wrote in regards to this headache was actually written before I knew anything about NDPH and before I realised it would stick around forever. I also have an in-depth post about Living With a Never-ending Headache, I wrote this while I was still in high school. Some of the posts were from before I had a diagnosis and some are from after, nothing much changed between this time except finally having a name for the condition, and even then it was difficult to explain. 

Something I don't think I've ever mentioned online is how downhill my emotional health spiralled during this time. I may have said a brief sentence about it but never went into detail but that was definitely a major thing. Because I have previous posts about what NDPH is and what was happening at the time I won't be going to much into it in this post. This post is about what is happening now and although nothing has changed in regards to the headache itself, my mindset has definitely changed and I am out of that negative headspace. If you have been following those previous posts you would know that I was on a really long list of medications that were trial and error, and I had tried so many treatments including exercises. Just to update further, I still have not found anything that has touched the pain. I have now been off any medication and pain killers since just before Christmas (2016). I decided to do this because nothing was actually helping with the pain and the medication was creating too much acidity for my stomach. My body feels much better after stopping all medications. Even though my headache has not changed I feel better mentally. The pain still fluctuates between 4 and 8 all day everyday. I've found others online who have the exact same thing and that is comforting within itself.

So how am I doing with uni? Well, if I'm honest after I realised this headache wasn't going to go away I didn't think I would end up going to university. I barely thought I would finish high school. But here I am studying full time at university, and yes it's quite difficult but my uni has amazing support plans for students. 

Basically this post was so update how I'm going in regards to NDPH and I am out of that negative headspace. I am happy and learning to live life with a never-ending headache. Physically I'm still the same, exhausted and in constant pain, but mentally I'm mostly positive.

My next post will be back to what my blog is about! Something either beauty or lifestyle related.

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks ♥


Hello lovely! Before I jump into the post I just want to say thank you to all of you who read my blog and leave nice comments. It really makes me happy when I know that people read my content and I love the small blogging community I'm beginning to know. Recently I have really got into using Twitter for my blog, as it is a great platform to connect with fellow bloggers and also to connect with you. I've found that for me personally when I follow bloggers I really love, I'll see them on my Twitter feed and am reminded to go check if they happened to reply to my comment. Because I'm currently using the blogspot commenting system you guys don't actually receive a notification when I reply. I love connecting with all of you through my blog mostly but Twitter gives you notifications!

Anyway, onto today's post! This was a post I'd actually been meaning to do a while back, and it is a post on the Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks. I purchased the shade All About Cupcake a couple of years ago and because I really liked that one I went ahead and purchased the shade I Feel Pretty later on. 



Packaging 
The packaging on these lipsticks isn't overly fancy, but is still sturdy enough. The lid clicks on and doesn't come off so I have no issues bringing these in my purse. I love that these have a sticker underneath with the name of the lipstick as it is easy to see. The lipstick itself is also branded with an e for Essence, which I think adds a nice little touch.

Formula
These lipsticks are smooth and glide on easily. Both have a shiny finish, though All About Cupcake is quite sheer with a hint of colour, and I Feel Pretty appears more opaque. All About Cupcake is a subtle 'my lips but better' shade that is very hard to mess up. It's a nice everyday lipstick that is also very moisturising. I Feel Pretty, like I mentioned before is more opaque. The shade is a lovely plum colour for days when I'm feeling a slightly darker lip. This one is also very moisturising. 


The wear time I get out of these depends. If I eat or drink they start to fade a bit, but if not it lasts a couple of hours. These are definitely not long wearing lipsticks but because they're so easy to apply I don't mind reapplying or just leaving it (they fade evenly). 

You can purchase these at Priceline for $4.10 and I think you can get these at Target as well. 


I'd love to know if you've tried any Essence lipsticks and how they worked for you! 

I also would love to get to know my readers and fellow bloggers better, so if you like leave a comment saying where you're from and a hobby you enjoy! 

Connect with me on Twitter ♥

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum

Hello gorgeous! I was going through some of my skincare products when I realised this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum was empty. I remembered I had put it aside to remind myself to write a blog post about it. So today that is what I will be doing. I purchased this a while back and used it up pretty quickly.

This product claims that, "...the 'self hydrating system' addresses the root cause of inner dryness, so your skin can stay soft, supple and bouncy with a radiant healthy glow."

A few things drew me to try out this serum, first of all I really liked that it was oil free. I have combination skin so I have dry cheeks but my forehead and chin get oily throughout the day. The next thing is that I really enjoyed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel which I also wrote a post about. 

The formula is not thick or runny, but more of a thin gel consistency. It glides on so smoothly and sinks in fast. I was using this mostly in summer and it worked wonders during that time. However when the weather became colder my skin got drier, and this didn't work as much on my cheeks. I had to apply it more often on my cheeks but it wasn't too bad. I think the scent is subtle and pleasant.

One of the most essential things for me when trying new products is that they don't break me out. I personally have very acne prone skin and one wrong move means I either grow a new chin or a few mountains on my forehead. Fortunately for me, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum did not break me out!

Overall, I did like this serum and would repurchase it. Though before I do I will be trying out other similar products. You can purchase this from most places, Priceline sells it for $27.99 but of course I grabbed this on sale hahah. 

If you've tried this let me know how it worked for you in the comments! Also I'm always looking to improve my blog, if you like I would appreciate any feedback whether it's something I'm already doing or something I can improve on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter too as I love chatting with fellow bloggers and readers. 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks


Hello gorgeous! Hope you've had a good week so far. I'm someone who really enjoys skincare products when they work, but as I have very acne prone skin I get so nervous trying out new things incase they break me out. Recently I purchased two of the three L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks and I've now tried them both several times. 


The one I was most excited to try was the Exfoliating & Smoothing Red Algae Mask as I had read many great reviews on it. First I made sure my hands were clean and my face was freshly cleansed before I put any mask on. This mask has a thicker consistency with exfoliating micro beads through it. After I applied this all over my face I waited around fifteen minutes before rinsing it off. The micro beads are great when rinsing off, I used circular motions to further exfoliate. Then I patted my face dry with a towel. I'm not joking when I say I actually noticed a good difference in my skin. It's not often that I can see an obvious difference after using a mask, but my skin looked so much brighter and smoother. Of course my skin wasn't perfect, I still had scarring and some acne (obviously a given haha). But the redness was greatly reduced and my complexion was definitely nicer. However, there is one thing I have to say that I dislike about this mask and that's the scent. The scent is quite strong and doesn't subside, but because I really did like the results I can get past that. I can't say that it gives me a headache because I'm living with a never-ending one anyway hahah. But overall I do love this mask and would absolutely recommend it!

The next mask I tried was the Detoxifying & Brightening Charcoal Mask. Before I had read many reviews on these masks, this was the one I was originally most excited for simply because I wanted to try a charcoal mask. Then I read that a lot of people preferred the Red Algae one after trying all of them. But of course I still wanted to try this! This mask is a much thinner consistency than the first one, more like a cream. The first time I tried this I applied it to my entire face and after a few minutes it was the hardest drying mask I had ever tried. Not joking, it felt like rock! But in a good way. Same as before, I rinsed it off then patted my face with a clean towel. I felt like it really did mattify my skin, but because I have combination skin my cheeks ended up too dry. So the second time I applied this to my T-zone and chin only and it balanced out much nicer. This mask also has a very powerful scent, it kind of reminds me of cologne. None of these smell 'bad' as such but they are very strong. Again, I can get past that because I truly enjoy the feel of the masks and how my skin looks afterwards. 

Both these clay masks are amazing, though I do favourite the Red Algae mask a little bit. I try to do a mask 2 to 3 times a week, which works for me but everyone's skin is different! I haven't tried the Purifying & Mattifying Eucalyptus Mask but there are so many positive reviews on that one too! I bought these for $9.99 each at the Priceline sale but they usually sell at $19.99 each. 

Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these and which one is your favourite!

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

Hello gorgeous! For a while now I've been using the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette pretty much every time I wear makeup, and I love it! So today I thought it would be perfect to share why I like it, how I use it, and my favourite shades in the palette. 

I personally like a subtle contour and highlight so that my makeup is still on the natural side. If you prefer a stronger contour you can easily achieve this as the pigmentation in this palette is incredible. However, if you're like me and prefer a softer look just go in lightly. Because of the smooth and creamy formula it is super easy to blend out. You can purchase this from Priceline for $39.95. For me that's a bit pricey for a drugstore product so I would wait until Priceline has their 40% sale, but in saying that I would definitely repurchase this. 

The shades in this palette are all workable for my skin tone, though my favourite shades form the bottom row are Toffee (second from the left) and Hollow (first on the right). From the top row I definitely use Nectar (first on the right) the most, and sometimes I'll use Creme (the yellow shade, second from the right) under my eyes. 
  
I love to use this for both a soft everyday look as well as a slightly more intense evening look. I don't find the formula to be at all chalky or have any fall out. Packaging wise, I don't have anything terrible to say, nor do I have anything amazing to say. It's sturdy enough and I like that you can see the shades through the clear top. I also really like that on the back it shows you what the shades are called.
Overall, I am impressed with this palette and would recommend it to you guys. Not going to lie, it was a bit of a splurge for me as I'm on a typical uni student budget hahah. Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend!

I would also really like to know what commenting system you prefer. I've been tossing up between using Disqus and using the original blogger commenting system. I did sync up my comments to Disqus and I would love you to be able to get a notification to see my replies to your comments! Unfortunately the commenting system I'm using now doesn't allow that, which means that you won't see my replies unless you come back and check for it. My only issue with Disqus is that when I sync it up, any existing comments on my blog aren't in the right order (not the biggest issue) but any replies to comments end up looking like they're just comments on their own and not a reply. If you have any advice on how to fix that, if that would be annoying for you, or which commenting system you prefer to comment with and which one you use on your blog, I would really appreciate it!

Enjoy the rest of your week! xo

Polaroid Styled Photos | With PRINTIKI

Hello gorgeous! Since forever, I've just loved to design and redecorate my bedroom. Another reason why I enjoyed moving so much growing up, I got to redo my room completely differently. My favourite decorative element has always photographs. Not only are they nice to show, but they also evoke different memories. Once again I was in the process of changing a few things in my room and the first thing I wanted to do was to bring more photos into my space. So when the lovely company Printiki contacted me I was more than happy to try out their services. Printiki is a photo printing company located in Amsterdam but they ship worldwide!


With Printiki you can print directly from your desktop or phone, choosing your images from Facebook, Instagram or camera roll. They have several style options such as 'traditional 4 x 6 size, polaroid style, and if you like you can even add captions to your images! There's also poster options and photo books. I decided to go with the polaroid style with a white border. I chose and ordered my images and received them so quickly. I actually really like how the images turned out, the polaroid style is super cute! I've been browsing Priniki's Instagram and I just can't decide what I want to do with them, there's so many ideas. Before I got them I was sure I would be sticking them up on my wall, then I thought these would be perfect for scrapbooking, after that I thought it would look awesome if I bought those cute mini pegs and hung them up on string like they do in those Pinterest photos. Now I'm back to sticking them on the wall. Either way, they look great, my younger sister even asked me where I got these photos from because she fell in love with the whole polaroid theme. 



If you've been looking for somewhere to print images I would definitely recommend Printiki. I haven't tried larger prints though so I don't know how they would turn out, but these polaroid (I feel like I've said polaroid too many times) styled photos are just awesome!

Use this code and get free shipping! AU9MSKH7 

Printiki on Instagram - check out their Instagram page, they have so many ideas and inspiration in there!