It has been over a year since I’ve blogged as I’ve found it more and more difficult to motivate myself to continue blogging. There has been a huge rise in professional, monetised blogs of all descriptions while this is an amazing boon for bloggers and those hoping to be taken seriously as legitimate content creators it has made me feel that any blogging effort I make will be deemed as inadequate compared with what is now out there.
This website has always been a fun hobby for me to devote myself to in my spare time but since the start of the year I’ve enrolled part time at university so that takes up the majority of my time. Combining university with full-time work has not been easy and I’ve been inspired by blogs that deal with organisation, time and money management. I still love beauty blogs and the occasional cheeky purchase but my main focus is switching toward career goals that will set me up in the long term which has lead to me to start thinking about what I would like to do with my online space. I would like to shift focus and move toward a more inspirational, entertaining blog that I hope people can find educational and interesting. Watch this space while I contemplate the direction I’d like Beauty in the Sky to move towards in future.
I’ve been pretty quiet on the blogging front of late, not for lack of content since I have loads of drafts sitting waiting for photos and tweaking but just through lack of time. I’m constantly away of trips for work and will go for long periods without access to internet then when I’m home from trips I’m tired and lack any motivation to sit and work on the computer. I’m also moving house yet again just over two years after moving from Perth to Melbourne I am moving back to Perth so my days off are currently tied up with making quick flights over to Perth to take stuff across.
Blog posts are more than likely going to continue to be very sporadic but here is a little teaser of what I’ve been trialling and loving lately:
The Enjo Body Care range has taken over my shower and while I’m still getting used to going without soaps and doing the water only thing I’m loving the philosophy and environmental friendliness of these products.
Charlotte Tilbury Makeup – I went on holidays to London in May and paid a visit to the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Selfridges while I was there. I had a great experience and bought quite a few things that have become staples in my makeup bag.
Karen Murrell Lipsticks – These gorgeous lipsticks come out of New Zealand and promise all natural ingredients that nourish lips while being long lasting.
I can’t wait to share my product reviews with you all and hope that you all bear with me while I make another cross country move that in the long run will give me more free time and space to work on my website.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to find good quality colour cosmetics these days, if you are willing to compromise on fancy packaging there are so many options available these days. One such brand is Boe Beauty available from Big W which has quite a large selection of products available for $2 each. I was invited to sample some products from the range and I’m pleased to say that this brand will not disappoint.
The lip products a lot of fun to review, it’s great to see such an accessible brand marketing lip creams and lip crayons which are all the rage at the moment.
Coral Kisses Lipstick – The packaging of this is somewhat similar to that of BYS in that it does feel cheap although I thought it felt more sturdy than its BYS counterpart. This glides on beautifully and contains a little bit of shimmer, it has a very subtle vanilla scent. There’s no way you’d ever think you were wearing a $2 lipstick!
Peach Bellini Lip Gloss – A glittery pale peach lipgloss in a tube, not really my cup of tea but definitely would suit teen girls who want something subtle yet with a little sparkle.
Blush Pink Matte Lip Cream – This doesn’t dry matte as the name would have you believe, it has a little bit of shine without having the wet look and sticky feel of a gloss.
Better Bare Jumbo Lips – This wind up lip pencils reminds me a lot of those by Face of Australia, it was a lot more pigmented than I was expecting from such a budget brand. It applied smoothly and while not the most long lasting it was extremely comfortable to wear and easy to apply.
I’ll be doing a separate post on the powder products and nail polish I received at a later date.
*Products provided for review in accordance with this sites disclosure policy.
I had my February Lust Have it! and Violet Boxes all ready to photograph and blog about then I got called out for a two day trip with work so I’ve been a little slow to get this review posted.
- Red Carpet Kolour – This contained a couple of sachets of the medium body glow, a luminous body lotion that is supposed to stay put and not transfer onto clothes. It’s meant to provide coverage for imperfections such as pigmentations, veins, cellulite and stretch marks, age spots and wrinkles. I had though that this was a self tanner at first however it is not so I can see myself trying this on my legs next time I’m wearing a cute dress.
- Nuxe Creme Nirvanesque (15ml) – This is a First Expression Lines Cream designed to de-stress and relax expression lines.
- Be a Bombshell “The One Stick” (Full Size $21) – An all-in-one multiple stick designed to be applied to eyelids, cheeks or lips. The shade I was given is called Girl Crush a shimmering pink champagne.
- Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes (5 pack) – This is the first facial wipe with 100% natural with certified organic ingredients.
- Aphelia Oasis Acne Solution (2ml) – This is a vial of herbal acne solution that doesn’t contain any Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid.
- Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon (Full sizw $19) – I received the shade Some Beach a shimmering coral pink. This doesn’t apply very pigmented however it can be built up for a more solid colour.
My favourite part about Violet Boxes is the fact that they always include some full-size makeup products, I’ll be trying everything in this months box.
You can subscribe to Violet Box by following the link.
*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and was reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
- Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive Skin (7ml) – This product is designed to exfoliate, refine and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lighten hyperpigmentaion and deliver a spa grade exfoliation.
- The Cosmetic Kitchen Eyeshadow ($22.50) – I received the shade Gold Leaf, a pure mineral eyeshadow that can be used either dry or damp. Certified cruelty free and vegan.
- The Cosmetic Kitchen ($22.50) – Full size powder brush, this was extremely disappointing as the brush handle came out of the ferule the moment I removed it from it’s packaging. The brush head itself is beautiful and soft so I may attempt to glue the brush back together and use it as an on the go travel brush.
- Vaseline Ultimate 10 Anti-Aging Body Lotion (25ml) -
- Clairol Professional Colour Radiance Shampoo (50ml) -
- Clairol Professional Expand Volume Mousse (50ml) -
- Hand Spa Bijoux Hand Wipe ($1.50) – This is a natural cotton, non-woven fabric wipe infused with organic fulvic acid, hyaluronic acid, royal jelly, glycerin and soy bean extract designed to deeply nourish and moisturise your hands.
There were a couple of extra items in the box this month, a voucher for a free Harvest Box with the purchase of one $7.95 Harvest Box and a 10ml bottle of S0…? Sinful Eau De Toilette. Absolutely love the perfume, perfect for travel and has the sweetness of a Victoria’s Secret fragrance which I’m loving throwing on for work lately.
Lust Have It! costs $19.95 a month, and you can sign up here. Don’t forget you can also get $5 off your first box by using codeword: SKY
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