Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Empties time again!

Clearly, I've been meaning to do this post for ages, but while I waited to get my butt in gear to take photos the pile just grew... and grew... and, well, you get the idea. (#lazygirlproblems) Then today I was busy packing for my upcoming trip and I decided enough is enough! Needless to say, my bathroom cabinet now has a lot of extra space without this box of stuff!

Batiste dry shampoo, what would I do without you??!! Especially with the current drought situation in Cape Town! My hair is fine and straight and will get greasy ridiculously quickly but I've gone from washing my hair every day to every 2nd or 3rd day, which would not be a pretty sight if it wasn't for dry shampoo. The tropical Batiste is my favourite but I occasionally use the original or fresh varieties for a bit of a change. I gave the "natural and light" variety a try but I felt it just didn't have the grease-busting ability that I needed so I won't be trying it again.

You can see my review of the John Frieda Frizz Ease shampoo and conditioner here. Overall I liked these products, but not enough to go and buy them in a hurry.

One thing about having hip-length hair: you don't use any more shampoo than for short hair but you use a loooooooooootttt more conditioner. I finally finished my tub of Schwartzkopf Color Freeze Treatment and absolutely loved it, I just wish it was more budget friendly so I didn't feel guilty using it! I also finished my millionth tub of Dove Nourishing Oil Care Treatment Mask, I pick this up every time Clicks has a 3 for 2 on Dove products. I also recently tried the Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner and loved it, it nourished my fine hair without weighing it down.

Oh hey, more conditioner! This is just the conditioner that comes with my hair colour, and I religiously use it once a week. It also smells amazing, can more conditioners please have this almondy goodness?

On to body products. I'm awful about remembering to moisturize anything other than my face, but when I do, I alternate between a rich body butter (normally for freshly shaved legs) and this super lightweight lotion from Nivea. It doesn't feel greasy or tacky on the skin and smells vaguely like ocean breezes. As far as shower products go, I've been using quite a few lately (maybe to avoid boredom now that bubble baths are out of the question?). I quite liked Nivea's Creme Care, especially to keep my skin from drying out in winter (see previous laziness re: moisturizing). I also tried The Comforter from Lush, and as much as I love the corresponding bubble bar, this one just was a little too medicinal-smelling for my liking. I also finished a L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil and loved it, I just wouldn't buy it for myself (but feel free to gift it to me anytime!).

I loved the original Garnier Micellar Water but somehow the oil-infused version is even better! I bought a replacement for this as soon as mine was half empty. I also finished two tubes of my go-to day cream from Nivea - this stuff feels great on my skin, doesn't make me break out at all and is super budget friendly, win win win. Can we also get a round of applause - I finished not one but two lip balms instead of losing them halfway through! I normally have a Labello floating around in my handbag (I'm not really fussy about which variety although I prefer the unscented, untinted ones). I also finished a random promotional lipbalm. (I tend to prefer plain, boring lipbalms as my lips have a tendency to come out in small blisters with some products *cough babylips cough*). 

I have been very bad with sheet masks this year, I have a massive stash and I never seem to use them. The only one in my empties was this hydrating one from Sorbet. I did fall in love with the GlamGlow TingleExfoliate treatment mask which I got a sample for in store... and then I saw the price tag. So, um, GlamGlow, if you wanna send me more of this stuff...*hint hint*
I got this sample of Rain's Manketti and Starflower body scrub in store recently when buying a gift for someone and had to use it asap. You can see this scrub previously on my very first Project Pan blog post here.
And just because you thought we were done with the conditioners... one more! I don't remember where I got this sample of Marc Anthony Argan Oil condition, maybe with a magazine, but I used it recently on a weekend away (anyone else save samples for their overnight bag?). It did an ok job of moisturing my hair but I wasn't blown away by it.

Phew, ok, almost at the end of this monster post! Let's start with nail stuff. I finished a bottle of Sorbet's nail polish remover and, while I loved the dispenser, I was unimpressed with the product as it took forever and a day to actually get polish off. I've finished another 2 bottles of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat, which is (clearly) my go-to top coat - I love this stuff, it dries super fast, super shiny and extends the lifespan of my polish by at least 3 days.
An oldie-but-goodie fragrance is the vanilla EDT from The Body Shop - it's a beautiful pure vanilla scent which I absolutely love (and very budget friendly which is a bonus!).
I have 3 concealers in this batch of empties. The first is Catrice's Camouflage concealer, which I scraped every microgram of product out of. I just love this stuff, it's got insane coverage. I gave the LA Girl Pro.conceal concealer a go because it seems to be a cult favourite in the blog world but I found it rather meh. Finally, I have Wet N Wild's Coverall concealer. I've previously finished 2 of these and liked them but this one just didn't seem the same. Different formula? Packaging? I dunno but I'm turfing it even though there is still some product left. 
I finished my 2nd tube of Bourjois 123Perfect CC Cream - this is my go-to base more days as it feels comfortable and provides just enough cover to even out skintone while still letting a few freckles show through. I then would set it with a loose translucent powder from essence. I've repurchased the CC cream and have gotten another powder from essence (although this time a pressed powder to see the difference).
I finished two tubes of mascara, Maybelline The Rocket and L'Oreal False Lash Wings. After trying a bazillion mascaras, these two are my favourite - the former for volume, the latter for insane definition and length.
And finally, the final products in this bag of empties are these bronze Long Lasting Eye Pencils from essence. I absolutely loved these as an alternative to stark black but I fear this shade has been discontinued as I haven't found them in store to replace my last one??!! Let me know if you've seen them anywhere!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Setting up my Travel Journal

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I love journalling. I especially love keeping memorabilia and photographs in my journal, as well as pretty paper and decor. If you haven't already seen my posts, you can check out my intro to "scrapbook" journalling here and my post on how to start a scrapbook journal here.

So, what's a journal addict to do when setting out on a journey? Create a travel journal especially for the trip, of course! I'm leaving to Zimbabwe later this week to go visit family and I am super excited! So, I grabbed a blank journal in my collection, raided my stash for scrapbook paper, embellishments and watercolour paints and got started!

I sometimes find sitting with a completely blank journal intimidating, so I love that this journal already provides a framework for me to jot away every day (whether full-on pages of writing or just a few bullet points about what happened that day). I've also made sure that there is plenty of space for storing ticket stubs, brochures, labels, leaves/flowers and anything else that I want to keep. When I get home, I can then print out a few of my favourite photos of the trip and add them for that final touch.

Instead of taking photos, I thought it would be fun to film a flip-through of my journal before I leave, as well as share what's in my travel journal kit. Once my journal is filled in, I'll be sure to share the final product with you all!

I hope you enjoy this video :)

PS if you want to know more about any specific feature or product, comment below!