Monday, 29 August 2016

Project Polish Winter 2016 - The End (of the Entire Project!)

Missed out on all the Project Polish action on TNL? Read up on about it here. Just want to know about the Winter edition? Find out what polishes I included here and how much progress I made at the halfway mark here.

Ok peeps, let me be real here for a mo. The final few weeks of this Project Polish has been tough. Real tough. I've barely made time to paint my nails, nor have I had a real inclination to do so. I kept telling myself that I'd sit down & do it on a certain day, but then that day came & I was either busy doing other things or, quite frankly, too exhausted to put fingernail to polish.

For some reason throughout each edition of Project Polish, I've done quite well up until halfway & then afterwards its all gone to pot. Maybe there's something in that??

Anyway, enough babbling from yours truly, let's see what hasn't been used:

Yep, two-thirds of this edition pretty much.

Aaaand let's see what did get used:

I popped Pink Champagne on my toes just before I left & I think it might be better on my toes than it is on my fingies. It makes my feet look slightly tanned, even at this time of year (i.e. nearing the end of winter, woo hoo!). I can only imagine what it would look like if I got a proper tan (although I do get a faint tan on my feet during summer anyway).

As for the other 2, I'm still loving Sea Fog sick every time I sport it - just gotta make more use of it! - and Knickerbocker Glory is another one that looks stunning on my skin. I just wish Ciaté hadn't discontinued it!

So what have I learnt from undertaking a beauty-related project? In a nutshell, I've learnt that I'm not cut out for stuff like this and definitely wouldn't do it again. My tendency towards procrastination kept getting in the way of achieving real results and as I mentioned above, after the halfway mark of each edition I would lose focus. I thought that by rotating polishes every season I wouldn't get bored, but it turns out that that wasn't the case. As I've often said to people in the comments sections of my blog, unless you're really dedicated to the cause, then DON'T DO IT! I guess Hailey was right after all....

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Monday, 22 August 2016


I know I've mentioned in the past that I make my own body scrub; but as my recent Priceline haul will attest, I stopped being frugal for a sec & bought a few pre-made scrubs to try out. Today I'm going to give my first impressions of the 2 Sukin body scrubs I purchased - the Renewing Body Scrub with Green Tea & Coconut, plus the Energising Body Scrub with Coffee & Coconut.

Never heard of Sukin before? They're an Australian natural skin & hair care company that have fast become a favourite amongst beauty lovers nationwide, as well as worldwide. (I think I may have seen a UK blogger raving about them recently, but don't quote me on that.) Their focus is on providing affordable & high quality skin & hair care without chemical nasties like sulphates, parabens or harsh detergents. In fact, the list of what they don't include in their products is almost a mile long! (Anyone who has ever bought one of their products would've noticed that list on their packaging.) They're also a cruelty-free company, which is another bonus.

I've tried a couple of Sukin products in the past (namely a shampoo and a facial mist), but can't say I was a fan of either. You know how you want to like certain brands but you just haven't gelled with them? That's me & Sukin. That said, when they released these body scrubs a few months back, I actually got excited about a body care product for the first time in a while & couldn't wait to try them out.

Now that I've given both of them a whirl at least once, here's my first impressions:

  • Both scrubs have a creamy consistency to them - almost like an exfoliating body wash. Despite containing oils, neither of them will leave your bathroom floor feeling slippery, which is a bonus.
  • Out of the 2, the Energising scrub with Coffee & Coconut is the grittiest, presumably due to the coffee grounds contained inside. The Renewing scrub to me just isn't as scrubby as I'd like. Whilst I can feel the walnut shells (aka the exfoliating agent) on my skin once I work it in, I feel that there isn't enough of them in the scrub, which is a bit disappointing. Despite that, I'll probably use it when I feel like using something gentle.
Top L-R: Renewing Body Scrub with Green Tea & Jojoba, same scrub smoothed out 
Bottom L-R: Energising Body Scrub with Coffee & Coconut, same scrub smoothed out 
  • Upon first use, both scrubs left my skin feeling soft shortly afterwards; but I did notice with both that my legs felt a bit itchy after a while. I especially noticed with the coffee scrub that my legs felt parched in the hours post-moisturising. Both scrubs have cetearyl alcohol as their 4th ingredient & although cetearyl alcohol is known as a "moisturising" alcohol (for some reason that sounds like an oxymoron to me), I can and have slightly reacted to it in the past and the present. I've never broken out in a rash from it, but I have felt irritation.
  • Both of these smell quite good - the scent in the Renewing scrub with Green Tea & Jojoba is refreshing & fairly subtle, whereas the Energising scrub hits you with a strong coffee scent. If you ever needed a pick-me-up in the morning, one sniff of this scrub should do the trick! Having said that, neither scent lingers on the skin once you wash off the scrub sadly.
  • I found with the Energising scrub that my skin did feel somewhat invigorated post-use. I'm not sure if it's because I left the scrub on my skin for a minute or so, but I do think this particular scrub lives up to its "energising" name.
Based on first impressions, I don't think I'll re-purchase the Renewing Scrub once its finished, but I might consider re-purchasing the Energising Scrub. I guess time will tell whether or not any of these become a firm favourite of mine; but for now it's like these products & I are in the early stages of dating & we're trying to work out whether or not we're compatible.

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Have you ever tried anything from Sukin before? What do you think of the brand? Would these tickle your fancy?

Monday, 15 August 2016

How This Former Over-packer Changed Her Ways

I don't know about you, but packing for a holiday can be a nightmare. If you're anything like my former self, you end up chucking in all these clothes & costume jewellery, only to discover that (a) you don't end up wearing them & (b) the things you end up needing like long sleeve tops, scarves & a decent jacket you don't pack. (Hello eastern Canada in early autumn!) Cue a mad scramble to the shops to find something you like...or don't like, in the case of my very touristy Niagara Falls hoodie. (Hey, I had to keep warm!) If you're also anything like former me, you could find yourself potentially losing your luggage at the hands of officious VIA Rail staff in Toronto because it's overweight* & well, they're sticklers for weight restrictions. Cue lots of swearing, stress & the realisation that something had to give the next time you travel overseas.....

...enter the capsule wardrobe.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

TNL On Hiatus

Hiya ladies & gents! Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far.

I just want to let you know that as of 11am today, I'm heading off overseas & won't be back until mid-October. I do have a number of posts scheduled in my absence (like the final post of my year-long Project Polish series, which I've scheduled for the 29th of this month), so stay tuned; but other than that all will be quiet on the blogging front. I like to digitally detox when I'm on holidays, so I hope you can understand why I'm taking a break for now. Rest assured, once I'm back, there will be an onslaught of trip-related posts, as well as a haul post or 2 (or more).

Cya on the flipside peeps!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Ridin' Solo

As I've mentioned about a million times, I'm about to embark on my first ever solo trip overseas. Whilst I'm feeling excited about my adventure & all that it will entail (the chance to explore new cities as well as re-visiting others; catching up with friends & family who live overseas + the promise of several hauls of the beauty & fashion kind - bring it on!), I've also felt a sense of trepidation and slight anxiety in the lead-up...and you can thank my double X chromosomes for that.