Beauty Spring Cleaning

“Spring Cleaning” one’s beauty stash is perhaps not quite like cleaning out one’s wardrobe (or closet to some) or even spring cleaning in general.  However, it is important to rid items that have caused problems, do not work for you or that you simply don’t like any more.
A few tips to help spring clean the beauty stash include the following.

Remove products that have been opened for longer than the PAO label. 
Once opened, a product typically is good for use for about 3 to 24 months depending its period after opening (PAO) label. This label can be found on most products and its an open jar with the number of months the product should be used for. Anything past that should be thrown away.  It might not hurt to stick a small label with dates of when products are opened to help keep track.

Throw away/Donate/Give away items that do not work or you do not like.  
No matter how expensive, it is quite pointless to hoard something that perhaps break you out or simply you dislike.  It is likely that it would work for someone else and as long as the product is not past the PAO, it would be a lovely gesture to someone else.

Half Empty or Half full
Decide whether to keep, give out or thrown away products you have not used up and are perhaps neglected for whatever reason.

Clean and Rearrange
Dust and wipe your jars and containers and perhaps try a new arrangement of your products. You can also choose to decant your products into uniform containers.

Happy tidying!


Beauty Subscription Boxes

In the past year or two, we have seen a surge in the number of subscriptions for beauty samples. I have never been tempted to subscribe because I visit beauty counters and shops ever so often that I can view and test new products. In addition, I am more focused on skincare and will not pay for any makeup or nail products without testing and trying out first. Many are usually a mixed bag and I think  not.

I have read and watched complaints about the value of the samples in subscription packages and it seems that many simply want to get more than what is paid for.
Monthly subscription prices typically range from 10 to 15 -insert currency (typically EUR, USD or GBP) and may or may not include free shipping. For these prices, I would not be expecting full sized high end products and I would think that at some point, the companies may start to send cheaper and easily obtained items to cut costs.
There is also no way the companies will accurately know what one would like (despite the questionnaire which is usually included in the registration process). Selecting the products yourself also does not guarantee that you would love the samples received.

These subscriptions are a nice idea and would appeal to certain people but I would rather visit beauty counters, read blogs and reviews as well as request samples. This way, I will end up buying things I actually want.


Lip Balm Quest: NUXE

It seems I have just certified the best lip balm for me. I have tried a number of different lip balms in recent years and after several weeks of use, I am excited to state that Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm seems to be the best thing I have found. The balm’s thick consistency and matte finish make it perfect for both night and day time use. I first warm a bit of the product and then apply. It stays on for ages and more importantly, lips feel nourished and smooth.
It is always best to exfoliate the lips gently to remove any flaking skin. No lip balm will work if there’s loads of flaky bits hanging on. Hence, I use a muslin cloth, cotton pad or by rubbing my fingers on dampened lips to exfoliate 🙂

Nuxe is known for its dry oil which I find to be quite nice on my skin and hair so I was eager to try other Nuxe products in the local pharmacy. I purchased this balm for nearly €12 (and I know it retails for about  £8 to £10) so it is not as cheap as a tin of Vaseline which, is always a stand-by because it is very protective albeit not a mosturising product. Other lip products I have found to be good for sensitive lips are
L’Occitane’s Shea butter lip balm
Kiehl’s lip balm #1 (although, it does have petroleum jelly in it)
The Body Shop’s Chocomania lip butter (which seems to be the only lip product from the brand that doesn’t make my lips even more chapped).

I will probably end up purchasing this again when it has been used up but will definitely keep an eye out for discounts and bargains.


Are we doing too much?

Another intriguing question I also found myself asking is, “are we doing too much?”. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise are the main practices preached by many a beauty editor and even the average women. These each entail a variety of products and tasks that looks like a lot of work.
My skincare arsenal for routine use includes nearly 40 products for all kinds of weather.
There is olive oil for use to remove makeup (typically eye makeup) on the rare occasion I wear it.
Cleansers include foaming, cream and gel cleansers, a cleansing water, toner, cleansing milks and exfoliating scrubs.
Moisturisers range from the light to heavier water based moisturisers as well as a few basic oils and butters for very cold and dry weather conditions.
Now, that’s just for the face. What about the other numerous things for the rest of the body; including haircare, pedicures, depilatory and other grooming tasks?

With all these, why aren’t we all walking around with perfect skin? All the energy, money and time just seems to be frittered away into a possibly needless and never ending routine.
I love trying out new products and seeing what is available to keep us looking even better but perhaps sometimes, I should just wash with water and leave it at that? Who knows, my skin may actually thank me for the break.