New Discoveries - May 2016

My struggle to find inspiration and motivation has continued well into May. I'm finding new products that I love, but I have no desire to write about them, at least not extensively, so I figured I'd do another New Discoveries post to fill the gap while I get my shit together. I've had a big change in life, what with moving around the world and shifting from two part time jobs to living the housewife life, and its difficult to find a balance between keeping the house sorted, making dinner, my social life, and the blog - plus the daily distraction of playoff hockey doesn't help either! Anyway, my point is is that I'm trying, but not very hard if I'm honest - I want to get back on track, but right now the blog just isn't my main focus (I'll tell you why in a few weeks!). Here are the products I've recently acquired and really like, you should see full reviews on them eventually. Click through for my initial thoughts on these five beauty bits. 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 30 Sunscreen Review

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen
Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen "feels like you have nothing on, but offers broad-spectrum protection to help prevent sun damage. This dermatologist-tested formula uses Avobenzone to provide advanced protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays, along with Dry-Touch technology for an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. Fast-absorbing and waterproof, this non-oily formula is enriched with anti-oxidants to help skin fight the harm caused by environmental damage. Heavy sun protection never felt this light on your skin. This product features Helioplex, a breadth of stabilized sunscreen technologies that delivers superior protection from the sun." The Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen is available in SPF 30, 45, 55, 70, 85, and 100 - this review features SPF 30. Each bottle of Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen contains 3 fl oz (88ml) and retails for around $11USD (or $15AUD). Unfortunately, Neutrogena is not cruelty free. This sunscreen was made in Canada.

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes Review

Simple's Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes "keep your skin feeling clean and instantly hydrated everywhere you go. The on-the-go wipes use skin-loving ingredients and triple purified water that gently cleanses while instantly hydrating your skin. Micelles, our smart cleansing bubbles, attract and lift make-up and impurities out of your skin without leaving it dry or tight. Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes contain no artificial perfumes, dyes, or harsh chemicals, so all you feel is healthy, clean skin."  Each packet of these makeup remover wipes contains 25 wipes and retails for around $7.99 at drugstores and major retailers - I got mine in a Target Beauty Box. While Simple products contain no animal derived ingredients, they aren't truly cruelty free because their parent company, Unilever, continues to test on animals. Simple's Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes are made in the UK.

Out with the Old - April 2016 Empties

Normally if I had so few empties I wouldn't bother to post and I'd just carry these couple of empties over to the next month, but I'm really trying to get back in my blogging routine! I've been here a month so jetlag is not longer an excuse for my lazy blogging practices. I only managed to finish four products in the entire month of April, but considering I just moved around the world and only brought about a third of my stash with me I don't think that's too bad! As always products I have a backup of or intend to repurchase will be marked with an asterisk (*).

Diamond Wipes Cleansing Makeup Remover Towelette
For being a generic makeup remover wipe from a Holiday Inn, this face wipe was pretty good! Dean and I only stayed overnight, but they had left a handful of them in the bathroom, which I swiped and kept in my bag for makeup removal emergencies. I wouldn't go out of my way to get more, but if you stay in a hotel that stocks them, they're worth using. 

Covergirl Clump Crusher Lash Blast Mascara*
This mascara has been my go to for years - I've finished too many tubes to count. I knew this was just about empty, but I managed to get another 2.5 weeks of use out of it. I did bring a backup with me, which I'll be starting again soon. Yinz know how I feel about this mascara - its perfect - length and volume without any clumps, what's not to love? I'll probably use this forever. 

Bella Pierre Ebony Mineral Gel Eyeliner
This pencil liner was excellent for me! Smooth, pigmented, long wearing - but a pain in the ass to remove! I flew through the pencil, using it to down to a nub. The last bit of product became kinda loose and eventually fell out of the pencil. While I loved this pencil, I wouldn't repurchase it because it's extremely similar to the Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil, which is a couple bucks cheaper. Still, if you're thinking about a new gel pencil, this is a great option! 

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes*
I'm not usually a fan of face wipes, and I never depend on them for a true cleanse, but these Simple Wipes were good! While I enjoyed them for makeup removal, I found them particularly refreshing on my flight - 30 hours, 3 countries, you get a little gross and sweaty, and the Simple wipes saved my day. They're not currently sold in Australia, but if they ever are, I might buy a packet to keep on hand. 

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