Beessential Skin Care Products: Body Cream, Lip Balm, Body Wash and Soap Review

Whenever we went to his place, my Gramps always tried to give his grandchildren wholesome and, as he called it, "pure" food. He kept a vegetable garden, and grew mango, papaya, banana and guava trees in his backyard. He knew a person who kept cows and got them to deliver fresh milk every morning and evening. He also kept bees for honey. This was part of a cooperative - they would come over to check the bees and collect the honey and beeswax. We would get a share of the honey - I can taste the wild, rich flavour even today. Best of all, the bees NEVER stung. Gramps moved house recently and had to give up up bees and fresh milk and is only creating a new garden. But he instilled in all of us a preference for fresh, handmade, natural produce and products created with care and love.
More than 15 years ago, Ohio-based Amy and David Rzepka began keeping bees on their family farm, when a co-worker asked if they would look after a hive he could no longer care for. One day, David took a look at his shampoo label and was shocked by some of the chemicals listed. A health-conscious couple who wanted their children to eat healthy, they decided to manufacture skin and hair care products from the honey, propolis and beeswax in their own hives.
The process began nine years ago in their basement. Today, they run an established manufacturing unit and their family business, named Beessential, is known for 100% natural, environment-friendly products hand-made in the US using pure honey, beeswax and other harm-free ingredients. 
Beessential Skin Care Products: Hand Cream, Lip Balm, Body Wash and Soap Review

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Fall FOTD With Orange and Plum Eye Makeup

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I had a relaxing time at my grandparents' place, eating without a care, forgoing exercise, not bothering to finish any of the weekend tasks in my planner, reading children's books and having long lie-ins. It was - and still is - pouring down and the roads are flooded, so the lethargy continues.
For a while now, I have wanted to experiment with orange eyeshadow, but without seeming too Summery and bright. Orange - and yellow - is not a colour my yellow-toned skin can pull off easily. So I decided to combine it with plummy, Fall-appropriate eyeshadow and a subtle lip.
Orange and plum eye makeup look for Fall; FOTD with CoverFX Custom Cover Drops.

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Beautyblender Blotterazzi Oil Blotting Sponge

The quantity of sebum produced by my face once led a colleague to remark that I ought to fear invasions from oil-seeking countries. I do my best to touch up whenever I can or mop it up with blotting paper. But there are times when you cannot... um... be seen pressing an increasingly transparent square of paper to your nose and look dignified at the same time. Or dispose of now-oily square.
Being a huge fan of the Beautyblender - review here,  comparison of pink and black Beautyblender here - I was intrigued when I heard they launched a product called Blotterazzi, which was supposed to replace blotting papers. I bought a set and it has replaced blotting paper in my handbag. Find out why.
Here is the review of the Blotterazzi oil blotting mattifying sponge by Beautyblender and how it compares to blotting paper.

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Kiko Milano Color Fever Eyeshadow Palette 101 Coral Burgundy Swatches, Review, EOTD

If Kiko Milano is selling near you, spending an hour or more browsing their products is the perfect treat for yourself! I discovered this brand in Rome this July, and am obsessed with their products, especially the eyeshadows and the lipsticks. Super pigmentation, little fallout, great wearing time. Now you know everything and don't even have to scroll down.
Unless you want to see more photos, swatches and an eye makeup look and read more praise.
Review and swatches of the Kiko Milano Color Fever Baked Eyeshadow Palette 101 - Coral Burgundy - and an eye makeup look I did with the shades.

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Beauty Products Emptied in September 2015

I am often asked how I manage to finish so many products. Answer: 1. All-over-body moisturising two times a day. That guarantees at least one jar of body butter and one jar of body lotion each month. 2. My hair is very long and I deep-condition it once a week, so that's a couple of hair care products there. 3. I try to use a face mask once a week, so that is four sheet masks OR 1-2 face mask tubes (depending on the size) a month. The rest of the products are sundries that vary each month. 4. I also have targets and rewards; e.g. I will treat myself to a lipstick if I use up two extra products this month (yes, I keep count).
It was not always like this. I was a Hoarder with a capital H. Until a couple of products separated. Had I used those up, I would at least have had the pleasure of using them. That was the start of my "use-up" mission.
Here are the beauty, skincare, hair care and makeup products I emptied in September 2015 and quick impressions of each.

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Holika Holika Dessert Time Lip Balm Set Review

If there was a contest for the cutest packaging ever, the Holika Holika Dessert Time Lip Balms would win hands down. LOOK at the photos. Cupcakes!
Does the packaging make you feel hungry? All of these smell as good as they look! I got one in a Memebox last year and ended up buying the whole set from W2Beauty - they ship worldwide with tracking for a mere $2.50.
Holika Holika is one of those cult Korean beauty brands whose packaging takes cuteness to a whole new level. These lip balms have held the pride of place atop my vanity ever since I bought them.
My review of the Holika Holika Dessert Time Lip Balm set, which comes in cute cupcake packaging.

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks Review, Swatches: Bond Girl, Walk of Shame

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks have made waves recently. Having tried the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick, reviewed here, I wanted to try more of her products, especially the lipsticks. Besides, the gorgeous packaging and the beautifully precise bullets reeled me in.
There are 10 shades in this range: Amazing Grace, Birkin Brown, Bond Girl, Glastonberry, Liberty Love, Lost Cherry, Red Carpet Red, Sexy Sienna, Very Victoria and Walk of Shame. I first bought Bond Girl and Walk of Shame and have just ordered Amazing Grace and Very Victoria as well, and Liberty Love for my Mum's birthday.
Here is the review and swatches of Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame.

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