Essano Rosehip Skincare!

Hello hello, today I wanted to write about a few products from the Essano Rosehip range. I received a mini set from my sister last Christmas containing the Micellar Water, Hand Cream, Moisturiser and the Shampoo and Conditioner. I've been using these products for a decent amount of time and thought I should write a post before I run out of them and throw them out. Now I thought this after I had finished the shampoo and conditioner so those are long gone. Either way, in this post I'll be sharing my thoughts on these products!

Essano is a cruelty free brand based in New Zealand. I love that they don't test on animals and use natural ingredients. Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether they are natural or not but I do see myself leaning towards more natural skincare. They're also part of the Sustainable Business Network New Zealand which means their business practises are "...responsible and provide a benefit to our global community, our employees and help protect our natural environment."
I used to the the Garnier Micellar Water before trying this one and personally I much prefer this one. The Garnier micellar water did remove makeup but I felt it left a weird film on my skin. This Essano micellar water removes my makeup so easily without any need to rub. Although you don't have to cleanse afterwards, I do anyway because it's just routine. I've almost run out of this product so I'll be heading out to buy the larger bottle. 

I'm someone who doesn't like to have too many of the same products, so when I have more that two hand creams I don't usually buy any more until I've finished at least one. But I now have quite a few more than two and I've been reaching for most of them equally. I hadn't been reaching for the Essano hand creme until I finished some of my others, but now that I have been I don't know why I didn't before. The formula is super smooth and not sticky (my major pet peeve with hand creams is sticky ones). I like that there is a scent that is subtle enough. My hands do feel nice and soft after using this.

I couldn't find the same moisturiser in the tube, but instead it's now sold in a pump bottle. Either way, this has been my go to facial moisturiser for the past couple of months. First and foremost, this product has not caused me to break out! That is always my biggest fear when trying new products but this moisturiser has done a great job at not only avoiding the breakout issue, but also keeping my skin soft and supple. Sometimes I feel that I needed a bit more on my cheeks as they tend to get very dry. I have almost finished this moisturiser and have already purchased some Simple skincare products, which I'll very likely be sharing here soonish. 

As for the shampoo and conditioner, I did finish them a really long time ago and cannot remember which set it was. I believe I tried the Keratin set but I'm not 100% sure. But I will say that they were very nice to use. When it comes to natural hair care I struggle to find products that genuinely work. The shampoo had some shimmer in it which I found strange, though it didn't show in my hair thank goodness. The scent was lovely and my hair did feel clean and soft. I had the mini version so I used them on my camp.

Before my sister gave this set to me I'd never tried Essano before, but I'm glad I did. They're actually quite affordable!

Hope you're all have an amazing week, and thank you for the support on my last post!

New Daily Persistent Headache | Positive Life Update

(Meet my snake Rapunzel even though she doesn't have anything to do with this post!)

It's been a little while since I wrote about my life with NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache) and today I thought I would write a positive post about it. If you didn't know, half way through grade 11 I developed a sudden headache that never went away. That was in June 2015. I have written several posts about this and they are all easily found in the category NDPH-Headache tab/ label. The first post I ever wrote in regards to this headache was actually written before I knew anything about NDPH and before I realised it would stick around forever. I also have an in-depth post about Living With a Never-ending Headache, I wrote this while I was still in high school. Some of the posts were from before I had a diagnosis and some are from after, nothing much changed between this time except finally having a name for the condition, and even then it was difficult to explain. 

Something I don't think I've ever mentioned online is how downhill my emotional health spiralled during this time. I may have said a brief sentence about it but never went into detail but that was definitely a major thing. Because I have previous posts about what NDPH is and what was happening at the time I won't be going to much into it in this post. This post is about what is happening now and although nothing has changed in regards to the headache itself, my mindset has definitely changed and I am out of that negative headspace. If you have been following those previous posts you would know that I was on a really long list of medications that were trial and error, and I had tried so many treatments including exercises. Just to update further, I still have not found anything that has touched the pain. I have now been off any medication and pain killers since just before Christmas (2016). I decided to do this because nothing was actually helping with the pain and the medication was creating too much acidity for my stomach. My body feels much better after stopping all medications. Even though my headache has not changed I feel better mentally. The pain still fluctuates between 4 and 8 all day everyday. I've found others online who have the exact same thing and that is comforting within itself.

So how am I doing with uni? Well, if I'm honest after I realised this headache wasn't going to go away I didn't think I would end up going to university. I barely thought I would finish high school. But here I am studying full time at university, and yes it's quite difficult but my uni has amazing support plans for students. 

Basically this post was so update how I'm going in regards to NDPH and I am out of that negative headspace. I am happy and learning to live life with a never-ending headache. Physically I'm still the same, exhausted and in constant pain, but mentally I'm mostly positive.

My next post will be back to what my blog is about! Something either beauty or lifestyle related.

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks ♥


Hello lovely! Before I jump into the post I just want to say thank you to all of you who read my blog and leave nice comments. It really makes me happy when I know that people read my content and I love the small blogging community I'm beginning to know. Recently I have really got into using Twitter for my blog, as it is a great platform to connect with fellow bloggers and also to connect with you. I've found that for me personally when I follow bloggers I really love, I'll see them on my Twitter feed and am reminded to go check if they happened to reply to my comment. Because I'm currently using the blogspot commenting system you guys don't actually receive a notification when I reply. I love connecting with all of you through my blog mostly but Twitter gives you notifications!

Anyway, onto today's post! This was a post I'd actually been meaning to do a while back, and it is a post on the Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks. I purchased the shade All About Cupcake a couple of years ago and because I really liked that one I went ahead and purchased the shade I Feel Pretty later on. 



Packaging 
The packaging on these lipsticks isn't overly fancy, but is still sturdy enough. The lid clicks on and doesn't come off so I have no issues bringing these in my purse. I love that these have a sticker underneath with the name of the lipstick as it is easy to see. The lipstick itself is also branded with an e for Essence, which I think adds a nice little touch.

Formula
These lipsticks are smooth and glide on easily. Both have a shiny finish, though All About Cupcake is quite sheer with a hint of colour, and I Feel Pretty appears more opaque. All About Cupcake is a subtle 'my lips but better' shade that is very hard to mess up. It's a nice everyday lipstick that is also very moisturising. I Feel Pretty, like I mentioned before is more opaque. The shade is a lovely plum colour for days when I'm feeling a slightly darker lip. This one is also very moisturising. 


The wear time I get out of these depends. If I eat or drink they start to fade a bit, but if not it lasts a couple of hours. These are definitely not long wearing lipsticks but because they're so easy to apply I don't mind reapplying or just leaving it (they fade evenly). 

You can purchase these at Priceline for $4.10 and I think you can get these at Target as well. 


I'd love to know if you've tried any Essence lipsticks and how they worked for you! 

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