One of the perils about reading and depending on online product reviews is that quite often, most reviews are raves about favourite products; so when you come across a product review of something you’re looking for, 90% of the time, it’s a rave (or it could be sponsored :P ). I’m not assigning blame to anyone. Heck, I myself often only post raves on my blog because that’s what gets me excited to share. Not much fun whining and moaning about a product you hate right?

Ok, actually yes, it’s a lot of fun, especially when you really REALLY hate a product :D

But my point is that we really do need a more balanced selection of product reviews out there, because then I wouldn’t have been bloody suckered into trying this lemon.

3ce glossing waterful foundation

For some reason, I’d been curious about this particular product. I love foundation and as much as I rave about the ones I like (and there are TONS!) my roving eye is always out there, looking for something else to like. And for some strange reason, 3CE Glossing Waterful Foundation came into my foundation-seeking radar. The plethora of positive press out there doesn’t help me, naturally.

The problem was that 3CE (3 Concept Eyes – I know, it’s a weird name that should have set off my spidey senses) isn’t a brand you can walk into a counter and buy. I don’t even know where it’s sold locally, and only knew that it was available online at a webstore I boycotted, so that meant I had no access to this.

However, as luck would have it, I spotted a selection of 3CE products at my hairdresser, and the price was far lower than what I’d get online, so I decided to finally assuage my curiousity once and for all. Well, let me just say that I’m glad I scratched that itch. In fact, I scratched it so hard, I bled (or my wallet did) :P

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Stick foundation. Easy to use, compact and portable…. but they can go either one of 2 ways for me. I either end up with the product slipping off my skin (back when my skin was oilier, this was a peril I faced constantly), or I’d end up with it caking on my skin and showing up fine lines I never thought existed (on dry skin, this is a constant peril).

So, what made me buy this Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick?

bobbi brown skin foundation stick

Friends, your guess is as good as mine LOL! :D I picked this up a while ago, more out of curiousity than anything else. I’d tried powder and liquid and cream, why not a stick foundation?!

And for some reason, I felt the need to own a stick foundation. I’d tried one by Face of Australia before this that I liked. Many many years ago, when I was just learning about makeup, I paid for a lesson with Estee Lauder and I remember them using a stick foundation too. Anyway, long story short, I now own the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick and guess what? I like it! :D

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8 years

by Paris B on · 78 comments

in Discussions,Musings

I woke up this morning, and as the sunlight crept through the cracks of my curtains, the realisation struck me like a hammer, prompting me to open my eyes wide, after I’d swiped my phone alarm onto the floor. I’m Eight. 8.

I, Paris B, am 8 years old today.

mws 8 anniversary

Naturally, in human years I’m not (I’m a lot older) but my blog existence and online persona today celebrates the 8th year of existence, with just as many hiccups.

As I do at this time, I tend to reflect on how I’ve survived the blogging jungle and what I would do or do differently. In my 6th year I confessed my blogging sins and in my 7th year I talked about passion. I didn’t know what to talk about this year, because I almost didn’t make it to my 8th.

I’d toyed with the idea of closing the doors and drawing the curtains last year. The feeling lasted a while, as I tried to get to grip with things. Perhaps, what I wanted to deal with was disappointment and failure and not a small amount of frustration with the way things were going. But then, I realised just what it was that I had, that I knew would carry me into my 9th and hopefully 10th year of blogging.

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The Body Shop has a range of products called Drops of Youth, which tackles the first signs of aging and has a name that sounds promisingly like the Fountain of Youth. Now, who wouldn’t like that eh? :D

I haven’t tried the other products in the range, but I was offered to try the newest addition – the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask and I had to say yes. I mean, just look at the name. Bouncy Sleeping Mask. Boing! I wanted to see if it was indeed bouncy and if that bounce would translate on my skin. Boing! :D

the body shop drops of youth bouncy sleeping mask

The product comes in a box, in a heavy, flat glass jar which rather surprised me when I first received it. It’s a large, flat jar. So large, it barely fits into the palm of my hand and unfortunately, what this means is that it isn’t a travel friendly product packaging. TBS might want to reconsider their packaging for this because sleeping masks make very good travel partners!

But you know, it wasn’t the packaging that got me. It was the texture of the mask. It’s …. unique! :D

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