Affordable Beauty

Friday Favourites: Candle, Cream and Cashmere (I wish…. about the cashmere)

Welcome to the second edition of Friday Favourites! This week I showcase four of my favourite things from the week that has gone (and also one from the week before….)

IMG_4868Art Deco Nail Polish in 152 and 84,  $18.99 ea from Farmers.
Was looking at getting some new nail polish in a shade that I don’t own (I own far too many pinks and reds! Some even pretty shockingly similar! o_O) and decided I really liked the OPI No Room For the Blues. Was taking a look-see at all the major affordable brands like Revlon, Chi Chi etc and they either didn’t have it or was a bit more than I wanted to spend… saw Art Deco and lo and behold, they were having a buy one, get the second half price! SOLD!! And here we are. Coming on Monday, I’ll be wearing and posting one of the shades. Really like the colours! More to come Monday!~ 😉

Kate’s Homewares Orange Burst 87mm Glass Candle, $3.99 from Pak N Save.
Suuuuch a bargain and smells sooo subtely good! It’s got about 1/3 of the candle left or maybe just under half as the candle wasn’t completely full. I really do like this one. And soo cheap too! Though it doesn’t quite last as long as my first candle that I got from Stevens (that lasted about a week with approx 6 hours burning each day) but that’s pretty reasonable for the amount you pay! Would really highly recommend this. They come in other scents too, which I may try just so can have pretty candle photos~

Blueberry Cotton Knit, $10and Glassons Coral Fluffy Knit, $29.99
Tis the cold wintry weather that requires knits and sweaters! Layering up is the way to go in this weather… picked up two (and thinking of more especially the $10 one in another one or two colours!) sweaters. As you can see, they are so very versatile! Expect to see an upcoming post on ways to style a sweater (from my closet) soon!

Egoderm Cream, $8.99, Countdown (Pharmacy)
For the past week I have been itching like there’s no tomorrow and it was just unbearable. So, I went down to the pharmacy to see what’s available. I was originally going to get an Aloe Vera gel but then saw some actual anti-itch cream and well, bought the cheapest one. This other one was about $20 but that’s cos it’s a natural formula. If I had more income, would have possibly gone for that. This stuff is good. I apply it in the morning and for the next 4~5 hours I’m not itching… there is still some itching but not as hard core. Oh, there is a semi-strong medical smell upon application but does go away after applying it. I would definitely recommend this. 🙂


Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Review

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On my weekly grocery shopping, I picked up a new lip product from Countdown. It was on special and I just can’t resist stuff that are on special! It is usually $5.49 and is currently on special right now for $4. This is their new flavour and I just can’t say no to pink and raspberries!

The Verdict (aka. short version): I loved the smell in the tin, the rich formula in which I could use just before bed to combat the dry lips feeling in the morning. Though, because of the rich formula, it does feel a little heavy on the lips so probably something to keep in mind if you don’t enjoy that feeling.

First Impressions: It has a really lovely light scent and is a dream to use. It has no obvious colour other than what is in the tin. I’ve only used it a couple of times since purchasing it…. yesterday, so don’t have anything deep to say about it. But will definitely let you know after using it for a month or so. From the first use, it feels quite light on the lips and the scent is really mainly in the tin. Definitely a little goes a long way if you don’t enjoy that strong product feeling/build up on your lips.

I did happen to use it just before bed and in the morning, my lips felt very moisterized and was not dry. Not that it usually is because I use Maybelline Baby Lips in Antioxident Berry but I think with this Nivea Butter, it is much more moisterizing and I can definitely feel the difference! The website mentions that it leaves “a soft shine of color… and a silky gloss” on your lips but for me, I could only see the gloss. Not a biggie for me as I see it as something extra to make my lips not so dry~feeling.

Last Words: So it is somewhat a little heavy (as described on the website as a “rich formula” but not too much that you feel a difference. I think you would only feel a difference if you were constantly licking your lips or rubbing them together. I would like it a lot more if it were in stick form but the little tin is pretty cute and could be re-used when it’s finished!

Available in other flavours (Unscented, Caramel Cream and Vanilla and Macademia) at Countdown supermarkets and online here via Countdown online shopping.