SKIN | Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage vs. black smokey eye

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I feel like this picture sums me up at the moment: lots of makeup but a sloppy top-knot and bags that aren’t quite hidden under my eyes. We did black smokey eyes and extreme cream contouring at school one day this week. This eye look is pretty intense but I think the glasses kind of tone it down a bit, don’t you? Regardless, once I got home and stopped wanting to have kohl in my waterline and a drag contour, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out the latest makeup remover in my arsenal: the Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser and Makeup Remover*. I haven’t been game enough to put a balm cleanser on my face since one broke me out a couple years ago, but I knew this black smoke wasn’t going to get taken out with a sweep of micellar water.

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Morgan: ‘less is more’ skincare & giveaway

My everyday skincare routine is heavy on my two favourite New Zealand natural skincare brands – Antipodes and Trilogy (see my latest empties post for evidence of this). I don’t choose natural skincare because it’s natural, per se – I think the anti-chemicals rhetoric that’s often used to promote natural skincare is garbage, because everything is a chemical. And heaps of ‘natural’ things are terrible for your skin, like cinnamon and lemon juice and all sorts of household ingredients that pop up in homemade face mask recipes on Pinterest.

I like natural skincare for my basics, cleansing and moisturising, because it’s simple. My skin does tend towards sensitive, so using natural skincare has helped me narrow down what does irritate my skin. (Rosehip oil is included on my list of known irritants.) I am reluctant to change up my skincare because I know what I’m using at the moment works for me, but after scanning the ingredients I thought I might as well give the new Living Nature Skin Minis a go. Harriet’s also been trying them. This is going to be a long post, but if you make it all the way to the end you can enter for your own chance to try the Skin Minis set and mask best suited for your skin type! (This giveaway is now closed.)