February/March empties

another set of short and sweet reviews of products I actually use up!

Pat McGrath x Bridgerton Diamond of the First Water

Now on a less than perfect, over 40 skin, with no fancy filters…

This 6 pan MTHERSHP palette is currently selling for 71€ at the Pat McGrath web store. It seems to be a limited edition product, so I don’t know for how long it will be available.

I had fun, but also some challenges with it. The colour story is really pretty – albeit a bit limited, you can still get a few different looks from it.
The shades perform well, they blend easily and mix well with each other.
I didn’t find it worked superbly with the eye primer that I own – but then again, I hardly ever use a primer, so that’s a plus for me.
I think the astral shade does benefit from using a glitter glue and a dampened brush, since the glitter is pretty dry and loose – and maybe looks a bit more opaque than it seemed in the videos.
The rose/berry/pink shades work pretty well as blushes, which is a plus, and the satin finish is really flattering.
The light highlighter shade did not perform as well as expected, it was a bit powdery and lacklustre, and it made my skin look a bit more textured.

I used Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer, NYX Glitter Primer, Urban Decay Alkaline Eyeliner and Hourglass Caution Mascara.

Please note: this video was recorded before the the invasion of Ukraine.
Even if just watching from afar, it is a very disturbing situation, and my heart is in a mush.
I almost didn’t publish this video because it all feels shallow and dumb right now. But, as someone who is clinically anxious, I know how much comfort and escapism a simple make up video can bring. I can value and appreciate how this can help when one’s completely overwhelmed.
And so here it is.
I just didn’t want people who don’t follow me on other platforms to stumble upon this without any context.

geek and gorgeous – an overview

a small Hungarian brand, woman-owned and science-based, with an interesting line of products that are simple enough to target specific skin concerns yet with a bit more of complexity put into them. it’s affordable and, in my experience, has the most cosmetically elegant formulations I’ve tried in this price tier.

I prefer a complex one and done formulation – layering many one-ingredient products can come with a set of complications, like increased potential for irritation, texture issues because of the layering with, product build-up, pilling etc.; and overall spending the same you’d spend on one serum (made by a specialist) that encompasses most of those needs/ingredients.
But that doesn’t mean simpler formulas don’t have a place in my life: some products are just essentials – which can serve a more simplified routine for many –, and other are add-ons to some specific situations or needs that may be lacking at times.

products mentioned:

  • C Glow
  • A Game
  • Stress Less
  • Liquid hydration
  • HA5 . Rich
  • B Bomb
  • Smooth Out
  • A Pad

you can get their products through the Geek and Gorgeous site, or through the Portuguese More Than Beauty Store.
I have an affiliate code with More Than Beauty, so if you use FREEVOLOUS10 on check-out, you’ll get 10% off and I’ll earn a commission – this does not in any way sway my opinions on the products, of course. no need, they sell lots of stuff ;))

January empties

new year, old good habits remain of using up what I already have before jumping into something new. here are my thorough reviews of all the products I used up over the past month.

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** product sent by Yesstyle in exchange for a mention – obviously they don’t define my opinions, and I don’t sell them for a moisturiser. Use code FREEVOLOUS10 for a discount on Yesstyle.

*** product kindly offered by the brand, no request for mentions.

disappointing skincare from 2021

there are always a few things that don’t agree with my skin. throughout the year I always sprinkle my review videos (especially my empties) with some duds. these are the products that haven’t made it to the empties because I just haven’t been able to use them up!

it comes without saying (but saying it nonetheless) that we’re all different and what didn’t work for me may do wonders for you. this is not a diss on the products, brands or your personal choices. it’s just a list of things that didn’t work for me and my heartbroken overview.

last empties 2021

I was drowned in work for the last 2 months of the year (only stopped by Covid, which gave me the opportunity to sit down and record a few videos for you), so here’s a good amount of empties from those months. since these have been used up, the reviews are as in-depth as they can be :)

Slowly, I’m using up what I already had laying around at home and I haven’t been buying new things before I finish what I already have, so I’m pretty proud of how I’m starting to shift my spending habits and drastically reducing my whim-buys.

click for the list

make up favourites 2021

this was a year full of great makeup discoveries – not necessarily launched in 2021, but that I came across and fell in love with this past year –, many of which I’m certain will stay front and center in my collection for a long time.
so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and tag along while I try to collect my thoughts on all the pretty shiny things I’ve encountered last year!

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2021 skincare favourites

here’s the products that I came across in 2021 that achieved favourite status.

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