Thursday, October 6, 2016

Empties #20

It's time for another round of empties! In August, I started Invisalign - which means I'm brushing and flossing a whole lot more. You'll be seeing a lot more oral care products from me. Here are all of the products I've finished in August & September:

ACT Braces Care Clean Mint Mouthwash
This was effective but I prefer the ACT mouthwash mentioned in my last empties post.

AIM Precision Floss Picks (50 ct)
These were incredibly flimsy and difficult to work with. Not a fan.

AmLactin Foot Cream with Alpha Hydroxy Acid
I liked this at first but it just became way too chemically for me. I prefer coconut oil, or other natural solutions.

Bath & Body Works Wicked Plum Vampire Blood PocketBac
This scent is one of my favorites from Bath & Body works. It's only available around Halloween time! I need to grab a few more of these soon.

Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment
(Birchbox sample) I used this twice, my hair felt somewhat nicer, but I'm not dying to purchase the full-size.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil
(Birchbox sample) This smelled like cheap soap. I didn't notice any difference in my skin.

Colgate Advanced Whitening Reviving White Toothpaste
This toothpaste was a Dollar Tree find. It had a nice taste and was effective.

Crest 3D White Glamorous White Luxe Mouthwash
I love the toothpaste (mentioned next), so I wanted to try the mouthwash. I can't stand the texture of foaming mouth wash. Since it's whitening, I should've known better. I finished the bottle anyway.

Crest 3D White Glamorous White Luxe Vibrant Mint Toothpaste
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Dial Anti-Persiprant & Deodorant Crystal Breeze
This was my travel deodorant. I only used about half of it before it dried out. It was okay, I prefer Nivea Pearl of Beauty.

Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar
This is a staple and a HG product for me.

Harry's Razor
I've only heard raving reviews about Harry's razors. I tried to use this razor for nearly two months. No matter what type of shaving cream or soap I used, I always had razor burn. Unfortunately, this razor just didn't get along with my sensitive skin; I always had irritation everywhere after using this razor. I've switched back to my beloved Venus + Olay.

(Generic) Exfoliating Glove
A basic staple.

(Generic) Glass Nail File
A basic staple.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara
(Birchbox Sample) I really liked this mascara. I mentioned it in my July and August Favorites. I'll repurchase the full size when I get through all of my other mascara samples.

Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara
(Birchbox Sample) I couldn't get passed the weird brush. I tried to use this mascara for about two weeks, it always resulted in a huge mess. I gave up.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
(Birchbox Sample) This cleanser was okay. The smell and results weren't wonderful.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 ct)
This was my old HG, I've been much more into micellar water and cleansers for a deeper clean.

NYX HD Concealer in 02
I've been through a few of these concealers. For the price, it's an excellent concealer. Unfortunately, I felt like the undertones no longer matched me.

NYX HD Concealer in 03
I mixed this with the shade mentioned above. It's great concealer, just not my shade.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown
This a staple and a HG product for me.

OPI French Quarter for your Thoughts Nail Lacquer
This is probably one of the oldest nail polishes I owned. (I'm thinking it was at least 6 years old!) I decided to toss it because it was separating badly and not applying well. This is one of the best gray nail polishes I've seen. I'll repurchase a new bottle in the near future.

The Organic Pharmacy Purifying Seaweed Clay Mask
(Birchbox Sample) This mask was nice; it made my skin feel really soft. I don't think it's worth the price tag, though.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
This a staple and a HG product for me. I'm now on my 4th bottle!

Plackers Dental Flossers (50 ct) (3)
These cheapie flossers make flossing so much easier! This brand was much more sturdy than the AIM brand mentioned above. These are becoming a staple for me.

Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel
This was my old HG. With starting Invisalign, I don't have the time (or need) to whitening my teeth. This product was pretty old and about 80% empty.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Seche Vite is the best top coat there is. On the downside, it gets incredibly thick and unusable half-way through the bottle. I've already repurchased another - my 5th bottle.

Swisspers Hypoallergenic Cotton Rounds (100 ct)
A basic staple.

Tom's Wicked Fresh! Cool Mountain Mint Mouthwash (2)
Trying to find a dye-free mouthwash was pretty difficult. I went with this one because it was natural and dye-free. I wish it was slightly more minty, but I like it because it's not super abrasive. I've already purchased a few more bottles!

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 
(Sephora Play! sample) This mascara just didn't work for me. It didn't provide voluminous lashes; nor did it layer well with others.

Venus + Olay Cartridge Refill
A basic staple.

VitaCoco Coconut Oil
(sample) Traveling with coconut oil is a pain-in-the-behind. I received a few samples of this just before a weekend trip and it made travel and application so easy!


Bath & Body Works Capri Fresh Water & Sea Salt Three Wick Candle
I talked about this candle in my last Empties post. This was candle number 4!

Better Homes & Gardens Fall into Autumn Scented Wax Cubes (6 ct) (2)
Fall into Autumn is a cheesy and perfect name for this scent. It smells exactly like Fall to me. It's sort of perfume-y but still very pleasant. I've already purchased a few more packages!

Better Homes & Gardens Tranquil Garden Spa Scented Wax Cubes (12 ct)
This is my favorite all-time favorite BH&G scent!

Better Homes & Gardens Warm Rustic Woods Scented Wax Cubes (6 ct)
I like this scent when I want a change from the two mentioned above, it's very woodsy.

White Barn Bergamot Waters Three Wick Candle
This scent was very clean and pleasant.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in Light
I've been using NYX HD Concealer for months. I felt like it was no longer the right shade. I purchased this because MakeupbyTiffanyD mentioned it. I've really been liking this concealer. The shade range is minimal, but the shade 'Light' works pretty well for me. This concealer contains salicylic acid, so it heals blemishes in additional to concealing them. The aloe and chamomile soothes redness, too.

belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
I purchased a few things from; I received this as a bonus freebie. This cream ended up being my favorite thing in the whole order! This cream is so light and gel-like; it's full of hydration. It leaves my face smooth and refreshed - like it just drank many cups of water.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara
I've used this mascara a few times in the past.  I received another sample and fell in love with it all over again. It's a great lifting and curling mascara, just as it claims!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
I raved about this cleanser back in May. It's still a favorite! This cleanser is so gentle and makes my face incredibly soft.

concealed blemishes & soft skin,

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

August Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow
I had mixed feelings when I received this in my August Birchbox. I didn't really need another brown eyeshadow, but I was happy it wasn't a vibrant purple or some color I'd never wear. This grew on me more and more each day; it's currently all I wear on my eyelids and cheeks. The color is soft and glowy. When wearing this on my cheeks, I don't feel like I need to also add a highlighter. I especially like how it's a multitasking product; it makes getting ready that much easier.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara
I mentioned this last month. I'm still really liking this mascara. I seem to like mascaras even more after a month when they've dried up some  - this one is no exception.

NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil (Ash Brown)
I've tried a few different brow products lately - pomades, gels, and thick pencils. I keep coming back to this ultra thin pencil. It's perfect for filling in patchy brows.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I originally tried this mascara in the Naked on the Run Palette over a year ago; I wasn't a fan. I received this mascara in my August Sephora Play! box and I decided to give it a try again. I'm really liking it layered over the Marcelle mascara mentioned above. Combined together, they almost look like false lashes. →

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo
After trying so many texturizing sprays and hair oils lately, I could feel so much product buildup in my hair. I don't like spending a lot on shampoos; I purchased this on a whim from Walgreens for under $2. My hair finally feels squeaky clean again. I've been using this clarifying shampoo every other wash.

multitaskers & mascaras,

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Empties #19

It's time for another round of empties! Here are all of the products I've finished in June & July:

ACT Advanced Care Clean Mint Mouthwash
I received samples of this in my Pinch Me box and Walmart Beauty Box, I liked it so much I purchased the HUGE bottle. If you're looking for a mouthwash that's effective but doesn't sting - this one is for you!

Almay Oil-Free Eraser Sticks (24 ct)
I really like these for the convenient factor. They're great at fixing mascara mishaps. The price seems to keep increasing. I'm going to wait it out for a 40% off sale then stock up.

Assured Cotton Swabs (200 ct)
A basic staple.

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick
This stick saved me from blisters so many times. I used to keep this in my bag at all-times; it was great to have for long, busy work days.

Bath & Body Works Anti-bacterial Handibac Hand Spray Fresh Lemon
I kept this in my car. I liked the lemon scent. I guess it was a effective. I'm not sure I would repurchase it - I prefer gels.

Bath & Body Works Iced Pear Margarita Sugarcane Scrub
I purchased this on a total whim. I needed a new scrub. I typically don't go for fruity scents but I liked this one, for some reason. The sugar scrub was very effective and melted away in the water - no product build-up in the shower/drain. Win-win.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
(Birchbox sample) I really like this mascara, though I'm not sure I want to purchase it for $24. Samples always seem to be available.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
(Birchbox sample) This mask was just meh to me. I don't understand the hype. The smell was whatever and the results were nothing compared to my HG hair mask - Macadamia Professional Moisture Mask.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner
I've finished up a few of these. While I wouldn't purchase it on it's own. It does seem to come in gift sets often. I like it but cheaper drugstore alternatives are just as effective.

Clarins Gentle Care Roll-On Deodorant
I really liked this deodorant, but compared to other brands, I flew through this Clarins one. Spending $20 on deodorant each month isn't feasible for me.

Clear Scalp and Hair Strong Lengths Nourishing Shampoo
I'm a big fan of drugstore shampoos - this is one of the better ones I've tried. I like the scent. It does a good job at getting my hair squeaky-clean; I'll probably repurchase it soon.

Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste in Vibrant Mint
This is my favorite toothpaste. I love the flavor - minty but not overwhelming.

Derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask
(Birchbox sample) I used this once. It was just too messy for me. The results didn't seem worth the hassle.

Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
I've finished a few of these. I like the scent and lather. I'll repurchase it again.

Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Bar
I wasn't a fan of this. The micro-beads were too scratchy at times and non-existent at others.

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
This primer worked well, and you can't beat the price!

Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo
(Target Beauty Box sample) I was surprisingly happy with this dry shampoo. It went on clear, smelled decent, and absorbed most oil.

Gillette Venus & Olay Razor Cartridge (3)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream
(Birchbox sample) I'm not a fan of perfume scented lotions. I've had this on my desk for a year, I finally finished it. The lotion itself was nice but the scent was overwhelming. Not a fan.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara
Another meh product. I didn't really like this mascara on it's own. 5-in-1? It hardly made an impact on my lashes. I layered it with other mascaras.

MAC Cosmetics Cleanse Off Oil
This was my old HG, I'm more into micellar waters now.

MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Mascara
(GWP sample) This was one of the messiest mascaras I've ever used. The formulation was very wet and the sample wand was hard to work with.

Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray
(Birchbox sample) This spray was nice when I was on-the-go and needed some hair moisture. I liked the scent. I prefer regular oil - Moroccanoil Treatment Original is my HG.

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque
(Birchbox sample) I've been through quite a few full sized tubs of this. It's my HG!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Extravagant Mascara
(GWP sample) This mascara wasn't anything special on its own, nor did it layer well. Not a fan.

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
I only used about half of this - the expiration was a month a way. I thought it would be okay to use, I applied it constantly and still got sun-burned badly. I haven't had this issue with Neutrogena sunscreens in the past. Lesson learned: make sure the expiration date is months out.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Wet Cleansing Cloths (30 ct)
I purchased these just because they were on sale. They were nice but I prefer the Regenerist ones.

Oribe Apr├Ęs Beach Wave and Shine Spray
(Birchbox sample) I love the way Oribe products smell. Honestly, I didn't notice much difference between this and the Dry Texture Spray. Both add texture and make your hair smell divine. I choose this as my August sample choice. I liked it enough to want another mini bottle!

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I've been really impressed with this toner. It's done a good job at cleaning my skin and evening out my skin tone. Unfortunately, I flew the bottle pretty quickly. I already repurchased another.

Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter
(Target Beauty Box sample) This body butter was rich and effective.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds 100 ct (2)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
(GWP sample) This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Weleda Skin Food Cream
(Whole Foods Beauty Bag sample) This cream smelled very natural, it was somewhat effective.

Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover
This was a staple and holy grail product for me. However, I've switched back to cheapie drugstore remover. I'm hoping Zoya does their gallon promotion again.


Bath & Body Works Capri 3-Wick Candle (3)
Clearly, I liked this scent so much I bought three, and I'm currently burning the last one I have. It's described as fresh water and sea salt - which is actually a perfect description. It smells like sunscreen and salty, sweaty, beachy skin. While that probably isn't appealing to some - when you're dreaming of a vacation... it is!

ScentSationals Zen Scented Wax Cubes (6 ct)
I'm happy I found a new-to-me, cheap, Wal-Mart scent! I'm really liking this scent. It smells clean and spa-like. I already went back and purchased the 12 count value pack.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

July Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

ELF Shape & Stay Brow Pencil
I mentioned this back in my March Favorites. I've still been really liking this product and using it almost daily. I've been growing out my brows, so instead of constantly plucking them, I've been relying on this to shape my brows.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator
I've been wanting a cream highlighter for awhile. When I found this in my PO box, I was over the moon. Most highlighters have a pink or orange undertone that doesn't really work for me. Luckily, this one is more of a pearly-yellow. I finally discovered the best way to apply this is just with your fingers; it melts onto the skin and gives a beautiful glow that stays almost all day long. (Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.) 

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara
I received this in my July Birchbox. "Great, another mascara sample." was my first thought. But come to find out, I really like this mascara. It lengthens and curls, as it claims. If you're a fan of Benefit's Rollerlash, you'll really like this, as well.

Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey Lip Balm
In July, I started Invisalign - which means I had to say goodbye to most of my (tinted & glossy) lip products. (The clear trays stain really easily.) I resorted to an oldy but goody - this balm. I went and purchased a few more. This balm is now everywhere I need it: my purse, desk, and nightstand.

Ouai Wave Spray
I received this in my July Sephora Play! box. (For whatever reason, it arrived without a label.) This spray is great - it's lightweight and adds a lot of texture to get the beachy waves look. I really like the fresh scent, as well.

brow wax & wave spray,

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

June Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo
Target didn't have the Fresh scent that I really liked. So I purchased this scent on a whim; it's equally as good. Batiste shampoos work great at absorbing all oil and don't make your weighed down. I don't feel like this product adds loads of shine, as it claims. But I do really like the clean scent and fresh feel.

Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium
I tried out Gimme Brow in Light and Dark over a year ago. Dark was too dark; light worked but needed to be a tad bit darker. I'm so glad Benefit finally came out with more shades in all of their brow products! Medium is exactly the shade I've been looking for. I've been very in to minimal makeup lately, so this 2-in-1 (tamer & filler) tinted brow gel has been getting a lot of use! (Birchbox sample is photographed - the full size is slightly larger.)

Glossier Cherry Balm Dotcom Salve
I've been using Coconut Balm Dotcom for a few months. Glossier recently released a bunch of new scents, I liked the coconut one so much, I also bought it in cherry. The cherry balm smells like childhood - Lip Smackers. Unlike the coconut one, the cherry balm has slight coloring that gives the lips a beautiful rosy tint.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I've been having a lot of skin issues lately - like redness, bumps, and acne. A few different YouTubers raved about this. So I decided to give it a try. I've been applying this toner before bed all month and I've noticed my skin evening out again. It makes my skin feel very refreshed and clean.

shiny hair & cherry lips,

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

May Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Clarins Deodorant 

I never dreamed I would spend $19 on a deodorant, but it was well-worth it! This deodorant works great, smells nice (it reminds me of the plain Olay face lotion), and it doesn't leave any stains or residue in my clothes. 

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser 
I finally made a Glossier order! Firstly, I really like how Glossier is beauty blogger who made her own brand. I like how their products are cruelty free and made in the USA. I really like how they're all about simplicity and the no-makeup-makeup look. 

I've starting double (triple?) cleansing - I'll get off most of my eye makeup with Bioderma, use some type of makeup wipe, then go over my whole face with this cleanser and water. My face feels so much cleaner. I like how you can use this with OR without water. The name is appropriate - it does feel like a milky-jelly cleanser. 

Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Calm
I do like this product - the primary ingredients are petroleum jelly and lanolin. I feel like you could get similar results with cheaper drugstore products. But I do like the extra oils, cute tube, and coconut scent. I liked this so much I ordered the Cherry scent just days ago. 

NYX Tame & Flame Pomade in Brunette 
My brows aren't doing so well right now; I'm trying really hard to let them grow out. This pomade helps a ton to fill in sparse areas and just look overall more presentable. If you want bolder brows, this gel-like paint is definitely the solution. 

Sinful Colors Vacation Time
I've been wanting a nude-pink-brown-mauve nail polish for awhile. I saw Tom Ford Mink Brule in an ad - it was the color I've been looking for. But I refuse to spend $35 on nail polish. That lead me to hunt for a dupe - I discovered OPI Java Mauve-A was pretty close. The shade had been discontinued and was selling for anywhere from $12 to $25 on eBay and Amazon. ($10 is my limit for OPI.) I was about to give up until I discovered a blog post that stated Sinful Colors Vacation Time was a dupe for Java Mauve-A... I immediately ran to Walgreens to purchase it. It was a lot of research and work, but I'm happy with this mauve shade for only $2! 

coconut lips & mauve nails,

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Empties #18

Will hoarding trash ever stop feeling weird? Here are all of the products I finished in April and May:

12 Benefits Healthy Hair Treatment 
(sample, Birchbox) I liked this, but I still prefer my HG - It's a 10.

Batiste Fresh Dry Shampoo 
I really liked this scent; this dry shampoo worked great. I'll definitely repurchase it.

Bidoerma Makeup Removing Micelle Solution
I'm so happy I finally purchased a big bottle (3 of them, actually) of this stuff! It works great - even on my sensitive skin. I purchased this on Black Friday and finished it just a few days ago. It lasted nearly 7 months!

Derma-e Hydrating Night Creme 
(travel size, Target Beauty Box) This creme felt too heavy to use on my face. I ended up using it as a foot cream. It was nice, but not wonderful.

Dial Basics Hypoallergenic Bar Soap
In my head, I associated hypoallergenic with sensitive skin/unscented. Unfortunately, this soap smells like a grandma. Not a fan.

(Generic) Nail Buffer x 2
These worked as they should. They were both getting dull so I purchased another one from Ms. Manicure.

Gilette Venus + Olay Razor Cartridge
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer 
(foil sample, GWP) I almost purchased this in full size. I'm glad Glossier sent me a sample with my order first. I do like the idea of this product. However, it reeked. I respect they went fragrance-free but my face just smelled dirty all day.

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer 
(travel size, Whole Foods Beauty Bag) I'm indifferent about this lotion. It's really light and not that moisturizing.

Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Sheet Mask 
(Target Beauty Box) This was the messiest mask I've ever used. The two parts were difficult to line up. My face felt really sticky afterwards and I was forced to wash it off. Not a fan.

Liz Earle Muslin Cloth
I originally received one of these in my Birchbox. I liked it so much; I purchased two more. This one was just getting gross - I'm tossing it and already own another.

LUSH Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub
This was my old HG face scrub. I have mixed feelings about it now. (A LUSH store is no longer near me. The price keeps going up. They recently changed the formula)... it's different but still effective.

Marlowe. Body Butter
(travel size, Target Beauty Box) This lotion smells like a Kirkland's store - I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. It was light and refreshing. I might repurchase this in the future.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation 
(foil sample, Target Beauty Box) I loved the consistency of this foundation. I went and purchased multiple shades - all were too orange for me. Drugstore foundations never seem to work for me. I like the formulation but I'm not impressed with the colors.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser in Fair 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Mayfair Sea Lily Jasmine Body Creme 
(travel size, Target Beauty Box) This creme was just okay - the scent was too floral for my taste.

Mineral Fusion Lash Curling Mascara 
(Whole Food Beauty Bag) This mascara did nothing for my long lashes. Not a fan.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes (7 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Nivea Black & White Invisible Roll-on Antiperspirant 
I really liked this deodorant at first. It smelled like Woolite and seemed to work pretty well. About 75% of the way through the bottle, it just quit working - I felt like I was applying five times a day. I'll probably stick with Pearl Beauty or look for another alternative.

NYX HD Concealer Wand in Fair 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Olay Regenerist Wet Cleansing Cloths (30 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Sephora Glass Nail File
I purchased this nearly six years ago. I think it was around $10 and only one-sided. (So stupid and overpriced.) I've since purchased quite a few more (double-sided) on eBay for under $1. One of my cats knocked this off my desk and broke it. It had a good life, but I won't be repurchasing anymore of these from Sephora.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds (100 ct) x 2
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

Tony Moly I'm Real Seaweeds Skin Purifying Sheet Mask
I purchased quite a few different Tony Moly masks, but this is the only one I've used so far. It was easy to apply and my skin felt nice afterwards.

Whish Cleansing Oil 
(sample, Birchbox) I liked this cleansing oil a lot. It smelled and worked great. It didn't sting my eyes and it worked good on my sensitive skin. I might purchase this in the future.

Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub 
I raved about this in my March Favorites. I will repurchase it in the future.

Better Homes and Gardens Soft Cashmere Amber Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This scent is very clean and girly; I liked it. I will probably repurchase it in the future.

Better Homes and Gardens Tranquil Garden Spa Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail scent for me; I won't continue to rave.

Better Homes and Gardens Warm Rustic Woods Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This is both a staple and a holy grail scent for me; I won't continue to rave.

Bungalow No. 9 Life is Good Mango Wood Wick Candle 
I received this as a  Christmas present. I typically prefer clean and woodsy scents over fruity ones. But surprisingly, I could handle this one. I felt like this candle lasted forever - long burn time is a good thing.

Glade Cashmere Woods Large Candle 
This is both a staple and a holy grail scent for me; I won't continue to rave.

Yankee Candle Beach Walk Tart
This scent was one of my old favorites. I still like it, but I've been leaning towards cheaper Better Homes and Gardens ones.

Yankee Candle Blue Summer Sky Tart
This scent was just okay.

Yankee Candle Fresh Roses Tart
This was one of my favorite scents when I was preteen. I remember my mom buying me the votives often. Now, I find this scent way to overpowering - I got a headache. It's so weird how your senses change with time.

Yankee Candle Margarita Time Tart
This smelled great in the package but reeked of artificial lime while burning; I'm almost never a fan of artificial food scents.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

April Favorites

Favorites posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
This has been the best moisturizer I've tried to date. It's pricey at $39, but I think it's well worth it - especially if you spend Birchbox points on it. This moisturizer feels and smells so amazing. It's great on my normal-to-dry skin.

L. Erickson Grab & Go Pony Tube 
These ponytail holders are like acceptable (modern day) scrunchies. They keep my thick hair in-place without damaging my hair or leaving major creases. I received my first one in my Birchbox nearly a year ago. I panicked whenever it became a cat toy and decided to finally own more than one.

MAC Whirl Matte Lipstick
I've been eyeing this MAC lipstick for awhile. I gave one away in April, and I got one for myself to celebrate my blog turning six! This brown/mauve/my-lips-but-better shade would work on all skin types. I like applying a light sweep - it's build-able, too! I love the feel and smell of MAC lipsticks. It's been awhile since I've had a fresh tube!

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
This is an excellent night time lip balm. This balm is very thick - but in a good way. It has a pleasant orange scent. I've already finished one pot in my last empties post. I decided to go ahead and purchase another. My first pot was $19, I'm happy to see the lowered the price to $15. (You can get this 20% off during's upcoming Friends & Family sale.)

modern day scrunchies and orange lips,

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