Sunday, November 6, 2016

October 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. 

ColourPop Smoke N Whistles Super Shock Cheek
This formula is so unique - it's sort of bouncy; it's somewhat cream-like but dries to a powder. I really like how shimmery this highlight is. On the downside, the color is slightly too dark for me, I'll probably be back for a few more colors soon.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Rocket Mascara
This is hands-down my favorite mascara of all-time. I strayed away from it for awhile (to use up some high-end beauty box samples). Every time I open a new tube, I can't believe I took a break from it.

MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones
This is my first tinted dry shampoo. I used up my remaining Birchbox points to purchase this. The dry shampoo itself is nice. I really adore the fact I don't have to spend minutes rubbing in the powder-white residue. This dark tones formula blends really nicely with my brunette hair.

ProfilePRO Ultra Nourishing Oil
I got this in my Birchbox months ago. I put it to the side because I love my MoroccanOil treatment. I started using this on dry hair to tame frizz. It works really well and I like the clean scent. It's not a MoroccanOil replacement, but it's nice to change things up!

mascara & moroccan oil,

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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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