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. 

The ridiculous southern heat index has made me pretty unmotivated when it comes to makeup. In turn, my June favorites is going up super late this month. Better late than never, right? I really like looking back at my past monthly favorites - I haven't skipped a month yet! 

Lately, I only wear a lot of makeup about once a week. Most days, it's very minimal or none at all. My skin is doing pretty good, regardless of the heat. I've been drinking lots of water and really just giving my skin a break. These have been my go-to products lately:

beauty favorites

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium*

I've had this little tube for months. It's still going strong! At first, I thought this tube was a sample - nope, it's full size! The small wand is perfect for filling in and setting at the same time. On days I don't feel like messing with a pencil, this is always a must-use. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I purchased this in a Caudalie gift set a LONG time ago. I just didn't understand or get the hype of this product. But recently, it's becoming an excellent product to use when I need a face/skin pick-me-up. I use it on a bare face or over light makeup - multiple times a day.

Origins Vitazing SPF15 Sheer Release Tint
This has been my go-to for years. It's pricey, but it lasts 3-4 months. I use a small amount daily. It does a pretty good job at evening out my skin tone with the release tint. The product comes out of the bottle gray but ends up a nude/tan shade - it's magic. It has SPF, which is much-needed all year but especially in the hot, summer months. Lately, I haven't felt the need to wear a lot of concealer with it, that's why I wanted to rave about it again. 

brows & skincare,


* = This product was sent to me for free through a Birchbox & Benefit giveaway. 

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Empties #12

Although I have completed the 100 days of empties challenge, I still feel like doing a monthly empties is post is necessary. I always enjoy empties posts and videos because completely finishing products rather just hauling them is a lot more impressive, in my opinion. Here's all the products and candles I've finished in the month of June:

beauty empties

Amika Nourishing Mask Sea Buckthorn Berry 
(Birchbox sample) This sample was pretty small. I used it all over my hair once and just on my ends the second time. I liked the way it smelled. It left my really soft for a day. I liked this but still prefer the Macadamia Masque.

Bath & Body Works Peach & Honey Almond Shower Gel 
(travel size) This was a freebie. The scent got old pretty quickly. It lathered nice and made a good bubble bath, too. I probably won't repurchase it.

Blistex Medicated Mint Lip Balm 
This has a little bit left. I've switched to Lanolin and more natural products. I just find this really irritating now so I'm tossing it.

The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub 
(travel size) I purchased a set of the shea butter scrub, body butter, and shower gel awhile ago. I really like the body butter. This scrub was effective but it didn't smell as nice as the body butter. It also left a weird film in my bathtub. I plan to stick to more natural body scrubs.

Clinique take the day off Makeup Remover
This was my old HG. I'm already working on another bottle. I really prefer micellar waters now. I'm looking forward to buying a big bottle of Bioderma once I get through all of my makeup removers on hand.

Crest 3D White Luxe Vibrant Mint Toothpaste 
This is my HG toothpaste. I'm not sure it really helps whiten, but I love the taste.

Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar Soap 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave.

LUSH Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me. (This is the old version. I know they have recently changed the ingredients, I haven't tried the new one yet.)

Klorane Conditioning Balm with Mango Butter 
(Birchbox sample - foil packet) I'm not a fan of foil packets since a one-time-use is hard to really give a review. First impressions: I didn't feel like this was extremely moisturizing.

Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter 
(Birchbox sample) This shampoo was nice and moisturizing; the mango scent was just okay.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me; I won't continue to rave. I'm looking forward to buying another tub!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in Fair 
This is both a staple and a holy grail product for me. I ran out and bought another the DAY I finished this one. This concealer is so light and doesn't settle.

Neil George Conditioner 
(birchbox sample) The scent reminded me of Pine Sol; I found the formulation very drying.

Neil George Shampoo
(birchbox sample)  The scent reminded me of Pine Sol; I found the formulation ery drying.

Olay Fresh Effects Makeup Remover Wet Clothes (7 ct) 
These feel nice on the skin, but they do have a fragrance and I think they might've broken me out... not a fan!

Paula's Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster 
(Birchbox sample) I'm convinced I love all things Paula's Choice. I really liked using this oil/serum on the dry spots on my face; I had a lot less redness and flakes. I might purchase this in the future.

Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Ruffian Naked 
(Birchbox sample) I really liked this shade of nude on my pale skin. About halfway through, the formula just got too thick to work with, so I'm tossing it.

Shea Moisture 10-in-1 Superfruit Complex Hair Masque 
(foil packet) I only used this once since it was a foil packet. For whatever reason, this intrigued me. The scent was way too fruity. I felt like it left a lot of product build-up... I had to wash my hair the very next day. (I usually wash my hair every 3 days.)

Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo 
I liked this at first. It smelled sort of masculine and added texture to my wavy hair. I've been trying to use this for months and it still feels half full. I think the nozzle broke or something because mostly air comes out with the smallest amount of product. Recently, it has made my hair fill more oily than fresh. I'm just tossing it.

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

Victoria's Secret So Sexy Balancing Shampoo 
(travel size) This was my HG shampoo & conditioner in high-school. I've been hoarding a travel size set, for some reason. It's moisturizing and smells nice. I'm still on the hunt for a better shampoo though.

Victoria's Secret So Sexy Conditioner
(travel size) This was my HG shampoo & conditioner in high-school. I've been hoarding a travel size set, for some reason. It's moisturizing and smells nice. However, I prefer Joico K-Pak conditioner over this now.

Bath & Body Works Big Island Bamboo 3-wick candle
I liked this scent. It was clean and refreshing at the same time. I would repurchase this in the future.

Bath & Body Works White Barn Fresh Waters & Sea Salt 3-wick candle
I really liked this scent in the store. It reminded me of the beach. Once I got it home and burned it, it smelled like I caught sunscreen on fire. Not a fan.

Better Homes & Gardens Brazilian Bamboo Wood Scented Wax Cubes (6 ct)
This was similar to Big Island Bamboo, but less clean and more obnoxiously fragrant. It was nice but I probably won't repurchase this scent.

Glade Honey Bee Rhythm single wick Candle 
This candle smelled like Secret Deodorant when burning. Not a fan.
Some tarts/wax-melt info: I always buy my wax melts at Walmart because of the good quality and low price point - 6 melts for $2.00 (about .34 cents a piece.) They'll last for a few days. Recently, I saw Yankee Candle was having a sale and a lot of their tarts were only .75 cents. I bought about 10 different new-to-me scents. My tart burner is on the smaller-side: one Yankee tart would be way too much wax, so I cut them in half. (Making them .38 cents a piece - nearly the same price point as a Walmart one.) The Yankee fragrance only lasts for a few hours and then quickly smells like Crayola crayons. (The Walmart ones don't smell like anything once the scent runs out.) I've only burned 3 Yankee tarts so far but I haven't been pleased with how long they last....
Yankee Candle Coastal Breeze Tart
I liked this scent at first, clean and masculine; it didn't last very long.

Yankee Candle Hazelnut Coffee Tart (2)
I liked this scent at first - like a Starbucks and donut shop combined. (I usually don't like food scents, but this was an exception.) After just a few hours, this smelled like crayons.

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