Friday, October 31, 2014

October Beauty Empties

Time again for the end of the month and an empty post!  As I say every month, these are my favorite posts and Youtube videos to watch.  I love seeing what people have used up and their thoughts on products.  It helps me decide on what products I want to purchase.  So here is what I used up this month.  I had been working on using up lots of partially used and smaller sized products as part of my 100 days of empties and 100 day no buy I was working on with some girls on Instagram.  At this point, most of those are gone so I am working through new full size products which means less empties.

Toni and Guy Nourish Conditioner - Not empty!  Made my scalp itch like crazy.  Going in the trash.

Toni and Guy Cleanse Shampoo - Not empty!  Made me itchy.  Going in the trash.

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz serum - I put this on my damp hair, especially on days that I am letting it air dry.  I feel like it helps smooth everything and make my hair less frizzy.  I have a few backups of this because I bought them on sale so I will continue to use and opened a new one already.

Love Shampoo Lovely Smoothing Shampoo - This was a recent Birchbox sample.  I liked this shampoo but I didn't feel like it worked better than some others I have tried from the drugstore so I won't be purchasing a full size.

Perlier Shea Butter Intensive Nurturing Body Balm with sweet almond milk - I absolutely loved this lotion!  I used it as night before bed and it smelled so good.  It moisturized without being greasy.  It was a Birchbox sample and if I ever work through my ridiculous amount of hand creams, I will be purchasing this!

dr. Brandt Pores No More - This is a pore refiner that came in an Ipsy bag a few months back.  It smoothed into the skin nicely but I don't have very noticeable pores so this isn't a product I feel that I need.  I have primers that I like better.

Michael Todd Organic Lemon Toner - I got this in a Michael Todd set I bought off Groupon Goods so that I could try some products.  I liked this but didn't feel like it helped the more acne prone portions of my face.  I need something stronger on areas like my chin that break out often.  I would like to try other Michael Todd products in the future so I will be looking into that once I use up some skincare I have.

Mereadesso all-in-one moisturizer - This is a day and night moisturizer that also claims to be an eye cream, toner, and primer in one product.  I never used this during the day because I didn't like the way it sat on my skin before I applied makeup.  I did use it at night as a moisturizer but I wasn't a fan of the texture.  It felt kind of sticky and I didn't like how it absorbed into the skin.  This packet was $28 (good value for a Birchbox sample) and a full size would be $128!  I don't feel that it is worth that price even if I had the money.

Realtree for Her Perfume - I liked the scent of this but it wasn't very potent and after a few hours I couldn't even tell I applied perfume.  I won't purchase this scent.

Folle de joie perfume - I loved this scent.  It is a bit pricey (about $100 for full size) and I have lots of perfumes to work through.  Once I work through some scents and would use this more often, I would consider purchasing it.

CVS Premium cotton rounds - These have one side that is smooth and one that is textured.  I bought a bunch of these when they were on sale at CVS because I was out of the other brand from Big Lots.  These are okay and don't shed fuzzies into my eyes which is my big pet peeve.  I have a few packs of these to work through before I need to repurchase any more.

Epielle facial cleansing tissues - These were another Big Lots purchase because I had seen girls on Instagram that used them.  I removed my makeup with these at night before I cleansed my face.  I have one more pack to use up and then I will be returning to my favorite Sephora Cleansing Water.

Mary Kay Lip Gloss - I really like the formula of these glosses.  I have tried a shimmery shade though and I don't like it as much because I feel the glitter is big and chunky.  Anyways, I really like the matte shades.  They are super creamy and not sticky but still last on the lips for awhile.  This was in the shade Pink Parfait.  I was impressed with myself that I actually used up a whole gloss (minus the stuff in the bottom I can't dig out).  I kept this on my desk at work and used it like a lip balm because it was a nice easy shade to swipe on without a mirror.  I would definitely purchase more of these.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara - I really liked this mascara when I first received it from Ipsy.  However, over time it has become very goopy and thick and makes a huge mess.  Every time I put the brush back into the tube, product spills out over the sides and then gets all over everything.  For a high end mascara, I expect more for the price.  I won't purchase this product in a full size.

Bare Minerals Stroke of Light - This was an eye brightener I purchased because the ladies at Ulta recommended it as a concealer when I was on a search last year.  This is not enough coverage for my dark circles as a concealer.  However, I continued to use it as a brightener for around my eyes.  I won't repurchase at this time because I don't need a concealer and have other brighteners that I would like to try.

Maybelline fit me concealer in Sand - I really like this concealer and it is what I have been using for most of 2014 now.  This concealer is mostly empty but is now way too dark for me since my summer color is gone.  And I don't want to keep it around to use next summer after it is mostly used.  If I need the same color next summer, I will repurchase this product.  I am currently using the same brand in lighter shades and really like this concealer.

That is it for this month!  What products have you finished up and would recommend that I try out?  Any concealers you love or a brightener I should try next?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

October Beauty Subscription - Birchbox

I chose to cancel Ipsy after last month.  I decided I would rather try out another service or spend the $10 on other beauty products.  So this month, I just have Birchbox for you.  I have to admit that this month was not as exciting as the past few months.  However, that happens sometimes with sample boxes no matter where they are from.  And I still was able to try out products that were new to me, which is the main reason I continue Birchbox.  So let's check out what I received.

The theme for the box this month was Fanfare.  It sounds like this was to be a box of Birchbox favorites.  I do enjoy that I continue to receive a variety of products and brands from Birchbox even if they aren't my favorite products.  I do find a lot of products I absolutely love from Birchbox too.  But enough babbling.

1.  dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner - I have only tried this product once.  It is a mask that claims to clear out blackheads and pores.  I do not have too many blackheads but I do have some clogged pores.  I didn't notice a big difference the one time I used it, but again, I don't have noticeable blackheads either.  I will continue to use this product, alternating with my other masks, and see if I develop a definite opinion.

2.  Ellovi vanilla butter - I was unsure what this product was for and the folks and Ellovi were nice enough to comment on my Instagram about all the uses which include as a hand cream, body lotion, makeup remover.  I have used this product as a cuticle cream at night and it smells very nice but not too overpowering.  It moisturized my cuticles nicely so I will continue to use it for that purpose.  It is a solid in the pot so you do need to warm it up a bit to use it.

3.  Lord and Berry Paillettes glitter eye pencil in black - I used this product once and now I can't find it.  Whoops:)  It was a teeny tiny sample and I think it must have rolled under a cabinet or something.  Who knows?  Anyways, the liners from this brand are nice and lasting but I feel like the pencil is very hard and pulls at my eyes when I apply.  I wouldn't buy this liner for that reason.  Although the glitter was fun for a night out or special event.

4.  Toni and Guy Cleanse shampoo for damaged hair - This arrived just in time for me to take with on a weekend away.  And I was very disappointed.  This shampoo and conditioner (see next item) made my scalp itch and not many products have ever done that.  While I do have sensitive skin, not too many hair products bother me.  So, I stopped using these products and you will see them in my empties in the next week.

5.  Toni and Guy Nourish Conditioner for damaged hair - This made my scalp itch.  See above post about the shampoo.  Disappointed in this product but I have since read that this brand can be hit or miss with their products.

So, that is it for my Birchbox this month.  Overall good products, some just didn't work well for me.  I should add that I usually take whatever Birchbox sends in the boxes each month rather than using the sample choice they offer.  I like the small surprises each month.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Walmart Fall Beauty Box

This is a beauty box subscription that I read posts about on Instagram.  It is from Walmart and is supposed to come out four times a year (seasonal) and the cost is $5 to cover shipping.

There is no profile and the boxes do not claim to be customized.  However, from chatting with friends on Instagram, we believe that anyone who entered an age over 30 got one box and those under 30 got another box.  This is just our assumptions and it could be something totally different.  However, if you have seen posts or watch Youtube videos, you will have seen that they did send out two different boxes.

So, here is what I received in my box this month.  There is no product information so I do not know if the sizes I received are full size.  Both of the moisturizers I received were 0.5 oz and the products listed on Walmart's site are 1.7 oz so I believe those are sample sizes.

Secret Clinical Strength deodorant - I am not too picky about my deodorant as long as it isn't Lady Speed Stick which causes an allergic reaction for me.  Otherwise, I will use Dove, Secret, Suave.  So, while I haven't tried this one yet, I will definitely get use out of it.

Clear Scalp and Hair Shampoo and Conditioner - I have tried this brand before and have the full size in my shower now.  They offer a few different types and this one was for damaged and color treated hair.  I do like this brand of products from the drugstore and have been happy with what I have tried from their lines.  They are pricier as far as drugstore brands go but have coupons often available.

Couture Couture perfume sample - I like this perfume.  It isn't one I would buy for myself but it is a sample that I like enough to use up.  I am horrible at describing scents but I would say it is a sweet and floral scent.

Covergirl Lipstick - This is a nice full size ( I believe) product included in the box.  It is a great wine shade for fall.  It is too dark for my personal tastes but I have friends that will use it.

Olay Regenerist Micro sculpting cream - This is a moisturizer for day and night.  I have not used it yet because I have moisturizers I am working on using up before they go bad for my Finish 6 by Christmas.  However, I plan to use this one once that has been used up.  I did try it once and I liked the texture.  I am also leaning towards anti-wrinkle products in my skincare routine lately so I am excited to try this one.

Loreal Revitalift Deep Acting Moisturizer - This is similar to the Olay cream with anti-aging properties and seems similar in texture as well.  I will be trying this one more once I use up my current moisturizers.

Overall, I definitely feel as thought I got my $5 worth in this box.  The moisturizers retail for about $20 each for 1.7 oz so the sample sizes of both of those would be more than the cost of the box.  Throw in the other products including a full size lipstick and this is a great deal.

I am unsure if you can still sign up for these boxes but you can find the link by going to and searching Beauty Box.  It did still have the option to subscribe when I searched while writing this post.  If you subscribed, let me know what you got this time around!


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Monday, October 6, 2014

September Beauty Favorites

For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I have been on a 100 day no buy since the end of July/beginning of August.  I will be done with it at the beginning of November.  For that reason, I don't have too many new favorites this month but I have been loving some products that I hadn't used much before.

The product that was new to me this month was the Sexy Mama translucent powder from TheBalm.  I bought this product back in the spring when TheBalm was on Hautelook.  I was trying to finish up a Neutrogena powder though so I just opened this one in the month of September when the Neutrogena was gone.  I like that this is sheer and goes on nicely.  It doesn't look too powdery and it doesn't cake in any spots on my face.  I can dust it on over concealer and it blends right in.  I wasn't sure about a translucent powder because I usually like that a powder gives me a bit of extra color but this one is nice.

Tarte Be MatteNificent palette - This is another product I got a long time ago and have barely used.  I have green eyes so I like the look of pinks and purples on my eyes.  I love all Tarte products I have tried and this is no exception.  I've been loving this palette this month and will be continuing to pull it out through the fall.

Butter London Lippy in Toff - This is more of a liquid lipstick consistency than a gloss.  However, I feel the pigmentation and feel on my lips isn't too heavy like some liquid lipsticks can be.  This shade is a nice rosy pink (one of those my lips but better shades) and I am really liking the formula of these products.

That is it for the month!  I have been continuing to love lots of products that I have talked about previously like my Mally mascara and FitMe concealer.  If you are interested in my thoughts on some past favorites that I'm still loving, check out those posts as well!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Beauty Empties

I am sure I think and say this every month but time is flying by.  I can't believe it is already October and getting so close to the holidays.  We have quite a few birthdays between November and December so it is a busy time for us.  I thought I would have more makeup empties this month, but it is mostly skincare or body care.  There are some products I am close to using up so hopefully next month, I'll have more makeup to share.  Also, I am participating in the Finish 6 by Christmas tag that is going around on the blogs and Youtube.  So I'm hoping that will encourage me to use up some products as well.  Here is what I used up this month...

Oahu Coconut Sunset Body Lotion and Body Wash from Bath and Body Works - These were a gift and I'm trying to work through my stash of body washes and lotions.  I really loved the lotion in this scent.  It smelled like coconut and was perfect for the end of summer.  The body wash wasn't quite the same scent.  Something was just off about it.  I'd repurchase the lotion but not the body wash.

Suave Advanced Therapy Lotion - I really like this lotion, especially in the cooler months because I find it very moisturizing.  I just had a small bit left in this tube so I wanted to use it up.  I have a full size that I am working my way through and will be using quite a bit once it gets cooler and drier here.

Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah exfoliating shower gel - This was a Birchbox sample and I was disappointed to only get two uses out of it.  It smelled nice but I have a lot of body washes to work through before I would consider purchasing this product.  I do like the Harvey Prince scents that come from Birchbox.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo - This is hubby's absolute favorite shampoo.  He uses it as a shampoo and body wash when he showers.  I buy it whenever it is on sale so we are stocked for quite awhile.

Suave Kids 3-in-1 in Wacky Melon - My daughter's shampoo and body wash.  This claims to also be a conditioner (3-in-1) but my daughter has long and very thick hair so she uses a regular conditioner on her hair when she showers.  I usually buy whatever is on sale for her hair but she likes to pick out these Suave scents.

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-humidity hairspray - I like this hairspray.  I am working through another bottle right now.  I don't think I will repurchase because I would like to try some others.  This one does work well on my hair and hold without being sticky.

Premium Cleansing Rounds - These are $1 a pack at Big Lots.  I really like them because they don't leave fuzz around or in my eyes.  I keep these stored in a container in my bathroom and when it runs out I'll refill which is why there are two packs this month.  I will purchase these next time I am at Big Lots again (mine is not very close by).

Neutrogena Rapid Clear acne eliminating spot gel - This is not quite empty but I am tossing it because it doesn't seem to be working anymore.  I don't know if I have found better products so this doesn't seem to work as well or it is just old and lost its clearing power (lol).  But it isn't clearing up anything with my skin so it needs to go.  I won't repurchase because I have found better products.

Mary Kay Timewise Face Wash - This is one of the few products I have left from when I sold Mary Kay a long time ago.  I like this face wash however I don't think I'll repurchase once it is gone since I have drugstore ones that I like better.

Mary Kay Timewise moisturizer - Again, this is nothing special but is leftover from when I sold Mary Kay.  It is a nice lightweight moisturizer for the daytime but I would like to try some other products so I won't repurchase.

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser - I wasn't a fan of this.  It was very thick and I didn't feel like it rinsed off real well.  I'm not even sure they make this cleanser anymore, that is how old this sample is.  I think the creamy consistency is just not good for my skin.

Mary Kay Bronzer - This is old and is cracking and making a mess so I am tossing it.  I don't use it as a bronzer anyways because it is shimmery.  I sometimes would use it as a highlight but I wouldn't repurchase.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin pressed powder - I really like this powder.  It gives coverage without being too much or too powdery.  I have a few powders to work through but then I would repurchase this one.

Benefit Posie Balm - This was a Birchbox sample and I liked the consistency and amount of coverage.  It gave me just a hint of pink and I could apply easily without a mirror.  I do not have very pigmented lips but if you did, I doubt this would show up with any color on your lips because it is very light.  It also has a rather heavy scent but I didn't really notice it once I applied.  I won't purchase a full size because I have so many lip products to go through and it didn't wow me enough to run out and buy it.

Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara - I use this on my bottom lashes and I really love it.  I am using another mascara I bought for my bottom lashes right now but when it is gone this is the one I will repurchase.

Original Chapstick - I keep these everywhere.  And I have a ton more so I will continue to use it but definitely don't need to repurchase anytime soon.

Sorry, these posts get so long!  But I want to make sure I am thorough in my reviews for all of you!  What did you use up this month?  Anything you loved that I should try out?  Let me know in the comments below.

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