Skincare and Beauty Haul

Hi lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you a few things that I’ve picked up over the course of the last couple of weeks. I have definitely been waiting to write this post before I rip into everything. I’ve only opened the Simple face wipes because this girl need to clean off her face and wasn’t home to properly cleanse my face.

 

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Double-Pack Simple Cleansing Wipes

Oral B Toothbrush

Crest Pro-Health Mouthwash in Clean Mint

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Aveeno Skin Relief Lotion

Real Techniques Stipple Brush

Peter Thomas Roth Just Mask It Kit

Essie Polish in Cabana Boy

ELF Matte Lip in Tea Rose

Real Techniques Setting Brush

Essie Polish in Topless and Barefoot

ELF Matte Lip in Natural

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Bath and Body Works Lotion in Waikiki Beach Coconut*

I know some of these items have been around for a long time and some aren’t very interesting. Almost all of these items are pretty new to me and I’m excited to try these all out! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you next week!

*Item was given to me as a gift from a family member.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Review

Hi lovelies! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara. I know I’m way behind on this mascara. I’ve had this stashes away until I went through a couple other opened mascaras first. I purchased this in 800 very black and surprisingly, NOT in the water resistant formula.  First, let’s take a look at what the packaging claims that this product will do.

  • 20x volume
  • zero clumps
  • curved brush is supposed to cover the lashes with product
  • the fine tooth bristles are supposed to help distribute mascara evenly through the lashes

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I love the green color of the tube, and the wand is the same color(until you put it in the mascara). I find the tube somewhat ergonomic, alongside the curved wand, makes it extremely easy to apply this mascara. Immediately I noticed that the formula is somewhat wet. I’ve noticed that when I first use a mascara that is kind of wet when I first open the tube, I love it even more when it dries out a little bit. The lasting power of this for day to day is pretty good. It will last all day with no flaking. However, I wore this on a pretty hot day and it did seem to sweat off a bit. That does seem like a down side to this but it gave my lashes a little oomph and a nice natural look.

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I would slightly compare this to my favorite all time mascara, the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. While that is my all time favorite mascara it does tend to clump slightly on my lashes. It is also a bit over the top with the lengthening and volumizing for a day time and day to day wear for what I do. The Covergirl Clump Crusher is the little sister to the They’re Real. It is definitely great for day time wear.

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Overall, I would say that this mascara does what it says. It is great for gals of all ages. It is great for day to day wear. It layers well. You can put a light layer for the office and layer it up for a night out. I would definitely recommend this mascara to friends and family.

Overall Rating: 8/10

April Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! For the past year or so, I had been patiently waiting for Sephora to release their Play? subscription box to the rest of the country. When I received the e-mail to join the subscription, I was definitely super excited. At the time to sign-up for the box, it is by invite only. I’m not sure if it is open to everyone yet, but I’ll keep an eye out and find out for you. For $10/month plus tax, which for me was less than a dollar, you get a box of 5-6 deluxe sample sizes of different products. You must subscribe for the monthly box, and it is not available for a single month purchase.

The theme of April’s box is ‘The It Crowd.’ When I first opened the box there is the little booklet that lists everything that comes in the box. Each product has a description of what it is and explanation on how to use it. The booklet also provides some information of what you can pair each item with. Lastly, the back page includes a Play Pass that can be brought into a Sephora location for a one on one session. If you bring in this card and make a purchase you will also receive a bonus of 50 points. Let’s get into the products!

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When I opened up the tissue paper the first thing that I noticed was the Milk Sunshine Oil. I haven’t gotten really into oils because they honestly scare me a bit. I am looking forward to try this multi-purpose product.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2am Kiss- This brand is relatively new to Sephora. I’m usually not excited when I receive perfume samples, but based on the description of this scent, I think I may like this. It is described as a blend of “salty woods and crystallized amber.”

Clinique Pep-start Eye Cream- I’ve been really wanting to step up my skincare game. I’ll admit that I get very lazy with cleansing my face. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m starting to realize the importance of taking care of the skin. This eye cream is probably the thing that I’m most excited to test out.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment- This item I have been wanting to try out for at least the last year. YouTubers all over the world are raving about this and am so happy that I can finally try this out. I’m not sure which one I’m more excited about trying out this or the Clinique eye cream. I will definitely post an update on how this works out for me.

Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel in Peony- Trying out more Sephora brand items has been on my list for awhile now, and I’ve been bored with the blushes I currently have. Because this is a gel formula, I’m thinking that this will be great for a light, natural, dewy look for the summer months.

Lastly, there is the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. I already have a deluxe sample of this item. I love this shade and formula. I’m going to pass this on to my sister, because I don’t need 2 of these.

That’s all that came in my April Play! box. If you want a review or first impression on any of these items, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Fall/Winter Empties Part 2

Hello lovelies! Part 2 of my fall and winter empties is made up of mostly beauty, hair, and skin/body care. Some of these items I used up completely and others are just so old that it was time to toss.

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First of all, I finally used up an Aussie Instant freeze hairspray. I won’t be repurchasing this. It left my hair crunchy and when I used it when I curled my hair the curl did not hold. Anyone have suggestions for a good lightweight hairspray that actually helps hold a curl?

Dr. Scholl’s for her Foot Softening Cream- I liked this but it had a weird scent. I had this for so long that I didn’t use it up. I won’t be repurchasing this any time soon. It help my dry feet but I feel like there is something better out there.

Soap and Glory Hand Food Cream- Love this! The scent reminds me of when you first walk into a Lush store. I love it! I will eventually repurchase this when I use up more lotions.

I went through 3 bottles of the One a day chocolate brownie bite vitamins. I have another bottle. I’ve been slacking on taking my daily vitamins and trying to get better at that.

TreeHut Body Scrub in Tropical Mango- I love this scent and it works and exfoliates well. This was my second small size of it and I repurchased the full size already.

Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion- I love Aveeno lotions. I find them to be great and moisturizing without leaving a film on the skin. I repurchased a different formula in a pump bottle.

Neutrogena eye makeup remover- This works well, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and I’ve already repurchased another bottle.

The Dove line of deodorants are amazing for day to day use. I really liked this go sleeveless formula. I have 2 other Dove deodorants that I’m currently using and plan on going back to this formula.

Klorane oat milk and Batiste dry shampoo- This is the second travel size of this that I’ve used up. This works well and doesn’t leave a cast on my hair. The Batiste dry shampoo, I like it but sometimes I feel that it just doesn’t work well with my hair. I’m trying to stay away from dry shampoos for now so I won’t be repurchasing either one of these.

The following three mascaras, I have one that I will eventually repurchase and two that I’m going to pass on. The one that I will definitely repurchase once I’m off of a mascara purchasing ban is the Clinique bottom lash mascara. I love, love, love this mascara!!! When I originally got this I didn’t use this all that much and unfortunately kind of wasted my money. I did use it quite a bit but it did get very old and should not put it near my eyes. The Ulta Amped Lashes, I liked this. It is an ok mascara but I won’t repurchase this. The staying power is ok, it does not last all day on my lashes. It is a pretty good everyday mascara. The NYC Showtime mascara, I did a first impression/review on this a long while ago. It’s not my favorite and I tried to use it up but I found that it irritated my eyes. This was one that I did not use up and definitely will not be repurchasing this.

I used up an entire bottle of the Nailtiques cuticle and nail treatment oil. I LOVE this!! I already repurchased another bottle of this. When I remember to use this, it practically gets rid of my dry cuticles, and saved them through the rough winter months.

I used up 2 sample of the fair trade foot lotion from Lush. Someone please remind me to go buy the full size of this. This completely helps my dry feet. The color of it reminds me of Pepto Bismal and the smell isn’t offensive but it is different.

Last but not least is a sample of the Dr. Jart BB Beauty Balm, kind of redundant I know. The shade of this is a tiny bit too dark for my skin, but I absolutely love this! My skin never looked so healthy in my life. I got 2 uses out of this little packet, which I was impressed by. This has an spf of 45 so I really want to try it out during the summer months and see how it holds up in the heat.

Well that is all that I have used up in the last 6-8 months. What I didn’t include was the five 3-wick Bath and Body Works candles that I have burned through. What have you been using up? What should I try out next? I hope you enjoyed this little adventure through my trash. Have a great day!

Fall/Winter Empties! Part 1

Hello lovelies! Spring is now in full swing. I’ve somewhat have put myself on a spending ban since about Christmas. I had way too many things and not enough space. I became overwhelmed and made it my mission to use up items that I have including samples. Over the course of the last 5 months or so, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of trash. I’m going to cut right to everything that has been used up. I’ll let you know if I liked it or not and if I would repurchase it.

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Biotrue contact solution- Contact necessity, but I love it. Already using another bottle

Clinique Moisture Surge- I loved using these 2 little samples. I was able to get 3 uses out of each packet. I will eventually purchase this.

Equate Nail Polish Remover- This works pretty well on almost every nail polish formula. Already using the same brand but different formula.

Victoria’s Secret Body Wash in Pure Seduction- I loved this scent but I won’t be repurchasing any time soon. I have about 6-8 more bottles of body wash that I need to use up first.

Simple Cleansing and Exfoliating Wipes- I loved both of these!! The exfoliating I can use to “clean” my face when I need something quick. I repurchased a double pack of the cleansing formulation already!

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm- Loved the flavor, but I found that it didn’t moisturize my lips very well. It tasted good, though! I won’t repurchase this.

Mary Kay Clearproof Acne Treatment Gel- Love this stuff! It works! I’m working on my 4th bottle and have 2 backups.

Sally Hansen Brow Shapers- Here’s a little TMI, I have a little more than some peach fuzz on my face. I use these for near my temples, upper lip and cheeks and jaw line. I used to use a hair removal cream but over time my skin was getting burned and my acne was becoming worse. These razors have been a lifesaver! And it takes so much less time!

The last two items are face masks. I am trying to get better at taking care of my skin. I’ve started a new decade in my life and it’s time to start taking better care of my skin. The cucumber peel off mask, was strange at peeling off but it did help a bit with my skin. It looked clearer, brighter and smoother. I was able to get 2 uses out of the mask.

The Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask- I used this strictly in my t-zone area; across my nose, upper, lip and chin. I loved this!! This definitely helped with my blackhead and peeling situation on my nose.

Now that I’ve reached this point in my post I realized that this has gotten very long. I will show you the rest of my empties in another post or two.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve gone through over the last few months. More of my empties are coming soon! Have a great hump day!

I’m Late!, What’s for Breakfast?

Hello! I don’t know about you but do you have those mornings when you sleep through your alarm? Or there are those mornings when you just aren’t that hungry but you know you should have something? Well this is what I’ve done the last couple of weeks and it does hold me pretty well. If I have time to actually make myself some breakfast, I’ll eat my breakfast and make this into a to-go cup and bring it to work with me as a snack.

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I want to preface this by saying the protein powder I’m currently using is one that has been at my house for awhile and I do not want to waste it. It is also better suited for after a workout rather than a first thing in a morning filler. This is also a little bit of a better option for those morning chocolate cravings.

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I pour into the blender 1 cup of chocolate almond milk and 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder. Blend for about a minute, and it’s done! The texture is almost that of melted chocolate ice cream or a melted Wendy’s frosty, but frothy.

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If you have any suggestions for a good and healthy protein powder, that tastes good, let me know! I’m not asking for too much, am I? I know it is a little different from what I have been posting. If you want more of these types of posts, let me know. Have a great hump day and see you all in my next post!

 

Beauty Blogger Tag

Hi all! I got super excited when I received a comment from Laura from Basically Anything, saying she nominated to do the Beauty Blogger Tag. I think that is a great idea for not only us as bloggers to interact but also for you our readers to get to know each other a little bit better.

The Rules are:

Tag the blogger who nominated you

Answer the questions

Come up with 10 questions of your own

Nominate other bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them!

 

  1. Who is you favourite fashion designer or make up person?- I don’t have a favorite designer or makeup artist. I typically go for what looks good on me and what is comfortable. I admire anyone that can pull off an amazing colorful eye look and can make the makeup look like a piece of art.
  2. If you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be?- Dead, I would love to meet Frank Sinatra or Audrey Hepburn; Alive, would be Kate Hudson, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood
  3. What beauty product can you not live without?- Mascara or lip balm
  4. Who/what inspires you the most?- There are so many wonderful things out in this world. The way that social media has expanded and with things like instagram, youtube, and the blogging community, finding inspiration is sometimes easy. Sometimes it is a quote someone has shared or a photo of flowers, there is beauty in this world and often it is found in the simplest thing.
  5. What’s your favourite clothing store?- Target, I know it is kind of a one stop shop for many things but some of my favorite pieces of clothing are from there.
  6. What is your job? and what do you want to do as a career?- I work as part of the front of house staff for a college. As a career, I would like to stay in the arts and/or running my own business.
  7. Got any hair tips?- Don’t wash everyday, brush gently, don’t tie your ponytails and buns too tight it causes breakage
  8. Top 3 youtubers? or Bloggers, if you don’t watch youtube- Tati from GlamLifeGuru, Jaclyn Hill, Emilynoel83, Casey Holmes, CoffeBreakwithDani; I know it was supposed to be 3 but I really love all of them.
  9.  Do you like matte or non matte lipstick better?- I love the look of matte lipsticks, but find them uncomfortable at times. I’m going to go with non-matte lipstick for more of a daily option.
  10. What’s your favourite colour?- Blue

 

10 Questions

  1. What is one makeup item that you can not go a day without?
  2. If you had to go without false eyelashes or no nail polish, which would you pick?
  3. What is your favorite way to unwind after a long week?
  4. If you had to choose only one brand from the drugstore and use items only from that one brand, which brand would it be?
  5. Why did you start blogging?
  6. How long have you been blogging?
  7. What would be your top 3 makeup/beauty tips?
  8. What would you splurge on without even a second thought?
  9. What is your beauty secret weapon?
  10. Coffee or Tea?

 

I nominate:

Polished by Amy

Lipstick on the Lake

Laurens Lip Glossary

Mrsstrawberryblonde

Sarah

Hattiesmithers

Shopaholicsblog

 

Thank you again to Laura for nominating me to do this. I had so much fun!