2017 Empties: Skincare

Hello lovelies! Happy 2018! I know I fell off close to the end of Blogmas, but as every holiday season things became incredibly busy and I felt that I needed to spend time with my family instead of holed up in my room working. I’m back and it’s time to share my empties for most of 2017. I know I had planned on doing one of these posts about quarterly, but I think in the new year I will do it whenever my bin fills up with stuff.  Also to keep this post from getting ridiculously long, I’m going to break it up into categories. Today I’m sharing my skincare type empties and whether or not I will repurchase.

MAKEUP REMOVERS

I got a couple of samples of the RMS beauty makeup remover wipe. What it is is a makeup remover wipe that is made up with certified organic coconut oil. The cloth is soft and doesn’t irritate or drag on the skin, and it smells amazing! This takes off makeup including waterproof mascara. When I feel the need to splurge on makeup wipes, I will definitely be purchasing these.

I used up 3 of the Up & Up brand from Target makeup remover wipes. The first 2 packs I enjoyed the third package, I wasn’t blown away by. They say that they are comparable to the Neutrogena makeup wipes. I personally think it is worth the extra couple of bucks on the Neutrogena wipes. They work much better than the Up & Up brand. The Up & Up ones work in a pinch but I feel the need to scrub my face a little harder, which many of us do not want to do.

The last two makeup remover type products are the Philosophy Purity made simple one-step facial cleansing cloths. I’ve talked about these before. I love them! I love using these after the gym to “wash” my face. I definitely will re-purchase these when I use up the other package that I have. Then there is the Sephora Waterproof eye makeup remover. I love this! I have another deluxe sample size that I’ll be using up, and will definitely repurchase.

EYE CREAMS/TREATMENTS

I used up 6 sample packets of the Lancome eye correction creme. I didn’t like this. It was too heavy and had glitter, that I could see after I put my makeup on. It also gave me those tiny, white milia bumps in my under eye area. This also made my eyes water, if I used too much. Another one that I will not be purchasing is the Caudalie Resveratrol Lift eye lifting balm. I liked this, but it irritated my eyes and I would have to wait at least a half hour to put makeup on to let my eyes stop watering.

The next set of eye products are ones that I love and absolutely will repurchase. The Fresh Rose hydrating eye gel cream. I love this a tiny bit goes a very long way. My under eye concealer goes on so nicely and smoothly, definitely will purchase the full size. Next up is the Clinique pep-start eye cream. I’ve had this in my favorites before, and I absolutely love this for a daily morning eye cream. Will definitely purchase. Lastly, the Sephora collection eye masks, more specifically the Pomegranate eye mask. I love these and have repurchased a bunch of them.

CLEANSERS/MOISTURIZERS

The first two items I wasn’t a fan of and just didn’t do much for me. The Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourshing Sleeping Facial. The scent is too much for me, and just too heavy for my skin. Next up is the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. The scent I didn’t like and it just didn’t do much for my skin.

Next up there is the Amorepacific Essential Creme Fluid and the Moisture Bound. I liked them but I probably wouldn’t repurchase them. Also, items I probably won’t repurchase is the Mary Kay botanical effects step 2 hydrate, and the Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappe. The Erborian is a good product but I just probably wouldn’t repurchase.

I really liked the Lancome Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care. I really liked this it was light and moisturizing; will repurchase. The Youth to the People Kale & Spinach Green Tea Hylauronic Acid moisture creme. I love this! I was blown away by this and will definitely will repurchase. Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation facial creme. I love this and will definitely repurchase. I used this back to back with the Kale & Spinach and I felt that I had fantastic skin months! I will repurhcase!

Last two items in this category is the Simple moisturizing facial wash and the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. I love both of these cleansers and I will repurchase when I’ve used up a few other cleansers that I have.

MASKS/TREATMENTS

The first product that I was just surprised and blown away by is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I used this in the middle of the summer when my skin was consistently oily and I was sweating. This just did wonders for my skin the few times I was able to use this. When I’m able to I will be purchasing the full size of this. Next up is the Mary Kay acne treatment gel. I use this on any blemishes that I may get, and it helps get rid of even my toughest cystic acne. I’ve purchased so many of these tubes, this will probably always be in my skincare arsenal. Then we have the Clarins Mission Perfection Serum, which is a dark spot corrector. I feel like this somewhat worked for me but I feel like I need to use it more consistently and longer in order to really see the results. I won’t be repurchasing this.

For masks, I’ve used up the Karuna Clarifying face mask. I didn’t see much of a difference which is hard to tell with a one time use sheet mask. I would consider repurchasing this mask and try it out again. Lastly I have used up the travel size of the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate and the full size of the Supermud Clearing Treatment. I enjoyed both of these, however I wouldn’t repurchase the Tinglexfoliate mask, it slightly irritated my skin and I just didn’t enjoy the tingling sensation. The Supermud Clearing Treatment I would definitely repurchase. It is definitely worth the hype and the $68 price tag.

That’s everything! All of the skin care that I’ve used up in the last 9 months or so. I hope you enjoyed this post. What products have you used up in the last year. Anything that you would repurchase or maybe not? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I hope that your 2018 is even better. Have a great day and I’ll see you in my next post.

My Favorite Holiday Reds

Hello lovelies! Welcome to day 8 of Blogmas! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite Holiday shades of red.

First up are my two current favorite shirts for the season. A red plaid with a gold stripe button down shirt from the Ava and Viv line at Target. A shirt like this is great for a casual look paired with jeans and boots. The second shirt is a red berry toned sweater/sweatshirt for Lane Bryant. The pattern on the sleeves and front of the shirt is a brighter and shiny tone of the rest of the shirt. It can be dressed up with black pants and heeled boots or dressed down a bit with jeans and flats. For a third option you can pair it with a pair of black leggings and fuzzy socks for lounging around the house.

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Holiday Nail Options

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my options for the next couple of weeks. I’m no Van Gogh or anything and one of the items I used for the very first time, so it isn’t my best work. I dove into my nail polish collection and pulled out every shade that I would wear during this time of year. I wanted to give you as many options as I could and well… I came up with 10!

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Polishes I Used

Butter London Cotton Buds

Essie Set in Stones

Butter London Saucy Jack

Flower Budding Romance

Butter London Champers

Essie Leading Lady

Sally Hansen Disco Ball

Nail Kit Red and Black

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For the purpose of not wasting a top coat, I didn’t use one. I plan on repainting my nails with the winning choice in a couple of days. Now on to the options:

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Pinkie to Thumb:

Saucy Jack and…

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My Favorite Christmas Traditions

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing my favorite Christmas Traditions. These are the things that I look forward to during the Christmas and holiday season. While these may not be the traditional happenings, these are things that I do every year.

Decorate the entire house;inside and out

Drink a lot of hot chocolate

Hallmark Channel movie marathon

Classic Christmas movie marathon

Build gingerbread houses

Drive around in different neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights

Dedicate 2-3 days to bake cookies and other treats

Peppermint Mochas

Zoo Lights

Sing Christmas Carols

Eat a LOT of yummy delicious food

Holiday parties

Those are my yearly Christmas traditions. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Do you do a big family breakfast? Or matching pajamas? What do you do? I would love to hear what you do every year. That’s all for today. I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you in my next post.

Natural Glam Holiday Look

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I decided to share with you my natural and pretty simple to do holiday look. This is a great way to amp up your day to day look, and works for an office setting. I also think you can accomplish this look in less than 15 minutes! Yes, I said it! This look can be completed pretty quickly.

For my look, I used the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation in 365C soft beige. I then did my brow with the Maybelline brow drama in deep brown. I then touched up a couple of bare spots with the E.L.F. brow pencil in neutral brown.

On my eyes I used Foxy all over the lid, and Bootycall on the inner third of the lid, from the Naked 2 palette. For liner, I used the Kat Von D ink liner in trooper. This and the lips probably took the most time for me. If you prefer a pencil liner use that. Use whatever you are comfortable with. Another option would be to wing out your liner. I attempted and it just wasn’t happening for me today. On my lashes I used the Urban Decay Perversion Bigger, Blacker, Badder mascara.

I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Dollface. I think this is the perfect wintertime blush shade. It may not look like it in the pan, but for me it is the perfect natural flush shade. For highlight I used Tarte’s Amazonian clay highlight in exposed highlight. I finished off the look with the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink lip color in 20, Pioneer. This is the perfect red that anyone can pull off, and it makes your teeth look whiter!

That’s everything that I used for my natural holiday glam look. I hope you enjoyed this look. If you want to see me do other makeup looks let me know what you would like to see. Have a great Monday and I’ll see you in my next post.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ~ Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I have used this on and off for the last few months. Anytime that I am wearing face and eye makeup I’ll use this. The claims to this product are:

  • breakdown and remove makeup and sunscreen
  • non-greasy
  • lightweight
  • doesn’t strip the skin
  • safe for use around eyes
  • fragrance free

I completely agree with all of the claims. I’ve used this quite a lot on my eyes. It does not sting my eyes. It will slightly fog up your vision if it get too close to your eyes. My eyes are extremely sensitive so it does bother them if that happens, but only for a moment. Any uncomfortable feeling is gone the second it is rinsed off.

In order to actually use this product, I like to start with a small amount about the size of a quarter to avoid using too much and going through it too quickly. If I need any more I will slowly add a pea size amount. I apply this to dry skin and spend about 1-2 minutes massaging my face and making sure that all of my face makeup has been broken up before I move to my eyes. After gently massaging my eye for another minute or two I rinse with warm water. There is no residue left behind on my skin, which is nice in a pinch. For example, I was way too tired and feeling especially lazy one night. I used this and went straight to bed. I did wake up with oilier skin than I normally do, but I didn’t find that to be a negative point.

I did find one somewhat downside to this product, which I don’t think is really a huge deal. If you don’t massage this all over your face long enough, it will not remove makeup or work as well as it can be. Take the time to really work it in and allow it to brake down the makeup on your face. It also won’t completely get rid of hard to remove waterproof mascara, but it will get rid of a good amount of it.

I would give the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm 9/10. I gave it a 9 because it really is a fantastic product but I feel like there is a tiny something missing. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out. I’ve used up about half the tub so far. I have used other methods for makeup removal and this so far has been the most gentle way so far.

That’s everything! I hope you enjoyed my review on Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I have plenty more product reviews coming. If there is anything that you want me to review please let me know. Thank you for coming back to read my posts. I hope you have a great weekend!

My Christmas Wish List 2017

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I’m sharing with you the few items that are on my Christmas wish list. I know some of the items are not that glamorous, and actually most of it is stuff that I need. So let’s see what is on my list.

2.5 & 8 pound weights

water tumbler

coffee tumbler

bed sheets

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon perfume

shirts to work out in

sports bras

That’s everything on my list. I know it’s not very exciting but this year I’ve chosen to go with things that I really need rather want. Obviously I don’t need the perfume and that is something that I want. It’s funny how when we are kids all we want are toys and whatever the cool new things are, and now as adults we would prefer to get things that we actually need. I hope you have a great Thursday and I’ll see you in my next post.