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.

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!

Sephora VIB Fall 2017 Picks

Hello lovelies!! Today I’m sharing my picks for the fall Sephora VIB Sale. Some details on when the sale is going on. VIB Rouge members will receive 20% off their purchases November 3-November 6 AND November 10-Novemer 15. VIB members will receive 20% off their purchases November 10-November 15. Beauty Insiders will receive 15% off their purchases November 10-November 15. In general, I think picking up skincare or stocking up on all of your beauty favorites. I personally use this sale to pick up a few of my favorites or things that I want to try out and gifts for friends and family for Christmas. I’m going to break it down into categories of what I think will be worth picking up during the sale.

SKINCARE

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths

Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Sephora Collection Face and Eye Sheet Masks

MAKEUP

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Becca Backlighting Primer Filter Face Primer

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting  Makeup Setting Spray

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes

BareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

HAIRCARE

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler

FRAGRANCE

Kat Von D  Saint & Sinner

Maison Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon and Nirvana Black

This is also a fantastic time to pick up skincare sets, haircare sets, makeup sets. It is also a really great time to pick up all of the amazing eye shadow palettes that have been released.

The list is quite long, but these are some of my favorite items that I’ve used over the past years, that I think you will enjoy. What are your favorites? Are you planning on picking up anything during the sale? Is there something that I should pick up? Let me know! That’s everything! Have a great weekend!

 

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Hello lovelies! Now that the big rush to get in store or online at Sephora, I thought I would share the items that I picked up during the sale. Before I headed out to the store, I asked my mom and sister if there was anything they wanted me to pick up. My sister didn’t need anything, and my mom I kept trying to rack her brain for stuff since her birthday and Mother’s Day is coming up. My mom picked out a couple of things and I also picked up one thing for her as well. Of course if I was picking up stuff for my mom, I had to get myself a couple of things too.

First lets take a look at the few items I picked up for my mom. My mom first picked out the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova.  This choice surprised me. I kindly asked if she knew it was probably going to be a purpley holographic shade on the skin. She said she wanted to try it out and it looked cool and if she doesn’t like it, I can have it. All I can say is, GO MOM! She is far more adventurous with makeup than I am. Next up she chose the Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Midnight. It is a deep almost navy blue. Like I said my mom is much more adventurous with makeup than I am. I know a navy blue isn’t exactly out there as far as liner goes. I actually think the deeper or mid toned blues are becoming more of a standard neutral like black or brown liner. My mom will also be receiving the Sephora Pomegranate eye mask. I have used the pomegranate and I think the rose eye mask as well. I love both of these and I think my mom will really like them. I think the Sephora Collection eye masks are great, they work and they are definitely affordable.

I know I am not alone when walking in to a Sephora, and feel overwhelmed. I knew I was for sure going to purchase a foundation. Last summer I got a sample of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation. I used it for a wedding that I was in and we took photos outside. I’ll admit I didn’t remove my makeup the night before and it still looked amazing the next morning! So I knew when I had the chance, I was going to pick it up. I got it in the shad Y305, which I think is the tiniest bit too dark for me but it works. The other item that wasn’t from the aisle of doom is the Dior Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in the shade Tell Me Dior. I can say that I didn’t actually purchase this. This item is once again the result of bringing my boyfriend shopping with me. (This is the last time he is coming with me.) Next I picked up the Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refining primer. This primer is all over the YouTube scene. No matter what primer I use my pores show up so I’m hoping this will help make them look a little smaller or smoother. Lastly, is the Boscia MakeUp BreakUp-Cool Cleansing Oil. This is also one of those YouTube made me buy it items. I’m a slave to makeup removing wipes and I know those aren’t the greatest to remove makeup with consistently, so I decided to get the travel size and see how it works. The last item is a 100 point perk. It is the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 in light to medium. I had a foil packet sample of this probably about a year ago and I loved what it did for my skin. I’m hoping if this works out again I just might have to pick it up for a quick out the door type product for the summer.

 

That’s all everybody. I hope you enjoyed taking a peak into what I picked during the Sephora Spring VIB Sale. I have given myself permission to shop Sephora only three times a year, during the two sales and during my birthday month. I know with my project pan I am on a no buy, but most of the time when I do shop, I shop on a deal. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you in my next post.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to let you in on my picks for the 21 days of beauty at Ulta. I know this is a few days late, but for some reason I no longer get e-mails or mailers sent to me. I figured it would be better late than never. A couple of things, not all the deals are in store; some are online only. Also there are a couple that are platinum perks. I’m only going to share my picks for what is available to everyone. This means if you aren’t a platinum member the deal is not available to you. One more thing, these are items that I have had some experience with or on a list to try out. Hopefully I will be able to pick up a few bits. SO, let’s start with today…

March 24th

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil Reg $24 Now $12

March 25th

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara Reg $21 Now $10

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths Reg $15 Now $7.50

March 26th

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Reg $38 Now $19

March 27th

IT brushes for Ulta Foundation Brush #102 Reg $22 Now $11

March 28th

Tarte Maneater Self-Sharpening Liner Reg $20 Now $10

March 29th

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer Reg $45 Now $22.50

March 30th

Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer Reg $24 Now $12

March 31st

Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water Reg $32 Now $16

April 1st

Mario Bedescu the ENTIRE brand is on SALE!!!  Reg $5-$46 Now $3.75- $34.50

April 2nd

Shiseido Eyelash Curler Reg $20 Now $10

April 3rd

Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlight Set Reg $35 Now $17.50

April 5th

Butter London Plush Rush Lip Collection Reg $18-$22 Now $10

April 7th

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush & Highlter Reg $28 Now $14

April 8th

Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil Reg $21 Now $10.50

Clinique 3-Step Intro Kits Reg $19.50 Now $9.75

Those are my picks! What do you think? Anything that I didn’t include that I must absolutely pick up? I am still on a no buy, but some of these deals are too good to pass up. I’m going to try and not use anything until my no buy is over, but I’m not sure that is going to work out. If you want to see everything that I’ve picked up let me know. That’s all for today. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post.

 

February Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! February’s Play box, was long awaited. When I first opened the box, I was blown away by the look of the bag. I felt like I was opening a luxurious gift. The bag is a rosy pink satin bag and says SMITTEN #Sephoraplay on the bottom.  The theme of this month’s box is ‘The Soft Side.’ It is all about subtle, smooth, and neutral tones, embrace your natural beauty ladies! Let’s jump in and see what I got. I will kind of go in order in which I would apply them.

First up, the cult favorite, Origins GinZing eye cream. I just started a new eye cream, and have one more before I can actually get into this one. There is a slight scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. It is a neutral fresh type scent. It doesn’t pull in one specific direction. The full size retails for $30. If you were to purchase the size that came in the box it would retail for $7.50.

Next, let’s moisturize and prep our face. The Clinique pep-start hydroblur moisturizer claims to be kind of an all in one product. You can moisturize and it can act as a primer for those gals that have an oily skin type. It can also help blur pores and fine lines. The weather is still on the cold side here in Chicago, so I won’t be able to test this out until it gets warmer out. My skin tends to be combo-dry in the winter and combo-oily in the summer months. Full size retails $29.50, Travel size retails $9.50, Box size, if sold, $4.75.

How many of you have tried out the Sephora Collection? I have tried a few items out and have been pretty happy with the things that I’ve tried. This month’s box included the Sephora Lashcraft length and volume mascara. Like I said about the eye cream, I have a couple of mascaras to use and test out before I start using this one. When I read the reviews, it seemed that people either loved it or just didn’t like it. Retails: Full size:$12, Travel size: $7, Box size(if sold): $3.50.

This months box included two lip products. I got the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound and the Too Face Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake. Ever since the Nars Velvet Lip Glides came out, I have wanted to get my hands on it. The one thing that I noticed, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a problem with the way colors appear online. For me on the Sephora website, Bound looks like a rosy pink. In person and in the tube it looks much more of a mauve-y rose color, in certain light looks slightly purple. The lip glide swatched beautifully, I didn’t notice any patchiness, and there is just a slight vanilla cupcake scent, which I love. The Too Face Lip Injection Glossy is a milky nude shade, so the name Milkshake is definitely appropriate. On the website, it says that you may experience a tingly feeling for the first 5-10 minutes after application. Swatched on my hand, I don’t feel any tingling, but it may be different on the lips. The formula is sticky, so if you’re not a fan of sticky lip glosses, this one may not be for you. I noticed in the tube there is a gold shimmer in the gloss, and no, there is no grittiness. Retails: Nars Full Size: $26. Box Size: $12; Too Faced Full Size: $22 Box Size: $5.50.

Top: Too Faced, Bottom: NARS

Last up is the perfume sample. You could get one of three different scents.  I received the Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence. My first impression was that it is slightly strong, but it smells really good. At first there is a real strong floral scent. after awhile,there is a subtle hint of floral, with a creamy sweet mellowness. I’ll say this about receiving fragrance samples. I like that I can test out a different scent every month, but sometimes I wish I could just get an additional product instead. This month however, I love the fragrance only after it settles. Initially it is a bit too floral for me. I looked up this fragrance, and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous. I even like the simplicity of the roller ball.

Well that is everything that came in my February box. What would you like to see reviewed or used in a look? Let me know! I hope that March has been treating everyone well. Have fun and be safe this St. Patric’s Day weekend.

January Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! It has been awhile since I’ve posted. I have been extremely sick for the last couple of weeks. Today is the first day that I have felt healthy enough to do anything. To kick off February, I’m sharing what I got in my January Sephora Play box. The theme to January’s box is Beauty, Set, Go. It contains different items that are quick to use and great for on the go. Let’s jump right in!

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Products

Ouai Treatment Mask; Retails: $32 8pack

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick; Retails: $22

Youth to the People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream; Retails: $48

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+; Retails: $60

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey; Retails: $17

Tory Burch Love Relentlessly; Retails: $68

That’s everything that came in my box. The one thing that I’m really looking forward to trying out is the Tarte Frxxxtion Stick. I’m hoping that it will solve some skin peeling issues I have on my face. The Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is something that I’ve had my eye on for a long while and very happy that I received it in my box. I’m still on the hunt for a foundation or foundation like product that will mesh with my skin type and is quick and easy for those out-the-door days. My skin is dry/combo/acne prone in the winter and have some larger pores, while in the summer its oily/combo/acne prone and the pores are the size of Saturn. If anyone has any suggestions drugstore or high end let me know. While I have a few deluxe samples of face moisturizers, I’m intrigued and excited to try out the Youth to the People cream.

I’m looking to change up the format for this post. What would you like to see? A first impression? An update a couple of weeks later? Let me know in the comments below. I’m open to all kinds of suggestions. Have a great week!