2017 Empties: Makeup, Nails and a Few Randoms

Hello lovelies! Welcome come back to the final installment of my 2017 empties! I really enjoyed seeing everything that I’ve used up in the last year. I know a lot of the items that I’ve used up over the course of the year have been sample sizes. Many of them I’ve received them in my monthly Sephora Play box. I don’t know about you, but this girl is on a super strict budget and not able to buy the full sizes of many of these products. There have been a few that I absolutely fell in love with and did go out and purchased the full size. Before I continue rambling on and on, lets jump in the makeup and random bits that I’ve used up in 2017.

I used up three primers this year. First one is the Benefit Porefessional primer. When I first started to use this it blurred my pores and made my foundation and skin look amazing. After a little while, either my skin changed or it just didn’t like working with the foundations that I was using. It consistently made it look like my foundation and nose was peeling. It looked dry and patchy and just stopped working for me. The next two primers are by Hourglass. The first one being the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. I love, love love this! I purchased this and wish that there was a size between this and the full size. I would purchase that in between size, but the largest size I feel would go bad by the time I would be able to use it all. The other primer is the Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light. I really liked this primer, I am still on the fence as to whether or not I would repurchase this. It made my skin look nice and radiant, but I’m not sure it is worth the money.

I used up five mascaras. I used up a sample of the Benefit They’re Real mascara and the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Lash mascara. They’re Real I liked, this would be close to my holy grail status, but I think I can find something better for me. The Smoky Extravagant Lash, I really liked, but this constantly got all over my cheek and my lid when applying. The next mascara is the CoverGirl The Super Sizer mascara. This is easily a YouTube made me buy it item. I have a love-hate relationship with this item. I liked the mascara but there was just way too much product on the brush. The brush is super tiny and the mascara would get all over the place. I want to like this as a whole but the brush really made it difficult to. The last two mascaras I just did not like and definitely would not repurchase. They are the Maybelline The Falsies Pushup Drama mascara and the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar mascara. The Maybelline mascara I just did not like at all. It didn’t do much for my lashes and I think the formula was a little too heavy for my lashes. The L’Oreal mascara, I liked without the first step. I think if they sold it as just a plain mascara and not a 2-step product, I would consider repurchasing this.

The last two makeup items which are both holy grail status items for me are the Maybelline Brow Drama in 100 Deep Brown and the Urban Decay All-Nighter makeup setting spray. You’ve seen both of these in some of my monthly favorites. I love both of these items. I have repurchased both of them, and will probably continue to repurchase them forever.

The last group of items that I’ve used up or decluttered, some have already repurchased and some just won’t be purchased again. The items that I will not be repurchasing are the E.L.F. lip scrub and OPI nail polish in the shade shown. I forgot to write down the name of the shade and I’ve already thrown it out. I also won’t be repurchasing the OPI base coat or the E.L.F. face brush. The base coat didn’t do much to help make my nail polish left. The E.L.F. brush just didn’t work well with multiple products, it is however, very soft and if it didn’t fall apart on me and actually work, I would definitely repurchase this brush. I also think that I wouldn’t repurchase the Nivea lip balm. I liked it but I have my holy grail won’t use any other lip balm for the rest of my life, and I have about 10 backups of those.

These products are the ones that I will repurchase over and over again, and will remain in my collection for a long time. First up is the Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover, love this and will repurchase this again and again. I also really like the Red Carpet Brilliance gel coat. This is a declutter item. The brush somehow split and the polish got too thick for it to even use. My holy grail toner, probably will never try out another one, actually never say never, but you get the point The Tea Tree Toner Water. I love, love, love this. I’ve probably have purchased at least 5 bottles of this since I started using this. Last but not least is probably my biggest standout item of 2017. It is the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It hairstyler. This has helped me get my hair back to its natural state. Ever since I’ve started using this and stopped straightening my hair and blow drying it, my hair hasn’t been better. I originally got a sample of this in a Sephora Play box, and I ordered the full size during the VIB Sale.

That’s everything! I hope you enjoyed this series. I mentioned at the beginning of this post that many of the items throughout this series are samples or deluxe sample sizes, but fear not! I have a huge haul post coming soon! I’ve been wanting to dive into everything that I purchased, and with the exception for one item, I haven’t touched any of the items. When I mean huge haul, there may be more than 3 eye palettes in there too. I hope you all have had a great start to your 2018. Have a great week!

5 Favorite Fall Nail Colors

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite nail colors for this fall. I know I have done this type of post the last couple of years, but I figured things change, trends change, and I really like buying nail polish.  A couple of the colors you’ve seen in past seasonal favorite nail posts, and the others are brand new. So to prevent this post from getting too long, let’s jump in.

First up is a repeat offender. It is OPI’s Brisbane Bronze. I know I’ve told you all about this shade before. I love it, I use it every fall and in fact it is currently on my toes. It is the perfect sparkly brown, coppery, bronze shade.

Then we have the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in 622 Retro Grade. It is a grey that is more on the mid-dark side. It is a creme formula, and if you’re in a hurry you can get away with just doing one coat. This shade is perfect for all year round or if you’re tide to dark shades in the fall and winter and bright/light shades in the spring and summer, it works as a great transition color between summer and fall.

Then we have the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss(polish) in Sapphire Flare. I believe this shade is also a repeat offender. It is a beautiful dark blue in a creme formula. Its a great neutral option and can still come off as a professional color and not an inappropriate color for the office.

The last two shades are definitely on the darker side. The first one is Carry On by Essie. It is a deep purple almost an eggplant shade. This again is a creme formula. I think there is a theme here with the exception of the first polish. I love creme formula nail polishes. Again because the shade is on the darker side, it is work appropriate, or can be used for a more formal occasion. The last shade is a cult favorite, and really what got me into darker nail colors. It is OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. This is my absolute favorite fall/winter shade. I know I’ve shared this shade with you before, and the reason why it keeps popping up is because I really do love the color and the formula. It is a deep, deep dark purple that looks almost black. Once again another creme formula.

That’s everything! Those are my 5 favorite nail colors for fall. What are your favorites? Do you favor creme or glittery formulas? Any colors or brands or formulas I should try out? What would you like to see next? Clothing haul? Random fall favorites? A daily routine? Leave your suggestions in the comments. Have a great day and see you in my next post!

Project Pan and Products to Use Up in 2017 Update

Hello lovelies! Today I’m back with a long overdue update on the products that are in my project pan and products that I want to use up in 2017. I have used up a few items and made some progress on others. There is one item that I am just getting rid of because it just got old and smells weird.

Let’s start with the one item that I’m just getting rid of. I’m getting rid of the Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease. I’m getting rid of it because the scent changed and just doesn’t smell right. So because of that I’m no longer going to hold on to it.

The next few items are products that I have used up. I have used up the Benefit Porefessional Primer, the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, the Nivea A Kiss of Mint and Minerals Lip Balm, Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash, and the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion. I know I haven’t used up nearly as many items as I would like. The summer has been really hot, and I’ve been in the pool a lot. For me, it just didn’t make sense to put on make up and take it off an hour later.

The rest of the items I have made minimal progress. Like I said I haven’t worn much makeup over the summer and just recently started putting on a little bit of makeup in the last month. I mentioned in another post that in the Chicagoland area we are still in the 80s, which is basically give me the sunscreen and ditch the makeup.

The next group of items that I will probably finish up by the end of the year. I should be able to finish up the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder, Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Drama Waterproof Mascara, NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee, Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, and MAC All That Glitters eye shadow. I will let you know of Instagram if I finish up anything between now and my next update.  If there is anything that you want to see progress on that I’ve shown in the past, let me know.

I think that’s everything for today. If you would like for me to continue doing posts like these, let me know. I would love to hear from you! Have a great weekend! I will see you in my next post.

17 Products to Use Up in 2017

Hello everyone! As you know by now I love to clean up and clear out my things. On top of my project pan that I am currently doing, I decided to do a products to use up for the entire rest of the year. I tried to choose  a few items in different categories in order to have almost a whole routine. There is obvious holes in the items needed to complete a full look, but that’s ok. The rules for the products to Use Up by the end of the year are…

  • Use up as many by the end of the year.
  • Replace with a similar item
  • Live life and have fun!

The last one is just a reminder to have fun and live your life. I have items from hair to nails, skin/body, and beauty. With that said let’s jump in to see what I am going to try and use up by the end of the year.

HAIR

Aussie Heat Protecting Shine Spray

Matrix Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil

SKIN/BODY

Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion

Bath and Body Works Exotic Coconut Body Lotion

NAILS

Sally Hansen Instant cuticle Remover

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat

Essie The Girls Are Out (I know this is my current project pan, spoiler alert!! it won’t be done in that time frame)

Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops

BEAUTY

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in230 Fair/Light

NARS Laguna & Orgasm Duo

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Avon Candylicious Lip Gloss in Candied Peach

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara in 307 Very Black

E.L.F. HD Under Eye Setting Powder

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in Translucent

NYX Matte Finish

There you have it! My 17 products to use up in 2017. Would you rather you see me just do one big yearly project or a bunch of project pans? Let me know! Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you in my next post.

Favorite Fall Nail Colors

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you my favorite fall nail colors. If you remember some of my earlier posts about my nail polishes, I had close to 60 bottles of polish. I purged and kept about 40ish bottles. Since then I did purchase more polishes so if you want an updated nail polish collection post let me know! Since I am essentially on a no buy until next year, I won’t be showing anything from the new fall/winter collections.

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My first shade is Muggins by Butter London. This is a beautiful light grey, in a creme finish. I have used a regular top coat with this, I’m curious what this would look like with a matte top coat.

Next up is Essie’s Sexy Divide. This is a beautiful jewel toned purple. This has a slight shimmer or iridescent in it. This would be a great shade for a fall party.

Cabana Boy by Essie is such a unique shade. It looks as its almost white but has a hint of a bluish grey. Essie’s website describes this shade as an ultra-pearly white. It has just a tiny hint of grey and is just the perfect neutral shade for fall.

Next is the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish in Sapphire Flare. This is also a creme finish polish in a beautiful shade of deep royal blue. It isn’t quite navy but not quite a royal blue. I believe that it would look amazing with a matte top coat.

Essie’s Berry Naughty I feel is the gateway polish for all shades of red during the holidays. Like a couple of the previous shades, this is a creme finish. Nothing makes me happier than a great red polish and this berry shade is a beautiful color.

Last up is OPI’s I Don’t Give a Rotterdam. I know I have shared this shade before, but I just love it! It is a mid to light toned grey with little flecks of silver shimmer or glitter in it.

It seems that I’m loving grey polishes this year. I do feel that grey is the perfect neutral and there are so many shades varying from almost white to almost black. What are your fall must have shades? Do you prefer a specific brand over another? Share in the comments below! Have a great weekend!

 

Favorite Spring Nail Colors

Hi lovelies! Today I’m sharing my favorite go to nail colors for this spring. I have definitely put a ban on purchasing anymore nail polishes than I already have. My go to shades are definitely on the more neutral and pastel side.

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TOP ROW: Muggins, Turquoise & Caicos, I Don’t Give A Rotterdam, Kerfuffle

BOTTOM ROW: Topless & Barefoot, Champers, Cabana Boy

What are your favorite spring nail colors? Anything worth my spending ban? Time to go paint my nails one of these fabulous colors. Have a great day!!

Mani Monday: Fall Nail Polishes

This week’s post is all about some of my favorite fall nail colors. I’ve chosen a variety of shades, some may not be expected. However, I feel like if you want to have bright neon nails and it is November go for it! If you want to wear a deep berry tone in July, why not?

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  1. Rimmel Lasting Pro Finish in Steel Grey(270)- I love this shade because it is a purple-y toned grey.
  2. O.P.I in Brisbane Bronze- I love this shade because it is the perfect shade for fall. It’s also great for a special occasion and of course a little extra sparkle.
  3. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Sapphire Flare(307)- First I love this formula! The color is a gorgeous deep, not quite navy blue. It is a creme formula and looks classy and elegant on the nail.
  4. Essie in Berry Naughty- I love this brown toned berry. It’s gorgeous for fall and winter. I like this more in the fall because it is the stepping stone for the richer toned reds and berrys that come with the holiday territory.
  5. Essie in The Girls Are Out- Yes, I have included a pinky purpley shade in the group. While it is on the brighter side, I think the creme with just a hint of shimmer in it is perfect for a fall day. It is not a traditional shade, but it is fun for exactly the name of the color, a girls night out!
  6. CoverGirl Glossy Days glosstini in #ElectroGlow(660)- This is the traffic cone orange from a previous Mani Monday post. I love the formula, plus the color is the epitome of fall.

Those are my picks for this fall. What are some of your favorite fall shades? Do you have a favorite formula/brand? Share them below! I would love to hear!