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.

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Sephora, Target, Bath and Body Works Haul

Hi friends! Yesterday I shared with you my shopping tips. I also began my Christmas shopping and I thought I would share a few things that I picked up. Don’t worry none of them will be reading this post, the surprise won’t be ruined!

I’m going to start with the newest member of the family. My adorable nephew, who will be three months old by the time Christmas comes around. I highly suggest checking out Target for great clothing options for a great price. I picked up two little outfits for him. Both have onesies with a pair of pants with them. One outfit was $14.99 and the other was $16.99, with the Cartwheel App, I got an additional 30% off. If you haven’t downloaded the app, I think you should.

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For my mother, my sister and I picked up the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette and the travel size of the Benefit They’re Real mascara. I know it isn’t good to share eye makeup products, but if I can I will try and do a swatch and review after Christmas.

For a coworker, I picked up the Twisted Peppermint body cream. She loves this scent and has it in a smaller size. Now this I actually picked up for free with purchase. I had a coupon from a mailer that had an offer for a free Signature Collection Item up to a $13 value. My sister picked up four scentportable refills for her car. They had the 2 for $6 or 4 for $10 deal going on.

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I also picked up a backup of the Becca by Jaclyn Hill highlighter in Champagne Pop. I know my first one will last me absolutely forever, but I’m absolutely blown away by it. I fell in love with highlighters and can’t wait to try others. I also picked up a new 2016 planner from Target. Not pictured: a free panty from Victoria’s Secret and a box of popcorn.

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I hope you enjoyed my haul. If you want to see more of what I pick up through the holiday season. Let me know! I hope this gives you a couple of gift ideas. Have a fantastic Sunday!

Target Haul!!

Hi all! Over the weekend I went to Target because I had a coupon for Neutrogena makeup remover products. Since I was there, I took a walk through the rest of the cosmetic and skincare department. On this trip, I wasn’t looking for anything specific. I did have a few coupons that if I did find something in the right shade or color that I will actually use then I can save a bit of money at the same time.

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The Merona hat is black with silver thread in a chevron type pattern. The number one reason that I picked this hat up, besides it almost winter here, is the last hat I bought doesn’t fit my head! I tried this hat on and it fits over my head and my ears, and doesn’t move! Plus, there is extra room at the top of the hat where if for some reason that my head gets bigger(haha), it should fit.

The rest of the items I will quickly go through, otherwise this post will end up longer than intended. CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara. I’ve hear probably every single blogger and YouTuber sing its praises and I thought it’s time to pick it up. *Warning: I have about 5 mascaras I have yet to try.* Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover. I love this stuff. This bottle is actually for my sister, I am working through my third bottle of this currently. Up and Up acetone free nail polish remover. This one is pretty self explanatory. This girl loves her nail polish and sometimes it needs to be taken off. Last, but not least is the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara. **If you get the Sunday paper, from October 25th I believe, there  is a $3 off coupon any L’Oreal Superstar mascara.** This mascara intrigued me and I can’t wait to try it out!

Have you stopped by Target? CVS? Walgreens? What have you picked up lately?  Is there something that I need to pick up? Have a great hump day!

Mini Target Haul

Hi ladies! Today I’m sharing with you a few items that I purchased from Target the other day. With summer quickly approaching, and realizing I have quite a few beach days planned already, I realized I don’t have a swim suit that actually fits. So I made a mad dash to my computer and did some online window shopping. I haven’t bought a new bathing suit in quite a few years. I have been wearing old ones from years ago. I won’t say how long because it is actually embarrassing. Going into my search I knew I wanted something that fit well and had some kind of support in the chest area. I had always disliked the suits that had the under wire visible, but was actually considering it. I was also looking for a good deal. While I don’t mind spending more than necessary on an item that is actually worth it, I love a good deal. Knowing that I was going to purchase at least two suits I didn’t want to spend more than $40-$50 on each. I decided to head to Target’s website. They have a TON of options that were cute and fashionable for those of us that are a bit larger. After spending quite some time looking at the different sites and Target’s I had settled on 4 or 5 different suits. At this point I knew I was above my budget and I didn’t feel like it was necessary to purchase that many only to have to return a couple of them or all of them if they didn’t fit properly. Off to Target I went to try on swimsuits, something that I’ve dreaded for as long as I can remember.

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After spending probably a good half hour in the dressing rooms because I found more options in store that I liked than online, these were the three that I chose. The first suit is displayed as a strapless (so much for the supportive suit idea, I know), it did include straps. I found the ruching on the sides to be flattering on the body. There is also plenty of coverage in the back as well. I love the print and colors on this one, it’s not just your black with a print on it suit. The second purple suit, while I love the color and simplicity of this one, it accentuated my stomach area, which is what I want to hide! By the way there is actually coverage in the back. It looks like it has a skimpy back which it does not; just the way I laid it out and didn’t realize it until now. Ooops! While I love it, I really don’t like how it looks on me and considering returning it. The last one, looks like the typical, large gal, wants to wear black but have a “stylish” pattern on it suit. When I tried this on, I didn’t find it to be the case. Yes, it’s black and white but I think with the more updated flower print on it doesn’t make it too “old-lady” looking. This suit like the first one has ruching on both sides, also having the slimming effect. The two suits on the outside ends are my favorite and the one in the middle while I love the color and the simplicity of it may be going back to the store.

When I purchased the suits Target had a sale going on of 15% off all swimwear. Each suit full price was in the $35-$40 range, which I think is a pretty good deal these days. Originally setting out on my swimsuit adventure I was expecting to pay almost double per suit, I’m extremely happy for Target. Yay for finding good quality, priced well suits! Total I spent about $110 for all three. I found a fantastic suit elsewhere that wasn’t offering a promotion or had a sale going on and it was $90! While I loved it, my wallet wasn’t going to love it. So for a little more, I didn’t get just one but three fantastic suits.

As a side note, if any of you have not noticed but Target has a plus-size clothing line. While I hate the term plus-size, I feel that the collection that Target has released is fantastic! It’s not all big frumpy sweaters or shirts that go down to my knees (I’m 5’4″ and have that problem occasionally.) The items are stylish and good quality for the price. Before I forget the line is called Ava and Viv. There is something for everyone in the collection. There maxi dress and skirts, cute lacy tops, flowy tops, jeans, leggings, and something that I was super excited about finding, jean shorts! Yes I was excited about jean shorts. I haven’t bought a pair since I was maybe in high school or junior high, which was over 10 years ago. If you’d like to see a post on them I’d be glad to share my experience trying them on and the way they fit.

It seems that I have gotten quite carried away with my excitement for new swimsuits and summer that I will end this now. Have a fantastic week ladies! Summer is 3 weeks away!

This is not a sponsored post. I just really love Target.