April and May Empties Reviews

Once again, a review of the products I have recently used up completely. I usually have all deluxe samples, but I finally got some full size finished this time!

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Dot by Marc Jacobs body lotion – I loved this a lot more than I thought I would! It came in a set with the perfume, and it’s my favorite scent, but I thought it would make my body smell good but not moisturize as well. It actually was fantastic, and I was pleasantly surprised!

Mac Face and Body Foundation – technically this isn’t quite empty, but I was just so ready for it to be done, that I couldn’t force myself to keep using something I hate. I wanted a light and dewy foundation, that would still give me a good base for my blush and highlighter, but this foundation was too sticky for me – it just doesn’t dry down well, even with powder on top, and it disappears within a few hours. I much prefer Smashbox BB Water.

Clinique Pep Start Cleanser- I love this entire line! While I don’t usually like exfoliating cleansers because they tend to be too harsh, this one was actually okay for me and didn’t dry out my skin. This is definitely something I would purchase and use in the future.

Curel HydraTherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer – I think I got this in my Walmart beauty box, and I wasn’t impressed. You’re supposed to apply it to wet skin, and I really didn’t think it made a difference in my skin. I would rather just use regular lotion, if it’s going to give me the same results or better. Gillette used to make something similar that was AMAZING, and I don’t think anything will ever live up to that.

Cetaphil Mositurizing Cream – I really loved this moisturizer. I have SUPER dry skin, so I like a really heavy moisturizer at night, and this was great. It’s not something I would put on right before makeup, because it does take time to sink into the skin, but it’s perfect for someone really dry.

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Skin&Co Face Toner – I’m gonna be honest, I still don’t understand the purpose of toners, and I think they’re made up as an extra step to add to the skin. I have tried several, and never found one that serves a purpose in my routine. I tried this for 2-3 weeks, putting it on after cleansing and before any moisturizer or serum, and it added no benefits to my skin. I have been dry lately, so I think it was drying me out, but I don’t know for sure that this was the culprit (although it’s the only new item I was testing at the time).

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – this was AMAZING. First of all, it smells great. It moisturizers and leaves your skin glowing, and it also sinks into the skin quickly making it great to use under makeup. I have never tried a Glamglow product I didn’t like, but also unfortunately haven’t purchased anything because it’s just too pricey. There’s no way I can justify $50 on a moisturizer, no matter how good, when I can get my giant jar of Pond’s for like $5.99.

Urban Decay Primer Potion – such an oldie but a goodie. I’ve only tried 1 other eye primer in my life, and I don’t see myself switching to anything else! This goes on perfectly, doesn’t dry out my eyelids, and my eyeshadow lasts all day anytime I use it. No complaints!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizer – honestly have no feelings about this, I was only able to use the sample 2 or 3 times, so I have no idea if it was working better than any other normal lotion.

Clinique Pep Start Moisturizer – LOVE! Once again, I love the whole Pep Start line, and I will definitely purchase this moisturizer when I need a new one. While I definitely need to moisturize twice a day, I need something light in the morning for underneath makeup. This works great for that, and leaves my skin feeling super soft. I don’t have to wait for it to dry before putting on foundation.

Perfumes – I’m trying to use up my samples. I have no idea how to describe scents and I’m not going to pretend I know how. I used up a really old Marc Jacobs Dot sample – which is my favorite scent ever. Then there was Citrine by Nest, which is ….citrusy? Very nice, and I actually would definitely purchase this when I need a new perfume. The last one is Stella McCartney Pop, which I liked, but not enough to purchase.

It has been way too long since I blogged! I have a nail tutorial and a review coming soon!

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Sephora Play! February 2017

Sephora Play! is a monthly box for $10. Each month you get 5 products, and a perfume sample. You also receive a card for 50 bonus beauty insider points if you buy something in store.

February 2017 Sephora Play! There are generally a few different box variations that get sent out, and this month I got box 575.

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I like the bag, and the overall Valentine’s theme.

What I got:

  • Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence perfume sample – full size retails for $97 for 1.7 oz, sample is .04 oz worth $2.28
  • Nars Velvet Lip Glide in the shade Bound – full size is $26 for .2 oz, sample is 0.07 oz worth $9.10  
  • Lashcraft Length and Volume Mascara – full size is $12 for .33 oz, sample is .094 oz worth $3.42  
  • Origins GinZing eye cream – full size is $30 for .5 oz, sample is .17 oz worth $10.20
  • Clinique Pep Start hydroblur moisturizer – full size is $29.50 for 1.7 oz, sample is .24 oz worth $4.16
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in the shade Milkshake – full size is $22 for .14 oz, sample is .03 oz worth $4.71

Total value of this month’s box – $33.87

My quick first impressions:

  • Marc Jacobs perfume – I always love his perfumes and this is no different. It has a vanilla-y scent and I can see myself using this sample quickly.
  • Nars and Too Faced lip glosses – I was disappointed to get 2 lipglosses in the same box, because I’m not a gloss girl. The Too Faced one is a cream color, which I imagine shows up clear on the lips. I didn’t do a lip swatch because I plan to give it away. I did however like the Nars lipgloss, because it can be opaque on the lips, and shows up as a dark nude. I am going to try wearing this since my lips have been too dry for matte lipsticks lately.
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  • Lashcraft Mascara – it has a unique brush that I’ve never seen before. It is almost flat on one side, and wide on the other. I was able to start on the flat side and curl to the wide side to get a long, feathery effect.
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  • Origins Ginzing eye cream – it has a color to it, which has an illuminating effect under the eyes. It looked good after I applied it, but unfortunately gave me a burning effect in my eyes that I have never experienced with an eye cream before, so I will not be using this again!
  • Clinique Pep Start moisturizer – I have tried this in the past and I really love the Pep Start line. This is good morning moisturizer, because it isn’t heavy and dries into the skin quickly, making it good to apply underneath makeup.

Overall thoughts: this was more of an off month for me. I wish they included a different type of lip product instead of 2 glosses, and I’m disappointed the eye cream burned my eyes. I will probably only be using 3 of the items regularly, but will be giving the Nars lip gloss a try and may end up wearing it more than I expect.

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