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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Ipsy April 2017

This month was definitely the cutest bag so far! I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s so adorable. I want to find a way to attach a wrist strap so I can carry it as a wallet.

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I got:

  • Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush – retails for $5
  • Ofra Cosmetics Rendezvous Blush – .14 oz – full size refill pan – retails for $12
  • Defy and Inspire Nail Lacquer in the shade Paradise Island – full size – retails for $7.49
  • Skin&Co Face Toner – 1 oz – full size is 6.7 oz and retails for $27 – sample worth $4.03
  • Tony Moly Liptone Lip Care Stick – 3.5 g – full size – retails for $10

    Total value of products: $38.52

    This was not necessarily my favorite month for products, but how much I love the bag kind of makes up for it.

    I think the brush is really cool, and definitely one of those items that brings back the nostalgia. For a blush brush, it’s probably too small for my taste, but I can use it for contouring or bronzing just fine.

    I am not planning to use the blush, just because I have too many already, and will give this away to a good home. I will try the nail polish, but it’s similar to other colors I own, so I’m not super excited about it. So far I like the toner and lip balm. I don’t typically use toner, but I have started using it at a night and it makes my skin feel extra clean after washing. The lip balm is really smooth and nice, and I could see myself using it up quickly. Overall, a very so-so bag, but still some solid products I will use, and I will continue subscribing.

    Someone please let me know if you have any ideas for how to turn the zipper slider into a wrist strap!

 

 

March Beauty Empties

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This month I have 6 empties.

  • CoverFX Illuminating Primer – I really like this! I have dry skin so I love glowy primers. I think I like the Becca backlight primer more, but this is also really good, and something I would repurchase if I was in the market for a primer.
  • GlamGlow Thirsty Cleanse – this is probably my favorite cleanser, but I’ve only ever had a few samples of it, and never purchased it because it’s just too pricy for me. It is super gentle, moisturizing, and smells amazing.
  • MUFE Step 1 Primer – although I usually don’t go for something mattifying, I really like this. It’s super smoothing and I like that it has pigment in it to cover my redness. It is great for the days I want to be lazy – I just put this primer all over my face, with a little bit of powder over, and my skin looks good without much work. I ended up trading some other samples to get more of this!
  • Urban Decay Perversion – while I love lots of mascaras, this one was right up my alley. I love long, thick lashes, and this gives me exactly what I’m looking for.
  • Tarte Lights Cameras Lashes – one of my least favorite mascaras, as it just doesn’t add enough oomph for what I usually like. I used this for more “no makeup makeup” looks, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
  • Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon in the shade Aubergine – probably my proudest pan ever! I have never finished a full size lipstick, so this was my first. It took me a little over a year, and I probably wore it on average about twice a week. It’s a beautiful berry color, matte and super long lasting, but not as drying as a liquid lipstick. I LOVE this color and formula already have another!

Ipsy March 2017 – Sample Values and Mini Reviews

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This month’s bag is gorgeous! I love the little card that came with it.

I got:

  • Eyeko Fat Brow Liquid Liner .12 oz – Full size! – worth $22
  • eva-nyc Mane Magic 10-in-1 primer 1 oz – full size is 6 oz and retails for $14- sample worth $2.33
  • Neogen Coconut Milk Pure  Mild Cleanser .84 oz – full size is 16 oz and retails for $31 – sample worth $1.63
  • Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in the shade Delish .034 oz – full size is .2 oz and retails for $20 – sample worth $3.40
  • Skone blending brush  – worth $18
    • Total value: $47.63    Paid: $10

Mini reviews/first impressions: 

  • Brow liner – really interesting and something I haven’t seen or tried before. I was really wary after swatching this because on my hand it turned out almost gray, but somehow on my brows it fills them in and blends with my skintone and my hairs and magically works really well. I’m going to keep trying this and maybe do a full review.
  • Mane Magic hair primer – I sprayed this in my hair after washing it, when it was still damp. It smells AMAZING and gave my hair some softness and smoothness. I have really dry hair, and it did help in that department, but not as intense as using pure argan oil on the hair.
  • Coconut Milk cleanser – I tried using it to take off makeup, and it didn’t get everything off, but as a cleanser after removing makeup I liked it. It’s definitely very gentle and my skin felt hydrated after I used it. Definitely something I will continue to use.
  • Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint – I haven’t tried this formula before (I love the creamy lip paints), but so far I like it. It is drying, like all matte liquid lipsticks you will find, but I enjoy the color. It’s a mauve-y pink, and although I have a few similar colors, this is nice and I will definitely wear it. I’m a huge fan of liquid lipsticks, so if you are not, you may find this too drying.
  • Skone blending brush – very happy with this! I can always use more eye brushes and this is really soft and blends nicely for the crease and outer corners of eyeshadow. I love getting brushes from ipsy!

    This month was definitely a win for me for Ipsy. I am much happier with my bags this time around than I was before I unsubscribed. From my experience, really narrowing down your survey is what’s best. Instead of selecting that I was interested in a lot of items, I chose 1-2 answers for each question and have stuck to getting the things I want most, rather than just things I kind of like.

January and February Empties

I’ve always loved seeing Empties posts and videos, because I trust the opinions very much if they’ve used it enough for it to run out. I started saving my beauty empties, and although it’s not much, and most are deluxe samples, these are my empties from January and February.

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Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara – I liked this mascara, but HATED the applicator. The wand doesn’t twist open, you just pull it straight out, and there’s nothing to stop the excess mascara from coming out. A lot of this got wasted.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara – LOVED this! It gave me a similar effect to Too Faced Better Than Sex, which is my all time favorite. If I didn’t have so many mascara samples to use up, this is something I would repurchase.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter –  I really liked how illuminating this is, and it made my skin look nicer immediately. This is something I will consider purchasing in full size.

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream – this became my all time favorite eye cream! It is super smooth, light weight, and moisturizing. It’s perfect for putting underneath makeup in the morning.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – I have to admit I probably got this more than a year ago and just now finished the bottle. I have dry hair, so it’s not often I need dry shampoo, but I would say this does the job pretty well. It is easy to distribute through my hair and easily soaks up the oil. I did repurchase this exact bottle in full size.

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Bath and Body works Body Spray and Lotion
Kind of embarrassing to admit that I’ve had this body spray for so long, that I don’t think they’ve sold that type of bottle in years. I bought this sometime in high school, and literally wore it all through college. I neglected it for a while, and then made it my goal to finish it.

The lotion was a gift, and also something I was just trying to use up, and took me probably a year of using at least once per week. I don’t usually go for highly scented lotions, but this one smelled amazing.

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – I used this on my face underneath my makeup, and it worked well because it is so lightweight and sinks into the skin easily. Probably will not repurchase, simply because of price.

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing – I used this on my body and it does moisturize well, but it is pretty thick and doesn’t rub in as easily as others.

Suave Smoothing With Cocoa Butter and Shea – I really liked this! I used it on both my hands and body and I liked how smooth and light it is. This would be my choice to repurchase if I run out of lotions.

Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing – This was just okay. The smell wasn’t my favorite, and the formula was too thick for my liking. I would use it if I had another sample, but would not repurchase.

What have you used up recently?

My Makeup Storage

My “vanity” is actually a tall computer desk that I found on Craigslist for $10. When I got it, I fully intended to actually use it as a computer desk, but I think I got excited to move in to a new apartment with enough room to keep my makeup in something other than boxes that I carry back and forth to the bathroom, and it just kind of took over. The only thing wrong with it was some white sticker material stuck to it, but it looks great other than that, and is fully functional.

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On the top shelf, I keep my nail polish and extra makeup bags. I made the shelf using cardboard and a Youtube tutorial, and painted it blue with some glitter. It is actually a lot more sturdy than it seems, and is great for holding my polish. My collection is starting to grow a little too big, however. IMG_2279.JPG

On the next shelf down I keep setting sprays, some hair products, sunscreen, and the plethora of perfume samples I get from Sephora Play! IMG_2280.JPG

All of my acrylic organizers came from Burlington and TJ Maxx – super cheap and look just the same as the expensive ones .

This one I keep all my bullet lipsticks, lipliners, and a couple powder products.
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On top I keep foundations and a couple miscellaneous products, and in the drawers I have a few eyeshadow singles, some small palettes, blush, and bronzer.

Over here I keep primers, concealers, mascaras, and some skincare items.
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For my brushes (which badly need to be cleaned) I have a brush holder from Target, and a little bucket that I’m not sure where it came from. I also have another brush holder from Target to keep my liquid lipsticks and longer tubes.

Last but not least, my palettes go in the part that pulls out, meant for a keyboard.
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And that’s everything! I love having the space to display my makeup, and have a place to sit and relax as I apply it every morning. Drawers work great for some people, but I have really enjoyed having it all out in front of me to look at. I think it helps me use the full range of my collection without forgetting about anything I own.

How do you store your makeup? Any tips or tricks?