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!

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!

Sephora Play! March 2017

This blog is late this month, but I still wanted to share what I got! This month I got box 469. There were 4 variations.

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  • Atelier Cologne Clementine California – 2g – full size 100 g retails for $130, sample worth $2.60
  • Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – .24 oz – full size 1.7 oz retails for $49 – sample worth $6.92
  • Josie Maran Finishing Balm – .1 oz – full size .5 oz retails for $36 – sample worth $7.20
  • Verb Ghost Oil – .57 oz – full size 2 oz retails for $14 – sample worth $3.99
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – .06 oz – full size .33 oz for $20 – sample worth $3.64
  • Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter – .08 oz – full size .33 oz retails for $30 – sample worth $7.27
  • Full value: $31.62

    This month, unfortunately I was pretty underwhelmed. I already have a sample of the Finishing Balm and haven’t used it yet, because it’s such a weird concept, but maybe I need to give it a chance. The hair oil is okay, but nothing better than what I can get at the drug store, and I don’t like the smell. I am not planning to try the highlighter because I already have too many, so I’ll probably end up trading this.

    I was, however, pretty happy to receive the UD Primer Potion because I’m almost out of my full size, so this will last me a little longer before I need to purchase a new one. I also love all Glamglow products I’ve tried, and so far I really like this one! I have been using it all over my face on the days I don’t want to wear foundation. I don’t think I would purchase full size because it’s so expensive.

    This was one of my least favorite months so far, so I hope April is better!

My Sephora Makeover Experience

I’ve gotten my makeup done a few times at Sephora, and wanted to share the experience for people who never have.

At Sephora, you can get a custom makeover with any $50 purchase, and you can also get a free makeover when you qualify for VIB (which I did in December, so I was getting my free makeover today). Since I am getting married in July, I wanted to start getting some ideas of how do to my makeup for my wedding.

The girls are always really nice and always ask before they do anything. They will ask you a lot of questions to get to know your style and what you’re looking for, and will explain how to do each step as they do it, so you can replicate it on your own  at home. At the end, if there’s anything you love they can put it in a basket for you to purchase, and are also really great about giving samples of anything else. For example, I loved the foundation she put on me, but I wanted to make sure it would last all day before I purchased it, so I got a sample instead.

Here are some suggestions for going into a makeover:

1) Have an idea of what you want – you don’t need to know exactly, but know if you want soft or bold, full coverage or natural, etc. Having pictures of what you want is a great idea too.

2) Be willing to try new things. They will always ask what you want, but if they make a suggestion and it’s not how you normally do your makeup, I would suggest giving it a try and seeing if you like it. It’s a good opportunity to see how something different would look, rather than looking the same as you always do. You never know, you may be surprised at how much you love it!

3) If there’s something you don’t like – TELL THEM! They do makeup on tons of different kinds of people every day, and everyone has different preferences. They may like what they did on you, but if it’s not your style, they won’t be offended at all if you ask them to change it. I’ve seen people post about a bad experience, but never asked their artist to fix something they didn’t like. It can’t get fixed if they don’t know you hate it.

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This was how my makeup ended up today. I really liked it! For my wedding the only thing I think I will change is the lip color to something a bit lighter, but I love how luminous my skin looks, and while you can’t see it in the photo she used Urban Decay Razor Sharp eyeliner in Space Cowboy (a gold shade) which I ended up loving and purchasing. I will also probably go back for the blush at some point – Hourglass Luminous Flush.

I recommend letting someone else do your makeup, especially if there’s a time that you know you are already going to spend $50. I enjoy seeing what others would do to my face, and I always learn helpful techniques and tips that I’m able to use on my own.

 

Project Pan-uary

Sometimes the beauty industry can be overrun with the “buy, buy, buy” mindset. We are constantly being bombarded with new products, and being told by brands and influencers that we NEED them. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love trying new products and buying beautiful new makeup. But I’m also all for anything that reminds us to be less wasteful, and to appreciate the things we have.

Project Pan is about picking a number of items in your collection that you plan to use up in a certain amount of time. Some people choose not to buy any new products in that time frame, but it’s totally up to you. For January, I am going to focus on my deluxe sample items since I have a lot to use up from beauty boxes and point rewards. I plan to use up 7 items by the end of January, along with the rest of my foil samples, which I’ve also been focusing on lately.

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  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – one of my favorites I’ve tried, and I’ve been using it for a couple of months so it’s about time to use it up and move to a new one!
  • Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes Mascara – one of my least favorite mascaras, as it doesn’t really add much oomph, so I use it for my bottom lashes. I put it in the project to remind myself to use it.
  • Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream – I love this product! It’s very smooth and hydrating. I have a few eye cream samples I need to work through, and this is the smallest, so I’m going to focus on using it until it’s gone.
  • Bite Lip Crayon in Rhubarb – This is a good product, but not a very exciting color. I’d like to move it out of my collection, which shouldn’t be hard because it’s just a tiny stub left!
  • MUFE Step 1 Primer – I just got this in my Sephora box, but have a lot of primers I need to use. I LOVE this, it is very smoothing and mattifying, so I don’t think it will be hard to use this.
  • MUFE Lipstick in N1 – This lipstick is also a somewhat boring color, and it gives my lips a weird texture, so I’m also planning to quickly use this up.
  • Cover FX Illuminating Primer – I love all the Cover FX primers I have tried. I really like this, and it is definitely illuminating and doesn’t compromise the wear of your makeup. I plan to use this exclusively after I finish the MUFE.

    And these are the foil samples I will use up.
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    What items would you like to focus on using and appreciating in January?

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My Christmas Eve Makeup

I did a simple look with bright red lips for my holiday look today.

  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 primer
  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth foundation
  • Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum concealer
  • City Colour HD powder
  • Urban Decay Gwen Stefani blush palette (Hush)
  • Mary Lou Manizer highlighter
  • UD Primer Potion (original)
  • ABH Modern Renaissance palette
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
  • Sephora Creme Lip Stain (01 Always Red)

Sephora Play December Unboxing

About this subscription: 
Play! by Sephora is a monthly subscription that costs $10 and comes with a bag of 5 deluxe sample items that are makeup, skincare, or haircare, and one fragrance sample. It also comes with a “Play Pass” which you can take into the store and receive 50 bonus points on your purchase.

When the boxes first came out, there was no variations between boxes – every subscriber got the same thing. Now the  boxes are becoming somewhat customized; at least one item you get is based on your answers to a survey. The box I got this month was box 244.

The box:

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The products:
I received

  •  Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot
  • Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red)
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

My first impressions:

MUFE Step 1 Primer – This definitely smoothed out my skin and gave my foundation a smooth application. I usually use a translucent powder after my foundation, but it didn’t feel necessary – my makeup felt smooth and set. I will definitely continue to use this.

UD All Nighter – I have heard great things about this, but never used it. My first impression was the mister seemed to let out almost too much product, but after it dried my skin felt soft and nice, and I couldn’t feel it on my face at all, which is a big plus.

Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara- I really like to play up my lashes, so I was initially disappointed because the wand has short bristles and isn’t anything special. However, after putting on even 1 coat I was really impressed. It added a lot of length and volume. I can definitely get on board with this!

Sephora Creme Lip Stain – this is a matte liquid lipstick that claims to be moisturizing. It does have some transfer at first, but dries down completely and is quite comfortable on the lips. It definitely isn’t as drying as other formulas I’ve tried. As for the color, I normally hate really bright colors because I think warm, dark colors look best on me, but I actually liked it quite a bit and it is growing on me the more I see it on myself! (It clashes with my sweater though!)

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I did not try the Drybar product because you are supposed to use the entire bottle at one time, and use it after shampooing.

Overall, this was a great box, and I will definitely be using all 5 products. I also loved that they switched up the bag, which is normally white, to black with gold lettering. At first look, this is one of my favorite boxes I have received.