Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Recent Empties - Life Update

Hey y'all!  So I know I've been MIA for longer than usual, but today I have a post. My empties bag was starting to overflow and I decided to just go ahead & take care of it. It's going to be a long one, so lets just go basic and get right to it.

 Vidal Sassoon Salonist - 5/45 Medium Intense Red - This was given to me by a friend, and honestly I used it so long ago that I don't remember how I liked it.  However, I do remember that this came with its own mixing bowl and brush, rather than a bottle, so it was easier for me to apply.  I actually kept the brush because it's pretty darn good.

Degree MotionSense DrySpray - The one I have is in the Fresh Energy scent, which is really difficult to describe.  I think I got this from a Target Beauty Box. It worked, ok for me.  Application was easy, but I didn't find that it worked that well at keeping odor away. Then again, deodorant is one of those many beauty/personal care products that is personable. What one person likes, another may not.

Gillette Hydrator Body Wash - The hubs got this in his Christmas stocking this past year and even though he's not a HUGE body was fan, he liked it.  I think I used it more than he did though.  However, we have already repurchased it because we can both use it & there's no longer 2 separate bottles taking up space in the shower. My skin feels totally moisturized after using it and the scent isn't overpowering at all.

Softsoap Body Butter Coconut Quench - This was in my stocking this past Christmas & I used it up quickly. I didn't find it to be that moisturizing and the scent was very light. I still prefer the Suave Coconut body wash to this one. I don't think I'd repurchase.

Garnier Curl Sculpt Cream Gel - This is one of my Holy Grail hair products for curly hair. And the link I posted is for Amazon Prime members only, and you can sign up for a 30 day free trial HERE, which is a pretty darn good deal for this product. In fact, I think I pay more in store for this so I'm going to order from Amazon next time. I've purchased this over & over again. It can make your curls feel a little crunchy, but you can usually scrunch that out. It makes 2nd day curls even better.

 L'Oreal Chroma in Sangria - I believe this is a newer haircolor range under L'Oreal available at Sally's.  I like it so much. I think this is what I actually have on my hair right now, and it's sort of a dark red with a little bit of violet.  Perfect for fall.

Secret Scent Expressions - Coconut Splash - If you couldn't tell by now, I have a thing for coconut scented body stuff.  Secret is the only deodorant that seems to work for me, though their clinical strength works even better.  So I tend to stick with Secret.

Febreze Air Effects - Apple Delish - This was from last fall, and I'm not sure if it returned this fall or not.  The kiddo picked this one out for his living areas and I think he used it way more than I use mine....and I go overboard.  It smells so apple-y and yummy.  I have a backup for him too.  If you're into apple scents, these Febreze ones rock.

Eyebrow Pencils - I have two, one is from Wet N Wild & the other is from NYX.  Neither of them are a good color match and tend to oxidize or pull too orange. So I haven't finished these up, but they're going in the trash.

Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Thinner - A few times a year I go through my polish stash and see how the consistency of each one is.  If they look thick, I put some of this in there.  I only use this on polishes though.  For my top coat, Seche Vite, I use Seche Restore. I've already repurchased and like to always have this on hand.

Lipsyl Lip Balm - I like this product, and this was sadly the last tube I had in my stash.  It worked well for hydrating my lips but I hated the way you had to push the product up in the tube.  Sometimes it wouldn't work right. I found the best deals on this at Walgreens a while back, so check there if you're interested.

Ion Absolute Perfection Booster(step 1) & Color Sealer(step2) - I'd heard these 2 products were a dupe for Olaplex. I've never had an Olaplex treatment or used their products, so I can't attest to that.  Step 1 is a small bottle that you can get 2 uses out of, it mixes in with your color.  Step 2 is the after treatment.  I like both of them & have already repurchased, and will do so again.  My hair doesn't feel horrible after color treatments anymore.

Eyelight Cream - I think I got, and did a review on this a while back.  It's a nice feeling eye cream, though I really didn't notice much of a difference with continued use.  I hated getting product under my nails too.  I'm still unsure about eye creams in general though too.  So IDK.

Clinique Moisture Surge - I'm afraid to actually admit how long I've had this.  So long, that it actually went bad and I'm having to toss about 1/3 of this.  Since I have oily skin I didn't use it often, but when I got a sunburn this stuff was amazeballz.  I would gently wash my face and apply this stuff and my skin would drink it up.  I would reapply as needed and my face never peeled.  So, if you have dry skin check this out.

Essa Vita-C-Whip - My skin loves a vitamin C serum that I'd been using so I got this to try since it has even more good skin ingredients in it.  I actually hate using moisturizer, but I stayed consistent with this and my skin loved it.  In fact, I actually used every drop of this rather quickly.  It's a glass bottle with a pump so I didn't have to worry about product getting under my nails.  It's free of parabens, sulfates, and pthalates as well and isn't tested on animals.  Definitely plan to repurchase.

 Coconut Milk Body Scrub - I really dislike exfoliating, because of the mess....but I got this to use before fake tanning this past summer, which I never did because I'm a slacker.  As I've said I'm addicted to coconut scents.  This was only slightly coconut-y, but very moisturizing.  It was a mess, but not too bad.  I would definitely buy this again.

OPI Nail Envy - This is another product that I honestly don't remember when I purchased it. I do know that I rarely used it.  Because I was blogging so much, for a while, I almost never had polish on my nails unless I was swatching.  Because if I did something nice, I wanted to wear it for a while...and that was the only time I'd use this.  I used up about 3/4 of the bottle, but again wasn't consistent enough to know if I was actually getting the benefits of this product.  I know some people swear by it, and others hate it.  During a recent clean-up of my collection I noticed that this had thickened and glooped up so I am tossing it.  I would reuse the bottle, but lets be honest I just don't want to clean it out.

China Glaze Matte Magic - I love being able to have a matte look when I want to, but I didn't use this enough to use it up before it started turning gloopy.  So, this gets tossed. It is a small, tiny bottle, so I don't feel bad about not using it before it went bad. 

 I've mentioned before on my blog that I live with depression and anxiety, and have off & on for years.  Well, the past few years it's been steadily getting worse, so I am getting help. I've left my blog here because I just haven't really felt inspired to do ANYTHING.  In fact, I've got a few nail posts to edit pictures for and draft, but that's about it.  I plan to just blog whenever, without any schedule. If I post, I post, if I don't, I don't.  I think the pressure I was feeling to blog was kinda self imposed and it just didn't make me happy anymore.  I hated doing my nails, because I wasn't able to wear the polishes for long.  If I did something cute I had to take it off a few days later to swatch something else. Editing pictures became a chore and would take forever because I was focused on other things.  So, other than that, IDK what to say other than I am alive....and I do still post some on instagram. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Funky Fingers - So Fetch!

Hey y'all!  Today I have another one of the polishes Funky Fingers released sometime last year. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the collection, but I do know the name came from the movie Mean Girls & it was with the same collection as the Clueless named polishes.

funky fingers so fetch totally buggin review swatches clueless mean girls

This is 1 coat of So Fetch! over Totally Buggin', with top coat.

funky fingers so fetch totally buggin review swatches clueless mean girls
So Fetch! is a clear based glitter topper. It's filled with various sized black, chartreuse green, pink, and white glitters as well as bright blue stars.

funky fingers so fetch totally buggin review swatches clueless mean girls
This is another one that I'm kind of unsure of, but I had to have it because of the name.

funky fingers so fetch totally buggin review swatches clueless mean girls

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Recent Empties - Make-Up & Polish

Hey y'all!  Today I have the last of my empties that I've been collecting since November.  Well, at least the last of the HUGE full basket that I had. Some of these are things I've finished, some are things that have just a little bit left, some are things that have dried out, or are too old.

empties review

Garden Botanika Lash Primer: I absolutely LOVED this. Sadly I don't wear makeup enough to have it off, so I have to toss it because it's old. I just looked and don't even see it on their website anymore either. :(

Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer - Ivory: This was just ok for me. The color was what I needed, but it was slightly too thin for me. It's better than the Instant Age Rewind, but didn't give me the lasting power and coverage that I needed. I did finish it off though.

Mally Volumizing Mascara: I honestly don't even remember what I thought about this, but had to toss it because it was old and dried out. :/

Scotch Tape: Between Christmas and nail art, I finished off 2 rolls of tape. I don't think they were full, but that's 2 less I have lying around and taking up space!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - Fair:  I picked this up a while ago after seeing so many people on YouTube talk about it. I had to force myself to use as much as I did before finally deciding to toss it.  I have the shade Fair, which is lighter than my skin tone, but it's way too pink for me.  My skin tone is neutral, but leans a little more yellow than pink & this made me look almost sickly.  It was a little too thin, and didn't work well with my oily skin.  Even when I set it with powder.  I have thought about trying the neutralizer shade, but I think the concealers I'm using now are way better.

Cocoa Pink Perfume Dram - Yellow Flip Flops:  I picked this up, with some others I think last spring when they had a sale.  It's a great way to try their scents before you buy larger sizes or other bath/body products with said scents in them.  This one is amazing & smells like banana's, but not fake banana's.

Nutra Nail Speed Dry Top Coat:  I don't even know why I bought this originally.  I think I was trying to find (what I thought was) a cheaper alternative to Seche Vite. but it wasn't. I used it on my toes and it worked ok, but it did get gloopy after a while. So it's getting tossed.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge:  I absolutely LOVE this. I know some folks swear by the beauty blender, but I don't wear make-up enough to justify spending that much money for it.  I've also seen some people say this doesn't last as long for them, but it lasted at least a good year for me before it started breaking apart.

SinfulShine w/Gel Tech - Wisp & Devious: I wasn't happy with these polishes, and I honestly don't remember why, but I used a lot of them up when I made some polish ornaments. There's not much left so I'm just tossing them.

Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner: I love all the other Milani products that I own, but this was a HUGE fail for me. It never set, even when shadow was applied over it, and smudged like crazy. I don't know if it's just because I have oily lids, but this would crease or smudge all over the place.  I had to force myself to finish it off as much as I did & I'm finally throwing it out. I just can't deal with it anymore.

BBW Pocketbac - Donuts About You: This is from my stash of the old style hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. I hate that they changed the design. This smelled ok, wasn't too happy once I finally opened it. I still have a few more to finish off.

Josie Maran Argan Oil: I'm really afraid to admit how long I've had this product. I got it in a set and gave it a try, but didn't like it. I felt like it made my oily skin even worse. I finished this off by putting it on the ends of my hair. I didn't notice a huge difference, but I finished it.

NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat: I've had this since before I knew about quick dry top coats. I haven't used it in a while & when going through my stash noticed that it was starting to yellow, so it's going in the trash.

Skindinavia Primer Spray & Finishing Spray: I like these, though they're not my absolute favorites. They do the job well. However there are more alternatives now, especially in the drugstore, that weren't available before.

OPI Avojuice - Jasmine: I know some people LOVE this, but I'm not that big of a fan.  There are way better, in my opinion, lotions out there that do just as good of a job for less money.

YES To Cucumbers & Blueberries Face Towelettes: I think I got these little travel packets from the BFF. I didn't find them irritating to my skin, but they barely removed any makeup. I also noticed that they dried out super fast, even when sealed correctly.

What make-up products are you loving lately?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Funky Fingers - Totally Buggin'

Hey y'all!  Today I have another one of the polishes Funky Fingers released sometime last year. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the collection, but I do know the names came from the movie Clueless.

funky fingers totally buggin review swatches clueless

This is 2 coats of Totally Buggin' with a top coat.

funky fingers totally buggin review swatches clueless
 Totally Buggin' is a coral-y-ish pink cream.

funky fingers totally buggin review swatches clueless
It's super bright and summery.

funky fingers totally buggin review swatches clueless

I think this needs to be my next pedicure color. :D

Friday, April 1, 2016

My Wedding Nails - I Got MARRIED

Hey y'all!  So if you couldn't tell by the title, and you don't follow me on Instagram, I recently got married. No, this isn't an April Fools joke. My husband(yes it still feels weird saying that, even months later) and I have been together for well over a decade & just said "why not already".

leopard print wedding nails

We decided to go simple, small, and non-traditional. Even better, it was mostly stress free.  I say mostly because a few days before I ended up breaking a nail on my right hand below the nail line & ended up changing my entire nail shape(which I'm LOVING BTW) rather than cutting all of them down. Not to mention various other things.

china glaze aquadelic zoya sia leopard print wedding nails

My dress was a simple sleeveless, knee-length comfortable one. It's a aqua, cobalt blue, cream, and black chevron (or zig zag) design that I picked up on sale, AND with a coupon, at JC Penney.  So instead of doing something like a french mani, I went with leopard print in the colors of the dress.

china glaze aquadelic zoya sia leopard print wedding nails

Finding the right shade, because I'm OCD that way, was time consuming, but I felt that China Glaze Aquadelic and Zoya Sia were the two that I needed(out of the 20+ I pulled out of my Helmers).

china glaze aquadelic zoya sia leopard print wedding nails

The design itself was pretty easy and didn't really take long at all.  And to tie the black on the dress, I used acrylic paint for the lines on the spots.

china glaze aquadelic zoya sia leopard wedding nails

We, as in the two of us and our son, were the only ones at the ceremony. We decided on simple bands as well.  Our "photographer", aka our son, only took 2 pictures with our cell, so this is what I took after the ceremony. The morning of, snow was threatening to shut everything down but thankfully it was minimal....though it was COLD wearing a short length dress and walking in under an umbrella so that my hair didn't get covered.

china glaze aquadelic zoya sia leopard wedding nails

Of course, the next day we went to get the certificate & I had to make a Starbucks stop on the way home to try the Molten Chocolate Latte.  It was AMAZEBALLZ.  I liked it way more than just the cafe mocha & definitely more than the Molten Chocolate Frappe (which my husband went to get me a few days later & ended up stuck in traffic).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Recent Empties - Bath & Body Stuff

Hey y'all!  So today I have a few bath, body, and skincare product empties to share my thoughts on.  Lets get right to it.

empties review

Up & Up Women's Shave Gel:  This was just "meh".  It served its purpose.  It takes a lot for a shaving cream or gel to impress me though, so I can't hate on it too much.

Suave Creamy Tropical Coconut Body Wash:  Year round, coconut is one of my favorite scents.  Especially in the shower. This works just as great to me as some of the more expensive options at just a fraction of the cost.  In fact, I'm currently using another coconut scented body wash and I'm not in love with it like I am with this.

Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser Scrub & Olay Out Of This Swirled: I found Out Of This Swirled first and fell in love, then I had a difficult time finding it again so I switched to the blue one. NOW I'm not able to find either of them. I think it's because they both contained little spheres. Either way, these were so great for my skin. The spheres weren't uncomfortable or huge, it cleaned my skin perfectly and washed off cleanly.  I'm finishing up something a friend gave me now, and I'll be on the hunt for a replacement for these.

Secret Scent Expressions Cocoa Butter Kiss:  The light cocoa butter scent, and lasting power of this are perfection for me. I prefer this over the other scent options but find it more difficult to locate.

Degree Motion Sense Invisible Solid: For me, this is just horrible. I can't even get through the day without feeling like its not working...and forget if I happen to do something to make me sweat. it does nothing for me, and IDK why I even try straying away from Secret. I think it's because I try to go the cheaper route then remember why I hate it so much.

Caress Love Forever Body Wash: I think this came in a Target Beauty Box. I know I see lots of people saying that it's their absolute favorite, but I just didn't feel that impressed by it. Didn't really love the scent either. Meh.

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over: I discovered this around the same time as the face wash & instantly fell in love. It was perfect for my super oily skin, and didn't bother my skin either. Unfortunately, it's becoming just as difficult to find so I'm going to have to search for a substitute. :(

Clinique Spot Healing Gel: I'm honestly afraid to say how long this was sitting in my bathroom drawer. It's amazing, but there are drugstore options out there that are just as great. So glad I was able to get rid of this finally without feeling like I was throwing money away.

Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion: This felt like a thin lotion to me.  I don't even remember how I got this sample, but I wasn't impressed by it. I used this up by keeping it on my nail desk to moisturize between swatches. I will say a little did go a long way with this though, so it did take me a while to finish it up.

What's your favorite shower gel/body wash? Favorite scent?


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