Thursday, February 7, 2019

January 2019: Favorites & Flops

Hello!

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Favorites & Flops! Let me show you what I loved and hated this month.

As usual, the good news first. Here are the FAVES:

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I am going to try to limit my Faves to just 4 each month so I can spotlight each a little bit.

The e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Cheeky Glow in Peach is something I've been reaching for daily. See below - it is pigmented, creamy, and feels weightless on. Start with a touch and build up, otherwise you risk a heavy looking cheek (unless that's what you're aiming for) and blend out. I use my fingers. It gives a gorgeous, realistic, human looking glow.

Manyo Factory Galatomyces Essence is SO.Damn.Good. Lemme just say it: #holygrail. It goes on like a thicker water, blends with everything else, and has a great price point.

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask may have made the cut before, but it's here again now and you'll probably see it in the future. The texture is gross - you're legit spreading sticky glue on your lips, so if you have texture issues, steer clear. If, however, you can get past the stickiness, you wake up with pillowy soft lips.

Lastly, another #holygrail for me is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Lashes formula. This has a big, wiggly brush, a wet but forgiving formula, and it lasts all day. Plus, at $10, you can't go wrong.

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Here is the Aritaum Mask - if it looks gross, that is because it is.

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Here is the blush swatched:

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My only FLOP for this month may be a surprise to many.

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The Simple Cleansing Wipes and I just don't get along. They made my face SO red, and warm to the touch. I am surprised myself, since they are supposed to be for all skin types, kind to skin, blah blah, but they made my face burn. They did not, however, go to waste because my Mom liked and used them up. Phew! Back to my trusty Formula 10.0.6 I go.

xoxo,
Lacey





January 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of the Empties & Tossed Report!

Just to refresh you, in 2018 I used up 250 items, 104 packets and I threw out 174 items. Hellooooooo consumption.

Starting over for 2019 and I hope I don't reach that number again as I am going to be pickier with my purchases.

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I finished 13 full size products, and most were truly full size! As I mentioned, I am cutting down hardcore on beauty products in 2019, so some of these are making their last appearances on my counter tops.

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Noteworthy, repeat worthy purchases include Sparkling Limoncello body lotion since it smells like heaven, Shiseido Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye Cream, OGX Refreshing Scalp Treatment - seriously, buy this for the summer, Nail Envy Strengthener, and Redken's Diamond Glow Dry Oil.

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I used up 7 packets and if I wasn't so in love with my Manyo Factory Essence, I would but the Purito Essence that I sampled as it was lovely!

Time for the Tossed Report:

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That's it! Found this little dry hand in a rando container and decided if I hadn't used it, I won't, so it's out of here.

Empties Report Year to Date: 13 items / 7 packets 
Tossed Year to Date: 1 item

xoxo,
Lacey

Friday, January 4, 2019

2018 Empties and Tossed Report Totals!

Now this is the end of year post I was waiting for. As you know, I have been keep tracking of all products that I used up, not only to track waste but also keep track of what I like and dislike for future shopping purposes.

A few months into 2018, I also started to just.throw.sh*t.out. Let it go! If I didn't love it, didn't use it, and it was taking up space, I tried (emphasis on the tried) to toss it. I aimed for at least 5 old products per month, and I was more than successful.

Let me show you what I used up and what I tossed out in December!

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I tossed 29 products! Some, below, definitely deserve a mention and a repurchase.

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Lancome's Bi-Facil Makeup Remover works so incredibly well, but don't forget to shake it to activate it first! I already mentioned Strivectin's Neck Tightening Creme in my Favorite's post, as well as MILK Makeup's Blur Stick and Juice Beauty's Stem Celluar CC Creme! No.7 also does a great Face & Neck Multi Action Serum product for a much lesser price point. Lioele Auto Eyebrow in dark brown is pretty much a staple for me at this point. Essence All About Matt is a summer favorite for me but I need something less talc-y in winter. La Roche Posay Lipkar Balm is awesome but apparently it is for body, not face? Oops! Smashbox Super Fan Mascara is also great but I will certainly try other brands before a repurchase, including the 4 I already have. (Oops!). Lastly, Simple Micellar Water has a great price point and is effective and soothing.

My packet use was quite lax:

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You already know how much I love the very spendy Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask hence the packet purchases!

I went a little overboard on the Tossed portion. Does anyone else feel purgey at the end of the year?

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I tossed face cleansers that were awful, crummy makeup applicators, eyeshadows so old I don't remember when I purchased them, and hair products that were taking up space. In total, 21 items made their way off my shelf and into my recyclables.

Month of December: 

Totals: 29 items, full or deluxe sized / 1 packets or samples / 21 items thrown out

So, time for the grand finale:

Empties Report Year to Date: 250 items / 104 packets 

Tossed Year to Date: 174 items

Here is to a beautiful 2019!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, January 3, 2019

December 2018: Favorites & Flops

Quick posts for you as I am already behind the 8-ball, date and time wise. Let's wrap up 2018 considering it is already Jan 3!

First, the Favorites: 

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My new favorite thing is my Morphe M527, the deluxe powder brush. It sets finishing powder - my Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Lace (yep, bought it for the name but LOVE it!) perfectly. You can literally feel the Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream working - it is that good. MILK Makeup's Blur Stick is perfect as a no foundation day makeup but also the perfect primer. Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular CC Cream in Desert Glow was a shade too dark for me but the formula is perfect and will certainly be a repurchase in the future.

Time for the end of year Flops:

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Are you as surprised as I am that Dermalogica's Dynamic Skin Recovery lotion ended up on the bad list? It stung, it smelled awful, it dried my skin, and it didn't play well with my other skin products. This ended up on my feet, where all bad lotion products go to die. The LA Girl Fiber Lash Mascara seemed promising but ended up a clumpy nightmare. Bye, bye.

xoxo,
Lacey






Friday, December 21, 2018

Soap Bars & Solid Shampoo From Haípažaža Pȟežúta

Hello there!

Before December ends and the monthly posts begin, I wanted to take a moment to shout out a small business in New Mexico that is offering amazing products and a company that you should definitely check out!

One of my NYE resolutions this year is to reduce waste. As much as I can, I want to eliminate single use plastics, like straws and plastic grocery bags. I am going to refuse a bag when I don't really need one. I am going to try not to use makeup wipes also, which will probably be my toughest challenge.

Another thing I want to do is try to use solid shampoo and conditioner bars and more bar soaps instead of shower gels and shampoos in plastic bottles. It might seem like a small step, but if everyone does a small step, it leads to big results.

Also - I want to support more small businesses in 2019 - something I try to do more and more every year.

Anyway, here we are!  My friend Karen recommended Haípažaža pȟežúta soaps on Facebook and I had to give them a try! I ordered two Sweet Grass (left) and two Cedar Wood bars (right) to give as gifts...well, 3 of them. One is for me :)

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Talk about all natural - these soaps are literally hand made. On the website and in Facebook posts, I've read the following: "This handcrafted soap and shampoo bar is made without any coconut oil. In this Luxurious bar you will find skin loving ingredients such as RSPO Sustainable Organic Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Sunflower Oil, Tallow, Greek Yogurt, Lye, and Kaolin Clay. This bar is guaranteed to treat your skin with it's all natural ingredients, along with giving you a smooth, rich creamy lather, loads of bubbles, and leaving your skin feeling extremely moisturized. Enjoy this long lasting bar. We make all of our soaps by hand and in small batches, so the picture above shows a visual representation of how your bar will look. Keep in mind that each bar is unique and the color, shape, and design may be different from bar to bar and batch to batch. This soap is also gentle enough to be used on your precious little ones." This blurb was taken from the description of a new soap in Bubblegum flavor!

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In addition to my purchase, I was sent a few complimentary samples to try and they are all impressive! The Lavendar one is light and aromatic. The Aloha Waikiki is extra moisturizing and smells like vacation, as does the Coconut bar. Each has a good weight, smells delightful but not overpowering, and can be used on the body, in your hair, and on your baby (if you have one...might not want to try it on someone else's baby...).

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Check out the full line of products HERE and let her know Lacey sent you.

Support small businesses!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, December 13, 2018

November 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

I began the first half of the month with nothing in my Empties bucket, but by the end of the month I was out of everything! I ended up with 23 full size empty products..that's quite a bit! Let me show you:

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There are quite a few notable and standout products this month:

  • Garnier Micellar Water Cleanser is amazing! 
  • Glisten&Glow Topcoat is the only topcoat I use. 
  • SugarBearHair Gummies taste great and actually work. 
  • Touch In Sol No Pore-Blem is a must have primer. 
  • Too Faced Matte Soliel Bronzers are cult favorites for good reasons! 
  • My NARS Climax Mascara is new and amazing, the brush is great. 
  • Dear Klairs Supple Prep Toner is my favorite product of 2018. 
  • Lumify Eye Drops are expensive but worth it as well.

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As far as packets go, I only used two Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Masks, though it takes me 2 or 3 uses to finish a packet anyway. And thank goodness for that, they are expensive!

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And my throwing our efforts went to nails and my old LUSH Cosmetics stash. I don't live in a place with a bathtub, so no use hanging on to these. I threw out a few bombs, couple of half used soaps, and a bunch of nail polish treatments/base coats that I wont use. See ya!

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Month of November: 

Totals: 23 items, full or deluxe sized / 2 packets or samples / 12 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 221 items / 103 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 153 items

Wow.. the numbers are getting a little out of hand here! LOL.

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, December 6, 2018

November 2018: Favorites & Flops

Hello!

Can you believe it is December already?! There is literally less than a month until Christmas!

Let me show you what I loved - and didn't love - in November!

Favorites:

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I know I have proclaimed my love for Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner umpteen times on this blog. In fact, I will go out on a limb to say it is my favorite product of 2018!! I use it daily, and sometimes 7 times (skins in KB) in a row! My winter skin is doing just fine with Klairs!

My eyes are also feeling very hydrated thanks to Exuviance Hydrating Eye Cream, which is a super drink of water for your under-eyes. My Ulta co-worker, Mary, suggested tapping eye cream on with your ring finger b/c it is the least pressurized, so I've been doing that.

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara is lovely! It gives you those wide-awake, spider-lashes without it looking wonky or clumpy.

I picked up the Morphe M173 Mini Buffer Brush to do contour, but I've also been using it for blush, highlighter, and even to do my brow bone. It's super soft and the price is right. Check out Morphe brushes if you're in the market! Check it out below.

Last but not least, Kylie Cosmetics Charm Velvet Liquid Lipstick is amazing. I SAID IT. Kylie recently came to Ulta and to be honest, it's cool to get to check out the brand in real life and test the colors. Since ColourPop oxidizes like crazy on me, I decided to skip buying makeup online. Now that Kylie is in store, I get to try colors. Charm is a lovely pinky nude that is guaranteed to look good on anyone. The Velvet lip formula is creamy and - I promise - NOT drying. Try it! Swatched below!

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Time to report my one and only Flop:

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It is no wonder that I found Yes To Blueberries Smoothing Daily Cleanser at Odd Job Lot, not a drugstore or Ulta. It does NOT rinse clean! I feel like I have a weird mask on my skin after I rinse. Totally not what I am going for on my face.

On the other hand, it is pretty creamy and works nicely on my body.  So, it is a flop because it doesn't do the job intended, but it is fine as a shower gel. Womp, womp.

Do you have any new favorites or flops to share?!

xoxo,
Lacey

January 2019: Favorites & Flops

Hello! Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Favorites & Flops! Let me show you what I loved and hated this month. As usual, the good...