Thursday, August 16, 2018

July 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

Time for the Empties & Tossed Report!

I am finishing up some full bottles of skin care products and finally repurchasing some favorite items. I feel like I am closer to getting a full routine down that makes my skin just glow! This month I had 18 full sized empties and quite a few are re-purchases.



Some of the standout items here include:

My face wipes of choice, above and beyond, are Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off. You see them every month. Don't let the grapefruit fool you, they are beyond gentle and entirely effective. This brand is often Buy 1, Get 1 40% off at Ulta and I totally recommend them!

I received this Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream as a sample. It is THICK and just saturates the skin. This is not for those who like a lightweight moisturizer. Love how it penetrates my dry skin! I don't need to repurchase another for a while, but this is totally in the running in the future.

Hempz Goji Orange Lemonade Body Spray is fantastic! Smells like a bright summer morning. Alcohol isn't the fist ingredient, so I spray it in my hair. Like my moisturizers, I don't need a body spray for a long time, but when I do, it will be this one.

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme is another heavy weight moisturizer that seeps into my skin. You can feel the hydration! Again, no need for me to shop for another for quite some time, but this is going on the repurchase list.

I won't repurchase Mario Bedescu Vitamin A D E Neck Cream because I feel like it's an extra step (because another, among the 14 I do, is really making or breaking my time...) but I just use my regular products on my neck now. If you need some high end but not super expensive skin care products, MB is an awesome brand.

Japanese Cotton Lobo Organic Puffs can be found on Amazon. The cotton used here is organic and unbleached. I do plan to repurchase these!


Of the 8 samples that I used, you have already heard me rave about the Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask and Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum. I am also enjoying the Purito Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence but need to try it more. Tony Moly Banana Hand Milk is a delightfully thick formula but the banana scent is not my jam.


I recently got a little tanner and needed to dig through my stash for darker foundations. On the way in, I decided to pull out at least 5 items to toss. Instead, I came up with 7 and also decided to just toss the Hard Candy Turn Me Matte drops, too.

Time for the totals!

Month of July:

Totals: 18 items, full or deluxe sized / 8 packets or samples / 8 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 131 items / 77 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 99 items


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mani Round Up: August 14, 2018

Let me show you what I put on my nails last week.

Warning - it was a vacation (from both jobs) week!


Zoya Haruko & Kawaii Nail Lacquers Shine On Holo Topcoat: I was on vacation last week and let me tell you, my nails were NOT on fleek over my stay-cay. I needed to do them to hang out with my boyfriend's friends tho (first impressions totally matter!) so I did two coats of Zoya Haruko, a gorgeous glowy orchid color, and a coat of Shine On by Kawaii Nail Lacquers, which is currently out of biz (miss your stuff, Jamie!).

Wellllll....someone's brain went on vaca mode and forgot to take pics of my other manis!! Figures! Good thing my one and only was a good one!


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Mask of the Week: Frudia Blueberry Hydrating Mask

I am a legit sucker for cute packaging and convenience, so I jumped to try this adorable Frudia mask at CVS the last time that I had a coupon.


The back has routine instructions, but I do appreciate the nod to toner!


I forgot to take a face picture. It fit like a traditional mask, nice feel to the cloth and a decent amount - perhaps a smidge too much - of essence. The color, however, looked legit dirty. Perhaps that is the natural fruit essence that the mask boasts - blueberry, in case the packaging didn't jump at you - and it smells fine, but the color is plain ugly. Whatever - I persevered and put it on my face.

It doesn't dry down at all, so you feel the moisture throughout the wear time.  It sits heavily on the skin. After removing the sheet, I used it on my arms and legs - it was still that wet. The essence takes a while to sink into the skin, too.

Nothing to write home about here! I liked it but wouldn't go out of the way to repurchase. Have you tried this brand? Thoughts?


Thursday, August 9, 2018

July 2018: Favorites & Flops

It's that time again for Favorites & Flops. Let me show you what I loved and hated in July.

First up, Favorites:


Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Soft Brown & Medium Brown: This is a cult favorite for a reason! I dyed my hair darker recently so I moved from Soft to Medium's taking me some time to get used to the darker color, but I like it. I apply it with an angled brush and set it with my setting powder. It lasts through my bangs, humidity, and sweat here in the Connecticut summer.

Becca Hydra Mist Setting Powder: Speaking of setting powder, I am obsesssed with this! I read about this from Musings of a Muse. This powder is half water. You use a regular powder brush, apply it as normal, but it has the most amazing, cooling, water like sensation. It's SO good, my Mom tried it and wanted her own!

Touch in Sol No PoreBlem: I read about this primer in my Korean Skin Care group on Facebook. It's everything you like about Benefit PoreFessional, but not nearly as thick and gluey. It makes my makeup last and last. I highly recommend this - in fact, I recommend all three!



Above, here is Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown, left, and Soft Brown, right.

Time for the Flops:


Hard Candy Turn Me Matte Glamoflague Mix In Drops: I believe this was first listed as a Favorite of the Month here, but I totally rescind that accreditation. This has turned into a gluey mess that peels up the foundation around it. Buh bye.

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation: So, let me say that I LOVE the foundation itself. However, the packaging on the mini bottle (awesome at $10) is awful! I used it ONCE and I couldn't get any more out. I was warned it would maybe have 2-3 uses, especially if I was trying to get it more full coverage, but not ONE.single.use.  Anyway, I was convinced there was more in the bottle, so I did this:


I took scissors and jammed it right in there. Guess what? There is a ton of product in that bottle! I've used it maybe 6 times or more by now. The foundation itself is lovely, though, so I just recommend you go ahead and get a big bottle - trust me, the product is worth it.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these?


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Mani Round Up: August 7, 2018

Good morning!

Let me show you what I wore on my nails last week:


Zoya Ruthie (pinky) and Zoya Maeve: The Zoya Elements collection is back in play! Ruthie is a lovely vintage rose shade and Maeve is a surprisingly awesome eggplanty color. Single coaters for both! FWIW, I am so not feeling the accent nail look anymore.


Fresh Paint Guava: Wow, this is super hard to photograph. I took my evening post-mani pics (left) and in the morning, when I went to update this post, I realized how off the color was from the true color...hence, the no-flash, day time, at my desk at work shot (right). Neither pic is great, to be honest! This is a NEON PEACH. Neon, in your face, awesomeness. It is opaque in two creamy coats but dries fairly slowly, to be honest.


Alessandra Peppermint Patty: I picked this polish up years ago at a nail tech convention in Long Island, NY. It still works perfectly, opaque in three thin coats. It is a perfect Tiffany blue!


Zoya Ana: I used this Zoya Satin, with topcoat, to celebrate my birthday this past weekend! This formula is meant to be used sans topcoat to show the satin effect - somewhere between matte and glossy. I added G&G topcoat because I'd chip it within minutes without my trusty G&G, and I think the satin plus gloss created a really plush looking mani!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mask(s) of the Week: The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice and ElishaCoy Revitalizing Ampoule Solution Mask

Today I am featuring another one-two-punch in the masking department. I wanted to exfoliate, so I paired The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice wash-off mask with an ElishaCoy Revitalizing Ampoule Solution Mask to follow.

BTDubs, ElishaCoy is available at CVS, so if any of my US friends want to dabble in quality KB sheet masks, get thee to CVS. While you're there, get the Manefit Honey mask, too.


So, as usual, I began with the oil cleanse and cream cleanse before I applied The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng mask. I got this packet, and 6 others, in a holiday package from Ulta, which was $15 for 6 packets. This is a good deal and awesome way to all the varieties, especially when a single packet is $3 normally - or $18 plus tax if you were to buy all 6. With the holiday package, you basically get one free.


The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng mask is white and gritty! It felt cooling the entire time it was on, which was about 10 mins. It doesn't dry down fully in that time. The instructions says to rinse in a circular motion, which I did, to reveal brighter, clean, cool skin. I am a fan but wouldn't purchase a full size of this.


I followed The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng mask with toner, essence, serum, and then applied the ElishaCoy Revitalizing Ampoule Solution Mask. I forgot to take a pic, but it is your typical sheet-mask face. It covered well and the fabric was slightly heavier, which helps it to stay in place. There was enough essence to cover my face, arms, shoulders, and feet! It was fairly drippy, to be honest, but I always make use of excess.

After I removed this, about 10 mins, my skin felt slightly tacky, but that was fixed with eye cream, moisturizer, and a lip mask.

I honestly didn't think it was great, but I woke up the next morning to super clear, bright, soft skin and noticeably less bags under my eyes. I didn't sleep better or worse than usual, so I am going to credit my masking sesh for that one. Score!

Have you tried either of these? Thoughts?


July 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

Time for the Empties & Tossed Report! I am finishing up some full bottles of skin care products and finally repurchasing some favorite...