Thursday, October 11, 2018

September 2018: Empties & Tossed Reports

Just like my F&F post, I really enjoy this post and since the end of the year is quickly approaching, I wanted to keep this series going until the end!

Here is what I emptied in September:

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With my No Buy in (mostly) full effect, I am using up some items that have been sitting around for way too long. This is helping me to see what I love and need to replace and what can just be tossed for good. As usual, I will talk about a few standout items below!

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Skincare has taken over my vanity so a few stand outs include CosRx Good Morning Low Ph Gel Cleanser, which I've repurchased, along with Etude House Wonder Pore Toner, which I rave about and apply every morning before makeup. Rhonda Alison's Cucumber Spritz is heaven in a spray bottle, and I pick one up yearly when I go to Spa at Essex for a birthday facial. Sulwhasoo Emulsion is a lightweight moisturizer that I adore but cannot afford to purchase full size.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness creme is awesome but they need a MUCH better color range. Urban Decay Legend Eyeliner is my holy grail for the waterline! Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer is nice but not worth repurchasing as long as Touch In Sol keeps making No Poreblem for me. Lastly, my Essence All About Matt Powder and my Glisten & Glow topcoat are must haves that I never run out of before purchasing backups.

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I only reached for 4 samples this month. You already know I love the Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask and I need to save some samples for the cold winter months ahead. The other two were not noteworthy.

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I purchased a new fall foundation, so older, almost pan, not my color, hate the product, products needed to go! I threw out 24 items.

Time for the totals!

Month of September:

Totals: 25 items, full or deluxe sized / 4 packets or samples / 14 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 185 items / 90 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 128 items

Wow. I'm a hoarder!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, October 4, 2018

September 2018: Favorites & Flops

I was/am taking a blog break, but I like my Favorites & Flops and Empties and Tossed Reports, so I am going to keep going with those!

I am still on a No Buy (4 Lyfe) but I did have to pick up a few things that I ran out of last month. My Favorites this month has 2 new to me items, 2 old faithfuls, and 1 rediscovered item from my stash. Let me show you!

Time for Favorites:

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If you follow me on Instagram (@myboyfriendhatesmakeup, naturally), you know of my love for sheet masks, and specifically the Manefit Honey Nutirion & Vitalizing Mask. The fit, the feel, the amount of essence and the results are all great. This is a CVS find, so I highly (my brain typed highlight, go figure) recommend trying this out!

As far as makeup is concerned, I have (finally) embraced foundation with a sponge - the Real Techniques sponge is awesome because my wallet doesn't have that Beauty Blender money in it. RT is actually quite great, in my opinion! The NYX Lingerie Lippie in Ruffle Trim is my discovery that came from my own stash - see how great it is for fall, swatched below. It's creamy, non-drying, but a slight matte, more like a satin finish. I also picked up the Essence Matt Bronzing Powder for Lighter Skin, again, because I don't have a repurchase of the Too Faced Matte Soliel in my budget. The Essence brand one smells like coconuts and blends nicely, I am very happy!

Lastly, these Xianzuxiu Pedicure Socks needed a shout out. As it gets colder, and my feet are hidden beneath 6 pairs of socks, I do not do pedis often AT ALL. However, in the 2-3x per winter that I pay attention to my toes, I use these socks so I don't freeze. Love them!

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Time for the Flops:
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This is not my photo, obviously, I'm sorry to say I mistakenly deleted mine. This Clarins Pore Control Serum is just.too.strong. for my skin! I tried it a few times and while I do wish for smaller pores, I wouldn't swap out breakouts for them. Buh bye! While this is a Flop for me, I am sure it would be a winner, winner, chicken dinner, for someone who doesn't have Sahara skin. If anyone with oily skin reads this and wants it, please email me - ljchrystal@yahoo.com - and it's yours (for the cost of shipping, if I have to mail it).

xoxo,
Lacey

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Break

It's getting to be that hectic time of year again! I am going to post my Monthly Faves and Flops and Empties and Tossed Reports, but I am pretty sure that is it.

xoox,
Lacey


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mani Round Up: September 25, 2018

My last September Round Up and I'm still rocking pastel nails! IDOWHATIWANT!

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Model City Polish Venetian Sunset over Face of Australia Screen Siren Bombshell: How pretty is this!? Nina, owner of Model City Polish, makes gorgeous polishes. This was perfect in two coats over a neutral base (as in, Lacey was too lazy to remove the neutral base) but I bet you'd need a third without a base.

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OPI DS Extravagance: How gorgeous is this? I am trying to reach for polishes that I don't use often...why is this on that list!? This is three coats and topcoat. The formula is thinner than I remembered, and I def flooded the cutes getting used to the consistency. Clean up 100% worth it - this is just so pretty. Holiday polish, maybe? At least Thanksgiving! LOL.

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China Glaze I'll Pink to That: How perfect is this hot pink? It's almost like a neon orchid instead of a pink. Call me obsesssssssed. This is two creamy dreamy coats and my faithful G&G topcoat.

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China Glaze Pine-Ing For Glitter & China Glaze Water You Waiting For: THIS WAS MY FARM AID MANICURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted earthy and blingy so this is what I came up with. I loved it!! I basically dabbed on the two glitters over a black (Zoya Willa) background. The only problem was that it was uneven in spots and I danced my buns off, so I had chipped nails post-show. WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mask of the Week: Boscia Sake Brightening HydroGel Mask

Did you hear the news that Boscia is coming to Ulta???

....Did you hear that? My Ulta store card just jumped out of my wallet and went running and screaming away!!!

Needless to say, I love me some Boscia. My current Ulta store only has a couple items, so fingers crossed I won't be tempted there!

I found this Sake Brightening HydroGel Mask at TJ Maxx, so I didn't feel too bad about snagging this normally $8 mask for $3. Def worth trying...or was it!?

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This mask is a gel based, two piece system. There is one for your mouth/cheeks, and one for your forehead/eyes/cheeks, and they overlap about at your cheek bones.

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So, first thing to note is that this mask does NOT settle on the face well. I messaged my boyfriend a picture of my face and he returned the message with this one of Jigsaw's face. Thanks, babe, LOL. Honestly though, he was correct and this is kinda scary, isn't it?!

Fail #1 is the fit. Fail #2 is also the fit because even after you have this somewhat settled on your face, it slips off all the time. The two pieces don't adhere or even stay connected at all, the top part heads north and the mouth piece gravitates south. Pretty lame.

Fail #3 is that even though it is a gel mask, there is no point at which your skin feels satisfied as the gel transfers to your face. I may even venture to say that my face felt LESS hydrated after removal. Needless to say, I will not be repurchasing this one.

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I did want to start showing you how I incorporate a mask into my night routine, so this time I began with the not shown double cleanse, added a layer of Klairs Supple Prep Toner (in the spray bottle), followed by Rhonda Allison Essence, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Benefit Triple Performing Emulsion, Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum, The Body Shop Lip/Eye Cream, then the mask. After the mask, I did TWO layers of my TonyMoly Seaweed Aqua Moisture Lotion because I feel the mask sucked some moisture OUT of my skin!!

For me, this pricey Boscia mask was a fail. I'm glad I got to try it at TJ Maxx prices instead of regular retail. Has anyone tried this?

Thoughts?

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mani Round Up: September 18, 2018

Seriously - mid September?! How?! Why?!

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New York Color Cosmetics Sidewalkers: Can we pour out a lil' acetone for N.Y.C. Cosmetics, please? The In A New York Minute topcoat was my swatching basecoat holy grail and their matte B.B. cream was better than any brand, of any price range, that I have ever tried. First world problems, I KNOW, but still. I also liked these 99c polishes! Sidewalkers is a perfect grey creme, opaque in two coats, and, as it claims, super quick drying.

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Lynderella Nosegay over New York Color Cosmetics Sidewalkers: I added two coats of Nosegay over Sidewalkers since Nosegay has a greyISH base. If I put it over lavender, it takes a more lavender tone, too. It's been gray and gross in CT, so I wanted to emphasize the grayness, haha.

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China Glaze I Brake For Colour: And in a complete 180, I decided a bright reddish/watermelon/coral color was on the docket for a date Wednesday night and an Ulta shift on Thursday. This is three coats - I was surprised by the streakiness even after the second coat - but the third was money.

And yes, swatching hand has suffered another break, so let's welcome the Cinderella Hand back to the mix.

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Face of Australia Screen Siren Bombshell: Nuuuudes! Love. This came from Australia, hence the name, and I adore all FOA polishes that I own. This was three thin coats - it def needed a third, but the result is creamy dreamy! 

xoxox,
Lacey

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mask of the Week: SooAE Honey Cream Bubble Mask

First, let's just give a brief kudos to Walmart for attempting to keep up with the KB, sheet-masking, trend by offering low cost masks in the stores! CVS has a been selection of actual KB brands, but Walmart is actually trying!

I have tried a couple duds (Watermelon mask, I mean you), but there are also a couple that I would repurchase if needed, like this one, the Honey Cream Bubble Mask by SooAE, a New York brand.

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How fun! The bubbles are INTENSE in this packet! The formula begins as a cream/gel type and as you rub it in, it goes on clear and bubbles start to form immediately. Look at my face! They keep growing!

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With bubble masks, you need to let the formula foam up AND fizzle down before removing it as the bubbles seep into the skin to draw out the impurities. The sensation feels like any other bubble mask, but if you haven't tried them before, it feels like a)butterfly kisses and b)ants walking all over your face!

There is a light honey smell, which I love, as it is not artificial at all. This bubbled up and fizzled out in about 20 mins total, the perfect mask break time.

Though I prefer legit KB brands, this isn't a bad way to get into masking with easy access.

xoxo,
Lacey

September 2018: Empties & Tossed Reports

Just like my F&F post, I really enjoy this post and since the end of the year is quickly approaching, I wanted to keep this series going...