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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Zoya Winter Gifts!! Holiday 2018

Zoya has some awesome Holiday 2018 gift sets!

Go to Zoya Gift Sets! to see the complete listing, but let me show you a few things first.

First, here is the super generous PR package I was sent:

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Zoya has created gift sets for literally everyone. You can snag a lip stick/lip balm duo, a 4 pack of coordinating polishes, or even a Zoya Naked Manicure kit, complete with base coat, topcoat, and a couple perfectors in between for a complete manicure.

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Polish Quads are listed HERE. Above, I have Merry and Bright (upper left), All Wrapped Up (upper right), All Snuggled Up (bottom left), and Happy Holo-Days (bottom right). The four polishes come in the box for easy gifting. Each one is $30, which is like a 25% discount from the retail price. Nice!

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If colored polish isn't your jam, there are also Naked Manicure Gift Sets to perfect your natural nails. You can see other options HERE, but I received the Naked Manicure Women's Travel Kit, complete with deluxe sample sized bottles of the topcoat, base coat, and pink and lavender perfectors. The purple helps neutralize stains - they knew who they were sending this to, I bet, LOL.

The Kissmas Hot Lips Quad is $24 and features four full size Hot Lips lip balms. Find that HERE!

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Lastly, for the perfect stocking stuffer, check out these adorable lipstick and Hot Lips lip balm duos!

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Here are descriptions of all 6, which are $15 each:

  • Zoya Holly Days Duo - includes a full-sized Zoya Hot Lips in Hocus Pocus and one Matte Velvet Red Lipstick
  • Zoya Belive In Magic Duo - includes a full-sized Zoya Hot Lips in Entourage and one Paisley Lipstick
  • Zoya Snow Kissed Duo - includes a full-sized Zoya Hot Lips in Luck and one Addie Lipstick
  • Zoya All That Glitters Duo - includes a full-sized Zoya Hot Lips in Blog and one Lucky Lipstick
  • Zoya Fun & Frosty Duo - includes a full-sized Zoya Hot Lips in Anonymous and one Candace Lipstick
  • Zoya Taste Of Winter Duo - includes a full-sized Zoya Hot Lips in Starlet and one Bristol Lipstick
And there you have it! I have already gifted a few items to friends and am looking forward to hearing how much people love their Zoya gifts. What will you be grabbing this season?

xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Zoya Z-Wide Brush - Initials Thoughts

Hello there!

Zoya sent out a beyond generous box (39, if you counted, which I did...and still wonder - why 39? There was even a piece of tissue in there that could've made it the even 40...am I the only one flustered by this?! Yes? Ok...carry on.) of the new Zoya Z-Wide brushes for me to try!

And since I can't possibly use 39 of them (I mean, I can, but why would I want to?), I sent out 10 to My Boyfriend Hates Makeup followers. They will get back to me with their thoughts and I will do a follow up review as I use this more, but I wanted to get a post up ASAP.

Want the spoiler alert now? I ALREADY LOVE THESE.

Let's take a look!
Well, Seth Freakin' Rollins got the first look!

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So, it looks promising right off the bat! I have only used Morgan Taylor (hate the formula) and Nina Pro (brush is tooooooo wide) so I haven't had good experiences with wide brushes. Whatevs - past behind us, right?

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On the box itself, they compare the size of the regular brush, on the right, to the new Z-Wide brush on the left. Big difference!

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I decided to give this brush the ultimate test: a dark, potential cuticle (and life) staining DARK TEAL. (Cue evil laugh!) But, before I show you the mani itself, take a look at the brushes, the difference matches the photos on the box. Nice.

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Scroll down a touch so you can see the mani pic and this comment, because I am ALL.ABOUT.THIS.BRUSH. Good job, Zoya! It seems oddly rough to the touch before you submerge it in your polish. I did a few test strokes on a piece of paper and it wasn't looking great. However, once the brush was saturated, my tune changed!

Looooooook at my clean, crisp mani! Did I even do that?! Yes, yes, I did. Woo hoo! The brush comes with the cap attached, so you can just swap it out in the bottle. This wide brush is absolutely living in this polish, which is Zoya Danica, BTW.

Unrelated, but I always wonder if polishes with celeb names (Danica, Teigen, etc) are a collab between person and Zoya, but wouldn't there be a bigger to-do if Chrissy or Nascar decided to collaborate with Zoya? And, if they have no idea until they see the polish, do they love or hate the color? For what it's worth, I hate the shade of the Lacey polish, but the other Lacey blogger (www.laceandlacquers) likes it, so I call it a draw.

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Anyway, I already hope Zoya makes the jump to the Z-Wide brushes, but I look forward to updating you on what other people think, as well.

Have you tried the brush yet? What do you think?

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

October 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

This post is so cathartic! I realize what I like, what I don't like, what I go through quickly, and I also force myself to purge older/unused/not right for me items throughout the month.

This month I ended up with 13 empties, 13 to throw out, and 11 sample packets used up. Let's take a look!

First up, the full size/deluxe samples:

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There are absolutely products worth mentioning - in fact, half of them are noteworthy!

For skin, I  love the Clinique Moisture Surge Concentrate for summer as a gel, a lighter moisturizer, and the Dr Jart Ceramidin creme is also legendary for good reason. It is designed to help alleviate redness and the ceramic (see the title) helps hold in the moisture of the products you layer below.

In the makeup department, I love my Benefit Pore Fessional primer. It's got a cult following because it is that good. I am newly in love with the Becca Hydramist Setting powder but it is $$ so I am SOL on that one. The Kat Von D Tattoo liner is amazing but I may have to shop around since her views on (most) things can be a little WONKY. Lastly, and if any of my Ulta Co-Workers see this, they will be happy to know I have repurchased the Real Techniques Blending Sponge and I have stopped (or tried to stop) using my fingers for makeup application.

The other two items are a Caviar Lifting Volume Spray that gives me VS Model hair and an amazing cocoa mango scented oil that I purchased while on vaca in Arizona with my Mom. That one holds more sentimental value than anything but it still smelled wonderful.

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I used 13 packets this month. You see my normal Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Sleeping Mask and my Purito Vitamin C as usual. The new additions in the back are the Youth Potion and Youth Creme by Diego Dalla Palma, an Italian skincare company.

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Both of these are amazing! My Aunt visited Italy recently and brought them back. I am HOOKED on the Youth Potion. I have tried at least 45 serums at this point, LOL, and nothing has given me the instant results that the Palma serum has - I am talking instant absorption and instant redness reducer. I love it so much that my Aunt is ordering it for Christmas for me - thank you, Donna!

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This month I recklessly threw out some items, and I will continue to do so! That J brand lacquer is old.as.dirt. and had to go. The Blistex Global Trend lip balm ended up on my Flop list and since I can't return it, I am just tossing it. I hate wasting money. The Essence Eyeliner pen is in the same boat - it was just awful. The lip scrubs in the middle are old. The Ulta Eye Makeup Remover wipes were dried and gross. Finally - yes, I am throwing out a 3/4 full TUB of LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner because it is well beyond the expiry date and I got so itchy the last time I used it.

Time to total it up!

Month of October:

Totals: 13 items, full or deluxe sized / 11 packets or samples / 13 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 198 items / 101 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 141 items

xoox,
Lacey

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Go Vote!

Dear US readers and friends,

Stop reading my blog and go vote!

Come back tomorrow!
xoxo,
Lacey

Monday, November 5, 2018

October 2018: Favorites & Fails

Why, hello, there! Long time no see!

Let me show you what I loved in October.

Favorites:

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I am still all about skincare! You cannot put paint (makeup) on a messed up canvas (bad skin) and expect a Picasso!!

My current favorite primer is the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. At first, I didn't like it. The idea of rubbing a dry stick o'primer seemed rough and angry to my skin. However! If you warm it up first, like with a lighter (far away people, don't burn your product or your face) or if you even breathe on it (no dice if you share facepaint with a friend or sibling) than it becomes SO smooth and easy to spread. No silicones, either.

For foundation, I am reaching for the Wet & Wild Cushion - yep, W&W did a KB style cushion! Nude Beige is thisclose to being too dark for me, so I need to seek out a winter friendly shade. This comes with an awkward shaped puff to tap on your skin but I used my RT Sponge. 

My eyebrows are (forever) a hot mess so I constantly reach for different products. See below - this By Nanda is an all in one with a brush on one side and the little ink pot (product pot?) on the other side. 

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For my lips I have been reaching for my Rainbow Honey Nourishing Lip Balm in Buttercream. I am pretty sure this was a swap with my friend Peggy, so thanks to her for that! I have approx 4,043 lip balms but for some reason, I am in love with this one. It's so moisturizing, not sticky, smells amazing, easy to find in my purse, LOL.

I am also in love with my Glazen Lip Glaze in Fairy Dust from butterLONDON! I received this at work and I am so glad because I never would have picked this up on my own. It is SO shiny - see below along with a By Nanda eyebrow product swatch. It isn't sticky but it isn't NOT sticky, you know? But the shine is SO fun and it is actually hydrating after it wears off, which I wasn't expecting at all.

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That's all I got for the faves, so now time for Fails:

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I am sorry to post these but not every product works for every person! The Blistex Global Blend lip balm sounds amaaazing with it's worldly products but what you get is a waxy, sticky mess. I tossed my receipt and the packaging otherwise I would've returned this. I may use it at night just to use it up but maybe not. The Essence Eyeliner Pen is no dupe for anything more expensive. It's gray and runny and everything I dislike in a liquid eyeliner. Not pictured is the LA Girl Matte Full Coverage Foundation which was SO drying that it had to go back.

What are you loving or hating this month?

xoxo,
Lacey

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 ...