Friday, April 20, 2018


Just an FYI, I will be AFK until next week's Mani Roundup!!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

#ShowYourSpringSkin April 2018 Instagram Challenge

Thanks to my KB group, I joined a super cool Instagram challenge that ran from April 8-17. It was hosted by KBeauties @vnlin_ and @kimono_kat.

I had a great time doing this so I thought I would re-cap the 10 day challenge here!


Day 1) FIRST CLEANSER: Y'all know my LUSH Cosmetics Ultrabland never leaves my routine. No matter what time of year, I use this constantly.


Day 2) SECOND CLEANSER: I haven't found a steady second cleanser that I love, so I do swap between a few. The Body Shop Vit E is creamy and the Cosmetea cleanser is a gel, which I think I will favor more come warmer temps.


Day 3) EXFOLIATOR: The Exuviance product is too strong for all over, so I apply that just on my nose. The SkinFood Pineapple Peeling Gel is awesome for once a week usage.


Day 4) TONER: This is another product that I need to work on for my routine. I haven't found any I love. This TonyMoly is too gel-like and thick for my liking, but I will keep using it.


Day 5) ESSENCE: This is my favorite step! I love the silky feel of an essence. My favorite, Boscia Sake Hydrating, is too expensive for me right now (My pupper has the 'betus) so I will continue to use up my back ups. I really enjoy the Vit E line from The Body Shop, but it's a little thick. The Secret Key is too liquidy and I have no idea where it goes in the routine.


Day 6) SERUM/AMPOULE: I am in lurve with the Scinic Honey AIO Ampoule! This product is raved about in my KB group so much that I finally just bought it. The reviews were well worth it and the hype is 100% legit! Love!


Day 7) MOISTURIZER(s): Yeah, that plural is all me. I like all of these for different reasons. The Body Shop Vit E line is just great. The GlamGlow Matte smells like creamsicle, the TonyMoly Seaweed Aqua Moisture is gentle, the Clinique Moisture Surge is great when you need a boost of hydration, the Mario Bedescu has collagen for extra anti-aging, and the Innisfree Orchid Lotion is also just lovely.


Day 8) SLEEPING MASK: I will use this more in the summer, so I thought it proper for the SpringSkin prompt. This is a gel mask that is light, refreshing, and moisturizing.


Day 9) SPOT TREATMENT: I am lucky enough not to need an arsenal of spot treatments, but I do keep CosRX Pimple Patches on hand always.


Day 10) YOUR CHOICE: I am beyond obsessed with the ElishaCoy Brightening Ampoule Mask! Guess where I got it?! CVS.


That's it! Love or hate any of these?!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mani Round Up: April 17, 2018

Another week of interviews...more neutral (ish) nails!


Zoya Avery: Well, I def didn't realize how dry my cuticles looked b!! My nails are neutral and ladylike because I have another week of interviews. Avery is perfect in two coats and extra glossy thanks to Glisten & Glow topcoat. Expect a week of neutrals here!


Illamasqua Purity: I am in desperate need of a tan before I use this again. Sigh. I have had this bottle for years (seriously, like 6+) and it works perfectly still. I love every single Illamasqua polish that I own. This is two coats and topcoat.


Julie G Santorini: Do you think this counts as neutral?! LOL. No? Ok..well, I am the one doing the interview, not getting interviewed, so I rocked it. This is two coats and topcoat. There is a very subtle shimmer in here, but it's so subtle you can't really see it on the nail at all. Womp, womp.


NARS Ratin Jot:  How gorgeous is this? I have had this polish forever and ever but it is still perfect. This is two coats and topcoat. You guessed it, I had another interview to do!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mask(s) of the Week: Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial & Missha Embo Gel Mask

Winter is so awful to the skin! I am definitely noticing differences in how my makeup wears throughout the day and how my skin just desperately sucks up moisture at night. I have been trying to be as nice to it as possible, double masking whenever I can!

I tried a 1-2 punch of the amazing Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial and a new to me brand, the Embo Gel Mask.



In K-Beauty lingo, the Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial is a BUBBLEMASK!! It bubbles up on the skin, thanks to oxygen activating the bubbles, and encourages cleansing of the pores and helps pull impurities out of the skin.

Normally, I love this treatment but after rinsing last night, my skin was shrieking at me for moisture! My skin felt much tighter than it normally does after using this. The Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial might be getting shelved until warmer temps hit.


I followed the Oxygen Facial with my normal routine of essences and serums. After the serums melted into my skin, I used the Missha Embo Gel Mask. This is described as a "nourishing bomb" of moisture.

I have thoughts! 1) The two pieces of gel, in this case, were super slippery and didn't cling to one another. Instead of being able to multi-task and remove my polish, like I usually do with a sheet mask on, I had to suspend all activity to keep this from slipping off my face. 2) There was surprisingly little essence on the mask or in the package. Maybe because it was gel? 3) My face did not feel properly nourish bombed. I've had much better results from much less promising sounding masks!

So, there you have it. This masking routine was not the most successful to date. I followed the sheet mask with my normal moisturizer before bed, but I actually woke up with some noticeable dryness on my cheeks.

I will definitely use my Exuviance as the temps warm up, but I wouldn't repurchase this sheet mask. Have you tried either product?



Thursday, April 12, 2018

March 2018 Empties & Tossed Report

Time for the Empties Report!

Here is what I finished up this month in deluxe and full size products - 17 items:


And here are my favorites that I would re-purchase:


I already mentioned my love for the The Body Shop Japanese Camellia Cream in my Favorites & Flops post. It is a heavenly scented whipped body butter. I have recently started to love Kat Von D's Saint perfume, and my new beau loves it, too, so I am on my second rollerball bottle. I am obsessed with Boscia Sake Hydrating and Brightening Essence but it is $$$$!! Same for Exuviance Eye Contour and the Exuviance Line Smoothing Antioxidant Serum.


I finished 16 packets. The only stand out here is my Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask and again, $$.


I threw out 38 items! I went through my refridgerated LUSH stash and threw out old Kitchen items past expiration dates AND, in the case of The Comforter, I just don't like the scent. I admitted it.  I also threw out old lippies (not even worth donating). See that Urban Decay Pocket Rocket lip gloss? My Aunt purchased that in one of our trips to New York. I want to say in 2002?! Not even kidding. Buh bye.

Also, let it be known: I HATE MAYBELLINE BABYLIPS!! I tried and tried and purchased way too many but it's a chalky formula that tears up my mouth. SEE YAAA.

Month of March:
Totals: 17 items / 16 packets
38 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 64 items / 47 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 69 items 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mani Round Up: April 10, 2018

Another week, another round up!


Zoya Zanna: I needed a professional, young, cool, mature, still me color for early this week. I am doing something out of the usual at work. THIS is it! I love Zanna and forget about it in my pink drawer. This is two easy coats and topcoat. Perfect every time.


Zoya Erika: I had to be professional again so I applied Zoya Erika. I love the subtle shimmer! Three thin coats and topcoat really make this beauty sparkle.


Essie Butler Please: This is my favorite cobalt or royal blue polish. The poor old bottle is about half used and old, so it needs a couple drops of thinner before use. Remember, get a polish thinner and do NOT use acetone to thin a polish - they are not one in the same product. I used two (thick) coats of Butler Please and topcoat.

Sorry for a lame-o week! I was struck down with a migraine from hell (as they all are) and the smell of acetone made me think scary thoughts. Here's to next week.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mask(s) of the Week: The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Anti Pollution Mask, Manefit Honey Nutrition Mask, & Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask

What do I do when I have extra time!? Triple maaaaaaaaaask!


I am staying away from home a bit these days, and I definitely ignore my full skin routine when I am not home. I take just the basics and then make up to my skin when I have time.  Hopefully, it all works like that, LOL.

After having on heavy makeup, going out, etc, I really like to pamper my skin. I hate smokey places, too, and I know how bad they are for the skin (and lungs, ahem), so I started with my The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Anti-Pollution mask. You've seen this before.


I use this directly after my double cleanse.


It is COLD and tingly, not bothersome, but it is there. Your skin is cooled off when you remove this, so I can't wait to try it in the summer when I actually need some cooling. My skin is also brighter, fresh looking, and just lovely after I rinse. This also has some funky almost exfoliating products, too, so no need to exfoliate after or before use with this one.

I don't have a shot of my Manefit mask, which is OK because you've seen that before. HOWEVER - I don't have a picture because this specific mask was packed poorly and it was tangled IN the package. I tried to untangle it, only to stretch the mouth, eye, and nose holes too far to even use it. I tried to put the sheet mask on but it was such a pointless act that I scrunched it up and actually layed it on my face in sections. LAME.

After my sheet mask, I added moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, then finished with my Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask, which you've also heard about before. Triple winner - minus the technical difficulties with the Manefit mask.

Have you tried The Body Shop masks or any from Manefit, from CVS, yet!?



Just an FYI, I will be AFK until next week's Mani Roundup!! Xoxo, Lacey