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

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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

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

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/u...