Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mani Round Up: February 20, 2018

Wowza, Feb is flying, right?!

Let me show you what I wore last week!


Zoya Lacey over Zoya Blu: In case you didn't know, my first name is Lacey, so when I heard this polish was coming out, I was psyched.

When I saw the color that came out, I was ill. No, seriously. Doesn't like look like a slightly vomitus shade?! I tried Lacey over Blu, hoping it would look slightly better, but no.


Zoya Sweet: Sweet color, right?! Heh. This is your typical pink creme. It's a little watery for a Zoya, to be honest. I have the same colors in better formulas, so this baby might be getting ditched. Two coats here, but needs three. Womp, womp.


Zoya Hera: This is the color I actually wore on 2/14. Pretty right?! This, unlike Sweet, has a smashing formula, opaque in just ONE coat. Perfection!


Zoya Haruko: I love this beauty!! This is from the Thrive collection. Thrive collection, you ask!? You'll see more on Thursday!!!!


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mask of the Week: Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask in Vanilla Apricot

Once a week, I need a double mask to really clear out my pores and allow the rest of my skincare routine to really take effect. My choice for that task was the Whipped Mud Mask Argan Hydrating and Detoxiying Treatment by Josie Maran. I have this in a lavender scent as well as this Vanilla Apricot scent.


The whipped mud texture is much lighter and less drying than a traditional mud mask. I apply this to freshly double cleansed skin using my elf spatula tool.


In addition to the aesthetically pleasing aspect of looking exactly like an apricot, this has a light scent. It won't bother anyone as it is not heavily fruity or floral. It dries fairly quickly, in about 7-12 minutes, but does not tighten on the skin like a regular mud mask thanks to the 'hydrating' properties added. I made the mistake of using a way too thick layer because there wasn't enough for another application following this one. I used the rest on my neck, which you thankfully cannot see here.

After rinsing, the skin is supple, soft, and smooth. It is prepped and ready to absorb your other products. Make sure to follow a mask like this - drying, pore cleansing - with something extra moisturizing to replenish what you've just removed. I would recommend this line if you dislike the extra tightness of traditional mud masks and if you love colored masks. This is even brighter in person than the photo shows and my lavender version is a fun purple!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

January 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

Time for the Empties Report!

This year I will also be adding on a photo of anything I need to throw out.  I wanted to use Purge but it can be a trigger word, so I will go with Tossed, LOL. I am definitely on the edge of hoarding with some makeup, and it is time for that to end. If it no longer brings joy, it has to go, right?!

First up, let me show you what I finished up. I am going to continue to work on samples and deluxe samples as they have quicker expiry dates than bigger products, for the most part.



There are 32 items above! I am not going to talk about each, but instead, shown below, I will spotlight a few items that I love and would re-purchase. I will do the same with sample packets, too.


LUSH Cosmetics Ultrabland I've mentioned this enough, right? You know I already had a backup waiting. I can't be without this stuff!

LUSH Cosmetics Mirror Mirror: Since the Kitchen closed, this is now irreplaceable. Sigh. I purchased a Murad Neck Cream and I hope it works, but it won't be the same. This has a nice thick texture, a comforting smell, and sank into the skin nicely. It will be missed!

LUSH Cosmetics Plum Rain Shower Gel: Psyched that this is now in the permanent range! It smells of sweet, ripe plums, and the scent is pungent but not overpowering. Love!

Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate: Sigh - I hate that wrinkles are a concern, but they are! Luckily, working at Ulta with amazing co-workers, I now know the best stuff to try. This is the stuff!

Innisfree Orchid Lotion: I tried samples of this before committing. It is a regular moisturizer that sinks right into the skin. It smells divine - though not like orchids - and is affordable.

SK II Essence: This, on the other hand, is not affordable, LOL.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Facial Primer: I posted about this in my Faves a few times but probably won't repurchase again due to the price. It is pretty high in silicone, too.

Formula 10.0.6 Face Wipes: And, to end the list, this is another product that I never run out of and always have on hand! If you haven't tried these wipes, you must!


This month I also used 26 packets. Apparently, most have a shelf-life of only 6 months, so I am going to continue to use these up as quickly as I can.


Standouts include: WonderPore Toner in a convenient travel pack, IOPE Whitegen Ampoule Essence that I would purchase a full size of if I wasn't broke. That goes double for the Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask. I did enjoy the Moistfull Collagen Essence even though I mistakenly purchased it, and I plan to buy a full size TonyMoly Intense Care Gold Snail Cream when I need a new moisturizer.


I threw out 22 lippies, 2 samples that I couldn't read, an old primer, and an old solid perfume. That makes 26 items tossed. The bottom row of chapsticks are SO old that the company went out of business.

Empties Report January 2018 Total: 32 Empties & 26 Packets!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Mani: 3D!

Happy Valentine's Day!


I used Zoya Kelsey as the base, and added 3D studs to my fingers using clear polish to set and to seal them in. I used this nifty little wax tipped tool that I bought at a polish convention to easily pick and place each one. The same little tool was used to place my accent nail of heart glitters.

What did you wear on your nails for the Day of Luuurrvvee!?


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mani Round Up: February 13, 2018

It is the week of love this week, but let me show you what I wore on my hands last week! (I am overtired, I think...no creative intro, haha).


Zoya Erika: Hello, new favorite Zoya. How freakin' pretty is this! It has a pink base but the prettiest bright gold glitter. I own nothing like this!! This is also included in the Bridal Bliss boxed collection. It is by far my favorite from the box and pretty close to being my favorite Zoya ever! Three perfect coats and topcoat.


Zoya Bela: This pretty polish reminds me of Essie Ballet Slippers. It is so dainty and just pretty and (ahem) polished looking. This is from the Bridal Bliss collection I was sent to review. I did three thin coats and topcoat.


Zoya McKenna: Can you guess, my long time readers, what I have to say about this one?! STREAKS. This is just oh so slightly metallic, which means, careful lines and careful painting to avoid brush strokes. Pretty, but worth the hassle? Not sure when you can just get Chantal and have a perfect creme. Just sayin.


Zoya Kelsey: If I had to deviate from the Bridal Bliss collection, I had to at least stick to new-ish Zoya. Kelsey is from the Party Girls collection, it's your typical perfect formula hot pink/fuchsia creme that we all know and love Zoya for creating. Even if it's not the most unique shade, it's flattering nonetheless and the formula is stellar. Two coats and topcoat.


Zoya Blu: How pretty is this! Well, in addition to pretty, it's also amazing. This baby is practically a ONE coat pastel blue creme! GTFO! That's so rare! It's creamy, not chalky, not streaky, just really really good!! Two coats for good measure here.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Masks of the Week: Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment, A'Pieu Coconut Milk One-Pack, & Ulta Mask Remover Cloths

Hello there!

You can see from the title that it was a multi masking kind of week over here. I used the following:

  • Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment, 
  • A'Pieu Coconut Milk One-Pack, & 
  • Ulta Remover Cloths


First, I double cleansed my face and then applied the Exuviance Mud Treatment. This is a brand that I have discovered from working at Ulta. It's a mid-to-high (high for me) priced range that I would not have just randomly tried, but after advice and suggestions from my co-workers, it is safe to say I am hooked. This Mud Treatment came in a GWP from another purchase. It is your standard mud mask and washes off to leave the skin purified but tight feeling.


I removed the Exuviance Mud Treatment using a random purchase that I also snagged at Ulta - Mask Removing Cloths!  The package says to save your washcloths from stains and use this instead.


The $3 tube contains 10 little tablets. You hold it under warm water and it expands. Use the wet, very soft and fibrous cloth to wipe your face and then throw away.

I actually dig these! I hate using a washcloth because I am so messy and I tend to apply a thick layer of product. The cloth is much softer than a papertowel and more durable, too. You can actually wring and twist out the cloth a few times before it starts to wear away. I still made a black charcoal mess all over the place, however, LOL. I dislike the excess waste but I hardly ever use a thick mask like this so I think it is worth the use and purchase for me.


After I washed off that mask, I applied my toner, emulsion, essence, serum, then this A'Pieu sheet mask to add moisture back in and lock in the other products.

Back of the mask...no English.  Clean face, mask on 'till it dries or you get bored - the usual.



This mask smelled very lightly of coconut, but otherwise just smelled like a fresh essence. It dried quite quickly - I maybe had it on for ten minutes. There was not a ton of essence, though, which contributed to the dry time.

My skin felt soft, supple, and bouncy after that night's regimen. I have used two of the A'Pieu milk masks and enjoyed both, so I will stock up on those with my next KB purchase.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

January 2018: Favorites & Flops

Hello 2018!

I loved doing my Favorites and Fails posts in 2017. It was such a good reminder, for me personally, LOL, of what I loved and what I should not purchase.

This year, I am going to change things up only slightly. I am ditching the word Fail in favor of Flop, because even though something might not work for me, it might not be a fail for YOU, my lovely readers. Flop seems a little more gentle, doesn't it!?

As usual, let's start with my Favorite items from January:

  • I loved L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara!
  • I loved ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Parallel!
  • I loved Burt's Bees Overnight Lip Mask!
  • I loved Milani's Keep It Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment!


A few weeks ago, I was in a mood and in a uncomfortable position, so I went online shopping. Fixes everything but your credit card debt, right?! ColourPop is so inexpensive that you can make quite a satisfying haul for fairly inexpensively, so that's what I did. I picked Parallel, a super bright blush, and I have used it every day since! I cannot get a brush to work with it, so I just use my fingers and dab it along my cheekbone line and then a few dots right on my cheeks. It lasts ALL day and is so pigmented.


If you live in a cold climate, you know all about chapped lips. Not just chapped lips, but dry, peeling, flaking, bleeding...I could go on and on. This year, however, I am beyond prepared! The Milani, on the right, is a lighter, gel texture for day, and the Burt's Bees is a waxier, clingier texture for overnight. Love BOTH and both were under $10 each.

Lastly, I couldn't get a proper pic of the L'Oreal mascara's wand, but it's funky! I actually saw an Ulta customer (I work there..I think you've got that, right?) with amazing lashes and asked what she used. Surprisingly, she pointed to the mass (drug store) side of the store! The Voluminous Mascara does exactly as promised, no clumping, and no flaking below the eyes. Legit LOVE, and the price makes it even better.

Now, it is time for everyone's least favorite portion of the post: the Flops.


Just two Flops to report!

Farsali Unicorn Essence: I was swayed by everyone's love and rave reviews for this, but it does nothing for me. It IS fun to put on since it is glittery and pink and dries to an instant, velvety matte, but that's about it. Womp.

Pacifica Rose Water Makeup Removing Wipes: I dared to sway from my Formula 10.0.6 wipes and that was a doozy of a mistake. These all natural wipes smell great but just smeared my makeup all over my face. Gross. However, my Mom loves them and they do great with her makeup, so they will go to good use, at least.

What do you think of these products? Love or hate any of them?!

Tell me in the comments,

Mani Round Up: February 20, 2018

Wowza, Feb is flying, right?! Let me show you what I wore last week! Zoya Lacey over Zoya Blu: In case you didn't know, my first...