Thursday, December 14, 2017

November 2017: Empties Report (210 Empties in 2017)

Today I have another installment of the Empties Report for you. Let me show you what I used up and loved!


This month I have 17 empties, and a few of them are substantial products that I have been able to really make firm decisions if they fit into my needs and routine.

I will show you my favorites below, but a few deserve a quick mention. The pink jar, Glow 1 3-in-1 Balm to Foam cleanser, made it to my Favorites a few months back. It's got a thick, heavy, glue-y texture (in a good way) that makes your face feel so clean. Indie Lee products are so wonderful, and that Squalane Facial Oil was a real treat. The Biossance Oil, the tiny little dropper bottle, was quite similar to the Indie Lee version, and I enjoyed that, too, but an oil doesn't fit into my routine to necessitate a re-purchase.


The items I would re-purchase, and already have with a free, include Caudalie Vino Source Gelato face lotion and Innisfree Orchid Lotion. The Amore Pacific Gel face lotion was great but out of my price range, LOL, which is the same sentiment for the Dr. Brandt No More Needles 3D Mask above. Benefit makes a great creamy eyecream with It's Potent Eye Cream, and you already know how much I love LUSH Shower Gels. Lastly, the Clinique Moisture Surge Concentrate is a forever must-have for me, since it is so light, silky, and hydrating - this product is not cheap, but since I have been buying Clinique from Ulta, I have received some personalized coupons from the brand, including full size products as Gifts With Purchase, that make the re-purchase incredibly worth it.


I am still hustling to use up my sample packets before they expire. Recently, I ordered a Lucky Box from eopenmarket, which sends a ton of samples for a super low price (review coming soon). Most of these samples are from the Lucky Box.


Wonderful discoveries from the Lucky Box, so far, include the IOPE line, which I cannot afford, LOL. I found a sample website on ebay (review coming soon) and I am waiting for a few samples of this to come to me. I loved the IOPE Whitegen Ampoule Essence in just two uses, but it is SO expensive that I decided I should go for more samples, first, so I bought 10 packets for around $4. I get two uses from each one, so almost a month of use should let me decide more about the product. The Daeng Gi Meori products are a hair treatment, in the white packet, and shampoo in the black packet. Both smelled amazing and my hair was incredibly soft after.

Monthly Totals: 17 Empties and 13 Sample Packets

Yearly Totals: 210 Empties and 96 Sample Packets


Barielle Hint of Tint! 4 Polish Review

If you haven't been keeping up with Barielle, you've been missing out!

The trend, lately, has been healthy, neutral, naked-but-better nail polish. Personally, I have been loving it! I love the idea of (once in a while) having bare nails...but stains are NOT acceptable!

Thusly, when Barielle released their Hint of Tint polishes, I could not wait to try them!

Here is why you should love it:

The Hint of Tint is a Prosina based collection which is patented ingredient made up of hydrolyzed keratin which moisturizes, strengthens nails, stimulates growth and improves elasticity.

Additionally, Hint of Tint is infused with high-performing additives such as, Tea Tree Oil and Vitamin E which helps hydrate and retain natural moisture leaving your nails flexible, split and crack resistant, healthy and strong.

From tips to toes, protect, strengthen, nourish and beautify your nails with Barielle’s Hint of Tint:

  • Hint of Tint is a Nail Moisturizing Treatment
  • Prosina based collection, a patented ingredient which moisturizes and strengthens nails
  • Infused with Tea Tree Oil and Vitamin E
  • Helps hydrate and retain moisture, leaving nails flexible, split and crack resistant, health and strong
  • Animal Cruelty Free
  • Pregnancy Safe and adheres to 5 Free Promise (Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formadelhyde Resin or Camphor)

(These were sent for review but of course the opinions are mine, cause isn't that what you came here for?!)

Here is what I was sent:


From left to right, we have:

  • Hint of Pink, 
  • Hint of Nude, 
  • Hint of Tan, and 
  • Hint of Apricot


I did swatch one on each finger to see what color worked best for me, but the order on my nails, below, is:

  • Hint of Nude
  • Hint of Pink
  • Hint of Apricot
  • Hint of Tan


And I wore a couple colors already.


Barielle Hint of Tint in Hint of Tan: This is not my favorite, LOL. I think it makes my nail beds look a little yellow...or is that red!? I cannot wait for lazy summer beauty days with a nice tan and this on my nails!


Barielle Hint of Tint in Hint of Apricot: I used this one first, because, you know, SPARKLE! This is the only one with a touch of shimmer, which really brightens up the hand. Love this one!

I have been a Barielle fan for a long time, and this only intensifies that love! All 4 of these are great and I cannot wait to use them more.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mani Round Up: December 12, 2017

Middle of December - say what!! I have been doing the Mani Round Up weekly for a year now, can you believe that?

Last week I was low on inspiration, so I asked my Mom (roommate, LOL) for an idea. She said that with the Long Night's Moon overhead, I should do dark, celestial type colors. That is not my normal choice of polish at all, so I accepted that as a challenge and here we are!


Literary Lacquers Cast from Stormhold: I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot of Literary Lacquers this week! No one does dark-and-sparkly better than Amy! This is three coats of CfS and topcoat.  I love how this is a wonderful, shimmery twist on a semi-ordinary mulberry color.


Zoya Aurora: I wish Zoya would come out with a polish like this in every single color! The formula is flawless and the holo is rockin' - even in my not-so-lovely office light. This is two coats and topcoat. 


Zoya Rory: Well, as I was doing my nails this color, my Mom asked where her theme went?! Apparently, my interpretation of celestial - metallic, glowing, sparkly - was not the same as hers - dark, moody, oxblood and navy colors. Oh well - there's always next week! Rory is so gorgeous, just two coats and topcoat.


China Glaze Well Trained: I was just waiting for my middle finger nail to break. It always goes first. Does anyone else have that one nail that just never grows past a certain point?! Anyway, I bought a new sweatshirt in this exact shade of teal and you know I love to be matchy-matchy, so this is the color I picked. Looks decent on the nubbins, don't you think!?


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mask of the Week: TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

Let me start off by saying that even though this is a post about a foot mask, I assume you that there will be no feet in this post - or on this blog, ever.


Have I mentioned that I am working at Ulta for the holiday season? A customer came in and bought the entire stock of these Changing U Magic Foot Pelling Shoes by TonyMoly. I asked her if she liked them? She said 'like' is a weird word because the skin falls off your feet in chunks - but they work.



The English isn't great, but you get the point. Mask on, wait, mask off.

However..feet peeling for two weeks!?


Sorry if even this foot pic gets you, but you needed to see it on. The serum is in the booties already, so put your clean foot in and use the included stickers to seal (or use one for pics, tape for the other, and use the sticker for my planner) the sock thing.

I waited a full hour and a half because a)I'm lazy, b)I was watching WWE, and c)might as well let this thing do it's magic, right?!

So, for two days after, my feet felt super dry but did nothing. I figured it just didn't work for me. However! Another day later and my feet started to peel like crazy. It's been about a week since they began peeling and they are still going strong! My skin feels OK - not super soft, not life-changing. The skin doesn't fall off in sheets for me, but instead it looks like it's going to crack and then peel. I've basically been wearing socks 24-7 because there are little pieces of skin everywhere.

That was a fun experiment but I won't be trying this again! My feet don't feel any different than when I just use a heavy lotion and wear socks overnight. Womp, womp. At least I can say I've tried it!

Have you tried this product or something similar? What did you think?


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Zoya Party Girls 2017: First Look!

Hello there!

Zoya sent me the gorgeous 2017 holiday Party Girls collection for review. As usual, this collection is filled with 12 jewel tone polishes that will be perfect for any holiday occasion.


Not as usual, this collection was sent in the most luxe packaging! I received a sturdy velvet box with the polishes nestled inside. It also came with a swatch card listing the polish names. I am not sure if this comes automatically when you order the whole collection from the site, or if you can get the box without ordering this specific collection. There was no info, but this was quite the pleasant surprise to unbox. Check it out!

Oh, yeah...see that rogue cat hair? Want to see where it came from?


I showed you my sweet kittens a couple weeks ago in a lipstick swatch post. Seth (and Roman, behind him - see him sleeping?) is into everything I do, including my polish.



Alright, let's get to the polishes! I decided to show you on a swatch stick because my nails are a mess right now!


Nadia - This is a gorgeous sheer based polish loaded with gold micro glitters and shimmer. It can be worn alone, shown here in two coats, or as a single coat over another color.

Solstice - Described as a "sparkling persimmon orange," but appeared a sparkly cranberry to me. Pretty, though.


Tawny - Zoya describes this as a coppery rose. I see that, but I also see mud. I am not sure this would look good on my pale skintone, but might be pretty for others.

Ming - Ming is a perfect candy apple red that applies in one coat. If you don't already have your perfect red (mine is Zoya Livingston or Zoya Hannah), this might just be it.


Fallon - Call me bitter, but Fallon reminds me of the first try that an indie polish line produces. It is magenta, streaky, and not special.

Sheri - Sheri is a beautiful creme that is a tad richer and deeper than Ming. Very pretty!


Kelsey - Aaah, back to the cremes that Zoya does so well! Kelsey is a bright pink one coat creme. I'm currently obsessed with Kelsea Ballerini, so this will be in rotation. You know I love my pink Zoyas.

Danielle - This one was a surprise for me! Danielle is a pretty blurple creme that applies perfectly in just one coat.


Delany - Delany is Fallon's purple sister. It is a streaky nightmare. No idea how this one passed Zoya QC.

Landon - Such a fun purple! I love the muted quality of this shade. It is also a perfect one coater.


Isadora - I didn't like Isadora as I was using it, but it dries into a streak free, shimmery, lovely polish. I wore this one as a full mani once already.

Blake - Blake reminds me of SinfulColors Prosecco, it has gorgeous gold shimmer in an unexpected base color. I cannot wait to use this as the base for a galaxy mani.

That is it for now! I will swatch these in due time but wanted to give you a look and quick review. My picks are Ming, Danielle, and Blake.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mani Round Up: December 5, 2017

Remember last week, when I pledged to have more colorful nails this week?!?!


butterLONDON Fruit Machine, Zoya Esty, butterLONDON Molly Coddled and Salon Perfect Purple POP!: Good start, right?! I used Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief as my basecoat, then I did a random dry-brush technique mani. Love how this came out!


Salon Perfect Oh Snap!: I forget that this color, which I love in the bottle, does not look the same on the nail! I wish it was the more bubblegummy color in the bottle. Doesn't it look red on my nails? This is two coats and topcoat.


Color Club Age of Aquarius: I promise that this polish is at least 62% brighter in real life. In fact, it is so bright that when I walked into work this morning, my co-worker greeted me with "What color is that bouncing off your nails this morning?" LOL. This is two coats and topcoat.

That's it for this week!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017 Favorites & Fails!


Welcome to November's edition of Favorites and Fails!

Let me show you what I loved this month:


From left to right:

Clinique Smart Serum Custom-Repair Serum: Sigh. As I've mentioned, I now work at Ulta. This amazzzing serum was suggested by Clinique Brand Rep/my Ulta co-worker, and of course I love it.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner: Holy grail!! This is an all-in-one product that is to be used right after you wash your face. I put a tiny bit on a cotton round and swipe it all over. It cleans pore, tightens them, evens skin, and on and on. Just buy some!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Skin-in Moisture Sleeping Mask (on the right in the photo below): This is another line that I have discovered since working at Ulta. I love the cleanser and the moisturizer and this overnight mask, too. It has a heavy cream consistency that feels so luxe and soothing on the skin.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask (on the left in the photo below): I heard of this through numerous reviews and finally bought it. I love the scent, but it is such a rich product that I actually got a pimple the first time I used it - ugh! I will keep trying, however. The gel-like consistency fools you into thinking you need more product than you actually do.


Essence Lash Princess: This is another product I bought based off reviews. For under $5, this is a great mascara. If you need one, try it! It's black, it's not waterproof, and my eyelashes look amazing!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick: I am not the biggest fan of this formula - it does NOT last forever - but this shade is, by far, the most flattering shade I own.


So, that's it for the good stuff.

Now let me show you this month's Fails:


Ulta Overnight Lip Mask: I am a huge lip treatment fan, and that includes overnight lip masks, for sure. I was excited to try this one from Ulta as it was reasonably priced, but the price point was the only plus for this product! It is sliiiiiimey!!! Feels like baby oil, doesn't stay on the lips, and therefore, doesn't do it's job at all. Buh-bye.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Light: This product has a huge cult following. I didn't mind this product enough that I threw it out - it's expensive and I did use it, but if I knew I could've returned it, I would have long ago. This stuff is THICK, like cake batter thick, and my skin just hated it. I felt suffocated! And it smells thick, too, if that makes any sense, LOL. I did use it by cutting it with other BB creams, but I would not repurchase and I would not recommend.

Did you have any new favorites or fails this month to report?


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mani Round Up: November 28, 2017

Post Turkey Day Tuesday! Let me show you what I wore on my nails recently. If it's a little lame, it's because I was super duper sick for the week leading up to TDay.


Barielle Hint of Tint in Hint of Apricot: Barielle sent me a few of their Hint of Tint treatment polishes and I am in love!! The apricot shade is perfect for my skin tone. This is two coats on a bare nail and topcoat to seal.


Barielle Hint of Tint in Hint of Tan: Hint of Tan was also sent to me and it is not right for me skin tone at all. It totally gives me yellowy lobster hands - is that even possible? It was a quality formula as well with two coats and topcoat.


L'Oreal Masked Affair & Cover Girl City Lights: These were my Thanksgiving nails! I wanted blingy without glittery pieces, so I just layered one coat of MA, one coat CL, one coat MA, one coat CL, and topcoat. I will post more photos, and maybe even a step by step series so you can see the bling building, but I really loved how these turned out.


MUD Milk Shake and Glisten&Glow Ridge Filling Basecoat: I was clearly in the mood for muted, neutral polishes last week, with the exception of Thanksgiving. I started with two coats of MUD Milk Shake, an Australian mainstream brand (thank you to my longlost friend, Leeanne, for this - miss you!). I added one coat of Glisten&Glow Ridge Filling basecoat on TOP, which gave this a milky and softer finish. I finished with a coat of Glisten&Glow topcoat and viola!


butterLONDON Fruit Machine: I recently rediscovered my butterLONDON polishes, which were stuck at the back of my Australian polish melmer drawer. This formula was butter - literally! This is two perfect coats and G&G topcoat.

Hoping for a more colorful week next week!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask v. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - Lip Mask Comparison

As you know, I am obsessed with face masks. I love sheet masks, peel off masks, overnight packs, on and on. If it says "mask" then I'll try it.

You may or may not know that I am a huge lip balm fan, too. That is more of necessity as I have, or had, the driest lips ever! When I got into the world of masking (you can fall deep down the rabbit hole, trust), I found out about a beautiful and amazing beauty innovation: LIP MASKS!!

What is a lip mask? Unlike a regular balm, lip masks are heavier and made to be used overnight, allowing the product to truly penetrate the skin. Think of a sheet mask compared to a sleeping pack, but for your lips.

Here are my two:


When I got into KBeauty, I coveted the LaNeige Lip Sleeping Mask, which is basically considered a cult classic in KB land. I couldn't find it at Sephora (online only), and I didn't believe in the power of the lip mask, so I held off purchasing.

For my birthday in August, I treated myself to a Sephora splurge (which I'll be paying off till my next birthday) and wanted a lip mask to try, so I super splurged and bought one from Bite Beauty. Of course, days later, the LaNeige mask showed up in an unbelievable deal online, so I bought that in a sample size, too.

Now that I have both, which is better?!

Let me tell you about each one.


LaNeige Lip Sleeping Mask: According to the Sephora website, the full size is $20 for 0.7oz of product. The full size comes like my mini, housed in a pot that you have to use your finger or a spatula. I know quite a few people who dislike sticking their fingers in little pots, so that is one comment to note here.

There is a light, almost fruity scent, and a bit of a taste, too (not that you should eat it). It is very soft to the touchy, like a light lip gloss. It stays overnight pretty well, but I can taste it a bit in the morning and it pools to the sides of my lips due to it's very light texture.


Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask: This full size tube is $26 and comes with just 0.56 oz of product, which makes it much more expensive than the LaNeige. It comes in a tube, so you just squeeze it to get your product out, no fingers needed.

It has no color, no scent, and no taste. If you prefer, there are two tinted versions, too. This product is almost like a glue for the lips - it is THICK. If you dislike being able to feel products on your lips, this might bug you (actually, forget the might. It will.). It stays on overnight and sinks in, I feel nothing but soft lips in the morning.



Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask!

I like how thick it is, how it stays firmly on the lips. I love how well it absorbs. By comparison, I actually used the LaNeige again last night, and I had some peeling skin on my lip this morning, but there was plenty of product still on my lips. Bite is scent-free and taste-less. My lips feel like plump pillows of softness when I wake up and matte lipstick application is no worry at all! Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is the one for me!

Do you use a lip mask? What brand and why? If not, did this make you want to try one?


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mani Round Up: November 21, 2017

Tuesday, again?!


Literary Lacquers Swallowed Up In Blue & Literary Lacquers Virgin Huntress - I have no idea where this mani idea came from, but isn't it pretty!? Two coats of each. My Aunt, who sees my nails daily, really liked this one and thought it had a jewel-like quality to it. I'll take it!


NARS Trouville: I was in the mood for that perfect baby pink and NARS Trouville did not disappoint. I have had this polish for years and years, thanks to a long ago co-worker (Hi, Cheryl!!) and the formula is still perfect. Two coats and topcoat here.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

October 2017 Empties Report (193 Empties in 2017)

I am sorry that we are mid-November, but I want to keep up with my Empties Report. Let me show you what I used in this month and what I would re-purchase.



This month I managed to use up 24 full size and deluxe sized sample products. I have already posted about a few of the products that made it into my October Favorites, including Innisfree Orchid Lotion and the Suave hair mask.

You already know about my love for SKII Essence and my eternal love of Glisten & Glow topcoat and LUSH Cosmetics Rose Jam shower gel. The Lacome La Base primer is a new favorite, although I own way too many primers to justify another purchase any time soon. The Bath&Body Works Limoncello is a guilty pleasure because I know that brand uses one too many nasty ingredients - but oh, that scent!

Do you use any of these products and love them?


I recently read that samples go bad in about 6 months max, so I have been making an effort to use instead of hoard. I love the TonyMoly Banana sleeping pack but I hate the scent...smells like banana, shocker. The Honey Cera line is nice but hard to judge in one use. I love all things Caudalie but have no use for a facial spray. I already own a full size Purito Vitamin C, and I adored the TonyMoly Goat Milk Moisture Cream sample -but again, no need to buy moisturizer until 2019.

Gulp...time for totals!

Monthly Totals: 24 empties and 12 sample packets. 

Yearly Totals: 193 empties and 83 sample packets. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mani Round Up: November 14, 2017


Let me show you what I wore last week!


Zoya Isadora: I wanted to wear my Zoya Party Girl polishes but the colors are so not me. Womp, womp. I have received a ton of compliments on this polish, but you know what? I hate it!! :) Good thing I can remove it.


Zoya Shelby: So, yes, this is my favorite pink Zoya (if I had to choose) because my doggo's name is Shelby, and she's the best doggo ever. Two coats, done. Always perfect.


Barielle Falling Star: When I think of the one polish that everyone should own from Barielle, it's this one. It's simple but unique and the formula is perfect. Two coats and topcoat.


Zoya Jill: In case you're wondering, Zoya Jill is the perfect match to Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lip in Caramello. How do I know this? 'Cause I now work at Ulta!! Who the hell thought that was a good idea for saving some money!? I already blew more than what I'll get paid for my first week, but I assumed that would happen. For some lovely reason, the dent in my middle finger was gone the next morning when I woke up. Thank you, nail polish fairies.


November 2017: Empties Report (210 Empties in 2017)

Today I have another installment of the Empties Report for you. Let me show you what I used up and loved! This month I have 17 empties...