Thursday, February 7, 2019

January 2019: Favorites & Flops


Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Favorites & Flops! Let me show you what I loved and hated this month.

As usual, the good news first. Here are the FAVES:


I am going to try to limit my Faves to just 4 each month so I can spotlight each a little bit.

The e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Cheeky Glow in Peach is something I've been reaching for daily. See below - it is pigmented, creamy, and feels weightless on. Start with a touch and build up, otherwise you risk a heavy looking cheek (unless that's what you're aiming for) and blend out. I use my fingers. It gives a gorgeous, realistic, human looking glow.

Manyo Factory Galatomyces Essence is SO.Damn.Good. Lemme just say it: #holygrail. It goes on like a thicker water, blends with everything else, and has a great price point.

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask may have made the cut before, but it's here again now and you'll probably see it in the future. The texture is gross - you're legit spreading sticky glue on your lips, so if you have texture issues, steer clear. If, however, you can get past the stickiness, you wake up with pillowy soft lips.

Lastly, another #holygrail for me is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Lashes formula. This has a big, wiggly brush, a wet but forgiving formula, and it lasts all day. Plus, at $10, you can't go wrong.


Here is the Aritaum Mask - if it looks gross, that is because it is.


Here is the blush swatched:


My only FLOP for this month may be a surprise to many.


The Simple Cleansing Wipes and I just don't get along. They made my face SO red, and warm to the touch. I am surprised myself, since they are supposed to be for all skin types, kind to skin, blah blah, but they made my face burn. They did not, however, go to waste because my Mom liked and used them up. Phew! Back to my trusty Formula 10.0.6 I go.


January 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of the Empties & Tossed Report!

Just to refresh you, in 2018 I used up 250 items, 104 packets and I threw out 174 items. Hellooooooo consumption.

Starting over for 2019 and I hope I don't reach that number again as I am going to be pickier with my purchases.


I finished 13 full size products, and most were truly full size! As I mentioned, I am cutting down hardcore on beauty products in 2019, so some of these are making their last appearances on my counter tops.


Noteworthy, repeat worthy purchases include Sparkling Limoncello body lotion since it smells like heaven, Shiseido Wrinkle Resist 24 Eye Cream, OGX Refreshing Scalp Treatment - seriously, buy this for the summer, Nail Envy Strengthener, and Redken's Diamond Glow Dry Oil.


I used up 7 packets and if I wasn't so in love with my Manyo Factory Essence, I would but the Purito Essence that I sampled as it was lovely!

Time for the Tossed Report:


That's it! Found this little dry hand in a rando container and decided if I hadn't used it, I won't, so it's out of here.

Empties Report Year to Date: 13 items / 7 packets 
Tossed Year to Date: 1 item


March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...