Thursday, February 15, 2018

#TBTBeauty with NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb Shadow Palette

Greetings, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful week and have something fun planned for the weekend! It's been a rough week here, and I'm just looking forward to the weekend so the husband can be home and help out this poor sick momma! I *almost* decided against getting this post up today, but after trying to get it up for over a month now, it is time!

Way back in December, I did some cleaning out and rearranging of my makeup products, and I stumbled across some older items that I hadn't thought about for some time. I wanted to give some love to some of these products as a means of shopping my stash and appreciating what I already had; thus, Throwback Thursday Beauty (#TBTBeauty) was born! I have my next look ready for you utilizing the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb eyeshadow palette! Check it out!

The Sex Bomb palette came into my life a few years ago when I wasn't wearing taupe or red shades on my eyes. At the time, I didn't have either option in my eyeshadow collection, nor was I sure that I would actually like these colours, particularly a red. The Sex Bomb palette was a great opportunity for me to branch outside my comfort zone at an affordable price.

This is a great palette to play with if you want to add a little bit of red to your eye looks! While not the most pigmented, it does build up pretty well when you want more colour on your eyes. The quality as a whole is what I consider acceptable given the cost. While the colours are a little on the chalky side, they're still easy to manipulate with brushes. Add in the $7.50 price tag for all six shades when at full price, and it's a pretty good deal! Is this red shade going to knock your socks off? Eh, probably not. I find this particular red shade to be geared more towards those who want to branch out a little but may not wear this type of colour all the time. It also pulls a little on the berry side, so if you want a true red, you will be disappointed. It works well for my needs, but you know your own far better than I do!

The one aspect about this palette that I don't like is the shimmery purple-greige colour. I'm not even going to dance around it- the quality of this particular colour is atrocious. The pigmentation is minimal, and the fallout is ridiculous. I would expect some fallout anyway from a shimmer shade, but this one is just SO BAD. Oftentimes when I want to create an eye look with this palette, I grab a similar type of colour from a different brand rather than using the one in this palette. For today's blog post, I did wear only the Sex Bomb shadows, so you can make it work, but it is just that: work. To wear the shimmery shade in this palette, I start off using NYX Cosmetics glitter primer and then patting the colour in from either a fingertip or the flat side of an eye brush. Because there is a substantial amount of fallout, you're probably going to want to do your eye makeup first so you can clean up the fallout before working on your foundation.

I completed my look with Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Battington Lashes in Kennedy, Beauty Escape Cosmetics highlighter in Wonderland, and Gerard Cosmetics lipstick in Rodeo Drive.

In spite of some of the issues that I have with the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb palette, I am still glad that I have it in my life. I just don't gravitate towards red shades often, at least not for my eyes, so I am content with this one. The shimmery shade my be terrible, but I have found a way to make it work or just use one of my other shimmery options. I've become really picky about what makeup I'm buying lately and have been gravitating towards singles; I'm not sure that I would buy this palette again. That being said, I'm glad I picked this up when I did and have enjoyed playing with it again. Maybe I'll start branching out with more red shades in the future, but for now, this palette works for my current needs.

What older beauty products have you been loving recently? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Nail Art Design

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Happy hump day, dear readers! It is a rough one around here, so it's not going to be a glamorous, romance-filled day for me. The sickness that I thought was relatively mild took a turn for the worse yesterday, and I am now at home still sick myself with my two year old who is even sicker. I'm hoping it passes quickly, but since I'm pretty sure we have the respiratory bug that's been going around work, I suspect we're going to be down for the count for a little while. I did want to get today's blog post up so I am typing away while my little man cuddles against me watching Elmo. Now onto the nail art!

While going through my boxes of nail art supplies, I came across these cute heart-patterned Freya Wraps that I reviewed on my blog as part of Pandora's Box last February. I fully intended to create the design with polish rather than using the wraps, but I was far too sick last night to do so. I still wanted to attempt another nail art look for Valentine's Day so I opted to just use the wraps instead.

I paired the wraps with Literary Lacquers shade Princess Buttercup from the new Princess Bride-inspired As You Wish trio and the upcoming Ellagee Polish shade for the March Polish Pickup, Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum (not such a great pick for Valentine's Day based on the inspiration, but the red was too pretty to pass up). I then completed the look by adding a cute heart stud I received from Born Pretty Store a few years ago (and is sadly no longer available) and added a layer of Ellagee's Glass top coat.

While I would have preferred to have painted the heart pattern on my nails rather than using wraps, the final look is still cute. I'm festive for the holiday, even if my day is spend curled up on the couch in a sweatshirt and heart-covered leggings!

Are you doing anything special for Valentine's Day? Please share your plans so I can live vicariously through you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Heart Nail Art Design with Zoya

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I has been a rough few days around the house as both my husband and I have been sick and trying to keep our energetic little boys entertained while being exhausted. I'm currently at home trying to get some extra rest in the hopes that I am well enough to go into work tomorrow. Until then, how about some Valentine's-inspired nail art?

I have been wanting to do something fun with the Zoya Kisses jelly nail polishes, and this was the perfect opportunity to play around with them!

I started off with a coat of Zoya Libby, a buildable, milky lavender jelly shade. I then added a layer of Zoya Leia, a fleck-filled sheer opalescent polish that Zoya suggests using to layer with the Kisses jelly polishes. I sealed my base colours in with top coat for a strong and shiny finish. Since I had other decorative plans for my look, I opted to then layer on another coat of Libby over Leia, creating a subdued flecked jelly sandwich. To complete the look, I wanted to play with more textures, so I created my hearts using Zoya PixieDust polish in Arabella.

While I'm not really loving Libby against my skintone, I do love the look of this design! As much as I like the sparkle of Leia, I really like the subtle effect it creates when used in a jelly sandwich.

I was a little unsure of going with a textured PixieDust when I first created this design, but I am so glad I did!

I really enjoyed creating this simple nail art design for Valentine's Day! I have another design in mind, although I'm not sure that I'll be feeling up to creating it if this sickness doesn't pass soon.

Have you created your Valentine's Day nail art look yet? What do you have in mind? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Bees Knees Lacquer and LynB Designs have partnered together on a nail polish collaboration to celebrate the upcoming Black Panther film. It has just launched and Jen from The Jedi Wife has swatches on her blog now! 

Whether you travel a little or a lot, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog believes that bringing ultra-luxe travel sizes of your most coveted beauty products with you will make you feel pampered and happy– whether you are out discovering the world in your travels, or just going on a business trip. 

Beauty Info Zone's emails quit on them so many articles and giveaways weren't seen. They are hoping you can catch up with their articles and enter their giveaways! 

Check out our top picks! Pammy Blogs Beauty explores the Youthful Restoration Kit from DDF. Awesome products and great value! 

Did you know that The Oprah Magazine has a subscription beauty box? Take a look and see what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom got in her first box. 

Prime Beauty thinks we all need a Va-Va-Voom in our lives if it comes in the form of a lipstick, all the better! Check out the new Buxom Va-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipsticks! 

Want soft and smooth skin for Valentine's Day? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty recommends the delectable, totally greaseless, anti-aging Moon Dip Body Mousse from the fabulous natural and cruelty-free Farmhouse Fresh! 

BeautyJudy talks about some current favs this month including a Pixi Skintreat and Violet Voss eye palette! 

If you're a Charlotte Tilbury fan like Christa from Realizing Beauty you'll want to know that she's released a new limited edition Filmstar Bronze & Blush Palette and of course it's FABULOUS. 

15 Minute Beauty has a thing for primers, she's tried so many of them! Here she's sharing her favorite eye shadow primers

Polarbelle gathered her Top 10 eyeshadow palettes of 2017.See if any of your favorites made her list.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam

Greeting, dear readers! I hope your week has been off to a great start! For today's blog post, I wanted to share one of my recent purchases with you.

I am normally a fan of Drybar's hair products- the quality of the products themselves is usually fantastic, and I really enjoy the light fragrance they add to their products. I've been using cheaper dry shampoo brands in my hair the past several months to extend the life of my shampooing, and while there hasn't been anything wrong with what I've been using, I was really excited to try out a dry shampoo foam!

As the name implies, it definitely comes out of the dispenser with a foam consistency. It is scented with the Drybar Blanc scent with notes of coconut, vanilla, and amber. It smells so good! It contains volcanic ash to attract dirt and debris like a magnet so that they can be rinsed out easily with your next shampoo. It also contains plant proteins to strengthen your hair, preventing breakage. The final key ingredient is Vitamin B5, added to give your hair slip and manageability to reduce friction while brushing and just supporting the health of your hair overall. It sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it? Well, dear readers, as fantastic as this sounds, my experience with this dry shampoo foam was less than stellar. In fact, I hated it with a passion and have already returned my bottle to Sephora.

So how did my experience with a product that in theory should have been fantastic go so horribly wrong? Let me fill you in! To start out, let me tell you how I used this dry shampoo. I had washed my hair on Day 1, and while my hair was in pretty good shape by Day 2, I like to use a little dry shampoo at this point to keep future oil production from building up and getting out of hand. After shaking well, per the bottle directions, I then dispensed a small amount onto the palm of my hand. I then used my fingers to apply the foam to the roots of my hair and massaged gently into my scalp until the foam disappeared, also as directed by the directions. The final result was a disgusting mess  I have NEVER experiences with any of the variety of dry shampoo brands before. In spite of using a very small amount, my hair was suddenly very flat and it felt like an oil slick from not washing it in a long time. While I kept the foam primarily at my roots, some product did inevitable go down the length of my hair, leaving behind a stringy mess. I was so shocked from my experience with this, I had to try it a second time with an even smaller amount, which was a feat attempting to get as little product out of the container as possible, all with the same stringy + oil slick-looking results. Because I like to use dry shampoos to save some time so I can sleep just a little more, I did not want to give it a third try and have to actually wash my hair in the shower yet again. I don't know exactly where Drybar went wrong with this product, but if you're looking for a new dry shampoo, you may want to proceed with caution before blowing $24 on this. As much as I have enjoyed other Drybar products, this one was a total flop for me and a product I would recommend others avoid. Obviously, I can only base this on my experience with this product and experiences may vary for others.

Water, Alcohol Denat., Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isobutane, Propane, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Volcanic Ash, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Panthenol, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Steapyrium Chloride, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Coumarin.

Have you tried the Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam? I'd love to hear if you're had a great experience or if your experience was similar to mine! Also, what Drybar products do you like?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Black Panther Collaboration Box with Bee's Knees Lacquer and LynB Designs

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Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope your weekend was fabulous and the week is off to a positive start for you! I rarely am excited for a Monday to come around, but after a trip to the beach and then assorted errands, I'm kind of glad the weekend is over. I don't have anything particularly special planned, but I do have a few items that have been heavy in my mind should be getting crossed off my to-do list this week; it is going to be awesome! With that, let's cut the chit chat short and jump in on today's blog post!

Are you excited for the release of Black Panther? As if the release of the film isn't exciting enough, I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to a new collaboration inspired by the story! Bee's Knees Lacquer has partnered up with LynB Designs for a magnificent five-piece box that will be launching this Friday. Let's get a closer look at each of the shades!

Bee's Knees Lacquer

A glowing cherry with orange to gold shimmer and large pink to red iridescent flakes. This polish has a matte finish.

WOWZA! Now this is a stunning polish! This is such a great shade of red for those that are a little unsure of the colour. The pink iridescent flakes add an extra layer of brightness, and they make this polish one of the best designed red polishes I've seen in awhile! The formula was really easy to work with, and I needed to use two smooth coats for opacity. I sadly didn't snap any photos with a matte finish (boo hiss!), and these photos are shown with a glossy top coat.

It's Hard for a Good Man To be a King
LynB Designs

A royal blue-toned purple crelly base with blue to purple shifting shimmer, iridescent shifting glitters, and holographic micro shreds.

This polish is really pretty, and I'm sure you've seen me talk about my love of these iridescent glitters that LynB Designs occasionally adds to her creations! Overall, the formula is easy to work with, but you will want to take care not to overwork it. I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat. Those with longer nails may find they need to use three coats to cover any visible nail line.

Resting Panther Face
Bee's Knees Lacquer

A mid-toned navy with a teal to blue shimmer, teal and blue iridescent flakes, and gold to green color shifting flakes.

I am swooning over this polish! Depending on the angle and if my nails are in direct or indirect light, my nails either look more teal or blue. The gold to green flakes pair so perfectly with this base! With an easy to use formula, these photos are shown with two coats plus top coat.

I Never Freeze
LynB Designs

An emerald green jelly base with holo micro shimmer and intense blue to green shifting shimmer.

I was ecstatic when I discovered that LynB Designs was going to have a green shade in this collaboration box! Jenna has a knack for making spectacular greens, and it is arguably my favorite colour she does. I Never Freeze has a fantastic formula, and I used two coats plus top coat for these photos.

Wakandan Coffee
Bee's Knees Lacquer

A glossy top coat with the scents of vanilla, mocha, and cinnamon.

This was my first experience with a top coat from Bee's Knees Lacquer, and I love the glossy finish! Please note you are NOT supposed to sniff the top coat directly, and the scent will appear after it is dry. I've unfortunately been fighting a head cold for the past two weeks so I can't smell a lot right now, but I can definite still detect a hint of something with this one. The dry time was a little longer than that of my 2-free top coats, but if you want a safer option, this is a great product! I have only used it a few times, but it has helped my manicures stand up to wear for four days, the longest I've kept my nails the same since I received it. I am really eager to have my sinuses clear again so I can really enjoy this top coat!

The Black Panther Collaboration Box will be launching on Bee's Knees Lacquers' website this Friday, February 9th at 12 noon EST. The box will retail for $40 and includes shipping within the US. There will be 30 boxes ready to ship out immediately. Once that number has been reached, the listing will switch over to a pre-order with an estimated turn around time of two to three weeks.

This is a well thought out collaboration box, and the price can't be beat! I love the colour selections, and having a quality top coat on top of that makes this collaboration box a must have!

Are you going to be picking up the Black Panther Collaboration Box? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Are you a fan of the fantasy romance novel or adapted film "The Princess Bride"? If so, you’re in luck! Literary Lacquers has a new trio of nail polishes inspired by the story, with one of them being limited edition. Jen from The Jedi Wife has swatched and reviewed them on her blog. 

Are you looking for something sweet for Valentine's Day that doesn't add any calories? Beauty Info Zone suggest you enter their Macaron giveaway. 3 people will win a great detangling brush in the color of their choice. 

Prime Beauty discovered a brand that not only gives back but its mission is to empower women! Check out her review of the new RealHer Be Fearless, Be Limitless Blush Kit

Glow bright like a diamond with Shipra of Taneja's Bride with the Wet N Wild Beauty MegaGlo Hello Halo Liquid Highlighters, a drugstore gem! 

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog can’t stop praising The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine Night Conditioner because this amazing nighttime treatment eliminates dead skin cells and it hydrates the skin! When you wake up you will be greeted by gorgeous glowing skin. 

15 Minute Beauty has been busy revamping a lot of her site, and over on her new fragrance guide you can find a lot of perfume reviews and learn more about how fragrance notes work. 

Thinking about Valentine's makeup? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty suggests adding Punk Rock, a subtle pink/purple/teal/gold/peach glitter liner from Urban Decay's Heavy Metals product line. It looks amazing over a purple pencil! 

Do you love natural skincare? Pammy Blogs Beauty explores the natural skincare, hair, nails, and fashion from SUZANNE Organics by Suzanne Somers

BeautyJudy has her nails and makeup ready for the Super Bowl Check out her Eagles-inspired looks! 

The Lunar New Year is approaching quickly and Realizing Beauty shares two of the prettiest Givenchy cosmetic items she's ever seen.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

That's a Wrap: A Collection of Empties

Greetings, dear readers! I have something on the blog today that I haven't posted about in several months: a collection of empty product packages! I had mixed feedback about whether or not I should continue with a monthly set as I was doing or holding back for fewer posts. In the end, the "less frequent" requests won out because I had other things pop up as I was preparing to photograph my empties. They've just been collecting in a box in the corner of my desk. I've decided it is finally time to get that box cleaned out and start fresh, so here we are! I have to admit that some things I've shared before got tossed rather than saved, so this post isn't going to be quite as busy as it otherwise could be. Let's jump in and check out what products I have finished up over the past several months and whether or not I will be repurchasing any of them!

Wipes had become quite a staple in my beauty routine for a little while, although it wasn't exactly my top choice. With having to leave town with the wildfires destroying my community and then the stress of the holidays, wipes became a larger part of my routine than usual as I was just too tired at the end of the day for a more complicated routine.

Acure Organics - Unscented Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes
Argan oil is supposed to be one of the best types to use on your skin, and I was really excited to try these wipes. They are cruelty free, vegan, and unscented, all qualities I am trying to incorporate more into my beauty routine, so this was a promising product for me. The down side is the wipes were a little on the drier side, and I never really felt like my face was clean after using these. I'll admit that when I use wipes, I expect them to clean fully because I just was to crash in bed within 30 seconds. I wasn't planning to pick up any more of these, and a quick search shows they are not longer offered on the website. They do have a coconut + argan oil towelette option though, so while my results with the argan oil wipes wasn't ideal, I'm not sure that I want to write off all the products. I'm also eager to try out other product offerings from the brand at some point in the future.

Equate Beauty - Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
For when I want to save some cash, Walmart is sure to deliver with their Equate brand! Sure, most skincare products I tend to prefer to pay more when I know I'm getting better quality, but cleansing towelettes are one of those items that I refuse to spend a fortune on. I picked up this small pack for one of my trips out of town, and they worked reasonably well for me. I wore a full face of makeup, none of which was waterproof, and these wipes removed all traces of makeup. That being said, I did end up using two wipes for removal since there was some left on my face after the first wipe. It's not a deal breaker for me, but if you wear a full face and want a wipe to do it all in one go, I'm afraid these likely won't impress you. I'm sure we would all love to have Disney's Mulan's skill of wiping half a face with a sleeve and having all makeup come off. If someone knows the secret, fill me in! But for a cheap pack of wipes, these get the job done and weren't too harsh for my skin.

Kirkland Signature - Daily Facial Towelettes
This is far from KS's first time on this blog when it comes to empties, but that shouldn't be surprising given that they come in a large box from wholesale store Costco. While not the first time, I am ecstatic to report this should be the last time- I finished off the stupid box! I didn't think it was possible, but I hated these things! The wipes themselves were rough and I felt like my face was getting exfoliated with each wipe of the towelette. They weren't super expensive, but since I opted to buy the big box of them, my stubborn self was determined to suck it up and just use them. I actually couldn't use these every day as they affected my skin that much, but my stubborn self won this battle. Needless to say, no, I will NOT to buying these again. Good riddance!

Neutrogena - Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (hydrating)
I don't think I'd go so far as to say these towelettes are hydrating like the packaging claims, but they did remove all makeup from my face nicely and didn't leave it feeling dry. I read a review of these recently where they were too harsh for the writer's skin, but my experience was never like that, even with my skin normally sensitive to most products. It just goes to show that person chemistry really can affect how well a product does or does not work for you! Neutrogena is a brand that consistently works well for my skin, and I already have a replacement pack of these on hand for my lazy evenings!

I haven't been using face masks as often as I would have liked, although to be fair, I actually bought multiples of some of these and opted to just toss the extra packaging rather than save them for a post.

BioBelle - #beautyscoop
I've been using BioBelle masks for a year and a half now, and it is a brand that I keep going back to. I'm always been happy with how my face feels after using the #beautyscoop mask, and it is my most used mask! I don't think I use it often enough to say that I can see any diminishing of wrinkles or fine lines, but then I'm not seeing any new ones so they must be helping do something, right? I try to stay on top of keeping my face moisturized anyway, but the #beautyscoop mask does noticeably add a boost to my skin's hydration. While this can easily be ordered from the website, I often found my BioBelle masks at my local Kohl's store and I would grab a few at every visit. Sadly, my Kohl's store was partially burned due to the fires here in Sonoma County and has been closed. In the grand scheme of things, it sustained far less damage that many other building that were destroyed, and it is slated to reopen some time this spring. That being said, I need to get a mask order in so I don't have to wait that long!

BioBelle - #HappyHour
Continuing on with BioBelle is the #HappyHour mask with red wine and retinol. My face definitely felt great after using it, although I can't say I noticed any real difference between this and the #beautyscoop. Again, I'm sure consistency in use is key, so I sadly cannot report on this as I'm a once-a-week masker at the best of times. The past several months do not fit this qualification. If there is any interest, I may have to do a serious trial with the BioBelle masks over a period of time to see how well they really work. I can say they do make my skin feel moisturized after each use!

KoCoStar - Slice Mask Sheet Watermelon
I spotted this mask from Korean brand KoCoStar at my Target and snatched it up immediately. What I was expected was a normal sheet mask that sits on your face, but this mask is not that. I realized after opening that instead of one piece, you end up with a set of perhaps ten small rounded pieces that are coloured to look like watermelon. I was caught totally off guard and would have snapped a photo if I wasn't already a hot mess to show you, but believe me, it was a strange experience. I did my best to spread them across my face, but the round shape left areas of my skin exposed. In the end, I looked like I had giant warts or something on my face. Also, I found that I couldn't move around too much since the small pieces would slide around and start to fall off my face after the 20-ish minutes was up. My skin felt nice and soft after I pulled the pieces off, but the small slices was a little off putting and will likely prevent me from purchasing these in the future. That being said, if you like to wear different masks on your face at the same time to address different concerns, these may be what you are looking for. I just don't find them to be a good fit for me.

My empties post continues on with more skin care items!

Algenist - Complete Eye Renewal Balm
Algenist is a Bay Area-based company that I was first introduced to a year ago, and it has quickly become one of my favorite brands. Their Complete Eye Renewal Balm is one of my favorite products and one that I have replaced a few times already! I have another jar ready for me after I finish trying out a different brand for the time being. It has a great texture that perfectly merges the rich texture I like in my eye creams with quick absorption into the skin.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals - Refining Sugar Cleanser
I love this Refining Sugar Cleanser so much, I am now working on my third bottle of it right now! I've actually written up a dedicated review, so I'm going to just direct you to this post if you want to check it out. The TL;DR for the post is just buy it since it feel amazing and leaves your skin feeling so smooth and refreshed!

Olay Regenerist - Regenerating Serum
If you prefer to have your skincare items readily available, Olay is a brand that is easy to find just about anywhere. I actually picked this up as part of a multi-part from Costco (yes, I might have a Costco issue), so the bottle looks a little different than what I found recently at my local Target store. If you are in the market for an affordable skincare serum that helps the overall look of your skin, the Regenerating Serum is one of my favorites that keeps finding its way back into my skincare routine. If you haven't guessed, it's part of my current skincare routine now!

Pacifica - Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic
Pacifica is another vegan and cruelty-free brand that I've been using off and on for a few years. I only recently tried using the Cactus Micellar Tonic, and I'm kicking myself for not using it sooner! The formula is gentle enough for my sensitive skin but still strong enough to remove my makeup easily. It leaves my face feeling clean, and I didn't have any issues with my skin feeling too dry like I sometimes do with other micellar waters. I'm currently trying out a different micellar water, but I am eager to get back this one from Pacifica!

Seoul Ceuticals - Day Glow Serum
Have you ever had a product that just catch your eye? I stumbled across this product on Amazon one day this summer and bought it totally on a whim. When I picked it up, it had a few positive reviews, and with the affordable price tag, I figured why not! Since then, it has blown up with positive feedback on Amazon, and if I weren't so lazy busy, I'd be adding onto it myself! This serum has left my skin brighter and just looking so healthy! The consistency is thinner than I was expecting, and it absorbs beautifully into the skin in no time. Because I've been testing a few different skincare products over the past few months, I've sadly not been using this glorious product since emptying this bottle. That being said, I already have a replacement in my Amazon cart waiting to pull the trigger when my skincare product load thins out more!

I've been wearing makeup more consistently than usual over the past several months, so I have no idea why I seem to be really limited with empties in the cosmetic department!

Calvin Klein - ck one mascara
I have had this mascara sitting unopen/not used for longer than I care to admit, and I was really kicking myself when I first used it. This mascara was amazing! While not waterproof, it stayed on my lashes better than many other mascaras I'v tried recently, and I had no issues with flaking. Now that I'm done kicking myself, a part of me wants to kick whoever at Calvin Klein decided to discontinue this amazing product! I'm sad to see this go, but we had a great run!

Hard Candy - Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray
I had never tried this setting spray before, but I picked it up when my go-to was unavailable everywhere I looked around town. To be honest, this bottle is still about half full, and I just decided to throw the darn thing away. How's that for a testimony on how much I did not like this product! While I didn't expect a super-fine mist experience, I was shocked to see just how much of this setting spray, well, sprayed out of the bottle! I would have large volumes of a horrible wet sensation on my face from a single pump, and since I generally don't wear waterproof mascara, I would occasionally have mascara running immediately if I wasn't careful about where I sprayed. Sadly, dear readers, that wasn't the worst of it! About half the time I would use this setting spray, my skin would start to burn. I have no idea why it happened only half the time, especially since I wouldn't change up my face products from day-to-day. While the burning sensation would disappear pretty quickly, it still was unpleasant and just not worth keeping this bottle around any longer. I'd rather go with either a bare face or risk makeup smearing that put this monstrosity on my face again.

Lush - Mint Juleps Lip Scrub
One of the hardest things about leaving Tucson four years ago was moving someplace without a Lush store, and I was beyond thrilled to discover one in my mall recently! I have mixed feelings about the scents of many of their products, but their lip scrubs are one of my favorite Lush products that I keep picking up. The Mint Julips variety is one of my favorites along with their seasonal coke-flavored Santa Baby. A little goes a long way o gently exfoliate the lips, and once done, just lick of the yummy sugared concoction! A very light layer of oil stays on the lips to keep them moisturized, and the mint version has a little bit of a short-lived tingling sensation. Since emptying this jar, I've doing a little DIY sugar scrub on my lips, but I need to make a trip to pick up another jar from Lush ASAP!

I'm terrible about holding onto the empty containers from my body products, but I do have a few items I can share with you!

Burt's Bees - Body Lotion with Cupuacu Butters
My skin has been having a hard time with the cold (for us) weather we've been having lately, and this body lotion from Burt's Bees worked wonders for my skin! The lotion is really thick and absorbs quickly into the skin. I could actually resume shaving my legs in the winter again thanks to this product! I was seriously contemplating staying a Sasquatch mode just to not dry my skin out even more, but thankfully it never came to that. The only iffy thing about this body lotion for me was the scent. It is scented with natural products, and while I don't hate it, I don't particularly care too much for it. It won't stop me from picking up another tube when my skin needs some extra tlc in the future, but it could be a turn off for some readers.

Ginger Fizz Boutique - Lemon Meringue Pie Bath Fizz
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Ginger Fizz Boutique is a great little one-woman show indie brand! Her signature bath product is the macaroon-shaped bath bomb, but this was a cute cupcake-shaped one with the unicorn placed on top. The lemon meringue scent was scrumptious, and I hope to see these being offered by the brand again at some point! Until then, you can get your wax fix with one of the many colourful and beautifully decorated loaf wax melts or wax melt shots.

Soak It! - Bubble Bar Pina Colada
I had picked up this bubble bar in addition to another one awhile back. Sadly, this bubble bar came from the same batch as the other and yielded virtually no bubbles. Rather than rehash the review, you can check out my thoughts on this on a previous post here.

Girly Bits Cosmetics - Monoi de Tahiti Frazzle Fizzer Cuticle Oil
While I may not be fond of floral scents in general, I had to have the Monoi de Tahiti scent in Girly Bits cuticle oil! My husband and I went to Tahiti for our honeymoon, and the scent of tiare brings back many fond memories. Add to that a quality cuticle oil, and I was a happy camper! The bottle + brush application method isn't my preferred when it comes to portability, so this resided on my swatch desk. Girly Bits offers a variety of other scents to choose from as well as the option of a plastic dropper bottle instead of the glass bottle shown here.

Swisspers - 100% Cotton Rounds
Swisspers is THE brand I always see wherever I go to pick up cotton rounds. I naturally go through a lot of cotton rounds when it comes to removing nail polish, but this particular version was used for my facial products only. I prefer the quilted back option for easy polish removal, but this works well with my micellar waters and BHA liquid solutions. I've not picked up any more of these particular rounds since I bought a large package of my preferred type from Amazon, and those work with my skincare products as well.

And this, dear readers, concluded this long post of empties! Some products I've enjoyed and have already replaced while others I'm on the fence about. There are also some that I am choosing to avoid in the future. Obviously this post is all my opinion based on my experiences with these products, and some people may have a different experience.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear what you enjoyed or hated! Also, if you have any product substitutions or just something you want to recommend that I try, please feel free to chime in below!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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