Monday, March 31, 2014

March favorites, empties and duds

Well here is a double post. Makeup Monday and a monthly favorites, empties and duds!

I don’t know about you, but I love reading empties posts. It’s funny how there is this culture built around seeing what kind of beauty products people use up, not to mention the feeling of accomplishment of actually finishing something. Here’s what I finished up, and some mini reviews!

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candles

These you will see pretty often. I always have something burning. This month is was Japanese Cherry Blossom, Vanilla Bean Noel, and Lilac Blossom. I try to stock up every time these are on sale.

Now for skin care. It normally takes me forever to go though anything if I don't get bored with it first.


Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil Light - I picked this mini size up from Sephora and fell in love with it. I WILL be repurchasing the larger size in the near future. 
Purity made simple one step facial cleanser - I have been using this for quite sometime. My face just feels clean after I use it.
Formula 10.0.6 Cleanser and toner for sensitive skin - I did just repurchase this the other day. Its average, nothing special. I have super sensitive ginger skin and this doesn't bother me. I'm not a huge fan of the smell but its not bad enough to keep me from using it.
Seacret Spa intensive moisture face cream - Yes this if from one of those stands in the mall... This was nice but not worth the $$ I spent on it. You can probably find something for less at Ulta or Sephora. Nice and thick, great for night time. I will not repurchase this.

Makeup brush and Sponge cleaners

Sephora daily brush cleaner- This is another staple in my makeup bag. I use it daily to clean my eyeshadow and blush brushes. I love that you don't have to rinse this out. 
Sonia Kashuk brush and sponge cleanser- this was a cheap alternative to the  Beauty Blender solid cleanser while I was waiting for it to be shipped. I still prefer the BB cleanser. I used this weekly on all my brushes, it did take forever to get out of my BB. This has to be rinsed out. 

Holy grail product

Target makeup remover wipes - I stock up on these every time I go into Target. I have one in my bathroom, office, car, purse and probably I few that I forgot where I put them. 


Dove Volume dry shampoo- It didn't do anything for my hair. No volume, no refreshing, nothing, and it  made my head itch. The smell isn't bad, like a baby powder/ clean smell. 
ELF tone correcting concealer- Way to sheer for my taste. It smells really good, almost fruity. What did I expect for $1?
ELF eyelash curler- Again didn't have high hope for this $1 eyelash curler. I did not expect the top part to be so sharp that it would cut the rubber piece and my eyelashes! It was horrible. I have very sparse eyelashes to begin with and this didn't help. I'm still trying to regrow them. Any tips?

Eh Products

 Maybelline FIT Me Shine free foundation Sticks-  I'm not sure if its my dry winter skin or I got bad ones but these were like dragging sand paper across my face. I'm going to give them another try this spring and summer.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation - I cannot get past the paint smell on this. The website claims "It feels like wearing nothing, yet Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup transforms your complexion. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright with a luminous demi-matte finish: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Light-diffusing spheres provide a visible reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blurring imperfections to make you look professionally retouched. It's the ultimate in ultra definition.Naked Skin Liquid Makeup provides truly buildable coverage with a weightless feel and a luminous finish." Its one of the heaviest foundations I've worn and I did theater in high school. My skin felt suffocated. I say its medium but buildable coverage and more on the matte side. This is shade 2.0 but way to yellow for my skin tone... What a waste of money for me since the 1.0 was too light for the summer.
Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment - This covered the dark circles under my eyes with no problem, but became cakey very easily. And the smell, once again like paint. I do want to try the one with the red on the tube. 
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked - Love love love this, but the color is wrong on me. 

Too Faced La Creme in Honey Bear- Love this all around but I don't get to wear it often since its more for formal occasions.
Ulta automatic lip liner in spice- Purchased this to go with the too faced la creme but its too dark. More a brown color then mauve. 
Urban Decay 2/7 glide on lip pencil in naked  - Can't remember where I got this from but its a sample. Too brown to go with the above lipstick, but very smooth and creamy.

*this post contains affiliate links. However, none of these products were provided to me, nor am I being compensated for this post. The products were purchased by me for my own personal use. All opinions are my own.

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