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SPRING CLEANING: EMPTIES

Hi everyone! Happy Spring. (Even though in Phoenix it’s already hot as hell) ugh. Anyways, I’ve been collecting some empties for a while in this big bag, so I thought I’d share with you all my reviews on them, then finally toss them out! So here it goes:

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heartU.F.O Ultra- Clarifying Face Oil by Sunday Riley 0.5oz for $40– I’m going to start off by saying that I’ve tried quite of few of products now from this line, and it has definitely become one of my favorite brands. This is a medicated dry oil to help clear congested pores and breakouts. I wore this as my night time moisturizer- because I’m on the oilier side, this was enough moisture for me to wear by itself. If you are dry, I would layer a moisturizer on top. A lot of oily people like myself don’t realize that facial oils are actually amazing for oily skin, because oil balances out oil. When I used this every night, I saw a huge improvement in my skin, it was over all not as oily- and it did clear up quite a bit. I definitely would recommend this for any type of breakout/acne prone skin. The main ingredients in this are: 1.5% salicylic acid (clears congested pores and treats breakouts), tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil (help to purify and keep skin clear), licorice root and hexylresorcinol (brighten and fade acne scarring/discoloration on the skin).

heartMartian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner by Sunday Riley for $80 (full size)– So I actually very recently in the last few days just finished my little trial size of this toner. In the past, I really never incorporated a toner into my routine and I’m not really sure why. I had gotten this one in gratis along with the mini UFO oil- and had used it maybe once and steered away because I didn’t like the smell. One of my co-workers had told me how much they loved it and how it helped keep their skin extra clean and balanced, so I decided to give it a try again. I feel like I had been missing that toner step for so long and now I can’t go without using a toner. After I cleansed- I would pump this onto a cotton pad and sweep my whole face with it then toss it. I would then follow with my serum and moisturizer. Lately my skin has been a lot more clear than normal and I have added and taken away some products and this was one of them I added and I truly felt it made a difference. The main ingredients in this one are: bentonite clay (pulls out pore-clogging dirt and excess oil from the skin), marshmallow extract (soothes redness and irritation), cucumber, green tea, and witch hazel extract (tone + tighten the skin), and manuka (purifying + clarifying).

heartÉnergie de Vie The Refreshing & Refining Light Lotion-In Gel by Lancôme for $50– Soooo I actually think this product is being discontinued because it’s sold out online and I haven’t seen it in stores in a while. I actually think it was replaced by this item, which I have also used- but stopped using cause something better came along. Honestly, I do LOVE how light these products are, but I don’t feel like it did much for my skin. I also feel like when I was using them my skin wasn’t the best when I was using it and I think it might have something to do with all the fragrance in the product. I mean it smells awesome, but I feel like fragrance breaks my skin out sometimes so I try to not use stuff that has too much in it. This product is supposed to “wake your skin up” and I do admit I felt refreshed after putting this on in the morning, but my skin is doing better without it.

heartIntensive Pore Minimizer by Perricone MD 4 oz for $60– Omg. I loved this product SOOO much. I would use it on a cotton pad after I cleansed in the evening any time I had any sort of breakout, or breakout forming. This stuff would clear it up almost overnight.It has little chunks of magnesium in it (you have to shake the bottle before each use), which goes in and really clears out the pores and soothes any sort of inflamed breakout. What I also liked about this, is that it didn’t dry my skin out at all. My skin really felt clean and refreshed after using this product, and I also noticed a size change in my pores. Would definitely recommend for any sort of problem skin. The main ingredients in this are: DMAE (tightens the skin), alpha lipoic acid (gently exfoliates), and salicylic acid (treats breakouts).

Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion by Urban Decay for $22– If you want that wing-so-sharp-to-cut-someone type of winged liner, this is the product for you honey. If you know me, you know how much I love my winged liner and I’m seriously obsessed with this liner AND this formula. I’ve repurchased it a couple of times, because no other liner I’ve used has this thin of a tip to get that super sharp and precise line. I also really never noticed how truly black and matte the formula is until I started getting compliments at work all the time from clients. I love this liner so much! I also dries super fast and stays all day so you don’t have to worry about smudging or flaking. This liner also comes in a ton of different colors, I have the white one as well I love to use to create some fun graphic liner looks. You need this!!!

 

Okay that’s all I have for this round of empties- I honestly have soo many others I need to talk about but I’m going to split it up into multiple posts. As always, any feedback or take-aways you got from this are much appreciated it! Thank you soo much for reading and I hope you loved this post. Until next time,

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WHAT’S IN MY TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG

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I’m at my boyfriends house this weekend and wanted to share what is in my travel makeup bag! These are kind of my essentials as well, the things I usually gravitate towards on a daily basis. I realized I forgot my favorite mascara primer at home that I use when doing my mascara, which is the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. My lashes will not look the same without the primer. Anyways, here it goes!

heartLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder– $38

I’m sure you’ve heard many people talk about this and how amazing it is- because it’s true. I’ve tried other, less expensive setting powders and there’s really nothing comparable to this one. I use it to “bake” underneath my eyes, my t-zone, and underneath my contour. This truly makes my concealer not crease underneath my eyes all day. It also helps just brighten up the areas I placed it. It has a nice soft matte finish, and will really help to set any liquid makeup placed underneath flawlessly. Must have.

heartbareMinerals Blemish Ready Mattifying Prep Gel– $25

My skin is very oily, so I gravitate towards anything I can put on my skin before my foundation to help keep my skin matte throughout the day. This one isn’t my all time favorite, but I just grabbed it when packing. It definitely does help me not get oily. I like it because it has ingredients to help clear your skin as well. (Tea tree oil, aspen bark, and a peptide complex). I apply it all over my skin after my moisturizer and before foundation. bareMinerals is a more natural brand as well, so it would be good if you have sensitive skin.

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation– $35

Let me just say… I used to HATE this foundation. I never recommended it, never wore it. I always thought it was SOOO thick, and it is thick- but you have to apply it the right way and with the right tool. It’s one of my favorites now and was my holy grail for a while. The coverage is super full- which is what I personally prefer. And it’s one of the few foundations that I don’t get oily through at the end of the day. It doesn’t separate on my oilier parts of my skin, it stays the same all day! I’m in the shade Medium 54 which is also one of the best color matches for me. I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender, which helps it really melt into the skin and look natural. People either love or hate this foundation, and I was definitely a hater before, but I absolutely adore it now. Because it is thicker, I would not recommend it if you have a lot of texture on your skin because the texture will show right through.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder– $22

I’m soo in love with this powder! Because I use a full coverage liquid foundation- I like to use a translucent or a very sheer powder on top to set my makeup. After I bake my face with the Laura Mercier translucent powder, I will dust of the extra with this powder on my brush to set the rest of my skin. This powder is very comparable to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, in the sense that it is baked and very sheer. It has a soft glow and shimmer to it, to mimic how our skin would naturally glow. And powders like that are my absolute favorite! Tip: you don’t want to layer a full coverage powder on top of a full coverage liquid- that’s when you will look cakey. 

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in “Honey Heat”– $19

I bought this because I had been eyeing the Too Faced Sweet Tea bronzer, then I realized that this one is almost an exact dupe and at a lower price point. I love using this after I contour lightly all over my face to warm up my skin. It gives the perfect bronze glow, without looking orange. Sometimes if I don’t feel like wearing contour or blush, I will just apply this on the high points of my face with highlighter and it looks so soft and natural.

heartNARS Blush in “Orgasm”– $30

This is a blush I feel like everyone should have in their collection. It is a universally flattering shade and looks good on all skin tones. It is just a perfect pinky peach tone with a hint of gold shimmer when the light catches it. Its a great every day blush, and is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. NARS has a whole Orgasm collection with lips, cheeks, and even nail polish. It’s such a beautiful color!

heartChristian Dior Backstage Eye Prime– $28

Before I discovered this one, I only had one eyeshadow primer that I could use. My eyelids get SO oily that my eyeshadow would crease after a couple of hours, especially when I did a smokey eye. I had always grabbed and used this primer on my clients because I loved that it had a beige tone to it so it conceals the eyelid and primes for shadow. When I got it I was so excited because I hoped it would work for me. And it does! It’s super fast and easy to use- I just use my finger and swipe it on from lash line to brow bone and boom my eye is concealed and ready for shadow. For some odd reason though, it was pulled from Sephora. I don’t know why, and now I have to find a new one to use on my clients. But I’m glad I was able to get one before it exited.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in “Soft Brown”– $18

I love dipbrow. I use it to really shape the tail ends of my brows and I can create a perfectly defined arch with this product. It seems intimidating at first,but as long as you use the right brush (I use this one) and use the spooley to blend the product throughout, you can truly create a natural defined brow. For the price, you get a lot of product. Just make sure to always keep the jar tightly closed so it doesn’t dry out, it should last you a while.

heartMAKEUP FOREVER Pro Sculpting Brow in “20”– $27

I use this pencil after I use dipbrow on my ends, but I use this one towards the front of my brows going into the center. It’s a lighter color than the dipbrow, and I do that to make it appear more as an ombre brow. The pencil is angled so it makes it super easy to get the right shape. It’s super soft and blends well. One thing I recently discovered about it too, is that you can twist off half of it off and there is a brow highlighter in it! So I use that to sculpt out underneath and on top of my brow. It has lasted me a while too, I’m pretty impressed since retractable pencils seem to run out fast.

heartLancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50– $47

This is Lancome’s latest addition to their Teint Idole family. I’m typically not a huge fan of cushion foundations because they are usually extremely sheer and have a radiant finish. But not this one! It has a soft matte finish, and it has great buildable coverage. I love this for a quick, out the door medium to full coverage foundation. I’m in the color 260 Bisque (N) which is a great match for my skin.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner– $12

This is one of my favorite, super basic, retractable black eyeliner. It is super waterproof and it just glides on without tugging. I like it in my waterline, and that’s mainly where I use it. Awesome liner for a great price, I have a couple of these as back ups.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer– $24

I’m sure you’ve seen YouTuber’s rave about this concealer recently, and they have every right to! This is one of the best concealers I’ve ever used. It’s soooo full coverage, you need just one swipe for full pigment. The smell is fresh and lovely as well. It’s not cakey, and it’s not oily. It really is the perfect texture. I LOVE how big the bottle is too! I feel like this will last me forever. 10/10 would recommend.

COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer– $25

I love using this concealer on top of blemishes. It has 1% salicylic acid in it, to help treat your breakout while delivering a full coverage.I don’t really feel like it helps clear my pimples, but I feel better putting this on top of my acne rather than regular makeup.

Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 24hr Wear– $12

Winged eyeliner is one of my staples, so I go through A LOT of liquid eyeliner. This is one of my favorites, it has a nice matte finish that truly does last all day. No smudging, or if my eyes water it doesn’t come right off. I also love the precise little brush on this, it makes it super easy for me to get that sharp wing.

heartLancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara– $27.50

I love this mascara sooo much!! If you want full volume without having to keep on adding layers- this mascara is for you. It also isn’t super clumpy which is nice! I love the “S” shaped brush, it makes it really just glide through your lashes.

heartTarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara– $23

Right after I use the Hypnose Drama, I go in with this mascara because its more of a plastic stiff brush, so it helps to really separate my lashes. It helps to add additional volume as well, I’m super impressed with this mascara and have been using it every day.

Tarte Eyelash Curler– $20

To be honest, this is a pretty basic eyelash curler. It curls my lashes, but not super well. I’ve used better ones before. But I bough it cause it’s sooo pretty, and it does the job. I bought this limited edition one last holiday season, so I linked this years which is even prettier! I honestly wear false lashes a lot so I don’t use it too often.

 

And that’s it! I also brought some Z-Palette’s with blush/contour in it, as well as an eyeshadow palette and my glow kit. I know this was a long one, but I hope some of you enjoyed it and found it helpful/useful.

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EMPTIES | Skincare

Hello and welcome to my blog & my first ever post! I have saved up some empties to do some reviews and this first one is going to be on some makeup remover/skincare. Please leave any questions/feedback and enjoy!

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SEPHORA COLLECTION- Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes “Yuzu” $7.50

What it is: These are part of Sephora Collection’s re-launch of their makeup removing wipes, in the scent “Yuzu” which are supposed to be revitalizing and toning (25 wipes). I purchased all of them that said can be used on the face & eye area to remove makeup.

My review: I like these for removing my face makeup. My eyes are pretty sensitive- and these burned the shit out of my eyes, to be honest. They are extremely fragrant, and fragrance can be super irritating for the eyes and the face. I didn’t mind the smell, but my eyes just did not like it at all. I did also finish the same wipes but in the coconut water (soothing and relaxing) scent, and that one was fine on my eyes (and my favorite one so far). I’m currently using the rose (ultra moisturizing and brightening) ones on my face only right now, but the scent hurts my eyes as well with the rose ones unfortunately.

Overall: I would not recommend the Yuzu or Rose on your eyes if your eyes are sensitive, but they are great at removing face makeup. If any of these new ones irritated your eyes as well, please let me know- I’m super curious! Tip: I always recommend using a face cleanser after using a wipe, as a face wipe might not get ALL of the makeup, dirt, & grime off your face. BONUS tip: use a Clarisonic ($149) with your cleanser to get 6x better cleansing than your hands.

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heartLANCÔME- BI-FACIL- Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover $15/$30/$39

What it is: A liquid eye makeup remover intended to use with a cotton pad. (I prefer to use the Shiseido ones! $9.50)

My review: I haven’t used this type of eye makeup remover in a while, but I had ran out of the one I usually use and had one of these laying around. The ones I was used to using was the old school brands such as the Neutrogena one, which I hated cause they were always so damn oily and left a nasty residue. This one really doesn’t do that. Also, it didn’t irritate my eyes at all which is always a plus in my book.

Overall: I personally prefer more of a cream based eye makeup remover, so I probably wouldn’t go out and purchase this one. But, if you do prefer the liquid type, definitely try this out if you don’t want that oiliness residue.
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heartDRUNK ELEPHANT- C-Firma™ Day Serum $80

What it is: A vitamin C based serum that is suggested for day time use. Vitamin C is known for “tightening, brightening, and lightening” the skin. Drunk Elephant is also more of a natural skincare line.

My review: It was OK. I got a tiny 8mL bottle to try out, and to be honest, I didn’t see much of a change in my skin. And I do feel like I got a good amount of use out of the tiny little bottle, so that was impressive. It had kind of an oily texture to it as well- almost like it was an oil and not so much a serum. But I do feel like it did absorb nicely into the skin. I don’t feel like I noticed any lightening or brightening, which is what I mainly look for in vitamin-C products.

Overall: Maybe it didn’t work for me, but it might work for someone else. I didn’t experience any redness, irritation, or breakouts from this product which is always a good thing. So it was just “eh”. I would advise getting a sample of this first, before you take the plunge and spend the $80.

 

heartDRUNK ELEPHANT- T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum $90

What it is: A 12% glycolic night serum for the skin. Used to help produce collagen, resurface and refine the skin, as well as exfoliating the skin over night.

My review: HOLY. GRAIL. SERUM. I fell in love with this one. I again only got a little 8mL bottle to try, which lasted me a good amount of time- you need less than half a pump for your whole face and neck. I truly saw a difference in my skin when I was using this product. My skin stayed clear, my acne scars faded. I was very impressed. I would put it on at night time following with my moisturizer, and I really feel like I woke up to a brighter complexion. Drunk Elephant really impressed me with this one, definitely results driven.

Overall: If you’re looking for some true results over night and are sensitive- I highly recommend this product. It is pretty pricey- but I will repurchase soon. They came out with this holiday set- which gives you a chance to try some of their other products for $6 since the serum itself is $90 and the kit is $96. This is absolutely my favorite treatment night time serum at the moment!
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heartTATCHA- Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum– $95

What it is: An eye serum that is meant to hydrate and smooth the eye area before eye cream.

My review: Loveeeeeee!!! Eye serums/eye creams are very difficult for me because my eyes are so sensitive. I will wake up with dry, red, flaky eyes from most eye creams/serums. I love this one for the reason that it did not irritate my eyes, YAY! Tatcha the brand itself is rapidly becoming one of my favorite skincare brands in general. All of their products have their HADASEI-3™ antiaging blend of green tea, rice bran, and red algae, that restores and protects skin. This also gives me enough moisture by itself that I do not even need to layer an eye cream on top of it.

Overall: If you’re looking for a quick and easy 2-in-1 eye serum/cream that is lightweight enough for day time, yet moisturizing enough for night time, this is it. Also of course if you’re sensitive like me and want a GOOD eye treatment, I would recommend this as well.
Thank you for reading!

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