Tag Archives: nordstrom


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:


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,




I’m going to start this post off by saying I definitely LOVE the original Beauty Blender brand. Their sponges are so soft and blend out foundation and concealer perfectly. I honestly don’t prefer to use brushes for foundation/concealer anymore since I started using them. But let’s be real, they are $20 a sponge- not the most affordable option since they only last a few months. Since Beauty Blender’s have gotten big in the makeup industry, there has been many dupes that have come out. I’ve seen, felt, and used some dupes and they are definitely not the same. Not as soft, or apply product the same as an original Beauty Blender. I had given up on trying to find a cheaper, but as good alternative. That is until I found these sponges pictured below!


So the first one I took a chance and purchased off of Amazon. It is from the brand Aesthetica and it is their beauty sponge. You can purchase it here for $9.99 A lot of the dupes out there range from 99 cents-$6.99 which is pretty inexpensive. I saw this one had great reviews and the price was $9.99 which is half the price of a Beauty Blender, so I decided to take a chance and try it out. Sooo…. I’m. In. Love. Honesty don’t think I will buy another Beauty Blender again. This sponge is best used wet- like the Beauty Blender. You just run it under a faucet, then squeeze out the excess water until it is damp. I always squeeze mine in a towel as well- to make sure there isn’t water still coming out of it. I start by brushing my foundation on with a flat foundation brush, and then I blend it out with the Aesthetica sponge. I do a pouncing motion on my skin until the foundation is blended out. You will notice by using a beauty sponge that your foundation is blended flawlessly with no streaks, and with almost a skin-like finish. It’s amazing!! So if you’ve been looking for a great way to apply your foundation and don’t want to spend $20 on a Beauty Blender, please try this sponge!!

The next one is a sponge that Sephora collection recently came out with, and as sold in a pack of two. They are called the Pointer sponge. And like the name says, they actually have a little space for your pointer finger to go into and it makes the sponge super easy to use! I do like getting these wet as well, and ringing out the excess water to make sure it is damp. I use this sponge to blend out my concealer, as well as apply my under eye setting powder (yes you can apply powders with damp beauty sponges and it works AMAZINGLY.) I start by applying my concealer to the areas where I want to concealer and highlight, and then I take the sponge and use pouncing motions back and forth until the concealer is blended. It seriously blends like a DREAM. I then pick up with the sponge, my all time favorite under-eye setting powder (which can technically be used as a concealer by itself, but I like it on top of my under-eye concealer to really brighten that area) the Bareminerals Well Rested Spf 20 powder, and do the same patting motion back and forth until the powder is set and there are no creases. These sponges make your under eye concealer apply seamlessly, and if you have an issue with your concealer creasing, try these sponges out and the powder! Oh, and best part is that these sponges are $12 for the two.

To clean these, I actually love to use the original Beauty Blender cleansers. I have the solid bar soap kind, and the liquid kind and nothing cleans them better. I actually prefer the liquid cleanser which I’ll link below. I try to clean them after every use, if not every other use. It’s best to clean these often to ensure they last as long as they can, and they don’t hold in bacteria from your skin. You just get the sponge full of the cleanser and just rinse out until the sponge is its original color.

Break down of product links and prices:
Aestheitca Sponge– $9.99
Sephora The Pointer– $12
Bareminerals Well Rested Spf 20 powder-$20
Beautyblender ‘Liquid Blendercleanser’ Makeup Sponge Cleanser-$18

I hope you guys found this post helpful, and I hope you can try these out! Let me know what you think 🙂





Hi everyone! I’ve been meaning to do this post for quite some time now, and I’m so excited to share this review with you. I was sent a  Laura Mercier Intense Clays Editorial Eye Palette  via Influenster complimentary to try out and review. If you don’t know what Influenster is, it’s a site that sends users free product of all different categories to test out and give honest reviews. The more you participate, the more products you will receive. If you are interested in trying it out, you can sign up here. Anyways, back to the review!

I’m going to make this short and sweet for you guys, so here it goes. As you can see in the photo above, the shadows are pretty pigmented. There are three matte colors, three shimmers and a setting powder. I’m not much of a heavy smokey eye girl, but if you are this would definitely be the perfect palette for you. I like how simple it is, and not intimidating with a ton of colors. The matte shades pick up well on a brush, but I will say the metallic shades applied better with finger tips. I created a really simple look which you can view a mini tutorial and a picture of on my Instagram which is @cecily_mua. I only used three of the shades which is un heard of for me, because I always feel like I have to use multiple shades to create a smokey eye. The dark colors blend sooo easily and gave a really nice gradient look.

The one thing I really like in the palette is actually the setting powder. It’s meant to go on top of a finished eye shadow look to set the colors in place all day. It has a slight shimmer to it as well, but not enough to change the look of the shadows. I struggle with pretty oily eyelids and they are also slightly hooded. This makes it hard to wear smokey eyes because it will end up creasing half way through the day. These shadows stayed in place ALL day with the setting powder. I was so impressed I’m definitely going to use the setting powder with other eye shadows and every look I create.

Overall its a beautiful, simple palette. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a nice, small palette with a BOMB setting powder I would check it out for sure. Laura Mercier is the queen of setting powders for the face, so it was definitely a brilliant idea to create one for the eyes. I hope you guys liked this review, and as always feel free to send me any feedback, or things you would like to see/read about. Thank you for reading!