Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Current Empties

    For a while I feel like I was doing empties posts almost monthly.  Now I'm lucky if I get a blog post or 2 out a month.  Due to my recent hectic schedule I haven't been go through products as quickly as I once did, because I haven't been using them up.  These products have probably been gathering dust since March.

*Physician's Formula CC + Cream*
Once upon a time this was my favorite daily foundation.  Then my skin just began not liking it and it would sort of grease up on my nose (badly) even during my super dry spells.  I may try a different BB/CC cream from Physician's Formula though because I did hear a lot of good things.

*Wet and Wild Coverall Foundation*
This has replaced the above mentioned product as my favorite daily foundation.  It's definitely a bit more full coverage than a CC or BB cream, but I apply it lightly and it creates the perfect canvas.  If you are looking for a great drugstore foundation I would give this a try!

*Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream*
This product I got in a Glossybox quite a few years ago.  I still have a lot of product in it, but I figured it's time to toss it.  I used to use this as a primer, as it was too grey toned to use as a foundation.  It worked quite nicely as a primer, but there are so many other BB Creams and primers out there I want to try that I won't be repurchasing.

*Korres Antiageing Foundation in Light Sand*
This is another product where I have a lot left, but it was time for it to go.  This worked quite nicely, but it wasn't anything special.  Korres goes on Hautelook a lot, so if you are interested in trying any of their products I would wait for them to go on sale there.

*Yaby Natural Finish Foundation in Buff*
I received this in an Ipsy bag quite some time ago and I don't know why I just never tried it.  I haven't subscribed to Ipsy in well over a year so it's time for this baby to go.

*Elf Mineral Face Primer in Tone Correcting Green*
I really like this product, so much I have already repurchased.  I can't say I notice any of the tone correcting effects, but it smooths out my pores and helps my foundation stay a bit longer.  For the price it can't be beat.

*Physician's Formula Super BB Beauty Balm Concealer*
This was another product I was quite happy with.  It didn't cover my moderate dark circles completely, but for everyday use it did a nice job of covering and brightening.  I wanted to try some other under eye products out though so I haven't repurchased in a while.

*Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer*
This is one of those products that looks and feels so beautiful, but performed just ok.  Don't get me wrong I really liked the way this product performed, but for the price I would weather go with the Elf Primer.

*NYC Brow Pencil*
This taupe-y shade was pretty good for my brows, but it wasn't an exact match.  I won't be repurchasing.

*Wet and Wild Mega Volume Mascara*
This is bad, I haven't used this mascara in so long I don't even remember what I thought of it!  I'm assuming I wasn't blown away by it though as I didn't repurchase.

*Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara*
This has to be my favorite drugstore mascara.  It volumizes and slightly thickens and lengthens.  It's a great daily and natural looking mascara and frequently goes on sale.

*Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara*
So this stuff is crack.  I fell for this stuff so hard that I became a Younique representative.  See my review on this here

*Laura Mercier Lip Glacee in Opal*
I forgot which subscription box I received this in, but it was probably one of my most used products.  This is such a nice warm lip tint.  It was a bit sticky and definitely overpriced and not cruelty free so I won't be repurchasing.

*Jordana Lip Gloss in Carmelo*
My friend gave me this gloss quite a while ago and it was my everyday kind of color.  It was a warm tint with a bit of a sparkle.  I may look into repurchasing this as it was a great color to keep in my purse and top other lip colors with.

*Rimmel Stay Glossy in Infinitely Pretty*
This was actually in my Maid of Honor gift bag from my best friend's wedding 3 years ago!  It is super sparkly and girly and I really loved it, but it started to smell a bit funky.  I found a great natural replacement from the All Natural Face.

*Victoria's Secret Breathless Body Lotion*
I received this as a gift from one of my students last year and I really liked it.  It was moisturizing without being greasy and the scent was quite nice as well.  However VS is no longer cruelty free (SADS) so I won't be repurchasing.

*St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse*
This stuff is really fantastic.  It applies nicely (especially with the mitt) and since it has a nice color guide it's easy to see where it applies.  For my super pale self it provides a great natural looking color.  However, I haven't been able to get this to work nicely on my face.

*Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens*
I got this in a Boscia kit a few Black Friday's again and while I really enjoyed them, they work just as well as the cheapo ones from Elf.

*Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Pocket Bac*
I love any vanilla scent and this one was no exception.  However, I have SO many antibacterials from Fortune Cookie Soap that I will not be repurchasing any for quite a while.

So glad to finally throw away all of this garbage and start a new!  

To purchase the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara or any other Younique product, click here

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jamberry Nails Initial Review

    About a month or so ago my work family and I attended a ladies' shopping night out.  It was at this event that I purchased some Jamberry Nail Wraps.  I purchased the set called Champagne Toast.  Out of this one set you can expect to get about 4 mani/pedis.  I never purchased from Jamberry before because I was under the impression that the $15 set was only one manicure.  When I learned that I could get a few applications out of one set, I decided to purchase some sets to test out.

   If you don't know what Jamberry is/are, they are essentially nail wraps that can be applied directly to the nail and worn in lieu of polish.  I've heard different opinions on how long these nail wraps are expected to last on our fingers.  The woman who sold it to me said 7-10 days, but most reviews state anywhere from 5-7 days.

  I did have a "sample" nail applied at the shopping event and it lasted 7 days while still looking nice.  I unfortunately did not apply these as well as the vendor did.

  I have to admit the application process is quite easy.  HOWEVER, I suck at anything nail related so I had a bit more trouble filing off some of the excess nail product and cutting the wraps to the proper size/shape.  I also did not have a cuticle stick to help to get these babies to stick and I used the end of a nail file instead.

As you can see the design is GORGEOUS!  As you can also see, I sucked at the application.  I just couldn't get the wraps on as smooth as I wanted and also think I didn't size them correctly around my cuticle.  However, as my first time applying and again I suck at anything nail related I didn't do as horrible a job as I would expect.

I applied these on a Saturday afternoon and by that Wednesday afternoon I had to rip these things off.  They looked as good as the day I applied them, but every time I would run my fingers through my hair, my hair would get caught in it or caught under it.  I do think this was due to my poor application.

Here is how they looked on Wednesday.

The removal involved me just peeling them off.  Again, I think if I applied them correctly this wouldn't have been my removal process.  They did leave a little residue, almost looking like polish, behind on my nails and I was able to remove that with a cotton ball soaked in coconut oil and then some scrubbing with a nail brush.

The reason why I am calling this an initial review, is because I have another set where I want my friend to help in the application process to see if I have a better look and longer lasting effects.

Have you ever tried Jamberry? Any tips or tricks? 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: April

    So I have finally continued my little blogger plan of trying out a different cruelty free/naturalish beauty box each month.  This month's box is the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box.  Vegan Cuts is a brand I see frequently featured on a lot of natural/organic beauty vlogger so I decided to give it a try.

   So the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box costs $19.95 per month and typically contains between 4-7 products with a variety of full size and sample size products.  All products are 100% cruelty free and most products are organic and natural.

   I received the April Beauty Box and I must admit, I wasn't blown away by it.  I know it's not fair to judge a subscription box as a whole by only one month, but considering I am basing my review on one month and whether or not I want to subscribe to something based on one box, this one was a bummer.  Also, they don't include the prices on their information sheet (which annoys me) so my prices will be based on a general web search.

Here is what I received:

*Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen ($3.99)*
I love the idea of an organic sunscreen as I know most sunscreens are full of chemicals.  I will be trying this out as soon as the weather decides to become spring like.

*Emani Organic Lip Shine in Blush ($16.00)*
I was very happy to see a full sized product.  While the packaging of this lipgloss is bulky, I actually really like the color.  I haven't tried it on the lips yet, but judging from the swatch it's a bit goopy, which I don't mind.

*Petal Fresh Tea Tree Oil Conditioner ($8.50 for full size)*
I love tea tree oil and I love experimenting with tea tree oil shampoos for dandruff treatment.  I must admit I have never heard of tea tree oil conditioner, but I am quite excited to give this a try.

*Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Hair Spray ($22 for full size)*
I love a good sea salt spray, and anything that has Mermaid in the title must mean it works right?  I tend to only use salt spray during the summer when I am washing or at least rinsing my hair more frequently as sea salt sprays tend to irritate my scalp.  I haven't played around with different hair textures since my hair has been this in between length so I'm excited to try this.

*Wellinhand Action Remedies Vanilla Rosemary Bug-a-boo Bug Repellent*
Last summer I discovered that I was big fan of the Honest Company's Insect Repellent, but I love this sample size one to try and throw into a beach bag or bag for a hike.  I DO NOT do well with bugs.

Swatch of Emani Blush Gloss

So I must admit, after typing this up and looking at each product, I realized that I don't think this is as much of a dud of a box as I originally thought.  I plan on using or at least sampling every product.  I would estimate the total value of this box at around $40 so it's almost worth the double the cost of the box.  

In terms of cruelty free/natural boxes, Petit Vour is still my favorite, but this one is definitely worth a shot as well.

Which one will I be trying next?? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Co-Op Chronicles: Ladybug Repellent

      So I've changed the name of my little housewarming series of posts to Co-op Chronicles, simply because I like the name better.

   This post is about an incredibly boring topic: insect repellent.  When I moved in to my place I realized there seemed to be quite a collection of ladybugs on my living room and bedroom windows.  Ladybugs are not necessarily a pest or something for me to be scared of, but I hate bugs, any bugs so these ladybugs had to go.

  I started googling natural ways to repel ladybugs and came across Camphor Oil.  Camphor oil has a multitude of uses and benefits including:
-facilitating digestion and blood circulation
-relieving spasms/cramps
-curing gas trouble
-relieving congestion
-reduces nervous disorders
-boosts libido
-cures erectile dysfunction
……and repels ladybugs!

I saw several different ways to use Camphor Oil to get rid of ladybugs and I decided to soak a few cotton pads with about 20-25 drops of oil and stick them in the corners of my window frames.  I wore gloves to do this, just in case.  I'm just beginning to learn about essential oils and I'm not sure which need to be used with carrier oils or are dangerous to to the touch or whatever.

I have 4 windows where I have spotted a ladybug or 2, and to test this out I put the cotton pads in 3 of my 4 windows.  I knew this weekend would be a great weekend to test this out, as it was going to be very warm, and the warmth attracts ladybugs.

Since I have put my 2 Camphor Oil pads in each window, I have not seen a single ladybug.  In the window where I didn't put the pads, I saw 3 this weekend.  So far, this has been a great success.

Camphor oil is pretty cheap ($3-$6) for a hefty sized jar, so if you have a ladybug problem (or according to my research other pests as well) give Camphor Oil a try.

This oil has completely peaked my interest in essential oils.  I ended up ordering an introductory type kit from Young Living as my friend is always talking about all the different way she uses her oils.  I can't wait to get my kit and try them all out.

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