Tuesday, July 25, 2017

June/July 2017 Out of My Face


Here is what I used up in June! and July!

  • Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Tea Tree 32oz
  • Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Fig 32oz
  • Wen Treatment Oil in Tea Tree Eucalyptus
  • Wen Treatment Oil in Summer Tropical Paradise
  • Wen Re-Moist Hydrating Hair Mask in Fig
  • Serious Skincare C Clean Vitamin C Ester Facial Cleanser 16oz
  • Serious Skincare Vitamin Ester Pads 60 count
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR Retinol Serum
  • Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage 
  • Serious Skincare Dermal Crepe Resist
  • Serious Skincare Ultra Mare Pure Marine Infusion Concentrate Serum
  • Serious Skincare 4 Million IU A Cream  XR SPF 30
  • Serious Skincare Mega Force Liquid Exfoliannt
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid
  • Serious Skincare Reverse Lift Reverse Serum
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
  • philosophy Summer Grace Whipped Body Creme 8oz
  • philosophy Falling in Love Summer Whipped Body Cream 8oz
  • Andrew Lessman Friendly Flora 90 count
  • Shiseido Facial Cotton 40 count
  • Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundation in Mocha Q835
  • One 'n Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask
  • Nene's Secret Best Beauty Butter
  • Degree Motion Sense Dry Spray in Daisy Fresh
  • Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent
  • One 'n Only Argan Oil Treatment
  • Earth Therapeutics Hand Remedy
  • Bath & Body Works Mint to Be Hand Cream

I'm on a roll using stuff up! Woohoo!

The only newcomers to the list are Degree spray deodorant and the two hand creams. I haven't used a spray deodorant in years. It was just ok. I don't plan on rushing out to buy it. I really enjoyed the Mint to Be hand cream! It only comes in a 1oz size, so I did use it up quickly. But with sales and coupons at Bath & Body Works. I may stock up on it since I am a hand cream snob. It has a nice refreshing scent and my hands felt really nice. I did not like the Hand Remedy. It was a random buy from Ulta when I was looking for a hand cream. It didn't do anything and it's very thin/light. It wasn't moisturizing and I don't think it made my hands look any better.

Let's see if I can keep this momentum going!

Monday, July 24, 2017

June 2017 Top 5


Better late that never I guess. Here's my top 5 for June!


IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stain

I've mentioned these blushes before in Magical in Mauve and Matte Sweet Apple. I keep saying that I was going to get the other two shades Radiant in Rose and Pretty in Peony during an Ulta sale but I always forgot. I finally remembered to get these when I made a couple of exchanges at Ulta. First I got Radiant in Rose then Pretty in Peony. Now that I have all 4 I have been using the constantly. They are fantastic blushes. They are pigmented but not scary pigmented where you have to be careful in applying them. Also these last all day on my cheeks. These shades go with just about any makeup look. I've enjoyed these so much, it has made me go through my blushes and clear a lot out my stash. If you're look for some good blushes to use and you do want or need a lot of crazy color then check these out. If your cheeks "eat" blush and your blush doesn't last all day then check these out! I cannot say enough good things about these blushes.

Wen Summer Tropical Paradise

I haven't talked about Wen in a while because I've been trying other products. But when I saw the new summer seasonal I caved lol. I picked up the Summer Cleanse & Treat 3-Piece Kit w/ Loofah that was a One Time Only and it smells so good! It smells almost as good as Summer Mango Coconut. I've enjoyed all three pieces in the set. My hair has felt awesome and smelled really good! If they come out with a fragrance in this next summer, I just might get it. *shifty eyes*

NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadows

I have four of these eyeshadows in Blame it on Midnight, Betrayal, Underneath It All and Dance The Tides. They are all brown shades. They stay in the makeup I use for my daily makeup items. I have used them on their own or with palettes that needed a little extra help. These shadows are smooth, pigmented and super easy to blend. I'm tempted to pick up some of the other deeper shades. If you're looking for some nice matte eyeshadows then check these ones out.

NYX Lip Pencils

Annnnd more NYX! I mentioned in my last post that I'm done with Colour Pop lip liners and back to NYX! I have really been enjoying their Suede Lip Pencils and I have my ultimate favorite Espresso back in rotation. They are traditional pencils that are easy to use. I don't have problems over lining my lips, the color range is awesome and you can beat their prices in comparison to high end lip liners.

Serious Skincare A Cream SPF 30

I wasn't going to mention this at first. Only because the tube I have is jacked up lol. But that goes to show that I am using the product. I lucked on a better that a BOGO deal when I ordered from HSN and got two more tubes. I'm going to say that I think I have found my holy grail SPF moisturizer! I have already mentioned how I love their regular A Cream. I think I got my first A Cream SPF 30 in a kit. I have been using this nonstop. It goes on nicely and doesn't make my skin greasy like other SPFs I have tried. Also it doesn't interfere with my makeup or leave a white cast on my skin. So score!

BONUS: Cetaphil Makeup Remover Wipes

I was going to mention this as a surprise product but it is an actual favorite for June. I randomly ordered these from Ulta. Poking around on their website is just as bad as wandering around the store. I tried their Cleansing Wipes and they were just ok. These I really really like. They are a nice size, they are nicely moisturized and they feel good on the skin. My skin feels super soft after using these to remove my makeup. They are kind of pricey at Ulta. So I'll be waiting to see if they go on sale or price compare at other retailers.

A couple items I did not like in June were the Sheseido Facial Cottons and the Oleavine ThreaTree Therapeutic Scrub.


Shiseido Facial Cotton

I've always been curious about the Sheseido Facial Cottons. Tons of people have said that they are great and better than the ones you can get at the drugstore. I noticed that Sephora has a 40 count for $5. I said why not and added to them my order. Ummm I don't get the hype. They are soft but they may be too soft. I used them with my Neutrogena toner or liquid exfoliant. Every time I used them, bits of cotton were left on my face. I've never had this problem with the cotton rounds I get from CVS, Ulta or Walgreens. So to me they are not worth it. I rarely write reviews on websites but I did on Sephora for these.

Oleavine ThreaTree Therapeutic Scrub

I've been on the hunt for a new body scrub. I wanted something good for body breakouts. Tea tree oil popped in my head so I took to Amazon and came across this scrub. I ordered 2 when they had a promo going on. It's a very fine scrub which I kinda liked at first but then it was too fine that it didn't really "scrub" much. I'm a weirdo and love the scent of Tea Tree. This however also has mint in it and the mint scent turned me off. I said I was going to see if there was a Tea Tree only version but I haven't looked. I may check with some other brands. I gave the other tube I had to a friend for her or her husband to try.

If something is off or doesn't make sense then my bad. I've been trying to get this done but life keeps happening and then I have another work trip this week. Plus I've been feeling kinda of blah towards blogging lately. But I wanted to get this up before I left. And there you have it!

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meh Products First Quarter 2017


Helllllllooooooo!

I thought with it being summertime that things would mellow out some. HA! What was I thinking? I've talked about a bunch of things I've like so far this year. But believe me there have been some items that I have not liked and even some past favorites that I don't care for now. Here are some products that I played around with through April that I didn't like.



Makeup Revolution Palettes

I mentioned the Ultra Eye Contour palette (left) and the New-trals vs Neutrals palette (right) in my March 2017 Shop My Stash post.  I did a look with each palette and I was not impressed. When applying shades from the Ultra Eye Contour palette, the shades applied kind of ashy on me. Once everything was done and set, the look came out fine but I wasn't wowed by it. I used the brown shades from the New-trals vs Neutrals palette. The brown shimmer shade was nice but I felt like I had to keep digging into to build up the color and I had the same issue with the matte shades applying ashy. So meh. There are other drugstore priced shadows that I think are much better than these. Also since I have A LOT of eyeshadows, I can get the same looks. So both went back to Ulta.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

I picked this up from Ulta after seeing it on Snapchat. I used it a few times and felt like it didn't do anything for my skin. Generally you get instant results for a mask. My skin didn't appear any brighter or smoother. It smells really good but that's about it. I was going to return it but then when I was at Ulta I had another return that was on a different receipt and that return took way too long. I got annoyed and said whatever and kept it. I used it it a couple more times since then and again it's just ok. Right now it's sitting in a drawer with some other skin care items. Not sure if  I'll make an effort to use it up or just toss it.

Bare Minerals Lash Domination Ink Liner

I picked this up because one of my YouTube favs recommended it and I just couldn't get into it. It was ok if I had a matte eyeshadow on my lid. If I had something with the least bit of shimmer it would look weird. Also it's not the blackest liquid liner and it faded on me by the end of the day. So no bueno.

Urban Decay Naked Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

I thought I had mentioned this as a favorite before but looks like I haven't. I've had this concealer for a while and I really did like it. I took it with me as my concealer to San Francisco and the more I used it, the more I didn't like it. Compared to tarte's Shape Tape this is kinda lackluster. ANYTHING compare to Shape Tape is lackluster at this point because Shape Tape is that GOOD! One big thing I noticed it that my eyeliner on my lower lash line looked like garbage by the end of the day and the ONLY thing that was different is the concealer I used underneath my eye. So I will be parting ways with this concealer and sticking with Shape Tape.

Colour Pop Lip Liners

Now if you've been following me along, then you know that I have RAVED about these lip liners. I've mentioned them as favorites A LOT. They were even listed in my 2015 Top 10 post. They are pigmented and they have some nice colors. The one thing that gave me pause at first is how soft they are. I could always get a nice line of my lips but sometimes I ended up overdrawing my lips. I overlooked it. But then it got on my nerves more and more. Then the pencil itself would break off inside the tube and the pencil part would move around. So I put them to aside as I went back to an old favorite NYX lip liners and I haven't touched Colour Pop liners since. The NYX ones are a traditional pencil and don't have issues with them. Also when I thought about it, NYX has always had a lot colors with their lip liners way before Colour Pop stepped on to the scene. NYX is also cheaper too and you can find them in store and are not restricted to just ordering online. I probably will toss what Colour Pop Liners I have except Too Lips unless I can find a NYX dupe.

And there you have it.

Going forward I'll mention whatever items I don't like briefly in my top 5 posts. Sound good? Speaking of which my Top 5 for June should be next up.

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Shop My Stash Summer 2017 Edition!


Welcome to the Summer edition of Shop My Stash!

I'm kind of getting bored with these posts. They do help me go through what I have and rotate out my items. But then I'm like ok ok ok what are you using because you need to get this post up! That's not fun for me. Also sometimes I don't actually reach for the items I pull. For the most part I do but sometimes I end up reaching for other things. Plus life is in progress. I have another work trip coming up, house stuff to do, blah, blah blah! You know adulting. So I decided to pick out a bunch of items to use for June, July and August.

So here's what I playing around with this summer!

Shadow Play


Naked 1, 2 & 3

Vice Ltd.

I feel like I haven't shown my OG Urban Decay Naked Palettes any love in while. So Naked 1, 2 and 3 will be in the rotation for the summer. Have you heard that there's a new Naked palette coming out!!?!? It's called Naked Heat and it warm toned palette! *twirls* I also picked up the Vice Ltd palette via a blog sale. So I'll throw that in for some color.

Polish Play

First Row: Tiana, Cindy, Bar, Cece, Merida
Second Row: Zooey, Brita, Aurora, Finley, Dream

Ivy League, Twisted Pink, Violet Voltage, Lacey Lilac, The Real Teal, Pacific Blue 

With nail polishes for the summmer, I said ok I'm going to grab some Zoya nail polishes and be done. Then Sally Hansen popped in my head. Then I ended up with a whole heap of nail polishes.

Fragrance Play


I already knew that I wanted to play around with philosophy's summer scents for summer time!. It's only fitting right? I will be playing around with Summer Grace, Falling Love Summer and Sea of Love. I have the spray fragrances for Summer Grace and Falling in Love Summer. I'm debating if I want to pick up the Sea of Love spray fragrance. I'm also going to throw Wen's Summer Mango Coconut into the mix to get my coconut fix.

I will still do my Top 5 posts for June, July and August. I'm sure some other random posts will pop in my head to do.

So see you in September for another Shop My Stash post!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

May 2017 Top 5


Here's my top 5 for May!


philosophy Honey & Cream

I saw sneak peeks of this new philosophy scent on social media. I was curious but then forgot about it. It was included in the philosophy joyful bath & body 4 piece mega collection that was a Today's Special Value in April. They did a similar set like them last year with MEGA 64oz shower gel. Now I said that I would not get a set that had this much shower gel! Never say never right? HA! The value was ridiculous and it came with two super sized Glazed Body Souffles. You know these are my favorite body moisturizers. So I caved and did auto delivery. The Hone & Cream scent has "honey notes and light, fluffy cream". It just smells good. It's kind of calming as well. I'm sure at some point it'l be available at retail and you can give it a whiff.

philosophy Lemon Custard

I also ordered the philosophy super-size body souffle & body spritz set in Lemon Custard when I ordered Honey & Cream. I have raved about the shower gel last year. I had the Glazed Body Souffle in another set but I ended up returning it. So I jumped on this. The Lemon Custard scent has "lemon zest with a silky, smooth custard finish". This definitely a pick me up scent. The custard component mixes well with the Lemon. I reached for this on morning when I need that extra something to get me going.

Serious Skincare Continuously Clear Medicated Moisture Replenishing Cream

I ordered the Serious Skincare Over 40 Breakout Control Kit from HSN. I have been wanting to try the Continuously Clear line for a while. So I said why not with this set and grab some Vitamin C products as well. I've enjoyed the three Continuously Clear items but the stand out was the cream! This line has two moisturizer, this one and the gel. When I originally looked at this line I leaned more so towards the gel since I'm oily but I'm learning that oily skin still needs to be moisturized properly. When they explained the cream, they said they created for mature skin that needs moisture and the gel was more so for younger skin (teens and young adults) that don't need as much moisture. I thought that was a cool idea. Still I thought that the cream would be "too much" for my skin. Not the case at all and the cream is fantastic! I wasn't heavy on my skin and it didn't make me greasy. I was impressed by the ingredient deck which includes Retinyl Palmitate, Glycolic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid. I would definitely repurchase this on its own. I still my try the gel at some point to use as a daytime moisturizer.

Butter London Nail Polishes (Brown Sugar, Wallis, All Hail the Queen)

I mentioned in my May Shop My Stash post that I was having some chipping issues with the Butter London polishes I took to San Francisco. I believe the culprit was the base coat I was using. These three polishes I wore a lot through the month and I've continued using them into June. Brown Sugar got the most use. It's a opaque, copper shimmer with gold glitter. IWhen I first put it on, I wasn't too sure about it. Then I ended up really liking it and I received compliments on it. This may be my go to nail polish for the summer. Wallis is a unique shade that's a golden olive green shimmer. I used All Hail the Queen (holographic beige shimmering) in a recent nail post.

Juvia's Place Blush Palette Vol 2

When I saw on Instagram that Juvia's Place was coming out with blushes, I was super excited! I scooped this when they have a free shipping promo. By the time I ordered Vol 1 was sold out but I was able to order it via Hautelook. So it'll be in rotation soon. In these palette there are 4 matte blushes and two shimmer blushes. I have not worn the shimmer blushes on their own. I mix them with the matte blushes using them more so like a highlighter. The matte blushes are smooth and you can build the color on your cheeks. This is hands down my favorite blush palette that I've tried!

And let's throw in a couple of quick bonuses shall we? These are products that caught me by surprise.


Cafe Bustello Espresso Style K Cups

I stumbled upon this coffee on sale at CVS. One of my YouTube faves Jennifer Wan, has mentioned it in her vlogs, so I said why not. I was kind of leery since it said Espresso Style. But I was tickled that it says stands up to sugar and cream on the packaging. So I gave it a go and I really really like it! I do add sugar and cream to my coffee. Sometimes I can be heavy handed with the cream and my coffee can be too sweet. This does stand up to cream and sugar. It has a very nice flavor that's not too strong even thought it's an Espresso Style coffee. It gives me that jolt I need first thing in the morning. I need to try is as an iced coffee! *note to self*

Brows

Brows are something in my routine that at first I didn't really do.. Then I started doing them but I was never really "obsessed" with them like some tend to be. That's kinda changed over the last couple of months. Everyone raves about Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I've looked at it here and there but never have been moved to purchase it. Well that changed during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty and Brow Wiz was on sale for $10 I think. I ended up getting two shades (Chocolate and Ebony) from Ulta's website. Both shades work for me but I like Ebony a little more. I have enjoyed using Brow Wiz and you can get a nice natural looking brow with it. Then I started thinking about the NYX Micro Brow Pencil that's a dupe. I tried it when it first came out but then I couldn't pick the right shade and I hadn't used a brow pencil that fine in a long time. So I gave it another try and I picked up the shade Chocolate. It is too light to use through my full brow. Then I remember people mentioned using a lighter shade in the front part of their brow because it looks more natural. I gave that a go and color me surprised, I liked the way it turned out. I used the NYX pencil through the first 1/4 of my brown and I used Iman's brow pencil through the rest of my brow. So yay brows!

There you have it. Let's see what June brings!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Top 5 - Travel Edition (San Francisco)



For my work trips I am usually gone a week. So it's hard to not take too much stuff since I am going for quite a while. I typically try to take tried and true products but I also may take something new to try out. Here are my 5 favorites from my San Francisco trip.

Garnier 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother

This was the primer I decided to take. I scooped this form Walgreens when it was on sale for like $8. I should have gone back and picked up another one. This is a really good primer. It takes down the shine on my face and smooths out my skin. Foundation goes on effortlessly with this primer.  I also wore it alone with no makeup.

Serious Skincare Creamerum Evolve

Travel takes a toll on your skin especially being on an airplane. So I added this to my morning routine before both of my flights. I continued using it for the week because my skin apparently needed the extra moisture. The keep my skin hydrated and plump!

Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks

I picked up the shades Sanctuary (nude coffee) and Crucifix (deep chocolate) during the recent Sephora sale. They came the day I was packing and I threw them in my makeup bag. I really enjoyed these shades! Sanctuary is nude perfection for my skin tone. I love good chocolate lip color and Crucifix is just that. I also think that these have been reformulated. They felt a lot nicer on the lips than some of the original shades I have. I'm tempted to get more shades but I'm trying to be good.

Tarte Palettes (Maneater and Sex Kitten)

I got two new palettes from Tarte. I got them the week before my trip. I did a couple of looks with each palette to make sure that I liked them enough to travel with. I've really been enjoying these smaller Tarte palettes. Maneater is warmed toned and Sex Kitten is cool toned. The each have seven eyeshadows and a highlighter. The eyeshadows are smooth, pigmented and easy to blend. They pair nicely together as well.

Nail-Aid Acetone Spray Remover in Keratin & Cocoa Butter

I think I saw this on Snapchat and said hmmmm this would be good for travel. It removed my nail polish without any extra effort. I really like how my nails and nail area were nicely conditioned and not dry! I'm not sure how long this would last with regular use but it's great for travel. I ordered from the company's website. Their products are at Walmart too. I'm curious about their base coats.

BONUS: Qflmy Vintage Retro Canvas Messenger Bag Crossbody Shoulder Bag

I was ready to take my Dooney & Bourke Multi Color Nylon North/South Triple Zip Crossbody, Then I decided I wanted something that could hold a little more and I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I took to Amazon and ordered the Qflmy Vintage Retro Canvas Messenger Bag Crossbody Shoulder Bag in grey. This bag is fantastic for travel or even just for everyday. It's lightweight and there are tons of pockets for organization. The shoulder strap is nice a long so I could crossbody it with ease. I may order one of the brown colors and maybe even black.

And here is a pic of the Bay Bridge lit up. I was able to get out to the Ferry Building which I highly recommend checking out if you are ever in San Francisco.


I have another trip at the end of July and possibly on at the end of October. So I'll try to do Top 5 posts for those two trips.

I still have my Top 5 for May! Stay tuned!

April/May 2017 Out of My Face


Here's what I used up April and May!


  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid (2)
  • H.K. Girl Fast Drying & Super Shiny Clear Top Coat
  • Nene's Secret Gorgeous Grow
  • Josie Maran Argan Balm
  • Korres Body Butter in Mulberry Vanilla
  • Majestic Oil Hydrating Shampoo
  • Majestic Oil Hydrating Conditioner
  • Skinfix Hand Repair Cream (2)
  • philosophy Pure Grace Perfumed Olive Oil Body Scrub
  • One 'n Only Argan Oil
  • Purity Made Simple Mask
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR Serum 2oz
  • philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in The Gingerbread Man 32oz
  • philosophy Glazed Body Souffle in Fresh Cream
  • One 'n Only Argan Spray
  • Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
  • Chi Silk Infusion
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
  • philosophy The Present
  • Vitafusion Women's  Adult Gummies
  • philosophy Whipped Body Creme in Pure Grace
  • Wen Replenishing Treatment Mist in Winter Vanilla Mint
I know hair oils are all the rage but I'm kinda old school when it come to moisturizing my scalp. A blogger I follow did a Dry Flaky Scalp Solutions: Hair Grease post and I picked up a couple of her recommendations. I picked up Nene's Gorgeous Grow and Profectiv Mega Growth Growth Revitalizer Hair & Scalp Moisturizer. Of the two, Nene's Go Go Gorgeous was the stand out product. I've already ordered two more jars. My scalp can get very dry and itchy. This helps soothe my scalp, there's no buildup and it doesn't weigh my hair down. 

I picked the Majestic Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner after trying the hair oil. I got the smaller sizes to try. I got 3 washes out of the shampoos and 4 uses of of the conditioner. I really enjoyed these two products. The shampoo got my hair clean and I was still able to finger comb my hair. The conditioner was really nice. It made my hair soft and moisturized. I was tempted to run out and get the full sized bottles but I don't need them right now. I have other items to use. Even though I enjoyed these two products, I'm not sure I will repurchase them any time soon. Trying to use what I have and I may go back to using Wen.

See you again for some more empties!