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


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!