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Use It: December 2016 Empties

Happy 2017!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year celebration. We went to dinner with some friends and then then I came home to sit on my couch with the dog. My husband and I were asleep by 12:30. We know how to have a good time. The older I get, the less interested I am in being out on NYE.

I am in the middle of drafting some year in review posts, but wanted to take a break to write about and recycle these empties. Plus, I am really curious about my final tally. I am going to do my absolute best to stick with a low-buy this year. I have no shortage of full-size and sample products to use… some with backups. My husband and I are committing to a budget and working hard to hold each other to it. I know I have said it before, but now I really need to stick to it. I have SO MUCH stuff…

As usual, everything is broken down by type: skin care, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle/other. Sample reviews are posted to my Instagram (@lvp8779) as they are used. I used up a handful of small samples as well as some deluxe samples. If I was able to get a good sense of the product, it is included in this post.

SKIN CARE

Clinique Clarifying Lotion #2 – If you read my blog regularly, you know that this has been a staple in my daily routine. After nearly 15 years, I am removing this from my skin care routine. I used to love how clean this left my face feeling after removing my makeup, however lately I feel that it leaves my skin tight and dry. Using micellar water after washing my face, followed by a non-alcohol based toner has given me the same clean feeling without the dryness. I’m sorry, Clarifying Lotion, but I have to let you go! Available at all Clinique counters for $24 for 13.5oz.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – I started this a while back while I was treating my perioral dermatitis and sort of abandoned it after my treatment was over. I hate finding half-used products so was determined to finish this up. This cleanser is very gentle on skin, while removing all traces of makeup. A small amount easily does the trick, so this mini lasted quite a while. I have more of these tucked away! Available at Sephora for $5.50 for 1oz.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser – this citrusy, gel-like cleanser makes a great first step cleanser. A small amount lifted makeup and primer after a long day. This was very hydrating and helped protect my face when doing a second cleansing step. I did not use this on or around my eyes, so cannot speak to how it removed eye makeup. I would definitely consider purchasing again. Full-size available at Sephora for $34 for 4oz.

Pond’s Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes – these were very nice – removed eye makeup with ease as well as deep lipstick and lip stains. I don’t feel like they can be used on their own though – they seem to leave a bit of a soapy film even though the directions say no washing needed. I would definitely repurchase. Available at Target for $9.99 for 75 wipes.

Skyn Iceland – Icelandic Relief Eye Pen – this was a very nice eye cream. Cooling, soothing and hydrating. I noticed minimal change in my undereye creasing and it did nothing for my dark circles. Given how self-conscious I am of the dark circles, this was not the product for me. Available at Ulta for $20 for 0.14oz.

MAKEUP

Benefit Gimme Brow Shade 3 – I feel like this is a bit thinner, yet more pigmented than the previous iteration. I really like the shade variations – light was too light and dark was too dark… this is juuuuust right. This was a mini version from the launch and it has lasted for months. I think I purchased a full size (see hoarding notes above…) and am definitely looking forward to using. Available at all Benefit counters for $12 for 0.03oz or $24 for 0.1oz.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – this mascara gets a ton of hype and I have no clue why. This was clumpy and kind of tough to use. I had to regularly spend a minute separating my lashes after using. It was also almost impossible to remove. I have 30 sample mascaras, I won’t be purchasing. Available at Ulta for $21 for 0.24oz.

BODY

Olay Quench Body Lotion – this is my go-to lotion for every season. While I change up other shower products and lotions seasonally, this is an absolute staple. I have tried a couple of the Quench varieties and I love them all. This is hydrating enough for the cold months, but non-greasy and absorbs quickly to get through the warm months. I buy this in bulk! Available on Amazon for $11.95 for 20.2oz.

HAIR

Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray – such a long name for leave-in conditioner. Like I said before, I don’t notice a lot of difference with this stuff… either it detangles or it doesn’t. This did. I wouldn’t spend this kind of money to repurchase though. Full-size available at Ulta for $30 for 5.1oz.

Redken Color Extend Sun Mousse SPF 25 – this was a gift from the nice folks at L’Oréal Product Evaluation a while back. I really tried to make this work – while it gave my waves a nice finish, it also left a weird residue on my hair. It did not like second or third day hair.. I tried to find this online, but it looks like it is only available in the UK now. Hmm..

LIFESTYLE/OTHER

Saint Augustine and Suds candles in Apple Pumpkin Rum and Campfire and Coffee – these are both fantastic – they smelled amazing and lasted forever. My favorite of the two was Campfire and Coffee, a nice balance of wood and hot steaming coffee. I received the Apple Pumpkin Rum at the Lady Saints event and I purchased the candle for $12. I believe Denise has made more and they are available in-store. You can contact her via the website – saintaugustineandsuds.com

So here is the moment I was waiting for…

Total products used 2016:

Skincare: 23

Body: 22

Hair: 17

Makeup/face: 30

other: 8

Nails: 16

Samples: 50

Sheet masks: 11

Month total: $96.45 (approximately)

Total products used in 2016: 177!

Year total: $1,570.80!!

While I used up a ton of stuff, I still have a long way to go. I’m hoping to come up with a couple challenges to keep myself motivated as well as try to resist opening new things before I use something up.

How do you stay motivated to use things up and/or stick to a low/no-buy? What are some of the challenges you are attempting in 2017? Comment below!

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Best of 2016 – Top Posts

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe it is the last week of December… Yikes! In keeping with the last couple years,  I am going to give the top blog posts, subscriptions and discoveries and favorites of the last 12 months. The first of these being the top rated posts of the past year.

I do want to say a special thank you to everyone who followed along on my journey of treating my perioral dermatitis. The photos weren’t pretty, but I shared some of the most personal info to date on the blog. It was a very physically painful time and it left me incredibly self-conscious. I am completely paranoid about its return, but believe that I have the tools to treat it.

#5 – Update: Progress with Perioral Dermatitis – this was a month into the antibiotic treatment and success with topical treatments.

#4 – A Recent Discovery and a Skincare Challenge – my first post after the PD diagnosis and the million ways that the internet suggested I treat it.

#3 – Finale: No More Perioral Dermatitis – obviously the final post at the end of the PD treatment. After 3 months of antibiotics and a diligent skincare regimen, I was almost exhausted from talking about it.

#2 – MAC Magnetic Nudes Review – this post was written in December 2013… and y’all still love it! This was MAC’s major relaunch of the Extra Dimension cheek colors and eye shadows.

And for the second year in a row….

#1 – MAC Prep + Prime CC Review – originally posted in February 2014, this gets a crazy amount of hits. You must love my color theory breakdown!

An additional thank you goes out to not just my readers in the US, but those in the UK, Canada, Germany, Hungary and Israel. I am so grateful for all of you and glad everyone is still here with me!

Thank you again for another wonderful year!

 

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My Solitary November 2016 Favorite

Hello again!

I have gone back and forth about my November favorites – mostly I was feeling a bit lazy about writing this post. There is not a good reason why – I obviously had a new favorite thing to share. Just… lazy.

The last thing I needed was yet another perfume. However during the Sephora VIB sale I caved and bought the Maison Margiela Replica Perfume in Jazz Club. This is one sexy scent. Martin Margiela designed the Replica scents to be a “reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods.” I feel like this is exactly what a 1920’s jazz club would smell like.

When first applied, it is warm and sweet with a hint of vanilla and rum. As it dries down, I catch whiffs of whiskey, leather and tobacco. This is a very masculine scent that works incredibly well with my chemistry, similar to the effect of the Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme mentioned in last months favorites. I cannot stop sniffing my wrists and clothing when I wear this. A couple sprays last 8-10 hours without needing to reapply.

Jazz Club and Noir Pour Femme will likely be my go-to scents this winter – they are everything I have been looking for. Prior to purchasing this, I tested out the Elizabeth and James Bourbon and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Stash. Both just missed the mark on what I was looking for – the Bourbon dried down to just vanilla and the Stash was just a bit too spicy.

I purchased Jazz Club in the 0.34oz spray, but I have a feeling that I will make the splurge on the 3.4oz bottle before long.

Have you tried this or any of the other Replica scents? What are your thoughts?

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Use It: November 2016 Empties

Hello everyone!

I was starting to think that November was a low-use month and then all of a sudden I seemed to finish up a bunch of things all at once. Or I wasn’t actually paying attention and they have been running low for a while… which is probably the more likely scenario.

I haven’t needed to do this for a while, but since there were so many products I broke everything out by type: skin care, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle/other. Sample reviews are posted to my Instagram (@lvp8779) as they are used. This was a very low sample month, I think there were only a couple towards the beginning.

Anywho – here we go:

SKIN CARE

GLAMGLOW YouthCleanse – this is a gritty, mud to foam cleanser. It is a deluxe sample and lasted about a month, so I was able to formulate a strong opinion on this. I like the mud to foam idea but it is a bit deceiving… it’s not a lather, just a slight change in texture. I didn’t anticipate the exfoliant so after several uses, I had to swap it out because it was just a bit too harsh for every day and I could not use it to remove eye makeup. I used this as a second step of a double cleanse and I found that it left my skin feeling super clean. I would not purchase as I feel like there are better cleansers out there. Available at Sephora – full size is $39 for 5oz.

Kiehl’s Photo-Age Corrector Intensive Corrective Moisturizer – I really liked the idea of this – a moisturizer that could correct sun and element damage. This was an odd formula though… not overly moisturizing.. I ended up using this on my neck and chest. This was a gift from L’Oréal Product Evaluation and has been discontinued.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream – now this moisturizer was great. I used this at night – layered it on thick and massaged it in over a serum. This was really hydrating and made my skin feel fantastic. I would definitely purchase. This was also a gift from L’Oréal Product Evaluation. Available on the Kiehl’s website or Nordstrom for $60 for 1.7oz.

Thistle Farms Lip Smoothie – this is a really great, all natural lip balm. Thistle Farms is based in Nashville and their mission alone is to buy their products: “Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We are a community of survivors, advocates, employees, interns, volunteers, and friends from all across the world. We are young and old, women and men. We want to change a culture that still allows human beings to be bought and sold. We believe that in the end, love is the strongest force for change in the world.” These women make and sell all of the products. I will buy any and all of their products again and again. Available at thistlefarms.org for $4.95

MAKEUP

Beautyblender Blotterazzi – I was so excited when I received this in my Sephora PLAY! box. After one use, I was confused and annoyed. I tried this a few more times, but every time I used it, it seemed to just smear my makeup around and not actually absorb anything. I know I’m not alone in this experience. Purchase? No chance. Available at Sephora for $20 for 2.

e.l.f. Shine Eraser – last one… I finally ran out of my stash! Bummer.

LORAC Cococin Cream Foundation in CR1 – a foundation made from… coconuts? This was a very creamy, medium coverage foundation. I found the best application for this foundation was not brushes, but fingers. Warming a bit on the hands helped this move easily on my skin – it blended so well and could be sheered out or built up for more coverage. CR1 was a really good match for my fair skin – not too pink, not too yellow. I believe this has pretty much been discontinued except for Amazon now – $32 for 0.28oz.

BODY

Bath and Body Works Body Cream in Peach and Honey Almond – I bought everything I could find in this scent.. this is such a warm, happy scent that lasts all day. Like other Bath and Body Works body creams, this is super hydrating and non-greasy. I would purchase this again in a heartbeat if it was released again. Limited edition – $12.50 for 8oz.

Satin Care Shave Gel – this was part of a winter set last year – I never buy shave gel except for in a pinch. I’m much more a shave cream, as gel has been known to give me razor burn if  use too little . This worked fairly well, but I had to use a ton to ward off razor burn. I would not repurchase. Amazon sells for $7.99 for 2.5oz.

Udderly Smooth Hand Cream – this was weird… it was really watery and not very moisturizing. If I was a cow, I would be pissed that someone used this on my udders.This came in a subscription box – definitely would not buy. Available on Amazon for $5 for 4oz.

HAIR

Kerastase Cristaliste Shampoo for Long Hair – I’ve used a number of Kerastase products over the years and there are some really amazing things and some that are just… okay. I found this to be a perfectly fine shampoo, but not one that justifies the crazy price tag. I have a few more of these tucked away – they might get used… or I might give them away. We’ll see… Amazon lists this for $18.99 for the 8.5oz.

Suave Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo – I received this for testing purposes from Influenster. I really liked this at first, but after a while the fake mango scent really started to get to me. It would cling to me all day and not mix well with any of my perfume and eventually started to make me nauseous. The formula was perfectly fine – it was a good all-day dry shampoo that would extend my time between washing 2-3 days. Available at Target for $2.49 for 4.3oz.

LIFESTYLE/OTHER

Ulta Strengthening Nail Polish Remover – I don’t see the point in spending a ton on nail polish remover… the Ulta brand works great – removes every trace of polish and doesn’t sting or burn. I’ll repurchase again and again. Available at Ulta for $2.99 for 6oz.

Total products used 2016 year to date:

Skincare: 18

Body: 21

Hair: 15

Makeup/face: 28

other: 6

Nails: 16

Samples: 41

Sheet masks: 10

Month total: $144.27 (approximately)

Year total: $1,474.35

There you have it – another month of empties. Hopefully December brings another large bunch of things that I can review and declutter. I am currently trying to finish a bunch of half-used products and some deluxe samples that are taking up a ton of storage space. Stay tuned to see how that works out! 🙂

Have a wonderful December!

 

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This Week’s Lips #12

Happy Sunday!

It’s a chilly one here as winter is really starting to settle in. I have been seeking hot coffee, hot tea, blankets and extra layers for days. We’ve had snow and sleet and little sun… It is probably time to up my vitamin D.

This last week included all repeats in my weekly lip posts, so I will keep this short and sweet:

 

 

MondayUrban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked – reviewed here.

Tuesday Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Thistle – reviewed here.

WednesdayBite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper – reviewed here

ThursdayBite Beauty BB for Lips in Tawnyon its own for once! Reviewed here.

FridayNYX Chunky Dunk in Hibiscus Tea Punch – still the worst name ever. Reviewed here.

 

 

Last week was a little MAC heavy, this week obviously included a whole lot of Bite. It is seriously one of my favorite brands – they make amazing lip products that are totally worth the sticker price.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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This Week’s Lips #10

Happy post-Thanksgiving week!

I hope all of my U.S. friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. It was so wonderful catching up with everyone while they were in town. I ate too much… I drank too much… TOO MUCH HOLIDAY.

 

 

Monday – MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Among the Fireflies – this is a limited edition shade from last year’s Faerie Whispers collection – one of my all-time favorites! This is a sheer, light brown that would compliment probably every skin tone. While it is a Cremesheen, it does lean a bit matte but is very creamy and does not dry out. The wear time on this is very short – about 2 hours. That is probably why I haven’t worn it too often…

Tuesday – MAC Lip Gelee in Moistly – does this look familiar? My much neglected project pan lip gloss from a while back. I haven’t completely given up on this yet. This is a very hydrating, sheer berry colored lip gloss. The shade is subtle but provides a nice wash of color. This wore comfortably for several hours.

Wednesday – MAC Matte Lipstick in Strip Me Down – originally featured here. For some reason, I found this to be less drying this time around. I only used a tiny bit of clear gloss on top.

ThursdayFord and Boys in Guillermo – oh yes. He’s back. This was one of my October favorites and continues to be well in to November. I just adore this shade!

FridayL’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet – another shade that is no stranger to the blog. This is such an easy color to wear and formula just to swipe and go. I have backups of this. 😉

 

 

So there you have a very MAC-heavy week in review. I didn’t feel very creative this past week… let’s see if I can’t change it up this week!

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This Week’s Lips #9

Hello everyone!

Greetings from the cold and snowy Midwest. I repeat, SNOWY. It was 70 on Friday and snowing on Saturday. We now have 3-4 inches on our deck. BRRR!

This past week I revisited some past favorites as well as something new to me:

 

Tuesday – NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm – I was really working the opposites of the color wheel this day. While wearing a very royal blue top, I went all out with the orange. This has made other appearances on the weekly review. Tuesday was my Monday so using something a little sparkly and fun made my day.

 

Wednesday – Burberry Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry – I usually layer this with MAC Eugenie, a deep cranberry shade. However, Blueberry on its own is a sheer, but buildable shade that truly resembles the shade of crushed blueberries. It is incredibly hydrating and lasts about 4 hours.

Thursday – Too Faced Melted Metal in Peony – Too Faced calls this a Dusty Rose, but I feel like this is a sheer blue-toned pink with a hint of gold. This is very long lasting and as it wears down, leaves a nice stain. I think this is a true all-day/10 hour color. I do reapply but more to just make sure that there aren’t any patches that wear unevenly. My only complaint is the applicator – I despise the way it feels on my lips.

Friday (day) – Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat – I received this in my Sephora Play! subscription box in October and was procrastinating testing it out. After reading several reviews, I decided I needed to try this. This is a really great liquid lipstick! While a lot of liquid lipsticks tend to dry out my lips, this never fully dried down. It stayed a bit pliable and I was able to easily correct when I went a little overboard. Since I was still testing this out, I did use with a little bit of clear gloss. Smashbox describes this color as a warm pink – this pulled very brown and even a bit terracotta on me. The arm swatch looks a bit different than it did on my lips.

Friday (night) – Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Lost Cherry – after wearing a heavy liquid lipstick all day, I really wanted to lighten it up for an event that night. I was headed to a work event where I would be eating and drinking, so I wanted to wear something that was light and fun but easy to reapply. I realized I hadn’t worn Lost Cherry in quite a while so grabbed this and ran out the door. This is very pigmented, yet goes on somewhat sheer. This is a true red with a hint of shimmer. It wore incredibly well throughout the evening with only needing a slight reapplication after eating. I think this will be my go-to holiday shade this year!

So there you have it. Another week in the books. Did you revisit any favorites this past week?

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October 2016 Favorites

Happy November!

October finally cooled down and I was able to break out some fall sweaters and more importantly, fall colors and scents! While I love crisp, clean and bright scents, I also love dark, rich and almost masculine scents.

The first scent I broke out as it cooled down was my Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau perfume oil. This is a beautiful mix of black currant and Bulgarian rose without an alcohol base. The rose is definitely the more subtle scent, as the currant notes take the lead. A little goes a really long way and lasts several hours. I use a couple drops on pulse points and frequently catch myself smelling it throughout the day. I just love this unique, complicated scent.

As the temperature dropped a bit more, I broke out the Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme. I bought this months ago, but it just didn’t feel like the right season to wear it. It finally felt like October was finally the right time. This is a complex blend, but I feel that the amber and sandalwood notes are what stand out the most. TF calls this is a floral-oriental, but I have to disagree as it wears more of a masculine oriental scent on me. I get zero floral. This scent lasts all day and into the evening. If it wasn’t so damned expensive I would use it in my hair too.

On a completely different note, I’m really overdue to get my hair dyed. There is a clear division of color about an inch and a half from my scalp. It is no secret that my hair is not red, however thanks to my long-time colorist I am a redhead by choice. Since I haven’t had time to get my hair color refreshed, I have been using the L’Oréal Root Cover Up Temporary Gray Concealer Spray in Red. It magically covers my roots (that are only partially gray..btw) and blends in to the rest of my colored hair. It lasts until washed out so there is no fear of having the color fall out on clothing, smear on to pillows or anything like that. It holds up incredibly well after applying dry shampoo also.

The final favorite was featured in another weekly lipstick post. The Tom Ford and Boys in Guillermo is a beautiful, creamy plum-brown. In addition to being maybe the most perfect fall shade ever, it lasts for hours without needing reapplication. I have been wearing this pretty frequently as well as it’s less expensive (and a touch more brown) dupe, MAC Verve. The plum in Guillermo really makes this shade unique – it brightens my overall look and goes so well with pinks, browns and more neutral shades. I will be wearing this a ton in the upcoming months!

So there you have it. What were some of your October favorites?

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This Week’s Lips #8

Hello again!

Finally getting back to normal and my regularly scheduled post about lipstick. You’re welcome 😉

MondayPerricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss – this tends to be my weekend go-to shade and an occasional weekday color. Monday was rough so I kept it pretty simple.

Tuesday – MAC Satin Lipstick in Verve – this is one of those classic great shades that I love to have in my collection. This is a great plummy/mauve-brown shade that wears beautifully. This is very buildable and I like to build up a couple coats, which wears evenly for 4-5 hours.

Wednesday (and Friday night) – Tom Ford Lips and Boys in GuillermoGuillermo is like the ridiculously expensive dupe of Verve. This leans a bit more plum than brown and I loooooove it. I have been holding out using this… I finally broke down and opened up the packaging and have been using it quite a bit over the last couple weeks. While the Lips and Boys lipsticks are much smaller, it is still the same satin formula that wears for about 6 hours.

ThursdayTom Ford Lip Color in Nude Vanille – it just keeps showing up every couple weeks. I love this color. I wore red eyeshadow (seriously… red) and wanted to balance it out – this shade was perfect.

Friday (day)Le Métier de Beauté – VIP shade – originally featured here. This wears comfortably for hours. It can easily be worn over any other lip product, but I do like to wear it on its own most of the time.

I really love transitioning to fall.. darker lip and eye shades, switching to a deeper blush and my clothing changing to cashmere and layers. I feel like this is definitely my season!

What are some of your fall go-to shades? What did you wear this past week?

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Use It: October 2016 Empties

Hi there, hey there.

It’s been a few weeks… things have been really crazy on the home front, hence the blog silence. No worries though, everyone is doing well and we’re all getting back into a regular routine.

This was a very low-use product month. After plowing through a bunch of full size as well as sample sizes for Sample September, I think I really just focused on using the things that I love and getting back to a regular routine. With that being said, I still managed to use a few things and wanted to give you some reviews:

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush – I’ve had this brush for years and sadly it is time to say goodbye. It sort of frayed and no matter what I do I cannot reshape this. I actually trimmed some of the crazy hairs in hope of making it work but it still applies my liner erratically. This was a great brush – I could really pack a gel/cream eyeliner into both sides and get an even application well into the lash line. While I’m terrified of tightlining, this did make it easier to accomplish. I would consider repurchasing down the road. Available at Nordstrom for $28.

Ciaté Nail Polish in Members Only – I never loved this polish, but I also got it for free… maybe I don’t really have that much to complain about then? This is the only Ciate polish I have ever tried, but I’m not inclined to rush out and buy any. It was a very gel-like formula that only liked to be worn with one layer. I felt like this never really dried despite trying several top coats. This I can no longer use this because the brush doesn’t reach any further. Will not purchase. Full size available at Nordstrom for $14-$15.

Color Club Nail Lacquer in Status Update – this was a Birchbox find a while back. I really like their colors and formulas. This one could be worn with one coat, but I always prefer two just to make sure there are no opaque spots. Status Update is a deep, dark blueish grey that borderlines black and would easily wear 4-5 days without chipping or fading. As you can tell it isn’t empty, but the applicator broke. It is really difficult (and messy!) to try and use the inner applicator. I would repurchase this brand and shade. Available at Birchbox.com for $8-$9 for 0.25oz.

Julep Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick in Plum Shimmer – I opened this the other day and the crayon went flying out… guys, I still can’t find it. In the stick, this was a beautiful multihued purple. When applied, it lost its luster and was a flat plum shade. No shimmer like in the stick or dimension, just flat. I usually blended with a lighter, more shimmery shade to create a more ombre look. Long story short, I would not repurchase this shade. I would be willing to try a different shade however. Available on Julep.com for $18 for 0.04oz.

MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch – this has been my go-to eye shadow single for years. I have gone through so many of these and have a few backups. This is the perfect neutral eye shade – it blends well with other shades, but I love to wear it just on its own. Naked Lunch is a buildable, multidimensional peachy-pink shade that looks flattering on so many skin tones. Repurchase? Always and forever. Available online and at all MAC counters for $16 for 0.04oz.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara in Classic Black – this curled, separated, thickened and never clumped. It also would not come off. This clung to my lashes regardless of how much micellar water or eye makeup remover I used. It would not come off! I always felt like I had a crunchy layer of primer on. Again, this applied and looked fantastic… but I will never buy this again. Available at Ulta for $6.99.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel and Eye Makeup Remover – for such a long title, you would expect magic but this also would not remove the Colossal Mascara! This was a very nice, simple cleanser. It would work into a slight foam and removed all of my makeup and left my skin soft and not stripped of moisture. This tube lasted forever – I’m actually happy to see it go so I can use up a bunch of other things that are piling up. I may repurchase some day. Available at Sephora for $23 for 7.5oz.

Tony Moly Changing Magic Foot Peeling Shoes – I heard that this was great dupe for the popular (and creepy) Baby Foot. The difference? About $20. I figured since I love Tony Moly masks, why not give this a chance. This is crazy. I wore these booties for an hour and a few days later, my feet started peeling like crazy. I won’t get all gross, but within a few days, even my most stubborn callouses were gone. This is a fascinating product. I already bought another. Available at Ulta for $6.

So there you have it!

Total products used 2016 year to date:

Skincare: 14

Body: 18

Hair: 13

Makeup/face: 25

other: 6

Nails: 15

Samples: 39

Sheet masks: 10

Month total: $112.99

Year total: $1,330.08 

 

What did you use up this month? Anything you’ve been trying to check off of your list?

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