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This Week’s Lips #13

Hello again everyone!
Long time, no blog! We have been working on a massive home renovation project (more on that later) for a few weeks. This particular series went on hiatus due to there being no sunlight for the last few months. I love to take these photos outside – it has either been dark or snowing for a while…. so I’m getting back on track!

MondayBurberry Natural Sheer Lip Mist in Blueberry No. 206 – it had been a while since I last wore this and I ALMOST forgot how much I love this. Original post here.

Tuesday – Benefit Ultra Plush Gloss in Coralista – this is a simple sheer gloss. It is incredibly lightweight and can be worn on its own or over another shade. I really like the Benefit glosses – I think they may have gotten rid of some of the shades… too bad!

WednesdayL’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet – yes… it is a staple!

Thursday – Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Raisin – this is a deep, full-coverage rust shade. Bobbi knows lipsticks. This is such a classic red-brown shade that is flattering on so many skin tones.

FridayMAC Lipglass in Seducing Sound – this is another color that has shown up a few times throughout this series. It is a slightly shimmery brown/plum that wears incredibly sheer. More detail here.

There you have it… getting back on track! I will hopefully get a few more posts up soon.

Have a great week!

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Use It: February 2017 Empties

Hello again, everyone!

I’ve been on a bit of a blog break – I’m in the final stages of planning a big event next weekend and we started a major bathroom renovation. I’ve just not had time to sit down and type anything.

As I was moving all of the stuff out of the bathroom,  I contemplated just tossing my empties box… and then I thought about waiting until March… and then I just tossed the box  into my guest room. Since there were so few items in this box, I figured I could sit down and type out a few notes.

As always, sample reviews are posted to my Instagram (@lvp8779) as they are used. I used up a handful of some deluxe samples. If I was able to get a good sense of the product, it is included in this post. I am going to keep a tally again this year and track the total amount of products used with a final total in December (or whenever I actually write the December empties post…)

As an added bonus, my low-buy purchases will be tacked on to the end of the post. Hopefully this will help keep me accountable for spending as little as possible this year.

Here we go:

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – this is definitely one of my favorite high-end dry shampoos. It absorbs oil quickly and keeps working throughout the day. I love this! Available at Sephora or birchbox.com for $10 for 1oz.

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Eye and Lip Cream – I wasn’t going to include this because it was a sample, but it lasted for a month and was so damn good. This smoothed out my under eye area and decreased the dark circles. If it wasn’t so crazy expensive, I would definitely purchase. Full size is available at Saks for $200 for 0.5oz (no joke).

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – this can of dry shampoo is huge and seemed to last forever. I was really impressed – this worked better than most of the drugstore dry shampoos I have tried. I will definitely repurchase! Available at Ulta for $5.99 for 7oz.

Ole Henriksen Truth Crème Advanced Hydration – this was nothing spectacular. It absorbed quickly and wasn’t greasy. It would be a good summer moisturizer, but definitely not meant for colder weather. Since they recently, rebranded I think they renamed this as the Truth Advanced™ Moisturizing Crème. Full size available at Sephora for $48 for 1.7oz.

Spa Sister Detoxifying Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge – I found this for a steal at T.J. Maxx! I really liked how well it cleaned and exfoliated my face, but the sponge size was too  big. After a while, I switched this to a body sponge and it worked so much better! I loved using this this my Julep body cleansing oil. I would definitely repurchase. Available at T.J. Maxx for $4.99.

Total products used 2017:

Skincare: 7

Body: 1

Hair: 4

Makeup/face: 0

other: 3

Nails: 0

Samples: 4

Sheet masks: 1

Month total: $45.98   (approximately)

Year total: $158.98

Things I purchased:

About 4 candles from Saint Augustine  and Suds. Sadly, my friend Denise had to close her storefront. However she is going to continue events, local events and her website is open 24/7 (www.saintaugustineandsuds.com). I am in love with the Tonka Whiskey Leather candles. I also managed to find another Campfire and Coffee Candle… so good.

Amount spent in February: about $50.

Have a wonderful March! I look forward to sharing final renovation photos with you soon!

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Use It: January 2017 Empties

Hello everyone!

Happy February to you all! I hope you are having a great start to the new year.

Since I only finished a handful of products this month, I’m not breaking things out by category. Hopefully February will yield a few more. As always, sample reviews are posted to my Instagram (@lvp8779) as they are used. I used up a handful of some deluxe samples. If I was able to get a good sense of the product, it is included in this post. I am going to keep a tally again this year and track the total amount of products used with a final total in December (or whenever I actually write the December empties post…)

As an added bonus, my low-buy purchases will be tacked on to the end of the post. Hopefully this will help keep me accountable for spending as little as possible this year.

Here we go:

Bath and Body Works PocketBac in Dancing Waters – my favorite BBW scent. It doesn’t over power – clean, crisp and meshes with my other scents. Available for $1.75 for 1oz.

Bee Kind Body Lotion – thin, non-hydrating, chamomile scented lotion. No. I think this came in a Birchbox forever ago.

dpHUE ACV –  this is an apple cider vinegar hair cleanser that really helped balance my scalp oil and remove any product build up. It is incredibly gentle and cleanses thoroughly without stripping any color. I don’t know if I would purchase the full size. I do have another mini and will determine after that. Full size available at Sephora for $35 for 8.5oz.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – this little guy came over from a friend who visited the UK a while ago. This was of course released in the states several month later. As I’ve mentioned before I really only use this for eye makeup. This was great – very gentle and removed my stubborn mascara in a snap. Available in a 13.5oz size for $8.99.

GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment – I love this so much. It’s great for a spot treatment or an overall mask when my skin gets crazy. It minimizes pores, decreases oil production and zaps blemishes in a snap. I need this back in my life asap. Full size available at Sephora for $69 for 1.7oz.

L’Oréal Root Cover Up in Red – this is the second(?) third(?) can that I have used. This stuff is great. This is great for the time in between visits with my stylist. A quick spray covers up grey and hides my scary roots. It blends in so well and disguises the mystery shades underneath. 🙂 Available at Ulta for $10.99 for 2oz.

Marcelle Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – this is another one of the dual-phase eye makeup removers. Unlike the Mary Kay or Lancôme version, this one doesn’t leave my face greasy. It does a decent job removing stubborn eye makeup, but it tends to leave makeup smears behind. I purchased a full size with a bunch of Birchbox points, but I wish I hadn’t. Full size available at Birchbox.com for $17 for 150ml.

Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels – these are fantastic – individual slices that are cooling and coated in a depuffing serum. I think the price point is a bit high, but they work so well. These were received for testing purposes from The Pink Panel. I would consider purchasing. Available at Neiman Marcus for $50 for 30 pairs.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash – this was a really nice, cooling cleanser. It did sting a bit and had to be kept away from the eyes. I found it to be incredibly gentle and didn’t strip moisture from my skin. I don’t know if I would rush right out and repurchase… it was fine. Full size available at Ulta for $30 for 5oz.

Saint Augustine and Suds tin in Holiday Kitchen – I love these candles – they have about a 30 hour burn time. This scent was a bit sweet – kind of like maple syrup? I have another that I love burning right now. Candles available on saintaugustineandsuds.com for $12.

Total products used 2017:

Skincare: 5

Body: 1

Hair: 2

Makeup/face: 0

other: 2

Nails: 0

Samples: 3

Sheet masks:

Month total: $113 (approximately)

 

Things purchased:

LuckyScent samples – $4 each + shipping =$16.

4160 Tuesdays – Sample: The Dark Heart of Old Havana – Eau de Parfum

 – PARFUMS DE NICOLAI – Sample: Fig Tea – Eau de Toilette

 – Slumberhouse – Sample: Kiste – Parfum Extrait

May Coop Raw Sauce (Sephora) – $43 – $25 gift card = $18

Total – $34

There you go. What did you use up in January? And if you are doing a low-buy, what were your purchases?

Have a wonderful February!

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2016 Subscription Favorites and Year in Review

Hello everyone!

Here is the one you’ve been waiting for… lots of friends ask my opinion on subscription boxes – best value, variety, quality and overall fun. Because at the end of the day, subscription boxes are like little surprises every months. Gifts from you to you! 🙂

I love writing year end reviews – it gives me a chance to take a good look at the obscene amount of products I received in my subscription boxes and determine if they are worth it and what I really loved. After sitting down and going through all of my subscriptions this year, I determined there was very little I actually really enjoyed. Maybe I’m overwhelmed with products? Or disenchanted with everything? I think it is somewhere between overabundance and not loving what I have received. I also made some big switches this year in my subscriptions, so enjoy:

How to Be a Redhead Box – April -July 2016 – what a great box! For under $20 per month, you get a mixture of body, hair, skin and makeup products specific to redheads – those by choice and by nature. So why did I quit this box after so few months? Volume, folks. This came with so many products every month that I simply couldn’t keep up… we’re talking full-size shampoo, lotions, skin treatments.. you name it. This is a small subscription service with a constant waitlist. Since I couldn’t keep up with the amount of products, I decided to hit pause and let someone else take advantage. There were a lot of mainstream brands, but they also highlighted a lot of fun indie brands.

There were 2 winners for me – Pravana Color Enhancer in Brilliant Copper and the Chella Eyebrow Pencil in Awesome Auburn. The color enhancer is pretty serious – you apply to your hair and then have to immediately scrub it off your hands to avoid staining. I’ve dyed my scalp red more than once with this.. oops. This is perfect for when my color starts to fade and my roots are starting to creep up. After leaving on for a few minutes, my color is refreshed and more vibrant. I find that I can extend my color treatments 3-4 extra weeks with this. On the flip side, the Chella brow pencil is an easy way to add more depth to my brows after a color treatment. I usually blend it with the IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil for a deeper auburn hue.

Allure Beauty Boxended June 2016. I have been through a few iterations of this since joining a couple years ago. The most recent version completely changed the billing structure, which was fine since I had no idea who was actually charging my credit card… For $15 per month, I received a really solid mix of mid to high-end products that included skin care, perfume, hair and makeup. Towards the end, the brands tended to be a bit repetitive (Bulgari, Pur-Lisse), but at least they weren’t repetitive drugstore brands like Ipsy tends to include. They were kind enough to send me a box back in December and it was awfully tempting to resubscribe!

The standout for me in 2016, was the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I’ve heard a lot of hype about this and was very excited to receive and try. A couple drops really go a long way. I use this in the first step of a double cleanse and it breaks down makeup and primer, lifting it away from the skin. I do not use this on or around my eyes.. too scary!

With the end of one subscription, began another…

Sephora PLAY! – after several months on the waitlist, I finally received my first box in July! I love the monthly mix of skincare, color, hair and perfume. I think the real selling point, however is the extra 50 points you get if you shop in store that month. That’s pretty great. At $10 a month, this is an absolute winner.

The winners: hands down, is the Ouai Wave Spray which I actually featured in a favorites post a few months ago. I ended up buying the full size and use it all the time. Another favorite was the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat that appeared here in a weekly lip post (which will return when I get some sunlight back). And while some people might complain, I really like receiving an assortment of products from the Sephora brand line. I haven’t tried a lot of things from their line and this has really given a great look into their own products.

And a final farewell…

Birchbox – After more than 4 years, I said goodbye to my beloved Birchbox. I was really on the fence about renewing last year and I bit the bullet and renewed in December. I wish I could say that there were some amazing, stand out, new to me products… but there weren’t. The things I loved the most, were Sample Choice items that I had received previously. I’m not going to lie, the shift from reviewing for points to only points for purchase was also a deciding factor. I’m sure this hurt their bottom line, but it was a huge incentive for having the subscription.

So there you have it. Whew. That took much longer than I remember from last year! The 2017 plan is to maintain one (yes, ONE) subscription. For now, it is going to be just the Sephora PLAY! box. I have so many products that I truly do not need anything else. This box fulfills my curiosity for new releases and quality brands, while not overwhelming me with stuff I will never use.

What did you discover in 2016? What subscriptions will you keep in 2017?

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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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