Empties May 2019

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Another month has just zipped by, and I was fairly successful at using up a bunch of things! As always, I’ll link to any reviews, and let you know if I plan to repurchase (right away, or eventually) or not at all. This is a long one!

Empties May 2019 / Makeup Declutter

Skincare Empties:

Empties May 2019

 

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Eye Cream – (Petit Vour) I really liked this eye cream, hydrating but not greasy, and most importantly it did not irritate my sensitive eyes. I have at least one or more eye creams to use up right now, so no plans to purchase a full size at this time. Review is here.

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner – (Petit Vour) I liked this toner once I changed the spray nozzle, but prefer rose based ones, so I won’t be buying a full size. Review is here.

Lowen’s You Sure Clean Up Nice Face & Body Wash – (PR gifted) It was such a lovely and gentle face and body cleanser (great for travel). This is going on my wishlist as I have more cleansers in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Drunk Elephant Mini Protini Polypeptide Cream & Mini Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser – (Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift) I really liked both the cleanser and cream in this kit a lot, and will be adding both to my wishlist as I am still working my way through my skincare stash. Review is here.

Lauren B Beauty Reparative Cuticle Oil – (Petit Vour) I really liked this one for winter as my cuticles (and hands) get so dry. I have another cuticle balm in my stash to use up, so I don’t need to replace at this time. Review is here.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum – (Petit Vour) I absolutely loved this serum, and I’ll likely get a full size very soon – I think my serum stash is nearly cleared out. Review is here.

Hair, bath and body:

Empties May 2019

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Body Lotion – (Petit Vour) Super hydrating and smells glorious! Going on the wishlist, as I have a few more body lotions to use up. Review is here.

EVOLVH Ultimate Styling Lotion – (Petit Vour) I love this styling lotion, and have another one in my stash already that was PR gifted in the Love Your Curls Discovery Kit. Great for enhancing waves or curls without a crunchy feeling, just soft and frizz-free hair. Review is here.

Natura Siberica Polar Blueberry Beauty Shower Gel (gift from my Estonian in-laws when we visited Tallinn, Estonia) I loved this shower gel and I’m sad that it is finished! I can’t easily replace this, but I would if I could! Review is here.

Little Barn Apothecary Honeysuckle & Grapefruit Body Oil – (Petit Vour) This was a great body oil even though honeysuckle does not work well with my body chemistry. I’d like to try this body oil in a different scent. Review is here.

Makeup Declutter:

Empties May 2019 / Makeup Declutter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel from a Brow Genius Kit – This is ancient (pre-historic even), I found it buried in my makeup stash, the gel has become solid, so I couldn’t use it if I wanted to! This was never reviewed as I got it years before I started blogging.

Colour Pop Ultra Metallic Lip in Man Eater – This is more than two years old, and the texture has gone off, so it is time to get rid of it. This was such a beautiful rose gold liquid lipstick. The shade is still available, so perhaps I’ll eventually replace it! Review is here.

Whew, that is a lot of empties! Did you finish up much this month?

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: This blog post contains products purchased by me, family gifts, and PR gifted items. Each product is disclosed above. My opinion is my own whether purchased, gifted, or PR gifted.

Monthly Empties – November 2018

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Another month of products that I’ve managed to finish up. Let’s take a look and I’ll tell you if I plan on repurchasing (or not).

Haircare:

Empties November 2018

Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo in Color Protection (Avocado Oil & Pomegranate) – I finished up the conditioner awhile back. I really like the shampoos and conditioners from Attitude, I’ve tried a few of the formulations in the Super Leaves line, and in fact, I’m testing out another one right now, so I won’t be re-purchasing right away. (Reviews for the Color Protection and Nourishing & Strengthening)

Ouai Wave Spray – This wave spray worked so well for my hair – I love the beautiful beachy waves that it gives, but unless they come out with a milder scent, I probably won’t re-purchase. If you aren’t sensitive to scents, you will probably love this one. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties November 2018

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask – this came in a Petit Vour box. I really liked this clay mask, I think that I managed to get six uses from the package. I have a few facial masks in my stash to use up so I don’t plan on purchasing at this time. Review is here.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Serum – This was nearly finished when I knocked it over and the bottle shattered on my bathroom floor! Oops! I have so many serums to use up, that I am not buying any at this time until I finished up several more. Review is here.

Personelle Brand Facial Cotton Squares – I use these for removing mascara and swatches. I tend to buy whatever is on sale. These ones were not soft, and tended to leave cotton fibres in my lashes, so I’m going to try to remember not to buy these ones again.

Olverum Bath Oil – Another Petit Vour box gem – I absolutely LOVED this bath oil! I managed to get five or six baths from this bottle. This bath oil is at the top of my wishlist! I’m only buying necessary things for myself right now and this one is a luxury splurge. Review is here.

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum – I received this in a mega awesome giveaway package that I had won from Poetic Blend. This is a beautiful hydrating serum, it is on my wishlist to purchase after I use up a few more serums from my stash. Review is here.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Cuticle Rescue – This is a must have for nails  / cuticles! I’m currently using up a cuticle oil from my stash, so I don’t need to repurchase this yet, but again, it is one that I have on my wishlist. Review is here.

Makeup Decluttering:

Empties November 2018

I liked all three of these products, but it is time to let them go as I’ve either had them way too long, or they’ve dried out. The two highlighters Nyx Born to Glow and Soap & Glory Glow All Out were featured recently in my Highlighter Stash, but sadly they’ve started to go off or dry out. The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip was in the shade Frick n Frack – which I LOVED – has also started to dry out, so it is high time to let it go!

Did you finish up a lot this month? I’m pretty happy with the progress that I making in working my way through my stash and using things up whenever possible, and decluttering when products have been kept too long.

Thanks for reading!

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My Highlighter Stash

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Since the Holiday Season is rapidly approaching, I thought I’d share my highlighter collection with you all, since the Holiday’s are a great time to sparkle and shine!

I’ll be showing you my highlighter stash and linking to the original reviews.

Highlighter Stash - Nyx, Essence and Kani Beauty

Nyx Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in Lavender Steel – I’d recently re-discovered this highlighter in my stash. Because it is so cool toned it is perfect for this time of year! Review is here.

Essence Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder in Rose It Up – This is an oldie in my collection. If I don’t start to use it more, I’m going to de-stash it. I used to use it daily but as I added more highlighters to my collection, I kind of forgot about it. Review is here.

Nyx Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam – Another forgotten gem in my stash. This is over two years old and will be de-stashed as I don’t like to keep liquid formulations around for a long time. Review is here.

Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter in Rose Quartz – this is the newest highlighter in my collection, it came in my October Petit Vour Box, very icy in tone, perfect for winter! Review is here.

Highlighter Stash - ColourPop, Soap + Glory, Nomad, Maison Jacynthe

ColorPop SuperShock Cheeks in Stole The Show – Another one of my favourite highlighters, so wearable! Review is here.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out Cheek Stick in Ice Shimmer – I won this in a giveaway back in December 2016, this is starting to dry out, so I will de-stash it. Review is here.

Nomad Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun – I never did a full review fo this one, but it is very similar in tone to the Maison Jacynthe one. It is super small, so great for travel! First impressions here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator in Sparkling Sun* – This is one of my favourite highlighters, it can be worn for a subtle glow, or for a full on glow effect. I probably use this one the most! Review is here.

Highlighter Stash - Mica Beauty, ColourPop

Mica Beauty Highlighting Powder in #3 – This one is super golden. I don’t use it often as a highlighter because it is so intense, but I do like to use it as an eye shadow! First impressions is here.

ColourPop SuperShock Cheeks in Butterfly Beach – I can use this one as either a highlighter or as a bronzer depending on how much I use / how much I blend it out. I tend to use this one more in the summer, as I’m super pale in the winter so it takes a lot of blending to make it work for me this time of year. Review is here.

Do you have any of these highlighters? What is your fave highlighter?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR products identified with *.

 

Empties – January 2018

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I’m still working my way through my stash, and managed to finish up a few more things in January. There are a few more that are *so close* to being finished, so they’ll be in next month’s empties post.

January 2018 Empties

Hair and body care products:

January 2018 Empties

Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage Agave Shampoo & Conditioner – If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’ve tried out several of the shampoo and conditioner sets from Maui Moisture over the past year or so. I think that this one is my favourite thus far. I’m currently trying out a set from another cruelty free brand, so I won’t be repurchasing right away. Review is here.

Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter in The Briar Path – This is one of their seasonal scents, so it isn’t always available, and not easily replaceable right now. I’ve spoken about my love for their Pumpkin Butters many times. I think that this might be one of the last full size jars in my stash.

Skincare and aromatherapy:

January 2018 Empties

Matter Lip Balm – This was given to me for my birthday, and it went everywhere with me in my bag as it was attached to my key ring. I’m a lip balm addict, so you know that I loved this peppermint and orange oil based balm! I have a few more lip balms in my stash to use up, but this one is on my re-stock list. Review is here.

Rebels Refinery Capital Vices Lip Balm in Passionfruit – I had two of these lip balms, and I’ll likely get another one the next time I’m in Toronto. At first I thought that this was going to be a cool looking, but terrible lip balm, but it was not the case! Review is here.

Odacitè Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque – This came in a recent Petit Vour box. I really liked how it made my skin feel super cleansed, but not stripped. It is quite pricy, so I won’t be purchasing the full size at this point in time. Review is here.

Saje Natural Wellness Immune Diffuser Blend – I use this whenever one of us in the house is feeling under the weather. I have a stash of essential oils (singles and blends) for my diffuser, so I don’t need to replace this right away. Review is here.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil – Another Petit Vour sample. This was a lovely bath oil, so perfect for relaxing after yoga! It is fairly pricy, so I won’t be purchasing a full size right now. Review is here.

Makeup:

January 2018 Empties

Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady Bb Cream – I got this at Generation Beauty in 2016, so it is time to get rid of this. I have not used this for ages, but remember liking it when I was using it. I have other products in my stash to use up, so I won’t be replacing it. Review is here.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra Natural Mascara – This was another Petit Vour item. Sadly this mascara did not work for me, so I’ll not be purchasing the full size version. Review is here.

ColourPop SuperShock Shadow in Birthday Girl – This was a limited edition gift with purchase to celebrate ColourPop’s birthday back in 2015. When I tried to use it over the holidays, I found that it was dried out, so into the bin it goes. Review is here.

Did you finish up very many products this past month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Weekly Recap Oct 23rd to 29th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, October 23rd – Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer Review

Wednesday, October 25th – Essence The False Lashes Mascara Review

Friday, October 27th – Lip Edit Fall 2017

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Lip Edit Fall 2017

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Today I’d like to show you my current fall fave lipsticks from my collection, and links to their original reviews in case you want to read them.

Round 1 – The darker shades

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

From left to right – Essence in Adorable Matt!, ColourPop Ultra Satin in Lost, Black Moon Cosmetics in Selene, and Maison Jacynthe in 06 Rosewood

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

Round two – The lighter shades

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

From left to right: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Rhubarb, Sothys Paris Rouge Mat in Rose Lepic, ColourPop Ultra Satin in Frick n Frack, and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper.

Fall 2017 Lip Edit

What colours are you wearing for fall?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & First Impressions – Sept 2017

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual, but it was well worth the wait! This month’s theme was “Like A Boss”, and I love the bag design – black faux leather with its embossed stud pattern and bright blue lining. Info in italics taken from the Ipsy website.

Let’s take a look at what was inside:

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception

  • This futuristic formula is super opaque, seriously shiny, and looks suspiciously like a gel.
  • Daunted by the DIY mani? Don’t be! The brush dispenses the perfect amount of polish on each nail, so it’s pretty much foolproof.
  • We’re not into playing faves, but this no-nonsense, steely gray shade comes pretty darn close.
  • This varnish is vegan, cruelty free, and totes non-toxic.

This is my second product from Adesse New York. I am so happy with this one, the shade is totally something that I would wear, and I don’t already have something similar. Plus it is cruelty free!

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • SOKO GLAM COLLAB: Chosen for ipsters by boss babe/Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho
  • Hard work can happen after hours, too. This boss formula takes the night shift, so you wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin.
  • It’s made with 74% birch juice (AKA birch tree sap) which helps quench your skin while you sleep.
  • Our friends at Soko Glam say: “After using it for the first time, I noticed my face felt very soft and looked beautiful and plumped in the morning.”

I’m looking forward to trying this cruelty free sleeping mask out. It barely has a scent – they only use natural fragrances, so it should not irritate my sensitive skin. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out.

LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • We wish we were as good at multitasking as this genius eye brush. Not only does the angled shape help you blend any eye look like a boss, but you can *also* use it for all your fave cream and powder shadows.
  • We’re suckers for anything rose gold, and the pretty handle on this guy looks amaaaazing on our vanity.
  • Have a brush with kindness! This fluffy, synthetic bristled beauty is 100% cruelty-free.

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag, especially ones from Luxie. It is super soft and cruelty free.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetal

  • Streaks? Creases? #unsubscribe. This velvety baby blends like a dream.
  • Your eye look will be on lockdown. We tested it on an epic errands day and our smoky eye stayed put.
  • Gunmetal is a smoldery, steely gray that *also* looks rad as a liner.

This is a beautiful gunmetal – a shade that I will definitely wear. And it is cruelty free! My only complaint is that it is TINY.

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Glam Bag

  • You voted, and here’s the winner! This exclusive matte shade was created in collab with our favorite peeps (ipsters like you).
  • The velvety formula is majorly pigmented, which means you get totally opaque, full-coverage color.
  • Even though it’s matte, it’s super comfy and non-drying thanks to moisturizing shea butter and Vitamin E.
Overall verdict:
Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017
Ipsy did a fantastic job this month! All five products are cruelty free, and all are products
that I will definitely use.
What did you get this month?
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

June 2017 Faves

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Can you believe that June is nearly over? Today I have my faves for the month of June. I tried to keep it within five products or less per product category:

Fave Hair & Body Products:

June Faves - Wildcraft, Mychelle, Briogeo

Wildcraft Buff Face and Body Scrub, originally reviewed here – I absolutely love this scrub for the body. I still think that it would be way to harsh for my sensitive face.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defence SPF 30*, originally reviewed here – this is such a great sunscreen, I can wear it on my face or my body. And it plays nicely with makeup.

Briogeo Curl Charisma, originally reviewed here, humidity makes my hair an unruly mess, and this helps tame the frizz without making it feel heavy or crunchy.

Not pictured – Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula in Lavender Tips, originally reviewed here, a great natural deodorant for my sensitive underarms! The first baking soda free deodorant that works well for me.

Fave Skincare Products:

June Faves - The Ordinary, Herbivore

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%, reviewed here – I’m loving this one at night. My skin looks so good when I wake up in the morning!

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, reviewed here – I only use this once a week, but it I think that it really helps with skin texture. I’ll definitely be buying a full size of this one!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, reviewed here – this works so great at de-puffing my poor allergy plagued under eye area! I use this one in the morning only.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, reviewed here – my skin LOVES hyaluronic acid. It just plumps and hydrates the skin so well without making it feel oily or heavy. I use this one morning and night.

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, reviewed here – another serum that makes my skin look and feel great! I use this one morning and night.

Fave Make-Up:

June Faves - Bite. The Ordinary, ColourPop

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper, reviewed here – I’ve been wearing this lipstick so much since getting it in April! It is such a perfect MLBB shade.

The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer, reviewed here – this is the first primer that I’ve tried and really liked.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation in  1.2P, reviewed here – this is a nice light foundation. these days I mostly only wear foundation when I have client meetings, and this is the one that I’ve reached for each time!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb, reviewed here – this is such a wearable shade. I’ve been wearing this one a lot this month as well.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Dopey, reviewed here – I’ve been wearing this one non-stop over the past week. I’d actually forgotten that I owned this one!

So there you have it, all of my faves for the month of June! What were your fave products this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with * are PR samples, the rest were either purchased by me, or given as a gift from a friend.

Spring Cleaning Project Collab – Month 4 Update & Final Thoughts

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The lovely Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom has once again convinced me to take part in a new project pan – this time a Spring Cleaning Project Pan. This one is a little different than the previous ones, as we will be only posting once a month with our progress and reviewing four of the sixteen products to be panned.

Today is the fourth and final month check-in and update and review of the last four products! I actually managed to finish off a few of the products!

Review of the final four products:

Spring Cleaning Project

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum – originally reviewed here. This serum works well, but I’ve gotten to the point where I cannot stand the scent of this hair serum. I’m glad to have managed to finish this one up!

Haus of Gloi Cozy Rose Pumpkin Butter  – I’ve professed my love for the Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butters. And the Cosy Rose scent is probably my all time fave of theirs. I’m sad that I finished this one since it is a limited edition / seasonal scent. It has a gorgeous rose and nag champa blend scent that somehow works.

ColourPop SuperShock Shadow in Stereo – original review is here. Sadly, I didn’t manage to finish this one, but am so in love with this shade!

ColourPop SuperShock Shadow in Birthday Girl – original review is here. This one is starting to dry out a little, so it is kind of chunky and messy to use now, but it is one of the nicest gold shadows in my collection.

Final update on the rest of the products: Now for a little science on all sixteen of the products! I borrowed Stashy’s scientific method for measuring progress – I’ve weighed each of the products on my new little kitchen scale, so I can keep track of how much I will have used up each month.

Spring Cleaning Project Collab

Unfinished products:

The makeup products, with the exception of the NudeStix, were so frustratingly slow to show any progress, but I am proud that some of the products finally show signs of usage!

SpringCleaning1

Finished products:

Spring Cleaning Project

I’m super happy to have finished off all of these products from my stash! With skin, body and hair care products, progress is really easy to see, and keeps me encouraged to continue with my ongoing “use it up” / low buy project!

All in all, I don’t think that I did too badly in this project pan challenge!

Don’t forget to check out Ingrid’s blog for her Spring Cleaning Project

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, all products either purchased by me, or gifted from a friend.