Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Starter Kit - Review

I've been watching Marlena AKA Makeup Geek on YouTube forever.  I think she was one of the first 'YouTubers' I ever watched.  So when she released her own line of makeup, I knew I needed to give it a try.  Although her prices are extremely reasonable, I just never seemed to place an order, I always found something else to spend my money on.  So when Makeup Geek had a ton of deals around Christmas I immediately placed an order.  

I ordered the 9 Eyeshadow Starter Kit.  I figured that this would be a great introduction to the brand, and all of the shadows are pretty natural and wearable.  Plus all of these shadows come in pans, which makes it super easy to store them and create your own palettes.  

The Packaging 

I absolutely love everything about the packaging.  From the colors, to how sleek it is, to the fact that they come in pans.  Since I purchased all of the shadows in the bundle, they came individually wrapped with a little bow.  It was super easy to see the color of each shadow without having to dig through or open anything.  Like I have said about a million times throughout this post already, I love the pans.  When you accumulate as much makeup as I have, nothing is more annoying than excessive or clunky packaging.  The only downside is, if you don't own a magnetic palette to store these you will have to purchase one, but I promise once you use them you will never want to go back!

The Colors

If you watch pretty much any beauty vlogger on YouTube, you have probably heard these names mentioned quite a bit.  This set includes 4 matte shades, 4 shimmer shades, and 1 black shade that goes somewhere in between.

  • Cocoa Bear (Matte) - A warm darker red brown that is perfect for blending colors into the crease
  • Mocha (Matte) - A dark true brown, another shade that is great for deepening the crease and blending colors
  • Creme Brulee (Matte) - An almost orange toned sandy color.  I have been using this first as a transition color in the crease
  • Unexpected (Matte) - A gorgeous cool toned pinky brown shade, which looks slightly purple when next to the right color.
  • Corrupt (Sparkle) - A true black shade.  It does have a bit of sparkle in it, but it doesn't show up too sparkly when applied.
  • Glamorous (Shimmer) - A shimmery gold shade.  This is a must in any palette, I also love any gold that isn't too yellow, so this is perfect.
  • Shimma Shimma (Shimmer) - The perfect champagne color.  This is AMAZING for an inner eye highlight, or all over the lid to add some brightness.   You could probably get away using this as a cheek highlight.
  • Drama Queen (Shimmer) - A dark purple shade, with shimmer throughout.  This swatched much darker on me than it looked in the pan.  I would suggest using an eye shadow base if you want the true purple shade.
  • Prom Night (Shimmer) - A grey purple toned finish.  Depending on what shadows are used with this, it can look more purple.

I love pretty much all of these colors.  I probably wouldn't have picked out Drama Queen on my own since I don't wear a ton of purple shadow, but maybe this will encourage me to try it out a bit more!  I love the mixture of mattes and shimmery colors.  This mix of colors and finishes are perfect for anyone from a beauty beginner, to a makeup junkie.  

The Formulation

I am finding it hard to put into words how much I love the formula of these shadows.  They are so pigmented and smooth.  All of the shades can be built up to be super pigmented, or applied with a light hand for a more soft color.  The shimmer shades are very smooth and buttery, with little fallout.  I'm not sure how Makeup Geek was able to create such quality shadows and charge so little.  If these shadows were carried by a different company, I feel like they would be way more expensive.

Swatches L to R: Shimma Shimma, Unexpected, Prom Night, Drama Queen, Creme Brulee, Glamorous, Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Corrupt

The Price

This kit, minus the magnetic Z Palette, is $50.  That makes each individual eyeshadow a little over $5.50, which is on par with drugstore prices.  This is slightly cheaper than the individual price on the Makeup Geek site, which is usually $6.  If you don't have a magnetic palette to store the shadows in you can purchase the shadows and palette all together for $59, which is still a great bargain. 

Overall

If you couldn't tell from everything I've said above, I LOVE these shadows.  I think that this starter kit of essential shadows are a great introduction into the quality of the Makeup Geek products.  The shades they chose in this kit and some essential neutral shades that are perfect for anyone.  Plus you can't beat the price, most shadows this good are more than double the price. I can't wait to check out other Makeup Geek  products.  They have a ton more eyeshadows, foiled shadows, pigments, blushes, contour powders, and brushes.

Chelsea

Degree #TryDry - Spray Deodorant Review

Deodorant is one of those staples in everyone's daily routine, and I was lucky enough to be selected through Influenster to try the new Degree Dry Spray Deodorant.  I have been a religious user of the click up solid or gel deodorant, so I was excited to give this spray deodorant a try.

I'm totally obsessed with the 'Fresh Energy' scent.  It was one of those scents that wasn't overbearing, but I would notice it every once in a while throughout the day.  It is also super easy to apply, quick drying, and doesn't leave those annoying white deodorant marks, that let everyone know you changed our outfit 10 times that morning.  

This claims to last 48 hours, which I was instantly was skeptical of.  I'm not sure any deodorant would last 48 hours, especially with showering.  That being said, I would have to say that this deodorant lasted only a couple of hours on me.  

I found that during a normal work day, mainly sitting at my desk or traveling in my car, and it would wear off by the time I made it home.  I also tried out this deodorant on a day when I was helping a friend move.  Needless to say between loading and unloading the moving truck, I was pretty sweaty.  I quickly noticed, that the deodorant didn't really prevent any body odor from coming through.  I kind of just smelled sweaty, with a bit of the powdery, flowery scent from the deodorant mixed in.

Overall I would have to say that this deodorant is perfect for day to day wear, with its easy and quick application and great scent.  But for more intense days, or workouts it might not quite cut it.  

Have you tried any spray deodorants?  What did you think?

This post was sponsored and I was provided this product through Influenster, however all opinions and views are my own.

Chelsea

Lorac 20th Anniversary Alter Ego Lip Collection - Review

Holy. Smokes.  This year Lorac came out with a special collection of 10 lipsticks and 10 coordinating lip glosses in honor of their 20th Anniversary on Cyber Monday.  I was on the fence about posting about this collection, since it is Limited Edition, but even a month after it was released, it is still available on Lorac's website.  But if you want to snag this set, you better hurry, because I don't know how long it will be around!

About The Collection

This set contains 10 full size lipsticks and 10 full size lip glosses, a faux leather box, and a thank you note from Lorac founder Carol Shaw.  This collection is $75, which may seem a little extravagant for some lippies, but let me break it down for you.  Each lipstick retails at $16 each and each lip gloss retails at $15 each.  That means if you went out and bought all of these individually, it would cost you $310!! That is a $235 savings if you buy the set, or $3.75 for each product which is way cheaper than most drugstore brands.  

The tray in the box is removable, which means it can be used to store your new mountain of lipsticks, or anything else!

About the Products

With 10 different shades, there is guaranteed to be a color that works for you.  I would say that there are 3 distinct groups of colors. 3 nudes, 4 brights, and 3 vampy colors.  

The Nudes

I love all three of these more 'nude' colors.  Bombshell is a great light pink shade, and Visionary and Secret Agent are more true brown, nude shades that will look gorgeous on many different skin tones. 

  • Bombshell (Limited Edition) - Peachy Pink
  • Visionary (Limited Edition) - Taupe Brown
  • Secret Agent - Plum Brown

Nude Shades (L to R): Bombshell, Visionary, and Secret Agent

The Brights

I am so excited to try the purple shades.  They aren't colors that I would normally pick up for myself.  As for the pinks, I have a number of lipsticks and glosses that are super similar to Party Girl and Hot Shot.  But you can never have too many bright pinks!

  • Free Spirit - Deep Magenta
  • Beauty Guru (Limited Edition) - Deep Lavender
  • Party Girl (Limited Edition) - Guava
  • Hot Shot (Limited Edition) - Hot Pink

Bright Shades (L to R): Free Spirit, Beauty Guru, Party Girl, and Hot Shot

The Vamps

I was probably most excited about some of the darker shades, mainly MUA.  It is a much darker shades than I would ever buy.  It is a dark, almost black, purple reddish color.  I am very excited to give this one a try. 

  • Celebrity (Limited Edition) - Brick Red
  • Dominatrix - Deep Burgundy
  • MUA (Limited Edition) - Black Cherry

Vampy Shades (L to R): Celebrity, Dominatrix, MUA

Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this collection.  Literally nothing.  It has a shade for everyone, the lipsticks are long lasting, when you break it down it is pretty reasonably priced, and it has its own storage container.  I'm not sure what else you could ask for!  If you have a little extra money to splurge I would highly recommend ordering this set! 

Chelsea

Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel - Review

When I first heard about the Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel, I was a bit skeptical since my sensitive skin have not loved peels in the past.  Although my skin would look nice, there was typically irritation and redness first.  The product claims to have the benefits of a peel, without any irritation.  I was worried that my dry, sensitive skin would still react negatively, since it can be irritated by some of the more milder cleansers.

About the Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel

This peel is made with NeoGlucosamine®, which promotes cell turnover and will exfoliate your skin without irritation.  Unlike most peels, this one is a no-rinse formula, so once it dries you are all set to apply the rest of your skincare regimen.   It is gentle enough to be applied multiple times though out the week to maximize your results.  

  • 6% Patented NeoGlucosamine® formulation gives you the benefits of a typical peel, with out irritating your skin
  • Accelerates cell renewal, and improve texture and tone
  • Plump skin matrix, to increase volume and firm and tighten skin
  • Exfoliates skin
  • Reduces pigment to brighten the skin
  • Younger, smoother, firmer skin
  • No burn

How To Use the Non-Acid Peel

I actually really like the packaging of this product, it has a disc at the top that you press down to dispense the product.  On to clean skin, evenly apply one to two pumps over the skin, without rubbing it in.  (I would suggest using one pump at first, until you know how your skin will react)  After about 5-10 minutes, once the product is dry and absorbed into the skin, apply your usual moisturizer.

My Thoughts on the Non-Acid Peel

Like  I said before, I was super skeptical of a peel that you don't wash off.  I have tried some peels in the past, and my skin would usually get a bit irritated and red before I could see the results.  I'm happy to say, that I didn't experience any redness or irritation with this!  I absolutely love it!  My only recommendation is, if you are trying this for the first time, try to do it the night before a day that you don't have to wear makeup.  I found that the next day my skin peeled pretty badly, and you could easily see my dry, flaky patches.  Once I washed my face the next day, it went away and my skin looked great.  I'm hoping that over time the more I use this, the less dryness I have the next day.

Overall, I would highly recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin, or anyone who is new to peels.  At $68 for 1.7 fl oz. it is a bit pricey, but if you are in the market for some more higher-end skincare, give this peel a try!!  Click here to check it out!

This post is sponsered by ExuvianceI was provided this product by Exuviance to review, all views and opinions are my own.  

Chelsea

Nars One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette Review

Talk about all-in-one.  This new palette from Nars in collaboration with Steven Klein is AMAZING.  It has everything you need for a full face of makeup in one sleek package.

This set contains a highlighting and contouring duo in Paloma (I) and Paloma (II).  These are amazing shades that will work on lighter to medium skin tones.  They blend beautifully into the skin and can be built up to create a stark contour, or slightly applied for more natural shading. 

The bronzer in this set is the holy grail Laguna bronzer.  This is one of the most popular brozners, probably ever.  It is a gorgeous brown shade with subtle golden shimmer, that doesn't come off too crazy, but more like I just returned from my California vacation and look how glowy and amazing my skin is.  When really I just spent the last 4 hours watching Netflix and online shopping before I got ready.  The best part is that this bronzer is FULL SIZE!  If you were to pick this up alone in store, it would run you $39.

Top Row (L-R): Paloma (I), Paloma (II), Laguna

The bottom row of this palette are 4 blushes in a wide range of shades.  Similarly to the bronzer, these blushes are almost full size!  These are each 0.12 oz. whereas a $30 full size is 0.16 oz.  That means that one of these blushes would cost about $22.50, and $90 for all 4!  The shades included are:

  • Robotic - This is a light cool toned pink shade with a bit of shimmer, but appears almost matte on the skin.  I believe that this shade is either only available in this palette, or at least not available as a single blush in their permanent collection.
  • Blasphemy - A more rosey-pink shade than Robotic with a satiny finish.  As with the previous shade, I think this might be only available in this palette.
  • Luster - This is a gorgeous medium orange toned blush with gold shimmer.  This shade is great for getting into more of the coral/orange shades of blush.  It can be applied lightly for more of a subtle pop of color.  This is available in their permanent blush collection
  • Dolce Vita - This blush is the perfect reddish dusty rose shade.  I have the lipstick equivalent in the same shade and it is the perfect everyday color.  I am hoping that this blush is the same, and with the gold reflects in it, and will become my go to everyday blush.

Blushes (L-R): Robotic, Blasphemy, Luster, Dolce Vita

Final Verdict - This palette gets 2 big thumbs all the way up.  Everyone needs this palette, from the beginner that needs everything to contour their face in one easy palette, to the makeup hoarder who has to collect all of the limited edition palettes.  Bonus, this palette is amazing for traveling, it has everything you need in a sturdy plastic case.  The only downside is the price, at $69 it is one of the more expensive holiday sets I have purchased this year, but considering that the bronzer is full size and the blushes are darn close to full size, it is totally worth every penny. 

Chelsea

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette Review

For my first post back from quite the little hiatus, I wanted to talk about a palette I am so very excited for.  The Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette, is the perfect splurge worthy gift for any makeup collector in your life.  

This palette comes in a beautiful, old-school album style case that is a nightmare for traveling, but amazing displayed on your vanity.  Included in this palette are 24 eye shadows that range from the most basic neutrals to the craziest of bold colors.  The center of the color wheel has 7 neutral shades, surrounded by 17 more bolder, brighter colors.

You will be able to see in some of the swatches below, but a few of the shadows look gorgeous in the palette, but come off super patchy and not very pigmented.  For example Echo, which looks like a bright, shimmery purple, but when applied to the skin it is very light and all the glitter flaked off and didn't stick.  Other than the few shadows that disappoint, the rest of the shadows feel amazing.  They are buttery and smooth, and look great on the skin.  My personal favorites are Lemmy, Harpsichord, Rewind, and Noble.  

Neutral Shades (L-R): Moulder, Vox, Strutter, Lyric, Black Metal, Skulls, Noble

(L-R): Lemmy, Misfit, Vinyl, Legend, Tran, Analogue, Harpsichord

(L-R): Rewind, Destroyer, Swoon, Löve, Muse, Echo, Dark Wave, Synth, Hyperballad

From a makeup collectors perspective, I vote go buy this palette like yesterday.  It's so big and beautiful.  However, from a practical point of view, it's a bit iffy for me.  Some shadows are incredibly smooth and pigmented, and some are patchy and don't stick to the skin.  And I feel like for $59, all the colors should be amazing.  Also, I'm sure not many people would get use out of the electric pink or blue eye shadows, so it is a little overboard for anyone who only likes neutral eye looks.

Final Verdict - Overall, I would say if you are gifting for a makeup lover and collector, this is a great gift.  But if you are buying for the minimal makeup wearing newbie, maybe skip this palette and get something with a bit more neutral colors.

Chelsea

Make Up For Ever - Aqua Rouge Liquid Lipstick Review

My attempt to get back to blogging has once again failed, and my life has become even crazier.  In all the madness I managed to swatch a few of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Liquid Lipsticks.  

I hadn't seen too many reviews or posts about these lipsticks, but given my current obsession with any type of long wearing liquid lipstick and my general lack of will power when it comes to shopping, I picked up one of these lipsticks at Sephora a while ago.  The first one I tried was shade 16 which is a bright pink color.  I quickly fell in love and ordered two more shades online.

This liquid lipsticks are waterproof, smudgeproof, and unlike most liquid lipsticks, these have the shine of a lip gloss.  At $24 these are a bit on the pricier side,  but on par with many of the other high end lipsticks.  The liquid lipstick side had a doe foot applicator, but I find it is usually easier to apply this with a small lip brush.  The clear top coat has a small brush applicator, which works pretty well, but my only caution with this is to make sure that the color has completely dried on the lips.  If it hasn't dried completely, which takes about a minute or so, it will tint the brush

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Shade 16:  This one is by far my favorite, and might even be giving my Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi a run for its money.  Shade 16, is a bright fuchsia pink color that is perfect for a bright pop of color, especially in the summer months.  Although I do have to admit, this color with a simple black winged eyeliner is one of my go to looks year round.

Shade 16

Shade 19: This shade is described on Sephora's website as Pomegranate Pink.  I don't know if I quite agree with this description.  When I think of pomegranates, I think of more of a deeper color, but maybe that is just me.  I really like this color, it is a bit more muted than the bright pink of shade 16.  It is still a great bright color for spring or summer, but a bit more wearable for everyday.

Shade 19

Shade 11:  I bought this color because the description online was that it was a dark raspberry color.  I thought this would be an amazing dark vampy color that would be a perfect shade once fall came around.  Now this color looks amazing in the tube, and even the actual color when applied is amazing, if it would only apply evenly.  I debated even including a picture with this shade because it came out so terribly!  I tried many times to get it to apply or dry evenly.  I don't know if I received one with a bad formula, or if the darker shades are just patchy, but I thought this one was awful.  It did not go on evenly and looks patchy.  I thought that maybe once the clear top coat was on it would smooth it out, but no luck!  You can even see on the swatches below on my arm, how patchy the darker shade came out!

Shade 11

Swatches (L to R): Shade 16, Shade 11, and Shade 19

Overall, I love these liquid lipsticks!  They are extremely long lasting and keep their shine through out eating and drinking!  My only recommendation is to go to the store and give them a try first to make sure that the shade you want isn't patchy and uneven.  

Let me know if you give any of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Liquid Lipsticks a try and what you think of them!

Chelsea

NYX High Voltage Lipstick - Review

The last time I stopped by Ulta to pick up one thing from NYX, everything was buy one get one 50% off, so naturally that meant I had to get 3 lipsticks.  I was excited to try the relatively new High Voltage lipsticks.

L to R: Sweet 16, Privileged, Rock Star

L to R: Sweet 16, Privileged, Rock Star

Although I'm generally not a fan of the clear plastic lid, it usually feels a bit cheap.  That being said I do like that it is easy to see exactly what color the lipstick is, and the quality of the lipstick more than makes up for packaging.  Also I realized that when I got home, I accidentally picked up the tester for the shade Rock Star.  Luckily it was never opened, so it was perfectly fine, but it does annoy me a little bit that it has tester printed on the front.  

Sweet 16:  This shade is a beautiful neutral pink shade.  This is a great everyday color that would go with pretty much any makeup look.

Privileged: This color is bright pink.  It looks very bright and neon in the tube, but once applied to the lips it is a bit more muted and wearable.  I'm sure if it was paired with a brighter lip pencil or lip gloss, it could be more intense.

Rock Star: This shade is a gorgeous red.  I don't typically go for red shades, but this true red color is really growing on me.

Overall, I really like these lipsticks, and the next time there is a sale I might need to pick a couple more (or all the remaining shades).  They are very creamy and smooth, plus they last a long time!  And for the price these lipsticks are a steal! 

Chelsea

Target Spring 2015 Beauty Box - Review

Target's website has this amazing little gem called the Beauty Box.  This is a $5 (with free shipping!) box filled with five different products.  This particular box contained one full size product, and four generous samples.  

So according to the card the only full size product included is the Maybelline Color Elixir lip color, but I'm pretty sure that the L'Oreal Paris makeup setting spray is full size (minus the bit of it that leaked all over my box).

  • Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color - Rose Redefined ($5.49 each) - I already have a few of these Color Elixirs from Maybelline.  See my review of them here.  Luckily this sheer bright rose pink shade, is one I don't already have.  Since this is about the same price of the box, this alone is definitely worth the purchase!
  • L'Oreal Paris Infalliable Pro-Spray & Set ($13.99/3.4 fl. oz.) - This setting spray was the number one reason why I ordered this box, and although it doesn't mention it on the card included in the box, this product is full sized.  I have seen this at Ulta and a number of other drugstores and wanted to try it.  Although $14 is relatively inexpensive for a setting spray, it is still a lot of money to spend on a drugstore product.  I am very excited to try out this setting spray, because if it works it is a great affordable alternative to the more expensive setting sprays.
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream ($17.99/1.7 oz.) - I am forever on the quest for a good hydrating moisturizer.  If I can get that for $18 instead of $55, that's just an added bonus.  I have heard amazing things about this moisturizer from friends who use it on a regular basis.  Although I only have a small sample I have already noticed a difference in my skin after a couple days of use.  I will definitely be purchasing the full size of this when I run out of my current moisturizer.
  • TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray ($1.47/1.5 oz.) - This is a classic standard hairspray.  I have used the TRESemmé hairsprays before, and they aren't anything extraordinary.  It is a perfectly fine hairspray that does exactly what it is supposed to do, and will be a perfect to keep in my purse for emergencies.
  • Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo ($10.99/13 fl. oz.) - I have never tried any products from Shea Moisture, so I am excited to try this shampoo.  And this size is perfect for the amount of traveling I am going to be doing the next couple months.  It is made with natural and organic ingredients, including red raspberry ketone, acai, goji, and guava extracts.  I'm sure these ingredients are why it smells so delicious.

Box Breakdown:

  • Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color - $5.49
  • L'Oreal Paris Infalliable Pro-Spray & Set - $13.99
  • eutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream - $2.65
  • TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray - $1.47
  • Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo - $2.71

Overall, this box is worth about $26.31, which is way more than the $5 I spent!  I am in love with all the products I have tried so far, and I have high hopes for the others.  I also like the variety of products, from skincare, to makeup, to hair care, there is definitely something for everyone in this box.

Sadly, this box sold out pretty quickly, but I will keep checking Target's website to see when they release another box!  If they do, I know that I will be ordering one as soon as possible!

Chelsea

April 2015 Empties - Face Products

It's time for my 3rd installment of my April Empties!  These are all of the face products that I have used up over the last couple months.  

First up is the Garnier BB Cream.  I love this so much that it made it into my 2014 beauty favorites, as well as my travel essentials.  I am already on my next tube of this, and it is already almost half gone.  I love how light and beautiful it feels on the skin, while still giving lots of coverage.  I use the combination to oily skin formula, but I don't find that it is too drying on my already dry skin.  I have noticed that since we are coming out of the winter months and my skin is quite pale, the light/medium shade is a bit dark.  I can't wait to be a bit more tan so that I can break this out again!

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream - $12.99/2 fl oz.

This is technically the second Bare Minerals Well Rested Undereye Concealer I have gone through.  This powder is not only great for setting undereye concealer, but the yellow tint is perfect for hiding dark circles and brightening up the area.  I repurchased this when I noticed I was getting low so that I wouldn't have to be without it.

Bare Minerals Well-Rested For Eyes - $19/.07 oz.

I actually have two empties of the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but the second one was considered an empty because I have had it in my drawer for quite some time and it had most likely expired so I tossed it.  I was absolutely obsessed with this foundation for quite a while.  I literally only wore this every day for over a year.  This has a special place in my heart, because when I first started becoming interested in makeup, this was the first 'high end' foundation I bought.  I haven't repurchased this yet, but once I use up a few of my current products I will probably pick this up again!

Make Up For Ever High Definition Foundation - $43/1.01 fl oz.

I first tried the Sephora Cleansing Water because Fleur De Force mentioned it in a couple of her favorites videos.  I am always on the hunt for a great and gentle makeup remover.  Although I will say this isn't quite the best for removing stubborn makeup like gel eyeliner, it is amazing for removing everyday makeup quickly and gently.  I originally purchased the  smaller 5 ounce bottle just to give it a shot.  This bottle lasted me from December until April, and since I finished this up, I have already purchased the larger pump top 13.5 ounce bottle.  

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water - $20/13.5 fl. oz

If you follow my Instagram you might have seen the giant bottle of Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser that I bought a couple months ago.  This is the second smaller, 8 ounce, bottle of Purity I have used up.  This will forever be a repurchased item for me.  It is the best of the best, and is a staple in my beauty routine.

Philosophy Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser - $24/8 fl  oz.

I have also used up a bunch of mascaras over the last few months.  Some of then were just passed their shelf date, and some were dried up.  Of my mascara empties 5 are full size and 3 were samples.

  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara:  Other than my favorite Ulta mascara (which is tragically discontinued) this is my go to mascara.  I have gone through a ton of these, and I have about three backups stored in my drawer.  This gives the perfect amount of volume and length without going clumpy. 
  • Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara:  I feel like the original Bare Minerals mascaras don't get mentioned a lot on many beauty blogs, but I really really like this mascara.  I do want to clarify, that I only like the volumizing one, the other one with the plastic bristles, is in my opinion terrible.  The volumizing one gives the perfect amount of fullness to the lashes, but doesn't look to crazy.  It is perfect for everyday wear, and I already have a new one ready to go!
  • Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara:  Eh.  I finished this mascara quite a while ago, and to be honest I don't remember if I liked or hated it.  It wasn't an overly memorable mascara, and for $27.50 I expect to be wowed.  I do know that the brush was a it bigger than I liked, and it often got all over my eye lid.  
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara:  I bought this mascara because I tried a sample (well, actually my mom had a sample and I stole it...Sorry Mom!) and loved it so I immediately went out and bought the full size.  This brush is a large plastic brush, which is probably my least favorite style.  And although I found the formulation a little bit watery, it did give my lashes lots of volume!  I would recommend snagging a sample before trying the full size.
  • Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara:  UGH.  I don't know if I got a defective one, but this mascara was clumpy and dry from the beginning, and within a couple weeks it was pretty much unusable.  I had such high hopes for this mascara, but it was a total flop for me.

Top to Bottom: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara, Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, Urban Decay Big Fatty, Bare Minerals Lash Domination, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Buxom Sculpted Mascara, and Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara

The samples I used up were the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Buxom Sculpted Mascara, and the Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara.  Of the three I only really loved the Smashbox mascara.  I know it says that it is brightening, which I don't quite believe, but the formulations and wand are AMAZING!  I love it so much!  As for the other two, they both had weird wands to them and was left a bit underwhelmed by them.

Well that wraps up my April empties!  Check out my hair products and body product that I have used up!

Chelsea

April 2015 Empties - Body Products

My next April Empties post is here!  Like my previous hair care empties post, I don't have much variety when it comes to body products.  I discovered the Soap & Glory brand back in November, and it quickly became one of my favorites!  

My April Body Product Empties

My first empty from Soap & Glory is the Clean On Me shower gel.  I cannot begin to describe how much I love it.  Actually, I can.  I have already bought one more smaller size, and two jumbo size pump top ones.  I think I'm set for quite a long time.  Even if I don't use lotion after my shower, this leaves my skin super soft, plus it smells amazing!!

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel - $10/16 oz.

My next two empties are also from Soap & Glory.  I have used up a small and medium tub of the Righteous Butter, and just like the shower gel, I already have a replacement (or two).  This leaves my skin so incredibly soft and hydrated throughout the day.  And the scent is so light and amazing.  I occasionally notice the scent lingering throughout the day, but it isn't overwhelming.  

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - $14/10.1 oz.

My final body product empty is a sample size of the Philosophy Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme.  I received this as a free gift from Ulta, and I was super excited to try it!  My aunt has been raving about this body creme for a long time, and now I see why!  I loved how this felt and it smelled so great!  This is definitely worth trying, the only downside is that it is a bit on the pricier side.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme - $33/8 oz.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products!

In case you missed my hair product empties check it out here!  And be sure to check back soon to see the rest of my empties!

Chelsea

April 2015 Empties - Hair Care Products

So I have been at this blogging thing for almost a year now, and I just realized I have never done an empties post!  So I pulled out my over sized Sephora bag of empties out and realized if I rolled them all into one post it would be the length of a Harry Potter book.  So I decided to break them up by the types of products.

First up is hair care.  I really only had two types of hair products that I have used up, partly because I use the super sized containers of shampoo and conditioner that pretty much last me forever, and partly because I am terrible at remembering to save my hair care products out of the shower.

Batiste Dry Shampoo is easily my most used and repurchased product.  It is the best for absorbing oil and giving a little extra oomph to second or third day hair.  I clearly like the Blush scent the best, I also use plenty of the tinted brunette dry shampoo.  I didn't really care for the Wild scent, it smelled  a bit too much like men's cologne and was a bit overpowering.  

Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment - $42/8 oz.

This mask treatment from Living Proof has quickly become a staple in my hair care routine.  I loved it so much, that it even made it into my 2014 favorites!  This is the mini 1 oz sample size that I received as a free gift with purchase at Ulta.  And thanks to the lovely ladies at my local Ulta, I have already opened another sample and have put a considerable dent in it.  I know that I will soon have another Restore Mask Treatment on my hands, so I actually went today and picked up a larger size so that I am never without it.  I like to leave this in my wet hair for about 5 minutes after I shampoo, and it makes a world of difference.  This mask makes my hair so smooth and soft, I noticed a difference in my hair right away.

Let me know if you have tried either of these products and what you think of them!

Be sure to check back soon for the rest of my empties!

Chelsea