EMPTIES (drugstore + high end)

WASSUP. I usually do my empties posts in video form nowadays, but my channel is turning into an empties post every other video lmao – I’m not having any of that. I want variety over there, so I’m bringing the empties post HERE. Why? Because I know we all love a good empties review blog post.

Below you’ll find TEN products I have completely emptied and are going into the trash as we speak. That means I’ve tried the entire packaging. I have full reviews, some of which I’ll rave about… others, meh. Let’s dive in.

Let’s start with mascaras, because I have a fuck ton of ’em.

  • Essence Volume Stylist 18 hr Lash Extension
    Of the two drugstore mascaras, this one is going to be my favorite. I’d highly recommend this over the lash princess (see below), as you can achieve feathery spread lashes that will last throughout the day.
    The best part? It costs $4.99
  • Essence Lash Princess Volume
    This mascara I could pass on. I likely won’t repurchase. It was very liquid-y, which more often than not led to goopy, chunky lashes that didn’t spread nicely. If you’re looking for thicker lashes, you might like this. I prefer mine spread evenly and full of volume.
  • Lancome Monsieur Big
    YOOOOOOOOOOOO this mascara is FIRE. I love it so much. Like, false lashes worthy. Use a lash curler before going in with this mascara and you will boost your look x 100 – I swear.
    Better yet, the travel size is $12.00 and it’ll last you awhile. Run!
  • Clinique High Impact
    I wasn’t a fan of this. Just didn’t impress me. The formula is very lightweight; if you’re into super natural (barely there) mascara, you may like this! For me, it wasn’t enough volume.

Moving on, shall we? Next up, powders…

  • Coty Airspun loose setting powder
    THE GOAT. My favorite. Hands down. The best powder to *blot* the earth. Lol. ALSO – it’s $5.97 on Amazon. SO like, hello. It sets makeup incredibly, does not move foundation underneath. Keeps me matte throughout the day. HIDES my pores entirely. Banging product.
    The only con: you’ll smell like your grandma’s perfume from 1954.
  • IT Cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder
    This was not a favorite for me. I’d say hard pass on this one. There was nothing special about it and I don’t feel a need to spend $29.00 on a powder that didn’t “wow” me. If anything, the Coty airspun blurs my pores + stays matte WAY more efficiently.

Two more makeup-related products.

  • Tonya Crooks TheBrowGal instatint brow gel
    I actually really loved this product. It made it SO easy to define my brows. Quick swipe swipe, and you had some pigment (for a badass brow), plus it was easy and not messy! I’m not good with pencils or pomades so this is a bomb product for me. I’d use it daily. I also don’t think $22 is unreasonable for this product. 10/10 recommend!
  • Soho buffing powder brush
    This is my ALL TIME favorite bronzer brush. I picked it up on a whim at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx years ago. It was time to retire it. Lol. It’s a solid brush, but it’ll definitely shed as you wash. Doesn’t phase me as it’s the PERFECT bronzing brush lmao. I’ll keep an eye in the future at TJ Maxx’s bc I’d love to snag it again. Otherwise, it’s available on Amazon. Distributes products well and made it look like I was a bronzing PROFESSIONAL. Super easy to use.

Lastly, skincare!

  • Origins energy boosting gel moisturizer
    This was a SUPER fresh and hydrating moisturizer. I am a big fan. I’d consider buying this (if I want to spend a little extra ca$h money) because I do find the quality is THERE with this product. Origins does skincare right and ever since my friend got me started on them, I’m hooked.
  • Alba Botanica hawaiian oil-free moisturizer
    I am a MEGA fan of this moisturizer. If you are ballin’ on a budget and want a super rich and lush moisturizer (daytime or nighttime), this is your option. My esthetician recommended this to me when my skin was going through it, and I’ve never looked back since. It’s an affordable option with skin benefits and hydration that sinks into your skin. I’ve purchased around 5 of these at this point. When I run out… I notice a difference in my skin! It’s parched without it. Big fan.

So those are all of my recent empties – I live for a good empties post! I hope you enjoyed and found a review of something you were interested in. Let me know your thoughts. Have you tried any of the above? I’m v curious to hear from you.

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GET READY W/ ME | brunch, outfit details + full face of makeup

GET READY WITH ME as I head out to a bottomless brunch *typical*
I do my entire makeup look, attempt winged liner again, and share my outfit details! You can find all deets below.

As always, thank you for spending your time with me XOXO

Jumpsuit:
Jean jacket: Old Navy

PRODUCTS:
Benefit POREfessional
CYO lifeproof foundation in 101
Colourpop no filter foundation in light 60
Tarte shape tape in light fair neutral
Coty airspun loose face powder
Essence luminous matt bronzing powder in 01 sunshine
Pretty Vulgar make them blush in hush blush
PUR Cosmetics sculptor highlight and contour palette
IT Cosmetics brow power pencil in universal taupe
Mario Badescu rosewater spray
Tweezerman eyelash curler
Lancome Monsieur big mascara
Stila stay all day liquid lipstick in patina

MY RECENT CONTENT:
JOAH FOUNDATION https://youtu.be/uvLtM2sNmEM
EMPTIES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlTlAjS9b5k&t=32s
FAB FIT FUN – SPRING 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cXgJ…

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Music: Summertime by Erik Lund

EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP | My go-to products for oily skin + makeup routine

This is a good one. Go-to products for everyday work makeup! I show you how I usually go to work, but also how I “doll myself up” on an important day of work (lol). ALSO – some of these products/tips are great for oily skin.

Thanks for spending some of your day with me.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Neutrogena Hydroboost water gel
Dr. Brandt pores no more primer
Colourpop no filter foundation in light 60
CYO Longlasting lifeproof foundation in 101
Colourpop no filter concealer in fair 06
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Benefit hoola bronzer
Essence satin touch blush in ‘satin love’
Mario Badescu rosewater spray
Smashbox x Casey Holmes spotlight palette in ‘pearl’
Pur cosmetics sculptor highlight & contour palette
Morphe brow pencil
Dream St. Colourpop palette
Wander Beauty unlashed mascara
Clinique hi-definition mascara
Elf lip oil in ‘nude kiss’

BRUSHES (in order):
Sonia Kashuk makeup blender sponge
Elf total face brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Elf small tapered brush
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
CLEAN WITH ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KsqMHdkx4k
EMPTIES #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP19h…
GRAB A COFFEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXnXm…

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NEW MAKEUP | ABH liquid glow, Crown Pro eyeshadow, PUR bronze & brighten | Katrina S

DRY SHAMPOO UPDATE: Am I cheating on Batiste? Notes at end of desc. box

ALSO threw a little foundation routine and eyeshadow tutorial in here because why not?! Lmk your thoughts on the final look and if you like the products. There were a few bangers and a few “meh” items. That’s life!

Thanks so much for spending some time with me xoxo

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Not your mother’s dry shampoo in Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon
Sephora 10 HR wear perfection foundation
Urban Decay naked skin concealer
Maybelline fit me concealer
Covergirl clean matte pressed powder
ABH liquid glow in ‘pearla’
PUR cosmetics bronze & brighten cheek palette
Crown Pro fuego collection
Essence mascara in ‘lash princess’
Adesse hi-definition liquid lipstick in ‘haute cocoa’ (I’m pretty sure)

BRUSHES USED (in order):
Sonia kashuk marble makeup blender sponge
Aesthetica p12 powder brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Real Techniques expert concealer brush
Beau Gâchis tapered blending brush
SL Miss Glam L34
Luxie 207 angled brush

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjvsXwqfgOg&t=117s
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…
FIRST IMPRESSION – DIOR BACKSTAGE FOUNDATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3st…

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I am very “middle of the road” about this dry shampoo. I would give it 6/10. The scent is incredible and it’s not the worst I have tried. It does better than Herbal Essences but doesn’t hold a candle to Batiste. Solid: 6/10. Thanks for watching!

DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS | Try this instead of that… | Katrina S

New series?! Maybe? Lmk your thoughts and we’ll roll with it. I wanted to make a “disappointing products” video with a spin where I recommend something to take its place. Because complaining without a solution GETS. YOU. NOWHERE. So here we are with a few overhyped products and I’m here to tell you like it is.

As always, thanks for stopping by xoxo

DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS:
Makeup Revolution banana loose setting powder
Palladio matte lipstick in ‘refined chianti’
Essence lash princess mascara Crown pro large powder brush (can’t find this on their website anymore – only Boxycharm’s website)
Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer

TRY INSTEAD:
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Elf moisturizing lipsticks
Essence volume stylist 18 hr lash extension mascara
Aesthetica p12 face brush Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Tarte shape tape concealer
Maybelline fit me concealer

FACE Dior
Backstage Face & Body Foundation
Makeup Revolution Define and Conceal Concealer
Covergirl Matte pressed powder
Physician’s Formula butter bronzer
Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics ‘hush blush’

EYES
Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe vol. 1 eyeshadow palette

LIPS
Ofra Cosmetics long lasting liquid lipstick in ‘verona’

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
CHRISTMAS DECOR VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHjo…
FIRST IMPRESSION – DIOR BACKSTAGE FOUNDATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3st…
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…

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Magical Makeup Monday: Mini Ulta Haul

“How do I still have money leftover on my gift card?”

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I finally gave in and went on my first Ulta haul since receiving a gift card over the holidays. For me, this means typically means skincare and lip products (admittedly). However, I have a couple other various products in this mini haul as well. Below are the products I intended to get, and did indeed purchase, and my first impressions for you!

The big-ticket item I’ve had my sights set on for a couple months now was The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. I am soooo excited to finally get my hands on this, as I’ve heard marvelous reviews on the benefits and results others have found in this face mask. I don’t have particularly troublesome skin, but I definitely have problem areas I’d like to target with this mask. The first few times I use it, I will try it all over my face. However, if it starts to disappear quickly (as it was not particularly cheap), I may just use it to target my problem areas. Full review to come, as I am highly anticipating this product.

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$17.00

To no surprise, my next item is also a face mask, though much more affordable. I may or may not be slightly obsessing over skincare recently, but whatever. Better than spending my $$ on drinking, no? Anyways, I have particularly oily skin and have been hoping to find something to combat shine that I can add to my skincare routine. Anytime I’m in the drugstore, I find the same Freeman’s face masks. Alas, Ulta had more variety when I visited! I picked up the Freeman’s Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask + Scrub. This is meant to, “instantly tone, purify, and mattify for a flawless complexion.” This face mask works one of two ways:

  1. You can use it as a daily cleanser by massaging onto damp skin and rinsing it off after you use it.
  2. OR you can use this as a face mask by applying to dry skin (after already cleansing your face) and letting it dry for 3-5 minutes, but no more than 10 minutes. This is the way I intend to use this mask.

*note: I couldn’t find the link to this! The closest I found was the Freeman’s 4-in-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Clay Mask and that is not what mine is.

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$4.29

My third item is my final skin product, and that’s the Soap & Glory Hand Food cream. I bought this on a whim while waiting in line to checkout (as most of us do tehe). This is the sample size, and actually my first Soap & Glory purchase! I have high hopes for this and did use it last night, waking up with refreshingly softer hands. I am one of the many people whom suffer with dry hands in the winter, and this hand cream has the potential to be a savior of mine. Did I also mention it’s probably one of the best scents I’ve ever smelled?

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$4.00

My final two products are both from the Essence brand, and that is their clear eyebrow gel and lip liner in Satin Mauve. I am new to lip liners, and have just began to branch out. I’m excited to try this liner as I feel it is a good affordable starting place for pencils. The color pairs perfectly with nude/pink lipsticks, and I’m excited to report my findings with this. Is it kiss proof? What lipstick does it look best with? I will report back!
Cost: $1.99


The eyebrow gel is to tame my brows in between waxing! Admittedly, I still go back to my hometown to get my brows done (as I am not yet willing to trust anyone else with them). So, the result is clear brow gel in hopes that it will tame them until I find the time to go home and clean them up! Tried this out today and it held them down perfectly, making them appear much more groomed than they are. Love the application and the price point is unbeatable.
Cost: $2.99

Let me know if any of you have tried these products! I am always open to new suggestions and thoughts to various skincare/makeup routines.

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

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