Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #2

“Wow I use a ton of makeup, didn’t I just do a post like this?!”

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BACK at it again, folks 😉

It’s time for another segment of “Will I repurchase?” or “Why did I toss it?” I think these posts are super helpful to others! It shows you actually put time and effort into a product and for some reason or another loved it (considering you finished it) or hated it (enough to throw it away).

This is different than a first impression, this is a bonafide REVIEW, ladies.

First up!

  1. it Cosmetics Superhero mascara retails for $24.00
    THIS. MASCARA. IS. AMAZING. Admittedly, it’s one of the first high-end mascaras I’ve ever used! And it did not disappoint. This is, hands down, a holy grail. It gives volume, length, and adds “ba da BAM!” to your lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Absolutely.
  2. Model Co Power Lash mascara retails for $9.00 (travel size)
    I was not a fan of this mascara. I used it up on weekdays for work because it added something to my eyes to wake me up. On weekends? Forget about it – never reached for it.
    Would I repurchase? No.
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  3. CVS Calming Cleansing towelettes retail for $6.59
    These were dry, which I suppose is to be expected from a store brand makeup wipe. I’d rather use Neutrogena or the Simple micellar water wipes (which Kathleen Lights raves about). Anyways, since they weren’t wet enough, they tugged a lot at my skin, which caused an opposite sensation than “calming.” Instead, I was left with a red face and had to work twice as hard to remove all traces of makeup.
    Would I repurchase? No, but maybe in a pinch.
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  4. Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder in sandstorm retails for $5.49
    I LOVE this pressed powder! Since they have a *semi-pathetic* shade range, you can at least get a small amount of coverage from this powder if used with a sponge. I typically swirl my brush into it to set my face, especially the areas where I get the oiliest *cough, t-zone, cough*. But it does a phenomenal job at keeping me matte for longer than usual. I like that it’s small enough to take on the road too.
    BE FOREWARNED: it breaks easily! Don’t be throwing it around in your bag.
    Would I repurchase? Yes! And I already have!
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  5. American Eagle rollerball fragrance retails for $14.95
    I don’t remember which scent this is in, but I loved this! Rollerballs are so convenient to carry in your purse for touch-ups on the go. I remember being pleasantly surprised with this scent and would 100% buy another AEO rollerball. Sometimes they’re on sale for just $10, which is completely worth it.
    Would I repurchase? Yes.
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  6. Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream retails for $39.00
    This moisturizer was good, I’ll give it that. It has a “cream-to-gel” formula that instantly melts into your skin. It left my face slightly tacky for a good foundation application, and the scent wasn’t bad either. However. However. I would never spend $40 on this. I will continue you buy my Garnier gel moisturizer for a fraction of the price. It provides the same moisture my skin needs while maintaining a lightweight feel that doesn’t add any extra shine to my t-zone.
    Would I repurchase? No.
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So that’s everything! What are your thoughts? Have you emptied any of the same or similar products? Did you feel the same, or nah? Let me know – I’d love to discuss them some more.

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EMPTIES/THROW-A-WAYS Segment!

“I know everyone loves a good “empties” post – like, will I repurchase? Read to find out!”

Over the last month or so, I’ve had a paper bag below my beauty vanity to throw out items I am just not using or have used up! I always love when bloggers/YouTubers create “empties” content because that means they have fully invested in a product and are ready to give some kickass reviews.

The main question I am going to answer is: Will I repurchase? Because, let’s be honest, if I’m not willing to repurchase then I’m obviously not that into it.

Product #1: Garnier Refreshing Gel-Cream
I emptied this baby in like 6 weeks – IT’S SO GOOD. I have a full review at the link above and would highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in finding a moisturizer alternative. It’s great for the oily-skinned folks like myself. V lightweight and a super affordable option.
Will I repurchase? YES! And I have already done so.

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Product #2: Ulta Mineral Bronzer
I can’t find this on Ulta’s website anymore, so I’m assuming they did away with this formula. It was glittery and pretty orange. I gave up on it when I transitioned to my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.
I do see Ulta has a new matte bronzer on their website so maaaybe I’ll give it a try next time I’m perusing the makeup aisle.
Will I repurchase? No, there are much better options.

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Product #3: COVERGIRL Outlast Lip Color
These are actually really great lip stains! I’m not sure if CoverGirl still sells them in drugstores/Walmarts, but I remember really loving this in college, and I have a hometown bestie to thank for that (s/o to you Lauren).
Will I repurchase? If they have something similar, yes, I would!

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Product #4: Biore Charcoal Pore Strips
I. don’t. like. these. The original pore strips by Biore are great and I will definitely purchase those again, but the charcoal ones make no difference in my t-zone’s oil production and don’t stick to my nose properly. I have a “Charcoal vs. The Original” pore strips debate at the link above if you’re interested!
Will I repurchase? No.

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Product #5: e.l.f Undereye Setting Powder
This is a THROWAWAY for me. I’ve heard a lot of beauty YouTubers recommend this, but I cannot get on board. It was sparkly, and I’m not about glitter and sparkles under my eyes. The only pro about this product was that it cost $3.00.
Will I repurchase? No.

Product #6: Maybelline Colossal Mascara
This was a good product, and I am a fan of Maybelline’s mascaras. However, now that I know so much more about affordable options that are dupes for high end brands (*cough, cough* here’s to you, L’Oréal Lash Paradise), I don’t think I will be repurchasing this.
Will I repurchase? Probably not, but it was good while I used it.

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So that’s it for this empties segment! Is this something that interests anyone else? I’d love to know so I can continue to collect empty products. I know everyone loves a juicy review.

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July IPSY Review

“This bag had very experimental products.”

So I genuinely did like this month’s bag. It gave me a product I’ve never used (brow cream), a new light moisturizer to try, and a staple blending brush to pack on darker colors.

Let’s get on with the review!

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer – Park Ave Princess (retails for $30.00)
    It’s not bad.. but I’m not living for it either. I wish I had gotten the matte version of this, because this bronzer is meant to give you a subtle “sun kissed glow.” The sun kissed I’m okay with, but the glowy bronzer es no bueno.
    Again, it’s not a bad bronzer. It will definitely do the trick, but do I think I’ll repurchase? No. Considering you can get the Physician’s Formula butter bronzer for $15.00 at the drugstore, I am not convinced I need the Tarte one in my life.
    Would I repurchase? No.
  2. Chella Eyebrow CreamTantalizing Taupe (retails for $26.00)
    I don’t know how to feel about this! The product is cool – but, I am also a complete newb when it comes to filling in my brows. I was doing my best not to go heavy-handed, and I think this product is great for a beginner (like myself). I wish the color was a little lighter, but I didn’t want that to affect my review. I do like it! And will continue to use it.
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  3. IBY Beauty Crease Brush (retails for $12.00)
    I love this! Just the brush I wanted to add to my collection and I have already used it to smoke out darker shadows in the outer-v of my eye and into my crease. This is a great staple item to have and I am happy I received it!
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  4. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (retails for $39.00)
    This price is so outrageous lol. The moisturizer is nice, and kind of doubles as a primer once it dries, as it is rather tacky. So, if you were looking to use it as a moisturizing primer, then I suppose I could be convinced of the price. However, I don’t see any difference in how this makes my skin look/feel than when I use my Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream (which is a fraction of the price), except for the fact that the Caudalie makes my skin tacky.
    PS – does anyone else think this smells like peanuts? Just me?
    Would I repurchase? No.IMG_20170725_200528
  5. OFRA Cosmetics EyeshadowGold Rush (refill retails for $12.00)
    I was underwhelmed when I first tried this out, as I was expecting more pigment from Ofra. Typically, their eyeshadows are v vibrant and colorful, but I didn’t get that from this gold. Then I swatched it again, and BAM. I got a lot more color payoff, however, I can find better shimmer shadows in my Carli Bybel palette that retails for $14.50.
    Would I repurchase? No.

So that was my July bag! What are your thoughts? Did you get any of the same products? What did you love/hate?

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The Pros & Cons to Using a Gel Moisturizer

“Does it help you stay matte? Do you actually feel moisturized?”

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Cost: $6.69 at Target (but of course in the city it cost me like $8.99 at a CVS)

I wanted to try this out to see if it would help balance out my oily skin. And by “this” I mean the Garnier Refreshing Gel-Cream for normal/combo skin.

We’re getting somewhere – I truly think we are. However, I don’t think this is a holy grail product. I will say, this type of skincare might be a holy grail, but I’m not convinced the Garnier gel-cream is it.

So I do like this, don’t get me wrong.

PROS:

  • It’s incredibly lightweight.
  • Has a lovely light fragrance.
  • Absorbs into the skin within a minute. I am not left with a tacky feeling, but more of a smooth “aloe”-like feel, if that makes sense?
  • Hydrates my skin, but I only use it in the morning before applying makeup. I want something light for daytime wear so that potentially I can mask my shiny t-zone (that’s the goal here people).
  • As far as I can tell, it does contribute to remaining matte for longer periods of time. I find myself less shiny further into the day now.

CONS:

  • You don’t experience that sinks-into-the-skin-and-feels-super-moisturizing sensation. But I guess, perhaps, you won’t! It’s a gel.
  • Not the cheapest drugstore moisturizer, yet one of the only gel ones on the market that I’ve seen.
  • There is just no “wow” factor to this product. It does the job but doesn’t feel like an item I couldn’t live without.

So here’s my consensus: I like the idea of a gel moisturizer, but I need more of a gel-cream. Something that mimics a lotion, but carries the lightweight benefits of a gel.

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I am considering the Seaweed Oil-Control gel cream by the Body Shop. I tried this on the back of my hand in the store, and it was a magnificent lightweight product. Considering it also fights oiliness, I want to give this a shot. It’s $20.00, so I think I’ll wait for another 40% off sale.

Have you tried this gel moisturizer? What were your thoughts? Did you repurchase? Should I look elsewhere? I love all recommendations and chatting about it! Feel free to leave me a comment below.

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Magical Makeup Monday: NEW Products Review

“Probably one of my most successful tries at new products.”

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I picked up a few things that have been on my “buy next” list over the weekend and figured I’d share some first impressions! We have a gel moisturizer by Garnier and two face makeup products, one by Wet n Wild and another by Rimmel London.

  1. Wet n Wild Photo Focus foundation in shade nude ivory is going to take some getting used to. I like it, I really do! However, it’s more of a lighter coverage foundation than I expected. Watching reviews/tutorials on YouTube gave me higher expectations for the coverage, but I must also speak to how buildable this foundation is. I was able to apply a second coat and cover more areas without achieving cake face status.
    Price: $5.99

2. Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel Cream for normal/combo skin. It’s too early to call it, but this could prove to be a game-changer. Not only that, I could see this becoming a holy grail product. As a girl with oily skin, I look for lighter moisturizers. I completely understand that oily skin still needs hydration, but I would like to try my hand at a gel moisturizer. A little goes a long way, so I’m hopeful the jar will last awhile! Beautiful packaging for a decent price, too.
Price: $5.99

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3. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 004 (sandstorm) proved to be just as good as everyone claimed it was. Definitely helped my skin stay matte, and applied beautifully. It appears there are only 3 shades: transparent, 004 – sandstorm, and 005 – silky beige, but surprisingly sandstorm worked well for me with the Wet n Wild foundation.
Price: $5.69


Update
: tried this new combination of products and wore it for 7 hours. My thoughts? Incredible! I can’t nail down which product might have helped conceal my shiny t-zone, but they may have all worked in conjunction. I’m going to keep experimenting with each of these individually.

Has anyone tried any of these products? Did you see similar results? I am loving them, and if I continue to do so, they will be repeat purchases.

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