Empties! Skincare Edition

“If I ignore the fact I have a new empties post monthly,
that means I’m not spending $$, right?”

Here I am. Back again. WITH. MORE. SKINCARE. EMPTIES. I would say I’m ashamed, but truly I am not, so, here we are. I will confidently type on this keyboard to let you know what I thought of six skincare empties and if I will be repurchasing or NAH.

Want the tea? I’m about to spill it.

First up, one of my favorites in the bunch, Hey Honey’s Detoxifying mud mask (retails for $54.00).

I originally reviewed this product here, so you can see I’ve been on the Hey Honey skin-detoxing train for awhile now. I admit, yes, it’s pricey. That will take a few paydays before you want to pull the trigger.

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HOWEVER – H O W E V E R…… I love it. I notice an actual difference in my skin/pores the next morning. It also doubles as a mild exfoliant with the tiny beeds in the mask. It doesn’t smell the greatest, but IDGAF, it’s so good. This will leave you with softer skin and less gunk in your pores. And it’s mild. It doesn’t dry down to a stiff mask on your face. I do not notice any irritation. I will absolutely be splurging on the larger tub of this as I cannot live without! It’s one of my holy grail face masks.

Wanna save 10% to lessen the blow? I have a Hey Honey discount code: type “ksloves10” at checkout Image result for angel emoji

Next up is my second favorite item, and that was a DIY body scrub I made in a class led by Nyambi Naturals, a Philadelphia practicer of homegrown therapies. We used calendula-infused grapeseed oil, lavender and mint essential oils, and sugar to create this magic and I reached for this every other day for the two weeks it was good for.
*It expires after two weeks since there are no preservative ingredients – ALL FRESH.

This made my skin feel incredible. The formula also includes castor soap, which cleanses the body along with exfoliation. I freaking loved this stuff and need to invest in a double-boiler to make more! Lmk if any of y’all would be interested in a DIY post on how to make this body scrub.

The next product has become another holy grail of mine and that is the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm (retails for $29.50).

Previously, I’ve reviewed this product here and you can read all about my infatuation with it. Yes, I have repurchased and intend to do so again and again. It does not irritate my skin or break me out and cleanses my entire layer of makeup before I go in with my face wash.

Next we have TWO Mario Badescu products (not surprising, tbh) and the first one is the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (smaller bottle is $7.00). This spray is awesome and is a cult-favorite for a reason. Sets your makeup in place all day, smells refreshing, and takes away the powdery look of your finished face. I have previously repurchased this setting spray and will probably continue to do so – I have yet to find one better and the price is ON POINT.

My second Mario Badescu product is their Whitening Mask ($24.00 for 2 oz.)

This is ideal for all skin and aims to reveal brighter and smoother skin beneath the surface. I love all MB face masks. I think they do wonders and pack a punch – not to mention, they’re based at an affordable rate. I would use this mask where I experience discoloration and dehydration (mainly forehead and cheeks), but I will be repurchasing and trying this out under my jawline where I have recently been dealing with adult acne (oh, the joys).

My last product is the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil for treating blemishes (normally $10 but on sale for $6 as I write this).

This product WORKS, I’ll say that much. I think I need a new bottle and will always keep this around for evenings before big events when I feel a blemish coming on. You want to stop an under-the-skin blemish before it even makes its way to the top? Rub this in before bed.

Although, I recently learned from a facial specialist that your body absorbs a lot of the toxins you slather on top of it (think: face wash, masks, spot treatments) and so for this reason I am slowing my roll on the tea tree oil – I used to go ham on this stuff. It’s time it takes a backseat but will I be repurchasing for those stubborn blemishes? Hellz yeah.

So those are this month’s skincare empties. Hope you enjoyed! Found something new, or reminded yourself of one of these products you love and haven’t used in awhile? Lemme know in the comments! I love talking through skincare products.

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August/September IPSY Bag Reviews!

“Did I really let this happy again? This is my second 2-in-1 Ipsy review post #lazy”

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Here we are again! Another round of double Ipsy bag reviews. I’m sure y’all don’t mind it tho, right? More products to read about 😉

Anyways, I’m not here to bore you … ZzZzZzZz

Here’s August’s bag:

  1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clayretails for $24.00
    I am actually loving this cleanser! I am using it every other night after my Philosophy face wash to get a deep clean of my pores and remove any excess oil. It is geared towards those with oily, acne-prone skin to use every day. However, if you have normal skin you can use this every couple days as a “deep cleanse.” I have used this a few times and do notice it tackles under the skin blemishes, and I will continue to include it in my skincare routine!
  2. theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Willkommenretails as part of an eyeshadow palette for $39.50
    I gotta be honest – I threw this right in the trash. It wasn’t a bad shade, it was a rich medium/dark brown, but it had SPARKLES in it. Do I want to put sparkles onto the outer corner of my eye to smoke out a look? Nada.
  3. Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascararetails for $25
    This mascara was OK. It wasn’t anything to write home about. If anything, it’s a great bottom-lash mascara because of the skinny wand. When I use it on my upper lashes, it doesn’t give a lot of volume/length. Then to factor in the cost, no I won’t be repurchasing.
  4. Hikari Shimmer Bronzer in Flushretails for $17
    I only have two things to say about this:
    – I threw this out
    – It looked cheap and I’m not one for bronzer/blush combos
  5. Paula Dorf Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe – I can’t even find this on her website so that’s helpful
    Also, this product was a no for me. I’m not a huge fan of brow pencils, like actual pencils you write with. It was too pointy and stiff for me to disperse product. I’ll be throwing this out.

Onto September’s bag:

  1. Luxie Beauty Angled Shading Eye Brush #207retails for $12
    IPSY CAN SEND ME ALL THE EYE BRUSHES – I’ll never tire of them! And for the price point, Luxie is a steal as far as brushes are concerned. They’re great quality, get the job done, and are marked at a fabulous price point. This brush is great for the blending out crease shades, as it has a flexibility to it that other dense blending brushes don’t have.IMG_20170914_211852
  2. Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herbretails for $41
    I am not sure how to feel about this mask. I mean, shoutout to Ipsy for hooking us up with a decent amount of it (I could probably get 5-7 uses out of this sample). However, I do not really notice any changes/improvements in my skintone/texture after using this mask. In fact, the first morning after I used it I woke up with 3 under the skin blemishes, so.. there’s that.
    If I had to go from my experience with it thus far and the price, I certainly wouldn’t repurchase.IMG_20170914_211842
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primerretails for $39
    I gave this shizzz to a friend because YA GIRL IS OILY AF. Also, $40 for a primer? I’ll pass.IMG_20170914_211829
  4. Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanserretails for $28
    This pumpkin walnut facial cleanser is a fall scent in a bottle – but not in a bad way! I enjoy all fall scents and am okay with lathering this onto my face. I won’t say it’s a game-changer, but it’s a nice product. I didn’t notice it particularly solving all the world’s skincare issues, so I probably won’t spend $28 to purchase the full size.
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  5. Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetalretails for $13
    This shade is cool as shit, and I’m super stoked to use this for a dark/vampy smokey eye this fall (if I ever get the balls to dabble in that realm). It swatches like a dream.

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And that’s everything! 10 product reviews! PHEW. I’m tired. No wonder why I try not to skip Ipsy bag reviews each month. That is work to review ten products in one sitting. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these products! Did something work out for you that didn’t for me? Should I give something a second try?

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REVIEW: June Ipsy Bag

“I know this review is late please forgive me.”

The June bag was pretty bangin’, not gonna lie. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to post? Obsessed with the products… ya know? Not cutting it? Fine we’ll hop to it.

The bag last month might have created yet another must-have favorite to add to the Ipsy Hall of Fame for me. And honestly, we’ll just jump right into it…

  1. Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask retails for $54.00
    I’m not going to sugar-coat it, this mask is hella expensive. Some would say way too many dolla bill$ for the product. HOWEVER, please allow me to explain why this could become a new holy grail.
    – does not dry super tight on your skin – it moreso dries to a “glazed” appearance
    – a little product goes a long way, with a rather thick consistency that feels like it is soaking up impurities in the skin
    – there are tiny microbeads that give this mask a gritty feel as you wash it off, allowing for a gentle exfoliation while you massage the mask into your skin
    Cut to the chase, what have you noticed? I have literally noticed better skin the next morning. My pores appear smaller, I don’t see as many blackheads, and my makeup looks incredibly smooth and poreless. It’s a dream of a product and (unfortunate for my wallet) I will be repurchasing.

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ALSO – if you want to buy anything from Hey Honey’s website this month, you can get 20% off with Ipsy’s code: HeyHoneyUncover

2. City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in “Cheers to Life” retails for $3.99
THIS. IS. SO. PIGMENTED. clap_pzfqtq
I even saved a snapchat I sent my friend right after swatching this. I’m going to also throw this in here: it was one swipe of the shadow on my arm. Incredible color and such a vibrant bronzy shade that I could see being versatile for all skin tones.

3. Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in “Chocolate Fix” retails for $14.00
I actually really like this. It has an intense vibrancy to it and feels very creamy upon application. I received the color Chocolate Fix which is a rich dark brown perfect for tight-lining and/or the water line. I don’t even do either of those techniques on my eyes but this liner makes me want to.

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4. NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in “Plush” retails for $6.00
I wasn’t a fan of this. Could be because I gravitate towards matte lippies and tend to steer clear of pinky pinks, but I also didn’t enjoy the application of this product. It wasn’t full-blown pigment in your face, it was a little more streaky. I might find better luck using this as a cheek pigment instead!

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5. theBalm Cosmetics Balm Spring Blush retails for $21.00
I wanted to like this more, I really did. The color and tone are everything, nice and nude but enough color for a pale girl (hi, me over here). And it might be the size of the pan or something else but I can’t get into this blush! It doesn’t really show up on my cheeks and it swatched terribly from the small Ipsy sample. Did anyone else have this issue? Idk but for $21.00, I ain’t purchasing it waving-hand-sign.png

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So that was everything in my Ipsy bag for the month of June! Besides a sample size of the Dr. Brandt Pores No More primer – which I finally cashed in some Ipsy points for. Pays to review your products, people! GWylEE2h_400x400.png

Did you get the same product/s in your Ipsy bag? What were your thoughts? Were you happy with the items? Underwhelmed? Let me know – I love to chat about it.

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Facial Friday: Tea Tree Face Mask Review

“There are similar/better products for a fraction of the price.”

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Price: $17.00

Let me start by saying I am a firm believer in The Body Shop skincare line. I will stand behind their tea tree oil for spot-treating blemishes until the day I leave this earth.

HOWEVER.

I gotta be honest here, The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing mud mask really didn’t do it for me. It’s not that it didn’t work, but I feel I get the same results when I use drugstore brands. For starters, this little pot of mud is $17.00. I can get a tube of Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar mud mask for $4.29 at CVS. In my opinion, this mask performs the same duties: smoothes the skin and helps clear blemishes. (see mini review here)

For the record: I have been using this mask 1-2 times a week for three weeks. On Ulta’s website, the Body Shop claims that this mask works to draw out excess oil from the pores, but I haven’t noticed a change in oil production. I also haven’t noticed an improvement in my blemishes, nor are they being “prevented.”

I will give it this: the mask feels soothing on the skin, and once activated there is a tingly sensation on your face that feels like the mask is really working. It does not dry down quickly, nor does it leave your skin feeling super tight by the time you’re ready to wash it off.

PROS:

  • lightweight formula which doesn’t dry down to a skin-tight feeling
  • tea tree scent is not overwhelming
  • a little seems to go a long way – I think the tub will last me awhile

CONS:

  • I feel like I get the same results for less $$ elsewhere
  • it hasn’t worked “wonders” to clear my skin or absorb excess oil
  • the price tag

So that’s my summary! I will say, regardless of my opinions on this mask, it will definitely last me awhile, which could make the $17 worth it. That being said, I would also like to give their Seaweed Oil-Balancing clay mask a go.  This mask is $23.00, so I will wait until I finish the tea tree one before I jump into that purchase. I firmly believe the Body Shop has the potential to wow me when it comes to skincare, and considering it’s an investment, it may be worth it. Anything to balance out the oil in my face would be a godsend.

What is your favorite skincare item from the Body Shop? Should I be trying some other items? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I love hearing new ideas/products to try.

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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.

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Facial Friday: Yes To… Face Mask Edition

“What a cute and unique idea. Yes to carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and the rest of the veggies!”

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So these are really cool! Love the packaging and love that they sell all of these individual packets so you can try all of their products. I’m not sure how old/new the Yes To brand is, but I’ve heard a lot of hubbub surrounding them recently, and wanted to try each of these pictured above for myself. To be honest, when I go into Ulta or Target in search of these, I can’t seem to find any more than the three I’m going to review.

For clarity, I picked up the Brighten & Condition Argan Oil mud mask, the Calm & Soothe primRose Oil mud mask, and the Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal mud mask. All three are mud, well, obviously. So I have yet to try the paper or sheet masks. I am a huge fan of mud masks, they’re my favorite! Naturally, I reach for these before a peel-off or sheet mask.

First I tried the charcoal mud mask. This was my favorite. The mask dries really nicely, and smells great too! I left it on for 15 minutes, as instructed, then washed my face. First I use water to loosen the mud, then go in with a warm damp washcloth to rinse the rest away. This mask contains .5% salicylic acid, which I kind of worried about (as all sensitive-skin people would), but this did not irritate me at all! In fact, I saw an improvement in bumps overnight and attributed it to the acne-fighting ingredient. I’m pleasantly surprised to see they have this in a tube, so I will be purchasing that soon.


Then I tried the argan oil mud mask. This one was my least favorite of the three. It does not ever really “dry” on your face, so you’re left rinsing away a slithery, slimy mess. It was hard to wash off so I started scraping if off my cheeks with my nails. I usually go in with my Tarte maracuja oil after using a mask, but that was a mistake here, as the argan oil mask is mean to hydrate your skin. I’m already naturally oily, so this combo packed way too much moisture for me. I might recommend this to dry or mature skin, but not to those with a shiny t-zone.


The final mask I tried was the primRose mud mask. I wrote about the previous mask before I tried the primRose, and I can confidently say this mask was my least favorite. It was a very similar consistency to the argan oil mask, as I had a difficult time washing it away. It’s very thick, and never dries either. This time, I did not moisturize at all after using this mask, because it does such a great job at hydrating the skin. The reason I like this one the least? The smell. At first, I thought, okay this won’t bother me it’s just a little funky. No, not at all. Mid-way through I wanted to wash it off but figured I could stick it out. Finally after washing it off, thought I’d be rid of the scent, wrong. It lingers afterwards, and it’s the kind of scent that almost makes you want to gag (I know, I know, but I want to be honest and wouldn’t write it unless I thought that). I’m not someone who will ditch a mask due to the smell, but the fact that it’s slimy and never dries down, I don’t feel like it does much for my oily/troublesome skin. Then the smell on top of that? Nooo thanks.

Have any of you skincare lovers tried these masks yet?! Thoughts? Is there a certain one you’re going to repurchase? Should I try another kind in the Yes To brand? I welcome any and all thoughts below!

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