Wednesday, 16 August 2017

July 2017 Empties

It's August 16th but better late than never for an empties post! I thought my July empties were going to be epic but I am still at the bottom of so many products that won't die. I shouldn't be upset because I sure am getting my money's worth. I have a funny feeling it'll be September before I have a ton of empties to show off. Let's get to July's empties though!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation - Another empty of this. I must got through one of these every 6-8 weeks. Love it, already repurchased x2. I wear Intensity 2.0.

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - I talk about how much I love this product all of the time. Bioderma is a poor substitute. Nothing compares. I've got 2 more bottles waiting in the wings. (review here)

Gehwol Soft Feet Cream - You have to try this stuff! It works great and the product doesn't transfer to your shoes etc. like some other Gehwol products. This was a small tube but I have already repurchased the regular sized tube. Must post blog review soon! 

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer - Is it me or does Estee Lauder keep playing with the names of their concealer. I can never find the same one twice. The last time I believe I had 02 Light Medium. This one was 2C Light Medium (Cool). I once had 08 something and it was called Light Medium but it was too dark. This stuff is fantastic and blends in with a variety of foundations and BB products etc. I love it for anywhere on my face except under the eyes. I have already repurchased - oh my it's the same colour as this one. Wow!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum - I blew through this in 2 months. I tend to buy this when my skin is looking uneven. I am not convinced it moisturizers as well as some other big name serums. I will purchase again but I am going back to Origins Plantscription for now. (review here

Origins Eye Doctor - Gone through a million of these. Still looking for something a bit better that addresses the dark circle issue more but otherwise this is the best I have found. Everytime I switch to something else I notice my dark circles looking worse. Have not repurchased yet but I will very soon. It appears I have been using this for over 5 years. (review here)

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked - This particular one was from that Wizard of Oz collection Glinda Palette that Urban Decay did a few years back. This is/was my favourite nude lip colour ever and I usually hate nude lip colours. I rushed and bought 3 of them from the regular line when they were on clearance. I have busted out one of them for my purse. I am hoping Urban Decay still has something similar or will bring it back. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

May/June 2017 Empties

I have another 2 month combination of empties for you today. I'm afraid I don't have anything too interesting, much less spectacular to share with you this time. I am at the end of so many products but they just won't die! I am hopeful July and August empties will be a bit more interesting. 

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner - Another one bites the dust. Cupboard is still full of this stuff but I am slowly putting a dent in it. (review here)

Estee Lauder DayWear I got this in a gift with purchase set. I quite like it, especially for the summer months and it has a SPF 15. I have gone through numerous jars of this over the years.   

Eos Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers - Best purse hand lotion. Packaging is great for on the go and works very well. I have gone through many and will go through many more. Fresh flowers is my scent of choice out of the three available. (review here)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation - Another empty of this. Love it, already repurchased x2. I wear Intensity 2.0.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara - One of my holy grails. The only mascara on the market, to my knowledge, that doesn't smudge on me. This is my "work" mascara as it does the job and lasts all day but doesn't give me as much "va-voom" as other mascaras. Already repurchased in the big tube.

Origins Hand Lotion in Spearmint & Lemon was ok. Had a mega strong scent. Was off putting to a few people I know. It did moisturize well. A perfect size for the purse. I have a set of these in different scents but I would not buy them again due to the price and the powerful scents.

Origins yet again. Plantscription serum. I have been using this for years and I really like it. Seems to be keeping the fine lines at bay. Already repurchased.

Beautyblender - This was my third beauty blender. It's lost it's bounce and it feels kind of gross on the bottom despite my frequent washings of it. Two new ones already repurchased and in use. Can't live without this now. (review here)

That's all for now folks!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Verb Leave-In Mist - Review

I am almost done this bottle so I thought it was high time that I did a review on it. Verb is a brand that is sold at Sephora. I am not sure who else carries it. My bottle is the larger one, 8 oz. I bought it for $14 U.S. in the States last year. It is $18 Canadian currently at Sephora. You can buy a smaller size for travel if you are interested. I have copied the below information about this product straight from Sephora's Website:

What it is:A hydrating mist to tame unruly hair and prep it for styling.

Key benefits:
- Detangles and conditions hair
- Preps the hair for any style
- Adds shine and smooths

If you want to know more…
The essential step between washing and styling, this multitasking formula was created to moisturize, detangle, nourish, smooth, tame frizz, repair ends, add shine, prevent breakage, enhance elasticity, protect from heat, and prep for styling. Light enough to use mid-day to refresh, the luxurious mist seals, protects, and repairs while detangling.

I bought this for its detangling and refreshing properties. It does both of those jobs reasonably well. I do find that you can only get one "refresh" really out of this product. It leaves my hair super soft, shiny and pumps up my hair when my curls have gone flat. If you use too much though your hair can go poufy when it dries so you have to be careful. I typically use it on dry hair, but it is meant to be used on towel dried hair. I am not sure that using this alone on towel dried hair would cut it for my frizzy locks but I think it would be good enough for most people.

Will I repurchase? Yes, very likely. It is not the holy grail refresher product that I long for, but it works in a pinch. The price point is very good. It smells a bit perfumed but it's not a bad smell.

Packaging: 8/10
Easy to Work With: 8/10 (can be a bit too wet)
Touchable Hair: 9/10
Humidity Resistance: 7/10
Hold: 7/10
Volumizing: 9/10
Price: 10/10
Ingredients: 9/10
Value for Money: 8.5/10
Would I buy this again? YES
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Review

Hello lovelies! I'm back. It's been too long. I just came back from vacation - I was in South Carolina and Georgia the past couple of weeks. I'm getting myself back into the groove and my poor blog has been so neglected lately. Let's get into it.

I bought this cleanser during one of Sephora's VIB Rouge sales so I got 20% off I think. Thank goodness because this stuff is crazy expensive. I have the smaller bottle which 1.7 oz. or 50 ml. It's $55 Canadian or $42 U.S. I really like that it is in a glass pump bottle. Bad news though it appears. I see on Sephora's website that they are now putting this cleanser into a plastic tube. Boo. Not pleased about that. Looks like the bigger size is still in glass but the price is over $100! Choke.

Despite the packaging change, I will be repurchasing. I think this is the best cleanser exfoliator that I have ever used. Whenever my skin is feeling bumpy or flaky this is what I reach for. It says you can use it daily but frankly it costs so dang much that I only use it 2-3 times a week. I am tempted to up my usage, price be damned. After using this, my skin feels better, looks better and is so much softer. Effective yet gentle. My moisturizer and makeup sit on my skin so much better after use. I even like the smell although it could be argued that it smells a bit herbal. My only complaint would be that the pump can be a tad weak or sluggish.

This is definitely one of the best products that I have discovered in recent months. If you have been thinking about trying this, you really should.

Packaging: 10/10 (in glass)
Texture: 10/10
Price: 6/10
Ingredients: 10/10
Easy to Work With: 10/10  
Travel Worthy: 8/10
Deep Cleans: 10/10
Moisturizing: 9/10
Comfortable/Softening: 9/10
Blemish Fighting: 7/10 (I might score this higher if I was smart and used it more often)
Smell: 9/10
Would I buy this again? HELL YES
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 (price is really my only issue)  

Monday, 22 May 2017

March/April 2017 Empties

I have combined my March/April empties this time around. Let's get into it.

Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer - I thought this was ok. It came in a gwp. I would use it again but I'm not sure if I would rush to buy it.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner - Another one bites the dust. I've mentioned before I have a cupboard full of this stuff. Got to get rid of some of the stash as I am bored with it but it's good so I will never waste it. (review here)

Estee Lauder Resilience Lift I got this in a gift with purchase set. It's ok. Would not repurchase as Estee Lauder makes better moisturizers. 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes I buy these for travel but I am not convinced that I particularly love them. Maybe would repurchase.

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover - I talk about how much I love this product all of the time. Nothing compares. I've already repurchased 3 bottles. I am not joking. (review here)

REN Clean Skincare Global Protection Evercalm Day Cream - this was a travel sized tube. I really like this product for the summer months but I used it this past spring for kicks. I would totally repurchase. (review here)

Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser - I got this free with my clarisonic ages ago. It's really quite refreshing! I have no idea what the ingredients are and I am not crazy about the smell. Also, I don't think it does enough for my skin.

Nivea Body Milk Pure & Natural - This has been in my monthly empties a few times now. It's a really good daily lotion for both summer and winter weather. I like that the ingredients aren't a chemical cocktail. I have already repurchased. (review)

Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Moisturizer - This just wasn't for me. It smelt funny, I wasn't crazy about how it felt on my skin and it turned quickly to a hard, dark substance. My skin still freckled under it. Didn't work well in my opinion. Throwing out what is left.

Eos Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers - Best for purse hand lotion. Packaging is great for on the go and works very well. I have gone through many and will go through many more. Fresh flowers is my scent of choice out of the three available. (review here)

Korres Body Butter in Guava - This may be my favourite scent. This stuff works well and I recently got some more as a gift. A couple of ingredients are not the best but I used this sparingly. (review here

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation - Another empty of this. Love it, already repurchased x2. I wear Intensity 2.0.

Klorane Make-up Remover Biodegradable Wipes - These did not work well. Bought them for travel. Smelt nice, were refreshing and soothing but left a hell of a lot of makeup on my face.

That's it and that's lots I think! Nail polish show and tell later this week.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

OPI My Chihuahua Bites! - Show and Tell Plus Swatch

I got a pedicure last week with OPI My Chihuahua Bites! I am not keen on red nail polish on my toes per se but this one looked more like an orange pink to me. It's actually a red orange pink. Very spring, very hello summer. The colour is growing on me and I think I really am starting to be quite fond of my choice...

Monday, 24 April 2017

OPI GelColor Don't Bossa Nova Me Around - Show and Tell plus Swatch

I couldn't resist and I got another shellac manicure with OPI Gel Color in Don't Bossa Nova Me Around. I liked the colour so much that I ran out and bought the regular OPI nail polish in the same colour. They look identical to me even thought I know sometimes there is a subtle difference between the gel colour and the regular polish. Those are my real nails in the picture above in case anyone is wondering. They are getting long! I think square suits my hands, but the manicurist told me to try coffin the next time. So we'll see.

I really like this colour and I think it goes with anything. I believe it is discontinued so if you like it hurry up and get it from your local Trade Secrets or beauty supply place. It's from the OPI Brazil collection.

Also, got a pedicure...not the same day though. Will put that post up tomorrow.