Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium: You guys know that I really like this concealer. I always use every last drop. It covers spots and scars. It’s easy to blend, buildable, and it’s not heavy. I’m working through other concealers right now, but I have another Fit Me on hand.
Loreal The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black: Let’s be real. I didn’t like this eyeliner. In my quest to find a great eyeliner pen, I picked this one up. I didn’t like it. It wasn’t black enough. I didn’t like the felt tip. It skipped on my eyes. It didn’t create a sharp wing. In packaging, this eyeliner is exactly the same as Milani’s eyeliner. I think that I’m super critical about eyeliner pens, so most people would probably enjoy this pen, but I won’t repurchase it.
Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched: This wasn’t a bad lip balm, but it’s definitely not a solution for super dry lips. If you have dry, cracked, flaky lips, this isn’t going to provide the intense moisture that you need. This has more of a Lip Smackers feel. It’s not uncomfortable or greasy, but it’s not a lip balm that hangs around on the lips for a long time. It smells like a piña colada. This Baby Lips doesn’t have any color. It’s completely clear. I wouldn’t repurchase this one again, but I do have several of the tinted Baby Lips that I enjoy.
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny: I used every last bit of this bronzer. This is one of those products that everyone talks about and everyone has tried. I think that this a good bronzer for beginners because it’s not too dark and it’s matte. I contoured with this bronzer in the winter, when my skin was lighter. The bronzer is on the orange side, so it may not work for all skin tones. I purchased another bronzer, but I have so many bronzers that I’m trying to work through right now.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Sandstorm: I’ve talked about this powder since day 1 of Living Visual, so I won’t get into too much detail. You guys know that I like this powder. It helps keep me matte, but it doesn’t keep me matte all day. I haven’t found anything better for the price, so I’ll keep on using it. I’ve already purchased another one.
Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black: This is my new favorite mascara! It’s pretty much perfect. It has a great rubber brush with a lot of long bristles. It gives really nice length and volume. I have naturally long eyelashes, and I have a lot of lashes, so it really gives me a fake lash look. It doesn’t flake or smudge. I purchased another one, but I’m working through a couple other mascaras right now.
Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express in Blackest Black: This was my all time favorite mascara for a long time, but like I said, I’ve fallen in love with Million Lashes. I think that it does a good job at creating volume and length, but I’ve moved on to bigger and better things.
Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Black: I bought this mascara because I heard a lot of hype surrounding it. It wasn’t a bad mascara, but I don’t think that it compares to Voluminous Million Lashes. Sometimes I had problems with the brush, because it’s larger at the base than it is at the tip, to give the corner lashes a fanned out, winged look. I would poke myself in the eye or touch my lower lid and smudge it. I just think there are better mascaras out there.
Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes
Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express
Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner: I talked about this toner a while ago in a Favorites. I think that it really works well for acne and oil control. If you have a cut on your face or an open pimple, it does sting pretty badly. It defintely smells like tea tree. If you don’t know what that smells like, it’s like chlorinated, chemically treated water in a water park, on a humid summer day in Florida. It’s not a pleasant fragrance. I purchased another bottle of this.
Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner: I don’t have to go into too much detail with this one. You guys have definitely seen this toner before. I use this like a cleansing water, as the final step to remove makeup. It’s working and I’ll continue to repurchase it.
Maybelline Clean Express! Oil Free Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: Okay, I’ve talked on and on about this eye makeup remover. I’ve used up several bottles, so I’ll keep this brief. It takes my eye makeup off nicely, and it doesn’t really leave any residue behind. It’s my favorite from the drugstore. I’ll continue to repurchase this, but I’m open to other suggestions.
Disney Resorts H2O+ Conditioner in Grapefruit Bergamot: This is from a Disney hotel. There’s really nothing to say about this conditioner because I didn’t use it on my hair. I used it as a shave cream. It got the job done. I, of course, really like the bergamot scent. Bergamot is one of my favorite fragrances. I’m not seeing this product on the H2O+ website, but they do have other Disney hotel products available for purchase.
Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion: I’m pretty sure this is another hotel sample. I absolutely love the scent of Peter Thomas Roth products. If/when Peter Thomas Roth comes out with a fragrance, I will purchase it. Anyway, the lotion was just okay. It wasn’t super hydrating, but it did soak in quickly because it was so thin. I used it as a hand lotion, just to take the dryness away from my hands for bed. I couldn’t imagine using this all over my body. I wouldn’t purchase the full size of this. But that scent. It’s to die for.
NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray: I purchased this setting spray to find a cheaper alternative to Urban Decay’s DeSlick. I noticed that it kept my makeup on and set my makeup, but it didn’t prevent me from looking oily. I was an absolute oily mess the entire time I used this spray. I would be oily after an hour of makeup wear. I have to say, if you’re not oily, if you have combo or normal skin, you would be able to use this as a setting spray. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about the mist. It’s not as fine as more expensive setting sprays, but it’s not horrible. It’s a little unpredictable, but it’s workable. After I switched back to DeSlick, I now know that I won’t be purchasing the NYX spray again. DeSlick is absolutely the way to go. I have purchased the Dewy version so see if it’s the same case, but I think I’ll be purchasing Urban Decay’s Chill once I finish the NYX spray.
Bath & Body Works PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Winter Candy Apple: This is a product that I just don’t have much to say about. Not because it’s bad, but just because it got the job done. I think that PocketBac are a decent product. It smelled like holiday spiced apples, which I enjoyed. I don’t know that I’ll repurchase this scent again, but I wouldn’t be against it.
Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo: I’ve talked about this dry shampoo a few times, so I’m not going to go into much detail. This is a really heavy duty dry shampoo. I don’t just use it to add texture to my hair. I use when I haven’t washed my hair. It can leave a white cast, but it does the job. I’ll continue to repurchase it.
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel: I used this as a light hold hairspray, not as a gel. I think that it works decently as a hairspray. It does the job but it’s not incredible. I really like the violet fragrance of this spray. It’s very fresh and light. I’ve actually purchased a violet perfume because I love this scent of this gel spray so much. I’m not seeing this in all drugstores, but according to the Herbal Essences website, it’s still in the line. It may just be hard to find. I did purchase another bottle of this at Walmart.
Ban Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant in Shower Fresh: You guys have seen this deodorant quite a bit, so I’m not going to go into too much detail, especially because I’m not using it anymore. It always kept me dry and I never had a problem with odor. It has a nice fresh scent that I really love. In a weird way, it’s nostalgic because I wore Ban for about 10 years. I’ve just moved onto something better for my needs at the moment.
Herbal Essences Drama Clean Refreshing Shampoo: It makes my hair feel really clean. It’s pretty much as simple as that. It’s a clarifying shampoo. So far, it’s my favorite shampoo from the drugstore. It’s got a fresh, lightly citrus scent to it. I can only find the large size at Walmart, and I think that Target isn’t going to be carrying Drama Clean anymore. I’ve gone to two Target stores, and both stores only had a bottle or two on the shelves. If you’re looking for this shampoo: the bottle is green because of the product. I’ve purchased a couple of the small bottles, but I’m working through a couple other shampoos at the moment.
Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Exfoliating Body Wash: I didn’t purchase this. It was a deal where if you bought the Yes to Grapefruit towelettes, you got this body wash for free. Of course, I couldn’t pass that deal up. It’s a cream cleanser with pumice in it for exfoliating. It wasn’t super scratchy or harsh. I like that the exfoliating bits were natural and they didn’t stick around in my tub. The smell was alright. It’s more orange than grapefruit. Overall, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I don’t think I’d repurchase this again, but I wouldn’t be against buying a different body wash from the brand.
Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in The Gingerbread Man: I got these shower gels in a Philosophy holiday set for a Christmas gift. This one was my favorite scent. It was savory and spicy like ginger and didn’t play up the whole cookie or dessert aspect. The scent lingers throughout the day, but I don’t mind that. I also like that this was a gel consistency that lathered nicely. I also really like the bottles. They’re simple and clear. Even though this was my favorite of the three, I wouldn’t purchase it.
Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in The Ice Cream Man (French Vanilla Bean): This definitely isn’t a classic vanilla scent, like most vanilla products are. It’s more like an ice cream artificial kind of vanilla. It’s just obnoxious. I can’t see anyone liking this scent. It’s way to strong and overpowering. It has a cream consistency but it didn’t lather that nicely. This is just a no.
Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath in The Muffin Man (Lemon Custard): This smelled like a lemon tart, and I’m just not a fan of dessert or bakery scents. The best way that I can describe it is like going to one of those weird bakeries in a theme park that are super air conditioned during the summer. I know that’s weird and super specific, but that’s the best way. This was a cream body wash. I wasn’t a fan of the texture overall. Obviously, I wouldn’t buy this one.
Venus Sensitive Disposables: I don’t have to go on and on about this razor. I’ve talked about these a lot. They give me a close shave and they don’t rust. On the downside, they’re pretty expensive. I’ve repurchased another pack, but once I’m done, I think I’m just going to buy disposables for men. They’re like half the price.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Tropical Mango: I’m really impressed by this scrub! I loved that it was a sugar scrub, so the exfoliating bits dissolved and didn’t hang around my tub. I liked the mango scent. It wasn’t fake or too sugary. I think this is the best scrub I’ve ever used. It smooths my skin and leaves it hydrated. This is just the travel size, but it lasted pretty long time. I bought the jumbo tub but in another scent.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Vanilla Buttercream: I don’t like warm, vanilla sugar scented fragrances, like I’ve mentioned many times before. Honestly, I hate the scent of this soap, but my grandma loves it. It smells like a dessert, which I wouldn’t mind if it was actually food. I know a lot of people really love vanilla scents, they just end up turning intense and obnoxious on me. And I just don’t want to smell like repulsively sweet food.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Fresh Picked Farmstand Apple: I like how clean this scent is. It’s really fresh and it actually smells like an apple. It’s not like a weird candied spiced apple scent. It’s just pure apple. It smells exactly like Yankee Candle’s Macintosh scent, which I really enjoy. I’d pick up another one of these.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Brew Berry: Oh my gosh, I just want this fragrance out of my life forever. I’m so sick of it. I hate it. It’s artificial berry candy scented. It’s obnoxious. Why did I ever buy so much of this soap? Never again.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sweet Shop Lemon Chiffon Tart: This is going to be really short and simple. Honestly, this just smelled like lemon scented cleaner. It lacked any dessert quality. It just smells like bathroom cleaner.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sweet Shop Pink Vanilla Macaron: For some strange reason, I was really excited about this scent when I ordered it. Unfortunately, this smelled like a scent from Victoria’s Secret that I never liked: Amber Romance. It was vanilla and definitely very sweet, but it had something musky and weird about it. It doesn’t smell like a macaron or like a macaron shop or anything. It’s just weird to me.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sweet Shop Sugar Berry Shortcake: Even though this is dessert scented, I liked this one. It smelled like whipped cream, which I guess doesn’t have a whole lot of scent to it. It wasn’t too sugary. It also smelled lightly of berries. Overall, it wasn’t super sweet and it wasn’t a noxious scent. I’d go for it again.
Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies: Okay, we’re going somewhere where we haven’t gone before on Living Visual. Let’s start with some back story. I don’t have a gallbladder. So my digestive workings just don’t work like most. I have to avoid a lot of foods and drinks because of it. And for the least few years without a gallbladder, I’ve had to take Tums after meals because my stomach would feel upset. For a long time, I just wasn’t feeling well. It wasn’t like I was feeling ill, I was just feeling off and like I needed to regain health. I started taking two of these gummies everyday, and I’m feeling more comfortable. I don’t get an upset stomach after eating. And it’s pretty much as simple as that. I’ve gone through a bottle a month for three months and I’ll definitely keep taking these.
Yes to Carrots Nourishing Gentle Cleansing Wipes: I think these wipes are alright. They’re a little dry compared to the grapefruit ones. They’re getting the job done. They’re fragrance free, so that means they can be used to remove eye makeup. I, of course, really like the packaging. It’s super cute and I like the pop top. I’ve purchased another pack of them, but I’m not sure if I’ll buy a third pack.
Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facial Towelettes: You guys know that I’ve used like hundreds of these. I’m exaggerating, but I’m not going to on about these. These are definitely my favorite makeup wipes. They’re lightly exfoliating and saturated with makeup remover. I love the cute printed packaging with the pop top. Since they’re scented, they cannot be used on the eyes. I just really like these and I think I’ll always buy these.
Up & Up Unscented Baby Wipes: There’s really not much to say about these. I use them to remove the makeup from my hands after application or swatches. I like the snap top. They get the job done. That’s pretty much it. I’ll continue to repurchase these because they’re really affordable.
Equaline Premium Cotton Rounds: These are a generic cotton round from Jewel, a Chicagoland grocery store. I’ve talked about these many times, so let’s keep this brief. They’re double sided. One side is flat, like fabric, and the other side is textured. I don’t use the textured side. I’ve already repurchased two packs of these.
Up & Up Dual Sided Cotton Ovals: These are from Target. I honestly just bought these because I was out of the Equaline cotton rounds and didn’t want to stop at Jewel. They’re a lot larger than the typical cotton round, but I still found myself using quite a few to remove my makeup and tone. They’re dual sided, so they have a flat fabric-like side and a lightly textured side. They’re not bad, they’re just a little expensive. I wouldn’t buy these again. I’ll just stick with my Equaline cotton rounds.
Hey guys. I received Influenster’s Mary Kay VoxBox in early May and I’ve been putting the products to the test. This isn’t intended to be a line of fully-formed reviews, just quick bits of information about the products, some first impressions, and my experiences with them. You’ve seen me unbox a VoxBox before. Last October, I received a box because I’m a college student. Influenster and Mary Kay sent me these products to review, but as always, what you’re going to read is 100% genuine and honest.
Let me tell you a little about Influenster. It’s a company that sends out free products/samples in exchange for your opinion. It’s free to join, and anyone can participate. You don’t necessarily have to have a blog or a YouTube. You just need some sort of social media outlet, so that could be Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. They are based on a badge system. You pick badges based on your interests. You earn points towards those badge by social networking, blogging, and reviewing products on their website. The more points you have, the more likely you are to get a VoxBox. You get a VoxBox, and you give Influenster your opinions on the products inside. I’m not really sure why I got this particular VoxBox. Maybe it’s because I’ve never used Mary Kay before?
Don’t worry. I’ll have links below so you can get more information about Influenster. Let me know if you have any questions about Influenster or these products in the ask box below.
Here’s everything that Mary Kay sent in this VoxBox. They sent all full-sized products, which is absolutely awesome. I thought they should send sample-sized products or deluxe samples. I was genuinely surprised and very excited to see everything was full-sized. Also, all of the prices are listed here, except for the face brush that was included for the face powder.
This is the catalog that’s included with this VoxBox. I know that Mary Kay has a system where you order with an independent consultant, but you can order their products online. I’m not sure if there are any price differences or benefits to working with an independent consultant versus placing an online order. Personally, I think that ordering online is just more convenient, especially since I don’t know anybody that sells Mary Kay.
This is how the box looked when I first opened it. It seems like the box came directly from Mary Kay. The box was very cute, mixing cardboard and a pink heart pattern. On the inside of the box, one flap said “explore and adore” while the other one said “explora y adora.” I thought the mix of English and Spanish was cute. Less talk about the box, more talk about the products.
I was very happy to see that everything was packaged nicely with bubble wrap, cute boxes, and brush guards. Everything shipped very nicely, and it all arrived in perfect condition. Even though these products were sent to me, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Mary Kay, especially since their products are on the pricey side. If you’re paying $18 for a bronzer, you want it to arrive nicely wrapped and unbroken, right? Exactly.
I want to preface all of these opinions by saying that I am an NC35 in MAC and I have oily skin (but not super oily). I used these products with a setting spray, like I do with all of my makeup.
Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush:I think this is a nice blush, but I don’t think it’s any better than a drugstore blush. I think that you can get a similar look and quality for a lot less money. For example, e.l.f. Studio blushes are only $3 and they have the same pigmentation. On the more expensive side, Physician’s Formula blushes are about $11-$13, but they’re usually on offer or you can find a coupon somewhere. Anyway, back to the Mary Kay blush. I think this is a nice color with nice pigmentation. I’d consider it to be right between pink and coral. It doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter in it, but it’s definitely not matte. It’s got a satin finish. The blush lasts all day on me, but I don’t usually have a problem with blushes fading throughout the day. If your skin is any deeper than mine, I think this blush shade may be too light for you. As my skin gets tanner in the summer, I don’t think I’ll be able to wear this for much longer. I’d say that the blush is best suited for those who have fair to light-medium skin. Overall, this is a decent blush and I’ll be using it while I still have my winter complexion.
Translucent Loose Powder:I can honestly say that I’ve been enjoying this product and using it almost everyday. It’s very light in texture and doesn’t give any added coverage. The powder is completely matte, but it doesn’t do much to keep me matte. I definitely need to blot when I wear this. As with any powder, I’m not sure if this would be a good option for dry skin. I’m also not sure if this translucent powder is going to work for all skin tones, especially if you have a very deep complexion. I’ve noticed that some translucent powders can look white on my skin, or make my skin look ashy.This powder doesn’t do that on me, but I can’t guarantee that it won’t do that on my deeper skinned girls.
Bronzing Powder in Light/Medium: I’m in a weird place with this bronzer. I like the soft texture, and it swatches alright on my wrist, but it doesn’t show up on my face. This is definitely a bronzer for people who are NC/NW 25 and lighter. I can’t contour with it, I can’t bronze up my face with it, and I’m at my lightest right now. I think I’m just going to have to use it as an eyeshadow, which is unfortunate. Maybe I can use this as a golden highlight when I get a little tan? Again, I think this is another product that you can turn to the drugstore for. Pearl or shimmery bronzers are so easy to come by at the drugstore, and you can find them in many different shades for a lot less money. In other words, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any other bronzers from Mary Kay.
I don’t like is that Mary Kay only sells these two products in a temporary package with the pan. They just lift out of the plastic packaging. They don’t offer a properly packaged version of this blush or bronzer. Most companies offer both options, there being a price difference whether you want full packaging or just the pan. The idea is that you’re supposed to buy their $16-$35 compacts and store these powders in there. Their website doesn’t show how many pans can be stored in the compacts and doesn’t show any inside views of the compacts. I think you’re better off purchasing another magnetic palette and placing these powders in there. I, on the other hand, am just going to leave them in their temporary packaging and hope for the best. Overall, I think the pan idea works if you’re into putting your own palettes together, but I’m not. I want proper packaging on all of my products.
In the concentrated swatch, the bronzer shows up on my skin. When it’s blended out on my face, it just doesn’t show up. I wouldn’t be able to contour with this. Like I said, the bronzer is definitely for people that have lighter skin tones. They do offer the bronzer in a Medium/Deep shade, which I think would be better suited for my complexion.
A feature that I really like about the powder is that it has a sifter that locks. It’s brilliant. I absolutely hate dealing with loose powders and pigments when they don’t have a sifter because of the mess. I get them everywhere. The locking feature on the sifter is an added bonus. It prevents any powder from spilling out. I think that all sifters should have this. Most importantly, I think that any loose powder should have a sifter.
Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist:I think this is a really unique product. It has a solid gel texture. I have never seen a texture like this at the drugstore. I tried applying this with the Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush that was provided, but I think it’s best applied with the fingers, as with any cream color, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the golden color really does not show up on my eyes. This isn’t due to a lack of pigmentation or anything. This is due to the fact that I have so much gold in my skin. Honestly, I tried this on my Grandma as well, because she has fair skin. It showed up beautifully on her. I’ve just been wearing this cream shadow when I want a “no makeup” look. It’s not a crease-proof shadow, but it only creases on me after a full day of wear. I would honestly consider purchasing one of these, and considering the price range drugstore cream shadows, I don’t think $14 is a bad deal.
Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black: As you can see from the swatch below, this is a really richly pigmented black eyeliner. It has pigmentation going for it. Unfortunately, this eyeliner is so thick, that I can’t get a precise application. It doesn’t smooth over my eyelids, and it ends up looking clumpy. I feel like there needs to be more moisture in the product to help with application. I thought this problem was due to the Mary Kay Expandable Brush Applicator, but I’ve tried it with other eyeliner brushes, and every time, it’s ended up in my eyelashes, looking uneven, and clumpy. I just can’t get a straight line with it because of the thick texture. No, it isn’t the worst gel eyeliner I’ve ever used, but I’m expecting my eyeliner to look perfect, and I just don’t think I can achieve a perfect look with this product. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend gel eyeliner for beginners because you’re dealing with two factors: a potted product and the brush. The thing is, I’m definitely not a beginner. I’d consider myself an advanced eyeliner user. So if I can’t figure this one out, I who could. It also doesn’t have the best staying power. As it becomes more humid, I’ve noticed that it’s transferring into my crease and onto my brow bone. I wouldn’t purchase this eyeliner. As it dries out, it’s just going to get thicker, and for $18, that’s too much for me to deal with. I’d definitely stick to my drugstore options.
Expandable Brush Applicator: This brush is included with the eyeliner and it doesn’t look like it can be purchased separately. I really like the idea of an expandable brush for travel. I also really like the shape of this brush. I think it does a nice job at creating a wing. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the eyeliner that it comes with, so I wouldn’t recommend purchasing the set just to get this brush.
Lash Love Mascara in I ♥ Black: I don’t think this is a bad mascara by any means, I just don’t think that it’s worth the $15 that Mary Kay is charging for it. Honestly, you can get better mascaras at the drugstore for about half the price. It doesn’t flake or easily smudge/transfer, but then again, I’ve never really had a problem with mascaras flaking or moving on me. It’s not the blackest black, but I already have black lashes. I think that the plastic applicator is a little to long and skinny, but overall, I prefer plastic applicators. I just like plastic applicators that’s a little more substantial, like the ones from Maybelline. I have a frequency to touch my eyelids with tiny brushes. I haven’t had too many problems so far, but I have had to clean up messes her and there. Overall, it gives me a natural looking lash. It’s not incredibly lengthening and it doesn’t give me incredibly volume either. In other words, it’s just average. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. I’ll use it up, but I wouldn’t purchase it.
Like I said before, I really like that the brushes came with brush sleeves. They’re nothing substantial and I don’t think they’re meant to be a means of protecting the brushes for travel, so I ended up tossing them. Of course, you always have the option to keep them and reuse them.
Powder Brush:This brush is $16 and that’s such a joke. I would NEVER pay that much for this brush. The Mary Kay website says that these are natural bristles, the brush has been “customized to perfection” an has “high-quality bristles.” I don’t think so. This is one of the roughest brushes that I’ve ever used, natural or synthetic. Honestly, if you’re looking for some good face brushes, I’d recommend e.l.f. or Real Techniques. They’re a lot less expensive, and the quality greatly surpasses this brush for a fraction of the price.
NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango: I’m really impressed with this gloss. It’s very pigmented and the color really suites me: an orange-toned red. Most importantly, it’s comfortable to wear. It’s on the thicker side, but it doesn’t feel. It definitely coats my lips evenly and does not feel sticky when I rub my lips together. It almost feels like a lip balm when I press my lips together. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a lip color. I think that’s what rally sets it apart from other lip glosses. I don’t feel like it’s going to slide around or wear off easily. There is a vanilla baked good scent, but I don’t smell it once it’s on my lips. I’d consider purchasing one of these. Even though it looks small, this lip gloss actually has more product in it than most of my favorite glosses.
Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush: This brush is better than the Powder Brush, but I would never pay $10 for it. To be honest, I wouldn’t purchase this brush under any circumstances. It’s in a strange shape and size. I used it to apply the cream shadow that I received in this VoxBox, as well as a Maybelline Color Tattoo. It can place the cream shadow, but it can’t blend it. It’s easier to use your finger. It’s pretty much useless in my world. It’s too flat and long for applying eyeshadow or anything along the lower lash line. It’s made from synthetic bristles and it has a waxy stiffness to it. This is the greatest thing I’ve read in a while: “For hygienic reasons, one brush should be dedicated to each cream product.” That was included in the description for the brush. No, for hygienic reasons, you need to clean your brushes. Like I said, go to e.l.f. or Real Techniques for your brush needs.
We haven’t talked makeup for a while. So let’s get on that. I’ve been collecting my makeup, hair care, skincare, and body care trash for the past few months. I used up all of these products, with a couple exceptions that I’ll talk about down below. This is all about sharing my opinions with you and letting you know what I’d repurchase and what I’m going to stay away from in the future. Click here to see my other Empties! Let’s get on with it.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 25 Medium: I love this concealer. I’ve been through several tubes, and I now I’ve talked about it before. I definitely scraped the sides of this tube until there wasn’t anything left. I use this to cover spots and scars. It covers dark spots and imperfections without feeling too heavy. Coverage is buildable. It’s easy to blend. I’m almost through another tube! I really enjoy this concealer. I think it’s my favorite from the drugstore.
Covergirl + Olay Concealer Balm in Light/Medium: I absolutely hated this concealer. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product that I’ve hated more than this. I looked like an oil slick when I used this. No matter how much I powdered, I ended up looking incredibly oily. I don’t think I’ve ever looked so oily. The entire time I used this, I just wanted my experience with the product to be over with. The coverage wasn’t bad and it blended well, but I was completely oily in less than an hour. This product also runs dark. Light/Medium perfectly matched my skin. How did I even survive wearing this? Oh my gosh. It was horrible!
Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation Samples: Overall, this foundation is so dry and I don’t think it would do well with my skin, even though I’m on the oily side. Really dry foundations usually break down very quickly on me. It’s like my oil busts through them or something. The coverage seems it could be built up to medium. I wasn’t actually able to wear this foundation, because neither of the shades were my color. 220 was my closest match, but it was a couple shades too light. I thought I’d be able to use shade 355 as a cream contour. Absolutely not. I don’t think 355 would match anyone’s skintone. It’s orange/red/brown like a brick. It’s really strange. I don’t think I’d purchase the full size.
Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Glammy Goes To…: I absolutely loved this cream eyeshadow. It was golden taupe, and very metallic. It didn’t crease on me, and it was long wearing. Unfortunately, it dried up before I could finish it. It didn’t dry up quickly or anything. I’ve had it for a couple years. It’s still useable, it’s just not easily blended, and it’s just time to get rid of it. I don’t think Ulta carries this anymore or Essence has stopped making it.
Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Volume & Length Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black: First of all, I really wanted to love this mascara because of it’s beautiful packaging. I don’t usually opt for waterproof mascaras, but I went for it. This is the worst mascara I’ve ever used. I absolutely hated it. Right off the bat, the formula was incredibly wet and transferred to my upper and lower lids. It smudged. It took forever to dry. The brush was too big for my eyes and made application difficult. It was clumpy. It flaked. I mean it was an absolute nightmare and it wasn’t worth the time or money.
e.l.f. Volumizing Mascara in Black: First of all, I’d like to say that this isn’t a bad mascara. This isn’t a volumizing formula. If anything, it’s lightly lengthening. It gives a very natural look, which I decently enjoyed. My biggest problem with it is that it flaked on me. Mascaras rarely flake on me. Flaking is something that really bothers me, so I wouldn’t buy this again.
Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black: I hated this eyeliner. It’s not worth the money. Right off the bat, it skipped. It was hard to get an even line. I consider myself an eyeliner pro, especially when it comes to winged liner. It’s definitely not as black as I’d like. It dried out at the tip, so I couldn’t create my winged eyeliner. There’s still product toward the center of the felt tip, but it’s incredibly hard to create a fine line with the center of the tip. If you touch it the liner after you’ve applied it, it easily smudges. Basically, it never completely sets. It’s not worth the time or the struggle. Just don’t even bother.
Jordana Fabu Liner in Black: This liner was okay. It wasn’t as black as I’d like. The tip is a little thicker than what I’m used to, and that made doing winged liner a little more difficult. I feel like it took a while for it to dry out, which is good. Once it started drying out, I couldn’t create my sharp wings and it started skipping. At that point, I was pretty much over it. This liner also smells like a sharpie marker, which is questionable. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Brew Berry: This is from the Halloween collection from a couple years ago. We have a massive back stock of soap. And I have one more Brew Berry to finish. I think we got like six of these when they came out. I feel like I’ve gone through so many of these and I just want it gone. It’s not a bad scent or anything. It has a fruity candy smell, but I’m just over it.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Holly Berry Wreath: This is from the winter collection from a couple years ago. The scent was a lot fresher than I expected. There’s nothing spicy or or musky about it, unlike most of the holiday scents. It’s more of an apple citrus scent, which I liked. It’s quite unexpected for a winter scent, but I’d get this one again.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Twisted Peppermint: Twisted Peppermint is one of my all-time favorite scents from B&BW. It’s very minty and refreshing, like a candy cane. It’s lightly sweet, so it’s not going to be like a minty toothpaste scent. I even own a full-sized body mist in Twisted Peppermint!
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Vanilla Bean Noel: Let’s just start of by saying that I’m not a huge fan of vanilla on its own. I see how this appeals to people, but I’m just alright with it. I just don’t like dessert scents that well. I don’t hate this scent, but I don’t particularly love it. We have more of this to use up, so you’ll be seeing this again.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Winter Cranberry: Here’s another unexpected winter scent. I definitely love cranberry scents. This is more of a cran-apple scent with floral. It’s not particularly fresh or sweet. It’s definitely very floral to me. I did enjoy this scent.
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin: I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin, but I liked this scent. It definitely has a lot of cinnamon to it, but it’s not overly spicy or warm. I feel like it still has some freshness to it. I don’t think it’s my favorite, but I wouldn’t mind having it again.
Loreal Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 Swim & Sport Shampoo in Splash of Sunny Orange: When was the last time you saw one of these? This shampoo really strips the hair of chlorine and dirt, but also natural oils. I think daily clarifying shampoos can remove chlorine and dirt without leaving the hair feeling stripped. This formula is too harsh for someone with dry hair. I have oily hair and used this up as a clarifying shampoo, and I didn’t feel like I had any damage or drying. I’m not sure if they still make this, or if it’s just a seasonal product. Regardless, I won’t be picking another one up, even though it is effective.
V05 Tea Therapy Clarifying Shampoo in Vanilla Mint Tea: This isn’t a bad shampoo. I think it does a decent job at removing dirty and oil from my hair, but I ha a huge problem with the smell! Improved fragrance? I don’t think so. It smells like industrial factory metal, rancid vanilla, and old mint gum. And the scent hangs around! I could smell my hair hours after shampooing. It’s noxious. Even though I like V05 clarifying shampoos, I won’t be repurchasing this scent.
Pssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo for Wavy or Curly Hair: I’ve talked about this dry shampoo fairly often, so I’m not going to go on and on. I think that it does a nice job for adding texture, but it doesn’t make really oily hair look clean again. It’s more of a styling product for me.
Pssssst! On-The-Go! Instant Dry Shampoo: This is the worst dry shampoo I’ve ever used. This has such a bad white cast in my dark hair. I don’t like the texture that it gives my hair and it really doesn’t do much to make my hair look clean. I don’t like the smell, which is kind of like rotten fruit. I’ll absolutely never purchase this kind again.
Bath & Body Works Superfruit 2-in-1 Body Scrub + Wash in Rome Honeysuckle Amore: I didn’t really like this body scrub. It did a good job at getting my skin smooth, but it was really abrasive. And it wouldn’t wash out of my bathtub, which was really strange. It just hung around. I absolutely loved this scent though. Oh my gosh, it’s heavenly. It’s very floral. I’d definitely purchase a perfume in this scent. I have one more B&BW body scrub to use, and then I’m moving on.
Bella Il Fiore Walnut Sugar Scrub in Peppermint: I used this as a body scrub. It was definitely very gritty and abrasive. I guess it got the job done, but it wasn’t particularly comfortable to use. Let’s talk about the scent. I know it’s supposed to be peppermint, but it leans horseradish to me. It honestly smells like a spicy cocktail sauce, which is incredibly strange. I got this as a gift, but I wouldn’t purchase this on my own.
Up & Up (Target) Oil Free Acne Wash in Great Fruit: This is supposed to be comparable to Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. I’ve never used the Neutrogena scrub, so I can’t speak on how the generic compares. Regardless, I didn’t like this one. I started by using this on my face. This left a strange residue on my face and barely exfoliated. I ended up using most of it as a exfoliating body wash. It didn’t work well for that either. I would never buy this again.
Ulta 3-in-1 Beauty Smoothie in Creamy Cocolada: I’m so glad that I’ve used up all of my Beauty Smoothies! They’re not a bad body wash or anything, but they’re definitely not my favorite. They don’t lather. Overtime, they get really thin and watery, which I’m sure if a problem with the packaging. In terms of the scent, it smelled like an artificial coconut that had gone stale. It wasn’t horrible, but I wasn’t a fan of the scent.
Ulta 3-in-1 Beauty Smoothie in Peppermint Stick: This Beauty Smoothie behaved the same as the one in Creamy Cocolada. It got thin and didn’t lather. This was a limited edition Christmas scent. This scent was more on the vanilla side of peppermint, which I didn’t particularly enjoy. Overall, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any more Beauty Smoothies.
Ulta Hand Lotion in Candy Cane: I bought this lotion during Christmas time, when Ulta had their 5 for $5 specials. It was a dollar, so I didn’t have high hopes. I wasn’t very impressed by this lotion, but I didn’t hate it either. It didn’t deeply moisturize my hands, but it was just enough to take any uncomfortable dryness away. I liked that it soaked in quickly and I liked the minty smell. I wouldn’t buy it again, but it wasn’t horrible.
Ban Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant in Shower Fresh: I’ve used up several of these, so I’m not doing to go into too much detail. This keeps me dry and smelling fresh. The scent isn’t too perfumed. It works, but I think I’m going to try something different after I use up my current stick.
Venus Sensitive Disposables: I talk about these all the time. They are the only razors I use. They give a close shave, they don’t cut me, and they don’t rust. It’s as simple as that. I’ll keep buying them too.
Clarisonic Delicate Brush Head: This brush head works much better for my skin compared to the horrible Sensitive Brush Head. It hasn’t caused any painful breakouts and it hasn’t left my skin feeling dry. The delicates are making my Clarisonic experience much more enjoyable. My face is feeling clean and normal. I’ll continue to repurchase these!
Kiss Nail Dress in KDS07WG: I’m hoping that’s the style number. This print was limited edition, so I’m not sure if you can still find it. I received these from Influenster for review. I think that these nail dresses are cute, but I think they’re more work than nail polish. There weren’t exact fits for my nails. When you file off the excess, it can look like a ripped band-aid. They last longer than I expected, but the edges do start to lift a couple days after application. I got two full sets of nails out of the package, with some left over. Overall, this print wasn’t really my style, but if I found one that I really liked, maybe I’d repurchase.
Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream: I used this cream before makeup application, as an eyelid moisturizer. My eyelids can get very dry, where they flake. Not cute. I really liked this at first. I thought it was helping with hydration, but then I started to notice a lot of fine lines around my eyes, which caused my concealer to look like a crispy, creased mess. I though that maybe it was a sign of premature aging, but after I started using a new eye cream, they pretty much went away. I guess I didn’t know how much I disliked it until I finished it.
Bella Il Fiore Whipped Body Creme in Honeysuckle Grapefruit: This is more of a body butter than a lotion. It does take a while to soak in and it does moisturize the skin, but it’s not deeply moisturizing. It’s not overly impressive as a body butter. I do absolutely love the scent of this. It’s sweet, citrus, and fresh, without being too sharp. I don’t think Bella makes this product anymore. I got this as a gift, but I don’t think I’d purchase it for myself.
Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner: I won’t go on and on about this toner because I’ve used multiple bottles of it. I use this as a cleansing water to remove makeup that my makeup wipe didn’t get. It’s not harsh whatsoever, and it just gets the job done. I really like this product, and I’ll continue to repurchase it.
Clean & Clear Essentials Oil-Free Deep Cleaning Astringent: This is just 2% salicylic acid. Don’t be fooled. It definitely helps with any acne I have, but I think I’d rather just purchase medicated cleansing pads rather than just salicylic acid. I would purchase this again, but I have other salicylic products that can do the same job.
Maybelline Clean Express! Oil Free Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: I’ve used several bottles of this. This is the best drugstore eye makeup remover I’ve used so far. It’s easy to use, doesn’t leave any residue, and actually removes mascara and eyeliner. I don’t wake up with any dark smudges under my eyes. I don’t think I’ll do without this.
Up & Up Oil Free Facial Moisturizing Lotion: This is a lotion with SPF. It left my skin feeling oily, even though it was oil free. It didn’t soak in very quickly. It left my skin looking shiny. I didn’t like it, and I only used half. It expired and turned into a congealed mass, so it definitely has to go. I won’t be repurchasing this.
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for Normal/Combo Skin: This is my holy grail moisturizer and I think it’s been in every one of my Empties, so I’ll keep this brief. First of all, it’s a gel, not a cream. It’s light-weight and cooling. The fresh scent is great. It soaks in quickly. I love the glass jar. It doesn’t make me feel oily. It’s perfect.
Oxy Daily Defense Cleansing Pads: I really like salicylic acid cleansing pads. I think they help with my spots and oily skin, in treating and preventing. I’m not exclusive with Oxy brand anymore. I think that when they repackaged them, they reformulated them. They just don’t work as well. I like the old ones better and I’ve moved on to something different.
Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facial Towelettes: I feel like I’ve gone on and one about these, so I’ll try to make this brief. These are my favorite makeup removing wipes. I love the scent and the packaging. I like that they’re lightly exfoliating. They’re saturated with makeup remover. The only downside is that they cannot be used on the eyes. I think I’ll always buy these.
N°7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes: I liked these wipes because they could be used on the eyes. I don’t think they had the softest texture, but they didn’t irritate my eyes. They removed my makeup, but I don’t think as well as my grapefruit wipes. I like the packaging, and they did an okay job, but I don’t think I’m going to pick these up again. I’ve found something that can be used on the eyes that’s better.
Up & Up (Target) Unscented Baby Wipes: There’s really not to say about these. I’m using them to wipe off my hands after I do my makeup and to remove swatches. They do the job. They’re not very soft, but they get my hands clean. And they’re not scented at all. I’ve already purchased another pack.
Equaline Premium Cotton Rounds: I get these at my local grocery store, Jewel, which I think is exclusive to the Chicagoland area. There isn’t much to say about these. I use these to remove my eye makeup. One side has a smooth, woven texture, which I prefer to use. The other side has a textured diamond pattern. They’re not my favorite cotton rounds, but they’re cheap and they do just fine.
I’d have to say, I was very impressed with the Oscars fashion this year. Even though I only have six top looks, these are the drop dead gorgeous looks that really stunned me. And of course, those who I’m not mentioning looked gorgeous as well. I didn’t watch the red carpet arrivals, but I did watch the entire award show, and I’m really not too disappointed with anything.
Can we just talk about Sandra for a second? Her dress was my absolute favorite of the evening and her hair looks beautiful. Really, it was just such a great look. Like I said, everyone looked stunning, especially Lupita. I think if I had to describe Lupita in one word, it would be radiant. She always looks so gorgeous and glowing. After hearing her acceptance speech, she just seems so sweet and genuine. I can’t wait to see more from her in the future.
Here’s who they were wearing:
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen / Karen O in Camilla Stærk
Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka / Anne Hathaway in Gucci
Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace / Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
The Brit Awards here a huge disappointment to me in terms of fashion. It was a strange mix between funky gowns, casual everyday wear, and typical British menswear. I didn’t really get it, but then again, I’m not British. Can we even watch the Brits here in America? I don’t know. Obviously, I didn’t. Let’s see who they were wearing:
Lianne La Havas / Zoe Hardman in Dorothy Perkins
Iggy Azalea in Elie Saab / Ella Eyre in Dolce & Gabbana
Here are my top looks from the Grammys. To be honest with you, the Grammy Awards is my least favorite award show. I don’t ever like the music, the performances are boring, and it seems like there’s a total of six awards that they actually broadcast. That’s just my brutal honesty. Sorry for being so negative about this. Regardless, I do like the fashion involved. It’s always a strange mix of funky looks and high glitz, and I like that contrast. And I think Chrisette’s pantsuit was gorgeous, even if she made worst dressed lists! Anyway, let’s just get on with who they were wearing.
Louise Roe in Manning Cartell / Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson / Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mishcka
Taylor Swift in Gucci Premiere / Bonnie McKee in Randa Salamoun / Keltie Knight in Paolo Sebastian
Chrisette Michele styled by herself / Ariana Grande in Dolce & Gabbana
/ Iggy Azalea in Elie Saab
I honestly didn’t watch Saturday’s SAG Awards. There has been too many award shows for me to keep up with! Anyway, I didn’t see the red carpet arrivals or the award ceremony, but I’m super hyped about the fashion. There were so many gorgeous looks. The gowns, the glitz: I’m all over it. I just have to say that Lupita is killing it every time I see her on the red carpet! These are my favorite looks. Here’s who the stars were wearing:
Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen / Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang / Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi
Helen Mirren in Escada / Camila Alves in Donna Karan Atelier / Hannah Simone in Marchesa
Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci / Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier / Anna Chlumsky in Sophie Theallet
Let’s get honest here. I didn’t watch the Critics’ Choice Awards. I didn’t even know they were on, and even if I had, I probably wouldn’t have watched them anyway. Let’s get even more honest. I was really disappointed with the fashion. Very few looks wowed me, and very few are worth talking about.. That’s why I only have six top looks instead of my usual nine. Anyway, Lupita looked absolutely gorgeous and Margot’s pantsuit was stunning. And I guess award season is in full swing, so there will be many more ‘Top Looks’ to come. Here’s who they were wearing:
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein / Margot Robbie in Elie Saab
Camila Alves in Paule Ka / Julia Louis Dreyfus in Reem Acra
Abigail Breslin in Vintage Badgley Mischka / Sandra Bullock in Lanvin