Hey everyone! This is the other super exciting secret that I’ve been keeping from you guys! I received Influenster’s Varsity VoxBox in early October and I’ve been testing out the products, seeing what works and what doesn’t. 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. Influenster 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 have to have a blog or a YouTube. 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 got this particular VoxBox because I’m a college student.
Don’t worry. I’ll have links below so you can get more information about Influenster. Let’s get on with the products!
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Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash: Right off the bat, I don’t like that they sent little sample packets, but I understand that I’m getting this box for free, so I can’t really complain about that. I do wish that they sent a travel sized face wash instead of the packets. I received three packets total, which is equal to six uses. All of the packets were accompanied by coupons for the full sized products in the Superfruit line. I used the face wash four times (with my Clarisonic), and each time, I wasn’t super thrilled with it. It has a very thin, watery consistency that doesn’t foam or lather. It kind of smells like berry, with something a little unpleasant added into the mix, like sweat or body odor. I used it both in the morning and at night. It didn’t help control my oil and didn’t particularly help with acne. I think if you have normal skin, this would be alright for you. It just didn’t work out for me.
Airheads Xtremes Bites in Rainbow Berry: This is the largest item in the box (a full sized product). I wasn’t particularly excited about receiving candy in my VoxBox, but that opinion quickly changed. It’s time to be honest right now. I absolutely love gummy candy, especially sour gummy candy. I ate this entire bag within two days of getting my VoxBox. The bites taste like a blue-raspberry slushie. They’re not overly sour and they’re more firm than a gummy bear. I would definitely purchase them. They’re addictive. Click here to view the nutrition facts.
Kiss Nail Dress: This is one of the products that I was most excited about. I had never used any nail dresses before. This is a full sized product and was accompanied by a coupon. In the pack, you get 28 nail dresses (a weird number, in my opinion), a mini nail file to help with application, and a small catalog that displays the other nail dress designs. This is a limited edition pack and the name isn’t displayed anywhere on the box. I suppose this design goes by KDS07WG. There are 14 sizes to choose from and they can be used on your fingernails or your toenails. I applied them to my fingernails. I think these are a little hard to apply, especially if you have wide fingernails. I found that there wasn’t a perfect size for all of my nails, so I had to trim a couple of them. These don’t completely smooth out around the tips of the nails. When you go to file the excess off, it creates a jagged edge around the tip of the nail, kind of like a ripped band aid. I applied a topcoat thinking that it would smooth the edges down. The topcoat actually made the nail dress foam and get goopy. Once I took all of that goop off, the nail dress was undamaged. Overall, they’ve lasted a lot longer than I expected. I wore them for five days before I finally needed to remove them. They had some wear and tear, and they were peeling. They’re cute and all, but I’m just not sure if I’d purchase these on my own.
NYC Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss is Pleasantly Plump Pink: Here’s another full sized product, and I’m really impressed with it. I’m very surprised by the quality of this gloss. It has a vanilla buttercream scent, which isn’t something that you regularly find in a drugstore lipgloss. This gloss claims to be plumping, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s the case. Unlike most plumping glosses, it has a cooling menthol feel on the lips rather than a cinnamon one. It glides over the lines in the lips, giving the lips a smooth and full look. The texture of this gloss is amazing. It is so smooth! It’s not sticky whatsoever. I wouldn’t say that it’s a long-lasting gloss, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a gloss that you need to constantly reapply. I just really like this gloss, and for the price, I’d like to pick up another one.
Tide Pods in Spring Meadow: To start off, there’s only one pod in the package. I was kind of weary about using this detergent pod because everyone in my household is sensitive to perfumed detergents. Normally we use fragrance free liquid Tide (this pod is in Spring Meadow) and do not use fabric softener with towels. We decided to wash our towels with it. We have a High Efficiency, water saving washer. There was a slightly fragrance after I took them out of the washer and the dryer, but it wasn’t an overwhelming scent. The towels were stiffer than what they would be using our normal detergent. We’re not sure if that means they’re getting cleaner or if we would need to use softener. Of course, we want soft towels, so we’re just going to stay with our liquid Tide.
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**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
Hey everyone. September was a month that was dedicated to my graphic design work and just sort of figuring out what I want to do here. I’m currently trying to work through my collection and use up products that I have lying around instead of buying something new. Also, I really wanted to transition into fall a little bit more, but it’s still pretty warm here. I want to be able to wear cozy sweaters and boots already. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been enjoying for the month of September. [ Just letting you all know, I have something very exciting coming soon! ]
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BonneBell Eyeshadow Box in in Backstage Beauty Browns: I found this in the back of my eyeshadow drawer and I started using it again. This used to be one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes back in the day, and I’ve definitely began to enjoy it again. All of the shadows are pigmented and have a nice texture. The shades are more purple than brown, which makes it more unique. (The photo features the old packaging/name.)
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Aloha: As you can see, this eyeshadow is very chalky. It’s not one of NYX’s best. I don’t use it on my eyes though. I just lightly touch my finger to it and use it as a highlight for my cheeks. It’s a very dramatic highlight, but I like that. The shade does have some shimmer to it, but it’s not too glittery on the cheeks. I’m just trying to use this up. I wouldn’t repurchase it, but I’ve been enjoying it for now.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser in Medium/Deep: Now that my tan is fading, I’m able to use this concealer. It has the same formula that I love from the Instant Age Rewind Eraser line: thin but pigmented. I love that it’s so lightweight, but definitely covers my dark acne scars. I’m not sure how much it treats dark spots. I haven’t seen any particular improvement in them, but that’s the case with all of the Instant Age Rewind Eraser products. That’s not an issue for me though. The only downside that I can find about this concealer is that it doesn’t come in many shades, and the darkest shade isn’t very dark.
Maybelline Great Lash in Clear: I never thought that brow gel was a big deal until I used this one. I think that it makes such a big difference on the look of my eyebrows. It doesn’t strip my eyebrows of my brow powder or pencil. It places the right amount of product on the brush, so it doesn’t make my eyebrows look goopy for crispy. I’ve just really been enjoying it. If you’re an eyebrow person and you don’t want to pay for a high end brow gel, I’d check this out.
L’Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black: This is my all time favorite, holy grail liquid eyeliner. I’ve been using this for years and I don’t have any complaints. I don’t even know why I’ve been messing around with eyeliner pens. They just don’t live up to this one, and they don’t last as long. It’s so nicely pigmented, it has a light sheen to it, and it has a great wear time. Also, the thin brush makes the line very precise. In my opinion, brushes are a lot easier to use than felt tips. Overall, this eyeliner is fabulous.
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Sabra Hummus: I don’t even know how much hummus I’ve eaten in the last month. It’s probably and embarrassing amount. I think that it’s such a great snack with pita chips, pretzels, or vegetables. I love putting it on top of my veggie burgers or on a bagel instead of cream cheese. I think that Sabra hummus is some of the best I’ve had from a regular grocery store. My favorite flavors are Classic and Supremely Spicy. I’d love to try more flavors!
Fuze Slenderize in Tropical Punch: This juice is so good! It’s refreshing and good at any time of the day. It’s only 10 calories per bottle and is made with natural flavors. I also think the packaging is so cute!
♡ Liv W.
Hello everyone. Here are some products that I tried over the summer that just didn’t work out for me. I recognize that while these products did not work for me, they may work for you.
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Psssstt! Instant Dry Shampoo: I used to buy the Pssssst! for Wavy/Curly hair. I’ve moved on to bigger and better things. Apparently, travel sized cans are only sold in the original formula, which is a disappointment. I have such negative feelings towards this dry shampoo. (Click the photo above to enlarge.) It doesn’t make my hair look any cleaner. It doesn’t make my hair voluminous. It has a nauseating smell to it. And it leaves a horrible white cast, even after brushing through it. I have off-black hair with areas of natural highlights. As you can see in the photo above, I have gray hair. I’m going to be using this for Halloween costume purposes since it’s such a joke. (I never had this problem with the Wavy/Curly formula.)
Covergirl Stay Fabulous Foundation in 855 Soft Honey: I know that everyone just can’t get enough of this foundation. I really wanted to love this, especially since it’s supposed to be good for oily skin. I like the packaging and the texture. The coverage is nice. I even like the look that it gives me right after application. Soon after, it sinks into my pores and exaggerates them. It makes my skin look like it has a horribly bumpy texture, which it does not. It turns into an odd pink color, which you can see above. (On the left, the foundation is still wet. On the right, the foundation has set.) Within three hours, I need to blot, and I’m not a particularly oily person. It’s odd. It makes my skin look dry, yet makes me oily. I don’t understand this madness. I haven’t been very impressed by the recent Covergirl face products, even though everyone seems to love them. Maybe it’s just me.
Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color in Hot Candy: I had my eye on this nail polish for a while. I love Wet n Wild MegaLast polishes, but this one just didn’t do it for me. This color was a Dollar General exclusive. Don’t get me wrong, the color is beautiful. I love that it’s neon, I just don’t love the demi-matte finish. Why couldn’t this have a neon cream finish? Yes, I put a top coat over it, but that’s a step that I usually don’t take. This also chipped within a few days of wear on my toes.
Wet n Wild FastDry Nail Color in Saved by the Blue: The color is a gorgeous cobalt, but the finish is really lacking. It’s not exactly a demi-matte like Hot Candy, but it’s almost there. There isn’t any shine to this polish, which flattens the color. Once again, I’ll have to apply a top coat to make this polish work. That’s an extra step that I don’t usually take, more product used, and more money spent. When worn on it’s own, it chips within a couple days of wear on the hands.
Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head: I cannot explain to you how much I hate this brush head. I’ve never had bad skin. I never had problems with acne until I started using the Clarisonic. No, I’m not blaming the entire Clarisonic system. I’m blaming this brush head. This is the brush head that originally comes with the system. It’s called Sensitive, but I would NEVER use this if you have sensitive skin. I personally do not. I have normal skin that leans toward the oily side. And this caused major problems. I got huge, painful breakouts that never came to a head, causing dark acne scars on my forehead and nose. I started developing breakouts on my cheeks, which I had never experienced before. This dried my entire face out and overall made it hurt. (I do understand that there is a purging period with the Clarisonic that may take a couple weeks. My experiences are based on three months of use.) I can’t even use my Clarisonic at this point. I’m going to have to purchase a Delicate brush head, which is more money that I have to spend. And this isn’t a cheap system. This is definitely an investment. The whole experience is very irritating that I think Clarisonic should allow you to pick your brush head from the start.
Essence All Eyes on Me Mascara in Soft Black: This mascara does nothing for my lashes. It claims to add length and volume, but if anything, it makes my lashes slightly darker. This formula only comes in one color, so if you’re into pitch black lashes like I am, this will not give you the color that you’re looking for. Overall, it doesn’t live up to its claims. It also dried out very quickly. There are definitely better mascaras at the drugstore. On the positive side, it did not smear or flake when I wore it. All together, I would stay away from Essence mascaras because they usually flake. This one seems to be the exception to that trend.
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day Primer in For My Primas: I suppose that this isn’t a bad primer for beginners. It’s reasonably price and it makes your eyeshadow last a little bit longer than it would on its own. It’s not going to be a primer that enhances the color of your shadows. But there’s something really strange about this primer. When it dries, you can’t get it off of your skin. So if you make a mistake, you have a light colored smear on your face. I ended up getting a bit of this on my nose without noticing it until I got to school. It wouldn’t rub off. I ended up letting some dry on my hand to see what I could do. I tried taking it off with soap and water, waterproof makeup remover, and toner. Nothing worked. In my opinion, that’s kind of strange.
Hey everyone. Again, August was a weird month for me. I went to Florida in the middle of the month, started my second year of college, and my boyfriend and I celebrated four years together. I guess it’s kind of been a hectic month, but I’m settling into school and I’m looking forward to fall fashion/makeup trends. I know that I’ve taken a little break because of school, but I have some great stuff planned. I also apologize that I didn’t jump on the whole “Back to School” thing. Maybe I’ll jump on that next year. I didn’t wear much makeup in the month of August because the Florida humidity melted makeup off of my face and I ended up so tan that none of my face products matched me. Anyway, let’s just get to the favorites.
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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner: I’ve heard from several people that Tea Tree is great for oily/acne prone skin. This is my first Body Shop product, and so far I’m impressed. It makes my skin feel clean, and I feel like it does help my skin if I have a blemish. There’s an off-white substance at the bottom of the bottle. You have to shake it up very well. I’m going to be honest with you for a second. It does burn if you apply it to active breakouts. It also smells a little like heavily chlorinated water in a humid climate. That sounds ridiculously specific. Regardless, I’ve really enjoyed using this product.
Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner: Apparently I’ve been really into toners this past month. I think that this does a great job of removing the last traces of makeup. It’s only around $4, and I think that’s pretty great. It’s been a permanent step in my skincare routine for a while now.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shoot the Moon: Oh my gosh. I am so impressed by this nail polish formula. I had never tried the Complete Salon Manicure before. I’m not usually phased by nail polishes whatsoever. I expect them to chip. Chipping is just a fact of life for me. I wore this nail polish for two weeks with minimal chipping. I didn’t apply a top coat. (I can’t be bothered with that extra step. / I don’t care enough.) This is a beautiful metallic shade. It’s very unique. It’s silver in some lights and a green-gold in others. I’ve never seen another color like that. Bottom line: you need this.
Fairy Tales Bug Bandit Natural Bug Repellant: It’s time to be honest again. I think I’m allergic to mosquito bites. When I get bit, I get huge welts. Sometimes, I even get bit on my face. That’s where this spray comes in. I feel comfortable using this on my face because it’s natural. I haven’t gotten any bites on my face since using this. I enjoy the smell. It’s kind of on the citrus side of herbal.
e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Summer Nights: This what my go-to lip color for most of August. It’s very shimmery. The color is absolutely lovely on tanned skin. It gives my lips a very moisturized look and it smells like cinnamon mint. It’s not a particularly long wearing lip product, but I don’t mind myself needing to reapply it very often. It seems pretty perfect to me.
e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow “C” Brush: I’ve been using this brush to blend out my under eye concealer. Like all e.l.f. Studio brushes, it’s super soft, dense, and does the job fantastically for the price. I eyed this brush forever before actually buying it. I’m talking like years, and I’m really glad that I finally picked it up.
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Old Navy Perfect Crew-Neck Tees: It says it in the name. Perfect. I really love these basic t-shirts. I think they look great on so many people. They’re 60% cotton, 40% polyester. I personally love polyester and I think it makes a great cotton blend. These aren’t fitted t-shirts, but they’re not blouse-y. They’re just great, everyday basics.
Face Off: This is one of the shows that I religiously follow. I think it’s a great show. The contestants on there are so talented. If you love makeup, you really need to check it out. They do some amazing work and they’re so inspirational.
Hello everyone. Here are the products that I used up from May to August. These Empties are going to be split up into two posts. This post is all about makeup, body products, and bath products.
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NYX Single Eyeshadow in Dark Brown: This honestly took me forever to use. It’s the perfect color for my eyebrows, and that’s the only thing I used it for. It’s a great matte dark brown and has a great texture. And I’ve repurchased it. I honestly love this product. I think this would be a great matte brown for anyone’s collection, especially used for the eyes.
bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil: I bought a bareMinerals kit a few years ago and I’m just finishing up now. I don’t think Mineral Veil is anything special. I think it’s just a finely milled finishing powder. And it’s just tinted corn starch. Why pay that much for tinted corn starch? It doesn’t do any amazing miracles and it doesn’t make you look airbrushed. I’ll never purchase this again.
bareMinerals Foundation in Medium Tan: Let me be frank with you. I hated it. I think it’s a big waste of money. This is literally tinted corn starch. It’s messy, there’s virtually no coverage, it looks patchy, it doesn’t blend well, it makes me oily, and it oxidizes on me. I’d say just skip this. I’m sure bareMinerals has some great products now, but their original foundation is not worth the time or the money.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black: I got this mascara in a Christmas kit. I originally hated it because it was a wet formula. I’m taking like so wet that if you’d blink within minutes of applying it, it would end up all over your eyes. Then it began to dry out and I really enjoyed it. It has a large traditional bristle brush. It did well with length and volume, and was very black. Then it dried out even more and started getting clumpy and goopy and I hated it. I wouldn’t repurchase it because of the price.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear FakeOut Mascara in Black Organics: This was an absolutely horrible mascara. This was incredibly wet, so wet that I would blink and it would smear all over my eyes and cheeks. It didn’t do anything for my lashes. It didn’t add anything length or volume. I was only able to use this mascara a few times before it completely dried out. I hate the awkward packaging which makes it hard to hold and hard to apply. I hated this so much. I can’t believe I didn’t take this back.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket: This was featured in my May 2013 Favorites and I continued to love it and repurchased it. I think it’s a great mascara. I love the rubber bristle wand. The formula is on the wetter wide, but I don’t even mind that. It does a great job of adding volume and length. It’s very black. This is probably the best mascara I’ve used. If you haven’t already picked this up, you need to try this.
e.l.f. 3-in-1 Mascara: I absolutely love this mascara for the price. It gives me a really nice natural lash. I love the rubber brush and the formula. It’s more of a normal formula. Not too wet, not too dry. For only $3, you definitely need to check this out.
Sally Hansen Extra Strength Polish Remover: I think this nail polish remover is alright. I feel like it’s good for the price and it gets the job done, but it doesn’t do well with glitter. I don’t know if I’d specifically repurchase it, but I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. Then again, I don’t know if I’ll ever be wowed by a nail polish remover.
Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist in Love Love Love: This has to be the best body mist that I’ve ever gotten from Bath & Body Works. They describe it as “a lovely trio of white plum, peony petals and glittering vanilla musk.” This honestly smells like a toasted marshmallow that’s lightly floral. I wish that I would have purchased the full size when I had the chance. I’m not sure if they’re going to be re-launching the collection any time soon, but if they do, I’ll be on that.
Ban Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant in Shower Fresh: I had one of these in my last Empties. This is my favorite deodorant, hands down. It keeps me dry and smelling fresh. End of story.
V05 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Shampoo in Key Lime Squeeze: I’ve really been liking this shampoo. It takes care of oil, dirt, salt water, and chlorine. I think for most people, it would be too harsh, but I have oily hair that needs all the help it can get. I’ve repurchased this and I’m about to use up my second one.
Bath & Body Works Vanilla Berry Sorbet Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap: You guys know that I love Bath & Body Works foaming soaps, and this is one of my favorite scents for soap. It’s light, sweet, fruity, and I really enjoyed it for the spring. I have a couple more of these on hand too.
H20+ Grapefruit Bergamot Shower Gel for Disney Resorts: I got this on my vacation to Disney World. I think this stuff smells amazing and it does the job. It makes your skin feel really clean, which I enjoy. This item isn’t sold on the H20+ website, so I’m not sure if it’s discontinued or just exclusive to Disney.
Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel in Raspberry Rain: I’ve had this travel sized can since my vacation last year and finally finished it off. I honestly just wanted to get rid of it. I’m not a big fan of shaving creams and gels. I prefer conditioner. It smells nice and does the job, but it’s too expensive for what it does.
Venus Sensitive Disposables: These are my favorite razors, the only razors I use, and I will always purchase these. End of story.
Hello everyone. Here are the products that I used up from May to August. These Empties are going to be split up into two posts. This post is all about skincare.
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St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub: I think this is the best scrub that I’ve ever used. It works wonders on blemishes. It’s a really fine scrub and it smells amazing, like a green tea candy. I’ve repurchased this in the full size and the travel size and I can’t get enough of it.
Oxy Daily Defense Cleansing Pads: I 100% live by salicylic acid pads for acne and oil control. I think they do such a good job at getting rid of everything you don’t want on your skin. These are the new version of the Maximum Cleansing Pads. They have the same ingredients, but I feel like they’re different. They do a good job, I don’t think think they do as good of a job as the old kind. Regardless, I bought another one.
Oxy Maximum Cleansing Pads: I absolutely love these, as mentioned above. I think they do such a great job with oil and blemish control. Like I said, I think that these are better than the new ones, but these were great and really helped my skin.
Urban Decay’s De Slick: I’ve lived by this stuff all of 2013. I do think it helps with oil control and setting makeup, but I don’t think it works in humid climates. I recently vacationed in Florida and generously sprayed my face everyday, but I still ended up oily each day. I’ve repurchased it, but I want to find a cheaper alternative.
Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for Normal / Combo Skin: You guys know that I love this stuff. It’s a great moisturizer for oily skin. It’s really light weight, soaks in quickly, and smells amazing. The glass jar adds to the product’s luxurious feel. You need to try this.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads: I really like these pads for quick face washing. They’re saturated with soap and water, which makes the whole process really easy. One side of the pad had a gentle beaded texture to exfoliate, and the other is just smooth. And I like their natural smell. I have repurchased these.
Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner: I heard that this toner is more of a cleansing water and can be used on the eyes. I used it as an eye makeup remover. It didn’t irritate my eyes, but it did eventually dry out the skin around my eyes. Then I started using this as a traditional toner. It nicely removes the last traces of makeup and I’m almost finished with my second one. And I love the price!
e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths: These makeup wipes are below average, to be honest with you. They don’t do well at removing makeup. I do like these for wiping my hands after applying makeup with my fingers and spot cleaning my brushes. Also, I enjoy the snap top of the package. I have repurchased these several times for that purpose.
Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facial Towelettes: This are my favorite makeup remover wipes. They smell great, do a great job or removing my makeup, and lightly exfoliate. I love the adorable packaging and the snap top, which helps keep them saturated and fresh. They’re brilliant, and I’ve already gone through four packages of them. I’ve got two more packages waiting for me! You can read more about these in my first empties post (link above).
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes: I would absolutely never buy these again. I thought they would remove makeup and treat blemishes, like they claim. These aren’t as saturated as the grapefruit towelettes, making makeup removal more difficult. I also didn’t see any improvement in acne or blackheads. Worst of all, they smell like an old musty house. I’m just glad I’m done with them. The only upside to them was the cute packaging.
N°7 Beautiful Skin Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover: This claims to remove waterproof eye makeup. This couldn’t even remove normal makeup. This didn’t do much of anything. I would never purchase this again.
Maybelline Clean Express! Oil-Free Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: I think this does a great job at removing my eye makeup. This was featured in my July Favorites. It’s a duo-liquid remover, but it’s not oil and it doesn’t feel greasy. I’ve really loved this and I’m using my second bottle. And I love that it’s only around $4!
Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds: I like these, but I don’t like them as much as the hypoallergenic kind. They are just your basic cotton rounds. I didn’t love them and I didn’t hate them, but I think I’ll stick with my Hypoallergenic Swisspers.
Hey guys. I just wanted to share some great deals that I got on Wet n Wild products. In my Sunday ads, there were a couple Wet n Wild coupons: $1 off any item and $2 any three items. These coupons could also be applied to the Fergie line. Unfortunately, I don’t have links to the coupons, but I would keep an eye on your Sunday papers. If I find any, I’ll definitely list them down below.
I went to Walgreens in search of Under Your Spell. I wanted the polish last year for fall and winter. The polish was regularly priced at $1.49, but I used my coupon and got it for $0.49! I then went to Dollar General to find Hot Candy. As you know, I’m really into neon pink at the moment. Wet n Wild has an exclusive line at Dollar General. The polishes are priced at $1.99. You cannot find these colors in other drugstores. I picked up Sweet Tooth, Black Light Party, and Hot Candy and received $2 off my purchase, essentially making one of the polishes free!
Don’t worry. I’m only keeping two polishes for myself (Under Your Spell & Hot Candy). I’m giving Sweet Tooth to my little sister. She’s four and likes anything pink and glittery. I’m giving Black Light Party to my boyfriend’s sister.
I also wanted to let you guys know that I’m in Florida until the 15th of August. I’ll see you guys next weekend! I’m seeing an Empties happening in the near future.
Hey everyone. The month of July was really hard for me and I deeply apologize for not being able to post very frequently. The last couple of weeks have just been chaotic. Between my heavy work schedule, my personal life, and getting through my summer class, I’ve been busy. Anyway, I didn’t wear much makeup during the month of July, but regardless, here’s what I’ve been enjoying.
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Ulta Sheer Fragrance Mist in Pink Petals: I’m really bad at describing fragrances, so here it goes. Pink Petals is a really light fragrance. I didn’t want to wear anything too heavy in the hot weather. Ulta describes it as “a playful blend of pink orchids, crushed raspberries and blonde woods,” but I would say that it’s clean, yet sweet, and floral. It’s not too floral. It’s not a mature floral. I would probably just go test it out.
Dove Hair Therapy Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo: Most people that have blogs and do YouTube videos use dry shampoos for voluminous hair. Unfortunately, this month, I had to use it because showering was pointless.When you don’t have air conditioning, your hair isn’t exactly the first thing on your mind. This dry shampoo took care of some serious oil and sweat. You can definitely feel it in your hair (like a thick powder + hairspray) and it can leave a white cast, but this is pretty heavy-duty stuff. It made me look acceptable when I could have otherwise looked feral.
Maybelline Clean Express! Oil-Free Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: I don’t know if you could tell, but I’ve been on a life journey to find a great oil-free eye makeup remover without cucumber in it (I’m allergic to cucumber). I was reading reviews on Ulta’s website, and this one was a top pick. I thought I would hate it and it would be oily, but I had to try it. As you can see above, it’s a duo-liquid remover that you have to shake up. But it’s not oil. I don’t know what it is, quite frankly, but it works really great on bold eye makeup. I don’t even wear waterproof products, but other makeup removers still couldn’t get the job done. And this one does. It works great. It doesn’t feel oily. Cute packaging. Great price. A+
Expert Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream: Last month, I struggled with dry under eyes because of an eye makeup remover that I was using. They were getting flaky and crispy. I really didn’t have high hopes for this product, but oh my gosh, I’m really impressed. Initially, I used this day and night to take care of the crispiness. It cured it. Now I put this on in the morning before my makeup. I can definitely see a difference throughout the day. My makeup isn’t looking dried up under my eyes and I’m not looking as old.
e.l.f. Zit Zapper: I got a Clarisonic a couple months ago and it’s been causing me to have painful breakouts. I’ve read that your skin is supposed to purge. I’ve never had acne-prone skin, but I got it to control oil, blackheads, and pore size. Anyway, in July I got a few breakouts below the skin that were hard bumps and painful. I really think that using the Zit Zapper helped with the size, inflammation, and pain of these breakouts. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know how to treat these things. And I love that it’s really inexpensive.
_________ NON-BEAUTY FAVORITES _________
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Big Brother 15: I’ve watched a few seasons of Big Brother, but this probably one of the most interesting and dramatic in a while. There is so much drama going on in the house. There’s a lot of racism going on, a lot of shocking events, quite a few showmances, and I’m loving it. I can’t stop watching it. It’s On Demand right now too.
Highwayman by The Highwaymen: This has been one of my favorite songs for several years now, but I recently put my Johnny Cash CD back into my car. I can’t stop listening to this song while I’m driving. I love it. I love Johnny Cash. The Highwaymen consists of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. In other words, a classic country super group. It’s a great song and I want it played at my funeral. Enjoy the extra cheesy video.
Veggie Dogs from MorningStar Farms: You may know this, you may not, but I don’t eat meat (I do eat fish). I became a vegetarian when I was about nine years old. And I just discovered veggie dogs a couple months ago. Did I always just completely pass them? Anyway, I’m obsessed. They’re so good for a quick snack or a light lunch. Now, I know that meatless “meat” isn’t for everyone, but if you haven’t tried veggie dogs and you know you like veggie burgers, I’d give them a try.
A random thing I’ve been enjoying: This next favorite is going to sound pretty strange. My last favorite for the month of July is sleeping outside. I’m not talking about camping or anything like that. I’m talking about falling asleep in a chair in the backyard on a nice day. I just really enjoy sleeping when its light out. Just make sure that if you do sleep outside, that you’re in a safe place and that it’s safe weather!
Hello everyone. I went to Walgreens the other night in search of the new Baby Lips collection and to pick up some items that I needed. Unfortunately, I discovered that Walgreen’s is completely expensive, even though they had sales and coupons. I’ll list the sales and coupons below. I’ll probably avoid Walgreens from now on, but the damage is already done. Here’s what I got.
___________ THE DAMAGE ___________
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Medium Deep: I’ve been using this concealer for the last couple years and I needed a darker color of the summer. I had a $2 coupon.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick: I have a nude Balm Stain, but I wanted to try a colorful one. I had a $1 coupon.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket in Blackest Black: I’m running out of my first tube and I will definitely use a second.
Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock: Is this collection limited edition? The Baby Lips have been a hit or miss thing with me. Hopefully I like this one.
Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: I haven’t finished my first bottle, but this quickly became a favorite of mine.
St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub: I have Keratosis pilaris on the tops of my arms. Those are the little red bumps on the skin caused by an over-production of keratin. It’s pretty common. I a really mild case of it, but I’m hoping this scrub can do something for my arms. I had a $0.75 coupon.
Ban Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant in Shower Fresh: This is my favorite deodorant ever and I’m pretty sure until I can’t buy it anymore.
Gillette Venus Malibu Disposables: I’m a Venus snob. I will only use their disposables because I’ve had some really nasty and painful experiences with some other disposable razors.
Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Cleansing Facial Towelettes: The Yes to Grapefruit towelettes are my ultimate favorite. I tried to Tomato kind and they’re horrible. Hopefully this Blueberry kind will do it for me. I had a $2 coupon and it did not apply to the Grapefruit kind. So here I’m am with the Blueberry.
_____ CURRENT SALES & COUPONS ____
Buy 1, Get 1 50% off on Revlon products
Buy 1, Get 1 50% off on Maybelline products
25% off St. Ives Apricot products
Buy 1, Get 1 50% off on Venus products
** The 50% off discounts are applied to the least expensive item, unfortunately. These discounts only apply if you have a Walgreens card.
I completely missed the mark on spring cleaning, but I decided to tidy up my makeup collection and rid it of some products that have been hanging around for too long. Some of these product have been in my drawer for several years, which is completely unsanitary. I don’t recommend doing that. I’m putting some of these products in the trash, recycling what I can, and passing on what I can to someone that will get some use out of the item. I’ll let you know if these items have been discontinued. Let’s get on with the beauty purge.
L’Oreal HIP Bright Shadow Duos: At the time, I really enjoyed the HIP eyeshadow duos. My favorite was Showy, which is obvious since I hit pan in the teal. I think that the matte shades are lacking compared to the satin finishes, which are nicely pigmented and rich in texture. Reckless is a little chalky compared to the satin shades. I’ve had these hanging around for a really long time and I don’t use them. They’re probably not sanitary to use anymore anyway. I believe they still sell Showy, but the other two have been discontinued. L’Oreal has also expanded the HIP line to include different finishes since I’ve purchased these.
Rimmel London 60 Seconds Vinyl Shine Nail Polish in Zenith: I didn’t have a problem with this nail polish, I just had a very similar color from another brand. It’s not a color that I often reach for, so I didn’t see the need in keeping two in my collection. I decided to pass this one on. Rimmel still has this line, but doesn’t have this color.
Essence Colour & Go in Movie Star: I really love the Essence nail polishes for the formula and the price, but this color doesn’t do it for me. I don’t really know why I decided to get a gray color in a creme finish. I used it maybe once, so I decided to pass it on. Essence does not sell this color anymore (and it’s in the old packaging).
Bella Il Fiore Nail Polish in Foxy Red: This polish is included in the Pedicure Set, which is no longer listed on their website. I love Bella products, especially their nail polishes. Unfortunately, this one pretty much exploded. It got thick and goopy, ran out of the top and dried onto the side. I don’t really like red nail polishes anyway, but I decided to pass this on.
N.Y.C. Eye Liner Pencil in White: I don’t really know why I felt like I needed a white eye pencil. I bought this a long time ago too. I tried using it once for the waterline, but it did not show up. The pencil is hard and needs a lot of pressure for a pigmented application, and I’m not going to put my eyes through that sort of torture. I’ve never had a problem with other N.Y.C. eyeliners, but this one just didn’t do it for me.
Ulta Glitter Eyeliner in Black: The Ulta eyeliners are usually an alright quality. They’re not the best, but they’re usable. I picked this up on a whim a long time ago. I can’t use it because the glitter is so chunky and the actual pencil is so hard. It basically scratches my eyes when I apply it, which is especially bad for such a sensitive area. And it’s not even black! It’s like a dark gray, if anything. It’s going in the trash. Ulta doesn’t sell this eyeliner anymore.
N.Y.C. Smooch Proof 16 Hour Lip Stain in Forever Mine Wine: This isn’t necessarily a bad lip stain, but for a few dollars more, you have better options. I definitely recommend the Revlon Lip Stains. Anyway, this stain is a nice color and has nice staying power, but it clings and becomes black around any dry spots. I’ve never experienced this with any other stain, and I won’t wear it because of the odd blackness.
ULTA Professional Lash Primer: I bought this lash primer a really long time ago. I only used it a couple times and I really don’t have any need for it. I just don’t want to keep it around any longer because of sanitary reasons. It was an alright primer, I guess I’m just not into primers.
Essence I ♥ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara in Black: I am so glad that I’ve moved on from Essence mascaras. They flake like no other, but for some reason, I thought this one would be alright. No, it doesn’t flake. It smears and smudges under my eyes. That’s never been a problem for me. I can’t wear it because it always ends up under my eyes, and I’m done with it.
ULTA Color Instincts Shade-Adjusting Foundation in Medium: This is one of those grainy gray foundations that adjust to your skin based on your pH. Unfortunately, this adjusts to a pink color on me. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, by I’m very orange-toned. (I know you guys have only seen my hands. Don’t worry, I’m working on that!) I just didn’t want this hanging around anymore because I never use it. This is now called the Color Instincts Foundation.
e.l.f. Studio Complexion Perfection in Cool: This powder is supposed to neutralize any sort of discoloration of the skin. I don’t really have any discoloration in my skin, so I don’t need this. I have better setting powders to work with. I do think that if you were really pink or red, this would be good for you. Honestly, I used this on my boyfriend, who has flushed cheeks, and it took down the redness. This is now called Tone Correcting Powder on their website and comes in multiple shades.
Nioxin Scalp Therapy For Fine Hair #1: You guys probably didn’t know this, but I have Alopecia Areata. I was diagnosed when I was a little kid, and I started using Nioxin shampoo before you could get it at salons. I had to get it through my doctor. I can’t really say that Nioxin made a huge difference with my hair, but I’m throwing this away because I’ve had it for so long. I don’t use it anymore. I don’t feel like I need it. When I did use it, I hated it because it had a menthol smell and badly burnt if I got it in my eyes. The Nioxin system has been revamped, and this is now called the Scalp Therapy Conditioner.