It’s Been a While

It’s been way too long. My excuse in December and January was that I didn’t have a laptop to blog on. That changed at the end of January, yet my lack of blogging habits did not change. Here we are… it’s September 12 and I haven’t posted in over six months.

Where do I even start? Let’s start with a couple thinks that I love right now.

I’m obsessed with nail dip powder manicures. I purchased a kit online from Revel Nail and love it. It definitely takes some time and practice to get the hang of it, but every other nail polish basically chips on my nails. This is like gel nail polish, but stronger. I am a nail biter and have been since I was a teenager. The dip powder manicure is thicker and hard, almost like acrylic/artificial nails which makes it impossible for me to bite my nails. I have a handful of colors, but Revel Nail has over 200 to choose from. I definitely want more!

I’m obsessed with Urban Decay’s Born to Run palette. The eyeshadow is so pigmented and creamy. The colors are beautiful. This is a recent purchase that I am still playing with, but so far so good.

These are my current new favorites. I’m sorry it’s been too long and I hope to do better. Thank you for being patient with me!

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The Mascara Chronicles

I have a new mascara in my life that I haven’t told you about. I think I am on my third tube of it already. I really, really love it. It’s the L’Oreal Lash Paradise.

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Why I love it…

First off, it has a bristle brush not a plastic brush which is my personal preference. Then, you don’t accidentally spike yourself in the eyeball while applying. Yes, that has really happened to me before and it hurts. A lot.

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Secondly it is a thick formula. It almost give a clumping effect to the lashes, but not too much that it makes your lashes turn into three big clumps. One downside to this thicker formula is that I feel it can dry out faster because it doesn’t start off thinner. I replace the tube about every month and a half. Typically, you should replace a tube of mascara every three months because it can breed germs and bacteria.

Because of the thick formula, it is also a very voluminous mascara. It makes my lashes look more fluffy and have more volume than they normally do without mascara. I tend to use voluminous mascaras instead of lengthening because my lashes are long already, I just want it to look like there are more of them.

It’s a dupe for me for Too Faced’s better than sex mascara at a much better price point. At Target a tube of Lash Paradise is $8.99 which is usually where I end up buying it. I think it is a much better formula than the Too Faced mascara as well. Lash Paradise doesn’t smudge or flake on me. I have very watery eyes and tend to have oily eyelids, so mascaras end up moving around on me frequently. Lash Paradise does not.

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I love this mascara and don’t have intentions on switching to another for quite a while. I highly recommend giving Lash Paradise a try if you haven’t already!

Things I’m Loving – November

Let’s talk about a few beauty things I’ve been loving recently.

Glossier

I have been loving Glossier skincare over the last few months. If you haven’t heard of Glossier, it is a cult beauty brand that is based in New York. The products I use regularly are the milky jelly cleanser, super pure serum, super bounce serum, priming moisturizer, and the balm dotcom. The milky jelly cleanser has a texture exactly as the name suggests – it is a milky cleanser with a jelly texture. It has a light rose scent. The super pure serum is great on my acne prone skin. The super bounce serum is a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum. I apply both after cleansing my face morning and night. I follow the serums with a layer of the priming moisturizer. I tend to have oily skin, so I prefer a lighter moisturizer. Anything heavier and I tend to get oily faster. The balm dotcom is a thick balm as the name suggests. My favorite balm dotcom scent is mint. I feel like the mint is the most moisturizing on my lips. The balm dotcom can be used virtually anywhere you have dry skin. Glossier also launched their first fragrance a month or two ago and it is by far my current favorite. It’s called Glossier You and I find instead of smelling like a perfume it just makes you smell good. I’m obsessed with it.

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IGK Hair

I recently tried a few new hair products from IGK Hair. They are phenomenal. A few of my favorites are the hot girls hydrating shampoo and conditioner, the jet lag dry shampoo, and the beach club texture spray. The hydrating shampoo and conditioner not only smell AMAZING like a tropical coconut scented beach, but also hydrate my hair ends that get super dry. My hair type is odd because my ends get very dry and my scalp gets oily. The shampoo and conditioner work wonders on the ends of my hair. The jet lag dry shampoo is great because I have dark brown hair and it has no white cast at all. It doesn’t have a super strong scent and doesn’t leave a ton a residue behind. It is by far my favorite dry shampoo I’ve ever used. Lastly, the beach club texture spray has the same smell as the shampoo and conditioner and provides the right amount of texture to a hair style. I’ve tried a few other IGK Hair products and these four are by far my favorite.

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These are the top products I’ve discovered over the last few months that I have already repurchased at least once or a few times. What have you been into recently?

It’s been a minute…

So, it has been a bit since I’ve posted. The last few months feel like they have been a blur. Let’s jump back into it and talk about some products I have been loving lately.

Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo by Amika. I know, I have brown hair and am definitely not blonde. BUT! This shampoo is great if you have brown hair that fades or lightens. I stopped coloring my hair about three years ago and finally all of my hair is my natural brown. However, it does get lighter in the sun – especially in the summer. This shampoo is a purple shampoo that is supposed to help tone down the brassiness in your hair. I do feel like it does make a difference. I wash my hair every other day and typically shampoo twice to get rid of any product buildup. I usually use this shampoo second followed by a conditioner of choice.

I absolutely love Clinque’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Initially I had picked up a sample size using some of my points from Sephora and I found I enjoy using it to remove my makeup. Like washing my hair, I generally do a double cleanse when washing my face. First I use micellar water to remove my eye makeup followed by a makeup removing wipe to get the bulk of my makeup off. I follow with this cleansing balm that goes by a balm consistency into a oil when rubbed on the face. When water is mixed in it then turns into a milky cleanser. I then go in with my cleanser of choice. I do feel like my skin doesn’t feel clean enough and I tend to get blemishes if I don’t do a double cleanse, especially when I don’t use this cleansing balm.

Have you heard of Dollar Shave Club? It’s a monthly subscription service for razors. I subscribed on a whim last year because I was sick of the high prices of a razor. I have an every other month subscription where I receive a box with four razor heads. My husband and I split the subscription and we each have a razor handle. We have a stock pile of razor heads because I initially had subscribed to a monthly subscription, but we weren’t using them quick enough. I then switched to an every other month subscription instead. We have the executive blades and it is $9 per month (or $9 every other month in my case). It’s so handy to not have to worry about buying razors when they just get delivered to my home.

Lastly, I have been using the Advanced Retinoid 2% serum by The Ordinary. This serum is supposed to reduce the signs of aging without irritation while also refining the skin’s texture. I am approaching 30 in less than a year so I’m all about preventing wrinkles for as long as possible. I apply a few drops every night and have really been enjoying this serum.

These are  few items I’m loving right now. What you have you been loving lately? I’m on the hunt for a lighter, but still kind of matte foundation. If you have any recommendations please leave me a comment below!

Morphe 35R Palette

I recently purchased the Morphe 35R palette and it is amazing. Morphe just released the 35R palette in March. Morphe is a brand I heard about while watching beauty bloggers and vloggers on YouTube. You can order their products online. They also do have a physical store in California. I ordered the palette online, obviously as I am not in California. They make makeup and awesome brushes. I will be doing a review of their brushes soon.

The large Morphe palettes have 35 eye shadows in them. Yes, 35! The 35R palette is $22.99 before tax and shipping. Each shadow works out to be about 67 cents. The quality of the shadows are out of this world. They are seriously so pigmented and so creamy for being a powder shadow.

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You can see which three shadows I have used the most so far because they don’t look pristine. There are 15 shimmer shadows in the three rows on the right. There are two satin shades and 18 matte shades. This palette will not be good for traveling for me because it is massive. When I travel I tend to use less products because I don’t want to bring everything with me. I have been using the palette daily since I received it last week. All 35 shadows are quite warm toned. Lately I’ve been putting a light matte or light shimmer shade all over the lid and then use the top two shadows in the middle row blended in the crease. You seriously could make so many color combinations because of the number of shades in the palette. I find because I have brown eyes, using brown shades on my eyelid tend to make my eye color pop more.

This is the first Morphe palette I have purchased and I am very impressed with the quality. I liked the shades of the 35R palette, but Morphe also have a bunch of other palettes on their website. This post is in no way sponsored, I just really love this palette and think other people will love it too! If you have other Morphe palettes that you love leave a comment so I can check them out.

Why I Quit Birchbox

After exactly four years of subscribing to Birchbox, I have cancelled my subscription a couple weeks ago. I debated for months about whether or not I should cancel the subscription. I had been unhappy with my boxes for the last six months or so and finally decided to bite the bullet and cancel the subscription.

I don’t want this to become a, “I hate Birchbox,” post because I don’t hate Birchbox. I think they are an innovative company. I enjoyed most of my monthly boxes. It wasn’t until I started subscribing to Sephora Play I realized how much Birchbox was disappointing me.

Birchbox carries products from some awesome brands. However, there is no Birchbox store near me as the only actual storefront is in New York City. If you want anything from them you have to order it online. Based upon my Amazon order history I have no problem with online shopping. However, I like to smell and test out products before buying them especially if I haven’t tried a product before. With Birchbox only online, that is not an option.

Secondly, most of the sample sizes from Birchbox are so ridiculously small. There were so many foil packets of shampoo and conditioner that were good for traveling, but that was about it. I hate using foil packets in the shower because I always forget to open them before my hands get all wet and then I struggle with opening in the shower. The number of samples I received in foil packets frustrated me. Birchbox would send eye shadow samples that were tiny and impossible to actually use. They were my most hated sample and usually ended up in the trash right away.

Between Sephora Play and Birchbox, I would hands down recommend Sephora’s box. I am a Sephora junkie and prefer to be able to pick up a product right away in store if I love it. Both boxes are the same price, $10 per month. It simply came down to how unexcited I was when Birchbox arrived each month and was way more excited for the Sephora box.

If you subscribe to Birchbox and love it, you do you! This is simply my experience. Who knows, I could end up going back to a Birchbox subscription someday. Right now, I don’t regret canceling my subscription.

Product Empties – Skin Care

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I have got a lot of empty skin care products. Over the last year or so I have been trying to improve my skin so skin care has become important to me. Let’s jump into this. On the left is Egg White Pore Foam cleanser by Tony Moly. I really enjoyed this. It was pretty inexpensive from Ulta. It also smelled great. Next was a Clear Pore cleanser from Neutrogena. Do you see a theme going on here? I’m all about the pore cleaning. This is an old classic I used during college that I go back to time and time again. It’s a top favorite of mine. The light blue bottle is Pore Medic by Dr. Jart+. I really liked this cleanser, but it made me break out with a rash on my face. I tried it multiple times and the rash kept coming back. I ended up getting rid of this because of the rash. Behind that is a cleansing oil by Dermalogica. I like cleansing oils to get my makeup off and then follow with a cleanser. I have talked about my love for Lush’s Ocean Salt scrub before so I feel this needs no explanation. I emptied a Mario Badescu Facial Cucumber Lotion which is a toner. Honestly, I don’t think this did a darn thing. So I definitely will not be repurchasing it. Finally, on the right are two Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer. This is my favorite moisturizer and I think I have gone through at least ten bottles. I should be using an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle moisturizer, but I love this one so much that I haven’t bothered switching to another moisturizer.

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I also have a ton of makeup removers I’ve gone through. There are three different makeup removing wipes. On the far left, is Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming wipes. I love this solely for the plastic flap that seals the pouch back closed. In the middle is Aveeno’s Positively Radiant wipes. I think Aveeno makes great affordable skin care and these are no different. I tried the Garnier Soothing Makeup Cleansing Towelettes because they were on sale and I really enjoyed them. In the back and three Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. The blue topped bottle is for waterproof mascara and waterproof makeup and the pink topped is the regular one. I like the pink one better personally.

I have one most empty product post after this one, so stay tuned!