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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s been a minute since my first product empties post… Let’s pick up where we left off. I have quite a few empty hair care products. Three of the five aerosol cans above are dry shampoo. I’ve talked about my love of dry shampoo many times. Beginning on the left, there are two Living Proof Perfect Hair Day dry shampoos. This is by far my favorite dry shampoo that I have purchased many times. I am currently trying to use up half empty bottles of dry shampoo I have, but once they are all empty I will purchase another Living Proof one. In the middle is Amika’s dry shampoo. This dry shampoo is what converted me to a dry shampoo lover. I still love this one almost as much as the Living Proof one. The last two are hair sprays. In the black tube is Tresemme’s Perfectly Undone and on the far right is Amika’s Touchable Hairspray. Both are fine. I am not loyal to any hairspray in particular. I do not like like super hold hairspray though because it makes me feel like I’m wearing a helmet.
In this photo, there are shampoo and conditioner. I’ve talked about my love of Redken’s Scalp Relief for my dry dandruff scalp. I have already repurchased this shampoo. It is by far the best dandruff shampoo I have used. Next is the Nutritive Repairing Conditioner from Beaver Professional. I talked about this brand in an old post and I repurchased from Birchbox on a whim over the summer. I’ve since finished the matching shampoo as well. I really like this conditioner and it makes my hair so silky smooth. Bumble and Bumble’s Bb Sunday Shampoo is an excellent clarifying shampoo. This lasted me over a year because I only used it once a week. Finally, is Amika’s Nourishing Mask. I absolutely LOVE this stuff. This is my third or fourth tub of this deep conditioning mask. It smells so amazing and moisturizes my hair so intensely. In September, Birchbox was selling the Nourishing Mask buy one get one free. After I finished this tub, I had two fresh ones. It’s that good.
I want to know about hair care products you are loving right now, so leave a comment below with your favorite hair product.
I have been saving empty product containers since July. I had a basket that was overflowing and finally have taken photos of the containers. I am going to discuss the products and let you know if I have or will repurchase them. Let’s jump into this. I have a mix of mascara, setting spray, foundation, primer, concealer, and eyebrow products.
I have talked about a lot of these previously as well. Starting with the mascara, I have a dried up Neutrogena volume mascara that didn’t work so great. I have a Cargo mascara that was just okay. There are two Soap & Glory mascaras. The thick and fast one from Soap & Glory made my eyes so itchy. I only used it a few time. Finally, there is Tarte’s lights cameras lashes mascara that is so good. It is definitely my favorite out of all five of those mascaras and probably the only one I will repurchase.
There are two Urban Decay setting sprays. The purple topped one is all nighter setting and the gray capped one is the de-slick setting spray. I like both of them. Also, to be fair both weren’t used up in the last few months. It takes me at least three months to go through a whole bottle since only a few sprays are used at a time. I have repurchased multiple times this as it is my favorite.
In the middle is a loose setting powder loose from Tarte. I have other setting powders I like as well so I haven’t repurchased this. Moving on to brow products, there are three micro brow pencils from Nyx. I love this brow pencil and will continue purchasing it until I find something better. I like the control freak eyebrow gel on top on the eyebrow pencil. To the right are two Urban Decay naked skin concealer tubes. By far my favorite concealer and I just finished up another tube.
Finally, is foundation from Soap & Glory. This isn’t empty, but has oxidized and turned to an orange color. I still love the CC+ face cream from It Cosmetics. I am working on the jumbo tube I ordered from QVC last winter. There is an empty one heck of a blot face primer from Soap & Glory. I really enjoyed this primer and will likely repurchase. Finally, there is an eye shadow primer from Tarte that I really enjoyed. I have purchased an anti-aging eye shadow primer from Urban Decay that I really am liking at the moment.
These are the makeup products I have used up. I still have empty hair products and skin care to discuss so stay tuned!
I like reviewing my monthly Play by Sephora boxes. October’s box was pretty good and I really enjoyed it. Let’s take a look at what was in the box.
Beginning on the left with the pink cap, it is TLC framboos glycolic night serum from Drunk Elephant. It was a nice serum. I didn’t see any immediate results from the sample, but I didn’t mind it. Next, October’s perfume sample was silent st. from Derek Lam 10 Crosby. I did NOT like how this smelled at all. I tested it and immediately threw it out. In the blue box is Madam C.J. Walker’s scent & shine coconut oil. I like putting it on the ends of my hair. The sample size is nice and large too. On the far right is Farmacy’s skin dew mist. When my skin was feeling dry, this was nice to spritz on. Moving to the top, Smashbox’s always on matte liquid lipstick in the color driver’s seat. I really liked this formula and the color is very nice. Lastly, is the flash photo gloss by the Estee Edit. I don’t know how much this gloss actually does in a photo, but it is a nice non-sticky gloss.
I am pleasantly surprised at how much more I am enjoying my monthly Play boxes. If I had to choose between my Birchbox and Play subscriptions, I would choose the Play box. Every month there are six samples and a nice array of different products. I also like there is a perfume sample every month.
Do you get a Play box? What was your October box have in it?