Empties #1

Hello everyone! It is about time I had an empties post. I have 6 items that I have used up that I wanted to share with you. Let me know in the comments below if you have used these or similar products and what you think of them!

1. Philosophy Raspberry Glazed Body Souffle – This stuff smells like some kind of sweet raspberry pastry and oh my god I never want to stop smelling it. It did well in terms of moisturizing my legs and I will probably buy more of these from Philosophy once I exhaust my body lotion collection.

2. Eva-Nye Freshen Up Dry Shampoo – I found this from Groupon where you could buy two bottles of this I think for $12. It worked alright for a dry shampoo but I bought a couple other brands to test out. If you really concentrated this in one area you could get some white residue but it would disappear as soon as you brushed it out. It did a decent job cutting down on the grease and letting me go longer between shampoos.

3. LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask – This mask smells INCREDIBLE! Chocolately with a hint of peppermint and man was it hard not to lick my face when I had this on. I bought this when my face first started freaking out but it didn’t really help any. Perhaps if you have more oily skin and acne rather than just a one time freak out, it would work better. Also this is a mask that you have to keep in the fridge.

4. LUSH Mask of Magnaminty – Mmmm fresh minty goodness! This mask is more to deeply cleanse your skin and balance it out. The scrubby beads on this are a giant pain in the butt to get off so I would recommend putting this on and then hopping in the shower to take it off so it can make a mess in your shower and not all over your counter and sink. I like this mask a lot and I like that you don’t have to keep it in the fridge.

5. Benefit Agent Zero Shine powder – I have raved about this product before and you know how much I also LOVE the Pore-fessional. Those two products together equals one lovely looking face.

6. Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray – I remember picking this up on a whim to see if it would perk up my skin. I didn’t really notice any difference once I finished it so I didn’t bother repurchasing. Although, a little while after I stopped using this is when I think I started having the really bad breakout on my cheeks that still won’t go away. I recently picked up a travel size just to see if it would have any impact but no luck yet. Not too sure about this product. It claims to be redness reducing, pore minimizing, and oil absorbing. Have you heard of this or tried it?

Lip Product Addict Tag

Lip Product Addict

Hello everyone! I don’t know if I have divulged the fact that I have a small obsession with lip products.  Essiebutton and Amelia created a lip product addict tag (video link here) and I thought I would share my answers with you!

1. Favorite balm/treatment – My favorite lip balm is the line of EOS lip balms. They come in lots of great flavors and with the mint one, I love the cooling sensation that comes with it. For a lip scrub, it has to be the LUSH Mint Julips lip scrub. I did a full review on my post about LUSH products here.

2. Best eye-catching red – The Kate Moss lipstick from Rimmel in number 01. This red is a slightly darker red but the color is just gorgeous and a bit more sultry. The formula is wonderful and I am a big fan of this whole line!

3. Best luxury and best drugstore – My favorite line of luxury lipsticks (these are definitely on the affordable end of luxury but you can only find through Birchbox and the Model Co. website) would be the Model Co. Party Proof Matte lipsticks in the Neutral line. My favorite lipstick from that line is definitely Kitty which is a very pretty warm pink color. The formula is so rich and moisturizing and the color is subtle and lovely.
My favorite drugstore line is definitely the Revlon Colorburst line in both lacquer and matte. You have heard me rave about these many times before so I shall spare you another go around 🙂 My favorite from the matte line is #240 Striking. My favorite from the lacquer line is #150 Enticing.  Both are gorgeous bright reds!

4. Best MAC lipstick – This was pretty hard! I love the Satin MAC Red which was my first MAC lipstick. But I think it has been displaced by a recent purchase, the frost lipstick in Sandy B. I have been loving nude lipsticks more and more recently and this has been a staple in my makeup bag. It is a warm dusty pink with some very pretty shine and it has been perfect for the summertime!

5. Most disappointing lipstick – It has to be the Hourglass liquid lipstick in Opaque Rouge. The color was too dark for me and the formula just did not work on my lips at all. It was streaky, it dried weird and just did not want to cooperate. It had very little staying power and I am happy I only picked up a sample of it rather than buying a full size.

6. Liner? Yes or no – Nope. I have never delved into the lip liner and really have no desire to. Plus having to find liners that match all of the different colors that I have? I spend enough on lip products as it is!! Although Amelia does talk about the Lipstick Queen invisible lip liner going with everything…maybe. We’ll see but for right now, no to the liner.

7. Best Gloss – I am going high-end and drug store lines with this too. Best high-end is the Marcelle Lux Gloss. It is creamy (no stickiness!!) and very nice on the lips.  I love the color #70 Lolita! It is such a warm coral color that goes with pretty much everything.
Best drugstore definitely goes to the Maybelline Color Elixir line! The formula is also very creamy and there are a wide variety of colors to choose from! Breathtaking Apricot is my number one pick from there which is another bright warm coral color.

8. Something extra – Honorable mention for both drugstore lipsticks and lipglosses come from the same company! NYX butter glosses and lipsticks are AWESOME! Lots of different colors, great formulas and the glosses smell delicious. 🙂

Makeup Haul Post

Beauty Haul

Hello everyone! Today I just had to share with you some of the fun things I have purchased over the past month(ish).  Let’s get to the products!

Lorac Pro PaletteThe Lorac Pro Palette – (Ulta)
A couple of months ago I bought the mini Lorac Pro Palette with Nude, Pewter and Espresso in it to keep in my purse for touch ups. I fell in love with the creaminess of the shadows, how velvety and wonderful they felt on the lid and the great pigmentation! The staying power is pretty awesome as well. I toyed with buying the full size palette for about a month and after looking at it in Ulta at least four different times, I finally purchased it. I regret nothing. The full palette offers so many great options to create plenty of different looks! The shadows are creamy and pigmented and I may be in love with this palette. I am so happy I finally bought it!!!

Pore-fessional

 

Benefit the Pore-fessional – (Ulta) (Sephora)
I received a trial size of the Pore-fessional a while back and really enjoyed it. I tried using the Maybelline Baby Skin as a dupe for it but I didn’t like it nearly as much as I liked the Pore-fessional. It’s a great primer and it works well underneath my foundation to give me a more flawless finish.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

 

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil – (Ulta) (Sephora)
I posted before that my face has been having an epic freak out the past couple of months. In my latest attempt to quell the crazy on my face, I ordered the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil and prayed to the face oil gods. I do believe it has helped some because I am pretty sure part of the reason my face has been angry is because I wasn’t using the best moisturizer for my crazy skin. My face is clearing up a bit and looks brighter and healthier and I do think part of it is due to this oil! I got the smaller rollerball bottle and I am a big fan.

 

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Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost – (Mac)
I have been loving this highlighter from Mac to help brighten underneath my eyes which have been particularly prone to dark circles lately. I suppose I should sleep more and drink more water but alas! This blends very well into the skin (the top stripe is straight off the pen without blending) and it helps me look a bit more awake when all I want to do is curl back up in bed with a good book and a cup of tea 🙂 

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Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold – (Sephora)
This eyeshadow. OH MY FREAKING GOD THIS EYESHADOW! I am in love and I am trying to be good and not buy non-essential makeup for a little while but GOOD GOD I WANT TO GO BACK AND BUY ALL OF THE COLORS!! The top stripe is straight off of the applicator while the bottom smudge is more rubbed in. It is so metallic and feels very nice on the lid.  It has great staying power and works well when you blend in other powder eyeshadows. I love putting this color on my lid and then either Garnet or Sable from the Lorac Pro Palette in the crease. I am mildly obsessed with this eyeshadow and I want to wear it every single day for the rest of my life.

Those are all of the items for this haul. Have you picked up anything recently that you are loving? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 

LUSH – Haul/Favorites

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely Wednesday! I am especially happy that is Wednesday because I have a day off tomorrow. A much needed day off, which will include some fun blog things so stay tuned for that 🙂

ANYWAYS – Lush. Oh Lush. I know that there is a lot of talk about Lush and how it is over priced and over hyped but I have found some products from Lush that have been permanently added into my beauty rotation. I was just there yesterday to stock up on a couple things that I needed for my vacation so I figured I would show you what I got and talk about some of my other favorites.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner – $32.95 “Luxurious rose-scented shower lotion for the softest skin that ever was”
I just picked this up yesterday. I had been lusting after it for a while and finally decided to pick it up while I was there. I used it last night in the shower and OOOOOOOOOOH MY GOD. This stuff smells DIVINE! When I got out of the shower, I kept walking around and then randomly smelling my arm. It smells like a sensual rose. I may have walked downstairs, presented my arm to my mom, and told her to sniff. It has the mother stamp of approval.
You use this basically like a hair conditioner but for your skin. So wash your skin like you normally do, then rub this on, let it sit for a minute, and then wash it off! There will be a slight oily shine when you get over the shower but you just have to pat your skin dry and voila! Moisturized and heavenly-smelling skin.

Whoosh Shower Jelly

Whoosh Shower Jelly – $6.95 “A citrus rush to banish brain fog”
I also picked this up yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to try it but this stuff wakes you up when you smell it. It’s so citrusy, zesty and sweet! I love it! The people in the Lush store kind of know me now and remember what I do and the one girl recommended this to me. You can either break a chunk off and lather it up in your loofah, or what she suggested to me was to stick it in the freezer and then take it out right before you hop into the shower and use it on sore muscles. My job can be pretty labor-intensive sometimes and my shoulders definitely aren’t too thrilled when we have a big giveaway day, so this sounds like a nice little way to soothe them after a rough day. The produce basically has the consistency of a well-set jello, very wiggly and jiggly and a little too much fun to play with. I will report back when I have used it a couple times and let you know what I think!

Mint Julips

Mint Julips Lip Scrub – $9.95 “Minty sugar scrub for soft lips”
If I could only buy one Lush product for the rest of my life…it is between this and the next product I am going to talk about. The lip scrub is AWESOME! The biggest selling point for me is that you put a little bit of it on your lips, scrub it around, AND THEN LICK OFF THE SCRUB. It tastes like little bits of mint chocolate chip candy. The oil in it also moisturizes the lips. This pot will also last me ages since you only have to use a teeny tiny bit. Since you can just lick the scrub off and then you are good to go, I actually keep this in my purse so I can do a quick scrub at work if I feel like my lips need a little help. I LOVE this stuff!

Hair Treatment

H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Moisturizer – $20.95 “Mega moisturizer to feed hungry, out-of-condition hair”
As with all of the other products, this stuff smells AWESOME. It’s got a little bit of sweet spiciness to it that makes my hair smell very sensual and yummy. I don’t really understand why Lush calls this a hair moisturizer. It’s more of a hair mask. You slather this in your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes before hopping into the shower, rinsing out and then going through your normal hair routine. My hair is all kinds of damaged from coloring it so much and H’Suan Wen Hua (I still have no idea how to pronounce it correctly) makes my hair so soft and so very happy. The only downside is that since my hair is so long, I go through about 1/3 of the pot every time I use it. I try to use it once every two – three weeks but the results are pretty awesome.

I also got two little samples of their tea tree water and their breath of fresh air toner. Have you tried anything from Lush? What do you think of their products and their brand?

❤ Carolyn

 

May Favorites

There were a lot of new products that I bought recently that I have been absolutely loving! I included a couple non-beauty favorites that I had to share with you as well 🙂

Revlon Colorburst

First up we have the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in #240 – Striking. Now I have been LOVING the Revlon Colorburst Lip Balms in both the Laquer and the Matte finishes (I may have 7 of them), but Striking is taking the cake for me right now. This rich, moisturizing coral lip balm gives such a great pop of color for summer. The lip crayon makes it super easy to reapply when you need it. You do need to reapply throughout the day to keep the color looking fresh but I love the formula and the color makes my day that much brighter 🙂

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner

Next we have the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Line in Dark Brown. I will never purchase another brand of liquid eye liner for a very long time. The felt tip gives you an amazing amount of control to get the perfect flick for your cat eye! I am definitely going to be stocking up on some of the other colors this summer. I am getting into layering a brighter eye liner on top of a darker eye liner.

Porefessional

The Benefit the Pore-Fessional Agent Zero Shine has been a great find in May. I don’t really have a problem with shininess but I love the matte finish that this gives me. It took me a little while to get used to the tiny brush that comes with it but I got it down.  The color and the finish add a certain something that brings a little extra life and color to my face and helps my makeup stay on longer.

Boscia

The most recent addition to my favorites but possibly my top pick for this month is the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil.  Before I bought this, I would use a combination of makeup remover wipes and my regular cleanser to take my makeup off. When I would go back over with my toner, I would still pick up some foundation and never really felt like I had a good clean face. Well those days are gone because I am in love with this cleansing oil. I just need two pumps, rub my hands together, massage it into my skin, then use some water to lather it and wash it off. It is gentle enough and tough enough to tackle eye makeup (even my Stila liquid eye liner!) My face feels so clean and happy after using this! I highly recommend you give this product a try whenever you want to take off a full face of make up 🙂

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My final beauty favorite for May would have to be the 12 Benefits Pink Addiction Keratin & Argan Infusion, which is a leave in product that does everything from detangling to replacing the keratin in your hair.  I have been testing out some different shampoos and conditioners the past couple of months, trying to find a good fit for my hair. My hair is long, thick, a TON of fly aways and was feeling a lot like straw recently. I had been using the 12 Benefits spray, which I did like, but that ran out so I decided to try something new from their line and bought this. MY HAIR IS SO HAPPY! I use a pump and a half of this and rub it into my towel-dried hair after a shower. Then I brush it through and let my hair air dry over night. My hair is noticeably softer and healthier after using this.

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Onto some non-beauty favorites! The two albums that I have been listening to on repeat lately have been Hank Green’s new album Incongruent and Alex Goot’s new ep Wake Up Call. Both of these guys are from YouTube and gah these albums are just so good! My favorite tracks off of Hank’s album would have to be Hug Scream, Oh JK Rowling, and Undigested Lump. On Alex’s album, my favorite tracks are Wake Up Call, Forever and Just to Shine. These albums are very upbeat and happy and have lots of very catchy songs 🙂
I also have my new speaker on here which is the Deck from Motorola. I have been battling with crappy $40 speakers that break every few months for a while now and decided to invest in a decent wireless speaker.  OH MY GOD BEST DECISION EVER. The sound quality from this speaker is incredible. You hook up your device via BlueTooth (they do include a wired hookup as well which is handy for plugging into my laptop) and have full control from your phone. What I really love about this particular speaker is the party mode. You can have up to 5 people synced to the device at one time so if you don’t like what your friend is playing, you can cut in and start playing something off of your phone.  The battery life is really good as well and you can keep an eye on how much battery is left when you have the Deck synced your phone. Love love love love LOVE this speaker!

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My food favorites of the month have to be these wasabi and sea salt seaweed snacks. It sounds kind of weird but the combination of the heat of the wasabi, the saltiness from the sea salt and the flavor of the seaweed marries so well into one beautiful little snack.  Also I recently discovered that I enjoy seltzer on its own or mixing with flavored water. So I went shopping in Wegmans and found the glorious flavored seltzer! I tried a few different flavors but so far vanilla is reigning king for me. It is delicious both on its own and mixed with various other flavored water. Yummy!

Let me know in the comment section below what you have been loving recently! 🙂