Wednesday, March 7, 2018

February 2018 empties

This month I am going to keep it short and simple with my reviews

February 2018 empties

Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush- A great cream blush in a flattering color. This item is discontinued and it took forever to to use up but I enjoyed it. 

Benefit Porefessional- My favorite primer I have tried. It really does minimize the look of pores and makes foundation go on smooth. I have a full size and several more mini sizes to go through

Manic Panic Dreamtone Foundation- A fantastic white foundation for lightening foundations. It is only $6.50 and lasts quite a while. It is also cruelty free and vegan so double wins.

Wet n Wild Illumi-Naughty Highlighting and Concealing Pen- This was used up quick just like the one last month. I really like using this over a concealer to brighten my under eyes. 

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation- Overall I was not a fan. Coverage was just okay, I wore it just to run unimportant errands. It felt like it just sat on top of my skin and wear time wasn't the best. 

Pacifica Kale Detox Face Wash- I was hoping to really enjoy this face wash since it is vegan and cruelty free but it broke my face out 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum- This is a really expensive. This is the serum that made me realize that I do like using serums. I wouldn't buy the full size though.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet- This is a pricey moisturizer. I enjoyed the texture and smell but I think it also broke me out because it was so moisturizing.

Lancome Energie de Vie Smoothing & Plumping Cream- I honestly can't say an opinion on this because I only got two uses out of this foil packet. It seemed nice I guess.

Nyakio Smoothing Eye & Lip Cream- I got about 3 weeks of two times a day use out of this packet. I really really liked this eye and lip cream a lot and will definitely consider purchasing at Ulta. It helped smooth lines under eyes and on my lips. 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream- This was okay. It is hard to tell with these little foil packets. I have a travel size tube I will be trying next. 

Grand Finale Hair Spray- A great hairspray with intense hold. You get a very large amount for only $6

EOS Shave Cream- This was nice and lasted a really long time but I think you could just save your money and use the conditioner that is already in your shower

Caress Love Forever Body Wash- I had received a sample bottle of this and I really enjoyed it so I purchased a full size. I like it at first then it started making my skin itchy and dry. I am pretty sure the strong fragrance is to blame

Garnier Micellar Water- This is great to use after you remove your makeup to really make sure all your makeup is off before you do your skincare routine. It is also great for in the mornings when you don't have time to wash your face before applying makeup.

Tarte Maracuja Oil- I am so glad this is finished. This broke my face out months ago so I have not been wanting to use it. Instead, I finished it up by using it on my body. My skin became extra dry and itchy so overall I do not like this oil.

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 xoxo Sarah Vega
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Love, Beauty, and Planet products

I received a box of Love Beauty Planet and hair care products from Crowdtap to test and review. This is a new brand that is cruetly free, vegan, and use recycled plastic in packaging. Let's just say this is my new favorite hair care brand.

Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo and Conditioner are both amazing! I have recently been struggling with oily hair that felt heavy. As soon as I used this shampoo and conditioner those issues went away and my hair feels amazing. I can go 3 days without needing to wash my hair again. The scent is very nice also. This particular shampoo and conditioner is for colored hair to preserve the color.

Smooth and Serene Leave-in Conditioner- The lavender smell is so nice. This product works well to control frizz and makes your hair silky smooth.

Volume and Bounty Dry Shampoo- I have tried a lot of dry shampoos and haven't found one I absolutely loved....until this one! It actually absorbs oil and can give me and extra day or two before needing to wash my hair. The packaging is very nice and sturdy. The grapefruit smell is not overwhelming. It does not give a white-cast to my black hair.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

January 2018 Empties

First empties of the new year! I plan to use up/declutter even more products than I did last year. Speaking of decluttering, this year I am going to keep them separate from my monthly empties posts. I will do a post of them each quarter or whenever I have enough gathered together.

January 2018 empties

Jordana pressed powder- I bought this powder when my last local Kmart was closing and it was only $1. It was very well worth the $1. This powder lasted me 4-5 months. It was better than expected. My skin didn't look cakey, stayed matte for a decent amount of time, and most importantly this powder gave me a bit of coverage. I love the Jordana brand and might repurchase once I use up more stock of face powders

NYX Concealer in a Jar- One of my favorite concealers to use on spots on my face. It is also good to use under eyes later in the day to refresh before going out. I will continue to repurchase once I use up some more concealers.

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara- I appreciate that this brand is natural and organic. I received this mascara in a Target beauty box last year. It wasn't the best but still usable. It did a good job of separating and providing a bit of length but didn't provide volume. I only got to use this for 2 weeks because I dropped the wand in my sink....ew. 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara- A pretty nice mascara. It does give lashes a curled and lifted look. It doesn't give as much volume as I normally would like but it is good for everyday. I love the packaging. I got this in a set but I would not purchase for $24. Plus, it is also not cruelty free. 

Wet n Wild Illumi-Naughty Highlighting and Concealing Pen- As with most click-up pens this concealer was used up quickly. At first I used it by itself and it worked okay. I then layered it over a concealer and it worked great. I might repurchase.

Jordana Fabuliner Eyeliner- My holy grail eyeliner. I will continue to purchase again and again. This makes it super easy to do a wing.

ELF Double Ended Eyeliner Shadow Stick- I neglected this product for a long time. I flew through the eyeliner side using it as an eyebrow pencil. The cream shadow side was so pretty and I loved using it for brown looks. I will repurchase after I use some of my cream shadows.

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Liner- The formula of product is great but the brush is terrible. I'm not sure if the brush is the same on the full size.

Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Removing Wipes- I enjoy these to remove my eye makeup. I have 2 containers left in my backups. I really wish Almay was cruelty free.

Sephora Avocado Sleeping Mask- I used this every night after I removed my makeup. It lasted over a week so that is a great value for $6. This avocado is the nourishing version and I feel it did do that.

Tarte Maracuja Oil- I loved this oil when I first bought it but then I forgot about it. When I started using it again I realized I didn't like it after all. It broke me out when I used it on my face. It didn't work that great on the ends of my hair. I ended up finishing this bottle on my body after the shower. I won't be repurchasing especially since I have a big bottle still to finish.

Egyptian Magic- Ew just ewwww!! I thought this was going to be a cream lotion consistency. No I was wrong. This is actually a thick paste of olive oil, beeswax, and honey. You have to warm it up in your hands to apply. You might as well just take olive oil and apply it straight to your skin.

Nubian Abyssinian Chia Seed Lotion- This is the second sample of this lotion I have used. I love the scent and how well this lotion sinks into my skin.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

12 pans of Christmas challenge & 2017 empties totals

12 pans of Christmas finale! Finished 8 and close on 7...yes I picked more than 12 items to start with 😉

1. L'Oreal Infallible total cover foundation (actually ended up liking it after hating it at first)
2. Essence brown eyeliner (really creamy used on eyes and brows)
3. Neutrogena eye cream (I've been using this twice a day for 1.5 years and I don't think it has done much)
4. Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray (I like it but I don't know if I'd purchase a full size because of the alcohol)
5. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (not bad but the color was slightly orange/dark on me)
6. Benefit Ka Brow (not a bad product but the packaging is dumb. The brush won't even reach the product when most of it is used up) 
7. Laura Mercier secret concealer (worked good as a corrector but you get a very small amount of product for the price)
8. Bare Minerals serum bronzer (I didn't understand this product especially since it was so orange)

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My 2017 products!! Wow it's incredible to see everything at once. I used up 142 products (not counting mouth wash, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, etc). I decluttered 51 items (pictured here).

Breakdown of my 142 empties....
Foundation 7 & Concealer 10
Mascara 12 & Eyeliner 10
Cream eyeshadow 6 & powder eyeshadow 1
Face primer 3 , eye primer 2, lip primer 1
Brow 4
Face Powder 3
Liquid lipstick 1, lip gloss 4, lip balm 2
Cream blush 2, cream bronzer 1, cream highlight 1
Face moisturizer 9 & Eye cream 2 & oil 1
Foil packet samples 16
Face wash 10 & body wash 2
Face masks 2
Makeup wipes (face and eye) 13
Liquid eye makeup remover 2
Lotion 9
Sunscreen 2
Hairspray 4

xoxo Sarah Vega
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

December 2017 empties

It was great to finish/declutter all these products in the last month of 2017. Stay tuned for my 2017 total empties post next....I can't believe how many products I used up this year!

December 2017 empties

ELF Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow- Very similar texture to Colourpop's Super Shock Shadows. This was a very pretty silver shade with a small amount of glitter. They do dry up a little fast but worth it for only $3

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - I appreciate that this moisturizer had SPF 20. It worked well as a moisturizer and provided a light amount of coverage. This "nude" shade was just a little orange/dark on me though.

Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner- Still my go to favorite liquid eyeliner pen ever. I will continue to repurchase again and again. Did I mention it is also only $3!!

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation- At first I didn't like this foundation. After finishing it up I actually do like it but I will not repurchase since L'Oreal is not a cruelty free brand. This foundation was great for running errands, going to class, and just normal everyday activities. The shade 302 Creamy Natural is a true neutral.

Benefit Ka Brow- This is a good product but the little sample packing is not easy to use. The built in brush can't reach all the way in the tiny pot of product once you've used it for a while. I know the packaging on the full size product is a lot better. Again, this is a great brow product.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Cream Eyeshadow- These are discontinued. I've already decluttered some and these 3 are the remaining ones I had. I really enjoyed these cream shadows and the great color variety but these were old and really need to be thrown out. I wish a cruelty free brand would come out with a product just like these. 

Flower Beauty Shine on Lip Gloss in shade LG9 Zen Zinnia- I really enjoyed this gloss in a great burgundy shade. I bought this when Flower Beauty first came to Walmart and it was separating in the tube so that is a good sign it needs to be tossed. 

Butter London Lippy in shade La Moss- A lot like the Flower beauty gloss above, it is a great gloss in a slightly more purple shade but I have had it for quite a while and needs to be tossed.  

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- I know this is a cult favorite setting spray so that's why I was excited to try it. Personally, I haven't noticed much of a difference in the longevity of my makeup. I would like to try another sample of this setting spray in the summer to see if/how it makes a difference. I am learning more about ingredients in beauty products and I'm not a fan of the high alcohol content in this spray.

Nuxe Multi Purpose Dry Oil - First off, this is pricey! I luckily received this complimentary from Influenster. I started off using this oil on my face at night. It broke me out so I switched to using it on the ends of my hair. It had an opposite effect and dried out the ends of my hair. Thirdly I used this on my body after I got out of the shower. I flew through this product doing this. I don't usually have a problem with scents but this floral scent was terrible and that's why I couldn't wait to get it out of my collection.

Clean & Clear Acne Triple Clear Cleanser- I received several of these travel size bottles at an event I worked at over the summer. I actually enjoy this cleanser and think it does help my acne. It is very gentle for everyday use. I wish Clean & Clear was cruelty free.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum- I love this serum! I would never pay $79 for the full price but it was nice to try this sample as the Sephora birthday gift in 2017. It feels like it really does sink into my skin but I didn't see a big difference in radiance. This is the first serum I have tried so I can't wait to compare others to this one.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet- $39 for a 1.3 oz moisturizer is a little steep in my book but again it was great to try this sample as the Sephora birthday gift in 2017. I love the light sweet scent and fluffy texture. It is a lightweight moisturizer. My mom gave me her sample so I will be sad when that one if finished because I enjoy it so much.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream- This .5 oz bottle lasted 1.5 years which really surprised me. I used it every night before bed and almost every morning before I did my makeup. I don't notice any differences in my eye area after using this eye cream. I can't wait to try others, especially that are cruelty free.

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer - Personally, I really enjoy a spray lotion. Since this is a spray it stays cool and you have to "brace for impact" when you go to spray it one yourself. It is not greasy and sinks into the skin quickly. This is probably my 4th bottle I've finished and still have 1 more.

Suave Advanced Therapy Lotion- This lotion worked great. It wasn't greasy and I didn't mind it was a squeeze bottle instead of a pump.

Rave Aerosol Hairspray- This hairspray worked okay but it is not my favorite. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

November 2017 Empties

November 2017 empties

Elf single eye shadow- This is discontinued. Worked great for a white highlight shadow under my brow bone

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer- I didn't understand the purpose of this product since it was so orange. I made it work just to use it up.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer- It worked pretty great as a peach corrector under my eyes. I wouldn't repurchase because it's a small amount of product for the price.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain- This is a unique product idea but I wasn't the biggest fan. It was messy and I didn't like how it would start to run down my cheek before I could even get a brush to blend it out

Covergirl Outlast 3 in 1 Foundation- My holy grail drugstore foundation I have used multiple bottles of. I most likely won't be repurchasing it because I have heard that the formula is different with the new packaging and it is not cruelty free

Covergirl Clean Matte Foundation- I think this foundation might be getting discontinued. I bought 3 earlier this year on clearance at Ulta. This works well for everyday running errands or going to class but I would wear something different for going out

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara- This was a very hyped up dupe of  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I thought it was just okay. Didn't really give me much length or volume.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara- I really liked this mascara a lot. It was very comparable to Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara that is my holy grail. I have a couple backups of the L'Oreal mascara that I received free from an event so I'll be using those but I won't be repurchasing because it is not cruelty free

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate- I doubled this as an eyeliner and brow pencil so I went through it pretty quickly but luckily it was cheap. I may repurchase in the future

Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eye Liner- This is still my holy grail liquid liner and I have several backups

Wet n Wild Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana- I originally bought and used 80% of it as a neck bronzer to match my neck. The last 20% I used as a face powder  to make a foundation match my skin better. I loved the slight glow. Once I work through a few more powders and bronzers I will repurchase.

CloSYS Mouthwash- I have been using this brand of mouthwash for years. I'm taking a break and using up some small bottles from other brands but I will repurchase CloSYS. I love that it doesn't burn my mouth.

Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy Therapy Cream- I used this on  my arms every night before bed. The tub lasts for ever. I have discovered I don't like things in pots because they get under my long nails. I wish this came in a pump bottle instead.

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizing Cream- This was the third and final deluxe sample I finished. It was nice but it didn't blow me away enough to pay $$ for a full size

Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover- I honestly thought this eye makeup remover would have worked better at removing my waterproof mascara

Chanel Multi Protection Daily Defense Sunscreen- I think I got about 4 uses out of this. I liked it but with it being Chanel I know a full size would be pricey

Clean & Clear Ace Triple Clear Cleanser- I enjoyed this cleanser. I have a few backups I received at an event

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion- I loved the smell of this cleanser. I would repurchase in a sale at Ulta

Acure Ultra Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner- I have never hated a shampoo and conditioner so much. It made my hair look and feel terrible. It left a film on my hair as if I hadn't washed it in weeks. I tried several different ways to make them work but it was a fail

Decluttered items

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Monday, November 13, 2017

October empties and eyeliner declutter

In October I started seriously panning and decluttering my makeup. I finally realized that I have way too much makeup and instead of buying new makeup constantly I either need to use it up or give it to someone who will. Expect to see a lot more empties than usual in upcoming months.

2017 October empties

Rimmel  Lasting Finish Kate Moss lipstick shade 107- A great color and great formula. I highly recommend even though I think Rimmel is slowly discontinuing this Kate Moss line. 

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick- These are a great formula and I love the metallic look but these were pretty old and started separating so I was sad to throw them out. I will consider purchasing a new KVD liquid lipstick in the future.

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in shades 02 and 03- This use to by one of my favorite concealers and I have used up several of these. I don't know if the ingredients changed or what but it now breaks me out and I feel it doesn't have that great of coverage anymore.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - At first I didn't like this concealer but then I figured it out. The key to this product is when you first apply the coverage is not that great but it actually gains coverage as the day goes one. That might sound crazy but it is very true with this product. 

Elf Zit Zapping Concealer corrective green- I know this product is discontinued from ELF. This is a good idea in theory but it made my acne worse and the green is too pigmented to cover up with foundation. 

Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eye Liner- My holy grail eye liner that I've talked a lot about and will continue to purchase over and over again.

Maybelline Master Smoky- I don't think this product was sold for very long. It was sort of a good idea with the idea to have an attached smudger. However, the liner was fat so you really didn't need the smudger and it wasn't the blackest of black

It Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liner - I am honestly not sure why this is called "no-tug". I thought it was dry and hurt to use as eye liner. I finished this product by using it as a brow pencil. 

Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara- My holy grail bottom lash mascara that I will continue to repurchase. 

Elf All Over Color Stick- For $1 this is actually a great cream highlighter/blush. I do recommend checking out this hidden gem. I have way too many cream blushes and this one was quite old so it had to go. I might rebuy in the future.

Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter- Personally, I just thought this was an average liquid highlighter. It was nothing special

Benefit Posietine Cheek & Lip Stain- This is a unique idea but I wasn't a big fan of the color. I finished this product but the color was too bubblegum pink on me

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint- These are discontinued and mostly dried up. I much prefer this wand application vs a jar/pot for cream eyeshadow

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow- These were all the rage a couple years ago. These have dried up and with my long nails I really don't like using these since they are in a jar. They didn't apply that well with a brush either. 

Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads- My holy grail eye makeup remover. Almost in every empties post there is a container of these because I love them so much

Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate- This is actually one of the two primers I actually like and doesn't break me out. I don't have good luck with primers but I'm glad I found this one. It is more illuminating than blurring. I will keep this in mind for the future but I want to try to find a cruelty free primer that works just as well if not better

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity Facial Wash- I wash surprised by how much I loved this face wash. I loved the smell and looked forward to using it everyday. 

Raw Sugar Raw Coconut Mango Natural Body Wash- I loved the smell of this body wash. I will probably repurchase in the future. 

Eyeliner declutter

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