Friday, May 30, 2014

pureSOL Konjac Facial Sponge

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The pureSOL Konjac facial sponge is unlike anything I've tried before. Made from natural, biodegradable pure vegetable fibers, this sponge is perfect for people with sensitive skin. It's marketed as good for all skin types, which I can definitely see to be true. 

One of the coolest things about this facial sponge is that it's 100% natural and eco-friendly. It's free of parabens, sulphates and chemicals... something that's become quite important to me as of late. Once you've used the sponge for 2-3 months (it's recommended shelf-life) you can throw it in your compost or add it to a flower pot! Even the packaging is 90% compostable. 

Using this thing may look odd or intimidating but it's super easy. All you do is run the sponge under water until it becomes completely soft (it's rather tough and hard when you take it out of the package). Once it's soft you can wet your face down and use just the sponge to cleanse your face, or with your favorite cleanser - which is how I used it. 

The sponge feels very soft when rubbing it against the face. If your skin is sensitive or doesn't do well with something as exfoliating as a Clarisonic, this is the right tool for you. It's so gentle and it almost doesn't feel like it's even exfoliating! Once you're done washing, squeeze it out real good (it took me quite a bit to thoroughly rinse out the soap each time) and hang it up! It conveniently comes with a string attached and a suction cup hook. Let it air dry and repeat for your next washing. 

This sponge claims to improve skin texture through exfoliation, brighten skin with the natural woven fibers, and prevent spots & breakouts thanks to the added bamboo charcoal which absorbs added sebum and other yucky stuff that builds up on the skin.  

The Konjac facial sponge costs $10.95 and you can get yours off of Amazon

Overall, this is a nice product. I like everything about it, but unfortunately for me and my skin type this sponge just isn't for me. I personally prefer more exfoliation (I love my Clarisonic!) and deep cleansing than the Konjac sponge can offer me. I think that this is probably an answer many of you with sensitive skin are looking for. My one gripe is that it seemed to suck up my face wash so I had to squeeze it out quite a bit while rubbing it over my face. 

 While overall I think this is a really cool product that's really original in the skincare industry, I'll stick to my Clarisonic because I need a deeper exfoliation than this provides me. 

Have you tried the Konjac facial sponge? Let me know! I'd love to hear how it works for you!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Influenster Go VoxBox

If you're not familiar with Influenster, you need to just trust my word and go sign up right now. But if you need a little more information, it's a subscription box that's completely free. By taking surveys and providing reviews on the Influenster website, you'll qualify for boxes. I receive 2-3 boxes a year and I never pay a dime! 

A couple weeks ago I took a survey that qualified me for the Go Voxbox, aimed at those with an active, healthy lifestyle. The products I received are as follows:

  • Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons ($3.99-$4.99) - These are new from Playtex and feature Odor Shield technology, designed to neutralize odors. I have to be honest, I have no desire to use "lightly scented" tampons as I just find that to be gross. 
  • The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit n Full Shakes + 20 oz Jaxx Shaker Cup - These shakes are supposed to reduce body fat and hunger cravings. You mix them up in the shaker cup which has a cool Jaxx thing to keep things mixed well. I really don't like protein shakes or meal replacements so I'll probably pass the meals on, but I'll use the cup!
  • Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds ($3.19/4 oz bag) - These almonds are loaded with Vitamin E and come in three different flavors - blueberry, raspberry and strawberry. I love eating almonds as a snack... these should be interesting to try.
  • PROFOOT Pedi-Rock ($8.99) - This pedi-rock is the first soft foot file made from silicon carbide crystals to remove even the toughest calluses. You can use it wet or dry - whichever you prefer. This is a really nice addition to this box... I'm sure I'll get use out of this!
  • Aqua Spa Bath Soak in Lavender + Chamomile ($9.99) - This bath soak smells heavenly. If you read Glazed Over regularly you already know I love a bath, so I was pleasantly surprised to receive this.
  • PROFOOT Triad Orthotic ($10.49) - This orthotic is clinically proven to relieve knee, leg and back pain when worn in your favorite shoes. I like a little extra support in my boots, so that's probably where these will go. 

Are you a member of Influenster? What has your favorite VoxBox been? 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

This Week #5

Top to bottom, L to R: Starting the weekend in my backyard//Winnie in her bandanna//A cardinal in my tree//A dying daffodil//Margaritas for a good cause//Raised gardens for my deck

Happy Memorial Weekend everyone! After a busy week, I am so ready for a long weekend.

It's been said that Minnesotans are crazy about the weather, so I'm staying true to my home state when I say this weekend was awesome because the weather has finally turned nice here! Hello high-70s! With the nice temps, I got my green-thumb going and potted some plants and bought some starters for the raised gardens my husband built me out of a 55-gallon drum!

This week was Winnie's second to last puppy class (before she begins Puppy 2). She has made leaps and bounds since starting class and can now "sit", "down", "come" and she's sort of grasping "heel". Aside from class, Winnie had lots of fun this week playing outside and getting a spray down with the hose! I also felt a couple loose teeth in her mouth, so in no time she'll begin teething!

On Thursday, Jake and I attended the South of the Border soiree, a benefit for the American Red Cross. It was a really great event, and I was happy to donate my money after hearing stories of how the Red Cross helped a coworker of mine when her house burned down earlier this year. It really is a cause worth donating to.

Friday we spent with friends, eating at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant (shrimp and veggie lo mein... mmm!!) and then we went out for a round of drinks. It's always nice to get together with old friends, especially at the start of the weekend. Saturday brought even more yard work, errand running, and a friend's wedding reception to cap off the evening. Today brings much of the same!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your long weekend - we'll catch you back here on Monday!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sinful Colors - Dazzle

Today I bring you an old nail polish that's new to me, courtesy of Big Lots. This beaut is Sinful Colors' "Dazzle", from their limited edition 2012 Holiday Shimmers collection. Dazzle is everything I love about a nail polish - it has chunky shimmer, it catches the light and it's impossible to stop looking at your hands when you wear it.

Dazzle is a gorgeous plum pink color that builds really easily and evenly on the nails. I'm wearing two coats, topped off with Essie No Chips Ahead top coat. For a little experiment I didn't use a base coat like I typically do. I've had such issues with my nail polish chipping in a day that I wanted to see if reducing the amount of polish on my nails would help. I don't know if this nail polish is just amazing, or if this whole no base coat thing is the real deal, but so far so good! I've been wearing this for 2 days and so far I've experienced very minimal chipping - just a tiny bit of wear on one of my nail tips. 

While you can't buy Dazzle in stores anymore, you can pick it up for yourself on eBay if you like what you see. And I'd highly recommend you do - this is one amazing polish that you need in your collection!

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

My favorite time of the month is here - Ipsy time! This month brings lots of summer-friendly products, which is perfect because the weather has finally made a warm turn here in Minnesota! 

If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a $10 monthly subscription. Every month a bag of beauty goodies shows up at your door, and if you like what you try, there are discounts or offers for each brand on the Ipsy website. Click any of the hyperlinks in this blog to sign up for yourself!

Here's what came in May's bag....
  • Hey Honey Take it Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask - I have never heard of this brand before, but you know I love my masks. This will be fun to try.
  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Organic Sesame & Lemongrass Balancing Oil - This is a really nice sample size, totaling 0.5 oz. It smells really nice like lemongrass and how awesome that it's organic, too!
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow duo - I've never tried any makeup from Pacifica but I'm really looking forward to trying this! The purple in this duo is really beautiful.
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport Sunscreen - Considering I got a tiny bit of sunburn from being outside this weekend, this is much needed. Perfect little travel size!
  • Pur-Lisse pur-moist hydra-balance moisturizer - I love having backup moisturizers, so this will be nice to have in my backup stash as well as for traveling. 
If you haven't yet subscribed to Ipsy yet, I would highly recommend it! If you already subscribe, let me know what came in your bag!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This Week #4

Top to bottom, left to right: A weeknight dinner//Green in my backyard!!//A tiny little flower//My favorite overnight oats//Winnie smelling the flowers

Happy Sunday, all! I hope you all had a wonderful week! My week seemed to fly by - unfortunately though, it rained nearly all week here in my neck of Minnesota. Better during the week than the weekend, though.

This week was rather low key. Monday passed by in a blur, and Tuesday brought Winnie's puppy class. Tuesday is fast becoming one of my favorite nights of the week - I just love sitting in a room full of puppies playing together and learning new tricks! Each week a new puppy comes through the door, as most all of them are growing quickly... Winnie included. Check out the picture of her sniffing through the bluebells in our yard. 

On Wednesday evening we made home-made pizzas for Jake's dad, as he came over to help me build a couple raised gardens (pictures coming soon!). As the weather is turning nicer and spring is finally here, it's time I get some plants and flowers growing in our yard, although this year Jake and I did sign up for a CSA box from a local farm so we will be receiving lots of fresh organic veggies weekly starting in about 3 weeks.

I started out Saturday right with a bowl of my favorite overnight oats recipe - Oatmeal Cookie overnight oats (see above). They are seriously delicious and they're made with all sorts of great, whole ingredients that keep you full until lunch time. Jake and I spent much of Saturday raking up our yard to get ready to put down new mulch (hopefully next weekend) and I potted some flowers to add some life to our deck. I also got some bird seed and a hummingbird feeder! Since our backyard is so wooded (see pic) we see all sorts of birds and I'm hoping we can attract them a little closer to our house so Jake and I can become dorky bird watchers.

We're spending today with family, having a burger grill out and potluck with aunts. uncles and cousins. I'm bringing some Malibu organic veggie burgers that I picked up at Costco (I'm back to not eating meat, for those of you who knew about the vegetarian challenge I did in March) and we're also bringing a 7-grain salad that we picked up at Costco as well. Can you tell I flippin' love Costco? ;)

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend! See you Monday, folks!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Natural Skincare: Organic Rosehip Oil

If you would have told me 5 years ago that one day I would slather oils all over my face, I would have laughed you out of town and told you you're crazy! But think about it - up until lately, oil-free products were all the rage! I was gung-ho about oil-free everything, certain that my combo/oily skin needed not a drop more oil than it already had. But things have changed within the last year or so, and I have to say - I'm now a total oil lover. Whether you have oily or dry skin, it doesn't matter. Oils work for most all skin types. I am prone to being oily, but using a face oil does not make me more oily than I already am. In fact, some oils even aid in keeping you less oily!

A while ago I was browsing the aisles of TJ Maxx (one of my favorite things to do) and I came across this Organic Rosehip Oil by Rosehip Plus. I snatched this up for $9.99. You might be thinking - $9.99 for a 1 oz bottle? But believe me - this will last me a long time. 

Rosehip Oil is super simple to use. After thoroughly cleansing my face, toning, and using an eye cream in the evening, I put 3-4 drops of this on my hands and massage it in to my face, using it as my nighttime moisturizer. Rosehip oil is orange, and while it looks kind of daunting to spread over your face, it won't leave it looking orange. I prefer to use this at night, but I do know many people mix it in with their moisturizer for the morning.

If you're wondering what's so special about Rosehip Oil and why I love it, there's a bunch of reasons! Rosehip Oil helps reduce the appearance of scars (and stretchmarks in other areas of the body), hydrate and soften skin, promote skin elasticity and texture, improve appearance of dry skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

I love using Rosehip Oil as my nighttime moisturizer. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels hydrated and refreshed. I don't have many wrinkles yet, but I like the idea of prevention with this product. I especially love that Rosehip Oil is all natural and organic, so I don't have to worry about weird chemicals being absorbed through my skin. I would highly recommend this if you want plump, healthy skin and natural wrinkle minimization.

Have you tried Rosehip Oil? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation | Review

The Rimmel Stay Matte powder has long been a holy grail product of mine. You've seen it in a number of my empties posts, and those are just a couple of the many I've used up in my lifetime. When Rimmel came out with a Stay Matte foundation, I knew I had to try it out and see if it, too, would be a HG for me. 

Right off the bat, I noticed you get a bit more product than is typical with most foundations - 1.6 oz ($4.99) instead of the normal 1 oz. That's nice, considering the price is uber cheap. The consistency is that of a whipped cream. It comes out in a thick glob, but doesn't feel overly heavy on the skin once applied. Once applied, this foundation provides medium to full coverage.

I've applied this foundation three different ways: a dry makeup sponge, a brush and a wet beauty blender. When using a dry makeup sponge (my favorite way  to apply most foundations) I like to pat the foundation on in small circular pats. This foundation did not apply easily or well with this method. I quit halfway through trying as it just didn't transfer well or look good on the skin this way. Using a wet beauty blender, application was easy, but I felt like it just sat on my skin without sinking in very well. My favorite way to apply the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation was with a brush, specifically my Sigma F80 kabuki brush. This allowed for smooth, blendable coverage.

My gripe with this foundation is that it's patchy and settles in to my skin in odd places. It's best seen  in the image above; you can really see the foundation has settled in to the pores on my nose. (Foundation applied with a brush in above image) I am oily in my T-zone, and I can easily rub the foundation off as I get more oily throughout the day, even when I set it with the Stay Matte powder. I do have some uneven redness on my face as well, and the redness around my nose starts to show through within 1-2 hours. With the smudging and patchiness of this foundation, I get maybe 3 decent hours of wear, and from there it's all down hill.

I like the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation if I'm only planning to wear it for a night out. If I'm looking for all day coverage, this just doesn't cut it. It sits on my skin, gets cakey in my t-zone and wipes off after a few hours of wear. This doesn't work for me, as I have oily skin, and I think if you had dry skin this would cling to your dry patches.  

While Rimmel's Stay Matte powder reigns as my holy grail drugstore powder, the Stay Matte foundation is nowhere near close to a holy grail foundation. (but if you're curious what holds the title as HG foundation - see this post

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know what you thought!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Lip Product Addict Tag

Never have a I taken part in a "tag" on Glazed Over..... until today. Today that allll changes, thanks to the Lip Product Addict Tag, which I oh so relate to. Apparently this tag was started by my all-time favorite YouTuber/blogger, Estee, but I stumbled upon it thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Britney from Life, Set Sail. (If you haven't checked out her blog, do so right now!!) I wasn't tagged, but she welcomed anyone to join in. Here goes nothin....

1. Favourite Balm/Treatment
It's no secret I can't live without a good lip balm. Nothing is worse than when you realize 
you left the house WITHOUT  a lip balm... it's like your lips know and immediately go dry as a bone
(although this doesn't happen to me often as I always seem to have 5-6 lip products in my purse
at a time). I recently picked up the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Shea Butter & Vitamin E and it has become a fast favorite of mine. It's lightly scented and super hydrating. I can totally 
tell why it won Temptalia's 2014 Reader's Choice award.

2. Best Eye Catching Red
A bold red is one of my favorite looks, although I tend to retire it in the summer and bring it
back out for the winter. For my birthday, my best friend hooked me up with MAC's Viva Glam Rihanna
lipstick and it is one of the best reds I've ever worn. The blue-toned red meshes perfectly with
my pale skin, and the slight shimmer is stunning. 

3. Best Luxury and Best Drugstore
I really don't own many "luxury" lip products.... I am a drugstore shopper by nature. However,
I do own a couple choice items and my favorite is Dior's Creme de Rose, a heavenly rose-scented
lip balm that is so freakin' decadent. 
As for drugstore, see "best gloss" as my favorite drugstore item overlaps with this. 

4. Best MAC Lipstick
Viva Glam Rihanna could easily count as my pick for best MAC lipstick, but for variety's sake
I picked another of my favorites. My MAC lipstick collection isn't extensive, but out of what
I have, I really love MAC's Well Loved, a gorgeous nude. A nude lipstick that looks good with
my skin tone is really hard to come by, but something about this shade is pure magic. I think it
might have been part of a limited edition collection and therefore is no longer available. (sorry!)

5. The Most Disappointing
While the product itself is not overly disappointing, the color is almost nonexistent on my lips,
and so I have to vote for Mally's Lip Magnifier in Tulip. It literally doesn't show up on my lips.
I got this in a Birchbox so I'm not out anything, but I would certainly pick a different color if 
ever I bought one of these in the future. 

6. Liner - Yes or No?
Rarely do I wear lip liner. I have maybe 3 or 4 different shades, but only find them necessary
when applying a really pigmented lipstick and I want more ease in applying within the lines
and longer wear time. Most of the time, I just don't find them necessary or worth the money. 

7. Best Gloss
I really enjoy lots of lip glosses, but the NYX Butter Glosses are hands down the best glosses
I have ever tried. They are creamy, hydrating, colorful and they smell UH-mazing. I have
a wide range of shades and I aspire to own them all because they're that great. 

8. Something Extra
One of my favorite, hidden drugstore gems is Bonnebell's liplite in Strawberry Parfait.
It's been said it's a dupe for NARS' Turkish Delight. It smells amazing, and layered over
nude lipsticks (such as Well Loved mentioned above) it is like the 8th wonder of the nude
lipstick world. You can apply a million layers and it still looks good. The best part?
It costs just $3.50!

I tag Erin, Jeanette, and Kristin as well as anyone else who would like to participate!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

This Week #3

Top to bottom, left to right: Hubs & I at a friend's wedding//Fresh pedis//Overnight oats//I'm in a magazine!//Cinco de Mayo drinks//Best friend's bridal preview//Winnie @ 12 weeks//Signs of spring

Wow, I can't even believe this is week 3 of these posts! I know I said it on Facebook, but it is so true; the weeks fly faster than the days! This week was jam packed with lots of fun things. 

The week started off right with Cinco de Mayo. We had a big company-wide nacho bar at work, spearheaded by myself and fellow blogger/real-life friend/day job co-worker, Jeanette. It was a hit and definitely a good way to ease in to the week. After work Jake and I celebrated with his parents with some festive drinks (seen above). 

Also early in the week, my best friend invited me to join her for her bridal preview, also seen above. I won't show you any spoilers, but she looked seriously stunning. She's going to be such a beautiful bride! Her wedding is just a month away, and I'm sure there will be plenty of pictures in that weekly recap for you to get the scoop on her wedding day look!

As I took Winnie out for a potty break later in the week, I was shocked by how green our yard has become. It's been raining pretty steadily for the last 2 weeks, and while I can't stand the gloom for a second longer, I am happy it's finally bringing signs of spring to my neck of the woods. 

This week was been capped off celebrating Mother's Day with both my family and my husband's. My mother and sisters in law went out for lunch and pedicures - and funny enough, both my SIL's and myself picked green polish without knowing what the other was picking! (I picked China Glaze's "In the Limelight" if you're curious... my toes are the ones on the bottom of the picture) Today, we're spending the day with my mom - grabbing lunch and spending quality time together. It's nice to cap off the week with family - it's rejuvenating and relaxing. I wouldn't have it any other way!

Catch ya'll on Monday! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Adovia Purifying Mud Mask | Review

One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is an evening face mask. I've got a few different ones I rotate through, but I'm always looking for that miracle mask that will solve all my facial problems (Are you out there, mask?! It's me, Brianna!) When I was offered the opportunity to try Adovia's Purifying Mud Mask ($24.99, 5.1 oz), I didn't think twice because I'm still on that hunt. 

According to Adovia, "Adovia's unique Purifying Mud Mask is formulated with Dead Sea Black Mud, Beeswax and a deeply moisturizing combination of Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Olive Oil. This natural mask boosts cell renewal and revitalizes your skin, while tightening your pores. As the mask dries, it gently pulls out toxins and impurities known to clog pores and cause visible signs of aging. The presence of Dead Sea mud infuses your skin with needed minerals while firming it and improving elasticity. Aloe Vera and Chamomile extracts soothe and calm your skin while vitamins A and C leave it looking fresh and renewed."

The Purifying Mud Mask is a nice greeny-brown, making me feel like I really am grabbing a hunk of mud and smothering it all over my face. It has a light consistency with little granules that are gently exfoliating as you smooth it over the skin. 

If you've used mud masks before, this has that typical scent that most do - kind of clay-like and earthy - very refreshing. You need to apply just a light layer, and let it sit for 10-20 minutes while it fully dries before rinsing off.

The mask felt dry on my face rather quickly, due to the light layer I applied. I left it on for 10 minutes, and then washed it off. It felt really nice to wash off due to the exfoliating pieces, so it turned in to a bit of a scrub. After washing it off, my skin felt smooth and even. I follow up with a toner, to remove any extra dirt left on my face. 

In the morning, my skin felt even and looked calm and smooth, although I'm not entirely sure I can chalk that up to this mask entirely. 

I really liked this mask, however I don't think it solves all of my problems. It is certainly one of the better masks I've tried, as it actually does seem to produce nice results and feels really refreshing on the skin. Would I pay $24.99 to purchase it again? Probably not. There are other masks out there that are not as spendy and produce equal, if not better, results. If you like a mask that doubles as an exfoliating scrub as you rinse off, this just might be the one for you.

What's your favorite face mask? Let me know in the comments!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring Scents | Top 3

One of my favorite parts of getting ready for the day is choosing which perfume I want to wear. I'm as self-confessed perfume addict and my collection is quite expansive (although I'm trying not to let it grow at all!) so the choice of what to wear each day is between quite a few options. (Click here to see a snippet of my perfume collection)

One factor that heavily impacts my decision for what perfume to wear is the season. I firmly believe that there are certain perfumes that are just not meant to be worn in every season. For example, I tend towards musky vanilla scents in the winter and gravitate towards more fruity, floral scents in spring and summer. The three scents seen above are my top 3 picks that are perfect for the spring season, and oddly enough they're all celebrity perfumes.

Katy Perry Purr - This Katy Perry perfume debuted in 2010, and I've got just a traveler size (the actual bottle is much cuter). Purr is sweet and fruity with notes of peach and apple. This is a perfume that is very sweet, while still remaining mature and sexy... a combo that's often hard to come by.

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy - Another oldie, I've had Midnight Fantasy in my collection for years, and for good reason. It's sweet with hints of vanilla, and it lasts literally all day long. Just a couple spritzes to the wrist and neck and you'll smell amazingly sweet and feminine all day long.

SJP NYC - SJP NYC is a Sarah Jessica Parker perfume. The second I smelled this scent, I knew I had to have it. It's ultra sweet, characterized by mandarin and strawberry and an undertone of musk which is very light. Of all three perfumes, this is easily the sweetest.

What are your ultimate spring scents?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

This Week #2

(top to bottom, left to right)  Blackberry Thyme Mojito to celebrate a new product launch at work// Paris, Las Vegas//Pinkberry with fruity pebbles and fruity cheerios//Bachelorette party at Chippendales//The beautiful bachelorette//Las Vegas airport//Winnie at week #2 of puppy class//My look for the bachelorette party//The girls in Vegas

To be totally honest, this last week was exhausting as I came down from the high of spending a long weekend in Vegas (which you might remember me mentioning here). The exhaustion was totally worth it, though, because what could be more fun than celebrating the last of your  best friend's "singledom" in Las Vegas, NV with a great group of girls? You can see snippets of our stay sprinkled in the collage above - a snapshot of the Las Vegas airport, the amazing Paris hotel with a massive recreation of the Eiffel Tower, an evening on the town to see Chippendales, walking the Strip to see the sights, a quick stop at Pinkberry, and the gorgeous bachelorette beaming from ear to ear. 

From Monday on, however, I was a tired thang as I tried to catch up on missed sleep and relaxation. But the show must go on, and the week had some other fun things in store for me - a new product launch at work celebrated with a happy hour cocktail, Winnie's second puppy class where she learned the "Come" command and has started to pick it up quickly, a final dress fitting for my bachelorette bestie, and a relaxing dinner with my parents, husband and Winnie to cap off the week (not pictured). 

I hope you had a great week, too! Cheers to a bit of weekend R&R and we'll see you back here on Monday!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Empties #5

There is something so satisfying about finishing products, and I especially feel sated when I've filled my bag and I've got enough stuff worthy of a blog post. That time is here... let's dig through my trash.

  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation - You already know, this is my holy grail foundation. This is the third or fourth bottle I've gone through and believe me, I've got back ups on hand. See my full review here. Would I repurchase? Yes, already have.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Another holy grail product. I've been using this powder for years and there's just nothing like it for the same price. Would I repurchase? Yes, already have.
  • Julep Boho Glam Lengthening Mascara - I received this way back in a Julep mystery box, but I absolutely hated this. It was feathery and hard to apply and there was no way it lengthened my lashes. I used this for my bottom lashes for a bit, but had to throw it out without using it up. Would I repurchase? No.
  • OPI Start to Finish Base Coat, Top Coat & Strengthener - I didn't care for this multi-coat polish. It dried slow and didn't strengthen my nails at all. Would I repurchase? No.
  • Ralph Lauren Big Pony #4 Perfume - This perfume smells amazing. It's fruity and floral with top notes of cherry and amber. I really like this, but I don't need another perfume in my collection at this moment. Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Perfume - This smelled alright, but it wasn't something I couldn't live without. Would I repurchase? No.
  • Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion - This sample came with my Naked 3 palette. The packaging claims this packet had a week's worth of product, but I got much more than that. Eden is a creamy nude base that holds eyeshadow on all day. I didn't love this primer, but I didn't hate it. My makeup stayed on using this, but I didn't care for the consistency. Would I repurchase? No.
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit - I really liked these wipes. They're formulated for acne-prone skin and I really do think they helped keep my skin clear. I use these wipes as a makeup remover, and follow up with a facial cleanser. I would never use this type of makeup wipe as my sole cleanser. Would I repurchase? Yes, already have. 
  • Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes - I love these towelettes, and I've repurchased them a few times now. They're soothing and smell nice and do a good job of cleansing my face of all makeup. Would I repurchase? Yes, already have. 
  • Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray - This is the first heat tamer spray I can ever remember purchasing. It does an okay job, but it's not my favorite. I was happy to get through this. Would I repurchase? No. 
  • Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner - I LOVED this! It made my hair so soft, and it smelled sort of powdery and clean. I love that it's a natural conditioner and it performed really well! Would I repurchase? Yes, already have.
  • HerStyler Argan Oil Hair Mask - I won't go on about this, as I've done a full review here, but this was a really nice mask. I enjoyed it, but am sad how fast it went. Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Pecksniff's England Luxury Salt Scrub in Ginger Flower & Patchouli - Ouch, my first salt scrub. I'd never realized I had so many cuts in my fingers until using this scrub. It was painful and made my skin burn. The scent became overbearing, and I couldn't wait to use it up. The only good thing was that this scrub had oil in it so it left my skin silky smooth. Would I repurchase? No. 
  • Lush Buche De Noel Facial Cleanser - You can read more about this cleanser here, but I will say that I really enjoyed using this. It smelled so delicious I could have taken a bite, but I refrained. Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Almay Lash Care Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads - I got these for a couponing deal at Walgreens and paid under $2 for them. I didn't have high hopes, but they were okay. I had to use one pad per eye but they still left residue around my eyes so I had to use another makeup wipe to remove all of my makeup. I didn't notice anything fantastic happening to my lashes as this product would seem to suggest. Would I repurchase? No. 
  • Clarisonic Acne Brush Heads - I really like these acne brush heads. They scrub deep without irritating my skin and my face feels refreshed and smooth after using these.Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Reach Soft Woven Mint Floss - This is my absolute favorite kind of floss. The braided texture gets all the ickyness out of my teeth in a way that regular floss just can't compete with. Would I repurchase? Yes, already have.
  • Better Homes & Gardens Wax Cubes in Warm Vanilla Creme - These wax cubes make my house smell so delicious. I loved the scent of vanilla floating through my home, especially in the fall. I was sad to see these go! Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Dove ClearTone deodorant - FINALLY, I've used up the last of this three pack I bought. (I don't know what I was thinking - I just can't make that kind of commitment to one type of product!) I liked this, it was soothing and gentle on my pits, but I certainly didn't notice it "evening out" my skin tone in my armpits, and I'm not quite sure why I'd care if it did! Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • B&BW PocketBacs in Pink Berry Citrus and Lucky - Both of these smelled nice. I use them prior to applying my makeup to make sure my hands are free of any nasty bacteria. Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Yankee Candle in Green Tea - This smelled really great, and actually the "green tea" scent was quite on point. The scent filled the room, and I enjoyed using it up. Would I repurchase? Yes.
  • Sugar Blossom candle - Sadly, this didn't have the greatest scent throw. It smelled great if you stuck your face in the candle, but it just didn't fill up the room. Would I repurchase? No.
  • B&BW Candle in Party Dress - This had a nice, musky perfume scent and I believe it was part of Bath & Body Works Christmas/New Year's collection. I got it for Christmas and really liked it! Would I repurchase? Yes.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!
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