Products I’ve Used Up | Quarterly Empties

Hello! It is the end of the quarter, which means it is time for another round of empties! I didn’t use up as much as I normally do, but I think it’s because I haven’t been using beauty products/ wearing makeup as much.

Here they are!

I used up a ton of haircare. Since it’s summer, I tend to wash my hair more often. It’s very hot here in Texas and I can’t go as long without washing my hair because of the humidity.

Here are all of the shampoos and conditioners. The Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is an old fave, and I think it’s in every empties post! It’s a really great drugstore option. It hydrates, smells good, and leaves my hair silky and soft. Already repurchased!

The Pureology shampoo and conditioner were Christmas gifts and I LOVED them. I love Pureology, but I’m too cheap to buy it for myself. The blue line is for strengthening and smells AMAZING. All of the lines do. I also like the hydrating line in the purple bottle, especially the scent. These really deep clean the hair, and the conditioner is so thick and nice. Love them! I would repurchase even though they’re spendy. $$$

This last one here is my husband’s. He really likes this OGX Tea Tree and Mint shampoo, and I love it too! It smells minty and has a cooling and refreshing feeling. It’s clarifying, so it really deep cleans the hair. I have already repurchased!

Now, a few styling products.

First up is this hairspray, which I’ve been using for YEARS. This is the Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press Thermal Protection Hair Spray. This hair spray holds really nicely, but doesn’t leave my hair crunchy. I also like the light scent of it. Some hairspray scents bother me, but this one is fine and the smell dissipates after awhile. I would repurchase!

Next, the Living Proof Restore Smooth Blow Dry Concentrate. This took me FOREVER to go through this product because you only need one pump. I apply this to wet hair, comb it through, and it’s this luxurious serum that helps with blow-dry time. It really leaves my hair so silky and soft. Would repurchase!

Lastly, the Alterna Replenishing Moisture CC Cream. This is also a product that I use on wet hair, and it is a 10 in one cream that does 10 different things to help your hair, protects from heat, smoothes, etc. I find that when I use this, my curls really last after styling. I would repurchase!

Here’s a few more things I’ve used up; random ones. First, my favorite toothpaste, this Arm and Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening Toothpaste. This toothpaste isn’t very sweet, but it is minty and my dentist always comments on how white my teeth are. Love it and will always repurchase!

It wouldn’t be an empties post without my favorite mascara, the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This mascara lengthens, gives volume, and holds a curl. It’s the best. Already repurchased!

This Nivea lotion is my favorite and I use it every single day. It doesn’t have a strong scent at all (which I love) and it gives my skin a glow. It’s not sticky either. Already repurchased!

Last but not least, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I love this facial spray sooo much. The smell of it is like a spa, and it is so cooling and refreshing. Once I start spraying my face, I can’t stop! I love to use it at night as part of my nightly skincare routine, but also during the day for a pick me up. Already repurchased.

That’s it for the empties!

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Lil Sephora Haul

Hello! Do you guys miss shopping as much as I do? I just love to go into a store, browse around, look at new things, and take my time. I just love going shopping and the whole experience. BUT, given the circumstances, I have been shopping online, and it’s really just not as much fun.

Alas, I needed more hairspray from Sephora, so I picked up a few other things to go with it. Cause that’s what happens.

If you have been reading for awhile, you’ll know that I am a HUGE Bare Minerals fan. I really love the brand and every product I’ve tried from them has been good.

I have been using the Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation in the color Fairly Light for more than a decade now, and I just love it. It is my every day light coverage powder foundation. It’s buildable, it lasts, and the color suits me just right.

To go along with the foundation, I picked up another Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer. I use a tiny bit of this before my foundation and it helps create a nice smooth canvas and helps it last longer. It has a slippery silicone feel and makes my skin feel really soft.

I picked up two mask type products. First, the Philosophy Purity Pore Extractor Mask. This is a clay purifying mask that eliminates blackheads and shrinks down pores. I used this awhile ago and really liked it, so I just repurchased that.

I received a sample of this Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme scrub, and I loved it so much I had to purchase. This is an exfoliator with pineapple enzymes, AHA, and BHA. Not only does this smell delicious, but it really does a good job of exfoliating. I apply a little bit of this all over my face, let it sit for a minute or two, and then scrub. It really removes all of the dead skin and leaves my skin seriously glowy! I love this.

Lastly, the reason for my order, is the Sephora Collection Texturizing Spray. This is my third can of this stuff and it is my new favorite texture spray. I spray this in after curling my hair and it gives THE BEST beachy messy waves with light hold, matte finish, and it’s not crunchy. It smells good and I love the packaging.

That’s it for my lil haul! Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading!

xx

The Perfect Summery Rose Gold Nail

Hello! I love a fresh manicure, and like to switch up my nail color a few times a week. Now that it is almost summer, I have been loving hot pinks and bright colors, and especially this ROSE GOLD.

This is OPI Cozu-Melted In the Sun.

This color is STUNNING in person and I always get compliments. It reminds me of the NARS Orgasm blush, but in NAIL form!

It is this super shimmery metallic rose gold color that just makes me look tan and ready for the beach!

I used two coats and it’s fully opaque. OPI has such a good formula and it lasts almost a week without chipping.

Here it is outside in the sun.

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April Beauty Faves

Hello! I’m gonna be honest, I don’t have a lot to write about right now, or a lot of time to write. My kids are with me 24/7 and I’ve gotta entertain them! But, they are asleep right now, so I figured I would work on my April Beauty Faves!

Here they are!

The faves this month were mostly skincare. I haven’t tried any new makeup and I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, to be honest.

So first off is this huge bottle of Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath. For some reason, it’s hard to find bubble bath, so I always buy this from my local grocery store. I love the smell of it, and one capful makes a TON of bubbles. I like to take baths at night sometimes and this makes my skin really soft. It’s also really affordable and it comes in other scents.

Next is this Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream aka MY FOOT CREAM. I walk around barefoot pretty much all the time, my home has stained concrete flooring, and I just don’t like wearing shoes. So, you can imagine that my feet get dry and rough on the bottom. I apply this to my heels and the bottom of my feet every night and it really helps. It helps with any dry skin. I buy this from Amazon in a 3-pack.

For my face, I have been using this Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream. This is thick and moisturizing, just what my dry skin needs. Even though it is thick, it doesn’t feel greasy, and my skin looks so soft in the morning. I also like that it is fragrance free, and Cerave never breaks me out.

Lastly for skin is this retinol eye cream from The Inkey List. This is an affordable newish brand from Sephora that has a bunch of different skincare products. I love eye cream in a little tube like this (as opposed to a jar). You just need the teeniest amount under your eyes and my eyes look brighter and it also helps with the fine lines because of the retinol. I use this in the morning and also at night and I’ve seen a difference!

A few weeks ago, I did a full blog post on this lip combo, but I am still loving it! I haven’t been wearing full makeup, but a little lipstick and mascara just makes me feel good. This is the Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey and the Marc Jacobs lip liner in Slow Burn. These two together are moisturizing lip perfection. My lips but better paradise.

I also haven’t given up on my nails (I could never!). I’ve been loving the Essie Expressie Quick Dry Nail Color in In The Time Zone. I have a full blog post on it here. It dries super quick, and I love this neutral pink!

Lastly for the hair, I had this sample sized Alterna Caviar CC Cream that I am almost out of. Even though it was a sample, it’s lasted me pretty much all month! It is a leave in conditioning cream that helps with 10 different things, including smoothing and protecting your hair from heat. I love the citrusy smell and it really makes my hair so smooth! I can’t wait to buy the full size.

Alright, well that does it for the April Faves this month. Hope you guys enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading!

xx

How To: At Home Manicure!

Hello! Since nail salons are closed, I thought I would share how to do an at-home manicure! I prefer to do my own nails, so this is what I do every week (sometimes twice a week) when I change my nail color.

What you need:

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle tool
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail color
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle oil or cream

The first thing you want to do is clip and file your nails. You want to make sure they are all the same shape and length, and get rid of any jagged edges.

Next, you will use your cuticle tool (or orange stick) to gently push back your cuticles. I don’t trim my cuticles(ouch), I just push them back.

Then I use my buffing tool to gently buff them. I use the harshest side to smooth them out and get rid of any ridges or tears.

Ok, now it’s time to swipe the nails with remover. I use acetone because it works the best. I take a q-tip and quickly swipe over the nails. This dehydrates the nail and helps the nail polish to adhere better and avoid chipping.

Ready to paint!

I don’t typically use a base coat. I know, probably bad, but I just don’t feel like it makes that big of a difference.

I start with my left hand, and then so my right. I am using Essie Bikini So Teeny, a periwinkle blue with a subtle glitter. A summer classic. I usually do 2-3 coats on each nail, letting each coat dry in between for a few minutes.

After that is dry, I finish off with my top coat, and let dry for a solid hour. I usually do this at night after the girls go to bed, so I don’t have to touch anything (JJ is in charge of getting me snacks during this time, haha).

After they are very dry, I always apply a hand cream or lotion because the acetone dries out the skin around my nails.

And that’s it! It’s pretty easy, and with practice, you’ll be a pro!

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