Products I’ve Used Up | Quarterly Empties

Hi everyone! I hope all of y’all are doing well. Things are a bit different right now, but I want to get back into blogging like normal. These past few weeks I’ve had both of my girls home with me (which I admit, I love), but it’s a little bit hard to find time to work on my blog.

Currently in my county in Texas, we aren’t under any stay at home orders, but my girls and I haven’t been anywhere (other than a car ride) in 16 days now. My husband has still been working (his business is considered “essential”). I’m scared of us getting the virus, so we are voluntarily staying home. We live in the country so we are outside a lot and have a lot to do. It’s actually not that big of a change for me, seeing as I am always home, but the girls do miss seeing their friends and going to school. Hopefully things will go back to normal soon.

Anyway, I have some empties to share. I’ve been accumulating them since the beginning of the year, so here they are!

Let’s start with haircare.

This is my favorite drugstore shampoo and conditioner duo, the Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. The smell of this is amazing, and it makes my hair so clean and the conditioner really helps to soften and detangle. My girls also use this and they have really long hair as well. Already repurchased both!

I’ve got a bunch of skincare empties!

Garnier Micellar Water – I love this to help remove my makeup at night. It takes everything off and doesn’t leave an oily residue. Already repurchased.

Origins Original Skin Resurfacing Mask With Rose Clay – this mask is just a typical exfoliating mud mask. I did like it, but for the price I wouldn’t repurchase. You can find something at the drugstore that does the same thing.

Clinique Gel Moisturizer – I love this moisturizer and use it daily. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t contain SPF. I have to use a sunscreen along with it, but I don’t care cause I love it so. It doesn’t leave me greasy and works really well for my normal/dry skin. Already repurchased.

Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser – I use this cleanser with my Clarisonic every single morning in the shower. Does a good job of cleaning my face and doesn’t strip my skin. Also doesn’t break me out. Already repurchased.

Lastly, some man empties. I leave these in because maybe you know a guy that needs something new!

Clinique For Men Oil Control Moisturizer – my husband JJ really likes this because he has oily skin, and it really helps with controlling oil and it looks nice on the skin because it is mattifying. He puts this on every morning, so we have already repurchased.

Clinique For Men Face Scrub – he uses this in the shower a few times a week and it is a super minty and (pretty harsh to me) exfoliating scrub. He really likes this, so I have repurchased.

Now, the makeup.

Bare Minerals Bare Pro Powder Foundation – y’all know I love this stuff, this compact lasted me over a year, and I use it every single day! It has the light coverage I love and is so easy and quick to apply. Already repurchased.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose – I feel like I have one of these in every empties post. This is basically a tinted lip balm with such a pretty hint of red color. It is so moisturizing and smells SO GOOD. I have a back up of course.

Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss in Fenty Glow – I really like this lip gloss, it is a nude color with a golden shimmer. It lasts and isn’t sticky. I would definitely repurchase this one.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – this is THE BEST concealer EVER. This stuff is so good at covering my dark circles and you only need a tiny bit. It lasts all day and doesn’t crease. I’ve already got a new one.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipshine in InTime – this is a very sheer and hydrating lip color that was a mauve purple color. It barely showed up on my lips but was very hydrating. I probably wouldn’t repurchase though, because it’s pretty expensive for a tinted lip balm.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara– this is my favorite high-end mascara. It holds a curl, lengthens like crazy, and separates the lashes perfectly. I love this stuff. Would repurchase.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – this is also a really good one. It doesn’t lengthen quite as much as Roller Lash, but the brush is so big and so easy to apply, so it is still a really good pick. Would repurchase.

L’Oréal Lash Paradise – my faaaave. I have raved about this mascara because it is perfect. It is does everything Roller Lash does, but at drugstore price. I have several backups.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – I’m not a fan. I don’t like this setting spray because I don’t like the stiff way it makes my face feel. I don’t have problem with makeup staying on anyway, so I won’t repurchase.

Onyx Professional Acetone Nail Polish Remover – this stuff is the jam and I will never be without it! It takes off everything so quick and easily (even glitter) and the big bottle lasts forever. Already have a backup.

Alright, so that is it for the empties! What have you been using up?

Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there! Here are a few of my previous blogs that you can do to help fight the boredom. 🙂

xx amy

February Beauty Faves

Hello! I can’t believe it’s almost March! Today I’m going to share some products I’ve been using and loving all month long.

I’ll start off with some hair products.

I have been wearing my hair straight a lot this month, and I like to work ONE pump of this Living Proof Restore Smoothing Blowout Concentrate in my hair before blowdrying. The consistency is a serum and it smells so good and really smoothes the hair. I blow dry my hair with a round brush and this, and it gives the perfect blowout. I am almost out of this, so I will definitely be repurchasing.

When I want to put waves into my hair, I blow dry it and then I wrap sections of around my curling wand. After I am done making the loose waves, I hold up the hair I’ve curled from the top, spray some of this Sephora Collection Texturing Spray in, and then put it down and kind of scrunch it. It gives some texture and volume to the hair, and makes it look kind of undone and tousled. I love the smell of this and how beachy it makes my hair look.

Next, a skincare fave I have been using for a few months. This is the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

This product is a chemical exfoliant that is supposed to unclog and shrink pores, smooth and even out skintone, and help with acne since it contains salicylic acid. I don’t have trouble with acne or breakouts, but I had noticed my skin looking a bit dull and my pores looking larger. I decided to try this since it is top rated on the website. I apply a little bit of this to my skin every night and leave it on. After a one week purging period, my skin was so much brighter, clearer, and just smooth looking. My husband said it looked like I was wearing foundation when I wasn’t! I honestly can’t believe the difference in my skin. My pores are totally shrunk down, and I feel like my skin looks so youthful and bright.

Lastly, a few makeup faves.

Benefit Roller Lash is one of my favorite mascaras of all time. It is pricey, but it really lengthens my lashes and keeps them curled. I don’t like the price, but I do love this mascara and the packaging!

This gorgeous highlight is going to be so so pretty for the summer, but I’ve already been wearing it! This is the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati, which is a beautiful silvery champagne color. This is a teeny sample, but it has lasted almost a month. I’ve been using it over my blush and in my inner corners of my eyes for highlight. I love it and will need to get the full size soon!

Here’s a swatch!

That’s all the faves for this month!

What have you been loving?

Thanks for reading xx

JANUARY Beauty Faves

Hello! It is the end of January, which means it is time for a new batch of FAVES! Here is what I’ve been loving this month.

My first favorite is this pink nail color from Essie. This is called One Way For One, from the recent Flying Solo collection. This is a beautiful hot pink color with a golden pearl sheen. Sooooo pretty.

Next, a matte rosy blush color from Clinique called Rosy Pop. I love this line of blush colors. They are so pretty, long wearing, and I love the packaging. Here is a swatch.

Lastly for makeup, THE best liquid liner. This is the Stila Stay All Day liner. This liner is a super matte black color, and the pointy felt tip makes it so easy to use. I don’t use this every day, but when I want to do my makeup FANCY, I use this. It really does stay put.

Lots of haircare faves this month!

So, Pureology is some of the best haircare out there. This line is the Strength Cure line, and not only does it smell amazing, but I love how much the shampoo lathers up. It doesn’t have sulfates, but it produces so many bubbles and my hair feels so clean after using it. The conditioner is equally good, it leaves my hair so so soft. If you feel like splurging, try this!

Next is my favorite hairspray, Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off the Press. This hairspray provides a light, touchable hold. I use this in my hair when I curl or wave it, and it keeps the style, but it’s not crunchy. I can still run my fingers through my hair when I use this. It smells good, too.

Lastly, my trusty Wet Brush. We have six of these bad boys between my girls and I. Having two girls with long hair, and myself, we have a lot of tangles, and the Wet Brush really helps. It is better than a comb because it doesn’t pull the hair and it detangles easily. We also use these on our dry hair. They come in tons of colors. Love them.

So, that’s it for my faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy

BEST OF BEAUTY | 2019

Yay!!! 2020 is almost here, and I’m so excited to share my favorite post, BEST OF BEAUTY! I look forward to creating this every year and sharing it with you all. This is the 7th year I’ve done it. Here are the faves!

First off, the MAKEUP.

I’ve only mentioned this powder a million times, but the Bare Minerals Bare Pro Pressed Powder Foundation in the color Aspen is my go-to, wear-every-day foundation. It evens out my skintone and provides the light coverage that I love. I’ve been using this pretty much every day for a year and it’s almost gone. Already have a back-up, of course.

Next is a matte bronzer that I also use every single day. This is my second compact of this, and it is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate. This is a light matte bronzer that I use to warm up my skin and it never comes out orange. Love it.

For blush, here is one that I used up and accidentally threw away. I featured it recently in my post, Products I’ve Hit Pan On. This is the MAC Sheertone Blush in Springsheen. It is the perfect peachy pink colored blush with golden shimmer; it is beautiful.

Here is a swatch. These pics are from a previous blog post. How pretty is this color?! Love it and I’m definitely gonna repurchase.

I have a few eye products that were stand out faves.

The Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara is definitely my favorite of the year. This mascara is BETTER than some of the high end brands I’ve tried! It lengthens, gives a ton of volume, and my lashes stay curled all day. Love it.

The Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Demolition is my favorite eyeliner of the year, and I think the only one I’ve used this year. I like to use a dark brown liner instead of black because I feel like it looks more natural. This one is a deep matte brown. I line my upper lashline/tight line with this, and then also smudge it out underneath my bottom lashline. It gives a pretty and smoky look.

For lips, hands down is my MAC Lustre Lipstick in Syrup. This is my favorite lipstick because it’s a sheer and shiny rosy pink color. It’s kind of like a my lips but better color, and it so comfortable and hydrating.

Also, the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner in Pillowtalk is really good to go along with it. This liner DOES NOT BUDGE and is seriously the perfect nude.

Here’s some swatches, Pillow Talk on the left, Syrup on the right.

This year, I loved the metallic colors when it came to nail polish. This gold color called Daring Damsel is so so pretty and the type of color that goes with anything. The other color is a light rosy gold called A Touch of Sugar that is just beautiful.

Here are some swatches.

Pretty right? I used both of these a lot this year.

Let’s move on to skincare.

I recently did a skincare post, and there I stated that I really wasn’t all that into skincare. I really don’t ever skip my moisturizer, though, and this Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is what I use every day. It is lightweight and has SPF. What more do you need?

Also, a little bit of a splurge, but something I can’t live without, is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I love this stuff and have purchased so many bottles of it. It is a toner that I spray on after moisturizing, and not only does it smell like a spa, but it feels cooling and amazing on the skin. Love it.

Almost done! Last is haircare.

I discovered this Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray after I heard it was a dupe for that pricey Oribe one. I use this in my hair when I want textured and wavy beachy type hair. This sprays in matte and gives some grip to the hair. It smells so good and I love how my hair looks when I use it.

Next is a longtime fave, my It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In Product. This is what I use every single time I blowdry and style my hair. I spray about 3-4 pumps in and work it through. This not only protects from heat, but it detangles, conditions, adds shine, and does 10 things to help your hair. It also smells so good.

That’s it for the faves for 2019!

Here are my past Best of Beauty posts, if you’re curious!

Best of Beauty 2018

Best of Beauty 2017

Best of Beauty 2016

Best of Beauty 2015

Best of Beauty 2014

Best of Beauty 2013

Thanks for sticking with my this year, and I’ll see you next year!

xx amy

September Beauty FAVES

Hello! September is over and it is officially fall! Today I have my beauty faves to share with you, and a lot of them are old faves that I have recently rediscovered. Oldies but goodies.

Here they are!

Let’s start with the makeup.

This magical powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. This is a setting powder that gives a blurred look to the skin. It’s hard to put my finger on WHY I look so much better when I use this. It’s not shimmery or glittery at all, but it gives my skin an extra somethin’ somethin’. You know what I mean. It comes in a bunch of shades but this yellow-y one speaks to me. This is the second one I’ve purchased. It’s pricey, but it will last you a long time.

Next is the Bare Minerals Prime Time OG Primer. Now, I’m a big Bare Minerals Foundation fan, I wear it every day. I also wear this primer underneath it every day! I have heard people talk about powder foundations, saying they can’t wear them because it sinks into lines and pores, makes them look dry, etc…and to that I say, try this! It’s a soft silicone-y feeling primer that dries down fast and matte, fills in pores and gives a lovely smooth canvas. It’s a must have, even if you don’t wear powder foundation.

Ok, next up is an oldddd fave. So old in fact, I made my very first blog post on it. Back in the Amy’s Beauty Diary days. I cringe at this post, but here it is in all its glory. 2013 y’all. Anyway, I still love it. It’s the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Rose. It comes in a bunch of colors now (like 16!) but rose has always been the fave. It smells amazing like lemon cake, and it is so moisturizing and luxurious. I use this pretty much every day and it gives just a hint of color. I have two backups!

Next is also a really old fave that I recently repurchased after I read an article about how Meghan Markle does her makeup. She uses a shadow stick like this NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha. Now, in addition to wearing a brown pencil eyeliner (I do that too!) she uses a jumbo pencil cream shadow all over the lid and smudges it under the lashline. So yeah, I remembered this little guy from BACK IN THE DAY. It is so pretty, why did I stop using it?! It’s such a nice bronze-y metallic color, SO easy to blend and is so quick! Love it.

Here are some swatches of the pencil and the lip balm (and my blue veins).

Next up is a nail color I have loved since just about the beginning of summer. It’s an Essie color (no surprise there); the packaging just calls me! They always have the best colors. This color is A Touch of Sugar. This color is a sheer light pink with some golden shimmer. It looks like a really light rose gold. It is GORGEOUS.

Two more faves!

Sometimes I like to self-tan, and this one was my favorite all summer! This is the Loving Tan 2 HR Express. This is a foam, and I use it with a tanning mitt. I buff it in, wait around for about 2 hrs, and then rinse it off. It gives the best color. Not orange-y at all, and it lasts a solid week for me!

Lastly, a dry shampoo. I have always been a Batiste fan, but I hadn’t tried this scent, the Clean and Light Bare. Some Batiste scents are super overpowering, but I really like how this one is barely scented. Sometimes the scents give me a headache. Batiste is the best dry shampoo because it absorbs oil, and really makes my hair feel clean and volumized.

So, that’s it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

xx amy