August Beauty FAVES

It’s the end of August, and I have a bunch of beauty faves to share with you! These are things that I’ve been using pretty much all summer long; everything is super easy and are great for the hot summer months.

Honestly, I’m not really into eyeshadow anymore. I usually just do a one-wash-of-color type of thing pretty much daily. Cream shadows are awesome for the summer, they’re so easy to apply, last all day, and feel nice and cool. These NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are the OG cream shadow sticks, and for good reason. This color, Iced Mocha, is the perfect shimmer bronze color and looks so pretty on the lids.

My favorite lip gloss formula of all time is the Dior Lip Maximizer, and this color Ultra Pink, is a hot pink with golden shimmer. I’ve been wearing this gloss so much and it is just the best, non-stickiest gloss. It also plumps the lips slightly. Love it!

I’ve talked about these e.l.f. Multi-Sticks before, and I love to use them on my cheeks instead of powder blush. They have a slightest shimmer and give a pretty, dewy look to my cheeks. They last long and are so easy to apply! I have the colors Glistening Peach and Sparkling Rose, and both are gorg!

Is it even summer if you don’t paint your toes hot pink?! I recently picked up this color from LA Girl called Eden, and it is electric pink. It is so so pretty and shiny, and just the epitome of summer for me.

For fragrance, I have been loving the Michael Kors Eau De Parfum. If you love florals, you will love this scent. It has tuberose, peony, and a hint of incense to make it warm and a bit woody. It is my go-to!

Lastly, a texture spray, because I love a textured wave. I hardly ever wear my hair straight because it is so long, so I love to curl my hair, brush it out a bit, and spray this in. It gives a messy, undone type of look, and it does have some hold to it. My hair still looks great the next day when I use this, and it smells really good too.

That’s it for the faves!!! What have you been loving this summer?

Thanks for reading xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Hello! I’m doing this empties post a little bit early because, well, the empties are piling up! I didn’t do an empties last quarter, so I have a lot of mini reviews to share with you today!

Told you it was a lot!

First up, some haircare. I love this Clarifying Tea Tree Shampoo by Herbal Essences, it really cleans my hair and smells so good.

This Sephora Hair Primer was just okay for me. It is supposed to be a heat protectant that you use before blowdrying and I just wish it was a little more moisturizing, kind of like a leave in conditioner. It seemed to just dry my hair out, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase.

I used my Sephora points to get this Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, and I can’t wait to get the full size! The smell of Amika products are so good, and this dry shampoo really makes my hair feel clean.

Of course it wouldn’t be an empties post without some L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This is my favorite mascara, and all I ever wear! It lengthens, holds a curl, is super black, and lasts all day! Love it.

This Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is another longtime fave of mine. It has good coverage but isn’t drying, like most concealers. I would repurchase.

I use Bare Minerals Foundation every day, but this is the pressed version. I have finally decided that even though the pressed version is more easy to use, the loose powder original version is just better. It just provides more coverage and looks less powdery on my skin. I probably wouldn’t repurchase this.

I used up two Burts Bees lip balms, one in original and one coconut pear. I prefer the original because of the minty tingle, but I would repurchase both!

This Arm and Hammer Toothpaste is my secret to white teeth! Even my dentist says how white my teeth are and it’s thanks to this. I love how it’s not overly sweet and minty, but still gives a really clean feeling after you use it.

This Activated Charcoal toothpaste for whitening was just ok, I don’t feel like it really did a lot, and it’s black color makes a big mess every time it’s used. I wouldn’t repurchase.

Loving Tan has become my favorite self tanner. I use this 2 HR Express formula along with a mitt, and it gives the perfect tan! I would repurchase.

This Clinique Moisturizer that I have been using for years just isn’t going to cut it anymore. I have since switched to a moisturizer with SPF and won’t be going back. This is the gel formula and was moisturizing and lightweight, so if you are looking for that, it’s a good one.

This is a little container of the Sol De Janiero Hair Repair Treatment Mask. I LOVED this. It has that same delicious smell as the Bum Bum Cream, and it was really nourishing for my hair. I can’t wait to get the full size!

Now for some random things.

This Banana Boat Sunscreen is all I use on my girls and they have never been sunburned. I use this on their bodies and their faces, and have purchased multiple bottles of this over the years. It’s tear free and feels nice and cool going on. Already repurchased!

This nail polish remover is like none other. As someone who paints their nails weekly, this is the best for removing even glitter nail color! It takes it right off. Already repurchased.

Another thing that is crucial for my manicure routine is one of these buffing blocks. You can get these pretty much anywhere and I always use one to buff my nails before painting so there’s no ridges or anything.

Lastly, Oxyclean Max Force. This is a laundry pre-treater for stains. I have YET to find a stain that this won’t take out. I use this on a daily basis on my girls and husband’s clothes (and mine sometimes!) and it just works. I also like the foam version of this. I spray it on and throw it into the hamper and then let it sit anywhere from a few hours to DAYS, and then throw it in the wash. It has never not worked. They don’t call me the stain master for nothing! Haha

Whew, that’s it for the empties! Have you used any of these products?

Thanks for reading xx

I’m Back With a SEPHORA Haul

Hello! It has been so long since I’ve made a post here on the ‘ol blog. It has been pretty much impossible to have time with my girls out of school this summer! They start school in about a week, so I will hopefully get back to my regular MWF posts. I made a list of a ton of things I want to write about, and I thought a Sephora Haul should be the first one up!

I pretty much placed this order for the birthday gift, but I couldn’t be stopped when I saw some new products.

Here’s what I got!

First off is this 4 Piece Hydrate Set from Pureology. This comes with small sizes of the hydrate shampoo and conditioner, the leave in spray with 21 benefits, and the dry shampoo. I have tried everything here, except the dry shampoo, which is what I got the kit for. I didn’t want to commit to a big size, and I love getting the rest of these small sizes too. I love the other three products.

If you know me, you know I love Bare Minerals, I’ve been using the powder foundation for about 13 years now, and I was THRILLED when I saw this pressed version of their Mineral Veil, which is a translucent setting powder. Anything pressed is better, IMO! I hope it’s as good as the original.

Next up is this little Cheek Pop Blush from Clinique in Pansy Pop. I used to have the shade Rosy Pop, but I used it up. I got this because it is supposedly a “dupe” for the sold-out-everywhere Dior Rosy Glow Blush. Ever since Kylie Jenner mentioned it saying how good it was, it is impossible to find! The color of this blush is beautiful, a bright lilac pink color. The formula of these blushes are awesome too, they are so pigmented and I love that they’re matte.

Oh, I have been wanting to try this Dior Lip Oil for so long, and I was so happy to find it in the color Cherry. I LOVE Dior lip products, and I’ve already tried this and it is perfect. It is such a pretty sheer color, and leaves my lips so soft and moisturized.

Also, I picked up a repurchase, my Paula’s Choice Super Light Daily Defense SPF 30. I use this everyday as a moisturizer underneath my Bare Minerals Foundation and it’s my favorite. Doesn’t leave me greasy, and adds a nice sheer tint to my skin.

Now for the freebies!

This was the free birthday gift– I think there are other sets to choose from, but I love NARS so I knew I wanted this one. It is a mini Laguna Bronzer and Laguna Lip Balm. Laguna Bronzer is too dark for my skintone, so I plan to use this as eyeshadow, which will be so pretty and bronzey. The lip balm is so so cute and the color just gives a slight golden-y sheen to my lips. Love both of these!

This was the mobile offer that I picked with my order, the Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper. I recently had to toss my Too Faced one because it got discolored somehow (and I only had it a few months), so I’ve been on the hunt for a new one. This is a very small size, but has very good reviews so hopefully I’ll like it.

That’s it for the haul! I think I got some good things to try out.

Let me know if you want an in-depth review on anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Hello! It is time for some reviews on products I have recently used up! I tend to use the same products over and over if they work for me, so in a way this is kind of like a mini favorites review. Let me know if you still like these types of posts!

Bring on the empties!

Let’s start with the makeup.

First, my favorite mascara probably of all time. L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise, aka the best mascara ever, I have raved and raved about it. I love everything about it, it gives volume, keeps your curl, and super black and thick. No clumping, no flaking, nada. Already repurchased!

Next, my favorite drugstore concealer, Maybelline Fit Me. This is a skin-like lightweight concealer that looks so natural and actually covers. It’s not as thick as Tarte Shape Tape, but for everyday makeup, it’s my go-to. Already repurchased!

A lipgloss! I used up a lipgloss! Crazy because we have to wear masks everywhere, but I did manage to finally use it up. I just wear it around the house, haha! This is a really pretty pink, the color is Vanilla Cream Pie, and it adds lots of shine and moisture to my lips. I love these NYX glosses because they come in so many different colors and they aren’t sticky! Definite repurchase.

I used up a few hair products – this shampoo is always in these empties posts because I love it! This is the OGX Teatree and Mint Shampoo, and it is one of the best shampoos I’ve ever used. It really cleans the hair and feels minty and refreshing. I love the smell! Already repurchased.

This Sephora Collection Texturizing Spray is really really good. I love to use a wand to curl my hair, and then use this spray to give it kind of an un-done look. I don’t like a curl anymore, just a slight bend gives a really nice look. It’s not sticky or crunchy and it does hold my hair in place. I would repurchase!

I use this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water every night to remove my makeup. It does a great job of it and doesn’t sting my eyes or leave my skin greasy. I always wash my face after using. I recently discovered the new Rose scented one, and that’s the fave now! Already repurchased.

This Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream really helps if you have dry skin. My six year old gets super dry skin in the winter, so I use this every night on her skin and it helps so much. I also love to use this lotion for my feet. It is very thick and creamy, doesn’t have a scent, and it softens the skin. I already repurchased it.

This Philosophy Purity Mask was really just ok for me. It was a standard drying clay mask, it wasn’t anything special and didn’t do anything for my skin. I would rather use the Sephora Collection Mud Mask, which I love.

Lastly, a toothpaste, my favorite toothpaste that I always use. The Arm and Hammer Advance White. This toothpaste really keeps my teeth white and I love how the taste isn’t too sweet. It also foams up a lot, which I really like. It has baking soda, so it really is good for whitening. Already repurchased!

That’s it for the empties! Have you used any of these?

Thanks for reading xx

BEAUTY Haul

Well even though it was just Christmas, I bought a few makeup and beauty things for myself lately and wanted to share! You know how it is when you shop online, it’s so easy to ADD TO CART. Sometimes you just gotta treat yourself, right?

Here’s what I picked up.

First up, some lip products, cause ya girl can never have enough!

The Dior Lip Maximizer is my favorite gloss of all time, so you can imagine that I HAD to pick up this NEW limited edition shimmery hot pink color! The color is called Ultra Pink.

This gloss is a smoothing, slightly plumping formula with a sheer hot pink shimmer. Gorgeous, non-sticky, and LASTS.

Next, another one of my faves that I have repurchased, this Marc Jacobs Lip Liner in Slow Burn. I love this color; it is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, has great lasting power, and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Last for the ol lips, a SCRUBBER. I’m going to use this with a lip scrub and hopefully the results will be magical for my dry chapped winter lips. It’s double sided, too!

I picked up this Ilia Soft Focus Finishing Powder because I have been lusting after it for ages. It is very pricey, but I decided to pull the trigger. It’s a translucent setting powder that is supposed to be amazing for its blurring capabilities. Anything with “soft focus” just calls to me.

ANOTHER nail polish because you know, I needed one. Haha. This one is so cool and different from any of the nail colors I own. It is the Nails Inc polish in Cosmic Blur. This looks so so pretty. It is a sheer pearly white with a holographic shimmer/glitter! I can’t wait to try it.

I have never tried any Dermalogica products before, but I saw this exfoliating powder that you mix up with water, and I was intrigued. I purchased the smaller size of this to try it out, but it has a ton of powder inside and I think you only need a little bit. I love exfoliating, so hopefully this one’s good!

Lastly, a hair product. I haven’t tried any products from IGK before, and I heard good things about this Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray. This is a heat protectant blow dry spray that is supposed to smooth the hair and tame frizz. I love to test out hair products, and I’m excited to try more from this brand.

That’s it for my haul! Let me know if you want an in depth review of anything shown here!

Thanks for reading xx

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