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

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

My Lockdown Lip Combo

Hi from day 31 of “social distancing”.

Even though we are home, I still like to get dressed, do my hair, and put on makeup. I don’t do it everyday, but it really does make me feel better and somewhat normal!

I’ve been loving these two lip products combined so much I just wanted to share them!

So first is this lip pencil from Marc Jacobs called Slow Burn. Love the packaging, love the name, and LOVE the color!

It is so creamy and smooth, and the color lasts ALL DAY! It is the perfect “my lips but better” matte rosy mauve color.

I like to line my lips with the pencil, and then fill them in with this Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey. I love lip products that are a twist up crayon shape like this. This one is a shiny rose brown color, and is so moisturizing and shiny! It looks great over the liner.

Here are the swatches:

What lip products have you been loving lately?

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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