Quarterly Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

Welp I’m a month late with this empties post, but I still want to share some mini reviews on things I’ve used and loved!

Let’s start with some hair care.

This Dove Dry Shampoo is one of my favorites, it really does help with the oil in my hair and adds some volume. The fragrance is a bit strong, but it dissipates quickly. I would repurchase.

I like to use a texturizing spray in my hair when I curl or wave it. This Kristen Ess one is really nice for that, and adds the perfect amount of texture without making it crunchy or dry. It just gives the curls and waves a less “done” look and makes them look more beachy. I already repurchased!

Another texture spray that I tried was the Living Proof Dry Volume Texture Spray. I also liked this one! It is pricier than the Kristen Ess one, and it did exactly the same thing. I prefer the Kristen Ess one because it is cheaper and I like the smell more. I probably won’t purchase this.

I always use the Garnier Micellar Water to remove makeup; I’m sure it’s been in every empties post I’ve done! I use this on a makeup eraser cloth and it takes all of my makeup off super easy and then I go in with cleanser. Already repurchased!

I just raved about the Tree Hut Shave Oil in my recent favorites post HERE, and I just used up the Coconut Lime scented one. I use one pump on each leg when I shave, and it makes my skin so smooth and soft. I really noticed a difference when I started using it. They have a bunch of scents; I saw a watermelon one yesterday, so I am going to try that one next. Already repurchased!

Do you guys use oil blotting sheets? I use them in the summer when my skin gets a bit oily because I don’t like putting powder on when it’s hot. They absorb all of the oil without taking off my makeup. The Boscia ones are good, but really any brand works! Already repurchased.

If you know my blog, you know I’m a die hard Bare Minerals fan! There is nothing better than their Original Powder Foundation, but geez, why is it so messy?! It gets everywhere. Anyway, I used one up, and I actually bought a MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation compact. I like the finish of the BM more, but the Studio Fix does the job and is way less messy. The BM really does give a skin-like finish and is the light coverage that I love. I would repurchase it, even though it makes a mess on my counter.

Oh, Tarte Shape Tape. I can’t live without you. No concealer I have compares to this one, it has the mega coverage I need for my dark circles, and I just love it. One tube lasts me like a whole year. Already repurchased.

The L’Oréal Lash Paradise is also in every empties post; it is my favorite because it lengthens, volumizes, and holds a curl. I recently tried this Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara, and dude, I love it just as much. I repurchased both.

Lastly, a little baby Lawless Forget the Filler Gloss. I LOVED this gloss! It smelled good and the formula was so smooth and non-sticky. I noticed a slight plumping, but nothing crazy and it isn’t spicy. I would repurchase this.

That’s it for the empties!!!

Thanks for reading xx

Reading Wrap Up | July

I finally caved and bought a Kindle! I know, I know, there isn’t a better feeling than turning the pages of a good book, but a kindle is just so convenient! I LOVE it. The screen is not like a phone; there isn’t a glare, and it’s so lightweight so you can take it anywhere. I’ve been reading so much more since I got it.

Anyway, you are here for some book reviews, and I have four to share with you!

Sharp Objects By Gillian Flynn

I have just discovered Gillian Flynn’s books these past few years and I really love them. I found out that this book was made into a series, so I wanted to read it before I watched the series, and omg. I loved the book AND the series. I love reading a book and then watching the screen adaptation.

This book was really good, it was a psychological thriller about a reporter who goes back to her hometown to investigate a murder. She stays with her estranged family, and they’re super creepy. I didn’t see the end coming at all, and I thought about this book for days after I finished it.

The Twin By Natasha Preston

This book was also a psychological thriller and it was honestly, just ok for me. It seemed to be kind of for a younger audience. It was about twins who are school aged and have divorced parents. They previously each lived with one parent, but are forced to live together since their mom died. The twins don’t get along and couldn’t be more different. One of the twins gets obsessed with the other and well, I can’t tell you the ending but it was just kind of lackluster. I guessed how it would end and I usually can’t!

The Good Sister By Sally Hepworth

This book was also about twin sisters, but was more of a family drama. It was really good and had a lot of twists and secrets! It was about two very different sisters, and how they lead two very different lives. Fern is shy and innocent while Rose is more outgoing. Fern wants to do something nice for her sister, so she decides to have a baby for Rose since Rose can’t have children. She plots to find a father for the baby, all while she plans this as a surprise for Rose. The plot was actually crazy, but it was a very entertaining read!

Local Woman Missing By Mary Kubica

This book is a suspense thriller about a woman who goes missing, and then not long after, a woman and daughter who go missing in the same town. These cases go cold, but then 11 years later, the daughter shows up, alive. The town is shocked and they all want answers as to where the women are. This book is very suspenseful, and has some good twists.

That’s it for my reading wrap up! What books have you read this month?

Thanks for reading xx

July Beauty Faves

Hello friends! I’ve got a bunch of summer approved beauty faves to share with you today! I have been loving all of these products and using them nonstop this summer.

I have to talk about this Tree Hut Shave Oil. This is the second bottle of this that I have purchased, and I can’t live without it now! I used to just use body wash to shave my legs, until I discovered this. I use this in the shower, applying one pump to each leg, and my razor just glides. I get such a close and smooth shave. SO SMOOTH. Not to mention, this one in Tahitian Vanilla smells divine, and I would also recommend the Coconut Lime scent. So summery and perfect.

I have tried every self tanner known to man, and these Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops take the cake! I pump some body lotion into my hands, add 6-7 drops of this into the lotion, and rub it into my skin. It is so easy, and leaves such a pretty tan. It doesn’t make me orange, and doesn’t smell THAT strongly of self tanner. I love how easy to use and foolproof this is.

For hair, my girls and I have all been using this RedKen One United Multi Benefit Spray. This is one of those multi use products that you spray in the hair after washing and conditioning, and it had a whole bunch of benefits to your hair. It detangles, protects from heat, adds shine, smooths the hair, etc. It claims to do 25 things! My girls and I really like this one, and it smells good too.

Cream/liquid blush is the move this summer! I have tested out a whole bunch, and I absolutely LOVE this Saie Liquid Blush in Chilly. This comes with a giant doe foot applicator, and I place one dot on each of my cheekbones. I usually just blend it out with my fingers, but it works good just blending with a normal blush brush too. It gives theeee prettiest color and glow (no shimmer) and lasts all day long. This package will last forever too, since you only need a tiny bit.

Here’s a swatch!

Saie Blush in Chilly

Next up is my favorite thing ever, the Dior Lip Oil. This stuff is really hard to find and super popular, and for good reason. The packaging is perfection (duh, Dior) and it glides so smooth on the lips and looks so pretty. It comes in a bunch of shades, but this Cherry shade is my favorite. I also have the pink shade. All of the shades are very sheer, and they feel like a light gloss, not sticky whatsoever. They’re always in my bag!

Lastly for the faves, this NYX HD Concealer. I like minimal makeup for summertime, and this concealer is great for that. I use this under my eyes and around my nose, and it provides really nice, skin-like coverage. It’s the best everyday concealer! I wear the shade Alabaster.

That’s it for my July Faves! What have you been loving this summer?

Thanks for reading xx

NEW Makeup and Skincare Haul | Sephora Spring Sale

Sephora recently had their annual spring sale and I picked up a whole bunch of new products and a few old faves, so I thought I would share them! I mostly picked up new skincare, but I did grab a couple of makeup products too.

Let’s start with the makeup. That’s my favorite!

I picked up two Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows in Satin Corset and Soft Suede. These are two shimmery colors that I thought would be really pretty as a one wash of color over the eyes which is what I have been doing with my eyeshadow. One is a champagne gold color and one is a little darker and bronzy. Here are some swatches:

Satin Corset, Soft Suede

Next, the Tower 28 Lipgloss in XOXO. This lipgloss looked so pretty and perfect for summer! It is a sheer hot pink and I love the cute packaging! It had really good reviews. Here’s a swatch:

XOXO

Lastly for makeup, the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter in 1 Fair. I have the small size of 2 fair, and I needed a lighter color, so I was so excited to see this in stock. This is so popular right now and always sold out. I love the look of my skin with this; it gives the prettiest glow and I don’t even bother with foundation when I use this. Here are swatches of shades 1 and 2 so maybe you can see which shade would work for you. They are very peachy toned and also look the same in this swatch, but shade one is a lot lighter in person.

1 fair, 2 fair

Ok, onto skincare!

I love to self tan, and I have been wanting to try these Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops. I picked these up in the shade medium. You are supposed to mix a few drops of this with your body lotion and apply it to your skin, and it gives a gradual tan. I love the idea of mixing it; it sounds easy and quick. Can’t wait to try these!

I also picked up a favorite product of mine, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This is a powder that you put into your hand and mix with a little bit of water. It creates a paste, and you use it to exfoliate your face. I love this, it lasts a really long time and it really leaves my skin smooth.

I was looking for a new clay mask; I love them for clearing and tightening my pores and this one had great reviews! This is the Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask. You get a lot of product for only $15. I am excited to try this!

I love the Biossance Sunscreen and wear it every day, so I was excited to see this Rapid Radiance Set and thought it would be a good way to try out more from the brand. This comes with an eye cream, a resurfacing serum, a repair cream, and a vitamin c serum. All of these products have good reviews, and I’m really into skincare right now.

I have really dry skin, so I wanted to try a hydrating mask to put on my skin at night. I saw this Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask. First off, love the name! This is supposed to really hydrate and plump the skin. It has vitamin c for brightening the skin, and hyaluronic acid and squalane for hydration.

Last thing is the Hyaluronic Acid Serum from The Inkey List. I have tried a few products from this brand and I love them and how affordable they are. This serum is just really supposed to help with hydration and plumping the skin!

That’s it for the haul! Have you tried any of these products? Did you pick up anything from the sale? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! xx

5 Cream Makeup Products For That Dewy Glow

At 37, my skin is not as youthful as it once was. I find my powders creasing and making my fine lines more noticeable. I have decided to abandon powders because they really just don’t do my dry skin any favors at all! Bye Bare Minerals!

I am wanting that clean skin dewy look for my makeup, and cream products look SO much better and youthful! If you find that your makeup is looking crepey and powdery, maybe try out a cream product instead!

Here are my top 5 favorites.

2 Fair, Pink Dahlia

These two are the real MVP’s right here. This Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter is my most favorite makeup product probably ever. I use this as a primer every day after my moisturizer and it gives the prettiest glow (no glitter/shimmer). I haven’t been wearing foundation, so just this and a little bit of concealer is my jam! It doesn’t give much coverage, but I don’t like much, and it just takes the dullness away! This shade (2 fair) is a bit dark and peachy for me, so I just purchased the lightest shade (1 fair) in the full size. Can’t wait to get it!

For blush, this Anastasia Stick Blush in Pink Dahlia is perfect. The cream is a rosy pink color and blends like a freakin dream! I dot this on the apples of my cheeks and a little across my nose, and use either my fingers or the little brush attached to blend it out. It gives like sunburnt-but-in-a-good-way vibes. Obsessed!

Here are swatches of both!

2 Fair, Pink Dahlia
Oak’s On You, Lit, Iced Mocha

For my skintone, I have to have a little bit of bronzer. I have fair skin (think MAC NW20), and so without bronzer my skin looks dull and uneven. This cream bronzer stick from Wet N Wild is matte, and not orangey! It glides on my skin and gives a healthy glow to my face. It just makes me look alive! I only need a little and I apply it at the tops of my cheekbones, and across my hairline at my forehead. It blends out so smoothly and doesn’t look cakey. Love that it’s drugstore!

For highlight, I love this Lit color by Milk. This is a light champagne gold shimmery color without glitter. I use a bit of this on the high points of my face (above blush on very top of cheeks, a tiny bit on the top of my nose, and in my inner corners). I swear, this makes me look youthful! I love stick products like these because they’re so easy to just dab on.

Lastly is an oldie but goodie product that I’ve been using for YEARS. This is the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha. If you like MAC Satin Taupe, this is the same color but in cream form. It’s a shimmery bronze taupe color that is a one-and-done shade for me. I smudge this on my eyelids and a little underneath my eyes, and blend it out with my fingers. So pretty and effortless.

Here are the swatches.

Oak’s On You, Lit, Iced Mocha

Do you love cream products too? What are your faves?

Thanks for reading xx

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