Monday, September 15, 2014

Current Empties

   It's time to empty out the empties bin again!  I love these posts, because I always feel like I keep buying products and then not using them up, but these posts are proof that I do actually use the products.


*Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Eyebrow Color*
I received this in an Ipsy bag a while back and I haven't used it until recently, but it was really great.  It had a super fine point and blended into my brows beautifully.  However, I won't be repurchasing because I'm fine with my WnW 99 cent brow color.

*Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara*
I bought this on my hunt for a decent natural mascara.  I didn't actually like this mascara until it thickened up after a month or so of use.  I won't be repurchasing this.

*PF Youthful Wear Spotless Concealer*
I love this concealer for my under eyes!  It blends in beautifully and provides a nice brightening effect.  It's not enough for my super exhausted days, but for my daily use it's great.  I will be repurchasing this.

*Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Balm*
I think I received this as a Sephora perk like years ago.  I honestly don't see what the big hype is over an expensive tinted lip balm.  It was pretty, but nothing spectacular.  This will not be a repurchase.

*Pur Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blushed Medium*
I would use this lightly over my BB cream and I really enjoyed the coverage it gave.  However, I have been loving the Josie Maran Argan powder and I will be sticking with that for a while.

*Nivea Lip Butter in Rasberry Rose Kiss*
I have been using this for a while as a nightly lip balm.  It was just too milky on my lips to actually wear out of the house.  I liked how moisturizing it was, but I'll stick with good ol' cocoa butter.


*The Face Shop Post-Acne Nighttime Spot Eraser*
I bought this last year in Jersey at the Face Shop and I really liked it.  My skin randomly breaks out really badly and my skin scars so easily.  This really helped speed up the process of lightening my scars.  Next time I make a trip out to Jersey I will be picking this up.

*Yes to Cucumbers Makeup Remover Wipes*
I LOVE, LOVE these wipes and will be repurchasing them constantly.  Expect to see them in every empties post ever.

*Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser*
I really enjoyed this facial cleanser, but wasn't wowed by it.  It did help keep a lot of break outs at bay, but I found out that Burt's Bees is owned by a parent company that tests on animals, so it's gotta go!

 Body Care and Misc.
*CVS Brand Whitening Rinse*
I have had this forever and it just tasted so badly that it took me almost a year to use it up.  I definitely will not be repurchasing.

*Out Of Africa Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap*
I ran out of shaving cream and decided to give this a try. It worked beautifully!  This soap is so beautifully moisturizing.  It's been a while since I've used bar soap, but I will be picking up another one of these to have on hand.

*Dream Water*
I received this in my last Bulu Box and I don't know if it was a mental thing or if it actually worked, but this did help me fall asleep the night before school first started.  I think I will pick up a few of these to have on hand.

*Trader Joe's Moisturizing Cream Shave*
This shave cream is my holy grail shave cream.  It smells amazing and is so soothing and moisturizing on my legs.  I have already repurchased and will repurchase again.

*Giovanni Cucumber Song Body Wash*
This stuff smells like a fresh summer salad, but I didn't like the way it lathered up.  I won't be repurchasing.

 Hair and Nails
*Le Baby Hair Gel*
I have had this gel for years.  I forgot what sample box I actually received this in.  It's an all natural hair gel and it was way too runny to actually use.  Definitely won't be repurchasing.

*Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color*
I used these samples up over a week trip to the Cape.  It was a nice shampoo and conditioner, but nothing all that special.  

*Seche Vite Top Coat*
This bottle is still half full, but I just can't stand it.  It's just way too thick and goopy and I can't see what the hype is about.  Definitely will not be repurchasing.

What products did you use up this month? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

August Random Favorites

   I love doing random favorites.  Living the good life on a budget isn't only about looking great, but about being great also!  Here are some products that have put a smile on my face during the month of August.

*Ola Chocolate Banana Chip Granola*

I swear, sometimes I get the best food or snacks in places like TJ Maxx or Marshalls.  This bag of granola was $4 and it is absolutely delicious.  I'm not in love with the banana chips in it, but luckily there aren't a lot of pieces of banana in it.  A tablespoon of this sprinkled in my vanilla greek yogurt makes the perfect breakfast.

*Faux Tangle Teezer*

Another great TJ Maxx/Marshalls find.  I've seen the real Tangle Teezers at Sally's for like $15 and since I've heard such mixed reviews on it, I didn't want to spend that.  I find this imitation one at Marshalls and it's amazing!  I use this on damp hair to evenly distribute product and use it on dry hair when I have a knot or some kinks.  If you see one of these at Marshalls- pick it up!

*Flat Tummy Tea*

I started this tea detox fully last week and while I haven't noticed a weight loss effect (could be my lack of exercise and eating everything in sight), I have noticed one great result from it.  WARNING: TMI!  This tea has made me regular for the first time in my life.  This has led to much less bloating and an overall better feeling.  Expect a full review soon!

*Return of Penn State Football*

Get used to reading this every August.  When Penn State football returns I just have an extra pep in my step and much more blue and white in my wardrobe!

*Courtneysvlog on Youtube*

I have found some great cruelty free/natural Youtube channels lately, and Courtney's has quickly become one of my favorites.  I love the information and products she features, and love her personality!   Definitely check her out if you are interested in learning more about natural makeup and skincare brands.

What were your random favorites for the month of August?

Who was your favorite Youtuber of the month? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Beauty Favorites

    August is usually a month that is not my favorite.  It's grossly hot and sticky and it means summer is almost over.  However, this August was different.  This August brought upon beautiful temperature and low humidity (until this week) AND the news that I got a new job.  After years of being a teaching assistant, after years of debating whether education was for me, I got a full time teaching position!  So August wasn't too shabby of a month for me.

   So on to the beauty products that I was reaching for in August, that great month!

*Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes*

I have been seeing Instagram pictures for months on the 3d lashes, and didn't really believe it.  Well in July my blogger biffer Tammy became a Younique Presenter and had a lash party.  I of course had to order some mascara and to support her and well-it was love at first application!  I loved it so much, that I decided to become a presenter myself!  
Click here to check out my site! So exciting!

*Cargo Blush in Mendocino*

I've had this Cargo blush for quite a while, and it seems like I reach for it every summer.  It's a bit on the shimmery side, but the deeper color just looks great on a tan, and almost replicates that little bit of sunburn on the cheeks that looks so youthful.

*Milani Baked Bronzer in Sunset*

Tammy sent me this when it didn't' work for her.  I'm glad she did, as it works beautifully for me!  This isn't a color I would contour with, as it has a bit of shimmer, but it's great to apply for a bit of a glow.  I will be using this as my summer tan begins to fade.

*Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio in Warm Nude Eyes*

I bought this when Rite Aid was having their BOGO free deal on all Physician's Formula makeup.  It comes in a trio and this is my favorite color by far.  It looks beautiful smudged under the lash line and the slight shimmer helps brighten up the whites of my eyes.

*Physicans Formula Super BB All in 1 Beauty Balm Concealer in Light/Medium*

I also bought this during the BOGO event, and at first it wasn't love, but it has grown on me very quickly.  This is not an under eye concealer for those super exhausted days, but for a regular day this stuff works and really brightens.  Wait to buy this on sale, as Physicians Formula is ALWAYS on sale somewhere, some week!

Cargo Blush
Milani Bronzer
PF Eyeliner

What beauty products were you reaching for during the last official month of summer?  

Have you tried any of my August favorites?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Style Sunday: Make It Stop 2.0

     A while back, I posted some trends that I wish would just go away.  I had so much fun doing that, as I have some strong opinions regarding fashion- that I've decided to do it again!
     Fashion is so great, because it gives anyone and everyone the ability to express themselves without even seeing a word.  A trend that I loathe, may come from a place of hating or just disbelief.  A trend that I hate, may be a trend that you love and that's the best part of fashion- we don't have to agree!

This Off The Shoulder Trend

I love off the shoulder shirts, but this is one I just don't get.  I think it's only flattering on super skinny girls with small chests, so maybe that's why I dislike it?  It's just not a trend I can get behind!

The Midi Length Dress/Skirt

Maybe it's because I'm short, but I just wonder what real life woman this trend works on?  The midi length hits at the most unflattering part of the leg and just makes me look stumpy.  PASS!

Fringed Kimono

Here's one I will get a lot of flack for.  I am a fan of the kimono, actually quite like the kimono.  However, I'm not a fringed kimono fan.  I think it takes this from a trend to a costume.  

Short Overalls

Why?  Why are overalls coming back? I just can't get on board with this whole 90's resurgence.  There's a reason why it stayed in the past for so long, please keep it there!!

The Flatform Sandal

I'm posting about these for the SECOND time, because they just won't go away! The ugly sandal trend I can take with some colorful Birkenstocks, but the flatform?  I just can't!  I've seen these all over the fashion blogosphere, but never once have seen them on a person in real life.  

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I apologize if I offended anyone who may love one of these trends, this is just my personal opinion.  I had to write this post today, because I call this my "Joan Rivers post" and as my girl is fighting for her life I'm keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. <3 p="">

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