First Impressions: Glam Glow Blue Sonic Mask

Once again, my curiosity has been peeked after seeing the same product all over Instagram. It seems every beauty gurus out there uses or promotes the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, which is a shiny blue peel of mask. Glam Glow is known for their high end masks, which will cost you a pretty penny.

This is the .5 oz unit which retails at $22. The larger unit is $69 for 1.7 oz. I purchased my mask through Sephora, also for sale on the Glam Glow website. Like always, let’s break this down and find out if it really is worth the hype!

Packaging

Obviously this is a special product because of the packaging, being that it’s a collectors edition. I got the Tails container; there was also a Sonic one and a Knuckles one.

Smell & Texture

I don’t like the smell of this AT ALL, however I think I may be alone on that opinion. This has a very tropical scent, to me I smell coconut alcohol  and sun screen. I know, most people love that scent but I personally do not and I didn’t expect it at all.


The texture is thick and gel like at first. It spreads pretty far on the face as you rub it in, so I suggest going in with a little and add from there.

Application

The package does say to avoid the eyebrows and hairline, so be mindful when using this, don’t rip your hair out!

This dried pretty quickly. Because it said to leave on for 30 minutes, I thought this would stay wet for a while, or at least be tacky. However, within about 5 minutes this was dry to the touch. Running my fingers over this was interesting. The mask did not budge, slide, or even come off onto my fingers. It was completely locked in place on my skin. The mask was very smooth all over except for my forehead, which felt rough to the touch. I wonder if this is because my forehead is my oily area?


This is a firming mask, so expect a tightening feeling when wearing this!

Removing the Mask

This peels off very easily. I used the pad of my finger to roll the edge of this until I was able to get a good piece lifted off of my chin. From there I slowly pulled the mask away from my skin and it very gently peeled off. I was a little nervous to remove this, but it wasn’t painful or difficult, much to my surprise! When I pulled this off of my face, you could literally see indentations from my pores on the strips of mask. That shows you how this really penetrates pores to remove dirt and oil.


My skin felt very tight and smooth when I took this off. I rinsed with warm water, dried my skin and then followed with a moisturizer.

Results

Being that this is a first impression, I’ve only used this product once. Most of the time, with skin care, you need to try the product out for a few solid weeks to see any results. From my first use of this product I can tell you my skin already looks improved! My pores look smaller and clean. My skin looks refreshed and less dull. And the weirdest thing, my skin still feels tight like when the mask was on. It’s been about 20 minutes and my face feels tight and plump!

Worth the Hype?


I am truly impressed with this mask! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced immediate results with a skin care product, at least not the this level. I would 100% recommend this product, this may even become my new skin care holy grail! I cannot wait to do this again next week and see how my skin improved over time. Now I understand the hype on Instagram, this product works; totally worth the hype!

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Ipsy vs. Sephora Play: July 2017

One of my favorite posts to share with you guys and gals are the monthly Ipsy and Sephora Play unboxing! If you are unfamiliar with these, they are a month subscription service that mails 4-5 products to your doorstep! The products range in size from sample, deluxe sample and full sized. In Ipsy, there is a mixture of high end and drugstore brands; Sephora Play is high end only, found in Sephora stores.

The items pictured are sample sized, unless otherwise stated. The prices listed along side the products are for FULL SIZED versions. The retailers vary, as I look up where to find these the cheapest, incase you do not have an Ipsy subscription. If you are in Ipsy subscriber, make sure to check their website as they do offer sales and coupon codes.

Let’s jump right in! These are the bags that I received this month:

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These are both cute bags.. nothing I’m jumping for joy over, but they are cute nonetheless. The zippered bag, with the cartoon egg thing was from Ipsy.  The pink plaid Glamp Out bag is from Sephora. Now for the important stuff.. what’s inside?!

Sephora

  • Ren Clear Skin Care Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream
  • Clinique Chubby Stick in
  • Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque
  • It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

Ipsy

  • Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer
  • Windy Lux Double Matte Whip
  • Ciate Wonderland Eyeliner
  • TonyMoly Im Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus
  • M Princess Pressed Eyeshadow

 

Individual Item Breakdown

Sephora Play Items:

Ren Clear Skin Care Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream


This moisturizer is suppose to help the skin purify from environmental issues like smoke, pollution and weather. I have used a variety of moisturizers, but none that have made this claim. I am interested in how this would work but I feel like these are the type of products you need to use daily for a while to see it is really pays off.  ($22.97, walmart.com)

Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon

I have used a few of these before, in different shades and I do like the feel of them on the lips. These have very little color pay off  in these lighter shades like this. Since I already have a few of these in similar shades, I will be including this in an upcoming giveaway. ($17, sephora.com)

Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque

I’ve been more into hair care lately, so I will be trying this out for sure. My hair is chemically treated (bleach, color removers, and a ton of color deposits) so I could definitely use a refresher! I don’t typically use hair masques but that’s what these subscription boxes are all about- trying new things! ($32, sephora.com, currently out of stock)

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

I have gotten this before in a subscription box and used it in the past. This isn’t my favorite mascara in the world, but I dont hate it. This does add a bit of length and volume, but nothing too dramatic. I do like that the formula being that isn’t too drying and it doesn’t flake. ($24, itcosmetics.com)

Ipsy Items:

Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer

I have heard a lot about this bronzer, it seems to be pretty hyped up on Instagram, soI was very excited to see this! I am not huge on bronzers, being that I have pale skin, but this gives such a nice glow-y feel that is perfect for the summer. I apply this with a large angled fluffy brush to my temples, cheekbones, and down the side of my neck. I love how this wears on the skin! The packaging on this is really cute too, with a faux crocodile skin on the compact. The pan size is good sized and I see this lasting my quiet a while! ($30, tartecosmetics.com)

Windy Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food 

This product is a rose pink matte liquid lipstick. The packing and name is super cute, although it doesn’t seem like a very big sample compared to the same of most liquid lipsticks. The full sized in so adorable, it has little ice-cream cones on it , so cute! I did swatch this on my hand and it was tacky at first and then dried down completely matte. This is so long lasting, the swatch stayed on my hand the entire day until I removed it with soapy water! I am impressed with the staying power of these and would like to try other colors! ($13, winkylux.com)

Ciate Wonderland Gel Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

This is a cool concept, one side is eyeliner and the other side is an angled brush. The brush is insanely soft and flexible. I definitely thought it would be stiff and was really surprised at how well it blended the liner out with the bendable bristles. I haven’t tried this on my eye yet, so I dont know how well it would hold up in the water liner, but I will give it a whirl soon. I swatched this on my hand and the liner is a bit rough, not super creamy, but it does have good color pay off. The pigment is definitely bold and blends down softly, so I like that you could do a different looks with this product! ($18, sephora.com)

TonyMoly Im Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus

I love receiving sheet masks in my subscription boxes because I always find new brands or mask types that I’m unfamiliar with. I am excited to try these out, I saw this brand listed on a makeup website recently and I was intrigued! These are really inexpensive for sheet masks, so if they work out for me, I will definitely be repurchasing. Who doesn’t want affordable skin care?! ($3 each, macys.com)

M Princess Pressed Eyeshadow in Biscuit

I am just not a fan of single eyeshadows. I typically throw them in a random drawer and forget about them. I am a palette queen all the way. I know, I know, just get a Z palette to hold all of my singles, I keep telling myself but haven’t actually done it. This color on this looks nice, but upwards of $15 seem like a lot of money for a single shadow. I did not open this or swatch it because it will be in an comping giveaway (possibly this week so keep you eyes peeled!) ($15.45, http://www.emmprincess.com.au)

Overall

The winner this month is clearly IPSY! I was really excited with the variety of products this month. It was 6 products total, since it came with two different sheet masks!  For $10 I am really ecstatic to receive a lipstick, eyeshadow, two face masks, bronzer and an  eyeliner!!!

Sephora Play on the other hand was a little underwhelming. I will likely use some of these, but I just wasn’t super excited the way I was when I opened my Ipsy bag. As you may have noticed, there are only 4 items listed for my Sephora Box this month, because I did not receive one of the items listed on my information pamphlet, so I know I was suppose to receive it… Also, the fragrance sample I received leaked…. so not great showing this month for the Sephora Box.

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Milk Blur Stick: Worth the Hype?! 

I’ve heard soon much hype about the Milk Blur Stick! Mostly on IG, there are millions of tutorials with beautiful full faced looks, all starting with this product.  I personally like high end face products because my skin breaks out, so this was something that really peeked my interest. Luckily for me, the Milk Blur Stick was in one of my Sephora Play boxes, so I got to try it out without buying a full sized version.

What’s all the hype about?

This product is listed for sale on sephora.com for $36. It is said to reduce the appearance of pores & fine lines all while keeping your makeup looking great all day long! I had to know if this is something that was just hype on IG or if it was the real deal. Let’s dive a little deeper into packaging, application, texture, similar products, and most importantly does it live up to the hype?

Packaging

The packaging on this is pretty straight forward, nothing too cute. This type of packaging is similar to deodorant, where you twist the bottom to reveal the product dispensing at the top. I absolutely love twist up products like this, they are super easy to use and quick to apply.

Application

This does seem to glide right over the skin, but almost the effect that its not transferring the product on. I swiped this along my forehead and cheek area and it almost felt like there was nothing on my skin. I know that sounds like a good thing, lightweight makeup, but its not. I feel like this is just so light and subtle that I wasn’t getting the payoff I wanted. I did reapply over the same area with a few swipes to make sure it was rubbing onto the skin. I know it did transfer on because you can see the product dwindling in the package but it jut felt like nothing was happening.

Texture

This is a solid product that I am just not use to. Typically, primers are a similar consistency to lotion or a gel like serum. This is smooth to the touch and feels like it would dry down to a soft powder finish. I do like the way it feels on my fingers when I swatch this, but I just don’t feel that same texture on my face. I will say my skin feels smooth after gliding this over, but it doesn’t feel insanely improved and there was no visible difference in my pores or fine lines.

I did follow up with foundation and concealer to see if maybe this just didn’t blur by itself and had to have product layered over it. Even still, I didn’t notice any blurring effects and my pores were still gigantic.

Similar Products

Some similar products that I am familiar with are Benefit Porefessional and Urban Decay DeSlick Complexion Primer. These two products are a more gel/cream like consistency rather than a solid, like this Milk Blur Stick. I much prefer these two products over the Blur Stick, because they actually work. The Benefit primer is very soft, velvety texture on the skin and definitely helps with pores. This is available in two sizes at Sephora, listed at $12 or $31. The Urban Decay primer is a dry, matte primer that hold all day to keep the skin from getting oily, and also helps with fine lines and pores (I do not recommend the Deslick if you have dry skin). This primer is $34 at Sephora.

Does it live up to the Hype?

Nope! This really feels like a joke, did I get a bad batch or something? I feel like this didn’t do anything to improve the look of my skin, nor did it make my makeup last longer. I am sooooo happy I receive this in my Sephora box and didn’t drop $36 on a full sized container. Save you money! Or better yet, go pick up some Porefessional or DeSlick, they work way better.

Side note

This is my personal opinion. I am not trying to bash companies or products, I just want to give my honest review on a product in hopes I am helping others save there money and time on products that are just Instagram popular and not actually amazing items. If this products works for you and you completely disagree with me, that’s totally okay! Everyone has different skin with different need and wants.

Let me know in the comments below how you guys and gals feel about the Milk Blur Stick. Am I applying it wrong on layering it incorrectly? I truly want to know why people love this so much because I thought it was a total let down.

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Red Lip Swatches

Red lips have never been out of style. They have lived throughout the decades being sassy and sultry.

I happen to be a huge fan of bright reds as well as deep berry shades so I figured I would share swatches of my most frequently worn red/berry lippies.  These range in price as some as drugstore brands and some are highend (prices listed below).


From darkest to brightest, (top to bottom):

Kylie Cosmetics, Vixen……….$29

ULTA, Mulberry…………………. $8.50

Mac, Diva…………………………….$17

Wet n Wild, Dark Wine………$.99 (less than $1!!!!)

Nars, Cruella………………………..$27

Maybelline, Very Cherry……..$5.50

What are some of your favorite reds? I always love learning of new products and expanding my makeup collection!

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Battle of the High End Mascaras!

Mascara is vital. It gives the eyes that little extra lift that I just cannot live without. I have gone through a good amount of mascaras in the past year, some full sized, but mostly travel sized. (I tend buy a lot of travel sized product at Sephora because I’m picky and don’t want to spend a fortune on something I don’t like. Plus, I am subscribed to a few beauty boxes so I got some of these through Ipsy, Sephora Play, etc.)

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Below we have 9 mascaras from 9 different cosmetic brands. The pricing listed is for full sized tubes, some of these are available in travel sizes but not all of them. So, lets get started!

The 9 mascaras are: (listed in no particular order)

Taste, Lights Camera Lashes -$21

Too Faced, Better than Sex -$23

MakeUp Forever, Smoky Extravagant Mascara – $24

Mally, Volumizing Mascara -$20

Lorac, Cobra Mascara -$24*

Dior, Diorshow Mascara -$28.50

It Cosmetics, Hello Lashes -$24

theBalm, Mad Lad Lash Mascara  -$18

Benefit, Roller Lash  -$24

 

Taste, Lights Camera Lashes -$21

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This is a great mascara! It is lightweight, thin formula that applies very evenly. Because of that, it is build-able without getting chunky. I do feel my lashed look lengthened after applying this. This is the type of mascara that it fantastic if you do false lashes. Since this is so lightweight it does weight down your eyelids, and makes natural lashes blend into falsies beautifully. I did see Tarte released a new magical line, the packaging on the magical Lights Camera Lashes is a gorgeous shimmery color  (pictued is the original purple packaging).

Too Faced, Better than Sex -$23

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Apparently I am alone on this opinion, I don’t like this mascara. This seems to be everyones favorite so I’m not sure why I haven’t had luck with it! I purchased a full sized tube of this mascara a few years ago and the first time I used it, I did really like it. It has a thicker consistency so I felt my lashes gained volume. I used this for about a week and then the product inside started drying up and getting really clumpy. I wasn’t happy being that I sprung extra for this mascara, when at the time I was using mostly drugstore products. I didn’t repurchase this because of that first experience, but I did received this travel sized tube in a gift set last Christmas from a former co-worker (best gift ever!). I was actually excited to try this again, thinking maybe I got a bad batch with my first tube. Upon using this, I had THE SAME EXACT EXPERIENCE! I was even careful to seal this tube tightly every time I used it thinking maybe something I did dried this out. So yeah, I will not be repurchasing and I hate to say that be I looooove me some Too Faced products.

MakeUp Forever, Smoky Extravagant Mascara – $24

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This mascara is actually really great. The texture is different, it is a dry consistency, but in good way!  The wand is fabulous, it’s heavy duty and really works well with the shape of my eye. I like the tapered end to get into the corners of the eyes and the bottom lash line. This reminds me of the Lights, Camera Lashes formula but on the drier side. This also works great to blend false lashes. I would say this is one of  my top 3 mascaras.

Mally, Volumizing Mascara -$20

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This gives volume to the lashes for sure, but in a natural way. I liked this mascara, although I didn’t find myself repurchasing it. This might be the only Mally product Ive ever used. I didn’t hate it but I wasn’t head over heels in love with it. This is fantastic for a natural look, or a no-makeup makeup look!

Lorac, Cobra Mascara -$24*

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I cannot find this online anywhere, it seems to be sold out on every website I check. I am assuming that this is $24 because all of the other Lorac brands are priced the same. I looooooove the shape of this wand! It is curved (like a Cobra) to fit the lash line perfectly. The product is great, my lashes looked fuller instantly! This wore well throughout the day, but did start to get really dry by the end of the night. I found myself washing my makeup off earlier than I normally would after work, but that isn’t a huge downfall for me. I would highly recommend this mascara, if you can find it.

Dior, Diorshow Mascara -$28.50

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This would be the most amazing mascara ever, if it wasn’t scented! Don’t get me wrong, I like scented products, for example I’m obsessed with my Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. But scented mascara kind of freaks me out, especially scented like this. This mascara smells like straight up perfume. It’s floral and weird and I’m just not a fan. This also comes in at the most expensive mascara on this list, which I would stand by if it didn’t stink!

It Cosmetics, Hello Lashes -$24

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This is almost an in between of the Lights, Camera Lashes and the Roller Lash. It is thinner than Roller Lash. This is kind of build-able if applied lightly, but one stroke too many and your lashes start to clump together. I would like to mention, I hate this wand!!! I thought I would love it, and I do like the rounded part for the bottom lash line. My problem is when applying to the upper lashes, I would always stab myself in the eye and this is a hard plastic wand so it’s super painful! I did this so many times that I stopped using this mascara all together, ouch!

theBalm, Mad Lad Lash Mascara  -$18

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This is an example of a hard plastic wand that doesn’t bother me. The shape is perfect for the material of the applicator. This is another curved wand, similar to the Cobra in that is has a defined arch. I liked this product a lot, it really clings to your lashes, and is super black. I felt like even after I washed my makeup off, I would still have mascara residue, so make sure your removing this completely before bed. This comes in as the lease expensive mascara on this list!

Benefit, Roller Lash  -$24

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This is my new fav! I love how this mascara applies and wears throughout the day. This stays in place once its on your lashes and really keeps a curl! The consistency on this product is very gel like. I believe the consistency is what makes this so great because it keeps the lashes lifted upwards and looking beautiful. This mascara is another one of those hard to remove products.  If you don’t completely take this off, you will get clumps the next day when you go to apply your mascara. Just make sure your using a makeup remover with this one to fully clean your lashes off. (Sorry this photo doesn’t match the others. I somehow forgot to take a photo of this with the grey back drop, but this shows the packaging and wand).

 

The order in which I like these products, starting with my favorite:

Benefit, Roller Lash  -$24

Lorac, Cobra Mascara -$24*

MakeUp Forever, Smoky Extravagant Mascara – $24

theBalm, Mad Lad Lash Mascara  -$18

Dior, Diorshow Mascara -$28.50

Taste, Lights Camera Lashes -$21

Mally, Volumizing Mascara -$20

It Cosmetics, Hello Lashes -$24

Too Faced, Better than Sex -$23

I hope this was helpful if you are looking for a high end mascara! All of these brands sell a variety of mascaras, these just happen to be the ones I’ve tried most recently. These  products that worked for me, my eye shape and my lifestyle. Your opinion may differ, and that’s okay! What are your experiences with these products? Let me know in the comments!

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High End Splurges- Worth the Price

I like to have a mixture of high end and drugstore products in my beauty arsenal. There are a lot of drug store products the are just as good, if not better than high end products. However, every so often I come across a high end product that can’t be beat. The items listed below are on the pricey side, ranging from $25-50, but totally worth it!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, $49

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This baby is amazing! It comes with a variety of fun colors in the pink/peach-y family, but also your basics (black, white and transitionary shades). This is 100% the type of palette I look for, being that you can create full look with this palette alone. There are 18 shades included that apply and blend out flawlessly. The color is very rich and pigmented. Not to mention, this smells like peaches because its infused with oil, YUM!

 

Kat Von D Beauty Lock It Foundation Brush, $34

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Nothing compares to this brush! I’ve used Beauty Blender and other sponges and I do like the finish you get from them, but this brush just applies everything soooooo quickly. I feel as though this is easier to clean than sponges. too, which is a major plus. The long spiked handle fits so well in my hand. The bristles are dense but soft, it’s not scratchy at all. I purchased this brush in December and have used it every day since, I can’t go back to anything else!

 

Benefit Roller Lash, $24
This product is fairly new to me, I recently picked this up in a travel size at Sephora and will definitely be repurchasing! I love the lift this give to my lashes. I typically use a lash curler and then top with the Roller Lash. I can actually see the curl of my lashed holing throughout the day, more so than other mascaras I’ve tried recently. I will mention the texture of this is different, as its a gel like consistency. I think that’s what holds the curl so well, but the one downfall, it’s a little tough to get off your lashes.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, $28

img_5522.pngOh my goodness, I have never been so in love with a blush. I got this blush in ‘Celebrated’ as a Christmas gift and never looked back. The color is the perfect shade for my pale skin. It blends well and wears throughout the day. I have been using this religiously and haven’t even put a dent into the pan, so I would say this is worth the price. Even though this is expensive, its last forever. I cant say enough about this product!

 

Benefit Professional, $31

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This product work! I was iffy on this for a while because it is pricey, and I don’t always use primers (a lot of the time I do face moisturizer instead). I did a little experiment where I wore no primer one day, and then the Porfessional the next, look at the difference! I cannot believe how well this fills in the pores to make the skin look smoother. I have pretty bad acne pitting and scarring so this is definitely worth the extra money.

 

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream, $26.50

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This works wonders under makeup or alone. This de-puffs the under eye makeup and smooths everything out. I really love this cool refreshing feeling on my eyes before applying my makeup. I have been trying to be more cautious of my under eye area, as the skin is delicate and needs extra moisture.  A little goes a long way with this product, so it should last you a while.

I hope this was helpful if you are interested in one of these products, or just looking to expand our makeup collection. These products are definitely worth the price!! Please note that these are my personal opinions, and yours may differ. Due to different skin types and personal preference, our opinions might not be the same, but that’s okay! Let me know in the comments if you guys and gals have tried these products before and what you think of them!

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Product Empties!!!!!

So I happen to be addicted to Beauty Youtube channels and my favorite videos to watch are “Product Empties”. I feel as though this is the best review of a product! Since the user has emptied the bottle, they are likely giving you a true experience of using this product over time. First impression videos are popular as well but they are exactly that, first impression.. you haven’t had time to build a relationship with the product yet and may have a different opinion after using it more.

With that being said,  I have bunch of product empties to share with everyone! My apologies for the not so forgiving photos; since these are all used products, they are a bit messy  at this point.

Some of these products are full sized and some are sample sizes. I will do a quick review of each product, the pricing, and if it’s something I would repurchase. So its get started!

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Bed Head Noimg_5406t Your Mothers Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

I love dry shampoos! Since I color my hair so often, I do not wash my it everyday as I do not want to strip my color. Instead, I use dry shampoo on my in-between days to refresh my hair. I do like this product from Bed Head, however I wouldn’t say its my absolute favorite dry shampoo ever. I like how build-able it is. This doesn’t cake up on the root, which is a problem brunettes have a lot when dealing with dry shampoos. You can find this product at a variety of stores, including Ulta and Target form around $5.99. I have not repurchased this product yet, as I recently fell in love with two other brands that will be posted in the next batch of empties.

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Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in NW20

This was the first high end foundation I was ever introduced to. I went to get my makeup done at Mac before a work event and this was what the artist used on me so I bought a bottle. I was hooked immediately. I think the finish was something I wasn’t use to because I always used drug store press powders in my teenage years. Now that Ive since starting using other foundations, I don find this as impressive as I use to. The color does match my skin fairly well, however it is pink-y and almost shimmery. I’ve since started using very matte foundations with a more neutral/yellow undertones to counteract my redness. This product is available at Nordstrom for $34. I have since reproached last summer and still have some of that new tube eft that I will probably use for this summer as I like a more shear look in the warmer months.

img_5414Tarte Frixxxtion Stick

I received this product when I purchased the Tarte Ready Set Glow Kit travel kit which came with four products (I have since reproached 2 /4 products, I love me some Tarte!) This Frixxxtion stick is a 3 in 1 cleanser, mask and exfloiant. I absolutely love this product, mainly because of the packaging. It’s a twist up stick; similar to a chapstick tube, but with a large opening. This is super easy to apply directly to the face. It strips off makeup, dirt and oils immediately, leaving my skin feeling very refreshed. I do always use a moisturizer after, as products like this can be drying. You can find a full size version of this product at Sephora for $22. I have since reproached and use this every time I shower!

img_5408Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boost Setting Spray

This is another of the products I received in the Ready Set Glow Tarte travel kit mentioned above. I love the smell of this soooooo  much. It sounds kind of weird but the smell reminds me of Sprite, like a fizzy lemon-lime drink. The smell alone sells this for me, Im obsessed! Besides my strange obsession with the scent, this product does work and its multi-purpose! You can use this on clean skin before applying your makeup to prep the skin. I feel as though this gives my skin moisture and plumps everything up before I go in with makeup. Another use is a makeup setting spray to keep things in place throughout the day. I typically spray this before I start my makeup and when I’m finished to lock everything in. And lastly, this is great way to make your eyeshadows pop! I will spray my eyeshadow brush and then dip them in my shadows to amp up the color. This works especially well when using shimmery or sparkly shades. You can find this full sized product at Sephora for $25. I have repurchased and use daily.

img_5420Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Every makeup artist swears by Urban Decay sprays as they have great misters on the bottle, and it does keep your makeup put through the day. I do really love this spray, but I just love the Tarte Spray a little bit more. I have repurchased in the past but now I’m just stuck on the Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boost Spray. All Nighter Setting Sray can be found at Sephora for $31, the packaging has since changed, so it no longer looks like this.

img_5411Burts Bees Natural Acne Solutions Toner

I have adult acne and it sucks! I have been trying different products for years and haven’t found anything the has really done the trick for me. This did work for me last summer, it strips leftover makeup residue and makes my skin feel super clean. I have since stopped using it as my skin gets super dry in the winter. My only complaint about this product is the packaging. It leaks. A lot. It’s really annoying! Whenever I would travel with this I had to wrap it in ziplock bags and would end up losing a lot of product. I thought maybe the first bottle I got was cracked, but I bought a second and the same thing happened. You can find this product at stores like CVS, Target and Ulta for around $8.99.

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Almay Liquid Eyeliner

This was my first love of makeup. I truly don’t think anything compares with how matte black this eyeliner is. I started using this Liquid Eyeliner in high school and still use it to this day! I have been trying my luck at a few different brands, Eyeko, Stilla and Kat Von D to name a few, but I keep coming back to this Almay product! I have since reproached, a million times. You can find this product at CVS, Target, Walmart, etc for $7.99.

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Maybeline Fit Me Bronzer 

This is a very sheer bronzer. I prefer lighter shades like this as I don’t contour often and my skin is pretty fair. The blend-ability is great because its so lightweight. This pan lasted me a really long time (and then broke a bit). I have since repurchased this product which can be found at Target, CVS and Ulta for $5.99

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer $12.99 

You’ve likely used this product or at least heard about it in the past as it’s extremely popular.This is the smaller version that I first purchased, just to try out. I did end up loving it and repurchasing a full sized version right away. I haven’t quite finished the second tube yet. I do really love the weightlessness of this formula, its blends out great and doesn’t crease. The full size is on the pricey side, even this little guy was pretty expensive for $12! However, I do believe that concealer is worth splurging on!

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Benefit Cosmetics 15 Hour Primer 

This was part of a 3 piece benefit set which also included a foundation and pressed power. I actually really loved this and the powder. The foundation, not so much. This primer is great because the application is just so easy! This guilds onto the skin like butter and feels so silky. I have not repurchased as I’ve been using moisturizer more often than primers lately. I would recommend Benefit primers in general if you are okay with spending a little extra. You can find this full size at Sephora or Ulta for around $32.

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Elf Daily Brush Cleaner

This is so amazing for everyday use. It’s light enough to use in the morning after doing your makeup and have everything be dry by the next morning. My brushes never feel brittle or dry.  I do not recommend this for thicker cream brushes, like stippling or flat head foundation brushes as its not a heavy duty cleaner. I use this more for powder brushes. I have repurchased this time and time again. For $2.99 you cant beat the price, available at stores like Target, CVS, and Ulta.

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Fresh Soy Face Cleanser 

This is a product I recieved with Sephora Beauty Points It came paired with a Rose Infused Face Mask, major score! I really love that it has a light scent. The texture was gel like, very cool and refreshing. This was honestly so perfect for the summer, it didn’t irritate me if I was red or sunburned because it’s so gentle. I have not repurchased this, as it is pricey at $38 from Sephora.

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Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes 

This is another popular product these days. Tarte has great mascaras (everything they do is great). I use this a lot if I’m applying false lashes because it is build-able yet still flexible. This doesn’t turn rock hard, even after a few layers.  I have repurchased this from Sephora for $21.

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Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum

This is the most amazing smelling hair product ever created. EVER. The scent is sweet and fruity, it reminds me of Starburst candies. Besides the fabulous smell, the texture is great. I use this oil after flat ironing my hair to give it a nice shine. This can be found at Ulta for around $20 and a bottle will last forever because you only need the tiniest bit when styling your hair.

That is all of my current empties! I hope you guys and gals enjoyed reading this. I have been working super hard to post more often. Let me know in the comments if this is the type of stuff I should keep up with! Everyone’s opinions are very important to me.

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