Thursday, November 19, 2015

Empty Products #22


I know I only did one of these 2 months ago, but my empty bin has runneth over...again. I am digging the YouTube thing, so I made a new video for your eyeballs! Let me know what you think.

Also, I forgot to mention in my video, but you can find links to all of the products I talked about in the Description box below the video. Thanks for stopping by!

What have you used up lately? Anything you think I should try?!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Updated Morning Skincare Routine


I am always on the hunt for my "hero" products. Some of the products I use daily have become that for me, and others I am still on the hunt for. Take a look at my newest video where I walk you through my updated morning skincare routine and the products I am using right now.

What are your favorite morning skincare products?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Empty Products #21


So I promised I wouldn't save the next empties post until I had 4 blog posts worth of products to talk about...I may have stretched the truth just a little...I LIED people! I LIED!

I have a valid excuse, I promise! I won't bore you with said excuse, but just know that it was definitely justifiable and involved moving 6 hours from my old home with a bag full of "trash"...

Anywho, there is a silver lining in all of this - I made a video and uploaded it to the YouTubes! Yup, I did you all a solid and filmed myself rambling on and on...and on about all of the products I used up since the last mahoosive empties post (or 4)! Check it! If you make it all the way to the end, you get a thumbs up from me!

What have you used up lately? Anything I should run out and buy.right.now?!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Get That Summer Glow!


The Summer sun is waning and the smell of Fall is in the air, but that doesn't mean you can't still have that Summer Glow! To get the most out of what's left of the season, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite ways to achieve Goddess status.

1. Hydrate: THE most important part of my Summer "skincare" routine, and for any season really, is hydration! I drink water 90% of the time. I actually enjoy it, but for those of you that don't so much - try it with some fresh lemon slices. A cute cup never hurts either :)

2. Nourish:  I love eating fresh fruits and veggies during the Summer. I crave salads with avocado and BLT's all season long - garden fresh tomatoes please! I seriously think I could eat both daily and never get tired of them, but if you need a little more variety in your life Aloha.com has some really awesome healthy recipes to try out (my favorite, the Berry Tropical Smoothie Bowl - yum!).

3. Protect:  We would be lying to ourselves if we said we didn't enjoy basking in the warm sun during the Summer, but the key is to protect our skin while we do it. My favorite SPF is the Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Oil from Supergoop! It smooths on easily, smells nice (not that typical sunscreen smell) and doesn't leave you with that sticky feeling - yuck!

4. Exfoliate:  Every night, all year round, I use a chemical exfoliator. I find that the manual versions just irritate my skin and make it very unhappy. My favorite are the Facial Radiance Pads from First Aid Beauty. They are super gentle, never upset my skin, but always leave me with the glow of a younger me. What's not to love about that!

5. Glow:  If all else fails, and you need a little extra umpf, fake that Summer Glow with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs*! It comes in a range of colors so you can find one that matches your skin tone, and it is super easy to use. I'm a little intimidated by fake tanning, but this goes on smooth and dries quickly. You don't even have to worry about it coming off on your clothes! At the end of the day, it washes off and you are ready for a brand new day :)

What are your favorite ways to Get the Glow during the Summer? Do you have any favorite healthy recipes? I'd love to know! Thanks for stopping by :)







*I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My 100th Blog Post!


This is my 100th Blog Post! Hurrah! For someone who has a hard time committing, this is something to celebrate. In celebration of this occasion, I wanted to do something different and fun for you. I found this Tag and it sounded perfect: The 100 Questions No One Ever Asks.

100 Blog Posts - 100 Questions...See what I did there?! Ok, I'll shut up. It's probably best I get to it because 100 questions is quite a lot...Here we go!


1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed
2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
Sometimes
3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Tucked In! I hate when they come undone.
4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
Nope
5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
A little too much...
6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
I try to only cut them out only if I'm going to use them...but you can see differently from the expired coupons I found in my bag the other day.
7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Neither!
8. Do you have freckles?
No, sadly.
9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Yes
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Many things...close talkers, repetition, voluntary ignorance,  CLOSED MINDED PEOPLE!!! Just to name a few.
11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Nope. My FitBit Flex does that for me...or round about anyway :)
12. Have you peed in the woods?
Does peeing in a ditch on the side of the road count?
13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
Doubtful...but that would be something I'd block out of my memory if I did ;)
14. Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing?
Yes...much to my family's chagrin.
15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
No, surprisingly.
16. How many people have you slept with this week?
Umm...well, I'm married...so just the one...my DH.
17. What size is your bed?
King
18. What is your song of the week?
I'm loving G-Eazy - Tumblr Girls right now.
19. Is it OK for guys to wear pink?
Sure! Just not neon pink...definitely not neon pink.
20. Do you still watch cartoons?
This question should be, "Do you watch anything OTHER than cartoons?" My kids are always bogarting the TV and ALL they watch are cartoons...and not the good ones. Humpf!
21. What is your least favorite movie?
Titanic
22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Why would I tell you!?
23. What do you drink with dinner?
The same thing I drink all of the time...water.
24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Chic-fil-a Sauce *drools*
25. What is your favorite food?
Asian inspired foods (including sushi and ramen) mostly, but it is hard to choose. I just like food.
26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?
Something's Gotta Give...LOVE!
27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My youngest son.
28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
Girl Scout, for 9 years.
29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
Hmm...I wouldn't rule it out.
30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Last week.
31. Can you change the oil on a car?
Yes...that was something we learned in Girl Scouts...go figure.
32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Who me?! Yes...yes, I have :(
33. Ever ran out of gas?
No, but I am terrified of that happening.
34. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
BLT - hands down!
35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
What I normally eat is yogurt and Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. But my DH makes the BEST waffles and scones...those are great! Also, quiche...I love quiche.
36. What is your usual bedtime?
Between 10 and 11.
37. Are you lazy?
I feel lazy often, but never act on it...
38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Many things, none of which were award winning...a clown, a mouse, a ballerina, a pumpkin...
39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
Rooster
40. How many languages can you speak?
Just the one.
41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yup - Real Simple and Allure
42. Which are better: legos or lincoln logs?
Legos
43. Are you stubborn?
Probably
44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman?
I've never watched either...is that bad?
45. Ever watch soap operas?
No
46. Are you afraid of heights?
No
47. Do you sing in the car?
Heck Yeah!
48. Do you sing in the shower?
No
49. Do you dance in the car?
Sometimes
50. Ever used a gun?
Yes
51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
Last Fall for our family holiday photos.
52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Yes, but I love them.
53. Is Christmas stressful?
For me, yes...but I try not to let it get too crazy.
54. Ever eat a pierogi?
Yup, love 'em.
55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
Does Lemon Merinque count?
56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Marine Biologist and Genetic Engineer
57. Do you believe in ghosts?
Not exactly.
58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Quite often actually.
59. Do you take a vitamin daily?
Yes.
60. Do you wear slippers?
Only in the Winter.
61. Do you wear a bath robe?
No
62. What do you wear to bed?
Warm Months: tank top and undies. Colder Months: tank top, leggings, fuzzy socks, long sleeved comfy shirt...
63. What was your first concert?
A Perfect Circle at Bender Arena
64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart?
Target!
65. Nike or Adidas?
Adidas
66. Cheetos or Fritos?
Fritos - the Honey BBQ twisty ones - so addictive!
67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Sunflower seeds.
68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
Nope
69. Ever take dance lessons?
Do you mean like Ballet or Ballroom? If Ballet, yes. If Ballroom, no.
70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
I don't plan on having a FUTURE spouse, but I can see my CURRENT spouse owning his own restaurant.
71. Can you curl your tongue?
Yup!
72. Ever won a spelling bee?
No, but I was in one in middle school.
73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yeah, I'm sure I have.
74. Own any record albums?
No
75. Own a record player?
No
76. Do you regularly burn incense?
No
77. Ever been in love?
Of course!
78. Who would you like to see in concert?
Incubus
79. What was the last concert you saw?
Yellowcard and it was amazing!!!
80. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot
81. Tea or coffee?
The answer used to be coffee (and I still love coffee, it just doesn't like me so much), now I prefer tea (Harney & Sons Tea to be exact)!
82. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?
Sugar Cookies
83. Can you swim well?
Yup
84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yup
85. Are you patient?
No!
86. DJ or band at a wedding?
Band, but when they take breaks, someone playing songs from iPod or something.
87. Ever won a contest?
No
88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?
No
89. Which are better: black or green olives?
Eww! Neither.
90. Can you knit or crochet?
Crochet
91. Best room for a fireplace?
Living Room and Bedroom
92. Do you want to get married?
Nah, I'm already married. I couldn't handle 2 husbands at once ;)
93. If married, how long have you been married?
12.5 years.
94. Who was your high school crush?
I don't recall having a crush in high school...I "dated" people, but don't recall any crushes.
95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No
96. Do you have kids?
Yup, 2 boys.
97. Do you want kids?
Well...I want the ones I have.
98. What is your favorite color?
Yellow and Coral
99. Do you miss anyone right now?
Yup, my sister and my best friend. I never get to see these 2 people enough!
100. Who are you going to tag to do this post next?
All of you!

If you do or have done this tag be sure to leave your link in the comments so I can check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by and I appreciate all of you (including long time readers and new ones)!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Feature Friday: The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara


I was sent the Covergirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara in a recent #VoxBox from Influenster to test out. I am pretty picky about mascara. I have naturally longer curled eyelashes, and lots of mascara just doesn't do much for me. I usually fall for lengthening formulas. You know the ones...They normally have "False Lash Effect" or "Falsies" somewhere in the name and/or description. Although I've never worn false eyelashes, I love the look!

When I opened up this tube of mascara, I was a bit skeptical of the wand. It is very thin with short plastic-y bristles and a few longer ones at the end on 2 sides. The whole premise behind it was to sort of roll the wand as you run through your lashes - kind of what I imagine the Roller Lash by Benefit is like. I've yet to try that one though. I am just so used to the massive fiber wands that I found it hard to believe it would do much of anything.


I love trying out new products, so I put the Super Sizer to the test. The first time I applied it, I was amazed! My lashes were long and separated! I couldn't believe all of that had come from such a scrawny wand. I have used it everyday since and find myself reaching for it as my ONLY mascara for travel. This was not a waterproof formula, but it stayed all day and didn't flake. It isn't too wet or too dry either - it's just right. 

High end products can be really nice, but I just can't condone high end mascaras when there are drug store ones out there that are this good! Way to go Covergirl. I will definitely be picking this one up myself when this one a goner.

*Thanks to Influenster for sending the mascara to me to review! Just know that I was not asked to write a blog post about this product. It was just THAT. GOOD.

Don't forget, in the comments, tell me what your favorite drug store mascara is! I'd love to know :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What's In My Bag: Michael Kors Large Selma


Back in April, my DH gifted me a Michael Kors Large Selma bag in Electric Blue. Yeah, he's pretty much the best DH ever! Am I right?!

I have had a crush on this bag since last year when it came out in this color in the Spring (see blog post), but it quickly sold out and the only way you could get your hands on it was by braving ebay and spending loads more than it sold for in store. No thanks...To my surprise, it came back out this Spring in, basically, the same color, but with a different name. (No, I wasn't stalking the Nordstrom website...Yes...Yes, I definitely was.)




This has been the only bag I've used since I got it, and it is definitely true love! The size, the color, the style...love, love, love. I can carry everything I need...and more, and with the inside pockets, everything stays organized. It is a big bag. There is no way around that. If you like small bags, this is not the bag for you. But if large bags are your thing, this is a great pick! The textured leather will keep it looking like new for ages, even with small children and a husband who are constantly on a collision course with all of my most loved items. Why can't we have nice things?! I tend to carry this bag with the 2 smaller handles, but I leave the shoulder strap on all of the time for those "Mommy Moments" when you need both hands...or more.

That's the bag, so let's see what's inside, shall we! Note: I have not edited the contents for the sake of this post...I am a Mom, so this should be...interesting...


Surprisingly, not bad! Considering how big the bag is, it could be a LOT worse! These things are really my essentials and tend to always be in any bag I carry. That being said, I don't normally have my keys in my bag, but they were in there when I went to take these photos. However, I do always have my cell phone on me (iPhone 6). Other things you will always find in my bag are my wallet (Vera Bradley Turn Lock Wallet - Blue Bayou), my sunnies (Ray Ban New Wayfarer - Tortoise Shell/Polarized and Case), my business card holder (Vera Bradley Business Card Holder - Island Blooms, which they don't seem to have anymore), a pen (Vera Bradley Ball Point Pen - Blue Lagoon), a notepad (Vera Bradley Pocket Papers - Watercolor and one from Country Inns & Suites with 2 pieces of paper left), tissues (Puffs Plus Lotion Travel Tissues), ear buds (Apple Ear Buds in Case), and my Traveling Pharmacy.

I did find some random things in there too...I mean, a 50 cent piece?! Random coupons wouldn't be such a bad idea...if they weren't all expired. Yeah, I should really toss those. The tweezers (Mini Tweezerman Tweezers - Ladybug Print) and nail files (Trim Salon Boards) are really useful items to keep in your bag. I always found that I needed those and never had them, so in they went ( I should mention, that since they've been in there, I haven't needed them...Go figure!). The snack baggie full of mints is my way of trying to kick my gum habit. My jaw appreciates the effort. The crayons from Mellow Mushroom (I said I'm a Mom) and price tag from my bag are pretty random, I'll admit. And I must mention, the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (the perfect "your lips but better" shade for me) wouldn't be strange if it weren't for the other 5 (yes, 5) lip products I have stashed in my Traveling Pharmacy...Should probably dial that down a bit...


Speaking of Traveling Pharmacy, I dumped that out and found...lots of lip products (see above). This bag was from a Target Sample thing they did last year for free. It is the perfect size for carrying around the bits you'd need on the go.


Outside of the 5 lip products (Carmex Original Lip Balm, Julep Luxe Lip Conditioning Lip Treatment - Sheer Pink, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm - 700 Cantaloupe, Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, and Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain - Sugar), I also have 6 wet wipes from various restaurants, a small Band-Aid (hope no one cuts off a finger), an eyeglass cleaning cloth, a sample pack of Always Radiant Incredibly Thin Liners (you just never know when you or someone else may need one), 4 large bobby pins,  a hair tie, Boscia Limited Edition Green Tea Blotting Linens, Fortune Cookie Soap OCD Hand Sanitizer - Do You Salsa or Mango?, and a travel sized Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intentisve Moisturizing Body Treatment.

And there ya have it. What I found in my bag! What random things do you tend to find when you empty out your bag?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Skincare Empties


The final installation of my 4 Part Empties is here and it is all about skincare!

There are quite a few things to get through here, so I think the easiest way will be to go by order in which I use them. Let's dive in!

Morning

I feel like I have nailed down the majority of my morning skincare routine at this point. This means that you will probably see a few items here that I have talked about before. I will so my best not to go on about those.

Cleanse:  I start each morning by cleansing my face. In the colder months, I prefer a balm cleanser, like Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser or Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. Ultrabland is lovely, but does leave an oily residue on any washcloth or muslin cloth you use to take it off. The Clinique balm is my top pick here because it has no scent, doesn't leave any oily residue, and washes off clean from your skin. The few samples I got through here were the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, and the Eve Lom Cleanser. I've used Cleanse & Polish a few times, and although it is nice, I'm not sure that I'd ever purchase the full size of this. I had been dying to try the Omorovicza one for ages after hearing countless YouTubers talk about it, but when I tried it, I was very underwhelmed. First off, the smell...awful! I just couldn't get past that. To be fair, the sample size it far too small to make a call on the actual product - but the smell was definitely a deal breaker for me. The Eve Lom Cleanser, I didn't like at all. It was gritty and oily. For something so pricey, I had expected a more luxurious feeling formula.

Tone:  After I cleanse my face in the morning, I go in with a toning step. I prefer a refreshing spritz in the morning to wake myself up as opposed to using an exfoliating toner (I do this in the evening.). My favorite is Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It smells lovely and natural, feels cooling and is oh so refreshing! I buy the small 1 oz bottles. They tend to last me a few months, and I spray VERY liberally every day.

Serum:  I do have 2 favorites in this category, but I love trying serums. This is a step that I haven't nailed down quite yet. The 2 favorites are Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster and Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector. The Ole Henriksen serum is refreshing and smells of oranges. It is a gel formula that sinks into the skin very quickly and works great under moisturizer and makeup. I feel like this one keeps my skin looking bright and youthful without being too "technical". The Clinique one is great! When it comes to repairing skin, I think this one does a great job. I don't have too many aging issues with my skin yet, but I did have some hyper-pigmentation after years of acne. I used this sample size and noticed a difference in my skin very quickly. Although I have repurchased the Ole Henriksen one a few times, I feel like I will purchase the full size of the Clinique one as I notice more signs of aging. I did have a few samples to get through here too. The Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum, Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, and Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel. The only one of these 3 that I felt did anything for my skin was the Lancome one. That one smelled lovely and had a pearlesence that gave my skin that lovely blurred effect. I didn't have enough of the product to get a really good idea of how it would change my skin though. The other 2 didn't do much that was noticeable to me, and if I'm going to spend big bucks on a serum, I want to see results...Am I right?!

Moisturize:  My final morning skincare step, aside from some lip balm, is to moisturize. I like my daytime moisturizer to have SPF in, but because I work from home I can get by with one that doesn't have it most days. The one I have liked the best over the last year has been the Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15. It is specifically for sensitive skin and I don't find it to irritate my skin at all. It is just a bog standard moisturizer with SPF in. I also like that I can get it from my local grocery store or drugstore. I did also try the Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex with SPF 15, and Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. The Origins ones are cooling gel formulas that would be nice for the Summer months, but you will need to be sure to put on an SPF with them. I have wanted to try the Embryolisse moisturizer since I've heard so much about it, but I always imagined it to be super thick and way too heavy for my skin type. I was wrong on all accounts! It wasn't too thick or greasy and it had a lovely subtle scent. The only thing this one was lacking was SPF. I'd definitely repurchase this one for the colder months. Although I did love the smell of the Origins moisturizers, I just didn't feel like they gave me enough moisture.

Evening

Again, I think most of my nighttime routine is set, so most of these products should not surprise any of you that read often.

Cleanse:  My favorite nighttime cleanser is the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. I use this in the shower. You only need a tiny amount because, as the name suggests, it froths up a ton! My skin always feels super clean without that nasty tight itchy feeling. I have repurchased this many times over and will continue to do so (even more quickly now that I've found the DH using it)! I did try the Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash to see how it stacked up, but it was too drying for my skin which is generally the case with foaming cleansers. I do really like Kiehl's products, but this one wasn't for me.

Tone/Exfoliate:  I love the idea of acid toners, but I have super sensitive skin after my Accutane treatment over a year and a half ago now. I heard Caroline Hirons talk about the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, and like everything else she talks about, I instantly had to try them! This are perfect. They keep my skin chemically exfoliated, but in the most gentle way. I use one, pre-soaked, pad every night after I get out of the shower - on clean skin. They never irritate my skin. I do notice my skin doesn't have as nice of a texture when I go a few days without using them, so I know they are working. You can see I've repurchased these and am working on my third jar! I don't generally like manual exfoliants because they are too abrasive for my skin. I did try 2 samples though that claimed to be less harsh, but just as effective. The Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator and the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (this is a powder that you mix with water, but I mixed with my regular cleanser). I LOVE Pai Skincare, but it wasn't enough to make me love the exfoliator...sorry Pai :( I still LOVE you though! I also didn't love the Dermalogica one. I think because it had Salicylic Acid in and my skin doesn't get along with that...I guess I still don't like manual exfoliators.

Serum:  My end all be all nighttime serum is the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. I LOVE this stuff! I have repurchased it countless times and never go without. The only other dry facial oil to rival this one is the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, but I just can't bring myself to not have the Pai one in my regular routine. Ideally, I'd use both every night!

Extras:  Every night I put on a thick layer of lip balm as the last step in my skincare routine. My absolute favorite is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Because it is so pricey, I only tend to use this when I have gotten it as a gift. This one I got for Christmas and it lasted me 6 months! I am a huge fan of Fresh products. Finally, I have one mask. I like to use a mask every 2 to 3 weeks, and mainly on targeted areas (read - where I have spots popping up) unless it is a sheet mask. The one I used recently was the Freeman Facial Clay Mask with Avocado & Oatmeal. I got quite a few uses out of this little sachet because I don't use it all over my face. It was a very nice creamy clay mask that didn't overly dry out my skin. With avocado and oatmeal, I felt like it was nourishing as well as deep cleaning. I have heard loads of lovely things about the huge line of Facial Masks from Freeman, and I plan to try out a few more at prices like these!

With this, my 4 Part Empties comes to a close. If you stuck with me through all 4 of them, you get a gold star!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Stayed tuned for my next post which will be an updated What's in my Bag. I may or may not (definitely did) have gotten a new bag!

What are your skincare all stars??? I'd love to know what you repurchase on a regular basis!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bath & Body Product Empties


Massive Empties - Part 3...here we go! Let's talk about Shower, Bath and Body Products, shall we.

Things I use in the shower...Body wash - I've used many, MANY, different types of body wash. I find that my skin is super picky when it comes to this product group. The formula has to be free of any junk that would irritate my skin and needs to be VERY moisturizing. If it isn't moisturizing enough, my skin goes all tight and itchy - which, as you can imagine, is so annoying. So far, the one at the top of the pile is the OGX Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco Body Wash. Surprisingly, it is also the one with the least frills! Actually, I really like this entire range. It ticks all the boxes for me, and it smells great :) I do enjoy the Aveeno Active Naturals Body Wash, though. I've tried the Antioxidant Infused Body Wash in White Peach + Ginger and Calming Body Wash in Lavender, Chamomile + Ylang-Ylang. I am a big fan of Lush products for the bath, but when it comes to their shower stuff, I think they fall short. Although the scent of the Rose Jam Shower Gel is amazing, like roses and honey, it's just not moisturizing enough for me. I'd love this to be more of a creamy formula - maybe mix in a little of the good oils that are in Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (which has the same scent and is lovely, BTW) *hint, hint* Lush. Just be careful with the body conditioner - it tends to make the shower floor a bit slippery! If I am in a pinch and can't get my hands on any of the above body wash, I reach for the Olay Advanced Ribbons Soothing Creme Advanced Moisture Body Wash (gosh these things have long names). It smells nice, is super creamy and moisturizing enough - just a bog standard really.

For shaving, which I do in the shower, my favorite product is the Skintimate Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel Lotionized Vitamin E for Sensitive Skin. I've talked about this before, so I won't bore you with the details. It's a shave gel and it does the job. I also used up a travel size in Raspberry Rain because I traveled earlier this year, but it's not my favorite scent.

Now, for bath products...I know I don't have them shown here, but there have been MANY Lush bath items (bath bombs, bath melts, bubble bars). Because this company doesn't believe in extra packaging (and this pleases me), I don't have any "empties" to show you. Just know that there have been MANY! Once I ran out of those, I picked up the Aveeno Active Naturals Stress Relief Foaming Bath. It smelled of lavender, bubbles up beautifully, and doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped. It is a go to for my kids too. On those days when my muscles are in need of some TLC, I've been using the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in Soften & Nourish with Milk & Honey (geez, what is it with these names). It smells yummy and makes for a relaxing bath. I really like the Velcro resealable packaging too!

Lastly - Body Lotions/Creams. I get TONS of body lotion/cream samples. I have a stock of these types of products that could last me for years! I do have a Holy Grail item in this category, Soap & Glory Butter Yourself. It smells amazing and has the AHAs in that keep my skin smooth and nourished, but recently Soap & Glory decided to distribute through a few other sites and pull from Sephora. When they did that, this product became unavailable! *cue sobs* I have found it on Amazon, but I decided that I should probably use up some of these samples I have taking up space. The two I got through: Tocca Bianca Green Tea-Lemon Hand Cream (AMAZING for hands! and would make a beautiful gift) and Amlactin Ultra Triple Action Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Hydrating Body Cream. The Amlactin is the best AHA cream that I can find at the drugstore, but it is just not as good as the Soap & Glory one...I guess it would do in a pinch.

Weee! That rounds out Part 3 - stay tuned for the final installation, Part 4. This will be my favorite part, Skincare Empties.

Does anyone have any good AHA body cream recommendations? I'd love to check out others. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Haircare Product Empties


I bring you, Part Deux (don't forget to read Part 1) of my seriously huge empties saga...Hair Products!

So, I'm not all that high maintenance with my hair. I reverse shampoo every 2 to 3 days, then let it air dry. My hair isn't particularly oily, but it isn't dry either. It is fine, but I have a lot of it. I'd also classify it as naturally wavy.

What the BLEEP is "reverse shampooing"? It is when you condition your hair BEFORE you shampoo. I'm sure that this will be a controversial topic, but hear me out. I was on Accutane (or the generic form of the drug anyway) about a year and a half ago, and because everything was so dry, I was able to go almost a week at a time without washing my hair. It was glorious! Since then, I have found that I don't need to shampoo as often as everyday, but I certainly can't go almost a week. I read about conditioning your hair and THEN shampooing about 6 months ago, and thought I'd try it. It works for me, and I find that it allows me to go longer between washes.

I've tried tons of shampoo/conditioner combos, and none have ever really wowed me. I generally go for whatever is either on sale or whatever I have a coupon for. Because I condition my hair BEFORE I shampoo, I need my conditioner to be thick and nourishing. I always leave it on for about 5 minutes before shampooing so that it has time to really penetrate. I find that the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle - Moist is alright in the warmer months and is super cheap, but during the dryer months I do like something thicker like the Davines Ol Conditioner with Roucou Oil. The only problem with the Davines Ol range is that the smell is just WAY too much! It has a VERY strong perfume smell to it that I just can't get past. If that doesn't bother you, this would be great for dry or course hair. I did try the L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask because it has Hyaluronic Acid in, but it left a weird filmy feeling in my hair and didn't really seem to give much moisture. I did love the smell of it though! The last conditioner I used up was a sample of the Amika Nourishing Mask (I would repurchase this.). This stuff was amazing! It was thick and left my hair feeling nourished but not weighed down. The scent of these products, Sea Buckthorn Berry, is absolutely lovely! I'd love to have body products in this scent :)

After I rinse out my conditioner, I go in with the shampoo. You can see I have 2 bottles of the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo - the whole family likes this stuff. Caroline Hirons, skincare goddess extraordinaire, goes on about this brand and I have to agree with her. This shampoo is creamy and leaves my hair feeling clean, but never stripped. It does have a subtle coconut scent, but if you don't like that sort of thing, it isn't overpowering. I have loved everything I've tried from this brand! I did try the Davines Ol Shampoo with Roucou Oil, and although it was a nice shampoo, it was a bit heavy for my hair and...that smell...just can't do it.

Because I condition my hair and then shampoo, I do sometimes find my hair to be difficult to get a comb or pick through after my shower. I have found that if I use a leave in conditioner - it isn't a problem. I tried this sample of the Davines Natural Tech Replumping and Compacting Fluid and really liked it. I actually really liked the shampoo from this range too. It was light enough not to weigh my hair down, and unlike the Ol range, this one had a natural herbal scent to it that I didn't mind. If you don't like overly scented products, this may not be the brand for you - everything I have tried does have a strong scent.

On the days that I don't wash my hair, I use dry shampoo to keep things fresh - and I love the volume they can give. I may not be too bothered with my hair, but I do like volume and texture. I haven't found my Holy Grail dry shampoo yet, but I have tried a fair few. So far, the top runner is the Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo. It does leave a white residue, but it goes away once you work it in with fingers or a brush. This one seems to do the best at making day old hair feel fresh, smell good, and it adds a bit of volume and texture too. It is also the most readily available to me. I hated the Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. It was too wet and felt more like hair spray than a dry shampoo. I didn't find it to soak up oil or give any volume. It just made my hair feel more gross than it already did. Sorry Oscar Blandi :( The last 3 I tried were OK, not great. The Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo and Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (can we just agree that the Amika packaging is adorable) both smelled great, and the Klorane Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk did make my hair feel fresh - but just didn't do too much in the way of volume and texture.

That's all for Part 2! Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! Stay tuned for Part 3 which will be Bath & Body Products!

What is your Holy Grail Dry Shampoo? Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on them?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Random & Makeup Empties


Guys/Gals...I ended up with 2 bags (only photographed 1 out of shame) FULL of empties! HOW - and better yet, WHEN - did this happen?!

There I was, just doing my thang one day when my DH shouts from the bathroom, "Why is there a shopping bag FULL of trash under your sink?!" It was that moment that I knew I had to face the music and write a post...or 4.

So...yeah, this is the first of 4 (yes, 4) empties posts coming your way in the next few days. I truly apologize for being MIA for so long, but - as you can plainly see - I have been busy...using up products and such!



This post will cover the few random, makeup, and perfume empties I rounded up.

Let's start with the random bits. There were others, but I tossed them over time and I'm sure they were mostly travel tubes of toothpaste and mini packages of dental floss (I have a family member that is a dental hygienist.). That's pretty boring stuff, and I've already gone on and on about my favorite toothpaste in the past. This Colgate Total is just a standard mint flavored toothpaste. It does the job, but is nothing to write home about. Do people still use that phrase?! Gosh, I'm showing my age here... *sigh*

The other 2 random empties include my beloved Harney & Sons Royal Wedding tea, which is a flavored white loose leaf tea that comes in little pyramid shaped sachets. I've bored the Internet to tears with my endless gushing about this tea, so I will just say that this is what gets me out of bed in the morning and I cannot be without it in my life! Oh, and some deodorant...funny, it's been nearly 6 months since my last empties post and I have only 1 deodorant...This Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant is some good stuff though! I have since repurchased it in the grapefruit scent (this one is in Fresh Vanilla Lemon and I don't find it to smell of vanilla or lemon), but I plan to buy it again. I wouldn't say it is the best if you are a hitting the gym, but for day-to-day it rocks. My armpits have never been happier!


I don't use a lot of makeup on the daily, but I do get through mascara and eyeliner pretty quickly, especially sample size tubes.  I use concealer with some translucent powder to set it as opposed to a full face of foundation - unless I'm going out or doing something fancy...like a trip to Target. I have been using the Rimmel one for a while now, but I received this sample of the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine with an order from Sephora or something and tried it out. I really liked this. It was very finely milled, so it never looked cakey - and because it wasn't highly pigmented, if at all, it didn't add any extra coverage. I'll probably be buying the full size when I finish the powder I am using now.

When it comes to mascara, I am super picky. I have naturally curly lashes that are a bit on the longer side. I prefer a mascara that gives me false lash length and separation. The Clinique High Impact Mascara was great! It has a big fiber brush with a formula that never clumped and gave the perfect amount of length for day-to-day wear. Even my sister liked this one and we never agree on mascara! I didn't get on as well with the Guerlain Maxi Lash. I found it a bit too dry and the fiber brush was smaller. It just didn't grab my lashes like I hoped. I guess if you are after volume, maybe this would be up your street.

 
I've recently had an influx of perfume samples from subscription boxes, so I am trying to get through those. Fresh citrusy scents are what I normally go for, but in the last few years I've really fallen in love with florals, particularly rose (ie. Stella by Stella McCartney). Sticking to that line, Chloe is amazing! I will definitely be purchasing the full size of this. If you like rose scents, this one is perfect, and the packaging is beautiful too. Givenchy Very is a sort of powdery floral which feels a bit too mature for me, but was wearable. On the other end of the floral spectrum is Daisy Eau So Fresh - this one is super sweet, and I normally don't do sweet fragrances, but I did like it. Out of the last 3, I'd only purchase the full size of Folle de Joie. This was a very fresh, lovely and bright scent perfect for everyday. It wasn't particularly citrusy or floral...but I loved it! Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal was a very sweet girly scent and Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black was a super musky somewhat masculine scent (with gorg packaging). Two very different ends of the spectrum, and just a bit too over the top for me.

Alrighty, that rounds up Part One of this ma-hoo-sive empties saga...Next up, Hair Care Empties. Keep your eyes peeled!

Have you tried any of these and have different opinions? What have you used up recently...or, in my case, over the last 6-9 months? I'd love to hear! And, as always, I thank you for stopping by to have a read :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

FitBit Flex

My DH surprised me with the FitBit Flex, that I've been eying up, for Christmas. I was so excited when I opened it, that I plugged it in to charge and set it up as soon as I saw the last light lit up!

I've done some research online to find out how to get the most out of my FitBit Flex, but there were still some gaps that I've since figured out and wanted to share. If you are like me, then I hope this is helpful!

The FitBit comes with 2 bands (Small and Large), the FitBit itself, a usb charging unit, a wireless dongal for your computer, and is used with FitBit Connect on your computer and/or the FitBit app on your mobile device. I use the FitBit app on my iPhone 6 for the most part. All input is done using the app or by logging in on your computer.


First thing that the information doesn't share is that you can set your own goals. You don't have to stick with the default ones. I know this may sound straight forward, and it is really, but it isn't mentioned. For instance, the default daily steps goal is 10,000...I work at home and spend a lot of time sitting at my desk for work, so that is a completely unreachable goal for me - even when I am quite active. I changed my daily step goal to 5,000 and found that it was challenging and also much more realistic for me. You can see, I've also set a lot of the other goals to fit my own personal needs.



Next, I just want to show the dashboard. You get a lot of good information from this. Although, you can double tap your band throughout the day to see how far you've gotten toward your daily goals (each light represents 20% of your goal), it doesn't give any other stats.




Right now it is too cold for me to walk or run outside (this is just a personal preference), so I am doing my activities indoors. I tend to ride a stationary bike for the most part. Sometimes I will do a yoga DVD or follow a YouTube video. But because these sorts of activities log very few if any steps, you have to actually log them manually. I didn't think to do this the first time I rode my stationary bike with my FitBit...duh! My stationary bike tells me things like distance ridden, calories burned, and time spent, which makes it very easy to log. You get a much more accurate representation of your activity level when you manually log these sorts of things. I am going for 30 minutes every other day at the moment.


The sleep tracker is a great feature of the FitBit Flex. You tap the band when you are going to bed to turn it on and then tap again when you wake up to turn it off. I find it very interesting to look at the log each day. At the end of each month, you get a recap from FitBit and it will tell you things like how long it takes, on average, for you to fall to sleep and how restful your sleep is. You don't have to use this feature, but I really find it useful.



Finally, the last 2 features are the Calorie Log and the Water Log. I hate counting calories. I find it tedious and time consuming. However, I do see the relevance. The integrated database seems to be quite comprehensive, but if you don't find what you are looking for it is very easy to add custom items. If your aim is to get control of your caloric intake each day, this feature is very helpful! The fact that it shows how many calories you have left based on the calories you've burned, and that it updates throughout the day, makes me very happy. It's the little things...I find it very helpful to add in what I plan to eat for the day each morning so that I have a good idea as to what my day looks like calorie-wise.

I already drink mainly water each day, and I tend to have no problem hitting the recommended amount, but having a visualization of what I've drank helps me to stay on track and also encourages me to stay away from more unhealthy drink options.

I've only been using my FitBit Flex for a few weeks now, but it is so easy and the technology involved speaks to my tech junkie personality. I can see this being my tracking option of choice for quite some time. I'm excited to see how the activity tracking works when I am able to get back to running outdoors!

Do you have a FitBit Flex or any other wearable tracking device? What do you like/dislike about it? Have you found any interesting ways to get more out of it?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sephora Haul: VIB Status


After generously receiving some Sephora gift cards for Christmas, I wasted no time spending them! Sephora is one of my favorite places to shop, for obvious reasons, but generally I am overwhelmed when I walk in and just stick to the things I know. Although I do tend to repurchase things that I know I like, I do still like to try new things.

With all of the beauty bloggers/vloggers doing Vlogmas in the last month, I have written down quite a few things on my Wish List, and I took full advantage of this trip. I even reached VIB status! I've always been a Beauty Insider, but now I feel like a whole new world has been opened to me...and millions of others...well, I was excited about it! Oh yeah, I guess you want to know about what I got...

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Caroline Hirons, skincare goddess, has spoken about these in her YouTube videos numerous times and also on her blog, so I knew I needed to try them! I am not all that jazzed over manual exfoliators (ie. cleansers with scrubby bits in), but chemical exfoliators are a different story. My skin is quite sensitive though. I know this brand is known for being sensitive skin safe, and this product is exactly that. It doesn't burn, or itch, or make my skin feel dry and tight, and it has no scent. I noticed a difference in my skin after the first use! I use one pad on my face and neck each night after I cleanse. I purchased the smaller pot to test before splashing out on the big one, but I am sure I will be repurchasing the bigger one when these run out.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Another much hyped product in the beauty blogger/vlogger world, and with due course! I'm not sure exactly what it is about it, but it's just so nice. It can be used as a toner after cleansing, as a facial mist anytime, or even as a makeup setting spray. It has quite an herbal/natural scent which I really like, but many people can't get past. Personally, I think that is part of its appeal. I use this mainly as a toner after my morning cleanse. It is super refreshing and because it is a bit of a bi-phase product (had liquid and oils that you have to shake up before using) it feels very moisturizing on the skin. I have repurchased this a few times now, but I really think it has become a regular part of my morning skincare routine.

Soap & Glory Butter Yourself
If you've read my blog for awhile now, you will already know how much I love Soap & Glory as a brand. I think their moisturizers are some of the best on the market right now. This body butter is my favorite though. It has AHAs in and they are great for skin - namely gals like me who struggle with what I call "chicken skin" on the backs of my arms from time to time. I started slathering this stuff on my arms and legs nightly before bed and I've not had a problem since! Plus, the scents of the entire range is AH-MAZING! This is my third tub, and I will continue to repurchase it.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
This is a total Anna, from ViviannaDoesMakeup, inspired purchase. Much like Estee, from Essie Button, everything she talks about - I HAVE to have! These girls are just on point when it comes to hair, beauty, fashion...everything! So back to the product...Anna has been raving about these lip pencils for ages now, and I just had to know what all the hubbub was about. I picked up Dragon Girl, which is a pinky orangey red because I tend to love these colors. Let me preface with this:  I've NEVER worn a red lip before. It's not that I dislike the color. I've just never had the balls to try it. I think what Anna says about preferring matte bold lips is true. I swiped this onto my lips when I got it and fell in love! The color is great, the formula is great, and I now need ALL of them! Thanks Anna :)

What do you think?!



Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in 120 Desirable
My final purchase was another YouTube beauty guru inspired one. Anna from the Style Diet, and also the SacconeJolys (my absolute favorite daily vloggers), has a love of nude-y pink lip color just like I do. So when she mentioned that she was using and loving this lipstick, I knew I had to have it. It is a great opaque ballet pink color. It is a bit of a drying formula, but if you use a good lip balm, it won't be an issue. The smell of these lipsticks is so good too - like cake almost. I think the best part of this lipstick is the packaging...yes, I know packaging shouldn't be a deal maker or breaker, but you and I know it always is. The tube is weighty and navy blue with gold ends, and it's magnetic! There is nothing more satisfying than closing the tube. Try it sometime, seriously! It is a pricey tube of lipstick, but it is super long lasting (on me) and feels much more expensive than it is.

What have you picked up from Sephora lately? I'm always up for trying something new!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! (2015)

Happy 2015 Everyone!

What an amazing year 2014 was...

Although I didn't meet my goal of 3 blog posts a week for the entire week, I did manage to get up 60 posts during the year! This is a huge improvement from the previous 2 years, and I consider it a WIN. I plan to continue growing my blog in the new year, but I think it is probably best not to put a number on it. After all, it's when we put a set number on things, that we can never seem to measure up. Growth is always good though, so let's just shoot for that shall we.

I had an extremely busy year with work, and I hope to expand upon that in 2015 as well. My youngest goes off to school in the Fall, which is bittersweet, but will give me the opportunity to take on more career-wise.

As we all are, I do plan to establish a more healthy lifestyle this year and really make headway in that department. I think the most important element here is that it's not a diet/exercise plan, but a manageable way of life. Are any of you on this same journey? I'd love to know what your plans are.

Thanks to everyone that read my ramblings in 2014, and I hope to be able to give you the content you want in 2015. Please share any ideas/questions/comments! I'm looking forward to spending 2015 with you!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Empty Products #16




You know you need to do an empties post when it takes 3 photos to show what you've finished up. These products are ones that I've used up over the last few months of the year...or since my last empties post.

If you are confused as to why I'd photograph my garbage and put it on the Internet, let me "esplain" - no, let me "sum up". An empties post is when you go through the products you've used up and give mini reviews. I hope these reviews help some of you!

There is a lot of ground to cover, so let's get this party started!

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo Body Builder Mango for Extra Volume & Bounce

In 2014, I made a pact with myself to start using more natural/organic/less chemically based products. I also got to know my body much better than I ever have. This lead me to test out volumizing shampoos and conditioners. I found this one at my local Target and it smells amazing. It doesn't give a lot of lather, so if you qualify your shampoo experience by suds, this may not be for you. I don't really mind as long as the end result is clean hair without the stripping. I didn't find this shampoo to be particularly volumizing, but it did the job and made my hair smell like I had smashed mangos all over it.

Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

I only wash my hair every 2 to 3 days currently, and although my hair isn't extremely oily, I find it needs a bit of TLC on the second and third days. So starts the quest for the best dry shampoo. I've used a handful all with "meh" results. I've read a lot about this one, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. First off, it smells good, which is always a plus when talking about no-wash hair days. It is super cheap, so if it didn't work for me, it wasn't a huge loss. However, I found that it did the job and if you shake like it says to on the bottle, you get minimal white cast. I probably will repurchase this when my Dove one runs out, but I am always getting dry shampoo samples in my Birchboxes, so I'm in no hurry.

Bath & Body Works Frosted Snowberry Triple Moisture Body Cream

This body cream is from the 2012 holiday collection - so it is no longer available in this scent. Which is so sad! I LOVE this smell, and I hope they bring it back again soon! Please Bath & Body Works! But even if you can't get this scent now, it is still a great formula and they do have many other nice scents. I used this mainly at night since it is a thicker cream, and I never woke up with dry itchy skin.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

I have repurchased this cleanser multiple times and will continue to. It is my favorite nighttime cleanser. I use it in the shower because it is a very foamy cleanser, as the name would suggest, and it is just easier to use in the shower. My skin is left feeling squeaky clean, but never tight. I already have another on the go.

Harney & Sons Royal Wedding Tea

Another repurchase. I've already expressed my undying love and affection for Harney & Sons and this tea, so I won't drone on about it. You can find many an ode to it in past posts if you care to read more. It is my everyday tea - I have a cup every single morning without fail, and I already have another bag on the go. I tried to try other teas in the morning and only got about a week in and had to place an "emergency" order!

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter

Not exactly what I would call a body butter consistency. This is more of a lotion, if you ask me. A nice lotion though. It smells amazing, as you'd expect from Pacifica. It is very hydrating, but it does leave a bit of a greasy feel on the skin. It may be better as a night time lotion in that respect. It's not my favorite formulation, but I did enjoy using it, and I don't have any ill will against the brand.

Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash in Blue Fig & Orange Blossom

I tend to go back to this body wash because it is readily available and inexpensive. The scent selection is also great, but it's just not the most moisturizing formula. I find every year my skin leans more and more to the dry side, and I need more hydrating products or I feel itchy after my shower. I combat this with scoops of body butters before bed, but you can never really recover from a shower product that isn't nourishing enough. If you don't have dry skin, I'd highly recommend this range of body wash though!

Skintimate SkinTherapy Lotionized Shave Gel for Sensistive Skin

My favorite shave gel of the moment...or year (2014 that is). It does the job and is moisturizing. It smells good and is cheap. What more can you ask for in a drug store shave gel really...I am on a kick of testing out some shave creams and shave butters, but I will have to get back to you on that front. Stay tuned!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Color Conditioning Treatment

We've use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioning Treatment for ages - off and on. But I color my hair, so I thought I'd try out this one. I think I actually prefer the smell of this version, but I find it isn't as moisturizing as the original, but doesn't weigh my hair down. So it is a bit of a toss up. I've already gone back to the original formula though...

Julep American Beauty Volumnizing Mascara

This is the first mascara I've used that has fibers in it. I found it to be an extremely dry formula, and I tend to like wetter mascaras. I realize that sounds rude... But this one was so dry, I couldn't even get the mascara to stick to my eye lashes. It could have just been mine, but I just found it so hard to work with. The brush has short and medium length plastic spikes, and I think it would have been nice to use if the formula had been a bit different. I just didn't get on with it.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

On the other hand, this mascara has a big fluffy fiber brush. I'd say it's good, not great. Just your standard black mascara really. I did enjoy using this brush, but I'm a bit of a floozy with mascaras...I just haven't really found my end all, be all yet.

Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Moisture Rich Lip Care

Another highly repurchased product here. I love the smell and the formula feels much more expensive than it is. I am sure I will continue to repurchase again and again. I use it mainly at night before bed as part of my night time skincare routine, and always wake up with baby soft lips!

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Black Gel Eyeliner

This dried up on me and I could no longer use it. I'm not sure how quickly these things are supposed to dry up, but I only got a few months use out of it before it was just non-useable. I did like it, but wouldn't repurchase because it is a bit pricey to only last a short time. I need something longer lasting since I don't wear it everyday. So if you guys have any recommendations on that, let me know!

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Very moisturizing is what I would say about this eye cream. I used this mainly at night because it is thicker and I don't think it would sit well under makeup. Again, I'm a bit of a floozy when it comes to eye creams, so I have not repurchased this one yet, but I wouldn't rule it out.

Oral-B Complete Satin Floss

Love this. You know you've reached a new level in life when floss excites you.  This may actually be my favorite floss. It is thin and flat, but not flimsy like the tape versions. I just feel like it really gets between my teeth well. That's all I'm going to say about the floss lest I make myself look anymore like an old lady...No offense, of course!

Kiehl's Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Skin-Softening Body Cleanser

OMG, smells so good! Not sure if it is moisturizing enough for my skin though. I love Kiehl's products - they use really good ingredients, but I'm sure they make a moisturizing body cleanser that I could use instead of this one.

Fortune Cookie Soap Kiss My Vine Bath Salts

I'm not sure if they have these strawberry and champagne scented bath salts anymore. The scent is one of my favorites from FCS, but I like a more moisturizing bath. I'm afraid the bath salt thing is lost on me...I know loads of people love them, but I guess I'm just not getting it. I do love this brand though.

Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

This was nice if you need a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner duo. It smelled nice and clean. Weleda is a good brand, and I've liked liked everything I've tried from them.

Davines NaturalTech Replumping Shampoo and Conditioner

Loved these! I'm seriously considering purchasing the full size of these. The smell is very natural/herbal, which I've really grown to like in products. I have fine, limp hair and this duo really make it feel fuller and didn't make it greasy. Highly recommend for all the fine haired gals/guys out there.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye

Like the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I loved this. I've already purchased the full size and use it every night. I have only been using it for 2 weeks, so I can't report on the long term effects yet, but I do really like it. And it comes in a squeezy tube which makes it much more sanitary...although I don't mind using an eye cream in a pot.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

I chose this as a sample when I ordered something from Kiehl's recently because my husband had been complaining about extremely dry and scaly hands. It is very thick and hydrating and smells nice, but not in a strong sickly way. My husband liked this and it seemed to work well for extremely dry skin.

Sage + Fasten Onward Eau de Parfum

LOVED this! Juicy, fresh. Everything you'd want in a Springy scent. Although, I'd wear this year round because I'm a rebel and throw seasonality with scents to the wind! Wild, I know...Would definitely repurchase!

Fortune Cookie Soap <Insert Cookie Cutter Name Here> Bath Oil

Smelled like cookies, which isn't my first choice in smells, however I didn't mind it terribly. The issue with this was that it just wasn't as moisturizing in the bath as I'd like. I like bath products that make the water really "soft" like Lush products tend to do. Oy, I sound like such a bath snob in this post...I promise I'm not.

Not Soap Radio Joy Inducing Bubbles for Bath or Shower

I used this as a shower gel, which is what I always tend to do with these 2 in 1 type products. When I saw that this was lemon scented, I was super excited! I was not disapointed because it smelled absolutely the best! Like lemons and vanilla. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat.

N.4 Super Combe Prep & Protect

I used this as a leave in treatment after my shower. It had a natural/herbal smell to it which was fine, but it is a bit strong, so if you don't like that sort of thing it may not be for you. It did help me get the comb through my hair, but I don't use a lot of heat on my hair or styling products so I'm not sure about the protect part. If you need a detangler, this did the job.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioner

This had a bit more of a perfumey smell than I generally like. But it was thicker and seemed more nourishing in my hair than other leave in's I've recently tried. I did have to mix a little water with the last little bit to get it to spray out, but it didn't seem to effect the quality. I thought this was good, but with so many leave in treatments out there, I'm not sure if I'd run out to pick this up just yet.

Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Action Toothpaste

My all time favorite toothpaste. I am trying to use up my smaller tubes before they reach their expiration date, because I've been hoarding them it seems. Apparently I don't travel enough! Something I will have to remedy in the New Year. I have purchased the full size of this many times for years and will go back to it as soon as I get through all of my stashed minis.

Colgate Total Clean Mint Toothpaste

See above explanation of tiny toothpastes. This one is too pastey for me. It is what I would call the classic old school toothpaste formula, but it's just not my favorite. Over the years, there have been alternate uses for this type of toothpaste...like using as a spot treatment for zits, although I've never tried this. Aren't there other uses for standard toothpaste?!

Crest Complete Whitening+ Scope Toothpaste

This toothpaste does the job, but again just is not my fav.  I imagine my next empties post will have more of these since I am only about a quarter of the way through my stash...ugh...

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Eye Treatment

Finally, this little sample tube of eye cream lasted me for AGES! I used it as my day time eye cream because it was thin enough to sit well under makeup. I didn't find it to do wonders for my under eye area, but then again I'm not yet at the age where that area is an issue for me. It was a nice eye cream, but I've gone back to the Origins GinZing Eye Cream. At least I stuck with the same brand:)

Wow, that was a lot of empties! I think I need to put myself on a better schedule for these so I don't give you guys a headache. If you stuck with me through that, I applaud you! What have you used up lately, have you loved any of these?