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Empties – November 2016

21 Nov

It’s been a long time since I did an Empties post.  I was collecting my empties and intended to do a “season” empty for summer.  However, the amount of all my empty products grew into a huge bucket of containers and it overwhelmed the heck out of me.  So I though it all away and decided to start fresh with November.

In November, I have used up 4 whole things.

FOUR

HAHAHA  I feel like a cosmetic failure of some sort.

Behold:

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Listing items left to right:

Caress Daily Silk Body Wash $4.39 USD available at Walgreens.

Living Proof Perfect Day Dry Shampoo $22.00 USD available at Sephora.

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Ultra Rich Night Revival Creme $18.50 USD available at Amazon.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo $23.00 USD available at Sephora.

All these items are on regular rotation and I buy them frequently.

Thanks for reading!

Looking forward to reading everyone’s empties post.

~Anna

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Unboxing Birchbox – July

18 Jul

July’s Birchbox partnered with Women’s Health Magazine.  What does that mean?  It means you can order a magazine subscription and you also received a little booklet of fun things to do.

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Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum

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Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

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Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette Set

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Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask.  This is already sold out on Birchbox so it must be good. I haven’t tried it yet.

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100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel (Honey Cream Wash)

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Booklet sample page:

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The one thing I dislike about Birchbox, is the sample sizes of the bath and especially hair products.  Last time, the Nexxus shampoo/conditioner was so tiny, I couldn’t even use it properly because there wasn’t enough product to cover my hair.  LAME.

I’m a little happier this time the Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask comes in two containers.

The shower gel sample is tiny though, even though it is two packets.

I’m excited to review the Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum.

How did your Birchbox unboxing go?

~Anna

June Empties!!!! What I Used Up!

1 Jul

How is it July already?   This year is flying by faster then Kim Kardashian changing husbands.  Oh snap!

I went through a lot of products in June.  Check this!

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Hair stuff

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Matrix Total Results Color Care Conditioner.  This is my current fave.  I’ve been using it for a few months.  I love it….but I’m getting bored.  I’ve been getting interested in TIGI again.  I love how that smells too.

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Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner.  This was a Birchbox sample.  Honestly, the samples were so small there wasn’t enough of either product for my hair.  Based on how much I was able to work into my hair, not impressed.   This may be due to how tiny the samples were.  Whatevers…I won’t be buying it.  If companies really want us to fall in love with a product, you need to give us an amount we can actually use.

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Fleur de Temps conditioner.  This was another Birchbox item.  Strangely, this came with shampoo of which there was a lot more than the conditioner.  Why?

This claims to be volumizing and it was. It frizzed me out so my hair was huge.

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Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner.  I got this during a recent hotel stay.   I’m not the biggest fan of Aveda, I don’t complain when my room is filled with it.  I like the way this works on my hair.  It’s a fun change.

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Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle Leave In.  I loved the way this smells.  It did a good job on detangling.

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Big Sexy Hair Spray.  Love it!

Face

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ELF Make up Set and Mist – repurchase

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Glytone Toner – repurchase

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Beauty Junkees make up sponge.  I like it, but I want to try the Real Techniques one.

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara – a fave

Body

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Vaseline Intensive Care – repurchase

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Caress Daily Silk – meh

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Private Bloom Hamptons Perfume sample.  Pretty, but I wouldn’t buy it.

What did you use up in June?

~Anna

May Empties Post! Products I’ve used up!

29 May

I didn’t have enough products for April to do a full post, so I waited an extra month to do this update.  Here are the products I’ve used up and quick thoughts about them.

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Shaving cream – a major staple.  It really does make for a better shave.  W both like Skintimate because it is inexpensive.  We blogged about it here.

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Another staple – eye brow pencil! Maybelline Define  A Brow pencil.  Easy to use and decent staying power.  To boost length of wear, top with Ben Nye Final Seal.  You’re welcome!

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I’ve already repurchased this.  L’oreal Shocking Extensions Mascara. Good stuff.

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I liked this, buy it is pricier from Elizabeth Mott.

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My current favorite cleanser right now, Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash.

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On to…dry shampoo!!!!

Like Suave, will purchase again.

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This was okay, I’m not sure I will repurchase again.

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Some samples I’ve used up.

I kind of liked this lotion, I actually really liked the scent. Sort of smelled like pancakes. HAHA But I guess if you’re not down with smelling like food, this isn’t your thing.

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Joan Voss – a pretty spring scent.   I am undecided about this.

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Not my favorite Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oil.

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I think I forgot to include this in my March Empties which had my huge Korean Stash.

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This smelled great, buy faded in 5 minutes on me.  Sorry Harvey Prince Cherrie Blossom! 😦

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Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion – another staple in my collection.  I received a sample of a few formulas with my Naked 3.

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Have you lovelies used any of these?  What are your thoughts?

xoxo – A

What I’m into – Suave Moroccan Infusion Lotion

21 Jan

I saw tweets about  Suave Moroccan Infusion Lotion and was intrigued.  The blogger who tried it, fell in love.  As a result, I needed it.

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My Review – This smells AMAZING.  I can’t put my finger on the scent, but it smells what I imagine an Arabian Princess from a fairy tale smells like.

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It moisturizes very well and makes you skin very soft.

The consistency is a bit more runny/watery than the Vaseline lotion I recently gushed over.  However, this doesn’t impact it’s skin loving effects.

Repurchase?  HECK YES.

My skin loves this.

~Anna

Beauty Box Subscription – Update to what we get

16 Jan

Once upon a time I wanted to cancel my Julep monthly subscription and get another beauty box.

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This week my wish came true, and now are are both subscribers to Birchbox!  To update, I will now be receiving Ipsy and Birchbox.  These are both $10.00 per month, which means I am still saving money from what I paid for Julep. Julep was $20.00 month.

I may add yet another subscription to my month since I’m used to spending $30.00 and now I’m *only* spending $20.00 HAHA.

~A

How I’m saving my dry skin on a drugstore budget!

15 Jan

Hello Lovelies!

Winter is always super tough on my skin and my legs usually look alligator scales

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But not nearly as cute.

This year, I think I may have a routine that keeps my skin super soft.

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Nivea Touch of Sparkle is as moisturizing as it claims. My skin never feels tight or uncomfortable after the shower.

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Sidenote – it does not make me sparkle like diamonds. HAHA

The Skintimate shave gel is incredible.  We blogged about it before.  Smoother shave and smoother skin?  Yes please.

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After the shower, I’m using the Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant.  This doesn’t smell super coconutty and the scent fades quickly.  If you are hoping for a more tropical scent, this may not be your thing.  If you are looking for smooth skin, then this is it.

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In addition to these gems, I am making sure to drink a lot more water.  I suck at drinking water, I can easily not have any unless I make myself drink it.  Solution?  There is an app for that, at least for Droid.  You can set your daily water goals.  If you are OCD and like lists like me, this will be good for you.

~Anna

Peek into my make-up wish list!

17 Dec

Clearly, I don’t have enough to do in my life other than want stuff.  This is a partial list, I have more stuff on Pinterest.  Obviously, I am disorganized too!

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~Anna

LUSH Products for Men.

24 Oct

My name is Kassi and I am a Lush-aholic.  (aka a LUSHie).

What many of you don’t know is that LUSH has a whole bunch of products that guys would love.  They even have a whole men’s aptly named “Dirty.”

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It all smells AMAZING –  tarragon, lavender and subtle spearmint.

This line includes:

Dirty Shaving Cream – Oat milk, Shea butter and honey are great for calming irritations and red marks on sensitive chins

Dirty Hair Cream – moisturizing cocoa butter to soften your locks and make your hair easy to control and style, while rosemary calms the scalp.

Dirty Perfume and Body Spray –  tarragon, lavender and subtle spearmint

Dirty Soap and Shower Gel- Spectacular blue soap is definitely our new favorite wake-me-up bar.

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Other products you guys may enjoy are:

Ocean Salt – an amazing exfoliating scrub made with vodka, Coconut cream and sea salt  (this can help you become Patrick Bateman) and also helps prevent ingrown hairs from shaving.  Use before shaving – rinse with warm water – you will have the closest shave ever!  You can also use it on your hands and body!

NEW! – a solid shampoo bar to help hair look thicker and stimulate scalp.

Cosmetic Lad – A face moisturizer intended to help soothe your skin after shaving.  Chamomile extract, marigold and chickweed ease irritations, while rich cocoa butter moisturizes dry or red areas.

Aromaco – Natural deodorant made with witch hazel, baking soda, patchouli oil.

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These products are also great for woman too – Lush is not gender exclusive.   They will also provide you with any samples of the products.  But let me warn you, once you have tried them you will end up loving them.  Sorry wallet.

How to Replicate Patrick Bateman’s Grooming Regimen

24 Oct

You won’t want to stop looking at yourself in the mirror.

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Patrick Bateman spent hours perfecting his appearance.  You might not be able to get his physique right away but with “a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine” you might be on the road to Bateman.

Just please don’t kill any hookers.

We can show you how to replicate his grooming regimen- For a step by step CLICK HERE.

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Do you like Phil Collins? I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke.

Want to see a video of it in action: click here