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September-ish empties 2018

8 Oct

It’s probably been about a year or more since I wrote an empties post.  When I started to think about getting back into blogging, I started collecting the empties here and there.  I’m sure there are a lot of items missing from here, but I tried to hang on to the products I wanted to talk about.  I’m also still debating whether to only include full size products or beauty box subscription products too.   I’m sure I will change my mind a 100 times.

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So what did I use?   Fragrance?  Make up?  Hair?

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I will probably say a little something about each of the products.   So left to right, we have:

Simple Eye Make Up Remover Pads – These are pretty great and really affordable at just under $7.00.  One pad removes almost all of stubborn eye make up.

Calvin Klein Beauty – This fragrance is really light and fruity/citrus.   It is really great for work and I would get a lot of compliments.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream – I buy this eye cream on and off and I still like it.

L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair Shampoo – I really like the Total Repair line.  I think it’s the best drug store shampoo and conditioner.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb – this is my favorite go to evening and special occasion scent.

Simple Cleansing Wipes – My go to, I use them as a make-up remover and also as a cleanser in a pinch.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – this was an okay moisturizer.  Not remarkable but not terrible.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – one of the best setting sprays on the market, it just punches your wallet a little too much.

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse – good product.  Recently reviewed on the site.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion – One of Holy Grails.

DermaE Purifying Daily Detox Scrub – I really like this line and this was a good scrub.

Drybar Bay Breeze Shot – this didn’t wow me, that’s all.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – I have no idea how to use these sprays so they are sort of lost on me.   I can’t even give an actual review 🙂  but, I didn’t end up with the feeling this product changed my life somehow.

Have you Lovelies tried any of these?  What did you think?  What were your Empties for September?  Link to your blog in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Anna

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My favorite products of 2016!!!

16 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Welcome to Friday and the weekend!!!  Also, 9 days until Christmas, excited?

I was debating whether to include items I discovered prior to 2016, but still use and love them OR only include new to me products of 2016.

I chose the new to me, because my list would otherwise be HUGE.

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After I made my selections and took the picture, I was happy to see a good mix of high end and drugstore products!

Poor Klorane didn’t make it into the group shot because I used it up!  And I don’t have a replacement because I have been trying to love the Simple wipes.

Also, I will list a couple of almosts and why they ultimately didn’t make the list.

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Drugstore brand and this pot is HUGE.  It’s not even a pot, it’s a bucket of moisturizer.  My previous review is on the link.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour.  This is really new to me, and I haven’t even done a review yet, but I love this. I’ve been using it almost every day since I received it in my Sephora Play.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi.  I bought this a while ago, and forgot about it.  Two weeks ago I found it in my collection, and I decided I really like it.  Review coming soon.

Etude House Wonder Pore. Not quite drug store, not quite high end.  In a league of it’s own – the Korean cosmetic brand.  Here is my review.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner I just found this in my eye liner stash.  It’s amazing.  Possibly the best liquid liner I’ve ever used.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so into this still.  Here is my review.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.  Awesome product. You get to dye your eye brows at home. Here is my review

Anastasia Brow Wiz  I’m a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this is another awesome product from the line.  This is a recent purchase for me.

Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover.  This is the best eye make-up remover I have ever used.  Here is my review.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are your favorites of the year?

Thanks for reading!!!

~Anna

Review – Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

15 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Happy Thursday.  I’ve been using the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads for a couple of weeks now.  Are you super curious what I thought of these?

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You can get this for $4.41 at Walmart.com

What the Company says:

Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads are tough on mascara (even waterproof mascara) while still being gentle on your lashes and eyes. They are even suitable for contact lens wearers with our dermatologically and ophthalmological tested formula.

My thoughts:

First impression, it takes a little work for these pads to actually remove mascara.  Other eye make-up comes off easy enough, but mascara takes more work.  I wasn’t even using waterproof mascara.  I have no idea how it would work on a waterproof formula.

For heavier make-up application, you will probably need more than 1 pad to fully remove darker traces around your eyes.

On the plus side, it doesn’t sting the eyes.

It smells pleasant, not overly perfumed, just sort of fresh.

I did see some eyelash loss with this, but this happens with everything other than Klorane, which I just ADORED.  Here is that review.

Would I purchase this?  I think this will work well for travel and camping.  For home yes, I would like to try the other formula Simple has, in a bottle.

Have you tried the Simple eye make-up remover or other products?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

What I’m testing now – Simple eye make-up remover pads

5 Dec

I heard some good things about the Simple Eye Make-Up Remover.  I have been trying to get my hands on the liquid version, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere in my area.   Since I ran out of Klorane, which I adored, I decided to pick up the wipes instead.

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These ran me around $6.00 for 30 pads.

I’ve used these a couple of times, and I’m still working on a full review of these babies.

Have you ladies used these?  Thoughts?

~Thanks for reading!

Anna

Review – Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

20 Oct

I have been using the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water every day for a number of weeks now, and I am ready to do a full review.

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I bought this at Walgreens for just under $8.00.

What they claim:

Smile, It’s Simple

Helps Cleanse, Remove Makeup & Hydrate

Kind to Skin

No Harsh Chemicals, Artificial Perfume or Dyes That Can Upset Your Skin

Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date.  It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin.  Our beauty benefits include:

Promoting a thorough cleanse:  Helping to remove make-up, dirt, impurities & unclog pores.

Helping to instantly hydrate skin:  Made with Triple Purified Water, skin loving ingredients & multi-vitamins, promotes an instant boost of skin hydration by 90%!

No residue:  Applied with a cotton round, Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water helps leave skin feeling fresh & revitalized, no rinsing required!

My thoughts:

At first, I was sort of weirded out that you use a cotton ball or pad to wipe your face clean.  To me, it seemed like a toner instead of  cleanser.  But I followed instructions, and did as I was told.

So?  OMG, I loved it.  My face felt so clean!  It didn’t sting.  It didn’t have any weird lingering scent.  It wasn’t sticky.  It just felt clean.

After a few weeks of use – my pores are smaller and visibly look cleaner.  I don’t have blackheads on my nose.  My skin looks good, and it’s been a pretty stressful few weeks for me.  But my skin looks GOOD!!!

A little of this goes a long way.  I barely used any of it from the bottle.  But I swear, I cleanse my skin daily!

This was the first micellar water cleanser I have tried.  I would like to try others, but this was is so good, WHY?  Right?

Have you guys tried Simple or other micellar water?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

New Purchases – Soap and Glory and Simple Micellar Water

23 Sep

A local Walgreens drugstore (thanks Park Ridge, Illinois!!!) has an entire display of Soap and Glory brand.  I was super excited to see this.  Of course, I wanted to buy everything.  However, reason prevailed and I bought one item.

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It cost me around $5.00.  With winter coming, I am happy to have this in my beauty collection.

My second purchase was from the brand Simple.

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I’ve been wanting to try micellar cleansing water for while, and then this appeared right in front of me.  So of course, I had to buy it.  I heard good things about this brand from other beauty bloggers, so I’m confident I will like this.  It’s marketed as a natural brand, and I like that.  I think I paid less than $10.00 for this bottle.

I can’t wait to do full reviews on these two!

Thanks for reading!

Anna

Review – Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths

30 Oct

Sometimes, you received something in an Ipsy bag that you never thought you would like.  Example, Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths.

Historically, I hated cleansing cloths.  I even refused to use them while camping.  I thought they were filmy and smelly and didn’t leave you clean.  Worst of all, I hated not using a cleanser that you rinsed off.

Ipsy and Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths changed my mind.

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I received a Skyn product from Ipsy before that I never used.  So,  naturally, I scoffed at this.

But then, one day…I was tired.  And the thought of cold water on my face while all I wanted to do was crawl into bed was not inviting.

I looked at Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths and decided to give it a try.

Surprise!  I liked it!

One cloth cleaned my entire face.  It did a decent enough job on very heavy eye makeup.  If you are only wearing mascara, it should get it off completely.

Why I like it

No residue

No film

Not greasy feeling

Smells great!

CLEANS!!

My face felt nice, not tight or dry or greasy

There is some minimal eye stinging, but nothing too bad

They are only $15.00 USD

Would I buy?

YES.  It’s awesome to have these around in a pinch.

Have you tried Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths?  Do you like?

~Anna

Review – Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser

15 Oct

We don’t review cleansers super often on Your Fairy Godmother.  After all, they are just cleansers, right?  Sometimes, one or two come long that are sort of wonderful and worthy of a post.

The Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser is one of those products.

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After a full day exposed to chemical and environmental pollution, our face is more than ready for relief. This fresh foaming soap fits our needs to a tee, washing away toxins and pore-clogging impurities—without stripping skin of its natural moisture. All this cleansing goodness is boosted with antiaging ingredients, producing a bright, healthy complexion that will last for years to come.

How it Works

Sulfate-free, pthalate-free and paraben-free, this cleanser will leave your face free of irritating pollutants, without stripping the natural oils that keep it healthy and balanced. Active ingredients such as omega 3 and 6 ensure that your skin stays bright and wrinkle-free.

What did I think?

Honestly, at first I was really turned off by this.  The scent was soooo strong and smelled so much like perfume.  I opened it, and I swear I thought this was a body wash.

I soldiered on, for beauty!  I washed my face and fell in love.  This stuff took off every inch of my makeup.  Even eye makeup.

No additional remover needed.  Not even Liz Earle, can accomplish this as well as Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser.

I have very combination skin, my forehead is ridiculously oily and the rest is dry.  This worked very well on all areas of my complicated face 🙂

No break outs, no dry patches.

Would I buy this?

I think I would  buy this over Liz Earle, which was my favorite until now.  Will I repurchase Liz at this point?  Probably not as along as Vasanti is available.

Have you tried Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser?  What did you think?

~Anna

Review – Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser

23 Jul

I was super excited to receive Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser in my Bichbox!  I have been coveting this cleanser for a while, but never wanted to spend $20.00 on a cleanser.

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From Birchbox

How it Works

This creamy cleanser contains moisturizing cocoa butter, and two of nature’s best astringents: eucalyptus essential oil and rosemary. These plant oils lift dirt off the skin’s surface without disrupting the natural barrier function. With the use of the brand’s 100 percent cotton muslin cloth, skin is gently polished without irritation—perfect for even the most sensitive of complexions.

How to Use

Gently massage one to two pumps onto dry face and neck in circular motions. Run warm water over your muslin cloth (also available in our Shop), and sweep over face and neck to remove cleanser, dirt, grime, and oil. Once cleanser is fully removed, splash face with cool water.

My thoughts

At first I wasn’t impressed with this at all.  I thought it cleaned terribly.

Then I decided I must be a dummy since everyone in the beauty world is into this.  So I read the instructions again and modified my routine.

Once I started to really working the cleanser into my skin and then using the muslin cloth with hotter water, I was hooked.

I feel like it gets my skin cleaner than an average cleanser without being drying.  The muslin cloth also helps to exfoliate your skin in the process.

Could the muslin cloth work with another creamy cleaner? Yeah, probably, but this cleanser is really quite good.

Would I buy?

Yes. I think this will be amazing in the winter to combat any dryness.

Have you tried Liz Earle? Are you a fan?

~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