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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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Play! by Sephora September 2018

1 Oct

It’s been a long time since I did an unboxing 🙂

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In September Sephora filled the bag with Olehenriksen, Boscia, Too Faced, Sephora Collection, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and Philosophy.

Here is the details:

C What’s New by Olehenriksen

Succulent Solution by Boscia

Radical Reviver by Too Faced

Buildable Breakthrough by Sephora Collection

The Berry Best by Marc Jacobs Beauty

On The Rose by Philosophy

All of these products are new to me, so I am excited to try them.  The Marc Jacobs lipstick shade looks amazing, and perfect for the Fall/Winter seasons.

For those who don’t know, Play! by Sephora is a monthly beauty subscription by Sephora.   It’s $10 a month plus tax.   AND the 10 dollars you spend on the subscription counts toward your points if you are a Beauty Insider.  Isn’t that a nice deal?

Let me know if you lovelies have you used any of these products!

Thanks for reading!

xoxox Anna

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion – One of my favorite products of all time!

21 Sep

Happy Friday Lovelies!

I was looking through all the products I use on a regular basis recently and the Dr. Brandt brand  is in pretty heavy rotation in my collection.  One of my favorite products of all time is from the Brandt Collection, The Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant.  

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I have previously blogged about this before here and here.

Even at the $79.00 USD price tag, I cannot stay away from this.  I honestly just think this is the best exfoliator you will get on the market without going to a professional.

This takes off all of your dead skin cells, cleans your pores, polishes your skin and keeps you from aging.  People always ask me how my skin looks so good, this is it.   I use this once week.  You don’t really need to use it much more than  that, it’s THAT good.   This tube, above, has lasted me for 3 years.   If you break down the math, that’s only $26.00 USD per year.  Don’t you spend more than that on the cheaper exfoliating products?  Be honest 🙂

Most other similar products have larger crystals/balls/walnut husks or whatever to do a good enough job at exfoliating or microdermablading your skin.   Some of the other products can actually scratch your skin and/or break your capillaries.  If you injure your skin, you are doing a lot more harm than good.

Dr. Brandt products are available directly through www.drbrandtskincare.com and www.sephora.com.

If you are signed up for Ebates, you can earn 4% back at Sephora and an 8% at Dr. Brandt direct.  You don’t know about Ebates?  What, you need to go treat your self and earn money back on some of the stuff you buy online.  Also, if you sign up for the newsletter on the Brandt website, they have specials and sales very often that you can take advantage of to stock up on your faves.

Do you have a favorite exfoliating product?  What is it and why?

Thanks for reading!

xoxxo Anna

Review – Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

17 Sep

I have been receiving a lot of moisturizers through my beauty subscriptions.  I like skin care and I especially like moisturizers because I am pretty obsessed with not aging.   A few months ago, I received the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel.

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For those who are unfamiliar with the brand, Dr. Jart+, it was one of the first Korean beauty brands to have mainstream name recognition.   They have a wide variety of products, the brand was developed by dermatologists in Korea,  and it is one of the few brands of SPF that doesn’t make my skin revolt.

You Lovelies are probably curious about this particular products though.  Okay, on to what I think of Water Fuse.

What this is: it’s a super light, super absorbent moisturizing gel.  It spreads on the skin really easily and sinks in quickly.   It doesn’t sit on top of the skin.  It doesn’t make skin oily   My skin does tend to be on the dry side.  For daytime use, especially if you have dry skin.  I don’t think this would be enough for overnight use unless I lived in Florida and decided to go camping.  Because humid weather makes us dry girls not dry 🙂

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*as you can see I have used almost all of my sample size 🙂

Texture: light in color, very wet to apply.  It does feel like gel, as the name implies.

Scent:  minimal

Cost: average, for 1.7 fl oz of product, you will pay $39.00 USD at Sephora. At that price it’s a bit more than you would pay for a quality drug store brand.   But it’s also not so expensive that you would think twice about buying it.  This is your face, after all, no?

Availability: I think that Sephora may be the only store/website to carry the line in the States.  I looked on the Dr. Jart+ website and for purchases, it directed me to the Sephora website.

Would I buy this?  Yes. It’s a great product with an okay price point.

Few more notes:  This didn’t replace any moisturizers in my collection, but I do use it when I want something lighter on my face, but want to avoid feeling dry.

Have you tried any Dr. Jart products?  Did you like them?

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Anna

90s Perfumes – I did get one!!!

10 Sep

You guys remember when I got  Nostalgic for 90s perfumes?   So I did satisfy my craving and I ended up with two of my 90s favorites.  One I already went through, I got a little obsessed and it was perfect for the winter.  Yes,  Vanilla Fields got my through the Chicago winter while smelling of fresh baked cookies and fields of vanilla beans.

For Christmas, my good friend bought me Exclamation!  I am still using it daily.  It’s a nice sweet scent for summer and it does remind me of my Junior High and High School days.

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So what does it smell like and do I still like it?  Honestly, it smells a lot sweeter than I remember.  I’m not sure if the formula had changed or if my style had changed.  Basically, this smells like if you were to stick your face in a giant bag of Jolly Rangers and inhaled.  That is how Exclamation! smells.  I like candy, so I think this is delightful.  If you prefer a citrus and spice based fragrance, you will probably not like this.

I do prefer muskier scents now, so I’m not really sure where the Vanilla Fields obsession fits in, but whatevs.  But, yes, I still like it.  As I said, I wear it frequently and it works as a good day times/office scent.

In case you are interested in trying this 90s gem, I got mine at Sears.  I think I have also seen them as Walgreens.   I am sort of happy this scent has stuck around.

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo

Anna

Nostalgic for 90s perfumes

16 Jan

Once in a while, I reminisce about the scents I wore in High School and College.  Some of those, I really miss.  Do you have lovelies ever get those moments?

Here is what I’m missing right now:

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Clairborne, by Liz Clairbone.  It used to come in these wonderfully colorful plastic covered bottles!  I loved the red ones!  The scent is unmistakable and unforgettable. Crisp, floral, light.  I love this fragrance and have been considering buying it again now.

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Tuscany Per Donna by Estee Lauder.  I was so in love with this scent when I was 17 and 18. It was warm and sensual, and it made me feel beautiful.  I felt invincible when I was wearing Tuscany Per Donna.  It looks like this still in product just like Clairbone, but the bottle has changed a lot.  I also can never find it at a brick and mortar store, and I’d really like to try it before I buy it.  Because what if I hate it now?  AmIright?

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Il Bacio By Borghese.  I think this was one of the first scents I bought at Lord & Taylor and received a gift with purchase.  Free gift with fragrance purchase was a game changer for me at the time.  I remember this being a musky scent.  Very grown up, or so the 19 year old me thought.  I think this fragrance is completely out of production at this point.   I’m only able to find it on market places and the prices are sort of all over the place.  I also don’t know how a 20 year old fragrance can hold up and retain its scent integrity.

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Colors by Benetton was the first perfume I ever asked for from “Santa”.  I smelled it on my cousin and immediately coveted the scent.   It’s still in production, the bottle is different (I hate it!! Why is it green?), and I have no idea if it smells the same.  It was crisp, what I thought at the time, almost unisex.  It seemed modern and hip, and I was 14 so who knows what it really smelled like.

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I recently bought Vanilla Fields by Coty for my mom, and it’s still as lovely as I remembered.  It’s the perfect vanilla scent.  Nothing more nothing less.  It’s warm, it’s feminine, it’s divine.  I’m getting this for myself soon.

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Ex’cla-ma’tion was another Coty fragrance.  Available in your local drug stores and inexpensive enough to save your allowance to purchase.  I actually don’t even remember how this smelled. I do remember it was strong and intense and I think flowery.  I don’t know if this is still in production, but I think I remember seeing it in the past year.

I hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane.

Are there any beauty products you remember fondly?

~Anns

Empties – December 2016

31 Dec

Last post of the 2016 year!  Happy New Year everyone!  What’s better than sending off the year than with a bunch of used up beauty products?  Am I right?   So what did I use this month:

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This month was full of International used up products haha.

From left to right:

e.l.f.  make-up mist & set reviewed here

Soap & Glory Hand Food – reviewed here

Clarins  Multi-Active Jour – reviewed here

Hot Heads Clean Shampoo – no review because this is only really for extension wearers and it’s not readily available.  However, I still wanted to include it since I used up the little that was left since I removed the extensions.

Ziaja hand creme.  This is a Polish skin care line.  The line is available online and even on Amazon. Here is an example

Tony Moly Pure Aura CC Cream – not a review for this cream only, but I do talk about it in this Korean cosmetic post.  It’s also one of my favorite CC creams ever.

 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector – reviewed here

Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid – reviewed here

L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm – reviewed here

Thanks for reading and see you Lovelies next year!!

Review – Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

30 Dec

Birchbox introduced me to many amazing products this year, and the Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid is one of them.  I actually wished this sample was bigger, that’s how much I enjoyed this moisturizer.

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$21.00 USD for 2 Fl Oz of product

From Birchbox:

We’ll admit it: Our case of wanderlust shows no signs of abating. We could, however, do without the dulling effects travel (and stress and dry weather and…) has on our complexions. That’s why we never go anywhere without this intensely rejuvenating face cream. It’s packed with antioxidants and humectants to hydrate and revitalize skin, so that even at our most jet-lagged we’re still rocking a radiant complexion.

HOW TO USE

Gently massage onto face and neck after cleansing. Use as often as needed. For a more intensive treatment, apply liberally and let absorb into skin for 10–15 minutes. Remove excess with warm, moist washcloth.

My Thoughts:

I never had to use it as a mask, my skin has been pretty okay so far.

However, I loved this as a moisturizer.  This was my daytime moisturizer.  It absorbed beautifully and created a nice canvas for additional product application. Whenever my skin started to feel drier, I reached for this and my skin was back to normal or better.

I used to most often after camping and other outdoor activity.  It worked so well.

I’m really impressed with hyaluronic acid!  I think this ingredient works amazingly to hydrate skin.

Will I purchase?

Possibly, or I will look for another hyaluronic acid product.  However, I don’t think this is too expensive to buy and use when your skin really needs it.

Have you tried Air Repair or another hyaluronic acid moisturizer?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

December Sephora Play! Unboxing

23 Dec

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6 products!  I thought this was a very generous month from Sephora.  I’m super excited for all these!

Bobbi Brown Mascara

Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray

Elizabeth and James Perfume

Make-Up Forever Primer

Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot

Sephora Lipstain!

I cannot wait to try that Hydrating Shot from Drybar.  What a cool concept!

Have you tried any of these?

Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!!!  and Happy Holidays!

~Anna

Review – Clarins Multi-Active Jour

22 Dec

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My November Birchbox gave me a chance to try a lot of new to me products, and I was excited to see something from Clarins.  Clarins Multi-Active Jour retails for $53.00 USD.

From Clarins:

 Helps visibly minimize fine lines and boost radiance. Fights the effects of daytime stress. Encapsulated Teasel extract delivers targeted revitalizing and anti-aging action to where your skin needs it most. Myrothamnus extract visibly smoothes, tones and de-stresses.

My thoughts:

This day cream is heavily perfumed.  It smells like roses/flowers/women’s fragrance.  The fragrance doesn’t linger, but you can definitely smell it as you apply the product.   If you are sensitive the smells, you may have an issue with this.

Overall, I think this is a good day cream.  It works  well as a moisturizer even in winter.  During very long cold spells, you may need something more hydrating.

I can’t say anything about it’s wrinkle removing sensibilities.  This was  a generous sample, but not enough to actually get down to the actual claims of the product.

One thing I really loved about this, it leaves your face completely non-grease.  Even hours later, there are no oilies on my skin.  Is this worth the $53.00 price tag?  Not sure, but it’s a huge deal for me.

Pros

Non greasy

Absorbs easily

Matte finish

Cons

Price, but only slightly.  This is expensive, but it’s a day cream and it will last a long time.  If you have oily skin problems, this may be a nice investment instead of buying oil control products.

Have you tried the  Clarins Multi-Active Jour?

Do you like it?

Thanks for reading~

Anna