8 Recent Beauty Empties

I have been religiously saving my empties. I have found that splitting them up into smaller posts like this works best for me.

Enjoy a view at my trash!

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Candle

Winter Candy Apple is my favorite B&BW scent. I think I have other back ups of this candle, at least I hope.

RP? I don’t think BBW is cruelty free, I need to do more research on this topic. If it is cruelty free I will always repurchase multiples at a time.

Amika Soul Food Nourishing Mask

I got this sample in an Ipsy bag and I loved it. It smelled amazing and made my hair feel really soft and healthy.

RP? Yes! I have seen this mask at TJMaxx for like $13. So, I will probably pick it up there.

Fortune Cookie Soap Rosy Cheeks Twinkle Tonic

I love FCS. You all know this. These toning pads were great. They smelled very nice and made my skin look more glowy and feel fresh. I do wish that they made it in just a liquid so I could use reusable pads with it.

RP? Not unless they make it as just a liquid toner. I don’t like the waste of the pads.

Holika Holika Aloe Facial Cleansing Foam

This cleanser came from TJMaxx for like $4. It did its job, but didn’t make my skin feel super clean. It also had quite a strong scent for a facial cleanser.

RP? No, I also don’t think it is CF so I probably shouldn’t have gotten it in the first place.

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Anti Pollution detoxifying charcoal bubble sheet mask

I love the regular yes to tomatoes detox mask. It works great for my skin. This one worked well too! However, I just don’t like bubble masks. It’s messy and I actually don’t like how it feels on my face when it bubbles up. Something about it makes me anxious.

RP? No, not this particular sheet mask from yes to.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

This is a setting spray I really enjoy. I do notice that it makes my makeup last longer, and helps powders to really melt into the skin.

RP? I already have! Plus a back up.

Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Eye Masks

I did not notice any difference in my under eye after using this mask. Some thing in it also made my eyes sting.

RP? No, never.

Essence Make Me Brow

Just like the Ulta version, the Essence make me brow is a good dupe for the Benefit give me brow. I use the shade Blondy Brows. I think I have gone through two or three of this bad boy!

RP? Yes! It’s super inexpensive and works well.

That is it for my empties!

What is your opinion on any of these products?

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Ipsy x Tetris Block Party Palette | Sub Box Win or Whomp

I love Tetris. It is a nice way to relieve anxiety and relax after a long day. Of course, a Tetris themed makeup collaboration was super exciting to me. While I was excited, life got in the way and I had not been able to play with the palettes.

Well, I finally played around with Block Party, and I have some two cents to throw at y’all.

The packaging

The packing is made of a sturdy card board. The out side sports Tetris shapes in different shades of purple and pink. There is a magnetic closure.

Fun fact: purple is my favorite color! As well as my Mama Tams, and my Mama Kathy’s who recently passed away. Please expect a post discussing Lupus and how it has affected my family. I want to spread awareness, she would want me to.

Back to the point.

The inside is decorated with different colored hearts, the palette name and a nice mirror. The shade names are also included.

Over all, super cute packaging and it isn’t too bulky.

The Swatches

  • Skyline: A matte cool brown. I would say it is right in the middle of a basic transition and a defined shade. It did work for both of these purposes.
  • T-Spin: A Metallic silver. Very pretty swatched, but I had a lot of trouble working with it. Wet or dry. It just wanted to fall all over the place.
  • Top out: A royal blue metallic. This ended up being my favorite shade. A bit difficult to work with, but it looks beautiful on the eyes.

  • Back-to-back: A matte cream shade. I think this is a great staple shade for palettes to have. Great for setting primer, great for blending.
  • Line Clear: A Metallic hot pink. This shade works best with the fingers and is very pretty. The fallout is crazy though. Other metallic shadows I have do not do that.
  • High Score: A metallic Purple. This is the shade my eye draws to, however, I could not get it to appear on my eye as it does in the pan and the swatch. Disappointed.

The Look

The look I did was super simple.

  • I primed my eyes with concealer and set it with Back-to-back. I would continue to use this shade to blend out harsh edges.
  • I used a fluffy brush with Skyline to create a transition, I also used a more packed brush to define the crease using the same shade.
  • Using my finger I placed High Score on the outer part of my lid.
  • Using a different finger I placed Line Clear on the rest of my lid.

  • I placed t-spin on my inner corner.
  • For my lower lash line I applied Top Out, which really popped!

Over All Thoughts?

I have to say, for me, this is a whomp. The color story is beautiful and I love the nostalgia of Tetris, but I just had to much trouble working with this palette. The lattes are great, and the blue is a dream, but I have all these shades in other palettes, in formulas that work for me. I will be passing this palette along to a friend or family member. I am currently unable to find the price of the palette, but if my memory serves me right, I believe it was in the mid $20 range.

That being said. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. If it sparks your interest, people are selling theirs on eBay and Mercari and much lower price points. Just because someone else doesn’t like something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go if you are interested!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

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Petit Vour | September 2019

I, of course, have any other unboxing for y’all tonight.

This is my September Petit Vour Box!

It is 100% cruelty free, vegan, and clean beauty. The box is $19 a month with free US shipping.

When you review the products in your box you can get points you can use as cash on their site. When ever you make a purchase on the Petit Vour site you get 20% cash back to use on their site as well!

Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm “Flirt” $17

This lip balm is lemon scented, has a reef safe SPF, and is recommended by the Cancer foundation as an effective lip protectant.

Jane Iredale is a brand that I really enjoy, so I was happy to receive this item as our makeup product this month.

I love products like this for quick and easy makeup days, or days where I go with out. Personally, I would not pay $17 for a lip balm, but I am glad to have it! Makes me feel fancy.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Firming Detox Body Cream $4 deluxe sample size

I am still not positive as to what a firming Cream is for. However, it is rosemary and mint scented, which is a lovely combination. I am just going to use this as a body lotion and hope that I am not doing something wrong.

Moon Rivers Naturals Peppermint Lava Hand And Body Soap $5 deluxe sample size

The scent of this soap is beautiful. I really enjoy peppermint. Once I finish my current body wash and I am going to throw this sample into my rotation.

Laura B Beauty Nail Growth Serum $75

I have recently stopped getting acrylic nails. I cannot being to explain how badly I need a product to repair my nails. I am sure those of you who have had acrylics in the past can understand. I am hoping with such a steep price tag that I will actually see a difference in my nails

Over all thoughts?

For $19 I received $101 worth of products, all of which I will be getting use out of. I am so happy to be back on the Petit Vour train, and highly recommend you all check out their site.

What is your favorite cruelty free beauty box?

Thank you for reading 🌿

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Ipsy Plus Unboxing | September 2019

I have another unboxing for you all!

To start, I want to let you all know that this will be my last month of normal Ipsy and Ipsy plus, as I decided to upgrade to their newest 12 item box, and just could not justify keeping the regular and the plus.

Ipsy plus contains 5 full sized beauty products based off your beauty profile. It is $21 a month.

This months box is themed “find your light”. Apparently September is all about new paths and possibilities, which really fits my life right now!

Let’s go ahead and get into the pretty pink box.

Paris Hilton Skincare Pro DNA Dual- Action Cleansing Gel $39

The packaging of the cleanser is not what I would expect from the likes of Paris Hilton, but I like it.

This cleanser has shimmer, I guess because it’s Paris Hilton. Caviar Lime, Pineapple based brightener, Apple amino, and white tea.

This cleanser is cruelty free! I have to say, I get excited about trying pricey skin care. I would never purchase it, but it is fun while I have it.

Nomad Cosmetics Berlin Underground Intense Eyeshadow Palette $37

I have wanted this palette so badly! Nomad is an indie brand, and I love supporting indie brands. The color story is beautiful and right up my alley. There is only one matte, but I have enough palettes that I can pull into assist in creating a look.

Here are some of the shades swatched. Featuring my new bird skull tattoo! The shades are intense and butter. They look amazing on the lids. The quality is just stellar. I have to try more from Nomad!

CiatΓ© London Extraordinary Translucent Powder $22

I have been wanting to try a new translucent powder, so this arrived at the perfect time.

The powder is soft and finely milled. It did not make any areas on my face feel dry or cakey. The packaging does not have a way to close the sifter, so be careful when you open it after you take off the plastic seal.

Wander Beauty Frame your Face Micro Brow Pencil “Taupe” $21

This is a super basic micro brow pencil. Worked just like the ABH brow wiz for me, and the color match is great.

Ofra Cosmetics x Madison Miller Squad Palette $35

If you are unaware of who Madison Miller is, she is a YouTuber who works with Ipsy. She creates some great content, I recommend checking her out. She recently came out with a collection with Ofra, and I guess this is one of the products!

There are two highlights and one blush. I cannot use the darker highlight on my face, but it is really pretty in the inner corner. The blush shade is more of a dusty rose- which is the blush shades I lead towards. The lighter highlight works well on my fair skin and is very glowy!

Here are all the products on my face

Over all thoughts?

I got an amazing box this month! For $21 I got $154 worth of beauty products. Going out with a bang with Ipsy plus.

What was in your box this month?

Thank you for reading πŸ’œ

Makeup Empties | August 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog!

During the month of August, I finished a nice little amount of makeup items, so I figured I could take this opportunity to make a dedicated makeup empties post.

I am going to give you my thoughts and we will see if any of these products will find their way back into my shopping cart.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation shade Y225 *Sample Size*

I did enjoy this sample. The foundation is full coverage and did not break me out. However, MUF is not cruelty free. Therefore, I will not be purchasing the full size of this foundation.

Wet N Wild Skinny Mascara

I thought this mascara was going to work well for my water line, but it did not really do much. Even if WNW has not lied about their CF status, I still would not purchase this mascara.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power “Universal Taupe”

I got this brow pencil in a subscription box, and it did its job very well. The shade matched well and I enjoy the consistency. I don’t agree with paying $20+ for brow products, but if the Brow Power pencil was on sale, I would purchase it!

Butter London Power Up Mascara

This is another subscription box item. This mascara was amazing. I really enjoyed it. However, there are cheaper ones that I enjoy more. If I were to see this mascara on sale, I would probably pick up a tube. It made my lashes look very full, which is hard to do.

Essence Brow Pencil

This is a $2-3 brow pencil that I love. I purchase multiple at once and always have one in my makeup bag. It is inexpensive, cruelty free, and does its job well. I will be repurchasing. Side note; would any of you be interested in a more comprehensive view of the brand essence?

Ulta Beauty Brown Tint In Soft Brown

This brow tint is great! It is a nice alternative to products like the glossier boy brow. I bounce between the shades soft brown and auburn. This is another brow product I always have on hand and will be repurchasing. I believe it is around $9? It is, of course, cruelty free!

Another side note; would any of you be interested in a more comprehensive review of the Ulta Beauty in house brand?

That is it for my makeup empties for August!

What is a makeup item you panned or used up this month?

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Ipsy Glam Bag | August 2019

Welcome back!

Today we are un-bagging the $10 Ipsy Glam Bag!

The bag this month is really cute. The shade I got is hunter green. The zipper is good and the inside is hot pink! It seems really nicely made, and I love the studded texture.

Now, for the exciting part. The items in the bag!

Thrive Cosmetics liquid lash extensions Mascara “Brynn”

I have been wanting to try the Thrive mascara, thanks to a few YouTubers. I usually enjoy tubing mascara, but I am glad I get to try a sample before purchasing the full size. It is also neat to see a brand like Thrive in Ipsy!

Comelyco Blueberry And Peach Mask Sheet

I love sheet masks, so I will never be unhappy with getting them in Ipsy. I have also been throwing sheet masks in as extras in my Mercari orders.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer

This is a little sample that is mostly empty. It is like the free samples Ulta throws into orders. I have a ton of skin care, so I will probably pass this sample along to someone else.

Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Blending Brush 237

I love Luxie brushes, so I am happy with this item! It is soft and well made, per Luxies usual quality.

Suva Beauty Eyeshadow “Turmeric”

The Suva Beauty Formula is really nice. It is buttery and pigment. Super easy to work with!

The shade is a nice, basic gold.

over all thoughts?

It is not the best Ipsy I have gotten, but it is not terrible.

That was in your Ipsy bag?

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus | August 2019

Hello guys!

It’s Sunday, it’s gloomy, and I am doing a face mask (Lush Mask of Magnaminty). Is there a better time to do an unboxing?

I don’t think so!

This time we have Glam Bag Plus. It is around $22 a month, and is the upgrade of the basic Ipsy bag. You get 5-6 items and they are all full sized.

This months theme is “Bare Yourself”.

Let’s dig into these goodies!

Tarte Dream Big Palette $30

This palette is pretty and perfect for travel thanks to the mirror. I would have liked another matte that I could use as a transition shade. I can just used what ever Bronzer I am using as a transition though.

FARAH Show Me Magic Eye Brush Set $50

Some more FARAH brushes from a subscription service. I can’t be mad though. I love getting brushes and the handles of this set is cute.

The bristles feel soft, and seem to be secure.

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask $33

This is going to be fantastic is the cold months, that are quickly approaching. This mask can also be used as a night mask! You massage it in to your skin until it is absorbed and then wash it off in the morning. Or 5 minutes later if you are not using it as an over night mask.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer in light $39.50

I have never tried any of the face products from it Cosmetics, so I am pretty excited about this one.

The concept of a full coverage moisturizer is a little strange, so expect a review in the near future!

Suva Beauty Liquid Chrome Illuminating Drops “Trust Fund” $26

This illuminator is so pretty! I really hope that it will work with my skin tone. It should be okay as long as I use a small amount.

Add ons!

I have said it a million times, and I will never stop saying it…. I love Ipsy’s add on program! You can get some pretty cool stuff at some awesome prices.

Chique Blush Brush $6 or $3 I can’t remember.

My first add on was a blush brush. It feels pretty cheap, but the bristles are soft. It’ll do its job and that’s what matters to me.

The Balm in the Balm of your Hand V. 2 $12

I am really excited about this palette! I have been wanting to try more of the face powders from the Balm, now I have 4 as well as some shadows! A great steal at $12.

Suva Single Shadow “Coriander” $6 or $3. Again, I can’t remember.

I picked up this shade because I thought it would make a great inner corner and brow bone highlighter. I also really love the Suva formula, so that was me justifying buying another eye shadow.

Point Redemption

Ipsy also has a nice point system. You save up points and can get free products and tools. Unfortunately, they do expire.

Firma 102 Brush

I like redeeming for beauty tools. This brush is made very well and is very soft. I can think of a few uses for it, which is awesome.

Thoughts?

I am so happy with my box this month! I love everything! More than worth the monthly cost in my opinion.

What was in your GBP?

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