Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 2017 Empties

Here's a quick round up of some products I've used up recently and my thoughts on them:

Victoria's Secret Island Breeze body wash: This was a great summery scent that I bought several years ago as part of a limited collection and just now finished up. It's a great scent for summer, but I'm glad it was a limited release as I don't think I would continue to purchase this again and again.

Maybelline BB cream with 2% salicylic acid: So sad I'm having to toss this product. It's old and expired and the product has separated so badly on the inside that you can hear the thin liquid move around like it's an orange juice carton when I shake the bottle. I'm definitely repurchasing this product since it was such a staple during the summer when I wanted something that had a light coverage in the heat.

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion Body Wash:  While some might consider this a "summer" scent, I use it year around especially in the winter/spring when I'm over the cold and just want something to remind me of the coming season while still being winter-y. The coconut in this screams summer to me while the warm vanilla scent reminds me of the holiday season.  I don't actually think Victoria's Secret carries this scent anymore so I won't be repurchasing this one.

OGX Cherry Blossom Conditioner: I bought this on a whim last year when my fiance moved to the East Coast during the cherry blossom season. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit during the cherry blossom season and instead tried to make the season happen in the middle of the desert where I live via all beauty products that were cherry blossom scented. This was such a refreshing scent to wash my hair with and I will most certainly be purchasing this again. I plan on making it a seasonal treat for cherry blossom season.

What products have you finished up lately?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Essie Bridal Gel Couture Collection

Here are some swatches of the Essie Bridal Gel Couture Collection done in collaboration with Monique Lhullier.

Sage You Love Me

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume

Since it is summer and my perfumes have started running out on me, I have recently been doing a lot of scent shopping. I've also been trying to explore some new brands for you guys. One of the new brands I have been getting into lately is Pacifica. They natural and cruelty-free which is why my friend who acquainted me with this brand loves them. I'm trying to get into more natural and cruelty-free beauty so I'll be posting a lot more of those kinds of products this summer.  Anyway more about Pacifica and my perfume...

I actually have a lotion from the company that I got in a beauty subscription box that smelled AMAZING so I was keen on trying more of their scents. My local Ulta had testers of a few of their perfumes (Whole Foods carries them too), so I smelled a few and settled on the Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume. It literally smells like I have started peeling a fresh orange or like I have walked into an orange orchard. It is quite refreshing for summer in my opinion. The bottles are pretty cheap for a perfume ($23 for 1 fluid oz), which is actually good since I find the scent fades on my skin after two hours. However, when I spray it on my clothes, it lasts the entire day and sometimes into the next. :)

What are your thoughts on Pacifica and their perfumes? Any other scents I should try?

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trust Fund Beauty Beach Vibes Swatch

This polish is a great polish for summer. It looks EXACTLY like you stuck your hands in the sand at the beach. The two coats went on smoothly with no problem. The polish is currently not in stock on their website, but I encourage you guys to check them out since they have some great quality polishes; I've never had a problem with any of mine.

What polishes have you been loving this summer??

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sephora Face/Eye Sheet Masks (Pearl, Rose, Orchid) and Tony Moly Rice Sheet Mask Review

So I've been really into sheet masks recently since my skin was craving some extra hydration and my eye area was looking a little dark and dull. I ordered a bunch of Tony Moly masks on Amazon (10 masks for $11), and got a few masks from my local Sephora as well ($6 for face masks, $4 for eye masks). On to my thoughts...


I tried two Sephora eye masks (one in the Pearl and one in the Rose). I had one really big issue with both of the eye masks I bought which was quite disappointing to me. I couldn't figure out which way to place the mask on my eye!!! The way the backs were placed on the mask for removal were either a mistake or both of my packets contained two lefts (rights?). Has anyone else had this issue? So basically when I was wearing the eye masks, I didn't know if I had the essence side to my skin or not. Sad times. 

On the positive side, the masks were really wet so I could be sure the product absorbed into my skin. I think Sephora recommends that you wear the mask for 15 minutes. I actually wore it for 30-40 minutes since I wanted to see some really noticeable results and soak all the product in.

The PEARL eye mask is supposed to brighten your eyes. I felt like my eyes were a bit brighter and more hydrated after wearing the mask and I didn't really feel the need to wear my dark circle eye cream for a week afterwards so I would consider this mask to be a success.   

The ROSE eye mask claims to be a moisturizing and brightening mask. It smelled a lot like roses and I found the scent pleasant (similar to Rose Jam by Lush). I also felt like it kept my eyes hydrated and brighter so that I didn't have to wear my dark circle eye cream.


I tried two Sephora face masks: Orchid and Rose. The Orchid mask smells like orchids/floral and thre Rose mask smells like roses.  The Orchid mask in particular claims to reduce wrinkles and bring moisture to skin. Both made my skin very hydrated and nice smelling. Since starting to use more sheet masks (I use one a week now), my skin has been very hydrated and smooth. When I touch my face, it's as soft as a baby's bottom! I can't say that the Orchid mask got rid of my wrinkles (I don't have to many), but I can say that I don't notice the ones I have as much possible since the extra moisture plumps up my skin cells a bit more than usual.


I used this one for 30 minutes on my face. Afterwards, it was still really wet. I know some girls save the mask and reuse it the next day so that is quite possible with this one. I didn't really notice anything miraculous happening, but it did keep my skin hydrated so I would consider it a success.

Overall, I think sheet masks are great if you want a little extra hydration in your skin care regime. I think the real test for many of these will be in the winter so you can really see how the hydration shows up.

Have you tried any of these masks or any sheet masks? What are your favorites?

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