Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 2014 Empties

So I managed to use up a ton of products this month.  I tried taking one picture of everything, but there was just too much.  There are some really great products in my empties this month, and I’m sad to see them go, but thrilled that I am starting to make a dent in my collection.

January 2014 Empties

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (Sephora, $24) This is the first activated charcoal mask that I ever tried, and it works wonders.  I noticed improvement with just one use, this mask is great at cleaning out your pores and melting blackheads away.  It dries in 10-15 minutes, and doesn’t feel harsh on my skin.  I am sure I will repurchase this once I make a dent in my drawer of masks.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask (Target, $3)  Target had these single sheet masks in the one spot section, so I picked one up.  I would obviously have to use more than one mask to notice any dark spot improvements, but this was a decent mask.  I am sure I will repurchase again.

Dr. Jart+ Water-full Hydrogel Mask (Sephora, $9) Another sheet mask, but a huge disappointment.  This mask is a gel sheet mask that is supposed to infuse moisture into your skin.  I wouldn’t say it left any moisture behind.  After use, my face didn’t feel tight or dry, but I definitely wasn’t “water-full” either.  Will not repurchase.

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask (Sephora, $6) This one was much better.  The sheet is absolutely soaked in product, and after use I noticed a more even complexion and a definite improvement in my pores.  I did have to rinse my face off afterwards, because there was so much product left over it would have been impossible to rub in.  I will probably repurchase at some point.

Que Bella Balancing Ylang Ylang Mask (Target, $1.50) I got a bunch of different Que Bella individual masks in my Christmas stocking, but this is the only one I’ve tried so far.  It was alright, I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin, but I also don’t have oily skin that needs to be balancing.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase this particular mask.

Glamglow Youthmud (Sephora, $19) I reviewed this here.  I enjoyed this mask very much, and I think Glamglow is absolutely worth the money.  I will definitely repurchase at some point.

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Ole Henricksen Truth To Go Wipes (Sephora, $15)   I am so glad to be done with these.  This was part of a Sephora Black Friday Deal that I got, and they were just ok.  They did what they were supposed to, but I didn’t find anything special about them.  The smell was a very strong citrusy candy smell, which I didn’t really enjoy.  I would not repurchase them.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream (Sephora, $22) I reviewed this here.  I loved this hand cream.  I have one more tube to use up, and after that I will probably repurchase.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (Sephora, $48) I’ve gotten deluxe samples of this a few times, because I always forget that it makes me break out.  Aside from that, I don’t notice much of a difference when I use this.  It doesn’t really do anything for me that a less expensive night cream will do (besides break me out!)  I will not be purchasing.

L’Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil (Sephora, $24)  It took me forever to get through this deluxe sample.  I’m not big on body washes or shower gels, but was intrigued by a shower oil.  I expected that this would leave my skin very moisturized, but it really didn’t.  The oil lathered up like a soap, and it didn’t leave much behind in the way of moisture.  I won’t be repurchasing.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream (Sephora, $25)  I’ve gotten tons of samples of this over the years, and have a full size tub that I completely forgot about until recently.  It has the consistency of petroleum jelly, but moisturizes well and sinks in quickly.  Even though I like it, I don’t think I’ll purchase it again.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream (Sephora, $75) This is a deluxe sample I got from Sephora, and I really enjoyed this cream.  I used it as a night cream, it is very thick and super moisturizing.  Unfortunately, it caused me to break out, so I will not repurchase.

Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream (Clarins, $25) This is a deluxe sample that I’ve had for a while now, but I really liked it.  It has a light peppermint scent, and leaves moisture behind without being greasy.  Because of the price, though, I don’t think I’ll repurchase.  I’m currently using a foot cream by Curel that I think works just as well as this one.

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Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara (Sephora, $30) I am very sad to see this in my empties, because it is the best mascara I have ever used.  Its super black, gives great volume and length, and holds curl.  It lasts all day without smudging or flaking, and never clumps.  It is pricey, but worth every penny and I will absolutely be repurchasing.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara (Sephora, $23)  This came with Sephora’s Lash Stash, and the tube isn’t even close to empty, but it just doesn’t work for me.  The mascara looks nice, but smudges within a couple hours, without fail.  After a few more hours, it starts flaking.  I will most definitely not be repurchasing.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation (Sephora, $36) This is probably one of the first bottles of foundation I’ve ever finished, I usually get bored with them way before that happens.  This was a very nice foundation.  Medium coverage with a natural finish.  I probably won’t repurchase, though, since I have a ton of other foundations I want to try.

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Sephora, $20) I have a ton of these little samples in my drawer, this one happened to be dried up when I pulled it out to use it.  Urban Decay is my favorite eyeshadow primer, and while I don’t wear eyeshadow as much as I used to, I will always have this on hand.

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Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream (Sephora, $36)  This stuff is amazing, and it is part of what inspired me to switch to silicone/sulfate free hair care at the beginning of this year.  It leaves hair super soft, adds shine and almost completely eliminates frizz.  It is very light as well, so it does not weigh down hair at all.  I am definitely planning on repurchasing.

Clear Scalp & Hair 7 Day Intensive Treatment (Drugstores, $14.99)  As you can see, I found this on clearance and that’s the only reason I bought it.  I did not quite finish this, because it contains silicones, but I did like it when I used it.  The box contains 7 individual tubes that you are supposed to apply to your scalp for 7 days in a row.  I did not use them in a row, but I still noticed an improvement.  It leaves your scalp feeling moisturized.

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray (Drugstores, $5.99) I LOVE this stuff.  I only just recently started using heat protection, I always felt like it was an extra step that would just weigh my hair down.  But this stuff gets the job done without the feel of added product.  Even when sprayed liberally, there is no build up.  Unfortunately, since this contains silicones I will no longer use it in my hair, and I am not having very much success finding a replacement.

The end, finally!  Anything in here you’ve tried?  I’d love to hear your opinions on some of these products!

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Indie Grand Opening: Sue Me Lacquer

Today I have a brand new indie polish for you, Sue Me Lacquer.  Her polishes are currently available for pre-order, with the grand opening scheduled for January 30th.  The first collection is the Big Boom collection and consists of 4 polishes.

First is Georgia Peach.  This is a beautiful nude peach with a golden shimmer, 2 coats covered perfectly.

Sue Me Lacquer Georgia Peach

Next, Crimson Chin.  A burnt orange creme with full coverage in 2 coats.

Sue Me Lacquer Crimson Chin

Oceanic is a blue jelly, I used three coats for full coverage.

Sue Me Lacquer Oceanic

Finally, Into the Forest.  Another jelly, shown at 3 coats.

Sue Me Lacquer Into the Forest

Overall, I was pretty impressed with Sue Me Lacquers initial line up.  The colors are basic yet unique.  The formula was the same for each, very thick, but still smooth and easy to work with.

You can find Sue Me Lacquer on Etsy and Facebook.

*The products in this post were provided by the company for an honest review.

MDJ Creations

Today I have a few polishes from MDJ Creations to show you.  Melissa sent a couple glitters and a jelly for me to try out, and I was pleasantly surprised with each of them.  All three polishes had a nice formula, and the glitters were absolutely packed with glitter.

First up is Entertaining Angels, a sheer green base with all different types of glitter packed inside.  I did two coats over OPI Jade Is the New Black.

MDJ Creations Entertaining Angels

Next is Lilies of the Field, a sheer red base, again packed with all different types of glitter.  I did a glitter gradient over China Glaze Ruby Deer, ring finger shows two coats.

MDJ Creatons Lilies Of The Field

Finally is Tropical Getaway.  This is a bright pink sheer jelly with glitter, a bit more sparse than the other two.  I did two coats over OPI Alpine Snow.  The pictures don’t really do it justice, it was much more neon looking in person.

MDJ Creations Tropical Getaway

You can buy MDJ Creations polish from her Etsy shop, and you can also find MDJ Creations on Facebook.

*The products in this post were provided by the company for an honest review.

Barkbox January 2014

We finally got our January Barkbox in the mail!

Barkbox Jan 2014

Spencer was perfectly excited with the box this month, I was a bit disappointed, however.  He loves the treats that were included, but both of the toys are things that he isn’t typically interested in.

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Barksters Sweet Potato and Beef Krisps ($8.99)  Spencer LOVES these treats.  He typically prefers soft treats, but these are crunch without being hard.  I love that they are all-natural, and I would definitely buy these for Spence.

Think! Dog Louisiana Alligator Jerky  So despite these being called “alligator jerky,” I didn’t expect it to be actual alligator.  But it is.  Alligator treats for a dog.  Cause he wasn’t already spoiled enough.  Spencer absolutely loved these.  I hate them.  They smell awful, and the smell stays on your hands and on your dogs breath.  After giving him a couple of these in the afternoon, I could smell them on him when we went to bed that night.  I couldn’t find a price on these.

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Barkworthies Chew  I do not have any information on what this is, and couldn’t figure it out from the Barkworthies site, according to the Barkbox card this was supposed to be a deer chew from Etta Says.  But either way, Spence grabbed this and ran.  And yes, that’s his impatient paw waiting for me to finish taking the picture.

Harry Barker Tug n’ Toss ($6)  This is just a rope with a ball on the end.  Spencer doesn’t play with rope toys a whole bunch, and he is completely uninterested in this toy, unfortunately.

Wigzi Pocket Bone ($7.99) This is a rubber bone that has pockets in each end for treats.  I have never bought a toy like this for Spencer, and I try to stay away from rubber toys in general because he chews them up.  But I gave this to him with an alligator treat in each end, and he did play with it until he got the treats out.  It has sat unused ever since.

Even though I couldn’t find a price for everything included in the box, I know the value exceeded what I paid.  There is one more box left in Spencer’s subscription, so I hope that one is better on the toy front.  I still think Barkbox is a great service though.

You can sign up for Barkbox here, and receive $5 off your first month!

Hot Chick Physics Lacquer Glass Slipper

Today I have a nail polish from Hot Chick Physics for you.  Tonija’s sells nail polish along with accessories.  Her polish line has a wide range of colors and finishes.  Today I have Glass Slipper to show you, a cornflower blue polish packed with holographic glitter.

Hot Chick Physics Glass Slipper

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Glass Slipper had a nice, even formula and I only needed two coats for full coverage.  The holo was hard to capture on camera, but it is stronger in person.

You can find Hot Chick Physics on Etsy and Facebook.