8 Tried And Failed Skincare Products

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I love skincare, I love skincare products, and I love finding new amazing products. For the most part, the products I have tried are been great, good and just not for me, in this post I will be talking about some of the ones that didn’t work for me.

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes

I had heard so many great things about these wipes that I thought for sure it was a risk-free purchase but as it turns out I was wrong. While these wipes didn’t give me any major problems, I found they didn’t work very well, I had to scrub quite hard to get my eye makeup off and once the makeup was off my skin stung and felt hot.

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Garnier Clean Makeup-Removing Lotion Cleanser

I love lotion makeup removing cleansers in general but this one gave me some issues. This works alright as just a gentle cleanser if I wasn’t wearing any makeup but when it can to removing makeup I didn’t find it to work very well, it took some serious rubbing to get my mascara off and it irritated the skin around my eyes.

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Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil

I had such high hopes for this cleansing oil, being the first of Trader Joe’s skincare products that I had tried. This gave me much of the same problems that the last two products did except worse, this really made the skin around my eyes, as well as my eyes themselves burn and feel itchy.

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BareMinerals Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

This one I just didn’t find to work very well, I would have to use three or four cotton pads to remove all of my makeup and I had to really rub to get my mascara off.

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Sonoma Naturals Moroccan Rose Facial Mask

Everything about this mask sounded sweet and innocent, the ingredient included rosewater, which soothing and great for evening skin tone and green tea, which is an anti-inflammatory, plus its paraben, mineral oil, and cruelty-free. It all lovely right? Wrong! This sweet little mask gave me one of the worst reactions I have had to any skincare. The directions say to leave it on for five to twenty minutes so I left it on for ten, and before the time as quite up I began to feel some discomfort. It gave me some serious burning puffy red skin and it took a few hours before the redness started going down.

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NIP+FAB Glycolic Instant Fix Mask

Now I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, at least I don’t think I do, but this mask did a number on my face. The direction says to leave it on for ten minutes, which I did, and when I went into the bathroom to wash it off what I saw wasn’t reduced pores and an even skin tone like promise, what I saw was puffy red skin that started to burn as soon as I started to rinse the mask off. It took about an hour for my skin to settle down to normal.

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YesTo Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer

I have tried the tomato moisturizer and the cucumber moisturizer and this one is my least favorites. I have been using quite a bit over the summer because it’s the only moisturizer I have that has SPF, and with more frequent use I have discovered just how much I don’t like this product. It has a waxy, pasty feel on the skin and it smells like crayons.

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Cake Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm

What it boils down to with this hand cream is the scent. I remind me of those food scented chapsticks I used to have when I was younger, that smell always turned my stomach. It’s a mix of cake batter cinnamon and plastic. As far as the cream itself goes it’s super moisturizing and softening, but it does leave my hands feeling a bit greasy which isn’t good because I rarely want to sit still and wait for it to soak in.

What skincare products haven’t worked for you?

Have you tried any of these?

 

August Sephora Play!

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I was sitting at my computer yesterday wondering what my next blog post was going to be when all of a sudden a little box showed up at my door like a black and white striped gift from above.

I’m super excited to share these months Play! box with you guys! This is got to be my favorite one yet.

So let’s get into it!

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Included in the box is always a paper that on one side talks about the products and on the other usually has something random that I don’t pay much attention to. This time it has a cute little list of the elements of beauty and tells what sort of products they can be found in and what they do for your skin, which I think is really cool.

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The bag is the usual white drawstring bag. This time the design isn’t my favorite, it has the word “Makeup Geek” in black letter, and a face and hands working with chemistry tools. There’s nothing wrong with it, I just don’t care for the art style.

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Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist

I’ve never heard of this brand before so I’m curious to try it out, and new hair care products are always welcome. It says this is a “Lightweight hair styling mist that adds volume and texture to hair while strengthening and softening for full, lustrous strands”

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Shell

I so excited to see an Hourglass product in the bag, Hourglass is one of those brands I have always wanted to try but have never gotten around to it. At first, I thought this foundation would be a little yellow for my skin-tone, but I used in this morning it is seemed to blend in just fine. Like I said I used it this morning, and I found that it gave me a good light-medium coverage that I think would be buildable but I didn’t want to use too much. The finish is glowing and comfortable.

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BeautyBlender Micro-Mini Applicator Sponge

I’ve always been curious about trying the esteemed BeautyBlender but didn’t what to fall in love with something that expensive that I would have to replace every couple of months, so I can’t wait to try this out.

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Lancer The Method Polish

I’m in need of a good exfoliator so this couldn’t have come at a better time. I haven’t used it yet so I can’t tell you how it works but the description says it’s an “effective skin-resurfacing treatment that uses natural plant enzymes and microdermabrasion crystals to reveal radiant skin”, so it sounds amazing.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in L3 Warm

I was really excited to see this in the bag, I actually saw this concealer in TJ Maxx last week but the only shade they had was really dark. I’ve heard really good things about this concealer, and I used it under my eyes this morning and loved the results. It gave me a smooth comfortable coverage.

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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume 

I love the scent of this perfume, it’s a light, citrusy, fresh scent. It has notes of cedar, bluebell, white rose, jasmine, apple, and amber. The only problem I have is that it’s a lot like last month’s scent Orange Sanguine by Atelier Cologne.

 

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Left/Right Kat Von D Concealer Creme/Hourglass  Stick Foundation

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I’m so excited about all the product that I received this month and I can’t wait to try them all out and see if there as amazing as they look.

If you would like to see last month’s Play you can find it (here)

Have you tried any of these products?

Anna.

 

Decadent Rice Krispy Treats

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If you ever wondered if there was a way to make Rice Krispy treats fancy and elegant then you’ve come to the right place. Rice Krispy Treats have always been one of my favorites treats both to eat and to make. Typical I go for the classic sweet and simple way of making them but this time I decided to do it a little differently, and they came out amazingly.

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  • 6 Cups Rice Cereal
  • 8 Cups Mini Marshmallows 
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter 
  • Dark Chocolate(I used 2 of NibMor’s Original Dark Chocolate bar)
  • Caramel( Meltable)

Grease a flat 9-13 pan.

In a large pot slowly melt the butter and the marshmallows on a medium heat stirring constantly.

Once the marshmallows are melted remove from heat and add the rice cereal, you will want to do this fairly quickly. Gently stir until the cereal is completely coated.

Now press the mixture into your prepared pan using a  greased spoon or your hands( if you do use your hands make sure to grease them first).

Once the marshmallow mixture is evenly spread out, sprinkle with some remaining mini marshmallows and gently press them down so they stick. Set aside while you melt the chocolate and the caramel.

How you melt the chocolate and caramel is up to you, for the most part,  I find that a Bain Marie works best.

I chopped up a few salted caramels and saved out a couple squares of chocolate for decoration and texture. I started by sprinkling the bits of caramel fairly evenly over the top and followed with the melted chocolate and caramel.

Let the toppings set for about twenty minutes before cutting into squares.

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I absolutely love the texture of this bars, all the different toppings really shine through. I think I still prefer the classic, but these are great for adding a touch of class to a fun and yummy treat.

Thanks so much to NibMor for supplying the chocolate for this recipe, if you would like to see the other recipe I did with them you can find it(here).

Pixi Book Of Beauty Glow Getter Radiant Light Palette Review

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Pixi is one of those brands that I have always been interested in but haven’t tried much from. This is because for one I don’t really like ordering makeup online and two there isn’t a store near me that sells them.

Last week I was poking around Marshalls and I found this little treasure for five dollars. Yes, you hear right FIVE DOLLARS! Now, this retails on the Pixi website for twenty-four, so I feel like I got a really good deal.

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I actually have been interested in trying this particular palette for awhile, so I know the moment I saw it that is was meant to be.

The packaging is quite simple, the box it comes in is a light green color with gold details and all the normal how to use and ingredient one to back. The palette itself is the same light green color and made of cardboard, and is obviously designed to look like a book from the side and the back. That really is the only touch of whimsy this palette has to offer.

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Despite the packaging being a tad bit boring, the powders themselves are the important part. There are six shades and they are each quite lovely.

The first one is a beautiful white highlight shade that’s not at all shimmery, but extremely glowing.

Number two looks like a darker pink in the pan but when swatched it is a beautiful champagne pink. It is very reflective and almost a little metallic.

Three is a gorgeous pearly off white that is super glowy and reflective.

The Fourth is a soft light pink shade that is very glowing with the slightest hint of shimmer.

Five is my personal favorite, it is a beautiful coppery gold color that leaves a lovely bronzey glow on the skin when applied.

Six is a soft shimmery peachy pink.

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This has become my go to highlighter palette because it gives my a lovely subtle glow.

I don’t know if I would pay full price for this palette because it is quite small, but I would highly recommend it if you can find it on sale somewhere.

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What are your thoughts on this palette?

Would you pay full price for it, or are you cheap like me?

Anna.

August Makeup Bag

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Hello!

I feel like it’s been ages since I have posted anything, but now I’m back with my monthly makeup bag.

This month I wanted to focus on some of sample sized products and products that I love but have gotten away from using.

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Flower Take A Brow Complete Brow Kit: I have been using the Elf brow kit for a long time and haven’t used anything else, but now that that’s running low I have started using this one again.

Flower Glow Baby Glow Blush/Bronzer Duo in Beachy Keen: I love the color of this blush, it’s a beautiful peachy coral with a hint of shimmer. The bronzer is a little darker than I would normally go for, but when it’s lightly applied and well blended it works quite well.

 

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Deep Brown/ Latte/Coco/ Honey Dew/ Show Me Your Glow

 

Ulta Beauty Nude Matte Eye Shadow Primer: I have only used this once and that was back in the winter, so I really don’t remember how well it works.

BareMinerals Silky Cream Eyeliner in Deep Brown: Since I have shaky hands and I’m mediocre at applying eyeliner at the best of times this type of product isn’t usually the best for me.  However I do love the shade and the formula of this liner, it’s a thick creamy texture that creates a smooth, even line.

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment in Latte: This is shadows is absolutely stunning, super pigmented and creamy. I tend to reach for palette way more than single shadows, so these get neglected.

Mellow Cosmetics Baked Eye shadow in Coco: This used to be a rounded baked shadow but unfortunately the rounded part broke off in shipping. The formula seems really good, it’s soft and very pigmented.

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment in Honey Dew: This is just a beautiful shade, I don’t understand why I haven’t used it more. It’s a beautiful champagne pink shimmer.

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & highlighter: This is a really nice highlighter but it’s really too small to use as a regular highlighter, it’s a sample and it’s about the size of a penny. I have been using this on my brow bone and on my cupids bow.

 

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Finishing Powder/ Julianne’s Nude 

 

BareMinerals Diamond Light Mineral Veil Finishing Powder: This is a pretty light pink powder that has a  touch of glitter mixed in to give it glow.

L’Oreal Lipstick in Julianne’s Nude: I love the formula of this lipstick and the shade is beautiful. It’s a peachy pink satin.

TheBalm Mad Lash Mascara:  For the two or three times I have used this mascara I have found it to be really good, it makes my lashed look longer and lifted, but it isn’t clumpy.

What are some of your most neglected products?

Anna.

Makeup Of the 1950s

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The 1950s were, in my opinion, one of the best times for both fashion and cosmetics. If I were to some up women’s style in the 50s in two words they would be classic and elegant.  Some of the beauty icons of the 1950s were Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Doris Day, Lucille  Ball, and my personal favorite Audrey Hepburn.

The most common makeup look in the 50s was a simple, feminine with a focus on the lips and eyes.

 

 

Look Of The Day

Face

A cream or liquid foundation would be used in a skin tone or a little lighter, followed by a skin toned powder to set. I couldn’t find anything about concealer of the day, but foundation was applied heavily for the “mask effect” so there may not have been as much or a need for concealer. Blush or rouge was used sparingly in pastel and rose shades on the apple of the cheeks and often on the temple and forehead to warm up the face.

Brows 

Brows were one or even two shades darker and penciled in with an emphasized the arch.

Eyes

Eyeshadow was usually understated and simple, both matte and shimmer shadows were popular. Only one shade would be used at a time and would typically be applied on the lid and in a slight triangle going out and up towards the brow. Gold shadows were used but pastel pinks and blues were also very popular.

Winged eyeliner can into popularity into popularity early in the decade, so we have the 50s to thank for this trend. Women of the day mostly wore black but I have read that brown and blue were also available. The wing was sharp and small from what I have seen, it was usually about the same length as the lashes. Lashes-

Mascara was subtle and only applied to the upper lashes, mascara applied to upper and lower didn’t come back till the 1960s.

Lips

Red lipstick was still going strong, but pink and coral were very much in among younger women of the day, Audry Hepburn is well known for saying” I believe in pink”  typically matte with vaseline to add sheen.

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My look

Even though I couldn’t find anything about primer being used in the 1950’s I decided to use it anyway, I’m using the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer.

For foundation, I’m using the L’Oreal Unfallible Pro-Glow foundation in Classic IvoryI applied it quite heavily to get maximin coverage. I also used a touch of the Physicians Formula Concealer to any spots that the foundation didn’t fully cover, as well as a little under the eyes.

I set my foundation and concealer with the Coty Airspun Loose Face PowderBlush usage had gone down a lot since the 40s and was now use very lightly on the apples of the cheeks and on the forehead and temples to warm up the face, I used the BareMinerals Absolute Indulgence Loose Powder Blush.

For brows, I used my usual Elf Brow Duo in MediumIn the beginning of the decade, the brows were quite bold with a strong arch and a fine point but still looked natural. By the end of the decade, the brows had become softer and much more natural but still filled in for shape.

I started by priming my lids with the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Originaland then use the shade Candle Light from the W7 Beat It! Palette. I applied the shadow all over my lid and followed out towards to create a soft v shape, this help makes the eyes appear larger and more open. Then for the wing! I used the Kat Von D Tatto Liner in Mad Max BrownI would have preferred to use a black liner for this look, but I don’t actually own one. To form the wing I always start with the flick and create a triangle before finishing off with the lid. I curled my lashes, and then applied two light coats of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara on the top lashes being careful not to touch the bottom lashes.

And lastly the lips! The lips are what make this look for me, nothing says 1950s makeup more than a bold lip. Although both pink and coral lipstick was popular in the day and would be colors I would be way more likely to wear on a daily basis, I wanted to go for red. Red is a color that I don’t wear very often and I also don’t have a nail polish that matched any of my other lipsticks.

To apply the lipstick I started by lining the lips with a brush and the lipstick, the lips were overlined to make the lips look fuller and the cupids bow was usually quite pronounced. After I lined my lips I filled them in with the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 01. 

And of course, we can forget the nails. A women’s nails always matched her lips. This is something I didn’t know and I found it to be really interesting, now I feel like I should work harder at pulling my looks together. For my nails, I used Sally Hansen’s polish in  Red My Lips. DSC_0220

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I absolutely love this look! It’s actually really close to my normal makeup, take away the red lipstick, add a little highlighter and light contour, and there you have my go to makeup.

I had so much fun researching and creating this look, I learned a lot about the decade both in fashion and makeup.

I would love to do more of this type of post, so if there is an era that you would like to see a makeup post about please let me know in the comments. Personally, I would love to try an Edwardian era look.

Anna.

July Favorites

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It’s the end of July and I have been suffering from the warm weather and wanting to spend every day at the beach. Most of this month’s favorites are fairly new, or ones that I have just started using seriously. I’m including brushes in this months favorite, I’ve never talked about brushes so this should be fun.

 

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Pixi Book Of Beauty Glow Book Glow Getter Palette

This face palette is one of the best things I have purchased in the last couple of month. I found it at TJ Maxx for four dollars, yes, four dollars which was amazing because I have had my eye on this and knew that it was twenty-four on the Pixi website.

I don’t believe this is technically a highlighter palette, it is meant to add glow to the products you are already wearing such as blush and bronzer, but I have been using as a highlighter palette. All the shades are very subtle and delicate and add a soft understated glow.

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RootedEarth Headache Relief Salve

Rooted Earth Farm is a Maine based company so I automatically love it, but I was out with some friends and saw this at a garden center and knew I needed it in my life. This has every thing I could ask for in a headache relief product, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint.

Valjean Labs GLOW VitaminC+  Magnesium Facial Serum

I have been trying to get settled into a skincare routine and this little serum has been one of the few survivors. It’s very light and soaks in almost instantly, leaving my face feeling soft and healthy.

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Luxie Precision Foundation Brush

I got this brush in and Ipsy bag a couple of months ago but have just recently started using it. It is one of the best little brushes. I have been using it for blush, bronzer, light contour, setting my undereye concealer, and highlighter, so it’s pretty much an all purpose blush. The only funny thing about this brush is that it really doesn’t work for foundation.

So Susan Brush

This is another almost all-purpose brush.  Instead of switching from blush to brush when doing my eyeshadow, I have been using this one almost exclusively. The end is fine enough for getting in the crease, but it’s fluffy enough to all over the lid.

BareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in Swag

As I’ve said many times in the past, I’m not a liquid lipstick fan. You can find my post on the subject (here). This one, however, seems a little different. Instead of feeling really drying and cracking a flaking like pretty much every other liquid lipstick I’ve used, it’s actually comfortable. It reminds me of the formula of the NYX Matte Lip Creams. I got this in my Sephora box this month and I was so happy with the shade, last time I got a lip product it was purple.

 

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Glow Getters 

 

 

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Swag 

I was surprised when I put together the products that I have been using consistently throughout the month how few favorites I actually had.

On an another note, what do you all think of the vertical photos? I thought I would try something new but I’m not sure I like it.

What have been some of your favorites this month?

Anna.

 

 

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July Empties

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I’ve managed to get through a lot of products this month, so I hope you all don’t get bored halfway through this post.  I still haven’t made it through many makeup products, but maybe next time.

Let’s jump into the empties!

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DSC_0065Dirty Works Micellar Cleansing Water

I have heard all sorts of good things about micellar water, but I didn’t really find this to be that effective. I have had it for ages and didn’t really use it, but I finally made it the bottom of the bottle. I won’t be buying this one again.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser

I have been loving like gentle cleansers lately, I honestly think they’re better for problem skin then acne targeted cleansers. This one is really nice and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed, but not dried out.

Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub

I have repurchased this a couple of times and I like it a lot, but like I said I have been trying to use gentler cleansers, so I don’t think I will be buying it again anytime soon.

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

This mask is very herbal and smells a little like celery.  It left my skin feeling nourished and smooth.

Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask

This was a really good little mask, it makes my skin feel soft and clean.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliator

This is a really nice exfoliant, I got a mini as a gift in a PoshMark order and I loved using it. The texture is very thick, almost paste like, but it was really gentle.

TonyMoly I’m Real Aloe Sheet Mask and Broccoli Sheet Mask

I used the broccoli and my mom used the aloe, and we both really liked them. I love sheet masks anyway but these seemed to fit my face better, and my skin felt so nice.

Dermadeli Rejuvenating Toner

The most remarkable thing about this toner is that t smells like pine trees.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Gel Cream

I have bought this once before and I love it. It’s super light and absorbs quickly, so it’s perfect for my morning skincare routine.

Lanocreme Nourishing Night Cream

This is a great little night cream, I have bought it a couple of times and it never disappoints.

Lumene Time Freeze Firming Day Cream

A little goes a long way with this one, this was my only day cream with SPF so I’m now on the hunt for another one.

DSC_0059Soap&Glory Clean On Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel

I loved the formula of this shower gel, but unfortunately, the scent made my headaches worse so I won’t be getting this again.

Lush Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub

This isn’t the best scrub I didn’t find it to really be that exfoliating. and it smells funny.

TheBodyShop Cocoa Butter Crean Body Scrub

This it the best scrub on the planet! It smells edible and I was actually very tempted to see if it tasted as good as it smelled.

TheBodyShop Cocoa Butter Body Butter

This is the same scent as the scrub I just mentioned which makes it amazing. I had this in a small tube and kept in my bag.

TheBodyShop Strawberry Body Sorbet

I love how light and refreshing the body sorbets are, this smelled just like strawberries so of course, I loved it. I currently have the green tea and the grapefruit one, so I don’t think I will be getting this again anytime soon.

Jergens Original Scent Daily Skin Moisturizer

This is my all time body lotion, I have repurchessed it innumerable times and can’t live without it. I love the almond and charry scent.

Hey Honey Besame Mucho Shea Butter Lip Balm

This came in one of my Ipsy bags a couple of months ago and I really really liked it. It was light and moisturizing and made my lips feel nourished and happy.

Essie Orange Lip Balm

I’m not sure what the official name of this lip balm is, but it’s the orange one. This isn’t my favorite of Essie lip balm, I much prefer the coconut milk one and the vanilla.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Suprise surprise! I used another Carmex lip balm.  I need to pick up another one soon because of my lips and drying out.

Aromappeal Soothing Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is really soothing to my headaches so I always have a bottle or two around.

Visine-A Eye Allergy Relief Drops

Boring I know but a necessity all the same.

Rite Aid Dry Eye Relief Drops

Also boring, but I need them.

DSC_0055Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Pearl

I love this foundation, the only problem I had was that it was a little dark for me. I love the light yet high coverage formula, and the flawless finish it gives but not so fond of the price.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory

This is my newest favorite foundation, it’s a lovely semi-matte foundation that has great buildable coverage.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up

This concealer is very light and has an almost mousse like texture. I didn’t find it to have very good coverage.

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-In-1 Concealer

Is this concealer in all of my empties posts? I feel like it is. This is the best little undereye concealer I have found thus far.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black

I didn’t really like this liner, it had a tendency to run, which isn’t a good look.

Mary Kay Loose Setting Powder

Finally! If you have been on A Sparkle Of Grace before I’m sure you will have heard me talk about this powder before.

RealTechniques Blending Sponge

Although this isn’t technically makeup, I do use these little sponges on the regular and I always buy a pack of two so I don’t get left without one.

DSC_0061Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

I’m not the biggest fan of this dry shampoo, it was really light and didn’t feel bad on my hair, but I really didn’t find it to work that well as absorbing the oil.

Salon Grafix Professional Shaping Hair Spray

This is a good little hair spray, and I have already repurchased it.

Rusk Thermal Shine Spray

I have repurchased this several times and I love it, it has heat protectant and it reacts with the heat to add shine.

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Essie Nail Polish in Watermelon

I absolutely love the color of this polish which made me really sad when it was running low and getting hard to use. It’s a beautiful dark pinky purple color.

Well, that’s it for my July empties, I feel like I have made good progress getting through my skincare sample, so well in fact that I need to buy and new moisturizer.

I’m sorry if this post seems a little scattered, I have been having some mental focus issues lately and that has been making writing posts in one sitting impossible.

What have you used up this month?

Do you have any moisturizer suggestions for me?

Anna.

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The Liebster Award

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I was nominated for The Liebster by Hayley from HayleyxMartin,  Jess from Queen Sapphire, and Lauren from Heaps Of Me, So thank you all very much for your nominations.

Originally I was going to answer all three sets of questions, but I thought me answering 33 questions might get a little boring, so I decided to pick the set I liked best and just go with that.

The Rules

  • 1. Recognize who has tagged you.
  • 2. Answer the questions they have asked.
  • 3. Tag 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • 4. Ask them 11 new questions.

 

Jess’s Questions

1 .What is the one makeup/skincare product you just can’t live without?

For makeup, it would have to be the Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 concealer, and for skincare Jergen’s Original Scent body lotion, and the Dirty Works Pore-Fect scrub.

2. If you could move anywhere and money wasn’t an issue, where would you move to and why?

There are so many places I would like to live but the top three are Tuscany, New Zeland, and Irland.

3. What is the best thing that has happened to you this year so far?

So far it has been an amazing year, but one thing that definitely stands out was getting to meet my favorite band. We went to one of their concerts in June and it turned out that we were staying at the same hotel so we got to visit with them for a quite awhile, and now they will forever be my favorite group.

4. What is one thing about yourself that you wouldn’t change for the world?

My faith, my sense of humor, and my fashion sense.

5. How do you feel about the blogging community?

From all that I’ve seen everyone is super supportive and kind, I haven’t seen a lot of competition instead I’ve seen lots of kind words and encouragement.

6. Do you have any beauty tips you think anyone reading this should know?

Start with a healthy base! I recently realized that I was trying to cover up my troubled skin instead of trying to heal it, focus on taking care of you skin and then think about makeup.

7. You’re posting a beauty/fashion haul, what are the 5 brands we will definitely see in there?

Most likely The Body Shop, The Creme Shop, Too Faced, Tonymoly, and NYX for beauty. For fashion, it would be whatever I found at TJ Maxx my favorites are Micheal Kors, LOFT, and  Betsy Johnson.

8. What lead you to start your own blog and what has your experience been like so far?

Boredom, yes I started it because I was bored, and I have loved every minute of it.

9. Do you like to cook? What is your favorite food of all time?

YES! Although I’m more of a baker, I do enjoy making meals. Baking it a great stress reliever, even though caking cakes for parties can be a bit stressful.

10. Are you a money saver or a money thrower? Do you wait for the sales or something to be reduced or do you just buy things whenever?

I’d like to say I’m a saver, but I guess I’m a bit of both. I can go for ages without spending anything, but once I start it’s hard to stop.

11. What would your dream home look like? What colors would we see, would there be themes throughout each room?

I love the modern Frank Lloyd Wright look, but I also have a soft spot for Victorian mansions.I would want a giant library, a grand staircase, and plenty of room for guests (each guest room would be themed) For interior color, I would go for light grays and white, with pops of color mainly in the form of furniture and decor, those colors would probably be aqua and vintage pink.

 

My Questions

  1.  How long have you been blogging?
  2. Where do you get your inspiration for your posts?
  3. Is there anything you wish you could change about the blogging community, or even just blogging in general?
  4. You are given a million dollars what do you do with it?
  5. If you could meet any three people throughout history who would you pick?
  6. What is your favorite era for fashion and makeup?
  7. If you had to live without your phone or your computer which would you keep?
  8. Dogs or cats? Why?
  9.  Who are your favorite bloggers?
  10. If you had your own brand/business what would your products be?
  11. What is your favorite childhood memory?

I’m tagging,

Ashley-BlondeFashionHappy

Vicki-MummaAndHerMonsters

Alice-AccordingToAlice

Daisy-DaisyHudson

Jade-SeaBanana

And as always feel free to consider yourself tagged if you would like to do this yourself. If you do choose to please come back and leave me the link, I would love to read it.

I hope you now feel like you know me a tiny bit better, and love doing these kinds of posts because they make me think.

Anna.

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July Sephora Play! First Impressions

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My July Play! is finally here!

I had wanted to get this post up the day it arrived but as we are having some work done in my room I wasn’t able to get my blog photos done up.

So, here it is my July Sephora Play! unboxing/first impressions.

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This months theme is Beauty Staycation, and they seem to have done a good job a sticking to the theme. All the product seem to be low maintenance and easy to use.

The bag is the classic drawstring bag, but this time it is pink gingham with the word Glamp Out in red letters on the front.

DSC_0170IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

I have received samples of this mascara before and it’s one of the few that I actually like. so I was pleased to have another one.

“Innovative lengthening mascara gives lashes volume, reach, and lift with just one inky-black coat.”

DSC_0167Bosicia Charcoal Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment

I’m really excited to try this out it looks amazing! I also like that it matches the Sephora box. It says that this is a detox in a jar and that it is supposed to be deeply purifying, so it sounds like just my kind of product.

“Swirled black and white charcoal mask balances skin’s moisture, absorbs impurities, and minimizes the appearance of pores.”

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

It says that this is a light leaven-in conditioning spray, so basically just what my hair needs. This has a light and slightly sharp scent.

“Ultra-light leave-in conditioning spray delivers non-greasy moisture without weighing down hair”

DSC_0173DSC_0198BareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in Swag

This looks really nice, the shade is perfect for me.so I’m hoping this might shake my firm dislike of liquid lipstick.

“Cream-to-matte liquid lipstick pairs a blushing mauve shade with a stay-all-day formula that is lightweight yet full-coverage.”

DSC_0168Milk Makeup Cooling Water

I have heard a lot of good things about Milk Makeup, so I’m excited about using this. I tried it last night and I really liked the way it feels and it is super easy to apply.

“Hydrating gel stick refreshes and soothes skin of a quick boost or moisture when you’re on the go.”

DSC_0175Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine

This is a lovely light scent that is perfect for summer. It smells of sweet oranges.

“Inspired by the scent of a relaxed summer morning, this crisp blend of sweet blood orange and bitter orange peel is complemented by notes of geranium.”DSC_0179

What are your thoughts on this months box?

Anna.

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