Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May (17) Empties

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo- I go through these regularly because I can barely make it past a day without getting greasy hair! Still one of my favorites and I use this ALLLL the time!

2. Degree Deodorant- Same with this stuff. I go through this a lot as well. Although I would rather not use this everyday because of the ingredients like aluminum chlorohydrate, fragrance, and butane and it's a spray and I swear every time I use this I have to leave the room because the smell will knock me out. Unfortunately this is the ONLY thing that works on me! Anyone got any better options?

3. Nars Laguna- I rarely hit pan on makeup products but I managed to go through this entire pan! I will say that this was a mini I got in a kit so it's not the full size, but I still went though it! I love this brozer as you can tell, it's definitely one of my favorites! I'm using a few others from my collection right now so I can get some use out of them, but am missing this one!

4. Roccoco Pore Cleansing Oil- I think I cried a little when I ran out of this sample. This cleansing oil is AMAZING. I love that it emulsifies as you use it, it doesn't feel extra greasy even though it's oil, and the ingredients are just SO SO good. It takes off all of my makeup no problem and my skin looks and feels great after using this! I love Roccoco and trust the results I've seen from this line. Really wanting the full size of this cleanser to add to my routine.

5. PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment (0.5% retinol)- This is the retinol I've been using lately. I like the ingredients PCA uses in their products, they are effective and have really impressed me lately. (I may do a review of the line and things I've used from it altogether so I can go into more detail, interested?) I have been using this twice weekly for about 6 weeks. I was SO tired of the spots on my jawline lingering for no apparent reason and was just DONE with them so I had to step it up a little beyond my daily skincare. To see results from using a retinol you usually wait at least 90 days of use. I can already tell that this has been working, but I've got a little while to go to see full results. I am excited to see where this gets me in 90 days! I have a backup sample size I am busting open and will purchase the full size after I finish that one!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Downtown Date with Dad

So this weekend I figured out my dad takes pretty good blog pictures... Everyone else is out of town so we went downtown for a little afternoon Magpie date (my favorite) and afterwards walked the levee. He ended up getting some good shots and all with no complaints... what a guy.

Anyway, there is one thing you should know after seeing this... I HATE wearing jeans. I hate the way most of them fit. I've worn leggings so often I normally just end up putting a pair of them on. I'm spoiled to the way they feel like you're wearing nothing. Jeans are too tight in my quads, too loose in my waist, and the ones that do fit are so tight I can barely breathe! That is until I found the most perfect pair in the entire world. I scored these jeans and this top from Marshalls and they are so comfortable. They're basically jeggings, but they're not skin tight. They're loose enough in my quads, they have a band on the waist which gives them a legging feel, and they're cropped! When we got home I didn't immediately take them off to breathe because they're that comfortable!

Now about the top... This is a t-shirt I can dress up or down and it's perfectly my style. The back is mesh so it's a little different. The slits in the armpits make it look girly but are also great for me because it's breezy (so I didn't get sweaty)! The color isn't black or grey (my go-to's) so that's a win for me. It's still neutral but light and perfect for spring/summer! 

This is not cute, but he insisted I take a picture like the statue.

Top (similar)
Jeans (similar)
Sandals 1 2 (both similar)

Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint

I purchased this after seeing Celestyna of MOSS post about her favorite sunscreens. I was already looking around for another lightly tinted SPF because the one I had been using I didn't love the texture of. I wear only tinted SPF every other day to have a break from piling makeup onto my skin, so I wanted something that evened out my skin a bit, but nothing that was too much.

Here is what this looks like blended into the skin...

I got the nude color, but it comes in natural tan as well which is the darker version. It starts out very runny but dries and blends in quickly and easily. This was all within 10 or so seconds. Beautiful light matte finish.

I absolutely have been LOVING this stuff. I love the texture on my skin. It doesn't sit on top of the skin with that silicone feel to it, but it's still got a matte finish. It provides a very light but lovely tint. I honestly don't even feel like I have anything on at all. This works so perfectly on my oily skin. There is nothing greasy feeling about it, and I don't feel gross halfway through the day.

As the packaging says, this product is reef safe. The active ingredient being 16% zinc oxide. It has a broad spectrum SPF of 50. It is made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. AND it's vegan and cruelty free! The ingredients in this product are fantastic for example zinc, bentonite, glycerin, jojoba esters and more! I've had no problems at all with this so far. Another plus is the price! This was only $22! Umm, yes please give me all of it.

Make sure to follow the directions and shake well before pumping out! Like I said, it starts out very runny and dries VERY QUICKLY. My tip for this is to work in sections of the face. Start with one cheek and blend into the chin, jaw line, and neck. Do the same on the other side, and then finish with the forehead and nose.

Make sure you are wearing an SPF daily!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April (17) Empties

Jason Lavender Body Wash- still my favorite body wash and will continue to repurchase. I keep telling myself to try another scent but I'm so obsessed with lavender! Love this stuff!

Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser- You all know how much I love this cleanser so there's no surprise here that I've already repurchased it and cracked the new one open!

Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30- I liked this SPF pretty good. I like the ingredients Coola uses and I liked that this had a very matte finish to it. This did pretty well under makeup, but I didn't like to wear it alone because of that matte finish the texture didn't sit well with me. I could feel it on my face all day long just sitting there. Overall a good SPF, but not my favorite. Currently I am using EltaMD SPF 46 under my makeup and like this better so far.

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50- Honestly, see above for the Coola review... It had the exact same texture and with this being tinted if I wore it alone all day I looked and felt so gross! I did like this for a while, but I can't handle the product just sitting on my face the way it does. I do like the ingredients of this one as well though and like that it's a physical block instead of using and chemical absorbers.

Covergirl Supersizer Mascara- I've talked about this one before too. I love this mascara and it is hands down my favorite drugstore mascara! I've already repurchased two of these bad boys!

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel- I've been doing my brows a lot more recently so I ran out of this quickly. I love the fine tip of this product, it makes doing little brow strokes very easy. I tried using another pencil when I ran out of this and it just wasn't the same! I repurchased this during Ulta's 21 days of beauty sale for $10 and am now realizing I should have gotten two!