Saturday, November 28, 2015

Get Ready With Me: Shopping Day Video

Today's post is a YouTube video and some additional information from it!  I posted this Get Ready With Me: Shopping Day video and thought the blog was a perfect place to list all the products I used from the video.  I hope you enjoy!

rimmel fix and perfect pro primer
revlon colorstay whipped creme foundation in 150 buff
rimmel match perfection 2-in-1 concealer & highlighter in 230 fair/light
pixi correction concentrate in brightening peach
l’oreal true match super bendable powder in n2 classic ivory
physicians formula healthy wear spf 50 bronzer in fair (all over face)
cover girl cheekers blush in pretty peach
maybelline define a brow in medium brown
nyx control freak eyebrow gel
elf makeup mist & set

milani eyeshadow primer in 01 nude
jordana jumbo eye pencil in continuous almond
l’oreal infallible eyeshadow in endless pearl
nyx single shadow in happy hour
nyx single shadow in dark brown
rimmel scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal liner 005 nude
maybelline colossal volum’ express waterproof mascara in classic black 

Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Color in Sheer Mauve

scarf was from Target, last year
sweater was from Kohl's, two years ago

Thursday, November 26, 2015

October/November Empties

I have some empties from October and the first half of November to share today. Let's start with the makeup that I finished off.

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in n1 Soft Ivory and n2 Classic Ivory.  I find the n2 shade suits me better.  I really like this powder and I've already repurchased n2.  However, I'm also currently trying out a different powder that is literally half the price.  True Match can run anywhere from $9 - $12 and I just feel like that's a lot for a powder, especially because I tend to go through powder quickly.

Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black.  This is my absolute favorite mascara.  It holds a curl and gives me natural definition that I just love.

Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara in Glam Black.  I like this mascara too, just not quite as much as the waterproof version.  I think this version defines my lower lashes better but it doesn't hold a curl well and that's something that's important to this straight lashed gal.

NYC Big Bold Angel Lash Mascara.  I was not a fan of this mascara at all.  It's one of those really big wands which just ends up getting mascara all over my eyes and is more effort than it's worth.  I would not repurchase this.

Carmex Lip Balm.  I love this lip balm.  It's just perfect and keeps my lips moisturized.  It also works well over lipsticks for some shine and hydration.  I've used it for years and I always keep extras on hand.  I have one in my purse, next to the couch, in my desk at work, in my nightstand, in my bathroom, and at my makeup area.  Just a little obsessed.  And the best part?  It only costs about a buck!

Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Medium Brown.  This is a great basic brow pencil.  I have already repurchased this but I'm also trying out another brow product right now.  I feel like this pencil doesn't have the greatest staying power so I want to see how a tinted brow gel compares.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Espresso.  This is a great every day eyeliner with good staying power.  I've already repurchased this but lately I haven't been wearing eyeliner.  I just stink at it so for the past five or six days I've been wearing a dark shadow as liner instead.  It just feels a little more foolproof and easier for me to apply.

Moving on to hair care...
Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo.  I already repurchased this.  I love this dry shampoo because it doesn't leave a white cast in my dark hair.  While I tend to wash my hair every day, I have fine straight hair that gets oily quickly at the roots.  A bit of this revives my hair in the morning and gives it some volume as well.

Garnier Fructis Root Amp.  This was okay but I'm not sure that I would repurchase it.  It does give your hair some volume and it dries quickly with a blow dryer but the texture when you spray it in is incredibly sticky and awful.  When it dries, that texture goes away but it just turned me off a little bit.

Garnier Fructis Texture Tease.  I've gone through probably about seven bottles of this stuff since I cut my hair short this past spring and I just love it.  It gives my hair texture and a little grit, which works out really well for my fine hair.  It also adds a lot of volume.  I definitely recommend it for my fine haired friends but if you do try it, be aware that you should start out lightly and gradually add in more because you can add too much and give yourself a helmet head sort of feel.

And last but not least, skin care empties...
Top Care Makeup Remover Wipes X2.  This are the best makeup wipes I've found.  They do a great job, are affordable, and don't irritate my eyes.  I get them at Winn-Dixie and I always wait for a sale and then stock up.

Equate All Day Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin with SPF 15.  This is my favorite day time moisturizer.  Higher levels of SPF tend to really irritate my skin and make me break out in a rash but this one is the perfect thickness and is gentle on my sensitive skin.

Up & Up Eye Serum.  This is a good undereye cream.  I might buy it again in the future but right now I'm trying out a different one and I think I like it better.  One thing that really annoyed me about this particular product is that it comes in a pump bottle, but then you either have to scrape the last one third of the bottle out (a pain!) or waste a lot of the product.  The one I'm trying right now comes in a squeezy tube.

CVS Moisturizing Lotion.  This is the store brand that compares to Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.  To be honest, I like the CVS brand better!  I currently have the Cetaphil brand because it was all they had at whatever store I was at when I ran out.  The CVS one has a slightly better texture in my opinion but they are so similar that it doesn't really matter all that much to me.  I think this is a great product for adding some serious moisture back into your skin.  I use it at night on my face, hands, feet, or anywhere else I need some hydration.

Those are my empties!  I tried to wait until the end of November but my empties basket was filled to the brim!  What products have you used up lately?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shopping My Stash Drawer

I'm here to share a video that I posted on YouTube, all about what was in my Shopping My Stash Drawer.  Below I listed the products I mention in the video.  I'd love to hear other ideas on how to organize your shopped items!  :)

nyx dark circle concealer in light
elf single eyeshadow in saddle
wet n wild color icon single in brûlée
hard candy kal-eye-discope baked eyeshadow duo in high maintenance
jane blushing cheeks blush in blushing petal
nyx eyeshadow single in dark brown
rimmel stay matte foundation in light ivory
elf volume plumping mascara
milani shadow eyes jumbo eye pencil in champagne toast
jordana 12HR made to last jumbo eye pencil in continuous almond
avon ideal shade concealer stick in fair
hard candy fox in a box in spicy and sweet
cover girl checkers blush in pretty peach
milani minerals blush in mai tai
sonia kashuk shine luxe sheer lipstick in sheer mauve
maybelline matte lipstick in blushing pout
elf moisturizing lipstick in ravishing rose
elf essential lipstick in classy
revlon lip butter in juicy papaya
nyc expert last lipstick in creamy mauve
essence lip liner in satin mauve
jordana easy liner for lips in sugar bronze
wet n wild color icon trio in walking on eggshells
physician’s formula healthy wear SPF 50 bronzer in fair
coastal scents revealed palette
coastal scents revealed 2 palette

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Decluttering My Stash

Now that October is over, things are slowing down for me at work.  So I took some time this weekend to relax and declutter my stash.  It was something that needed done for awhile.  The hardest part was figuring out where to start so I wanted to share my process in hopes that someone else might find it helpful to get them started as well.

I started by putting every last piece of makeup that I own (including all the random lip products in my purse) into this basket and taking it downstairs, away from my makeup area.  There was a specific reason that I wanted to move everything away from there.  Sometimes when I go through my makeup one drawer at a time, I'm more likely to keep products I don't enjoy that much just because I sort of have a mind set that I can keep it if there is room in that drawer of my stash.  Changing locations eliminated that excuse.

Next, I went through my lip products and quickly sorted into different bins.  I tried to only take two to three seconds to decide on each product to either Keep, Maybe, or Toss.

Keep: Items that I love and would never dream of getting rid of.
Maybe: Items that need further thought.
Toss: Items that are old, gross and need thrown away.  For example, I had a lot of pretty old Essence lip glosses that had separated and were disgusting and I was afraid to use them.

That yellow line in the top is where the product has separated out.  Ew!  These glosses were the entire reason I decided to do this declutter.

After the initial sort, I went back and did a second, more thoughtful sort of the Maybe bin, swatching if need be.  Anything I still couldn't decide for sure on got put into one drawer in my makeup area which I am designating as "Makeup Purgatory".  I'll leave it there for a month or so and any products that I miss and reach for can be added back into the main collection.  At the end of the month, anything I haven't reached for can then be tossed or donated to friends.  I also do this sort of thing when I purge my closet as well.

After finishing all the lip products, I did the same with the other products, by category.  This is what I ended up setting aside for "Makeup Purgatory".

And I ended up throwing away quite a bit that was just old and I wouldn't feel comfortable donating to someone.  I'd feel pretty bad if a friend ended up with pink eye or a horrible rash from something I gave them that should have just been thrown away.  I don't tend to worry as much about powders going bad but I had some liquid and cream products that had an odd smell or had separated that I just tossed.  I'd love to hear from anyone that has a different system for decluttering also!  I feel like this might just be round one and I'll probably end up coming back around in a month or so to declutter some more and any advice on strategy would be most welcome.