Empties #3

Lotsa Lotion in my trash (four?!?). Here’s what is going in the garbage for good:

(will) REPURCHASE | True Blue Spa Tahiti Sweetie: This scent is very summery so I’ll pick some up after winter. It is one of the most moisturizing lotions I’ve ever used.

REPURCHASE | Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode: I’ve ranted and raved about this before and will continue to. It’s the best hairspray their is (I’ll replace the travel size next time I need to go somewhere)

NEITHER | Gillette Satin Care & Olay Shave Gel: I normally don’t use shaving cream and just use my shower gel but I thought I’d give this a whirl. Didn’t notice a huge difference so I’ll stick to my shower gel.

REPURCHASE | Degree Sexy Intrigue Deodorant: I normally don’t like scented deodorants but this one smells so good! Give it a whiff if you’re in the aisle!

REPURCHASE | Sexy Hair Big Volume Shampoo: I recently just colored my hair so I’m using a color preserve shampoo, but I have another in my cabinet. I really like this stuff and it smells amazing like all of the other products from this line.

(will) REPURCHASE | Jergen’s Skin Firming Lotion: I really like this lotion and will probably repurchase later on when I’m close to being in a bathing suit again. It has a bit of a silicone feel and is very smoothing.

REPLACE | Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner: I saw a toner on clearance at Target when I went to go replace the Neutrogena and thought I’d give it a try. I am now IN LOVE with it, so I’ll review it soon!

REPLACE | Neutrogena Naturals Multivitamin Nourishing Night Cream: This was my first night cream and I really enjoyed it but I wanted to see what else is out there. I have a new one that I’m less impressed with and I’ll also do a review on.

(will) REPURCHASE | Bath & Body Works Exotic Coconut Lotion: SHOCKER something coconut scented for Nicole! This is my all-time favorite coconut scent. When I’m done with my winter scents, this will end up back in my bathroom. (It comes and goes in the store but eventually seems to come back).

(will) REPURCHASE | Pacifica Body Butter Tuscan Blood Orange: I talked about Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar scent of this lotion in my May Favorites and last Empties and now just tried this scent, which is also a hit. These Body Butters are amazing. I’d highly recommend.

Ok…here’s all of the trash I’ve been collecting!

4 things below have been discontinued so reaching the end was very, very sad 🙁

Empties #2

REPLACE | Garnier Fructis Volume Dry Shampoo: It’s pretty good, gets the job done, and smells fruity. I’m currently trying Dove and Batiste.

SAD FACE | Bath & Body Works Dreamy Vanilla Woods Scrub: PLEASE bring this scent back! It literally smells so heavenly and I’m so upset it’s gone.

REPLACE | up&up Baby Wipes: I use baby wipes to take off the first layer of makeup if I have a full face. These were nice and not scratchy but tore easily.

(will) REPURCHASE| Pacifica Body Butter: This was in my May Favorites. I LOVE this scent. I will repurchase in the future (I have a lot of lotion to work through first!)

REPURCHASE | Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash: Gets me clean and is gentle on sensitive skin. I have another in my shower right now.

REPLACE | MICA Beauty Cosmetics Exfoliating Peel Gel: This is some steep stuff, but so worth it. I got it 2 years on a promo and it just ran out. Currently, I’m going to give the Peter Thomas Roth one a go, but I would repurchase this in the future.

REPURCHASE | CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara (Water Resistent): Have to have it no matter what.

SAD FACE | Benefit dual ended lip gloss: It was finally time for me to part with this gloss. I miss the old Benefit glosses so much. BRING THEM BACK!

SAD FACE | CoverGirl Nature Lux Balm Glosses: I was so upset when I found out these were discontinued but then, my friend found a whole bunch at Big Lots! Always check there for great deals and to see if any of your beloved discontinued makeup is there.

(will) PURCHASE | Lush Dream Wash: I got a sample of this and really liked it. I will pick it up around winter time when I really need it.

REPURCHASE | True Blue Spa Shea It Isn’t So Food Cream: (This is some old packaging!) I love the peppermint scent and it makes me feet so smooth.

REPURCHASE | e.l.f. Essential Shine Eraser: I always have these on hand.

REPURCHASE | e.l.f. Mineral Eye Brightener: This is my favorite under-eye setting powder. It’s light-weight and brightening.

MAYBE? | Benefit They’re Real: I have such a love/hate relationship with this mascara. I go through phases. Right now, I’m over it. I’ll probably be back on at some point, though.

SAD FACE | Bath & Body Works Honolulu Sun Hand Cream: This scent is awesome so I had 4 shipped from another store so I could keep replacing as I ran out…

I wanted to give a review and some swatches of these limited addition e.l.f. lip glosses! You can find them here on the e.l.f. website.

The pack is a part of the essential line, so they are $1 each, $3 for the pack.

elf Lip Gloss

There is a coral (no shimmer), a strawberry pink (golden shimmer), and a clearish, bright pink (silver/blue glitter).

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The coral and the pink are the only two that you could wear alone and get a good color payoff. The last one would really just be to top off a lipstick or a stain.

Swatches

Right: Out of the tube Left: Sheered out, more how it would look on the lips

There is a slight scent, almost vanilla, and they aren’t too tacky.

Overall, you’re getting what you pay for, but they aren’t bad. If you need  something to throw in your cart for free shipping or if you really like lip gloss I’d say go for it, but they aren’t an e.l.f. must-have product.

Hope that was helpful! xoxo

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Last year, I “trained” my hair so that I didn’t have to wash it everyday. I used to be very mean to my hair: Wash, blow-dry, and straighten every single day. Now, I was my hair on average about every 4 days, sometimes I can go up to a week. I went through this process because I wanted to grow my hair out and and as it was getting longer, it became time consuming for me to do so much work.

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the “no-poo” method. This is a great article that I read when I first came across the concept. I haven’t tried the no-poo because I’m scared but I don’t know why. I recently was at the Iowa City New Pioneer Co-op and they had samples of EverydayShea Shampoo & Conditioner, along with their parent company’s (Alaffia) Face Cream. If you have some time, you should really check out Alaffia’s website here, or watch a video on the company here.

Now, the products!

Alaffia Neem & Shea Butter Skin Recovery Face Cream

Face Cream

I was intrigued by this product because the package claims it is for ultra-dry or acne prone skin. If you have dry skin, you probably want a thick face cream, which wouldn’t be what you want if you’re acne prone.

My skin is normal-dry, very sensitive, and prone to redness. From what I used, I liked it. I didn’t break out and it was very moisturizing. However, because it is all natural, there isn’t an SPF. I like having that built in for everyday use.

EverydayShea Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner – Unscented

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I was nervous to try this shampoo because I had read some reviews where people said there hair was left with a film and still greasy. I tried to push that aside, reminding myself that like my face, my hair is typically anything but greasy.

Shampoo:

Pros:

  • I like the scent. While it is “unscented,” it has that very fresh smell, similar to a lot of Lush products

Cons:

  • I felt like I had to use more shampoo than normal
  • My hair didn’t feel very “clean”
  • I could very noticeably tell where I had missed a spot on my scalp, because it felt oily the next day

Conditioner:

Pros:

  • My hair was less frizzy than normal after air drying
  • Very thick

Cons:

  • Smelled like puddy
  • Not as soft as a normal conditioner

Verdict: For the two times I used the shampoo, and three times I used the conditioner, I don’t think I’m a fan. Maybe I needed to give them a longer go. I am not discouraged by natural shampoo/conditioners, though.

So…do you poo? Are you a no-poo? Have you ever tried to no-poo? Use any organic/natural products you like? Please comment below and let me know!

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I haven’t tried much makeup from The Body Shop, so I thought I’d give this Baked-To-Last Blush a try. When I bought this blush, it was on sale for $9 (50% off) and might still be, so check it out!

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It’s a baked blush so like most, it is domed. I really like the clear packaging.

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I would say this is on the pinker end of the coral spectrum. It takes on more of a coral tone when the two colors are swirled together. This is a very highlighting blush so if you like matte blushes, you’ll want to take a pass on this one. I am really happy with this blush and think it could be worn with a variety of eye looks and lip colors!

Have you tried any makeup from The Body Shop?