Monthly Empties

October 2018 Empties

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Look, I know that we’re almost halfway through November. Things were busy for me, oKaY. Here are the products I finished that month.

Oribe’s Anti Humidity Spray is a miracle product. It helped me get through a humid Lousiana summer. I even made an Instagram story about it!

Would I buy it again? Look, I’m poor AF so it’s gonna be until next summer but you bet your ass I will.

Neogen’s sunscreen remains a favorite. I’ve written about it before, and I’ll definitely write about it again. It’s moisturizing, it smells great, and it does the damn job. There’s no white cast! I love this sunscreen more than words can say.

Would I buy it again? Forever.

NYX’s brow mascara is a great buy when you’re in a pinch and a decent dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills’ brow mascara. It is exactly what you would expect, although I wish their colors were a little richer. Personally, I prefer Glossier’s Boy Brow more.

Would I buy it again? Not unless I find myself in another eyebrow emergency.

Drunk Elephant’s Rise and Glow Duo is a great way to try out two of the brand’s most popular products. I adore their vitamin c serum, it was potent and played really well with all of my other products. I had no issues with pilling. The moisturizer was okay, but my skin is very dry. I used it only very humid days when my sunscreen was doing the heavy lifting on the moisturizer front or when I had done a moisturizing sleep mask the night before.

Would I buy it again? Not the duo, but I will definitely think about buying the Vitamin C serum again.

I talked about these acne spot dots in the last post. They’re effective! I’ve had some issues with my skin the last couple of months and these babies helped the f out. They’re just like every other kind on the market, but you don’t have to wait for shipping.

Would I buy it again? Already did that.

Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula hand cream has been a long go to, especially during cold North Eastern winters. But I live in the god damn deep south now and this was just a little too much. Definitely very moisturizing though!

Would I buy it again? I hate to say it, but probably not.

I don’t even know the name of this Fresh Sugar Lip Balm. I think it was a Sephora birthday gift one year? I think this jar is older than my cats. It was moisturizing! I actually like this formula more than the Fresh lip products I have that came in tubes. What a shame!

Would I buy it again? TBH I would if I could.

This is my second tube of Glossier’s Body Hero Body CreamI was obsessed with it when I first tried it. It was truly moisturizing and made the constant bruises on my legs look a little less horrible. Unfortunately, the magic was lost in the second tube. I don’t know if the formula change or it just doesn’t cut in summer humidity but I had some major issues this time around. The lotion pilled on my skin and never fully absorbed. I found weird pink streaks on my legs long after I thought I had rubbed all of the cream in. It was a huge disappointment.

Would I buy it again? Probably not.

I’m on a journey for a new eye cream, so I jumped on this sample of Tarte’s Maracuja C Brighter eye creamIt’s lightly moisturizing and is great for daytime use. However, I didn’t notice any effect on my fine lights. I certainly didn’t notice any brightening. It did keep my eye area moisturized though.

Would I buy it again? I don’t need to spend $38 for an extra moisturized orbital area.

Glamglow’s Glowstarter moisturizer was a bit of a sleeper hit for me. I ended up mixing it in with my foundation and tinted moisturizer and really falling for it. It made me look like I had the most radiant skin, even on the worst skin days. Unfortunately, the full size comes in a jar. I don’t mind moisturizers in a jar but mixing a moisturizer in a jar with my foundation is gonna fuck my shit up.

Would I buy it again? Not without a packaging change.

Source Vital’s deodorant is my favorite natural deodorant, hands down. I’ve tried Schmidt’s, Tom’s, Lavanila, random etsy stores, Kopari, random things I found at Whole Foods and Source Vital is the best. The scent is not overpowering and it keeps my pits smelling fresh and cute. I tell everyone I can about this deodorant.

Would I buy it again? ABSOLUTELY.

Wander Beauty’s Dualist Concealer is my HG concealer. The illuminating side rivals YSL’s touche eclat, while the matte side gives beautiful full coverage without drying out your skin. This is the only matte concealer I’ve used that felt like it was hydrating my skin along with concealing. It’s a shame that the shade range is so limited and that the product size is so small. I’m hoping that as the company expands they will also expand their shade range and move past their “travel size everything” angle.

Would I buy it again? Yes, although my misgivings about the size and shade range had led me to try out some more concealers, I keep coming back to Wander Beauty.

Mizon’s Out Pink Spot is basically the same thing as the Mario Badescu and the Kate Somerville versions. I’ve used all three and if there are any differences they are minute. All three dry up juicy zits. If anything the Kate Somerville feels slightly more elegant than the Mario and the Mizon formulas, but I truly saw no difference between the Mizon and the Mario formulas.

Would I buy it again? yes! Sometimes you just gotta dry up a zit!

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on My Face: You Can Buy Some Things in a Store Edition

My favorite drugstore findsI don’t have a car. The Internet is amazing. I can get anything I want sent to me! Once a month I get a box * of toilet paper and cleaning supplies sent to me. I even get cat food and litter in the mail. Blogs, Reddit, Makeupalley, Paula’s freaking Choice, etc have encouraged us to keep our skincare shopping mostly online. I am here to tell you that you can buy great versions of culty internet hits IRL at your damn drug store.

You know those super chic Shiseido facial cotton squares? Hey, you can buy basically the same damn thing at CVS and some Walgreens and almost every Duane Reade! Hell, I once saw them at Target (maybe that was a skincare dream?). Just look for the EXTRA THICK (thicc) Premium Cotton Squares with plush layers. Sometimes they’re labeled as pick a size cotton squares. Dig around in the cotton balls section, you’ll find those babies.

Pimple patches are a thing in any skincare loving corner of the Internet. Did you know that you can buy them from CVS? Yes, my friends, you no longer have to order them from dubious sellers on Amazon. CVS paired with Peach and Lily to create Peach Slices. The full line isn’t available in most stores, but the pimple patches can be found hidden among acne care in many a CVS that does not feature the line. I promise, they’re just as good as the ones that come in the mail.

Glossier’s* Milky Jelly cleanser is iconic, and for good reason. It’s an effective but gentle cleanser and its bottle is damn cute too. I love it so much, but these days I mostly stick to Neutrogena’s Ultra Hydrating Cleanser: Creamy Formula. The two cleansers are basically the same, except the Neutrogena I can buy with cash on my way home from work (and I don’t have to worry about someone stealing a package).

What are your favorite in-store steals?

 

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Things I Love to Read: Sephora’s God Damn Fake Reviews Edition

Maybe you read /r/SkincareAddiction and saw the revelatory post about Sunday Riley making their employees post fake reviews on Sephora’s website. Maybe you saw the Vox article. Fake reviews aren’t exactly a shock, but seeing concrete evidence from a luxury brand like Sunday Riley sure is something (not mention the fuckery of their bungled response).

Well, last night an intrepid user (/u/wrongcolornote) added a new chapter to the Sephora fake review scandal. They made a spreadsheet! They took notes! Four Sigmatic is totally faking their Sephora reviews. Read it and enjoy.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on My Face: SokoGlam is Having a Sale Edition

PSA, Soko Glam* is having a sale (use code “SGBOKB18” for %15 off) on their Best of K Beauty Award winners. Wouldn’t you know it, two of my favorite products are featured.

Son and Park’s Beauty Water is my favorite gentle exfoliant/toner/cleanser/magic bottle of water. It makes my skin look radiant and perfect.

Neogen’s Daylight Protection is my absolute favorite sunscreen. It’s moisturizing as hell, it smells nice, and it protects my damn face.

Go forth and enjoy

 

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Things I Love to Put in My Home

Things I Love to Put in My Home: So You’re Living By Yourself Again Edition

Today marks 1 whole year in my current apartment. This is the longest I’ve lived in one apartment since I left New York almost 4 years ago, and the biggest apartment I’ve lived in without roommates or a significant other. Decorating an entire one bedroom by yourself is amazing. Here is what I’ve bought for this place in the year that I’ve been here.

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This set of dining chairs from GreenForest was the first major purchase I made for my apartment (PS, I did not spend $174 on them, if you’re interested you should keep an eye out for price drops or just look at any of the other very similar listings). They come in a set of 4 and are chic as hell. They are incredibly comfortable (more comfortable than similar, more expensive, styles at West Elm and the like) and hold up to the daily beatings my cats give them. I’ve styled them with some vintage needlepoint pillows and an antique dining table.

This Roomba knockoff changed my life. I have two cats, two litter boxes, and a whole bunch of litter that gets tracked everywhere. Fair warning, it barely picks up a thing on my rugs but it’s amazing at picking up the tumbleweeds of cat hair and S’wheat Scoop litter that are slowly plotting to take over my apartment.

These 10 Strawberry Street Cooler Glasses are the perfect water glasses. They’re sturdy and weighty but still simple and elegant. They also look a hell of a lot more expensive than they actually are.

 

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One day I got a bug up my butt and I absolutely needed a pink felt letter board. Letter boards, particularly pink ones, are definitely more pinteresty than my usual taste but I love it. For a while a cycled through Frank O’Hara poems. Now I just have a delightful reminder. Don’t buy one from Ban.do or Urban Outfitters or whatever other trendy Millenial focused retailer has one at an insane markup. You can get an incredibly affordable one from any office supply retailer.

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These animal coasters are no longer available on West Elm’s website, but I bought them in store yesterday. I am surprisingly picky about coasters and it took me a  year almost exactly to find a set that I liked enough to put in my home. Maybe my table will forgive me. Here’s a different set from West Elm that I also really like, maybe I’ll get them for my living room.

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Monthly Empties

September 2018 Empties

I’m a big believer in using the things that you have. Vast makeup/skincare collections filled with crap that gets used once or twice before it expires are upsetting and dark in a multitude of ways. This is my corner of the internet where I celebrate what I finished each month.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world. I stopped buying it when I stopped wearing foundation and doing a full face every day, but this summer in New Orleans I thought I might as well give it a go again. I’m a little sad to say, but not really because fuck spending money on a god damn spray for your face, that it doesn’t hold up to that Louisiana humidity. I saw 0 difference between the days I wore it and the days I didn’t. Ooops.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I’m a moron so yeah. I’ll probably buy a mini bottle to use when I visit my family in the North East. Consumerism is my vice!

I bought It’s a 10 MIracle Leave In after working as a receptionist at a fancy barbershop where everyone recommended it. I used it in a multitude of ways. It did nothing for me.

Would I buy it again? No.

This isn’t the first time I’ve finished Glossier’s Hydrating Face Moisturizer. There’s plenty of other moisturizers I like more, but this baby does the job.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I only ever buy it when I’m buying something else from Glossier* and I’m also out of my daytime moisturizer. Yeah, I’ll probably buy it again.

Every few years I rebuy FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream, luckily this time I got it as a deluxe sample. It’s a great basic moisturizer, although it might break me out. For that price point, I say go with something else. It’s a drugstore moisturizer with fun branding.

Would I buy it again? Hopefully not!!!

Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet has ingredients that are a little similar to resveratrol in it so every time I use it I think of Brooks and Vicki’s cancer scam on Real Housewives of OC. What more could one want from a moisturizer? In all seriousness, this has become my new go-to daytime moisturizer. It’s light as air and sinks it beautifully all while leaving my skin moisturized and glowing. Love you Caudalie.

Would I buy it again? Girl, I already started using my replacement.

Obviously, I got a Caudalie sample set, which is why I also finished their Premier Cru Eye Cream. Unfortunately, the eye cream was a major disappointment. I’m pretty sure it made my bags worse and did about 0% moisturizing (don’t worry, I apply eye cream the correct way, around my orbital bone and before I apply any serums).

Would I buy it again? No.

La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60 is my favorite drugstore sunscreen. Neogen’s Daylight sunscreen is my #1, but I always grab Anthelios when I’m in a pinch and need some sunscreen. It’s very light and watery but not drying. I have no issues with a white cast (I opt for the non tinted version), but I know that some people do. I also get an insane amount of rewards dollars every time I buy it at CVS. Get those coupons!

Would I buy it again? Forever and always.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face: VIB Sale Edition

Sephora is seriously one of the worlds greatest evils. Once upon a time, I was VIB Rouge. I WAS SO POOR. Why did I allow this store to take so much of my money?

Anyways, I’m out of a couple of very important key components of my skincare routine, so I took the VIB Sale as an opportunity to try out some fancy products. Normally I use this blessed time of year to restock on the expensive products that I love, but it’s been a long summer and I’m keeping my wallet extra tight.

Here’s what I bought. But you should get whatever you want. Or don’t get anything.

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo $23

I’m out of Vitamin C serum. I’ve been hunting for a perfect Vitamin C serum (my favorite is no longer sold at CVS and TBH I’m not buying one tiny ass bottle of vitamin C from Hylamide, especially since Deciem is going through some drama). I used Drunk Elephant’s a million years ago and I think I like it! But I don’t remember. I also constantly need moisturizer. Even after moving to swampy ass New Orleans I still had dry skin.

Sunday Riley Flash Fix Kit $28

I’ve had a year+ long love affair with Differin but it has come to a bitter end. I started getting acne again last month and started supplementing my Differin with some lactic acid from The Ordinary. Differin and I are over, lactic acid and I are hot and freaking heavy. Why not try the world’s favorite lactic acid? Also, I’m almost of my face wash and clay is fun!

That’s it! I’ve toned down my skincare routine a lot and, honestly, my skin does not look worse. Soon I’ll be making a big ol post about my favorite budget skincare, but for now I just have this for you.

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