Sabah’s October Favorites!

Oh October, your dark mornings and warm drinks. Oh and children going door to door to beg for candy, a practice that we spend the rest of the year teaching them is a bad call. I don’t typically do favorites, especially lately since I’ve been on product lockdown trying to get through some of my collection before the Christmas explosion of collections. This month I have surprisingly fallen in love with some of the things I had back burnered. A lot of these guys are things I was just trying to finish but rediscovered along the way.

Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder: I have had this powder so long it might be getting dodgy. I love it, use it at least three times a week. Can I still see the Chanel logo on the top? Yes. This might be a magical product from Diagon Alley. It will not die. I’m not complaining, and if you’re looking for a powder you won’t go through super fast, this is the one for you. It advertises as being mattifying and maybe it is on oilier skin types, but on me it sill lets a natural glow come through. There is the right amount of coverage so that you don’t get cake face if you pair it with a full coverage foundation. I wouldn’t use it alone unless you’re a lucky girl who has pretty good skin. This is an excellent powder to use to set your foundation in place. If it ever dies I will likely buy another one. Chanel isn’t always a guarantee and with the price tag you might be a bit nervous but this is a solid choice.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen: I have super dark lids so if I want to wear a lighter eye shadow, a primer with a bit of pigment is a must. I really like this base, I have zero issues with creasing and the colors of my shadows aren’t distorted by the base. I bought this blindly and have reviewed it before but it is almost always a favorite. Laura Mercier has never been a brand I’ve lusted over because of glam or packaging, but I seem to love every product I try. I really think she has a very solid brand.

Nivea Lip Balm in Olive Oil and Lemon: This is another random product that Sara and Almira brought me from Florida (I couldn’t have shopped for myself better than they did for me.) This is a really nice lip balm that does an excellent job of soothing my lips without causing you to be really aware of it. Wonderful base for drying lipsticks.

Nars Blush in Outlaw: I have owned this for a while and when Fall was coming, I felt a little lost… like I was forgetting something. I then ran into a friend and asked what blush she was wearing. It was Outlaw, and I had an A-Ha moment. This is what was missing from my Fall life. I pair this with a cream blush from Make Up For Ever and it is like a match made in heaven. Like cookies and milk, but for your face.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: Words can’t capture how I feel about the smell of this product. Delicious. It’s super effective at sloshing off all my dead skin without being drying. I have already done a post on the set that this product came in and I’m still using and loving this mask. Definitely recommend this, and the other two masks that come in the set.

Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation: Holy Hell, another product that won’t die. I’ve always really liked this foundation. It has excellent coverage, and super long wear. I don’t see break down until about 8 hours in. When I bought this I was worried that I would go through it really quickly. That is not the case, a little bit goes a long way.

Frizz Ease Unwind Curl: I use this as a curl cream. Weird right? I know, use straightening products to relax my curl a bit more into a wave. This is a really great product for taming my hair without making it crunchy. It’s even great to help hold curls that I put in with a curling iron. For the price, this is one of the better curl products I’ve used.

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What are you loving this month?

By the way – be sure to enter our Halloween giveaway by posting your Halloween look on Instagram, using #girlmetblushhalloween

Check out our Instagram account @girlmetblush for details!

-Sabah

Sara’s October Favorites!

Fall is such a bittersweet time for me. I love the season. I love fall fashion, the trees look so pretty, and everybody loves a good pumpkin spice. But Fall means that Winter is coming, and I turn into an unreasonable sociopath in the Winter. The cold, the bad road conditions, having to wear 17 layers everywhere I go … It’s just a mess. I am a cranky bag from November until Spring. I clearly need to leave Canada for about 6 months of the year! (Any readers that live somewhere super warm? I’ll clean your makeup brushes as rent!) Luckily, I have my favorite products to get me through! Let’s get into them!

Caress Body Wash “Passionate Spell”: This was something I wanted to pick up when I was in Florida, because all of the You Tubers I watch rave about this. They weren’t lying when they said it was hard to find. I had to go to three stores before I found one that wasn’t sold out. This smells amazing, and it doesn’t dry my skin out. It is definitely on my list of things to purchase when I am in the US.

Grandiose Mascara: I have a full review of this product here. Not much more to say about it! Everybody has to splurge on a tube of this at least once.

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Bath: What an absolutely perfect product this is. I am OBSESSED. I fell in love when I saw that it came with a wooden honey stick, and the first time I used it, I thought “Why didn’t I buy five of these!!??” Again, something that you cannot buy in Canada. I am using this so sparingly, for fear of running out. I need more Laura Mercier bath products in my life. This bubbles so nicely, not too much. And it leaves my skin feeling like a silk sheet. I cannot rave about this enough!!

Maybelline Color Show polish in A Walk in the Park: This is more of a favorite because of the color, because I truly am not a fan of the brush of this polish. I am actually thinking about buying the Julep brush that you can use with any polish, because I cannot stand these skinny brushes on nail polishes. I prefer the Sally Hansen brushes! Anyway, this shade looks black from far away, but up close or in the light, you can tell it’s the perfect shade of forest green. I have been wearing this almost all month!

Kerestase Nectar Thermique: I knew from the start that I loved this product – but somewhere along the lines, I started taking it for granted because now it is so close to being empty, and I started using a new heat protectant from Redken (Review coming!) and the frizz in my hair is now out of control. I have recently cut my bangs and colored my hair super dark (I regret both of those things, can’t wait to go back to long bangs with ombre!) but none the less, something is off and I can say for sure that the frizz happens when I am not using this product. The price kills me, so if anyone has found a cream heat protectant from the drugstore that they love, PLEASE let me know! This stuff is so pricey, but I don’t have a choice but to repurchase because it is SO good!

Aveeno Eczema Hand Cream: This was an awesome find in October. I have very bad eczema flare ups on my hands and this is the first cream I’ve found that doesn’t sting me at all when I am in a flare up. I love the Caudalie hand cream to maintain, but when they are in their worst state, this stuff really takes care of them, and is much cheaper. It is also steroid free, so that gets bonus points!

Essence Bloom me Up! Duo Pencil!: This is a little mean, because this was a limited edition product from the Essence Spring collection. BUT- there is a dupe for it! This product is very similar to Benefit’s High Brow. I use both sides of this pencil (One side is a milky pink color for highlighting under your brow etc, and one side is a nude inner rim liner, that is also great to line around your mouth with!) I use this honestly every single day, and I plan on stealing Sabah’s because I know she bought it, and she never uses it. It’s creamy, so brightening, and lasts all day on my skin. This is your last warning to pick up the Essence limited edition collections. They have so many amazing products, and they are cheaper than dirt!

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Tell me some of your October favorites! Also – remember the giveaway I am doing on Instagram! Simply follow @girlmetblush show me your costume using #girlmetblushhalloween and leave me a comment telling me your absolute favorite product in the whole world!

XO

-Sara

Review: MAC Acrylic Paint Review!

Okay, this is a total side note, but I have to tell you guys about it. I was watching Live with Kelly and Michael this morning, and they were talking about this “Dorothy” device. It’s a ruby colored small device that you place inside of your shoes when you go on a date. (Usually a blind date) if the date is a complete bomb, all you have to do is click your heels together three times and it will trigger your cell phone to ring, giving you the perfect “oh my god I have an emergency ! situation.)

Would you guys ever use something like this? I am a notorious relationship person, so I’ve never really “dated” but I think this is genius! And wonderful for a person like me, who is brutally honest. Sometimes too honest. It’s a way out without having to say anything that would hurt feelings! It just seems awesome to me!

Anyway, back to the review. I recently went to a Halloween party as Marge Simpson. Something to know about me…. If I do something, I do it. So naturally I had to paint my entire body yellow. I had tons of people tell me to wear yellow leggings and a long sleeved yellow shirt, but nope. I had to go all in. Any other way would have looked silly to me. So I went onto the MAC Pro website to get some acrylic paint, knowing that this would probably be my best bet. This was the result!

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This is the first time I’ve ever used any sort of product like this, let me give you the rundown.

First I exfoliated like crazy. Then slathered myself in lotion, and then went to the grocery store. I really wanted to make sure that the lotion soaked in well, before I moved in with primer. When it came time to prime, I took the Smashbox Photo Finish Light, and applied it everywhere. Arms, legs, chest, back (thanks for the back application Sabah!) and then again I waited a little while before going in with the paint. I fashioned myself a little tray of tinfoil to work from, and I poured a small amount of the paint out. Using a large flat synthetic brush that I bought from the dollar store, I started with long strokes up my arm. This product was super easy to use, but I do have some tips for people who are interested!

1.) Work as quickly as possible, to avoid streaks. Once you have a thin layer down, don’t try to go over it again until it’s fully dry, or you’ll risk making the product ball up and flake.

2.) Once you start with a pattern, stick to it. Don’t start by going up and down with your strokes, and then side to side. It looks much more fluent when you commit to one method.

3.) Finish one section before moving on to the other. When I did mine, I did my left arm, my chest, my face, my right arm, my legs, and then had Sabah do my back. ( it would have been impossible without her!)

4.) Don’t paint yourself with your costume on. I did my painting in a strapless bra protected by paper towel tucked around the edges, and let myself dry very well before I put my dress on.

5.) After getting the desired color (it took me mostly one layer, but two layers in some places) I powdered very well with my Ben Nye banana powder (which is too yellow for me normally, but this was a perfect reason to use it!!) and when I say powder well, I mean, I did about 5 layers of powder, concentrating really well behind the knees and the inners of the elbows, and the underarms. The bathroom was a cloud of yellow powder, but it was worth it! Any sticky feeling that may have remained on me disappeared, and I felt way more comfortable. After a crazy spraying of Clarins Fix Plus, I was literally set to go.

I added brows, a red lip, lashes …. And I have to say, the makeup was minimal!

Removal was, I’m not going to lie, a complete pain. Sabah was a good friend and was still scrubbing at my back around 3:30. Two aggressive showers later (I mean aggressive exfoliation, to the point of tears!) I was almost a normal color. The next day, a coworker had to go at my neck with Clinique Clarifying Lotion #4 (which I am convinced will take paint off of a car!) but the day after that all of the yellow was gone. It made a huge impact, and looks awesome in pictures. I have no regrets about doing it, but I’m not sure I would want to do a full body paint again!

With these paints, some of the colors aren’t safe around the lip or eye area, so make sure that whatever you need is safe to use where you plan to put it.

I was horrified to put this on my face, because of my super reactive skin. It was totally comfortable, and I had no eye irritation or breakouts from this product. I will say that through the night, my pores really started showing through the paint. I was a little nervous to use my Porefessional to fill them in, so I just dealt with it. Luckily no one noticed my pores (the giant blue wig really distracted from it!)

Overall, it was a great costume, and I would definitely use this for body paint again someday. I still have half a bottle left (seriously, a little goes a long way) and I am not sure I will have a use for it, so I might just Back to MAC it.

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This little bottle cost me $25.00 CAD which is expensive, but for the quality, I am satisfied with the price.

What are you guys going to be for Halloween? I am going to have a Halloween costume contest on Instagram, so show me your look on Instagram @girlmetblush and hashtag #girlmetblushhalloween and I will pick a winner the first week of November!

Have a great day guys!

-Sara

Sabah’s Newest Obsession: Aussie 3 minute miracle!

So sit down, I have something truly wondrous to tell you. I have found the best hair mask/conditioner I have ever used, like ever. My hair is fried. I dye my hair with box dyes pretty regularly, it’s curly and I have a lot of coarse grey hair. Oh and I use mousse, like a lot. I compensate for not going to the salon for hair colouring by using hair masks like conditioner. I have used everything I could get my hands on. I really liked a Kerestase one I had used but the price is truly daunting. Cue Sara and Almira going to Florida. They brought back a wild array of products for me, and this was the one I was least excited about. (Honestly I was more along the lines of asking if Sara had lost her mind when she decided to lug a $4 hair conditioner all the way from Florida to Nova Scotia) I was enormously ungrateful. I tried it and almost jumped out of the shower to call Sara when I was still drenched. My hair INSTANTLY felt better, smoother, tangle free and calmer. I shit you not this is the best mask I’ve ever used. Not the best for the price but the best ever. If you suffer from dry hair you need to make a trip to an American drug store and get approximately every bottle they carry. Now the sad part of this tale, it is only available in the US and I am in Canada. Is this a reason for immigration that would be accepted? As of right now I am sending my poor brother-in-law on the hunt in November. I just hope I can wait until then.

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Seriously, I need about 175 bottles of this.

What are your favorite hair masks?

-Sabah

Haul Post: Lush!

So the other day, Sabah took me makeup shopping. Just another day really, until we went to leave, and she said she wanted to go to Lush. Now, I never shop at Lush. Something about the overwhelming smell of the store usually turns me off. But after watching a recent Lush haul on YouTube, I was intrigued by their bath products. These are what I picked out, and if you are a Lush junkie, consider this my official cry for help! Leave me your favorite Lush products below so I can pick them up next time! I will leave the descriptions of each product from the Lush website below!

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Rose Jam: (Pink product) “The Bubbleroon is our newest style of Bubble Bar inspired by delicious, handmade macaroons. Rose Jam is based on a decadent traditional Turkish recipe for rose jam that our Turkish rose absolute supplier shares with us every year, and is made with our sophisticated new rose perfume. Rose oil and rose absolute not only smell amazing but they are also fantastic for soothing dry, sensitive skin. The rosy fragrance paired with the coconut oil “icing” that sticks the two halves of this Bubbleroon together make for a majorly moisturizing, softening and luxurious soak.”

Wow – this little beauty smells amazing. What made me pick this up, was the promise for hydration. Anything that can help my snake-like legs in the colder months, I will take.

Cinders – (Yellow and Orange) “Heat up your holidays with this sweet and spicy bomb inspired by fireside gatherings with family and friends. We combine crackling vegan candies with stimulating cinnamon leaf oil to recreate the warmth of the hearth. This spicy soak also has hydrating almond oil to keep your skin super soft and smooth – and with a bathtub fizzer so inviting, you can go ahead and skip the open fire and curl up with Cinders instead.”

Something about the sound of crackling made me want this. It sounds so holiday appropriate, and I can’t wait to use this on a cold stormy night. He was also only about $5.00, so I might stock up on these if I like the effect!

Butterfly Kit – “Transform your skin with this hydrating super-duo. The decadent, rose-scented Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and the creamy, fruity Sultana of Soap are both packed with some of our most skin-softening ingredients. Start with Sultana to wash away troubles (and dirt) with its rich, creamy later, and then spread on a generous amount of Ro’s Argan. Rinse away and leave the shower feeling irresistibly soft and smooth. It’s two of our most popular products together in one gorgeous gift.”

I really wanted to try the Ro’s Argan, and Sabah pointed out a kit that had a smaller version of it to try first. (The big size is like $30.00!) this kit was $14.95 – and came wrapped so beautifully, it was hard for me to unwrap it!

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The Comforter: “When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for passionately purple water and creamy, comforting bubbles. This massive slice of vibrant fruitiness gives you the feeling of being enveloped in a warm hug and gently consoled by the friendly fruity aroma of a blackcurrant candy. It was created to bring a real sense of comfort to people, just like a real comforter would. Snuggle in, and stay undercover until you’re ready to face the world once again. Even better, each bar creates two baths of fruity comfort.”

The lady at Lush told me that this would turn my bath into a purple party. For some reason, that’s something I think I would like! I have to bring up an awkward thing that I had to ask while shopping for all of these bath products. What about my lady bits? I didn’t get any products with glitter in them, because I just wasn’t ready. And even with these, I was concerned for my V health. To be honest, I was really concerned about UTI’s or a possible yeast infection (yuck!) but I was assured that these products can be used safely up to four times a week. The sales lady was super open and comforting about it, so my mind is a little bit more at ease about it. (Again, any tips or thoughts, please leave me some comments!)

I also have to say, I love the personalized stickers that show you who made your products. I don’t know about the bath products, but my butterfly kit was put together by Mai and her team! Thanks Mai!

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Who do I need to call to get a sticker like that of me???

-Sara

Haul Post! Clarins, Lise Watier and Benefit!

As the holidays creep up on us, most of us will be increasing our shopping habits. Both for other people, and ourselves. I am no different! October through January are definitely the most expensive months for me. I picked some goodies up lately, and wanted to show you guys what I got!

Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base: I am really hoping that this product will replace my Benefit Stay don’t Stray. Don’t get me wrong, I love that product, but there is just so much wasted product with the doe foot applicator. I really prefer squeeze tubes. The texture of this seemed to be quite similar, and I am excited to try it!

Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours Eyeliner (Noir Velours) : Lise Watier knows eyeliner. I put these liners up with other brands that are much more expensive. (And any reason to support a Canadian company works for me!) this liner is crazy black, and I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of it this season. (Does anybody else wear a lot more eyeliner in the winter?)

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Supreme in Sandra: Okay, I LOVE these lipsticks. I already own Jennifer and Liz, and Sandra is the new chick on the block! These lipsticks are so creamy, so comfortable, and have amazing pigment. There are also five more of these launching soon (blog post coming on that!) and I couldn’t be more excited … I wish they would make a Sara shade …

Lise Watier Mineral Compact Powder in Neutre: This was recommended to me by a friend, as she knew I was on the hunt for a new powder foundation. I am dying to try the Laura Mercier one, but for some reason I cat get myself to buy it! So, we will see how this goes. I have used this a few times, and so fat I am happy. It does give me a bit of that tight face feeling, which I often get on my super dry skin, when I use powders. The cool thing with this powder is it comes with a 50 pack of blotting papers that is under the compact. Not that I need oil blotting papers, but I still appreciate the extra product!

Clarins True Radiance Foundation in 109 Wheat: Clarins does foundations really well. I loved Everlasting, Skin Illusion, and their BB cream. So when they launched this foundation that promises moisture, and a dewy finish, I knew I had to try it. I wish I would have picked the 107 shade, as I haven’t self tanned in forever, and this might be a little dark for me right now. Either way, this will be put to good use! Stay tuned for a review on that!

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Benefit Sweet Tintations Set: This is one of many adorable Benefit sets that released for the holidays. And really the only one that made sense for me. I probably own more Benefit than any other line, so the kits of full sized products, and the blush palette didn’t really appeal to me, as I already have most of it. This kit caught my eye however, because I have finished a Lolli Balm already. Yup, you heard that right. I finished a lip product. This is rare for me. I love LolliBalm, and I can’t wait to try Benebalm. Plus, you get the two matching mini tints. (Which I have full size of, so these will probably go into a future giveaway!) This kit was $30.00 CAD which is a steal, considering that one balm is usually $22.00!

This is just the start of my holiday shopping!

What have you guys bought lately?

-Sara

Review: Sabah’s thoughts on Benefit Majorette!

I have no idea who designs the packaging for Benefit, but I have a bit of a crush on them. Majorette is no exception when it comes to the adorable and durable packaging of their blushes. Now that I think of it, I don’t remember any of my Benefit products falling victim to breaking or any other packaging malfunctions. Well done Gabbi! So yes, the packaging is wonderful and the blush itself smells like … Starburst? Something sweet and kinda artificial that I’m into. So the blush is a somewhat startling orange that caused a bit of disappointment for me because I’m really more into pink. Me and coral? Kinda unmixy. Alas, it is Benefit so coral or not, it was going home with me. To my shock it went on to be a bit pink. I have no explanation. It works, it doesn’t look orange on me. I use a small stippling brush to apply it like all my cream blushes. Its pigmentation is solid, not weak or daunting. I’ve heard a lot being said about pairing Majorette with another blush and I have to say that it does increase the lasting power. The paired blush needs to be applied a bit on the heavy side to really work. I have worn Majorette on its own and I do quite like it. I highly recommend trying it on, don’t assume when you see it that it won’t work on your skin tone because of the shade – because I didn’t think it would work with mine. I like it, it’s flattering and has average wear time for me. I especially like it paired with something with a bit of a shimmer to it.

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Review: Lancôme Grandiose Mascara!

You are all about to witness something epic. I am going to say words that will shock you – and I guarantee, I will be getting some phone calls from my girlfriends when this post goes live.

I have a new HG mascara.

There – I said it. That’s right beauties, just let that sink in for a minute. I have never found anything that gave me happiness like Lancôme Hypnose. We have been going strong for years, and after vigorous testing, Grandiose has replaced Hypnose in my makeup bag.

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Everyone, meet Grandiose. The new wide angle fan effect mascara. Of course, packaging drew me into this. The tube screams luxury, and we all know how strong the lure of pretty packaging can be. The second thing I noticed was the “Swan Neck” wand. I won’t lie, when I first saw it, I thought “total gimmick”.

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It wasn’t until I took the tube home with me and started testing it – that I realized that the wand truly does make application easier. Those tiny lashes on the inner and outer corners have no chance of hiding from this brush. And surprisingly, it also works well on my lower lashes.

As for flaking, smudging, or transfer, I had none of it! Being a contact lens wearer, this is rare, and very appreciated!

Now – I will say that this mascara isn’t for everybody. If you want very natural looking lashes – more focused on length and separation, Definicils or even regular Hypnose might be better for you. (The beauty of Hypnose is you have complete control of your look! It can be natural or very dramatic!) if you are more of a volume and length kinda gal, this is for you. This mascara will give your eyes that dramatic pop, and immediately makes you look more awake.

Overall, this mascara really impressed me, and it is now what I reach for daily. This is the first mascara in years that has knocked Hypnose right out of my makeup bag! If you’re a mascara junkie, I say splurge on this $35.00 CAD beauty at least once.

I must know – what is your holy grail mascara!?

-Sara

Dior’s new Backstage Blender is Solid as a Rock!

So I’ve recently been trying to find a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender. Being a professional Makeup Artist, I am constantly buying these babies for my kit, and they get expensive. Being aggressively cleaned and microwaved all the time, they do break down after while, and if I can find a cheaper alternative, I am all over it. I recently picked up Dior’s new Backstage Blender sponge, hoping this would be the answer. It is $6.00CAD cheaper than the Beauty Blender, plus I receive a 30% discount off of their products. Sounds perfect right?

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I brought this home with me, and after some reading, I learned this sponge is actually meant to be used dry. Perfect I thought, sometimes on makeup gigs, I don’t have access to a faucet, and spraying them with thermal water takes a little while. First impressions were that the sponge doesn’t have the same squishy bouncy texture as the Beauty Blender. I have tried this sponge dry, as well as wet (out of sheet curiosity) and I have to say, it doesn’t compare to the Beauty Blender. It is such a solid sponge, and I honestly felt like I was putting on my foundation with a piece of gravel. It didn’t seem to sheer the foundation out at all, but I didn’t find the sponge ate up as much of my foundation that I was expecting. I found it hard to get into those little areas such as eyes and around the nose, because the sponge itself was really hard to manipulate.

Here is picture of the Beauty Blender (Royal Shade) beside the black Dior sponge for size.

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They are almost the same size, and although the Dior sponge is meant to be used dry, I still wanted to see if it expanded at all. So here are both of them after they’ve been dampened.

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As you can see, the Dior sponge really doesn’t expand at all. And if anything, getting it wet just makes the sponge itself harder. So, if you do decide to try this, I’d steer clear of water!

Overall, I was happy with the look of my foundation and concealer, but when I tried to use a darker concealer stick for contour, all it did was take the product off of my skin. I found myself really missing that bouncy light feeling that the Beauty Blender gives me, and this Dior sponge tugged on my skin a little too much for comfort. I am hoping it will help me with some Halloween makeup this year, but for everyday personal use and the sponges in my freelance kit, I will be sticking to the original Beauty Blender sponge. I am dying for a dupe of this, has anyone tried a sponge that has the same squishy feeling of the Beauty Blender?

-Sara

Recent Beauty Empties!

So before I started writing this post, I realized that somehow I have lost the list of shades for the makeup part of this, so bear with me, I’ll try my best to remember what I can, but we are just going to have to go by the photos for most of this … I recently did a massive cosmetic clear out, so I have a lot of empties to show you! (And a few products I’m just getting rid of that didn’t work for me!)

Batiste Dry Shampoo (Tropical) – I love Batiste dry shampoo, I’ve talked about this before. I prefer the regular version, but this one was on super clearout. I still have one can of this left, and I will continue to use Batiste.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser – This has become my go to cleanser. I rotate between this one for normal/combo skin and the one with Shea Butter for dry skin. You need a tiny amount, it foams like a dream, and it plays well with my Clarisonic. Will definitely repurchase!

Aquaphor – I can’t believe I actually emptied this. But I guess, this stuff is great. Dry lips, dry patches, cuticle cream, this is an all over beauty product, and I will be picking another one up before the colder months for sure.

Quo Nail Polish Remover- Nothing fancy here, it does the job, and I will repurchase as it’s what’s available to me. Does anyone really find a difference between nail polish removers?

L’oreal EverCreme Nourishing Masque – This masque is now discontinued, but oh my lord I love this stuff. I stocked up when it was on clearout, and this was my last jar. I recently purchased the Aussie 3 minute moist mask, and I’m still deciding what one I like best!

Bourjois Eye Makeup Remover – Solid product. It comes in a huge bottle, and is fairly inexpensive. I used this on days when I had a lot of eye makeup or liner on, and it never let me down. Bioderma does the trick for me on a daily basis, but I will probably repurchase this when holiday makeup starts. Glitter is no joke to remove.

La Roche Posay Ceralip- This product didn’t really do anything for me. I am still searching for a Holy Grail lip balm, and I won’t repurchase this, as it didn’t deliver the results I wanted.

Biotherm Aquasource Nuit- I liked this stuff, but on days when my skin was irritated, or a little red, it did sting a little. I finished it, but I won’t repurchase. I actually had to use this as a serum as it wasn’t hydrating enough for my skin.

Phyto PhytoBaume Express Conditioner- Another blah product. It was nice, but didn’t give me any results I couldn’t get from a drugstore conditioner.

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And now for the makeup. Again, I apologize for the lack of shade names, but I’m sure us beauty junkies can figure out what is what!

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Lancome Juicy Tube in Spring Fling – This gloss was great for topping off dry feeling lipsticks, it had the slightest tiny, but really came off as clear. Great shine, but it was a little too sticky for my preference.

Chanel Lip Gloss – I LOVE this lip gloss, and I don’t know why I haven’t sought out more of them. Whatever color this was (I honestly can’t remember, but I think it was shade 69) was beautiful, and I loved the way these felt on my lips! Total thumbs up for this prestige gem.

Clarins Rouge Prodige Gloss in Nude – I also love these glosses, I have several colors, and I really am going to miss this nude one. I am currently playing around with some other brands, but it’s only a matter of time until I come back to this. They smell soooo good!

Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Blackest Black- I thought I liked this mascara at first, but about two weeks into it, it was flake city. Maybe because I wear contacts and touch my eyes a lot, and this is a fibre mascara so we just had to break it off. No bad feelings, I think this might work well for somebody who isn’t an obsessive eye rubber.

Stila Forever your Curl Mascara – I did not like this mascara one bit. Honestly, I have never ever liked any of Stilas mascaras (until Mile High came along, that stuff is amazing!) I didn’t notice any curl with this, and while I appreciated the small wand that could grab my tiniest lashes, it did nothing for me. Barely any length, and zero volume. Will not be going back to this one for sure.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara- Another one that flakes on me. To be fair, this costs like $3.99, so I’m not too disappointed with the purchase. Interesting though, this has the exact same wand as the new Stila Mile High lashes. I’ll stick to my I love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara when it comes to Essence.

Sephora Liquid Eyeliner in Pool Party – I wore this eyeliner honestly once. It was so dry and by the end of my work shift, I had flakes of cobalt blue all over my face. It was horrifying. Lancôme makes a similar shade, and that one worked so much better for me. I will not use these eyeliners again!

L’oreal Le Gloss Lip Gloss – This is an oldie but a goodie. As you can see, the packaging has worn off, and for good reason. These are awesome, affordable, non sticky glosses, and I wish they would launch some more colors.

Vichy Aqualia Eye Roller – Another non event product. This felt amazing, I kept mine in the fridge and it was nice to use in the morning, but I need more hydration from an eye cream, and puffiness isn’t one of my main concerns with my eyes, so I won’t be going back to this again!

CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara (water resistant) – You may have remembered my travel post on this. I took this to Florida with me, and it did not hold up to it’s water resistant claim. I was in a hot tub (not even underwater) and the product was all over my face. As soon as I got back from my trip, I threw this in the empty bin.

Smashbox Duo Blush – This was a limited edition blush that came in a kit from Smashbox years ago. I used it and used it and used it, and it was finally time to say goodbye. I loved the two colors because you could use the deeper one near the hollows of the cheek, and the lighter one on the apple. It have a beautiful dimensional cheek, and this will me missed for sure!

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Gloss in Naked – I liked this product, but I wasn’t a fan of the squeeze packaging. I prefer a wand as I get more control, and I think I would purchase the NAKED glosses over this formula.

Phew – that was a huge amount of empties. Thanks for sticking through it with me! Will I ever get tired of the satisfying feeling of making my collection smaller? Now I have room to start picking up the holiday sets! ;)

Thanks for reading!

-Sara