Sunday, September 30, 2018

I gotta say, I have been pretty proud of myself for focusing on using up products! As a beauty junkie who has an addictive personality, all I want to do is buy, and buy, and buy. I just love shopping, and it's my downfall. I have been saving up for a house the last year and I am finally at the point where I can purchase, so I am proud in that sense to. Because I was saving, that meant less spending, and like I said, as a beauty junkie- It was hard, but I knew I wanted a house more than another basket of products that I probably wouldn't use up before expiration. So lucky for both of us, we now can talk about trash (and good things) about these products I have finished!

Please note that the products marked with * have been sent to me complimentary, in exchange for my honest review.

Let's jump right in!

The Beyond Classic Hand Cream Gel in 'Waterful' smelt amazing- It had a very clean and fresh scent! I kept it in my car and found it did not change in texture or smell by doing so. It was very lightweight and more ideal for the warmer months, as it's moisture is not very long-lasting. For only $5, I would definitely repurchase again and use over the summer!

This mini size of the Sol de Jainero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream was $20.00 and it did go a long way. It was moisturizing, but I have to admit- This is one of the products I don't quite get the hype about. While it did leave my skin soft, I found the scent to be very artificial and too vanilla for my liking. I will not be repurchasing.

Cushion foundation was a fad that came and went really fast! During that short time, I picked up the Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation. Depending on where you purchase it, this product averages at about $6. It was nice when first applied to the face, but it did not last more than four hours on my skin. Also, I question the sanitary properties of the product- Putting the sponge onto your face, then constantly putting back into the product sponge.. Just didn't feel right to me! I will not be repurchasing.

The SkinFood Peach Sake Toner was only $15 for a product that felt much more luxurious. I loved how it came in a glass bottle. It also smelt really nice, and not too artificial. It definitely soothed my acne prone skin, but I don't think I will repurchase just for the simple fact that it was not a "wow" item. It was nice though, and I do recommend you try if you love peaches!

They don't even sell the Benefit Cosmetics Big Easy BB Cream at most retailers anymore, so that should give you an idea on how old this product is. This was $38 which is honestly crazy, because think kind of sucked.. BB and CC creams have a much better formula than they did a few years ago, when this released. I do remember liking it at the time, but when pulling it out back out, it felt drying. Now it could because I had it for so long, but I stopped using it in the first place because I found other lightweight products I loved more. I will not be repurchasing, even if I could.

This mini of the Laniege Water Sleeping Mask was bought in a holiday kit that also had the lip mask. Both were on my wishlist, so I was glad to try them at a good deal of $10 ($5 each). This was nice and lightweight for the evening, but nothing groundbreaking. I don't see myself repurchasing just for the simple fact of having other night moisturizers on my wishlist!

So I am officially a fool because a beauty store in a mall that was rather far from me was having a huge sale and I picked this up without reading the label, thinking it was the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, which has been a holy grail of mine for years. It was not, it is the Macadamia Ulta Rich Moisture Mask. I really did not like this as it was not my preferred consistency- It was thick and rather "waxy"(not sure if that's the right word). If that is the type of hair mask you like, I recommend. This weighed my hair down a noticeable amount and gave a weird texture to my hair. The regular retail price is $36 and I paid $27. I will not repurchase and will always read labels from now on!

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer was all the rage before Tarte's Shape Tape took over, and I loved it as much as everyone else. At $29, it was a greatly concealer that I recently pulled back out to finish up. Some of it was dried out, so I wasn't able to use all of it, but I enjoyed what I did use. I will not be repurchasing because I prefer some of my other concealers more.

When The Ordinary came up into the beauty scene, I was in awe of how inexpensive their products were, like holy shit, they are cheap! I saw that they had Lactic Acid, which is a main ingredient in my favorite Sunday Riley product, Good Genes. I had to test it out because I was all out of Good Genes and didn't want to spend over $100 an another one, $6.79 sounded much more appealing to me. I would describe the scent of this as an earth maple syrup scent. Weird, I know, but it took awhile for me to use so I had a lot of time to think about it! It did a nice job, but it didn't hold a light to Good Genes for me. Granted, they are different and Good Genes is made up of more ingredients, but I just kept finding myself wishing it were Good Genes. With that being said, I will not repurchase.

For those of you who don't know my hair type, neither do I. I have long hair that is thick on top, but brittle towards the ends. Sometimes its oily, and sometimes its dry. It is always straight though. What I loved about the Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Break Fix Leave-In Elixir was how you could put in dry hair and it still worked great. I added this before bed on days I didn't wash my hair, and it was a really nice refresher/detangler. As far as damage erasing, I didn't really notice a change, but it sure made my hair smell amazing! This retails for $17, but I am pretty sure I purchased when Ulta was having a sale. I could definitely see myself repurchasing in the future.

I had the Ariul Stress Relieving Purefull Cleansing Tissues in a previous empties post, and they are back making another annoying debut today because I bought them in a three pack (one more to go, thank goodness). It was $4.99 for 3 packs of 15 wipes, so $1.63 each. I am just gonna reiterate what I said in the previous post: "The packaging fell short, which caused a little bit of drying to the clothes. These also made my eyes sting when using them to remove my makeup, so that wasn't fun at all. I'm not normally sensitive to wipes, but these stung a lot! I will not be repurchasing!"

* The Pixi Glow Tonic has been repurchased by me, many, many times. Pixi Beauty has been kind enough to add me on their PR list (yay!) and sent me this one that I finished up. I truly love this product as it calms my acne prone skin. I will continue to purchase. This retails for $15.00.

I bought the The Pixi Glow Peel Pads with my own money for $22.00. These resulted in my skin being so so soft. It's a very easy product to use and is a good skin pick-me-up when you don't feel like dedicating 30 minutes to a mask. It does initially sting my skin a little at first contact, but I do not mind as it is not unbearable. I can see myself repurchasing.

* Since I love the Pixi Glow Tonic so much, I was excited to try the Pixi Glow Tonic To Go, which are pre-moistened rounds. I liked these, however I don't travel much so I don't see a personal need for these. I much prefer the liquid version which is less expensive than this; this costs $17.99. I will not purchase, but if you travel often, I think this would be great.

* I was originally going to say I was going to repurchase this, but after doing some research and looking at the price, I no longer have the same thoughts. I really enjoyed what the No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence did for my skin during the night, as it made my skin so soft in the morning. It's lightweight and smells like fresh citrus. The product is small, and being that it was sent to me, I guesstimated that is cost no more than $10- but I was wrong (what else is new). This retails for $24.99, which I find absurd for the amount of product you are getting. I will not purchase.

I am obsessed with the Pravana Nevo Intense Therapy Leave In Treatment because it smells amazing and makes me hair feel so soft! This is the second bottle I have use up, so you can bet that I will be repurchasing again once I finish the like products I own! This product retails about $19.99, but I always try to get while on sale.

Dy shampoo is a life-saver, and as time goes on, I learn which dry-shampoos no longer fit my needs. I got this guy at Marshall's for $7.99, but I realized that while it did the job of maintaining my oiliness, I didn't like the heaviness of the product or the scent. I will not be repurchasing this Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Tropical scent.

I am pretty sure they don't even make the Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray anymore, but it was not a bad product at all- It smelt nice, and added subtle volume to the roots. I don't think I will be repurchasing though, mainly cause it looks like it has been discontinued, but also because it wasn't a "wow"product. I think I purchased this for about $9.00.

During the past year, I discovered my love the brand Farmacy, as all of their products are very very nice. I purchased this Eye Dew for around $38 because I was in need of a new lightweight eye cream to use in the morning,under my makeup.This held up to my expectations and lasted a very long time (almost a year). I may eventually repurchase, but I do have other eye creams on my list to try first!

And with all of that being said, I have used up about $325.38 worth of products this month, which is awesome, I think! Being that some of them were gifted to me, the amount of money that I spend on these products is about $267.40- which again, makes me feel pretty good!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope you continue to use up all of your products too!


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