All around me are familiar faces, Worn out places, worn out faces…

I loved writing my first empties post so much that I decided to do another one.  I use a lot of products and I buy a lot too.  Last year I decided to use up a significant portion of my beauty stash.  I’m also hoping to only rebuy products that worked well for me.  I don’t want to spend a lot of money in the hopes that something might work, I’m way past that.  So over the past few months (so many months, this was supposed to be a quarterly feature) here are some of the products I’ve used up.  Some I love and others not so much.  Here are my thoughts, I hope you enjoy round two of empties.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple – My favourite gentle face wash.  It has a natural scent that is not over powering, over drying, or in anyway harsh.  I love this stuff and I like to keep a back up.

Philosophy Microdelivery – My favourite exfoliating face scrub.  It’s gentle exfoliation, lightly scented, and really works.  I also like to keep a back up of this around just in case.

Philosophy Miracle Worker  – I got a deluxe sample of this moisturizer and I generally liked it, I prefer HIAJ, over this.  I’m glad I tried it, and I love the brand, but this moisturizer was not for me.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Eye – I got this a a point perk and I figured I would try it out.  I was using this with okay results, it’s your basic run of the mill eye cream, then I lost the top to the container, and it started to dry up, and it became balmy, I still used it all up.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase even though I am a big Philosophy fan to begin with.

Fresh Seaberry Restorative lotion – This lotion is of medium thickness, absorbs quickly and smells a little lemony.  I used this lotion for a while and even at the beginning of my pregnancy.  It is a bit expensive, but it is very worth it and lasted me a fairly long time.  I wish the price was better, because I really like this stuff.

Burt’s Bees Body Lotion – I got this lotion after I ran out of my Fresh body lotion.  I liked this because it was less expensive and there was no scent.  It is thick and absorbs well.  I decided not to repurchase once it was empty, and I got Cocoa Butter instead.

Mac Zoom Lash mascara – I got this as a sample expecting nothing.  I like how this mascara coats my lashes, separates, and defines them well.  But it melts and smears all over my eye area and that I am just not into.  I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on this mascara, because I am so moving on.

Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – This stuff is of miracles!  I love it so much, when I use it my eye shadow does not budge.  I’ve already repurchased and when I wear eye make up I don’t want to be with out it.

Benefit Benetint – I love this stuff, I have been using it for years.  It is a great multipurpose product, easily blendable as a blush, and buildable as a lippie.  It also smells divine.  I prefer the smaller deluxe sample size because the applicator brush is smaller and I feel I have more control when applying.

Fresh Seaberry Oil – This was my fifth bottle.  I can’t go on with out this HG oil.  I use it day and night, for my face moisturizer, on my elbows and knees too.  It is mid weight, absorbs quickly, and smells really nice.  I have been using it for almost two years now and I am so glad that I took the leap into face oils, because I am never going back.

Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal mask – I bought this in the hopes that it would replace my GlamGlow superMUD, but it in fact was not up to my standards.  It did not clear my pores as well, or keep my skin as tight.  I’m back to superMUD, even though its really expensive. (Not pictured because by “using it”, I really mean, I gave it to my Sister)

L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – I was on the hunt for a new eye cream after my Fresh eye gels that I tried throughout last year.  I am so glad that I tried this one.  I really love it, it smells nice, has a great consistency, absorbs quickly, and lasts a long time.  I feel it’s reasonably priced, my crow’s feet are slowing, my dark circles are becoming a rarity, and my eye puffiness is less frequent.  I have a few deluxe samples to work my way through but I am really sold on this one.

Benefit Rollerlash – I got this as a deluxe sample, in the hopes of finding a less expensive alternative to Diorshow.  I’ve read a lot of reviews online about this mascara, and decided why not.  The consistency I feel is similar to Benefit They’re Real, but with that being said, this mascara doesn’t melt, flake, or give me raccoon eyes buy lunchtime, more like 3:30.  I feel the application is even, it coats my lashes well, and it’s reasonably priced.  I have a few more mascaras to work through, but right now, I generally like it.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase.

EOS lip balm – I finally finished (a lot of the way), the fruity one.  I wasn’t really into it.  It smelled nice, but I really love the sweet mint (which I am currently loving/using). The egg shaped container is really obnoxious, and not very portable.  Which is why I prefer the stick version.  The stick version broke about a week after I bought it.  I was super upset.  So I probably won’t buy either again after I use up all of my back up lip balm stash.

Clinique Perfectly Real Make Up – I have been using this foundation for years now, I have not found a reason to switch.  It is a lightweight, medium yet buildable coverage that last all day.  I prefer to use either my Beauty Blender or a foundation brush for my application.

Chanel No. 5 – I have been wearing the Eau De Parfum for years now.  I can not get enough of it.  It really is the best smelling perfume I have ever worn.  Yes, the price can be steep, but I don’t wear a lot of it, and the scent lasts all day.  I haven’t found another perfume that smells as great or better one me.  I have no reason to ever wear anything else.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo – I have been using this dry shampoo for a few years now, and I love it.  It’s very reasonably priced and it works really well.  I recommend this dry shampoo to everyone.

Sephora Collection Express Cleansing Wipes – These are probably the best make up removing wipes I have ever used.  They are durable, gentile, have a light clean scent, and can take off a face full of make up with ease.  They also don’t leave any residue.  I am sold, I always try to keep a back up so I don’t run out.

EOS Shave Cream – I don’t normally use shave cream, but my Mother gave this to me for Christmas, so I decided that I should try it.  I really like it, it smells nice, “lathers” well, and I find it gave me good results.  It’s not that expensive so I may repurchase in the future.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil – I got this as part of my Sephora birthday gift last year.  I started to use Rikugien first, it is a rose shade.  And I really love it.  I don’t know if I would rebuy for two reasons: I have to sharpen this pencil, which I know is part of life, but it’s not great when I’m trying to get portability out of it.  And It doesn’t last as long after it’s applied like the lipsticks from the brand do, which I can eat, drink, and go for most of my day with out having to reapply.  With this lip pencil this is not the case.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial – I got this mask as a deluxe sample, and thought since I’m trying to use up my beauty stash, why not use up my samples too!  I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, because I’ve never tried the brand before.  Let me just start with the scent, because it is strong.  It smells like roses which I really enjoy, but if you don’t enjoy that aroma, steer clear, because after about twenty minutes it was still strong.  The texture was like butter, so soft and creamy, and my skin just drunk it right up.  After leaving the mask on all night I awoke to radiant, supple, brighter and well hydrated skin, and that was just after one application.  I was pleasantly surprised and I think this may be an option I may pick up in the future.

Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant Original Clean – I have been using this deodorant for many years now,  and I really like it a lot.  It has a very light clean scent, it goes on smooth, and for a normal, work day, it holds up.  During the dog days of summer, or maybe some strenuous activities you may need to reapply.  Some times I mix it up with a fruity scent, but I always go back to the clean scent.  I also enjoy that I can snag a two pack, or multi-packs from places like Wal-Mart, Target, or Sam’s Club.

Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Spray – I got this as part of the set when I got my Buttercup  blow dryer in 2014, it took me a long time to use this, mainly because this winter I chilled way out and I haven’t been styling my hair as often.  But now that it’s getting longer again I am doing more blow outs.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase this spray as it’s just okay, I feel there are better options that are less expensive, and also don’t smell like booze, much like the other Texas Tea products do.

Sephora Collection Instant Eye Makeup Remover – I got this last Autumn, after using up the Lancome eye makeup remover I got from a GWP.  I like it, I feel it’s a basic eye makeup remover.  I think I will try the waterproof version, just because sometimes some of my more stubborn makeup won’t come of when I use this stuff.

I hope everyone enjoyed this round of empties.  I decided to share them on a quarterly basis instead of monthly so that I actually had some time to accumulate some.  I’m looking forward to using up a lot of my make up stash this year.  I mentioned before that I would be repurchasing what has worked for me in the past, and products that I really liked from last year, and items I have yet to try this year that I have already purchased.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Mad World by Gary Jules

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I will travel across the land, searching far and wide…

I like my millennial counterparts have been swept up in a resurgence of Pokemon fever thanks to Pokemon Go.  Needless to say I am a little addicted.  It’s basically the way the old Game Boy games should have been…  If the technology could have been a good at the time.

For those of you not in the know, Pokemon Go is a game that allows users to catch Pokemon in the real world using AR or Augmented Reality.  Which is pretty much the coolest, because Pikachu is right in front of you, or sitting next to you on the couch.

Now there have been many reports of people getting mugged, assaulted, car wrecks and even dead bodies being discovered.  Now, I don’t know what reports are legitimate but some scary stuff has happened as an on set of the game.  Here are some of my tips for playing safely, so you can catch them all!

  1. Don’t catch Pokemon and drive.  I can’t believe that in 2016 this is a foreign concept.  The point of the game is to find Pokemon in the world.  So put your phone down, park your car and go for a walk.  But if you must drive, pull over safely, or have a passenger play for you.
  2. Don’t play in areas you don’t know.  There is nothing worse then not knowing where you are and staring down at your phone that cost at least a couple hundred dollars.  This could be dangerous, you could be mugged, assaulted, or worse.  And also maybe don’t play alone.  Use the buddy system people!
  3. If playing at night wear light coloured clothing.  This would be the perfect time to break out that super old Pikachu tee, not only will it be very in, but the bright yellow allows you to be seen when it is dark.
  4. Look both ways before you cross the street. In fact maybe be alert at all times, and if you just can’t break away from your phone, maybe bring a friend who is not to keen on the game to be your eyes and ears so you can finally catch that Charizard.
  5. Have fun, that’s the point!

The other day I caught a Jigglypuff and it was super awesome!  I know I probably won’t catch all the Pokemon, but I enjoy the game.  Especially when better ones start showing up.  I, like many I am sure, are so over the Pidgeys, Weedles, and Rattatas.  But I do enjoy walking around and finding some cool stuff.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Pokemon Theme Song

Hot summer nights, mid July When you and I were forever wild…

Hello friends, I know I’ve been away for a while.  Between work, helping my brother start a business and being pregnant during the summer I haven’t had much time to sit and write.

Over the past two weeks all of my favourite bloggers have been sharing their Nordstrom Anniversary finds, and I wish I could follow suit, but this year there was very little that spoke to me.  I am afraid to buy clothes for after baby, because well, I don’t know how quickly I will loose the baby weight.  And there was no A/W maternity styles on sale.  So I decided to check out A Pea In The Pod, which has some great quality brands I love, and the sale prices were an additional 40% off!!!!  I got some pieces that will hold me for the rest of my pregnancy (I hope!).

I picked up two Equipment blouses, who knew they had maternity styles?  I am hoping that they are going to work after baby too, because, well they are pretty bitchin’.  I ordered three dresses, they all just so happened to be from Seraphine, one black short sleeve, one blue patterned, and a long sleeve black printed that looks like something Ted Baker would offer.  I also broke down and purchased maternity jeans.  I really need them for weekends and days off.  my normal go to pairs are not cutting it any more.  I settled on a 7 For All Mankind boot cut, I have never bought a pair of $200 jeans before I hope they are worth it, they were discounted to $99 plus 40% off, so it was like how much every other pair I own cost.  And I rounded out my order with two long sleeve tops and two pairs of stockings.

I plan to eventually add some nursing attire in the next few months for when baby arrives, but I got what I needed for now.  My next purchase regardless of where from will no doubt need to contain some sweaters for A/W, some comfy pajamas, and maybe a fuzzy robe or two for those late night feedings my friends with children tell me about!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Young and Beautiful by LDR

So come on pretty baby, we’re going to raise a family…

So this is a bit late going up, and all of my close family and friends have already know, but here goes…  Last week I took a couple of days off of work to celebrate J’s birthday and on his birthday we found out what the tiny human I am growing is.  We are both very excited and we could not be happier.  So naturally I needed to pick out the perfect ensemble to be photographed in to share this news with everyone.  But the one colour appropriate dress I have is in the no way I am fitting my pregnant ass in that pile.  So, not to be boring, but I didn’t get around to taking pictures.  But J and I had a few wonderful days together and with out further ado…

It’s a little girl and let me just say I can not wait to have all of our ensembles match, and play  with Barbies , American Girl dolls and of course whatever she wants to play with.  I can teach her all about Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones (although not for a while on the last one!)  The fashion and my love of shoes I can pass down, my knowledge of classic rock and cult classics are uncanny.

Now comes the fun part of preparing the nursery and deciding on a name.  We have been discussing a few contenders, but we have not decided on the name yet.  I think the hardest part is choosing a name that flows well, that the initials don’t spell out something inappropriate, and that doesn’t sound made up.  Preparing the nursery is definitely the biggest to-do on the list.  We have picked out the colours and we have some repairs to do before we can get started on painting and decorating.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: True Fine Love by Steve Miller Band

This tune could be a reminder, of how it all used to be…

My way late to the game Nordstrom Anniversary Sale order has finally arrived!  (YAY!)  The whole reason for my temptation was I really needed a few new bras (yes, a necessary evil, of being a woman).  I prefer Calvin Klein T-Shirt Bras for everyday.  They are very comfortable (all things considered), soft, durable, and have just the right amount of padding (very little), underwire, he whole nine {#bustygalprobs}.  I ordered two, one smoke and one nude colour called sanctuary.

I then found a long maxi length nightgown/lounge dress (it could totally pass for out in public) {I’m still on the fence about that though}, I’ve wanted one for a long time and this one fit the bill, it was on sale, cotton and looked super comfy!  When I wore this for the first time I was so comfortable in this thing, it is super soft modal cotton, very light, and even though it has a shelf bra in it (I typically hate this, but I don’t mind it).  I would have preferred black, but I settled for grey, I think it will definitely serve a purpose, for those dog days of summer, and early autumn.

Then I fell. In. Love. With this amazing Equipment blouse.  I have definitely developed an affinity for white and cream coloured blouses and this one was no exception!  I can wear this top in a multitude of ways through out the year.  The best part is it is machine washable, something I can’t do with my navy Equipment blouse (it’s 100% silk) {BOO!} that I picked up second hand for $20.00 last year.

I also bit the bullet and bought new Hunter wellies and boot socks.  I went with the Original Short boot, at 5’3″ I figured that it would be easier to walk, (I already own a pair of the Original Tall Jimmy Choo wellies from a couple years ago) I ordered Hunter Green (one of my favourite colours)!  Hunter Green Hunter Wellies?  How fab!  I also got black cable knit cuff boot socks.  I went with black because I figured they wouldn’t get as dirty as a lighter colour.  And now I am all set for winter, between two pairs of wellies and my Ugg boots!  (Yeah, maybe I am a Basic White Bitch {J/K}).  In all seriousness I searched high and low last year pretty much from October to February for a suitable pair of boots with no avail.  I’m so glad I jumped the gun and prepared early!  Before you (I) know it the forecast will include frost warnings up my way in H.V. and it will be time to showcase old faves and my A/W 1516 shopping list (Oh no)!  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Back to the Basics by LDR