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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If you steal my sunshine…

Now that Spring is here again, I thought it might be nice to share my got to look for the season.  I tend to keep my make up look fresh, easy, and simple.  So for this look refer back to my every day tutorial (here), then follow along!

Always start with clean, moisturized skin, apply primer (I use Benefit) and desired coverage base (I use Clinique), or concealer (I use Benefit) if you have only a few trouble spots.  Set with pressed or loose powder (I use Besame).  Apply blush along cheek bone and sweep up to temples, also apply on apples of cheeks.  I use Nars Orgasm blush.

For my eyes I am using my go to base Mac Shroom all over my lid and under my brow bone.  Then I use Mac Swimming for the outer corners of my eye, I then line my eyes with Mac Humid.  I love these Mac shadows.  The pigment is great, the colours last all day, they blend well, and are reasonably priced.  I finish my eyes off with Mascara, I am currently using Benefit Roller Lash.

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Blending Swimming and Humid
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Benefit Rollerlash

I am finishing my look off with my lips, for this look I chose Mac Viva Glam V.  Such a great lippie, I have been using this shade for a long time.  I first bought it for my wedding make up.  I am still loving this shade and formula.

This look is really all about the eye shadow.  And green is my favourite colours, it really makes my green eyes pop!  I hope everyone has been enjoying my tutorial, because I sure have!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Steal My Sunshine by Len (remember them? Late 90s radio hits at it’s finest!)

Nothing lasts forever but this is getting good now…

Here at B@K’s I talk a lot about beauty and fashion, and although I said that I want to scale back my spending for 2016, that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending money at all.  So I thought I would share some of the items both fashion and beauty in 2016.

Beauty:

Fresh Rose Face Mask – I got a sample of this a while back and I had no expectations when I put it on.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I have been eyeing full size for a few months now, but I always seem to buy something else instead.  This is going on my next order.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask – It’s no surprise I am a Fresh fan, I have been ever since I tried Seaberry Oil!  I like the regular Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, but I wish I could use it over night, I think this is just what I need, it’s the same price (steep) but if I only use it once or twice a week it will last a while.

Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder Pearls – This was on my birthday wishlist last year and I am sad I didn’t pick them up during the November VIB Rouge sale.  I digress… I hope to pick them up at some point this year, I hear nothing but god things about them, and I do have a thing for face powders.

Verb Style with Verb set – I have been seeing this brand everywhere lately.  I’m a sucker for a good sea salt spray, but some of them can be expensive (ah em, Bumble and Bumble), and they are not all created equally.  I’m willing to give it ago, and see what happens, oh and did I mention full size products are $14.00?  Super steal!

Like I mentioned I’m finally happy with my beauty routine and once I start using up my stash I will then start to place more orders.  I’m also going to keep my eye out for better deals and GWP, I’m no longer obsessed with making Rouge at Sephora.

Fashion:

Lilly Pulitzer sun dress – I have been wanting one for a while now, but I have yet to purchase one (No, my Lilly x Target does not count).  I’m not really familiar with their sizing and I don’t want to order one online and it not fitting well, or at all.  And I found a few vintage shops in the area, but they sell vintage Lilly, and the few I’ve tried did not fit right.  With that being said I will add a Lilly this year, I just hope I can get a good deal.  This dress is my favourite that is available now.

Valentino Rockstud – I have been eyeing these shoes since they came out.  They are the perfect mix of class and sass, which is just what I’m all about!  They are expensive, but I know they would just be darling in my collection.  I would want to find them discounted of course, I can’t find myself spending full price on these bad boys.

Tory Burch York – I haven’t gotten a new bag in a really long time.  My current bag is no longer cutting it.  I need something bigger so that I have more room for more of my I gotta have it, can’t live with out it crap.  I think this bag fits the bill.  It’s huge, and it has a lot of interior pockets.  I’m also really loving this French grey colour.

Day dress – I love day dresses, they can be dressed up for work, or down for play.  Something like this Eliza J at Nordies is perfect for S/S.

The same goes for fashion, I have a lot of clothes, I’m not going to spend a lot of money on more clothes that I won’t wear half of.  I’m looking forward to styling what I have in new, fun, and different ways to last me through the next couple of years.  I want to buy less and better quality.  I don’t need to absorb all of the fast fashion.  I don’t need every colour sweater.  I can do a lot with what I have.  I’m also going to continue scoping the sales.  Finding a good deal on quality is key for me in 2016.  What are some of your 2016 wishlist items?  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

Put your makeup on…

2015 was a year of exploration in the beauty world for me.  I tried so many things some good, like Nars satin lip pencil in Rikugien, L’Occitane Immotelle eye balm, Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  Some bad like Lancome Visionnaire, Benefit BadGal mascara, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve eye gel.   And the ugly like Nars All Day Luminous Powder foundation, Benefit They’re Real mascara, and Wen.  With all of the products I tried, I spent a lot of money and energy trying to find products that work well for me.  And I’ve got my routine down pretty well… Now.  My last big splurge on something new was Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, which is amazing.  I’m sharing some of my favourite new obsessions from this year.  Some are major splurges, while others are more reasonable.  Here are my must haves that I tried this year.

1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – I had been wanting to try this face oil for a while and I am so glad that I did.  I love how it smells, it is a midweight oil that absorbs quickly, and I feel it is mild for my sensitive skin.  I feel like I have had good results, my fine lines are not as noticeable, my crows feet are subsiding, and I’m not getting as many blemishes (always a plus!).

2. Beauty Blender – This little pink sponge is a magical miracle.  Not only has it changed the way I apply my foundation, but it’s made the process way easier.  I strongly recommend this little wonder sponge to everyone.

3. Besame Violet Brightening Powder – This setting powder is by far my favourite.  It brightens and gives my skin a matte natural look that I am head over heels for.  And did I mention it smells divine? Because it smells amazing!

4. Philosophy Microdelvery – I started using this exfoliating scrub mid year and I love it.  It is gentile and effective.  I really enjoy using it.  I can’t see using anything else for my exfoliating purposes.

5. Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – I was not expecting much when I first tried this product, and I was blown away.  Not only did my eye shadow stay put through 11 hours, but it didn’t crease or melt off.  I was sold after using it once.  There are many similar products but This one really takes the cake.

There are so many products that I use and have used over the past few years.  I’ve decided to tone it down for 2016.  I have spent a lot of time and money on trying to find products that work for me.  I don’t need to make Rouge in April, or even re-qualify.  I am looking forward to using up what I have and only repurchasing what is necessary.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen (Watch out my Jersey is showing!)    

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

For those of you who frequent Breakfast @ Kiki’s then you know I am obsessed with skincare and beauty products.  And I almost exclusively shop at Sephora, yes, there is the occasional drug store find, gift, or exclusive department store splurge.  And I try to keep it to a minimum (who I am kidding, I made Rouge in April!).  But in all seriousness, this is a post I have been wanting to put up for a while now.  Over on the Sephora message boards (Beauty Talk) there is a thread about empties, a lot of patrons (Beauty Talkers, BTers for short) go through what they’ve used on a monthly basis and talk about what they liked and didn’t.  This thread is one of my favourites.  I’m addicted to reading about what everyone has used and their thoughts.  I love reading reviews, especially before trying something new.  And I feel as though I can’t write a helpful review until you’ve trialed a product for at least a couple weeks.  So I thought I’d share some of the products that I’ve used up recently. So here goes!

Empties:

Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Gel – Fresh – Okay, I liked the smell and how cooling it was, but even with the smallest amount of product, it made my eyes tear.  I’ve moved on to L’Occitane.

Translucent Pressed Powder – Shisiedo – Easy to use, convenient size, reusable compact, not long lasting, I think I went through it in about a month.  Will continue to search.  I just started using Besame Violet powder (which smells divine, BTW) and have had good results so far.

Texas Tea Shampoo – Drybar – Smells like booze, does not lather, and I don’t feel like my hair is clean, I’m sticking with my tried and true Pantine.

Texas Tea Conditioner – Drybar – Also smells like booze, not very thick, I also don’t feel like it’s conditioning anything, again sticking with Pantine.

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover – Lancome – Good basic eye makeup remover, I got this as a deluxe sample, I’m sure I can find a less expensive alternative.  I just started Sephora brand and so far it’s working well.

Visionnaire – Lancome – I got this deluxe a long time ago, and I loved it.  Then I went on the great Visionnare  search of 2015, early this year, only to splurge on full size and hate it.  I’ve since moved on to Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and I’ve fallen hard.

Sensitive Brush Head – Clarisonic – I started with the sensitive head, I think it’s too harsh, switching to the delicate head, we’ll see how that goes.

Seaberry Oil – Fresh – I love this stuff, I can’t get enough.  I use it all year round.  This was my second bottle.  I also use it as a moisturizer and on my elbows an knees when they get dry in the winter months.

Eudermine Revitalizing Essence – Shisiedo – I feel this is a basic toner, with that being said the smell is amazing, it is refreshing and the bottle is drop dead gorgeous!

Face Finishing Moisturizer – Perricone MD – I got this deluxe sample as a point perk, and I’m not impressed.  I don’t like the smell, it feels heavy on the face, the consistency feels a bit balmy, and I feel like it makes my skin red and blotchy.  Not for me.

Bad Gal mascara – Benefit -This mascara made my lashes look amazing, but then it melted and I had raccoon eyes… Very annoying, it’s not gone, but I’m trying something else.

Definicils Mascara – Lancome – I was first introduced to this mascara as a teenager, my Mom had a GWP and she doesn’t wear a lot of make up so she gave it to me.  I feel like it’s a solid basic mascara, it coats my lashes well, it doesn’t clump too bad, and it doesn’t smudge terribly.  It’s also really easy to remove.  It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst.  My one big downside: I feel the product dries in the tube super quickly.  I may be exaggerating slightly, but I just opened a deluxe sample mid November, and by the end of November, it was completely dry by the end of the month.  But if I’m going to spend the money, I’d rather spend it on Diorshow.  

Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Aveeno – I have been using this lotion on and off for the past few years.  It is very thick and it hydrates well.  I prefer it during the winter months when my skin is moist dry.  I feel like I get a good value for the price.  It has a pump, but my bottle fell and it broke off, so I found that to be annoying, even though it was totally my fault.

Dry Nail Drying Spray – Formula X – I bought this spray because I do my nails myself and I hate waiting for them to dry.  I really wanted to like this spray, but I don’t think it works well for me.  I have already switched to the Nail Drying Drops and I like them much better.

Express Wipes – Sephora – I love these make up remover wipes, they take everything off!  When I am really lazy and I don’t feel like washing my face these are a go to.  They are reasonably priced, smell nice, and when I say they take all of my make up off I am not kidding.

Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer – Nars – I got a sample of this primer a few years back.  And I loved it.  I decided to revisit it mid this year, and I was not impressed.  I don’t think that it was nearly as good as my sample.  I’m sticking with Benefit POREfessional.

Complexion Rescue – BareMinerals – I tried this after my summer time love affair with Shisiedo’s BB cream.  My intent was to find something cheaper.  Yes, this is cheaper and the shade matched decently to my colouring, but I don’t really like it.  I fell like it melts off, oxidizes a lot, and I feel like I need to wear a ton of it just to get my skin tone even.  For the winter I went back to my tried and true Clinique foundation.

Perfectly Real Makeup – Clinique – This is my go to foundation.  I have been using it for years and I have had very good results.  I try to keep a couple of backups just in case.  I feel that the price is good for the quality, and it takes me at least 1-2 months to get through a bottle.  I haven’t had a reason to switch, I really like this foundation.

Ceramic Slip Cleanser – Sunday Riley – Sample from Sephora, I got this to try on a whim.  I only had enough for one try, I can’t say how I feel either way after using, but it is out of my price range for now.

Master Cleanse Daily Brush Cleanser – Sephora – I use this everyday to decontaminate my concealer and foundation brushes.  I like this product a lot and I have been using it for a few years now.

Old and Gross:

Makeup Forever Lipstick #9 – The colour and formula were great, but it started to smell a bit weird so it’s time for it to go.  I may repurchase in the future.

Clinique Lipstick Black Honey – A perfect sheer berry, it’s supposed to be universally flattering.  I really liked it, this was my second tube.  I may repurchase.

Clinique Lipstick Angel Red – This shade is beautiful, more of a blue red, but again it began to smell funny.  I probably won’t repurchase.

Nars Eye and Lip palette from 2008 or 2009 (I don’t remember) – This was the best thing since sliced bread in my just getting into the high end makeup world circa 2007-2008.  It had four lip colours, four eye shadows and two multiples.  This is where I was introduced to Ondine eye shadow, a plum colour in perfect complement to my green eyes, Nightclubbing eye shadow, black with gold glitter, great for a smokey eye or liner.  I also met lip faves like Dolce Vita, a dusty rose, and my beloved Gipsy, a sheer berry red.  Anyway, this palette was so old and gross that the outside of it was sticky… It should have been tossed long ago and therefore it is not pictured.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
-Kiki

Title from: Closing Time by Semisonic