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.

base MAC Shroom
base MAC Shroom
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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!)

And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70…

Valentine’s day is not the biggest deal for J and I, we usually spend a quiet evening at home together.  J usually cooks dinner, I always want seafood of some sort.  We try to watch a movie or catch up on our T.V. shows.  So I have been having so much fun with my tutorials, I thought I might share my date night make up.  J and I don’t get to have many date nights with our budget, so when we do it is super special, even if we splurge on a nice dinner at home.

I always start with a clean, dry, and moisturized face. And you can find my everyday make up tutorial here, we are just adding to that.  For this look I am going heavier on the eye make up and bolder on the lip.  For the beginning steps you can check out my everyday make up tutorial.

Applying eye shadow

When I do a night look I tend to wear a bit more eye make up.  I live for Mac Shroom, I use it all over my lid, the inner corner of my eyes, and at my brow bone.  I then use Retro liner (Bare Minerals I can’t find it anymore) with an angled liner brush and I heavily apply it.  I then finish my eyes with mascara, I’m currently using Benefit Roller Lash.  I am enjoying it so far.  But I still don’t love it as much as Diorshow.  

Tools of the trade
I almost always do my lips last.  For this look I am busting out the big guns with Annabella, I have been a NARS fan for years and it doesn’t get much better than Audacious.  This is my first Audacious lippie.  This range from Nars is very popular with lippie aficionados, and I am a convert for sure.  I think it’s the perfect finishing touch to a great date night look.

 

Complete look

For my make up look I decided to pair it with my favourite J. Crew sweater and my Ann Taylor LOFT leather skirt.  No look is complete without shoes.  And I went with my Ivanka Trump pumps.  This gold clutch is amazing.  I got it from a flea market a few years ago.  I hardly use it because of how small it is.  Regardless it’s darling.

Accessories

Like I mentioned Valentine’s Day is one of those days that does not have that much bearing in my day to day.  I do how ever enjoy any excuse to dress up and have a great time with J.  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  And one that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Putting on my make up…

After my hair tutorial and how much fun I had doing it, I decided to give it another go!  This time round we are focusing on make up.  I decided in regards to make up it is probably best to start with an everyday look.

No make up.

I always start with a clean, moisturized face.  In the morning I wash with Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, then moisturize with Fresh Seaberry Oil.  Here I am pre make up.  My skin isn’t too bad.  I have been using Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil at night and I think it is making a big difference!  I haven’t been having as many blemishes.  And if I do get one, they aren’t sticking around as long as they used to.  I’ve also noticed that my fine lines and crow’s feet aren’t getting worse.

Beauty Blender

My first step is Primer my go to is Benefit POREfessional.  I have been using it for years and works wonders for me.  I let that set for a moment before moving on to foundation.  I apply my Clinique Perfectly Real foundation with a moistened Beauty Blender.  I “stipple” my foundation on, it gives a flawless, air brushed look, and I don’t need a lot of product to get great results.

If I need to cover a blemish, or dreaded dark circles I turn to Benefit Erase Paste which I apply with a Sephora Brand Concealer Brush (similar) then I blend with my middle or ring finger (which ever is convenient at the time).  For this look my skin ended up being nice, and I didn’t end up needing to cover any blemishes, I was pretty happy about that!

Powder

I then use a setting powder, recently it’s been Besame Violet Brightening Powder with a big fluffy face brush.  The one I use is also from Sephora Classic Uniform Complexion Brush (similar).

Afterwards I move on to blush.  I almost exclusively use Nars Orgasm.  And I have been for years.  It’s the perfect peachy pink with the perfect amount of shimmer.  I use a MAC powder brush (similar).

Eyeshadow

Next up is eyes I start with Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, then I sweep MAC Shroom all over my lids. I use Nars Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush (part of the And God Created the Woman Kit), for the rest of my shadows I go between Nars, MAC, or Lancome.  For this look I am using the Nars And God Created the Eye palette.  I use Coconut Grove to cut my crease and  Night Clubbing as my liner, with a Sephora Angled Liner Brush.  I finish with a mascara right now I am using Lancome Definicils Mascara, which is a basic black.  

Lippie

I finish my look with a lippie, I change up my lips dependent upon my mood.  For this look I am using MAC Viva Glam V which is a lovely pearly pink shade.  This is one of those “my lips but better shade” and I am all about it!

Finished look

And that is my typical routine.  I have it down to about fifteen minutes, which is pretty good in my book.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Off To the Races by LDR

Buy me my peach lip gloss…

There was a thread about this recently on BT, what was the first product(s) you ever bought.  Now, I am taking this to mean of the high end variety.  I was in my late teens/early twenties when I was able to start buying my make up and skincare from Sephora and department stores.  I remember the first items I bought.

Nars Orgasm blush – I have not stopped using this blush since I bought it.  It’s perfect for my complexion and it is beautiful.  It has the right amount of shimmer, it’s super pigmented and I am still very much in love with this stuff!

Nars palette – I bought this in 2008 or 2009, it was my favourite thing it had four eye shadows Nightclubbing and Ondine were the best, four lippies Dolce Vita and Gipsy are awesome.  Included in the pallet were two multiples.  This bad boy was my first big splurge as far as high end beauty goes.  I went through an eye shadow and a couple lippies pretty quickly.  I had to chuck this recently, it was way past it’s prime.  And because of that it’s not pictured.  I have tried to find anything about the palette and I can’t find it anywhere.

Benefit Benetint – This product is amazeballs.  Not only does it smell amazing, but as a blush it is easy to use, blendable and very long lasting.  As a lip stain it is perfect, I use it all the time.  I even play around with other lip sticks to create unique colours.  I will say that as a stain it gets pretty dry, so either layer a lip balm or lip stick, for a more moisturized result.

I was not as savvy in my early buying years.  That is why I invested the time and energy into learning about brands, products, and I read a ton of reviews.  Sometimes I write reviews as well.  I feel as though you can’t make an informed decision without doing a ton of research.  Over time and a lot of big Sephora orders I think I am finally streamlining my skincare and beauty routines.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: 1949 by LDR