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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There are never toys that’s scattered everywhere…

I have been away for what seems like forever. I’ve had good reason though. Going through the last few weeks of pregnancy were no walk in the park, and then giving birth and having a new tiny human have been no small task either. 

I gave birth to a healthy happy baby girl a few weeks ago and my life has forever been changed. We are all doing well and trying to adjust to our new roles. 

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share my birth experience and a little more about how I’m adjusting. So while everyone is planning for the holidays I’ll be catching up and trying to get back on the bandwagon. 

I have been finding myself writing during and editing during feedings and it’s mostly super late at night so you’ll all have to bear with me. 

But just so y’all know I’m still here, it’s just that life with a newborn has been very challenging, especially the sleeping bit! 

Like any new Mom would I’m planning on incorporating more posts about Motherhood, it’s probably going to be frequent at first, since that’s all my life consists of right now. And on that note it’s time to end! 

All for now, 

–Kiki– 

Title From: The Other Woman by LDR

Dreaming of the water where I’d rise like a phoenix…

February was a short month and I manged to enjoy a whole heck of a lot of things.  It started off quite busy for me.  And it felt like it flew by.  We also were spoiled with the weather and had a few unseasonably warm days too!

1. Nars Audacious Annabella – This is quickly becoming my new favorite lippie.  And it’s no surprise that it comes from Nars.  I featured it for my Valentine’s Day make up and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I will definitely me adding more colours to my collection in the future.

2. Winter Uniform – I have been living in sweater and trousers for work pretty much since Autumn.  I can not stress how comfortable I’ve been and it’s easy, albeit boring, and will probably be my uniform until Spring.  Just based on how cold it is in my office!

3. The X-Files – This cult classic came back to T.V. in January, and of course like the sci-fi nerd I am I just had to check it out!  Moulder and Scully are back at it solving mysteries, most often having to do with aliens.  J thought it would be a good idea to start watching the series from the beginning while simultaneously watching new episodes.  Major spoilers came my way because of it.  Even though I know where the characters end up I am really enjoying the original series and the new episodes!

4. Popcorn – I love popcorn as a snack (sometimes dinner).  It’s salty and buttery and goes great with a nice grenacha (I like Bitch 2010).  Ever since I got my braces off in December I have been eating popcorn like it’s going out of style.

I am so looking forward to March, but really just Spring.  I love the warm weather and breaking out my S/S clothes is always exciting for me.  March has a lot in store for me, and I am really excited about it all!  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: I Can Fly by LDR

He said “In winter 1963 It felt like the world would freeze, With John F. Kennedy And the Beatles.”

This weekend was an interesting.  I was off Monday the 8th, then continued to work through the weekend.  We are converting to a new system at work!  This is round two for me.  This is nothing new for me, I went through this at the Credit Union, so I know what it’s like.  It was still a shitty way to spend my Valentine’s night.  And then to boot I had to go in on President’s day (a Federal holiday), so my next paycheck will be amazing!  With that being said, I am really tired.  My next day off is Saturday, and I am so looking forward to it.

Yesterday I worked from 2:30-8, it was a chore to have to go to work not only on Sunday, but also on Valentine’s day.  For what we had to accomplish, I finished pretty quickly then I pretty much sat around for a while.  And that was no fun.  At least they fed us and paid us OT.  Oh, and we could wear “casual clothes” I took that to mean jeans and Uggs.  Because it was literally freezing all weekend.

Today I worked from 8-12, after work I went to lunch with my MIL, we tried a different restaurant and we were not thrilled.  Needless to say we won’t be going back.  I’m not even going to get into how deplorable the food and service was, it’s not worth it.  The rest of my day was spent doing laundry, paying bills, and I took a much needed nap.

Also can we just talk for a moment about how it’s the middle of February?  Like, hello, where did the month go?  I can’t believe it!  February always goes so quickly.  I feel like I never get a chance to catch my breath.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

 

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy

Brush the snow from your hair…

For the past few weeks I have been living in my winter uniform of sweaters and trousers for work and sweaters and jeans for play.  I’ve been warm, but mostly boring.  It has been so cold that even layering isn’t enough.  Winter has finally arrived, along with all of the joy it brings, like chapped lips, dry skin, and itchy scalps.  There hasn’t been a lot of precipitation up my way, we’ve had some rain, some sleet, and a wee bit of snow.  Usually we get a lot of snow around these parts.  So I thought I would share a nice toasty ensemble for when the snow storm hits and you inevitably have to shovel your way out.

This is pretty much my weekend uniform, I am all about sweaters, (obviously) and skinnies right now.  I love that I can tuck my pants into my boots easily.  I am also in love with this Saint Laurent hat, it is gorgeous!  And the feather is too cute!  Stay warm friends.  And on that note, it’s time to end!  

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Something Vague by Bright Eyes