6 Skincare Products I Want to Use Up


I’m back from my summer vacation, feeling refreshed and inspired. 🙂 Today’s post is about skincare–more specifically, skincare I want to use up. Due to my job I find myself testing skincare often, and I sometimes receive skincare products in Boxycharm, so it’s easy to let things build up.

Most of the items here are almost gone, as you can see in the photo.

First up is the Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal scrub. This is just about halfway gone; I actually really like this scrub, but think it would be better for someone with very sensitive skin. I love the gel consistency and it is gentle enough for daily use.

Next is the Aloepure Time Repair Serum. I love this serum but have another serum (different brand) waiting in the wings.

My Coola sunscreen is almost done; I love this for my face, but I don’t think I will repurchase since I want to find something else that serves as a suncreen and tinted moisturizer in one.

The Osea Sea Minerals Facial Mist is another product that I really like, but I have several bottles of facial mists to go through, so I probably won’t repurchase this one.

The next product I’m not a huge fan of–the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Hydra Gel. This is a Sephora 100 point perk, which is why I’m using it up. I can’t stand how this product smells and the performance is average, at least to me.

I reviewed these Body Shop masks last year, and I love them! I would like to use them up before they go bad, so I’m going to start with the British Rose Plumping Mask because it is gentle enough to use several times per week.

Isn’t it satisfying to see products being used? 🙂

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NYX Lid Lingerie Eyeshadow Palette


*purchased by me

I’m not usually one for drugstore eyeshadow, but every once in awhile I find something that I like, and the NYX Lid Lingerie falls under that category. This is definitely a “YouTube made me buy it” purchase, and I’m really happy with it! This palette has 6 matte shades, mostly warm colors. I like palettes like this to supplement my single shadows, and palettes that do not have matte shades.


I took these photos after having the palette for just a few days, but I have been using it for about a month now and the shadows still look quite new. Each shade in here is very soft and easy to blend. I have to admit I was very impressed that I found workable matte shadows in a $10 palette! There is also a metallic palette to complement this.


I usually use the cream shade, or the pale pink shade, as a base shadow for blending, or on the brow bone. I even used ONLY this palette a few times!


Used with the Urban Decay After Dark palette

One palette I love to use this with is the Urban Decay After Dark palette. Since there aren’t any matte shades in that one, this one works really well with it! Another thing I like about this palette is that it is very compact; I could definitely see myself taking this on a weekend away if I needed just one palette.

I think this is worth checking out if you like matte shades but don’t want to spend a lot of money. 🙂

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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Collection


*purchased by me

I am a complete Disnerd, so I am thrilled whenever a new Disney collaboration is released in the makeup world. It’s even better when the collaboration contains colors right up my alley! The LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean collection contains an eyeshadow palette, a face palette, and several lip products. I purchased the eyeshadow palette and face palette.


One feature that I love about the eyeshadow palette is the compartment in the bottom where the face palette slides into. This is so handy!


The eyeshadow palette contains 18 shades, ranging from cool neutrals to a few brighter colors. The formula contains matte, satin, and shimmer shades. The shadows seem a little different from LORAC’s pro palettes; they are still pigmented and easy to blend, but not as soft. This is neither a good or bad observation-simply neutral!


Black Pearl, Starry Night, Treasure, Sea Haze, Lost at Sea, Silent Mary

I love this eyeshadow palette. The colors are really unique compared to other shades that I have, and LORAC really captured the murky pirate vibe. Black Pearl is actually a duochrome shadow that isn’t picking up well in the photo. My favorite color in the palette is Sea Haze.


The face palette really hits a home run. It includes three blushes and three highlighters. Every shade in this palette is super pigmented; plus, I adore the color selection. Some people may find this a little too pigmented, so definitely use a light hand. They blend like a dream; I can’t rave about the quality of this palette enough. I also think this palette would be perfect for travel. I plan on bringing it to a wedding to do makeup on a few bridesmaids this summer.


Fortune, Lost Soul, Destined, Caribbean, Star Reader, Bold Spirit

I am really happy with this collection and think it is worth checking out, especially for all of you Disney fanatics out there. 🙂



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June 2017 Beauty and Skincare Favorites


June went by SO fast for me! I went to visit my sister, went on an amazing 5-hour lighthouse cruise with my husband, and prayed that my basement wouldn’t flood due to the heavy rains and massive flooding in the area (it didn’t!). In between all of that I did have time to rediscover some products.

First up are two charcoal masks: the White Egret Charcoal Mask and The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask. I absolutely love how my skin feels after using these! Each one is a little exfoliating, so I always feel super clean after rinsing them off.

I have two blush favorites: Besame cream blush in Apricot and Mariah Carey x MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy blush. I have had the MAC blush since its release and had only worn it a couple of times. It’s a beautiful warm pink color. Apricot could easily turn into one of my favorite blushes of all time. This color is simply stunning and the formula is even better. I’ve never met a cream blush with such a long-lasting and pigmented formula!


Sweet Sweet Fantasy, Apricot, Only You, Hot Sand

Another MAC product I’ve been enjoying is the Ellie Goulding x MAC lipstick in Only You. It is a warm pink shade that is perfect for this time of year, and goes with practically anything. Plus, it is a cremesheen, which is my favorite MAC lipstick formula.

In addition to two MAC favorites, I also have two NARS favorites: Hot Sand highlighter and the Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I don’t actually own the concealer, but I have been using a sample of it for about a week now. I was a huge fan of the liquid Hot Sand highlighter, and now that there’s a powder I am even more thrilled! I plan on writing a separate review of the concealer, but let’s just say the sample has left a BIG impression on me. I love it!


As mentioned in the past, I have the world’s driest lips. This month I discovered the Tuore Conditioning Lip Oil, which I have been using daily. I usually put it on while I’m doing my makeup to condition my lips.

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a rediscovery for me. I’ve been really into lightweight, cream products this month, and I love that this tinted moisturizer has SPF in it. My shade is Nude.

The last product is a little random, but my husband and I have been loving the Dove Dry Oil Beauty Bar. This soap seriously changed my shower life! I’ve been using it to shave my legs, and I do not experience any razor burn, plus less cuts. The reason I discovered this soap is because of a YouTuber, which leads me to my next favorite: BarSoap Guy! As the name implies, he reviews soap.

Another favorite of mine is on Instagram, and her handle is mel_ladytrucker. She is a North American truck driver who posts makeup photos during her travels. She uses mostly drugstore makeup and is creative, fun, and just has a good vibe.

Thanks for reading, and have a safe 4th of July weekend!

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Derma-E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil Review


*pr sample

This past spring I began being more diligent in my skincare routine. Thanks to genetics I have been blessed with naturally good skin; I’ve never had any major issues with sensitivity, acne, or breakouts. That said, my new skincare routine has included finally leaving the world of makeup wipes and cleansing my face well every single night. This isn’t always easy when I’m really tired, but I have gone so far as to not buy makeup wipes to keep up with this habit.

One of my favorite ways to remove makeup is with cleansing oil. In the past I have enjoyed the Josie Maran cleansing oil, and I do love the Julep cleansing oil (so much so that I have a half used bottle and one waiting in the wings). One of my requirements for a cleansing oil is that it can’t smell overly floral, and it can’t make my eyes cloudy.


I was pleasantly surprised when the Derma-E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil showed up at my doorstep a few weeks ago! Since then, I have used about 1/3 of the bottle and have some thoughts on it.

Initially, I was hesitant when I saw that it was rose scented. Rose can either be heavenly or disastrous, but I am happy to report this is very mild and not overwhelming. The rose scent dissipates quickly and it is pleasant.

I’m impressed by the texture of this cleansing oil as well. It isn’t too thick, but it isn’t runny either; the consistency is just right. It is very smooth and “petal soft” truly is the perfect description for it.

Now for the most important part: did it lead to cloudy eyes? NO! I am not afraid to keep my contacts in while using this cleansing oil and it removes ALL of my eye makeup. I do not feel the need to go in with an extra eye makeup remover when I use this cleansing oil.

I use about three or four pumps to get all of my makeup off. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind, either.

In all, I was surprised at how much I like this, and it is very affordable: Currently it is $11.99 at Ulta, which is a fair price compared to some of the higher end oils (like Dior).

What is your favorite skincare brand? Do you have any recommendations?

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