August 2015 Empties

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August is over and done with, and I have used up quite bit of products in just one month. Since I decided to participate in Sample September, today is the perfect day show you what I used up.


What is Sample September? Basically, I'll be pulling out all of my samples and trial size products and actually putting them to use. When you get so many samples through purchases or subscription boxes, it's so easy for them to just add up in a drawer somewhere and never get used. I'm particularly guilty of hoarding perfume samples. Now is the time to try some new products! 

Skin care:

elf Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - I've used these before, and they're okay. They work really well as far as cleansing cloths go, but they aren't my favorite.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream - The consistency is more like a gel. It's a nice eye cream for daytime wear because it looks nice under makeup. I liked it, but I'm not sure that it did much for me.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - I was so excited when I bought this because it's such a popular product, but sadly, it's not for me. I couldn't tell a difference in my skin.

Beauty Treats Peach Oxygen Bubble Mask - This is the first of the masks that I have tried from my Daiso haul. It's a really interesting mask. You apply it to your face when it's dry, and it bubbles up rather quickly. You don't have to keep it on after it bubbles. It's a nice brightening mask, and it's perfect for anyone who doesn't have the time to wait 10-20 minutes for a mask. I really enjoyed this one, and I'll be getting it again! I put a picture on Snapchat the day I used it, so you can follow me there for more mask mayhem and up to date shenanigans.

Hair Care:

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray - I used this as a flat iron spray and sometimes with my curling iron. This doesn't have any hold to it. I just used it for the heat protection. I got this specific one because it doesn't have alcohol listed in the ingredients. I would buy this again, but I have another similar spray I should use up first.

Body Care:

Jurlique Rose Body Cream - I don't use body lotions or creams with any regularity, but this is a nice one. I appreciate all of the naturally hydrating ingredients in this cream. Many of Jurlique's products come with an expiration date on them. Because they're a more natural brand the products will expire more quickly than ones with preservatives. I would use this again.

Banana Boat Kids spf 50 sunscreen - I'm throwing this away because it's old and I think it may have given me some body acne. I'm not really sure, but I don't want to chance it. I liked it when it was new.

Makeup:

Wet n Wild Natural Blend Pressed Powder - Natural - I used this as a setting powder or as a light powder foundation. It was a nice product and extremely affordable. I would get this again.

Samples:


VIIcode Oxygen Eye Cream - This sample came with the Oxygen Eye Masks that I reviewed last month (here). It was very moisturizing, but I don't know how to get the eye cream on its own. From what I can tell, VIIcode only sells the eye masks.

Kate Somerville HydraKate Serum - This is a very expensive product, so of course I loved this deluxe sample. This serum manages to be both lightweight and hydrating, so it's a perfect serum for me to use in the morning before my moisturizer with spf.

Pucci Miss Pucci Eau de Parfum - This old sample barely had one use left. Miss Pucci is a nice fragrance for summer. It has a lot of citrus with a little vanilla. To my nose, it smells quite similar to Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.

That's 11 more empties down bringing my yearly count to 71. That's a ridiculous amount of products, and there's still more where that came from!

I hope you can join me in the Sample September challenge! I really want to use most of my sample stash before I get my first Sephora Play box and start receiving even more samples. Who's with me?

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L'Oreal La Lacuqe & Le Matte Lipsticks

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A couple of years ago L'Oreal came out with the La Lacques and Le Mattes, but I was unable to find them before they went away. Lucky for me, L'Oreal decided to bring them back again! I got one of the La Lacques in Choco-Lacque and a Le Matte in She's So Matte.



Both of these colors are similar, and they're extremely easy to wear. The colors aren't seasonal, so you could wear either of these year round. They're a bit reminiscent of the 90s brownish lip colors that have come back in style.


Direct sunlight: Choco-lacque-top; Shes' So Matte-bottom
Indoors

The size and shape of both of these lipsticks are perfect if you want precision without having to use a lip liner -- even if you like overdrawing a little. I find that both of these formulas last quite long time even though neither claims to be long wearing. By that, I mean you can have a cup of coffee and a light meal without all of your lipstick coming off. It's not going to completely stay on, but much of it will. There's a slight scent to both of these but no taste. I can't really describe the scent, but if you have used a L'Oreal lipstick before, then you know what I mean.


La Lacque - 209 Choco-lacque
209 Choco-lacque
Choco-lacque is creamy, but still long wearing. It's glossy when compared to the Le Matte, but on its own, it's not all that glossy. It's more creamy to me and feels more substantial on the lips than a lipstick with a glossy finish.

Le Matte - 102 She's So Matte

102 She's So Matte
She's So Matte, like the name would suggest, is a matte color that isn't drying. This is the longer lasting shade of the two. Even though it isn't drying, it will show the lines on your lips if you have them. Make sure to exfoliate your lips before applying.

The color and formula of both of these are perfect for what I need out of everyday lipsticks. They're so easy to apply and convenient to use on the go! Hopefully, the La Lacques and Le Mattes are here to stay this time.

Have you tried either of these? What colors do you have? 
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Spongellé Body Contouring Buffer

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Last month, I had the opportunity to try a couple of products from Spongelle. I reviewed (here) the regular body wash buffer and the pedi buffer. Today, I have the Anti-Cellulite Body Wash Infused Buffer.

First, let me say that, no, this is not going to rid anyone of cellulite. What this will do is exfoliate your body quite well. The Body Contouring Buffer is dual sided with one side being an extra exfoliating side and the other being a softer typical sponge. 



The Body Contouring Buffer comes in the spa-like Beach Grass scent, and my favorite thing about it is the size. It's huge and has quite a bit of product in the sponge. The Body Contouring Buffer is much larger than the body wash buffer that I reviewed last month and will last through more washes. 



Even though I'm skeptical of products that claim to destroy cellulite, I do like like this Body Contouring Buffer from Spongelle. It's a great option for people who self tan because it's very exfoliating. Sometimes scrubs can get a little messy in the shower, and this buffer is an effective alternative. Being a newbie to body scrubs, I think I prefer this buffer to them. 

While this isn't going to give you a significantly smoother silhouette, it will give you smoother, softer skin. And, who doesn't want that?

Spongelle has provided me with a 20% off coupon code that will be effective until Oct. 19, 2015. BBLOGGER20 
There's also a giveaway from Spongelle you can enter!

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What products do you use to exfolite your body? 


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Daiso Dash! Shopping at Daiso

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A Daiso opened in the DFW area a few weeks ago -- in Carrollton for those of you that know the area. What is Daiso, you ask? Putting it simply, it's a Japanese dollar store. I would say it's similar to Dollar Tree. Let me show you everything I got!


Being the beauty addict that I am, I went straight to the beauty section. The store is still really new, so it was crazy in there. It probably wasn't the best idea to go on a Saturday afternoon, but it really was something of a dash! 


I got every package of cotton they had -- Fresh Cotton, Patting Cotton, and Cotton for Nail Polish Remover. I'll let you know if there's anything remarkable about any of these cottons. I'm curious to see how the Cotton for Nail Polish Remover works out.

This face brush was just too cute to pass up. It even has it's own hook, so you can hang it in the shower. Cute!


I was not leaving this store without a mascara. I have no idea if the Daiso house brand is any good or not, but Asian cosmetic brands have some fantastic mascaras. The natural lash mascara appears to have a standard mascara wand, and the other has a "double faced & rubber brush." It looks like that means it has two comb-like sides. One side looks like it would be great for lower lashes.


Another item I went in looking to buy -- sheet masks! I've never tried a sheet mask, so it only makes sense that I get four of them.


I have no idea what an Oxygen Bubble Mask is, so I had to try these. I think they're just typical masks, but they sound delicious.


We have reached the odd portion of what I got. My husband found this Point Pressing Stick. I've been wanting to get something like this to work out tight muscles.


I was really impressed with the dishes and kitchen items in Daiso. Everything looked so nice given the price point. This mug with a lid just had to come home with me!


I also picked up a snack! The Cookies & Cream Pocky was good! The husband and I shared this package, and we both liked it.

Even though it was crowded, I really enjoyed this new store. Every item was $1.50, except for the Pocky ($1.75). I haven't tried out any of the beauty items yet, so let me know if there's anything you want me to try first. If you have a Daiso in your area, you should go! They have a lot of cute and practical items there. I know I'll be heading back!

Have you ever been to a Daiso?

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Clinique Cheek Pop ~ Pink Pop

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This post continues as what may seem as the never ending Clinique haul, but this is my last Clinique product -- at least for now. The Clinique Cheek Pops were the number one item on my list to try when I visited my Clinique counter. I decided to give Pink Pop a try.



Ingredients

We can all agree that when it comes to the cute factor, this blush has it. The clear compact makes it easy to see the color and pick out of your collection, assuming you are a makeup hoarder like myself. The adorable flower design on the product stays visible well after the first use. You have to make a considerable dent into this blush before it will completely go away. 

Direct Sunlight
Shade

The color is blendable, buildable, and easy to work with. I haven't had any issues with patchy application or fading throughout the day. The color manages to be bright and vibrant without being too loud.

My only gripe at all comes when you take a closer look at how much product you actually get. Yes, this is a small package, and most of the time that doesn't necessarily mean that you're getting less product. In this case it does -- by almost half. The Clinique Cheek Pops are $22 and contain .12 oz/3.5 g of product. That's the same price as a MAC blush, but a MAC blush contains .21 oz/6 g of product. The Bare Minerals Ready blushes ($23) contain the same .21 oz/6 g of product. I tell you all of this not to discourage you from getting one of the lovely Cheek Pops but just to make you aware. If you're a makeup junkie like me, then you won't notice at all that you're getting almost 50% less product. If you're not a makeup junkie, then you might want to reconsider and get another blush that will last a little longer. I looked but could not find the amount of product in the Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blushers. If you have one, will you let me know? I'd love to hear you weigh in on this! Do you care about the amount of product you get in a powder blush? 

Overall, I do like my Clinique Cheek Pop in Pink Pop. It's so darn cute, and just makes me happy when I look at it. I'm not sure if I'll get any more. 

Have you tried any of the Clinique Cheek Pops? What colors do you have?

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Yves Saint Laurent Blur Primer & Blur Perfector

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Primer is an item that I've always found to be a little tricky. My skin can get a bit oily at times, so many primers feel just plain heavy and uncomfortable on my face. When I received #YSLToucheEclat courtesy of Influenster, I was both trilled (a box of YSL!!) and a bit concerned with how my skin would react.




I use primers and skin pefectors just on the areas of my face that need priming or perfecting. I choose not to test or use any primers on my chin or around my mouth because that area is more prone to breakouts. 

Blur Primer gold flecks - blended out

This primer is described as a blurring and illuminating primer for maximizing skin radiance, and there are gold flecks in it! I wasn't so sure about this at first, but once it's blended in the gold particles aren't really noticeable at all. Even after I apply even a light bb cream I don't notice them. I would think that the gold flecks would make lines and skin texture more noticeable, but that isn't the case. This primer makes my skin look smoother, so it does live up to it's blurring claims. Even though my skin doesn't sparkle with glitter from this primer, it does make my skin look more radiant. It seems to blur the dullness away. This "gel-fluid" does contains silicones, so beware if you're sensitive to that. I will say that as far as silicone based primers go, the Touche Eclat Blur Primer is on the lighter side. This primer does extend the wear of my foundation, but super oily areas like my nose still need a bit of a touch up. The Blur Primer will help if you have oily skin, but it may not go the distance for extra long and humid days. For that, I recommend the next product.



This is described as a concentrated instant blur in a balm-powder formula. The product in the compact is a light pink balm (that is colorless when you apply it) with an almost imperceptible gold shimmer. I can barely see any shimmer at all when I look at it and none when I apply it. The balm to powder claims are accurate. The Blur Perfector feels like a gel-like balm then immediately dries to a powder finish. The product comes with a pouf for application and a pouch to store everything. There's an extra compartment in the pouch for keeping the pouf. I'm not sure how practical the pouch will be for storing in the long term, though. 

Product pouch with compartment for pouf
This product can be used in three differnt ways.

1. All over as  a complexion perfector - I think they really mean this as a replacement for your foundation, but I like to use it as a heavy duty primer (similar to how you would use Benefit Porefessional). It fills in pores, blurs out texture issues, and wipes out shine. My foundation applied smoothly over the perfector and lasted all day without shine.

2. Finishing touch after completing makeup - You can tap the product on over makeup to set it. Tapping it in won't disturb or remove any makeup you've just applied. I didn't really think this method would work for me, but it did. It's sort of like applying primer after your makeup.

3. Touching up throughout the day - This my favorite way to use this product. Simply tap on any areas that get shiny during the day. It takes away the shine without removing your makeup.

I really enjoyed getting to try both of these products. Both of these are appropriate for all skin types. I would recommend the Blur Primer for drier skin or for those of you who prefer a traditional primer, and I would recommend the Blur Perfector for people with oily skin or for those who want something to use for touch ups. I'm grateful to Influenster for sending me this box because I would not have tried these products on my own, and it turns out that I really like them! Yay to finding new favorites!

Do you have a favorite primer? Let me know yours in the comments below!


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