Monthly Empties: April/May 2018

It’s been a busy past couple of months that I haven’t been able to empty products/post my empties. I finally finished finals yesterday, and is looking forward to my graduation this Saturday for my BS. Just a quick little update before I go off and ramble about these products…

❤ – like, 🙄 – eh, & 👎🏻 – dislike

1. Thayers witch hazel in rose petal I emptied a travel size one a couple months back and purchased the full size and emptied it once again. Definitely a repurchase for me and I want to try out other scents they have. Got my brother hooked up on taking care of his skin as well using their toners definitely a must have! ❤

2. Sol De Janeiro body wash is a must have if you don’t prefer strong scents on a body wash. It definitely smells like pistachio and caramel for sure if you like sweet and light scent this is the perfect body wash for you. It lasted me a couple of months too so well worth it for the price. Definitely a repurchase for sure. ❤

3. First aid beauty face cleanser is an okay cleanser in my book very lightweight and definitely super gentle for sensitive skin. I just felt like I’ve tried better cleansers out there. I know a lot of people love this product, but for me I just felt like it wasn’t doing much. Probably won’t repurchase. 🙄

4. Fresh soy face cleanser another cleanser I’ve been using. It’s okay to me since I’m super not fond of the scent. I feel like the scent is too strong for my liking when it comes to cleanser and scented things. Probably won’t repurchase. 👎🏻

5. First aid beauty ultra repair cream in the scent pink grapefruit ya’ll know how much I love first aid beauty as that is my favorite cream when it comes to treating my eczema and dry skin so I don’t need to say much about this product. Definitely a repurchase for sure. ❤

6. Eva nyc mane magic 10 in 1 primer spray smells so divine and does wonder for my hair on days where I want to straighten my hair. I love love the scent of the hair product and it leaving my hair smooth and shiny and not a greasy look like most sprays. Definitely a repurchase for me. ❤

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money except the body wash as that was gifted to me. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.

Skincare: 11-step routine

1. Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater 

I love that this facial mist refreshes and hydrates my skin before starting my skincare routine and after. It’s lightweight, smells amazing, and is super hydrating for my dry skin during the cold winter months and whenever I need a pick me up throughout the day. I don’t only use it to prep / lock in my skincare but I also sometimes use it as a setting spray for my makeup. It just gives the face a dewy look. It’s great to spray right after taking a shower too, to replenish the skin.

2. Oil Cleanser: Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil

Three months later, still using this cleanser. This cleanser does not break me out at all and is very gentle on my skin. I use about two pumps and that cleanses my face and neck overall. Not only that, my boyfriend loves it too! For more review on this product check out my previous skincare routine linked down below.

3. Water Cleanser: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I got this deluxe sample size water cleanser from the Sephora Favorites Skincare Routine: Combo Skin links to my beauty haul awhile back. I’ve been using this for quite some time now and honestly, I know everyone on earth talks about this cleanser and loves it. However, for me the scent just wasn’t cutting it for me… I felt like it was a strong soy scent that I did not enjoy. It’s great at removing makeup and hydrating the skin but for me I simply, could not stand the scent.

4. Exfoliator: Skinfood Wash Off Black Sugar Mask

This is a two in one: a wash off mask as well as an exfoliator. I finished up the Skinfood Wash Off Rice Mask so I wanted to try this as it goes hand in hand with my oil cleanser. This stuff smells amazing and I use it twice a week to give my face some good exfoliation when I need it. I love the grainy texture of it and how after you exfoliate it leaves the skin super smooth, hydrated and dewy. Tip: If you find it to be a harsh exfoliator just add some water to it, and it’ll be gentle on the skin. Overall, Skinfood Black Sugar line has never failed to disappoint me as I love the two products from the Black Sugar line already.

5. Toner: Son & Park Beauty Water and Skin Toner

I finished up my Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal a couple weeks ago and decided to try this out since I bought this during Soko Glam Black Friday sale. It smells like wine to me but I enjoy the scent and it is not too overpowering like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I love that this product is also multipurpose it’s a cleanser, exfoliator, and toner all in one. I love that it’s hydrating on the skin and for resetting my skin’s pH levels. Sometimes, if I don’t have time to do my skincare routine I’ll only use this as it is multipurpose.

6. Essence: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

I purchased this from Ulta when they had the 20% off coupon. I watched a bunch of reviews on this product before purchasing it. And frankly, I’m in LOVE with this product. I love the sticky consistency and gooeyness of this product. It feels wonderful on the skin sort of like a thick hydrating serum but is lightweight and the sticky feeling goes away as it absorbs into your skin. I like that it locks in the moisture in my skin. It’s a great product to try since it’s different than most essence as those are a watery consistency, while this one is more of a thick consistency.

7. Serum: iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum

I’ve been using this serum for the past two months and find that this product helped relieve my irritated skin and also lightened up my sun spots and acne scars. They aren’t dark as they were before using this product. I like that it is a mild scent, light colored green serum, moisturizing and leave the skin looking dewy. I find that this product absorbs into the skin quite quickly too compared to other serums that I’ve tried out. It does leave a light stickiness once applied to the face but that quickly disappears as it soaks up into the skin. I find it super moisturizing for my dry skin. Overall, I enjoy this serum and cannot wait to try other serums from the brand.

8. Sheet Mask: Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Hydro Gel Mask

My sheet masks varies from time to time but this happen to be the one I’m using today. I need to do a separate review for this sheet mask like I usually do for my sheet mask reviews since I’m a sheet mask fanatic. I never really use a hydro gel mask before so this is one for the books ha. It’s interesting that this is a two piece mask one for the upper part of your face and one for the bottom portion of your face. It sticks to your skin since it’s hydro gel and I left it on for 15-20 minutes… and well stay tune for a review.

9. Eye Cream: Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream

It’s been month since I’ve used this eye cream and honestly, I notice no visible difference in reduction of my dark spots under my eye or even wrinkles. I feel like it gets the job done at moisturizing my under eye but other than that I feel like it’s any other eye cream out there. Please let me know, if you guys know any good eye creams out there once I finish this up.

10. Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

I love that this moisturizer goes on lightweight, has a settle scent to it, and is ultimately moisturizing for the face. It’s a wonderful moisturizer that I even bought a backup of it once I finish this bottle up. I even convinced my brother to buy a bottle since I loved it so much. It’s a great bang for the buck moisturizer since a little goes a long way. AMAZING let me know what your holy grail moisturizer is? Mine is this one right here.

11. Sunscreen: Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50

A little goes a long way in my opinion because if I don’t have time for my skincare routine, I always make sure to apply sunscreen before heading out. I realize the importance of sunscreen as it prevents me from getting more sun spots and wrinkles. I’ve been loving this sunscreen and cannot wait to try something else once I finish this gem right here.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money aside from the iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum which was sent to me for free for review purposes. I am in no way obligated to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. All images are my own unless stated otherwise.

Haul: Sephora Favorites Skincare Routine Combo Skin

As I’ve mentioned before in my past posts I love Sephora Favorites sets especially when it comes to skincare products. I guess they released this skincare routine set curated to three type of skin: combination skin, dry skin, and normal skin. I’m usually on the dry to normal skin side but decided to pick up this set as I’ve been wanting to try a few things from this set and it was well worth the $28 when the retail value is at $79. A greater value compared to the dry and normal skin. I only saw this because of Ashley @beautybudgetcollection on Instagram and Beauty Budget Collection on WordPress. I swear she is a must follow and I nearly died when I found out that she followed me back on this blog. [insert hugs emoji]

I don’t usually shop at Sephora because I prefer Ulta and I feel like just because I’m petite (as I am only 4’9″) and may look a lot younger than I really but am not, as I am 21 years old and is turning 22 soon and will be graduating college this year.. ha off topic but every time I walk into a Sephora I get this vibe where the sales associates babies me as I am a child and well don’t take me seriously and don’t help me so… I never go there. It’s only at this one specific Sephora near my house and the other Sephoras not in my area is about a forty to forty five minutes drive away.

I cannot wait to try out these products since they are all new to me except the son & park beauty water I have a full size when I bought it from Soko Glam on Black Friday but haven’t got the chance to use it as I am working on finishing up my Thayer’s Witch Hazel toner before opening up a new toner.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.