Wednesday, 31 December 2014

December Empties

Not many empties this month. I think I did quite well this year getting though some products. 

Redken Pillow Proof - this didn't dry my hair as fast as the KMS stuff. I won't buy again.

Klorane Dry Shampoo - I loved this. They sell it at Shoppers, so I might pick some up next time I'm there.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Mat Black - this lasted forever. It finally dried out on me. I did really like it, but I'm trying the Stila one and I have a couple of those to get through.

Fresh Seaberry Face Oil - My go-to oil. I have repurchased full and tracked down a mini size for traveling. 

Benefits Pore-fessional powder - This was a 2 use sample, It was ok, but I don't think I'd buy it. I'd try it again if I had a bigger sample though.

The Body Shop Lip Butter in Passionfruit - This, like the coconut one last month, has changed texture, so I'm chucking it.

TEA! Now I'm kinda cheating because I got the Davids Tea Advent Calendar this year these are the ones I wouldn't go buy a big size. 
  • Organic Mother's Little Helper - I already have a tin of this and I love it. It's suppose to help you sleep. It's nice to have before bed, but I don't find that it puts me to sleep any faster.
  • Quangzhou Milk Oolong - it was ok.
  • Organic Vanilla Chai - I found it tasted too much like fake vanilla.
  • Apple Custard - too mild of an apple taste.
  • Organic Detox - this is ok, but I have tons of it. 
  • Coco Chai Rooibos - it was ok.
  • English Breakfast - this was just too plain for me to buy a full size. I have so many other teas like it.
  • Genmaicha - this was a weird tea that after the three cups that you get in the tin, I kinda hated it.
  • Creme Caramel Rooibos - it was ok, but it wasn't sweet enough as I expected it to be.
I also finished a bag of Strawberry Shortcake. I wouldn't buy it again.

That's it for 2014! Let's see what my totals were:

Teeth Products - 7
Lip Products - 4
Body Products - 21
Hair Products - 22
Face Products - 62
Make-up - 15
Perfume - 11
Nail Products - 8
Randoms (ie. antiperspirants, cotton pads, etc.) - 17
Tea - 23

Not bad. Can you tell I was working on my skin care this year? I got rid of a lot of sample size things at the beginning of the year and surprising a lot of tea. Let's see how I do in 2015!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Birchbox - December 2014

So Birchbox has finally came to Canada! Since I canceled two boxes, I figured I'd try it out. I wasn't disappointed.

In December's Birchbox:
  • Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah - sample size 15mL $1.10 - full size 355mL $26.00
  • Benefit High Beam Highlighter - sample size 2.5mL $6.15 - full size 13mL $32.00
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - sample size 20g $5.67 - full size 120g $34.00
  • amika Nourishing Mask - sample size 20mL $2.48 - full size 250mL $31.00
  • Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner in Charcoal - sample size 0.03oz $13.43 - full size 0.04oz $18.00
Retail value of this months box: $28.83

It's a nice change from all makeup. The liner and the high beam will go into the use up bag, but everything else will go right into the bathroom.

Monday, 29 December 2014

December Favourites

So sadly I don't have any new favourites. I've been mostly just still loving everything from last month. Since it's winter and my skin gets super dry, the Ultra Repair Cream has been a life saver.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

ipsy - December 2014

The last ipsy of 2014. I'm sorry it's a crappy photo. I was trying to take some pictures at night to catch up on posts.

Included in the month's bag:
  • Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray Mini - sample size 50mL $7.58 - full size 125mL $18.95
  •  Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara - sample size 0.1oz $10.00 - full size 0.24oz $24.00
  •  Cailyn Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid - sample size 0.09oz - full size 0.09oz $15.00
  •  NYX Butter Lip Balm in Marshmallow - sample size 0.14oz - full size 0.14oz $4.00
  • Beauty Without Cruelty AHA 3% Facial Cleanser - sample size 2oz - full size (travel size) 2oz $ 2.99
Retail value of this month's bag: $39.57 ($1.54 less than last month)

This bag wasn't all that bad. Everything will go into the use up pile though since I've got quite a stash of products now.

ipsy was the only subscription I didn't cancel this year and I have no doubts about keeping it. I really do like the products and the variety that we get in them.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is well and is enjoying time with family. 

Lots of Christmas Cheer,


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

November Empties

I'm slowly working through my stash of products. My goal is to get all of my products in one set of drawers instead of three or four boxes plus the drawers. I'm trying not to buy anymore things until I use a bunch up. More to come in Project 10 Pan, that I'll be posting around New Year's.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat - it's old and isn't drying all that well. Time to go.

OPI Nail Envy - it's old and has gotten thick on me. Time to go.

Gillette Satin Care Vitamin E shave gel - I rarely use shave gel so it takes me forever to get through one. Finally finished this one.

Lush's Ocean Salt - Ol' faithful. I will repurchase after I get through some scrubs.

Clinique Moisture Surge mini - This is suppose to put moisture into your skin but it actually seem to dry me out. I kept it at work for a quick fix and finally finished it. I wouldn't buy the full size.

Origins A Perfect World toner - This is my go-to toner. I will repurchase until I find something better.

Belvada Coconut Lip Butter - dupe for the same product at the Body Shop. It changed texture so it's going.

I finished a Luscious Watermelon and a Tropicalia from Davids Tea. I'm slowing working through my tea collection as well.

Monday, 22 December 2014

November Favourites

I have favourites again! I've been trying out some new stuff lately and I've been liking a few new things and rediscovering old favs.

KMS Free Shape drying spray - I tried the Revlon spray but I like this one better. It just seems to dry my hair faster.

Thymes Body Scrub - I found this in my stash when I ran out of my Ocean Salt. I'm really liking it.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - Where has this been all my life?! I'm using this as a night cream and it's been really helping with my uber dry skin. (Thanks winter.)

Fresh Seaberry Facial Oil - I use this as a serum and extra moisturizer. I love this stuff and it seems to help with my redness.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

November Nail Polish Colours

November is hunting camp season and painting my nails is pointless. They just chip badly every time.

China Glaze in Feel The Breeze - Pink Cream - Beautiful colour. One of my new favourites.

Nanacoco in Ocean Breeze - Blue Metallic - It's pretty sheer with two coats but it's a pretty blue. Might be better on my toes next time.

Deborah Lippmann in Across The Universe - Blue Glitter - I wore this one my toes all month. It was a pain to get on right and a pain to get off. It's stunning though. 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

ipsy - November 2014

I'm sorry this is so late. November was a busy month.

I finally had enough ipsy points to get something!

For 500 points I got a Evian Facial Spray. I've always wanted to try this and with winter/extreme dry skin coming I figured why not?

Now for the bag itself. Pretty silver glitter bag. It's not glued on glitter, it's within the plastic. So it won't get all over everything. This is going to make a great clutch.

Included in November's ipsy bag:
  • Elizabeth Mott's You're So Fine liquid liner in Glitterati - sample size 3g - full size 3g $17.99
  • Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl - sample size 0.1oz $2.75 - full size 1oz $27.50
  • Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive - sample size 2.5g - full size 2.5g $14
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Hairspray - sample size 1.5oz $1.38 - full size 9oz $8.29
  • J.Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion - sample size 10mL - full size 10mL $4.99
Retail value of this months bag: $41.11 ($6.35 less than last month) 

I am not sad about anything in this bag. I'm going to try out the eye base, but I may end up giving it to Mum. The highlighter will go into the use up pile, but the others will go into my stash for a later date.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

October Empties

I didn't do awesome at emptying products but I did go through all of my make up and decided that some had to go. 

Kirkland Facial Wipes - this should be no surprise to this blog. I go through these pretty regularly. 

Avon Naturals Shower Gel in Juicy Watermelon - this was ok. It didn't leave a scent behind. Honestly it wasn't overly watermelon smelling. 

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear - I used this as a brow gel. It's not empty, but you can tell by the colour that it's time for it to go. I'm not sure if I'll repurchase it or not. 

Avon Mosaic Effects crackle top coat in Black and in White - this were given it me used. I can't see me ever using them, so I'm tossing them. 

Essie Quick-E Drying Drops - I love this stuff. I have repurchased and will be buying more when it goes on sale. 

H2O+ Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel - a little sample I got in a beauty box. I wouldn't go on the hunt for it but I'd use it again if I got another sample. 

Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara - it was ok. It didn't really do anything for me lashes and seemed to dry out quickly. 

Davidstea Pink Flamingo - I will be buying this once I've gotten through all of my teas. This was really yummy. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

October Favourites

I have favourites this month!

Now that I'm back to being a redhead again, I'm trying very hard not to strip my colour. At the same time, I only wash my hair a couple of times a week, so I need a good deep cleaning shampoo. My stylist recommended Redken's Body Full line. A volumizing line, it's designed not to weigh the hair down by getting rid of all the extra oils and junk. Mind you, I do have dry hair, so I put lots of oil back into my hair afterwards, but this shampoo really cleans my hair.

I've recently gotten rematched for foundation. I was wearing my summer colour still and I'm winter pale now so I needed a new colour. So to Sephora I went. NARS makes a super light-coloured foundation called Siberia. It's basically as light as the store sells. So NARS Sheer Matte foundation in Siberia is a new favourite. Now only I could get the chance to wear some makeup once and awhile.

With the holidays coming up, it's time to dig out the ol' staple red. Mine is NARS in Red Lizard. It's a blue-toned red. I'm a cool toned person, so it's great on me. I have so many red lipsticks now though, I'll have to try out a bunch more.