April and May 2017 empties

Seeing as we’re already halfway through June, I’d better get these up now-ish.

This will most likely be rambly and boring, so feel free to click away. *shrugs*

April empties

e.l.f. Shine Eraser blotting papers – I could have sworn there used to be 50 sheets per pack, but now there are only 30?? As a result, I’m going through these faster than before. Also, now that it’s summer, I’ve been using 3 sheets a day.

Nature Republic Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Collagen Solution – I like these gel masks more than paper ones. They feel more substantial and soothing. I enjoyed this one and have one more that I need to use before I leave!

Jouer lip gloss in Sunset – Just tired of this one. I don’t use lip gloss much anymore, and I have no feelings one way or another about this.

Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – It’s okay. I know there are better spf moisturizers out there, but I’m kinda cheap when it comes to skincare. Mostly because skincare ingredients etc. intimidate me.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry eau de toilette – It’s a sweet, one-note fragrance. I liked it, but I bought it only because I used to work there and needed to wear a company fragrance.

The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 05 – FINALLY DONE WITH THIS MOTHERFUCKER. This foundation just wouldn’t die and I started to really resent it. It’s been discontinued, but I wouldn’t repurchase it if it were still being sold. It wore horribly throughout the day, looked greasy, and clung to dry patches. Blech.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – HG status. I will forever repurchase this hand cream. Again, the scent is not for everyone, but it is the best hand cream for my perpetually thirsty paws.

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FOTD: Halloween 2016

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So! It’s Halloween. I did a thing on my face.

This was my first time using water-activated face paint. I bought it at Target. I was surprised to see it’s made by WolfeFX cosmetics, a well-known theatre and stage makeup brand. It was only $2, so I figured it’d be a cheap experiment.

And, err… This happened. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be exactly. Some kind of sloppy broken doll look, maybe?

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The Good

I do like how the tiny, doll-shaped lips turned out, though. Maybe a bit smaller on the lower lip would be better. Took a lot of finagling with a Stila liquid lipstick that I never use. I also found the face paint to be relatively easy to use, and blend.

The Bad

The red blush, however, refused to blend. I tried begging and pleading, even bribing. But once it went on, it refused to budge. Stubborn bugger. I also don’t like the sloppy line work for the cracks. I should have used a finer brush.

The Ugly

Dem brows, tho.

In all seriousness, I think the overall impact of this look would have improved had I bothered to do something with my hair. And maybe a neutral backdrop so you don’t have to see my living room behind me, ha. The white face paint should have continued down my neck as well; the floating head effect is quite distracting otherwise!

I’d like to try this again with my usual face color, and use the white face paint as an accent to make the cracks look more realistic. Also, more gray shading!

In conclusion, I know this isn’t the best Halloween makeup out there. It isn’t even the best that I could have done. But it was getting late and I was rushing to get it done so I could take pictures and wipe it all off before walking the dog this afternoon, ha.

If you’re at all curious what products I’ve used to create this weird thing on my face:

Face

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle – Chestnut Milk Parfait (yep, I used foundation and then covered it up with white face paint. Superfluous step)
WolfeFX Water Activated Makeup – White
Sleek MakeUP Ultra Mattes v2 – Pillow Talk
e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black
NYX blush – Red
I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts highlighter – Goddess of Faith

Brows

e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black

Eyes

e.l.f. cream eyeliner – Black
Sleek MakeUP Ultra Mattes v2 – Noir, Thunder

Lips

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso

This is going up super late, at 8PM HST! It’ll be November 1st by the time anyone reads this. So: I hope you’ve all had a fun Halloween! I’m staying in tonight because I’m boring. Also, I have no similarly unemployed friends who could go out on a Monday night. But mostly, I’m boring.

August 2016 empties

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Whee, things I got rid of! Some of these I actually finished in the first few days of September, but we’re splitting hairs here.

LUSH Cup o’ Coffee Face and Body Mask – This was pretty pleasant, but I’m not sure I’d repurchase it. I’m moving away from manual exfoliation to chemical.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist – The second ingredient in this was alcohol. o_O No indication of whether it was a “good” alcohol or not. In any case, I’m keeping the bottle because the spray produces a nice fine mist, which is more than I can say for my current setting spray.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum – I actually quite liked this. It was light and pleasant. However, packaging design FAIL. The tube of the pump didn’t reach all the way to the bottom, so there was still a good deal of goop stuck to the bottom. I gave up trying to scrape it all out.

Pureology Reviving Red Oil – Obviously, my hair is no longer red. I just kept using this because why not?

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation samples 3.25, 3.5 – Neither of these were a great match. However, due to the nature of the sample pots, they may have oxidized a bit. I wasn’t impressed with the formula either. Sigh. Finding a good foundation is such a chore.

Be a Bombshell eye base in Submissive – This is actually a nice color. I don’t know if the pot is old or what, but the formula is annoying to work with. It doesn’t blend or spread well. It was a gift, and I rarely reached for it, so whatever.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – It started to smell rancid. I like the concept of it, but I think I prefer a lip scrub in a pot. Or just using a washcloth.

Versace Bright Crystal Absolu eau de parfum – There’s nothing memorable about this scent for me. Here’s a link to the description on Fragrantica.

Nature Republic Super Origin Complete Control Cream – Hated this. It emphasized dry flakes like whoa. It’s a tinted moisturizer, so the coverage was sheer. It was also greasy, and looked a bit ashy on me, even though I’m about light/medium. There was enough left for another application, but I didn’t like it enough to bother.

May 2016 empties

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Time for some trash talk!

Some things I managed to finish last month:

Nature Republic Green Tea Real Nature Aqua Gel mask – I’m very skeptical of products labeled as “all natural”, and “real nature” is no exception. Still, it was a nice, relaxing mask. No idea if it did anything other than add extra moisture, but I didn’t expect it to anyway.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz – I used this after powder makeup, and it worked well when I was in London, However, when I used it here, it made my face oily and sticky. It did have a nice smell, though, like freshly cut carrots. Overall, it didn’t wow me so I won’t be repurchasing.

The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter – I finally used this all up after years of sitting in my fridge. It worked well to soothe and rehydrate angry, sunburnt skin.

e.l.f. fan brush – This brush is too floppy and the bristles are too long to be useful. It doesn’t flick away powder fallout well, and it barely applies anything when used for highlighter. Skip.

e.l.f. Shine Eraser oil blotting sheets – On the other hand, these work well and are super cheap. I’ve gone through multiple packs of this. I won’t be including them in future empties posts.

KISS Looks So Natural lashes in Hot – These were just okay. I cut them in half to make them easier to apply and I’m sure I could reuse them a few more times, but I’ve since bought other lashes that are easier to work with and I had to make room for them. So, out these go!

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e.l.f. Eyeshadow & Eyeliner in Beauty, Beast – I bought these limited edition shades with the promise to myself that I’d write about them on the blog. Well, here they are! Womp womp. The formula was pretty good, albeit a bit melty. Last summer was a scorcher though, so that probably was a factor. I really liked Beast, the taupe color. So why am I throwing these out? They started to smell rancid.

Laura Geller Off With It makeup remover – This is a sort of empty. My sister left it behind in the bathroom’s medicine cabinet and there was less than a fourth of it left. I used it up for her so we could clear out some space.

Shiro Cosmetics tinted lip balm in Why Not Zoidberg? – I love this color so much! Unfortunately, the formula got weird and melty, with odd little bumps. As a result, it was quite difficult to apply without a lip brush and I never reached for it. I hope to find something similar one day.

tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Exposed – This was given to me by a friend. The color was just okay, and the packaging was starting to get sticky. Since it was technically free, and I have other nude lipsticks that I like better, this one got the boot.

Prestige Waterproof Lipliner in Diva – One of the first lipliners I ever bought. Also one that I never, ever used. It started to smell like crayons, so I cleared it out.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil – Another lipliner that I never reached for.

Julie G nail polish in Canary Islands – The formula got thick and sticky, even after I added nail polish thinner, several times. The color isn’t as flattering on me as I’d like.

Sephora by OPI in Already Famous – One of my favorites. The mini bottle is more than half empty, and I’ve since found Sinful Colors in Supernova, which I like better.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 2 Cool Medium – I know, I bought this not too long ago. However, it oxidizes like crazy and looks straight up peachy. Not a great color match. I wish this line had a better range of colors, because the coverage on this was seriously impressive.

NARS blush in Deep Throat – Just as I predicted, the entire blush cake fell out of the pan. I’m still hemming and hawing over whether to buy a replacement duo with Laguna off eBay, but given the size of my blush stash, I never need another blush again for the rest of my life.

VS Beauty Rush Wet/Dry shadow in Gold Rush – I grabbed this from my sister when she was going to get rid of it. It’s a very pretty color if not unique, but it’s not very pigmented. I kept forgetting that I even had this.

I haven’t been doing very well in sticking to my no-buy. I keep breaking it to buy little things here and there. However, I am getting ready to do my very first blog sale, to get rid of some gently used, neglected items that I think deserve some love. If anyone has any tips, especially how to price, what to charge for shipping, shipping supplies, and PayPal procedures, please let me know!

TopShop Chameleon Glow – Shuffle the Cards

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I had first heard of TopShop Chameleon Glow – Shuffle the Cards from this Into The Gloss post. At the time, TopShop was only just starting to expand into the US market through Nordstrom, so I didn’t have the chance to really look at it until this year when I was in the UK.

It’s £9, which is a teeny bit spendy for a single eyeshadow, especially from a range I had never tried before. Although I went into TopShop several times while I was in the UK, and I always had a look at it while there (because why not?), I didn’t buy it until one fine day when I was walking along Oxford Street and buying (almost) all the things my heart desired in a frenzied shopping spree.

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TopShop Chameleon Glow Shuffle the Cards certainly lives up to its name as a chameleon. The color changes and shifts depending on the light and the angle, and it’s well-known among beauty bloggers for being impossible to photograph accurately. I’m going to join the chorus here and say that you really need to see this one in person to appreciate its beauty.

It shifts from gold, to amber, to pink. The effect is mesmerizing.

Here are some poor attempts at swatches and photography:

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