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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July 2016 empties

july 2016 empties

Since we’re already halfway through August, I’d better write some words about July’s empties before September is upon us!!

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – I bought this mainly because it’s cheaper than Simple’s version, price per ounce. It does leave a bit of a sticky residue that the Simple one does not, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve already repurchased, and plan on buying this one from now on.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue – First off, this perfume sample was gorgeous:

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard back

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine postcard back

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine packaging

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine packaging

Keep in mind that this was a free sample from Sephora. The attention to detail and presentation is astounding, and I love it. I don’t plan on sending the postcard; I’d rather keep it and put it up on a wall or something.

The scent itself smelled like juicy, freshly cut oranges. Nothing sweet or candy-like about this. I once smelled this on a customer in The Body Shop, and since I couldn’t place it, I had to ask her what it was. She pulled out this sample from her bag. That’s how memorable this scent is! Here is a perfume review by Kafkaesque, and here is one by Bois de Jasmin. Perfumes are a very personal choice, and I’m only just starting to dip my toe into it. Both blogs I’ve linked are great resources and the writers are far more experienced than I am!

As for me, I’d love to add a small bottle of this fragrance to my collection one day.

The Body Shop baked eyeshadow in 02 Moonstone – A very old eyeshadow. I bought this when it first came out, years before I started working there. It doesn’t have much pigment and it’s rather glittery without being interesting. Not a fan of this particular color. I do have another, 01 Copper, that I like much more.

Makeup Academy Intense Color Eye Liner in Snow White – I bought this while in the UK because I needed a white eyeliner to do the skull makeup I wore for Halloween. It’s okay, nothing to write home about. The cap has a built-in sharpener, which is useful. However, it also leaves the pencil exposed to the air, which will probably cause it to dry out faster than I can use it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Underground, Gunmetal, Uzi, Binge – I actually love all of these colors. Unfortunately, I got caught up in buying a lot of Urban Decay’s eyeliner sets. I have a lot of them, and most of them are drying out now. They’re harder to apply, and don’t smudge well any more. In the future, I will be buying eyeliners piecemeal, especially since I use the same colors frequently.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone – I used this clear lip liner whenever I wanted to prevent highly pigmented lip colors from bleeding outside of the lip line. This is another old pencil, and the entire core of it has been pulled out of the wooden casing. Oh well. I intend to buy a cheaper, drugstore version.

Jouer lip gloss in Cherish – Started to smell bad. I’m not much of a lip gloss person anymore, either. Formula-wise, it was comfortable to wear, and not too sticky. Cherish was a soft, flattering color and I used it whenever I wanted a quick slick of something on bare lips.

Still continuing this seemingly hopeless battle to shrink my collection! Of course, it doesn’t help that brands are constantly coming out with shiny new things, all of them pulling at our purse strings. Additionally, fall makeup is my favorite, so the temptation is all too strong!!

FOTD: Violet

fotd violet

Quite an old FOTD! However, since the bright lip is nice and spring appropriate, I’m going to post it anyway. I also like the unusual eyeliner color.

fotd violet products

Face

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome – 03 Bronze
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer – Tiki (as a highlight)
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 310 Berry Cheeky (as a blush)

Eyes

Shiro Cosmetics Mother of Dragons with Inglot Duraline to create liquid eyeliner
Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer
Urban Decay Perversion mascara
The Body Shop Divide and Multiply mascara

Lips

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme lipstick duo – Violet

For some reason, the product picture shows the Palomino side. I am 100% positive I actually used the Violet side. Here are the swatches:

bite beauty luminous creme lipstick duo palomino violet swatches

Violet on the left, Palomino on the right.

This formula has been discontinued and has been replaced by the Amuse Bouche line. I haven’t tried the new ones yet, but I really like the old one! Temptalia has a thorough review of a few colors and the formula differences. You can find it here.

Inventory – Primers, Foundations, Concealers, Powders

Lumping them all together because I can and you can’t stop me. Ha!

face stuff jan 2013

I lumped them into one category two years ago as well. The file was eloquently named “face stuff.”

primers jan2015

Looks like I still have two of the face primers that I did two years ago. The Urban Decay one is just okay, and the packaging actually cracked. I depotted it into three different sample jars, but I decided that it smells funny and I don’t really want to use it anymore. The Becca one is still unopened.

FACE PRIMERS

Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Becca Resurfacing Primer

Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion – Pore Perfecting

EYESHADOW PRIMERS

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

foundations jan 2015

bronzer:powder jan2015

Yay, none of the same foundations! The Hourglass one is starting to get old, though. I’m reluctant to throw it out just yet because it was really expensive and I barely used it. I know, I’m irrational.

The Jouer one is separate because I forgot about it.

FOUNDATIONS

The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base in 04
The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 05
The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals loose powder foundation in 202 Natural Vanilla

Hourglass Veil Fluid makeup Oil Free SPF 15 in 1.5 Nude

Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder in Dream

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector SPF 20

Jouer Matte Touch Powder

concealers jan2015

I’m honestly not sure how I managed to amass this many concealers. Also, I’m in complete and utter disbelief that I STILL have a bit of this NARS concealer duo left. I use it every day. It’s never ending.

CONCEALERS

The Body Shop Lightening Touch in 03

NARS concealer in Custard

Becca Dual Coverage Compact Concealer in Tahini

timeBalm concealer in Light/Medium

Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach

Hard Candy pencil concealer in Medium
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Medium

setting powders jan2015

I’m pretty sure this Make Up For Ever powder is legendary for being bottomless. I should use these powders more often; they do make a difference in combating shine and I love the way my skin feels when I’ve used them. I just forget, and I hate having so many damn steps in my routine to begin with. I’m such a fickle creature.

SETTING POWDERS

tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

Make Up For Ever High Definition Microfinish Powder

I want to finish these inventory posts by the end of January, so I’m going to start doubling up on posts. Fair warning. I promise I’ll do something more interesting once this is over.