Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Essie "Lolipop," two coats and one coat of Orly Sec'n Dry

So, I recently went on a no-buy, which was almost stopped immediately by the Urban Decay sale. In doing so, I took inventory of all my bath and beauty products. I didn't really think I was a perfume person, but I guess I will be now because:
And that doesn't even include my body sprays :P I never realized how many little samples of perfume I was getting in all of my online orders. I will use every single one of these.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Haul and NOTDs; No buy.

China Glaze Strawberry Fields on pinky, ring, middle and pointer finger. OPI DS Reflection on thumb. It doesn't look that different in the picture,but the OPI is so much richer in real life.

One coat of Wet N Wild Black Creme and Matrix-inspired random squiggles with Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!
Today's Haul: B&BW Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel and Bubble Bath, B&BW Into the Wild Body Scrub, B&BW Charmed Life Lotion, OPI DS Reflection, cosmetic bag that came with the Charmed Life lotion.

Also, I have come to a point in my life where I realize spending money on stuff like this isn't really something I should be doing. I'm now on a no-buy until my birthday, when I will order $50 from Sephora and The Body Shop. I will replace things I run out of, but there should only be a couple things I run out of between now and February, things like toothpaste and contact solution. I will spend gift cards, but I will not buy beauty products somewhere like CVS where I can buy things I actually need, like mouth wash and medicine and food. I have money, but I don't have money, you know? So no buy until February.
EDIT: Except Birchbox. I will still spend my $10 a month on Birchbox. It is so worth it, and it is a controlled expense. I can only buy one Birchbox a month, and I know I'm to cheap to buy the full size, so I don't feel bad about getting my Birchboxes.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August Birchbox and NOTD

Two coats of OPI I'm an Aqua-holic on the tips, one coat of Orly Fifty Four all over, and one coat of Orly Sec'n Dry. I used the Nailene French tip guides and I'm really liking this combo.
My August Birchbox was a little disappointing. Other people got Smashbox Photofinish and facial masks...I got a hair mask, facial cleanser, blinc eyeliner and eye treatment pads. I'm now vowing to not look at what other people get in theirs until I get mine :) Still totally worth the $10, though, because in all honesty, I have been on a really big get-rid-of-dark-circles kick, and I almost bought a hair mask at Target the other day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sephora haul and NOTD

Sorry for the terrible iPhone picture :P This is two coats of Orly's Star of Bombay, which is a SUPER dark shimmery blue that basically always appears black.
This is what I got in the mail from Sephora today. There is also a Maybelline Pop Stick in 100 Pink Lollipop that I got at CVS and a Eucerin Calming Creme I got from Target. The Sephora stuff includes: Stila Illuminating tinted moisturizer in Shade 01, Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer in Fair 06, Sephora "if you only try one" instant moisturizer, Benefit One Prime Day kit including "that gal," the POREfessional, and Stay Don't Stray minis. I entered a promo code and recieved a mini Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy, which feels cool when you apply it and smells like the white Tic Tacs :)

So far, I'm loving the Sheer Color tinted moisturizer. Both of the tinted moisturizers I got today have SPF 15, which is GREAT, because Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel has absolutely none.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

July Empties!

Skintimate Strawberry Tangerine Twist Works great; smells better. Will repurchase after I use the shaving gels I got in a razor combo pack.
Avon Foot Works Cherry Ice Foot Scrub This was okay for the $1.99 I bought it for. I didn't notice any significant improvement in the softness of my feet. Will not repurchase.
Yes to Tomatoes Trouble-free Facial Wash This smelled pretty good and didn't irritate my skin or make me break out. It didn't foam up, though, probably because it doesn't have any of those sulfates or whatevers that aren't good for your body. I LIKE MY FOAMY FACE WASH. Will not repurchase.
Johnson's Baby Lotion It is what you expect, gentle and baby scented. Will not repurchase, as I didn't like the smell like I thought I would.
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base This reminded me a lot of a "wetter" feeling Smashbox Photofinish. My skin felt oily afterwards, which doesn't happen with the Smashbox primer, so I will not be repurchasing. This lasted a good long time, though, because you barely have to use any.
B&BW LOL Lime PocketBac I am so proud of myself for using one of these up. I would repurchase, but I have about 10000 in my drawer waiting to be used.
Orly French Polynesian Tropical Dew Max Moisture Hand Butter This literally felt like a whipped butter. I really liked it, especially as lotion on my legs. Would repurchase if there weren't constantly new things for me to try.
The Republic of Pink Bliss Gorgeoous Hands This was pomegranate scented and worked very well. I also adore the packaging. OPI AvoJuice still tops this though, so I will not be repurchasing.
Samy Ultra-lightweight Conditioning Serum This used to work wonders for me, but it just wasn't behaving like it used to. Believe it or not, this is the third I've bought. I loved it so much before, but now it doesn't really seem to do anything to my hair.
Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful! Love, love, love this scent and I used it as a body wash. It was ok as a shampoo occasionally, but I wouldn't use it every day.
Neutrogena Energizing Fresh Citrus Sugar Body Scrub very "solid," didn't do much for my calluses.
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner Worked pretty darn good, smelled great. Would repurchase, but I like trying new things.
Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash Moisturized ok, smelled ok, but was not the irritated-skin soother I expected it to be. Would not repurchase.
Skintimate Shave Gel in Mango Smelled good, but not as good as the strawberry/tangerine one. Would repurchase.
Bath and Body Works Fresh Lemon Anti-Bac Foam 'Nuff said.
Secret Scent Expressions Ooh La La Lavender This didn't smell particularly lavender-y to me, so I would not repurchase.
California Mango Mango Buff This had the weird not-mango scent that plagues every product I have used from this line. Didn't make my hands noticeably softer, either. Will not repurchase.
Pantene Medium Thick Conditioner Pantene makes some of my favorite conditioner, and I have already repurchased this baby.
Aveeno Nourish&Moisturize Conditioner This isn't really enough to do a review on, but it didn't dry my hair out. Would consider repurchasing.
Yes to Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask This had a pleasant scent and went on nice and thick. My skin definitely looked calmer after I used this. Would repurchase if it were less expensive.
Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate This was SUPER runny and I felt like I was just asking for a disaster every time I squeezed that tube. I used this simply because I had a sample, and as it didn't help with my dark circles AT ALL (because it isn't really designed to), I will not repurchase.
Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 This worked very well, although it didn't get rid of the little flakies by my nose. My only quibble is the scent; every time I used it, it smelled like I was rubbing a tree on my face. The scent wasn't unpleasant, exactly, just unexpected. The scent disappeared quickly, though.
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes I used these when I went up to Washington State with my family, as a quicker way to wash my face at night. My skin never looked better, I swear. I am addicted to product, though, so I already bought another kind of towelette for makeup removal.
Biore Make-Up Removing Towelettes Worked well enough.
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub one of my favorite scrubs: creamy, but gets the job done.
H2O+ Sea Results Eye Mender Plus THIS IS A MIRACLE. My dark circles were significantly reduced when using this. If it weren't so expensive, I would totally buy the full size.
Vaseline Sheer Infusion Botanical Blend This stuff works really well and didn't sting on freshly shaven legs. Would consider repurchasing.
Orly French Polynesian Max Moisture Hand Butter see above.
Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Butter This lasted FOREVER, as in at least 7 months. This is actually the body butter that made me go back to the Body Shop. It smells good, it makes my skin EXTREMELY soft and smooth. The BS Body Butter is my HG butter, though not necessarily in this scent. Have already repurchased.
Mane 'n Tail Hand & Nail Therapy This was meh. It didn't smell bad, but not good either. It moisturized okay after it finally absorbed. Would not repurchase.
Freeman Bare Foot Revitalizing Lemon and Sage Foot Balm Meh. It was extremely messy and not very moisturizing. It smelled alright, though. Would not repurchase.
B&BW Country Chic Lotion This is good for skin that doesn't need a ton of moisture. I didn't particularly like this scent, though. I have repurchased B&BW lotion in a different scent, however.
Lots of product this month. I have so much mostly-used stuff that it looks like I am being wasteful...I'm just a product junkie...