Friday, June 29, 2012

Empties: March- June 2012


In Empties posts, I will show you what products I have recently finished. When I read beauty blogs this is my favorite thing to read!

So for March I finished three things
1) Sample YSL Parisenne perfume
2) ELF waterproof eyeliner pen

Let me know if you enjoy these types of posts :)

This month I used up a lot of every day products. Not so much makeup related. I had to move out of residence so I tried to finish as much as possible. 

1) Crest Pro Health Mouth Wash
2) ReNu Contact Lens Cleaner
3) Crest Scope Toothpaste
4) Givency Hot Couture Perfume Sample

5) 100 pack of Cotton Pads
6) Mouth freshsener

This was finished during my vacation to Mexico!
-Bath and Body Works Blushing Cherry Blossom


1) Blistex Lip Medex
2) Sugar Lip Treatment
3) Chanel Chance eau Tendre sample vial
4) Rimmel Gental Eye Makeup Remover
5) Sensodyne Toothpaste

Yay I finished two lip balms. I have so many at home that I need to go through them ASAP. Can't justify buying the Rimmel Lip Butters until I have less lip products.

So this month I haven't had a lot of time to put on makeup. I just started a new job and have been working lots. What I did develop is a candle obsession! They literally make every moment feel more special.

With this post, I will also add a little bit of my thoughts and not just a list of products. I know I haven't posted very much recently

-Dermalogical Multi-Active Toner: I've been using this for three or four years now. It's a really great product that you mist on before you put on your moisturizer. However, at 43 dollars per bottle, I'm not sure how much effect it actually has on my skin.I probably won't be repurchasing it this time and will tryout some other products.

-Bath and Body Works Candles: I'M IN LOVE. So glad that they are having their semi annual sale, I stocked up on lots of candles. Here are the mini ones I tried in June. I wanted to test out a couple scents before purchasing a larger pot. The only bad thing about these mini candles is how much is left in the pot. I'd say 1/5 of it can't burn. If anyone knows how to burn the last bit, let me know!

Oceanside: My absolute favorite!! It smells like boyfriend in a cup. I know that's the weirdest description ever, but it kind of smells like cologne but not that strong. It definitely makes me think of a relaxing day at the ocean park. It's really light so I would recommend it for a small space like a bathroom. Currently, it's sitting in my closet, I'm hoping the smell would transfer to my clothes! I will definitely be getting a big pot of this!

Market Peach: This smelled so good in the pot but there's no throw in the air. You literally have to put your nose right next to the wick to smell anything when it burns. I wouldn't recommend this one. Such a shame because when it's not burning, it smells so juicy and just like a real peach!

Blackberry Grapefruit: I thought this would be a lot fruity but it has a heavy vanilla scent to it. It was enough smell to cover a bedroom but I'm into light and fruity scents so I wouldn't repurchase. This would be great for anyone who likes rich scents like vanilla.

Also I tossed out my Avon mascara. It was horrendous. Clumped like no other. I barely used it but I gave up.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

What they say: Give your thirsty lips a whole lot of love with our lip balm with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Oil. 100% natural, it happily hydrates and revitalizes your lips with a hint of color for an even, beautifully toned appearance.

What I say: Just like the Fresh lip balm, I prefer the original burt's bees. This one is more moisturizing but it doesn't give the sting that burt's bees is known for. Also, this lip balm applies quite clear on me and I don't register a pomegranate scent with the lip balm.

Lip Balm Ratings
Moisturizing: 9/10
Scent/Taste: 3/5
Packaging: 4/5
Longevity: 4/5
Value: 5/5
Overall: 25/30 B

It's a pretty good lip balm if you want to condition and hydrate your lips. I think I'm biased just because I love the original so much. I will probably try out more of the burt's bees line up, but I will always have the original formula as back up.

Bare Lips

Lips with Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

Which of the Burt's Bees lip balm is your favorite?

Fresh | Sugar Rose Lip Treatment

What they say: A hydrating treatment that nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips.Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture.

What I say: This is like the original fresh sugar lip treatment but with a slight tint of color. The taste is slightly different too but still citrusy. It doesn't quite give me the same feeling of lip treatment as the original.

Lip Balm Ratings
Moisturizing: 8/10
Scent/Taste: 3/5
Packaging: 5/5
Longevity: 4/5
Value: 2/5

Overall: 22/30 B

I definitely prefer the original more. There's enough color to not really be a lip balm but not enough to be a lip color. I'm hesitant to drink/eat/sleep/kiss with this lip balm on because it does wipe off with a bit of color. It's still a great product but I wouldn't repurchase.

Compare with original here

Bare Lips

Lips with Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment

How did you guys like your Sephora Birthday presents? Which one did you like better?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Love & Beauty | Shimmer Lipgloss in Seashell Pink


What they say: A shimmering Love & Beauty sheer lip gloss with a sweet subtle scent and glossy finish.

What I say: This is definitely a SHEER lip gloss. If you look at the swatch below, it pretty much comes out clear. What's different is it's formula. It's very watery! I've never had another lipgloss with this formulation before. It's kind of cool. Not very sticky, just a lightweight gloss. There is a slight scent when you apply it but it disappears in a while. Not super long lasting but its $1.80!

Lip Gloss Ratings
Shiny: 4/5
Color: 2/5
Longevity: 3/5
No stickiness: 5/5
Scent/Smell: 4/5
Value: 5/5

Overall: 23/30 B

Give it a try if you like sheer lip glosses and you find most lipglosses are too goopy. This would be a good product for the summer time too. Avoid it if you already have a ton of lipglosses because the color is nothing special. Although for $1.80 it's a bargain!

Bare Lips

Lips with Love & Beauty Shimmer Lipgloss in Seashell Pink

Collective Haul: Trip to Seattle + Final Exam Destress

After 4 weeks of cramming and studying, was nice to run errands for a day and buy random things :)

-La Vie en Rose Aqua swimsuit
-Garage Clothing black tights

Beauty Related
-AE perfume
-Benefit silky finish lipstick in Skinny Dip
-Benefit Cha Cha Tint
-Lush Snake Oil Scalp treatment bar
-Lush No Drought dry shampoo
-eyebrow makeover from Bombay Brow Bar

Two hauls in a row, this is starting to look bad. But in my defense, everything's so cheap in the states! I had to stock up

Beauty Related
-Benefit The Pretty Committee: Bella Bamba, Eye Bright, Stay don't Stray, High Beam
-Rimmel Nailpolish in light ballerina pink
-NYC nail polish in a pink rose color
-ELF tinted moistrizer
-ELF eyeliner
-ELF Brush Shampoo
-Rimmel Gentle Eye Remover (Just finished a bottle of this, it's great!)
-MAC Asian Flower Sheen Supreme Lipstick
-MAC Speed Dial Lipstick
-MAC Launch Away Blush from the Sailor collection

-two necklaces from F21
-a spandex tank top from F21
-Coach swingpack