Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017 - Monthly Empties!

Time to look at my beauty garbage for March:

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray ~ sample size (full size is $35-$49). Pore-clogging silicone primers have no place on your face! Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. Our lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well!

I haven't used many primer sprays, but I can't say that I was a huge fan of this one really. I like Skindinavia setting sprays, but in terms of a primer spray, this just doesn't work like an actual primer! 
Repurchase: No 

Covergirl Blast Pro So Lashy Mascara ~ $9.97. Bold sexy lashes for all! Get the bold, dark, voluminous lashes you’ve dreamed of with COVERGIRL So Lashy! Mascara. Our 3-in-1 brush shapes, molds and builds lashes regardless of your lash type, while the specialized ball tip gets the corners and hard to reach lashes. Find the perfect mascara for any occasion. Also available in waterproof.

I received this in a BzzAgent campaign - you can check out my full review here! I thought this wand was way too huge to use and the formula was a little too wet for my overall liking. Really, it was the wand that made me not reach for this - it was pokey and too messy. Blah.
Repurchase: No

Em Cosmetics Lash Gallery Mascara ~ $???

I got this as an add on in an Ipsy bag - Em Cosmetics is made my Michelle Phan (the founder of Ipsy). Anyways, Em Cosmetics is currently rebranding so there is not any info on this mascara. I didn't like this mascara - this is too wet of a formula and bled all over by the end of the day.
Repurchase: Never... 

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara ~ $4.99. Extreme volume just got crazy! The sister to i love extreme mascara, this crazy volume mascara with a perfectly molded elastomer brush provides intense, defined volume! Opthalmologically tested.

I hated this wand - the bristles are super short and just don't do anything for my lashes. Blah - this did nothing for my lashes. And I got to the point this month that I was tired of using crappy mascaras and I wasn't going to bother finishing them.
Repurchase: Nope! 

Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation in "Cream" ~ $30.00. The ultra-fluid texture of this formula flawlessly melts onto skin for buildable light-to-medium coverage and the feeling of wearing no foundation at all. The formula glides on for foolproof application and moisturizes to create visibly smoother skin. 

I just put this on my Favs in February - but it has been a favorite for much longer than that!!! I'm scared that this is being discontinued and I only have 1 left in my shade!!! Ahh.. the coverage is perfect and I really like the finish! 

Repurchase: PLEASE BRING BACK MY SHADE!!!! I want to! 

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara ~ sample size 0.1 oz for $8.33 (full size is 0.3 oz for $25). Smashbox is back at it again! This triple threat brush isolates and magnifies each lash, while applying its fiber-loaded formula. The result? Sky-high and defined lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: the formula is clump, flake and smudge-proof!

I actually quite like this mascara - the only thing I didn't love was that the formula was a little wet for my liking. It did make my lashes look great - it gave them lots of volume and length! 
Repurchase: Yes, I think so! 

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy ~ sample size (full size is $45.00). Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is the ultimate age-defying treatment for your lips and lip contour area. This revolutionary product helps to nourish and improve the definition on and around the lips while visibly smoothing fine lines for fuller, younger-looking lips.

I love Fresh lip products - I was expecting to love this lip serum, but it just didn't do much for me. It absorbed really quickly and just didn't moisturize as much as I expected. 
Repurchase: Not likely

Vichy Teint Ideal Fluid Foundation ~ $38.00. Formulated for normal to combination skin, this fluid foundation fuses with the skin thanks to its ultra-liquid water-based texture and offers light to medium coverage and a luminous satin finish.

I love this foundation - it made my Monthly Favorites in November and you can check out my full review here! This foundation offers more medium/full coverage which I like, but it light and has a great satin finish on the skin! Love this!
Repurchase: Yes! 

Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes ~ $8.27 for 25. Our Cleansing Facial Wipes refresh and nourish your skin plus remove waterproof mascara.

So I have reviewed these before and I didn't like them at all - these didn't work great on much - the barely removed my face makeup and just ended up being used on swatches (which they still weren't amazing for).
Repurchase: Eh, probably not

Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask ~ $8.95. This deeply cleansing mask is full of herbs and spices used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, like ginger, fennel, cardamom and turmeric: these gorgeous ingredients stimulate and warm the skin to give you a healthy glow. At the same time, lime oil brightens, honey moisturizes and ground almonds give a thorough exfoliation, all in a deep-cleansing kaolin clay base. Slap this on to revive sluggish or congested skin.

I love the Lush Fresh Face Masks - I reviewed this mask on a Mask Wednesday, you can check it out here! This mask is made for oily/congested skin - it is a deep cleansing mask. I really needed this at the time because my pregnancy has really caused my skin to go crazy! This helped clear up my skin, so then I ended up not finishing the mask (I should have put this in the freezer so it didn't expire!!!!)
Repurchase: Likely, when I need a deep clean! 

Eminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist ~ $38.00. The Age Corrective Collection from Eminence with Natural Retinol Alternative & Green Apple Stem Cells create skin that appears tightened and firm in as little as 5 minutes. Collagen levels increase by 25% in just 6 days and wrinkles and crows feet dramatically soften in 28 Days. Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist – refreshing, collagen boosting toner dramatically tightens and firms the skin. This hydrating mist provides age-defying protection against free radicals and supplies the skin with antioxidants and vitamins.

I received a whole set of Eminence products and I ended loving quite a few of them! You can see my review of this mist here and it made my Monthly Favorites in September! I really liked this mist and thought it toned my skin and made it look really healthy! 
Repurchase: Likely

TONYMOLY Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack ~ $13.75. Containing Banana extract (Rich vitamins and dietary fibers): Skin nourishment. Containing Chamomile Flower Extract: Sleep induction and Deep Moisturizing. 5-No-Additives: paraben, triethanolamine, benzyl alcohol, BHT, triclosan. Delicious Banana Fragrance.

I can't tell you guys how much I love this sleeping mask - I did a full review of this adorable banana here and it made my very first Monthly Favorite post in July 2015!!! It is one of those products that I used and used and used and then stopped because I didn't want to finish it, then I used it again and it took a long time to finish! A little goes a long way, plus it smells like bananas!! 
Repurchase: YES! 

Bath Time Box/Store Sparkling Faces Oil Cleanser ~ $7.50. I'm sure you have all heard the rave reviews and run down on the benefits of oil cleansing - we can certainly attest to them! Our cleanser takes the benefits of coconut and olive oil and combines them with kaolin clay to provide a wonderful, gentle exfoliating experience. The addition of lavender and lemon essential oils helps to calm and sooth your skin. Rub it in for two to three minutes, and then remove with a warm cloth. Follow with our Rose & Aloe Toner. 

I received this in a past Bath Time Box and I really liked this cleanser! It worked well as my 2-step cleansing routine. This worked well to remove all my makeup and made my skin feel great! 
Repurchase: Likely... I have a few cleansers to use first! 

Revlon Compact Emery Boards ~ $2.96. Convenient travel size emery boards to put in your purse or travel bag. Coarse side shapes nails, while fine side smoothes and finishes. Great for salon-quality results at home or on the go. Contains 10 high-quality boards.

Nothing exciting, but these are my go-to nail files. Easy, last a long time and work well. 
Repurchase: Yes

Vaseline Total Moisture Conditioning ~ sample size $?.

This was fine - just a sample of body lotion. It wasn't anything special and I thought it was a little on the thin side for my lotion preference. 
Repurchase: Probably not

Acure Organics Calming Body Lotion ~ $9.99 US full size (pictured here is a travel size). It’s been a long day. Luckily, this calming lotion is here to help you decompress. Super moisturization plus the soothing scent of lavender and sacred lotus stem cell you say? If we hadn’t made it, we’d be thanking the people that did. 

I love the relaxing scent of the lavender lotion - it was my go-to lotion after my nighttime bath! I loved this lotion! You can see my review on this lotion here
Repurchase: Yes, likely! 

Addison & Gates - Grapefruit & Orange Hand Cream ~ $4.99. 

I love this hand cream so much - it smells so amazing! I will have to pick it up when I am in the US again and can shop at World Market! 
Repurchase: Yes, when I can find it again

Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion ~ sample size (full size is $20.49). Stimulates skin’s renewal processes and helps to prevent signs of premature aging.  For maturing skin.

I usually like the scent of pomegranate, but this lotion smelled terrible. I found it also absorbed too quickly and did not leave me feeling moisturized - like I needed another layer over top. Not my favorite.
Repurchase: No 

Bella Aura Antioxidant Booster ~ sample size 10 ml for $41.66 (full size is 30 ml for $125.00). Our Multi-Functional Booster is a powerful detox to protect against the negative environmental elements that your skin comes in contact with throughout the day.  It contains our Kamilah blend combined with breakthrough technology of the active Swiss botanical ingredients.

I received this in a past Topbox and I love boosters - this works similar to a serum, but I loved this on my skin in the morning! This made my Monthly Favorites in December and it made my skin feel and look great! 

Repurchase: As much as I liked it - it's so expensive! So maybe... 

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ~ sample (full size is $20 - $47). A bestselling, do-it-all cleanser and makeup remover that whisks away impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture.

I really liked this cleanser - sometimes it hard to tell from a sample, but this is so gentle and effective and smells good (like cucumbers!)
Repurchase: Luckily I have a bigger size already in my collection to use! 

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar ~ $7.95. Sink into a magical bath filled with beautiful essential oils, colorful pastel waters, rainbows and dreams. Lavender, ylang ylang and neroli create a unique and uplifting fragrance as mountains of bubbles leave you feeling as enchanting and dazzling as unicorns themselves.

This is a great little bubble bar - only available around Valentine's Day! I needed a super bubbly bath so I used the whole thing! Loved this! It was just the right amount of girly and sparkly and smelled great! 
Repurchase: Yes, next Valentine's Day if it comes back! 


  1. I love that banana sleep pack! It's so creamy. I need to order another too. I really dislike the scent of the Bella aura products. And I'm using up my samples of the fresh cleanser. I've decided I need a full size during the next Sephora sale!

    1. Yes the banana pack is so good! And so is the Fresh Cleanser! I agree, I don't like the smell of those Bella products.