February 10, 2016

Empties (#4).

Dolce & Gabbana Desire Perfume (Sample)
I'll start with this: I own this in its full size. And I will buy it again once it runs out. It just so happens that it was one of the 100 point perks at Sephora, so I chucked it in my bag for travel. I'm a big fan of Dolce & Gabbana perfumes (check out my review of Light Blue here), and this one's no exception. I like this because it's a "fancy" scent that isn't overpowering at all.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
I wanted to try this because I kept hearing it was similar to Benefit's PoreFessional. I had a few samples of Benefit's primer and thought it was okay, but I was not down for the $31 price tag. When I tried the Baby Skin, I was totally shocked to find that it was pretty much just another silicone primer. There's nothing wrong with it, it just didn't do anything more extravagant than any other product of its kind would. I'll repurchase because it's cheap, easy to find, and does its job.

Makeup Forever Concealer
I compare this to the LA Girl Proconcealer, just much pricier. This was one of the first concealer I ever used, and probably the second best. It has really good coverage and the shade match it damn good. I'll repurchase eventually, whenever I run out of the LA Girl one.

Soap And Glory Hand Food (Rose Original and Sugar Crush)
I got these in a gift set of five a few months ago. I love this lotion to keep in my bag for on the go. It feels good, isn't greasy, and smells delicious. I like the way Sugar Crush smells more, though.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in Coconut
The formula of this foundation was quite new to me. It was kind of liquidy coming out of the bottle. But pretty matte (and almost drying) when I blended it into the skin. I like the dropper-style applicator, and the fact that it barely made me oily throughout the day. Would repurchase.

Maybelline The Colossal Volume Mascara in Blackest Black
If you haven't noticed it yet, I love Maybelline. This is yet another product I will continue to buy. Maybelline's mascaras win at life, IMHO. I've bought this over and over again, and am using a new tube of the stuff right now. Volume and curl like no other, seriously.

February 1, 2016

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

Strange And Pretty Garnier Micellar Water

For a while now, the beauty community has been going nuts over different types of micellar waters. Bioderma seemed to be at the top of the totem pole, with others also doing the job. Here in the States, we didn't have much to chose from. Finally we got Garnier's Micellar Cleansing water, and I couldn't wait to try it out.

I have never ever used a micellar water. I usually use my Yes To Cucumbers Wipes, Ponds Cold Cream, or just a baby wipe to help remove my makeup. I never really bothered with many makeup removers, since most of the good ones were oil based, and I hate that greasy feeling they leave on my face. So this specifically being named a "water" intrigued me. Does it really feel like water? Will it take off my eight layers of mascara? Will it break me the hell out? Who knows.

I've been using this for about two weeks now. I like it. It truly does feel like water on my skin. I really like that. No greasy film left behind. And it does a nice job of taking my makeup off. However, I have yet to test it out on a serious smokey eye (many layers of mascara, long lasting eyeshadows, tons of eyeliner, and primer). So I'd say I haven't truly put it to the test yet.

I'm going to keep testing this out, and probably do an update in a few weeks. I really want to see how this battles a full eye look.

Have you tried any micellar waters that are on the market?

January 27, 2016

No Regrets, Just Love: Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes.

I'm like many people out there who just absolutely hate having to take my makeup off at the end of the day. If there's a quicker way to get all that gunk off my face (funny how we call it "gunk" now, but earlier it was a goddamn BEAT, honey) then I'm all for it. That's where the Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes come in.

According to the Yes To Carrots website, these wipes will:

...gently remove dirt, sweat and makeup (eye makeup too!) without the need to rinse. Whether you're out and about, going for a run, or having a late night, these wipes make it a snap to refresh on-the-go. Packed with green superfoods these all-natural, biodegradable wipes naturally exfoliate, detoxify, and rejuvenate all-in-one. Stay gorgeous, and go from zero to clean in seconds! 

First off, these things are refreshing as all hell. It's most likely the cucumber in it that makes my skin feel cool and brand new right after a wipe. As for taking off makeup, it does a nice job of that too. It doesn't get off all my eye makeup, unfortunately. But most makeup removers alone don't get off all my eye makeup. But I will say, even without a good wash afterwards (I know, bad bad decision...don't try it at home), I can still go to bed knowing most of the makeup I had on at the beginning of the day is gone.

I've been using these for a few years now. And even if I'm not trying to get my makeup off, I find myself fetching a wipe just as a fresher-upper during the day. Also, I do not have sensitive skin, but these haven't given me any nasty skin reactions or anything of the like.

What's the best product you've used to take off makeup?

January 25, 2016

Itty Bitty Haulage.

Haul of Garnier, Lush, and Wet n Wild.

Recently I've picked up a few bits from various places. Here's what I got.

Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray
I've watched one or two new-at-the-drugstore kind of videos, and saw a few people who've gotten this. I'm STILL not that convinced/into setting sprays, but it's at a drugstore price. So why the hell not.

Lush Fairy Dust Sparkling Dusting Powder 
I've used dusting powders from Lush over the past couple of years. I like them. They're good in place of baby powder, and this one has some sparkle in it. AND it smells like Snow Fairy.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Regular/For WaterProof Makeup)
This has been on my Want list for about a year and a half. I know micellar waters have been all the rage, but us here in the States haven't had much to chose from. I'm so pumped that we finally got something to work with over here. These were BOGO at Duane Reade, so I figured I'd get both. Looks like I won't be (or shouldn't be) running out of makeup remover for a while.

Lush Lord Of Misrule Body Wash
I'm feel like this was in Lush's Halloween collection. It has patchouli in it, so it wins my heart. I bought a really small size from the store a while ago, and I've been trying to save it because I didn't think I'd get my hands on it again. Now I'm good. Also: this turns your lather/bubbles green. Another plus for me.

Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these.