Makeup Empties!

This round of makeup empties is about a year worth of empties! I used to wear makeup everyday, but I have not done so in about a year. I still occasionally wear a full face, but not to the degree I used to. I am still happy to see progress with working with my makeup stash, and I will continue to do so! It is just nice to see products being moved out throughout the year.

Revlon Colorstay Powder Foundation: This was an okay powder foundation. It has a nice level of coverage, but it was much too dry and powdery for my liking. It did not blend into the skin nicely, but would cling to any sort of texture I had on my skin. I will not be repurchasing this.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder: I very much enjoyed this powder to set my liquid foundation. It helped give a flawless look to the skin, it did not cake up, and it blended in nicely to the skin. I would repurchase this product.

Becca Mineral Blush in Flower Child: This was a very nice blush! It looked very natural on my skin, and blended in beautifully. I love to buy the sample size makeup products, because they are so much easier to go through, and I do not get as bored with them. I have several more of these smaller blushes from Becca, so I will not be repurchasing this product any time soon.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: This is my preferred method of putting on liquid foundation. I really enjoy the Real Techniques sponge, and you cannot beat the price point. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a makeup sponge. I have already and will continue to repurchase this.

Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation: I really enjoyed this foundation at first! It gave full coverage and lasted throughout the day. As I continued to use this though, it almost got thicker and thicker. I had trouble blending this in, and getting a more natural finish from it. This also felt very heavy on the skin. I will not be repurchasing this right now, but exploring other foundation options.

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara: This is my go-to mascara. This product does not fail when I need volume and length to my lashes. I have and will continue to repurchase this, and I highly recommend this to anyone!

Pacifica Ethereal Powder: I believe this was originally supposed to be used as an eyeshadow, but I enjoyed it as a highlighter for my face. This gave a very natural “lit from within” glow to the face that I enjoyed very much. It blended in nicely, and wore beautifully. I would recommend this, but I have not repurchased simply because I have other highlighters to get through.

NYX Matte Finish Spray: I have gone through bottle after bottle of this. I very much enjoy this product. It keeps my makeup on all day long, and keeps me looking matte. I wish they made this product in a bigger bottle! I highly recommend this to anyone that needs help keeping their oils at bay throughout the day. I have and will continue to repurchase this.

Milani Conceal and Perfect Powder Foundation: I did not enjoy this foundation. This was another powder foundation that was much to dry and powdery. This did not have any coverage and left your skin looking terrible. I would not recommend and I will not be repurchasing.

I know that I do not have a problem with finishing foundation productions in my collection, but I will be excited to see some eyeshadow start to roll through these empties! That is where I need to cut down in my collection right now. I have so many eyeshadows, but only 1 face! Do you find that you work through different makeup products quicker than others? What have you used up lately?

May Empties!

May was not a month for empties. I feel as if I brought out a lot of new products to use in the month of May, but did not seem to finish much. I have a feeling that June will much more empties… hopefully!

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Shower Gel: My fiance and I use one of these products every winter! We really enjoy the scent, and it is a nice scent tradition that we enjoy and share in the colder months.

Simple Cleansing Wipes: These are the only wipes that I have found that does not break me out, leave a film on my face, and takes off the majority of my makeup. I have repurchased and will continue to do so.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Ice Cream Social Solid Bubble Scoop: I was surprised at the performance of this bubble scoop! It filled the tub with fluffy bubbles, and smelled amazing! I will definitely repurchased this bubble scoop if they offer it again!

Well, that is all for my empties this month! I am not sure that I have ever had a month with only 3 empties! I am almost certain that next month with have many more empties! How did everyone else do this month?

Thank you for being here for my ramblings!

Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil

It has been a long time since I have been excited about a cleansing oil! I have tried A LOT of cleansing oils, high end and low, and this one has been the best I have tried lately! I got this off the Ulta website during a sale they had a few months ago. I try a new cleansing oil every few months, since I haven’t found one I love just yet. This one is definitely a game changer for me!

This is made by Skinfood which is a Korean (I believe?) brand that is sold off of the Ulta website. There whole brand and thought process is about using food in their beauty products to help detox and nourish the skin. Skinfood has other very popular products on the market right now, but I have not heard anyone talk about this cleansing oil yet.

The Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil is made with pure black sugar that is unrefined, and still full of all of its natural vitamin and minerals. Sugar is a natural exfoliant and humectant, so as it exfoliates away the dead skin cells it is drawing moisture into the skin. This is an oil based cleanser that breaks down heavy makeup and grime from the day, and preps your skin to be cleansed with your facial cleanser.

This cleanser does not leave me feeling dry or feeling like I have a film left on my face. It breaks down all of my makeup and leaves my face feeling clean and refreshed. This is the first cleansing oil that I have tried that I actually believe has made a difference in my skin. My skin is clearer, brighter, and less textured since using this regularly.

This product comes with a nice pump that is very controlled, which is important when working with an oil. It has a beautifully soft, sweet lemon scent that is not overpowering, and adds a spa like feel to the experience. I would highly recommend this product, and this is something that I will be repurchasing in the future. Have you tried anything from Skinfood? What do you think?

Ahhh Sugar Sugar: Twenty Four Karat Tea Tonic Infused Facial Toner

Now this is something to write home about.

I do a lot of reviews on Ahhh Sugar Sugar. I love the brand, what they stand for, and the cool chicks behind it all. I do not love everything they do, and I am honest about that, but I do enjoy trying it all! I am cautious about what I put on my face. I have sensitive, acne prone skin so I try very hard not to irritate it or break it out. I would honestly not try facial products from most bath and body companies for several reasons. But when Ahhh Sugar Sugar came out with a facial toner, I did not hesitate. I know Haley and the Ahhh Sugar Sugar team. I have been using and following them for years. I trust their methods, intentions, and products. And they did not disappoint.

First, the packaging. This facial toner comes in an amazing and luxurious frosted glass bottle with a dropper. It is classy. It is elegant, and it is bougie. It is everything that Ahhh Sugar Sugar is and continues to be. They do not skimp on their presentation, which makes using their products so much fun. It is art in your bathroom.

Now onto the good stuff. This facial toner is said to brighten and refresh tired, dull skin. It also has several ingredients that are great for soothing skin as well. I like that they are not claiming that this product will do a laundry list of things. They are keeping it simple with what this product will do for your skin and how it will do it for your skin.

I have noticed after using this product for a few weeks, that my skin is brighter, clearer, and less textured. It helps soothe any irritated or red patches on my skin, while giving my overall complexion a total “wake-up” and refreshed feel. I use this as a moisturizer during the day, and it is perfect for this combo girl’s skin. It is very light, and sinks into the skin quickly. It has a light herbal, floral scent that is not at all strong or overpowering, but is from the oils and ingredients themselves. The one thing about this product that I do not love is that the botanicals in the bottle can stop your dropper from grabbing product, or they come out with the product onto your hands and face.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar is having a preorder right now, where this and several other products are available to buy. Go check it out here: Ahhh Sugar Sugar Preorder. Tell me what you think and what you buy! Thank you for being here!

The Dirty Goat: State of Grace Face Oil

I have used and loved facial oils for years now. In high school and college, my mom and I would research different carrier oils, mixing oils and essential oils to use to make our own homemade facial moisturizer. Since then, I have started dabbling in trusted skin care brands that provide facial oils.

The Dirty Goat makes skin care, shower, and body products that are luxurious and homemade. She has the most unique and intriguing scent blends that will make you come back for more! But I digress, we are here for her State of Grace Face Oil!

State of Grace Face Oil is one of her OG products that she has been making for years. I remember in one of my first orders I placed with Erica, she put a sample of the State of Grace Face Oil in the order, and I knew that I wanted to try more of her skin care products.

State of Grace Face Oil is a thicker oil that is packed full of essential and skin healthy oils that nourish and moisturize the skin. I find that this oil is best for nighttime use, because it is a bit of a thicker oil that can take some time to sink into the skin. This face oil will leave your skin nourished throughout the night and into the next morning. This face oil does not break me out, helps to calm my skin, and actually reduces redness and inflammation with continued use.

Now let’s get into the ingredients! State of Grace is made up of nourishing oils that help moisturize and protect the skin. Jojoba oil helps regulate oil production and helps prevent clogged pores. Rice Bran oil helps to even out skin tone, reduce pigmentation and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp seed oil has anti-aging properties to it. Argan oil helps to moisturize and soften the skin. Rosehip seed oil helps to correct dark spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps to block free radicals and keep your skin looking young. Evening Primrose oil helps to hydrate and prevent acne. Clary Sage helps to regulate oil production and reduce inflammation in the skin. Lavender Essential Oil is moisturizing and anti-bacterial which helps to prevent and treat acne.

Whew! When I said that this oil is PACKED full of amazing oils, I was not kidding. There is no filler ingredient in this bunch! Everything that has been put into this product has a reason and purpose. Products like this truly set The Dirty Goat apart from the others.

This oil is packaged in an 100% recycled plastic with a pump. This makes it easy to use, and helps protect the oils from light and air so they stay at their most effective and potent. This product cost $36 for 2oz. This is not a cheap product, but as you can see from the ingredient list, there is a reason for that. Also, 2 oz of face oil will go a long way, especially if only used at night.

I would highly recommend this product from The Dirty Goat if you are looking for a high quality face oil. You can find The Dirty Goat on Facebook and Instagram. Those are the best places to stay up to date on future restocks and make suggestions for products. Erica opens up her website, http://www.thedirtygoatsoapco.com almost weekly, during the pre-orders or restocks.

If you made it this far, THANK YOU! I appreciate all of you. Drop a comment down below if you have tried anything from The Dirty Goat or future reviews you would like to see me do! Have a great day, friends!

April Box of Sugar: Farmhouse Fresh

This month’s Box of Sugar is WAY different than anything else Ahhh Sugar Sugar has put out. They went with a totally different theme and feel than what they normally do, and this is a nice change! For this month’s box, they went with a totally clean and natural look and feel, and it seems like there might be more to come with these types of products.

The Barn at Post Oak and Ahhh Sugar Sugar collabrated again to bring us an AMAZING Soy Wax Candle. I am so happy that Ahhh Sugar Sugar uses and promotes soy wax, because that is what I like to use in my own home. This candle is scented in lemon verbena, cedar, peppermint, vanilla sugar, and eucalyptus. You know what is crazy? You can smell all of those scents, and they blend together perfectly. On the top, you get the lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus, the vanilla sugar sweeten all those “harsher” scents with the cedar giving it all some depth. Ahhh Sugar Sugar was also super kind, and provided everyone with very elegant matches in a glass bottle.

Sea Salt and Vanilla Bean Bath Oil. Ahhh Sugar Sugar has put out some nice bath oils before, but this bath oil is simple and luxurious, at the same time. I am very excited to use this, and see how this warms up in the heat of the bath. This smells of sweet vanilla bean, that is mellowed by the oil and salt.

Body Soap. Ahhh Sugar Sugar puts out Bath Frostings and Sugar-Free Bath Frostings. This is just labeled as Body Soap, so I am curious to see if this is a whole new formula, or is the same formula as the Sugar-Free Bath Frostings. This is scented in apricot, bergamont, and mint. This smells of sweet apricot, with just a hint of sweet mint.

Body Scrub. I have missed Ahhh Sugar Sugar scrubs! I ran out a few months ago, and just haven’t restocked yet. This is scented in rosemary, blood orange, basil, and thyme. This smells of sweet blood orange and herbs. It is a very nice, clean scent and one that I feel would transfer well to other products.

Hand Soap. This is a gorgeous hand soap that is all peachy and iridescent. I am excited to see them do a hand soap that is not foaming. This product looks amazing and I am excited to see how this works! It is scented in lemon, mint, and grass. This smells of minty lemon, with grass as an anchor. It is a nice clean, spring scent.

April Empties!

This month was a slow month for empties! I feel like across the board, for a lot of people, this has been a long, slow month for empties and just in general! I wonder why that is?

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shenanigans Whipped Meringue: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringues, but I much prefer them in a pot instead of the tube. This was a very nice scent of fresh apples. I don’t know that I would repurchase this scent, only because Ahhh Sugar Sugar offers so many other unique and amazing scents!

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water: This is a holy grail item for me, and something that I constantly use in my skincare routine. This toner helps to keep my oils at bay and my skin clear.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil: This was an alright cleansing oil. It didn’t WOW me, but it also wasn’t terrible. It got most of my makeup off, but I don’t know that I would recommend it.

LUSH Aqua Marina: This is my holy grail face wash. It is super calming for my sensitive skin, doesn’t break me out, keeps my skin clear and oil free, and you get used to the scent. I would highly recommend and I continue to repurchase.

Shea Butter Vanilla Buttercream: This was a stocking stuffer from my grandparents. It was a nice moisturizer and fit easily in my purse.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar The Jessica Bath Frosting: It took me awhile to finish this bath frosting, and this is the first bath frosting I have finished in awhile. This was an amazing, unique, and complex scent. I would highly recommend it if you haven’t used this scent before, and I always recommend Ahhh Sugar Sugar Bath Frostings!

Nyakio Maracuja and Yangu Soothing Oil: I very much enjoyed this facial oil! This was a very soothing and calming facial oil. It moisturized my skin without leaving it oily or feeling heavy, and it did not break me out. This had a very calming and grounding scent that was not overpowering on the skin. I would highly recommend this facial oil.

How did you feel about the month of April and all that it brought or didn’t bring?