Product Empties and Reviews #2

It’s not easy to use a product until it’s gone. At least it’s not when you love all the nice smelling, shiny, pretty new things out in the world of beauty and makeup. I’m enabled to buy things when I read thorough reviews from my favorite bloggers who’ve taken the time to properly vet a product, so I’ve saved up a stash of things I’ve used to the end- some you can find in my first empties post, but surprisingly, there are several makeup bits in this one. If you are looking for my thoughts on a specific item, here is the list of things discussed in this post. Feel free to skip ahead.

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Product Empties and Reviews #1

My favorite posts to read are always the ’empties’ posts. I’m really interested in the products people use to the end (not easy when you are a beauty/skincare addict) and I’m always fascinated to find out if they’d recommend or repurchase the product. I saved a drawer full of products I used up and thought I’d share with you more about them.

Since this post is epic, here is a list of the products I reviewed so you can skip ahead if you are only interested in a few:

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Mascara- Waterproof- Very Black

Most of it is skincare. Take a deep breath. Here we go…

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Tata Harper Sale: Keeping My Skin Very Happy

You’ve seen by now that earlier this year I added some Tata Harper products into my skincare routine. When I got the email about their Mother’s Day sale, I knew I had to repurchase one of my favs. I’ve been using the Hydrating Floral Essence since January and when it started to run low, I debated endlessly about whether or not to re-buy. My initial purchase was the 50ml size and it lasted 3 months of once daily use. Still, it’s a pricey and non-essential step in my skincare routine. After all, it’s basically water with extra fancy bits thrown in for good measure (a really really really lush and divine water to be sure.) However, I’ve been without for about two weeks now and I’m  so glad I’ll be using it again tonight. I think the aloe in the water soothes my skin and helps it stay hydrated. It’s a pamper step my skin seems to love. Taking advantage of the sale means I got almost triple the amount for less than $10 more than I paid for the 50ml size (and will in theory last me almost three times as long). I would have purchased the Replenishing Nutrient Complex also, but the 10ml size I bought in January is only half gone- even with daily use.

If you are interested in Tata Harper Skincare, now is the time to try. I LOVE the two items I use every day, and I’ll probably expand my lineup with a cleanser next. I’d urge you to take advantage of 15% off (using code MDAY) while the sale lasts.

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My Evening Skincare Routine

I can talk forever about skincare. It matters a lot to me because my skin isn’t naturally great, and I work pretty hard to keep it in good shape. It’s taken me years and endless hours of research, blog reading, video watching, and sampling to get where I am now. Pull up a chair (who am I kidding, you’re probably already sitting) and make yourself comfortable. This is my evening skincare routine and it’s a doozy. Not the best topic for me to try and be concise. My skin is in the best shape it’s ever been, so without further ado, here are the how’s and why’s of my evening skincare routine:

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Weekly Obsessions #5

It’s been a while since I’ve shared by current obsessions, mostly because I’m still obsessed with all the things I listed in my last post. I’ve had a few new things hit my radar, and I can’t seem to get enough.

1. Dystopian YA Novel on Twitter (@DystopianYA). This account is hilarious. If you read YA at all, you’ll immediately recognize what’s happening with this account. I’m obsessed, and hope more people follow.

2. Great British Baking Show (aka Bake Off). I know. I know. It was listed in my last obsessions post, but the finale aired on Sunday, and I laughed and I cried. I crave more episodes! Why do UK shows do such a better job of casting real, likable people who don’t cater to infuriating stereotypes (the diva, the muscle-head, the rich out-of-touch snob, etc). We LOVE to cast these roles in every reality show we air in the US. I wish we’d have more of these realistic castings. No drama. Each week someone still leaves the show, and eventually a winner is crowned, but there’s no bitching, no backstabbing, no bickering. I love the sincerity and the focus on the challenge. Can you tell??

3. The Original Sinners Series (starting with The Siren). Warning- this book series is HOTTTTTTT. I don’t even remember where I was initially introduced to it, but I read it thinking I would have a quick, trashy, no-fuss read, but I got hooked and kept reading the next book, then the next one. As the series continues, the character development is crazy good. It’s also incredibly empowering for women and sexuality. A main female protagonist who makes no apologies for her life? Love it.

4. Caroline Hirons. If you haven’t seen her name all over this blog, then you haven’t been paying attention. She’s the queen of skincare, and she’s changed my skin for the better. I can’t even believe how terribly I treated my skin in the years it mattered most, and now I’m working hard to undo what amounts to ignorance in my teens. If you see a Tata Harper product somewhere on this blog, it’s because she’s recommended it. I’ve been using two of their products, and my skin gets better and better everyday. I ACTUALLY PUT OIL ON MY FACE. On my acne-prone skin. And it’s clearer than ever. Seriously, you want great skin, read her cheat sheets. Now all I need is a bit of Sunday Riley in my life and I’ll be complete.

5. Gabifresh. I want to be her. That is all.

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Changing Up My Skincare Routine (and a new lipstick!)

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about what products I use to prep my skin for makeup. Many of those products are tried-and-tested great, but I’m still battling some skin issues that I hope a few of these swaps will help me resolve. I did some research, read lots of reviews, and after lots of careful consideration, I placed a skincare order…

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Skincare Wish List

If I have a New Year’s resolution (which I try to avoid), it’s to take great care of my skin. I’m still learning how to treat my skin properly, and a big part of that learning curve is finding products that work for me. As I’ve mentioned before, I had acne as a teenager., and I still suffer from the occasional breakouts now. Large pores and uneven texture are still ongoing issues. I’ve touched on this before in a previous post, but last year, I really started taking skincare seriously. Once I made the change to double-cleansing with an oil based cleanser, my skin and life have changed dramatically. I no longer have constantly irritated, erupting and unhappy skin. Turns out, this is just the beginning.

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