Tuesday, January 6, 2015

December Beauty Buys & Empties

One of my favorite ways to learn about new products in the beauty world is to check out people's hauls and empties. You know, see what they like and would repurchase and see what they are giving a shot. That being said, it was another good month for the beauty department in my house. I have a lot of products that are tried and true favorites.

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Let's start with the hair products shall we?

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Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Harder

My brother-in-law did so well this Christmas when he bought me these two bottles. I love Big Sexy Hair Haispray, plain and simple. It is my favorite.

I've said it before, this is the best. Ulta had a sale going on so I decided to stock up. When something you love is buy one, get one and is only 5.99 you don't pass it up.



Teeze with Eez comb

This was another Christmas goodie, courtesy of my stocking from Nanna. It is perfect for some subtle tease on just a normal day when I don't need to go full Dallas.

It's a 10 Leave-In Treatment
InstaNatural Argan Oil
I had heard all sorts of good things about this, I am still not convinced. Giving it a fair shot though, it is probably user error!

InstaNatural Argan Oil Mask

This mask smells like bubble gum and it is pink so it literally seems like you have bubble gum all over your hair. It worked though. I am trying to get back into the habit of doing a deep moisture mask of some kind on my hair every week so this is a good one to through into the rotation.

Kenra Blow Dry Spray

Anther product I use regularly, this spray is amazing. I seriously don't dry my hair without spraying this anymore. It adds shine and helps speed the process along.

ZenWise Hair Growth Vitamins

I keep these vitamins in my desk at work. Other than being slightly large compared to what I am used to, they are just as good as any other vitamin I have tried.

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On to the body/skin products:

InstaNatural Cellulite Cream

Other than the smell (which it could just be me) this stuff seems to be working. I haven't been using it long enough to really tell a difference though. It is thick and really feels good when you are rubbing it in.

Again, I haven't been using it long enough to really be able to decide if it works or not, but it feels good when you apply it. It also hasn't made me break out which is a plus.

Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream

I did well when it comes to stocking stuffers, this one was from Mom. It is as good as I remember the Body Shop to be and smells amazing. It lives in my bedside table and I use it before I go to sleep.

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Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Facial Toner

I picked this guy up in an effort to change things up (like I did with the rest of my skincare products). I don't think it is the holy grail answer, but it seems to be doing okay. Any suggestions for a good toner?

evian Mineral Water Facial Spray

I talked about this in my last favorites post, and I still love it. I use it every morning, between washing my face and applying my makeup.

I have been using the next four products at night to try and switch it up and get my skin to play nice. So far I have felt less dry and my eyes seem to be getting better (less dark), but I want to keep trying it to see for real.

InstaNatural Eye GelInstaNatural Hyaluronic Facial SerumInstaNatural Retinol MoisturizerInstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Toner

These next products have not made it into the rotation yet, Hopefully by next month I will have been able to try them all!

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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

The name says it all folks, this stuff lasts. It dries matte almost and is super liquidy at first, but I love it. I am not an expert at applying it yet (the liquid state makes it difficult) but the finished product usually looks amazing. I wore this in our family pictures.

Kat Von D Lipstick (similar)

So, I got this at Marshall's and therefore can't find it, but I love this lipstick. Kind of shimmery, but not overly and the color is great. It lasts for a while too.

Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter

Another stocking stuffer winner, this lip butter stays in my bedside table as well and has become part of my nightly routine.

Ardell 120 Demi Lashes

These got added to my cart to try something a bit more dramatic and honestly I think they might become my new favorite. The quality for the price is great and I can usually get at least 4 or 5 wears out of a set.

Ardell 110 Lashes

I got these to replenish my normal lashes that I had worn to death. Nothing says value like a twin pack!

I grabbed these lipliners (in True Red and Nude) because my liner game is lacking. In reality I have no liner game and that is embarrassing to say. This is my first step into the liner world. They are working for me so far!

EOS Smooth Stick

Again, one of my favorites from last week. EOS in a stick, I mean that is heaven right there.

Revlon Eyelash Curler

Pretty simple. I needed a new eyelash curler. With the amount that I go through them I really didn't want to buy an expensive one and I couldn't just find the refill rubber pieces so this Revlon curler won. 

It makes no sense to buy things if you haven't run out of some things right? Some would think so, but my buys usually outweigh my tosses. Oh well, here is what I emptied this past month.

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Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play

In love with this hairspray. I seriously am going to start stockpiling it.

Crest 3D White

This is the only toothpaste we use.

Ardell Lashes

These bad boys got worn to death. But they looked good until then!

Mario Badescu Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream

This worked for a while, but dried out on me.

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

I don't buy anything else, they don't hurt my eyes and they get the makeup off.

Benefit Porefessional

Well, I finally gave this a fair shot and I liked it. A lot. Luckily I have a lot of samples of this to hold me over.
I always end up getting a split in the rubber piece of the eyelash curler and my lashes get caught. It was time for a new one.

Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion

I really liked this, but it wasn't helping my recent breakout situation so I bought something new instead. If my face wasn't acting like a teenager I would have bought again.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion

I mean it was a body lotion and it did its job. Not overly amazed that it became the only brand I would buy.

Charming Charlie necklace

I mentioned that I broke my necklace in my wishlist last Wednesday, and this is the necklace I was talking about. I almost cried...

And that was December! Real talk, do you like my favorites formatted this way or should I bite the bullet and do a video?




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