03 March 2018

Empties & Reviews

I have to say I'm absolutely obsessed with checking tags on IG like "projectpan." I like the idea of people getting their money's worth from a product and enjoying all it has to offer. There is also the side of things where you want to use up a product you're not totally in love with, but it's always commendable to me that people stick with it and finish something up.

I think what I've done - hold onto some empty packaging for a couple months to "collect" my empties and show them off and review them - is kind of weird. I don't know if I'll do it again for an extended period of time, because it feels a little obsessive and like hoarding garbage! But I'm always envious of posts on /r/reddit/panporn so I wanted to do this just once! 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
I really enjoyed this. This was my first "solid" balm or butter for cleansing. The tin is a bit small, but I used it for several months because I alternated nights with a cleansing oil. It has a strong scent, so beware. I ended up liking the Banila Clean It Zero balm better and it's larger, but I'm not opposed to getting this because I can just go to a store and grab it easily.

Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk
I liked this, but I think for a gel or creamy cleanser, I prefer glossier's. I don't necessarily think the price is crazy high for Stratia, especially because Alli's ingredients and vision are all very good and I support Stratia and love the products and don't mind. But it's $15 for 4oz vs. $22 for 6oz, so the price per oz is only just slightly higher for Stratia. I don't have a problem with scents and I love the scent of glossier's cleanser, so I've been using it instead (plus I have 2 bottles to use up) and didn't buy this one again yet. She does now produce an 8oz version for $28, though, so once I get through some other products, I might buy it!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
This is my favourite lightweight summer moisturizer! Gel-based moisturizers are so good for me and my skin in general, actually. I just don't like the packaging because you can't cut it out and squeeze everything out, I have to use a beauty spatula to clean it out. I will repurchase this again once I use some other ones (Drunk Elephant B-Hydra, Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow).

the Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1%
I make a pretty powerful skincare cocktail with my beloved Ordinary products - this one, Argireline 10%, and Buffet serum. I find that this one reduces redness after a bad blemish, taking away spots that might otherwise last longer once they're "healed." My turn-around time for breakouts has significantly lessened when I use all these guys together. I already have backups.

COSRx Advanced Snail Mucin 96 Power Essence 
Ah, a staple for so many. I really enjoy it. When I'm particularly dry, red, or irritated, I triple-down in snailtown and use this with Mizon's Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule + Recovery Gel Cream. I use this daily and it lasted me 10 months somehow. I have a backup! It is highly recommended by so many and I think the price and packaging is all very good.

Mark Prep For It Hair Primer
I honestly don't even know if Mark/Avon makes this anymore. I found it in with some of my near-forgotten hair/bath stuff and decided to use it up, because it's a decent product. It sort of feels like a leave in conditioner or lotion that sprays out and I feel like it worked best for me as a detangler. My hair is really curly and practically dreads or gets matted immediately after showering, doesn't matter if I use a comb in the shower or concentrate my conditioner or a treatment on the ends.. I need an oil or leave-in product to comb through my hair! I have lots of other stuff I like now, so I won't miss this, but I'm glad to have used it finally.

Welcos Kwailnara Banana Milk hand cream
I first tried this in a Pink Seoul mystery box and loved it! It's cheap, moisturizing, and smells great. I can usually find a package of 3 creams on eBay that's very inexpensive, so I have these all over the place. I even take them to work and my co-workers love the scent.

Nivea Smooth Replenishing Macadamia Nut Oil hand cream
I like this in the winter, it feels pretty "heavy duty" for me without being greasy. It feels like a protective glove.. like that Debba cream that they have in workplaces! Since it's cheap and easy to find in drugstores, I've gone through a few.

Wylde Rose Fruit Punch body lotion
Wylde Rose is local to me, but they have an online shop! I LOVE THIS PLACE, the owner is awesome, she has so many products. I've used bath bombs, soaps, nail polishes, probably almost everything at this point. This sounds weird, but I love this lotion's scent - to me, it smells like Monster energy drinks.. yeah, told you that's weird! But it's sweet and moisturizing and I always buy it.

NYX White Single Eyeshadow
I just use this as a base to set my primer. There is still some product clinging to the edges and I could repress it, but I'm kind of lazy and done with it. I have a lot of white and cream matte shades in palettes, so I'm not missing anything. Great cheap, matte white shadow, though! I can't believe I finished an eyeshadow!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Translucent Powder
This one isn't completely used up, but I got really tired of it. It worked fine but I wouldn't use it again. It doesn't really "wow" me for any reason. All of the really hyped drugstore powders don't do it for me.. I have a similar feeling about the Rimmel Stay Matte powder!

Epically Epic Dreamsicle lip balm 
Another "indie" soap shop! I love her lip balms and interesting scent combinations. This one was Dreamsicle, which is obviously sweet and orange and creamy! I buy 6 or so at a time, sometimes scents are seasonal or have a limited run, so it's always worth it to check her out every once and while. I opened a Coconut Almond one after this and it's heavenly.

Missha Perfect Cover BB cream #13
My "holy grail" next to klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish cream. The Missha has a high SPF, good colour, creamy medium coverage that works well with all of my primers. NO COMPLAINTS. This was a small package, I will get the full product soon!

Boscia Light BB cream
This was my favourite BB cream before I tried the other two I previously mentioned. It has a thicker, almost mousse texture and lots of microglitter. The glitter doesn't bother me, but it's not for everyone. It lasted a long time, I went through 2 of these in the last few years but I think I've moved on to better things.

Too Faced Hangover Primer 
I love the scent, it's a good primer. I just think it's kind of expensive for what it is and if I had to recommend a similar "hydrating primer," I'd go with glossier's. I miss the sweet smelling coconut, but it's a small sacrifice.

I'm working on some foundations and skincare, I don't think I'm going to finish many makeup items any time soon except maybe mascaras and liquid eyeliners. But they're boring and can't really be photographed!

What did you finish up recently?

31 December 2017

First BoxyCharm - December 2017 *Glitz & Glam*

BoxyCharm is my first ever subscription box!

I have wanted to try a beauty box/bag for years. Ipsy seemed like a great one at first but I've also seen a lot of reviews that it kind of lackluster. I found BoxyCharm and for roughly $35CAD and 5 full sized products each month, it seemed like the best option.

The only problem is it's gotten pretty popular and subscribing pretty much immediately puts you on a wait list. Which could take a couple days.. or a few months. I subscribed on October 5th 2017 - I really wanted the October box! - and didn't get off the wait list until December 2nd 2017. I was billed via my credit card on December 5th and the box was shipped on December 19th. I received it on December 29th. Overall, not too bad for shipping times. I am more understanding it took the whole month because it's the holidays/Black Friday had just passed. Post is really slow around this time of year. I would love to be one of those people who regularly get it like a week after it's billed, but I'm also in Canada, so I don't have high hopes that it'll be faster in the future.

The December box theme was "Glitz & Glam" and the products included sparkly items like a metallic liquid lip, highlighter or bronzer, and blush palette.

Products in my box:
❏ Crown Pro Blush Brush
❏ RealHer Blush kit
❏ Tarteist Lash Paint mascara
❏ Beaute Basics Bronzer
❏ Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed lipstick in shade "Particularly Sophisticated"

Overall, I like the box. I'm happiest to have the lipstick, brush, and a mascara - a mascara is always a good thing to have on hand and most of them will work for me! I like the bronzer though I don't use bronzers often (mostly in the summer), and I like my NARS Laguna and Too Faced Sweetie Pie. The blush kit is my least favourite. The powders are kind of stuff and difficult to get good colour payoff. I have a lot of blushes in my collection already that I like, so I didn't really need to add any more of them.

I will continue to renew this subscription for a couple months just to see how it goes. January 2018 looks okay so far, though I'm not thrilled about the shades in the eyeshadow palette that has been "spoiled" so far.

Do you sub to BoxyCharm or any other boxes?

22 November 2017

Sheet Mask Review Round-Up!

As I promised a while ago, I wanted to make quick reviews of sheet masks I've been using in order to help others and keep a record for myself. 

OKA Pump the Brightening Up
Spotlight ingredients: niacinamide (Vitamin B), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C).
Fit: great besides poking me in the eye a little bit.
Essence/Absorption: a sticky/greasy residue.
Effect: soft, plump, brightened skin. 

LEADERS 7 Wonders Caribbean Coconut Calming 
Spotlight ingredients: "high Vitamin E content activates skin soothing properties; nutrient-rich coconut."
Fit: a bit large and floppy. It has a layer to remove and it's supposed to adhere very well to the face but it doesn't stick well for me.
Essence/Absorption: very nice, watery and not sticky.
Effect: calmed, refreshed, and plump skin. 

esfolio Egg Essence 
Spotlight ingredients: egg yolk extract to nourish; hyaluronic acid. 
Fit: pretty good, no complaints nor raves.
Essence/Absorption: no residue, quick absorption.
Effect: moist skin.  

MIZON Joyful Time Rose
Spotlight ingredients: hydrolyzed collagen and plant extracts; claims to clean pores and moisturize.  
Fit: great fit, these are some of my favourite lines of masks and I use all of them regularly.
Essence/Absorption: so much extra essence to keep and use in the morning; watery and absorbs quickly though slightly tacky. 
Effect: moist, clear skin. 

G9 Skin Pure Milk Bomb
Spotlight ingredients: "milk protein extract and amino acid complex to provide moisturizing effects."
Fit: literally like it was made for my face. I've never been happier with a mask in my life.
Essence/Absorption: white and creamy essence that absorbs quickly without ANY residue.
Effect: BRIGHT and moist skin. 

Etude House Air Therapy Tea Tree 
Spotlight ingredients: tea tree oil for calming and healing properties. 
Fit: good fit. Another line of masks I use all variants of and always repurchase.
Essence/Absorption: watery, no residue, quick absorption. 
Effect: calmed and smoothed skin.  

The Creme Shop Coenzyme Q10
Spotlight ingredients: CoQ10; claims renewal, rejuvenation, source of collagen, improved skin elasticity. 
Fit: it's okay. It is a bit wide and has extra mask around the jaw and ears.
Essence/Absorption: watery, absorbs well with minimal residue.
Effect: really only feels hydrating and softening which is fine but I wouldn't mind to use up the other couple I have left and move on. 

OVERALL: no real duds lately! MIZON and Etude House are my go-to for when I want something comfortable and trustworthy. G9 Milk Bomb is the shining star that surprised me. What have you been using?