Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash April 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my April Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it!

You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for April. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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As I’ve been saying this week, I’ve been suffering severe allergies in April, so I didn’t wear as much makeup as I had hoped.  I do have to say that when I did do my makeup, I tried to use the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette and the Cover FX face palette.  They were my most used this month.

The Violet Voss palette is so beautiful!  It’s perfect for warm toned, neutral looks.  I mostly used the browns and bronzes and really loved them.  I tried to dip into most of the shades.  I will definitely be keeping this beauty!

The Cover FX All in One Perfector Face Palette is really nice.  I love bronzing and contouring with the same powder, but this contour is too cool for me to do that.  So I just used it in the hollows of my cheeks and my nose.  I had to use a different bronzer for the rest of my face.  The blush is nice, but a bit too bright for me.  I did really love the highlighters, brightener and finishing powder.  I will keep this and probably use it more in the summer.

The Rimmel London MAGNIF’EYES Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Violet is so pretty.  The mattes are very easy to blend.  The shimmers are nice, but you need to wet them to get any metallic payoff. My favorite shade is the second from the left.  It’s a nice transition shade.  I also love the lighter purple shimmers.  I didn’t use this too much, but I did get a chance to try most of the shades.  I will keep this because of the few shades I love. I also have a few of these palettes and am starting a little collection of them!

The bareMineral Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Can’t Even and Bae are such great spring colors.  They are a bit sticky, which I didn’t realize before.  I will continue to use them because I like the shades, but I don’t know if I would purchase more.

So I’m keeping everything!  What a successful month!

It’s on to my April Empties:

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I had six this month!  I think this is the most I’ve had this year.  Last year I did Project Pan’s instead of Shop My Stash, and I definitely haven’t been going through as many products this year.  But I’m proud of myself this month.  And I hopefully will have as many next month, too.

Of course, it’s mostly skincare.  I used up the H2O+ Elements Jelly Cleanser, The Higher Education Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads, The Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Smooth Skin Scrub and the Radiant Recovery Day Cream, Pixi Beauty Rose Ceramide Cream, and the Tarte Maneater Mascara. I liked all of these, but the one I would probably repurchase is the Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream.  It’s so gentle and hydrating!  But I have lots of skincare to go through before I purchase anything new!

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Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or Project Pan this year?  How’s it going?

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anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare To Help Transition From Winter To Spring

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  It snowed again today, but I am hoping it’s the last snow of the season.  I am ready for Spring!

And speaking of Spring, I am looking forward to warmer weather for my skin.  The cold weather makes my combo skin so dry and flaky.  I have been trying new skincare (sent for my honest review)  that I have been loving for my winter worn skin!  They are from Burt’s Bees, Higher Education Skincare and Mamonde.  Here are the products I’ve been loving:

 

 

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask ($14.99 USD) Provides 24 hour moisture and leave skin looking refreshed and healthy. This is a thick cream.  The instructions say to apply a layer and leave on for 10 minutes, then rub the rest in and leave on overnight.  My skin did look very hydrated in the morning.

Remove oil and impurities with this Exfoliating Clay Mask ($14.99 USD). Made with Kakadu Plum and Vitamin C, this gentle exfoliator cleans skin while also holding in moisture leaving skin clear and soft.  This is gentle enough to use every day.

Detoxifying Clay Mask  ($14.99 USD) With the power of charcoal, Burt’s Bees created a mask that will remove dirt, oil and toxins that can clog pores and can cause skin to look dull. Infused with acai, the rich antioxidents will leave skin balanced and healthy-looking. This mask really deep cleans the skin.  I have to follow up with a moisturizer, but I do like that it cleans out my pores.

Available: Target, CVS and Walgreens Stores

Higher Education Skincare Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion

Higher Education Skincare Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion ($33 USD) -Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices.

I like using this in the morning, before makeup.  It smooths my skin so nicely.  It is very hydrating and helps with the dry patches on my skin.  I love that it contains vitamins and that it is good for my skin.

Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream
Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream

Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream ($32 USD) — This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Its very nice for morning and night.  It is hydrating, but is also light enough to wear under makeup.

Available: Ulta Stores
What skincare have you been trying lately.  I’d love to know!

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

February 2019 Beauty Favorites

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Hi All!  Can you believe that it’s the end of February?  That means it’s time for another favorites post! I have been enjoying trying new products this month and have selected a few that I have been enjoying using.

Here are my current faves:

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Shortcut — I have been enjoying this cute little palette.  Although it’s small, it contains 8 shadows and I can create whole looks with just the one palette.  The quality is as good as my beloved Born to Run palette.  Love!

107 ONEOSEVEN Oil-In-Gel Cleanser — This is a Korean Skincare brand and I have been enjoying trying their products.  This cleanser is really cool.  It comes out a clear gel that you massage into your face to remove all makeup.  Then when you add water, it emulsifies and rinses off easily.  It completely removes my makeup and leaves my skin soft and clean.  I use this every night.  This would be the first step if you double cleanse.  I don’t really, I just use this, then a toner after cleansing.

Philosophy anti-wrinkle miracle worker primer — Wow!  I am loving this primer.  I smooth it over my entire face and let it dry.  Once it does my wrinkles and pores are way less noticeable.  It works so well under all of my foundations. My review of the new anti-wrinkle collection is here.

Higher Education Skincare Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads — I use these once a day to exfoliate my skin, usually at night.  But the pads are nice to use before makeup to smooth the skin.  They are very gentle on my sensitive skin.  Check out my review of this cool brand.

Nanacoco PRO. HD Pressed Blush in Shimmery Dusty Rose and Magnu-Matte Lip Crayon in Roasted Chestnut. This is a new brand to me.  I did a brand review here. The blush is a shimmery rosy shade and I love it.  It gives a pop of color and freshness in the cold, cold winter!  The lip color is a gorgeous mauvey-nude and although it is matte, it is not drying on my lips (I’m not a fan of drying matte lippies).  These are both so nice and are affordable, too!

Urban Decay Brow Blade and Brow Finish — I received the new Urban Decay brow products for review, and are really impressed with these two!  I use the pencil end in the Brow Blade to define my brow shape, then use the brush tip end to create hair strokes.  I seal it with the Brow Finish, and my brows look amazing all day long!

What products did you love in February?  I would love to know!

 

 

Beauty, Skincare

Brand Review — Higher Education Skincare

Hi all! We have made it through the first week of 2019.  Yay us!

I was recently sent products from Higher Education Skincare for my honest review. This brand was developed specifically for the Gen Z and Millennial audiences as a clean, cruelty free, education-centric line with high quality, dermatologist-approved products.
Each product aligns with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect and when used daily help correct a variety of skin conditions such as acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, sun damage, dryness and sensitivity.
Although I am more Gen X, I enjoyed trying these out and think it’s so important for younger people to start their skin routine early!
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PRE-REQ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser

PRE-REQ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser ($19 USD) — Delivers an invigorating gentle foaming cleanser for normal to oily and combination skin that cleans impurities and removes excess oil while removing all traces of makeup. Exfoliates without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Tea Tree Oil provides benefits for skin that is prone to breakouts. Skin feels clean and refreshed.

What I think: I have combination skin that’s a bit sensitive, and this is very gentle on my skin.  It foams up nicely and has a fresh scent.  I notice after I wash my skin, it’s clean, but not dry or tight.  That’s really important for all skin types (and ages).

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EASY A Gentle Resurfacing Pads

EASY A Gentle Resurfacing Pads ($24 USD) — Exfoliating pads help remove dead skin cells, replenish moisture, and visibly minimize pore size. Skin looks vibrant, smooth, and refreshed. Skin never feels dehydrated.

What I think: I am a huge fan of exfoliating pads.  And I do really love these! You can use them day and night, but since I have sensitive skin I use them once a day or every other day and they don’t irritate my skin. I use these after cleansing and I notice my skin is so smooth and soft.

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SPRING BREAK Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

SPRING BREAK Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25 USD) — This oil-free sunscreen with sheer solar protection defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assaults that cause skin to age faster. Microfine zinc offers broad spectrum physical sunscreen protection from both UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Contains aloe vera and super antioxidants to help soothe and balance the skin. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, and safe for sensitive skin.

Make sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen to your face, and other exposed area. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, wait at least 15 minutes for your sunscreen to properly absorb into your skin. After that, you can go ahead and put on makeup.

What I think: When I first squeezed this out of the tube, I noticed how thick it is.  It does absorb pretty well and makeup goes over it nicely.  I think a thicker primer would be too heavy with it, but maybe a light or glowy primer would work.  I use this almost as a primer and it works well.  My skin is very hydrated with it on.

 

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DOUBLE MAJOR Moisture Relief Gel

DOUBLE MAJOR Moisture Relief Gel ($28 USD) — This double duty lightweight, oil free hydra gel, for all skin types, helps strengthen skin’s own natural moisture balance using lush humectants and super moisture binding skin replenishers for all-day comfort, radiance, and hydration. Skin soothing ginger extract, sea kelp and vitamins help to visibly improve the appearance of dryness, dullness, and uneven texture, leaving skin feeling silky soft and smooth.

What I think: This is a very light moisturizer.  It sinks right into the skin, but hydrates really well.  It has a light, fresh scent.  This is nice in the morning before SPF and makeup.  It hydrates without adding weight to the skin.

You can purchase all of these and more at http://www.highereducationskincare.com.

Have you tried any Higher Education Skincare?  What do you think?