Monday, December 2, 2013

What I'm Currently Burning .....Yankee Candle Season of Peace

Yankee Candle Season of Peace 
Winter Collection 2013

Yankee Candle's About this Fragrance

"Leave the pell mell rush of the holidays behind and take a moment to reflect on the silently peaceful solitude of winter's snowfall, capture in this cool, enchanting white musk blend.  Before or after the guests arrive, this is the perfect way to still the noise and revel in what matters most to you."

My review

As for the outside appearance, the jar and label of this candle were done tastefully. The picture really does capture the sent. And just how would I describe this scent?

Pure White Musk

That's all I smell. I know that Yankee Candle calls it a "white musk blend" but not sure what other notes are included with the fragrance. All I truly get from this is a white musk and that is all.

 Also the throw of this candle is a very weak, hardly noticeable  On a scale from 1 to 5, I'd give it a 2. Very light, which sometimes I  prefer. Depends on my mood. 

While I do think I'll be burning this throughout the winter, I think it's too pricey considering the weak throw. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Farewell Old Makeup Bag....What's in My New Makeup Bag?

My Clinique makeup bag has served me well for many years, through... a few road-trips...parties..nights at friends and families homes....Sadly, I need to move on. My once cute floral Clinique makeup bag is now nasty, stained and gross. 

I have since moved on to this blue cosmetic bad I found at Sally's Beauty Supply store on the clearance rack. I love the blue tweed and so happy to have a makeup bag with pockets! Those will come in handy!

All the goodies in my makeup bag, are products I like to use on a regular basis for my daily face routine. 

What's in My Makeup Bag

Boots No7 Reviving Revitalisant Eye Gel

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13
MAC Studio Fix Powder NW15
Mac Pro Long wear Concealer NW15
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Brightening Eye Perfector
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer 125 Fair
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW15

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder
Lancome Blush Subtil Sheer in Sheer Amourose

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve
MAC Slimshine in Pleasing
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Mystical

Chic Fragrance Spray Pen  

(Old Makeup Bag)
In very bad shape...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October 2013 Empties

Ok..So I haven't done an empties post in quite awhile...actually, 3 months to be exact. So I have many empties I want to share with you all. There are so many to share, that I'm just gonna go ahead and get started...enjoy! =)

1.) Herbal Essences Honey, I'm Strong
I did like this. Made my bleach hair feel moisturized and silky. I also really loved the scent. Only gripe is the bottle, I felt like I couldn't get the last bit out. I hate wasting product. 
2.) Everyday Coconut Cleansing Face Wash
Been through a couple bottles of this stuff. It's great. Something I will repurchase over and over again.
3.) Nivea Extended Moisture Daily Lotion
Did not like this stuff. Every time I put this lotion on my legs and put on my pants, all the lent from my pants would end up on my legs. I would end up every night, covered in lent and it was a pain to scrub it off.
4.) Mystic Divine Nourishing Masque
Cute tub and fair price but nothing special. Won't repurchase again.

5.) Ion Moisture Solution Extreme Moisture Creme
Didn't like this stuff. I don't have much luck with Ion products, even though many people rave about the brand. Couldn't tell a difference in my hair after using this product.
6.) Shiny Silver Color Enhancing Conditioner
Wanted to use this for taking the golden tones out of my hair. Didn't find that it worked or moisturized my hair enough. Will not purchase again.

7.) Crystal Essence Lavender and White Tea Mineral Deodorant
Wanted to try a natural chemical free deodorant, sadly this didn't work for me. I don't like to be stinky, so I won't be buying this product again. Also, the roller ball kept getting stuck and I'm no longer able to finish the bottle. 

8.) Dove Nourishing Care Conditioner
I really like this stuff. Works great for my hair. I have also picked up a few other Dove hair products and they are fantastic! 

9.) Frutique Firming Creme in Harvest Grape
Broke me out. Too strong of a fragrance. Will not repurchase. 

10.) Bath and Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Fresh Picked Pear
Really enjoy the foam hand soaps from Bath and Body Works. I find them to be more moisturizing than a lot other hand soaps. It's always fun to try different fragrances. Also, I make sure to stock up during a good sale.

11.) Frutique Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Gel
Mehh.."ok" stuff. Just didn't feel like it did anything beneficial to my skin
12.) Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo
This is a great, dry shampoo.  It also doesn't leave that horrid white cast on your hair. Love the smell.

 13.TRESemme Healthy Volume Conditioner
Great stuff! One of my all-time favorite conditioners with a cheap price. My only gripe is the scent, a horrible smells like chemicals. yuck!

14.)Pantene Restore Beautiful Legth Conditioner
I though this would be great, since I'm currently growing out my hair but nope. This stuff was horrible. I think this stuff was making my hair break off! 

15.) MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13
Love this stuff! NW13 is a perfect match! 

16.) MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW20
Love this stuff also! I go a shade darker in the powder, so my face doesn't look so ghostly. 

17.)Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer 
 I saw a girl use this and thought it looked great, so I bought it. I just didn't think it did the job for me. I thought it was "OK" but I'm currently using products that not only cover dark circles but really bright up the under eye area.

18.) Clean and Clear Advantage Mark Treatment
Too much alcohol and it didn't really help with my breakout.

19.) Clean and Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste
Basically a clay face mask in a 8 dollar tiny bottle, It dried up inside before I could even use up all the product. Nope, I won't buy again.

20.) Clearasil Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream
I like this, I do think it helps with my acne. I do prefer their tinted acne treatment. 

21.) Lush Big Shampoo (Sample Size)
Loved this stuff. Great fragrance and left my scalp feeling amazing. Pretty pricey stuff though.  Will pick up the full size, when I can afford to splurge. =)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Snowflakes in August?

Pained my nails with Revlon's Colorstay Nail Polish in French Roast. Plus, I drew a little snowflake on my ring finger! Revlon's French Roast is a dark cocoa brown with a hint of shimmer. I used So Easy's Stripe Rite to make the snowflake.

 Ohhh and I used Revlon's Colorstay Base Coat and I gotta say it seem promising. It dries super sticky, so I hope it make my nail polish last. My manicures are always chipping in less than a 24 hours, so I'll update this post and let you know how long this manicure lasts.

I bought Revlon's French Roast from my local drugstore. 

I bought the So Easy's Stripe Rite from my local Sally's Beauty Supply Store.


Update: August 17th - No chipping and only some tip wear. Really impressed with the Revlon Colorstay Base Coat and nail polish thus far!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick for Cystic Acne

Burt's Bee's Herbal Blemish Stick has really helps to reduce the size of my cystic acne spots. From time to time I get these really deep cystic acne bumps and this helps to reduce the  pain and swelling overnight.

First, I cleanse my face and apply my moisturizer. Once my moisturizer sinks into my skin, I dab bit of this one imperfections. I don't like slathering this all over my face because it leave a sticky residue on the skin. This has a strong tree tea oil smell that is pretty strong but it goes away quickly, once applied.

The container comes in a little glass tube with a roller-ball. If you feel the roller-ball isn't sanitary and you don't want to glide it across your blemishes you can rub a bit on a clean finger and dab it onto your spots.

If you are struggling with spots and you want to try something new, give this a shot. It's 100% natural. It contains herbal oils that destroy acne causing bacteria, such as tree tea oil. I found my Burt's Bee's Herbal Blemish Stick at my local drugstore but it's also available on Burt's Bee's website.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel

Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel is great product for refreshing your skin and banishing those impurities in your pores. I slather this on, leave it on for about 20 mins and then remove it with a warm wash clothing. It leaves my oily skin feeling clean and clear of any grease and oil. Great for D.I.Y. facial. This is works more like a mask and expect "mild" results.

Some people have been bothered by the herbal smell, based on other reviews I've read. I don't mind the herbal smell, I don't even notice the smell after it has been sitting on my face for a few minutes.

I found this for under $10 US dollars at my local Whole Foods. Vegan. No Animal Testing & Gluten-Free.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Yoga: A 30 Day Challenge

I just finished Day of 5 of Do You Yoga's 30 day yoga challenge. I'm not big on exercise but I recommend these videos if you're a beginner at yoga. 

A new video for each day of the month, that really work your body. I'm starting to really enjoy yoga. I'm moving my body in ways, I never thought possible. Who knew such short exercises could make your body this sore. Plus it's free and you can do it all in the comfort of your own home.