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Skin Care Sunday – More Serums!

I use a lot of serums and essences – my skin responds to layering. I usually apply an essence (or wear a sheet mask), and use a vitamin c serum and a hydrating serum minimum.

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I bought this based on really good reviews from other bloggers and vloggers and I didn’t really look as carefully at the ingredients as I usually do. When I opened it to start using it, I was smacked in the face with the smell of alcohol. It smelled and felt exactly like using Purell on my face. I didn’t notice any excessive drying so I used it all up, but this has gone on my “nope!” list.

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I purchased this in a kit last year that cost just as much as this sized bottle alone. It was expensive. But it was my birthday, dammit, and what’s the point of adulting if you can’t splurge once in a while? This took forever to get through. Long enough that, if you really like the product, it’s a good deal. For me, it was just okay. I liked the watery texture. I almost put it in a spray bottle more than once. (I don’t know what stopped me except for guilt at not following directions.) In four months I didn’t notice any change, positive or negative, in my skin. While I don’t precisely regret this purchase, I’m still on the hunt for my holy grail essence.

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Ipkn New York is  K-beauty brand that hits Haute Look once in a while. I actually enjoyed this serum, which works best when mixed into other products. But I hated the packaging with the burning passion of a thousand suns. The serum was very thick and someone at Ipkn decided the best delivery system for a thick gel was a dropper in a long bottle. The dropper didn’t work for long. After a few days, I got desperate enough to open the bottle and try to shake some out. None of my beauty spoons worked. I gave up. I would totally buy this again if they changed the packaging to a pump or even a pot. But this experience made me wary of Ipkn in general.

And now for a quick montage of repurchases I’ve finished and will probably repurchase again!

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Skin Care Sunday – Lots of Simple and a New Contraption

I have finished a ton of skincare lately. Too much for one post. I’m separating the serums out and will do those in the next week or two.

I tried out a new kind of Simple wipe!

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I figured if I like the micellar water, and I like the wipes since they don’t burn my face like other kinds do, then I would love the two smooshed together. And I really did. They were slightly more moisturizing than the normal wipes. Just a teensy bit more gentle. I’ll give these a try again!

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I really, really like Mad Hippie’s vitamin c serum, so when I ordered my last bottle, I sprung for the eye cream too. It was just okay. It wasn’t hydrating enough for me, but it did help with smoothing and de-puffing and it didn’t exacerbate the puffiness like a lot of creams can.

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Hi, bathroom clutter!

For Christmas this year, my Mom gave me Neutrogena’s Microdermabraision system. Obviously I love skincare and I’m a fan of gadgets, so it was a perfect choice. Is a battery-powered vibrating handset that has a rough plastic cap on it to which you attach a disposable solution-soaked pad. (It works a bit like Velcro.)

I started using it as directed, 2-3 times a week and then reduced. I found the solution to be way too strong for my face. What I like to use it for now is my neck and chest in lieu of a scrub.

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I finally finished my tub of of Express the Truth moisturizer. I purchased this before I decided to avoid silicone in my nighttime skin care. I started using it in the morning and didn’t really think much of it. It smelled citrusy and wan’t too thick or too thin. I used it every day for months and now I really miss it. If I see it at T.J. Maxx again, I’ll definitely pick it up!

And finally, a montage of things I regularly use that I’ve already wrote about at length!

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Not brought to you by Simple. I just like the stuff!

Skin Care Sunday – Some Serums & Clarisonic Weirdness

I finished off a couple of interesting serums recently!

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Hydraluron is a hyaluronic acid serum, but its texture is closer to a gel cream, so it ended up being one of my last steps. Since I layer a lot of skincare at night, it wasn’t my favorite just because it was so thick. But it did the job just fine.

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I didn’t think I would like this strawberry serum from The Balm as much as I did, but I really loved it. Its consistency is a that of a thick liquid, and it’s very strong – it gave me quite a flush and some heat upon application. I had some flaking overnight. My skin is better used to AHAs these days, though. I wouldn’t recommend this one for someone who’s an AHA novice.

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I swapped out my Clarisonic head this month. This was one of the radience brushes. This was my second, and I’m starting to wonder if there are some manufacturing inconsistencies with this kind.

I bought them in a two pack. The first brush had a lot of give to it – so much so that I felt like I needed to help the device along a little. The second brush was much stiffer. It may have just been a weird one-off. I’ve been using the Clarisonic for over a year, and each sensitive brush head I’ve used has been like every other.

I used up several things over the past couple of months that I talk about all the time. So here’s a collage!

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De-stash & Trash Skin Care – October 2015

Today’s D&T is brought to you by all the things you’ve seen before in these posts!

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The Simple wipes are the only ones so far that don’t hurt my face; I like their micellar water better than Bioderma; I love Garden Girl skin care but Bright Idea is so thick I have to cut it with some oil; I used up bottles of acetone and non; and finally, I switched out my Clarisonic brush. This was the sensitive one.

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I ended up with some fragrence samples. I rarely can tolerate mainstream purfumes, and these were no exception. Instant headache.

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I got this cleansing water in a Beauteque bag. My skin didn’t like it at all, and it wasn’t as effective as a micellar water for eye makeup removal, so I didn’t finish it.

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I love the scent of this body wash.  It does smell exactly like a lemon cake!

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I stumbled over this and another Hyaluronic acid gel in the Walgreens clearance aisle. I loved this enough to repurchase at full price. It’s a thin not-quite-water consistency that doesn’t mess with the other things I use on my face at night.

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Okay, I know. This is completely unnecessary. But I ordered this to see what the fuss was all about. I hate it that I like them as much as I do. Let’s be clear: these fancy cotton squares don’t work any better than any other similar products. But they are so soft. There’s no texture, no random scratchy bits. They bring just the slightest bit of luxury to my nighttime routine. Do I need them? Nope. Do I want them? Absolutely.

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And finally, some samples! I knew I liked the Burt’s serum. I’ve already been through a full size of it.

I really enjoyed the eye cream, but I think they may have discontinued this. I went to order it and found a new face and eye cream combo that contained dimethicone as its second ingredient. Which is something I have cut out of my nighttime routine. Sad now!

And I used the Mizon gel cream as a primer under makeup and it worked really well!

That’s it for skin care! Except for masks, which get their own post upcoming!

De-stash & Trash – September 2015

I’ve been up to a whole bunch over the past few months! My job’s busy season, acclimating to two new bosses, helping my brother move, lots of extra traveling. Frankly, I’m a bit pooped!

I have finished up some interesting things in the meantime, though!

I finished and purged several mascaras last month.

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Obviously, not enough to fill a whole collage.

Right-to-left, first off, there’s Mirenesse’s Secret Weapon. I enjoyed the fancy-pants packaging. It had a Christmas tree-shaped natural brush. I liked that it didn’t smudge on me, which is a problem I have with most mascaras. It gave me some good volume as well. I would definitely try this out again!

Next up is Smashbox’s Full Exposure. I got this at a CCO a year ago. It was way too wet at first, so I let it dry out a little. And then it was too dry. I think it was more my timing rather than the formula itself, but it was too wet for my taste right off.

Then there’s the trusty Clump Crusher. I was using it mostly to separate lashes after using another mascara.

Ulta’s Raincoat is a topper that makes regular mascaras waterproof. I can’t speak to the true waterproofiness (which is totally a word!) but it keeps some of my favorites from smudging under my eyes.

I loved Eyeko’s Sport waterproof. Until I tried to remove it. This stuff is bulletproof! It also has fibers, however, which are not so bulletproof. After wearing it the first few times, those fibers dusted off into and under my eyes causing a fair bit of discomfort. Not for contact lens wearers!

I used up a sample tube of my current fave, Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes. It makes my lashes thick and fluttery. It transfers like a mother, though, so I always use it with the Raincoat.

And, finally, I tried out Julep’s volumizing mascara. I’m a Maven, so I do get discounts on their stuff from time to time. I haven’t had much luck with their makeup so far. This was thick and wet simultaneously. It just didn’t work for me.

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I finished up a sample of the Marc Jacobs gel eye crayon in Blacquer. I liked this so much that I sprung for the holiday collection. It’s a dry formula, but once I got it on my watery allergy eyes, it went nowhere. I can even tightline with it.

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I used up some peripheral makeup stuff. I use a disinfecting wipe on my brushes and to clean up my hands, etc afterward. The brand really doesn’t matter much.

I bought the Smashbox primer water right after it came out. And promptly regretted it. My skin didn’t like it as a primer. There wasn’t enough moisture involved. I used it, primarily, as a setting spray but I found that it smelled exactly like a hospital hallway. I didn’t appreciate that at all.

I used up a pack of Simple wipes and a couple of bottles of the micellar water, both of which I love and hoard.

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I finished up a few serums. I tend to layer them, thinnest to thickest. There’s usually a vitamin c serum, a hydrating serum, and I rotate out the third depending on need. Garden Girl’s Superhero Serum is one of the latter. It is jam packed full of good stuff and my skin seems to like it. It smells a little bit like Flonase, though, as Janie-cat can attest to!

I also used a sample of the SKII essence cream. It’s not watery like the essence itself and it contains silicone which I try to avoid in my night products. So I used it as a primer and enjoyed it that way.

Mad Hippie has been my vitamin c serum of choice lately. Over time, my skin has been getting used to the serums I had been using, and this one is just the right strength. It gives me the slight flush of a product that’s doing something without burning the crap out of my skin. (Avalon Organics, I’m looking at your toner.)

The last serum I finished was the Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion. It had a slightly oily consistency, but absorbed right away. I had some flaking for a week at first, but that eventually stopped.

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I finished off a sleeping mask. This saved my skin last winter, and I found that it’s light enough to use in the summer as well. It’s rather expensive, but it lasted almost 9 months.

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I was really sad about this one because I love Garden Girl products. I bought it back in the spring and noticed a difference in my undereyes right away. That never happens. As the summer progressed, I began having trouble with puffiness, itchiness, and dryness. I narrowed it down to to the eye cream. I think the reaction seemed to happen when I was in the sun more than usual. (Yes, I was SPFing.)

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I finished up some nail and hand care stuff, too. First off, is my most-used, most-loved stamping polish. I have never found a white to work as well as Konad’s. I cracked into my backup and will be stalking the site for a sale to replenish.

I used the last of Zoya’s Remove +. It’s expensive. I know. I don’t use it for anything other than to remove glitter polish. I don’t know what it is about the formula, but it works better than straight-up acetone for glitter for me.

I used the last of a Tony Moly peach hand cream that I got in a Beauteque bag. It smelled divine, but it felt a bit sticky.

I let go of a pump dispenser that stopped working, as well as a bottle of scented top coat that I had been using to swatch with.

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And finally, I’ve decided to let go of a couple of shampoo/conditioner sets. I have thigh-length wavy, fine, dry, easily tangled hair. I also avoid silicones. The Andalou Naturals smelled lovely, but didn’t provide enough hydration.

On the other hands, I loved what the Shea Moisture did for my hair, but it smelled so strongly and the scent was so pervasive, it lasted through several washings with other shampoos.

That’s it for September! I’m excited I used up so much, but it’s a bit overwhelming all in one post. I may have to split it up next time!

De-stash & Trash – May 2015

May was so busy! We spent a lot of time traveling or preparing to travel and then I hurtled directly into our busy season at work. I guess, I can rest when I’m dead, right?

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First off, my Real Techniques sponge/Beauty Blender experiment has a definitive result. I’ve spent the past six months alternating between the two sponges. Using them with the same foundations, cleaning them with the same soaps the same way. While I felt performance was comparable, I went through four Real Techniques sponges before my Beauty Blender started to wear out. Which means, I spent $4.00 more during that time on the inexpensive sponges than I did the high end.

When I first started using the Real Techniques sponges, they would last a good three months with daily use. Now I’m lucky to get six weeks with every-other-day use before they start to disintegrate. I hate to throw down $20 just for a sponge, but with the decline in Real Techniques’ quality, the Beauty Blender is actually the most economical choice.

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I did a lot of traveling this month! I picked up a couple packs of these to use so I wouldn’t have to take a whole bottle of micellar water with me. They actually did a pretty good job removing face makeup and didn’t hurt my skin like most wipes do.

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I also grabbed samples and things that were almost used used up to take with me on my travels. I got this gel moisturizer in a beauty box. It was very blue. It did moisturize, but I’m starting to learn that I don’t like gels very much for my own skin. It didn’t sit under makeup well, and it wasn’t moisturizing enough for nighttime.

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Finished off a Jordana 24hr Made to Last eye pencil. It looks like there’s a lot left, but it wouldn’t sharpen anymore. I really, really like this pencil! It’s one of the few I’ve tried that doesn’t transfer on my watery allergy eyes when I tightline. It’s easy to use, inexpensive, and removes fairly easily.

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I finally finished this concealer! I ended up cutting the tube open and scraping out the remainer once it got hard to squeeze out. I started to miss it after a couple of weeks and ended up getting another tube.

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I actually finished off a couple of these this last month. I have them in a few spots in the house. Vanity, bedside table, living room, bathroom. My daily routine isn’t always routine. I love this stuff and how gentle and effective it is!

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This was okay. I love me some serums and this one was as effective as anything else I use. But while most other serums take me 2-3 months to use up, this one only lasted about three weeks. And it was spendy, even at TJ Maxx prices.

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This was last year’s sunscreen. Time to replace it!

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Good old Coty Airspun unscented. This did the job, but I found an Indie powder foundation that I like for that purpose as well as for setting. So I probably won’t repurchase.

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So, I my skin pretty much burns right through SPF no matter how much I apply. I got some sun while I was out of town and ended up dark enough to wear this and give it a good test. I was surprised at how oily my t-zone was after wearing this for a while! It might be a good full-coverage option for winter for me.

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Got through a bottle of Rainbow Honey cuticle oil in the Frozen Flame scent. I really enjoyed it!

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Finished off a couple of toners. The first was nice! It felt refreshing, tingly, and hydrating at the same time. It had a natural herbal scent to it. I’ve always had good luck with Andalou Naturals.

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Garden Girl’s Soothing Harmony is my favorite toner so far. I like to try other things, but I keep coming back to this one.

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I switched out my Clarisonic head this month. This was the radience one. I definitely didn’t like it as much as the sensitive. The bristles are longer and softer and they bunched together. I had to do some scrubbing to feel like it was effective.

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I de-stashed some skin products. The Andalou Naturals BB Cream is pretty much done. L’oreal Visible Lift had a gritty texture I didn’t care much for. The sunscreen is expired in that tinted moisturizer. I never did get the Konad CC cream to work for me. It just made me look orange. And the Manic Panic white foundation was a good idea, but my skin reacted badly to it. I’ve since found other white foundations I like for mixing that don’t burn.

De-stash & Trash – April 2015

I used up some interesting things in April!

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First off is a bottle of Simple Micellar Water. I’ve been a Bioderma user for a year. I did the math on cost-per-ounce  and found that Simple and Bioderma are comparable. (I usually spring for the 500 ml bottle of the Bioderma.) Simple is a lot easier for me to get my hands on because so many of my local stores have it now. Performance-wise, though, I actually like the Simple brand a little bit better. Both brands are very gentle on the skin. I can use both on eyes and face, but Simple’s version feels slightly more moisturizing on the skin.  I am so excited to have a drugstore option that I really love. Kudos, Simple!

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I finished off a bottle of non-acetone remover. I use this to remove non-glitter polish and for any post-stamping cuticle mess I wasn’t able to prevent.

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I really, really enjoyed Cover Girl’s Professional Remarkable Waterproof mascara. I stumbled across it while researching tubing mascaras and picked it up when my Kmart had them on clearance. (I don’t think they’re discontinuing it – it’s still on the CG website.) It doesn’t transfer on me at all, and actually gives me a little volume. It’s very similar to the Clump Crusher in formula, but is waterproof and has a natural brush.

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This was a lemming purchase that I wound up regretting. On my eyes, it was in no way extreme. It wouldn’t build, it transferred, and I lost a lot of lashes the one day I wore it. Which could totally have been coincidental, but it was odd and I don’t want to risk it.

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This scrub was a little messy, but very effective and had a lovely scent!

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I used up some samples this time around. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this cleanser, as I was a bit underwhelmed with the mud mask. I don’t know if it’s worth the price for me just yet, but I would probably snag it if it ever showed up at TJ Maxx in future.

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This serum was okay. There’s no way to judge its lifting properties in the week or so the sample lasted (which are dubious to begin with in my opinion), but it didn’t break or dry me out, which is great!

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Bioderma! Probably my last bottle for a while, thanks to Simple.

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I can’t remember where this sample came from. As micellar waters go, this one is unimpressive. It was heavily fragranced. I had to use the whole bottle over multple applications to get anything off my face, and ended up having to follow up with another one to remove everything.

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I probably got the fail of a micellar water in the same batch of samples that this All Nighter bottle came from. It was nice. I don’t think I like it more than other sprays I have used. I probably won’t end up buying it that often because of the price.

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This serum was one of the products that got me through the worst of the winter. It does have a little dimethicone in it, which I’m trying to stay away from in my nighttime routine, but I don’t think that weensie amount of ‘cones hurt anything in the long run.

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And, finally, I cracked this open and used it as a moisturizer/primer before makeup. It was very creamy and very slippy. Midway through the day, I started looking and feeling very dry. Probably thanks to the dimethicone and alcohol high up on the ingredient list. (6 & 7 out of a few dozen.) My skin didn’t like it much. But it was worth a try!