Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip x3! Swatches

Sephora has, so far this year, put out 3 of there Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip sets!  At one point they had all 3 available on the website as the same time.  Made for some confusing searching!  As of writing up this post, there is only 1 set available.  But I have seen the other 2 pop up now and again on the website as well as in-store, hence why I thought I would give you a quick peek at all 3 together.  I picked up the first one in January when it first showed up.  My sister quickly picked up the second in March when it popped up.  And lastly I picked up the third at the beginning of July.

3 Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip sets

3 Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip sets

All 3 sets cost $33.00 CAD to buy and have a retail value of $106, $82, and $84.  The first set had the highest value because it contained 2 full size products instead of the usual 1.  Since these kits have come out, the Estee Edit has been really discounted on Sephora, I think they are getting rid of the line.

The first Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

The first Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip sampler - Our nude-ist edition to lip!  This neutral set features must-haves to create the perfect nude pout!

In the first Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit you got (listeed in the order of the swatches below)-

  • Estee Edit - The Barest Contour Lip Liner in 05 In The Buff (full size) - nude brown - I like that they included a lip pencil in this set, and the Estee Edit pencil is a great one!  I was actually quite surprised at how much I have been using this pencil.  I am a huge fan of nude lips and this pencil is a great foundation for most of the shades that I like to wear!  It just helps to even out my natural lip color and everything I put on overtop had looked great.
  • Buxom- Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian (deluxe sample) - nude pink - this was the only product in the set that I wasn't to keen to try, I am not a gloss person!  I still haven't tried it so I can't give you my quick thoughts on it, sorry!  It does seem to be somewhat opaque for a gloss though.
  • Too Faced Cosmetics - Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B (deluxe sample)- matte soft mauve - my sister has this in a full size and while I liked it, it is a little to mauve for everyday wear for me!  I love the formula of the Melted Matte Lipsticks though and have a couple of other shades in full size.
  • Bite Beauty - Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb (deluxe sample) - beige nude - I find this shade to more of a peachy nude on me.  I love the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks and this one is no exception.  They feel like nothing on the lips and seem to last a decent amount of time for me.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty - Le Marc Lip Creme in 246 Slow Burn (deluxe sample) - creamy nude rose - this shade does show up as more pink on me than nude, but the formula just seems to melt into your lips!
  • Urban Decay - Vice Lipstick in 1993 COmfort Matte (full size) - medium brown - I love Urban Decays Vice lipsticks, both the new and the old formula and have quite a few shades of both.  1993 is definitely a brown shade but I still find that I like it.  The Comfort Matte formula is comfortable to wear and doesn't suck the life out of my lips!

To me if I like most of the products in a Sephora Favorites set it is usually more than worth the price!  And at a price tag of $33 CAD for 5 lip shades plus a lip liner this one was a no-brainer for me!  Even though I am not a fan of 1 of the products that's ok.  

Swatches of the first Sephora Favorites - GIve Me Some Nude Lip - Estee Edit-In The Buff, Buxom-White Russian, Too Faced-Queen B, Bite Beauty-Honeycomb, Marc Jacobs-Slow Burn, and Urban Decay-1993.

Swatches of the first Sephora Favorites - GIve Me Some Nude Lip - Estee Edit-In The Buff, Buxom-White Russian, Too Faced-Queen B, Bite Beauty-Honeycomb, Marc Jacobs-Slow Burn, and Urban Decay-1993.

The second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip has a lot of gloss in it!  I was orginally going to pick it up but I was really only interested in it to try out the Nars and Urban Decay.  My sister, however seems to treally like gloss so she quickly snapped up the set and let me 'borrow' it to add into this post!

The second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit, a lot of gloss here for gloss lovers.

The second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit, a lot of gloss here for gloss lovers.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip sampler - Summer's nude-ist edition to lip!  This neutral set features all the must-haves to create the perfect nude pout!

In the second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit you got (in the below order of the swatches)-

  • Tarte - Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint in Revealed (deluxe sample) - light mocha - This is the brownest shade in the bunch!  These are really nice, they don't dry down to a matte finish, instead it stays more of a semi matte, not drying at all, very comfortable.
  • Nars Cosmetics - Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (deluxe sample) - rose pink - This was one of the products that made me want this set!  Luckily for me, my sister already has the full size of this so she kindly gifted me this deluxe sample!
  • Marc Jacobs Cosmetics- Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in Sugar Sugar (deluxe sample) - champagne-gold shimmer - A fairly pale, pigmented gloss.  I think I first saw this shade in a Jaclyn Hill video?  It's pretty, but felt pretty sticky to me.
  • Too Faced Cosmetics - Lip Injection Glossy in Spice Girl (deluxe sample) - pink nude - another fairly pigmented gloss.  I don't see any pink in this at all, all I see in this is peach.  Not quite as sticky as the Marc Jacobs though. 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills - Lip Gloss in Kristen (deluxe sample) - cool desert sand
  • Urban Decay - Vice Waterproof Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in  Trivial (full size) - matte pink nude - I really wanted to try out the Vice Liquid lipstick and this was the other product I was interested in the set.  I found that this lasted quite a long time for me, I still had some on 7 hours after I had applied it.  I may have to pick up one of these!

With only being really interested in 2 of the products in this set, I am glad that I didn't pick up this set.  But it was a perfect one for my sister who loves gloss much more than me!  Not to mention that since she already has a full size of the Nars, she gave me the mini from this set!

Swatches of the second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Tarte- , Nars- , Marc Jacobs- , Too Faced- , Anastasia- , and Urban Decay-

Swatches of the second Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Tarte- , Nars- , Marc Jacobs- , Too Faced- , Anastasia- , and Urban Decay-

And lastly, the third installment of the Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip!  As soon as I saw this one pop up at the beginning of July, I ordered it!  I had been eyeing the Kat Von D, Ciate and Tarte for a bit already!  The third set has a retail value of $84.00 CAD, not bad if you will use most of the products, especially the full size one.

The third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

The third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit.

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip sampler - Fall's nude-ist edition to lip!  This neutral lip set includes five deluxe and one full size lip product to help you achieve flawless nude lips.

In the third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kit you got (again in the order of the below swatches) -

  • Ciate London - Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bitter Sweet (full size) - grey mink - to me this is a muted mauve, perfect for Fall!  I am looking forward to wearing this shade in the Fall.  Hoping that the Ciate formula is close to Too Faced.
  • Buxom - Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly (deluxe sample) - sultry mauve - the Full-On Lip Creams are supposed to be a more pigmented version of Lip Polish.  Like I said before, not a huge fan of gloss but I will give this a try!  The shade looks really nice and I have heard that Dolly is their best selling shade.
  • Kat Von D - Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Ludwig - nude fawn - when I had first seen the new shades this was the one that interested me the most.  Looks like a great peachy nude!  I didn't end up picking up the full size but as soon as I saw that this lip set had it, I had to have it!  Looking forward to this one.
  • Tarte - Rainforest Of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Rum Punch (deluxe sample) - nude - My sister had picked up a full size of the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Salt Lyfe, and loved the formula and told me I needed to try it out.  The peachy shade of this one looked likes like something I would wear!
  • Make Up For Ever - Artist Rouge C211 (deluxe sample) - rosewood - this is supposed to be a universally flattering shade.  Not to cool, not to warm, just right!  I have a full size of the Artist Rouge C105 and find them to be comfortable on the lips.  Looking forward to giving this universally flattering shade a try!
  • Bite Beauty - Multistick in Brioche (deluxe sample) - rich terracotta - these are supposed to be a multi-use type of formula, you can wear them on the eyes, lips and cheeks... I picked up another Bite Set that 2 of these, that I still haven't tried out, oops!, but this was a different shade than in that set!  I am thinking that this might be a good shade for the cheeks.  Haven't tried them out but looking forward to giving them a go.
Swatches of the third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Ciate-Bitter Sweet, Buxom-Dolly, Kat Von D-Ludwig, Tarte-Rum Punch, Make Up For Ever-C211, and Bite Beauty-Brioche.

Swatches of the third Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip - Ciate-Bitter Sweet, Buxom-Dolly, Kat Von D-Ludwig, Tarte-Rum Punch, Make Up For Ever-C211, and Bite Beauty-Brioche.

I have said it before, but I love most of the Sephora Favorites set that they bring out!  I think that they are a great way to try out a variety of products at a great price.  As an added bonus, who doesn't like mini products?!  I rarely get to finish up a full size product so having a mini size of a prodcut to try out to findout if I like them is a great way for me to try out a lot of products at a fraction of the cost.

I thought it would be good to see all 3 of the Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kits together so you would be able to see the difference in each one.  The top 2 are the first and third one and the bottom is the second one.  I don't think you would go wrong with any of the 3.  If you are a fan of gloss though, the second one would be the one for you.  The first and third have more matte to traditional formulas.  The Sephora Favorites are also a great way to try out more expensive brands at a fraction of the cost of one full size product.

With finally reading the inserts inside the Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some Nude Lip lip kits, it looks like they brought out a new one for each season!  I wonder if they will bring out another one for Winter?!  Will it be Gloss? Or Matte? or Traditional?  Will I be picking it up or will my sister have to have to have it?!

Trip Through My Trash - June 2017

In keeping with trying to catch up somewhat, here is my June 2017 Trip Through My Trash!  And up before the end of July!  Yay me!  I have been keeping up with taking all the pictures of products before using and doing pictures for Empties and BoxCharm, but the hard part has been finding the time to actually sit down and edit pictures and than write the posts.

A nice size of empties, some new and some oldies, mostly goodies!

A nice size of empties, some new and some oldies, mostly goodies!

I managed to empty quite a few products in June, no samples though?!  I thought I had used up some?  Oh well maybe next month.

Face and Bodycare empties, not the most exciting but I did manage to use up quite a bit.

Face and Bodycare empties, not the most exciting but I did manage to use up quite a bit.

  • Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo - I had picked up a duo of the litre size of this clarifying shampoo at, surprise-Costco!  My sister and I split on it as I wasn't sure if I wanted 2 litres of it!  I didn't mind this clarifying shampoo, it did a good job of getting all the buildup off of my hair.  The scent on the other hand was not my favorite.  It is a little on the strong side with regards to the scent, not a bad scent just strong.  Repurchase?  Not sure, I do like the Pantene one and like the scent of it as well.
  • Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo - I finished up the matching shampoo to the conditioner I used up last month!  The shampoo has a nice fruity type scent that didn't seem to linger in your hair.  Not much to say, it did it's intended purpose of cleaning my hair. Didn't seem to strip my hair, I don't have a lot of damage so I can't speak as to how it would do for that.  I do have a strange patch of frizzy hair, it was still frizzy after using this shampoo.  Repurchase? There are so many other shampoos to try and I haven't found one that I want to stick to yet.
  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - These are pretty much always in my Trash posts!  I like them, they do the job at an amazing price!  You can't beat $1.25 for 100 cotton pads.  Repurchase? ALways
  • Nivea Creme Care Facial Cleansing Wipes - I picked these wipes up on clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart to try out, I was thinking on doing a post on wipes at the time.  They were just ok, they did not have an texture to them and were not the most moist wipes I have found.  They do have a fragrance to them as well, not bad just you can definitely smell them.  Repurchase? Doubt it.
  • Bath & Body WOrks Gentle Foaming Hand Soap x2 - Another product that is usually in Trash posts!  Frosted Coconut Snowball has a sweet scent that I kind of got tired of by the end of the bottle, but it did make my hands feel great!  Eucalyptus Mint is a favorite of mine, and I love having it in the kitchen.  The scent is so refreshing, but I do find I need to use a moisturizer afterwards.  Repurchase? Eucalyptus Mint, definitely.  Frosted Coconut Snowball, maybe.
  • Sephora Rose Cleansing Wipes - I got these wipes during either the Black Friday Sale or Boxing Day, I can't remember which, in a value set.  I was hoping to like these wipes as I have seen that other people like them.  I, unfortunately, wasnt impressed.  They are fairly heavily fragranced, so if you aren't a fan of rose scent, I would not pick them up.  They started out nice and moist but that didn't last until the end of the package.  They also didn't have a texture them, so I didn't feel like they really got much off of my face.  Repurchase? Highly doubt it.
  • Lancôme High Résolution Refill -3X Triple Action Anti-wrinkle Cream - I am not sure when or where I picked up this deluxe sample, I am thinking it was a GWP though.  This creme is very fragranced!  Heavy on the floral scent?  I found it to be quite heavy so I only used it at night.  I did not notice any reduction in wrinkles, but my skin was very moisturized when I woke up, almost verging on greasy.  Repurchase? Doubt it.
  • Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution - I know a lot of people love this Micellar water and compare it to Bioderma so I had to try it!  I also really liked the pump packaging.  I did not find it to remove all my eye makeup though, I found that I would have to rub a little harder than I would like to get it off.  It did however do a fairly decent job on the rest of my face with a lot less rubbing than in my eye area.  Repurchase? Maybe? I was going by what the pump dispenser pumped out, maybe I needed to use more than that?
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips x3 - I did manage to use these nose strips more frequently in June.  Even though I was able to remember to use them more last month I am still not the biggest fan of how they changed them.  I will be on the hunt for new nose strips now, the scent is just to much and I am not finding them to be as good as they used to be.
  • Intuition Pure Nourishment Razor refill - Again, always in Trash!  Not much to say other than I can't see myself buying anything other than these as they are just so easy to use in the morning!  Repurchase? Always

Next up is a couple of Make Up empties!

A deluxe mascara sample and  a Full Size lip liner!

A deluxe mascara sample and  a Full Size lip liner!

  • Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint - I had high hopes for this mascara.  But it just didn't live up to the hype I had read about it.  I found that it smudged within a few hours onto my under eye area, not a good look!  I tried a few different times, each with the same result.  I also found it dried out fairly quickly, but that may have been due to the packaging on the sample size.  It wasn't a twist off cap, instead it was a pull off one.  Who makes mascara samples like that?  The brush was also fairly hard and pokey.  Purchase? No
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Liner in Naked - I have had this lip liner forever!  Love the Urban Decay lip liners though!  They are very creamy and do not tug at all.  The lasting power on these is fairly decent as well, easily lasts most of the day.  The shade Naked is a neutral pink which I really liked wearing under most lipsticks.  Repurchase? Probably, I would like to get down in the lip liner stash before adding more in intentionally!

On to Home Fragrance.  I was home for quite a bit during June due to some personal reasons so I ended up buring more than usual.

My house smelled great in June!

My house smelled great in June!

Yankee Candle Votives -

  • Golden Sands - Love this scent in the summer, a nice lighter fresh scent.
  • Sunset Breeze - A slightly fruity scent, again a summer staple!
  • Guava Coconut Fusion - A new scent to me this year, I liked it!  Slightly fruity and slightly coconut!  A good mixture of them both.  I wish I had picked up a few more of this one.
  • Bahama Breeze - I love this scent and usually pick up a few each year, not sure why I didn't get more this year?
  • Coconut Beach- I LOVE this scent!  Just the right amount of coconut, not over powering, just right. Why didn't I get more?!
  • Summer storm - I little stronger, spicier scent.  Love this when the house has been closed up with the ac on for awhile.
  • Honeydew Melon - I thought I would like this one, when my mom was around we used to burn this type of scent alot.  It's not what I remembered, smelled almost like rotting melons, not a good scent!

Out of the 7 votives, I would repurchase all but Honeydew Melon.

Tealights - I am not sure of the scent on any of these tealights!  I found them in a box packed in ziplock bags.  None of them had much of a scent unless you stuck your nose pretty much over top of the candle while it was burning, not a good thing to do...  Would I rebuy any of them?  I doubt it, which is a good thing cause I don't know what they are!

Not a bad month of empties, no samples though!  I managed to use up a few full size products, and make a decent dent in the candle stash I seem to have accumulated.

Total of the products I have used up so far in 2017 -

  • Hair and Body care - 12  (61)
  • Deluxe/Travel size - 2  (23)
  • Home Fragrance -  10 (30)
  • Makeup - 1(13)
  • Tools - 0  (2)
  • Samples - 0  (48)

Trip Through My Trash - May 2017

I am so glad that June is almost over... I think June has been the busiest month yet for me and my family, so much going on and not enough time to do anything!  I had this post sitting since the first week in June, but due to unforeseen circumstances I am just getting it out now, sorry about that.  Here's hoping that July is a better month for us!  Or at least less stressful/busy.  

Anyway, here is my May Trip Through My Trash! 

A whole lot of Beauty Trash for May 2017.

A whole lot of Beauty Trash for May 2017.

I happily managed to once again use up quite a few products for the month of May, samples not so much!  Oh well, you can't get to everything.

First up as usual, Hair and Skin care empties -

Hair and Skin care empties for May 2017

Hair and Skin care empties for May 2017

  • L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Cleansing Conditioner - Not a fan of the scent on this!  It is VERY heavily fragranced, I am not usually bothered by scents but this one bothered me.  The product is great, but I can't get past the scent.  Repurchase? Not unless they get rid of the scent.
  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - One of my favorite Dollarama buys!  I go through one of these every month or so.  Not much else I can say about these that I haven't said before.  Repurchase? Always
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - A favorite Costco buy.  I think this is my last of the old packaging, I have picked up a box and they have changed the packaging, I hope they haven't changed the product.  Repurchase? Hopefully!
  • Bath & Body Works Fresh Sparkling Snow Body Cream - Another repeat empty that is in most of my Trash posts in some scent or other.  I really like the Bath & Body Works Ultra Shea 24 hour Moisture Body Creams, they have some great scents and absorb quickly into the skin.  Repurchase? Always 
  • Pantene Smooth & Sleek Finishing Conditioner - A conditioner before the shampoo?!  My daughter goes through conditioner faster than shampoo, I think she baths in it?! (kidding!)  I liked this conditioner, it did the job of helping get rid of tangles and smoothing my hair.  Repurchase? Maybe?  There are so many shampoo/conditioners to try!
  • Project Beauty Hairgurt Strawberry Banana Hair Masque - I got this in a BoxyCharm last year and have just finished it.  It was ok, not what I would consider a hair masque though.  It just didn't seem to be that moisturizing to me, more like a regular conditioner.  THe scent was ok, but the scent did get old smelling fairly quickly.  Repurchase? No
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Rose Nose Strips x2 - Another Dollarama find that I used to really like.  I am trying to remember to use these more frequently.  They have changed these nose strips and I am not such a fan of the new ones, they have a really strange chemically smell to them now.  Repurchase? I don't think so, unless they change them again...
  • No 4 Non Aerosol Hair Spray - I got this deluxe sample of hair spray in a Birchbox, forever ago!  My granddaughter recently found this for me!  I had forgotten what I thought about it so I gave it a try!  Remember now why I hadn't been looking for it!  It smells like grass and leaves my hair a crunchy mess.  Needless to say this isn't empty but it is going into the trash.  Repurchase? NO
  • Schick Intuition Sensitive Care razor refill - What can I say, I like Costco!  I buy these razors at Costco and they are my razor of choice.  Repurchase? Always
  • Bath & Body Works Frosted Peppermint Hand Sanitizer - I like that the Bath & Body WOrks hand sanitizers can hang off of any anywhere, if you pick up the holder as well.  It makes it much easier to use when I am out and about.  The Frosted Peppermint is a great cooling fresh scent that I will use any time of the year!  Repurchase? Yes
  • fresh Rose Face Mask - This is an ok mask but I am unsure that I would spend the $30-75 CAD for a jar when I can get the Rose Mask from the Body Shop for $28 CAD.  The rose scent isn't to strong, just enough that it isn't overpowering.  My face does feel moisturized after using it but I find that the Body Shop one is just as good.  Repurchase? Doubt it, but I also wouldn't say no to more samples of it.
  • dr Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator - Another deluxe sample!  I like this exfoliator it does a great job without being to harsh, just enough grit to it!  Repurchase? I have a full size of this that I have gotten from Boxy Charm to use up plus a few other exfoliators before I will be needing to purchase anymore.  Repurchase? Maybe?
  • Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser - This has got to be one of the most gentle exfoliators that I have come across so far.  There is barely any 'grit' to it but it still manages to make your skin feel soft and clean.  Repurchase? Maybe? A lot of exfoliators to get through!
  • Purity Face Cleanser - My favorite face wash to use with Clarisonic!  I usually pick these up during Black Friday or Boxing Day and get enough to last me through the year.  Purity also does double duty as a great brush cleaner!  It does a great job of breaking up foundation off my brushes.  Repurchase?  Always, during the aforementioned sales.

Next a couple of Make up empties, my personal favorites -

A couple of Make Up empties for May 2017

A couple of Make Up empties for May 2017

  • Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener - WOW, do I ever feel dumb now!  I had just assumed that this was a concealer....  No wonder I didn't find it did much of anything for my undereyes!  I have had this forever and have been trying to use it up but just couldn't get it to work for me, now I know why!  Oh well, I guess I will have to actually read the products from now on.  Repurchase? Maybe now that I know what it is supposed to be used for.
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder-Translucent - I have been using up this deluxe sample forever it seems.  A little of this goes a long way and you don't need very much at all.  It truely is translucent and does not give you a powdery look at all.  Works great as an undereye setting powder or as an allover face powder.  Repurchase? I already have another deluxe sample waiting!

Have a peek at what my house smelled like last month -

How my house smelled during the month of May.

How my house smelled during the month of May.

  • Yankee Candle-Tahitian Nights votive - I liked this scent quite a bit, slightly floral but with a hint of sweet? A bit of coconut maybe?  Whatever it is  I liked it!  Repurchase?  I already have few more.
  • Yankee Candle-Coconut Beach votive - THis has got to be my new favorite scent for the summer!  It is coconut scented but not overpoweringly so.  Even  my husband liked it and he doesn't like coconut.  Repurchase?  I may have to make a trip to pick up a few more.
  • Yankee Candle-Catching Rays small tumbler - I like the fresh scent of Catching Rays, I did not like all the black soot left on the jar though.  For some reason this tumbler didn't burn clean at all.  Repurchase? I have a few more left in votive size!
  • Yankee Candle-Honey Lavender Gelato votive - This is another new favorite this year.  I first picked this up as a car vent freshener and liked it so much I picked  up a few votives.  It smells just as great as a candle as it does in my car.  Slightly sweet but with a hint of lavender.  I am not usually a huge fan of lavender scented things but this candle I like, the lavender isn't that strong.  Repurchase? I have a few still.
  • Yankee Candle-Autumn Leaves votive - I'm not sure what it was but this scent got old very quickly even in a votive size.  It wasn't my favorite, maybe because I am looking for more of a fresh scent right now?  Repurchase? Maybe I will try it again in the fall.

A sad state of Samples, but I did manage to use a couple...

I was really slacking on using Samples in May

I was really slacking on using Samples in May

  • Gucci-Premiere- I think I remember liking this?  It obviously didn't leave to much of a lasting impression!  Purchase? Not sure...
  • Giorgio Armani-Si- One of my favorite scents, I have quite a few samples and deluxe samples of this still and so far it hasn't gotten old for me!  I may use my coupon from a scent sampler and get a full size of this one.  Purchase? Maybe
  • Elizabeth and James-Nirvana Black- Another scent that I seem to have quite a few of.  I also have a small rollerball of this one.  Not to overpowering but you can still smell it after a day at work.  Purchase? Another solid maybe.
  • bliss-Micro Magic- I liked this sample exfoliator, it had a good amount of grit and didn't irritate my skin at all.  Purchase? Maybe?

All in all, not a bad month for finishing up products and getting them out to the Trash/Recycle bin!  I am going to continue to plug away at using up some of Sample Stash as well as Full Size products, I find it so satisfying to use something up, how about you?  Do you like finishing up your products?

Total of the products I have used up so far in 2017 -

  • Hair and Body care - 11 (49)
  • Deluxe/Travel size - 4 (21)
  • Home Fragrance - 5 (20)
  • Makeup - 2 (12)
  • Tools - 0 (2)
  • Samples - 4 (48)

Trip Through My Trash - April 2017

I know I keep saying this, but I am sorry for being so erratic in my posting!  I am finally getting moved back into my office/makeup room so hopefully things will get back to normal(or some semblance of it!).  

I managed to use up quite a few products in April which is always satisfying to see!  It still surprises me that I can use up so much stuff in a month!  Some are always going to be repeats but sometimes there are a few new things thrown in there.

First up we have Face and skincare-

Face and Skincare empties for April.

Face and Skincare empties for April.

  • Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap - I used up a Honolulu Sun scent last month.  The scent was nice, not my favorite but it was ok.  Repurchase? Not sure about this scent.

  • Thayers Witch Hazel - I used up the Rose Scent which is my favorite I think so far.  I use this as a toner and it seems to be doing an ok job, I find that my skin feels cleaner, but not dry after I use this.  Repurchase? I already have.

  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - I pick these cotton pads up at Dollarama for $1.25 and they do a great job for me.  I have never had any issue with shedding and they don't seem to soak up all the product!  Repurchase? Already have.

  • Farmacy Brightening Hydrating Coconut gel mask - This is the last mask from the package I received in one of my subscription boxes!  The masks were ok, my face felt hydrated after using them but I didn't notice any brightening.  I didn't find that the mask fit my face the best, I had to lay down whenever I used them.  Repurchase? No I didn't notice enough of a difference to justify the price.

  • Neat & Easy Nose POre Strip - Another Dollarama find!  This do a good enough job of removing the gunk that can collect in the pores on my nose and for the price they work great.  They have changed them and I do notice that they have a stronger chemical scent now.  I may have to try out the Biore ones again to see if there is a difference now.  Repurchase? Maybe.

  • THe Body Shop Vanilla Chai Shower Gel and Body Gel-Lotion - I love the scent of these!  It smells just a little than a Vanilla Chai Latte from Starbucks.  The shower gel and lotion were a great combo and the scent did linger for awhile afterwards.  Repurchase? If they bring back this scent I will.

  • Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free MOisturizer - I got this travel sized moisturizer in a favorites set, I think!  THey were not kidding when the said that this was a lite moisturizer.  I didn't find this was quite moisturizing enough for my combo skin during the winter months but it isn't to bad for the warmer months.  Repurchase? No, I have other moisturizers I like more than this one.

  • Pure+simple Sensitive Cleansing Milk - I won this from a giveaway from Classy On The Run, she is another great Canadian blogger!  I liked this as a morning cleanser more so than with my Clarisonic.  It did a decent job of cleaning my face in the morning but wasn't quite what I am looking for cleansing at night.  Repurchase? Not sure right now.

  • Intuition Razor Refill -  I am not sure what scent this one was in as it didn't have a label on it!  I pick up the refills at Costco and haven't found any that I don't like!  I love the ease of just shaving without having to use any creams at all.  Repurchase? Always

  • True Blue Refreshing Citrus Body Scrub - I wasn't a huge fan of this body scrub at all.  It seemed somewhat sticky and did not have a lot of grit to it.  The scent also reminds me of ENO, which always reminds me of being sick with a stomach bug when I was younger and my parents making me drink that stuff...gross!  Repurchase? Not likely.

Next up are Makeup empties ( to me the most interesting empties!) -

The illusive Makeup empties!

The illusive Makeup empties!

  • Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Marine Boosting Mist - I have used up another deluxe sample of this mist and still love it!  I have another Deluxe sample size left to use but I am seriously thinking on picking up the full size.  I use it as a face mist before/after I put on makeup and it feels so good!  Repurchase? Maybe.

  • touch in SOL Stretchex Mascara - Another product from a Favorites set!  I do love the Favorites sets that Sephora puts out!  I really liked this mascara alot, it didn't smudge or flake at all.  Which is what I tend to like in a mascara.  Repurchase? I have so many mascaras to use up that with my luck this will be discontinued before I need to actually pick one up!

  • Benefit Gimme Brow - I like Gimme Brow but I like the Essence brow gel better!  Gimme Brow is a good one if you don't already have fairly decent brows, the fibers really help with that.  but i would say if you just need to tint more than building volume, go for the Essence one!  Repurchase? Doubt it.

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - I like the UD All Nighter Setting Spray, I do notice a diference when I don't use a setting spray.  The UD does a good job of helping my makeup last a little longer.  I did find that once I was about 3/4 of the way through the bottle that the spray wasn't as fine as it was in the beginning, it seemed to spray kind of splotchy.  It didn't get any better either, by the time I was almost done the bottle it was leaving drops on my face.  Repurchase?  Maybe. I am trying out a diferent setting spray right noe though.

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - I was surprised at how much I liked this concealer.  It doesn't crease on my nor does it make my under eyes look older than they already are!  I do find that I need to use an corrector whenever I used this though, it didn't have quite enough coverage on it's own for me.  Repurchase? Probably, once I get through some of my other concealers.

  • ELF Lip Exfoliator - I have had this forever!  From what I can remember I really liked this lip exfoliator, especially as I didn't have to stick my fingers in a pot!  This one isn't really empty but it has gone very hard and is probably expired.  Repurchase? Maybe now that ELF is easier to get in Canada.

Next up is what my house smelled like for the month -

Home Fragrance empties, or what my house smelled like!

Home Fragrance empties, or what my house smelled like!

I only used up votive candles in April-

  • Yankee Candle-All Is Bright- I think I remember liking this!  It didn't leave a big enough impression on me I guess!  Repurchase? Maybe?
  • Yankee Candle-Autumn Leaves- Again, I think I liked it?  I didn't hate it, at least I don't remember hating it....Repurchase? Maybe?
  • Yankee Candle-Café Al Fresco-  I was not a fan of the scent on this one!  It was way to sweet, almost sickly sweet.  I didn't notice any scent of coffee at all.  Repurchase? No
  • Yankee Candle-Golden Sands- I love the fresh scent of this candle!  I am glad I have quite a few more of this one!  Repurchase? Probably, when I am need of some more candles!

The Bath & Body Works Wallflower in Celebrate was an ok scent.  Not my favorite, it didn't seem to have a strong enough scent to fill the basement where I tend to use them.  At first it had a slight Cinnamon scent but that seemed to fade really quickly.  Repurchase? Doubt it.

Now onto the Samples I used up!

A small amount of Skincare Samples.

A small amount of Skincare Samples.

  • Tatcha-Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder x2-This was really messy for me!  I think that the full size comes in a pot with a scoop?  That would make it less messy!  It was ok, I didn't find it was that great though, I was expecting more.  Purchase? Doubt it, I expected more for the price a full size product.
  • Tatcha-Pure One Step Camilla Cleansing Oil-  Another Tatcha sample that didn't impresses me as much as I had hoped for.  It did seem to do an o job of breaking up makeup but I couldn't use this near my eyes.  It gave me the dreaded cloudy vision!  Purchase? No
  • Origins-Ginzing Eye Cream-  I really like this eye cream, I have happily used up samples of this before.  The downside of it is the packaging of the full size, it's in a POT :(.  If this came in a tube I would happily buy this in a full size.  Until than I will happily use up any samples I get!  Purchase? If they ever change the full size to a tube!
  • Sunday Riley-Luna Sleeping Night Oil-  I unfortunately liked this oil!  I was hoping to not like it because of the price.  I did find it to be sticky when first applied but the stickiness went away, as did the blue tinge!  My skin felt fairly soft after using this and the next morning as well.  Purchase? Undecided right now, I do have a few more samples to use up before I need to make up my mind!
  • Caudalie-Premier Cru Eye Cream- I liked this eye cream as well, especially at night!  It was to heavy to use during the day but it felt great at night!  It takes quite a while to sink in and it does seem to stick around a long time.  Purchase? Maybe, if and when I ever finish the sample stash!
I tried out a few makeup samples from the ever growing Sample Stash

I tried out a few makeup samples from the ever growing Sample Stash

  • Clinique-Stay matte Oil-Free Makeup x2-  I was not the biggest fan of this foundation, it sat heavily on my skin and I could feel that I was wearing it all day.  It did however stay well on my oily nose!  This one may be better for oily skinned folks!  Purchase? Doubt it.
  • Giorgio Armani-Luminous Silk Foundation-  I liked this foundation well enough, it did have a nice glow to it at first.  Unfortunately my oily nose seemed to quickly eat up the foundation.  It did stay well everywhere else so I am guessing for people with either normal to dry would really like this one, not so much for oily-combination.
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment-Sugar Nude and Sugar Rose- I don't mind these samples, but I am not a fan of the little pod samples, finger thing again!  I preferred the Sugar Rose to the Nude shade, the Nude shade seemed to almost have glitter in it.  Purchase? I doubt it, I seem to have a ton of deluxe samples of these.
  • Marcelle-Ideal Skin Perfector-  I really liked this primer, it has a lotion consistency which spread well and sunk quickly into the skin without leaving a heavy feeling.  It didn't help much with pores but if you weren't concerned with them I think you may enjoy this one.  Purchase?   Maybe? 

Total of products used up for 2017 -

  • Face and Body care - 8 (38)
  • Deluxe/Travel Size - 5 (17)
  • Home Fragrance - 5 (15)
  • Makeup - 4 (10)
  • Tools - 0 (2)
  • Samples - 12 (44)

For the month of April I seemed to do a fairly decent job of getting through product.  I managed to use up a good amount of full size and samples.  Again a few favorites that are usually in my empties and a few new ones!  Some that I will repurchase/purchase, some I will not.

Hopefully I will be able to get back to a better posting schedule, or really just any schedule!, in June.  Here's hoping anyway!