Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation Review

I have finally started using the Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder in Light Neutral as a powder foundation. And since I have had this product forever, it seems like it may be hard to find, maybe getting discontinued?! I have looked at Urban Decay Canada, Sephora, and Beauty Boutique online and none of the sites are carrying this shade anymore. Urban Decay and Sephora both have a few darker shades and everything else is out of stock.

The packaging and newness of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation.

The packaging and newness of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation.

I had picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation in May of 2015…. I used it off and on as setting type powder since I picked it up, but it has really been the past month that I started using it as a powder foundation.

The packaging for the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is beautiful, but the shiny surface does pick up finger prints, etc very easily. The powder foundation is supposed to be able to be used either wet or dry with the included sponge. You get 9g of product as well as a sponge to apply it with. as you can see from the state of the sponge, I did try to use it both wet and dry. I didn’t like how it looked either way when I used the sponge, it looked heavy and cake-y and I had a hard time blending it in. I started using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and loved how it looked! I found that I could easily get a light to medium coverage, enough to cover redness but not enough to cover an age spot that I have on my cheek. I loved the coverage that I got though, it was perfect since I wasn’t able to wear eye makeup and I just really wanted to even out my skin tone and look a bit more ‘alive’ when I went back to work. I was actually surprised at how well the powder foundation lasted on my skin. It easily lasted through an 8 hour workday for me. When I would wash my face at the end of the day, after 10 hours, I would have quite a bit of foundation coming off with my makeup wipe. It didn’t settle into my lines or pores either, everything I thought I knew about powder foundation; cake-y, dry looking, no lasting power, none of this held true with the Urban Decay. I actually got compliments on how good my skin looked! For me that was a big thing as I have always gone to work with a full face of makeup on, having had to go with only this powder and some blush, I was surprised.

As you can see from the sad state of the powder in the last picture that I used it a lot! I was having issues getting product on my brush, and also didn’t want to risk ruining my brush, so I decided I would try repressing the last bit into the middle of the pan so I could use up the last of it.

When I found that I couldn’t get the Light Neutral shade of the foundation I decided to try repressing the last bit of powder to get to the last of it. I first broke up the last of the powder and tried to get the pieces as fine as possible. I mixed in the 91% alcohol from an eye dropper until I had the consistency shown in the last picture. It only took a day or so for it harden and I am happily continuing to use the last bit left to me. I haven’t noticed any change in the powder since I did this which makes me happy.

Since I started using this product and have found that it is hard to find now has made me realize that maybe I have more than enough makeup to last me for awhile…. I decided to write this review even though I can’t get the product anymore, for those of you who may have this sitting around or have a darker complexion and can get this in your shade, and didn’t like it using the sponge. Try using a flat buffing brush instead, it completely changed my mind about powder foundation and I can’t wait to try out some more that I have in my collection.

And of course since I have already scheduled this post to go live, I have heard back from Urban Decay, and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation has in fact been discontinued 😞. As per the email I was sent there is no product to replace it as of yet.

New In February 2019

I have really been slowing down on what I have been picking up each month lately with not being able to wear much makeup. The few things I did pick up were either on a really good sale, or something I thought I needed.

I picked up these 1/2 oz glass dropper bottles on Amazon to go with the skincare set that I won from a Hot & Flashy giveaway. It was actually cheaper to buy a set of 24 versus 12 so my sister and I split on it. I figured I can always use them to decant bigger bottles of serum or other products. The set I linked above was just under $15.00 CAD for 24, a pretty good deal I think, unfortunately that set is no longer available but I am sure if you do a search for them you can find another great deal. I am wanting to start using vitamin C and other serums and have read that they have a shorter shelf life than what I may be able to use in 1 oz size so if I can store it in 1/2 sizes I thought that would be a good idea.

I won this Timeless skincare set from Hot & Flashy’s 400k giveaway contest in January. This set is what prompted me to search out the above glass dropper bottles. The set includes Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Matrixyl 3000, Matrixyl S6 and an HA Spray with Matrixyl 300 + Rose Extract. All of the serums are in a 1 oz glass dropper bottle. I am going to slowly add in each serum starting with the Vitamin C one.

And here are the 3 products that I picked up on a huge discount! The Wet n Wild set was on clearance for only $1.94 CAD! I use Brûlée most days that I wear eyeshadow to set my shadow and as a matte brow bone highlight. That one shadow alone is almost the cost of the set so the rest I will get to try for basically free. The Physicians Formula lip set I found on clearance for $8.94 CAD which was another great find. There are 13 shades of the Physcians Formula Healthy Lips in mini size, which is about half the size of a full size, and 1 full size of The Healthy Lip Transformer shade. I probably won’t use half of the shades in the set but I do know a few people who will gladly take those off my hands. I have been on the hunt for a new Clarifying shampoo to use weekly on my hair and say the Tresemme one on sale for $3.94 and thought I would give that one a try, for that price I am not out much even if its not quite what I am looking for.

So thats what was new in for me in February, I got a few great deals I think. Some new to me brands and things to try out. Did you pick up anything new and great in February? Any great finds? Let me know.

Trip Through My Trash - February 2019

It’s that time of the month, the time where I get to see if I used up anything good or new. Out of the 12 products I used up in February only 3 are repeats. I think thats a record for me. I am still not wearing much makeup unfortunately, nor am I doing much skincare. Hopefully soon!

A small amount of empties for February 2019.

A small amount of empties for February 2019.

I ended up using a very small amount of products in February, but I do remember them all!

Not a lot of products finished in February.

Not a lot of products finished in February.

Quite a few different from usual empties.

B&BW At The Beach 24 Hour Moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream - I usually use some scent or other of the B&BW 24 Hour Cream in the cooler months. They work well and keep me from getting to dry during winter. The At The Beach scent wasn’t to overpowering and did tend to fade fairly quickly for me, which I like. I did pick up the body wash at the same time but had half the bottle left when I finished up the area, I think I need to pick up 2 bottles of lotion for each bottle of body wash! Repurchase? Yes

Fluffs Cotton Pads - My cotton pads of choice! Not quite as many as last month! Not much else I can say about these cotton pads, I like them. Repurchase? Yes.

Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - I have been using the nose strips again as I have found that since I am still not following a regular skincare routine yet, still having a few issues with my eyes. I have been having a few clogged pores on my nose and these have been doing the trick and removing the gunk with out any fear of anything getting in my eyes. They work just as well as the other nose strips, I was just trying to get away from using them. Repurchase? Possibly.

Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner - Not sure where I came up with these 2 samples. They were ok, nothing fantastic. I didnt find that they were the most moisturizing I have used, but they did the job. The conditioner was just average, nothing to write home about. The shampoo did lather well and did just an ok job of cleansing my hair. Purchase? Doubt it.

Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel - I got this cleanser in a set awhile ago in a small set during either a Black Friday or Boxing Day sale along with the Beauty Oil and Konjac sponge. I finally got around to trying out the products from that set. I liked this cleanser, it didn’t really have a scent to it which was kind of nice, nor did it feel drying on my face. The only issue I had with it was the packaging, I ended up having to unscrew the pump to get the bottom 1/2 inch of cleanser out. The tube didn’t reach all the way to the bottom. Repurchase? Maybe? It didn’t wow me and it does cost more than the Purity that I usually use.

Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil - I liked this oil and was using it day and night without any issues. My face never looked oily nor dry while I was using it either. Again my issue was the packaging, as you can see from the picture there is still quite a bit of oil left in the bottle that I can’t get out. The dropper will not come off of the bottle, it is somehow stuck on there and I can’t twist it open. Repurchase? I doubt it, I liked it but having had issues with both this and the cleanser doesn’t make me want to try it again.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - I got this cream in a recent Boxy Charm and thought I would try it out to see if using it for a longer amount of time would let me see what the hype is about it. It is a fairly moisturizing cream that the moisture lasted long on my skin. Unfortunately the scent also really lasts on the skin, it overpowers pretty much any else that I put on after using it. I could still smell the cream the next morning after using it. The scent is to strong for me, or my workplace. Repurchase? Nope.

Bite Agave Lip Balm - I was really looking forward to using the Bite Agave Lip Balm as I have used the lip mask and really liked it. It is a really thick lip balm though, almost as thick as the mask. It tugged whenever I applied it to my lips which wasn’t the greatest feeling. I didn’t find it to be as moisturizing as I thought it would be either. Repurchase? Doubt it.

Boscia Konjac Cleansning Sponge - I have never used a Konjac sponge before so was looking forward to trying this one out. I don’t get the hype of them though? Maybe because mine was only a small one? I didn’t notice that it had done a better job than my Clarisonic or even just using my hands. Repurchase? Doubt it

2 little votives burned last month.

2 little votives burned last month.

I didnt end up burning much for candles last month, which is unlike me! 1 I liked, 1 not so much. I am trying to get through my stash of ever growing products including candles before I go out picking up more. I am running out of room to store stuff and don’t want to get anything else to store more stuff. I liked the Golden Sands scent quite a bit, it has sandalwood and orange which together is great. It isn’t the strongest scent but does fill the room that I burned it in. The Honeydew Melon one was not my favourite at all, it didn’t smell like any honeydew melon i’ve smelled before. It smelled somewhat musty, not a great scent for me at all.

So a smaller than usual Trip Through My Trash for February 2019, but a few newer products in the mix this time. I am planning on continuing to use up products that I have sitting in drawers/boxes/etc, I have more stuff than I should sitting in drawers! This should mean that I will be getting back to doing some reviews soon! Here’s hoping anyway.

Trip Through My Trash - December 2018 & January 2019

So 2 months worth of trash to get through again. I had planned to have Decembers up before surgery, but obviously that didn’t happen. Oh well, new year, new start!

A respectable amount of empties.

A respectable amount of empties.

I managed to use up quite a few products, most of them were used up in December though. I have started re-organizing again and have found some products that I have no clue as to how old they are, nor when I last used them. So there are a few products that are just heading to the trash.

Happy to have been able to use up quite a few products.

Happy to have been able to use up quite a few products.

Some new and some always empties.

Live Clean Invigorating Body Wash- Another one of the products I won in the Makeup Your Mind giveaway from this past summer. It was a good body wash, lathered well with little amount of product. It wasn’t a strong smelling product so it didn’t overpower anything else. Purchase? Maybe

Fluffs Cotton Pads x4- I went through a lot of this in January alone. I know for sure that one empty sleeve got thrown away, maybe 2? I used these mostly to wipe the goop from eyes in January, I went through at least a sleeve each week. My eyes aren’t as goopy as they have been so I have slowed down on my usage of them now. I like piking these up at Dollarama, you get 100 for $1.25, I don’t find that they leave fluff behind and I haven’t found a better price for them. Repurchase? Always.

Live Clean Bali Oil Nourishing Conditioner- Yet another product from Makeup Your Mind’s giveaway! I had used up the shampoo in November, I always have conditioner left over when I open a shampoo and conditioner at the same time. The conditioner worked well, it made it easier to comb through my wet hair after washing it. I didnt notice anything ground breaking about it, but I also haven’t with any regular shampoo and conditioner! The scent also wasn’t strong. Purchase? Maybe?

Life Brand Exfoliating Foot mask- In my last New In post I mentioned using this foot peel and not noticing anything great about it. I do think it may have been user error though so I have picked up another one to give it another go. Repurchase? I have to give it another try.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution- This toner lasted me forever! I only used it once a week for the first month and than slowly worked up to using it everyday. That wasn’t the best idea I ever had! I did notice that when I used it daily I had a lot of redness on my face. I than cut it back to 3 times a week and my skin seemed to like that much better. Repurchase? Probably

B&BW Fresh Sparkling Snow Foaming Hand Soap- A regular repeat product in some scent or other. Repurchase? Yes.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner- I had meant to start using up my samples and this was the start of that, but I quickly fell off that wagon while recovering from surgery. This was an ok duo, nothing ground breaking but it was ok. Purchase? Maybe

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Hand Cream- Both my husband I used this hand cream, it lived in the console of the couch in the living room and we would both use it at night while we were watching tv. It is a nice moisturizing hand cream that sunk into the hands fairly quickly and didn’t leave them feeling greasy. It did have a fairly strong peppery scent that lingered for about 30 minutes or so. Repurchase? I’m not even sure where I got this or if I can get it anymore, but I would consider picking it up again if I happen to run across it.

Matrix Total Results Shampoo- I have quite a few sample bottles of this from when visiting my nephew in Cleveland, they always gave us new shampoo but never any conditioner?! I am planning on using these samples when I run out of shampoo that matches the conditioner I am using. It is an ok shampoo, nothing exciting though. Purchase? Doubt it

Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion- I used this as a serum day and night and it was ok. Once again it didn’t do anything noticeable in the month that I was able to use the sample. I did find that it left my skin feeling slightly tacky though and took a bit to sink in. Purchase? No.

Tarte Clean Queen Deodorant- I got this deodorant in a trial set from taste awhile ago and have tried it off and on for awhile. I will say that if you are doing anything besides sitting around, it does not last throughout the whole day. It was ok after surgery while I wasn’t doing much, but it did not last for a work day. Repurchase? Nope

Schick Intuition Razor Refill- Not much more than I can say about my razor of choice, they are great if you are showering/shaving at 4am! Repurchase? Of course.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG- I have been on the hunt for a good eye cream and had thought to give this one from The Ordinary a shot. It was ok, makeup goes on well over top of it, but thats about all I can say for it. I didn’t notice any de-puffing under my eyes at all. Repurchase? Doubt it, the hunt continues!

Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips x 3- Since I haven’t been able to do my regular skin care routine I have been using the nose strips quite frequently to unclog the pores on my nose. These work great if you get a lot of clogged pores on your nose, just as well as the Biore ones in my opinion. Repurchase? Probably

Hair Brush- I am not sure who made this brush, nor how long I have had it. The bristle section keeps coming out of the base so it was time for a new one. Repurchase? I would if I knew who made it!

Not all empty, but all leaving.

Not all empty, but all leaving.

None of these products are empty, but they are all old! I am getting rid of the mascaras as I haven’t worn them in 2 months and probably won’t be wearing eye makeup for the month of February as I am still healing.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation x2- I am not even sure how old these 2 foundations are, how long ago did they change the formula? I’m not sure why I have 2 such different shades either. Since I am not sure how many years I have had these and I can’t even remember when I even used them, I am getting rid of them. Repurchase? I may pick the new ones up sometime to try out.

The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick-This line from Estee Lauder was discontinued in 2017…so I have had it for way to long and never even opened it! Not going to even bother trying it out, its at least 2 years old and if I try it and love I won’t be able to get it anyway. Purchase? I couldn’t even if I liked it.

Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara- A deluxe sample that I think I got in a Burberry trial pack? This is a fairly dry mascara formula that I really liked, it never once smudged or flaked. The wand is an hourglass shape with plastic bristles that really seemed to help to separate my lashes. Purchase? I’m not so sure that I need to spend the $35.oo CAD for a mascara, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to another sample!

YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara- I think. I liked this mascara, its been awhile since I wore mascara. The brush is a natural brush which I like. This one has a really strong floral-y/chemical scent right now though. I opened this at the beginning of December and than I rarely wore makeup while I was off work. Purchase? I would like to try another sample of this

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara- Not even sure how long I have had this opened, or even when I last tried it. I have seen in Boxy Charm sneak peeks that I will be getting a full size of this, plus I already have another full size and probably sample of this. I can’t tell you what I thought about this, but I will once I try it again!

Hourglass Film Noir Mascara- Another natural bristle brush mascara, that I can’t remember a lot about. Purchase? Doubt it, but again I would like to try another sample!

Went through quite a few candles over the past 2 months.

Went through quite a few candles over the past 2 months.

I ended up burning quite a few candles over the past 2 months and liked them all. I can’t finish the White Barn Chestnut & Clove one though. I noticed that every time I burned it, my son would start sneezing and coughing so it will be passed on to someone else to finish up. All of the other scents here were great though and I would purchase them all again.

A decent amount of empties, even minus the few that got thrown out by accident.

New In For November, December 2018, as well as January 2019!

Now that I am finally starting to see better, new glasses coming hopefully this week, I am hoping to finish getting caught up soon. Instead of posting my New In separately for the past 3 months, wow I am behind, I thought I would just put them all together in one big post!

My favourite Cleansing Conditioner.

My favourite Cleansing Conditioner.

The Pantene Pro-V Cleansing Conditioner is something I think I will always buy, especially since I now have it on an automatic shipment from Amazon! I had set my recurring shipment to come every 3 months, I can change it at any time which is what I ended up doing right now, I just switched this to 5 months. I use a cleansing conditioner between regular washing, especially in the winter when I find that my hair can start to feel dry if I wash it to much.

A few hand soaps from Bath & Body Works.

A few hand soaps from Bath & Body Works.

During one of Bath & Body Works sales I picked up a few more hand soaps, I only pick them up when they are on for 6 for $20? I think that was the sale that was on at the time. I had taken my granddaughter with me and she helped pick out the scents this time, as well as one for herself to take home.

I made a few Sephora orders over the past few months…The ABH Sultry and Clinique Get Cheeky palette I actually used a $100 reward I had picked up with points from the Sephora Rewards bazaar so they technically didn’t cost me anything! I have been waiting for the ABH empty 4 pan palettes to come back in stock and when I saw that they were I grabbed 5…most round single shadows will fit in them so they are great for making up/storing your single shadows. Mac, ABH, Makeup Geek, etc all fit in there so it works out great. The empty palettes are also only $2.00 CAD, an absolute steal!

Some of the samples I received with my orders, I really didn’t need anymore samples! But I just can’t seem to say no to getting more.

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I was lucky enough to get a Holiday/Winter beauty box compliments of Farley Co. I received quite an assortment of products that I am looking forward to trying out.

All of the goodies I received compliments of Farley Co!

All of the goodies I received compliments of Farley Co!

I received quite an assortment of products from Farley Co, brushes (my favourite!), a face mask, lashes, hair colour (I will be trying this out on my daughter), as well as a cream. The Real Techniques Miracle Cling brush holder doesn’t have to hold brushes, we are using it in our bathroom to hold our toothbrushes! I have taken it off of the mirror a few times and have had no trouble getting it to stick back to the mirror.

Of course there were a few more trips/orders at Sephora…. The only thing I picked up for Black Friday was the Tarte blush/mascara (which is actually still available…), there just wasn’t much that I thought I needed nor wanted this year. As soon as I saw the Too Faced Mini Melted lipstick set I knew I wanted it but it was out of stock all the time. Lucky for me I was browsing the site, as you do, and noticed it was in stock so I quickly ordered it! When Sephora did the usual $25 off a purchase, this year it was a $75 purchase I think, I had been planning to pick up the Dominic Cosmetics Latte Palette so I added the MUFE Essential Wonders set to get me to the required spend. The MUFE set has the lipstick shade in M103 which is a shade I have been meaning to pick up anyway.

Just a few things I ended up picking up over the past few months, a beautiful nudey shade of pink from Morgan Taylor from the Marilyn Collection in Hollywoods Sweetheart. As you will see from my empties post, coming soon!, I was in need of a new hair brush and had previously picked up this one from Olivia Garden and liked it. My daughter ‘accidentally’ took it with her when she moved to her apartment though so I picked up a new one. I had seen some good reviews about the Life Exfoliating Foot Mask so I wanted to try it out. It didn’t do much for me but I think it was user error, I actually did this right before my surgery so I wasn’t doing much, I plan on picking up another one to try again soon.

Imagine, another few Sephora purchases! I picked up these 3 products after Christmas while Sephora had the sale on sale promotion. I have wanted the Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere for quite some time but for some reason never picked it up. After Christmas it was in the sale section for $48.00 CAD, minus a further 20%! The glitter applicators where also on sale for $7.50 CAD, I paid under $7.00CAD taxes included for them, they may end up being gimmicky but for that price I thought it was worth a shot. And finally the Bite Liquified Lipstick in Whip, I think it will be a great nudey shade for me and it was on sale for $14.00 CAD!

Some more of the samples I ended up getting from various Sephora orders…, I did not pick out the Purity nor the MUFE, does that happen to you? Sephora seems to like sending out whatever samples they feel like at the time.

My favourite New In!

My favourite New In!

This was actually an early Christmas present from my husband, the new iPhone XR. My previous phone was the iPhone 6, which I have had for quite a few years and still works fine its just fairly slow. I have never been happy with the camera on the 6 either. The iPhone XR has a great camera, both front and rear, and is really zippy loading anything! Not to mention the screen is quite a bit larger on the XR. I am hoping to start to get in the habit of taking more pictures with my phone and posting more on Instagram, maybe I will even start posting pictures of my face!

Lastly, I have been kind of falling down the rabbit hole of YouTube while being stuck at home without being able to do much. I had seen quite a few videos on this plastic organizers from Dollar Tree and was hoping that the Dollar Tree here in Canada would have them. I was glad to see that they did! Each ‘tower’ consists of 3 separate pieces, 2 drawers and a topper. Each piece of my organizers cost $1.25 each, for a grand total of $3.75 each tower. I picked out 1 lipstick holder and one other organizer, not to sure what you’d call that one. My brother-in-law glued each tower together for me using A5000 glue from Walmart. I am planning on keeping these 2 organizers on my desk and filling them with products that I want to use for the week/month. As you can see from the pictures they really do hold quite a bit, the drawers are small but do hold concealer, mascara, and even a Tarte round palette. I was surprised that the lipstick holder holes are big enough for the KVD bullet lipsticks and even Essie polish. The other one I hope to store the foundation, primer, any new brushes I want to try, etc.

Since I have not been able to do much; editing pictures, writing, etc, I have been working on reorganizing my makeup desk and office, its a horrible mess! Any interest in seeing how it turns out?! Let me know.

Need A Few More Stocking Stuffers? Or add On Gifts?

Who else is still frantically trying to finish up your shopping? Are you like me and wait until the last minute to do the stocking stuffers? Or have a gift that you just want to add a little something extra to? I have a few ideas for those types. FarleyCo sent me most of these products and you can usually find all of these products on the FarleyCo website (here). But since we have left this to the last minute we don’t have time to get things shipped to us anymore, but the good thing is? You can probably find most if not all these products at your local drugstore; Shopper’s, Rexall, Walmart, London Drugs, IDA Guardian, Lawtons, etc. even Superstore and Loblaw!

First up, my favourite, Brushes! I am going to start with Ecotools brushes - I was sent the Micro Blending brush early on in the year and since than it has become a daily brush for me. This one blends in correct under my eyes perfectly, whether I use a cream or liquid. Next up we have the Facial Mask Mates, I have always used a brush to spread masks on my face because I hate sticking my fingers into pots and I just find that a brush works best for me. The real standout from this set though are the sponges! If you use mud masks at all, you need these! They make removing the dried mud mask so much easier to get off. And the last set from Ecotools I have is the Start The Start The Day Beautifully set. This set comes with face and eye brushes that would be great for a person just getting into makeup, or someone who wants to try out different brushes from Ecotools! I haven’t tried a lot from them but I plan on giving this set a try, my sister loves Ecotools brushes and uses some of them everyday.

Stickiing with brushes, next up are a few things from Real Techniques - I picked up these sets of eye brushes when I made my first online Ulta order, I believe they were buy 2 get 1 free? I am always looking for new eye brushes to try and it was such a good deal…. The Miracle Cling single pocket holder is great if you have limited counter space as it will stick to the mirror or tile. There are also small holes on the bottom of this so I was thinking, maybe it would be good to hold toothbrushes?! I think I am going to try that out! There are quite a few Real Techniques Mini Brushes to choose from, the only difference between them and the full size regular ones are the length of the handles, the brush heads are the same size. I use mini blending sponges to help blend in concealer on my underage area and this 4 pack of the Real Techniques ones work great for that. My sister still loves her Real Techniques Blending Sponges so I picked up a duo pack to give them a try again.

If you know someone who loves lashes, or you are giving an eyeshadow palette as a gift, why not add in some fun lashes?! These ones from MesmoerEyes look like they could be fun, especially the 3 pack. There are so many different styles and brands to choose from. I haven’t really gotten into trying or using lashes, but I keep thinking I will!

Eyebrow/Lash tinting kits, you might not think this would be a good thing to gift but I use them all the time! Since I am have gotten older I have noticed that I get a few grey hairs in my brows and I am not about to pluck them out! They are usually in the middle of my brow. I use a brow tinting product every few weeks to cover up those pesky grey brow hairs. If the person you are filling a stocking for is of the adventurous type with hair colour, why not get them a fun new colour to try?! The Splat kits come with everything you need to try out a fun new colour without committing to said fun colour until it grows it out. One thing to be aware of with these temporary hair colour kits though is to make sure you let them know that that colour will bleed onto towels and such, especially for the first few washes.

Do you have someone on your list that likes skincare targeted at specific concerns? The Flexitol Lip Balm is a nice thick balm in a squeeze tube that really helps to repair dry, chapped lips quickly. Its thick enough that it doesn’t go away quickly but also not to thick where you feel like you have a glossy mess on your lips. The Flexitol Heel Magic will be great post New Years Eve when you have been wearing those cute heels that you wish had been just a little more comfortable. The Flexitol Very Dry Skin Cream is great for those persistent dry patches that I seem to get, especially the ones on my elbows, it doesn’t clear it up in 1 day but within a week I see a noticeable difference that I just don’t see with other creams. If you know someone who is or has just gotten a tattoo the INKcredible Glow Salve would be great to toss in a stocking or to add to a gift certificate towards their next tattoo.

And lastly we have masks! I like the 7th Heaven masks, all the different types for different skin concerns. I find that I can get 2 full face masks out of each packages so its like getting more than one. You can choose between Mud, Peel, Strip and Cream masks. You really can find one for everyone. I have also noticed that they now have ones targeted at men as well. And at around $2.00 each they make a perfect add on/stocking gift, you could even grab the Ecotools Facial Mask Mates set and a couple of these and it would make a perfect gift for that someone who is hard to buy for.

I hope you are able to finish up your shopping and have a great Holiday Season!

Thank you FarleyCo for sending me so many different products over the past year.

This post contains products received from FarleyCo, but it in no way influences my opinion.

Trip Through My Trash - November 2018

Closer to the beginning of the month than I have been for getting my November 2018 empties post up! I am happy with the amount of product I have been able to get out of the bathroom. Do you find it satisfying to use up product? Or are you sad to see it go?

A larger than normal pile of beauty trash!

A larger than normal pile of beauty trash!

I had quite a few products that were close to being empty that I managed to finish up during the month of November, hence the large Trip Through My Trash! I also ended up with an eye infection and a stye in my eye so I had to switch out my mascaras earlier than normal. On to what I thought about the products I emptied during the past month.

I ended up using up quite a few full size Face & Body products last month.

I ended up using up quite a few full size Face & Body products last month.

There are a few usual empties used up but also a few new ones.

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes- Always in empties, I use them everyday. There really isn’t much else to say about them.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks- I actually liked these masks I got in a Boxy Charm. They felt really good on and didn’t slip around that much at all. They did help with de-puffing the under eye area, but like all masks the effect didn’t last longer than a day.

Fluffs Cotton Pads- Another repeat product that you will continue to see in empties for the foreseeable future!

Live Clean Fragrance Free Body Lotion- I won this body lotion in a blog giveaway, thanks Chelle From Makeup Your Mind! It was a great lotion to use in the Summer months when I don’t want anything to heavy feeling on. Im not sure it would be quite moisturizing enough throughout the winter months though.

Live Clean Bali Oil Nutri-Shine Shampoo- Another product from the above mentioned giveaway! I loved the smell of this shampoo, it isn’t to strong but does have a slight scent. It did a good job of cleansing my hair and leaving it feeling clean and soft.

B&BW Eucalyptus Mint Foaming Hand Soap- Another regular product in some scent or other. I always pick up these up during a sale.

B&BW Eucalyptus Mint Creamy Luxe Hand Soap- I picked up the Creamy Luxe hand soap to give it a try as sometimes the Foaming can feel slightly drying on my hands. I liked it but not so sure if the boys did or not.

Mac Pro Eye Makeup Remover- I had planned on doing a post on makeup removers and had gotten this one from Mac to try out. It was ok, it did the job of removing most of my eye makeup without to much tugging but it did have a bit more trouble with more waterproof makeup.

Calgon Ageless Bath Exfoliating Mineral Scrub- If you want to know my thoughts on this body scrub you can check out my post on it here. Needless to say I have already picked up another one!

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate- I got this serum when I was lucky enough to test out a bunch of products during the Elle Canada Grand Prix and just finally got around to using it up! I actually really liked it, I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin but it did feel moisturizer and makeup went on great overtop of it.

Schick Intuition Razor Refill- My razor of choice for early morning showers where you don’t want to be messing around with extra products.

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask- A deluxe sample that I am sure came from Sephora at some point! It is a very nice, moisturizing facial mask that is great during the cold, dry months of winter. I mostly used this up on my forehead as this year, I seem to be getting very dry there again. It has seemed to cut down on the flaking that I have been getting there.

I burned quite a few candles last month, which is always nice.

I burned quite a few candles last month, which is always nice.

My house smelled pretty good last month after having used up all these candles.

B&BW Wallflower in Island Reef- I really liked the scent on Island Reef. It isn’t a strong scent at all, just nice and light and did a great of making the basement smell great without traveling to far from there.

Yankee Candle Harvest- I really enjoyed the scent on this candle, it is actually quite cinnamon-y which I liked. The scent is a bit strong and will fill a room and linger afterwards.

Yankee Candle votives in Vanilla Lime, Summer Storm, Life’s A Beach, and Honey Lavender Gelato. I liked all of these scents, but I did find that all, except for Summer Storm, were more on the light smelling side. Summer Storm is a stronger scent of Eucalyptus and Patchouli as the main smell.

I was able to use up quite a few samples last month, I am really going to work on that for now. I have a fair sized plastic drawer system under my bathroom counter that is FULL of samples! I need to get to using those up to see if there is anything great in there. The only stand out in this bunch of samples was the Estee Lauder mascara. I really liked that one and would definitely consider getting a full size of it. It didn’t clump, smudge nor was it hard to remove! What more could you ask for in a mascara. I was hoping the Herbal Essence shampoo would be a replacement for the Pantene Weekly Detox shampoo that I can no longer find but sadly it isn’t. The Origins products were good, but nothing groundbreaking for me, I did really enjoy the citrus-y scent of them in the morning though. We were not a fan of the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, it smelled kind of musty, needless to say we didn’t sleep better on the nights we used it.

Have you used up anything great in the past month? Anything that I need to know about, let me know!

New In For August-October 2018

As the months went by, I tended to shop less for makeup. I just am not that adventurous in trying out new things lately, not being able to see the best will do that to you! I finally have a date for my surgery in the new year so I will be able to get back to taking pictures and trying out new things easier again.

My sister and I went to Cleveland to visit my nephew in August and of course that meant a trip to Ulta, Kohl’s, and Target. I kept my makeup shopping to a minimum though and picked up a few things that I had been wanting to try out for awhile. I found the Lorac Mega Pro 1 in Kohl’s and had to pick it up as I have only seen good things about it and do like the Lorac formula. In Ulta I only found the Morphe ‘Eye Slay’ brush set that I had been thinking on and than found the Ulta ‘Total Textures’ hair set and thought I would try those out as well. I have been hearing about the Cody Airspun powder for forever and finally found one in stock at Target.

I had amassed quite a few points for Sephora and saw this as reward and quickly added it to my cart. It took forever to get to me, a few months and I did have to change the lipstick shade :(. It is engraved with my name though so thats kind of nice! I ended up with the case in ‘Romantic Boheme’ and the lipstick shade in ‘03 Light Rosewood’. Its a nice shade but darker than I had anticipated. I also ended up grabbing a $100 gift certificate for Sephora for 2000 points but didnt end up using it until November. I will say that I was not impressed that I couldn’t use it online or inshore and still get the 20% off, nor could I use it online and get a deluxe sample added to my cart. I highly doubt I will redeem for it again if I get that high in points.

A few Sephora trips/orders to get the newer ‘Weekly Wows’! I ended up picking up the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrsh Foundation in Light Beige because I have wanted to try out powder foundation, not to mention it was on for half price! I also picked up the Too Faced White Peach palette as a weekly wow and I have to say, its a great palette if you are light skinned, I have been wearing it a lot! Sephora had a surprise 20% off at the end of August so I picked up a few things during that sale. I wanted to try out the lip products from Jouer and this little set was just over $30. I was also almost out of Clarisonic brush heads so grabbed a 2 pack of those. I had been waiting forever for the Anastasia empty palettes to restock and that wasn’t happening so I grabbed a Makeup Forever empty palette to try. There was also an instore event while the Naked Skin concealer was on the Weekly Wow…. I grabbed a replacement of that as well as another Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner and a KVD ELL in Ludwig, a shade I got in a previous Sephora Lip Set and have been wearing a lot of. I was short a few dollars to get the gift bag so I picked up a Sephora Bubble Mask to get me to the limit!

Benefit ‘Precisely, My Brow Pencil thanks to Topbox Circle.

Benefit ‘Precisely, My Brow Pencil thanks to Topbox Circle.

I was lucky enough to receive the Benefit ‘Precisely, My Brow Pencil’ in shade 1 to try out. The shade 1 may be a tad to light for me but its been great for me to be able to lightly fill in my brows without worrying that I have gone to far with it. The shade is a tad on the light side for me, but that has been a good thing right now.

Calgon Body scrub, a repurchase!

Calgon Body scrub, a repurchase!

I finished up the last tub of Calgon body scrub that I picked up on a whim and ended up really liking it! I picked up a replacement as soon as I started running low as I didnt want to be without one with the dry winter months coming up.

A few samples that I ended up getting during the last few months. I was hoping that the Herbal Essence would be a good once weekly clarifying shampoo, sadly it was not for me.

So not to much new in for me during the last 3 months, at least not compared to what I used to pick up! I have actually been really thinking before picking something up lately and didnt really pick up much during the last Sephora Fall Rouge 20% event. Without being able to see the best I am mainly sticking to what I know works and that would be hard for me to mess up!

Have you been curtailing your spending lately? Any easy to apply/hard to mess up products that I should keep an eye out for? Let me know.

New In For July 2018

I thought I would do New In for July separately as quite a few things came in in July! My birthday was at the end of June and some things were ordered and hadn’t come in by than. I think I will group August- October together though. I really slowed down after July!

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First up are 2 pairs of shoes my husband ordered online for me.  Unfortunately it did take longer to get them but I had to return them for another size.  I got 2 pairs of Adidas Gazelles, 1 in 'white' (looks beige to me!) and the other in black.  If you have high arches these sneakers are like getting a massage with each step you take, they are so comfortable!  The only thing about them is that the tongue was quite stiff for a few wears, all softened up now though.

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My sister, also my partner in crime when it comes to makeup!, knew I have been looking for a crease brush and she picked up the Sephora Pro Blending brush, large #27.  It isn't as large or as fluffy as my favourite crease brush but I have been enjoying it!  I think it may fluff up some more the more I use it.  She also knew I was interested in trying the new Too Faced Born This Way Concealer so she grabbed me one of those as well.  I will hopefully get a review up on it soon, if you are interested?

I did a little damage at Sephora in July as well, did you know that Canada is now getting some of the Sephora Weekly Wow deals?!  Also that the prices of the Tarte palettes are now $49?!  I had to pick up the Tarte Toasted palette at that price...  I liked the first Sephora Lipstories lipstick in the cream finish so much that I decided to try out a Matte one.  The Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes was a Weekly Wow, $27.50 CAD!!, so you can guess why that happened.  And lastly Sephora had a Rouge event at the end of the month that gave a fairly decent goodie bag if you spent $50 and since my Urban Decay powder foundation is almost gone and I have been interested in trying out the It Cosmetics one I thought I would pick that one up to try.

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I was lucky enough to win a Live Clean Sun Protection Giveaway from Trash over at Prairie Beauty Love on Canada Day.  I won a Facial Sunscreen as well as after sun, both from Live Clean.  Thanks Trysh!  

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Lastly, I was lucky enough to receive another great box from Farlyco Beauty.  There are quite a few brands/products here; Perspirex, So...?, CoLab, Inkredible, and Flexitol.  I have been happily trying everything out over the past few months and am almost ready to share my thoughts on a few of them!  Some I liked and some, not so much.  Hopefully reviews up soon.

There were quite a few new products in in July, some I have really been enjoying and some not so much.  But I do find that that is where the fun is, in trying out new things, you never know what will surprise you.

Trip Through My Trash - August Through October 2018

I have been so absent from here lately, sorry about that. I am waiting on an eye surgery and am having some difficulty seeing! I need new glasses but can’t get them until after the surgery. So if my pictures are a little off, please excuse them! Hopefully I will get back to normal soon. I have really been missing writing on here though, so I thought I would just come on here and try to get caught up.

A fairly decent amount of empties, especially seeing as its 3 months worth of trash!

A fairly decent amount of empties, especially seeing as its 3 months worth of trash!

I am fairly slow to getting pictures taken, editing is hard when you can’t see the best! I did end up using up quite a few products in the past 3 months, which is nice to see.

Face, hair and body empties.

Face, hair and body empties.

Some repeat products as well as the usual suspects!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner - I took this sample shampoo and conditioner when I went to visit my nephew, which is when I tend to use samples the most! I like this shampoo and conditioner quite a bit but I will say that I have a problem paying that much for a shampoo and conditioner! Purchase? Not ready to pay that much quite yet.

Sephora Coconut Water Cleansing Cream - I picked this up fro the sale section, forever ago! I am finally getting around to using up what I have have amassed in my drawers. I can see why this cleanser was in the sale section and is no longer available. I didn’t find it did the greatest job of cleansing my face nor did it smell great. Repurchase? Not even if I could.

Fluffs Cotton Pads - Something that is almost always in a trash post. Great price, and they work. Repurchase? Always.

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo - I have been on the hunt to find a replacement for the Pantene Clarifying Shampoo that I can’t seem to find anymore. I picked this one up and it works ok, its not as ‘stripping’ as the Pantene one but does do an ok job. I tend to use these types of shampoos once a week to help remove buildup from the week. Repurchase? Maybe? I am still looking for one that seems to remove more.

B&BW Aromatherapy Happiness Foaming Hand Soap - We really liked the scent on this Hand Soap! The B&BW are our hand soaps of choice, I only pick them up when there is a sale at B&BW and I than usual stock up and have enough until the next sale. Repurchase? I would pick up this scent again.

Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes - Another repeat, one that I see myself repurchasing for the foreseeable future! Repurchase? Always

Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal - Another repeat product. I use this as my toner both morning and night, it gets the last little bit of makeup off of my face without drying it out. Repurchase? For the foreseeable future.

Foreo Luna Play - I got this in a Sephora Favorites set forever ago, and promptly forgot about it! I found it and started using it to see if I liked it more than the Clarisonic. I liked it ok, it was great for travel! I don’t know what it was but I didnt end up liking it as much as the Clarisonic. My face didnt feel as clean as when I use the Clarisonic. I think ill stick to it. Purchase? Unsure at the moment.

IGK Car Service Blow Out Balm - Yay! Another sample bites the dust! I was not the biggest fan of this balm at all. Whenever I used this my hair felt like it had a coating on it and seemed to get dirt faster than usual. Purchase? Nope

Purity Philosophy 3-in-1 Cleanser - My cleanser of choice to use with Clarisonic. This was a sample size that I take when I go to visit my nephew. Repurchase? Always, during the Black Friday/Boxing Day sales.

Schick Intuition Razor Refill x2 - What can I say, I am a person of habit in some respects. Great razor, especially if you are showering at 4 am! Repurchase? Another Costco purchase?

A-Derma Soothing Foaming Gel - I think I got this deluxe sample from a SDM Beauty Boutique order? I was not a fan of it at all. My face felt tight and dry after using it and I had to put on a heavy moisturizer on right after using it. It also has a very soapy scent to it, kind of like kids bubbles. Purchase? Nope

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream - I found that this was a great night eye cream for me, it was a little to heavy for daytime under makeup, but it felt great at night. It had a great amount of moisture for nighttime use. I did look it up on Sephora, and unfortunately the full size comes a pot. Purchase? Highly doubt it due to the pot situation.

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum - I believe I got this serum fro Glamsense? I think? it was one of those anyway. I actually really liked it. It wasn’t very heavy feeling at all, and my makeup went on well overtop of it. I didn’t notice a big difference in any of my wrinkles, but like I said I did like it! Purchase? Maybe, there are still quite a few serums in the backup drawer.

Clarisonic Radiance Brush Head - I forget when I last changed the head on my Clarisonic, it was long overdue! I love the Radiance brush head, it gets my face clean without irritating it. Repurchase? As long as I have a Clarisonic.

Only 1 sample and 1 full size of makeup used up.

Only 1 sample and 1 full size of makeup used up.

I didn’t use up a lot of makeup, that stuff takes forever to use up! I did use up another sample of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation though. When I open one of these foil packets of product I squeeze all the product into a small sample jar, like the ones that you get samples of foundation of from Sephora. I have been able to get 3-4 days out of these samples doing this. I like this foundation, just not sure if I like it enough to purchase a bottle though.

Now the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer I do like! It isn’t a full coverage concealer for my underlies, but it is great when you are looking for a lighter coverage. I do have to set it with some powder, otherwise it will crease under my eyes but I usually do that anyway. I found myself reaching for this concealer quite a lot over the summer, I have been trying to use the It Cosmetics CC Cream as well as Urban Decay One and Done and this concealer looked great with them. Repurchase? I already did when it was a Sephhora Weekly Wow! I would have picked it up at full price to!

What I burned during the end of the summer.

What I burned during the end of the summer.

I am trying to get through the candles that I seem to have accumulated, there are quite a few around! I really liked the White Barn Copper Coconut from B&BW and will definitely keep my eyes open for it again next year, I think I picked it up during the warmer months. It was a nice warm coconut scent that seemed to fill the room. The Focus candle is another one from B&BW and I really liked it as well! It was more of a fresher scent? My husband isn’t the biggest fan of it, he doesn’t like the tea scent. For votives I used up 2 Coconut Beach, which I like as well as a Guava Coconut Fusion. I seemed to have been on a coconut scent kick over those 2 months! There are worse things, at least for me, that my house could have smelled like.

Next up I think will be getting caught up on Boxycharm and I am unsure if I will do separate posts for them as well as New In for the past 3 months. I have really started to slow down on what I have picking up due to the fact that I have not been very adventurous with the makeup I am wearing. I have found myself sticking to what I know and not really going outside of my comfort box.

Trip Through My Trash July 2018

Once again I didnt use up a lot of product, except make-up wipes!  

A whole lot of make-up wipes!

A whole lot of make-up wipes!

Last month I seemed to jump around trying different products so I didn't use up much at all.  I did use up a few deluxe samples which I am happy about.  I really have to start to make a conscious effort to use up what I have sitting in drawers.  Any hints on how to do that?!

Face and body empties.

Face and body empties.

I can't remember a month were I used so many wipes!

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - I usually use up a pack or so of these wipes in a month but in July I managed to use a full pack as well as a travel pack.  I pick these up at Costco and they are good, especially for the price. Repurchase? Always.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths - This was the last package I had of these that I won in a giveaway last year I think?  They were ok, not my favourite as I find that these wipes are actually quite small, almost half the size of the Kirkland.  Repurchase? Doubt it.

Fluffs Cotton Pads - Another product that I use almost a package of a month!  I pick these up at Dollarama for $1.25 for 100.  I use them for toner, removing polish, etc.  Great product at a great price.  Repurchase? Always.

Origins Original Skin Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly - I don't remember a lot about this foil sample, so it must not have wowed me much!  Repurchase? Maybe?

Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Green Tea Nose Strips x2 - I decided to try this out again after not having used them for quite awhile.  I did find that they do clean out the pores on my nose really well, but I have noticed that the pores seem to get clogged again really quickly.  I think I will finish up the package and than im not sure that I will buy them again.  I have been finding that I am liking face masks more for cleaning out my pores.  Repurchase? Undecided at the moment.

Briogeo Curl Charisma - I liked this Curl Cream quite a bit.  It left my hair feeling very soft but not greasy whenever I used it and let my hair air dry, which I have to admit is all the time!  I found that a little bit goes quite a long way as well, I was able to use this foil sample about 3 times and my hair is well past my shoulders.  Repurchase? Maybe

Avène 3 in 1 make-up remover - The Avène makeup remover did a great job of breaking up my makeup at the end of the day without leaving to much of a greasy feeling on my face.  My face never felt tight after using this at all.  It was also fairly gentle on my eye area, I didn't have blurry eyes after having used it near them.  Repurchase? I would consider it.

Eva-Nye Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer - Another new product that I liked!  This came from the goodie bag I got at Gen Beauty last year and I found it to do a great job at detangling my hair after washing it.  I did still need to use another product to enhance the wave in my hair but this did a great job as a leave in conditioner.  Repurchase? Maybe

Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser - I was surprised that I also liked this face exfoliater from Clinique.  I haven't used much from Clinique facial care that I have liked besides my favourite DDM+!  The Pep-Start face exfoliater does have quite a bit of grit to it but not scratchy feeling.  My face felt so clean and smooth whenever I have used it.  Repurchase? Maybe

For makeup products these 2 aren't technically used up, more like dried up and used up!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out - I got this in a Sephora Give Me Some Lip set from last year, I think?  I didn't actually use this up, rather it dried up on me.  I really like this shade a lot and am quite disappointed that it dried up so quickly on me.  I know that I shouldn't keep liquid lip products for that long but I didn't use this really that much.  It is completely dried out, I can't even swatch it to show you the color.  Repurchase? Not sure, I like the shade but not the fact that it dried out quickly.

Quo Mini Blender Sponge - I think I have been using this sponge regularly for about 6 months?  I picked up a set of 6 of these to see how they would compare to the Beauty Blender Mini Sponge.  The good news, they are very comparable to the Beauty Blender micro blender.  Bad news, I can't find them in stores anymore.  Makes me wonder if the regular size Quo sponges are similar to the Beauty Blender?  Maybe if I start liking using a sponge to apply foundation I will give them a try. For now I am glad that I have another 4 of the Quo mini sponges for applying concealer!  Repurchase? If I could find them.

I didn't end up using many products up last month, but I did try to use up a few deluxe samples and succeeded in that!  There are a few things I will pick up again and a few I doubt I will.  I am surprised that I am not liking the nose strips anymore as I used to use them quite regularly, at least regularly for me!  Do you have any tips on how to use up samples?!  I think I need some!