Empty of the Week: My Favorite Makeup Removers

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 
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Meet my two favorite makeup removers: the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water and the Sonia Kashuk makeup remover.

The Simple cleansing water has taken over the place of my long-beloved, but hard to find and much more expensive Bioderma. (You should’ve seen me walking into a pharmacy during our trip to France – the fact that Bioderma was in front of my face on an actual shelf was mind-boggling). It’s super gentle and natural, and I put it on a cotton pad every night to remove all my face makeup easily.

Sonia Kashuk is reserved for taking off my mascara – bareMinerals Lash Domination and Benefit’s They’re Real do not mess around, and they need something with a little more elbow grease to remove them completely. I struggled for years to find a remover that was strong enough, but did not burn my sensitive eyes. Finally, I found this stuff – unfortunately you can only find it at Target, but a trip to the mecca is a small price to pay for the perfect remover.

Empty of the week conclusion? Definite repurchase. And not just repurchase, more like “I have this shit back stocked until infinity because heaven forbid I run out” kind of repurchase.

Jewels Du Jour

I’ve mentioned I work for a jewelry company, yes? So basically part of my job is scoping out a lot of competitor jewelry. It’s a beautiful thing to be paid for, and also a horrible thing because I see so much pretty stuff that I want. Anyway, I stumbled across these little vintage-inspired gems in my internet job travels the other day, and I had to have them. Boss walking by be damned, I got on my phone and ordered them right then and there.

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They don’t look nearly so ethereal in the merch shot online (see left), but I’m sooooo very pleased with how they look in person – they’re even better than I imagined. I think we’ve found my new staple piece!

P.S. – google some online codes before you go buy, I almost always find useable BaubleBar coupons! I got $10 off these babies with a RetailMeNot code, bringing them down to an extremely reasonable $22.

June 2015 Julep Maven Unboxing

Woohoo! The June Julep Maven box is here! Here’s what we got this month:
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It’s a Lilly Pulitzer box! Which should be super cute, right? Except for I think I kinda got three of the most underwhelming colors ever: a puke green called Sam, a very light pink (almost beige) called Lillian, and a metallic neon pink dubbed Sally.

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Not really digging it this month unfortunately. Not even the candy was a saving grace – I have no idea what those lollipop things were but they were decidedly NOT delicious. Oh well – there’s always next month to look forward to!

Products I Hate: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Hypnotist

YOU GUYS. See this? This is the Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Hypnotist from bareMinerals. I love the Marvelous Moxie line – HOWEVER. This shade did not make the cut.

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Looks gorgeous and iridescent and incredible, right? I’ve been eyeing it forever, because it’s clearly a tube of pure unicorn magic. And it totally swatches that way too:

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But when you put it on your lips?

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OMGWTFBBQBACON. I may as well have bought some $2 clear Bonnie Bell lipgloss from the kiddie section of Target’s makeup aisle. It totally loses all of its beautiful unicorn magic and just becomes … normal. Blah. I’m so sad about it, but this one is going back!

May Julep Maven Unboxing

I’ve tried my share of subscription boxes – Birchbox, Ipsy and all the others have all fallen by the wayside eventually, but I am still loving my Julep box. Probably because I’m a nail polish hoarder and I have a problem. But I digress. This month for their Set Sail themed box, I chose the Classic With a Twist profile. Behold:

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For some reason I was sent two of the navy polishes. I can’t complain; my little sister is quite pleased to be the recipient of  their mistake. P.S., they always send some lovely little candy treats in the box and the saltwater taffy was scrumptious, in case you were wondering.

I chose this one because navy nail polishes are the bomb.com, obvs, but also because I’ve never tried any of the Julep makeup before, so I was curious. I thought this eyeshadow duo in the shade Sequins and Showtime looked quite nice, and I’m a sucker for anything that looks like MAC’s Satin Taupe. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I put both the polishes on a wheel, and I actually quite like them together – you’ll probably see me rocking this combo sometime soon. The navy is called Shelby and is a navy ink creme, while the pink is called Amanda, and she’s a raspberry creme shade. Sequins and Showtime comes in a nicely packaged compact with a mirror, and swatched well with plenty of color pay off:

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They’re soft, buttery, and they blended acceptably well where the two shades met. Sequins is a nice gold-ish champagne color, while showtime is a pretty gray-purple taupe. Of course, they’re both a shimmer formula because what else would you wear?

What Julep box did you pick this month? Let me know how you’re liking it!

Goodies from the Aisle of Doom

So you know those aisles at Ulta and Sephora right before the cash register with all the adorable, petite, affordably priced little minis? I call it the aisle of doom – and it’s where I picked these little cuties up (damn you, Ulta).

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I’ve never tried a Stila Convertible Color before, but I’ve heard others rave about them, so why not pick up three of them for $20? That’s a damn steal. It would be irresponsible not to buy them at that price – I practically saved money, right? Right.

I’m quite the fan of the whole dewy look, so I am very pleased with these. The set is called the Stila blooming bright convertible color trio, and they give long lasting, pretty, natural color that stays nice looking all day. From left to right we have Lillium, a nude pink, Petunia, a coral pink, and Hibiscus, a coral red. I’m pale as all get out – let’s use a nice term and call me “porcelain” – so Lillium gives a wonderful, natural flush on me when buffed out, and it’s set to become my staple blush for the spring and summer when you don’t want a lot of stuff on your face, but still want to look fresh, natural and pretty. I’d say if you have $20 to spare, this might be a great way to spend it (and if you’re not as ghostly as I am, maybe check out the slightly darker trio set in the beauty in bloom color way).

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Let’s Talk: GlamGlow Review

GlamGlow. You know what I’m talking about – that insanely expensive little pot with a star on the lid that you pass in Sephora. The one that has rave reviews, but you simply can’t bring yourself to drop $69.00 plus tax on 1.7 oz, even though it purports to be made with unicorn magic and baby angel kisses.

Up until now I’ve only sucked it up enough to buy the wee little sample size of the original YouthMud Tinglexfoliate mask – still a whopping $25, in case you were wondering. And you know what? It’s amazing. In addition to the unicorn magic and baby angel kisses, I would probably also guess at ingredients such as children’s laughter and rainbows. Worth every penny.

BUT. Those sneaky little GlamGlow people just came out with a holiday gift set, priced at $69, with not only one full sized pot of the ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment mask, but also two small pots of the original YouthMud and the SuperMud Clearing Treatment. I mean, come on. I broke down. You would too.

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Let’s break it down here for you, from left to right:

1. YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: the original GlamGlow in the little black pot, I’ve tried this a million times and it is firmly cemented as my favorite face treatment of all time. Yes, it is a nasty green color, but it smells like a delicious, minty herbal-y drink so you won’t mind schmearing it all over your face. You pop this sucker on, and it’ll tingle (pleasantly, not ouchy) for a while, then it’ll dry down to a gray-green clay-like texture all over your face, and you leave it there for as long as you damn well please.

Technically, they say to leave it on for about 10 minutes, but I usually leave it for closer to 30 minutes to an hour, and I’ve heard people sleep with it on, my mother included. When you take it off, your skin will feel tighter, glowing, smooth and wonderful. By the next day I can always see improvement in any blemishes as well, both reduction in size and redness.

Conclusion: Buy this. Run, don’t walk. You will not regret it.

2. SuperMud Clearing Treatment: this is the black mask in the middle in the little white pot. I must say, I am not nearly as impressed with this little sucker as I am with the original YouthMud. It’s a clearing treatment, right? So it must be even better at dispelling blemishes, right? Wrong. This little guy just has some sort of vague herbal smell, tingles a little (not as much as the YouthMud) and dries down, again, to a black clay like consistency on your face. However, there is no post mask glow, no tightening, no reduction of blemishes.

Conclusion: it didn’t do anything bad, but neither did it do anything wonderful. I won’t buy it again.

3. ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment: this is tan/yellow mud on the right in the large blue pot, which is said to have wonderful hydrating powers for your skin. Again, it doesn’t look very nice, but it smells of honey, fruit and oats, which I am a fan of. When you smear it on, it does not dry down – instead it stays pretty wet and tacky. Interestingly, the tingle sensation is not as intense as the YouthMud, however, I did find that it lasted the entire time I left the mask on (about half an hour), instead of dying down after the first 5-10 minutes. After rinsing this off, I definitely noticed the whole same glowing thing going on as with the original mask, and my skin was soft as a baby’s butt. It didn’t seem to do much for blemishes, but then it’s a hydrating treatment, so whatever.

Conclusion: this was nice. I’d say made with less unicorn magic than the original, but still a good mask. I’d buy it again, especially during drier months, climates, etc.

Overall impressions: The original YouthMud Tinglexfoliate treatment is still the best in my eyes, with the ThirstyMud coming in second and the SuperMud third. I will definitely still be buying the YouthMud regularly, and will probably buy the ThirstyMud again as well for when my skin is feeling parched (I think it’ll be great for winter, and potentially for long plane rides). SuperMud, unfortunately, is dead to me.

GlamGlow also has a new PowerMud DualCleanse treatment in a little green pot as well as a BrightMud Eye Treatment left for me to try – have you tried them? What do you think?

Find GlamGlow here: www.glamglowmud.com or here: www.Sephora.com