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.

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!

A Mini Ulta Haul: Three Basics and a Splurge

I went to Ulta! And just FYI, this may be the smallest amount of things I have ever walked out with. Check it:
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Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 101: my one, my only. I have tried more foundations than you can shake a stick at, ranging from Marc Jacobs and Chanel to Covergirl and Loreal, and this little $5 bottle of heaven beats them all. I wore it on my wedding day, ya’ll.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wild: I usually go for Suave or Dove just ’cause they’re cheaper and do the job just as well, but I felt a little splurgy. Plus, OH LORD THE SMELL. This is my favorite Batiste smell. Go huff it someday, you won’t regret it.

Ulta Cotton Pads: because how else will you take off your makeup?

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hypnotist: I love the Marvelous Moxie line. However, I was not impressed with this particular color. It looks all reflect-y, iridescent and amazing, right? Wrong. See why here.

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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My Holy Grail Lip Products

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From left to right: Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Aurora, Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral, Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry Me, Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist, Nivea A Kiss of Recovery lip balm.

You know those “what’s in my purse” videos (that I love watching because I’m nosey)? Well, if I was to do a what’s in my purse post, my purse would be 75% full of lip products. But, no matter what purse I change to, there are 5 lip products that I pack religiously, because heaven forbid I get caught without them. And so, I present to you, my five holy grail lip products:

1. Nivea chapstick – #Basic. You always have to have a chapstick, and I have a thing for Nivea. The version of Nivea chapstick in my purse at the moment may change (for instance, now I’m using the kiss of recovery version because it’s winter and my lips get chapped, ya’ll), but it will always be Nivea. I also love their milk and honey chapstick in the yellow tube, and the kiss of moisture chapstick in the blue tube.

2. Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry Me – now these aren’t the most moisturizing thing in the world, but I love the sheer wash of color that the cherry flavor gives you. It’s perfect for minimal makeup days, or if you just need a little something to slap on that will look nice. I’d recommend layering over chapstick if you want actual moisture from it.

3. Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral – these things are interesting. They claim to react to your individual PH/heat level to form a different color on everyone.  At first I thought it was a bit gimmicky, but who cares if that’s how they work or not, they look amazing and are super moisturizing. It’s unfortunate that these only come in two pretty colors, a coral and a pink which I love equally, but that’s probably good for my wallet considering this is Dior we’re talking about.

4. Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist – Are you over the whole chubby stick trend yet? I was too until I found these babies. They come in six different colors and while you can only find three of them in the US at Sephora, that didn’t stop me from sniffing down all the other colors on Amazon. Wanna know how much I love these? I wore Nudist on my wedding day. They are perfect – long lasting, glossy color that smells like a cupcake.

5. Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Aurora – have you tried these things? If you haven’t, run, don’t walk. Unfortunately they’re a bit harder to get a hold of in the US as Tanya Burr is a UK beauty guru, but you can find them at FeelUnique. Somehow every single color has managed to find it’s way into my shopping cart, and I do not find it at all excessive because these are the best lip glosses known to man kind. They’re not sticky, they’re moisturizing, they come in beautiful, pigmented colors, they stay on forever, and bonus Jonas, they smell like fruit rollups. Aurora is a perfect pretty pink color that works for absolutely everything, and it has cemented a place in my life – aka, I have four of them stashed in various places so I’m never without it. Work it, Tanya Burr!

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From left to right: Tanya Burr lip gloss in Aurora, Dior Addict Lip Glow in Coral, Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist, Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry me.

Empty of the Week: Bobbi Brown Corrector

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 

You think you have under eye problems? Oh, honey. I’ll show you under eye problems. I’m one of those people who just constantly looks like they’re recovering from a black eye. Thus, the quest for the magical combination of under eye products that will make me look like a real, rested person is never ending. But, I have found one step that won’t be changing any time soon, and that’s the Bobbi Brown Corrector.

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I go through one of these probably every two to three months, for a good reason. Whether I’m wearing full face makeup or not, a swipe of this goes a long way to eliminating the blue tones under my eyes. I personally wear the shade extra light bisque (because the tone of my skin is what’s commonly known as glow in the dark). I can’t recommend it enough – it’s something that I always have back ups of, because heaven forbid I run out and someone thinks a zombie attack is happening.

Empty of the week conclusion? Definite repurchase. GO GET YOU SOME.