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May Favorites & Empties

Hey everyone!

I'm starting a new series on the blog all about my favorites and emptied products that I use over the course of the month. I'm going to try and not limit this to just beauty products since I am a mom of three as well.  So here we go!



(via: Amazon)
Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Oil Elixir: Ok, let me start off with that fact this product smells SO delicious.  I get so many compliments from people (including Mr. Fresh Heart) when I apply this (which is daily). Because my hair is color treated and very wavy in texture, my hair tends to be a little frizzy at times. And I've noticed a significant different/improvement with my hair since using this product; it really does a great job with conditioning my hair. As far as the shine does, I couldn't tell much because even though I do have a little frizz my hair is pretty healthy and shines naturally anyway. The oil/elixir isn't as think as some of the other hair serums I've used before and a little goes a long way.  I'll definitely will be repurchasing this product.

(Via: Amazon)

Anna Sui La Vie De Boheme:  I have used this perfume as my go-to everyday perfume for two years now. It's sweet yet musky that also doesn't have an overbearing or overwhelming floral scent. However, it doesn't last long. So I do have to reapply it at least two or three times throughout the day. Which is kind of a big deal considering the prince for the tiny bottle of product you're getting. The bottle is small enough for easy carry but due to it not lasting as long, you do go through quite a bit of it. I'm almost done with my bottle that I repurchased and I think I am going to retire this scent for me and try something else. 

(via: Amazon)
Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, 25 Count: Though the packing on the front says ultra calming, it still gave me a burning sensation on my face after I used this product. It also didn't get all the makup residue off my face, and left it still feeling dirty. I will not be repurchasing it. 


(via: Amazon)
Sultra The Bombshell Rod Curling Iron: I love this curling wand and I cannot say enough about how awesome it is! It does heat rather quickly and you only need to wrap your hair around it and hold it for a few seconds. I have very thick hair medium length hair that hardly holds a curl when I use other wands but I find when I use this wand my curls stay for days! I highly recommend this!

(via: Sephora)
Benefit Cosmetics The Big Easy Liquid To Powder SPF 35 Foundation: I love Benefit but I am SO disappointed in this "BB cream". Like a lot of the other users have stated, it clings to dry spots on your face and it makes it look very cakey once applied. Even with a moisturizer and primer applied. I've used other BB's and the consistency of this one is very thick which makes the application process a little bit much (more time than I'd like to spend since I'm a busy mom of 3). It's basically putting on sun screen lotion on your face and and that's what it smells like too. It does have a very matte finish, once applied. Which is something I don't want considering I want a more dewy/supple finish in the spring and summer seasons. Coverage definitely needs improvement, I found myself reapplying it more than I wanted to throughout the day. It did clog up my pours so when I did use it I felt like I really needed to scrub my face more. Unfortunately as much as I love Benefit, I cannot recommend this product.

(via: Amazon)
NYX S126 Bohemian Chic Nude Matte Collection: I love this pallet for every day to even evening wear! The colors are extremely pigmented and super easy to blend. I have fair skin and all of the colors looked lovely on me. The blushes were an added bonus! I really loved the peach blush that's included in this pallet. NYX is supper affordable for those who are on a budget but want high quality makeup or just starting into makeup. I highly recommend this pallet for girls with fair skin (really any skin tone) too!

(via: drugstore)
NYX Butter Lipstick, Licorice: This color is gorgeous and so stunning on my fair skin. I always get compliments when I wear it. The formula is great too, it's smooth, buttery and moisturizing! The color lasts for a while too with minimal touch ups. The price is great for those on a budget and seek high quality makeup and lipstick at a fraction of the cost.

(via: Amazon)



NYX Nude On Nude Palette: I really loved the eye shadows, they were extremely pigmented and super easy to blend. I bought this because a lot of the colors were dupes to Urban Decays' Naked pallet. However, I could have done without the glosses, they are extremely sticky and just seemed like low quality. Which was super shocking since majority of NYX products I have are high quality.

(via: Sephora)

Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate: This is by far the most potent anti-aging eye concentrate I've used on myself. It's a bit more on the expensive side however, for all you moms out there wanting preventative care or grandmothers needing restorative lifting, this is everything you need. I applied it at night before I went to sleep and not only did it lighten my dark circles but it brightened my under eyes significantly! Like I said before it is pretty expensive, but a little goes a long way! I bought my bottle a while ago and still haven't put much of a dent in it. Great purchase, totally worth the money spent!


(via: Sephora)

Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream: I got a deluxe size sample of this from Sephora as a 100 point perk and I'm absolutely love this and in addition will be buying the full size when my sample runs out. Not only does this de-puff and hydrate my under eyes, it lightened my dark circles! I struggle with dark circles which makeup doesn't cover very well and although it didn't bug me too much, I'm really glad they've gone away. I do notice them slowly coming back after not using the eye cream for about a week, but if I only skip a few days the dark circles stay gone. It also has an almost shimmery effect without any actual shimmer that brightens the eyes without looking odd. I highly recommend this eye cream if you have mildly to moderately dark under eyes. 


(via: Sephora)

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: It simply cleanses the face and is great for my sensitive skin. I have searched high and low for a gentle cleanser that doesn't make my skin burn that also does an incredible job with cleaning my face. Any FAB products are simply put: amazing! They are very affordable and are effective products for those like me who have very sensitive skin. It's great for those who have eczema and psoriasis as well. It's smooth and fragrance free and great when you follow up with the Ultra Repair cream too.







             
Have a product you would like me to try and review? link it in the comments bellow!


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