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New Products I Can’t Wait to Try

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You can consider this a bit of a haul I guess; a pile of products I received for Christmas and recently purchased for myself. My face has been pretty bare lately and it’s been a solid few weeks since I’ve opened the makeup drawers, so it’s time to look into these new products and get excited for some new things to play with.

Let’s start with the most exciting, the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette. As you may or may not know, this little baby has been on my wish list for about two years now. My mother-in-law must be a frequent reader since she absolutely nailed it this Christmas. This package was ripped open with a squeal of joy! I can’t wait to give this a go and test out all the different looks that you can create with this palette. Following along in the eye category is the Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner and brush. A friend of mine gave me an awesome Tarte set for Christmas that included this guy, which I had previously been dying to try out. I’ve already given it a go once, but that had a disastrous outcome. YouTube is going to have to help me out with this one cause it’s just not working, but I know it can be fabulous. And last but not least for the eyes, the amazing Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara which I’ve used before in the past, but am so happy to have back in my life.

Then on to two fabulous highlights (I’ve really upped my highlight game recently). First we have the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter for an iridescent highlight. Besides swatching this I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard amazing things. And then most exciting of it all, the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop! If you haven’t heard of this then you’re living under a rock. Expect a full review of this coming soon.

Then we have the Beauty Blender. I’m not sure why or how I’ve never picked one of these up in the past, but boy am I glad I’ve done so now. I’ve had cheaper versions of this blending sponge in the past but when people say the Original Beauty Blender is best, they’re right. Such a smooth, flawless finish. I’ve used it twice and can’t wait to make it a daily habit. Then finally we have another amazing Christmas gift, the Too Faced Melted Berry Liquified Long Wear Lipstick. My two friends and I do a makeup exchange each Christmas and this was a perfect shade picked out for me! Can’t wait to take it out on the town!

Do you have any new products you’re excited to try? Have you tried any of these? Share you thoughts friends!

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Empties #6

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As the pile in the corner has escaped the confines of it’s box and the cat has started playing with empty product bottles instead of his toys, I thought it was about time for another empties post. You know, those posts where I share my garbage with you! I still think the idea of an empties post is funny (even though I’m 6 deep now), but I truly speak from experience when I say that these kind of posts show what I’ve liked enough to finish – so let’s take a look.

I’ll start with the hair – My first empty is the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave in Conditioner that I used every single day until the bottle was gone. I absolutely loved it and have already repurchased. My hair certainly needs any extra help it can get when it comes to moisture, so a leave in conditioner spray is something that I need every single day. I also went through another set of the John Freida Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Shampoo and ConditionerI recently coloured my hair just a little darker, and unfortunately my 24 year old grey hairs (no I’m not kidding) have caused me to continue. I love this nourishing formula and it protects my colour treated hair wash after wash. A little sample bottle of the Bumble and Bumble Beach Waves salt spray was finally finished, but I wouldn’t say I was a fan of this one. Didn’t do anything for my hair. And then finally, the last hair product that has already been repurchased is the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin which is a MUST if you have tangled curly hair like me. This works great as a daily moisture lock treatment, but also really helps when you’re trying to comb out those tangles.

Moving on to the body – as usual I have a few empty Body Shop bottles. The first is the Satsuma Body Scrub which I had lying around from a Black Friday mass gift bag. I love the formula of the Body Shop’s scrubs, but I’m not the biggest fan of the Satsuma line. And of course, another bottle of my favourite and already repurchased on a larger scale Olive Shower Gel. And to round it all out, two small travel sized items – the Olive Body Lotion and the Coconut Body Scrub.

And last but not least the face – Two more Body Shop items fall in this category as well (I really love the Body Shop). The first is the Chamomile Gentle Eye-Makeup Remover which, truthfully, I’m not a fan of. I mainly used this product all up just to get rid of it and move on to the next. It works great, but smells gross. The second is the Vitamin E Face Mist, which I use every day when I get out of the shower. I just finished this one up yesterday and it’s my second or third bottle. Even though I am extremely fond of it, I may go back to the Lush Breath of Fresh Air spray just for a change. I also managed to squeeze the last drop out of my beloved Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which I have yet to repurchase, but am yearning for daily. And finally, two small makeup items. Not at all surprised I finished up the Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Eraser as it’s one of the best products I’ve ever used. And the CK One Mascara, which dried up on me.

What have you been loving enough to finish to the last drop? Share some of your most repeated empties in the comments below!

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Empties #5

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Boy do I feel accomplished when I’m able to squeeze the last drop out of a product. And once again I have an overflowing pile of garbage that I save in a corner of my room to share with you guys (still…almost two years later Corey can’t understand this). I love reading these posts from other bloggers to see what they liked enough to use up completely, as well as whether or not the products are worth re-purchasing. I’m a sucker for a good empties post. And because of that these are some of my favourite posts to share with you guys. So lets delve into the pile of garbage…..

For the first time in quite awhile I have a few makeup items in the pile. After cracking my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder on my way home from Mexico a few months ago, it was only a short time later that the remaining few crumbs spilled out everywhere and were no longer usable. I absolutely loved this powder and wonder why I purchased a completely different powder to try out rather than replacing this one. It’s definitely one of my favourites. I also finished two liquid eyeliners – the Lancome Artliner as well as the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I absolutely love the Kat Von D liner and have already, and always will, repurchase. My favourite of all time. The Lacome Artliner was great, but I struggle with the brush – too delicate. I end up with two uneven wobbly lines.

Moving on to the mass of beauty products, I didn’t bother including the regular empty bottle of Catwalk Curl Amplifying Cream that makes an appearance in every empties post, but there were a few new ones. L’Oreal’s Power Rush Moisture Mask for hair was amazing and lasted a long time. Smells great and makes my hair so soft. Definite repurchase. For my face we  have a few Body Shop items including the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, my all-time favourite day cream. We also have the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser which I liked, but didn’t love. I prefer lathering face washes. As we all know I ADORE the Vitamin E line from TBS. I also finished up the Aloe Protective Serum, which I will most likely repurchase. I think it’s a great serum for the summer months. And finally, the last face product was my longest running repurchase item: the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I will repurchase the moment I see any sign of the bottom. Ever. Single. Night.

Two last (and random) products. Quo’s Nail Polish Remover Pump has been the best remover i’ve tried in a long time. So easy to use and takes all polish off quick! I’ve already repurchased. A really old YSL Babydoll perfume was finally spritzed to the last drop – it’s about time. And lastly, Degree’s Motionsense Dry Spray anti-perpirant in Fresh Energy. I picked this up to see what I felt about the new ‘dry spray’ fad, and wasn’t quite sold. It took a few days to get the correct balance and how much was required, and on a daily bases I felt like I was breathing in deodorant fumes. Not pleasant. I’ll stick to my wind-up sticks thanks.

What have you used up lately? Have you tried any of these?

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