Monday, March 27, 2017

Recent Repurchases

As much as I love buying a ton of NEW stuff, I get a lot of satisfaction from repurchasing items. It means I've finished something, and I don't have to think about finding a new product to fill a hole in my stash. A lot of my staples are skincare, as I go through that much more than I do any makeup products. Here's a few of my recent repurchases!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Haus of Gloi Fig & Pear Perfume Oil - Review

It's been a while since I've had a new indie perfume! Fig & Pear was apart of Haus of Gloi's Valentine's Day collection this year. This was the only new scent I bought, the rest of my order was all First Blush scented!

Fig & Pear is described as fig with juicy ripe pear. Opening the bottle, the scent is fruity and slightly spicy. The fig note is definitely more prominent, there's a sweetness underneath, but no strong pear note. On the skin, the fig is very prominent, with a slightly peppery scent. As it dries, the fig is still the star of the show - on me, I never got much of a pear scent.

The scent itself hung around on my skin for 4-5 hours, and had a nice throw - nothing too overwhelming. Unfortunately, I had been hoping for more of a pear scent. Overall, I wasn't too much of a fan. I even let this sit for another few weeks to see if the scent would change after resting more, which was not the case.

  • Decent longevity
  • Non overwhelming throw
  • Not enough pear!

Haus of Gloi Fig and Pear perfume oil (limited edition) - $15 for 5mL
Review - 2.5/5

Sunday, March 19, 2017

February Sephora Play! Box

February's theme for Sephora's subscription box was The Soft Side. The products came in a dusty rose colored satin bag. I was super excited to get the NARS mini, as I'd been eyeing the product for a while. Other than that, the products this month were somewhat lackluster.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake - I honestly don't know what the box curators were thinking with this one, this shade doesn't look good on ANYONE and it came in everyone's box. I tried it even though I knew I wouldn't like the shade. On me, it was fairly sheer but still put a lighter tone on my lips. The gloss had a light, minty scent. The "injection" part kicked in after about two minutes, and it was pretty intense - definitely not for anyone who hates that tingly feeling. I got a decent "bee stung" lip out of it that lasted for 20-30 minutes. The gloss itself felt heavy on my lips, and was strongly scented. I personally wouldn't go out of my way for this shade, but the plumping wasn't too bad. The mini gloss is 0.03 oz, and a full size is $22 for 0.14 oz

Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream - I don't mind eye cream minis because it keeps me from having to buy a full size eye cream. This cream from Origins claims to be a brightening cream, and it is brightening due to the face that the cream itself is super shimmery. I didn't like how this looked under eye makeup, and there's no need for a shimmery nighttime eye cream, so I won't be purchasing a full size of this when I'm done with the mini. The mini tube is 0.17 oz, with a full size at $30 for 0.5 oz.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer - This product felt more like a pore blurring primer than a moisturizer. It was very silicone-y, and didn't provide much hydration to my skin. I didn't like how heavy this sat on my skin either. Definitely a miss for me. The sample size is 0.24 oz, and there are two sizes available for purchase - 0.5 oz for $9.50, and 1.7 oz for $29.50.

Sephora Lashcraft mascara - I never mind mascara samples, because they need to be tossed so often for sanitary reasons. This mascara claims to lengthen and add volume, but I found that it did some lengthening, a lot of really good lash separation, but not much volumizing with one coat. I was able to do two coats with minimal clumping, which yielded much nicer results than a single coat.. The brush wasn't a massive pine tree brush, and I was able to navigate my small corner lashes with it. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to purchase, as there are formulas I like more, but I had no complaints about this mascara. The mini tube is 0.094 oz, and there are two sizes available for purchase - travel size at 0.169 oz for $7, and 0.33 oz for $12. (The prices for Sephora products are very good value, as my drugstore mascaras range from $4-$9.)

NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound - This was the product I was super excited to get this month! I had been eyeing these for a while, and had heard good things. The Velvet Lip Glide is not quite a gloss, but not a liquid lipstick - it had good color payoff but didn't dry down. I was hoping for a bit more longevity, and this was prone to transfer as it never really dried. I'm not sure if I want a full size, but I'm definitely going to keep wearing this one. I just wish it had blown me out of the water right away! The mini lip glide is 0.07 oz, and a full size is 0.2 oz for $26.

Marc Jacobs Decadence - This month's perfume sample is a bit disappointing, because it was previously available in a promo code from late last year. I don't exactly hate the scent - it's fruity with a bit of spice to it, and not overly floral. I don't need to buy it, because I have two sample vials now! The sample is 0.04 oz, and a rollerball is $29 for 0.33 oz. (There are also 1 oz, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz bottles, too!)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Empties - Mini Madness

I get a lot of deluxe samples - from my subscription boxes, promo codes, and from Sephora's rewards program. I've been making a more conscious effort to use them up, both to just cycle through products, and to see if there's anything worth picking up in a full size! Since I'm trying to record my empties throughout the year, I thought it would be fun to keep track of all of the minis I go through as well! These are minis that I finished up at the end of last 2016.

Mini garbage! So cute!

Monday, March 6, 2017

February 2017 Favorites!

I've gotten SO many new things over the past few months, it's been a bit overwhelming. Because I have so many new goodies, I haven't had a chance to really give everything a full test yet. My favorites from February are some past staples, and some new products I haven't mentioned yet.