Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Empties 2013

Ah ha! I did it! All caught up with my empties.... Finally I can clear my shelf.... 


Another RENU contact solution travel size. I think this is my last one so yippee!
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay


BI-FACIL Eye Makeup Remover - I am so happy I have so many minis though my stash is slowly dwindling. I think I have about 3-4 left... 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!




SANA cleansing oil - I went to Mitsuwa (Japanese market) and there was this sales lady in the makeup/skincare isle. She was super nice and tried to sell me a some products. I was looking for a new cleansing oil at the time so I decided to give this a try. I think she said something to do with mushrooms? But I think I see something to do with soy? No idea this was MONTHS ago.... anyways I broke out this bad boy back in September I think.... so this lasted me... 8 months!! =O
It has a very good pump. I typically only need about 3/4 of a pump for my face. It does remove my makeup fairly well. But to be honest after a 12 hour day there isn't much left to remove as far as I can tell. I like that it isn't a runnier oil. It doesn't really emulsify which is kinda a downer for me. It doesn't have a fragrance which is always a plus. I truly enjoyed this cleansing oil. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Hurray!

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam - I have a review of it here, This was one of the very first cleansers I ever used. I think this was before their reformulation. I had this for a while and decided it was time to use it. My feelings haven't changed about this product. It is still definitely Holy Grail material for me. I might purchase a full size down the line but for now I want to try out some other cleansers.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner - I have a review of this toner here. As mentioned I loved this toner. This made my skin feel refreshed and clean. I think I am going to switch to using Witch Hazel for a while. I purchased a huge bottle at my local Rite Aid so I am set. I might repurchase this in the future.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Hurray!


The Body Shop Blueberry body butter - I picked this up back in January (Post here) and I purchased a couple body butters when they were running their sale. I have no idea why this caught my eye but I grabbed it anyways. I thought this was going to the the last one I finished since I am not particularly fond of blueberries. Boy was I wrong!! I finished this first because I liked the scent and it is not overpowering like the other ones I picked up. (I love Papaya also but I didn't want to finish that one up too quickly) When I slathered this on before I climbed into the bed the smell is actually sort of soothing. I am not a believer in aromatherapy. Mostly because strong scents tend to give me a headache. This one I really liked. As for moisturizing. It does okay. It is somewhere between a tad to light for winter and a tad to heavy for summer. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!


Cotton Squares - I am kind of sad... this was my last bag of japanese cotton squares. It is going to be a while till I have a chance to restock. I been spoiled by these babies. In a rush for cotton squares I swing by my nearest Sephora and picked up a pack of the Shiseido Cotton. I think I might have liked these better... 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!


I got this lip balm from a ex coworker years ago.... Probably had this longer than I should. I really love the smell. Can you guess what it smells like? Only downside was it was in a pot. But I guess that is part of its appeal. I don't like dipping my fingers in a pot so I have been using it at night with a brush. (Pic back in October) It is a decent lip balm but it will not heal the chapped lips.  
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay


Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - This little .5 oz pot lasted me quite a long time. I got this in my BirchBox a while back. It is an okay eye cream. If it gets in your eye it does sting mildly. It is definitely a "balm" consistency. Very light, definitely not a heavy eye cream. I don't notice many results but then again I don't have a lot of under eye circles or fine lines to worry about YET. I would say this is the best eye cream I have used so far but I haven't liked any eye cream I've used thus far. I would say it is okay. At $65 I think I will go experient around before I commit to this eye cream.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay


L'Occitane hand cream in Shea Butter - This is definitely a cult favorite kind of product. I can see why. It has just the right amount of thickness to be very moisturizing but not overly heavy. It sinks in nicely. If my hands need a moisture boost I would definitely reach for this. If you have really dry and cracked hands this alone won't be sufficient but for a good hand cream this definitely takes the cake.  I don't particularly like the Shea Butter scent but that is just me. I love the squeeze tube packaging. The material is very flexible which allows you to really squeeze every last drop out of the tube. Definitly a plus for the people like me who don't like to waste product.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay (Because of scent)




Crabtree and Evelyn Citron Honey and Coriander Hand Therapy - This is by far my favorite scent of all time when it comes to lotions. I could bath myself in this stuff. I was first introduced to it as some bath supplies from a hotel I was staying at and I absolutely loved the scent. I picked this baby up at one of their outlet locations. They were doing a 2/30 promo so it is not a inexpensive hand cream. I jumped at the opportunity and grabbed two. One I kept and one I gave to my friend Annie who shares my obsession with this scent. As for moisturizing I would have to say this is mediocre at best. It is a light hand cream, definitely not sufficient in the colder months or if your hands are dying of thirst. Nonetheless I truly love this scent. I was very sad to see this tube go. As for as packaging goes I like that it is in a tube form but i prefer the L'Occitane packaging. The aluminum-type material gives the tube the weirdest dents and makes it harder to squeeze out the product. The cap also isn't as secure as the L'Occitane one either. If you ever have the chance I would highly recommend you go and give this a whiff. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!




I am so happy to be all caught up with my empties. Truthfully I didn't think I could do it! Empties posts are my favorite posts to read/write and they also are very time consuming. I hope you enjoyed this mini empties marathon. Hopefully it will the last one time I fall this far behind. =D

Ari~



Monday, April 29, 2013

March 2013 Empties

Two Empties Posts in two days?!?! What.... 

Yes I am playing catch up! Also.... my shelves are full of empty bottles and they gots to go! 



Kirkland Body Lotion - This sweet old lady was trying to sell this to customers at Costco.... I couldn't say no. It smelled nice and felt moisturizing. I read the label and it had no parabens so I said heck why not. It was cheap and I didn't want to let the little old lady down. It was an alright moisturizer but I didn't think it sunk it well. It kind of sits on the skin.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay


 Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Body Lotion - I really love this scent but it doesn't work for a body lotion. It is overly strong. The lotion itself is okay. Not moisturizing enough for my winter skin. This isn't a scent I can use outside of Autumn/Winter and I didn't want this to sit in my drawer any longer. I am glad this is finished. 
 Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay


Olay Cleansing Body wash in Luscious Embrace - I hate this body wash. It smells so strong and it is the scent is not appealing at all. It was the body wash that refuses to die. It was one of those "its on sale must buy!" moments and my family has a lot of them. Of course NO ONE wanted to use this stupid bottle so I got stuck with it. Thank goodness it is empty. Sad news is I still have one more bottle to go... *sniff*
 Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay



Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant - My holy grail, I go through these every few months. 
 Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!


Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus - One of my holy grail mascaras! It is the first and one of the only mascaras that hold a curl. I will never stray from this mascara. I always have a backup in my stash. 
 Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!


BI-FACIL Eye Makeup Remover - I go through one of these minis a month. I love this makeup remover.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!


Renu fresh contact solution - I bought so many of these travel size bottles to have "just in case" but now I rather have the space in my drawer.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser - I don't really understand why this is such a cult favorite. It is very light, doesn't foam at all but I know it is sulfate free so that could be why. I have been using it with my clarisonic and I put more than needed just to empty this. I cannot quite get use to the rosemary scent. (I think it is rosemary anyways) I don't particular feel my skin is fully cleansed. Please keep in mind I wear some sort of base everyday to work so if you wear light makeup this might work for you. I am glad I got this mini in one of my old Birch Boxes because I would probably pick it up due to hype just to find out I hated it. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: No Way


Archipelago Pomegranate Soap - Continuing with getting rid of the little things, I decided to bust open this soap. I think this was one of the first things I received when I first subscribed to Birch Box. I was never a fan of bar soaps so this sat there unused for a while. It was okay. Not much scent to it. It doesn't later well but is mildly moisturizing. It didn't wow me and didn't leave an impression. It is just soap. Plain and simple.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Sunday, April 28, 2013

February 2013 Empties

So what if I am 2 months late... at least its up!

February Empties!


A bunch of face masks and sample packets.



SIRCUIT® Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist - I got this in a Birchbox a while back. It is suppose to be a moisturizing mist that has hyaluronic acid. It was overly scented and thick for a spray. It also leaked and melted the words melted off. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: No Way





NYX Iced Mocha - This is my second one of these and I loved this shadow. Total holy grail material for me. Only downside is it can have a bit of fallout. I will be repurchasing this shortly. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!



Cotton Squares - I pick up a few of these from Mitsuwa (a japanese market) every time I am there. I don't have a specific preference to these specific ones, I just grab them based on price. These were fun because the pads were in a pastel rainbow array. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay




Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Cleanser - This was the cleanser that wouldn't go. I had this travel sized one for MONTHS. I thought it was just okay. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I used this with my clarisonic and it foamed up nicely. Only downside was it burned my eyes a little. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay



BI-FACIL Eye Makeup Remover - I have a bunch of these minis that I am trying to get through before I buy anymore makeup removers. This is a cult favorite and I can totally understand why. I love this makeup remover.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!



Contact Solution - I don't have any particular preference on what contact solution I use. I had a bunch of travel size solutions that I realized is going to expire soon so I think I am just going to go through those next.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay

I come to realize I tend to horde a lot of minis so I think I am going to work on getting rid of those next. =D



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Post Office Fail


This story happened in February. On a Saturday when I was lazily spending the day at home my brother walks in and says... hey you missed a package.

What!?!?!? Did the postman even ring the doorbell ._.

Reading the Label I knew it was from Liz! I had been expecting a package from her and I was super excited!

So I had this yellow slip in hand, and since the post office hours conflict with my work schedule I would have to wait a whole week till next Saturday to go pick it up.

Luckily I have friends like Bay. She is wonderful and kind and she said yes and I asked if she would pick up my package for me.... hehe

So I signed off and handed her the slip and my drivers license and two days later I got this text.....


So during my lunch hour, I of course had to face time her whilst she opened my package. And it was a beauty indeed....


I heard so much about Addiction products from Liz! I was super excited to see what she sent me! I was squealing whilst I was on Face Time with Bay.... My coworker thought I was slightly crazy...






I've used the eyeshadow already and it is gorgeous! So sparkly and reflective!


So it is now April and I am finally putting this up. Why so late you ask?

Pure laziness mixed with a bit of hesitation. These blushes are so beautiful. They look like liquid gold in the pans I didn't want to swatch them.. ><

I tried to capture the liquid gold looking quality.




I still have yet to swatch these babies. If your interested please head over to Liz's blog to see her swatches!



Friday, April 26, 2013

Trip to Mac and a FOTD

So I ran out of my Mac Liquid Last yesterday morning, and it was time to go to a Mac counter.

I went in shopping list in hand.

Liquid Last in Point Black
Fluidline in Black Track
Travel Cleanse off Oil
Empties for a Back to Mac. (Some sort of light pink)

I spent a good 20 minutes standing there looking and swatching whichever pinks caught my eye. I decided not to do too much research because of the hype behind Mac, I might end up with something popular instead of something I would truly enjoy.

Here are the swatches.
 
 
It came down to the final two.
 
 
Chaterbox or Snob

Can you guess which one i choose?

 
 
 
What else I am wearing:
Elizabeth Arden Morning Serum
Kevin Beauty Maker BB Cream (Thanks Jacq!)
Taupe shadow (I pressed two different shadows to make this)
Mac Fluidline in Black Track
Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On (Really love ths mascara!)
Mac MSF in Lightscapade
Physcians Formula Happy Booster Blush
Mac Chatterbox (Congrats if you guessed right!)
 
I might go back for the one, lets see how I feel. I don't really like the Mac lipstick packaging but the range is unbeatable.
 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beautiful Blogger Award

Firstly, I would like to say Thank You! to both Liz and Jacq for nominating me for this award. And Secondly, I been so lazy with blogging, I thought I would start with this one since I was tagged over a month ago...

After reading through the award, this actually seems kind of fun! Okay lets get to it! 

As with other blog awards, this Award comes with a few 'rules':

1. Link the person who nominated you. ü
2. Post the award on your page. û (Can't find it....)
3. Tell seven facts about yourself. ü
4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated. û

Now to the Juicy Facts!!!

1. I grew up and currently live in NYC but I have never been to the Statue of Liberty.
2. I hate tourists but I love being doing the things I hate about tourists when I am visiting other places. =D
3. If you tell me something is good for you... it becomes a little less tasty.... LOL 
4. I am an organized chaos type of person, my space is a mess but I know where everything is. =D
5. I loveeee sashimi. If I could eat one thing everyday it would be sashimi.
6. I love reading cheesy historical regency romance novels.
7. My right eye is noticeably smaller than my left eye and I have a "lazy" left eye. *boo*

One of the things I dread about tags is having to tag other people. It reminds me of those chain spam mails I use to get in high school that said went something like this...."if you don't forward this email to 20 people you know, you will grow a giant pimple tomorrow!"

So I decided that I am just going to tag everyone who has read this post!!! If you are reading this, please do this tag. I actually find the facts very fun and it lets us know a little bit more about the person behind the blog.


So I was so happy when a friend of mine told me that Tamagotchi finally came out with an iPhone app!!! Here is my little baby. The graphics are crap.... and it is very needy at times... The app is super buggy.... (see the pooping in its sleep) But the nostalgia of it all makes everything tolerable.... hehe



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