Toss or Trash: November 2014 Part II

I’m clearing out and making room and, I love it! I’m finishing up lots and lots of products. These nail polish remover pads from L.A. Colors were awesome!…

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Even though it states that they are strawberry scented, these still smell like nail polish remover. But, if they are not the hardest working polish remover pads, I don’t know what is! I actually had to use about two to three per removal only because they are rather small but, this formula didn’t dry my cuticles out one bit. I’ll pick up more when I can find them.

With no doubt, my hair has gone through a huge change since leaving Florida and moving to Colorado. I’ve been trying lots of different moisturizing products in my quest for soft tresses….

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I was lured into thinking Tresemme’s Liquid Gold Shine Therapy would make my hair shimmery-golden. Not really. And, it didn’t give me any moisture either. The only thing it did do was keep my hair from becoming overly frizzy. However, Bath and Body Works White Citrus Shower Gel is still one of my favorite BBW fragrance. And, their washes never dry out my skin. That one I’ll replace.

I was giving this Avon lipstick sample with my last order of Moisture Effect Eye Makeup Remover (one of my very favorite eye makeup removers and I highly recommend). Take a look at what the sample looks like after just ONE try…

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The product is so soft that it just mushed up! Trust me, I’m not a Messy Marvin with my makeup but this was ridiculous.  I think the name is ‘Pink Flush’ but I don’t know which line it is from. As much as I love the color, this lippie not only had a problem staying in the tube, it roamed around my lips as well! Too messy so, I threw it away.

Earlier this summer, I got this free sample of Urban Decay’s Vitamin Infusion Complexion Prep Spray. Sadly, I just didn’t find that this spray added anything to my skin. My pores didn’t seem to be minimized nor did my makeup become less shiny throughout the day…

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My makeup didn’t seem to, noticeably, last longer, either. If you have used this, I’d love to know what your experience has been.

I’m really on a roll using up products. I’m looking for bottles and tubes that are almost used up and grabbing them to finish eyeing a spot for them in the Toss or Trash feature. In my quest to find such items, I discovered a bottle of Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength LIne-Reducing Concentrate I had. I have just finished up my last bottle and knew I trip to Kiehl’s was in order. However, finding this backup bottle saved me almost $60 that I didn’t need to spend! Plus, I found a couple of bottle of Suave body lotion that I caught on sale earlier this year so I didn’t need to replace any of those.

What was the last beauty product you used up?

My Winter Pajama Flannels Inspired My Manicure!

I know I can’t be the only one this has happened to. I picked a polish color, along with a glitter top coat and, it matched my jammies!!! Please tell me this has happened to you…

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This is what I came up with using Cult Nails’ ‘Kiss My Rose Bud’ with Pure Ice’s ‘Santa Merry Me’.

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‘Santa Merry Me’ is one of Pure Ice’s newest Winter glitters and it’s pretty! ‘Kiss My Rose Bud’ is a matte pink that set the perfect background for this pairing…

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So, when I cozied up in my flannel jammie pants (and, a fuzzy top, of course) and did my nails…

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I guess I was subliminally inspired to create this pink Wintertime manicure…

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I have done a manicure, more than once, only to discover that it matches something I’m already wearing and I wasn’t even trying to do a match. Please tell me that you’ve done this too so I don’t feel totally weirded out!

Toss or Trash: November 2014

I have been on a ‘use whatcha got’ kick rather than a ‘buy everything’ mode. Admittedly, there is a lot of satisfaction in this!

Some of my motivation has been finding a shampoo (and conditioner) that will give my hair moisture for at least two days. And, since my hair has been dry, it has also been breaking. So, between using ultra-moisturizing conditioners, I have been using Suave’s Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage Shampoo…

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I bought the accompanying conditioner of this, as well, however, I use up conditioners much faster. While I didn’t get the max of 95% less breakage, I did see a reduction. And, while this shampoo does work, it didn’t seem to do much in the way of adding moisture to my locks. Once I get a better handle on my hair retaining moisture longer, I believe the breakage will cease.

Along with finding a shampoo and conditioner combo that moisturize, I have been refraining from using hair spray or, at least a spray that doesn’t dry my hair out. Since I am self-employed and work alone, sometimes I can go all day without even needed to wear makeup or go beyond a ponytail for a hairstyle. But, since I have been growing out my bangs, I have needed a touch of hairspray to keep my hair out of my eyes. I have been using Dove’s Style & Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray…

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Even though this is the ‘extra strong’ strength, I didn’t find it to be so strong that it made my hair stiff or crunchy. There’s virtually no fragrance to this so for those that may be sensitive to fragrances, you might consider trying this one. I don’t know that I saw my hair having enhanced luminosity but, it didn’t dull my hair either. And, I didn’t find Style & Care to be overly-drying to my hair. On the other hand, I don’t think it added moisture either. I would repurchase this hair spray just because it didn’t out and out make my hair feel dried out.

One type of beauty product I don’t have lots of is mascara. Probably because I can be really fickle with all other types of beauty products but I stay close to a select three different mascaras. I was trying out Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe after reading positive reviews on it…

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While I did find the brush to work very well, the product itself, dried up quicker than my other mascaras. If you look closely, you can see that some of the spikes on the wand are not even coated with the product. I don’t feel that this tube lasted as long as most. However, there isn’t an easy way to find out if I even bought an old tube. It could have been on the shelf for a long time before I purchased it.

As I stated, I don’t switch mascara brands very often. However, if presented with the opportunity to try Lash Blast Luxe again, I would just because I did like how the wand performed.

Earlier this year, I was working as a merchandiser for Unilever and I received Degree Clinical Protection antiperspirant/deodorant at a regional meeting…

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The ‘Stress Control’ fragrance was one of the newer fragrances at the end of last year. I was excited to try this one. Even though the ‘clinical’ type of deodorants are more expensive and, there is less product in these compared to the regular stick deodorants, I found that the clinical protection truly does work better. They have twice the amount of active ingredient.

The last photo of the deodorant shows not only how the product is delivered but also, this is all used up. There isn’t any more product to dispense. Of course, I rotate about three deodorants at a time so, I didn’t get caught without any. However, do keep in mind that you can’t quite tell when this product is about to run out. I have replaced it because this is my current favorite deodorant.

How have you been doing with using up beauty products rather than making new purcases? What’s your favorite deodorant?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

For this installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday, I went looking for something that was known to be soothing and gentle to skin. In the last installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday, I reviewed Target’s Up and Up facial wipes and I didn’t have a good experience at all. Up and Up made my face sting and it hurt! So, I looked for a brand that would be kind to my skin. I found it with Aveeno…

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I was instantly drawn to the words ‘calming’ and ‘gently soothes’. That was exactly what I wanted. I’m happy to report that Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming makeup removing wipes did exactly that.

Do you remember when you used to buy products that you’d use on a daily basis and they would have a 30 counts? Well, I think companies are being not-too-sneaky and lowing the counts on items so as to not raise the prices…

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Nevertheless, I did find Ultra-Calming wipes to be totally efficient at removing my makeup. As I have stated in other posts, I don’t have sensitive skin but I wanted to find something that gave my face a nice ‘ahhhh’ after wiping off my makeup. These Aveeno wipes are ones that I would recommend to my sensitive-skin friends because it was that gentle…

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After using a wipe, I found that following up with a toner wasn’t necessary, although it is something I do to test how well the wipes hold the grime. These Ultra-Calming wipes held onto the makeup it was removing and didn’t smear it around my face. Now I’m even gleeful!

These wipes were standard size and had a gentle texture to them…

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A list of the ingredients didn’t yield anything that made me concerned. I know that aloe, feverfew and cucumber are soothing to the skin…

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The opening was a plastic rim and that usually is good enough and, my preferred type of opening for wipes. Aveeno did have a peel top inside the rim, however, I left it in place just for the extra sealing…

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Here’s what I do know: Aveeno Ultra-Calming facial wipes ARE calming. They do the job and they do it very well. I didn’t feel that my skin was totally stripped of all its moisture but I didn’t feel any type of residue left behind. They are just a tiny bit more expensive than some other wipes but, at $5.99, I feel they are fairly priced. I did pick mine up at Target when they were on sale for $5.49.

Again, Aveeno is a brand known for being gentle to skin. Their Ultra-Cleaning makeup removing wipes hold true to that proclamation.

Have you tried Aveeno wipes before? What other Aveeno products do you recommend?

Eclos: Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream

One of my favorite skincare brands is one that doesn’t get a lot of promotion. I have only seen a small ad of Eclos by Freeman Beauty only once. I’m very happy that I stumbled across it. I bought a sample pack of Eclos almost 2 years ago and have been in love with it since. Here is Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream, full-size, that I just finished up…

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Eclos proclaims a lot of healthy skin benefits. What I know for sure is that my skin loves this stuff. A medium-weight moisturizer with only a slight herbal smell, I use Regenerative Cream as a morning moisturizer. Without tightening my skin, I can feel this cream soaking into my skin and softening my fine lines.

I’m very impressed with the list of ingredients in this moisturizer as most of them are from plants I know…

DSCF0006Combined in a high-potency product, the focus of Regenerative Cream is to not only slow down the aging but also keep skin from sagging, brighten it and hydrating it as well. I can recommend this moisturizer to my sensitive skin friends because, just as important as what is in it, is what it doesn’t have. Check out the list below…

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I purchase my Eclos products at Walgreens however, you can purchase them online and at Ulta.

I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of the actual cream itself. Have you tried any Eclos products?

 

News From The Vanity

Hi! No reviews today. However, I do want to share some interesting, cute and worrisome things that have happened around the Pink Vanity this week.

Let’s get the worrisome right out of the way. I reviewed the Holiday 2014 Wet N Wild Fergie Beauty University Palette here. You can read my review but, in a nutshell…I didn’t like it at all. So, I did something that I have rarely done; I took it back to Walgreens to get my money back. I knew I wouldn’t use it. That was about a week ago. I was in Walgreens a couple of days ago and, I saw that on the display I got the palette from, there were two palettes. Each display comes with only two palettes to begin with. I had a feeling…

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I checked both boxes and this one, above, had the seal on the box broken. I didn’t take it any further than that. I’m just thinking that the palette I returned got put back on the display! I saw some of the same factory assembly scuff marks on the box like the one I had purchased.

I live in Denver and we have been breaking 100-year-old cold temperature records. Luckily, the weekend before, I got out all of my winter clothes. I found a scarf that had this tag on it…

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Since the scarf was made in China, I get it. However, it seems odd that a scarf would have LEAD in it to begin with!!!

It has been about 16 months that I have been in my condo and am now just getting motivated to put my prints and paintings on the wall. This print is from a fairy calendar I had years ago. I liked it so much that I got it framed. If I remember correctly, it’s called ‘The Fairy Wedding’…

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As I mentioned before, it’s really cold here. Look at these two cats on my couch…

 

snug as a bug catsThat’s Libby (yes, this is HER blog!) and her real brother, Sebastian. They do not like this cold weather whatsoever! As a side note, the quilt to the left is a handmade one from my dear Aunt LaVer. She gave that to me as a Christmas gift in 1979!! That quilt is still used today, as you see, and has held up like IRON…or should I say polyester!!! I love it!!!

Tell me, how your week has been going?

 

Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Art: Topaz Twinkle

How have Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art shadows come in under the radar? I went to Rite Aid to pick up the Snowman polishes (only to find out that they are the same colors they had last year!) and found a display with these new products…

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I don’t know how I missed reading anywhere about the PhotoReady Eye Art shadows because I would have been on a hunt PRONTO for them! I exercised EXTREME restraint and only purchased one. This is Topaz Twinkle …

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And since there were approximately 10 different colors, I picked Topaz Twinkle because there was only one left of that shade. Now, you might, rightfully, ask yourself, if this one is THAT pretty, I wonder if other colors like blue, green, black, and others are as pretty…

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I will save you the wondering. They are. I’m waiting for a sale! This was almost $10 at Rite Aid and, I see them for $8.98 at Walgreens.

One end, has the metallic-like shadow and the wand applicator is bendy, and you know, I liked how easy and gentle that made the application. The other end that has the glitter, it’s a pointed brush that allows for plenty of product pick-up…

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In the meantime, here are swatches of Topaz Twinkle to lust over…

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I wore my PhotoReady Eye Art shadow with and without eye primer. It was actually good both ways. I got a little bit more mileage with a primer so, that’s how I’m going to continue to roll with this product. I also used the glitter part as an eyeliner, over a couple of Urban Decay pencil eyeliners, over Beauty From The Earth mineral shadows applied foiled as eyeliners and, I used it all over the Topaz cream shadow. I loved it all! An interesting side note: when I apply the glitter, it has a very cooling sensation. I am thinking it may have some sort of alcohol component that allows for it to dry quickly and add to cohesion that creates that cool temperature feeling.

Photos fail, extremely, to show the metallic look of the cream shadow and, the very sparkly goodness of the glitter. This is one product I can’t wait for Santa to arrive to put it in my stocking. I’m going in for early self-gifting!

Have you spied Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Art shadows? Which one(s) did you get?

Amazing Grunge: Sally Girl Polish Pairs Up With Cult Nails

OK, I’ll admit this is more of a Halloween look than a Thanksgiving look. However, my goal was a Fall look. And, I’m quite OK with the turnout of this manicure. It was fun to pair up these two…

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Cult Nails polishes are my ‘go to’ polishes to find a base color for glitters. I know Cult Nails polishes are practically hassle-free for me. Like purchasing Profusion and L.A. Colors palettes, Sally Girl polishes are a low-investment to try something new…

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The mixture of lime, black and blue bar glitter intrigued me. I am in the ‘love bar glitter’ camp. There are many polish lovers that don’t care for it at all. As for me, I think I like ALL polish glitter!!!

Cult Nails’ Grunge is anything but grungy, in my opinion…

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Both, Cult Nails and Sally Girl performed awesomely…

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It almost reminds me of a tweed-like pattern. What can I say…I’m a sweater girl!

I know you love Cult Nails! Do you like the affordability and fun-factor of Sally Girl polishes? I catch Cult Nails sales when they are on pre-order so, I get them for around $8-9 a bottle. I have a Sally’s card and, I got Amazing for about 88 cents.

LA Colors: Neutral Shadow Holiday Palette

I only waited a few days before I went back to Walgreens and purchased the L.A. Colors Neutral Shadow Holiday Palette after I swatched the Bright Shadow Holiday Palette…

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I am still enamored by the bright palette and have been mixing it in with all sorts of other palettes, indy minerals and cream shadows. I mean, makeup lovers will always play! So, for less than a the cost of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, why not spend $3 and get the neutrals?…

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For years, I used only neutrals and then, the vibrant ’80’s hit and it was joker’s wild on whatever bold color you wanted to wear. So, I put aside wearing brown clothes and brown shadows. And even though I don’t wear the same looks as I did in the 80’s, it wasn’t until I started beauty blogging that I got back into wearing neutral shadows much at all.
So, when I found the newest L.A. Colors Holiday palettes at Walgreens a few weeks ago, it was easy for me to pick the bright colors over the neutrals. However, the performance of those shadows blew me away and I practically ran back to get the neutral palette. For 24 neutral shades, there are plenty here without any repeats…

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Just as a side note….does anyone else think that pale blue looks out of place? I’m happy to have it but, it seems odd in the midst of taupes/browns/grays…

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Anyway…I was excited to begin swatching. Here are some random picks I chose…

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Although my photos were all out of focus, I can assure you that the colors I picked were very pigmented. The lighter color shadows are are soft yet, they blend in quite wonderfully with the darker shades.

I’m more apt to lean towards a smoky eye look with this palette than to seek out a soft tone, neutral look. However, for those fans of neutral, you will love this one. No, it’s not as great as the better-known nude palettes we have been seeing but, I was not disappointed at all with what I got with L.A. Colors Neutral Holiday palette. And, if you want to get a gift for a friend that is just starting to venture into makeup or, likes more subtle looks, this one is sure to delight.

Have you tried the neutral palette from L.A. Colors? Is this a nude palette that you would try?

Holiday 2014 Wet N Wild Fergie Beauty University Palette

I purchased the new Wet N Wild Fergie Beauty University palette, a Walgreen’s exclusive last week. Since I liked the one that came out last year so much, and this year’s had more shadows and lip glosses, I thought for sure this was going to be a winner. Last year’s palette was $20. This year’s is $30…

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First off, the footprint of this palette is larger than last years. In fact, I found it not only oddly-shaped but also, it was rather difficult to open up the first time…

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It was difficult getting the top open. The entire box feels cheaply made and I was considered I was going to break it before I even managed to get it open…

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Next, the sides pull out to reveal the lip glosses and glitters…

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I felt that the gray/black shadows had very little variance. Usually, when they are sitting in the pan right next to each other, you can see a color difference. But, I couldn’t and in the swatches, there’s none whatsoever…

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It looks like only four, maybe five, different color swatches but this is the entire bottom row of shadows.

I did random swatches and felt that most were fairly well pigmented, but most of them were super crumbly and it seemed like a lot of waste was being created. I swatched a few of the glitters and as with most Wet ‘n Wild cream shadows, or lip glosses if I were to use them for that, are practically impossible to apply…

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After the shadow swatches, I did some gloss swatching. I found that all but a few were super sheer and these wouldn’t have put a lot of pigment on my lips. Several of them are colorless even on my fair skin…

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The most disappointing thing I ran across was that just after dabbing my lip brush twice into the glosses, I was hitting pan. So one, these pans didn’t have a lot of product and two, the glosses were so runny that I knew they wouldn’t stay on my lips but for only a short time before migrating either completely off my lips or, on my face around my mouth…

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And while the color range is pretty and there are a lot of choices…

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The quality is not worth it in my opinion. For $30, I can go get a better quality palette, albeit with less number of shadows, at Ulta or a department store, for close to the same amount or, for just a few more dollars. In fact, I’d recommend the Profusion or L.A. Color palettes I have previously reviewed over this one.  I know I wouldn’t face the profound disappointment I have with this year’s Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Holiday palette.

Have you seen this display up at your local Walgreens? Have you or, do you plan on purchasing this?