I haven’t done an “empties” post for some time… I guess that’s because I was otherwise busy preparing for, living through, and recovering from my hip replacement surgery. It’s been 8 weeks since the big operation and I’m feeling lots better these days. I can even go shopping at more than one store in a day again – hubby is fearful since he’s well aware I’m in need of some serious retail therapy! Having my hip replaced is truly giving me my life back. ONWARD to the subject at hand!!
Here are some things I finished recently….
I finally finished off my Victoria’s Secret body wash in “Amber Romance”, a bottle of Victoria’s Secret body lotion in “Amber Romance” and a small container of Bath & Body Works “White Citrus” shower gel. I totally love the Amber Romance scent! I have several other items in the same scent that will show up on my empties at some point in the future :) White citrus is nice also, but I think of it more of a summer scent.
I also used up a tub of strawberry-banana body butter by some obscure company that I can’t remember – and I never did take a photo of it. I wish I had. That stuff was incredible and honestly smelled good enough to eat!
I recently sprayed the final spray in a mini-size of the cologne shown above, Elizabeth Arden’s “Untold”. Strange thing (or maybe not so strange), Untold reminds me a bit of Amber Romance. The website describes it as “sparkling pink pepper, fused with crisp Bergamont”. Okay. To me it just smells sort of soft, musky, sweet, and good!
No surprise, I used another box of my favorite home hair color, L’Oreal Excellence in 6RB, Light Medium Auburn. Love this stuff. It’s easy to use and gives consistently nice results. At about $8.99 a box, I’ll keep buying it as long as they keep making it!
On to some favorite products from the past months….
I discovered this MAC lipstick this summer and don’t hear that much about it on blogs or YouTube from the beauty “gurus”. It’s “Fanfare”!
I love it! I think it’s a perfect blend of rose and peachy coral tones. It’s MAC’s cremesheen finish, which is so smooth and easy to wear. Here’s a pic of me, sporting “Fanfare”.
Another favorite I’ve worn nearly every day that I wear make up is:
Tarte’s “Lights, Camera, Lashes” mascara. I could bloviate a LONG time about why I love this stuff so much. It thickens, it lengthens, it does not go on clumpy, and it stays all day – even though it’s NOT waterproof. It’s also easy to remove at the end of the day. This is the first and only high end mascara I have ever tried that I think is actually superior to the better drug store mascaras. I’ll definitely repurchase, once it’s gone.
Another item I have used just about every day is:
Tarte’s Skinny Smoldereyes eye liner pencil in “Sunstone Bronze”. I don’t own many high end liners (two, to be exact!) but I’m glad I splurged on this one. This glides on so smoothly and will “set” and STAY shortly after applying it. It doesn’t set too fast, though. You can still use the smudger tip end and smudge out the line if you’d like. I love the color because it’s gorgeous and not as harsh as black. Yes, it’s a winner in my book!
The last “like” is my set of 6 stretchy head bands – and this hairdo that I sort of came up with, using one of them:
It’s been pretty warm and humid in our neck of the woods, so this summer it’s been a relief to get my hair up off my neck. I did this “do” with just my stretchy headband and about 6 bobby pins. I love the colorful stretchy headbands that I picked up at Dollar Tree for… yes, you guessed it, a buck. Six in the package for a dollar, all different colors. Gotta love it!! Oh, my lipstick in this photo is Revlon’s Lip butter in “Tutti Frutti”. It’s not everyday I wear orange lipstick – but today was one of those days! :-)
Now for the “Boo’s”. Boo number one is……
Almay CC Cream. I bought this stuff last summer on a buy one get one 50% off deal where I also purchased my much loved Get up and Grow mascara. The mascara is a huge hit!! The CC cream is NOT! I gave it many opportunities to work for me, but it just didn’t. It always felt slimy and greasy on my face. If you forgot and moisturized before putting this cream on, it was almost like an oil slick. I do NOT have oily skin… yet this product sure made me feel like I did. The other nasty thing about this item was that it began to separate! I would squeeze some out onto my hand or fingers and part was the pigment and part would be a weird oily substance. I tried shaking it up prior to use, and it still wasn’t right. I gave up and threw this little lovely into the rubbish bin! Right where it belongs. I won’t miss you, Almay CC Cream!!
For my last “Boo”…..
Bath and Body Works Candle in the scent of “Spring”. Whoa! I can’t believe I’m dissing a B & BW candle at all! I love most of them and own quite a few different scents. BUT. This candle is so harsh and so strong… it really fooled me. When I first smelled it in the store, I loved it. So I bought it. But seriously, as this candle burns the smell gets stronger and stronger and literally begins to nauseate me. I can’t describe it, but it’s nasty. Since these candles are NOT cheap (I get them on the 2 for $22 sales), I hesitate to just toss it out. So, I’ve been burning it outside this summer.
That’s it for this time around. I’m so excited we’re approaching Autumn here in the Northwest! I am even looking forward to rainy days and making some pots of warming soups. It’s my favorite time of year! Here’s our kitty, Jinx….
Jinx says he’s looking forward to days spent laying in front of the fireplace or heat dish! :-) See you next time!!!