Friday, April 28, 2017

4/28 Firsts and Finals

Firsts
*Acure pore clarifying facial scrub  I like this scrub.  My face feels very clean, but not tight/dry.
*essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara  I do, but this mascara doesn't bring it.  It is very dark and it gives great length.  Volume?  Not so much.
*essence lipliner in cute pink  As most lip pencils, this one is pretty dry.  The color is just a bit pinker than my natural lip, so it's great to line and fill in, then layer a color on top.
*Maybelline baby lips crayon in blush burst  The color is a great, everyday soft pink.  The formula is super hydrating.  It only lasts a few hours, but it smells like frosting so I don't mind reapplying.
*Murad eye lift firming treatment  Wow!  This is a new favorite.  I didn't think my undereyes were very puffy until I used this.  What a difference!  I would definitely use this before a big event because the before/after is dramatic.
*Rimmel #InstaFlawless skin tint  This doesn't add a lot color, but improves the appearance of my skin.  Great for every day around the house.
*wet n wild liquid catsuit in rebel rose  I love the color and it lasts all day.  But this formula is so drying!  I have to add a gloss or balm on top.

Finals
*Hask argan oil repairing deep conditioner  I love Hask and this mask is no exception.  I will definitely be repurchasing this mask.
*Shea Moisture youth-infusing cream cleanser  This is very creamy and was hard to rinse off.  Will not be purchasing.

Faves
*baby lips crayon, Hask mask, Murad eye treatment, Rimmel skin tint

Flops
* Shea Moisture cleanser

Monday, April 24, 2017

4/24 Money Monday

I avoided the Sephora sale this weekend.  I almost caved, had stuff in my cart...then I closed the tab and didn't go back.

We're replacing the windows in the basement.  Husband picked them up from Menards, came home, handed me the rebate form, and I immediately filled it out and mailed it in.  I'll take my 11% back, thank you very much.

Friday, April 21, 2017

4/21 Firsts and Finals

Firsts
*eb5 Exfoliating Cleanser  It was okay.  My face felt smooth and not tight, but it wasn't revolutionary.
*Hello Extra Whitening Pure Mint Fluoride toothpaste  It's not very minty, which is suprising since 'pure mint' is part of its name.  It has a baking soda aftertaste, which I don't hate, but it's not the minty flavor I was expecting.
*Juice Organics volumizing shampoo and conditioner  There was definitely some added volume and my hair was so soft!  Unfortunately, this smells like over-ripened fruit. blech
*Raw Sugar Lemon Sugar body wash  Smells amazing!!!
*Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara  It's good, but that name is a big claim. lol  The formula is very wet (insert obvious teenager joke here) and tends to clump, but it is lengthening (another joke) and volumizing.  I just don't think it lives up to its name. ;)

Finals
*Balance Me Radiance Face Mask  After removing, my face felt tight.  After about an hour after removing, it felt amazing.  Definitely one to use earlier in the day, not right before you head out at night.
*Sephora Rose sleeping mask  Sadly, finished this favorite.  I will definitely pick up a few more.  This mask smells fantastic and I look so rested in the morning.  Love this!

Faves
*  Raw Sugar Lemon Sugar wash, Sephora rose mask


Monday, April 17, 2017

4/17 Money Monday

I completed a survey a couple of weeks ago and received the $10 payment over the weekend.  I had actually forgotten about it, so the $10 was a nice surprise.

My grocery store was out of our favorite ham, but I got a rain-check so I will get one in a few weeks at the 'Easter weekend' sale price.

I was going to get a new dress for myself for Easter, but decided the more prudent thing would be to wear something I already own and save that money.  Nobody seemed to care. ;)  They were all too busy admiring the cute kids in all their Easter finery.


Friday, April 14, 2017

4/14 First and Finals

Firsts
*Colgate Radiant Optic White toothpaste  I don't know about 'optic white', but it tastes good and leaves my teeth feeling very clean.  There's a baking soda aftertaste, if that's not your thing you won't like this.
*Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment from John Frieda  I really like this conditioner.  It works very well after my hair freaks out on the Soapbox in the next section. lol
*Mario Badescu Orange Tonic Mask  This smells amazing, but I notice zero difference in my skin.
*Rimmel Stay Matte foundation  Nope.  This is obviously for oilier skin than mine because it caked and dried my skin.  Not for me.
*Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultra Moisture  This is the second type of their shampoo I've tried.  This one was pretty good.  My hair feels soft, but did seem to get dirty faster.
*Skinfix Foaming Oil Cleanser  It's coconut based, so it's very moisturizing.  It felt very good after a day in that ^ Rimmel foundation.

Finals
*Derma e Microdermabrasian Scrub  I'm sad this is gone and will definitely be watching for a sale.
*Dove Nutrium Moisture in Sweet Cream with Peony  This is very moisturizing and smells amazing.  I will rebuy this in colder months when my skin's thirsty.
*Soapbox Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner  I like the smell and I love the 'buy one, give one' business model.  However, my hair hates this stuff and frizzes like crazy when I use it.  So I won't be repurchasing.
*tarte tarteist mascara  So not my favorite and not my favorite tarte mascara.  It is dark, but it adds zero volume and very little length.  I'm glad I tried it for free because it's been on my radar for a while and I would have been very disappointed to have paid $25 for this lackluster product.

Faves
*Frizz Ease daily, Skinfix cleanser

Flops
*Rimmel matte, Soapbox shampoo, tarteist

Monday, April 10, 2017

4/10 Money Monday

Last week was a bit of a slow week here.

*I resisted the Ulta sale again, which was SO hard since my beloved Perversion was half-price.  I almost bought it, then remembered I have...ummm, a few still new mascaras to go through.  The sale will come around again, right?
*I'm one of the lucky ones that is receiving a month of free bagels from Panera.  They do this for members a few times a year and April is my lucky month.  I don't run out to get my free bagel, but if I'm out already I'll swing by.  My kids are enjoying the random chocolate chip bagels.
*On Wed I took my daughter to the Lego store for a free mini build.  While at the mall, I bought a big jar candle from Yankee for $28.  Not cheap, but that big jar lasts a long time and the new lemon scent is so fresh and clean smelling that I gave in.  Then I woke up on Thurs to an email with a BOGO coupon. ARGH  Seriously?  I had already promised my son I would take him to the other mall on Fri so he could spend a VStock GC, so I put my new candle in a bag and took it with me.  I 'returned' the one and 'bought' two, making that $28 go twice as far.  Yay for coupons!
*While out with just the one kid, I took him to Chik-fil-a for lunch.  That's not a cheap lunch out, but it is good and that $15 or so scored me an hour and major points with said son, making it well worth it in my book!  And I didn't buy during the Ulta sale, so I think I still came out ahead. ;)

Friday, March 31, 2017

3/31 First and Finals

Firsts
*Buxom full-on lip polish in Dolly  Great color as a top coat!  A little tingle when you put it on, but in a good way. ;)  I didn't notice any plumping action, but it isn't sticky, which is a big plus.
*Dermdoctor Kakadu C intensive Vitamin C peel pad    I could see a difference when I used it, my face looked bright and fresh.  It's not drying, it doesn't burn, I like everything but the price.I will watch for a sale on these, definitely.
*elf HD under eye setting powder  This is okay, very take it or leave it for me.  It does set concealer, but I don't think it does any better than just regular powder.  It's only $3, so it's a good item to throw in if you need to hit a threshold at Ulta, imo.
*Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer  This is a gradual self-tanner you use after the shower, before drying off.  The color was not good on me, it was orangey, which is never a good look.
*YSL Glossy Stain  The color was dark in the pot, but super sheer on.  I used two coats and still could barely see it.  And it was sticky like molasses.  ALL day!  The color faded, but my lips were still sticky.  Hard pass on this!

Finals
*GlamGlow Powermud dual cleanse treatment  This has an odd smell to it, almost like not-quite-gone-bad produce.  It's not awful, but it's not good, either.  It goes on creamy, then dries in about 10 minutes like a clay mask.  When you rinse it off, it turns into an oily cleanser.  It leaves my face very soft and refreshed looking.
*Mario Badescu products  The company had an offer a few weeks back, complete a survey and they would send you samples of products tailored to you.  I haven't been without a bottle of the rosewater spray for years, so I decided to try a few more of the product line.  The samples were quite generous and I've used these for almost a week.
-Almond & Honey Face Scrub  Very gentle.  I'm not sure you can call it a 'scrub' when it has no scrubbing action.  The company even calls it 'non-abrasive'?  It is moisturizing.
-Aloe Lotion  I really liked this toner and would use it again.
-Buttermilk Moisturizer  Really feels good on the face.  It's a gorgeous blue color, which was a little surprising.  The smell is fresh and very light.  I liked this a lot.
-Dermonectin Eye Cream  This was also blue.  It absorbed very fast and didn't sting my eyes at all.  It was good at night, but too greasy for a day eye cream.
-Orange Cleansing Soap  Very creamy and gentle cleanser.
-Seaweed Night Cream  This was a gorgeous sea foam color.  Not the gross slimy green of actual seaweed, but more of a Disney-fied version.  It smells fresh, too.  I wouldn't call it a night 'cream', though.  This feels more like a night 'mask'.  It's not greasy, but it's thick and I can feel it on my face.  It did make me look like I got more sleep, which is good.  I think this would be a good product for winter for me, but not during the summer.  I do think it would be great for someone with dry skin, though.

Faves
* Buxom Dolly, Dermdoctor pads

Flops
* Jergens after shower tanner, YSL stain