If you're unfamiliar with my monthly empties posts, I've been making an effort to diminish my huge pile of samples and products (see blog post here: Project: Finish Samples). Just as a disclaimer though, I don't use more product in an effort to just get rid of it! I still only use the same amount (e.g. 1 pump for serum) and I don't drown my skin in moisturizer. I just make a more conscious effort to use the same things daily rather than dabbling in many products at once. You can check out my previous empties posts here and here... but this month's empties are different!
When a new palette comes out, I find that you see a ton of looks that feature the popular shades. What about the colours that are lesser used? You know what I'm talking about... that bright blue in that palette you have, when are you ever going to use it? That's why when I got the Sweet Peach palette from Too Faced, I told myself I was going to go out of the norm of those pretty peach shades and use the greens and purples. I created a look that featured some neutral shades as I was going to an event and created this gorgeous Sweet Peach nighttime look.
Too Faced has come out with many cute releases in the past and the Sweet Peach launch is no exception! This sweet smelling collection smells like peach candies and is perfect for these warmer months. In 2016, it was the most talked about product and was sold out within minutes. Now back in stock, the Sweet Peach palette is accompanied with an entire collection. Featuring 18 beautiful shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes and pops of purple, each shade is infused with a juicy scent that smells just like peaches!
Each month, I strive to finish products that are almost used up because of Project: Finish Samples. The amount of sample sized or travel sized products I own is quite overwhelming. My reasoning? I keep thinking I need to save them for upcoming trips or overnighters, but really... who am I kidding?! Just how many trips am I taking on a monthly basis? I noticed my samples were piling up and so, in an effort to diminish them, I'm using them up! This month in my April 2017 empties, I really concentrated on finishing up hair care and skin care products. You can also see my last monthly empties post (here), where I cover mascara & body care.
Moor Spa products are 100% naturally derived and free of petroleum derivatives, synthetic chemicals and potentially toxic ingredients. Moor Spa products also do not contain any artificial preservatives or test on animals. I've used green beauty products before (post on why: here) and it's nice to see a natural alternative for the spa. Over the past few years, I've noticed more green beauty brands and existing brands changing formulations to be more natural-friendly. Since it's a new season, I needed a new skincare routine and I was able to try out a few products to put together a Moor Spa Skincare Review.
Cleansing oils are fairly popular in the beauty scene, particularly in Asia. They're mostly used to remove makeup, but wash off cleanly with water. Read: cleanly. There's (generally) no greasy feeling, no oily film... just clean skin! The double cleansing method is my favourite way to remove makeup because I find that it generally removes most (if not all!) of my makeup in the first cleanse, and it involves a cleansing oil. I never really thought about how cleansing oils work until Erik (my fiancé) asked me how the oil helps to remove makeup. This made me think about it and want to do some research!
I was hanging out with some friends recently and were talking about how beautiful false lashes were. It can elevate an otherwise every day look to a glam, sexy eye. Long, full lashes are definitely the most coveted accessories year-round. But unfortunately, if you have fine lashes like me, sometimes layering on mascara just isn't enough. When I was younger, I thought false lashes only came around during Halloween and it wasn't until high school that I realized just how far false lashes have come for everyday use! Whether you step foot in a drugstore or specialty store, there are so many different styles of false lashes available now that there is something for everyone. And yes, you can definitely find natural false lashes!
I love trying out new products and I'm most excited when they turn out to be revolutionary products that change my skincare routine. I was able to discover the Shiseido IBUKI Smart Filtering Smoother Serum courtesy of Influenster. The claim for the Smart Filtering Smoother is that it helps to improve shine and visible pores instantly. The Smart Filtering Smoother acts as a serum, but has a finishing touch that helps to create photo-ready skin.
Growing up, I had extremely oily skin. This led to acne and feeling insecure about my skin (my story here!). I went through countless beauty products, different prescriptions and overall lifestyle changes. But barely anything changed. When I was younger, one of my mom's friends had recommended a facial oil and I was very skeptical that it would help my troubled skin. When oily or acneic skinned people hear about applying oils to the skin, they cringe and run away in fear. I did too, but trust me when I say there are definitely misconceptions about oils. In fact, oils can actually help to hydrate, protect, purify and help balance the skin. They also contain concentrated ingredients so a little goes a long way! (P.S. The facial oil actually helped my skin!)
I haven't done an empties post before, but I've finished quite a few products last quarter. I've been trying to clear out the clutter in my life and that includes my messy desk! You can read my previous post on what I've started with. I've only saved what I used up for the month of March so going forward, I'll be more diligent to save up all products I've used! For those that are not familiar with Empties Posts, it's a round up of products that bloggers have used up for the month. So, it's bloggers essentially taking pictures of their trash of the month. If you're looking at these posts on the outside, this can be pretty strange. I personally like reading empties posts because it makes it feel like there's proof as to how much someone likes a particular product.