November Empties with Dana Maye!

Here is my latest empty post! This month’s beauty products center around hair and skincare.

(Note: This post is not sponsored, and all products were purchased myself. No affiliate codes are present either. As always, my opinions are my own.)



Empty #1: Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Where: Walmart, $5.97 each

I decided to try out a sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, plant-derived shampoo. This one is all of that and more. Instead of the primary ingredient being water, it is aloe vera juice, and so on.

For the first week, my hair seemed to love it. But after that, my hair began to lose its shine. My hair also became brittle, and began to break quite a bit, which was disappointing.

I haven’t tried any of the other shampoo and conditioner duos in this line, and I don’t intend to. I am trying a different shampoo & conditioner from the Garnier Fructis Whole Blends line. You can read about it in my November Buys post.

Rating: Bottom of the Waste Basket!



Empty # 2: L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 103 Natural Buff

Where: Walmart, $8.97

I loved this foundation. It lasted all day on me, which was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the even, flawless coverage, and that it was light enough for my freckles to still peek through. Without primer, I found it a tiny bit drying. With primer, it gave me the perfect demi-matte skin that I prefer.

Tip: I bought this foundation two shades too dark, so I used bronzer on my neck until I was able to finish it up.

I am a big fan of L’Oreal products, so I’m not surprised this one was a big hit for me. I will definitely buy  this foundation again, just not now. This month, as I am trying to save money, I bought the Wet ‘N Wild Photo Focus foundation. You can read more about it in my November Buys post.

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!


Empties #3: Wet ‘N Wild Photofocus Matte Finish Setting Spray

Where: Walmart, $4.68

I love setting sprays. They are so helpful in keeping makeup looking fresh all day long. This one in particular helped keep my eye shadow (especially glitter eye shadow) looking flawless all day. The mist isn’t as fine as I wanted, but that only affected the experience of using the spray, not its performance. It kept my eye shadow, blush and contour on, which is what matters.

I do have to say that when looking at price-per-ounce, the L’Oreal Infallible Setting Spray is the same price. So, next time I buy a setting spray, I will try the L’Oreal version. That said, this is a great setting spray -and is the perfect size for travel!

Verdict: A (Cheap) Beauty Musthave!


Empty #4: OleHenriksen Truth Facial Water

Where: T.J. Maxx, $12

This spray smelled refreshing and lovely, but made no difference on my skin what so ever. Since, this is a Sephora-level skincare brand, I was hoping that it would at least help my skin look a little more refreshed and quenched. Sadly, it only made my face look wet.  This mist was very harsh too, which made using it a little jarring. It did smell good, and didn’t burn my skin, which is a plus…

I will definitely try a difference facial water spray next time.

Verdict: Bottom of the Waste Basket


 

Empty #5: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

Where: Sephora, free luxury sample (Full Size: $58)

I absolutely loved this hydration gel. It was the perfect moisturizer! I loved applying it underneath makeup, because it didn’t cause my foundation and primer to slide, or look too cakey or oily. Over the time of using it, my combination skin looked more balanced.

Due to the price, it will probably be a while before I buy it, but I do definitely think it is worth the cost. Perhaps as a birthday splurge.

Verdict: A (Luxury) Beauty Musthave! 


 

Empty #6: Phoera Liquid Eyeshadow in 101 Cream

Where: Wish.com, $3

This metallic liquid eye shadow is meant to be a knock-off of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eye shadow. I have tried both, and this one is nowhere near the Stila version. That said, it is still very pretty. If applied with an eye shadow primer, it lasts a long time, and the glitter is beautiful, if a little chunky. I was worried that being so cheap, it would sting my sensitive eyes, but it was actually very gentle.

I am trying out another wish.com liquid eye shadow, which you can learn more about in my November Buys post.

Verdict: A (Cheap) Beauty Musthave!



 

That’s it for now!

Dana Maye

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Beauty Hack: An Easy Way to Remove Makeup

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Removing mascara is one of my pet peeves and most annoying parts of the day. I have tried makeup wipes, cotton balls, cotton pads, Q-tips, and microfiber clothes. I also have tried micellar water, cold cream and practically every liquid makeup remover on the market. I still would have to deal with a fine line of mascara smudge into my lower eyelids, giving me a not-so-chic raccoon look. Makeup is supposed to help me feel more beautiful, not less! On top of that, I constantly dumped the makeup remover into my eyes, causing them to burn and sting.

I finally discovered a great beauty hack when I ran out of cotton balls. I decided to try my Beauty Blender, which worked amazing. It has both the ability to release makeup remover, while absorbing pesky makeup. I love the rounded bottom for overall removal of makeup from the eyelid and face. I love the tip for removing mascara from the eyelashes, and eyeliner/mascara from around the lower lash line.

It works better than anything else I have tried! I prefer to use it with Clinique’s Take the Day Off cleansing balm. For liquid makeup remover, I prefer the Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover.

Why not give this beauty hack a try? 🙂

My New Favorite Bath Bombs: ReeRee’s Bath and Body

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(Listed Above: Lime bath bomb, Sweet Orange shower melt, Unicorn bath bomb, Lavender shower melt, Mermaid Tail shower melt, and Grapefruit shower melt)

Bath bombs are one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind. I love the way they add swirls of color and glitter to the bath, the serene spa-inspired scents and how soft my skin feels afterward.

I am excited to share my new favorite bath bomb brand -ReeRee’s Bath and Body! This indie beauty brand was engineered by my amazing sister, Heather Gooss. I have always admired her creative abilities and the way she infuses perfection and passion into her work.

So far I have tried the Mermaid Tail bath bomb. It smells so good -like the smell of ocean waves and cotton towels. I love the epsom salt in the bath bombs, and the gentle sea foam green the water changes to.

I can’t wait to try everything else! I am especially excited about the lime bath bomb. ❤

If you want to try a splash of awesomeness, you can purchase these as well as other bath bombs and shower melts at ReeRee’s Bath and Body Etsy shop. You can also follow Heather on Instagram, @reereegooss.

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Wild Field Soaps

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I just got back from a fantastic road trip! I went ruby mining and gold panning, and spent time with my family in Virginia. During my travels, I came across a farmer’s market in Franklin, North Carolina with a lovely soap shop!

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The name of the shop is Wild Field Soaps, and the owner is very sweet. She was easy to talk to and clearly has a strong passion for soap making. I love her emphasis on high quality, environment friendly ingredients. I bought a bar of the Mermaid Mojito soap, and can’t get enough of it! It smells beautiful and is so gentle on my skin. ❤

I also got samples of her Down to Earth, Dirty Mimosa and Lavender Bergamot soaps, which I can’t wait to try.

Wild Field Soaps can be found at the Franklin NC Farmer’s Market

Hours: Saturday 8 am-12 pm.
Address: 200 Block E Palmer Street in Franklin, NC 28734

You can check out the Wild Field Soaps facebook page to learn more!

5 Things I Am Loving

Hello friends. ☺️ It’s been a while since I have posted. So, without further ado, here’s a peek into my life and current loves.

1. Returning to Wellness

I have enjoyed this winter, and have left my sweet spot for my comfort spot. I am ready to get back into fitness amd healthy eating. Here are my two goals: complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Challenge and eat my recommended amount of vegetables.

2. Birthday Goodies

I had so much fun getting free birthday goodies! I received a Bite lipstick birthday from Sephora, and a mini Nars blush from Ulta. I also enjoyed two delicious pastries from Panera Bread.

3. Makeover at Sephora

I had a fun makeover at Sephora, where I was introduced to my perfect red lipstick. It is called Maneater by Smashbox, and is a metallic liquid lip. I will turn to this lipstick again and again!


4. Building A House!

Ben and I are building a house! I am ecstatic for the colors we have chosen, and most importantly, my chandelier. ❤

5. Before the Rain Falls

This novel is intense, beautiful and riveting. It is a story about a woman who is charged with murdering her sister and her journey as an inmate in the 1940s Texas prison system.

[Trigger Warning: There is a rape scene in the book. While it is handled with care and complexity, please keep this in mind while deciding on whether to read.]



And that’s it for now, my friends! What are some of your favorites at the moment?

$4 Nine West Boots!

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I found the most amazing pair of boots at my local Seeds of Hope thrift store! I got this pair of Nine West Boots for $4, during a 1/2 off shoes sale! These amazing suede boots  retail for approximately $70!

A couple of quick tips for buying boots at the thrift store!

  1. Wipe the interior with antibacterial wipes. For extra measure, use some Gold Bond inside the boots as well. Sanitation is key!
  2.  Make sure to look at the tread on the boots, and the condition of the zipper.

That’s it for now!

Zenni Optical Glasses

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I want to share one of my best kept secrets -Zenni Optical. People shower me with compliments and ask me where I bought my glasses all of the time.  I think my favorite compliment so far, has been, “Those green glasses just slay me!”

My green glasses have become part of my signature look, and are so fun to wear.

In fact, I love Zenni’s glasses so much, I now own three pairs.

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Shop my Glasses at Zenni Optical 🙂

 

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Shop my glasses at Zenni Optical 🙂

 

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Shop my glasses at Zenni Optical 🙂

I love that all of Zenni Optical’s glasses come with automatic uv protection.

Zenni now offers prescription sunglasses- a must have for my sensitive blue eyes. I can’t wait to order a pair!

If you are looking for trendy, affordable eye wear, I really recommend Zenni Optical. ❤