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!

Tuesdays With Heather Marie: Empties Review!

 

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Hello everyone!

I am excited to announce that I have a new blog post series in the making. Once a month, I will feature a guest post from Heather Marie! She will give reviews on beauty, fashion and other budget friendly products. Heather Marie is a wiz at finding great deals, and pretty much awesome all around. I promise I’m not biased -even if she is my little sister. 🙂

 

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For today’s post, Heather will be giving reviews on 5 beauty empties. In case you don’t know, an “empty” is a review on a completely finished product. Instead of a review at the initial buy, she can give you a much better picture of how that lipstick or skin care works.

Without further ado, let’s welcome Heather Marie!


 

A little about Heather:

 

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“My name is Heather Gooss and I’m a cook, a card crafter, a painter, an amateur pianist, a skilled movie watcher, and a book lover. Professionally, I’m almost done with my degree in applied mathematics and am working part time. While I’m not sure where I’m going in life right now, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the ride!”



Empty #1: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

 

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I bought this lotion with a coupon that made it free! I didn’t think much of it at first; I just bought it because it was free. However, the more I used it, the more I liked it. It is a very creamy lotion that feels very hydrating and luxurious. It is not greasy and has no real scent. I like to put it on before bed and allow it to soak in overnight. It makes a big different for my dry, cracked hands. I definitely plan to buy Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion again!

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!


 

Empty #2: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

 

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I was given this travel size skinny serum and have added it to my morning routine. I have medium to loose curls and normal hair, aka not fine nor thick. I think it helps with my hair not being too frizzy. However, I am not satisfied with using it alone. I use it in conjunction with a curl defining cream and hair spray. Since adding it to my routine, I feel like my hair stays styled longer. I will probably try an alternative when I replace this one.

Rating: Meh, It’s Okay…

 


 

Empty #3 Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Cleansing Towlettes in Deep Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

 

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I like using make removing/cleansing wipes each night to clean my face. I tried these because they were a dollar cheaper than my normal wipes (mentioned in the next review.) They cost $5.29 at a Walgreens in Washington State. I thought these were okay, but not ideal. I have very oily skin, so I thought they would be okay. But, they were more drying than I’d like. They removed my makeup but I had to rub a little harder than I have to with other wipes. I also noticed that I was getting a little more acne with them. I’m not sure if they wipes weren’t cleaning my face enough or if they solution on the wipes was irritating my skin or otherwise causing the acne. Either way, that was a bummer. Overall, I do not plan to buy these again.

Rating: Bottom of the Waste Basket! 

 


 

Empty #4: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wipes with Tea Tree Oil & Calendula

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These are by far my favorite face wipes! Again, I have very oily skin, and these clean me right up. I love how well they remove my makeup, which is a definite plus. They have a more greasy feel to them, however they do not give me acne. In fact, I’ve seen an improvement since I started using them. They have no real scent to them. Overall, having a simple routine for the evening helps me be more consistent with my skin care, and these are perfect. I will definitely buy the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Wipes again!

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!

 



And there you have it! 4 Fantastic Empty Reviews! We’ll see Heather Marie again in September!

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Note: Just so you know, this post includes affiliate links.   This helps me to find more hidden deals and review more fantastic beauty products! As always, I only link to beauty items that rate a Beauty Must-Have. Thanks for your support!

Comfy Car Ride Style

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This past weekend, Ben and I went to Fargo. Knowing that I wouldn’t have  time to change before the car ride, I decided to wear something comfy, yet work appropriate.  I came up with this simple outfit -a white button-up shirt with black leggings, a pair of boots, and a cozy scarf. I think it worked well.I especially like the mint and peach scarf-it’s a fun color pairing.

It was nice to get away for the weekend. Ben had some work to do in the Fargo design studio, so we headed over for a couple days. We also went to the Fargo-Moorhead Com-icon (more on that later). It was lovely to spend time with Ben, especially with no distractions. I think we both needed the relaxation and fun. 🙂

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I also want to show off my latest makeup routine! I am love with my Clinique chubby stick! Lipstick tends to dry my lips out and make them look thinner, but this lip crayon helps my lips look naturally full. I love the  sheer, barely there color.  I also like my eyeliner, made by Just For Redheads. I plan on buying one of their mascaras and reviewing it later on!

My Makeup:

  • Covergirl Outlast Stay 3-in-1 Foundation in Classic Ivory: $9.47
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Super Strawberry: $17
  • CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black Brown $6.94
  • Mirabella Blue Color Duo in Blissful: $34
  • JFR Mineral Eye Crayon in Penny: free gift with purchase ($16.99 retail)

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Since it was 20 degrees outside, I did wear a coat most of the time. 🙂  This pink pea-coat  is one of my favorite pieces in my outerwear wardrobe. It’s made by Monoreno, a clothing brand that you can find on Shoptique and Zulily. One thing I love about thrift shopping is that I am introduced to brands I’ve never heard of.

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Isn’t the design studio lovely? It’s a perfect place for a blog picture, if I do say so myself. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • White Button-Up Shirt -Part of $1 Bag, thrifted (Van Huesen Studio/JC Penny)
  • Black Jeggings : Part of $1 Bag, thrifted (Mossimo/Target)
  • Mint and Peach Scarf -$3, thrifted
  • Brown Leather Boots: $8, thrifted
  • Leopard Print Purse: $8, thrifted (Sienna Ricchi/Kohls)
  • Pink Pea Coat: $1, thrifted (Monoreno)

Weekly Round Up (September 19-24)

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I am starting a new blog post series, called the Weekly Round-Up. This way you can find all the posts in one spot. I think this will be great for my readers who don’t have time to check my blog every day. ❤

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Blog Post # 1: Sunset At The Oregon Coast -The beauty of Yachats, Oregon

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Blog Post #2: My Rocks And Wellness Package -The rocks and goodies I received in the mail from Athena Perrakis

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Blog Post #3: Book Review: Looking Fly on A Dime -Pretty much the best thrifting book ever!