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!

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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!

 

 

My Love for Kate Spade

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One of my favorite brands is Kate Spade. I love that their purses are bright, cheerful, whimsical, while still being lady-like. I recently was able to try on one of their perfumes, Walk on Air. I went to my local Herberger’s store here in Bismarck, and had a wonderful time trying out different perfumes. I loved Walk On Air, because it was light and airy -not cloying like a lot of perfumes. It was also simple, which I like. I like cheerful and simple in my personal style. 🙂

I have been in love with the Kate Spade handbag for a long time, and with the brand itself. I feel like I really connect with the Kate Spade image, values and success story, which isn’t true for most brands I encounter. It’s just… me. It seems to capture the essence of my blog’s previous name, Colorful Glamour.

I adore the concept of passing on family heirlooms, and one day I plan to pass down a beautiful Kate Spate handbag -one that is classic, colorful and speaks a little of my store. As for my future bottle of Walk On Air, I plan to use every drop. 🙂

If you want to read this brand’s awesome back story, go ahead and check it out –Kate Spade’s Shiny, Sparkly Success Story.

2016 Colors of the Year

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Every year, I get excited to find out what the new color of the year is. I especially loved 2013, when emerald was the color of the year. I sure stocked up on my green that year. 🙂

This year Pantone decided to release two colors at the same time: serenity and rose quartz. I think the colors are darling! If done wrong, it can definitely just look like baby colors. But when done right, I think the pastel colors look both fun and relaxing. I definitely plan on wearing this combination some time this year. I’m thinking a blue button up shirt with a pink necklace.

You might be wondering what Pantone is. This company created the Pantone Matching System, a universal language for color. Basically, they aim to give every shade in the world a name. Each year they release a color of the year (or in this case two), and a set of colors for the spring/summer, fall and winter seasons. I think Pantone is pretty nifty!

The Pantone color releases may not seem very relevant to every day life, but in large part they determine trends and colors in every thing from fashion and beauty to paint and furniture to advertising, marketing and graphic design. So much of what we buy as consumers is determined by Pantone.

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Typically each season Pantone releases a set of 10 colors. You should keep an eye out for these colors this spring and summer! I’m particularly excited about the peach echo and green flash. I might be able to find a green bathing suit this year. 🙂

I love color. I think it has the power to elevate our moods, and bring positive energy into the room. Color is a form of celebration, and I intend to celebrate this year!

 

 

 

 

Empties: Winter 2015

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As you can see, I have a lot of empties to share today. I’ve basically been saving all this past winter (so maybe this should be fall 2014? Anyways..), and a lot of things ran out at the same time this past week. So, I decided to share them with you! I have some good reviews, and some not so good reviews. But, perhaps that’s how it always goes. 🙂

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1. Plackers GentleSlide Floss Sticks -I love floss sticks. It makes flossing a much more pleasant process, and I don’t have to worry about my fingers’ circulation getting cut off. I decide to try the Gentle Slide kind, to see how it was. It’s pretty good, I guess, but I didn’t see a huge difference. So, I’ll probably buy the original version of Plackers like normally do.

2. Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation – I have worn Loreal for most of my foundation-wearing life. It’s a nice consistency -not too thick, or thin or patchy -and it comes in a lot of shades. This shade is N2, which I have loved. I’ve decided to switch to W2, a warmer tone, so I’ll let you know how it goes. So, do I like this foundation? Yes. I am sure that I will continue to buy it in the future.

3. Mary Kay Time Wise Set (Cleanser, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, Serum) -I have had a love-hate relationship with Mary Kay, and I’m finally breaking up with this company. I used these products every day (no, really, I mean it), and I was… okay with the results. My skin wasn’t breaking out into an allergic rash at least, but it wasn’t doing anything to help with fine lines, and it didn’t even help keep my skin from flaking. And at $90 full price (or $45 if you get it off ebay), it’s really just not worth it. I guess I’m at a point in my life where I realize that bottles claiming to have magical powers to turn back time… are generally liars. And, I have more important things to spend my money on than something I’m going to wash down the drain. Like rocks, for instance. 🙂 I’ll be going with a much more affordable skin care option next… I might even try a diy.

4. VitaFusion Calcium Gummies -I got these gummies at Sam’s Club, when I realized that I hadn’t been getting near enough calcium (I was basically eating a lactose-free diet, for Ben’s sake). These gummies are fun and tasty, although they sure have a lot of sugar (6 grams for two gummies!) I do like them, though. I definitely liked the price too -200 gummies for $11.

5. Homemade Exfoliator and Clay Mask -These were fun little spa treats that I received for Christmas, from my little sister-in-law, Naomi. They were fun to play with -I especially liked the clay mask. And, the exfoliator smelled like strawberries. 🙂 I think creating at home beauty products is a lot of fun, and a great creative process.

6. Kennet MD Massage Bar -This was a very gentle bar of soap, and was fun to use. It didn’t have much of a scent, but I liked that it was nice to my sensitive skin, and didn’t cause any drying. This sample soap was fun to try, although I’m not sure where you would even buy this soap.

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7. Victoria’s Secret Mango Temptation Body Butter -This body butter had a great scent, and was lots of fun to apply. I have determined that I like body butters much better than I do lotions, so I’ll have to keep that in mind in the future. Did I think this was worth purchasing at full price? Eh, probably not. I guess I’m cheap. I think I’ll check the body butters out in my local Wal-Mart. That said, the scent was lots of fun.:)

8. Ban Solid Deodorant -This deodorant is one that I grew up with (albeit in roll-on form). My mom swears by it’s ability to keep you from being smelly no matter what. I’m not as much of a fan of the solid kind, although I do like the roll-on. I think next time, I’ll switch back to roll-on -it just works better. For now, I’m using some Dove deodorant.

9. Oshadhi Grapefruit Essential Oil -I became obsessed with essential oils during 11th grade, and this was the first bottle of essential oil that I ever bought. It’s also the first essential oil that I finished. The fun thing about essential oils is that they do seem to last a long time. I read somewhere that most last about 10 years. I mainly use essential oils for aromatherapy (in an essential oil diffuser), and for keeping the toilet smelling fresh. Will I buy this brand again? Probably not, mainly because I don’t even know where I would buy it. It was nice, though. I do love the smell of grapefruit. 🙂 I think when I buy essential oils again, I’ll buy from Mountain Rose Herbs, as they have some that are certified organic and Fair Trade, and I can buy them online.

10. N°4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructive Masque -This was a sample hair masque -it’s a kind of deep conditioning treatment. I liked it a lot. It smelled nice, and did it’s job without leaving lots of build-up. I really love samples, because I can try of a lot products without making time and money commitments to them. I might try something from N°4 in the future.

11. Beauty Protector Hair Masque -This masque smelled like strawberries, and was interesting to use. It had the consistency of yogurt, until it seemed to melt into my hair. 🙂 That said, it was a bit heavy for my hair type, and left some build-up. But, because it was a sample, I got to try it out. And trying out new things is always fun. 🙂

12. Elf Mist & Set -This is a makeup finisher. You spray it on your face after putting on makeup, and it’s supposed to keep the make-up on longer. I wasn’t a big fan of it, because it didn’t extend my makeup wear time by much, and it was sticky from the aloe vera in it. But, for $3, it wasn’t a bad purchase. This might work better on someone who has more oily skin, maybe?

13. Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara -I loved this mascara so much. It washes up with just water, and is super gentle to my skin. It can smudge easily in humid climates, but in dry climates it works great. I only wish it came in a black brown, as the color is a bit harsh for me. I might try something else by Physician’s Formula in a black/brown formula.

14. N°4 Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo -This sample lasted a while, and it was a lot of fun. It was more concentrated, because it has a low lather, but that meant that it lasted longer. I did like how it worked for my hair -it stripped buildup with out leaving my hair super dry.

15. Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Black Eyeliner -This came in the nude eyerliner trio, and I did like it a lot. I didn’t use the black much, but the pencil kind of kept breaking (it got super soft in the Houston heat). I used this black eyeliner on the corner of my upper eyelids, and had fun with it. I really like the copper color from this trio, but it’s not used up yet. I will definitely buy this product again.

16. Amika Nourishing Mask -This was my favorite of the three hair masques that I tried. It smelled nice, and is free of parabens, and artificial dyes. It had a nice consistency, and had a good balance of conditioning without build-up. It’s kind of expensive, though, so I probably won’t buy it in the future. It was a nice sample though!

Phew! Sixteen different empties! I’m not sure if I’ll keep up with the empties posts, as I’m not sure if people actually read my reviews. It is nice though, to show what I actually finished, as opposed to big hauls. 🙂

Rimmel Red Steady Go

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I have reviewed 3 shades of Rimmel 60 Second nail polish in the past, and loved all of my previous shades. I love how this nail polish really does dry fast, and doesn’t need 20 coats to be opaque. The color I decided to grab is called Red Steady Go. It’s a fun, classic red shade of nail polish. I just love it! In this picture, I’m only wearing one coat, with no base or top coat. I like that I can paint my nails under 5 minutes, and have my nails come out actually looking nice! It costs $1.50 at Walmart, although I got it for $.50 with a coupon.  It’s a mini nail polish bottle, and only is only .27 ounces instead of the typical size .4 ounces. I actually like that aspect of this nail polish though –I really struggle to get through a whole bottle without it drying up and clumping on me.  All in all, I think this was a really good purchase, and I won’t be surprised if I ended up reaching for another bottle of Red Steady Go once it runs out! 🙂

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