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 Blog Has Moved!

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I’ve been working hard to move all of my posts over to my brand new blog! Over the years as I have written at Colorful Glamour, I wanted a new name. Colorful Glamour just didn’t feel right. I toyed with Trendy Zen, Dana Buchmiller, Colorful Zen… but I just couldn’t find the right one. Then it came to me -Dana Maye! Maye is my middle name, it’s easy to spell, and it is gives a certain charm that I like.

Plus, I actually went ahead and bought the blog domain name, so I don’t have that annoying .wordpress.com at the end of my name. So, you can find me now at DanaMaye.com!

I hope you like the new look and feel of my website!

DanaMaye

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. 🙂

Summer Empties -Part 2

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I didn’t think I would use up more products before the end of summer, but I thought wrong! There’s just something awesome about using up a product, and know I got my full money’s worth. 🙂 Now, that I’m about to head onto the road, I don’t want to keep these empty containers around. So, here’s my latest empties post!

1.   L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Overnight Mask Sample –This sample was included in my September 2014 edition of InStyle Magazine. I decided to try it out and see how I liked it. It spread evenly, and soaked into my skin well, which I did like. This fragrance was nice, although a bit strong. In the four days that I used it on my face at night, I did see a difference. My skin was softer, and a little firmer. I wouldn’t say that I had amazing results, but it didn’t break my skin out into a rash, which is a big plus. Would I buy this? Probably not, as it costs $20 at Walmart for a 1.7 ounce container. That’s a bit too expensive for my price range, and not quite worth it.

2.   Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner –This stuff has really helped protect my hair after highlighting it. I wouldn’t say  this stuff is a miracle worker as they claim on the back –in fact, I’d say it’s a standard leave-in conditioner. If you’ve tried the Suave for Kids detangling conditioner, it works just like that, but with a more grown-up fragrance. That said, it did what it was supposed, and at $3, it’s not a bad deal. I probably will try a different hair product in the future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I came back to Hair Insurance at a later date.

3.   Coconut Oil –For most of the summer, I used unrefined coconut oil as my night-time moisturizer. It did keep my skin super soft, though I had mixed feelings about this stuff. On the internet, people rave about coconut oil, as if it is the Holy Grail of skincare. As for me, I just didn’t have those results. I found that it was super greasy, and didn’t really want to soak onto my skin. It just sat on top for the most part, which was annoying. I also found that it did nothing to help the fine lines on forehead, when the most basic of moisturizers tend to help a little. And, I started to develop a breakout from it, which was disappointing. That said, I was probably using too much, and I probably have some sort of skin allergy to coconut oil. It didn’t work for me, but I’m sure it works great for others.

4.   Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit –This is the first time that I tried wax strips. Before, I’ve used the wax that you spread onto your face and wait for it to harden. A lot of people told me that these don’t work, but they worked great for me! In fact, I had to be a little gentler than normal, to make sure that I wasn’t ripping skin along with the hair! It was nice to not use as much brute force in wax. They were easy to use –just rub between hands, apply, and rip. They were also a lot easier to dispose of. Will I repurchase? Yes, most definitely.

5.   Clinique Super Balanced Makeup –This foundation was just awesome, and I was so sad when it finally ran out. It was the perfect color (Petal), and I loved it. Granted, I liked the texture and consistency a lot better in Idaho, where it’s dryer, than here in Texas. For some reason, my products become thicker in humid weather. Why that is, I don’t know. That said, it still is amazing, even here in Houston. Sadly, it’s just not in my budget right now, so I purchased the equivalent color in the L’Oreal True Match (N2). Will I repurchase? Maybe later down the road when I have more money. Do I recommend this foundation? Yes, absolutely.

6.   Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mist in Cashmere Glow –This is the second of 3 mini perfume bottles that I have used up. I still love the smell –it’s warm and cuddly. It does work better for the fall and winter months, but if I don’t spray it too heavily, it works during the rest of the year too. I love these mini bottles, and I don’t think I’ll purchase a full-size bottle from BBW ever again. I just love trying out new fragrances way too much! It is a lovely scent, though, and if I were more of a one perfume kind of gal, I would repurchase.

7.   Stridex Maximum Strength Pads –These were my husband’s, but I slowly took over using them. 🙂 They are a typical salicylic acid acne product, and they seem to work well. I didn’t experience any skin care wonders with Stridex, but they got the job done. Would I repurchase? Probably not. They’re $10 a package, which is a bit much for me. Ben did get them from his mom’s stash of bath, body, and skincare products, so it technically was free.

7 Things I Am Grateful For

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1.   Pearl Earrings –This week, Ben found something for me –the matching earring to my pearl set! These earrings mean a lot to me, as Ben bought them for me on our 6 month anniversary. I thought that one of the earrings had been lost in the midst of our move to Texas, but thankfully, this wasn’t the case! It’s just so amazing to have these little beauties back in my life. 🙂

2.   Red Lobster –I have wanted to go to Red Lobster for as long as I can remember (I just love seafood!), and I finally got the chance! Ben and I went on a date there yesterday, and I had a fantastic time! We both ordered the 4 Course Feasts for $15.99 each. I got lemon wood-grilled tilapia, and clam chowder, and a salad, and cheesecake. And the cheddar biscuits were delicious! It was so much fun, and the atmosphere was really soothing. I hope to go again sometime!

3.   Disc Golfing –We also went disc golfing yesterday, with Ben’s coworker, Jordan. We went to an 18 course up in Conroe, and it was lots of fun! I’m getting better at my throws. 🙂 While I’m doing a pretty good job at my accuracy, my throw isn’t super far. It is definitely improving though!

4.   Leopard Print Purse –So I switched from my black bag with the zebra print ribbon back to my leopard print purse. I love this bag –again, it was a gift from Ben. It is cute, and has a slouchy boho feel to it. And since it’s brown and black, it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe!

5.   Books –I love reading so much. I finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth this past week, and it was so good! I thought the ending was beautiful, in its own way. I’ve also been reading a lot of other stories lately, and it has been wonderful. There’s something amazing in writing –how it can transport you into another world, and change the way you think about things. I really hope to publish a book of my own someday. I’m still in the process of revising Cry of the Amazon, and I have started a fashion mystery novel, whose name is still to be determined.

6.   Lipstick –I think lipstick is one of the most awesome things in this universe. I think it is so much fun to decide what lipstick I want to wear for the day, and it’s fun to see all of the different makeup looks and moods you can create with lipstick. A neon orange gives a way different feel than a dark berry, or a classic red. Today I wore my persimmon, or reddish-orange lipstick. I did blot it down, though, so it wasn’t too strong of a color. 🙂

7.   Red Heels –I love my red heels. They are about two inches high, and super comfortable! The classic design means I can wear them in any season, and the shiny red material makes them eye-catching. I especially like that I was able to get these shoes that retailed at Kohl’s for about $30 – for only $4 at the thrift store! I always love a bargain!

7 Things I’m Grateful For

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This week was so much fun, and I can’t wait to share seven of the thousands of blessings I received this week! Going to Linda’s wedding and spending time with family was exactly what I needed! Although I have lots to be thankful for every week, this week in particular has showered down blessings. 🙂

1.   Linda’s Wedding –I have been looking forward to this wedding all summer, and it did not disappoint! The wedding sealing was so sweet and touching.The reception and open house were a lot of fun as well. The decorations were stunning, and it was great helping to set up. And all of the cheesecake was delicious! Plus, it was really nice to see Ben’s family. 🙂

2.   NYX Round Lipstick –I decided to buy a neon pink lipstick from the NYX line last week. And I love it! The formula is so creamy, and stays on a really long time. I also like that if I brought, it can look pretty natural, and conversely, it can give me a really bold look. I don’t remember the exact name (it was a number), but it was $4 at HEB. It was a lot of fun wearing this week during all of the wedding fun.

3.   Kayaking –Yesterday, I was able to go kayaking with Katie, one of my awesome sisters-in-law. It was so peaceful out on the ocean, dipping my oar into the water, and looking out at the spacious ocean. The sky was a clear blue, and the temperature perfect. I believe that if you surround yourself with beauty, that it will begin to rub off on your soul. I know this was one of those moments that will stay with me forever. 🙂

4.   The Ocean –Along those lines, I really enjoyed going to the Carpinteria beach. It was simply glorious! The old belief that the ocean is a form of medicine totally rings true to me. There’s nothing like experiences that indulge all five senses. I love the taste of salt water on my tongue, the brisk water rushing against my skin, the smell of seaweed and sunscreen, the sound of the crashing waves, and the sight of beautiful sand meeting beautiful water. It was so much fun, and I was able to really let go and enjoy myself. 🙂

5.   Blue Maxi Dress -So, my awesome idea for a modest dress to Linda’s wedding kind of failed. It worked fine until the wind blew, or I sat down…. But thankfully, Patty, my awesome mom-in-law came to the rescue and brought me a blue maxi-dress that I could wear. It was pretty, the right color, really comfy, and completely modest. Yay! As for the other dress, I’ll probably sew on another layer of ribbon. 🙂

6.   Crocheting –While here in California, I felt the urge to crochet again. And as Patty has loads of yarn in the attic, I decided to pull some out and start playing with it! Katie showed me how to do the wavy stitch that she’s really good at. I’m determining if I want to make a hat, scarf, or blanket with it. I guess we’ll see… 🙂

7.   BBQ Sandwiches –I love the taste of pulled pork sandwiches –it’s a little taste of Virginia. And we had some on the night before Linda’s wedding! There’s nothing like a barbeque sandwich to brighten my day! The recipe used was really simple –just pulled pork and barbeque sauce. So delicious. 🙂