The Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - contents

Judging by the weather, summer seems to already be coming to an end here in the Midwest. It’s been really rainy and overcast and just all around unpleasant.¬†As a result, I’ve not been able to take any decent pictures and have totally been falling behind in my posting schedule. ūüė¶

Today I want to get back into the swing of things by reviewing the lovely Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care. You might remember me mentioning this one in my last Memebox review¬†as being on my wish list.¬†It didn’t really take¬†much convincing to actually order it and about two weeks ago¬†I finally had that pink envelop in my mailbox. Due to the weather I’ve only now been able to take some pictures of it. Better late than never, right?

This box is all about products containing antioxidants and since I’m a bit of a skin care junkie, it sounded right up my alley. Let’s have¬†a look at the goodies.

Elizavecca Real White Vita-Sauce 30 (50 ml, $48)

This is a vitamin C serum that claims to moisturize and fight wrinkles. It also advertises whitening properties but as far as I understand it that only means that it’s designed to lighten dark spots and discolorations and brighten your complexion. I’m already using a vitamin C serum in my routine and¬†I’m excited to give this one a try once I run out of my current one.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Elizavecca Real White Vita-Sauce 30

Amini Vitamin Shower Body Soap Bar (120 g, $10)

I absolutely hate using bar soap so while this might be a nice product, it’s going straight into my trade pile.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Amini Vitamin Shower Body Soap Bar

Pure Smile Hand Gel Citrus Crash (30 ml, $2)

I kinda have the feeling that this antibacterial gel was only included because it has the word ‘citrus’ in its title and, therefore, sounds like it fits the theme. I don’t think it contains any antioxidants so I would have rather received a different product altogether¬†but I guess it might come in handy.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Pure Smile Hand Gel Citrus Crash

Pure Smile Gelee Labo Marmalade (12 g, $1)

Yay, a skin mask! This one looks like those little jelly packages that you get at restaurants, only in bear shape. This one claims to moisturize and soften the skin with orange extracts, hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica (Asiatic pennywort), and licorice root extracts.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Pure Smile Gelee Labo Marmalade

Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment Mix Fruits (10 g, $5)

I knew that ordering from a Korean beauty subscription service I would inevitably receive some sort of product containing snail mucus extract. I’m actually not quite as grossed out as maybe I should be. I figure that there must be something to¬†the hype so I’m pretty excited to give this lip balm a try. In addition to snail mucus extract it also contains vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and macademic seed extract to hydrate and nourish chapped lips. It has a wonderful fruity scent but doesn’t really taste like much. There is a bit of a cooling and tingling sensation after application but that goes away after a few minutes. It’s a bit stickier than I would like but it’s a nice product overall.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment Mix Fruits

Evas Vitamin Sun Cream SPF38 PA++ (50 ml, $11)

Sunscreen is a must for me and I’m always on the lookout for one with antioxidants and a decent SPF rating so I’m really happy Memebox¬†included this product.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Evas Vitamin Sun Cream SPF38 PA++

Pure Smile Juicy Point Pads Lemon & Orange (10 sheets, $2 each)

These gel mask spot treatments are so quirky. I love it. They will be perfect for the winter when my cheeks tend to get really dry.

Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care - Pure Smile Juicy Point Pads

Overall, this was a pretty good box. I received over $80 worth of products and I will use almost all of them. I would have preferred to receive a few more skin care items instead of the bar soap and the antibacterial gel. Another serum, mask, or a moisturizer would have made this box more exiting. I also wish this box would have contained a wider variety of brands. Four of the seven products in this box are by Pure Smile and while that is a good brand it would have been great to get introduced to some different Korean skin care companies. Overall, though, I liked the mix of products in this box.

The Memebox Special #12 Vitamin Care retails for $29 and is still available for sale on the Memebox website.

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One Year Blogiversary

One Year Blogiversary

Happy blogiversary to me! I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I clicked ‘publish’ on my first post (don’t go looking for it, it was pretty bad). A big thanks to all of my readers. Without you this whole blogging thing wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. I’m thankful for every click, view, comment, and like and grateful for all the wonderful fellow bloggers I’ve met this past year. Thank you!

I thought it would be fun to reflect on this past year of blogging by having a look at what’s been going on here at All the Lovely Things in Life.

My Blog Stats

  • Total number of posts: 185
  • Average number of posts a week: 3.6
  • Month with most posts: October 2013¬†(24 posts)
  • Most used category: Beauty (175 posts)
  • Most used tag: Subscription Boxes (40 posts)
  • Total number of comments: 381
  • Top commenter: PrettyTrippy

Top Posts (by views)

  1. Smashbox ‚Äď Try It Kit ‚Äď Halo + BB
  2. NARS ‚ÄėFinal Cut‚Äô Collection ‚Äď Love and New Attitude Blushes
  3. Est√©e Lauder ‚Äď Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup
  4. Jouer ‚Äď Matte Moisture Tint
  5. Murad ‚Äď Blackhead & Pore Clearing Duo

What an exciting year. It’s been a great journey so far and I’m looking forward to what’s¬†ahead!

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Five Easy Lifestyle Changes for Clear Skin

Five Easy Lifestyle Changes for Clear Skin

We all have seen those lists before: paragraph upon paragraph of rules and restrictions to finally get the clear, blemish-free skin we all desire. Exercise, eat healthy, drink enough water, get a lot of sleep, remove your makeup every night and on and on it goes. Of course, those are all important points and not to be discounted but usually those steps take a lot of time, effort, and hard work to actually implement.

I’ve struggled with blemishes ever since puberty and I have the scars to prove it. Only recently have I gotten into a good skin care routine that finally cleared up my skin. During this process I’ve also made¬†a few changes in my lifestyle that have had a profound effect on the condition of my skin. Nothing radical like¬†exercising five times a week¬†(I hate working out) or¬†drastically changing my¬†diet (who wants to live without chocolate?). These changes were¬†actually pretty easy to implement, don’t¬†take up a lot of time, and don’t cost a ton of money. Today I want to share them with you.

1. Remove your makeup as soon as you get home

I usually get home from work around 5pm and go to bed at 10 and most 8-4 folks probably have a similar routine. If you remove your¬†makeup as soon as you get home¬†instead of waiting until bed time, that’s five extra hours of makeup-free time. Think about it! That’s five additional hours where your¬†pores aren’t clogged by the grease and grime of the day. I try to remove my makeup as soon as I get home unless I have some other commitment later on in the evening. I usually also go through my whole skin care routine at this point, which¬†means¬†that¬†my products have more time to¬†work¬†their magic. Sometimes I even go in with another round of moisturizers or facial oils right before bed time to give my skin some extra pampering.

2. Wash off your cleanser properly

We all have seen commercials for facial cleansers where the actress happily splashes her face with water to remove the product and her skin looks radiant and glowing afterward. Unfortunately, a lot of cleansers don’t budge as easily especially when it comes to heavy-duty balms and oils. They can leave residue on your skin that might clog pores and lead to breakouts. I remove all my cleansers using a washcloth and haven’t had any problems with them¬†leaving any stickiness behind. Of course you have to launder¬†your washcloths regularly so that they don’t become a breading ground for bacteria. I have about 20 washcloths on rotation and use a new one every day. You can find an 8-pack for less than $5 at Target so it’s a pretty inexpensive investment.

3. Give your exfoliating toner time to work

This is the change in my routine that has probably had¬†the biggest impact¬†on the condition of my skin. I’m usually in a hurry and don’t take my time doing my skin care routine so I tend to apply one product right after the other. But exfoliating toners especially need some time to do their magic. Now I try to wait at least ten¬†minutes before applying any subsequent products and it has made a world of a difference. I use this¬†time to brush my teeth, apply body lotion, do my stretches, and fix my hair. By rearranging my routine I’m not wasting any valuable time but I give my products sufficient room¬†to do their job.

4. Wash your pillow case at least once a week

Every time I suffer from a sudden burst of breakouts and congested pores I know it’s time to wash my pillow case. Once I sleep in a fresh set of sheets those blemishes will magically disappear. It isn’t really surprising considering that your pillow case will collect all kinds of gross¬†stuff: dead skin cells, sebum, oil, hair, makeup residue, and the list goes on. You really don’t want your face touching that all night, do you? I now try to remember to wash my pillow case once a week. More often would be even better but ain’t nobody got time for that.

5. Sleep on your back

In addition to changing your pillow case more often you might also want to consider trying to sleep on your back. That way your face won’t even come into contact with all the ickiness that is hiding in your pillow. It’s generally a better posture to sleep in anyway and another added side benefit is that you won’t wake up with wrinkly sheet impressions on your face. Bonus!

And that’s it. Pretty easy, huh?

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Birchbox – August 2014

Birchbox - August 2014

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Can you believe it’s not even sample reveal day yet and I already had my Birchbox in my mailbox? Mine got shipped out super fast and it only took a record four days to get to me!

This month Birchbox expanded their sample choices even further.¬†Every subscriber was able to pick one of four different makeup products or a special box¬†that was curated in collaboration with Everyday Girl. I really like to be able to chose one of my samples. It ensures that I’m at least partially happy with what I receive in my Birchbox while still keeping the surprise of what the rest of the products will be. As a skin care junkie,¬†I hope that Birchbox will¬†expand this program even more in the future to also include other product types aside from makeup in the choices.

The theme for this month’s box was “Lighten Up” and not take yourself too seriously. Birchbox did a couple little tweaks to their packaging to go with the theme. Each box’s address label had a fun little adjective added to the recipient’s name. Apparently, I’m ‘excellent.’ Why thank you, Birchbox! Secondly, each box contained different cards with little sayings that fit the theme perfectly. ¬†Mine read “August – the month when ice cream is totally a food group” which made me laugh because it’s so me. The little carton pouch that some samples come in also had laughing sounds printed on it. I really love¬†these little details.

Here’s what came in my Birchbox this month!

Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow

Shade: Silver Sands
Full Size: 0.26 fl oz, $19.00
Sample Size: 0.17 fl oz, $12.42 value

Birchbox - August 2014 - Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow

This is the sample that I picked this month. Silver Sands is a light taupe color that is very frosty. I like this color but it might be a bit too shimmery for everyday use.

Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream

Full Size: 12 fl oz, $26.00
Sample Size: 0.5 fl oz, $1.08 value

Birchbox - August 2014 - Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream

I really like the scent of this body lotion. I just wish the sample was larger. I’ll be surprised if this lasts for more than two applications.

n√ľgg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask

Full Size: 5 ct, $14.99
Sample Size: 1 ct, $3.00 value

Birchbox - August 2014 - n√ľgg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask

“Powerful blend of precious oils & extracts help rejuvenate, protect & plump skin & helps provide a dewy glow. Natural oil dispersion technology eliminates damaging emulsifiers that can break down the natural skin barrier. 95% natural or naturally derived ingredients.”

I have had great success using¬†facial oils to combat my dry winter skin but I’ve never used¬†an oil-based face mask. I’m very excited to give this a try once the weather gets colder.

Neil George Shampoo & Conditioner

Full Size: 3.38 fl oz, $9.00 each
Sample Size: 1.69 fl oz, $4.50 value each

Birchbox - August 2014 - Neil George Shampoo & Conditioner

Whenever Birchbox sends out shampoo and conditioner samples, I can count on receiving them. Sometimes this is a good thing; other times, not so much. This month fell in the latter category. The shampoo contains sulfates which are too drying for my color-treated hair and the conditioner seems thin and runny. I will probably end up trading this set.

This box kinda confirms my suspicion that the Birchboxes that ship later in the month are the better¬†ones. Even though I was able to pick the eyeshadow sample and I’m really excited about the face mask, the box overall is pretty boring. At least the value was quite¬†good at $25.50 so no complaints there.

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Sample Killah Finds and Favorites

July was decluttering month here at All the Lovely Things in Life. The Sample Killah challenge had me fully focused on decimating my beauty sample stash so my full-sized products fell a little by the wayside. However, during all this sample killing I made some great beauty finds while also rediscovering a few longtime favorites.

New Finds

Sample Killah Finds and Favorites - New Finds

Old Favorites

Sample Killah Finds and Favorites - Old Favorites

  • Kenra Volume Spray Super Hold Finishing Spray 25¬†(3 oz, $9.98): Works well, doesn’t give you helmet hair, smells great. Check, check, and check.
  • Est√©e Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer¬†(1 fl oz, $34):¬†This does everything I expect a primer to do without the heavy silicone feel. Makes my foundation last significantly longer and is¬†somewhat¬†moisturizing even though it’s a mattifying primer.
  • AHAVA Mineral Botanic¬†Velvet Cream Wash¬†(17 fl oz, $23) &¬†Velvet Body Lotion¬†(13.5 fl oz, $26): This is a great set of products. The lotion absorbs nicely¬†and isn’t sticky. The body wash lathers well but still feels moisturizing. And both smell amazing without being overpowering.
  • L‚ÄôOccitane Dry Skin Hand Cream (1 oz, $12): Just a pea-size of this hand cream makes my skin super soft without feeling greasy.
  • Benefit Cosmetics They‚Äôre Real! Mascara¬†(0.3 fl oz, $23): I really like this mascara. It gives my lashes a nice amount of volume and length although I do think that it’s a bit over-hyped.

What beauty products have you been loving in July?

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Operation ‘Every Last Drop’

Now that Sample Killah is over¬†it’s time to show my full-sized products some love. I’ve spoken previously about how overwhelmed I am with the amount of beauty products in my stash. It doesn’t help that my attention span when it comes to beauty products is close to zero and I get bored really easily. I get excited about new releases and don’t have enough self-restraint to delay purchases until I’ve used up what I already own. At the same time I hate wasting anything that I spent my hard-earned money on and as a result my old, half-used products end up stashed in the bathroom closet to collect dust.

So where am I going with this? You might’ve heard about Project Pan where makeup enthusiasts try to use certain makeup products consistently enough to finally finish¬†them, “hitting pan” so to speak. There isn’t really an equivalent for non-makeup beauty products so I came up with the idea of Operation ‘Every Last Drop,’ a continuous effort to use up all my half-empty bath & body, skin care, and hair care products. There are also some makeup items on my list but¬†my ADHD mostly focuses on those huge bottles of shampoo, body wash, and lotions so those are my priority.

Here are the rules that I decided to set up for myself¬†during Operation ‘Every Last Drop’:

  • Use up all of the¬†products on this list before the end of the year and toss what hasn’t been¬†finished¬†by then.
  • Don’t buy any new products of a specific type¬†until all of the items from this list¬†of that type¬†have been used up. For example, don’t buy any new cleansers until all of the cleansers on the list have been used up.
  • Post a progress report once a month.

Easy enough, right? Let’s talk about my list of products I want to include in Operation ‘Every Last Drop.’

Bath & Body

Operation 'Every Last Drop' - Bath & Body

bliss Soapy Suds Body Wash + Bubbling Bath (16 fl oz, $18): I like things that smell nice so I tend to buy way more body wash (and lotion) than I actually need. This was one of those purchases and I just have to commit to using it up instead of jumping at every new thing that catches my eye (or nose rather).

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel and Body Lotion in Pear Blossom Air (10 fl oz, $12.50 each, to be discontinued): Another one of my many bath & body purchases.

Julep Bare Body Milk (6.8 fl oz, $24): I received this lotion in a recent Julep box but I have too many body lotions as is so I would like to use this one up to lighten the load.

Philosophy Body Scrub (6 oz, limited edition) and The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub (7.2 oz, limited edition): I don’t tend to use body scrubs very often. I like the idea of them but I don’t like the hassle that comes with using them. I just want these gone from my stash.

AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream¬†(3.4 fl oz, $20): This is not a bad foot cream but it didn’t blow me away. I want to be able to move on to something better so this needs to be used up.

Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream¬†(5 oz, $1.49): I don’t tend to use shaving cream because I use razor blades that have a shave-gel bar built in. I’ve still been enjoying using this but at the same time it’s taking precious space away in my shower so I’m looking forward to finishing it.

Listerine Total Care Zero ¬†Anticavity Mouthwash¬†(33.8 fl oz, $5.99): I don’t even remember how long I’ve had this mouth wash. Over a year at least. And look at how little is left. It’s ridiculous. I really just need to use up the rest.

Skin Care

Operation 'Every Last Drop' - Skin Care

Murad Essential-C Cleanser¬†(6.5 fl oz, $36): I actually really like this cleanser. It has just kinda fallen by the wayside and it’s time to finish off what little of it remains.

Murad Daily Cleansing Foam (5.1 fl oz, $28): When I revamped my skin care routine I stopped using foaming cleansers. This is still a pretty nice cleanser and during the summer it’s not too drying either so now is the perfect time to use it up.

AHAVA Facial Mud Exfoliator (3.4 fl oz, $27.50): Ever since switching to exfoliating toners I have stayed away from face scrubs so this one has just been sitting in my stash. It’s a bit ridiculous to hang on to it so I either need to use it up or toss it.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream¬†(1.7 fl oz, $65): I’m sooo close to finishing this cream but during Sample Killah it just got totally neglected. I actually already repurchased another tub¬†so it’s time to just finish off the rest.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic¬†(6.7 fl oz, $23.90): I’m really over the scent of this moisturizing toner and I don’t find it as soothing as others I’ve used in the past so it just needs to go.

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF (1.4 fl oz, $22): I’ve explained previously how I prefer the City Block Sheer sunscreen over this one. Regardless, I just really need to finish it¬†before cracking open the new tube of City Block Sheer I have waiting for me in my makeup drawer.

Hair Care

Operation 'Every Last Drop' - Hair Care

Living Proof Full Shampoo¬†(8 fl oz, $24): I like the volume this shampoo gives my hair but it’s also pretty drying so I haven’t been using it very consistently.

L’Or√©al EverCr√®me Intense Nourishing Shampoo¬†(8.5 fl oz, $6.99): I bought this bottle in the US because I was so impressed by the one I bought in Germany but this one just isn’t quite as good for some reason.

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo¬†(10.1 fl oz, $15): I bought this not realizing that it contains sulfates. It’s not a bad clarifying shampoo but I’m ready to move on to something else.

TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo¬†(5.2 oz, $19.95): This dry shampoo has been replaced by new favorite – the Batiste dry shampoos. This one still works great as a texturizer and there isn’t much left in the can so I just need to finish it up.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment¬†(4.2 fl oz, $16.46): Hair oils weren’t really part of my routine up until recently. I’ve had this bottle for a couple of years and used it off and on so now that I discovered hair oils for myself I¬†can finally work on using this one up.

Makeup

Operation 'Every Last Drop' - Makeup

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint¬†(1.7 fl oz, $38): I go this tube probably about a year ago so it’s nearing the end of its life span. I want to use it up before it expires.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging¬†(0.37 fl oz, $24): I don’t use eye shadow very often and don’t really need a whole lot of eye primer but this one has been opened for a while¬†and is almost empty so I just want to finish it off.

Phew, this is quite a list but there are (almost) five months left in the year so this should be doable. I’m excited to further declutter my beauty stash and makes space for new and exciting purchases.

Do you have a lot of half-empty beauty products in your stash? Join me for Operation ‘Every Last Drop’ and link up in the comments!

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August Wish List

August Wish List

You might remember that I decided on skipping my wish list post last month in favor of focusing on cleaning out my beauty stash. Naturally, the moment I made that resolution a number of exciting new releases popped up on my radar.

First up is the new The Body Shop sorbet range. There are five Body Sorbets (6.75 fl oz, $14 each) in various The Body Shop scents as well as the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (1.7 fl oz, $22) facial moisturizer. Sorbet is a great description for the texture of these products. I went to the store the other day to test them and they smell amazing (as expected) and they leave a cooling sensation after application Рperfect for summer. I have my eyes on the Mango Body Sorbet.

There have also been two new releases by Clinique in their Chubby Stick range. The Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Color Balms (0.08 oz, $17) are sheerer than the original lip crayons and adapt their color to the pH of your lips. You all know how much I like a good my-lips-but-better shade and Coming Up Rosy looks perfect. There are also the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balms (0.21 oz, $21) cream blushes. The Roly Poly Rosy color is right up my alley.

Lastly, ever since I received the Sumita Beauty Eye Shadow Pencil in my June Glossybox¬†I’ve been obsessed with eyeshadow¬†crayons and can’t wait to expand my collection. On my radar are the¬†Sephora Collection¬†Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in Dark Taupe Shimmer (0.1 oz, $14), the¬†Laura Mercier¬†Caviar Stick Eye Colour¬†(0.05 oz, $26) in Rose Gold, and the¬†Clinique¬†Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes¬†(0.1 oz, $17) in Lavish Lilac.

What’s been on your wish list lately?

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The July Decluttering Challenge: Sample Killah Week 4 Update

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 4 Update

This is it. It’s done. Over. Finished. July has come to an end and with it¬†Sample Killah¬†is completed. This week was a bit slow for skin care and bath & body but I kicked butt in the hair care and makeup department. Here is the final kill count.

Skin Care: 4 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 4 Update - Skin Care

Bath & Body: 4 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 4 Update - Bath & Body

  • Bath & Body Works be Enchanted Shower Gel¬†and Body Lotion¬†(10 fl oz, $12.50 each): I don’t know what I was thinking when I picked this scent. It’s sickly sweet and heavy. I’m so glad I’m rid of these samples.
  • Mitchell and Peach Body Cream¬†(6.08 fl oz, $61): Love this lotion. The scent is somewhere between herbal and floral which I really enjoyed. It reminded me of a good tea. It also has a great texture that’s light and absorbs easily.
  • L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream (1 oz, $12): Great hand cream that’s a little thicker which makes it nourishing and perfect for the colder months.

Makeup: 8 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 4 Update - Makeup

Foundations

Mascara

  • 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara¬†(0.24 oz, $18): This mascara made my lashes look nice but it smudged like crazy. I needed to use a waterproofing top coat to make it work.
  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara¬†(0.23 fl oz, $24): The brush was impossible to work with. It’s extremely tapered going from super thin to super fat so you have the choice of either poking yourself in the eye or getting smudges all over your lid. Needless to say that I didn’t use it up but trashed it after a few tries.

Other

Hair Care: 11 samples killed

The July Decluttering Challenge- Sample Killah Week 4 Update - Hair Care

Shampoos & Conditioners

Hair Treatments

Total Samples Killed in Week 4: 27

Total Samples Killed: 113

113. One hundred and thirteen samples killed in 31 days. Phew! I’m super happy with the result. My stash is cleaned out and organized and I discovered some great products in the process (more on that in an upcoming post). I really loved this project and I hope to do something like this again in the future.

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The Clinique City Block Sunscreens

Clinique City Block Sunscreens

Summer time, sun, beach. A few days weeks ago talked about the the importance of sun protection and today I want to review my favorite sunscreen: the Clinique City Block range.

The Clinique City Block sunscreens come with two sun protection factors. There is the City Block Sheer with SPF 25 and the Super City Block with SPF 40. City Block Sheer is a mineral sunscreen containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its active. The Super City Block on the other hand contains a mix of mineral and chemical actives: octinoxate, octisalate, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Both provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB radiation.

Both of the City Block sunscreens are lightly tinted which works well for my light  skin tone. The tint evens out my complexion and provides a great base for foundation. Both are marketed for use as a primer in addition to being a sunscreen and they do that job beautifully.

Another thing I like about the City Block sunscreens is that they contain a good dose of antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical damage.

Clinique City Block Sunscreens - City Block Sheer - consistency

Clinique City Block Sunscreens - City Block Sheer - consistency 2

The texture of these two sunscreens is quite different. City Block Sheer has a somewhat whipped consistency and application is effortless. It absorbs and dries down fairly quickly to a lovely matte finish without feeling heavy.

Super City Block is a lot harder to work with. The consistency is thinner, less like a mouse and more like a cream. It doesn’t absorb well and needs to be rubbed into the skin. It leaves a white cast during application which disappears after a few minutes. Due to all of these problems with the application of the Super City Block, the City Block Sheer is my clear favorite between the two.

Clinique City Block Sunscreens - Super City Block - consistency

Clinique City Block Sunscreens - Super City Block - consistency 2

The Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 and Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF are 1.4 fl oz each. They’re available from Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Clinique, and other retailers for $22.

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The July Decluttering Challenge: Cleaning Out My Makeup Stash

Spring Cleaning - Cleaning Out My Makeup Stash 3

Spring Cleaning - Cleaning Out My Makeup Stash 2

Spring Cleaning - Cleaning Out My Makeup Stash

Part of my July decluttering goal was to clean out my makeup stash. Once a year I like go through all of¬†my¬†makeup and get rid of products that are expired or that¬†simply don’t work for me. I’ve accumulated a lot of¬†makeup so it was about time for my yearly spring summer cleaning.

I decided to get rid of most of my bareMinerals makeup. the bareMinerals foundation use to be¬†my go-to base¬†for years but I’ve found that it just doesn’t work well for my dry-dehydrated skin. It tends to¬†look patchy, chalky, and powdery. I had a few loose eyeliner powders that I decided to keep because they’re so easy to work with and I also kept a pressed Mineral Veil because I like it for setting my concealer. Everything else I decided to trash.

My mascara stash was seriously getting out of hand. I had a bunch of samples that I had kept for traveling purposes but most of them have been opened and used before. I’ve had them for a few years so at this point they’re either¬†expired, dried out, or contaminated. Or all three. I really didn’t want to risk an eye infection and I have enough other mascaras so it was an easy decision to just get rid of all of them.

You all know that I’m not a huge lip gloss person. Nevertheless I accumulated a lot of lip glosses and lip balms over the years. There were a few that I’ve had for over a decade. Gross –¬†I know – which is why I finally threw them out.¬†I also still owned the first eyeliner that I ever bought. As a teenager. Another item that expired years ago and needed to go. Finally, I decided to trash a gold-copper colored cream eye shadow. I don’t really care for the shade but since I swatched it I can’t swap it anymore. It was a gift with purchase so at least I didn’t lose any money.

I also got rid of one concealer that just didn’t provide any coverage as well as a powder. I hit pan on the powder a few months ago and haven’t really used it since getting one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders so in the trash it went.

I’m glad to finally have cleared¬†my makeup stash. My makeup drawer looks much cleaner and organized and I finally have space to fit any new purchases.

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