Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pass or Purchase Again?

It has been over a year since I've posted about my recent empties, but I love reading Nadia's trash talk posts so I thought I'd reintroduce some empties into the blog. This is also good motivation to use up products I have and a good way to review products that I liked even if they weren't favorite material.

Clinique Acne Solutions Toner: I got this with the acne solutions starter kit, the toner is the only thing I've used up and I really like using it on my t-zone. It's a little too drying to use on the other parts of my face but I would probably repurchase this if you could just get the smaller size bottle without having to buy the entire kit.

MAC Prep & Prime in Light Boost: This isn't even empty but I've had this for over two years and it just won't run out. Because it's a product I use so close to my eyes I figured it was time to get rid of it because of how old it is. Considering how much product is in this tiny little tube it's an amazing value, plus it's a really good yellow toned brightening highlighter. I'll get another one in the future, but with a few other products to use up first, I'm not in a big rush.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair: I like using this on the ends of my hair when it's damp, but I really prefer to use it on dry hair on day two or three after I've washed it if the ends are extra dry. I have a second little bottle of this to use, but I honestly think the regular Argan Oil would work just as well and that one serves more of a multi-purpose, so I think I'll pass on this once I use up the other bottle.

D&G Rose The One: My mom got me this perfume a couple of years ago, and it's such a beautiful floral scent that I was sad to use up- I have a few other perfumes I'm working my way through and a few others I'd like to try first, but eventually I would love to own this fragrance again.

St Tropez Tanning Mousse: This lived up to all of the hype and as soon as I finished this little bottle from the starter kit, I purchased the full-size. It's not very dark at all once the color shield washes off-- I can notice a difference but I don't think anyone else has ever noticed when I've used it-- which works because I'm not looking for a super dramatic tan, just something I can use to add a little bit of color to my neck and upper body during the winter.

Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner: I finally used this up after a little over a year and I liked it, but realized it was drying out my skin because it contained alcohol. After doing a little research and talking to Katie, I think the new version of this is alcohol-free? If so, I might give it a try again in the future.

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Overall, I liked all of these products. My favorite was easily the self tanning mousse but the perfume and highlight pen are the other two I would highly recommend.

And on an even more exciting note, today is Heather's birthday & I teamed up with her and a few other girls to offer a chance to win $175 via paypal! Use the Rafflecopter to go and make sure you stop by to wish her a happy birthday :)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

February's Final Thursday

Happy Thursday! I'm sure every winter probably feels like this, but this seems like the worst winter ever and I'm so happy that each passing day brings us one day closer to the warmth of spring.

I had been anticipating watching the Oscars for weeks and when it was finally time I couldn't even stay awake to watch the entire show. I don't know if I was bored or just tired, but staying awake for more than half of it didn't happen. As for my favorite looks of the night, Margot Robbie, Anna Kendrick, and Sienna Miller were probably my top three. (last year's favorite looks here)

Margot in Saint Laurent; Anna in custom Thakoon; Sienna in Oscar De La Renta
According to Instagram, Margot Robbie's makeup was done using Hourglass Cosmetics and her lipcolor was raven- so stunning! I would have loved Emma Stone's dress but I couldn't get past how much I disliked the color-- perhaps it was better in person?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Up Next (to read)

These are the books that are up next on my to-read list-- kind of. I guess a more accurate title would be the books that are currently on hold from the library. A few of them I have hundreds (literally) of people in front of me, so hopefully I'll read a few other books in-between. But nonetheless, here are six books I'm looking forward to reading soon.

The Girl on the Train: I had no idea what this book was about, but saw so many people talking about it that I had to put it on hold- I clearly wasn't the only one with this idea because there were almost 700 people before me when I put it on hold. Have you read it? Is it worth the hype?

Girl in Translation: This is a book I probably would have never gravitated towards but it kept coming up as a recommendation when I would rate other books that I really liked.

What Alice Forgot: I still need to review Big Little Lies, I wasn't so sure about that one at first but loved it in the end and am excited to read another Liane Moriarty book.

The Paying Guests: This one is in the same realm as The Girl on the Train, in the sense that I first wanted to read it based on it getting so much hype.

The Silkworm: I liked The Cuckoo's Calling, I didn't love it, but I liked it and I still really want to read this one to see what old Cormoran Strike is up to next.

Ugly Love: I heard about this book from Kay and am hoping I get the chance to read it before the book club! I've also heard good things about Colleen Hoover from Joey so I'm really excited for this one!

I have quite a few books from NetGalley I need to read as well-- but hopefully I'll have reviews on them coming soon!

Also in exciting book news, Joey's book Yeah, Maybe is on sale this week on amazon. I first talked about the book in this post, but if you're a YA lover you need to read it, and for $1.99 how can you not?

What books have you read lately?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Goodbye Brownie Brittle and Other Things From the Week

My mom was in town last weekend and even though the weather wasn't the friendliest we had the best time. There was a lot of shopping, good food, games, and laughing way too hard. I had the best carnitas tacos at Rosa Mexicana, tried Pho for the first time, and we even found gluten free cupcakes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Finally Finding My Favorite Foundation

After searching for five months and trying eight different foundation I've finally found the perfect match for my skin type! I've used two other Smashbox foundations in the past so I really have no idea why it took me so long to try one again because it was love at first use.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five Things on Friday

1. I'm finally on Instagram with my blog! I'm still sorting out how often I'll use it, but follow me @ carlyblogshere. Also Jaelan is hosting an Instagram bloghop so make sure you join in if you're also on Instagram.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My First Subscription Box

I finally took the plunge and signed up for a subscription box! A jewelry subscription box! I first heard about Rocksbox from Biana and Emily did a post more recently as well. In case you're unfamiliar with Rocksbox, it's a subscription service that sends you 3 pieces of jewelry for $19 / month. You're able to keep the pieces for as long as you want, or you can send them back as often as you like to switch things up. Regardless of how many times you switch, you'll always pay the same price monthly. If you choose you can purchase any of the pieces you know you'll want to keep!

I requested only necklaces. As much as I love earrings and bracelets, my ears are easily irritated by just about every kind of metal, and my wrists are annoyingly small so most bracelets or bangles don't stay on and when you're renting something you definitely do not want to lose it. (rings are also an option!)

Along with the type of jewelry you can choose what color metal you prefer and if you prefer statement pieces or delicate pieces-- or both!

I originally was going to stick with just delicate pieces but changed to a mix of both-- I figured this was the perfect opportunity for me to play around with a statement necklace. You're getting amazing quality jewelry without having to commit to the high prices.

Along with the style survey there are two other ways to let the stylists know what you're loving. On the website they have a wish list option & you can select the items you'd like to receive. If you follow Rocksbox on Instagram you can hashtag wishlist on items you like in the photos they post.

Victoria Necklace by Urban Gem | I loved that this was more of a statement piece but still a neutral piece. You could really wear it with just about anything!

Geometric Double Layer Necklace by Gorjana | I am obsessed with the simplicity of this necklace-- plus it's perfect for layering!

Jamie Necklace by Robyn Rhodes | This necklace was probably my favorite of the three. I love the blue coloring in the stone with the really dainty chain.

If you're interested in trying out Rocksbox for the first time let me know and I can send a code your way. Using the code will get your first box free and give me a credit of $25 to use on the site. Overall, I'm loving my first box and can't wait to see what I get in future boxes.

[linking up with joey & annie]