Sunday, December 7, 2014

November Empties!

Hello dolls,

Here are the products I was loving and leaving this month.

Love Them!

Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser

Love it! This in conjunction with my Clarisonic has helped my skin immensely. Way less breakouts and they heal faster. It has also helped even my skin tone and brightened my skin. 

Lancome Visionnaire

This is a great serum. I use this immediately after toning, and it has helped my pores and skin texture. It is not a heavy serum, so it doesn't aggravate my acne prone skin, or worsen my oily skin.

A 1 oz bottle is available at Lancome for $79, and Lancome is currently having their friends and family sale, so you can receive 20% off if you use the code "FRIENDS" at checkout.

Lush Sympathy for the Skin

The name alone makes this a product I love. 

This is a lightweight vanilla banana pudding smelling lotion. Smells amazing. Very hydrating. Plus, Lush is a fair trade supporting, natural ingredient having, animal testing fighting company that is one I love to support.  

8.4 oz will last forever and cost $26.95 at Lush. If you keep 5 of those black tubs, you can return them to Lush for a free Fresh Face Mask. ( Cupcake is my favorite)

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste is the only dry shampoo I like. It leaves my oily root hair feeling and looking refreshed after a skipped shampoo day. Plus, the blonde color blends much better into my hair then the white this might be dandruff look traditional dry shampoo has. It's available in a variety of colors, and has also been touted as a quick touch up for those who need a root color touch up. 

A Hint of Color Batiste is available for $8.99 at Ulta.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Conditioner

I have fine limp hair, and this is a great moisturizing conditioner for my dry ends, but doesn't weigh my hair down. I do feel like my hair is more volumized after using it, and less frizzy. 

If you grab this now at Target for $4.99, plus three other select hair care items, you will receive a $5 Target gift card.

TonyMoly Red Appletox Honey Cream

 I know some beauties don't care for this face cream because it has a sticky consistency. The honey is good for acne prone skin because it has anti-bacterial properties. I only use this once or twice a week, and apply it in a patting motion.

You can buy it from Memebox where it is on sale currently for $5 instead of $12. If you buy through that link you will also receive $5 dollars off your order automatically. Also, using the code EPICSTEAL30 gives you free shipping on orders over $30.

Lancome Cils Booster XL

This is my favorite mascara primer. It lengthens lashes to an extreme amount, and makes the pumped up and a beautiful frame for your eyes. I curl, then apply the primer, then curl again and finally apply the mascara I'm using. 

It's $24.50 at Lancome, and qualifies for the "FRIENDS" code for 20% off your order.

Lioele C.A.D Oxygen Pore Cream

This face moisturizer has a unique gel cream texture that feels light weight on my oily skin and doesn't clog pores or cause breakouts. It has witch hazel in it which helps tighten pores and oxygen to help brighten dull complexions. I use this after toning and essence. It can also be used at night.

It is on sale at Beauteque for $26.39, down from $32.99.

iAdora Rose Milk Bath

This was amazing! Smelled like real roses and had actual rose petals in it, instead of those depressing brown blobs that come in many rose bath products. This was enough for a long and luxurious soak that was super relaxing. 

The full size is available at iAdora for $36.

Leave Them

PureDerm Nose Pore Strips Choco Cacao

This came in Memebox Cacao box. They smell amazing. However, I didn't find them effective, and they left brown residue all over my nose. Brown noser alert!! 

Origins Clear Improvement  Mask

A cult classic. I hate it. Does nothing for my skin. Doesn't improve acne or reduce oil and tighten pores. In fact, I think the only thing it is good for is getting stuck in my eyebrows and hairline.

Yes to Tomatoes Clean Skin Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes

These felt like sandpaper, and yet didn't sand off any blemishes. Ineffective at removing all makeup as well. 

The Color Institute Lip Glossies Peppermint

Terrible, gloopy gloss. No color, too oily. And how does yellow equal peppermint?

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm

Did nothing for my dark circles, which is what I need an eye cream to do. Not for me.

Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey

Too unisex for me.

Nude Advanced Renewal Age-Defying Skincare Eye Complex

Again, didn't help with under eye circles, which is my primary need in an eye cream.

Lioele V-Line Waterdrop Sleeping Pack

I see that a lot of love for this on MUT, but it doesn't do anything for me. Too thin, and I neither feel nor see any difference in my skin the next morning.

Dermadoctor wrinkle Revenge Lift and Replenish Serum

I don't have visible wrinkles yet (knock on wood) but I didn't see any other improvements in skin texture, clarity, pores or otherwise, so I wouldn't purchase full size.

Lioele Secret Pore Rich Balm

Too thick for me and made my skin breakout.

Clinique Step 3 Moisturize 

Clinique has great cosmetics, but their skincare does nothing for me, which is odd since they are more known for the skincare portion of their line. This moisturizer is just another disappointment from Clinique's skincare for me.

Dot by Marc Jacobs

I had a vial of this, and I wasn't impressed with the lasting power of this.

What are your loves and leaves this winter?



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Summer Scent to keep you going till Spring

Hello Lovelies!

I had an extended hiatus to do my computer freaking and deleted everything I had. So that sucks, and puts me super behind on all the goodies I wanted to share with y'all. So here's a quick review to get back in the groove.

Issey Miyake came out with an LE Summer Scent of L'Eau D'Issey.

Really what grabbed my attention was the cute summery bottle with its seaside motif.

Starfish and seahorses decorate the iconic Issey bottle. 

The juice is clear.

Issey Miyake describes  the notes as Lychee,Vanilla, Lotus, Cyclamen, Freesia, Carnations, White Lilies, Amberseed, and Musk.

To me, I smell grapefruit margaritas on the beach. It's a slight fruity fresh smell on my skin, with a hint of salty air. Definitely brings to mind the beach.

Lasting power is fair, and is not an overwhelming scent, so appropriate for the office. It's a great day time scent.

The scent is available at Sephora for $74. Currently, Sephora is doing their annual 20% off discount sale, so it is a great time to pick it up.

Any LE scents you beauties are loving?



Saturday, October 4, 2014

August in October!

So Julep's shipping is terrible. Their nail polish is wonderful. It leaves me in a dilemma as a new Maven. So far, I am sticking it out, but that could change if it doesn't improve.

With that note, it should make sense that I am just now reviewing my Julep August box, since I received it in September.

August's theme was Wanderlust, very global and rich colors.

Nice presentation, love  love love the glittery gold tissue paper. Fit the theme very well.

Well, at least my delayed box had one....

I can always find stuff to add on, it's a sickness really. My freebie was the Blank Canvas Mattifiying Eye Primer. Julep doesn't note what your freebie is, but since I know it didn't order this, I made an educated guess. It can be confusing on months you get nail polish and forget what you ordered. (I can't be the only one who does that *crosses fingers*)

Julep says

"Prime for success

What it is:
A reparative eye primer that creates a smooth, flawless base for long-lasting eye looks.

What it does:
Light-diffusing diamond powder minimizes shine and lid discoloration.
Julep's exclusive Power Cell Complex™ blends the benefits of three age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients:
Rosehip seed oil delivers essential nutrients to soothe and repair.
Malvaceae Lipid Extract™ improves barrier function so skin retains moisture.
Green coffee bean oil invigorates skin & promotes cell turnover."


The primer has a nice finish, and is good for camouflaging veins and other eyelid discolorations. It doesn't feel too tacky, and is very neutral so the color of your shadows won't be affected. 

Blended. Almost imperceptible. 


Full Coverage Gold Glitter, part of the August Wanderlust Collection.

Bombshell Color

(Courtesy of Julep)

Tazeen is no longer available on

This polish was an add on to the regular collection.


It's a Stardust Finish, which means it is a special effects polish. Stardust finish polishes are matte glitters.

(Courtesy of Julep)

Cameron is available on for $11.20 for mavens and $14 for everyone else. 


Classic with a Twist polish. Violet shimmer. Part of the August Wanderlust collection.

(Courtesy of Julep)

Avni is sold out on


Oxygen Breathable Polish

Sushmita is a pink satin polish. It is a Classic With a Twist from the August Wanderlust collection.
(Courtesy of Julep)

Sushmita is sold out on


Joyce is an It Girl dark ruby red shimmer from the August Wanderlust Collection. This was another add on for me.

Polish murder site. I knocked it over photographing it. What a tragic sight.

(Courtesy of Julep)

Joyce is sold out on


Katie is an orchid chrome polish from the August Wanderlust collection. 

(Courtesy of Julep)

Katie is sold out on