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Product Empties: August 2017

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Product empties for August. Let’s review and see if I will use these again.

Green Light = Yes purchase again

Yellow Light = Maybe under certain circumstances

Red Light = Nope, not for me

 

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Bath Items

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Tea Body Wash & Foam Bath: I am working through my collection of soaps, and I know I like the eucalyptus scent. I think in the future I will mindfully purchase soaps with this essential oil, but not the plastic packaging. Yellow Light.

SweetSpot Labs Vanilla Blossom Gentle Wash: This was a nice find at Target. I like that it comes from 97% natural ingredients, but then it makes me think how long the products last… I used so little each day that it took so long to go through it. Yellow Light.

Bath & Bodyworks Golden Sugar Scrub Warm Vanilla: I bought this on sale because I like sugar scrubs in the shower. But this was used up too fast to make it worth it. I also noticed that the oil residue felt more synthetic than the aromatherapy ones I have used in the past. Red Light.

Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack: I got a free sample of this from Nature Republic and the sample smelled so good and worked so well! Once I used up the regular size, I found that it didn’t smell as good, but still worked nicely. Yellow Light.

 

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Skincare Items

Dr. Brandt V-Zone Neck Cream: Probably too toxic to keep around. I bought this because I sleep on my side, which now creates beautiful crease lines on my chest. But I don’t use it often. Red Light.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion: I thought I would like this because of the Tony Moly Goat Milk Emulsion I had before. Unfortunately, it was too thick and ended up very sticky on my face. Red Light.

Cover FX Custom Infusion DRops Vitamin C + Lemongrass: I used this not to mix in my foundations but as a night moisturizer. However, after some research, I found that Vitamin C is very sensitive to light. So this bottle is not ideal for keeping Vitamin C. Red Light.

Heimish All Clean Balm: This is a sample size. I found that this does not keep very long. It is a solid-like balm to take off makeup. It works very well and I ended up purchasing two full-size jars. Yellow Light.

Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying: This was a nice clay mask at an affordable price! I don’t know all of the ingredients so I will have to check to see if it’s non-toxic. Yellow Light.

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel: This is a great kind of product. I know there are other kinds of brands that have similar peeling gels and they work well for people who need exfoliation but hate physically sloughing off the skin. I prefer the latter, but do enjoy a gentle peel once in a while. Yellow Light.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: This one was interesting because it was black and had a warming sensation. I don’t think it helped my acne and I don’t think it was worth it at all. Yikes, I guess I just don’t like Boscia products. Red Light.

The Face Shop Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam: A very nice gentle cleansing wash that takes off residual makeup. It doesn’t dry out my skin and is very affordable. Green Light.

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Makeup Items

MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus: I caved in and purchased this because of popular Youtube stars. In some ways, it worked for me helping to set makeup or make eyeshadows more vibrant. I already have some backup setting mists so this won’t be on my list for very long. Yellow Light. 

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara: I liked this mascara from a couple years back. But for some reason, the wand is too flexible and doesn’t coat my lashes very well. Red Light.

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara: Love this mascara! the wand is perfect and the formula works well for me. However, I am working on becoming more cautious of the ingredients going in and on my body. So I will check if this is non-toxic. Yellow Light.

Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint 05 Stripped Down: The color was perfect, but it separated on my lips after a while of wearing it. Red Light.

TonyMoly Peach Lip Balm: This smelled nice and is a thin consistency. This did not have a long shelf life so it turned stale on me kind of quick! Yellow Light.

TonyMoly Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist Facial Spray: This was supposed to help keep my oily skin from getting crazy, but it didn’t work. It just smelled strongly of alcohol but came in a cute package. Red Light.

As you can see, I’m trying to use up my products wisely, but also moving on to making wiser choices about what I put on my face. Have you been more mindful of your beauty products? Let me know if the comments below.

  • Aurora D.
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Product Empties: June 2017

Product empties for June. Let’s review and see if I will use these again.

Green Light = Yes purchase again

Yellow Light = Maybe under certain circumstances

Red Light = Nope, not for me

Skincare

Goodal Trans Foam Cleansing Oil: A gel-like consistency. Not oil. It cleaned my skin from makeup really well. Green Light

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner: I first started using this product by patting it on my skin. But then I found that I like it best wiping it with a cotton pad. Yellow Light

Tony Moly Goat milk Moisture Toner: I loved how this toner helped to moisturize my skin, almost like an emulsion but thinner. Green Light

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum: Almost sticky gel to help exfoliate your skin. I couldn’t use it regularly to make a difference in my skin. Red Light

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater: I loved the smell of this. It was perfect for daily use. Green Light

Caudalie Vinoperfect Moisturizer and Radiance Serum: Got this for free from Sephora as a birthday gift. It worked nicely and didn’t give me any bad skin. Yellow Light

Erborian Bamboo Eye: This was promising, a matte moisturizer for your eye area. It didn’t work for me. I was super dry and had to layer it with another moisturizer before I gave up on it. Red Light

Skincare continued

Seacret Clarifying Mud Mask: This is a gentle mud mask that doesn’t dry all crusty. Yellow Light

Lush The Sacred Truth: Oh yes, I love this mask. I love most of the fresh masks from Lush. Green Light

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: A black peel-off mask to help pull out impurities. Doesn’t work well at all! It will take a while to dry and doesn’t pull out half of my impurities. Red Light

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration and Firming Serum and Cream: I recently purchased the Tatcha set from TJ Maxx for a crazy discount. I needed to try it asap before it expired. So, I love it. It is so gentle but helped to keep my skin clear of blemishes. Green Light

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Wipes: Love! Green Light

These sheet masks I reacted to and got a pimply rash on my face if I kept it on longer than 5 minutes. Red Light

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body and Shine Conditioner and Body Wash Foam Bath: The conditioner gave me the best smelling hair that lingers. But it didn’t condition it so well. The body wash smells the same but I love that it is a gel formula. Red Light for the conditioner & Green Light for the body wash

Bath & Bodyworks Japanese Cherry Blossom Golden Sugar Scrub: Bought this on sale and chose this scent because I like the lotion version of this. Found out that I don’t favor the scent as a sugar scrub. Yellow Light

Destiny Boutique Charcoal Facial Detox: I tried this as a face wash but found that it was too slippery. I ended up using this up as a body wash. My body scrub ended up turning black but whatever! I didn’t want to wait. Yellow Light

H2o Plus Spa Sugar Scrub: I love this stuff. I usually only find it at Ross. Green Light

Toms deodorant: This is the only natural deoderant I have quick access to. I have used natural deoderant (or aluminum free) for almost five years. I chose to change my deoderant because I was having issues with sweating and irratation. Ever since I have changed, I have less sweat and less irratation. Green Light

Victoria’s Secret Scandalous Fragrance Wash and Lotion: I got this as a part of a gift set. don’t like these but I do like the scent. Red Light

Nature Republic Aqua Cream: This was supposed to be good for oily skin. I just couldn’t continue using this because it was too fregrant and super sticky. Red Light

Maybelline Dream Cushion: This worked out nicely for me. BUT! You get half of the product for an expensive price (for drugstore). One more issue I have with this is the fact that you have to keep opening the product with the sponge. I felt like it turned bad because of exposure to the air and bacteria. Red Light

Maybelline FIt Me Foundation Stick: I used this as a contour stick but found that it was blending away and not showing up to make a difference in my look. Red Light

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip: Love this product, but this one just got bad and expired. Green Light

I finally went through my nail polish and moved it from storage. I swatced everything and found that these are not my favorite colors or have gone bad and just don’t work.

Thanks for checking out my post!

  • Aurora D.
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B-Tox Tea: Day 1-14

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Hey all, a few days I posted about starting the Queen B Tea Routine for an overall healthier lifestyle. I figure I start at the beginning of the week because we all like to start fresh each week, right? So here I go!

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Here is the info found on the B-Tox Tea Weight Management label.

Queen B N14 B-Tox Tea is created from the highest quality ingredients. Its carefully selected ingredients have nutritional benefits to assist in weight management whilst enhancing overall wellbeing.

Recommendations: Before you begin your B-Tox take photos of your body from the front, back and side. Once you complete your B-Tox, Take the same shots again and compare the results! We would love to share your B-Tox journey with you, so feel free to send your results to us at queenbhq@gmail.com (you may stay anonymous when doing this).

Directions: Steep 1 teabag in a cup with 200ml of boiling water for up to 8 minutes. You may use a strainer or infuser, or you may consume the loose tealeaves. Recommend 1 cup each night befoer bed, (effects occur 12 hours after drinking tea).

Ingredients: Cassia angustifolia dry leaf, crataegus pinnatifida fruit, alisma orientale tuber, plantago asiatica seed, nelumbium speciosum leaf, Hordeum vulgare fruit*, citrus aurantifolia fruit and cassia tora seed. *contains gluten.

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I can tell you I was surprised when the directions said to steep up to 8 minutes. I purchased this tea a few years ago and it was so potent, that the directions stated to steep up to one minute. My guess is that they changed the ingrediants or the potentcy for their customers. To me, it smells the same but the taste is not as strong (from what I remember). I steeped the tea bag on top of a strainer for about five minutes. We shall see how these next two weeks go!

  • Aurora D.