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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.

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Makeup Declutter: Tools

So I realized that I never finished all of my decluttering series. Here I am, completing my tools to be decluttered.

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Hmm. It all seems unnecessary when you look at all of it together.

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Dirty brushes mean well loved!

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Morphe M439: I love to use it buffing in liquid foundation.

BH Cosmetics 113: my all in one extra powder brush, it is slightly domed at the top so it is good for buffing and blending loose or compact powders.

E.L.F.: Don’t know the exact name of the brush but it is awesome! Love how soft it is. I use it for bronzer or other face powders.

E.L.F. Powder Brush: I like using this for my compact powders to grab the powders evenly.

Sigma Flat Kabuki F80: Originally this was my liquid foundation brush, but it can be used for either liquid or powder foundation.

Morphe E26: This is used best with my compact creme foundations. I can use it to put different contour colors in the perfect place. It’s a good brush to have for cream contours.

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E.L.F.: Don’t know the name of this one either but it can be used to easily place contour powders.

E.L.F. Blending Brush: I like using this to blend out powder contours.

Morphe M601: This is generally used for highlights and brushing away eyeshadow fallout.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I use this to set my foundation with setting powder. It keeps the powder light and not caked on.

Real Techniques Setting Brush: I originally tried using this to set my undereye area but now use it for highlighter.

Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter: Great for highlighting.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Angled Radiance No 10: Perfect blush brush.

BH Cosmetics 117: I use this for my shimmery blushes.

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Yes, I even have these artist-like makeup brushes. These were bought from TJ Maxx. The foundation brushes work well and spread product evenly. I use them for liquid and powder products. My only complaint is that these brushes are too cheap and two of the brush handles have broken on me!

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Not going through all of these. Admittingly, I love all of my blending brushes and the cheapest brush all the way on the left is my favorite brush to place my base eyeshadow. The Younique brushes work so well and are perfect for traveling with.

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These are the brushes I am parting with. I have no use for them, or they are fraying. Thanks for reading! Or just for looking at the pictures ;)…

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Chloe Morello’s Collab w/ Ciate London

In honor of Chloe Morello’s Beauty Haul return, here is my review of the original collection.

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The original collection came with a beautiful dark blue makeup bag, mini mascara, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow palette.

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First off, these colors look beautiful!

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The top row has these browns and golden shades.

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The middle row has these cream toned shadows.

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The bottom row has these purple shades.

After using this palette for a few times I have realized that the shimmer shades suck! They swatch nicely with my finger but do not show up at all with a brush. I’ve tried to use them with Mac Fix + but it just does not do anything amazing to save it. I’ve tried to use my finger to put the product on my eyelids and that doesn’t work either. The matte shades work nicely and blend easily. Looking at this now, I wouldn’t purchase this palette again. For me, most of the shades that do work are a bit too dark for what I like to wear daily but are okay for what I would wear on a date night. I hope this review helps you if you were thinking about purchasing it.

Interested? Click on Chloe Morello’s gorgeous picture below to see the product site.

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5 Day Makeup Routine

I usually start my day by mindlessly looking through social media for and no good reason end up losing an hour of my day! I’m working towards being mindful of my mornings and using the time wisely to get my head clear and ready for the day.

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Recently I posted about my reasoning for starting this trend (for myself… my own trend… not saying other people follow my lead at all!). So here is space where I will collect my thoughts about these products. Call it a mini review. But for me, it is going to be my way of tracking all of my products (that I know I don’t need).

Primer

Becca Backlight Priming Filter smells nice and I like using it under medium coverage foundations to give me a little bit more dimension to my skin. I have oily skin but I don’t find this to add to my oily situation.

Foundation

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation has a spatula of all things to get the product out?! It’s okay because I place the product on the back of one of my hands and rub it in with my fingers. I find that I like using a makeup sponge afterward to blend out any streaks. This foundation is pretty awesome for being a $6 foundation.

Contour

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick was purchased a while ago because it was on sale and I knew it was always going to be a contour product. I don’t think I’m in love with this product anymore.

Concealer

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer is usually saved for my “light makeup” days because I don’t think it helps to cover much of my undereye darkness. It is still pleasant to use.

Setting Powder

Revlon Photoready was almost forgotten! I’m so used to using my RCMA powder but found that this one has the right color for me and sets my foundation nicely without having the powdery finish.

Bronzer

E.L.F. Blush/Bronzer in Fiji-matte. I love this product. But I think it is not the right color for me right now. I think it is a bit too warm.

Eyebrow

NYX Micro Brown Pencil in Espresso is a great product and easy to work with. This color is too warm for me, but it’s okay for right now.

Eyeshadow

The Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette was not appreciated when I first purchased this palette. I was expecting it to have all matte shadows for my warm plum eye looks. So I was disappointed. But after doing a few challenges, I find that it is a great palette to work with. The shades are satin like so they give some dimension to your eye look without having sparkles.

Setting Spray

MAC Fix+ was purchased because everyone on YouTube was talking about it. It’s okay but I wished that I had secured the limited edition scented version to make my makeup routine end on a high note.

*Missing: Mascara was missing from this picture. Honestly, this makeup routine was used in the beginning of the month so I can’t remember which mascara was used. Whoops!

 

 

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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!

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Queen B Tea Routine

I have decided to try the complete Queen B Health Pack, found on the Queen B Official website. I want to start including healthier drink options into my diet and I thought a daily tea would be a great way to start! The description of each tea and steps were taken from the website.

This pack includes:

  • Day 1 – 14: DETOX (B-Tox): 14 DAY
    • NIGHT: Tea that aids in weight management, digestion, increasing the metabolic rate and suppressing appetite.
  • Day 15 -16: Rest
  • Day 17 – 30: SKIN: 14 DAY
    • Tea that helps cleanse your complexion by eliminating dry skin, blemishes, and scars; whilst replenishing collagen and elastin back into the skin.
  • Day 31 – 32: Rest
  • Day 33 – 42: ANTI-OXIDANT: 10 DAY
    • Acai berry coffee that is antioxidant rich and supports anti-ageing.
  • Day 43 – 44: Rest
  • Day 45 – 58: SLEEP: 14 DAY
    • Tea that promotes restful sleep by calming the mind and easing it from stress. The tea leaves from this can also be used in a hot bath or foot spa to release tension from sore muscles.
  • Day 59 – 60: Rest
  • Day 61 – 74: IMMUNITY/MENOPAUSE/PMS: 14 DAY
    • Tea that relieves PMS/menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and itchiness, whilst balancing hormones to reduce mood swings. (If you don’t experience menopause or PMS, it is still a great tea to help your immune system- or a fabulous gift for over 50’s)!
  • Day 75 – 76: Rest
  • Day 77 – 90: SHRED: 14 DAY
    NIGHT: Tea that aids in weight management to help shred, define and tone.

 

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I have bought and tried the B-Tox Tea before. Because it is coming from Australia (then to Hawaii) it took close to a month to get to me. It comes in tea bags with no strings. The directions are to steep it in hot water for up to one minute. You may have to try steeping it for 30 seconds in your first attempt because it can get very potent.

The first time I tried it, I steeped it for one minute, drank the whole tea. The next morning, I was running to the bathroom constantly. After I got used to the tea, I would only go to the bathroom twice and I was good for the day. I’ll give you all an update after I finish my first step of the cleanse.

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Weekend Pamper Routine

I have been dealing with some stressing times so this past weekend I decided to go back to my weekly pamper routine. I used to make it a very important part of my weekend to spend at least 2 hours relaxing and trying multiple masks.

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Step 1: 3D Crest White Strip

This was a sample of the Crest whitening strips. Surprisingly it did not make my gums or teeth sensitive during or after treatment. I saw some superficial results and that was nice.

Step 2: Sephora Mask

This clay mask helps to draw out “impurities” and bring them to the surface of the skin. Once it is dry, I rub the mask off into a trash then rinse it off with water. I usually look like I’m wearing a Halloween Zombie Face but it’s all in the name of beauty right!

Step 3: Pore Strip

Since I brought everything to the surface, I then use a pore strip to actually pull out all of the gunk! Yes, to me it is satisfying to see everything out and on the pore strip! Want to see? Click through the slideshow. Squeamish? Skip over 😀

 

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Step 4: GLAMGLOW Gravity Mud

Usually, my next step would be a cool pore mask or one to tighten my pores, after all I put them through. But this time I decided it was time to use up more of the GLAMGLOW mask. If you have read my other review articles you would know that I don’t favor this mask. But it was too expensive to toss so I will use it up.

Step 5: Moisturizer

This was not pictured, but I know the importance of moisturizing. So,

I let it rest with some nutrient rich moisture.

Do you have a weekend pamper routine? I’d love to hear about it. Comment down below your favorite pamper products! 😀

-Aurora D.

 

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Makeup Declutter: Liquid Lipsticks, Gloss & Pencils

Of all the makeup products I have, lip products are ever growing. So many different colors, textures, and finishes. Yikes!

 

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Decluttered the lip products I am holding

 

Liquid Lipsticks:

I have a few brands and I love each of them in their own ways.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks: Soft and mousse-y texture, dries down nicely and does not transfer.

Tarte Tartiest Lip Paints: Creamy texture. It takes a while to dry down so it will transfer before then.

Jouer Lip Creme: Mousse-y and slightly sticky till it dries.

Lime Crime Velvetines (not pictured): Liquid formula that feels thin but very good color payoff.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick: Mousse-y and slightly sticky but I love the colors I have.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip: Thin and liquid consistency. Opaque in color but also very drying. Depending on how old your product is, it can crumble throughout the day. If it is new, you shouldn’t have any problems!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip: Very comfortable on the lip. This does not dry down, this does transfer. But if you don’t have a problem with reapplying then you should definitely go for it!

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Glosses:

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip: Love this stuff. Some of them have great color payoff. They feel comfortable on the lip, not too sticky. My one complaint is that there is no scent. It would make it a more pleasurable experience.

NYX Butter Gloss: I like the slightly sheer color and slippery formula. Plus it has a soft sweet scent.

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain: I wanted a cheap glossy crayon to replace my Clinique Chubby stick that I love so much. So far it is good enough.

Shea Moisture: Didn’t love the color so it is gone.

Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm: These were nice but turned stale so they had to go.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Sheer: Love this formula and wish they will come out with more colors.

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Lippie Stix, Lip Liners, and other Crayons:

Colourpop Lippie Stix: I love the scent and formula of all of these. I only tossed the old and bold colors I am not using anymore.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils: Love the matte finish and creamy texture. I think they did a great job with these.

Other Crayons: Don’t remember the names of the brands but I just didn’t want to keep the bold colors anymore.

Yes, lip products are a bit hard to declutter because of all the different types out there. Sometimes I just want variety! But they do get old, and it just not would be hygenic to keep using old lip products. Let me know how you are doing!

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Face Powders & Single Eyeshadow

I’m on a roll with getting rid of the old products. However, I feel like you could keep powder products forever!

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The top picture shows the mess I had stored in my drawer that includes bronzers and face powders.

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Powders

I love my loose power from Younique. The texture is so fluffy, I will need to order more soon and encourage you to do so as well!

Other powders are either finishing powders, blotting powders, or powder foundation. I will make it a priority to work on using my powders on light makeup days.

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Single Eyeshadows

My Colourpop Super Shock Shadow collection. I mainly have warm tones but my shimmer shades are my favorite! The other shadows came from subscription boxes or other makeup sets.

I got rid of the basic shades and kept the shades that are more unique or ones I don’t have in my palette collection. I also chose to toss the Colourpop shadows that were dried out (one setback to the shadows).

Looking at my collection, in the future, I want to have single eyeshadows in a pan to easily put in z palettes. Single eyeshadows are just not as nice to store!

Let’s see what my makeup future holds.

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Blushes, Bronzers, & Highlights

I realize wow, I have too much. #Konmari 1, 2, 3!

Ugh, this is more than I can handle. Blush, I do not see myself actually using most of these. I also realize that I only like neutral tan/peach colors.

I am keeping…

KVD Shade & Light Blush in Mickey + Mallory: It’s soft and leaning more on the peach color.

Milani Powder Blush 10 Awakening Rose: Love this color and it is cheap enough to try other colors.

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey: Love the color too much to part ways.

Mellow Face Blush in Bronze: The closest color to my Becca Blush.

E.L.F. Baked Blush: These are perfect if you want a little glow with your blush.

Nars Blush Orgasm: Iconic color.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in Shade 02: A very close dupe in color to Nars Orgasm with less shimmer.

Bronzers/Contour:

Keeping…

It Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc: It is soft and is a good color match for me during the winter time.

E.L.F. Blush and Bronzer duo in Fiji-matte: Using this constantly now. It is super easy to blend and the perfect pan size to bring traveling.

Naked Flushed Native: I bought this a while back but I found that I just can’t use the blush and highlight. I will keep because it is beautiful to look at and the bronzer can work with my skin tone.

E.L.F. Bronzer Pallette: Cheap and a good mix of bronzer colors.

Benefit Hoola travel size: I love how small it is and that even with my medium skin tone, it can work for me.

Maybelline FitMe! 330 Stick Foundation: I use this as a cream contour. It is super easy to blend. Love it.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Pallette Contour in Dulce De Leche: I will use this in the future when I get darker during the summer months.

Cover FX Contour Kit G Medium-Deep: I want to use this when my Maybelline stick runs out. Spent some $$ on it so I need to use this up!

 

Highlights:

Confession time. I didn’t toss much. Only tossed the pink Wet n Wild Fergie pan and two of the highlights in the square golden pans (don’t remember the names because they were bought on sale at Ross). They are all just too pretty!

Okay, let me know how you are doing with your decluttering below 😉

-Aurora D.

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Product Empties: April 2017

Product empties for April. 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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Clean it Zero: I like the thick texture and it helps to break down my makeup. This does not always get my mascara off and I would go in with another cleanser to get it all. Don’t open your eyes while you use this, it can sting 😣. Yellow Light

Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Mud Cleansing Cream: Very moisturizing and a nice way to get off light amounts of makeup. Dry skin people will like this one. Red Light

Glamglow Super Cleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser: I was pleasantly surprised to like this product. It was a thick dark cream that got a little foamy while washing with water. It helped my oily skin, and I would purchase this again. Yellow Light

Nature Republic Fresh Herb Snail Cleansing Foam Snail: This was cheap. It left my skin squeaky clean. But also left my eyes stinging. Red Light

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Skin Food Rice Mask Wash Off: It was a gentle scrub. People with sensitive skin will like this. Red Light

Skin Food Sesame Hot Mask Wash Off: A gentle scrub that warmed parts of my face. I could only feel the warmth on my nose and around my lips. Red Light

Glamglow Supermud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment Mask: Yes I tried the hyped product. It did help to bring the junk in my pores out to the surface, but I still had to get everything out with a pore strip or something similar. I will only repurchase it if is on sale. Yellow Light

Lush Rosy Cheeks: Love this. Its price is right. Helps calm my skin when it gets red or irritated by other products. I know I can rely on this. I will repurchase. Green Light

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Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream: Love this! Gel eye moisturizer that is light enough to wear under my makeup but moisturizing enough to solve my undereye problems. I will definitely repurchase. Green Light

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins: This was nice but I didn’t see a difference in my skin. I guess it is more of a preventative measure. I might repurchase this again. Yellow Light

Blithe Vital Treatment 8 Nourishing Beans for Multi activating & Lifting: Within the first week I saw a difference in my acne red spots.  It lasted for about six weeks. Then after that, I couldn’t see improvement. I don’t know if it was because I was trying different skin care products that affected it. Yellow Light

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Tea Body Cream: I really like this calming scent. Plus it moisturizes well enough for me. Yellow Light

There you have it. A short review of products that were used up well. Let me know if you too feel awesome after using up beauty products!

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