August Beauty Empties


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It’s time to purge my hidden beauty empties drawer and show you all a little sneak peek behind a few things I’ve ran through recently. I feel like last month I ran through quite a few odds and ends in my beauty collection; but, most of my empties this month are hair products. Without further ado, let’s jump into this empties collection

OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo + OGX Argan Oil Conditioner

I’ll save you some redundancy and time and link my full review of these products here.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Divine Dark

Yet, another favorite of mine. Check out some more thoughts of mine in my last empties post. I go through these like every other week!

Tresemme Hair Spray

This has been my tried and true hairspray for YEARS. My hair literally doesn’t move but doesn’t compromise the lividity. No crust but all the hold! Now with me using this up, I’m on the search for a cruelty free hairspray solution. Let me know what you recommend!

Radha Rosehip Oil

Obsessed. I’ve already replenished my stock on this oil. I’m so glad I tried this out. The best part? I find mine on Amazon and have it delivered straight to me! This oil has totally changed my skin for the better and I can’t even imagine my life before it.

Retread

My go-to hair mask for damaged hair. It’s helped me keep my long hair while repairing my dead ends. I didn’t think I could get my hair to grow past a certain point; but, this product proved me wrong! Love it!

Glam Glow Thirsty Mud

Dry skin? You need this! I have loved each and every Glam Glow mask I’ve tried thus far. This mask is so perfect for that extra boost of hydration and it smells delicious!

Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream

There’s no better time to start taking extra care of your skin than before the damage is already done. I started using a neck cream this year and this was the first product I tried. I loved the thick consistency and it felt very nourishing. I didn’t see any change in my neck but, then again, I don’t have mature skin yet. I’m trying a different neck product now and will let you know how the two compare!

Victoria’s Secret Fresh Body Mist

This mist is from….Christmas I think? I was gifted a collection of four or five and have been switching between them all. Clearly, I really liked this one! The scent wears off easily but what body mist doesn’t?

NYX Micro Brow Pencil

My everyday eyebrow pencil that has seriously upped my brow game. I have already repurchased!

E.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner in brown

E.l.f. is seriously underrated. I love some of their products and this is one of them. Their eyeliners are great quality and easy to apply. What could be better? I like switching up my eyeliner color to brown for daytime looks because it’s less harsh. I recommend trying this one out!

Leave me a comment below with a cruelty free hairspray you recommend I try out!

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Multi-Masking

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love my face masks. I’m constantly trying out new ones to try and find the best for my skin type. Now, when I say constantly, I mean constantly. I do a face mask almost every day of the week (especially during the colder winter months). Here are the current masks I’m rotating back and forth with!

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Origins Charcoal

This mask is great at what it does, sucking all the bad stuff out of your face. However, I’m finding that it’s doing maybe too good of a job. I broke out like crazy from this mask but I kept using it. I figured that it was just detoxing my skin and after a month or so it would start to clear up. No such luck. I think I’m going to start using this as my nighttime spot treatment instead of using it as an all over face mask. Any tips out there I should be taking into account with this mask? I hear nothing but good things but my goodness my skin is NOT liking it!

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GlamGlow Thirstymud

Any of GlamGlow’s products have always been my ultimate go-to. I have tried three or four of their masks in the past and I never have any problems with them. I cannot rave about these enough. I always follow the Origins Charcoal mask, the next day, with this mask to really moisturize my face. It smells so amazing and works like a dream! I love it. My skin is so soft and smooth the next day.

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Fresh Rose Face Mask

This is a newer mask for me but I have worked it into my mix of masks throughout the week. This mask supposedly moisturizes and tightens the face. I see both of those claims after using it. I love this mask as well. I could do without the potent smell but, beggars can’t be choosers!

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Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

This isn’t exactly a mask but I thought I’d bring it up anyways because I use this once a week for about a year now. I can’t imagine not using it now! These charcoal pore strips work like magic! Buh-bye nasty blackheads!

(Pictured above is the Origins Charcoal Mask as a spot treatment, Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip on my nose, and the Fresh Rose Face Mask on the majority of my face.)

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found a new mask you’d like to try. As I said, I’m always looking for new masks to try out so comment below some of your favorites!

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Winter Beauty Essentials

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Midwestern winters are no joke! Needing to up your moisturizing routine is an understatement. I’ll take you through some of my intense winter essential products to help me get through the bitter cold.

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Lush Retread

You know I love this conditioner, I use it every time I’m about to wash my hair. I coat the lower half of my hair with this conditioner and leave it in for about 20-30 minutes. My hair sure appreciates it in these bitter cold months!

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Argan Oil

I always use this oil after washing my hair; however, in the winter I like to use it every day on the ends of my hair. It’s a great leave in conditioner. In the winter, my hair drinks it up like it’s nothing! Highly recommend!

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Glam Glow ThirstyMud

This is a new purchase and I’m loving it. I use a mask about every day and I love this for an intense moisturizing mask. My skin glows the next morning after using this and the smell is to die for!

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Carmex

Literally the only thing that can save my lips in the winter. EOS and Chapstick just doesn’t compare!

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Vaseline

A great life-saver to those who need an intense concentration of moisture for their hands, elbows, or feet. I like lathering up my feet and then slipping on some fuzzy socks!

What are your winter go-to products? Leave a comment below!

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Lush Mini Haul

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This weekend, after a great recommendation, I stopped in at my local Lush store FOR THE FIRST TIME. I know, I know. What took me so long? I’m not sure either. I was probably worried that I would get addicted; and it’s safe to say, that I am now officially addicted! I’ve been needing a great cruelty free hair and face mask for a while now. Plus, the fact that they use 100% recycled product for their packaging really makes me happy. I can already tell this is a brand I’m totally on board with.

I’ve seen a lot of people rave about the Mask of Magnaminty and thought I would give it a try! It smells amazing to the point where I have to tell myself that I shouldn’t eat it haha. What drew me to this mask is the fact that it’s deep cleaning and exfoliating. I do have a Clarisonic but haven’t gotten around to ordering a new brush head for it; so, I was in need of a good exfoliating mask. I reach for my Glam Glow Powermud mask about once a week, if not more. However, it doesn’t exfoliate my skin as well as my Clarisonic and definitely doesn’t work as well as the Mask of Magnaminty. I tried the Mask of Magnaminty for the first time last night and fell in love! I’m going to keep using it for the next couple weeks and update you all on my thoughts!

My hair definitely could use a good trim as I haven’t been to the salon in a couple months; but, I wanted to get a good conditioning mask to give my hair a fighting chance before taking scissors to it! I opted towards something so conditioning that it is an actual conditioner, Lush’s Retread conditioner to be exact! What I like to do is wet the ends of my hair with lukewarm water to open up my hairs cuticles and make sure the mask is being used to its full potential. Then I’ll take a decent amount and apply it to my ends (never going past the middle of my hair). I like to leave the product in for about 15 minutes before washing it out in the shower. I tried this mask out for the first time last night as well and was EXTREMLY impressed! I didn’t have much hope for my dead ends but this really put life back into my hair in just one use. I will be continuing to try this out as well for the next couple of weeks and let you know my thoughts!

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