Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Project Pan #14

I've got donuts on the brain. I'm not even craving them. I just feel like making some donuts. Beignets to be specific. Stuffed with Nutella and covered in powdered sugar. Blueberry Cronuts. Boston Cream Donuts. Bavarian Cream. Cinnamon Sugar donuts. Cookies and Cream. I've made donuts like three times and all three times had some of the best donuts I've ever had in life. I've just been hit with the baking bug. But I've got to them off the brain, and blogging should be a good distraction. 

So...project pan #14? Are we really on 14? 

1. L'oreal HIP Intrepid- GONE. And I'm sad about it because this was one of my favorite colors. I've had it forever. Really. It was time to use it up. I almost want to get a dupe for it, but I have a lot of shadows I need to finish up before I get to that point. This makes eyeshadow #11 I've used up. 

2. Urban Decay Virgin- Only have the corners to go. Almost done! And I'll be glad to see this one go.

3. Urban Decay Naked- Haven't used this one too much. I'll focus on it more once Virgin is gone.

4. Too Faced Sun Bunny- Some progress on this even though most times I forget about it. I'm kind of surprised!

5. Too Faced Brow Kit- Still don't like this color. Sometimes I fill in my brows. Most times I forget. Even still...getting a little closer to the edges each time. 

6. Benefit Primer- Gone! And replaced with and E.L.F primer. I like it a lot, much better than the Benefit for sure. Look out for a review on that soon!

7.  NYX Minimalism- Adding this to the list! I've used up a lot of it, now it's time to just use it up! I really like the color, but it's not something I feel I should hoard. So into project pan it goes. 

And that's it! I'm going to look through my collection and see if theres anything I can add to the project because if not my list is going to start looking even more bare than it is!

 Have you finished anything?  Would you repurchase? Let me know in the comments? 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Samples Review: Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream, Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

I haven't been blogging much because I've been painting my couch. Yes, you read that write. A few strokes into it, I  could have kicked myself. What possessed me to think me (with no painting skills) could paint my couch. I'm four coats in and waiting for it to dry so I can coat it with wax. And...I think I love it. I don't love the work or painting but I'm thinking the end product just might be worth it. In the meantime, while I'm waiting for it to dry, I figured I would do a couple blog posts.

Just samples...but you know, I like to review those too. 

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream- I know next to nothing about Kate Somerville. And today is not the day I do a google search to find out who she is. Sorry. Anyway, I'm intrigued by anything with Goat Milk...usually soaps. This would be my first time using a cream with it (I think!). It doesn't have much of a scent. It's light, it absorbs easily. It's not greasy. I like it. The day I used it I had a compliment on my skin, maybe it was this? I don't know. But that made me kind of like it. It's not bad. But it's not good enough for me to even think about spending $50-65 for it. For free? Yeah, its nice.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
I heard Bobbi Brown is the newest brand that is using beauty influencers (youtubers/instagramers) to market it's product. Which is kind of disappointing. But at the same time, the two Bobbi Brown products I've tried, I wasn't super impressed with them, so... oh well. This mascara didn't outperform anything I've gotten in the drugstore. It takes awhile to build up, dries out super quick, and whatever oomph you get (very little) is gone like two hours later. Retail price is $30. Way overpriced. Get L'oreal Voluminous instead. 

Omorovicza Cleansing Foam
My first beauty product from Hungary. Of course, I was excited to try because I love stuff from new countries. This is a light blue cleanser with a fresh scent (but an underlying moth ball scent-not super noticeable but I thought I would mention it anyway!). The mothball scent doesn't stick around and I like the scent it leaves on my face. Not a ton of lather. And pretty moisturizing. Kind of reminds me of something Bliss would make. I thought it was nice. Not $80 for 5 oz nice. Not super wowed with the ingredients either. Maybe $12 nice. Maybe. Obviously not something I would buy but I had fun trying it. 

Salmon with Sriracha Sauce and Lime

I hadn't had salmon in forever since I made this recipe. I love Salmon. And it's pretty hard to mess up.  Gwyneth Paltrow recipes have been in the mix of things from my list (I've been making things from a magazine I had) and I really haven't had much luck with her recipes. Real talk, most of them suck. And it's not because they are "healthy". I've had great healthy recipes...hers are just bland or the flavors are really weird.

But it's hard to mess up salmon. And like I thought, this recipe was good. Simple and nice flavor. 

I decided that day to have a taste test too. Wild salmon vs Farm Salmon. From what I've read farm raised salmon sucks for the environment and is nowhere hear as healthy as the wild caught stuff. I really wanted to compare taste too. I like the fattiness of the farm stuff, but the wild stuff definitely has more flavor. It was kind of fun to try the two different ones. 

I should do that more often. 

Raw Salmon-look how much darker the wild stuff is. I hear they color farm raised because it's naturally a grayish color. Ick.

All cooked and yum!

Anyway, this recipe was a good one. I think I skipped the cilantro. Blech, I hate cilantro and I didn't think it would make much of a difference either way. 

Overall, I really liked it. Not enough to save the recipe, but it was good. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Best Beauty Products of 2016

So yesterday I picked out some of the worst things I've tried. And today I will be picking out the best.  This is stuff I would buy again (if I didn't constantly need to try new things!), things I would recommend to friends and family...just the best of the best I tried this year.

So let's get started. 

1. MAC 242- I wasn't sure I would love this brush because other brushes I've had previously that were shaped similarly to this...I didn't like. I'm not sure what it is about this brush, but I love it. I can't decided if I like this or the 239 better. I think this works better with pigments and shimmer shades, just all around a must have for me.

2. Rosehip Oil- The brand I had was Aura Cacia but I'm sure any brand would work. This was great for fading scars (slowly!) and keeping my face hydrated. It's also great for anti-aging. Just an all around good oil. My honorable mention would be Walnut oil which makes my skin super soft but if I had to pick between them, Rosehip would win. Although mixing them would probably provide the best of both worlds. 

3 MAC Cyber- Deep purple lipstick! Love it! Looks different on different people. Definitely a beautiful purple. Could wear a little longer though!

4. MAC 222- I love love my MAC 217, and I wanted to get another, but then I figured I would get something kind of similar but different. Like the 222. And I love it. It's my perfect crease brush although the 217 is more versatile. Love this brush!

5. Revlon Kiss Me Coral- I love this color! It's my perfect orangey-red coral. It's just does something for my complexion. Could last a little longer but for the price? I won't complain too much. It's my only Revlon lipstick and I don't know why I don't have more.

6. Too Faced Better Than Sex- Makes your lashes thick, long, and just nice! Although a tad clumpy. I loved it though, great mascara!

7. Deep Steep Peppermint Vanilla- Deep Steep has excellent scrubs. It's only a matter of finding your favorite scents. And I love this Peppermint Holiday one. Also love the snowflake one (smells like Lemon Sugar Cookie!) and the candy apple ones!

8. NARS Exhibit A Blush- This might be my favorite blush ever! If you are thinking of trying a red blush, try it! I think it would work for everyone. Just remember, a tiny bit it all you need! Honorable Mentions: Gina and Gilda

9. Auromere Sandal-Turmeric- Great for the face and I love the scent. So far, my favorite Ayurvedic soap, although I am anxious to try more. 

10. Urban Decay Smog/Buck/Half-Baked- Some of my favorite eyeshadows out of the Naked palette. Not all pictured, but I thought I would mention them!

11. Zum Bar Clove Mint Soap- I love trying different scent combinations from this company. Most of them were meh...but there is something special about this mint/clove combination. Who would have thought these would work so well? Love it!

12. Jojoba Oil- I have oily skin, and usually moisturizing in the summer leaves me an oil slick. I still get oily...just not as oily when I use Jojoba oil. Love it!

13. JR Liggets Shampoo Bar- I thought this was going to be drying and it's not at all! It's actually very moisturizing and leaves my hair feeling nice, even without conditioner. It is unscented, and I wish it had a scent. But even without a scent, I loved this shampoo bar! Good stuff.

14. South of France Orange Honey Blossom Soap- Citrus heaven! Loved this soap! I really need to try them all, but of the two I've tried, this is my fave!

15. Badge Vanilla Madagascar Lip Balm- Love this stuff! I lost mine and next time I go to the store I'm getting another! Can't believe I lost it. It makes your lips so hydrated. And it smells so nice, like beeswax an vanilla. MMMmmm. 

16. Physician's Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner- I've tried only a couple liners and without a doubt this is one of my faves. It's easy to get a thin or thick line and it comes out super black. Still not a fan of this company, but I can't deny this is a great liner!

Grant Total: 16.

Not bad! Actually a lot of faves, and more I love than things I've found and hated.

Overall, a good year. Let's see what 2017 has in store for us!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Worst Beauty Products of 2016

Alright! Time for one of my favorite posts of the year!! I love going back through and finding all of the things that I hated and would not recommend to anyone. Ever. I haven't gone through them yet, so I'm curious to see if it's a lot of things..or just a couple. 

So let's get started!

1. Chandrika Ayurvedic Soap- I was super excited about trying this soap. But in the end I couldn't stand the scent and it was kind of drying. If you are looking for a good ayurvedic soap I would recommend Auromere Sandalwood/Turmeric soap. That's my favorite so far!

2. Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo and Conditioner- I don't tend to have much luck with Shea Moisture hair stuff. Except the raw shea stuff. This stuff did a whole lot of nothing for my hair. No moisture, could have cleaned better, wasn't a fan of the scent..and on and on. Sorry Shea Moisture!

3. Zum Bar Frankincense Patchouli Soap- I love the smell of Patchouli. I love the smell of Frankincense. I HATE this combination. Just...yuck! I do like the brand and I would recommend the Sea Salt one if this brand is intriguing you. Or the Clove Mint. Those are two of my faves.

4.Miss Jessie's Stretch Silkening- I feel most of Miss Jessie's products are very overpriced and full of junky ingredients. And they don't do much for my hair. This is supposed to give you nice stretched out curls. Instead my hair ended up a frizzy mess. And it doesn't give you much moisture. And as I said before...overpriced..... And I got it for free (stole it from my sister who got it free also!).

5. Sappo Hill Lavender Soap- This made it purely because of the scent. I don't know what kind of Lavender oil they use to scent it, but it smells terrible. I've never come across a natural Lavender scented product with a scent I disliked more. 

6. Mwah Coconut Chick Lip Balm Slider- Smelled like coconut/olive oil. Was really smoothing, but I really hated the scent on this stuff! Probably one of the grossest lip balm scents I've come across. 

7. Revlon Ultimate All in One Mascara- The one with the red cap. This mascara is supposed to be the ultimate and do it all. But what it does it a whole lot of nothing. I got it for a dollar with a coupon, and still don't think it was worth that. In the end the plunger broke and I tossed it out. Just skip it!

8. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer- I have oily lids and have a hard time getting shadow to stick to my lids. I expect a primer to make my shadow last ALL day. This doesn't. I get creasing, fading...everything. It's almost better to use nothing at all. So disappointing. Especially when I think of the price. I can't wait to use it up and try something else. 

 9. Crystal Body Deodorant- Doesn't work. At all. Better of not using deodorant than trusting this to work. 

10. Soapbox Soaps- I'm kind of sad to add these to the list since I like the company. But these soaps gave me some pretty bad irritation. Itchy, dry, inflamed irritated skin. Wasn't a fan. I tried the peppermint and mandarin (smelled nice). Not for me!

Annnnd that's it! A perfect 10. I wasn't expecting to have such a short list, but that's good because it means I didn't waste too much money in 2016. 

Stayed tuned because I will be posting my favorites tomorrow!! Hopefully I have more than 10!


Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap

So first things first Happy New Year! I can't believe it's already 2017. 2016 flew by with the quickness. It was a good year, but I'm definitely ready for 2017. It's going to be a great year. I can feel it. So I'm going to start it off with a soap review. Then start on my usual New Year year or end of the year posts. 

Kiss My Face claims:
Cleanse and moisturize. This traditionally crafted 86% Pure Olive Oil bar soap is moisturizing and loaded with nourishing antioxidants- perfect for all skin types. It is made with 3 simple ingredients plus non- GMO verified.

Olive Oil is supposed to be a great oil for the skin. It is an excellent moisturizer. And I would love to use it on my skin, but it tends to make you smell like a bottle of salad dressing. And I am not a salad so that's no. Using an olive soap is the best way to get the benefits of Olive Oil without the smell. Not too long ago I had a lip balm by this company, and I was interested in trying more, it wasn't until this went on sale that I bought it. 

This soap is made in Greece. Which is cool, I love trying soaps made around the world and I don't think I've ever tried a soap made in Greece. The ingredients in the soap are simple, olive oil, water, and salt. No junk. No added scent. But it does have a scent. Surprisingly, it smells like rubber. I'm not a fan, but it's easy to kind of get used to. I think the Lavender one would be better though and I will definitely be trying that one. 

I think I paid around $3 and some change for it. Which I think is a great price considering the bar is 8oz (harder so it doesn't melt away quickly either!) and it has such a high percentage of olive oil.

My favorite thing about the soap is the color. It doesn't have any added color so I'm guessing that's just the olive oil that colors it. Works for me.

Also the bar is HUGE. I got the 8 oz bar. Which is nice because it's huge. But it's kind of hard to handle in the shower. I found myself dropping it a lot. They do offer smaller bars though, so I can always spring for the smaller bar next time.

The lather is great, and it's not hard to get clean. My favorite thing about this bar is how it makes my skin feel. No dryness whatsoever, even in the dead of winter. And I was having issues with quite dry skin. This, I can skip lotion and my skin still looks nice and hydrated and feels soft. Even elbows and knees. 

I even tried it on my face a couple times. I want to buy a bar and use it exclusively for my face and see what it does, but the few times I used it I really liked it.

Overall, I really don't like the rubbery smell but I love the way it makes my skin feel. If I has having a problem with my skin, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again, but it will definitely be the Lavender scented one next time. 

I think it's worth checking out!

Have you tried anything from the Kiss My Face Brand? Any recommendations? 

Let me know in the comments!