Just another empties post!

My pile of empties creates a constant source of material for these posts. And I am always behind. But they are fun to make, and seemingly fun to read for many of you. So here goes another one!

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I got some doubles here, and then a bit of everything. Some good, some bad, some makeup, some hair care and some of my highly appreciated Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters off course!

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Let’s start with the doubles!

#77 Dove Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanner: This was a mistake. I did not realize it was a gradual tanner. And I picked up 4 of them at once. To bad the actual tanner is horrid. If used several days in a row you build up a completely orange tan, that does not sit very well. So it is rubbed off partially on leaving me both orange and patchy. What a joy!

Luckily the tanner is very gradual so if used only once or twice a week it does not matter. Still, will not repurchase.

#78 Dove Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanner – With soft shimmer: This is the same as above, only worse because it is shimmery. Not buying again for sure.

#79 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smooth Lotion Spray: This is a holy grail product that I use every day and I have been for years. Keeps the frizz away and makes my hair nice and smooth and shiny without making it feel heavy. This is just a staple in my everyday routine. Will repurchase this over and over again!

#80 Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Lightweight Smooth Lotion Spray: Still a favorite!

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#81 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Imp: My always much loved pumpkin butters! I will never stop using these either. They are and always will be highly treasured. This scent is very sweet and citrusy, almost like candy. It is a bit too much on the candy-like side. I do like it though, it is just not my favorite and Haus Of Gloi has such an incredible large range of scents that I only need to repurchase those I truly love and still have my bathroom shelves filled. I may pick up this scent in the future, but there is no rush. I have plenty I like a bit more.

#82 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Blood Orange Marshmellow: Sweet, heavy, delicious scent. To me this is perfect when  I crave something sweet in winter. I have backups of this already.

# 83 Adopt Eu De Perfume – Aquatique: This was in my project pan, and I had about 20 % left when I dropped it on the floor and broke it! It was a simple aqua scent. Very uncomplicated, and even though it was smellt good it was a bit too simple for my taste. Mote of a lightweight teenager scent I would say. I at least would have adored this as a teenager. It did not last very well on my skin either. A few hours and I could not smell it any more. I will not but it again.

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#84 – L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara: There is nothing mega about the volume this gives. On me they gave very natural lashes. Did not give much length or volume at all, and did not really separate the lashes. They quickly became like short spider legs if I tried to build it up. Worked best for me with just one of two light coats, but it completely lacked that wow factor. Will not but again.

#85 L’Oreal Brow Artist Xpert Brow Pencil: This one I quite like. It has one of those bigger square pencil shapes and filling in goes very fast. It is a bit unprecise so maybe not the best choice if you want something to make hairlike strokes with, but just for filling in the brows it works great.

Did you finish something fun lately?

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Let’s talk empties!

I never seem to get my pile of empties under control. There is always a whole bunch of products laying ready to be talked about. Am I the only one with this problem. I feel like I go through products so fast! I guess it is my extensive routines that make products go fast.

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This time around I got some skincare ad bath products to share. Do you spot any favorites?

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#70 Rituals Sakura Spring Shower Oil: I am a big fan of Rituals shower oils. I got two more standing in my shower. This really is a product I want to keep using, but as for now I will stick to the scents I already have in my bathroom. This is a really good product though and I like everything from the handy pump bottle, to how hydrating and soft it is on my skin as well as how nice the bottle looks. Thumbs up for this!

#71 Yves Rocher Coconut Sensual Bath & Shower Gel: These shower gels are nice, cheap and comes in a variety of different scents. I have kind of a strange relationship to coconut scents, because in my mind I love coconut, but in real life I often find them to be way to synthetic and I get tired of them very quick. I still keep on buying stuff with coconut scent though. This one is quite good for being coconut. Not overly sweet or synthetic,but I did get a bit tired of it after a while. Since I do like this I may repurchase, but a small size like this is more than enough for me. The shower gel itself is very good and gives a nice foam.

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#72 Bella Lucce Norwegian Oceanic Salt Rub: Bella Lucce has been one of my favorite bath and skincare brands for a very long time. Their body scrubs are amazing with lovely scents, rich oils and a lot of scrubbing grains. This one with Norwegian sea salt is very refreshing and just feels healthy on the skin. Unfortunately the brand recently closed down. So these products will soon be unavailable. I will with a heavy heart phase out the Bella Lucce products from my bathroom shelves. I hope i will find a similar brand to like equally much in the future. If you can find a product from this brand (they sell them in selected SPA’s) then I highly recommend them, just know they won’t be around much longer. And I was here planning my next big order of lovely skincare. Such a bummer!

#73 Heimish All Clean Balm: On a brighter note, this is an excellent cleansing balm and I already have a new one ready to go. It melts on the skin to a nice oil that removes any makeup easy as anything. Packaging is pretty too!

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#74 It’s Skin Pure Moisture Snow Blossom Essence: A moisturizing essence in a classy expensive looking bottle (Biotherm vibes) for a very reasonable price (Hurray for Korean skincare!). It does give moisture I think, the scent is pleasant but not overpowering and it looks nice in the bathroom. I would not mind buying this again, but I didn’t really feel like it made wonders for me. Good product I guess, but I will try some others. I may return to this one though. I just may want to look into something that gives a bit more than just moisture (my aging skin needs all the help it can get after all).

#75 It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acud Moisture Eye Cream: Very comfy eye cream that glides on and sinks in nicely. I can apply this just before makeup without any issues. I don’t think I will buy this again, because even though moisture is  the most important thing (together with avoiding sun) to prevent skin aging, I want something with more active ingredients. I think this is perfect for people in their early 20’s who would like a nice moisturizing cream, but I am a decade ahead of those people and would prefer a cream more suited for older skin. It is a nice eye cream for a fair price though!

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#76 Haus of Gloi – Cozy Sweater: Off course you know I love these! They are so so amazing little pots of rich body cream with a large selection of absolutely divine scents. I have my bathroom full of a nice selection of them. They truly are addictive! This scent is one of my favorites especially in winter and fall! It smells like mush, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, incense and vanilla. The most cozy scent ever perfect to match with a fireplace and a nice cup of tea. I am out of this scent right now, but I think I picked it up on my latest order arriving soon.

Did you finish anything fun lately?

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Project Pan 2018 – 2nd Update!

This one is due time (like the last one…I am starting a trend here). But, I have some exciting updates, and I got a bit of progress to talk about now. I may even add in some new items before the year is over so the upcoming updates wont be too boring (that’s later though). If you want to read my first update you will find it here

But lets got through the products then!

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These are the foundations and BB Creams I am left with now, but my guess is that there will be a lot less for next update. I find it kind of hard to show how much is left, but I know I got good use out of a lot of them and I am more than half empty with all of these I think, some of them even more!

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The first picture shows the last update. I have been using the History of Woo Jewel Powder every day since I started the project and even though I feel it is never ending there is a significant decrease. I might be able to finish this one after all. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer I finished last time, but I still need to repurchase it (mental note to myself). The L’Oreal True Match Concealer is still unused. It is just too dark for me, and summer has been pretty bad so far (only rain).

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The first line shows where I was at last update, and the second line shows where I am now. the Adopt Eau de Parfum Aqua Liguria I unfortunately dropped just after taking and it shattered. Now my office smells a lot! Project pan wise I guess that is cheating, but I promise it was not on purpose! The other one I will try my best not to break!

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Some proper progress since last time! The pink Too Faced Lip Injection gloss I did finish this round , but it is hiding somewhere refusing to get photographed. The Korres Mango Butter Lipstick is also considered empty, and that means that I only got this tiny bit from the L’Oreal Shine Delicieux Lipstick and I would have finished all my project pan lippies. I plan  on adding some more but I actually want to just enjoy what I have for a little while.

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An now over to my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, old but gold! Now there is not much point in showing the previous picture here, because my camera can’t pick up the differences, you just have to take my word fr it. I do see some progress though. I think I can see a pattern created by the rings in the tin pan that I did not see before. does that make sense? Anyway, I am happy to continue working on this because I think this is a really good shade for me right now. Maybe next time there will be a pan?

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I think the dent in the NARS Zen blush got quite a bit bigger than last time. I did however put it away for summer because it would not fit the tan I never got anyway. I use this as a bronzer/contour on my winter skin in case you did not know, and it works great! It is way to pale in summer though. Except maybe this summer, because it’s been shitty so far.

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This Glominerals GloBlush in the shade “Papaya” has become this projects Achilles heel. I feel I use it all of the time (4-5 times a week since February) but I see nothing! I just hope I can use this a bit more heavy handed when I get some more color too my face, but I am starting to loose my hopes of ever getting a pan on this! It is a nice blush for everyday though, so at east I like the product. However it would be nice to see some dip in the product soon!

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On last update I had used the Colourpop  “Yes Please” palette once, Now I got mu self some nice dents in a few shade. The pale lid shade I hope to hit pan on now this month, but several of the shades show some good use!

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It is a bit hard to photograph dents in the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette, but I got some progress on several.  I also got a decent pan on the shades “Tempera” and that means I reached my goals for this palette, and this is the first proper pan in the project! So I am very excited about that!

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Can you see any difference in this Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Palette? I am convinced I see something in real life, but on these pictures I can’t really tell. I wish I got a bit more progress than this, but I have had so many new palettes to review so just doing colorful looks and playing around with this palette is just not something I had much time to do. I hope to do better now during summer. This is the prefect palette for colorful summery looks after all!

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The last palette is Zoeva En Taupe. I feel like I am sooo so close on hitting pan on three of the shades on the top row, but I felt like this for so long and the pans just won’t show! It can’t be much left though! Since this is a cool-toned palette and I don’t think I have too much left before hitting pan I am saving this until fall/early winter because I think warm tones are more flattering on my skin during summer and early fall. It should not be any problem hitting pan on this before 2018 ends though, so I feel pretty confident about this one!

So just to make a summary here is a list over empties so far! The products in bold is what I finished since last update!

Empties so far:

  • Missha Signature Wrinkle Fill Up B.B Cream
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Colourpop Aventurine Setting Spray
  • Colourpop Aquamarine Setting Spray
  • Origins Ginger Essence
  • Too Faced Lip Injection (shimmery beige)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection (pink transparent)
  • Korres Mango Butter Lipstick (Natural Pink)
  • Adopt Eau de Parfum Aqua Liguria

 

Pans so far:

  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (Tempera)

Are you working on a project pan lately? I would love to read about it so please drop me a link or tell me about it if you do. It is always fun to look at peoples progress!

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Stuff that is going in my trash bin – makeup and beauty empties!

Not because they are bad, but because they are empty and we need to have a chat about them before I get rid of them. Those are the beauty bloggers empties rules. I don’t know any other group of people who collect their trash to talk about it. Please enlighten me if you do so I can feel less weird about it.

Anyway, I know I am not the only one, and based on my readers number on these post you kind of like reading about my trash to!

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This time we have a nice mixture of hair, makeup and skincare.

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#62 Natures Gate Conditioner Daily Cleanse “Herbal” – I was so clever to buy this 32 Fl OZ without smelling it first. And I was not a big fan of the scent. It took me almost a year to go through it so I kind of got used to the scent eventually, but it was too masculine and after-shavy for me. The conditioner worked well enough, and was handy with the large pump bottle, so maybe another scent would be better. I need a little break though.

#63 Avalon Organics Gluten-Free Cucumber Shampoo – I have owned and used several of the Avalon shampoos and conditioners and I usually like them, There was something odd about this cucumber scent though. I imagined something mild and fresh, but it smelt a bit like a cucumber someone forgot in the back of the fridge to be honest. Does the job well though, but the scent and the fact that I see no reason what so ever for why my shampoo needs to be gluten-free (enlighten me if you can please), I won’t pick up this exact one again. But I will for sure pick up more from the brand because their shampoos are usually a hit.

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#64 Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil Balm – Gets the job done and removes the makeup nicely. The scent is a very synthetic apple scent. Like candy, not like apples. It is OK, but I know cleansing balms with better scents that gets the job done just as well with a similar price tag.

#65 Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream – These body creams from Rituals are delicious and I have used them for years in many different scents. It is rich and luxurious without being thick as a butter. The jar is nice and bid and they smell lovely, like spa. This one has a cherry blossom scent that is very feminine and pleasant without being overpowering.I always have one of these at hand, and I might pick up this scent again, but I think I prefer the Happy Buddha scent a bit more. Still, a really good product and I can really see myself picking it up again.

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#66 Holika Holika Petite BB Cream Bouncing – This one was a part of my project pan. I really like these Holika Holika BB Creams. I may pick this one up again just because it works fine and it is super affordable, but I do prefer the Aqua and Moisturizing versions in this line above the Bouncing so I may just stick to those.

#67 Korres Mango Butter Lipstick – Also a project pan lippie. This one is super creamy and smooth and feels so comfortable on the lips. The color is perfect for everyday, and as a bonus it does have SPF 15.

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#68 The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalene – Nice hydrating oil that sinks quickly into the skin, so it is suitable to use under my daytime moisturizer. This one I already got a new one of, and I use it every morning. Great hydrating oil.

#69 Clarins Fix’ Make-up Long-Lasting Makeup Hold – This, despite it’s name, does not fix makeup. But other than that it’s a very good finishing spray. The mist is really good and it smells like roses. The glass bottle feels heavy and luxurious, and it almost reminds me of a perfume bottle.  I think I will get a new one, because I find myself missing it once it was finished. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it!

Did you finish something fun lately?

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Trashbin donations – Also known as my latest beauty empties!

Time for another empties post with mini reviews of the beauty and makeup items I’ve been finishing lately. I always feel I am a bit behind on these posts, and as soon as I finish one I got a new pile ready for the next round. Am I the only one?

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This month I got both good, bad and so-so products. And a bit of every category.

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#42 Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Treatment Oil – Since I have curly hair I need some hair oil in my life. I got this one over two years ago, and only finished it now. Mainly because I tend to reach for my Haus of Gloi hair oils over this one. This seems like a good enough oil. It does the job, but I just prefer the Haus Of Gloi ones. Therefore I will not repurchase.

#43 Maybelline Master Drama Khôl Pencil “Ultra Black” – If you ever read the list I makeu under each makeup look on this blog you must have seen this mentioned over and over again. This is the creamies, darkest kajal I’ve ever seen and it is perfect for smoky looks. I already started using a new one and don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Fantastic pencil for dark smoky looks!

#44 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil “Zero” – I used to really enjoy this and I have been throught 5 or 6 of them throughout the years, but after I got to know about the Maybelline one this one seems more grey than black. I won’t repurchase simply because I found something better.

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#45 LUSH H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment – The hair mask with the impossible to pronounce name and funky scent of sweet spice. This is my second jar, and I love how nourished and healty my hair looks after use. I will for sure repurchase this!

#46 Batiste Dry Shampoo Divine Dark – I enjoy Batiste dry shampoos because they work and are cheap. This one is among my favorites because it is intended for dark hair so it does not leave a white cast as the others do. Another one I will repurchase for sure. I always have a Batiste in my bathroom.

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#47 The Body Shop Mango Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub – This smells divine but that about it. I have tried many products from The Body Shop but unfortunately it is not a brand I tend to be very lucky with. This one did not work for me because it does not really work as a scrub in my opinion. It is so little grains that I have to use loads of the product to feel any effect. I got 4 uses out of this whole jar, and to be honest it was more of a greasy mess than a scrub. I did smell fruity-licious though! Will not repurchase (fortunately their Mango Shower Gel smells just as good).

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#48 Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Oil Balm – Nice balm that gets the job done and melts off the makeup. It smells like sour apple candy. I like it, it works well, but I do think I have a few others I prefer. I may or may not repurchase. I don’t know. But if you like that artifical apple candy scent than maybe you would enjoy this? Because the balm works, no doubt about that.

I would love to know if you tried any of these, and your thought on them. It is always fun to hear other peoples experiences. We are all different after all!

XOXO

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Lets go through my trash again!

I am guilty of letting my empties pile grow again, and now I have some empties post to make in the near future. Todays empties you’ve probably heard of before, because a lot of them are from my project pan and now I finally get to throw away a few of them!

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#32 – Colourpop Aquamarine Crystal Setting Spray: The product is OK. It gets rid of the powder face, but does not do much more. The bottle is an awful evil thing that will completly soak up your face and partly destroy the makeup you just put so much work in. I finished this by pouring it over to another spray bottle. Will absolutely not repurchase again (unless they promise to do something with that spritzer).

#33 – Colourpop Aquamarine Crystal Setting Spray: Same as above. Happy to bin these guys!

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#34 – Missha Signature Wrinkle Fill Up B.B Cream: This did not really work for me. I felt like it enhanced all imperfections, and I kind of think that a BB Creams should work opposite than that. So I just used it whenever I just felt like playing around with makeup, and didn’t need a perfect base for hours, just something to even out my skintone while experimenting by myself. Will not repurchase or recommend this.

#35 – Too Faced Lip Injection Gloss (shade name unknown): Gives the lip a bit of a tingle and my mouth a bad taste. I don’t see any plumping effect and I definitely have glosses that don’t tingle in an uncomfortable way or puts a bad taste on all my beverages. Other that that it did look nice on the lips. Will not repurchase.

#36 – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: One of my old favorites. I really need to get myself a new one, because this is definitely a repurchase!

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#37 – Origins Ginger Essence: This EDT is also a project pan empty. I really like this scent and may repurchase sometime in the future. Origins have a body lotion with the same scent which I also love.

#38 – Colourpop Lippie Stix “Lumière”: This is empty because I decided to put it in the washing machine (hence the water drops). I am so sad! I like both the lippie stix formula and this shade in particular, and will pick up a new one soon.

#39 Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner: I don’t know if this product was already too old and dry when I got it, because I have heard so many good things about this that does not match my experience. The felt tip was quite long, and therefore dried up really quickly. I found it really hard to make a proper winged-liner look because it just dried up on my. It worked along the lash line, or for more subtle looks. But when I put in the effort of wearing a liquid liner I rarely go for the barely-there look. Will not repurchase.

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#40 – Haus of Gloi Pumkin Butter “Odette”: I love these punpkin butters. I have gone through countless jars and I have a small army left in my bathroom. Odette is a lovely, clean scent sun dried linens, tuberose, ginger lily and white musk. Very calming and fresh at the same time. Will for sure pick up this scent again!

#41 – Haus of Gloi Pumkin Butter “Eudemonia”: Off course, you know I love the product. I also really like the scent. This one smells of warm ginger, coconut cream, hawaiian sandalwood and a drop of blood orange. It is unique and warming without being to heavy, and the ginger gives is somewhat of a fresh twist. This one is also something I will repurchase for sure.

And that is all! Did you finish anything fun lately? I feel inspired to make another Haus of Gloi order because I need to restock on some faves!

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I got a few empties to share with you!

It is filling up in my empties bin again, so I will make a couple of these empties posts now ans distribute them as I see fit. I don’t want to drown you in my pile of empties, but after all, sharing empties is a great way of sharing reviews. Both good and bad!

I tend to write more positive reviews on my blog. Not because I don’t encounter products that don’t work for me. It’s just so much more fun to share the good stuff!

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I don’t really have bad stuff to share with you this time either. Sorry to get your hopes up. But it’s not only favorites I will repurchase either. Lets just get on with it!

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I am a bit LUSH fan, so I have some LUSH empties to chat about:

#25: American Cream Body Lotion: Similar scent as the conditioner and it lingers really well on the skin. No need for additional perfumes wearing this. It is not the most nourishing lotion, but sinks into the skin very fast and does not feel heavy. My boyfriend thinks I smell like grandma, I think I smell awesome. If you like the conditioner scent and have not Saharan-dry skin I think you will like this too. If they would only restock!

#26: BIG Sea Salt Shampoo: This is also a BIG favorite. I love the scent. I love how rubbing those chunky grains of salt in my hair feels (that came of creepy), and I love how much volume it gives my hair. It just feels so refreshing. I already have another tub in my bathroom ready to go.

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I know if you follow my blog you have seen these before. My holy grail body butter I have been using non-stop for 5 or 6 years now! These are two scents that were a part of their fall collection (I am sure it will be released again next fall too), so I will just describe the scents and what I think of them since it should be fairly obvious by now that I am a huge fan of the product (I have like 25 jars or so stashed)!

#27: Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Drift Wood: Sun bleached driftwood, dry black musk, warm sand, dune grasses and damp oceanic breeze.

Even though this scent is lovely it is not exactly my taste. It was a bit heavier than I expected, and a bit more masculine. I could have easily mistaken this scent as a mans perfume, which is not a bad thing, it’s just not what I want my body butter to smell. Could be great if you are into unisex fragrances.

#28: Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter – Narcosa: A thick haze of tonka and black vanilla, three jasmines, tuberose and ylang ylang.

Sweet, pretty, floral scent. I really like this. May pick it up in the next fall release, but there are so many big favorites released at that time so I may focus on those instead (like Grimore or Hex).

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#29: A’Pieu Aqua Nature Dewdrop Clouding Cream: Super light weight and hydrating cream. Works well for me in summer, but is a tad too light weight in winter. Does not have much “extra” benefits, but it is a nice, simple and very affordable cream if all you want is to hydrate your skin.

#30: The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Firming Seed Oil: Smells like sesame seeds! Nice hydration oil. Gives moisture but sinks into the skin quite quickly and does not feel tacky or heavy. Don’t know much about how firming it is.

#31: NYX Micro Brow Pencil – Taupe: I really liked this! Color is good for every day, the tip is very precise, and it is very firm so it is easier to apply without messing up and making it look too dark. I would not mind getting this one again!

And those were all I had for this post. I still have a little bunch of empties to go through, so there will be more empties coming shortly. I just like keeping them short and sweet so they are not boring to read (or time consuming to write).

Did you try any of these products? I would love to hear your opinion if you did!

XOXO

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