Clearing out the Empties Bin

Happy Memorial Day! As with a lot of folks I’ve been sorting, cleaning, experimenting, and using the extra time at home to go through things.  Once I started clearing things out, I realized I had a lot of open and partially used travel sized items that I needed to use and clear out so I have been making a concentrated effort to use them up.  It is amazing how much space those little items can take up. 

Plus I am fairly certain I am not going to be traveling any time soon so I might as well use the products now and then just get new travel items when I do travel.  In case you are wondering, that’s also why there are so many travel sized items in this post. I also tend to get sample and travel sized items specifically to try out a formula before committing to a full size.  I find it helps with my budget. But enough of an intro, to the products.

We’ll start with two empties from Sol de Janeiro.  One is the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the other is the Coco Cabana cream.  Both are excellent body lotions and in fact the Brazilian Bum Bum cream I have been using to help with the stretch marks that have been appearing as I’ve started losing weight. 

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I actually have a large container of the Bum Bum cream that I am still using, I just wanted to clear out the two smaller ones.  I will definitely be reordering the Bum Bum cream, but I don’t think I will order the Coco Cabana cream.  It is a nice cream and I have no problem with the scent, but for some reason I find the formula just a little sticky.  After applying it I have to wash my hands.  I don’t have to do that with the regular Bum Bum cream. So I will continue to purchase the Bum Bum, but not the Coco Cabana.

Next up we have two empty containers of dry shampoo.  Both actually full size.  The first is the TRESemme between washes volumizing dry shampoo.  While it does have a little bit of a white cast when first sprayed, a quick brush and it is is gone.  I also find that the dry shampoos that have just a little white cast to them tend to work better on greasy hair.  As long as the white brushes out easily, I am fine with it. 

The scent reminds me of a good salon. I’m not entirely certain what that scent is, but that is my best description.  Personally, I like the scent.   As the name suggests it is a good between washes shampoo.  For heavy sweat days I’d still go back to the IGK, but for the day between, this is a really good dry shampoo I would purchase again.

I cannot say the same about the Pearlessence Cherry Blossom Dry Shampoo.  It has a slightly sweet scent that could be termed cherry if you were being generous.  Smell aside, I was not thrilled by the way this dry shampoo performed.  There was a white cast that was a pain to brush out, and it didn’t absorb a lot of the grease. 

My hair didn’t look cleaner, like it did with the TRESemme.  It also made my head itch a couple of hours after I applied. It.  I generally found that shortly after using this , I either needed to use the dry shampoo again to absorb more oil or I just needed to take a shower.  This was not a day between dry shampoo, it was a ‘I can’t shower for an hour’ dry shampoo.  I will not be buying it again.

Keeping with the theme of hair for the moment I have two trial sized hair products.  One is the Eva-nyc Satin Dream leave in conditioner and the other is the Bumble and Bumble Don’t blow it Fine (H)air styler. I would actually purchase full sizes of both of these products. 

I love the argon oil in the eva-nyc.  My hair always reacts well to argan oil.  And the conditioner smells vaguely like candy. It was not too heavy in my hair and gave it great manageability.

The Bumble and Bumble was an excellent product on days where I was just going to let my air air dry.  I could put a little in, let the hair dry naturally and then just run a brush through it, easy peasy.  There were no tangles and it didn’t weigh down the hair.  I think I am actually going to be repurchasing a full size soon as I really don’t like blow drying my hair in the summer time.  I think this could really help me out this year. And yes I know it says for fine hair and I have thick hair, but I tried the one they offer for not fine hair a while back and found it too heavy feeling.  This despite the fine hair claim was perfect for me.

Another item I will definitely be ordering again is the Hydro Biotic Recovery sleeping mask from Dr. Brandt.  During the winter this year this was my go to night cream whenever I felt like I had any dryness.  It wasn’t too heavy, didn’t clog my pores and made my skin feel hydrated and refreshed come morning.  I think when the weather turns in the autumn I will purchase another tube to use throughout next winter.

In my empties bin I have three powders, one pressed and two loose.  The pressed powder is the ELF Perfect finish HD powder.  I will definitely be reordering it in the near future. 

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It is one of those powders I always keep on hand.  What I tend to do is use the ELF translucent powder all winter and then the Rimmel Stay Matte in the summer, just because  my skin tone changes with the season and the ELF is a little lighter.  I almost always order this as soon as I start to see pan on it, but this year I want to give other products a chance.  It is actually killing me to have this empty and know I haven’t reordered it yet.  So suffice it to say it is my favorite.

The first of the empty loose powders I have are the translucent Cherry Blossom Matte powder from Pacifica. This I will definitely re order in the future.  It worked well on my skin and I personally love the scent of it.  It kept my makeup in place and didn’t look powdery on the skin. 

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The second loose powder is the Becca Hydra Mist Set and Refresh powder.  When I first got it I adored it.  It worked well on my skin and it had that nifty, feels wet sensation that got everyone so excited. I’ve also had really good luck with Becca powders in the past.  I generally keep the pink toned setting powder around because I really like it to add a touch of color to the face when winter has made me pale.

However, the wet feeling didn’t last.  Soon it just felt like regular powder.  Which is fine.  I love using powder and the powder still performed well.  I am just a little leery of whatever chemical change happened.  The cooling sensation dissipated rapidly  so  I was always suspicious that the powder went bad.  Because of this I think I will stick to other Becca Powders in the future.

Next up is the Wet ‘n Wild photofocus 3-in-1 Primer water in Rose.  It is a good affordable setting spray.  The Rose scent was a bit much for me, but the spray was nice and it held my makeup in place when I used it.  I will probably repurchase this, but I think I would pick a different scent.  I would probably go with something like cucumber.  The rose was just a bit much. The spray is worth purchasing though.

I have two eyeliners in this bin of empties.  They are both black and they both have a felt tip applicator.  One is the Eyeko London Skinny eyeliner in black and the other is the Illamasqua liquid eyeliner.  I enjoyed both of them and would purchase them both again.  Once in place they didn’t budge or smudge and they were smooth in application and easy to use.

Marc Jacobs

Finally we get to the mascaras.  I have four travel/sample sized ones that are leaving me.  The first is one I am sad to see go.  It is the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.  I love the formula, I love the wand and I love the way it makes my eyelashes look.  What more is there to say?  It is a fabulous mascara.  I had three of the travel sizes and this is this is the last one.  I will be getting a full sized version of this one.

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Oddly enough, despite the similarities in the applicator wand, I will not be purchasing the Stila Huge Extreme lash mascara.  It didn’t work as well as Marc Jacobs and tended to clump.  The wand may have been similar, but the formula wasn’t. 


I was pleasantly surprised by the Marcelle Curling and Lengthening mascara.  It both curled and lengthened. The formula stayed in place without flaking off.  It was a very good mascara.  I liked the curve of the wand as it enabled me to more effectively reach my lower lashes as well.  It is one I would definitely pick up again in a full sized formula. 

The Clinique High Impact mascara was also a decent formula.  It stayed in place and didn’t flake, but it was nothing extra special.  It is a good solid mascara, I just didn’t find it to be a WOW sort of mascara.


And finally we have the MAC Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara.  I have to say this is the last of these little tubes I have in my collection.  For a while it seemed like they were everywhere.  I’d open a drawer and then BAM, MAC mascara.  It felt like as soon as I finished one, another would magically appear in my drawer. If there are such things as mascara fairies then I think this is what they leave.


At least for me anyway.  Not that I mind.  It is a really good mascara.  I enjoyed using it.  Once I finished this little tube I went into the drawer and was rather surprised there were no more left.  Apparently I am no longer on the mascara fairy’s delivery route.  I think now that I have one through all of my samples, I would consider buying a regular sized tube of this mascara. It has a nice wand, although it seems a little longer than many others, but I like the way it applies.  The thinness of the wand also allows for application on the lower lashes without making too much of a mess.

So there you have it.  We have made it through my empties bin and I have managed to clear out a bunch of partially used products.  It makes me feel all virtuous inside.  I also now have a list of several products I would like to repurchase and several that I know I don’t need to bring home again.  Given the plethora of summer sales, it is a very good time to stock up on products I like. I just have to remember, I’m not allowed to use a new ELF powder until I have at least tried something else.

I know this was a much longer post than usual, so for those of you who made it to the end, congrats and thanks for sticking with me.  Now that I am doing my weekly makeup bag post, it should help keep the length of the empty posts down in the future (should you want me to continue them).  Happy Memorial Day everyone.  I hope you are having a great one .

Should anyone be interested in doing a little shopping over the Memorial day weekend, there are heaps of sales going on. One that I will be taking advantage of is the sale on the Look Fantastic site. I know normally you think of their subscription box, but they do sell products and they are having some pretty good sales. It might be worth a look to scoop up some of your favorite brands while saving a little. (personally I am all over the Molton Brown Shower Gel – The Rhubarb line is really hard to find where I live.) Anyway, it is linked below for those interested.

Wake Up Beautiful, A review

Wake Up Beautiful a sleep mask from Pacifica

I am a sucker for a good night cream and I adore sleep masks.  I love being able to apply a layer of skin care to my face at night, go to sleep and wake up feeling as though my skin was pampered while I slept. Like an invasion of magical skin care elves hit my place in the night. I also like to slather my feet with cream before bed in the hopes that my callouses will magically disappear in the night, but that is a different story.

For the past month I have been using the Pacifica Wake up Beautiful Sleep Hydration Sleepover Mask.  It was gifted to me by Pacifica, a fact I appreciate. For those who don’t know, Pacifica is both Vegan and cruelty free.  On the product page for the Sleepover Mask…

Good morning, sunshine! Supercharge your bedtime and wake up beautiful every day. Essential lipids, antioxidants and natural extracts help revive and hydrate. A no-rinse, non-greasy, non-sticky mask with aromatherapeutic benefits for relaxation.100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, Formulated without: animal testing, animal ingredients, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, synthetic fragrance and petroleum, Smells like geranium and rose absolute, it’s a creamy mask to help replenish and quench thirsty, stressed, or sun damaged skin.

All in all not a terribly long list of promises, which I like. I distrust when product promise the moon, unless there is a whole list of documented science behind it that they are willing to share. Although I’m betting such science would be proprietary and never shared with anyone. I am a big fan of reasonable claims.  I also appreciate the lack of petroleum and extra fragrances.  I don’t mind scent in my skin care, I just prefer it come naturally rather than have it be something that was added just to have it added. If it is in my skin care I want there to be a point to it being there.

Now even though the full size is 2 fl. Ounces or 59 ml, I received the travel size which comes in at 1 fl. Ounce or 29 ml. The full size retails for $14.99 at Target should you be interested, although I believe Pacifica is currently having a sale so their official website might give you a better deal. You can also use my code MIMSY15 if you are so inclined (I don’t get anything if you use the code, it is just a discount for you, although I think their current deal is 15% off everything on their site anyway, so either way you win. Not sure if you can add those two discounts together but it wouldn’t hurt to try.)

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Also as I started gathering a lot of travel sized products because I had a series of trips planned for this spring and summer, I will be working my way through a bunch of them so that I can clear out some space. For most of them, especially skin care, I would rather use them now and then repurchase when travel is back on the schedule. Plus despite their small size, travel products take up a lot of space when sitting in the drawer. At the moment though my bathroom looks as though it was attacked with a shrink ray. But I digress.

I didn’t use the mask every night.  I used it Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights for the month I used it. This wasn’t an attempt to make it last longer, I simply don’t use a night cream every night.  While I love night creams and sleep masks, I find if I use them every night, then it is just a little too much for my skin, so I go the MWF route with them unless something shakes up my routine.

Using this system, not only did the cream last a full month, but I have just enough left for one more week.  I know usually with skin care products I weigh them at the start and then at the end of the two week trial.  I didn’t weigh this one as I thought as a travel size I would use it for two weeks and then it would be done.  It surprised me and lasted longer than I expected.  As it is half the size of the full sized product I would say the full 2 ounce size would last about two and a half months (10 weeks), at least by my usage.

Needless to say, not a lot of this product is needed to cover the face and neck. Just a small pea sized amount will do. It is thick and very saturating. While the product claims to have a geranium and rose absolute scent, it is a very mild scent.  I can smell it if I put my nose up to the opening in the squeeze tube but once dispensed, the scent dissipates really quickly.  Even then the scent is just lightly floral in the tube. If you are extremely sensitive to scents it might bother you, but otherwise the scent is really not much of an issue.

not much product is needed

The cream is a plain white cream that applies easily to the skin.  If you apply it and then wait about five minutes before laying down, there isn’t a problem with the cream transferring you your pillow.  It just needs a couple of minutes to sink in.  I found my skin felt like it still had something on it, but it didn’t transfer to my pillow if I waited those five minutes. As I like to read before bed, I just applied it before I settled in with my book and I was fine. 

The sleepover mask did provide a nice hydration, and it didn’t break me out or cause clogged pores, which is always a plus in my book. I have to say where it shines the most was on the nights after I received a little too much sun that day. 

In early spring I always end up getting some form of sunburn.  Not only is my skin winter pale and susceptible to burn, but the temperatures are still cool enough that I forget the sun is still strong.  Applying the cream on those nights soothed the itchy, too much sun feeling I get from sunburn and calmed the skin.  I also didn’t peel as I usually do.  I’m guessing that is from the extra hydration added by the cream. It was only a mild burn, I wouldn’t use it on a major one, but It worked really well on too much sun skin (especially across the nose) as it claims in its product description.

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I really liked using this as a night cream/ sleep mask and I will use up the last of it this week.  I think I will also pick up another tube of this to have on hand as we move from spring and into summer.  I don’t burn a lot and I use an SPF when I am outside, but my time working in the garden is starting to increase and I will admit I have a tendency to forget my skin and stay out working in the yard until whatever task I’ve set myself is done.  Having something I can trust to give my skin a bit of a helping hand after I’ve spent too long outside is, in my opinion, a very good idea.  So two thumbs up for the Wake Up Beautiful Sleep Hydration Sleepover Mask from Pacifica and a definite placement on my to be repurchased list.

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Foundation Quest 2020: The end of the first segment

The line up for the first five foundations: L to R Pacifica, Elf, Ulta, Too Faced, and Wander Beauty

A while ago I started my first segment of my foundation quest.  As a quick recap, the foundation that was my go-to product was discontinued so I had to start looking for a new everyday foundation.  Since there are a lot of foundations out there, I decided instead of bemoaning my fav’s loss, I would use it as an excuse to try a bunch of new ones.  And possibly to branch out a little out of my comfort zone in the process.   In order not to get overwhelmed, I decided to test in blocks of five foundations at a time. 

The first set of five included ELF oil free foundation with SPF 15, Ulta’s Youthful Glow, Too Faced Dew You Fresh and Glow, Wander Beauty’s Nude Illusion and Alight, a clean foundation from Pacifica. All of them passed the initial wear-ability test I put them through.  Initially, I used each one in its turn as my sole foundation for the week.  I wore it with no primer underneath, and then I wore it with different primers. I wore it as long as I could each day of the test.

Like I said, all of them passed the first test as products I would continue to wear.  So I lined them up in a row on my dressing table and spent the last month seeing which ones I reached for the most and why.  I also wanted to see the ones I didn’t reach for and why as well.  Now, I will continue to use all of these products until they are gone, none of them will go to waste.  I actually got really lucky with these products as I really like all of them.  They are all really good, but I wanted to see if I could narrow it down to the top two from this section before I branched out into a new section of five. 

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The first one I found myself reaching for the least of the five was the Dew You by Too Faced. The reason was that while it is a great formula, it needs a primer under it to prevent it from showing the fine lines around my mouth and eyes by the end of the day. Again, it doesn’t show many but it shows more than the others.  A primer under that corrects the problem, but it doesn’t play well with all primers.  It plays best with the Elf Poreless putty Primer.  On the days I wanted to use that primer, I reached for this foundation every time.  On the days I wasn’t using the Elf primer, I didn’t. As I really like using different primers for different reasons, this was not my go-to foundation for the month.

messy cap for ulta

The second to fall by the wayside was the Ulta Youthful Glow. It is one that has to be shaken before use and I noticed that as I used it, the foundation seemed to be getting a little more liquid each time, and didn’t cover as well.  I don’t know if the heavier particles started sticking to the bottom despite the shaking, but I was not terribly fond of the change.  In addition, the way the dropper screws into the top means it gets messy fast (the thinner the liquid became, the worse the problem with the mess). 

I think if I were to use this product every day then I would probably work though it before any separation occurred.  With it not being my only foundation, I wasn’t reaching for it every day, and of course the worse it got, the less I reached for it.  While it won’t be making my top two for this round I think that as it is a very reasonably priced foundation, when my test is over, I may pick up a fresh bottle and use it straight through just to see if it prevents the separation problem.  It will be a while though as I will need to use up foundations from my tests before I buy others. Perhaps by then they will have put the foundation in a pump and it will be improved.

Wander doe foot

Packaging was also the reason that I am not putting the Wander Beauty Nude Illusion in the top two of this test. It is a great foundation.  I love the way it looks on my skin and I love wearing it.  I do not like the doe foot applicator or the fact that it is so tightly inserted into the bottle that every time I took the applicator out of the bottle it sprayed a fine mist of foundation droplets all over everything.  I understand why it is so tight, it needs to block out the air.  The spray just got to me.  If this were a pump foundation bottle, I would have reached for it a lot more than I did.  Which makes me sad. I will still use it, but I will put down a wash cloth over the top of the dressing table when I do.  I hate that the packaging is the reason for this to not go into the top two, because it is so good. But alas, that is what happened.

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So we arrive at my top two products for this round and they are The Elf Perfecting Foundation and the Pacifica Alight.  They are both really good foundations and both are affordable options that can be found in Target. It actually tickles me deep down in my thrifty soul that these two made it to the top. They both have excellent coverage, they play well with any primer I threw at them and each only required one pump of product to cover my entire face.  Neither settled into my fine lines and they both wore well.

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I will say that of the two, I found myself reaching for the Pacifica Alight more than I did the ElF, especially in the last week or so.  That isn’t a reflection on the product though, just the shade.  While we have been blasted by spring showers, enough so that I am starting to download plans for a do it yourself Ark kit, anytime the sun puts in an appearance, I am outside walking around the neighborhood trying to get my calorie burn in without the gym. Because of these strolls and the more outside time rather than gym time, my skin has already started to tan a bit.  The ELF shade is definitely my winter shade and it is already a bit too light. 

The Pacifica seems to be a lot more forgiving with shades, at least with this early tan, so I am still able to wear it. As a consequence even though both made it to the top two, I may have to put this bottle of ELF away until winter comes again and my summer tan fades.  When next I am able to shop, I may pick up a darker summer shade so I can add it back into the mix, but I have to say for now, the Pacifica is the one moving on to the next round. 

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the next five foundations

Luckily I picked up five new foundations to try before all of the stores closed down and the world went on lock down so I have my next line up ready to go.  There are a few I wanted to try but didn’t get around to picking up, but the next section is ready to go. A round three will have to wait until I order products on line or stores reopen.  However as I have five foundations, each with a week’s testing followed by at least a month of wear, I have time to figure that out.  

For now I have five new foundations just waiting for their chance to leave the drawer and be tested. They are from Pretty Vulgar , Becca, Nars, Catrice and Wet and Wild. I suppose we’ll soon see how they fare against the Pacifica. Stay tuned. Next week I start with the first of the new selections individual reviews and I’m starting with Pretty Vulgar. The pretty little birdie on top was just too hard to resist.

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Face Mask Friday Super Green Detox

Like pretty much everyone in the world at this point, it has been a bit stressful for me this week.  I know that’s a bit like saying rain is wet, but for me this means I’ve had more breakouts than usual.  So in addition to using my face mask Friday as a moment to relax and just be in my skin rather than worry about the rest of the world, I chose my mask with my skin in mind.

I used a sheet mask today, partially because it had the properties I wanted and partially because I’m always a little hesitant to get involved in anything I can’t drop in an instant after something happens.  Wednesday we had to go to the ER and managed to get out of the house in less than two minutes. Everything is fine, no lasting damage and my baby has a new prescription but a sheet mask I could take off in a flash made me more comfortable in my relaxing than a regular mask would today.

The sheet mask I chose was the Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Detox Facial Mask from Pacifica. I have used these several times in the past and I have to say they are one of my favorite sheet masks, especially when my skin is acting up due to stress.  It is designed to alleviate clogged pores and to deal with blemish prone skin types. While that isn’t normally me, I do like to keep these on hand for moments where they are needed.  I sometimes get hormonal breakouts but I am partial to stress related breakouts. Just masking in general helps me settle and the charcoal and nutrient goodness helps calm a bit of the break outs so they disappear faster.

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Yup breathing deeply, lighting candles (I’m using my Fern and Leather candle from this month’s Vella box if you are trying to build a sensory picture in your head. I’ll pretty much be using it until next month’s box to be honest.) and charcoal, the secret to dealing with stress related breakouts. At least for me.

When I opened the package I took a sniff.  Are you surprised?  I smell everything. The scent was fresh and green, a fact I am pretty sure is a combination from the kale, cilantro and green tea.  It is a clean and fresh scent. 

The mask is black which I’m guessing is due to the charcoal.  One interesting feature of the mask is that the eye holes are heart shaped.  While cute, I personally am not a fan of the hears over the eyes. And no it isn’t that I don’t like hearts, it is that they leave too much of my under eye exposed and the little point comes down too far over my eyelid.  I had to move it around a bit and get the heart all bent out of shape for it to work right for me.

I’m sure there is a metaphor in there somewhere, but we’ll just leave it be for now.

The shape of the eye cuts outs are really the only thing I don’t care for in this mask.  Once I realigned the holes so my eyes were just right, I lay down for twenty minutes of quiet.  It was really nice.  The mask tingled in a pleasing way that made me feel like it was working.

And it was quite soothing. 

Even if i did look like a romantically inclined bank robber.

When the time was up, I took off the mask and patted the serum into my skin.  For some reason it is only after I pat the remaining serum in that this mask starts to feel really cool against my skin.  It tingles when it is on and cools when removed.  My skin felt refreshed.  I think it also helped that I was in a room with the windows shut while I rested in my mask.  Tree pollen is really high today and the bedroom has the air purifier running so laying down with the mask and breathing the extra clean air didn’t hurt.  It probably gave the mask a helping hand so I feel less puffy eyed than I did earlier. Which is a nice side benefit, although I can’t really credit the mask entirely for that.  I can say that post masking, I will be staying inside and flushing my system out with as much water as I can possibly handle. On the days when I have inhaled too much pollen, flooding my system is actually the perfect way to go for me.

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Luckily we have a new air cartridge in the Soda Stream for me to use.  I might actually play a game with myself to ensure the water is consumed. I’m planning to full up all of my water bottles with carbonated water and see how many I can empty before dinner. As I have a couple of water bottles on their last legs this game might be the last hurrah for them before they make their way to the recycling bin.

I know it’s not much of a game but if I’m going to tackle the last of my early spring gardening chores this weekend, I need to start with a clean system. Otherwise the trees will take me down.

So the pre-weekend allergy season cleansing began with the Super Green Detox mask from Pacifica and twenty minutes of calm breathing. Not a bad start, although this was the last Pacifica sheet mask I had in my collection.  As allergy season is only just kicking off, I’m going to need to order a restock as I suspect the trees aren’t done with me yet.  I don’t know what everyone out there has planned for their weekend, but I hope you have a fun, and safe one.

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Pacifica Cherry Velvet Matte Translucent Setting Powder Review

There are three items that are, in my opinion, as essential to my daily morning routine as cleanser and moisturizer.  These three items are mascara, face powder and some form of lip product.  With these three elements, I can declare myself done and ready to face the day in mere moments. Don’t get me wrong, I love my primers, foundations, eyeshadows and the rest.  I love treating my face as though it is some sort of mood reflecting art but my three essentials are mascara, powder and something for the lips.

With powder I enjoy a wide variety.  I like both pressed powder and loose.  Sometimes I use them to accomplish different tasks, other times I choose one or the other because the mood strikes me.  While I like pink tinged powder to give me a bit of a healthy glow when I feel a bit washed out from a winter indoors, over all with loose powders I tend to prefer a translucent powder. 

When I was gifted a package from Pacifica a while back one of the items I couldn’t help adding was the Cherry Matte Translucent setting powder (retail $12). While I have had a coconut scented setting powder before I had not tried a cherry one and was curious.  Plus I can always use another loose powder in my collection.  And I like cherry scents.

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Before I get into my thoughts on the powder, let’s see what the official product info says.

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The first thing I noticed about this powder was the packaging.  It is very pretty.  It has a nice lid decorated with cherry blossoms and looks lovely sitting on the dressing table.  However it looks even better when you get the top lid off.  The interior lid may not be as fancifully decorated, but it keeps the product in securely and is super easy to lift up without spraying powder everywhere. So when you unscrew the outer lid, you don’t have to worry about powder coating you.

Under the plastic cap, is a net.  You press down on the net to get powder on your brush or sponge.  It is thick enough to contain the powder yet has enough holes and give to let you easily reach the powder.  I’ve had some products with the mesh insert where getting powder through them required some sort of magic spell.  I’m guessing it is purchased separately as it wasn’t included in the package.  This is very easy to use.  In fact every bit of the packaging is well thought out. 

I know that seems a silly thing, but sometimes packaging can hinder the use of a good product.  This performs as it is meant to. When the product comes out of the package, it has a light cherry scent to it.  It is a light scent, but definitely present. If you don’t like fragrance in your powder, you won’t like this.  Personally, this particular fragrance doesn’t bother me. 

But packaging and scent aside, it is the actual product that matters.  The powder is finely milled and applies easily.  My first test with powders is in the morning.  I tend to start my day with coffee, then when commuter traffic dies down, I change and drive to the gym.  Clearly my schedule has changed a bit, but I did test this powder under those circumstances.  At that time, my routine involves washing off my night mask, toning my skin and then applying serum followed by moisturizer. Once my moisturizer soaks into my skin, I dust with powder and apply a lip balm.  I tend to leave off mascara on those mornings as I sweat enough that I always run the risk of turning into a raccoon if I try to add it. I know this sounds like a strange test for a powder but some powders get a little cakey once you start to sweat or they clog your pores.  I had no problems with this powder.  I’m pretty sure most of it sweated off or was wiped off by my Busy Beauty Towelette, but it didn’t clog my pores. 

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I know, I could leave it off on my morning routine, but when I do I don’t really feel like I have actually gotten ready for my day.  I know that sounds strange but my morning feels slightly off when I skip the powder. We all have our routines, that just happens to be mine. 

after a month of use

After the gym (and my post workout clean up) I will apply the primer, foundation and other makeup, using the powder as a setting powder as it was designed. In this it worked well also.  It went on over the makeup well, regardless of what products I used.  With my setting powder I apply it with a brush and then if it looks a little powdery I go over it with my still damp makeup sponge to make sure it is pressed in a little before I use my setting spray. 

The Pacifica Cherry Velvet Setting powder worked like a dream.  In fact, it worked better than some of my more expensive powders as far as helping to keep my face products in place.  I don’t really bake my face as I find that a bit wasteful as far as products go, and I don’t really see much of a point to it, but I would guess it would work well with that too. At the moment I have been using this product as my sole powder for about a month and a half and I am less than halfway through the container. So I am sure I will be able to use this for at least another two months before running out.  When I do, I believe I will be adding this to my shopping list for repurchase.

If you happen to be looking at Pacifica Products on line you can use my code MIMSY15 for a discount. I don’t make anything off the code, it is just for you to use.

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Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream Review

Pacifica’s Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream

For the past two weeks I have been using the Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream from Pacifica. It was part of the package gifted to me by the company. This will not affect my review, my review will be an honest one.

As the bathroom where I get ready in the morning and prepare for sleep at night is a small one (our on-suite features only a powder room not a full bathroom)I have limited shelf space for my daily products.  I liked the idea that I could eliminate one of those products by simply having a single cream for both day and night. The fact that the product in question costs $16 and can be purchased both on-line and at Target is also a plus.

Admittedly, the available locally is less of a concern at the moment as anything I can order on-line I am to minimize my time and contact with others. Incidentally If you are looking to order from Pacifica, when I put my last order in to them, they had a relatively quick turnaround (that might be a little off at the moment) and I have a code you can use to get yourself an extra discount.  It is MIMSY15 and I don’t get any sort of compensation from that, it is just to help you guys out.

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Before we get into my thoughts, let’s look at the product.

According to the product page…

Age means nothing when your skin is healthy. Refuse to obey time with this potent formula supported by concentrated peptides, floral stem cells, antioxidants, and advanced extracts that join forces to deeply moisturize and improve skin’s youthful glow.  It is suitable for all skin types.

It’s a pretty simple claim and not too over the top. Oh, and for those unfamiliar with the company, they are 100% vegan and cruelty free.  I am always leery of creams that promise to de-age me by twenty years in a month’s time, so modest claims make me happy.  Oddly, wild claims make me suspects some sort of demonic ritual in an underground laboratory somewhere. But maybe that is just me. 

Instead of looking for demons (or maybe an alternate way of looking for demons) I looked at the ingredients list. The first ingredient is water, which as it is putting moisture back into the skin is actually a good thing.  Following it are some other pretty good ingredients.  Sunflower oil, shea nut oil, grape seed oil and aloe leaf oil are all included in their top ten ingredients.  I know the lower ingredients are also ones to watch out for but the top ten usually have the highest concentrations and therefore are the ones most necessary to pay attention to, but the top ten are really important. 

For those who don’t usually look at ingredients lists, companies are required to list the ingredients from highest to lowest concentration until they get to the one percent mark.  Once an ingredient is in the 1% concentrate or lower they can list them in any order they want.  Generally speaking after about the tenth to twelfth ingredient you start hitting that one percent mark.

Personally, I am pretty happy with seeing sunflower seed oil and grapeseed oil in the top section. My skin does really well with both of them.

As with all full sized face creams that come my way, I weighed the bottle before I started to use it and then again after two full weeks of use.  Newly arrived and unopened the starting weight was 2.75 ounces.  The package contains 1.7 ounces of product inside.  So we know the packaging itself weighs 1.05 ounces.

Incidentally, a word about the packaging.  This cream is packaged into a thin pump top tube.  I really like that the bulk of the product can be kept away from the air while it is used. I am also glad I don’t have to dip my fingers into it.

But to continue with the math, after two weeks of use I reweighed the package and found it now came in at exactly 2.5 ounces. So I know that 1.45 ounces of product still remain inside.  (Incidentally, I love when things come up in nice numbers like fives and zeros so I don’t have long decimal points to work in.  I know I have a calculator but it just looks neater to me somehow).

So in two weeks 0.25 ounces of product was used. That means the product should last another 13.6 weeks. Personally I am not surprised by the length of time as very little of the product was actually needed. One last bit of math before we continue on though.  The product costs $16 which means that  if it lasts a total of 15.6 weeks (2 week trial + 13.6 weeks), then the cost break down is about $0.95 per day to use the product. That is not a bad rate actually.

But cost isn’t everything.  I will use inexpensive products or I will splurge on the expensive ones. With most skin care I am willing to be flexible on price rather than seek the lowest cost. I’m also not a snob about it.  I will use what I feel works.

So about the cream.  It is a white cream with a lightly floral scent, gardenia or rose I believe is the basic tone but it is not strong and fades almost instantly.  I don’t think it would cause too many problems with those of you who have issues with scent as it really doesn’t linger.

When I used it, I used one pump of the cream per use.  More is not needed and in fact, more would just be a waste. In the mornings, I found one pump was a little too much product and used the excess on my neck and upper chest rather than on my face.  At night one pump was exactly enough for my face.  I think that is sort of the curse of the double use product.  One pump is perfect for use as a night cream, but a little much during the day.  For me at least.  I’m in the Normal to Combination range.  If you are on the dry side, I think you would enjoy the amount dispensed for both day and night, if you lean more towards the oily end of the spectrum then you might want to only use about half of the pump on your face and spread the rest out to the neck and chest.  Again that is the curse for going for all skin types. 

Currently the weather where I live is changing.  Each day seems to make its own decision as to what season it wants to be.  I’m pretty sure it’s actually making up some new seasons along the way. You know because the traditional four are just so passé.

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When it lingers on winter and my skin leans more towards dry, this cream really shines.  I think as the seasons turn and humidity rises as spring locks on and leads into summer, I will be less excited about using this cream during the day. For me I think this will be a routine staple of my winter skin care routine, but in the warmer months I will be using it as a night cream rather than both a day and night cream.  The good news is that given how little is actually needed of this cream, if I am only using it at night it will probably last me all the way into fall. I have to say, I am not mad about that.

For anyone following along on my weight loss journey, or who just want to remain fit when gyms are closed and your home becomes your world, I will be posting my first Home Fitness post this afternoon. I have some interesting fitness routines to try with minimal equipment needed and I will let you know how it goes so tune in for an afternoon post.  I’ll be sure to include links to the workouts so any of you working out at home as well can give them a try and see what you think.  See you then.

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Branching out with Rose and Kombucha in a face wash

Pacifica Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash

I’ll be honest the thought of Rose and Kombucha wasn’t all that appealing to me when thinking of a face wash.  While I like the scent of rose, it is often over powering and I was hesitant about the fermented tea. However when I placed my order with Pacifica, using a gift certificate I was gifted by the company, a travel sized (1.4 fl oz) of the Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash was one of the gifts with purchase that came with a $50 order.  I figured it was the perfect way to try something new and so I picked it up with my order.

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 My thinking was that it was a trial sized tube so even if I didn’t like it, there wouldn’t be much waste to the product. Incidentally, the full sized version of this product is 5.0 ounces and retails for $10. As I am always looking for good , affordable products, especially in face wash as I go through so much of it, I was very interested to try it.

But first, we look at the claims.

Disobey time with the power of flowers and fermented tea in Pacifica’s Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash. One of the best defenses against aging is clean skin, it gently removes makeup, oil and impurities. This light-foaming, sulfate-free cleanser balances and refreshes skin – helping to achieve an absolutely luminous complexion at any age.

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For those that are unfamiliar with Pacifica, they are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free.  Their products are formulated without  Animal testing, Animal ingredients, Parabens, Phthalates,  Mineral oil, Sulfates, Synthetic fragrances, and Petroleum.

Given that there is rose listed on the ingredients and it is usually the synthetic rose scent that becomes overpowering, I was more relieved than usual to see there were no synthetic fragrances in this face wash.  Oh and the face wash is designated for all skin types so I didn’t have to figure out if I was in the target range for the product, which I kind of like.

My skin typically falls into the normal/combination area with more oil in the T-zone, but I am dryer in the winter and oilier in the summer.  The curse of so called “normal” skin is that it’s like standing in the center of a moving teeter totter while temperature and humidity play. If the weather is perfectly balanced so is my skin. At this time of year, it seems to change daily so I have products for  both shifts, oily and dry, in my bathroom.  For all skin types is generally a relief to see on a label when the weather hasn’t actually committed to a season.

So to the testing.  Because this face wash claims to remove makeup I put it to the test and tried it once on its own on a full face of makeup, then I tried it as the second act in a double cleanse routine.  Now usually I have issues with mascara coming off, but I have to say this worked really well in taking off more mascara than most.  There was a slight smudge under the eyes but not as much as usual.  A quick single wipe with the Makeup eraser took care of it with no rubbing.  In case you are wondering, I am currently oscillating between two mascaras at the moment.  One is the Pretty Vulgar Feathers Mascara and the other is the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Wow Wings.  I like both and will be posting a mascara review soon. I just mention it here so you know the products the Pacifica Rose and Kombutcha Flower Powered Face Wash was able to take down.

not a lot of product is needed

I suppose I rather jumped to the use in that.  To back track a little, it is a creamy pearly face wash and the scent is interesting.  There is the hint of rose but it only really serves to mitigate the scent of the kombucha.  It smells like tea more than anything else but it is not a heavy fragrance.  Personally I found it a pleasant one, especially in the mornings.

The cleanser did foam on the face but it wasn’t massive foaming, just enough suds to let you know it was working.  It rinsed off clean, and as mentioned above, took off most of my makeup. My skin felt clean but not stripped and it worked for me no matter which way the weather shifted my skin.

Over all it was very positive experience.  I know I sound a little surprised but this was not a cleanser I would have picked up on my own.  I am really glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something I thought I would more than likely not like.  It turns out I liked it a lot.  I also like the fact that while I can order it on line, I can also pick it up at Target if I run out of cleanser and need to pick something up.  I really like having a list of products I can simply pick up if I forget to reorder.  This is certainly going on that list.

If you are interested I have a code you can use to get a bit of a discount.  It is MIMSY15 and I get nothing if you use it so feel free to use it to your heart’s content. It is just for you. They are also having a bit of a sale at the moment so you can add the discounts together.  It is currently 10% off with no code if you want to check it out.

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Alight Clean Foundation from Pacifica; the next contestant in my foundation quest

Pacifica’s Alight Clean Foundation

I know several of you are thinking, wait, I thought the Becca Foundation was scheduled to be next. It was but then Pacifica very kindly sent me several products to try, the Alight Clean Foundation being one of them and when the package arrived I got so excited I went ahead and opened it. Since I hadn’t yet opened the Becca Foundation I am holding it for the next segment and going with the Pacifica one since it is now opened.

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I swear with any packages I become like a three year old at a birthday party. I must open and play. The only thing that saved the Becca from being opened on the spot was that it came in BoxyCharm on a day when I received several packages.

First off, I need to say this product was gifted to my by Pacifica and I do have a code for you to use it is MIMSY15. It doesn’t give me anything, but it does give you a discount.

So on with the review.

First off for those who don’t know, Pacifica offers vegan and cruelty free products. Their offerings range from make-up and skin care to bath and body products as well as fragrances. Their skin care, fragrances and body products are sold at Target. The target near me never has any of their makeup products, at least not that I can find. they could be hiding, but I’ve never found them. The makeup products are carried at Ulta. There is no Sephora near me so I can’t check, but I believe they are sold there as well. They are of course sold on-line on the company’s website.

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One of the things that I absolutely love about this company is that while they offer a lot of clean products, the prices are really affordable. This foundation costs $16 and comes in thirty seperate shades. You can go clean without breaking the bank. Of course that depends on whether or not you like the product. So let’s get into it.

First of this is the Alight Clean Foundation. It is listed as oil free, anti shine and with a satin finish. According to the website…

clean face, no product, just so you see the blank canvas

Get the flawless coverage of your dreams in 30 shades designed for real skin tones with the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation. This innovative, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested formula goes on smooth, covers pores and lasts throughout the day. This formula is free of silicone, parabens, phthalates, talc, BHA, BHT, petroleum and drying alcohols (and a huge list of other things your skin doesn’t love).

Immediate results: Flawless, seamless coverage, Skin feels clean, More radiant, healthy looking skin, Pore free appearance and vibrant, Lasts day to night

Just the foundation on my skin (I shifted so I was less in shadoe it really isn’t that light)

After 6 weeks of use: Skin looks more healthy, Skin feels smoother

While I haven’t used it for a full six weeks I did put it through my usual trial. I applied the foundation first to bare skin and then on subsequent days with a variety of primers underneath.

The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump. I really like the pump foundations as I find it an easy way to keep things clean. I’m not a total slob but sometimes products have a way of getting everywhere. One pump was all I needed to cover my entire face. There is almost no scent to the foundation and it smooths over the face easily. There was no oxidation that I noticed so if you go with this foundation, you are going to want to go with a shade close to your skin tone. It is pretty forgiving though so if you don’t get an exact match you should be okay if you come close.

Finished face

It is very much a medium coverage foundation. It isn’t going to give you that mask like appearance but it does a good job of covering minor blemishes so I didn’t need a lot of concealer. In fact I only used it on my under eyes and not on any dark spots on my face. I’m personally happy about that because I don’t like using a lot of concealer as it tends to weigh down my skin and add texture if I use too much.

This foundation applied well and didn’t settle into my fine lines, which I appreciated. After applying I went through my usual routine. In my initial tests I am trying to use all of the same face products, only changing out the lips and the eyes. Incidentally in case you were looking at the early photos and the laster photos and thinking the lips look very similar in them, I did not reapply the lipstick. On a whim I picked up the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick (shade lover if you are wondering) and wow did it live up to it’s name. I’ll be posting a lipstick review soon so I won’t say anything more, I just wanted to clarify for the photo.

close up at the start of the day (yeah, I fixed the eyeliner before continuing with my day)

Once on the foundation melted into my skin. While I’ll have to get back to you on the skin care aspects of this product, I have to say after only a few days of use I can believe the claims have some validity. It felt more like applying a moisturizer than it did a foundation.

But it did give me medium coverage which I liked.

In these photos I wore the foundation for about nine hours. Around hour seven I noticed a little shine in the t-zone, but it wasn’t anything major. I was sans powder compact at the time so I didn’t powder off the shine. No one remarked on it and in the end of the day photos you can see my nose is a little on the shiny side, but everything else looks relatively okay. I think if I had taken a moment to powder off my nose, there would be very little change. the foundation stayed put and didn’t pill up around the nose or mouth, nor settle into fine lines. I was quite pleased with it’s performance.

End of the day nine hours after application

I will say that I did prefer using a primer under this foundation. I found a pore filling foundation gave me a smoother over all look to the skin from start to finish. This foundation behaved beautifully with all of the primers I tried it with. There were no adverse reactions to pairing it with any of them. I have not tried a primer from Pacifica yet, but I think I am definitely going to have to pick it up in the near future. Prior to this I only used skin care items from them, not makeup. Given the performance of the foundation and the affordable pricing, I think a shopping adventure is in my near future.

end of the day close up. A little shiny on the nose and chin but over all not bad.

The Alight Clean Foundation is a welcome addition to the extended testing I will be doing on this segment of foundations. That’s right the first segment’s line up is complete. All five of this first batch of foundations are lined up on my dressing table. In the next month or two I will see which ones I reach for consistently and which ones I don’t. Then I will be back with the details of why I reach for certain foundations more than others. Two of them will make it on to an additional test competing against the best two from the next selection of products I test. I’m hoping to find one daily favorite out of the lot. Barring one holy grail foundation, I am hoping to find a few that I know I can reach for consistently with no trouble.

The five foundations in this segment’s line up: Pacifica, Too Faced, Ulta, Wander and ELF. which one(s) will come out on top?

As I mentioned above, Pacifica very kindly gave me a discount code for anyone to use if they are looking to try out their products, whether this foundation or any other. The code is MIMSY15 and I don’t get anything from it if you use it. It’s just a little something extra for you. Just enter it in the coupon code section at checkout. Personally, I am going to check out what other products they have that I might want to try.

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