Time for another round of beauty empties! I’ve been tossing my empty products in the cabinet under the bathroom sink and realized it was getting a little crowded in there… I actually may just need a better system because it’s like a black hole!!
L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: This was a drugstore buy when I was in a pinch and I loved it. Technically it’s supposed to be for added volume but I actually found it better for length. And the volume was just right– it didn’t make my lashes look clumpy or stringy. It’s probably one of the better mascaras I’ve used for an everyday use. It wouldn’t be my pick for a glam look, but everyday? YES! My only issue with it is that I found the tube to be pretty messy. You can see in the photo that the mascara just constantly pushed out every time I went to close it.
DryBar Clear Dry Shampoo: I think this has been my favorite dry shampoo of all time. It has terrible reviews though. As with ALL hair products, everybody’s hair texture is different. It worked great for my hair and I’ll continue to buy it. I will say that it isn’t as absorbent as the regular formula, but it does what I need for Day 2 hair and is completely clear as long as you give the can a good shake before spraying.
Head & Shoulders Almond Oil Conditioner: Not really that groundbreaking and I’m not including the regular shampoo that Mike and I regularly go through, but I wanted to include this conditioner because it’s just so good. About a year ago I started using conditioner and now I can’t go without. I’ve been using even more than usual lately and using it for my whole head (not just from my ears down) because it’s SO DRY out.
Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Shaper: An old, trusty favorite. I buy these three at a time I go through them so quickly. It’s my personal “holy grail” makeup item. Somehow I was genetically blessed to have very thick dark hair everywhere except my eyebrows. 🤨 Doesn’t seem fair, haha.
Bobbi Brown Bronzer: I went years using the same Bobbi Brown bronzer color. They last forever and I seemed to have the perfect shade. Until a Sephora salesman talked me into trying a new shade (Stonestreet) and, wow, he was so right. I used this bronzer right down to the end. While traveling, the last bits of the compact broke up and I had been carefully keeping the broken chunks until they were all gone. Time for a reorder!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: This has been a tried and true favorite of mine for years. It goes on smooth and STAYS all day.
Dr. Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief: I use this mask at least once a week. Even though it’s a “mask,” I actually leave it on my skin. I’ll do it about an hour before bed, leaving it on until I brush my teeth and then rub the rest in like a moisturizer. It’s a miracle worker. I brought it with me on the Stowe trip and squeezed the last of it out for post-skiing skin recovery!!
Glamsquad Blowout Lotion: The bottle looks half full because it’s two toned, but I pumped this stuff out until the very end. I used this before every blow out and noticed a difference in shininess. Sometimes protectants weigh my hair done unnecessarily, but I thought this was lightweight and non-greasy.
Olay Retinol24: This was for the sponsored post I did at the end of last year and I used the whole thing. I’m now working through the serum since I have it. The moisturizer is really fantastic though. My skin has never looked so bright or even– the reduction of redness is what I notice the most.
Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation: I went back to this and still love it. Whenever I get decision fatigue, I just go back to what I know best. I HATE foundation that makes my skin feel tight/dry and ones that make me extra shiny/oily. This feels very matte and smooth and really just evens out my skin without feeling like I’m painting a whole new face on.
Dove Advanced Care Deodorant: I’m including this to really admit…. I quit using natural deodorant. It worked so well for me for about a year and then I don’t know if my body chemistry changed or got used to it or whatever, but they stopped being as effective. I tried a few more brands out and nothing seemed to do what I needed it to do. So I went back to Dove for now. I may give natural deodorant another try though, so keep the recommendations coming.