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Recent hits & misses

Hey everyone! Here are some new products I have tried lately. Some I absolutely love, and others...not so much.


My recent hits:

1. Lubriderm daily moisture lotion shea +cocoa butter --I love the smell of this and it leaves my skin so soft!

2. Origins eye doctor--This stuff is extremely hydrating without any  frills. The skin around my eyes has really been

craving a ton of moisture lately, and this does the job. Plus, I just love the packaging.

3. OPI Holland Collection--"Red lights ahead...Where?!" I LOVE this color. I especially like it on my fingernails.

4. Kitchenaid Blender--It's pink! I can't wait to whip up some refreshing fruit smoothies for the summer!

5. Goldfish crackers! I forgot how good the golden snack that smiles back really is...

My recent misses:


1. Stila illuminating tinted moisturizer--This did absolutely nothing for me except highlight every area I try to conceal. eek!

2. BareMinerals purley nourishing moisturizer combo skin--This really dried out my skin! I used it on vacation and ended up with dry patches!

3. Revlon grow luscious waterproof mascara--although I like the initial application of this, it flakes ALL over my face within an hour!

4. Revlon colorstay mineral lipglaze--this was recommended to me by a friend. The lipgloss is ok...I think, but I can't get past the smell! It has a very plastic-y smell. I don't want this stuff anywhere near my face.

5. Dermalogica daily microfoliant--(I received it as a sample in my birchbox). I used it in place of my regular exfoliant, but I had to switch back because this didn't do anything for me. Maybe it would work better for those who don't like traditional scrubs.


So, what new products have tried lately?

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Mmm....Goldfish are good for the soul lol.  Here are a few recent hits:


Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish: I got a full size version in the 500 point perk, and I really like it!  I've not used a "plumping" lip gloss before, so the tingle caught me a bit off guard.  However, it smells like some sort of dessert.  I can't put my finger as to what kind, though.


Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Stick: It also came with the perk and it also smells like a dessert lol.


Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream: Since I wear a TM during the day, I decided to try out a night cream.  It caught my eye at Walgreens, and so far so good!  It has a fruity type scent that I don't mind, and it leaves my face with a smooth texture.





Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Toner:  It feels weird.  It sometimes has soap bubbles.  It's horrible.

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I don't know how to post pics using the app?? Hmmm, posts always look so much better and catchy with a pic or two. Anyway, I have a miss...the Maybelline Baby Lips. It was supposed to be very moisturizing but it turned out to be drying, as if it just sat on top of my lips and not soak in. Another miss is the face wash that came with the Clariconic Mia. Just doesn't seem to be very cleansing. I also missed on the NYX roll on eyeshadows. I thought the colors were cute and they are. But it's very sloppy to go on. Maybe I just haven't found the right way to apply. My last miss is the Bumble and bumble Concen straight. It DRIES your hair out so badly.

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@makeupobbessed--It is really fun you bring up the baby lips because I finally just ordered one to try out. Dang, I really was hoping it would be really moisturizing with just a hint of color. I have also really been back and forth on the clarisonic mia. I have pretty good skin, but I do have blackheads on my nose that I was hoping they would eliminate. It is such a big purchase, I just can't make up my mind!

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Hi brandiandi - I was also on the fence about Clarisonic, passed up a few good offers/specials too. I finally got it when it was a TSV on QVC and it came with some mini products and an extra brush head. Since it was a TSV the price was great. You should keep your eyes peeled for some type of special offer, extra products that interest you or some type of discount. I definitely wouldn't pay full price, although I love mine, but love it more since the $ was lower.


Check out QVC around any holidays and at various times during the summer, seems they have more Mia TSV's during those times. Very often they will also offer an easy pay option, which means you get it right away but pay over the course of a few months. You can also check out Clarisonics website and sign up for special offers via email - they just had one for mothers day, think you got a special price if you bought two, one for you and one for your mom premise. Don't think that promo's still going on but you can double check. has special Clarisonic offers on occasion, the only bad think is I don't believe you can return it if you purchase through them, they usually only take products back if you don't like the color of something you purchased (shadow, gloss etc) or if something is defective.


So I think you should give it a try, I love mine and am really glad I got it. I do think you should wait for some type of special offer or something. Finally, just make sure that whereever you purchase it, that they have a good return policy and no re-stocking fee (that annoys me)


Hope this helped and if you decide to get one, if you think of it, let me know how you like it, okay? Best of luck with this decision, I drove myself crazy too.


**BTW you can call QVC customer service and ask them if they know of any upcoming TSV's for the Mia, sometimes they can tell you ahead of time, usually if they're nice. Also, just in case you don't watch QVC. TSV= Todays Special Value - so one item is at an extra low price just for the day. Usually it's a one time thing but sometimes they'll bring something back if it was super popular (like Clarisonic)


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@Kssweetheart-Thank you for all the tips. I've never ordered off of QVC before, but I definitely need to get to that. They seem to have tons of specials. Thanks for the adviceSmiley Happy

@Katekatastrophe-Lot's of soap and glory! I always forget about their products, thanks for the post. I'll have to add some stuff to my shopping list.

@Janinebt-I love Game of Thrones! The first season was more interesting because you were introduced to it seems like a lot of build up. My husband and I are still hooked on it through. haha

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@brandiandi - no problem. I swear though, QVC is so addictive for most people. Watch out for the Auto-Delivery programs, they're wonderful and horrible all at the same time. Honestly, it really is a good place to see products and learn about things. You can check out different brands of makeup/skincare/haircare and then get it there, or come see if Sephora has it. But it can be very informative since you're talking to the experts, reps from different companies. You can get some really great things, especially when they have 'value set' kind of things, the price difference can be amazing, you can get a 7 piece kit for the price of 2 products, the values can be insane! Good luck and have fun.

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I second the Origin Eye Doctor!! Worth it and love it.


I use Clinique all about eyes, which is just a basic velvety moisturizer. Then I tried Fresh Lotus eye gel and it FEEL SO GOOD when I apply it. I can feel the cool moisture just sinks into my skin and the only thought when I was applying it was "aaahhhh"...except it's expensive, and Origin Eye Doctor gives me that same feeling and is cheaper. I've tried some new products, some like and some dislike, none that's love or hate


Have you ever tried toasted coconut flakes?

I usually hate coconut flakes cuz the flavor is nice but it's tough and chewy and is just a jarring annoyance among the whip cream or cake or whatever it's in. Then I discovered it one day. When it's toasted to a golden crisp, it takes on a absolutely heavenly sweet, nutty, crispy texture and it's SO GOOD. So now whenever I do baking at 375F or higher, I take out the cake when I'm done, turn off the oven, then put in a sheet with sweetened coconut flakes spread out on it and just leave it there. When the oven's cooled, the flakes are golden and I keep them in a plastic container as seasoning for nonsweetened cereal and plain yogurt. Absolutely delicious.

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As someone who is very opposed to glitter I have been loving the heck out of this palette. The glitter fallout isn't bad except for two shades (peach fuzz and sun beam) otherwise I have not had glitter trickling all over from the other shades. Great shades that have me thinking summer and enough choices for variety without feeling overwhelmed. Its actually my first ever too faced item and I love it!


Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, 1.4 OunceIt doesn't irritate my skin and I have actually noticed improvement of my fine lines around the mouth and forehead.


Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel ExfoliantTwo uses and my nose and cheek pores remain to be seen. The bumps on my skin are almost non-existant. What my clarisonic failed to do for me this did for me much more quickly and it is very economical.



product imageI don't and have never had acne but after 8 hours of wear I had 4 pimples forming.


e-nuf is e-nufEssie Enuf if Enuf - very streaky formula and goes on as a marschiano cherry red, very similar to the photo you see here. However, in store when I purchased it actually looks like a coral pink.


product imageI only tried the sample card for this palette. However, the colors seemed to be somewhat chalky, misleading in their payoff, lots of glitter throughout and didn't blend easily. This is inconsistent with the other two sample cards which had smooth textures, good pigmentation, and were easy to blend.




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@beautytester--I actually love anything coconut, and I will definitely be trying that. Toasted coconut flakes + vanilla ice cream...mmmm


@Msmisty: I was looking at the Too Face Summer Eyes palette just yesterday, but read some negative reviews about the glitter and decided not to get it. I think I will have to go in and investigate it in person because I love those corals and that turquoise. I don't have any colors like those coral shades in my collection. Also, I really don't like Stila shadows. In fact their whole line seems kind of boring to me. The lipglazes are ok, but I haven't liked anything else from them.

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