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Empties - V2
Seeing product empties is so satisfying 🙂
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My June empties - I continue to work through favorites and open / partially used products that need to be used up. There were quite a few good ones that I was able to finish up this month! 😃
Loves (these have been or will be repurchased, unless they've been discontinued, in which case, I'll just pine away for them until I find a dupe or something I like more 😉) ♥️
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is and has been a tried-and-true first cleanser for me - light but moisturizing, gentle but effective at breaking up my makeup and sunblock. This is a forever love and a repurchase.
I've gone back and forth with MAC foundations through the years and generally stick to the brand's lighter formulations, like their Face and Body. MAC Studio Tech Foundation surprised me in that it did not clog my pores (unless of course I fell asleep with my makeup on, which is a huuuuge no-no) and the coverage was buildable. I'm between shades in this formula but can make both work and this is now probably my favorite MAC foundation.
Over the last year, year-and-a-half, I've been using Vitamin C products more consistently. It's paid off, in that my sun spots have lightened significantly. I still have a ways to go, but I've come a long ways too. My most recent vitamin C product was the delightfully creamy Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. To call it a serum is a bit of a misnomer; it really has more of a cream consistency, though I can see it being used as a serum in the cold, winter months when skin leans more dry. Using this in the spring, I found the more emollient texture to work nicely with the very light moisturizer I was using. It also allowed me to use this as both a vitamin C product and my moisturizer.
Trader Joe's Peony Blossom Scented Candle - the throw on this is amazing. I love the honey sweet floral scent.
Mine Design Chalkboard Soy Message Ceramic Candle are fun and make fabulous gifts. I love that I can write a message for the recipient on the holder, including to myself when the gift is for me.
Urang Love Cica x Opuntia Mask - this sheet mask contains 40% centella asiatica, which my skin really responds well to.
I really like that the hemp sheet mask of this E-Nature iroul:E Yam-Enriched Hemp Sheet Mask is biodegradable. The gel serum that coats the mask feels cooling and nourishing on the skin and has a slightly spicy, maybe like ginger, herbal floral scent that is subtle and disappears very quickly.
Oh. my. goodness. Two of my favorite loves in one candle - caramel and coffee. Chesapeake Bay Home Scents Caramel Latte will be a regular repurchase. This smells amazing and the scent throw from the candle is fantastic. After getting through the candle earlier in the month, I kept putting my nose into the container just to enjoy the scent.
JMsolution Active Pink Snail Brightening Mask - ultra thin mask that has that "second skin" feel with an essence containing niacinamide, snail mucin, 3 different forms of hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, mugwort and calendula. What's not for me to love about this mask?!
LookAtMe Watermelon Face Mask - this. is. amazing. _quspork has referred to this as a hydrating refresher and that description is so apt. The combination of the deliciously watermelon scented gel serum, the soft, ultra-thin Tencel material that conforms perfectly to the contours of my skin and feels as if I'm not wearing a mask at all, and the hydration and fresh-faced glow this mask gives me easily makes it a forever favorite.
REN Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser is an amazing 3-in-1 cleanser, transforming from a thick gel to an emollient but not too heavy oil and then to a milk. Does a good job of removing makeup and could be used for both a first and second cleanse. It does a nice job of removing eye makeup but I need to be gentle with it because there have been occasions when I get that blurry eye result when I'm not gentle enough with it.
L'Herboflore Pear Nourishing Hydromask - The L'Herboflore hydromask feels like a combination of Tencel, hydrogel and cotton cupra - it's divine. The clear, thin, slightly runny and watery essence has a light, clean scent to it and leaves my skin soft, smooth, nourished and with a nice bounce to it.
peripera Smoothie Time Mask Sheet (Mango - Deep Moisturizing) - thin, cotton sheet mask perfectly coated in a not-too-thin, not-too-thick milky cream serum that has a not-too-overwhelming scent of sweet mangoes. It clings to the face like a warm hug you never want to end and leaves skin feeling lightly moisturized and happily nourished.
If you happen upon The SAEM Natural-Tox Apple Mask Sheet, pick it up. This one leaves a lovely lit from within glow to the complexion that comes nicely through makeup.
Likes (and will very likely repurchase)
Something about the Troiareuke ACSEN TOC Toner (x3) makes my skin happy. I like that this is gentle on my skin even though it contains glycolic acid and sulfur; might be the centella asiatica and the various plant extracts in it that keeps the formula from irritating my skin. In any event, this is one I plan to pick up once a noticeable dent is made in my stash of toners.
I love the convenience of the Sephora Cleansing Brush Wipes (x4). They are packed with solution which is helpful to getting a thorough cleaning.
Farmskin Superfood Salad for Skin (Carrot - Pore Purifying) - these Farmskin Superfood Salad masks are just that - super. The carrot one is nice, though I'm not sure it did much to purify my pores. I'd use this one again, but I wouldn't purchase this particular one. There are many other masks within this line that I think do a better job of living up to its claims.
Up & Up Cotton Swabs Paper Sticks - Precise - I like the pointed cotton swabs; they come in handy when trying to correct eyeliner mistakes and when I can't stay within my nail bed when doing my nails, both of which happen more frequently than I'd like.
Philosophy Pure Grace Nude Rose - love the clean, fresh, delicate rose scent to this one.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask - I typically use this on my nose, chin and jawline. This one works very nicely as a cleanser as well.
Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray Coconut + Lemon - this is probably my favorite scent from the Everyone hand sanitizer line. While I prefer the gel version, this sanitizer spray is great for travel.
I didn't want to like the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence as much as I do, given the price, but it's hard to argue with how my skin looks when I incorproate this into a regular routine.
Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream (x2) - I'm not great with applying a neck cream consistently, but hoping to change that in this last half of the year. I'm currently using the Strivectin cream and plan to keep up with that one, but it's nice to have another neck cream on hand, and this might be that second one.
Dewytree Blooming Face Mask (Vitamin - Glow Boosting) - love the masks from this line, including this vitamin C mask.
Holika Holika Body Cleanser (Avocado) - my skin feels soft and nicely moisturized after using this cleanser; I don't feel any dryness and there's a light, fresh scent to it. This is definitely an avocaDO!
Sephora Grapefruit Face Mask - part of the new Sephora clean face masks, scheduled to launch July 7. I don't recall there being a grapefruit version of the mask in the current version. I experienced some tingling from this mask, nothing to be alarmed about and I suspect that it's due to the grapefruit extract and citric acid.
Biobelle #Instant Detox Face Mask is a good mask. It contains two of my favorite skincare ingredients - watermelon and centella asiatica. It's one I wouldn't mind using again and I may even pick up another one if there's good deal, but it's not on the top of my list of watermelon sheet masks.
My nails have been getting stronger, longer and healthy as I've been paying more attention to taking care of them, which includes Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat whenever I wear polish and the OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener when I'm without polish.
Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula - this is good for cleaning up buildup from shampoo, conditioner and other hair products. I've used this for years and plan to incorporate it into my routine, along with Living Proof's Triple D-Tox Shampoo.
Algenist GENIUS Sleeping Collagen - I love the buttery consistency of this night cream and the bouncy skin it gives me in the morning. I have entirely way too many sleeping masks as it is but when it comes time to introduce another one into my collection, it'll be this one.
Quret Beauty Recipe Banana Mask Sheet (Moisturizing) is a super soft, ultra thin, likely Tencel fiber sheet mask that molded onto my face like second skin, infusing into it the lightweight, thin-though-ever-so-slightly viscous watery essence with a faint banana scent reminescent of yummy banana runts.
Likes (but probably will not repurchase)
The Soo'AE Super Butter Intensive Hair Mask is nice hair mask - smells good, leaves my hair silky soft and smooth. I'd happily use this again, but with so many hair masks already, it's not one that I feel I need to pick up.
The longer I've been using sheet masks, the more selective it seems I get about them. There are many, many good ones out there, at various price points. Some just suit me more than others. I liked all of these sheet masks and wouldn't mind using them again. There are masks from within the same lines that I find to be really good and would repurchase but with these particular ones, I’d be happy to use them but I wouldn’t go out looking for them - Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask (Lime); Mitomo Sincere Grace Wild Yuzu Essence Mask; and the Lovemore Yurong Scattered Amazing White Mask Sheet
I couldn't even tell you how long I've had this beautyblender blendercleanser. It was time to use it up. A little of this goes a long way, which is why it's taken me forever to finish this one. I don't think there's anything special about this cleanser over say, soap.
Olly x Sephora Collection Lustrous Hair (Grapefruit Glam) - the gummies are yummy. 😉 I'm not sure if they're working; could be that 10 gummies are not enough to show any noticeable results. IN any event, they taste good. I'm making an effort to go through my stash and keeping as much as I can to my low-buy / no-buy so I won't be repurchasing this in the near future, but if someone has used these gummies for an extended period of time and have seen results, I am very interested in hearing about your experience with these.
Freeman Peel-Off Gel Mask (Brightening - Green Tea + Orange Blossom) - this tube lasts forever! It has a nice, fresh and floral scent and feels cooling on the skin. I'm generally not a fan of peel off mask, but this one was okay, though I don't plan to repurchase (I have a lot of masks to go through). The scent on this would be lovely as a lotion, shower gel or candle.
The Creme Shop x Hello Kitty Celebrate Strawberry Rose for Calm Skin Complete Cleansing Towelettes - love the soft fruit-y-floral scent on this one.
The Creme Shop Keroppi Green Tea To Hydrate Skin Complete Cleansing Towelettes - these wipes have a nice clean scent to them.
First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30 Broad Spectrum - if there weren't so many other mineral sunblocks that I love and like, this one would be a repurchase.
Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum with Green Tea Seed - this is very viscous serum; I think it would work better for me in the cooler months.
Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body Soy Wax Blend Candle (Balance + Harmony Water Lily Pear) sounded like it would be right up my alley with its particular flower and fruit combo. The scent is nice, I just wish I could pick up more of the pear.
Both the Clarins Multi-Active Jour SPF 20 (x2) and the Origins GinZing Energy-boosting moisturizer were fine. Neither stood out for me - perhaps it's because I only had foil samples. Both smelled very nice - a light but pleasant scent to both of them.
Nail care has been one of my to do's during the stay-at-home and since I've been home, I used the NCLA So Rich Vitamin E Infused Cuticle Oil more consistently and it's showing. My nails have been less prone to peeling and breaking since I've been treating my nails with more care. This particular cuticle oil worked nicely for me at the time, but I don't think it's a must have.
I really like the scent on this Piste Canadian Rockies Trail Scented Candle; it reminds me of fresh cut Christmas trees, with a little crisp and smokiness to it. Gotta love Christmas in June.
The Origins Cheeks and Balances Frothy Face Wash was nice and I think it would make a good second cleanse or morning cleanse. I have a pile of those type of cleansers to work through and won’t need to stock up on any more for a while.
(this could also go with the Likes and will likely repurchase) JayJun Roselle Tea Eye Gel Patch - if I didn't have several more jars of these types of eye gel patches, I would probably pick up another one of these JayJun roselle patches.
The Rest ... the maybe, some “meh”s, and a couple of nopes
One MAYBE for the month - I have a full bottle of these Moon Juice SuperYou Daily Stress Management, and will try to take them regularly to see what, if any, results I get.
My "MEH"s - These were fine. I didn't suffer any negative reaction from any of them, but there wasn't anything about them that stood out for me more than other similar products.
NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer
Ulta Beauty Watermelon Cucumber + Mint Super Juice 3-in-1 Smoothie Shower Gel, Bubble Bath & Shampoo
Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic
Hello Bello Beauty Goodbye Chapped Lips Nourishing Lip Mask
Berrisom Cocktail Recipe Mask Peach Crush - this smells nice and the results are generally what I expect from any sheet mask - lightly hydrated skin.
The Creme Shop Gudetama Tighter 'N Brighter Sheet Mask - the illustrations on the sheet mask itself is adorable, as is the packaging. Results from the mask are fine, but they're not anything you couldn't get from another sheet mask. My main gripe with the mask is that the two ingredients touted by it, egg whites and lemon oil, are literally the last two ingredients listed, which is to say that the volume of those ingredients in this mask is pretty much null.
These are NO's:
Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist For Dry Hair - this smells wonderful but it did nothing for my hair other than make it feel weighted down. I gave it a few tries before eventually repurposing it as a body oil.
Caress Botanicals Shower Foam (White Orchid & Coconut Milk) - this came in a pack of 2; I planned on giving one to my mom and keeping one. The scent doesn't agree with my dad's allergies so my mom gave it back to me and now I have 2. The scent isn't my favorite either so I'll either give away the unused bottle or find another body wash to mix with this one in hopes of dialing back the scent.
MTD = 64 / YTD = 442
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The MAC Studio Tech is a favourite of mine too @itsfi . I usually like to keep it in my purse for touch ups. When I use it as an actual foundation in the morning I find I go through it so fast. It is harder for me to find the right shade in store so when I see them I tend to pick up a few. Why, I don't know.... but for some reason stores in airports seem to have more shade ranges lol
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They carry MAC in your airport @missjeanie??!!! 😍 Love MAC Studio Tech!!! ♥️ It’s one of a very small handful of base products that I can apply quickly, without too much effort - perfect for those mornings when there’s been too many “5 more minutes”. Hahaha! 😂🤣😂
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Ha!! My airport has two gates and some vending machines @itsfi . However I've been in bigger airports where there are standalone MAC stores, and they seem to carry more colour selection. I've found as pale as NC10 in airports and only as low as 15 in some stores, other stores as low as 20. Everytime I see a store in an airport I comb through it to see what fun stuff they have. Also... super smart of them to put them in terminals where people really don't have a lot to do for a few hours lol. Have you never come across one?
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@missjeanie, I’ve never seen a MAC store in an airport or, if I did, I don’t remember, which is a bigger issue - ha! 😆 There’s a Benefit vending machine at the two bigger airports near me. Hmmm... 🤔 looks like I will need to do some recon the next time I’m at the airport; not sure when that will be, but I’m making a mental note. 😊
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I couldn't even tell you for sure which airports I've seen them in @itsfi , Tampa, or Orlando maybe? A Florida one for sure, then I'm almost positive Vegas and Chicago... Maybe Vancouver as well, oh and Toronto.
I know you travel a lot for work (or used to...) I'm sure now that you know they're out there you'll spot a couple. Its my favourite way to pass time at the airports! lol.
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Thank you @jen81! 😃 It probably also makes for a sad 😔 commentary on the number of partially opened products I had/have - most of the full size or DS of these items were 1/3, 1/2 or 1/4 full at the beginning of the year. Sigh. Hoping to get through all the rest of my open products by the end of the year and being better about not having sooooo many open at one time.
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Woohoo! So happy we are in this together @lmaster! ❤️
With how things are going, I don't think I'll have any work travel (or any travel, for that matter) for the rest of the year, so my plan is to use up all the foil and deluxe size samples I have (and only pick up ones for products I really want to try) in this last half of 2020. I haven't counted what that actually looks like yet, but I'm thinking it'll be around 50+ foils and maybe 30-40 mini's/travel/deluxe samples.
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I am impressed that you finished the REN already, @itsfi! Sorry that it seemed to bother your eyes a bit. That is disappointing to hear. I thought about picking up some of the Quret masks, this gives me a little nudge to go ahead and try them:)
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Ha! I thought it was taking me a long time to finish the REN cleanser @eshoe. 😆 I’ve had it since the end of October but didn’t start using it regularly in my rotation until maybe November / December? So 7-8 months and sometimes as both my first and second cleanse. I read somewhere that cleansers should be used up 6 months after opening so I felt like it took me longer than it should have. 🤷🏻♀️
Yes, I’d prefer that it didn’t sting my eyes 👁 but I suppose it reaffirms my need for a micellar water or eye makeup remover (or maybe a cleansing wipe) to remove my eye makeup. And also that I need to use a gentler touch should I find myself using a cleanser to remove My eye makeup. Lessons learned. ☺️
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Yes, that makes sense, @itsfi. I guess time is just flying by so fast, and I didn’t realize how much time has passed! I guess I need to start working on mine, I’ve only been using it sparingly because I enjoy it so much (that makes absolutely no sense, I know).
Micellar water is so gentle (most, anyhow), love it for eye makeup removal:)
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It makes sense @eshoe.You use the REN sparingly because you enjoy it and want to make it last. That’s understandable. I get it.
I’m close (somewhat close) to working through a large chunk of my stash of open products and I don’t want to toss out too many things just because I didn’t get to them and they’ve expired as a result. So I’m selecting a handful of skincare products per season to rotate through and focusing on those things. If I swap out a skincare product then, with few exceptions, I can only swap in something else from the “shop my stash” bin. It had its challenges in the beginning but has become a lot more fun.
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That’s a good system, @itsfi. I’m working on getting better at only opening something when I need it, or if I finish a like item. It’s an interesting approach, and a different mentality than just breezing through one product at a time. The seasonal rotation reminds me of adjusting fragrances in the same way. I had never thoughtfully considered that a heavier scent would be more appropriate in the fall, yet found myself naturally drawn to different scents throughout the year. It is almost innate, but is more exciting when it is recognized and planned in advance. Maybe not for everyone, but the hope of change is part of what makes the seasons appealing, so why not the anticipation of trying different products then, too?
That’s an extra-lengthy way of saying that I really like your idea;)
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June empties + half way to my 12 months of masks puzzle photo:
Glow Recipe Watermelon Mist - not much new I can say about this - it’s amazing! The sweet watermelon scent, the micro-fine mist…it’s a love. Too bad I missed out on the Trader Joe’s version of this, it sounded promising.
Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water - this has a soft rose scent, and felt very gentle on my skin. It worked well to remove foundation, but it struggled to remove my eye makeup, and stung them a bit so I probably wouldn’t repurchase. (Thank you @missjeanie for sending this my way, I had fun trying it!)
Nacific Real Floral Toner (Rose) - Really love this gentle toner. I don’t notice a floral scent, but there are petals floating in it which gives it a very pretty appearance. Happy to have another FS version of this in Calendula, as I’ve liked the Kiehl’s version in the past and am interested in comparing the two.
Sara Happ the lip scrub in Passion Fruit - loved using this when I first bought it, but the scent is off, so I am finally decluttering. It was a nice scrub, very exfoliating.
SDJ Bum Bum Cream - another one that I can’t say much about except that I looooove the scent, texture, how quickly it absorbs and how long-lasting the scent is. Opened my backup on hand thanks to the incredible @quspork 🙂
Sephora Beach Vibes Melting Shower Jelly - I bought a few of these when they were on sale, and they have been nice shower gels. Very fragrant. This one reminds me of baby powder. Would repurchase if they became available again. I think Pillow Battle and Flower Bouquet edge this one out for best scent, though!
Sephora Lip Honeys Colorful Gloss Balm in Wildflower - I bought both this and the Manuka, and couldn’t tell much of a difference except this shade is slightly lighter. Both were great, for my personal preference. A bit sticky and good wearability. Would repurchase.
Shiseido Facial Cotton - it is the softest I’ve tried, and I use them only on my lids with Bioderma Sensible for removing eye makeup.
Skin food Cranberry Mask - Well, it was a huge disappointment to discover this is discontinued. I can’t find it anywhere. I would have stocked up, it was one of my go-to lazy masks. Fruity scent, perfect gel texture with a sparse amount of exfoliating scrubbies. Going to miss this one!
Skinny & Company Facial Scrub - holy granules, this one was a bit much for my face. I used it for elbows and the back of my arms. The scent was like a rich, sweet coffee but the texture was overwhelmingly rough.
Stila Glitter and Glow in Wanderlust - I’ve gone through a few of these, the shade is gorgeous as a mid-light highlight. It’s easy to use, stays put and little fall-out. I’ve been experimenting more with shadows and since doing so, this dried up. I won’t be repurchasing immediately, but will at some point. My favorite shade in the collection.
Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Purifying - this was ok. Worked well enough, but I prefer a little scent (like Farmacy’s Green Clean, or the Elemis above) in my cleansing balm. Worked excellent, though.
Benefit Bad Gal Bang! - I almost didn’t try this one, and am so glad I did. The tapered brush is flexible and moves effortlessly to coat my lashes. The formula is just the right consistency - it lengthens and thickens, without clumping. A definite repurchase and one of the best mascaras I have tried!
Buxom Plumping Lip Stain in Serial Kisser - another little surprise from @quspork (thank you!), I love Buxom lip products so this was a treat to use.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm - this leans more fruity for me than rose, although the rose is definitely noticeable. Love, love, love this balm as it is so gentle and removes easily. I use it (and other cleansing balms) as a mask once in awhile, it just feels really good on my skin. Plan to repurchase in the future.
Huxley Secret of the Sahara Cream Anti-Gravity - oh wow, I love this. Bought the FS. It’s like the nighttime version of the YTTP Kale Cream in scent. So moisturizing and rich, I do not usually need a sleeping mask to top this. One of my favorite finds this year.
Kate Somerville Ceramides Omega 3 Serum - this was in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit. It is a thicker, almost milky serum that my skin enjoyed very much. I didn’t notice any difference in texture/appearance, but it seems to be more of a soothing serum, which - it most definitely was.
Kiehl’s Cannibis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate - a very lightweight oil that is scented as you would expect; herbaceous. I don’t use facial oils much anymore, but this would be a nice option if I were looking for one.
Trader Joe’s Winter Citrus Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream - I’ve enjoyed most TJ’s hand creams, including this one. They absorb quick and are rich enough to ease the dryness of repeatedly washing my hands throughout the day. Looking forward to trying the Strawberry Lemonade version!
Amika flash Instant Shine Mask - Made my hair feel so sleek and glossy immediately after rinsing, but didn’t notice much of a difference after styling my hair. Up in the air about this one, so I will likely try again.
Giorgio Armani Si - On my skin, this is almost indistinguishable from YSL’s Black Opium Neon. Would wear on a special occasion, though a bit heavy for daily use.
Le Labo Santal 33 - The vial this comes in makes it so difficult to sample. The scent I love, but when I opened it, I lost 3/4 of it on the ground. This is definitely a winter scent.
Masquology Vita-Collagen Dual-Action Powder - fun to use, but not sure if it does anything.
Sachajuan Silver Shampoo/Conditioner - these purple products are so pretty to use. As much as I love the Cleansing Cream and Moisturizing Conditioner, I wasn’t a big fan of these.
SDJ Coco Cabana Cream - I was pretty intrigued in how the new formulation would be. The scent is much improved; it is more cinnamon-y than before.
YSL Mon Paris Intensement - most YSL perfumes work well on my skin, including this one. I might need a rollerball of this one for winter, it reminds me of sparkly snowflakes:D