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I’m thinking about doing some sort of foundation set up or review schedule and I’m not sure how I’d like to set everything up quite yet, but for now I’ll give you some of my skin history so you’ll know what I’m looking for. My skin is mainly oily; my T-zone area, the tops of my cheeks and my chin always start to show within a few hours if I’m using something that doesn’t have a strong oil control with it. I typically go for a lighter coverage, I used to use only the Garnier BB cream and a powder to set but now I’ve adapted to a few others as well. I think it would be safest to say that I am looking for a lighter coverage and I don’t really have any acne scars or larger spots I need to conceal (at least as I type this), but I do have dark under eye circles.

I’m looking for my foundation to even out my skin tone and offer some protection from the sun. I would like it to keep my shine-free, but I know that I will most likely need a primer and a powder to help that out. I’m used to drugstore foundations so I might mainly stick to them, but if there’s a special on QVC I might splurge and go for something more high-end.

  • Foundations I’ve Used
    • Garnier BB Cream
    • Govergirl 3-in-1
    • L’Oreal True Match
    • Tarte Clay Stick Foundation
    • Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation
    • Covergirl Vitalist Foundation (wrong color though)
  • Foundations I’ve Not Used (but own)
    • Wet n Wild PhotoFocus
    • Rimmel Stay Matte
    • Rimmel Lasting Finish 24HR Breathable
    • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
    • It Cosmetics Bye Bye CC Cream
    • it Cosmetics Celebration Foundation-Powder Foundation


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Let’s take a few moments today to talk about packaging. No, I’m not talking about amazing palette cases, or beautiful lipstick tubes, Anna Sui cosmetics I’m looking at you, I’m talking about those cardboard boxes that cosmetics come in that are meant to be thrown away. I don’t think I’m alone in this thought, but I can’t bring myself to take my foundation out of the box and then plop it in the trash.

I hope I’m not alone in this event, but an example I can give is that recently I purchased the Becca Ultimate Perfection 5 piece kit from QVC and the set came in a large beautiful box with each item individually boxed. Now I brought myself to toss the larger box since it took up so much room, but the smaller boxes I’m finding it harder to part with. Now, don’t get me wrong, I want to keep my makeup looking nice and keep things as clean as possible, but keeping items in a cardboard box, and having to remove them each time I go to use them, kind of takes extra time I don’t have in the morning.

I think this might talk to a deeper level of my psych, but for now I’ll take it as a quirk of mine and something I need to work on parting ways with. What about you? Has there been any packaging you just couldn’t bring yourself to part with?


All of the items mentioned were purchased with my own money, the comments are my own.


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The second week of the QVC Advent Calendar has some ups and downs as well, I’m still not regretting the purchase and I think it gave me an idea of some other brands to go for.

Week 2:

Stowaway Day to Night 5-piece Collection w/ Bag $49.50

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best with a black pencil liner. Give me a gell or liquid and I’ll wing for days, but a pencil makes it a little harder for me. The concept of this liner, and collection, it a really nice one; they are the same product size as most other brands, but offered in a smaller easier to travel with package. I don’t travel all that much, but a liner I can put in a bag and add more to later or use to touch up does pique my interest. The liner itself is creamy and a nice deep black, not too bad for such a tiny product!

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-I don’t love pencils, so probably not

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid $29

Ok, ok, ok….so this item is the best thing that’s happened to my oily skin in a long time! I’ve had issues with the pores on my forehead becoming clogged and then getting those little bumps, they aren’t acne but they look similar. I’ve noticed that the more often I fall asleep and forget to wash my makeup off or just don’t do a super job getting it all off I have those bumps the next day. This product gets rid of them. Now I’m not saying all your skin woes will be gone overnight, but this will help in correcting them and setting your skin in the right direction. Using this item is a little tricky though; I put it on at night and just leave it on and then wash my face in the morning. I know they mention you can wear it under makeup, but that defeats the purpose in my opinion.

Tl;dr Works-yes, beautifully. purchasing full size- I have like 3 sample sizes since a little goes a long way, but yes I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Full Coverage Concealer $28

I’m not a fully-grown beauty blogger yet; I don’t know exactly how to apply concealer but I feel like I have a pretty good idea on how to make it work. I couldn’t get this to work for me. The texture was a little sticky, and I think that might work for the undereye area, but my color was too dark. I know this might sound a little off as well, but I find most foundations I use offer enough coverage for me to not need additional products. The shade range is not the greatest, at least on QVC, so perhaps that might make it easier when deciding to spend the money here or on another concealer of the same price…

Tl;dr Works-yes…as long as you can find your shade, purchasing full size-no, a little too sticky for all over and the color I got was too dark for just under my eyes.

Algenist POWER 360 Eye Serum $70

Why QVC?? Why give me samples of products I can’t afford?! I mean I know it’s because it’s expensive so of course I’d want a sample to make sure it works, but come on! This has a nice gel texture and sinks in effortlessly. I’ve rotated the usage of it so I don’t see an immediate change; I might also not be the prime demographic at 31 years old.

Tl;dr Works-I’d say yes, purchasing full size-no, it’s expensive and I have similar items that do an equally good job.


Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Kit with Mask Tasker Tool

I love me a good mask. I usually have about 5-6 samples rotating thanks to Birchbox and Target. This one is a nice staple to have. I have oily skin and this one doesn’t irritate it or cause any weird things to happen. I’ve linked the sample pack, which is a nice price but they sell the full sizes of all of them.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-maybe not full, but this sample pack, yes.

Kopari Coconut Melt, 7 oz $38

When are we going to admit that coconut oil is not the end all be all God send? This package legit says 100% pure coconut oil…really? Ok I know that what I get in the grocery store may not be as ‘pure’ or acquired in the same fashion, but there are health food stores that sell oil labeled the same way that doesn’t cost $38. This container has been sitting on my desk this week and it’s already in pure liquid form since the melting point is so low. I can’t use this oil on my body, it just takes too long to sink in. A light oil like almost or avocado works similarly.

Tl;dr Works-?, purchasing full size-I think I have coconut oil in my cabinet…

Obliphica Seaberry Hair Mask 2.54 oz $14

Remember earlier when I said I loved me some masks? Well hair ones are no different! I’m still working on my hair journey and trying to pinpoint what my type is but I think I have a decent picture of it. My hair is oily at the roots at day 3, and dry at the ends. I have thick wavy hair that tangles easily. This particular offering is meant for thinner hair, but I can still see the effects on my thicker hair. The scent was nice, like a bright berry scent, and it did get through all of my hair. After the shower my hair was softer and didn’t tangle as easily. They sell this is larger pots as well as this smaller size. They do offer the purple one, and that’s meant for my hair type.

Tl;dr Works-nicely, purchasing full size-maybe, I’d buy the one for medium hair though

There are 2 more weeks to come so keep an eye out.

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I figured a good back to the normal post, would be a review of some items I had purchased during the holiday season. The items aren’t specific to the holiday season, and they can be purchased during any time of the year. These particular items are from the QVC Advent Calendar 2017. I had purchased this item last year as well, but it was an overall disappointment. I was hesitant to hop into purchasing the item again this year, but I figured buying it on sale and on QVC’s EasyPay option would really take the sting out of any items that didn’t work for me. Enough of the gabbing, let’s go;

Week 1:

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, 1.6 fl oz $128

I think it should go without saying, but with this being an Advent Calendar, I don’t have an option of what I’m getting beforehand so each day was a surprise! It’s been a year since I’ve had surgery (more on that in another post) and because I’ve experienced a lot of weight loss, about 100 pounds, I’ve noticed a lot of loose skin. On my neck especially, there seems to be more of that wrinkly ‘chicken skin’ texture and I don’t think surgery is an answer for it; I would mainly need topical products. This particular item is mainly meant for your neck and so that’s the only place I’ve been using it and I can tell you I see a difference! Within about a week of using it the ‘chicken wrinkles’ were gone and my neck has felt smoother. Would this be replicated with normal lotions? I have a feeling I’ll have a chance to learn that soon since I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the full product-it’s just too much to justify for such a small area.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-no

NEST Fragrances 1.7 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum & Body Cream Duo $85

For any of you that are familiar with Nest or their fragrances, then you know how expensive they can get, but also how lovely they smell! I’ve owned one other fragrance oil from them before and I still have it since I don’t want to run out. This item was a bit different, since it’s a rollerball and the scent is different, this offered another option to the Midnight Fluer that I already own. Even though this is called Citrine, it’s a combination of freesia, lotus flower and sparkling citrus, and let me tell you as someone who loves me some floral scents, but also wants a citrus perfume, this came pretty darn close. It’s definitely a day-time scent and wouldn’t work well as an evening ‘night out’ fragrance, unless it was to a summer time party.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-Very tempted…the price is a bit high but it sticks around

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 5.2 oz. $28

This is a hand lotion…yup. Not too much to talk about there, it’s a well-known brand that offers great skin care and has some nice offers for dry skin. This particular item mainly uses shea butter, which I’ve used in the past, but I think the other ingredients they’ve partnered it with make the scent too strong for me. I love a nice clean scent, but this smelled like baby powder to me. Even after using it, the scent stayed with me and I just couldn’t get past it. I ended up giving it to a friend.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-no-smell was too much like baby powder

LXMI 100% Pure Nilotica Melt with Travel Size $48

Did I mention I have oily skin? I feel like this is a problem for me and the beauty industry right now since oils are all the rage. Now I know there are lighter oils, and I do use avocado oil in my eye cream, but using an item that is a balm to oil really has limited use for me. I did get a cold for a little bit during the winter break, and this did help with those really dry and red patches but I wouldn’t use this all over. They also suggest using this as an overnight mask…I can only imagine how many clogged pores I would wake up to the next day.

Tl;dr Works-balm yes; overnight mask?- ehhhh, purchasing full size-no

IT Cosmetics Confidence In a Cream Moisturizing Super Cream $48

Darn you IT Cosmetics! I really didn’t want to like your products and didn’t want to want them. During this winter I’ve had a space heater on every so often, and while my body loves it, my skin does not. So, with that happening, I’ve used this as my overnight cream and it has helped to keep the moisture in my skin even during those nights I’ve had the heater on. I was worried at first that this would be heavy on my skin and cause more issues, but if you use it lightly and dot it on then smooth it in, it really sinks in and helps keep my skin loving the winter.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-when I run out of samples

StriVectin TL Advanced Firming Neck Treatment Cream 1.7 oz. $85

Hey look at that, another neck tightening cream. I haven’t been able to fully try this one out since I’ve been focused on the Elemis one, but I have used this brand before and I do like it. The price point for this one is lower and they offer more gift options and packs for this choice as well.

Tl;dr Works-?, purchasing full size-when I finish the sample I will update

Pinrose Secret Genius Complete Fragrance Set with Tote Bag $55

I’ve been on a search lately to find the perfect scent for me. I love so many different fragrances and I kind of want a ‘signature scent’ but I also hate how limiting that is. There were two of these types of cloths in the box, and if it tells you anything I still have the unopened second one from last year laying around. I couldn’t find the specific scent to link above, but it’s the same brand and I can’t really fall in love with the scent or the delivery option the cloth or towelette offers. Fragrance is so specific to each person so I think these were going to always be a ‘fail’ but I decided to try one anyway and it just didn’t mesh with me. I don’t think it’s the brand’s fault-this system just didn’t really work because the scent wasn’t strong enough to last on me throughout the day, and I couldn’t spray it on my clothing to try and help it last.

Tl;dr Works-debateable, purchasing full size-no

There are 3 more weeks to come so keep an eye out.

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Second round of product reviews on the way! This one is a tool that I got to use in the hotel room to help charge multiple items. It’s the Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger from Amazon. There wasn’t much research done on my end so I suppose any issues I find are more my fault then the product itself, but my main requirements were price and the amount of USB spaces.


Photive 60 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger

The Details

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  • Price:
    • $24.95 before shipping

The Good

So when looking for chargers I needed something that could charge multiple USB’s since we’re going to another country and I didn’t want to have to buy converters for all of us going. With this tool we can charge 6 of our devices all at once. I have a cell phone, tablet, and FitBit, my mom has her cell phone, and my aunt has her phone and tablet. This is the perfect fit (although there is a 5 USB model if you don’t need as many). Since we are still stateside I can’t say how it works in another power yet, but I will say that I use this as my normal outlet now. There is one longer cord that plugs into the unit, much like how a laptop has that plug that goes from the wall to the power, then from the power to the laptop, and then the unit. With that extra cord then my charger cable plugged in this has a really far reach. I have had 3 out of the 6 units in use at one time to test it and they all charged within a reasonable amount of time, so multiple items didn’t slow it down. The unit also has a nice sleek look.

The Less then Steller

My only complaint is that when I had my tablet plugged into one port it only charged to about 75% from about 10% in an hour, but another day I had it plugged into a different port and it went from dead to 100% in an hour. So while it says that all ports have rapid and intelligent charging I’m not sure how true that is. That’s really the only issue I have with it right now.


I’m glad I made the purchase! I know there are cheaper models, but my aunt’s phone is picky with chargers for some reason, so I went this safe route. There are also more expensive models, and while I don’t have the best electronic knowledge in the world, I can’t really reason paying triple the price for the something that has the same functions. All in all, a purchase that helps to keep my mind at ease. As a side note this will go in my carry on so that I will always be able to charge what I need.


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