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Naked and Afraid Beauty Tag!

So, this tag was created by EleventhGorgeous on YouTube!  It looked like a bit of fun, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

1. What’s your full face routine and minimal makeup routine?
My full face routine is Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer in Medium, then either the bareMinerals Correcting Concealer in Medium 1 or Lancome Maquicomplet in Camee.  I follow that up with whichever bareMinerals foundation I’m feeling like that day (I’ve been using the Matte formula lately).  Then I put on a blush (I’ve actually just hit pan on MAC Sincere!) and my setting powder.  Then I’ll sometimes do my eyes.

My minimal makeup routine (where I’m actually still wearing makeup) is just the tinted primer and my mineral veil (or touch up veil).

2. Do you wear makeup around the house?
Never, I’m not huge on wearing makeup unless it’s a special occasion or I’m at work.  For some reason I just don’t bother even though I really enjoy playing around with makeup.

3. Any crazy beauty rituals?
Hmm…a crazy beauty ritual?  I’m not sure that I have one.  I do tend to do my makeup at my desk at work.  I don’t think that’s crazy, although I do look pretty crazy when I’m all of a sudden trying to hide all my makeup when my boss walks up behind me.

4. What’s one product you CAN’T live without and one product you CAN live without!
I can’t live without mineral veil/touch-up veil.  For some reason it just makes me look so much better, even if that’s literally all I put on my face.

I can live without bronzer and highlighter.  I think I’m just not getting the right shades or I just don’t know how to apply them, but they just don’t work for me.  I seriously end up skipping out on them because it’s more hassle than I think they’re worth.

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Spring 2014 Empties!

So this quarter has been a bit slow on the empties.  I’m not sure why, but it’s kind of annoying.  Anyway, here is what I’ve used up this quarter.


  1. LUSH Ocean Salt – would definitely repurchase as this is my holy grail scrub!
  2. Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash – would not repurchase if you paid me.  I got this for free with my razor blades and I’m glad I didn’t pay for it.  There was no moisture and it was heavily perfume-y.
  3. Teavana Pumpkin Spice Brulee Oolong – this was an okay tea, but I wouldn’t repurchase it.
  4. L’Occitane Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom – would repurchase.  It’s just a lovely and light scent.
  5. L’Oreal Smooth Intense Polishing Shampoo – would not repurchase.
  6. Fortune Cookie Soap Body Wash in Honey Dew Me – lovely, light, and refreshing scent.  I would repurchase it if it was still available (boo for limited edition scents).
  7. Fortune Cookie Soap Bar Soap in Make It Rain – a tiny bit too floral for me and the soap itself was a tiny bit drying.  I wouldn’t repurchase this one.
  8. Fortune Cookie Soap Whipped Cream in Pinch of Grinch – love this scent!  I would repurchase this if it wasn’t limited edition.
  9. Redken All Soft Conditioner sample (not pictured) – would repurchase.  It made my hair feel lovely.
  10. Fortune Cookie Soap Whipped Cream in Halloweentown – I would definitely repurchase if it wasn’t limited edition.
  11. Gud Conditioner in Mango Moonbreeze – would repurchase, but it was nothing special.  It just smelled really awesome.
  12. Olay Fresh Effects S’Wipe Out Makeup Removal Wipes – would definitely repurchase.  They were very nice and moist to the last wipe.  I think they’re my new favorite wipe.
  13. Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped – would definitely repurchase.  These lip balms are amazing and I’m so proud of myself for finishing one!
  14. Up & Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – would repurchase, but they’re not too special.
  15. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom – nice scent, but I wouldn’t buy because it doesn’t last all day on me.
  16. bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser – probably wouldn’t repurchase, but my skin didn’t have an issue with it.
  17. bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Normal/Oily – I would consider repurchasing this, but I will most likely stick to my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ in the winter.  This would be light enough in the summer months though I think.
  18. Zoya Remove+ – This managed to sneak in after I took the picture already.  Anyway, this is my holy grail nail polish remover (if you can have a holy grail nail polish remover).  I’ve already repurchased this.

Hopefully I do better next quarter…

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