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March Empties


I like doing empties posts, so here’s the one for March. There are a lot of things, so I won’t describe every single thing (unless you want me to! Let me know in the comments). I’ll hit anything I feel strongly about.


I tend to forget to keep face mask packets, but I usually do a couple a week. I love sheet masks. I grabbed a few from Bath & Body Works and they were OK. Nothing to write home about. The pineapple one was from Target and I couldn’t get it to stay on my face. It just didn’t stay put. That was really annoying, and I won’t buy it again (I bought 3 and all did that).

The L’Oreal blush is one of the True Match blushes in Precious Peach. It’s one of the most flattering blushes I’ve ever used, and I’ve been through 2. I will absolutely buy it again.

Lush salted Coconut scrub is one of the few things my husband uses, and he loves it. I love it too. Every season change, my skin goes from normal, to so dry it cracks and bleeds even with lotion on. It sucks. This scrub helps get rid of the rough and dead skin and leaves my hands so so soft.

I used up another L’Oreal Lash Paradise, it’s my third, I believe. I love how my lashes look. The ONLY problem I have with it is that it dries out after about 5 weeks. This sucks. BUT it’s so good that I don’t even care. I buy it with a coupon at Target and it’s maybe $6.

Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach lip gloss is my ride or die. Seriously. I’ve bought 4 so far since last year.

Pacifica Rollerball perfume in Island Vanilla. I’ve gone through 3 of these, maybe more in the past couple years. I love the lotion as well, and I wear them a lot during the summer.

Boots Botanics tinted lip balm is okay. Feels nice on the lips.

The Alba Hawaiian deep conditioning hair mask is amazing and smells delicious. My daughters are swimmers, and being in the pool 4 days a week kills their hair, and they use thins every swim day. Their hair is so soft!

I cut open the Mor lotion in Rosa Noir so I could get every last bit. I love that brand so much, but their Candied Vanilla is the absolute best! I wish it was cheaper. I can’t spend $36 on a lotion, no matter how lovely it is.

The Pixi primer is nice, it’s shimmery though, FYI in case that isn’t your thing. I like how moisturizing it feels.

The Pacifica Sea Foam face wash reminds me of the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea one. I like it, and it’s gentle and that huge tube lasts forever. I like it just fine, but I’m trying something else this month. I’ll keep you posted.

And that’s it, guys. Let me know if you preferred that I mentioned every product, or if you don’t mind the highlights version.




Honest Beauty Magic Balm


I’ve been looking for a good tinted and and natural lip balm. I have a Pacifica one I like, and a couple of Burt’s Bees ones, but none are really what I want. I just want a non-shimmery tinted balm. I really wanted to check out the Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick, but my Ulta doesn’t carry it and I just can’t justify a tinted lip balm for that price without seeing it in person. In fact the Perricone lady at Ulta showed me her tinted Chaptstick brand one. She said it’s similar and way cheaper. I did pick up the coral one and it’s way more pigmented than I expected, but I want to stick with more natural products.

I saw the Honest Beauty Magic Balm at Target last week, and I had a $3 off coupon, so I figured what the heck.


It’s really nice. But not tinted. It’s got a nice shine to it, and I’ve used it on my lips, my cheeks, my undereyes both over and under makeup, and it feels amazing. I prefer it over my crow’s feet about halfway through the day and it doesn’t mess up my makeup at all. Some reviews said you can use it on cuticles and elbows, etc, but yeah no. It’s fairly expensive at $18 for a small pot. I’m not using that on my elbows.

It smells divine, and instantly melts into your skin, it’s not sticky or thick at all. I love it, but I can’t give it a glowing recommendation specifically because of the price.

I’ll keep you posted if I find a dupe. Even though it’s half the price of Perricone MD’s No Lipstick Lipstick, or RMS Beauty’s Lip 2 Cheek balm, it’s still a splurge to me. You can grab a Smith’s Rosebud Salve for $6 instead, and even though it’s thicker, it’ll do if you don’t want to spend $18.



Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream


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In my search for a new favorite night cream, I’ve come across so many. But I haven’t LOVED any of them. I know, I know, you guys say, “But you love Pacifica so much, why not use theirs?” Well, they don’t have one, not really. They have day/night creams, but I have such dry skin that I prefer a much thicker and heavier moisturizer at night. I use one of the Pacifica overnight masks as my night cream for the moment. Or at least, I did…

I was sent a full-size jar of Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream through Influenster, and I was pretty shocked. This brand is billed as “celebrity skin care.” Celebrity? I’m thinking something along the lines of Charlotte Tilbury and her Magic Cream. Well, I like this better (don’t tell Charlotte! LOL)



This is a brand Marilyn Monroe used to use, but back then you had to be seen in person in his New York store/office and Erno Laszlo became the dermatologist of the stars. Well, if it’s good enough for Marilyn, ammirite?

My skin loves this. A lot.

My husband does not…at $115, it’s pricey guys. I’ve been using it for a month, and I feel like I’m not even a quarter of the way through. If I can make it last maybe 4 months (it’s a pretty great size jar, and I don’t feel like I need to use a lot of it, which is amazing!), I’m hoping to convince the hubby that $115 a couple times a year isn’t that much more than spending $20-$30 a month on a drugstore night cream.

In the meantime, once a week or so I do still use my Pacifica overnight mask on top of it, so I’m not ready to let that go. Maybe I should to a full review of that for you guys too.

Luna Dupe?


I am fast becoming a huge Pacifica Beauty fangirl, and with their latest products, it’s not hard to see why.

I love face oils, and I’ve been so bummed out that Pacifica didn’t have one. And then it’s as if they heard my prayers!

This is $16, but it’s available at Target, which frequently has 5-15% off on Cartwheel, and Ulta sells Pacifica Beauty which is often buy one get one 50% off. The price point is awesome.

But is it a dupe for Sunday Riley’s Luna?

It’s not an exact dupe. But it’s close. Probably the only “drugstore dupe” that I’ve found. I think Herbavore’s Lapis Facial oil was the closest I’d found up until now, and that’s $72, which yes, is cheaper than Luna’s hefty $105 price tag, but still pretty expensive. Pacifica’s Super Flower Rapid Response Oil is the first drugstore version I’ve ever seen.

I like the way it feels on, I like that for the under $20 price point, I don’t feel as if I need to hoard every single drop like I did with Luna, and I don’t mind adding a bit extra to my neck, lips, and decolletage. I dropped and broke my Luna (tears, all the tears), and this bottle is plastic instead of glass, so I’m probably one of the few who prefers that.

So, the quick version is that this is as close a dupe to Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil as I’ve ever seen. If you have any other dupes for this, feel free to share in the comments.






I wanted to share my empties this month, and I realized I kind of have a lot.


Trader Joe’s has stepped up their game and I found some fun and moisturizing body butters there. I used up Pumpkin but I’ve already recycled the container, so today, you get Mango.

Acure Brightening face scrub is next up, and I grabbed that one at Target in my quest for a perfect face scrub. I like it, but it left my skin a wee bit red. I think it’s the aloe (I’m allergic to aloe. I can handle it in small amounts in a product, but I have to really watch ingredients).

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Deep Conditioning hair mask. I bought this for my daughters for after swim practice, but I found it in my shower and was shocked at how amazing it smells and how nice my hair felt afterwards.

Trader Joe’s Blueberry scrub. It smells like blueberry muffins and is so gentle. I think I’ll repurchase it. And it’s only $5 so I’m happy with that price point!

Native deodorant (you can read my review here) but I changed from the coconut scent to the Lavender Rosemary. I still really like this deodorant. Come summer, I may switch back, but we’ll see.

Pacifica Happy Hydro Mist is a light and refreshing spray. I love to use it throughout the day, especially if it’s hot out. It’s safe to use over makeup, however I don’t feel like it holds my makeup like a setting spray would. I just use it to refresh my face.

Lush Karma Kream. Wow, this is a lotion that i won’t be repurchasing but it is only because of the scent. I love Charity Pot and Dream Cream. Both are much more my style. Karma Kream smells like patchouli and I really don’t like patchouli. However, if that scent appeals to you, the lotion itself is amazing.

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter is one I’ve bought several times already, and will continue to repurchase. I love the feel and the scent of Pacifica Body Butters.

Pacifica Kale Brighten Enzymatic Overhaul Face Mask is one of the few Pacifica products I haven’t liked. Part of it is the scent; it’s very green. The other part is that it leaves my skin sensitive and red but I think that’s the aloe.

Moroccanoil Hair Treatment isn’t my favorite, but it’s great for when I straighten my hair and want it to be glossy and silky. I’ve tried to incorporate it into my normal hair routine, but it just weighs down my curls.

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face serum. This has been my go-to face oil for a couple of years now, and while I’ve tried many other oils, some very high-end, I keep coming back to this one.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands is a dupe for the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita except it’s creamier (and cheaper!). I’ve already repurchased this one.

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Overnight Mask is basically my night cream now. I have terribly dry skin and I haven’t found a night cream I like as much as my Boots Botanics one that I think was discontinued. I used this while I was hunting down a new night cream since it’s what I had in my medicine cabinet and I’ve just kept using it. I love it!




Whatup Beaches!


I got this tiny little bronzer sample in an Ipsy bag back in the spring. After one use I was in love. The Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches! bronzer is matte one that works so beautifully as either a contour, or just to warm up your complexion.



However, if you want a glowy, gorgeous look, use it as a crease color, with a highlighter on your lid. This little bronzer is the shade I used almost every day for a couple of months, because it is just the most beautiful and perfect transition shade.

I’ve already used it up completely (not hard since it’s tiny and I used it daily), and I’ve ordered the full-size bronzer. My current bronzer is Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and I’ll be ditching it the second my new Whatup Beaches comes in.

I’ve tried using the Too Faced bronzer in my crease and the shade is wrong. I think I’ll stop contouring with it too, as it’s too dark for my skin in the winter.

I’ve been all over Youtube and Pinterest, and I just don’t see this brand get a whole lot of love. Elizabeth Mott has fabulous blushes too. I have a peachy-pink one and it’s my favorite. It’s similar to Nars Orgasm, but it’s less peach and a bit more golden. It’s just so incredibly flattering that I figure you guys ought to know about it!

I’ll link to the blush and the bronzer to make it easy to check it out (*whispers* although it’s cheaper on Amazon)

Whatup Beaches! 

Show Me Your Cheeks Blush












Review: Maskcara Beauty HAC


Today let’s talk about Maskcara Beauty HAC (highlight and contour). I have terrible undereye circles. I would love to blame having children, but I think it’s genetic (thanks Dad!). I’ve found the only way to truly cover them is by using a lot of product. I hate heavy concealer, so I usually go for a brightening concealer.  Baking and setting my undereye concealer almost always leaves creases, no matter how I do it, or which products I use. BUT the Maskcara Beauty HAC set is surprisingly amazing, and doesn’t need setting.

I’ll link for you guys here Britta’s Maskcara Beauties 

I say surprisingly because the first set I got was a gift-just the highlight and contour shades.



They come in these cute little tins, you slide the lid off, and the trays stick right into the palette. I have one in Sea Glass, and as you see, it fits in my makeup bag, so it definitely fits in my purse.

These shades are Walnut for the contour shade, and Aura for the highlight shade (quick note-in this brand, highlight is not the same as your typical highlighter. This is your concealer and foundation in one).

Having a thick foundation, or a heavy foundation doesn’t work for me. My skin is so sensitive that even some BB creams will make me break out. So here I am, in my thirties, wishing that having wrinkles and pimples at the same time would be illegal. This brings me to the Maskcara Beauty compact.

This product can be used as full coverage, or as a sheer coverage (it’s super buildable). I use it where I need it, rather than all over my face, because that’s what works for me.

This is the set I bought, since my summer skin is a shade darker than my winter shade, next to my original set. The blush can be used as a lip color as well, and the far right shade is a shimmery and beautiful illuminator.

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FullSizeRender (2) Palette 1:  Walnut, Aura  Palette 2: Amber, Stone, Pink Grapefruit, Honey


And here, you can see my bare face, vs. Maskcara Beauty. The difference is subtle enough that I still feel like myself, but it evens out my skin tone without needing a color corrector, concealer, or heavy foundation. Everything blends easily, and looks natural. I’ve used the highlighter under my browbone, on my eyelids, above my cheekbones, my cupid’s bow, and the tip of my nose. Each of these shades really is a multi-tasker.



I bought my palette from Britta’s Maskcara Beauties  and there are several new types of palettes and even eyeshadows that fit right in next to your highlighter and contour shades as well.

My final verdict is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how nice my skin looks without looking like I caked on a ton of concealer and foundation. It’s even a more natural look that the last BB cream I used. I have yet to break out from it, and that’s huge for me!

I wind up doing my makeup in the car a lot since my kids need to be everywhere at once it seems. I use this palette only and my normal mascara and I’m done in less than 10 minutes.

I’ve already repurchased the highlight shade, and I think that this is the easiest and most natural looking highlight and contour I’ve seen yet.

Let me know what you think, if you wind up trying it out, or if you’ve already tried it. I do believe that you get the palette for free if you purchase all 4 products.