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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!





My New Skin Care Routine


I’ve fought dry skin all my life, and while I never had acne, I did get eczema and random reddish patches.

I’ve spent the past few years working on my skin care regime, and with help from the other Bookish Beauties here, I’ve discovered a few really cool products.

Face Oil. Holy cow, why did I never use you in my twenties?! Nourish Organics Argan Face Serum is my current fave, but if you prefer a dry oil, the Nuxe brand has a fantastic one.

Masks. Sheet masks, peels, overnight masks, so many masks, and so much fun! Pictured is my Pacifica overnight mask. It’s thick without being sticky or clogging my pores. I used it on a long flight and my skin never felt gross or dehydrated.

In my quest to dupe Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, I’ve discovered a few really neat products:

Pixi Day Dew Glowtion not a dupe for Magic Cream, but absolutely a dupe for MAC Strobing Lotion, and Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting lotion.

Pixi Primer which is extra sparkly, just FYI, but adds a fun shimmer underneath bb cream or foundation.

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream. I bought this in travel size for a trip and have never looked back!

Boots No. 7 Botanics Night Cream (which I’d actually consider more of a dupe for Clark Botanicals).

Boots Botanics Toner feels so refreshing. I hate Clinique’s toners, so I figured that mean I just hated toner. I was so wrong.

elf setting spray which smells like cucumbers, holds your makeup and feels really nice on.

Acure clay mask smells amazing! It’s like aromatherapy while you mask! And the best part? It doesn’t get hard on your face! I hate dry clay masks. This reminds me a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Clay mask. It isn’t the same color or texture, but they feel similar on, and the results are also very similar.

I’m looking for a new BB Cream, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment and let me know!

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