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Make-Up Monday…err..Tuesday: Recent Empties #1

Some of you might not know this, but I some point in my life I was a HUGE make-up buying motha-lova, especially in college! Seriously. I’ve bought so much make-up over my life that I still have plenty that could hold me for the rest of the my life if it wasn’t for those pesky expiration dates. Yes, make-up has expiration dates!

Anyway, the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve decided to spread my money elsewhere such as to clothes, home decor, and oh, yeah…bills. 🙁  So, when it has been coming to me running out of a make-up product, I’ve been doing one of two things; See if I already have something to replace it with OR decide if I really need it and buy a replacement that I already know works (read: No new products that I haven’t tried and loved before.)

So, here are some reviews on products that I completely used up and ran out of recently. From left to right, ladies and gents.

  • Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation, $29.50, Vichy – I bought this online in January 2011 while being snowed in at my apartment alone. Whenever anyone is stranded indoors with some form of internet access, there has to be some major spikes in online sales. If you have skin discoloration or moments where you need small touches of full coverage, then this is the product you need to keep in your makeup collection. Full coverage, with SPF and allergy tested and approved. This stuff lasts almost forever and I probably would’ve had this longer, but I began to mix it with another foundation (next product) so that helped me run out. The only set back for this foundation is that there aren’t many color selections, only 4 to be exact. I got the “darkest” color they offered which is Golden and it was super light on my NC42 skin. I hope they get more colors eventually, but until then find a good darker and super lightweight foundation to mix with it. I will definitely be buying this again and hopefully soon.
  • Maybelline Pure Makeup Foundation in Dark, $8.89, Amazon – I bought this foundation about 3 years ago, I believe (eekk!) when a local drugstore chain was bought out by Walgreens and they were selling EVERYTHING at drastically low prices. I think I paid only $1 for this foundation which was brand new. Dark was the closet color they had to my complexion that wasn’t too light. After some quick Google searches, it seems like this product has been discontinued, which sucks, because this foundation was pretty great. It was 50% water and oil free, which meant lightweight and great for practically all skin types. The application was really smooth and quite lovely. When I ran out of my Clinique Stay-Matte foundation, I reached for this one. However, it was still too dark for me. So, I began mixing it with just a dab of the dermablend foundation(above) and I was in love with the mixture of the two. They provided me with the perfect shade, coverage, and texture! Although it might be discontinued, you can still find some online retailers selling it, but I would be a leary about the expiration dates considering I’m not sure if or when this was discontinued. I wish I could’ve tried this in a color closer to my complexion.
  • Origins VitaZing moisturizer and GinZing eye cream, $30 and $35, – I got these 2 items in a special set at Macy’s a few months ago and apparently they were the perfect amount to compliment each other, because I ran out of both within 2 days of each other. Nice! Anyway, I loved these guys! The eye cream is great and you can read my quick and to the point review here. The moisturizer was 2-fer! It was moisturizer, but also has a sheer tint of color, which gives the skin a nice and luminous glow underneath your makeup. I would definitely buy these products again in the future, especially the eye cream.

Okay, there you have a list of products that I emptied! I wonder what are the things I’m going to hit empty or “pan” on. Well, we’ll see!

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It Works!: Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Why beat around the bush with some reviews. Sometimes, you just want to know does it work.

Origins’ GinZing Eye Cream is to help brighten and depuff eyes. Does it? YES, it did and still does on my eyes, at least.

Ever since I started using it, my under eye area has been brighter and my under eye concealer is smoother and brighter. Lovely!

If you are having problems with dull and/or puffy undereyes, then you might want to try this. I’m just saying.

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Starting Over with Origins

When I was young (i.e. late teens/early 20s), I was all about skin care, especially age-fighting products. I figured that the best way to prevent wrinkles and lines in my later years, is to fight them in my younger years before they could get a chance to find my face and get comfortable in the form of wrinkles and lines. Now, flip all the way to me now, at the age of 30. Can you believe that the girl who was obsessed with anti-aging products is now a woman with aging problems and NO ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS?!

Now, here I am ready to go to battle with aging skin and no weaponry in the form of wrinkle fighting moisturizers or creams. Oh, what a dry and tangled web I’ve woven. Well, I’m ready to prepare myself and I want to start at a place that used to give me life and rejuvenated my youth when I was a youth and hopefully will have the same effects on me now at the aging age of 30 as they did at 20; the Origins counter at my nearest department store (read: Macy’s)

Origins was everything to me when it came to skin care! They make some of the most amazing products for any and every skin type. I can still remember buying and swooning over their Never A Dull Moment exfoliator. Back then it came in a little jar, instead of a tube, but I’m sure it’s just as amazing. I would use it 1-2x a week and would be left with a smooth and bright complexion that would make my make-up look so effing flawless. I mean, your skin is your canvas. What’s the point of using some of the most expensive and luxe paints on a tattered and uncared after canvas. The same philosophy can be applied to your skin and makeup. Proper skincare is everything.

So, I need to get an anti-aging skin regimen and I’m pretty much sold on Origin’s Starting Over collection. Perfect title, don’t you think? The Starting Over collection only features an eye cream and moisturizer, but both are aimed at fighting and reducing wrinkles and lines that are already there. Now, I don’t have any wrinkles, but I have a some lines under my eyes that are annoying me and my daily attempt to apply smooth and flawless undereye concealer.

Although I want to try  both products, I think I’m going to buy the eye cream first, because my eyes are in dire need of a little TLC. Fingers crossed!

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Essential Skin Care Tips After Waxing

Waxing is a semi-permanent method of hair removal. The results of waxing can last up to eight weeks, which is why many people prefer it over other hair removal methods. However, in order for you to get the best results from waxing, you will have to take good care of your skin. Below are some essential after waxing skin care tips:

Apply lotion after getting your wax

Lotion can help soothe the skin and alleviate any pain or burning. There are a number of lotions available on the market today, but the best ones contain Aloe or Lavender. You may also want to consider asking a salon technician about lotions that he/she recommends.

Avoid direct heat or sunlight

You will want to make sure that you avoid exposing your skin to the sun at least 48 hours after getting a wax. Newly waxed areas are more prone to sunburn. You are also more likely to develop hyper-pigmentation if you expose your skin to the sun. You should avoid using sunscreen because it has chemicals that can irritate your skin.

You also want to make sure that you avoid getting into a hot tub for at least 48 hours after getting a wax. Not only does the heat damage the treated area, but the bacteria from the hot tub can cause an infection. Hot baths or showers should also be avoided. You should take a bath in cool water because it will prevent irritation.

Do not wear tight clothing

You should not wear tight clothing after getting a wax. The tight clothing can irritate your skin and cause ingrown hairs. Tight clothing also traps sweat onto the waxed area.


Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells. You will need to exfoliate after your wax, but you should wait at least 48 hours. Your skin will be very sensitive and exfoliating can cause further irritation. When you do exfoliate, make sure that you avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals.

Avoid touching the waxed area

Again, the newly waxed area will be very sensitive. That is why you want to make sure that you do not rub it. Additionally, when you constantly touch the waxed area, you put dirt, oil and other types of debris in your skin.

Apply a cold compress

If you have pain or burning around the waxed area, you should apply a cold compress. A cold compress will immediately relieve the discomfort.


Authors Biography: Monica Dwyer is an experienced blogger and content writer specializing in the area of health and beauty. She has written this article on behalf of who offer laser hair removal and waxing services in Dublin, Ireland.

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