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June Wrap Up – Things I Finished and Love (and one minor mishap)

Well, July is almost over but I’ve had this post pretty much ready to go for quite some time and so I hope you’ll forgive the tardiness.

I emptied fewer things in June than in May. I think I’ve simply been using some things that are in larger bottles and therefore take longer to finish. But I still have some good stuff to show you. So read on!

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Empties make me feel so accomplished!


Replica Beachwalk by Maison Margiela

This first sample came from my Play! By Sephora subscription in May. From the moment I put it on my skin, I knew this would be my new signature scent. Mr. SiL felt the same. As a matter of fact, he has since purchased it for me. It is a sample of Replica Beach Walk by Maison Margiela.

This is a walk on the beach in a perfume. It has a fresh, summery scent that lingers nicely on the skin without being overpowering. You have to get close to me to smell it. But I catch a whiff of it throughout the day and it makes me smile. It retails for well over $100, but you can get a roller ball for $30. I am so into this fragrance. It’ll be my Spring/Summer fragrance for some time.

Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford

I was at Sephora chatting with the lady who works in fragrance and telling her how much I love Beachwalk and she recommend I try Tom Ford Soleil Blanc. It has a similar feel to it, very tropical but still quite sophisticated. I think the coconut notes remind me of the Replica Beachwalk. But I don’t like it as much. Since the Tom Ford is twice as much at $230 for the smallest size (I KNOW!!!!) I think I will stick to the Beachwalk.

Miu Miu L’eau Bleue

This is another Play! by Sephora find and I really like it. It is much more floral than the two fragrances mentioned above. I’ve been wearing it off and on since the end of Spring and it was a nice transition scent. I love the smell of honeysuckle (there is a range where we compete that smells of it…it’s my favorite). It is a little heavy, in my opinion, for day time when it is 90 degrees out but it is light enough to transition into these days and it would still work nicely at night. Coming in at $90, Miu Miu L’eau Bleue is practically a steal and I am glad I got to try it.

Skin Care

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum

I got a deluxe sample of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum from a truly wonderful sale person at the Duane Reade on Water Street in Manhattan. When I told her about the blog, she kindly gave me multiple things to try. I LOVE this as I am constantly swapping things in and out of my skin care routine to see what works best. Most people are searching for a routine to last but I am like a magpie, looking for the next shiny object.

If I were the monogamous type when it comes to serums, this one might be a permanent addition to my skin care. The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum has a light texture that absorbs quickly. It isn’t heavily fragranced but just smells lightly fresh. I put it on after my Vitamin C Serum and before my moisturizer. It doesn’t make my skin feel oily at all and layers nicely. The product is said to increase radiance, plump the skin, and make skin looks fresh and hydrated. It definitely does all of these things. It contains hyaluronic acid, which I adore in skin care products.

At $32 for a very generous 4.2 ounces in product, this is a great find. If you want a reasonably priced serum to perk and plump your skin, it is worth trying out.

Vichy Idealia Night Recovery Cream

This is another offering from my buddy at Duane Reade. The Vichy Idealia Night Recovery Cream is a much heavier product, meant to be worn at night. Like the serum, it contains hyaluronic acid to aid in plumping up the skin. However, the secret sauce in this cream is caffeine, which is there to aid in cell turnover and recovery, to give your skin more of a rested appearance.

I liked this cream but it wasn’t life changing for me. It is a little heavy, although that’s appropriate for a night cream. It did moisturize and plump my skin but I didn’t see any major changes in my skin’s tone or appearance. The Vichy Idealia Night Recovery Cream retails for $31.50, which is truly great for a night cream. If you have pretty great skin but just need something to help you look a little more moisturized, this is a good choice. If, like me, you are trying to find products to tell aging that inevitable is a state of mind, this might not be for you.

bioCorneum plus SPF 30 Advanced Scar Supervision

This is another suggestion from my amazing dermatologist. After having some moles removed from my face she told me this is the only product to bother using. The bioCorneum plus SPF 30 Advanced Scar Supervision is definitely pricier than Mederma but it really works.

I applied a tiny bit on the areas where she removed the moles daily until it was healed completely. There is almost no visible scarring in the area. The moles she removed really bothered me and thanks to Susan and this product, I now have a smooth cheek with no obvious sign of the annoying growths. I have not even come close to finishing this product, which is good as I see more mole removals in my future. I know it is almost $75 but it is worth it if you have a scar you want to fade. And the SPF makes sure the sun can’t cause issues while you heal.


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

If your eyelids are anything like my eyelids, you NEED a primer. I don’t know why, but without it, I have a one way ticket to crease city. Of all the eyeshadow primers I have tried, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the very best. Newer products try to compete and fail every time. I usually get the original formula but Urban Decay does sell other colors, such as Eden (a flat matte nude) and Sin (a shimmery champagne), and they are all excellent.

The product retails for $33 for a full sized. The one shown above is a travel size and I usually buy the smaller size. This product lasts a long time and the smaller size is more portable. But you can’t go wrong with any size or color of the primer potion. I am currently testing the Anti-Aging. This is a cult favorite for a reason.

Vintage Cosmetic Company Blending Sponge

I bought the Vintage Cosmetic Company Blending Sponge months ago when I first started hearing about the Beauty Blender. I wasn’t sure I wanted to plunk out over $20 for a sponge so I picked up this bad boy in the violet gourd variety for $7.

I don’t know if it is because this was my first beauty sponge or it is really great but I used it until it really made no sense to use it again. It has served me very well and is now ripped and discolored. But it WORKS. I can use it wet or dry, with all sorts of products, and it never lets me down. This is a good, solid, sponge and I highly recommend it.

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon

I’ve been through not one but two of the Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayons this year. I love it. I am trying to branch out and try other things but man oh man oh man oh man do I love this concealer. It covers everything, it works to highlight the center of my face, it sets beautifully with powder, and it is affordable. I like most Josie Maran products but this one is my favorite, by far.

You can snap this up for $27, and you should. Really, there’s not much else to say. This is a great concealer. Get some.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

I got this deluxe sample size of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel and used it forever, far longer than is likely recommended. It is, essentially, a clear mascara for your brows. I like it. I used it to set my brows after using other brow products to keep things from slipping and sliding around. Now that it is gone I miss it and keep thinking I need to order more. The full size is $22 so I likely will.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Innocent

I picked up the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Innocent at the drug store as I needed a neutral liner. It’s cheap. But I hate it. I will rarely say I hate a product and maybe it works better for other people but this liner lasted less than a month because it broke every time I used it. It flaked and bunched on my lips. The color was nice but everything else was just not good. I like Rimmel so I think this was a fluke. But, even at $5, I cannot recommend this product.

So there you have it, all of my empties from June. Have you used any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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