I finished things! Amazing empties for March and April

It seems so rare for me to finish anything up completely other than a few staples but the last two months I actually did finish things and I’m ready for the dumpster with these. Until then see what got used up and what I think of these goodies.

March and April 2017 empties

March and April 2017 empties

Before I begin I must admit that I already threw away oodles and oodles of products. As I’m cleaning and packing I found so many that were started but never finished so I only kept the ones I really loved and tried to use those as much as possible. What you aren’t seeing is the trash that my neighborhood has seen!

Let me start with some staple items that I go through every single month and will continue to do so.

Q-tips and DHC Silky Cotton Squares

Q-tips and DHC Silky Cotton Squares

Costco knows me and my habits I’m sure. I buy these double packs of Q-Tips all the time. I use a lot of them in my life so buy stock in the company! I also have gone an unimaginable amount of DHC Silky Cotton Squares. I usually buy 6 at a time and they’ll last me for about 7 months. I noticed though that my last batch isn’t quite as soft as before so now I’m questioning whether they changed them. Anyone know?

Viviscal

Viviscal

I’m on auto-delivery from Amazon for these Viviscal Hair Supplements. I am on a maintenance dose and just take 1 per day rather than 2. I’ve mentioned many times about my hair growth problems and these help me a lot.

Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water, Simple Micellar Wipes

Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water, Simple Micellar Wipes

It’s obvious that I love Micellar Waters from this picture! I have a stash of Bioderma Sensibio H2O and made a point of finishing up the 500 ml and 100 ml bottles before I move. I have 1 more of each in my cupboard but won’t start those just yet. I did pick up a Garnier Micellar during a sale not long ago but that’s already packed and I also like Simple Micellar Water though I’ve noticed a slight fragrance with it. Simple Micellar Wipes are definitely my favorite wipes though. This is just a sample pack but I have a full size pack in use.

Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water is one that I really enjoyed using but it is more expensive than these others. It feels more substantial though and it did a great job of cleansing.

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

I couldn’t begin to count how many Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Removers I’ve gone through since my first one. No matter how many others I try this is the one product that works for me time and again. I’ve already repurchased this and will again as soon as I move.

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap in Vanilla & Sweet Orange is a great natural soap that’s not drying. I’m stocked up on JR Watkins at the moment but I’ll repurchase this next.

Now for the fun stuff!

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask

I’m not used to saving empties so in the past I never had them around. I purposely saved the packaging of Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask since I totally love them. The 24K Gold Creme Mask is one I want to marry. The Oxygenating Bubble Mask was a fun bubbly alternative. I got three uses out of each package so it’s a bargain buy. I will definitely buy more after I test more of the Miss Spa masks I have.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum, Hydroskin, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum, Hydroskin, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

I think I finished up Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Serum but there might be a little left. Nothing pumps out anymore and I only see a drop inside. Reviva Labs is a favorite brand and this is a good example of why I like them. Very efficient and the price is great.

Hydroskin Skincare is a set I reviewed last month. I finished up all 4 of these products which is unusual for me but I dedicated myself to one solid month of just this line. I liked the way my skin looked with it. I still have 2 masks from them to use and review.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum is ab fab! Not only do I love this anti-aging serum but I bought a new one before I was finished with the current one. This is my favorite skincare item from IT Cosmetics. I wish the price was less but I’ll continue buying and using this. I’m in love!

eye makeup empties

eye makeup empties

It’s a given that any time I would share an empty post that I’d have mascara. This time though I saved them after determining what needed to go before the big move. I found a lot of deluxe sample sizes and used them until dry or I didn’t care for them anymore.

In no particular order:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara  –  always a favorite, I have another mini and a full size one still

Marc Jacobs Volume Mascara– while I liked the sample size from a kit I had bought I didn’t care for the full size one I had bought so it’s not to be purchased again.

Le Volume de Chanel  –  Love this even if this was tiny. I would buy it if I was flush.

2 more minis I forgot to picture: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara which I loved and plan to buy one day soon. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, another dilemma since the sample was great but I wasn’t thrilled when I had it in full size.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum – love, love, love this. It’s a perfect brown liquid eyeliner. This is the second one I’ve finished and I’m using my third. There will be a 4th and 5th for sure.

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go – while I didn’t use up the gel side I did use up every bit of the brow crayon side. It’s a very handy item but I just don’t need another right now.

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Eyeliner in Black is one I enjoyed until it decided to break so I couldn’t use it anymore. I like these liners in general though and turn to them often when I want a pencil eyeliner.

A 3x use sample of Too Faced Shadow Insurance that was in my stash. I always have TFSI in my collection!

And one toss:

Z Palette

Z Palette

I got a few years worth of use from this but then it self-destroyed. It came apart and no longer is of use. I have others plus Z Palette is out of favor right now.

So there you have it. My empties, many of which are old standbys and a new love (Stila Huge Mascara) all wrapped up in my recycling bin for now.

What have you used up? —  Marcia

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Spring lips with DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX

DHCHere at the BIZ we have been getting springy with it thanks to DHC and their lovely lip glosses called DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX ($18).  We have some longtime DHC favorites, such as our constant re-buy and holy grail Silky Cotton Squares so we were very intrigued with the new lip glosses that promise beautiful lips just perfect for spring.

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lip Color

sent for consideration

DHC says that their Liquid Lipcolor does “double duty” as skincare infused lip shine that is ultra hydrating. It gives lips sheer color with just the right amount of pigment and shine within a long-wearing formula. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid for mega hydration, along with peptides and marine collagen to plump lips and soften fine lines. The end effect: soft lips with lots of shine and a perfectly polished look.DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lip Color 31

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX comes in five shades:  Lotus Pink PK101, Tea Rose RS103, Plum Currant RS104, Soft Citrus RD106, Orange Blossom OR108.

LISA HAS Tea Rose RS103, Plum Currant RS104, Soft Citrus RD106.

As advertised, the Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX is sheer but beautiful. It gives a light color and tons of shine, which is a nice change of pace from the opaque matte colors I have been wearing for the past few months.

DHC RS103

DHC Tea Rose RS103

Tea Rose RS103 is the lightest of my three shades, giving a slight rosy tint that is great for daytime. It’s one of those shades that you throw on before running around doing errands and it’s also a great option for the workday. If you like a low maintenance, soft makeup look you are going to love this one.

DHC RS104

DHC RS104 Plum Currant

Plum Currant RS104 has a bigger color payoff than the Tea Rose with a soft plummy shine. It’s still subtle and feminine and has tons of shine which makes my thin lips look bigger. I love this one all day and all night – the slip is great and it keeps my lips soft and hydrated.

DHC RD106

DHC RD106 Soft Citrus

Soft Citrus RD106 has a burnt orange tint with a shimmery, shiny finish. This isn’t a color I usually wear. I tend to go for cooler shades, like pinks and plums. So Soft Citrus is a nice addition to my collection and is a great choice when I wear warmer colors. This is the deepest shade of the three I have, although it’s still relatively sheer and definitely super shiny.

Top to bottom: Plum Currant, Soft Citrus, Tea Rose

Top to bottom: Plum Currant, Soft Citrus, Tea Rose

Overall I really like these lip glosses. If I had one complaint, it would be the solid color tubes – I never know which shade I am grabbing if I have a few in my purse! But it’s a minor complaint that is outweighed by the wonderful shine and hydration of these soft springy shades.

MARCIA HAS Lotus Pink PK101 and Orange Blossom OR108.

Before I begin describing these two shades you need to know that these feel like silk on my lips. They are incredibly moisturizing and not one tiny drop sticky. The feel of these keeps me from snacking without thinking because I love how my lips feel when wearing these.

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101

Pink Lotus PK101 is the lightest of the 5 available shades. It’s the sweetest soft pink with a tiny amount of shimmer. You can’t feel the shimmer and you can barely see the shimmer so why is it there? To give your (my) lips texture and make them looking luscious. There is color but it’s a very light color, I love that kind of look!

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

Orange Blossom OR 108 is a beautiful peach with pink undertones. I could wear this daily and never get tired of it. The texture is thicker than my pink one so it feels like it’s imparting more color on my lips. It too has that eensy bit of shimmer that makes my lips look a little plumper (a miracle).

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

The wand on these looks familiar but it feels different than other wands. It’s very soft and bendable so you need to look in the mirror when applying so that it applies properly. I don’t need to double dip with these hydrating lip glosses since one wand is enough to beautifully fill in my lips.

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

I rarely wear a gloss on its own but the way DHC feels makes me so happy that foregoing a lipstick is just fine. Since I’m the one who always describes the scent I’m happy to report that there’s no taste and no fragrance. If I sniff the wand alone I notice a slight aroma but once on my lips all I notice is soft as silk lips and shiny beautiful color.

You can’t go wrong with any of the 5 shades. They’ve created some universal shades that are going to make your spring and summer even happier. DHC is mostly known for skincare but these liquid lipglosses prove that there’s a lot more to DHC than first meets the eye.

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Makeup Wars – let’s remove that makeup with DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

This week’s Makeup Wars is about Waterproof makeup and makeup removers. Since I don’t have anything that’s remotely new in the world of waterproof makeup I decided to write about the cleansers in my life and in particular my newest favorite, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

DHC Cleansing Oil

DHC Cleansing Oil

pr sample

If you are keeping up with the latest in skincare then you already know that Asian skincare, in particular Japanese, is storming the market. DHC isn’t a new company but it is an extremely popular one. I’m a huge fan of their products, especially the Silky Cotton Squares which I buy in bulk.

The vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil. Found to be one of nature’s finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, olive oil became the foundation for DHC’s full line of skin-gentle products.

Japanese products based on Spanish olive oil? It doesn’t get more unique than that. We think our mixed-culture heritage is right at home in the United States, where individual tastes and preferences are celebrated.

 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a makeup remover for your face and can be used on your eyes. It’s the only cleansing oil that I’ve found actually removes the coats of mascara I use along with my eyeliner and doesn’t sting my eyes. I was wary of using it on my eyes at first so I just used it on my face. It did such a remarkable job that I became brave and used it to remove eye makeup too.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil directions

The way you use this is to start with everything DRY. Your hands should be dry when you pump out the remover and your face should be dry when you apply it. The next step is to massage it onto your dry face and let it start working to remove your cosmetic residue. Next add water and watch it transform to a a milky emulsion. This rinses off cleanly and easily whether you just use water or a wash cloth.

What you are left with is a soft, hydrated feeling. It’s not dry, it’s not greasy. I don’t need to double cleanse when I’m using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil since this does everything in one step. That doesn’t mean I don’t double cleanse at times especially because I like exfoliating with a sonic cleansing machine like Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch or the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ingredient list

  • In a clinical study, 92% of participants agreed Deep Cleansing Oil worked better than a leading cleanser at removing complexion makeup
  • Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly
  • Rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • Nourishes and hydrates for younger-looking skin
  • 1 sold every 10 seconds worldwide

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is the world’s most popular product in its category. There’s no fragrance to it, it’s easy to get through Amazon or DHC’s website, and it works amazingly well. It’s one stop shopping. From now until July 31, 2017 they even have a fabulous special on DHC. If you are a new customer to DHC then you can buy this for half off, get 4 samples, and free shipping. That’s a total bargain and makes me wish I was new to DHC myself.

Other cleansers in my life at the current time (things change constantly) include

CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST HYDRATING CLEANSER

Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

OSMOSIS MELT AWAY GELEE

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

Osmosis Melt Away Gelee

MARY KAY EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

Mary Kay Eye makeup Remover

While DHC Cleansing Oil may be the new kid on my block it’s won me over and can play here any time it wants.  —  Marcia

Let’s see what other Makeup Wars bloggers have to say about this topic!


*some products sent for review, some were purchases

Makeup Wars – my repeat purchases aka the holy grail


It’s that time again. Makeup Wars!  If you haven’t been keeping up with us, Makeup Wars is a series with over a dozen amazing bloggers on a variety of topics. Today we have decided it show you the items we buy over and over. I’ve chosen to call them Holy Grails since I prefer these to similar products. These are products I consistently purchase and assume I’ll continue to do so for years to come.
So what has Marcia chosen and why?

Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover has been a constant for at least 10 years when I unwittingly ended up at an MK party. Actually I enjoyed the experience especially because I bought my first eye makeup remover there. Now I try to buy two or three at a time. The two items that I find the hardest to remove are gel eyeliner and mascara. No matter how stubborn those two are the Mary Kay works. I shake, squeeze it on my cotton square, hold it to my eye for a few seconds and wipe gently. I rarely need to add more since it’s so effective. Plus it’s not oily so if I’m redoing makeup I only have to pat on a little water and I’m set. The MK leads to the next item…makeup war repeat marykay

DHC Silky Cotton squares. I’ve used other brands of pads but this is what I stockpile. Since I hate paying shipping I always buy enough to avoid that charge and I’m set for a year. I like these because they are soft yet sturdy and they never shed fibers. I also buy Shiseido’s version because  those are super soft. But DHC stands up to eye makeup remover better. I usually only need one square for both eyes. I also use these for toner and other light liquids. These cost $5.50 for 80 pads and I now see that DermStore carries them.makeup war repeat dhc

Another type of cleanser I love having on hand all the time is J.R. Watkins Hand Soap aka Natural Home Care Liquid Hand Soap. This comes in about 5 fragrances and is my favorite item to wash my hands with. I keep these in all my bathrooms. It’s  natural earth-friendly formula that is moisturizing without being sticky. It washes off cleanly without a residue. It’s only $4.99 at drugstore.com or Rite Aid and lasts me about 6 weeks. I buy the yummy citrus scents of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

makeup war repeat soap

YSL Touché Éclat   Another product I buy again and again. I buy this kind of concealer/highlighter from other brands all the time. I  probably have half a dozen similar products in my stash. But when it’s all said and done, this is my favorite. It’s not the best concealer but it brightens under my eyes making me feel more alive. I’ve got a few new brands of this type of concealer/highlighter I will be using to review, but they’ll always be compared to YSL TE.makeup war repeat ysl

Last in this list is the BeautyBlender sponge aka Beautyblender Makeup Sponge– accept no substitutes. I’ve got this type of sponge from Sonia Kashuk and MAC and they don’t compare. Other brands will tell you that they are as soft but they aren’t. I love my “Pink Egg” and have gone through quite a few. Mine almost always stains but it’s not entered in a beauty pageant – its job is to make my foundation look perfect and it succeeds. They now produce this in black and in white so if you choose those colors just make sure they are genuine. I’m a bouncer ladies but only with my Beautyblender.makeup war repeat sponges

Now that you’ve read my 5 choices let me know what you’ve been buying over and over again. Then when you are done do some clicking (bouncing) yourself to see what my fellow warriors have selected. — Marcia