My Recent Empties

Have you ever had one of “those” weeks?  I know you have. We all have them from time to time.  One of those weeks where everything just feels a little sideways and nothing gets done like you want it to.  I sure had one of those last week.  This week has to be the opposite just based on odds, right?

In the spirit of starting fresh, I have some recent empties to share with you.  I’ve used up a bunch of different things recently and thought I would share them.


Product: It’s a 10 miracle leave-in plus Keratin
Pros: Supposed to offer everything + the kitchen sink to your hair, great price
Cons: Weighed my hair down and didn’t add shine
Would I use it again?: No
Do I need to restock?: No

Product: Matrix Heat Resist Blowout Tamer
Pros: Made my curls look defined and bouncy, heat protection
Cons: Hmmm…. I can’t think of one
Would I use it again?: Absolutely
Do I need to restock?: I will

Product: Pureology Colour Stylist Volumizing Mousse
Pros: Volume, softness
Cons: No hold, no shine
Would I use it again?: Probably not because I prefer more hold
Do I need to restock?: No (more…)

Dove Dry Spray from Target

Today I have deodorant to share with you.  Deodorant isn’t something I tend to think about a lot.  I’ve pretty much used the same kind forever and ever.  But, I received this new Dove Dry Spray from Target through Influenster and I do have some thoughts to share.


First of all, they sent us two cans!  One for me and one for the hubbs.  Mine is cucumber scented and smells really refreshing.  But, I did notice that it has a bit of a metallic scent over time that I didn’t totally love.

The one for the hubbs is called Extra Fresh.  It has a manly smell that’s hard to describe.  It’s fresh and clean and has a bit of masculinity to it.  We both actually liked the scent.

I don’t generally reach for sprays.  For me, I just like the precise application of a stick. My hubbs agreed.  He doesn’t like the “cloud” you get when you use a spray.  Maybe it’s just what you’re used to.  We can be creatures of habit after all.

Do you use spray?  Have you tried these?  I’d love to know!

Almost kimono inspired stamped mani

If you’ve stopped by the stampede before, then you already know how much I love a good stamped mani. They are probably my top favorite mani’s both to look at and to create. You can get any pattern you want and in any color you want. The options are ultimately endless! The funny thing with this kimono inspired stamped mani is that, well, it was not inspired by a kimono!

I knew I wanted the base to be a fun, summery cherry red. Cha-Ching Cherry from OPI was a no brainer color choice. I did one heavy coat instead of multiple thin ones because I knew that the stamping would hide any thin patches anyway and I have a new puppy in the house so I only get so many minutes to let nails dry these days. All of you mom’s and/or dog-mom’s know what I’m talking about!

After the base, I wanted some metallic sheen. I chose to use Penny Talk from essie which is a gorgeous rose gold. For the pattern itself I went with a GAL stamp plate and my MoYou stamper. I thought I had put together a fun summer mani with cute little daisy doodle flowers. Simple, cute and quick. Done deal!

When the Hubbs got home from work he immediately said, “Neat…. you put a kimono pattern on your nails.” I looked at the pattern for a minute or two. I guess I can see it. Perhaps it has a bit of a Japanese influence with the combination of a red tone and a gold floral creating a kimono inspired stamped mani. But it was definitely not what I was thinking when I did it. That’s just how it goes sometimes!

I wish these pictures had turned out better. I really have no idea why they look a bit blurry. Sorry about that friends! It seems I’m having one of those days.

Have you ever had a mani that other looks one way to you and a totally different way to your friend or significant other? I’d love to know!

IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

I feel like I’m absolutely always on the hunt for a compact that I love. I suppose I usually “like” them, but it never fails that there is a one or two things I would improve. For me, compacts are a necessary evil pain in the butt. Those of you who have oily skin know what I’m talking about. So, I’ve been trying IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50+. If the name that goes on for 10 miles doesn’t give a girl high hopes, I don’t know what does!

This is no mini compact. It’s pretty big in my opinion. But, it does come with a little sponge that rides along under the compact (why I forgot to take a picture of it before it got all clogged up with makeup I have no idea… oops!) That’s a really nice feature when you need to pop a little powder on your nose in a rush.

I do prefer to apply this with a brush when I have more than a few seconds to spare because it does have a lovely airbrush finish like the name suggests and it’s buildable.

To make sure I’m covering all my bases, I need to take a moment and discuss the SPF 50+. I’m sure it does offer that SPF, but I’d imagine that you have to lay it on pretty thick to achieve it. I raise an eyebrow with all powders that profess to offer sun protection. I really don’t think I ever apply enough to get that kind of protection. But, even if it gives me 5+ SPF I suppose it’s worth it. Something is better than nothing as they always say at the casino roulette wheel! I may or may not have some experience with that… tee hee!

The color I went with is called light. I wish it was darker. Or, maybe I wish my complexion was darker. I suppose it’s the latter since the color matched me really nicely. I did try to swatch it on my hand, but it didn’t show up in pictures. That’s probably a good sign that it’s the right shade? Here’s a closeup on my fingertips. The thing I liked the most is that it doesn’t lean too pink or too yellow. It’s slightly on the yellow side, but not too much. I really struggle with this when picking out powders and foundations.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with SPF 50+? Did you find the color builds really nicely? I’d love to know!