Wednesday, August 9, 2017

June 2017 Favorites: Jewelry, Home & More

Quite a bit late, as we are already into the month of August.  June's favorites is actually a favorites for November 2016 through June 2017, since I was gone so long.  Lots and lots of stuff.  Enjoy!

PeachTreats (Etsy) Black Phoenix - Faux Gauge earrings: I thought these earrings looked so cool!  I thought they were only available for stretched lobes.  I contacted the seller and asked if they could be made in Faux Gauge style.  She said yes -- so I ordered them!

PeachTreats (Etsy) Spirals and Spikes - Faux Gauge earrings:  I'm always on the lookout for interesting light colored earrings.  I have long dark hair and need them to be lighter colored if I leave my hair down.

Amazon - Jack Frost (The Guardians of Childhood) - Joyce, William: I love the animated movie, Rise of The Guardians.  I just happened to see The Guardians of Childhood series of Amazon.  The artwork in them is spectacular!!

Amazon - The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) - Joyce, William: (See above.)

LostApostle (Etsy) Human Skull Necklace - Antique Silver Skull Jewelry on 24" Antique Silver Chain:  I saw a pic on instagram from a shop where the model wore multiple necklaces with different sized skull pendants.  I liked it so much I got this necklace from Etsy.  It's the only skull necklace I have -- right now.

Amazon - Stainless Steel Razor Blade Pendant Men Necklace 40mm: This was a very inexpensive necklace.  I got it to celebrate a one year marker, of sorts, that makes me very proud of how far I've come.

BunnyPaige (Etsy) Classic Spiked and Pavèd Heart Necklace in Pyrite: I saw Phyrra Nyx on YouTube & Instagram wearing one of Bunny Paige's heart necklaces and loved it.  I got one of my own.

Amazon - Wytches, Vol. 1 - Scott Snyder:  Description: When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they're hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient...and hungry.  Had to get this, after I saw a pic of it on Instagram.

Amazon - The Evil Garden - Edward Gorey:  This is my first Edward Gorey book!  Guests meet their demise in the Evil Garden via rhyming poetry and whimsical drawings.

Bloodmilk Jewels -Beauty is convulsive. Skeleton key lariat: This was actually a Valentine's present from my hubbie (that I asked for).  I love this necklace.  I am such a fan of Bloodmilk Jewels.

FilmAdvance (Etsy) Compco Reflex 1 Twin Lens Camera, Art Deco Design: I had previously gotten a vintage typwriter (see August 2016 post).  I thought a vintage camera would look great with it!

Amazon - Anker SoundCore mini, Super-Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Gold: This rechargeable speaker is about the circumference of a can of soda and just over 1/2 the height.  It puts out good sound! This is a staple when I travel.

Amazon - The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History - Dell, Christopher:  I saw this on an Instagram post and had to have it!  It's an illustrated history of magic in ancient and modern culture across the world.

Amazon - Post-it Cat Figure Pop-up Note Dispenser, 3 inch x 3 inch, (CAT-330):  Why have boring desk accessories when you can have desk accessories that look cute and cheerful?

KombatKustoms (Etsy) Muntjac skull replica: I didn't even know there was such thing as a muntjac, when I first saw this on Etsy.  I was further confused by the fact that the seller also had "skulls" of mythical creatures as well.  I thought muntjacs were possibly another type of mythical creature.  LOL -- But, munjacs are real!  They are a type of deer.

Amazon - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation - Carroll, Lewis: This is a legendary beautiful pop-up book.  Surprisingly inexpensive, as well.  When I originally wanted it, it was a bit difficult to find.  So, when I saw it available, I grabbed it!

ClosetandCupboard (Etsy) Russian Leaders Matryoshka Dolls - Set A:  I have wanted a set of Russian Leaders Matryoshka Dolls for around 20 years.  I think I first saw them in Details magazine, or something like that. I finally got them some months ago.

mysouldesign (Etsy) Black Spinne, eco friendly,fabric spider: Someone posted a picture of this on Instagram.  I was fascinated by how realistic the spider looked.  (I'm actually afraid of live spiders -- unless they're garden spiders that never move from the center of their web.)  But this, I could hold!  And there was a certain beauty to it.  I had to have it!  mysouldesign has other life-like insects as well as a few bird sculpture and even a fennec fox.  She also makes jewelry out of her textile sculptures.  I'm really wanting this owl pendent that is in her Etsy store.

Amazon - DECOLE: "MIRANDA" CAT TAIL CLIP BOTTLE (Black Cat):  Again, why have boring desk accessories when you can have whimsical ones?  Plus it looks like one of my kitties -- Luna!

EnchantedRumors (Etsy) Mini Lunar Filigree Spirit Board - Ouija Board: I had been wanting a/an Ouija Board for a long time.  (For decoration.  I'm a bit sensitive; so, I'm afraid to use it.)  At first I wanted to hang it on a wall; but I decided I liked it better on a shelf.

CrazyOldLadyJC (Etsy) You Paint it - 3 Doll Heads Poured: I bought these to help fill an apothecary jar that I had with other doll parts.  It turns out they were big enough that I had two doll heads left over, I used those for another display.

HeritagePosters (Etsy) Magic Houdini Magician Show Maitre Mystere The Great Vintage Poster Repro: I think I was inspired by Houdini and Doyle to get this.  (Sadly the show was cancelled after one season.)  I still have to hang it on the wall.  Some redecoration is in order.

Dellamorteco (Etsy) Anatomical Heart Vase, Red Finish:  Dellamorteco (Dellamorte and Co.) -- the "Curators of the Reliquary Macabre" is run by artist Michael Locascio.  I LOVE their stuff!  This is the second piece I've purchased from them.  I featured the first piece on the March 2016 Favorites -- Jewelry, Home & More post.  You'll see the next two things I've purchased (nightlights) for August's favorites.

flattirevintage (Etsy) Vintage Hand Poured Porcelain 5 Inch Doll Torso:  I bought this to fill an apothecary jar with doll parts.  It's large size definitely lended itself to filling the jar up!  

Amazon - CYS GCL109 Cloche Bell Glass Dome with Tray, 8.5": I put the spider from mysouldesign in the cloche jar along with some artificial moss rocks and Spanish moss.

Amazon - Creative Co-Op Dozen Ceramic Eggs in Box: I didn't want plastic eggs and I didn't want expensive eggs that cost $30 a piece (or something like that).  These fit the bill perfectly!  Some are in an apothecary jar with Spanish moss & some are in an artificial bird's nest.

MoodyVoodies (Etsy) Large Made-to-Order Handmade doll:  I saw MoodyVoodies' dolls on Instagram and I was in LOVE.  The long brown hair & brown eyes and round face reminded me of myself, as a little girl.  I saw a picture of that doll on Instagram and had her make me one.  I love it!!!  I plan to make another order in the future.  (She's even made someone a doll that looks like one of the burlap people in the movie 9.)

Amazon - Sullivans Artificial 5" Moss and Twig Bird's Nest: I wanted a couple of bird's nests for my oddities collection.  It's amazing how just putting faux robin's eggs and displaying it with my other oddities gives the nest a sort of "uneasy" look.

FurAccents (Etsy) FUR ACCENTS Purple Feather Boa Mink (Faux Fur):  I love scarves!  My inspiration for the art of scarves is the late Scott Weiland.  He made it all look good -- uber skinny scarves, scarves the size of sarongs and even scarves that looked like they had been eaten by moths and patinated with time.  This faux fur scarf looked so interesting, I had to have it!  

Amazon - DreamHome Satin King Pillowcase, Purple, Pair:  I actually got these for my hair.  Satin is gentler on the hair (and skin), than regular cotton.  I'm thinking of getting another pair in a bright noticeable color for traveling.  (Bright, so I don't forget to take it with me or take it off before housekeeping comes in.)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

June 2017 Favorites Beauty And Bath

1.  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: This was the first Naked Palette that I was really excited about.  (I was actually excited about the Naked 3; but, I ended up not liking it very much – I think it’s more exciting looking on much fairer skin).  Yes, on one hand, it’s another really warm palette in a pile of really warm palettes.  On the other hand, Urban Decay has never come out with anything like it.  They’re a bit late to the party; but, the thing I like about this palette is how travel friendly it is.  Those of us that like orangey/red palettes sometimes want a certain type of red or orange one day and a different type of red or orange the next day.  This is perfect for that.

2.  Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter:  I was so excited when I heard this was coming out!  I’m always on the lookout for makeup products that can: A) Travel well  and/or  B) Come in handy when I need to put my makeup on in a hurry.  I haven’t taken it on a trip; but, I have definitely used it when I need to be out of the house in a jiffy.  For me the only thing that it is missing is a blush.  BUT if it’s paired with the product below, you’ve got your cheeks and eyes in one more small container.

3.  Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow/Blush:  I did a blog post about this item.  You can view it here.

4.  Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer (discontinued):  I tried this when the Kat Von D Beauty site had this for about $7.50.  I don’t have particularly oily eyelids, so I just thought, eye primer is eye primer.  I was oh so WRONG!  To me, this was like a less solid version of MAC’s paint pots.  And the staying power was incredible!!!  I bought a few more and even gave a couple of them as gifts to friends.  Sadly, it is no longer on the Kat Von D Beauty site. 

5.  BH Cosmetics Spotlight Highlight Palette:  I had seen this on BH’s website; but, it wasn’t until Messie Jess made a video about this palette and the Blacklight palette on YouTube, that I realized I had to get them.  They go on like a dream.  My favorite color in the palette is Vivid.  It makes my makeup look amazing!  This can also be used on eyes.

6.  BH Cosmetics Blacklight Highlight Palette:  I have Anastasia’s Moonchild and Aurora palettes and Kat Von D’s Alchemy palette; but, I still needed to give this a try.  It does not disappoint!  If you love trying different makeup looks, don’t be afraid to give Laser (greenish) or Kween a go on the cheeks.  You’d be surprised at how amazing a subtle green can look when paired with today’s popular orange and red eyeshadow looks.  The same with blue.

7.  Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Exorcism: I first fell in love with this color when I saw Mirrors and Haze doing a tutorial with Exorcism.  She used this as eyeliner as well as lipstick.  It was gorgeous!  I haven't used this as liner yet; but, I just love it as a dark vampy lipstick.

8.  Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Lolita:  I was, originally, all about Lolita II, which I received as a deluxe sample.  Lolita II is a beautiful terracotta.  I would wear Lolita, once in a while; but, when the Lolita Eyeshadow/Blush was being showcased on Instagram, I decided to give Lolita another go.  It really goes beautifully with red and orange eyeshadows!

9.  Urban Decay Eyeshadow Relish:  I bought this because I disappointedly thought I missed out on Lolita Eyeshadow/Blush forever.  Wah!  Relish is brighter and redder than Lolita.  Can be used on it's own like Lolita -- or in conjunction with Lolita -- or in conjunction with the Naked Heat Palette.  :)

10. Lorac Pirates of The Caribbean Cheek Palette:  Truth be told, I really got this for the packaging.  Not because I'm the biggest Pirates fan or anything like that.  I got it because I loved the ancient spell book motif. (Or at least, that's what it looks like to me.)  The product inside did not disappoint, as well.  I was quite wowed by the blushes and highlights.  The highlights are SO intense and buttery!  I took this traveling with me.  It is very compact and fit well with plenty of room to spare in a (9 x 6 x 5.5) makeup bag.

11. Cryptic Cosmetics Rust In Peace Liquid Lipstick:  This has become one of my favorite lipstick colors.  It really goes well with my complexion and I love the formula of Cryptic Cosmetics' lipsticks.  (I just wish they were more readily available.  They are perpetually sold out of colors I still want to get.) Rust in peace is part of the Til Death Do Us Part collection, (inspired by roses and Joy Division), which I got in a bundle. I would describe Rust In Peace as a really rusty brownish red -- aptly named.  I swatched it against other colors in my lipstick collection.  I do not have any dupes of this.  I'm going to have to scoop up a couple more tubes when it's available again.

12. Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover: I heard Mirrors and  Haze give this rave reviews. (She has sensitive breakout-prone skin, so I tend to trust her recommendations, as they usually work for me as well.)  I decided to finally give this a try.  I was worried it would be greasy and difficult to wash off (as a lot of oil cleansers are),  To my great surprise, it was nothing of the kind.  It was almost like rinsing a glycerin soap off.  It removes makeup beautifully, smells good and rinses off super easily.  I usually use my face washing brush with Ole Henriksen's The Clean Truth foaming cleaner and a special glutiathone brightening soap I get off of Amazon afterwards; but, I have used Meltdown by itself when I was too tired to take another shower late at night, once & I had no problems with it.

13. Nyx Fan Brush:  Love, love, love this brush!  This is my favorite contouring brush.  It places and blends contour beautifully; and, I love working with the longer handle.  The brush is thicker than most larger fan brushes and the hairs are denser.  I would say, it's akin to the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending brush -- which I also love for contouring.

14. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment:  As we get older, our hair texture changes.  Gone, for me, are the days when I could simply shampoo and condition, air dry, brush and be done with it.  I had tried the 2 Minute Reconstructor before; but, my hair needed something more intense.  (It is down to my waist and I was starting to have a very difficult time fighting frizz, dryness and tangles on the ends.  Sally Beauty was having a sale and I decided to give it a go along with their moisturizing conditioner (you need one after doing this treatment), and another bottle of the 2 Minute Reconstructor.  I read the directions.  After washing hair, you put the Protein Treatment in, and then dry your hair with heat.  I was very surprised that the treatment was a clear liquid (golden orange clear).  I followed instructions, dried my hair and rinsed my hair WELL.  Then I applied the moisturizing conditioner (which, truth be told, I don't know why I got, because I've got plenty of moisturizing conditioner in my arsenal.  I also regret buying the moisturizing conditioner; because, although it works well, it smells heavily of cheap drugstore cologne from the 70's. It is so heavily perfumed, that I found myself getting a bit of a headache the first time I used it.  I think I used it once or twice more and decided I couldn't take the smell any longer.  Come on, ApHogee!  Put a different fragrance in it, if you have to put a fragrance in it at all.).  The results were surprisingly good! I was very impressed.  I'm only supposed to use this once every 6 weeks, so I maintain with using the 2 Minute Reconstructor every other time I wash my hair.  I have been really impressed.  Between the ApHogee and changing my hair brushes to boar bristle, I can leave the house without styling my hair, or pulling it back, if I want to.

15. Atelier Cologne Figuier Ardent:  I first got this in their Necessaire Azur gift set.  The set contained four .14 oz spray vials of their collection Azur perfumes.  This is the one I used up rather quickly and knew I had to get a big bottle of.  I love Atelier Colognes's sophisticated unisex fragrances.  They are never cloying or overly dominating.  They are excellent for travelling to warmer climates.  Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Anise, Cardamom, Fig Leaf, Salty Fig, Pepper, Virginian Cedarwood, Tuscan Iris, Tonka Bean.  

16. Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum: I love the Saint and Sinner bottles!!!  The glass bottles are decorated with scrolls and skulls -- White for Saint & Black for Sinner.   I also have Saint in the Old Skool silver bottle that looks like a giant lighter.    The new Saint seems more floral than the old Saint.  The old Saint seems to have more of a gourmand smell to me.  However, new Saint is not so floral that I feel "prissy" when I wear it.  Notes: Jasmine and tiaré flower with notes of mandarin, caramel, and sparkling Mirabelle plum. Vanilla, sandalwood, and creamy musk. 

17. Kat Von D Sinner Eau de Parfum:   I have to say it again!  I love the bottles!!! Sinner reminds me a little of the original Salvador Dali perfume; but, not as strong.  I can wear this in the day as well as evening.  Notes: Jasmine and orange blossom with notes of vanilla, mandarin, and Mirabelle plum. Spicy cinnamon envelops white florals at the heart of the fragrance, while base notes of vetiver, patchouli, and wood form the deeper, darker nuances.

18. Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream:  This is similar to Belif's The True Cream Aqua Bomb, except it claims to brighten.  What I love about Sunday Riley's version is that it's more viscous than Belief's version.  For me it makes a wonderful primer after I've put my niacinamide and vitamin c serum on.

19. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum:  I got this in the Three Little Wonders set with the Invigorating Night Transformation Gel and the Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer.  The Vitamin C serum works wonderfully, for me, with The Ordinary's Niacinamide serum.  (I can break out easily from clogged pores; but, both of these items seem to keep the eruptions from happening.)

20. Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel:  I use this at night or sometimes instead of the Vitamin C serum when I feel I need a little extra exfoliation.  I really works well!

21. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor:  See #14

22.  Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp and Hatian Vetiver Body Wash: When I came back from a vacation in the Cayman Islands, my skin was ITCHY!  I have a feeling it was the sulfer in the water, there.  My normal body washes weren't helping, even though they were moisturizing.  On a whim, I pulled the Indian Hemp and Hatian Vetiver out of the cupboard -- a brand new bottle.  It seemed to soothe my itchy skin!  It smells really nice, too.  The only "negative" thing I have to say about the Hemp and Vetiver wash is it looks like runny greenish yellow snot.  LOL  But, I can put up with its less than appealing looks when it works so nicely!

23. Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis: I first got this in the travel spray, which I still carry around with me; but, I've since purchased the 1 oz./30 ml spray.  I have a feeling I will have to get myself 6.7 oz/200 ml spray.  I love this stuff and want to always have it around.  It smells fresh and somewhat grapefruity and -- happy! Notes:Pink Pomelo, Calabrian Mandarin, Blackcurrant Bud, Moroccan Orange Blossom, Bulgarian Rose Essence, Mint, Haitian Vetiver, Tuscan Iris, Amber.

24. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%:  This is a holy grail product for me.  It really helps keep my acne at bay.  Before that, I was using Paula's Choice 9% BHA serum which came in a tiny 1/3 oz/10 ml vial  for (at the time) $40 -- yes, $40!  The Ordinary's Niacinamide serum comes in a 1 oz/30 ml dropper bottle for $5.90; and, for me, works even better than the 9% BHA serum.  I keep backup bottles of this on hand.

25. The Ordinary Glycolic 7% Toning Solution:  I use this before I apply my moisturizer etc, before I do my makeup.  (I really should be using it before bed too.)  I need all the exfoliation I can get due to my pores' susceptibility to get clogged.  This comes packaged w/a metal twist top.  You can put the squeeze top on it for easier use.  (Comes in the box.)  I don't know if all of them are that way; but, I had the hardest time getting the darned screw top off of the bottle!

26. Mason Pearson The Popular Brush: The Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Nylon and Boar Bristle Brush. Benefits: perfect circulation of oils, stimulates hair follicles, help keep hair cleaner, longer. I love this brush! Between the Aphogee and the this brush, I am liking my tresses a lot better!  I don't even have to put as much serum in it as I used to. I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to stop using brushes that were exclusively plastic bristles.  Apparently, they are damaging to the hair; and, they don't distribute oils or help keep your hair clean.  I started with an inexpensive brush from Ulta that was a mix of long plastic bristles and shorter boar hair bristles.  I loved the way it made my hair look compared to my regular plastic brush.  I was debating about going for the Cadillac of Mason Pearson brushes -- the Large Extra Hair Brush.  However, that brush was $300.00!  And not having used a Mason Pearson Brush, if I spent $300.00 and didn't like it, I'd be really pissed!  LOL  But, I love this "Popular" brush.  I got mine from Costco for $149.00 -- still quite an investment for a hair brush.  If I'm still in love with it a year or so later, I may consider getting the Large Extra Hair Brush.  Mason Pearson brushes are made to last.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Blush Tag

1. Best packaging
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel (Holiday 2016)
I had never tried Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush formula before.  I thought this was a pretty ingenious way to fit more into less packaging.  I use a separate mirror; so, it doesn’t bother me that there is no mirror.

2. Prettiest color
It Cosmetics Ombre Radience in Sugar Plum
This is kind of an odd question for a makeup addict.  "Prettiest Color" is contingent on what makeup it's been worn with, skin tone etc.  
So, I’m calling this the prettiest color based on how it looks in the pan – it’s ombre and has shimmer and is a pretty mauve color..

3. Most pigmented
Coastal Scents Forever Blush
I had heard of these blushes; but, it wasn't until I heard emilynoel83 of YouTube talk about them that I got some.  She was right.  These blushes are PIGMENTED and they last!.  I would say, if you're on a budget and want a blush that you're not going to have to replace very quickly -- this is it!

4. Everyday blush
Cherry Custard by Laura Geller
I don’t have an everyday blush.  But, I thought of what I would reach for if I was in a hurry.  The answer would be Cherry Custard by Laura Geller, which is in the Baked Color and Contour Palette.  The fact that there’s a contour and highlight in the palette makes it very easy to use when I’m in a hurry.

5. Party blush
Makeup Revolution Blush Queen Palette
I'm not sure what a "Party blush" is supposed to be.  Again, it all depends on what I'm doing with the rest of my makeup.  I would probably put something with a touch or shimmer on.  In that spirit, I will say the Makeup Revolution Blush Queen palette which is a palette of eight shimmery blushes.  No matter what I decide to do with my makeup for a party there will be something in there for me.

6. Regret purchasing (Two Answers) 
e.l.f. Blush (A bunch of them)
      YouTubers would rave about these blushes -- how pigmented they are, how beautiful the colors look on the skin.  I bought mine during a sale a few years ago and was severely disappointed.  Mine were so NOT pigmented.  The quad blushes that sell for $6 work just fine; but, the single ones, never work for me.

Cream or Liquid blushes
I like cream and liquid blushes.  However, I have so much makeup that cream and liquid formulas just sit there and go bad.

7. Least used
NARS Exhibit A
This probably doesn't need any explanation.  It looked beautiful in the packaging. There is something about red -- eyeshadow, lipstick, nailpolish that captivates me. It is usable with an ultra light touch.  I think it's the inconvenience of having to be so careful with it that puts me off from using it.

8. Most used
Morphe Brushes 9N Palette

This is easy to grab for.  The blushes are easy to wear -- especially with the bolder eyes and lips of today.  And they are good quality!

8.1 would never let go of.
My two Kat Von D Shade and Light blushes
These were out on the market for a hot minute.  I managed to get my hands on two of them before they disappeared from the market permanently.  I have Piaf/Poe and Bonnie/Clyde.  I wanted Morticia/Gomez; but, alas, it was not to be.  

9. Favorite blush brand
None At The Moment
I don’t know that I have a favorite blush brand at the moment.  I suppose if Kat Von D or even Black Moon Cosmetics were to release some, I would probably be in love with those.
My requirements, now, are:
Cruelty free
Have pigmentation
Have a color I like
Don’t be chalky.

10. Greatest blush discovery of the year
Kat Von D Shade and Light blush
I really liked them and wanted more.  But, like I said, it was not to be.  I was fortunate enough to get my hot hands on two of them.

11. Most practical
Cherry Custard by Laura Geller
(See #4)

12. Least practical
NARS Exhibit A
(See #7)

13. Most expensive
Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava Moonstone
I think at the time I bought my NARS blushes, they were still around $25.  These are $27.  I love that there's a bit of shimmer in them.

14. Least expensive  (Single blushes)
Nyx HD Blush Amber
 As I don't have my e.l.f blushes anymore, Nyx HD blush at $6.99, is my least expensive.

15. Longest Wearing
Coastal Scents Forever Blush
(See #3)

16. Best Blush Palette
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel (Holiday 2016)
Not only are these great blushes; but, I love how they fit ten of them into a very compact space by using both sides of the compact.  There are warms, cools and even a highlighter and bronzer shade in here.

Ta Ta For Now!

Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 May - July Empties!!!

Left to Right:
Mr. Bubble:  (LOL) This is an OLD bottle.  It's probably around 5 years old.  I think I couldn't find anything else at the time.
Dr. Woods Tea Tree Castille Soap:  A staple of mine.  I love it when I'm feeling oily.  I love it for its deodorizing properties as well.
Nubian Heritage Patchouli and Buriti Body Wash:  I love this body wash.  When I initially used this body wash, I didn't smell much in terms of patchouli.  More of a spicy woodsy scent.  Then I would notice that I smelled a little of patchouli hours later.  A few days later, the bathroom smelled wonderfully of patchouli!  Probably some of the oils being left behind on the washcloth and the shower area itself.
Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash: Another one of my staples.  This moisturizes and brightens the skin.  When my brightening face & body bar runs out, I will sometimes use this in place of my face wash.
Nubian Heritage Goat Milk & Chai Bodywash:  A wonderfully gentle and spicy scented body wash.  It has a "cheerful" smell to me.  This and the Patchouli and Buriti are my 2nd favorites after the Coconut and Papaya from the Nubian Heritage line.
Caress Passionate Spell Bodywash: As I've said before I love, love, love the way this smells -- but unless Caress goes cruelty free, I will not be buying this anymore.  Wah!  There are too many wonderful cruelty free brands like Nubian & Dr. Woods to justify my buying this at this point in time.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Satsuma Orange, Pink Grapefruit and Passionfruit:  Once upon a time, I went crazy buying The Body Shop body butters.  I convinced myself that I would use them.  By, that, I mean use them in the conventional way.  Except I still don't like the feeling of cream or lotion all over my skin.  Body butters are now relegated to my shower to be used for shaving or mixing with my bodywash for extra moisture.  I finally finished these three.  I think I have another 4 or 5 to go.  Yikes!!!

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Mist:  I actually liked this a lot.  It was nice and light.  I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon as I have a HUGE years old bottle of 4711 to finish up (my other light summer fragrance that I can spray liberally).

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser:  I love mixing this on my Clarisonic with my favorite brightening soap.  I also like using this on a mild scrubbie cloth to help take off makeup in the shower.  I have a couple more to go through.
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel:  I liked this; but, I wasn't in love with it.  The smell kind of reminded me of the Herbal Essence shampoo from the 70's and 80's.

MAC Pre +Prime Fix + (Cucumber scented, I believe):  Good stuff  and great packaging but unless M.A.C. decides to go cruelty free again, I will not be buying their products.
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation:  As you can see, this is a travel size.  I got this as part of the Three Little Wonders set that also came with the African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser that I got in June.  I really enjoyed the face cream.  It was light and helped keep my pores clear.  When I use up a few more of my skin care items, I think I will purchase a full sized one.
Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Vitamin C 20% Serum: This was inexpensive.  Got this from Amazon.  I actually still have a little left -- it's in another bottle.  I got tired of using the dropper and started decanting it into a smaller glass pump bottle.  It's a really light serum that I mix in with moisturizers.

Proclaim Argan Hot Oil:  I had actually used a lot more than the two bottles.  I have been using this stuff since 2011.  I wait for them to go on sale before I buy them.  For me, there's no need to actually heat it up.  I used to use 1/3 of a bottle.  But, lately, my hair is so long that I tend to use the whole bottle. I haven't had to use it that much since using Matrix's Oil Wonder's shampoo -- which actually kind of reminds me of a sudsy version of this.  

Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe:  Surprisingly, I didn't care for this that much.  I worked okay for me.  Nothing for me to write home about.  The thing I objected to the most was the smell.  It seemed to have an underlying tabacco smell.  Ewww!
Avalon Organics Thickening Conditioner Biotin B-Complex Therapy:  I do like this conditioner.  It's not as "conditioning" as my Oil Wonders conditioner.  But it's great when my skin is going through an oily phase.  I also sometimes put this on my scalp and use Oil Wonders on the rest of my hair.
MAC Paint Pot Painterly:  I liked this.  I used every bit of this up. I will not be buying another one unless MAC goes cruelty free again.

Physician's Formula Nude Wear gift set:  I tried, with this palette.  I wasn't enamored with any of the products and wouldn't buy them separately.  I really did not like the blush.  I wasn't very pigmented at all.  This might be okay for someone who has very pale skin; but, not for me. 
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Spotlight Trio Opal:  I finally used those up.  I really liked mixing them with my foundation -- especially Kat Von D's Lock It foundation.  It helped thin the foundation out when I wanted less coverage; and, it helped lessen the matteness of the foundation.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Spotlight Trio Champagne Gold: (See description above.)
Urban Decay mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion:  I got this as part of a gift a while back from a friend.  This works just fine.  I personally prefer thicker eye primers -- to work with more unusual colors.

Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara:  I actually liked this.  But, I will not buy this again unless Maybelline goes cruelty free.
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara: I liked this mascara.  I heard about this from Young Wild and Polished on YouTube.  This volumizes and lengthens and holds the curl pretty good.
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: This did not hold a curl on my lashes.  I only used this a few times.  Wouldn't not repurchase anyway unless they go cruelty free.
Estee lauder Little Black Primer: This helped my lashes hold a curl.  This looked great under other mascaras and by itself for a more natural look.  Alas -- yes, alas, Estee Lauder is not cruelty free.  I will not buy this again unless the go cruelty free.
Loreal Voluminous Original:  This one was good.  I wasn't wowed by it.  Nor was I disappointed in it.  L'oreal, however, is not cruelty free.

Colour Pop Brow Pencil In Dope Taupe:  I liked the color and the way this went on.  I thought it rubbed off a little too easily.  My big issue with this, however was, despite their being more product in it than my BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil, I reached the bottom faster than my BH HD Brow Pencil.  Part of this is due to the fact that the pencil is so soft it breaks easily even when the "lead" is hardly up.  (Sigh!)
BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil:  This has been my go to micro brow pencil.  I have tried Anastasia's (which is good), and I have tried NYX's micro brow pencil -- which is decent but doesn't not seem to go on as easily as my BH Cosmetics one. I was hoping I'd like the NYX one better, because, if there's a BOGO sale at ULTA, it comes out cheaper than my BH one because of the amount of product.  But, I will stick with BH.

Flora Udo's Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic: I have found probiotics to be a must in my current life.  Between the antibiotics we received throughout our life and the bad food we eat throughout our life, this is necessary to help maintain a good balance.  I have really liked the UDO's Choice Super 8.

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