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Product Empties + Mini Reviews

 

Here are some of my thoughts on a few products I’ve finished up recently!

 

Target Up & Up Brand Sensitive Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes– these are inexpensive, remove makeup well, and don’t break my skin out or burn my eyes. The price is great too-only $2.49!

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser-This was part of the Sephora 2019 birthday gift I chose. It is unscented, foams up nicely, and does a great job cleansing the skin without stripping and drying it out. The only unfortunate thing is the price! ($32!) While it is a great cleanser, I feel I can get the same results from something much cheaper.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm-This came in a Boxycharm box and I absolutely LOVED it. It removes a full face of makeup quickly and efficiently, the light citrus scent is refreshing, and doesn’t leave my skin too dry. It is pricey at $34 but it’s the best cleansing balm I’ve tried so far so I will probably purchase it in the future.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water– This is great for lazy nights when I don’t feel like washing my makeup off at the skin with a cloth and water. You simply use a cotton pad and the micellar water to remove all of your makeup quickly and easily! A full sized bottle is less than $10, prices vary per store I’ve noticed.

Tinkle Facial Razor– These are affordable and work great for tidying up your eyebrows and removing peach fuzz. I purchased a 3 pack from Amazon for $3.69.

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer- This is a great, thin concealer I like to use on my undereye area. It doesn’t crease, it brightens and covers dark circles nicely. Unfortunately I think this has been discontinued!

Clinique Moisture Surge- This is a wonderful moisturizer for dry skin! It feels like you’re giving your face a drink of water; it’s so hydrating but not greasy!

Beauty Blender– The OG beauty sponge! I’ve tried many different brands and always go back to this one as I find it to work the best for me! I try to buy these from HSN when they offer free shipping and flex pay so it helps lessen the pain of paying $20 for a sponge! 😉

 

 

Everything else was pretty decent but nothing amazing. The only thing I would never buy again would be the pink ELF Total Face Sponge. The texture of the sponge made it tricky to get a smooth, flawless foundation application.

Do you see any of your favorites or spot some things you want to try? Let me know in a comment!

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Book Review

Book Review: Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White-3.5 Stars

Kate White brings reporter/wannabe detective Bailey back in her 8th book, Such a Perfect Wife.

I love the Bailey Weggins series! She is such a fearless, intelligent woman. In this novel, Bailey is reporting for online news outlet Crime Beat on location in Lake George, New York, where beautiful and well loved mother named Shannon has gone missing. Like all of Bailey’s adventures, she immediately is drawn to the case and makes it her mission to do more than just your typical news reporting. She wants to get to the bottom of Shannon’s disappearance, even if it means putting herself in harm’s way.

She strikes up a friendship with Alice, a local reporter, and the pair start working together to solve this mystery. But when they start getting too close to to the truth the killer intends to make them suffer and pay for what they’ve found out!

This story kept my attention through the very end. The many possible suspects and constant speculation made it more of a slower read than the others in this series and I didn’t find it as captivating as the previous books but I still enjoyed it!

Book Review

Book Review: The Princess Pose (Modern Royals #2) by Aven Ellis- 5 Stars

 

Can a princess and a gardener overcome the obstacles due to royal traditions to see their love blossom?

The first story in the Modern Royals series, A Royal Shade of Blue, introduced us to Princess Elizabeth and Roman Lawler, an estate gardener and now they’re back with their own story! Liz is definitely a modern royal-she desires to be a working royal, helping with children’s charities and events, and hoping to break some of the stuffy traditions a few of her family members cling to. When she runs in to Roman at a yoga class at Cheltham House where he works, the two instantly reconnect.

The chemistry between the two of them is so hot, sweet, and genuine, but Liz has seen how the monarchical traditions affected her cousin Christian and his fiance Clementine, an American. She struggles with wanting to let herself fall in love with Roman but also keep him protected from the fury of her aunt Antonia and the cruel words that will be said about a commoner being with a princess.

One of my favorite things about this book that makes it so different from Aven’s other books is the fact it is written in British English, from Liz’s point of view. I also love the friendship and familial dynamic between Xander, Christian, and Liz. They all seem so down to earth and like a great group of friends even if some of them are in direct line to the throne! I adore all things royal so reading a fresh, modern take on things while still upholding to some traditional values was really enjoyable.

If you’re a lover of romance and royals definitely give this series a try! Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book!