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What is on my vanity?

July 24, 2017 — 18 Comments

I have always been fascinated with how others do things, and I always love reading posts about storage and whatnot. I did one of these posts back in December, you can click here for the link to that. A lot has changed since then, I used up most of my Lush products, decided it was too expensive to repurchase any of them and ended up finding a lot of affordable skin care. Now my mission is to find cruelty free replacements for a lot of it so I can stop feeling bad about using the products that I do. ( I also keep a lot of stuff in the bathroom, I just prefer to keep my make up here since the lighting is better).

Top shelf: My Lush scents, the Smuggler’s Soul body spray and the 10ml perfume dropper bottle. Also contains two decorative gold bottles and a silver buddha figurine.

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Main space: Going from left to right there is a flower crown, my hair brush, a pair of scissors, a headband sort of thing to keep my hair out of my face, my mirror with my choker necklaces draped over it, paper tissues, a box with cotton pads, a toner spray, dry shampoo, hair gel, a victoria’s secret body spray, the makeup revolution storage chest, a deodorant, a body lotion, a night cream from Korres, the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water, Simple micellar water, L’Oreal age perfect toner and a Garnier micellar water.

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The storage chest: I used to keep my make up in other containers but this storage chest is perfect. The labels are a bit hard to read but I have basically been able to fit everything into most of these drawers. A few are still empty but that doesn’t matter, I’ll find something to fill them up with eventually.

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Junk drawer: Not really junk, but that’s usually what people call their miscellaneous drawer. Whenever there’s a sale I tend to buy a lot of skincare and keep it in my stash for later use. I also stock up on cotton pads, q-tips, toothpaste, conditioners, make up bags and whatnot. I currently have three make up bags in my drawer and I haven’t even used two of them yet.

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So that is what I currently keep on my vanity! I could probably have reorganized it all but I think it works out fine the way it is. If I moved the storage chest to the left, I couldn’t keep anything on top of it because the mirror gets moved around a lot and that would suck. What do you keep on your vanity? (If you have one, of course).

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  1. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – Garnier’s “regular” micellar water that works like a dream. It has no scent, removes even stubborn, waterproof mascara and it makes my skin feel really clean! Maybe not as soft as it’s oil-infused brother mentioned further down, but it’s still nice! I just finished a bottle, and I will definitely repurchase once I’ve used the other ones in my stash.
  2. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water – This is another good micellar water! It has a bit of a weird scent to it but it does its job and leaves my skin feeling good! It’s also the cheapest option I have in drugstores here so that is nice.
  3. Lush Tea Tree Water Toner – When I first purchased this I used it for all over the face, but I found that it works better as kind of a spot treatment. I use it on days when my skin needs a bit of TLC or if I have breakouts that need attention. It’s really soothing on irritated skin and I love using it. It is a bit pricey, but when I use so little at a time it lasts for quite a while.
  4. L’Oreal Age Perfect Toner – A toner made for mature skin (but it works really well for me too!), and it is enriched with vitamin C! It makes my skin feel rejuvenated and fresh and I enjoy it a lot.
  5. Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water – This one is like an enhanced version of the regular Micellar water, containing nourishing oils that helps remove make up and any dirt from your face. It always leaves my face feeling soft and clean. I also think its fun to just shake the bottle up and watch as the oil and water separates again.

What would be on your top 5?

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I received a sample of this clay mask from L’Oreal and it had enough for two (could have stretched it to three) uses and I was really happy with it! (Although it was sent to me for free, all of my opinions are my own.) I have tried their purifying clay mask before and I was very happy with the result from that so my expectations were high. I used a brush to apply it to my face and it went on in a thin, smooth layer. I think it has been the easiest application I have ever experienced with a clay mask and I truly enjoyed how it felt on my skin.

I noticed that the layer I had on dried fairly quickly but I decided to keep the mask on my face for the entire duration of the suggested time that was 10 minutes. It stiffened up my face like a clay mask would and I found it a bit uncomfortable because I couldn’t smile and I definitely couldn’t frown without it feeling like I was cracking my entire face up.

The mask contains charcoal and other detoxifying ingredients and I could see it attacking the blackheads on my nose, drying in small circles around them and it honestly felt a bit weird. My nose did look clearer when I washed it off though so it definitely must have done something to it. I would have showed a before and after picture but blackheads and all of that makes me feel all queasy and squeamish.

When I rinsed the mask off of my face, I was greeted with the softest feeling skin that I have ever felt in my whole life. My face felt like it was new and I was sad to have finished my second application already, definitely wanting more of this great mask. After using roughly 50 different kinds of sheet masks last year, I feel like this is the year of the clay mask for me and I am really glad I got to test this one out! I would definitely purchase this on my own if I am in need of a face mask in the future and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to give their face a good detox treatment.

Have you tried any of the clay masks from L’Oreal? What did you think of them?

 

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When it comes to skincare, I rarely change how I do it, but I like switching out the products and trying new brands or items from brands I already know. I have been using the same products for a long time so I thought it was time to switch things out and try some new things out. Here’s what I got and my first impressions of them.

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♥ Simple – Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

This is a micellar water cleanser, and I love to use these. I have been using one from Garnier but I felt like it was time for something new. The major difference for me was that this one actually had a scent, compared to the Garnier one which was practically unscented. It’s not terrible though, and it does make my skin feel just as cleansed and nice as the other one did. So I’ll give it a 9/10.

♥ Nivea – Soothing Toner For Dry Skin

This one was a bit weird! It totally smells like the Nivea body lotion I used before so it was odd to have that scent for a toner. It is soothing though, and my skin feels a bit more hydrated and not as tight after using it so it works well enough. I used to use a tea tree toner water so having something that isn’t actively combatting breakouts and spots feels a bit weird but so far I haven’t noticed any changes in my skin. I’ll give this a 8/10.

♥ L’Oreal – Hydra Genius Aloe Water

This is a slightly weird one! It’s not a water, it’s not a cream and it is not a gel. I guess it’s like those water creams you hear about in k-beauty, but it is a nice texture. It feels slightly cooling on the skin and it does make my skin feel really hydrated, so I like it a lot! It is light weight and it works nicely under make up as long as you give it a few minutes to dry first, of course. I’ll give this a 9/10.

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♥ Korres – Wild Rose Sleeping Facial Night Cream

This is a very floral scented night cream. I’m not sure what I expected from the scent wild rose but I didn’t expect it to be so potent. It’s not terrible though, it’s just a bit stronger than what I am used to. It is a fairly thick night cream so I only use a little bit at a time to avoid my skin from feeling too greasy the morning after. It works pretty well! I’ll give this one a 8/10.

♥ Dove – Nutrium Moisture Shower Cream Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Scent

I adore Dove shower creams and milks and this is no exception! It smells so sweet and fresh at the same time and it is very hydrating and soothing to use in the shower. The scent lingers for a while too so that is a plus! I think all Dove shower creams would get an automatic 10/10 from me, I haven’t encountered any bad ones yet.

I also received a sample with my order, which was for the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser. I haven’t tried this yet since I am still getting used to the new products I’m using now, but I am very excited to give it a go after a while.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? 

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It always feels weird to make wishlists based on the season of the year, but some products just sound more tempting and more useful in the summer. Cooling products, for example, are great to use during the summer and I would definitely never use them during winter because it’s cold enough here already. I always feel like using lip products and brighter colors in the summer too, I suppose that is a norm for most people. But for me who usually only wear black and don’t care much for daily make up, it is strange indeed! I have incorporated more pink and blue into both my wardrobe and my make up and there’s a few more things I would love to purchase before summer is over. If I can ever convince myself to do so is a different story, but a girl can always dream! Is there anything you want for the summer? Here’s my somewhat short beauty wishlist at least!

  • Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipsticks in Dark Wine & Dark Pink Frost

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  • NYX Liquid Crystal Liner Jade & Wet n Wild Megaslicks Lip Gloss Strawberry Ice

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  • Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots Turqoise Fury & Brazen Charcoal

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  • Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Pads & Skinlite Cooling Cucumber Pads

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  • Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Cream & L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

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