Empties: November 2014

Empties time!!! Pretty excited because I was able to get through a lot of product last month, and also ended up tossing a few things. Here we go!!

***All items either purchased by me or received as a sample with purchase. Links are to previous reviews. 

Empties: November 2014 - www.gummyvision.com

Empties: November 2014 - www.gummyvision.com

Hair & Body

Beauty Protector Shampoo and Conditioner - Absolutely love this duo, and they pair wonderfully with the Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. I'm on my second bottle of each. The shampoo makes my hair squeaky clean so if you don't like that feeling then stay away. I usually don't like that, but for some reason it works really well when paired with the conditioner. The duo keep my hair soft and manageable, and they also help keep things moisturized. 

Sans Ph Perfect Body Wash - I bought this from Amazon when I was too lazy to go to the store. Ph balanced sounded interesting, and the name Sans comes from the fact that it's 'free' from a bunch of stuff. It was ok. And it was kinda pricey. Won't be purchasing again. 

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream - Review HERE. Won't be repurchasing. 

Dr. Hauschka Deodorant in Fresh scent - This is finally my last bottle. Actually I kinda cheated because I gave my absolute last bottle to my friend. I wish I had kept it though. I'm using Jungleman deodorant right now and though I love it, it's kind of hard to spread and gets my underarms a little sore after too many days in a row (from trying to make sure it's rubbed in). I liked having this to give myself a break. It doesn't work as well as Jungleman, but it works well enough. I might repurchase this, as it's difficult to find aluminum free deodorants that you like! I know...totally not sexy having deo in an Empties post, but it's something to look into if you are searching for aluminum free :-)

Philip B. Lightweight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse (sample) - Not impressed enough to be even remotely interested in the full size. 

Hand Spa too long of a name something or other hand cream (sample) - Didn't like and will not be purchasing the full size. 

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Shower Cream - I really liked this a lot and loved the scent. Creamy, pretty moisturizing...and just felt nice. Would definitely consider repurchasing at some point! 

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Lotion - Loved the smell, of course, but it didn't keep me moisturized well enough. Felt pretty rich going on, but again...that didn't last as long as I wouldn't liked. Won't be repurchasing. 

Empties: November 2014 - www.gummyvision.com

Empties: November 2014 - www.gummyvision.com

Skincare

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser - Review HERE. Love!! I've gone through several bottles of this and will absolutely repurchase as soon as I've finished some other cleansers (see post HERE).

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water - Review HERE. This is part of a pack of several that ended up being cheaper than buying the regular size. I'm working on the last bottle now. I think this stuff is fantastic, but won't be repurchasing until I decide whether or not I like the Tom Ford makeup remover (haven't started testing it yet). If I don't like the TF, then I'll quickly repurchase. 

 Alpha H Liquid Gold (travel size) - Review HERE. Absolutely love!!! I'm working on the largest, full size now. 

African Botanics Pure Marula Oil - Review HERE. Love! Already working on the next bottle. 

LUSH Celestial Facial Moisturizer - Review HERE. I've gone through many tubs of this, but I've finally found something I like better (to be revealed soon). Gasp! Shock! Horror! Yes, believe it!! I still have a new tub of this, but haven't wanted to use it because I like the other stuff so much. That said...I still think it's a wonderful moisturizer! 

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine - Not sure what possessed me to purchase another tub of this, as I was SO excited when I finished the last one because it took FOREVER. So I finished this one...and hopefully I learned my lesson and won't be buying it again. It's nice, but not nearly as good as some other balms I've tried! 

Koh Gen Do Pure Cotton (sample) - Didn't like these at all. They weren't as soft as the Shiseido Facial Cotton, and these shred. Won't be purchasing the full size. 

Kat Von D Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes (sample) - These were super saturated!! But even before I used the second wipe just to make sure everything was off, I could feel my face start to get red and then I saw bumps emerging. I washed with oil cleanser twice and used a follow up cleanser, then used cortisone cream just to be sure I'd be ok. Yeah, definitely won't be purchasing the full size of these. 

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask - Review HERE. Forgot how much I liked these - I had stopped using them for a bit. There are some other eye masks I want to try, but will definitely keep these in mind for future repurchase. I think I have just a few more in the box left. 

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Throw Aways!!

NARS Pro Prime - Just stopped working. Weird. But have found an even better replacement, HERE

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (sample) - Didn't like this at all, mainly because it didn't work at all on me. Have found another sample I like, HERE

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (old version) - I've had this for a REALLY long time and this is all that's left. I much prefer the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, and don't have it in me anymore to try to keep chipping away at this one. Just not happening! Won't be purchasing the replacement Skin Foundation Stick either. 

Koh Gen Do Chiffon Lip Balm - Review HERE. I really liked this, but it has since been discontinued.  It's gone slightly off...soooo...it's going in the trash. 

I also had the Empties from THIS post that I finished in November as well :-) 

Very productive month, Empties wise!!! How did you do?!!

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Swatched: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Does it seem like forever + a day ago when Charlotte Tilbury launched here in the US?!! I almost feel like this post is a TBP - Throw Back Post - LOL! Anyway...late to the party, but here nonetheless...

***Purchased by me. Non Affiliate links included.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow - www.gummyvision.com

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - $65 @ Nordstrom, charlottetilbury.com/us, Net-A-Porter.com

Lots of apologies...for some reason when I took this particular batch of pics I forgot to get packaging pics. Huge fail, but at least I have swatches!! To note the packaging though, I felt like this Filmstar Bronze & Glow has the nicest packaging that is somewhat hefty compared to the compacts on her blush and pressed powder. Those I feel like are pretty flimsy considering the price, but I give them a pass because they are so thin in profile and therefore great for traveling. This Bronze & Glow isn't heavy, but it's definitely got more weight than the other compacts. Plus, I do like the rose gold, and again...this one is very slim in profile, which makes it a great travel companion...plus 2 products in one compact!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow - www.gummyvision.com

The texture is a little on the soft side, but only to the point where it's hinting at creaminess - definitely not soft in a powdery way - for both the Bronze/Sculpt and Glow/Highlight sides. Both apply and blend beautifully. They do have a bit of shimmer, but nothing that seems too much. Though I suppose, you could overdo it if you applied too much. The colors worked really well for me, and each side was right up there with other bronzers and highlighters in my collection. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - www.gummyvision.com

You can see some of the shimmer in the pan here...

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow comparisons - www.gummyvision.com

Here are some swatch comparisons. Left, outdoor sunlight...right, outdoor shade. All heavily swatched. 

Top to Bottom here are the full names of the comparisons:

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder

Giorgio Armani LE Belladonna Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight

Charlotte Tilbury Glow/Highlight

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze/Sculpt

Rouge Bunny Rouge At Goldcombe Bay

Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric 400

Burberry Earthy Blush

Despite the fact that I REALLY liked this, borderline loved it...I ended up returning it. I've really been trying to pare down my stash, and I just didn't need another bronzer or highlighter...especially when I hardly wear either one. Ok, exception being in the last couple of months I've been wearing the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Highlighter a ton. But my point is I simply couldn't justify keeping it and felt it was still in an acceptable timeframe to return. Buuuuut...I still wanted to get swatches up in case anyone was thinking about getting it! 

And in full disclosure, I've actually purged many additional things from the comparison swatches: Chanel Dentelle, Armani Belladonna, KA Candlelight and the Armani Sun Fabric 400. Really tough to let go...but ACK ACK I'm trying to get rid of things I rarely or never use, even if I love them. Go me?!! Ha ha! 

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There's An App For That!

If you follow me on social media, you'll see this happened on Sunday...

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Still not sure what's going on??? Look below!!

Gummy Vision app - www.gummyvision.com

Gummy Vision app - www.gummyvision.com

***Non-Affiliate links. 

YEEEEESSSS!!! I'm totally serious...it's a Gummy Vision app!!! 

Since Monday there have been some tweaks and things, but I'm finally ready to make it official and post about it on the blog!! I am so stinkin' excited, and cannot even tell you how giddy this all makes me!!! <insert all the googly-eyed and smiley faced emojis here!!> Seriously...I can hardly stand it LOLOL :-P 

For now it's available on iOS, Android should be coming soon according to the developer. 

Promise, I didn't suddenly blow up in popularity overnight or anything! If anyone else is interested in turning your blog into an app, read THIS article from IFB. There's a company called DWNLD.me that will turn your blog or website into an app, and submit it for free. If your are a member of IFB you can use the code to get 2 months free. Right now the price is $15/month, and supposedly they soon will have different price tier levels that will give you different benefits...you can read about it HERE. And $15/month? I spend way more than that just on coffee ha ha! So I think it's totally worth it! 

Basically they put your blog/site into a theme/template that's customizable to an extent. According to the pricing link, the other price tiers (not yet available as of today's date) will include additional themes/templates. When those become available the Gummy Vision may change a bit - options, options - we'll see!!

Anyway...the cool thing is there's actually a DWNLD.me app where you can change things (to an extent) in your app and see it get published right away. You can also see your app analytics - for now it only shows how many downloads, but they say soon with the different price tiers you'll be able to access more app data. 

Only thing to note...

If you end up wanting to add anything additional (such as different menu categories or something), or there are some changes you are curious if they can make beyond the DWNLD.me app...you have to email them and they'll let you know what they can do. The thing to note part is to be patient. My experience with them was less than smooth, and frustrating at best. I'm not sure if it was the person I dealt with via email, or just how they operate...but in general trying to get changes made, small details taken care of and overall communication was kind of ugh. Sometimes they were super nice - one time they even called me, other times they were curt and yet other times there was zero communication and I'd have to ask many times to get something done. 

Ultimately, I'm very happy with how it turned out and think they offer a really fantastic service, especially for the price!! I did have to be a little flexible, but that's life :-) Thing to remember is, at the end of the day you're still choosing from themes/templates...so if that's not your thing you may want try something else. 

Soooooo...I have an app!!! OMGeeeeeee!!! Seriously. Did I tell you how excited I am?!!!!! LOLOL!!! 

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Gadget Review: Foreo Luna

When the Sephora sale was almost over, I had a mini panic attack thinking I should get something that was pricey. You know...to make the sale really worth it...because my 10 billion online orders already placed weren't enough?!! 

That's how I ended up buying the Foreo Luna. 

***Purchased by me. Non Affiliate links included.

Foreo Luna for combination skin + included animicrobial pouch - www.gummyvision.com

Foreo Luna for Combination Skin - $199 @ Sephora and on the Foreo site

Normally I would have tried the one for Sensitive Skin, but it was OOS during the sale so I chose the one for Combination Skin. 

The Luna comes with an antimicrobial pouch, charger, warranty card and instructions. It's important to note this isn't supposed to be use to remove makeup, unlike the Clarisonic. You should remove makeup first, then use this with your follow up cleanser. It's also not recommended to use this with "clay-based, silicone-based, or grainy cleansers, exfoliators, or scrubs". 

Source: Foreo.com

Source: Foreo.com

Here are the instructions. I found the pauses that tell you when to move to the next section are little hard to recognize, especially if you use this in the shower. By now I've gotten the feel for what 15 seconds is and end up moving to the next section before it pauses. 

Foreo Luna for Combination Skin - www.gummyvision.com

Here's a better shot of the button that turns the Luna on/off. The -/+ signs decrease/increase the strength of the pulsations. It's recommended to use a lower pulsations when you use it for the anti-aging.

Foreo Luna for Combination Skin - www.gummyvision.com

Foreo Luna for Combination Skin - www.gummyvision.com

The Combination Skin vs. other Lunas have different silicone 'bristle' sizes and placements. Here's a closeup of the silicone on this one. 

At first I used this for a solid couple of weeks, both night and day. Here's what I found during that time:

* Holds a charge amazingly well. Even after 2 weeks I didn't need to charge it. The Foreo site says it can be used 450x's on a full charge. 

* Dries quickly and cleaning it is a breeze. Very travel friendly since it holds a charge so well and doesn't take up much space (it's about the size of my palm).

* The silicone feels even more gentle on my skin than my baby wash cloths and muslin cloths. Feel so gentle, in fact, that I kept wondering if it was doing anything for my skin.

* I found it a little tough to navigate around my nose and also where my nose goes flat, between my eyes (trying to get into that little dip is very difficult!!). And over my cheekbones. Basically anywhere that's not flat. 

* I have to keep wetting it during the process, otherwise it feels like the cleanser kind of dries out. Unlike the Clarisonic or other similar gadgets with nylon bristles, there's nothing for the water to really hang onto so it just gets dry. 

* I had watched a few 'how to use' videos and they all said to use bigger kind of sweeping motions. Then Rachel (Thank you!!!) said she uses hers with tiny circles - that works SO much better! 

* Absolutely no irritation, even with night & day use...but I have read other reviews that said otherwise. (***Edit: Should be noted here that the Clarisonic absolutely tore up my skin, and it hasn't been the same since.***)

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And here's the anti-aging side. During the 2 weeks of night/day use I didn't notice a change in fine lines around my eyes. Even now after a month I don't notice a difference, though my use has dropped. In the Luna's defense, I don't have a ton of fine lines to combat and I do use a lot of other things to help...so...there's that. At this point, I feel like any anti-aging with this device is something I wouldn't notice for a long time. I may not even notice it at all...might just be something preventative that you'd never notice unless you had a clone that didn't use it and you could say, oh wow, yeah, that Luna works! Or, oh wow, that Luna doesn't make a difference. Or if you are someone who doesn't use much anti-aging anything you might notice? 

After the couple of weeks of full time use, that 1 minute of Luna use started getting annoying. So I then went back to using my cloths and alternating with the Luna. Because...you know...that otherwise eats into my pinning time!! Plus when I use the cloths, I use them as I rinse my cleanser off so they are definitely less time consuming. 

Then, since I really wasn't seeing a difference, and also didn't feel it was exfoliating any better than my cloths I stopped using the Luna altogether. At this point I was set that I was going to return the thing. That lasted less than a week because toward the end of that time, I finally noticed something. 

When I applied my face oil and started rubbing it into my skin, I could feel little bits of skin that didn't come off with the cloths. The more I rubbed, the more I could feel coming off...and I wold keep adding oil and keep rubbing until I couldn't feel the little bits any longer. You might think this is strange, but I didn't because this is something I've noticed the longer I use oils. I don't know this for a fact, but my theory is because the oils help loosen the skin that's ready to come off and when you keep rubbing...well it's like a little exfoliation session! 

Soooo...the fact that I noticed this wasn't what was surprising, since I had experienced it before. What was surprising, and kind of an 'ah ha' when it finally dawned on me, was that I didn't remember experiencing this while I was using the Luna - even when I was using it intermittently. I've been back to using the Luna about a week now and no longer feel the little skin bits when I apply my face oil (sorry it sounds ew!). Point being, the Luna definitely exfoliates better than my cloths, even if it doesn't feel like it! 

Total I've been using the Luna for about a month, which does take into account the week of non use (***Edit: Sorry!! Actually it's been about 3 weeks, taking into account the time of non-use. I know many of you won't think that's enough time, but since I did notice a difference from when I stopped...for me I feel like that was good enough***). Here I was all set to return this little gadget, but now I'm reconsidering and am probably going to just keep using it. 1 minute out of my life won't kill me, and I actually think how well it exfoliates is worth the time! Plus, since I was able to snag this on sale it wasn't too terrible price-wise. 

Maybe someone else can chime in if they've experienced any anti-aging benefits??? Anyone else tried the Luna? Did you love it, hate it, ambivalent about it...?? 

 

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