Return To Sender V

Welcome to another edition of Return To Sender, where I recap what I've returned lately and why! 


Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish - I've been trying to get a handle on that perfectly imperfect, slightly purposefully messy look and was hoping this product would help. I did like that it didn't feel heavy, but ultimately it helped me achieve the look I wanted for about 5.2 seconds. A slight dusting of hairspray worked better. But I also have heavy hair, so there's that ha ha! 

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush - This was another Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Pebbles induced purchase. They rave about it and have used it in a lot of videos lately, so of course I wanted it! Plus I loved that they also buffed out concealer and it seemed to work beautifully. I didn't like it at first, then liked it more the second time around, found it ok the third time and by the fourth time I was done. It is super duper soft, I'll give it that! But I felt like it just kind of would glide over my skin vs. really getting into the product if that makes any sense? Plus it could get a little streaky at times and then it was more about working the streaks out rather than blending the foundation in. It wasn't terrible, but I love my Tom Ford Foundation Brush so much more. 


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - Just yesterday I posted on Instagram about the blush, asking what people thought about it. I also admitted to buying this on hype, not wanting to feel left out, the fact that there's a Limited Edition color in the palette...oh, yeah...and that thing I have about not being able to quit the Ambient Lighting Powders in general (but hey, I recently sold 2 of them in my blog sale so maybe there's hope for me yet?!!!). The colors were ok on me, but nothing amazing just like the first time round *crickets*. I guess I also wanted to try it because I knew it would be great for traveling. Ultimately I was smacked back into reason when Jennifer so kindly reminded me in an email, 

"I saw you bought that blush palette :3 BAD!"

And yes that's a direct quote! LOL!! So I took it back today. Thanks, Jennifer!!!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging - Didn't work. At all. 


Deborah Lippman in Dream Weaver - I absolutely loved this in the bottle, but once on my fingers it was nice but not love. In most light it ended up looking more green (unlike in this pic) than the dark purple and it also wasn't very glossy even with a glossy top coat. 

And that's about it! How about you...have you made any returns lately??

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Swatched: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic In First Love

When the Charlotte Tilbury line launched in the US, the Cheek To Chic blush was one item I knew I definitely wanted to try. After looking at online swatches, I settled on the color First Love because it looked like it might add something different to my collection. And, as an ulterior motive, I thought it might/possibly/maybe a powder dupe for NARS Penny Lane...something I've been on the hunt for entirely too long! 

***Purchased by me. Affiliate links included.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic in First Love -

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic in First Love -

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic in First Love, $40 @ Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman

The full name is the Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher, with the idea being that you swish the outer color onto your cheeks...then additionally pop the center color onto the apples of your cheeks for a bit more depth. I don't do that really. I just mix the colors together, usually picking up more color from the outer, lighter circle. 

The packaging is a very lightweight plastic. While the design and colors are nice, for $40 I'd like a little more heft to the product. That said, at least it's slim and doesn't take up a lot of space.

The product itself though is super smooth, velvety and blends beautifully. Supposedly the pigment is "rolled into finely crushed pearls that smooth & buff the skin for excellent blend ability & perfect color uniformity" is that :-)  It's not powdery, but it is very soft to the depending on what brush I use sometimes a little product is kicked up. I expected this color to be light and pretty neutral, and wondered how well it would show up. First Love is more pigmented than I expected, and I have to use a light hand otherwise things can quickly turn clown-like! Not that it's super pigmented...just...somehow it seems to pick up on my red undertones a lot so I don't need as much as I do with some other blushes in my collection. 

The outer, lighter circle of color has some shimmer to it, but it's subtle and not the least bit in-you-face or overwhelming. It more just lends to a naturally glowy finish. The middle color is matte. 

Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and definitely wouldn't mind adding more colors to the stash :-)  


Outside sunlight. Bottom swatch is the outer circle. Top swatch is the pop. 

So this isn't as neutral as I had thought it might be. It pulls more peachy on me, and is definitely not anywhere close to NARS Penny Lane. Nevertheless, It's a lovely color!

p.s. If anyone does know of a powder dupe for Penny Lane, please let me know!


Outside sunlight. Bottom swatch is the outer circle. Top swatch is the pop. 


Outside sunlight. Bottom swatch is the outer circle. Top swatch is the pop. 

I did this swatch on my hand for an alternate color swatch, as it didn't pick up as much red as in the arm swatch. 


Outside shade. Bottom swatch is the outer circle. Top swatch is the pop. 


Outside shade. Bottom swatch is the outer circle. Top swatch is the pop. 

Do you have any of the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic blushes? What do you think? Any other color recs I should try? 

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Empties: October 2014

Another month, another Empties post!

***All items purchased by me or a gift. 

1. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream - Love! Staple product.

2. Garden of Wisdom Cherry Kernel Oil - Review HERE. Too heavy for my skin, but enjoyed adding it to my CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. Probably won't be repurchasing. 

3. Professional Solutions Corrective Clearing Mask - Mentioned HERE. Love this product as both a spot treatment and a mask. I'm already into my second tub, and will be repurchasing again!

4. Sunday Riley Start Over Active Eye Cream - Review HERE. Think this is my second bottle? I keep trying samples of other eye creams and serums, but I can't find anything that works as well and is as deeply hydrating. I apply this first, then apply a heavier eye cream to the outer 2/3 of my undereye area. The inner 1/3 tends to get milia if I use a cream that's too heavy, but the rest of my undereye area is super duper dry. Weird, I know! This provides the perfect amount of soothing, deep moisture without being heavy for my inner 1/3 and is also the perfect serum to have layered under the outer 2/3. Sounds complicated, but it works lolol!! Anyway, I'm already into my next bottle. 

5. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover - Mentioned HERE. I did try another cuticle remover from the drugstore (think it was Sally Hansen?), but didn't think it worked as well as this one so I went ahead and repurchased it. 

6. Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SPF50 samples - Review HERE. These are the rest of the sample packets I finished, and I've started using the full size already. 

7. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, large & mini size - I mention this product quite often...I love it and it definitely has become a staple product! 

Deborah Lippmann Addicted To Speed -

...and one throw away...

Deborah Lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat - Really loved this top coat!! It was a little thicker, but I did notice a difference in both dry time and wear. However, this has become too gloopy to use at this point. I won't be repurchasing because it's a little crazy to not even get through half a bottle and not be able to use it anymore. And for the price, I'd rather just go back to my Sally Hansen Insta Dri (in the red bottle) still gets gloopy about halfway through the bottle, but it's a lot cheaper so I don't mind nearly as much. 

Yay, Empties!!! How did you do for October??

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Reviews: L'Occitane Whipped Hand Cream & Whipped Body Cream

Awhile ago, I saw this Instagram pic from @bellachiqueblog...


...and have been on the lookout for this new range from L'Occitane ever since! BTW, if you don't already follow Teri, her Instagram feed always has beautiful pics & her blog, BellaChique, is just as gorgeous! 

L'Occitane Whipped Hand Cream & Whipped Body Cream -

L'Occitane Whipped Hand Cream & Whipped Body Cream -

The L'Occitane hand cream has been a staple for some time now, so I was super curious to see how this whipped lineup would be different. I couldn't find the products at Nordstrom or Sephora, so I was happy to find myself in a L'Occitane stand alone store. And right as I walked in, there was a display of all the new whipped products! 

***All items purchased by me. Affiliate links included.  

L'Occitane Whipped Hand Cream & Whipped Body Cream -

L'Occitane Whipped Hand Cream

I like this just as much as the regular shea butter hand cream, and am struggling to find any differences?? It's just as deeply hydrating, with moisture that feels soothing. It sinks in quickly, and seems to have the same, signature L'Occitane scent (which I really love!). The Whipped version feels slightly lighter in texture, but only by a little bit. Overall, this is a beautiful hand cream!! I can't say I really prefer the Whipped over the regular or vice versa - and there's no difference in price so...yeah! The only difference I can see is that the Whipped version has 25% shea butter vs. the regular version with 20%, and the small difference in texture. Both area really effective!

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream

This was the first body cream/butter/lotion product I've tried from the brand. I have since tried the body lotion, and can say I much prefer that to this Whipped Body Cream.

The good...

This is very hydrating with moisture that lasts a good 24 hours on me. The whipped texture feels light, spreads easily enough and is quickly absorbed. Oh, yes...this also has the signature L'Occitane scent! All good things in my book!

Buuuuut...there are a couple of things I don't like. 

1. This doesn't make my skin feel soft. At all. It ends up feeling a bit...tacky? Not sure how to put it into words, but it's that feeling of a cream that is protective and really holds moisture in...the kind where if you wash your hands/body the product doesn't rinse right off and you can still feel it on your skin. Not smooth, not soft...just protected. Which is a good thing if you are in harsher climates or are crazy dry. But I'm pretty good about applying body cream after every shower so I don't need all that. I just want lasting moisture and for my skin to feel soft. 

2.  This sucker goes way too quickly!!! Check out the pic below...and that's after only THREE uses (the tub came almost full)!! Granted, I do lotion up my entire body including my back...but that seems crazy! I've used this a couple more times since taking the picture, and I don't see it lasting beyond a few more uses. At $24/2.46oz container...a container that will last approximately a week of continued, thanks. 

I'm really glad I tried this (you know, curiosity killed the cat and all ha ha), but I don't see myself purchasing it on a regular basis because of the cost per use basis. Oh, and because I don't care for how it makes my skin feel. I think the only way I would buy this again would be to travel with - since it's not a runny cream or lotion it wouldn't count against liquid restrictions :-) 

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream -

I do think the Whipped Hand Cream is worth checking out, but I'm not so sure I can give the Whipped Body Cream a solid thumbs up unless you need something heavy duty and protective. Both can be found in L'Occitane stores and online...

L'Occitane Whipped Hand Cream, $12/1 oz @

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream, $24/2.46 oz @

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