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I was going through all of my various products recently and realized that I had a lot of empties hanging around. I wanted to write this post up so that I could get rid of them and make space for new products to try out! On that note, let’s get into what I thought about all of these products!

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I was not a fan of the Batiste dry shampoo, and this was actually my second bottle of it. I have very thin, fine hair (it’s slowly getting thicker and back to the way it used to be when I was 15!), and this just seemed to make it worse. I would apply this at night, like I had seen so many beauty blogs suggest doing for us thin haired girls, and when I woke up in the morning my hair was awful. It felt heavy and piecey, and almost like it moved in one giant mass. It was not light weight, nor did it have that volume and bounce that’s so desired. I’ve since moved on the the Herbal Essences dry shampoo and I like it a lot more.

I’ve just about finished up the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo, although there is still a bit left in the can. I don’t think I’ll be finishing it though. This product pretty much felt the same in my hair as the Batiste one did, all while leaving a lovely white residue. Nice.

The got 2b waving spray was just okay. I think the mist is too heavy, so you just end up with crunchy bits of salt in your hair, which is not a cute look. This is the first salt spray I had ever purchased, and it actually deterred me from buying another one for a while because I didn’t like how my hair looked after using it. I thought that was the look all salt sprays would give my hair. However, I have since purchased the Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray and I’ve had much better luck with it.

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I used up three Simple products recently, none of which I have repurchased. However! That doesn’t mean I hated them, I just really like trying new things. I’ll probably go back to each one of these at some point in my life.

The micellar water is lovely. It left my skin feeling so clean and soft without being harsh on my face. I used this in the morning as a gentler way of refreshing my skin after sleeping all night. At $10, this is a bit more expensive than some other micellar waters, and that’s what made me try something else in the end. On a college graduates budget I have to be picky about what I spend my money on!

I can’t even count how many bottles of the Simple moisturizer I’ve gone through. It’s a very light formula that still feels very nourishing on the skin. I didn’t pick up a new bottle of this only because I wanted a moisturizer with SPF in it for the summer, and when I went shopping I couldn’t find the Simples SPF moisturizer. I’ll definitely purchase this again come Autumn.

The Simple toner was really nice as well. I think it did a great job at evening out my skin tone, as I have quite red cheeks most of the time. However, towards the end of this bottle my skin started to break out a lot, so I went searching for something that was a little more aggressive towards acne and oily skin. If you’re looking for a gentle toner, however, I would definitely give this a go.

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I recently featured the St. Ives Even & Bright face wash in a favorites post, so I won’t go on about it for too long. I will say though, I have already purchased and started using another bottle. It really does even out my skin tone and help with my acne. You really have to spend time washing this stuff off though, as I’ve found that the exfoliants tend to stick to my skin really well. Sometimes I’ll dry my face and find that there are still some sandy feeling bits on my skin.

Lastly, the elf makeup mist & set setting spray was featured in an elf favorites post a few months ago. Since then, however, I’ve fallen out of love with it. It does what it’s meant to do, which is keep my skin matte, but it’s simply an okay product. The mist is quite heavy (as my mom pointed out and made me realize once she tried it) and takes a bit to dry. This was the first setting spray I had tried so I didn’t have anything else to compare it to. Since using this up I’ve purchased the NYX setting spray and have been really enjoying it. The elf spray is only $6, though, so it’s worth a try for that little amount of money.

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey.

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May seemed like it flew by for me! I was so busy with finals, graduating college, attending a wedding and an anniversary party, and taking a trip to Canada! Despite how busy I was I still managed to try a handful of new products that I am loving. Keep reading if you’d like to know more about my favorites this month and let me know in the comments what you’ve been enjoying.

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I took a trip to Ulta and purchased a few makeup bits, and fortunately I’ve really liked every single one. First up is the NYX baked blush in the shade “Spanish Rose”. Although the blush itself is quite rough to the touch and hard to pick up on a brush, the color payoff is worth it. It is a beautiful shade of pink that is just right for my complexion and the shimmer provides a nice highlight.Also from NYX is their soft matte lip cream in the color “Prague”.  I already owned one of their matte lip creams and I knew I wanted another. The color is so pigmented and stays on, even after drinking lots of water and eating a giant burrito (I know this from personal experience…). Once the lip cream dries down it doesn’t feel like anything is on my lips, which is my kind of lipstick.

I also purchased a Rimmel by Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 08 “Rossetto”. I had seen this lipstick kicking around my Pinterest for a while and I finally remembered to buy. It’s the perfect nude color that really pulls a makeup look together. The Kate Moss lipsticks are always super creamy and last a decent amount of time as well. For $4, you just can’t beat it.

Finally in the makeup department is the Tartelette Tease palette. The palette comes with six shades (from left to right: whisper, crush, heartbreaker, wink, first kiss, and bff), two of which are shimmery and the rest are matte. I found that the darker matte colors can be a bit hard to blend, and there is definitely fall out from these shadows, but despite those two things I still love this little palette. It’s small enough for travel while still providing enough shadows to create so many different looks.

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Next up is body! A while ago I spotted the “You Are Amazing” range at Target and was really intrigued. However I wanted to wait to run out of the body wash I was using before I purchased a new one. All the products from this company are paraben free and use minimal ingredients. I could actually ready every ingredient listed. The company also does some great charity work, which you can read about here.

Funny enough though, I didn’t end up liking the body wash/exfoliant I bought. There is just a plain body wash included in this line that I’ll probably end up buying. But this is my favorites, not my dislikes, so the things I do love are the body mist and body lotion. Both have the loveliest coconut scent that lasts all day long. For $4 a piece that is incredible. The lotion is moisturizing without being greasy and is a very thick formula. I definitely want to try the other scents from this line in the future.

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Lastly, I have two skin care products. I was debating whether to include the NYX finishing spray with the makeup or with skin care, but I decided on skincare. The reason being is because I have incredibly oily skin, and this setting spray really helped control that. I spray it on in the morning, and by the time I go to take my makeup off there is minimal oil and grease on my face. Now, I also use a matte foundation and a pretty heavy duty setting powder, but I like to think the setting spray has also helped control the oil slick that is my face.

I had been using Simple skin care products for a very long time, but one day I decided that I wasn’t entirely happy with them any more and that I needed something different. St. Ives has a couple of different cleansers, ranging from no exfoliation to heavy exfoliation. I was looking for a cleanser I could use every day, so I went with the one that provides medium exfoliation. I honestly can say that before this cleanser I never noticed if the product I was using was doing any good for my skin. However with this scrub I have really seen a difference. I still get acne, which is really unfortunate,  but I have noticed a huge difference in the tone of my skin. My face used to be really red and blotchy and I feel like that has calmed down a lot. I use this cleanser once a day (sometimes twice if I feel it’s necessary) and I haven’t found it to be drying.

Thank you for reading through my monthly favorites, as I realize it was quite lengthy. Don’t forget to let me know what products you tried during May down in the comments.

Happy June,

Audrey, xoxo