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Woman Seeking: Social Media

Woman Seeking Makeup is now on Twitter! Thanks to Made From Beauty for the prompt =) If you’re on Twitter and want to follow, look me up @WSMakeup ✨ I have no idea how good I’ll be at Twitter as I kind of suck at maintaining my personal account, but we will see!

In case you’ve missed it, WSM is also on Facebook, which you can find here 

facebook.com/womanseekingmakeup

I’m also on Instagram, at WomanSeekingMakeup as well.  Pretty straightforward, right? So if you’re loving the blog, find me on the other fun social sites, too!

XOXO, WSM 

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Woman Seeking: Target Beauty Box 2015

A short time ago I saw a blogger/Instagrammer (I can’t remember!) post about the Target Beauty Box being available, so I jumped online and ordered myself one. For $5 and free shipping, I figured why not? Although these boxes are currently unavailable, I thought I would do a mini overview on what I received and my first thoughts. I haven’t tried all the products so I can’t do a full out review, though I’m sure as time goes on I will do one product reviews or have some of the products in empties videos. Here are my thoughts so far!

  
First, this isn’t a subscription. This is a one time beauty box offer. I ordered it directly of the Target website. It also arrived very quickly, in less than a week! This was a huge plus for me, as I dislike waiting for packages to arrive for weeks. As you can see, it comes in a sleek black cardboard box with “Target Beauty Box” on the outside. When you open it up there is a description card listing the products and how to use them. There were four sample/travel size products and one full size product. All the travel sizes were impressive, except for the Neutrogena. At 0.25 oz, it looks a little pathetic nestled among the other products, but I’m assuming you must not need to use much at once. And really, at $5 for the whole box, I’m not complaining the least bit! Also included were two coupons: one for 20% off and a complimentary gift at DermStore.com, and one for $3 off a beauty department purchase of $15 or more at Target. I’m not sure if I’ll use the DermStore coupon, but the Target coupon will come in handy. After removing the inserts, the products are loosely wrapped in red tissue paper, a nice touch that makes it feel quite special, in my opinion. 

  
The first product that caught my eye when I pulled back the tissue paper was the Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System w/Marula Oil & Biotin Shampoo. Oh man what a long name! The bottle is 3.2 fl oz worth of product, which for me means it will last for a while. Definitely more than one time use, and long enough for me to get a real feel for the product when I try it out. I did tear off the protective foil on the inside and it smells wooonderful! It reminds me of some kind of Bath and Body Works product, but I can’t put my finger on which at the moment. I don’t know much about this brand, but the bottle claims the product is cruelty free and includes organic and “ethically trades ingredients sustainably produced.” So there is that. It also has no sulfates, parabens, synthetic ingredients or synthetic colors, among other things. Honestly, it just smells so good and I can’t wait to use up my current shampoo so I can test this out!

  
Next is a sample of Neutrogena’s new(ish) HydroBoost Gel-Cream for Extra-Dry Skin. Again, at 0.25 oz it’s the smallest of the samples, but since I don’t have extra dry skin I’m not too upset. I usually save products like this to use around my nose when I have a cold, or as somewhat of an overnight moisture mask. This comes out a milky white color, and the name nails the consistency, gel-cream. When I mix my Clinique Dramatic ally Different Gel with the Lotion version during the winter, this is close to the consistency I get. I like that it’s very…water full. Not watery, mind you. It dried quickly on my hand and had just the slightest of scents. It includes Hyaluronic acid and is fragrance free, oil free, dye free, and non comedogenic. I’m hoping this will me a good product to use in the winter when my skin can get a bit dry, but the rich creams for dry skin are too rich for my acne prone skin. 

  
Next there is a travel size Extra Firm Control Hairspray from TRESemmé. I prefer lighter hold hairsprays but this is a good product to include for a general beauty box. I don’t have a lot to say about this, to be honest. I’ve used it before, and it works and is a nice product, it’s simply just more hold than I prefer. It will be nice to use for special events or to throw in a weekend bag if I don’t want to take my regular size hairspray. 

  
I showed this box to a friend, and she was most intrigued by the Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray from L’Oreal. This 3.4 fl oz sample is generous (the travel size from Urban Decay, for instance, is only 1 fl oz.). It’s sprayed evenly when we tested it, though it did have a “hairspray” smell to it, so much so I questioned if it w as actually for the face and not for hair. I haven’t tested it for real, simply spritzed it to see the force of the spray and if there was a scent. Makeup setting sprays are slowly making their way into drugstores, and I’m very interested in giving this a go. 

  
Last but not least is a full size lip product from Maybelline, the Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color in (090) Rose. I love that the packaging shows the true color of the product, making it easy to find or distinguish if you have multiple colors of the same product. It kind of smells like Trix cereal, but it does not taste that way! I don’t notice the smell once it’s applied, but do notice it if I kiss the back of my hand and then smell my hand. This is a thick gloss that doesn’t feel sticky to me in the least, and gives just a bit of color. I’m not sure if darker or brighter colors would show up more intensely, but I was happy the Rose color was included since that is probably the color I would have picked out myself. I’m a fan of the applicator, as well. It’s soft and moves easily, whether I want a broad swipe of color or a more precise application. 

I think this is well worth the $5 I spent, and am happy I was able to snag one this year. I have a soft spot in my heart for Target, as I’m sure many of you do as well, and they did not disappoint me. A great deal, great products I’m actually interested in trying out, and speedy service. If I did ratings, I’d give this a 10/10! 

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: The Creative Blogger Award 🏆

Thanks to Lipstick & Lightsabers and Honestly Positive Lifestyle, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award! Each of these blogs are great, and I encourage you to take a moment to check them out. Thanks so much ladies! I was nominated quite a while ago, but I finally have time (and Internet service) to upload this post! 

The rules of the award are:

  • Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you (lol I’m sad this had to be made a rule!)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Nominate 5 blogs
  • Pass on the rules

Some …fun?..facts about me aaare:

  1. I crunch all of my chips before I eat them. If it’s an individual sized bag I just crinkle the whole thing up, or if it’s a large bag (or at a gathering or picnic or something) I will portion my serving onto a plate and then smash them with my fingers. I don’t crunch Pringles, however. I think this may be a leftover habit from my days with braces? No clue!
  2. My favorite movie is Ever After, even though normally I don’t like Drew Barrymore. I’ve seen it countless times and it has yet to get old. It’s romantic and smart and sassy wi subtle humor and just oh so great. 
  3. I love using the 😩 emoji! It’s so dramatic and over the top! It’s probably one of my most used. 
  4. I’m a huge dog person. I’m not anti-cat, mind you, but I definitely prefer dogs. I’m an animal lover in general, actually. I also like horses, turtles, and hedgehogs. I’m hoping to maybe get a dog in a couple of months, but I have to make sure I have the time it deserves first. Be realistic about pets, folks! 
  5. My preferred (daytime) tea is Irish Breakfast Tea from Twinings. I like it straight, but I usually add a touch of creamer/almond milk, and sometimes a half a packet of sugar. I try to start off my day with green tea because, ya know, health…but when I need the caffeine or sweetness this is what I grab. 

So that’s a little bit more about me! It’s not beauty related, but I thought it was fun to fill out and hopefully fun to read. I’ve decided to tag some blogs I’ve been loving recently. Not all do these are beauty related, but they deserve some love! If you are one of the blogs I nominated and are reading this, no pressure! I simply wanted to inform my readers of your awesome blog and send some good vibes.  Those blogs are:

Feeding The Heart

Bitsy Besty

Life With Tisha

Made From Beauty

With All My Affecttion

Check them out, and list some of your favorites blogs or fun facts about yourself in the comments!

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: An Explanation

I’m baaack! After a mini hiatus I’m so excited to get into the groove of things again and put out some (hopefully) awesome posts! I thought I had published a post giving the heads up that I was going on a mini break, but I realized today that it was set to private! Fail! Sorry about that. The past week or so has been crazy! I checked out a few new apartment complexes, signed a lease for my favorite, and have been in the process of moving. Anyone who’s ever moved knows what a trip that can be. Luckily I didn’t move too far away, just under an hour to the west of my family home, but that seems to be a bit of a downfall because instead of feeling the need to clean out everything from my parents all at once, I’ve gone slow and figured “eh, I can just make another trip later.” This has resulted in me bringing all of my clothes…but not a single hanger. Smooth. I’m happy to be back in my own space, though, and the best part is my commute to work went from an hour to about 10 minutes! Wahoo! With all the craziness going on, I had to step away from my blog for a minute, and I appreciate everyone’s support and understanding. Now that I’m more settled, I’m ready to write! I am going to try switching up my publishing days and see how that works with my schedule. My apartment has great natural light, but I don’t have Internet, so hopefully this new publishing schedule will help alleviate any inconveniences. The futures looking bright and I look forward to putting out some new posts!

XOXO, WSM

PS – The candles pictured are two I’ve been burning constantly. I was looking for the perfect spring candle, and Be Green fits the bill to a T. It smells like outside and freshness, and this mini candle has really impressed me with how fragrant it is! It scents my whole living room without being overpowering. Plus this mini size was only $5, which is a great value for how much I love it. Beachwood is great for evenings, with a somewhat cozy and subtle scent. It’s not as strong as I would prefer, but there is something nice about catching a whiff of it every so often while relaxing with a movie. 

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Woman Seeking: 10 Under $10 – Body

Well, we’ve come to the third and final part of this week’s 10 Under $10 series! If you need to get caught up, you can find the first part – Makeup – here, and the second part – Skincare – here. As I’ve said before, each item on the list costs $10 USD or less before any discounts, coupons, or taxes. I haven’t included any specific prices, as they can vary from place to place, but I went based on the price I would pay at my local store At the time of posting. Today I’m going over ten items for the body, including hair and nails. Let’s get started!

  

  1.  Mario Badescu A. H. A. Botanical Body Soap – This is the best wash to help keep my body acne at bay. It doesn’t smell that great, but it’s not awful either, though occasionally I’ll mix this with a couple drops of my yummy smelling body washes for a bit of an extra boost. It’s a mild formula, however, that works well without drying my skin out. This comes in two sizes, and while the large 16 oz. DOES cost over $10, the 8 oz. is under, and I’ve only ever purchased the smaller size so I decided that it would be okay to include it!                   
  2. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub – I like this scrub because it’s exfoliating without being painful, and also leaves my skin with a bit of hydration. Even though it contains oils, I am still able to use this prior to self tanning.  I’ve only ever tried the Hawaiian Kukui scent (which I love and can’t seem to stray from), but there are a half a dozen options available.              
  3. Batiste Dry Shampoo – I don’t like washing my hair every day, but on the days I don’t wash I need something to help my hair look fresh. This dry shampoo soaks up excess oil without overdrying my scalp. It also comes in a few different scent – my favorites are Wild and Blush.           
  4. L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo – When I do shampoo my hair, I use this to clean without damaging it. It smells great without being overpowering, and never leaves my hair feeling stripped or squeaky. I haven’t found a basic shampothat o I’ve liked or has worked this well for me in a couple of years, and I’m terrified of my hair “getting used to it” and it losing its effectiveness. Anyone else know what I mean, or how to avoid that?                     
  5. Revlon Crazy Shine Nail Buffer – I wear nail polish 90% of the time due to my bad habit of biting my nails (which wearing nail polish somehow helps me not do), once in a while I do like to let my nails breathe inbetween polish sessions. Since I still want my nails to look nice, I like to use this baby to give my nails shine for a faux clear polish look. It really does give your nails that much shine. It’s easy to use and works quickly, which is great for me, because not only am I impatient, but I don’t want to spend to much time staring at my unpolished nails or I’ll start to pick and bite.             
  6. Josie Maran BearNaked Nail Wipes – Chipped and peeling nailpolish drives me insane, so having these handy little wipes is a dream come true. While the picture is just an empty packet of a sample I used the other night, the real product comes in a jar of 20 wipes. The ingredients are nourishing without leaving your fingers feeling greasy or oily, meaning if I want, I can apply a fresh coat of polish right away. One pad is enough for all of my fingers, and they don’t have the typical nail polish remover odor, making them perfect to keep in my pursers use if I have an issue while I’m out and about. I can remove my nail polish without suffocating those around me.                  
  7. Wet N Wild Wild Shine Clear Nail Protector – If you’re looking for a cheap top coat, try this one on for size. The Brian isn’t too wide or narrow for my nails, and the formula isn’t too thick or liquidy. It keeps my polish shiny and chip free for days, even if I have a crappy polish on underneath. I’m terrible about reapplying my topcoat every 2-3 days, and this one helps me get away with my laziness. When I need a basic, no frills topcoat that will just WORK, I will always reach for this.                
  8. Bath & Body Works PocketBac – While I do keep a bottle of Germ-X in my car door, these PocketBac’s are my favorite antibacterial hand gels. I only need a small amount and the bottle pits in even my smallest purse. They come in dozens of different scents, though be warned – like most BBW products they are heavily perfumed, so I don’t recommend using these in a small or crowded space!          
  9. Lush Butterball Bath Bomb – If you enjoy baths or are interested in testing out a Lush product, I highly recommend this bath bomb. The scent is a mix of vanilla and ylang ylang, which is cozy without being suffocating. It’s perfect for rehydrating your skin, as it has bits of cocoa butter in it, and I rarely feel the need to use lotion after a Butterball bath.   
  10. Dr. Teal’s Soften & Nourish Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Epsom salts have a ton of benefits, and can be used in multiple ways. I usually use it as a bath soak, or mixed with a bit of body wash or oil to use as an in shower scrub. This scent is so comforting and relaxing…I love to throw this in the bath and then shut the bathroom door for a bit so the fragrance fills the room. Dr. Teal’s salts come in a few other varieties, but the Soften & Nourish formula is me favorite. 

Some of these are favorites for the price, and some of these are favorites regardless of price, but all are great products to check out. I hope you enjoyed this week’s series! Let me know in the comments, and include YOUR favorite Under $10 products as well!

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: 10 Under $10 – Skincare

Aaand we’re back! In case you missed it, this week I’m doing a 10 Under $10 series featuring makeup, skin, and body products that cost less then $10 each. Each product costs $10 USD or less before any discounts, coupons, or taxes and I based it on what I would pay at my local store. However, I’m not including prices, since prices may vary in different stores and areas. I’ve already posted about the 10 Under $10 – Makeup article, which you can go back and read here, and today I’ll be talking Skincare. Without further ado, here it is!                   

  

  1. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle face wash – Available in both creamy and foaming formulas, this cleanser is my go-to drugstore cleanser. It cleans without overdrying, and is gentle enought to use around my eye area (carefully!). I only need one pump to do the job, so the 12 fl. oz. bottle will last quite a while, helping my get the most for my  money. 
  2. ELF Blemish Stick – With 1% Salcylic Acid, I love to throw this in my purse if I’m having a particularly bad skin week. It’s so cheap, I’m not upset if I lose it and need to replace it, unlike some of my other treatments that cost a biiit more. While the rollerball application method isn’t the most hygenic, if you are careful to apply to clean skin or replace regularly it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. I prefer to roll a bit on my (clean) finger and then apply, as opposed to applying straight to my face.         
  3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater – If you follow my blog at all than this pick is no surprise. This is my all time favorite facial spray. It helps with hydration and slightly calms down my skin as well. I use this both under and over facial lotion, as well as by itself. I have used this over makeup too, if I’m looking a bit powdery, although it is NOT meant to prolong makeup.            
  4. Sephora Sheet Mask in Rose – This was the first sheet mask I tried, and I was very impressed. It added moisture (ugh that word!) back into my skin without clogging the pores of my acne prone skin. After use my skin felt softer, and the results lasted a couple of days. Plus there is a ton of serum, or gel, in the packet, so you can use the extra on your neck and décolletage. 
  5. ELF Eye Refresh – Ok, I’ll be honest, this is nothing special. If you’re looking for something to really benefit the skin and/or help with dark circles this is not for you. However, if you’re looking for something soothing to perk your eyes up a bit, this is great. I use it when I’m feeling tired or hot (this is so handy in the summer). The metal rollerball feels wonderful on the skin and doesn’t tug or get caught up. I needed a no frills eye roller, and this works great for me for the time being.            
  6. Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask – Long name, great product. Freeman Beauty has great face masks in general, b I like this one because of its dual purpose. Not only can I use this as a regular face mask, but I can also use it as an exfoliator if my skin is feeling extra rough. It is one of the more harsher scrubs, so I try to be extra gentle and rub it onto my skin very gently as not to aggravate or scrape my skin, but when I need a good scrub this does the job wonderfully.          
  7. Water bottle – Like how I snuck this in here? Drinking enough water is the quickest way for me to improve my skin. Water bottles can be bought at almost any store and come in a variety of different styles for a huge range of price points. My favorite water bottles at the moment are from Camelbak (I think I got it at Target? Or my local bicycle shop) and Rove (I got it as a gift but I’ve seen them at TJ Maxx). I cannot stress enough how important it is to drink water, so make sure to include a water bottle into your beauty budget!             
  8. Lush Lip Scrub – If you’re in the market for a lip scrub, give this one a try. It’s grainy formula is perfect for sloughing away dead skin, and it’s ease of use is a winner with me. You simply apply it with your finger and rub it all over, and then lick it off! I have this in Bubblegum, but it also comes in Mint and Popcorn, as well as the occasional limited edition flavor at certain times of the year. I may or may not have put some of this one, then left my house and got in my car before rubbing and scrubbing and removing it.             
  9. Neutrogena Clear Face sunscreen – If you are worried about sunscreen clogging your pores and causing a breakout, worry no more. I discovered this last summer and have used it ever since, and not a single zit I have can be blamed on this product. Wearing sunscreen year round is important, but people forget. So here is your reminder! It’s spring and that means summer is right around the corner. The sun is closer (literally), so even if it’s a cloudy day, make sure to slap some of this on every few hours.           
  10. Boscia Blotting Linens – Perhaps a little pricy for an oil absorbing sheet, I love these. My favorites are the Charcoal. I prefer these to a really popular drugstore option because these aren’t as obvious in showing how much oil is removed. While some really love watching the little blue sheet turn clear, I find it super embarrassing, so these are a much better option. If you look closely, you can see where it’s clean vs where it’s used, but people around you couldn’t. These also smell wonderful. 

Sorry about the lack of pictures for the ELF products! I keep them packed in my travel bag, which I don’t have handy. Look for an edit sometime soon! Either way, the ten products listed above are all great options for those on a budget, or even for those not on a budget in many cases. Skincare is one area to splurge in if possible, in my opinion, but if a product is effective then who cares what it costs? Keep an eye out for the last part in this series, where I highlight 10 Under $10 for the body, including hair and nails! 

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: The Lowdown on Boxycharm

A few months ago I subscribed to my first (and only) beauty subscription box. Beauty box subscriptions seem to be all the rage these days, and for good reason. Beauty boxes allow a person to try out products for a discounted price. There are dozen of different box services, which can feature nail, makeup, hair, skin, and bath products in both travel and/or full sizes at a variety of price points. After a lot of research, I finally decided to subscribe to Boxycharm. I received my third box today, and decided to do a little review on my experience thus far. 

Boxycharm delivers 4-5 products to your door every month for $21. The products are nearly all full size, with one travel or sample size. The brands featured are brands that I usually haven’t heard of before, although there are products from more widely known brands included as well. Boxes are shipped out and received around the mid or later part of the month. Boxes are themed, which is fun, but because  the boxes are sent so late it can sometimes conflict or defeat the purpose of the theme. For example, February’s box was Valentine themed, including a heart filled nailpolish. Except, almost no one got their package in time for Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to wear that polish. So depending on how picky you are, that could be a bother. You receive an email letting you know your box has been shipped, and it includes a tracking code so you can follow its progress. I really like that feature. I always track my packages and while some companies are awesome at this, others don’t have this option, or it takes a day or two for the tracking to finally activate. The moment I receive the email I can begin tracking my box. So far, each box I have received has had a value of over $100. This is an incredible deal and I don’t know how the company manages it, but I’m not complaining! Included in the box is a product description for each item, and its value. I like that for the travel or sample sized item, the company includes the value of the sample, as opposed the price for the full sized version of the sample product. Did that make sense? I hope so. 

There is also a reward system of sorts. You can collect “Charms” and redeem the for an extra product included in your next box. The product choice and value is available online, so it’s not a mystery grab or anything. You gain Charms by reviewing items, being a loyal customer (if you are an active customer for three consecutive months, that qualifies you as a loyal customer which gets you the bonus points, and this continues every three months), promoting on social media using the link provided online, or referring others (for example, my referral code is VXZvY212bklja2FBbUc0UGNhMVlubU9Rb0ZNN3MrZ1cyQ1NrZ01ZSnJnYz0= which is insanely long but what you can enter at checkout if you feel like it. I included a link at the bottom with my referral URL which is way more simple!). 

As I mentioned, I’ve received a total of three boxes so far. To give you an idea of what’s included, I’ll give you mini rundown of my previous boxes. 

January – Celebrate in Style ($124 USD value)

  • Beauty For Real – The Perfect Lip Pencil (full size)
  • Beauty For Real – True Color Lip Cream in Always There (full size) 
  • Mirabella – Face Prime (full size)
  • Pur-Lisse – Skin Sparkle Flash Tattoos (one sheet)
  • Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum (full size)

February – Kisses from Boxycharm ($68 USD + $36.99 CAD value) (<- They didn’t calculate the exchange rate for one apparently Canadian item, and I’m too lazy to do it myself!)

  • Modern Minerals – Duo Fiber Mini Round Brush (full size)
  • Mullein & Sparrow – Mini Facial Mask (deluxe)
  • ncLA – Nail Lacquer in Heart Attack (full size)
  • Jing Ai – Velvet Shine Lip Jewel (full size)
  • Mistura Beauty Solutions – C2P Complextion Corrector (full size)

March – Lucky Charm ($112 USD value)

  • Oscar Blandi – Hair Product (I received the Dry Shampoo) (travel size)
  • OFRA – Eyeliner (full size)
  • LVX – Nail Laquer (full size)
  • Tarte – Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Charmed (full size)
  • Previse – Nutrify Skin Type 1-6 Universal Tonic (full size)

One of the things that drew me to Boxycharm is that everyone gets the same items. There is no quiz to take that matches you up with a certain selection. Now, I understand that this could be a minus for some folks, as it means you may receive products that aren’t catered to you and won’t work with your specific coloring, skin type, or skin tone. For me, I enjoy the fact that I am not looking at what else someone got in their box and wondering how I have to answer to get their products instead of what I got. Both February and this month, however, did include random color selections, meaning (for example) someone could get one color and someone else could get the same product but in a different color. While I loved the color I got for the Jing Ai lip crayon (mine was Rasberry Ice, a beautiful pinky red), and Oscar Blandi hair product (so happy I got dry shampoo and not mousse, which was an other option), I’m indifferent about the LVX color (I got Lemondrop, which is ok, but I would have preferred the coral or mint instead) and am bummed by my OFRA eyeliner (I got Light Beige, which is such a weird color for my light self but would have been great for someone darker. I’m hoping to use it as a base for glitter liner or to make colors pop). I hope this random selection trend doesn’t continue too much. We all got the same color Lipsurgence and flash tattoos, which is the kind of thing I like. That way if I don’t like it, I simply don’t like it, as opposed to thinking “dang I wish I had gotten the other choice instead!” Knowing there was another option makes me feel like I’m missing out or wishing I could exchange it, while knowing everyone got the item and I simply don’t like it is somehow ok with me. 

Some of my favorite items thus far is the Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum, the Pur-Lisse flash tattoos, the mini round brush, the Jing Ai lip crayon, the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, and the Tarte Lipsurgance tint. This isn’t to say I don’t like the other items, these are just the ones I’ve appreciated the most. There have been only two items so far that I really disliked, which I don’t think is too bad. 

What do you think? Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? Are you interested in reading my thoughts each month when I receive my Boxycharm? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO, WSM

Click here to check out the Boxycharm site for yourself for more info or to sign up! The link is for my referral URL, just so you know =D If you don’t feel like using my code, you can simple Google “Boxycharm” or enter it in your search bar. This post wasn’t sponsored and all opinions are my own, on boxes I spent my own money to receive, for the record. 

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Woman Seeking: A New Favorite High-End Cleanser

As many of you know, when it comes to face wash I am all about the word “gentle.”  On the list of things I look for in a good cleanser, “gentle” is fighting for top spot wth “effective.” It’s THAT important to me. I’ve been happy with my Neotrogena Ultra Gentle face wash and Purpose face wash for some time now, but occasionally I get samples of different facial cleansers from Sephora. Typically the sample is a one or two time use packet, and that isn’t enough to sway me to plop down double or triple the cost of my usual cleanser to road test a higher end one. A few months back Sephora had a duo set from Ole Henriksen that included a travel pack of facial wipes and a 1.5 fl oz version of his African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. After finishing the bottle of Neutrogena that I had open, I decided to test it out and I couldn’t be more pleased. 

This is described as an anti-aging foaming cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. While I typically dislike and don’t understand how a cleanser can work for all ranges of skin types, I feel like this claim comes closest to those claims. I’m unsure how it would work for those with extremely dry skin, but (in my opinion) this really would work for anyone from normal to combination to oily. Most foaming cleansers tend to be drying, but I did not feel that way at all. While it wasn’t moisturizing, I felt like my skin felt…well…normal after washing my face, which is exactly what I look for. 

I expected this to smell more tea-like, but this has more of a citrus scent. I don’t know what African Red Tea smells like, but this reminds me of Constant Comment tea if that helps. I didn’t find it to be too overpowering, and the smell didn’t linger on my face. I especially appreciated the scent in the mornings when it helped me feel awake and fresh. 

I was most impressed with how this cut through my makeup. I was dubious that a simple pump or two would be enough, and went with two pumps my first time, but have used one pump ever since because it is so effective! The first time I used this I had on a full face of makeup and this took everything off the first try. Now, I didn’t use this on my eye area, so I can’t speak to its effectiveness on mascara. The foam goes on nicely then almost disappears, but leaves enough evidence on the skin that you can see where you have or haven’t washed. I was wearing primer, Maybelline Fit Me foundation (matte and poreless, if you’re curious), powder, bronzer, and Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, not to mention eyebrow pomade, and this took every last bit off. I didn’t have to rub and scrub either. I massaged the cleanser into my skin for about 45 seconds, per usual, and then rinsed. I followed with a cotton round soaked with Micellar water just to be sure, and not a single swipe of color was left on my face to show up on the cotton round. And yet using this witho any makeup on doesn’t leave me feeling overcleansed, just perfectly clean and comfortable. Marvelous!

I’ve been using this just shy of a month now, and while I can’t say my skin has improved exactly, it didn’t break out nearly as bad as it normally does around that time of the month either, which I consider a win. It’s been a bit of a crazy month, too, so I’m interested to see how my skin behaves when it’s a NORMAL month. I thought this performed very well under the circumstances. I also can’t speak to its anti-aging properties, but…well I don’t look older! Although this is a pricy cleanser, I’m honestly considering purchasing this in the future. I’m not even halfway don’t with the 1.5 fl oz bottle after a month, which means a little goes a long way and the full size 7 fl oz bottle will last quite a while. I have a few other facial cleanser samples as well as a bottle of my typical Purpose cleanser to use up first, but I’m so excited about this cleanser. There is something about a high-end cleanser that just makes a girl feel fancy and pampered!  

Have you ever tried this cleanser? Have you tried any other Ole Henriksen products? Let me know what you think!

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: The Liebster Award 🏆

I was nominated by Lightsabers and Lipstick to do the Liebster Award! I am so happy to be nominated, and the opportunity to share my favorite new blogs! I’ve seen this award going around, and thought it was a really fun thing to do. This comes at the perfect time, because if you follow my blog you know that I didn’t put out a post as I normally would on Thursdays. Between work and getting ready for the tri and life, I was just too exhausted and didn’t have any back up posts to use in place of a fresh piece. So I’m back this week, and may even throw in an extra post to even things out! We’ll see. 

Here were my questions:

1. What are two makeup products that you can’t live without?

I’d have to say Benefit’s The Porefessional primer and mascara (no specific kind). Not that I wear makeup everyday, but when I do, those are always staples. I always put on primer before BB Cream, Foundation, or even tinted moisturizer, and the Porefessional is my favorite. And as much as I love lip products, it would feel weird to wear lip anything but no mascara, but it wouldn’t feel weird to wear mascara and no lip product!

2. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

I saw this answer on Instagram or somewhere once and I thought it was so clever, so I’ll try to mimic it here – I would chose salad. Not only because I do love salad, but also because salad is so vague. There is garden salad, Caesar salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, Greek salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, potato salad…you can pretty much make anything into some form of salad. Loophole!

3. If you could switch places with any character in and book or movie, who would it be? Why?

Id switch places with Danielle from Ever After, simply because it’s my favorite movie

4. What’s your favorite drink at Starbucks?

An iced soy chai tea latte. I like the hot version, too! 

5. What is your favorite guilty pleasure tv show?

Mob Wives. It’s ridiculous, and stupid reality tv, and just…ridiculous. And I love it. It’s not my favorite show, but definitely a guilty pleasure

6. If you could drop everything and travel somewhere right now, where would it be?

This is SO hard for me to pick, but as of right now, this moment, I’d have to say Bali. 

7. What would make your perfect pizza?

I like a non tomato sauce pizza. Maybe a fresh Margherita pizza? 

8. What fictional character do you want to marry or be best friends with?

I used to have a crush on Demetri from Anastasia, does that count?

9. Do you have any pets? If not do you want any?

No I don’t have any animals (although my parents have a dog!). I love animals and would love one of my own, but I just don’t have the time an animal deserves.

10. If you could have one super power what would it be?

Again, an answer I’m totally stealing from I don’t know where – the power of refill. Hungry? Refill plate. Tired? Refill energy. Late? Refill time. Annoyed with someone? Refill their bladder haha

11. What Disney character do you most realate to?

Max Goof…he’s cool, awkward, independent but still loves his family, and a little cynical at times but wants to embrace the wonderfull! 


I didn’t play by the rules completely, because I had a hard time figuring out of the blogs had less than 200 or not, so I’m just nominating or mentioning a few that I would recommend checking out! For any of you that I nominate, please don’t feel pressured to post this yourself if it’s not in your scheduling, just know I enjoy your blog and hopefully my readers will too!

Rules:

  1. Link back to the person that nominated you
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  4. Create 11 questions for the nominees
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

Below are the lovely blogs that I would like to nominate:

Luce Luxe Lifestyle

Made From Beauty

Charm and Chocolate

Lucy Cowlin

Sprinkle of Pretty

The Honey Blonde Life

Charlene Chic

Lauren Rellis

Bitsy Besty

Beauty East Coast

Toast The Girl Almighty 

And your questions are:

  1. What is your favorite new (or new to you) product?
  2. Best makeup tip you ever received?
  3. What is your current skincare routine?
  4. What is one thing you do to keep healthy?
  5. Favorite quote or life perspective?
  6. What is one blog related pet peeve you have?
  7. What is one fun or interesting fact about yourself?
  8. Any goals you are working on or have for this year?
  9. What’s your favorite recipe to share (and share it!)?
  10. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve heard recently?
  11. Favorite movie?

I hope this was fun to read! It was fun to answer and let you all get to know a few silly things about me =)

XOXO, WSM

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Woman Seeking: February Empties

February was a long month. It was cold, it was snowy, and it was windy. For only being 28 days, it’s the longest feeling month I’ve experienced in a minute. I’m so happy to be moving into March. For now, here are my thoughts on the products I managed to use up this month.



Yes to Carrots Lip Butter in Sweet Fig – I am so on the fence as to how to review this. I loved this for a few weeks. The smell is unique and nice, and I felt like it was decently hydrating. I have to throw this out, though, because it is like…melting. Just like real butter. I feel like it is a product meant to be sold in a jar, but the company tried to put it in a tube to make it more marketable since many people don’t like jars? I’m completely making that up and have no idea if that did or did not happen, but it’s confusing. I’m actually going to depot this into an empty jar I have and see if I can get some more use out of it that way so it’s not a total loss. Not sure if that makes this really count as am empty? But either way, I won’t repurchase since it’s a good but average lip balm, and not worth deporting and such every single time. 



Bare Essentials Handi Buki brush – I have had this brush for so long. It is OLD. It seems like it’s still a sturdy brush, but I think it just needs to go for hygenic reasons (I got this way before I knew or cared about brush maintenance). The bristles are starting to break and fall out a bit anyways. It was a great brush, but for some reason I’m never very interested in even looking at more brushes from this brand. I won’t be repurchasing. 



Johnson’s No More Tangles Detangling Spray – I’ve been buying this for yearsss, but lately I’ve felt like this just wasn’t doing anything for me. I have fine, thin hair, and in the past a couple sprays of this left my hair so easy to comb through and smelling wonderful, but this time I felt like I was putting water in my hair. I’m not sure if they changed the formula or what. I won’t be repurchasing it, sadly. 



Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Conditioner – I expected this conditioner to be a little too heavy for my hair, and actually don’t really know why I bought it, but I am SO glad I did. I think it’s my favorite conditioner out of any conditioner I’ve ever used. It’s cheap, it’s thick, and it conditions without ever weighing down my hair or leaving me looking or feeling greasy. And the smell! I have no idea how to describe it but it smells so good. I never used it this way, but I also think this is one of those conditioners you could leave in extra long and use as a deep conditioning hair mask as well. I actually didn’t pick this up when I went to the store, because it was sold out and I had a coupon for the store I was at, so I just bought the conditioner that was supposed to go along with the shampoo I was purchasing. Biggest regret ever. As soon as I can get through this bottle of average conditioner (to be fair it doesn’t suck, it simply just isn’t as good) I will buy the Garnier again. 



Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – This is one of two cleansers I always fall back on. It cleans without over drying, and the price is right. For more info on skincare and cleansers, checkout Part One of my Skincare Series from January, Cleansers & Exfoliants, here



Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light Medium – I received a sample of this powder with an order, and got two uses out of it before it was gone. I never used this alone, but instead used it over my liquid foundation and BB cream as more of a setting powder. While I didn’t hate it, I don’t think it was anything special. I have other powders that give the exact same results. I will not purchase a full size of this, but if this was a sample choice on a future order, I would pick it simply because it did set my face well, and samples like this are perfect for traveling. 



Marc Jacobs Honey – This is just a little sample, and I have at least two more sample vials of this because for a while there beauty stores were handing this out like candy, but I’m ok with it because this smells really nice. I’m a huge fan of Marc Jacobs fragrances in general, though oddly I don’t own any bottles or ever rollerballs of any of his scents. I would purchase this in the future. 



Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater – Yet another bottle of this in an empties post. I love this stuff. I didn’t repurchase because I have a small stash of this built up that I need to use before I buy more, but I definitely will be repurchasing when the time comes. 



Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Moisture Extreme Body Buttercream – I’ve never used Soap & Glory body products before, although I love their foot cream, so I was excited to use this sample. There was enough in the packet to easily use on both of my legs, which is were I usually use body butters or thicker lotions. This was such a nice lotion. It went on easily and sank it, but I could still feel it on my legs. Not in a greasy way, just in an “oh my gosh my legs are so hydrated and soft” way. It’s thick, but the texture is somewhat a whipped texture, which is really interesting! It smells heavily of lime, but not like lime in a margarita, as it’s a bit more sweet than that. Perhaps Key Lime Pie? Soap & Glory I think is known for their unique scents, so it’s hard for me to describe. I’m personally not a huge fan of the scent, and would pick another type of this lotion of it was available (it’s not). But I would use this if someone gave it to me. This lotion has made me interested in other body creams from this brand, and although technically I’m not sure if I would repurchase this, I’m going to say I will simply because I really loved this, and the only thing holding me back is a personal preference regarding the scent!



Mario Badescu Special Cleansing Lotion “C” – Hated this. Straight up. It smells awful, it’s super strong, and it’s a higher maintenance cleansing lotion (aka toner) than any other kind I’ve used. Ok…all you have to do is shake the bottle so the sediment at the bottom mixes with the liquid, but still. Love MB products but every line has its weak spot, and for me, this is it. 



Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush – I wanted to try Batiste dry shampoo because I’ve heard great things about it, but it’s fairly pricy so I picked up the travel size. For me, this lived up to the hype. It comes in a variety of scents and it leaves my hair looking normal whether it’s day two or even three of not washing, which is impressive because my hair is so fine and thin that it can look almost wet when not washed for three days without this. It does make my hair matte, because of the powder, but I expect that from any dry shampoo and it doesn’t bother me. If I need a little shine I use some Aussie Hi Shine Hairspray on top, or a little oil on my ends. This didn’t agitate my scalp at all either, which was a big worry for me. Heads up, the spray is pretty intense. I would suggest a test spray so you understand how forcefully it comes out before spraying it on your hair. I would also caution those with dark hair, because even with my light hair I had to make sure this was properly absorbed and rubbed in so I didn’t get a weird powdery grey look. I feel like those with darker hair might have a rough time unless they used this the night before. I’ve seen they have one for blondes, brunettes, and redheads….but I’ve also only read negative reviews on them (the color transfers). I have repurchased this in two scents, Blush and my absolute favorite scent: Wild. 



St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer – This product took me FOREVER to finish! I have been using it for months as a night cream and all over body lotion. I go into detail about it in Part Two of my Skincare Series, Hydration, which you can find here. I’m not 100% sure I’m going to repurchase, but it is a solid product. 



Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Hawaiian Kukui – This stuff has become my all time favorite body scrub. It left my skin feeling so soft and smooth every time I used it, but it wasn’t too harsh that it left my skin red or my hands raw. It is also surprisingly hydrating! I even tried using this before self tanning, and although there are oils in it to help soften, my self tanner went on smoothly with no patchiness in sight. And the smell! It is kind of warm, kind of sensual, but although fairly fragrant, it’s not overwhelmingly scented. I have no idea what Hawaiian Kukui is, but I love it! They do make this in a few other scents, including fruit scented ones and one that smells like coffee to me. Definitely going to repurchase. 



Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo – I first tried this a few years ago, and I couldn’t remember if it was effective or not, only that I loved the smell, so I picked up this trial size to be safe. I still looove the smell, it reminds me of summer and the beach and the pool, but it wasn’t my favorite as far as actual shampoo goes. I may try this again in the summer to see if it works with my summer hair, but it always made me want to rinse and repeat, or use along with another shampoo in order to feel really clean. Which bummed me out because that left me feeling like I over cleaned my hair (I dislike squeaky clean hair!). Since this alone wasn’t enough and using it twice or two shampoos was too much, I usually just omitted this and used a different shampoo all by itself. I’d catagorize this in the will not repurchase file, even though I might try it again in the summer. 



GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment – While this brand is pretty hyped about, this was another ho-hum product for me. While I need feel a slight tingling and cooling sensation, I disliked the large chunks of…I don’t even know what. It doesn’t make sense to pure foliage style pieces in something meant for the delicate eye area. It heave treatments do feel nice, but there are other, chunklessnproducts out there that feel just as nice. I will not be repurchasing. 

And that’s it! I finished a few big bottle products this past month, which is always nice, as well as knocked out a few samples. Some things were awesome and are now part of my staple collection, others I’m glad to see go. Did you find any new favorites among your February empties? 

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XOXO, WSM

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