Monday, July 20, 2015

Trade or Sell Your Unwanted Makeup... What??

I recently stumbled upon eDivv where you can sell or trade (which they call "Divvy") your unwanted makeup items.  These are things that you may have received in a subscription box or maybe something you bought that just didn't work out for you.  Someone out there will want it, even if it's slightly used.

Now I'm not a fan of using other people's used makeup.  I don't think it's sanitary, but hey, if someone wants mine, I'm more than happy to make more space in my bathroom for other things.  I tried eDivv for the first time last weekend.  I posted about 10 items in one night and was surprised at how fast my items went.  Within an hour, I traded away about five items.

That being said, that's the worst thing about eDivv.  You can sell stuff, but no one on the site wants to buy anything.  Finding someone to trade with for stuff that you actually want was pretty difficult.  My first trade was one of my new Stila Stay All-Day Lipstick, which I got in my July Birchbox, and a free makeup kit I got from Bare Escentuals that I never used.  The lipstick was way too pink for my liking and I've had the makeup case for about 7 years now.  I was happy to get rid of these two items.  In return, I got an unused bottle of Butter London nail polish and Bite Beauty lip gloss from the Watercolor collection.  The person I traded with didn't use these products, so I thought it was a great deal.  I have yet to receive the package, so hopefully when they arrive, the items are as described.

After this first Divvy, I was pretty encouraged and then all the ridiculous offers start coming in.  Someone wanted my entire collection of items and in exchange only wanted to give me one of hers.  The next person wanted something but didn't want to give up anything except for a used brow pencil.  No thanks.  I eventually Divvy-ed some more items, but there was a lot of negotiations involved.

Though I like the concept of this website, I find that some people are just really hard to bargain with.  That is what makes this website annoying to use.  Like I also said, no one is willing to actually purchase anything either, so it's hard to get rid of your stuff without getting more stuff!  Would I keep using this site?  Maybe... I'll have to see when my first trades come in just how honest people are about their item descriptions.

If you want to check out what I have listed on eDivv, please go to my eDivv shop!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Disappointing Purchases!

We've all made purchases that we regret buying later.  Here are some make up and skin care products that I bought recently and just wasn't impressed with.  Some of the things here just didn't work out for my skin type or tone, and then there are others that I just absolutely didn't like.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TLC for my dehydrated skin!

I recently came back from a week long trip to Los Angeles and it was summer in LA, which means, very hot and dry weather.  This has never happened before, but my face was completely irritated.  I think having traveled a few weeks back on two long haul flights, and then subjecting my skin to this hot weather, it finally gave up.  It was done with me.  My skin was incredibly sensitive to touch, had a lot of redness (which I normally don't get), some areas broke out, other areas formed dry patches.  I had one dry patch on the corner of my eye lid!  My upper lip and the sides of my mouth completely peeled off.  I was in horrible condition.  When I got home, I took some serious measures to get my skin back to normal.

The first thing I did after getting home was wash my face with a gentle cleansing foam.  I used my newly purchased Pureté Thermale foaming cleanser by Vichy.  It is made with thermal water and is for sensitive skin.  In LA, I was using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is normally fine for me, but with the travel and heat, it was too drying on my skin.  My skin immediately calmed down after washing my face with the Vichy cleanser.  I kid you not, within 10 minutes, it didn't feel as irritated.

I swapped out my regular toner, the Pixi Glam Glow Tonic, for the Avène Thermale Water Spray.  Yes, it's just water, but thermal water has a calming effect on irritated and sensitive skin.  I sprayed some on my face and left it there for a minute and patted it dry.  Again, within minutes the redness went down.

The next thing I used was one of my Lotus soothing and moisturizing sheet face masks from Sephora.  Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and it infuses your skin with a bunch of good vitamins and rehydrates dry skin.  This plumped up my skin immediately.  I followed it up with my beloved Bioderma Hydrabio Riche face cream, which is intensely hydrating.

My lips needed some major work.  It was peeling like nothing else.  I felt like layers and layers of skin from my lips just constantly came off.  This went on for a few days.  To get rid of all the dead skin, I first used the Sugar Lip Polish to gently buff away dead lip skin.  I followed it up with I the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, which is 90% petroleum jelly and 10% other oils and vitamins.

I did this for about a week and by the middle of the week, I saw massive improvement in the hydration and look of my skin.  I'm no longer sensitive or peeling.  If you ever experience incredible irritation or dehydrated skin, try the routing above.  I guarantee you'll see results in about 2 days.

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 2015 Stitch Fix Review!

It's that time again for my monthly Stitch Fix review!  Please check out the video below on the unboxing and review of my July fix.

For a sneak peek, I got the following items below in my fix this month.  Can you guess which ones I kept?  Watch the video above to find out and let me know what you thought of my July fix and if you agree with my choices!

(L) Liverpool Daryl Printed Capril Jeans ($68)
 (R) Kasidy Swing Skirt by Papermoon ($58)

(L) Market & Spruce Barrymore Solid Pleat Detail Top ($48)
(R) with the Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan by Pixley ($48)

Courtney Printed Knit Back Top by Collective Concepts ($58)