Hand & Nail Empties: July-December 2020

I haven’t done an empties post for a bit… since this time last year in fact! I did end up tossing all the stuff I saved during January-June of last year, but I still had all the stuff from July-December, so we’re going to just do one massive post! I want to get back to doing quarterly empties so I can do more in-depth reviews on the stuff I used up, but for now we’re going to try to breeze through these or else we will be here for a thousand years (the key word is “try” – you know I’m wordy)! For a lot of the things I have used before, like Bath & Body Works hand soaps or the Baroness X Acetone Antidotes, I’m just going to review the scent and not the formula; I’ve re-purchased these a lot and clearly like them!

MDJ Creations Smooth Finish Fast Dry Top Coat: reviewed previously

a-england The Ridgeway Ridge Filler: This is my favorite ridge-filling base coat hands down. First of all, it’s clear and not that weird nude opaque color that peeks out from the edges of your mani if you don’t cover your nail perfectly. The formula is awesome and stays awesome, I barely had to use any thinner. I already have repurchased it!

Holo Taco Glossy Taco: I really do not like this top coat. Yes, it does dry fast but it gets gloopy super quickly and it just applies weird. It does self-level, but it looks super uneven until that point. I had to use so much thinner to get through this, would never repurchase.

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St. Ives VoxBox

**I received all products in this post complimentary from Influenster.**

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This year, I decided to really start hitting my skincare samples and powering through them because I have somehow accumulated A LOT. I started with cleansers and made a pretty good dent, down to half of what I started with. It seems that Influenster had other ideas about my progress, because they sent me the St. Ives VoxBox which included a full-size cleanser. It was St. Ives’ Hydrating Daily Cleanser in watermelon and their watermelon lip scrub to match, which is newer to the St. Ives lineup. I generally like to put skincare to the test for six weeks before I feel comfortable giving my verdict but this time around, because of deadlines, I have only been using them for four and a half weeks. Since I’ve been testing so many cleansers recently, I have been primed for this task! I used the cleanser, which is a foaming cleanser, in the morning and night following my oil cleanser. I used the lip scrub twice a week in the morning. I do want to note that although the bottle says St. Ives is cruelty-free, they are NOT Logical Harmony approved.

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