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Wipe It! / A Breakdown of Pacifica Wipes

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Pacifica Wipes

There's something about skincare wipes. They're convenient, travel friendly but do they really do as a good of a job as their non-wipe counterparts? It's tough to say; there's so many on the market. I've been lucky enough to get a chance to try four different wipes from Pacifica and I want share all of these with you. We'll be going over two types of makeup removing wipes, deodorant wipes and cleansing wipes.

Essential Makeup Removing Wipes* // When it comes to makeup removal, there's something about wipes that make it feel like I'm not getting everything off. I feel I need more than one, even though my daily makeup is very light. Because of that almost still dirty/sticky feeling, I tend to use most makeup removing wipes as an easy way to clean up makeup swatches. These however, leave my skin feeling soft, clean and not dirty or sticky. Below are the ingredients (also on CosDNA):
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera), Cocos Nucifera Milk (Coconut Milk), Decyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Citric Acid, Cocos Nucifera Water (Coconut Water), Phenoxyethanol, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Chamamilla Recutita Flower Extract, Parfum
This does have a bit more a floral perfume-like scent, which to me is a downside. I just don't like added fragrance like that. Also, this didn't work for removing waterproof mascara, so you still need an oil-based remover for that.

Underarm Deodorant Wipes* // Now this you've seen a couple of times on the blog (here and here), but I really feel like I need to talk about this again. My thoughts haven't changed; great for travel, great for those who aren't super sweaty. These do a great job at controlling the funk and if you do get a little funky, you can just wipe it on again! Great for a gal on the go! Below are the ingredients (also on CosDNA):
Aqua, Natural Grain Alcohol, Zeolites, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel), Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea), Cocos Nucifera Milk (Coconut Milk), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Limonene, Glycerin, Salvia Officinallis Leaf Extract (Sage), Polysorbate 20, Parfum
Also, did I mention how much I love the scent? It doesn't linger, but when you pull one out of the package... oh myyy.. Lastly, this isn't drying at all. But you'd probably guess that considering it contains shea butter and coconut milk.

Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes // These wipes are new and are a part of Target's Made to Matter campaign. Definitely a great cause. So as you can expect, these are only available at Target. I feel these are identical to the Essential wipes, but with a similar coconut scent as the deodorant wipes. That already makes these better, but I'm biased towards anything coconut scented. Below are the ingredients:
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera), Cocos Nucifera Milk (Coconut Milk), Decyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Citric Acid, Cocos Nucifera Water (Coconut Water), Phenoxyethanol, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Chamamilla Recutita Flower Extract, Parfum
Identical to the Essential wipes, right? And, just like the Essential wipes, these are clean feeling, non-sticky, but don't remove waterproof makeup. Great for everyday use.

Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes* // I've talked about the Purify wipes before as well. I think these are lovely wipes and definitely do the job if you don't have cleanser, or even toner, around. Personally, these definitely help get anything left over after you've done a sweep with your Essential wipe. This has a bit of tingle (the good kind of course) and leave you feeling fresh for your night time moisturizer of choice.  Below are the ingredients (also on CosDNA):
Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera Water (Coconut Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera), Carica Papaya Fruit Extract (Papaya), Calendula Officinalis Extract, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance
Added fragrance as with the other wipes, but the coconut scent is there. Ok, I love it.

Pacifica Wipes

Pacifica also makes lotion wipes, which I think are an amazing idea. I certainly want to try those out, too. I think I'll be looking at getting some of those on my next Ulta spree. I'm going to try to hold out until the Ulta near me opens up (I'm getting a little antsy though).

Overall, I think the wipes I've used from Pacifica are great, I think I'll continue to stock up on a couple of these when the time comes.

What do you think of these wipes? Any you're looking forward to trying out? What are your thoughts on wipes in general? Yay/Nay? Let me know in the comments! I'll admit, I've gone back and forth with wipes, but I definitely love them for traveling!

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May Birchbox


Ahh, welcome back everyone! I've updated the blog design and redone a little bit around here. But now its time to get back to the posts! Today's post is on the May Birchbox, curated by Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere. There was a chance to select a product and you may be able to tell which one that is. If you're ready, hit the jump and find out! We'll go through this product from left to right...

Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion // Number 4 is no stranger to Birchbox recipients. Seems like there's a Number 4 product in almost every few boxes. I've still yet to try any, but I'm actually pretty excited to try this as I'm fresh out of styling cream. I'm not too keen on the scent right out of the bottle, so I hope it smells better on hair. The full size product contains 150mL and retails for $32. This sample size contains 30mL and is worth about $6.40.


Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream* // It seems like its the time to come out with creams. This one is geared for normal-to-dry skin, so this may not be great for me with summer approaching. Looks like I'll be hanging on to this for the winter time. The full size product contains 1.7oz and retails for $42. This sample size contains 0.3oz and is worth about $7.41.

Chosungah 22 Flavorful Lipstick in Vanilla Berry //  This brand is completely new to me, but it reminds me of 3CE. I was amazed at how bright the bullet of the lipstick is, but how sheer it was in the swatch. I've already worn this and can say it is a great wash of color and is super moisturizing! Love this! This is a full size product that retails for $18.


Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel* // I've already reviewed this product in a Sample Sunday post, so you know my thoughts (if not, go check it out). I won't bore you with the details, but I suggest you try this out if you haven't. The full size product contains 1.7oz and retails for $48. This sample size contains 0.17oz and is worth about $4.80.

Whish Flawless Swipe Post Wax & Shave Serum* // This wipe is meant to reduce the amount of shave bumps and ingrown hairs that can appear after shaving. Curious on this as its now optimum shaving time due to the sun being out. We'll see how it works. The full size product contains 30 wipes and retails for $22. This sample size contains 4 wipes and is worth about $2.93.

That brings us to a worth of about $39.54. Definitely the highest worth I've seen for a while from Birchbox. I honestly feel this may be one of the better boxes, but not because all of the products are amazing. The lipstick alone is worth more than the box!

So what do you think of this box? Any products you're looking forward to trying out? Any that you have and want to share your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

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Blog will be going through some cosmetic changes in a few. Apologies for the down time! Well, what do you think? Let me know your thoughts and any suggestions you may have! I'll be checking for any errors over the next day. (Nobody's perfect.)

Sample Sunday / philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight

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Do you ever come across products that you just absolutely love? Everything about the product is great. The scent, the texture, the way it makes your skin feel. Do you ever come across a product that you want to love because of those factors and then can't because your skin just doesn't agree? Yep, that's what happened here. Today's Sample Sunday is on the philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight. As the tube says, this is an age-resetting, anti-wrinkle moisturizer. Touted by the brand as "...a unique age-resetting complex contains a rare marine algae extract to help target age-accelerating proteins. Powerful peptides and next-generation vitamin C help support natural collagen while proven hydrators lock in moisture while you sleep."

So you can already tell how this review may be heading, but hear me out. I have a lot of things to say about this product. Let's first take a look at the ingredients: (as listed on CosDNA)
Water, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Sugar Cane), Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isostearyl Isostearate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract (Orange), Citrus Limon Fruit Extract (Lemon), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactis Proteinum, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Algae Extract, Tocopherol, Adenosine, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Stearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Lactic Acid, Squalane, Gluconolactone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactose, Magnesium Aluminum, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Parfum, Polysorbate 60, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Gluconate, Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin, Farnesol, Linalool, Limonene, Dehydroacetic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol
Quite the lengthy ingredient list, but definitely a few plant based ingredients. Lemon extract has been said to be a good whitening agent to help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. The same can be said for orange extract, but with the additional anti-wrinkle treatment use as it is rich in Vitamin E. Additionally, apple extract is rich in Vitamin C which is great for both reducing spots and treating wrinkles. However the addition of sugar cane was lost on me until I realized is said to be a great source of glycolic acid.


So upon first glance at the ingredients (mainly the extracts) and the claims, you'd think this product would be right up my alley. Great for age spots, acne discolorations and helps fight against wrinkles; stubborn ones at that. I tried this and after my second night using it, my face was irritated all hell; spots, redness, the works. Well, what went wrong then?

This cream definitely has a lot of moisturizing ingredients. Skin feels quite soft once applied, but a little slippy. A little goes a long way with this product. But I think if you're oily or even combo, this is just too heavy. I feel this is a product geared more for drier skin types. The reason you wake up with healthier looking skin is probably because it helps dehydration lines as opposed to actual wrinkles.

The scent is less than to be desired. Despite all of the added fragrance (there's a ton), this smells herbal, but not in a good way. The only thing that compares for me is how tanning products smell. There's a funk that I just can't put my finger on. It also lingers. Those with sensitive noses need not apply this product.

While I think this product can be good for some, I think this is too much for those with oily or oily/combo skin. If you're on the drier side, this would a decent night cream. I think the hype of it being a miracle worker is a bit much.

Sample Sunday Rating: 4/10

This product retails for $68 for 2oz. There are a lot of other hydrating night creams out there, even at the drugstore, so choose any that best fit your needs. I tried to like this, but it was breakout city for me. Bummer.

You can find this product at Macy's, Sephora, Dillard's, Lord & Taylor, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, DERMSTORE and Ulta.

Tropical Getaway: My Weekend in Florida

I thought it was time to switch gears and share with you the lovely sights from my quick trip to Miami and the Keys! Phil and I have been talking about visiting Miami for really long time. Definitely something that has been on our couple bucket list. Before landed the job he has now, travel was always something we, well I, have always wanted to do. Now that we're able to finally get out and see places, we jumped on the opportunity to enjoy a few days out in the tropical, but continental, US.

Get ready for a picture heavy post.

While I love to travel, I've been limited to strictly California with the occasional venture to bordering states like Oregon and Nevada. Honestly I can count the states I've been to on one hand and still have a finger left over. I realize that may be a lot more than quite a few people out there and really should gripe about it, but with how much I love seeing different cities and states in documentaries, its just not the same as going there. Granted, California is rather large, and I do get the chance to travel up and down the state, but nothing could prepare me for how beautiful it was out in South Beach or just the flight there. Flying over is like every photo you've ever seen.



One of the things I always wanted to see were the lights right off Ocean Drive. How beautiful. Plus, go-go dancers at every club!





Walking around was awesome, too. The different cultures shine through all the yummy food, the buildings and the people walking around.


So after hanging out at the beach and walking around South Beach for a couple of days, we decided to do the tourist bit and took a bus down to the Keys. The ride was beautiful. Nothing but the road, some occasional land, the Atlantic on your left and the Gulf on your right.


We got to Key West and stayed there for the day. Originally we were supposed to go snorkeling. It just happened to be too windy when we got there. Bummer, but we decided to take in the sights instead. We went to the butterfly conservatory, because I freaking love butterflies and swam at the Southernmost beach spot in all of the continental United States.




Also, how awesome is it to have a couple of flamingos inside the conservatory! Anytime I see a flamingo, I get happy. My favorite bird.



And here are some random photos from Key West.




Ok, so the only thing I could think of when I saw this was, "DEATH BY SNU SNU!" lol

I also got to meet up with a friend that I haven't seen in over ten years. Paco and I know each other from gaming. This is where I could go into what I love most about the gaming community, but that's a topic for another day. Just know that these hang out was a long time coming.


Lastly, look at this little guy. Found him while waiting for Paco to come pick us up and take us to the airport. Adorbs!


I did gather a lot of video from the trip and am considering making a vlog. There wouldn't be any dialog and it really wouldn't start until the night we walked around all the clubs. I wasn't intending on vlogging, just wanted to capture the moment.

I'll be honest. As mentioned at the start of this post, this was a couple bucket list location, so I was rather emotional the whole time. Many a times I wanted to cry. I'm such a sappy person, I swear. Puppies make me cry. Any cute animal can make me cry. Remember Kristen Bell and the sloth? That would be me.

I hope you enjoyed the photos! I'm crossing my fingers for more places to cross off my list!


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