Empties #3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I think it's time to do another "product empties" kind of post! I actually don't use products up very fast so a 50ml cream could last me a long time since I have a tendency to keep switching products. I've been trying recently to use up what I have started/opened so hopefully I can clear more clutter :). Here are some products I've used up recently! If you enjoy these, I also have part 1 and 2 if you fancy a look.

YSL Touche Eclat (fake): So I ordered this a long time ago and saw this on eBay from a french seller so I thought hmm might be slightly more legit than the asian sellers *oops*. Funnily enough, I loved this product. It gave me instant brightening, and when used on my nose I felt like I didn't even need to contour - it was that good! Sadly, I was so confused about what shade it was, so I brought it into the stores to get it matched. A lovely Sephora rep said she had no idea what shade it was which reaffirmed my suspicions that this was not actually from YSL. Also, after repurchasing one right from Sephora (which btw doesn't really work for me but I'm stubbornly trying), this "fake" one is significantly longer in size. It's funny how things work out!

Repurchase? Can't...sadly - the seller  is nowhere to be found.

HadaLabo GOKUJYUN Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist: I love using asian skin care as I find it a lot more gentle on my skin than ones I would find in north american drug stores. They are affordable and come in generous sizes. This one was a mixture of lotion/toner in one. I found the hyaluronic acid super helpful in retaining moisture in my skin when it was cold outside and I was feeling too lazy to squeeze in an extra step. It also helped clean my pores better. It did exactly what it was supposed to do and I really liked it. I believe it lasted me around a year?

Repurchase? Yes

Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara: I loved this at first when I first used it, but didn't like it towards the end. I found it flaked and smudged really easily. However, at the start, it gave me major volume and some would say "clumpiness" but I guess that's the essence of the false lash effect anyways. I love the big non plasticy wand too! If you're on a budget and really like this kind of look, I say go for it!

Repurchase? Not now

Urban Decay 24/7 All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray: I should have gotten a bigger bottle if I knew I would go through this so fast! I got a smaller bottle at first because I saw images floating around about how people found mold in theirs since they were using it slowly (pros and cons of paraben-free products hehe). I love how fine the mist is and how it actually helps my makeup last longer on my skin. Plus, if I'm using eye shadow that has fall out, it helps me set them in place! But, if you watch GlamLifeGuru aka Tati, she mentions that L'Oreal has a new setting spray called the Infallible Setting Spray (you can watch the video where she mentions it here). The bottle I got was only 30ml but the L'Oreal comes in 100ml size and it's going to be a lot more affordable.

Repurchase? Going to try the L'Oreal one first but it's a really great product - no faults I can think of.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster: This smells like artificial orange candy. It has a sweetness to it that is actually awakening. I personally didn't find much difference when I didn't use this versus the days that I do reach for it. As with any vitamin C product, you want to apply sunblock to lock in the effects of the vitamin because any exposure to sunlight will render it useless. I also didn't like how the bottle was clear for a product containing sun-sensitive ingredients. I am using the O.S.T Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum and I like it way more (you can see what I think of it in my September Favourites). Also, Ole Henriksen is not a cheap brand so I was pretty disappointed.

Repurchase? No

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment: I love love LOVE this stuff! I would not expect to use up an eye cream this fast (I already raved about it in my June Favourites) but my mom started to use it too because she also fell in love and she uses a lot at a time! I got her the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream a while ago and it seems like she completely forgot about it now. The Shiseido one is very highly rated and I was about to try it myself but now I see no reason to :). Ah, how I wish this was more affordable. One "con" I would say is it's a bit hard to open as the lid is slightly thicker than the bottle when the lid is on. You will know what I mean if you have this haha.

Repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter: This is my favourite body butter for a couple reasons. First, it's one of the most moisturizing ones out of all the scents (I googled a chart). Second, it smells soo yummy! I always go back to this after trying something else in between. I mean, I loved using Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters because of the scent and texture as well but these body butters from the body shop are half the price!

Repurchase? Always

JUJU Cosmetics AQUAMOIST Whitening Cream I didn't really like it to be honest. I found it sat on my skin and didn't absorb that well. I'm finding myself to really like the gel-textured creams all over again. I guess my skin just goes through phases! I also didn't see any of my pigmented areas fading soo this was pretty disappointing and took a lot of self-restraint to use nothing but this till I finished. However, they do make an essence in this same line and that one is awesome!

Repurchase? No

Clinique Happy Body Wash: I got this as a gift for x'mas last year and I finally got around to using it. I found it quite drying (as with all perfumed scents) and I could barely smell the scent at all. It felt too harsh on my skin and I was so happy when I finally used it up.

Repurchase? No

Anastasia Brow Gel I have to admit, I used to just use hair spray and an old mascara brush to set my unruly eyebrows. I stumbled upon this one day and I've really liked it! I know it's a bit much to shell out almost $30 for an eyebrow gel but sadly I have to say, it was worth it. Sometimes, your brush can grab too much though and it might leave a little bit of residue but that's just me nitpicking. I want to try other eyebrow gels out there first before I commit again. I'm looking at you Milani and Maybelline!

Repurchase? Yes

Tony Moly Mini Bunny Hand Cream in Pure Beige If you haven't seen my review for this yet, you can check it out here. Basically, it looks cute and it works! It absorbs fast and it's very light. I think I definitely need something more heavy-duty for winter in Canada though but I loved using it all summer.

Repurchase? Yes

Well, hope that wall of text wasn't too long! If you're interested in any of the products, all the underlined stuff are links! I'm off to shower now, hope you're all having a great week! I'm almost done my x'mas shopping so that's a lot of stress off my shoulders :D. 

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