September Product Empties

Hey guys! Today I have a product empties post! I know you guys love these posts so I try to do them at least once a month. As usual, it’s mainly skincare, but I do have three makeup products today. So here are my empties!

Up first is dry shampoo. I don’t use that much dry shampoo. Since starting my sort of curly girl journey I have been washing my hair more. The longer I wait to wash my hair, the more my curls fall out and look limp. So because of that I wash my hair every other day and don’t use dry shampoo that much. But when I do use dry shampoo, I like this Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones. I think it’s pretty good. I’m not the best judge for dry shampoo because whenever I do use it I usually also put my hair into some hair-up hairstyle to hide the grease. BUT this doesn’t leave the dreaded white cast and that’s the best thing about it. So I did repurchase it because it works and it’s not a product I use all the time.

Up next is another sample of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I have so many of these mini face cleansers because they are often used as rewards at Sephora. I said this so many times but this is a great face cleanser if you want something gentle or if you have sensitive skin. I like to use this cleanser after removing my makeup to double cleanse. I do like this cleanser and I’m pretty sure I have more samples of this haha.

I don’t think I need to explain my love of the ABH Brow Wiz. This is one of my favourite brow pencils and it’s a makeup product that I go through the fastest. Of course, I have already purchased another one.

It’s hard to see in the photo but I used this eyeshadow product until there was nothing left. The outer part of the packaging is cracked from me pushing and squeezing out every last bit of the Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Eyeshadow Primer. I know not many people use eyeshadow primers anymore and just use concealer. But if you are like me and have oily eyelids, then a primer is a must. If I don’t use a primer my eyeshadow will crease and move around. This primer helps keep my eyeshadow in place and lasts throughout the day.

I don’t know why but they don’t sell this anymore at Sephora which makes me scared. Because I love the CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder. This was everyone’s favourite on Youtube for a while. It was Laura Mercier and then this CoverFX powder. And that’s because it’s amazing. It doesn’t leave me creasing or with a white cast. It’s so smooth and doesn’t make me look cakey. I like this powder and would like to repurchase it in the future. I currently have too many powders in my collection though so I’m going to wait a bit before I purchase another one.

The next product is the Elemis Superfood Cica Calm Hydration Juice. I got this product in my Boxycharm and I ended up liking it. First, it’s in a pump which makes it so easy to pump out and apply all over the face. Second, it just makes my face look and feel so hydrated. It loved using it! But it’s not easily available in Canada and I don’t love it enough to order it from their website. So unfortunately I will not be repurchasing this.

Up next is the OLEHENRIKSEN Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. I like this toner and I do notice a difference in my skin when I don’t use this toner. It helps with the overall texture of my skin. It helps get rid of all those little bumps and makes my skin feel smoother and less oily overall. I would recommend this to anyone with oily skin or texture. And I have repurchased it.

The final product is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover. I’ve been using this makeup remover for years so you guys know that I love it. I use this when I’m removing a normal amount of makeup, but my heavy-duty full-face glam. I like it because it’s easy. I just put a little on a cotton round, swipe it across my eyes a few times and I’m done. It removes all liner and mascara I have. And it’s from the drugstore! I have already purchased another one because it’s great!

And those are my recent product empties! Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products and what your thoughts were on them.

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties July 2020

Hey guys! I am back with another round of product empties! I know you guys love these posts, so let’s get right into it.

First, we have the Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash. I got this in a pack with another Fresh cleanser. I don’t like this as much as my St Ives exfoliator. It’s very gentle so if you have sensitive skin you would probably like this! I personally like a bit of a strong exfoliator but it was still good enough that I finished the product. But I love the strawberry scent so that’s a plus. I did not repurchase this face wash.

The next product is the Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm. I really like this cleansing balm – even more than the Farmacy Green Clean! It does an amazing job of removing all my makeup. Even if I’m wearing a super colourful look or waterproof eyeliner it just dissolves everything. The balm leaves my face feeling so clean after that sometimes I would not even double cleanse. I would repurchase it if was available at Sephora. I received it in a giveaway so I have no idea where to get it in Canada expect from their website. So for that reason, I won’t repurchase it.

Another skincare empty is the Sephora Collection Brightening Eye Cream. This eye cream is pretty average. I have sensitive under eyes (wait until the next product) so many eye creams give me dry patches. This one doesn’t irritate my skin BUT it also doesn’t do anything special. I don’t notice a difference whatsoever between using it and not using it. Now I know at my age using an eye cream is mainly preventative but I would hope it would at least do something. My main concern currently is darkness under my eyes and this did nothing. So I have decided to not repurchase.

This next product is not empty but I am throwing it out so I am mentioning it here. I got the QMS Intensive Eye Care Cream in February Boxycharm. I was using the Sephora Collection one at the time but switched to the QMS one to test for my blog. After switching I started to notice dry patches on my lids and my under eyes being super sensitive and almost having a burning effect. I thought it was just because it was winter and once I was done testing for my blog switched back to my Sephora Collection one. Once I finished it though I started using the QMS one again. I started getting dry patches and sensitivity again. I was also putting it around my mouth because I’ve heard that eye cream can be good for preventing fine lines around your mouth. Well, I started to get breakouts there too! So I finally realized it was this QMS eye cream and stopped using it immediately. I don’t know what’s causing it because I looked up the ingredients and there is nothing really bad. It’s also £120, that’s almost $200 CAD! Either way, I don’t like this eye cream and would not recommend it.

I have two setting sprays. First is a sample of the Tarte Rainforest of the Seas 4-in-1 Setting Mist (which they have since repackaged). I honestly can’t remember if it made any difference in my skin. I own another Tarte setting spray and don’t find it’s very effective. It does have an interesting scent though. I decided to not repurchase and instead get another of my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I finished another one and this is a setting spray that I feel makes a huge difference in my makeup’s longevity.

The final product is the Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm. This used to be my favourite lip balm but they have reformulated it. It used to be thick but not as thick as the original. Now it’s waxy and not as nice on the lips as before. I’m so sad that it’s changed. Also, it seems like everyone on Nivea’s website agrees with me that the reformulation sucks haha. I will not be repurchasing this one.

And those are my product empties for this month! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts were.

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties June 2020

Hey guys! Time for another product empties! I can’t believe that the last one I did was in April and I only have seven products this time around. I guess I wasn’t the best at using up products lately. But that means this post will be shorter for once haha.

I have two cleansers! I got both of these in May 2019 and it took me a year to finish them. The OleHenriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser was my daily cleanser and the GlamGlow GentleBubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser was my shower cleanser. I enjoyed both of these cleansers, but I would say that I like the Ole one more. When I first started using the OleHenriksen one, it took a bit for my skin to adjust to it. I quickly fell in love with how it made my skin just feel so clean and really helped control my oil and acne. If you have acne-prone skin I highly recommend the OleHenriksen cleanser. The GlamGlow one I got in my Boxycharm. It’s good to use in the shower because the hot water can be stripping enough, so there is no need to use a strong cleanser on top of that. This isn’t strong enough to be my everyday cleanser, but I still used it up.

The next product is the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. This powder was in my 2019 favourites! The Hourglass powder is perfect for setting my makeup without making every matte. I find that a lot of loose setting powders can be very mattifying. Sometimes if I am using a matte foundation, I don’t want to use a mattifying powder on top otherwise it will get cakey. This is perfect for setting my makeup so it doesn’t crease or move but still keeping my skin looking life-like. I will be picking up the full size of this powder in the future.

My favourite brow pencil hands down is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I have been using it for years. I normally use Dark Brown, but I have been noticing that it’s a little light for my dark hair. I might try a shade darker in the future. Anyways, this is my favourite, I have already repurchased another one.

The next empty is the Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I love this body lotion. The scent is just so amazing, I haven’t found anything quite like it. It also lingers on the skin, so I smell like pistachio and vanilla throughout the day. It’s also quite moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Because it’s quite expensive, I only use this cream on special occasions. If you haven’t tried this body lotion yet, I highly recommend it.

A face moisturizer that I finished is the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. I’ve mentioned this before, but I use face moisturizers on my body to help me not break out. This one did a good job! It’s lightweight and dries quickly on the skin. It didn’t clog my pores, which is the most important thing for me. It was good, but I felt like I went through it quickly, so I decided to pick a different moisturizer.

The final product is the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. This is my favourite drugstore setting spray. It just does such a good job of melting my makeup into my skin and making it look glowy and dewy but not oily. There is a difference – dewy/glowy is a lit from within look whereas oily just looks like it’s sitting on top of the skin. The spray on this isn’t also too aggressive so it doesn’t ruin my makeup. I love this spray and I have already purchased another one.

And those are my empties for the month. Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products and if you agree/disagree with me!

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties March 2020

Hey guys! It feels weird to just be talking about beauty products when there is so much going on in the world. But it helps me to de-stress to sit and talk about beauty, so I will continue to talk about it. Today my school cancelled in-person classes for my semester. Please through all of the COVID-19 pandemic make sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally, and to listen to your local authorities.

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Anyways, now onto the product empties. Today I have quite a few makeup products! Usually, these empties are quite skincare heavy.

The first product is the Morphe Continuous Setting Mist. The spray on this mist is just so good. It’s so fine and doesn’t leave your face soaking wet. The setting spray is okay. It does make my skin look dewier and less powdery. But I think that my NYX Dewy Finish and MAC Fix+ does a better job. The spray is the best part of this setting spray, but aerosol isn’t the best for the environment… I think this is a pretty good setting spray, but I will not be repurchasing it.

Next, a hair mask that I got from Winners. It’s the Luseta Coconut Milk Hair Mask. I like the smell of this mask – it smells of almond and coconut. It also had a nice and thick consistency to it. While it did a nice job of hydrating my hair, it wouldn’t recommend it for two reasons. First, it doesn’t have the best ingredient list. If it does amazing things to my hair or skin I can sometimes look past bad ingredients, but since it did nothing special it’s not worth it. And second I don’t think it’s that easy to find. It’s not worth paying for shipping and duties just to get this mask. This is a pass.

Next is a sample of Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone Night Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Creme. This cream is way too thick for my face, so I decided to use it on my body. I’ve mentioned before that I use face cream on my shoulders/chest to help with my acne. Probably don’t need to use anti-ageing product on my body, but I wanted to use this sample up 😛. Because I used it on my body I can’t attest if it didn’t anything for lines or wrinkles. It is hydrating. It’s pretty perfumed though. Honestly, I didn’t think this was anything special, so I will not be repurchasing.

Next is the Bite Beauty Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm. This was a good lip balm. It’s pretty thick lip balm, but thinner than their old formula. I mean honestly since they have reformulated I think that it’s become an average lip balm. Like it’s good and does its job, but it’s nothing that would make me go out and pay $18 for it. I will not be repurchasing and be using the 10+ other lip balms I have littered around my house.

The next product is my holy grail liquid liner, the NYX Matte Liquid Liner. Now it’s still on their website, but I think they’re discontinuing it because I can’t seem to find it in-store. Now let me list the reasons why I love this liner. First and most important is the brush tip. I believe I am in the minority that I prefer brush tip over a felt tip. I just find it easier to control because it just glides along my lash line. Next, I like that it’s very black and very matte. Its formula is thin enough that it’s easy to apply, but thick enough that it isn’t watery and gets everywhere. Finally, it’s long-lasting but isn’t a pain to take off. I’ve had this one for a while but it’s finally drying out. Now I have mourned it’s lost and I have purchased the NYX Epic Wear Liquid Liner as it’s replacement. We’ll see if this can fill the hole in my heart.

The next product is the Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner. This is a great toner for oily/acne-prone skin. I have talked about it multiple times on my blog because I have used this toner for years. It does a great job of cleaning the skin without stripping it. Now I’ve decided to branch out and try a new toner since I have used the same one of years. But I would recommend this one to anyone in a heartbeat.

I never knew I would love this primer so much when I first tried it. The Dr Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer seems like an oxymoron. But it does a great job of adding some glow to my skin without overemphasizing my pores. I wouldn’t say that it’s as pore-blurring as a pore-filling primer, but it still does a good job. It doesn’t clog my pores and helps my foundation last longer. Honestly, I love this primer and I have already repurchased it.

Next is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I have mentioned this on my blog multiple times that this is one of my favourite makeup removers. It does such a great job of removing mascara, eyeliner and lash glue. I only use it on my eyes just because I don’t want to rub oil all over my face. I will probably repurchase in the future, but for now I am trying to use up other makeup removers that I own.

The next product is a sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This one is a pass for me. I like that it was lightweight and did a good job of moisturizing my skin. But I find that it has an oily consistency that always throws me off whenever I apply it. It’s not bad, which is why I finished the sample. But there are way better moisturizers out on the market.

The final product is the Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation. I have not finished this foundation, but I am throwing it out because it’s old and I think it went bad. This foundation was all the rage when I first purchased it. It’s a thick, high-coverage matte foundation. Honestly, it’s great at what it does, but I just don’t use matte foundations much anymore. I will not be repurchasing just because I don’t think I would use it much.

And those were my product empties! Let me know your thoughts on some of these products. Do you like them or hate them? There were a lot of misses this time around. Oh well, you can’t love every product!

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties January 2020

Hey guys! I am back with a good old products empties! I didn’t do a post in December, so this one is a little longer than usual. But I will try to be brief haha.

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First I have two setting sprays, both favourites of mine. First is the Urban Decay All Nighter and the other is MAC Fix+. I have talked about these setting sprays many times before on my blog. I find that UD does a great job of making my makeup last, and MAC Fix + does a great job of making my makeup look flawless. I have repurchased both of these.

Two hair products from L’Oreal today! The first is the L’Oreal Total Repair Cica Creme. I use this after I shower on the ends of my hair. I noticed a difference in my hair when I didn’t use the product, but I wouldn’t say it overall improved the health of my hair. It’s not bad, but I have decided to try a different hair oil for now. The other product is the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Nectar. I did notice a difference with this product! My hair was softer and shinier after I used it. Not a product that I would use all the time, but great for special occasions.

A makeup empty for once! I finally finished my Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation. I think this might have been the first time I have ever finished a foundation! I talked about this foundation in my 2019 favourites if you want to know more about my thoughts on the product.

Two products from Lush today! The first is the Mask of Magnaminty. I didn’t finish this mask because it dried up on me. But I did repurchase it because I  enjoy this mask. It does a great job of cleaning my skin. I will just try  hard to use up the mask this time before it dries out. The other Lush product is Karma Kream. I love this body lotion. It is thinner than most but absorbs into the skin quickly. I love the scent, and I find that it lightly lingers throughtout the day. I just love the blend of orange and patchouli – it’s sweet and spicy at the same time!

I finished two Origins masks. I got both of these in a gift set last year, and these were my favourites. I like them both equally for different reasons. The Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay is good for evening out skin texture. The Out of Trouble mask is great for helping with active breakouts. I like both masks and would repurchase, but I am currently trying to use up some other masks in my collection. But I would recommend both masks.

I finished my favourite moisturizer, the Laneige Water Bank Hydrating Gel. They have updated the packaging so it looks different than the one I finished. I have already purchased another one and I’m already half-way through it. My skin just loves this moisturizer.

Another moisturizer is the Tula Super Soothe Calming Moisturizing Lotion. I have mentioned this in the past that I use a face moisturizer on my chest and back to help control my acne. This one I won in a giveaway so I decided to use it for that purpose. Did a great job of keeping my body moisturizer and not break me out. I will not be repurchasing because I don’t think Tula even ships to Canada?

Next up is a product I got in my Boxycharm, the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm. This balm is great at removing a full face of makeup. I enjoy using it after a night out to quickly and effectively remove my makeup. The only thing I don’t like is that if I get it in my eyes my vision gets all blurry. Very annoying. So while it did a good job of removing my makeup, I would go half-blind for five minutes after using it. I will not be repurchasing it because I have other products I want to test out.

The final product is the Nivea Hydro Care lip balm. I love this lip balm, but I repurchased it AND THEY CHANGE THE FORMULA. I am shocked and saddened. It smells different and feels different on the lips. I don’t like the new formula as much. I will continue to use my new lip balms since I purchased them, but guys it’s not the same. 😭

And those are my product empties! Also, I am looking into changing up how I take my photos, so head over to my Insta (@xoxoxoleelee) and let me know what you think!

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties November 2019

Hey guys! So today I am sharing my product empties! And like every other product empties post, this is going to be a long one! So let’s get right into it.

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First is the Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask. This is the best sheet mask I have ever used. Most sheet masks are just good at hydrating the skin, but this sheet mask did an amazing job of cleaning out my pores. My skin felt and looked so clean after. And it was super fun to use with all the bubbles. Not the cheapest sheet mask on the market, but good for those days when I want to treat myself.

Next is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer. This was an old shade that they don’t make anymore, which is sad because it matched me perfectly. I did repurchase it, but the one I own is a little too warm for me. This is a really good full-coverage concealer. For all my Canadian gals this is a great dupe for the Tarte Shapetape.

Two mascara empties are the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara and the Butter London Double Decker Mascara. The Tarte mascara is one of my favourites and I did recently repurchase it. I like the Butter London mascara as well. It made my lashes look super fluffy and long. Unfortunately, Sephora does not sell this mascara, and I don’t love it enough to go through the hassle of ordering it online.

Next up is three dry shampoos. And funny side story: I was needing shampoo and I finished all three bottles in one go because they were all almost done! Always happens when you need something that you are out of it! Anyways, I finished two Batiste dry shampoos, one in the scent Rose Gold and one mini in the original scent. Batiste is a great drugstore dry shampoo, but I prefer the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones more. This does not leave a white cast like the Batiste one. I do find that my hair looks greasy by the end of the day still, but it looks way better than if I hadn’t used dry shampoo. I decided to repurchase the Moroccanoil one.

I just finished an Amika mouse, but it apparently doesn’t exist anymore. Honestly, that’s okay because it wasn’t my favourite mousse. It did an okay job. It defined my curls more than if my hair were to air dry, but I’ve tried mousses that have done a better job before. Still on the hunt for the best product for enhancing curls!

Next up is an Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This is one of my favourite setting sprays. It just does such a great job of locking my makeup lock in place. I also notice a difference using this compared to some of my other setting sprays. I will definitely be purchasing another one.

A skincare favourite is the Garnier Micellar Water. It’s just the best and most sensitive way to remove my makeup. I do like to use a cleansing balm now and then, but this is good for those lighter makeup days when I don’t need a thick balm to remove my makeup. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling dried out after either. Love it!

Another skincare favourite is the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. It’s just the best at exfoliating my face. And I love that it’s a drugstore product. Whenever my face is feeling gross I will use this scrub and it feels so much nicer after! I love it and would definitely recommend.

I was waiting until I repurchased the Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream before finished the one I had. I just love this cream. I brought it with me to Europe, so every time I smell the cream it reminds me of my trip. It is also so hydrating. Will forever be repurchasing this lotion.

The final product is the Lush Mask of Magnaminty. I really like this mask. It does an amazing job of cleaning my face and helps with any active breakouts. Whenever I have a big bad zit this is the mask I grab. I also love the refreshing smell. Unfortunately, this mask dried out before I could finish it, but I did decide to repurchase it because I love it so much. I will make an effort to use it up before it dries out this time!

And those are my beauty product empties! Let me know your thoughts on some of these products, or if you have any product suggestions for me!

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties September 2019

Hey guys! Remember last product empties post I said I would post more often so there would be less products in one post? Ya that didn’t happen… today we have sixteen products! I honestly think I’m going to turn this into a monthly series in order to shorten these posts. On the plus side I am really proud of myself! I have been making a conscious effort to finish up half-used products, these posts really show that I have been doing that! So without further ado, my empties:

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So starting off with lip balm, I have three empties. I’m really bad at having multiple lip balms all over the place, so I’m trying to whittle my collection down. First I still had the old version of the Bite Beauty Agave lip balm (there new one is called Agave+). I won’t ramble on about the old formula since it’s not available anymore, but I do like the new formula. I also finished up a mini sample of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. This mini sample took me almost a year to finish, I’m sure the large size would last forever. I already have another mini of the grapefruit flavour, but I would personally suggest their balm over the mask. Finally, my favourite lip balm is the Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm. It’s super light weight on the lips but also super moisturizing. And it’s like $3 for a two pack, which is way cheaper than the other two I finish. Nivea is my ride-or-die, I have seven littered around my house.

Next empty is something that doesn’t exist anymore. I got an NYX single shadow in a holiday kit, and I finished the eyeshadow! It was a bone coloured creme, and I used it to set my eye primer every single day. I’m not sure if the quality of other NYX shadows are similar, but based on this single shadow I would purchase a palette of theirs.

Sticking with the drugstore, I finished my Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless powder. This was the first powder I purchased, about three years ago. I like this powder way more than their loose setting powder. It is just so buttery and creamy, and doesn’t leave your face looking cakey. I did decided to repurchase this powder because I really do like it. I don’t necessarily use it everyday, but it is create for touch ups. I highly recommend, best drugstore powder in my opinion!

Next up is pair of lashes – the Lashaholic Instaglam lashes. These ones are finally too full of mascara and lash glue to be worn anymore. But I friggin loved these lashes. I got them in a Boxycharm box once I just feel in love. I like them because they are very fluffy and not too full, so it is still possible to see the eye look behind the lashes. I also have hooded eyes, and I find that they just suited my eye shape so well. I would love to repurchase these, but it’s not just very economical of me to buy one pair of lashes from an American website. I will thoroughly miss these though.

Now to take a break from makeup, I have some skincare products. If you are new here, check out my last products empties post, I have already reviewed the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Lotion. You can tell I love these products just by the fact that I have already finished them again since my last product empties post.

Another skincare product is a sample of the GlamGlow Supermud Activated Charcoal Treatment mask. I know this is one of the most popular charcoal face masks on the market, but I have to be honest – I didn’t like it that much. It made my face feel really tingly and tight afterwards. While it did a good job of cleaning out my pores, it did nothing for my active breakouts. It also smells like licorice – not my favourite scent.

Next up I have three setting sprays, because I go through setting sprays like water. From the drugstore I have the Milani Make It Last setting spray and the NYX Dewy Finish Setting spray. I like both of these because they do what they say. The Milani one makes my makeup last longer compared to other setting sprays, and the NYX one makes my face look dewy. Both are reasonably priced, therefore I would recommend both (and I have repurchased both). The other setting spray is the Mac Prep + Prime Fix +. Listen, this is a cult classic for a reason. I don’t know what they put in this spray, but my makeup just always looks ten times better after applying it. It takes away the powdery look and makes the makeup just melt into the skin. It is also amazing for enhancing any eye shadows, pigments or highlights. I will always have Mac Fix+ on my vanity.

Next up are two products from Sol de Janeiro. I finished a mini of the Coco Cabana Body Cream. I love this scent and I do find the textures between this one and the original slightly different. The original is a true cream whereas this one is more of a gel. Anyways I love it so much and I did repurchase it. Then I had a mini of the Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel. While I really liked using it, I will not be repurchasing it. The shower cream smells exactly like the cream, but I found it had not staying power. Sometimes I will use a shower gel or soap and can smell it on my skin afterwards. This wasn’t the case for this one. So while I enjoy using it in the shower, I didn’t notice a huge difference in my skin. I rather by the lotion which has a strong lasting power than buy the shower gel.

Another body product is The Body Shop Body Butter in the scent Mango. Oh I love their body butters. They are just so moisturizing but also fast drying. I don’t have to wait forever for it to absorb into my skin. I have tried three of their scents so far, and next time I want to try another one. The Body Shop has such a nice range of scent, there is one for everyone.

My final product is the L’Oreal Dream Length Saviour Mask. It was a good mask but it wasn’t amazing. Like my hair did feel smoother and felt less dry after using it, but I didn’t feel blown away by it. I am on the hunt for a good hair mask, so let me know in the comments your favourite one!

And that is my product empties! What are some products that you finished lately? Let me know in the comments down below 🙂

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties July 2019

Hey guys! I am back with another product empties post. I know you guys always like these posts! I have also been making a conscious effort to go through my products. I have a bunch of half used product that I want to finish up. I am pretty impressed with the amount I have, since it’s been only four months! Anyways, here are my empties!

july 2019

First up I finished three cleanser. First is another Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (what a surprise). This is just my favourite cleanser. I always have an empty one every. single. product. empties. post. It’s so good. Just try it yourself.

Next is the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acne Treatment Cleanser. I think this is a pretty good cleanser. It does a good job of leaving my face feeling clean and fresh. I also enjoy the citrus scent. I decided to not repurchase this cleanser for a few years. While my skin is still pretty acne prone, it is not as oily was it once was. So I felt like it was maybe time to switch it up. I was also finding it harder to find this cleanser in store as well. In the end I would recommend this cleanser, but I am using something else.

The other cleanser was a sample of the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. I also liked this cleanser. Once again I felt like it did a good job of cleaning my face. It has a bright peach scent that I also enjoyed. Also I only needed a small amount of this cleanser to wash my face. Overall, I thought it was a good cleanser, but since anti-aging is not really my big skin concern I will not be repurchasing.

Next up I have five moisturizers. My skin was actually dry this past winter/spring. I just want to start by saying I have a very acne-prone back/chest. To help with this I use moisturizers meant for the face on this area. The first I used for this area was the Jouviance Hydractiv Antiox Pollution-Fighting Moisturizer. You can purchase this product at Shoppers, but it ain’t cheap. Honestly I wasn’t a huge fan, which is why I used is on my back instead of my face. It has a weird texture and took awhile to sink into the skin. I had this moisturizer for like ever, it took so long for me to finish. Overall I wouldn’t recommend, especially for the high price that it is.

Now if you have acne prone skin you HAVE to get The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Lotion. This moisturizer has done wonders clearing up the acne on my back/chest. It is important to keep areas that are breaking out moisturized, because over these areas are overproducing oil in order to compensate with dryness. This moisturizer gives enough hydration to help my skin, but the tea tree in this moisturizer helps treat active breakouts. I have already repurchased this moisturizer. I use it on my back/shoulder/chest after every shower.

My current favourite face moisturizer is the Laneige Water Bank Hydrating Gel. I originally purchased this moisturizer because I wanted something a little lighter and better suited for every day use than their overnight sleeping mask. I instantly fell in love. As I mentioned, but skin have slowly shift from being oily to being more combo/normal. It less oilier than before, if anything sometimes it can be a little dry. This moisturizer is more hydrating than my mattifying moisturizers, but it isn’t as thick as some other ones that I have tried. It is also very lightweight. But most importantly it doesn’t break me out. I really like this moisturizer, I already repurchased another one.

A moisturizer that I didn’t like as much was the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer. I know a ton of people really like this moisturizer, but I don’t like it as much as the Laneige one. This was actually the only moisturizer I brought with me to Europe, and while I was there I was missing my Laneige one. I just find this one thicker and I can feel it on my face after. Maybe if you have drier skin you would like this more, but this one is a pass for me.

The final moisturizer is the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream. This literally feels like rubbing water on your face. I don’t know how it works, but this cream quickly blends into the the face and feels as light as water. I just wish it was more hydrating. After I applied it I kind of wanted to apply another layer. I would recommend this for really oily people.

A product that I didn’t finish but I am throwing out is the Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum. If there is one step in my skin care routine that I am horrible at remembering to do consistently, it’s apply eye cream. It’s just something I always forget to apply. During the seasonal change between winter to spring, but undereyes were a little dry. I tried using this Purlisse eye cream, which I got in my Boxycharm three year ago. Well I think it’s expired not, because it actually made my under eyes drier. I vaguely remember trying it when I first got it and liking it, but I think it’s just expired not, and that’s why it’s causing me to have a bad reaction.

One last product in the category of moisturizers is the Satsuma Body Butter by the Body Shop. It’s funny because I love of satsuma in soap form, but wasn’t a huge fan in the body butter form. But besides the scent, I loveeee the formula of the Body Shop body butters. They are thick and creamy, and leave the skin feeling so soft and smooth. I repurchased the body butter in a different scent.

Now for hair-case. I received the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Strength + Moisture Leave-In Mask in a Boxycharm box. I feel like one of the few people who isn’t in love with Briogeo. I like that their product are clean, but I feel like the barely do anything for my hair. I feel like I get similar results from using a drugstore deep-conditioner mask. I don’t know, like I finish the bottle and didn’t notice a huge difference.

The other hair product is something that Herbal Essences doesn’t even sell anymore. I bought this oil elixir because I was finding the ends of my hair to be really dry. I would use a little bit of the oil on the ends of my hair and it made such a difference. I only needed a little pump so it lasted me forever. Sad that they don’t sell this oil anymore because it was really good!

Finally there are three makeup products. First is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I mentioned in my Current Faves post how much I was loving this concealer. It is the perfect medium coverage where it covers the dark circles but doesn’t look to full-coverage/cakey. Clearly I love this concealer since I finished it.

Next is two bronzers, which is super impressive. The first is my Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. It took me forever to finish this bronzer. I hit pan like a year ago, and I finally gave up on the bronzer last week. The reason why this is the best bronzer ever is because it buildable and leaves a beautiful glow to the skin. If you haven’t tried this bronzer yet, go out and get it now.

The final product is the PUR Mineral Glow bronzer. I actually shattered this bronzer. But it’s funny because a year ago I had actually broke the compact and got my dad to glue back together. And then a month ago it actually shattered and was gone for good. I am very sad about this bronzer because I liked it a lot. I liked to use it in the summer along with my Butter Bronzer. I would use this to really deepen up the skin. Plus it had a slight shimmer to it, so it would make me look like a bronze goddess. I believe that I can get PUR at Shoppers Drugmart now, so I might look around and get another one if I can find it.

And that is my long and rambly product empties post. Fifteen products might have been a little much for one post haha. Anyways, let me know down below what product you always finish and repurchase!

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties March 2019

Hey friends! I am back with another product empties! I have a ton of beauty products, and I am trying to use up what I have since I am moving at the end of April. I have finished 13 products since January – I’m pretty impressed with myself. Quite a few I have mentioned before, so I will keep the reviews of those pretty short.

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First we have three body lotions/body butters. I have a large collection of body lotions and butters because I like to keep my skin moisturized, especially in the winter. The first is the Delectable by Cake Beauty Lemon & Cream Body Lotion. This is a great drugstore lotion. The scent is amazing, a lemon scent that is more sweet than citrus. I have a lot of body butters which are thicker, but sometimes I like to use a thinner lotion like this one. Very moisturizing and dries down quickly. This lotion also lasted me awhile, which I enjoy since I use so much. Definitely recommend if you like sweet lotions.

Next is the Coconut Oil Body Butter from The Body Shop. If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I just purchased the Mango Body Butter. I really love the coconut scent and was tempted to buy it again. This coconut scent is really nice, not too heavy or sunscreeny. It is also not too overpowering that I smell strongly of coconut the rest of the day. This body butter is also very moisturizing but also absorbs quickly. Finally, a little goes a long way with this product. It took me almost a year to finish this body butter. I highly this body butters, especially since they are a reasonable price for the amount of product you get.

The final body butter is the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion. I love lavender, and I would say this lotion is more of a sweet lavender than a pure lavender. The consistency is right in between the other two body lotions/butters I have mentioned. This not runny but it’s not a super thick cream. When I used to shower at night I really liked this product. I would take the time to rub it in and it helped me relax. Now that I shower in the morning I didn’t use it as often. The lotion is decent, it’s really the scent that makes it amazing. I do think I will pick up another one, but I would only recommend this to those that really love lavender.

The only makeup product I have is another Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown. I probably have one of these in every empties post because it is just my favourite brow pencil. It’s the best and I am very faithful to my brow pencil haha.

Next up is a whole bunch of skin care products. One that I will NEVER use again is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with Sunscreen. If you have been following me for awhile I used to really like the moisturizer, and then I thought it was breaking me out so I stopped using it for a bit. I started using it again on my back. I don’t like to use my regular lotions on my back because it is acne prone and I know that heavily fragranced products wouldn’t be good for it. I should have known that this wasn’t going to work out well. Within a couple of days of using this on my back it broke out so badly. Honestly my back hasn’t been this bad since before I started birth control. I know that people love the Hydro Boost line, and I believe that the reason my skin doesn’t like this one is because of the sunscreen. My skin is super sensitive to sunscreens so that is probably what is breaking me out. I wanted to try and finish this product, but I am throwing it out. Be careful with this one if you have acne prone skin.

Next is another product I always seem to have in my empties – the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. My friend had a sample and knew how much I love this cleanser so she gave it to me. It is just the best gentle cleanser that makes my face feel clean. I use this in the shower and sometimes at night as well. I recommend everyone try this cleanser.

Another repeat product is the Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner. I like this toner because it makes my skin feel clean but not stripped. Some toners can be really intense and leave my skin feeling tight. I would say this leaves my skin feeling refreshed. I have repurchased this toner and I would definitely recommend to all my fellow oily skin girls.

Next is the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator. I actually received this product in my Boxycharm. While I did finish this product, I will not be repurchasing it. This is a chemical exfolitaor, and I much prefer psychical exfoliators. I just personally felt that I got a better exfoliation from my St. Ives one compared to this. Also if you have dry skin or any dry patches do not use this. I used this once when my skin was feeling a little dry and I got a bad reaction from it. I had a red patch that felt raw for a couple of hours after using this product. This exfoliator is also super expensive, so I will be buying a different exfoliator.

Next up are my two favourite makeup removers – the Garnier Micellar Water and the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I used both of these products every night to remove my makeup. While I love both of these, I am looking into maybe switching up to a cleansing oil. I use so many cotton rounds with these products, which is really not sustainable. I currently have a bunch of cotton rounds, so I will continue to use these products while I have them. But once I finish my cotton round supply I might be switching it up.

Another Body Shop product is the Satsuma Shower Gel. It’s funny because I don’t like the Satsuma Body Butter but I really liked the shower gel! I found the scent to be citrusy and bright but not too overpowering. This shower gel was really nice, it suds up nicely. I personally prefer soap bars so I will not be repurchasing it, but if you like gels then this one is a good one!

The final products are hair ones. First is the Garnier Fructis Damage Repairing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask. WOW I really liked this hair mask. I like that this is a one minute mask. Now I usually left it in for a few more minutes, but some masks say you need to keep it in for like 10 minutes and I don’t have time for that. I noticed a different in my hair texture with just the one minute. My hair definitely felt softer. I also love the papaya scent, it’s very refreshing. A great drugstore mask, I would definitely recommend!

The final product is the Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse. This was the first mousse that I have ever tried and I really liked it! I definitely noticed a huge difference when I didn’t use this mousse. Having long hair means that my curls get weighted down, but using this mousse helps them retain their shape. It definitely takes a few uses to figure out the correct amount to use. I used the full bottle and it lasted me over 8 months of constant use. I really liked this mousse, but I am currently trying out a different brand since this was the first one I ever used. But I would recommend this mousse because it did a good job!

And those are all my product empties! Let me know if you guys have any product recommendations, I am always down to try new products 🙂

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties

Hey guys! I am back with another product empties! These are products that I have used up this past summer/spring. I have a ton of products, so I will try and keep my comments about each product short and sweet. I will also add if I would repurchase each product, because I find that super helpful.

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First I have a large and a travel size of the Garnier Micellar Water. I always have one of these bottles in my empties posts because I love this product. I like this product because it does a good job of removing my makeup, and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Would I purchase again? Yes, I already have. Almost done my current bottle.

Another makeup remover that I finished is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover. I’m a little extra when it comes to removing my makeup, and use a oily one for my eye makeup. I really enjoy this one because it’s oily enough to remove stubborn mascara, but not too oily that is leaves unwanted oil residue on my eyes. It does a good job and its a good price. Would I purchase again? Yes!

This summer was the summer of body lotions, as I finished three different ones. The first was the OGX Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco Lotion. This bottle took me awhile to finish. Just a little bit of this lotion went a long way. I like the way it smells. Mostly importantly, my skin felt very soft and smooth. Would I purchase again? Yes, eventually. I currently have many other lotions that I want to finish, but I would definitely recommend this one.

Unlike the OGX body lotion, I finished the sample of the Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream that I received in my Boxycharm very quickly. I found that I had to use more product to get a similar smooth and soft feeling, but I absolutely love the scent. It smells of pistachio and coconut, an combination that reminds me of summer and tropical vacations. The scent is so strong and lingers that people would ask me an hour after I applied the lotion what perfume I was wearing. Would I purchase again? Yes I already have. I adore the scent!

The final lotion I have is the Nivea Creme. This was my first time trying this classic, and I really liked it! I don’t use this lotion every day because it is very thick. I mainly reserve this for when my skin is very dry, or when I don’t want a very strong scent. Would I purchase again? Yes, I think I am going to enjoy this lotion in the winter.

This is my second time finishing a Benefit POREfessional Face Primer. I have tried a few other face primers, and I just like this one just a little more than other primers. I like the way it blurs out my pores, and I find it makes my makeup last a bit more compared to other primers, so I generally reach for this one. Would I purchase again? Yes I already have.

My current favourite toner is the Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner. This is a great toner for oily skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean and tight, ready for a good moisturizer. Since starting this toner I have noticed that my pores don’t get as clogged. Also has a nice minty smell. Would I purchase again? Yes, I love this toner!

Another skin care product is the Pacifica Beauty Kale Luxe Oil-Free Multi Cream. This is my second bottle that I have finished. I enjoy this moisturizer because it is light-weight and makes my skin feels soft and hydrated. Would I purchase again? I have purchased another one, but I am currently using a different one. I wanted something that makes my skin look matte, and this one doesn’t really do that.

A shower cream that I finished was the Body Shop Shea Butter Shower Cream. A friend gave me this for my birthday. To be honest, I thought at first it was the coconut one, so I was disappointed when it didn’t smell like coconut. I’m not a big fan of the smell, but otherwise I did enjoy it. It suds up pretty nicely and did a good job of cleaning my skin. Would I purchase again? No, because I didn’t like the scent. That being said, I would maybe try some of their other shower creams in different scents.

A hair mask that I finished was the Tresemme Repair and Protect 7 Instant Recovery Mask. WOW, I loved this mask. I would use it once a week, generally when I would shave my legs. It has an amazing scent and did an amazing job at revitalizing my hair. My hair felt so much softer and smoother after, especially my dry ends. This is a great drug store priced hair mask! Would I purchase again? YES!

The final two empties are my beloved setting sprays. The first is the MAC Prep + Prime Fix +. The second is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I am a little extra, and I use two setting sprays every day. I always use the MAC Fix + first to help melt all my makeup into my skin. It does an amazing job at making my makeup look less powdery and more flawless. It is also great at intensifying powder products like eyeshadow or highlight. After using MAC Fix+ I usually go in with a second setting spray, one that makes my makeup last longer. My favourite is by far the UD All Nighter. It makes my makeup last longer without my making my face tight or sticky. Both these setting sprays are great for different reasons. Would I purchase again? Yes, I can live without either of these setting sprays.

And those were all my product empties! Do you like prefer when I have lots of empties in one post, or would you prefer me doing them more often? Let me know down below! I am also working on doing a big makeup/skincare declutter, so look forward to a post about that soon!

xoxo

Lea