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

April Product Empties

Hey guys! Today I am sharing some product empties. This month is on the smaller size, only eight products this time! Maybe for once, this post won’t be super long haha. (*edit* it’s still kinda long oops!)

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The first product is the Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter. I love these body butters. They are thick but soak into the skin easily. They leave my body feeling soft and moisturized. I have had many different scents and this one is near the top of the list. Almond has become one of my favourite scents, it’s very calming and soft. Overall love this body butter, highly recommend. Once the mall opens again I am definitely stopping by the Body Shop.

The next product is the Benefit Porefessional. This was apart of my March products of the month. I finally finished it last week. This primer is good at what it claims to do, but I have come to realize that I prefer other primers. It does a great job of smoothing my skin, but I want my skin to look dewy. I recommend this primer for anyone looking for a smoothing primer, but I will not be repurchasing myself.

Next is a sample of the Biossance Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil. I got this sample in a Sephora rewards kit. I wanted to add vitamin C to my skincare routine and thought I might as well use a sample I had. Well, I loved it. It was the only thing I added to my routine and I noticed a huge difference. My skin looked brighter, my dark spots were reducing and my skin was so plump and dewy looking. And once I finished the oil my skin lost its lustre. Now it pains me to love this because it’s $95 CAD. That is a lot of money for oil. I debated trying another oil, but since doing returns right now is difficult because stores are closed I decided to bite the bullet and repurchase it. Now I did use my birthday gift card to do so at least!

Another makeup empty is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Now in the picture is actually my repurchased tube, because I can’t find my empty one. But it looked empty, trust me you could see that I scarped the sides haha. This is my all-time favourite concealer. I recently tried a bunch of drugstore concealers. And while some were close, nothing beat my Nars Concealer.

The next product is the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub. My mom accidentally picked up this one instead of my favourite apricot one. Now it’s described as having a lessen exfoliating factor than my favourite apricot one, so I can’t be made about it. While it did exfoliate my face, I was always left wanting more. I don’t think you would be surprised when I say that I picked up the apricot scrub from St. Ives instead of this one.

The best nail polish remover is the Quo Nail Polish Remover Dip. This is the easiest way to remove nail polish. Inside the container there is a sponge with holes in it. I stick my finger it, rub it against the sponge and it comes out completely clean! I also does a great job of removing stubborn nail polish like glitter. I also like to rest my hand on the tub while I paint my nails as well. I highly recommend picking it up, it’s available at Shoppers!

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I will miss these lashes. I love the Battington Lashes in the style Monroe. I got them in my Boxycharm awhile ago and they lasted a really long time. They are good quality and are easy to apply. I accidentally ripped mine in two while trying to take off lash glue, so sadly it’s time to get rid of these lashes. I love these lashes, but not worth it to order to Canada. RIP my Monroe lashes.

The final product is my favourite moisturizer, the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Gel. I miss this moisturizer. It’s so hydrating and the texture is amazing for my skin. I have decided to not repurchase this moisturizer for now and use other ones I have in my collection. But I miss it dearly and will repurchase in the future.

And those are my product empties! Let me know what’s the product you finished most recently in the comments below!

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 Winter 2019

Hello friends! Today’s blog post I know if a favourite – I am doing a product empties post. I try and do these posts around a few times a year. Most of the products a skin care, but there is some skin care along with two beauty products!

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My first beauty product is a finished an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (in the shade Dark Brown). This is by far my favourite brow pencil, but too be far I have never tried the Benefit ones so maybe I should try them. I just find this pencil quick and easy to use, and the shade is the perfect match for me. I have repurchased this item, and I am actually almost out of my current Brow Wiz.

The other beauty product is the Laura Mercier Transculent Loose Setting Powder. As an oily girl, I got through powder so quickly, so it didn’t take me that long to finish this mini. The Laura Mercier powder is a cult classic because it was one of the first really nice setting powders that came out. I got another mini in a Sephora 500 points box, but I am currently testing out a new powder (stay tuned for that).

The first of two cleanser I finished is the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser. For some reason they don’t have it on Sephora anymore, but it’s still available on the Philosophy website. This is my current morning cleanser and I have used it for awhile. I really like the orange smell, it helps me to wake up in the morning. I find that it helps keep my face clean overall, but I still get hormonal acne. I think that I will finish my current bottle and then try another cleanser – it’s nice to try new things.

I finished both a mini and a sample of Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I just love this cleanser for a gentle clean at night or in the shower. I keep on buying this cleanser just because I love how clean my face feels after using this. The cucumber scent is also amazing. I don’t think I could only use this cleanser because sometimes I need a deeper clean, but if you have sensitive skin you would love this for an everyday cleanser. I will continue buying and using this cleanser probably forever.

Next up for skincare is the Pacifica Kale Luxe Oil-Free Multi Cream. It’s funny because I loved this moisturizer all last winter, and then summer came I stopped loving it. I was super oily in the summer so I switched to a different moisturizer. I just recently started using this on my body just to be able to finish it and get rid of it. I will say, if you are looking for a cruelty-free and vegan moisturizer though, this is a good one. Would I repurchase? No probably not again.

The moisturizer I switched to is the Origins Matte Moisturizer. This moisturizer was what I used all summer and fall. It is amazing for oily skin because it hydrates your skin but makes it look matte. It wore beautifully under makeup. I did repurchase this moisturizer, but I haven’t been using it as much lately because the winter weather has made my skin drier. I am sure once the weather warms up I will reach for the product again.

I had a sample of the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask and as soon as my skin started to get drier I used up all of this sample. This product is amazing and I love it. It has a light, gel like consistency, so it doesn’t feel like it is clogging my pores or anything. It you have oily skin but are looking for something very hydrating, I would definitely check this one out. I haven’t repurchased this yet, but I think the next sale Sephora has I will pick this up.

The final skin care product is the St Ives Facial Scrub (they have renamed/repackaged it but I assume the one I linked is the same as the one I used). It’s funny because I didn’t realize how much I liked this product until I tried other exfoliators. I felt it did an amazing job of exfoliating and reviving my skin. I would use it in the shower, because I find it easier to wash of exfoliators that way, and my skin always felt so smooth after. The scent is so amazing as well. I didn’t repurchase this product because I have other exfoliators I want to finish first, but once I finish those I think I will pick this up again.

The final three products are hair care. First is the Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo in Dark Tones. My mom actually bought me the mini to try, because it said it’s nice to try out new products and I am so happy she bought me this. I was in love with Batiste Dry Shampoo for so long, but I love this one so much more. I think my hair looks a lot nicer after using this dry shampoo – it’s lighter in comparison to Batiste. Also the fact that this dry shampoo is formulated for darker hair means there is no white cast. I purchased a large bottle of this and I am loving it.

Next is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. I got this sample in back in my September 2017 Boxycharm and I just finished it now because I wasn’t a huge fan. I used it once when I first got it and then didn’t use it. I am trying to finish open products, so I finished using this sample and I will not be repurchasing. I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference. I have pretty dry ends from years of swimming and drying my hair, so I expect a lot from my deep conditioners. Honestly I see the same results as using my conditioner. Now I do have medium-to-thick curly hair, so maybe someone who has finer hair would enjoy this deep conditioner more. I also know that this deep conditioner is free of a lot of the chemicals found in other deep conditioners. But honestly I don’t want to pay almost $50 on a mask that doesn’t barely anything for me personally. It does smell nice at least.

The final product I also received in my Boxycharm. I received the Marajo Hair Anti-Frizz Serum Capsules in my December box and I already finished all of them. The capsules had the perfect amount of oil, and I found the oil to be very nourishing for my hair. I really liked this oil, but I am not willing to pay $18 USD and however much shipping is for this hair oil. Plus these pods are not that environmentally friendly, so it’s just overall easier to just a different hair oil.

And those were all my empties! I am always down to try new products, especially skincare, so let me you what your favourite products are in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

Beauty Empties

Hey guys! So today I am sharing a bunch of beauty, skincare and hair empties, letting you guys know my thoughts on the products and whether I would buy them again! I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile so here it is!

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First I have two empty bottles of the Garnier Miscellar Water. If you guys have been following my bog for a bit, you would know that this stuff is my favourite miscellar water. I prefer using miscellar water instead of using face wipes, it does such a gentle job of removing all my face water, and leaves it feel refreshed after. If you’re looking for a miscellar water, highly recommend this stuff.

Next I have an empty bottle of St. Ives Fresh Exfoliating Apricot Scrub. I remember reading somewhere that some celebrity really likes this scrub so I decided to try it out. I only used this scrub in the shower for some reason, just because I’m lazy like that. The combination of the scrub and shower makes my skin feel a little dry after, but it also makes my skin feel really smooth. It’s an amazing product, but I did buy it again because it is a reasonable price.

It seems like I went through a lot of dry shampoo, but the funny is that I actually finished three of these dry shampoos on the same day because they were are almost empty. First there are two Batiste ones, the Tropical and the XXL Volume. I really like both of the Batiste dry shampoos. They do a good job of getting rid of grease and stays that way all day. They do have a white cast, but it goes away easily. I also was surprised at how much I enjoyed the XXL Volume. If you are looking for a voluminous dry shampoo, this one goes a good job. The Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo I got in my Boxycharm. It was nice but I didn’t like it as much as my Batiste ones. It gave a nice scent to the hair, but I found by like 5pm by hair looked greasy again. Finally was the Dove Dry Shampoo, which was okay. I only used it when I ran out of my other dry shampoos.

My next skincare empty is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with SPF 15. I liked this product so much that I bought a second one, but now using the second one I’m not so sure I like it anymore. My face was breaking out when I was using this product, but I haven’t for sure figured out if it was this product or something else that was breaking out my face. It might be the SPF that my face doesn’t like, because my face is really sensitive to SPF. I’m really on the fence about this product. I think I want to switch and get one of Neutrogena’s moisturizes that doesn’t have SPF in it.

Another makeup remover I finished is the Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes. I prefer a more oily makeup remover to get rid of my eye makeup, I just find it’s better at removing stubborn mascara. I decided to try this Marcelle one because it has good reviews. It was good, but I found it was really oily. Like after I was done removing my eye makeup, I would have to back over with my micellar water to remove the excess oil. It was good, but I did not repurchase because I also found it to be a tad expensive compared to other drugstore remover.

You can tell I bought my All Nighter Setting Spray awhile ago because it is in the old packaging. I have repurchased the product since then, and I am actually getting close to finishing it.  This Urban Decay setting spray is by far my favourite that I own. It really does a good job of making my makeup last longer. It was gives a beautiful finish to my skin. Highly recommend!!

Finally, I finished my POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics. I have also repurchased this primer. What I like about this primer is that it not only feels in my pores and makes them feel smooth, it also makes my face more matte. I have very oily skin, so I really need help making my face matte. This is a staple product that I use almost every day!

Those are all my empty products! Let me know what products you guys finished and think I should try!

xoxoxo

Lea