Monthly Empties

October 2018 Empties

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Look, I know that we’re almost halfway through November. Things were busy for me, oKaY. Here are the products I finished that month.

Oribe’s Anti Humidity Spray is a miracle product. It helped me get through a humid Lousiana summer. I even made an Instagram story about it!

Would I buy it again? Look, I’m poor AF so it’s gonna be until next summer but you bet your ass I will.

Neogen’s sunscreen remains a favorite. I’ve written about it before, and I’ll definitely write about it again. It’s moisturizing, it smells great, and it does the damn job. There’s no white cast! I love this sunscreen more than words can say.

Would I buy it again? Forever.

NYX’s brow mascara is a great buy when you’re in a pinch and a decent dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills’ brow mascara. It is exactly what you would expect, although I wish their colors were a little richer. Personally, I prefer Glossier’s Boy Brow more.

Would I buy it again? Not unless I find myself in another eyebrow emergency.

Drunk Elephant’s Rise and Glow Duo is a great way to try out two of the brand’s most popular products. I adore their vitamin c serum, it was potent and played really well with all of my other products. I had no issues with pilling. The moisturizer was okay, but my skin is very dry. I used it only very humid days when my sunscreen was doing the heavy lifting on the moisturizer front or when I had done a moisturizing sleep mask the night before.

Would I buy it again? Not the duo, but I will definitely think about buying the Vitamin C serum again.

I talked about these acne spot dots in the last post. They’re effective! I’ve had some issues with my skin the last couple of months and these babies helped the f out. They’re just like every other kind on the market, but you don’t have to wait for shipping.

Would I buy it again? Already did that.

Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula hand cream has been a long go to, especially during cold North Eastern winters. But I live in the god damn deep south now and this was just a little too much. Definitely very moisturizing though!

Would I buy it again? I hate to say it, but probably not.

I don’t even know the name of this Fresh Sugar Lip Balm. I think it was a Sephora birthday gift one year? I think this jar is older than my cats. It was moisturizing! I actually like this formula more than the Fresh lip products I have that came in tubes. What a shame!

Would I buy it again? TBH I would if I could.

This is my second tube of Glossier’s Body Hero Body CreamI was obsessed with it when I first tried it. It was truly moisturizing and made the constant bruises on my legs look a little less horrible. Unfortunately, the magic was lost in the second tube. I don’t know if the formula change or it just doesn’t cut in summer humidity but I had some major issues this time around. The lotion pilled on my skin and never fully absorbed. I found weird pink streaks on my legs long after I thought I had rubbed all of the cream in. It was a huge disappointment.

Would I buy it again? Probably not.

I’m on a journey for a new eye cream, so I jumped on this sample of Tarte’s Maracuja C Brighter eye creamIt’s lightly moisturizing and is great for daytime use. However, I didn’t notice any effect on my fine lights. I certainly didn’t notice any brightening. It did keep my eye area moisturized though.

Would I buy it again? I don’t need to spend $38 for an extra moisturized orbital area.

Glamglow’s Glowstarter moisturizer was a bit of a sleeper hit for me. I ended up mixing it in with my foundation and tinted moisturizer and really falling for it. It made me look like I had the most radiant skin, even on the worst skin days. Unfortunately, the full size comes in a jar. I don’t mind moisturizers in a jar but mixing a moisturizer in a jar with my foundation is gonna fuck my shit up.

Would I buy it again? Not without a packaging change.

Source Vital’s deodorant is my favorite natural deodorant, hands down. I’ve tried Schmidt’s, Tom’s, Lavanila, random etsy stores, Kopari, random things I found at Whole Foods and Source Vital is the best. The scent is not overpowering and it keeps my pits smelling fresh and cute. I tell everyone I can about this deodorant.

Would I buy it again? ABSOLUTELY.

Wander Beauty’s Dualist Concealer is my HG concealer. The illuminating side rivals YSL’s touche eclat, while the matte side gives beautiful full coverage without drying out your skin. This is the only matte concealer I’ve used that felt like it was hydrating my skin along with concealing. It’s a shame that the shade range is so limited and that the product size is so small. I’m hoping that as the company expands they will also expand their shade range and move past their “travel size everything” angle.

Would I buy it again? Yes, although my misgivings about the size and shade range had led me to try out some more concealers, I keep coming back to Wander Beauty.

Mizon’s Out Pink Spot is basically the same thing as the Mario Badescu and the Kate Somerville versions. I’ve used all three and if there are any differences they are minute. All three dry up juicy zits. If anything the Kate Somerville feels slightly more elegant than the Mario and the Mizon formulas, but I truly saw no difference between the Mizon and the Mario formulas.

Would I buy it again? yes! Sometimes you just gotta dry up a zit!

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Things I Love to Put on My Face: You Can Buy Some Things in a Store Edition

My favorite drugstore findsI don’t have a car. The Internet is amazing. I can get anything I want sent to me! Once a month I get a box * of toilet paper and cleaning supplies sent to me. I even get cat food and litter in the mail. Blogs, Reddit, Makeupalley, Paula’s freaking Choice, etc have encouraged us to keep our skincare shopping mostly online. I am here to tell you that you can buy great versions of culty internet hits IRL at your damn drug store.

You know those super chic Shiseido facial cotton squares? Hey, you can buy basically the same damn thing at CVS and some Walgreens and almost every Duane Reade! Hell, I once saw them at Target (maybe that was a skincare dream?). Just look for the EXTRA THICK (thicc) Premium Cotton Squares with plush layers. Sometimes they’re labeled as pick a size cotton squares. Dig around in the cotton balls section, you’ll find those babies.

Pimple patches are a thing in any skincare loving corner of the Internet. Did you know that you can buy them from CVS? Yes, my friends, you no longer have to order them from dubious sellers on Amazon. CVS paired with Peach and Lily to create Peach Slices. The full line isn’t available in most stores, but the pimple patches can be found hidden among acne care in many a CVS that does not feature the line. I promise, they’re just as good as the ones that come in the mail.

Glossier’s* Milky Jelly cleanser is iconic, and for good reason. It’s an effective but gentle cleanser and its bottle is damn cute too. I love it so much, but these days I mostly stick to Neutrogena’s Ultra Hydrating Cleanser: Creamy Formula. The two cleansers are basically the same, except the Neutrogena I can buy with cash on my way home from work (and I don’t have to worry about someone stealing a package).

What are your favorite in-store steals?

 

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Monthly Empties

September 2018 Empties

I’m a big believer in using the things that you have. Vast makeup/skincare collections filled with crap that gets used once or twice before it expires are upsetting and dark in a multitude of ways. This is my corner of the internet where I celebrate what I finished each month.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world. I stopped buying it when I stopped wearing foundation and doing a full face every day, but this summer in New Orleans I thought I might as well give it a go again. I’m a little sad to say, but not really because fuck spending money on a god damn spray for your face, that it doesn’t hold up to that Louisiana humidity. I saw 0 difference between the days I wore it and the days I didn’t. Ooops.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I’m a moron so yeah. I’ll probably buy a mini bottle to use when I visit my family in the North East. Consumerism is my vice!

I bought It’s a 10 MIracle Leave In after working as a receptionist at a fancy barbershop where everyone recommended it. I used it in a multitude of ways. It did nothing for me.

Would I buy it again? No.

This isn’t the first time I’ve finished Glossier’s Hydrating Face Moisturizer. There’s plenty of other moisturizers I like more, but this baby does the job.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I only ever buy it when I’m buying something else from Glossier* and I’m also out of my daytime moisturizer. Yeah, I’ll probably buy it again.

Every few years I rebuy FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream, luckily this time I got it as a deluxe sample. It’s a great basic moisturizer, although it might break me out. For that price point, I say go with something else. It’s a drugstore moisturizer with fun branding.

Would I buy it again? Hopefully not!!!

Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet has ingredients that are a little similar to resveratrol in it so every time I use it I think of Brooks and Vicki’s cancer scam on Real Housewives of OC. What more could one want from a moisturizer? In all seriousness, this has become my new go-to daytime moisturizer. It’s light as air and sinks it beautifully all while leaving my skin moisturized and glowing. Love you Caudalie.

Would I buy it again? Girl, I already started using my replacement.

Obviously, I got a Caudalie sample set, which is why I also finished their Premier Cru Eye Cream. Unfortunately, the eye cream was a major disappointment. I’m pretty sure it made my bags worse and did about 0% moisturizing (don’t worry, I apply eye cream the correct way, around my orbital bone and before I apply any serums).

Would I buy it again? No.

La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60 is my favorite drugstore sunscreen. Neogen’s Daylight sunscreen is my #1, but I always grab Anthelios when I’m in a pinch and need some sunscreen. It’s very light and watery but not drying. I have no issues with a white cast (I opt for the non tinted version), but I know that some people do. I also get an insane amount of rewards dollars every time I buy it at CVS. Get those coupons!

Would I buy it again? Forever and always.

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Things I Love to Put on my Face: Just Some Crap I Recently Bought Edition

Cool Cool. It’s been a minute. Life is an emotional roller coaster! Here’s a low effort post of things that I’ve bought recently to make myself feel better.

I re-upped on Boy Brow and Perfecting Skin Tint. Boy brow is the best brow product I’ve ever used (I still love my ABH brow pencil but, like, I hate actually filling in my brows). Someone on reddit described Skin Tint as “homeopathic,” which is a lie. It’s very, very subtle, but it does even out my skin tone!

I got Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere when I ran out of my Maybelline lumi concealer (it’s a good concealer but it did not last long at all, I might as well shell out for high-end concealer if I’m gonna finish it in a month). I got the Nars in Chantilly, but it’s actually a little too light for my skin tone, but the darker shades don’t have the correct undertones. I refuse to return makeup so I’m wearing this ish until it’s done. The formula is great and it stays all day. I’m obsessed with the Dior eyeshadow and have worn it nearly every day since I bought it. It’s great as an all over shadow or an inner corner highlight.

My quest to stop buying as much crap online has led me to CVS and Skinfix Hydrating Lotion I typically use Embryolisse for my AM moisturizer but it’s basically impossible to get in person in Maryland and I didn’t need anything else from Beautylish (I don’t trust the ones on Amazon!). I grabbed this Skinfix stuff because the ingredient list seems great. It’s a very, very light moisturizer, which is perfect for humid summer days. I’m big on light moisturizing layers during the summer. I’ve used this for a couple of days now and I’m into it. It’s much thinner and waterier than embryolisse, they’re essentially completely different products. Since this is so light I recommend this lotion for people who are moisturizer adverse. It doesn’t play super nice with my Neogen sunscreen, I’ve noticed some slight pilling if I don’t wait long enough between applications. I’m definitely going to go back to embryolisse when I need to reorder some bioderma or TO facial oils but this is a great drugstore option.

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Things I Love to Put on my Face: Gel Sunscreens. That’s it.

Glossier’s* new sunscreen has put the internet skincare community in an absolute tizzy. It’s a gel! It’s got chemical filters instead of physical filters! It’s $35! It is not the exact product that I, the magnificent decider of the worth of all skincare, desired. Anyways, people are insane. Glossier’s sunscreen looks awesome, it leaves 0 white cast, it’s a freaking gel, and it’s not loaded up with alcohol.

I always suggest gel formulas to men with facial hair! Yes, I love a good physical sunscreen on myself but I am pale AF and don’t have a beard. There’s nothing worse than your skin looking ashy because of your sunscreen or having gross white globs in your man’s beard. Embrace the gel. Here are two of my favorites (that cost a helluva lot more than the Glossier one…):

Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a mattifying/blurring gel sunscreen. It reminds me of that miracle blur shit that Olay was shilling a while back. It feels like Smashbox’s primer and goes on beautifully. I’m not super into matte faces myself but I’ve definitely thrown this at my boyfriend because I was sick of him complaining about how sweaty and shiny his face gets. Typically if I’m wearing this it’s when I’m running around doing errands with no makeup on.

Cover FX’s Clear Cover is my favorite out of all the gel sunscreens I’ve used. It’s actually a light yellow in the bottle still, it applies clear. The texture is similar to Murad’s but the finish is far more natural looking. It won’t make your skin matte, but it also won’t make it look dewy (unless it already does). This formula also has squalane and some other awesome antioxidants. I am into it.

 

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