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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Things I Love to Put on My Face: SokoGlam is Having a Sale Edition

PSA, Soko Glam* is having a sale (use code “SGBOKB18” for %15 off) on their Best of K Beauty Award winners. Wouldn’t you know it, two of my favorite products are featured.

Son and Park’s Beauty Water is my favorite gentle exfoliant/toner/cleanser/magic bottle of water. It makes my skin look radiant and perfect.

Neogen’s Daylight Protection is my absolute favorite sunscreen. It’s moisturizing as hell, it smells nice, and it protects my damn face.

Go forth and enjoy

 

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April 2017 Empties Part 2

Empties! Part 2! You know the drill, and if not, here’s part 1.

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I wanted to cry when I finished my deluxe sample of SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. I’ve never used something that had such amazing and immediate results. Literally the moment I first put this on my skin it looked brighter and my hyperpigmentation and red spots from acne started to fade. It was insane. This is, straight up, the best my skin has ever looked in my life. I have used “brightening” products for years now and have never experienced something like this.

Would I buy it again? 5.4 ML IS $179. ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE DOLLARS. I could buy the “value sized” 11 ML one for a measly TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY. NGL, as soon as I get a big girl job again and get my life in order I am buying this. For now, I have replaced my sample with CosRx’s Glactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence and will be trying out various other yeast ferment products. Let me tell you, the CosRX is okay, but it’s nothing compared to SK II.

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I got a sample of Decleor’s Aromessence oil serum in a GlossyBox*. It’s nice if you’re into essential oils. TBH I’m not a fan of them. In fact, I find essential oils to be really irritating most of the time. I had no issues with this serum, but the smell was so, so strong. It was hydrating, but what oil isn’t?

Would I buy it again? Nah son.

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This Lycopene skincare face cream is another GlossyBox* sample. Unrelated to the product, I laughed out loud when I saw the website. It is dated and so, so funny. Tomatoes! Onto the product, it’s not bad. It was moisturizing, however, I felt like it never really sank into my skin. Honestly, this cream confused me. I felt moisturized and I was very aware that if I used too much product it would pill but I also never felt like I used enough. This is witchcraft in a strange red box.

Would I buy it again? No.

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I’ve had this Lancome blush in Rose Fresque for what has felt like damn near a decade. I had it in the “natural” finish (I believe…the label is worn out and this was definitely a gift from one of my aunts for my grandmother) and wore it damn near every day for the last year. This was my white whale of panning. It was a slog to get through but I actually really love this blush. It’s super pigmented applies beautifully. I have fair skin and yellowy olive undertones so pink blush can be a bit of tricky thing but rose fresque looked like a natural flush, exactly how a blush like this should look.

Would I buy it again? Yes. But, there are so many blushes out there that I want to try that it’s unlikely I will anytime soon. When I finished this pan I immediately bought Glossier’s* cloud paints in Beam and Puff and I love them.

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I got this full-size bottle of Biossance’s cleansing oil from another GlossyBox. I was super excited about getting a full size of this…and then I went to look up the ingredients for a blog post and realized that they had recently revamped all their packaging and product names and gotten a spot on Sephora’s website. Looks like GlossyBox got the old stock. I see you Biossance. Anyways, this oil cleanser is great. It has squalane in it, which I love, and a bunch of other antioxidant-rich oils. I tend to not care too much about what antioxidants etc. are in a face wash because it doesn’t sit on your face long enough to really get any benefit, but I make exceptions for oil cleansers. It emulsifies beautifully and is a great second cleanser.

Would I buy it again? Yes. The price isn’t horrific, one bottle lasts a long time, and it’s a workhorse of a cleanser. There are a million other oil cleansers I want to try though so it might take a while for me to come back to it.

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Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturizer has long been an MVP. Basically, whenever I can get my hands on a deluxe sample I do it. I’m honestly not sure why I haven’t just bought a jar already? It’s a nice light moisturizer. Since I had such dry skin I save this product for mornings or particularly humid summer nights. It’s light enough that you can layer it under sunscreen on an August morning and not feel disgusting but still have sufficient moisture. Isn’t that all a girl ever wants? Moisturized, comfortable skin?

Would I buy it again? Yes.The full size comes in a jar, which is kind of annoying, but it comes in one of those fancy hygienic jars where only the product you need gets exposed to air/your hands/whatever. Look at the damn video on the Sephora link.

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Things I Love (to Put on My Face) Sunny and Bright Edition

I’m a pale, pale lady. I wear lots of sunscreen. Regardless of your melanin status, you should too. I also talk about something that’s not a sunscreen. We could just call this, “things I have actually bought and used in the last few days.”

This Missha sunscreen is the tits. The name, All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+/PA+++ is a little much but that’s okay! It’s a water-resistant mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast. I, unfortunately, had to stop using it because the alcohol in it was way too drying for my winter skin but I’m still keeping it around for when summer humidity hits it in high gear. Also, it’s maybe not FDA approved??? But hey, it’s a great sunscreen!

 Clinique’s been killing it lately*, and this sunscreen is a true testament to that. It has a bunch of the things I like about the aforementioned Missha sunscreen but it’s free of denatured alcohol so it’s less drying. The biggest downside is that it’s $26 for 1 oz (I wish it was more than SPF 30, but I can live with that). Honestly, I will pay a stupid amount of money for a cosmetically elegant mineral sunscreen I can pop in my purse.

I got a sample tube of this Tarte highlighting moisturizer when I ordered my Clinique sunscreen and I am into it. Yes, it’s basically a more glittery/expensive version of the Aveeno day cream I used in high school. But also, body glitter is coming back. This is like the adult version of the glitter sticks you used to be able to buy at Limited Too. While I probably won’t use this as my primary moisturizer, it looks amazing mixed in with my Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (use this link to get 20% off your first purchase kthanks). It provides a nice healthy “glow from within” and in my mind one can never be too sparkly or too glowy. I’m definitely going to use it as an easy highlight on days where I’m not wearing makeup but I want a little something on my cheeks.

 

*okay, fine, always.

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