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

Things I Love to Put on my Face: Beach Vacay Skincare Edition

I’m going to the Jersey Shore tomorrow! But not that Jersey Shore. The Bruce Springsteen Asbury Park/gay clubs/my grandmother’s nursing home Jersey Shore. I love using samples and foils on vacations, it’s a great opportunity to try new products and keep my bag light. I’m really lucky and my skin isn’t super sensitive so I can try things out with little fear. Here’s what I’m bringing.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is the only full-size item I’m bringing. I should decant it into a smaller bottle but, hey, I’m lazy. It’s the best micellar water I’ve used. It doesn’t leave a film like some American drugstore alternatives and it’s incredibly gentle and effective at removing makeup.

I brought two cleansers, Philosphy’s Purity Made Simple and Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser I’ve used and loved the EradiKate, even though it says it’s a daily cleanser I don’t recommend using it daily. I’m bringing it just in case I encounter a breakout or just need an extra physical exfoliating boost. I haven’t used the Philosophy cleanser, but I’m game to try anything. I haven’t had a lot of luck with Philosophy’s products but I’m willing to give them a second chance (and, honestly, cleansers are one of those products that, as long as it’s not too stripping, I can make work regardless of efficacy).

Differin Gel is a god damn game changer for me. I’ve been using it for a little over a week and I (think) my acne purge has finally ended (side note, from my research it normally takes a lot longer for people to finish purging).

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum isn’t my favorite vitamin c serum, but it’s not my least favorite either. Some people, really, really, love it but I’ve had similar (better?) results from more affordable vitamin c serums. This is the OG of prestige vitamin c serums though, so let’s give respect when it’s due. Anyways, bring some vitamin c on a beach vacation! Get those antioxidants on your damn face!

I’m a moisturizer monster and need three, Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, and IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in a CreamI’ve used the IT Cosmetics once already and it is a god damn moisturizer y’all. I’m very excited to slather that thick shit on my weather beaten salt fried face before rolling into bed after the beach. I haven’t used the Fresh moisturizer before but I love their other products I’ve used and I’m ready to preserve this youthful 26-year-old face. My dear friend Christian gives me all the samples that come with his Kiehl’s orders. I love Kiehl’s and have probably used this moisturizer a million years ago when I lived near the Kiehls store on the LES but I honestly do not remember! What an adventure.

Sunscreen is probably the most important thing to bring to the beach, so I’m bringing three: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream WetForce for face SPF50Clarins Sunscreen MultiProtection SPF 50and Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30I’ve used all three of these before and I love them all. The Shiseido is super thick and leaves a white-cast, but it’s water resistant so I’m going to wear that shit when I’m swimming (it also smells nice). The Clarins used to be my holy grail sunscreen, I’ve since moved on to NeoGen but it still holds a place in my heart. I’ve talked about the Murad in this post.

I got Shea Moisture’s Foaming Milk & Body Wash for free from Influenster and have been terrible and haven’t used it yet. I am (sort of) avoiding plastic and buy bar soap as my body soap and I love Shea Moisture’s bar soaps so I have really high hopes for this body soap.

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