It’s been so long since I did an empties post – and I miss them. An empties post is when I go through my beauty and skincare trash and give mini-reviews on items that I have used up or I am decluttering. Now to be fair, I don’t love everything I finish, but I do hate everything I declutter (as in still product in the container) with the exception of very old items that just need to go for hygiene reasons.
This category is always the fullest because I am serious about my skincare! Unfortunately, there are lots of items I don’t plan on repurchasing as I really need use what I already have in my large skincare stash.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion +30 – bought this on the way to the beach wihtout much thought. I typically like neutrogena suncreen over the other brands but honestly I probably bought this one based on price. It did leave a bit of a white cast, but we used it for the summer and it felt effective. I always recommend a minimum of SPF30 when you are going to be out in the sun.
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme – I bought these when I was feeling too broke to buy the Peter Thomas Roth pads. these are roughly a quarter of the cost and well…. now i know why. These pads are smaller and felt like they contained much less juice. I felt like I had to use 2 pads at a go so there were no cost savings there. Quite frankly i just felt not much effect from using these and i eventually paid the cash for the PTR pads.
Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk – I read a blog article where the lady described how probiotic skincare is supposed to be better for those with acne prone skin. I liked the general science behind using good bacteria on the skin (i try to take a probiotic daily and I’m all about maintaining a healthy biome) so when I ran across this one at my local Sprouts I grabbed it. She recommended the bioPhace probiotic cleanser, which I have since picked up, but I was hoping this one would be a cheaper alternative. I won’t repurchase this one. Now I don;t expect anything major from cleansing products, but this didnt even remove any makeup at all. It was way too gentle on my face, and I ended up only using it as a morning cleanser. If you never wear makeup or want to keep it as simple as possible then this is for you. I wouldn’t put much on the anti-aging claims either since this product is only in constant with the skin for a limited amount of time.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micelle solution – already repurchased! See full review here.
Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water – will not repurchase any time soon. While this is not bad at all, in fact had I tried this BEFORE I tried the bioderma, I would likely repurchase. But, I’m in love with Bioderma as explained here.
Reviva Glycolic Acid Facial Toner- I’ve used this so many times and for years this was my absolute favourite. But much to my surprise i’ve found a more cost effective and product effective product. Review pending.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum – won’t repurchase, because, oooh, the smell. I hate it when “green movement” products have weird smell.
Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic – wont repurchase. I’m addicted to glycolic acid products and this 5% formula did nothing for me. If you are new to acids for chemical exfoliation then this is your product. But if you have been around the block with these types products then this will do not much for you. I have a full review here.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – buy this over and over. You will not regret it.
Iroha Nature Pro Foot Socks – oh my god, I need to repurchase these. They worked and they really did make my feet feel soft and smooth.
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator Mask
Maybelline the Nudes – decluttering because I never ever use this. It was taking up space in my Muji drawers to it has to go.
Maybelline lipgloss – this bright orange colour was my go to most of last year! Its a great colour for summer and it kept my lips moiturized. I liked the formula and would recommend this particular brand.
Estee Lauder Eyeliner
Burberry Cat Lashes mascara – don’t forget that the Nordstrom Mascara Madness event is coming up end of May. This is definitely a tube I plan on repurchasing! Review here.
Voluminous Lash Paradise(Waterproof) – truly, I hated this. and i don’t consider it a dupe for the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. But maybe that’s because I picked up the waterproof mascara. Which, as a group, I hate – they all leave my eyelashes so dry and crunchy, snap-ff breakable crunchy. Which this one did. to the point where I had no choice but to declutter before I lost all my lashes. I know people love the regular version of this, but I was totally put off and will probably not repurchase.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss
L’oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner
Maybelline Master Drama eyeliner
NARS Velvet LipGlide in Bound – loved it. This was a great nude lip colour on me and I really need to repurchase a full size. Good formula, not drying at all, this is one you can put on without a mirror and have a damn good day.
Quai Haircare Treatment Masque
Quair Rose Hair and Body Oil – I need to purchase the full size! This smelled so good.
Moroccanoil Treatment – while I love how this works, I hate the way it smells.
Nexxus Humectress Intensely Hydrating Masque – definitely purchase and I need the full size.