One of the reasons for all of my hauling as of late, is that I have finished up a lot of the products I had been using. I have been saving the empty tubes and jars so I could share with you, dear readers, my final thoughts on these products. I have really grown to love empties posts for that very reason, and this time, I’m splitting mine into two categories: makeup and skincare, kicking things off with the makeup portion:
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner
This was the first high-end eyeliner I had ever used, and I won’t lie I did really enjoy using it. The tip was sturdy yet flexible enough that it would work with me, and the liner was really, really black and opaque. It did sadly begin to flake off throughout the day, but formula-wise, that’s the only quarrel I have with it. In terms of packaging, I found the dented, matte grip around the cap very handy for keeping a steady hold on the pen. However, one thing that bugged me quite a bit was the fact that the cap never seemed to shut properly, since there’s no twisting or snapping, you just have to hope that it stays fastened, which can lead to the ink drying out a lot more quickly… Would I repurchase? Yes, sometime in the future, but I don’t feel I need to immediately replace it.
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara
I really adored this mascara and I have to make sure I pick up another one sometime soon. I found this to be an amazing natural, enhanced lashes mascara. It was easy to remove but didn’t transfer too much onto the lid. I’m pretty certain it even made its way into a monthly favorites at one point, too. Repurchase? Hell yeah, having a backup of this baby would be a no-brainer.
Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Sculpting Mascara in Auburn
The transparent version of this was the first ever brow gel I tried and I liked quite a bit. However, this time around, I found that the bobble-shaped wand didn’t quite suit the concept of coating your brow hairs with a tinted gel… It just did not separate my hairs that well, nor did the color end up matching my other brow products (however that is my fault). Would I repurchase this? Not anytime soon. I think it’s decent for the drugstore, but then I would recommend you stick to the transparent one.
Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara (Star Wars edition)
This mascara was delightful surprise when I took it for a spin in December, and I was blown away by how much, length, volume, and lift it gave my lashes! Despite the wand being a little wonky and uncomfortably unstable at times, I really do miss being able to break out this mascara for nights when I want va-va-voom lashes. One pretty negative comment though: it is absolute hell trying to get this mascara off! Even with waterproof-mascara remover! Repurchase? Yes, but I’d be interested in trying the regular formula first, just to see how they compare.
Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in 15 Fair
This so far has continued to be my holy grail concealer, and I so far have not found another drugstore concealer that beats it. The texture is sooosososooooo creamy and blends like a dream. A little goes such a long way, and I have found that this is the perfect under-eye brightening concealer for me. Would I repurchase? Considering this has been my 4th or 5th tube, yes, I would say so.
Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation in 115
This was often my go-to foundation since its finish looked so natural! It provides decent coverage without covering all of your little beautiful imperfections. However, after using it for a while, I felt it was starting to appear too oily throughout the day, and I ended up feeling like I had to blot my face every hour. Mind you my diet at the time was not the best, so that could very well have also contributed to the excess oil production, and I’m not a person who usually has very oily skin. I actually already repurchased another bottle and hope my skin will be getting along better with it somewhere down the line once my oil-balance gets itself in check.
I also did a more in-depth review of the Fit Me! range, where I included this foundation and the concealer!
Moving on to the skincare department is where things get really interesting. I finally managed to finish up products I’ve been using for months. Some I was happy to be done with and others I was more sad about. Let’s which ones were which, shall we?
EOS Shave Cream in Pomegranate Raspberry
I’ve used the EOS lip balms for years now, and since I’ve never truly used shaving cream to properly shave my legs, pits, you name it, I thought I would give this one a go. While it claims to moisturized you skin even after you’ve shaved the area, I can’t say that claim is 100% true, but I did not feel I had to flee immediately after turning off the water to moisturize my legs. I was quite devastated when I ran out, since this was so convenient because it also can be used for dry shaving, and it really does work; both wet and dry! I felt it really made my razor glide over my skin and made it a lot easier to see where the hairs still were. It also helped to fight the cause of ingrown hairs and razor burn (plus it smells amazing!!!). Repurchase? As soon as payday comes, baby!
Soap and Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel
Of the two previous S&G skincare products I had tried, I was a fan. However, Clean On Me has not been my favorite, I must admit. I have heard amazing things about S&G‘s shower gels, but Clean On Me‘s scent was fresh, but too floral for my taste. Plus, I felt like I always had to get so many pumps in order to clean my whole body, and that was a bit irritating. However, I found the amount of product in the bottle to be worth the cost, which wasn’t very high to begin with, especially considering how this lasted me practically the whole school year.Repurchase? Nope, but perhaps another scent!
Garnier Micellar Water
The Garnier Micellar Water was the gateway micellar water for me, and I honestly don’t know why I’ve ever turned to anything else. I find it to be so gentle and effective at removing makeup, be it on my face, hands or anything I might have gotten it on (*wry smile*). There is so much product for such a low price, and it does not contain any perfumes so it is great for those of you with sensitive skin. I doesn’t remove waterproof mascara, and you might have to scrub a bit harder at your lips with things like liquid lipsticks, but overall it is an amazing product and I will continue to repurchase Garnier‘s.
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
And here’s where the micellar waters fall a bit flat… I didn’t hate the Simple one, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as Garnier‘s. I felt it had a stronger smell and felt far more chock-full of chemicals for one that claims to be perfume and harsh-chemical-free. It was however, rather effective at taking off makeup, but because of the scent and overwhelming-feel of chemicals I didn’t dare let it near my eyes. Repurchase? Probably not.
Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Makeup Remover
While this eye makeup remover didn’t make my eyes super red and irritated in the surrounding skin areas, I was ultimately glad to be rid of it. While it removed most eye makeup fairly adequately, I felt it wasn’t the most effective at removing waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and at certain times, I hate to wait another whole day before I could remove it properly with this. Not happy with that. The main thing I’m happy to be rid of is the fact that I felt it stung my eyes a few minutes after I finished removing my eye makeup with it. My eyeballs would begin to feel irritated and I had to blink quite a bit to try and get the irritant out, and this only happened when I used this to remove my eye makeup. My jurisdiction? Nope, not buying this again.
Maybelline Dr. Rescue CC Nails Base Coat
This little bottle made it into last month’s favorites, because I was finally able to attribute most of the staying power, and smooth application of polish to this base coat. Now hearing “CC”, you think color correcting, and white I haven’t seen a ton of results in that sense, the formula claims to brighten and conceal. I definitely felt that one coat on my bare nails made them look a lot more healthy, and even if I didn’t have time to fully paint my nails with a colored polish, I feel something like this would still help out their appearance. Repurchase? Yes.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for extra-dry skin
I felt this moisturizer was an absolute godsend when I first tried it out. It’s gel-cream consistency was cooling and soothing and instantly hydrated my desert-like face after days of being moisturizer-less and one long-ass flight. A little went such a long way and I truly loved it (it even snuck its way into my December favorites!), BUT, in my last few weeks with it, I felt it nourishing my skin less and less. Sure it was quick to absorb into my skin quickly before, but eventually it absorbed so much that it hardly felt hydrating and moisturizing at all. Repurchase? I’m sad so say “no”.
Bioré Deep Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser
This last product is another one that I am sad is used up but also slightly relieved. I picked this up in Hong Kong as means of extra help to scrub all the unwanted pollution after-effects out of my skin, especially since I’d be visiting Beijing- AKA Smog Central- later that same week. It served me well as a treat to my skin once or twice a week since. It thoroughly cleansed my skin leaving it feeling fresh and clean. However, at one point I thought that I should begin to use it twice a day, every day, as instructed, but I began to feel it was starting to break me out. maybe it did, maybe it didn’t, all I can say is that my skin has been a lot more calm since switching back to my Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser. Repurchase? Yes, I’d like to give this another go just to see if it was something else causing my skin to act up.
What’s your most recently finished product?