Skincare Empties #4

Clinique Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser: I enjoyed this cleanser, loved the gel-cream texture. I’ve done an in-depth review already. The only thing I didn’t love about this cleanser is the packaging, I like the tube but the opening is a little too big so I always ended up squeezing out more product that I needed. Also, it stung my eyes a few times, it wasn’t a regular occurrence so I’m not sure what’s up with that, but I would repurchase.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner: I also enjoyed this toner, the texture is slightly different from a regular toner, I’d say it’s more milky in consistency. If you have normal to very dry skin, I think you’d also like this product because it’s really hydrating and soothing on the skin. If you have oily skin you could use this in place of a moisturizer, Paula said in a video that she Continue reading

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Makeup Empties #4

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer: I’ve been using the NYX brow pencil for years, and have been very happy with it but I wanted a thinner brow pencil like the Anastasia Brow Wiz. One that would be great for precisely outlining my brows, and intricately filling in the front bits of hair, and I wanted it to be affordable, and this pencil ticks all the boxes. I was impressed with this product, it has a nice texture that’s neither too soft/waxy, nor hard/dry, and I like the spoolie on it. I got the dark brunette which was much too dark, I’ve repurchased it in the brunette shade, and it’s a better match.

NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil: I’ve already reviewed this here, and here, still loving it, although Continue reading

Skincare Empties #3

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Andalou Naturals Clementine + C Illuminating Toner (x2, old packaging): I’ve already reviewed this, and am currently on my 4th bottle. I really like this toner, it’s packed with a ton of great ingredients like: aloe juice, panthenol, vitamins E & C, as well as glycolic acid (even though the amount isn’t high enough to exfoliate, it provides hydration). This toner probably hasn’t made a dramatic difference in my skin, but it has become an essential part of my skincare routine because I spray it on right after cleansing (I use a washcloth) to get my skin really moist, then quickly follow up with the eye cream, serum, moisturizer. I find that I like applying my eye creams, and serums onto damp skin because Continue reading

Makeup Empties #3

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e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Deep Brown: unfortunately, I couldn’t use this up because I got it in the wrong shade. Deep Brown is too dark, Neutral Brown would have probably been the better match (although it seems to have a red undertone, and doesn’t look ashy enough for me, from the swatches I’ve seen) but I never got to try a different shade because I don’t like the formula of this pencil. It was so waxy, that it made my brow hairs stick together and look greasy. Due to the excessive waxiness, I can’t imagine it being long wearing. I also don’t think that this brow pencil was well thought out, the pencil comes to a point, but it isn’t Continue reading

Bath, Body & Misc. Empties #1

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Origins Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash: I loved this body wash, I find the scent so refreshing, and invigorating. It really smells like a real burst of ginger, because of the ginger root oil, you can also smell a hint of citrus from the lime oil, grapefruit, and lemon peel oils. It also contains cardamom seed, and clove oils which really adds warmth, and complexity to the scent, and I love that it isn’t artificially fragranced. This body wash does contain sulfates, so it can be drying, not excessively so in my experience. It lathers nicely, I tend to like a good, rich lather from my body washes (not so much with face cleansers), it washes off easily, and doesn’t leave a residue.

I really enjoyed showering with this, especially on Continue reading

Skincare Empties #2

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Nair Hair Remover Moisturizing Face Cream: I used this to remove the peach fuzz on my upper lip. That’s a really important step for me because I have dark hair, and it makes my upper lip look darker than the rest of my face, and when I wear lipstick, the contrast makes the area look even darker, plus getting rid of the hair allows my makeup to go on smoother.

So, the way it works: you’re supposed to apply a thick layer of the product to desired area on the face (upper lip, cheek, chin), obviously, avoid Continue reading

Makeup Empties #2

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NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (x2): I’ve already reviewed these in my previous makeup empties, and in my post about makeup essentials. Since those posts, I’ve tried out two other brow pencils that I really like, both are fine tipped like the Anastasia Brow Wiz. While this NYX one is wider, and great for generally filling in, I prefer the fine tipped ones for outlining/creating the shape of the brows, and defining the hairs in the very front. I still love these, use them every time I wear makeup, and have two back ups at the ready.

Jordana Baked Eyeshadow in Vanilla Bean: unfortunately, I didn’t get to use this up, I accidentally Continue reading

Makeup Empties #1

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NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown (x2): This is one of my all-time favorite products. Before I discovered this brow pencil, I was using the Anatasia Brow Wiz, which was great, but far too expensive for so little product. I found that I was going through it quite quickly because the pencil was so fine that I had to use a lot of it to fill in my brows. I’m not one to only fill in sparse areas, I tend to do a full reshape. I used up 2 of those before I realized that it was madness ($21 a pop), and was on the search for something more reasonable, and just as good. Long story short, ever since Continue reading