Empties | Products I’ve Used Up #10

It’s time again to talk about all the products I’ve used up recently. I have a love/hate relationship with finishing so many products right now. I love the feeling of accomplishment and feeling like I have a good idea of how a product really works for me, but then I have to replace it and that can certainly add up if I am always replacing high-end products with more high-end products. But on the other hand, finishing up products gives me room to try something else, and maybe find something that works even better and a lower price point. Now let’s get to the empties!

Bumble and bumble, Hair Dresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. I tried this for the first time last year, talked about it in my 2014 favourites, and it has continued to be a favourite this year as well. I have tried many other leave-in conditioners, but few have been as good. I am trying some budget options right now, but I will absolutely purchase this again in the future.

Aussie, 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment. This deep conditioner was pretty good, but certainly not the best I’ve ever used. For the $3 I spent on it, I’d say it was worth it, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I didn’t notice a difference between this treatment and my regular conditioner from Bumble and bumble.

Batiste, Dry Shampoo (Original). Yes, I finished another one. Yes, I still love it. Yes, I already bought a new one.

St. Tropez, In Shower Gradual Tan. I bought this back in the summer and shared my initial thoughts in this post. I had just one application left and decided to use it up last month. I still like it, but I do prefer the bronzing mousse as it’s easier to apply, lasts longer and results show up faster.

Smashbox, Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This is one of my favourite primers for giving my skin a smooth finish. It doesn’t ball up on me at all, and it does make my foundation last longer. However, on days when my skin is extra dehydrated, this is not a good one to use as it makes my skin feel worse. I’m happy with my primer collection at the moment, so I won’t be replacing it right away, but I would buy it again in the future.

Essie, Quick-E Drying Drops. Another product that I have used up multiple times. I love using these for days when I need my nails to dry super quick and I don’t want them to bunch up at all if I’m going to be using my hands right away, or if I am layering colours and don’t want it to take me two hours to do my nails. I haven’t bought another one yet, since I haven’t felt the need to, but I probably will soon.

Clinique, Lash Power Feathering Mascara. I finished using this mascara sample ages ago, but it was still hanging out in my drawer. This is a great mascara for giving volume and that feathery look. My only issue is that it’s quite a wet mascara, and I prefer dry mascaras, so I won’t be buying it in the full size.

Guerlain, Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara. Another mascara sample that I tried and used up a long time ago but forgot about it in my drawer. I remember really liking the formula of this one. It wasn’t too wet or dry, so I think it would suit a lot of preferences. The full size comes in at $34, so I will just stick to my favourite drugstore mascaras for now.

Benefit Cosmetics, Roller Lash Mascara. And another mascara sample. Now this one, I loved. I used it when it first came out in February, and only bought the full size recently. It gives my lashes a lot of length — better than anything I’ve ever used — but doesn’t actually give them any curl, so I still have to use an eyelash curler, which I don’t mind at all. It’s a wetter formula than I normally like, but it’s not so wet that it bothers me.

Maybelline, Great Lash Mascara. This was the first mascara I ever used over ten years ago when I started wearing makeup. The only reason I chose it then was because I remembered seeing my Aunt Beth using it when I was little (my mom doesn’t wear makeup, so I didn’t have her influence in that area), and it was super cheap. It’s been years since I used it, so I decided to try it again earlier this year. I was quite underwhelmed. Obviously at 14, I wasn’t aware of other options and I really didn’t know what a mascara could do for me. But, at least now I know that I don’t need to get this ever again.

The Body Shop, Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Yes another one. And yes I bought a new one. And I probably have another backup too. Until the Boscia cleansing oil becomes more affordable, I will continue to use this one.

First Aid Beauty, Facial Radiance Pads. I bought these in the summer, but I kept forgetting to use them. I would then only use them every other day or so, but wasn’t seeing any improvement to my skin and wondered what all the hype was about. Then in the last few weeks, I started using them twice a day (as directed) because I was having some bad hormonal (and likely stressed induced) breakouts. Now I know what all the fuss is about. These are seriously amazing. They made my skin clearer, brighter, and smoother too. I was pretty gutted when I finished them because I feel like I didn’t get the full effect of them since I only started using them seriously recently. I have yet to buy a new tub, but I will very soon.

The Body Shop, Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash. I’ve used this facial wash before, but could only vaguely remember how I felt about it. Now I know that I don’t really love it. For a gentle facial wash, it’s great. I don’t like anything too harsh on my skin since it’s quite sensitive, but I feel like this one didn’t do anything for me, and didn’t make my skin better, or even maintain it. I will not purchase this again.

Origins, GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I tried a sample of this quite a while ago, and thought I didn’t like. Then I got this is in a 500 point set from Sephora, and now I get it. This eye cream is great for using in the mornings, as it’s moisturizing but not too wet (so great for applying makeup on overtop) and it has a peachy/pink tint to it, so it brightens up my under eyes. I have a few eye creams to finish at the moment, but I will buy the full size of this in the future.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you used up recently?

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