Sunday, December 30, 2012

Finished Products of September-December 2012

To say this post was delayed would be an understatement, but I do have a reason! 
More will be revealed but until then, please keep reading my finished products of both Fall and Winter.
I would suggest you grab a tea, and get comfortable, because this will be lengthy.

Group shot!


Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Gel Cleanser: After trying almost every type of cleanser this brand has produced over the years, I have settled on this one as my favorite. It's one of the more mild formulations the brand offers, has a green cucumberish scent, is not very harsh, lathers well, and is easily found.
My skin has not been causing me any issues for the past few months (knock on wood) and I use this every night with my clarasonic to just keep spots at bay. Seems to work for me, and I am already using a new bottle.

Vichy Scrub: This is the second time I've purchased this. I use this when my skin is a bit oilier. I find this a softer scrub that can be found in the drugstore, not too stripping if you have oily skin, and not too harsh on the skin. I may repurchase this over the summer, as i am currently using a Clarins scrub at the moment, and prefer this Vichy version. This scrub is softer than both St. Ives, and the Neutrogena scrubs offered in the drugstore.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleanser: I purchased this when my store ran out of the Avene Gentle gel cleanser and I was too impatient to wait for a new shipment. Mistake, I should have waited (patience is a virtue I do not posses) This is just not as good as the Avene cleanser in my opinion. It cleans and feels a bit like Cetaphil, but the Avene one just seems to leave my face feeling more clean and refreshed. This seemed to have left almost a film feeling on my face. not terrible, but would not recommend.

Murad Acne Cleanser: Probably one of the biggest Sephora 100 pt gifts I ever tried. I don't think I would have every purchased this for the retail price on my own. This is ok, it's nice, it seems to work, but no better than my Nuetrogena Acne cleanser which is cheaper and easier to find. Again, not terrible, but I have found something with very similar effects on my skin from the drugstore. 


Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel: I think this is just my go to from now for toner. Hydrating, Vitamin E for moisture, and the witch hazel can help remove residual bacteria from my face. I also enjoy that it is alcohol free. It comes in quite a few varieties, and I have only tried the rose version but I think this will be shown in these empties posts for some time to come.

Avene Thermal Water (2): Believe it or not, I really think this does something. I know it's water in a can which sounds stupid...but it seems to hydrate a bit more than regular water and seems to help my skin when it's on the mend or recovery from a spot. The real con is the spritzer. It kinda spits at you instead of giving off a fine mist. I like to use these after the gym also to cool down. I prefer this over the Evian version.

Maria Badescue Rose Water Toner: I tried this to see if I preferred rose water over the rose version witch hazel. I prefer Thayers, its cheaper, it's bigger, it's more hydrating, and seems to clean better. This is nice to try, but I would not repurchase. I will reuse the bottle to keep my Thayers toner in :)

Moisturizers and Sunscreen

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Lotion: Both smaller sizes, both things I have purchased the full size versions of over the years. Definitely not the best I ever tried, but suitable for my skin throughout the year so long as I keep changing amongst the two, quite good value for money, because they last about 6 months for me, and never irritate my skin. They are not my favorites, but if I don't have anything else, and Clinique has a gift with purchase I usually purchase these as go to's but not constants.

La Roche Posay Sunscreen: My new HG. I am currently using the tinted version which I like even more. Suitable for sensitive skin, I purchase the combination skin version which works incredibly well to help mattify my skin, feels light, and comes in a very liquid/runny consistency that is easy to apply and wear. 
I am currently using the Mineral version and I see no differences in between the two formulations.

Naruko Magnolia Firming Night Cream: This was quite nice. Scented but not over powering. I pretty much slathered this all over my face and neck each night because I believe in heavily moisturizing my face at night aka looking like a butterball, to wake up with very glowing and radiant skin for the morning. This delivered. It never caused me skin irritations nor clogged  my pores despite the amount I used. I will say, it doesn't really sink in too well. This may have been my fault, where I just used too much and my skin was already fully saturated, but I was always looking so damn shiny at night. 
I don't think I would repurchase this, I did not see any firming benefits, but I really cant judge things like that yet, I just think my Olay items though does not smell as good, but works just as well. 

Cerave PM lotion: Believe it or not, I've wanted to try this for years. I never did, it's quite pricey here and looked pretty blah, I know I shouldn't judge that way, but I did not know anyone who had ever tried it. I finally took the plunge. My skin for some reason had developed small dry patches on my cheeks, most likely due to high wind. I slathered this on, and the next morning it was gone! and I was hooked! The consistency is like a very thick gel which can feel heavy to some but I really don't care because this keeps my skin super hydrated for the winter months. I just purchased a new bottle since my Naruko is out, and am very happy with this drugstore find! 
I will state, due to my success with this product I did try the Cerave moisturizing day cream, the heavier version of the lotion and I don't like it at all. Just not moisturizing enough in my opinion, and I chose the heavier option! Will just be sticking to the PM lotion only.

Orgins Vitazing: It took me quite some time to use up this tiny tube up but I loved it! I actually purchased the full size long ago and returned it because it made me greasy looking. Now that my skin is more or less normal most of the year now, I think this would be a wonderful addition to my skin care/base routine. Currently I am quite in enamoured with La Roche Posay's tinted sunscreen to purchase this but I think I will always have one of the two in my everyday routine as a simple base. 
I would not recommend this product for anyone with oily skin.

Hand products

B&BW hand sanitizers: Because everyone needs these kinds of things
B&BW hand cream: A scent I hated but used it up anyway, this one is too over powering
Jurlique hand creams: I kept these on my bed side tables for night time. They are quite nice and moisturizing but I still prefer L'occitane hand creams, would not get these again. 
Also the lavender version is very heavily perfumed, I prefer the Citrus scent.

Face and Hair Care

La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo: HG people. I apply a very sheer layer of this on my T zone every night for preventive reasons, and it freaking works! I am currently using something else (just to clean out my stash, but this will be a repurchase no doubt) highly recommend for those with problematic skin.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask: A mask I used once a week to give my hair a bit of strength. For the price and availability I think this is quite good for those on a budget. Smells nice and helps condition, but I still prefer Aussie's 3 minute miracle to this item. Works the same for my hair but is cheaper.

Eyes and Tools 

Lancome Bi Facil Make up Remover: Very good make up remover for the eyes, but too expensive to repurchase so often. I just live off the samples.

Sonia Kashuk eye make up remover: My personal favorite from Target. The bottle is quite large, the price is reasonable, and it removes my waterproof mascara with ease.

Two clarasonic brush heads: I never count these but this time I will. This was the sensitive skin and delicate skin versions. I prefer the delicate skin which is softer than the one designed for sensitive skin. I recently purchased the acne version to see which I prefer, but for sensitive skins, I would advise you to buy "delicate"

Not picture is a package of Garnier Face Wipes

Body Care

Olay Ulta Moisture body wash: With my love for Olay products I purchased this in high hopes but was incredibly disappointed. The minute I left the shower after using this product my arms and legs would scream for body creams. I don't know why, this ultra moisture body wash really seemed to dry my skin out! A fail for me. The bottle did last me forever!

Vaseline Body Lotion: In these economic times I decided to try something more affordable for my body lotion, and boy do I regret it. After the shower my body would want hydration right away from the wash, and this lotion did not deliver. It smells pleasant but no matter how much I used the skin on my arms and legs never really felt hydrated. Smells good, and the price is good, but I would not get this for winter or fall. Perhaps summer only.

Perfume and Nails

Ferregamo Incanto Dream: My go to fragrance for summer. This is my second time using up a bottle of this scent, though the first time in the extra large bottle. The scent unfortunately is not very long lasting, but I will keep repurchasing this every summer as it is my ultimate favorite for the warmer months. 
Hawaii is what I smell from this. Pineapples and orchids.

Butter London Top and Base Coat: These are NOT finished. I just cannot use them anymore. First of all, they are now incredibly thick and goopy after about 7 months of use. Secondly, the base coat stunk for me. After using it for a few months I realized my nails looked terrible without polish. Peeling,  broken ridges, and they had turned yellow! No protection was provided to my nails with this base. The top coat I also hated. It dried slower than most top coats I had tried in the past. A real shame, as I though these would be quite promising, but now I'm just throwing these out.

Make up

The reason why this post was so heavily delayed was because of these guys right here

I did not want to post this up until these three had finished. I had hit pan on all of them in August and thought, ok, i can finish them in October? then November? then December....and I thought, what's taking so long!?
At LONG last these are complete and this post was formed!

Lancome Dual finish powder: My favorite powder foundation thus far. Unfortunately I realized I am not a powder foundation fan, but if I ever needed one, this was the one for me. Keeps me quite matte in the morning, and I look like I have a satin sheen by lunch. The area around my noise does get shiny, but I just blot that. Works well wet or dry, I prefer it dry to just set my concealer.

Guerlain Bronzer in 02 Brunette: This was the product that made me love bronzer. I was always a blush girl, but because this had peachy tones in it, I would apply it more heavily on my cheeks and bronze the contours of my face and I loved the effect, and the fact that I could skip a step in the morning! 
This is the all the face color I wore for about half the year and do not regret it. The only con is that the texture of the product is very strange, where the density of some of the shades are harder than others. Sometimes I would have to scrape the colors to have them pigmented again, but outside that fact, since I know now how to use this bronzer I would repurchase this again in the future. 
I think this color is numbered 03 now.

Jemma Kidd Dewey Glow in Rose Gold: I purchased this in March or April, and with 1 application, this never left my make up bag again. Great texture, smooth finish, huge mirror,  and not too gaudy for daytime. I am very sad this has now been discontinued but I really did love this one, and would have recommended and repurchased. 

Boscia Blotting Linens: My HG, I won't move on to anything else.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics: I'm so glad this is gone. I really did not like this. It didn't seem to hold my shadows in place when I had more oily lids in the summer. When my skin is more normal it seems to work better,  but I have tried better and would not repurchase nor recommend. Especially for oily lids.

Clinique High Impact Mascara:  I've only tried a few Clinique mascaras but this was the best one I have tried thus far. Beautiful volume, and adequate length. Most Clinique mascaras have left me thinking "Meh" but this one is actually quite nice. I don't know if I would get this myself but if they have a GWP with this mascara I would probably get it!

Maybelline MegaPlush Mascara: Probably the worst drugstore product I purchased in 2012. This mascara has a really weird wand, it wobbles and bends like crazy where I see no benefit, and when I applied it, it made my lashes look even skinnier. I have terrible lashes, and this made them look even more sparse! Would never recommend.

Rimmel Extra Super Lash: I also really did not like this. I was recommended this product from a friend but it just did not work for me. It was OK.....especially since it was $2.50?? I don't know why it's so cheap, the brush is natural not plastic which I prefer, but this really clumped on me. I will state for $2.50 it's definitely not bad!

NARS Lipgloss in Dolce Vita: My go to lip gloss for night time. I really don't think I like lipsticks so I use heavily pigmented glosses to rev up my looks for night time. The color was phenomenal the smell and texture were more off putting. The smell reminded me of paint, and the gloss gets a bit thick rather quickly. I have other NARS glosses, but once I get through them, I don't really know if I would repurchase them, but I did love this shade. 
I also own the corresponding blush and lipstick. All Dolce Vita products from NARS gets a thumbs up from me.

MAC Ample Pink Plush Glass: Quite possibly the only lip product I would repurchase from MAC. I love the mauve pink of this shade, it's so natural and pretty. It looks phenomenal over stains, and pretty on it's own. Quite sad this is gone, but not for long I suspect. Most likely my B2M item will be this gloss. 

Benefit Speed Brow: My 1st brow gel, and the product that made me realize I love brow gel! I don't have unruly brows but I like them to look polished and groomed. This was good at keeping my hairs in place and the slight tinge of color helped fill in any sparse areas if I never filled them in. I am currently using the Anastasia brow gel which has a softer wand in comparison but I think I prefer speed brow.

Dermaphil chap stick: Gifted to me by the wonderful Jessica. She sent this to me stating this was one of her favorite lip balms and always stocks up when she is in France. 
WHY don't we have this???? It's amazing! The best lip balm in tube form I have tried yet. Most of the best lip balms I use are in pots because the stick counter parts are not as hydrating, this was so moisturizing, not greasy, not heavy, and had a very light pleasant scent. The next time I am in Europe I'm buying 10! 

L'Oreal Hip Jelly Balms: I think these are discontinued now so I won't go into it much, but these were the drugstore versions of the MAC tender tones. I loved this particular shade because it was slightly plummy.

OK! anyone still reading? My hands are about to fall off from all the typing but hopefully this post was helpful to those who were interested in any of the above products! \

Quick count states that I have documented 132 finished products for 2012!
This will be a rough estimate since I never count shampoos, and this is the first time I've counted Clarasonic brush heads but definitely not a bad dent!

Thank you so much for reading my empties posts of 2012 and let's hope for an incredible 2013!


  1. That is a lot of empties! Interesting to read about the Butter London top coat and base being dodgy- and they are super expensive too. Have you tried any of their nail varnishes?

  2. I'm sorry to say i have never tried their varnishes, the base and top coat kinda turned me off, especially for the price

  3. I love your finished products of the month posts. I find that your recommendations usually work for me. I'll definitely be trying the CeraVe PM lotion.

  4. hopefully the streak continues and i hope the moisturizer works for you, it's great for winter!

  5. i'm surprised if you read all of it, there is SO MUCH TEXT! lol
    the packaging is not great because it was created by dermotologists i dont think they went for packaging but rather product quality, which is why this is usually on the bottom shelf in the drugstore.
    ahh glad you love your thayers, i need a new one ASAP!

  6. Although it's three months, but how in the world do you use up so much skincare??? My stuff always last me more than a year. At least 6 months. My goodness.

    So sorry to hear that your Avene Thermal water spits at you because mine is perfect! It has such a fine mist that I'd choose it over the Evian and Bio-Essence (Asian brand). But water-wise, all are the same to me.

    LOVE the Thayer's Rose Water too!

    I totally hate drugstore physical exfoliators. My skin can't agree even if there is only so fine beads. I prefer those chemical ones (carbomer-based).

    I like Naruko stuff. Or rather, I like the stuff that this Taiwan guy Niu-Er created. Both Naruko and am+pm lines are under him.

    Nice to know you prefer L'occitane! Money-saving tip for me. Hehe. I've been wanting to try Jurlique, but the price is really too steep. Considering my favourite is Crabtree & Evelyn over L'occitane, and C&E is cheap cheap, pretty much don't see the point to get Jurlique.

    Oh dear, the LRP Effaclar Duo doesn't works on me. =((( Broke me out. I guess it's because this product isn't made for me as I have dry sensitive skin, and I really seldom break out. I only get zits when my once-a-month thing comes... ... And my skin reacts extremely badly to almost all acne treatment products... Really too sensitive. All I do is pat Calamine lotion over my zit, and apply an extremely gentle Vitamin E gel. And I let the zit heal on its own.

    Me love the Lancome Bi-Facils too. =DD But yes, too expensive. The standard Maybelline and Biore (Asian brand) works just as well.

    Wow thanks for the rec on delicate skin brush head. I would choose sensitive skin if I haven't read your blog.

    I am always attracted by the new Vaseline body lotions as the packaging is pretty. However, my skin reacts to petrolatum/mineral oil/paraffinum liquidum; I will get bumps and it's itchy. So yeah, I have never used any Vaseline products ever, and I dare not try. I found out my allergy from other mineral oil products like Nivea Creme, various lip balms, hand creams etc. As usual, my skin is so particular, it makes maintenance difficult and sometimes costly. Sigh. Glad to know that Vaseline lotion is not worth it no matter how cheap, because then, I can stop my lemming for a product that I am half-scared of.

    Such a shame that your Butter Londons turn bad. I hate the way these top coats always come in such big bottles. I have a couple from other brands that turned bad and I just can't use too. All only half way down. Wish they would sell half sizes. All nail polishes should be smaller.

    You make me want the Guerlain bronzer. =P

    Hmmm, have you tried that Jack Black lip balm? Is the Dermaphil chapstick better?

    Read every word till the end. 132, you're the winner! I have my notebook and pen out, and take notes when reading. haha. I really like it when people give verdicts after they've finished the products. It says a lot, and it's a lot more accurate. Empties post are like the opposite version of haul posts, but both are equally exhilarating!

    You inspired me to do my very first empties video sometime back this year. I love emptying products, I really do, but I get lazy when it comes to non-necessities like body moisturiser and makeup.

    You're just amazing! Keep the empties coming!

  7. WOW! that's quite a comment but I read every word! thanks so much for reading my post in such detail!

    Nice to know about Niu-Er, I have always wanted to try the AM PM items. I have also always wanted to try Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams i just keep forgetting bc that's a store I have never walked sorry about LRP everyone's skin is different, I only recommended it highly here bc it was so successful for myself and many ppl i know.
    Hope you like the delicate skin brush, I was surprised it was softer than sensitive skin, i think they should mention that somewhere in the descriptions!
    Nail polishes should be smaller, I cant even finish 1....hehehe Guerlain is famous for their bronzers. It took me a while to learn how to use it bc I have always used bronzers to contour only, but this one taught me other wise.
    i have tried the Jack Black lip balms i def think the dermaphil is ALOT better.
    Please do tell me your Youtube name so I can see all your videos.
    Thanks again for reading and listening to my little words and opinions :) made my day

  8. Wow! I know I always say this but your empties posts are amazing :D & very inspiring. Although you shared how you go through products, I'm still amazed. Glad to see the recommendations! Definitely going to look into them more (especially since a few of your past ones worked well for me too).

  9. awww thanks so much! i really am the kind of person who feels overwhelmed with too much stuff (regardles sof how my collection currently looks) but im very happy to have finished this pile! A new pile is already on it's way! im so glad some of my reccs have worked out for you! a few ppl have said that today, it's the best! means you all actually read and tried it bc i said something? to me, thats mind blowing!

  10. Oh my gosh~ That's so awesome that you use up your products! I have yet to do this~ I find it really hard to since I buy excessive amounts of things & and then try new ones. Sometimes, I don't even get around to most of them & then have to trash it all because they've expired >,,< So wasteful~ I'm hoping 2013 will be different & you've def. inspired me to really try & finish my products <3

    Great post!

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  11. Oh i completely understand. I have drawers of completely un used things which is TERRIBLE but I don't open any of them. I just open them when I think I want to use them so the seal never breaks for expiration and bacteria. I know it looks like alot but i have tons more to get through.... :\

  12. wow amazing! great job on the number of products you used up for the year! i have never tried the cerave PM but i love the brand so I will have to check it out. i totally want to try guerlain's bronzers because of you...

  13. Wow! That's a ton of used products! I definitely give you props for finishing products you are meh about. I can't do it. I end up forgetting about them or tossing them!

  14. thanks so much! i showed it to you in Sephora I think it would look great on you in summer!

  15. TY!!! the stuff i REALLY can't stand i just give away or blog sale it, but if it's meh, i'll just try to get through it and tell everyone to avoid my mistakes in these posts lol, thanks so much for reading!

  16. Yippee! I'm not the only crazy girl that finishes a million products in the span of a few months. Congratulations and thank you for continuing to inspire with empties.

    ♥ Jessica

  17. your empties post was hard to go up against, still in complete AWE about your Laura Mercier concealer!

  18. Your empties posts always stun me but this time around --- bravo!! I never really keep my empties, I should do so for motivational posting like this. Thanks for sharing, happy new year! xx

  19. I really really should look up to you as you tend to finish most of the products!! Where as I always tend to get distracted with new products and abandoned the old/current one >_<

  20. WOW good job. I'm gonna post about empties tomorrow, but DUDE i could not finish nearly this much in a just a few months. I'm gonna try though lol. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  21. ty for your kind comment! lol hopefully they are motivating and helpful, wishing u a super happy NY!

  22. thank you! BLV me, as much as what's shown up there i have my own mt to get through >< chipping away!

  23. can't wait to read your empties post!! haha it's not a contest! i just own too much so im trying to get through it

  24. lol true. i guess i feel like i have a ton to get through as well. Happy New Year!

  25. Hi! Love your blog. By coincidence, we use a ton of the same skincare and makeup products. Since I saw you liked CeraVe PM, I feel compelled to recommend that you try the CeraVe hydrating cleanser. It has literally changed my skin - no dry patches, roughness, and hardly any breakouts! Even though it doesn't have any actual acne medication in it, I think it balances the hydration in your skin to the extent that your skin will stop overproducing oil and thus you will get less breakouts. I have been using neutrogena facewashes for years and finally had to make the change when my skin was getting too dry/dehydrated for it. DEFINITELY try the CeraVe cleanser when you are in the market for a new facewash! I also use the big tub of CeraVe cream at night. My skin is always hydrated with no redness ever since.

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