Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Finished Products of March and April 2013


The bag I keep my empties spilled the over day, due to the overflowing products tilting and thus crashing on my bedroom floor. I thought, the bag is full, time to write an empties post! 


The line up.

Samples:
One of my 2013 beauty resolutions was to finally use some of the crazy amounts of samples I had collected when purchasing or trying new products. I have decided to keep some kind of sample counter this year along with my finished products to see how many I actually use and enjoyed.


L'Occitane Cherry Princess Shower Gel: Purchased this in some Cherry Princess gift set last spring..
This had a very strong smell, and lathers well but I doubt I would ever shell out big bucks for a shower gel - just being honest.
Would not repurchase.

Shiseido Gentle Cleaning Foam: I have tried this throughout the years in various samples.
This cleanser sample lasts over 40  uses and foams up incredibly well so you just need a tiny pea size.
Though it has a great foam and leaves my skin clean, it's just a bit too clean and stripping for me. Nice for travel, but I would not get the full sized.
Would not repurchase.

SK II Facial Treatment Essence: This is like holy water in Asia. I had actually gone through a full sized bottle of this in the past and saw close to zero difference. The SA told me it took 2-3 bottles to see the results, well at $150 dollars a bottle, I never went back to get the additional bottles. I don't mind results over time, but that's just a bit too slow for me. I just used this as a random toner if I was away from home.
Would not repurchase.

Keihls Cream de Corps Body Butter: I purchased a Khiels set over Black Friday, though I have not had the best luck with the brand, there is something about these guys that keep me willing to try one more time...
This was the product I was MOST excited to use and let me tell you, what a fail :(
I recently blogged about it here, but not only was this sample very small (smaller than the tub could carry) but it was not very hydrating in my opinion and one of the lousiest body butters I have tried which is a real shame. I will keep using the ones from the Body Shop which I prefer.
Would not repurchase.

Kiehls Cream de Corps Body lotion: In the same gift set as the body butter was this lotion. I had tried the body butter first and expected little from this as I though it would be less hydrating. Well I was surprised.
This I felt was far better than the butter in terms of hydration and sank in beautifully into the skin. The sample also lasted me about 2 weeks, as opposed to the butter which lasted me 3 uses. 
Though I liked this, I think the Body Shop body butters are still superior.
Would not repurchase.

Kiehls Ultra Facial moisturizer: This was the first product I had ever purchased from the brand, and to this day the SOLE item I have liked. This is very hydrating without being too heavy and unscented which I prefer. I had owned the full sized years ago but I bought the industrial sized one ( What was I thinking?) 
I just got tired of it but this little sample reminded me how much I enjoyed it. 
I think I would repurchase this next winter when my skin needs the extra oomph from a moisturizer, as I had been using the regular formula of Olay and hate the smell but loved the product.
Seems like I have just found my winter moisturizer replacement!
Would repurchase.

Two perfume samples: Jo Malone Orange Blossom which I already own a full size of and LOVE. To me it smells like honey suckles in a garden. The second was Justin Beiber? I don't know how to spell his name, but his perfume stank. Would never get that one.

Body Care:



Nuetrogena Body Clear Wash: STAPLE, enough said. 
(Mentioned in almost every empties post I ever posted)
Would repurchase.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Coconut: My favorite body butter for the winter time. Love the scent, the hydration, and the thickness of this cream. 
Would repurchase.

Jurlique hand cream: These are nice, not amazing, I have found something I prefer, so I would not repurchase these.
Would not repurchase.

L'Occitaine Hand Creams: Most people in my life state I'm quite a picky person, so whenever a birthday or gift situation arises I find myself suddenly stock piled of these hand creams. They are my favorite hand creams, and I will continue to re purchase without a doubt.
Love the sink in non greasy hydrating formula, and the fact it comes in so many variations is a huge plus, so I never get bored of these.
Would repurchase. 


Skin Care:


Bioderma: My HG make up remover, full review can be found here.
Would repurchase.

Thayers Rose Petal Toner: Have reviewed this to almost nauseum but I think this is my favorite toner to date. Would repurchase.

CeraVe PM: Tried a few other things but I missed this too much. My favorite night cream thus far. 
I plan on doing a skin care post, so expect more details in the near future!
Would repurchase. 



Clinique Moisture Surge: Full review can be found here. Clinique moisturizers just seem to work for my skin,  though this may not be a staple, I think this is something I will always have in my bathroom cabinet whenever the cold winds of winter picks up.
Would repurchase.

Olay Beauty Fluid: Favorite winter day cream, I could live without the smell but hydrates my skin to a point where it just feels fresh. This version is more hydrating than the sensitive skin version so I use this only in the cooler parts of the year.
Would repurchase.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Mist: I used to love this, but finishing up this last bottle I found randomly in my bathroom half used (I hate that!) made me realize somewhere I fell out of love with this. Bit of a baby powder smell which I don't care for and the hydration is nice, but I think I prefer my French skin care water sprays to this.
Would not repurchase.

La Roche Posay Mineral Tinted sunscreen: I LOVED this. This was the sole base product I used all summer because it kept my skin matte, so powder was not necessary, and the light tint provided covered my main issues, I just spot concealed and moved on. Will be getting another one of these this summer!
I mainly use the non tinted version all year to mix with my moisturizer but for summer this is my go to base. I far prefer it over Vitazing. 
Would repurchase. 


Make Up:


YSL  Parisienne Perfume: When I bought this I was in love with the scent! Then after a while it just became stronger and stronger in scent, a bit too sweet for me, I don't know when it happened but I just fell out of love with it. Whenever I wore it I felt older...I pretty much just used this up so I wouldn't have to see it for the rest of the year because it is more of a winter scent, and to see this for the remainder of the year on my vanity was not happening...
Would not repurchase. 


Lancome Virtuose Mascara: I got talked into this...the lady was very persuading what can I say? There was also a GWP I really wanted so...this was added to my cart. This is the first Lancome mascara I did not like. I think you need to have already pretty good lashes for this to work the wonders the SA promised. It's supposed to really curl the lashes but my lashes may have been too short for it to even try to do that, so this kinda did nothing. It pretty much just dried up, I purchased it ages ago so I am just throwing it out.
Would not repurchase.

Maybelline Full and Soft Mascara Waterproof: One of my favorites from the drugstore. Gives the lashes a very natural and believable enhancement effect. No crazy spider legs of clumpiness here. Just soft non crunchy slightly darker slightly better lashes.
Would repurchase.

Maybelline the Falsies Flared Waterproof: Between all the Falsies variations Maybelline offers, this is my favorite. I tried em all by the way...this one had the best fanning effect, lengthening to a nice curl, and no where near as clumpy as black drama. 
Would repurchase.

L'oreal Balm: Spoke about this a few times. A real disappointment in my opinion, a product of no color payoff nor moisture benefits unless swiped 10x.
Would not repurchase.


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By Terry's Baume de Rose: Talk about a cult status product. I pretty much just fell for the hype and after a small visit to my local Space NK along with a very nice sample I left with this little baby. Is it worth the $? No, in my personal opinion this is a FANTASTIC lip balm but overpriced? Hell yea.
I'm pretty embarrassed about the amount I paid for this, so I reserved this as my nightly lip balm only and it lasted 15 months. Which is pretty darn good I think, but I did only use it once a day, but every day!
Since this is no longer in my routine I will admit I have yet to find anything nearly as moisturizing for night time, and have been settling on using Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream.
This may be the best lip balm I ever tried, especially for night, but I just can't buy one of these again, regardless of the 15 months longevity.
Would not repurchase.
Bobbi Brown's Gel liner in Black Mauve Shimmer ink:  This ladies, is the single product that turned me off the entire brand of Bobbi Brown for years. My first foray into her line, I thought to go safe with one of her cult products, and this was a let down. Now this is not really Bobbi's fault, it's mine. I hated this liner, because I believe I just made a poor color choice. Bobbi offers an incredible range of gel liner shades and I had no idea which one to choose! In the end I chose this shade because it was supposed to be a mix of brown, black, and purple, all shades I thought would go so well with my coloring, wrong!
It took me months to find out what the issue was ( I was a bit slow...) The reason this did not work for me was because it was a cool toned liner. With all my warm coloring, skin, hair, eyes, this just clashed. The shimmer in it also did not help.
All in all it was my fault due to color choice, but I just hated this thing, it looked so bad on me and I tried to use it daily as a tight line and hated it...
For those of you wondering on the actual product it lasted about 3 years with semi regular use, flaking did occur after two years but if you just swipe the product with a tissue it resolves the issue. The liner itself is not super creamy and a bit dry, I prefer Stila and YSL's gel liner to this one.
 I may give Bobbi another chance, does anyone have any shade recommendations so the above doesn't happen again?
Unsure on repurchase...


Misc:


Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes: This claims to be for sensitive skin, so why is it every time I used this, did my face sting like crazy??? I used this about 1-2x in the gym (SOS situation) then used the remainder to clean my make up mirrors and desks. A real disappointment, and quite turned off to try other things from the brand.
Would not repurchase.

Vita Fusion Vitamins: Something I normally would not show in an empties but since I once posted these vitamins in a favorites post, I thought I would just chuck this in. These are SUPER YUMMY!
They make eating Vitamins so easy, I'm sure there are alot of fake sugars in this but two little gummies a day to help with your body is easy to do and minimal in real calories. Every night I eat these as a "dessert" and wouldn't mind 20 more! I got the even bigger bottle this time!
Would repurchase.

And that's it! Thanks so much for reading about my recent empties and I hope you found this useful! 



40 comments:

  1. Your blog is what turned me on to empties posts (but yours are still BY FAR my favorites to read...), so I am happy to read another one! I felt the same way about those awful yes to cucumbers face wipes - they were the worst! Totally stung my face and barely removed any make up.


    If you are looking for a replacement lip balm for the night, I would suggest the Nuxe Reve De Miel Honey Lip Balm. It definitely makes a difference on my lips when I wake up. It's about $20, so it isn't a total wallet buster.


    Keep up the lovely posts - I enjoy reading them! And I especially enjoy that you've been incorporating the healthy food posts and workout tips every now and then :)

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  2. Again you are the queen of empties posts! Haha but seriously I love these mini reviews. I need that tinted LRP sunscreen now! The one I have now is too thick and annoying to apply so I will check that one out

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  3. thanks so much! the sunscreen absorbs quickly and matte!! it's so convenient and great for sensitive skin! Lasts several months too!

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  4. awww thank you so much for such a lovely comment. Sometimes i think these review posts are so lengthy i doubt anyone reads til the end! lol
    I have always wanted to try that lip balm but have never seen it around, i may have to order it on amazon or something but i heard its much like the fresh lip balms?
    Im glad you like the healthy food posts! they were actually incredibly unpopular in terms of reading views hahaha if you like you can follow my diet instagram (I am not really on a diet - just what i eat daily) but today I was sick so the photos today are quite lousy! LOL
    the name is fitneatcleanwannabe if you every want to follow :)
    Thanks so much for reading my blog again!!!! i can't blv i have so many lovely supporters such as yourself :)

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  5. I too love your empties posts! Please don't give up on the Say Yes To brand! Those cucumber ones suck, and so do the new grapefruit ones which STING LIKE HELL. Try the Blueberry one, it's the best of the bunch:)

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  6. Again, I am amazed by your empties posts. LOL! I've been trying to find the LRP tinted sunscreen but I think it's not available in Canada yet! I might try the non-tinted one :)

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  7. If only dedication was contagious :O My empties list doesn't even have a third of what you were able to finish in 2 months!

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  8. oh really? i dont know i actually hate alot of wipes but i will rem that the next time im in some situation where i must get a new package!

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  9. the non tinted one is the one i use now and i love how easily it absorbs i also mix it sometimes with my bb cream to remove the dewy finish and help mattif, i hope you enjoy it if u try it!

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  10. hahaha yea i dont know how but it just kinda piles up but i really hate having alot of things lying around so i just pick a bunch and say im going to use u all up! LOL

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  11. Wow! So impressed by the BB Gel eyeliner...I can never imagine finishing mine, it already cracked/ separated in the container straight down to the bottom of the jar.....and I have expresso ink and black ink *boring, I know!!

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  12. I am going to have to check out the La Roche Posay Mineral Tinted sunscreen. I have a full-sized Vitazing waiting to be used but it makes me so oily by midday. Loved seeing all your products you used up!

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  13. I was also really let down by the Creme de Corps body butter :( It wasn't all that moisturizing like you said.... I'm using the Ultra Facial Moisturizer and am almost done but I don't love it as much as you XD La Roche Posa's Toleriane still beats it! Have you tried the tinted Clarins sunscreen? I think it might be really similar based on the descriptions to the LRP one and I really want to try either of them. Problem is that I have an almost full bottle of the regular Clarins sunscreen I now have to use up :P

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  14. I definetly think you should give the Bobbi Brown liner another try. It's definetly the best I've used, and I love it mine to death. I haven't tried the shimmers though, only regular black and brown. I especially love that the black really is black, not bordering on grey-ish like some are. I would recommend you not using it for so many years though. I have mine about 6 months at a time, after that they're too dry and they definetly don't live up to their potential after that.


    P.S. I find these so fun and inspiring, I started to do them in my own blog as well! of course I don't finish as many products as you do, but I try to finish everything I've accumulated over the years and a crazy shopper and then during my time in school to become a make-up artist.

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  15. Everyone bow down to the QUEEN of finishing products! I haven't tried that CeraVe PM version but their original lotion is my HG! I keep thinking I should try other things but then I think Ehhh better not lol. I have never been attracted to Kiehl's for some reason. It looks very overhyped. Wish I could find that Thayers around in my drugstores. I never see it?! And I agree with the Vit E spray. It was ok but nothing I would go and pay full price for. I don't like the Vit E scent from that line, it smells funky! Good work!

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  16. No! I always read them to the end - the meatier the empties post, the better in my opinion! Especially since you let us know if you would or would not repurchase the product and why. So keep up the excellent work :)


    And now that you mention it, the Nuxe lip balm is very similar to the fresh lip balms, but I do feel the Nuxe is a little more nourishing. I got mine from skinstore.com, and they're great because they very frequently have 20% off coupon codes for orders.


    But I took your suggestion and started following you on instagram (food and beauty, of course!), because I need some healthy meal ideas and you really are an inspiration! All of your food posts look so fresh and healthy and delicious, because I seriously lack inspiration in the kitchen lol


    I always get excited to see when you've updated, so I definitely look forward to reading more from you in the future!

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  17. judging from your posts I believe you may have an outstandingly superb perfume collection

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  18. I did not really recall a scent to be honest :\ I did use them up a while ago..

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  19. Those were the two colors I was considering buying next time! That or caviar! LOL

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  20. thanks so much, if you try it i hope you like it as it has a great mattifying effect if you get the one for combo skin!

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  21. I really wanted to try the Clarins tinted sunscreen too but the SA's at Clarins the last few times i went turned me off so i might just get it @ Sephora! LOL

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  22. thanks so much for reading my posts and hopefully you found it useful
    Your liner dried after 6 months really? What do you do with it after 6 months? There must be some left no?

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  23. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU hehehehe
    I tried the Cera Ve Cream the one in the tub? but i did not like it much, it was not hydrating enough, do you have the one in the bottle that has a green label? I buy Thayers in Whole Foods and they also sell it in the Vitamin shop so you can find them there or drugstore.com of course hehe

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  24. Glad you found me on instagram and thank you so much for following!!!! Reading my blog also is a huge compliment, im so glad you are enjoying life through my camera! :D
    Will have to try that lip balm bc i did not really love the fresh ones :\

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  25. I don't like the CeraVe in the tub. It is still blue labeling but in a tall packaging with a pump! Oo I should check a Vitamin shop then! There is one near my apt.

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  26. That's good; mine must have been off. It wasn't something you'd forget :D

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  27. Wow! Amazing post. I always enjoy reading your empties post and have bought a lot of items upon your recommendation such as the effaclar duo, Olay moisturizer & Thayers Which Hazel. Did you notice some brown sediment that collects on the top layer of the Thayers toner? I've had mine for a few months and there is some brown stuff in it. I am afraid to continue to use it. Did it happen to you or is my bottle just too old?

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  28. I mean it's not completly dry after 6 months, it can still be used but they tend to be a little bit to thick after that and difficult to apply. I just end up throwing them out, but yes, there is much more left. This has happened to all the gel liners I've ever tried. You're probably the first person I've heard of that has kept one for that long!

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  29. AMAZING empties! You always make me want to try Thayers toners, even though my HG is The Body Shop Aloe. :) And I can't believe you finished a gel liner that you didn't even like. Empties queen!

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  30. Queen of empties, enough said! :)

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  31. brown sediments?? no... and i have gone through quite a few bottles it should be as clear as water, hmm id maybe get another bottle..

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  32. hahaha thank you! i HATED that liner but i had already hit pan so i was like.. well im half way there right???

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  33. completely agree - luxurious shower gel is one of those products i would never willingly want to splurge one when (to me) soap does the same thing. as always, love the empties - they're always so satisfying.

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  34. SO many empties! I love your empties posts, they are always so informative :) you make me want to start collecting my empties to see how much I get through. I think I'd have to hide them all or be disowned though haha! You've also reminded me how much I used to love gummy vitamins, time to get some of them again! I never stick with the normal ones... xo

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  35. you got through SO MANY EMPTIES! amazing. :) bummer about not liking the Bobbi brown liner. I have the black and i totally love it!! maybe it is worth trying a different shade. :)

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  36. I just died in makeup heaven... especially a scraped out gel liner!

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  37. I have just downloaded iStripper, and now I enjoy having the hottest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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