Product Empties

IMG_4774Seeing someone’s used up products may seem a bit weird, but I think it is a great way to give a solid review on products. You used them up completely, so you have had plenty of time to determine its ups and downs, how it reacts with your skin, etcetera, opposed to just a first impression review. I find these kind of posts so helpful, so I decided why the heck not to do one myself and started hoarding my trash (lol). I have decided I will try to do a blogpost every time I finish up a dozen products (so probably every few months).IMG_4782IMG_4777IMG_4776

Product empties for this round include:

Batiste Dry Shampoo in ‘Blush’ – $6.99 to $9.99

Pros: Affordable, smells great without being overpowering, absorbs any excess oil, volumizing

Cons: If I’ve been relying on it a bit too much (aka when I’m sick or during finals) the build up makes my scalp really itchy.

Repurchase? Yes, this is my favourite dry shampoo that I have tried (also love the ‘Wild’ one too).

Michael Todd True Organics Organic Lemon Toner – $18.00

Pros: Cruelty-free, 96% organic, firming, tightens pores, alcohol-free, fades dark spots

Cons: Can’t think of anything!

Repurchase? Maybe. I really liked it, but I think I prefer MTTO Blue Green Algae Toner more.

The Body Shop Shower Gel in ‘Almond’ – $9.00

Pros: Affordable, smells amazing, lathers extremely well, a little goes a long way, soap-free (so it doesn’t strip the skin)

Cons: Can’t think of anything!

Repurchase? Yes, however I can’t find it on their website. If this product is discontinued I will be VERY disappointed.

Avene Thermal Spring Water – $10.00 (for the 50ml)

Pros: Extremely refreshing, perks up skin, water stays cold in the can

Cons: Expensive

Repurchase? Yes, when on sale. I thought it was a gimmicky product at first, but it is actually awesome.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – $37.50

Pros: Brightening, non-irritating, absorbs well, lasted me almost a year, does not contain parabens, sulfates or phthalates

Cons: Does not depuff, expensive, in a tub (contaminating)

Repurchase? No, I liked it, but it didn’t ‘wow’ me enough to justify the price of it.

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – $17.00

Pros: Smells good (like a spa), mattifies the skin, absorbs excess oil, makes my skin feel super soft, feels refreshing on skin

Cons: In a jar (contaminating)

Repurchase? Yes, come summer (need something more moisturizing during the winter).

Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes – $9.99

Pros: Cruelty-free, 97% natural, each wipe is super moist (I hate that word), gentle, reduces redness

Cons: Did not seem to clear up existing acne nor prevent it for me

Repurchase? No. Much prefer the Yes to Cucumber wipes.

Amie New Bloom Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes – $5.99

Pros: Affordable, fragrance-free, removes makeup, doesn’t contain any animal extracts, parabens or petrochemicals

Cons: Seal got unstuck, wipes were not that moist (which could of been from the seal unsticking)

Repurchase? Probably not. I liked them, but I still prefer the Yes to Cucumbers and Burt’s Bees wipes. Regardless, I will definitely be trying more from this brand.

Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Pressed Powder – $9.99

Pros: Cruelty-free, affordable, sets makeup really well, controls oil

Cons: Contains parabens and talc, can only get it at Target

Repurchase? Yes, this is my go-to translucent pressed powder!

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – $6.99

Pros: Affordable, good coverage, keeps shiny skin at bay, minimized appearance of pores, doesn’t come with any dinky brush that no one ever uses

Cons: Worst packaging ever for taking on the go, no mirror, contains talc, parabens and paraffins

Repurchase? No, prefer Sonia Kashuk.

e.l.f HD Lifting Concealer – $4.00

Pros: Affordable, cruelty-free, good coverage

Cons: Only comes in 3 shades, lightest shade is too dark for me sans a tan, contains paraffins

Repurchase? Yes, come summer.

The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine – $6.00 (for the travel size)

Pros: Size is perfect for your handbag, affordable, decent staying power, smells nice

Cons: Does not smell as good as Neroli Jasmine which they discontinued!

Repurchase? Who knows. I’m still bitter towards Neroli Jasmine being discontinued…

What products have you used up recently that you loved/disliked?

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