Sunday, May 19, 2013

Empties #2

I have made it my mission lately to use up more of the products taking up space in my bathroom, make-up collection, vanity . . . you name it it is overrun with products.  Since the beginning of the year I have been trying not to buy products that I don't need or won't use, and instead I have been going through the products that I already have.

Since my last empties post in March, I have used a ton more products.

Yves Saint Laurent LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT Illuminating Foundation - This foundation was expensive ($55) but I really liked it.  It was light yet gave me good coverage.  Because it is illuminating it is a bit dewy but held up well on my oily spots.  I would definitely buy this again despite the price tag.

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation - I bought this about a year ago and really really liked it at the time.  I had experienced a huge breakout that I was self conscious about and really just wanted to hide it.  This is medium to full coverage so it worked so well at hiding all my imperfections.  I don't know if I would repurchase it because it is a little too much coverage than what I want to use now.  Despite a blemish here and there (and there and there) I like something lighter that will let my skin breath.

e.l.f Studio Cream Eyeliner - I really like the pigmentation and the staying power of  this eyeliner.  I think this may have probably been about my third or fourth jar.  My only issue with it is that it dries up SO fast.  Once opened it only lasts about 2 or 3 weeks, but for $3 I don't mind it that much.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes  - I have loved these wipes since I first used them earlier  this year.  I feel like they do so much more than just remove my make-up. They tone and I read recently that coconut water is good for acne prone skin.  These are my go to wipes.

Johnson's Daily Essentials Gentle Eye Make-up Removal Pads - To be honest, I don't tend to use an extra product to remove eye make-up.  I usually take it off with the same wipe I use to remove the rest of my make-up as most eye-make removers irritate my eyes. My sister gave me these from a friend of hers visiting from Ireland.  If they were available in the states I would probably purchase them. They didn't irritate and removed my eye makeup.

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser - I reviewed this product back in January.  This was the first hot cloth cleanser I used.  I really liked using this in conjunction with a mask and felt it helped make my mask work better.

Boots Expert Scar Care Serum - I use this as a daily serum on my face.  I actually can't stand being without it and NEED to get to Target to replace it.  I started using it because I figured it would work for acne scarring.  It did that and made my skin so smooth, and evened out my complexion in general.  It does contain cyclopentasiloxane, which is a silicone.  I know a lot of people have a reaction to silicones, and cyclopentasiloxane particularly, but I have use this product for almost a year now and have never had a problem with it.  When I use it consistently, I find that my skin just looks better overall. 

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner - I found this to be a great alternative to my Proactiv Toner.  Because it contains glycolic acid it exfoliates dead skin cells.  I may actually buy this  instead of the Proactiv Toner.

Proactiv 30 Day 3-Step System - Proactiv is the only cleanser that clears up my skin.  Even when my skin is clear, if I stop using it I'll be okay for about 3-6 months then experience a huge breakout.  I can't go without the cleanser and repairing treatment.

Aura Cacia Tea Tree Oil - I like to always have a bottle of treat tree oil.  I'm not fussy about the brand and will either pick it up from the Body Shop or the natural food/skincare section of the super market.  It is good for drying out pimples at the very first sight.

Brazil Nut Shower Cream, The Body Shop - Brazil Nut from the Body Shop is one of my favorite scents, however I can usually only find body butter in the scent.  I snatched this up when I saw it over Christmas.  I like creamy washes and this smells great so I would definitely repurchase.

Sally Hansen Pedicure Collection Overnight Heel Repair - I got this on clearance at Walgreens one day.  I got it for about $2.50 and I really liked it.  It has the consistency of a light vaseline that you can very easily rub into your skin.  It reminded me a lot of Johnson's Baby Vaselina that I had bought in Punta Cana about 4 years ago and loved the lighter texture.

Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum spray - I have worn this scent since it first came out.  It is one of my favorite perfumes and one that I have repurchased at least a dozen times.  This particular bottle was a few years old because I had stopped wearing it because I had so many other scents.  I am trying to use up what I have before buying another perfume, but as soon as I do I will be replacing this.  

Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache Hand Creme - This is another scent that is one of my absolute favorites.  It is so yummy and the hand cream is very moisturizing.

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Spray, Boost & Lift - I kind of cheated with this because I didn't exactly finish it rather than give up on it.  It gave my hair great volume, but it also make it too stiff and the spray was too strong for my liking.  I gave up on it and bought my favorite TRESemme hair spray.

TRESemme Mega Firm Control TRES Two Freeze Hair Spray - This is my go to hair spray. It gives good hold without making my hair too stiff.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray - I cheated with this one too.   I have been using Batiste for years and wanted to try a more high end dry shampoo.  This was a huge miss for me.  It seemed to have a reverse affect on my hair and made it more greasy rather then absorb oil.  

TRESemme Split End Sealing Serum - With just one use my hair felt as if I had just cut it.  I don't know if it neccesarily sealed any split ends, but my ends did feel so much more healthy.   

Sally Hansen Creme Hair Bleach - I have been using this since high school to bleach any unwanted hair. 

Up & Up Smoothing Shave Gel (similar) - This is the Up & Up version (Target brand) of the Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel.  This is my go to shaving gel as it has a nice light smell and really does help you have to shave less.  I have been using this for years and went from having to shave daily to having to shave just once or twice a week.  Most of the time, I have to look in the men's shaving aisle to find it.

Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials Deodorant - I usually use Dove deodorants because I find them a bit gentler.  I also love anything cucumber scented.

Parissa Legs & Body Wax Strips - These are a great for easy and mess-free at home waxing. They come pre-stripped that you just warm in your hands.  I prefer the body strip so I can just cut them to any shape/size I need.

Disclaimer - All products mentioned were purchased by me.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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