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January Empties – Products I Have Used Up and Throwaways – 2018

january empties

 

It has been a long time since my last empties post! I had a huge backlog of empty products that I just got rid of back in November… it got to be too much to document! It was overwhelming! So I’m starting over. Here are my empties from December 2017 and January. 🙂 There are quite a few of them so it’s been a good two months! 

Included in this post are empties and throwaways. Empties are the ones I have used up whereas throwaways are just products that I really didn’t like or were expired.

 

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Makeup Empties

Product: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control (deluxe size, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was surprisingly a very good primer. I did notice a reduction in my hormonal breakouts while I was using it but I wasn’t using it long enough to determine if it’s because of the salicylic acid in this product or something else. At the end of the day, it did a good job keeping my makeup in place so I would repurchase this… except, I don’t know if this was discontinued because it’s no longer on the Smashbox or Sephora sites.

Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (deluxe, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I remember years and years ago when this was the very first face primer I have ever used. By using this sample, I remember just how much I like it. It feels light on my skin and keeps my makeup set in place. I really don’t have complaints about this product. It’s an oldie but a goodie! 🙂

Product: Wet n Wild proline Felt Tip Eyeliner (full size, 0.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: Not the best liquid eyeliner I have used… the pen dried up rather quickly. It was easy to apply my eyeliner until it started to dry up. It was okay and the price was really good but I’m not sure I would buy this again. I think I will stick to my tried and true Kat Von D liquid eyeliner.

Makeup Throw Aways

Product: Too Faced Sketch Marker in Black (full size, 0.45 g)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: This is pretty old and I haven’t used it in a long time. If I am going to be honest, I don’t remember if it was good and it’s too old for me to use now to make that determination.

Product: theBalm Mr. Write (Now) in Jac (full size, 0.28 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: This eyeliner is all dried up. I haven’t used it in a long time and I don’t think I liked it that much. This one was a pass for me.

Product: trestique Mini Brow Pencil in Espresso (deluxe size, 0.13 g)
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: I just received this from ipsy a couple of months ago and was disappointed when I finally used it. It felt dry and was hard to apply. I wasn’t a fan so it’s time to let this one go.

 

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Lip Balm Empties

I seem to use lip balm a lot. Like A LOT. Enough that I have a ton of empties!

Product: Softlips Luxe in Silky Shea and Creamy Coconut (full size, 3.7g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received both of these lip balms from Chickadvisor last year and I loved them both! They are so so good. They really keep my lips hydrated and they smell so good.

Product: Softlips Cube in Fresh Mint (full size, 6.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Also from Chickadvisor, this was the first Softlips lip balm I finished from the four that I received. I am a big mint lip balm fan and this one had a sweet side that I really liked! 

Product: Lasting Smiles Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme (full size, 4.25 g)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this in a swap and fell in love with it! Sadly, I have no idea where to get another one! (If anyone knows, please let me know! Preferably in Canada.) It’s not too minty as the cream really balances it out. I was so sad when I ran out! I would love to get another one of these again.

Lip Balm Throwaways

Product: Softlips Cube in Berry Bliss (full size, 6.5 g)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: The fourth from my Chickadvisor. I’m giving it a 3 because I love the formulation but I am no longer a berry lip balm girl so I wasn’t a big fan of the scent and flavour… which is funny to me because I used to love berry lip balms when I was a kid! Tastes really do change as you get older!

 

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Skincare Empties

Product: Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash (full size, 150 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from Amie to review a long time ago and it’s lasted me quite awhile! I kept it in the shower and used it whenever I felt like exfoliating. Plus it smelled great for the mornings. Loved this so much! I would definitely repurchase this again next time I’m looking for a daily exfoliator. You can read my review on this product  here. 🙂

Product: Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser (deluxe size, 30 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: This was a nice cleanser and it was definitely gentle. But nothing really stood out for me. It was a pretty average face cleanser.

 

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Product: Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum (full size, 30 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I got this from a FabFitFun box last year and I love it! It’s a great serum to use in your night time routine. Loved the smell and it made my skin feel great. I would definitely get this one again!

Product: Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (deluxe size, 3 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was okay. I didn’t really notice a huge difference with my undereye when I started using it other than it did depuff it a bit in the morning. It seemed temporary, though. Still, I didn’t mind this eye cream. I’d use it again.

Product: pur~lisse Blue Lotuse 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum (deluxe size, 7 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Same as the Clinique Pep-Start above, this eye serum was okay but not amazing. I would still use it again… which I will have to anyways since I still have a couple of these kicking around! I won’t get rid of them, though…. I will use them.

Product: Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water (full size, 118 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This is the second bottle I’ve used up. I love it that much! It did disappear for a time so I was glad to see it back on the store shelves eventually. This is a really nice toner. I like to put it on a cotton pad and apply it to my face in the mornings. I find it super refreshing and hydrating. I’d use it again!

 

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Body Care Empties

Product: Le Petit Marseillais Extra Gentle Shower Creme in Orange Blossom (full size, 400 m4)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this from Chickadvisor Premium last year and found that it’s a pretty good cleanser! I wasn’t quite sure about the scent at first but it grew on me. It was a nice fresh scent first thing in the morning! I’m definitely open to getting this again but maybe in a different scent.

Product: Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin in Coconut (deluxe size, 60 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This lotion is so great! You use it right after you shower but before you dry your skin. The coconut scent is not too strong but smells great! And my skin definitely feels moisturized after using this. Loved it so much! I already have this full sized in the green tea scent (that’s what I tried first and loved) but I would like to get the coconut one next time.

Body Care Throwaways

Product: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter (full size, 200 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This is a great body butter! The only reason I’m throwing it away now is that it’s older and it doesn’t quite smell right anymore. I would get this again, though!

 

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Hair Care Empties

A couple of empties and I finally got through some foils, too!

Product: tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe size, 85 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I bought these for my trip to Dallas and Las Vegas back in November. It’s not bad but it’s also not super impressive either. It’s good as a quick travel size buy but I’m not sure if I’d use it as my regular shampoo and conditioner.

Product: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo and Conditioner  (foil sample, 10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I really like this shampoo and conditioner… I had a full sized version of these two at some point in time! I love the smell and it made my hair so soft. I’d get this in full size again one day.

Product: Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner (foil sample, 10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I dunno. I am just a big fan of these Garnier Fructis hair care products! I liked this one, as well!

Product: Garnier Whole Blends Moroccan Argan and Cammelia Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (foil sample,  10 ml)
Rating (out of 5): 3
Repurchase?: Maybe
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if I really liked this one and the foil samples weren’t enough for me to make that decision so I’m just gonna give this one a middle of the road review for now.

 

That’s All Folks!

For January (and December) anyways. I still have some empties in the box where I keep this glorified garbage so check back early next month for my February empties! <3

How did you do with empties in January? 🙂

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy August 2017 Good Vibes Only

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I can’t believe it’s already September! The mornings are starting to feel cooler but I refuse to admit that summer is almost over. Even though Pumpkin Spice Lattes have made a comeback… and I love PSL’s! Anyways, let’s stick to summer…. and ipsy’s August glam bag screams summer! 

 

 

August’s bag comes in three variations – one that says Peace, Love, Lipstick, another says Wild & Free and a third one says Good Vibes Only . Looking at it is totally helping me keep that summer vibe. The oranges, reds, pinks and purples were inspired by sunsets. They’re all so pretty! I knew I was going to be happy with any of the three bags I would receive. In the end, I received the bag that says Good Vibes Only and I love it!

 

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The contents of my bag weren’t too shabby either. 

 

ipsy august 2017 winky lux concealer

 

The first product was the Winky Lux Peeper Perfect Concealer in Medium ($??.??, 3 g). This concealer is so nice! I’ve used it for a few days now and I’m quite impressed. The consistency is silky smooth and light. It’s easy to apply – I just used my ring finger – and blends in quite nicely. The shade Medium was the perfect shade match for me. It’s said to be hydrating with buildable coverage and I completely agree with that. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that the sample is so small! Good thing you don’t need to use too much of it each time. This is definitely one I would repurchase in the future! Heck, I am considering using the ipsy discount to get this – it is that good! 

 

ipsy august 2017 pacifica blush

 

When I first saw that I was getting the Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming and Tenderheart ($??.??, 14 g), I had mixed feelings. Why? Because I wasn’t too impressed with their makeup products that I received in past ipsy bags. They always were lacking pigment and I was always disappointed. But when I tried it, I was surprised at how great these blushes are! They are so pigmented and totally buildable. A soft touch for a light shade or build it up for more colour. The colours are really nice, too! Beaming is a muted terracotta and Tenderheart is a soft mauve. Gotta say, I do favour Tenderheart but they’re both pretty great. And what’s even greater? These are pretty much full sized. I was impressed with the size of it and the mirror on the bottom of the packaging was neat, too. I’m sure I will get it dirty, though. Fingerprints!

 

ipsy august 2017 air repair eye cream

 

This next one was a surprise to me. I was not expecting to like it as much as I do! The Air Repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream ($7.67 USD, 5 ml) is such a nice light eye cream! It feels like a cloud going on my skin – it’s that gentle! It also has a nice soft scent to it. I’ve only used it for a couple of days but I really like it so far! Shame this is also such a small sample. It’s a good thing that you don’t need to apply very much each time. 

 

ipsy august 2017 the balm balmvoyage eyeshadow

 

This next one is a love-hate relationship. I received yet another theBalm product. This time it was theBalm Voyage Volume 2 Eyeshadow in the shade Wilkommen ($??.??, 0.57 g). Again it’s such a small sample! Cute, though, but still! I have tried this shade and it’s a nice deep caramel shimmer. I will use it since I love using neutral shades on work days. I guess it’s just the size that bugs me! But that’s nothing new, I guess.

 

ipsy august 2017 slmissglam brush

 

Last but not least was the SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush ($13.00 USD). This was an okay brush. It’s not as soft and is a little bit scratchy when I’m applying eye shadow but it’s still super cute! I love the teal colour and the small gems on it! And honestly – I just can’t say no to new brushes! 🙂

So that’s it for August! I couldn’t quite figure out the value of this bag seeing as I couldn’t figure out the price of three out of the five products. At the end of the day, I’m using it all so it’s worth it to me. Heck, I have been using the Winky Lux concealer and Air Repair eye cream on the daily this past week! So good.

How was your August glam bag? Did you have any favourite products?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy June 2017 Volume Up

ipsy june 2017

 

While I wait for my July ipsy bag to arrive, let’s take a look at what was in my June bag! 

June’s theme was Volume Up which is represented by an illustration of a smiling mouth sporting red lips. The description of the bag is

This loud and proud pouch is a not-so-subtle reminder to *always* speak your mind!

 

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ipsy june 2017

 

The design of this month’s bag, while cute, is not my favourite. Though I must say it is made with a nice material. Like all ipsy bags, it’s the perfect size to keep all the small stuff in your purse together and organized in your purse. I’m talking things such as lipsticks, lipbalms and whatever else you want to keep in it.

While the bag itself was only okay for me, the contents of my June bag proved to be more exciting!

The first item I received was the Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in the shade Chocolate Fix ($14.00 USD). My first exposure to this brand was in my Spring 2017 FabFitFun box. I was quite pleased with the lip products I tried so I’m excited to try more from this brand. It is a gel eyeliner said to last all day long. That would be great! The shade Chocolate Fix is a dark chocolate brown that is matte. I really like brown eyeliners for a less dramatic daytime look. Looking forward to trying this one!

 

ipsy june 2017 beauty for real

 

Next is the Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark ($4.00 USD, 20 ml). I have tried products from this brand before and I always enjoy them. This is a super mild foam cleanser that is great for all skin types. Glacial water and botanicals are supposed to help sooth, revitalize and detoxify your skin. This deluxe sample is coming at the perfect time for me! I’m slowly running out of face cleansers. Score!

 

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I love lippies so I was happy to see this next item! The Vasanti Cosmetics Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom ($6.76 CAN, 2 g) is fab! It’s not only a lip gloss but it’s also a lip treatment, too. It has healing and nourishing natural oils. This is a hydrating lip gloss in a pink nude shade that is perfect for all occasions! And you don’t have to be a mom to wear Super Mom. Do Cat Mom’s count? It really is great shade for all!

 

ipsy june 2017 vasanti

 

I also received theBalm Cosmetics INSTAIN Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in the shade Pinstripe ($4.00 USD, 1 g). You know how I have a love-hate opinion of these samples… “love” because I think they are a great brand with great products and cute packaging so I’m always willing to try something new from them but “hate” because their samples are so darned small! Anyways, about this blush – this is a powder blush that is supposed to be super long lasting (hence the word “stain” in the name). Pinstripe is a nice deep rose colour. I like this shade a lot. I just wish it was larger!

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ipsy june 2017 thebalm

 

And last but not least, I received the Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara in Black ($9.77 USD, 6 ml). Of course I would receive a mascara when I’m currently sporting lash extensions and can’t use it! And the open mascaras I have are only for my bottom lashes right now so this one will have to wait. The Doucce mascara seems to have good reviews so I will have to try it when I’m back to just natural lashes again. I mean, who can say no to volumizing mascara?

 

ipsy june 2017 doucce

 

That’s all for June! I thought it was a decent bag. Valued at $46.94 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate), it’s not a bad haul.. especially since I will use everything here! Not too shabby at all! 

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Do you sub to ipsy? What was your fave item from June? Not subbing to ipsy? Want to try it? Let me know in the comments below! <3

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy October 2016 Black Magic

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I am so behind. The weeks leading up to my vacation were SO busy that I didn’t get a chance to get this posted before I hopped on a plane to paradise! So I apologize. But better late than never?

ipsy’s theme for their bag in October was Black Magic. It makes sense seeing as it was Halloween! While it can be a scary time of year, this bag was anything but spooky!

I mean, how cute is this bag that features Valfré’s drawings of crystal balls, kitties, lipsticks and candy corn? I love unique illustrations so this was totally up my alley. And the contents of the bag I received was pretty good. It was a mix of makeup, a brush and a skincare item in my October bag. So let’s get started!

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

This month, three out of the five items I received were makeup items. It doesn’t happen often when I get more makeup items than anything else so that was nice!

My first makeup item this month was a sample of theBalm Cosmetic’s CabanaBoy Blush ($1.40 USD, 0.02 oz). As much as I think these theBalm samples are cute and unique, they are so small! I know I’ve said this in the past already but they really are. These small samples are so hard to work with unless it’s one you can use with an eyeshadow brush or a lip brush. In this case, a blush brush was just too big. Anyways, regarding the product itself, it’s a nice dusty rose colour, which is probably something I would use. I like rose coloured blushes.

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

Next up is the Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner (£15.00, 0.05 fl oz). I love liquid liners so I was looking forward to trying it. It is a brush tip, similar to the Stila liquid liner, and it was easy to use. While I do prefer a finer tip, like my holy grail Kat Von D Tatoo Liner, this one was pretty good too. It’s a thicker line but it went on pretty smooth. It lasted all day but it did smudge a little bit on me. I still prefer my KVD but I will continue to use this. Not bad at all!

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

Let’s take a look at what’s next – the tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux (price unknown, 0.2 oz). I don’t often use darker lip colours but this colour is gorgeous! It goes on smoothly and looks great on. It’s also not at all drying and has decent staying power. I’m glad I received this because now I have a darker lip colour. Plus, can I say that this shade is absolutely perfect for fall? Just perfect!

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

While this is not makeup, it is certainly related. I received the MeMeMe Blush Brush (price unknown) which was nice because I love brushes! Though, I may have to pass this one on because I have too many blush brushes. But from what I can tell, it’s a very soft brush. A great addition to anyone’s brush collection!

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

Last but not least, the final item I received was the Dermelect Rapid Repair Facial Moisturizer ($6.82 USD, 0.5 oz). Due to the many deluxe samples of moisturizers I have open right now (honestly, it’s gotta be at least three of them!), I haven’t tried this one yet. I am interested in trying it, though, because of their claim of its calming properties and because it is said to be great for sensitive skin. Perhaps after I finish one of my other moisturizer tubes!

ipsy glam bag october 2016

The value of my October glam bag was $35.24 CAD… with the exception of the trestique lip crayon and MeMeMe brush, both of which I couldn’t figure out what the prices were! Either way, still not bad when it comes to value.

So there you are. A very quick and dirty recap of October’s bag… stay tuned, though. I still have November’s ipsy glam bag to unbox! Or is that unbag? Anyways, just keep your eyes open for that soon. 😉

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Hope you are all having a great evening!

 ipsy august 2016

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Unboxing: ipsy January 2016 All Eyes On You

It is just about the end of January! Can you believe it? I honestly feel like the first month of 2016 flew by so quickly!

To kick off my unboxing posts this year, let’s start with ipsy. Having been a subscriber for as long as I can remember, December 2012 to be exact, ipsy is still one of my favourite beauty subscriptions. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my ups and downs with this sub. For the most part, though, I have really enjoyed the bags I have received. The only downside right now is the Canadian dollar!

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