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February 2013 Empties

10 Apr

I love watching empties videos on YouTube. Partly it’s because I’m nosy, but also because I love hearing what the reviewer thought of each of the products after using it for that long and whether they will buy it again.

I’m very fickle and have no self-control, so I’m constantly flipping back and forth between different products and almost never actually finish anything. You might notice that some of these “empties” aren’t entirely empty – that’s because I started using them, moved on, and forgot to go back and finish them before they expired. So I guess that’s kind of cheating, but they’re getting tossed along with the empties and I figure there’s a reason I didn’t go back to them, so you might still find the feedback useful.

Here goes!

1. Vichy Essentielles Facial Emulsion

This was a nice, light moisturizer that I used a lot last summer. I don’t think it’s entirely empty, but it has expired and I don’t like using expired product on my face!

2. Marcelle Essentials Clay Mask

Marcelle is an unsung gem of a drugstore brand available in Canada. It’s one of the two major ones (the other is a brand called Quo, available at Shopper’s Drug Mart) that no one has heard of outside of the country, but that are pretty darn awesome for the price! I love that the majority of their products are unscented, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Their makeup is hit or miss, but the skincare is great for sensitive skin and works really well. This mask is pretty much just your basic mask – toss it on, leave it for a little while, remove with a face cloth. I honestly couldn’t really tell if it did anything or not, but the texture was lovely and it was gentle enough for my sensitive skin.

3. Marcelle Oil-Free Multi-Defense Moisturizer

Before Embryolisse, this was my daily face cream. I may switch back in the summer. It’s a very liquidy lotion that doesn’t have a scent and is incredibly light on the skin. I like it in the summer because it has SPF 15, is soothing if I have gotten more sun than I should and is great if my skin is feeling a bit more on the oily side. It absorbs very quickly, so it’s great to use under makeup.

4. Alba Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser

Just alright. Smells great, perhaps a little drying on the skin. Confession time: I got so sick of having this bottle hanging around that I used up the last third of it as hand soap. Yeah, I have that many face washes hanging about in the bathroom. Feel free to start judging now.

5. Juice Beauty Green Apple Mineral Antioxidant Moisturizer

This one expired too, sadly. I loved it, but it’s the curse of the natural beauty product – it expires too quickly. And this was a HUGE bottle. This one hurt to throw out, though, I’m not gonna lie! The smell was gorgeous – light and citrusy. It did a great job of moisturizing – not too heavy, not too light – and was great for sensitive skin. If it weren’t so darn expensive, I’d definitely repurchase.

6. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer

This I actually used up and it was delicious. I love this stuff – smells good, feels lovely on the skin. And of course, the SPF is excellent to have in a face cream! A bit pricey, though, and it expires quickly. I’d consider re-purchasing if it was ever on special.

7. Vichy Essentielles Facial Cleanser

This goes with #1, obvs. This was pretty “meh.” Not excellent, but okay. Did the job. Got me clean. Not worth the money, though.

8. Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

I’ve been using this line since I was a teenager with oily skin. I like that even though my skin has matured (even if my personality hasn’t) it’s still gentle enough to use when my skin’s having a good ‘ole teenaged tantrum. The smell is intense, so you have to be okay with tea tree – but once you get used to it it’s actually quite nice. Love it.

9. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I’ve gone through a bunch of these, because until I discovered the wonder that is First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, I used it as hand cream. I also used it as night-time face cream in colder months until switching to my French pharmacie products. It’s still great, and I still have a bottle of it in my bathroom. I’m sure I’ll always have some of this kicking around.

10. Bioré Purify Daily Scrub

I have used up a few tubes of this – the smell is lovely, I like the round beads because they’re not too abrasive on my skin and the formula of the cleanser itself left my skin nicely refreshed. I’d recommend this if you’re looking for a budget physical exfoliator.

11. Bioré SkinPreservation Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator

This is another great one. I don’t like the smell as much, but the texture is amazing. It has very fine, very dense exfoliators so you feel like it really gets into your skin and takes off all the dead skin cells. I would only use it a couple of times a week because it is quite an intense exfoliation, but I think it does a great job – particularly considering that it’s a drugstore brand. I’ve gone through a few tubes of this as well.

12. Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector

I love this stuff. I have light patches in my brows where I’ve lost pigment, so I use a tiny bit of this on a spoolie and work it through my brows and it colours the individual hairs rather than the skin so it looks totally natural. This is in shade #3, which matches my natural brow colour perfectly. It lasts all day long and I love that it’s waterproof so I don’t have to worry about it smudging. I’ve had this one tube for over a year now – maybe even a year and a half – and I could probably get even more out of it. Great stuff.

Phew! That’s it for empties this time around. I’ll do another post whenever I feel like I’ve amassed enough empties to warrant it, but since it takes me forever to finish things it probably won’t be monthly – maybe every couple of months.

Hope you guys found that helpful! Have you used any of these products? What were your impressions? What products have you used up lately, and what did you think of them? Share in the comments!


Winter Essentials!

20 Jan

Unless you are lucky enough to live in a tropical part of the world, you’re in the middle of some cold, wet, dreary months. Aside from the extra layers of clothing needed to brave the increasingly frigid weather, there are some beauty essentials that you’ll need to get you through until spring! Here are the things I just can’t live without when the weather turns!

1. Hand Moisturizer

In addition to the dryness that accompanies the return of cold, I’m plagued with super dry hands during the winter, probably due to having diabetes. This means that not only do my hands get flaky, but if I don’t moisturize regularly, they’ll crack painfully. Further complicating things, I wash my hands all the time to avoid getting sick and HATE the feeling of thick, heavy moisturizer on my skin, particularly because when I touch my face it comes off and makes everything feel oily. So I’m always on the hunt for moisturizer that absorbs quickly, smells good, and, above all, WORKS!! I just discovered Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, which smells amazing and seems to absorb quickly as well. Even better? It’s available at drug stores here in Canada and a 250 mL bottle cost less than $6.00! Another good one is by L’Occitane en Provence (their Shea Butter hand cream is good – my fave was the Desert Rose, but unfortunately it was limited edition!).

2. Lip Balm

I LOVE lip balm. Always have. I’m always trying new kinds, and there are always at least two or three in my purse. I rarely stick with just one kind for long, but my faves at the moment are Jack Black, MAC, and Smith’s Minted Rose.

3. Face Moisturizer

Skin is dry all over – so making sure to keep my face moisturized is pretty important. I find that a good night cream makes all the difference, and this one has been on my bathroom counter for years. 

4. Nails

I like dark nails all year round, but in winter I like them even more. I really love OPI’s I’m With Brad (available at Sephora) which is a dark, shimmery red. (It’s actually darker than it looks in this picture.)

5.  Bright lipstick

As long as you keep chapped lips at bay with a good lip balm, there’s no reason not to wear lipstick through the cold months. In fact, I find that on a wet, dark day, wearing a pop of colour can make all the difference to my mood. I’d like to think it cheers up the people around me, too! MAC Rebel is one of my all-time faves, but a good fuchsia pink or nice classic red work too!

What can’t you live without in the cold months? Share in the comments!

Top Ten of the Week

21 Nov

 The other day when I was getting ready for work, I found myself reaching for the same thing as I had the day before, and I got to thinking about how I choose what to use each morning from the ridiculous amount of products that are currently cluttering up my bathroom. There are some things that I use every day for months, like my Smashbox Tinted Moisturizer in Luminous and my Makeup Forever Brown Gel. But then there are things that I will use for a week or even two, but then set aside and all but forget about. I realized that I tend to wear a few looks during the week, then experiment a little on weekends. I’ll often stumble across a daytime look that I try out on Saturday or Sunday and it will become my favourite for the next week. But it’s always changing. So I thought I’d share the things I found myself reaching for the most this week. Possibly I’ll do this every week or few weeks – whenever I notice that I’m using different stuff than last time!

1. MAC Seasonally Spicy Technakohl Liner

I got this recently and am absolutely loving it. It’s greats smudged along the upper and lower lashlines with Remotely Grey shadow on top for a super easy daytime look. Another bonus? You don’t need to sharpen it!

2. MAC Remotely Grey Eyeshadow

As mentioned above, this shadow is great to smoke out a dark brown liner along the lashlines. I also love it as a lid colour for a daytime neutral look. Despite the name, it’s more of a taupey-brown than grey, though I suppose it has the tiniest hint of a silvery/grey sheen to it. I really wish this wasn’t LE, because in my opinion this is a must-have shade!

3. MAC Amplified Lipstick in Impassioned

I can’t believe I never noticed this shade before! I went into MAC last week to exchange some of my Back 2 MAC empties, and they didn’t have the lipstick I was looking for in stock. I was just about to give up and leave, when I glanced over and this shade caught my eye. It’s the most gorgeous coral/pink shade that is both bold and tasteful simultaneously. Though it’s not for every day, this is a super fun lipstick to wear for a night out!

4. MAC False Lashes Mascara (Black)

I used to use MAC Plush Lash every day. I decided to give this one a try, and I haven’t even opened my brand new replacement Plush Lash that I bought a few months ago. This adds length and volume and can be worn in the day time, or built up for a night out. New fave.

5. Lancome Luring Eyeshadow (Sheen)

Okay, so I don’t like Lancome because of the whole testing on animals thing, so I went back and forth about whether to include this shadow on the list. In the end I decided to because in all honesty, though I won’t be purchasing from them again in the future, this shadow is one that I find to be unique. It is an iridescent shimmery shadow that has hints of blue, green and purple in it. I like to layer it over another shadow (or paint pot) that will accentuate one of these colours.

6. Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Tarnish in “Caught on Tape”

You might not have heard of these pencils – I hadn’t. They’re basically lip stain/glaze in a pencil format that has BE’s Buxom line plumping properties. I love the colour of this – it’s between a rich burgundy red and a fuchsia pink – and you can build the colour up or wear it as a subtle hint of colour during the day. Great.

7. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I’m sure you have all heard of this cream – it’s something of a cult favourite. It’s bright yellow and comes in a clear plastic cubic pump container. It also comes in handy travel-size squeeze tubes for $15 each. I have trouble with dry skin in the winter, so this is a very important part of my winter skin care. It’s thick enough to provide lots of moisture, but it absorbs more quickly than other creams so it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. Also it doesn’t have much of a scent – if anything it smells a little like oatmeal – which is another plus in my book. Because I hate using hand cream and then forgetting and touching my face, I have actually been known to use this as a hand cream in the winter time as well, and it works wonders for my hands and if I do touch my face, it doesn’t leave it feeling gross. Bonus.

8. Kiehl’s Lip Balm or MAC Lip Conditioner

I don’t shop at Kiehl’s anymore, because of the whole animal testing fiasco (they are a subsidiary of L’Oreal), but I have a tub and a tube of their lip balm that I’m still working on using up. It really isn’t anything special, in all honesty, so you can substitute Rosebud Salve or MAC Lip Conditioner or even a drug store brand of lip conditioner. But whatever you use, it’s important to moisturized those lips in the winter time, just like you do with the rest of your skin. I use this before bed at night and in the morning when I’m doing the rest of my makeup. If I’m not wearing a coloured lip product I’ll also use it throughout the day.

9. Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow in Sand Dollar

This is a great base colour or for a daytime neutral eye. It is a muted taupe colour with a hint of shimmer that makes it gorgeous worn alone or with a thin wash of similar eyeshadow over top. I like it with MAC’s Wedge shadow in the crease and Seasonally Spicy smudged into the lashline with Remotely Grey (you can also use any mid-tone brown shadow). So easy!

10. Nars Blush Brush

I love that this is super soft, it picks up just enough product when tapped off lightly and is the perfect size to apply to the cheekbone – I hate brushes that are too large so that blush ends up everywhere, or too small so that it ends up in a thin line. Pricey, but I’m getting daily use out of it!

So there you go, that’s what I’m loving this week! Until next time….

xo M.