Friday, November 13, 2015

Empties Update! November 2015

I made a little tactical error with my Empties Updates...more specifically I completely forgot that this was in my drafts and needed to be completed. Whoops. Only when I noticed my empties box was getting full again did I realize I never did this post! Oye. I need to get on the ball! 
Empties Updates here on my blog are essentially speedy reviews of products that I have finished up, or products that I disliked enough to not continue using. They're not technically empties, but they're things I have no intentions of finishing, so I think it's important to include them just as much as the good stuff!

As always my empties are broken down into categories and numbered, so you can skip past anything you might not be interested in reading about as well as to make it easier if you feel like reading through the whole thing and want to match the mini review with a picture of the product itself!

So let's get to it!
1. Whish Shave Cream in "Almond"
I honestly can't remember if this has been in a past empties update or not, so I figured I'd include it again just in case. This is my all-time favorite shave cream. Whish shave creams are one of those things people either love or hate. There are a few people that seem to think this stuff clogs up their razor and their shower drain, however I haven't had either of those issues. I love the sweet almond scent of this, and I find that it not only moisturizes my skin when I use it, but I need very little to do the job well. It keeps nicks and cuts at bay, and works a million times better than a typical gel or foam. 
2. L'Cret Hair Color Keeper Treatment Shampoo
I've had this stuff sitting in my haircare drawer since the Memebox-obsession days because I don't tend to use hair products as quickly as skincare. I finally found myself in need of a shampoo, so I grabbed this one and stuck it in the shower. It's...fine? I don't know really what to say about it. I didn't notice it protecting or negatively effecting my hair color necessarily. It cleaned my hair well and didn't leave behind any residue, but it's definitely not a standout product for me in any way.
3. L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray
This stuff has been a cult favorite for as long as I can remember being involved in the world of beauty. I've honestly never tried it before due to high pricetag for a drugstore hairspray. I was happy to finally get a sample so I could give it a try, and honestly I wasn't that impressed. It doesn't have much hold for me personally, although it does give that "light/natural hold" that a lot of people do look for. I prefer a hairspray that, when used lightly, gives a natural hold, but it can be build up for a heavier hold if necessary. It's definitely not a bad hairspray, but I much prefer my Holy Grail drugstore hairspray: Tresemme. Nothing has beat it and I doubt anything ever will!

4. Skylake: Oriental Herb Shampoo
I got this shampoo in the first Mishibox, and I heard good things about it. I like the Skylake brand and I think they have some really fantastic products, but I can't say I was blown away by this shampoo. It's supposed to help with drandruff and hair loss, which I think it did, but I don't have a dry scalp so it wasn't something I could easily gauge. It has a minty scent and feels lightly cooling on the scalp. The little chunks of herbs (mushrooms or something if I remember correctly?) were a little annoying in a sample bottle of this size because they kept pouring out into my hand when I dispensed the shampoo. It was nice, don't get me wrong, but it's very expensive and didn't provide results that warranted the cost in my opinion.
5. Shea Moisture 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo
I got this shampoo in a Target Beauty Box, and this was the one out of the 3 I am featuring this month that I liked the most. It's sulfate free, and even though I have normal to oily hair, it felt super moisturizing without weighing my hair down or making it greasy. It's really hard to find a shampoo that doesn't dry out and strip my hair! This one has a great scent, has a little foam, but more than enough to make you feel like your hair is getting clean. I love the way my hair looks when I use this, and I'm seriously considering picking up more of this the next time I'm at Target.
6. Jane Iredale Hand Drink
This sample was such a sad story for me. I got this in a Birchbox and I was super excited because I'm a big fan of Jane Iredale. Something called "Hand Drink" packaged in a melon-colored tube made me think I was about to get a cocktail-scented lotion that was loaded with moisturizing skincare goodies. I was only half right. This stuff is on the thin side and absorbs really quickly into the skin making it great for anyone who hates the greasy residue that lotions tend to leave behind. It made my skin feel insanely soft and I didn't feel like I needed to reapply for almost the entire day. The major downfall: it smells like the strongest, cheapest pile of roses you'll ever find. I despise the scent of roses. They remind me of a funeral home or an old ladies perfume. It's just not a flattering scent at all in my opinion. I feel like if they offered this lotion in other scents it would be one of my absolute favorites. Maybe they will one day!
1. Dr. MJ Moisture Bounce Capsule Cream
This is another item I had from my Memebox days that I wanted to use before the expiration date passed. This may be called a "cream" but it was really a gel moisturizer that also had tiny little collagen capsules suspended in it. These capsule creams were heavily buzzed about last year and I've been meaning to try this for awhile. Honestly...I don't get the hype. Of course I only use collagen skincare as a way to boost moisture so I wasn't expecting a ton from this cream. It did what a cream should do: it moisturized and didn't break me out. There was nothing remarkable about it, however. 
2. Farm Stay Black Pearl and Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch
RoseRoseShop has a very wide variety of affordable hydrogel eye patches, and these ones were the least expensive of the 30 packs. I believe I paid about $5 or so before shipping. I think I've enjoyed every eye hydrogel I've ever tried, and these were no exception, but they were definitely the cheapest for a reason. I thought there was WAY too much essence in the jar, making each patch sopping wet. I had to wipe them on the side of the jar just get rid of some of the goop. They worked nicely at keeping my under eye area moisturized and depuffed, but I didn't see any major long-term effects.
3. Secret key Witch Hazel Pore Clear Toner
I really love Secret Key because they have tons of good quality, affordable products that sometimes dupe more expensive products. I'm not sure if this is a dupe for anything, but I know I really love it. I did hear through another blog that this has alcohol in it, however I've done a lot of research on alcohol in skincare and I don't think it's as terrible as everyone makes it out to be. Sure, I would prefer it to not be there if possible, but if it's not irritating my skin in any way, I don't write something off simply because of it. Having said that, this toner is seriously awesome. I was using it while I was waiting for my more expensive toner to come in, and I was really surprised at how nice this made my skin! Not only is this incredibly inexpensive (I think I got it for like $3 on RoseRoseShop not including shipping) but it's a very large bottle. It has a light fresh/floral scent but it's not overwhelming. I felt this really did a great job keeping my breakouts under control- in fact, I think it did a better job than the more expensive toner I'm currently using. I am about to start using the Secret key Black Out Pore Toner which is housed in the same kind of bottle as this one, so I'm wondering how they compare to each other. If this one ends up being better, I will for sure purchase it again.
4. SkinFactory Gold Vita King Multi Cream
I am a pretty big fan of SkinFactory. I love their products because even though they might be a big more expensive than the other big kbeauty brands, they have really great ingredients lists and all their products seems to be of high quality. This cream was light and creamy like a yogurt, and moisturized my skin really well. It takes a lot for a moisturizer to impress me, but this had all the requirements for a solid moisturizer. It didn't break me out, it absorbed nicely and kept my skin smooth and flake-free, even when I was heavily using AHA/BHA acids. My only tiny issue is that there are little gold flakes in here, and more often than not, they wouldn't break down while I was applying and I would notice little gold flecks that I would have to pick off my face on occasion, which was more annoying than useful in my opinion!
5. Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch
These were my second favorite of the Eye Patches I purchased from Rose Rose Shop, and I've already ordered two more containers. First of all, the jar is sturdy and the hydro gels are not overly saturated. They have enough "juice" in the jar where the gels stay moist, but not so much where the gels will start sliding down your face once you apply them. I found that these dd a great job with lessening the puffiness around my eyes and moisturized the area really well. I also noticed a very small decrease in the appearance of the fine lines around my eyes. Very pleased with these!
6. CNP Laboratory Aqua Refresh Cleansing Water
I've had this little bottle of cleansing water hanging around in my stash for ages now. I believe it's been a year since I first got it in a "mini" Memebox. Since I've been more into cleansing waters lately, I decided to use this one up before opening my full size from a different brand. This did a good job removing makeup, especially on my eyes which can be hard to do, however I didn't really like the smell and I felt like it dried up too quickly when applied to a cotton round. Not a bad product, but it's not something I would seek out again.
7. Skinfood Watermelon Embossing Cleansing Tissue
I love a good low pH cleansing tissue, and I was thrilled to find out that these ones from Skinfood are just that. If these weren't so heavy and didn't cost so much to ship from Korea I would buy a 6 month supply. Not only do they smell like fresh melon, but they very large in size and super-saturated. One side is flat and the other is embossed with a little bumpy pattern so you can use either or both sides depending on preference or need. I think these removed makeup very well and seemingly cleansed my skin very nicely. I would use a cleansing water after using these and barely a speck of makeup would have been left behind. I highly recommend picking these up if you're looking for a good kbeauty cleansing tissue!
1. Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness Lip Balm
I feel like everyone has probably seen this lip balm, heard of it, or has already owned it. It's pretty popular in terms of how it makes the lips feel and how smoothly it applies. I honestly really like this balm, but it still doesn't beat my favorite (lypsyl). I think it feels really nice while it's on, but it wears off quickly and my lips almost immediately start to feel dry once it does. If you can keep up with reapplying this, then go for it. It feels super smooth!
2. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
This eye primer has been an all-time favorite of mine for a while, and it still holds the top spot. While most people have been going on about Urban Decay's Primer Potion, I've always felt that it dried a little powdery for my liking and didn't really hold my shadows any better than drugstore primers. When I got a sample of the Lorac eye primer, I was so blown away by it's performance. It's incredibly creamy and smooths onto the eyelid gently and evenly. It dries pretty quickly leaving behind an ever-so-slight stickiness- just enough to grab the shadow but barely enough to be noticeable. It really makes my shadows super vibrant and there is absolute ZERO creasing all day, even with my super oily lids. Can't live without this stuff!

3. Witch's Pouch Collagen Makeup Remover
I got this in a Beauteque bag, and while I usually use an oil cleanser to remove my makeup, there are days when I'm lazy and want to stay in bed to do my skincare, so I use a makeup remover on my eyes and a cleansing water on the rest of my face to remove makeup. This stuff did a solid job. I wouldn't say it was a stand out in the makeup remover world, but it took my eye makeup off with ease, and that's all I can ask for!
4. Laura Geller Glam Lash Mascara
I have tons of sample size tubes of mascara and they just weren't being used for a long time. I also have a decent size hoard of full size mascaras that I reach for first before these. However I discovered two really great ways to use them! Firstly, it just so happens that many of my sample tubes of mascara are ones that have thin/skinny brushes. These make for perfect lower lash line mascara. Sometimes full size brushes are too long or too thick and I make a mess on my lower lash line. Also, I keep these little tubes by my bed so if I'm just laying around the house makeup-less and someone decides to pop over last minute, I can sweep on some mascara quickly and brighten up my eyes. This one was pretty good, although I did find that the formula was a bit wet for my liking. It did a great job lengthening and darkening my lashes, although I didn't find it made them overly voluminous, which I tend to prefer.
5. Mirabella Face and Eye Primer
Eh. I have received this product so many times over the years in subscription bags and just kept tossing the tubes into my primer drawer. I finally decided to go on a no-buy when it came to makeup and start using my stash, and I finally tried this out. I found that it had a similar feel to the famous Smashbox primer, however a bit more powdery-feeling. I also think that it made my face feel a little on the oily side after using it. I wouldn't dare use this on my eyes even though it's supposed to be for both face and eyelids. It just seems too slippery/oily to work well there. I also think I started to breakout because of this primer. I can't know for sure since I use so much on my face, but the time frame lines up. I finished this tube but I tossed the other two because it just wasn't that impressive and I didn't want to risk another breakout.

6. Starlooks Lipliner 
I honestly forget what shade this lip liner was because it seems like Starlooks has revamped their entire line of cosmetics and it's no longer available on the site. It was sort of a nude/mauve tone that gave me the "my lips, but better" look. It was great to use under almost any lipstick. Having said that, it's a classic pencil, which means lots of feathery wood shavings all over the place. I do feel like it dried up a bit too halfway through using it. At $13 a pop, I expect greatness. Since I discovered Colourpop liners that are only $5 and wayyyyy better quality, I have no need to find a new Starlooks liner that is similar. The Lumiere pencil from Colourpop is better in terms of shade and quality.
7. NARS Orgasm/Laguna Blush and Bronzer Mini
This isn't even the full size version of this duo, but I cannot tell you how long I've been using this. It's most likely been close to a year at this point. Honestly, I don't think Orgasm is the best shade of blush nor do I think that Laguna is that great of a bronzer, but this was such a convenient little duo to have on hand for blush/contouring. The mirror inside the compact was also really nice to have in my makeup bag. Do I like this? Yea! But the price for the full size is so insanely high, and I really think that there are better blushes and bronzers on the market for a fraction of the cost, so I most likely wouldn't purchase this again.
8. Lioele All Night Moisture Lip Essence
Some of you may know that I am obsessed with the Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment in "Honey." I think it is the absolute best overnight lip treatment on the market. But before I discovered that product, I was all about the Lioele All Night Lip Essence. It smells like melted Jolly Rancher candies, it glides on with a slight thickness, but it's not at all sticky. It does a great job of keeping my lips moisturized through the night. I think it's a very close second to the Pure Smile lip treatment. I tend to recommend this to people who hate the "sticky" feeling on their lips that the Pure Smile one tends to cause, but also there are some people that aren't comfortable using the Pure Smile version due to the snail mucin. I'll slap snail goo all over my body, including my lips, but if you're one of those people that is skeeved out by it, this is an excellent alternative!
9. Tarte Cashmere Liner in "Black"
This one is a tough one to review. I'll flat out admit that this liner is from a Holiday 2012 collection. I didn't use it for a long time because I have so many black liners. I have used some of the other shades from the Cashmere line and they all glide on with ease and stay put for a really long time, but this one was absolutely awful. It kept breaking on me, it pulled my lid and was really dull. I will be the first to say that it's probably because it dried out due to being old at this point, but juuust in case it wasn't, I figured I should put my experiences with it here!
Another Empties Update complete! I feel weirdly accomplished when I get one of these posts done, because now that I've been keeping track of my empties for the latter part of this year, I'm really starting to see how much I'm actually using! Sometimes it feels like my stash is never going down, and one of my long-term goals is to use up what I have in my stash and only continue to buy my favorite items, or things that are incredibly irresistible or appealing to me (cough the Skinfood Gummy Bear hand are we kidding how could I resist those??). I'm excited to take a look back at all the photos of my Empties for 2015!

Also, since I got this update posted a little late, the next one is going to be up much sooner than usual. Keep an eye out!

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  1. I agree with you on the alcohol ~ I think that those who have problem skin or really dry skin might wish to avoid it, but oily skin types, which is me, seem to be fine with it. There are a lot of reasons why companies might wish to put alcohol in their skincare line, and most of them are not nefarious and out to destroy your skin! haha I figure if it doesn't smell like alcohol, I will at least try it.

    1. We definitely think alike! I agree that it might not be the best ingredient for people with dry skin types or that are particularly sensitive to it, however there are products that include alcohol that have been absolutely amazing for my skin and it would have been such a loss if I had never tried them based solely on them having alcohol in them.
      While it's not the best ingredient in the world and I try to avoid it if possible, I don't think it needs to always be the deciding factor on whether or not someone should use a product or not! ;)