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Empty Products 2018 – Round 2

August 31, 2018

Phewph. That was close.

I’ve been so distracted by my tongue liking biting, bubble blowing…bubble eating puppy, that I nearly forgot to talk about my second round of empty products for 2018. If you read my last empties post, then you’ll know that I’m attempting to write one of these quarterly. My first went live in April, which makes August the deadline for post numéro 2. I’m not sure how today is the last day of August already (I’m blaming Mavis for my recent absence from doing anything productive) but I thought it was about time I sat down and got to work.

Empty Products 2018 - Round 2

These aren’t exactly my favourite kinds of posts to write. I’m not really sure why, because I love writing reviews. And I know some of you appreciate these mini reviews. I also feel quite accomplished talking about a product I have finished entirely. However, my brain hurts trying to remember how a bunch of products worked – or didn’t. Or smelt – or didn’t. It always seems to take me a little longer to process my thoughts to written (typed?) words.

Anyhow, here goes nothing. Let’s get ‘er done!

Garnier Fructis Styling De-constructed Texture Tease Finishing Spray

I mostly love this stuff for the scent! But it also works really well to create volume and grit to my otherwise limp hair.

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer

This concealer is OK. It’s not my favourite, as it creases pretty easily under my eyes. But I can see why someone with really dry skin would enjoy it.

Empty Products - Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer + Revlon Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Makeup (for Normal/Dry Skin)

This foundation worked really well on my skin and lasted a really long time! I remember coming home after a long day (I think I even played a game of volleyball) and my Mom mentioned how great my makeup looked. It sets without feeling sticky, but doesn’t look dry or cake-y.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber And Green Tea

There’s nothing like a good face mist to help re-energize and refresh the skin. I love the ones from Mario Badescu, but definitely prefer the Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater one. I find the scent more enjoyable.

Empty Products - Mario Badescu Facial Spray + The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

I was taking a bit of a hiatus from Deciem (aka. The Ordinary) as there was some serious drama surrounding the company. But I have to admit, I miss having a bottle of Hyaluronic Acid on hand. It’s like a drink of water for my skin, and I now think it’s something I NEED (yes, being slightly dramatic) in my life. Holy grail status, here we come! It absorbs quickly and instantly adds a boost of hydration. I really notice a difference when I’m not using it – my skin breaks out more and the texture isn’t quite as smooth.

It seems the company’s controversy has simmered down, and therefore, I think I’ll probably be headed to a store to purchase another bottle…or five (at less than $7 a bottle, I’d be stupid not to stock up).

Essence Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara

I’m so impressed with this incredibly inexpensive drugstore mascara! It makes my lashes long and luscious, and for roughly the same price of a Starbucks coffee, that’s all I can ask for.

Empty Product - Essence Volume Stylist Mascara

PS. You can now shop Essence products online at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Dr Teals Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt

While I would LOOOOOOOVEEE to use a LUSH Comforter Bubble Bar for every bath, it’s just not realistic for my bank account. So instead I’ve enjoyed using the Dr Teals Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt. It comes in a variety of formulas, each with a different purpose and fragrance. My favourite so far is the Pink Himalayan one, although the Coconut Oil one is good too. I get mine from Walmart for around $8. It’s a huge bottle and seems to last a fairly long time. The bubbles aren’t quite the same as a Bubble Bar, but considering I bathe so often, I’ll take second best to save some cheddar.

Empty Products - Dr Teals Coconut Oil Pure Epsom Salts + Foaming Bath

Dr Teals Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution

I like to have a bag or two of the Dr Teals Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution on hand as well. I don’t use it as often as the bubble bath, but it is nice for days when I’ve overdone it at the gym or sat at my desk for too long. The Coconut Oil one also seems to moisturize my skin as well, which is a nice bonus.

Dev pointed out the VELCRO® brand closure on this package the other day, which I didn’t even notice, but think is a great idea. It’s much easier to seal shut without having to worry about lining anything up, which is the case for zippered packaging.

And one product that’s not empty, but will be entering the trash bin anyways…

Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam

I purchased this dry shampoo a while ago, and I’m so disappointed that it all of a sudden has stopped working. I know there is a ton of product left inside, but either the nozzle is clogged or the pressure is no longer, because nothing comings out. It’s pretty frustrating actually, because this product was not cheap! Have you tried the Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam? Did you have the same problem? Leave me a comment below.

Product Disappointment - DRYBAR Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam

There. That wasn’t so hard…



  • Emily

    September 3, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    I was also a bit weary of using The Ordinary products because of all the drama but I love and can’t live without the Hyaluronic acid. It’s just my go to serum and it’s so inexpensive!

    1. Beauty by Birdy

      September 6, 2018 at 12:01 PM

      Same. Same. It’s hard to complain about the price tag and the product is just so good!

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