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Empty Products 2018 – Round 3

December 31, 2018

I wanted to make sure I snuck this post in before the end of the year. As usual, I’m cutting it close! If you’ve read any of my previous empty product posts, then you’ll know how much I dread writing these. If you missed the first and second empty product posts I published this year, click here and here. Anyhow, it’s done and I’m happy I stuck to my quarterly schedule. So here we are…it’s my third and final empty products post for the year!

TONYMOLY Banana Hand Milk

I love the scent of this hand cream and the packaging is super cute. However, the fragrance disappears pretty quickly and I find the banana holds lots of air inside. It’s an odd thing to describe, but whenever I squeezed the product out it made embarrassing fart-like noises…

It’s safe to say I probably wouldn’t purchase this guy again.

EOS Shave Cream in Tropical Fruit

I’ll be honest, I rarely buy shaving cream. But when I do, it’s almost always the EOS brand. It’s packed with shea butter and other nourishing ingredients, so it’s super moisturizing. It doesn’t foam, which can take a bit to get used to, but it leaves my skin feeling soft and less itchy after shaving. This was the first time I’ve had the blue tropical fruit scent (I normally get the pink one) and I really liked it.

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel

I can’t remember if this was from last year’s Christmas range or two years ago. Regardless, it clearly took me a long time to get through this shower gel. Not because I didn’t like it. In fact, I really liked it. But I seem to have a variety of shower gels that I rotate through, and therefore they take me a little longer to use up.

TONYMOLY I’m Real Pomegranate Sheet Mask

I have a poor memory, so I can’t recall too many details about this sheet mask. It’s meant to help with skin’s elasticity and it obviously didn’t wow me enough to remember whether or not it did anything outstanding. But I do know that it was heavily saturated in moisturizing ingredients and my skin felt nice afterwards.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

Unfortunately, I didn’t actually finish this product. I didn’t hate it. But I also didn’t love it enough to remember to use it every evening. And now…it’s expired. You guys know how I feel about expiration dates…

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is a staple in my skincare routine and a product you’ll see in many empty posts. It costs $6.80 here in Canada and I definitely cannot argue with that price. It’s a serum I like to use every morning before applying my face cream to help my skin absorb more moisture. It helps prevent dry patches and makes my skin look more plump and fresh.

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Seaweed Mask

I love a good pamper session and in my mind there’s nothing better than soaking in a tub while wearing a detoxifying mask. This one in particular is great for calming breakouts. I wrote an entire post raving about this product, which you can read (here) if you’re curious to learn more about it.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

I was once told that there is a reason this product is available in a 3.4 oz value size. The lady in Sephora trying to sell me on the serum said that people love it so much and truly see a difference with continued use. I believed her, but there was no chance I was going to spend $128 on a product I’ve never tried before. The next size down (1.7 oz) was still a tad too expensive for my liking at $70. The 1 oz size seemed silly at $48 and the mini 0.5 oz size at $20 just seemed like a waste. So instead, I waited for it to become a Sephora point perk and snatched up a little sample size when I could. And now that I’ve tried it, I have to admit that I may actually purchase one of the larger sizes some day down the road.

It’s an anti-aging serum enriched with vitamin C, and while I can’t confirm whether or not it made my wrinkles disappear or prevented more from appearing, I can confirm that it helped my skin look brighter and more awake when I used it in the morning.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

This is now my second bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. At $30 it’s not exactly inexpensive but it’s also not high-end and I don’t feel too guilty treating myself to a base product I love so much. I like the hydrating and fresh finish it gives my skin. It seems to melt into my skin, rather than sit on top, and the light to medium coverage makes it look quite natural.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Not much to see here. Just another Maybelline Fit Me Concealer…which I’ve talked about nearly 100 times now. This is another product that I’ll continue to purchase again and again, and therefore you’ll see in probably every empties post.

beautyblender micro.mini

This little sponge is a few years old and I’m slightly impressed it has survived this long. It’s rough around the edges with some chunks missing, and although it still does what it’s meant to do, I think it’s time to say goodbye. Truth be told, I won’t be sad to see it go. I didn’t love using it to blend out concealer under the eye, which is all it’s really good for. It’s a little too small for my liking and seems to take a little longer to work with.

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer

I had yet to feel the devastation and panic associated with using up an entire eyebrow pencil – until recently. IT’S. THE. WORST! Especially when you’ve finished one eyebrow, go to twist up some more product to do the other and realize there’s nothing left! I repeat…THE. WORST!

I really enjoyed using this pencil! It was a great colour for me and I didn’t find the product to be too stiff or too soft. It was perfectly somewhere in between and I would definitely purchase one again.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

I’m so sad this little lip gloss is gone! The caramel scent is to die for and it added the most beautiful pale pink colour to my lips. This was just a sample size, but I’ll probably venture out to buy a full size one eventually. I just loved it so much.

Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops in Morning Light

I’m also extremely sad this liquid highlighter is gone. However, I just noticed while adding links to this post that it’s on sale at Sephora for $8 right now! Perhaps I should stock up! I love using this shimmery champagne all over my face under foundation for a super glowy base or on the high points of my cheekbones for a wet-looking and natural highlight.

Sephora Collection Mini Citrus Brush Cleaner

I think I talked about this product in a previous post. Oh yes – it was featured in a Products I Wish I Hadn’t Purchased post. Regardless of my disappointment in how it cleaned my brushes (or didn’t…) I decided to use it up. I figured a mediocre clean was better than no clean at all and I did enjoy the citrus scent. However, I can confirm that it is not a product I will buy again.

 

Well if you’re still with me, thanks for reading all the way through! I know these empty product posts can be long. Maybe in 2019 I’ll start doing them every other month or every three months.

Speaking of 2019…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be safe and have fun.

xxx

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