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Empty Products (Skincare Edition)

March 14, 2019

I’m going to try and stick to sharing an empty product post every four months, like I did last year. But I’ve been on a huge skincare kick lately and seem to have a growing pile of empty balms, creams, masks and lotions. It seemed only right to group them all together in their own dedicated blog post.

The Better Skin Co. Amaze Balm

The Amaze Balm from The Better Skin Co. is best used as a night cream, in my opinion. It has a very rich texture – I think I compared it to whipped butter in a previous post (here) – and can take a little longer to sink into the skin. But the citrus-y scent is fantastic and something I look forward to each night.

Empty Products, Skincare Edition: The Better Skin Co. Amaze Balm

It’s definitely a favourite product of mine because it really hydrates the skin. I also like to use it on my hands and elbows when dry patches are in full force. The only downside is that it can only be purchased online at The Better Skin Co. is available online at, but for some reason this particular product is not. I just wish it was in stores and a little easier to pick up when I need it.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask for Sensitive Skin (Blue)

I pretty much love all the L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks, but this one is my favourite! I have a whole post dedicated to it, which you can read (here) to understand why. But to summarize, it’s great for extracting gunk from the skin and calming breakouts. Plus it has a clean and spa-like scent that makes me feel relaxed and rejuvenated whenever I use it.

Mario Badescu Chamomile Eye Cream

This eye cream was nice and hydrating, but it didn’t blow me out of the water. Eye creams are tricky like that. There are only a few that I have tried that make a noticeable difference in the appearance of my dark circles or bags. However, I do appreciate when they help my makeup blend easier and sit nicer on the skin. This one was certainly moisturizing, with it’s rich texture containing cocoa seed butter. But other than that, it didn’t do much else.

Empty Products, Skincare Edition: Mario Badescu Chamomile Eye Cream + Rose Hips Mask

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Mask

I loved this mask! However, it dried dry out before I had a chance to use it up entirely. Annoying, right?! Maybe I didn’t screw the lid on tight enough or something…

Anyways, it helped clean my pores without leaving my skin feeling tight or stripped. It doesn’t dry down and crackle on the skin like a typical clay mask would, so it feels comfortable and soothing. I noticed that each time I washed it off, it would turn into a Elmer’s Glue-like consistency. It’s hard to explain. I think because it’s so full of oils, it’s a little thicker and tough to rinse away. It also contains wax, which explains the goopy texture. But it leaves the skin feeling clean, baby soft and hydrated.

Pour Moi Skincare Polar Day Cream

The whole range of Pour Moi Skincare is super cool! The climate-smart day creams cater to the weather and environments we live in. I started using the Polar Day Cream at the beginning of winter when temperatures dropped below 0. It surprised me. I didn’t think it would work for my skin, considering it didn’t have the thick texture I’m used to using during the chilly months. But it did!

Empty Products, Skincare Edition: Pour Moi Polar Day Cream

I was disappointed, however, when I went to use it roughly one month after starting, only to pump out air. These bottles are just 30mL in size, and for good reason. When I met Uli Haslacher, the founder of Pour Moi Skincare, she explained that any time skincare is packed in a luggage and placed into undercarriage of an airplane, it is exposed to extreme pressures and temperatures, which can ultimately cause the product to spoil. It doesn’t matter how expensive a moisturizer may be. Skincare should always be packed in a carry on, and therefore it has to be within the TSA regulated size limits. I believe 100mL is allowed though, and therefore, I do wish this product was slightly larger and lasted longer.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

This is my favourite moisturizer. Hands down! It’s pretty simple and does what I need it to do. It has a light gel-like texture, absorbs quickly, doesn’t clog my pores, makes my skin feel hydrated and plump, and doesn’t cause me to break out.

Empty Products, Skincare Edition: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

The size of the bottle is also fairly generous for $34. I love that it has a pump, and 1-2 pumps worth of product is all I need every day. This guy lasted me almost an entire year (although I did swap it out to test different products here and there)!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

It’s not pictured because I think it accidentally ended up in the recycling bin before I had a chance to take these shots…

But I also used up a bottle of the Philopshy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser. I buy one every year during Black Friday and it typically lasts the entire year. It’s so gentle on my skin, doesn’t dry me out and does an excellent job removing makeup.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5

I love this product so much and always notice a difference in how my skin feels when I’m not using it. Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture from the air to hydrate the surface of the skin. It’s a miracle worker for anyone in the dry skin club like me. I love this one from Deciem because it’s so inexpensive. Each bottle costs $6.80. When I run out and it’s not a step in my skincare routine, my skin feels tighter (not in a good way) and looks dull.

Empty Products, Skincare Edition: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

As I mentioned in the intro, I’m having such a moment with skincare right now and have thoroughly enjoyed playing around with different moisturizers, serums and cleansers. What are some products you recently used up? I’d love to try some of your suggestions. Leave a comment below!


Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in this post were gifted to me.
However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and honest.


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