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Empty Products 2019 – Round 1

May 21, 2019

Sticking to a quarterly schedule for empty product posts seemed to work last year, but it has proven to be a fail for 2019. It’s mid-May, which means I missed my April deadline and goal to write about my…well…garbage, every four months in a year. But you guys know how much I enjoy (read: dread) writing these kinds of posts. Cut to Empty Products 2018 – Round 1, Empty Products 2018 – Round 2, and Empty Products 2018 Round 3.

I suppose I did a mini empties post back in March when I shared some skincare serums, moisturizers and masks that I had used up (if you missed it, click here). I guess I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.

Empty products I've used up during the first months of 2019. Some hits and misses.

Now let’s get on with it and talk about the good stuff, shall we?

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

I can’t deny feeling boujee AF using a serum as pricey as this ($123 CAD). It’s definitely a luxurious product, but it works! I never noticed any significant changes in my fine lines or wrinkles. Probably because I don’t have too many to worry over at this stage in my life. However, I did notice how hydrated and even in tone my skin looks in the morning, after using this product at night. If I missed a night of applying it, I could tell because my skin would be dull the next day. If I stopped using it for a week, the dry patches would start popping up and I’d always seem to have bad makeup days.

The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum is expensive, but it works.

But the real question I know you’re probably all seeking to be answered is “will I buy another bottle?” You guys…I’m C.H.E.A.P!! I was fortunate enough to receive this product at an Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness event (hence the pink bottle). But it would make me slightly ill to spend this kind of money…at least my own money. Maybe I’ll ask Santa for a bottle…

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Are you surprised? There’s one of these in practically every empty products post and I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about it enough. I’ll just say two words: favourite, concealer – and leave it at that.

A holy grail product - the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, Gentle Formula, Natural Tint

I think I’ve found a new favourite dry shampoo! It’s not something I use very often, but when I do there are a couple of things I look for…

  1. Will it make my hair turn white?
  2. Will it make my hair feel chalky or gritty?

 

If the answer to both of these questions is yes, there’s no chance I’m using it! Luckily, this one from Klorane has a ‘brown sugar’ tint to it, making it great for brunettes. I don’t have to work as hard to rub it in and it makes my hair look and feel clean, while adding a bit of volume at the same time. It also has a beautiful fragrance, as an added bonus. My only gripe is that the bottle is on the smaller size, despite costing more than many other dry shampoos on the market. I just wish it were a little larger and lasted longer for the price.

The Klorane Dry Shampoo is one of the best on the market! The Secret Invisible Spray Deodorant is questionable...

Secret Invisible Spray 48HR Anti-Persporamt/Deodorant (Glam Grapefruit)

I have mixed feelings about aerosol deodorant…

Every time I applied this one, it looked like my armpits were on fire! Seriously…there would be a cloud of grapefruit-scented smoke, which I feel was very wasteful. I like that it didn’t take long to dry, and didn’t leave my underarms feeling wet or sticky. But I often questioned whether or not I aimed it in the right spot or applied enough.

However, since running out of this deodorant, I switched to a natural one and now I’m appreciating how well this one worked. Not only did it prevent me from getting a little smelly, it also seemed to decrease the amount I perspired. I just didn’t realize it until I began using something that doesn’t seem to stop the wetness…but I’ll be talking a little more about this in a separate blog post/natural deodorant review coming soon.

LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion

Embarrassingly, I’m already half way through a large tub of this stuff. I use it liberally every single night and I’d be lost without it!

The LUSH Sleepy Shower Gel is just as good as the Sleepy Lotion!

LUSH Sleep Shower Gel

It should come as no surprise that I love this shower gel. It has the same lavender and vanilla fragrance that I love so dearly in the body lotion, and it creates some pretty awesome bubbles too. I think I used it up more in late night baths, than I did in the shower.

Dove Men+ Care Fortifying 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner

My Mom slept over a few weeks ago, and when she asked if I had shampoo she could borrow, I handed her this bottle. The look I got in return was priceless. It was like “Kelly, are you seriously so lazy that you haven’t gone to buy shampoo since you ran out and you’re using Devon’s instead?”

However, I bought this myself…for me. I’ll admit I tried it once when I squeeze nothing but air out of my previous shampoo bottle. But I surprisingly liked it! When used in combination with the moisturizing leave-in cream I have, it makes my hair shiny and smooth. It contains caffeine and menthol, which feels invigorating on the scalp and – as crazy as it sounds – seems to wake up my strands. It also makes my hair feel stronger. I don’t care that it’s for men. I like it, and I’ll probably continue to buy it.

Softsoap Juicy Pomegranate & Mango Infusions Moisturizing Body Wash

I got a 4-pack of these Softsoap Body Washes from Costco thinking they were cheap and Dev and I could just share them. But I actually cannot stand the scents! They all remind me of cough medicine I took as a child. Their just too artificial for my liking. I also find they dry out my skin.

One of these is a hit, one of these is a miss. Can you guess which is which?

Sephora The Primer Mask

Dev bought this mask for me as a stocking stuffer at Christmas. I’m always impressed when he buys me anything beauty related, but I was super impressed that he bought something I’ve never tried before and it was surprisingly really, really nice! The cotton sheet is gooey and covered in a creamy product, rather than a watery serum like I’m used to. But it was super hydrating, gave my skin a subtle glow  and left behind a bit of a tackiness that helped my makeup stay on all day. I left mine on for 15 minutes instead of the recommended 3, just because I felt like it deserved to be used longer, especially for the $8 (one-time-use) price tag.

This Sephora Primer Mask is awesome! It leaves a tackiness on the skin so makeup adheres and lasts all day!

 

What are some products you’ve used up recently? Do you have any new holy grail discoveries? Let me know by leaving a comment down below!

xxx

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

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