Empty Products + Mini Reviews (Part 1: Skincare)

July 21, 2017

It’s been a really, really, reaaalllly long time since I’ve done an empties post!! In fact, I’ve sort of been dreading it…

I have a ton of products to talk about, and the longer I wait to share them with you, the bigger the pile gets. It has become a bit overwhelming and there’s just too much garbage, trash, junk to discuss in just one post. Therefore I have broken it into three parts; Part 1: Skincare, Part 2: Body and Haircare, and Part 3: Makeup.

Get comfy, today’s post is a biggie…

L’Oreal Energizing & Brightening Pure Clay Mask

I love, love, love this drugstore face mask!! What can I say…I’m a sucker for a good pamper session. The L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask smells amazing, makes my skin feel nice and is an affordable price. The thick, dark grey cream glides onto skin easily and dries without feeling uncomfortable, revealing a soft and more evenly toned complexion. I did notice that it dried out when the jar had about five uses left, so I am disappointed that I didn’t get through the entire thing. It’s a minor con, however, because the price is super reasonable – especially compared to some similar products sold at Sephora – and I can’t complain about that!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I think this was a point perk from Sephora and I have to say I’m glad I didn’t buy it myself. This may be a controversial comment, as it gets great ratings online, but I was just not a fan! While it was nice and gentle, it didn’t remove all of my makeup like it said it would. It’s OK to use as a second cleanser to rid my skin of leftover dirt and impurities, but it doesn’t quite match up to some other face washes I love (ahem: Philosophy Purity Made Simple). I’m also not fond of the scent (it tries to be cucumber-esque but fails miserably).

St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub

Speaking of scented products…this is one I do enjoy! It’s zesty and energizing, especially when used in the morning and just makes me feel happy whenever I use it. It’s got a good amount of grit to it without being painful and seems to brighten my complexion immediately. I have to admit that the scrubby little white bits can be a bit stubborn to wash away – often leaving me looking like I’ve just come out of the ocean, all salty and such – but a little extra time splashing water on my face or using a wet washcloth can remove the excess. I’m currently working on my second tube.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This product surprised me! It was an item I received when Birchbox still delivered to Canada, but I recently discovered that it is available online from the Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUEIn comparison to the St. Ives scrub I just mentioned, I actually prefer this one! Featuring Papaya Enzyme – a natural exfoliant and anti-aging ingredient – it makes my skin feel incredibly smooth, and I believe it also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots from scarred blemishes. It lacks the yummy scent I described above, but it definitely doesn’t smell bad! It’s also a little more harsh than what I am used to, so I only used it once or twice a week, but I appreciate the effectiveness. I could tell that it was actually doing something and making a difference.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

This stuff has basically become a fixture in my bathroom and I have lost track of the number of bottles I have used since it first hit shelves in drugstores across Canada a couple of years ago. As you can see, I finished both a full size and travel size version (actually two travel size versions…one didn’t make it to picture day) and I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying another bottle very soon. I like to refer to it as magical water, because it removes makeup without leaving any residue, despite not needing to be rinsed away. It’s perfect for travel, camping, gym days, sleepovers or late/lazy evenings.

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

I cringe at this product’s $40 price tag (I’m cheap, OK) but the cleansing oil is 100% worth it!! I haven’t yet, but I know I’ll be “investing” in a new bottle soon because I love it THAT MUCH! It breaks down all traces of makeup, while injecting moisture at the same time, and it truly saved my skin during the cold and dry winter months. It smells lovely (subtle and light…not overpowering) and is just a joy to use. As you can see, I also finished a full size and travel size version.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

I did enjoy using up this night cream, but I’m on the fence about whether or not to purchase it again. It is a very lightweight, gel consistency that feels cool and refreshing on the skin – perfect for sunburns – and the addition of “sleepscent” (orange flower, rose and sandalwood) is a nice, calming touch. But I feel like it’s not quite as satisfying as some other night creams I have tried, which tend to be thick and super hydrating. I’m just not sure if this product really did anything…at least nothing that knocked my socks off. I did like it, however, I’m eager to try something new and different. Hit me up with some suggestions!

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Mini

I fully credit this facial oil for saving my under eyes from looking like crocodile skin last year! I like that it is natural, organic and full of antioxidants that not only help to nourish the skin, but also prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It absorbs quickly and a few drops is really all it takes, so this tiny bottle lasted me quite a while!

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

I’m a huge fan of Deciem and have been using all of the products I hauled (here) religiously. This moisturizer, however, seemed to disappear far too quickly. It was extremely inexpensive at less than $6, and I used it every day during our trip to Europe, so I suppose I can’t complain too much…but it just didn’t wow me. I’ll probably end up going back to an old favourite (or maybe something new). Ps. Let me know if you’d be interested in an Ordinary Skincare update (spoiler: I’m loving the serums)!

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer

Back when my skin was giving me serious troubles, this moisturizer was a life savour. The scent was a little funky and took some time to get used to, but the cream really reduced my breakouts. It’s rich but not too thick and hydrated my skin without clogging my pores. My skin is finally cooperating so I don’t see the need to buy another bottle, but I also haven’t seen any in stores lately. I did buy it on super sale originally so perhaps it has been discontinued?

L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Even Moisturizer

Truth: I have another one of these that is also nearly empty. Actually, it’s my mom’s (she likes it too) but I started sneakily using hers when I ran out of my last moisturizer and she busted me the other day when she realized how quickly the product was disappearing. Now we are both blowing through the jar like it’s going out of style! It’s a great moisturizer…especially for dry skin! It is super rich and can take a little extra effort to rub in (unless you’re going for the white, sunscreen face look) but it really boosts hydration. It also targets dark spots and hyper pigmentation, including post acne marks and age spots to provide a brighter, more even skin tone. Plus the heavy glass jar makes it feel a little more luxurious and special (despite being from the drugstore).

Are you still with me? If you’ve made it this far, you get a giant gold star!!

I appreciate you reading today’s post and I hope these mini reviews were helpful. Next up: empty body and hair care goods. Be on the look out for that post coming soon!


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