I’ve really only started getting into makeup the last few months and I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin since I’m not a child anymore. I found it interesting that in once of the makeup related Facebook groups I’m in people posted pictures of their empty products. As I started reading more blogs I noticed that blogging and posting videos talking about the stuff you’ve used up is totally a thing. Here are my empties and thoughts on them from the past month.
Many of the products I finished this month were samples from beauty boxes and “free gifts with purchase” from past online orders. Some of the products I would buy again and others will not be repurchased because I’m phasing out products from companies that test on animals. The Facebook group I’m a part of uses Logical Harmony’s Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List as their standard, so I like to adhere to that for the most part and do extra research on my own.
Benefit POREfessional Face Primer (sample): This was a product I really wanted to try before I found out that Benefit is not cruelty free. I received it as a sample from an Ulta order. I don’t feel like it did much to minimize the appearance of my pores. The makeup on and around my nose got a little cakey by the end of the day and it usually doesn’t, so I’m thinking using this might have something to do with that. Will not purchase.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (sample, RV $49 for jumbo size): I’ve been using this product for years. I really love the formula. It has a nice silky texture and really seems to keep my makeup in place throughout the day. It is rather costly for something that you don’t even see. Smashbox also is not CF, so I’ve been testing out other primers. Still my favourite, but I will not be repurchasing.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream (sample): I don’t think I can really speak too much about this product. It advertises that it “fades dark spots in 8 weeks,” but you can’t really get that much use out of a sample this size. It was very light and smelled nice. Olay is not CF. Will not purchase.
Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Eau de Parfum (sample): I couldn’t even tell you when this sample came into my possession. I was going through the things under the bathroom sink and came across a number of perfume samples. This perfume has a heavy, spicy, floral scent. It’s actually quite lovely, but too strong for me. Will not purchase.
Clean and Clear Day Soft Oil-free Moisturizer with SPF 15 (sample): This is another super old sample. I used it when I ran out my Acure Day Cream, (mentioned later in this post). It smells just like sunscreen and is similarly creamy. The product took a little time to fully absorb into my skin. Overall it wasn’t bad, but also not something I loved. Will not purchase.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush (RV $5.99): I, like many other women, have discovered the magic that is dry shampoo. Batiste is a super affordable option and comes in many scents and and a couple different colours. This was the first product of theirs that I’ve tried. I don’t think it had much of a floral scent and like other dry shampoos I’ve used, it left a decent amount of white residue in my hair and on my scalp even after vigorous rubbing. Since buying this, I have purchased another one of their dry shampoos to try out. According to their packaging they are CF. I would buy from this brand again, just probably not this exact product.
Graydon Hair Smoothie (RV $2.50, Full size $25): I received this deluxe sample in my February 2016 Petit Vour Beauty Box. I enjoyed this product. I didn’t follow the instructions provided on the product card included with the box instructing users with fine hair to apply and immediately rinse, but I didn’t notice any weighing down of my hair the couple of times I used it. It feels so luxurious and smells like sage. I don’t know if I’ll purchase the full size of this product, but I was very happy to have tried it! Plus it’s vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty free.
Acure Day Cream (RV $16.99): This cream smells so much like orange. I found it to be rather thick for a day cream, especially one without sunscreen. Despite the thickness, it absorbs rather quickly and leaves the skin feeling very smooth. I may purchase this again after I use all the other day creams I have.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (RV $3.99): I recently re-discovered this hand cream in a box of lotions. It’s a very greasy, waxy cream. When I originally bought this product, I would wear it to bed with gloves on. It softened my hands over time, but it didn’t heal my super dry hand skin. Will not repurchase.
Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream (RV $15.99): I like Yes To products overall, so I was interested to try this product. It’s a beige cream. I didn’t really notice any dark circle correction, but I used to lessen the visibility of the circles on a no makeup day or as a layer under concealer. I bought this product on sale and would probably buy it again if I found a good deal on it.
Acure Night Cream (RV $14.99): I love this cream. It’s on the thicker side, (as a night cream should be), and absorbs quickly. It has a lavander-esque floral scent which I adore. I feel like this cream makes my skin very soft and supple. It’s well worth the price in my opinion. I’ve been using it for months and will continue to purchase.
The Jojoba Company Gentle Cleansing Balm (sample): I received this in my January 2016 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. It’s vegan and cruelty-free. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of this product, but I grew to like it more as I used it. It has a creamy consistency. I feel like it leaves a slightly oily residue on the skin, which considering the major ingredient, makes sense. I probably will not purchase.
S.W. Basics Mini Cream (RV $12): I received this in my January 2016 Petit Vour Beauty Box. Full disclaimer- many people who received this box were not happy with this product and Petit Vour even sent out e-mails explaining that due to the fresh ingredients used, the batch that we got in our boxes may have a very pungent scent. That said, I feel like the jar I had smelled like a dumpster. The cream itself was great. It was soft and the oils melted into my skin as I applied it. It made my skin feel super soft and silky. I would be wary about purchasing this cream again due to scent of my jar, but I did highly enjoy it.
Shea Radiance Black Soap Body Cleanser (RV $5 for this size): I got this soap in my March 2016 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and was so excited to have an excuse to use a black soap, (My boyfriend hates the smell of black soap, so I’ve stopped using it since we’ve been dating). This product smells so lovely and has a wonderful sudsy later. I felt so soft, clean, and pampered after using it. I would recommend this cleanser.
Benefit Fake-Up Hydrating Concealer in Light (RV $24): As I said previously in this post, Benefit is not cruelty free and I hate them for it! I’ve been using this concealer for years and I’m still using it because I cannot find a product I like more that doesn’t test on animals. This is honestly the most amazing concealer I’ve ever tried. The clear gel-cream surrounding the coloured part of the concealer makes for easy blending and keeps both your skin and the product from drying out. The Light shade is the perfect colour for my skin. I really wish the company would re-think their testing policies. Frustratingly, I will continue to buy this until I find something just as good.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals Sagga ‘Heavenly Realm’ 3-in-1 Facial Cleanser, Mask, Scrub (RV $8 for this size): I received this in the January 2016 Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. I used it mostly as a face mask mixed with a bit of water and once mixed into a face mask for a little extra exfoliation when the time came to wash it off. This product smells and feels like oatmeal and exfoliates quite well. I enjoyed this and would probably purchase it again after I use up the rest of my masks.
What products have you tried/used up recently that you have thoughts about? Any recommendations for new things to try?