Monday, July 28, 2014

Plenty of Empties Part I

Last time I posted an empties was back in April so I have a ton of empties. The bag was so full I had no choice but to do empties. I will be splitting this up into a few parts. I am projecting probably 4 posts... Have I really been gone that long???



 Hair and Body


Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo $3.00 - I mentioned this dry shampoo and how I use to be in love with it. Not anymore. I don't know if they reformulated it or I got a bad batch. It is very heavily scented and it leaves so much residue in your hair. I feel like I am spraying gunk into my roots. Maybe that is the keratin? I always need to wash it after I use this product. As for how well it works as a dry shampoo... it doesn't. Here is where I think I got a bad batch or they reformulated it. It does nothing to make my hair look less greasy. In fact it just looks like I over applied product. I still have another backup which I don't know if I would use.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

Secret Flawless Renewal Completely Clean Antiperspirant/Deodorant $5.00-7.00 - This was okay. Not the best antiperspirant but it did the job. I have to be careful because it does leave streaks on your clothes if I am not careful. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter - I love passion fruit anything. So I have been eyeing this body butter for the longest. I was not going to pay $20 for it. However when it went on sale (see post here) I was able to get my hands on it. I only use their body butters during the colder months because I don't like the sticky feeling during the warmer months. It isn't because it doesn't absorb well, more of its so long lasting if I happen to sweat... well its not a pleasant feeling.
Repurchase: Yes (If on sale)
Rating: Hurray

Bath and Body Works Honeysuckle Triple Moisture Body Cream - I love this scent and the body shops triple moisture body creams. They are thick and rich. The moisture level lasts till the next morning. If you find a scent you love, it will linger on your skin.
Repurchase: Yes (If on sale)
Rating: Hurray

Body Milk Edition Pink - I received this from the lovely Jacq. I absolutely love the scent of this. I lean towards fruity scents but something about this was very captivating. It wasn't the very moisturizing, I used it mostly for the scent. 
Repurchase: No 
Rating: Okay

The Skincare


Shiseido The Skincare Night Moisture Recharge - This was an okay product. I don't think it did anything particular for my skin. I didn't really like it. I mostly used it for my neck after a while. The packaging is beautiful. The white cap has a pearly iridescence, the bottle is a heavy glass bottle. This had the best pump I ever used in a product. I was able to get most of the product out, no scraping required.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel - I was recommended this when I went to a Sephora Master class on skincare. Sephora offer classes where they teach you about certain topics. There was one person there that was very knowledgeable. I never ask for help at Sephora anymore because I find their answers very rehearsed and I can tell when they just push for the popular items. However Marianne (I think that was her name) was very knowledgeable and she got along great. (She works at the Sephora in the Meat Packing District in NYC) Back to the product. I absolutely love this product. It says its a moisturizer but I find it more of a serum consistency. I used it day and night. Only downfall is I didn't realize I was finished with the product till it wouldn't pump anymore out. I hope to try other Boscia products soon.
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Hurray!

Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Night Gelly - Another wonderful gift from Jacq. I have always bee a fan of tea tree oil so I was ecstatic when I saw this. It is a very light gel type of night cream. I don't think it particularly did much for me. It wasn't moisturizing and my skin wasn't particular blemish free when I was using it. However the process was enjoyable. I will not be seeking this product out but it was nice while it lasted.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream - My esthetician recommended this to me. I really did like the texture. It is lightweight and moisturizing. I like to use this as the final step to my night time routine. I already repurchased and using my second jar.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!



Makeup Forever HD Foundation #117 - I can't remember how old this foundation but it is pretty old... I finished about 60% of it but I think it is time to retire this.  I did like this foundation. Compared to the Smashbox HD this one is 10x better in my opinion. It has a satin finish and looks like skin. It photographs well. It has medium buildable coverage. You definitely have to work with it in order to cover up blemishes and concealer is a must. I normally need 2-3 pumps to do my whole face. I was only using this for special occasions which is why I never finished it. If you were looking for a good special occasion foundation I would recommend this. I might repurchase in the future but for now I want to try something new.  
Repurchase: Maybe but I want to see what else is out there first....
Rating: Hurray!

Kevin BeautyMaker BB Cream - Another lovely gift from Jacq! This is a pink based BB cream. I used this as my everyday BB cream. It left my skin with a natural satin bordering on dewy finish. It had medium coverage. Though the lasting power on this wasn't great. It lasts about 4-5 hours and then I start to notice redness that I had originally covered up start peeking through. My face is about a shade darker than the rest of my body and when this is blended in it looks acceptable.  
Repurchase:Yes!
Rating: Hurray!

L'Oreal True Match foundation in W2 - Another probably too old foundation. I received this from a friend of mine because it was the wrong coloring for her. For the longest time I thought it was way too light for me too. It would be if I was matching it to my face. Fortunately I eventually learned your suppose to match foundation to your neck in which case this was perfection! The only down side to this foundation is the longevity. It only lasts about 3-4 hours before you see significant patching (at least I notice it) around my nose. I used it more in the winter which increases its longevity. If L'Oreal ever reformulates it to make it longer lasting I would definitely repurchase. 
Repurchase: No
Rating:Okay


Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On - I love this as much as I love the Lash Expander Frame Plus. It does everything I want a mascara to do. Lengthen, volumize, hold a curl like no other. A M A Z I N G! I am going to put this on rotation between Expander Frame Plus and this I am set! 
Repurchase:Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail!
 
Majolica Majorca Lash King - I had this on my wish list and my friends family happened to be in Taiwan for the summer and her brother picked this up for me! I was sorely disappointed in this mascara. It does lengthen and volumize but it does nothing in the curl department. 
Repurchase: No
Rating:Okay

Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Fiber In - I wanted this mascara primer to make my other failure mascaras work. This makes any mascara hold a curl and lengthen. I have to be very thorough when I used this and make sure the mascara I am using covers up the white base. It is very apparent white that can lead to an embarrassing conversation.....
 Repurchase:Yes!
Rating: Hurray!

MAC Liquid Last - I've gone through numerous of these little guys. My absolute holy grail eyeliner. It isn't for everyone. But if your main concern is your eyeliner smudging or wearing off then this is for you. 
Repurchase:Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail!

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl - Pretty sure this came from a BirchBox. it is old and needs to be tossed out. I remember it being very dewy and very shimmery. They are very fine shimmer but it when used all over your face it gives off a glistening sheen kind of like a pearl. Sounds lovely but not when it is happening on your face. The product is as described, I haven't used it as a primer but since this is suppose be a one step kind of product but I can see how it might work. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

White Deco Nail Polish - I am not particular to any specific brand. This one did the job fine. I usually purchase whatever white detailed polish is available and affordable. 
Repurchase: Yes but not specific to this brand
Rating:Hurray

Stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in peacock - Another Birchbox item. I used this liner a few times but I noticed the cap exploded. Probably expanded due to heat? No idea how that happened since it lives in a cool dry place. The pencil no longer twists up and dried out so in the trash it goes. From what I remember, the eyeliner doesn't smudge but i does fade and after a few hours on my lower lash line it sort of disappears. I won't be looking for any other liners in this line. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

Duo Lash Glue - I haven't used any other lash glue and I don't wear lashes enough to say this is good or bad. I think its sort of a hassle because I cannot apply this straight from the tube without over applying too much glue. I didn't finish this but the product started to separate so in the trash it goes! I have my eye on the Revlon lash glue in the tube with a wand. 
Repurchase: No (There are so many choices out there)
Rating:Okay

My brain has gone numb from not blogging for so long. Need to take a break... See you in Part II! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Discoveries - Trader Joe's Matcha Green Tea Latte

I love Trader Joe's. Mostly because they have my favorite wrap. Habanero Lime wraps. They have a nice kick but are not overwhelming. Absolutely Delicious. However this post isn't about wraps this post is about this new product I saw at Trader Joe's. Their house brand Match Green Tea Latte mix. 

 

I am fairly certain this is a new product since it was in the new products section of my local Trader Joe's. If you are a fan oh Starbucks Green Tea Lattes but not a fan of the price tag, this is for you!



Not granted it isn't as good as the real thing but it comes very close. Once you open the container you get a whiff of sweet green tea goodness.

The powder is very fine and dissolves instantly in hot water. It says 3 tablespoons of mix with 6 oz of water. That is a lot for barely one cup of water. If you using the good match powder, you would barely need a teaspoon. I don't measure when I make my drink i just toss in a few spoonfuls and then add as much water as I want to drink. I never had an issue of the powder not dissolving or it clumping up at the bottle of my mug like traditional matcha powder.



Now I have attempted to make my own matcha green tea latte at home and lets just say I went to reload my Starbucks card afterwards....

The mix is sweet, maybe a little too much for my tastes but not unbearably so. It has a bunch of funny ingredients but I think it is to ensure it flavor of steamed milk.

I have tried this both hot and the iced versions as per instructions. The iced version still had a good amount of sweetness but the green tea flavor was muted. With any beverage you just need to find the sweet spot. The container recommends 3 tablespoons but I might do more or less or add more or less ice depending on how I like my drink.


I really love my latest Trader Joe's find. I keep this can at the office. Since you do need a lot when your making a cup, I can't see it would last all that long however I also think it is comforting to know I won't have it sit in the pantry for too long. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Holy Moly! Tony Moly!

So an old high school friend of mine was coming back from Korea and she was nice enough to buy me a couple of Tony Moly things. I did see a store in Singapore but the prices were outrageously high so I jumped at the chance. 

I sent her a list and these are the items she did manage to find. 


Backstage Double Eyes Gel Liner in Purple


Double Needs Pang Pang Mascara


Wonder Water Moisture Cream


Red Appletox Honey Cream
Appletox Smooth Passage Peeling Cream


I know I love the red appletox honey cream but everything else I have yet to try. I am super excited, I wanted to get more items from this brand for a while now. I hope you will check it out too! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Up to Date Empties

It's been months since I did my last empties (And frankly weeks since I took these pictures) so this is going to be a long post! 

I divided the bottles into different categories. 

Body and Misc!


Crabtree and Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander hand cream - one of my favorite hand creams. It is very light so if you were looking for something more moisturizing then it might not be for you. However if you dislike heavy hand creams and want something light and absorbs fast check out Crabtree and Evelyn!
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!

Crabtree and Evelyn Body lotion - I got this from one a hotel I was staying at. It was my favorite Crabtree scent so I snagged it! It was okay. It didn't moisturize enough for me as a body lotion but I love the scent. Do any one you take hotel toiletries? xD
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Monistat Chafing Relief Power-Gel- My friend gave me this because she wasn't using it. The reason why she purchased it was to prevent ingrown hairs. I am assuming it didn't help or she wouldn't have given it to me. I was using it to prevent the dreaded inner thigh rub. I applied it every time I wore a dress (which was everyday last summer) between my thigh area. It did what it said it would for a few hours and then dissipates. I liked this product but I want to look for something more long lasting. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Kirkland Multi-Purpose Contact Solution - My go to contact solution. I have tried the others including Bio-True, ReNu, Opti-Free and complete and I honestly cannot tell the difference so I use this the cheap stuff. I go through a lot of contact solution so I don't feel bad when its inexpensive. It says its made by the ReNu. Kirkland is Costco's house brand, a membership wholesale store that sells various items in bulk.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion - Also a bulk item purchase from Costco. I used a few of these before. One of my favorite moisturizers. It is light and moisturizing enough for my entire body. In the winters I prefer to use a thicker cream but for the normal months this is the best non scented lotion I that I've come across. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant - This has been in numerous empties posts. My favorite deodorant.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray

The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter - I love The Body Shops body butters. They are thick and moisturizing and smell delicious if you find the right scent. They are heavily scented so make sure you find one you like. I really loved the papaya one so I was using it sparingly. It was limited edition but sometimes they bring it back. I would never pay full price for a body butter. They are priced at $20 full price. I usually wait till year end when they go on sale for $5 and go crazy! This was from the batch I purchased last January. (See Haul) I really loved this scent. I would repurchase again next year if they re-release it. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray



Juice Beauty Blemish Be Gone - It is totted as an organic blemish treatment. I purchased it a while ago. Back in 2012 so I am glad I am finally done with it (Haul here) A portion of the product leaked out during a flight which I admit did aid in me finishing the tube. Did the product work? I keep hoping it would.. If it did speed up the process I have to say I didn't notice. I also found the roller ball unsanitary. I noticed buildup on the edges and also if your applying a roller ball on a pimple and it rolls around... then your infecting the product on the tube right? *shudders* Also I felt it didn't dispense enough product. I would have to roll it over and over and over again before I got product to come out. It had a nice scent however I don't think it is an effective product. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: No Way

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum - I got a sample if this in a Birchbox and I loved it that I purchased the full size. I think the serum has a very nice consistency and is oddly moisturizing. It kind of hoped it was working but it isn't something you can't really tell if its working because its suppose to prevent things from working. When I did have breakouts, it didn't speed up the process and I did notice during when I was breaking out consistently this product didn't help. It was a nice product while I had it but not something I would recommend. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Sunscreen - I used this as my daytime moisturizer and when I forget to use sunscreen I don't feel so bad since this has SPF in it. It was a little greasy for me but I think its the sunscreen in the product. It was an okay product but I found something I like more.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Bright Expert Serum - I got this as a GWP and I thought it was okay. It smells like typical perfumed skincare and does then to linger on the skin. The product itself was nothing amazing. I didn't notice a brightening effect. It is very light serum and absorbs quickly. I wouldn't purchase a full size. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Visionnaire - More GWP from Lancome. I much prefer Genifique over Visionaire. Visionaire is a milky serum, light serum. It leaves a tackiness to the skin. I can't necessarily say what I didn't like about it, only that it didn't feel like $90 serum. I am glad I got these samples to try as I was very intrigued by the serum and it saved me the money from purchasing it. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Clarins Multi-Active Serum - I have a couple of Clarins products in my daily routine so I thought I would like this serum. I can say it didn't impress me. It was nice and left the skin with a light iridescence. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

L'Oreal Lash Serum - This has appeared in empties post before. This is the only lash serum I've ever tried. I doesn't lengthen your lashes or perform miracles but it does strengthen them. I find with continual use my lashes are healthier looking and I lose less of them. The problem is I forget to continually use it....
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray



Bath and Body Works Citrus Blue Berry Pocket Bac - I got this as a party favor a while back. I don't particularly like the Pocket Bacs from Bath and Body Works because I find the scent overwhelming. This one although still heavily scented was enjoyable. Most of the Pocket Bacs I've smelled tend to be very girly and floral and overly fruity. It all comes down to personal preference. For me this came in very handy on the go but I would not repurchase this scent. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Oral-B Dental Floss - I don't particular have any preference to dental floss, just for it to be without wax. I think this one was on sale and I did enjoy using it. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Colgate Total Dental Floss - A mini dental floss I got from my dentist. It was okay. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Clarisonic Brush heads - I have two types of brush heads, the sensitive and the delicate brush head. I will do a more detailed review in the future.
Repurchase: Sensitive Yes. Delicate No.
Rating Okay


Wet n' Wild silent treatment trio - a pretty trio that is famous on YouTube and the blogger world. I personally liked the taupe shade which is reminiscence of my favorite eyeshadow, NYX ........ After that shade shattered I decided to toss this. I won't reach for the other two shades in this trio and I have similar colors in other palettes. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Sephora mineral foundation - I bought this ages ago finally used this up. I was using this daily during the later half of 2013. I loved the short wide container. It gave ample room for me to swirl my brush into the cap. I did tap up half the holes so it would not dispense too much product. It lasted a good 4-5 hours on my skin. I would have to blot my nose dying lunch but I have always had this issue. It offers a medium coverage and doesn't cake up on the skin. I have noticed that it does transfer and isn't sweat resistant. (Though it never mentioned it was capable of having these properties, I think it's important in any base product.) Unlike most mineral foundations this one didn't have any SPF.   A little bit of product goes a long way. It is a good everyday foundation but I prefer my bare minerals matte over this one.
Repurchase: No (Discontinued)
Rating: Okay

ELF SPF 45 sunscreen - this is my second container of this. I didn't finish it because you get a lot of product for the $6 price tag. I have a review of the product here. If you have pink undertones I think this product would be amazing. I love that it a powder sunscreen instead of the liquid. In the summer you want to use products that won't leave a shine on your skin and most liquid sunscreens have that issue. However if your yellow toned like I am, this will give your face a very obvious pink cast in natural light. Pink face as yellow neck is not a good combination. I want to continue trying out other forms of powder sunscreen. Hopefully I will find my holy grail product.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Mac Liquid Last - My Holy Grail Eyeliner. I absolutely love this stuff! It does get clumpy in the tube after a while but it will not fade and doesn't wear off or smudge... love it. 
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail


Organic Zone Pomegranate Peeling Gel - Just your average peeling gel. I didn't really finish this bottle even though I probably had it for WAY too long. I think it is about at the end of it's shelf life. I purchased it at this little boutique my mom likes to go to for her beauty essentials. I personally never heard of this brand before. I might purchase a different peeling mask at some point down the line but for right now I am focusing on reducing my stash.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - It took me 2 years.. (maybe more) to finish this! Why? It was just meh. I am not a fan of lotion type makeup removers. I feel like it gets in my eyes and blurs my vision. It doesn’t by any means sting, it is more of an annoyance. I also think it is hard to spread this on your cotton pad and when you apply it to your eyes you need to rub more than you would a dual phase remover. I usually squirt this into a small pot and I saturate a cotton swab with the product and run it along my lash line to remove any residual makeup. For that I think it works well. I much prefer the MUFE Sens’eyes to this. The Neutrogena is definitely more affordable but the Sens’eyes is more effective with minimal effort.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Lancome Bi-Facil - I feature this is almost every empties
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail


Batiste Dry Shampoo – After using this product I believe in the hype of it. I consider myself a dry shampoo connoisseur. I have frustratingly oily hair and dry shampoo is a staple for me. I hear this talked about a lot in the U.K. and how amazing it is. I didn’t believe till I used it myself. Now granted it won’t perform miracles but it does freshen up your mane. I find that a lot of dry shampoos tend to gunk up my hair. I have very fine Asian black hair and a lot of dry shampoos within a few hours makes my hair look greasy AND gunky. This one didn’t It did absorb some of the oil and my hair did appear presentable enough where I didn’t feel self-conscious about my hair during the workday. I would recommend this as one of my favorite low-end dry shampoos.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!

Psssst! Dry Shampoo: I tried this in the past and I remember really liking it. I saw this mini size in Bed Bath and Beyond and decided I needed it. It's small compact size is great for travel! When I ran out of the Batiste I needed a new dry shampoo but didn't like any of the ones I had on hand. So I was using this baby. I have since finished it up and purchased a full size. I also bought another mini to keep for travels. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Hurray!

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment - I have this is my last empties. You can read the review here. My thoughts in a nutshell. I love this stuff, it is my holy grail and only treatment I use.
Repurchase: Yes!
Rating: Holy Grail


Phew! Last two things!

Nail Deco in Silver Glitter - I only know how to do 1 nail design and the silver glitter fine brush polish is a requirement. I don't particularly have a brand that I need to have. I just need something in a silver glitter.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay

Sally Hansen insta-Dry Speed Drops: I bought this on clearance and I stocked up! I think I had a total of 4 of these. I gave some away to friends so I only have one bottle left. It reminds me of my favorite OPI brand drying drops. These takes a few extra minutes compared to the OPI but I paid less that $2 for a bottle of these. Can't beat that since the OPI one is $15 i think and half the size. I am curious to try their top coat. Maybe when I finish some of the ones I have laying around I will try that one.
Repurchase: Discontinued
Rating: Okay

So it took me.... 4 months to finish this post. Yes I am very ashamed. All I can say is life got in the way of blogging. I have a whole slew of new empties so keep an eye out for that. Hopefully I will finish that post before July..... 

Monday, January 27, 2014

I couldn't afford the real thing....

I'm back and with a new series! Manicure Mondays! 

I was browsing my box of nail polishes for my next manicure color when something shiny caught my eye. 

It was Revlon's Gold Coin.


This is not a typical Ari nail color. I received this polish from Jacq. 


Having said it is not an Ari color... I found two other bottles in a similar color.... 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Up to Date Empties

So... I went to look and I haven't done an empties post in almost half a year.... D=

How that is possible (Cough laziness Cough) I have no (yes I do) idea. 

So I thought I would get on my lazy butt and do a catch up post. 




Colgate Optic White Toothpaste - This is my new go to toothpaste. Not because it tastes good or anything. It does whiten your teeth. About one or two shades the different isn't dramatic but it is definitely noticeable. I've always wanted white teeth but due to bad dental hygiene in my younger years I have to work that much harder now. Kids remember to brush your teeth!!!
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Okay 


Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment - This is my new Holy Grail deep conditioner. I love this stuff. It makes my truly soft and doesn't have any silicone in it like most conditioners do. Now this compared to my old favorite the Aussie 3 minute miracle, this doesn't have AS soft of a silky feel however the Aussie coats your hair with silicone and this one I feel really hydrates your hair. I only put this on my ears downward and I use a volumizing conditioner on my roots. 
Repurchase: Yes (Almost done with another one 2 more backups!)
Rating: Holy Grail


Lancome Bi-Facil - A staple in my empties post. These are the minis that come with GWP. I still have a few to go through. 
Repurchase: No (The full size is too expensive)
Rating: Yay!


The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Body Butter - If you like Rose scents you will love this. I however am not a huge fan. I bought it during the end of the year sale (Haul here) and I am slowly going through them. It is lighter than the typical Body Butters from The Body Shop. I liked it but I won't buy it again. The scent is strong and unless they are doing the $5 promotion I probably won't be picking up anymore.
 Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant - This pops up in my empties every few months. My favorite deodorant in the world. If you have a problem with over productive sweat glands this is your solution! It is on the priceier side when compared to other deordorants but I love it. I am willing to venture out and try the Dove Clinical strength once I run out of back ups. 
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Holy Grail


Nexcare Acne Dressing - I heard about this from MszJackieChu and I thought this would be such a miracle product! I requested a pack from Jacq and I loved it! She sent me a new box of goodies which I will post soon that has more of these <3 nbsp="" p="">

A little more about this product. If you have a pimple that already has the white puss part showing you slap this on overnight (or for a few hours) and it will suck out the white part. So instead of you popping the pimple and leaving a scar, this will get the dirt out and in a few days your skin will be completely healed! Love it!
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Holy Grail


Boscia Peppermint Oil Absorbing sheets and a freebie pack of oil absorbing sheets from Nexcare product above - Some people love the Boscia Blotting sheets, I am not one of them. I bought them when they were going on for $5 a pack at Sephora a few Christmas'es ago and they are just okay. I don't think they are too oil absorbing nor do they do a great job at blotting away the shine. I much prefer the Clean and Clear ones. Heck even the freebie pack was better! 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay


Caudalie Lip Conditioner - My friend swears by this. However the bullet has broke in half for her dude to heat. I personally have never had this problem but I don't carry mine in my purse. This is strictly my nighttime lip balm. At first I didn't like the consistency. The bullet was very stiff and it didn't glide as easily as most moisturizing lip balms go. Almost like how some lip balms almost melt when they hit your lips this does not feel that way. There are positives to this, I find the product lasts longer because your not wasting extra product and packing on product on your lips. It does seem last all night and when I wake up in the morning, my lips still feel moisturized. Granted I still need to reapply some lip balm in the morning but it is a wonderful product nonetheless. I think this would definitely be in my top 3 lip balms of all time. However seeing as how this is $12 a stick, this is more of a spluge product for me. There are other lip balms that I like for 1/3 of the price.
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Yay!

Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Eye Treatment - I bought this on a whim, this is the full size eye treatment by Elizabeth Arden. I don't think it did anything. It was very light and absorbed fairly quickly. Nothing special in my opinion. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser - I always wanted to try this cleanser and I received this in a BirchBox back in January 2012. (Post here) I finally got around to it. I remember Lisasz09 mention the full size lasted her over a year so I was looking forward to see how long this little sample would last me. This 1oz sample gave me a good 2 months of use which I think is about average for a sample cleanser. As for the product itself, I thought it was just okay. I don't see any difference in my skin. It does foam up a bit in my Clarisonic which is good but not overly so. I can't really say it balanced out my skin because my skin has been super temperamental the last year. I might end up buying a full size at some point just to retry this product in the future. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay

Naruko AmPm super triple HA skin hydrator - This was an okay product. I liked the consistency but didn't think it did much for my skin. It is more of a "filler" step. I might try more from the AmPM line in the future.
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Befine Exfoliating Cleanser with Brown Sugar, Sweet Almond and Oats - (Product names are getting too long...) Another item I got from a BirchBox. I think I got this back in late 2011... I don't use this often but I do love this exfoliating cleanser. It basically is a brown sugar cleanser and melts and you rub it in. I love that it isn't to harsh for a physical exfoliater. If your a regular user of scrubs this will be too gentle for you. For me this is perfect. I hope to pick up a full size soon.
Repurchase: Yes
Rating: Yay!  

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector - I didn't like this. I know a lot of people rave about this but I might prefer Genifique over Visionaire. This is a creamy lotion consistency serum and is a little too heavy for my skin. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

Lancome Genifique - I love the consistency and results from this serum. It has a gel texture that I am very fond of in my serums and absorbs quickly and yet not to the point where you felt like you didn't put anything on. I am considering buying a full size of this when I spot a good sale or GWP. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Yay

Avon Lavender Cuticle Oil - I don't even want to think about how old this product is. I purchased it back in my early college days. I do love the pen dispenser because it keeps my fingers clean. Usually with cuticle oils you have to stick your finger in it and rub it on your fingers. I just apply it directly to my cuticles. The product was okay, it did its job but wasn't anything amazing. I am pretty sure it is discontinued. I would look for another cuticle oil that has a similar dispenser in the future. 
Repurchase: Discountined
Rating: Okay

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - Another Birchbox sample (I am really going through my minis!) I was happy to receive this little pot of joy. The jar was made of glass which impressed me considering it was a sample. It has a balm texture hence the name. The product was lovely however like most eye creams I am not sure if it did anything for me. I did like using it and the small pot lasted me a few months. 
Repurchase: Maybe
Rating: Okay


Netrogena Oil-free Cleansing Wipes in Grapefruit - I bought these to use at the gym. They were okay. They stung slightly but that didn't really bother me. The scent however is really strong! It permeated through my bag. It wasn't necessarily a bad smell just very strong. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Nay

Too Face Shadow Insurance - It takes me a year to get through a tube and this one took me longer than usual since I wasn't wearing eye shadow as often. This is my favorite eye base because of the squeeze tube packaging. Very hygienic and you can use all the product. I am going through all my mini eye bases and I will probably go back and repurchase this. 
Repurchase: Yes but not yet
Rating: Yay

Eyebrow Shaver - These things are a life changer. I absolutely love them! I am not particular to a brand but I think these are my favorite. I picked this up in a three pack at a Pathmark supermarket and I have no idea what the brand is. (I know I owe you a Pic tutorial Carol! I promise I will do it!!... eventually.... ^^)

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Futti - Finally I finished a lipstick! I have a review of this here! In short, it was nice but not as great as everyone raves and I would not buy again. 
Repurchase: No
Rating: Okay

Went through a few face masks. I try to remember to use them, most of the time I just forget.... 


Phew! I finally finished writing this post! I been really slacking with this empties. I think it took me... 3 weeks (=O) to finish this post in which I now have a new set of empties to write about. I do love reading empties and writing empties posts. I just need to not let my bag of empties get too out of hand... 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Never Buy at Full Price

A Quick Haul.

I needed something to take off my makeup before I went to the gym and I was looking for some wipes. Simple and easy right? 

So I went onto Nouveau Cheap's weekly drugstore beauty sales roundup. Rite Aid was doing BOGOs on some brands so I decided to head down and pick up some things. 

I had to go to two Rite Aids to find these items in stock but it was well worth it. 

Simple Wipes - No idea if they are any good but I heard good things about the brand, most memorable was from Liz from Beauty Reductionista

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner - If I ever finish writing my empties post.. (Its coming along) you would know this is my favorite conditioner. 

Best of all both of these items were BOGO. Buy one get one free. 

I love sales. ^^




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