The Empties

I don’t know about you guys, but I always get this weird satisfaction after finishing an entire product or using something to its very end. It also means that I’ve probably made a pretty solid opinion on those things, so I wanted to share some of those “empties” and some of my thoughts about them. I’ve also included some links for each of the products mentioned. Because I’ve been excited about experimenting with skincare recently, that’s where we’ll start.

// SKINCARE 

my-skincare-empties

Mario Bedescu Facial Spray – 4 oz, $7

Okay, there’s definitely a reason this gets so much hype. One spritz of this stuff and I felt like a million bucks, no joke. My favorite part is that the mist is so fine and sprays out so evenly unlike some other facial mists I’ve used before. I went through this baby (small size) in a little less than 3 months, but I have no regrets. I probably won’t be repurchasing right away because it didn’t perform any miracles on my skin per se, but when that next direct deposit hits, I might have to treat myself.

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty – 4.4 oz, $14.95

You’re probably sick of seeing this product in everyone’s “skincare essentials”, but I decided to try this hyped up mask for the first time almost a year ago and after the first use, my skin looked so much more balanced. I have sensitive skin, and while I do get a slight tingling sensation from the treatment, it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I’ve since repurchased the larger tub of this mask and still have yet to finish that (even though I’m sure it’s way past expired by now…). Long story short, I really do like this mask, but I may consider trying something new once I run out just for the sake of experimenting with different products. Time to branch out.

Simple Skin Micellar Cleansing Water – 13 oz, $10.99

I have used sooo many different products to remove my makeup, but nothing has ever worked as beautifully as this baby. My skin is really sensitive and most effective makeup removers end up being way too harsh for my face. This micellar water is a game-changer. It’s incredibly gentle, yet somehow manages to take off my heavy eye makeup like it’s nothing. It doesn’t leave any residue behind either! Compared to other micellar waters, I truly think this is a steal. I am fully committed to this micellar water. You can find Simple Skincare at most drugstores, grocery stores, and Target I believe.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner – 7 oz, $15

After using this stuff, I am such a huge advocate for incorporating Vitamin E into your skincare regime. As far as most toners go, this is a great option.  However, I will not be repurchasing this product because I have since discovered the beauty of alcohol-free toners (Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner – $10.95). That being said, I would still give this toner from The Body Shop a big thumbs up.

// MAKEUP & FRAGRANCE

makeup-and-fragrance-empties

Maybelline Fit Me Set + Smooth Pressed Powder – $7.99

Primarily used this to set my concealer/foundation (my face gets super shiny when I don’t), but I also found that this was nice as a powder foundation for when I didn’t need much coverage. I definitely would recommend this product to others and may repurchase it, but only for colder months as it tends to wash me out a bit.

Cheapest eyebrow gel on the market and I can honestly say that it does the trick. I’m not quite sure how it compares to more expensive options in regards to finish and staying power, but I’m a big fan. I’ve repurchased this an endless amount of times already and will without a doubt continue to do so.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown – $23

Comparing this to the original Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil ($21) is tough because they really are both great, but for different reasons. After this, I went back to the Brow Wiz because I wanted to make thinner, more feathery strokes to give my brows a more natural look. If you’re someone who likes to use bold lines when defining your brows, the brow definer is probably more up your alley. Different strokes for different folks, right? The thicker, triangular pencil makes creating the brow shape much easier. You also get slightly more product with the definer pencil.

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette – 1 oz, $56

I told myself that this fragrance was going to be My Signature Scent. It seemed mature, yet still light and floral. I even sprayed it on myself a few times before finally purchasing. Despite my best efforts, I still found that I got sick of it after a while. I can’t rule out buying it again at some point down the road, but I think that if I did I would spring for the Eau de Parfum, because I found this would wear off quite quickly on me.

VS Travel Size Moroccan Coconut Mimosa Spray (discontinued?)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this is still selling online and I’m pretty sure I bought this during the spring/summer of last year. It was an impulse buy because I was in desperate need of a new fragrance and I didn’t know which perfume I wanted to invest in next. Enter, cheap Victoria’s Secret travel perfume. It did the trick just fine.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette – 0.8 oz, $57

I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this fragrance. I remember smelling it in a magazine and immediately thinking I needed it for the upcoming summer. Once I had it, I realized it didn’t actually smell that amazing on my skin. Actually, it smelled cheap and reminded me a lot of this PINK body spray I had in high school. It also didn’t last more than an hour on me. This is definitely one of my least favorite fragrances that I’ve tried so far. I can say with confidence that I won’t be repurchasing this in the future.

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…and it’s all finished! There really is something so exciting about using a product to its very last drop. Leave a comment below if you have any thoughts about the products I mentioned above or if you have any new & exciting products to share!

Have a great week.

with love,

Jen