Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great long weekend! I spent most of Saturday completing Influenster tasks for my COVERGIRL Vitalist Voxbox, but I also managed to get some shopping done. New jeans and shirts, yeah! Although I love to shop, I almost never find myself buying clothes. It’s all about the makeup! It just gives me so much more pleasure. And with that, here is an empties post for the month of August! Most of them are skin care, since I don’t typically go through makeup very fast. I just have so many products to choose from! However with skin care, I use mostly the same products every day.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer
Quick Take. This is a concealer that I really enjoy using on my under eyes. It’s on the more liquidy and hydrating side, therefore it doesn’t make my skin get all crinkly and dry. It also barely creased on me. When used to spot conceal, this concealer did strange things like move around and erase my foundation, so I wouldn’t recommend it for that. This concealer is very similar to the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer, however I think this one has better lasting power (if your eyes water or you cry it doesn’t wash away etc.).
Price. $35 CAD for 0.16 oz. The price of this concealer is such a rip off for the amount of product you get. In my Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer review I compare it’s price to this Naked one.
Would I repurchase? It’s really hard to say since I so despise the value. It’s way overpriced for the amount of product you get. No wonder this concealer ended up in an empties so quickly, there’s barely any product in it! Putting that aside though, I really like the formula of this concealer, and may purchase it again one day. I love the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer, but this one is more durable. Therefore, this Naked Skin one might be good to use selectively on days where you know you will need a concealer that is more waterproof (you know you will cry, having a watery eye day etc.). Then it might be worth the price.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
Quick Take. This mascara has a drier formula which I love. It allows you to build volume quickly and easily, while also adding length. The shade blackest black is also very black and pigmented. The only downside to this mascara seems to be that it dries out quicker than others I have used, mainly because the formula does start out on the drier side. I started noticing it not performing quite as well at the 3 month mark. If you want to read my full review on this mascara, you can find it here.
Price. Varies by retailer but between $10-15 CAD.
Would I repurchase? Absolutely and I already have. Even though this mascara dries out more quickly, the benefits far outweigh that negative. It’s also drugstore pricing so I’m not mad about having to buy it more often.
Origins Eye Doctor Moisture Care For Skin Around the Eyes
Quick Take. This eye cream has a consistency that is not too thin and not too thick. It works really well under makeup because it just melts in and absorbs into your skin very quickly. It has a nice cucumber smell, however it may be too strong for some people. The downside of this eye cream is that it did not help decrease my fine lines at all, which I am told are present because of dehydration. Therefore, this eye cream may not effectively hydrate the under eye enough. If you want to read my full review of this eye cream, you can find it here.
Price. $46 CAD for 0.5 oz. You can find a price comparison to other eye creams in my full review.
Would I repurchase? Yes, but not right away. I still haven’t discovered whether it is actually possible to find an eye cream that gets rid of or lessons my fine lines. If it is not possible, I may repurchase this eye cream again. In the meantime, I am searching for a new HG.
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Quick Take. This is a great gel moisturizer that effectively hydrates, without blocking pores. I like this moisturizer a lot, and it works well for my oily/combo/dry skin. Yes, it is quite a feat to find a moisturizer that can satisfy all those different skin types! View my full review of this product here.
Price. $19 CAD for 1 oz. One of these jars lasts me about a month. I buy the smaller size because it is the best value. To see all of the value comparisons, and a price comparison to other moisturizers, read my full review.
Would I repurchase? Yes and I already have. I have repurchased this moisturizer probably 4 times now, and will continue to do so.
Tatcha The Water Cream
Quick Take. I received this sample size from a Sephora point perk that I redeemed. This sample probably had around 6 uses in it (I tried to use this sparingly). This moisturizer is really interesting, in that it looks like a cream, but when you apply it and rub it in, the consistency turns into an almost watery texture. It doesn’t stay creamy. I didn’t really notice any dramatic effects, or anything that really wowed me, in terms of hydration. I used this moisturizer in place of my usual Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, and it didn’t really feel like it did a better job. It may not have even been as good as my Clinique.
Price. $82 CAD for 1.7 oz.
Would I purchase? Probably not. The exorbitant price does not match my experience with the sample size. It didn’t “wow” me, so I’m not going to pay a “wow” price.
The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel
Quick Take. This shower gel does its job. It cleans, slightly foams etc. The mango scent from the Body Shop is by far my favourite, and this shower gel lived up to all my other mango products. You can view my full review here.
Price. $10 for 8.4 oz. This is pretty inexpensive. You can view price comparisons to other shower gels here.
Would I repurchase? I don’t think so. There’s nothing wrong with this shower gel, other than that I think it took more product to get the same amount of lather that a Bath and Body Works Shower Gel gives. I’m on the hunt for a shower gel that also helps moisturize, and this is not that.
L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil
Quick Take. This cleansing oil is great for a pre-cleanser. I use this to break up my makeup prior to cleansing. This works really well to make sure that I get all of my makeup off. There are no cons to this product, other than it has a very simple purpose. There are other cleansing oils that can have extra benefits, like the Shu Uemera Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil, which is supposed to help clear pollutants from your skin as well. I haven’t tried this product, but I may in the future because I am curious about it.
Price. $28 CAD for 6.7 oz.
Would I repurchase? Yes and I already have. This works great, and it’s not too expensive. It also lasts a really long time (at least 3 months, if not longer), since I only use one pump every night.
Laneige Water Bank Serum
Quick Take. This serum does a good job of giving a deeper hydration to your skin. I think this is great if you use a very light moisturizer. It’s also great to use a serum like this on days where you use masks that are very drying (dry-down clay), just to really make sure that you are adding enough moisture back into your skin. However, now that I am using my Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, I don’t really feel like I need this serum. You can read my full review here.
Price. $46 CAD for 2 oz. If you want to see a price comparison to other serums, read my full review.
Would I repurchase? I don’t think so. I have already repurchased this product once, and it was great when I was using other light moisturizers. However, I’m at a point where I don’t feel like I need it anymore.
Those are all my empties for August! Have you used any of these products? Which are winners and which are losers for you?