Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well. You can go ahead and add me to the list of people who “can’t believe it’s October already!”, cause I can’t! However, I love love love the fall, and moving into October only signals that the weather is going to turn more fall-like. September was a beautiful month here in southern BC, Canada. We had a ton of sun, with temperatures usually above 20 degrees celsius. But it is becoming more and more noticeable that the weather is beginning to turn. In fact, as I am writing this now, this is the first time that I have felt cold in my suite in months. Time to start using the heat! Or just load on the blanket scarves 😉
And with that, here is an empties post for the month of September!
Sephora Collection Argan Hand Mask
Quick Take. I bought this hand mask at a time where I was having some irritation on one of my hands. I thought that it was due to dryness, but who really knows. I have chronically dry hands, likely because I have to work with seawater in my lab (If you don’t know, I’m an MSc Biology student who studies marine snails). This hand mask comes with one pair of gloves that have a plastic outside and a cotton lining on the inside. The cotton lining has the argan solution absorbed in it. The gloves fitted relatively well and were handy (all the puns) because you could still use your hands to touch things without getting the solution everywhere. It didn’t have a whole lot of serum absorbed in it, but my hands did feel hydrated afterwards. I’m not sure how long the hydrated effect lasted, but I think that it helped the irritated patches that were on one of my hands.
Price. $8 CAD
Would I repurchase? I think yes. It’s a nice once in a while treat, especially if you are having a really bad bout of dryness. Why not treat yourself?
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 am waiting for it in the mail! I have repurchased this moisturizer probably 5 times now, and will continue to do so.
The Body Shop Mango Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub
Quick Take. This is a good body scrub. It is mostly chunky sugar, with some oils in it, so it does a great job of exfoliating. It leaves your skin with a bit of an oily film, but that doesn’t bother me because that’s just further hydration for my constantly dehydrated skin. Be careful after use though, your shower will be slippery! I have almost bailed a couple of times lol. Death by sugar scrub 😂
Price. $22 CAD.
Would I repurchase? I think that this product is a good staple, however it wasn’t really anything special. If I am buying a bunch of products again at the Body Shop in the future, and they have the “Buy 3, Get 3” sale going on, I would choose this as a free item.
Freeman Beauty Infusion Hydrating and Revitalizing Sheet Masks
Quick Take. These sheet masks were a great find at Walmart! These masks fitted and adhered well on my face and felt very hydrating. They also didn’t make me break out! The best thing about these masks is that after the serum has dried down/set on your face, your face doesn’t feel tight! When the serum does dry down feeling tight, I am highly suspicious that there aren’t the best ingredients in that serum, and ultimately that the mask is cheap in quality. Just because it’s affordable in price doesn’t mean the quality should be cheap! I liked both of these masks, however I didn’t really notice a difference between them.
Price. ~$3.50 at Walmart. They are sold at different retailers (Sally’s, Ulta), but Walmart is the most affordable retailer I have found for these masks. Such a good price for a sheet mask!!!
Would I repurchase? Yes, 100 times yes. These are my new go to affordable sheet masks.
Sephora Collection Pearl and Rose Face Masks
Quick Take. These two sheet masks were similar to the Freeman ones in many ways.
- They fitted and adhered well to the skin.
- They didn’t dry down tight.
- They both left my skin feeling hydrated.
- I couldn’t really tell a difference between them. The brightening pearl mask might take consistent use to see an actual change in skin brightness.
Price. $8 CAD.
Would I repurchase? I don’t think so since they really didn’t feel different from the Freeman masks, and those are less than half the price. I think that these are too expensive for a one use mask.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Quick Take. This is currently my HG foundation. It’s semi-matte, but luminous. It wears so well through the day, and is bullet-proof through exercise. You can read my full review of this foundation here.
Price. $6.99-12.99 CAD. The price varies by retailer. The most inexpensive I have found it is on sale at Shopper’s and London Drugs periodically. When full price, London Drugs is the cheapest and Shopper’s is the most expensive (no surprise there).
Would I repurchase? Yes yes yes yes.
Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray
Quick Take. I did not like this setting spray, despite the fact that I finished it. It always made my nose look weird and shiny immediately after use. Isn’t this setting spray supposed to be mattifying? It also made my under eyes, and sometimes my eye lids, tingle, which makes me think that there is a concerning amount of alcohol in this product. Ultimately, this setting spray didn’t control my oil at all, and I’m not sure that it lengthened the wear of my makeup. Its one redeeming feature is that it had a really fine mist. You can read my full review of this product here.
Price. $28 CAD.
Would I repurchase? No, it fulfilled none of my needs, and it’s not easily accessible since I have to order it online.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water for Dry and Sensitive Skin
Quick Take. This was the first micellar water I have used and it worked well. However, I will have to admit that I never used it on its own to remove my makeup. I only used this after washing my face to make sure that I removed all traces of makeup. It didn’t irritate or dry out my skin.
Price. $7.99 CAD at London Drugs.
Would I repurchase? Yes, although it’s a step in my cleansing routine that isn’t necessary if I am using a toner, which I am right now. However, it was a good and effective product.
L’Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Quick Take. I have been using this eye makeup remover for as long as I have been wearing makeup. That is almost 14 years……. YIKES! This makeup remover is great because it doesn’t cause eye irritation and gets off all of my eye makeup, with the exception of waterproof mascara. And that’s fine, because it’s not meant to remove waterproof makeup. The best part about this makeup remover is that it doesn’t leave any oily film on your skin. If I have to use a waterproof makeup remover because of waterproof mascara, I will follow up with this one to get rid of any oily residue.
Price. ~$8 CAD at Walmart, $12-13 elsewhere.
Would I repurchase? YES! For the rest of my life if they let me. Although, you never know when they will discontinue things!
Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray
Quick Take. I received this deluxe-sized sample at the Urban Decay Birthday Bash event. I have actually gotten quite a few samples of this spray, and I’m working on another one right now. It is a really nice spray. I love the way it smells. I spray it on before or after applying skincare. However, I’m not sure if it actually has any beneficial effects other than feeling nice.
Price. The full size is $40 CAD.
Would I purchase? I don’t think so, since $40 is too expensive for something that feels nice, but doesn’t seem to give results. Love the samples though!
Tony Moly I’m Real Lotus (Luminating) and Green Tea (Skin Purifying) Sheet Masks
Quick Take. These sheet masks fit well on the face but were absolutely SOPPING with serum. Like too much. This made it so that they would slip on your face and not adhere that well. I suppose I could have squeezed out some of the serum, so potentially user error right there. Both masks seemed pretty hydrating, however I’m pretty sure the Lotus one made me break out the next day. They were kind of like standard sheet masks, so good.
Price. $6 USD for a set of 2.
Would I repurchase? Potentially… 2 for $6 USD is a pretty good deal, but I would have to make an online order through the Tony Moly website, which may be too much trouble. I don’t think that these are sold in stores in Canada. Therefore, I might not repurchase because there are masks here that I like and are more easily accessible.
Well, those are all my empties for September! Have you used any of these products? Which are winners and which are losers for you?