Wow, wow, wow. November already! There’s something real finite about the transition from October to November. It’s quick. There’s no dragging Halloween out. It’s over, and we immediately transition into “winter holidays mode”. Gotta say, I’m a fan! I was definitely happy to get a holiday drink at Starbucks on November 1st.
Let’s get right into the empties. I didn’t have a whole lot this month, and you will see here that I don’t have any sheet masks because I am currently working on a few other posts involving the sheet masks that I have used in the last month.
Dior Poison Girl Eau de Toilette
Quick Take. This is my favourite perfume. The scent is absolutely amazing and it is especially good for fall. I am definitely one who gravitates towards warmer more muskier scents, and this one is right up my alley.
Warm & Spicy
Warm & Sweet Gourmands
Warm Rose, Sparkling Neroli, Icy Orange
If you have not smelled this scent, you really should make a point to the next time you are in Sephora or a department store that sells Dior. The only problem is that I found this scent has literally no lasting power. When I first smelled it, I ordered the largest size from Sephora immediately. However, I ended up returning it because I’m not going to spend $135 CAD on a perfume that lasts 20 minutes. It would be a whole other story if this was available in a roller ball, but it’s not. Because it’s not travel friendly, you really can’t reapply throughout the day.
One thing that could be biasing my opinion though is that I am a bit nose blind. For some reason I have a pretty poor sense of smell, so maybe the experience will be different for you. However, I don’t usually notice scents disappearing so quickly on me!
Because I still love the scent, I have absolutely stocked up on the travel size samples, so here is one that I have gone through.
Price. $72 CAD for 1 oz, $95 CAD for 1.7 oz, $135 for 3.4 oz. Sample size = free!
Would I repurchase? I will certainly try to get my hands on more samples, but I will not buy this perfume until it comes in a travel-friendly size (which will be never since Dior doesn’t seem to make rollerballs [not bougie enough I guess]). I suppose I could buy a refillable perfume atomizer, but is it really worth the trouble? Not so sure.
Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel “Clear”
Quick Take. This product is total garbage. Have you ever heard me be so negative? Usually I don’t have many big issues with products, but this gel has really annoyed me. I received this item free at the Urban Decay Birthday Bash event that I went to in September (read all about that event here), and now I know why. This gel literally has no hold, and that is its only job! To get even a little bit of performance out of this gel, I had to go in three times, letting each layer dry in between. Frustrating!
Price. $24 CAD for 0.15 oz
Would I repurchase? Not in a million years. I am so glad that I didn’t purchase it in the first place, since clear brow gel is not really something that I want to be spending money on anyways!
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless “125”
Quick Take. This remains 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. I’m not sure why I go through it so fast, but whatever! It’s not expensive!
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.
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 I am already using my next jar. I have repurchased this moisturizer probably 7 times now, and will continue to do so.
Bath & Body Works Nourishing Hand Soap with Honey Butter “Salted Honey and Vanilla”
Quick Take. I love this new nourishing hand soap line that Bath & Body Works now carries. The smell of this hand soap is divine, and it is very rich and creamy. The scent is described as “a guilty-pleasure blend of salted butterscotch, creamy vanilla & honey”.
I have always been a sucker for their foaming hand soaps, however I think that those are more drying, so I was hoping to find a less-drying alternative. I’m not sure if these soaps leave any moisture in my skin, but they are really nice. When I bought this one, I also bought 4 other scents. You know there was a sale going on!
Price. $7.50 CAD , but currently on sale on their website for $3.50!
Would I repurchase? Yes, these soaps are a good new staple for me! And they have winter scents now 😱
Caudalie Grape Water
Quick Take. Honestly, I don’t get the hype. I hear all the time how much people love this hydrating mist, but I really don’t think it’s that hydrating. It certainly feels nice to spray on your skin, but I really don’t think it helped add moisture into my skin. Maybe on top temporarily, but not deep into my skin. The only thing about this spray that makes me feel positive toward it is that I think it is very reasonably priced for a more expensive brand. Additionally, the nozzle sprays continuously and it is a very fine mist. However, if you are looking for a good hydrating mist, I would strongly suggest that you try the Pixi Beauty Milky Mist. NOW THAT spray is hydrating!
Price. $14 CAD for 2.5 oz, $24 CAD for 6.7 oz.
Would I repurchase? Maybe if I’m in Sephora and it’s a spur of the moment decision. But I will not go looking specifically for this product again. It’s nice, but not effective, in my opinion.
Paul Mitchell Shampoo One
Quick Take. This has been my go to shampoo for I don’t know how many years. At least 6. This shampoo doesn’t dry out my hair, but also doesn’t leave too much moisture or add in extra junk. I have oily roots and this shampoo simply does a great job of cleaning my hair and making it smell great. The scent is tropical-like. This shampoo is also paraben free, vegan and colour safe for those of you who colour treat your hair (me soon!).
Price. Depends on where you are getting it. I buy mine at my salon where it is sold for $13.19 CAD for 500 mL, and $24 CAD for 1L.
Would I repurchase? What do you think, given I have been using this shampoo for the last 6 years 😉 ?
Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist
Quick Take. This is my new favourite setting spray. So many setting sprays like the Urban Decay All Nighter and the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting spray make the makeup on my nose weird immediately after I have sprayed the product and let it dry down. It’s hard to explain, but they almost make my nose shiny immediately. That’s not what those sprays are supposed to do! Somehow, I suspect it is linked to the amount of alcohol in those sprays. Now, this Pixi spray also has alcohol, but it isn’t so much that it makes your skin feel tight, so don’t worry.
I like this setting spray because it helps reduce the powderiness of my makeup, and my skin looks normal after using it. It also doesn’t make my skin too dewy. It’s just right. I’m not sure if this spray helps prolong my makeup wear, since my makeup always lasts a long time with or without a spray. I also don’t mind that it has rose water and green tea in it! That definitely sounds like a treat for your skin!
The only downside with this setting spray is that the nozzle isn’t the best. It usually starts out fine, but the performance decreases over time. When I repurchase this spray, I now always decant it into my Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray bottle, because it has such a fine mister. That’s why I have two Pixi bottles shown here, because most of one of those is in my Gerard Cosmetics bottle, which I am currently using.
Price. $20 CAD for 80 mL at Shopper’s Drug Mart, which seems to be the only place I can get this in Canada.
Would I repurchase? Yes!
Well, those are all my empties for September! Have you used any of these products? Which are winners and which are losers for you?