Hello everyone! December 12th already. Before you know it winter holidays will be over and done, and they haven’t even begun yet!
For some reason November yielded a lot of empties for me, so I have separated everything into categories this time. Let’s get into it!
L’Oreal Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Conditioner
Quick Take. If you have been with me since I did my 31 days of reviews in August, you will know that I have already reviewed this product. Well, I have finally finished it! I was not a fan of the shampoo (and have since thrown it out) because it made my hair feel junky and nasty. However, the conditioner was just fine! Hydrated my hair, left it feeling smooth. Exactly what I am looking for.
Price. ~$5 CAD depending on the retailer.
Would I repurchase? Sure! Although I am still looking for other great conditioners. But this one is a good staple to go back to.
Paul Mitchell Super-Charged Moisturizer
Quick Take. This conditioner is like a quick hair mask that can replace your regular conditioner. You only have to leave it in for 3-5 minutes, and it leaves your hair super hydrated and silky. I use this product every other shower, and I absolutely love it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it at my salon the other day D:
Price. $23.99 CAD for 200 mL (at my salon). May again vary by retailer.
Would I repurchase? YES! I will have to order it online.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
Quick Take. I have been using this product on and off for years. I spray it in before I dry my hair, and it makes brushing through my hair way easier. This product is multipurpose, in that it acts as a leave-in conditioner, a heat protectant, reduces frizz, strengthens hair, and restores moisture balance. I love using this product when I know that I will be straightening my hair that day.
Price. $24.99 CAD for 4 oz (at my salon). May again vary by retailer.
Would I repurchase? Yes, and I just did the other day! Boy oh boy is it nice to have it again!
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Quick Take. I’ve mentioned it already in every single empties…. 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. 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, yes yes.
Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic
Quick Take. I have been using this toner now since August, and have repurchased it multiple times, therefore I do really like it. I think adding glycolic acid to your skin care routine is good, as it helps prevent pore blockage. However, you do need to be careful with the percentage of glycolic you use. I had switched to a Neostrata one temporarily, because it was cheaper and had a higher percentage, but it literally ruined my skin, so I am back to Pixi! I use this morning and night after cleansing. Read my original review of this product here.
Price. $38 CAD for 250 mL at Shopper’s Drug Mart (only location in Canada that carries Pixi, to my knowledge).
Would I repurchase? Yes!
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Quick Take. This eye cream is like a thicker balm. I didn’t find that it especially moisturized the skin around my eyes, but it certainly maintained it. Even though this was a thicker eye cream, it still worked well under makeup and didn’t ball up.
Price. $65 CAD for 1 oz.
Would I repurchase? Overall, this was a fine eye cream, but I will not be repurchasing. I am still looking for my holy grail.
Caudalie Vine[Activ] Energizing and Smoothing Eyecream
Quick Take. This eye cream was very light and applied nicely, but I am really looking for something that is very hydrating, and this wasn’t it. I also think that my under eye fine lines got worse while using this…
Price. $47 CAD for 0.5 oz
Would I repurchase? No, still on the hunt.
Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask
Quick Take. This was a sample of this mask that I received a long long time ago. At least 9-11 months ago. I just found this is my drawer the other day, and realized that I had totally forgot about it! I had one usage left, which reminded me how much I like this mask. It is a peel-off mask that uses activated charcoal to detoxify your skin and clear your pores. I find it a little painful to peel it off my cheeks, but it never makes me breakout which I obviously love. And it always leaves my skin feeling smooth.
Price. $45 CAD for 2.8 oz.
Would I repurchase? Yes, I think I will buy the full size when I have a little money, and I have another sample on its way to me now!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Skin Clearing Clay Face Mask
Quick Take. This is a staple mask for me. I use it 1-2 times a week just to maintain my skin and prevent bacterially-caused acne. It is really creamy, so it never dries down completely, and won’t dehydrate your skin. You can read my full review of this mask here.
Price. $18 CAD (on sale right now for $9 CAD online) for 100 mL.
Would I repurchase? Yup, over and over.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Quick Take. This was another sample that I received from a Sephora purchase. This mask is meant to make your complexion more radiant. It is one of those jam-like masks. It was fine, felt nice, and made my skin smooth, but I don’t think that it was anything special.
Price. $77 CAD for 1 oz.
Would I repurchase? Nope. This mask is also way too expensive. No thanks.
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay
Quick Take. I think that this is a great exfoliating mask. Not only do you get the purifying benefits of clay, but it also has jojoba beads to exfoliate your skin! Even though this mask does dry down completely, it has never caused me to break out.
Price. $34 CAD for 3.4 oz.
Would I repurchase? Yes, I used to own the full size, and since then I have been purchasing these smaller pods. I hope to get the full size again soon!
L’Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Quick Take. Forgot to include this one in the grouped close up! 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!
Sheet Masks from Facetory October Four-EVER Fresh
All three of the sheet masks in the picture above are from my Facetory subscription. Check out that post to learn more about these masks!
Sheet Masks from Facetory November Four-EVER Fresh
Three of the four sheet masks in the picture above are from my Facetory subscription. Check out my November Facetory post to learn more about those masks (also posted today)!
Freeman Beauty Infusion Purifying Sheet Mask
Quick Take. I really like these Freeman Beauty Infusion sheet masks. I didn’t notice anything special about this purifying one in particular, but I have liked all of the ones that I have tried so far. They fit and adhere well on my face and feel very hydrating. They also don’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!
Price. ~$3.50 CAD 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 go to affordable sheet masks.
Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Mist
Quick Take. This is a staple makeup finishing spray for me. This spray is very hydrating, so I spray it only on the areas of my face that get drier throughout the day. The nozzle on the spray isn’t great and it seems to get worse with use, but I’ve never had it ruin my makeup. With a few sprays you can definitely get your skin feeling dewy. I like to use this spray in conjunction with the Pixi Makeup Setting Mist, which I will talk about next.
Price. $20 CAD for 2.7 oz.
Would I repurchase? Yes! This is such a staple for winter.
Pixi Beauty Makeup Setting Spray
Quick Take. This is my favourite makeup setting spray. While it has alcohol to lock in your makeup, it doesn’t have so much that it leaves your skin feeling tight. My makeup always looks flawless after using this, which I can’t say the same for other high alcohol sprays like Urban Decay All Nighter and Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day (read my review here). It also has rose water and green tea in it, which must be good! I just do not like the nozzle on this spray (even though it’s the same as the Milky Mist nozzle), so I always decant this one into another finer setting spray bottle that I have (I just use my Gerard Cosmetics one).
Price. $20 CAD for 2.7 oz.
Would I repurchase? Only over and over.
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
Quick Take. Everyone! This powder is so good! This has completely erased my yearning to repurchase the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This powder works great for setting your foundation. I use a damp beauty sponge to press it into my skin after foundation application, and it gives you such a flawless base for your other powder products. I truly think it helps prevent oiliness and creasing. However, do be warned that these powders run extremely dark, as there are many shades. I use Fair-Light 10, and I am light-medium skin toned. Make sure you check out the shade before you purchase!
Price. Varies by retailer. $6.99 – $10.99 CAD.
Would I repurchase? Yes, this is my HG setting powder.
Sephora Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner
Quick Take. This has been my go-to makeup sponge and brush cleaner for quite a while now. It does just as good of job as the Beautyblender Solid cleaner, and is definitely more affordable (but not by a whole lot). It cleans your makeup tools quickly without leaving any residue. However, if anyone has an even cheaper and more effective alternative than this, please let me know! Because I go through these so quickly and I kind of die every time I buy $17 soap lol.
Price. $17 CAD
Would I repurchase? Yes, I seem to, because I don’t know of anything better. So many regular soaps leave my sponge feeling sticky and residue-y.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer
Quick Take. This is a great concealer that doesn’t dehydrate your under eye. I have dry under eyes, so this is better than some of the more popular concealers for me. It also lasts a really long time, and has very minimal creasing on me. I use the shade light neutral. Check out my full review here.
Price. $31 CAD for 0.34 oz.
Would I repurchase? Yes! It was just on sale actually, and I purchased it immediately before it went on sale… Just a little annoyed…
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Quick Take. This has been my go-to eyebrow product for over 2 years now. I like dark intense brows, and this gives me just that. I don’t actually need to fill in my brows that much, but this really helps the front of my brows. I use the shade medium brown. I find this product really easy to apply, with the right brush, and it lasts all day without moving. One thing that I really love about it is that a pot of this lasts like 6 months. You definitely don’t need to buy it often!
Price. $22 CAD for 0.14 oz.
Would I repurchase? Yessir.
Covergirl Supersizer Mascara
Quick Take. I was using this mascara for quite a while in the spring/summer when I heard some Youtubers raving about it. It has a really thin wand that only has bristles on two sides. I think that this is a great mascara for the lower lashes, because it is so small. You can certainly pack on the volume on the top lashes as well, but if you aren’t careful you can definitely go overboard. This is a good mascara, but I am back to my Covergirl Clump Crusher, a mascara that I had an affair with for years, a couple of years ago. Bitch is back!
Price. Varies by retailer. $7-$11 CAD.
Would I repurchase? No, I think I’m over it.
Sephora Collection Colorful Wink-It Felt Liner Waterproof
Quick Take. This is such a great liquid eyeliner. I like to use this interchangeably with the Kat Von D Ink liner. So far I haven’t found a brush liner that I like, but I am very comfortable with felt liners. This Sephora one is a great, slightly more affordable, alternative to the Kat Von D liner. However, I do find that it bleeds a tiny bit more when you do the wing. Although, I feel like it bleeds less than KVD on the inner corner. How does that work? lol.
Price. $18 CAD For 0.019 oz.
Would I repurchase? Already have! It’s often sold out in stores though, so make sure you pick it up when you spot it!
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Quick Take. This liquid eyeliner was my first love. I used it consistently for 2 years, however, I stopped using it a year ago when they started running out of product faster and faster. I had one only last me one week…. Like, what? Therefore, I switched to KVD. I was so happy to receive this little sample though. The Stila liquid eyeliner is the best when it comes to not bleeding. No liner gives you a crisper inner corner than this one. I have another small sample that I am using. I use this Stila to draw the inner half of my wing, and then the Kat Von D Ink Liner to draw the outer half. The Kat Von D is fine on its own, but after a while of use it bleeds less on the inner corner, so I am waiting for that to happen.
Price. $29 CAD for 0.016 oz.
Would I repurchase? I’m thinking about it. If I continue with this trend of only using it for the inner half of my liner, it should last longer.. right?
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Quick Take. I forgot to include this in my close up, grouped photos! I have used up another 2 pack of these sponges. These are my go to makeup sponges, since my brief affair with Beautyblender. This sponge works just fine for me. It applies my foundation flawlessly, and also applies powder really well too. I am kind of curious about other sponges, like the Ecotools or L’Oreal ones, so let me know what you think of other sponges!
Price. Varies by retailer. $12-$16 CAD for a 2 pack.
Would I repurchase? Yes!
Well, those are all my empties for November! Wow, that was a long one! If you made it to the end, you are the real MVP!
Have you used any of these products? Which are winners and which are losers for you?