Monday, January 4, 2016

Empties #4

Hello again readers!

These were the last items I used up in 2015! I was really impressed with how much I used up in the past year, and I can't wait to see what I use up in the next year. Even though this is the first empties post for 2016, I'm including it in the system from last year! Hope you enjoy!


Degree for Men Cool Rush Deodorant - Empty*:
Still my favorite deodorant, I haven't found anything better!

Refreshing Apricot Scrub - Empty:
I really loved this once upon a time, but lately it just isn't... enough. The scrub is too much of the creamy base, and not enough of the actual scrub. It's great for when I want to exfoliate, but don't want to dry my skin out, but for really getting in there and getting off that dead skin? No dice.

PlusWhite 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel - Empty*:
I had this for ages, and kept wanting to save it, and it turns out, if you let it go bad it tuns into a pure liquid, instead of a gel. I went out and bought a new tube recently, and I gotta say I still love this stuff. I haven't used it ever like it's instructed to, because once I see results at all I stop. I really need to use this like it's meant to, to see the results. It does work, but so far I have no idea how well it truly works.

Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh Body and Face Wash - Empty*:
Like the Degree Deodorant, this just happens to be my favorite. It gets me clean, smells fresh, and it doesn't linger on my skin for too long.


Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser - Empty*:
I really enjoy this. It's really great for controlling acne and clearing up the face. It's not a miracle product by any means, as I'll still get acne, but I do notice a difference when I use this product, compared to when I don't.

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil - Empty:
I'm not sure if I'll be buying this again or not, since I want to try out other brands. This got my makeup off so well, and so fast, and was a real MVP when I was working at the Haunt. It's dependable, and works magic. The biggest downside I have is that the bottle leaks over a long period of use? Which is why I have to have it in this plastic bag, and why the label is rolling off.

Oil-Free Acne Wash - Empty:
Just an acne wash I got from the Dollar Tree. Nothing special. It's just a basic face wash, and did the job okay. If it didn't smell like grapefruit, I'd buy it again, but I cannot stand the smell of this product.



 Clean and Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer - Empty*:
I've been avoiding moisturizers for ages because a lot of them leave a film on my face, that just fuels the oil production, making my face look drenched by the end of the day. Switching to gel moisturizers has been the beset decision I have ever made, because I get that hydration that I desperately need, and it doesn't make my face feel greasy. It goes on, hydrates, and absorbs into the skin within just about two minutes or so. The perfect moisturizer to put on the face before makeup.

Equate Oil-Free Makeup Remover - Empty*:
Still my favorite makeup remover. I haven't found one that I've liked better than this. It gets the job done, hydrates, and helps keep my skin in good condition.

SkinNutritions Clarifying Lotion - Empty*:
I've been trying out the SkinNutritions line, and while I hate all of the other steps (the cleanser is too drying, and the moisturizer is FAR to much for my oily skin) but this one is rather nice. I still prefer witch hazel, but this is a nice little vacation, especially when my skin needs a bit of a pick-me-up right after a super hot shower. It's really hydrating, removes any traces of makeup or soap, and leaves my skin feeling so soft!


Benefit The Porefessional - Empty:
I wasn't really a fan of this. It's okay, but it wasn't my favorite. To me it's not really worth the price since I didn't notice phenomenal results.

NYX HD Concealer 01 - Porcelain - Empty:
This had a super light base, so I only used this under my eyes. It definitely made me look awake, but I found it to be a bit too heavy for under the eye coverage.

Stargazer White Foundation - Empty:
Finally used up the rest of the foundation while working at the haunt. This foundation is good to mix in with other foundations that would otherwise be too dark, or even just on it's own to white my face out. It's about the same price as the Manic Panic Dream Tone white foundation, so I'm going to continue to buy the Manic Panic foundation over this one since I prefer it.

Revlon Colorstay Ivory - Empty*:
One of my favorite foundations of all time, even if it's a little more pink than I prefer. It's super light, doesn't oxidize much on me, and applies like a dream. It keeps my skin looking good and doesn't make me look oily through the day. What a great foundation, I have three backups!

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray - Empty*:
I haven't been into setting sprays as much as I probably should, so this is the only one that I really do love. It doesn't add anything else to my face, and helps control oil, and soaks up any excess powder. It's a step that I sometimes forget, and I definitely notice a better makeup day if I use it.


NYX Eyeshadow Single - Nude - Empty:
I wasn't using this as an eyeshadow, but rather as a really nice highlight. It was a little darker than my skin tone, but layered nicely over a blusher. It didn't have shimmer but it had a nice sheen to it that looked really natural.

Essence Gel Eyeliner - Midnight in Paris - Old:
I've had this eyeliner for what seems like forever. It's pigmented, it lasts a really long time, and it's really long-lasting. I forgot how much I enjoyed it, until I started wearing it every day for work! The only reason I'm getting rid of it now, is because after the haunt season, it started drying up, it had baby powder in it too. Wasn't going to be using it after that...

H&M Angled and Crease Dual-Ended Brush - Broken*:
I love these brushes so much, just for the angled brush side. They're perfect for applying product to the eyebrows with great control. I get them for about a dollar or so when they go on sale, so when I find them, I stock up!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil - Ash Brown - Empty*:
I didn't get brow pencil hype, until I tried this. This is now my favorite product for filling in my brows. I can go stylized, or I can go natural, depending on the on the pressure or how much product I use.

Maybelline Master Shape Eyebrow Pencil - Soft Brown - Broken:
This was another brow pencil that I really liked, but after a while when I'd go to sharpen it (I tried three different sharpeners!) the wood would splinter and after one painful experience, I stopped using it. I think it was just this particular pencil, because some wood just isn't that great all the way through, so I might pick up another one in the future. I haven't decided yet. I did like how natural my brows looked when I used this though.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Old:
This product is okay, not a favorite of mine by a long shot. It kept separating and started being too much of a hassle, so I'm just pitching it so I can use other primers that I actually enjoy.


Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Single - Sellout - Old:
Sellout is so pretty (dupe of the more recently released Cheeky). Since I have cheeky, I couldn't keep this. I shattered it ages ago, and re-pressed it, but it's too lose and just has so much fallout now that it gets everywhere. It's not practical.

Softlips Vanilla Lip Balm - Empty*:
I've been using these up like crazy. Downside of having a love for ultra matte liquid lipsticks. What can I say, I love the staying power, not so much the dryness afterwards. These little sticks have a lot of product in them, they moisturize my lips quickly and add a little plump to them. What a great lip balm.

Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner - Everlast - Empty*:
Still my favorite liquid liner ever. I wish it didn't gum up as quickly as it does, because after you use it for a few months, it starts getting really thick and goopy, making it take longer to dry and just so much more messy! Aside from that bright problem, I still love it so, and can't wait to go out and get a new tube!

Revlon Precision Clear Lash Adhesive - Old:
I. Hate. This. Stuff. I used it when I worked at the Haunt, and while it did apply the lashes quickly and efficiently, the container is just shitty. No matter what I did, no matter how many times I wiped it clean, there would be product that would get in the tracks of the cap, and would glue the cap together. You can even see all the disgusting glue that got pushed out! I liked it enough to use it through the season, but I won't be repurchasing. Plus, it isn't waterproof so those two nights where I had tears in my eyes from pain/sickness, my lashes fell right off.

ELF Makeup Remover Pen - Empty*:
I don't know what I did with myself before I started keeping one of these pens in my collection at all times. It's so easy to clean up little makeup messes, like messed up eyeliner or to really clean up eyebrows before going in with some concealer. It's just so nifty and can take an okay makeup day and make it a great makeup day.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Waterproof - Empty*:
My favorite mascara. I have no hope of having huge, fluffy lashes because I just don't have the lashes for that without the help of falsies. However, this mascara makes what little lash I have stand out, and that's more than good enough for me. Plus, the water resistant formula (I don't consider it waterproof because I have had myself a good few cries and it WILL come off. Also quite a few encounters with rain!) lasts me all day which is great so I don't have to worry about touch-ups.


The Masters Brush Cleaner - Empty*:
I'm still not sure if this is safe, but I use another soap after I use this one. This is my end-all-be-all MVP for getting my makeup brushes clean. It obliterates stains, dried-on foundation, concealer, eyeliner, and makes my brushes nice and clean! Plus it has a bit of conditioner in it, to keep them feeling softer longer. REALLY efficient. Next time I have a good coupon I'm going to just bite the bullet and get the really large bucket for about $25 (still cheaper than the Beauty Blender hard soap fyi because it's HUGE).

Rue 21 Stripped Wallet - Broken:
I was really bummed about this because I really liked this wallet, it was so cute! But the clasp broke and it never closed properly. I thought about using like a hair tie, but it was just getting ridiculous and I moved on to another wallet instead.

Hourglass Veil Primer Sample  - Empty:
I wasn't really that impressed with his primer? It went on really weird, like a blue sheen and then when it was on the skin it just felt wet. I went in with my foundation and it just... sat there. It wasn't anything revolutionary, or ground breaking. It was just okay. It didn't help reduce redness either. I don't know what the hype is over this primer, it didn't do anything wondrous for me at all.

ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths - Empty*:
My favorite makeup wipes ever. These cloths are so saturated and remove my makeup so well! I don't use makeup wipes too often, but when I do I just reach for these, I haven't found any that I've liked better, though I might still be on the lookout in the next few months for other varieties.

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 *Asterisks are items I have backups of, or I plan to repurchase.

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