I love reading these types of posts and I recently finished off a bunch of beauty products so I thought now would be a good time to put up my first Beauty Empties post. This is similar to the favorites posts, but in these I’ll share products I’ve completely used up and offer my brief review on them. For fun I’m calling this series, Studs & Duds, since I’ll share which products were worthy of a repurchase [Studs] and those that didn’t work for me [Duds]. There may also be some ‘Eh’ products listed that I found rather average. For ease, the Duds are all listed at the bottom in their own section. In the other sections, I’ve listed whether I would repurchase.
Also, I should point out that I don’t go through this many products each month. I recently made a point of trying to use up some of my nearly empty products, so I have more than usual in this first post.
Alba Hawaiian 3 in 1 Towelettes: [Repurchase: YES] While I rarely use face wipes on my face, I do use them to get any makeup off of my neck. Like most people I blend my makeup/bronzer down my neck and then I find that I don’t wash my neck when I wash my face at night. So I use a wipe to remove makeup and any daily pollution from my neck and chest. I really like these ones, LOVE the smell – they smell like Pineapple. I still like my Pacifica Coconut Water wipes, but these will go into rotation.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: [Repurchase: YES] I use this EVERY SINGLE DAY as my second cleanse at night and often when I wash my face in the morning. I’ve been using it for 15+ years and still love it. I buy these in the massive packs at Costco to get the best deals.
Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner: [Repurchase: YES] Oddly enough, I don’t actually use this as a ‘toner’. After I use the cleansing wipe on my neck and chest, I go back over the are with this toner on a cotton round. It’s refreshing and gentle, I also find that it removes the last bits of dirt and makeup.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Double Detox Mask (Sample Size): [Repurchase: YES] I picked up this trial size as a 100 point perk from Sephora a while back. At the time it was only available in a 5 tiny tube pack, meant to be a 5 week system. I wouldn’t repurchase it for $38 for 5 little vials. It was difficult to get all the product out of the little tube. However, Tarte is now selling this mask in a larger size and I would buy that in a heartbeat. I really did love the effect it had on my skin.
Benefit Total Moisture Face Cream (Sample Size): [Repurchase: YES] I picked this up as part of a sampler set of benefit skincare products. It’s a simple moisture cream, nothing fancy and no SPF. I prefer my face cream and SPF separate so this works for me. I’m currently using something else, but I did like this sample enough to consider purchasing it in the future. I liked that it wasn’t too heavy to use in the summer and soaked into my skin quickly.
Clinique All About Eyes: [Repurchase: YES] Another product I’ve been using for 10-15 years. A definite favorite that I keep going back to when I need an eye cream I can rely on.
Fresh Rose Face Mask: [Repurchase: YES] I love this refreshing face mask, mostly for the smell. I find it hydrating and a bit decadent since it has bits of rose petal in it. The full size is really expensive (~$55) but it lasts a while so I would buy it again when I run out of the one that I already have in my medicine cabinet.
Aquaphor: [Repurchase: YES] Great all purpose healing cream. I use it as a lip balm, on my elbows, dry skin, etc. I always have a tube nearby.
Carmex Lip Balms: [Repurchase: YES] I’m a lip balm fan, since I don’t wear a lot of lip color. Carmex is thick, but not greasy and it lasts a long time so I don’t have to keep reapplying. I like the Cherry stick version best, although I’ve picked up a few other fun flavors lately like Vanilla and Lime.
TIGI S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum: [Repurchase: YES] My hair stylist/colorist work for TIGI so they (obviously) recommended their own line to me when I started going to them about 6 years ago. I LOVE the S-Factor line, the smell is AMAZING. This serum is more of a lotion texture instead of an oil, which I really like, and it keeps the frizz at bay.
Ojon Full Detox Rub-OutDry Shampoo: [Repurchase: No] I don’t know where I got this, and I’ve had it tucked in cabinet for years. It’s not my favorite because it leaves a noticeable white cast in my dark hair. So while it does work well, it’s really pricy and I’ve found drugstore options that I like better. I wouldn’t repurchase.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil: [Repurchase: MAYBE (I think I’ve found something better)] I featured this in a favorites post a few months back and have finished the bottle (in record time too). I have two other brands that I’m using now (and really liking), but Essie’s was great and the smell wasn’t too ‘chemical-ly’. I also liked that it soaked in quickly so I could go back to my computer work immediately.
Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel (Aloe): [Repurchase: YES in a different scent] I use this product primarily in winter, when my skin is super dry. After I shower, but before I dry off, I slather this stuff all over my body. Then I towel off, removing the excess. It traps in the moisture, leaves my skin super soft, and toweling off after application means that I’m not left with the oily residue. I wouldn’t repurchase the ‘Aloe’ scent again, I just didn’t like it. They have a Cocoa Butter scent that I like much better.
Boots Mango Body Butter: [Repurchase: YES] LOVE this product! Definite favorite, I’m buying the full size soon.
Jergens Hydrating Coconut Milk Crema: [Repurchase: No] Not a bad product, a good cream that has a texture between lotion and body butter. Because I like the Boots Body Butter better, I wouldn’t repurchase this in the future.
Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture (Fragrance Free): [Repurchase: MAYBE, PROBABLY NOT] I would classify this an an ‘Eh’ product. It was my favorite for a while, but I’ve been finding it too watery lately. I’m not sure if they’ve changed the formula, or maybe mine are old. I do like that it’s fragrance free so in the event that I’m looking for a fragrance free lotion, I would repurchase, but it’s not something that I could use in the winter – it’s just too watery.
Let’s be clear up front, I’m not saying these are BAD products, I just found that they did not work well for me. I would not repurchase any of these products and I’ll explain why below, but you may love them and if so, that’s GREAT!
Herbal Essence Heat Protection Spray: My problem with this product isn’t that it didn’t work, it seemed to do the job. However, the only thing I smell is alcohol and my hair felt very dry when using this. I can’t be sure my hair was dry due to this product, but I recently started using something else that is working much better.
L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray (Trial Size): Oh the smell…I can’t stand the smell. I know a lot of people love this hairspray, but the smell triggers terrible allergy like symptoms for me and I just can’t handle it.
Smashbox Eye Primer: Didn’t work, simple as that. My eye shadow creased within 2 hours every time that I used this.
Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Powder: Has anyone out there used this product? I couldn’t get any of the powder to apply, I even tried scraping off a layer and still I couldn’t pick up any powder on my brush (or any type of applicator).
Elf Eyelash Curler: The top metal plate on mine was too sharp and it started slicing into the rubber pad. As you can imagine if it cut into the rubber pad, it also started cutting through my lashes. I’ve never had this happen before but I wouldn’t take the chance again with their eyelash curler since it caused so much damage to my lashes after only a few uses.
Elf Studio Eye Primer and Liner Sealer: I tried this when my Smashbox version failed on me, but this was a total bomb. Perhaps mine was just dried out, but the texture of the primer was terrible. I couldn’t barely get the product to swipe onto my lid and I had to push so hard that it actually hurt my eyelid. I can’t say whether the liner sealer worked. I use a liner that lasts all day on me, so the sealer didn’t seem to do anything extra.
Simple Radiance Face Cloths: My fault, I shouldn’t have bought these. I should have realized that a ‘radiance’ product would contain some sort of exfoliating texture. These were just far too scratchy for me, and irritated my skin.
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