Sunday, January 6, 2019

December 2018 - Monthly Empties and Month in Masks

Time to dig in to my beauty garbage! 

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof ~ $4.02 CAN. It is extremely long-lasting and offers great precision with a slim felt-tip applicator.

This was a good eyeliner - it's a felt tip pen and it worked really well. It was pigmented, applied well and lasted on the eyes! The actual product lasted a long time too! Plus, it's quite affordable. I think I like the Stila Stay All Day a little better, but this is a good alternative! 
Repurchase: Maybe

Beautyblender - blendercleanser solid ~ $22.00 CAN. A travel-friendly alternative to the liquid blendercleanser, along with a custom grid to dry beautyblender and deep clean brushes. 

This is a great brush cleanser - I always use this or the sephora collection cleanser and they are great. I like that this comes with a pad to scrub the brushes on. It works great.
Repurchase: Yes 

Formula X Nail Cleanser ~ $13.00 CAN.

I love using this nail cleanser - this worked so well and I used it before I start any mani! I'm bummed this line has been discontinued! I don't have an alternative to this at all! Ugh... 
Repurchase: I can't 

Formula X Top Coat ~ $13.00 CAN.

This was a good top coat! It worked well - it was quite thick but worked! 
Repurchased: Discontinued... 

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeu Daily Repair Toner ~ $28.00 CAN. A mild toner that calms skin and boosts moisture.

I really liked this  toner - it was gentle and easy on the skin that adds the first layer of repair and moisture! This whole line is formulated without: "without 9 additives: parabens, synthetic pigments, triethanolamine, mineral oil, benzophenone-3, animal-derived ingredients, propylene glycol, talc, benzoic acid. Allergen-free fragrance: formulated without 26 types of additives with possible allergens."
Repurchase: Likely 

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum ~ $42.95 CAN. Aqualia Thermal skincare serum recharges dry & dehydrated skin with intense hydration.

This is a hydrating serum meant for all skin types and is safe for sensitive skin. I have combo skin that is a little dehydrated; but, with an oily t-zone too, so a super hydrating formula can make me a little nervous in a product! I really enjoyed this serum and you can see my whole review here! This was moisturizing; but, is balancing on the skin and worked well for me! 

Repurchase: Yes, I will 

Graydon Super Sensitive Skin Stuff ~ sample shown (full size is $38.00 US). This unscented and essential oil free moisturizer is exceptionally gentle and absorbs instantly, offering immediate relief for those with dry, irritated skin.

This was a good moisturizer - it was a little thick for me overall, I just used it as a night moisturizer. I just need something a little lighter; but, it was a nice moisturizer! 
Repurchase: No 

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster ~ deluxe sample shown. A sheer complexion booster with a powerful blend of Retinol and Salicylic Acid to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone, smoothes texture and improves resiliency for a more vibrant, youthful looking complexion.

This was weird to use - it says to use under makeup and it just doesn't seem like the right product to wear under makeup. It's a weird brown colour that doesn't absorb in the skin and it's just weird. 
Repurchase: Noooo

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ~ deluxe size shown (full size is $47.00 CAN). A bestselling, do-it-all cleanser for all skin types that’s tough on makeup but gentle on skin. 

This is a nice, gentle face cleanser - it smells like cucumbers and is really easy on the skin! Love it for in the mornings for just a nice, gentle cleanser! 
Repurchase: Yes

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ~ sample shown (full size is $39.00 CAN). A transformational, lightweight makeup remover that goes from balm to oil to milk to melt away every trace of eye and face makeup and sunscreen. 

This is a really great cleansing balm - it seriously took off everything on my face, including all my eye makeup! I was really impressed with this formula and how well it worked! 
Repurchase: Yes, likely! 

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

Ecological Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash ~ hotel samples. 

These were actually pretty good samples - I don't know why I have a thing with trying hotel products; but, again these were good!
Repurchase: Nope 

Soapberri Organic Soapberry Body Wash in "Raw Unscented" ~ $18.55 full size (sample size shown). Revitalize your skin's natural radiance with the nourishing, natural lather of the soapberry, bottled straight from the forest. 

This was fine - just an unscented body wash. I thought it worked well and didn't dry out the skin. 
Repurchase: Probably Not 

Pharmacopia Verbena Body Lotion ~ hotel sample.

Another freebie, can you tell I'm trying to get through some products in my collection?! This was good and smelled good.
Repurchase: No 

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer ~ $?

I think I've had this lotion forever, it seems to have lasted a long time; but, I didn't use it very often! It was fine - the spray went on okay and the lotion was okay, it wasn't the most moisturizing. 

Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ Refresh Dust Bodifying Dry Shampoo ~ $25.50 CAN for 300 ml. Spray-able powder to refresh your style in between shampoos, incredible volume, helps hair stay fresher longer. 

This was a pretty good dry shampoo - it worked well and added volume. My only compliant is that this has a strong white cast finish, so I could only use this at night time before bed so it has lots of time to absorb. 
Repurchase: Maybe 

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

Bath Time Box Coconut Lime Bars - Cold Process Soap ~ $7.50. This beauty of a soap is made with skin loving coconut water, mango butter and all of our usual skin loving oils. So silky soft in the shower!

I love Bath Time Box soaps - I used to put in huge reorders of these soaps all the time. I think they are currently taking a break; but, I'm still a total fan of their soaps! 
Repurchase: Yes, if they are available some time! 

Small Bath Soap Fall Mini Cupcake Soap ~ $? 

This was a little freebie added in to a past Small Batch Soap order! It was cute and worked well - I will have to try more fun soaps from this brand! 

Lush Strawberry Fields Massage Bar ~ $? 

This smelled so nice and I like the Lush massage bars - they melt in to the skin really easily and work well! 
Repurchase: I already have more! 

Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb ~ $7.95 CAN. An awesome mix of refreshing peppermint and neon colors will send your mood rocketing, while popping candy takes you on a trip around the Milky Way.

This is such a pretty and fun bath bomb! It smelled great and lasted! 
Repurchase: Likely 

So for December, I used up 21 products and that's pretty good - a little bit of a slower month at the end of the year, but not bad! 

And, here is a look at the masks I used in December!

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask ~ $20.19 CAN for a set of 10. N.M.F (Natural Moisturizing Factor), Sodium Hyaluronate and Witch Hazel Water solve skin thirstiness. Allantoin and Trehalose enhance skin elasticity skin elasticity and give tightening effect. 

I really like Mediheal masks - I find them so hydrating and moisturizing on the face. The fit was pretty good on this one and it lasted quite a while on me. It was very hydrating to the skin! 
Repurchase: Yes 

The Face Shop Character Mask Apeach Hydrating ~ $? 

I picked a few of these up and then they were discontinued from The Face Shop Canada. This is a super weird and fun character and included full eye coverage for full creepy effect! This wasn't a great mask - it was a little dry and just sort of meh overall. 
Repurchase: No

Passport to Beauty - Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil ~ 1 mask for $32.50 ($65 for 2 mask set). It is believed that Cleopatra wore pure gold for a radiant complexion. 

This is a super old mask and I got in a past FabFitFun - it was still full of essence and was fine to wear. The fit of these are really big and they are rather slippery so you pretty much have to lay down while wearing this. It is hydrating; but, not worth the crazy price tag.
Repurchase: No 

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

Kocostar Sliced Mask - Cucumber ~ $5.00 CAN. Each single-use mask and cream is free of phthalates and parabens, full of essential oils and packed with an aromatherapeutic punch.

How adorable are these little cucumber mini masks?! You can see a full review on this here! You can really apply these anywhere - they last about 20 minutes (some a little less) and left the face hydrated! I have a rose one too try of this brand and I can't wait!
Repurchase: Maybe! 

December 2018 - Monthly Empties

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask ~ sample size 0.6 for $7.33 (full size is 2.7 oz for $33.00). 

This mask smells so good (like berries!) and is an easy to use rinse off mask. Apply a layer of mask and leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off. I found a lot of mask absorbed in to my skin so there was only a little bit left to rinse off. This made my skin feel good and hydrated! 
Repurchase: It's not available anymore! 

Jayjun Collagen Skin Fit Mask ~ $37.04 CAN for 10. A mask pack that makes your skin resilient with collagen.

This is a 2 step mask - you apply the essence first and then apply the mask. This is so hydrating! This had so much essence and fit well - it was a super thin formula and was so comfortable. This could have lasted an hour - I had to take it off after 45 minutes so that I could go to bed! But, it was so comfortable and hydrating! 
Repurchase: I would! 

illi Total Aging Care ~ $? 

This mask was a 2 piece mask and the fit was really great! This lasted well on the face and made my skin feel great after! illi masks do have a strong medicinal scent; but, I don't it at all! 
Repurchase: Maybe

So, I also used 7 masks in December - I'm hoping to step up my masking game again in the New Year!

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