Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Time to dig through my beauty trash and see what I love and what I did not love:
February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Beauteque Foundation Brush ~ ??

I got this in a past Beauteque BB Bag but couldn't find which one, so I'm not sure the value of this one. It worked for a while, but wasn't really a favorite. And now it's broken...
Repurchase: No

Maybelline Volum' Express  The Colossal© Chaotic Lash Washable ~ $5.97 on sale (regular $8.99). Unleash Colossally chaotic lashes! Our big volume formula and Teaser Brush plump and disorganize lashes for a perfectly sexy mess.

I bought this in a drugstore haul and this was crap...ugh so bad. It was so sticky and made my eyelashes look spider-y and awful. I should have known this would happen given the advertisement, but still it was bad...
Repurchase: NO

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in "Medium Light Neutral" ~ $34.00. This concealer from Urban Decay lets you cover imperfections without looking covered up. It’s easily blendable and buildable, giving you even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. Ultra-lightweight, this high-tech liquid formula never settles into fine lines, and it melds on for a no makeup look while full coverage in an instant. 

I don't use the term "Holy Grail" often, but this concealer is my go-to holy grail - it is amazing! It made my monthly favorites in July! I can't say too much more then this is the best concealer ever! 

Repurchase: Yes, already have!

THEFACESHOP Freshian Volumizing Mascara #01 Curling ~ $10?? 

I received this in a campaign from THEFACESHOP and used it all. At first I really liked this but after a while it became really sticky on my lashes and every time I blinked they would stick together. So, I did like how it made my eyelashes look, but not the feeling. 
Repurchase: No

February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser For Face and Eyes ~ sample size 1 oz for $3.00 (full size 8 oz for $24). Purity Made Simple gently cleanses, tones, and melts away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating. Skin is left feeling perfectly clean, comfortable and balanced. 

I received this in the Purity Prive box by Topbox - this was very gentle and did actually remove makeup. It was gentle and I quite liked this.
Repurchase: Maybe, it was good, but so are a lot of other cleansers...

Herb Day Cleansing Wipes ~ 20 wipes for $5. These practical cleansing wipes eliminate makeup residue and impurities. Enriched with a blend of 9 herbs known for their moisturizing properties, they allow you to cleanse your skin without irritation.

I quite like these wipes, I don't fin too many that actually remove makeup well and these ones do the trick! They work well, but maybe leave a slight oily feeling on the face, that some other types of wipes don't - I don't think it is bad at all, but some people might.
Repurchase: Yes

Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Suboon Cream ~ $15. Moisturize and improve elasticity of skin with this luxurious cream! To use: dab onto face as the last step of your skincare routine!

I received this in a past Beauteque BB Bag and it was good - a decent lotion. I found it a little on the heavier side so I generally used it at night as opposed to during the day. It actually bothered my eye a little bit if I accidentally rubbed them or something after, but it did make my skin feel really smooth!  
Repurchase: No, probably not...

Mereadesso Face + Neck Cleanser ~ $17.00 travel size. The Face + Neck Cleanser is now available in a resealable sachet! This new option from Mèreadesso is the perfect addition to any travel bag, and will allow you to treat your skin with the care it deserves while away.

This was okay, but I hate the packaging - it was so hard to get the remaining cleanser out when it was getting low, it just went everywhere. I would say this is similar to the Purity cleanser as it is a little creamier cleanser, but it didn't work as well. It just didn't work great on my skin and didn't remove my makeup remnants. 
Repurchase: No

Su:m37 Flawless Regenerating Essence x2 ~ sample (10 samples for 2,800 Won - approx. $2.40 USD). 

I purchased a sample set of this essence because I really wanted to try this out and Su:m37 is an expensive brand that I wouldn't normally buy for myself. This serum is a creamy texture and it makes my skin feel nice. 

Repurchase: I will decide once I'm done my samples.. 

February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Lush Baked Alaska Hand and Body Soap ~ $8.75. Citrusy blast of colourful proportions that will leave you smelling delightful. 

I can't find this on the website now, but my husband got this for me for Christmas so I assume it is a Winter product. This was a very colourful and awesome smelling soap - just like citrus! It was beautiful and worked super well! 
Repurchase: Yes, if I see it next Winter!

Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel ~ sample size 0.84 oz for $3.02 (full size is 5 oz for $18). Our favorite getaway after a busy, jam-packed day? Our shower, of course. Infused with botanicals like mint, peppermint, and basil, this gel cleanser helps us soothe our daily stress while also softening and smoothing our skin.

This was too medicinal smelling for my liking - I wasn't a big fan. I like "soothing" scents, but this just did not do it for me.
Repurchase: No

Calgon Hawaiian Ginger Body Mist ~ $? approx $5 for travel size. Refresh anywhere with the restorative fragrance of Calgon Hawaiian Ginger refreshing body mist. Calgon's Hawaiian Ginger brings the calming fragrance of crystallized ginger, juicy melon, and orange to everyday life.

I have been wearing Hawaiian Ginger for more years than I would like to admit (it's okay to wear a scent from High School even though I graduated 12 years ago... right?!). Anyways, I love this scent and carried this around in my purse all the time! It is just so fresh and awesome smelling! 
Repurchase: Yes! 

Barefoot Venus Mini Argan Body Oil in "Pink Pepper" ~ $2.50. Super-hydrating Argan oil, Apricot kernel oil and moisture giving Meadowfoam oil cloak skin in silky-smoothness.

I got this through Ipsy using only a few points and it is sooo good! The body oil made my skin feel amazing and the scent was awesome! My skin felt super smooth after!
Repurchase: Yes - in multiple scents! 

Skylake Silk Cocoon Hair Conditioner ~ mini size $5. This rich conditioner made with real silk cocoon extracts and hydrolyzed silk cocoon extracts that contain natural proteins and other natural ingredients will keep your hair healthy, soft, and energized.

I had heard so many good things about the Skylake brand and this is awesome - it makes your hair so soft and smooth! I really liked this (I got this in a Mishibox)
Repurchase: Yes - one day...

February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Albertini Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask ~ sample size (full size is 5 oz $23). Use Warm Love pumpkin exfoliating mask after cleansing your face, and prior to moisturizing. Use Warm Love mask 1-2 times a week for improved skin texture.

I just reviewed this mask here - I really liked it! Smells just like a Pumpkin Spice Latte and offers very gentle exfoliation. Really liked this, but was a little messy to rinse off! 
Repurchase: Yes

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation® Deluxe Sample ~ full size is $18-$78. An oil-free, lightweight moisturizer that nourishes skin as it gently exfoliates and fades dark spots. 

This was actually a really nice light moisturizer - it was really pretty too, the lotion had a hint of a glimmer to it that added a nice radiance to the skin. Was quite happy with this! 
Repurchase: Maybe, I would probably try the smallest size before committing $80 to the largest size! 

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Crème ~ sample. Full size is $58 - $86. A multiaction cream that dramatically reduces the look of multiple signs of aging: lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness, and dehydration. 

I received this in a beauty swap and was really surprised by how much I liked it! It is a very lightweight texture - almost a gel cream texture and went on really smoothly. It absorbed well and my skin really loved this! It is quite expensive and I don't quite need a super expensive anti-aging cream right now, but when I do, I will try this again! 
Repurchase: Eventually, when I need a anti-aging cream

Pur~lisse Pur~Bright Ultra Skin Brightening Serum ~ sample. Full size is $76.00. A bright idea in beauty - creating luminous, even-toned skin without harsh ingredients. Key ingredients in this hydroquinone-free concentration are clinically proven to help brighten through our unique, exclusive peptide complex, Lotus Lupine 5. Its 9 powerful plant extracts strengthen skin against future damage, while safely decreasing melanin production for fewer age spots. Pure genius!

I also received this in a swap and was not too pleased with this serum - it did make my skin feel great but not $76 great. There is better serums out there.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (24-Hour Miracle Cream) ~ sample size 5 ml for $1.87 (full size is 75 ml for $28). Take a peek in any makeup artist’s kit and you’ll spy a well-loved tube of Embryolisse’s cult Lait-Crème Concentre. Since we’re just as picky as the pros, you’d better believe we’re fans too. This velvety moisturizer gives skin the ultimate silky finish, thanks to generous amounts of soothing shea butter and aloe vera. Plus, it doubles as a makeup remover, post-shave soother, and all-over body lotion. Who says beauty isn’t practical?

I received this in a past Birchbox and it was claimed as a cult-classic and raved about. It was good but I wouldn't scream and shout about how amazing it was... this was also a really small sample so maybe that was part of problem. It did make my skin moisturized, but nothing more.
Repurchase: Probably not...

YADAH Cleansing Nose Pack ~ $0.55 (pack of 10 for $5.53). Blackheads, sebum and fuzz can be removed easily with YADAH cleansing nose sheet. The extract of Witch Hazel helps the process of soothing skin and astringent effect for pore tightening. 

I received this in a past Mask Genie pouch and this was CRAP! Ugh, not good at all. It hardly adhered to my nose and did not remove a damn thing! Seriously, I thought I should just use another brand's nose strip right after but thought I would hurt my skin so I went with a mask instead.
Repurchase: No, this did nothing 

February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Mitchum Clinical Soft Solid ~ $8.99. Mitchum's most advanced formula for odor and wetness protection.

I usually just toss my deodorant without talking about it, but I had so many beauty essential products this month that I thought I would touch on them quickly. This is great - I use nothing else.
Repurchase: Already did

Bausch + Lomb Sensitive Eyes Multi-purpose Solution ~ $10.99. Sensitive eyes multi-purpose solution cleans, rinses and disinfects soft contact lenses. contact lens solution for your sensitive eyes.

Also another exciting product - I wear contacts and this is the only contact solution I use.
Repurchase: Yes, already did

Bath and Body Works Raspberry Meringue Deep Cleansing Soap ~ $6.50.

I think this is a seasonal Christmas-ish scent?! But it is one of my favorite scents... soo good! 
Repurchase: Yes, next time it is released

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

Holy Grail brush cleanser! This is sooo good - nothing works the same for my beauty blender and foundation brushes! It works so well and I love the handy case it is in!
Repurchase: Yes, I need to immediately!

Joe Fresh Organic Cotton Pads ~ $4.00. 

These are fine - nothing amazing, but they are really good. My go-to when I am shopping at Superstore. 
Repurchase: Yes 

February 2016 Monthly Empties!

Lush Snow Angel Bath Melt ~ $??. 

I received this in a swap and it was really pretty - this must be a seasonal Winter item as well. It did melt in to a gold-y color but I didn't realize that it was quite glittery and it was slightly everywhere. And actually, this didn't fully melt in my one bath so I refilled the tub the next night and finished it off!
Repurchase: Probably not

Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil ~ $4.89. Bring your lips back to beautiful. This replenishing and hydrating natural lip balm is infused with the antioxidant goodness of pomegranate oil. It replenishes moisture to reveal smooth, healthy-looking lips, while it coats them with a hint of colour for an even-toned appearance.

This is my must-have lip balm (forgive my stock photo - this was almost done and I dropped it open and balm side down on the floor of the airplane on my way to Anaheim, so I didn't save it to photograph). I love lots of lip balms but there is nothing better than this, I always have one with me at all times!
Repurchase: Yes! Already done!

Overall this month, I used 28 products - this is pretty good, about what I go through every month. I finished a few more makeup products than I normally do and got through lots of re-purchasable essentials as well! 


  1. I just recently tried the beauty blender solid cleanser, and OMG! It is amazing! I've had it for almost a year and couldn't be bothered to try it, and I finally did. I can't believe I waited so long. Nothing cleans as well as that!

    1. Ahhh right?! It's so good right!!! I didn't think it was going to great initially either!

  2. Great job finishing so many products! I'm currently working on the UD concealer too and like it a lot!
    That's so funny I remember having the exact same Calgon scent in high school too!! I can still remember what it smells like! :P

    Raincouver Beauty

    1. Thanks! Haha - right?! Maybe I should give it up if everyone wore it in highschool!