Sunday, August 18, 2019

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks

Time to look at my July beauty garbage:

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks
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Hard Candy Setting Spray - Long Wear ~ $6.98 CAN. A weightless spray that locks in makeup for all day wear.

This came in a hard candy set and the setting spray itself worked well and I thought it helped extend the longevity of my makeup; but, the nozzle sprays this product out too thick, if that makes sense. I prefer a finer spray so that it doesn't leave any dots on my face.
Repurchase: Maybe, I would prefer if the nozzle was changed 

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in Browny Brows ~ $3.99 CAN. This tinted gel formula contains tiny fibers that fills in gaps to create fuller, more defined eyebrows.

This has been compared to the Benefit Gimme Brow so much, that when I finished my last Gimme Brow, I had to try this! I don't actually think this compared at all and I did not like this brow gel! And, it took so long to get through. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't what I wanted. The spoolie applicator was too big so this was constantly ending up all over my brows and the formula was just okay - it didn't offer much hold to the brows. 
Repurchase: No 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Medium Neutral ~ $35.00 CAN. An innovative, high-coverage concealer that provides buildable, weightless coverage and leaves an invisible, naked-skin finish.

Is this getting discontinued?! This has disappeared from the Sephora website and I would be so sad - it's still on the Urban Decay website, but I need to know so I can buy a lifetime supply of these. This is easily my holy grail concealer and it's actually hard to try using other concealers and nothing is a good as this! It's actually been my favorite since July 2015.
Repurchase: I NEED TO ASAP 

Too Faced Tutti Frutti It's Bananas Brightening Setting Powder ~ $30.00 US ($39.84 CAN). Too Faced Tutti Frutti - It's Bananas Brightening Setting Powder is a complexion-perfecting banana-scented setting powder.

This is a super hard-packed banana powder - you are not able to take a sponge and apply it. It just doesn't work. I tend to only use a banana powder with a sponge under my eye; where this one you have to use a big brush and apply it everywhere. I did love that it smells like bananas; but, it didn't work how I wanted. And then when you hit pan, it just broke in to chunks making it hard to use. 
Repurchase: Not likely 

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wipes ~ $12.99 CAN. Thursday Plantation Acne Wipes combine the Antibacterial power of Tea Tree Oil with the soothing properties of Copaiba Oil to help clear the skin of bacteria build up and maintain a clear complexion.

I tend to only use face wipes when I'm in a rush or out of town; but, I did try and use these a little bit more because they are supposed to help keep the skin clear. These removed makeup pretty good; but, I struggled with the tea tree and removing eye makeup. But, these did remove swatches and face makeup when needed.
Repurchase: I would consider it! 

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ~ sample shown (full size is $33.00 CAN). An overnight, moisture-recharging gel mask that quickly absorbs while you sleep to deeply hydrate skin. 

I'm a big fan of this sleeping mask - it's just a super hydrating and really softens and soothes the skin overnight! 
Repurchase: Yes, I have a few samples to use still! 

Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb ~ sample shown (full size is $50.00 CAN). A comforting moisturizing cream that provides skin with intense hydration, leaving it supple, smooth, and deeply nourished.

I've used the Aqua bomb lots from Belif before, but this one is pretty good too! I thought it was a good moisturizer!
Repurchase: Maybe 

Acure Sensitive Facial Cream ~ sample shown (full size is $24.96 CAN). This Acure Sensitive Facial Cream is an all-in-one problem solver and can be used both day and night for those with even the most sensitive skin. 

This is discontinued - Acure has since rebranded and I was just trying to get some samples used up while I was on holidays. This was fine.
Repurchase: No 

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ~ sample size (full size is 100 ml for $119.00). Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask with advanced antioxidants is a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. 

This is a leave on mask and it has a really great texture - it is light and velvety and feels so smooth on the skin! This smells amazing and made my skin look really good! I loved this! I reviewed this for a Skincare Sunday post a while ago - you can see the detailed review here
Repurchase: Maybe, but why so expensive?! Damn... 

LaSpa Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ~ $40.00 CANLight and translucent, this all natural Zinc based sunscreen lotion is perfect for protecting and moisturizing sensitive skin. 

This is meant for the face and neck and also says it's perfect for sensitive skin! This version of the SPF 30 is a touch grainy (as can happen with mineral sunscreens because of the zinc oxide) - it has since been reformulated and updated. I used this lots, but it expired. 
Repurchase: I have the new version! 

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ~ deluxe sample shown (full size is $68.00 CAN). This ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 serum replenishes nutrients while delivering hydration throughout the day to improve the look of skin texture and tone.

Drunk Elephant has been pretty hyped up and I haven't really tried much before, so I was pretty excited to try this serum! This was good - it was hydrating and a little bit of a creamy formula. This was good, but not the most amazing serum - maybe my skin would appreciate this more in the Winter!
Repurchase: Not really sure 

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks

Acure Fragrance Free Ultra-Hydrating Body Lotion ~ $13.99 CAN. Fight flaky dryness with a super moisturizing complex of cocoa butter, evening primrose, argan oil and CoQ10. So smooth, you’ll think it’s hitting on you.

I really liked this lotion and it was nice and thick and absorbed well in to the skin! This offered great hydration and worked all day to keep my skin feeling soft and smooth! I was surprised with all the fruit extract in the lotion that there was no scent at all, but, this worked well. 
Repurchase: This is also discontinued

I Love Coconut and Cream Mini Bath & Shower Cream£1.50. I Love’s Bath & Shower Crème Collection is filled with energising natural fruit extracts & skin loving moisturisers such as Pro Vitamin B5 to leave your skin feeling silky soft & deliciously scented.

I used this as a bubble bath and it worked really well - it smelled amazing! 
Repurchase: Maybe! 

Lather AHA Hand Creme With Evening Primrose Duo ~ $18.00 US. Our unbelievably rich hand treatment combines plant derived alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), nourishing botanicals and essential oils for softer, smoother and younger looking hands.

Okay, this isn't really an empty - but I used a pretty good portion of it. I received it in a old FabFitFun box and it was fine. I used it a fair bit, but it's pretty old at this point in time. 
Repurchase: Not likely

Soak It! Black Raspberry Vanilla Whipped Body Butter ~ $?

I won this in a Soak It video a long time ago - they are an Etsy shop; but, they have been on a break for a long time. But, this was a nice whipped body butter - it sort of melts on to the skin and left an oily finish. But, I left this for too long and it harden and can't be used any longer! 
Repurchase: No

Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel Oil ~ $16.95. Your daily shower becomes a spa experience with this gel-oil body cleanser enriched with Vichy thermal spa water with 15 mineral active ingredients and naturals oils.

This was a really nice shower gel - I love the gel oil texture! It leaves the skin super soft and hydrated; but, it comes out of the tube really slowly - you have to squeeze the crap out of this tube to get a tiny but out! 
Repurchase: I would yes, but I have a lifetime supply of shower gel right now

Rodial SUPER FIT Tummy Tuck ~ $92.00. A concentrated skin firming formula for the stomach area to help improve skin tone and elasticity. 

I tried this quite a while ago and used it pretty regularly when I first got it - when this is used continually, I did think it smoothed the appearance of my skin (as would continued use of any lotion). This had a super strong clinical scent, you know that makes your eye tingle. I haven't used this in a long time and it's broken and almost done, so we are calling it empty and getting out of the collection.
Repurchase: No

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks

Dove Invisible Dry Shampoo ~ $6.99 CAN. Dry shampoo spray leaves hair looking and feeling refreshed without washing.

Okay, this is pretty painful - this is likely the worse dry shampoo I've ever tried. I can usually make my way through a dry shampoo even if I don't really like it, but this one did nothing. It says invisible and it's not - it's got a huge whitecast that even when I apply it the night before that was hard to blend out. And, it still left my hair looking greasy and oily. Just not good. 
Repurchase: NO!

Live Clean Rebalancing Shampoo ~ $7.99 CAN. Balancing oily roots and dry ends 98% plant derived.

Live Clean Rebalancing Conditioner ~ $7.99 CAN. Balancing oily roots and dry ends 97% plant derived.

My hair type is a little finicky to find a good shampoo and conditioner - it is fine and thin and straight. This sounded like it would be a perfect formula for me as it's what I need, but this didn't do it for me and I could not finish this set at all. It was so heavy that within hours of washing it, my hair looked greasy so flat. 
Repurchase: No 

Essentiel Elements Body Lotion "Wake Up Rosemary" ~ sample size (full size is 8 oz for $23). This therapeutic lotion packs a lightweight formula that’s free of both paraben and petrol, so it won’t clog your pores and produce a greasy residue.

This was a super strong lotion - I struggled to use it on my whole body. It was just so medicinal smelling. The lotion itself was fine. 
Repurchase: Nope 

Pharmacopia Citrus Body Aromatherapy Lotion ~ hotel sample shown (full size is $24.99 CAN). Aromatherapy formula contains uplifting essential oils of bergamot, orange, and grapefruit.

Pharmacopia Citrus Aromatherapy Shampoo ~ hotel sample shown (full size is $24.99 CAN). With organic aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil and chamomile extract.

Pharmacopia Citrus Aromatherapy Conditioner ~ hotel sample shown (full size is $24.99 CAN). With organic aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil and chamomile extract.

These are hotel samples, but it is a made in Canada and a vegan and cruelty free brand. I actually love the citrus scent and the formulas are all really good. The lotion smelled amazing and worked well. And the shampoo and conditioner were a really good formula too! 
Repurchase: I would actually consider it - I also stock up like crazy when I see these at a hotel 

So, in July I used up (or tossed) 24 products - all this year, I've really been focusing on using up products and getting things out of my collection that just don't work well and I feel like I'm doing that. I'm using up products I love too, so I just love the accomplishment of actually finishing something! 

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks

UO Metallic Foil Sheet Masks in Rose Gold ~ $5.00 CAN. Moisturizing blend of soybean extract+ mushroom extract + witch hazel water to nourish, enrich, hydrate skin.

I really like this mask - the foil can be hard to get used to, but it did still fit nicely to the face. You can see a full review of this and the Black Gold mask here, and it was really great - I actually featured this in my July Monthly Favourites - it made my skin so clear and bright! 
Repurchase: Yes! 

Sephora Collection Green Tea Eye Masks ~ $7.00 CAN. A line of natural fiber eye masks; each with a skin-refreshing benefit.

These are huge eye masks - they were huge eye masks and I liked that they covered everywhere! They were slightly tingly and were brightening. 
Repurchase: No, plus this kind is no longer sold

Lovemore Rosa Hybrida Whitening Mask Sheet ~ $22.99 for set of 5 - usually ranges from $2.50-$5.00 with online retailers). Organic Yamagata Rose permeates your skin for a beautiful red glow. 

I love the Lovemore silk masks - the material fits like a gem and they are so soft and smooth and works so well to hydrate and smooth the skin! I love these! 
Repurchase: Yes 

The Face Shop The Solution Smoothing Face Mask ~ $3.50 CAN.

I'm slowly making my way through my collection, so this is another type of mask that is discontinued. This one was really good. 
Repurchase: Can't 

July 2019 - Monthly Empties & Month in Masks

Masque Bar Pretty Animalz Shark Mask ~ $3.99 CAN. This Shark Character Print sheet mask is enriched with extracts that help hydrate and moisturize your face. 

I love how cool this mask is - it's thicker in the printed parts and it lasted about 20 minutes and left my face hydrated. You can see a full review of this mask here
Repurchase: Maybe (I have a few more to try!)

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Facial Mask ~ $8.00 CAN. An ultra-moisturizing, hypo-allergenic sheet mask that is made of natural fibers infused with skin soothing ingredients.

This is a super thick mask, but it still fits really well and had lots of serum and it's super moisturizing! 
Repurchase: Yes, I would 

BonnyHill Tea Tree Soothing Mask Pack ~ $?. This skin-calming tea tree mask is high in anti-acne properties, promoting clearer, healthier looking skin.

This is a pretty hard to find mask, but it was a really nice, thin, soft material and did feel like it helped clear my skin! 
Repurchase: If I could find it 

And, in addition to 24 products, I used up 7 masks this month, which is great! 

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