Sunday, May 9, 2021

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Here's a look at my March and April Beauty Empties:

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021
Some products may have been received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links 

Milk Makeup Kush High Volumizing Mascara ~ sample size shown (full size is $32.00 CAN). A high-volume mascara formulated with heart-shaped fibers, conditioning hemp-derived cannabis seed oil, and pure pigments for an intense black finish.

I think a lot of the mascaras I've been trying lately have not been living up to their claims, and this one finally did! It is very volumizing and looks fantastic on my lashes - it makes them full and dark and keeps my lashes full and thick all day! I think it may smudge a tiny bit after a really long day, but I'm pretty picky about that and I didn't mind after the end because it looked so nice on the lashes! 
Repurchase: Maybe 

Covergirl Clean Fresh Hydrating Concealer in 350 Light Medium ~ $9.99 CAN. Covergirl Clean Fresh Hydrating Concealer is infused with coconut milk and aloe extracts for buildable coverage and glowing skin. 

I have been excited to try this formula and I first tried it out for a Full Face of Newer Drugstore products and it was okay, but a few more used and this is terrible! I thought initially it just creased a little under my eye, but every combination of primer and applicator it just lifted and looked worse and worse - it almost looked scaly. Terrible. 
Repurchase: Never 

Catrice Prime And Fine Dewy Glow Fixing Spray ~ $9.99 CAN. The Catrice Prime And Fine Dewy Glow Finish Spray is lightweight, fast-drying, and provides a fresh, dewy glow.

You can see this in action in a Shop My Stash makeup look and it's got a glowy finish - it has to be shaken up before using it, but it's a decent setting spray, not the best but does the job. 
Repurchase: Not likely, the illuminating isn't my go-to 

Quo Festive Sponges - Reindeer ~ $8.00 CAN. Use them to flawlessly buff and blend your foundation or other liquid and cream makeup products.

This was my first Quo beauty sponge and it was fine - I think I'm still pretty partial to the Beauty Blender myself, but these were affordable and worked well, so they are certainly more affordable. I think I would use one again. 
Repurchase: Probably 

Laneige Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask ~ deluxe sample shown (full size is $45.00 CAN). A hypoallergenic overnight mask that helps soothe stressed skin and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier for a healthier-looking, more hydrated complexion.

This is a fantastic night cream - it actually made my Monthly Favourites in January. It's rich and thick and absorbs quickly in to the skin! I really think overall that my skin looked and felt way better while I was using it! My skin looked healthy and smooth - I'm loving this! 
Repurchase: Yes, I'd like to 

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum ~ deluxe serum (full size is $112.00 to $162.00 CAN). An advanced serum made with 15 percent antioxidant vitamin C (THD ascorbate) to brighten the appearance of dark spots and visibly target signs of aging, while plant saccharides minimize the look of pores.

This was a creamier vitamin c serum than I'm used to, but honestly, with how expensive this was, this wasn't my favourite formulation. It didn't improve my skin appearance as much as I would have liked and it was just okay. 
Repurchase: No 

The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream ~ $10.00 CAN. The ultimate handbag must have, this daily hand cream is perfect for on-the-go hydration. Infused with the scent of fresh coconuts, the light, gel-cream formula absorbs quickly, helping to soften and protect the hands.

This is such a good hand cream and it's one of my favourite Body Shop scents! Nice and light and absorbs quickly! 
Repurchase: Yes

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Guerlain Meteorites Highlighting Powder Pearls in 02 Light ~ $77.00 CAN. An illuminating powder made up of light-diffusing pearls that minimize flaws and add brightness to the skin.

I have FINALLY finished this!!! Woo hoo! If you saw my 2020 Project Pan then you know I worked on on this thing for all of last year to use it up and didn't quite make my goal of using it up, so I'm been slowly working on this and finally I'm done! 
Repurchase: Probably not (I have another one still!)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ~ deluxe size shown here (full size is $29.00 CAN). An easy-application, waterproof liquid liner that stays on all day and night.

This is pretty much my holy grail eyeliner - it's a flexible felt tip and easy to use and applies nice and pigmented. I thought this size ran out quite a bit faster than I was expecting, but otherwise it was still really good! 
Repurchase: Yes 

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Face Primer ~ deluxe sample shown (full size is $68.00 CAN). A non-greasy, lightweight makeup primer with light-infused pigments and four nourishing oils that blur imperfections and smooths the look of skin.

I just finished this up for my 21 in 2021 and I always feel good finishing an older product. This was fine and worked good as a primer, but I can't say that it's worth the almost $70 to me. 
Repurchase: Not likely 

Cici and Sisi nail art polishes in Black and White ~ $?. 

I have to start by saying that I purchased from this brand quite a while ago, but I haven't been happy with the quality of their products at all and these were no exception. I have used them, but never think these are very good and I'm tossing them. 
Repurchase: NO

This was a good base polish and I had no complaints - my nails always lasted and this worked well. 
Repurchase: Probably! 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch x2 ~ $6.26 CAN (prices vary by website). Acne Pimple Master Patch heals acne, blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly. 

These are a holy grail in my collection - these made my favourites all the way back in September 2015 and I still repurchase consistently, and repurchase them in bulk. These clear up acne so well and so quickly!
Repurchase: Yes - I have plenty of backups 

Grace & Stella Co. Rose Water Facial Spray ~ $25.99 CAN. Grace & Stella's Rose Facial Spray helps keep skin fresh and moisturized. 

This was a face mist - not my favourite, but not the worst. I always use my mists after toner but before serums, and this was fine in there - added some extra moisture to help my serums absorb. This also suggested it could be used as a setting spray, but I wouldn't think it would be good as the mist wasn't very fine. 
Repurchase: No

Krave The Beet Shield SPF ~ $49.99 CAN. A lightweight, soothing day fluid that protects skin from environmental aggressors. Whether it’s sun damage or harmful irritants, The Beet Shield keep pollutants to keep you from getting beet-red.

I was excited to see that their was finally a Canadian retailer selling Krave, but I also just realized that I was sent an older product as they rebranded this last year to The Beet Shield, so I'm a little iffy about that. This was breaking me out and then the brand issued a statement that they were discontinuing it due to the ongoing sunscreen testing and I just thought tossing it was the best thing to do. 
Repurchase: No, but I'm interested in seeing how they re-formulate

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Anti-Wrinkle Re-Plumping Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 ~ sample size shown here (full size is $50.00 CAN). New dermatological anti-wrinkle serum to replump skin.

This was an okay serum - pretty good and this sample got lots of uses out of this. I thought it was good at keeping the skin hydrated. Nothing wrong with it, but things I like a little better. 
Repurchase: Probably not 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Quo Beauty Luxury Cotton Pads ~ $7.99 CAN for 3 packs of 100. Soft and luxurious fleece surface.

These seemed to have replaced the Joe Fresh cotton pads and they are okay - I think they are a little thinner than the Joe Fresh ones and those were my favourites. They are still fine. 
Repurchase: Yes 

Sweet As Candy Girl Power Bubble Bath ~ $15.00 CAN. Enjoy the most fluffy bubbles scented in Tangerine Coconut while you help support and amazing non profit organization! 

This scent of tangerine coconut is delightful and I thought the bubbles were really good! These come out for the International Day of the Women collection that they have done for the past couple of years and it's lovely. 
Repuchase: Yes, I will! 

Le Petit Marseillais Vanilla Milk Extra Gentle Shower Creme ~ $7.99 CAN. A luminous evocation of vanilla, with subtle hints of ylang ylang and pistachio adding depth to the creamy accords. 

This was a really yummy scented body wash and it was a creamy formula that worked well. 
Repurchase: Maybe 

Colab Paradise Invisible Dry Shampoo ~ $9.99 CAN. COLAB's Paradise fragrance Dry Shampoo gives hair an instant wow-factor with feel-good flamingo vibes and a totally tropical, coconut scent.

This is an older favourite dry shampoo - made my Monthly Favourites back in May 2019 and the formula is good and I love the smell! 
Repurchase: Yes, likely 

Live Clean Lemon Mint Foaming Hand Wash ~ $5.79 CAN. Live Clean Foaming Hand Wash is a gentle formula with a rich creamy lather that pampers your hands and is easily rinsed away.

This was just a hand wash - I really like the Live Clean foaming soap formula so I will try them all! Worked well! 
Repurchase: Yes 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Quo Beauty Nail Polish Remover Pump Regular ~ $5.49 CAN. Our advanced and uniquely formulated nail polish remover quickly and effectively removes nail polish without leaving nails feeling brittle or dry.

This is a good polish remover - I liked the pump top and it works well. No complaints! 
Repurchase: Yes 

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo ~ $11.00 CAN for 250 ml. This truly nourishing, cruelty-free shampoo gently cleanses your hair and drenches it in an uplifting, tropical scent. 

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Conditioner ~ $11.00 CAN for 250 ml. Enriched with real banana puree, this creamy conditioner is irresistible. Use after shampoo for moisturized, tangle-free, healthy looking hair.

I really like the banana shampoo and conditioner - I reviewed these banana products a while ago on a big post here and these were a standout for sure! These smell amazing and the formula works so well for me - I can actually get two days without using dry shampoo (which is rather unheard of for my hair!)
Repurchase: Yes! 

Mika Foam Soap Spray  - Wild Watermelon ~ $5.50. Mika foam soap spray turns boring bath time into fun time! Spray the foam to make silly shapes, bounce or have fun with the floating foam in the tub! Mild and gentle formulation.

These are a classic repurchase for my toddler, but I also try them and I happen to love this artificial watermelon scent! 
Repurchase: Yup 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Mitchum Clinical Soft Solid ~ $8.99 CAN.

Deodorant is nothing special; but, I love the clinical strength formula and this brand is my go-to. I like that it is both an antiperspirant and a deodorant.
Repurchase: Yes

Clear Care Plus Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution ~ $19.97 CAN for a set of 2. Not only does CLEAR CARE PLUS Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution clean and disinfect your contact lenses with the bubbling power of hydrogen peroxide, it also surrounds your lenses with long-lasting moisture.

This is a great contact solution - I switched to a hydrogen peroxide solution well over three years ago now (with only one mishap of not letting it rinse long enough). This is at least a 6 hour solution so you can't wear your contacts the next day unless you have enough time; but, it's great! Much better at cleaning than regular solutions!
Repurchase: Yes! 

Johnson & Johnson Mint Waxed Floss ~ $?

Alright, I know this isn't an exciting products, but seriously who finishes a floss?! I know I don't do it often, so I had to include it! 
Repurchase: I have enough to last a life time 

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste ~ $10.00 CAN. Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste has a sweet and cool touch of mint with the cool freshness of the sea. Alum powder based, it polishes the teeth smoothly without being harmful for the enamel or the gums. 

This toothpaste is so good - I love how fresh this leaves my breath! It's super cooling and refreshing and I like a lot of the flavours, but this is my favourite.
Repurchase: Yes! 

SmartMouth Original Activated Mouthwash ~ $26.13 CAN for a 2-pack. Patented zinc ion technology eliminates and prevents bad breath for 12 hours with each rinse.

I picked up this up because I've heard really great things about this mouthwash - it has two sides and it mixes as you pour it out to the cap and it's supposed to be special science to combat bad breath. I do really like this. 
Repurchase: Yes 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Lush Pumpkin Spice Soap ~ $?. This exclusive soap is creamy, with a hint of spice, just like your favourite pumpkin spiced latte.

This came in the October 2020 Lush Kitchen Subscription and it's lovely - I love a pumpkin spice scent and this was a good formula!
Repurchase: If it's ever released as mainline 

Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar ~ $?. Envelop yourself in sweet-smelling bubbles and dream of a pink Christmas.

This was a lovely bubble bar - I liked the stick in there so it's easy to run under the bath and use multiple times. I enjoyed the bubbles and scents and this lasted so many baths! 
Repurchase: Yes, potentially 

Pink Pumpkin Bubble Bar ~ $7.95. Fall in love with an enchanting bouquet of geranium, bergamot and jasmine as your bath fills up with swirling plastic-free pink shimmer and heaps of fluffy foam.

This is from a past Halloween collection and I liked this, but didn't love the glitter. This crumbles nicely and worked well! 
Repurchase: Probably not

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Santa Reusable Bubble Bar ~ $11.95 CAN. This reusable bubble bar will fill your tub with snow white bubbles and the uplifting scents of neroli, zingy lime and crisp lemon myrtle.

Again, love this stick and this was great - probably lasted 7-8 baths with tons of bubbles, so these are such a good buy! I loved the scent and this was fun to use!
Repurchase: Yes, if they release them again! 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Miniso x Marvel Eye Mask ~ $?. 

How adorable are these eye masks from Miniso?! I used them with my kids and we had so much fun being superheros! Skincare wise they were fine, and they are only in stores in a few Minisos. 
Repurchase: Maybe 

Double Dare - OMG! Red Snail Mask Set ~ $23.66 CAN for 5 masks. Snail Secretion Filtrate delivers antioxidant properties, as well as the ability to stimulate collagen production and enhance skin healing.

These masks are also super fun. This mask fit really well, it had a ton of essence and made my skin so smooth! 
Repurchase: Maybe 

Face Food Animal - Kitten Face Mask Skincare By 7th Heaven ~ $4.00 CAN. With a calming concoction of juiced Aloe Vera, Cucumber and nourishing Avocado.

This is a cute little printed mask - I like the print, but it's a little big and didn't have as much essence as I wanted. It was adorable, but not the most beneficial in terms of skin benefits. 
Repurchase: Not likely 

Etude House 0.2 mm Therapy Air Mask - Damask Rose ~ $1.75 CAN. These hypo-allergenic sheet masks adhere perfectly onto your skin to deliver a variety of essence.

This was an okay mask - it also fits a little big but, it had lots of essence and I think the essence was nice and softening to the skin! 
Repurchase: Possibly! 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Dr. Belmeur Mild Derma Radiant Mask ~ $4.00 CAN. The gauze mask sheet drenched with Super Bright Complex serum (a combination of glutathione and vitamin B3) creates a radiant, hydrated complexion.

These masks have been okay, the fit is alright and there is enough essence in them. My skin looked and felt good after using this. 
Repurchase: Maybe 

Masque Bar Anti-Aging Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask ~ $4.99 CAN. Anti-Aging Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask.

Usually these biocellulose masks fit well, but this ones was a little big and fit a little weird - it was okay, but I didn't think this one did much overall - my skin was a little dry and stiff after using. 
Repurchase: No

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Jelly Sheet Mask ~ $3.89 CAN. It's a great way to relax after a busy day while the mask works hard to soothe, purify, and moisturize skin, leaving it feeling fresh and hydrated.

This is a nice mask - it smelled nice and sweet! This was cooling and gentle on the eyes. I certainly think it could have been a full mask or just eye masks, so it's kind of a half mask. It was gentle and comfortable to wear and hydrating! I liked this one! 
Repurchase: Yes, probably

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisture Mask ~ $12.00 CAN. A bio-cellulose sheet mask drenched in serum and infused with sodium hyaluronate and aloe extract to leave the skin feeling hydrated and revitalized.

I love biocellulose masks and this one fit better than the previous one (it still fit a little weird), but not bad - it wore well for about 15 minutes and it left my skin so soft and hydrated! I enjoyed this, but $12 a piece is a little pricey for a single use mask! 
Repurchase: Probably not, but I would use it again 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask - Manuka Honey ~ $1.75 CAN. Nourishes the skin to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

This mask is really nice - manuka honey is super nourishing and softening on the skin! These masks are affordable and comfortable and this one is really good. The essence probably lasted about 20 minutes and my skin was good after this! 
Repurchase: Yes 

FabYou Botanical Healing Mask - Pore Clear ~ $3.00 US. This premium Pore mask pack is excellent in calming skin because it contains effective extracts on sensitive skin, and provides vitality and makes skin soft.

FabYou Botanical Healing Mask - Collagen Prep ~ $3.00 US. It is a premium collagen mask pack that balances moisture and makes skin healthy, collagen gives vitality to the skin.

FabYou Botanical Healing Mask - Pep-plex 8 ~ $3.00 US. It is a premium peptide mask pack that gives vitality to dry skin with 8 kinds of peptide ingredients to make firm skin.

These mask all have the same material and basically fit the same - they came with a good amount of essence and adhered well. They were a touch big, but still folded down well and all wore for 20-30 minutes with essence remaining to pat in. I liked the pore clear - it made my skin clean and refreshed. The pep-plex 8 was really hydrating and softening and the collagen one was hydrating. 
Repurchase: Ya, I still have a few more to try 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

7th Heaven Superfood Rice Protein Sheet Mask ~ $4.99 CAN. A deeply nourishing superfood blend of Rice Protein Lipids, Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Kernel Oil to offer skin long lasting 24 hour hydration, in one easy to use biodegradable sheet mask. Vegan. Made from 99% Natural Origin.

7th Heaven Superfood Turmeric Sheet Mask ~ $4.99 CAN. An effective superfood blend of healing Turmeric, Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Kernel Oil to offer skin long lasting 24 hour hydration in one easy to use biodegradable sheet mask, for smooth radiant skin. Vegan. Made from 99% Natural Origin.

7th Heaven Superfood Avocado Oil Deep Quenching Sheet Mask ~ $4.99 CAN. A skin quenching superfood blend of richly nourishing Avocado, Sweet Almond Oil and Aloe Vera to offer skin long lasting 24 hour hydration, for a revived and refreshed complexion. Vegan. Made from 99% Natural Origin.

I did a whole post on all 3 of these masks here - you can see my thought on all of them! I love that these are biodegradable bamboo - they were super soft to wear, but they all lacked essence and were really dry. The rice protein one was my favourite and thought that my face was hydrated, but the aloe one only wore for a few minutes before it was too try. 
Repurchase: Eh, not likely 

Monthly Beauty Empties - March & April 2021

The Face Shop Mask Lab Lift Up Mask ~ $6.00 CAN. The 2-step face mask firms skin to give it a sharp, supple look.

This is a 2 step mask - the first step is a sheet that features a tightening effect and step two is a lift-up elasticity band. So this is a mask and then you put this tightening strap under your chin to hold it all up. I thought this was decently moisturizing and that strap felt very secure and lifting! 
Repurchase: Ya, maybe! 

Dr. Belmeur Mild Derma Pore Care Mask ~ $4.00 CAN. The gauze mask sheet drenched with Balancing Vitamin C™ serum (a combination of tannin and vitamin C) takes care of pores and balances the skin's oil and moisture level.

This mask fit alright and had a decent amount of essence - it wore for about 20 minutes and I didn't notice a huge difference in my skin after this. It was more hydrated, but nothing crazy. 
Repurchase: Probably not 

So, in March and April I used up 52 products, and I'm impressed that I've gotten through a few makeup and nail products in addition to lots of skincare and masks! 


  1. OMG this must have taken SO LONG to write! So many empties!
    Also, my favourite 7th Heaven Superfood mask was also the Rice Protein one, but I just don't know why these masks are so dry! They need way more essence!

    1. Hahaha - these are always so time consuming, but they are well read so I know people like the mini reviews so I keep it up!