I feel like I just did an empties post yet here I am again…I always find these types of posts to be a lot of work and I’m not sure I want to continue doing them, at least in this format. Another thing to add to my to-do list…
This is my second time trying this liner out but the second time was much more successful than the first. The first time I found this skipped and dragged but this time I had none of those issues whatsoever. I just found this really easy to work with because the formula isn’t too liquidy or fluid. I might actually purchase the full size of this once I finish up the liquid liner I’m currently using.
This concealer made my Top 16 of 2016 Disappointing Product list. It was just way too dry and emphasized (and created) fine lines under my eye area. I ended up using it as a colour corrector/eyeshadow primer but it didn’t really work well for that purpose either.
This actually isn’t empty – there’s probably more than 1/2 left but I had to stop using it because it was drying out my lips SO BAD. I’m not sure what’s in it that caused such a bad reaction but as soon as I stopped using it my lips improved. Too bad because it actually does smell very much like root beer which is nice.
Lately almost every mascara I try flakes and smudges on me. This was a pretty wet formula, even after letting it dry out for a bit after opening. I found it straightened my lashes and made them clump together. It did lengthen my lashes but I couldn’t get it to thicken them.
Another product that made it to my Top 16 of 2016 list – I feel very strongly about this product. I hated it. The formula is super wet and mascara clumps in the crevices of the wand. If you like super straight lashes that stick out like spider legs, this could be for you.
I really wanted to like this mascara and I did at first. I was quite impressed with it after my first few times trying it – it lengthened, thickened and volumized. Then it seemed as the formula dried it out it started to flake pretty bad, in addition to smudging a bit. The flaking got to the point where it was out of control. As such I included it in my Worst in Beauty for 2016 as well.
When I first started using this I found it was very similar to Too Faced’s Better than Sex mascara and was very hopeful that it could be a non-flaking dupe for it. Nope. It flakes and smudges worse than the TF version unfortunately. Great volume and thickness though!
Garnier Skin Active All-in-1 Micellar Water
I was happily utilizing my second bottle of this micellar water until I read some comments on a Youtube video about how there is an ingredient in it that can cause cancer. I came across this article which explains it, if you’re interested (it also mentions other products from L’Occitane and L’Oreal that include this ingredient). I know that there are lots of ingredients in products that claim to cause cancer but the fact that this ingredient is banned in Europe but is still being used here is concerning to me. As such, I’ve discontinued use of this product and definitely won’t be repurchasing it.
I’ve had this exfoliator for a while and I’d use it every once and while but I never really felt like it did anything. I then decided just to use it up as a body scrub to get rid of it. There just doesn’t seem to be enough exfoliant in this to be effective.
This is an amazing moisturizer if you suffer from acne-prone skin. Unfortunately it’s not available in Canada – I think because of the high percentage of salicylic acid. It took my skin a few uses to get used to it as it is quite intense but using it once a day really helped my skin out – it definitely kept my skin clearer than when I didn’t use it. If I had access to this here in Canada I would snatch it up in a second and make it my regular evening moisturizer.
Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment
If you’re looking for a product to help fade old acne scars or hyper-pigmentation, I’d highly recommend this. It actually works – which is kind of amazing because it’s from the drugstore and I’ve had higher end products that don’t work at all.
This was my first time trying a cleansing balm and unfortunately I think it’ll be my last. I just found the process way too complicated and messy – you’re supposed to let this sit on your skin for a while to help it break down your makeup but sometimes I didn’t use enough and would have to dip back into it and I’d end up transferring makeup into the jar and ugh…I’ll just stick with a simple face wash. It did leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated after though.
Did not enjoy these – another disappointing product for 2016.
BATH & BODY
I picked this up way back in September when we were on our road trip and I just used it a few weeks ago. My feet are in really rough shape right now which is odd because I usually only experience that in the Summer when I’m wearing flip-flops and sandals constantly. While this seemed to help with making my feet softer and slightly smoother, I think you’d have to use them on a regular basis to see more visible results. It was definitely relaxing though so it’s a great way to up your at-home pedicure routine!
I was on a bit of a L’Occitane kick earlier last year and I treated myself to this exfoliating scrub in a moment of weakness. I can’t really believe I spent $30 CAD on this – it did the job but is literally no different from any other exfoliator I’ve used but its 3x the price. It has the signature almond scent that is nice but it’s not worth repurchasing it solely for that.
This body cream was so interesting; it smelled divinely of cookies and cream and it actually looked like cookies and cream too – right down to the cookie crumbs that were meant to gently exfoliate skin. This did leave my skin feeling moisturized immediately after applying it but I didn’t feel like it stuck long. Plus I went through this tub pretty quick so I don’t see myself repurchasing this.
I’ve always found these smell amazing but don’t quite deliver in terms of being a bubble bath – the scent seems to disappear once added to water and they just don’t bubble up like a bubble bath should. The one concern I do have with this product is the warning on the back of the bottle – it states that excessive use or prolonged exposure can cause irritation to skin and urinary tract infections. I know that bubble baths can sometimes = urinary tract infections but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a warning on the back of a bottle? A little concerning.
I always have one of these in my purse – especially at this time of year when germs are running rampant. They are great for travel too!
I like a lot of Delectable’s products but there’s a few scents that I’m just not really a fan of – and the Coconut & Cream is one of them. I just find it smells really synthetic and car air freshener-like. This is a good body wash though – I just prefer it in the lemon, strawberry or vanilla scents.
This was a pretty good shampoo – I used it in conjunction with the conditioner (which I have yet to finish up – why does that always happen?) and I felt it cleaned my hair well and volumized it sufficiently. I loved the scent of this – it was perfume-like but in a good way, like I’d love to be able to buy a perfume with this scent. That said, I probably won’t repurchase it because I like trying out new shampoos all the time.
Repurchase: Yes but not right now
This is actually a shampoo I have re-purchased which doesn’t happen very often! I always like having a shampoo for colour-treated hair in my lineup of shampoos and this one seemed to do a good job of protecting my colour while still cleansing my hair. Because I’ve used two bottles up of this I probably won’t repurchase this for a while – again, I’d like to try something new.
Repurchase?: Yes but not right now
I’m on my second bottle of this too (both this and the shampoo should have been down in the repeats section) and while I think this is a pretty good hair spray, I’ve currently fallen head over heels for Living Proof’s Flex Shaping Hairspray so I think I’m going to repurchase that next (why does it have to be so expensive though?).
Repurchase?: Yes but not right now
Looks like they’ve finally discontinued the Ella Henderson scent….I can’t find it anywhere anymore. 🙁
Can’t find my Dr.Pepper Lipsmackers anymore either….life just isn’t going my way lately!
My favourite eyeshadow primer.
Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes
I use these solely to remove swatches because they suck for their intended purpose.
I’ve gone through so many of these but this was my first time trying out this scent. I wasn’t a fan of it – it had an odd spicy orange scent. Much prefer Milk Made or Strawberries & Cream.
One of my favourite hand creams.
A big fan of this hand cream as well, but I much prefer the lemon scent – this one was pretty floral which I’m not a fan of.
I like this mascara but this tube seemed particularly dry – probably had something to do with how small it was – this was like micro-mini sample.
I’m off to dump all of this into the trash/recycling now. Thanks for reading!