I have fallen way behind on empties so far in 2016. I planned to do videos for these instead but that idea kind of fell through so things piled up. I am here today with way too many skin care products that I finished up this Winter (and a little bit into spring). I have decided to split it up between skin care and everything else because I didn’t want this to take an hour to read through. Seriously, I went through a lot so buckle up because this is a long one.
As you can see, I went a little nuts on the masks this season. The first three are your typical masks: 2 retexturizing sample sizes and a full size charcoal mask. The Ren Radiant Renewal mask and Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme mask are pretty similar but I feel like the PRT mask was harsher and had a much heavier fragrance. I wont be picking either up until my mask stash goes down though! The Origins Clear Improvement Activated Charcoal mask isn’t news: this was pretty big at one point when I purchased it but I didn’t actually like it at first. Roxanne and I ended up finishing it and by the end of the tube, I did like it enough to pick up a mini.
My skin has been changing and becoming a tiny bit dryer so this winter, I went wild with hydrating skin care. That’s how I became newly addicted to sheet masks. Here, I have 7 single use masks (6 of which are sheet masks) and every single one of them is different. I have a full review coming in the Face Shop Real Nature sheet masks so stay tuned for that. Of the four there, the clear winner for me was the Lemon Brightening mask. Just a heads up!
The two other sheet masks are from Skin Factory: the orange is moisturizing and the olive green is anti-aging. These two were the most similar of the bunch but I did notice a bit more of a difference with the moisturizing mask. I found these at Winners for $4 and I don’t think I will repurchase.
Finally, there is a 7th Heaven Green Tea peel off mask which I love and have literally used all my life. I really have to pick up some more soon!
The rest of this is a little bit of a mix up of products but we will start with the three sets of make up wipes I used up. The tried and true Life Brand make up wipes are in just about every empties (you can barely see the white package in the picture but they are there). They aren’t perfect but they are easy and inexpensive. Speaking of which, these 5th Ave Fashionista Blueberry make up wipes that I pick up whenever I head to Winners are similar to the Life Brand Wipes. 5th Ave isn’t perfect and they are a little dryer but inexpensive and cruelty free. My favourite but the most expensive are the Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth wipes which smell amazing and work pretty well. I do prefer the Grease Relief cleansing clothes from Ole Henriksen but I use them more as a treatment over basic make up removal.
I used up a few cleansers this season including the Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser. I wanted to try a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide and this was the most readily available. I did really love how it made my skin feel. It was refreshing and creamy but I will not be picking this up again since it is not cruelty free. I’m sure you’re getting sick of me saying that! The same goes for the Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Treatment which was the oddest cleanser I ever tried with a very frigidity pump. It acted like a clay mask and turned into a milky cleanser after adding some water. I actually did a review of this plus the Supermud mask if you’re interested. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser was such a gentle formula and I already have a second tube being used as we speak. Again, not cf so I will not repurchase.
The rest are all different so I will start with the Face Shop Clean Face Intensive Anti-imperfection patches. If anything, this slowed the healing process for my spots. It would be a good solution if you were afraid of popping a pimple in your sleep or what have you, but otherwise, they didn’t really work for me.
The Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick is my favourite lip balm ever. Both Roxanne and I use it nightly and it finally ran out! I have already picked up another tube from Nail Polish Canada.
Another product I adore is the Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone skin**. I was so close to finishing this before Christmas but was trying to hold onto it as long as possible before picking up a second tube. This can be used as a toner or a spot treatment that you NEED if you have acne. It works magic and is the only toner I have ever used that gave me real results. Reversa is available at Shoppers and is cruelty free!
The No 7 (Boots?) Overnight Revitilizing Eye Balm didn’t really do it for me. I have yet to find an eye cream I love if I am honest but this was nice while it lasted.
This final product breaks my heart. I fell so hard for the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox moisturizer just over a year ago but now that I am making the switch to cruelty free, I have to say goodbye. I do have a tube or two here that I plan to finish up as I need it but out of every single brand and product that I am saying goodbye to, this one hurts the most.
I really wasn’t sure where to put these bath/body products but I think there is enough skin-care type products that they fit nicely here. We’ll start with the amazing and disgusting Peeling Foot Mask from THE FACE SHOP. This was extremely effective but I am hoping to find a cruelty free version that works just as well. I also have some deodorant that I don’t plan to repurchase but I did love while it lasted. The Dove Men Clean Comfort deodorant formula is so soft compared to, for example, the Lady Speed Stick deodorant also pictured. Also pictured are the Demeter Fragrance in Laundry which was super fresh and the Tony Moly Banana hand milk which is seriously divine. A tool that I finally have to part ways with is the Revlon tweezers simply because they were starting to get really loose and dull. I strongly prefer the scissor type tweezers because I feel like you can go much faster without making mistakes. I have repurchased a pair.
Back around Christmas, I also got a set of I Love… bubble baths and the Lush Festive Friends holiday pack. I’m surprised I finished the Chocolate and Oranges scent first since it is not my favourite of the bunch but I have since finished a few more. I have to say, I was a little underwhelmed with the Lush products. They smelled phenomenal but I didn’t really enjoy my bath being so full of product. I guess I could have broken them up a bit more to use them over a series of baths but I think this is my first and last set from Lush. Their face masks have me intrigued though…
If you have made it all the way through, congrats! There is a shorter, make up related empties coming up soon! I hope you enjoyed going through my trash with me!
Til next time, ttfn x